Monday, October 23, 2017

Black Cat Mystery Magazine - Closed to Submissions

According to the Black Cat Mystery Magazine site they've closed submissions early due to a flood of submissions.  They will open again sometime in 2018.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Roane Publishing - Call for Submissions

Roane Publishing has posted a call for "One Sultry Day",  They're looking for contemporary sweet romance stories set during the summer.  Stories should be 15,000 to 20,000 words in length.  The deadline is January 31, 2018 and payment is a royalty split.  You can find the details here.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Angie's Desk - Anthology Calls

Angie has posted her October list of anthology calls.  Thanks, Angie!

That Apex Flash Contest

It was pointed out to me that the Apex Flash Contest call was an old one.  On checking this out I found that the information was posted in 2015.  I was following a current lead but forgot to check on the date of the post.  My apologies.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Storyteller - Closed

From Michael Bracken comes this note from editor Douglas W. Lance:

"Due to unforeseeable circumstances regarding our publishing deal with Amazon, Storyteller is forced to shut down effective immediately."

PopShot - Open for Submissions

UK based PopShot Magazine has opened submissions for their next issue with the theme of Romance.  They're looking for short stories of 1000 to 2500 words, flash of 300 to 1000 words and drabbles of exactly 100 words in any genre which includes crime fiction.  The deadline is November 27, 2017.  There's no mention of payment, but since they're a print selling at new stands there is the possibility.  That's something you'll have to query.  You can find the details here.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

All Apologies to Frida Kahlo by Mara Grayson

I was checking out a market when a title caught my eye and I began to read.  "All Apologies to Frida Kahlo" by Mara Grayson is the beautiful story of a daughter trying to understand the madness of her mother in a painting by Frida Kahlo.  I know it sounds strange but it makes so much sense as you try to understand how mother/daughter relationships work.  In the end we never really understand our mothers until they're gone and we've lost the chance to hold their hand in ours and say "Now, I understand."

Bouchercon - The Anthony Awards

And the final awards from Bouchercon, The Anthony Awards.  Congratulations to all the winners!!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Bouchercon - The Barry Awards

And the winners of the Barry Awards.  Congratulations to all!

Bouchercon - The Macavity Awards

The first awards coming out of Bouchercon, The Macavity Awards, have been announced.  A special congrats to Art Taylor in the short story category.  Way to go Art!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

DeadSteam - Anthology Call

Editor Bryce Raffle has posted an anthology call for "DeadSteam".  They're looking for stories of 2000 to 8000 words that feature the dark side of steampunk or dreadpunk.  Your story must include at least one dead or undead creature and fit into some alternate version of the Victorian era.  And yes, the guidelines explain it much better and there are links to help you understand the genre.  The deadline is December 1, 2017 and payment is $25.  You can find the details here.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Longshot Island - Open for Submissions

Longshot Island is an online quarterly ezine that is looking for short stories of 1000 to 7000 words in any genre but be aware that they're looking for stories in a literary frame.  They do accept reprints.  Now, if your story is accepted it's published online then the best of the stories from that quarter is published in print with an annual anthology of the best from the print magazine.  You are paid 1cent a word if your story is selected for print only.  You can find the details here.  There are stories onsite for you to read to get a feel for what they're publishing.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Limitless Publishing - Anthology Call

Limitless Publishing has posted an anthology call for "Carnival of Fear".  They're looking for horror and dark fiction of 10,000 word (7500 to 12,000) featuring a carnival, circus, traveling show, or an amusement park.  They want 500 word story proposals submitted by November 10, 2017 with the full story due by January 1, 2018.  They don't mention pay specifics.  You can find the details here.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Eastern Iowa Review/Port Yonder Press - Open for Short Story Submissions

Eastern Iowa Review/Port Yonder Press is seeking short stories up to 2000 words in the genres of Mystery, Spy, Woodswoman/man, Western (All must be contemporary), Literary Fiction, and Speculative Fiction.  Submissions will close after the first 300 submissions are received.  Payment is $5.  You can find the details here.  This is for online publication.

Book Smugglers Publishing - Open for Short Story Submissions

Book Smugglers Publishing opened submissions today for their Summer 2018 short story series.  They are looking for speculative fiction stories of 1500 to 17,500 words using the theme of "Awakenings".  The deadline is December 31, 2017 and payment is 8cents a word with a cap of $800.  You can find all the details here.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Orthogonal - Open for Submissions

Orthogonal has opened submissions for their next issue with the theme of Sex & Revolution.  They're looking for stories in all genres of 5 to 5000 words using the sex and revolution theme.  Be sure to read the guidelines to understand exactly what they're looking for.  The deadline is November 1, 2017 and payment is $30 for flash stories up to 1000 words and $100 for shorts of 1001 to 5000 words.  You can find the details here.

Hat tip to horrortree.com

Cuil Press - Anthology Call

Cuil Press has posted an anthology call for a Tumblr-Twist anthology.  They're looking for fantasy stories of 4000 to 25,000 words based on Tumblr-Twists (yes, they have links) or a made up Tumblr-twist of your own.  The deadline is November 30, 2017 and payment is $25.  You can find the details here.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Uncanny Magazine - Open for Submissions

Uncanny Magazine is open for submissions of SF/F stories of 750 to 6000 words.  The deadline is October 16, 2017 and payment is 8cents a word.  You can find the details here.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

28 Paying Markets for October

And yes, lots of market news today.  Ain't it great!

Over at the Publishing...and Other Forms of Insanity blog Erica Verrillo has posted her October list of paying markets.  Check it out here.

Crime Syndicate Magazine - New Issue

Crime Syndicate Magazine Issue #3 is available for purchase here.

Crime Markets Open for Submissions Today

We have several other crime markets opening for submissions today:

1.  Black Cat Mystery Magazine - 3cents a word.

2.  Pulp Modern - $10 - deadline October 10 so a very short reading period.

3.  Magical Crime Scene Investigation - anthology call - $25 

Flash Bang Mysteries - New Issue - Open for Submissions

Flash Bang Mysteries has opened for submissions.  They're looking for crime flash stories of 500 to 750 words.  The deadline is October 31 and payment is $15.  You can find the details here.

While you're there check out the newest issue.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Crystal Lake Publishing - Anthology Call

Crystal Lake Publishing opens submissions tomorrow (October 1, 2017) for their annual anthology "Tales from the Lake 5".  They're seeking quiet horror and dark fiction stories with a literary bend that are grounded in the real world.  Stories should be no more than 6000 words.  The deadline is December 1, 2017 and payment is 3cents a word.  You can find all the details here.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Mystery & Horror LLC - Anthology Call

Mystery & Horror LLC has posted an anthology call for Strangely Funny V.  They're looking for funny paranormal stories of 2000 to 6000 words.  Submissions open on October 1 and close on October 31, 2017.  Payment is a $5 advance plus a copy of the anthology.  You can find the details here.

Crime Syndicate Magazine - Free for Kindle

Crime Syndicate Magazine issue two is free for your Kindle today and tomorrow in expectation of their third issue dropping on October 1.  Check it out here.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Zombies Need Brains LLC - Anthology Calls

Editor Joshua Palmatier has posted the guidelines for three anthologies to be published by Zombies Need Brains LLC.  They are looking for sci-fi and fantasy stories up to 7500 words that meet the themes for "The Razor's Edge", "Guilds & Glaives", and "Second Round".  The deadline is December 31, 2017 and payment is 6cents a word.  You can find the details here.  And they did have a successful KickStarter so the money is assured.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

FormerCactus - New Flash Market

From Michael Bracken comes a link to a new online flash zine,  FormerCactus is looking for flash stories in any genre under 1000 words for their first issue.  There is no payment.  You can find the submission details here and more on their about page.  

The Uninhabited by Michael Bracken

Most reviewers tend not to review online short stories and I'm not sure why.  They're free to read and you can find some real gems.  "The Uninhabited" by Michael Bracken is one such story.  What I loved the most is the fact that it reminds you that nothing is ever what it seems.  Stop on over to Tough and have a read.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Caffeinated Press - Anthology Call - West Michigan Writers

Caffeinated Press is open for submissions to their annual anthology "Brewed Awakenings".  They prefer writers from West Michigan but will consider writers from outside the area.  They are seeking stories up to 40,000 words in any genre.  Payment is $10 to $150 depending on length.  The deadline is May 31, 2018.  You can find the details here.

International Crime Fiction Association - Call for Papers

The International Crime Fiction Association in the UK has posted a call for papers dealing with "Crime Fiction:  Insiders and Outsiders" and they affect each other to change the genre.  They have a long list of subjects for you to consider.  200 word proposals are due by February 3, 2018.  You can find the details here.

2018 Minotaur Books/Malice Domestic Novel Competition - No Fee to Enter

The 2018 Minotaur Books/Malice Domestic Novel Competition is open for submissions.  They are seeking traditional mysteries of 65,000 words (minimum).  The deadline is January 12, 2018.  There is no entry fee.  The winner receives a $10,000 advance against royalties.  You can find the details here.  Scroll the page.  I know it says 2017 but the entry form is for the 2018 competition.  This only open to authors who have never had a novel published before.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

EconoClash Review - New Market

I just received an email from editor J D Graves about his new online ezine called EconoClash Review.  This is a non-paying market but they publish in all genres (Yes, crime and noir are included).  He will be opening submissions on October 1 and they will remain open until December 1, 2017.  Stories should be 1500 to 4500 words in length.  You can find the details here.

