21 October 2013

Market research: LampLight

This week's market research features a market I found through my weekly Duotrope newsletter as an upcoming deadline. The submission deadline for their Winter issue was Oct. 15, but they accept submissions year-round. The deadline for the Spring issue is Jan. 15. 

(P.S. If you're a writer who's serious about submitting your work to journals and magazines, I highly recommend a Duotrope subscription as a great way to find markets and track your submissions. You can go month-to-month for $5/mo. or subscribe for an entire year for just $50.)

Market research
LampLight: A Quarterly Magazine of Dark Fiction
  • Electronic and print publication - individual issues are electronic; annual anthologies in paperback.
  • Paying market - flat rate of $50 for flash fiction; $150 for a short story.
  • Accepts literary dark flash fiction (up to 1000 words) and short stories (up to 7000 words).
  • Submission period: year round, with a hard deadline for each issue.
  • Accepts reprints and simultaneous submissions. No multiple submissions.
  • Submissions accepted via Submittable or as a .doc attached to an email. See website for requirements for email submissions.
  • They request non-exclusive, worldwide serial rights for both electronic and print. "We want to publish it, we don’t want to own it."

Other notes: I like the name and the cover images, which are understated but effective. Open to pretty much anything, but they "do not accept stories with the following: vampires, zombies, werewolves, serial killers, hitmen, excessive gore or sex." One featured author per issue and a serial novella each year. Assuming Kelli is a woman, they seem to be alternating between men and women in their featured authors, though both novellas so far are by men. Got the first issue free as an e-book from Smashwords, and the quality of work I saw skimming it gave me the impression that it's a magazine worth pursuing.

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