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Friday, March 5, 2021

Little Blue Marble is OPEN TO SUBMISSIONS

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Please note that while we do pay for original content (see rates below), Little Blue Marble‘s current operating budget supports only one or two paid pieces per month. As we grow, we will be happy to increase that number.

We welcome submissions from writers anywhere. We value inclusivity, no matter your race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, class, and physical or mental ability. No stone should remain unturned when discussing climate solutions, and we want our content to reflect that.


What we’re looking for: We publish speculative fiction that examines humanity’s possible futures living with anthropogenic climate change. We prefer fiction with a hopeful outlook, but the occasional dystopia might fit too. While science is an important piece for solving the climate change puzzle, we challenge writers to also examine our existing social, cultural, political, and economic frameworks and envision new ones to help see us through to a better, more sustainable world.

Please see this interview at Six Questions For … if you’d like more details.

What will be a harder sell:
  • Yet another apocalyptic desert dystopia.
  • Alien/god-like being intervenes and saves the world. We made this bed. We have to fix it.
  • Stories in which we abandon the planet.
  • Stories without a narrative through line, dramatic tension, or some kind of character arc. We want stories, not vignettes.
  • Gratuitous gory violence or themes of suicide.
  • Stories that overtly lecture or preach to the reader.

What we want more of:
  • Optimistic fiction
  • Visions of change for the better
  • Stories in which technology improves lives, not oppresses
  • Stories that show communities pulling together
  • Diverse, own-voices stories

Word count limits:

• Original fiction: 2000 words
• Reprints: 5000 words


What we’re looking for: Articles and essays on climate change, and profiles of people on the front lines of climate work in the 1000-2000 word range. If possible, please include links to your published work elsewhere or other writing samples.

Before sending us any non-fiction, please send us fully outlined pitches on specific topics.

Please do not send us Q&A-style interviews, video blogging, Kickstarter projects, promotional/marketing materials, or reviews.

Upon publication, contributors receive a byline, a short bio at the end of each published post, and are listed as a Little Blue Marble contributor.


We very occasionally accept poetry with climate or environmental themes, at the same word rate as fiction. Please only submit one poem at a time. Unlike other poetry markets, we do not accept multiple submissions.


All submissions should be sent to submissions (at) littlebluemarble (dot) ca.

If submitting fiction, please put FICTION SUBMISSION – STORY TITLE in the subject line.

If submitting a non-fiction proposal, please put NON-FICTION SUBMISSION – ARTICLE TITLE in the subject line.

If you are submitting content you are willing to donate under a Creative Commons Attribution No Derivativeslicense, please indicate so somewhere in your submission e-mail.

Submission format: All submissions should be in standard manuscript format, double spaced with a legible font. Submissions should be in .RTF or .DOCX format.

Little Blue Marble accepts works that have been previously published elsewhere. Please state in your submission if this work is a reprint.

We do not accept multiple submissions. You may only submit one story at a time. You may submit another once we have responded to your first submission.

Little Blue Marble accepts simultaneous submissions with other venues. If your story, however, is accepted by a different venue, as a courtesy to us please immediately withdraw your submission from Little Blue Marble.


Little Blue Marble endeavours to respond to all submissions. We try to keep our response time below 8-12 weeks. We acknowledge this is long for some, hence why we accept simultaneous submissions. We will not respond to queries regarding submissions before the 12-week window, but please feel free to query us if you have been waiting longer than that. Since we have a staff of exactly one, your patience is appreciated.

Other notes: In the last quarter of each year, our response time will be slower, given the higher workload of putting out the year-end anthology. We appreciate your patience.

Special COVID-19 note: Given recent global uncertainties, we are purchasing stories much closer to publication than we normally do, which means we’re holding onto some stories in our queue longer than usual. We completely understand if that means we might lose out on your story to another publication.


All payment is in Canadian dollars.

We offer $0.11 a word for original works up to 2000 words. If the CAD/USD exchange rate dips below that which would match SFWA’s 8¢/word pro rate, we will amend contracts to offer USD 8¢/word at time of payment. We offer $0.01 a word for reprints.

Payment will be made by Paypal, or alternatively, for Canadians only, via e-mail money transfer.

West Branch submission guidelines

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Deadline: April 1, 2021

The editors of West Branch welcome submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and translation. We normally read unsolicited manuscripts between August 1st and April 1st. We print only original, unpublished work. For accepted work, we purchase First North American serial rights.

Payment is awarded for accepted works in the amount of $50 per submission of poetry, and $.05/word for prose with a maximum payment of $100. Additionally, we provide each contributor with two copies of the issue in which his/her work appears and a one-year subscription to West Branch.

Please review the submission guidelines below before submitting using the online submission manager:
  • All manuscripts should be paginated, with the author's name on each page. Prose should be double-spaced and include a word count.
  • Please send no more than six poems or thirty pages of prose. Poems should be saved and uploaded as a single file.
  • The submission manager accepts most document types; we prefer to receive files in .DOC or .RTF format.
  • We prefer to receive no more than two submissions from a single contributor in a given reading period. We make periodic checks for contributors who have reached the 2-submission limit, and reject any additional pieces submitted by those contributors. However, you will still be able to log in to view your account, and reaching the 2-submission limit will not affect pieces already under consideration. Please note also that the submission manager will only allow you to have one piece under consideration at any given time.
  • Simultaneous submissions must be clearly marked as such in the comments section. If any of the work is accepted elsewhere, please withdraw your own West Branch submission immediately.
  • Our usual response time is ten weeks or less--often much less--but if we find your material interesting you may wait longer to hear from us. Please DO query if more than four months have passed since your submission, via e-mail at
  • Book reviews are typically arranged by assignment, and we publish only poetry reviews. If you are interested in writing reviews, please query with a sample. We currently pay $200 per assigned review.
  • Please acquaint yourself with the magazine before submitting; sample back issues are available for only $3. Subscriptions are available at $10 for one year and $16 for two years. For subscription information, selected work, and news, see our website
Fill in all of your contact information. You should use the "Writer Name" field to specify a pen name, if different from your legal name. Please note that submitting under several different pen names still counts toward the limit of two submissions per reading period per contributor.

Fill in the title(s) of the work(s) you are submitting. If you are submitting a group of poems, they should be saved and uploaded as one file, rather than individually.

Please include your name on every page of your file, as you would with a printed manuscript.

Use the comments section to enter the information you would normally include in your cover letter, then click submit.

After clicking the submit button, you will have the option to review your information and confirm that it is correct. You can log in at any time to submit more materials, or view your account and previously submitted materials.

Further queries may be directed to

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Inkblood Book Co. seeks work

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Each issue of The Drop brings a weekly piece of flash fiction right to your inbox along with press news, announcements, and a guest author interview! Each work is carefully hand-selected and workshopped with the greatest care. To submit to The Drop, please follow the instructions below.

GENRE: Fantasy or Science Fiction
WORD COUNT: 100 minimum; 1,000 maximum
PAY RATE: $5 flat and a thorough critique of your submission
SUBMISSIONS OPEN: 01 February 2021
NOTICE OF ACCEPTANCE BY: 2-4 weeks from submission
PROJECTED RELEASE DATE: the first and third Monday of every month

We are looking for original works of dark speculative fiction. Character-driven stories with strong, well-designed worldbuilding, tight prose, and a good understanding of pacing are hallmarks of flash fiction we'd consider.

While the following aren't requirements, we are particularly interested in stories that feature strong and fresh worldbuilding, tight prose, slow burns, purposeful pacing, original or rare creatures, unusual framing devices, small-scale plots, and diverse characters. "Literary"-style stories and genre mash-ups (Science Fantasy, for example) are also of interest!

formatting guidelines

+ Complete story that is at least 100 words in length but does not exceed 1,000 in .pdf or .docx format
+ 12pt Book Antiqua or Lato font, double-spaced
+ Left-aligned paragraphs
+ One-inch margins
+ In a center-aligned header on each page, type your name (along with "writing as [Pen Name]" if you use one) and beneath it your story title in all caps
+ If you need further assistance, your end product should look similar to this: Proper Manuscript Format

to inquire

Send an eMail to with the following information:

SUBJECT LINE: "Query for 'TITLE': THE DROP" (in all caps!). Please do not put anything else in the subject line UNLESS...

