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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Literary Rebel


Are you a sword and sorcery fan? Do you pen tales of savages and wizards in your spare time? Have you always wanted to be a published author but have no idea where to start? Literary Rebel is seeking talented writers to feature in Savage Realms Monthly! The best part… We pay!

Savage Realms Monthly is a new sword and sorcery magazine for fans of R.E. Howard, Karl Edward Wagner, and Michael moorcock, featuring heroic tales of savage barbarians, evil wizards, and beautiful maidens. We aim to revitalize the Sword and Sorcery genre with brand new tales of adventure from some of today’s most talented authors. Our first issue is scheduled to land in January and will be available in Kindle and print formats.

Send us your best sword and sorcery themed tale of no more than ten thousand (10,000) words and, if we like it, we’ll pay for first publishing rights. Don’t worry, you as the author will retain the copyright to all characters and locales so you are free to publish stories within your fictional universe in other publications in the future. We’ll even link to any websites, social media, or storefronts you desire.

Submission Guideline

We get a lot of mail asking about submission guidelines, so here goes: send the first three pages of your story in a Microsoft Word Document attachment to the following email address; submissions@literaryrebel.com

Be sure to put your name and an email address where we can reach you somewhere in the document. That’s it! Many people ask what font they should use. We don’t care. Font size? Don’t care. Margins size? Don’t care. Spacing? Don’t care. 

Unlike the literary snobs who run the traditional publishing houses, we here at Literary Rebel aren’t complete troglodytes. We know how to select all and change a font we don’t like or resize a font that is too small for our aging eyes. So put the first three pages of your best work into a MS word Doc, attach it to an email and send it over to us. If we like it, we’ll email back asking for the full story. Feel free to introduce yourself in the body of the email and let us know if you’ve published somewhere before, though prior publishing credits are not necessary.

What We Want

We are looking for stories about tough guys and gals that harken back to the golden age of pulp sword and sorcery. We want stories with a plot, the hero should have a specific goal and a plan to reach it. Your story should have danger and plenty of action. And before you ask, sex is okay. Think Robert E. Howard, Michael Moorcock and Karl Edward Wagner.

What We DON’T Want

Please don’t send us stories about insecure adolescents/youths trying to win the heart of the most popular boy/girl in the village. Don’t send us stories about insecure adolescent/youths in magic school. Please don’t send us stories about insecure adolescents/youths. Seriously, just don’t. Don’t send us romance. Don’t send us stories where characters spend ten pages talking about the politics of your imaginary realm. And definitely don’t send us political ideologies thinly disguised as story.

The Fine Print

If we like your story and decide to publish it, we will pay you 25.00 US dollars. We know twenty-five bucks is not a lot of money, but we are a small start up and running this magazine on a shoestring budget. At the moment, twenty-five is all we can afford. Hopefully in the future we’ll be able to pay authors what they deserve for excellent quality fiction. We are paying for first printing rights for 12 calendar months. That means that you retain all story, world, and character rights. It’s YOUR story. And you can sell it again one year after we publish it. We also link any and all social media or published materials so readers can get to know you and buy other published material by you.

Epoch Magazine now considering submissions

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Deadline: April 15, 2021

EPOCH magazine publishes fiction, poetry, essays, cartoons, screenplays, graphic art, and graphic fiction. In continuous publication since 1947, the magazine is edited by faculty in the Department of English Program in Creative Writing at Cornell University. EPOCH appears three times per year: in September, January, and May. 

Submit

We consider only work that is previously unpublished. We do not accept electronic submissions or simultaneous submissions.

Reading Period

We read work submitted by literary agencies year-round. We read unsolicited work between 15 September and 15 April of each academic year. Work submitted outside our reading period is returned unread.

Guidelines

We consider submissions by mail only (see address at the bottom of this page). All submissions should include an SASE. Submissions without SASE are recycled without notification to the author. Submissions should be addressed to the appropriate editor: e.g. Fiction Editor, Poetry Editor, Essay Editor. Screenplays, cartoons, graphic art, and graphic fiction should be so labeled on the envelope.

For poetry, submit no more than five poems in one envelope. We consider poetry in all forms, including the long poem. For fiction, submit no more than one story per envelope and no more than three short short stories per envelope. We consider fiction in all forms, short short to novella length. We do not publish literary criticism or book reviews. You may make more than one submission at a time in either fiction or poetry, but each submission must be in a separate envelope. Submissions of graphic art, graphic fiction, and cartoons should be as pdf on disk; the editors assume no responsibility for the safe return of such submissions, so, please, retain copies of this kind of work.

Please include your street address, e-mail address, and phone number on your submission. We normally respond in six to ten weeks, a bit longer for submissions received during the Thanksgiving to New Years holiday season. We ask that you do not query about a submission until after three months have passed.

Our payments vary from year to year depending on our funding. We presently pay a minimum of $50 per poem. We pay a maximum of $150 per story, more for fiction submitted by literary agencies and for long stories and novellas.


MAILING ADDRESS

EPOCH magazine
251 Goldwin Smith Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-3201

Phone: 607-255-3385

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Outlook Springs

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Deadline: May 15, 2021

SUBMIT VIA SUBMITTABLE

Hello from Outlook Springs!

*Reading Period Next Open March 15 - May 15. Our apologies, but we need to catch up on all the great woodwork that was transmitted last period!"

Send us your weird, wobbly wordwork: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. See genres for specific submission guidelines, but here's a quick rundown:

- Please only one submission at a time.

- Please submit only once per Reading Period.

- Of course simultaneous submissions are OK. They should always be OK.

- Payment is $10 per poem, $10 per flash piece (under 1,000 words), $25 for short fiction and essays (over 1,000 words). Payment via PayPal or Venmo.

- Double-spaced, Times New Roman is good, but hey, you do you!

- Please don't hide any curses or hexes in your semi-colons (ahem, Dave)

- See our site for some examples of what we publish (www.outlooksprings.com)

- No counterfeit exclamation points or hyphens


Questions? Email outlookspringsnh@gmail.com


Thanks for submitting. Thanks for reading. Thanks for everything!

Write for Alien Dimensions


Deadline: May 31, 2021

Send to submissions@aliendimensions.com

Submissions are now open for the July 2021 release of Alien Dimensions – Space Fiction Short Stories #20. Submissions Deadline is 31st May 2021. Submissions will be read in June 2021.

Read further for what stories I’m now looking for. Lots of detail below so that it saves us both time, and there’s less chance of a rejection!

In summary: 

3,500-4,500 words only. “Set it in space, in the far future, and include some friendly non-humanoid aliens helping to solve a pseudo-scientific problem. More cerebral than stomach! Space Fiction! Written in the restrictive third person.” US$10 flat rate.

