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Sunday, January 31, 2021

WhimsicalPoet seeks poetry in all genres

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WhimsicalPoet seeks poetry that surprises, challenges, chills. endears, and otherwise evokes a strong emotional response from readers. We love word mavericks, independent thinkers, and creators who strive toward mastery and truth to expose threads of the human experience. Looking for fresh voices and also established poets. Open to all genres.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable but please notify me if you need to pull your submission.

All rights remain with the author.

Send 3-5 poems in the body of an email or in a Word doc to WhimsicalPoet.Com@gmail.com

Some poetry will be published on a rolling basis and featured on the guest post blog of this website. Another selection of work will be chosen for inclusion in our quarterly digital/print digest. Writers chosen for the digest will receive a free issue of the issue their work is featured in.

Include a bio that is approximately 75 words or less.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

2021 Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast Fiction Series

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Deadline: January 31, 2021

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast will be open for submissions in January 2021 for short stories in the lesbian historic fiction genre, to be produced in audio format for the podcast, as well as published in text on the website.

Technical Details
  • We will accept short fiction of any length up to 5000 words, which is a hard limit. We will be buying a total of four stories. (If we get some really great flash fiction, there’s the possibility of more.)
  • We will be paying professional rates: $0.08/word.
  • The contract will be for first publication rights in audio and print (i.e., the story must not have appeared in either format previously) with an exclusive one year license. (Exceptions can be arranged by mutual consent for “best of” collections within that term.)

Instructions on how to submit are given below. 

NO SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED OUTSIDE THE SUBMISSION PERIOD OF JANUARY 2021.

What We’re Looking For
  • Stories must be set in an actual historic culture--i.e., a specific time and place in history--and the plot and characters should be firmly rooted in that time and place. (No time-travel or past memories, please.)
  • Stories may include fantastic elements that are appropriate to the historic setting. For example, they can include fantastic or supernatural events or beings that people of that era considered to be real. Or stories may be modeled on the fantastic literature of a specific historic era and culture. The limits to this will necessarily be subjective.
  • Stories must be set before 1900. We’d love to see stories that reach beyond the popular settings of 19th century America and England unless you do something new and interesting in them. [Also: see sensitivity note below.]
  • Romance is optional, and romance stories should have some other significant plot element in addition to the romance.
  • We are not looking for erotica. Sex may be implied but not described. (It’s difficult to include both erotic content and a substantial non-romantic plot in short fiction. I’d rather that stories focus on the plot and characters.)
  • Stories should feature lesbian-relevant themes. What do I mean by that, especially given the emphasis the LHMP puts on how people in history understood sexuality differently than we do? This is where we get into “I know it when I see it” territory. The story should feature protagonist(s) who identify as women, whose primary emotional orientation within the scope of the story is toward other women. This is not meant to exclude characters who might identify today as bisexual or who have had relationships with men outside the scope of the story. But the story should focus on same-sex relations. Stories that involve cross-gender motifs (e.g., "passing women," "female husbands") should respect trans possibilities [see sensitivity note below].
  • Stories need not be all rainbows and unicorns, but should not be tragic. Angst and peril are ok as long as they don’t end in tragedy.
  • Authors of all genders and orientations are welcome to submit. Marginalized authors are strongly encouraged to submit, regardless of whether you are writing about your own cultural background.

Please feel free to publicize this call for submissions.

Submission Information
  • Do not send submissions before January 1, 2021 or after January 31, 2021. Submissions sent outside this window will not be considered (with allowance for time zones).
  • Send submissions to alpennia@heatherrosejones.com
  • Submit your story as an rtf or doc(x) file attached to your email
  • The file name should be “[last name] - [story title, truncated if long]”
  • The subject line of your email should be “LHMP Submissions - [last name] - [story title]”
  • There is no need to provide a synopsis or biographical information in the cover letter.
  • By submitting your story, you are verifying that the material is your own original work and that it has not been previously published in any form in a publicly accessible context.
  • Submissions will be acknowledged within 2 days of receipt. If you haven’t received an acknowledgment within 5 days, please query.
  • Based on previous years, I will generally have the submissions read and responded to within the first week of February. If you haven't received a response by mid-February, please query as the email may have gone astray.

Formatting

Use your favorite standard manuscript format for short fiction with the following additions:
In addition to word count, please provide the date/era of your setting and the location/culture it is set in. (These can be in general terms, but it helps for putting the story in context, especially if it uses a very tight point of view where the time/place are not specifically mentioned in the story.) If you are including fantasy elements and think I might not be familiar with the historic background for those elements, a very brief note in the cover e-mail is ok.

If you don’t have a favorite manuscript format, here are the minimum essential elements it should have:
  • Use courier or a similar monospaced serif font, 12-point size
  • Lines should be double-spaced with paragraphs indented. (Use your word processor’s formatting for this, do not use tabs or manual carriage returns.)
  • Do not justify the text, leave a ragged right margin.
  • Margins should be at least 1-inch or equivalent all around
  • On the first page, provide the following information:
  • Your name (legal name, the name I’ll be putting on the contract)
  • email address
  • (standard formats generally require a mailing address but I don’t need one at this point)
  • word count (please use your word processor’s word count function, rounded to the nearest 100)
  • date/era of story
  • location/culture of story
  • Centered above the start of the story, include the title, and on the next line “by [name to appear in publication]”. This is where you may use a pen name, if you choose.
  • Please use actual italics rather than underlining for material meant to appear in italics.
  • Please indicate the end of your story with the word “end” centered below the final line.

As I will be reading stories electronically, there is no need to include page numbers or a header on each page. (If this is part of your standard format, you don’t need to remove them.)

Notes on Sensitivity

I strongly welcome settings that fall outside the "white English-speaking default". But stories should avoid "exoticizing" the cultural setting or relying on sterotypes or colonial cultural dynamics. What does that mean? A good guideline is to ask, "If someone whose roots are in this culture read the story, would they feel represented or objectified?"

What do I mean by "stories that involve cross-gender motifs should respect trans possibilities"? I mean that if the story includes an assigned-female character who is presenting publicly as male, I should have confidence that you, as the author, have thought about the complexities of gender and sexuality (both in history and for the expected audience). It should be implied that the character would identify as a woman if she had access to modern gender theory, and the way the character is treated should not erase the possibility of other people in the same setting identifying as trans men if they had access to modern gender theory. This is a bit of a long-winded explanation, but I simultaneously want to welcome stories that include cross-gender motifs and avoid stories that could make some of the potential audience feel erased or mislabeled.

Club Plum seeks submissions

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Submissions are open for Volume 2, Issue 2, dropping April 16, 2021.

Club Plum is a safe place and does not publish the following:
works that demean women, perpetuate the male gaze, portray antiquated relationships/images where women are sexual objects for men, etc. (The editor receives such a story about once every six months. When she rejects the story and tells the man, succinctly and directly, in one or two short sentences, why she is not publishing the piece, the man, each time, lashes out with angry paragraphs, exhibiting offense and insults, sometimes bordering on threats. Obviously, the editor has made the right decision in these cases.)
works that are racist
works that are homophobic
works that proselytize religious beliefs

Club Plum happily publishes the following:

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

Prose Poetry: DO NOT SEND POETRY BROKEN INTO VERSE LINES; YOU WILL NOT GET A RESPONSE. Please send up to three prose poems to editor@clubplumliteraryjournal.com. Include a short bio, and do not send previously published work. Do send lyrical poems and surprising poems. Do send poems that unravel, ending with a lump in the editor’s throat.

Hybrid Works: Prose poetry is itself a hybrid genre, but sometimes a piece may be harder to classify still; a piece may dip in and out of prose and poetry. Please send up to three pieces of hybrid works to editor@clubplumliteraryjournal.com.

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

Rights: We ask for first North American Serial Rights.

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

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

Send your work in docx, doc or in the body of the email.

Issues are available online only.

We accept simultaneous submissions.

We do not accept reprints.

We do not pay for accepted submissions.

Yay for wondrous words. Yay for you.

Friday, January 29, 2021

The Omens Call: A Horror Anthology

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Deadline: March 28, 2021

The world has its messengers, its harbingers of bad tidings. Ravens, vultures, and untold creatures that roam between the many layers of reality. The air thickens with the danger of the thundering storm, and the world holds its breath, waiting for your next move.

“The Omens Call” is an horror anthology exploring the prophetic nature of omens. Bad omens, nightmarish superstitions, ghastly premonitions, we want stories that speak the language that we cannot understand. We’re after atmospheric, moody, grim, dark tales of wonder, woe, death, and the inexplainable.

