Monday, May 15, 2017

May, 2017 Dark Fiction Short Story Market Listings/ Notes

Here are some genre short story market listings with a focus on Dark Fiction that I find interesting, are currently open, and pay a minimum professional rate of five (5) cents per word:


May, 2017 Market Listings/ Notes


Welcome to Miskatonic University (Broken Eye Books)
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 3,000 – 6,000 words (and flash fiction, 1,000 words or less)
Deadline: June 30, 2017
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Miskatonic University is still going strong in the Arkham Valley (and in various satellite campuses and research stations around the world). Looking for tales that combine college life and the cosmic weird. Of course, there's beer, sex, and parties; study groups and all-night cramming; campus activism and impassioned discourse; vital research and faculty struggling for tenure. But also, you know, gruesome and psychedelic cosmic weirdness; weird fiction set in a modern-day Miskatonic University. Stories should be set within or be inspired by the Cthulhu Mythos.

The Forge Literary Magazine
Payment: 5 cents a word
Story Length: Generally 3,000 words or less, but may be open to a bit longer. Flash is also highly appreciated (1,000 words or less).
Deadline: Continually open
Reprints?: No
Response: 3 months or less
Description: Prose Fiction--Open to all genres and voices, and stories with any background. Literary excellence is our only criteria. Pieces read anonymously, so please do not put your name anywhere in the file.

Strange Beasties anthology (Third Flatiron)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 1,500 – 3,000 words
Deadline: May 15 - July 15, 2017
Reprints?: No
Response: up to eight weeks
Description: Slipstream. Are you itching to invent your own odd literary devices or creatures?  Impress us, delight us, or scare us with the diversity of your fiendish creations. Creatures of the id don't necessarily have to be monsters, but they do need to be strange. We'd fancy some ghostbusters and monster hunters too.

Flash Fiction Online
Payment: $60 flat (= 6 cents/ word+)
Story Length: 500 to 1,000 words
Deadline: Intermittently open
Reprints?: Yes (payment at 2 cents/ word)
Response: Within one month
Description: A very short but complete story of flash fiction. Strong, interesting characters, in genres of dark sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal, crime, horror, and even literary.

Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: up to 17,500 words
Deadline: Intermittent
Reprints?: No
Response: Three months
Description: Science fiction, fantasy, and horror (in the sense of supernatural suspense, not gory blood-fests). stories. Well-developed milieus and believable, engaging characters. We also look for clear, unaffected writing (Follow the PG-13 standard as a model for content restriction).

Chicken Soup for the Soul – “My Crazy Family!” (NON-HORROR, NON-FICTION)
Payment: $200 plus ten copies of the book
Story Length: to 1,200 words. Poetry: open line count.
Deadline: June 30, 2017
Reprints?: No (some exceptions allowed)
Response: NO rejections sent out. Assume rejection if not heard 60 days before date of publication.
Description: We do love our families but they can also drive us crazy! It’s fun to read about all those wacky relatives and compare them to our own. These true stories, either serious or hilarious, will touch your heart or make you laugh… or both. They will make you see that other families are not that different from your own, and that when push comes to shove, we all need our crazy families.

**This above market also open to separate submission calls for non-fiction stories on Redemption; Christmas Cheer; and other topics. ADDED HERE as I know several horror writers have broken into non-genre works through this.

***Non-PRO-Paying Market, but Eric J. Guignard’s “Pick of the Month”

The Beauty of Death 2—Death by Water (ed. by Alessandro Manzetti and Jodi RenĂ©e Lester)
Payment: $100 flat
Story Length: 4,000 – 5,000 words
Deadline: September 1, 2017
Reprints?: No
Response: 1 month
Description: Stories that fit the theme: Death by Water. All types of horror are welcome. Sex or violence in a story should be artistically justified; no excessive gore. No stories about child abuse of any kind. We welcome all subgenres and forms of speculative fiction..

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

New Release in Issue #5 of Gamut Magazine

NEW RELEASE! I’ve written an article for Issue #5 of Gamut Magazine (May), titled: “The Five Human Senses in Modern Horror Short Fiction.” This is a tie-in article to my forthcoming anthology, The Five Senses of Horror, scheduled for publication in June, 2017 from Dark Moon Books. Gamut is a pay online magazine, available here:

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


Finished mocking up front cover art & layout for probably the first release of rebranded (and now my own!) publishing house, Dark Moon Books!:

Book 1 in a series, for the brilliant Steve Rasnic Tem --> EXPLORING DARK SHORT FICTION #1: A PRIMER TO STEVE RASNIC TEM

With commentary by
Michael Arnzen, PhD and amazing interior illustrations by Michelle Prebich!

