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Sunday, February 28, 2021

Brush Talks now seeking submissions for winter/spring 2021 issue

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We are now seeking submissions for our winter/spring 2021 issue. (No fee.)

Brush Talks publishes two issues per year, in winter/spring and summer/fall. All issues are free, available to download on our website, We accept unsolicited submissions on a rolling basis.

Because we realize that you probably don’t have the luxury of waiting around for months at a time while magazines and journals consider your work one by one, we DO accept simultaneous submissions. (We’ve been there.) We simply ask that you inform us as soon as you decide your piece is no longer available for our consideration. There is no reading fee, but, unfortunately, neither are we able to pay contributors at this time.

If we publish your work, you agree to grant Brush Talks first serial rights. All rights will revert to you, the author, upon publication. (While submissions of writing should not have been previously published elsewhere, we will consider photos that have been; just inform us of this at the time of submission so we can credit the original publication if we choose to use them).

Thank you in advance for any submissions you send. We consider it a privilege to be able to read your work, and we will try to be in touch with each author on a timely basis.

Submission Process: Only electronic submissions are accepted, via the following e-mail address:

submissions [at] brushtalks [dot] com

All work submitted should be sent as attachments to your e-mail. Written work can be in DOC, DOCX, ODF, RTF, or PDF format. In your e-mail, please briefly describe your piece and tell us which category you would like it to be considered for (see below). If your piece doesn’t fit a particular category, make one up and convince us why it’s important to be included.


General Essays – Up to 5,000 words. Be creative. We’re open to most anything.

Travel Essays – Up to 5,000 words. Should be focused on a theme of sorts. In other words, we’re not looking for pieces that merely read as: “First I did this, and then I did that. We went here and then there.” (Although chronology may be part of the structure, it should not be the main focus.) Instead, give us a sense of place and its significance – in general or just to you.

Profiles – Up to 8,000 words. Profile a person or a place, from today or the past.

Memoir – Up to 8,000 words. Tell us your story related to China. Should relate events of at least a decade ago (or else we’d categorize it under “General Essays”).

Narrative Nonfiction – Up to 10,000 words. Tell us a story about an event in China. We realize that this may overlap a bit with “Profiles” but the major aspect of a piece in this category is that it centers around a defined event. The focus is the event (though strong characters and locations can play a role), written about in a compelling, even suspenseful, manner.

Photographs – If you have photographs to submit with your writing for one of the above categories, please state this in your e-mail and include a contact sheet of thumbnails, but do not send the full files until asked to do so. If you have a collection of photographs on a theme or topic that you would like to submit, please query with a brief explanation of your project and a contact sheet (again, we ask that you not send large image files until asked to do so).

Poems – Submit up to five poems at a time, none longer than about 500 words. Please limit submissions to two per year (one active submission per issue). Also please note: We are a journal of China, so all submissions, including poetry, must have some connection to China. (We have been getting a lot of poetry, in particular, on various other topics, and we regret that we cannot reply to such submissions.)

As we would like to support long-form nonfiction, all word counts are approximate. Some pieces simply need more “breathing room” so why quibble over arbitrary numbers? If you have work that does not fall within the stated limits, please query. If it’s what we’re looking for, we will publish it (perhaps in serial form, as one option).

Authors should refer to The Chicago Manual of Style (17th ed.) to resolve questions of style and usage. Remaining questions about the above can be sent to the following e-mail address:

editor [at] brushtalks [dot] com

Now accepting submissions for mojo 19

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Deadline: April 1, 2021


Fiction: We are interested in stories that excite us with innovation in form, structure, and language; above all, we’re looking for stories that connect us, touch us, and revolutionize our worlds. Experimental or not, please send us a manuscript of under 6,000 words. If you’re submitting flash fiction, include up to three stories in a single document.

Poetry: We are interested in poems that blur contemporary styles with traditional modes, poems that light up with raw energy but point in a specific direction, and poems that push through leaps of image and gesture but resound with a strong emotional core. Above all, we enjoy poems that are willing to take risks while maintaining clarity of expression. Send up to 4 poems or 8 pages maximum, all in one document. If you have a single long poem that exceeds 8 pages, we welcome you to submit it as an exception to the page-limit rule and as the totality of your submission.

Nonfiction: We enjoy creative nonfiction pieces that embrace the tactics of fiction but don’t shy away from the innovative and the experimental—in fact, we’re rather interested in what you can show us—but keep in mind we’re looking for engaging nonfiction stories, not journalism or academic essays. Submissions should not exceed 6,000 words.

Please follow all guidelines for submitting your work, as found in the information below and instructions on our submissions manager

The Fine Print

All submissions should be made through our submissions manager. We do not accept submissions by e-mail or post at this time. Please read the guidelines in each particular genre before submitting.

We welcome simultaneous submissions, but please notify us if your work is accepted elsewhere by withdrawing immediately.

All submissions will be considered for publication in our online issue. Selected works have the possibility of being published in the annual print edition of Mikrokosmos Literary Journal.

mojo pays a $15 USD flat rate per poem, nonfiction piece, fiction piece, or comic. We know this isn’t much, but as writers ourselves, we like to pay our contributors.

If you have any questions or comments, please email the editors at

All payment is subject to any budget alterations that occur throughout the year. We prefer to issue payment through mailed checks, but we can arrange other options if a check does not work for you. You will need to submit a completed W-9 or W-8BEN in order to receive payment.

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Ghost Orchid Press Dark Hearts Anthology

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Deadline: February 28, 2021

Heartbreak. Obsession. Grief. Jealousy. Love can turn tainted, even cruel. Picture the ghost who won’t stop haunting the man who jilted her. The husband who will go to gruesome lengths to keep his wife alive. The stalker who’d rather kill her victims than face their rejection.

Dark Hearts will be an anthology of stories exploring the twisted side of love. We’re looking for stories that jump off the page. Stories that chill, shock or disturb us. Stories that move us or make us laugh… grimly.

Length: Anything between 1,000 – 6,000 words.
Payment: 0.01 USD per word via PayPal.
Publication: E-book and print.
Deadline: 28th February 2021

We accept simultaneous submissions but no reprints please. Multiple submissions not accepted.

Email your submission as a Word document to with “Dark Hearts [your pen name] [your story title]” in the subject line. Include an author bio of approx. 50 words plus 1-2 links.

Please see our Submission Guidelines for more information on formatting.

Tales From The Magician’s Skull Is Now Accepting Submissions!

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Deadline: April 1, 2021

Listen Well, Mortal Dogs!

The greatest sword-and-sorcery magazine in the history of the world is Tales From The Magician’s Skull, and it is now accepting submissions! I am the immortal Skull, champion and protector of all things sword-and-sorcery, and if you wish to submit a tale to my magazine, you must pay heed! Those who obey these dictates shall find their creations elevated to deific heights, to stand upon the shoulders of the heroes who came before them. But woe be unto those writers who heed not these guidelines, for their failures shall consign their stories to rejection and immolation!

Tales From the Magician’s Skull is currently printed twice yearly and pays 4 cents a word upon acceptance. If I find your tale worthy, my minions will purchase select rights so we may publish the story. You retain the copyright.


When: The submission window runs from January 22, 2021 to April 1, 2021.

How: Send submissions to My interns shall review the submissions and forward the greatest of them all to me for my personal consideration. Should any interns be blinded by particularly onerous submissions, then they shall be replaced. Interns are expendable, but great sword-and-sorcery fiction lasts forever!

Format: You should review this document for full details on how to send your submission. Please read the document carefully! Do not trouble my meditations with questions that have already been answered!

High End: We’ll take stories up to 10,000 words, and might even go over, but we REALLY have to be in love with it if we do. If this is your first time submitting to us, you probably ought to send us something under 10k. Like maybe 6k or lower.

Low End: We have a really limited tolerance for flash fiction, thought we might consider it if it’s truly amazing and on point. Otherwise you’d better send an entire story. 

We Cryptids seeks fiction

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Deadline: March 1, 2021

We are currently accepting submissions for We Cryptids. The guidelines are as follows:

Word limit: 3000-6000 words.