UPDATE:  Not sure if I missed this or it was added later but they are now paying $10 for each story.  Another paying market!!!

The Dark Magazine - Open for Submissions

The Dark Magazine is open for submissions.  They're looking for stories of 2000 to 6000 words in the genres of horror and dark fantasy.  Payment is 3cents a word.  You can find the details here.  You'll also find that their September issue is now online for your reading pleasure.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Flame Tree Publishing - Anthology Calls

Flame Tree Publishing has posted two anthology calls - "Alien Invasion" and "Endless Apocalypse".  They're looking for both original and reprint stories of 2000 to 4000 words.  The deadline for both is September 29, 2017 and payment is 6cents a word.  You can find the details here.  Sorry for the short notice.

Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores - Open for Submissions

Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores opened for submissions of short stories of 1000 words and up in the genres of sci-fi, fantasy, myth, legend, fairy tale, and eldritch.  The submission period is only a week long and closes on September 28, 2017.  Payment is 6cents a word for original stories, 2cents a word for reprints, and 2cents to 6cents a word for non-fiction.  You can find the details here and the submission link is at the bottom of the page.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Bracken - Open for Submissions

Online zine Bracken is currently open for submissions of speculative fiction stories up to 2500 words.  There's no deadline listed.  Payment is 2cents a word.  You can find the details here.

Santa Cruz Weird - Anthology Call

I found this call in the local Santa Cruz paper and thought I'd pass it along for those who might be interested.  Author Nancy Lynn Jarvis is seeking stories of 3000 to 6000 words that feature the fun, humorous, and quirky side of Santa Cruz.  The deadline is December 1, 2017, there's no mention of payment.  You can find the details here.  Ms. Jarvis is a mystery author so crime stories could work here.

The Round Up - Open for Submissions

Online zine The Round Up is seeking short stories up to 5000 words that deal with the underground economy (dealers, pushers, users, rent boys, strippers, hookers, etc.).  The deadline is October 31, 2017, there's no mention of payment.  You can find the details here, the link goes to a pdf file.  There is an issue available to read so you can get a feel for what they're looking for, you can find the link on their home page.

Thanks to Michael Bracken for the link!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Enchanted Conversations - Open for Submissions

Enchanted Conversation:  A Fairy Tale Conversation has opened submissions for their October issue.  They're looking for fairy tale type stories of 700 to 3000 words using the theme "Godfather Death".  The deadline is September 30, 2017 and payment is $30.  You can find the details here.

Bloodhound Books - Open for Crime Novel Submissions

Bloodhound Books is open for novel submissions in the crime fiction genres.  There's no mention of pay scale.  You can find the details here.

Home is...by Jerry Bloomfield

There's a great story about family over at Beat to a Pulp.  You keep expecting one thing and the story just spins you around in another direction and leaves you smiling along a trail of your own memories.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Naptown Noir - Charity Anthology Call

Editor Alec Cizak has posted a note on his blog that he's putting together a charity anthology that will be published by Down & Out Books.  He's looking for noir stories set in Indianapolis.  The charity is the Indiana Literacy Association.  You can check out the details and drop him a line here.

Fireside Magazine - Open for Submissions

Fireside Magazine opened submissions today for flash stories up to 1000 words and short stories up to 4000 words in any genre.  There are stories to read online so you can get an idea of what they're looking for.  Their reading period is short and the deadline is September 23, 2017.  Payment is 12.5cents a word.  You can find the details here.  Just click on home at the top of the page to find stories to read.

Friday, September 15, 2017

ChiZine Publications - Anthology Call

ChiZine Publications has posted an anthology call for "Other Covenants:  Alternate Histories of the Jewish People".  They looking for stories of 500 to 15,000 words that written in the alternate history genre and are relevant to the theme.  The deadline is February 4, 2018 and payment is 8cents CAD a word.  They have a list of possible topics in their guidelines which you can find here.

Lamplight - Open for Submissions

Lamplight opened submissions today for their next two issues.  They're seeking dark literary fiction up to 7000 words.  The deadline is November 15, 2017 and payment is 3cents a word with a $150 cap.  Reprints are paid 1cent a word.  You can find the details here.

Occult Detective Quarterly - Open for Submissions

Occult Detective Quarterly opened submissions today for their next issue.  They're looking for stories of 3000 to 6000 words about detectives who explore the unusual.  The deadline is October 15, 2017 and payment is 1cent a  word with a $50 cap.  They do take an occasional reprint and pay a flat rate of $25 for these.  You can find the details here, it's a pdf file.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Black Cat Mystery Magazine - Guidelines Posted

Black Cat Mystery Magazine has posted their guidelines and will open for submissions on October 1 for issues #2 and #3.  They're looking for all types of mystery stories of 1000 to 8000 words.  The deadline is December 15, 2017 and payment is 3cents a word.  You can find the details here.  I will post a reminder on the opening date.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Weird City - Open for Submissions

Weird City magazine is open for submissions to their second issue.  They're looking for stories of 2000 to 7500 words that use the theme of "strange things in dense places".  The deadline is December 31, 2017 and payment is $20 to $75 depending on length.  You can find the details here.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

21 Paying Markets for Personal Essays

I know many of you write non-fiction so I thought I'd pass along this link to "Freedom With Writing" where they've posted 21 paying markets for personal essays.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Scary Dairy Press - Anthology Call

Scary Dairy Press has opened submissions for their anthology "Terror Politico".  they are seeking dark fiction of 3000 to 7000 words about the evils of politics.  The deadline is December 31, 2017 and payment is $30 to $70 depending on length.  Reprints are paid a flat fee of $25.  You can find the details here.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Antimatter Magazine - Call for Flash Stories

Antimatter Magazine is seeking original science fiction flash stories up to 500 words that use a real science headline to inform, drive, or inspire your story (they have links).  The deadline is October 31, 2017 and payment is $20.  You can find the details on their Submittable page.

Friday, September 8, 2017

PMMP - Anthology Call

Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing has posted an anthology call for "Lost Films".  They're looking for horror stories of 1000 to 8000 words involving recorded visual disturbances such as in film, Hollywood, TV, etc.( And yes, they explain it much better).  The deadline is October 31, 2017 and payment is 2cents a word.  You can find the details here.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Mainly Murder Press - Closed

Mainly Murder Press seemed to have closed up shop.  No explanations.

"A Sudden Swift Impression" - Call for Papers

If you're a resident of the UK this call for papers might be of interest to you.  The University of Brighton is hosting a Study Day with a focus on short stories of the 19th century.  One of the topics is crime and detection.  A 300 word proposal is due by October 2, 2017.  You can find the details here.

All Due Respect Books - Open for Submissions

All Due Respect Books has opened submissions for low life crime literature in the form of short story collection, novellettes, novellas, and novels.  They are now an imprint of Down & Out Books.  You can find the details here.

Hat tip to Paul D. Brazill!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Books and Boos Press - Anthology Call

Books and Boos Press is seeking darkly funny horror stories for their anthology "A Sharp Stick in the Eye".  Stories should be 4000 to 8000 words.  The deadline is September 30, 2017 and payment is $50.  You can find the details here.

Limitless Publishing - Anthology Call

Limitless Publishing has posted an anthology call for "Craving: Loyalty".  They are seeking contemporary romance or romantic suspense stories of 10,000 words (7500 to 12,000) that are set in the world of the mafia, organized crime groups, motorcycle clubs, or gangs.  Basically any group where loyalty is demanded and betrayal will bring death.  They want story proposals of 500 words submitted by October 13, 2017.  There is no mention of payment so that's something you'll have query.  You can find the details here.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

In Honor of Elmer Kelton - Call for Submissions

The 22nd Annual ASU (Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas) Writers Conference in honor of Elmer Kealton is seeking submissions of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction plus critical or biological presentations on Kelton, Hoagland, or Texas/Southwestern/Western Literature.  The featured writer is Tony Hoagland.  The deadline is November 13, 2017.  You can find the details here, the file comes up as a pdf.

Pulp Modern - Submission Period Announced

Just a note for those of you who like a long lead time - Pulp Modern will be open for submissions from October 1st to the 10th.  You can find the details here.  I'll post this again when they open.

Black Cat Magazine - A New Market for Crime Fiction

Over at the SleuthSayers blog Barb Goffman has posted an interview with Carla Coupe the editor of a new print crime magazine called Black Cat Magazine.  The first issue is now available and the editor says the guidelines should be posted this week with submissions opening in October.  The payment here will be 3cents a word with a cap of $250.  I'll keep an eye open for the announcement of both and post them here.  It's good to have another paying market for crime fiction.

Monday, September 4, 2017

One Story - Open for Submissions

Print magazine One Story has opened submissions for literary stories of 3000 to 8000 words.  The deadline is November 14, 2017 and payment is $500.  They have an online submission manager with a link in the guidelines.  You can find the details here.