Rights retained for 2 years. First year – exclusive. Second year – non-exclusive. After 2 years, full-rights return to the author, and the Alien Dimensions issue it is in is removed from sale.

Detailed Submission Guidelines

Things to include:
  • 3,500 to 4,500 words – okay to go over but it’s still US$10 so…
  • Fast-paced
  • At least one great idea
  • Preferably written in the third person (or if you prefer first person writing, do a lot of head jumping, and include lots of dialogue)
  • Set in the future, at least 100 years hence. Happier with 1000 years hence. Let’s avoid 20th/21st century baggage and just tell an original story
  • Some kind of non-humanoid aliens present, usually friendly
  • More alien worlds, more non-humanoid characters. E.G.: intellectual bacteria, plants with tentacles, a conscious galaxy, or some other not even vaguely humanoid creature / energy being. Do your best to create something non-anthropomorphic
  • End on a positive note (aim for it, but if it is impossible, I’ll still consider it, if the story is good)
  • PG 13. No sex, swearing, obvious LGBTQI+ themes, unless the entire story will fall apart without it. It’s a short story so please don’t bother with a romance or endless character development, or detailed descriptions of what the characters look like.
  • Must be original. No using copyright characters or established series. 
  • Must never have been published before by another publisher. As Alien Dimensions will be submitted to Amazon Kindle for approval, if Amazon’s A.I. detects something that’s already been published in a different way, Alien Dimensions might get blocked from publication
  • A lot of dialogue between characters that move the story forward. Set in the now. (A short story doesn’t have time for prologues or too much backstory. Save those for your novels!)
  • Short scenes. Change the location or the situation as quickly as possible. Don’t get stuck in one place for more than a few sentences
  • Docx preferred.

And I’m also looking for a high level of grammar, vocabulary, intelligent dialogue and general creative writing ability.

Things to avoid:
  • Derivative works referring to religious texts. Let’s not be too serious
  • Works that pretend to be set in an alien world but feature obviously contemporary human situations with just the names, descriptions and years changed to sound more alien and futuristic.
  • Narration stories where there is no dialogue, and one character just tells a story from beginning to end
  • ‘Journey’ stories. If characters need to get from A to B, please invent some sort of science to get them there in seconds. Save journeys for long novels. Short stories should be about focusing on the complicated situations characters find themselves in, and how they are (if they can be) resolved, rather than describing each step they take between A and B. If your characters must change location a lot, invent some device to get them there in seconds, and to skip five paragraphs of descriptive journey text! 
  • Court room scenes or boxing scenes! Courts have only existed for 800 years in western culture. Don’t expect them to be around in a 1000.
  • Terms like ‘stargate’ (Stargate) or ‘warp drive’ (Star Trek), or ‘time vortex’ (Doctor Who), or ‘the force’ (Star Wars). ‘A.I.’ and ‘hyperspace’ are okay as they’re common terms throughout all SF.
  • Dystopias. Alien Dimensions is a predominantly positive series about the future.
  • Pop culture references. It is unlikely characters years in the future would know anything about the present. Readers love to become immersed in a story and feel like they are there, watching things unfold. Pop culture references that wouldn’t fit the reality throw them out of their immersion. They also age the story. Best avoided unless a section of the story is somehow set in 2021, or one of your characters is an immortal human.
  • Fantasy. Alien Dimensions is no longer looking for any fantasy-style stories. 

Please read some of the more science and dialogue-driven stories from Alien Dimensions to get a feel for what I’m looking for before submitting, and to support the ebook series so that I can buy more stories!

Additional Notes

Hi. I’m Neil A. Hogan and I’m the editor of Alien Dimensions. There is just me behind the scenes, so apologies if there is a delay in replying somewhere down the track. I’ve recently changed the release period for Alien Dimensions, which means I’ll just reply to your emails after each reading day. This will allow me time to focus on my own novel writing.

I’ve read online that some decades-old publications get between 700 and 1000 submissions a month. These publications tend to ask for more contemporary stories, or contemporary style human drama set in a slightly SF environment. While writing something is always hard, encouraging writers to tap into their experience and focus on the beauty of the word, rather than asking them to come up with a completely alien world that blows your mind, really doesn’t appeal to me that much. Sorry about that. Think pulp fiction and space opera, not literary fiction. That’s why I created Alien Dimensions. The goal is to release stories with mind-numbing ideas, brain expanding concepts, or just to get a reader to say WTF? There isn’t enough SF out there that really makes you think about the universe, so, that’s what I’m looking for – something that at least includes SOME hard science or high-tech science, and preferably some hard-to-comprehend aliens.

(If you’re not sure what hard science fiction is, check out Timelike Infinity by Stephen Baxter or Eon, Eternity, and Legacy by Greg Bear.)

Even so, if you can write a decent story, at least touching on some real science, you’ll get my attention. (I’d rather learn it through reading SF than try to get my head around it in a course!) If you write something that is non-anthropomorphic, or xenofictional, I’ll be shouting for joy!

If you’re stuck for a science idea to get you started, I recommend installing the app Science News from AppsForNexus. Google Play link here: Science News Daily It aggregates science news from a variety of sources.

About Alien Dimensions

Alien Dimensions is a not-for-profit science fiction publication with a focus on independent authors from around the world, open to submissions from anyone, anywhere from any walk of life. So, you may find a mix of English grammar and spelling from the UK, Australia and the USA, as well as region specific mother tongue influences on sentence construction and punctuation usage. I don’t/wouldn’t want to destroy some of the subtle flavours / flavors / tastes that someone has/had added to their work so I’ll only change/be changing major/noticeable grammar problems where/if possible. English teachers beware!

I’m always on the lookout for new hard space fiction stories. I also feel that we’ll be in contact with intelligent aliens within the next 10 years, and this will reshape the future of humanity. As soon as the human race makes contact with aliens, every story ever written that doesn’t contain aliens would seem a bit outdated. It would be like watching old episodes of Alien Nation or Buffy without seeing a mobile phone.

So, please make sure there are some aliens in your story. Even better if your story is written from the aliens’ perspective.

If you’ve written a space fiction story that you’ve had rejected, worked on to improve, sent it to someone else, but then been rejected again and given up on, perhaps you could submit that to me? I might reject it too, but I’m looking for great ideas. If the ideas are great and teaches readers something, but the story just needs a little tweaking, I might be able to help you rewrite it to make it work. (You’ll get the credit, of course!)

If you write in the style of Robert A. Heinlein, Greg Bear, Isaac Asimov, Poul Anderson, Clifford D Simak, Arthur C. Clarke, Larry Niven, Stephen Baxter, Piers Anthony, Cixin Liu or Paul Cornell, and like to research your subject matter before writing, you might have what I’m looking for.