Pay rate: $200/story + royalties

Genre: Urban Fantasy only (no Science Fiction or Horror, although horror elements may be present in the story). Other forms of fantasy (epic fantasy, Historical Fantasy, or Steampunk, for example) will not be accepted. If the cryptid you choose to write about was sighted in a timeframe earlier than 2020, you are welcome to write within that time frame, but the more modern the story, the better.

Language: English (translations are welcome).

Submissions open: October 31, 2020

Submissions close: March 1, 2021

Simultaneous submissions: yes

Multiple submissions: no

Rights: We claim first world English rights (no reprints). For an excellent break down of what this means, please see Neil Clarke’s post here. This will be an ebook only.

Cryptids have long haunted our imaginations and folklore. Bigfoot, the chupacabra, Nessie, the Jersey Devil, vampires, the fae, kraken, the mothman, werewolves, and more all feature in the stories we tell ourselves to inspire wonder and mystery. By living on the borders of society, at the edges of the map marked "here be dragons", cryptids exist in the liminal spaces between fact and fiction.

We Cryptids invites you to consider what would happen if cryptids existed and lived among us. Would they be our neighbors, or would their children be barred from our schools? Would they be disproportionately stopped by police just because of what they were and what they looked like? Would their children be taken from them to be raised by "approved parents" to uphold other people's values. Would they be allowed to fight for the country, but not allowed to vote? Would their marriage not be recognized by the government? Could they "pass" as human, but still be liable to being fired if anyone found out? Would they be hunted for being different or even murdered for not being human? How would they survive and thrive in a world that doesn't believe in them and fears those who are different?

Although metaphors for serious and often deadly societal problems, these guidelines are intended to inspire you to look at the world differently and perhaps understand others a little better. Even though the theme may be serious, we will not accept stories of despair. The characters live on the margins of society, but their experiences are not hopeless. Even as cryptids, they have strength, perseverance, and hope.

When writing your story, consider that you’re writing about real experiences that real people have, not just something fictional characters have to deal with. Do your research and write with compassion. Stories that feature cryptids as monstrous due to their marginalization will be less well received than stories that feature characters who are cryptids and marginalized. As an example, I am much more likely to accept a story that features a nonbinary cryptid who is a cryptid and nonbinary, rather than one that features a nonbinary person who is a cryptid because they're nonbinary.

For tone, I am looking for noblebright, not grimdark.

When choosing a cryptid to write about, please be conscientious of the cultural history of the legend in question and respectful of the cultures from which it originates. Because of this, stories written from one’s own cultural experiences are encouraged.

Send your stories formatted in Standard Manuscript format attached as a .doc to editor at cuppateapublications dot com. Include your name, byline, email address, mailing address, and approximate word count. In your cover letter, also include the crypitd your story is about.

I welcome and seek out submissions from writers of color, writers outside of the gender binary, writers who are disabled, neurologically atypical writers, LGBTQIA+ writers, and other diverse individuals.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

High Desert Journal Submissions for the spring 2021 issue are OPEN

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Deadline midnight February 28, 2021

High Desert Journal is a forum for literary, visual, and journalistic artists to contribute a deeper understanding of the landscape and people of the interior West. We pay $25/poem, $50/essay or story, and $150 to our featured artist.

We accept work from residents of the interior West working with any theme, and from anyone living outside of this region creating with an element or theme of the interior West.

What exactly does this mean?

And where is the high desert and interior West?

Simply put, we consider the high desert and interior West to cover eastern Washington, eastern Oregon, all of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, west Texas, and the eastern parts of California (those east of the Sierras). Sorry, but the Pacific coast, San Diego, L.A., San Francisco, up to Portland and Seattle are not part of our region.

What are we looking for?

We accept poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, memoirs, books reviews, essays, interviews and visual arts. You may submit up to three poems; a maximum of 5,000 words of fiction or nonfiction; up to 3,000 words of interview, memoir, and essays, and up to 10 slides or digital images of artwork.

HDJ encourages submissions through our submissions manager Submittable with a $3 processing request. (Submission button below.)

However, in the spirit of inclusion and fairness, and a knowledge of the widening technological gap for many low-income and minority populations, HDJ will also happily accept fee-free submissions through the postal service so that people who are incarcerated, suffering economic hardship, or those without easy access to the Internet are still able to send work.

All manuscripts and all correspondence regarding submission should be sent to our physical address and accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) for a response. As with emailed submissions, we will adhere strictly to posted dates and any mailed submission postmarked outside the listed submission periods will be recycled unread. Submissions sent within the United States may be posted to the editor of the appropriate genre, at the following address:

High Desert Journal, 110 65th Ave. NW, Havre, MT 59501


Editor, CMarie Fuhrman

I am interested in all types of creative nonfiction that explore a writer's relationship to place (the High Desert, in this case), culture, and identity. I tend to gravitate, however, toward stories structured around narratives, but I am also stirred by that work which seems to push against the general mold, writing that follows the writer's genius and not the accepted norm. I am most interested in writing that carries a unique and confident voice, combines style with substance, and reaches beyond the personal to find greater meaning and understanding of the self, the west, the world. I love deep writing. I am not interested in writing rife with hubris or stories of conquering nature. I am a champion of Native writers and writing from outside the realm of those typically published, but above all, I am interested in great writing, that which can make any subject interesting and new and make readers pause and catch their breath as they are reading.


Editor, Laura Pritchett

Voice and depth are of primary concern—submissions with a unique and compelling voice that go somewhere deep are the ones I gravitate to. I’m also particularly interested in conciseness—the art of the short story, after all, is marked by attention to tightness, sharpness, attention to each word. I’m also looking for fiction that explores the complexity of relationship to place (the High Desert, in this case) – as in, the setting should not just be a backdrop (the story could not be dropped into another landscape and still work). Open to flash, experimental, and more traditional forms of fiction, and diverse and underrepresented voices are encouraged. Emerging and established writers are given equal consideration.


Editor, Sheryl Noethe

Great poetry, that's all I ask. Any form. Any length. Make it sing. Make it say something. Grab my heart. Kick me in the gut. Make me laugh or make me cry, I don't care, but above all make it memorable. MOVE me.

A few of the poets I adore include: T. S. Eliot, Sylvia Plath, Auden, Yeats, Rumi, Anne Carson, Sharon Olds, Sappho, Adrienne Rich, Jenny Bouly, Joy Harjo, Ai, Leslie Marmon Silko, Linda Hogan, Pablo Neruda, Rilke, Mary Oliver, Randall Jarrell, Li-Young Lee, Norman Dubie, Jorie Graham, Jane Hirshfield, Li Po, Marcus Aurelius, and a cast of hundreds more.

And finally:

Please submit with standard guidelines in mind (Times New Roman or Courier, double spaced, no space between paragraphs, do not double space after a period, and proper formatting of dialogue, etc). Familiarity matters—please take the time to read some back issues and get familiar with our content before submitting.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

B Cubed Press is pleased to announce an open call for The Protest Diaries

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Deadline: March 1,  2021 3AM


2020 is not the first year of protests. The American Revolution started with protests. India used protest to free themselves from British rule. I could go on, the protestant reformation, the storming of the Bastille. Protests seldom feel like the birth of freedom and a new era at the time. At the time, it is anger, resentment, and a fundamental need for change.

But the past four years have re-introduced America to the protest, whether in the name of the BLM movement, the Pussy Hats, even the Back the Blue rallies. No political ideology has a lock on protests.

This book will explore protests with stories, essays and poems. We want to see the people, the protest, the issues that make this something that puts people on the streets. When we read your story, poem, or essay, we want to know what makes it necessary to take to the streets.

So be prepared to look hard at this topic, its rituals, its layers. We don’t want just the darkness. B Cubed publishes satire, humor and laugh out loud. These stories define us, so don’t be afraid to bring it. Laughter is part of our humanity.

This book will be edited by Nathan Ockerman and Vanessa Cozza

And don’t be afraid to reach. Past present and future are all within the scope of what we will consider stories for.

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 It’s always good to make an editor happy.

