What they want:
We want speculative fiction, particularly science fiction (hard, soft, near-future, etc), urban fantasy, magic realism, mad science, and apocalypse tales. Whether prose or poetry, we’re looking for the same kind of almost-weird fiction we publish in our anthologies. We like fiction with layers of meaning; stories that are odd or different without being too strange to understand. We enjoy interstitial, genre-bending, and “literary SF/F” writing. Your work has to encapsulate a complete moment; more than a vignette, each submission must have a beginning, middle, and end. Something has to change along the way, but parts of the story can happen off stage. As always, we want beautiful, dark, unusual, and meaningful.
We rarely like sword and sorcery type fantasy, aren’t interested in “slasher” type horror, don’t care for religious themes (which includes demons/the devil) as the sole plot of the story, and please! Do not send us a romance, no matter what setting it is in, as that just wastes your time and ours.
Length: Flash Fiction (up to 1,000 words), Short Fiction (1,001-2,500 words).
Payment: 1 cent per word, with a minimum of $10 US. In addition, Authors will receive a one-year digital subscription to the magazine. Authors whose works are selected for an anthology will receive an additional payment of $10 US within 30 days of the anthology publication, as well as a print contributor copy.
Submission Guidelines: http://lakesidecircus.com/submissions/