Saturday, August 28, 2021

18 Speculative Fiction Magazines Open for Submissions NOW - Paying Markets

Speculative fiction is near and dear to my heart, so I am always on the lookout for speculative fiction magazines open to submissions. All of these are paying markets, and none charge submission fees.

For over a hundred paying speculative fiction magazines accepting submissions see: Mega-List of Speculative Fiction Magazines Accepting Submissions

Happy submitting!

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And the Dead Shall Sleep No MoreGenre: Short fiction, flash fiction, poetry about vampires. "Anything that's dark, creepy, weird and just a little off-kilter. We're open to genre fiction, particularly anything related to horror, science-fiction, speculative fiction or weird fiction. But we're also interested in anything that twists or subverts these genres in some unexpected way." Payment: $15. Open until filled.

Jay Henge Publishing. Phantasmical Contraptions & More Errors. Genre: Steampunk, Dieselpunk, Decopunk, Biopunk, Steelpunk, Islandpunk, whatever your favorite flavor of punk, we want your punk stories!  Payment: $5 USD per 1000 words. Length: Up to 15k words. Open until filled. Reprints accepted.

Jay Henge Publishing: Grandpa's Deep-Space Diner. Genre: Speculative fiction. "Whether you're growing your produce in a magical garden, storing your rations in your lunar bunker, or enjoying a delightful picnic in the outer rings of Saturn, we want your speculative fiction food stories!" Payment:  $5 USD per 1000 words. Length: Up to 15k words. Open until filled. Reprints accepted.  

Strange Horizons Genre: Nonfiction (columns, essays, interviews, and round-tables) and poetry (SF/F, slipstream, and speculative verse), art.  Payment: $20 - $90 for nonfiction, $50 for poetry, $100 - $200 for art. No reprints. No simultaneous submissions. Note: Poetry will open on September 1.

StarShipSofa. Genre: Science Fiction (podcast). "From the soft, social science fiction to the weird pulpy stuff to the vigorous hard SF and YA adventure. We welcome all sub-genres and all variety of punks in all their colours. From high-octane action to quiet philosophical stories, we’re after it all.Science fiction is a rich and diverse genre, push it’s boundaries as far as you can go. We welcome translations and are very interested in stories that take place/written by authors outside the US/Anglo-sphere, as well as as alternative movements and styles. These include (but not limited to) “non-Western” science fiction, Chinese SF, Soviet speculative fiction, Afro-futurism, etc." Payment: $50 USD flat rate per story for nonexclusive, one time audio rights. Authors are paid for their stories on the 7th of the proceeding month. Accepts reprints.

Dark Moon Digest. Genre: Horror short stories, flash fiction, reviews, and columns. "We strongly encourage work written by authors typically unrepresented in publishing, such as women, people of color, LGBTQ, and those from non-Western cultures. Also, if the previous sentence pissed you off for some reason, then you definitely aren't the kind of author we wish to read. Fiction reminiscent of The Twilight Zone, Black Mirror, Tales from the Crypt, and Tales from the Darkside. We want stories with complex characters and ideas spun in ways nobody’s ever conceived. Make our brains hurt. Make our hearts explode with love and terror. Make us fear." Payment: $0.03 per word for original fiction/$0.01 per word for reprints. Note: Submittable will close every month once they reach 300 submissions, then reopen at the start of the next month. If you fail to locate any submission categories, check back again on the 1st. Accepts reprints

Trees AnthologyGenre: Dark speculative fiction involving trees. Stories can be no longer than 2,500 words. Flash and micro fiction is acceptable. "We'd like to include forest stories, and swampy woods stories, maybe some moss stories or whatever real or imagined that lives in the woods." Payment: $10. Deadline: Open until filled.

Unfit Magazine: Stories that bend the rules of science. Genre: Quantum Fiction, Cyberpunk, Alternative Histories and Steampunk. Payment: $.25/word for the first 1000 words; $.01/word for any words over 1,000. Deadline: Open now. Accepts reprints.

Unreal Magazine: Stories that bend the rules of magic. Genre: Fantasy, magic realism, and experimental fiction. Payment: $.25/word for the first 1000 words; $.01/word for any words over 1,000. Deadline: Open now. Accepts reprints.

EthereaGenre: Fantasy and science fiction short stories. Length: 2000 - 5000 words, but longer will be accepted. Etherea Magazine is an Australian publication, so payment will be made in Australian dollars, Payment: A$100 per story, regardless of length. They are also looking for flash fiction, from 500 to 1000 words. A flat rate of A$25 will be paid per story. Horror may be accepted in this section, however it must have an element of the supernatural.

Elemental Zoological Preserve will be a 6 book series. Each book will contain stories from a specific sector of a fictitious island where all inhabitants live. Stories should be told "from the creature/being's point of view. Stories should include guests of the preserve that are there for vacation. It is up to the author whether the guests survive. All stories must include at least one keeper from their sector. A list will be provided for all keepers, their personality traits, names, and a few descriptions of appearance to incorporate. There will be details of the sector to include as far as its scenery so that all stories stay consistent with their location." Payment: $20. Submissions open until full.

Mithila Review is a journal of international science fiction and fantasy devoted to speculative writing, arts, and culture. "Along with original speculative fiction and poetry, we also publish reviews, interviews, discussions, and essays centered around stories, books, movies, television series, arts, comics, and other media, with speculative elements that explore the interstitial spaces of politics, identity, and culture and reflect the diverse (and often underrepresented) experiences, perspectives, and nuances of the world we live in today." Payment: $10 for original poetry, essays, flash stories (under 2500 words), and reprints and $10-$50 for original stories between 4000-8000 words or longer.

Thirteen Podcast is an audio-drama/audio fiction podcast specializing in feature length (~ one hour) productions that are characterized by slow-burn, atmospheric stories, horror and ghost stories. Payment for stories 5,000 words and above is $50 and payment for stories under 5,000 words is $25.

Breaking Rules Publishing Europe - Wicked WestGenre: Stories of fantasy, sci-fi, literature, steampunk, crime, mystery, shootouts--so long as the wild west is present and the weird is strong--will be acceptable. Stories between 5,000 and 9,000 words will be selected for this anthology. Payment: $10. Deadline: January 2022, or until filled.

Space Treks – A Space Opera Anthology. Genre: Science fiction, space opera, starships and their crews, heroic captains, villainous alien armadas etc. Word count: 2,000 to 12,000 words. Payment: Royalty split. Deadline: January 2022, or until filled.

Bards and Sages Quarterly. GenreAll speculative genres (horror, fantasy, science fiction, slipstream, steampunk, magical realism, etc) up to 5,000 words in length. Payment$30 for original fiction; $15 for reprints.

The Society of Misfit Stories. Genre: All speculative genres (horror, fantasy, science fiction, slipstream, steampunk, magical realism, etc), as well as mysteries, thrillers, and action-adventure stories between 5,000-20,000 words in length. Payment: $25 for reprints, $50 for original fiction.

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