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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Not One of Us submission guidelines

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Curiouser Magazine seeks work

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Deadline: DECEMBER 31 2020

Yes, yes, yes. We are open for business and are now accepting submissions to our fledgling publication. Exciting times, indeed!

So, send us your stories! We want to read your elegant and ugly. We want to pore over your terrifying, your elegiac. We want to ponder over your profound and your silly.

Yes, send us your words. We accept poetry and short fiction up to 5,000 words in length. Double-spaced with a serif font such as Garamond, Times New Roman or Georgia is a requirement. Send all submissions in a Word document (.doc or .docx) by email to Previously unpublished work only.

One short story per author OR up to three poems OR up to two pieces of flash fiction (750 words or less). The subject of the email should read “<Name of Author> – <Title of Piece> – <Word Count>”, i.e., “John Citizen – This Story I Wrote – 2,500 words” (If you’re submitting poetry or flash, just your name and either “Flash” or “Poetry” will suffice).

Please include a short cover letter in the body of the email, as well as a short (50-75 words) author bio.

We do accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know if your piece has been accepted elsewhere.

As stated, we’re looking for stories that excite, that break the boundary between real and unreal. Experimentation and surreal ways of looking at the world we live in will be looked upon fondly. Horror, magic realism, speculative fiction, science fiction and streams of consciousness are welcome – but they must be somewhat grounded in real life.

We have no issue with sex, violence or profanity – this is, after all, a journal made by and for adults – but as with most things, excess isn’t quite becoming.

Submissions that don’t follow the instructed formatting, that are full of typos and grammatical mistakes, or that will require extensive editing will not be considered. We know that sounds harsh, but that’s the way things are!

Curiouser Magazine believes that telling stories is part and parcel of a functioning society, so we strongly encourage submissions from Indigenous peoples, women, LGBT+, people of colour and refugees. Your stories are important.

And – and! – we believe in paying writers. Successful submissions will pay poets $25 per poem, and from $50-125 (Australian) for short prose. And a book, too! Successful submitters will be contacted no more than four weeks after submissions close.

We look forward to seeing your words. Surprise us!

Full Bleed seeks submissions

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Deadline: January 10, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, October 26, 2020

Dread Machine submission guidelines

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If it inspires dread, we want it. The Dread Machine publishes dark fiction, speculative fiction, science fiction, horror, and all adjacent genres. We do not accept religious fiction or erotica. All submissions must be in English.

We will accept previously published submissions. However, if you wish to have your submission featured as an Exclusive, it must be previously unpublished. We consider any work posted online (outside of private critique groups) to be previously published.

We do accept simultaneous submissions. If someone else snatches your submission up before we do, we’d appreciate it if you let us know so we can remove it from our queue.

We accept multiple submissions. You may send as many stories or poems as you’d like. Please use one form per submission.

Please send only your best work. We’re committed to establishing a competitive brand, known for producing high-quality fiction. In service of that mission, we are very selective and strategic about which submissions and authors we invest in. Before submitting, familiarize yourself with the content we have already published on the site. Do your best to ensure your submission is free of obvious typos and grammatical errors. Content should be well-written, avoid cliches, and create a feeling of fear or dread. 

We highly recommend taking your time to compose a solid summary. If the summary doesn’t intrigue us, your submission may be rejected outright.


To increase the odds that your story will be accepted, we recommend the following:

Do not use passive voice unless it’s absolutely unavoidable. We prefer active fiction that makes readers feel present in the story. Readers find it extremely distracting when every other word is “is”, “was”, “were”, and “had been.”

Try to keep your short stories between 1,000 and 5,000 words. We accept short stories up to  7,500 words, but only rarely. The majority of accepted submissions range from 3,000 – 5,000 words.

Put the reader first. We adore artful and arcane writing, but it needs to be accessible for our readers. We consider story development to be a highly collaborative process that is most successful if we all agree our first duty is to the reader. If we feel your story could be more accessible to our readers, we will provide constructive criticism and suggested edits to help you get it published in The Dread Machine.

Read our Submission Guidelines before filling out the form below.


