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Thursday, December 31, 2020

Queer Life, Queer Love An anthology of writing from the margins

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Deadline: January 31, 2021

Editors: Golnoosh Nour, Matthew Bates, Sarah and Kate Beal

A timely celebration of the best writing from the margins now brought centre stage, Queer Life, Queer Love to be published in November 2021 will feature voices which offer a unique perspective of our world, from both established and debut writers.

The book will be dedicated to the memory of Lucy-Jack Reynolds, the trans daughter of Sarah Beal, publisher at Muswell Press, and niece of co-publisher Kate Beal. A student, musician and strong advocate of LGBTQI rights, she died in March 2020 at the age of 20.

'I’m incredibly moved to be co-editing this important anthology dedicated to honour the memory of a beautiful queer life and am excited to read submissions that reflect the full complexities of living a queer life, in whatever form they take.' Golnoosh Nour, author and presenter of Queer Lit

‘Championing new and emerging writing is one of my passions as demonstrated by my tenure at WHSmith Travel where I curated the Celebration of 100 Years of Gay Writing in 2017 and the successful Fresh Talent promotion for over five years.’ Matt Bates, editor of Muswell Press LGBTQI+ list

The anthology will be published in November 2021, celebrating two years since the launch of the Muswell Press LGBTQI+ list. It will comprise 25 stories, non-fiction pieces, flash fiction and poetry, the winning entries from an international competition to capture the best of Queer writing today. Entry will be open to anyone, without restriction. Submissions will open on 20 November 2020, the International Transgender Day of Remembrance and the selection will be announced in March 2021, marking the first anniversary of Lucy’s death.
The editors will be looking for writing that explores characters, stories and experiences beyond the mainstream. Celebrating the fascinating, the forbidden, the subversive, and even the mundane, but in essence, the view from outside.

Sarah and Kate Beal said:

‘We are delighted to inaugurate this anthology of queer writing and can’t wait to read the submissions. It will be a wonderful tribute to Lucy and we know she would be so proud and happy to see it come to fruition. We are thrilled that Golnoosh Nour and Matt Bates are joining us to edit the collection. Their passion, insight, wisdom and knowledge will be invaluable.’

Golnoosh Nour has a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing at Birkbeck College, University of London. Her short story collection The Ministry of Guidance was recently published by Muswell. Golnoosh teaches creative writing and has a monthly radio show, Queer Lit, on Soho Radio Culture.

Matt Bates worked as the lead fiction buyer for WHS Travel prior to embarking on a creative writing degree at London University. He has been a judge on both the Costa Book Prize and the Booksellers’ Association debut fiction prize. He was the curator of the influential campaign, A Celebration of 100 Years of Gay Writing in 2017 and is Editor at Large for Muswell Press, advising them on the LGBTQI+ list which launched last year.


The anthology will comprise of 25 stories, non-fiction pieces, short stories, flash fiction and poetry, the winning entries from an international competition to capture the best of Queer writing today. What do we mean by Queer? We are looking for writing that explores characters and experiences beyond mainstream society. Celebrating the fascinating, the forbidden, the alien, the subversive, the view of the outsider.

The wining 25 entries will all be published in Queer Life, Queer Love, in November 2021. The winning authors will receive a share of the royalties received from sales of the book, once the production costs are covered.

The competition is open to writers of any nationality across the Globe writing in English aged 16 and over at the time of the closing date.

• Entry opens: November 20th 2020
• Competition closes: January 31st 2021
• Winning authors will be notified in March 2021

Entries may only be submitted via

Entries must be entirely your own work. Any evidence to the contrary will result in immediate disqualification. The author is entirely responsible for any potential copyright or other legal issues in their story.

Entries must not have been published, self-published, published on any website, blog or online forum, broadcast, have won or been placed (2nd, 3rd, runner up etc) in any other competition. If your entry has been long-listed or shortlisted in other competitions, and provided it has not won a prize or been published, it is eligible.

Poetry: 42 lines max. No minimum
Short story: 3000 words max. No minimum.
Non fiction: 1,500 words max. No minimum.

Flash fiction: 250 words max. No minimum.
Please accompany your submission with your name and email address and headline your submission with QLQL and the genre you are entering for.

Worldwide copyright of each entry remains with the author, but Muswell Press has unrestricted rights to publish the winning poems, short stories, flash fiction stories and non-fiction entries in the Queer Life, Queer Love anthology.
The authors give Muswell Press the right to sell individual extracts, or to use them in relevant promotional material.

The judges’ decision is final and no individual correspondence can be entered into. Judges are unable to comment on individual entries. Judging is fair and unbiased. Muswell Press reserves the right to change the panel of judges without notice.

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

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

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Deadline: January 15, 2021

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

Surprise us with your fearless best!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Volney Road submission window open

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Deadline: February 1, 2021

We’re ready to read your best work. Email your submissions as attachments to

We are open for submissions twice per year: May 1st through August 1st and October 1st through February 1st.

We will publish issues on September 1st and March 1st.

Any submissions received outside of the open submission periods will be discarded without being read.

Our response times vary widely. However, we promise to respond to all submissions within twenty days after the submission period ends. Please only submit once per submission period.

3-5 poems, no more than 3 pages per poem in a single document

1 piece of fiction or creative non-fiction up to 3,500 words

5-8 pieces of artwork

• All writing should be in Times New Roman. Poetry should be single spaced; prose should be double spaced. Writing pieces must be submitted as MS Word/Open Office documents. Documents submitted as .PDFs will be immediately rejected.

• Please remove all identifying information from your submitted documents, but include your full name in the body of the email.

• In the subject of your email please write SUBMISSION: [Your Last Name, Genre] (ex: SUBMISSION: Jones, Poetry).

• Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. However, please notify us immediately if your work has been accepted elsewhere. We will not accept previously published work.

• We pay a flat rate of $10 per accepted piece through Paypal. Because we have limited funds, we are very choosy.

• Please make sure all visual art is at least 5.5 inches x 8.5 inches in size and 300 dpi. Lossless files (like TIFFs and PNGs) work best, but we will also accept high quality JPEG/JPG images. All accepted pieces of art will be considered for cover art as well.

• VRR asks for First Serial Rights, Non-exclusive “Print-on-Demand” Rights, Internet Archival Rights (including the right for your work to be archived by EBSCO Publishing, Inc.), and other Non-exclusive Rights including the right to use your name (or pseudonym), likeness, and excerpts from the accepted piece(s) in promoting, marketing, and advertising. We reserve the right to modify the accepted work in terms of phrasing, punctuation, word usage, spelling, and capitalization.

You, the author, artist, or photographer, confirm that your work is wholly original, does not violate or infringe upon the copyright or privacy of any other person, company, or organization whatsoever, and that you, the author, are the sole owner and creator of the work to be published.

After your work has been published in our magazine, the rights are then reverted back to you. If your work is reprinted elsewhere, credit Volney Road Review as the original publisher.

If you have any questions, please email us at with the subject line reading “QUERY.”

