I follow SFFH (science fiction/fantasy + a little horror) so that's what's gonna be listed here. Generally speaking markets here are ones I'm planning to send stuff to, or in a few rare cases ones I've been/will be published in. There are plenty of comprehensive listings...I don't think the world needs another.
Most of these take a range of word counts. Some of the established markets take both prose and poetry. If I get around to adding details I will, but like, READ BEFORE SUBMITTING I CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH
It is considered unprofessional to:
respond to a form rejection with anything beyond a 'thank you for your time'
respond to a personal rejection with an unsolicited rewrite (although not the end of the universe to ask if they'd like to see one - just be prepared they may not respond)
send in something that is currently available online - and yes, posting to DA counts as using up first publication rights
expect editors/writers to make an exception for you unless they explicitly have categories they make exceptions for, e.g. disability
In general what I have to say about short fiction is here (+ more specifically about rejection), if you have questions ask away! I'm trying to pay forward what I learned here from listening to the pro-level writers who used to hang around da - I don't think I'm the last one, but I'm closer to it than I'd like v:
ANYWAY I'll put ** by anything that is not pro rate as defined by SFWA, 8c per word (there's some kind of flat rate for poetry) - or for horror, 5c per word
*Note that anything you post on da which you're thinking to send out - you should a) make it login to view and b) prepare to change the first 30-odd words and c) take it down when you finally start submitting (courtesy!)*
🎇holy crap it's an actual calendar - looks like the dates displayed are CLOSING not OPENING
Escape Pod is open until May 31 https://escapepod.org/guidelines/
✨Updated 3/29 - Angie Penrose's anthology list (free to view) https://www.patreon.com/posts/49010015
Clarkesworld is always open. I think the editor likes clean prose. That is as specific as I can describe it. http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/submissions/
Fantasy Magazine opens every month from the 1st-7th to flash, short stories, and poetry (1 active submission per category) https://adamant.moksha.io/publication/fantasy
Fantasy & Science Fiction is open with new slushers and editor! If she's anything like the previous one, make sure your endings are tight, OMG. https://www.sfsite.com/fsf/
Darkness Blooms, Dread Machine; looking for futuristic/cyberpunk & exploring themes of identity/security/etc - 2,000-10,000 words - deadline May 31 https://www.thedreadmachine.com/submit/submit-darkness/
Reckoning is open until September 22 for Issue 6 - creative writing (fiction & nonfiction) as well as art re: environmental justice. Slow response times given the length of the open period, but they strongly trend towards personal rejections https://reckoning.press/submit/
SFWA blog takes article pitches, if you've got a short essay idea - can be either craft or SFF-related. Editor is awesome to work with on refining the piece, so don't be shy https://www.sfwa.org/blogs/sfwa-blog/
👻The Deadlands - new publication - open indefinitely https://thedeadlands.com/guidelines
Opportunities for specific groups
New writers: best unpublished science fiction - Mike Resnick memorial award - submit 1/1-4/30/21 https://www.arcmanorbooks.com/resnick * (it's a flat payment, so may or may not be pro rate)
Black/African diaspora: FIYAH https://www.fiyahlitmag.com
Brazilian resident/diaspora: Eita https://www.eitamagazine.com/
Non-pro writers: https://parsecink.submittable.com/submit/182711/2021-parsec-short-story-contest-still-waters-deep-thoughts Jan 1 - Apr 15, flat payment*
Immigrant/diaspora: khōréō https://www.khoreomag.com/submissions/ - open quarterly; right now through April 30
If you post something that's publicly accessible online, either on da/blog/etc, this means you've used up first electronic & first publication rights (rule of thumb: if it's discoverable through search, it's used), so most markets will not take the piece as an original. BUT! You can still potentially sell a reprint. Reprint pay is generally much lower, and it tends to be more semi-pro markets that are willing to take them in the first place, indicated here with a *. (I'm not too invested in reprints, so this will never be a very comprehensive list.)
Escape Artists podcasts https://escapeartists.moksha.io/
Fusion Fragment* http://www.fusionfragment.com/
The Future Fire* http://futurefire.net/guidelines/index.html
WRITER BEWARE (note, SFWA puts out a free newsletter with this information! Writers Beware. Submissions Grinder also displays notes above market listings, and the Diabolical Plots Twitter will expound on his findings.)
Unreal/Unfit - anything associated with Longshot Press - they doxxed someone on Twitter and all around are dickheads. 25c/word *for the first 1000 words* is a great way to lure in people.
Kahini Quarterly - not nearly as egregious, but there's some weird shit around their pay scale, the details keep changing.