I’ll consider your story and, if it is suitable, offer you a flat rate of US$10.00 (ten dollars) for it, paid by Paypal. Contract example here. (Previous writers, please note new terms) Minimum 3500 words, maximum 4,500 words. If I suddenly get over 400 sales a month for several months, the rate will be reviewed, so please tell your friends about Alien Dimensions!

There are hundreds of publications you can submit to out there. But, if you’re not accepted, most just have time for a short message like ‘I’m sorry but we are unable to accept your story for publication at this time.’ There isn’t much detail about what they want, and they don’t have time to give you much detail why they didn’t accept your story. So, to make up for that, please closely follow the list of things I’m looking for, and the list of things I’m not (above). That way, you can save yourself some time! Even so, as mentioned previously, if your story has some great ideas, I might ignore one or two of the ‘nots’ to let it through.

If you have a story that you think fits the above, and you’re happy for me to use it for US$10, send it to submissions@aliendimensions.com as a Word .doc or .docx

If possible, please reformat your story to make it easier for me to read by following William Shunn’s Guide to Proper Manuscript Format (Mainly because I don’t have a submission tracking system. And also, well, it means you’re serious. You’ve probably already got that template set up on your computer and use it all the time.)

Of course, I know US$10 isn’t much in some countries, but it is a way to get something back from a story that you might have given up on, and it gets your name out there. If I ever sell more than 400 copies per issue a month, I’ll be able to cover costs and consider increasing that rate.(Publishing Alien Dimensions is a labor of love, and supported out of my own pocket and any money that comes back from sales, less costs and advertising. Completely non-profit.)

Happy to read your story if you’re a new writer and you think your writing is as good as, if not better than, the writers that have already written for Alien Dimensions. So, if you’ve never submitted before, give it a go!

Looking forward to reading your writing

Neil A. Hogan

Monday, March 29, 2021

Honeyguide: mythical creatures and speculative fiction

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Deadline: May 15, 2021


Send all submissions as attachments (.doc, .docx for writing, .jpg and .pdf for art) to submissions@honeyguidemag.com


*Our theme for the second issue is mythical creatures and speculative fiction.*

We publish stories, art and poetry that examine the connection between animals and humans, and the ways we and our lives are more similar than people assume. Some topics and themes to consider, but of course we are open to others:
  • the process of an animal bringing out a character trait in a person (ie: Seabiscut)
  • animals as living, interactive symbols or metaphors of human wants, fears, secrets, challenges, and change (ie: Life of Pi, Cujo)
  • stories told through an animal's perspective (The Incredible Journey, Pax). 

Of course, you can send us both art and writing pieces with dogs and cats as central characters, but we see this so often -- what stories can you tell, either from imagination or experience, about marginalized species or creatures people usually avoid (ie: possums, bats, termites).

We will consider pieces with mythical creatures.

Though we don't prefer pieces with foul language, we will consider them. Just note that if we choose to publish your piece, we may ask to change the language.

At the moment, we can only accept original, unsolicited work. No previously published content quite yet, but we're hoping to in the future.

We accept simultaneous submissions, but notify us right away if the work is accepted elsewhere.​​

All writing should be in the standard manuscript format (12 pt font, Times New Roman, double spaced, word count) with your genre in the Subject line (this will make it easier and faster for the right editor to review your work).

Please find your genre below for specifics. We prefer submissions stick to one genre.

Please give us 1 - 3 months to respond to your work. If you don't hear from us after 3 months, feel free to send us an email asking about your work.

If you want to make any changes to your submission after sending it to us, please let us know what you changed as soon as you can. If you need several changes, please inquire about sending an updated submission.

If accepted, you will receive a free PDF copy of the upcoming issue (and print for a 50% discount) and a chance to be featured on our website (for fiction, non-fiction, art, and an animal rescue only).

If you're featured, you will receive a small monetary payment ($25 for the story, $50 for art) and your piece will be displayed on our website as an example to the kind of work we're looking for until the next publication.

Honeyguide Magazine is a bi-annual magazine that features fiction, poetry, nonfiction, art, and blog posts about animals and their human neighbors. 

We accept pieces from the perspective of animals who are as present and authoritative as human characters, the reciprocal bond between human and animal that bewildered, challenged and changed the human, and discoveries that reveal how close in space and mind the animal and human kingdoms are.

We do not accept pieces that support inhumane treatment of people or animals, or the keeping of exotic pets (ie: tigers, monkeys, crocodiles), but we understand that these are often part of the wider human/animal story. 

Nor will we publish profiles of beloved animals — show us the nature of your relationship, why you depend on each other, and what your bond means for both of your lives.

We also do not accept erotica, cliche animal narratives, preachy articles, easy-fixes, and pieces with perfect, sweet happy endings. Make us ponder, reflect, examine our fears and discomforts, and reason. Our stories in this world are ongoing -- resolutions are often open-ended and extend into the future.

Writers retain the rights to everything they publish with us (print and online).

For pieces we want to publish (to the magazine and blog), we will make changes to grammar and sentence structure with the writer's consent. The writer will still retain rights to the piece even after we make changes.

We have first serial rights to all work published in print and online (except for our blog), and exclusive rights until publication. Once published, all rights revert back to the writer.


FICTION


We're looking for stories that follow the guidelines above, told honestly, vividly, and coherently through a fresh new point of view.

We prefer flash, literary, historical, and young adult fiction, though we will consider other genres and provide feedback if requested.

Please keep submissions up to 4,000 words.

One story per submission.

Please type FICTION in the subject line of your submission, and include a short bio (2-3 sentences).

If your story is declined, feel free to send another once you receive the email telling you the news. If you are declined twice, we kindly ask that you review our guidelines before submitting again.
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POETRY

We value lyrical poetry in any form that exemplifies our vision and is bright with imagery, music, and voice.

Like Fiction, we value poetry told from the human perspective, but we especially love poetry that has a fresh take on the voices of animals. Think T.S. Elliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, and the musical adaptation, Cats.

Poems can be any length, but we ask that you keep them under 20 lines (any accepted poem that is longer will be reviewed and suggested edits will be sent to the author).

Please send no more than 5 poems per submission. We may accept all or 1 if we think your poetry is a good fit for our magazine.

Please type POETRY in the subject line of your email and include a short bio.

Please wait for an email accepting/declining your work before sending an additional batch of poetry.
Send Submission


CREATIVE NONFICTION

Do you have a special experience to share? We appreciate your insight and vulnerability, and would be happy to consider any creative nonfiction piece that meets our guidelines. 

Please keep submissions up to 4,000 words.

One story per submission.

Please type NONFICTION in the subject line of your email and include a short bio (2-3 sentences).

If your story is declined, feel free to send another once you receive the email telling you the news. If you are declined twice, we kindly ask that you review our guidelines and Featured Stories online before submitting again.