Dare you heed the call?

Word count: 2,500–7,500 words.

Payment: $20 (for 2,000–5,000 words) // $30 (for 5,000–7,500 words)

Submission Guidelines

A submission Word template is available for download HERE.

Stories slightly over or under the word count will be considered

Stories must be saved as a Word document, PDFs will not be accepted

Times New Roman
Size 12 font
1.5 paragraph spacing

Place your name, the title of the anthology for which you are submitting, and your preferred contact email address in the header of the document

Sex, violence, and coarse language are accepted as long as they serve the story

No hate speech or fan fiction

One submission per author only, multiple submissions will lead to disqualification of all submitted stories.

Reprints will be considered

Payment for accepted stories will be made within 7 working days of confirmation of entry

Accepted stories to be held in a 2-year non-exclusive agreement with Devil’s Rock Publishing, Ltd.

Failure to adhere to submission guidelines will result in immediate rejection from the anthology.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

HAVOK Season 5 BLUE

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Deadline: February 7, 2021

SUBMISSION FORM

Season Five: Prismatic

BLUE

There’s a reason television and movies went from black and white to Technicolor™. The world around us is painted in a kaleidoscope of hues. And this season, we’re going to wreak Havok with that color!
Blue stands for calm, smart, and trustworthy. Give us your best stories of blueberries, bluebirds, and stolen sapphires. A magical pair of jeans that always fits perfectly. An enchanted U.S. mailbox that makes wishes come true—the good ones and the bad ones. Set your story on the BLUE planet Uranus. Bring us to a world where bluebells bloom eternally and azure oceans think for themselves. (Publishes in April.)

Havok provides sharp, memorable fiction under 1,000 words. We want stories that hit fast and strike hard––stories that, no matter the genre, can cut through the day’s troubles and grip distracted readers. And there’s no quicker way to get your masterpiece rejected than to ignore our submission guidelines. So read through the following information and be sure to follow it to the letter. Or else…

Your Story

Your well-edited story should be between 300 and 1,000 words long.
We only accept stories that fit our daily genres (mystery, science fiction, comedy, thriller, fantasy) and Season Themes. Check ’em out. The themes function as story prompts that will help us together craft story collections that readers will love.
Tip: Make sure your opening lines have a strong hook! Hook our editors and you’ll have a better chance all around.

Havok pays authors $10 via PayPal for each story published in an Anthology, and you will receive one complimentary digital copy of the anthology.**
The Editor’s Choice Award winner will receive a $100 Amazon gift card, additional literary rewards, and fame.
The Reader’s Choice Award winner (the anthology story that receives the highest reader ranking) will receive a $50 Amazon gift card, additional literary rewards, and fame.

The San Cicaro Series Returns

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Deadline: February 28, 2021

This winter season, Thunderbird Studios is opening its doors to another round of stories for their “Decades of San Cicaro” project. This new anthology will continue the tradition of unusual fantasy and macabre tales in the “Jewel of California.”

As before, we’re looking for tales of urban fantasy, magical realism, the weird, the dark and the hopeful. But unlike the prior anthologies, we’re unlocking the past. You’ll have to add a bit of historical fiction to the mix, with stories taking place between 1930 all the way to the 1980’s.

Get ready for the most challenging submission window yet.

Details:

Stories should take place in the city of San Cicaro between the years of 1930 to 1989. Submitted short stories should have a minimum of around 5,000 words up to a soft limit of 8,000 words. We can go as high as 10,000 but will be looking to whittle that down. Formatting should follow William-Shunn guidelines.

Aside from editing and proofreading your work, the editors will also make very minor changes to fit your tale into San Cicaro itself. We may recommend street names, slightly modify passages to mention landmarks, or other such continuity tweaks. Researching and mentioning landmarks and places from prior anthologies goes a long way to impressing us. It takes work off our plates and helps connect the experiences.

Authors will be compensated with a one-time payment of $175, with retroactive bonuses. If we do a fourth San Cicaro anthology and increase the payrate, you will be given a bonus to match it. We’ve done this for the authors of Welcome to San Cicaro and The San Cicaro Experience.

The open call will be between December 7th, 2020 and February 28th, 2021. Please submit to the open call at submissions@tbirdstudios.com with the subject line “San Cicaro Decades.” In the body please include a cover letter about yourself, with links to your bibliography and any details about your story (especially research notes). The story itself should be an attachment of file type RTF, DOC or DOCX. For inquiries, reach out to admin@tbirdstudios.com with your questions.

No multiple submissions (just one story per person) and no simultaneous submissions (don’t submit the same story to other publishers) please. Presented stories should be original and never before published, even on blogs or to Patreon followers.

Thematic Rules:
  • Character discovery is king. We love characters who learn more about themselves from encountering the supernatural. Not every story will use this theme, but these tend to be our bread and butter.
  • No Stranger Things knock offs. We love the show, but we don’t want to copy their flair.
  • Be careful with old Lovecraft stories. We’re afraid of receiving a lot of Cthulhu fiction with the dates smudged. While there’s potential, it could be very competitive. Make sure the story elements are in the public domain, or we will reject for legal reasons. And please be sure it fits San Cicaro before you submit…
  • Don’t explain the mystery. Hypothesize all you like, but don’t try to explain why everything is happening. A POV character who shows up with all the answers isn’t going to go well with us.
  • No world-destroying monsters. A werewolf or vampire who stalks the night is great. Zombies are fine. But the zombie apocalypse is not.
  • Don’t go too big. Dragons and giants are very hard to hide in an urban environment.
  • No aliens. No UFOs, no invasions. You can hint at cosmic horror however.
  • Flashback stories are fine. Just so long as the main thread is in the past.
  • Finally, be sure to check out our primer for help regarding historic events across California, and to address questions regarding very thorny topics. Please check back here this week for more information. Good luck writers!

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Alternative Deathiness is currently open to submissions

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Deadline: March 1, 2021 3:00 AM

B Cubed Press is pleased to announce an open call for Alternative Deathiness. A fun filled romp into the concept and nature of Death.

Seriously what the hell is death, big guy with bones and a sickle? An ominous Tarot Card? Or is it simply the passing of one thing for another. A change in phase. Or, it is the ending of you, and just you, a personal FU from the universe that say oopsie, you’re out of here?

So be prepared to look hard at this topic, its rituals, its layers. Have fun. May as well, considering the end comes for us all.

This book will be edited by Bob Brown and Irene Radford, the team that brought you the best selling Alternative Truths.

If you wonder what perspective the editors bring just remember, we’re old. Our friends are old, our families are old. Death is beginning to feel more like a roommate than a concept. So? Let the stories rip, show no deference to religion, ritual, or sensitivities. For god’s sake, we’re talking death here!

And don’t try sneaking zombies and ghosts and vampires in to get around death. Oh we might buy one or two REALLY GOOD Ones, but that isn’t the focus.

Does this mean we will not accept sensitive looks at this from a more popular perspective? No, but it means that it will be tested against the criteria that the writing be good, and carry an explanation of the nature of death. In terms of what we are looking for, think openly about the concept of death and life, can’t have one without the other. The setting is open anywhere in time and space.

This book will be part of the best-selling Alternatives series. We will be accepting stories, poetry, and essays from now through March 1, 2021.

Story length for our books average about 2200 words but have ranged from 100 to 7500 words. However, we only use one or two stories over 5,000 words and our advice is to keep it under 5K, unless we communicate in advance. Reprints are accepted, but we hold them to a higher standard and limit them in number.

Pays $.02 a word upon publication, plus a share of the profits. As always a share will go to charity, usually ACLU, but that can be changed to something else by agreement with all the contributors. Collaborations will earn 1 share to be split between contributors.

Submissions should adhere to SFWA formatting guidelines https://www.sfwa.org/2005/01/04/manuscript-format/. It’s always good to make an editor happy.

For the first time we are using Moksha, submissions are accepted at https://bcubedpress.moksha.io/publication/alternative-deathiness.

Should you have any questions, please contact Bob at Kionadad@aol.com.

Good Southern Witches seeks submissions

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Deadline: February 28, 2021

Curious Blue Press is a new independent publisher of fantasy and horror fiction and occult nonfiction. Curious Blue Press’s first open submission call is for its Good Southern Witches short story anthology.

Your story should be a complete and satisfying tale of magic. Light, dark, humorous, serious, all okay, just nothing too experimental, sexy, or violent. 