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Mermaids Monthly first submission period

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Deadline: January 9, 2021

  • Fiction up to 5,000 words. There is no minimum word count, and we love flash! (we pay $0.10/word for fiction)
  • Poetry of any length (we pay $50 – $100 for poems)
  • Comics up to 5 pages (we pay $75-$100 per page)
  • Each to Each micro art and word submissions (more below—we pay $25 for these)
  • Mermaid and undersea themed spot art (we pay $50 for spot illustrations)
  • Previously published mermaid and undersea illustrations and comics for us to reprint (we pay $25 – $50 licensing fee for interior and $100 – $150 for cover art licensing)
  • Non-fiction essay or article pitches for works up to 2,000 words (we pay $0.10 per word for non-fiction)
  • Reprints (we pay $0.01 per word for these with a minimum of $20 if the piece is shorter than 2,000 words)

How can I submit?

You can find our submissions form here.

What are the themes you most want to see?

Everything should in some way relate to merfolk. We are loose about how you want to define that, and we will consider other aquatic fantastical creatures to be on theme. Yes, kelpies and selkies and kappas and nagas are all okay! We would love to see creative interpretations of the theme, and we’re also extremely interested in seeing work from writers of many backgrounds. Our staff includes BIPOC and queer people who are excited to explore diverse mermaid bodies, cultures, genders, abilities, religions, neurotypes, ethnicities, and more.

We are interested in happy and sad, light and dark, funny and serious. Most of all, we want to see what you most want to share.

What don’t you want?
  • Submissions that are longer than we ask for in our guidelines. We have made these lengths our limits so that we can afford to pay fairly for your work, and we cannot commit to taking longer pieces.
  • Work that promotes homophobia, transphobia, racism, fascism, ableism, misogyny, bigotry, or other attitudes that harm people and go against our love of inclusivity.
  • We are very particular about stories containing violence, child abuse, and sexual assault. We may publish pieces that refer to or depict this kind of thing, but we want it to be justified within the context of the piece, and not there for the sake of sensationalism or shock value. We will place content warnings on any piece we publish containing these.
  • Things that aren’t in some way related to our mertheme.

How should I format my submission?
  • For prose, we suggest Word documents, but we will read other kinds. If for some reason we can’t read your document, we’ll email you to let you know. Please use a format that you personally find comfortable to read. We’d like it to be in a widely available font, and at a size that is not too small (12pt is always a good default if you aren’t sure).
  • For poetry, we’d like to see it as you intend it to look on the page. If your poetry has special shaping, we’re okay with a PDF.
  • For comics and art, please send jpeg image files. If we accept a piece we will ask for a higher quality version, but a compressed file is fine for the submission phase. We accept files up to 10MB.

Do I need to write a cover letter?

We’ll have a section for you to write a cover letter on our form if you would like to introduce yourself to us. We will also include a place for you to tell us about any aspects of your identity you would like us to be aware of while considering your work, as well as a section where you may identify as part of a marginalized group for the purposes of our submissions statistics reports. All of these sections will be optional.

Do you accept simultaneous submissions?

Yes, we are OKAY with these! We just ask that you let us know immediately if your piece is no longer available. For original work, we ask for first publication rights and 6 months of exclusivity, so if your piece is accepted elsewhere, we would no longer consider it as an original submission. If your piece is accepted elsewhere but the other venue does not want exclusive publication rights, you may ask us to continue considering your submission as a reprint.

How many things can I submit at one time?

You may submit one each of: original story, reprint story, essay pitch, comic.

You may submit up to three each of: spot illustration, previously published art, poem (original or reprint), Each to Each micro submission.

We ask you to use one form for each type of submission. This is so that we can easily track, count, and sort submissions by type.


Our Each to Each series is a recurring series of collaborative works. This is in reference to “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T. S. Eliot. In that poem, the narrator says, “I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.” What do mermaids sing when they are singing to one another? What mer-art is inspired by mer-art?

If you would like to be a collaborator, you may submit up to three very short pieces of prose or poetry (up to 250 words or 10 lines), or very small pieces of art (think sketches and doodles more than fully polished masterpieces). If we choose one, we will pair you with another Each to Each submitter and have the other person create a complementary piece in answer to yours, while you will be asked to create a piece answering theirs. You will be paid $25 for each part of your collaboration ($50 dollars in total).

How long will I have to wait?

We aim to send initial responses to all submissions within 14 days of the end of our submissions window. If more time has passed and you haven’t heard from us, please send us a query.

How do I ask you a question?

You can tweet at us, or send us a query at If you send a query, please put “QUERY” at the start of your email subject line. You should hear back from us within 48 hours. If more time than that has passed, please double check your spam filter and then reach out to us again.

How do I submit?

Please make sure you’ve read ALL of our guidelines before you submit to us. If you have questions, please send them to and we will respond swiftly! You can find our submissions form here.

Alien Magazine seeks work

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Deadline: January 11, 2021

Alien Magazine is currently open for all types of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art submissions. We are nice people; don't be afraid to send us anything.

*We are not a science fiction magazine, though we are open to SF work. By "Alien" we mean "outsider" or anything that exists outside the societal norm*

Specific Guidelines:
  • Please wait until you receive a response for your submission before submitting again. You are free to submit multiple times, but only one at a time
  • Only submit previously unpublished work
  • Include a biography in the appropriate place on Submittable. Please keep this brief: 100 words or less
  • If you feel the need to address the specific genre editor you're submitting to, please just use their name and/or they/them pronouns. There's no need to use formal titles; we're all friends here. 
  • We accept simultaneous submissions, but let us know as soon as it’s accepted elsewhere
  • Submit all written work as a .doc or .docx file and all visual work as a JPEG or PNG file
  • Have standard formatting: put your page number and last name somewhere on each page. If the submission is prose, please double-space. Use TNR font, or similar 
*Alien Magazine reserves the right to reject your work unread if these basic guidelines aren’t followed.

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Poetry Nation Poetry Contest

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Deadline: December 31, 2020

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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

Friday, December 25, 2020

the tide rises the tide falls wants poetry

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we want your poetry, whatever that means to you. our only requirement is that it is at least loosely based on henry wadsworth longfellow's poem "the tide rises, the tide falls" in structure, theme, or subject. at this current time, we are especially - but not exclusively - open to pieces relating also to the theme of love, in all its forms.

do beware that our submission software doesn't handle formatting very well, so think twice before you submit a work heavily dependent on visual presentation.

we consider submissions on a rolling basis. reprints are welcome, as long as you own the right to do so. simultaneous submissions are allowed as well, and if you need to withdraw your piece for any reason, please email us immediately. we retain the right to feature your work on our website indefinitely, in any audio and visual formats, and (hopefully) in a future print anthology. everything else is yours :)

unfortunately, we aren't able to pay authors at this time; however, we will actively promote your writing and nominate for awards like best of net and pushcart.

if you do not receive a response from us within two weeks, please notify us via email.

“A Voice For Cats”: Essay Contest Scholarship 2020

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December 31, 2020

We at We’re All About Cats are pleased to announce that we’re currently accepting applications for the annual “A Voice for Cats” scholarship contest. The winning essay writer will receive a prize of $1,000. An additional $1,000 will be donated to a rescue organization of the winner’s choosing.
A Voice for Cats

Our online cat community strongly believes in the importance of higher education. By sharing knowledge and information with our followers, we hope to help mitigate animal suffering and improve our pets’ lives. Every article, blog entry, social media post, research project, or essay is a small step towards our goal of better lives for cats.