+ Your story is a reprint: Your subject line should say "Query for 'TITLE': THE DROP (Reprint)"

+ Your story was previously serialized: "Query for 'TITLE': THE DROP (Serial)"

+ Your story is a translation: "Query for 'TITLE': THE DROP (Translation)"

BODY: Please do not use fancy fonts, backgrounds, formatting, or add any attachments other than what we ask for to the body of your eMail.

PARAGRAPH ONE: A brief introduction, how you found us, and why you're querying.

PARAGRAPH TWO: A 50-150 word story synopsis. Be thorough! Spoilers are for readers. We need to know the plot from beginning to end.

PARAGRAPH THREE: A closing statement, the story's total wordcount, any previous publications you've featured in, and any other pertinent information. The sum of your body text should not exceed 250 words.

ATTACHMENTS: A .pdf or .docx file containing your submission and formatted according to the above guidelines. Please do not attach anything else! No artwork, secondary submissions, cover ideas, et cetera.

avoiding automatic rejection

You can easily avoid receiving an automatic rejection by following being thorough and taking your time when reading our submission guidelines before submitting your story. We promise we are not trying to trick you into making a mistake; these guidelines are here to ensure swift and complete consideration of your piece. Please only submit once you...

+ Are sure your submission is within the bounds of the genres we're accepting for this call (SciFi and Fantasy)

+ Have checked that your submission meets our word count limits (100 minimum; 1,000 maximum)

+ Have read our "Do Not Send" list on our submissions page and have verified that your submission does not violate it

+ Have double-checked that your submission is formatted according to our guidelines

+ Have double-checked that you did not attach anything besides your submission, and that the version you submitted is correct

We understand that files sometimes corrupt or other electronic shenanigans happen. If we suspect something went wrong, we will contact you and ask you to resubmit.

Eye to the Telescope 40, Weird West

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Deadline: March 15, 2021

Weird Westerns, speculative poems set in western North America could feature a wide range of peoples, histories, mythologies, and landscapes. Weird Western poems could contain quite a list of characters: conquistadors, cowboys, horses, Native Americans, gunslingers, stagecoach bandits, school marms, soiled doves, vaqueros, and even mammoths and mammoth hunters. We are all extremely familiar with Western movie tropes and that is why it is so fun to throw in a werewolf, space ship, or time travel. My only qualification is that it contain either a character or setting which identifies it as a Western.

Please submit 1–3 poems in English (in body of e-mail, or attached as .doc, .docx, or .rtf). Translations from other languages are acceptable with the permission of the original poet (unless public domain).
Please send submissions to with the subject line “ETTT sub:” followed by the poet’s name.
Include a short bio.
Deadline: March 15. The issue will appear on April 15, 2021.

Payment and rights
Accepted poems will be paid for at the following rate: US 3¢/word rounded up to nearest dollar; minimum US $3, maximum $25. Payment is on publication.

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association normally uses PayPal to pay poets, but can also send checks.

Eye to the Telescope is an online publication. Therefore, First Electronic Rights (for original unpublished poems) are being sought.

Who can submit?

Anyone writing speculative poetry.

What is Speculative Poetry?

Speculative poetry is poetry which falls within the genres of science fiction, fantasy, and supernatural horror, plus some related genres such as magic realism, metafiction, and fabulation. It is not easy to give precise definitions, partly because many of these genres are framed in term of fiction rather than poetry.

A good starting point is “About Science Fiction Poetry” by Suzette Haden Elgin, the founder of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. Despite its title, this article is applicable all forms of speculative poetry.

Tim Jones, editor of Issue 2, had a go at defining science fiction poetry on his blog, in two parts (These blog posts date from 2009, and the Voyagersanthology has since been published. These posts do refer specifically to science fiction poetry, rather than the broader field of speculative poetry.):

What Is the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA)?

As the SFPA says on its website at, “The Science Fiction Poetry Association was founded in 1978 to bring together poets and readers interested in science fiction poetry. What is sf poetry? You know what they say about definitions—everybody has one. To be sure, it is poetry (we’ll leave that definition to you), but it’s poetry with some element of speculation—usually science fiction, fantasy, or horror. Some folks include surrealism, some straight science.”

See the SFPA site for lots more information—and please consider joining.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Gothic Fantasy Short Stories Chilling Crime Anthology

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Deadline: March 1, 2021

About the theme:

We've looked at cosy crime and detective thrillers, now it's time to turn to the darker side: the cold cases, the grim murders, the desperate villains, and the race against time to solve the crime. We're seeking up to 20 new stories to join our powerful collection of Chilling Crime Short Stories, new and classic tales reaching back into ancient, medieval, Elizabethan and Victorian fiction. From Oedipus Rex and Medea to Thomas More's story of the Princes in the Tower, Scheherazade's 'The Three Apples' and the chilling crime fiction of Dickens, Poe, Henry James, Baroness Orczy and Wilkie Collins.

  • We do not require exclusivity and do accept reprints 
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine but you must have the right to license your story in an anthology
  • For accepted stories we pay Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) rates of 8 cents/6 pence per word for original stories, 6 cents/4 pence for reprints
  • We will aim to read each story and confirm its status within 4 months of the submission deadline
  • Payment for the chosen stories will be made within 30 days of the final advertised publication date (see our website for details), although some may be paid earlier than that
  • Submission does not imply the right to publication. Each story will be read and assessed by the selection panel
  • Submit your story to
  • Word length is most likely to be successful at 2000-4000 words, but we will still read stories slightly outside this range
  • Let us know in your submission email if your story is a reprint
  • Please submit in .doc, .docx or .rtf formats, double spaced, with your name and email address in the footer or header of each page
  • If submitting a story that has recently been submitted to us for consideration to another anthology, please state this in the submission email
  • Deadline for submissions is the 14th of March 2021

The Flame Tree Gothic Fantasy, Classic Stories and Epic Tales collections bring together the entire range of myth, folklore and modern short fiction. Highlighting the roots of suspense, supernatural, science fiction and mystery stories, the books in the Flame Tree Collections series are beautifully presented, highly collectable and offer a lifetime of reading pleasure.

Bodies Full of Burning: An Anthology of Menopause-Themed Horror,

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Deadline: June 1, 2021 (or until filled)

Sliced Up Press is looking for short stories involving menopause for its latest horror fiction anthology, Bodies Full of Burning: An Anthology of Menopause-Themed Horror, edited by Nicole M. Wolverton.

Menopause can be hell – so show us your demons, your darkest dreams, bloodiest crimes or scariest transformations. It’s called the change of life, but transitions can be deadly.
final artwork TBC

What we’re looking for:
  • Stories must include menopause as the main plot point
  • We welcome and encourage stories from women, BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ authors, as we’re looking for a range of experiences to be represented
  • All submissions must be in the horror genre, though we don’t want anything involving rape, bestiality etc.
  • All submissions must be original. We will not accept reprints, or stories published elsewhere including on blogs, social media etc.
  • Submit your best work in standard manuscript format, as an MS Word .doc or .docx attachment. Anything sent in a different format will be deleted without reply.
  • Authors may submit one story maximum for consideration. Do not re-send rejected stories (including those rejected for previous calls to Sliced Up Press anthologies)
  • No simultaneous submissions please.
  • We are not looking for artwork submissions at this time.


Please email submissions to using the following format in the email subject line:

Submission for Bodies Full of Burning: [author’s name] – [story title] – [word count]. (so your email should look like this: Submission for Bodies Full of Burning: My Name – My Story – 1,500 words)

In the body of your email, please include a brief author bio of 3-4 sentences maximum along with any social media links.

Payment: $0.01 per word, plus 1 x paperback and ebook contributor copy.

Length: Minimum 1,000 words, up to 4,000 words maximum. Longer pieces will not be considered.

