Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Book Smugglers Publishing Pays Up To $500 Per Story


Gods & Monsters

As of August 23, 2016 Book Smugglers Publishing is currently open for short stories submissions for publication in 2017.

General information and theme:

We’re looking for original short stories from all around the world as long as they are written in English. Our goal is to publish at least three short stories, unified by a central theme. Each short story will be accompanied by one original piece of artwork from an artist commissioned by us separately.

For the publication period between May and August 2017, the theme is:


GODS AND MONSTERS will be Book Smugglers Publishing’s fourth season of short stories, following Fairytale Retellings, First Contact, and Superheroes.

When it comes to Gods and Monsters, anything goes. You – the author – should take the theme and run with it any way you want. It can be Gods VERSUS Monsters, or Gods but not Monsters, or Monsters without Gods. As usual, we encourage authors to subvert these sample themes, to expand upon what “gods and/or monsters” means, and adapt the prompt to other possible connotations and genres under the Speculative Fiction umbrella.

What We’re Looking For:

DIVERSITY. We want to read and publish short stories that reflect the diverse world we live in, about and from traditionally underrepresented perspectives. We more than welcome stories featuring LGBTQIA characters. Following Fireside Fiction’s recent report on underrepresented black writers, we more than welcome black writers to submit their stories.
Middle Grade, Young Adult, and Adult audience submissions are welcome. Good speculative fiction is ageless!
We are VERY keen on receiving Romance stories – or stories with strong romantic elements.
We are VERY keen on receiving Horror stories – or stories with strong horror elements.
Creativity & Subversion. We love subversive stories. We want you to challenge the status quo with your characters, story telling technique, and themes.
Guidelines for Submission:

We are looking for original speculative fiction, between 1,500 and 17,500 words in length.
These SFF offerings must be previously unpublished; we do not accept simultaneous submissions.
Profanity, sex, and other explicit situations are fine as long as they fit within the context of the story.
Submissions are open now, and will be open through December 31 2016 11:59 PM PST. Any submissions received after that date will not be considered.
Payment and Terms:

We are funding this ourselves because we are passionate about finding new and diverse voices in SFF. We will be paying $0.06 per word up to $500 (although we welcome stories from a minimum of 1,500 words and up to a maximum of 17,500 words long).

We plan on publishing these short stories for free in their entirety on thebooksmugglers.com. We also plan on selling these stories in ebook (and possibly limited print editions) at a 50% net royalty, with potential inclusion in future anthologies (royalty to be negotiated). We ask for exclusive rights for one year, and non-exclusive rights following that.

How to Submit:

Submissions should be emailed to submissions@thebooksmugglers.com. You may also use the contact form here.

Please attach your full story as a document (.doc, .docx, .rtf). Do not send your story as text in the body of an email; we will ignore any manuscripts that are not attachments.

A cover letter is highly recommended – tell us who you are! – as we would love to learn a little bit about you and the inspiration behind your work (or anything else you think is relevant to your story submission). Important new addition for 2017: We are including an optional self-identification field in the submissions form. If you would like to share a perspective you bring or experiences you’ve had related to a community you belong to, your sexual orientation or gender identity, or your family or cultural background please do so by filling out this field (or if you prefer to email, in your cover letter). This is completely voluntary and not a requirement.

We will reply to all authors who have submitted work with our decision by February 10 2017.

We are happy to answer any of your questions – leave a comment or email us (contact@thebooksmugglers.com), and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

And…that’s it! We hope to be reading your excellent short stories very soon.

Sierra Magazine Pays $1 Per Word!


Sierra is the storytelling arm of the Sierra Club, the United States’ oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental group. We are a national print and digital magazine publishing award-winning journalism and cutting-edge photography, art, and video dedicated to protecting the natural world. Combining features on green living and outdoor adventure with reporting about threats to the environment, Sierra brings together leading journalists, photographers, and filmmakers to convey the ideals at the heart of the Sierra Club’s mission.

We welcome ideas from professionals with a demonstrated ability to write smart, fun, incisive, and well-researched stories for a diverse and politically informed national readership. Successful pitches will reflect an understanding of the Sierra Club’s motto— “Explore, enjoy, and protect the planet”—as well as knowledge of recent issues and topics.

Prospective Sierra writers should familiarize themselves with recent issues of the magazine. For a sample copy, send a self-addressed envelope and a check for $5 payable to "Sierra"; back issues are included on the magazine's Web site, sierraclub.org/sierra.

Please be patient: Though the editors meet weekly to discuss recently received queries, a response time of four to six weeks is not unusual.


Submit well-researched, tightly focused queries to Submissions.Sierra@sierraclub.org 

Phone calls are strongly discouraged.

Please do not send slides, prints, or other artwork. If photos or illustrations are required for your submission, we will request them when your work is accepted for publication.


