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Saturday, September 19, 2020

Jerry Jazz Musician seeks short fiction

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Deadline: September 30, 2020
Three times a year, Jerry Jazz Musician awards a writer who submits, in our opinion, the best original, previously unpublished work of short fiction.

The Jerry Jazz Musician reader has interests in music, social history, literature, politics, art, film and theater, particularly that of the counter-culture of mid-twentieth century America. Our newsletter subscribers include publishers, artists, musicians, and fellow writers. While your writing should appeal to a reader with these interests and in these creative professions, all story themes are considered.

Winning stories are announced on the home page of Jerry Jazz Musician, and it will reside on the website permanently. In 2018, Jerry Jazz Musiciannominated six writers and poets for the Pushcart Prize. Click here to view them.

In addition to publishing the winning story, with the consent of the author, we frequently publish short-listed stories.

Contest details

No entry fee is required. One story entry only.

A prize of $100 will be awarded for the winning story.
In addition to the story being published on Jerry Jazz Musician, the author’s acceptance of the prize money gives Jerry Jazz Musician the right to include the story in an anthology that could appear in book or magazine form. All other ownership rights are retained by the author. If story appears subsequently in other publications, we ask authors to note that the story was originally published on Jerry Jazz Musician.

Submission deadline for the next contest — our 55th — is September 30, 2020. Publishing date will be on or about November 10, 2020. Ideally, stories will not exceed 3,000 words but stories of up to 4,000 words are considered. There are no age limitations.

Please submit your story by September 30, 2020 via Word (preferred) or PDF attachment to, and be sure to include your name, address and phone number with your submission. Please include “Short Fiction Contest Submission” in the subject heading of the email.

Shooter Literary Magazine seeks work

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Deadline: October 18, 2020

Shooter publishes themed issues each January and July, and runs competitions for short fiction during winter/spring and poetry during summer/autumn. General submission guidelines are as follows:


Please submit work appropriate to the theme in Word format, 1.5 or double spaced, with word count indicated at the end of the piece. Literary fiction, creative non-fiction and narrative journalism should fall between 2,000 and 7,500 words. Any non-fiction or journalistic work selected for publication will be fact-checked. Please submit only one story and/or up to three poems per issue. Simultaneous submissions are welcome but let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere. All work must be previously unpublished either in print or online.

Submissions are now open for issue #12 (winter 2021) with the theme of Animal Love. We’re open to short fiction, non-fiction and poetry to do with all creatures great and small, wonderful and wild, exotic and beloved. Meaningful, offbeat and/or humorous writing on pets, exotic species, encounters in the wild, veterinarians, equestrian sports, animal shelters, or anything that revolves around a human relationship to another species is welcome.

We’d especially like to see work that concerns animals other than dogs and cats, as those are likely to figure prominently. However, the quality of the writing and storytelling is, as always, the paramount consideration, and the theme is open to wide interpretation.

Please include a brief 2-3 sentence biography in your email, noting any prior publishing experience, and send work to by October 18th, 2020. Successful writers will hear from us within a few weeks of the deadline, if not before. If you do not hear from us after that time, please assume that we will not be publishing your work. Due to the volume of submissions we no longer send rejection emails.
Upon publication, writers will be paid £25 per story and £5 per poem. Stories that fall below the requested minimum of 2,000 words will be paid at poetry rates. Artists will be paid £25 for use of their work as magazine illustration. UK contributors will receive a copy of the issue in which their work appears; non-UK contributors may choose to receive either cash payment or a copy of the issue in which their work appears.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Remapping Wonderland: Classic Fairytales Retold by People of Color

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Deadline: September 30, 2020

We believe it is important for readers to see themselves reflected on the page. After truly realizing how few characters in classic fairytales are People of Color, we wanted to make an anthology of fairytales where readers of color could see themselves on the pages.

Remapping Wonderland: Classic Fairytales Retold by People of Color SubmissionsWe are seeking retellings and rewritings of classic fairytales that FEATURE People of Color or different ethnic or cultural backgrounds (non-white) as the characters and that are WRITTEN by People of Color or different ethnic or cultural backgrounds (non-white). 

The original source material should be recognizable but not copied; we will reward creativity and uniqueness in the retelling and rewriting. We are looking for heart, the human condition, truth, diversity, overarching metaphors and allegories, deeper meanings and morals. 

Stories are read incognito. DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME OR ANY IDENTIFYING MARKS INSIDE THE FILE, inc. headers, footers, cover pages, acknowledgments, and file names.
We are not seeking work aimed at children.
We are looking for retellings of classic fairytales that are in the public domain; obscure characters and stories are fine and encouraged, but we are not seeking original fairytales that have not previously existed in a different form. 

We are not accepting poetry for this collection. Fiction only. 

Must be at least 18 to submit.
All work must be in English and must be the author’s own. Single work by multiple authors considered.
No word-count limit, but a soft upper limit of 10,000 words is suggested, and preference may be given to shorter works.
Simultaneous submissions allowed. 

Previously published pieces considered. Don’t include acknowledgments in the file.
Submit via Submittable only. We do not accept email submissions.
There is no reading fee.
We close our free submissions when we reach our monthly Submittable submissions cap, so submit early in the month and don’t wait last-minute for the deadline.
We respond to every submission, in order. Form response only. We are regretfully unable to provide feedback.
You may submit as many pieces as you’d like, but please submit them all at once, in one single submission, and please only submit to free categories once per month, to give everyone a chance to submit before submissions are capped.
We have already accepted pieces from the following fairytale sources, so we are no longer reading work from: 1,001 Nights, Beauty and the Beast, Bluebeard, Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Goose Girl, Hansel and Gretel, King Midas and the Golden Touch, Kumiho, Kupti and Imani, The Little Match Girl, The Little Mermaid, Little Red Riding Hood, Pinocchio, Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, The Ugly Duckling, The Velvet Ribbon. Please choose a different story! 

We will accept approximately 20 pieces for this collection, depending on length. There is a $200 payment budget for the anthology, and all authors published in the collection receive an even division of that amount, after publication, in an opt-in system (which you will choose at payment time), along with a digital copy of the completed anthology in all formats, and an author-discount price for print versions (without obligation). We do not give out complimentary print editions. A percentage of the proceeds from the book will go to Room to Read.

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Third Point Press seeks poetry

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Deadline: October 9, 2020
All submissions through Submittable.