For the first time we are using Moksha, submissions are accepted at

Should you have any questions, please contact Bob at

Submissions should adhere to SFWA formatting guidelines It’s always good to make an editor happy.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Dark Carnival submissions

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Deadline: March 10, 2021

Step right up, folks, to a show, unlike anything you've ever seen before. Circus terrors and frights, sure to delight. Here at Dark Carnival, we've got it all. Freaks and clowns, screams and laughter and always, a healthy side of the macabre. So, come one, come all and join us, if you dare.

Must be clean and edited to the best of your ability
Submissions cannot be published elsewhere.
Simultaneous submissions okay (but please let us know if yours is accepted elsewhere)
3000-8000 words

Submissions must be 12 pt. Times New Roman font, double spaced with special first-line indentation of 0.5"

Submissions must be in .Docx or .Doc format with 1" margins all around

No bestiality or child abuse, please. We will not be accepting graphic sexual scenes however use your discretion on what fits the story.

Submissions to be sent to with the name of the anthology in the subject line

Publication and Payment

Submissions closed March 10th

Announcements on accepted stories to be sent by April 1 2021, a memorandum to be sent for signing at this time

May 1st 2021 planned release date

A one-time payment of $10 plus author copy per acceptance

Additional author copies available at cost

Minimum of 8, max of 15 stories

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Mistake House seeks submissions

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Deadline: March 15, 2021. 

Mistake House Magazine welcomes fiction and poetry by writers currently enrolled in graduate and undergraduate programs from around the world, including work by previously unpublished writers.

Editorial Mission

Last year Mistake House Magazine rolled out a new tag line: a space between ordinary and odd. We couldn’t have imagined a more peculiar space than 2020, a year in which the “ordinary” became the “odd” space of global lockdowns and sheltering in place, economic disruption and increasing economic disparity, global cultural divisiveness and political polarization, a deepening climate crisis, and the urgent need for inclusivity and equity. While 2020 kept slamming people with hardship and troubling news, the problems it presented already existed; and as the world emerges from 2020 into the unknowable future, writers will join others in understanding and addressing these problems. This has been a year that asks writers and readers, as Audre Lorde said, to “learn to work and speak when we are afraid in the same way we have learned to work and speak when we are tired.”

Mistake House seeks literary fiction and poetry that provides a sense of insight, compassionate justice, a space of rest, and a sense of coming home. We welcome variety in subject, form, and perspective, including all modes of literary writing from domestic realism to speculative fiction to experimental poetry and beyond. Simply, we offer an open invitation to send us work with heart and work that tells us something fresh about the world we think we know.

Submitting writers should want their work to contribute to a larger dialogue in the world. Mistake House Magazine seeks to participate in the literary community’s urgent efforts to draw on moral courage to write about pressing issues in the world today. We believe that writing honestly about current human issues is a way to be involved and make a positive impact rather than doing nothing.

Works in Translation

While we publish all works in English, we welcome the opportunity to publish global submissions and will accept work in any language. However, since we do not have an editorial staff to handle translation into English, we ask that submissions in languages other than English be accompanied by an English translation. If accepted, Mistake House will publish both versions, the original and the author’s English translation, side by side.

A New Call for Photography

This year, we are for the first time also considering submissions of original photography by students enrolled in graduate and undergraduate programs. Your submitted photographs should speak to our editorial mission and to the “space between ordinary and odd” in which we currently find ourselves. Mistake House Magazine is interested in presenting the connection between the visual images and the literary ones we receive.

The Basics

Please provide a cover letter—no longer than one page—including: a brief bio; the name of the college or university you attend and your degree program or major; your contact info: and a brief statement about why your submitted work is a good fit for Mistake House.

This year we are waving our submission fee because we acknowledge the economic impact of the global pandemic on students.

Mistake House acquires first North American publication rights. All rights revert to the author after publication, though we request acknowledgement of first appearance in this journal.

We accept the following as Word documents or PDFs only:

Fiction: one story, preferred maximum 5,000 words

Poetry: up to three poems, preferred maximum 40 lines per poem

We accept the following as 300 dpi jpegs or tifs:

Photography: black and white or color, up to three photographs

An editor’s prize of $100 for fiction and an editor’s prize of $100 for poetry will be awarded this year. Prizes will be announced upon publication on May 1, 2021.

We look forward to reading and seeing your work.


Friday, February 19, 2021

Southword Journal seeks poetry

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Deadline: February 28, 2021

1. All poems must be previously unpublished and submitted via Submittable in the appropriate categories during open reading times only. Submissions cannot be accepted by post or email.

2. There is a strict submission limit of 4 poems per person.

3. Poems should be submitted in a single file, with poems separated by titles or page breaks.

4. Work should be submitted in one of the following file formats: .doc, .docx, .txt, .rtf.

5. If submitting poems and prose simultaneously, they will be considered by different editors at different times, so to be sure of a response please submit separately, via the appropriate Submittable category.

6. When Submittable prompts you to type a 'cover letter', please include an up-to-date biographical note and contact details including an email address.

7. Works of translation where the original author is still in copyright will require the bios of both the original author and the translator. On the Southword contents page, the poem will be listed under the name of the original author, and the translator will be credited on the poem's page itself.

8. Poems are considered between December 1st and February 28th each year for our September issue. PLEASE NOTE after the close of the submission date the editors will make their selection. Submittable will notify you as to the success of your submission. Due to the large volume of submissions received, the editor may take up to 10 weeks after the submission deadline to make their decision. The March issue of Southword publishes poems selected through the Gregory O'Donoghue Poetry Competition.

9. Authors are paid €40 per poem published in Southword. If the writer lives outside of Ireland, they will be paid by PayPal. (Information on how to set up a PayPal account: ).

10. If you need to withdraw a submitted poem/poems, please send a note to the editor via Submittable.

11. If you your work has been selected from an unsolicited submission and published in Southword before, we ask that you please wait two years before submitting again.

Any questions regarding these guidelines can be sent to the Publications Officer at info(AT)munsterlit(DOT)ie

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Hungry Zine

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Deadline: March 15, 2021

Hungry is now accepting submissions for Issue 00: “Home Cooking”!

With our first and pilot issue, we honour everyday food knowledge. We are asking for submissions on the theme of home cooking. What does home cooking mean to you? What stories, emotions, questions, relationships does “home cooking” bring up for you? In this year when many of us have been spending much time at home, what are you cooking and eating? What are your comfort foods? Who are the people you learned to cook from? What foods or meals are important to you? From who, or where, did you learn how to prepare them? How do you recreate, create and document home cooking knowledge?

About Submitting to Hungry
The deadline for submissions for Issue 001 is March 15th, 2021.
We want to respect you and your work by providing a reasonable response time. You can expect to hear back from us about your piece(s) by mid-April 2021.

All contributors are paid $50 upon publication.

We prioritize the work of creators whose voices are missing in food media. We make this happen with an intentional selection process and a committed editorial team. If you would like to learn more about our values and how your submission might align, please read more at

Submission Guidelines

Submissions are to be sent through our google form here.

Poetry: Please submit a maximum of three poems as a PDF, DOC or DOCX.

Fiction and Nonfiction: Please submit up to two pieces, with a maximum of 1000 words each, as a PDF, DOC or DOCX. Writing can include but not limited to short stories, essays, interviews, and recipes.

Visual art and Photography: Please send up to three low-resolution images. We accept submissions in colour. Please be aware that Hungry will be printed on a risograph press and colour options will be limited (two to three colours).

Questions? See our Submission FAQs or contact us at

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Kaleidotrope seeks speculative fiction and poetry

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Deadline: February 28, 2021

Kaleidotrope is currently open to submissions until the end of February 2021.

Kaleidotrope publishes predominantly speculative fiction and poetry—science fiction, fantasy, and horror, but also compelling work that blurs the lines between these and falls outside of neat genre categories. Man does not live on space ships, elves, and ghostly ax murderers alone, after all. We’d suggest looking through the archives to familiarize yourself with the zine, and/or checking out other work by our past contributors, to get a sense of what we’re looking for and what we like.

We are also interested in publishing diverse writers. Kaleidotrope welcome writers of color and other groups, as well as work that represents the diversity of characters we want to see more of.