Mysterical -E - New Issue

The Summer issue of Mysterical-E has gone live.  You can read it for free here.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Mad Scientist Journal - Open for Submissions

The Mad Scientist Journal has opened submissions for the month of September.  They're looking for stories of 500 to 8000 words written in first person from the mad scientist's point of view.  Genres are sci-fi, fantasy, or horror.  The deadline is September 30, 2017.  Payment is $10 for flash of 500 to 2000 words ($5 for reprints) and $20 for shorts of 2000 to 8000 words ($10 for reprints).  You can find the details here.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Spilt Coffee by Rob Kitchin

Flash fiction is tough to write but writing a drabble of exactly a hundred words is even tougher.  Over at the blog The View From the Blue House Rob Kitchin writes a drabble and posts it every Saturday.  This week's drabble is "Spilt Coffee" and it's a perfect crime story with not a word wasted.  Check it out for yourself.

Literally Stories - Non-paying Market for Crime Fiction

First off, this is a non-paying market but they do publish crime, thriller, and mystery stories along with many other genres.  Literally Stories is seeking work of 500 to 3000 words.  They are an online zine and you will find stories there to read to get a feel for what they publish.  You can find the details here.

Hat tip to Michael Bracken for the link.

34 Paying Markets for September

Over at the blog Publishing...and Other Forms of Insanity Erica Verrillo has post her list of 34 paying markets for September.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Indie Crime Scene - Writng Resource

And another resource for crime fiction writers is "Indie Crime Scene".  One very cool feature is their crime fiction links of the week that collect reviews, short stories, interviews, and resources all in one place for you to click on.

The Puppet Show - Writing Resource

For those of you writing crime fiction you might find "The Puppet Show" website very informative.  It is based in the UK so some things may differ from country to country.

Tough - Seeking Crime Fiction Submissions

Rusty Barnes the editor of Tough ezine is seeking crime stories of 1000 words and up.  Payment is $25.  You can find the details here.  He started publishing stories in July so be sure to take a few minutes to read what's there so you can get a feel for what he's looking for.

A Study in Sidekicks: The Detectives Assistant in Crime Fiction - Call for Papers

Shots magazine has posted a "Call for Papers:  A Study in Sidekicks:  The Detectives Assistant in Crime Fiction".  They're looking for essays of 7000 to 8000 words "that explore the changing representations and functions of the detective's sidekick".  They want an abstract of 300 to 350 words by November 13, 2017 with full essays due June 1, 2018.  There is also a list of topics.  There is no mention of payment.  You can find the details here.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

B Cubed Press - Anthology Calls

B Cubed Press has two open anthology calls listed. 

The first is titled "After the Orange".  They're looking for sci-fi/fantasy stories of 500 to 5000 words set in a post Trump world.  The deadline is December 15, 2017 and payment is 2cents a word plus royalty split.  You can find the details here.

The second call is titled "Cosmic Caravans".  This one is looking for science fiction stories of 300 to 3000 words for pre-teen readers.  The deadline is October 7, 2017 and payment is 2cents a word plus royalties.  You can find the details here.

Selene Quarterly - Open for Submissions (September 1, 2017)

Submissions open tomorrow, September 1, 2017, for Selene Quarterly.  They're seeking stories "that shatter relationships" in all genres for the theme "Brides, Grooms, Honeymoons".  This is a short reading period that ends on September 15, 2017.  Payment is 6cents a word for Drabbles, 2cents a word for flash fiction of 500 to 1000 words, and 3cents a word for short stories.  You can find the details here.

Western Writers of America - Tweet Us a Western Contest

The Western Writers of America have posted a contest call for "Tweet Us a Western".  They're looking for Western stories of 280 characters.  Your stories can be Old West, Modern Westerns, Weird Westerns, or Romance.  You have to privately PM the message not post directly to their Twitter feed.  Opening date is tomorrow September 1, 2017 and runs to November 30, 2017.  Prizes are $300, $125, and $75.  You can find all the details here.

Hat tip to Brian Lindenmuth for the link!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Hydra Publications - Anthology Call

Hydra Publications has posted an anthology call for "Unsheathed:  an Epic Anthology of Sword & Sorcery Fantasy".  They want only Epic/Heroic fantasy stories of 7500 to 10,000 words.  All stories must have an element of sword play or sword-related theme.  The deadline is December 31, 2017 and payment is $30.  You can find the details here.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Myriad Paradigm Publishing - Anthology Call

Myriad Paradigm Publishing has posted an anthology call for "Mind Candy".  They're looking for speculative fiction stories up to 5000 words that address the intricacies of the mind and where the mental oddities are key to the story line.  Te deadline is January 15, 2018 and payment is 6cents a word.  You can find the details here.

Hat tip to horrortree.com

The Eyes of Texas - Anthology Call Update

Editor Michael Bracken has noted in his submission call FAQ's section that he's not getting enough stories that represent the diversity of the state for his anthology call  "The Eyes of Texas".  He's looking for private eye stories of around 5000 words that are set in Texas.  The deadline is November 30, 2017 and payment is a royalty share.  You can find the details here.

DarkFuse - Closed

DarkFuse Publishing has filed for bankruptcy and has closed down.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Poet's Haven - Anthology Calls

Okay, first up, the only pay for these two anthology calls are one copy.  The Poet's Haven has two anthology calls for their Digest series.  The first is "Darker than Fiction" which is looking for poetry and short stories about evil monsters in the real world.  The deadline is January 7, 2018.  The second is for "It Was a Dark and Stormy Night" which is looking for poetry and short stories that start with that famous sentence.  The deadline is May 26, 2018.  Submissions are through Submittable, you can find the details and links at the website, just scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Mystery Tribune - Open for Fiction Submissions

Mystery Tribune is seeking crime/mystery stories of 3000 to 6000 words for both their online and print magazines.  Submissions are through Submittable.  You can find the details here.  There are stories posted online so you can check out what types of stories they publish.  There is no mention of payment but I've heard that they do pay but not how much.

Hat tip to Michael Bracken for the link.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Mystery Readers Journal - Call for Non-fiction Submissions

Editor Janet Randolph has posted a call for non-fiction submissions for Mystery Readers Journal.  The theme for the next two issues is Big City Cops.  She's looking for reviews, articles, and Author! Author! essays.  The deadline is September 5, 2017 and there's no mention of payment.  You can find the details here.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Fahrenheit Press - Anthology Call - Noirville

This call came through the SMFS group today.  Fahrenheit Press has posted a contest call for an anthology titled "Noirville".  They're looking for stories under 7500 words in the crime/thriller genres.  The deadline is September 30, 2017 and payment is a royalty split.  You can find the details here.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Dreaming Robot Press - Anthology Call

Dreaming Robot Press has opened submissions for their 2018 Young Explorer's Adventure Guide anthology.  They're looking for science fiction adventure stories of 3000 to 6000 words for middle grade readers.  The deadline is December 31, 2017 and payment is 6cents a word.  You can find the details here

Friday, August 18, 2017

Down & Out Books - All Due Respect Books

Down & Out Books has just picked up All Due Respect Books as a new imprint.

Six Questions For... - Mark Westmoreland

Jim Harrington has an interview with Story and Grit editor Mark Westmoreland over at his excellent Six Questions For...blog.

Northeast Modern Language Association - Call for Papers

The Northeast Modern Language Association has posted a call for papers on three different topics.  The ones I thought might be of interest here are "New Approaches in Zombie Studies" and a variety of topics about F. Scott Fitzgerald and Hollywood.  The deadline for 300 word abstracts is September 30, 2017.  You can find the details here.

Best Science Fiction of the Year - 2017 - Call for Submissions

Editor Neil Clarke has posted a submissions call for "Best Science Fiction of the Year - 2017".  This is for stories published in 2017.  The deadline is November 1, 2017 for print and November 15, 2017 for digital copies.  There's no mention of payment.  You can find the details here.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Elm Books - Anthology Call - Cozy Mysteries

Elm Books has posted an anthology call for "Death by Cupcake".  They're looking for cozy mysteries of 2000 to 10,000 words.  The stories must have a cupcake somewhere in the story.  The deadline is December 1, 2017 and payment is a royalty share.  You can find the details here.  There are also a couple of calls for sci-fi anthologies.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

World Weaver Press - Anthology Call

World Weaver Press has opened submissions for an anthology titled "Glass and Gardens:  Solarpunk Summers".  They're looking for futuristic stories up to 8000 words that take place in summer.  They must be planet-based and optimistic.  The deadline is November 15, 2017.  Payment will be based on a successful KickStarter.  You can find the details here.

Yellow Mama - New Issue

The August issue of online zine Yellow Mama has gone live.  It's free to read here.

Queen of the South - On Writing Strong Women

I find it odd that there's not much talk about the TV series "Queen of the South" in the mystery writing community.  I don't do the pay per view channels like HBO or stream programs like Netflix so finding such a great show about a strong woman on the cable channels is very refreshing.  As for the noir angle, it doesn't get any darker.  Just when you think things can't get any worse for Teresa Mendoza, there she is sliding deeper into the shit.