August 31 – October 9 (issue 18 published November 30)
Important Information
  • Read our past issues to see what we like.
  • Please do not submit the same piece to multiple categories.
  • Please review your piece carefully before submitting – every time we receive a submission that is withdrawn for resubmittal, it counts towards our overall per-month submittal count. If you notice a small mistake, let us know. Otherwise, please do not attempt to resubmit.
  • We pay $10/contributor via PayPal.
  • If we publish your work, wait one calendar year before submitting again.
  • If we decline your work, please wait until the next submission period to submit again (don’t submit within the same issue’s reading period)
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine, just keep us in the loop. Withdraw your work (congrats!) or leave us a comment in Submittable.
  • Previously published work cannot be considered (this include blogs, Facebook, Wattpad, etc).
  • We retain first serial rights on work we accept and then all rights revert to the author. If the work is reprinted, we ask that Third Point Press be acknowledged as the place of initial publication.
Expedited Reading ($5)

If you use the expedited reading option in Submittable for poetry or fiction, we’ll put your work at the very top of our reading pile. You won’t get anything more than that (no preferential treatment, no instant acceptance). Think of it as a way of patting us on the back while satisfying that urge to avoid waiting in line.
Feedback Option ($7)

You can also choose the feedback option when submitting. This simply ensures that we will provide our thoughts explaining what we liked, didn’t like, and thought could be improved on in your work. Feedback submissions are available for a limited time during our open reading periods to ensure our editors have time to read and comment.
Send a short story up to 3,500 words or up to 3 flash pieces (each of which should not exceed 1,000 words).
Do not send an excerpt of longer works unless it can absolutely stand on its own.
At this time, we do not consider work in translation.
Submit all of your work in a single file, use clear page breaks between pieces, and clearly identify each title in the title area of Submittable (Title A/Title B/Title C).
Please use a standard font and double space your submission.

What to Submit:
  • It’s pretty easy to tell you how to format your submissions. What’s tough is trying to convey what we want to see, what makes us say, “this!” We love character-driven stories that possess a strong sense of language, no matter the genre. In considering what makes a story a good fit for us, we look to Roxane Gay and Kelly Link, who’ve both mentioned how a writer’s obsessions not only generate strong story ideas, but are also the source of a writer’s distinct voice. We want to hear yours.
  • Poetry
  • Send up to 5 poems in a standard font.
  • Submit all of your poems in a single file
  • Make sure to check your work for errors. This is even more important with poetry. We want your work to look exactly like you mean it to look.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Association of Writers and Writing Programs seeks essays

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Deadline: September 30, 2020
AWP presents the best contemporary writing in its flagship magazine the Writer’s Chronicle, as well as on our website through Online-Only Exclusives, short blog pieces on the Writer’s Notebook, and articlesgiving job advice in our Career Advice section.

The Editors read submissions for the Writer’s Chronicle from February 1 through September 30 of eachyear. Submissions for the Writer’s Notebook and the Career Advice section are read throughout the year. Please review our guidelines below.

About the Writer’s Chronicle
  • Published six times during the academic year, the Writer’s Chronicle strives to
  • present the best essays on the craft and art of writing poetry, fiction, and nonfiction;
  • help overcome academic overspecialization and balkanization of the literary arts by presenting a public forum for the appreciation, debate, and analysis of contemporary literature;
  • present the diversity of accomplishments and points of view within contemporary literature;
  • provide serious and committed writers and students of writing the best advice on how to manage their professional lives;
  • provide writers who teach with new pedagogical approaches for their classrooms;
  • provide members and subscribers with a literary community as a respite from devotion to a difficult and lonely art;
  • provide members and subscribers with information on publishing opportunities, grants, and awards; and
  • promote the good works of AWP, its programs, and its individual members.

In general, the editors look for articles that demonstrate an excellent working knowledge of literary issues and a generosity of spirit that esteems the arguments of other writers on similar topics. In writingessays on craft, writers are often tempted to use their own work as an example. The editors do not welcome such articles. For our readers, we provide the model of a writer reading another writer carefully and productively. Please keep in mind that 18,000 of our 35,000 readers are students or just-emerging writers. They must become expert readers before they can become accomplished writers, and we therefore expect essays on craft to show exemplary close readings of a variety of contemporary and older works. Essays must embody erudition, generosity, curiosity, and discernment rather than self-involvement. Writers may refer to their own travails and successes if they do so modestly, in smallproportion to the other examples. Again, we look for a generosity of spirit—a general love and command of literature as well as an expert, writerly viewpoint—in the essays we publish.

What We Pay

We buy first serial rights and electronic rights for all manuscripts accepted for publication. We pay $18 per 100 words for accepted manuscripts. Regretfully, we do not pay kill fees. Authors are paid uponpublication. We reserve the right to publish articles from the Writer’s Chronicle electronically on AWP’s website and the Chronicle App.

To propose an essay or interview for consideration for the Writer’s Chronicle, please email editorSupriya Bhatnagar at <>.

What We Publish

Submissions to the Writer’s Chronicle may fall into one of the following categories:

Interviews: 4,000 to 7,000 words

The Writer’s Chronicle features interviews with well-known and up-and-coming authors of note in the genres of fiction, short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and other forms of creative writing. In the past, we have published interviews with such authors as Nikki Finney, Ernest Gaines, WS Merwin, Sonia Sanchez, George Saunders, Jane Smiley, Arthur Sze, and many others. We especially appreciate interviews that include discussions of writing craft, the evolution of the author’s own work, and literary influences and inspirations. Please query before submitting an interview. We publish interviews between 4,000 and 7,000 words. Interviews should include a two-paragraph introduction to the author, including all pertinent biographical information. This introduction should be mainly factual. We are not interested in an interview that is faithful to an actual spoken event. We are not interested in how friendly you are with the subject, or what the subject was wearing that day, or when and where the interview wasconducted, etc. We prefer interviews that have been revised heavily in the interest of accuracy, concision, and style. We are interested in an interview that represents a writer as well as possible in a somewhat personable and discursive manner. We do not publish interviews unless the subject has had an opportunity to revise his or her comments, and we encourage the interviewers and their subjects to revise their transcripts of the interviews extensively. We only publish interviews that have been approved in proofs by their subjects.

Sorry, No Lectures, Talks, & Panel Discussions

Transcripts of lectures, talks, and panel discussions do not appear in our pages, but we do often publish essays that are adapted from such events. Many panel discussions, though engaging in person, are disappointing in the cool medium of print. As with interviews, we are not interested in transcripts of actual spoken events; we prefer articles that acknowledge sources and the other writers who have pondered the same topic (which one may sometimes overlook when one speaks informally); we prefer articles that are more elegantly organized and concisely written than the somewhat improvisatoryruminations of a panel discussion. We seldom publish all the presentations of any given panel discussion, so you should adapt your discussion to read well as a freestanding essay.

Essays on Pedagogy: 2,500 to 7,000 words

Often, AWP will publish essays concerning creative writing pedagogy in the Online-Only Exclusives section of the website. The most successful pedagogy pieces combine research, interviews, and teaching experience. Pedagogy pieces are not diatribes about the quality of a writer’s own education or an argument against a specific teacher’s methodology. The pedagogy essay is an opportunity to inform and educate your peers about different methodologies of teaching, and should always be directed towards the writing community-at-large. Pedagogy pieces are generally between 2,500 and 7,000 words.

Appreciations: 2,000 to 5,000 words

The Writer’s Chronicle publishes appreciations of contemporary writers whose work came into prominence after 1965. Appreciations are not profiles or memoirs; instead, we seek close readings of an important author’s work and an analysis of the author’s contributions to our culture and to the mastery of craft. You may include some personal anecdotes to portray the author more vividly, but mostly self-referential or sentimental appreciations, of course, are not acceptable. The appreciation should answer the questions: What can I as a writer learn from this writer? What has this writer contributed to our culture? Appreciations are generally between 2,000 and 5,000 words.

