I’m not a very good writer, but I’m an excellent rewriter.” ~ James Michener


Mixer is magazine that publishes “literary genre” fiction, both online and in print. The editors are interested in romance, horror, science fiction, noir and realist fiction up to 15,000 words. This isn’t your everyday genre fiction — the editors have some very specific likes and dislikes, so be sure to check out their guidelines here. Submitting to Mixer is free, but if you want to enter their annual contest, you must be a subscriber to the magazine. Subscriptions are $12 a year. This year’s contest is searching for the best story to combine sex, violence and satire. First prize is $1,000. Deadline for entries is April 26 and you may submit up to five stories, up to 17,900. Find out the scoop here.


Criminal Element welcomes submissions of mystery and crime short stories in all sub-genres. The editors are looking for short stories between 6,000 and 15,000 words. Payment is $1,000. Find out more here.


Writers of speculative fiction with a literary bent should take a look at In the Snake. The editors are particularly interested in stories that explore magical realism and surrealism, and have an identifiable theme and an existential conflict. They accept stories to 7,500 words and pay $50. Find the fiction guidelines here.


Black Moon Books is accepting submissions for Mirror Shards Volume 2, an anthology of short stories dealing with augmented reality. Stories should ideally be between 3,000 and 9,000 words. Stories may be any sub-genre, but augmented reality must play a key role in the story. Payment is 2 cents a word, but one story, selected as the best in the book, will earn 5 cents a word. The deadline for submissions is May 5, 2012. Find all the details here. Also, check out D.L. Snell’s interview with Mirror Shards editor Thomas K. Carpenter here.


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