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Monday, November 30, 2020

Eye to the Telescope seeks speculative poetry

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Deadline: December 15, 2020

Travel. The adventure. The boredom. The excitement. The fear. Travel is all of these things, and more; whether you're travelling internally or externally, Eye to the Telescope wants to know your experience, your view of beings/worlds “in motion.” Dive in. Pull out the beautiful banal, the inanity, the life-changing, the horror. Take us somewhere we have never been. Or have always been, but thought we weren’t really there. Or anywhere.

What I Want or Don’t Want

I particularly enjoy genre-bending and pushing of form/function.

That being said, non-traditional and hybrid forms are very welcome! or audio—.mp3 is best. Would love image or image/word hybrid—.jpg please! Video possible, not highly preferred, but will consider; conceptual here over literal, though open to literal with poetic intent. Column/table-format poems great. Would really love to see more math/science-based works. Query first if considering submitting an unusual format. Themed subject matter open; consensual erotica fine.

No perpetuation of stereotypes or hates, or anything harmful; no rape, incest, noncensensual BDSM, torture, child molestation, animal molestation, earth molestation, bigotry, racism, intolerance, etc.

Submission Guidelines

Please submit 1–3 poems in English (in body of e-mail, or attached as .doc, .docx, or .rtf). Translations from other languages are acceptable with the permission of the original poet (unless public domain).
Please send submissions to with the subject line “ETTT sub:” followed by the poet’s name.
Include a short bio.
Deadline: December 15. The issue will appear on January 15, 2021.

Payment and rights

Accepted poems will be paid for at the following rate: US 3¢/word rounded up to nearest dollar; minimum US $3, maximum $25. Payment is on publication.

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association normally uses PayPal to pay poets, but can also send checks.
Eye to the Telescope is an online publication. Therefore, First Electronic Rights (for original unpublished poems) are being sought.

Who can submit?

Anyone writing speculative poetry.

What is Speculative Poetry?

Speculative poetry is poetry which falls within the genres of science fiction, fantasy, and supernatural horror, plus some related genres such as magic realism, metafiction, and fabulation. It is not easy to give precise definitions, partly because many of these genres are framed in term of fiction rather than poetry.

A good starting point is “About Science Fiction Poetry” by Suzette Haden Elgin, the founder of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. Despite its title, this article is applicable all forms of speculative poetry.

Tim Jones, editor of Issue 2, had a go at defining science fiction poetry on his blog, in two parts (These blog posts date from 2009, and the Voyagersanthology has since been published. These posts do refer specifically to science fiction poetry, rather than the broader field of speculative poetry.):

What Is the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA)?

As the SFPA says on its website at, “The Science Fiction Poetry Association was founded in 1978 to bring together poets and readers interested in science fiction poetry. What is sf poetry? You know what they say about definitions—everybody has one. To be sure, it is poetry (we’ll leave that definition to you), but it’s poetry with some element of speculation—usually science fiction, fantasy, or horror. Some folks include surrealism, some straight science.”

See the SFPA site for lots more information—and please consider joining.

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Interested in editing an issue of Eye to the Telescope? See the Editors’ Guidelines for information and requirements.

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

Sunday, November 29, 2020

The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts seeks work

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Deadline: December 15, 2020


The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts is looking for, as you might guess, "compressed creative arts." We accept fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, mixed media, visual arts, and even kitchen sinks, if they are compressed in some way. Work is published weekly, without labels, and the labels here only exist to help us determine its best readers.

Our response time is generally 1-3 days. Also, our acceptance rate is currently about 3% of submissions. We pay writers $50 per accepted piece and signed contract.

Submissions are now open. The current reading period is September 15, 2020 to December 15, 2020. The next reading period opens March 15, 2021 and closes June 15, 2021.

For the current reading period, we are looking for work from writers previously unpublished by Matter Press and its JOURNAL OF COMPRESSED CREATIVE ARTS. If you have been ever previously published by the Journal of Compressed Arts, please wait until the next reading period to submit: March 15, 2021 - June 15, 2021.

The first reader for your submission is, during this round of submissions, the managing editor. The "final reader" for the 2nd round of submissions is our official FINAL READER, Pietra Dunmore.

Please be sure to submit in the correct category; we've been receiving several fiction submissions in the creative nonfiction category.

For all submitters, we aren't as concerned with labels—hint fiction, prose poetry, micro fiction, flash fiction, and so on—as we are with what compression means to you. In other words, what form "compression" takes in each artist's work will be up to each individual. However, we don't publish erotica or work with strong, graphic sexual content.

In short, we want to fall in love with your work. That might happen in the way we've fallen in love with work we've previously published, or it might happen in a way we have yet to experience. Maybe reading that other work will help in knowing whether you should send your work to us, but in truth, such a thing might not be discoverable.

Here are things that matter:

  • Please do not include any contact information, including your name, in the manuscript. Do not include a cover letter as part of the manuscript document.
  • Please include, as part of your cover letter on Submittable, a brief bio.
  • Please no more than one submission of a single piece in each genre at a time. Please feel free to submit again after receiving a response.
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine with us, but please let us know if the submission has been accepted elsewhere. Failure to do will result in some facsimile of your face being put on the Matter dart board. And no one wants that.
  • Please format prose to be double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, in a Microsoft Word document. Poetry can be single-spaced.
  • If you've been previously published by The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, please wait a year before submitting again.

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.

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Green Inferno seeks short stories and flash fiction

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Deadline: November 30, 2020

A quarterly 120-page trade paperback anthology of original short comics and fiction centered around Terrestrial Horror: stories that take place on or involving our planet, often (but not always) with an environmental or ecological bent.

That is to say: not every story has to be Man v. Nature-- that would get old pretty quick!-- but Man v. Nature is a good germination point for what Green Inferno seeks to be, and it definitely falls under the umbrella.

What We’re Looking For:

Short Stories (8000 words or less) and Flash Fiction (1000 words or less).

How Do We Want to Scare You Today…?

-We love Weird Horror, atmosphere, dread, and slimy things.