MICROFICTION: No more than 100 words.
FLASH FICTION: Up to 1,000 words.
SHORT STORIES: Up to 7,500 words.
SERIALS: 15,000+ words, at least 3 installments.
POETRY: You may submit up to three poems at one time.

Here at The Dread Machine, we like to keep things simple.

Step 1: Submit your work.
Step 2: Wait for us to contact you with an offer or a declination.
Step 3: If you receive an offer, you choose whether to accept, reject, or negotiate it.
Step 4: Once we make a deal, our team publishes and promotes your Machination on The Dread Machine.

Poetry, Flash, and Micro: $20
Short Stories (up to 3,500 words): $50
Short Stories (up to 5,000 words): $75
Short Stories (up to 7,500 words): $100
Serials: Payment is calculated based on the length of each installment.
Reprints: $0.01 per word.

“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.

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Reedsy Prompt: Spooky Season

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Deadline: October 30, 2020 11:59pm EDT

What is it about Halloween that we find so deeply appealing? Is it the excuse to dress up and pretend to be something other than ourselves for a few hours? The exploration of all things creepy and macabre, of subjects normally too taboo to engage with? Perhaps it’s just the abundance of all our favorite candies at the same time.

Whatever the reason, there’s no denying the allure of this thrilling and chilling holiday. And while many people’s Halloween celebrations will need to be very different this year, there’s no reason why we can’t still enjoy a bit of spooky fun!

Whether you like horror, the creepy aesthetic, or just overloading on candy, this week’s prompts have plenty of inspiration to get you into the Halloween mood.
Start your story with two characters deciding to spend the night in a graveyard.
Write about someone’s first Halloween as a ghost.
Write about a group of witches meeting up on Halloween night.
Write about a vampire or werewolf who moves into a quiet suburban neighborhood.
Write about someone taking a child trick-or-treating for the very first time.

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.

Choose a prompt from this week's contest page.
Write an original story of 1,000-3,000 words.
Submit the story from your Reedsy Prompts profile before 11:59pm EST on October 30th.

Sou’wester is reading fiction and creative nonfiction through November 15

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Deadline: November 15, 2020

Our next annual issue, devoted to prose, is expected to be released in May 2021.

The editors of Sou’wester have examined past issues and acknowledge the lack of diverse writers and stories. We understand how this feeds into gatekeeping and silencing. We are committed to investing in and encouraging the words/stories/voices of all writers, prioritizing those belonging to marginalized communities.

We want to read stories from writers belonging to the black diaspora, indigenous communities, Asian communities, Latin(x) communities, neurodivergent communities, those with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+.

We seek fiction that allows us to transcend the everyday, haunts our dreams, and feels fresh. We’re looking for work that will move, stun, and awe our readers.

We invite you to be part of our new beginning.

  • Please limit your submission of prose to one piece at a time. We will consider a suite of two or three flash pieces.
  • Due to the volume of submissions, we ask that you submit only once during each submission period.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions. Please withdraw your manuscript immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • We publish only original, previously unpublished work.

We also intend to improve our response time; we will endeavor to respond to your submission within four weeks.

Payment: Accepted authors will receive 2 copies of the issue in which their work appears, as well as a two-year subscription to Sou’wester.

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Departure Mirror submission guidelines

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Deadline: October 31, 2020


What we Publish: Original fiction and poetry, all of which must be broadly “speculative fiction” (science fiction, fantasy, alt-history, magical realism, slipstream, or in some other way altered reality).

Length: 12,000 words or less preferred, but you may submit stories up to 20,000 words. 30 lines or fewer for poetry.

Rights Purchased: First worldwide English-language rights.

Payment: $0.10/word up to 3,000 words for fiction. $300 flat rate above that. $5/poem flat rate for poetry.

Simultaneous Submissions: Accepted. Please let us know immediately if your work sells elsewhere.

Multiple Submissions: Accepted on a trial basis. Please do not dump your entire trunk on us or this will change. For fiction, we recommend not sending us multiple submissions unless there is a compelling reason to do so (in case we send feedback). Please submit each story separately. For poetry, please submit up to 10 poems in a single file.