CONSEQUENCE seeks work

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Deadline:  May 1, 2021

Submit via Submittable


CONSEQUENCE is an independent, non-profit journal, and a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that publishes new content online throughout each month and a bi-annual periodical. We are interested in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, reviews, visual art, and translations focused on the effects and realities of war and geopolitical violence. Each submission may be accepted for print and/or online publication. We’re pleased to announce we now compensate writers for their work.

We no longer accept mailed or emailed submissions. Submitters whose work is accepted for online publication will be expected to provide a photo to illustrate the work.

Fiction: Short story (up to 5,000 words), Flash (up tp 3 pieces or 1000 words), and Excerpts (up to 5,000 words)

Nonfiction: Interviews, Reviews, Essays, and Narrative Nonfiction (all up to 5,000 words)

Poetry: Up to 5 poems (please label the file with the number of poems, e.g. “Three_Poems”)

Visual Art: Artwork, Graphic Narratives, Video Essays, and Photo Essays

Translations: Accepted if the author’s permission has been granted

We do not consider work previously published in English. Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but if your work is accepted elsewhere, please let us know immediately.

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Reedsy Prompts: Fool Me Once

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Deadline: April 2, 2021 11:59pm EST

Short Story Contest — $50 Reward

From trickster gods to office pranks, humans have long been fascinated by mischief and mayhem. There’s just something about breaking free of the rules of polite society and causing a bit of chaos that appeals deeply to our psyche.

This week, let’s embrace that playful spirit. Whether it’s someone being pranked or doing the pranking, there’s plenty of opportunity to dive deep into your characters’ motives and reactions. No joke — it’s time to break out the (metaphorical) cream pies and throw some anarchy at your protagonists.
  • Write about a mischievous pixie or trickster god.
  • Write about someone who’s spent a whole year planning a big prank, and now they’re finally ready to pull it off. 
  • Write about someone who hates pranks and spends April Fools’ Day doing good deeds instead.
  • Start your story with a big company pulling an April Fools’ prank that ends up going horribly wrong.
  • Write about someone who goes to great lengths to avoid being pranked on April 1st, only to realize they had the date wrong and it’s already April 2nd.

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

Submission Guidelines:
Choose a prompt from this week's contest page.
Write an original story of 1,000-3,000 words.
Tag your submission with up to 3 categories.
Submit the story from your Reedsy Prompts profile before 11:59pm EST on April 2nd.

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, March 26, 2021

Pithead Chapel submission guidelines

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Pithead Chapel electronically publishes art, literary fiction, nonfiction, and prose poetry monthly. At present, we only accept submissions under 4,000 words. All submissions that fall within our guidelines will be considered for an upcoming issue. Because of Submittable's costs and policies, we cap our submissions at 300 per month across all genres, and will close our windows early if we reach this cap, re-opening on the 1st of the following month.

Please only submit one submission at a time: prose poem (1-3 poems in a single doc.), story, or nonfiction piece and wait for a response before sending us another submission.

Cover Art: We're looking for cover art for our upcoming online issues. Previous issues have featured paintings and photography--both realistic and abstract. Browse through our archives to get a sense of what we like.

Fiction: We only accept one story per submission and this includes flash fiction. Please make sure the word count doesn't exceed 4,000 words. In addition, please wait until you receive a decision from us on the first submission before sending us another. If the guidelines aren’t followed your story will be returned at our convenience, unread.

Nonfiction: We're interested in personal, memoir, lyric, flash (short-shorts), and experimental essays; we aren't interested in critical essays. Please make sure the word count doesn't exceed 4,000 words. If the guidelines aren’t followed your work will be returned at our convenience, unread.

Prose Poetry: We only accept prose poem submissions; no traditional forms (sonnets, sestinas, villanelles, limericks, elegies, etc.). If you send us a traditional, lineated poem, we will automatically decline it. In addition, please wait until you receive a decision from us on the first prose poem before sending us another. If you need to withdraw any individual poem (and not the entire submission of poems) from consideration, please email us at pitheadchapel@gmail.com and let us know the title(s) that are no longer available.

Simultaneous Submissions: We do accept simultaneous submissions; however, please contact us immediately if your work has been accepted elsewhere.

Rights: If your work is accepted by Pithead Chapel, you’re granting us First Serial Rights, along with nonexclusive Electronic Archival Rights, to showcase your work indefinitely on our site. At the time of publication, all rights revert back to the author. If you republish the work elsewhere, all we ask is that you please credit us as the first publisher.

Editing: Pithead Chapel reserves the right to edit manuscripts for clarity without notification if necessary. If a manuscript requires a substantial amount of editing, we will notify the author of such changes for review before publication.

Response Time: We’ll try to get back to you as soon as possible about your submission. If you haven’t heard back from us within two months, query us; otherwise, please be patient. We are doing our best and giving each submission the attention it deserves.

Payment: Currently, we don’t have any way to pay contributors. We don't get paid either. We hope to pay our contributors someday, but as of now we can only publish and help promote your writing.

Mslexia seeks non-fiction

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Deadline: April 12, 2021

If non-fiction or journalism is your thing, we have plenty of opportunities to get your voice heard.

Features
We always welcome ideas for one-off features, and entries are considered on a rolling basis. Send us 200-word proposal, plus a brief CV and a published or unpublished example of your writing.

You can also contact us with a brief proposal if you would like to be considered for the following slots in the magazine. We will get in touch if we want to commission a full article.

My portfolio career
Most writers’ lives are a mosaic of paid and unpaid work, including day jobs, caring duties, teaching, performance and bits of journalism (like this), as well as their creative writing. If you would like a chance to explain how your writing fits in to your life, let us know. Pitch us by listing your main creative genre plus four other aspects of your working life, e.g. ‘Writing poetry, working in a café, freelance website design, caring for elderly father, helping run poetry venue’. We will get in touch if we want to commission a full article.

#amwriting
We want to hear from writers who manage to continue with their creative work despite a particular challenge, e.g. new baby, long-term illness, English as a second language, depression, no Wi-Fi connection, family ridicule… Pitch us by stating your main creative genre plus a key ongoing challenge you grapple with in order to continue writing. We will get in touch if we want to commission a full article.

Get yourself into our June 2021 magazine (Issue 90) by submitting your writing to:

The Story of my Life
Are you writing a memoir? Please send a 500-word outline of the story you want to tell for expert feedback from acclaimed memoirist and literary agent Catherine Cho. Both outline and feedback will be published in Mslexia magazine.

Blogability
What do you blog about and why? Please send a 150-word description of your personal blog plus a 200-word excerpt that illustrates your voice and subject matter – and a link, of course.

