Welcome back boys and girls. It’s always good to see you.

As I was going through the blogs and other cyber goodies that I follow, I noticed something. We writer-types spend a lot of time talking about the craft of writing, the joys of writing, the sorrows of writing, the killing of random adverbs, and our writing “journey.” In short we talk a lot about how we do what we do in our given genres.

But we don’t talk so much about where to do what we do.

So instead of listening (??) to me bloviate for 1000 words or so about how to write or expound on some terribly pithy or earth shatteringly original idea related to the publishing industry, what if I give you some places to send your writing efforts instead? Some are a little quirky and others are pretty mainstream. But they all pay money.

And here’s one thing to remember: Writer ≠ Novelist. Writers write lots of things. So stretch your wings and fly.

Now with that being said… on to the

Markets Markets Markets                                                            

The Rejected Quarterly is a one-of-a-kind literary magazine. If no other publisher will take your work…they just might. They offer quality offbeat fiction you can’t find anywhere else. Whatever traditional literary magazines want, The Rejected Quarterly isn’t interested in. That’s why they require their writers to submit at least five rejection slips from other publications along with each manuscript. No other literary journal maintains such strict standards.

Submission Guidelines

Editors: Daniel Weiss, Jeff Ludecke
Fiction: Fiction that doesn’t fit anywhere else. To 8,000 words. All fiction submitted must be accompanied by at least 5 rejection slips (copies okay.) TRQ desires stories that are as unique as possible. We want unusual stories, but high quality writing and a story to tell and/ or a coherent idea/ideas to express are the most important criteria. We will consider just about any type of story, but remember, we are looking for originality.
Humor: All forms welcome. Rejection slips preferred (excluding humorous fiction, where rejection slips are required).
Artwork: Cover art will be considered.
Comics: Rejection Slips preferred.
Poetry: Usually use one or two poems per issue. Currently we are only looking for rejection-related poems. Rejection slips optional.
Opinion: Guest columns and reviews will be considered. Rejection slips optional.

Responds: One to six months. Note: We are reading year-round again! Issues available: #1-#20 $7.50 (includes postage) for one issue (sample or otherwise). Four issues: $20.00; Eight issues: $32.00. Overseas orders add $1.50 per issue please.

Payment: Payment for fiction, features, and unsolicited artwork will be $20.00 and one copy of the magazine. Poetry pays $5.00 and a copy of the magazine. Payment on publication.

Advice: Be familiar with the magazine. Send Submissions to: TRQ P.O. Box 1351 Cobb, CA 95426

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Got an idea for a creepy novella? This one is work for hire in a shared world series, but it might be worth a look if you’re interested:

Abaddon Books: For the past six years, Abaddon Books has been publishing genre-busting novels from break-out authors and in brand new formats.So to celebrate its birthday this summer, we are is calling for open submissions for our new e-novella series.

Starting later this year, Abaddon will publish a series of brand new e-novellas – and authors can either play in one of our ten shared worlds or create their own!

Whether you’ve an agent or are going solo, whether you’re an established writer or trying to get your first project, we’re interested. Our books are pacy and action-filled, but smart and sharp, with characters that pull you in and challenge you. And our stories are dark, whatever the genre.
Since 2006, we have published almost eighty original novels in ten shared-world series, and have given the world the talented and irascible Chuck Wendig his fiction debut, not to mention the wildly imaginative Al Ewing. It has uncovered Kitschie-nominee Scott K. Andrews, and gave the brilliant Gary McMahon, Pat Kelleher and Toby Venables their mainstream fiction debuts.
If you know Abaddon’s work, you’ll also know what we like. Choose a genre, make it fast, make it tense, make it dark. And make us care about your characters. Make it original! Make us want to come back and see what happens next.
Submissions will be open for the month of September 2012, from midnight BST on 31st August to midnight on 30th September.

For full details on the submissions process, go to www.abaddonbooks.com

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Asimov’s Science Fiction: Asimov’s is a magazine for science fiction writers. If you’d like to submit, know that payment is $.06 per word for up to 7500 words. Payment is $.05 per word if the story is over 12,500 words. Payment is a flat $450 if the science fiction story falls between those lengths.     Guidelines

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Clarkesworld Magazine: This magazine is devoted to science fiction, fantasy, and horror. They purchase both fiction and nonfiction writing. Payment for nonfiction is 10 cents per word up to their 2500 word limit. Payment for fiction is 10 cents per word up to 4000 words (and 5 cents per word over that limit).   Guidelines

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Odyssey Magazine: This one is for all those science folks out there. Here’s your chance to pass along some knowledge to some of the younger folks.Odyssey is a science magazine for children between the ages of 9 and 14. They accept freelance submissions for features, departments, activities, fiction, and supplemental nonfiction at a rate of $.20 – .25 per printed word.   Guidelines

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Analog Magazine: This quintessential science fiction magazine has been continuously published longer than any other. Originally titled Astounding Stories of Super-Science it has been the original home for many of the masterpieces in science fiction including Dune, Dragonriders of Pern and much more. If you have a hard science fiction story to sell this is one of the first places to look.    Guidelines

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Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine and Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine: Two of the best known mystery magazines in the industry. Each issue contains mystery fiction from classic whodunits and hardboiled tales to suspense, and everything in between. Also includes author interviews, writing contests, and a “Mystery Classic”   guidelines

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Until next time, let’s keep those keyboards clattering. And if you like the idea of getting a list of markets occasionally, let me know. I’ll see what I can find.

 

 

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