The story should take place in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, or West Virginia, OR at least prominently feature a character or characters from one of these settings. 

Avoid the explained supernatural: If Velma pulls off the villain’s rubber mask, there should be a real witch beneath it.

If your witch isn't good, make sure your witch is good at it.

You and your characters may be of any race, religion, sexual orientation, or gender expression. To avoid cultural appropriation, you are encouraged to write from your own culture.

2K to 5K words. A little over, a little under is fine. Stories due February 28, 2021. New stories only, no reprints.

Payment is $25/story (upon acceptance) plus a physical copy of the anthology. The author will, of course, retain the copyright, but Curious Blue Press will require exclusivity of six months after publication date. Author will be required to sign an agreement granting Curious Blue Press the right to include story in the Good Southern Witches anthology and guaranteeing the story has not been published previously.

A word for anyone who hasn’t experienced the editing process: If your story is selected—unless you’re the reincarnation of Shirley Jackson—you will receive suggested edits via Word’s “Track Changes” function. You may reject the edits, but, if the edit is deemed essential, doing so may result in the story being cut from the collection.

Rejection sucks. I have garnered over 250 rejections myself. If your story is not chosen, you will receive a totally lame, impersonal message saying so. That doesn’t mean your story is bad. It only means it isn’t a good fit for the anthology. Please don’t hate me or send a nasty reply. Put that energy into submitting elsewhere.

If you are interested in participating, please send your submission as a Word attachment to editor@curiousbluepress.com. Please include your name and the name of the story in the subject line. Please follow the Shunn guide for classic manuscript formatting: https://www.shunn.net/format/classic/.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Twice Upon a Time - open call for submissions

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Deadline: February 28, 2021

This book is the follow-up anthology to Upon a Once Time (2020), and will follow the same theme of seeking 1000-3000 word stories mashing up two fairy tales and a genre of the author's choice.

Stories previously submitted to Upon a Once Time and declined will not be accepted a second time.

We have revised some of our policies to taken into consideration comments from previous authors who submitted.

Dates are as follows:
December 4, 2020 - January 1, 2021 - Announcement of the open call
January 1 - February 28, 2021 - The submission period
March 1 - 31, 2021 - Review period

Download the complete OC submission PDF here.

General Submission Information

We like to seek out new authors and book ideas ourselves rather than be contacted directly because we are a small, self-funded press, and only publish 4 books a year. We usually offer open call submissions on anthologies we decide to do, or we contact authors directly if we have particular needs.

Ideal story lengths are between 1000-3000 words. We pay upon $0.08/word for the stories we publish. All of our books are limited editions of between 100 and 125 copies and we prefer to print physical books over creating ebooks.

If, however, you are familiar with the sort of books we publish and you have a smashingly provocative collection of stories, a unique novella or a spectacular novel you think we might be intersted in (mostly Science Fiction, Space Opera, Dying Earth, Fantasy, Mythology, Hard SF, New Weird, Air/Steam/Atom punk), please contact us with your idea, writing samples and a brief bio, and we will be in touch.

Sunday, January 24, 2021

QWERTY - Food x Identity

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Deadline: February 14, 2021

The submission period for our FOOD X IDENTITY issue (No. 43, Spring-Summer 2021) is now OPEN.

For inclusion in our upcoming themed issue, FOOD X IDENTITY (No. 43), we invite 2SQ+BIPOC artists to submit work that explores food(s) in relation to racial, queer, gendered, etc. identities and bodies.

Please make all submissions through Submittable: https://qwertymagazine.submittable.com/submit

IMPORTANT: please note that Qwerty is a graduate student-run magazine at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, and work submitted between February and September 2020 may not be read and responded-to immediately.

We welcome and encourage submissions from Indigenous writers and artists, writers and artists of colour, writers and artists with disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ writers and artists, and writers and artists 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.

What to send:

Our number one criterion, above all else, is mastery of craft. Though Qwerty has primarily published literary fiction and fine art, we have no qualms with publishing genre fiction that subverts convention, experimental work that inverts tradition in pursuit of innovative storytelling, or images that play on the senses in unusual ways.

So go ahead: send us your stories that tap into the lower depths of the public consciousness. And also send us your poems and photos about the zombie apocalypse. So long as it’s exemplary, we’d be delighted to feature your work in future issues of Qwerty.

Authors retain full copyright for works published in Qwerty.

Fiction/Creative Non-Fiction: previously unpublished fiction and creative non-fiction up to 5,000 words in length. Your submission must be double-spaced, in 12-point font. Please send only one story at a time.

Poetry: previously unpublished poetry in any style. You may submit up to 6 pages of poetry, single-spaced. Each poem should begin on a new page, and all poems should be in a single file.

Artwork and Photography: We accept up to 5 high-quality, unpublished prints per submission.

Reviews and Interviews: Please query us (qwertymagazine@gmail.com) about submitting reviews and interviews.

What happens next:

Qwerty is staffed entirely by volunteers, and response time usually varies between 6-12 months. If you need to withdraw a submission or part of a submission, please withdraw or add a note indicating so through your Submittable account. Please wait until you have received a reply to your first submission before submitting again, and please submit to only one genre at a time.

Contributors whose work is selected for publication are rewarded with a small honorarium (CDN $10) and, as of Fall-Winter 2019, two complimentary copies of the issue in which their work appears.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact qwertymagazine@gmail.com.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Flypaper

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Flypaper is 100% committed to changing the culture in publishing and is especially interested in work from PoC, queer, women, neurodivergent, immigrant, disabled, and other underrepresented writers in the literary world. FPM also loves receiving submissions from writers with some relation to Ohio, though this is in no way a requirement to submit. We refuse to publish any work that is racist, queerphobic, xenophobic, fascist, or hateful in any way. Additionally, we refuse to publish writers whose work may not espouse these views but who personally do.

Note: We reserve the right to remove your work from our publication should Flypaper become aware of incidences of improper behavior, plagiarism, hate speech, patterns of abuse, or other stipulations not enumerated here. We reserve the right to do so without notice and the bar you from future submissions.

Flypaper believes writers should be paid for their work and are able to pay $10/ piece, we wish it could be more and as our project continues to grow, we are confident the amount we’re able to pay writers will grow as well. If you want to support us and help us reach that goal, consider buying an issue from our shop.

Note: Should your submission not follow the guidelines enumerated below it may be returned to you rejected and unread.

Note: If you are sending content related to drug use, violence, sexual or other forms of abuse, suicide/suicidal ideation, self-harm, or other potentially triggering topics, we ask that you include a short content warning with your submission.

If submitting poems, short stories, flash fiction, CNF, or essays:

Flypaper accepts unsolicited submissions in these genres only during the months of January and February via our Submittable portal (https://flypapermagazine.submittable.com/submit). We hope to get back to you by the end of March or shortly into April. All accepted work is published online and then select pieces are chosen for inclusion in our yearly print anthology, which is scheduled for release each December.

For poems, send no more than three, with each new poem beginning on a separate page, in a single word document.

For flash fiction (less than 500 words), send no more than two pieces in a single document, with each piece beginning on a separate page.

For short stories, essays, or CNF, there is no word count limit but we prefer pieces less than 3000 words. Submit only one piece in any of these genres.

All submissions must be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable so long as you notify us promptly if a piece has been accepted elsewhere and is no longer open to consideration (you can do so by making a note in Submittable). Include a short cover letter with each submission as well as a brief bio.

All submissions are free until we reach our Submittable cap for the month, at which point the option closes. Expedited review, and feedback submissions remain an option past this point but require a fee.

Expedited Review ($5): Your submission will be reviewed and a decision made within 2 weeks.
Feedback ($15): Your submission will be reviewed and a decision made within 1 month. Line edits and general feedback will be provided by one of our editors.

If Submittable proves inaccessible send the piece(s) to FlyPaperLit@gmail.com with a short note saying so.

Note: Unless otherwise asked, you are allowed one submission per reading period, do not withdraw and resubmit the same piece, if accepted, there will be time to work on revision before the work is published.​ Additionally, you are only permitted one submission per reading period for all genres. For example, you may not submit both poetry and essays in the same reading period.

If submitting album reviews, music writing, book reviews, column proposals, or interviews:

We accept submissions in these disciplines year-round and have no word-count limit for these kinds of pieces. To submit pieces like these send an email to FlypaperLit@gmail.com with the subject line reading the type of submission it is and the submission itself included as an attachment (unless you are pitching a column, which can be done in the body of the email).

All submissions must be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable so long as you notify us promptly if a piece has been accepted elsewhere and is no longer open to consideration, this can be done by sending a follow-up email in the thread created by the submission.