Writing Nest
Send a photo of the place where you work – your desk, armchair, café corner, bath – along with up to 50 words about why it works (or doesn’t work) for you.

Submission Stories
An opportunity to share the amusement, bemusement or torment of your submitting experience – e.g. ‘They used someone else’s name’, ‘My agent went AWOL’ – as a service to fellow mslexics. Up to 100 words – anonymously if you prefer!

Bear Necessities
Tell is about an object, organism or ritual that helps with your writing: e.g. teddy, terrier or tea in your lucky mug. Send a colour photo please of your necessity, plus up to 50 words of explanation.

Mslexia Moths
Our newest memoir slot, named after the famous Moth memoir performance events in the US and available to sample on the Moth Radio Hour on BBC Radio 4 Extra. These are prose texts: a true anecdote written in first person, suitable for reading on the page or for performance. Must be between 700-800 words.

U is for…
A piece of creative non-fiction inspired by a single alphabet prompt (e.g. H is for Hawk). Current letter: U. Max 300 words.

To submit, complete the form below and upload your submission document.

Alternatively send your entry by post to:
Mslexia
PO Box 656
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE99 1PZ

Don’t forget to also send us your contact details (address, phone number and email).
All submissions are judged anonymously, so please ensure your name does not appear anywhere on your work.

The June 2021 magazine (Issue 90) submission deadline is 12 April 2021.

We usually pay £25 for each piece published in Mslexia (except for ‘Life sentences’and ‘Slings and Arrows’, which are a wee bit of fun; and ‘Pitch perfect’ and ‘First-page surgeries’).

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Ruminate Magazine

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Deadline: June 16, 2021

Submit via Submittable

Thank you for considering Ruminate Magazine as a potential home for your work. We welcome submissions from both emerging and established writers and are looking for creative nonfiction that engages the contemplative spirit of our journal.

Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please add a note to your submission if you need to withdraw a piece.

We accept all styles of creative nonfiction—essays, short memoirs, literary journalism, etc.—only requiring that it be in prose form (no line breaks).

We only accept pieces that are under 5,500 words. 

We currently pay nonfiction contributors $20 per 400 words and in contributor copies.

We only accept previously unpublished work.

To help keep our queue moving, please submit no more than once every six months and wait 3-4 months before inquiring about the status of your submission. We look forward to reading your work!

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

The Rush Magazine seeks fiction, poetry, prose etc

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Deadline: March 31, 2021


The Rush seeks to publish fiction, poetry, prose, and art; providing a platform to a diverse body of writers on a transcontinental level, from emerging to established writers. We welcome Spanish and English work.

Currently accepting submissions for Issue 8 from February 18 to March 31 of 2021.
  • Fiction: 1500 words max
  • Nonfiction 1500 words max
  • Personal Essay: 1500 words max
  • Poetry: 3 poems per submission (3 pp max)
  • Flash Fiction: one page
  • Art: Up to 3 pieces.
We aim to respond to all submissions within sixty days. Please feel free to query us if you have not received a response by the allotted time. We are a volunteer-based journal; your patience is appreciated.

We encourage and welcome simultaneous submissions; please let us know by adding a note to your submission if your work has been accepted elsewhere. If you have sent multiple pieces in one submission and must withdraw one piece or two, there is no need to withdraw the entire submission if there are still some pieces for our consideration.

We do not accept work that has been previously published.

We do not own anyone’s work. The author may republish the work elsewhere after publication. Acceptance grants us non-exclusive North American Serial Rights in print and digital format.

Please include “Full Name” and “Submission Type” in the subject header.

Please do not submit more than once per submission period. a

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

The Were-Traveler seeks submissions for My Job is a Hellhole

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Deadline: March 31, 2021

SUBMISSION FORM

Working for demons, imps, devils, and other minions of hell. Your boss is a denizen of the underworld, but the story can take place in any setting. Any setting means: hell, another planet, Modern Earth, Future Earth. Heaven? Sure why not? Maybe there's an employee exchange program between heaven and hell.
I'm looking for fantasy, dark fantasy, horror, humor (oh HELL YES) and science fiction if you can come up with a science fiction-y hellscape.

Flash/shorts (750-1500 words. No MORE than 1500 words, no LESS than 750 words for flash, no more than 2500 words for shorts) for $10 per piece original, previously unpublished flash, shorts $15). Microfics (350-749 words) will pay at a $5 per story rate for original, previously unpublished stories. Will consider publishing a couple of drabbles for this, at $1 per drabble.

Reprints accepted for this one, $10 for shorts, $5 for flash, $3 for micro. No drabble reprints.

No poetry for this one.
Submissions accepted from Dec 4, 2020 til March 31, 2021.

Monday, March 22, 2021

Dose of Dread seeks horror flash fiction

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Submissions OPEN (Monthly, 1st – 15th). Un-themed, general horror flash fiction. Preference to dread-inducing stories.

Length: 500 – 1,000 words. Firm.

Author Compensation: $10, paid via PayPal.

Publication: Dread Stone Press website (Dose of Dread).

Reading Periods: Monthly, 1st to 15th. Any stories submitted outside of each reading period will not be read. Two (2) stories will be selected out of each reading period for publication the following month.

Rights: First World Electronic Rights. Non-exclusive rights thereafter. No reprint restrictions after publication.

Original stories ONLY. No reprints. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but NO multiple submissions. You may submit again the next month if rejected. If your story is accepted, please sit out one reading period before submitting again.

Please, for everyone’s sake, no rough drafts. Successful pieces will require little to no proofreading edits.

Email your submission as a Word document attachment to dreadstonepress@gmail.com with “DOSE – [Story Title] – [Author Name]” in the subject line.

Please see the General Submission Guidelines below for additional formatting information.

Bodies Full of Burning: An Anthology of Menopause-Themed Horror,

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Deadline: June 1, 2021 (or until filled)

Sliced Up Press is looking for short stories involving menopause for its latest horror fiction anthology, Bodies Full of Burning: An Anthology of Menopause-Themed Horror, edited by Nicole M. Wolverton.

Menopause can be hell – so show us your demons, your darkest dreams, bloodiest crimes or scariest transformations. It’s called the change of life, but transitions can be deadly.
final artwork TBC

What we’re looking for:
  • Stories must include menopause as the main plot point
  • We welcome and encourage stories from women, BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ authors, as we’re looking for a range of experiences to be represented
  • All submissions must be in the horror genre, though we don’t want anything involving rape, bestiality etc.
  • All submissions must be original. We will not accept reprints, or stories published elsewhere including on blogs, social media etc.
  • Submit your best work in standard manuscript format, as an MS Word .doc or .docx attachment. Anything sent in a different format will be deleted without reply.
  • Authors may submit one story maximum for consideration. Do not re-send rejected stories (including those rejected for previous calls to Sliced Up Press anthologies)
  • No simultaneous submissions please.
  • We are not looking for artwork submissions at this time.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES & TERMS:

Please email submissions to sliceduppress@gmail.com using the following format in the email subject line:

Submission for Bodies Full of Burning: [author’s name] – [story title] – [word count]. (so your email should look like this: Submission for Bodies Full of Burning: My Name – My Story – 1,500 words)

In the body of your email, please include a brief author bio of 3-4 sentences maximum along with any social media links.