Deadline for submissions: 1st June 2021 or until filled

Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection by 30th June 2021 at the latest. Publication is currently planned for September 2021

If you have not heard back by 30th June 2021, your story has been rejected.

Please do not email to enquire after your submission, unless you want to withdraw your story.

No exclusivity will be sought. Authors retain all rights to their works after publication.

Please do not enquire about publication unless it relates to the project announcements shown above.

Sliced Up Press is not open to unsolicited submissions.

Any unsolicited submissions will be rejected without reply.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

NIGHTLIGHT is currently OPEN to submissions.

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Deadline: August 31, 2021

We are open for submissions on even months between February and August.

Are you Black? It doesn’t matter what part of the world you’re from, or where you are now–as long as you’re Black and you write horror, you are welcome to submit!

Here’s what you need to know:
  • Story submissions should be no longer than 10,000 words.
  • We may occasionally do short fiction episodes for stories less than 3,000 words, so feel free to submit shorter stories–it just may be a bit longer before your story airs.
  • Please send only one submission to us at a time.
  • Simultaneous submissions (sending the same story to multiple publications) are okay.
  • We respond within 4-6 weeks. If you found another home for your work, let us know ASAP.
  • We do give personalized feedback, so long as your submission falls within our submission guidelines. If we reject your story, you can submit a different story at any time, but you’ll only get feedback for stories submitted 12 months after the initial rejection.
  • We pay for exclusive audio (first world) and electronic publishing rights for 6 months after the air date.
  • We also reserve the right to continue to broadcast, promote, and/or link to your story on our website/podcast, but after six months, you can publish your story in any format elsewhere.
  • We only accept reprints that have not been published in audio format previously. Just let us know your story has appeared elsewhere and where so we can credit properly.
  • We do have plans to eventually publish “Best Of” anthologies. Should we decide to include your piece, we’ll ask your permission first and you’ll be paid for inclusion.

If you have any questions, hit us up on Twitter @nightlightpod.

How We Pay
  • If we accept your story (over 3,000 words), we’ll pay you $200. We send money via Venmo and the Cash App, but can also do PayPal if you don’t have Venmo or Cash (but we super don’t want to).
  • Short fiction (less than 3,000 words) is paid at $75 per story.
  • Reprints are paid $50 per story.
  • We’ll pay you when the story is narrated, usually a few days before your episode goes live. You can offer to narrate your own story, but keep in mind we may choose another narrator if we feel sound quality or style doesn’t match our brand.


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Deadline: September 1st, 2021

Madame Gray is back and looking for blood-drenched tales of terror to add to her Vault of Gore. The weird, the gruesome, and the downright shocking are welcome. A happy ending is not required, but a twist ending is a big plus.

Compiled and edited by Gerri R. Gray (Madame Gray's Creep Show, Blood & Blasphemy) and published by Hellbound Books, this anthology is open to all categories of horror. Undiscovered writers, as well as established voices, are welcome to submit their work.

Contributors are invited to send a bio (up to 250 words) with their submission. Multiple and simultaneous submissions are okay.

PLEASE read and adhere to our submission guidelines...
  • * Word format saved in .doc, or .docx
  • * 12 pt times new roman
  • * Double spaced
  • * Absolutely NO extra lines between paragraphs!
  • * 2.5K - 8K word count 
  • * Write 'MADAME GRAY GORE' along with your name and story title in the header of your email
  • *The body of your submission email will be considered the cover letter. 
  • * The submission documents are to be separated and Word (.doc or .docx) documents are to be attached to your submission email. 

To submit, email your polished story to

- Make sure that you check your mss for grammar and punctuation, use our guidelines to help you:


Payment: $5.00 for First Rights

Capped at 120K words in total.

Monday, March 1, 2021

Ruminate Magazine

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Deadline: June 16, 2021

Submit via Submittable

Thank you for considering Ruminate Magazine as a potential home for your work. We welcome submissions from both emerging and established writers and are looking for creative nonfiction that engages the contemplative spirit of our journal.

Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please add a note to your submission if you need to withdraw a piece.

We accept all styles of creative nonfiction—essays, short memoirs, literary journalism, etc.—only requiring that it be in prose form (no line breaks).

We only accept pieces that are under 5,500 words. 

We currently pay nonfiction contributors $20 per 400 words and in contributor copies.

We only accept previously unpublished work.

To help keep our queue moving, please submit no more than once every six months and wait 3-4 months before inquiring about the status of your submission. We look forward to reading your work!

Mslexia seeks non-fiction

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Deadline: April 12, 2021

If non-fiction or journalism is your thing, we have plenty of opportunities to get your voice heard.

We always welcome ideas for one-off features, and entries are considered on a rolling basis. Send us 200-word proposal, plus a brief CV and a published or unpublished example of your writing.

You can also contact us with a brief proposal if you would like to be considered for the following slots in the magazine. We will get in touch if we want to commission a full article.

My portfolio career
Most writers’ lives are a mosaic of paid and unpaid work, including day jobs, caring duties, teaching, performance and bits of journalism (like this), as well as their creative writing. If you would like a chance to explain how your writing fits in to your life, let us know. Pitch us by listing your main creative genre plus four other aspects of your working life, e.g. ‘Writing poetry, working in a café, freelance website design, caring for elderly father, helping run poetry venue’. We will get in touch if we want to commission a full article.

We want to hear from writers who manage to continue with their creative work despite a particular challenge, e.g. new baby, long-term illness, English as a second language, depression, no Wi-Fi connection, family ridicule… Pitch us by stating your main creative genre plus a key ongoing challenge you grapple with in order to continue writing. We will get in touch if we want to commission a full article.

Get yourself into our June 2021 magazine (Issue 90) by submitting your writing to:

The Story of my Life
Are you writing a memoir? Please send a 500-word outline of the story you want to tell for expert feedback from acclaimed memoirist and literary agent Catherine Cho. Both outline and feedback will be published in Mslexia magazine.

What do you blog about and why? Please send a 150-word description of your personal blog plus a 200-word excerpt that illustrates your voice and subject matter – and a link, of course.

Writing Nest
Send a photo of the place where you work – your desk, armchair, café corner, bath – along with up to 50 words about why it works (or doesn’t work) for you.

Submission Stories
An opportunity to share the amusement, bemusement or torment of your submitting experience – e.g. ‘They used someone else’s name’, ‘My agent went AWOL’ – as a service to fellow mslexics. Up to 100 words – anonymously if you prefer!

Bear Necessities
Tell is about an object, organism or ritual that helps with your writing: e.g. teddy, terrier or tea in your lucky mug. Send a colour photo please of your necessity, plus up to 50 words of explanation.

Mslexia Moths
Our newest memoir slot, named after the famous Moth memoir performance events in the US and available to sample on the Moth Radio Hour on BBC Radio 4 Extra. These are prose texts: a true anecdote written in first person, suitable for reading on the page or for performance. Must be between 700-800 words.

U is for…
A piece of creative non-fiction inspired by a single alphabet prompt (e.g. H is for Hawk). Current letter: U. Max 300 words.

To submit, complete the form below and upload your submission document.

Alternatively send your entry by post to:
PO Box 656
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE99 1PZ

Don’t forget to also send us your contact details (address, phone number and email).
All submissions are judged anonymously, so please ensure your name does not appear anywhere on your work.

The June 2021 magazine (Issue 90) submission deadline is 12 April 2021.

We usually pay £25 for each piece published in Mslexia (except for ‘Life sentences’and ‘Slings and Arrows’, which are a wee bit of fun; and ‘Pitch perfect’ and ‘First-page surgeries’).

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Brush Talks now seeking submissions for winter/spring 2021 issue

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We are now seeking submissions for our winter/spring 2021 issue. (No fee.)

Brush Talks publishes two issues per year, in winter/spring and summer/fall. All issues are free, available to download on our website, We accept unsolicited submissions on a rolling basis.