Should your work be accepted:

Flypaper gains first exclusive North American rights and the ability to publish the work on our website and in any future anthology or collective work. After first publication of the work, all rights revert back to the author. However, should the work reappear in a future publication, such as anthology or collection, we ask that you acknowledge the work's appearance in Flypaper initially.

You will be paid an honorarium of $10/piece on the day Flypaper publishes your work.

Friday, January 22, 2021

Chicken Soup for the Soul

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Deadline: various deadlines


We have many Chicken Soup for the Soul books in development and we frequently add new titles. If you have a great story or poem you want to submit but it doesn’t fit with any of the topics below, please save it and check this page again in the future to see if we have added a topic that’s a better match.

If you have a story or poem that you think fits two of the topics below, you may submit it to both. Then let us know in the Comments section that you’ve done so. Also, you may submit more than one piece for each book.

We are always looking for new talent. So whether you are a regular contributor or new to our family, please share your story or poem with us. If this is your first time, please visit our Story Guidelines page, which will answer many of your questions about subject matter, length, and style.

Please scroll through the topics listed below to see what we're working on! Then click on the Submit Your Story link and you will be taken to our submission form.

***SELECT YOUR TOPIC***


Angels

Angels and miracles are all around us if we keep our eyes open. Have you experienced a divine intervention, answered prayer, or other miraculous occurrence courtesy of someone you think just might have been an angel. Do you have a guardian angel who seems to swoop in and help you when you need it?

We are looking for true personal stories about how an angel has touched your life – stories of true wonder and awe from people who have directly encountered or received help from angels. We’re looking for amazing stories that will make people say “wow” or give our readers chills. Have you experienced something otherworldly or celestial? Or had a personal experience with an angel or divine being? How did your angel manifest himself or herself to you? Were you the only person who saw your angel? How did your angel protect or guide you?

We are looking for stories, and poems that tell a story, from writers of all faiths. This includes writers who do not follow a particular religion. This book is by and for everyone.

Please note that we are not looking for stories about people who are “angels” because they do nice things, and also please do not submit eulogies about a loved one who has died and is now an “angel.”

The deadline for submissions is MARCH 31, 2021.

Cats

Our cat titles are so very popular, and you have so many great stories to share with us, that we do a new cat title every eighteen months or so. Here is another chance for you to share a story or two about that member of your family who just happens to walk on four feet for our 2021 book!

We are looking for first-person true stories and poems up to 1,200 words. Tell us about your cat. Tell us how he made you smile. How she "rescued" you after you "rescued" her. How she brought your family closer together, helped you find love, inspired you to change something in your human life. Stories can be serious or humorous, or both. We can’t wait to read all the heartwarming, inspirational, and hysterical stories you have about your cats!

Please note: If you submitted a story or poem for a previous cat book and we DID NOT publish it, here is your chance to submit it to us again. If you submitted a story and we DID publish it in a previous cat book, please do not submit it. We will not publish it again.

The deadline for story and poem submission is FEBRUARY 28, 2021.

Christmas Stories

Everyone loves holiday stories and our contributors write great ones. They are so good that we create a new edition for the holiday season every year. We are now collecting stories for our HOLIDAY 2021 book and we are looking for stories about the entire December holiday season, including Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, and New Year’s festivities too.

The rituals of the holiday season give a rhythm to the years and create a foundation for our lives. Were your traditions and celebrations different this year? Were you able to gather with family, go to church, attend holiday parties and share the special spirit of the season, brightening those long winter days. Please share your special stories about the holiday season with us. Be sure that they are “Santa safe” so that we don’t spoil the magic for precocious readers!

If we published your story in a previous Christmas book please do not submit it again. We will not publish it. If you submitted a story and we did not publish it and it will fit in this book, please do submit it again.

The deadline date for story and poem submissions is MAY 15, 2021.

Counting Your Blessings

Gratitude is one of the keys to happiness. Even during the toughest times, if we can find our gratitude and count our blessings we feel better. Back in 2009, when we were going through a deep recession, we received thousands of stories from people who were still counting their blessings and finding their joy. Those stories became the bestselling book Chicken Soup for the Soul: Count Your Blessings. With today’s worries about contracting disease, joblessness, and rampant divisiveness we thought it was time to revisit this topic. We’re not sure of the title for our next book about counting your blessings, but we’re sure a new collection of stories is appropriate for 2021.

Please share your stories about handling challenges in your life, finding the silver linings, and counting your blessings, whether the challenges you are facing are COVID-19 related or other kinds.

Stories can be serious or funny, but definitely should be inspirational and heartwarming. Attitude adjustments, finding contentment and gratitude, a new way of handling your daily life, and other great ideas to inspire readers to find their own paths to happiness and to remember to count their blessings every day are what we are looking for.

The deadline for submissions is FEBRUARY 28, 2021

Eldercare & Dementia

Eldercare on an ongoing basis is a very difficult task, whether the care is in your home, the person’s home, or an outside facility. Eldercare requires the caregiver to be patient, kind, compassionate and giving. And having a little humor doesn’t hurt! Are you providing eldercare for a spouse, partner, or sibling due to dementia, chronic illness, permanent physical or mental disabilities, or just plain old age? Did you move in with an older family member to care for him or her? Are you part of the “sandwich” generation—caring for a parent and a child at the same time?

Think of this book as a portable support group to help others. Everyone needs support, and sometimes we feel so alone when we’re caring for elderly family members who are living a new normal. We are looking for true stories that show our readers how lives and relationships change when eldercare becomes necessary. They will provide practical advice, encouragement, insight and support.

By the way, we are in awe of professional caregivers, but we are only seeking stories from family members providing eldercare for this particular book.

Here are some suggested topics, but we know you can think of many more:

• Accepting the new reality
• Recognizing when eldercare is necessary
• Convincing the person that he or she needs help
• Moving day
• Cleaning out the old residence
• Meeting the challenges of everyday life
• Making important decisions
• Finding the blessings and gratitude in eldercare
• Dealing with the physical changes
• Visiting with the elderly during the pandemic
• Not being able to visit during the pandemic - isolation
• Using Zoom, FaceTime or other forms of technology to keep in touch
• Dealing with the rollercoaster ride of emotions
• Reactions from the outside world
• Reacting to personality changes
• Asking others for help
• Coping with the stress
• Taking care of yourself, too, and your marriage and other relationships
• The lighter side – and there will be some funny moments!

The deadline for story and poem submissions is JANUARY 30, 2021.

Preteens

Callout for writers under age 35

We are excited to announce the 20th anniversary of the release of the Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul book. What an amazing 20 years it has been! This book title has sold millions of copies and is still relevant today. In honor of the 20th anniversary, we are rereleasing the original Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul, and we are adding 20 new stories!

Chicken Soup for the Soul has always provided support to preteens from all over the world. We’re collecting up-to-date stories written by preteens, teens, and men and women under age 35. We want these stories to represent how the world is today for preteens, and we’re hoping for stories about the pandemic, technology, social media, and other modern-day concerns.

We’re looking for everything, from serious to silly. What was your experience like as a preteen? Did you fit in with the popular crowd, or were you left behind to eat your peanut butter and jelly in the library? What kind of humorous or embarrassing things happened to you when you were that age?

Your stories and poems should be written in the first person about something that happened to you or someone close to you. Your stories must be true. If you want to change someone’s name or use a pen name, that’s fine, but you need to tell us exactly what you changed. Please try to keep your stories under 1200 words.

Please remember you must be under 35 to have your story considered for this 20th anniversary edition of Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul.

Here are some suggested topics, but we know you can think of many more:

- Dealing with the pandemic - how COVID changed your life
- Zoom schooling or home schooling
- Lack of contact with friends because of COVID
- Dealing with tough stuff – being teased or bullied or confronting the bully
- Teachers, parents, coaches, and friends who gave you guidance
- Embarrassing moments and funny stories
- Changing schools and being the new kid
- First crushes
- How technology influences your life -- texting, FaceTime, social media, and emailing
- Learning to be comfortable in your own skin
- Doing the right thing even though it was the difficult thing
- Divorce and remarriage – blended families and fitting in
- Best friends and changing best friends
- Body image and eating disorders
- Being an immigrant
- Going through puberty
- Sports and teams
- Having a disability or being different

The deadline for story and poems submissions is JANUARY 31, 2021.