If you want to write a strong woman you won't find a better example than Teresa.  She doesn't wait for a man to save her.  She saves herself.  There are men who help her along the way and they don't do it for sexual favors but because they respect her and what she's done.  She doesn't crawl into a corner and moan in self-pity, she stands up and fights for her life and the people she cares for.  She's a perfect contrast to her nemesis, Camila Vargas, anther strong woman but one who is vicious to a fault.

The contrast between the two women works well as they both admire each other, but they don't trust one another.  It's good to see such well written women characters on TV.  I like that the love interests are kept to a minimum and the relationships between the women are kept at the forefront of the show.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Angie's Desk - Anthology Markets

Angie has posted her August list of anthology markets.  Thanks, Angie!

Otter Libris Press - Anthology Call

First off, I'm posting this call early as the submission period doesn't open until October 1, 2017.  Otter Libris Press has posted an anthology call for "MCSI:  Magical Crime Scene Investigation:.  They're looking for "Urban Fantasy stories that involve a crime scene and require the investigator to use magic or engage the aid of a magical being to solve the crime",  Stories should be 3000 to 10,000 words.  The deadline is January 31, 2017 and payment is $25 for original stories and $10 for reprints.  You can find the details here.  And yes, I will post this again when submissions open.

Hat tip to Michael Bracken for the link!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Sirens Call Publications - Anthology Call

Sirens Call Publications has posted an anthology call for "If It Bleeds, It Leads".  They're looking for horror stories in the form of newspaper articles.  The deadline is October 31, 2017 and payment is $15.  You can find the details here.

If You Live in San Diego

I don't often post writing classes but this one sounded interesting.  The one day workshop is sponsored by San Diego Writers, Ink.  The date is September 3, 2017 and costs $30 for members and $36 for non-members.  The shop's title is "Street Talk:  Crafting Moody Dialog for Genre Stories with Mark Phillips.  You can find the details here.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Hallmark Publishing - Call for Novel Submissions

Hallmark Publishing (an extension of Hallmark TV) is looking for novels of 70,000 to 85,000 words in the genres of male/female romance and cozy mysteries.  Also it needs to be at a PG 13 level according to the guidelines.  You can find the details here.  They have an online submission page similar to Submittable.  They do not list payment details or what rights they're acquiring.

Hat tip to writingcareer.com

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Solarcide - Open for Submissions

Online zine Solarcide is currently open for submissions.  They're looking for dark fiction in all genres of 1000 to 3000 words.  Payment is $50.  You can find the details here.

Tribe - Anthology Call - Women Writers 55+

Tribe will be a print anthology by and about older single women (aged 55+).  They're looking for prose, memoir, short stories, and poetry.  The word count for prose is 1200 to 3000 words.  The deadline is September 30, 2017 and payment is $25 CAD.  You can find the details here.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Love & Bubbles - Anthology Call

Editor Jaylee James has posted an anthology call for "Love & Bubbles".  They're looking for love stories (no erotica) under 5000 words set underwater.  Characters don't need to be human (you know, mermaids and sea sprites, etc. are the alternative :))  The deadline is December 20, 2017.  There will be a KickStarter run to pay for submissions with $50 being the minimum.  They don't really say what will happen if the KickStarter fails.  You can find the details here.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Independent Editor Stacy Robinson on the Novella

Over at the SleuthSayers blog is an interesting essay about the novella by independent editor Stacy Robinson.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Out of the Gutter Online - Special Call for Submissions

Out of the Gutter Online has posted a special call for an October series called Gutteral Screams.  They're looking for Halloween type stories up to 1000 words.  The deadline is September 29, 2017.  This is a non-paying market.  You can find the details here.

Emre Publishing - Anthology Call

I'm guessing from the guidelines that this anthology is meant to poke fun at the President.  Emre Publishing has posted an anthology call for "He-man Woman-Haters Club".  They're looking for stories of 3000 to 5000 words that depict "Our-Gang type" plots using characters from a list they have posted which includes politicians and members of the Our Gang TV show.  The setting is Mar-a-Lago in Palm Springs, Florida.  The deadline is September 30, 2017 and payment is 6cents a word.  You can find the details here.  While satire is fine, they're basically looking for humorous stories.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Killer Nashville's Broken Ribbons

I know that most of the crime writer's conferences have an annual anthology call so I was pretty excited to see that Killer Nashville now has an annual magazine called Broken Ribbons.  What I wasn't prepared for was finding that they charge a $3 reading fee and there's no payment.  If you're interested here's the guidelines.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Fahrenheit Press - Open for Novel Submissions

Fahrenheit Press is currently open for novel submissions in the genres of Crime and Thrillers.  You can find the details here.

PulpRev.com - Call for Submissions - Non-Paying

PulpRev.com has posted a short call for pulp flash fiction stories of 750 to 1500 words for a PulpRev Sampler.  The deadline is August 10, 2017, there's no mention of payment.  You can find the details here.

Down & Out: The Magazine - First Issue Now Available

The first print issue of Down & Out:  The Magazine is now available for purchase.  There is also a Kindle edition here.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Deadman's Tome - Anthology Call

Deadman's Tome is seeking horror stories up to 5000 words that reflect real stories and urban legends found in America for a project titled Real American Horror.  The deadline is September 11, 2017 and payment is a royalty split.  You can find the details here.

The Popular Culture Association - Call for Papers - Mystery & Detective Fiction

The Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association has posted a call for papers in the Mystery and Detective Fiction field for their annual conference.  Your 100 to 250 word proposal should be submitted by October 1, 2017.  You can find the details here.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Down and Out Books - Open for Novel Submissions

Down and Out Books opened for novel submissions today.  They're looking for novels of 60,000 to 90,000 words in the crime genres with the exception of cozies and romantic suspense.  You can find the details here.  The deadline is August 31, 2017.

34 Paying Markets for August

Over at the Publishing...and Other Forms of Insanity blog Erica Verrillo has posted her list of paying markets for August.  Thanks, Erica!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Schoolbooks & Sorcery - YA Anthology Call

Editor Michael M. Jones has posted an anthology call for "Schoolbooks & Sorcery".  He's seeking YA Urban Fantasy stories of 2000 to 6000 words,  The stories must involve magic.  The deadline is August 31, 2017 and payment is 6cents a word.  You can find the details here.

Story and Grit - New Market

I always find it amazing what you can find when you read short stories online.  This morning I read a story over at Out of the Gutter Online and in the author's bio I discovered that he started an online zine called Story and Grit.  The best part is that this is a crime fiction market looking for stories of 700 to 4000 words in the genres of rough South fiction, crime lit, and horror.  The downside is that they are not a paying market.  You can find the details here.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Edge Publishing - Anthology Call

Edge Publishing has posted an anthology call for "Fantastic Trains:  An Anthology of Phantasmagorical Engines and Riders".  They're looking for speculative fiction stories about trains and the folks who ride them up to 5000 words.  They also have a list of character types they want you to use, one of which is a detective.  The deadline is September 30, 2017 and payment is $50 to $150 depending on length.  You can find the details here.

Dark Cloud Press - Anthology Call

This anthology call from Dark Cloud Press will be a perfect fit for you crime writers.  The anthology is titled "Tales of Blood and Squalor" and they're looking for horror and psychological thrillers that include blood and squalor.  Stories should be 2500 to 5000 words.  I'm posting this early so you can get started on a story if you don't have one.  The submission period opens on August 1 and ends September 30, 2017 or until filled so don't wait until the last minute to submit.  Payment is 3cents a word.  You can find the details here.

The Final Frontier - Reprint Anthology Call - Science Fiction

Editor Neil Clarke has posted an anthology call for "The Final Frontier".  He's looking for reprint science fiction stories from the last twenty years about exploration and discovery beyond one's home world.  Stories should be 3000 to 22,000 words.  The deadline for submissions is August 4, 2017 and payment is 1cent a word plus a royalty share.  You can find all the details here.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Twelfth Planet Press - Anthology Call - Mother of Invention

Twelfth Planet Press has posted an anthology call for "Mother of Invention".  They're looking for stories of 500 to 5000 words "about gender as it relates to the creation of artificial intelligence and robotics".  The deadline is August 31, 2017 and payment is 6cents a word.  You can find the details here.

Manslaughter Review - New Issue

The second issue of Manslaughter Review is now available to read online.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Workers Write! - Open for Submissions

Workers Write! has opened submissions for issue #14, "Tales From the Cafe".  They're looking for stories of 500 to 5000 words that are set in the food industry sector.  The deadline is December 31, 2017 and payment is $5 to $50 depending on length.  You can find the details here.

My apologies:  I just noticed this morning that I said this market was Writers Write! but that's not the case, it's Workers Write!  Maybe I've just heard that writers write phrase so often that it just comes natural to write it down.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Argosy Magazine - Open for Submissions

UK based Argosy Magazine is open for submissions for "Volume 3:  Collapsed Binary".  They're looking for stories over 4500 words featuring women as the protagonists.  There's no deadline listed and  payment is a royalty split.  They also have a listing of themes for which they're asking for story queries, one of which is for crime fiction.  You can find the details here.

The Mystery of Maine Mystery Writers by Jaed Coffin

I ran across an interesting article in Down East magazine by Jaed Coffin called "The Mystery of Maine Mystery Writers".

