CONTESTS and MARKETS 8/25/2008


We are running a contest for this anthology, just like for our Poetry Anthology. The best three stories will win 1st-3rd place and all winners will be published in the Anthology and receive a free copy of the Anthology.  The winners may also have their name and entries displayed on our website.  Prizes are 1st:  30 dollars, publication, and free copy, 2nd:  20 dollars, publication, and free copy, 3rd:  10 dollars, publication, and free copy. This anthology is designed to collect the best fiction on war.  We don’t want war as a backdrop to another story, but the war or conflict must be the major part of the story. 


Murder has occurred in the affluent neighborhood of a small town. Your lead character, who works in some capacity of criminal investigation, is the first one to arrive. But this crime scene is unlike anything your lead character has seen before. This crime scene would frighten even the most seasoned big-city investigator. What’s the story? DeadlineOctober 31, 2008. Grand prize of $100 and publication in The Verb. Up to 2,000 words. Can submit any number of entries.





Friends Animal Society to create several new books featuring stories about some amazing rescued cats, dogs, and horses. Each book will contain a number of heartwarming chapters contributed by celebrities, well-known writers, and regular folks just like you. We want inspirational, true, well-written stories focusing on a single four-legged friend you rescued that had an indelible impact on your life.  Perhaps the animal got you through some challenging times, accomplished some incredible feats, or even literally saved your life. Deadline September 1, 2008. If your story is selected for inclusion, you will receive a small payment upon publication.  The offered amount will vary, based on the length of the story and other considerations.  Alternatively, you can donate this fee to Best Friends or another animal shelter of your choosing.



Pays $50 for 300-500-word articles for its web site.LegalZoom, America’s premier legal document company, needs freelance writers for content portions of site.

—We focus on the short form (no extracts please) and are looking for writing that takes risks; has a strong voice; is engaged and challenging. We welcome International work and translations. We publish:

Short stories (max. 2,500 words)
Short plays or performance texts (max. 10 minutes)
Micro-fiction (send up to three pieces)
Poetry (send up to three poems and max of 40 lines)
Creative nonfiction (max. 2,500 words)

We currently pay £30 per contributor plus a free copy of the magazine. Two deadlines per year: end of Marchand end of September.


We will resume reading submissions in October due to the overflow of submissions. Original, unpublished works of western fiction set in the American Old West before 1914.  Short stories and novels in the classic style for a general readership. No language. No sex. Payment: $50 for a short story.  $250 for a short novel.  $500 for a long novel.  Short stories from 3,000 to 10,000 words. Short novels over 40,000 words. Long novels over 90,000 words. 


Outside is a monthly national magazine dedicated to covering the people, sports and activities, politics, art, literature, and hardware of the outdoors. Queries should present a clear, original, and provocative thesis, not merely a topic or idea, and should reflect familiarity with the magazine’s content and tone. Features are generally 1,500 to 5,000 words in length. Dispatches articles (100 to 800 words) cover timely news, events, issues, and short profiles. Destinations pieces (300 to 1,000 words) include places, news, and advice for adventurous travelers. Review articles (200 to 1,500 words) examine and evaluate outdoor gear and equipment.


“Raw: Brutality as Art,” Snuff Books’ first anthology. We’re looking for original horror and bizarro short fiction, between 4,000 and 6,000 words that works within the theme of brutality as an art form. Think serial killers convinced they’re artists…painting with blood and sculpting with body parts…gourmet chefs serving cannibals…What we’re not looking for are ghosts, zombies, werewolves, vampires, etc. Those stories won’t be dismissed out of hand, but you’d better wow us if you submit within those subgenres.Pay will be $75 upon acceptance, a contributor copy and discounts on additional copies.


We want dark SF/horror SF. Word DOC (.doc) or RTF (.rtf) as an attachment. Maximum of 7,500 words. Firm limit.Double spaced. Please use Courier or Times New Roman as your font. Font point size of 12. No multiple submissions. No simultaneous submissions. We no longer accept post mailed submissions. Payment for new fiction will be 5 cents/word (made on publication). We claim first world electronic rights and non-exclusive anthology rights. We will try to answer all submissions within four-six weeks. Right now, estimated response time is 20-30 days.

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