Essays on the Craft of Writing: 2,000 to 6,000 words

All craft essays must analyze an element of creative writing. Articles should not overlap with topics covered in recent issues of the Chronicle. Craft essays should contain concrete examples to illustrate the writerly advice they offer. Many of our published essays combine appreciations (as described above) with a study of elements of craft. Using more than one author to illustrate your analysis is recommended. A query on a specific topic is always welcome. Craft essays run between 2,000 and 6,000 words, depending on the topic.

General Guidelines

We currently accept submissions via Submittable as well as through postal mail. Essays longer than 7,000 words are generally not accepted. Simultaneous submissions are not encouraged and must be noted as such on your cover letter. If we do not respond to your submission within three months, you are free to send your work elsewhere. Electronic queries are acceptable, but email submissions will not be considered.

Please follow the Chicago Manual of Style. Acknowledge your sources by using endnotes. Do not follow MLA style, which is well-designed for professional readers but annoying to general readers, in whom we still have great faith. Previously published works are unacceptable. We will, however, publish an accepted work before or the same month it also appears in a book.


If you quote a poem, song, or short-short story in its entirety, it is your responsibility to secure and pay for that permission. We recommend that you limit quotes to fair use and avoid quoting whole works, asmany trade publishers charge high fees for permissions.

How to Submit Online

Visit Choose the appropriate category and enter your contact information. Please upload your submission as a single file in .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf formats. Include cover letter and bio information in the space provided on the submission form.

Rockvale Review seeks poetry

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Deadline: October 1, 2020
Submissions here

We Publish Only Poetry. Please read the following guidelines carefully and in their entirety. Disregarding our guidelines may result in your submission being disqualified.

The reading period for Issue Seven runs from July 1 through September 30, 2020. Work submitted outside this window will not be read. The issue is unthemed and will be published in November 2020.

IMPORTANT – We read blind, so don’t put your name anywhere on your work or on the title of the file you attach. If we see a name, the submission will be disqualified and we won’t read it.

ALSO IMPORTANT – Send 1-3 poems, no longer than 50 lines each, in a single document. Begin each poem on a new page.

Submit only once per reading period. If your work is accepted, we ask that you wait a year before submitting again.

You can add a cover letter and a 100-word, 3rd-person bio in the appropriate section on the form if you wish, but we are more interested in the quality of the work you send now than in your past achievements. If your work is accepted, we will contact you for your author’s bio.

Don’t send song lyrics or greeting card verse, poems with explicit language, or poems that are overtly political, sexual, or discriminatory. It is unlikely that we will publish rhyming verse. It is unlikely that we will publish translations.

Please take a peek at our past issues before you submit. They are available for free under the Issues tab, so there’s no reason not to! We hope this will aid you as you select the poems you send us. Plus, we think the poems in our issues are fantastic. Prepare to be inspired!

We like Times New Roman and 12-point font best, so if you want to make us happy, you’ll like that too. Also, we accept only .doc, .docx or PDF files.

Occasionally, we may ask for a minor edit in a poem we really believe in.

While we’d love to compensate you for your beautiful words, we can’t do that yet.

We only accept work via Submittable at the link below. Simultaneous submissions are perfectly OK, but please let us know if your work is accepted somewhere else by making a note in Submittable. Previously published work is not accepted.

We acquire first North American serial rights for poems we publish. All rights revert to the author upon publication. Should your work be subsequently published in a chapbook or full collection, please mention that it appeared first in Rockvale Review.

Thank you for sending us your work. We appreciate the chance to read it. We generally respond within 12 weeks.

The featured artist for Issue Seven is Editor Sandy Coomer. Sandy will pair every accepted poem with abstract art in the form of acrylic pour.

The featured musician for Issue Seven is Old Time Musician, Kelsey Wells. Kelsey will respond to several poems with an original piece of music.

We look forward to reading your work. Surprise us, amaze us, make us gasp! Show us the power of your words!

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Incoming Magazine accepting pitches

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Deadline: September 25, 2020

We are currently looking for pitches for 20-page black and white comics.

There are only three guidelines:
That your submission is science fiction
The characters and setting are original
That the text is in English

Other than that – anything goes. We welcome pitches from anybody and anywhere.

We will be paying a flat fee of £800 (around $1,000, depending on the exchange rate) for successful submissions. We will also be paying 10 per cent of every £1 raised over the Kickstarter target amount to each submission contributor.

Please email your pitch in the form of a story outline (text or storyboard) and a selection of concept art/past work to:


Please direct any questions you may have to this email address too.

We will be accepting pitches until 25 September 2020.


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Deadline: October 15, 2020

Any poet of American birth who is able and willing to spend one year outside the continent of North America. There is no age requirement, and there is no requirement that applicants be enrolled in a university or other education program. While many recent winners have been published poets, there is no requirement that applicants have previously published their work.

The money won is generally spent on travel and living expenses.

Applicants must be citizens of the United States by virtue either of birth within the United States or of birth outside the United States to a U.S. citizen parent.

Applications must be received by the firm of Choate, Hall & Stewart by October 15. Applications may be downloaded from this website at any time before October 15. Applications may be requested by email, regular mail, or telephone no later than October 1.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Reckoning 5 seeks submissions

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Deadline: September 22, 2020
We’re currently reading for Reckoning 5! Please refer to the specific calls from poetry editor Leah Bobet and fiction/nonfiction editor Cécile Cristofari!

To understand what we’re looking for, try Reckoning 4, Reckoning 3, Reckoning 2, Reckoning 1, the interviews, the Reckoning twitter, or LCRW 33.

The short version: creative writing about environmental justice. Fiction preferably at least a tiny bit speculative, nonfiction preferably more creative than journalistic, poetry tending towards the narrative and preferably with some thematic heft, art leaning away from the pulpy heavily towards the political. But the heart of what we want is your searingly personal, visceral, idiosyncratic understanding of the world and the people in it as it has been, as it is, as it will be, as it could be, as a consequence of humanity’s relationship with the earth.

We are actively seeking work from Indigenous writers and artists, writers and artists of color, queer and transgender writers and artists, and anyone who has suffered the consequences, intended or otherwise, of dominant society’s systemic disconnect with and mistreatment of the natural world. And we’re actively seeking new ways to reach all of the above. Seriously, if you know of a way we can do that, please share.

We’d love to publish work in translation! We’re currently open to considering writing in Spanish, French or Swedish for potential translation, and work already translated into English, for which we pay the same rate to both author and translator.

We don’t publish work we perceive to be prejudiced in any form, including sexism, racism, ableism, ageism. We reserve the right to point it out—respectfully—when we see it, though we’re as prone to mistakes and misunderstanding as anyone else.