We invite students to submit their essays on feline welfare and the humane treatment of cats. One outstanding essayist will be selected as the scholarship winner. The winning essay will be published on our blog and accredited to the author.

  • All essays must be submitted by Dec. 31st, 2020.
  • The student must have a background volunteering or working at an animal rescue organization for at least 20 hours.
  • Essay must be 300-500 words.
  • The student must be currently enrolled in or enrolled to begin higher education studies in the fall semester 2020.
  • Applicants must be permanent residents of the United States.
  • We’re All About Cats will retain all rights to the submitted content and may publish it at its own discretion.
  • This is an on-going scholarship. The above deadline refers to the current cycle only.
  • How To Submit Your Essay
  • Please save your essay as a Word document and send it to
  • Please title your e-mail “2020 Scholarship Submission – Last Name, First Name.”
  • Please include a brief (50-100 words) personal bio. This bio will be published on our blog along with the submitted essay.
  • Please note that before receiving any scholarship, selected essay writers must provide proof of identification and current residence.
  • 2020 Scholarship Winner Announcement

We are accepting submissions for the “A Voice for Cats” scholarship contest through December 2020. The winner will be notified by the end of January 2021 and announced on the site at a later date.

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Rune Bear Quarterly contest

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Deadline: December 31, 2020

Rune Bear Quarterly is a seasonal drabble contest.

This season’s prompt is “Dead of Winter.” Submissions are open until December 31st.

The winner of the contest will receive $10.

Each season will feature a different prompt. Submissions should always qualify the prompt in some way.

Stories should be exactly 100 words. Titles: 15 words or less.

To submit to the Contest, simply type up your piece and send it to

Your subject line should be the word: “QUARTERLY.”

Make sure you attach your story as a .doc or .docx.

No multiple submissions and no simultaneous submissions.

Also submit an author bio of 50 words or less.

By submitting, you grant us non-exclusive rights to publish your piece if it wins and to keep the winning story in our archives.

We request the winner not reprint the story for six months after the drabble is published.

Full Bleed seeks submissions

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Deadline: January 10, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Ample Remains seeks submissions

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Deadline: January 10, 2020

Ample Remains is a new literary journal fixated on the things that remain and live within us. We want the work inspired from the thoughts that refuse to withdraw from the creases of your brain until you translate them into something legible. We want to sit with it, to let it die and be reborn through art. Give us what has lingered in your bones and in the broken bottles under your bed. Share the unnamed emotions that have persisted in your soul. Grab us with your voice, your thoughts, and never let us go. Force us to remain with you.

  • We accept poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and everything in-between. If your piece sounds like a fit with our call for submissions, we want to read it. 
  • We treasure delicate, intentional language and aim to collect pieces that leave an after-image seared in our minds long after reading the final words. Give us your solitary moments of revelation and daydreams, as well as the breath taken in a moment of chaos.
  • Short pieces are preferable across the board, but not required. Generally, we aim for no more than 25+ lines of poetry or 2500 word prose pieces, although exceptions can be made.
  • We welcome all voices, but especially use our platform to elevate BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, disabled, and otherwise marginalized/underrepresented voices. We appreciate works that demonstrate a consciousness of the author's place in the world and that speaks from lived experiences. 
  • Any previously published work. While we appreciate credit as the initial publisher, all rights for accepted pieces revert back to authors upon publication. 
  • Work that promotes or excuses any form of bigotry, including but not limited to racism, misogyny, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, & ableism. We will not only ignore your submission, but also blacklist your email and social media handles from contacting us in the future. 
  • Graphic descriptions of violence, gore, bodily harm, or sexual assault. While we welcome pieces that examine trauma and difficult themes, we remain wary of pieces that rely on body horror and shock value. We aim to protect our readers from stories that may force them into reliving trauma. 
  • Please only submit one prose piece OR up to three poems per submission window. As a team of three, we want to give each piece the attention it deserves, but to ensure timely, constructive responses to as many voices as possible, we ask for your understanding to this policy. 
  • Send all submissions to with your submission attached to the email as either a .docx or .pdf file. Title your document: "[Genre]- [Title] - [Name]" 
  • In the body of your email, please tell us the genre of your submission, its title, any necessary content/trigger warnings, and provide a brief contributor's bio (under 100 words). Feel free to include your social media handles if you'd like to be credited in our spotlight posts on Twitter and Instagram.
  • We do accept simultaneous submissions, but please notify us if your piece is accepted elsewhere. While we will not be able to publish that particular piece, we will celebrate your success and look forward to future submissions!​
  • Expect up to fourteen days for a response; after that grace period, it's alright to follow up about the status of your submission. 
  • If your piece is not accepted, please know that we would still love to read more of your work in the future and strongly encourage you to submit again for the following issue. If your piece is accepted, you're more than welcome to submit again the following submission cycle as well. 
  • At this time, we cannot pay contributors for their words, although it remains at the top of our long-term goals. We are able to nominate select pieces for The Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net.
email submissions to
with subject: [Genre] / [Title] / [Name]

Monday, December 21, 2020

OUT THERE: Into the Queer New Yonder anthology

Deadline: March 1, 2021

I’m so excited to announce that I am holding open submissions for the third and final OUT anthology, OUT THERE: Into the Queer New Yonder! Coming May 2022 from Inkyard Press, and me, your humble editor!

OUT THERE will feature stories written by queer YA authors, about queer teen protagonists! Set in the future (1 day, 1 million years, who knows?!) , these stories will explore the last (or next, as the case may be) moment in time.

If selected, your story will join stories by Leah Johnson, Kalynn Bayron, Alex London, Nita Tyndall, Abdi Nazemian, Alechia Dow, Kayla Ancrum, Naomi Kanakia, Adam Sass, Mason Deaver, Claire Kann, Zabé Ellor, Emma K. Ohland, Jim McCarthy and Z Brewer in this fantastic, futuristic collection!

This is an open call to fill TWO slots in OUT THERE. Black, Indigenous and Authors of Color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Authors may be published or unpublished, agented or unagented.

Your submissions will be considered by the review panel, featuring Saundra Mitchell, and and award-winning authors Tehlor Kay Mejia and Julian Winters. Mejia appeared in ALL OUT, and Winters appeared in OUT NOW.

The story requirements are simple:
  • 4-8 thousand words
  • YA fiction set in the future (any genre)
  • Queer author, queer protagonist
  • The story you wish you had when you were 16
  • Does not have to be #ownvoices
  • Does not have to contain romantic elements
What you get if selected:
  • Publication in OUT THERE: Into the Queer New Yonder anthology, edited by Saundra Mitchell; published by Inkyard Press.
  • $900 (US) plus a pro-rated share of any royalties received on the sale of the anthology.
  • We ask for exclusive rights from acceptance to 2 years from publication date. Exceptions will be made for Best Of/Year Of/Awards anthologies.
  • All rights revert 2 years from publication date of OUT THERE anthology. (On resale, we’d appreciate a credit, “First appeared in OUT THERE, 2022.”)
  • We ask for publication and audio rights for that term. All other rights remain with you.
  • You must be at least 13 years old to submit to this anthology. Authors 13-18 years old must co-sign their contract with their parent/guardian if selected for publication. 
What we get if you’re not selected:
Nothing. Nada. Zip. You assign no rights, and we ask for no rights, for your submissions.
Well, I mean, we get to read your awesome story. But other than that, nothing!

