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Sunday, July 5, 2020

NAILED Magazine Submissions guidelines

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NAILED Magazine is always looking for new content, and submissions are encouraged year-round. Our magazine is designed and curated to publish and promote stories of human struggle and personal experience in an accessible medium. We are most interested in the personal stories of voices that have been historically marginalized. We are dedicated to pointing cultural focus towards issues that we believe are of most importance (and are so often pushed aside), such as: sexuality, gender, race, death, mental health, sex politics, trauma, identity, the body, abuse, etc… If you are a passionate, intelligent, and artful person who has strong opinions and an inclination toward raw, honest art and storytelling, then give us a chance to look at your words/art for NAILED.

We accept submissions of Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry, and Photography/Visual Art. If your submission in any category is accepted, you will be asked to send a short (3 or 5 sentence bio), including a link to your website if you so choose, and a bio photograph. It may take up to 90 days to accept or decline submissions. Please see below for more thorough guidelines.

We accept only work that has not been previously published. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, provided that you inform us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. All rights revert to the author upon publication with NAILED, however, we do ask that any subsequent publication of work originally appearing in NAILED Magazine cite the initial publication. We always appreciate the opportunity the view your work, but are unable to provide feedback on all submissions.

Nonfiction: We accept submissions of Personal Essays, Formal Essays, and Articles that explore the personal, the political, and intersections between the two. Essays and articles should not exceed 4,000 words. Send Nonfiction submissions to Jessica at

Fiction: Short Fiction and Novel Excerpt submissions of 4,000 words or less, as well as Flash Fiction submissions of up to 1,000 words, will be considered for publication on NAILED Magazine. Send Fiction submissions to Jessica at

Poetry: Poetry submissions should be sent in an attachment (.doc, .docx, or .pdf) and should include a minimum of 5 poems and not more than 15. If your poems are accepted, they will be published in suites of 4 or 5 poems each. If fewer than 4 of your poems are desired for publication, you may be asked to submit additional material until 4 or 5 are accepted. Send Poetry submissions to Sam at

Rattle: Poets Respond

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Deadline: Every Friday midnight PST

Because of the nature of the traditional publication apparatus, poetry doesn't often respond in a timely way to current events—but we think it could. To test this hypothesis, we'd like to try publishing a poem online each Sunday (if we receive any that we like) that responds to a news story or public event from the previous week, and has been written in the time since.

Selected poems will appear as the Sunday poem at, with occasional extra poems Tuesday or Thursday, which are fed to over 10,000 people via our RSS feed and daily email service. Poets will receive $100 and a complimentary subscription to the print magazine.

The deadline for each week is Friday at midnight PST. The poems must respond to news that occurred in the previous week, and have been written in the time since.

Include a brief explanation as to what the poem is about. Feel free to submit to this category as often as you'd like, even within the same week, and even if you have other general, tribute, or contest submissions pending.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Zoom magazine seeks work from autistic individuals - submission guidelines

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Rolling deadline

We’re so happy that you are interested in writing for Zoom online magazine. Before we go any further, please take a moment to read this to make sure you know what we’re about and what we are trying to accomplish.

Geek Club Books is an autism nonprofit. Our mission for our Zoom online magazine is to inspire, answer questions, ease minds, focus on positive solutions and recognize autistic individuals and the family members who support them on their journeys. Our content is respectful to the autistic community, realistic, hopeful and zooms in on every milestone, every accomplishment, for none are too small or insignificant.

Our focus is on giving autistic writers a platform and opportunity to share their viewpoints and writing talent with growing, engaged audience who wants to read their stories. We believe in our writers and do everything in our power to publicize and promote their work through our website and social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Linked In, Google + and Instagram).
Do We pay our Zoom writers?

We pay our autistic writers for their original work. If assigned an article, you will be sent a freelance writer’s contract which includes article topic, guidelines, word count, deadline and writer’s fee you will receive upon publication.

A 4-5 line biography will be included at the end of your article.

When you accept the assignment, you are giving Geek Club Books and Zoom permission to use your work. Authors own all rights to their work and are encouraged to include links in their bios to their blog, book(s) and social media pages.

All articles will be reviewed by both the Guest Editor and Editor-at-Large. We reserve the right to review and edit work before publishing, for accuracy, validity, length, spelling, grammar, style, and clarity. We also reserve the right to hold onto your article and use it in the issue we think it will be best suited.

When writing for us, you guarantee that your submission is your own work, and that you are liable for its content. We will not tolerate libel, plagiarism, or copyright infringement and we will not assume responsibility for any information submitted by authors or readers.
How Can I write for Zoom?

We currently have an autistic writing team but we are always interested in finding both new and established writers for upcoming issues. We are open to publishing opinions from many corners of the neurodiversity community. Published pieces are not necessarily the opinion of Zoom Magazine or Geek Club Books.

If you would like to be considered, please send us an email to with the following information:

  • Full name
  • Email address
  • Do you have any samples of your writing style? Provide links (up to 3) of your work or include a sample in your email.
  • Provide links to the following, if you have them: Blog, Twitter, Facebook Page and/or Instagram

One of our Guest Editors will acknowledge receipt of your information.

The time it will take to receive a confirmation of a writing assignment may vary depending upon the volume of submissions we receive. If you have not heard from us after 8 weeks, please feel free to send us an email query.

If you submit articles or stories for our consideration, please note that we are not able to provide feedback on submissions that have been rejected.

Trembling with Fear seeks flash fiction and short stories

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Deadline: Ongoing

Payment: This is currently a non-paying market. Think of it as a way to give back as we operate at a loss.

Note: IF an anthology is released off of this work, there will be royalties for the short stories
‘Trembling With Fear’ is a new ongoing outlet for creatives that we’re trying out on Horror Tree. We’re going to be opening for submissions on drabbles and short stories to be printed on the site which will potentially be made available in a collection at the end of the year.

Each week we will accept and post up to one flash (1500 words and under) and up to three drabbles (exactly 100 words, not including title.) Each post will include a bio and social links for the author. (Note: The flash pieces we prefer reading in the 800-1500 word range.)

We will be asking for non-exclusive rights on these pieces to a) keep them online indefinitely and b) the ability to include them in a print anthology to help continue to fund the site. This is not currently a paying market. That being said, if an anthology is released off of the work we will be paying roaylties on the short stories (not however the drabbles.)

We’ll be looking for original work here though certain weeks will have specialized calls and some will include a call for reprints. We’ll be announcing those shortly. Specialized calls will allow for up to two flash and five drabbles.

What We Want:

  • Horror, Science Fiction, Fantasy or anything that fits in related speculative fiction genres that still are thematically dark! We obviously started off as horror but are open to all of the above and related genres. (Note: Themed calls will not need to be as dark and just genre specific.)
  • A complete story.

What We Don’t Want:

  • Erotica, porn, or graphic sex.
  • Reprints

Theme’d Calls
Please note in your submission if it is for a specific theme and not a standard Trembling With Fear call. As a side note, going forward these will likely be collected in a secondary collection each year. 
February – Valentine. Submit between December 1st and the beginning of February (though we can squeeze in a few late submissions). Ideally, please have these in by January 25th. 
Summer Holiday Special (to be published in August). Submit from February to end of July. Horror on the beach, at a B&B, on a cruise, backpacking, road trips, glamping, end of the pier. Why not even write a drabble as a holiday postcard: Wish you weren’t here? 
October – Halloween. Send in from July through October 13th. 
December – Christmas. Send in from July through December 7th.
Dates above are approximate. If you’ve got something you want to send in sooner, please do so.
For all specials, we are prepared to accept stories up to 2500 words, again with a little flexibility. Let the story tell its tale.

