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Disgruntled Peony
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There are a handful of pro-paying fantasy and science fiction magazines that are open most of the time (for example, magazines like Fantasy & Science Fiction or Beneath Ceaseless Skies are usually only closed once or twice a year, and magazines like Strange Horizons open up from Monday to Tuesday every week except during the month of December). However, I personally have had more success with publication in limited calls and anthologies than with the big pro magazines. There are a lot of places that pay pro rates (or close to it) that only open once a year and then vanish into the void, sometimes never to return.

With that in mind, I thought I'd start up a thread for limited markets in case people are interested in expanding their horizons when it comes to submissions and the like. I'll update this when I can, but I'd love for other people to get in on the action and report things they've found.

Stuff I'm currently aware of includes:

Dreamforge Anvil (up to 4.5k words; 4 to 6c/word, depending--see link for details; closes 3/13/21)
It Gets Even Better: Stories of Queer Possibility (up to 15k, although 7k or less is recommended; 8c/word; closes 2/28/21)
The Mike Resnick Memorial Award for Short Fiction (this one is complicated, just read the guidelines in the link; closes 4/30/21)
Upon a Twice Time (1k-3k; 8 c/word; closes 2/28/21)

I guarantee this isn't all that's out there, but it's the stuff I had time to dig up. Feel free to link to other limited opportunities as you find them! I'll pop in as I find other things that catch my eye.  grinning

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R, SF, SHM, SHM, SHM, F, R, HM, SHM, R, HM, R, F, SHM, SHM, SHM, SF, SHM, 1st Place (Q2 V38)
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Topic starter Posted : February 20, 2021 2:08 pm
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Disgruntled Peony
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Just popping in to let you guys know that Lightspeed Magazine is open to fantasy submissions from the 8th to the 15th. You can sub via Moksha here. (They have their guidelines available at the above link, as well.)

If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of surprise: attack it at an hour when it isn't expecting it. ~ H.G. Wells
If a person offend you, and you are in doubt as to whether it was intentional or not, do not resort to extreme measures; simply watch your chance and hit him with a brick. ~ Mark Twain
R, SF, SHM, SHM, SHM, F, R, HM, SHM, R, HM, R, F, SHM, SHM, SHM, SF, SHM, 1st Place (Q2 V38)
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Topic starter Posted : March 8, 2021 4:59 am
Disgruntled Peony
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For anyone here aged 15 to 19

Gabino Iglesias is working with a few different small presses to throw together a YA horror anthology specifically oriented toward publishing YA horror by YA authors. 1.5k to 3k. Deadline: June 1st. Payment is a $100 sholarship. Full details here.

If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of surprise: attack it at an hour when it isn't expecting it. ~ H.G. Wells
If a person offend you, and you are in doubt as to whether it was intentional or not, do not resort to extreme measures; simply watch your chance and hit him with a brick. ~ Mark Twain
R, SF, SHM, SHM, SHM, F, R, HM, SHM, R, HM, R, F, SHM, SHM, SHM, SF, SHM, 1st Place (Q2 V38)
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Topic starter Posted : March 9, 2021 12:18 am
Dustin Adams
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I'll add that Dreamforge Anvil is on Kickstarter and one of the rewards is a webinar by Wulf Moon (I've already signed up)!

“NAIL YOUR OPENING: How Driving to the Story Creates Accidents.” This webinar is part of author Wulf Moon’s award-winning SUPER SECRETS Workshops. 1.5 hours, and it is indeed a workshop, there will be a writing exercise, plus time for questions and discussion. 100% of the pledge amount goes toward paying hopeful writers for their stories in DreamForge Anvil. The 2020 Critter Awards named Wulf Best Author, Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Story, Best Writers’ Workshop, and Best Writers’ Resource of 2020.

This update was in his latest Wulf Pack e-mail (are you signed up?).

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sc ... write-them

2x Finalist
2x Semi
7x Silver
10x HM
Finalist #2 ** KICKSTARTER ** Funded! (Booyah)

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Posted : March 9, 2021 1:52 am
Wulf Moon
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I'll add that Dreamforge Anvil is on Kickstarter and one of the rewards is a webinar by Wulf Moon (I've already signed up)!