Because we realize that you probably don’t have the luxury of waiting around for months at a time while magazines and journals consider your work one by one, we DO accept simultaneous submissions. (We’ve been there.) We simply ask that you inform us as soon as you decide your piece is no longer available for our consideration. There is no reading fee, but, unfortunately, neither are we able to pay contributors at this time.

If we publish your work, you agree to grant Brush Talks first serial rights. All rights will revert to you, the author, upon publication. (While submissions of writing should not have been previously published elsewhere, we will consider photos that have been; just inform us of this at the time of submission so we can credit the original publication if we choose to use them).

Thank you in advance for any submissions you send. We consider it a privilege to be able to read your work, and we will try to be in touch with each author on a timely basis.

Submission Process: Only electronic submissions are accepted, via the following e-mail address:

submissions [at] brushtalks [dot] com

All work submitted should be sent as attachments to your e-mail. Written work can be in DOC, DOCX, ODF, RTF, or PDF format. In your e-mail, please briefly describe your piece and tell us which category you would like it to be considered for (see below). If your piece doesn’t fit a particular category, make one up and convince us why it’s important to be included.


General Essays – Up to 5,000 words. Be creative. We’re open to most anything.

Travel Essays – Up to 5,000 words. Should be focused on a theme of sorts. In other words, we’re not looking for pieces that merely read as: “First I did this, and then I did that. We went here and then there.” (Although chronology may be part of the structure, it should not be the main focus.) Instead, give us a sense of place and its significance – in general or just to you.

Profiles – Up to 8,000 words. Profile a person or a place, from today or the past.

Memoir – Up to 8,000 words. Tell us your story related to China. Should relate events of at least a decade ago (or else we’d categorize it under “General Essays”).

Narrative Nonfiction – Up to 10,000 words. Tell us a story about an event in China. We realize that this may overlap a bit with “Profiles” but the major aspect of a piece in this category is that it centers around a defined event. The focus is the event (though strong characters and locations can play a role), written about in a compelling, even suspenseful, manner.

Photographs – If you have photographs to submit with your writing for one of the above categories, please state this in your e-mail and include a contact sheet of thumbnails, but do not send the full files until asked to do so. If you have a collection of photographs on a theme or topic that you would like to submit, please query with a brief explanation of your project and a contact sheet (again, we ask that you not send large image files until asked to do so).

Poems – Submit up to five poems at a time, none longer than about 500 words. Please limit submissions to two per year (one active submission per issue). Also please note: We are a journal of China, so all submissions, including poetry, must have some connection to China. (We have been getting a lot of poetry, in particular, on various other topics, and we regret that we cannot reply to such submissions.)

As we would like to support long-form nonfiction, all word counts are approximate. Some pieces simply need more “breathing room” so why quibble over arbitrary numbers? If you have work that does not fall within the stated limits, please query. If it’s what we’re looking for, we will publish it (perhaps in serial form, as one option).

Authors should refer to The Chicago Manual of Style (17th ed.) to resolve questions of style and usage. Remaining questions about the above can be sent to the following e-mail address:

editor [at] brushtalks [dot] com

Now accepting submissions for mojo 19

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Deadline: April 1, 2021


Fiction: We are interested in stories that excite us with innovation in form, structure, and language; above all, we’re looking for stories that connect us, touch us, and revolutionize our worlds. Experimental or not, please send us a manuscript of under 6,000 words. If you’re submitting flash fiction, include up to three stories in a single document.

Poetry: We are interested in poems that blur contemporary styles with traditional modes, poems that light up with raw energy but point in a specific direction, and poems that push through leaps of image and gesture but resound with a strong emotional core. Above all, we enjoy poems that are willing to take risks while maintaining clarity of expression. Send up to 4 poems or 8 pages maximum, all in one document. If you have a single long poem that exceeds 8 pages, we welcome you to submit it as an exception to the page-limit rule and as the totality of your submission.

Nonfiction: We enjoy creative nonfiction pieces that embrace the tactics of fiction but don’t shy away from the innovative and the experimental—in fact, we’re rather interested in what you can show us—but keep in mind we’re looking for engaging nonfiction stories, not journalism or academic essays. Submissions should not exceed 6,000 words.

Please follow all guidelines for submitting your work, as found in the information below and instructions on our submissions manager

The Fine Print

All submissions should be made through our submissions manager. We do not accept submissions by e-mail or post at this time. Please read the guidelines in each particular genre before submitting.

We welcome simultaneous submissions, but please notify us if your work is accepted elsewhere by withdrawing immediately.

All submissions will be considered for publication in our online issue. Selected works have the possibility of being published in the annual print edition of Mikrokosmos Literary Journal.

mojo pays a $15 USD flat rate per poem, nonfiction piece, fiction piece, or comic. We know this isn’t much, but as writers ourselves, we like to pay our contributors.

If you have any questions or comments, please email the editors at

All payment is subject to any budget alterations that occur throughout the year. We prefer to issue payment through mailed checks, but we can arrange other options if a check does not work for you. You will need to submit a completed W-9 or W-8BEN in order to receive payment.

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Ghost Orchid Press Dark Hearts Anthology

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Deadline: February 28, 2021

Heartbreak. Obsession. Grief. Jealousy. Love can turn tainted, even cruel. Picture the ghost who won’t stop haunting the man who jilted her. The husband who will go to gruesome lengths to keep his wife alive. The stalker who’d rather kill her victims than face their rejection.

Dark Hearts will be an anthology of stories exploring the twisted side of love. We’re looking for stories that jump off the page. Stories that chill, shock or disturb us. Stories that move us or make us laugh… grimly.

Length: Anything between 1,000 – 6,000 words.
Payment: 0.01 USD per word via PayPal.
Publication: E-book and print.
Deadline: 28th February 2021

We accept simultaneous submissions but no reprints please. Multiple submissions not accepted.

Email your submission as a Word document to with “Dark Hearts [your pen name] [your story title]” in the subject line. Include an author bio of approx. 50 words plus 1-2 links.

Please see our Submission Guidelines for more information on formatting.

Tales From The Magician’s Skull Is Now Accepting Submissions!

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Deadline: April 1, 2021

Listen Well, Mortal Dogs!

The greatest sword-and-sorcery magazine in the history of the world is Tales From The Magician’s Skull, and it is now accepting submissions! I am the immortal Skull, champion and protector of all things sword-and-sorcery, and if you wish to submit a tale to my magazine, you must pay heed! Those who obey these dictates shall find their creations elevated to deific heights, to stand upon the shoulders of the heroes who came before them. But woe be unto those writers who heed not these guidelines, for their failures shall consign their stories to rejection and immolation!

Tales From the Magician’s Skull is currently printed twice yearly and pays 4 cents a word upon acceptance. If I find your tale worthy, my minions will purchase select rights so we may publish the story. You retain the copyright.


When: The submission window runs from January 22, 2021 to April 1, 2021.

How: Send submissions to My interns shall review the submissions and forward the greatest of them all to me for my personal consideration. Should any interns be blinded by particularly onerous submissions, then they shall be replaced. Interns are expendable, but great sword-and-sorcery fiction lasts forever!

Format: You should review this document for full details on how to send your submission. Please read the document carefully! Do not trouble my meditations with questions that have already been answered!

High End: We’ll take stories up to 10,000 words, and might even go over, but we REALLY have to be in love with it if we do. If this is your first time submitting to us, you probably ought to send us something under 10k. Like maybe 6k or lower.

Low End: We have a really limited tolerance for flash fiction, thought we might consider it if it’s truly amazing and on point. Otherwise you’d better send an entire story. 

We Cryptids seeks fiction

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Deadline: March 1, 2021

We are currently accepting submissions for We Cryptids. The guidelines are as follows:

Word limit: 3000-6000 words.

Pay rate: $200/story + royalties

Genre: Urban Fantasy only (no Science Fiction or Horror, although horror elements may be present in the story). Other forms of fantasy (epic fantasy, Historical Fantasy, or Steampunk, for example) will not be accepted. If the cryptid you choose to write about was sighted in a timeframe earlier than 2020, you are welcome to write within that time frame, but the more modern the story, the better.