Sierra feature articles are carefully researched works of narrative nonfiction that relate significant environmental and conservation issues, adventure travel, natural sciences, self-propelled sports, and trends in green living through classic storytelling devices. Writers should elucidate well-established issues in ways that clarify their many nuances. We do not want descriptive wildlife articles unless larger conservation issues figure strongly in the narrative. We look for stories of national or international significance; local issues, while sometimes useful as examples of broader trends, are seldom of interest in themselves. Our dramatic investigative stories have the potential to reach a broad audience.

We welcome adventure-travel pieces that weave personal experiences, scientific discoveries, and ecological insights into the narrative. We are more interested in showcasing environmental solutions than adding to the list of environmental problems. We are not interested in general essays about environmentalism or highly technical writing. We do not publish unsolicited cartoons, poetry, or fiction.

Sierra features can, but are not limited to, aspects of the Sierra Club's work; few subjects are taboo. For more information about the Club's current campaigns, visit sierraclub.org.

Examples of feature articles that display the special qualities we look for include:
Diana Saverin’s “Sweet Waters” (May/June 2016); Peter Frick-Wright’s “The Grand Canyon As It Should Be” (November/December 2015); Jake Abrahamson's "Second Sight" (January/February 2014); Steve Hawk's interview with photographer Nick Brandt ("Artist or Activist?" March/April 2014); Bruce Selcraig's "The Mayor of Wind" (July/August 2014); Aaron Teasdale's "Lost in Time," (May/June 2014); and "India's Barefoot College," by Natalya Savka (September/October 2012).

Feature lengths range from 2,000 words to (rarely) 4,000 words or more with payment starting at $1/word and rising to $1.50 word for more well-known writers with crackerjack credentials. Expenses may be paid in some cases.


Much of the material in Sierra's departments is written by staff editors and contributing writers. The following sections of the magazine are open to freelancers. Articles are 250 to 1,000 words in length; payment is $250 to $1,000 unless otherwise noted.


At turns practical and whimsical, this lavishly illustrated section informs readers about the latest (and best) trends, products, and tips in environmentally sustainable food, fashion, housing, outdoor recreation, transportation, and other areas of their everyday lives. Writers are encouraged to submit queries on light, positive, inspiring topics that will help readers add more value to their lives, not more work—or more guilt. We especially welcome ideas that incorporate lists, factoids, photos, how-tos, recipes, quotes, statistics, tips, and other quick-hit presentations. Items should generally be 250  words in length; payment will vary depending on length and complexity.


Evocatively—and succinctly—describes a superlative place, including fascinating natural and cultural facts, in about 450 words.


A cartoon highlighting a real-life backcountry accident involving injury or a near-death episode, and offers survival tips from an outdoor recreation professional.


Focuses on environmental issues of national or international concern. Regional issues are considered when they have national implications.

“Faces of Clean Energy”

This two-page spread is a Studs Terkel-like, 550-word “as-told-to” edited interview featuring an innovator in the clean energy sector.


A short profile (300-word) of ordinary folks doing extraordinary things. We seek to go beyond the usual suspects of environmental activism to highlight individuals who are engaged in some small but meaningful endeavor to promote environmental sustainability.

“Mixed Media”

Our culture department offers readers reviews of feature films, documentaries, television shows, pop music, and books with some sort of environmental bent. Profiles of celebrities engaged in environmental activism also appear in this section. We typically run two short (250-word) book reviews per print issue.

Payment for all articles is on acceptance, which is contingent on a favorable review of the manuscript by our editorial staff, and by knowledgeable outside reviewers, where appropriate. Kill fees are negotiated when a story is assigned.

Monday, 12 September 2016

$500 Per Story - Wicked Run Press

Pay Rates and Structure:

$500 will be paid via paypal for your story, which amounts to approximately .3¢ per word at the low end word count, .2¢ per word at the high end. Three contributor copies will be shipped to your doorstep by a person in uniform. Options to buy further paperbacks will be provided at a discount. Movie rights will be retained by the author, but the publisher will obtain audio rights. The contract term is 4 years at which point all rights revert back to the author.

Submission guidelines:

Submit to WickedRunPress@gmail.com
16k to 25k words. Multiple submissions okay, simultaneous admissions okay but make it clear you’ve submitted elsewhere.  Reprints considered at a lower rate, especially if it’s a perfect fit (got a perfect fit? Inquire within.) Submissions should be polished and not need major editing. Standard 12 point, single space, Times New Roman. Nothing fancy. Prefer .RTF format.

Please put Garden of Fiends Submission, Name of story, authors last name, and word count in the subject line.  Include a short description or teaser in the body of the email, as well as author bio, publishing history, and any links of interest.

Confirmation of receipt of your submission within 72 hours of submission.

Approximate Time frames:

Announcement: August 1st.
Submissions accepted: September 1st to January 1st, 2017
Notice of acceptance and contracts sent: by February 1st, 2017

Inquiries, questions: 

Contact: WickedRunPress@gmail.com

**based on submissions, the structure of the anthology is subject to change, but final terms provided in the contract**