Paying spec fiction short story markets: January 2017 update

Time for that New Year’s resolution: write more, submit more, get published more.  Let’s do it.

It’s been a while, sorry about that, so lots of updates to my list of paying spec fiction short story markets.  Hang on.

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If you do find this list useful, come say hi on Facebook, I’m C.R.Hodges.Author.

Updates:

The following markets have been added:

The following markets have reopened:

  • Liminal
  • Third Flatiron

The following markets have temporarily closed:

  • Fantasy Scroll
  • Drabblecast
  • Shoreline to Infinity
  • Strange Horizons
  • Shroud Quarterly
  • Ravenwood Quarterly
  • Stupefying Stories
  • Apex

The following markets have permanently closed / appear to be dead / website down

  • Beyond Science Fiction
  • Lakeside Circus
  • Spacesuits and Sixguns
  • Goldfish Grim
  • Black Denim Lit (no longer pays)

Other changes:

  • Kasma has changed its pay rate
  • New Myths has changed its pay rate
  • Perihelion  Science Fiction updated link

Keep on writin’.

CR Hodges

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Tis the season once again for short story contests

The weather outside is frigid, minus 13 F this morning on my back porch.  But the holidays are approaching, and that means ’tis the season for writing contests.

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Some of my favorite short story contests open for entry during or just after the holiday season, all of which pay cash prizes. I’ve entered / will be entering all of these–hope to see you there too.

  • Writers of the Future quarterly writer contest
    • Spec fiction up to 17,000 words
    • December 31st, March 31st, June 30th, September 30th of each year
    • Open to all non-professionally published writers *
    • First Prize: $1000
    • Free
  • The James White Award: BSFA’s annual contest
    • Science Fiction up to 6,000 words
    • January 20, 2017
    • Open to all non-professionally published writers *
    • First Prize: £200 plus publication in Interzone
    • Free
  • Parsec annual story contest for Confluence
    • Spec fiction up to 3,500 words
    • January 1, through March 31, 2017
    • Theme: A Hidden, Underlying Truth
    • Open to all non-professionally published writers *
    • First Prize: $200
    • Free
  • Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award
    • Near future space-based science fiction up to 8,000 words
    • January 31st, 2017
    • Grand Prize: Publication by Baen at professional rates
    • Free
  • Baen Fantasy Adventure Award
    • Fantasy up to 8000 words
    • Not yet announced for 2017 (usually announced ~January 1st)
    • Free

* In general, these publications define a professional author as one who is eligible for SFWA membership, basically three professional short story market sales or one novel sale.  But definitions vary slightly

For a list of year-round paying spec fiction markets, please see my list of Paying Spec Fiction Markets

Keep on writin’!

CR Hodges

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Waiting for the muse

Every writer goes through periods of waiting for their muse to speak up.  Gives us a sign, point us in the right direction.  Mine spoke up today.

Challenger muse

Perhaps my muse is saying “Finish that ___ing short story on the space shuttle Challenger (tentatively titled “Sea of Tranquility”). Maybe it’s an arrow showing me the way on my epic rewrite of Ragnarök Willie.  Or, of course, maybe it’s just a double espresso.

But it got me writing.

What is your muse saying? (or not saying?)

Keep on writin’ everyone!

CR Hodges

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Wobble is published in Perihelion

My sci-fi short story, Wobble, has just been published in Perihelion Science Fiction.  Check it out.

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CR Hodges

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Updated list of paying spec fiction short story markets: March 2016

Spring is Coming. True, that doesn’t sound as ominous as the Stark family tagline, but hey it’s a happy time.  A time for flowers, a time for rebirth. A time for writing. And amazingly, a time for adding a whole slew of new paying markets, several of them paying pro rates.

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If you do find this list useful, come say hi on Facebook, I’m C.R.Hodges.Author.

Updates:

The following markets have been added:

  • Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
  • Metaphorosis
  • Liminal
  • Bracken
  • Farstrider
  • Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet
  • Flash Fiction Press
  • Compelling Science Fiction
  • Cricket

The following markets have reopened:

  • Kaleidotrope
  • PodCastle
  • Shoreline to Infinity
  • Shroud Quarterly

The following markets have temporarily closed:

  • Betwixt
  • Ares
  • Liminal
  • Farstrider
  • Abyss & Apex
  • Dark Fuse
  • Nameless
  • Uncanny
  • Freeze Frame Fiction
  • Third Flatiron

The following markets have permanently closed / appear to be dead / website down:

  • Unstuck
  • Tor (unsolicited submissions only)
  • Scigentasy

Other changes:

  • Lakeside Circus has increased its pay rate
  • Electric Spec has an updated link
  • Kasma has an updated link
  • Kzine has an updated link
  • T. Gene Davis’s Speculative Blog has increased its pay rate

Keep on writin’.

CR Hodges

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Airlock podcast

One of my flash fiction pieces, “Airlock,” was just  released as a podcast from Manawaker.

http://www.manawaker.com/podcast/ffp-0105-airlock/

or on iTunes (free)

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ffp-0105-airlock/id980747861?i=363656980&mt=2

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Originally published in Perihelion Science Fiction, “Airlock” is a paranormal sci fi mashup, just a thousand words short.  It actually violates one of the “rules” of writing rather flagrantly (anyone care to take a guess at which one?) but since it’s sold twice now and the violation was deliberate, it goes to that old adage “rules are meant to be broken, but only if you know the rule.”

Enjoy!

CR Hodges

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Updated list of paying spec fiction short story markets: January 2016

Happy New Year A time for rebirth, a time for writing growth, a time for those pesky resolutions, like get paid for writing. So the new year is also time to write more stories and submit them to paying markets. Here is my updated list of Paying Spec Fiction Short Story Markets.

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Don’t forget contests as well.  I published a list of contests for Q4 2015 a short while ago; I’ll update that soon–stay tuned.

Updates:

The following markets have been added:

  • Not One of Us (re-added, found new website)
  • Manawaker

The following markets have reopened:

  • Apex
  • Ares

The following markets have temporarily closed:

  • Urban Fantasy
  • PodCastle
  • Nightmare
  • Pulp Modern
  • Everyday Fiction
  • Goldfish Grim
  • Grimdark

The following markets have permanently closed / appear to be dead / website down:

  • Crossed Genres
  • Fictionvale

Keep on writin’.

CR Hodges

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