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Saturday, December 5, 2020

Modern Poetry in Translation is open for general submissions

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Deadline: December 31, 2020

A few reminders: We only publish translations of poetry (and not original English-language poetry) and the translations must be previously unpublished. We welcome work from any age, but we have a preference for contemporary work.

You are welcome to send submissions of up to six poems. You must be able to obtain rights for the reproduction of these translations both in MPT and online on our site. We pay a fee to our contributors.

By submitting your work to MPT you give us permission to add your email address to the MPT Newsletter, which will keep you up to date with future open calls, as well as events and new issues.

Before submitting to MPT please ensure you are familiar with the work we publish.

If you like the work we do, we strongly encourage you to support the magazine by taking out a subscription. An annual subscription to MPT is only £23. The support of our readers makes MPT's work possible.

great weather for MEDIA seeks poetry for our annual print anthology.

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Deadline: January 15, 2021

Our focus is on edgy, fearless, and experimental subject matter and styles. We highly recommend reading one of our previous collections to see the type of work we are interested in and the design of our books. Our latest anthology is Escape Wheel. Let us know in your cover letter how you found us and what you like about us. We are based in New York City and welcome submissions from both national and international writers.

https://www.greatweatherformedia.com/books

Surprise us with your fearless best!

We do not consider previously published work, whether print or online. This includes limited edition chapbooks and personal blogs.

1-4 poems of any length. If you are submitting more than one poem, include them all in a single document. Do not submit multiple poems in separate files. Single-spaced please, or how it should appear on the printed page. Start each poem on a new page.

If your work appears in our most recent anthology, please wait a year before submitting again in any genre.

Please submit only once in each genre (poetry / prose) and do not submit again until you have received a response.

Simultaneous submissions are fine - just notify us with your good news immediately. If you wish to withdraw individual pieces from consideration, click on the title of your submission, click on Active, and add a note listing the title(s) to be withdrawn. If you need to withdraw your entire submission, please use the Withdraw button.

Please don't send revisions. You can always add a note to your submissions if there is something you need to let us know about.

Payment: One contributor copy, plus $10 for writers based in USA. To help with shipping costs, international writers receive one copy.

We aim to respond in 1-4 months. If you have not heard from us after five months, please email editors@greatweatherformedia.com

Copyright: great weather for MEDIA holds first serial rights for material that we publish. The copyright automatically reverts to the author upon publication. All work may be permanently archived online. We ask that great weather for MEDIA be acknowledged in any subsequent publication of the work.

Friday, December 4, 2020

Workers Write! seeks submissions

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Deadline: December 31, 2020

Issue seventeen of Workers Write! will contain stories and poems from workers heading for retirement or being layed off or RIF'ed. (Reduction In Force.)

Drop us a line if you have a question.

The deadline for submissions is
Dec. 31, 2020 (or until the issue is full).

Submit your stories via e-mail to: submission@workerswritejournal.com, or send a hard copy to:

Blue Cubicle Press
P.O. Box 250382
Plano, TX 75025-0382

Word count: 500 to 5,000 words (for stories; no word limitations for poetry)
Payment: Between $5 and $50 (depending on length and rights requested). We will consider previously published material.

FIYAH seeks short fiction and poetry

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Deadline: December 31, 2020


FIYAH is a quarterly speculative fiction magazine that features stories by and about Black people of the African Diaspora. This definition is globally inclusive (Black anywhere in the world) and also applies to mixed/biracial and Afro-appended people regardless of gender identity or orientation. 

We accept submissions of short fiction 2,000 – 7,000 words, novelettes up to 15,000 words, and poetry with speculative elements. 

January and April 2021: UNTHEMED | Window open Sept 1, 2020 – Dec 31, 2020

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Perpetual Motion Machine seeks stories

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Deadline: December 31, 2020

Long-time fans of Perpetual Motion Machine know we have released two critically acclaimed anthologies titled Lost Signals and Lost Films. These anthologies have featured fiction from folks like Josh Malerman, Brian Evenson, Kristi DeMeester, Gemma Files, Damien Angelica Walters, and so on…

One thing we’ve been asked about the most, probably, is when are we going to complete the trilogy of these…LOST anthologies. And…well, it’s pretty obvious by now, but we intend on completing the trilogy in 2021. But we need help.

Which is why, beginning right now, we are officially open for story submissions for a brand-new anthology called…LOST CONTACT.

Now, what does LOST CONTACT mean? I guess that depends on what the word CONTACT means to you. To lose contact…does that bring to mind something physical, something intangible? Does it give you a sense of isolation? Does it bring to mind…aliens, maybe? Being stranded? LOST? I think, in the times we live in right now, the phrase “LOST CONTACT” might mean a whole heck of a lot to all of us, and we want to see what you make of it. We’re keeping the theme vague here. We’re excited to see how writers interpret it. There are so many ways you can explore “LOST CONTACT”. Go wild with it.

And, since this is the final entry of our LOST trilogy — Lost Signals and Lost Films being the previous two entries — it would be to your benefit to include TECHNOLOGY of some kind in the submission you write, whatever that might mean to you. The stories need to be deeply rooted in the horror genre, but if it also contains flavors of weird science fiction, that would be pretty fuckin’ radical. (We highly recommend checking out the previous two volumes to get a sense of what we’re looking to publish.)

Interested? Great! Here are the rest of the guidelines:

Lost Contact
an anthology edited by Max Booth III and Lori Michelle

Deadline: December 31, 2020
Word count: 1,000 – 7,000
Payment: $0.05 per word
Simultaneous submissions: Yes
Multiple submissions: No
Reprints: No

Email all submissions to lostcontactanthology@gmail.com with “STORY TITLE_LAST NAME_WORD COUNT” in the subject line.

Oh, and please–for the love of god–spare us your terrible contact lens puns. You are not clever. Your mother lied to you. Don’t do it.

Thanks! That’s it. Now go write some groovy horror fiction!

Heron Tree seeks poetry

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Deadline: January 15, 2021

Heron Tree volume 8 will be dedicated to found poems composed from public domain sources. Between 1 September 2020 and 15 January 2021 we will be accepting submissions in the following categories:

– Found poems crafted from any source material(s) in the public domain in the United States. Many things that are public are not public domain: see here for more information about what counts, but, in general, works published before 1925 are in the public domain.

– Found poems created from How to Keep Bees (1905), a handbook by Anna Botsford Comstock.

– Found poems fashioned from public domain sonnets other than Shakespeare’s; Shakespeare’s sonnets have (understandably!) received a fair amount of attention from found poetry practitioners, and we invite you to engage other poems from the sonnet tradition.

We encourage you to read some collections of found poems that we have published in the past: Found in the Public Domain and the pamphlets Songs, From the Blue Fairy, and Of Climates & Continents.

More information:

– We are interested in any and all approaches to found poetry construction and erased or remixed texts.

– Poems that are not created using materials in the public domain in the United States will not be considered for publication in this submission round.

– Send up to 7 poems with a cover letter to submit.herontree@gmail.com. It’s alright to submit poems for more than one of the above categories, but you should not submit more than 7 total.

– In your email cover letter please include a list of your poems’ titles.

– The poems should be attached in a single doc, docx, or pdf file. If your pieces are better viewed as digital images, insert them as jpegs within a single doc, docx, or pdf file. Please do not use headers or footers.

– In the same file as the poems be sure to identify your source(s) for each poem and briefly explain your process of composition. What were your source materials and what did you do with them to yield each poem?

– All submissions will be read blind, so do not include your name in the file with the poems.

– Simultaneous submissions are welcome with timely notification of acceptance elsewhere.

– Poems that have previously appeared online (temporarily or permanently, on your own or a third-party site) should not be submitted, nor should work that has already been published electronically or in print.

– Once you send your submission, you’ll receive an automatic email reply. If you don’t receive the reply, please check your spam folder and add Heron Tree to your contacts to ensure that you receive future communications about your submission.

– Submissions will be read on a rolling basis.

– You are welcome to submit more than once per submission period, but please do not send a new submission until you have heard from us about your first one.