Teenagers

Callout for writers under age 35

We are excited to announce the 25th anniversary of the release of the Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul book. What an amazing 25 years it has been! This book title has sold millions of copies and is still relevant today. In honor of the 25th anniversary, we are rereleasing the original Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul, and we are adding 25 new stories!

Chicken Soup for the Soul has always provided support to teenagers from all over the world. We’re collecting up-to-date stories written by teens and men and women under age 35. We want these stories to represent how the world is today for teenagers, and we’re hoping for stories about the pandemic, technology, social media, and other modern-day concerns.

We’re looking for everything, from serious to silly. What was your experience like as a teenager? Did you fit in with the popular crowd, or were you left out? What did you learn about yourself that you can pass on to help another teenager who is growing up today? What kind of humorous or embarrassing things happened to you when you were that age?

Your stories and poems should be written in the first person about something that happened to you or someone close to you. Your stories must be true. If you want to change someone’s name or use a pen name, that’s fine, but you need to tell us exactly what you changed. Please try to keep your stories under 1200 words.

Please remember you must be under 35 to have your story considered for this 20th anniversary edition of Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul.

Here are some suggested topics, but we know you can think of many more:

- Dealing with the pandemic - how COVID changed your life
- Zoom schooling or home schooling
- Lack of contact with friends because of COVID
- Dealing with tough stuff – being teased or bullied or confronting the bully
- Teachers, parents, coaches, and friends who gave you guidance
- Embarrassing moments and funny stories
- Changing schools and being the new kid
- Crushes and dating
- How technology influences your life -- texting, FaceTime, social media, and emailing
- Sibling relationships
- Learning to be comfortable in your own skin
- Doing the right thing even though it was the difficult thing
- Divorce and remarriage – blended families and fitting in
- Best friends and changing best friends
- Body image and eating disorders
- Being an immigrant
- Going through puberty
- Sports and teams
- Having a disability or being different
- Drinking and using drugs and the consequences of those actions
- LGBTQ stories and coming out to friends and family
- Learning to drive and driving stories
- Living in a shelter or housing project
- Going through tough times in terms of finances or health

The deadline for story and poems submissions is JANUARY 31, 2021.

Tough Times

Please note that the deadline for story and poem submissions has been extended to MARCH 31, 2021.

The world has been going through an upheaval unlike anything we have experienced in our lifetimes. Because of the pandemic, our way of life has completely changed. Things we used to take for granted are no longer available to us. We have had to overcome obstacles and adversities we never dreamed of having to do. Many people have lost their lives, their jobs, their homes, or at least are having to make drastic changes and cutbacks.

Tough times won’t last but tough people will. We are looking for stories about how you have been affected and how you are handling the changes in your life. We’re looking for the ups and downs, so share the tough times but also the silver linings, the unexpected blessings, and resilience and gratitude that you have discovered.

We’re also looking for stories about tough times unrelated to the pandemic. Are you going through other challenges that have nothing to do with the pandemic, such as health crises, loss of loved ones, personal challenges, family issues, job loss and economic upheaval? It was a great mix of advice and comfort for our readers.

Here are some general ideas for story topics:
• Dealing with Covid-19
• Economic troubles/loss of a business or a job
• Death, grieving and healing
• Accepting the new norms and living with them
• Stay-at-home self-quarantine changes to the routine
• Zoom schooling and home-schooling challenges and perks
• Taking and making time for the simpler things
• Working from home instead of going to the office
• Returning to old values and pastimes
• How did your children or grandchildren change and grow as a result of this?
• What lessons from the pandemic can you apply to other parts of your life?
• What other issues were you dealing with at the same time as the pandemic and did that give you perspective?
• Did you have family issues with some people wanting to practice social distancing and others not? How did you handle that?
• Celebrating milestones during the pandemic

Please do not submit stories that argue against good health practices, social distancing and wearing masks. Those will be deleted.



Thank you!

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Speculative City

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Deadline: February 24, 2021

Speculative City publishes provocative works that are centered within a cityscape.
  • We are looking for fiction, poetry, and essays within the theme of the magazine’s upcoming issue (sound, see below). Writers published will be paid $20-$55 according to the category and length of their submission. We do not include submissions with lengths exceeding 5500 words.
  • All submissions should be the original, unpublished work of the submitter.
  • We will accept simultaneous submissions, but please inform us if the submission has been accepted by another publication.
  • We do not accept multiple submissions for fiction or essays.
  • Please submit word (.doc, .docx) or rich text format (.rtf) files and format your submission according to our format guide.

Please send all inquiries to info @ speculativecity .com .

We try to respond to all submissions, but as a team of two, we may not always be able to.

All submissions should be sent through Green Submissions. Green Submissions requires users to create an account. Please see link to sign up and submit at https://greensubmissions.com/1024/speculative-city/index.php.

Before submitting work, please also be familiar with our contract.


THEME

sound
noun​ | / ‘saund /


Definition of SOUND
noun

a sensory stimulation perceived by the ear
a vital component to the fabric of a city

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Belmont Story Review

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Deadline: February 2, 2021

Belmont Story Review is a national magazine of literary arts, faith and culture.

Established in 2016, the magazine aims to surprise and delight readers through an eclectic mix of storytelling which includes fiction, personal essay, and poetry at the intersection of faith and culture.

Belmont Story Review seeks to publish new and established writers passionate about their craft, fearlessly encountering difficult ideas, seeking to explore human experience. We feature works of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry.

Monday, January 18, 2021

New Gothic Review

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Deadline: February 7, 2021

What we’re looking for:
  • We’re looking for previously unpublished short stories that embrace and reimagine Gothic fiction for the 21st century.
  • Compelling plots with a strong literary bend.
  • Eerie atmosphere is key.
  • Stories with Weird Fiction and Folk Horror elements are strongly welcome.
  • You can’t have Gothic without a little bit of terror & horror… that being said, we are not a horror fiction magazine.
Our previously published works will provide the best indication of what we are looking for. Our past issues is available for free here.

What we’re not looking for:
  • Stories that contain gruesome violence, gore, or explicit sexual content.
  • Stories written in Victorian Era prose.
  • Fantasy.
  • Strong science fiction.
  • True Crime.

Word count: 1,500 – 6,000 words

Rights: We want authors to retain all the rights to their work. We ask for non-exclusive rights, meaning you are free to take your work elsewhere even after we publish it.

Payment: We currently pay $30 for short stories upon acceptance. In this early stage, we acknowledge that this payment is merely a token; however, as we grow, increasing our compensation for writers is our highest priority.

How to submit: Please submit your work to newgothicreview@gmail.com, using the subject line (Submission-[your name]). In the body of the email please include a brief 1-3 sentence bio.

Please, only submit one work at a time. If you submit a second work while your first work is still being considered, it’ll will be deleted. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Your submission should be:
Double spaced
In a standard font (Times New Roman)
12 pt. font
PDF or .docx
Word count on title page

Timing: we do respond to submissions as quickly as we are able. Please allow at least five weeks for us to give you a response. Typically, a longer response time is a sign that your piece is being considered for moving forward.

Patreon Members: Some of our Patreon tiers come with submission related benefits. Bronte patrons will receive expedited response times. Stoker patrons will receive both expedited response times and detailed rejection notes if we choose to pass. If you belong to either of these tiers, let us know in your submission. Please note: Patreon status will not have any influence on our decision making.



FAQs

Must stories have a modern setting?

No. When we say “Gothic stories for the 21st Century” we simply mean that we’re looking for stories that use Gothic traditions but take a modern approach. We are open to all settings and time periods.

Can a submit a chapter from a longer work?

Yes, so long as it stands completely on its own with no additional context.

Do you accept poetry or non-fiction?

No. We currently only publish short fiction but are looking into branching out in the future.

Might the story, perhaps, make use of archaic prose?

While we don’t want to say “no” outright, we are mostly interested in stories told in a modern voice. (However, this does not mean that the setting has to be modern.) Dialogue is an exception.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

The Other Stories podcast seeks submissions

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Deadlines:
  • (Vol 65.) Government Experiments; deadline 25th January
  • (Vol 66.) Newly Discovered Creatures; deadline 8th February

Submission Form

If you think you’ve got what it takes to terrify, scar and haunt our audience of 10,000 daily listeners, then we want your stories!

If accepted, we'll get our fantastic narration team to lend their voices, our editor will sprinkle some magic pixie dust on the track, and you could have your story heard by thousands of listeners each week.


