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Saturday, October 31, 2020

Dreams and Nightmares Submission Guidelines

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I print primarily poetry, but also publish a small amount of short short fiction. The genres of fantasy and SF are preferred. I am interested in experimental formats and content, and prefer fantastic horror a la Lovecraft or Blackwood to the blood and gore type. Any SF or fantasy is appropriate if it isn't sappy or trite. If your poem rhymes, be sure that the rhymes are not forced, and that the meter is consistent.
The magazine consists of 20 digest-sized pages with card-stock cover. Publication is thrice yearly, issues are numbered sequentially. Issue #1 was published in January of 1986. Print run 150. Most-recent issue is #114. DN is distributed free to interested libraries.

Poetry & Fiction
Maximum length for poetry or fiction is 2 single-spaced typed pages, but I prefer less than one page. I prefer e-submissions in the body of the message. Send up to five poems. Cover letter not required. PLEASE put your name and address on each poem you submit!

I print 15-20 poems per issue. Buying 1st N.Am. serial rights unless state otherwise. Payment is $12 on acceptance + 2 contributor's copies. Contributors outside North America can instead receive a 3-issue subscription plus 2 copies. DN is a tough market because of the high volume of poetry submissions I receive. Fewer than 5% of submissions are accepted. Response time is commonly 4-8 weeks. Sample print copy for $5; pdf for $1 [paypal to].

Send submissions to:

If you must send snail-mail submissions:
Dreams & Nightmares, 1300 Kicker Rd, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404.

Please address all other correspondence to the e-mail address given above. I will respond promptly to e-mail messages. 

David C. Kopaska-Merkel

CHILLFILTR Review submission guidelines

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The CHILLFILTR Review publishes poetry, memoirs, short stories, and personal essays on a rolling basis. 

Every year in September we curate a best-of collection from the previous year of submissions. Our scope is wide, but in general we are looking for work that explores the nexus between humanity, spirituality, and life experience. 

We do not deny the validity of the basic categories of physics, biology, psychology, and the other sciences: we claim only that human beings cannot be fully understood in terms of them. Thus, art.

Friday, October 30, 2020

Grand Little Things

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Please send submissions to (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.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Boneyard Soup Magazine Submission Guidelines

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All submissions for fiction should follow proper manuscript format. Please send them to Attach submissions in .doc or .rtf format. We will not accept submissions embedded in the body of an email. Along with your manuscript, include a cover letter. The letter should include your bio. We will not consider multiple submissions or simultaneous submissions.

To receive payment for your story or non-fiction article, you will need a PayPal account. We pay 5 cents per word for original fiction up to 6000 words on publication for first world rights. For reprint fiction, we pay 1 cent per word up to 6000 words for nonexclusive reprint rights. For nonfiction articles, we pay 5 cents per word up to 3000 words.


Boneyard Soup Magazine publishes quarterly in a digital format. We want stories in the range of 2000 to 6000 words.

We publish in the horror and dark fantasy genres and are open to almost anything you can imagine within those categories. Traditional Gothic. Pulpy horror with an '80s vibe. Body horror. Ghost stories. Horror comedy. Don't be afraid to submit if your tale falls within the horror and dark fantasy genres. However, we are not interested in stories with extreme violence or overt sexual themes.


One ancestor to the modern museum was the cabinet of curiosity, or Wunderkammer in German. These were private collections of strange and interesting objects amassed by wealthy persons in Europe. The earliest date back to at least the middle ages.

In that spirit, Boneyard Soup Magazine is committed to developing a wonder cabinet of sorts. Each issue will feature up to two non-fiction articles curated under the title Cabinet of Curiosities. Authors of these pieces will delve deeply into topics from the world of horror.

The idea is to explore the strange side of reality. Urban legends. Documented ghost stories. Myths. Odd, terrifying, or befuddling events from history. Anything creepy, weird, or horrifying is fair game here.

Important to note: These are not intended to be academic or scholarly. While still attending to good writing practice, imagine you are telling your story to a close friend.

Please submit a proposal for your article first. Include potential sources in your proposal. Upon the editor's approval, you will send the written article. Pieces published under the Cabinet of Curiosities heading should be no more than 3000 words.