Payment: $0.01 per word, plus 1 x paperback and ebook contributor copy.

Length: Minimum 1,000 words, up to 4,000 words maximum. Longer pieces will not be considered.

Deadline for submissions: 1st June 2021 or until filled

Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection by 30th June 2021 at the latest. Publication is currently planned for September 2021

If you have not heard back by 30th June 2021, your story has been rejected.

Please do not email to enquire after your submission, unless you want to withdraw your story.

No exclusivity will be sought. Authors retain all rights to their works after publication.

Please do not enquire about publication unless it relates to the project announcements shown above.

Sliced Up Press is not open to unsolicited submissions.

Any unsolicited submissions will be rejected without reply.

Sunday, March 21, 2021

West Branch submission guidelines

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Deadline: April 1, 2021


The editors of West Branch welcome submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and translation. We normally read unsolicited manuscripts between August 1st and April 1st. We print only original, unpublished work. For accepted work, we purchase First North American serial rights.

Payment is awarded for accepted works in the amount of $50 per submission of poetry, and $.05/word for prose with a maximum payment of $100. Additionally, we provide each contributor with two copies of the issue in which his/her work appears and a one-year subscription to West Branch.

Please review the submission guidelines below before submitting using the online submission manager:
  • All manuscripts should be paginated, with the author's name on each page. Prose should be double-spaced and include a word count.
  • Please send no more than six poems or thirty pages of prose. Poems should be saved and uploaded as a single file.
  • The submission manager accepts most document types; we prefer to receive files in .DOC or .RTF format.
  • We prefer to receive no more than two submissions from a single contributor in a given reading period. We make periodic checks for contributors who have reached the 2-submission limit, and reject any additional pieces submitted by those contributors. However, you will still be able to log in to view your account, and reaching the 2-submission limit will not affect pieces already under consideration. Please note also that the submission manager will only allow you to have one piece under consideration at any given time.
  • Simultaneous submissions must be clearly marked as such in the comments section. If any of the work is accepted elsewhere, please withdraw your own West Branch submission immediately.
  • Our usual response time is ten weeks or less--often much less--but if we find your material interesting you may wait longer to hear from us. Please DO query if more than four months have passed since your submission, via e-mail at westbranch@bucknell.edu.
  • Book reviews are typically arranged by assignment, and we publish only poetry reviews. If you are interested in writing reviews, please query with a sample. We currently pay $200 per assigned review.
  • Please acquaint yourself with the magazine before submitting; sample back issues are available for only $3. Subscriptions are available at $10 for one year and $16 for two years. For subscription information, selected work, and news, see our website
Fill in all of your contact information. You should use the "Writer Name" field to specify a pen name, if different from your legal name. Please note that submitting under several different pen names still counts toward the limit of two submissions per reading period per contributor.

Fill in the title(s) of the work(s) you are submitting. If you are submitting a group of poems, they should be saved and uploaded as one file, rather than individually.

Please include your name on every page of your file, as you would with a printed manuscript.

Use the comments section to enter the information you would normally include in your cover letter, then click submit.

After clicking the submit button, you will have the option to review your information and confirm that it is correct. You can log in at any time to submit more materials, or view your account and previously submitted materials.

Further queries may be directed to westbranch@bucknell.edu

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Warp 10 Submission Guidelines

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We enjoy work that bridges the gap between literary and genre fiction, high and popular cultures—anything that challenges the notion that good art can be categorized.

Some examples include:
  • Essays about social justice and Star Trek or a similar sci-fi franchise.
  • Stories about Trekkies and Trekkers.
  • Poems about your favorite Deep Space Nine episode, character, or actor.
  • Literal Klingon or Romulan love songs. 
  • Artwork or photography inspired by Trek or anything else that’s nerdy. 
  • Something that just obliquely involves sci-fi. 
If it involves Trek or anything you’d encounter at a sci-fi or anime convention, we’ll consider it. If we like it enough, we’ll publish it. 

What We’re Not Looking For

We’re still a literary publication, so please refrain from submitting fanfiction. We’ll still read it and probably enjoy it, but we won’t publish it.

We also aren’t interested in work that promotes or glorifies meaningless or excessive physical or sexual violence, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, etc. 

Guidelines

Prose

Essays can be up to 2500 words while fiction should be no more than 1000. We prefer 12-pt., double-spaced, Times New Roman font, though any readable font will do. Save your work to a single .doc(x) file (or a similar format).
Poetry

Send 1-3 poems in a single .doc(x) (or similar format) file of no more than 5 pages. 12-pt., single-spaced, Times New Roman font is preferred.

Art

Send all artwork as a .png or similar document.

Send all submissions to warp10lit@gmail.com with the genre (“essay”, “fiction,” “poetry”, or “art”) in the subject line. You can expect to hear back from us in a few weeks, although this is subject to change.

We don’t accept chapbooks or other manuscript-length submissions at the moment, but this may change in the coming months. We’ll keep you posted.
Simultaneous Submissions

We’re fine with simultaneous submissions, although we doubt you’re sending many Star Trek poems out into the ether. Although we’d love to be your first choice for Trek lit, we know that sometimes other journals will beat us to the chase. In that case, let us know that your work has been accepted elsewhere and we’ll withdraw it from consideration.
Payment, Rights, etc.

Since we’re a small outfit we can’t pay at this time. But on the bright side we don’t charge a reading fee and never will (unlike those pretentious jerks at Ferenginar Quarterly).

Warp 10 reserves first North American serial rights of your work, but all rights revert to the creator after publication.

If you decide to include a work that has previously appeared in Warp 10 in an anthology, chapbook, etc., we’d really love a shoutout!

Submit a story to Thirteen

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Submission form

Thank you for your interest in submitting to Thirteen! We are an audio-drama/audio fiction podcast specializing in feature length (~ one hour) productions that are characterized by slow-burn, atmospheric stories horror and ghost stories.

Submissions that closely match this description have an excellent chance of being chosen for production. Thirteen Podcast is an Imaginary Comma production. All submissions should be sent to info@thirteenpodcast.com

Submission Guidelines

The following are the terms by which a submission will be accepted for production.

Submissions may be altered to best fit the audio format. Minor changes, such as clipping dialogue attributions, adjusting for tone, consolidating character dialogue into narration, and replacing descriptions with sound effects as well as other alterations will occur in most submissions.

