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Monday, September 28, 2020

Underland Arcana seeks short fiction

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Deadline: October 1, 2020

UNDERLAND ARCANA is published four times a year, and is looking for previously unpublished short fiction that veers into the numinous, the esoteric, the supernatural, and the weird. We like these stories to be mildly speculative, fantastic, mysterious, and/or horrific (if you prefer genre tags). We’re not terribly keen on stories that splash through gore, but we don’t mind the grotesque. We prefer character-driven pieces, but will pause and admire works that are exceptionally experimental in tone, style, and presentation.

We are actively interested in submissions from writers of underrepresented communities, including, but in no way limited to, writers of any gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, nationality, class, and physical or mental ability. We believe in the rich potential and diversity of humanity, and seek to have that belief reflected in the stories published in the ARCANA.

In more concrete terms: stories should be under 5k in length, but special consideration will be given to longer pieces should the writing demand such attention. Please query before sending anything novella length. Submissions should be in .doc or .rtf formation. Stories must be compatible to both an online presentation and a print publication.

Please submit your stories to editors@underlandarcana.com, along with a brief cover letter that mentions the word count of your story as well as the highlights of your recent publishing adventures.

READING PERIOD: In parallel with our publication schedule, we will only be considering submissions during one of our open reading periods. The current reading period closes on October 1st, 2020. The next reading period is scheduled to open early in 2021.

PAYMENT: Underland Arcana is paying $0.01 / word—up to 5,000 words—for publication on the website. Additional publication in other formats (ebook and collected print editions, for example) will be under a shared royalty basis.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Beautiful Tragedies 2 Anthology

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Deadline: September 30, 2020

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

PLEASE read and adhere to our submission guidelines...

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

To submit, email your polished story to submissions@hellboundbookspublishing.com

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Full Bleed seeks submissions

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Deadline: January 10, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, September 25, 2020

Fix the World anthology

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Deadline: September 30, 2020
The world is broken. Fires, hurricanes, famine and disease haunt the land. We all need a little hope.

For this anthology, we’re looking for stories that depict a (near) future Earth that’s somehow better than this one, Show us a world post-climate change, where we made peace with the planet. Or a world where we moved past racism and into a broader understanding of the connectedness of all the races of humanity. How about one where gender no longer matters? Or where borders are no more.

We’re not looking for preachy. We want realistic depictions of the Earth that could be, even it it’s not perfect.

Whatever fix you choose does not have to be the main plot – in fact, it’s probably better if it isn’t. But it should be very clear in the story – how we got from here to there.

The Details:

Length: Minimum 5,000, Maximum 15,000 words

Payment: Flat Fee:
5,000-8,000 – $75
8,000-12,000 – $100
12,000-15000: $125


Rights: 12 months exclusive print rights; additional 24 months non-exclusive. Sunsets at 36 months and all rights revert to author.

Due Date: Closes September 30th, 2020

Publication Date: Winter 2020-21
Format:

Please use standard manuscript formatting:
1 Inch Margins
Font: Times New Roman 12 Point
Double spaced
Half inch indent at start of each paragraph (please do not use tabs for this)

Otherwise we’re not all that picky. No cover letter is needed. Please include a short one paragraph summary of what your “fix” is.

Please, no simultaneous submissions.

Send your submissions to scott@otherworldsink.com with the subject line:

Submission: Fix the World

If you have any questions, email us at the link above.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

They Call Us submission guidelines

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They Call Us puts forward a themed edition every 3 months, such as They Call Us Flawed, or They Call Us Bossy. We look for any submissions of prose, poetry, and visual art within that theme. We prefer that those who submit do their best to follow the theme of the current edition, otherwise it will likely not be accepted by our editors. We encourage all who are interested to read through the guidelines below before submitting. If you have any questions regarding this process please contact us.

HOW TO SUBMIT TO THEY CALL US

Anyone is welcome to submit poetry, prose, or artwork to They Call Us. Please check our instagram to see when we are accepting submissions as well as to gather more information on the theme of each edition.

Submit your work by emailing us at theycalluszine@gmail.com. In the subject line of your email, please include the type of work you are submitting (poetry, prose, or artwork) as well as the name of the edition that you are submitting for (bossy, flawed, theirs, etc.). If you are submitting work, please do NOT use our contact form as you will not be able to attach your document or photo. Please email us directly instead.

You should plan to include information about yourself and your piece in the body of your email. This information can vary depending on the nature of your submission. See specific instructions on what to include below.