– If your work is accepted by Heron Tree, you agree to grant us exclusive first publication rights and the non-exclusive right to include your work in the volume 8 collection and our online archives. You agree that if your poem subsequently appears elsewhere you will credit Heron Tree as the original publisher.

– Accepted poems will be published weekly on the Heron Tree website starting in January 2021 and will be included in a free, downloadable PDF volume available later in 2021.

For the sake of complete transparency: Heron Tree does not charge a fee for submitting nor provide payment for publication.

These guidelines are subject to change.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

GROOVY GUMSHOES Private Eyes in the Psychedelic Sixties

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Deadline: December 31, 2020

The Sixties were a time of great cultural upheaval, when long-established social norms were challenged and everything changed: from music to fashion to social mores. And the Leave it to Beaver households in Middle America didn’t know what to make of it all.

In the midst of all this cultural upheaval, private eyes tried to understand and bridge the generational divide while providing their clients with legal and extra-legal detecting services.

From old-school private eyes with their flat-tops, off-the-rack suits, and well-worn brogues to the new breed of private eyes with shoulder-length hair, bell-bottoms, and hemp sandals, the shamuses in Groovy Gumshoes will send readers on a rollicking romp through the Sixties.

All, or a significant portion, of each story must be set during the 1960s. The ideal submission will be approximately 5,000 words—less than 3,000 is likely too short, more than 7,000 is likely too long. Originals only. No reprints.

Additionally, stories that incorporate historical events (the Altamont Free Concert, the Kent State shootings, the Stonewall Riot, the Delano Grape Strike, the Selma to Montgomery marches, the March on the Pentagon, the 1968 Democratic Convention riots, to name but a few possibilities) and stories with a diverse cast of characters will be considered favorably.

Groovy Gumshoes is scheduled for release spring 2022.

Submissions: Use standard manuscript format. Include name, address, telephone number, and email address on the manuscript. Save as a Word document (.doc preferred) and send as an attachment to Submissions@CrimeFictionWriter.com.

Deadline: Submissions open November 1-December 31, 2020. No early submissions. Though rejections may occur at any point during the process, do not expect acceptance decisions until late February 2021.

Payment: A pro-rata share of royalties.

The Dribble Drabble Review seeks work

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Deadline: March 31, 2021 Midnight CST

Submissions for the Spring 2021 Issue of the new Dribble Drabble Review are now open. This carefully curated, biannual (Spring and Fall), online literary journal is proving to be a major player in today's big push reegarding all things little-ature. A solid group of international writers have already responded. Still, we remain open to ongoing submissions of exceptional quality. Note: we are not accepting virus-themed pieces.

Dribbles should be written at exactly 50 words with Drabbles written at exactly 100 words (not including titles). Send your original, unpublished entries to the editor via the contact tab provided; send up to five entries in each category, double spaced, using 12 point Helvetica (or something close), with your name and brief bio (all in the body of your email). Submit prose, poetry, or prose poetry for that matter! Deadline: midnight, CST, on March 31, 2021. Entrants will be notified of acceptance no later than April 10; regrettably, only accepted submissions will be notified due to the sheer number of entries. Too, entrants agree that submission in and of itself will serve as an author's permission to publish.

Simultaneous entries are permissible, but notify us if your piece is selected elsewhere in order to pull it from our pool of prospects. We reserve exclusive first publication rights reverting back to the author upon production of the next sequential edition of TDDR. Too, we do require, upon ensuing printings, that TDDR be indicated as your piece's original publisher.

We will do our best to accommodate special formatting, while we also reserve the right to edit upon need. Note: in forms as short as these, we do encourafe active / present tense, but it is not a mandate. This is a non-monetary opportunity; but, there is also no cost to enter. Compensation will consist of supporting our writers with quality presentations of their work, a strong artistic community, and individual promotion.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Dead Fish Books seeks stories

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Deadline: December 31, 2020

I hereby announce that submissions are open for our very first anthology, Universe of Attractions! We are looking for Fantasy/Science Fiction/Speculative stories featuring a cross-species romance. Elves may be the champions of interspecies romance, but what about the others? What are some mythological races that usually are passed by? How do Venusians show their love? Do Alpha Centaurians get starstruck? Romance must be an essential part of the story, not just sprinkled on top, and the romance must contribute to character development. And because we are an all-inclusive press, you are not limited to any specific orientations. We’re not looking for hard porn, but sexual intercourse is allowed. You should keep the striptease rule in mind—the more you leave to the imagination, the better. And if you mention body parts, do know where those body parts are! Inaccurate anatomy will get your story rejected.

Length: the target range is between 2000-7500 words. We will consider works outside this, but they will be a harder sell.

Deadline: December 31, 2020. Target date for publication is June 2021.

Pay: $5, with a share of royalties after expenses are met. Payments will be made by Paypal, and will be sent upon receipt of a signed contract.

Guidelines: Failure to follow guidelines will get your story rejected, but you may resubmit if you correct your mistakes.

1) Submit your story as an *.rtf file attached to your cover letter.

2) One-inch margins, double-spaced text.

3) NO TABS! Use the paragraph formatting tool to indent the paragraphs, and use CENTER to place your section dividers.

4) NO page numbers or other headers or footers on the pages!

5) Mark your italics with an underscore before and after the italics.

6) On the first page, in the upper left hand corner, put your legal name, address, and email.

7) Below the title, put the name that you want the story to appear under. Use either your real name or a pen name.

8) On the subject line of the email, write “Universe of Attractions:(your title)(your last name)

9) In the cover letter, write the name, the approximate word count, if this is previously unpublished or a reprint, and tell us anything you want us to know.

10) Email to submissions@deadfishbooks.com

11) No multiple submissions. Please submit only one story at a time. If we reject your story, you may send another. Stories returned for submission errors may be resubmitted when those are corrected. Stories returned with a request for a rewrite may be resubmitted.

12) Final decisions will be made after the deadline.

13) Editors decisions are FINAL. Arguing with us will not get your story published, but it will get us pissed at you.

14) Address any questions to Helen@deadfishbooks.com.

15) At the bottom of your cover letter, before your signature, write, “There are no green M&Ms in this manuscript.” Put this in even if there are green M&M’s in your manuscript.


Theme and guidelines will be published here and in our newsletter. (Sign up by sending us an email, see contact page for current email.) Please follow all guidelines, even the silly one, or your work will be rejected regardless of quality.

Poetry Nation Poetry Contest

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Deadline: December 31, 2020

This is a free contest. No entry fee is required. The main contest is held twice a year. Contest dates are January 1 – June 30 and July 1 – December 31. For each contest, we receive between 20,000 – 25,000 poems. Only 65% of these poems will advance to the semi-final round.

At the conclusion of each contest, our editorial staff convenes and begins the monumental task of the final round of judging. Please understand, the judging of this contest is just as important to us as it is to you. We read every single semi-finalist poem, sometimes even two or three times. With roughly 15,000 poems to go through, our editors certainly have their work cut out for them! It takes approximately 8–10 weeks to produce the final results.

All winners will receive a letter and their prize via regular mail. The first place winner will be contacted by phone or emailed and asked to call our office to verify their identity before their prize is mailed. As soon as the complete list of winners is drawn up, it will be posted on the home page. The poetry contest is held twice per year. Contest dates are January 1 – June 30, July 1 – December 31.

POETRY CONTEST RULES
  • Poet information must pass Google API and address verification.
  • Poetry can be written in any poetic style and on any subject.
  • A poem in its entirety must be an original work by the person entering the contest.
  • Plagiarism is a serious offense with serious consequences.
  • Only one poem per person, per household is allowed.
  • Poet must be at least thirteen years of age.
  • Any entry containing cliché, overused phrases will not be accepted. Examples:
  • Roses are red
  • I love you
  • All work and no play
  • Time after time
  • All poems must be written in English.
  • Contest entries must be at least 3 but cannot exceed 26 lines (including stanza breaks) and cannot exceed 55 characters per line (including spaces between words). Any submission that exceeds these limits will be automatically disqualified. The poem title does not count as a line.
  • Do not double-space.
  • Poem must adhere to basic rules of capitalization:
  • Do not type poem in all capital letters.
  • Do not capitalize the first letter of every word.
  • Only capitalize words that are proper (i.e. names and places).
  • The first word of each line may be capitalized if it is done consistently throughout.
  • Do not use “texting” lingo. Properly spell out all words and numbers.
  • Poems containing language that is vulgar, offensive, or wholly inappropriate will not be accepted.
  • To ensure proper lineation, please use the “Enter” key to start a new line, indicating all intentional line breaks.
  • Do not include your name or any other information at the end of your poem.
PRIZES

Both contests award one first place prize of $2,000.00 and a first prize wall plaque ($100.00 value); twenty second place prizes of $100.00 each and a second place wall plaque ($75.00 value); one hundred third place winners of a third place wall plaque and $25 gift certificate redeemable towards any Poetry Nation or Eber & Wein Publishing product ($75.00 value). Sixty to seventy percent of all entries become semi-finalists and receive a certificate of participation suitable for framing.

