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Monday, March 30, 2020

24th Annual Parsec SF/Fantasy/Horror Short Story Contest

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Deadline: April 15, 2020

The theme for the 2020 contest is: Forging! Any interpretation of the word is acceptable, but must be integral to the story in some manner!

Contest Open: January 1st 2020 and closes April 15th 2020. There is no fee to enter, and all entrants will be notified of the results by June 15th.

Word count for all entries: No minimum, no more than 3500 words

Genre: All stories must be of the Science Fiction, Fantasy, of Horror genres

How to submit

Electronic submissions will be acceptable through Submittable (Opens January 1st 2020)

Stories must be original, unpublished, and unsold to any other market. Manuscripts should be in standard manuscript format, double-spaced, and written in either Courier or Times New Roman font. Acceptable formats include .doc, .docx, and .rtf. For an example of standard manuscript format, see:

Prizes and Eligibility: The contest is open to non-professional writers (those who have not met eligibility requirements for SFWA or equivalent: sale of a novel or sale of 3 stories to a large-circulation publication (

Previous first-place winners and current contest coordinators are ineligible to enter.

The winning story will be the one that most effectively uses the contest theme as a key element. First-place receives $200 and publication in the 2019 Confluence program book ( Second-place receives $100 and third-place receives $50.

Submission to the contest implies consent for publication, but all rights revert immediately to the author upon publication. Coordinators/Readers screen the entries and the seven best submissions are then read by the judges. Decisions of the judges and coordinators are final.

A maximum of 2 submissions is allowed. Submit each one separately.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Reedsy Prompt: Spring in Your Step

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Deadline: April 3, 2020 - 11:59 PM EDT
In the Northern Hemisphere, the first day of spring began on March 19th. The changing of seasons often brings about a renewed sense of motivation (hence "spring cleaning") and creativity. Indeed, many poems have been written about spring — such as Emily Dickinson's "A Light Exists in Spring" — and authors have long been inspired by the season:

"That is one good thing about this world... There are always sure to be more springs." — L.M. Montgomery

This week, we're also inspired by spring, and so are our prompts.
Before bed, you put your clock ahead one hour for daylight saving time. When you wake up, you realize you've gone forward a lot more than one hour.
Write a story that takes place at a spring dance.
You made a promise to yourself you'd finally do it on the first day of spring. Today was the day.
Write a story about someone who finds something interesting peeking out from a melting snowbank.
Write a story about someone walking through a park on a spring evening, told only through internal monologue.
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.

Submission Guidelines:
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 April 3rd.

Any other questions? Check out our Terms of Use or FAQ!

CircleShow seeks poetry

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  • Deadline: March 31, 2020

CircleShow is currently interested in publishing the work of both known and unknown poets. Issues of CircleShow are posted online in free-to-read PDF format.

Issues are also made available for purchase on-demand as trade paperbacks. Please note that while we do not offer monetary payment for accepted work, all contributors do receive a complimentary copy of the printed issue in which their work appears.

To submit please send 1-5 poems in a single file (.doc, .docx or .pdf). Please put each poem on its own page with each title in bold. Include your name and email at the top of the first page. Title both your submission and the file name as "Poetry Submission-YourName."

We are interested in all forms of poetry.

By submitting to SCP you are agreeing to our Online Copyright Policy.


Saturday, March 28, 2020

The Waterston Desert Writing Prize

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Deadline: April 1, 2020  

Only literary or creative nonfiction proposals will be considered. The Prize does not fund poetry or fiction proposals or children’s literature.

Emerging, mid-career or established writers in the field of literary nonfiction are encouraged to apply. The Waterston Desert Writing Prize seeks writing that offers a unique voice, an engaging style, literary sensibility, creativity and attention to detail that combine to add fresh perspectives and a meaningful contribution to the body of desert literature. All applications will be evaluated via a blind peer review process.

 Considerations in the selection process will be:
  • the writing sample’s artistic excellence and desert literacy,
  • the proposal’s strength,
  • the author biography’s ability to demonstrate a history and future of writing and desert experience.
  • Financial and other kinds of need, the body of past work, geographic location of the applicant, academic career, professional reputation, etc., are not criteria for receipt of this award.


Proposals can be submitted once each year beginning January 1 through April 1. Save your proposal in a single file  as an Adobe Acrobat PDF or as a Microsoft Word .doc or .docx file. Then click  the Submit button at the bottom of this screen. Complete the form and  upload your proposal file. Click Submit and you will receive a confirmation of the submission. You must  follow this process to ensure your proposal is received and eligible for review  by the selection committee.

Further, please submit only the materials specified below.  Any extra materials included with the proposal, and not requested in these guidelines, will not be reviewed.

Step 1. Fill out the application form:

Applicant’s name, address and phone. This is the only location where your identifying information should be available.
Step 2. Upload ONE Word or Acrobat file:
(Please combine the three parts of the application into ONE document and DO NOT place your name or other identifying information on any page of the document)

1. Biographical Statement (No more than one double-spaced page in 12 point type)
Provide a narrative (not a resume or vita) summarizing your educational and professional background, writing experience, and publication history. Do NOT disclose your identity in this information. Submissions with resumes or vitae will be rejected. Please also answer these questions:        

How did you hear about the Prize?
Why are you interested in working in the desert?
How will a Waterston Desert Writing Prize award benefit your work?
Describe your desert experience(s).
Demonstrate a commitment to making a meaningful contribution to the body of desert literature.

2. Proposal Title and Description (No more than one double-spaced page in 12 point type)
Please note that neither the particular desert region to be visited nor the length of time to be spent there are specified by the Prize. Budget information is not required in the description. Any desert region in the world is applicable to this award.

Proposal Title
Describe your writing project
Where, in the desert, will you go to research your project?
What is your plan for field work?
Please explain specifically how the project will:

Add new perspectives and make a meaningful contribution to the body of desert literature
Advance desert literacy

 3. Writing Sample (No more than 10 double-spaced pages in 12 point type with one inch margins)

You may submit published, unpublished, or work in progress. The work must be that for which you have sole artistic ownership and responsibility.
While you are welcome to submit any nonfiction sample, the Prize only considers literary nonfiction proposals about deserts for the award. It is recommended that you submit work that is part of your intended final project or closely represents it in content and style. Samples about deserts and natural settings are more likely to be reviewed favorably. Writing samples that are in other genres such as poetry, fiction or juvenile literature will be disqualified.

