Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Crowd Funding and Fiction Markets

Have you exhausted the options on our market research page in your quest to find a market for that new or well-traveled submission? Or maybe you're hoping to get the jump on a new market? Either way, if you're willing to spend some time searching, you can find submission opportunities among the crowd funding projects.

Crowd funding is a way to raise money for small projects (including anthologies and magazines) that are not likely to acquire funding through traditional means. This is not some form of cyber begging. The projects provide incentives based on how much you give. The more you give, the better the "prize." Two of the most popular crowd funding sites are Indiegogo and Kickstarter.

Some of the writing and publishing projects are seeking submissions or will be seeking submissions after the completion of their funding campaign. Finding the projects that are open to submissions is not super easy. You can narrow the lists of projects by category but then you have to read through them to find what you're looking for. SF Signal provides a bi-weekly Crowd Funding Roundup which may save you some time by pointing out new projects of interest.

To get you started, here are some projects that are or will be opening to submissions.

Flytrap: a little magazine of fantastic (and fantastical) fiction, poetry, and other things.

UPGRADED: an original science fiction anthology for the cyborg age.

COFFEE: Caffeinated Tales of the Fantastic.

The All New Midnight Diner! Seeking first-year funding for a hardboiled genre quarterly.

Happy submitting.

1 comment:

  1. COFFEE is my project. Right now I'm reading reprint submissions, but I will be able to spend up to 50% of everything raised above the first $1000 to buy original fiction.

    Also, if you feel like supporting a project by a fellow W1S1'er, here's your chance :)