Language: English (translations are welcome).

Submissions open: October 31, 2020

Submissions close: March 1, 2021

Simultaneous submissions: yes

Multiple submissions: no

Rights: We claim first world English rights (no reprints). For an excellent break down of what this means, please see Neil Clarke’s post here. This will be an ebook only.

Cryptids have long haunted our imaginations and folklore. Bigfoot, the chupacabra, Nessie, the Jersey Devil, vampires, the fae, kraken, the mothman, werewolves, and more all feature in the stories we tell ourselves to inspire wonder and mystery. By living on the borders of society, at the edges of the map marked "here be dragons", cryptids exist in the liminal spaces between fact and fiction.

We Cryptids invites you to consider what would happen if cryptids existed and lived among us. Would they be our neighbors, or would their children be barred from our schools? Would they be disproportionately stopped by police just because of what they were and what they looked like? Would their children be taken from them to be raised by "approved parents" to uphold other people's values. Would they be allowed to fight for the country, but not allowed to vote? Would their marriage not be recognized by the government? Could they "pass" as human, but still be liable to being fired if anyone found out? Would they be hunted for being different or even murdered for not being human? How would they survive and thrive in a world that doesn't believe in them and fears those who are different?

Although metaphors for serious and often deadly societal problems, these guidelines are intended to inspire you to look at the world differently and perhaps understand others a little better. Even though the theme may be serious, we will not accept stories of despair. The characters live on the margins of society, but their experiences are not hopeless. Even as cryptids, they have strength, perseverance, and hope.

When writing your story, consider that you’re writing about real experiences that real people have, not just something fictional characters have to deal with. Do your research and write with compassion. Stories that feature cryptids as monstrous due to their marginalization will be less well received than stories that feature characters who are cryptids and marginalized. As an example, I am much more likely to accept a story that features a nonbinary cryptid who is a cryptid and nonbinary, rather than one that features a nonbinary person who is a cryptid because they're nonbinary.

For tone, I am looking for noblebright, not grimdark.

When choosing a cryptid to write about, please be conscientious of the cultural history of the legend in question and respectful of the cultures from which it originates. Because of this, stories written from one’s own cultural experiences are encouraged.

Send your stories formatted in Standard Manuscript format attached as a .doc to editor at cuppateapublications dot com. Include your name, byline, email address, mailing address, and approximate word count. In your cover letter, also include the crypitd your story is about.

I welcome and seek out submissions from writers of color, writers outside of the gender binary, writers who are disabled, neurologically atypical writers, LGBTQIA+ writers, and other diverse individuals.

Friday, February 26, 2021


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We're hopeless romantics who want to leave the world a better place than we found it. In the Heart of Summer seeks sexy stories odd and ordinary, light and heavy, real and fictional.

Must be English language and a completely original work under 10,000 words in length -- can not have been published anywhere else online or in print. Plagiarism or stories that rely heavily on characters or settings from another work (e.g. fanfiction) will be disqualified.

Written submissions can be nonfiction, creative nonfiction, or fiction.

If your piece is chosen for publication, we will request first North American publication rights. All other rights belong to you. If you submit your piece elsewhere and it is accepted for publication, please inform us so that we can withdraw your piece from consideration.

Please submit your piece in PDF form to

Bracken seeks poetry

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Deadline: March 16, 2021


Bracken is a literary magazine born of the love of the woods and its shadows. Bracken is green and lush, coarse and delicate, drinks from the earth, and spreads underground, more root than frond. Bracken is understory, invades, takes over, shades and protects. We seek poetry, short fiction, and art that will root, tender and tough, in us.

Before you submit, please familiarize yourself with what we publish by reading our past issues. To find out what our editors want, read the interviews with Alina Rios and Jed Myers (part 1 and part 2) .

We support diversity and welcome work by and about individuals of all ages, classes, disabilities, ethnicities, genders, nationalities, races, religions, and sexual orientations.

Bracken purchases first North American and electronic serial rights. Each story or poem we acquire will be published on in an electronic issue. We may also excerpt stories and poems for promotional purposes. The author retains all other rights.

Simultaneous submissions are considered. We just ask that you let us know promptly if your piece has been accepted elsewhere. For a poetry submission, to withdraw individual poems, leave us a note in Submittable. To withdraw all poems in a submission, withdraw the submission.

We don't publish reprints.

We aim to respond within 30 days, but life often intervenes. If you haven't heard from us in two months, please query by sending email to

We consider any style of poetry, although we confess our bias toward the lyrical. We look for natural-world, and especially arboreal, elements in the poems we receive.

Send us poems through which we can rediscover that we are nature—poems that slip in under our skin and change the light in the room.

  • up to 4 poems per submission in a single document
  • no longer than 100 lines per poem (we prefer shorter pieces)
  • original and unpublished
  • no multiple submissions
  • simultaneous submissions are okay (to withdraw individual poems from your submission, leave us a note in the Submittable)
Payment: We pay $30/poem.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

High Desert Journal Submissions for the spring 2021 issue are OPEN

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Deadline midnight February 28, 2021

High Desert Journal is a forum for literary, visual, and journalistic artists to contribute a deeper understanding of the landscape and people of the interior West. We pay $25/poem, $50/essay or story, and $150 to our featured artist.

We accept work from residents of the interior West working with any theme, and from anyone living outside of this region creating with an element or theme of the interior West.

What exactly does this mean?

And where is the high desert and interior West?

Simply put, we consider the high desert and interior West to cover eastern Washington, eastern Oregon, all of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, west Texas, and the eastern parts of California (those east of the Sierras). Sorry, but the Pacific coast, San Diego, L.A., San Francisco, up to Portland and Seattle are not part of our region.

What are we looking for?

We accept poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, memoirs, books reviews, essays, interviews and visual arts. You may submit up to three poems; a maximum of 5,000 words of fiction or nonfiction; up to 3,000 words of interview, memoir, and essays, and up to 10 slides or digital images of artwork.

HDJ encourages submissions through our submissions manager Submittable with a $3 processing request. (Submission button below.)

However, in the spirit of inclusion and fairness, and a knowledge of the widening technological gap for many low-income and minority populations, HDJ will also happily accept fee-free submissions through the postal service so that people who are incarcerated, suffering economic hardship, or those without easy access to the Internet are still able to send work.

All manuscripts and all correspondence regarding submission should be sent to our physical address and accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) for a response. As with emailed submissions, we will adhere strictly to posted dates and any mailed submission postmarked outside the listed submission periods will be recycled unread. Submissions sent within the United States may be posted to the editor of the appropriate genre, at the following address:

High Desert Journal, 110 65th Ave. NW, Havre, MT 59501


Editor, CMarie Fuhrman

I am interested in all types of creative nonfiction that explore a writer's relationship to place (the High Desert, in this case), culture, and identity. I tend to gravitate, however, toward stories structured around narratives, but I am also stirred by that work which seems to push against the general mold, writing that follows the writer's genius and not the accepted norm. I am most interested in writing that carries a unique and confident voice, combines style with substance, and reaches beyond the personal to find greater meaning and understanding of the self, the west, the world. I love deep writing. I am not interested in writing rife with hubris or stories of conquering nature. I am a champion of Native writers and writing from outside the realm of those typically published, but above all, I am interested in great writing, that which can make any subject interesting and new and make readers pause and catch their breath as they are reading.


Editor, Laura Pritchett

Voice and depth are of primary concern—submissions with a unique and compelling voice that go somewhere deep are the ones I gravitate to. I’m also particularly interested in conciseness—the art of the short story, after all, is marked by attention to tightness, sharpness, attention to each word. I’m also looking for fiction that explores the complexity of relationship to place (the High Desert, in this case) – as in, the setting should not just be a backdrop (the story could not be dropped into another landscape and still work). Open to flash, experimental, and more traditional forms of fiction, and diverse and underrepresented voices are encouraged. Emerging and established writers are given equal consideration.


