We're in the middle of three very special open calls for submissions to speculative fiction markets. All of them have deadlines coming right up. Without further ado, let's take a look...
Lightspeed presents: Women Destroy Science Fiction!
In direct response to certain internet pundits bloviating about how women are destroying science fiction with their relationships and romances and their girl cooties, not to mention their unreasonable demands for an end to sexism in SF, John Joseph Adams is handing over the June 2014 issue of Lightspeed to three fantastic women editors, who will choose up to 20 original, never-before-published science fiction stories by women (10 full-length stories of 1500-7500 words and 10,000 words of flash fiction each story of which does not exceed 1499 words) from the towering slush pile which you will help create by submitting your story by 23:59:59 on February 14, 2014.
Pay for original works will be 8 cents a word; pay for reprints will be 2 cents a word. For this special Kickstarter-funded double-length issue, editors are seeking only science fiction ("fiction that speculates on our future, where the basis of that speculation is science, not magic. This includes the social sciences"), only by women authors ("a woman is any human being who identifies as one, to whatever degree that they do so").
"Also," says Guest Editor Christie Yant, "we totally dig Regency gowns and chandeliers. In space. Just saying."
Readers, you know what to do.
Interfictions Online, a Journal of the Interstitial Arts, publishes writing that doesn't lend itself to easy categorization: "Genre-bending fiction", poetry that "thrives in the in-between zone," "essays that mind the gaps." To put it succinctly:
We are looking for work that blurs the lines between literary genres (contemporary realism, mystery, historical, fantasy, speculative fiction, westerns), as well as pieces that bridge fiction and nonfiction, prose and poetry.
They are currently reading fiction, non-fiction, and poetry for their third issue, and invite you to submit right up until the deadline of February 16, 2014.
Pay is 5 cents a word for fiction up to 10,000 words with a preference for 5,000 and under; 3 cents a word for essays of 2,000-4,000 words; and $20 flat rate for poetry. Flat rate $50 for interviews of 2,000-3,000 words; query first. Previously unpublished work only.
Toasted Cake, a podcast of flash fiction idiosyncratically chosen by author Tina Connolly, is open for submissions a couple times a year for a month at a time. Your submissions are welcomed through the end of February 2014.
Connolly's preference is for fiction of 700-1,200 words. Reprints are OK, as are stories that have previously been podcast. And original fiction is just swell! As for what she likes to read...
A few descriptors I like are weird, quirky, dark, twisted, funny, literary, puzzling, bizarre, tongue-twistable, singable, patter-friendly, elocutionary, witty, and wistful.
Pay is a flat rate of $5, which may be by cash, paypal, or by barter ("deferred payment of one drink, payable by me in person at a convention"). Or other; propose your amusing randomness at the sound of the beep.
Remember to read all guidelines before submitting. Multiple links are provided above. Now, go forth and Get Published, Boulder!