Hello people of the internet!
Writing has been going pretty well recently, so I don’t have much to complain about or many distractions to share with you. Instead I figured you might like to hear about some writing opportunities that I have found online. I found these through the Submission Grinder which is honestly one of my favourite things on the internet. It is a website where, not only are loads and loads of writing opportunities posted, but they also analyse the stats from the publishers, working out how long you might have to wait between sending your story in and getting an answer back and the odds of that answer being a positive one.
It’s a really good website, is what I am saying.
Here’s the link so you can check it out yourself.
But back to the point of this post. These opportunities all pay via royalties, which does mean that you won’t get an immediate pay out as you’ll. at the very least. have to wait until the book or anthology comes out. But you might keep getting money from the publisher for a long time afterwards if people keep buying it. I am not going to pretend that I know which one is better than the other, getting paid upfront or getting royalties, I have no opinions beyond the fact that I like to be paid.
So, first up.
Kyanite Publishing is looking for short stories of dark fantasy between 7,500 words and 20,000 words. So, more novellas and novellettes than short stories, really, I guess. This is for their new anthology, Visions of Darkness, which is going to be an annual event. They want an elevator pitch, an introduction to who you are, and a synopsis, in the email you send with the manuscript. They are particularly looking for dark fantasy with a historical setting, so if you have something along those lines it might be a good idea to send it off to them! The deadline is April the 30th of 2020, which is a bit of a quick turn around if you haven’t written anything yet,especially if you are writing something at the upper end of their requested word count.
Here’s the link to the page about it.
In addition to this anthology, it turns out that they also have a journal, the Kyanite Press, which is also looking for submissions. This journal is themed around the idea of “Visions of War” with Military Science Fiction as the preferred genre. This one is also promising royalties as the basis of the payment, and is due for April the 30th of 2020, but this journal is looking for much shorter stories, starting at 2,500 words to 15,000 words. They are also taking poetry up to 20 pages in length.
Here is the link to that page.
The Tuscany Bay Books’ Planetary Anthology Series is looking for stories to fill slots in the last two books in the series, Saturn and Neptune. The stories should be themed around the planet the book is about, but also can be about the themes that were symbolically linked to the planet. The writers will be paid with a split of the royalties. The stories for Saturn should be within 500 to 10,000 words, while those for Neptune should be 1000 to 10,000 words. The stories for Saturn are due by the 15th of July, 2020, while the stories for Neptune are due a bit earlier by the 6th of July, 2020.
The link to find out more is here.
Finally, Camden Park Press are looking for stories for an anthology titled, Cozy Villages of Death. This is going to be an anthology of cozy mysteries set between 1900 and the present, and the village in the story can be set anywhere in the world. The story should be between 5000 and 8000 words, and the deadline is July 15th, 2020. So if you end up going for all the anthologies on this list you are going to be pretty busy in July! But it looks like a fun one to try out for.
Here is the link to learn more.
If you end up trying out for any of these opportunities please leave a comment because I love to hear about other people sending off to these things, it makes me feel less alone in the writing mines! And if you manage to get your story into one of these anthologies please also let me know, I am terribly nosy.