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Friday, October 23, 2020

Apex Magazine Fiction submission guidelines

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

Our magazine is an SFWA-certified professional market.


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

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

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

We currently do not publish poetry.

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

BreakBread Literacy Project: BreakBread Magazine

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Deadline: November 15, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

BreakBread only accepts submissions through our Submittable page. 

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

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

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

BreakBread does not publish erotica or fanfiction. 

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

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

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

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

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



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


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


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


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

Twitter: BreakBreadProj

Instagram: BreakBreadProject

Thursday, October 22, 2020

One Story submission period open

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Deadline: November 14, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prairie Schooner seeks submissions

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Deadline: May 21, 2021

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Spartan submission window open

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Deadline: November 30, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Poetry Nation Poetry Contest

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Deadline: December 31, 2020

This is a free contest. No entry fee is required. The main contest is held twice a year. Contest dates are January 1 – June 30 and July 1 – December 31. For each contest, we receive between 20,000 – 25,000 poems. Only 65% of these poems will advance to the semi-final round.

At the conclusion of each contest, our editorial staff convenes and begins the monumental task of the final round of judging. Please understand, the judging of this contest is just as important to us as it is to you. We read every single semi-finalist poem, sometimes even two or three times. With roughly 15,000 poems to go through, our editors certainly have their work cut out for them! It takes approximately 8–10 weeks to produce the final results.

All winners will receive a letter and their prize via regular mail. The first place winner will be contacted by phone or emailed and asked to call our office to verify their identity before their prize is mailed. As soon as the complete list of winners is drawn up, it will be posted on the home page. The poetry contest is held twice per year. Contest dates are January 1 – June 30, July 1 – December 31.

  • Poet information must pass Google API and address verification.
  • Poetry can be written in any poetic style and on any subject.
  • A poem in its entirety must be an original work by the person entering the contest.
  • Plagiarism is a serious offense with serious consequences.
  • Only one poem per person, per household is allowed.
  • Poet must be at least thirteen years of age.
  • Any entry containing cliché, overused phrases will not be accepted. Examples:
  • Roses are red
  • I love you
  • All work and no play
  • Time after time
  • All poems must be written in English.
  • Contest entries must be at least 3 but cannot exceed 26 lines (including stanza breaks) and cannot exceed 55 characters per line (including spaces between words). Any submission that exceeds these limits will be automatically disqualified. The poem title does not count as a line.
  • Do not double-space.
  • Poem must adhere to basic rules of capitalization:
  • Do not type poem in all capital letters.
  • Do not capitalize the first letter of every word.
  • Only capitalize words that are proper (i.e. names and places).
  • The first word of each line may be capitalized if it is done consistently throughout.
  • Do not use “texting” lingo. Properly spell out all words and numbers.
  • Poems containing language that is vulgar, offensive, or wholly inappropriate will not be accepted.
  • To ensure proper lineation, please use the “Enter” key to start a new line, indicating all intentional line breaks.
  • Do not include your name or any other information at the end of your poem.

Both contests award one first place prize of $2,000.00 and a first prize wall plaque ($100.00 value); twenty second place prizes of $100.00 each and a second place wall plaque ($75.00 value); one hundred third place winners of a third place wall plaque and $25 gift certificate redeemable towards any Poetry Nation or Eber & Wein Publishing product ($75.00 value). Sixty to seventy percent of all entries become semi-finalists and receive a certificate of participation suitable for framing.


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


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


Contestants who reach the semi-finalist stage of the contest will be given the opportunity to be featured in a poetry anthology. Even poems disqualified from the contest may still be eligible for publication. There is no purchase required to be included in this anthology. There will be no royalties paid to contributors of anthologies. There is a contributor’s discount of $20.00 for pre-publication orders. We only publish one poem per household per anthology. By submitting a poem to our contest, you accept that your poem will appear online and in print. We reserve the right to not publish a poem for any reason.


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

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

GLISH - Variety English Poetry Project

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Ends on November 16, 2020

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

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

*A maximum of three poems may be submitted.

*No submission fee. 

Accepted pieces will be awarded $150 for publication.

*Deadline November 15th. For inquiries, email

MetaStellar is seeking flash fiction

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Deadline: November 1, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, October 19, 2020

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

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Deadline: January 15, 2021

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

Surprise us with your fearless best!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Air and Nothingness Press seeks short stories

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Deadline: February 28, 2021

We are seeking stories for an anthology

to be published in the Spring/Summer of 2021 by the Air and Nothingness Press.

Theme: The Wild Hunt - New stories of the Wild Hunt incorporating its diverse mythology and drama.

Stories may be of any genre as long as they fit within the idea of the Wild Hunt. We are open to Grimdark, New Weird, Science Fiction, Fantasy and genre bending/ breaking.