Submission Guidelines
  • Stories must be 2,000 (10% tolerance +/-)
  • Save stories in a Word document - Times New Roman font, size 12
  • Include a 1-2 sentence log line for your story at the end of the document
  • Ensure that your name and an email address are somewhere on the document
  • Stories must fit an upcoming theme
  • By submitting your story to us, you are confirming that you are the original creator of the
  • story
  • We will consider entrants whose work has been entered and published elsewhere, however
  • please ensure you state where and when your story has been used elsewhere on the document
  • You will be allowed to place one call-to-action for your own work at the end of the episode.
  • Be sure to include this at the end of your document, underneath the log line
  • Payment per accepted story is 10USD
  • 2x entries per theme permitted

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Loud Coffee Press submission guidelines

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Welcome to our submission cafe !

Loud Coffee Press is a quarterly literary journal. Please carefully read all guidelines.

Submissions that do not adhere to guidelines will not be accepted.

***The most important information we can share is that work submitted to Loud Coffee Press does not have to be about coffee or music!

We publish all genres of flash fiction, poetry, and art, but each of our published pieces contain some hint(s) of coffee and/or music.***

We are currently OPEN to flash fiction, poetry, and art submissions.

Submissions do not have to be about coffee or music; they must only contain one or both of these elements in some form (how much or how little is up to you).

When considering coffee, for example, think about characters drinking, making, or buying coffee. Coffee can be a smell. The setting can be a cafe. Be creative. Coffee can be a major or the most minor of elements. Or, music is present in some way, whether it's playing on a radio, or in the background, or the characters are discussing music. The birds are singing. Again, points for creativity. Please do not violate copyright laws when incorporating music. We don't like that kind of thing here. Every other part of your story is up to you.

Flash fiction submissions can be two sizes: our single-shots runs from 99 to 250 words. Double shots are anywhere from 250 to 1000 words. We love to see what you can do on the shorter end of the word count. We seek stories that have the three important elements of flash: emotion, the turn (or the twist) and resonance. We look for a compressed arc in a narrow space.

**NEW** Creative non-fiction submissions: we will consider anything between 99 and 1000 words that does not violate the rights of another human being, group, or organization. Be sure to let us know your submission falls in this category.

Poetry submissions must include reference to coffee and/or music but do not necessarily need to contain both. Please limit poetry to no more than three (3) poems.

Art submissions (photographic or other) must include reference to or interpretation of coffee and/or music but do not necessarily need to contain either. Please limit to no more than three (3) files of high resolution .JPEG or .GIF formats.

Procedures for All Submissions

Submit your work via Email to: loudcoffeepress@gmail.com, and title the Email “SUBMISSION FICTION - ‘Title,’” "SUBMISSION CREATIVE NON-FICTION - 'Title,'" “SUBMISSION POETRY - ‘Title,’” or "SUBMISSION ART - 'Title'"in the subject line, depending on submission type. ​

Include your submission as an attachment to the Email (.DOC, .DOCX, or .RTF for fiction and poetry, .JPEG or .GIF for art). Do not embed it in the body of the email.

Do not include any identifying information on the attachment.

We prefer Times New Roman, size 12-point font.

In the body of the Email, please include:

flash fiction story size, if applicable (single- or double-shot), and the corresponding word count.
brief details about art submissions, if applicable

a print-ready, third-person author bio (100 words or less)

any information relevant to your submission, including, but not limited to, things like a pen name you’d like us to publish your story under should it be accepted for publication.

You may have up to one flash fiction piece, one creative non-fiction piece, three poems, or three art pieces in our queue at any given time.

We are open to simultaneous submissions, however, should your submission be accepted elsewhere, please notify us immediately via Email that you are withdrawing your submission from Loud Coffee Press.

We try our best to respond to all submissions within 60 days. If you have not heard from us within 60 days, please send us an Email inquiring about your submission.


Rights

If we publish your work, we require 120-day exclusive electronic rights, and indefinite non-exclusive electronic and print rights; we may include your story in our archived material and social media.

Fiction/Poetry/Art Reprint Submissions

Loud Coffee Press does not accept unsolicited fiction, poetry, or art reprint submissions at this time.

Compensation

We are a non-paying journal, but you will earn our immense gratitude, virtual cheers, and rock fingers.

Curious about what we look for in a submission?

Check out our interview with Six Questions For... to gain some extra insight about the writing that crosses our desk!

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Auroras & Blossoms PoArtMo 2021 Anthology: 13-16 Year-Old Artists Edition.

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Deadline: December 31, 2021

How to submit:- Online via computer - use the form here: https://abpoetryjournal.com/13-16-year-old-artists/

Types of items wanted:- Poetry, six-word stories, short stories, flash fiction, essays, drawings and photography. All content must be positive/uplifting. Clean, family friendly art only - no swearwords, erotica or politics.

Eligibility:- Open internationally. Children submitting must be at least 13 and no older than 16 by the deadline date of 31st December 2021. Children must submit via their parents/guardians.

Only one free submission allowed per person. Any subsequent entries will be disqualified.

We accept content previously published elsewhere but have two conditions:-
1. It is NOT widely available on the internet (blog, Facebook, etc.) – This rule is due to Amazon’s restrictions.

2. The rights have reverted back to you for publication and you are allowed to re-publish your piece(s). However, we ask that you wait for at least a year after the rights revert back to you before sending it to us.

We will only notify successful artists if they have been accepted into the anthology within four months of submission. If someone does not hear from us after four months then they can assume that their submission has been rejected. People are welcome to confirm that we have received their submission if for some reason they do not receive an e-mail confirming that their submission has been acknowledged by us.

Many thanks and look forward to hearing from you.

Qwerty seeks work FOOD X IDENTITY

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Deadline: February 14, 2021


THE SUBMISSION PERIOD FOR ISSUE 43: FOOD X IDENTITY (SPRING-SUMMER 2021) IS NOW OPEN. We invite 2SQ+BIPOC artists to submit work on the theme of food and identity.

IMPORTANT: please note that Qwerty is a graduate student-run magazine at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, and work submitted between February and September 2020 may not be read and responded-to immediately.

We welcome and encourage submissions from Indigenous writers and artists, writers and artists of colour, writers and artists with disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ writers and artists, and writers and artists 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.
What to send:

Our number one criterion, above all else, is mastery of craft. Though Qwerty has primarily published literary fiction and fine art, we have no qualms with publishing genre fiction that subverts convention, experimental work that inverts tradition in pursuit of innovative storytelling, or images that play on the senses in unusual ways.

So go ahead: send us your stories that tap into the lower depths of the public consciousness. And also send us your poems and photos about the zombie apocalypse. So long as it’s exemplary, we’d be delighted to feature your work in future issues of Qwerty.

Authors retain full copyright for works published in Qwerty.

Fiction/Creative Non-Fiction: previously unpublished fiction and creative non-fiction up to 5,000 words in length. Your submission must be double-spaced, in 12-point font. Please send only one story at a time.

Poetry: previously unpublished poetry in any style. You may submit up to 6 pages of poetry, single-spaced. Each poem should begin on a new page, and all poems should be in a single file.

Artwork and Photography: We accept up to 5 high-quality, unpublished prints per submission.

Reviews and Interviews: Please query us (qwertymagazine@gmail.com) about submitting reviews and interviews.

What happens next:

Qwerty is staffed entirely by volunteers, and response time usually varies between 6-12 months (see note above). If you need to withdraw a submission or part of a submission, please withdraw or add a note indicating so through your Submittable account. Please wait until you have received a reply to your first submission before submitting again, and please submit to only one genre at a time.

Contributors whose work is selected for publication are rewarded with a small honorarium (CDN $10) and, as of Fall-Winter 2019, two complimentary copies of the issue in which their work appears.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact qwertymagazine@gmail.com.

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Metaphorosis Magazine seeks submissions

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Genre: Science fiction and fantasy prose only.

Length: We accept submissions up to a firm 10,000 word ceiling.

We prefer stories in the 1,000-6,000 word length. We have only ever bought one story <1,000 words.

Pay: We pay a flat rate of $.01/word.

Type:
  • Reprints No (except for translations never published in English)
  • Multiple No (one story at a time)
  • Simultaneous Yes (you can submit the same story elsewhere)
  • Rewrites Only if specifically solicited (you’ll know)
Open period: We are always open for submissions.

Diversity: We welcome stories from all authors, and especially those from traditionally under-represented groups. We read entirely blind, preferring not to know anything about submitters until we’ve formed an opinion about the story.

We will not accept stories that depict animal cruelty that is not essential to the story. We give bonus points for vegan-friendly stories. Stories that feature extensive hunting, fishing, etc. are not for us.