How to submit:
  • International submissions accepted, but only submissions in English, please.
  • Send your story as a TXT, RTF, or DOC attachment to OTANTHOSUBS @ GMAIL DOT COM. 
  • One submission per person, please. 
  • Please no simultaneous submissions. Rejections will be sent on a rolling basis.
  • No need for a formal cover letter, but please do introduce yourself!
  • If you have an official bio, please include it in the body of the e-mail. (This is not required!) 
  • We will NOT read stories pasted into the body of the e-mail. Attachments only, please.
  • Please use standard manuscript formatting: Double space, 12 point font, 1 inch margins. Please include your name, mailing and e-mail address at the top of the first page. 
  • We’re not gonna get out a ruler, but for real. Just open your word processor of choice and don’t change the formatting to something unique.
  • All submissions will receive an automatic reply as a receipt. 
  • All submissions will receive an acceptance or standard rejection.
  • We do not guarantee notes on any submission except those selected for publication.
  • Submissions close on March 1, 2021. All submissions arriving after that date will be deleted unread.
  • Acceptance letters will be sent no later than March 15, 2021.

Sunday, December 20, 2020

We Seek Essential Voices

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Deadline: January 15th, 2021 at midnight

While COVID-19 has ravaged our world, certain populations have been impacted more deeply than others. This print anthology strives to give voice to those voices who have been silenced, and it will be included in Borderless, a new book series from West Virginia University Press oriented toward social justice and social transformation. Send us your poems, your stories, your recipes, your art that reflect upon the experience of covid and covid related issues in your life.

We are especially interested in written and visual work that is:
  • Centered on Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian experiences (in the US and worldwide)
  • From those experiencing homelessness, job loss, incarceration
  • Written by essential workers of all kinds–healthcare, food service, delivery, etc
  • From those with underlying health issues and disabilities 
  • Focused on the act of protest during COVID-19
  • From healthcare workers and researchers in medicine and the sciences
  • From individuals who have survived COVID-19 or who have lost loved ones
  • From individuals who have survived pandemics (AIDS, Ebola, SARS)
Submissions will be accepted through midnight on January 15th, 2021.


To accommodate those who do not have computer and/or internet access, we accept both electronic and mail-in submissions. However, we only accept visual art electronically. Additionally, we accept both typed and handwritten work. There is no submission fee. Please see the guidelines for each category. PLEASE DO NOT SEND YOUR ONLY COPY as we will not be able to return it to you.

If you know someone whose first language is not English but has a story to tell, feel free to query us.

Please provide a cover letter including a short biography. Feel free to include some background in your cover letter on how you have been specifically impacted by COVID-19. Simultaneous Submissions are fine but please notify us as soon as possible should your work be accepted elsewhere. Previously published work will be considered.

Visual art and photography: Submit JPEGs no larger than 5MBs — up to three images; electronic submissions only. Email to
  • Written work: Please provide your contact information on each page. .Doc, .Docx, .rtf, or .PDF acceptable. 
  • Poetry: Submit 1-3 poems
  • Essay/Non-fiction/Fiction: Submit 1 piece up to 5000 words, double spaced. Please include a word count at beginning of the document
  • Recipes (or other short prose pieces): Submit 1 piece; maximum 2 pages
Email to

Please include your genre in the Subject Line, e.g. Poetry Submission


Submit snail mail to with a SASE to:

Essential Anthology, PO Box #67085, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467


The Press will send each contributor one (1) complimentary copy of the paperback edition of the published volume. Additional contributors copies will be available at a discount.


Contributors retain the right to reprint their work in subsequent collections of their own work, or as a part of a larger original work written by the contributor, with proper acknowledgment of prior publication in the volume cited.


This print anthology will be distributed and available for purchase through West Virginia University Press.

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Ellerey Queen submission guidelines

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pays 5 cents per word

Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine welcomes submissions from both new and established writers. We publish every kind of mystery short story: the psychological suspense tale, the deductive puzzle, the private eye case—the gamut of crime and detection from the realistic (including the policeman's lot and stories of police procedure) to the more imaginative (including "locked rooms" and "impossible crimes"). We need hard-boiled stories as well as "cozies," but we are not interested in explicit sex or violence. We do not want true detective or crime stories. With the exception of a regular book review column and a mystery crossword, EQMM publishes only fiction. We are especially happy to review first stories by authors who have never before published fiction professionally. First-story submissions should be addressed to EQMM's Department of First Stories.

EQMM uses stories of almost every length. 2,500-8,000 words is the preferred range, but we occasionally use stories of up to 12,000 words and we feature one or two short novels (up to 20,000 words) each year, although these spaces are usually reserved for established writers. Shorter stories are also considered, including minute mysteries of as little as 250 words. Our rates for original stories are from 5 to 8¢ a word, sometimes higher for established authors. It is not necessary to query EQMM as to subject matter or to ask permission to submit a story. EQMM does not accept stories previously published in the United States.

We regret that we cannot provide criticism with returned stories. Response time is up to three months. Please do not send a query about a submission until at least three months have passed.

We will continue to accept paper submissions only from authors who have a publishing history with EQMM and lack the technical capability to submit electronically. With any questions or concerns about our guidelines or online submissions system, please e-mail us or call us at (212) 686-7188 x 675.

EQMM has been in continuous publication since 1941. From the beginning three general criteria have been employed in evaluating submissions: We look for strong writing, an original and exciting plot, and professional craftsmanship. We encourage writers whose work meets these general criteria to read an issue of EQMM before making a submission. EQMM's range in the mystery genre is extensive: Almost any story that involves crime or the threat of crime comes within our purview. However, like all magazines, EQMM has a distinctive tone and style and you can only get a sense of whether your work will suit us by reading an issue.

EQMM uses an online submission system that was designed to streamline our process and improve communication with authors. We ask that all submissions be made electronically, using this system, rather than on paper. Our online submissions form for fiction asks for your name, e-mail address, cover letter, story title, and story. Your cover letter should state the length of your story, your publishing history (briefly!), and any other relevant information. If you have not been previously published, let us know that your story should be considered for our Department of First Stories. We ask for the same information for poetry. Please fill out a separate form for each poem submitted for consideration. All stories and poems should be in standard manuscript format and submitted in .DOC format. At this time, our system does not support .DOCX, .RTF, or .TXT files. For information about standard formatting, see William Shunn’s guide to Proper Manuscript Format.

After you have submitted your work, a tracking number will be displayed and an automated e-mail confirmation containing this information will be sent to you. If you have not received this e-mail within twenty-four hours, please notify us by e-mail. Your tracking number will allow you to monitor the status of your submission through our website, so please don't lose it. NOTE: Some service providers occasionally treat our e-mails as spam, so please keep an eye on your spam folder.