-Splatterpunk or moody Gothic creepiness are both super keen.

-Throwback-y and uber-contemporary are equally great.

-Sci-Fi and Fantasy angles welcome, but please keep it Earthbound (terrestrial) for now.

-We like Horror comedy… sometimes. Everyone’s “funny” is different, but give it a shot!

For Fiction Submissions:

We are seeking Short Stories (8000 words or less) and Flash Fiction (1000 words or less).

Flash Fiction pays $25 plus 2 comp copies.

Short Fiction pays $.04/word plus 4 comp copies.

We buy the rights to publish in our print and digital anthology, and retain them for any subsequent reprint purposes of the original issue only.

No simultaneous submissions. No multiple submissions, please.

To Submit Fiction:

All submissions should follow proper manuscript format. Email to Attach submissions in .doc or rtf format— do not cut and paste into the body of email. Include any pertinent bio information, title of your piece, and word count in the body of your email. In the subject line of your email, please enter “FICTION SUBMISSION FOR GREEN INFERNO”.

***Submissions are open now through November 30, 2020.

***With your submission, please provide a brief answer to the question: In what way do you feel your piece relates to the sentiment, The World Celebrates Your Demise?

Dreaming in Fiction is open to short stories and flash fiction submissions

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We accept short stories and flash fiction from any genre and are looking to showcase new and emerging authors from around the globe. We love everything from horror to romance to mysteries and even re-imagined fairytales. Does your story struggle to fit in just one box? We love genre-blends too!

When you’re ready to submit, send one short story of no more than 3,000 words in the body of an email (no attachments, please) to For the subject line of the email, use the word “Submission” and your last name. Please, also make sure the email includes a short cover letter that states the story’s genre(s) and word count, a brief author bio (written in 3rd person) and the link to your website or blog (if you have one). We will do our best to respond to all submissions within one month of receiving them.

As an emerging publication, we can only offer support and exposure as payment for the time being. For previously unpublished stories, Dreaming in Fiction will retain First Publishing Rights and all other publishing rights will remain with the author.

One short story will be posted each Saturday. At the end of the month, links to each published short story will be added to the Archives page for easy access.

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, November 26, 2020

The Fiddlehead poetry contest

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Deadline: December 1, 2020

The Fiddlehead’s annual Poetry contest is open! $2000 CAD for Best Poem!

Good luck to all entrants. This year's contest deadline is Tuesday, December 1, 2020 (postmarked for mailed entries and 11:59 pm Atlantic Standard Time for Submittable entries). Our judges for this year's contest will be announced soon!

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The Fiddlehead is open to good writing in English or translations into English from all over the world and in a variety of styles, including experimental genres. Our editors are always happy to see new unsolicited works in fiction, including excerpts from novels, creative nonfiction, and poetry. We also publish reviews, and occasionally other selected creative work such as excerpts from plays. Work is read on an ongoing basis; the acceptance rate is around 1-2% (we are, however, famous for our rejection notes!). Apart from our annual contest, we have no deadlines for submissions.

We particularly welcome submissions from Indigenous writers, writers of colour, writers with disabilities, LGBTQQIA+ writers, and writers from other intersectional and under-represented communities. If you are comfortable identifying yourself as one or more of the above, please feel free to mention this in your cover letter.

The Fiddlehead will not read work that is ableist, misogynistic, queer-phobic, or racist.

If you are serious about submitting to The Fiddlehead, you should read an issue or two to get a sense of the journal. Consider subscribing or contact us to order sample back issues ($10-$15 plus postage).

General Guidelines for Unsolicited Submissions
• Pay is $60 CAD per published page, plus two complimentary copies of the issue with your work. Contributors may purchase additional copies of an issue at a discount.

• The Fiddlehead buys first serials rights; copyright is retained by the author at all times, and authors are free to resell the work, though we do ask for a 90-day exclusive from our first publication of the work.

• Writers may only submit once per calendar year per genre. (This does not include our annual contest: you may submit multiple times, so long as the work is not under consideration elsewhere. See complete contest guidelines here .)

• Please wait for an editorial response before submitting again. We try our best to respond in a timely matter, but due to volume of submissions, a response may take 6 months or more. Please wait 6 months before querying.

• We only consider unpublished work. Please do not submit work that has been previously published or accepted for publication, including in anthologies, chapbooks, blogs, Facebook pages, or online journals.

• For online submissions, please submit one file containing your creative work (.doc, .docx, or .pdf). Log back in any time to check the status of your submission.

• For hard copy, mailed submissions, all submissions should be typed/word-processed, spell-checked, and paginated. Please use white paper, print on one side only, and put your name on every page of your submission.

• In Submittable, please copy and paste your cover letter and biographical statement in the appropriate fields.

• Tell us in your cover letter whether your submission is exclusive to The Fiddlehead or whether you have submitted it to other magazines simultaneously. If another magazine accepts your work for publication that you have also submitted to us, then please advise us immediately.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Weirdpunk Books is currently open for novella submissions

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Weirdpunk Books is currently OPEN* for novella submissions.
*If you simply send us your book without following our guidelines, your submission will be deleted.
Note: If we have previously talked about you submitting something and we are closed, please still send it.

Our process is a little different than most other publishers. When we are open, we accept pitches on finished horror novellas between 20k-40k. In the pitch, we are looking for about a paragraph of information, essentially like back cover copy on a book. We'd also like you to include what tone(s) and influence(s) the story has. If we like your pitch, we will ask you to send the story.
Please only pitch one novella to us.
Please keep in mind that we only publish a small handful of books a year.
A familiarity with our output is helpful, but here's a general list of things we like:

We love genres like body horror, cosmic horror, folk horror, weird lit, splatterpunk, and transgressive fiction. We especially like when people mix any of them together. Give us an amazing body horror tale in a folk horror setting or a cosmic splatterpunk horror story. Mix it up!

We call what we publish, "Weird Horror," largely eschewing standard horror tropes and narratives in favor of stranger, more cerebral, visceral, or challenging story types. We're not looking for standard zombie or vampire stories (unless you write something really goddamn interesting with those involved), think more the weirder end of the horror spectrum (see below).