“NAIL YOUR OPENING: How Driving to the Story Creates Accidents.” This webinar is part of author Wulf Moon’s award-winning SUPER SECRETS Workshops. 1.5 hours, and it is indeed a workshop, there will be a writing exercise, plus time for questions and discussion. 100% of the pledge amount goes toward paying hopeful writers for their stories in DreamForge Anvil. The 2020 Critter Awards named Wulf Best Author, Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Story, Best Writers’ Workshop, and Best Writers’ Resource of 2020.

This update was in his latest Wulf Pack e-mail (are you signed up?).

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sc ... write-them

Thanks for sharing, Dustin! And thanks for joining my Wulf Pack Club at driftweave.com! There's a cool prize in every box! (Well, in each club letter : ).

Here's the other cool thing those signing up for my DreamForge workshop don't know about. When you take one of my paid workshops, you get an invitation into my private Wulf Pack Club Discord chat group. It's the only way to get in. You can have live discussions with me there about any questions on story, marketing, even your WotF submission! It's free to workshop members right now, and there are many accomplished writers in it to give you a helping hand. A word at the right time can make all the difference! So can having quick access to someone that might have the answer you seek. When you add up all the subscriptions, digital back issues, and the Best Of print book included with this, it really is like getting the workshop for free. And 100% of the pledge goes to paying hopeful writers for their stories. Scot Noel, a WotF Vol. 6 winner, guarantees that. I'm thinking those hopeful writers will be some of you . . . but only if they fund. They are $1200 short with just over a week to go. If they don't fund, Scot says they'll run out of funds to buy stories this summer. And that's sad if that happens, because they built a beautiful magazine, and dedicated the space this year to helping aspiring writers get published. It's a noble cause, just like WotF, but they don't have the funding WotF does. This is a passion project of Scot and Jane's. They do it because they love positive SF and those that create it.

We have a lot of members here. We care about our industry. We all are doing our best to improve our craft and share our visions with the world. So is DreamForge. Help them help YOU. Even pledging for a subscription will help, and through the Kickstarter, it's only $10 for a year, six issues! That's normally $17. I've been commissioned to write SUPER SECRETS articles on writing for them as well, and as you all know, many have used these Secrets to help them get published, even to win this contest. Well, the articles I'm doing for DreamForge are SUPER-DUPERCHARGED. They are the expanded SUPER SECRETS I am writing for the books being published this year. YOU get advanced access to them through DreamForge. But only if they fund.

Thank all of you considering how to support this important Kickstarter. Thank you for supporting DreamForge Anvil. Even sharing on your social media helps! We all have the power to bring forth light!

https://bit.ly/DFKicks

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Posted : March 11, 2021 7:06 am
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Wulf Moon
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A quick update on DreamForge Anvil Magazine. They received 500 submissions on their submissions call before they closed. I hope many of you submitted stories, as their mission this year is to publish aspiring writers. May the Force be with you!

The best way to target a market is to read their issues and discern what the editor's tastes are. Their Kickstarter is offering a year's online subscription for only $10, which is regularly $17. Support the markets you submit to. It will ensure they will be there for you and for others, and will allow them to keep sharing your stories with the world. They also did a workshop bundle over the weekend. It's an incredible price for three workshops, and includes one of my Super Secrets Workshops that have helped so many here get published and even win this contest! These are online and covid free! 100% of the pledged funds goes to paying aspiring writers for their stories. They are only $200 away from reaching their goal, but as you know with Kickstarters, you either hit it or you get nothing. Six days left to help them! Thank you to all that help this nonprofit magazine, run by a WotF winner, to keep bringing the world fresh new speculative fiction stories! Maybe even yours . . . but only if they fund. Cheers!

https://bit.ly/DFKicks

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"Muzik Man" wins Best SFF Story of 2020! Read it in Best of Deep Magic Anthology Two! Includes stories by Super Secrets' alumni KD Julicher and Brittany Rainsdon!
You know WotF Workshop's 24-hour story exercise? Want to see what I wrote? Just released in THINGS WITH FEATHERS: Stories of Hope. Order HERE!
Enjoy my published SUPER SECRETS of Writing articles! FREE to read in every issue of DreamForge Anvil! Don't miss my featured story, "Shaken, Not Stirred." Click HERE!