All stories are requested to be between 1000 and 3000 words in length.

How to submit: Email your story to (Submissions open July 1, 2020 and close
February 28, 2021)

Compensation: Our pay rate is 8 cents a word. Anthology authors will receive one print copy of the anthology, plus wholesale pricing for additional print copies (40% off the retail price).

Rights: AaNPress purchases North American serial rights for one year from the date of publication. All subsidiary rights released upon publication.

Submissions: New authors are as welcome as established writers.

AaNPress does not accept reprints, multiple submissions, or simultaneous submissions. We will consider mature content only if we like the story and find the mature content to be integral to it.

Manuscript Format: Please use the industry standard manuscript format - .doc or .docx (MS Word),
.rtf (Rich Text Format). Please also send a
one paragraph biography.

Editorial Process: AaNPress will read submissions as they are received. If a story does not work for the anthology, we will reject it. If we think the story has potential but is not quite complete yet, we will request a rewrite. Stories that are accepted for the anthology will be held for publication. Regardless of the decision, you will receive email from us notifying you of our decision in a timely manner. Our final line-up will be chosen in the Spring of 2021 and all authors will be contacted with any copy edits or minor word change requests.

Response Time: Final decisions will be made by March 15, 2021.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

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Reedsy Prompt: Out On the Moor

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Deadline:  Oct 23, 2020 23:59 - EST

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

In honor of this achievement, this week’s prompts have been drawn from facets of Jane Eyre. We can’t promise that your story will be remembered for centuries — but you never know!
Short Story Contest — $50 Reward

Reedsy challenges you to create a short story based on these prompts. Winners will be featured on Reedsy Prompts and receive $50 via PayPal! In order to have your story considered, it is important you follow the submission guidelines below.

FIYAH seeks short fiction and poetry

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Deadline: December 31, 2020

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

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

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

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Arsenika is looking for previously unpublished original fiction and poetry

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Deadline: October 31, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Remember: Don’t self-reject.

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

Pensive seeks work

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Deadline: November 15, 2020

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

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

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

Friday, October 16, 2020

Mythaxis is currently open for submissions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We look forward to reading your work… but first:


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

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

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


Email files as an attachment to:


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

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

Acceptable document types are RTF, DOC, or DOCX.

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

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

Reader's Digest 100 Word Stories Submissions

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

By submitting your story, you agree to the following:

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

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

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


Thursday, October 15, 2020

Welter 55 Contest

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Deadline: October 19, 2020 11:59 PM


55 years. 55 words.

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

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

General Call for Submissions

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

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

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

West Branch submission guidelines

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Deadline: April 1, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Further queries may be directed to

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Otherwise Fellowship

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Deadline: October 31, 2020.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The third requirement is an example of your work.

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

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

NYTimes Modern Love Submission Guidelines

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

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

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

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

Send submissions to:

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Funny Pearls 2020 Short Story Competition is open to women

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Deadline: October 30, 2020 midnight

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

HA&L Review seeks new work about science

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Deadline: November 2020

Working Title: Science


Guest Editor: Sima Rabinowitz

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

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

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

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

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

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

Send submissions or queries to

Monday, October 12, 2020

Reedsy prompt: Autumnal

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Deadline: October 16, 2020 23:29 EDT

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

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

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

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

Shooter Literary Magazine seeks work

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Deadline: October 18, 2020

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


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

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

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

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

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Oyster River Pages seeks work

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Deadline: December 1, 2020

Oyster River Pages publishes fine fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, and visual art online. Submissions for our 2020 special issue, “Composite Dreams,” will be accepted and published on a rolling basis October 1–December 1, 2020. Please see the general guidelines below for each genre. (Work that is unfinished, unproofed, or noncompliant with the guidelines gives our editors existential angst.) Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please contact us immediately if your work is picked up elsewhere. We request first serial rights, after which all rights revert to the author or artist. For this special issue only, we will accept previously published work, provided you have the rights to republish it and you provide the original publication in which it appeared.

Composite Dreams is the first of an ongoing series of Oyster River Page’s efforts into implementing inclusion and diversity deeper into our mission as a magazine. The intention of this collection is to publish Black voices only, to be a space exclusively for and filled by Black writers and artists. We kindly ask that if you do not fit this category, to wait until our annual issue to submit your work. Please include a 60-word bio with your submission. To stay in touch with the latest happenings at ORP, subscribe to our mailing list below.

Fiction: Please submit one story up to 4,000 words in .docx format. All work should be double-spaced, and at least font size eleven.

Creative Non-Fiction: Please submit creative nonfiction pieces that are no longer than 4,000 words in .docx format. All work should be double-spaced and at least font size eleven.