Switchblade - Open for Submissions

Crime fiction magazine Switchblade opened submissions today for short stories of 2000 to 4500 words.  The deadline is August 15, 2017 and payment is $10.  You can find the details here, scroll down the page.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Boabab Press - Anthology Call

Baobab Press has posted an anthology call for "This Side of the Divide".  They're seeking short fiction of 3000 to 5000 word that explores the United States West.  The deadline is October 31, 2017 and payment is $100.  You can find the details here.  Just scroll down to the bottom of the page.  Also note that this is being put together with an MFA program so they'll be looking for literary stories.

Write Naked - Call for Non-fiction Blog Posts

The Write Naked blog is open for blog post queries for non-fiction posts about writing.  There is a list of ideas to get you started.  Your post should be 450 to 650 words in length but remember, you have to query our idea first.  The deadline is September 30, 2017 and payment is $50.  You can find the details here.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Matchbook - Open for Submissions

Matchbook is an online flash fiction literary magazine.  They're currently open for submissions of stories under 1000 words.  If your piece is accepted you will be asked for a companion piece (basically a short author's note about the story)  The deadline is July 23, 2017 and payment is $20.  You can find the details here.

Hat tip to Gail Farrelly. 

Wolf Singer Publications - Anthology Call

Wolf Singer Publications has posted an anthology call for "Tales From the Fluffy Bunny".  They're looking for fantasy stories of 1000 to 7500 that feature your main character telling the tale of how they or their weapon got their silly name.  The deadline is September 30, 2017 and payment is $5 plus a royalty split.  You can find the details here.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Switchblade Magazine - Submission Period Posted

Just a note to let you crime writing folks know that Switchblade magazine has posted their submission period for the next issue.  It will be opening on July 20, 2017 and end on August 15, 2017.  Don't jump the gun, just mark it in your calendars so you'll be ready. :)

Hat tip to Peter DiChellis.

Hard Sentences: Crime Fiction Inspired by Alcatraz - Now Available

I've been coming up short with paying markets for crime fiction of late so I thought I'd post a link to the new anthology "Hard Sentences:  Crime Fiction Inspired by Alcatraz".  I posted the call last year and now the anthology is a reality with a load of great writers.  Check it out here

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Tough - First Story Up

The online blogzine Tough is off to a great start with "The Mark of a Good Deal" by J. M. Taylor.  Check it out here.

Magazine Closings

Red Sun Magazine and Untied Shoelaces of the Mind have both closed their doors.

Flash Bang Mysteries - New Issue - Open for Submissions

The Summer issue of Flash Bang Mysteries has gone live and is free to read here.  They have also opened submissions for crime flash fiction of 500 to 750 words.  The deadline is July 31, 2017.  Check  out their submission page for the details.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Fantasia Divinity Publishing - Anthology Calls

Fantasia Divinity Publishing has posted three anthology calls looking for speculative fiction stories of 500 to 10,500 words that fit the themes of each anthology.  There are different deadlines but they're all open at this point.  Payment is $5 to $15 depending on length.  They're also accepting reprints with a max payout of $10.  You can find the details here.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Buzzy Mag - Open for Reviews and Blog Post Submissions

For those of you who are into sci-fi and fantasy Buzzy Mag is open for book and movie reviews plus they're looking for bloggers.  Payment is 5cents a word.  You can check out the details here.

Diabolical Plots - Open for Submissions

Diabolical Plots is open for submissions during the month of July.  They are looking for speculative fiction stories up to 3500 words.  Payment is 8cents a word.  You can find the details here.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Switchblade - New Issue

Issue 2 of Switchblade has hit the streets and is available in both print and ebook format.  You can check out the issue details and find the links for purchasing a copy here.  (Scroll down the page)  Also note they will be opening a submission period in late July.

Hat tip to Peter DiChellis.

Mofo Publishing - Erotica Anthology Call

Mofo Publications has posted an anthology call for "Literary Erotica:  Apocalypse".  They're looking for erotica stories of 1000 to 5000 words centered around the theme of apocalypse.  The deadline is September 5, 2017 and payment is 1cent a word.  You can find the call here.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

37 Paying Markets for July

Over at Publishing...and Other Forms of Insanity blogger Erica Verrillo has posted her July list of paying markets.  Thanks, Erica!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

An Interview with Eric Campbell

Over at SleuthSayers you'll find an interesting interview with Down and Out Books founder Eric Campbell where he talks about the future of the novella.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Anthology Call - A Hand of Knaves - Australian Writers

This one is for Australian writers only and submissions don't open until August 1.  That gives you a good month to come up with a great story for The Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild's anthology "A Hand of Knaves".  They're looking for speculative fiction stories up to 5000 words that feature the "knaves" as the protagonist.  And yes, they explain exactly what they're looking for in the guidelines.  The payment here is $30.  You can find the details here.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Dakka Press - Call for Podcast Submissions

Dakka Press is seeking short stories and audio plays in any genre (PG 13 level) for their online podcasts.  They're paying 1.5cents a word with a cap at 3500 words though you may submit longer pieces.  Their minimum payment is $20.  You can find the details here.  This one is for Manuel who asked me a long time ago to find him a market for radio plays :)  I finally found one.

Flame Tree Publishing - Anthology Calls

Flame Tree Publishing has posted two anthology calls, on for "Pirates and Ghosts" and the second for "Agents and Spies".  Stories should be 2000 to 4000 words.  The deadline for both is July 7. 2017 and payment is 6cents a word.  The good thing about this short notice call is that they'll be taking reprints as well as original work.  You can find the details here.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Blood & Bourbon - Open for Submissions

First off, this is a non-paying market but I thought it might be a fit for some of you noir writers out there.  Blood & Bourbon is looking for both fiction and non-fiction up to 2500 words that is hard, gritty, and raw.  The theme for their Fall issue is Death.  You can find the details here.  Their Spring issue is now available for purchase or as a free download, just go to the home page for details.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Silver Empire Press - Anthology Call

Silver Empire Press has posted an anthology call for "Stairs in the Woods".  They have a picture and some ideas to get you started.  They are looking for stories of 3000 to 20,000 words in any genre.  The deadline is August 31, 2017 and payment is a royalty split.  You can find the details here.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Owl Hollow Press - Anthology Call - Short Notice

Owl Hollow Press has an anthology call for a "Pick Your Poison" anthology.  They don't specify genre but I think they're leaning more toward the spec-fiction genres.  They want stories under 7500 words.  The deadline is June 30, 2017 and payment is $50.  You can find the details here.

Unnerving Magazine - Anthology Call

Unnerving Magazine is open for submissions of dark fiction of 400 to 2500 words for a Halloween issue.  The deadline is July 14, 2017, payment is 1cent a word.  They also have an anthology call for "Hardened Hearts" where they're looking for difficult love stories of 600 to 3000 word.  The stories can be any genre including crime fiction but they must be dark.  The deadline for this one is "until full" and payment is 1cent a word.  You can find the guidelines for both on their Submittable page.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Yellow Mama - New Issue

The June issue of Yellow Mama has gone live.  You can read it online here.

Belanger Books - Mystery Anthology Call

For all you Holmes fans out there here's an interesting submission call from Belanger Books for "Sherlock Holmes:  Adventures in the Realms of H. G. Wells".  They're looking for mystery stories of 5000 to 10,000 words featuring Sherlock Homes solving mysteries set in the worlds created by H. G. Wells.  An excellent cross genre idea :)  The deadline is July 15, 2017 and payment is a royalty split.  You can find the details here.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Joffee Books - Open for Crime Novel Submissions

UK based Joffee Books is open for novel submissions in the various crime genres.  You can check them out here.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Trisha Faye - Non-fiction Anthology Calls

Editor Trisha Faye has posted two no-fiction anthology calls on  her site.  The first is called "In Celebration of Sisters".  They're looking for uplifting essays about sisters of 1000 to 1500 words.  Payment is $50 and the deadline is June 30, 2017.  The second is called "Mothers of Angels".  They're looking for essays of 1500 to 3000 words from mothers who  have lost a child.  Payment is $75 and the deadline is October 30, 2017.  You can find the details for both here.  They're also looking for poetry for both anthologies.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Red Room Magazine - A Reminder

Just a few weeks left to get a submission in for the first issue of Red Room Magazine.  They're looking for horror and dark crime stories up to 4000 words.  The deadline is July 1, 2017 and payment is 3cents a word.  You can find the details here.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Solarcide - Open for Submissions

Solarcide has opened submissions for their June reading period.  They're looking for dark fiction stories of 1000 to 3000.  Payment is $50.  You can find the details here.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Franklin/Kerr - Anthology Call

Franklin/Kerr Publishing has posted an anthology call for "Down With the Fallen".  They are looking for horror stories of 2000 to 8000 words with post-apocalypic and dystopian themes or settings.  The deadline is July 21, 2017 and payment is $5 per 1000 words.  You can find the details here.

United in Love - Charity Anthology Call

In response to the recent terror attacks in London author Lucy Felthouse has posted a charity anthology call for "United in Love".  She's looking for love stories of 3000 to 6000 words about unity in the UK.  Proceeds will be donated to the British Red Cross.  You can find the details here.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Bourbon Penn - New Issue

Bourbon Penn has a new issue online.  And yes, they are open for submissions and pay 1cent a word.