Application Submission  Deadline: APRIL 1, 2020. The award will be announced in early May 2020.

Podcastle seeks fantasy fiction

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Deadline: March 31, 2020

PodCastle is looking for quality fantasy fiction. If you’re a writer with a speculative short story that you’d like to hear narrated by one of our performers, we’d like to see it.

Submit online via our Moksha submissions portal using a format Standard Manuscript Format, except please remove addresses and legal names from the document (these are only required on the contract and can be providded later should a story be accepted). We accept files in .odt, .rtf, .docx or .doc format.

Word count: up to 6,000 words.

Occasionally, we run reprints in the novelette range (up to 17,000 words), although they are a harder sell. Query to before submitting longer works.

No multiple submissions within a submissions period. If your story is being held by us from a previous period or special call, you are free to submit another story this period. If you receive a rejection this period and submissions are still open, you can send another story as well.

Simultaneous submissions are permitted; just mention it in your cover letter up front that you’ve submitted it elsewhere, and let us know if you sell it elsewhere first.

Reprints are welcome and strongly encouraged. We are happy to consider stories previously released on Patreon as reprints.

Payment and Rights

We pay $.08 per word USD for original fiction, $100 flat rate for reprints over 1,500 words, and $20 flat rate for flash fiction reprints (stories below 1,500 words).

PodCastle publishes stories in both text and audio. You indicating both are available when you submit your story. We ask for 4 months exclusivity for text and audio for original stories, and 4 months audio exclusivity for reprints. We are happy to receive previously-podcasted stories; this just means don’t re-pod the story until 4 months after publication with PodCastle.

We distribute under the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives license. Briefly, this means that the entire world has permission to distribute the audio files for free, provided they give credit for it, don’t try to make money off of it, and don’t change it in any way. Transcribing it, extracting portions from it beyond fair use, and mashing it up are all prohibited.

This license applies only to our audio performance of your work, for which we’ve contracted and paid you. It does not apply to your story itself; you retain your copyright and all rights to any other use of the story.

You can find samples of our contracts here. Note that these are for informational purposes only, and upon acceptance all the relevant information will be completed by our managing editor.

What We Want

PodCastle is looking for fantasy stories. We’re open to all the sub-genres of fantasy, from magical realism to urban fantasy to slipstream to high fantasy, and everything in between. Fantastical or non-real content should be meaningful to the story. Our word count limit is 6,000. Please note that for original stories, the closer to the limit the story is, the more difficult it is for us to buy it. Our “sweet spot” for story length is between 3,000 and 4,500 words.

We are an audio magazine. Our audience can’t skim past the boring parts. Ideally, fiction should have strong pacing, well-defined characters, engaging dialogue, clear action, and still be beautiful. Above all, we’re looking for stories that are fun to listen to. Humor is encouraged.

We hope to publish fiction reflecting the full range of settings and tropes found in fantasy fiction. We’d particularly like to see more stories set outside America, and stories that feature characters who represent a range of backgrounds and ethnicities.


Podcastle 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 publishing, including, but not limited to, women, people of color, LGBTQIA and non-binary gender people, persons with disabilities, members of religious minorities, and people from outside the United States.

If you identify as part of these or other underrepresented groups, we welcome and encourage you to indicate so in your cover letter. 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.

How to Submit

Prepare your manuscript in something approximating Standard Manuscript Format (excepting legal names and addresses at the top of the file) and submit through our online submissions portal. We accept files formatted in .rtf, .doc, .docx, and .odt.

In your cover letter, please include your legal name, byline (if different from your legal name), mailing address, and the story’s approximate word count and publication history. If you have any previous publications, feel free to list the most recent three, but this is optional and won’t affect your story’s consideration.

Once you’ve sent us your story, you will get an automated confirmation via email. Please query if you have not received this confirmation within 24 hours.

After three months, if you haven’t received a response, feel free to query by email.


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 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;
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.


If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, send them to our staff at We’ll do our best to get back to you within a few days.

Thanks very much for your time, and we look forward to reading your fiction!


Cherae Clark and Jen R. Albert, Editors

and editorial staff



Chicken Soup for the Soul seeks poetry

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Deadline: April 3,  2020


When we are asleep, we dream. Are dreams a connection to the unconscious mind? Are they omens of things to come—both good and bad? Dreams are often the way we tap into our own inner wisdom. Sixth sense, gut feeling, premonitions, instinct. Whatever you call it, sometimes we have no logical reason for knowing something—but still we know it.

We want to know about your dreams. What have you learned from your dreams? Did you listen? Did any of your dreams come true? Did a dream strengthen your faith or help you change the direction your life was headed in? Did some miraculous insight serve as a warning about something that was going to happen?

Please do not submit stories about realizing your dreams, as in aspirations or hopes. We are talking about dreams while you are asleep! Here are some suggested topics but we know you will be able to think and write about many more:

Dreams about finding love
Dreams that saved you or a loved one from danger/death
Dreams that helped you face your fears
Dreams that changed the direction of your life
Dreams in which you communicated with a loved one, either dead or alive
Dreams that caused epiphanies
Dreams that changed your behavior
Dreams that made you more adventurous
Dreams that contained important warnings or medical information
Dreams that gave you comfort or helped your forgive someone
Dreams that made you more optimistic/happier
Dream journaling and how-to use your dreams more effectively
Premonitions that came true or saved you from something bad
Learning to trust your inner guidance [we may do a chapter about inner guidance even if it occurs during your waking hours]
Amazing coincidences and synchronicity [again, we may do a chapter about this even if these things occurred during your waking hours]

The deadline date for story and poem submissions has been extended to April 3, 2020.

Friday, March 27, 2020

The MacGuffin Special Formal Poetry Issue

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Deadline: April 1, 2020

Formal poetry will be featured in Volume 36, No. 3.

You may submit up to five poems per submission. Please indicate the form of each poem being submitted in parenthesis next to its title, e.g. "My Submission" (Ghazal).

No blank or free verse will be accepted for this feature.

Work will be considered until April 1, 2020.

Please send your work via email, post, or Submittable.