We’re no longer accepting submissions by email; queries are ok. Simultaneous submissions are ok. Multiple poetry submissions is preferred, 3-5 poems, <10 pages; with longer submissions (including long poems), please send one at a time. Feel free to submit again after you hear back. Query for reprints. Length: 0 – 20,000 words (query for longer). Response time has ranged from one to four months. Payment is eight cents a word for prose, thirty dollars a page for poetry, art negotiable, minimum twenty-five dollars per piece. Sample contract is here. We’re always open for submissions, but the arbitrary cutoff point for the fifth issue will be the (northern hemisphere) autumn equinox, September 22, 2020.

Submit your work here via Moksha!

All of the above shall be subject hopefully not to too much change but certainly to clarification, evolution and adaptation.

Whortleberry Press seeks short stories

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Deadline: September 30, 2020

It's tentatively titled "Strange Holiday Mysteries."

Like most of our "Strange Mysteries" series, it will contain some 20 stories, each 3000 words. Submissions are open July, August and September, ending September 30. We hope to publish the book in October.

What's different about this "Strange Mysteries" collection is that you writers choose which holiday on which you wish to base your story. As Associate Editor Arthur Sanchez says, "It doesn't have to be a major holiday. If your favorite is National Taco Day, go with it!"

Send your submissions to . Be sure to include your email address and 50-100 word bio on your submission. We are paying (the usual) $10 per story. We can't consider submissions without a return email address.

Happy writing!

We offer here a selection from our Whortleberry Press Stylebook:

(A stylebook is a collection of information setting out how a variety of language choices should be made in this publication.)

Manuscript Submission:

Please send manuscripts to

Please put your email address at the upper left corner of your manuscript.

Please put your name on your manuscript.

Word count: 3000 words. (Yes, it used to be 5000, but we find readers like shorter stories.)

Please re-read your story before sending it. You would be surprised at the number of stories rejected because of too many typos, indicating they were not read before being sent.

Please do not use double spacing. Single is satisfactory.

Please add your 50-100 word bio at the end of your story.

Numerals: We spell out one through ten; after that, all are numerals.

Thanks for reading our stylebook. We will now read your story with our best attention..

--Jean and Arthur

Monday, September 14, 2020

Reedsy Prompt: Location, Location, Location

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Deadline: September 18, 2020
Short Story Contest — $50 Reward
Reedsy challenges you to create a short story based on these prompts. Winners will be featured on Reedsy Prompts and receive $50 via PayPal! In order to have your story considered, it is important you follow the submission guidelines below.

Set your story in a small town where everyone is suspicious of newcomers.

Write a story that feels lonely, despite being set in a packed city.

Set your story in a place with extreme weather, but don’t use any weather-related words to describe it.

Write about a character arriving in a place unlike anywhere they’ve ever been.

Write about a couple who have just moved to a place that one person loves, and the other hates.

Gordon Square Review submission period opened

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Deadline: October 1, 2020

Gordon Square Review, a publication of Literary Cleveland, holds two open readings periods each year. The journal will reopen for general submissions from writers of all geographic locations on July 15, 2020 and will remain open through October 1, 2020. Writers accepted for publication receive $25 per prose piece and $10 per poem.

  • All submitted work must be previously unpublished in any print or online venues, including personal blogs. We require non-exclusive world English rights, and all rights revert to the author on publication. 
  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome and encouraged, but we ask that you withdraw your work immediately if it is accepted at another journal. 
  • Please only submit one piece at a time and wait for our response before sending additional work. While our response times may vary, we will respond to all submissions for Issue 7 by mid-November 2020.
  • We encourage submissions from women, writers of color, writers with disability, LGBTQ writers, and previously unpublished writers. 
  • We are currently unable to consider reviews, interviews, academic work, dramatic scripts, or writing for children.
  • PLEASE NOTE: We are unable to accept print or email submissions. Please contact us, however, if this presents accessibility issues.
  • To learn more about our preferred aesthetic, please read our previous issues and see our editors’ notes.


We consider short stories, personal essays, and hybrid prose works. Please submit one piece of prose up to 5,000 words OR up to three flash pieces of 1,000 words or fewer (attached in a single document). While we don’t shy away from blurred genre lines, please note that our focus and aesthetic is literary. Specify whether your work is fiction or nonfiction and use standard manuscript formatting: double space the document, use one-inch margins, and use a serif font, preferably Times New Roman. Read this story, this story, and this essay for a taste of the prose we've loved and accepted.

Please limit your submission to three poems attached in a single document. If one of your submitted poems is accepted elsewhere, please use your Submittable account to add a note to your submission indicating which title(s) should be removed from our consideration. Read this poem, this poem, and this poem for a taste of the poetry we've loved and accepted.

All general submissions from writers in any geographical location are eligible for our competitive editorial mentorships. No separate application process is required, and writers need not take any additional steps to be considered for a mentorship. Each Gordon Square Review editor will independently choose one piece of writing received during the open submission period and work with that writer to revise the piece for publication. Selected writers will be asked to contribute a micro essay about the process. Writers should submit their best, most polished work to Gordon Square Review to improve their chances of being selected for publication or an editorial mentorship.

Northeast Ohio Writer?
As a publication of Literary Cleveland, Gordon Square Review is proud to support Northeast Ohio writers. Please make a note in your cover letter if you currently live in Northeast Ohio (including the Cleveland, Akron/Canton, Youngstown, Kent, or Lorain/Elyria/Oberlin areas) or if you have a strong tie to Northeast Ohio as a past resident, student, etc.

General submissions open July 15, 2020 and remain open through October 1, 2020.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

NYTimes Modern Love Submission Guidelines

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The editors of Modern Love are interested in receiving deeply personal essays about contemporary relationships, marriage, dating, parenthood...any subject that might reasonably fit under the heading “Modern Love.” Ideally, essays should spring from some central dilemma the writer has faced in his or her life. It helps if the situation has a contemporary edge, though this is not essential. Most important is that the writing be emotionally honest and the story be freshly and compellingly told.

The best way to see the range of styles and subjects we’d like to publish is to read the column, found on the Modern Love page, and to listen to the Modern Love Podcast.

For submission tips and regular commentary from the column editor, follow Modern Love on Facebook.

A book of collected columns, titled “Modern Love: 50 True and Extraordinary Tales of Desire, Deceit and Devotion,” is also available at bookstores.

Send submissions to:

-Length: 1500-1700 words -Please attach your essay as an MS-Word compatible doc AND paste the text into the body of the e-mail.

-Send ONE e-mail with all elements of your submission, not multiple e-mails with various pieces and/or versions.

-No pseudonyms (including the author), composite characters or invented situations may be used.

-Essays must be previously unpublished. Work that has appeared online, on blogs, etc., is considered to be previously published.

-We attempt to respond to every submission within three months, though response times may vary due to the volume of submissions. PLEASE NOTE: We do not consider submissions during July and August; submissions made during those months will be deleted. Please resubmit in September.

Blink-ink looking for submissions for December

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Deadline: October 15, 2020
“Mercy” Blink-Ink Issue #42

Here are our guidelines for issue #42 out December of 2020.

