Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Sub Ops

I'll be over at Vamps and Scamps today, doing the author thing (answer questions, give away some books, demonstrate the secret handshake, expose all the publishing secrets I know, model my new Victoria's Secret lingerie, etc.)

While I'm gone, I expect everyone to keep working. Remember, I can always come back here and do the author thing.

Some markets and contests for your consideration:

Afterburn SF has changed hands; looking for action-oriented SF, Fantasy and Horror, pays $30.00 via Paypal, submission guidelines here, electronic submissions only.

Dark Wisdom, the "magazine of dark fiction" wants short fiction, poetry, artwork, nonfic (reviews), "strange happenings", pay varies, pays by check or by PayPal, next submission reading period September 1 through November 1st, 2007, submission guidelines here, electronic and snail mail submissions okay.

Drollerie Press is interested in "fiction works of all lengths that examine fairytales in unique and unusual ways. We are also interested in re-tellings of, or stories using characters from, Native American myth and legend." Publishes e-books and print titles, pay varies, submission guidelines here, electronic submissions only.

Electric Velocipede is now open submission from April 1st to June 30th; wants fiction, poetry, nonfic (reviews); SF, fantasy, cross-genre okay, but not looking for horror; pays one cent per word (see guidelines for details) submission guidelines here, prefers electronic submissions but snail mail okay.

Tales from the Moonlit Path Magazine has a "Love Bites" short story contest, story should be no more than 2500 words, $25 first prize plus a copy of You Suck by Christopher Moore, open for entries until May 12, 2007, no entry fee, contest guidelines here, contestants are asked to first subscribe to Tales from the Moonlit Path by e-mail (I'm not seeing a subscription fee listed anywhere), electronic entries only.

BBI Media and Llewellyn Publications have launched the Pagan Fiction Award with a short story contest, three prizes (1st - $500, 2nd - $250, and 3rd - $100) plus publication of first place story in PanGaia magazine, entry period March 1 through June 24, 2007, no entry fee, contest guidelines here, electronic entries only.

Triskelion Publishing publishes 12 e-book and 4 print titles per month, looking for erotica, SF, Fantasy, Futuristic, Horror, Paranormal, Goth, YA and Graphic Novels; pay varies, submission guidelines here; electronic submission only.

Wicked Hollow seeks submissions of dark literature, poetry, and potential cover illustrations, pays a quarter cent per word for fiction and $2 for poetry (not great, but they get a lot of attention from the Stoker folks, so figure it's more for the prestige) submission guidelines here (note: annoying flashing masthead on web page), electronic and snail mail submissions okay.

Most of the above sub ops were found while rifling through the wonderful new market and contest listings over at Ralan.com.


  1. Anonymous10:27 AM

    Thanks for the market news! I read your interview. You grew up near Johnny Depp? Cool.

    Have a wonderful day,

  2. Anonymous10:53 AM

    I just want to know why nobody has ever taught me the secret published author uber cool handshake.

  3. Thanks for the shout out! I've enjoyed your blog for a long time now.

    John Klima
    Electric Velocipede

  4. Ick. I just read one story at the Afterburn site, and I was NOT impressed. While the story itself wasn't bad, it was poorly written, and if there's an editor... they have no idea what they're doing. A single out-loud reading would have revealed many, many typos.

    Not impressed.

    Doesn't mean I'm not going to try and submit... if that's the quality they're willing to accept, I'll happily accept my $30. ;)

  5. I'm with Shiloh. You've been holding out on us about the secret author handshake.

  6. Anonymous2:59 PM

    Thanks for the links!

  7. In addition to Ralan's site, there's an excellent market site at


    If you sign up for it (it's free) it offers a submission tracker, too. Great site.

  8. Just wanted to say hello and Introduce myself. I'm Nat Thompson, the new Executive Editor at Afterburn SF. I just wanted to let everyone know that we have increased our rates to $30 per published article and we have reduced our publishing frequency to Quarterly.


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