For All Submissions
  • We do not accept previously published work (either in print or online).
  • Use Times New Roman, 12pt.
  • List work titles in the order they appear in your cover letter.
  • Include your name and page number in the header of each page. If you are using Microsoft Word 2007 or later, you can use the "Insert" tab on the ribbon to edit the header area and insert page numbers.
  • Do not include extraneous or blank pages with your submission.
  • Do not send revisions unless our editors have requested them.
  • Allow 8 to 16 weeks for a response (sometimes longer in May-July and December-January). We thank you in advance for your patience.
Postal Submissions
  • Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) or sufficient International Reply Coupons for reply only. No work will be returned.
Email Submissions
  • Submissions should be sent to
  • Submissions made in the body of an email will not be considered. Please submit work as an attached .doc, .docx, or .rtf file. Links to a Google Docs (or similar) file will be rejected.
  • Please include the genre you are submitting in the subject line.
  • In the body of the email, please list the title(s) of the poem(s) or story that you are submitting.
Submittable Submissions

Additional Information
  • We do accept simultaneous submissions if informed. We expect prompt notification if the work is accepted elsewhere. Manuscripts may be withdrawn until we send an acceptance notification to you.
  • We are not reviewing translations at this time.
  • Authors and artists receive two copies of the issue in which their work appears.
  • The MacGuffin is copyrighted. Upon publication, all rights revert to authors. We appreciate acknowledgement as first place of publication.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize 2020

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Deadline: April 1, 2020

Awarded for the best piece of writing on the theme of the 2020 Alpine Fellowship Annual Symposium: Forgiveness and Retribution.

The winner receives a £10,000 cash prize and is presented with the award by the poet John Burnside. A £3,000 cash prize will go to the second place, and £2,000 to the third place runner up. The winner and two runners up are invited to attend the Fjällnäs symposium.

Rules: Open to all nationalities, aged 18 and above. All genres permitted. A maximum of 2500 words per entry. Limited to one entry per person. Text must not have been published, self-published or accepted for publication in print or online, or have won or been placed in another competition at any time (including the AF Academic Writing Prize). All entries are judged anonymously and no correspondence can be entered into.

Applications open: 1st January 2020
Applications close: 1st April 2020
Longlist (top 100 entries) announced: 15th May 2020*
Shortlist (top 30 entries) announced: 1st June 2020*
Winners announced: 15th June 2020*

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The Adroit Journal seeks poetry and prose

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Deadline: April 1, 2020

We’re ready for your best work. Pass it along via our online submission manager SUBMITTABLE.

Prose – up to 3 pieces at a time, 3,000 words maximum (per piece).
Poetry – up to 6 poems at a time, no length limits.
Art – up to 6 pieces at a time, both black/white & color accepted.

Since inception, the journal has been listed for extended periods among’s 25 Fastest & Most Challenging Poetry and Fiction Markets, and has been the #1 Poetry Market with the Most Submission Responses Reported for the past two years.

We are currently OPEN to submissions. We will remain open to submissions until April 1, 2020.


We’ll keep you updated as we approach the deadline for the current reading period. Note: If you are subscribed to our mailing list, you will already receive these updates.

We consider submissions sent via Submittable. Writers with disabilities or impairments may submit via Submittable or email—these writers may submit to editors[AT]theadroitjournal[DOT]org. Otherwise, we are not open to email submissions, and are not open to submissions sent via post.

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Please submit no more than two (2) times per genre per reading period. Additional submissions will be returned unread.

When we are open to submissions, please note that we are open to simultaneous submissions (so long as you classify them as such & promptly let us know if they’re accepted elsewhere). Again, click here to access our Submittable page.

Please note that all submissions should be accompanied by a cover letter and brief third-person biography statement, and that (unless otherwise stated) we ask for First North American Rights to publish writing. Following publication, all rights revert back to the writer; we only ask that you credit The Adroit Journal as the place your work first appeared.

If you are a student in high school, college, or university, please see the guidelines for the annual Adroit Prizes for Poetry and Prose.

To submit, you may visit our submission manager at All inquires regarding submission should be directed to

Happy submitting!

Monday, March 23, 2020

The Absurdist seeks flash fiction

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Deadline: March 31, 2020

Submit to:

The Absurdist wants your oddest, most peculiar flash fiction. Let it be farcical, let it be unsettling, let it be both. We are looking for stories that are cohesively and creatively strange — the rest is up to you.

To get a sense of what fits, check out published work from our past life.


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

We accept no more than two stories at a time, sent in a single email. Please wait to hear about your first submission before submitting again. Simultaneous submissions are okay, assuming we are notified promptly if a story is accepted elsewhere. Previously unpublished work only.

To be considered, please include the following with your submission:

Author name as you wish to see it published
Story title(s)
City, state/country of residence
Brief, two- to three-sentence author bio (in third-person)
Social media handles for promotional purposes (not required but encouraged)


We encourage writers of all identities and backgrounds to submit here. Writing is for everyone, and everyone’s weird ideas are welcome. That said, The Absurdist does not want and will not publish any work that aims to hurt or intimidate others.

Should your submission be accepted: Authors retain all rights to their work after publication, though we may repost it on the internet (with proper acknowledgement to the author), or use it to help promote The Absurdist, or reprint it in some future anthology-type thing.

Strange Horizons seeks fiction Monday 4PM - Tuesday 4PM every week

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We are open to fiction submissions between Monday 1600 UTC and Tuesday 1600 UTC (see current UTC time), every week of the year except during the month of December.

We want:
  • Speculative fiction, broadly defined.
  • Up to 10,000 words (under 5000 preferred).
  • Submitted through our Moksha submissions system—no email or postal submissions.
  • No simultaneous or multiple submissions; no re-submissions. Please wait 7 days after receiving a rejection before you submit again.
  • Please send only RTF, DOC or DOCX files and try to stick to standard manuscript format as much as possible. Along with your name and contact information in the upper left, you may also add your pronouns (optional).
  • Previously unpublished in English—we buy first English rights, including audio.
  • Special note on translations: our quarterly sister magazine Samovar specializes in translations and offers a better pay rate of 12¢/word USD split between author and translator: we encourage you to submit all translations there directly. Translations submitted to either magazine will always be considered for both magazines: first for Samovar and second for Strange Horizons. If you're sending us a translation and don't want it forwarded to Samovar, please let us know in your cover letter and we will consider it only for Strange Horizons.
We offer:
Payment of 10¢/word USD, within 60 days of contract.
If you have any questions, write to with the word QUERY: at the beginning of your subject line.