Reprints: By solicitation only. Query if your work was previously published but obscurely enough that you think it should not count.

Translations: Accepted for first worldwide English publication.

Response Time: We strive to respond to all submissions in less than 90 days.

Query address: departuremirror [at] gmail

Red Rover seeks submissions for premiere issue

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Deadline: October 31, 2020

We are currently accepting unsolicited submissions for our premiere issue, scheduled for a January 2021 release (in print and online!)

Ready to burst through that barricade of arms and come out smiling? Please send up to 6 poems, 2-5 pages of fiction, or up to 6 pieces of original artwork/photography to

Submit your work as an email attachment in .doc or .docx format. Please title your attachment with your full name and type of submission. To help us with our mission of inclusiveness, we do not copy and paste response letters, so please give us extra time to respond.

Just because we are a mental health focused magazine doesn’t mean we only accept artwork that focuses upon well-being as a product. We’re more interested in artwork that inspired well-being as a process. We ask you to submit the artwork that made you feel proud, satisfied, joyous, happy, or invoked any other state of well-being in you as you created it. That’s how we reach our goal of inspiring improvement of mental health.

We are not interested in telling you what the best artwork looks, sounds, or tastes like. You tell us what you think should be accepted into a literary magazine.

Red Rover Magazine acquires First North American Serial Rights, First Electronic Rights, and Non-exclusive Archival Rights upon acceptance. Rights revert to the author upon publication. Please do not send us work that has been previously published. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please notify us if your submitted work is accepted elsewhere. We are a non-paying market.

Friday, October 23, 2020

Apex Magazine Fiction submission guidelines

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Apex Magazine is a bi-monthly science fiction, fantasy, and horror magazine featuring original, mind-bending short fiction from many of the top pros of the field. New issues are released the first Tuesday of every other month.

Our magazine is an SFWA-certified professional market.


1) Submit your work in Shunn Standard Manuscript Format.
2) Maximum word length is a firm 7,500 words. Anything more will be auto-rejected.
3) Payment for original fiction is $.08 per word up to 7,500 words. Minimum of $50.
4) If we podcast your story, additional payment is $.01 per word up to 7,500 words.
5) Apex Magazine welcomes and encourages submissions from writers of all race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, and military status. We want diverse voices. We value diverse voices. Having said that, please be aware that we do not collect any information that might clue our editors to any of these attributes other than your name, email, and address prior to any decisions made regarding your submission.

Stories submitted by email or sent via the postal service will be disposed of unread.

Our policy on work published to Patreon is that the story will be treated as a reprint and will be paid at our reprint rate. If you're a pro-level writer with a Patreon (by SFWA affiliate standards), and you have a story you'd like us to consider, please query first.

We currently do not publish poetry.

No simultaneous submissions. No multi-submissions for short fiction. We try to respond to all submissions within 30 days.

BreakBread Literacy Project: BreakBread Magazine

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Deadline: November 15, 2020

The BreakBread Literacy Project is a space for young creatives to take root and grow. The Project seeks to empower and honor the voices of all young artists through three initiatives:
BreakBread Magazine: groundbreaking new work in arts and letters from young creatives under the age of 25

BreakBread Reading Series: community reading events for young and established voices in literature
BreakBread Creation Classroom: a pop-up creative education program that brings creative writing workshops to local schools, libraries, youth centers and community venues.
BreakBread Magazine: What we do

BreakBread Magazine is a magazine for all young creatives under the age of 25. We are always looking for vivid, timely poetry, nonfiction, short stories and visual arts—fine art, photography, comics, illustrated narratives, and hybrid work that explores new directions in arts and letters.

BreakBread seeks to engage, develop and publish the work of all young artists, including creatives who identify as AfrX-Caribbean, Asian-Pacific Islander, Black, First Peoples/Indigenous, Incarcerated, LatinX, Migrant/Refugee/Diaspora, Roma, LGBTQIA, Appalachian-Affrilachian, and all people living in poverty. This is by no means an exhaustive list, and we understand that many people hold identities that are intersectional, multidimensional, and complicated. We invite and embrace all work by young creatives that shares the authentic, lived experiences of oppressed peoples. 