The current payment for a submission that is selected and produced is $50.00 (US)
paid by Imaginary Comma to the author upon completion of audio production and before release. Payment can be distributed via PayPal, Apple Pay, Venmo, or direct invoice

Any submission accepted to the show will be attributed to the author.

Any submission found to be plagiarized, in part or in full, will not be accepted. If plagiarism is discovered after a submission is produced and released, it will be immediately removed from our platform and a retraction will be issued. We will require any payment made by Imaginary Comma for a plagiarized submission to be returned in full immediately upon notification.

The following are tips to make your piece more likely to be selected for production. The horror genre is vast and there are many great ways to produce a scare. Not all stories will be a good fit for our platform but that doesn’t mean they’re bad stories. If your first attempt isn’t selected, please keep submitting.

Submissions of 5,000 words or more are most likely to be selected for wide release. Shorter submissions may be selected for special double feature episodes or episodes exclusive to Patreon supporters and other financial supporters of Imaginary Comma. Any submission that is selected for production, regardless of platform, will be paid at the above-stated rate

Submission in a prose format may result in more alterations as we reformat the piece into an audio script. In that spirit, submissions formatted as a script will require less time to develop and may have a better chance of selection.

Stories with a first person central narrator and supporting characters work best for our format but other formats are also welcome

Submissions with several speaking roles may be more difficult to produce and may require alteration to fit a limited cast. This may alter the story and tone. While large casts of characters are not necessarily disqualifying, our production includes between one and four cast members

Stories which include derogatory language or slurs against any group of persons will not be selected regardless of context. Stories that include depictions of rape or sexual assault will not be selected. While these topics may be acceptable as plot elements we will not perform or narrate depictions of them.

We believe great characters make great stories. Excellent character development is key to our brand

Well crafted stories, full of atmosphere, that take their time getting to the scares are key to our brand.

Friday, March 19, 2021

Because That’s Where Your Heart Is submission call

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Deadline: March 28 2021

For our new collection, we are looking for stories that respond to the prompt Because That’s Where Your Heart Is, and to the artwork selected for the cover. We want stories about what makes heart beats faster – it can be about romantic love, but also about friendship, dogs, cats, or a profound unexplained passion for paragliding! What we care about it the passion!

You can also take inspiration from the artwork we’ve chosen to illustrate the cover, created by artist Pedro Vizioli, and write your piece as a response to the emotions brought on by the his work:

We are not requesting any specific genres for this edition, so they are all welcome – sci-fi, literary, fantasy, romance, horror, noir, non-fiction – as long as they shine the brightness of passion on what might have gone unnoticed.

THE RULES
  • Any submissions have to be your own original work, in English, previously unpublished in both print and digital media;
  • Applicants can submit up to 2 short stories, no longer than 4,000 words each. There is no minimum word count. Please attach each story in a separate file, with the title as the name. Make sure your name is not anywhere on the submission file;
  • Stories must be typed, in Times New Roman 12, and submitted as .doc or .pdf with numbered pages and the title on the header;
  • In the body of your email or in a separate file, send your name (and/or pen name), email, contact number, story title and a short bio (up to 150 words). This information will be removed so all readings are anonymous;
  • Include the word Submission in your email subject line;
  • Simultaneous submissions are okay, but please inform us as soon as possible if you are selected elsewhere!

Send your stories to submissionsanspress@gmail.com by March 28th 2021 (you should receive a confirmation email). We are looking forward to hear from you!


RESULTS

All applicants will be contacted about their submissions in a timely fashion, but we are currently not able to provide individualized feedback.

Selected applicants will be offered a flat rate of €10, as well as a digital copy of the Because There’s Where Your Heart Is. Sans PRESS will only have the right of first publication of any material, and writers will still hold their rights over their work.

Your story might be edited for clarity, grammar and/or cohesion with full collection (we use UK spelling).

To promote this edition, we are planning to produce a poster chapbook with one of the selected stories, so it can be sent out by post (like a love letter!). If you wish to opt out from being considered, please let us know in your submission (this doesn’t affect your selection to the book).

By submitting to the collection, you agree with our terms and conditions.


FEEDBACK

Although all submissions will receive a response, we are currently not able to provide individualized feedback to all applicants.

If you want to request a full individualized page of feedback, you can do so with your submission, with the payment of a €5 fee per piece, which can be transferred by Paypal to submissionsanspress@gmail.com. Just include the receipt with your application and you will receive an annotated version of your work when results are sent out.

This won’t affect your chances of being selected in any way. We’ll just make sure to provide constructive feedback, and send you both structural and copy-editing notes on the selected works.

IN THE HEART OF SUMMER

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WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR

We're hopeless romantics who want to leave the world a better place than we found it. In the Heart of Summer seeks sexy stories odd and ordinary, light and heavy, real and fictional.

Must be English language and a completely original work under 10,000 words in length -- can not have been published anywhere else online or in print. Plagiarism or stories that rely heavily on characters or settings from another work (e.g. fanfiction) will be disqualified.

Written submissions can be nonfiction, creative nonfiction, or fiction.

If your piece is chosen for publication, we will request first North American publication rights. All other rights belong to you. If you submit your piece elsewhere and it is accepted for publication, please inform us so that we can withdraw your piece from consideration.

Please submit your piece in PDF form to editors@summerlovestory.com.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Dream of Shadows submissions open

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Deadline: May 2021

We're looking for original and previously unpublished fantasy and horror short fiction of maximum 1500 words, written in English. We're not too fond of science-fiction. While we will sometimes consider stories of something coming down to Earth from another planet if the focus is horror or fantasy, we're not really looking for space adventures.

We particularly like honest and daring stories with strong characters pursuing goals, although we recognise that if a story is good, it's good.

We're realists, so we don't need a happy ending. Send us those stories that other publishers rejected because they were too dark.

Having said that, we don't want stories with gratuitous and/or over-the-top sex, violence or swearing. And it should go without saying, but we won't allow discrimination either.

On a similar note, we're also not very fond of preachy stories, where one character explains to another how terrible humans are. We get it, people suck.

Check out our interview on Six Questions For... or our Extra Tips page for more information on how to win us over.

The legal stuff

We offer £20 for each published story (payment currently made only through PayPal). This is for exclusive first world electronic rights (stories published on our website) and for nonexclusive reprint rights in our yearly anthologies containing stories from the previous 12 months (published on Amazon as paperback and ebook). We reserve the right to archive work on our website to keep it available to our readers.

We will also publish stories in a magazine directly on Amazon as paperback and ebook). We pay £20 for exclusive first world electronic rights (ebooks) and exclusive first world print rights (paperback). We will let authors know where their story will appear when we send out the contract.

