Here are a few tips about what’s possible after the sale.
Tell the World
Once the contract is signed, feel free to announce the sale to the world. Post it on your blog, on social media, tell your friends and family. And don’t forget to tell everyone again when your story comes out. Just keep in mind if you sold an original story, your contract will follow any edits, so you might have to wait a bit longer.
You’ll need a way to get paid for your story. PayPal is common with genre magazines and quick to set up if it’s an option where you live. Using PayPal lets EA send you your payment fee-free.
Sell it Again
Escape Artists buys exclusive rights to original stories for four months. That means that you can submit your story again to reprint markets so long as they don’t publish it until our exclusive time has passed. And we are a market for your reprints from other publications!
You can find markets that accept reprints by using a submission tracker like The Submission Grinder.
Find a Community
Escape Artists pays the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association (“SFWA”) qualifying rate for all original fiction, which means that a selling us an original story qualifies you to join SFWA. (Note: SFWA’s membership rules updated in late 2022 to make it easier to qualify for full membership.) SFWA is open to writers anywhere in the world.
Any sale to Escape Artists also qualifies you to join the free online Codex Writers’ Group.
Awards and Best-of Anthologies
Escape Artists actively submits to many awards juries and sends review copies of all the original fiction we publish to the following “Year’s Best” anthologists:
- John Joseph Adams
- Neil Clarke
- Ellen Datlow
- Paula Guran
- Rich Horton
- Jonathan Strahan
Popular awards like the Hugos and Nebulas do not take submissions from authors, however there are some demographic or genre-based awards and anthologies that might be a fit for your story. Be sure to check their guidelines to see if and how you can submit your work; we’re happy to help!
Here is an inexhaustive list of awards we know of:
- Nommo Awards (Africa)
- Aurealis Awards (Australia)
- Ditmar Awards (Australia)
- Australian Shadows Awards (Australia, Horror)
- Aurora Awards (Canada)
- Sunburst Awards (Canada)
- Sir Julius Vogel Awards (New Zealand)
By Demographics or Genre
- Astounding Award (New Authors)
- The Analog Award for Emerging Black Voices
- Brave New Weird Award and Anthology (weird horror)
- Canopus Award (interstellar writing)
- Ladies of Horror Awards
- Otherwise Award (science fiction or fantasy that expands or explores our understanding of gender)
- Sidewise Awards (Alternate History)
- Splatterpunk Awards (Extreme Horror)