Everything else on this page is intended to clarify, explain, or provide insight into the above guidelines. If you've submitted to us before or feel confident that your story meets our guidelines, feel free to skip the rest of this page. If you're uncertain on any point, you'll find more detailed discussion below.
What We Want and What We Don't Want

We want good speculative fiction. If your story doesn't have a speculative element, or strong speculative-fiction sensibilities, it's probably not for us.
Some particular things we love, or are interested in:
  • Fiction from or about diverse perspectives and traditionally under-represented groups, settings, and cultures, written from a non-exoticizing and well-researched position.
  • Unusual yet readable styles and inventive structures and narratives.
  • Stories that address political issues in complex and nuanced ways, resisting oversimplification.
  • Hypertext fiction, interactive fiction, and other stories that explore and exploit the forms available to us. If you have a work of this type that you think might be a good fit for Strange Horizons, please query us to discuss how to submit it.
Things which are fine:
  • Profanity is fine. Use whatever words are appropriate for your story.
  • Sex or violence in a story should be artistically justified; no excessive gore.
  • We welcome submissions from anywhere in the world, and British spellings are fine.
  • We will consider stories which have previously appeared in another language, but have never been published in English.
  • We welcome all subgenres and forms of speculative fiction.
Things we won't consider:
  • Stories above 10,000 words, including serialized novels or novellas.
  • Partial or incomplete stories. Please don't send us part of a story and ask us to request the rest of it if we're interested.
  • Unsolicited reprints of works previously published in English.
  • Stories previously submitted to Strange Horizons, even if they have been revised.
  • Multiple stories at once from the same author.
  • Submissions sent to us and another venue simultaneously.
  • Poetry or nonfiction; we're the wrong department for those.
Pay Rates and Lengths

We prefer stories under 5,000 words, but we consider stories up to 10,000 words. Note, however, that the longer the story is, the less likely we are to be interested. Our wordcount limit is not absolutely inflexible, but we can't consider stories much over the limit, not even as serials. However, we have no minimum wordcount requirement; we consider short-short stories. We determine story length by taking the word-processor wordcount and rounding up to the next highest 100 words.

We pay 10¢/word (USD), with a minimum payment of $60. SFWA officially considers us a professional market. We pay by check or PayPal, according to the author's preference.
We buy first-printing world exclusive English-language rights (including audio rights) for six (6) months. After that period, you are free to republish the story elsewhere. We hope you'll allow us to leave the story in our archives indefinitely after it's rotated off the main table of contents, but you have the right to remove your story from the archives at any time after one (1) year.
How to Submit

Check the top of this page to see if we're open to submissions, and if we're open, upload a file using our submission gateway. In order to track stories correctly, we can only consider stories submitted through that form—no email or paper mail submissions.

Your cover letter can be minimal: generally, these should be short and list just a few of your most recent or most relevant publications or workshops. If you've got life experience relevant to your story (e.g. your story takes place on a submarine, and you served on a submarine), please do mention that. Cover letters shouldn't include plot synopses or pitches. If you are still concerned, please take a look at our sample cover letters page.

If you're having trouble submitting, or have any other questions, please send an e-mail with a subject line of "QUERY: Your Question Topic" to
Response Time and Response Status

We usually respond within a few weeks, but are currently running behind and response times are slower. Apologies for the longer-than-usual wait. Please query if you're concerned your submission has gone astray, but otherwise please be patient with us while we catch up.

We send an autoresponder message in response to every submission we receive. If you haven't received an autoresponse within 24 hours after submitting, please query immediately. Missing an autoresponse usually means we have an incorrect email address for you, and won't be able to contact you when we make a decision on your fiction.
Withdrawal policy

After you submit a story, we strongly prefer you don't withdraw it. If you withdraw a story, we won't consider any version of that story in the future. However, if you do need to withdraw a story, please send an e-mail telling us that you need to withdraw, and let us know why.
How to Contact Us

To contact us for any reason, write to with the word QUERY: at the beginning of your subject line. Add a few words to the subject line to indicate what you're querying about.
Strange and Interesting Miscellany

None of this is required reading, but if you're curious about how we do things, you may find the following links interesting:

Stories we see too often: This list was made by the previous editing team, and has since been reposted and referenced by various people who've found it useful. Though there is some good advice here, we offer it as a curio rather than as a prescription.

Why we don't want authors to withdraw stories: This is a post by previous senior fiction editor, Jed Hartman. We agree with his reasoning.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

The Gabo Prize for Literature in Translation & Multilingual Texts

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Deadline: March 31, 2029

Lunch Ticket is honored to host The Gabo Prize for Literature in Translation & Multilingual Texts. The Gabo Prize is funded by writers, translators, and Antioch University Los Angeles MFA Alumni Allie Marini and Jennifer McCharen, who launched the prize to support the work of peer translators.

Without literary translation, we are all separate races and cultures, condemned to live out one hundred years of solitude. Our parchments would never be deciphered, and our stories would be unrepeatable forever more. But with translation, we do not have to spend that time alone. Through the voices and stories of those far removed from us, but human just the same as us—we earn our second opportunity on this earth.


Translators and authors of multilingual texts are encouraged to submit their work for The Gabo Prize.

The winner, selected by a guest judge, will receive $200, and the winning piece will be published alongside two semi-finalists in the upcoming issue of Lunch Ticket. The Gabo Prize is awarded twice each year.


Please indicate whether your translation falls under poetry or prose, and refer to standard Lunch Ticket guidelines for work submitted blind and in our preferred format. Please include the original work along with your translation. Original, bilingual work qualifies for the Gabo Prize: however if this describes your work, please indicate this clearly in your cover letter.

The reading period for the prize is the month of February for the issue that publishes in June, and the month of August for the issue that publishes in December. Please note that previously published work will not be accepted.

All submissions for the award will be considered for publication in other sections of Lunch Ticket.

Your submission should include the original work along with your translation.

We also require a statement that grants us permission to publish both the original work and the translation online, and that certifies that you have received permission from the original rights holder (either the publisher or the author, as applicable) to grant us such rights.

