Saturday, July 9, 2016

Dark Genre Publication Mantid Magazine Open For Summer Submissions

Genre writers and artists, Mantid magazine is offering an opportunity to get paid for your work!

I spoke with founder Farah R. Smith a few months back about why Mantid is so important to her as a genre fan. Her response still grips me:

The demand for intersectionality in fiction, specifically horror, science fiction, and fantasy, has long been a topic of discomfort to those who adhere to the tried and true paradigm of traditional literary publication. There are those who embrace this discomfort, and know that without it, there will be stagnation in the pursuit of understanding, little innovation and greater difficulty in creating a cultural shift towards equality. 

People have asked what can be done to make the horror and speculative communities (particularly the weird fiction community) not only inclusive, but welcoming. We need to breakdown the idea that it is an inconceivable venture, and seek to bring together communities of people who realize that the examination of the fears not intrinsic to their own experience is culturally significant, critically important in terms of artistic innovation, and long overdue.

Deadline: August 1, 2016 for all submission categories.

We are no longer in need of POETRY submissions, as the section is now full.

We are also now accepting PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED WORKS of fiction.

Simultaneous submissions are discouraged.

Submission Guidelines:

All work should fall under one or more of the following genres:

Dark Fantasy
Dark Science Fiction
Dark Fairy Tales
Magic Realism

For the Summer 2016 issue we are only accepting submissions from women, woman-identifying and non binary-identifying contributors. LGBTQA, people of color, and/or the differently-abled are encouraged to submit. Those who do not align with these diverse identities must submit work that is considerate and inclusive.

Articles should be between 1,500 and 5,000 words.

We are seeking both opinion and academic/scholarly articles discussing subjects involving diversity in media. Some topics include film theory, art theory, gender equality/feminism, sociological/psychological perspectives on art trends, the impact of art on social change, etc. Topics centered around the horror, science fiction, fantasy, and/or magic realism genres are encouraged.

Payment: $20.00, $10.00 for reviews

Short Fiction stories should be between 1,500 and 7,000 words. 

Diverse characters are encouraged.

Payment: $18.00 (1,000 to 3,000 words), $25.00 (3,000 to 7,000 words)
Photography/Art Work of the strange and avant-garde will be given special priority over more commercial work.

Some art movements that we appreciate include:

German Expressionism
Conceptual Art

Works with thematic elements drawn from horror, fantasy, science fiction, and/or magic realism are preferred.

Works that emphasize the beauty and power of diversity are highly encouraged.

Make it weird!

Payment: $15.00 per page

No submission fee. Submissions should be in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format. 
Names should be included on any manuscripts/images.

Response time is 2-3 weeks.

Submissions and any questions may be sent to

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