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About

We are a speculative fiction anthology market for the retropunk subgenres. Zines are collected into broad themes such as horror, steampunk, dieselpunk, WW2 era, and so on, as the whims of the slush pile dictate.

Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 2016

Publication Media & Frequency

Audio Publication Audio PublicationPublished on a rolling basis.
Print Publication Print PublicationPublished 3 x per year.

Fiction Temp Closed

We want short stories with strong narratives. We want to be taken on an adventure in a time that never was. We like weird tales, retro-futurism, historical horror, mad science, monsters, machines, clockworks, adventure, surprises, weird westerns, things that shouldn’t work, and especially steampunk. Most of us watched way too much Rod Serling, cheesy Hammer Films, and the local channel’s Creature Feature host as kids.

Audience:
Open to a broad Audience.
Genres:
GenreSubgenres
Fantasy FantasyOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Historical, Retrofuturism, Weird Western, Weird/New Weird.
Horror HorrorOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Historical, Retrofuturism, Weird/New Weird.
Science Fiction Science FictionOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Retrofuturism, Weird Western, Weird/New Weird.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Mainstream.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics, including: Other (See guidelines).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 7,500 words.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word).
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No OK OKText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

Visual Art Open

We’re buying line art! Inspired by Inktober, we have decided that we need one panel comics and similar which speak to the retro-punker lifestyle.

Audience:
Open to a broad Audience.
Art Media:
Open to all/most Art Media, including: Cartoon/Comic strip.
Art Styles:
Other style.
Topics:
Other (See guidelines).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Artwork ArtworkUp to 10 pieces.
Graphic Narrative Graphic NarrativeOne page; Unknown number of pieces.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Professional payment (US$50 or more per piece) Professional payment (US$50 or more per piece).
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No Unknown UnknownImage format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

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Dates

Last Updated: 22 Nov 2021
Last Checked: 01 Dec 2021 We check each active listing's guidelines page for changes once a month (if compliant).
Last Audited: 22 Nov 2021 We audit each active listing twice a year.
Date Added: 18 Jan 2016

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