We are happy to consider your short story if it's been published in another place. However, be sure to include the word REPRINT in the header of your email. For example: STORY TITLE (REPRINT).

Response Time

Boneyard Soup Magazine is a small publication and as such we ask for your patience. Response time could be as much as four weeks. After that time, please send an email to with the word QUERY in the subject line. In your email include the title of your story and the date submitted.

Please do not respond to rejection letters.

Payment will be negotiated with each artist we work with.

Monday, October 26, 2020

Dread Machine submission guidelines

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Read our Submission Guidelines before filling out the form below.


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

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

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

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

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Reedsy Prompt: Spooky Season

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Deadline: October 30, 2020 11:59pm EDT

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

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

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

Short Story Contest — $50 Reward

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

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

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

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Deadline: November 15, 2020

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

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

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

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

We invite you to be part of our new beginning.

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

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

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

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Departure Mirror submission guidelines

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Deadline: October 31, 2020


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

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

Rights Purchased: First worldwide English-language rights.

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

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

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

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

Translations: Accepted for first worldwide English publication.

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

Query address: departuremirror [at] gmail

Red Rover seeks submissions for premiere issue

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Deadline: October 31, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, October 23, 2020

Apex Magazine Fiction submission guidelines

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

Our magazine is an SFWA-certified professional market.


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

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

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

We currently do not publish poetry.

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

BreakBread Literacy Project: BreakBread Magazine

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Deadline: November 15, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

BreakBread only accepts submissions through our Submittable page. 

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

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

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

BreakBread does not publish erotica or fanfiction. 

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

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

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

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

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



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


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


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


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

Twitter: BreakBreadProj

Instagram: BreakBreadProject

Thursday, October 22, 2020

One Story submission period open

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Deadline: November 14, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

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

Sunday, October 18, 2020

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Monday, October 5, 2020

Ex/Post seeks work for ISSUE II

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Deadline: October 15, 2020

Submissions for ISSUE II are open on Duosuma from September 1 to October 15, and BIPOC creators may simultaneously submit to our microgrant here. If you encounter any issues submitting over Duosuma, please let us know and send an email submission instead. Blog pitches are open year-round and not hosted on Duosuma.

All submissions are read anonymously. We welcome people of all ages, ethnicities, and sexualities to submit. We are open to multiple and simultaneous submissions as long as you state such in your cover letter. Unless solicited, please submit only previously unpublished work; we do not consider work that has been featured on personal websites or social media as published.

All submissions should be in 12-point Times New Roman, with poetry single-spaced. Please do not include any identifying information within the body of the work submitted.

At this time, we are able to offer a modest honorarium to accepted writers. Upon acceptance, EX/POST MAGAZINE receives first North American publishing and archival rights. All rights revert back to the author upon publication. We ask that you credit us if the work is reprinted in the future.


We aim to return decisions within a few weeks, but if you wish to receive a decision within three days, attach a receipt of a $3 donation via our PayPal below to an email with your submission to—do not submit via Duosuma. All funds go toward supporting our microgrant and paying contributors.


For any of the below genres, feel free to note in your submission if you are a young writer (ages 18 and under) for special inclusion in our issue and blog.


Please send up to five poems. Include a brief third-person biography with your cover letter. We also accept short videos of spoken word.


Please send up to three works of fiction or nonfiction under 7,000 words total. Include a brief third-person biography with your cover letter.


Please send up to two one-act plays under ten pages each. Include a brief third-person biography with your cover letter.


Interested in publishing on our blog? Have a great piece of art that doesn't fit into the categories above? Please send a pitch to, with the subject line "PITCH_{FIRST AND LAST NAME}." Include a brief third-person biography, as well as an outline and timeline of your intended piece.