Think about how the horror genre includes things like Friday the 13th and Final Destination (which are fine), but also includes Videodrome and Society (which are amazing). We want stories on that stranger end of things.

We want your own creatures, your own terrors, your own grief, your own nightmares.

We want stories that are deeply human. Take a look at the novellas we’ve published, all of them, no matter how weird, bizarre, or fucked up, have human, emotional centers.

We love horror writers like Kathe Koja, Gwenolyn Kiste, Charlee Jacob, Joe Lansdale at his most horror, John Langan, Brian Evenson, Stephen Graham Jones, Nathan Ballingrud, Jack Ketchum, Bentley Little, and Poppy Z. Brite.

We’re obsessed with the films of David Cronenberg, John Carpenter, Dario Argento, Mario Bava, and Lucio Fulci. We like Troma weirdness, ‘melt’ movies, small-creature horror. Surreal and arty horror from the 70s and trash film from the 80s. Cult shit like Phantasm, Dust Devil, Ganja & Hess, El Topo, Coffin Joe, Werewolves on Wheels, Psychomania, Cemetery Man, Simon: King of the Witches, Society, The Wicker Man, The Stuff, The Gate, Brain Damage, Hellraiser, Tetsuo: The Iron Man, Santa Sangre, and so on. We love all that stuff. What we’re looking for are stories influenced by their best aspects, their atmosphere(s), and their tone(s), that are twisted into unique narratives.

We want novellas that feel like if Kathy Acker, JG Ballard, Katherine Dunn, William S. Burroughs, Flannery O'Connor, Georges Bataille, or Samuel Delany straight up wrote weird horror.

We love stories with philosophical subtext, especially stories driven by anti-fascism, anarchism/anti-authoritarianism, anti-capitalism, and/or queerness, though those aren’t a requirement at all.

We’re also not asking to be browbeaten by your manifesto vaguely disguised as horror fiction.

We love surrealism, but not to the point of obliqueness. The work doesn’t need to be crazy ‘accessible’ but we’re also not interested in works where experimentation of form overshadows the story being told.

We would love to see more subs from women, POC, non-binary, and lgbtq+ folks.

The heart of the press is queer and we intend to keep it that way. We'll publish books by all sorts of people, but we want to make sure we continue to publish lgbtq+ and non-binary writers.

We will not work with racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic, or nationalistic writers; or with predatory assholes.

Seriously. We’re queer leftists, you wouldn’t want to work with us, either.

No, we don’t currently publish short story collections or novellas. For the time being, we only focus on novellas.

Please only pitch novellas.

We really mean it.

Seriously, your best bet to get published by us is to have read at least some of our recent output to see what we do. This press is forever tied to my personal tastes, for good or for ill, so it’d be helpful for you to know at least some of what those are.

If accepted, we do a 60/40 split on royalties (60% to the publisher, 40% to the writer). We also pay $50 and 10 copies of the book upon publication. The $50 isn’t a payment against royalties. We do not wait for the book to break even before paying out royalties. The split happens immediately.

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.

Monday, November 23, 2020

The Fifth Di... seeks work

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The Fifth Di... is now published quarterly, in March, June, September, and December, in print [and, eventually, as an eBook]. It presents original science fiction, fantasy, and spooky horror stories. It also presents a few original poems, again along the overall theme.

The Fifth Di... wants original stories with plot, tension, suspense, conflict, and character development. Remember, if readers do not care what happens to your main character[s], they won’t read the story. The narrative should maintain a sense of wondering what’s going to happen next; of what’s lurking just around the corner. Showing is better than telling. Frex, instead of telling the reader that it’s cold, show your character shivering, stomping feet, or having ice form on beard or hair. The inner thoughts and emotions of your character[s] are just as important.

Stories submitted to The Fifth Di... should be between 4K and 8K words long. Longer or shorter stories will be considered; however, anything less than 4K will be a difficult sell. Anything 1K or less will be considered flash fiction. We will consider reprint stories, provided they adhere to the guidelines; however, they are difficult sells.

Submit your stories as rtf or .doc attachments [NO .docx, please] to sdpshowcase at yahoo dot com [you must recombine this address for it to work. Sorry for the inconvenience. Blame spammers].

Please submit one story at a time, and wait for the response before submitting another. We hope to keep the response time down to two months. If you haven’t heard from us in three months, please query.

Poetry submitted to The Fifth Di... should be from about ten to a hundred lines. Please submit no more than three poems at a time, and wait for the response before submitting more. Again, we hope to keep the response time down to two months. If you haven’t heard from us in three months, please query.

Submit your poems as rtf or .doc attachments [NO .docx, please] or IBOE to sdpshowcase at yahoo dot com [you must recombine this address for it to work. Sorry for the inconvenience. Blame spammers].

The Fifth Di... also considers articles related to science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Articles include essays and reviews, as well as writing tips. Word count should be around 1K words, up to a loose 5K words. Please submit one article at a time, and wait for the response before submitting another. Yet again, we hope to keep the response time down to two months. If you haven’t heard from us in three months, please query.

Submit your articles as rtf or .doc attachments [NO .docx, please] to sdpshowcase at yahoo dot com [you must recombine this address for it to work. Sorry for the inconvenience. Boil spammers; inexpensive vegetable oil works best].

Payment is made upon publication by check or Paypal as follows:

  • Original Stories: $25.00
  • Reprint Stories: $15.00
  • Flash Fiction: 1 cent/word
  • Poems: $5.00
  • Articles: $20.00

NOTE: If you live outside the United States, you will be paid via Paypal, or must make some other arrangement with the editor.

All submissions must include contact information. This means:

Name [yours, not necessarily your byline name]

Address [street, city, country, and zip code or equivalent]

e-mail address

Paypal address

If your address changes before the publication date, please let us know.

Queries should be sent to sdpshowcase at yahoo dot com [you must recombine this address for it to work. Sorry for the inconvenience. Grill spammers; the grillwork of a 1950 Buick or a 1953 Packard works best].