We have no minimum or maximum word count but strongly prefer stories over 250 words and under 10,000.


We consider all forms. However, individual haiku, or other very short poems, may be a tougher sell.


We are looking for primarily full-color illustrations to serve as cover art. We currently do not commission new cover artwork or pieces to appear with individual stories and poems. The best way to submit artwork is to email a link to your online portfolio or gallery, though you may also send individual pieces for consideration.


Kaleidotrope does not consider fiction or poetry reprints. This includes work that has appeared on your personal website or in public online forums. We do, however, consider artwork that has appeared in online galleries or elsewhere, provided you own the copyright to the piece and any characters depicted therein. (Sorry, no fan-art.)


For fiction and poetry, we buy First Serial Rights. This means that the work will not have appeared anywhere else, in print or online, prior to publication. For artwork, we buy Digital Reprint Rights.

Work published with Kaleidotrope will remain in our archives as part of the issue in which it first appeared, but all rights will revert to the author upon publication. With the exception of artwork, we ask only that you wait three months from publication to reprint the work elsewhere.


For fiction, we pay $0.01/word (1 cent a word) USD. For poetry, we offer a flat rate of $5 USD per accepted piece. For artwork, we offer a flat rat of $60 for cover art.

Reading Periods

In 2021, Kaleidotrope will be open to fiction and poetry submissions during the following periods:
February 1-28
May 1-31
August 1-31
November 1-30

Fiction and poetry sent outside these windows will not be considered. Artwork, however, may be submitted year-round beginning in February.

Response Time

Typically 1-3 months. Feel free to query if you have not heard from us after that.

How to Submit

Kaleidotrope only accepts electronic submissions, sent by e-mail attachment to You may, if you prefer, paste the text of your submission into the body of the e-mail itself — although this is less advisable for longer pieces. In your e-mail subject heading, please indicate if the work you’re sending is Fiction, Poetry, or Artwork.

It is strongly advised that you generally follow standard format for all manuscripts, including name (and byline if different), email contact, story title, and word count. A brief cover letter is also welcomed.

Multiple Submissions

Please keep multiple submissions to a reasonable minimum (i.e., no more than 3 at any one time). Poetry and artwork submissions may be submitted in a single e-mail, but please send all fiction individually.

Simultaneous Submissions

We do not accept simultaneous submissions. We understand why authors wish to submit stories to more than one venue at a time, but please don’t do it to us. And unless we specifically ask you to send us revisions, please do not resubmit stories we’ve passed on. Thanks!

Please always feel free kaleidotrope@gmail.comto query if anything in these guidelines is unclear.

It Gets Even Better: Stories of Queer Possibility

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Deadline: Sunday, February 28, 2021 5:00 AM

It Gets Even Better: Stories of Queer Possibility is an anthology of queer speculative fiction on the theme of positive queer possibility.

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The basics

Editors: Isabela Oliveira (she/her) and Jed Sabin (they/them)

Deadline: Saturday, February 27th, at 9pm Pacific

Length: We've set the upper limit at 15,000 words to allow for flexibility, but most acceptances are likely to be under 7,000 words. There is no minimum.

Rate: We pay at least 8 cents per word.

Simultaneous submissions: No, please do not submit an original (non-reprint) story anywhere else while we are considering it.

Multiple submissions: Yes, you may submit up to 3 stories to us at once. There is no limit on total number of submissions as long as there are not more than 3 under consideration at one time.
Reprints: We will consider previously published stories, including those that have been self-published online. Reprints are paid at the same rate as originals. Audio rights must be available.
Identity statements: We do not require or expect authors to disclose their identities to us, and if authors do choose to share their identities, we will not disclose that information to others without permission.

We encourage submissions from authors who have never submitted their fiction to a paid market before, and we've tried to develop these guidelines to be clear to those who aren't familiar with industry norms. Please don't hesitate to submit for fear of doing it wrong, and feel free to contact us here with questions or accessibility requests.

Content guidelines

We are looking for completed speculative stories about positive queer possibility, written in English, which do not use intellectual property currently under copyright by someone other than the author. Stories may feature near-future social and political change, far-future imaginings of new societies, alternate universes with completely different systems of gender and relationships, alternate histories proposing better outcomes for true events of the past, creative explorations of queer identity—any kind of speculative fiction that posits queer affirmation and joy.

We define "speculative" broadly as any fiction with elements of reality that notably differ from our own. We welcome all kinds of speculative fiction including science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, alternate history, stories featuring superheroes or supernatural entities... horror may not be a great fit for this anthology, but if you have something you think could work, go for it.

We welcome representation of all kinds of queer identities including trans, nonbinary, genderqueer, agender, intersex, two-spirit, questioning, asexual, aromantic, gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, etc. Your characters may choose not to embrace the term "queer" or other identity labels for themselves, but please submit to us only if you are comfortable with "queer" being used to describe your story.

We also welcome and value other axes of representation including race, ethnicity, nationality, disability, neurodiversity, body size, religion, and age. We do not require or expect authors to disclose their own identities; our budget covers sensitivity reads for stories that focus on identities the editors don't share.

We are unlikely to accept stories featuring major character death, graphic abuse or violence, hate speech, or sexual assault. Profanity and explicit consensual sex are fine.

We do not accept submissions of translations, poetry, nonfiction, or art.


Please submit your story in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format. We prefer Shunn Modern Manuscript Format minus the street address, but don't stress on getting it perfect, especially if you have a disability that makes the Shunn format difficult for you. We won't reject anyone because of formatting! If you don't include pronouns, we will default to "they" in our records; you may also put down "(no pronouns)" if you prefer to avoid pronouns altogether, or include more information in a format like "(they/them, publicly he/him)". If your name differs from your legal name, don't worry about putting the legal one on the manuscript—if your story is accepted, we'll address that at the contract stage.

You may choose to include content notes above the title. Please be sure to include a content note if your story includes animal harm, terminal illness, or parental death in particular.

Cover letters are optional. If you include a cover letter, it should mention the title of the story. It's fine to address the letter to "Editors" or to "Isabela and Jed"; we prefer not to be addressed with honorifics. You can list previous publications and awards if you have them, but we're hoping to include some authors who have never been published before as well as established writers, so don't worry if you don't have a writing resume. You may also choose to provide information about your personal experiences and expertise as they relate to the story. Please do not include a story synopsis or a pitch.

What to expect

You'll receive an automated confirmation e-mail soon after you submit your story. If you haven't received the e-mail after a few hours and you've checked your spam folder, please contact us, since it may mean we don't have the right e-mail address for you.

We intend to send first-round rejections or hold notices within 30 days of receiving each submission. (A hold notice is a notification that we liked your story and we're keeping it for further consideration.) We may accept a few stories during the open submissions period, but most acceptances and final-round rejections will not be sent until a few weeks after we close, so authors submitting at the beginning of the period should be prepared to wait up to 3 months. We'll tweet at @specqueerabout where we're at in the submissions process, and about any delays that come up.

Please do not resubmit a story that has been rejected, even if you've revised it. If we're interested in seeing a revised version, we will explicitly invite you to submit again. Be aware that an invitation to resubmit a revised story is not a guarantee that the revision will be accepted.

We will not divulge your name or other personal details to anyone unless your story is accepted, in which case we'll check with you about the name and pronouns you'd like us to use in the book and on social media.

Some stories under serious consideration may be sent to sensitivity readers before acceptance, if they prominently feature cultural experiences or context we don't have the background to evaluate. If a sensitivity reader gives us feedback that informs a decision to reject, we'll share the feedback with you and give you an opportunity to respond.

For accepted original stories, we buy first English-language rights, but we do not require a period of exclusivity. This means once you sign our contract you can't publish the story anywhere else until we've published it, but after that you don't have to wait to reprint it elsewhere. We pay within two weeks of acceptance.

If you have questions that are not answered in these guidelines, or if you come across any issues in the submissions system, feel free to contact us. We look forward to reading your stories!

