February Submission Roundup

Themed Calls

Beneath the Waves – Tales from the Deep
Shine up your stories of the submerged for the upcoming Australian anthology Beneath the Waves – Tales from the Deep, which will be the fourth anthology in the Things in the Well series.  From the editor: “sea monsters and underwater encounters can be believable if written well, which Brian Lumley demonstrates well in his work, as does Ramsey Campbell in stories like ‘The Inhabitant of the Lake,’ and Lovecraft’s ‘Dagon’ also leaps to mind.”
Word Count: 5,000-8,000 words
Deadline: February 28, 2018
Payment: $50 AUD

Making Monsters
Futurefire.net Publishing and the Institute of Classical Studies are looking for retellings or reimaginings of classical monsters in fantasy, horror or science fiction short stories, for a mixed fiction and nonfiction volume titled Making Monsters to be published in mid-2018, edited by Emma Bridges and Djibril al-Ayad. Classical monsters may include those from Greco-Roman mythology, ancient Egypt, the Near East, or any other ancient world cultures far beyond the Mediterranean.
Word Count: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: February 28, 2018
Payment: £50 for short stories (between 2,000-5,000 words); £25 for flash stories (up to 1,999 words) or poetry

Baba Yaga Anthology
Anthologist Kate Wolford is looking for stories from Baba Yaga’s point of view, or the point of view from those she helps or hurts, or from anyone who might be a protagonist worthy of the Baba Yaga story. You can set the story in the past or present. The story can take place anywhere in the world. It can include romance or action or tragedy or comedy.
Word Count: 7,500-20,000 words
Deadline: March 1, 2018
Payment: $50 + contributor copy

Sword & Sonnet
Project editors Aidan Doyle, Rachael K. Jones and E. Catherine Tobler are seeking science fiction and fantasy stories featuring battle poets. Note: Stories must feature a woman or non-binary battle poet as a main character.
Word Count: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: March 1, 2018
Payment: $0.06 cents a word

Uncanny Magazine
This pro speculative fiction magazine is seeking submissions for the special issue Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction. From the editors: “We welcome submission from writers who identify themselves as disabled. Identity is what matters for this issue. What kinds of disabilities? All of them. Invisible and visible. Physical disabilities, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, mental health disabilities, and neurodiversity.”
Word Count: 750-6,000 words
Deadline: February 28, 2018
Payment: $0.08 cents a word

Markets of Interest

Gallery of Curiosities
Gallery of Curiosities is a speculative fiction podcast looking for stories with an anachropunkish retro-vintage element. “As an audio venue, we want short stories that entertain. We want to be taken on an adventure in a time that never was, be it steampunk, gaslamp, weird tales, dreadpunk, vintage horror, mad science, fantastic cities (please!), monsters, impossible machines, clockworks, alt-history adventures, surprises, weird westerns, and things that shouldn’t work. We will read Bizarro but it must have an internal logic to it.”
Word Count: Not listed
Deadline: February 28, 2018
Payment: $0.03 cents a word

Phantom Drift Limited
This print publication is looking for fabulist flash fiction and short stories. “We like stories that favor the unusual over the usual; we like stories that create a milieu where anything can happen. Stories can take the form of myth or fable. They can invent or suggest an unreal ambience or describe a realistic landscape gripped by a surreal or unexplained event.”
Entry Fee: $3
Word Count: up to 6,000 words
Deadline: March 31, 2018
Payment: $5 per page with a minimum of $10 for flash fiction, plus 1 contributor copy.


Apparation Lit Flash Fiction Contest
Each month Apparition Lit holds a flash fiction contest. For February, the editors are seeking speculative fiction stories that meet the theme Margaret Atwood’s Marrying the Hangman. Other themes for the year include March: Through the mirror darkly; April: Lazarus; May: The lilies on the table; June: Posthumous; July: Follow the light; August: Parasites; September: Emily Dickinson’s Because I could Not Stop for Death; October: You can see the bone; November: Security; December: The final problem . Stories are accepted during the first 15 days of each month with winners announced on the 20th.
Word Count: up to 1,000 words
Deadline: February 15, 2018
Entry Fee: None
Prize(s): The winning story wins $5.

Everything Change Climate Fiction Contest 2018
Hosted by the Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative at Arizona State University, this contest is seeking submissions in all genres of short fiction, including speculative, realistic, literary, experimental, and hybrid forms. Guidelines include Imagining Climate Futures, Scientific Accuracy and Understanding, and Climate Challenges, Human Responses. (NOTE: The contest will once again be judged by science fiction legend Kim Stanley Robinson, award-winning author of many foundational works in climate fiction, along with other climate fiction experts from ASU.)
Word Count: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: February 28, 2018
Entry Fee: None
Prize(s): The winning story will receive a $1,000 prize. Nine finalists will receive $50 each.

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