With NaNoWriMo having just ended, a list of deadlines might be the last thing that most writers would want to see–but the Christmas holiday is one of the longest in the year, and if you can find some time to get some writing done between Simbang Gabi and Noche Buena, I thought it might be useful to have a consolidated list of markets for your stories, especially given that many reading periods end this month. So I’ve combed through my usual sources (top of that list being Ralan, Duotrope, Bibliophile Stalker and Specficmarkets) and assembled this list of open markets and contests with upcoming deadlines (up to those which fall within the 1st quarter of 2010). If I’ve missed any, local or international, please let me know in the comments.
And oh, it might not have a deadline, but don’t forget that Usok is open to submissions as well. ^_^
Note: The December deadlines are in bold print… You know, for added urgency
- Delirium Books – Horror novellas and novelettes. Deadline is December 15, 2009.
- Distant Worlds - an anthology of novella length Science Fiction. Submissions are now open and will close on 15 Jan 2010.
- Twelfth Planet Open Reading Period – Novelette submissions are open until February 28, 2010.
- Retro Spec - Retro Spec is a planned trade paperback anthology of speculative flash fiction, short stories, and poetry about culture, society, and politics from the 1920s to the 1980s. Deadline is December 8, 2009.
- The Pedestal Magazine: Speculative Fiction Issue - speculative flash fiction. Deadline is December 14 2009.
- Innsmouth Free Press: Multiethnic Issue - (Not an anthology but a special issue of a regular magazine) scary, funny, exciting and plain-bizarre stories with a Lovecraftian twist. Until December 15, 2009.
- Horrowire Anthology – Horror short stories. Deadline is December 15, 2009.
- Crossed Genres: Any Previous Genre Issue – (Not an anthology, but Crossed Genre submissions have themes which change every month, so technically a story you plan to submit to them within a particular genre has a month-long deadline). Deadline is December 31, 2009.
- The Beast Unleashed (The Beast Within 2) - new takes on “were-” tales. Deadline is December 31, 2009 or until filled.
- The Four Horsemen: An Anthology of Conquest, War, Famine & Death - The anthology will be divided into four sections: Conquest, War, Famine/Pestilence, and Death. Most genres, including, but not limited to, supernatural, dark fantasy, horror, suspense, crime, mystery, humor and science fiction, are welcome as long as they fit the theme of one of our four categories (conquest, war, famine/pestilence, death). Please note which category your story fits into when you submit. Deadline is 31 December 2009.
- War of the Worlds: Frontlines – are stories influenced by War of the Worlds and containing Aliens in some form against Humanity. They don’t have to be the tripod riding, octopus-style Martians from the original novel. In fact, we would prefer seeing what your imagination can come up with. And while the title of the anthology is War of the Worlds: Front Lines, we realize that wars between man and alien could be fought on many fronts, and in many ways. Deadline is 31 December 2009.
- Timelines: Stories inspired by H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine – stories inspired by The Time Machine. Stories that delicately reach into our past. Stories that boldly stride into the future. And everything in between. Send us your stories of paradoxes and contradictions, show us what happens when we mess with our timelines or create new ones. Deadline is 31 December 2009.
- The Future Fire: Feminist SF Issue – (Not an anthology but a special issue of a regular magazine) We shall publish dark science fiction and art with a social conscience, a political sensibility, and of the highest quality. New not only means recently composed, previously unpublished, and original. New means: Creative. Inventive. Experimental. Postmodern. Speculative. Meaningful. Progressive. Deadline is 31 December 2009.
- Trafficking in Magic/Magicking in Traffic - Trafficking in Magic deals with the sale and transport of magical goods and services, including magical beings, artifacts, fortune telling, communing with the dead, and other spells for hire, or the sale of magical energy itself; Magicking in Traffic deals with magic in the flow of traffic–which could be street traffic, commerce, the flow of energies, or something else entirely–whether to aid, block, or manipulate the flow of traffic, or simply to play in it. Deadline is 5 January 2010.
