Diabolical Plots (and the Submission Grinder that it provides) are supported entirely by your donations.  We need to pay for hosting, and as long as we’re publishing fiction we need money to pay the authors for publishing rights.  Any donation is great, but recurring donations are a particular need because they help us with our ongoing costs.  You have the choice to make a one-time donation through PayPal or you can make recurring donations either through PayPal or our Patreon page. Below the donation links you’ll see a list of donors who have agreed to have their names published.  If you donate at least $10 (in one donation or the combination of multiple donations) you have the option to have your name added to the list (with your permission, and using the name of your choice so you can use a pseudonym if you like).

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ROBOT OVERLORD ($100 or more)

Dustin Adams

Julia August likes history and fantasy, often together. Her work has appeared in The Journal of Unlikely AcademiaWomen Destroy Fantasy!PodCastle and elsewhere. She is @JAugust7 on Twitter and j-august on Tumblr. Find out more at

K.G. Anderson’s short fiction appears online at Metaphorosis, Ares Magazine, and Every Day Fiction and in recent anthologies including The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper StoriesSecond ContactsTriangulation: AppetitesWelcome to Dystopia, and Alternative Truths. A graduate of Viable Paradise and Taos Toolbox, she lives in an old fishing community just north of Seattle with her partner, Tom, and a chimeric calico cat named Mr. Tippy.

Hilary B. Bisenieks is a Philadelphian, a Hufflepuff, a podcaster, and a Quaker. He lives with his wife and two cats in Oakland, California. Hilary studied Creative Writing and English Literature at Warren Wilson College, in the mountains of Western North Carolina. While there, he also worked as a waste-management technician and later as a bicycle mechanic. Hilary is the host of Tales from the Trunk, a podcast about science fiction, fantasy, and horror writing. He tweets at @HBBisenieks.

Deborah L. Davitt was raised in Nevada, but currently lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband and son. She’s worked as a technical writer on contracts involving nuclear submarines, NASA, and computer manufacturing. Her poetry has received Rhysling and Pushcart nominations and has appeared in over twenty journals; her short fiction has earned a finalist showing for the Baen Jim Baen Adventure Fantasy Award (2018) and has appeared in InterGalactic Medicine Show,  Compelling Science Fiction, and Galaxy’s Edge. For more about her work, including her Edda-Earth novels, please see

tgenedavisT. Gene Davis writes books, articles, and speculative fiction. Publishers of his works range from Wiley Publishing to eFiction Publishing. He is a member of The Authors Guild, and received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Utah’s English program. Gene edits and writes science fiction, fantasy, and horror for T. Gene Davis’s Speculative Blog. When not writing, he programs computers for fun and profit. Current projects include a fully web based word processor for authors called The Write App, and a web based shogi app for learning Japanese chess. Gene tweets under the guise of @TGeneDavis.

Steve DuBois is a high school teacher from Kansas City with over twenty stories in print.  His author site is

Steven Fischer is a writer and resident physician in the Pacific Northwest. When he isn’t too busy cracking open a textbook (or a patient’s thorax), you can find him exploring the Cascades by bike, boat, or boot. His stories have appeared or will appear in places like F&SFGrimdark Magazine, and Diabolical Plots, among others. You can find his work at, or on twitter @stevenfischersf.

Sheryl R. Hayes lives in Silicon Valley, California with three cats graciously allow her to live in her house. When she is not writing, she is knitting, plotting what costume she’s wearing to the next convention she’s attending, or reading. Visit her at

ToryHokeTory Hoke writes, draws, and codes in Los Angeles. Her fiction has appeared in Strange HorizonsDrabblecast, and Pseudopod, and her art has appeared in ApexSpellbound, and Strange Horizons, where she also serves as art director. She is editor-in-chief of sub-Q, an interactive magazine for interactive fiction.

Joe Fall 2015José Iriarte is a Cuban-American writer and teacher living in Central Florida with his spouse and their two teenagers. His fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Fantastic Stories, Terraform, Fireside Fiction, and other professional markets. Learn more at his website,, or follow him at

J.R. Johnson enjoys books, food and the occasional bout of mad science. She writes in the hope that there is more to the world than meets the eye, and that the human race has a future. For her latest projects visit

Floris M. Kleijne writes speculative fiction in the interstices between his career in fintech, his family, and his insatiable craving for ever more Netflix binges. A Writers of the Futurewinner, his stories have appeared (among others) on Daily Science Fiction, in Space & Time and Andromeda Spaceways magazines, in Spark: A Creative Anthology, and most recently in Catalysts, Explorers & Secret Keepers (the take-home exhibit anthology of the Museum of Science Fiction) and Reckoning 2. A native of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, he likes to keep in touch with readers and fellow writers throughout the world on Facebook and Twitter.