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Triangulation is open for submissions

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Deadline:  February 28, 2021

Triangulation is open for submissions as of December 1, 2020. We are Parsec Ink’s speculative fiction anthology, since 2003. We’re looking for outstanding fantasy, science fiction, weird fiction, and speculative horror–from new and established writers. We are continuing to tackle environmental issues as we did with Triangulation: Dark Skies (about light pollution) and Triangulation: Extinction (about the loss of biodiversity). Tell us a story we won’t forget.

Theme: Triangulation: Habitats. Sustainable habitats, in tune with their surroundings.

Show us places we want to live that never existed or that we don’t know ever existed. Past, present, and future domiciles for humans, aliens, and fantasy creatures.

Ideally, the story plot will hinge on the habitat design. Let us hear about a new way to live, thriving, not merely surviving. What does it mean to live sustainably in outer space, underground, in the sea, floating in the atmosphere?

What does sustainability look like in a fantasy setting? Is the mana running out? Eye of newt getting scarce? Gnomes in the septic system?

Consider an Earthship, a faerie mound, a hobbit house, a generation starship where everything is recycled, a living starship where humans live in symbiosis with their environment, a forest city, a treehouse on Yggdrasil.

What will Biosphere 3 look like? A research station on Mars? The first or thirty-first lunar colony?

Flying houses. Tiny houses. Ultrasmart houses. Longhouses. Cave dwellings, cliff dwellings, teepees, igloos, tents, yurts, polystyrene dome homes, sandbag homes, straw bale homes.

Moated castles with crenelated battlements, slitted archery windows, double walls, drawbridges, spiral staircases curved to put a right-handed attacker at a disadvantage. Spires, minarets, secret passages, dungeons, wells, narrow twisty streets in a surrounding town, so armies can’t march through.

Phase change materials in the walls. Earth tubes. South-facing window walls. Large thermal masses for heating. Greenhouses. Buried root cellars (wine cellars).

Ah, but adding magic in the mix? The hut of Baba Yaga. The treasure cave of Aladdin.

Show us habitats we’ve dreamed about or never even dreamed of. Show us habitats we thought we understood and teach us something new about them.
submission requirements

Submissions Open: December 1, 2020

Submissions Close: February 28, 2021

Word Count: We consider fiction up to 5,000 words, but the sweet spot is 3,000. There is no minimum word count. Stories over 5000 words will be rejected unread.

Genre: We accept science fiction, fantasy, and horror–and enjoy intelligent blends of the three. Stories without a speculative element will not be considered.

We do not accept reprints, multiple submissions, or simultaneous submissions. If we reject a story before the end of the reading period, feel free to send another.

We love creative interpretations of our themes, but we do require the stories to be a solid fit.

We run mature content only if we like the story and find the mature content to be integral to it.

Please, no hate-ist stories (or any other -ist), stories with suicide, religious proselytizing or excessive, unwarranted violence. One of the editors is also not a fan of guns.

We do not accept fanfic.

Please send a short bio in the cover letter of your submission. We ignore that until and unless we buy your story.

Poetry Guidelines: No minimum or maximum number of lines, but poems of more than 100 lines will have to be extraordinary to find a place in the anthology. Same Submittable link as prose submissions. Poetry editor: Herb Kauderer

Manuscript Format: Please use industry-standard manuscript format. (For example, We’re not testing you or trying to make you jump through hoops, but we do want a manuscript that is easy for us to read. We reserve the right to reject a story because it does not adhere to our formatting guidelines.

We accept manuscripts in the following formats:
.doc or .docx (MS Word)
.rtf (Rich Text Format — generic document format that most word processors can create)
how we choose

We are a meritocracy. New authors are as welcome as those with a laundry list of accomplishments. But it’s going to be the story that wins us over. Grab us by the lapels, drag us onto that plane, take us for the ride of our lives… but get us back on the ground safely and home in time for dinner.

We aim to read submissions as they are received. If a story doesn’t work for us, we reject it. If we think the story has great potential but isn’t quite there yet, we request a rewrite. The ones we love the most, we hold on to for further consideration. Next, the stories fight it out amongst themselves until we have our final lineup. At which time, final acceptances are sent out. It’s sort of like Enter the Dragon, but without the nunchucks. When a story is accepted, the changes we suggest will typically be minor and/or cosmetic.

Response: Final decisions are made by April 30.

Eligibility: All writers, including those who are known or related to the editorial staff, can submit to Triangulation. That doesn’t mean they’ll necessarily get in, but we are happy to consider their work.
if your story is accepted

Prose Compensation: We pay 3¢ per word. Payment will be either via PayPal or check.

Poetry Compensation: We pay 25 cents per line. Payment will be either via PayPal or check. $5 minimum payout.

Rights: We purchase North American serial rights, Spanish language rights, audio and electronic rights for the downloadable version(s). All subsidiary rights released upon publication.
how to submit

Electronic submissions make our lives easier. Please upload your story via Submittable. If this is your first time using Submittable, you will need to create an account with them. Don’t worry, it’s free.

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Imperial Death Cult submission guidelines

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Submission Guidelines:
  • Format the subject of your e-mail as "SUBMISSION-[Your Name]".
  • Include a short bio in the body of your e-mail, written in third person.
  • Attach your submission as a .doc or .docx file. 
Please allow up to two weeks for a decision. If you have not heard back from us by this time, feel free to send us a query.

Friday, February 12, 2021

Mystery Weekly Magazine short story submission guidelines

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Use the online form to send us your 1000-7500 word story or You-Solve-It mystery. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but not multiple submissions; please send only your best available story. Submissions must be original works of short fiction that have never appeared online or in print in any form. Avoid scenes of animal cruelty or excessive profanity/violence, and please make sure there are no typos or grammatical errors. We now pay 2¢/word USD for accepted stories. 

If your story is accepted, a digital agreement must be signed and payment will be sent by PayPal to the email address you specify below. Your story may appear in our monthly print and digital magazine, on our website, in our App, as social media excerpts, and possibly in printed collections of our monthly issues. We require first-publication and archival rights with an exclusivity period of 1 year. Due to the high number of submissions we receive, our average response time is 1-5 weeks.

We are a Mystery Writers of America approved publisher.

The Bergman Prize for poetry

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Deadline: March 1, 2021 11:59 PM PDT

The Bergman Prize is open to poets living in the United States who have not published more than one book-length collection of poetry with a registered ISBN.

Manuscripts must be submitted via Submittable by March 1, 2021 at 11:59 pm PDT. There is no fee for submitting. A winner will be announced to the public by May 31, 2021.

Current or former students, colleagues, employees, family members, and close friends of the judge are not eligible for the prize.

Submission Guidelines

  • Submissions must be original poetry manuscripts written in the English language. Poems published in print or on-line periodicals, anthologies, or chapbooks may be included, but the manuscript itself must be unpublished. Translations and works by multiple authors are not accepted. 
  • Manuscripts must be a minimum of 48 numbered pages and a maximum of 80 numbered pages in length, including the title page and table of contents. All manuscripts must be paginated. Each new poem must start on a new page.
  • Manuscripts should be formatted using a standard typeface in 12-point font. Manuscripts may be single-spaced, 1.5-spaced, or double-spaced.
  • Upload your manuscript as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file. Include a title page with the title only and a table of contents. Author’s name should not appear on any pages within the uploaded document.
  • Include a cover letter where indicated on Submittable. Cover letter should include author’s brief bio (no more than 200 words) and a list of acknowledgments of previously published poems. Do not include acknowledgements, biographical information, or any other cover letter within the document of the manuscript.
  • Submitting more than one manuscript to the prize is not allowed. Manuscripts that do not adhere to submission guidelines will not be considered.
  • Revisions or corrections are not permitted once your manuscript has been submitted. The prizewinner will have an opportunity to edit their manuscript prior to publication.
  • You may simultaneously submit your manuscript elsewhere, but please notify us immediately if it is accepted for publication. 

The Bergman Prize reserves the right of the judge to not choose a winner for any given year of the competition.


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Deadline: February 28, 2021 Midnight

Decoded is a story-a-day anthology of queer science fiction, fantasy, and horror by queer authors. We feature speculative writing and comics released to subscribers every day of Pride month. If you want to get an email when subscriptions become available, please sign up for our email list.