Submission periods for the team can be very crazy, but you should expect to hear from an editor within a week of submitting your work. If you don’t hear back within that timeframe please follow up with us.

POETRY AND PROSE SUBMISSIONS

All writers interested in submitting to They Call Us should consider the theme of each edition with their submissions. You are welcome to submit something already completed or create new work.

Writing can be any genre, whether it be speculative or realistic. Feel free to get creative or use your own experience.

The piece should not succeed 1,200 words and be submitted as a word document.

Multiple submissions and simultaneous submissions are both accepted.

Each work submitted should include the following in the body of their email: Title of work, full name (or name you want for credit), and pronouns. We appreciate social media accounts as well so we can credit you properly.

A personal response is always returned, whether you were accepted or not, via the Prose or Poetry Editors.

Once you’ve submitted, the Editors will get back to you with any edits, comments, or revisions. Both of you will work together to revise the piece.


SUBMISSION DISCLAIMER

All artists and authors who have submitted to They Call Us and have been accepted should acknowledge their consent to the following:

They Call Us has permission to post writing excerpts or artwork to our social media accounts and website, as well as use authors’ work for publicity purposes. All of this will include proper accreditation to authors and artists.

They Call Us has permission to request writing edits and suggestions, as well as make minor edits and changes to artwork in order to create the layout of the zine. Art edits can include but are not always limited to cropping edges and slight color changes (this happens naturally with printing). Any writing suggestions will not go into the zine without the author's final approval.

By submitting to They Call Us, you recognize and accept this artistic process. If you have any objections to these guidelines, please communicate that to us in your submission email.

Rhonda Parrish Anthologies - Water: Selkies, Sirens and Sea Monsters

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Deadline: October 1, 2020
(Elemental Anthologies #4)

Water is the most yielding of all elements, changing to fit its container, whether that be a thimble or a lake bed. At the same time, anyone who has ever watched the unrelenting progression of a tsunami understands its raw power. It is the tranquil azure of a tropical sea, the tumultuous waves and whitecaps of an ocean embroiled, or the insidious progression of overflowing from a riverbed and encroaching on people’s homes. As many faces as water may wear, the creatures within and associated with it have even more.

For this, the fourth and final anthology in this series, I’m looking for stories about shapeshifting selkies, deceptively beautiful sirens, all the monsters of the deep and any other magical water creature you can imagine—water dragons, naiads, kappa, kelpies… If it’s a magical being associated with water, I want to read about it.

I welcome submissions from writers of all backgrounds (including, but not limited to, race, color, religion, gender/gender expression, age, disability, and national origin), and am always looking for submissions with diverse characters.

Rights and compensation:

$50 CDN flat fee and a paperback copy of the anthology for stories.
$20 CDN flat fee and a paperback copy of the anthology for poems.


In exchange we are seeking first world rights in English and exclusive right to publish in print and electronic format for six months after publication date, after which publisher retains nonexclusive right to continue to publish for the life of the anthology.

Open submission period: August 1, 2020 — September 30, 2020

Length: Under 7,500 words

Publisher: Tyche Books

No simultaneous or multiple submissions.

No reprints.

Canadian spelling please.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Grand Little Things

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Please send submissions to submissions@grand-little-things.com (include the hyphens). Feel free to send up to three poems at a time in a single file. Please ensure that the file is saved in a DOC., DOCX., or RTF or any other Microsoft Word related format. Don’t send a PDF. Don’t copy and paste your work in the body of the email. Include your name as well as a short 3rd person bio (50-100 words).

Ensure that these guidelines are followed. If not, your work will not be considered, nor will there be an acknowledgement of receipt.

GLT is looking for formal poetry, be it a tried and true form or an invented/nonce form. Blank and free verse will also be considered, assuming there are other aspects of standard versification.

This means that GLT will read things like the sonnet, metrical poetry, lyric poetry, narrative poetry, haiku, villanelle, etc. And just to reiterate: if your poem doesn’t fall into such stringent guidelines, BUT has a strong sense of versification, it will be considered.

Grand Little Things does not publish previously published work. This includes work that has appeared on other blogs or social media sites.

Poems shall be published based on a rolling basis. I will try to have a response sent back in 1-3 days. When things get busy, however, it could be around 4-7 days. I will do my best though.

First time publication rights will belong to Grand Little Things, but all rights will revert to the author after it is published.