Poetry: Please submit up to three poems in .docx format. Each poem should start on its own page. Otherwise, the spacing of the submission will remain as is in publication to preserve the integrity of the poem.

Visual Art: Please submit photography or other visual arts that are saved at 300 dpi or greater. We reserve the right to crop or edit submissions in order to fit in print or on our webpage.

Blueline seeks work

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Deadline: November 30, 2020

Blueline seeks poems, stories and essays about the Adirondacks and regions similar in geography and spirit, focusing on nature's shaping influence. We also welcome creative nonfiction that interprets the literature or culture of the region, including northern New York, New England and Eastern Canada.

Blueline always publishes both new and established writers. You'll catch our attention if your writing is vigorous, interesting and polished. We're not interested in effusive descriptions of scenery. We are looking for realistic approaches to the environment: the literature we publish expresses imagination, reflection, and insight about the natural world.

The submission period is July through November. Decisions are made mid-February. Payment is made in copies. Simultaneous submissions accepted if identified as such: notify the editors immediately if a simultaneous submission is placed elsewhere. No previously published works.

Send manuscripts to:
120 Morey Hall, SUNY Potsdam
Potsdam, NY 13676

Electronic submissions are encouraged as Word *.docx attachments sent via email. When emailing attachments, please identify the genre of the work in the subject line. Send them and any questions to

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Flash Fiction Magazine Editors Choice Award

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Step 1 : Read Submission Guidelines

What is the Editors Choice Award?

During the first quarter of 2021, we will be voting on our favorite story of 2020. The award is $1000.
Are there any submission fees?


We do not like reading fees. We want to give every writer a chance. But we do have to pay the bills so we have a few options for those that want in-depth feedback.

Our paid options do not entitle you to publication. We consider all submissions for publication equally. We are not a “pay to publish” publication.

What do you pay?
We pay $40 (USD) for stories selected to be in Flash Fiction Magazine anthologies. We will contact you if you are selected.

We do not pay for stories published on our website.

Do I retain my rights?
You retain all rights to your work. However, we kindly ask that you not publish your story online—including your own website. This is not a “rights” issue, Google does not like duplicate content.
If your story is selected for one of our anthologies, your rights will be slightly different. If that happens, you will be emailed a formal contract to review and sign. We will not publish without your consent.

What do we accept?
We accept fiction stories between 300–1000 words.
Read Flash Fiction Magazine books to see what stories we have previously paid for.
No previously published work. Google does not like duplicate content. Please don't publish your story anywhere else on the web, including your own website. 

Simultaneous submissions are allowed. Let our editors know if your story is accepted elsewhere.
  • We do not accept poetry.
  • We do not accept children’s fiction.
  • We do not accept erotica. Adult themes including sex, violence, and even politics are fair game.
  • We don't need any more stories about the writing process. We have a huge audience of readers who are not authors. Don't alienate them.
  • We don’t want to get into rights issues, so no living public figures as characters, fan-fiction involving proprietary characters (Batman, etc.), and song lyrics. Passing references to all of these are fine.
  • How often can I submit?
You are allowed to submit once a month.

Priority Submissions are excempt from this rule.

What else?
We edit spelling and punctuation to meet our style guidelines. Any substantial edits will be submitted to the author for approval.
Do not re-submit a declined story unless asked.

Thema submission guidelines & upcoming themes

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Outside the US: email

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

Copyright reverts to author after publication.

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

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

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

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

No handwritten manuscripts will be considered.


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

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

Short Stories: All types welcome―both traditional and experimental

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

Outside the US: email to Virginia Howard at

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

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

Stories of lasting quality rarely need it.

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

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

Outside the US: email to Gail Howard at

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

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

Friday, October 9, 2020

Nobody’s Home seeks creative non-fiction

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Deadline: December 15, 2020

Nobody’s Home is an online anthology of creative-nonfiction works about the prevailing beliefs, myths, and narratives that have driven Southern culture over the last fifty years, in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. The publication is collecting personal essays, memoirs, short articles, opinion pieces, and contemplative works about the ideas, experiences, and assumptions that have shaped life below the old Mason-Dixon Line since 1970.

What is an an online anthology?
What does that mean: beliefs, myths, and narratives?

Submissions to Nobody’s Home should be accessible to a general audience with a reasonable education level, and may contain 1,000 to 5,000 words. Facts that are included in the work, such as direct quotes, statistics, or polling, should include sources to aid the editor in evaluating the work. Subject matter may be broad, covering a regional trend that extends over decades, but writing about specific aspects of more defined times and places would be better. The editor favors works that have humanity and warmth, that employ concreteness rather than generalizations, and that achieve a measure of clarity about a murky subject.