The best way to figure out what kind of stories we’re interested in is to read Decoded Pride Issue #1. If you would like to buy a suscription to Issue #1 you can do so by visiting the store. If you cannot afford a subscription, please be in touch.

2021 Submission Guidelines

We are avid readers, and as such, we welcome a wide array of subject matter. Everything from experimental comics to thinly-veiled fanfiction to good old formulaic genre is right up our alley, so don’t disqualify yourself – submit! Our only requirements are that you be a queer creator and that you bring your very best work to the page.

The point of Decoded is to create a space for queer folks to build community as fiction writers and comic creators. We seek to center the voices of those most marginalized within queer communities. We want to facilitate works with queer themes, writers, and audiences.

If that sounds like you, read more below about logistics and how to submit your story.
Fees paid to authors

Flash short story (up to 1499 words) – $25

Short story (1500 to 3499 words) – $100

Long form (3500 – 7500-ish words) – $200

Comics – $75 (total, not per page; there is no limit for length, but keep in mind your whole comic will run in one day)

Fees will be paid via PayPal.

Submitting stories
  • Please email your submission with the title “DECODED SUBMISSION – [story/comic title]” to by midnight on February 28th. (Example: DECODED SUBMISSION – Starship Stuff)
  • Attach your submission in a word document or google doc with 12-point Times New Roman font, double-spaced with one inch margins (or something similar). For comics, email us the best way to view your work.
  • Submissions must be all original content (unpublished elsewhere).
  • You may submit up to two pieces, but please be aware that more than one submission does not make your work more likely to be selected.
  • The hardest category of submissions is long form because we get the most submissions for that category and can accept the fewest pieces.
  • Simultaneous submission is fine, but tell us if it gets placed elsewhere.
  • In your email, please tell us the word count of your story, a bit about yourself, and a couple words about what “queer” means to you. Listen, we’re not checking contributors’ identities, but if you are cisgender, heterosexual, and/or not queer in any sense, please refrain from submitting to this call. There are infinite possibilities for your work to be published, edited, and praised by cishet editors. Let us do our thing.
  • There is no fee for entry, but if you love this anthology idea and want to see it thrive, you can make a one-time contribution here.
  • Please sign up for our email list if you want to get emails about Decoded and know when submissions go live.
Some notes from last year
  • We have no interest in reading anything racist, classist, xenophobic, homophobic, or transphobic. Can you have characters who deal with these issues? Absolutely. We just don’t want to read gross and offensive writing about marginalized people.
  • Don’t shit talk your work in your cover letter. If you can’t say anything positive about your work, let it speak for itself.
  • Pay attention to the submission guidelines. SERIOUSLY.
  • Think about the words you use in your cover letter and in your story, particularly because we’re a queer and feminist journal. If your cover letter says the use of “queer” is a slur? WYD?! If you call a woman a bitch in your short story (esp. if you’re a male writer), WYD?????
  • Don’t send us weird stuff where you describe another person’s genitals and link it to their race. We hate it. We won’t publish it. And, we’ll probably judge you.
  • Don’t send us stories in which one character is grossly objectifying another character, especially in connection with their age or race. Sexuality is great, stereotypes are not.
  • If you make innocent mistakes, we’re not going to hold it against you. (We have published some folks who said mean things about themselves in their cover letter.) We just want to share some things that are important for anyone submitting stories anywhere.
Nitty Gritty Details
This release will be distributed online and via eBook and PDF. It will be available to anyone for a small subscription fee. Contributors will all receive the full issue on the house.
We are not multilingual, but we welcome multilingual work and will work with translations to assess the fit of any pieces submitted in multiple languages. We will accept stories from all over the world.
We claim first worldwide electronic rights (text and audio), first print rights (author must be willing to sign copies), and non-exclusive anthology rights.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

The Headlight Review submission guidelines

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We want to read you. That’s why we’re here. We want to support writers, engage readers, and create space for great art to be realized. We don’t charge submission fees. We know it’s hard out there and a lot of literary journals have turned to them as a result, but we’re trying other methods. Right now, we’re funded by contests, donations, and our own pockets. Unfortunately, we also can’t pay at the moment, but we’re hoping to change that one day soon. Because we believe in writers.

Again—we want to read you. We are open to submissions in all genres on a rolling basis. For all submissions, please ensure that you do not include your name or other identifying information on your submission attachment; our genre editors read your submissions blind. Our genre submission guidelines are as follows:


5,000 words maximum, standard manuscript format. Please do engage critically with the art of fiction and the world around you. Don’t be afraid to tell a great story.

To submit fiction, send an email with your story attached as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf to submissions(at)theheadlightreview(dot)com. Be sure to write ‘FICTION’ anywhere in the subject line, or else your submission might disappear into the stygian abyss that lies beneath.


Three poems maximum per submission, formatted however the poem needs to be formatted. We’ll do our best to reproduce it upon publication, or work something out with you if we have to.

To submit poetry, send an email with your poem(s) attached as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf to submissions(at)theheadlightreview(dot)com. Write ‘POETRY’ anywhere in the subject line, or the self-transforming cyber elves will steal it off to their mysterious home in the underweb.


We accept literary essays of all kinds. 5,000 word maximum, standard manuscript format. We love essays that make the personal into the aesthetic into the political, which is shorthand for saying we love essays.

To submit essays, send an email with your essay attached as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf to nonfiction(at)theheadlightreview(dot)com. Write ‘NONFICTION’ into the subject line, or Dominic will whine. No one wants this.

Nyx Publishing is currently open for submissions

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Deadline: February 20, 2021

Our current calls are:
  • Queer Gothic short stories (deadline: February 20th, 2021)
  • Holiday stories (ongoing)

Nyx Publishing is closed to all other submissions at the moment, unless requested by us. We are still happy to be contacted for agented inquiries. We will have an open call for submissions again in late February 2021, so do check back regularly.
Current call for submissions: queer Gothic short stories (open until February 20th, 2021)

What we’re looking for

Nyx Publishing is seeking queer Gothic short stories for a sequel to our Unspeakable anthology. We are seeking short stories between 100 and 8,000 words. (We won’t delete your submission if your story is 8,010 words, but do please try to keep to the target length.)

We welcome submissions featuring queerness in a broad sense. This includes perspectives from LGBTQIA+ characters, but also queering of gender and sexuality in a more abstract sense. Our anthologies are explicitly trans-inclusive. We do not require our authors to out themselves or disclose their gender or sexuality to us or anyone else. Pen names or anonymous credits are fine (although we do need your information to sign the contract – which we will not share with anyone).

We love tried-and-true Gothic tropes such as crumbling castles, sketchy families, superstition, confusion over what is real or not, occultism, blurring between life and death. We also love fresh interpretations of the Gothic. Send us your gloomy retellings, genre-mash-ups, or experimental writing. Vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural beasties are welcome.

We highly recommend looking through Unspeakable to see what kind of stories we publish. If you are interested in submitting a story, please do get in touch, and we will send you a PDF of Unspeakable free of cost (no further evidence is needed).

Erotic content is fine, but we don’t seek erotica for this call. 

The fine print
  • Nyx Publishing is pursuing world-wide publishing rights of your short story in English for a limited time, for print, digital, and audiobook.
  • We offer a flat rate of £40 for a story. Like for Unspeakable, we will run a Kickstarter campaign to hopefully increase the amount we can pay. 
  • Multiple submissions are acceptable. 
  • Your country of residence does not matter to us – as long as we can find a way to pay you.
  • Let us know if you are submitting elsewhere, and if you have been offered a contract. 
  • Your story needs to be previously unpublished in the English language (which means it hasn’t appeared in another anthology, or been made available in full online like on Wattpad or a blog.) We do accept English translations of previously published work for this call. 
  • We reserve the right to close this call for submissions at any point in time.
  • Due to the volume of submissions, it is likely that we won’t be able to provide individual feedback.
How to submit

To submit your story for consideration, please send your manuscript in .doc or .docx format to submissions[at], with the subject line GOTHIC SUBMISSION and the title of your manuscript. You can address the email to Celine (no need to be formal). Add your manuscript in .doc or .docx format as an attachment. We prefer a clean 12pt font like Times New Roman or Arial. If you want to save us some time, please only include the title of your story in the document (and no other personal information like your name and address), and use proper indenting (no tabs).