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Posted : March 15, 2021 7:23 am
Dustin Adams
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I subbed my Q2 SHM from last year. We'll see!

Which reminds me, I have to dust off the Submission Grinder and log that one in.

2x Finalist
2x Semi
7x Silver
10x HM
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Posted : March 15, 2021 7:59 am
Wulf Moon
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DreamForge funded yesterday, which means another year for them, and this year their entire focus is on publishing aspiring writers, which means writers like YOU! They have a push goal now to produce not just digital, but a print issue again, what they are famous for. I’ve still got openings in my donated workshop, and it’s being recorded for posterity. Title is “Nail Your Opening: How Driving to the Story Creates Accidents.” But hurry! There’s just a few days left to support!

Thank you to all that already have supported DreamForge. Be sure to put that in your cover letters when you submit them stories when they open once again. As other editors have told me, it does help you get noticed. You helped keep them alive, and they always appreciate that.

Cheers!

https://bit.ly/DFKicks

Click here to JOIN THE WULF PACK!
"Muzik Man" wins Best SFF Story of 2020! Read it in Best of Deep Magic Anthology Two! Includes stories by Super Secrets' alumni KD Julicher and Brittany Rainsdon!
You know WotF Workshop's 24-hour story exercise? Want to see what I wrote? Just released in THINGS WITH FEATHERS: Stories of Hope. Order HERE!
Enjoy my published SUPER SECRETS of Writing articles! FREE to read in every issue of DreamForge Anvil! Don't miss my featured story, "Shaken, Not Stirred." Click HERE!

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Posted : March 16, 2021 6:43 am
Disgruntled Peony
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Constelación Magazine (up to 6.4k; 8 cents/word; closes 4/1/21; theme is "Beyond the Stars / Más allá de las estrellas.")
Darkness Blooms, a Dread Machine anthology (2k-10k; 8 cents/word + 1 hard-copy and two paperback contributor copies; theme involves identity, security, and community; heavy preference for sci-fi, fantasy [especially sword and sorcery] a hard sell.)
Escape Pod (1.5-6k; 8 cents/word; closes 5/31/21; sci-fi.)
Midnight Beyond the Stars (2.5-6k; 6 cents/word; closes 4/30/21; sci-fi; looking for original alien horror stories with a The Thing/Alien/The Blob/Critters/Night of the Creeps kind of vibe.)
Nightmare Magazine (1.5-7.5k; 8 cents/word; closes 3/20/21; horror/dark fantasy; do not submit stories previously rejected by Lightspeed.)
Podcastle (up to 6k; 8 cents/word; closes 3/31/21; fantasy.)

If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of surprise: attack it at an hour when it isn't expecting it. ~ H.G. Wells
If a person offend you, and you are in doubt as to whether it was intentional or not, do not resort to extreme measures; simply watch your chance and hit him with a brick. ~ Mark Twain
R, SF, SHM, SHM, SHM, F, R, HM, SHM, R, HM, R, F, SHM, SHM, SHM, SF, SHM, 1st Place (Q2 V38)
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Topic starter Posted : March 16, 2021 7:31 am
Disgruntled Peony
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Okay, twins started potty training this week so I don't have as much time for this thread as I'd like. HOWEVER! Stewart C. Baker posted an excellent list on Twitter of venues that are/will be open this month. Check it out.

https://twitter.com/stewartcbaker/status/1377690764726038529?s=19

If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of surprise: attack it at an hour when it isn't expecting it. ~ H.G. Wells
If a person offend you, and you are in doubt as to whether it was intentional or not, do not resort to extreme measures; simply watch your chance and hit him with a brick. ~ Mark Twain
R, SF, SHM, SHM, SHM, F, R, HM, SHM, R, HM, R, F, SHM, SHM, SHM, SF, SHM, 1st Place (Q2 V38)
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Topic starter Posted : April 1, 2021 3:53 pm
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Disgruntled Peony
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Just a quick reminder that Cemetary Gates Media has an open submissions call for teens ages 15 to 19! Generation Dread is a horror anthology being edited by Gabino Iglesias.