Better Than Starbucks 2020 Sonnet Contest

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Deadline: November 30, 2020
  • Submissions for our third annual sonnet contest are now open!
  • September 30th through November 30th, 2020.
  • Winners will be published February 1st, 2021.
Please read the submission guidelines below.

Winning poets receive:
  • First Place $350.
  • Second Place $100.
  • Third Place $50.
We will also publish up to seven honorable mention sonnets.
​No entry fee and no simultaneous submissions please.
Prize payment via Paypal only.

​This contest is for a metrical sonnet.

Your sonnet can be shakespearean, petrarchan, spenserian, rhymed, or slant-rhymed.

Blank verse is fine, as long as the sonnet form is clearly identifiable.

We’ll consider tetrameter, hexameter, etc. as well as pentameter.

Some metrical variation is fine, but don’t forget the volta!

As always, we do accept previously published work.
Please let us know where the poem was previously published.

If previously published, make sure you have the rights to it. Most publications do not keep the rights to poetry. We do not, we retain the right to use them in anthologies or promotional material as we see fit in the future, but we do not retain any copyright to your work.

Submit up to two sonnets.

Please include your entry in the body of your email, put “Sonnet Contest” into the subject line of your email, and send to

Any possible loss of formatting in email transmission will be corrected if your sonnet is chosen as a winner or for publication, as you will be asked to proof before publication, but you are welcome to mention special formatting in your submission.

Please include a third person bio of 30 (max 40) words.

An introduction is welcome but not required.

You will receive an acknowledgement of your entry within 24 hours. This is the only communication you will receive unless one or both of your sonnets are selected for publication, either as winners or honorable mentions, or for subsequent publication.

Unlike general submissions to the journal, we do not respond further to contest entries unless they are selected as winners, honorable mentions, or for subsequent publication.

If you do not receive an acknowledgement then we did not receive your entry. Check your spam folder if you have not already whitelisted Better Than Starbucks. Check the email address your entry was addressed to. Try again.

Entries are read blind.​ The poems alone are copied into reading files as they come in. Address your entry only to Better Than Starbucks editors.

We look forward to reading your entries!

All entries are eligible for publication in Better Than Starbucks. By submitting your work you grant us the non-exclusive right to publish it. Copyright remains with the author/poet.

Judges are Better Than Starbucks editors.

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Biological Creatures seeks work

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Deadline:  December 1, 2020 

Tell us your secrets. Unburden your shame. Let us carry it for you.

Send submissions by December 1, 2020 for January 2021 publication.

Email 3 poems and/or 1,000 words of prose to

Simultaneous: yes. Previously published: no.

Bios requested upon acceptance.

Make yourself vulnerable.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Let the Bodies Hit the Floor seeks submissions

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All submissions will be reviewed and chosen stories will be published in A PILE OF BODIES, A PILE OF HEADS - The Let the Bodies Hit the Floor Series Volumes 1&2, which will both be released in August of 2021
  • Submissions must be between 5,000 and 10,000 words (Word counts are firm)
  • Title, submitter's name, pen name (if different), story word count and author email address must be centered at the top of your submission
  • Submissions must be 12 pt. Times New Roman font, double spaced with special first-line indentation of 0.5"
  • Submissions must be in .Docx or .Doc format with 1" margins all around
  • Submissions should be clean and edited
  • Submissions must fit the theme of slasher, stalker, serial killer crime fiction and must be written in the horror genre. Think Dexter, Mind Hunters, American Horror Story, and Bates Motel to name a few examples. NOTE: volume 2 submissions must feature a female antagonist (slasher, serial killer, stalker, etc.). ALSO NOTE: we are NOT looking for stories with supernatural elements.
  • Submissions cannot contain graphic sexual or rape scenes
  • Submissions must not have been published elsewhere before in any medium
  • The number of stories published per volume will depend on word count of the chosen stories, but will be no less than ten stories and no more than twenty per volume
  • Authors may submit as many stories as they want for review, however, there will be a limit of one published story per author, per volume
  • Simultaneous submissions are okay if author provides notice of such
  • Submissions will remain open until further notice and selected stories will appear in the first two volumes, or subsequent volumes as published. There is no submission deadline.
Submissions will be read in the order in which they are received

Authors will be notified as soon as possible if their story was selected or not

Authors That Are Selected For Inclusion Will:
  • Have their story published in the anthology
  • Receive a one-time payment of $40.00 (USD) per selected story
  • Receive a free paperback copy of the anthology within 45 days following the release date
  • Have access to buy author copies of paperback and hardcover editions at publisher's cost, plus shipping
Agree to sign a Memorandum of Agreement giving permission for the story to be used in the anthology
You worked hard on your story, so don't take a chance on it never being read. Did you read the Submission Guidelines? Did you follow them? Does your story meet theme and word count? Unfortunately, we cannot consider stories that do not meet submission guidelines. It could be the best story that mankind will ever read and we will never know. Why? Because if your submission doesn't meet guidelines, it will automatically be deleted. Don't let this happen to you.

Escape Pod submission guidelines

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, November 20, 2020

Not One of Us submission guidelines

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Clarkesworld Magazine submission guidelines

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Clarkesworld Magazine is a Hugo, World Fantasy, and British Fantasy Award-winning science fiction and fantasy magazine that publishes short stories, interviews, articles, and audio fiction. Issues are published monthly and available on our website, for purchase in ebook format, and via electronic subscription. All original fiction is also published in our annual anthology series from Wyrm Publishing. We are currently open for art, non-fiction, and short story submissions.

Fiction Guidelines

Word Limit: 1000-22000 words, no exceptions

Pay Rate: 10¢ per word. Payment via PayPal or check. (International authors may request wire transfers.)

Genres: Science fiction and fantasy. No horror, but dark SF/F is permitted.

Language: English (We accept stories from all over the world. Translations are welcome and encouraged.)