“Mercy, mercy, mercy me.
Where did all the blue skies go?
Poison is the wind that blow…”
Mercy, mercy, me. Marvin Gaye
Mercy will be the theme of Blink-Ink’s December issue. We are quite serious about this one. Humor or satire will certainly be considered, but it must be relevant.

Send us your best, unpublished work of approximately 50 words in the body of an email to:

Submissions are open September 1st, through Oct. 15th.

No poetry, attachments, or bios please

“What we want, what we need, is civic grace and mercy.”
Senator Cory Gardner

We publish 50 word fiction. We DO NOT publish poetry.

50 words doesn’t have to mean right on the button, but

it should be close. If it feels long, it is long.

When is a prose poem a poem and when is it prose?


Depends on what it sounds like when you read it aloud.

Our issues are generally themed and have submission periods

that open and close. Watch our website and social media

pages for details. Email inquiries always welcome.

Please send submissions in the body of an email.

Old schoolers and Luddites are welcome to use our PO Box.

No attachments or bios please.

We don’t open attachments and don’t want bios.

Send up to four pieces at a time, simultaneous submissions

are fine, just let us know if the piece is taken by another market.

We ask for unpublished work only.

If we publish your work, please do not submit for the next issue.

Should you find the theme of the next issue to be irresistible, okay

send your submissions, but then give it a break.

We take one time use of a piece, all rights remain with the author.

We have never done an anthology, but if we did we would ask you

for permission before using your work a second time.

We are not a paying market. Not that you don’t deserve it,

we just don’t have it. All contributors receive a free copy.

Blue Light Special seeks LGBTQ submissions

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Deadline: September 15, 2020

Correct manuscript format. 12 pt Times New Roman, Calibri, or Courier New font, double-spaced, First page has name, address and email address in the upper left corner and word count in the upper right corner. Reference the Shunn format at


1000 to 5000 words ONLY. Shorter or longer pieces will result in immediate rejection.

Document types: doc, docx, pdf, or rtf documents only.

Include an author bio in your cover letter, including any social media links.

All stories must contain some LGBTQ element. We prefer LGBTQ authors, however all stories that fit the submission criteria will be considered.

Include the title and a 100-word description of the underlying folktale you are using for your story. A link to the story in addition to the requirements is acceptable, though not necessary.

Correct grammar, syntax and punctuation.

English language stories only. Stories translated into English by a professional translator are also allowed.

Electronic submissions only, via the form on this website.

No multiple submissions and no simultaneous submissions.

WE WILL NOT ACCEPT extreme horror, fan fiction, erotica, graphic sex, manga-type stories, standard romance except in the context of the original folktale, overtly political pieces, or morals that are degrading to any person or persons of any type.

Submissions will be read within three months from the date submitted. You will receive an acceptance or rejection email within that time. QUERIES ABOUT YOUR STORY WILL NOT BE ANSWERED.

Due to volume of submissions, we won’t be able to explain to you why a story won’t work for our anthology other than basic issues such as wrong manuscript format or grammar problems.

Payment will be 1 cent/word. Payment will be rendered before publication.

Use the form on this website to submit your stories.

Submissions open on July 20, 2020 and close on September 15, 2020.

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 (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.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Clarkesworld Magazine submission guidelines

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Clarkesworld Magazine is a Hugo, World Fantasy, and British Fantasy Award-winning science fiction and fantasy magazine that publishes short stories, interviews, articles, and audio fiction. Issues are published monthly and available on our website, for purchase in ebook format, and via electronic subscription. All original fiction is also published in our annual anthology series from Wyrm Publishing. We are currently open for art, non-fiction, and short story submissions.

Fiction Guidelines

Word Limit: 1000-22000 words, no exceptions

Pay Rate: 10¢ per word. Payment via PayPal or check. (International authors may request wire transfers.)

Genres: Science fiction and fantasy. No horror, but dark SF/F is permitted.

Language: English (We accept stories from all over the world. Translations are welcome and encouraged.)

Rights: We claim first world electronic rights (text and audio), first print rights, and non-exclusive single use anthology rights for our annual Clarkesworld anthology. If you are unfamiliar with the term “First Rights,” an explanation can be found here.

Stories must be:

Well-written. Language is important. There is no distinction between “style” and “substance” or “story” and “writing.”

Convenient for on-screen reading. Very long paragraphs or typographical trickery may work against you.

Suitable for audio. Stories should be equally effective, but not necessarily the same, in text and audio formats.

Science fiction need not be “hard” SF, but rigor is appreciated. Fantasy can be folkloric, contemporary, surreal, etc.

With the exception of zombies, no particular setting, theme, or plot is anathema to us, the following are likely hard sells:
  • stories that include zombies or zombie-wannabes
  • stories about sexy vampires, wanton werewolves, wicked witches, or demonic children
  • stories about rapists, murderers, child abusers, or cannibals
  • stories where the climax is dependent on the spilling of intestines
  • stories in which a milquetoast civilian government is depicted as the sole obstacle to either catching some depraved criminal or to an uncomplicated military victory 
  • stories where the Republicans, or Democrats, or Libertarians, or . . . (insert any established political party or religion here) take over the world and either save or ruin it 
  • stories in which the words “thou” or “thine” appear 
  • stories with talking cats or swords
  • stories where FTL travel or time travel is as easy as is it on television shows or movies
  • stories about young kids playing in some field and discovering ANYTHING. (a body, an alien craft, Excalibur, ANYTHING). 
  • stories about the stuff your just read in Scientific American or saw on the news
  • stories about your RPG character’s adventures
  • “funny” stories that depend on, or even include, puns 
  • stories where the protagonist is either widely despised or widely admired simply because he or she is just so smart and/or strange
  • stories originally intended for someone’s upcoming theme anthology or issue (everyone is sending those out, wait a while)
  • your trunk stories 
  • stories that try to include all of the above

Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Anyone caught doing this will be banned from submitting stories. (Sadly, this happens.)

Fiction Submissions Process

Do NOT email or mail submissions. Clarkesworld uses an online submissions system that has been designed to streamline our process and improve communication with authors. Go here to submit your stories.

Our submissions form asks for your name, email address, cover letter, story title, word count, genre, and the file containing your story. Guidance for what you should and should not include in a cover letter can be found here. All stories should be in standard manuscript format (modern preferred, classic accepted) and can be submitted in either .RTF, .DOC, or .DOCX format. No simultaneous submissions. If you have questions, concerns or technical issues, please contact Neil via email.

After you have submitted your story, a tracking number will be displayed and an automated email confirmation containing this information will be sent to you. If you have not received this email within 24 hours, please email us. Your tracking number will allow you to monitor the status of your submission via our website, so please don’t lose it. NOTE: occasionally treats our email as spam, please keep an eye on your spam folder.

Our average response time is usually under two days, but we occasionally hold submissions for longer periods. We ask that you:

  • don’t send queries about pending submissions until after two weeks have passed. Use your tracking number to check on the status prior to that. Email queries to Neil at
  • don’t send revisions to a submission unless they have been requested.
  • don’t submit another story for a period of seven days after receiving a rejection.
  • don’t re-submit stories that have been rejected.
  • don’t argue with rejection letters.