Guidelines:

-Word Count 1500 to 3000 words

-Deadline: June 1, 2021

-Payment: $100 scholarship

-Rules: Only topics featured in YA books, no racial slurs.

-Ages: All writers between 15-19 years of age are encouraged to submit.

For further details (including where to send your submissions), click on the link above. salute  

If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of surprise: attack it at an hour when it isn't expecting it. ~ H.G. Wells
If a person offend you, and you are in doubt as to whether it was intentional or not, do not resort to extreme measures; simply watch your chance and hit him with a brick. ~ Mark Twain
R, SF, SHM, SHM, SHM, F, R, HM, SHM, R, HM, R, F, SHM, SHM, SHM, SF, SHM, 1st Place (Q2 V38)
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Topic starter Posted : May 10, 2021 10:52 am
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One that I'd add here is the recently-reopened Fantasy Magazine. Formerly edited by Cat Rambo and others, it got rolled up into Lightspeed some years ago after John Joseph Adams took over, but in November 2020 it reopened again as its own independent publication. It remains part of JJA's publications, but with new and distinct editorial leadership.

They're currently open to subs in the first week of each month, which is technically regular, but I personally suspect that will be a temporary state of affairs -- once their backlog fills up, it may well start opening on the more periodic cycles that Lightspeed and Nightmare follow, and you can already see their response times stretching, so I'd personally strike while the iron's hot if you can.

It's currently scheduled to open to subs again in the first week of June, though, so if you have anything gathering dust that might be worth submitting, it's one to keep in mind. Pro rates at 8c/word, stories up to 7500 words (with 5000 words and under preferred).'

https://adamant.moksha.io/publication/fantasy/guidelines

R: 0 / HM: 10 / SHM: 4 / SF: 0 / F: 1
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Posted : May 10, 2021 11:15 pm
David Hankins
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Looking for good flash markets to sub to. I’m probably going with Daily Science Fiction for my first, but most of what else Submission Grinder shows me are major publishers like Apex and SF&F that have pretty long turn around times. Any smaller pro flash markets that you recommend?

V38 Q2: HM
V38 Q3: HM
V38 Q4: SHM
V39 Q1: Submitted

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Posted : August 22, 2021 2:34 pm
Morgan
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Posted by: @lost_bard

Looking for good flash markets to sub to. I’m probably going with Daily Science Fiction for my first, but most of what else Submission Grinder shows me are major publishers like Apex and SF&F that have pretty long turn around times. Any smaller pro flash markets that you recommend?

I've submitted a number of times to Flash Fiction Online. Nothing published yet, but a few nice personal responses. They're a good group.

 

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Posted : August 23, 2021 5:33 am
Álex Souza
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@lost_bard As for smaller ones, I'd recommend Brilliant Flash Fiction and Flash Point SF. And I came across Flash Frog just recently and subbed a story that is still under consideration, so I'm sure about them (but they pay 25 bucks so what the hell!). About the other two, only rejections so far for me, but I think it's worth a try when your piece has been rejected at least ten times by bigger markets.

 

Also, a life hack: the group that publishes Fantasy Magazine (that also has Lightspeed and Nightmare), let's you submit two stories at the same time: a short-story and a flash-fiction piece.

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V39: Q1-P
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Posted : August 23, 2021 7:37 am
David Hankins
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Thanks @morgan-broadhead and @alexvss! I'll check them out.

V38 Q2: HM
V38 Q3: HM
V38 Q4: SHM
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Posted : August 23, 2021 7:56 am
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