Rights: We claim first world electronic rights (text and audio), first print rights, and non-exclusive single use anthology rights for our annual Clarkesworld anthology. If you are unfamiliar with the term “First Rights,” an explanation can be found here.

Stories must be:

Well-written. Language is important. There is no distinction between “style” and “substance” or “story” and “writing.”

Convenient for on-screen reading. Very long paragraphs or typographical trickery may work against you.

Suitable for audio. Stories should be equally effective, but not necessarily the same, in text and audio formats.

Science fiction need not be “hard” SF, but rigor is appreciated. Fantasy can be folkloric, contemporary, surreal, etc.

With the exception of zombies, no particular setting, theme, or plot is anathema to us, the following are likely hard sells:
  • stories that include zombies or zombie-wannabes
  • stories about sexy vampires, wanton werewolves, wicked witches, or demonic children
  • stories about rapists, murderers, child abusers, or cannibals
  • stories where the climax is dependent on the spilling of intestines
  • stories in which a milquetoast civilian government is depicted as the sole obstacle to either catching some depraved criminal or to an uncomplicated military victory 
  • stories where the Republicans, or Democrats, or Libertarians, or . . . (insert any established political party or religion here) take over the world and either save or ruin it 
  • stories in which the words “thou” or “thine” appear 
  • stories with talking cats or swords
  • stories where FTL travel or time travel is as easy as is it on television shows or movies
  • stories about young kids playing in some field and discovering ANYTHING. (a body, an alien craft, Excalibur, ANYTHING). 
  • stories about the stuff your just read in Scientific American or saw on the news
  • stories about your RPG character’s adventures
  • “funny” stories that depend on, or even include, puns 
  • stories where the protagonist is either widely despised or widely admired simply because he or she is just so smart and/or strange
  • stories originally intended for someone’s upcoming theme anthology or issue (everyone is sending those out, wait a while)
  • your trunk stories 
  • stories that try to include all of the above

Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Anyone caught doing this will be banned from submitting stories. (Sadly, this happens.)

Fiction Submissions Process

Do NOT email or mail submissions. Clarkesworld uses an online submissions system that has been designed to streamline our process and improve communication with authors. Go here to submit your stories.

Our submissions form asks for your name, email address, cover letter, story title, word count, genre, and the file containing your story. Guidance for what you should and should not include in a cover letter can be found here. All stories should be in standard manuscript format (modern preferred, classic accepted) and can be submitted in either .RTF, .DOC, or .DOCX format. No simultaneous submissions. If you have questions, concerns or technical issues, please contact Neil via email.

After you have submitted your story, a tracking number will be displayed and an automated email confirmation containing this information will be sent to you. If you have not received this email within 24 hours, please email us. Your tracking number will allow you to monitor the status of your submission via our website, so please don’t lose it. NOTE: occasionally treats our email as spam, please keep an eye on your spam folder.

Our average response time is usually under two days, but we occasionally hold submissions for longer periods. We ask that you:

  • don’t send queries about pending submissions until after two weeks have passed. Use your tracking number to check on the status prior to that. Email queries to Neil at
  • don’t send revisions to a submission unless they have been requested.
  • don’t submit another story for a period of seven days after receiving a rejection.
  • don’t re-submit stories that have been rejected.
  • don’t argue with rejection letters.

If you are uncertain about anything above, we recommend following the most conservative interpretation.

An author’s personal information (name, address, email, phone, or secret identity) will not be shared with anyone outside our editorial staff, except in the following situations:
  • if we are compelled by law
  • if threats are made against our staff by the author
  • if our narrators require your assistance with pronunciation (email only)
  • if established year’s best editors would like to include your story in their anthology (email only)
  • if the author has instructed us to do so
Non-Fiction Guidelines

Clarkesworld Magazine is looking for articles of interest to readers of science fiction and fantasy. We are looking for a wide range of types of article including, but not limited to: discussions of the genre publishing business, essays on the writing process and the reading experience, scientific material that might be of use in SF stories, and so on. However, please see below for things that we don’t want. We pay 10¢ a word up to our word limit of 2500 words.

Please do not send completed articles. Instead send a query letter with the subject header NONFICTION QUERY: [title or concept] to There are no response times. We will generally only respond to queries we wish to follow-up on. A follow-up email should not be taken as a guarantee of publication.

There are some common types of non-fiction article that we are specifically not interested in receiving queries for. These are:

  • Reviews—there are plenty of places that publish such material, we don’t;
  • Literary Criticism—again no (especially if it is really just a review);
  • Interviews—we do publish interviews, but they are handled separately from the non-fiction articles and are generally commissioned. Please do not pitch interviews to us.
  • Reprints—every article we publish must be original to Clarkesworld. There is no point in sending us material that has already been published elsewhere, especially if it is elsewhere online.

As with any field, there are some subjects that have been done to death, or which don’t work well in practice. The following list should give you an idea of the sort of thing that is unlikely to make it out of the slush pile:

Explanations as to why your favorite genre or sub-genre is the best ever, and everything else is rubbish—because the chances are that most people won’t share your opinion;

Anything that attempts to categorize genre literature—yes, we have a lot of geeky analytical readers, but the chances of your coming up with something genuinely innovative are very low indeed;
Convention reports—because all too often they end up sounding like “what I did on my holidays,” and anyway we are not interested in the process of convention running;

Articles about why a certain set of awards “got it wrong”—because no one ever agrees with award results;

Articles about why someone is WRONG on the Internet and how we must organize a grass roots campaign to stop this perfidy—because we are not a blog and with our production schedules everyone will have forgotten about the issue by the time we publish your rant;

Articles that purport to provide 10 rules for success/failure in a particular endeavor—because no set of rules fits everyone, real life isn’t that simple, and in any case if you shoe-horned your advice into a “magic” number like 10 then you’ve probably either left something important out or padded the list;
Articles that list the 10 best/worst/hottest/daftest/weirdest/whatever examples of something (or any number other than 10);

Your personal experience of alien abduction—because then it would not be science fiction, would it?
Articles that make sweeping generalizations on the basis of a few personal observations—it may well be that the market for fantasy is the worst it has ever been, and that this is all the fault of global capitalism and the Internet, but you need to supply some data to back that up, and explain why “ever been” does not include the time before the publication of The Lord of the Rings;

Details of the heinous and all-pervasive plot by the publishing industry that has prevented your blockbuster 10-volume fantasy trilogy from being published—because the chances are that it is you that is out of step, not the rest of the world;

Manifestos for new literary movements.