While this anthology is an appropriate home for thoughtful discussions of complex issues in Southern culture, it is not the right place for intensely academic, highly specialized, or baldly partisan works. If you’re considering submitting but are not familiar with how to write creative nonfiction in an accessible style, try reading editor Lee Gutkind’s brief essay “What is Creative Nonfiction?”

(As works of nonfiction, book reviews and interviews will be also considered on a case-by-case basis.)

Before submitting, please query the editor and be clear in that query about your submission. When sending a query, please include a message that briefly explains 1.) the work’s subject, 2.) its length, and 3.) why you believe it is right for Nobody’s Home. The project’s published works will be tagged with categories like these listed below, so consider which ones would be appropriate for the work.

Works submitted by December 15 will be considered for inclusion in the initial publication in early 2021.

Works submitted between December 16 and February 15 will be considered for an expansion of the publication in the spring of 2021.

Works submitted between February 15 and May 15 will be considered for the third installment in mid-2021.

Works submitted between May 15 and August 15 will be considered for the final installment in late 2021.

Each publication period will add to the existing anthology, until its completion in late 2021. During that reading process, the editor may ask writers for revisions in cases where changes could clarify remarks made in the work. All works will receive a response.

Regarding rights and permissions, authors of accepted works will be asked to sign a general publishing agreement that allows the work to be published on the website. The author will retain all rights, with the understanding that, if the work were to be published elsewhere, Nobody’s Home would be acknowledged.

The creation and development of Nobody’s Home is funded by a Literary Arts Fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Currently, the project cannot offer to pay its contributors. In the future, if a sustainable funding source becomes available, an offer of payment will include all contributors.

The project does not accept submissions of poetry, fiction, or drama.

Trembling with Fear seeks flash fiction and short stories

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Deadline: Ongoing

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

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

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

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

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

What We Want:

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

What We Don’t Want:

  • Erotica, porn, or graphic sex.
  • Reprints

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Waymark Literary Magazine seeks fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry

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Deadline: November 13, 2020

Waymark accepts unpublished original works of fiction, literary nonfiction, poetry, and art. These can be of any subgenre, because we believe in the infinite paths storytelling may go. Translations are considered if the work has not been published in English before. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but if your work has been accepted somewhere else, please let us know immediately. Either reach us through our "Contact Us" form, or email

We accept submissions during our reading periods, which are from January 6th to April 7th, and again from August 17th to November 13th. Response time is around 1-5 weeks. We consider submissions anonymously, so please do not include your name or any personal information in your document. Also, please title each piece and submit pieces in one document. Waymark acquires nonexclusive first serial rights to publish a creator’s work online and in print.

Thank you for your interest in Waymark.


Fiction can be anywhere between 1,000 to 7,000 words. Alternatively, we also accept 2 submissions of flash fiction. Accepted formats are .doc, .docx, or .pdf. Please email your submission to with “FICTION” in your subject line.


Literary nonfiction can be anywhere between 1,000 to 7,000 words. Alternatively, we also accept 2 submissions of flash nonfiction. Accepted formats are .doc, .docx, or .pdf. Please email your submission to with “NONFICTION” in your subject line.


You may submit up to 3 poems, with a 50-line maximum each. Up to 3 spoken word poems are also accepted, as audio only. Spoken word may be recorded in .mp4 or .mov video formats (please do not submit videos already published on YouTube or blogs). If submitting spoken word, please include a document of the poem(s) as well. For written word submissions, accepted formats are .doc, .docx, or .pdf. Please email your submission to with “POETRY” in your subject line.

Rattle: Poets Respond

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Deadline: Every Friday midnight PST

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Rathella review seeks poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction

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Deadline: October 16, 2020

Rathalla Review strives to publish the finest fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and art. Our aim is to find work that is vulnerable and honest, universal yet personal, and sharply written. Our staff, comprised of MFA in Creative Writing and MA in Publishing candidates, merges the creative arts and the business of publishing into a shared voice and vision.

We accept nonfiction essays and fiction stories up to 4,000 words, as well as flash nonfiction and fiction (up to 1,000 words). We accept poems that are no more than 3 pages.

Our reading period is from Aug 15th through Oct 16th, and January 1st through March 15th. There is no reading fee.

Please include a 100-word maximum author biography to be published alongside your work in the event of publicatio

Blink-ink looking for submissions for December

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

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

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

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

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

No poetry, attachments, or bios please

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

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

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

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

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


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

Our issues are generally themed and have submission periods

that open and close. Watch our website and social media

pages for details. Email inquiries always welcome.

Please send submissions in the body of an email.

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

No attachments or bios please.

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

Send up to four pieces at a time, simultaneous submissions

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

We ask for unpublished work only.

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

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

send your submissions, but then give it a break.

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

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

for permission before using your work a second time.

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

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

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