Monday, July 26, 2010

Sub Op Ten

Ten Things About Submission Opportunities

Someone (you know who you are) asked about the UK SF audio mag I'd put up as a sub op a few months back; here's the listing: Cossmass Infinities is a Science Fiction and Fantasy audio magazine looking for "short stories, ideally, between 4000 -- 8000 words. Stories should be either Science Fiction or Fantasy, or even a blend of both. Try to avoid mediaeval-fantasy though." Gotcha. Payment: "We pay £20 a story [note: via PayPal], upon acceptance, for non-exclusive audio rights." Reprints okay, electronic submissions only, see guidelines for more details.

Fantastique Unfettered magazine is looking for "New Weird, Old Weird, Magic Realism, Slipstream, Alt Western, Planetary Romance, Surrealism, Mystery, Urban Fantasy, Literary Horror, Post Lovecraft, Aether Age, Interstitial, Steampunk... it is all welcome. We do not want Fantastique Unfettered to become a magazine that typically features a certain subgenre, but rather a source for great stories from all of the above and more. Well written work is important. And while we will publish mainstream, plotless stories if they seem to fit, the bulk of what we publish will fall into a genre of the fantastic and those stories, successfully told, tend to have plots that grow from character. Give us characters that we care about." Length: up to 5K, Payment: $33.00 (name authors may negotiate), query on reprints, electronic submissions only, see guidelines for more details.

Futurismic is looking for "contemporary, near future science fiction for online publication. We’re looking for innovative, exciting stories that use the tools of speculative fiction to examine contemporary issues and take a look at what’s just around the corner. Whether by established professionals or promising newcomers, we would like to see the very best in today’s SF, with an emphasis on work that truly connects with and illuminates the fast-paced, fascinating times we live in. Stories should be compelling and well written, with a strong emphasis on characters confronting or embracing imminent cultural, social, technological, and scientific changes. PLEASE NOTE: Near-future, Earth-based science fiction is our primary focus" Length: up to 15K, Payment: $200.00 flat, no reprints, submission via online form only, see guidelines for more details.

Games Magazine is looking for articles, reviews, humor, and othergame-related nonfic. Length 2-2.5K; Payment: $500-$1000 [Note: they buy all rights] Electronic submissions only, for mroe details click on Writer's submission link to open .pdf with guidelines.

Sam's Dot Publishing has an open call for their upcoming antho It Came From Her Purse, and wants "original short stories in the genres of science fiction and fantasy, and we will consider a very few horror stories. We will also consider original poetry and illustrations. We will remain open to submissions from 1 May 2010 until we are filled at 65,000 words, and anticipate publication in the spring of 2011. We leave the subject matter up to the writers, so long as the story is related in some way to the title of the anthology and especially to the tone of the title. It may be helpful to think of the title as that of a Roger Corman movie. We also hope to receive some humorous submissions, but please bear in mind that trying to be funny often falls flat. If you wish to write something humorous or off-beat, use a light touch. Subtlety and absurdity combine well for humor." Length: 2-5K, Payment: Stories ~ $10.00, Poems ~ $3.00, Illustrations ~ $5.00, Illustrations ~ $5.00, Cover art ~ $20.00. Reprints okay, electronic submissions only, see guidelines for more details.

Misfit Magazine is accepting submissions of flash fiction in all genres, Length: 1/2-1K, Payment: $10.00, no reprints, electronic submissions only, see guidelines for more details.

The Library of Erotic Horror has an open call for their antho Nocturnal Emissions: Things that Go Hump in the Night. No, I'm not kidding, it's a real antho. Details on what sort of stories they'd like to see can be found on the submission guidelines; Length: 5-9K; Payment: 1¢/word +copy, no reprints, electronic submissions online, see guidelines page for more details. Deadline: August 31, 2010.

Science in My Fiction is "accepting science fiction story submissions. We will be publishing one story per month on the website. Each year the stories will be collected in an anthology and published in print and digital formats." Length: 1-6K (firm), Payment: $25.00 + contributor copy, no reprints, electronic submission via online form only, see guidelines for more details.

Sniplits audio shorts is looking for "emotionally engaging stories with fully realized characters and fresh imagery. We enjoy both traditional and experimental stories, but we only select stories that will translate well into audio. We recommend that you read or have someone else read your story aloud before you submit it. We do not want anything hateful or pornographic." Check rolling calendar on guidelines page for genre reading period. Length: 50 words to 9.5K, Payment: varies according to length and previous publication, reprints okay, electronic submission only, see guidelines for more details.

The First Line has two calls out for print anthos for stories that use first lines provided by the publisher; Fall antho's line: Three thousand habitable planets in the known universe, and I'm stuck on the only one without ______________. Due date for Fall antho: August 1, 2010. Winter antho's line: Until I stumbled across an article about him in the paper, I never realized how much Walter Dodge and I are alike. Due date for Winter antho: November 1, 2010. Length: 300 to 3K, Payment: $20.00 + copy, no reprints, electronic submission preferred, see guidelines for more details.

All of the above sub ops were filched from the amazing market listings over at


  1. Bwahahahaha! Things That Go Hump In the Night.


  2. FU magazine sounds like a really amazing magazine. I'll be sure to check it out. :) Thanks for the great resources!!


  3. i found you!! you may think that i'm just a deranged fan (well thats besides the point) who's interweb challenged, but trying to track down a website that isn't blocked by the webnazi's at work has been fun. :P

    i was wondering if you could point me in some direction, besides down, as i'm a total loss. i'm a Canuck who recently got absolutely hooked on your Stardoc series. and i'm having one heck of a time trying to find Stardoc books #3 through to #6. i've tried our big chains up here, checked back constantly for weeks at the second hand stores, Barnes & Noble, (which won't ship to me) and .ca (which doesn't have anything under $20), and countless ebook sites.

    would you know of a site that has a few last copies or sells the ebook versions? before i break down weeping? i don't care if its even a used bookstore, as long asa they'd ship to me. pleeeeeaaassssseeeee?!

    or if they are i can check at home. :P and then i'll just look ridiculous for not waiting an hour to go home and do so.

  4. I am hearing that FU magazine is good to read. My friends have a copy of that magazine. I think I also need to get a copy of that magazine.

  5. A belated thank you for the mention of Fantastique Unfettered, aka FU. Our premier issue is due in December. In the meantime, your readers might be interested in The Aether Age, Helios, which should be available via Amazon on Monday the 29th. The 29th is our publisher's (Hadley Rille Books) fifth anniversary, so we are super honored and excited about this project as well.

    Take care!



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