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

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Deadline: April 1, 2020  

Submit one humor poem, up to 250 lines. First prize of $1,000 plus a two-year gift certificate from our co-sponsor, Duotrope (a $100 value). Second prize of $250. Ten Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each. The top 12 entries will be published online. There is no fee to enter. Judge: Jendi Reiter, assisted by Lauren Singer Ledoux.

No restriction on age of author. All countries eligible except Syria, Iran, North Korea, and Crimea (due to US government restrictions).

 In addition to English, your poem may contain inspired gibberish. You may submit published or unpublished work. Please omit your name from your entries. We prefer 12-point type or larger. Please avoid fancy, hard-to-read fonts.

Please submit only one poem to this contest.


Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Rockvale Review seeks poetry

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Deadline: March 31, 2020

 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 Six goes from January 1 through March 31, 2020. Work submitted outside this window will not be read. The issue is unthemed and will be published in May 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 Six is writer/photographer/beachcomber Shelley Thomas from San Rafael, CA . Shelley will pair every accepted poem with a piece of of art.

The featured composer for Issue Six is professional flute player, Michael Morton. Michael will respond to five 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!


Sunday, March 15, 2020

Room Magazine Submission Guidelines

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• Thank you for considering Room for the publication of your original short stories, poems, creative non-fiction, or art. Room publishes original work by women, including trans* persons, gender-variant and two-spirit women, and women of non-binary sexual orientations. We strongly suggest you get a sense of our tastes by reviewing material we’ve published in recent issues—buy newsstand copies, subscribe, borrow from a library, or visit our latest edition online. Alternatively, you can order single copies of specific issues.

• We do not charge for submissions.

• Check our home page regularly for updates on upcoming themes and deadlines. If your work is targeted for a particular theme, it will be considered for that theme as long as it is sent by the deadline. There is no need to add a special note or designation.

• We receive over 2,000 submissions each year and can only publish approximately 80-100 pieces. So send your absolutely best piece of work.

• Please be sure to send us work that has not been previously published in print or on-line.

• We do not publish the same writer more than twice a year, and never in consecutive issues.

• To avoid a flood of material by a single submitter or overly frequent submissions, please send only one submission per quarter (one submission of poetry can include up to five poems).

• Do not send a second submission until you have heard back from us considering the first one.

• Tell us in your cover letter whether your submission is exclusive to us or whether you have submitted it to other magazines as well.

• If another magazine accepts for publication work that you have also submitted to Room, advise us immediately.

• We respond to all submissions by email. Our average response time is between two weeks and six months.

• If you are using Hotmail or Gmail, please be sure to designate Room as an approved sender to prevent our response being caught up in your spam filters.

• For information on our annual literary contests and cover art contest, please visit our contest page:

PO Box 46160, Station D Vancouver, BC V6J 5G5


• We only use Submittable (, a secure online submissions management tool, to manage our submissions. We do not accept submissions via mail. Any submissions received in the mail will be returned unread. When you submit your work, you will also be creating an account that will allow you to log in at any time to check the status of your submission. Follow these simple steps to submit your work:
• Go to
• Create your account by entering the requested information.
• Choose your category/genre and click the Submit button.
• Enter the work’s title, your cover letter*, and attach your submission. For poetry submissions, combine all poems into one document and start each poem on a new page
• If applicable, fill out payment information.
• You’re done! Log back in any time to check the status of your submission.
• If you run into any problems, please email
• For more information about Submittable, go to
• *Don’t forget to provide us with the following information in your cover letter:
• Your name, address, phone number, and email address.
• For fiction and creative non-fiction, an accurate word count of your piece.

I Don’t Cry Anymore seeks poetry

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Deadline: March 31, 2020

I Don’t Cry Anymore is a poetry anthology to be published in Fall 2020 that seeks to illuminate the multifaceted reach and life-altering devastation of sexual trauma on survivors and to highlight the emotional depth and nuanced complexity of the survivor’s courageous journey toward healing. Emerging and established poets who are sexual-trauma survivors are invited to examine all aspects of their sexual trauma and their survivor story and share their truth to shine a much-needed light of compassionate clarity on this timely but misunderstood topic.

Submission Guidelines

General Information:  We encourage both emerging and established poets who are sexual-trauma survivors to submit up to three (3) original, previously unpublished poems that tell their unique stories. We cannot accept work that has been published elsewhere in print or online. Contributors whose work is accepted may choose to publish their poem(s) anonymously or under a pseudonym.

Formatting:  Your poetry must be single-spaced in 12-point serif type (such as Times New Roman) with your name, address, telephone number and email address appearing at the top of each manuscript. Please submit each poem as a single file. Manuscripts must be in Word format (either doc or docx). Please do not submit pdf files.

Length and Type:  The maximum length for a poem is 70 lines. Poems may be any poetic form, but the form should lend itself to the poem’s message.

Simultaneous Submissions:  We gladly accept simultaneous submissions, but ask that you email us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. Please write “Poem Accepted Elsewhere” in the subject line and address it to Be sure to include your name and the name of the poem(s) accepted.

Response Time:  We are a small group of volunteer editors, so please give us up to two weeks to confirm that we have received your submission. We will contact the poets whose work is accepted by July 31, 2020.

Payment and Rights:  Liminal Publishing, the nonprofit publisher of I Don’t Cry Anymore, is a newly formed 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation that operates solely on donations and (hopefully someday) grants. Payment to contributors will be two (2) copies of I Don’t Cry Anymore. Liminal Publishing will be acquiring anthology rights for print and digital editions.

Editorial Collaboration:  It is rumored the sublime Joan Didion’s manuscripts required no editing. We don’t know if this is true; we do know that everyone who has ever been published has been edited by a team of experienced, thoughtful professionals whose life’s work is worrying about parallelism, comma splices, and non sequiturs, among other things. Contributors whose work is accepted will be asked to work with our dedicated team of editors regarding any editorial changes to their poems. Any editorial suggestions are made to strengthen the poem by clarifying its message.

Flo Oy Wong conceptualized this anthology and is co-editor along with Ann Muto, Cupertino Poet Laureate (2016-2017), and Kathy Skaggs, editor and book publisher.