ELIGIBILITY

The contest is open to anyone age thirteen and up who writes poetry.

JUDGING PROCESS

Contest entries are judged based on poetic technique, effectiveness, style, and creativity. See our rating system guidelines under Ratings.

PUBLICATION

Contestants who reach the semi-finalist stage of the contest will be given the opportunity to be featured in a poetry anthology. Even poems disqualified from the contest may still be eligible for publication. There is no purchase required to be included in this anthology. There will be no royalties paid to contributors of anthologies. There is a contributor’s discount of $20.00 for pre-publication orders. We only publish one poem per household per anthology. By submitting a poem to our contest, you accept that your poem will appear online and in print. We reserve the right to not publish a poem for any reason.

COPYRIGHT

All publications are copyrighted with the U.S. Library of Congress as compilations. All individual poetry remains the property of the author.

Monday, November 30, 2020

Eye to the Telescope seeks speculative poetry

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Deadline: December 15, 2020

Travel. The adventure. The boredom. The excitement. The fear. Travel is all of these things, and more; whether you're travelling internally or externally, Eye to the Telescope wants to know your experience, your view of beings/worlds “in motion.” Dive in. Pull out the beautiful banal, the inanity, the life-changing, the horror. Take us somewhere we have never been. Or have always been, but thought we weren’t really there. Or anywhere.

What I Want or Don’t Want

I particularly enjoy genre-bending and pushing of form/function.

That being said, non-traditional and hybrid forms are very welcome! or audio—.mp3 is best. Would love image or image/word hybrid—.jpg please! Video possible, not highly preferred, but will consider; conceptual here over literal, though open to literal with poetic intent. Column/table-format poems great. Would really love to see more math/science-based works. Query first if considering submitting an unusual format. Themed subject matter open; consensual erotica fine.

No perpetuation of stereotypes or hates, or anything harmful; no rape, incest, noncensensual BDSM, torture, child molestation, animal molestation, earth molestation, bigotry, racism, intolerance, etc.

Submission Guidelines

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS
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 ettt39@sfpoetry.com with the subject line “ETTT sub:” followed by the poet’s name.
Include a short bio.
Deadline: December 15. The issue will appear on January 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.):

timjonesbooks.co.nz/2009/02/08/what-is-science-fiction-poetry-part-1-definition/

.timjonesbooks.co.nz/2009/02/15/what-is-science-fiction-poetry-part-2-history/

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

As the SFPA says on its website at sfpoetry.com, “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.

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Interested in editing an issue of Eye to the Telescope? See the Editors’ Guidelines for information and requirements.

Air and Nothingness Press seeks short stories

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Deadline: February 28, 2021

We are seeking stories for an anthology

to be published in the Spring/Summer of 2021 by the Air and Nothingness Press.

Theme: The Wild Hunt - New stories of the Wild Hunt incorporating its diverse mythology and drama.

Stories may be of any genre as long as they fit within the idea of the Wild Hunt. We are open to Grimdark, New Weird, Science Fiction, Fantasy and genre bending/ breaking.

All stories are requested to be between 1000 and 3000 words in length.

How to submit: Email your story to info@aanpress.com (Submissions open July 1, 2020 and close
February 28, 2021)

Compensation: Our pay rate is 8 cents a word. Anthology authors will receive one print copy of the anthology, plus wholesale pricing for additional print copies (40% off the retail price).

Rights: AaNPress purchases North American serial rights for one year from the date of publication. All subsidiary rights released upon publication.

Submissions: New authors are as welcome as established writers.

AaNPress does not accept reprints, multiple submissions, or simultaneous submissions. We will consider mature content only if we like the story and find the mature content to be integral to it.

Manuscript Format: Please use the industry standard manuscript format - .doc or .docx (MS Word),
.rtf (Rich Text Format). Please also send a
one paragraph biography.

Editorial Process: AaNPress will read submissions as they are received. If a story does not work for the anthology, we will reject it. If we think the story has potential but is not quite complete yet, we will request a rewrite. Stories that are accepted for the anthology will be held for publication. Regardless of the decision, you will receive email from us notifying you of our decision in a timely manner. Our final line-up will be chosen in the Spring of 2021 and all authors will be contacted with any copy edits or minor word change requests.

Response Time: Final decisions will be made by March 15, 2021.

Sunday, November 29, 2020

The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts seeks work

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Deadline: December 15, 2020

SUBMIT VIA SUBMITTABLE

The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts is looking for, as you might guess, "compressed creative arts." We accept fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, mixed media, visual arts, and even kitchen sinks, if they are compressed in some way. Work is published weekly, without labels, and the labels here only exist to help us determine its best readers.

Our response time is generally 1-3 days. Also, our acceptance rate is currently about 3% of submissions. We pay writers $50 per accepted piece and signed contract.

Submissions are now open. The current reading period is September 15, 2020 to December 15, 2020. The next reading period opens March 15, 2021 and closes June 15, 2021.

For the current reading period, we are looking for work from writers previously unpublished by Matter Press and its JOURNAL OF COMPRESSED CREATIVE ARTS. If you have been ever previously published by the Journal of Compressed Arts, please wait until the next reading period to submit: March 15, 2021 - June 15, 2021.

The first reader for your submission is, during this round of submissions, the managing editor. The "final reader" for the 2nd round of submissions is our official FINAL READER, Pietra Dunmore.

Please be sure to submit in the correct category; we've been receiving several fiction submissions in the creative nonfiction category.

For all submitters, we aren't as concerned with labels—hint fiction, prose poetry, micro fiction, flash fiction, and so on—as we are with what compression means to you. In other words, what form "compression" takes in each artist's work will be up to each individual. However, we don't publish erotica or work with strong, graphic sexual content.

In short, we want to fall in love with your work. That might happen in the way we've fallen in love with work we've previously published, or it might happen in a way we have yet to experience. Maybe reading that other work will help in knowing whether you should send your work to us, but in truth, such a thing might not be discoverable.

Here are things that matter:

  • Please do not include any contact information, including your name, in the manuscript. Do not include a cover letter as part of the manuscript document.
  • Please include, as part of your cover letter on Submittable, a brief bio.
  • Please no more than one submission of a single piece in each genre at a time. Please feel free to submit again after receiving a response.
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine with us, but please let us know if the submission has been accepted elsewhere. Failure to do will result in some facsimile of your face being put on the Matter dart board. And no one wants that.
  • Please format prose to be double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, in a Microsoft Word document. Poetry can be single-spaced.
  • If you've been previously published by The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, please wait a year before submitting again.

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.


Oyster River Pages seeks work

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Deadline: December 1, 2020

Oyster River Pages publishes fine fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, and visual art online. Submissions for our 2020 special issue, “Composite Dreams,” will be accepted and published on a rolling basis October 1–December 1, 2020. Please see the general guidelines below for each genre. (Work that is unfinished, unproofed, or noncompliant with the guidelines gives our editors existential angst.) Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please contact us immediately if your work is picked up elsewhere. We request first serial rights, after which all rights revert to the author or artist. For this special issue only, we will accept previously published work, provided you have the rights to republish it and you provide the original publication in which it appeared.

Composite Dreams is the first of an ongoing series of Oyster River Page’s efforts into implementing inclusion and diversity deeper into our mission as a magazine. The intention of this collection is to publish Black voices only, to be a space exclusively for and filled by Black writers and artists. We kindly ask that if you do not fit this category, to wait until our annual issue to submit your work. Please include a 60-word bio with your submission. To stay in touch with the latest happenings at ORP, subscribe to our mailing list below.