Richard Leis is a writer and poet living in Tucson, Arizona. His poetry has been published in Impossible Archetype. His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published on Tiny Donkey and Fairy Tale Review’s “Fairy-Tale Files.”

marina-j-lostetter-avatarMarina J. Lostetter and her husband, Alex, live in Northwest Arkansas with two Tasmanian devils–no, wait, those are house cats.  Marina’s original short fiction has appeared in venues such as Lightspeed,InterGalactic Medicine Show, and Shimmer Magazine, and her debut novel Noumenon will be available from Harper Voyager in 2017. She tweets as @MarinaLostetter, and her website can be found at Sign up to be a secret agent (newsletter recipient) here.

Phil Margolies writes science fiction and fantasy, though he dabbles in horror. His short fiction has appeared in PerihelionSF, Abyss & Apex, and other venues. When trying not to write or edit, he tweets @philmargolies. His website is

M_GrinderMetaphorosis Magazine offers beautifully written speculative fiction in the tradition of Patricia McKillip, George R. R. Martin, and Ursula Le Guin – well-written stories with humor, emotion, and wit – as well as reviews of current and classic science fiction and fantasy, imaginary vegan recipes, and more. It’s edited by B. Morris Allen, who works from the Oregon coast when he’s not watching eagles and seals, or writing the occasional story of his own.

Janice Murphy

Dionne Obeso

Sandra Odell is an avid reader, compulsive writer, and rabid chocoholic.  Her work has appeared in such venues as Crossed Genres, Pseudopod, and Daily Science Fiction.  Find out more about her writing and other shenanigans at

Alex Shvartsman

Kellan Sparver

George S. Walker is an engineer and science fiction writer who lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and feline minions. Links to his stories can be found at

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MAD SCIENTIST ($50 or more)

JS Arquin

Brad Ashmore is a career Silicon Valley engineer who enjoys tinkering with new technology. He loves to write short fiction in a range of themes in various genres: soft sci-fi, humor, absurd, or literary fiction. To learn about his first anthology, please visit

Yaroslav Barsukov is a Russian software engineer and science fiction writer, currently living in Vienna, Austria. He was born in Moscow and has degrees in applied mathematics (MEPhI, Russia) and computer science (Vienna University of Technology).

Ian Creasey

Marc Criley avidly read fantasy and science fiction for over forty years, so finally decided to give it a go–and recently sold his first story. Marc, his wife, a cat swarm, and Tammy the Dog reside on Cedar Gap Mountain in rural Alabama. Marc tweets loudly as @That_MarcC.

S.B. Divya is a lover of science, math, and fiction. When she isn’t designing high speed communications systems, raising her daughter, scratching the cats, or enjoying dinner with her husband, she writes. You can read more about her at

Nadya Duke

Helen French

Dr M Leona Godin

Jeremy M. Gottwig

Shane Halbach lives with his wife and two kids in a secret lair located deep under Chicago, where he writes software by day and practices his maniacal laughter by night. He plots (diabolically) at, and can be found on Twitter @shanehalbach. Sometimes, he fictions.

J.C. Hsyu

Patrick Johanneson writes prairie-flavoured science fiction & fantasy. His work has been published in InterText, Ecclectica, On Spec, Tesseracts 14, and Daily Science Fiction.  He’s also a WordPress Multisite maven, a judo instructor and referee, an aficionado of Canadian and indie cinema, and a lover of Norse mythology.
Rachael K. Jones grew up in various cities across Europe and North America, picked up (and mostly forgot) six languages, and acquired several degrees in the arts and sciences. Now she writes speculative fiction in Portland, Oregon. Contrary to the rumors, she is probably not a secret android. Rachael is a World Fantasy Award nominee, Tiptree Award honoree, and winner of Writers of the Future. Her fiction has appeared in dozens of venues worldwide. Follow her on Twitter @RachaelKJones.
James Patrick Kelly has won the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards and his work has been translated into eighteen languages.  He thinks Submission Grinder is the greatest boon to writers since the invention of the Backspace key.
Jon Lasser lives in Seattle, WA. He is a graduate of the Clarion West writers workshop. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Writers of the Future, Volume 32; Diabolical PlotsGalaxy’s Edge; and elsewhere. Find him on the Web at and on Twitter as @disappearinjon.
Michelle Kurrle
Charlotte Lee

Stephanie Lorée writes fantasy fiction and occasionally moonlights as a rock star. She’s published short fiction and tie-in fiction for the Pathfinder RPG. She’s also a freelance editor for indie authors and small presses. A self-proclaimed super nerd, Stephanie loves gaming, technology, good sushi, and bad kung fu flicks.