How to Submit:  We accept submissions only through our dedicated email: There is no fee to submit.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Route 7 Press seeks poetry

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Deadline: March 31, 2020

We are not looking for any gratuitous violence or sex or any work that is misogynistic, racist, or homophobic. Having said that, we are okay with POVs who are pushing back against those issues.
Simultaneous submissions to other publishers or contests are permitted, as long as you notify Route 7 Press promptly if a manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

Selected chapbook manuscripts have a small print-run (100 – 120 copies), and authors receive 20 copies plus $200 payment, paid upon publication. Authors retain all rights to the text material within the author’s chapbook.

Selected full-length manuscripts have a first print-run of 200- 300 copies , and authors receive 20 copies plus $400 payment, paid upon publication. Authors retain all rights to the text material within the author’s book.

We aim to answer all submission emails within 6 months of its submission date.
Once a chapbook, book, or art is selected, we will close submissions immediately for that category, or by March 31, 2020.

We look forward to reading your work!

Poetry Chapbook Guidelines:

The Route 7 Press poetry team welcomes submissions from anyone writing in the English language, whether living in the United States or abroad. We do not wish to see Translations at this time nor are we interested in previously self-published books. Poets submitting work for consideration may be published authors or writers without prior book publications.

Submit a previously unpublished (as a whole), chapbook-length poetry manuscript with a table of contents. Ideally, we are seeking a chapbook of 18 to 35 pages, but all manuscripts will be read and considered with full respect, regardless of length, and no manuscript will be rejected simply because it’s shorter or longer.

Individual poems in your manuscript may have been previously published in magazines, journals, or anthologies, or chapbooks, but the work as a whole must be unpublished. If applicable, include with your manuscript an acknowledgments page for prior publications.

Simultaneous submissions to other publishers or contests are permitted, as long as you notify Route 7 Press promptly if a manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

We will select a manuscript for publication by April 2020. The chapbook selected at this time will be published by the end of 2020.

To submit please your submission to:

The subject line should read: Author Name & Title 

Memoir Mixtape seeks fiction

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Deadline: March 31, 2020

Vol. 12: Just My Imagination

Since we put out our first call for Volume 1 in 2017, we have prided ourselves on being an always-open-for-submissions venue. But the truth is, we simply weren’t aware of how crazy life could (and would) really get in the upcoming years. 2019 was a really trying time for our editorial staff, and it was 100% necessary to press pause on our incoming submissions if we had any chance of catching up on our 10th and 11th volumes.

While we hope 2020 brings smoother sailing, and we hope to avoid any more hiatuses, we’re not going to make any promises. But the good news is that our current hiatus is now over, and we are officially reopening submissions for our 12th volume! And what makes this announcement even more exciting is this:

For the first time ever, Memoir Mixtapes is stepping out of our primary genre to publish a fiction issue!

This prompt has been on our roadmap from the very beginning, but we’ve held off until now because we wanted to establish MM as a platform primarily for CNF. Now that we’ve got 11 volumes under our belts, we’re finally in a good place to throw all of our typical rules to the wind, just for a bit. We’re really excited to see just how weird things can get.

Music will still be a driving force behind the stories and poems we ultimately select for Vol.12, but other than that, the rules are pretty lax. We’re happy to read flash, poems, and longer short stories, but our typical guidelines still apply (3,500 words maximum). We can’t wait to read your work!

*Just to clarify: Pieces must be inspired by existing/published songs rather than fictional songs/musicians.

Submission Requirements:


– Send in your submission using our brand new SUBMISSION FORM.

You should receive a confirmation of receipt from: SUBMISSIONS@MEMOIRMIXTAPES.COM

-Attach your submission as a .doc or .docx file (do not send PDFs or enclose your submission as text in the body of your email—your submission will not be logged)

-Please include a third-person bio with your submission

-One submission, based on one song, per writer. For prose submissions, 3500 words maximum (12 point font, single spaced). For poetry submissions we will only read one poem—please do not send multiple poems, as we will only read your first and make our decision based on that.

Submission Guidelines:

-The sweet spot for prose submissions is between 2–6 pages, single spaced. (If your submission runs a little shorter or longer, it’s not the end of the world.)

-Poetry submissions can be any length, but please bear in mind that over 5 pages is going to be a tougher sell.

-Proofreading is the best friend you have. We have other responsibilities / cats / dogs / spouses that eat up a lot of our time and we can’t dedicate as much effort as we’d like to on extensive edits to your work. Please, make sure your piece has that extra polish and shine before you send it in.

-We try to retain original formatting where applicable (particularly where poems are concerned), but your piece may be formatted/edited to fit our desired A E S T H E T I C.

Other Items:

As much as we’d love to pay contributors (or even ourselves), we’re broke as hell and can’t do any of that; as such, Memoir Mixtapes is free. This project is a labor of love and volunteer work, and will likely remain that way until we find ourselves a rich-ass patron who wants to throw cash at us to do what we love. (We’re still crossing our fingers for sponsorship from Taco Bell, so if anyone has the connect, hook us up.)

We’re not picky about whether your work has been previously published elsewhere, but we’d like to ensure that we’re not going to get sued to hell over copyright infringement, so make sure you’re okay to do so before sending it our way. In the same vein, we don’t mind if you want to submit your pieces to other publications after they have showed up in Memoir Mixtapes first—the work is yours, after all. Just please ensure that you credit us for being the first to publish it.

We make our decisions for inclusion once we’ve closed submissions for the current call; however, we will always respond to you to let you know we received your submission. These response times can vary from a day to a week, depending on our inbox / available time, so please be patient with your editors. That said, our spam folder has been known to eat potential contributor submissions, so PLEASE check in with us if you haven’t received a confirmation email within a week of sending your submission, preferably from a different email account (because Google is likely to throw you in spam again if you use the same address) or by Twitter/Instagram/Facebook message.

FOR TEACHERS WANTING TO GET STUDENTS INVOLVED: We’ve had it happen a few times now where teachers want to use our prompts as a basis for their classroom assignments. We think this is an excellent idea—we love the idea of helping to inspire burgeoning writing talent! And if your students want to submit to us, that’s even cooler! We’d be happy to read and consider their submissions for publication.