Fiction: Please submit one story up to 4,000 words in .docx format. All work should be double-spaced, and at least font size eleven.

Creative Non-Fiction: Please submit creative nonfiction pieces that are no longer than 4,000 words in .docx format. All work should be double-spaced and at least font size eleven.

Poetry: Please submit up to three poems in .docx format. Each poem should start on its own page. Otherwise, the spacing of the submission will remain as is in publication to preserve the integrity of the poem.

Visual Art: Please submit photography or other visual arts that are saved at 300 dpi or greater. We reserve the right to crop or edit submissions in order to fit in print or on our webpage.

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Green Inferno seeks short stories and flash fiction

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Deadline: November 30, 2020

A quarterly 120-page trade paperback anthology of original short comics and fiction centered around Terrestrial Horror: stories that take place on or involving our planet, often (but not always) with an environmental or ecological bent.

That is to say: not every story has to be Man v. Nature-- that would get old pretty quick!-- but Man v. Nature is a good germination point for what Green Inferno seeks to be, and it definitely falls under the umbrella.


What We’re Looking For:

Short Stories (8000 words or less) and Flash Fiction (1000 words or less).

How Do We Want to Scare You Today…?

-We love Weird Horror, atmosphere, dread, and slimy things.

-Splatterpunk or moody Gothic creepiness are both super keen.

-Throwback-y and uber-contemporary are equally great.

-Sci-Fi and Fantasy angles welcome, but please keep it Earthbound (terrestrial) for now.

-We like Horror comedy… sometimes. Everyone’s “funny” is different, but give it a shot!


For Fiction Submissions:

We are seeking Short Stories (8000 words or less) and Flash Fiction (1000 words or less).

Flash Fiction pays $25 plus 2 comp copies.

Short Fiction pays $.04/word plus 4 comp copies.


We buy the rights to publish in our print and digital anthology, and retain them for any subsequent reprint purposes of the original issue only.

No simultaneous submissions. No multiple submissions, please.

To Submit Fiction:

All submissions should follow proper manuscript format. Email to tenebrouspress@gmail.com. Attach submissions in .doc or rtf format— do not cut and paste into the body of email. Include any pertinent bio information, title of your piece, and word count in the body of your email. In the subject line of your email, please enter “FICTION SUBMISSION FOR GREEN INFERNO”.


***Submissions are open now through November 30, 2020.

***With your submission, please provide a brief answer to the question: In what way do you feel your piece relates to the sentiment, The World Celebrates Your Demise?

Dreaming in Fiction is open to short stories and flash fiction submissions

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We accept short stories and flash fiction from any genre and are looking to showcase new and emerging authors from around the globe. We love everything from horror to romance to mysteries and even re-imagined fairytales. Does your story struggle to fit in just one box? We love genre-blends too!

When you’re ready to submit, send one short story of no more than 3,000 words in the body of an email (no attachments, please) to dreaminginfictioneditor@gmail.com. For the subject line of the email, use the word “Submission” and your last name. Please, also make sure the email includes a short cover letter that states the story’s genre(s) and word count, a brief author bio (written in 3rd person) and the link to your website or blog (if you have one). We will do our best to respond to all submissions within one month of receiving them.

As an emerging publication, we can only offer support and exposure as payment for the time being. For previously unpublished stories, Dreaming in Fiction will retain First Publishing Rights and all other publishing rights will remain with the author.

One short story will be posted each Saturday. At the end of the month, links to each published short story will be added to the Archives page for easy access.

Reader's Digest 100 Word Stories Submissions

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Everybody has a story to share. What's yours? Send us a true story about you, in 100 words or fewer - if it's chosen by our editors for publication in our print magazine, you'll be paid $100 unless we specify otherwise in writing. We also may pick selected favorites to appear on our site at RD.com. For complete details, see submission guidelines below. Need inspiration? Enjoy our contest winners and our favorites from the column.

By submitting your story, you agree to the following:

Your story may be used by Reader's Digest and its licensees worldwide in all print and electronic media, now or hereafter existing, in any language, without time limitation. If published in the print edition of Reader's Digest magazine, you will be paid $100 unless we specify otherwise in writing. Your story may be edited for clarity. Following receipt of payment, you agree not to submit your story to other publications. You warrant that you are the sole owner of all the rights to the story and have the authority to grant the rights herein without restriction, that the story is your original work, and that the story does not infringe or violate any copyright, right of privacy or publicity, or any other right of any third party, or contain any matter that is libelous or otherwise in contravention of the law.

Contributions cannot be acknowledged or returned. It may also take some time for your submission to be considered; please don't inquire about the status of your submission - we'll be in touch if we select your material. Even selected items may not be published for six months or more.

We may run your item in any section of our magazine, or elsewhere. Our website Terms of Use also apply to your submission; in the event of any conflict between these Terms of Use and the above terms, the latter shall govern.

ONLINE SUBMISSION

Friday, November 27, 2020

Qwerty seeks work FOOD X IDENTITY

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Deadline: February 14, 2021


THE SUBMISSION PERIOD FOR ISSUE 43: FOOD X IDENTITY (SPRING-SUMMER 2021) IS NOW OPEN. We invite 2SQ+BIPOC artists to submit work on the theme of food and identity.

IMPORTANT: please note that Qwerty is a graduate student-run magazine at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, and work submitted between February and September 2020 may not be read and responded-to immediately.

We welcome and encourage submissions from Indigenous writers and artists, writers and artists of colour, writers and artists with disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ writers and artists, and writers and artists from other intersectional and under-represented communities. If you are comfortable identifying yourself as one or more of the above, please feel free to mention this in your cover letter.
What to send:

Our number one criterion, above all else, is mastery of craft. Though Qwerty has primarily published literary fiction and fine art, we have no qualms with publishing genre fiction that subverts convention, experimental work that inverts tradition in pursuit of innovative storytelling, or images that play on the senses in unusual ways.

So go ahead: send us your stories that tap into the lower depths of the public consciousness. And also send us your poems and photos about the zombie apocalypse. So long as it’s exemplary, we’d be delighted to feature your work in future issues of Qwerty.

Authors retain full copyright for works published in Qwerty.

Fiction/Creative Non-Fiction: previously unpublished fiction and creative non-fiction up to 5,000 words in length. Your submission must be double-spaced, in 12-point font. Please send only one story at a time.

Poetry: previously unpublished poetry in any style. You may submit up to 6 pages of poetry, single-spaced. Each poem should begin on a new page, and all poems should be in a single file.

Artwork and Photography: We accept up to 5 high-quality, unpublished prints per submission.

Reviews and Interviews: Please query us (qwertymagazine@gmail.com) about submitting reviews and interviews.

What happens next:

Qwerty is staffed entirely by volunteers, and response time usually varies between 6-12 months (see note above). If you need to withdraw a submission or part of a submission, please withdraw or add a note indicating so through your Submittable account. Please wait until you have received a reply to your first submission before submitting again, and please submit to only one genre at a time.

Contributors whose work is selected for publication are rewarded with a small honorarium (CDN $10) and, as of Fall-Winter 2019, two complimentary copies of the issue in which their work appears.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact qwertymagazine@gmail.com.

Full Bleed seeks submissions

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Deadline: January 10, 2021

Full Bleed, an annual journal of art and design, seeks submissions for its fifth issue, forthcoming in May 2021. We publish criticism, belle lettres, artwork, design, illustration, fiction, poetry, and graphic essays.

For Issue Five, we are especially interested in submissions on the theme of adaptation. In this time of accelerating change, we invite artists, designers, and writers to reflect on the various ways that ecological, technological, and social conditions have necessitated and will necessitate reinvention, hard resets, or new modes of coping, working, living, and thinking. How might art and design imagine, critique, or facilitate the adaptations that will surely be required of us--and of other creatures--in the years to come? How does this time compare to other periods of disruption? How do artists, designers, and creative people persevere? We welcome critical essays on art and artists concerned with ecological change, mass psychology, mental health, and personal, socio-economic, or political adaptations--those that have occurred in the past, and those yet to materialize. We also invite designers and educators to share socially inclusive innovations for the future, and ideas regarding the transmission of adaptation as a skill for coping with rapid change. Send us, too, your personal essays, poetry, and fiction about survival and somehow finding joy or comedy in the struggle to adapt to the changes afoot in our lives. 