Alt Histoy - Closed

Alt History has published its tenth and final issue.

Apex - Open for Submissions

Apex magazine is currently open for submissions.  They're looking for stories up to 7500 words in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror.  Payment is 6cents a word.  You can find the details here.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Kirkus Review - Looking for Reviewers

I know that quite a few of you folks out there write reviews so I thought I'd post this one for you guys.  Kirkus Review is seeking reviewers of English and Spanish language titles for their Kirkus Indie line.  These are reviews for self-published books.  350 words, payment to be discussed.  You can find the details here, just scroll down the page as there are a few other jobs listed.

The Dark City Mystery Magazine - New Issue

The Spring issue of The Dark City Mystery Magazine has hit the virtual streets.  Check it out here.

Left Hand Publishers - Anthology Call

From the lovely Michael Bracken comes this call from Left Hand Publishers.  This is an anthology call for "Beautiful Lies, Painful Truths".  They're looking for stories of 4000 to 8000 words in all genres (except romance/erotic) that use the title as a theme.  There's more explanation in the guidelines.  The deadline is July 28, 2017 and payment is $25.  You can find the details here.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Tough - Submission Update

The online crime magazine Tough has posted its publishing schedule through October with quite a few familiar names on the list.  They've also started posting reviews of crime fiction on the site with the short stories coming in July  They're also still open for submissions and they pay $25.

Circlet Press - Erotica Anthology Call

If you don't mind writing erotic into your pulp stories Circlet Press has posted an anthology call for "Golden Age of Erotica".  They're looking for "erotica that reads like early to mid-twentieth pulp".  Stories should be 3000 to 7000 words in length.  The deadline is July 1, 2017 and payment is $25 plus another $25 if the anthology goes to print.  You can find the details here.

Hat tip to Michael Bracken.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Dragon's Roost Press - Anthology Call

Dragon's Roost Press has posted an anthology call for "Hidden Animals:  A Collection  of Cryptids".  They're looking for dark speculative fiction stories up to 6000 words that feature a little known cryptid (they have a link where you can find a list of them).  The deadline is August 31, 2017 or until filled and payment is 3cents a word.  You can find the details here.

Hat tip to Ralan.com

Uncanny Magazine - Open for Submissions

Uncanny Magazine opened submissions on June 3 for short speculative fiction stories of 750 to 6000 words.  This is a short notice as they'll be closing on June 10.  Payment is 8cents a word.  You can find the details here.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Rosarium Publishing - Anthology Call

Rosarium Publishing has posted an anthology call for "Trouble the Waters:  Tales From the Deep Blue".  They're looking for water themed speculative fiction stories of 2500 to 7000 words.  The deadline is November 1, 2017 and payment is 6cents a word for original work and 2cents a word for reprints.  You can find the details here.

Tannhauser Press - Anthology Call

Editor Marin Wilsey has posted an anthology call for "Whispers of the APOC".  He's looking for stories of 5000 to 20,000 words set after the zombie Apocalypse.  There is also a list of rules that must be used in the story.  Tannhauser Press will be the publisher.  Payment is $25 to $100 depending on length.  You can find the details here.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

32 Paying Markets for June

Over at the Publishing...and Other Forms of Insanity blog Erica Verrillo has posted her market listings for June.  Thanks, Erica!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Blyant Publishing - Anthology Call

East London based Blyant Publishing has opened submissions for the fifth edition of Blaekk.  They're looking for stories of 1000 to 2500 words in any genre using the theme "Beginnings".  The deadline is July 30, 2017 and payment is 10 to 25 pounds depending on length.  You can find the details here.

Tyche Books - Anthology Call

Submissions opened today for Tyche Books anthology "Fire:  Demons, Dragons and Djinns".  They're seeking elemental stories under 7500 words.  The deadline is August 15, 2017 and payment is $50 CAD.  You can find the details hereRhonda Parrish is the editor.

Pen and Kink Publishing - Anthology Call

Pen and Kink Publishing opened submissions today for their anthology "Transformed".  "We are seeking romantic and heated stories that delve into the different challenges all shape shifters face while navigating the mysterious paths of love and forbidden attraction."  Stories should be 1000 to 15000 words in length.  The deadline is August 31, 2017 and payment is $10.  You can find the details here.

FictionMagazine.com - Update

From Michael Bracken comes the news that FictionMagazine.com is now Storyteller.  There is no website only their Submittable page.  They're looking for stories of 5000 to 7000 words in all genres.  Payment is a $100 advance.  You can find the details here.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Level Best Books - Open for Crime Novel Submissions

Just discovered that Level Best Books is open for crime novel submissions in all the various mystery subgenres.  You can find the details here.

Occult Detective Quarterly - New Issue

The second issue of Occult Detective Quarterly is now available for purchase.

FictionMagazines.com - Closed

FictionMagazines.com which included the crime fiction magazine Heater seems to have closed up shop.  All I get is an oops when I click on their links.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Digest Enthusiast - New Issue

Issue #6 of The Digest Enthusiast is now available for purchase.  Check out the contents here.  While you're there be sure to check out the blog.  There are always interesting posts about the editors of many of the markets for pulp fiction.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Coffin Hop Press - Call for Novellas

I'm not sure if I posted this one before but it's worth another mention even if I did.  Coffin Hop Press is looking for novellas of 20,000 to 50,000 words in the genres of dark crime, psychological horror, and noir themed for their new Noirvellas line.  There's no mention of pay so that's something you'll have to query.  You can find the details here.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

The Lawyerist - No Fee Short Fiction Contest

The Lawyerist.com has opened submissions for their 4th annual short fiction contest.  They're looking for short stories up to 5000 words that feature a lawyer as a prominent character.  There's no fee to enter.  The deadline is August 1, 2017.  First prize is $200 and the runner up will receive $100.  You can find the details here.

BlunderWoman Publications - Anthology Call

BlunderWoman Publications has posted an audiobook anthology call (no title as yet).  They're looking for poems, stories, and essays up to 10,000 words about a defining moment in your life.  The deadline is July 7, 2017 and payment is $50.  You can find the details here.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Lethe Press - Anthology Call

Lethe Press has posted a speculative fiction anthology call for "A Midas Clutch:  Tales of Opulent Horror".  They're looking for stories of 4000 to 14,000 words that feature the rich as leads in a horror story.  The deadline is January 2018 and payment is 5cents a word for original stories and 2cents a word for reprints.  You can find the details here, just scroll down the page.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Buckshot Magazine - New Market

Canadian based Buckshot Magazine is a new market.  They're looking for flash fiction stories of 500 to 2000 words in all genres.  Online reprints are okay (personal blog, etc.).  There's no deadline or launch date listed.  Payment is $35 CAD ($25 USD).  You can find the details here.

Malice Domestic Anthology #13 - Open for Submissions

Malice Domestic has opened submissions for their yearly anthology.  The theme for this one is "Mystery Most Geographical" which means that location is the most important element to the story.  Your mystery stories can be up to 5000 words.  The deadline is August 31, 2017.  There is no mention of payment.  You can find the details here.  For those who don't know Malice Domestic is a mystery writers conference.

Decay Mag - Looking for Content Contributors - No Pay

I'm not having much luck finding paying markets lately.  But, if you're into horror and would like to be a content contributor for Decay Mag you can check out their guidelines here.  And there's no pay.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Radix Media - Anthology Call

Radix Media has posted an anthology call for "Aftermath:  Explorations of Loss and Grief".  They're looking for fiction, non-fiction, and poetry of 500 to 3000 words that explores all types of loss.  Reprints will be considered but they prefer original work.  The deadline is August 15, 2017 and payment is 6cents a word for fiction and non-fiction and a flat rate of $35 for poetry.  You can find the details here

Dale's Blog for Writers - Market Resource

It's always fun to run across a blog that posts submission calls for writers.  Today's blog is called Dale's Blog for Writers and is hosted by Dale Cameron Lowry.  He has loads of market calls so check it out.

Hollywood Dementia - Open for Submissions

I ran across an interesting site in my search today called Hollywood Dementia.  They're looking for showbiz short fiction of 2500 to 8000 words.  You have to query first because they are looking for writers who are knowledgeable about the entertainment business.  There's no mention of payment but the site is very active.  You can find the details here.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Rayor Books- Anthology Call

Rayor Books has posted an anthology call for "Occupied:  Stories from After the Invasion".  They're looking for science fiction stories of 4000 to 8000 words "set after Earth has lost an invasion and the home world is now occupied".  The deadline is July 1, 2017 and payment is $25.  You can find the details here.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Switchblade - Open for Submissions

Well, this is embarrassing.  Switchblade magazine was supposed to open for submissions today but I checked in and they changed the dates.  They opened on the 10th and will close May 20, 2017.  You can find the submission details here.  Sorry for the shortened notice.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

HellBound Books - Non-paying Anthology Calls

HellBound Books has posted four anthology calls for horror short stories and poetry.  These are all non-paying.  The deadlines for all are June 19, 2017.  Stories should be 5000 to 8000 words.  You can find the details here.