Allow up to two weeks before querying however. As of now, this is a one person show.

Submissions are free. This is a labor of love (which means that there will not be any monetary payment if you’re published).

I’m interested in creating a space for new and emerging writers. However, if you are popular and you want to help spread said popularity, that’s cool.

Note: If your work is accepted, please wait at least one month before submitting again.

Disclaimer: Grand Little Things assumes that all submitted work belongs to the person submitting it. However, GLT treats plagiarism very seriously and will take any and all appropriate acts to remedy any problems that might arise. Also: Just because Grand Little Things does not have a fixed theme or limits on what subject matter can be submitted doesn’t mean that racism, sexism, homophobia, etc. will be tolerated.

Krampus Tales: A Killer Anthology

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Deadline: September 30, 2020 11:59 PM PST


In Krampus Tales: A Killer Anthology, the holidays have lost their cheer. Evergreen boughs hang brown and brittle. Sweets taste bitter. The little ones are restless and will not sleep. There’s something stirring in the dark, but only the bravest writers will explore what horrors stalk across the rooftops. It could be a tempestuous ghost seeking its stolen past. Maybe it’s a malevolent shadow come for its sworn promises. Krampus might be lying in wait for his chance to punish the wicked children. The only way to find out is to brave the dark and tell the story of what you find.

We will be accepting the twelve best submissions for inclusion in this anthology. Stories must take place during the holiday season and be part of the horror genre, but no excessive gore or adult content. Think YA horror rather than adult horror.

Please carefully consider your submission before you send it to us. Check for simple errors. Have a beta reader comb through it. Do everything you can to make us say yes. We are looking forward to seeing what you found in the dark.

Submission Guidelines

1. Submissions are due on or before 11:59 a.m. PST on September 30, 2020. Please submit all stories to editingbetterwords@gmail.com with subject line JHP Krampus Tales Anthology and the title of your work.

2. All submissions must be in English and double spaced with 12-pt TNR font.

3. Please submit your story as a .docx file. Your name, the work’s title, and the work’s word count must be on the front page. Please also include a 50- to 100-word author’s bio with your submission.

4. Story length is 6,000 to 9,000 words. Your story must meet the minimum word count. Submissions below 6,000 words will be rejected without consideration.

5. You must own the rights to your submission. Only original works will be considered.

6. We do allow simultaneous submissions. If your work is published elsewhere, please let us know immediately.

7. You retain the rights to your work. However, Jazz House Publications has the right to use your name and story to market the anthology. This right is retained from the time of submission to one year from the date of publication.

8. Accepted authors will be paid $75.00 at the time of publication, which is expected to be Monday, November 23, 2020. All payments will be made through PayPal.

If you have questions, please contact us via email at editingbetterwords@gmail.com, or @JazzHousePR on Twitter.

Monday, September 21, 2020

The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature seeks submissions

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

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

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

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

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

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

SINGLE SPACED. ONE SPACE BETWEEN PARAGRAPHS. NO PARAGRAPH INDENTS. THANK YOU.

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

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

-The Mule Staff

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Reedsy Prompt: Face Your Fears

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Deadline: September 25, 2020 EST 11:59 PM

This week is a special edition of the Reedsy Prompts contest because our friends at IndieReader are taking it over with their own theme, prompts, and bonus prize! We'll let them take it from here...

We know that 2020 has been a memorable (aka stressful) year for many. According to experts, one of the recommended ways to manage stress and anxiety is by thinking about what scares you most and then writing about it. So fittingly, this week’s theme is post-apocalyptic stories.

Don’t worry if that doesn’t sound like your genre, as we’ve written 5 prompts below that work whether you’re into that kind of thing or not. So pour a glass of wine, take a few deep breaths, and start typing. And we wouldn’t be surprised if, after you’re done, the world around you doesn’t look so bleak. At least there aren’t any zombies!

Write a post-apocalyptic romance.
Write a post-apocalyptic thriller.
Write a post-apocalyptic story triggered by climate change.
Write a post-apocalyptic story that features zombies.
Write a funny post-apocalyptic story.

Short Story Contest — $50 Reward & Bonus IR Discount

Reedsy challenges you to create a short story based on these prompts. Winners will be featured on Reedsy Prompts and receive $50 via PayPal! This week only, the winner will receive a discount code for 20% off an IndieReader Pro Review. In order to have your story considered, it is important you follow the submission guidelines below.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Jerry Jazz Musician seeks short fiction

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

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

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

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

Contest details

No entry fee is required. One story entry only.