If you are uncertain about anything above, we recommend following the most conservative interpretation.

An author’s personal information (name, address, email, phone, or secret identity) will not be shared with anyone outside our editorial staff, except in the following situations:
  • if we are compelled by law
  • if threats are made against our staff by the author
  • if our narrators require your assistance with pronunciation (email only)
  • if established year’s best editors would like to include your story in their anthology (email only)
  • if the author has instructed us to do so
Non-Fiction Guidelines

Clarkesworld Magazine is looking for articles of interest to readers of science fiction and fantasy. We are looking for a wide range of types of article including, but not limited to: discussions of the genre publishing business, essays on the writing process and the reading experience, scientific material that might be of use in SF stories, and so on. However, please see below for things that we don’t want. We pay 10¢ a word up to our word limit of 2500 words.

Please do not send completed articles. Instead send a query letter with the subject header NONFICTION QUERY: [title or concept] to There are no response times. We will generally only respond to queries we wish to follow-up on. A follow-up email should not be taken as a guarantee of publication.

There are some common types of non-fiction article that we are specifically not interested in receiving queries for. These are:

  • Reviews—there are plenty of places that publish such material, we don’t;
  • Literary Criticism—again no (especially if it is really just a review);
  • Interviews—we do publish interviews, but they are handled separately from the non-fiction articles and are generally commissioned. Please do not pitch interviews to us.
  • Reprints—every article we publish must be original to Clarkesworld. There is no point in sending us material that has already been published elsewhere, especially if it is elsewhere online.

As with any field, there are some subjects that have been done to death, or which don’t work well in practice. The following list should give you an idea of the sort of thing that is unlikely to make it out of the slush pile:

Explanations as to why your favorite genre or sub-genre is the best ever, and everything else is rubbish—because the chances are that most people won’t share your opinion;

Anything that attempts to categorize genre literature—yes, we have a lot of geeky analytical readers, but the chances of your coming up with something genuinely innovative are very low indeed;
Convention reports—because all too often they end up sounding like “what I did on my holidays,” and anyway we are not interested in the process of convention running;

Articles about why a certain set of awards “got it wrong”—because no one ever agrees with award results;

Articles about why someone is WRONG on the Internet and how we must organize a grass roots campaign to stop this perfidy—because we are not a blog and with our production schedules everyone will have forgotten about the issue by the time we publish your rant;

Articles that purport to provide 10 rules for success/failure in a particular endeavor—because no set of rules fits everyone, real life isn’t that simple, and in any case if you shoe-horned your advice into a “magic” number like 10 then you’ve probably either left something important out or padded the list;
Articles that list the 10 best/worst/hottest/daftest/weirdest/whatever examples of something (or any number other than 10);

Your personal experience of alien abduction—because then it would not be science fiction, would it?
Articles that make sweeping generalizations on the basis of a few personal observations—it may well be that the market for fantasy is the worst it has ever been, and that this is all the fault of global capitalism and the Internet, but you need to supply some data to back that up, and explain why “ever been” does not include the time before the publication of The Lord of the Rings;

Details of the heinous and all-pervasive plot by the publishing industry that has prevented your blockbuster 10-volume fantasy trilogy from being published—because the chances are that it is you that is out of step, not the rest of the world;

Manifestos for new literary movements.

In addition, here are a few comments about the style of articles that we prefer:
Keep yourself out of the article. We are looking for objective analysis of issues, not touchy-feely journalism;

We are not an academic journal. Footnotes are fine, indeed we like them (though we don’t include them in the word count), especially if they come with web links. However, you need to pitch your writing style for a general audience, not for a group of fellow scientists or literature professors;

Please, no interviews in disguise. An article about the work of an individual, stuffed with quotes from that individual, is functionally equivalent to an interview. An article that is mainly quotes from a group of people is functionally equivalent to an interview. We want your words, not someone else’s;
Don’t bait the audience. There’s a certain style of article that deliberately seeks to incite rage across the blogosphere. We are not that desperate for eyeballs;

Make sure you know your topic. If you are going to write about quantum physics, bear in mind that we probably have several quantum physicists reading this magazine and they will laugh at you (and us) if we run an article full of errors. You don’t have to have a PhD in the topic before you write for us, and we’d be happy to find someone to fact-check for you, but we do need to ensure articles are not an embarrassment to us, or to you.

Finally, what do we like to see?
  • Articles that are thoughtful, in-depth, and well-written;
  • Subjects that we haven’t covered before;
  • Accompanying illustrations (but please do check the copyright situation);
  • A clear passion for the subject matter.

“A Voice For Cats”: Essay Contest Scholarship 2020

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December 31, 2020

We at We’re All About Cats are pleased to announce that we’re currently accepting applications for the annual “A Voice for Cats” scholarship contest. The winning essay writer will receive a prize of $1,000. An additional $1,000 will be donated to a rescue organization of the winner’s choosing.
A Voice for Cats

Our online cat community strongly believes in the importance of higher education. By sharing knowledge and information with our followers, we hope to help mitigate animal suffering and improve our pets’ lives. Every article, blog entry, social media post, research project, or essay is a small step towards our goal of better lives for cats.

We invite students to submit their essays on feline welfare and the humane treatment of cats. One outstanding essayist will be selected as the scholarship winner. The winning essay will be published on our blog and accredited to the author.

  • All essays must be submitted by Dec. 31st, 2020.
  • The student must have a background volunteering or working at an animal rescue organization for at least 20 hours.
  • Essay must be 300-500 words.
  • The student must be currently enrolled in or enrolled to begin higher education studies in the fall semester 2020.
  • Applicants must be permanent residents of the United States.
  • We’re All About Cats will retain all rights to the submitted content and may publish it at its own discretion.
  • This is an on-going scholarship. The above deadline refers to the current cycle only.
  • How To Submit Your Essay
  • Please save your essay as a Word document and send it to
  • Please title your e-mail “2020 Scholarship Submission – Last Name, First Name.”
  • Please include a brief (50-100 words) personal bio. This bio will be published on our blog along with the submitted essay.
  • Please note that before receiving any scholarship, selected essay writers must provide proof of identification and current residence.
  • 2020 Scholarship Winner Announcement

We are accepting submissions for the “A Voice for Cats” scholarship contest through December 2020. The winner will be notified by the end of January 2021 and announced on the site at a later date.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Literally Stories submission guidelines

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You’re the busy writerly type. We understand. You just want to know the basics so you can get on with writing more stories. So here’s the important stuff you need to know.

We accept quality short stories of between 500 and 3000 words. Each story should be sent in a separate email as an attachment in a standard format (doc, docx, out, rtf) along with a word count and genre – there’s a list later on for when you’re under less creative pressure. Please ensure that the manuscript document does not need permission for opening.

If you have had previous work considered please do not add a new story to that thread as your precious work may get lost in the ‘already seen’ folder. We love to receive your submissions but we need the above as a basic minimum to add the work to our system. Submissions that do not include word count and genre and that are in a format other than those already mentioned cannot be considered.