Friday, December 18, 2020

Center Field of Gravity seeks poems and short stories for the Second Annual Gravity Award

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Deadline: December 31, 2020

Email submissions to with any standard file extensions

Wow, has it been a whole year already? The past year has simultaneously flown by and dragged on. We sincerely hope all of our readers have managed to stay safe and find a bit of peace and solace during these strange times. Last year we received hundreds of submissions for the inaugural Gravity Award from all over the world. We were amazed by both the contest’s reception and the quality of the stories submitted. Those interested in reading last year’s short stories from our winner and finalists will find all five stories archived here, as well as a question and answer interview with our inaugural winner, Elana Gomel. Without further ado, we present to you the submission guidelines for the Second Annual Gravity Award:

1) There will be no submission fee; yes, it is free. The author of the winning story will be awarded $200. Participants who submitted last year are more than welcome to submit once again.

2) We will be accepting previously unpublished science-fiction, fantasy, and horror short stories or long-form poems up to but not exceeding 17,000 words. This is a strict limit. Any story over the maximum by even a single word will be subject to immediate disqualification. We are very accepting of different views about what science-fiction, fantasy, and horror are. If you’re unsure, you can read the stories of our previous finalists to see what we enjoy.

3) Please limit submissions to one per person. All submissions should be anonymously submitted. Any characterizing marks, names, or forms of identification anywhere on the manuscript will warrant immediate disqualification. Your submission should be presented in a reasonable typeface and size; we’re not picky, but please use discretion.

4) All submissions will be judged by the Center Field of Gravity staff and five finalists will be chosen from among them to be published on the website. After the winning story is chosen, the runners-up will each receive a $25 consolation prize.

5) Submissions are open as of this posting and will close on December 31st, 2020. Finalists will be announced in early Spring.

6) We request exclusive rights for internet publication for a period of six months, along with nonexclusive rights for internet publication thereafter for the five finalists. Print, television, movie, and audio rights will all be maintained by the author.

7) Submissions should be sent to <>. We will gladly accept simultaneous submissions, but please alert us if the work is accepted elsewhere prior to the publishing of our results.

As always, we appreciate your time and continued support. This website has been a source of great enjoyment for our team during uncertain times. We pledge to continue to expand the scope of Center Field of Gravity and The Gravity Award out into the cosmos and multiverse, but we need your help to grow. If you have derived some measure of entertainment from our work, we ask you to please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and to like and share our posts. We cannot wait to read all of the submissions, and please reach out with any questions. Stay safe. Live long and prosper.

The organization's web site:
Facebook page: Center Field of Gravity
Twitter: @CFofGravity

Thursday, December 17, 2020

ThereAfter seeks work

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A new literary magazine created to showcase new writing and interesting ideas. 
We are currently accepting submissions for Issue 01. We welcome submissions from emerging writers from the UK and around the world. Read our submission guide to see if your work would be a good fit.

We only consider unpublished work. Please do not send work that has appeared previously in print or online (this includes personal blogs).

Simultaneous submissions are accepted and encouraged. Please let us know immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

ThereAfter retains first electronic publication rights and the right to archive your work both online and in any future print anthologies. Upon publication, all rights return to the writer/artist. We kindly ask that you credit ThereAfter if your work is subsequently republished elsewhere.

We are a brand new and unfunded magazine. We do not charge for submissions and are regrettably unable to pay our contributors at this time.

What we are looking for


Micro-Fiction. Flash Fiction. Short Fiction.

Creative Non-Fiction.

Personal essays. Memoir.

Visual Art.

Photography. Illustrations. Drawings. Paintings.

Fiction and non-fiction submissions can be up to 3000 words long and in either Word or PDF form.

Send submissions to along with a short cover letter introducing yourself. Here you may include any past publications, social media, and websites, if applicable.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Curiouser Magazine seeks work

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Deadline: DECEMBER 31 2020

Yes, yes, yes. We are open for business and are now accepting submissions to our fledgling publication. Exciting times, indeed!

So, send us your stories! We want to read your elegant and ugly. We want to pore over your terrifying, your elegiac. We want to ponder over your profound and your silly.

Yes, send us your words. We accept poetry and short fiction up to 5,000 words in length. Double-spaced with a serif font such as Garamond, Times New Roman or Georgia is a requirement. Send all submissions in a Word document (.doc or .docx) by email to Previously unpublished work only.

One short story per author OR up to three poems OR up to two pieces of flash fiction (750 words or less). The subject of the email should read “<Name of Author> – <Title of Piece> – <Word Count>”, i.e., “John Citizen – This Story I Wrote – 2,500 words” (If you’re submitting poetry or flash, just your name and either “Flash” or “Poetry” will suffice).

Please include a short cover letter in the body of the email, as well as a short (50-75 words) author bio.

We do accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know if your piece has been accepted elsewhere.

As stated, we’re looking for stories that excite, that break the boundary between real and unreal. Experimentation and surreal ways of looking at the world we live in will be looked upon fondly. Horror, magic realism, speculative fiction, science fiction and streams of consciousness are welcome – but they must be somewhat grounded in real life.

We have no issue with sex, violence or profanity – this is, after all, a journal made by and for adults – but as with most things, excess isn’t quite becoming.

Submissions that don’t follow the instructed formatting, that are full of typos and grammatical mistakes, or that will require extensive editing will not be considered. We know that sounds harsh, but that’s the way things are!

Curiouser Magazine believes that telling stories is part and parcel of a functioning society, so we strongly encourage submissions from Indigenous peoples, women, LGBT+, people of colour and refugees. Your stories are important.

And – and! – we believe in paying writers. Successful submissions will pay poets $25 per poem, and from $50-125 (Australian) for short prose. And a book, too! Successful submitters will be contacted no more than four weeks after submissions close.

We look forward to seeing your words. Surprise us!

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Thema submission guidelines & upcoming themes

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

A Postcard from the Past: March 1, 2021

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


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

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

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

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

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

Outside the US: email

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

Copyright reverts to author after publication.

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

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

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

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

No handwritten manuscripts will be considered.


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

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

Short Stories: All types welcome―both traditional and experimental

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

Outside the US: email to Virginia Howard at

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

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

Stories of lasting quality rarely need it.

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

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

Outside the US: email to Gail Howard at

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

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

Monday, December 14, 2020

Full Bleed, an annual journal of art and design, seeks submissions for its fifth issue

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Deadline:  January 10, 2021

Full Bleed, an annual journal of art and design, seeks submissions for its fifth issue, forthcoming in May 2021. We publish criticism, belle lettres, artwork, design, illustration, fiction, poetry, and graphic essays.
For Issue Five, we are especially interested in submissions on the theme of adaptation. In this time of accelerating change, we invite artists, designers, and writers to reflect on the various ways that ecological, technological, and social conditions have necessitated and will necessitate reinvention, hard resets, or new modes of coping, working, living, and thinking. How might art and design imagine, critique, or facilitate the adaptations that will surely be required of us--and of other creatures--in the years to come? How does this time compare to other periods of disruption? How do artists, designers, and creative people persevere? We welcome critical essays on art and artists concerned with ecological change, mass psychology, mental health, and personal, socio-economic, or political adaptations--those that have occurred in the past, and those yet to materialize. We also invite designers and educators to share socially inclusive innovations for the future, and ideas regarding the transmission of adaptation as a skill for coping with rapid change. 

Send us, too, your personal essays, poetry, and fiction about survival and somehow finding joy or comedy in the struggle to adapt to the changes afoot in our lives. 