HOWEVER. We want all of our submissions to come from a place of passion and enthusiasm, not dread or annoyance. As such, we would ask that you please refrain from making submitting their work to us mandatory in order to pass your assignment. Nothing breaks our hearts quite like seeing “I’m sending you this story because I have to if I want a good grade for my English class” in a cover letter. It makes the students unhappy, and it makes us unhappy. If they want to submit, please encourage them, just don’t turn us into a chore for the students that don’t want to. Cool?

Are you a former contributor with exciting news to share? Use this form to keep us in the loop re: your recent publications and other accomplishments!

Friday, March 13, 2020

Everyday Fiction seeks flash fiction

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Deadline: March 28, 2020

Every Day Fiction is looking for very short (flash) fiction, of up to  1000 words. There’s no such thing as too short — if you can do the job in 50 words, have at it! — but our readers prefer pieces that tell or at  least hint at a complete story (some sort of action or tension rising  to a moment of climax, and at least a clue toward a resolution, though  it doesn’t have to be all spelled out).

All fiction genres are acceptable, and stories that don’t fit neatly into any genre are welcome too. While personal experiences and other  non-fiction can be great sources of inspiration, please turn them into  fiction for us, or send them elsewhere.

Our readership is adult, so children’s stories are unlikely to be accepted unless they are relevant to adults as well. On the other hand, we are not impressed by gratuitous sex and violence, or pointlessly foul  language; edgy content should be necessary and appropriate to the plot  and characters.

It ought to go without saying that any story submitted to Every Day Fiction must be your own unpublished original creation. If  you publish a story on a blog, even your own personal blog, or any  website accessible to the general public (i.e., if the story can be  found and read online without a password or friend status or other  limitation), it is considered published and therefore inappropriate for  our market.

Since we do not have the time or resources to manage copyright permissions, please do not send us works with quoted song lyrics. You  may use song titles and the names of composers, lyricists, and/or  performers, and you may paraphrase or refer to the song lyrics, but we  are unable to publish stories with directly quoted song lyrics unless  they are in the public domain (written before 1920).

We will not publish stories which feature living public figures as  characters, although referencing them (e.g., in terms of a  concert/event/sighting) is acceptable. Historical/deceased public  figures are acceptable as characters. We do not publish fan fiction and  will not publish stories which feature non-original characters, although  referencing them (e.g., in a film, as a toy, etc.) is fine, and  historical/cultural/legendary characters which are clearly not the  property of a single creator (e.g., Santa Claus, King Arthur) are also  permissible.

Submission Process

All stories must be submitted through Submittable — we cannot accept stories via email or snail mail.

Our maximum response time is 90 days. If for any reason you believe that we have held your story without a response past 90 days, please contact us so we can look into it. We will, of course, do our best to keep our average response time as low as possible; we are currently averaging ? days.

Multiple Submissions & Simultaneous Submissions

We ask that you have no more than three stories in our submission process at any one time. If you have three stories submitted to the regular queue and wish to submit an additional one to the calendar-specific queue for the upcoming month, please query first.

Unfortunately, we do not take simultaneous submissions; please give us 90 days' exclusive consideration of your story.


We believe in the importance of being paid for your writing, even if  it’s only a token amount. At this time, we are able to offer three dollars (US$3) for each published story, to be paid via PayPal, with the option to donate it back to Every Day Fiction if you are so inclined.

More importantly, publication also includes an opportunity to promote your writing beyond Every Day Fiction. We will gladly provide a link to your blog or website, and if you have a book on Amazon, we can link to that as well.

We are looking for some suitable stories for April 2020, including:

  • April Fool's Day
  • Passover
  • Easter
  • Tax Day
  • Earth Day
  • World Immunization Week

The deadline for these stories is March 27, 2020, at the end of the day (11:59 PM Pacific Time).

Pretty Owl Poetry POPcraft: Tarot for Poets

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What we’re looking for: The disruption and surprise of Tarot combined with the mysterious logic of a poem’s creation. Elements of both should be present in your submission (which is to say: we’re not looking for any old prompt or any old Tarot spread). The way they come together is up to you.

We know that a large intersection of Tarot and writing is ritual—be specific and precise with the procedure of your prompt. Please send us photos of your spread as described in the prompt, and we will recreate it and photograph it with our deck. Don’t forget to add a title to your submission!

Check out what we have here, but don’t hesitate to send something that puts your own spin on the witchcraft of the poetry prompt. If you'd like to send us poems you've written in response to the prompts on our website, we encourage you to send them in a regular submission of 3-5 poems to be considered for publication in the journal. Right now we are only accepting submissions of original prompts and accompanying Tarot spreads.


Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Gordon Square Review seeks short stories, essays and prose

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Deadline: April 1, 2020  

Thank you for submitting your work to Gordon Square Review, a Literary Cleveland publication!

We consider short stories, personal essays, and hybrid prose works. While we don’t shy away from blurred genre lines, please note that our focus and aesthetic is literary. We are unable to consider reviews, interviews, academic work, dramatic scripts, or writing for children.

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). We appreciate standard manuscript formatting: double spaced, one-inch margins, and a serif font like Times New Roman.

While we welcome and encourage submissions from all writers regardless of geography, please tell us if you are a Northeast Ohio writer -- 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. If you answer "yes," we ask that you elaborate below.

New Yorker submission guidelines

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Fiction submissions: Please send your submissions (as PDF attachments) to, or by mail to Fiction Editor, The New Yorker, 1 World Trade Center, New York, NY 10007. We read all submissions within ninety days, and will contact you if we’re interested in publishing your material. We regret that, owing to the volume of submissions we receive, we are unable to call or e-mail unless a story is accepted for publication. If you have not heard from us within ninety days, please assume that we will not be able to publish your manuscript. Submissions sent by regular mail will not be returned, so please do not send original copies of your work.

Poetry submissions: Poetry is reviewed on a rolling basis. We accept submissions via Submittable only. Send up to six poems (in a single document) per submission, but please do not submit more than twice in twelve months. We do not consider work that has appeared elsewhere (this includes all Web sites and personal blogs). We are interested in translations of poems that have never been published in English. Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please notify us promptly, using your Submittable account, if a poem has been accepted elsewhere. We read all submissions and strive to respond within six months, but, due to the volume we receive, the wait may be longer.

Saturday, March 7, 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.