Serial Killers And The Unholy Trinity
Over the past year we’ve expanded ‘Trembling With Fear’ to include two featured sections which run outside of our standard Trembling With Fear postings. Details on these two can be found below:
Serial Killers:
Here we’re looking to expand the short stories which we print by including something longer. These tales can go up to 15,000 words but the key aspect here is that they must be able to be broken up. We’re ideally looking for works which can fall into 4-10 installments of 1,000-1,5000 words or so in length.
We’re not looking for a story to just be cut up though, these have to work as mini-chapters for the overall tale being told. 
The Unholy Trinity:
We’re taking a slightly different approach with flash fiction here. What we’re looking for is three drabbles which serve as stand alone stories and also have a theme or plot that can be tied together to tell something larger. This can be a story, an ideal, or whatever your heart desires. As long as the three pieces are separate but share some kind of a connective tissue, we’re interested in reading them!
While not required, we’d love to also include a little note on how these stories are connected and what inspired your work to be included as a brief introduction! 
The Fine Print:
Please submit your work in a .doc or .docx format.
In the body of your email please include a bio of no more than 150 words and up to 4 links (ie: Homepage, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon page, or whatever else applies!)
When submitting your work send it to contact at horrortree dot com with the subject of TWF: Your Title
We’re not a stickler on fonts as we’ll change everything to match the site. Just don’t use Wingdings or something equally annoying.

Again, we’re looking for non-exclusive digital and physical print as well as online rights. Distribution will be through this website and potentially in a print or digital book format. At this time we are not asking for audio or film rights.

We will try to respond to all submissions within 3 weeks.

Let’s see if you can make us all end up trembling with fear in a super short story!

Friday, July 3, 2020

Sleet seeks submissions or Winter 2020

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Deadline: August 15, 2020

Sleet seeks the unexpected. Make us think. Our crew possesses a wide variety of tastes and styles, from classic to center to edge, but it is craft and passion that drive us.

Sleet is now open for submissions for our Winter 2020 edition. We are looking for pieces written since the pandemic, since the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. This edition will launch just before the American presidential election. Please give us writing that reflects our current landscape, physically, socially, mentally. How is life changing, affecting you? This is a time of threats to our democracy on many fronts, including the very real and possible loss of our United States Postal Service. This is a time of change; can the country begin to seriously address its brutal history? Speak up!

Our Submission Policies

We will accept up to 5 poems, 3 flash, 1 short story or CNF piece, or a small handful of irregulars*.
• We aim for quick turn around time; we do our best!
• Please include page numbers in works of fiction.
• We do not accept novel excerpts.
• Send work as a single Microsoft Word (.doc,.docx) or Open Document Text (.odt) attachment.
• Include a short bio written in 3rd person.
• Please send us work only once per submission period.
• Sleet does not pay. We are all volunteers.

Simultaneous Submissions and Previously Published Works

Sleet, wholeheartedly and without reservation, encourages simultaneous submissions. If a piece appears with us first, we do ask that Sleet be credited as its primary place of publication. In addition, we will consider showing previously published work as long as it is identified as such. We do not regard work on a blog or personal website as previously published.


An irregular is a genre-crossing bit of writing — something that overflows borders or maybe never had any. It could be an impression, a vignette, a 1-line flash. A general rule of thumb: If you don't know where to send it, send it here. An irregular should not stray over 500 words. It may be comprised of a single piece or a constellation of work.
Our Address:

Please send submissions to

All work is the property of the artist.

PEN/Jean Stein Grant for Literary Oral History

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Deadline: August 1, 2020

PEN/Jean Stein Grant for Literary Oral History recognizes a literary work of nonfiction that uses oral history to illuminate an event, individual, place, or movement. The winner will receive a $10,000 grant to help maintain or complete their ongoing project.

Deadline: Submissions will be accepted from April 1, 2020 through August 1, 2020.

Who Is Eligible:
  • The submitted project must be the work of a single individual, writing in English. 
  • The project must be an unpublished work-in-progress.
  • The project must be a work of literary nonfiction (scholarly/academic writing is not eligible).
  • Oral history must be a significant component of the project and its research.
How to apply:

Please note that the application will require the following, submitted as one PDF file, using a standard 12-point font and 1 inch margins:
  • A 1-2 page, single-spaced description of the work, its importance, and why the author chose to undertake this project. This space can additionally be used to discuss any permissions, rights, contracts, publication timelines, or other aspects of your project. 
  • A 1-2 page, single-spaced statement explaining why and how oral history was used in the project. 
  • A 300-500 word statement explaining how this grant would aid in the completion of the project. 
  • A CV for the author of the project, which should include information on any previous publications.
  • An outline that includes the work completed thus far and the work remaining. The outline should include the names of all participants.
  • Transcripts of the project interviews (6-10 double-spaced pages).
  • A writing sample from the project (20-40 double-spaced pages).

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Club Plum submission guidelines

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Flash Fiction: Please send one piece of flash fiction of no more than 800 words to Include a short bio, and do not send previously published work. Do send lyrical prose, wondrous prose, fierce prose. Do send words that successfully skate on the edge of realities. Arresting prose lodged in one reality is also well received.

Prose Poetry: Please send one-to-three prose poems to Include a short bio, and do not send previously published work. Do send lyrical poems and surprising poems. Do not send poems with line breaks. Poetry with line breaks will not be read, and you will not receive a response.

Art: Please send one JPG image to The editor appreciates pen-and-ink line art, pencil drawings, collage, watercolor, experimental, impressionistic and abstract pieces, both black-and-white and color. The editor will pass on photography. Please send a brief description of the medium of the piece.Artists are encouraged to send a website link where more works are showcased.

Rights: We ask for first North American Serial Rights.

Responses to writers will be quick because the editor is busy and utilizes every minute of her day. Note: Respect will be given when respect is received; submissions shot to the editor without an accompanying few words will not be read. Multiple submissions will not be read.

Only send your best work. Proofread. Work with sloppy errors makes the editor think you don’t care or don’t know any better.

Issues are available online only.

We accept simultaneous submissions.

We do not accept reprints.

We do not pay for accepted submissions.

Yay for wondrous words. Yay for you.

Arc Poetry Magazine seeks submissions

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Deadline: July 31, 2020

Arc accepts unso­licited sub­mis­sions of pre­vi­ously unpub­lished poetry in English, or translations of poetry into English, on any sub­ject and in any form. Submissions received from April 1 to July 31 will be read for the Winter 2020 issue.

Please note: This submission platform does not accept poems in batches. Each poem must be submitted separately with the poet's biography. Please DO NOT submit several poems grouped in a single document. To save retyping the same bio and cover notes for each poem, we recommend you create them in an offline text document, and paste them in when called for by the uploader. Your individually submitted poems will be treated as a grouped manuscript once they have been submitted.

Submissions must not exceed 3 poems, and will be accepted only once per poet per calendar year. Poetry must be typed and single spaced (double spaces will be interpreted as blank lines). Include your name and address on each page of your submission.

Arc publishes reviews, interviews, and articles on poetry and poetry-related subjects. Please query first as Arc seldom considers unsolicited prose manuscripts; submit pitches or ideas, including a brief description and an estimate of anticipated length, along with samples of previously published work.

Arc does not publish fiction or drama.

Arc publishes a limited amount of artwork in black and white and in colour by a single artist or photographer in each issue, including on the front and back covers, and on up to eight inside pages. Please see for artwork submission guidelines.

Arc tries respond to unsolicited submissions of poetry, artwork, and article queries within four to six months. Arc can’t promise to respond to inquiries regarding the status of submissions before the completion of this editorial cycle.

Arc’s Writers’ Fees are as follows:

$50 per page for poetry or prose published in the magazine.

$50 per webpage for online reprints on the website.

$50 per column for How Poems Work (see guidelines for How Poems Work).

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Fleas on the Dog Open 4 Submissions

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Deadline: August 30, 2020

We’re the site your teacher warned you about! The no frills brown bag in your face thumb your nose online psychotropolis for the literarily insane. Get committed today! The infamous dude sextet is bustlin’, hustlin’, itchin’ and twitchin’ for QUALITY short fiction, nonfiction , poetry, plays and screenplays that smell ripe and kick ass for our cage-rattling upcoming Issue 7.

If we like what you submit we’ll be all over you; if we don’t we promise to be gentle, especially if it’s your first time.

There is no submission fee.

 There is no remuneration for work we publish, either, but what the heck, you're going to be famous! 

We'll get back to you in about 30 days, hopefully sooner. (Why should it take months?)

Fiction/Nonfiction: Up to 5000 words. Length is less important than quality. For works longer than 5000 words query the editors about possible serialization.

