Submission Sundays: Young Explorers Adventure Guide

Welcome to this week’s edition of Submission Sundays. Every week I bring you a unique call for submissions to help you find a home for your stories or inspire a new one. Each call will contain a speculative element and will offer payment upon acceptance.

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The Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide

Eligibility: Original science fiction adventure stories for readers aged 8 to 12-years-old from 3000 to 6000 words.

Caveat: judging is blind, so make sure your manuscript is scrubbed of your identifying information before submitting.

What makes this call stand out: a sale to the annual Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide is considered a professional sale and qualifies writers to join the SFWA.

Payment: $0.06 per word

Submit by: December 15th, 2018

Click here to go to the original call for details.

Writerly links worth reading this week:

This powerful article written in response to an RWA speech gutted me.

In further industry news, more information has come out in the strange case of literary agent Danielle Smith. Authors beware.

Submission Sundays: Tor Novellas 2

Welcome to this week’s edition of Submission Sundays. Every week I bring you a unique call for submissions to help you find a home for your stories or inspire a new one. Each call will contain a speculative element and will offer payment upon acceptance.

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Tor Novellas

Eligibility: Original speculative fiction novellas from 20 000 to 40 000 words.

Caveat: Submissions must be polished and complete before submitting.

What makes this call stand out: This is Tor’s second opening to novellas, and the last expected opening for 2018. By opening to unsolicited submissions like this, writers have the chance to submit their work to an established publisher without first acquiring an agent.

Payment: Advance against royalties, or royalties.

Submit by: August 13th, 2018 (Please note they do not open the submission window until Monday, July 30th)

Click here to go to the original call for details.

Writerly links worth reading this week:

I was excited to find this lesson on tab indents for Word 2010. It’s handy for prepping submissions for web publication. Alas, the next day trusty laptop died and the new one uses Office 365, where the find and replace ^t does not work. If anyone has a similar guide to use with updated versions of word, please share with me!

This older post from Allison Maruska has excellent tips for manuscript editing.

In this interview Maria Dahvana Headley, she offers her methods of getting started when her brain refuses to let her write. When the heat is high and the sleep is rare, I need all the tricks I can collect to get the words out.

ProWritingAid shared 22 Rules for Storytelling from Pixar. I bristle at the idea of ‘rules’ but there is good stuff in there for kickstarting creativity.

Happy writing!

Submission Sunday: Lab Coats and Love Letters

Welcome to this week’s edition of Submission Sundays. Every week I bring you a unique call for submissions to help you find a home for your stories or inspire a new one. Each call will contain a speculative element and will offer payment upon acceptance.

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Spark: Lab Coats and Love Letters

Eligibility: Original, paranormal romance flash fiction (or just regular romance) from 300-1000 words, though stories less than 700 words are preferred. Stories must follow the theme of ‘lab coats and love letters.’ I encourage writers to click through to their website as there are other themes and submission dates available.

Caveat: Authors are required to submit a professional headshot upon acceptance, to be published with the story. Selfies are not allowed. Do you have one? Can you get one? Is this feasible for you considering the small payment offered?

Payment: $0.02 per word, American, plus a print copy of the magazine.

Submit by: August 24th, 2018

Click here to go to the original call for details.

Writerly links worth reading this week:

This first link is a bit of a rabbit-hole, but as most markets are gearing up for their Halloween issues this should help you get into a macabre mood. It is an in-depth read about coffin flies sure to inspire a macabre tale or two.

The Write Practice published this piece on how to sell your books locally. The last section, on how to sell books in person, was particularly enlightening.

Whether you call them trigger warnings, content warnings, or content notices, Mythcreants has posted a thoughtful argument to their value. I’m still unpacking how I feel about the idea of rating books as we do movies.

Happy writing!

Submission Sundays: Apparition Lit

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Apparition Lit’s Monthly Flash Fiction Contests

Eligibility: Original, speculative flash fiction under 1000 words written to the month’s theme. The following themes are coming up: August 2018 – parasites; September 2018 – Emily Dickinson’s Because I Could Not Stop for Death; October 2018 – you can see the bone; November 2018 – Security; December 2018 – the final problem.

Caveat: rejection letters are not sent for the flash fiction contests, instead watch the website for the winner published online on the 20th of each month.

What makes this call stand out: flash fiction is a wonderful way to sharpen your skills and keep yourself writing every day between longer stories and editing projects.

Payment: $5.00 American, flat rate.

Submit by: each theme must be submitted by the 15th of the assigned month

Click here to go to the original call for details.

Writerly links worth reading this week:

This article on how one author used multiple points of view well is an excellent lesson in using point of view to further your story.

Mermaid’s Tears is a wonderful piece of non-fiction focusing on a lesser-known aspect of mermaid lore.

Written Word Media created this post about promo-stacking for authors in the marketing phase.

Now’s your chance to vote for the finalists in 2018’s alternate Nobel Prize for Literature. The authors were chosen by a team of Swedish librarians and the laureate will be chosen out of the final four we vote in. Have your say, there are some wonderful authors nominated.

 

Submission Sundays: Diabolical Plots

Welcome to this week’s edition of Submission Sundays! Every week I bring you a unique call for submissions to help you find a home for your stories or inspire a new one. Each call will contain a speculative element and will offer payment upon acceptance.

