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The Diverse Writers & Artists of Speculative Fiction

Strap in and enter worlds of wonder in Chosen Realities: Summer 2020. The Journal contains a dazzling array of short stories, scripts, interviews, and more! Stroll through fantastical universes, rocket through science fiction landscapes, and muse on poetry in this jam-packed introductory volume of the Journal of Diverse Writers and Artists of Speculative Fiction. Entertainment and enlightenment await!

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This is an essential #ownvoices journal -- the first issue from the Diverse Writers and Artists of Speculative Fiction (DWASF) -- which contains commentaries, essays, fiction, poetry, and more. This should be as widely available as possible, particularly in public, school, and academic libraries. The poetry in particular was heart-wrenching and heart-breaking. The poems had a huge impact on me from K Ceres Wright, John Edward Lawson (some of whose breathtaking photography is also featured within), Scott Key, in particular, but all of them were thought-provoking, challenging, and cut deep. LH Moore's commentary on what it is like to be a Black writer of speculative fiction was an illuminating and eye-opening read that deserves as wide of an audience as possible. L. Marie Wood's pieces, "Horror and Romance" and "All Stories are Horror Stories" were fascinating. For readers wanting to diversify their palettes, particularly with more AfroFuturism, this journal issue is an excellent place to start. The authors featured within have such evocative work -- everyone should buy a copy of this issue. ~ Eva, reader on

Chosen Realities, the Summer 2020 Journal of the Diverse Writers and Artists of Speculative Fiction, has something for every lover of speculative fiction. With immersive and imaginative short stories, impactful poetry, commentary on the genre, and peppered with interviews, this collection is a must read. ~ Kenesha Williams, Founder/Editor-in-Chief of Black Girl Magic Literary Magazine

Sectornauts by Mshindo9

You may be looking for some Afrofuturistic art for your project. Click the links to the artist and contact them on Deviant Art to collaborate!


Grist is a nonprofit online magazine that publishes news and commentary on the environment. Their solutions lab, Fix, posts stories about innovative ideas and solutions and facilitates networking among fixers. To that end, Grist is looking to change the narrative on climate change by working “toward a new framework rooted in environmental justice and equitable climate solutions, while amplifying voices that have and continue to be affected by systems of oppression, including structural racism and white supremacy, heteronormativity, xenophobia, misogyny, and ableism."

They are sponsoring a short story contest, which will launch January 2021.

Story length: 3,000 to 5,000 words

Submission period: January–April 2021

Judges: An interdisciplinary board of four literary experts and four Fix employees

Award date: July2021

Awards: First-, second-, and third-prize winners will be awarded $3,000; $2000; and $1,000, respectively. Nine finalists will receive a $300 honorarium. Winners and finalists will be published in a stunning, immersive digital collection on the new Fix website and will be celebrated in a public-facing virtual event.

Stay tuned for more information closer to the launch date!

The Realm by L. Marie Wood

You thought you were dead.

Waking up and looking all around you, you realize all you learned about The Afterlife was a fantasy. You don't know where you are, but you do know it's not a pleasant or suitable place. You need to run. Hard and fast.

Eventually, you meet others doomed to live in this terrifying Realm with you. Here are gathered the newly dead from all over the universe. A formidable race of giant beasts hunts them. The likes of which have never been seen by those in the living world. This place is like nothing you ever learned about in life - neither Heaven nor Hell, neither Purgatory nor Sheol.

You encounter clusters of people huddled together for safety. You're a lone wolf – they don't trust you, nor you them. Perhaps with good reason.

Patrick is key to the future of The Realm. He must right old wrongs and fight against all the terrors it has in store. He must fight to save his family and, most importantly, all of his descendants. His revelations will impact the living world, as well as what comes next.

Patrick is the future of humanity. Can he succeed?

Get your copy of The Realm here!