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

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

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

Friday, September 18, 2020

Remapping Wonderland: Classic Fairytales Retold by People of Color

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Deadline: September 30, 2020


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Third Point Press seeks poetry

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Deadline: October 9, 2020
All submissions through Submittable.

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

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

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

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

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Association of Writers and Writing Programs seeks essays

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

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

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

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

What We Pay

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

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

What We Publish

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

Interviews: 4,000 to 7,000 words

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

Sorry, No Lectures, Talks, & Panel Discussions

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

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

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

Appreciations: 2,000 to 5,000 words

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

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

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

General Guidelines

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

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

Permissions

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

How to Submit Online

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

Rockvale Review seeks poetry

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Deadline: October 1, 2020
Submissions here


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Incoming Magazine accepting pitches

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Deadline: September 25, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

magincoming[at]gmail.com

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

We will be accepting pitches until 25 September 2020.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Reckoning 5 seeks submissions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Submit your work here via Moksha!

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

Whortleberry Press seeks short stories

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Deadline: September 30, 2020

It's tentatively titled "Strange Holiday Mysteries."

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

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

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

Happy writing!

We offer here a selection from our Whortleberry Press Stylebook:

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

Manuscript Submission:

Please send manuscripts to jean.goldstrom@earthlink.net.

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

Please put your name on your manuscript.

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

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

Please do not use double spacing. Single is satisfactory.

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

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

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

--Jean and Arthur

Monday, September 14, 2020

Reedsy Prompt: Location, Location, Location

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gordon Square Review submission period opened

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Deadline: October 1, 2020

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


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

PROSE SUBMISSIONS

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Blue Light Special seeks LGBTQ submissions

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Deadline: September 15, 2020

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

NOT USING THE CORRECT FORMAT WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE REJECTION.

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

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

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

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

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

Correct grammar, syntax and punctuation.

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

Electronic submissions only, via the form on this website.

No multiple submissions and no simultaneous submissions.

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

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

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

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

Use the form on this website to submit your stories.

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

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Mystery Weekly Short Story submission guidelines

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

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

Monday, September 7, 2020

Escape Pod submission guidelines

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Brilliant Flash Fiction submission guidelines

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Tell us a story in 1,000 words or less.

Email it to brilliantflashfiction@gmail.com.

If we like it, we’ll publish it in the next available edition of Brilliant Flash Fiction.

Please send original, unpublished work.

We accept all fiction genres. No graphic violence or pornography, please.

Be sure to paste your story into the body of your email and also attach it as a .doc file. Do NOT send PDF files.

Please do not submit more than two stories quarterly (during a 3-month period).

Payment of 20 U.S. dollars for each accepted story will be sent to the author (only via PayPal) upon publication.
Simultaneous submissions will be considered.

Authors whose submissions are accepted will retain all rights to their work after publication.

Please do not submit poetry, stories exceeding the 1,000-word limit (even by one extra word), photo-illustrations or artwork of any kind.

Priority will be given to writers whose work has not been previously published in Brilliant Flash Fiction.

Saturday, September 5, 2020

The Bodley Head/FT Essay competition

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Deadline: September 24, 2020 Noon GMT
Every year, the Financial Times and The Bodley Head, one of Britain's leading publishers of non-fiction, team up to find the best young essay-writing talent from around the world. Now in its eighth year, The Bodley Head/FT Essay Prize competition has been the springboard for many exciting writers. This year our regular judging panel is joined by the award-winning writer Yiyun Li and leading literary agent Emma Paterson.

The Bodley Head/FT Essay competition is open to anyone between 18 and 35 years old. The judges are looking for a dynamic, authoritative and lively essay of no more than 3,500 words in English, on any subject. The winner will receive: £1,000 cash and an e-publication with The Bodley Head, publication in the FT of their winning essay and a mentoring session with The Bodley Head. Two runners-up will win £300 cash each and an e-publication with The Bodley Head.

Terms and conditions apply. Please enter your details below, then paste your essay into the box provided. The competition closes on Thursday September 24 2020, at midday GMT. You can find tips on how to write a winning entry here. If you have any questions about your entry, email weekend.readers@ft.com.

Good luck!

Friday, September 4, 2020

50-Word Stories wanted

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If you’d like to have a 50-word story that you wrote featured on FiftyWordStories.com, first make sure that you understand exactly what a 50-word story is, and then read the submission requirements below closely.