Click on the "Submit" button below to visit our Duosuma page


Sunday, October 4, 2020

Reedsy Prompts: Short Story Contest — $50 Reward

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Deadline: October 9, 2020 11:59 EST

This week, we invite you to dig into your characters’ hopes and dreams for the future. Do they long for it, or dread it? How are they trying to prepare? Who knows, maybe they’ll even get a glimpse at events still to come…
Write about a character putting something into a time capsule.
Write about a character preparing to go into stasis for decades (or centuries).
Write about two characters on the verge of a life-changing event, but one has rigged the outcome.
Write about a character who’s had their future foretold from birth — but isn’t sure if they believe it.
Write about a character who can suddenly only “remember” their future, not their past.

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.

Submission Guidelines:
Choose a prompt from this week's contest page.
Write an original story of 1,000-3,000 words.
Submit the story from your Reedsy Prompts profile before 11:59pm EST on October 9th.


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Deadline: October 15, 2020

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

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

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

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

Friday, October 2, 2020

Sage Cigarettes wants submissions on a Halloween theme

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Deadline: October 9, 2020

Theme: Halloween

The theme for this issue is all things spooky, macabre and haunting. We want pieces that are reminiscent of jump scares, short yet memorable and lingering.
Submission types accepted for this issue are:
  • poetry, art and photos in line with the theme. 
  • Photos should be in jpeg or png format.
  • Text should be 12 point, Times New Roman font. 
Simultaneous entries are permitted, but please make sure they are in ONE document. All documents should be named in this format: name_issue_submission type. If you are submitting multiple pieces then submission type would be “multiple”. PLEASE make sure there is a method to contact you, otherwise we will pass on the submission. Include a brief bio and any social media links that you wish to include.

We can accept work previously published on personal blogs and websites, but not in other publications.

Email submissions to with your preferred name and the name if the issue in the Subject line.

Wyldblood Press submission guidelines

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

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

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

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

Thursday, October 1, 2020

365 Tomorrows seeks flash fiction

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(no deadline given)

Submission form

“Flash fiction is, in my opinion, the next frontier in writing. With the world moving along at a breakneck pace, fewer and fewer people have time to read longer works, which some would argue is leading to a decrease in overall reading. Not true. People read more now than they ever have before: the internet is made for reading. It was this belief that prompted the creation of 365tomorrows: to make fiction for the internet generation.” – The Editor, 365tomorrows.

Definitions of flash-fiction vary depending on who you ask, and at 365, we've been a little loose with the term. However, it's time to set some standards in stone: here, flash fiction is a self-contained story under 600 words. (Which means stories that rely on, or are prequels/sequels to, a previously published story are not acceptable.) We like science fiction in all its incarnations, from hard sci-fi to cyberpunk and beyond.

Legal breakdown: When your story is accepted, you're giving us first electronic publication rights and non-exclusive subsequent publication rights. This means that we get to be the first to publish your story, and then, after it's been put up on the website, we can stick it in a printed book or on a flyer or something of the sort, as long as we give you credit. We don't, however, own your story. After it goes up, you are free to sell it for millions of dollars or cut a movie deal without needing our approval, as long as the people who buy it know that they're buying it non-exclusively.

In order to avoid complications, we're only accepting work which you previously haven't sold or given away the rights to. That means your work must not have been published elsewhere, either in print or on the web.

While flash fiction may be read in a few minutes, don't delude yourself into thinking they can be written so quickly. Your stories should be reviewed and edited many times before you consider submitting them. Please, take another look at your story before submitting it. There's nothing more frustrating than having to reject a great story due to careless editing.

Due to the sheer quantity of stories we receive, you are restricted to a maximum of six submissions. Then, when one is published or rejected, you can submit another. And so on. Also, please keep track of your submissions. Duplicate submissions waste a lot of our time.

We will let you know whether your story is accepted within 4 to 6 weeks. submissions [at]

Spread the word, and thank you for your interest in 365tomorrows!

Literally Stories submission guidelines

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

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

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

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


That’s basically it.

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

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

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

Speaking of hobbits…

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

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

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

Stories about clever kids that save the world.

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

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

Stories about children who fall down wells.

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

Any story that was inspired by Kramer v Kramer.

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


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

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

Payment: Kudos only, we regret to inform you.

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

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

General Fiction
Science Fiction

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

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

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

Happy writing!

Hugh, Diane and Nik

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