Editor, Sheryl Noethe

Great poetry, that's all I ask. Any form. Any length. Make it sing. Make it say something. Grab my heart. Kick me in the gut. Make me laugh or make me cry, I don't care, but above all make it memorable. MOVE me.

A few of the poets I adore include: T. S. Eliot, Sylvia Plath, Auden, Yeats, Rumi, Anne Carson, Sharon Olds, Sappho, Adrienne Rich, Jenny Bouly, Joy Harjo, Ai, Leslie Marmon Silko, Linda Hogan, Pablo Neruda, Rilke, Mary Oliver, Randall Jarrell, Li-Young Lee, Norman Dubie, Jorie Graham, Jane Hirshfield, Li Po, Marcus Aurelius, and a cast of hundreds more.

And finally:

Please submit with standard guidelines in mind (Times New Roman or Courier, double spaced, no space between paragraphs, do not double space after a period, and proper formatting of dialogue, etc). Familiarity matters—please take the time to read some back issues and get familiar with our content before submitting.

Keeley Schenwar Memorial Essay Prize

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Deadline: May 1, 2021

Truthout is proud to launch the Keeley Schenwar Memorial Essay Prize.

This prize will go to a formerly incarcerated person for an essay of 1,500 words or less on the topic of prisons, policing or a related subject. It may be written as a first-person narrative (although that is not a requirement). Two winners will be chosen and awarded a prize of $3,000 each. The essays will be published on Truthout. 

This prize is in honor of Keeley Schenwar, who was a devoted mother, daughter, sister, friend, writer and advocate for incarcerated mothers. Keeley was incarcerated, on and off, over the course of 14 years. She wrote often, both poetry and prose, particularly focusing on her experiences of incarceration and addiction. Keeley spoke out publicly about the inhumanity of the U.S. prison system and wrote about her own experience of incarceration. She wrote this essay about giving birth while incarcerated, and the brutality of being separated from her newborn baby. 

Keeley died on February 4, 2020. This prize is in the spirit of Keeley's desire for the kind of world where everyone can live a good life. 

Keeley, was the sister of Truthout Editor-in-Chief Maya Schenwar, and was one of the inspirations for Truthout’s early and sustained dedication to covering the injustices and violence of incarceration and policing. We are launching the Keeley Schenwar Memorial Essay Prize on the first anniversary of Keeley’s death to continue drawing attention to the cruel realities of the oppressive systems she struggled against and wrote about. 

The deadline for submissions is May 1. Prizes will be announced by July 1.

Essays can be emailed to (Feel free to submit your essay either as an attachment or within the body of the email.)

Alternatively, essays can be mailed to: Truthout PO Box 276414, Sacramento, CA, 95827

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Submit a story to Thirteen

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Thank you for your interest in submitting to Thirteen! We are an audio-drama/audio fiction podcast specializing in feature length (~ one hour) productions that are characterized by slow-burn, atmospheric stories horror and ghost stories.

Submissions that closely match this description have an excellent chance of being chosen for production. Thirteen Podcast is an Imaginary Comma production. All submissions should be sent to

Submission Guidelines

The following are the terms by which a submission will be accepted for production.

Submissions may be altered to best fit the audio format. Minor changes, such as clipping dialogue attributions, adjusting for tone, consolidating character dialogue into narration, and replacing descriptions with sound effects as well as other alterations will occur in most submissions.

The current payment for a submission that is selected and produced is $50.00 (US)
paid by Imaginary Comma to the author upon completion of audio production and before release. Payment can be distributed via PayPal, Apple Pay, Venmo, or direct invoice

Any submission accepted to the show will be attributed to the author.

Any submission found to be plagiarized, in part or in full, will not be accepted. If plagiarism is discovered after a submission is produced and released, it will be immediately removed from our platform and a retraction will be issued. We will require any payment made by Imaginary Comma for a plagiarized submission to be returned in full immediately upon notification.

The following are tips to make your piece more likely to be selected for production. The horror genre is vast and there are many great ways to produce a scare. Not all stories will be a good fit for our platform but that doesn’t mean they’re bad stories. If your first attempt isn’t selected, please keep submitting.

Submissions of 5,000 words or more are most likely to be selected for wide release. Shorter submissions may be selected for special double feature episodes or episodes exclusive to Patreon supporters and other financial supporters of Imaginary Comma. Any submission that is selected for production, regardless of platform, will be paid at the above-stated rate

Submission in a prose format may result in more alterations as we reformat the piece into an audio script. In that spirit, submissions formatted as a script will require less time to develop and may have a better chance of selection.

Stories with a first person central narrator and supporting characters work best for our format but other formats are also welcome

Submissions with several speaking roles may be more difficult to produce and may require alteration to fit a limited cast. This may alter the story and tone. While large casts of characters are not necessarily disqualifying, our production includes between one and four cast members

Stories which include derogatory language or slurs against any group of persons will not be selected regardless of context. Stories that include depictions of rape or sexual assault will not be selected. While these topics may be acceptable as plot elements we will not perform or narrate depictions of them.

We believe great characters make great stories. Excellent character development is key to our brand

Well crafted stories, full of atmosphere, that take their time getting to the scares are key to our brand.

Prairie Schooner seeks submissions

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Deadline: May 2, 2021


Prairie Schooner’s  intention is to publish the best writing available, both from beginning  and established writers. We publish short stories, poems, interviews, imaginative essays of  general interest, and reviews of current books of poetry and fiction.  Scholarly articles requiring footnote references should be submitted to  journals of literary scholarship.

We do not read simultaneous submissions, except in the case of contest submissions, and submissions must be received  between September 1 and May 1. We do not consider  work that has been previously published anywhere, including online  publications. We read as quickly as we can, but please allow 3-4 months for a reply. (We know, we're a little behind, and we're grateful for your patience!)

In principle, Prairie Schooner has no objections to the use of pseudonyms, but we require disclosure of their use to the editor before publication.

We encourage you to read Prairie Schooner before you submit. Sample copies are available online for just $6.00. There's never a fee to submit to our general reading period, and we're grateful for the support we receive through donations and orders.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Call for Submissions: Re-Enlist, Reprint Anthology

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Deadline: May 31, 2021

Submissions via Submittable:

Pole to Pole Publishing is seeking short, re-print fiction for the Re-Enlist anthology to be published in late 2021. Re-Enlist will join our previous submission calls (now closed) for Re-Launch, Re-Enchant, Re-Quest and Re-Terrify and others in the Re-Imagined Series of anthologies.

Re-Enlist requires dark science fiction stories related to the military and war. Send us military science fiction stories, ones you’ve had published before, for which full rights have already reverted back to you. We have open minds about what constitutes “military” and “science fiction” but we’re insisting on good stories told well.

For this anthology, we want stories with engaging characters, thrilling action, rational plot lines, a compelling writing style, and meaningful themes. Our preference is for hardscience fiction. We’re okay if you bend the laws of physics for the sake of the story, but don’t break them completely. It’s unlikely we’ll accept fantasy stories with magic elements.

In keeping with the common element of Pole to Pole Publishing’s other reprint anthologies, Re-Enlist seeks stories that are dark in tone, but not strictly horror tales. Give us fear, death, and the disturbing side of your characters’ natures, but be mindful of the restrictions listed below under “Hard Sells” and, especially, “What We Don’t Want.”

Payment: Payment is $10 per story, paid on acceptance (contract must be signed), via PayPal only; plus, one electronic and one print copy of the antho. (If you do not have a PayPal account, please do not submit your work.)

Right Purchased: – The non-exclusive right to collect the stories into an anthology, published in 2021 and sold thereafter. Re-Enlist may be included in book bundles with the other books in the series.

– The non-exclusive right to publish the story to the Pole to Pole Publishing Patreon blog (for patron’s eyes only), should we ever start a patreon.

General: Stories should be 3,000-5,000 words and meet the central theme of the anthology. Reprints currently available on line are not eligible. Preference is for stories that haven’t been published in at least a year. Older reprints will carry more weight than new ones. Author must possess the right to offer the story for submission.