In addition to essays and stories of up to 7000 words, Full Bleed publishes shorter, recurring columns of approximately 800 to 2000 words. These include "Close Looks", in which writers offer in-depth appreciations of individual artworks; "Design Futures", in which designers propose new ideas relevant to contemporary challenges facing their discipline; "Cities", which examines urban conditions, innovations, and tendencies; and “Studio Visit”, in which the writer visits with and interviews a contemporary artist or designer. 

Please submit previously unpublished work along with a brief biography and cover letter through this form by January 10, 2021. Keep in mind that we are an annual publication and will not be making final decisions about the content of issue 5 before February 2021. If your work is accepted elsewhere between now and then, please do let us know by writing to fullbleedjournal@gmail.com. 

Published annually by the Maryland Institute College of Art, Full Bleed is committed to cultivating aesthetic experience and progressive design while furthering understanding of contemporary conditions. We favor criticism that emanates personality and experiments with form. We encourage contrarian argument and ambitious critical essays on cultural phenomena that are of active concern to living artists and designers. Issues One (Migration), Two (Crisis), Three (Machines), and Four (Archive) are available at www.full-bleed.org.

Thursday, November 26, 2020

The Fiddlehead poetry contest

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Deadline: December 1, 2020

The Fiddlehead’s annual Poetry contest is open! $2000 CAD for Best Poem!

Good luck to all entrants. This year's contest deadline is Tuesday, December 1, 2020 (postmarked for mailed entries and 11:59 pm Atlantic Standard Time for Submittable entries). Our judges for this year's contest will be announced soon!

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The Fiddlehead is open to good writing in English or translations into English from all over the world and in a variety of styles, including experimental genres. Our editors are always happy to see new unsolicited works in fiction, including excerpts from novels, creative nonfiction, and poetry. We also publish reviews, and occasionally other selected creative work such as excerpts from plays. Work is read on an ongoing basis; the acceptance rate is around 1-2% (we are, however, famous for our rejection notes!). Apart from our annual contest, we have no deadlines for submissions.

We particularly welcome submissions from Indigenous writers, writers of colour, writers with disabilities, LGBTQQIA+ writers, and writers from other intersectional and under-represented communities. If you are comfortable identifying yourself as one or more of the above, please feel free to mention this in your cover letter.

The Fiddlehead will not read work that is ableist, misogynistic, queer-phobic, or racist.

If you are serious about submitting to The Fiddlehead, you should read an issue or two to get a sense of the journal. Consider subscribing or contact us to order sample back issues ($10-$15 plus postage).

General Guidelines for Unsolicited Submissions
• Pay is $60 CAD per published page, plus two complimentary copies of the issue with your work. Contributors may purchase additional copies of an issue at a discount.

• The Fiddlehead buys first serials rights; copyright is retained by the author at all times, and authors are free to resell the work, though we do ask for a 90-day exclusive from our first publication of the work.

• Writers may only submit once per calendar year per genre. (This does not include our annual contest: you may submit multiple times, so long as the work is not under consideration elsewhere. See complete contest guidelines here .)

• Please wait for an editorial response before submitting again. We try our best to respond in a timely matter, but due to volume of submissions, a response may take 6 months or more. Please wait 6 months before querying.

• We only consider unpublished work. Please do not submit work that has been previously published or accepted for publication, including in anthologies, chapbooks, blogs, Facebook pages, or online journals.

• For online submissions, please submit one file containing your creative work (.doc, .docx, or .pdf). Log back in any time to check the status of your submission.

• For hard copy, mailed submissions, all submissions should be typed/word-processed, spell-checked, and paginated. Please use white paper, print on one side only, and put your name on every page of your submission.

• In Submittable, please copy and paste your cover letter and biographical statement in the appropriate fields.

• Tell us in your cover letter whether your submission is exclusive to The Fiddlehead or whether you have submitted it to other magazines simultaneously. If another magazine accepts your work for publication that you have also submitted to us, then please advise us immediately.

Alternative Deathiness is currently open to submissions

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Deadline: March 1, 2021 3:00 AM

B Cubed Press is pleased to announce an open call for Alternative Deathiness. A fun filled romp into the concept and nature of Death.

Seriously what the hell is death, big guy with bones and a sickle? An ominous Tarot Card? Or is it simply the passing of one thing for another. A change in phase. Or, it is the ending of you, and just you, a personal FU from the universe that say oopsie, you’re out of here?

So be prepared to look hard at this topic, its rituals, its layers. Have fun. May as well, considering the end comes for us all.

This book will be edited by Bob Brown and Irene Radford, the team that brought you the best selling Alternative Truths.

If you wonder what perspective the editors bring just remember, we’re old. Our friends are old, our families are old. Death is beginning to feel more like a roommate than a concept. So? Let the stories rip, show no deference to religion, ritual, or sensitivities. For god’s sake, we’re talking death here!

And don’t try sneaking zombies and ghosts and vampires in to get around death. Oh we might buy one or two REALLY GOOD Ones, but that isn’t the focus.

Does this mean we will not accept sensitive looks at this from a more popular perspective? No, but it means that it will be tested against the criteria that the writing be good, and carry an explanation of the nature of death. In terms of what we are looking for, think openly about the concept of death and life, can’t have one without the other. The setting is open anywhere in time and space.

This book will be part of the best-selling Alternatives series. We will be accepting stories, poetry, and essays from now through March 1, 2021.

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 https://www.sfwa.org/2005/01/04/manuscript-format/. It’s always good to make an editor happy.

For the first time we are using Moksha, submissions are accepted at https://bcubedpress.moksha.io/publication/alternative-deathiness.

Should you have any questions, please contact Bob at Kionadad@aol.com.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Ellerey Queen submission guidelines

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pays 5 cents per word

Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine welcomes submissions from both new and established writers. We publish every kind of mystery short story: the psychological suspense tale, the deductive puzzle, the private eye case—the gamut of crime and detection from the realistic (including the policeman's lot and stories of police procedure) to the more imaginative (including "locked rooms" and "impossible crimes"). We need hard-boiled stories as well as "cozies," but we are not interested in explicit sex or violence. We do not want true detective or crime stories. With the exception of a regular book review column and a mystery crossword, EQMM publishes only fiction. We are especially happy to review first stories by authors who have never before published fiction professionally. First-story submissions should be addressed to EQMM's Department of First Stories.

EQMM uses stories of almost every length. 2,500-8,000 words is the preferred range, but we occasionally use stories of up to 12,000 words and we feature one or two short novels (up to 20,000 words) each year, although these spaces are usually reserved for established writers. Shorter stories are also considered, including minute mysteries of as little as 250 words. Our rates for original stories are from 5 to 8¢ a word, sometimes higher for established authors. It is not necessary to query EQMM as to subject matter or to ask permission to submit a story. EQMM does not accept stories previously published in the United States.

We regret that we cannot provide criticism with returned stories. Response time is up to three months. Please do not send a query about a submission until at least three months have passed.

We will continue to accept paper submissions only from authors who have a publishing history with EQMM and lack the technical capability to submit electronically. With any questions or concerns about our guidelines or online submissions system, please e-mail us or call us at (212) 686-7188 x 675.

EQMM has been in continuous publication since 1941. From the beginning three general criteria have been employed in evaluating submissions: We look for strong writing, an original and exciting plot, and professional craftsmanship. We encourage writers whose work meets these general criteria to read an issue of EQMM before making a submission. EQMM's range in the mystery genre is extensive: Almost any story that involves crime or the threat of crime comes within our purview. However, like all magazines, EQMM has a distinctive tone and style and you can only get a sense of whether your work will suit us by reading an issue.