Sirens Call Publications - Anthology Call

Sirens Call Publications has posted a new anthology call for "Mental Ward:  Stories from the Asylum - Volume 2".  They're looking for horror stories of 4000 to 8000 words that are set in an Asylum/Institution.  The deadline is July 31, 2017 and payment is $25.  I've linked to their blog for the details as it's easier to read and they have a link there to their website for more details.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Pulp Modern - New Issue

The new issue of Pulp Modern has hit the virtual shelves.  You can find the purchase links here.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Disquieted Dreams Press - Closed

I posted several anthology calls from Disquieted Dreams Press so thought it best that I post an announcement that the Press has closed down.  You can find the details here.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Reality Skimming Press - Anthology Calls - Canadian Writers

Reality Skimming Press has posted two anthology calls.  The first is Vancouver Science Fiction and the second is Water.  Only Canadian authors can submit.  Both are looking for stories up to 5000 words with payment being $30.  You can find the details and deadlines for each here.

Stitched Smile Publications - Anthology Call

Stitched Smile Publications has posted an anthology call for "Drive-in of the Damned:  Black and White".  They're looking for horror stories up to 7500 words set prior to 1970.  They have set up the story with a piece explaining the entrance to "The drive-in of the damned".  Your story must be about a person in the vehicle which is entering.  The deadline is October 31, 2017 and payment is $10.  You can find the details here.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

87 Bedford - Anthology Call

87 Bedford is seeking submissions for the first issue of their "Speculative Mystery Anthology".  They're looking for stories of 2000 to 7000 words that combine mystery with one of the speculative fiction genres.  The deadline is May 31, 2017 and payment is $30.  You can find the details here.

UPDATE:  According to Ralan.com this market was closed by the editors.  Now, I don't know if that is for just the magazine or for the anthology also.

Level Best Books - Anthology Call

May 31 is the last day to submit a short story for Level Best Books annual anthology.  The title is Snowbound and they're looking for crime/mystery stories up to 5000 words set in New England or written by a New England writer.  Payment is $25.  You can find the details here.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Terrapin Books - Anthology Call

Sometimes I run across an anthology call that sounds like it might be fun and this one from Terrapin Books is just that.  They're looking for poems about donuts!  You can submit up to five poems.  The deadline is May 31, 2017 and payment is one copy.  You can find the call here.  Submissions are through Submittable.

Franklin/Kerr - Anthology Call

Publisher Franklin/Kerr has posted an anthology call for "Down with the Fallen".  They're looking for horror stories of 2000 to 8000 words with post-apocalyptic and dystopian themes.  The deadline is July 21, 2017 and payment is $5 per 1000 words plus royalties.  You can find the details here.

Mystericale - New Issue

The Spring issue of Mystericale has hit the virtual streets.  You can read it here for free.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Angie's Desk - Anthology Calls

I'm late with one, my apologies!  Angie posted her April list of anthology markets.  Thanks, Angie!

Yellow Mama - New Issue

The April/May issue of Yellow Mama has gone live and is free to read online.

Pantheon Magazine - Open for Submissions

Pantheon Magazine has opened submissions for their Fall issue.  They're looking for stories in all genres fitting the theme of "Tethys, Titaness of Fresh Water".  Meaning they want stories that revolve around fresh water such as rivers, lakes, etc.  The deadline is July 31, 2017 and payment is 1cent a word.  You can find the details here.  They do accept reprints but there is no payment for these.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Fictional Pairings - New Market

Fictional Pairings is a fairly new market for flash fiction.  They're looking for stories of 200 to 1000 words in the genres of science fiction, mystery, and fantasy.  They will pair the story with a song from Bandcamp when published.  The payment is 75cents for stories of 200 to 600 words and $1.25 for stories of 601 to 1000 words.  Not very much but better than nothing.  They'll also accept reprints that have been published on your blog or website.  You can find the submission details here.

What is Pulp Fiction by Len Levinson

Over at the PulpPusher blog is a great essay by Len Levinson titled "What is Pulp Fiction?"

Monday, May 1, 2017

Arsenika - Open for Submissions

Arsenika magazine opened for submission today for flash fiction and poetry up to 1000 words in the speculative fiction genres.  The deadline is June 15, 2017 and payment is $60 for flash fiction and $30 for poetry.  You can find the details here.

52 Paying Markets for May

Over at the Publishing...and Other Forms of Insanity blog Erica Verrillo has posted her May listing of paying markets.  52 if them this month!  Thanks, Erica!!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Switchblade - New Issue - Open for Submissions Soon

The first issue of crime fiction magazine Switchblade has hit the virtual streets.  You can purchase it here.  They will also open for submissions on May 15 to May 25, 2017.  It's a short window that's why I'm posting it early.  They're looking for flash fiction up to 1000 words and short stories of 2000 to 4500 words.  They've also decided to start paying $10 per story plus one copy of the print edition.  You can find the details here.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Upper Rubber Boot Books - Anthology Call - Women Writers

Upper Rubber Boot Books has posted another female only anthology call for"Sharp and Sugar Tooth".  They're looking for creepy, seductive stories about the dark side of culinary life up to 5000 words.  The deadline is July 31, 2017 and payment is 6cents a word.  You can find the details here.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Spinetingler Magazine - Call for Submissions

Spinetingler Magazine has posted a special call for submissions for a new full issue in October.  They're looking for short stories and short novellas up to 15,000 words.  Payment for shorts is $25 and $75 for novellas.  You can find the call here.  

Friday, April 21, 2017

Shotgun Honey Books - Open for Submissions

Shotgun Honey Books, a branch of Down and Out Books, is currently open for submissions.  They're looking for novellas, short novels, and short crime fiction collections  of 25,000 to 50,000 words to fill their 2018 and 2019 catalog.  There are no pay specifics mentioned.  You can find the details here.

Solarcide - Open for Submissions

Solarcide is open for submissions until April 30.  I know, I'm late with this one.  They are looking for dark crime fiction and weird stories of 1000 to 3000 words.  Payment is $50.  You can find the details here.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Pirates: Boys Behaving Badly Anthology - Erotic Anthology Call

Pirates:  A Boys Behaving Badly Anthology is seeking romantic erotica stories of 2500 to 5000 words that feature 1) pirates, 2) romance, and 3) a bad boy.  Your pirates can be on earth or in space or anywhere you care to place them, which means your genres are pretty open.  The deadline is May 5, 2017 and payment is $50.  You can find the details here.

Liberty Island - Open for Submissions

I was pointed to a magazine called Liberty Island yesterday as a possible market.  They accept all genre stories of 1000 to 2000 words.  Payment is only by the tip jar that is posted with your story.  There is a down side as only stories accepted for the home page get tip jars.  Other stories are posted on a space called Open Range where you have to be a member of the site and there is no payment for these.  Also the home page is very slow to load.  You can find the submission details here.

Monday, April 17, 2017

A Murder of Storytellers - Anthology Call

A Murder of Storytellers has posted an anthology call for "The Misbehaving Dead".  They're looking for stories up to 10,000 words using the theme "rebels--the dead that don't stay down".  They'll also accept reprints for this one.  The deadline is June 13, 2017 and payment is $15 plus a copy.  Submissions are through Submittable.  You can find the details here.

Down and Out Magazine - Update Information

I've mentioned the new crime Down & Out:  The Magazine before but you should be aware that there is also a literary magazine with the title Down & Out so be sure of which market you are submitting to as their links are almost identical.

Upper Rubber Boot Books - Anthology Call - Women Writers

Upper Rubber Boot Books has posted an anthology call for "Broad Knowledge:  35 Women Up to No Good".  They're looking for dark and speculative fiction stories up to 5000 words using the theme based around the idea of knowledge.  Only female writers.  The deadline is May 30, 2017 and payment is 6cents a word.  You can find the details here.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Independent Legions Publishing - Anthology Call

Independent Legions Publishing has posted an anthology call for "The Beauty of Death 2:  Death by Water".  They're seeking horror stories of 4000 to 5000 words that fit the theme death by water.  The deadline is September 1, 2017 and payment is $100.  You can find the details here.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Tyrus Books - Closing Down

As has been reported in various places comes the sad news that Tyrus Books is being shut down by their parent company.

Cowboy Jamboree Magazine - Open for Submissions - Harry Crews Homage Theme

Cowboy Jamboree Magazine has opened submissions for their Fall issue and this one should be of interest to both Western and Crime writers.  They are looking for Grit Lit:  Rural and Revisionist Western Stories with a Harry Crews homage.  The theme title is "All We Need of Hell".  The deadline is September 1, 2017.  This is a non-paying market.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Just a Quick Note

I finally bought myself a new computer yesterday and got it set up and running today,  I'm still figuring out how things work so postings may be a little lite for a while.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Three Drops Press - Anthology Call

UK based Three Drops Press has posted an anthology call for "White Noise & Ouija Boards:  An Anthology of Ghosts & Hauntings".  They're looking for poetry and flash fiction up to 1000 words.  Reprints are okay.  The deadline is May 26, 2017 and payment is a royalty split.  You can find the details here.

Via the blog of Eric Nash where you find a few more submission calls for horror anthologies.