Monday, April 10, 2017

April, 2017 Dark Fiction Short Story Market Listings/ Notes

I’ve been compiling monthly reports of new or open markets for the Los Angeles chapter of Horror Writers Association for the past couple years.

Thought it might be beneficial to widen the audience by sharing this information publically for those who write fiction genre short stories, with a focus on horror.

These are some markets I find interesting, are currently open, and pay a minimum professional rate of five (5) cents per word:


April, 2017 Market Listings/ Notes


Midas Clutch: Tales of Opulent Horror  (edited by Steve Berman)
Payment: 5 cents a word
Story Length: 4,000 – 14,000 words
Deadline: January, 2018
Reprints?: Possibly (pay at 2 cents/ word)
Response: 4 months
Description: Weird and eerie stories of people consumed by wealth. Each tale must be suffused with the trappings of the well-to-do. Decadence should be paramount. However, we do not want these tales to be moralistic; we're celebrating those who can buy the finest things in life...they just happen to be the leads in a horror story. The better stories will incorporate status and wealth as both character traits and elements of the plot.

Unshattering (*New Market)
Payment: 10 cents a word
Story Length: up to 4,500 words
Deadline: None given
Reprints?: No
Response: Unknown
Description: Primarily looking for science fiction short stories that show us the way back to a livable future. While I expect that most will be science fiction, I am open to fantasy and literary fiction as well.

Fireside Fiction Company
Payment: 12.5 cents a word
Story Length: up to 4,000 words (flash fiction preferred)
Deadline: Open only April 16 – April 22, 2017
Reprints?: No
Response: Unknown
Description: To publish great speculative fiction storytelling, regardless of genre (ex. Neil Gaiman); unique voices.

Cicada Magazine YA literary/comics magazine – Puppets & Dolls issue
Payment: 10 cents a word
Story Length: flash fiction up to 9,000 words
Deadline: May 27, 2017 for current them; Open intermittently (and currently) for other non-themed
Reprints?: No
Response: 3-6 months
Description: YA/teen stories about puppets/ dolls: Children’s toys, storytelling props, decoration, conduits for the supernatural. How do we pull one another’s strings to get what we want? How do we project our feelings onto one another? How can this harm a relationship?

sub-Q Magazine
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 1,000 – 5,000 words
Deadline: Currently open. Intermittent dates.
Reprints?: No
Response: 90 days
Description: F/SF, horror, mystery, romance, and mash-up interactive fiction. Submitted works must include at least a detailed proposal for interactivity. We like beautiful, moving prose, but we also like pulpy fun! Don’t self-reject. Let us see what you’ve got!

Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Sword & Sorceress, #32 (ed. Elisabeth Waters)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: up to 9,000 words
Deadline: Open from: April 24 – May 14, 2017
Reprints?: No
Response: 1 week
Description: Stories should be the type generally referred to as “sword and sorcery” and must have a strong female protagonist whom the reader will care about!

***Non-PRO-Paying Market, but Eric J. Guignard’s “Pick of the Month”

The Anatomy of Monsters, Volume 2 (edited by Robert Teun)
Payment: $25 flat
Story Length: 3,000 – 10,000 words
Deadline: October 31, 2017
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: New takes on old monsters! Zombies, vampires, werewolves, all OK. Also open to more folklore horror, Witches! Baba Yaga! And many, many more! I prefer less splatter and more scare.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Theatrical/ Radio-Style Podcast Reading of my story, “Something in the Strawberry Fields”

One of the first horror stories I ever wrote for publication (a whopping five years ago!) has come back around for a spectacular podcast reading… It’s almost embarrassing how much work seems to have gone into this theatrical-quality production, styled after the old radio dramas, with music, sound effects, and multiple character voice actors.

Listen to my tale, “Something in the Strawberry Fields,” as the opening episode of Manor House Show’s Season 3, here at:

Really well done, and thanks so much to MANOR HOUSE @manorhouseshow ; and the cast and technicians involved, including Project Entertainment Network @ProjectEntNet, Project Entertainment Network.

And thanks also for this amazing first review by @UnnervingMagazine, @UnnervingMag .

“Season 3 of the Manor House opens with a sinister tale of retribution by Eric J. Guignard titled Something in the Strawberry Fields. Listening, the story brought to mind a Scott Smith tale of devilish greenery, The Ruins. The plants are hungry and knowing, but beyond that (and the Spanish vibe) this story rolls into a yarn of its own…”