Sunday, December 6, 2020

Keep busy in December: more deadlines


Submissions in 2020:    137 (134 to publications of 5-20¢/word; 2 to 1-4¢/word)

Rejections in 2020:        105 (65 short, 35 flash, 4 poems, 1 grant application)

Pending in 2020:            32 (19 short, 10 flash, 3 poems)

Writerly Positives in 2020: two honorable mentions with Writers of the Future (finally! after six rejections in a row), won a scholarship to Fyrecon 2020 which was amazing, meeting goals in Moon's challenge group, and putting together a discord chat group with said challenge group members

Blog chatter

If you haven't been signing up for the daily raffle here, then you might take a look. An advent calendar giveaway for writers. I signed up to win editorial services and a subscription from Pro Wirting Aid, for example.

I'm working on fighting off procrastination, though to be honest, some matches with my daughter and girlfriend on Fortnite and some private matches on MTGA was just the thing to take a breather from the endless urge to be productive. 

Need to fix up stories for the Flame Tree flash fiction contest and prepare a submission for Writers of the Future. In the meantime, I have also sent out submissions to various venues, including three poems, as you can see on the Pending count. I've started up a mentorship as well and am working through my first readings for that.

Tuesday to Friday will be packed with morning kindergarten jobs (mostly Christmas lessons), private one-on-one lessons, and business English classes, so I am snagging some writing time this Monday beforehand. Sent off feedback to a fellow writer on our private discord server, wrote up this blog post with a few new deadlines below, and worked on drafts and stories to submit. Busy, busy. Onward, to the ever-shifting list!

I will tweak the list below if I notice anything else. Do let me know if you notice anything missing that pays 5-20¢ USD or the equivalent. I use this list all the time, and I hope to expand the poetry deadlines as I start submitting more poems. Obviously, I make it public to help everyone else. There are other, perhaps better lists out there, but the focus of this one on upcoming deadlines that pay at 5¢/word or better, keeps me motivated. I hope it does the same for you. Some new entries include Baffling Magazine (12/15), Flame Tree flash contest (12/16), Unfettered Hexes (1/15), and Upon a Twice Time (1/1-2/28). Edit: added Uncanny Magazine’s spec poetry call (1/4-1/18).

Also, not on the deadlines list below, but you may have noticed Air and Nothingness Press tweeted about planning to open submissions to yet another special anthology. This one will be a time travel anthology! Personally, I love time travel stories, so I'm really looking forward to it. Titled "Future Perfect in Past Tense", they plan to release it in 2021 and are still working on the details. They are looking at dividing the theme into stories about travel into the future and stories about travel into the past, not "alternate now timelines". See their tweet here.

Again, march down to to the list!

Submission Deadlines/Windows from December 2020 and Beyond (5-20¢/word USD)

12/7, Cossmass Infinities, 2000-10,000 words, 8¢/word, Genre: SF/F, Simultaneous OK, Note: this window is open to all authors

12/15, Baffling Magazine, ~1200 words, 8¢/word, Genre/Theme: SF/F/Horror with a queer bent (wants queer/trans/aro/ace stories; welcomes weird/slipstream/interstitial), Simultaneous OK, Note: for longer works see their Unfettered Hexes deadline on 1/15 and reprints call open until 12/31

12/16, Flame Tree Flash Fiction Contest, ~1000 words, 8¢/word, Genre/Theme #1: Horror/Deadly Creation, Genre/Theme #2: SF/Online Nightmare, Note: required sign up for submissions and to receive the newsletter with winning stories and prompts for the next monthly contest

12/31, WotF Q1, ~17000 words (aim for 3000-10,000), 8¢/word, prize money (1st $1000, 2nd $750, 3rd $500, annual grand $5000, plus Hollywood workshop; semi-finalists get feedback), Genre: F/SF, Note: contest for new writers w/o 4+ pro-level publications; the forum is very helpful, especially the Super Secrets thread; free workshop available on website