In addition, here are a few comments about the style of articles that we prefer:
Keep yourself out of the article. We are looking for objective analysis of issues, not touchy-feely journalism;

We are not an academic journal. Footnotes are fine, indeed we like them (though we don’t include them in the word count), especially if they come with web links. However, you need to pitch your writing style for a general audience, not for a group of fellow scientists or literature professors;

Please, no interviews in disguise. An article about the work of an individual, stuffed with quotes from that individual, is functionally equivalent to an interview. An article that is mainly quotes from a group of people is functionally equivalent to an interview. We want your words, not someone else’s;
Don’t bait the audience. There’s a certain style of article that deliberately seeks to incite rage across the blogosphere. We are not that desperate for eyeballs;

Make sure you know your topic. If you are going to write about quantum physics, bear in mind that we probably have several quantum physicists reading this magazine and they will laugh at you (and us) if we run an article full of errors. You don’t have to have a PhD in the topic before you write for us, and we’d be happy to find someone to fact-check for you, but we do need to ensure articles are not an embarrassment to us, or to you.

Finally, what do we like to see?
  • Articles that are thoughtful, in-depth, and well-written;
  • Subjects that we haven’t covered before;
  • Accompanying illustrations (but please do check the copyright situation);
  • A clear passion for the subject matter.

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Reedsy Prompt: Meet in the Middle

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Deadline: November 20, 2020 11:59 PM EST

Prize: $50

Winning stories will be featured on our website and in our weekly newsletter. For more information, please consult our terms of use.

Submissions will be approved and published within 7 days of the contest closing.

Please keep your submission between 1,000 - 3,000 words.

If there’s one thing we know, it’s that the internet loves to argue. Perhaps one of the stranger fights I’ve seen is what constitutes a “sandwich” — you’d think the definition would be universal… and you’d be very wrong.

But whether you classify hot dogs, pitas, and burritos as sandwiches or not, one thing we can agree on is this: no matter how similar the components, there’s endless variety to be found when you combine the ingredients in different ways.

With that in mind, this week we’re celebrating the infinite diversity of fillings. To do so, we’re going to provide you with the beginning and ending of your story — and it will be up to you to fill these two slices of literary bread with whatever you can imagine!
This week's prompts:

Start your story with two characters watching a sunrise and end it with one of them seeing the moon reflecting off a lake.

Start your story with someone admitting a secret and end it with someone telling a lie.

Start your story with someone robbing a bank and end it with two people driving on an interstate.

Start your story with the line, “This was supposed to be the happiest day of their lives,” and end it with, “By then it was too late.”

Start your story with the line, “It had been twenty-four years since she’d last seen it, but the place looked exactly the same,” and end it with, “[…] and that was all that mattered.”

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

StarShipSofa is currently open for submissions

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What do we want?

In a word: science-fiction. From the soft, social science fiction to the weird pulpy stuff to the vigorous hard SF and YA adventure. We welcome all sub-genres and all variety of punks in all their colours. From high-octane action to quiet philosophical stories, we’re after it all. Science fiction is a rich and diverse genre, push it’s boundaries as far as you can go.

We welcome translations and are very interested in stories that take place/written by authors outside the US/Anglo-sphere, as well as as alternative movements and styles. These include (but not limited to) “non-Western” science fiction, Chinese SF, Soviet speculative fiction, Afro-futurism, etc.

The exception is that the SF element must be the backbone of the story. It cannot be an afterthought, or simple window dressing. It can be subtle, but it has to be the story’s foundation. If you take away the speculative element and the story still stands, then it’s not science-fiction and it is not for us.

We are also not interested in fantasy or supernatural horror stories. Genre labels are loose, but if the coal in the story’s engine is magic or supernatural based, we don’t want it. But if there are science-based elements, however soft, then it can be considered. If in doubt, send. Ultimately the best way to get a feel for what we want is to listen to the podcast itself. We favour rich world building, tight prose, complex characters, engaging dialogue and strong pacing, however you define it.

Although we will consider all types of SF, second person is a very tough sell, as are stories that are preachy and didactic in nature. We’re not the place for fanfiction, fetishistic torture-porn, or total erotica (more stuff on that below). We don’t take well to gimmicky stories that lack a narrative, and as for yarns about werewolves, zombies, vampires… don’t even get us started. Seriously. It won’t end well.

Adult content

Fiction should be free to explore any themes it wishes to, and that means going to some very dark places. There are no levels to the amount of violence, themes, sex, swearing, drugs, or otherwise adult themes in our stories. If it’s done right, nothing is taboo. If it’s part of the human experience, then it’s applicable to fiction.

However, we are not an erotica market, and torture-porn is unlikely to impress us. We don’t take well to blatant shock value. Whatever you’re sending, just make sure it’s thematically justified.

Rights and payment

StarShipSofa pays $50 USD flat rate per story. We only require nonexclusive, one time audio rights to play your story. Authors are paid for their stories on the 7th of the proceeding month.

What to send?

We publish both original and reprint fiction on StarShipSofa. We are not biased either way, we love a time-tested story as much as we love discovering fresh voices.

For reprints, please do not send anything self-published, published at a vanity press. We are especially interested in seeing stories published in print anthologies, or stories not available publicly online. Please mention where the work was originally published in your cover letter. However, we cannot take any stories that have been previously published in audio. If the fine folk at EscapePod, Podcastle, Pseudopod, Far Fetched Fables, Tales to Terrify, or any other podcast, have picked you up, then we can’t use it. This does not include anthologized audio books. If in doubt, query.

Paid story length runs from 3,000 words up to 9,000 words.