EQMM uses an online submission system that was designed to streamline our process and improve communication with authors. We ask that all submissions be made electronically, using this system, rather than on paper. Our online submissions form for fiction asks for your name, e-mail address, cover letter, story title, and story. Your cover letter should state the length of your story, your publishing history (briefly!), and any other relevant information. If you have not been previously published, let us know that your story should be considered for our Department of First Stories. We ask for the same information for poetry. Please fill out a separate form for each poem submitted for consideration. All stories and poems should be in standard manuscript format and submitted in .DOC format. At this time, our system does not support .DOCX, .RTF, or .TXT files. For information about standard formatting, see William Shunn’s guide to Proper Manuscript Format.

After you have submitted your work, a tracking number will be displayed and an automated e-mail confirmation containing this information will be sent to you. If you have not received this e-mail within twenty-four hours, please notify us by e-mail. Your tracking number will allow you to monitor the status of your submission through our website, so please don't lose it. NOTE: Some service providers occasionally treat our e-mails as spam, so please keep an eye on your spam folder.

Blueline seeks work

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Deadline: November 30, 2020

Blueline seeks poems, stories and essays about the Adirondacks and regions similar in geography and spirit, focusing on nature's shaping influence. We also welcome creative nonfiction that interprets the literature or culture of the region, including northern New York, New England and Eastern Canada.

Blueline always publishes both new and established writers. You'll catch our attention if your writing is vigorous, interesting and polished. We're not interested in effusive descriptions of scenery. We are looking for realistic approaches to the environment: the literature we publish expresses imagination, reflection, and insight about the natural world.

The submission period is July through November. Decisions are made mid-February. Payment is made in copies. Simultaneous submissions accepted if identified as such: notify the editors immediately if a simultaneous submission is placed elsewhere. No previously published works.

Send manuscripts to:
Blueline
120 Morey Hall, SUNY Potsdam
Potsdam, NY 13676

Electronic submissions are encouraged as Word *.docx attachments sent via email. When emailing attachments, please identify the genre of the work in the subject line. Send them and any questions to blueline@potsdam.edu

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Weirdpunk Books is currently open for novella submissions

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Weirdpunk Books is currently OPEN* for novella submissions.
*If you simply send us your book without following our guidelines, your submission will be deleted.
Note: If we have previously talked about you submitting something and we are closed, please still send it.

Our process is a little different than most other publishers. When we are open, we accept pitches on finished horror novellas between 20k-40k. In the pitch, we are looking for about a paragraph of information, essentially like back cover copy on a book. We'd also like you to include what tone(s) and influence(s) the story has. If we like your pitch, we will ask you to send the story.
Please only pitch one novella to us.
Please keep in mind that we only publish a small handful of books a year.
A familiarity with our output is helpful, but here's a general list of things we like:

We love genres like body horror, cosmic horror, folk horror, weird lit, splatterpunk, and transgressive fiction. We especially like when people mix any of them together. Give us an amazing body horror tale in a folk horror setting or a cosmic splatterpunk horror story. Mix it up!

We call what we publish, "Weird Horror," largely eschewing standard horror tropes and narratives in favor of stranger, more cerebral, visceral, or challenging story types. We're not looking for standard zombie or vampire stories (unless you write something really goddamn interesting with those involved), think more the weirder end of the horror spectrum (see below).

Think about how the horror genre includes things like Friday the 13th and Final Destination (which are fine), but also includes Videodrome and Society (which are amazing). We want stories on that stranger end of things.

We want your own creatures, your own terrors, your own grief, your own nightmares.

We want stories that are deeply human. Take a look at the novellas we’ve published, all of them, no matter how weird, bizarre, or fucked up, have human, emotional centers.

We love horror writers like Kathe Koja, Gwenolyn Kiste, Charlee Jacob, Joe Lansdale at his most horror, John Langan, Brian Evenson, Stephen Graham Jones, Nathan Ballingrud, Jack Ketchum, Bentley Little, and Poppy Z. Brite.

We’re obsessed with the films of David Cronenberg, John Carpenter, Dario Argento, Mario Bava, and Lucio Fulci. We like Troma weirdness, ‘melt’ movies, small-creature horror. Surreal and arty horror from the 70s and trash film from the 80s. Cult shit like Phantasm, Dust Devil, Ganja & Hess, El Topo, Coffin Joe, Werewolves on Wheels, Psychomania, Cemetery Man, Simon: King of the Witches, Society, The Wicker Man, The Stuff, The Gate, Brain Damage, Hellraiser, Tetsuo: The Iron Man, Santa Sangre, and so on. We love all that stuff. What we’re looking for are stories influenced by their best aspects, their atmosphere(s), and their tone(s), that are twisted into unique narratives.

We want novellas that feel like if Kathy Acker, JG Ballard, Katherine Dunn, William S. Burroughs, Flannery O'Connor, Georges Bataille, or Samuel Delany straight up wrote weird horror.

We love stories with philosophical subtext, especially stories driven by anti-fascism, anarchism/anti-authoritarianism, anti-capitalism, and/or queerness, though those aren’t a requirement at all.

We’re also not asking to be browbeaten by your manifesto vaguely disguised as horror fiction.

We love surrealism, but not to the point of obliqueness. The work doesn’t need to be crazy ‘accessible’ but we’re also not interested in works where experimentation of form overshadows the story being told.

We would love to see more subs from women, POC, non-binary, and lgbtq+ folks.

The heart of the press is queer and we intend to keep it that way. We'll publish books by all sorts of people, but we want to make sure we continue to publish lgbtq+ and non-binary writers.

We will not work with racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic, or nationalistic writers; or with predatory assholes.

Seriously. We’re queer leftists, you wouldn’t want to work with us, either.

No, we don’t currently publish short story collections or novellas. For the time being, we only focus on novellas.

Please only pitch novellas.

We really mean it.

Seriously, your best bet to get published by us is to have read at least some of our recent output to see what we do. This press is forever tied to my personal tastes, for good or for ill, so it’d be helpful for you to know at least some of what those are.

If accepted, we do a 60/40 split on royalties (60% to the publisher, 40% to the writer). We also pay $50 and 10 copies of the book upon publication. The $50 isn’t a payment against royalties. We do not wait for the book to break even before paying out royalties. The split happens immediately.

Nobody’s Home seeks creative non-fiction

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Deadline: December 15, 2020

Nobody’s Home is an online anthology of creative-nonfiction works about the prevailing beliefs, myths, and narratives that have driven Southern culture over the last fifty years, in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. The publication is collecting personal essays, memoirs, short articles, opinion pieces, and contemplative works about the ideas, experiences, and assumptions that have shaped life below the old Mason-Dixon Line since 1970.

What is an an online anthology?
What does that mean: beliefs, myths, and narratives?

Submissions to Nobody’s Home should be accessible to a general audience with a reasonable education level, and may contain 1,000 to 5,000 words. Facts that are included in the work, such as direct quotes, statistics, or polling, should include sources to aid the editor in evaluating the work. Subject matter may be broad, covering a regional trend that extends over decades, but writing about specific aspects of more defined times and places would be better. The editor favors works that have humanity and warmth, that employ concreteness rather than generalizations, and that achieve a measure of clarity about a murky subject.

While this anthology is an appropriate home for thoughtful discussions of complex issues in Southern culture, it is not the right place for intensely academic, highly specialized, or baldly partisan works. If you’re considering submitting but are not familiar with how to write creative nonfiction in an accessible style, try reading editor Lee Gutkind’s brief essay “What is Creative Nonfiction?”

(As works of nonfiction, book reviews and interviews will be also considered on a case-by-case basis.)

Before submitting, please query the editor and be clear in that query about your submission. When sending a query, please include a message that briefly explains 1.) the work’s subject, 2.) its length, and 3.) why you believe it is right for Nobody’s Home. The project’s published works will be tagged with categories like these listed below, so consider which ones would be appropriate for the work.


Works submitted by December 15 will be considered for inclusion in the initial publication in early 2021.

Works submitted between December 16 and February 15 will be considered for an expansion of the publication in the spring of 2021.

Works submitted between February 15 and May 15 will be considered for the third installment in mid-2021.

Works submitted between May 15 and August 15 will be considered for the final installment in late 2021.

Each publication period will add to the existing anthology, until its completion in late 2021. During that reading process, the editor may ask writers for revisions in cases where changes could clarify remarks made in the work. All works will receive a response.