21st Century Pulp Revival - Anthology Call

I ran across this anthology call on the blog of Misha Burnett.  They're looking for pulp stories of 2000 to 10,000 words set on contemporary Earth.  The stories must be action/adventure with a speculative bend.  The title is tentatively "21st Century Pulp Revival".  Their maybe publisher is Superversive Press and payment has not been decided yet.  It's an iffy call but I thought it might be of interest to some of you out there.  You can find the details here.  There's a link posted at the end of the guidelines to contact the editors with questions.

World Weaver Press - Anthology Call

World Weaver Press has posted an anthology call for "Mrs. Claus".  As the title implies they are looking for short stories up to 10,000 words about the Mrs. of the North Pole.  The deadline is May 30, 2017 and payment is $10 plus a copy.  You can find the details here.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Six Questions For...

Over at the Six Questions For... blog Jim Harrington interviews Roger and Janet Carden the editors of Crimson Streets.  Crimson Streets is a paying market (1cent a word) for pulp stories in a variety of genres including crime.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

My Wandering Uterus - Anthology Call

K. A. Laity has posted an anthology call for "My Wandering Uterus".  They're looking for essays, stories, and poetry about your experiences of being a woman on the road.  Pieces should be 3000 to 8000 words (except poetry, of course).  The deadline is July 1, 2017 and payment is $10 plus a copy.  You can find the details here.

Freeze Frame Fiction - Open for Submissions

Freeze Frame Fiction has opened submissions for flash fiction under 1000 words.  They're open to all genres.  The deadline is June 15 and  payment is $10.  You can find the details here.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

2017 Thriller Award Nominees

Mystery Fanfare has posted the 2017 Thriller Award Nominees.  Of interest here of course are the short story nominees.  Good to see some familiar names.  Congrats to all the nominees!

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Flash Bang Mysteries - New Issue - Open for Submissions

The Spring issue of Flash Bang Mysteries is now available to read online.  And submissions opened for the next issue yesterday and will close on April 30, 2017.  They're looking for flash crime stories of 500 to 750 words.  Payment has been raised from $10 to $15.  You can find the details here.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

2017 Derringer Award Nominees

You'll find the 2017 Derringer Award Nominees posted over at the Short Mystery Fiction Society's blog.  A big congratulations to all the nominees!!

33 Paying Markets for April

Over at the Publishing...and Other Forms of Insanity blog Erica Verrillo has posted her April list of 33 paying markets.  Thanks, Erica!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Tough - Looking for Crime Stories from Women Writers

Over at Tough magazine they're still looking for submissions and especially from women writers.  They're looking for crime stories of 1000 words and up.  Payment is $25.  You can find the guidelines here.  The first stories will debut in July.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Dark Alley Press - Anthology Call

Vagabondage Press imprint Dark Alley is seeking short stories for their print anthology Ink Stains.  They're looking for horror/dark fiction stories of 3000 to 20,000 words.  The deadline is September 30, 2017 and payment is $5 to $20 depending on length.  Submissions are through Submittable.

280 Steps - Shutting Down

Just heard that publisher 280 Steps is closing up shop.  Nothing on their website about the reasons.


Sunday, March 26, 2017

The TalkSpace Story Cupboard

I've been seeing commercials for TalkSpace on TV and wondering if anyone would really pay $35 a week to talk to an unknown psychiatrist on their phone.  For one thing - how on earth do you know for sure that the person is a real doctor?  Then you begin to wonder - what if the government can actually hear these conversations and is doctor/patient confidentiality even possible.  Imagine admitting that you're a serial killer or on the verge of killing someone.  And if you think even farther what about a service that provides a priest for confessions - you have all the same concerns.  If you care to step into the spec-fiction arena with this one how about a group of aliens listening in to observe the mental state of Earthlings.  What an earful they'd get.  Sanity or insanity?  You story is just a phone call away from your imagination.

Road Kill: Texas Horror by Texas Writers - Anthology Call

Road Kill:  Texas Horror by Texas Writers Vol. 2 is seeking horror stories of 1500 to 10,000 words.  This anthology will be published by Eakin Press.  The deadline is July 1. 2017 and payment is $25 to $200 depending on the length of your story.  You can find the call here.

via writingcareer.com

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Just a Quick Note

Sorry to say that I haven't been finding any paying markets for crime fiction or anthologies this week. Hopefully next week will be better :)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Where's Sherlock - Anthology Call - Australian/New Zealand Writers Only

This anthology is open to Australian and New Zealand writers only.  The anthology call is titled "Where's Holmes?".  They're looking for stories of 5000 to 15,000 words that tell a Sherlock Holmes story without Sherlock ever actually being present.  The deadline is "until filled" and payment is $15AU.  You can find the details here.  Be advised that there's very loud music that automatically comes on when you click the page.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Red Room Magazine - New Horror/Dark Crime Market

Comet Press has posted a call for submissions for their newest project - Red Room Magazine.  They're looking for stories up to 4000 words in the horror and dark crime genres.  The deadline is July 1, 2017 with the first issue to be published in the fall.  Payment is 3cents a word with a max payout of $120.  You can find the details here.

They're also looking for nonfiction in the form of articles, book reviews, and author interviews.  These should be under 1000 words and payment is 3cents a word with a cap of $30.

Blasted Heath - Market Closing

Via SMFS comes the sad news that crime fiction imprint Blasted Heath has closed their doors.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Betty Fedora - Deadline Approaching

Just a reminder that the submission window for the print magazine Betty Fedora closes on March 31, 2017.  They're looking for crime stories of 1000 to 6000 words that feature kick-ass women.  Payment is one copy.  Submission details are on their Submittable page.

Angie's Desk - Anthology Calls

Angie has posted her March listing of anthology calls.  Thanks, Angie!

Pole to Pole Publishing - Anthology Call

Pole to Pole Publishing has posted an anthology call for "Dark Luminous Wings".  They're looking for dark stories of 3000 to 5000 words.  Wings of some sort must be central to the theme of the story.  The deadline is May 30, 2017 or until filled.  Payment is 2cents a word.  You can find the details here.  Submissions are through Submittable.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Down and Out Magazine - Open for Submissions

Down and Out Magazine has posted their guidelines and are open for submissions.  They're looking for crime stories of 3000 to 5000 words.  There's no deadline listed and there are no pay specifics.  You can find the details here.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

LampLight Magazine - Open for Submissions

Well we've got over 24 inches of snow and it's still coming down but I do have electricity and a market that's opening for submissions tomorrow.  LampLight is a quarterly print and ebook magazine.  They're looking for dark fiction in any genre up to 7000 words.  Submissions open tomorrow, March 15 and close May 15, 2017.  Payment here is 3cents ($150 max payment) for original stories and 1cent a word for reprints.  You can find the details here.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Hunkering Down

Just thought I'd let everyone know that we're going to get hit by what my son calls a "french toast storm".  You know, the kind where everyone runs out and stocks up on bread, milk, and eggs. :)  The storm is supposed to come in tonight and continue through to Wednesday night if you believe all the weather people. 

Where we're sitting in Northeast PA they're calling for 12 to 18 inches of snow and heavy winds which means that the electric might go out.  Which in turn means no Internet.  So if you don't hear from me for a few days you'll know why.  I don't have to worry about heat as I have a propane heater with a wood stove backup.  It's always warm in my house.  And I've stocked up on my french toast ingredients :)  

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Selene Quarterly - New Market

From Michael Bracken comes news of a new magazine called Selene Quarterly.  Submissions for their first issue open on September 1st and close on the 15th.  That's a very short submission period so I'm posting this early so you have time to get your story together. 

For their first issue the theme is "Brides, Grooms, and Honeymoons" and they're looking for stories in a variety of genres including mystery and thriller.  They're looking for drabbles of exactly 100 words and payment is 6cents a word, flash of 500 to 1000 words pays 2cents a word, and short of 1001 to 1500 words pays 3cents a word.  You can find all the details here.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Drums for the Doldrums by Steven Biggs

You never know where you'll find the right kind of writing advice to get those writing muscles working again.  This link comes courtesy of Michael Bracken and brings along the joys of beating out a rhythm on a drum.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Gathering Storm Magazine - Open for Submissions

Gathering Storm Magazine has posted their first issue and are open to submissions for their second issue.  They're looking for stories up to 2000 words that fits one of the themes included in their guidelines.  They're open to most genres included under the speculative fiction umbrella.  The deadline is March 31 and payment is $25.  You can find guidelines at Submittable.  They're also looking for poetry and comics.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Rice Paper Press - Anthology Call

Rice Paper Press is seeking horror stories of 5000 to 10,000 words for a new untitled horror anthology.  The deadline is May 31, 2017.  They say they're paying $100 but the fine print says they're paying based on word count with a max of $100.  You can find the details here.

The Odds are Against Us: An Anthology of Military Fiction

Just a reminder that "The Odds are Against Us:  An Anthology of Military Fiction" is still open for submissions until April 1, 2017.  They're looking for military fiction of 3500 to 7000 words using the theme  "The odds are against us".  You can find the details here.  When I first posted this call they were paying $25 and more if their KickStarter was successful.  Well, they've hit their goal and will now be paying at least $100 for each story.  The KickStarter is still running so the payment could go higher.