Multiple and simultaneous submissions

Multiple submissions are not allowed. One submission is allowed until acceptance or rejection before you are eligible to submit another artwork. Any multiple submissions while the initial one is still under review will be ignored. Sim-subs are also allowed, for both original and reprint submissions, but please tell us if another market gets to you first.

How to send

Please include a bio and the venue where your story was originally published. If it’s an original story, just put “Original” or something to that degree in the field box. Use standard manuscript formatting (12-point, Times New Roman, double-spaced). We will try to respond within thirty days, but we will aim for a much shorter time. Query within sixty. The longer we hold your story, the better your chances. Please do not re-submit rejected stories, argue with rejections letters, and especially do not hurl abuse the staff because we said no to your story. Ever. If you do, make it good, because it’ll be the last time you’ll do it here.

To get a feel for what we’re truly after, give our podcast a listen. And if you could support the show and help us pay our authors and narrators, that would be marvelous. Let’s make that happen. Our Patreon page is here.

You can submit your stories via Moksha, here.

Good luck! We look forward to reading your submissions.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Death Throes seeks fiction

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Deadline: November 15, 2020 11:59 PM

We’re accepting submissions for our Horrific Holiday edition!

That’s right – we’re stamping out holiday cheer this year and bringing the darkness. Got a story idea about Zombie-Clause? Been speculating about cranking out a yarn about vampire elves from outer space? Perhaps you’re considering mixing genres, or have an extremely dark take on a famous holiday story. Submit it. We love that kind of shit!

See below for submission guidelines (there’s not too many) and don’t forget to like us on Facebook and Twitter so you can join in on the fun as it unfolds and keep up with changes (they do occur from time to time) and events (ideas?).

Submit your original, previously unpublished masterpieces no later than 1159 15 November 2020 to

We accept dark fiction, short stories less than 5000 words. Payment is 20.00 token payment / 50.00 if your story is selected as featured story. Send manuscripts to the email below. Please ensure manuscripts are left justified, double spaced, and contain no tabs. Don't forget to include your bio and cover art (if you want it included in the publication. We look forward to reading your work! Keep it real; keep it dark. 

Submit to -Death Throes Staff

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

Monday, November 9, 2020

Beyond the Veil seeks work

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Deadline: November 15, 2020

We are very excited to announce a new call for submissions which is now open! Please read through the details for submissions carefully before submitting your stories and make sure to include the project name in the subject of your email.

We are very excited to open submissions for this new anthology, edited by Mark Morris (" of the finest horror writers at work today" – Clive Barker)! Beyond the Veil is the second book in the Flame Tree Book of Horror series, and follows After Sundown, which published October 2020. Mark has once again approached an impressive range of authors but we've reserved space for four new stories from the online submissions. This is a prestigious anthology and will be published worldwide in hardcover and paperback.

Fees, Copyright and Other Terms:
  • We pay Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) rates of 8 cents/6 pence for each word for new stories. We will not accept reprints for consideration to this anthology.
  • We would prefer to pay for the selected stories via PAYPAL because bank charges to the US and Canada in particular can be crippling for all concerned.
  • Payment for the chosen stories will be made within 30 days of the final advertised publication date (see our website for details), although some may be paid earlier than that.
  • Submission does not imply the right to publication. Each story will be read and assessed by the selection panel.
  • Please submit in .doc, .docx or .rtf formats, double spaced, with your name and email address in the footer or header of each page.
  • We will aim to read each story and confirm its status within 4 months of the submission deadline.
  • The anthology will be published worldwide, available online and to bookstores worldwide, in print and ebook formats.

  • Please only submit unpublished/original/new stories for consideration. Reprints will not be accepted for consideration.
  • Submit your story to
  • Word count will most likely to be successful at 3000–5000 words.
  • This is an unthemed horror anthology, open to all sorts of horror content.
  • If submitting a story that has recently been submitted to us for consideration to another anthology, please say this in the submission email.
  • Deadline for submissions is the 15th of November

Sunday, November 8, 2020

ProleSCARYet: Tales of Horror and Class Warfare seeks short stories

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Deadline: November 30, 2020

ProleSCARYet: Tales of Horror and Class Warfare will be a print and e-book anthology about the horrors of capitalism. We want monstrous bosses, jobs from literal Hell, working class folks fighting back against great cosmic evils, and any other wild idea you can come up with. As long as it’s anti-capitalist and horror, it’s good. We also welcome dark weird fiction and horror-adjacent sci-fi.

The anthology is open to all writers, but we would especially like submissions from anti-capitalist writers of marginalized groups.

Stories should be between 1,000 and 4,500 words.

Multiple submissions are not allowed. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but withdraw your submission immediately if it gets accepted elsewhere. No reprints.

Open for submissions November 1st, 2020 – November 30th, 2020.

We will announce accepted submissions by January 15th, 2020.

Anthology will be published in spring 2021.

  • If you’re retreading old ground and well-established tropes, make it fresh.
  • We’re fine with horror that has erotic elements, but emphasis should be on the horror.
  • Yes, make it anti-capitalist, but don’t be moralizing. We want nuance.
  • Stories that deal with bigotry are fine, but bigoted stories are not.
  • Splatterpunk is fine, but gore and extreme elements should serve story, character, and theme.


Use standard manuscript format. Send a doc/docx attachment. Do not copy-paste your story into the body of the email or submit it in any other format — we won’t read it if you do.

Please send submission to Include your name, story title, and word count in the subject heading (e.g., Karl Marx — “Capitalism Bad” — 3,500 Words”).

Include an author bio of under 100 words and no more than two links to accompany your story.


$75 via PayPal for a short story after contract signing and final edits, and a free e-book copy of the anthology following publication.


Half the proceeds from this anthology will go to Labor Rights, an organization advocating for the rights of workers around the world. The other half of proceeds will go toward funding a future anthology project.


Exclusive First Worldwide Publication and Electronic Rights for three months, and non-exclusive rights thereafter.

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

Saturday, November 7, 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.

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Friday, November 6, 2020

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.