Breakbread Submission Guidelines
BreakBread only accepts original, unpublished work by creatives under the age of 25.
If you are new to publishing your work, and need assistance with Submittable, please email us at

BreakBread only accepts submissions through our Submittable page. 

Pen-and-paper submissions are only accepted from young creatives in detention facilities. Those submissions should be sent to: The BreakBread Literacy Project, #252, 716 North Ventura Road, Oxnard, CA 93030.

All young creatives whose work is accepted for publication will be asked to verify their age. 
You may publish under a pen name, but we do not publish anonymous work. 

If you are under age 18, we must have permission from your parent/guardian to publish your work.
Creatives are limited to one submission per genre, per submission period.

BreakBread does not publish erotica or fanfiction. 

Submissions that are excerpts from longer works must be fully realized in their own right, and must “stand alone” as complete. 
Creatives must submit their own work and correspond directly with BreakBread staff. BreakBread does not accept submissions made on behalf of young artists (for example, work submitted by parents, teachers, mentors or guardians). The only exception to this policy is for youth in detention facilities. Please email us at for more information. 

BreakBread retains First North American Serial Rights to published work. Those rights revert to the creative upon publication. 

Submissions are accepted year-round. Submissions for the February 2021 issue of BreakBread are open from August 1-November 15, 2020.

BreakBread does not print previously published material. Work is considered previously published if it has been posted in any digital arena, including social media, online forums (Wattpad, blogs/website, Amazon Kindle). Work is considered previously published if it has been self-published, appeared in a literary magazine or Zine, published in a newspaper or newsletter. If you’re not sure whether your work is OK to submit, please use this handy list:

Can I submit it to BreakBread?
  • Printed in a school newspaper or yearbook: Yes
  • Sent in an email: Yes
  • Written and posted on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, YouTube or other social media: No
  • Read aloud/performed on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, YouTube or other social media: No
  • Performed live on stage, radio, TV, or other public broadcast media: Yes
  • Printed in local, municipal, or community newspaper/newsletter: No
  • Published on a blog or website: No
  • Self-published print book or e-Book: No
Still not sure? Email us at and we’ll let you know.



BreakBread accepts art, photography, illustrated narratives, comics, photoessays, and hybrid forms. Please upload your work in PDF, JPG, TIFF or PNG format. Your work should be high-resolution, 2500x2500 and a minimum of 600dpi.


BreakBread invites poets to submit up to four poems; your entire submission should be no more than 4 pages or about 1500 words. Please use a standard 12 point font, leave a 1” margin on all sides, and title your poems. Include your last name and the page number in the upper right hand corner of each page. Title your file: Lastname, Firstname_Poetry.


BreakBread publishes original short fiction and nonfiction (memoir, essays, journalism). Submissions should be no more than 25 pages or 7500 words. Please double-space your work, use a standard 12 point font, leave a 1” margin on all sides, and number your pages. Hybrid works, like photoessays and illustrated texts, should be submitted in our “Visual/Illustrated Artwork and Narratives” genre. Include your last name and the page number in the upper right hand corner of each page. Title your file: Lastname, Firstname_Fiction or Lastname, Firstname_Nonfiction.


We’re excited to get to know you and your work and look forward to reading each and every submission we receive. With that in mind, please keep your cover letters brief. The information we would like you to include is:
Name, age, location
Submission title, genre, wordcount (or number of poems/ number of visual pieces)
A list of previous publications (within reason—if your list is lengthy give us the highlights!)
Connect with BreakBread

Twitter: BreakBreadProj

Instagram: BreakBreadProject

Thursday, October 22, 2020

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.

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.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Spartan submission window open

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Deadline: November 30, 2020

Spartan considers literary prose submissions of fifteen hundred words or less. Please read an issue before submitting.

We accept simultaneous submissions, with the request that we are notified immediately if a piece is accepted for publication elsewhere.

We do not accept multiple submissions, except in the case of linked micro fictions and/or prose poems. For linked micro fictions, the entire series must be two thousand words or less. For micro fictions and prose poems, please send no more than five at a time.