12/31, PodCastle, ~6000 words (3000-4500 best), 8¢/word, Genre: Fantasy, Simultaneous OK, Reprints ($100 for >1500 words, $20 for flash)

12/31, Lost Contact, 1000-7000 words, 5¢/word, Genre: Horror/Weird Science, Theme: use lost contact idea as you please and link it with horror and technology, Simultaneous OK

12/31, THE MODERN DEITY’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING HUMANITY, DERELICT, and WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE (three anthologies from Zombies Need Brains LLC), 7500 words, 8¢/words + royalties, Theme 1: urban fantasy w/ a god/deity, Theme 2: SF/F about abandoned ships, Theme 3: SF/F about colliding cultures, Sub to w/ name of anthology and title of story submitted, Multiple OK (separate emails), Reprints/Simultaneous NO

12/31, Curiouser Magazine, ~5000 words (~1000 words = about 7¢/word), $50-125/story, Simultaneous OK, Multiple OK (1 story or 3 poems or 2 flash of ~750 words), Poetry OK ($25/poem)

1/1: Cast of Wonders (General Submissions), ~6000 words (best 3000-4500 or flash <1000), 8¢/word, Genre: any YA, Note: good feedback provided last time I submitted

1/1/2021-11/30/2021, Strange Horizons, open every Mon 16:00 UTC - Tue 16:00 UTC, ~10,000 words, 10¢/word, Genre: all speculative, (Note: closes for all of December, Poetry OK, Non-Fiction OK

1/1-1/2, Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores, open 1st-2nd every month, 1000-40000 words (shorter preferred), 6¢/word (reprints 2¢/word), Genre: F/SF, Poetry ($1/line, ~40 lines, reprints 50¢/word), Articles (2-6¢/word, reprints 1-4¢/word), Note: feedback provided if requested in cover letter

1/1-1/7, Fantasy Magazine, ~7500 words, 8¢/word, Genre: Fantasy/Dark Fantasy, Poetry ($40/poem, send up to 6)

1/1-1/7, Cossmass Infinities, 2000-10,000 words, 8¢/word, Genre: SF/F, Simultaneous OK, Note: this window is only open to Black, Asian, Latin, LGBTQ+ and other under-represented authors

1/15,  Unfettered Hexes: Queer Tales of Insatiable Darkness, ~6000 words (1-4000 best), 8¢/word, Genre/Theme: F/SF/H/ speculative stories of witchery with queer narratives, Simultaneous OK, Note: open to all but esp. interested in queer stories/authors

1/4-1/18, Uncanny Magazine, open to Poetry, any length, $40/poem, Genre: any speculative, Send up to 5 poems at a time but send as separate submissions

1/2-1/31, Departure Mirror, ~20,000 words, 10¢/word ($300/story above 3000 words), Genre: SF/F, Poetry OK, Simultaneous OK, Multiple OK

1/31, Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award, ~8000 words, 8¢/word, Genre: SF, Want "Moon bases, Mars colonies, orbital habitats, space elevators, asteroid mining, artificial intelligence, nano-technology, realistic spacecraft, heroics, sacrifice, adventure"

1/1-2/28, Upon a Twice Time, 1000-3000 words, 8¢/words, Genre/Theme: any genre incorporating a mashup of two fairy tales (open to Grimdark, New Weird, SF, Fantasy, Dying Earth, genre bending/breaking), Note: do not submit stories rejected by Upon a Once Time

2/1-2/7, Fantasy Magazine, ~7500 words, 8¢/word, Genre: Fantasy/Dark Fantasy, Poetry ($40/poem, send up to 6)

2/1-2/7, Cossmass Infinities, 2000-10,000 words, 8¢/word, Genre: SF/F, Simultaneous OK, Note: this window is open to all authors

2/25, The Dread Machine's first annual anthology, 8¢/word, Genre/Theme: anything dread-inspiring set in the actual 1986 or alternate version, Multiple subs OK but no simultaneous