Thursday, November 5, 2020

SLANT a journal of poetry seeks submissions

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Deadline: November 15, 2020

Send no more than five poems of moderate length, typed, name at the top of each page; no haiku or translations. The submission period is September 1 to November 15, at which time reading begins. Allow three to four months from the deadline for response. No multiple submissions. No previously published poems. Email submissions are preferred, mail-in submissions accepted. SASE is required for mail-in submissions only if email address is not included and/or return of submission is desired.

Slant reserves First North American Serial Rights and electronic- archive rights for material published in its pages. Otherwise, copyright reverts to the author.

University of Central Arkansas
Slant, A Journal of Poetry
PO Box 5063
201 Donaghey Avenue
Conway, AR 72035-5000

Send online submissions as attachments to:

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!

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

The Common Tongue Magazine seeks DARK FANTASY short stories & poems

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No Deadline—accepting year round for many issues

Submissions can be submitted through the submissions page on our website:

We pay $0.03 USD/word, $20 per poem.
  • Accepting DARK FANTASY short stories (600-6k words) & poems (up to 40 lines)
  • No restrictions
  • No simultaneous submissions
  • Unpublished submissions only
  • Response to submissions expected in at most two weeks

Our details from our submissions page:


We are interested in fantasy with a dark theme. We accept both works set in our Athuruin Shared Universe as well as original work in an original setting. Please see the legality tabs below for more information.

Cover Letter. Please include a short blurb about yourself as well as a cover letter in the page preceding the body of your manuscript. This means page-break in between the cover letter and the manuscript body.

Format. Submissions must be in Microsoft Word (.docx) format. Please adhere to standard manuscript formatting for your submission. See our article on formatting standards.

Type. Must be a short story or poem manuscript. We do not accept comics, picture books, graphic novels, or anything beyond text-based submissions.

Length. Submissions must be 600-6,000 words in length. We cannot accept more than this due to submission space and budget. Note: We are more likely to accept smaller works than longer, unless the latter is rather exceptional in quality.

Tonality. The tone of our setting is dark, and therefore we value submissions that hold true to this sense of foreboding mystery, danger, gore, and cruel truth. While we appreciate uplifting, optimistic tones and will consider them when reviewing your submission, please be aware of our guidelines toward accepting high fantasy, grimlight, epic fantasy, and mundane fantasy manuscripts.

Genre. We only accept submissions that are fantasy with a dark tone. We are aware of the many sub-genres of fantasy, however, and consider many varied versions, such as dark fantasy (Blizzard’s Diablo, Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher, Clive Barker’s Weaveworld, H.P. Lovecraft), grimdark fantasy (Mark Lawrence’s Emperor of Thorns, Steven Erikson’s The Crippled God), sword & sorcery fantasy (Robert E. Howard’s Conan, Charles R. Saunders’ Imaro). We do not accept pure low fantasy (A.K.A. urban fantasy, magic realism, contemporary fantasy, historical fantasy), young adult fantasy, children’s books, fables, fairytales, or superhero fiction.

There are exceptions to low fantasy submissions, however, if the setting differs from our own world in a way that it could be mistaken for another world altogether (apocalyptic, nations/physical territories having been altered, scientific rules being altered, etc). Meanwhile, we accept epic fantasy in only a few special instances, and they must still retain a dark tone despite their scope (i.e. dark epic fantasy).

Canon. Submissions must adhere to our setting as close as possible, but writer interpretation is accepted and accounted for.


Original works. If the work is not set in one of our shared universes, then we want work that has not been published elsewhere. That means the work must be in a universe that you have created. We do not accept strong contemporary fantasy (A.K.A. urban fantasy) unless that setting differs from our own in such a way that it is no longer reminiscent of our own. We prefer stories that are as original as possible, particularly in the conflicts and characters. We are unlikely to enjoy stories featuring elements we have seen repeatedly, like characters meeting in a tavern, or a villain with a motivation to take over the world. We enjoy stories that are layered, especially with time. Think the Star Wars franchise (including Legends) with characters being a part of a long bloodline of exploits, events, and conflicts that stack on top of each other.

Extreme Content: We do not encourage the extraneous use of sex and violence. Instead, we condone a code of extreme content penmanship coined “Graphic but Meaningful”: if the extreme sex and violence has a deeper meaning in the story aside from wanton and tasteless elements, then we will consider it. This magazine is not aimed to the advanced literary adult (sensual erotica novels) audience, and therefore must incorporate semi-appropriate themes in the story.

Poetry: We accept poetry up to 40 lines that has not been published elsewhere. We are willing to accept bard-singing or other types of fantastical poetry, and as long as it’s dark and fantastical in content, we are not strict about the type of poetry. Please consult us with your ideas for more information. Note: We do not accept poetry collections. We pay $20.00 per poem. Please submit only one poem at a time.

Novel Excerpts or Serials: We are NOT interested in novel excerpts or serials–we only want self-standing stories.

Reprints: We publish only originals (stories that have never previously appeared anywhere in print or online). We do NOT consider reprints (stories that have previously appeared anywhere in print or online, including on a personal website or blog, or self-published on Kindle, or as Patreon or Kickstarter rewards). For stories not set in our Athuruin Shared Universe or one of our other share universes, we buy First Serial rights–the right to be the first place to ever publish that story. If the story has already appeared in print or online, or been given to readers in exchange for a donation or patronage, the story has already been published and we can’t be the first place to ever publish it.

Multiple Submissions (more than one story submitted at a time): We do NOT accept these. Please wait until you have received a reply to your submission before sending another. Considering two submissions simultaneously puts you at an unfair advantage and puts more work on our editors.

All Writers: We welcome submissions from all writers, of all nations, nationalities, ethnicities, backgrounds, faiths, genders, orientations, identities, experiences. We’re looking for great stories, by anyone and everyone. We welcome submissions from new and unpublished writers. Many of our authors are new writers and often their sale to The Common Tongue was their first pro-rate short fiction sale. All our rejection letters are personalized, which many new writers tell us they find helpful in revising their stories to submit elsewhere and in developing their writing in general. Please submit!

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