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I don’t want to make it look like we’re just pushing horror markets here, but hey, have another horror market! Gehenna and Hinnom Press are after body horror submissions for their first anthology:
We are seeking stories for this anthology that are of a Cronenberg-style theme. If you don’t know who David Cronenberg is, we suggest watching clips or the entire length of films such as Videodrome, The Fly, and Scanners.
Genres can meld together. Science fiction, horror, weird fiction, cosmic horror, fantasy, all of these are acceptable as long as the stories don’t deviate from the body horror nature of the anthology.
As defined by Wikipedia: BODY HORROR, BIOLOGICAL HORROR, ORGANIC HORROR OR VISCERAL HORROR IS HORROR FICTION IN WHICH THE HORROR IS PRINCIPALLY DERIVED FROM THE GRAPHIC DESTRUCTION OR DEGENERATION OF THE BODY. SUCH WORKS MAY DEAL WITH DECAY, DISEASE, PARASITISM, MUTATION, OR MUTILATION.
They’re looking for flash and short fiction between 250 and 8,000 words, including reprints. Pay is a token 3c per 10 words, with a minimum of $5 USD for pieces 2,000 words and below. I’ve done the math for you and it caps out around the $25 mark.
Literarium listing here: https://literarium.net/market/gehenna-and-hinnom-press/year-s-best-body-horror
Franklin/Kerr Press is reading for their Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic Horror anthology, ‘Down with the Fallen’ (Due 21 July). They’re:
[…]looking for exceptional horror short stories with post-apocalyptic and dystopian themes or settings for our upcoming horror anthology Down with the Fallen. Stories can cover a wide variety of horror sub-genres such as sci-fi, splatter, psychological, suspense and the weird as long as they have a substantial dystopian or post-apocalyptic element.
They’re after 2,000-8,000 word stories, paying a token $5 per 1,000 words, as well as a contributor print copy and a split of profits. Might be worth a look. They’ll accept any number of submissions, which is nice, but of course they’ll only accept one per author.
Read on for the Literarium market listing here: https://literarium.net/market/franklin-kerr-press/down-with-the-fallen
Red Room magazine is a new extreme horror publication by Comet Press, and they’re reading for their first issue, with a deadline of July 1, 2017 (though they’re generally open to submissions):
Red Room Magazine focuses on publishing dark, disturbing, extreme horror and hardcore, dark crime. We want stories that are well plotted, and not just gore for gore’s sake, although we think gore is a good thing (and encouraged, along with blasphemy, subversive subject matter, graphic violence and language, etc).
They’re looking for short fiction up to 4,000 words, as well as 1,000 word essays, interviews and shorter reviews. Payment is 3c USD per word. They also buy reprint rights for art, at #30 a pop. They’re also that rare genre market that will accept simultaneous submissions! Support them by sending them something messed up.
Check out the Literarium listing here: https://literarium.net/market/comet-press/red-room
Occasionally we cater to the slightly longer form writers among you. It’s not always magazines and anthologies around here!
Severed Press is looking for manuscript submissions from around 30K words in the horror/SF genres:
Killer sea creatures or monstrous kaiju fiction: Creature features about monsters that come from the deep, or maybe even somewhere more terrifying.
Dinosaurs : Lost world adventures featuring terrifying creatures from the past.
Military horror/sci-fi: Like Predator or Aliens, a military unit faces off against an unknown threat from beyond the stars or from another dimension.
Apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic scenarios (including TEOTWAWKI or SHTF): Stories that explore the end of the world or life after it: zombie outbreaks, alien invasions or whatever else may serve as a harbinger of the end times!
LitRPG: Stories where characters are transported or trapped within an online game, usually a MMORPG . LitRPG blends traditional science fiction and fantasy with gaming elements and mechanics.
LitFPS: Stories that blend fiction with First Person Shooters.
They’re looking for queries for novellas and novels from around 30K words, although some start at 60K words (eg. Military). If there is no response within 21 days consider yourself rejected, which is at least nice turnaround, and they accept simultaneous submissions (usual courtesy applies). Payment is otherwise negotiated via contract.
Literarium listing here: https://literarium.net/market/severed-press/severed-press
Anathema magazine is looking for original SFF fiction and non-fiction from queer people of colour:
We are open to any form of genre or speculative content. We talk about what we do as “SF/F/H, the weird, slipstream, surrealism, fabulism, and more,” elsewhere on the site. But we are not limited to those genres. Use them as a starting point and send whatever you want: as long as it’s got some kind of speculative content we’ll consider it. And we are also interested in seeing work that has been difficult to place because of content or perspective.
They’re after short fiction and non-fiction. Flat $50 CAD for fiction from 1,500 to 6,000 and non-fiction from 1,500-3,000. Cover art (original or reprint) pays $100 CAD. They’ll be open again in May, so get writing (other open sub windows are January and September).
Literarium listing here: https://literarium.net/market/anathema-spec-from-the-margins/anathema-spec-from-the-margins/
Broken Eye Books is reading for their next anthology, ‘Welcome to Miskatonic University’:
Miskatonic University is still going strong in the Arkham Valley (and in various satellite campuses and research stations around the world). Resilient and forward thinking, few institutions can weather the times and adapt like good ol’ MU. It’s a strange brew of conservatively reaching into the past while progressively marching forward. And it’s a hotbed for the weird and the wonderful! So what might a modern MU look like? What might student life be like today? These tales combine college life and the cosmic weird. Of course, there’s beer, sex, and parties; study groups and all-night cramming; campus activism and impassioned discourse; vital research and faculty struggling for tenure. But also, you know, gruesome and psychedelic cosmic weirdness.
They continue to pay a solid 8c USD/word for flash fiction up to 1,000 words and short fiction between 3,000 and 6,000 words. Simultaneous subs accepted and a deadline of January 31, 2017. Make it happen!
Read on for the Literarium market listing here: https://literarium.net/market/broken-eye-books/welcome-to-miskatonic-university