Submissions System
Each month, submissions will be open between days 1 and 15 of that month. Any stories received on days 16 to 31 of a month will be deleted, but can be resubmitted the following month. You may only submit one story per month.

From the stories received in those 15 days, the best stories will be selected to be published that same month. Only enough stories will be selected to publish two stories per weekday.

There is no payment associated with stories. However, each month a “Story of the Month” is selected, and receives a prize of $10 Canadian.

Stories that were not selected will not be published, will not roll over into the following month, and cannot be resubmitted in following months. Authors will be notified whether their story has been selected or not once all stories from the month’s submissions have been reviewed.

How to Submit
Please email your submission to Tim@FiftyWordStories.com. Paste the story into the body of the email. Please include a title, your name, and a brief third-person bio. Feel free to include a link to your website!

If you are submitting a story related to a specific date or holiday, please include that information in the Subject line of your submission.

You can also send your story in using the form at the bottom of this page.

Tips and Guides
Looking for help with writing microfiction? Check out Bob Thurber’s Anatomy of a Microfiction page.

Terms and Conditions
Please keep the content of your submissions appropriate for all ages. Avoid crude language and needless violence or sexual content. Any intense or mature themes should be justifiable and provide artistic benefit for the audience.

In submitting your story, you are granting FiftyWordStories.com the non-exclusive rights to share the story on this website. You are free to do whatever you want with stories you have sent in; FiftyWordStories.com claims no ownership of your writing.

Simultaneous submissions are allowed, as are reprints. If your story has appeared somewhere else, including your own blog or writing site, please include that information with your submission.

Due to a large volume of submissions, please limit yourself to submitting one story per month.

Stories published on FiftyWordStories.com become available through a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Once You’ve Submitted
Note that it may take a few weeks before you hear back on your submission. Please don’t send a follow-up email on your submission until at least one month after you sent it.

Report your submissions to DuoTrope here!

Submission Form
You can submit a story using the form ONLINE. Be sure to include the title and text of the story and a brief third-person bio. NOTE: Make sure you enter your correct email address, or I will not be able to respond to your submission!

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Middle House Review seeks Speculative / Fantasy / Afrofuturism

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Deadline: September 17, 2020
Submit via Submittable

Middle House Review is a new online magazine that produces two issues a year. We also produce a print anthology of the year’s work. 
Pay is $25 per acceptance. 
We accept poetry, fiction, and flash fiction. We solicit cover art from artists. We do not accept cover art submissions. 
Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Please withdraw your work from our queue the minute you accept publication elsewhere. 

Sim subs: OK
Multi subs: Not OK
3 - 5 poems or 1-3 flash pieces or 1 story.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Club Plum seeks work for special issue

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Special Issue: Literary Horror will mingle with our usual literary fare in the October 16th issue. Send your creepy and dark flash fiction, prose poetry and art. Not quite sure if it is horror? Send it along. Broken and twisted misfits are welcome.

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

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

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

Rights: We ask for first North American Serial Rights.

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

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

Issues are available online only.

We accept simultaneous submissions.

We do not accept reprints.

We do not pay for accepted submissions.

Yay for wondrous words. Yay for you.

13th Annual Transitions Abroad Expatriate and Work Abroad Writing Contest

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Deadline: September 15, 2020

Please read the following editorial guidelines carefully, as well as past contest-winning articles to see what interests and motivates our well-educated audience.

Professionals and freelancers are encouraged to write non-fiction inspirational and practical articles that describe their experience living, moving, and working abroad. Often your experience is extended and transformed by activities in the host country, so living, working, studying, and traveling abroad are often inextricable — and we are interested in exploring all such organic interconnections.

Making the move to live abroad is for many the ultimate transition — often the fulfillment of a lifelong dream, in other cases the result of chance and circumstance. For many, living abroad is decision about where you wish to enjoy a year or more in one or more locations overseas, spend the rest of your life, and even retire. We are seeking practical and inspiring mini-guides that also provide in-depth descriptions of your experience moving, living, and working abroad (including any form of work such as teaching English, internships, volunteering, short-term jobs, etc.). When applicable, please also include resources, a discussion, and revealing anecdotes about your social interactions with locals, food and markets, culture, housing, immigration and visas, personal and family life abroad, and other issues of note, etc.