Advice:
  • Revision – we’re a demanding market. Most stories we publish have gone through at least 3-4 rounds of revision.
  • Don’t do these things.
  • Timing – we aim to answer within 24 hours, though sometimes travel or other obligations slow us down. Stories in our ‘maybe’ pile are generally reviewed on the weekend. Please don’t query until two weeks have passed.
  • Tracking You can track our responses on Literarium, Submission Grinder, Duotrope.
  • Rejectomancy – insight into things we see as weaknesses
  • Statistics – occasional statistical information about our submissions

Exemplars: Jack Vance, Roger Zelazny, Patricia McKillip, Richard Llewellyn, Arthur C. Clarke, Richard Adams, A. A. Attanasio, Ursula K. Le Guin, George R. R. Martin, Sean Stewart, Richard Cowper, Walter M. Miller, Jr., Theodore Sturgeon, Samuel Delany, James Thurber.

Submission method: Electronic submission only, via our online portal (see button below).

Art: For cover art guidelines, click here.

Format: We ask for a modified version of the modern Shunn format, with no personally identifying information (no address, e-mail, phone, etc. on any page, including in the header). We provide an optional template here if you want to use that. We ask for submissions in DOC, DOCX, ODT, or RTF format. See our style guide for details.
Terms

Pay: We pay on acceptance, via PayPal. If you cannot use PayPal (i.e, your country is not on this list), we’ll try to work something out on a case by case basis.

Rights: We buy the following rights:
  • worldwide electronic – to post the story on our website – exclusive for 6 months from the date of purchase, non-exclusive for the life of the magazine.
  • non-exclusive print and electronic:
  • to include the story in monthly, quarterly, and annual anthologies covering the period when the story is originally published in our magazine.
  • to include the story in special limited edition issues sent to financial backers.
  • to include the story in a best-of anthology published within the calendar year after the story is originally published in our magazine.
  • non-exclusive audio rights

Contract: a sample contract is here.

Friday, January 8, 2021

Christopher Hewitt Award 2021

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Deadline: June 15, 2021

Magazine is currently accepting entries for the eighth annual Christopher Hewitt Award. Named in honor of A&U’s first literary editor, the award showcases outstanding responses to the AIDS pandemic and the realities of individuals living with or affected by HIV/AIDS in the genres of fiction, poetry, drama, and creative nonfiction.

Prize: $75
Entry fee: None
Submission deadline: June 15, 2021
Judges: Winners will be selected by the following judges, by category.
Poetry: Philip F. Clark
Fiction: Raymond Luczak
Creative Nonfiction: Jay Vithalani
Drama: Bruce Ward

Publication: Winners and named runners-up will be published in upcoming issues of A&U.

How to Submit: Email Word (.doc or .docx files) of your work to Managing Editor Chael Needle by emailing chaelneedle [at] mac [dot] com. Please indicate in the subject line that your submission is for the Christopher Hewitt Award; include your name and genre in the subject line as well. Your name or any other personal identifying information should not appear on your manuscript. Multiple submissions are accepted, but please submit each separately.
Guidelines: All submissions must be HIV/AIDS-related and previously unpublished. All styles are welcomed. Writers may submit more than one work.

Fiction and creative nonfiction should be 1,200 words or fewer, double-spaced. Reasonable exceptions will be considered.

Drama may be an excerpt from a longer work or a ten-minute play (1,400-1,600 words, no more than ten pages, Dramatists Guild format). For drama excerpts, include, on a separate page, a synopsis and a full cast of characters.

We reserve the right to excerpt longer pieces for print, in consultation with the author; works in their entirety will be printed on the web.

Rights: We secure first North American serial rights and electronic archival rights (posting on the Web and in digital issues).

If any genre lacks a clear winner, fewer than four awards may be given. All entries will be considered for publication.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

NonBinary Review Apocalypse

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Deadline: February 1, 2021

NonBinary Review is a quarterly digital literary journal that joins poetry, fiction, essays, and art around each issue's theme. We invite authors to explore each theme in any way that speaks to them: re-write a familiar story from a new point of view, mash genres together, give us a personal essay about some aspect of our theme that has haunted you all your life. We also invite art that will accompany the literature. All submissions must have a clear and obvious relationship to our theme. Submissions with no clear relationship to the theme will be rejected.

We are open to submissions which relate to the idea of APOCALYPSE.

What we don't want: mushroom clouds, zombies, dystopian futures, or anything else we've already seen in countless books, movies, and television shows.

PROSE, WHICH INCLUDES FICTION, CREATIVE NON-FICTION, AND FLASH

NonBinary Review accepts fiction and creative non-fiction of up to 3,000 words in length, although shorter is probably better. Fiction should be double spaced, 12-point type, in Times New Roman in a Word document or text file. We do not accept .pdfs. Authors may submit up to 5 pieces of flash fiction, no more than 1000 words each, in this category. Please upload each piece as a separate document on this submission. Flash (fiction or CNF) is the ONLY category where multiple pieces related to the same theme may be selected for publication.

POETRY

NonBinary Review accepts poetry of up to 3 pages in length. Poetry should be single spaced, 12-point type, in Times New Roman in a Word document or text file. We do not accept .pdfs. You may submit up to five files with this submission, but each poem must be submitted as a separate document.


VISUAL ART
Visual art is now being accepted in a separate category. To submit visual art for consideration, click here.

ALL SUBMISSIONS

Your 50-word bio should be included in your cover letter. If your bio is longer than 50 words, it WILL be edited for length if your piece is selected. You may submit more than one piece, but each piece must be submitted as a separate document. A high-quality headshot (preferably not a selfie or out-of-focus photo) should also accompany your submission, although if you prefer not to include a photo of yourself, you may include any image you feel is emblematic of you.

PAYMENT
NonBinary Review pays 1 cent per word for prose, and a flat fee of $10 for poetry (singular poems or a suite) and $25 per piece of visual art, payable upon receipt of the signed publication contract. NonBinary Review accepts previously published work as long as the original publication is clearly credited. All contributors will receive a complimentary .pdf copy of the issue in which their work appears.

ALPHANUMERIC
If you are interested in your work appearing in our podcast, indicate in your submission that you are willing to appear in Alphanumeric. Pieces chosen for Alphanumeric will be recorded and be featured on our website as well as being included in the issue. Pieces chosen for Alphanumeric will not receive any additional compensation. All contributors will receive a complimentary .pdf copy of the issue in which their work appears.

All work may be edited for typos and punctuation.

Sierra Nevada Review

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Deadline: February 15, 2021

The Sierra Nevada Review is an annual literary magazine published in May featuring poetry, short fiction, and literary nonfiction. Editors read manuscripts from September 15th until February 15th. Response time may vary between several weeks and several months.

We publish writing that leans toward the unconventional, surprising, and risky. We appreciate experiments in form and content, and prefer works whose meanings deepen on repeated readings.

Please upload no more than five poems or five pages of poetry, whichever comes first. Fiction, literary nonfiction, or hybrid works should not exceed 4,000 words. We welcome flash fiction and nonfiction submissions. Please send only one submission per reading period, in one genre only. Submitting more than once will automatically disqualify all submissions.

You may upload up to 5 images for cover art consideration. If you submit cover art, you may not submit in a written genre.

If you have previously contributed to the Sierra Nevada Review, please wait a year to re-submit.

Contributors receive two complimentary copies. Writers retain all rights.

More info here: http://blog.sierranevada.edu/sierranevadareview/

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

The First Line submissions

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Deadline: February 1, 2021

We love that writers around the world are inspired by our first lines, and we know that not every story will be sent to us. However, we ask that you do not submit stories starting with our first lines to other journals (or post them online on public sites) until we've notified you as to our decision (usually three to four weeks after the deadline). When the entire premise of the publication revolves around one sentence, we don't want it to look as if we stole that sentence from another writer. If you have questions, feel free to drop us a line.

Also, we understand that writers may add our first line to a story they are currently working on or have already completed, and that's cool. But please do not add our first line to a previously published story and submit it to us. We do not accept previously published stories, even if they have been repurposed for our first lines. And, just to be clear, we do not accept simultaneous submissions.

One more thing while I've got you here: Writers compete against one another for magazine space, so, technically, every literary magazine is running a contest. There are, however, literary magazines that run traditional contests, where they charge entry fees and rank the winners. We do not - nor will we ever - charge a submission fee, nor do we rank our stories in order of importance. Occasionally, we run contests to help come up with new first lines, or we run fun, gimmicky competitions for free stuff, but the actual journal is not a contest in the traditional sense.

