Pseudopod, a literary horror magazine in audio form, has opened a two-month reading period to solicit general submissions. Writers are invited to submit dark, weird fiction stories, including grim realism, crime drama, magical realism, and supernatural dark fantasy. The editors publish high-quality literary stories evocative of Poe or Lovecraft as well as smutty, shocking pulp fiction. They want dark and riveting stories with strong pacing, distinct characters, captivating dialogue, and immersive action.
Word length: 1500-6000 words per short story. Suggested word length: around 4500 words which equals 30 minutes in audio form. Flash fiction is under 1500 words, preferably between 500 and 1000 words which equals 5 to 10 minutes in audio form.
Payment: PseudoPod pays 6 cents per word (considered pro-rates for this genre) for original, unpublished stories of up to 6000 words; $100 per reprint; and $20 per flash fiction (under 1500 words).
This year Pseudopod is also paying its solo narrators at $15 for flash fiction (under 2000 words), and $30 for short stories (2K-6K). Rates for two-narrator readings, complete cast readings, and extended works, are decided on a case-by-case basis.
Moaner T. Lawrence, who joined the publication as Assistant Editor in 2016, is in charge of freelance submissions.
Deadline: October 31, 2017. Read Pseudopod’s submission guidelines at its website.