Our email address is and you’ll get a decision from us within 3 weeks


That’s basically it.

You can however earn extra brownie points by putting the story title as the name of your attached file and by not subjecting your lovingly crafted prose to a whole bunch of weird formatting and indents. 12pt, single spaced in a standard font will do nicely, thanks.

By default we assume you own the story, it hasn’t been published before and that it is an exclusive submission but we’re a friendly bunch so we will happily take a look at previously published work (just let us know where it is/has been published) and we don’t mind simultaneous submissions (just keep us informed). We’re also a bunch of writers at heart so all copyrights and publication rights stay with you.

We encourage constructive feedback and author interaction. As such, all published stories are open to comment (one or two older stories have no comment boxes but this is no longer an option). People generally play nicely but we will on occasion send a specially trained stealth-hobbit into the very heart of WordPress Towers to remove comments that are clearly spam or designed to be derogatory and destructive.

Speaking of hobbits…

We hope that you’ve taken the time to read some of the previously submitted work here on LS as that’ll give you the best indication as to whether your story is a good fit. It’s an eclectic mix in the archives but we don’t publish poetry, essays or travelogues and if you’re including hobbits they probably need to make us laugh. A lot.

We don’t rule anything out but if you’ve got any of the following elements lurking in your tale you’re going to be up against it:

Game of Thrones fan fiction even if it DOES make us laugh.

Stories about clever kids that save the world.

Stories with characters named Zorg or Klart. Or Klorg. Or Zart.

Stories with talking animals, about talking animals or Kangaroos that can rescue children who have fallen down a well.

Stories about children who fall down wells.

Stories that make us recall either The Waltons or Little House on the Prairie and smile wistfully.

Any story that was inspired by Kramer v Kramer.

Any story composed whilst wearing beige, tweed and/or listening to Daniel O’Donnell.


Content: Whilst we set no barriers to levels of profanity, gore, or sexuality; high amounts of profanity, gore, and sexuality are generally used poorly. Be sure to use them well if you do use them.

Multiple submissions: Please submit each story in a separate email. You may submit more than one piece while awaiting a decision.

Payment: Kudos only, we regret to inform you.

Biography/Writing CV: We love to know more about our authors and so we encourage you to provide a brief bio (200 words maximum). It is entirely optional, although we will mention it again when you get your first acceptance mail from us. You may also include a photograph (4MB maximum). If your photograph has been taken professionally please confirm that you own the copyright or have permission for it to be used in this manner and include any attribution where necessary.

Genre: We mentioned them back at the beginning and here they are. Please indicate in your email when submitting your story which ONE of the following genres best describes your story:

General Fiction
Science Fiction

Revision: From time to time we may suggest specific revisions and ask the author to edit their story accordingly prior to publication. More often we will make very minor edits without informing the author.

Critique/Feedback: We do not provide detailed critiques and feedback as standard, however we often provide comments from the editors especially if a story is rejected and it’s a close call. Our motive is to encourage. We are all writers so we know what it’s like to get a rejection note. Please let us know if you would rather avoid any possible feedback and we will of course respect your wishes.

Anything still causing confusion? Email and we’ll do our best to help.

Happy writing!

Hugh, Diane and Nik

Beautiful Tragedies 2 Anthology

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Deadline: September 30, 2020

Back by popular demand! we are now accepting submissions for Beautiful Tragedies 2, an anti-romance poetry anthology. Give us your darkest nights, your most pain- filled and heart wrenching moments in prose.

PLEASE read and adhere to our submission guidelines...

* Word format saved in .doc, or .docx
* 12 pt times new roman
* Double spaced
* Write 'BEAUTIFUL TRAGEDIES 2' along with your name and poem title in the header of your email
*The body of your submission email will be considered the cover letter.
* The submission documents are to be separated and Word (.doc or .docx) documents are to be attached to your submission email.
* This anthology is for exposure only, your chance to show us - and our readers - what you've got!
* Please include real name and pen name in submission

To submit, email your polished story to

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Center Field of Gravity seeks poems and short stories for the Second Annual Gravity Award

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Deadline: December 31, 2020

Email submissions to with any standard file extensions

Wow, has it been a whole year already? The past year has simultaneously flown by and dragged on. We sincerely hope all of our readers have managed to stay safe and find a bit of peace and solace during these strange times. Last year we received hundreds of submissions for the inaugural Gravity Award from all over the world. We were amazed by both the contest’s reception and the quality of the stories submitted. Those interested in reading last year’s short stories from our winner and finalists will find all five stories archived here, as well as a question and answer interview with our inaugural winner, Elana Gomel. Without further ado, we present to you the submission guidelines for the Second Annual Gravity Award:

1) There will be no submission fee; yes, it is free. The author of the winning story will be awarded $200. Participants who submitted last year are more than welcome to submit once again.

2) We will be accepting previously unpublished science-fiction, fantasy, and horror short stories or long-form poems up to but not exceeding 17,000 words. This is a strict limit. Any story over the maximum by even a single word will be subject to immediate disqualification. We are very accepting of different views about what science-fiction, fantasy, and horror are. If you’re unsure, you can read the stories of our previous finalists to see what we enjoy.

3) Please limit submissions to one per person. All submissions should be anonymously submitted. Any characterizing marks, names, or forms of identification anywhere on the manuscript will warrant immediate disqualification. Your submission should be presented in a reasonable typeface and size; we’re not picky, but please use discretion.

4) All submissions will be judged by the Center Field of Gravity staff and five finalists will be chosen from among them to be published on the website. After the winning story is chosen, the runners-up will each receive a $25 consolation prize.

5) Submissions are open as of this posting and will close on December 31st, 2020. Finalists will be announced in early Spring.

6) We request exclusive rights for internet publication for a period of six months, along with nonexclusive rights for internet publication thereafter for the five finalists. Print, television, movie, and audio rights will all be maintained by the author.

7) Submissions should be sent to <>. We will gladly accept simultaneous submissions, but please alert us if the work is accepted elsewhere prior to the publishing of our results.

As always, we appreciate your time and continued support. This website has been a source of great enjoyment for our team during uncertain times. We pledge to continue to expand the scope of Center Field of Gravity and The Gravity Award out into the cosmos and multiverse, but we need your help to grow. If you have derived some measure of entertainment from our work, we ask you to please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and to like and share our posts. We cannot wait to read all of the submissions, and please reach out with any questions. Stay safe. Live long and prosper.

The organization's web site:
Facebook page: Center Field of Gravity
Twitter: @CFofGravity

One Story submission period open

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Deadline: November 14, 2020
Submission Periods: January 15th - May 31st | September 8th - November 14th
What kinds of stories is One Story looking for?
One Story is seeking literary fiction. Because of our format, we can only accept stories between 3,000 and 8,000 words. They can be any style and on any subject as long as they are good. We are looking for stories that leave readers feeling satisfied and are strong enough to stand alone.