Submissions should be on a Microsoft Word doc or docx file. Use a sensible font. Double space format. Stuff like grammar and sentence structure  is important unless your work deliberately exploits bad grammar and lack of structure. (We can tell the difference.) 

Include a brief bio with your submission and publishing credits, if any.

Send your submission as an e-mail attachment to (or type in the link in the email address).

 Include the genre (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or play) and title of your work in the subject bar.  Simultaneous submissions are okay, just let us know when your work is accepted elsewhere. 

Multiple submissions are not okay unless solicited.

Submit to only one category per issue. 

If you have been published by us please do not resubmit for six months unless solicited. 

We retain the first rights of your work for a period of three months. After this time rights revert back to the author. If you should republish the story/article please acknowledge that it was first published by

Windfall seeks poetry

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Deadline (for fall issue): August 1, 2020

Windfall is looking for poems of place, specifically places in the Pacific Northwest (defined as a broad bioregion extending from the North Slope of Alaska to the Bay Area of California, and from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Coast). Place can be named or unnamed, but if unnamed, then location should be clearly implied or suggested by observed detail. The poet does not have to be living in the Pacific Northwest, but the poem does.

Place, whether background or foreground, should be essential to the meaning of the poem. Place should be vital in the development of the poem, or the speaker’s perspective, or the texture of image and detail. Simply attaching a place name to a generic poem of place will not do. Windfall favors poetry of observed detail that is informed and accurate, even when it is conflicted about what constitutes informed and accurate detail. Place to us is not a general metaphor (“where you are at”), but first of all, actual. As Ezra Pound once said, “The natural object is always the adequate symbol.”

Windfall regards the term “place” as inclusive of both urban and natural locales, peopled or unpeopled. If many of the poems we publish reflect more of nature than the city, this reflects the poetry we receive, rather than any bias of our own. Most places have been affected in many ways by human presence, and poems can reflect this. Within the broad parameters described above, we tend to let the poems submitted teach us what place is or may mean in poetry.

Since we look for informed and accurate detail, it follows that we favor poetry based on imagery derived from sensory observation of surfaces, which, as one writer said, is the only way we have to come to know the depths. While language as the medium of poetry is an important consideration, Windfall favors poetry that is about something other than itself or its language. A poetry of place is another way of expressing love of the world and of being in the world, perhaps the fundamental motive and experience of art.

Windfall also favors poetry that occurs in lines and stanzas, mainly because they tend to be more interesting. Lines and stanzas generate energy and opportunities for parallelism and complexity that may often be missing in columns of lines and prose poems. “Lines and stanzas” does not here mean “meter and rhyme.” We have nothing against meter and rhyme, and have in fact published several sonnets. Rather, we advocate a different dispensation, as old as orality, wherein poetry was organized by the content of its themes, figures, imagery, and perspective, rather than by formalized rhythm and sound (with which, as Robert Bringhurst says, poets began to “farm” language in neat rows). We have published the occasional column of lines and the occasional prose poem, when these reflect place well, which is our first consideration. But lines and stanzas mean the poet is inviting us to use our inferential powers, to be active readers, and this is what we look for.

More about poetry of place can be found in the Afterwords written by the editors for every issue. These short essays attempt to indicate past traditions, further readings, and a variety of perspectives on what might constitute poetry of place. They are not prescriptive of any approach, but are meant to suggest and inspire the writing of poems. All Afterwords may be downloaded from the Windfall web site: <>.

Windfall accepts only work that has not been previously published. If a poem has appeared in another periodical or book, then it has already found readers, and we would rather provide opportunity for new work to be read. Though you may have already published a poem of place that would be perfect for Windfall, keep in mind Jack Spicer’s admonition: “There are always plenty of poems.” Place, fully conceived, is an inexhaustible source.

Submissions of up to five short poems (not exceeding fifty lines each) may be submitted online by sending them as a single MS Word attachment to Poems should be separated by an inserted page break (not a series of returns), and name, postal address, and e-mail address should appear on every page.

Submissions sent by US Mail should include a self-addressed return envelope with first-class postage and an e-mail address. As with e-mail submissions, poems should be separated by an inserted page break, and name, postal address, and e-mail address should appear on every page. Send hard-copy submissions to Editors, Windfall Press, PO Box 19751, Portland, OR 97280.

Deadline for submissions to the fall issue: August 1.
Submission period for the fall issue: May, June, July
Deadline for submissions to the spring issue: February 1
Submission period for the spring issue: November, December, January

It’s best to send poems close to the deadline for the particular issue of Windfall you are submitting for since we make no editorial decisions until after the deadline. Better the poems should stay with you for further revision till close to the deadline, for, as Paul Valery said, “A poem is never finished, only abandoned.”

Payment in copies only.

Questions? Write to <>.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Thrush poetry journal submission guidelines

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THRUSH – a journal of poetry that will appear 6 times a year. ( January, March, May, July, September and November)

We believe in showcasing the best work we receive. We will present a select number of poems per edition.

Submissions are now open. We read submissions on a rolling basis. We are not a paying market.

Submit previously unpublished work only. If you are sending us work that appears on your website, blog, or a self-publishing site, please remove it prior to submitting to us. Send us no more than three poems, pasted in the body of an email, preceded by a cover letter. If your poem requires special formatting, you may then, and please only then, also include an attachment.

Please indicate “POETRY SUBMISSION” on your subject line. Submissions without "Poetry Submission" in the subject line will be deleted unread.

Include a bio (all bios are subject to editing). Also include a URL to your blog or website, if applicable. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but not preferred. If your work is accepted elsewhere please inform us immediately.

We aim to respond to all submissions within 10 days of receipt (usually less). We will not respond (accept or decline) with a form letter and we will comment on poems whenever possible.

Please wait a minimum of six months between submissions.

If your work is accepted at THRUSH, you agree to grant us First North American Serial Rights, all archival rights, plus the rights to reprint in any future anthologies. Upon publication all rights revert back to the author. You agree that if your poem/s subsequently appears elsewhere (in print or online), you will give due credit to THRUSH.

Our taste is eclectic. We want poems that move us, a strong sense of imagery, emotion, with interesting and surprising use of language, words that resonate. We want fresh. We want voice.

Established and new poets are encouraged to submit. Experimental poetry is fine, randomness is fine also. However, we do not want experimental and random just for the sake of calling it such. No long poems. We prefer a poem that will fit on one page. We are not interested in inspirational poetry or philosophical musings.

Submissions that ignore these guidelines (or parts of these guidelines) will likely be declined immediately.

We nominate for most major prizes. See our Awards page.

Our guidelines are subject to change. We suggest reviewing them prior to submitting.

Submissions and other correspondence should be sent to:

Molecule seeks very short work

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Deadline: July 15, 2020

Molecule accepts submissions of poetry, prose (fiction & non-fiction) plays, reviews and interviews in 50 words or less (including titles and interview questions). Visual artwork of tiny things like tea bags and toothpicks, or tiny paintings, also wanted: no skyscrapers please!

We have a strict word count. Don’t try and trick us we have tiny minds. All submissions should be previously unpublished work.

How should I send my work?

Send submissions in the body of the email or as an attachment to along with a 3rd person bio of no more than 24 words (including name). Please send no more than 5 pieces.

24 words or less for a whole bio, seems random, where did you come up with that?

There are 24 atoms in a molecule of caffeine. What more do you want from us?

When are you open for submissions and when will I hear back?

We are open for submissions for our Fall 2020 Issue June 1 to July 15. Replies will be sent by August 15.

If your work is accepted we ask for first rights (to publish in our online issue) and non-exclusive electronic rights (so we can leave it up on our website). All rights revert to the author upon publication.

Monday, June 29, 2020

The Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting Fellowship Program

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 in partnership with  

The Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting Fellowship Program is a yearlong, intensive, no-cost training program that will bring fellows to New York City to learn in-depth investigative reporting techniques from some of the most accomplished journalists in the field.
Eligibility requirements:
  • Must have three years of professional news reporting experience.
  • The program is open to all print, broadcast, online and multimedia journalists.
  • Must be able to participate in 4-6 weeklong trainings in New York City.
  • Freelancers can apply, but they must have a news organization willing to write a supportive statement and publish their work.
What a participant’s news organization agrees to do if their employee is selected:
  • Provide support and guidance to the participant as they take part in the program and develop a project.
  • Publish the project.
  • Allow participants to continue to earn their salaries while taking part in the six weeklong trainings in NYC without incurring vacation penalties. The trainings will be scattered throughout the year.
The application process is forthcoming – subscribe to our newsletter for alerts.