10/31-2/28, We Cryptids, 3000-6000 (3000-4000=5¢/word), $200/story+royalties, Genre: urban fantasy, Theme: what would happen if cryptids lived among us (modern time period; should be written in 2020 or as close as possible), Tone: noblebright not grimdark or despairing, Simultaneous OK

3/1-3/7, Fantasy Magazine, ~7500 words, 8¢/word, Genre: Fantasy/Dark Fantasy, Poetry ($40/poem, send up to 6)

3/1-3/7, Cossmass Infinities, 2000-10,000 words, 8¢/word, Genre: SF/F, Simultaneous OK, Note: this window is only open to Black, Asian, Latin, LGBTQ+ and other under-represented authors

8/10/2021-8/31/2021, PseudoPod (Flash Fiction Contest), ~1500 words (500-1000 best), 8¢/word, Genre: any horror, Reprints OK, Simultaneous OK (if not an Escape Artists podcast)

New open anthology with no specified deadline (1-10¢/word USD)

There is also a new story call for an anthology forthcoming from Cemetery Media Gates with no specific deadline (probably closing in early 2021 once they have enough stories). Details: CMG's Quiet Horror anthology, 1000-3000 words probably best (up to 5000 words OK), payment is a flat $100 (so if 1000 words then 10¢/word, if 2000 words then 5¢/word, 3000 words then about 3¢/word), Genre/Theme: Quiet Horror/confessional style supernatural experiences, Multiple and Simultaneous NO (but can resubmit one week after receiving a rejection), Note: this links to CMG's Twitter post on it which is the primary source on this "secret open call". 

Publications open for submission with no specified deadline (5-20¢/word USD)

Analog Science Fiction and Fact, ~20,000 (8-10 cents/word), 40k-80k serials (6 cents/word), poetry ($1/line), 4000-word fact articles (9 cents/word), Genre: SF, Multiple Yes

Anathema: Spec from the Margins, 1500-6000 words (if 1500-2000 words pays 5¢/word), $100 CAD/story ($50/poem), Genre: SF/F/H, Simultaneous OK, Poetry OK (under 100 lines, Non-Fiction OK (1500-3000 words), Limited demographic: queer/two-spirit person of colour/Indigenous/Aboriginal, Note on Genre/Theme: "We are open to any form of genre or speculative content. We talk about what we do as "SF/F/H, the weird, slipstream, surrealism, fabulism, and more," elsewhere on the site. But we are not limited to those genres. Use them as a starting point and send whatever you want: as long as it's got some kind of speculative content we'll consider it. And we are also interested in seeing work that has been difficult to place because of content or perspective."

Apex Magazine, ~7500 words, 8 cents/word, Genre: F/SF/Horror

Publications Currently Closed (5-20¢/word USD)


Where to search for submission windows on your own?

Where to Submit Short Stories: 30 Magazines and Websites That Want Your Work, a decent list with a literary focus

28 Themed Submission Calls for August by S. Kalekar, submission possibilities including a few good ones I haven't had time to add to the lists above

Publishing ... and Other Forms of Insanity: plenty of updated lists of agents, calls for submission, contests, conferences, recipes, and more

Need motivation for the submission game? 

Submitting Short Fiction: Science Fiction, Fantasy and Genre Edition by Holly Lyn Walrath, a useful guide on playing the submission game written in 2019

Submission Tetris: An Analytic Approach by Laurence Raphael Brothers, a brief but useful consideration of what and where to submit in the submissions game from SFWA

Also, great advice at these links below

Wulf Moon's Super Secrets: a ton of great advice on writing short stories that win (he runs a workshop that you can peek in on and learn from as it goes)

Charlie Jane Anders' advice: chapters from her forthcoming non-fiction book Never Say You Can't Survive with new chapters released every Tuesday

Delilah S. Dawson's page of links, including her advice on how to get published

And here, more links

This is a listing of speculative award winners. Go read, study, and improve yourself.

Here are grants to apply for with the Speculative Literature Foundation

This is a listing at that shows general response times of var