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Diabolical Plots

Eligibility: This online journal accepts original speculative fiction less than 3500 words.

Caveat: entries must be anonymous (this means your name must not appear on the story portion of your submission, which enables the judges to choose based on story merit, not your credentials. It does not mean your story will published without crediting you.)

What makes this call stand out: Diabolical Plots is a SFWA-qualifying market and home to the (Submission) Grinder, an excellent resource for finding markets for your stories.

Payment: $0.08 per word (American)

Submit by: current call is open until July 31st, 2018 (rolling submission dates)

Click here to go to the original call for details.

 

Submission Sundays: Unlocking the Magic

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Unlocking the Magic

Eligibility: original, noblebright fantasy stories from 3000-6000 words. The theme is mental illness and the editors want stories which empower those who suffer from them. Stories which encourage and show the bravery of asking for help and the possibilities said help brings.

Caveat: the editors want stories of perseverance and strength through mental illness in a fantasy setting. No horror, no science fiction.

What makes this call stand out: this project is an attempt to subvert harmful mental illness tropes in fantasy, and that’s worth applauding.

Payment: $300.00 per story, plus royalties (listed on the American Kickstarter site)

Submit by: November 1, 2018

Click here to go to the original call for details.

Good luck to everyone submitting and have fun writing!

Submission Sundays: Punk Rock

Welcome to this week’s edition of Submission Sundays. Every week I bring you a unique call for submissions to help you find a home for your stories and maybe inspire a new one. Each call will contain a speculative element and will offer payment upon acceptance.

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This week, consider submitting a story to:

A Punk Rock Future

Eligibility: original speculative stories from 350-6000 words dealing with a punk rock future. Not steampunk, dieselpunk, ecopunk, solarpunk, or penguinpunk (okay, I made that one up) but punk punk. Sit back, listen to the Ramones, the Sex Pistols, crank up some Clash. That punk. The original punk.

Caveat: no torture, porn, zombies, or vampires. But what about my vampire story, Fab Vicious? He pierced his sparkling eyebrow with a slightly disinfected safety pin and tortures grammarians by spelling anarchy with a K! Nope. Save it for another anthology, pal.

What makes this call stand out: this is original stuff that’s going to take some serious creative chops. Which is why they’re offering professional rates. Are you up to the challenge?

Payment: $0.06 per word

Submit by: August 15th, 2018

Click here to go to the original call for details.

happy writing and good luck to everyone submitting!

Submission Sundays: Gallery of Curiosities

Welcome to this week’s edition of Submission Sundays! Every week I bring you a unique call for submissions to help you find a home for your stories and maybe inspire a new one. Each call will contain a speculative element and will offer payment upon acceptance.

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The Gallery of Curiosities

Eligibility: original or reprint speculative fiction stories with a *deep breath* “anachropunkish retro-vintage element” up to 7500 words.

Caveat: editors warn that 2/3 of the stories they reject are because they are a bad fit. Familiarize yourself with their publication before submitting and get ahead of the curve!

What makes this call stand out: this market is a print-on-demand and podcast anthology Gary Buller described as “it’s like steampunk had a baby with Tales From the Crypt!” (sourced from their website).

Payment: $0.03 per word for original stories, and $0.01 per word for reprints, American funds.

Submit by: rolling submission dates, currently open for submissions until June 30th, 2018

Click here to go to the original call for details.

Good luck and happy writing!

Submission Sundays: the gritty Grimm

Welcome to this week’s edition of Submission Sundays! Every week I bring you a unique call for submissions to help you find a home for your stories and maybe inspire a new one. Each call will contain a speculative element and will offer payment upon acceptance.

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This week, we’re tackling:

Grimm, Grit, and Gasoline: an anthology of dieselpunk and decopunk fairy tales

Eligibility: fairy tales and retellings in alternative histories between WWI and WWII, up to 7500 words.

Caveat: this particular call doesn’t OPEN until August 1. It’s a ways off but it gives you the chance to come up with a clever story, polish it, and send it through your critique groups before you submit. It also gives newer writers the chance to familiarize themselves with the styles of dieselpunk and decopunk before writing.

What makes this call stand out: Grimm as dieselpunk makes my imagination tingle

Payment: $0.01 per word, plus a contributor’s copy

Submit by: September 30th, 2018

Click here to got to the original call for details.

Good luck and happy writing!

Submission Sundays: falling into fantasy

Welcome to this week’s edition of Submission Sundays. Every week, I bring you a unique call for submissions to help you find a home for your stories or maybe inspire a new one. Each call contains a speculative element and offers payment upon acceptance.

This week, we’re looking at:

Fall Into Fantasy 2018

Eligibility: fantasy tales of all sub-genres, 2000-7500 words. Diversity welcomed, but sexual content, violence, and gore should be avoided.

What makes this call stand out: Fall Into Fantasy is a great chance for new writers to mingle with experienced ones, build their CV, and see their work in print.

Payment: $10 U.S. funds, and a print copy of the book. A 3% royalty will be added after sixty copies are sold.

Submit by: July 1st, 2018

Click here to hear over to the original call for complete details and submission guidelines.

Happy writing!