To submit, paste the entire text into an email and send it to spartaneditor (at) No attachments. We only accept electronic submissions. Please do not query regarding your submitted piece until thirty days have passed.

We release online issues quarterly and short-run print issues, compiled from stories published online, annually. For accepted pieces, we require non-exclusive rights for both online and print appearances.

Starting with our Spring 2017 issue, we will pay contributors $20 for each published story or series of micro fictions and prose poems. Those included in the print journal receive a free contributor's copy.

We have four submission windows each year. Any pieces submitted outside of the submission windows will be deleted unread. The submission windows are:
Fall: October through November
Winter: January through February
Spring: April through May
Summer: July through August

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, October 20, 2020

GLISH - Variety English Poetry Project

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Ends on November 16, 2020

Submit poetry written in or regarding variety Englishes, to be published in Spring 2021 Issue (41.1).

Poems in Singlish, Konglish, Spanglish, AAVE, and other English-associated linguistic forms will be considered for publication. Poets may be asked to contribute supplementary linguistic information to facilitate publication.

*A maximum of three poems may be submitted.

*No submission fee. 

Accepted pieces will be awarded $150 for publication.

*Deadline November 15th. For inquiries, email

MetaStellar is seeking flash fiction

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Deadline: November 1, 2020

Please submit your original, never-before-published fantasy, horror or science fiction short story of up to 1,000 words for flash fiction by the end of day on Sunday, November 1st.

By submitting, you affirm that you are the original writer of this text and that you give non-exclusive publication rights to MetaStellar to edit and publish this content. You also affirm that you have rights to any images you submit and give your permission to publish them.

After you submit your story, you will get a confirmation email from MetaStellar. Please click on the link in the email to confirm your submission. We need to know that we have your correct email address so that we can contact you if we decide to publish your story.

If your story is accepted for publication, the payment rate is 8 cents a word.

If you have a question about your submission, please email fiction editor Geordie Morse at

Monday, October 19, 2020

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

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Deadline: January 15, 2021

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

Surprise us with your fearless best!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

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Reedsy Prompt: Out On the Moor

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Deadline:  Oct 23, 2020 23:59 - EST

This week marks 173 years since the original publication of the classic novel Jane Eyre. In the nearly two centuries since then, the novel has served as social critique, deep character study, sweeping romance, and so much more. Its atmosphere has inspired reams of Gothic literature and ghost stories, while its in-depth handling of Jane’s perspective set a whole new path for the way characters are written.

In honor of this achievement, this week’s prompts have been drawn from facets of Jane Eyre. We can’t promise that your story will be remembered for centuries — but you never know!
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.

FIYAH seeks short fiction and poetry

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Deadline: December 31, 2020

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

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

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

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Arsenika is looking for previously unpublished original fiction and poetry

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Deadline: October 31, 2020

Arsenika is looking for previously unpublished original fiction and poetry up to 1,000 words long. Submissions may be in EnglishSpanish, and/or Chinese. Any submissions not in English will be translated by S. Qiouyi Lu.

  • Se puede enviarnos obras en español. Si publicamos su obra, S. Qiouyi Lu la traducirá al inglés.
  • 我們歡迎繁體和簡體中文的作品。如果我們出版您的作品,陸秋逸會替您翻譯成英文版。
  • 我们欢迎繁体和简体中文的作品。如果我们出版您的作品,陆秋逸会替您翻译成英文版。

Payment is $60 USD for fiction and $30 USD for poetry for first world electronic rights and non-exclusive audio rights. We hope to raise the poetry rate to $60 as well in the future.

Submit no more than two flash fiction pieces and five poems at a time, and please make sure you fill out the form again for each piece you send, unless the pieces are meant to be read together (e.g. a triptych of poems).

Format poetry exactly as you would like to see it online—use italics for italics, underlines for underlines, boldface for boldface, etc. Send only TXT, RTF, DOC, and DOCX files.

Simultaneous submissions are allowed. Multiple submissions are allowed, but please have no more than two flash fiction pieces and five poems in the submissions queue at a time.