Regarding rights and permissions, authors of accepted works will be asked to sign a general publishing agreement that allows the work to be published on the website. The author will retain all rights, with the understanding that, if the work were to be published elsewhere, Nobody’s Home would be acknowledged.

The creation and development of Nobody’s Home is funded by a Literary Arts Fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Currently, the project cannot offer to pay its contributors. In the future, if a sustainable funding source becomes available, an offer of payment will include all contributors.

The project does not accept submissions of poetry, fiction, or drama.

Monday, November 23, 2020

The Fifth Di... seeks work

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The Fifth Di... is now published quarterly, in March, June, September, and December, in print [and, eventually, as an eBook]. It presents original science fiction, fantasy, and spooky horror stories. It also presents a few original poems, again along the overall theme.

The Fifth Di... wants original stories with plot, tension, suspense, conflict, and character development. Remember, if readers do not care what happens to your main character[s], they won’t read the story. The narrative should maintain a sense of wondering what’s going to happen next; of what’s lurking just around the corner. Showing is better than telling. Frex, instead of telling the reader that it’s cold, show your character shivering, stomping feet, or having ice form on beard or hair. The inner thoughts and emotions of your character[s] are just as important.

Stories submitted to The Fifth Di... should be between 4K and 8K words long. Longer or shorter stories will be considered; however, anything less than 4K will be a difficult sell. Anything 1K or less will be considered flash fiction. We will consider reprint stories, provided they adhere to the guidelines; however, they are difficult sells.

Submit your stories as rtf or .doc attachments [NO .docx, please] to sdpshowcase at yahoo dot com [you must recombine this address for it to work. Sorry for the inconvenience. Blame spammers].

Please submit one story at a time, and wait for the response before submitting another. We hope to keep the response time down to two months. If you haven’t heard from us in three months, please query.

Poetry submitted to The Fifth Di... should be from about ten to a hundred lines. Please submit no more than three poems at a time, and wait for the response before submitting more. Again, we hope to keep the response time down to two months. If you haven’t heard from us in three months, please query.

Submit your poems as rtf or .doc attachments [NO .docx, please] or IBOE to sdpshowcase at yahoo dot com [you must recombine this address for it to work. Sorry for the inconvenience. Blame spammers].

The Fifth Di... also considers articles related to science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Articles include essays and reviews, as well as writing tips. Word count should be around 1K words, up to a loose 5K words. Please submit one article at a time, and wait for the response before submitting another. Yet again, we hope to keep the response time down to two months. If you haven’t heard from us in three months, please query.

Submit your articles as rtf or .doc attachments [NO .docx, please] to sdpshowcase at yahoo dot com [you must recombine this address for it to work. Sorry for the inconvenience. Boil spammers; inexpensive vegetable oil works best].

Payment is made upon publication by check or Paypal as follows:

  • Original Stories: $25.00
  • Reprint Stories: $15.00
  • Flash Fiction: 1 cent/word
  • Poems: $5.00
  • Articles: $20.00

NOTE: If you live outside the United States, you will be paid via Paypal, or must make some other arrangement with the editor.

All submissions must include contact information. This means:

Name [yours, not necessarily your byline name]

Address [street, city, country, and zip code or equivalent]

e-mail address

Paypal address

If your address changes before the publication date, please let us know.

Queries should be sent to sdpshowcase at yahoo dot com [you must recombine this address for it to work. Sorry for the inconvenience. Grill spammers; the grillwork of a 1950 Buick or a 1953 Packard works best].

Better Than Starbucks 2020 Sonnet Contest

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Deadline: November 30, 2020
  • Submissions for our third annual sonnet contest are now open!
  • September 30th through November 30th, 2020.
  • Winners will be published February 1st, 2021.
Please read the submission guidelines below.

Winning poets receive:
  • First Place $350.
  • Second Place $100.
  • Third Place $50.
We will also publish up to seven honorable mention sonnets.
​No entry fee and no simultaneous submissions please.
Prize payment via Paypal only.

​This contest is for a metrical sonnet.

Your sonnet can be shakespearean, petrarchan, spenserian, rhymed, or slant-rhymed.

Blank verse is fine, as long as the sonnet form is clearly identifiable.

We’ll consider tetrameter, hexameter, etc. as well as pentameter.

Some metrical variation is fine, but don’t forget the volta!

As always, we do accept previously published work.
Please let us know where the poem was previously published.

If previously published, make sure you have the rights to it. Most publications do not keep the rights to poetry. We do not, we retain the right to use them in anthologies or promotional material as we see fit in the future, but we do not retain any copyright to your work.

Submit up to two sonnets.

Please include your entry in the body of your email, put “Sonnet Contest” into the subject line of your email, and send to betterthanstarbucks2@gmail.com

Any possible loss of formatting in email transmission will be corrected if your sonnet is chosen as a winner or for publication, as you will be asked to proof before publication, but you are welcome to mention special formatting in your submission.

Please include a third person bio of 30 (max 40) words.

An introduction is welcome but not required.

You will receive an acknowledgement of your entry within 24 hours. This is the only communication you will receive unless one or both of your sonnets are selected for publication, either as winners or honorable mentions, or for subsequent publication.

Unlike general submissions to the journal, we do not respond further to contest entries unless they are selected as winners, honorable mentions, or for subsequent publication.

If you do not receive an acknowledgement then we did not receive your entry. Check your spam folder if you have not already whitelisted Better Than Starbucks. Check the email address your entry was addressed to. Try again.

Entries are read blind.​ The poems alone are copied into reading files as they come in. Address your entry only to Better Than Starbucks editors.

We look forward to reading your entries!

All entries are eligible for publication in Better Than Starbucks. By submitting your work you grant us the non-exclusive right to publish it. Copyright remains with the author/poet.

Judges are Better Than Starbucks editors.

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Biological Creatures seeks work

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Deadline:  December 1, 2020 

Tell us your secrets. Unburden your shame. Let us carry it for you.

Send submissions by December 1, 2020 for January 2021 publication.

Email 3 poems and/or 1,000 words of prose to wearebiologicalcreatures@gmail.com

Simultaneous: yes. Previously published: no.

Bios requested upon acceptance.

Make yourself vulnerable.

Sierra Nevada Review

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Deadline: February 15, 2021

The Sierra Nevada Review is an annual literary magazine published in May featuring poetry, short fiction, and literary nonfiction. Editors read manuscripts from September 15th until February 15th. Response time may vary between several weeks and several months.

We publish writing that leans toward the unconventional, surprising, and risky. We appreciate experiments in form and content, and prefer works whose meanings deepen on repeated readings.

Please upload no more than five poems or five pages of poetry, whichever comes first. Fiction, literary nonfiction, or hybrid works should not exceed 4,000 words. We welcome flash fiction and nonfiction submissions. Please send only one submission per reading period, in one genre only. Submitting more than once will automatically disqualify all submissions.

You may upload up to 5 images for cover art consideration. If you submit cover art, you may not submit in a written genre.

If you have previously contributed to the Sierra Nevada Review, please wait a year to re-submit.

Contributors receive two complimentary copies. Writers retain all rights.