The Dark Magazine submission guidelines

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All submissions should follow proper manuscript format. Submissions should be emailed to Please attach all submissions in .doc or rtf format—we will not accept submissions embedded in the body of email. Include your bio in your cover letter.

Guidelines for Fiction

The Dark is an online magazine published monthly. We are seeking fiction 2,000 – 6,000 words.

What we publish:

• Horror

• Dark Fantasy

Don’t be afraid to experiment or to deviate from the ordinary; be different—try us with fiction that may fall out of “regular” categories. However, it is also important to understand that despite the name, The Dark is not a market for graphic, violent horror.

We will not consider multiple submissions. Submit once and wait for a response before sending anything else. There is no wait period after a rejection. We will not consider simultaneous submissions.


Please submit your story with the word REPRINT in the header of your submission emails, like so: SUBMISSION: [STORY TITLE] (REPRINT). Only stories from established print markets, including magazines, short story collections, and anthologies, from the past two years, which would cover January 2017 onwards, will be considered.


We pay 6 cents/word for original fiction up to 6,000 words on publication for first world rights; and 1 cent/word for reprint fiction up to 6,000 words on publication for nonexclusive reprint rights.

Response Times

Response times will vary depending on volume, but may be as short as a single minute to as long as forty-eight hours. Query after one week (include title and date submitted). Please do not respond to rejection letters, for any reason, otherwise, and please, do not use mail filtering services that require sign-up permissions, or your submission will be deleted unread.

Friday, March 6, 2020

Seeking copy for Selfish Kitty

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Calypso Cards, Inc publishes and distributes several lines of sophisticated, contemporary and innovative greeting cards. We work with a handful of talented freelance artists, illustrators and ghostwriters to provide fresh, original artwork and copy that approach the greeting card from a new angle. Before submitting please take a look at our website to make sure that your work fits with our style.

We are currently seeking copy for Selfish Kitty, a humor line which is edgy but not cruel or degrading. The audience for Selfish Kitty is young, urban, educated. The artwork is usually designed after the text is selected.

Each idea should be submitted in the following format:

  • Card occasion eg. Birthday
  • Outside message
  • Inside message

Be sure to include a © symbol, name address, telephone number and email address under every idea.

We review several times a year, but several months can go by between reviews. We regret that due to the volume of submissions we will only contact you if we select your artwork or idea.

Please submit to:

If you have questions please contact us at No phone calls please.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Strange Horizons poetry submission guidelines

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No deadline given

We're looking for high-quality literary, SF/F, speculative, and slipstream poetry.

We're looking for modern, exciting poems that explore the possible and impossible: stories about human and nonhuman experiences, dreams and reality, past and future, the here-and-now and otherwhere-and-elsewhen. We want poems from imaginative and unconventional writers; we want voices from diverse perspectives and backgrounds.

We want poems that understand "literary" doesn't equal "boring," poems that know how to write strange without being senseless, and poems that balance inventiveness with traditional structures. We like mischievous poems, pensive poems, and everything in between.

We don't see enough innovative science fiction or formal poetry. We are also open to confessional and hypertext poetry. However, poems must substantiate their forms; a weak concept in rhyme is still a weak concept. Sonnet plus spaceship is not enough.

Our pay rate for new poetry is $40 (U.S.) per poem, regardless of length or complexity.
We buy first-printing world exclusive rights for six months. After that period, you are free to republish the poem elsewhere. We hope (but don't require) that you'll allow us to post the poem in our archives indefinitely. You have the right to remove your poem from the archives at any point after six months. Please contact the Editors-in-Chief on management [at]strangehorizons [dot] com if you would like your work to be removed.
How to Submit

Please use our Moksha submissions system to send us your poems.

Please send us no more than 6 poems at a time (all in one file is fine).

No simultaneous submissions, please. We adhere strictly to this rule.

Also, we do not accept unsolicited reprints. This includes poems previously published on personal websites or message boards. If a search engine can find it, so can we.

Strange Horizons responds to poetry submissions within 4 months. If you haven't heard from us once the 4-month mark passes, please send a query.

The Poetry Department staff operate on a rotation system; depending on when you submit, you may be read by a different editor each time. In order to determine to whom you should be addressing your submission(s), please refer to the following schedule:

September - December 2019: A.J. Odasso (they/them/theirs)

January - April 2020: Romie Stott (she/her/hers)

May - August 2020: A.J. Odasso

September - December 2020: Romie Stott

How to Query

If you don't hear from us within 4 months, please sign into Moksha and click on the My Submissions tab, where you will see a link called Get Status; from there, you will enter your email address and submission ID. If Moksha gives you any difficulty, please query using the old submissions listserv address (poetry [at] strangehorizons [dot] com), but do not send submissions there. We only respond to submissions sent via Moksha.

Please ignore the queue number that Moksha has automatically assigned to you; it has absolutely no bearing on when you will hear from us within the allotted 4-month period. As a rule, we reject faster than we accept, so if you get a quick rejection from us, please know that you can try again as long as you have no more than 6 poems in with us at a time!

Sunday, March 1, 2020

1870 seeks poetry, flash fiction, short fiction

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No deadline given

1870 Poetry is open year round to submissions of all kinds. Poetry, Flash Fiction, Short Fiction, Non-Fiction, Opinion, Essay – whatever. We are looking for words that may not be easily defined or clearly designed for a given home. People of the fringe, on the outside, in a place dark and damp and a little unnerving. We don’t want weak minded, tender heart bullshit; rather, we seek the ultimately real. Special consideration given to LGBTQIA themed or writer identified. Labels really don’t matter, ultimately.

No fee, no charge, no shirts, no shoes, no service

While there is no theme, 1870 Poetry will not back away from more mature, explicit material. submissions accepted and posted on a rolling basis.

Poetry – Send 2-5 poems embedded or as an attachment, (.DOC or DOCX preferred). Send to

Fiction – Send 1-2 short pieces, between 500 and 1,000 words, either embedded or as an attachment, (.DOC or DOCX preferred). Send to


rights revert after initial publications.
there is no payment.
no previously published works.
simultaneous subs are accepted. let us know asap if your work gets accepted elsewhere.
send complete work.  work that is edited. poorly edited work will be deleted without comment.
response time will be no more than 4 weeks, probably much less.

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