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

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

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

Sunday, December 13, 2020

The Nation Magazine poetry submission guidelines

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The Nation welcomes unsolicited poetry submissions. You may send up to three poems at a time, but no more than 6 poems a year. No previously published works, please. 

Submissions can be sent via Submission Manager

If you are a writer whose disability or location makes it unwieldy, difficult or impossible to use Submissions Manager, you may send us your work through our gmail account, nationpoetryaccess at gmail dot com. We will respond to your submission in four months or less. Unfortunately, we are unable to consider submissions sent through physical mail. Our submission manager system keeps the process reliable, so if it says your piece is “received,” it is still under consideration. (Please, only submit poems. Nonfiction or fiction prose work will not be accepted.) We will consider and accept poems for print and web or for exclusively online.

Dark Dispatch seeks submissions

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Deadline: January 5, 2021

The current submission call theme is redemption.

All submissions should fit into one of the genres Dark Dispatch covers.

We do not accept multiple submissions.

We do accept simultaneous submissions. If you are simultaneously submitting it should be noted in the email with your submission, and you should withdraw your story immediately if it is accepted for publication elsewhere.

We will not respond to submissions that do not follow the submission guidelines.

Payment is $50 U.S. per story, via Paypal.

Use the following guidelines to submit fiction content for publication consideration:
  • email
  • put the words Fiction Submission in the subject line along with the submission call, story title and word count (example: Fiction Submission – Winter Blues – This Crazy Story I Wrote – 1972 words)
Email Format:
  • include a brief bio of no more than 80 words in the body of the email (do not include a list of all your publication credits)
  • in the email state if this is a simultaneous submission
  • in the email verify that first worldwide English publication rights are available
  • verify you have Paypal and understand payments will only be made using Paypal
File Format
  • attach your submission as a .doc or .docx file – PDFs, RTFs and other formats will not be open, reviewed, or responded to
  • use Times New Roman or Arial 12 pt font in black text
  • do not have track changes on – do not send a file showing comments from beta readers or revisions
  • double-spaced text, with the first line of each paragraph indented half an inch (using the format tool – not manually spaced by hitting the space bar 5 times) and one space after the end of a sentence
  • word count: stories should be no less than 1,000 words and no more than 2,750 words
*we do not accept reprints at this time*

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Rattle seeks poetry

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We like poems of any length. Try to send several poems as opposed to a single piece, but no more than four in a submission—and again, these must be sent as a single submission in ONE document file (preferred), or pasted/typed into the text box provided on the next page. Do not include your name or contact info in the file/box with the poems. Do not make another submission in this category until we've replied.

We’re looking for previously unpublished poems that move us, that might make us laugh or cry, or teach us something new. We like both free verse and traditional forms—we try to publish a representative mix of what we receive. We read a lot of poems, and only those that are unique, insightful, and musical stand out—regardless of style. Since our issues include about 50 pages of poetry, one of the main things we’re looking for is diversity; we have enough room to be eclectic, and we plan on using it. So while most magazines suggest reading their back issues to get a sense of what they like to publish, we’d suggest reading to get a sense of what we’re having trouble finding—if you notice a style or subject matter that we don’t seem to be publishing, send us that!

Hominum open for submissions

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All submissions should be emailed to, with the subject line "GENRE-FIRST AND LAST NAME". Please include your submission as an attachment (.pdf, doc(x), or.rtf) along with a brief third-person biography. Cover letters are appreciated but not required.

We appreciate standard conventions, i.e. 12-point Times New Roman or Garamond font. Prose should be double-spaced and poetry single-spaced. However, if deviating from these standards is integral to the artistic integrity of the piece, then by all means do so.

We ask for first North American publishing rights and archival rights on all submissions. All rights revert back to the author upon publication, but we do ask that you mention us in future reprints.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted on the condition that it is acknowledged in the cover letter and we are notified immediately if this work is accepted elsewhere. We do not accept previously published work unless solicited.

POETRY: Please include up to 5 poems per submission. There is no word or page limit.

PROSE: Please include up to 3 pieces per submission, with no more than 10,000 words total.

VISUAL ARTS: We consider visual artwork for each issue. Please include up to 5 pieces of any medium (painting, photography, digital media, etc.), alongside an artist's statement of around 200 words.

OTHER: We are open to receiving other genres of the literary arts, including (but not limited to) hybrid pieces, one-act plays, screenplays, and songwriting. Guidelines for these submissions vary, so if you're unsure drop us an email or just send it along!

Friday, December 11, 2020

Flash Fiction Magazine Editors Choice Award

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Step 1 : Read Submission Guidelines

What is the Editors Choice Award?

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


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

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

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

We do not pay for stories published on our website.

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

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

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

Priority Submissions are excempt from this rule.

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

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Tistelblomma submission guidelines

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Tistelblomma is open to submissions of previously unpublished flash fiction, poetry, and reflections on literature. Swedish and English texts. Copyright remains with the author, but simultaneous submissions are not accepted. By the way, Tistelblomma loves original, unsentimental, and dynamic texts.

One story (up to 1,000 words) or one reflection (up to 1,000 words) at a time. Alternatively, three poems at a time. Sorry, no visual poetry. Submissions should be sent as a word doc or pdf. Please, write a short bio note, in third person, in the e-mail. Not more than 80 words. Write Tistelblomma in the e-mail subject line. Send your submission to: jennyenochsson at protonmail . com

Land Beyond the World submissions are now open

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Dear authors - we want to a maintain a place that would be welcoming to authors and as friction-free to deal with as possible. Here are some decisions that go toward that:

  • We welcome both simultaneous and multiple submissions
  • We think that authors deserve to be paid - while we can't afford much, we hope that as our subscriber base grows, we can match the industry-standard professional rates.
  • No fees will be charged to authors ... ever
  • We pay within 30 days of acceptance / contract signing
  • A free three months subscription to the magazine will be offered upon story publication - just like a free issue for print magazines
  • Here are the gory details:
  • Our magazine is a market for speculative short fiction, primarily in the science fiction and fantasy genres. We accept stories between 1,500-3,000 words in length and pay $0.01/word up to a maximum of $30/story plus a free three (3) month subscription to the magazine. Payment is within 30 days of acceptance/contract signing and is made via PayPal or check. The free subscription is offered once your story is published.

We buy first, worldwide, English, electronic serial rights with exclusivity for three months. What that means is that we will publish your story via our magazine's newsletter and website, and you promise not to publish it elsewhere during the initial three months. After that, we ask for limited electronic rights so we can keep a copy of the story within the magazine's web archive. While most of our stories are available to paying subscribers only, we may - at our sole discretion - choose to make a particular story available to non-subscribers as well via our website and/or newsletter. All other rights are retained by the author.

To submit a story, please format it as a standard manuscript (see William Shunn's site for details), and email it to "". The subject should have the name of the story, genre and word count. We accept Word (.DOC/.DOCX), OpenOffice/LibreOffice (.ODT), plain text and RTF formats. We try to reply with a decision within ninety days (90) but times may fluctuate. Due to limited time, we are unable to provide individual feedback when rejecting stories. If you haven't heard back after 90 days, please query us at

Simultaneous submissions are allowed - we do ask that you let us know when submitting your story and as soon as possible if your story is accepted elsewhere. Multiple submissions are allowed as well, but please limit these to three (3) at most.