More info here: http://blog.sierranevada.edu/sierranevadareview/

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Let the Bodies Hit the Floor seeks submissions

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All submissions will be reviewed and chosen stories will be published in A PILE OF BODIES, A PILE OF HEADS - The Let the Bodies Hit the Floor Series Volumes 1&2, which will both be released in August of 2021
  • Submissions must be between 5,000 and 10,000 words (Word counts are firm)
  • Title, submitter's name, pen name (if different), story word count and author email address must be centered at the top of your submission
  • 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
  • Submissions should be clean and edited
  • Submissions must fit the theme of slasher, stalker, serial killer crime fiction and must be written in the horror genre. Think Dexter, Mind Hunters, American Horror Story, and Bates Motel to name a few examples. NOTE: volume 2 submissions must feature a female antagonist (slasher, serial killer, stalker, etc.). ALSO NOTE: we are NOT looking for stories with supernatural elements.
  • Submissions cannot contain graphic sexual or rape scenes
  • Submissions must not have been published elsewhere before in any medium
  • The number of stories published per volume will depend on word count of the chosen stories, but will be no less than ten stories and no more than twenty per volume
  • Authors may submit as many stories as they want for review, however, there will be a limit of one published story per author, per volume
  • Simultaneous submissions are okay if author provides notice of such
  • Submissions will remain open until further notice and selected stories will appear in the first two volumes, or subsequent volumes as published. There is no submission deadline.
Submissions will be read in the order in which they are received

Authors will be notified as soon as possible if their story was selected or not

Authors That Are Selected For Inclusion Will:
  • Have their story published in the anthology
  • Receive a one-time payment of $40.00 (USD) per selected story
  • Receive a free paperback copy of the anthology within 45 days following the release date
  • Have access to buy author copies of paperback and hardcover editions at publisher's cost, plus shipping
Agree to sign a Memorandum of Agreement giving permission for the story to be used in the anthology
You worked hard on your story, so don't take a chance on it never being read. Did you read the Submission Guidelines? Did you follow them? Does your story meet theme and word count? Unfortunately, we cannot consider stories that do not meet submission guidelines. It could be the best story that mankind will ever read and we will never know. Why? Because if your submission doesn't meet guidelines, it will automatically be deleted. Don't let this happen to you.

Escape Pod submission guidelines

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Please use Standard Manuscript Format, but with all identifying information removed as described below under Anonymous Submissions. We prefer italics represented as actual italics, not underlines – but that is a preference, not a requirement, and will not affect our decisions.

Wordcount
For original fiction: 1,500-6,000 words.
For reprints ONLY: 1,500-7,500 words.
These are firm limits.

We publish original and reprint short fiction. We do not accept poetry, serialized fiction, novel excerpts, or non-fiction. Please see our full submission guidelines for additional details on the kinds of stories we prefer, which includes limitations on formatting and content.

Payment: USD $0.08 per word for original fiction. USD $100 per story for reprint fiction. We are a SFWA qualifying market for original fiction.
Anonymous Submissions: No identifying information should appear on your manuscript. We use anonymized submissions for our associate editors. Upper-level editors will read your submission-form information and cover letter, including any diversity statement. Failure to anonymize the manuscript will not cause us to automatically reject your story, but failure to read and follow our guidelines may affect our decisions.

Diversity: Escape Pod welcomes submissions from writers of all backgrounds. We are especially interested in seeing more submissions from people of backgrounds that have been historically underrepresented or excluded from traditional SF publishing, including, but not limited to, women, people of color, LGBTQIA or non-binary gender people, persons with disabilities, members of religious minorities or non-religious people, and writers from outside the United States. When in doubt, please don’t self-reject. We appreciate you entrusting us with your stories. If you identify as part of these or other underrepresented groups, we welcome and encourage you to indicate so when you send us your story. We acknowledge the reality of unconscious bias and will make our best efforts to account for it during the editorial review process. Our goal is to publish fiction that reflects the diversity of the human experience.

Cover letters: We prefer a short cover letter that includes only:
  • Your legal name (and byline, if different);
  • Your story’s title and wordcount;
  • Whether your story is an original or reprint (and if reprint, where it was first published);
  • Up to three previous publications, if you have any;
  • Any relevant personal experiences or expertise (including information as requested in our diversity statement above).

We recommend minimizing the amount of time you spend developing your cover letter. We read every story we receive, so we don’t need to see summaries or pitches.

Simultaneous and Multiple Submissions: Escape Pod does not accept multiple submissions (i.e., more than one story at a time from the same author) or simultaneous submissions (i.e., submitting the same story to Escape Pod and one or more other markets at the same time).

Resubmissions: If we reject a story, please do not submit it again (even if revised) unless we explicitly request a resubmission.

Submission Windows: Escape Pod usually remains open for submissions year-round, except for a break during the northern hemisphere summer.

Legalese: By sending us your story you understand and agree that:
  • You are the original creator of the work submitted to us;
  • You are the copyright holder of the work;
  • You are at least 18 years of age or have obtained the permission of a parent or guardian to enter into a contract with Escape Artists, Inc.;
  • You are not prohibited by any prior agreement from the transfer of non-exclusive electronic and audio rights to the work;
  • All information in the contact and cover sections of your submission is accurate and truthful;
  • Escape Pod publishes in both text and audio; you are offering both of those one-time and archival rights to us when you send us your story;
  • You accept sole responsibility for any false statements or encumbrances upon rights not disclosed to us. If we buy your story we’ll send you a contract, and you’ll be bound to all of the above.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Dark Dispatch seeks submissions

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Deadline: January 5, 2021

The current submission call theme is redemption.

All submissions should fit into one of the genres Dark Dispatch covers.

We do not accept multiple submissions.

We do accept simultaneous submissions. If you are simultaneously submitting it should be noted in the email with your submission, and you should withdraw your story immediately if it is accepted for publication elsewhere.

We will not respond to submissions that do not follow the submission guidelines.

Payment is $50 U.S. per story, via Paypal.

Use the following guidelines to submit fiction content for publication consideration:
  • email darkdispatchsubs@gmail.com
  • put the words Fiction Submission in the subject line along with the submission call, story title and word count (example: Fiction Submission – Winter Blues – This Crazy Story I Wrote – 1972 words)
Email Format:
  • include a brief bio of no more than 80 words in the body of the email (do not include a list of all your publication credits)
  • in the email state if this is a simultaneous submission
  • in the email verify that first worldwide English publication rights are available
  • verify you have Paypal and understand payments will only be made using Paypal
File Format
  • attach your submission as a .doc or .docx file – PDFs, RTFs and other formats will not be open, reviewed, or responded to
  • use Times New Roman or Arial 12 pt font in black text
  • do not have track changes on – do not send a file showing comments from beta readers or revisions
  • double-spaced text, with the first line of each paragraph indented half an inch (using the format tool – not manually spaced by hitting the space bar 5 times) and one space after the end of a sentence
  • word count: stories should be no less than 1,000 words and no more than 2,750 words
*we do not accept reprints at this time*

Not One of Us submission guidelines

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Not One of Us is about people (or things) out of place in their surroundings, outsiders, social misfits, aliens in the SF sense—anyone excluded from society for whatever the reason. We’d like Not One of Us to consider the problem of “otherness” from every possible fictional angle: horror, SF, fantasy, noir, slipstream, Western, mainstream, whatever.

The editorial philosophy of the magazine reflects my own personal taste in genre fiction. To me the scariest and most deeply moving horror stories are not about monsters or about good vs. evil, but rather about the reader’s own fears and discomforts. Similarly, for Not One of Us, fantasy isn’t about pseudo-medieval worlds, science fiction isn’t about space opera or funny-sounding names, Westerns are not about gunfights. In our magazine, it’s all about the characters.

We crave characters (human or otherwise) who are different and who act the way they do out of plausible (if occasionally insane) motives. All the wondrous settings and complex plots in the world will fail to convince me if at the center of the tale there isn’t a protagonist with whom I can somehow empathize. I don’t have to like that character: heaven knows we’ve had some pretty nasty protagonists, and empathy is not the same as excuse-making. But I want to get some insight into the character, and vicariously into myself. Also, I like stories, and characters, with edge.

Themes to avoid: vampires, alcoholic villains without any understanding of their motives, tales about writers, sword and sorcery, deals with the devil, and revenge stories that have no other point, especially if the punishment far exceeds the crime.

Because we’re a digest-sized (5.5 x 8.5 inch, 52-page) publication, we prefer stories of 6000 words or less. While we’re willing to read stories up to 7500 words long, they are a harder sell because of the size limitation of our format. We prefer poems of 40 lines or less, although we’re willing to read longer poems. Just not ones of epic length.

We assume first serial rights, with rights reverting to the author/poet upon publication. Payment is ¼¢ per word ($5 minimum), payable upon publication, plus one contributor’s copy for stories; $5 plus one copy for poems.

Artwork takes the form of story illustrations plus theme-related front and back covers. Typical payment ranges from $8 to $15. Query with samples.

Send electronic submissions from the contact page. We prefer Word or RTF attachments (do not send submissions in PDF), but it’s OK to embed submissions. All hardcopy correspondence should be accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. Please send only one story or up to three poems at a time.