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The Were-Traveler - People of Color Destroy Lovecraft

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Deadline: July 1, 2020

​Lovecraft wrote some hella scary monsters, on that most horror scholars agree, but he was terribly racist. I would like to see for this issue, POC characters that turn Lovecraft's racism and monsters on his/their heads. My preference for this issue is to have the majority of stories written by writers of color, if not all. Queer writers of color are especially encouraged to submit.
  • Flash/shorts (750-1500 words. No more, no less) for $10 per piece original, previously unpublished. Microfics (350-749 words) will pay at a $5 per story rate for original, previously unpublished stories. 
  • Reprints will be accepted on this one. BUT will pay at a $5 rate for flash/shorts (750-1500 words) and $3 for microfics (350-749 words). You must identify your story as a reprint on the cover page of the manuscript and provide the market and date (mo/yr) where it was last published. 
  • Please follow instructions on the Guidelines page and include your name, PayPal email, and word count (total, not approximate) on the first page of your story document.

Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review open for submissions

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Deadline: July 20, 2020


Please submit outwardly directed poetry that exhibits social, political, geographical, historical or spiritual awareness to Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review.

We are open to traditional and experimental forms from people of all backgrounds but aim to highlight historically unrepresented voices including people of color, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, women, nonbinary or trans individuals, and people with disabilities.

Contributors to our journal are nominated for national contests including the Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets.

Previous contributors to our journal have included: Cyrus Cassells, sam sax, Oliver de la Paz, Naomi Shihab-Nye, Jeffrey Bahr, Shara Lessley, Rosebud Ben-Oni, Kelle Groom, Khaled Mattawa, Siaraa Freeman, Alex Lemon and more.

Submitters can receive an annual subscription to Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review at the discounted rate of $15.

The theme for Issue 53 is: PROMISE 

From Faylita Hicks, Editor of BTPR: "I want poems that will speak to current issues including immigration, climate change, queer intersectionality, social justice, modern love, redefining joy, and international travel. I want the poems that excite you and challenge you; the poems that make you want to get up and change something about the world around you."

From Saúl Hernández, Managing Editor of BTPR: “I’m looking for poems that risk everything, in every word, line, and image. I want poems that speak about present issues: identity, borders, queerness, love, injustice, trauma, and hope. I want poems that are written with heart; the poems that move you and haunt you. Above all, I want poems that reinvent this world with words.”

Above all, we are interested in great poetry that moves us!

  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please notify us if your poem(s) is accepted elsewhere.
  • We do not accept previously published work. 
  • Poetry submissions should be typed in Times Roman or Times New Roman 12pt font, single-spaced. (Note that bold-faced type cannot be reproduced. With rare exceptions, we do not double-space poems.)
  • Submit a maximum of three poems (3) that total no more than five (5) pages. 
  • All poems should be submitted in a single .pdf or .docx document of no more than five pages (5) and should NOT include the submitter's name/address/phone number.
  • Please only submit once per submission period. All submitters, whether chosen for the current issue or not, may apply again to the next issue. 

Please include a cover letter in the Submittable form with your name, address, e-mail address, phone number, and a brief (one-paragraph) bio. Please do not include your cover letter in the uploaded document.

Payment for having a poem(s) accepted is one contributor's copy of the issue in which your work will appear.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

The Binge-Watching Cure seeks stories

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Deadline July 1, 2020

Submissions for The Binge-Watching Cure III, Science Fiction Edition, will open January 20th and close July 1st. Please reference our Science Fiction page for more information on deadline and desired themes. Below are our general submission preferences.

Please email us your story at in DOC, DOCX, RTF, or PDF format, double spaced with human being-readable margins, and in a sensible font such as Times New Roman, Arial, or Courier. Don’t put your story in the body of the email.

Include the exact word count, along with your contact information at the top of the manuscript. (Click here for a good guide to how to format your story.)

Our FAQ has more information on what kind of stories we’re looking for and what kind of stories are not a match for The Binge-Watching Cure.

Please include a brief bio in your cover letter, as well as your contact information in both the manuscript and cover letter. Briefly summarize the plot or provide a synopsis of your story and let us know what genre or subgenre, if any, your story is. If your story has been published elsewhere, let us know where and when. (Previously published stories are perfectly okay, but stories that are currently online are not okay.) Content is more important than format, so don’t sweat things like line breaks.

Please submit only one story at a time and read our FAQ about multiple submissions.

Use “Last name – SF – word length category” as the subject line of your email.

If you have a query about your submission, please use our contact page. If you write to us at the submissions address we might not see your message for a long while.

We are looking for stories within 15 percent of the following word counts, and within 20 percent for stories 10,000 words and longer. If a number has been crossed out, that story length has been filled.
2,500 – Filled (TBA)
15,000 – Groomers by Andrew Thompson

Be sure to include the following in your cover letter. We can’t consider your story without:

1. A short synopsis or summary– a sentence to a paragraph is fine. It’s okay to include spoilers in your synopsis.

2. What genres or sub-genres your story fits into.

3. Your bio. If you have a website, Twitter handle, Facebook page or other internet presence, include that, too.

4. If your story has been previously published, let us know where and when.

Split Rock Review submissions open

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Deadline: July 1, 2020

We're accepting submissions of poetry, short creative nonfiction, short fiction, comics, graphic stories, hybrids, visual poetry, photography, and art that explore place, environment, and the relationship between humans and the natural world.


We only accept submissions via Submittable. Any submissions sent via email will be unread.
We know times are tough, especially for writers and artists. Because of the financial strain caused by Covid-19, we're offering 300 FREE submissions during the month of May. 

If we reach our 300 limit for the month, you may submit using the TIP JAR or EXPEDITED option, or try to submit again on the first of the next month. We will offer a limited number of free submissions during June as well.

Please submit only once per reading period. That means if you send us a fiction submission, you can’t also submit poetry; if you send us comics, you can't also submit photography; if you send us art, you can't also submit creative nonfiction. Etc.

We do not accept works of translation or previously published work for our journal issues (this includes personal blogs, social media posts, and websites).

We accept collaborative works, but please provide the names of all the collaborators.
No manuscript edits or revisions will be considered during the reading period. 

We accept simultaneous submissions. However, please withdraw your work immediately should a piece you’ve submitted be accepted elsewhere. If you are withdrawing your entire submission, please log in to your Submittable account and click “Withdraw.” If you need to withdraw part of your submission, open it within Submittable and "Add" a comment indicating the poem or poems you'd like to withdraw. We will see your note and gladly consider the available poems.

For previous SRR contributors, please wait at least one year from the publication of your piece before submitting to us again. You know we love your work, but we want to give other writers and artists an opportunity to be published and showcased in SRR.

If your work is accepted, you agree to give Split Rock Review First Electronic Rights and Archival Rights. You may republish your work without fee, but we ask that Split Rock Review is acknowledged as its place of initial publication. 

Unfortunately, we cannot pay our contributors; however, we do our best to promote our writers/artists and their work.

Submit 1 to 6 poems. Include all poems in one submission file.
We prefer Word doc or docx files.
Poems should be single-spaced, or how they should appear on the page.
Start each poem on a new page.
Poems should explore place, environment, or the relationship between humans and the natural world.

Submit 1 to 3 pieces of creative nonfiction. Include all pieces in one submission file.
We prefer Word doc or docx files.
Start each piece on a new page.
Double-space your manuscript, or how it should appear on the page.
Pieces should explore place, environment, or the relationship between humans and the natural world.
Each piece should not exceed 1,000 words in length.