Things we do not accept:
  • Reprints, whether professionally or self-published
  • Horror, sexual schemes or graphic violence
  • Stories requiring a tremendous amount of editing (we are all volunteers)

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Lycanthropy seeks submissions

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Submission Deadline: Jan 1, 2021, end of day.

Aphotic Realm Issue # 12
Theme: Self-explanatory. Animorphs with a bloody twist. Be creative.

Reading Period: Jan 2nd- 17th.

Target Release Date: March 15th, 2021

All contributors of accepted submissions will receive $10 token payment or a physical copy of the magazine.

Submission Period

The submissions window is Open for all three themed issues until their respective deadlines noted above. Notice: Any submission sent to us will NOT be read until the READING PERIOD for that issue has begun--please see the above dates. Any stories submitted AFTER the submission window has closed (without prior consent from someone on the Aphotic Realm Team) will be deleted unread.


We will accept unpublished short stories of any genre as long as they are dark, sinister, or eerie in tone. Stories must contain a minimum of 1000 words and not surpass 5000 words. Please submit all stories to In the subject line please write, “JUSTICE – Title of your story," “KAIJU – Title of your story,” or “LYCAN – Title of your story.” In the body of the email, please include a 50-100 word bio about yourself and your contact information. All stories must be submitted as a .DOC or .DOCX file. All other file types will be deleted without being read.

No simultaneous submissions. 

Poetry *NEW*

We will accept unpublished Poetry. It should be macabre; grotesquely fantastical. Horror meshed with sci-fi sensibilities, supernatural, gothic, and fantasy heavy on imagery, theme, but no gratuitous sex for the sake of shock. Anything deemed dark and full of dimension. Form can be any kind, but if sending rhyming poetry, be sure to follow the rules for any structure chosen. No more than 60 lines, but longer poems will be considered if they warrant a second look. Please submit all Poems to In the subject line please write, “POEM - JUSTICE – Title of your poem," “POEM -KAIJU – Title of your poem,” or “POEM - LYCAN – Title of your poem.” In the body of the email, please include a 50-100 word bio about yourself and your contact information. All Poems must be submitted as a .DOC or .DOCX file. All other file types will be deleted without being read.

No simultaneous submissions. 


Non-Fiction is the same as Fiction, just of the non-fiction variety. Please email us a pitch of your article before you write it. Please send all article pitches to In the subject line please write, “Non-fiction – Title of the piece.”

Adanna Journal Annual Issue

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Deadline: December 31, 2020

SPECIAL EDITION - What Women Need- "Women on Politics"

Adanna dedicates its next print issue to What Women Need for a "Women on Politics" special edition in reflection of American culture and society looking back on the last four years and what our hopes and dreams are for the next four years to come. While we reflect on the many achievements women have made in politics and leadership we also want to address former and new obstacles. We seek a representative voice of all women, in all walks and stages of life, at all levels of leadership from motherhood to office. We seek stories, essay, and poetry that tell the story of tribulation and triumph and speak to the current political climate. Works that reflect hate rhetoric or speech will not be considered.

Reading period will be Nov. 10th - Dec. 31st

ANNUAL ISSUE Information:
Our next reading period for the annual issue will be Jan. 1 - May 1, 2021:

Send submissions as a single file attachment to Adanna accepts poetry, short stories, creative non-fiction, short plays, essays, book reviews and interviews. Adanna will also consider artwork for cover art as well as for companion pieces to literary works (including photography, painting, etc focused on the theme of women). Adanna welcomes both National and International submissions in English.
  • Please submit only unpublished pieces. 
  • For poetry submissions, please send no more than 6 poems at a time.
  • Please limit prose works to a maximum of 2000 words, no more than one piece in a submission.
  • Simultaneous submissions accepted. 
  • Please notify us as soon as possible of any accepted work.
  • Submit in one file as a single document, Word or rtf. No pdf files, please.
  • Include contact information on your document and a 3-4 line bio. 
  • Please note that there is a response time of 8-12 weeks after the submission period closes
  • Adanna is a perfect bound print book

All contributors receive a complimentary copy.

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Modern Poetry in Translation is open for general submissions

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Deadline: December 31, 2020

A few reminders: We only publish translations of poetry (and not original English-language poetry) and the translations must be previously unpublished. We welcome work from any age, but we have a preference for contemporary work.

You are welcome to send submissions of up to six poems. You must be able to obtain rights for the reproduction of these translations both in MPT and online on our site. We pay a fee to our contributors.

By submitting your work to MPT you give us permission to add your email address to the MPT Newsletter, which will keep you up to date with future open calls, as well as events and new issues.

Before submitting to MPT please ensure you are familiar with the work we publish.

If you like the work we do, we strongly encourage you to support the magazine by taking out a subscription. An annual subscription to MPT is only £23. The support of our readers makes MPT's work possible.

Friday, December 4, 2020

Workers Write! seeks submissions

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Deadline: December 31, 2020

Issue seventeen of Workers Write! will contain stories and poems from workers heading for retirement or being layed off or RIF'ed. (Reduction In Force.)

Drop us a line if you have a question.

The deadline for submissions is
Dec. 31, 2020 (or until the issue is full).

Submit your stories via e-mail to:, or send a hard copy to:

Blue Cubicle Press
P.O. Box 250382
Plano, TX 75025-0382

Word count: 500 to 5,000 words (for stories; no word limitations for poetry)
Payment: Between $5 and $50 (depending on length and rights requested). We will consider previously published material.

FIYAH seeks short fiction and poetry

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Deadline: December 31, 2020

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

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

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

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Perpetual Motion Machine seeks stories

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Deadline: December 31, 2020

Long-time fans of Perpetual Motion Machine know we have released two critically acclaimed anthologies titled Lost Signals and Lost Films. These anthologies have featured fiction from folks like Josh Malerman, Brian Evenson, Kristi DeMeester, Gemma Files, Damien Angelica Walters, and so on…

One thing we’ve been asked about the most, probably, is when are we going to complete the trilogy of these…LOST anthologies. And…well, it’s pretty obvious by now, but we intend on completing the trilogy in 2021. But we need help.

Which is why, beginning right now, we are officially open for story submissions for a brand-new anthology called…LOST CONTACT.

Now, what does LOST CONTACT mean? I guess that depends on what the word CONTACT means to you. To lose contact…does that bring to mind something physical, something intangible? Does it give you a sense of isolation? Does it bring to mind…aliens, maybe? Being stranded? LOST? I think, in the times we live in right now, the phrase “LOST CONTACT” might mean a whole heck of a lot to all of us, and we want to see what you make of it. We’re keeping the theme vague here. We’re excited to see how writers interpret it. There are so many ways you can explore “LOST CONTACT”. Go wild with it.

And, since this is the final entry of our LOST trilogy — Lost Signals and Lost Films being the previous two entries — it would be to your benefit to include TECHNOLOGY of some kind in the submission you write, whatever that might mean to you. The stories need to be deeply rooted in the horror genre, but if it also contains flavors of weird science fiction, that would be pretty fuckin’ radical. (We highly recommend checking out the previous two volumes to get a sense of what we’re looking to publish.)