Top 20 Places to Submit Speculative Fiction

Looking for places to submit your science fiction, fantasy, or horror stories? We've got you covered. Check out this article:

Roswell Award: Short Fiction

The 6th Annual Roswell Award short science fiction writing competition is open for submissions. Deadline is December 15, 2020. Get the low down:

Featured Writer: Linda D. Addison

Linda D. Addison is an award-winning author of five collections, including How to Recognize a Demon Has Become Your Friend, and is the first African-American recipient of the Horror Writers Association’s (HWA) Bram Stoker Award.® She has also received the HWA Mentor of the Year Award and the HWA Lifetime Achievement Award, and has over 350 poems, stories, and articles in print. Linda received her fifth HWA Bram Stoker Award this year for The Place of Broken Things, written with Alessandro Manzetti.

She’s excited about the 2020 release of a film, “Mourning Meal”—inspired by her poem of the same name—by award-winning producer/director Jamal Hodge. She has placed her fiction in three early landmark anthologies celebrating African-American speculative writers: the award-winning anthology, Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction (Warner Aspect), Dark Dreams I & II (Kensington), and Dark Thirst (Pocket Book). Her work has made frequent appearances over the years on the honorable mention list for Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror and Year’s Best Science-Fiction. She has a B.S. in mathematics from Carnegie-Mellon University and currently lives in Arizona.

Check out her Amazon author page here.

26 Horror Fiction Markets

by S. Kalekar

96th of October

This is a new quarterly magazine (their first issue was in Summer 2020) and they read horror, as well as science fiction and fantasy. They also accept poetry and artwork. Fiction should be 1,000-10,000 words. Details here.

Apex Magazine

This is a popular magazine of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, and works published here have been nominated for/won major awards. They are open now for submissions, and they pay professional SFWA rates. Send stories of up to 7,500 words. Pay is $0.08/word, and an additional $0.01/word if the story is podcast. Details here.

The Arcanist

This magazine publishes flash fiction — science fiction and fantasy only (and their sub-genres, including horror), and essays. They love humorous works, horrifying works, and timely works. They do not want excessive gore (also see other hard sells and what they do not want). Stories should be up to 1,000 words, and pay is $50 for fiction. Details here.

Black Hare Press: Various anthologies

They are publishing various anthologies with different deadlines, and some of these accept horror. The themes include Play (horror toys), and Haunt. See guidelines for further information. Details here.

Black Poppy Review

This literary arts journal publishes flash fiction, of up to 750 words. They also publish mini-chapbooks (closed now) and poetry; work “of a darker nature. All is not as it seems at Black Poppy. … Find the key. Unlock the creaky gate on rusted hinges. Explore the dilapidated, mossy grounds. Discover hidden paths and nooks which lead to words that linger and haunt–poems of abandonment, discovery, enchantment, flora & fauna, ghosts, isolation, memories, nature, weathering, wonder, and the otherwise forgotten.” They are partial to poems about ancient gardens, abandoned manors, and dark forests. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. Details here.

Cemetery Gates Media: Five themes

They are looking for 500-1,000 word horror flash fiction for a “pocket-sized” anthology, and the theme of the anthology is horror subgenre medley. Writers can choose a theme to write and submit a story for: Cemetery Chillers, Spook Houses, Supernatural Slashers, Witchcraft, Within the Woods. Writers can submit one story for each theme, of 500 to 1,000 words. The deadline is 26 December 2020, or until filled. Pay is $0.08/word. Details here.

Coffin Bell

This quarterly magazine publishes dark literature – literary horror. They publish fiction (up to 7,500 words), poetry, creative non-fiction, essays, short works of criticism, and artwork. They read year-round. Details here.

Corpus Press: In Darkness, Delight – Fear the Future

For this anthology their guidelines say, “We seek truly terrifying stories that deal with futuristic themes, set in the near future or far. Tales can be Earth-based or extraterrestrial, perhaps featuring technological or social upheavals that have frightful implications for individuals or society at large; as examples, the ongoing erosion of privacy and enduring nature of online activity, artificial human enhancement via DNA manipulation or implants, impact of emerging technologies on developing children, and so on. … Post-apocalyptic stories will not be accepted. Rather, we desire fiction that occurs during periods preceding any total collapse, be they stable or unstable times. The horrors that await us in utopian futures may be far more chilling and fascinating than those endemic to dystopias, and therein lies our primary interest.” They prefer stories of 2,500-4,500 words, but will accept up to 7,500 words. Pay is $0.03/word, capped at $150. The deadline is 15 November 2020. Details here.