Marie Michaels

Shu Mookerjee is an IT Consultant,budding wordsmith and struggling sound alchemist in Dallas TX. He has fiction forthcoming in Stupefying Stories and an album on iTunes. When he’s not busy pestering his lovely wife, he moonlights as an online session guitarist (

John P. Murphy

Lizzie Newell

Laura Pearlman

Beth Powers writes science fiction and fantasy stories. She has acquired another hat by writing about women and pirates in order to earn her PhD. When she’s not writing, Powers researches properties across the country and throughout time. She lives in Indiana with her cats. Her work has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Deep Magic, Aurealis, and other magazines. Visit her on the web at

Manuel Royal, like Tristram Shandy, was born with a broken nose.  He will die.  In between, he lives and writes in Atlanta, Georgia.

John Schoffstall

William Schwartz: I use the wonderful FREE Submission Grinder from Diabolical Plots all of the time, so I promised myself I’d donate the proceeds from my first sale. I’m happy to say I finally broke through, so it’s only right that I follow through: thanks to the submission grinder, it was easy to find a suitable market for my work. And hey, why not check out my story “Waiting on Annette” at

Frances Silversmith writes computer software for a living and science fiction and fantasy stories for fun. She lives in a small town in Germany with her husband, seven guinea pigs, and two Icelandic horses. Please visit her website:

Amy Sisson

Addison Smith is a machinist, author, and book nerd living in northern Minnesota. His fiction has appeared in Fireside Magazine, and numerous publications’ recycle bins. You can learn more at

Margret Treiber resides in Southwest Florida and is employed as a systems analyst.  When she is not working with technology or writing speculative fiction, she helps her birds break things for her spouse to fix. Her short fiction has appeared in a number of publications.  Links to her short fiction, novel and upcoming work can be found on her website at

Kenny VenOsdel

Nancy SM Waldman grew up in Texas but now lives on the northern isle of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. She is sticking to her claim that cold is easier to bear than heat, but at times wonders if there’s not a middle ground somewhere. She co-founded and edits for Third Person Press which specializes in regional speculative fiction. Find out more at or @nuanc on Twitter.

Valentine Wheeler (@ghostalservice) lives in Boston with her partner and toddler and spends her days citing obscure postal regulations. She serves as Fiction Editor for Wizards in Space Magazine and as a First Reader for Strange Horizons. Her work can be found at Ninestar Press and the Future Fire.

Corey J. White is the author of The VoidWitch Saga – Killing Gravity, Void Black Shadow, and Static Ruin – published by Publishing. He studied writing at Griffith University on the Gold Coast, and is now based in Melbourne, Australia. Find him on twitter at @cjwhite.

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T. Jane Berry
Liz Colter
Marie DesJardin
Michael Donoghue
Matt Dovey
Ethan Hedman
Mika Grimmer
Miriah Hetherington
Jim Johnson
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Nancy Lambert
Luna Lindsey
Rob McMonigal
James A. Miller
Hailey Piper
Brian Michael Riley
Jetse de Vries
Sylvia Spruck Wrigley

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James Aquilone
Laura Blackwell
Stephen Breitenbach
James Edward O’Brien
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Tad Callin
Heather Clitheroe
C.C. Finlay
Tania Fordwalker
Cara Fox
Janet Gershen-Siegel
Andrew Neil Gray
Grivante Press
Alex Haist
Susi Pritchett Jensen
Keffy R.M. Kehrli
Christopher Kelly
Benjamin C. Kinney
Jessica M. Kormos
Jeanne Kramer-Smyth
Joy Kennedy-O’Neill
Dirck de Lint
A.M. Meek
T.D. Meeks
Jo Miles
Eamonn Murphy
Samantha Murray
S. Kay Nash
Stephen S. Power
James Wesley Rogers
Robert Lowell Russell
C.C.S. Ryan
Fabio Sassi
Gregory Scheckler

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Fred Stesney
Tara Tamburello
Louise Taylor
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