Interested? Great! Here are the rest of the guidelines:

Lost Contact
an anthology edited by Max Booth III and Lori Michelle

Deadline: December 31, 2020
Word count: 1,000 – 7,000
Payment: $0.05 per word
Simultaneous submissions: Yes
Multiple submissions: No
Reprints: No

Email all submissions to with “STORY TITLE_LAST NAME_WORD COUNT” in the subject line.

Oh, and please–for the love of god–spare us your terrible contact lens puns. You are not clever. Your mother lied to you. Don’t do it.

Thanks! That’s it. Now go write some groovy horror fiction!

Heron Tree seeks poetry

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Deadline: January 15, 2021

Heron Tree volume 8 will be dedicated to found poems composed from public domain sources. Between 1 September 2020 and 15 January 2021 we will be accepting submissions in the following categories:

– Found poems crafted from any source material(s) in the public domain in the United States. Many things that are public are not public domain: see here for more information about what counts, but, in general, works published before 1925 are in the public domain.

– Found poems created from How to Keep Bees (1905), a handbook by Anna Botsford Comstock.

– Found poems fashioned from public domain sonnets other than Shakespeare’s; Shakespeare’s sonnets have (understandably!) received a fair amount of attention from found poetry practitioners, and we invite you to engage other poems from the sonnet tradition.

We encourage you to read some collections of found poems that we have published in the past: Found in the Public Domain and the pamphlets Songs, From the Blue Fairy, and Of Climates & Continents.

More information:

– We are interested in any and all approaches to found poetry construction and erased or remixed texts.

– Poems that are not created using materials in the public domain in the United States will not be considered for publication in this submission round.

– Send up to 7 poems with a cover letter to It’s alright to submit poems for more than one of the above categories, but you should not submit more than 7 total.

– In your email cover letter please include a list of your poems’ titles.

– The poems should be attached in a single doc, docx, or pdf file. If your pieces are better viewed as digital images, insert them as jpegs within a single doc, docx, or pdf file. Please do not use headers or footers.

– In the same file as the poems be sure to identify your source(s) for each poem and briefly explain your process of composition. What were your source materials and what did you do with them to yield each poem?

– All submissions will be read blind, so do not include your name in the file with the poems.

– Simultaneous submissions are welcome with timely notification of acceptance elsewhere.

– Poems that have previously appeared online (temporarily or permanently, on your own or a third-party site) should not be submitted, nor should work that has already been published electronically or in print.

– Once you send your submission, you’ll receive an automatic email reply. If you don’t receive the reply, please check your spam folder and add Heron Tree to your contacts to ensure that you receive future communications about your submission.

– Submissions will be read on a rolling basis.

– You are welcome to submit more than once per submission period, but please do not send a new submission until you have heard from us about your first one.

– If your work is accepted by Heron Tree, you agree to grant us exclusive first publication rights and the non-exclusive right to include your work in the volume 8 collection and our online archives. You agree that if your poem subsequently appears elsewhere you will credit Heron Tree as the original publisher.

– Accepted poems will be published weekly on the Heron Tree website starting in January 2021 and will be included in a free, downloadable PDF volume available later in 2021.

For the sake of complete transparency: Heron Tree does not charge a fee for submitting nor provide payment for publication.

These guidelines are subject to change.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

GROOVY GUMSHOES Private Eyes in the Psychedelic Sixties

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Deadline: December 31, 2020

The Sixties were a time of great cultural upheaval, when long-established social norms were challenged and everything changed: from music to fashion to social mores. And the Leave it to Beaver households in Middle America didn’t know what to make of it all.

In the midst of all this cultural upheaval, private eyes tried to understand and bridge the generational divide while providing their clients with legal and extra-legal detecting services.

From old-school private eyes with their flat-tops, off-the-rack suits, and well-worn brogues to the new breed of private eyes with shoulder-length hair, bell-bottoms, and hemp sandals, the shamuses in Groovy Gumshoes will send readers on a rollicking romp through the Sixties.

All, or a significant portion, of each story must be set during the 1960s. The ideal submission will be approximately 5,000 words—less than 3,000 is likely too short, more than 7,000 is likely too long. Originals only. No reprints.

Additionally, stories that incorporate historical events (the Altamont Free Concert, the Kent State shootings, the Stonewall Riot, the Delano Grape Strike, the Selma to Montgomery marches, the March on the Pentagon, the 1968 Democratic Convention riots, to name but a few possibilities) and stories with a diverse cast of characters will be considered favorably.

Groovy Gumshoes is scheduled for release spring 2022.

Submissions: Use standard manuscript format. Include name, address, telephone number, and email address on the manuscript. Save as a Word document (.doc preferred) and send as an attachment to

Deadline: Submissions open November 1-December 31, 2020. No early submissions. Though rejections may occur at any point during the process, do not expect acceptance decisions until late February 2021.

Payment: A pro-rata share of royalties.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Dead Fish Books seeks stories

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Deadline: December 31, 2020

I hereby announce that submissions are open for our very first anthology, Universe of Attractions! We are looking for Fantasy/Science Fiction/Speculative stories featuring a cross-species romance. Elves may be the champions of interspecies romance, but what about the others? What are some mythological races that usually are passed by? How do Venusians show their love? Do Alpha Centaurians get starstruck? Romance must be an essential part of the story, not just sprinkled on top, and the romance must contribute to character development. And because we are an all-inclusive press, you are not limited to any specific orientations. We’re not looking for hard porn, but sexual intercourse is allowed. You should keep the striptease rule in mind—the more you leave to the imagination, the better. And if you mention body parts, do know where those body parts are! Inaccurate anatomy will get your story rejected.

Length: the target range is between 2000-7500 words. We will consider works outside this, but they will be a harder sell.

Deadline: December 31, 2020. Target date for publication is June 2021.

Pay: $5, with a share of royalties after expenses are met. Payments will be made by Paypal, and will be sent upon receipt of a signed contract.

Guidelines: Failure to follow guidelines will get your story rejected, but you may resubmit if you correct your mistakes.

1) Submit your story as an *.rtf file attached to your cover letter.

2) One-inch margins, double-spaced text.

3) NO TABS! Use the paragraph formatting tool to indent the paragraphs, and use CENTER to place your section dividers.

4) NO page numbers or other headers or footers on the pages!

5) Mark your italics with an underscore before and after the italics.

6) On the first page, in the upper left hand corner, put your legal name, address, and email.

7) Below the title, put the name that you want the story to appear under. Use either your real name or a pen name.

8) On the subject line of the email, write “Universe of Attractions:(your title)(your last name)

9) In the cover letter, write the name, the approximate word count, if this is previously unpublished or a reprint, and tell us anything you want us to know.

10) Email to

11) No multiple submissions. Please submit only one story at a time. If we reject your story, you may send another. Stories returned for submission errors may be resubmitted when those are corrected. Stories returned with a request for a rewrite may be resubmitted.

12) Final decisions will be made after the deadline.

13) Editors decisions are FINAL. Arguing with us will not get your story published, but it will get us pissed at you.

14) Address any questions to

15) At the bottom of your cover letter, before your signature, write, “There are no green M&Ms in this manuscript.” Put this in even if there are green M&M’s in your manuscript.

Theme and guidelines will be published here and in our newsletter. (Sign up by sending us an email, see contact page for current email.) Please follow all guidelines, even the silly one, or your work will be rejected regardless of quality.

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