Hard Sells:

Profane and vulgar language — because we market to both adult and YA readers. If we are interested in your story, we may ask you to edit profane and vulgar language as a condition of publication.

First Person and Present Tense. We’ve published both: when the stories were very, very good. We want to let you know up front that we’re going to reject this most of the time. It’s just not our preference.

Excessive Gore and/or violence. Blood and guts are fine—as long as they’re part of the story and not the story itself.

Sex. See above about marketing to a wider audience.

What We Don’t Want:

No rape, torture, etc. of children. No animal abuse. No stories with characters from a copyrighted world that belongs to someone else. No Poetry. Only one story from each author will be considered.


No tabs. Please format the document with a first line indent.

Curly quotes, please—no straight quotes.

If you’re not sure if your story is suitable, don’t query; just go ahead and submit and let our editors decide.

Deadline: May 31, 2021 or until filled. Be aware that all of our anthologies have filled before the deadline, so please don’t wait until the last minute to submit.

B Cubed Press is pleased to announce an open call for The Protest Diaries

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Deadline: March 1,  2021 3AM


2020 is not the first year of protests. The American Revolution started with protests. India used protest to free themselves from British rule. I could go on, the protestant reformation, the storming of the Bastille. Protests seldom feel like the birth of freedom and a new era at the time. At the time, it is anger, resentment, and a fundamental need for change.

But the past four years have re-introduced America to the protest, whether in the name of the BLM movement, the Pussy Hats, even the Back the Blue rallies. No political ideology has a lock on protests.

This book will explore protests with stories, essays and poems. We want to see the people, the protest, the issues that make this something that puts people on the streets. When we read your story, poem, or essay, we want to know what makes it necessary to take to the streets.

So be prepared to look hard at this topic, its rituals, its layers. We don’t want just the darkness. B Cubed publishes satire, humor and laugh out loud. These stories define us, so don’t be afraid to bring it. Laughter is part of our humanity.

This book will be edited by Nathan Ockerman and Vanessa Cozza

And don’t be afraid to reach. Past present and future are all within the scope of what we will consider stories for.

Story length for our books average about 2200 words but have ranged from 100 to 7500 words. However, we only use one or two stories over 5,000 words and our advice is to keep it under 5K, unless we communicate in advance. Reprints are accepted, but we hold them to a higher standard and limit them in number.

Pays $.02 a word upon publication, plus a share of the profits. As always a share will go to charity, usually ACLU, but that can be changed to something else by agreement with all the contributors. Collaborations will earn 1 share to be split between contributors.

Submissions should adhere to SFWA formatting guidelines It’s always good to make an editor happy.

For the first time we are using Moksha, submissions are accepted at

Should you have any questions, please contact Bob at

Submissions should adhere to SFWA formatting guidelines It’s always good to make an editor happy.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Write for Alien Dimensions

Deadline: May 31, 2021

Send to

Submissions are now open for the July 2021 release of Alien Dimensions – Space Fiction Short Stories #20. Submissions Deadline is 31st May 2021. Submissions will be read in June 2021.

Read further for what stories I’m now looking for. Lots of detail below so that it saves us both time, and there’s less chance of a rejection!

In summary: 

3,500-4,500 words only. “Set it in space, in the far future, and include some friendly non-humanoid aliens helping to solve a pseudo-scientific problem. More cerebral than stomach! Space Fiction! Written in the restrictive third person.” US$10 flat rate.

Rights retained for 2 years. First year – exclusive. Second year – non-exclusive. After 2 years, full-rights return to the author, and the Alien Dimensions issue it is in is removed from sale.

Detailed Submission Guidelines

Things to include:
  • 3,500 to 4,500 words – okay to go over but it’s still US$10 so…
  • Fast-paced
  • At least one great idea
  • Preferably written in the third person (or if you prefer first person writing, do a lot of head jumping, and include lots of dialogue)
  • Set in the future, at least 100 years hence. Happier with 1000 years hence. Let’s avoid 20th/21st century baggage and just tell an original story
  • Some kind of non-humanoid aliens present, usually friendly
  • More alien worlds, more non-humanoid characters. E.G.: intellectual bacteria, plants with tentacles, a conscious galaxy, or some other not even vaguely humanoid creature / energy being. Do your best to create something non-anthropomorphic
  • End on a positive note (aim for it, but if it is impossible, I’ll still consider it, if the story is good)
  • PG 13. No sex, swearing, obvious LGBTQI+ themes, unless the entire story will fall apart without it. It’s a short story so please don’t bother with a romance or endless character development, or detailed descriptions of what the characters look like.
  • Must be original. No using copyright characters or established series. 
  • Must never have been published before by another publisher. As Alien Dimensions will be submitted to Amazon Kindle for approval, if Amazon’s A.I. detects something that’s already been published in a different way, Alien Dimensions might get blocked from publication
  • A lot of dialogue between characters that move the story forward. Set in the now. (A short story doesn’t have time for prologues or too much backstory. Save those for your novels!)
  • Short scenes. Change the location or the situation as quickly as possible. Don’t get stuck in one place for more than a few sentences
  • Docx preferred.

And I’m also looking for a high level of grammar, vocabulary, intelligent dialogue and general creative writing ability.

Things to avoid:
  • Derivative works referring to religious texts. Let’s not be too serious
  • Works that pretend to be set in an alien world but feature obviously contemporary human situations with just the names, descriptions and years changed to sound more alien and futuristic.
  • Narration stories where there is no dialogue, and one character just tells a story from beginning to end
  • ‘Journey’ stories. If characters need to get from A to B, please invent some sort of science to get them there in seconds. Save journeys for long novels. Short stories should be about focusing on the complicated situations characters find themselves in, and how they are (if they can be) resolved, rather than describing each step they take between A and B. If your characters must change location a lot, invent some device to get them there in seconds, and to skip five paragraphs of descriptive journey text! 
  • Court room scenes or boxing scenes! Courts have only existed for 800 years in western culture. Don’t expect them to be around in a 1000.
  • Terms like ‘stargate’ (Stargate) or ‘warp drive’ (Star Trek), or ‘time vortex’ (Doctor Who), or ‘the force’ (Star Wars). ‘A.I.’ and ‘hyperspace’ are okay as they’re common terms throughout all SF.
  • Dystopias. Alien Dimensions is a predominantly positive series about the future.
  • Pop culture references. It is unlikely characters years in the future would know anything about the present. Readers love to become immersed in a story and feel like they are there, watching things unfold. Pop culture references that wouldn’t fit the reality throw them out of their immersion. They also age the story. Best avoided unless a section of the story is somehow set in 2021, or one of your characters is an immortal human.
  • Fantasy. Alien Dimensions is no longer looking for any fantasy-style stories. 

Please read some of the more science and dialogue-driven stories from Alien Dimensions to get a feel for what I’m looking for before submitting, and to support the ebook series so that I can buy more stories!

Additional Notes

Hi. I’m Neil A. Hogan and I’m the editor of Alien Dimensions. There is just me behind the scenes, so apologies if there is a delay in replying somewhere down the track. I’ve recently changed the release period for Alien Dimensions, which means I’ll just reply to your emails after each reading day. This will allow me time to focus on my own novel writing.

I’ve read online that some decades-old publications get between 700 and 1000 submissions a month. These publications tend to ask for more contemporary stories, or contemporary style human drama set in a slightly SF environment. While writing something is always hard, encouraging writers to tap into their experience and focus on the beauty of the word, rather than asking them to come up with a completely alien world that blows your mind, really doesn’t appeal to me that much. Sorry about that. Think pulp fiction and space opera, not literary fiction. That’s why I created Alien Dimensions. The goal is to release stories with mind-numbing ideas, brain expanding concepts, or just to get a reader to say WTF? There isn’t enough SF out there that really makes you think about the universe, so, that’s what I’m looking for – something that at least includes SOME hard science or high-tech science, and preferably some hard-to-comprehend aliens.

(If you’re not sure what hard science fiction is, check out Timelike Infinity by Stephen Baxter or Eon, Eternity, and Legacy by Greg Bear.)