SHORT FICTION < 1,000 words
Submit 1 to 3 pieces of fiction. Include all fiction pieces in one submission file.
We prefer Word doc or docx files.
Start each piece on a new page.
Double-space your manuscript, or how it should appear on the page.
Pieces should explore place, environment, or the relationship between humans and the natural world.
Each piece should not exceed 1,000 words in length.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Women of the Woods seeks eerie tales

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Deadline: June 30, 2020

Women of the Woods is an upcoming collection about the lore, myths, and legends of women who dwell in the forest. Historically, it's the witches, artists, and outcasts who make the dark forest their home. Whether you retell a piece of folklore or create something altogether new, Fabled Collective would love to see your story.

We are looking for spooky, eerie, gothic tales that leave out the gore and focus more on a feeling of dread and foreboding. We're interested in stories with rich, haunting settings. Think dark fantasy or quiet horror. Give us complex characters, ghosts, witches, magical realism, and more!

Submission Guidelines:
  • Stories between 2,000-8,000 words.
  • Please format all submissions TNR 12pt, double spaced, with page numbers. Word documents preferred.
  • Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but please let us know immediately if you've accepted publication elsewhere.
  • No previously published stories.
  • Only one submission per author.
Please Include:

A short bio.
Links to your social media and website.

One cent per word to be paid upon acceptance.
2,000 words = $20
5,000 words = $50
8,000 words = $80

Fabled Collective is free to publish your work in ebook, print, and audiobook formats, but the author retains rights to sell, publish, and distribute their work in the future if desired.

All work must be original. Fabled is free to grammatically edit all works.

Send to:
Please send your work to

Willowherb Review seeks submissions from writers of color

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DEADLINE: 30 June, 2020 at 23.59 (CET).

We’re looking for previously unpublished prose by writers of colour—non-fiction especially, but we will consider fiction and poetry—on nature, place, and environment. If you're unsure if your piece fits the bill, let's just say we believe nature writing can tackle all sorts of issues: from stories of farming to long treks, tales of migration, racism, community, and beauty. You might be writing about remote places, cities, lost landscapes, or old homes. We're looking forward to seeing what matters most to emerging nature writers. Above all, your submission should have a great sense of place and attention to the natural world. 

Have a look at our previous issues to get a sense of what we’re looking for. 

Submissions must be finished work.

At this moment, we aren’t looking for reviews or literary criticism, but please check back in the future.

Who are you?

We’re looking for English-language submissions by BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) writers, writers of colour, and Indigenous writers (BIPOC). You can be located anywhere in the world, but the main language of the submission should be English.

If you're unsure of what we mean by writer of colour, have a look here. The term ‘people of colour’ is used to describe any group/person that is not white, often sharing a common experience of racism. Indigenous can be taken to include Native American, First Nations, Inuit, and Aboriginal identities, among others.

Length and Format:

Prose submissions can be up to 3000 words in length. Poets can submit up to three poems in total, but we may only publish one.

Files should be in .doc or .docx format, with the filename as follows: YourNameTitleOfSubmission.doc

Font: Times New Roman, 12 pt. double spaced, no headers or footers in formatting please. Poems do not need to be double spaced.

If published, your submission’s copyright will remain with you. The edited text will be licensed for use on The Willowherb Review’s website. You’ll be free to re-publish your work in future with credit to The Willowherb for first publication. The submissions we select will be paid according to our small budget: €150 for prose, €50 for poetry. You’ll need to be able to issue an invoice and be paid via bank transfer or PayPal.

*Please note that data collected in the submissions process will be held on file until the selection process is completed, after which point it will be deleted. If your submission is chosen, we’ll keep hold of your information for invoicing and tax purposes.*

Carte Blanche submission guidelines

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Deadline: July 1, 2020

At carte blanche we believe there is more than one way to tell a story. Our mandate is to provide a venue for narrative of all forms from fiction and nonfiction, to poetry and photo essays.
carte blanche is published three times a year: in the winter, spring/summer, and fall.
We are currently open for comics, photography, poetry, and translation submissions. We accept original, previously unpublished submissions through our online submission form ONLY. If you have problems using our submission form, please send us an email.


Submissions for Issue 39 – Spring/Summer 2020 are open from 18 May to 1 July 2020. Get ready to send us your Poetry, Translations, Photography, and Comics.

Simultaneous submissions: We accept simultaneous submissions. Please indicate in your cover letter if you are sending your piece elsewhere and withdraw your submission via Submittable if it is accepted somewhere else.

Unpublished submissions: We do not accept submissions that have been previously published, including on personal websites and social media.

Rights: We ask for first world serial rights and the right to archive your work on the website. Copyright reverts to the author upon publication. In the case of translated pieces, you must already have received permissions from the original publisher to translate the piece prior to submitting your translation to us.

Payment: carte blanche pays a modest honorarium per submission. We hope to increase the amount in the future.


Our theme for Issue 39 is Anxiety.

Prior to COVID-19, worldwide climate anxiety was already on the rise, as well as anxiety relating to politics, mental health, poverty; this list could go on and on. With this new global pandemic affecting our daily lives, we are now living in a period of even greater anxiety than before. As artists in this precarious time, how does the concept of “anxiety” affect and resonate with you?

What to send


Size limit: 20 pages

We’re looking for comics that have a story to tell, that explore the boundaries of narrative within the comics form. We’re open to all styles, subjects, shapes, and sizes, but keep in mind that your comic will be displayed on the web using our image gallery. See our previously published comics to get an idea of how the gallery looks.

Please submit your files at web resolution (72dpi) with an artist’s biography of 75 words or less, and any relevant links. All files should be named with their proper titles as you would like them to be displayed on the site. Note: If your piece is selected, you may be asked to submit print-ready files for a print-on-demand copy of your issue.


Tell a story in 12 photos or fewer. Together, your photos should create a narrative – whether abstract or concrete – and have something to say.

Send a Word or PDF doc with your work pasted in it and include a statement, captions, and any other relevant text. If your work is selected for publication, we will contact you for a high-res version of the photo essay. Final submissions must be in JPG or PNG format.


From odes and haikus to free verse and sonnets, we welcome poems in any form.

Limit: 3 poems per person per submission round.


We accept English translations of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction written originally in French. If possible, please include the original work on which the translation is based. If we like your piece and choose to publish it, you will be required to provide proof of permission from the copyright holder of the original work to translate and publish the translation. Obtaining permission can take time, so please do so before you submit!

What not to send

Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

We are currently closed for Fiction and CNF submissions.

If you submitted something to these sections during a previous call for submissions and your submission is still listed as “In-Progress” by Submittable, your piece may still be considered for Issue 39. We look forward to welcoming new Fiction and CNF submissions in the fall!

Pitches: à la carte blog

We are currently closed for “à la carte blog” blog submissions.

When we reopen, we will be especially interested in pitches for the à la carte blog from marginalized writers. BIPOC, LGTBQA2S, disabled (visible & invisible), under-represented religions, and others will be encouraged to submit.

First Line Literary Journal submissions

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Deadline (Fall issue): August 1, 2020

We love that writers around the world are inspired by our first lines, and we know that not every story will be sent to us. However, we ask that you do not submit stories starting with our first lines to other journals (or post them online on public sites) until we've notified you as to our decision (usually three to four weeks after the deadline). When the entire premise of the publication revolves around one sentence, we don't want it to look as if we stole that sentence from another writer. If you have questions, feel free to drop us a line.

Also, we understand that writers may add our first line to a story they are currently working on or have already completed, and that's cool. But please do not add our first line to a previously published story and submit it to us. We do not accept previously published stories, even if they have been repurposed for our first lines.

One more thing while I've got you here: Writers compete against one another for magazine space, so, technically, every literary magazine is running a contest. There are, however, literary magazines that run traditional contests, where they charge entry fees and rank the winners. We do not - nor will we ever - charge a submission fee, nor do we rank our stories in order of importance. Occasionally, we run contests to help come up with new first lines, or we run fun, gimmicky competitions for free stuff, but the actual journal is not a contest in the traditional sense.

Fiction: All stories must be written with the first line provided. The line cannot be altered in any way, unless otherwise noted by the editors. The story should be between 300 and 5,000 words (this is more like a guideline and not a hard-and-fast rule; going over or under the word count won't get your story tossed from the slush pile). The sentences can be found on the home page of The First Line's Web site, as well as in the prior issue. Note: We are open to all genres. We try to make TFL as eclectic as possible.

