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New Markets 2016-10: All Hail Our Robot Conquerors!

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Thoughts in Passing

What makes a good short story? I recently heard a definition that was along these lines: "A story about a thing that is happening while something else big is going on in the back ground." This fits with the way I have begun to think about my story construction. I always come up with the big idea first. Then I look for a personal story that fits in the foreground. I have a list of useful or awesome things to incorporate. And recently, I've started to think about ways to subtly (oh so subtly) address some of the Big Questions within stories. Big existential philosophy questions. A story *about* those questions would be too heavy, but a story that makes a few of its readers think about those questions? Almost tangentially, without This Is The One Answer hitting them over the head? That's just about right.

What I've been up to lately, writing-wise:
Pete Sutton's Sick City Syndrome is now out! "But Abra," you may ask, "what does that have to do with you?" Well, Pete included some material from other authors in his book as part of the worldbuilding. My contribution, "Dear Miss Dilemma," is near the middle of Chapter 1. Conveniently, that is within Amazon's "Look Inside" free sample. Go, read my piece, and get a taste of the rest of the book for free!

Dear Miss Dilemma,

I've followed your column for years, but I never expected to be writing to you for help! I hope you can advise me as to what I should do. I am very worried about my nai nai. She has always been an independent and strong-willed woman, but I know she feels lost since my grandfather's death. In her grief, she has become irrational.

She denies that my grandfather's ghost exists.
Read more.
Sick City Syndrome Cover Art

Things Shiny or Useful
Archive of all shiny or useful links: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/shiny.html 

* 5 Questions Writers Should Ask Potential Agents: http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/5-things-writers-should-ask-potential-agents
* Penny Reid's website, a great example of how to do an author newsletter sign-up page: http://pennyreid.ninja/newsletter/

Featured Market
All Hail Our Robot Conquerors Anthology seeks SF themed to 50s/60s-style robots, pays pro rates. Sister anthologies are themed to underwater adventure and personified Death.

ALL HAIL OUR ROBOT CONQUERORS! is to feature stories where the robots of the story somehow harken back to the 50s/60s style of robots. The story can be set in the far future, but at some point there should be a significant nod toward the robots from that era—either a significantly advanced robot that is simply housed in a 50s/60s style shell, or a robot exactly like those from the 50s/60s but used in an interesting and believable way in the story. Stories featuring more interesting takes on the 50s/60s style robots, and twists on how they are integrated into the story, will receive more attention than those with more generalized robots. So be creative and use your robot in an unusual and unexpected way. We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark.

Basics: SF, less than 7,500 words, no reprints, pays $.06/word, due 12/31/2016. Guidelines: http://jpsorrow.livejournal.com/488157.html.

Market List Updates
To see all the details about these new listings and what they're looking for, as well as hundreds of other listings, go to Aswiebe's Market List and download the latest version of the spreadsheet.
Name What they want Pay Per Word – Fiction Flat Pay – Fiction (Lowest) Website
Submerged (Zombies Need Brains) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 12/31/2016 SF/F/H themed to underwater adventure. $0.060
All Hail Our Robot Conquerors! (Zombies Need Brains) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 12/31/2016 SF themed to 50s/60s-style robots $0.060
Death of All Things, The (Zombies Need Brains) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 12/31/2016 F/H with Death as a character $0.060
Reckoning Magazine All genres, preferably speculative, themed to humanity's relationship to the earth $0.060
Catalysts, Explorers, and Secret-Keepers ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 12/01/2016 SF, themed to women with initiative $0.060
Young Explorer's Adventure Guide ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY - DUE 9/1 - 1/31 Adventure SF with protagonist that 8-12 year old reader will identify with. $0.060
Spekulative Stories Anthology Series Speculative fiction, themed $0.050
Tales From the Lake: Vol 4 ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 11/01/2016 - 02/01/2017 Horror $0.030
Monsters Among Us (Oscillagte Wildly Press) - ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 11/30/2016 Horror $0.030
Dark Magazine, The Horror and dark fantasy, including outside regular categories $0.030
Year's Best Hardcore Horror Horror, first published 2016. $0.010
Pantheon Magazine All genres, themed to gods or goddesses in prompt $0.010
Skelos Press Weird, dark fantasy, horror, and slipstream. $0.010
Spectral Book of Horror (Tickety Boo Press) ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY - ONE-TIME DEADLINES DUE 1/25/2017 AND 8/01/2017 Contemporary horror $0.010
On Spec all spec-fic, 80% Canadian
$200.00 https://onspecmag.wordpress.com/submissions/
Lane of Unusual Traders ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 2/28/2017 Shared world spec-fic themed to shops.
$136.37 https://thelaneofunusualtraders.com/guidelines/
Book Reviewers Yellow Pages Unnamed Anthology - ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 11/30/2016 Romance, spooky stories, humor, and uplifting.
$100.00 http://www.bookrevieweryellowpages.com/blog/call-for-submissions
Lovecraft Ezine, The Lovecraftian and Cthulhu-mythos stories
$50.00 http://lovecraftzine.com/submissions/
DeadLights Magazine Horror
$50.00 http://www.deadlightsmagazine.com/submissions/
Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet (Small Beer Press) All genres, especially speculative.
$25.00 http://smallbeerpress.com/about/submission-guidelines/
Future Fire, The All speculative fiction
$20.00 http://futurefire.net/guidelines/fiction.html
Story Quest Short Story Contest - ANNUAL CONTEST DUE 10/14-11/30 All speculative fiction, themed.
$15.00 https://sqmag.com/story-quest-contest/
Infinite Dysmorphia (Kristell Ink) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 01/31/2017 SF themed to body modification
$12.97 http://kristell-ink.com/call-for-anthology-submissions/
Terra Nullius (Kristell Ink) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 01/31/2017 SF themed to space colonization
$12.97 http://kristell-ink.com/call-for-anthology-submissions/
Holding on by Our Fingertips (Kristell Ink) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 01/31/2017 SF themed to the end of the world
$12.97 http://kristell-ink.com/call-for-anthology-submissions/

Keep writing, keep submitting, and good luck!

Abra Staffin-Wiebe, Compiler of Lists
Aswiebe's Market List
Abra Staffin-Wiebe's Author Website

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