Speculative Fiction News — 17/04/11

Posted by samuel on April 16, 2011 in Speculative Fiction News |

Welcome to the Speculative Fiction News Bulletin for the week ending the 17/04/11.

Let’s break with tradition a bit and start with market news. There’s a goodly amount of it this week, and it’s mostly exciting, to boot.


We have a new pro-paying SF market: Digital Science Fiction are looking for stories between 3,500 and 7,500 words. They pay 5c a word, with 50% of that being paid on acceptance.

BULL SPEC is now an SFWA-qualifying market! Awesome stuff. On top of that, because they’ve been paying pro-rates for their entire existence, all sales made to them since their inception count towards SFWA qualification.

Submishmash, a submission form system now in use by a number of zines, is offering a newsletter of submission calls from places that use them. More details as to content, schedule and signing up here.

Stories from the Hearth, Heartwarming Tales of Appalachia, is a pro-paying anthology from Woodland Press. They’re accepting subs until May 31st. They pay 5c a word for stories up to 2,000 words. Full guidelines here.

Detours, Peculiar Places of West Virginia, is another pro-paying anthology to be released by Woodland Press. They too are accepting subs until May 31st, and pay 5c a word for stories up to 2,500 words. Guidelines here.

Mutation Press, which brought us the Music From Another World Anthology, is bringing out another anthology, entitled Rocket Science. Subs don’t open until August 1st, but lots of time to get a story written is never a bad thing, right? The word limit is 6,000 and payment is 10 pounds per 1,000 words. Read the full guidelines here.

Another anthology, but this time only if you’re based in Canada: Chilling Tales: In Words, alas, drown I, being published by EDGE Science Fiction is looking for dark fantasy and horror from Canadian Writers. Full submission guidelines, including pay structure and length, here. Submissions open May 1st and run until July 30th.

Now a new zine limited to Australian writers: Paisley Stitchington’s Speculative Bugle is looking for submissions up to 5,000 words and pay $50.

Sword and Sorceress has reopened to subs and will be open until May 13th. Guidelines here.

The Crimson Pact Anthologies, based around the story The Fallen Crusade, by Paul Genesse and Patrick Tracy, have reopened to subs until June 6th. Guidelines here.


Information for both of the following contests came via Deborah Walker’s blog. Thanks, Debs!

Fantasy Book Review is holding a short story competition. First prize: an Apple iPad, second and third prize, a Kindle. The contest is open until September 10th, 2011. Full details here.

ChiZine is also holding a contest. The Napier’s Legacy Contest, in honor of John Napier, and to celebrate the release of Derryl Murphy’s new novel, Napier’s Bones, is open to April 4th. The prizes appear to be various copies of Murphy’s novel, plus being published in ChiZine. Full details here.

New Fiction

Fantasy Mag: The Woman Who Married the Man in the Moon, by Peter S. Beagle.

Lightspeed: Maneki Neko, by Bruce Stirling.

Tor.com: The Lunatics, by Kim Stanley Robinson. This is a reprint from the Brave New Worlds Anthology.

Part 2 of Nisa Shawl’s Pataki is up at Strange Horizons.

Here’s a peek at what’s inside Black Static 22.

Here’s the TOC for Kaleidotrope #11.

Free classic SF: The Last Question, by Isaac Asimov.


This year’s nominations for the Shirley Jackson Awards.

The winners of the 2011 Darrell Awards (courtesy of SF Awards Watch).


Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Perm is set to be movie-ized. Well, the first book at least. And if it does well, then who knows? All 22 books might find their way onto the big screen. Read more here.


And, finally:

Do you wanna know what Pyr Books isn’t? Then read this post by Lou Anders over at the Clarion Blog.

Plenty of nuggets in this week’s bulletin, if i do say so myself. As always, thanks to all the various sources (twitter (particularly the tweeps i follow), duotrope, Absolute Write, etc) for the information.

Write well, all!

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