The Dark Magazine

They publish horror and dark fantasy, though not graphic, violent horror. The editors ask writers to try them with fiction that falls out of regular categories and welcome experimental works. They also accept some reprints. Stories should be 2,000-6,000 words, and pay is $0.06/word. Details here.

The Dark Sire

This is an online literary journal for short fiction, poetry, and art. They want work by authors and artists who delve into the mystery, psychosis, suspense, and looming darkness of the fantasy, gothic, horror, and psychological realms. Suitable subject matter may include, but is not limited to, vampires, monsters, old castles, dragons, magic, mental illness, hell, disease, or decay of society. For horror their guidelines say, “Blood, violence, and adult language is permitted, as is monsters, devils, angels, and killers. Slasher friendly. Influence includes Shelley and King.” For psychological work their guidelines say, “Special intetest in psychological horror tales with deep, inner character development. Influence includes Dostoevsky.” Read their guidelines carefully – they require both, an online form submission and an emailed query letter. Details here and here.

Dread Imaginings

This is a new online fiction magazine. The editor wants stories of up to 4,000 words “that present your protagonist’s encounter with the horrific, disturbing, uncanny, weird, macabre, and/or grotesque.” Also, creature-features are welcome, but your own monsters will probably be an easier sell than vampires, zombies, werewolves, et. al. See guidelines for the kind of work the editor is looking for. Pay is $0.01/word. Details here.

Hypnos Magazine

This is a magazine of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. They are looking for original, thought-provoking weird fiction, and they prefer longer, more complex work to flash fiction. Their guidelines also say, “we do not automatically reject submissions because of violent, obscene, or otherwise offensive content. We are not, by any means, seeking such works, but we do not reject submissions simply because some readers might, theoretically, find them upsetting.” They read work of up to 10,000 words, and pay $0.01/word. They read submissions year round. Details here.

LOM Media: Nightmares & Phantasms Podcast

This is a podcast of scary stories and horrifying true tales. Stories should be 1,000-6,000 words. Payment is $5. Details here.

Menacing Hedge

This quarterly magazine publishes short stories, poetry and art that gives them a “strange tingly rushing feeling.” Their guidelines say, “Genres that tickle our fancy are horror, slipstream, magical realism, and science fiction, with styles that lean toward humorous, absurdism, experimental, literary, bizarro, quirky and surreal.” See guidelines for editors’ preferences, and the kind of work they do not want. Details here.


This is a new magazine and they are accepting submissions of fantasy, horror, and science fiction of up to 7,500 words. They also accept fiction reprints, as well as reviews and essays, though it is unclear whether they pay for these. Pay is $0.08/word for original fiction. Details here.

The NoSleep Podcast

They want horror stories for their podcast, written from a first-person perspective. Stories should provide good audio cues and make good use of dialogue. They would like to see more script submissions – formats written as an audio drama starring two or more characters, with more being preferred. Dramas should ideally last 20-40 minutes. Their flash fiction submissions are closed right now, but the other categories are open. Short fiction should be 1,200-2,500 words, and regular submissions, at least 2,500 words. Pay is $100 for short fiction, and $125 for regular submissions. Details here.

Oscillate Wildly Press: The Asylum Diaries

This is an Australian press and they publish The Asylum Diaries magazine triennially. They want body horror fiction and poetry for The Asylum Diaries: Autopsy, and cosmic horror fiction for The Asylum Diaries: Akhram (for the latter, stories have to be structured on Lovecraft’s writing style – see guidelines). Stories should be up to 7,500 words, and pay AUD15. Submissions are generally open year-round. Details here.