Even so, if you can write a decent story, at least touching on some real science, you’ll get my attention. (I’d rather learn it through reading SF than try to get my head around it in a course!) If you write something that is non-anthropomorphic, or xenofictional, I’ll be shouting for joy!

If you’re stuck for a science idea to get you started, I recommend installing the app Science News from AppsForNexus. Google Play link here: Science News Daily It aggregates science news from a variety of sources.

About Alien Dimensions

Alien Dimensions is a not-for-profit science fiction publication with a focus on independent authors from around the world, open to submissions from anyone, anywhere from any walk of life. So, you may find a mix of English grammar and spelling from the UK, Australia and the USA, as well as region specific mother tongue influences on sentence construction and punctuation usage. I don’t/wouldn’t want to destroy some of the subtle flavours / flavors / tastes that someone has/had added to their work so I’ll only change/be changing major/noticeable grammar problems where/if possible. English teachers beware!

I’m always on the lookout for new hard space fiction stories. I also feel that we’ll be in contact with intelligent aliens within the next 10 years, and this will reshape the future of humanity. As soon as the human race makes contact with aliens, every story ever written that doesn’t contain aliens would seem a bit outdated. It would be like watching old episodes of Alien Nation or Buffy without seeing a mobile phone.

So, please make sure there are some aliens in your story. Even better if your story is written from the aliens’ perspective.

If you’ve written a space fiction story that you’ve had rejected, worked on to improve, sent it to someone else, but then been rejected again and given up on, perhaps you could submit that to me? I might reject it too, but I’m looking for great ideas. If the ideas are great and teaches readers something, but the story just needs a little tweaking, I might be able to help you rewrite it to make it work. (You’ll get the credit, of course!)

If you write in the style of Robert A. Heinlein, Greg Bear, Isaac Asimov, Poul Anderson, Clifford D Simak, Arthur C. Clarke, Larry Niven, Stephen Baxter, Piers Anthony, Cixin Liu or Paul Cornell, and like to research your subject matter before writing, you might have what I’m looking for.

I’ll consider your story and, if it is suitable, offer you a flat rate of US$10.00 (ten dollars) for it, paid by Paypal. Contract example here. (Previous writers, please note new terms) Minimum 3500 words, maximum 4,500 words. If I suddenly get over 400 sales a month for several months, the rate will be reviewed, so please tell your friends about Alien Dimensions!

There are hundreds of publications you can submit to out there. But, if you’re not accepted, most just have time for a short message like ‘I’m sorry but we are unable to accept your story for publication at this time.’ There isn’t much detail about what they want, and they don’t have time to give you much detail why they didn’t accept your story. So, to make up for that, please closely follow the list of things I’m looking for, and the list of things I’m not (above). That way, you can save yourself some time! Even so, as mentioned previously, if your story has some great ideas, I might ignore one or two of the ‘nots’ to let it through.

If you have a story that you think fits the above, and you’re happy for me to use it for US$10, send it to as a Word .doc or .docx

If possible, please reformat your story to make it easier for me to read by following William Shunn’s Guide to Proper Manuscript Format (Mainly because I don’t have a submission tracking system. And also, well, it means you’re serious. You’ve probably already got that template set up on your computer and use it all the time.)

Of course, I know US$10 isn’t much in some countries, but it is a way to get something back from a story that you might have given up on, and it gets your name out there. If I ever sell more than 400 copies per issue a month, I’ll be able to cover costs and consider increasing that rate.(Publishing Alien Dimensions is a labor of love, and supported out of my own pocket and any money that comes back from sales, less costs and advertising. Completely non-profit.)

Happy to read your story if you’re a new writer and you think your writing is as good as, if not better than, the writers that have already written for Alien Dimensions. So, if you’ve never submitted before, give it a go!

Looking forward to reading your writing

Neil A. Hogan

Dark Carnival submissions

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Deadline: March 10, 2021

Step right up, folks, to a show, unlike anything you've ever seen before. Circus terrors and frights, sure to delight. Here at Dark Carnival, we've got it all. Freaks and clowns, screams and laughter and always, a healthy side of the macabre. So, come one, come all and join us, if you dare.

Must be clean and edited to the best of your ability
Submissions cannot be published elsewhere.
Simultaneous submissions okay (but please let us know if yours is accepted elsewhere)
3000-8000 words

Submissions must be 12 pt. Times New Roman font, double spaced with special first-line indentation of 0.5"

Submissions must be in .Docx or .Doc format with 1" margins all around

No bestiality or child abuse, please. We will not be accepting graphic sexual scenes however use your discretion on what fits the story.

Submissions to be sent to with the name of the anthology in the subject line

Publication and Payment

Submissions closed March 10th

Announcements on accepted stories to be sent by April 1 2021, a memorandum to be sent for signing at this time

May 1st 2021 planned release date

A one-time payment of $10 plus author copy per acceptance

Additional author copies available at cost

Minimum of 8, max of 15 stories

Sunday, February 21, 2021

CONSEQUENCE seeks work

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Deadline:  May 1, 2021

Submit via Submittable

CONSEQUENCE is an independent, non-profit journal, and a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that publishes new content online throughout each month and a bi-annual periodical. We are interested in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, reviews, visual art, and translations focused on the effects and realities of war and geopolitical violence. Each submission may be accepted for print and/or online publication. We’re pleased to announce we now compensate writers for their work.

We no longer accept mailed or emailed submissions. Submitters whose work is accepted for online publication will be expected to provide a photo to illustrate the work.

Fiction: Short story (up to 5,000 words), Flash (up tp 3 pieces or 1000 words), and Excerpts (up to 5,000 words)

Nonfiction: Interviews, Reviews, Essays, and Narrative Nonfiction (all up to 5,000 words)

Poetry: Up to 5 poems (please label the file with the number of poems, e.g. “Three_Poems”)

Visual Art: Artwork, Graphic Narratives, Video Essays, and Photo Essays

Translations: Accepted if the author’s permission has been granted

We do not consider work previously published in English. Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but if your work is accepted elsewhere, please let us know immediately.

Epoch Magazine now considering submissions

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Deadline: April 15, 2021

EPOCH magazine publishes fiction, poetry, essays, cartoons, screenplays, graphic art, and graphic fiction. In continuous publication since 1947, the magazine is edited by faculty in the Department of English Program in Creative Writing at Cornell University. EPOCH appears three times per year: in September, January, and May. 


We consider only work that is previously unpublished. We do not accept electronic submissions or simultaneous submissions.

Reading Period

We read work submitted by literary agencies year-round. We read unsolicited work between 15 September and 15 April of each academic year. Work submitted outside our reading period is returned unread.


We consider submissions by mail only (see address at the bottom of this page). All submissions should include an SASE. Submissions without SASE are recycled without notification to the author. Submissions should be addressed to the appropriate editor: e.g. Fiction Editor, Poetry Editor, Essay Editor. Screenplays, cartoons, graphic art, and graphic fiction should be so labeled on the envelope.

For poetry, submit no more than five poems in one envelope. We consider poetry in all forms, including the long poem. For fiction, submit no more than one story per envelope and no more than three short short stories per envelope. We consider fiction in all forms, short short to novella length. We do not publish literary criticism or book reviews. You may make more than one submission at a time in either fiction or poetry, but each submission must be in a separate envelope. Submissions of graphic art, graphic fiction, and cartoons should be as pdf on disk; the editors assume no responsibility for the safe return of such submissions, so, please, retain copies of this kind of work.

Please include your street address, e-mail address, and phone number on your submission. We normally respond in six to ten weeks, a bit longer for submissions received during the Thanksgiving to New Years holiday season. We ask that you do not query about a submission until after three months have passed.

Our payments vary from year to year depending on our funding. We presently pay a minimum of $50 per poem. We pay a maximum of $150 per story, more for fiction submitted by literary agencies and for long stories and novellas.


EPOCH magazine
251 Goldwin Smith Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-3201

Phone: 607-255-3385