Non-Fiction: 500-800 word critical essays about your favorite first line from a literary work.

All Stories: Writers should include a two- to three-sentence biography of themselves that will appear in the magazine should their story run.

Multiple Submissions: We don't mind if you want to submit multiple stories for the same issue. However, it is unlikely we will use more than one of your stories in the same issue.

Four-Part Stories: If you think you are up to the challenge, you can write a four-part story that uses the spring, summer, fall, and winter sentences. However, all the parts must be submitted at once (a single e-mail or snail mail) before the February 1st deadline. (If selected, each part will be published in its respective issue.)

Submissions: We prefer you send manuscripts via e-mail to submission (@) thefirstline (dot) com. We accept stories in MS Word or Word Perfect format (we prefer attachments). Please do not send pdf versions of your story or links to Google docs. Make sure your name and contact information, as well as your bio, are part of the attachment. Stories also can be sent to The First Line's post office box. No manuscripts will be returned without an accompanying SASE with sufficient return postage. Here is the submission schedule for 2020:

Ravi had just worked a double shift and was having trouble keeping his eyes open.
Due date: February 1, 2020

The door was locked.
Due date: May 1, 2020

The Simmons public library was a melting pot of the haves and have-nots, a mixture of homeless people and the wealthy older residents of the nearby neighborhood.
Due date: August 1, 2020

Loud music filled the room, making it hard to hear anything else.
Due date: November 1, 2020

Notification: We don't make decisions about stories until after each issue closes. We typically send notices out within three to four weeks after the issue's deadline to everyone who submitted a story. You can also check the home page of the website as we will indicate each issue's production status there.

Payment: We pay on publication: $25.00 - $50.00 for fiction, $5.00 - $10.00 for poetry, and $25.00 for nonfiction (all U.S. dollars). We also send you a copy of the issue in which your piece appears. You'll receive your money and issue at the same time.

Note to our international writers: Postage cost for sending author copies overseas is becoming outrageous, so we are reducing international author payment by the amount it would cost to send one author copy overseas. However, if you would like to receive an electronic version of the issue (PDF) instead of a hard copy, author payment will not change.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Thema submission guidelines & upcoming themes

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Upcoming premises (target themes) and deadlines for submission [postmarked]:

The Tiny Red Suitcase (July 1, 2020)
The Other Virginia (November 1, 2020)
A Postcard from the Past (March 1, 2021)

To download a PDF file of the guidelines, click here .


NOTE: Previously published pieces are welcome, provided that the submission fits the theme and that the author owns the copyright.

The premise (target theme) must be an integral part of the plot, not necessarily the central theme but not merely incidental. Fewer than 20 double-spaced typewritten pages preferred. Indicate premise (target theme) on title page. 

Be sure to Indicate target theme in cover letter or on first page of manuscript. Include self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) with each submission. Rejected manuscripts unaccompanied by an SASE will not be returned. 

Response time: 3 months after premise deadline. NO READER'S FEE.

Mail to: THEMA, Box 8747, Metairie, LA 70011-8747.

Outside the US: email

On acceptance for publication, we will pay the following amount: short story, $25; short-short piece (up to 1000 words), $10; poem, $10; artwork, $25 for cover, $10 for interior page display.

Copyright reverts to author after publication.

THEMA isn't for everyone. To find out why, click here.

New to submitting manuscripts to journals?
Click here to download a PDF file of a few basic guidelines.

Unlike many publishers, we prefer works submitted by the authors themselves, without the involvement of an agent.

Be sure to indicate premise and include SASE for each submission. BE SURE to include a separate SASE for each premise.

No handwritten manuscripts will be considered.


We do not accept e-mailed submissions EXCEPT from authors who live outside the U.S.

For those living outside the U.S., submit manuscript as an email attachment (readable by MSWord ― either as a DOC file or an RTF file), and include the following information on the title page: target theme, title of work, name of author, email address and physical address.

Short Stories: All types welcome―both traditional and experimental

Send to: Virginia Howard, editor, Box 8747, Metairie, LA 70011-8747

Outside the US: email to Virginia Howard at

What we like: a carefully constructed plot; good character delineation; clever plot twists

What we don't like: bedroom/bathroom profanity. Why?
It's boring! Writers should be more creative than to depend on the same tired and dubious language crutches to express surprise, disdain, shock, bemusement, anger, sadness, and other emotions.
Such profanity, used in excess, often serves as a camouflage for a weak plot. If the plot is good, the story can be told much more effectively in nonscatologic language even though a character in the story may be sleazy.

Stories of lasting quality rarely need it.

Poetry: All types of poetic form welcome. Submit no more than threepoems per theme, please. If more than three poems are submitted, we will read only the first three poems in the stack.

Send to: Gail Howard, poetry editor, Box 8747, Metairie, LA 70011-8747

Outside the US: email to Gail Howard at

What we like: poems that are thoughtfully constructed and carefully distilled.

What we don't like: sexually explicit wording. Subtlety is more creative.

Short Fiction Submission, Issue 181, Prime Number Magazine

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Deadline: June 30, 2020 Midnight EDT

Prime Number Magazine (a Press 53 publication) is now open for submissions of short fiction to be published in Issue 181, on October 1, 2020.

Guest Short Fiction Editor: Shuly Xóchitl Cawood, author of A Small Thing to Want

Submission period: April 1 – June 30, 2020 midnight Eastern time

Reporting Time: Writers will receive an acceptance or rejection no later than one month prior to publication date. Submissions will open every quarter with a new guest editor. Writers are encouraged to submit again during the open submission periods. Please limit your submissions to one story per submission period.

Reading Fee: None

Submit one unpublished story of up to 5,300 words (please include word count), double spaced, numbered pages, written in English in a standard 12-pt. font (Times, Garamond, etc). Please limit your submission to one story per submission period.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable but please withdraw work immediately through Submittable if accepted elsewhere. You will find the "Withdraw" button in the upper right corner of your submission. Only unpublished works will be considered. 

Eligibility: Submissions are open to writers anywhere in the world who write in English.

Rights: Prime Number Magazine will be granted First Serial Rights, including the right to permanently archive the accepted work. After the work is published, all rights revert to the author.
Payment: Writers living in the United States will receive a free copy of the guest judge's book from Press 53. Writers living outside the United States receive no compensation other than publication.
Questions/Comments should be directed to Kevin Morgan Watson, Publisher and Editor in Chief, at

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Six Guns Straight From Hell western horror anthology seeks work

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Deadline: June 30, 2020

Six Guns Straight From Hell was a western horror anthology first published by Science Fiction Trails in 2010. A second volume came out in 2014. We’re going to bring a third volume in late 2020. The project is being edited by David B. Riley and J. A. Campbell. We are looking for original western horror. Look at the title. Scare us or shoot somebody. Better yet, do some of both. We’re not requiring gunplay, but it would help. The preference will be for active stories. Any type of horror is okay, including dark fantasy, although we’re not fans of excessive sex or gore. Have some sense of danger or peril. Unlikely heroes or villains are especially wanted. Above all else, give us a flavor of the Wild West along with whatever supernatural elements you bring to the table.

Stories should take place in the western United States between 1850 and 1900. This can include western Canada and northern Mexico. Preferred length is 1k to 5k words, although we will accept stories to 8k words.

We tend to see too many sheriff stories. There were plenty of other people out west, including merchants, photographers, reporters, ranchers, Indians, miners, soldiers, telegraph operators, saloon keepers and prostitutes. We encourage stories involving these folks. If you do feel the need for a lawman, make that person interesting—not simply a walking badge.