We try to respond to all submissions within 30 days. If you haven’t heard from us in 90 days, please send us a query at Our secondary email address is

Remember: Don’t self-reject.

We use Moksha to manage submissions. If you are ready to submit, please use the button below to reach our Moksha page. Do not email submissions.

Pensive seeks work

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Deadline: November 15, 2020

We invite writers and artists to send unpublished poetry, fiction, nonfiction, cross-genre, photography, visual art, and translations. Pensive seeks work for a feature section on Black Lives Matter for our Spring 2021 issue. The deadline to submit is November 15, 2020. We are especially interested in work from international and historically underrepresented communities. There is no fee for submission, and we are currently a non-paying market. Submit 3-5 pieces with a 3-5 sentence third-person biography, via Submittable. Please ensure your work is submitted in Times New Roman, 12-point font. Any questions or inquiries should be directed to Alexander Levering Kern or Dola Haque, co-editors, at or visit

Pensive publishes twice a year, once in the Spring and once in the fall. Our deadlines are November 15th for the Spring issue and May 15th for the Fall issue. Submissions are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis. Our response time is typically 1-2 months.

Pensive is a member of the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses. We also nominate work annually for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Mythaxis is currently open for submissions

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We seek and offer the following:
Length: 1,000-7,500 words. This is a firm limit. Generally speaking, the further a story goes beyond 5,000 words the more it will need to impress, but the door is not shut in advance.

Compensation: $20 on acceptance and return of contract. Payment via PayPal only.

We aim to acknowledge submissions the same day they are received. If you do not receive an acknowledgment within 24 hours of submission, please get in touch.

We aim to accept or reject within 14 days of that acknowledgment, but rl (real life) and rl (reading load) can get in the way. If you do not hear from us after 30 days, feel free to query.

We require First Print and Digital rights with a six month period of exclusivity from the date of publication. We also ask permission to potentially include accepted pieces in future anthologies, in event of which an additional full payment and digital copy will be offered in compensation. All other rights remain entirely with the author.

Simultaneous submissions are not only accepted, they are encouraged. Put your work out there, as many places as you can! We merely ask that you notify us of acceptance at another market as soon as possible. We do not currently invite reprint submissions.

All submissions must be the original work of the author. This is not a market for fan fiction.

We anticipate an adult readership in the sense of maturity, so reasonable depictions of violence, sexuality, philosophy, or bad language are acceptable. However, this is not a market for pornographic or offensively extreme content, categorisation of which is at the editor’s discretion.

We welcome writers of any and all backgrounds, be they cultural or personal, and submissions exploring diverse perspectives and experiences, provided they do not seek to attack or demean those of others.

We look forward to reading your work… but first:


It’s important for authors to understand what they are giving up when they assign “first” publishing rights to a magazine. After we publish your story, you will only be able to offer it elsewhere as a reprint, which may mean you can only sell it for less money, or for free - and some markets don’t accept reprints at all.

We want to publish great writing but our budget is modest, there are certainly better-paying markets out there. So why not try to land your masterpiece at the big markets first? Nothing ventured, nothing gained, after all - and when they prove themselves blind to your glory, we’ll still be here to help you prove them wrong!

Okay, we’ve said our piece. If you’re still keen to roll the dice…


Email files as an attachment to:


Please use the email subject line MYTHAXIS SUBMISSION – STORY TITLE to evade spam filters.

Feel free to include a concise cover letter and/or author bio, though neither is mandatory. Mythaxis has a history of publishing first-time authors, and we mean to continue this tradition.

Acceptable document types are RTF, DOC, or DOCX.

Straightforward manuscript formatting is preferred for editorial convenience. We recommend using Shunn’s excellent Modern Manuscript formatting guide, but in particular consider the following:
Please use an easy-reading font (Times New Roman 12pt is preferred).
Do not manually insert empty lines between paragraphs, or use tabs for first-line indents. Use paragraph formatting to set automatic indents or paragraph breaks.
Use a single centred # to represent essential section breaks.
Use italics for italics, don’t underline instead. Smart (“curly”) punctuation is fine.
If your manuscript includes any unusual formatting, please alert the editors when submitting and have a really good, story-related reason.