Apart from practical considerations, what were the most important physical, psychological, and social adjustments necessary to integrate into the local communities? Feel free to include anecdotes about locals who may have aided in your adjustment to the physical conditions and social rituals of the host community, as well as the role of expats in providing information and support.

Given the ever-changing nature of the global economy, more people are moving abroad to find or explore various forms of work in addition to seeking spiritual fulfillment, so stories that also describe how you work to support yourself while living abroad are of great interest to our us and our audience. We start with our editorial supposition that most people "work to live" and do not "live to work" except when there is a perfect marriage, such as writers who make their living and travel as part of a lifelong dream, others who are doing exactly what they always wished to do where they wish to do it, or those who have chosen to retire to a location where they have decided they feel most at home.

We welcome a well-crafted essay or ideally a mini-guide. Boxouts with references to the most important websites, publications, and other practical resources that have aided you in the cultural adjustment process or enhanced your life abroad are strongly encouraged to help others who may find themselves in similar situations or even similar locations. High-definition photos also are very important to make your submission stand out in this visual medium and age.

We seek your perspective, in which the host country remains the primary focus, such that the color and taste of the people and land remain solidly in the foreground. Our preference is for essays or mini-guides about your adaptation to the culture and people in whose country you have chosen to make your home. Try to write with the discipline of an engaged journalist using your observations to provide an in-depth feature or mini-guide. Assume an educated and empathetic audience.

Browse the Living Abroad section of our site for some examples of the types of articles we are seeking, as well as reading past winners of the contest, check that you are not duplicating older articles unless you have another or more thorough angle, and see our writers' guidelines for a sense of our editorial preferences.

TransitionsAbroad.com will publish the winners' entries and will provide links to the authors' website or blog, and a head-shot, if so desired, as part of your bio.

Please contact expatriatewritingcontest@transitionsabroad.com should you have any questions. We except one entry per participant.

Sharing your participation or interest in the contest via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or your other preferred social networking sites would be very much appreciated.
Contest Prizes
Cash prizes are as follows:
  • $500 cash prize for the first place winner
  • $150 for the second place winner
  • $100 for the third place winner
  • $50 for all finalists
Who is Eligible

The Contest is open to professional and freelance writers from any location around the globe.
How to Enter

Submit an original and unpublished essay or mini-guide of between 1,200 and 5,000 words relating to your experience living, moving, or working abroad. (Quality is obviously more important than quantity when it comes to word usage, though some subjects require elaboration should you aim to create a "mini-guide.") Focus should be placed on a description of the experience abroad and not primarily on personal feelings, as the descriptions and perceptions of the author should imply the personal impact. Supporting photos as attachments, or ideally links to shared "cloud" locations, are welcome to illustrate the experience and are considered part of the essay submission. Please read the writers’ guidelines for TransitionsAbroad.com, the entries of previous winners, as well as sample articles on this site for a sense of our editorial focus and preference.


To enter the 2020 Contest, attach your essay in Word format. Another option is to point to a shared "cloud" location for the document. Please include your full name and your bio (including head-shot, should you so desire) you wish to display in the body of the email and on the document. Please type "2020 Expatriate Writing Essay Entry" in the subject description of the email and send the email to expatriatewritingcontest@transitionsabroad.com.

The 2020 Contest begins January 1, 2020, and all entries must be received by September 15, 2020. Transitions Abroad Publishing, Inc. will require first-time North American rights for all submissions which are accepted as contest winners and for publication. In addition, Transitions Abroad Publishing, Inc. will reserve the right to reprint the story in a future publication.

Editors of TransitionsAbroad.com will judge entries based upon the following criteria:
Sensitive to the people and culture being described
Engage and inspire the reader
Provide practical information others can use
Follow the thematic guidelines
Enhance with rich photographic and/or video illustrations

Winners will be chosen and notified by email by the close of September 30, 2020 (Pacific Standard Time).
Contest Terms

There is no entry fee required for submissions.
Decisions of the judges are final.
Transitions Abroad Publishing, Inc. is not responsible for late, lost, misdirected, incomplete, or illegible email or for any computer-related, online, or technical malfunctions that may occur in the submission process.
Submissions are considered void if illegible, incomplete, damaged, irregular, altered, counterfeit, produced in error, or obtained through fraud or theft.
Submissions will be considered made by an authorized account holder of the email address submitted at time of entry.
The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners — along with any other runners-up accepted for publication — will be paid by Transitions Abroad Publishing, Inc. either by Paypal (best and quickest method of payment) or by check, as preferred by the author.