A cover letter is unnecessary. You should receive a confirmation that we have received your manuscript within a week – if not, please do send it again or give us a nudge.

If you have any questions about submitting a story, please direct those questions to submissions[at] as well.

We expect to notify authors of the result of their submission around April/May 2021. Do keep an eye on our website and our Twitter account for updates.
Current call for submissions: holiday stories

What we’re looking for

Nyx Publishing is looking to acquire novellas and novels in which a holiday plays a significant role. This includes religious holidays (for example Passover, Diwali, Eid, Vesak, or Christmas) or secular holidays (New Year’s, national holidays).

For this call we are looking for stories between 20,000 and 120,000 words, contemporary or speculative, that end on a positive note. While the story can include grief, loss, or other difficult topics, we seek stories that are ultimately uplifting.

We are particularly keen to publish stories surrounding non-Christian holidays, and/or featuring protagonists that are traditionally excluded from ‘holiday’ reads. Stories can be romantic, family-focussed, or include found-family or close friendships. We are also very keen to read stories featuring wonderful pets.

Submissions will be open until we reach capacity, and will be considered on a rolling basis. If you haven’t received a decision within two months, do give us a prod. Full disclosure: our general editor is currently finishing her PhD, and might be somewhat slow to respond. Please bear with us 

The fine print
  • Nyx Publishing is pursuing world-wide publishing rights in English for a limited time, for print, digital, and audiobook.
  • The contract is negotiable. We offer a 50% net sale royalty rate for ebooks and audiobooks and a competitive rate for print rights. 
  • Multiple submissions are acceptable. 
  • Your country of residence does not matter to us – as long as we can find a way to pay you.
  • Let us know if you are submitting elsewhere, and if you have been offered a contract. 
  • We also welcome reprints and translations for this call. 
  • We reserve the right to close this call for submissions at any point in time.
How to submit

To submit your story for consideration, please send your manuscript in .doc or .docx format to submissions[at], with the subject line HOLIDAY SUBMISSION and the title of your manuscript. You can address the email to Celine (no need to be formal). Add your manuscript in .doc or .docx format as an attachment. We prefer a clean 12pt font like Times New Roman or Arial. If you want to save us some time, please only include the title of your story in the document (and no other personal information like your name and address), and use proper indenting (no tabs).

Please include a short summary of your story in the body of your email. You don’t have to overthink it, as we assess stories by themselves. A cover letter is unnecessary. You should receive a confirmation that we have received your manuscript within a week – if not, please do send it again or give us a nudge.

If you have any questions about submitting a story, please direct those questions to submissions[at] as well.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Luna Station Quarterly seeks work

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Deadline: February 15, 2021 

Luna Station Quarterly publishes speculative fiction written by women-identified authors. We think women write awesome characters and really cool stories and we want to show it to the world. We will consider stories submitted by any woman writer, regardless of experience or writing resume. If you consider yourself on the woman end of the gender spectrum in any significant capacity, you’re welcome here!

Stuff we never get enough of:
  • Stories about people who are of color, disabled, queer, or marginalized in some way
  • Sci-Fi, particularly afro-future views, solarpunk views, stories about disability and mental health of the future
  • Adult-themed stories (caveat: no erotica or heavy violence)

Stuff we want:
  • Fantasy
  • Science Fiction
  • Space Opera
  • New Fairy Tales (not retellings)
  • Some creepiness
  • Stories that explore the nooks and crannies of an original world
  • Big events from the everyman perspective
  • Unique settings and storytelling forms
  • Well-written stories with strong characters

Stuff we don't want:
  • Anything biased toward any religion, race or moral preference
  • Bizarro fiction
  • Poetry
  • Extreme gore or sexual content, in particular no explicit rape or sexual assault. (everything in moderation)
  • Fan Fiction (original stories only, please)
  • Bad grammar/punctuation (please proofread and watch your sentence structure!)
  • Plagiarism

A further note about challenging topics in submissions. Science fiction has a long-standing tradition of pushing boundaries and asking difficult questions. It is meant to challenge us and ask us to look at ourselves and how we treat each other and the world around us. That said, LSQ is centered on uplift and so any story that contains explicit shaming, sexual situations or violence especially toward women and minority groups will be considered more carefully than other stories and the content must be justified within the story’s arch. If the tale is powerful enough and addresses challenging topics in a way that grabs our editors, we will still consider it. This is one of those "we know it when we see it" things.

Format and Details

Stories should be 500 to 7000 words in length. We may publish longer or shorter works, but the greater your story is above or below limit, the less likely we are to publish it. No poetry please. Submit only onestory per submission period. We do not accept multiple submissions.

NOTE: We are no longer accepting simultaneous submissions. Do not submit a story to us if you have submitted it elsewhere.

A Note on File Format

Send your submissions to us as an RTF, DOC, DOCX, or ODT attachment. All other attachments will not be read. Standard Manuscript Format required. Make your files neat and tidy and include Title and Author on the first page! Your submission must be in Standard Manuscript Format before your story will be considered.


We prefer original works, but will consider reprints. Authors should be sure they have the right to sell reprints. If your work is a reprint, include any necessary reprint information at the bottom of the work, such as "First appeared in XYZ Magazine, May 2011."

NOTE: Reprints must be at least 3 years past their initial publication date to be considered.


Luna Station Quarterly is published once a quarter, and has the following schedule:

Publication Date: Submission Dates

March 1st : September 15th – November 15th

June 1st : December 15th – February 15th

September 1st : March 15th – May 15th

December 1st : June 15th – August 15th

Response Time

Our response time varies, but we will try to reply to you by six weeks after the end of the submission period for each issue. Feel free to contact us (via the contact form) if we do not acknowledge your submission has been received within three weeks of the end of the submission deadline. If you want to ask about something you have submitted, it is extremely important to use the contact form) and include the date when you sent the submission. If your story is accepted, you will receive an email that includes the publication date and a short, simple contract. This must be returned before publication or your story will not be published.


Copyright remains yours at all times. We simply ask for the right to publish your story on our website, and also add it to the ebook (epub, mobi, pdf) and print versions. All stories will be archived indefinitely on our website. If you want us to remove a story from our archive or the downloadables, please write us via the contact form to let us know. Anthology rights: to be determined later. If ever such a thing comes to pass, authors will be contacted to work out terms.


Luna Station Quarterly pays $5 USD for each story, payment made via Paypal. In addition, authors receive a lifetime subscription to the ebook version of the magazine. We also provide a profile page for all authors which may be used to link to a homepage, display contact information, and list other publication credits.

Final Notes

We reserve the right to change the submission process between issues. If you have any further questions regarding this process, please use the contact form to get in touch.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Claw & Blossom seeks submissions on the theme of WATER

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Deadline: February 21, 2021

Submissions for Issue 8: March Equinox are OPEN.

The theme is WATER

The editor looks forward to receiving interpretations of the theme that are suitable and on-point while still being subtle and surprising!

General Guidelines


Please familiarize yourself with Claw & Blossom’s past issues (free to read online) to get an idea of our general aesthetic.

We look for pieces that explore human striving with an awareness of the larger context. To that end, your work MUST contain some element of the natural world. The natural world need not be the main focus, but it should have a distinct and relevant narrative presence.

Stylewise, we tend towards tight language and evocative, concrete imagery. We are keen on narrative- or conceptual movement and are not usually drawn to odes or portraits. We favor work that explores complex questions with subtlety. We dig depth, we want layers.

For more detailed information on our submission hopes-and-dreams, it’s a good idea to check out our interview at the Six Questions blog.


For POEMS, send one poem per submission. We are partial to free verse and are NOT often drawn into the more traditional forms (haiku, sestina, haibun, sonnet, rhymed couplets, etc.).