Perpetual Motion Publishing Newsletter

They want horror flash fiction to publish in their newsletter. Accepted pieces will also be published in a future issue of Dark Moon Digest. Fiction reminiscent of The Twilight Zone, Black Mirror, Tales from the Crypt, and Tales from the Darkside. Their guidelines say, “We want stories with complex characters and ideas spun in ways nobody’s ever conceived. Make our brains hurt. Make our hearts explode with love and terror. Make us fear.” Stories should be up to 1,500 words, and pay $25. Details here.

Red Cape Publishing: A-Z of Horror

They are (and will be) reading for horror fiction anthologies. Until 30th September, they’re reading on the G is for Genie theme (“Think about wishes gone wrong, a disobedient genie, or even from the perspective of a disgruntled Djinn.”); and from 1st October to 15th November 2020, on the H is for Hell theme (“experiences of Hell, whether that be a literal interpretation of fire and brimstone or a hellish situation.”). See guidelines for other forthcoming themes. Stories have to be 4,000-8,000 words, and pay is £10. Details here.

SBI Press: The Book of Nightmares – A Gothic Anthology for Kids

This is an anthology for writers and artists aged up to 12 years. Their guidelines say, “This is your chance to tell the world about that creepy dream you keep having, or the scariest thing that haunted your nights when you were younger. Express yourself. Be you. No matter how weird, or silly, or scary that may be.” The text should be 250-1,000 words, but this is a flexible guideline. There is no deadline mentioned. Details here. (Also see guidelines for art samples, scripts, and completed graphic novels/comics for SBI Press.)

Sci-Fi Lampoon

They publish fantasy, sci-fi, and horror themed humor. They want flash and short fiction (up to 7,500 words), as well as high-res art, lampoon classifieds and ads – “Humor. Satire. Spoof. It can be a humorous take on space operas, a satire of apocalyptic disasters, a spoof of heroic fantasies, fake ads & letters to the editor or a love advice column for human/alien couples.” Details here.

Sliced Up Press: Slashertorte – An Anthology of Cake Horror

They want short stories involving cake for their debut horror anthology. “Delicious as cake might be, we want you to bring out the darker side of baked goods and give us something scary, disturbing or just plain wrong”, according to their guidelines. Stories should be up to 2,000 words, and pay is $0.01/word. The deadline is 1 November 2020, or until filled. Details here.

Tales from the Moonlit Path: Halloween

This is a magazine of dark, eerie, speculative stories. They also publish poetry and non-fiction. Horror is not a necessary element, although fiction should contain some aspect of the weak, frail, changeable human condition. They’re reading on the Halloween theme, and the deadline for is 8 October 2020. Stories should be up to 2,000 words, and pay $10. Details here.

War Monkey Publications: From the Yonder Volume 2

This is a horror, short story collection of regional legends and tall tales from around the world. Stories (1,000-7,500 words) must be based upon a regional/cultural legend or tall tale from any location or culture in the world. “Regional” can be a specific place (Loch Ness) or a larger region (Bigfoot in the Pacific Northwest). Inclusion of elements of other genres is welcome, so long as, overall, the story is an horror story. Ghosts, hauntings, alien abductions, monsters, demons, spirits, witches, etc, all are acceptable, as long as the subject is based on an actual legend or tall tale. They are reading submissions until 15 October 2020. Details here.

The Wicked Library

This is a horror anthology podcast. They want horror fiction of 3,500-5,000 words, and they’re accepting submissions for Season 10 now. Their guidelines say, “We really enjoy first person stories, and we are interested in seeing more stories in “radio-play” scrip format, but we love traditional short story tales too. Stories should focus on character and creating a feeling of fear and unease.. … We do feature a large variety of horror from traditional ghost stories to modern horror and a lot of things in between.” Details here.

Year’s Best Hardcore Horror

This is a reprint market. They want hardcore horror stories that were published in 2020. Stories should be up to 6,000 words. Pay is $0.01/word, capped at $60, and the deadline is 31 December 2020. Details here.

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