Over the years, we’ve noticed some common mistakes a lot of writers make. We thought we’d mention a few of them. Ships. The names of ships are italicized. Yep, they are. A lot of folks don’t seem to realize this. Short stories: Titles of short stories are not underlined. They should be put in quotation marks. Names of plays and books should be italicized, not put in quotes. Few western towns were policed by sheriffs. Incorporated towns in most states are responsible for their own law enforcement and the officials in the western states are usually called town marshals for smaller towns. Larger cities used the term police, even in the 1800s. (Some eastern states use terms like constable). United States marshals, even back in the 1800s, are primarily responsible for arresting and transporting federal fugitives, or transporting federal prisoners. They do not deal in routine criminal matters. The Army has its own law enforcement people. They are under the command of an official at a fort or base called a provost marshal. Five card draw poker was not commonly played in the 1800's, though it probably did exist. Stud poker and faro (which is played against a dealer) were the dominant card games. Bourbon is a specific type of whisky that comes only from Kentucky. While a lot of distilled whiskies and such existed in the west, Bourbon was very rare outside major towns like San Francisco or Denver

If you are writing using a pen name you should disclose who you are on the manuscript–who you really are, as well as the pen name. Misrepresenting yourself as somebody else may be interpreted as fraud. Payment will be royalties against a $25 advance plus two print copies of the book. All terms by written contract. We are seeking original stories and are not interested in reprints for this project. The book will be published in both print and ebook formats.

Submit as an attached file. We prefer RTF or WordPerfect formats. We will accept Word. Please include a word count. Email: 
Before you submit, look over your submission. Have you included full contact info on the first page of the manuscript? That means name, address, email & phone #. Does your manuscript have a word count? If using an attached file, is the file name similar to the story name? At the end of your story, did you include the words “The End” or something similar so the editor is certain he has the entire story? If you want italic use italic. If you want bold face use boldface, do not underline. Underlining to get italic goes back to the days when writers used typewriters and compositors actually set type. Those days are mostly over and it’s an antiquated habit. We prefer Times New Roman in 12 point type.

We still see too many writers who think their computer is a typewriter. Use the features like autoindent and page numbering and stop using the tab button to indent paragraphs. This practice is not only antiquated, but makes reformatting and editing difficult. Also, avoid embedding unusual formats or fonts. There is no need to make your manuscript look cute. Simple, plain files. Deadline for this project is –June 30, 2020. Email the editor, David B. Riley, at the above address if you have any questions.


Palaver seeks poetry & prose

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Deadline: September 14, 2020


Palaver is extremely interested in exploring interdisciplinarity, not only in content, but also in form. We accept poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, visual art, multimedia submissions, and multimedia-text hybrids.

Prose: Please submit only one story or creative essay. Due to the volume of submissions Palaver receives, please limit your prose to thirty pages.

Poetry: You may submit up to five poems.

Multimedia: We allow up to ten file uploads of visual art/multimedia. Our Submittable account accepts jpg, tiff, gif, png, MP4, and mov files for art submissions.

No multiple submissions. Please wait until you have heard back from the first submission before submitting a second time.

No self-identifying information should be present in the body of your work, due to our blind review process. The file name should only include the title of your submission. Only fill out identifying information on the form provided by Submittable. If your submission includes your name in the content and cannot be removed (e.g. the credits of a video), don't sweat it.

Palaver does not accept previously published work, be it print or online. Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. If the submission is accepted elsewhere, please notify us immediately and withdraw it from Palaver. If a portion of your submission is accepted elsewhere--for example: one or more poems from a submission of multiple poems, or a portion from a longer work of  prose--please make a note on your submission.

If any part of your submission contains images or other elements for which you do not own the copyright, it is your responsibility to obtain formal permission to reproduce those works. If this pertains to your work, please note this in your cover letter.

Unfortunately, due to limited resources, Palaver cannot pay for accepted submissions at this time.

Submissions to Palaver are open February 15 until September 14. We publish on an  annual basis in May. Palaver contacts submitters about their submission status within six months.

Questions can be addressed to 

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Cast of Wonders seeks submissions from young authors for Banned Books Week

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Deadline: June 30, 2020 7PM EDT


Our theme for 2020 is Lifelines: books that help us get through periods of isolation

"Books" can be any one-way form of communication: a box of letters, a podcast, skywriting - anything the recipient can't easily reply to. "Isolation can be either physical or social: an astronaught alone in a spaceship a person I na place where no one speaks their language; someone in prison.

The stories don't necessarily need to have a happy ending, but they do need to end on a hopeful note. And of course they should follow all the standard Cast of Wonders guidelines.

We are not accepting simultaneous or multiple submissions for Banned Books Week 2020: please submit only one story to this call and please don't submit stories here and to another venue at the same time. (It's okay to have one story submitted here and a different story submitted to a different Cast of wonders call at the same time, though).

Threepenny Review seeks poetry, stories, articles

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Deadline: June 30, 2020

We consider submissions in two ways: through the mail and via our online submissions system. Whichever method you plan to use, please read through our writers' guidelines first. Except for items 2 and 3, all the guidelines apply equally to both methods of submission, and you will not be given this crucial information again on the online submissions page.

So please read completely through the guidelines below before you click here to access our online submissions system.


Writers' Guidelines

1. At present The Threepenny Review is paying $400 per story or article, $200 per poem or Table Talk piece. This payment buys first serial rights in our print and digital editions, and the copyright then reverts to the author immediately upon publication.

2. All mailed manuscripts must include a stamped, self-addressed envelope for our reply. Submissions should be mailed to:

The Editors
The Threepenny Review
PO Box 9131
Berkeley, CA 94709

3. All online submissions must consist of a single document in Word format (.doc or .docx). If you are submitting prose, the document should consist of a single article or a single story. If you are submitting poetry, please group your poems into one document containing no more than five poems, because the online system will not accept more than a single document from each person. Please include your name and address somewhere on the document as well as in our submission form.

4. We do not print material that has previously been published elsewhere, and we emphatically do not consider simultaneous submissions. We do our best to offer a quick turnaround time, so please allow us the privilege of sole consideration during that relatively brief period; writers who do not honor this request will not be published in the magazine.

5. Response time for submissions can range from two days to two months. Please do not submit more than a single story or article, or more than five poems, until you have heard back from us about your previous submission. If you have not heard from us within a couple of months, you should assume that either your communication or ours has gone astray.

6. We strongly recommend that you stay within our length limits. As a rule, critical articles should be about 1200 to 2500 words, Table Talk items 1000 words or less, stories and memoirs 4000 words or less, and poetry 100 lines or less. (Exceptions are occasionally possible, but longer pieces will have a much harder time getting accepted.) We prefer to read prose submissions that are double-spaced; poetry can be single-spaced or double-spaced.

7. Critical articles that deal with books, films, theater performances, art exhibits, etc. should cite these occasions at the front of the article, using the following format:

Theater Piece
by Playwright's Name,
directed by Director's Name.
Theater, City,
Season 20__.

Art Exhibition Title,
Gallery or Museum, City,
Start Date–End Date.

Book Title
by Author's Name.
Publisher, Year Published,
Price (cloth) (paper).

Remember that The Threepenny Review is quarterly and national (and in some respects international); therefore each "review" should actually be an essay, broader than the specific event it covers and of interest to people who cannot see the event.

8. Writers will be consulted on all significant editing done on their articles, and will have the opportunity to proofread galleys for typographical errors.

9. It is recommended that those submitting work for the first time to The Threepenny Review take a look at a sample copy beforehand. (Print copies are available from the publisher for $12.00; digital copies can be downloaded instantly for $7.00.)

10. We do not read submissions during the second half of the year (July through December), so please do not submit work then. Any material sent to us during that period will be discarded unread.

11. Emailed submissions will be discarded unread. The only two ways to submit work to us are through the mail and via our online system.