Fiction: All stories must be written with the first line provided. The line cannot be altered in any way, unless otherwise noted by the editors. The story should be between 300 and 5,000 words (this is more like a guideline and not a hard-and-fast rule; going over or under the word count won't get your story tossed from the slush pile). The sentences can be found on the home page of The First Line's website, as well as in the prior issue. Note: We are open to all genres. We try to make TFL as eclectic as possible.

Poetry: We do accept poetry, though rarely. We have no restrictions on form or line count, but all poems must begin with the first line provided. The line cannot be altered in any way.

Non-Fiction: 500-800 word critical essays about your favorite first line from a literary work.

All Submissions: Writers should include a two- to three-sentence biography of themselves that we can use in the journal should your story, poem, or essay be accepted.

Multiple Submissions: We don't mind if you want to submit multiple submissions for the same issue. However, it is unlikely we will use more than one of your stories or poems in the same issue.

Four-Part Stories: If you think you are up to the challenge, you can write a four-part story that uses the spring, summer, fall, and winter sentences (five parts, if you are brave enough to include the last line). However, all parts must be submitted at once (a single e-mail or snail mail) before the February 1st deadline. (If selected, each part will be published in its respective issue.)

Submissions: We prefer you send manuscripts via email to submission (@) thefirstline (dot) com. We accept stories in MS Word or Word Perfect format (we prefer attachments). Please do not send pdf versions of your story or links to Google docs. Make sure your name and contact information, as well as your bio, are part of the attachment. Stories also can be sent to The First Line's post office box. No manuscripts will be returned without an accompanying SASE with sufficient return postage. Here is the submission schedule for 2021:

Spring:
Darryl slid three quarters into the vending machine and weighed his options.
Due date: February 1, 2021

Notification: We don't make decisions about submissions until after each issue closes. We typically send notices out within three to four weeks after the issue's deadline to everyone who submitted. You can also check the website's home page for each issue's production status.

Payment: We pay on publication: $25.00 - $50.00 for fiction, $5.00 - $10.00 for poetry, and $25.00 for nonfiction (all U.S. dollars). We also send you a copy of the issue in which your piece appears. You'll receive your money and issue at the same time.

Note to our international writers: Postage cost for sending author copies overseas is a little high, so we are reducing international author payment by the amount it would cost to send one author copy overseas. However, if you would like to receive an electronic version of the issue (PDF) instead of a hard copy, author payment will not change.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Coastal Shelf seeks poetry

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Deadline: January 8, 2021

Poetry should be under 60 lines (ish—if it's longer only submit 1 poem). Submit up to 2 poems to the free submission portal. You will only be allowed to submit for no fee once per reading window. We like prose poems, narrative poems, lyrics poems, erasure poems, hybrids, you name it. We want close attention to language and some sort of larger takeaway. There’s definitely a soft spot in our hearts for well worded narrative poems that teach us something new, whether it’s a cool new word or a fun historical or animal fact or a quote or intriguing idea. All submitters will receive recommendations of journals they might enjoy/have luck submitting to.

Rights and Payment
Coastal Shelf acquires first-time North American electronic rights for work published in Coastal Shelf Magazine as well as anthology rights to reprint the work in print for up to five years with an additional payment of 2 copies of the printed anthology. 

Coastal Shelf pays a minimum of $30 per piece published

Superior Shores Press Moonlight & Misadventure

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Deadline: January 15, 2021

Superior Shores Press is pleased to announce plans for its third multi-author anthology, Moonlight & Misadventure: 20-22 Stories of Mystery & Suspense. The premise (target theme of Moonlight & Misadventure) must be an integral part of the plot, not necessarily the central theme but not merely incidental. In other words, there must be moonlight, and there must be some form of misadventure. That said, we really do not care for werewolves or any other moon-related mythical beings. Think Mystery. Think Suspense. Murder is okay, but it’s by no means essential.

The deadline for submission is January 15, 2021 or until 100 submissions have been received, whichever comes first. Starting November 2020, this website page will be updated periodically with the number of submissions received. Late submissions and/or submissions after 100 entries have been documented will not be considered. 

Terms: Authors will be paid $10 USD for reprints and $20 USD for previously unpublished stories via PayPal, Bank eTransfer, or Amazon gift card (as agreed between Author and Publisher) within 10 (ten) business days of publication. No further payment or royalty will be paid.

All submissions will be acknowledged. If you submit and do not receive an acknowledgment within 7 days, please Contact Me.

Acceptance/rejections will be emailed to all submitting authors on or before April 1, 2021.

Estimated length: 20 to 22 stories / 250-300 printed pages in trade paperback format. An introduction, acknowledgments, and author bios will be included. Publication date is scheduled for *June 2021.

Both reprints and new material will be considered, although preference will be given to new material. Previously unpublished authors are welcome to submit. Please, no simultaneous submissions.

For an idea of the type of stories that have been selected in the past, please read The Best Laid Plans: 21 Stories of Mystery & Suspense and/or Heartbreaks & Half-truths: 22 Stories of Mystery & Suspense, available in trade paperback and all e-book formats.

DOWNLOAD THE COMPLETE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Moonlight-Call for Submissions [Includes all submission details (including word count and formatting requirements), publication details, and author payment information, as well as a Submission Form]

*Superior Shores Press reserves the right to postpone and/or cancel due to unforeseen circumstances or if an insufficient number of qualified stories are submitted/accepted.

Additional Resource: Selecting Stories for an Anthology: A Publisher’s Point of View
20 SUBMISSIONS RECEIVED AS OF OCTOBER 31, 2020

**All submissions received by Oct. 31, 2020 have been acknowledged. If you have submitted a story prior to this date and did not receive an acknowledgment, please Contact Me. Submissions received after Oct. 31, 2020 are not included in this count, and may not yet have been acknowledged. Please wait for the next update before following up.

Monday, January 4, 2021

FLEAS ON THE DOG is open for submissions

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Deadline: January 31, 2020

Oh Drat! The Brat Pack is back!!! Yes, the site that worries moralists is itchin’ twitchin’ for QUALITY fiction, poetry, plays/screenplays and nonfiction that’s full of spunk and kick ass funk. Writing that not only shames your imitators but your friends and family too! We want it ALL and we want it NOW. And remember, if we like what you submit we’ll be all over you.

There is no submission fee. There is no remuneration for work we publish, either, but what the heck, you're going to be famous! We'll get back to you in about 30 days, hopefully sooner. (Why should it take months?)

Fiction/Nonfiction: Up to 5000 words. Length is less important than quality. For works longer than 5000 words query the editors about possible serialization.

Submissions should be on a Microsoft Word doc or docx file. Use a sensible font. Double space format. Stuff like grammar and sentence structure is important unless your work deliberately exploits bad grammar and lack of structure. (We can tell the difference.) Include a brief bio with your submission and publishing credits, if any. 

Send your submission as an e-mail attachment to editors@fleasonthedog.com (or type in the link in the email address).

Include the genre (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or play) and title of your work in the subject bar. Simultaneous submissions are okay, just let us know when your work is accepted elsewhere. Multiple submissions are not okay unless solicited. Submit to only one category per issue. If you have been published by us please do not resubmit for six months unless solicited. We retain the first rights of your work for a period of three months. After this time rights revert back to the author. If you should republish the story/article please acknowledge that it was first published by www.fleasonthedog.com

O-Dark-Thirty seeks new work

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This is a journal of writing by veterans, service members, and military family members. We seek quality, literary writing on any topic. We accept submissions year round of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction (including memoir and profiles). If you want to write for us, you should be a veteran, a service member (active or reserve), or a military family member. Your submissions should be previously unpublished (see below for our definition of exactly what “published” means) and should conform to these standards:
  • Fiction, under 2500 words;
  • Non-fiction, should be true and under 2500 words;
  • Poetry, three poems per submission.
The VWP acquires first-time North American rights. After publication, all rights revert to the author and may be reprinted as long as appropriate acknowledgement to O-Dark-Thirty is made. We will consider simultaneous submissions, but request that you inform us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. We cannot provide payment for publishing your work. For us “published” means published in print in North America, or published on the Internet in electronic journals, e-zines, academic websites, and other “public” or “official” websites. Posting on a personal blog or website is usually not considered published. If you have questions, ask. What we mean when we say “should be true.” Call us old fashioned, but we divide the world of prose into fiction and fact. If your story is non-fiction, you are bound by pesky things known as facts. If you weren’t there, don’t say you were. Tell the truth.

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