Does One Story pay?
Yes. One Story pays $500 and 25 contributors copies for First Serial North American rights. All rights will revert to the author following publication.

Does One Story accept previously published material?
No. One Story is looking for previously unpublished material. However, if a story has been published in printoutside of North America, it will be considered. Stories previously published online—on blogs, personal websites, online literary magazines, or forums—will not be accepted.

Does One Story accept simultaneous submissions?
Yes, but please notify us immediately if your submission is accepted for publication elsewhere.

What file types can I submit?
We accept PDF, RTF, and TXT files that are less than 500KB. Please include the story title and all writer contact info on the first page of the submitted file.

Will you send me comments on my story?
No. One Story receives close to 100 submissions each week. Please understand that we do not have time to comment on individual stories.

Can I change the story I submitted with an updated draft?

Do you consider translations?
Yes. Please include the name of the original author and language, as well as the name of the translator on the first page of your submission.

How do I submit to One Story?
We have an automated system for you to send us your work. It will securely send our editors your story and email you a confirmation that it has been received. To use the automated system, you need to have a One Story account.

If you have subscribed to One Story or One Teen Story, joined our mailing list, given One Story or One Teen Storyas a gift, or submitted a story to either magazine, you already have an account. If not, the first time you submit a story your account will be automatically created.

Using this account will enable you to check the status of your submission at any time by going to our login page.

When you are ready to submit, please visit our Submission Manager.

When can I submit to One Story?
We accept submissions from January 15th to May 31st and from September 8th to November 14th.

How soon can I expect to hear about my submission?
We do our very best to respond to submissions within 3 months after they are received. If you don’t hear back from us within that time, please be patient! It is our goal to make sure that each submission gets a good read.

Can I check the status of my submission?
You can check the status of your submissions at any time by logging into your account. “Received” means that we have your story and are considering it.

Can I submit the same story to One Story and One Teen Story?
No. One Story and One Teen Story are looking for different kinds of stories. For more information on submitting to One Teen Story, go here.

Wyldblood Press submission guidelines

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  • email us at
  • submit using standard manuscript format
  • send us Word or RTF files – no PDF please.
  • head your email SUBMISSION (category) – (story title) – (your name)
  • include your contact details in your submission.
  • add a SHORT cover note in the body of your email (longer for novels).
  • simultaneous submissions are fine (but tell us if you get placed elsewhere).
  • multiple submissions are a no-no. Don’t swamp us. Wait a decent interval between submissions.
  • we are not currently accepting reprints (except by invitation).
  • RIGHTS We are buying first worldwide serial and electronic rights with a 180 day exclusivity. 
  • RESPONSE TIMES For flash and short fiction we’re aiming for 14 days max. Query us after 60. Novels and novellas will take longer but feel free to ask us where we are with your submission after 90 days.
SHORT STORIES should be 1,000-6,000 words MAX
1p (GBP) per word via paypal (approx 1.3c US)
initially for online publication in Wyldblood Magazine.
best stories may be reprinted in an anthology.

FLASH 300-1,000 words MAX
1p (GBP) per word via paypal (approx 1.3c US)
initially for online publication only (Flash Fridays).
best stories may be reprinted in an anthology.

NOVELLAS AND NOVELS 40-120,000 words (flexible).
send us the full text and include a one page synopsis.
royalties only (competitive rates).
ebook and print.

What’s going to impress us (and what don’t we want to see)?
  • If you’re going to be submitting work to us, here are a few things you may want to bear in mind. We’ll be updating this list regularly, so check for our latest – we may suddenly have an urge for zombie romances (kidding – hell hasn’t frozen over yet).
  • we’ve seen many things many times so be original.
  • we’re picky buyers.
  • we can tell if you know your craft – don’t send us your first draft and make sure you’ve covered the basics. It doesn’t have to be perfect (if an author tells me they’ve never submitted a story with a typo or an obvious spelling mistake they’re lying) – but it does have to be professional.
  • zombies and vampires are a hard sell. Werewolves, though, are always welcome.
  • we’re not into gratuitous gore or erotica – don’t send us anything you wouldn’t want your kid sister to see.
  • my mother used to ask me why, since there are millions of beautiful words in the English language, did I have to use that one? Fucked if I know, but be moderate with your swearing.
  • lots of high fantasy names will send us heading for the reject button.
  • ditto lots of backstory about your fantasy universe that swamps the plot.
  • thoughtful, character based stories are our thing.
  • don’t shy away from politics or religion but anything racist or deliberately offensive will get you canned.
  • if you’re writing science fiction, we’ve got to buy in to your world building. Hand-wavey pseudo science rarely impresses.
  • no fan-fic – we’ve no desire to get sued.
  • Enthusiasm, perserverence and an obvious willingness to take feedback and respond positively go a long way with us.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Prairie Schooner seeks submissions

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Deadline: May 21, 2021

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

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

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

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

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.

  • 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.

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.


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


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


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.


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

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Mystery Weekly Short Story submission guidelines

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Use the form online to send us your 2500-7500 word mystery. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but not multiple submissions; please send only your best available story. Submissions must be original works of short fiction that have never appeared online or in print in any form. Avoid scenes of animal cruelty or excessive profanity/violence, and please make sure there are no typos or grammatical errors. We currently pay 1¢ / word for accepted stories.

If your story is accepted, a digital agreement must be signed and payment will be sent by PayPal to the email address you specify below. Your story may appear in our monthly print and digital magazine, on our website, in our App, as social media excerpts, and possibly in printed collections of our monthly issues. We require first-publication and archival rights with an exclusivity period of 1 year. Due to the high number of submissions we receive, our average response time is 3-6 weeks.

The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature seeks submissions

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Deadline for fiction/flash fiction: September 30, 2020
Deadline for Memoirs / Essays, Nonfiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry: October 31, 2020

Guess what, ya'll!? We start accepting submissions on July 4, 2020. YUP! Opening up the Mule to your finest contributions.

The submission you send us will be for writing to grace our 24th Anniversary Year, 2020 and our 25th Anniversary year, which obviously would be 2021. Give us a week or three to get back to you but don't be surprised if we're quick like a bunny.

There's just one thing to know and it's very important:

Your Cover Letter MUST contain your Southern Legitimacy Statement. If you don't know what that is, then you need to read The Dead Mule. Each bit of writing on the Mule (fiction, poetry, essay, creative non-fiction) begins with a few words about the author's Southern Legitimacy Statement. Everyone is south of somewhere, read the Dead Mule for examples. It's fun and simple. Write as little or as much as you'd like. Some people write multiple paragraphs. We've got no word limit on your SLS.

Attach your work as a .doc, .docx, .txt, .rtf or .pages, whatever in the area provided. If it's really short, it'll fit in the submission "box" so that's ok too. We love short shorts, yes we do and they fit just swell in the submission box. Just copy/paste.


There will be no fees. Nope. Not gonna' do it.

We are nothing if not for our writers! Thank you for submitting to the South's oldest online literary journal.

-The Mule Staff

Monday, September 7, 2020

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.

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.

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