When submitting, mentioning the fact that “avocados have feelings too” will let us know that you have read these guidelines right to the end… and if you would like to receive feedback on your story when we respond, please say so. We shall try to provide something constructive to consider.

Reader's Digest 100 Word Stories Submissions

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

By submitting your story, you agree to the following:

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

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

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


Thursday, October 15, 2020

Welter 55 Contest

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Deadline: October 19, 2020 11:59 PM


55 years. 55 words.

Something to say? Up for a challenge? Can you get your point across in exactly 55 words, no more, no fewer? Help us celebrate our 55th year of Welter by composing a 55-word story, poem, or piece of creative nonfiction. Submit to the Welter 55 Contest by October 19 (at 11:59 p.m.).

Winners will receive publication on our magazine's website and recognition via our social media platforms. The top winner also gets a coincidental $55 in prize money. #welter55

General Call for Submissions

Founded in 1965, Welter is the University of Baltimore's premier literary journal committed to publishing excellent fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art from writers of all ages from all around the world. While a lot has changed in 55 years, we stay true to our name and continue to believe that art has the power to stir things up and create positive change.

Act fast and submit your best work that engages, illuminates, and maybe even provokes some inspiring chaos. Submissions for our website accepted through October 19 (at 11:59 p.m.).

General Call for Submissions Guidelines: Please submit one story of 7,000 words or fewer; one essay of 7,000 words or fewer; one to three poems; or one to three pieces of visual art.

West Branch submission guidelines

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Deadline: April 1, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Further queries may be directed to

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Otherwise Fellowship

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Deadline: October 31, 2020.

The Otherwise Fellows can be writers, artists, scholars, media makers, remix artists, performers, musicians, or something else entirely. If you are doing work that is changing the way we think about gender through speculative narrative – maybe in a form we would recognize as the science fiction or fantasy genre, maybe in some other way – you will be eligible for a Fellowship. You won’t have to be a professional or have an institutional affiliation, as we hope to support emerging creators who don’t already have institutional support for their work.

We ask two things of Otherwise Fellowship recipients: to write a short report telling the Otherwise community about their work (read past reports at this link), and to participate in the selection process for choosing the next year’s Fellows.

To apply for a Otherwise Fellowship, we would like you to submit two statements of 1-2 pages each, along with a brief example of your work. At the moment, regrettably, we only have the resources to consider English-language applications.

Statement 1 should answer this question: How are you working with speculative narrative to expand or explore our understanding of gender?

We are open to broad understandings of “gender” and are especially interested in its intersections with race, nationality, class, disability, sexuality, and other categories of identification and structures of power.

Here we want you to tell us why your work is groundbreaking in the ways that the Otherwise Award honors: what’s speculative about it, and how you engage the complexities, intersections, and possibilities of gender in real and imagined worlds. Use this statement to tell us why we should be excited about supporting your work.

Statement 2 should answer this question: What will you use the fellowship for?

Here we want to know why the monetary grant will be important for the particular project you plan to use it to help realize. Maybe it will go toward materials, travel for research, or the cost of presenting your work at a conference or exhibition. Maybe it will buy you time away from a job or other responsibilities so that you have time to focus on your creative work. We realize that $500 is a drop in the ocean for some kinds of projects, like films; maybe you will be using your fellowship as seed money, to help build up a larger sum you need to raise.

This is also where you can tell us more about who you are – how this project fits into your overall trajectory, what challenges it might help you overcome, and what it would mean to you to be named a Otherwise Fellow.

The third requirement is an example of your work.

This can take any form you like: a link to something online, a copy of a published or unpublished story or piece of writing, a set of images that tell a story, a video, or something else. If you are applying for a Otherwise Fellowship to work on a larger project in progress, you may wish to share pieces that you have already completed. Please send no more than 1500 words of writing, five minutes of video, or an approximate equivalent length in other media.