- Demons of the New Year – horror anthology from Estranghero Press. Deadline is January 15, 2010.
- Warrior Wisewoman 3 – an annual anthology series of science fiction featuring powerful and remarkable women. Deadline is 15 January 2010.
- Aether Age – Shared universe alternate history anthology. Deadline is January 30, 2010.
- Zombie Zoology: A Natural History of Zombies - Stories must include themes revolving around living-dead animals, beasts, creatures, or anything of the sort. We are looking for variety in both animals and the locations in which the story is set. Stories involving local myths, legends and superstitions will be well regarded as will the use of science. Stories can be set in the past or present. Closing date is the 30th January 2010 and replies will go out after this date.
- While the Morning Stars Sing – An Anthology of Spiritually Infused Speculative Fiction. Deadline is 31 January, 2010.
- SCHEHERAZADE’S FAÇADE - “History, literature and mythology are replete with stories of those who, for one reason or another, disguise themselves as the opposite gender, or are transformed into that which they are not. Whether it’s for love, ambition, or self-preservation, whether it’s to challenge the status quo or simply to embrace their true nature, whether it’s done willingly or thrust upon them, there will always be those who cross-dress and blur the lines between genders. Deadline is February 28, 2010.
- Quest for Atlantis – unique short stories that celebrate the legend of The Lost Continent of Atlantis. Most genres, including, but not limited to, fantasy, science fiction, horror, suspense, mystery, romance, humor, etc., are welcome as long as they fit the theme of the anthology (Atlantis). Deadline is February 28, 2010.
- Rebel Books’ Faerie Stories Anthology – “We are looking to produce an anthology of Faerie Stories for young adults. Your stories must be modern, original stories about or including faeries with an edgy teen focus.” Deadline is February 28, 2010.
- Night Terrors - Night Terrors will be an open themed anthology of horror. Science fiction and dark fantasy will be considered as long as it has a strong element of horror. Try to avoid classic horror conventions, unless you incorporate a new twist. Remember, evil has no boundaries and neither do we! Nothing is off limits, so take advantage of the freedom. We’ll accept stories in any setting or time period, as long as it’s well written, powerful and original. Most importantly, scare us. We want to be haunted by your story long after we put it down. Gore and sex are acceptable, as long as it serves a purpose. Deadlines is March 13, 2010.
- The Way of the Wizard – The story should be about a wizard, witch, sorcerer, sorceress, of some kind (basically, any sort of user of magic). Open until March 31, 2010.
- Jabberwocky 5 – The elements and bedrock of Jabberwocky can be largely described as the -ical approach: lyrical, whimsical, mythical, in all its forms, particularly short fiction, poetry, and illustrative. Reading period will remain open until the collection is full. Response time is 2 weeks
- SHINE Anthology competition – a guessing/matching competition dealing with the table of contents of the upcoming SHINE Anthology. The competition will run from November 30 until December 15: it will close to entries at December 15 midnight, Dutch time.
- Spec the Halls – a contest for speculative winter holiday-themed fiction, artwork, and poetry. Entries must be first posted between November 1st and December 18th, the week before Christmas. They must stay online until Groundhog Day (February 2nd) or until the winners are announced (Groundhog Day is the outside deadline that I’m setting myself for the decision). However, it should be noted that submitting earlier (when there’s less competition) will increase a submission’s chances of being a “Featured Submission.”
- “Why I Write” Essay Contest - sponsored by Editor Unleashed and Smashwords. Post Your Entry: Monday, November 9 – Thursday, December 31; Popular Ranking: Monday, January 4 – Friday, January 29
- Eighth Annual (2009) SFReader Short Story Contest - “We are interested in works that feature well developed characters along with colorful settings and fast-moving plots. There are no restrictions on sub-genres, though all stories must be firmly within the realm of Speculative Fiction. Our interests include, but are not limited to: Hard Science Fiction, Soft Science Fiction, Horror, Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Cyberpunk, Slipstream, and Alternate History, just to name a few. The speculative element must be integral to the story.”
[Image source: Spec the Halls ]