The Threepenny Review P.O. Box 9131 Berkeley, California 94709
Telephone: (510) 849-4545

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Downstate Story Guidelines

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Deadline: June 30, 2020
  • Downstate Story is published every fall and beginning in 2012, only on the Web. Each issue contains 10 original short stories. We accept a variety of genres so that every reader who looks at Downstate Story will find something fascinating.
  • The deadline is always June 30.
  • Meanwhile we also promote Downstate Story, as well as the reading of fiction in general. We hold readings, and our writers have read and been interviewed on radio and TV.
  • As a not-for-profit venture, our goal is to break even financially through sales, so that Downstate Story can support itself and need not depend on subsidies, grants or advertising - though we're flexible, and not ruling these out entirely. People can help by mentioning Downstate Story and similar publications to friends, encouraging libraries to order copies, or buying the back issues of the print copies for themselves or friends. It costs $10, postpaid in the USA, and makes a good gift. Add $2 more for non-USA postage. You can reach an order blank at the end of this page. Or click on the Website with the 2012 edition and make a donation through Democracy Engine. 
  • We encourage potential contributors to buy a copy to support the magazine, and to become familiar with it. Read it for free on the Web.
  • Story guidelines, in general: short fiction or narrative written to the standards of fiction, under 2000 words, never published before. Shorter is better. We prefer some connection with Illinois or the Midwest. All contributors are paid $50 on acceptance for their work. We only buy first rights, including Internet publication. Anyone can submit work.
  • Send your work through the mail. No email submissions, please, as we circulate the manuscripts to our readers. Enclose an SASE for a response. In this age of cheap copies we do NOT return manuscripts. We do NOT accept e-mail manuscripts, but we REQUIRE correspondance via e-mail for the speed and cost savings. If you plan to send us a manuscript, be sure you have access to e-mail. All manuscripts should have a valid e-mail address, as well as a valid phone number on the manuscript itself!
  • We notify all authors of our decisions in late fall. Don't call us -- we will notify you!
  • Send manuscripts to:Downstate Story1825 E. Maple Ridge Dr.
    Peoria, IL 61614Questions? Email

And Lately, The Sun seeks new work

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Deadline: June 30, 2020

Bushland is burning. The Arctic may soon be ice-free in the summer. Oceans are swelling with the run-off, heaving with endocrine disruptors and plastics, and where corals once thrived there is bleaching and dying. The knock-on effects have barely begun.

Climate change is here. Now what are we going to do about it?

Do we help the environment change as fast as the climate? Release chemical mutagens into the ecosystem to drive natural selection at a hundred miles an hour so we can see what survives on the other side?

Is it time to reinvent our social, political, and economic systems from the top down – or the bottom up? Our current lifestyles could become as alien to the next generation as the Aztec civilisation now is to us. In a world of guerrilla-style eco warriors, or digitised barter economies, or robot socialism, or ageographical nation states, what are the threads we’ll we weave forward?

Could it be that a more gradual transformation of our destructive policies is the way to safety, taking each set of problems one box at a time? Our future could look much like our present, but with supercharged carbon sequestration, genetically modified bacteria safely breaking down plastics, and next-generation smart phones. How does it start? What drives it onward?

Or do we need to move backwards? Our answers may not lie in the new, but in the old. Perhaps our best future is a radical rebuilding of history, and all we need to decide on is whose.

And Lately, The Sun explores such ideas in a short story anthology slated for publication in November 2020. We are currently calling for submissions until midnight (GMT) on the 30th of June, 2020.

Submission Guidelines

Word count: 2000-8000 words per story. Stories with word counts falling outside these limits will be considered, if exceptionally crafted.

Stories should be for readers of the English language. We are flexible in our use of English and invite a broad range of vernaculars. Be considerate of your audience but stay true to your world.

We encourage a diversity of authors, characters, and settings. We want to hear from and about all cultures, locations, genders, orientations and abilities.

Simultaneous submissions and multiple submissions are accepted, but let us know immediately if your story is accepted elsewhere. We accept previously unpublished works only (please do not submit material which has been published on personal websites).
What we’re looking for:

We want to see stories which thoughtfully investigate potential futures under our changing climate.

Give us substantial characters, vivid worlds, shiny (and not-so-shiny) wonders. Let us see not only new technology, but how society works with it – how we think, how we relate, how we live under its influence. Show us how we’ll obtain or produce our material needs. How we’re born, how we’ll grow, what will ail us, how we’ll die.

Show us how we’ll play and work. Who we are, and who we could be.

Please submit completed, polished work.

What we’re not looking for:

Stories designed to alarm people into taking notice of climate change. Your story must explore functional solutions, and not simply highlight problems. Show us a future with future in it.

Violence, sex, or gore, if present, must be integral to the story, and must not be the main point of the story.

Pitches are not accepted. Unedited work, or work littered with errors of spelling, punctuation, or grammar will not be accepted.

Stories should not rely on footnotes or glossaries. To a reasonable degree, please guide your reader by using context and structure. For everything else there’s search engines.

We are not looking for essays. Please send us fiction only.
Formatting guidelines:

Standard manuscript format. Please remove all author information from the manuscript, including headers and footers.
Payment and rights:

We pay AUD$80 per accepted story as our standard rate. One story will receive an “editor’s pick” payment of AUD$500. All authors will receive a contributor copy of the e-book. This buys us first world electronic rights, including HTML, PDF, and plain text formats, and non-exclusive anthology rights. Payment is made within 30 days of publication via PayPal.

Bear in mind that most publications will not publish pieces that have been published in print, eBook, or on the web, so for all intents and purposes after your work is published by us it can only be marketed as a reprint. It is up to you, the author, to decide if publishing your work according to the conditions offered is what you want to do.

The collection will be published in eco-friendly e-book format.

How to submit:

Submissions are accepted via email at .

Please send your story as an email attachment. Make sure all author information is removed from the attachment. Attachments may be in .txt or .doc format.

The subject of the email should contain the title of your story and your name. The body of the email should contain your name and contact details, plus any relevant information about yourself, your previous publications, or experience or qualifications relating to the story. See also our privacy policy.

You will receive an email confirming that your submission has been received.

Open for submissions until midnight (GMT) on 30th of June, 2020. Responses will be sent within one calendar month from the submission deadline.

We regret that we cannot give personal feedback on submissions.

Monday, June 22, 2020

The Absurdist is seeking flash fiction

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Deadline: June 30, 2020
The Absurdist is looking for flash fiction as peculiar as it is engaging. Stories may be humorous, unsettling, hallucinatory or thoughtful, or just a little off-center. We really just want something weird.

Check out other stories to get a sense of what fits, and review the guidelines below.


Stories may range in length from 750 to 1,250 words, roughly.

We accept one or two stories at a time, sent in a single email (in .doc, .docx, or google doc files, or pasted in the body—no PDFs). Please wait to hear about your first submission before submitting again. Simultaneous submissions are okay, assuming we are notified promptly if a story is accepted elsewhere. Previously unpublished work only.

To be considered, include the following with your submission:
  • Author name as you wish to see it published
  • Story title(s)
  • City, state/country of residence
  • Brief, two- to three-sentence author bio in third-person (to be published with your story)
  • Social media handles for promotional purposes (not required but encouraged)

Allow us a few weeks to review your submission. If you have not heard back after a month, feel free to inquire.

Currently accepting submissions through Tuesday, June 30th.


( or send submission to absurdistmag [at] gmail [dot] com )

little somethings press seeks flash fiction & flash memoir

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Deadline: June 12, 2020

Little somethings press is open for submissions for issue three. We want work that breathes even as the world falters.

Send your flash memoir and fiction of up to 300 words, your poetry of up to 12 lines, and your visual art to by June 15th.

Up to three pieces per submission are welcome. Please send prose and poetry in .doc format and visual art in JPEG and PDF formats.

Contributors will receive compensation through a contributor copy. All rights revert back to the author/contributor upon publication.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

About Place Journal seeks work of resistance and resilience

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Deadline: August 2, 2020
About Place Journal is published twice a year, on May 1 and October 1. A new Call for Submissions is posted twice a year.

Work can include:
  • Poetry/Lyric: up to 3 pieces which do not exceed 50 lines each. Acceptable file types include doc, docx, txt & rtf. (If your poetry submission contains special formatting, we suggest submitting a PDF in addition to your Word doc).
  • Fiction, essays, creative nonfiction and other prose: up to 3 pieces which do not exceed 4000 words each. Acceptable file types include doc, docx, txt & rtf.
  • Audio/Visual artwork: up to 5 photos, paintings, prints or other forms of art. Acceptable file types include jpg & tiff for art/photography, mp3 for audio and mp4 & mov for video.
Each submission must be accompanied by a bio in doc, docx, txt or rtf format. Bios should not exceed 150 words. We also provide the opportunity to list your website, Twitter and Instagram links, if desired.

By submitting, you guarantee you hold the rights to the work, and you grant About Place Journal the rights to publish the submitted work. After publication, rights revert to the author. Original, previously unpublished work only. All pieces must be submitted through Submittable.