For PROSE, send up to 1,000 words. This can be one piece or linked micros. Feel free to send what moves you, but it’s safe to say we are NOT fans of gore/thriller/slasher stories or romance/erotica. Genre work that comes our way will be a tough sell.

Submissions are initially read BLIND. Please do not include any personal information in your uploaded file. Please include a brief cover letter with your submission (short third-person bios are welcome in your cover letter; this letter will be viewed in later rounds).

We do not consider previously-published work. This includes pieces that have been posted to social media accounts.

We do not consider multiple submissions. Please wait for a response to your submission before sending another new piece our way.

We encourage simultaneous submissions. Should your work be accepted elsewhere while under consideration with Claw & Blossom, please withdraw the piece from us immediately by using the Withdraw option in Submittable.

We pay $25 USD per acceptance upon publication via PayPal only and are currently unable to issue payment via other methods. Please keep this in mind when submitting. Linked micros are considered one acceptance.

 The queue is cleared every 3 months and all submissions receive a response before issues are published.

Spam filters are capricious beasts, so if you don’t seem to have received a response, please don’t hesitate to send a query by using the Contact form.

Please note that sometimes Short-List decisions are difficult and final adjustments to the Table of Contents might be pushed out to the last week of the cycle. (Not ideal, but the editor does possess just the one brain.)

  1. By submitting your work to Claw & Blossom for consideration, it is understood that you accept the following terms:
  2. That the work you send Claw & Blossom is of your own making and has not been plagiarized in whole or in part.
  3. That Claw & Blossom is purchasing the rights to publish your work on its website and to archive that work in its Issues archive.
  4. That if your work published with Claw & Blossom is later reprinted elsewhere, you will kindly add an acknowledgement of first publication.


We currently review work through Submittable:

Monday, February 8, 2021

Reedsy prompt: Living History

Deadline: Feb 12, 2021 EST 11:59 PM

It's an important truth that those who don’t study history are doomed to repeat it. Unfortunately, sometimes we find ourselves living through historical moments whether we’ve prepared for them or not.

This week, we’re going to examine all the ways that people live through — and shape — history. Whether that’s an important activist organizer, a daring political leader, or just someone trying to educate people on the past so they can avoid previous mistakes, history is made up the actions of each and every one of us. How will your characters change the course of their world?
This week's prompts:

Write about someone who never planned to make history but is now about to deliver a speech in front of millions.

Write about a child witnessing a major historical event.

Start your story with someone entering a museum, and end it with them settling down to join a sit-in.

Write about an elderly character who was part of a historic movement years ago.

Start your story with a major news event breaking — one that will change the world forever.

 Stories will be visible once this contest has ended!

$50 Prize money

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

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

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

Any questions? Check out our FAQ

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Seeking essential voices

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Deadline: February 15, 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 February 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.

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Cid Pearlman seeks poetry

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Deadline: February 15, 2021 midnight PST

Submit Poems to our new interdisciplinary project called (home)Body
Four selected poets will each receive a $500 honorarium for an original work.
Five additional poets will receive honorable mentions and one or more of their poems will appear on the project’s webpage.

(home)Body is an art installation with dance video, poetry, and live performance. This work is a collaboration between artistic director/choreographer Cid Pearlman, video artist Mara Milam, poet/dramaturge Denise Leto, and ten dance artists. The poems we commission will seek to represent a multiplicity of voices. They will inform the content we create and will function as scaffolding and inspiration for the dance and video.

We are looking for poems that speak to ideas around home and body in personal, experimental, and/or topical ways. The poems can range in metaphorical and embodied complexity. For example, the body in question can be the personal/individual body, the communal/community body, the body politic, and/or the synecdochal body.
  • Cid Pearlman is a 2021 Rydell Visual Arts Fellow and funds from her award make possible the poets’ honoraria. 
  • The project will be installed at Radius Gallery and/or the Museum of Art & History in Santa Cruz, CA beginning in January of 2022. Both venues are accessible. 
  • If you would like to request a specific accommodation, please contact us and we will do our best to work with you to create adaptive strategies and make the necessary arrangements. 
  • The dance films will be screened on large wall mounted monitors arranged around the gallery space. Adjacent to them, small tablets will stream video of the poets reading their work. Text from the poems will be painted on the gallery walls or posted on wall-sized pieces of paper. 

Issues of representation, access, and equity are central to this project and will inform all aspects of the process and the work. We are deeply concerned with multiple modalities and expressions, co-creation, participatory practices, and audience experience.

Complete Guidelines
Submissions open: November 24, 2020
Deadline: February 15, 2021 at midnight PST
We welcome all poetic forms and approaches (lyric, experimental, performance poetry, slam poetry, prose poems, etc.)
We very much encourage new and emerging artists.
If your publishing history is not extensive or if you have few publishing credits, or none, please submit!
We also welcome interdisciplinary poets and poets who work in different media and genres.
We are particularly interested in submissions from BIPOC poets, poets from the LGBTQIA+ community, young poets, and poets from disability communities across all cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.
Please send 3-4 poems, 10 pages maximum. (We are mindful that a single poem might inhabit a more spacious form such as one line per page. Such a poem would count as one. Therefore, you would be able to submit up to three additional poems, but of shorter length, each not more than 2 pages).
There is no entry fee.
Only electronic submissions will be considered.
Submit the poems in a single .doc, .docx, or .pdf file.
Please include your name on each page; this is not an anonymous solicitation. Please number the pages, have only one poem per page unless it is longer, and have page breaks between each poem.
In the subject line of the email please type: Poetry Submission, First Name, Last Name.
In the body of your email, include a short cover letter with a short biographical statement (each no more than 75 words) and your contact information. Please do not send your poems pasted in the body of your email.
We will not consider poems that have been previously published or performed. Please let us know if a poem has appeared on a blog, website, Twitter, Facebook or any other social media.
Translations and poems not in English will be considered.
Poems written by more than one person are eligible.
Simultaneous submissions are fine as long as you notify us immediately which poem has been accepted elsewhere.
We cannot accommodate any revisions or edits to submitted poems during the reading period.
Your poems will be considered and chosen by Denise, Cid, and Mara.
Please check the dates and guidelines carefully. Due to time constraints, we are unable to consider any submission that is late, incomplete, or does not follow the guidelines.

Submissions open: November 24, 2020

Deadline: February 15, 2021 at midnight PST

Send to:

You will receive an email confirmation that your submission has been successfully submitted.

Selected poets will be announced in late February or early March 2021.

The final production is estimated to premier in January 2022.

(home)Body considers the unprecedented time we find ourselves in and we will follow pandemic protocols at each stage of the creative process.

It is a condition of entry that when you agree to submit your poems to (home)Body you grant us permission to work with/perform/show/read/record/reproduce any accepted poems or extracts thereof (including the honorable mentions). We are unable to offer additional payment or royalties for any reproductions, future performances, or uses beyond the initial award of $500 for the selected poets. The selected poems should not be published or released elsewhere before the initial premier of (home)Body. You grant us rights to archive all accepted work on our site, and through media closely associated with our site, including social media. All other rights remain with the author. If your work is published in another collection or presented in another production or performance after its inclusion here, we ask that you acknowledge (home)Body and Cid Pearlman Performance as being the project in which it first appeared.

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to read your work.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Third Estate Art seeks storytellers

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Call for storytellers! Third Estate Art seeks storytellers to participate in a virtual event on Saturday, March 6 at 7:00 PM. The theme is relationships. Payment is $50.

This last year has been A LOT. Whether we like it or not, everything about how we relate to each other and the world has changed. In conversation with this unique moment, we're looking for 15-20 minute stories about a specific way one of your relationships has changed. For this event, we're interested in representing all kinds of relationships--romantic, platonic, with pets, with plants, with art, with activism, with yourself.

Please know that as an organization that has roots in both art and activism, we're looking for stories that are well-crafted as well as reflect a progressive worldview. To get a feel for some of our past events, check out our 2019 Salon Series.

Email us at to submit.

Air and Nothingness Press seeks short stories

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Deadline: February 28, 2021

We are seeking stories for an anthology

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Submissions: New authors are as welcome as established writers.

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

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

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

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

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