To apply, email these three things (please save your statements as a single file in Word, .rtf, or .pdf format) to

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.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Funny Pearls 2020 Short Story Competition is open to women

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Deadline: October 30, 2020 midnight

The Funny Pearls 2020 Short Story Competition is open to women of all nationalities from any country. It is free to enter the competition.
  • Entries must be submitted in English.
  • The genre is comedy.
  • Each author may submit only one story.
  • The story should be the work solely of the entrant and must not be the translated work of another author.
  • The author must own copyright to the entry.
  • Authors retain the copyright to their work, but has the unrestricted right to post the winning entries on their website.
  • may contact authors of all entries regarding publication of entered works in future materials published by Funny Pearls.
  • will enter into no correspondence or other discussion regarding the choice of winners.
  • The prizes will be paid in Amazon gift cards and are not changeable or transferable.
  • The prizes will be delivered electronically.
  • The length of each entry should be between 1000-2500 words, including the title.
  • Previously published work (whether online or in print) or work that is under consideration by other competitions or publications, whether in the UK or elsewhere, is not eligible.
  • Entries should be attached to an email to as a Word document. In the subject line, please write the word COMPETITION, your name and the title of your story, in that order.
  • Please use a standard, 12 pt font, double space the document and number your pages.
  • Please refrain from using indents or tabs, and please use only a single space after every full stop.
  • The competition opens on Tuesday 1st September 2020. Entries received prior to this date will be disqualified.
  • The deadline for submission is Friday 30th October 2020, midnight UK time. Entries received after this date will be disqualified.
  • will acknowledge receipt of entries within one week.
  • will contact winners directly, via email, before announcing the results.
  • Winners will be announced on Saturday 28th November 2020.

HA&L Review seeks new work about science

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Deadline: November 2020

Working Title: Science


Guest Editor: Sima Rabinowitz

Science is among the most creative of human endeavours. From ancient depictions of scientists and scientific phenomena to contemporary graphic novel formats, from Frankenstein to recent best-selling novels dealing with such themes as pharmacology and climate change, and from memoirs on scientific discovery to essays on “life in the lab,” the people and ideas of science continue to capture our imaginations. Our science themed issue of Hamilton Arts & Letters will include poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction, hybrid forms, and artwork on STEM themes (Science, Medicine, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) broadly defined.

We seek work that incorporates ideas, language, characters, main or sub-themes, images, and artwork related to STEM expansively imagined and rendered. Artwork may include a broad range of formats and images across the issue’s themes, including drawing, painting, illustration, appropriate medical imagery (for example, “brain art”), photographs, collage, among other forms.

STEM themes may be drawn from, but will not be limited to, a multitude of diverse disciplines in the natural and physical sciences, medicine, mathematics and statistics, computer science and informatics, cybernetics and artificial intelligence, and any branch of engineering. Submissions may incorporate, but are not limited to, themes and/or language related to theory, experimentation, practical application, STEM-related work, the stories of people engaged in STEM subjects or activity, STEM-related objects, instrumentation, and methods, or experimental/inventive exploration of scientific language, concepts, and images. We welcome work from writers, artists, and “sciartists” in all genres, as well as from members of the scientific community.

Co-produced or collaborative work is welcomed and encouraged. The issue will include diverse styles, approaches, themes, and forms, and, we hope, contributions from across North America and around the world. We will consider work in translation, provided the original and the translation are both provided and available for publication.

A small honorarium is offered for online publication with rights returning to creators upon launch of the magazine in the Fall of 2021.

Submissions close November 15, 2020. Notification of acceptance by February 15, 2021.

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Monday, October 12, 2020

Reedsy prompt: Autumnal

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Deadline: October 16, 2020 23:29 EDT

 Respond with your short story and you could win $50.

It’s finally fall in the Northern Hemisphere. While the leaves are being slow to change out my window this year, the air is crisp and the pumpkin spice products are out in full force. Time to break out the sweaters!

Beyond all the colorful trappings, though, fall is by definition a season of change. So as you craft your stories this week, try to think about how the events you’re writing will change your characters' lives, whether fundamentally or just a little. After all, even a seemingly mundane afternoon can be the turning point of your entire life…

And if you want to drink some apple cider or a pumpkin spice latte while you write, more power to you!

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.

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