How to submit

To submit your story, you can either submit through Duosuma (if you have a Duotrope account) or fill out the form below. Please upload your story in the standard manuscript format (you can download a template here) and as .doc or .docx. If you submit through the form below, please make sure you get the confirmation that your form has been sent.

As we had a few questions about this, a little clarification: if you don't feel comfortable giving us your full address, we understand. Please include at least your country. This will help us with statistics. Please make sure you've included your legal name and the name under which you would like to be published.

We currently accept simultaneous submissions. But please let us know if you have submitted your story somewhere else or are planning to. Please also let us know immediately if your story has been accepted somewhere else.

We currently don't accept multiple submissions.

How often you can submit

Our current reading year runs from June 2020 to May 2021. Any stories accepted within that period will appear on our website as monthly stories (later collected in our magazine) or exclusively in our magazine in August 2021.

Writers are allowed to submit their work until they have two stories accepted within the reading year - one as a monthly story and one as a magazine-only story.

If you are lucky enough to belong to this group, we ask you to wait with future submissions until January 2021. Any further stories we then accept will be published in our next magazine (2022) or as a monthly story from June 2021.

Submissions here

What happens next

We aim to make a decision within 30 days.

If you have not received an acknowledgement of receipt within 7 days, please send us a quick query through our Contact Form, because we might not have received your submission. Please also check your spam folder.

Don't forget to check the website for upcoming stories or follow us on Facebook.

Wednesday, March 17, 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.

Tuesday, March 16, 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.

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Alpine Fellowship 2021

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Deadline: April 1, 2021

Submit via Submittable

Awarded for the best piece of writing on the theme of the Alpine Fellowship 2021 - Untamed: On Wilderness and Civilization.

The winner receives a £10,000 cash prize and is presented with the award by the poet John Burnside. A £3,000 cash prize will go to the second place, and £2,000 to the third place runner up. The winner and two runners up are invited to attend the Fjällnäs symposium.

Rules:
  • Open to all nationalities and to anyone aged 18 and above.
  • All entries must be written in English.
  • Submissions can be prose, poetry, non-academic essays, but must be standalone and cannot be extracts from a larger piece.
  • All genres permitted.
  • A maximum of 2,500 words per entry. 
  • Limited to one entry per person. 
  • Text must not have been published, self-published or accepted for publication in print or online, or have won or been placed in another competition at any time (including the Alpine Fellowship Academic Writing Prize). 
Due to the volume of applications the judges decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into following the results.

Submissions will be judged anonymously, so please ensure that your name does not appear anywhere on your work.

Key dates*:

Applications open: 1st January 2021
Applications close: 1st April 2021
Longlist (top 100 entries) announced: Coming soon
Shortlist (top 30 entries) announced: Coming soon
Winners announced: Coming soon

Please follow us on Instagram to stay up to date with latest news.

*Please note: we reserve the right to change the date of the longlist, shortlist and winners announcement if required.

Prairie Schooner seeks submissions

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Deadline: May 2, 2021

SUBMIT VIA SUBMITTABLE

Prairie Schooner’s  intention is to publish the best writing available, both from beginning  and established writers. We publish short stories, poems, interviews, imaginative essays of  general interest, and reviews of current books of poetry and fiction.  Scholarly articles requiring footnote references should be submitted to  journals of literary scholarship.

We do not read simultaneous submissions, except in the case of contest submissions, and submissions must be received  between September 1 and May 1. We do not consider  work that has been previously published anywhere, including online  publications. We read as quickly as we can, but please allow 3-4 months for a reply. (We know, we're a little behind, and we're grateful for your patience!)

In principle, Prairie Schooner has no objections to the use of pseudonyms, but we require disclosure of their use to the editor before publication.

We encourage you to read Prairie Schooner before you submit. Sample copies are available online for just $6.00. There's never a fee to submit to our general reading period, and we're grateful for the support we receive through donations and orders.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Bracken seeks poetry

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Deadline: March 16, 2021

SUBMIT AT SUBMITTABLE

Bracken is a literary magazine born of the love of the woods and its shadows. Bracken is green and lush, coarse and delicate, drinks from the earth, and spreads underground, more root than frond. Bracken is understory, invades, takes over, shades and protects. We seek poetry, short fiction, and art that will root, tender and tough, in us.

Before you submit, please familiarize yourself with what we publish by reading our past issues. To find out what our editors want, read the interviews with Alina Rios and Jed Myers (part 1 and part 2) .

We support diversity and welcome work by and about individuals of all ages, classes, disabilities, ethnicities, genders, nationalities, races, religions, and sexual orientations.

Bracken purchases first North American and electronic serial rights. Each story or poem we acquire will be published on brackenmagazine.com in an electronic issue. We may also excerpt stories and poems for promotional purposes. The author retains all other rights.

Simultaneous submissions are considered. We just ask that you let us know promptly if your piece has been accepted elsewhere. For a poetry submission, to withdraw individual poems, leave us a note in Submittable. To withdraw all poems in a submission, withdraw the submission.

We don't publish reprints.

We aim to respond within 30 days, but life often intervenes. If you haven't heard from us in two months, please query by sending email to info@brackenmagazine.com


We consider any style of poetry, although we confess our bias toward the lyrical. We look for natural-world, and especially arboreal, elements in the poems we receive.

Send us poems through which we can rediscover that we are nature—poems that slip in under our skin and change the light in the room.

Requirements:
  • up to 4 poems per submission in a single document
  • no longer than 100 lines per poem (we prefer shorter pieces)
  • original and unpublished
  • no multiple submissions
  • simultaneous submissions are okay (to withdraw individual poems from your submission, leave us a note in the Submittable)
Payment: We pay $30/poem.

Friday, March 12, 2021

Oh Reader submissions

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Want to contribute to Oh Reader? Fill out the submission form below! We’re looking for stories about your experiences as a reader, insight into the effect of reading on humans, humorous takes on the world of words, and anything else you as a reader or writer might be interested in sharing. In other words: we’re open to any ideas you may have (as long as they relate to reading).

You can pitch any of the below, but make sure that your work has reading as its focus.
  • Non-fiction
  • Fiction
  • Humor
  • Poetry
We will accept non-fiction and humor based solely on a pitch; if you are submitting for fiction or poetry, please send the entire piece to media@ohreader.com.

Don’t be afraid to get inventive. We’re excited to see what you have up your sleeve! Please note that we don’t publish book reviews or author interviews at this stage.

Due to the volume of submissions we receive, it might take us a little while to get back to you. We endeavor to respond to all pitches within six to eight weeks.

Authors of all accepted stories will be paid a flat rate of $200 for their published article, $75 for poetry.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Submit to Orion

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Stories should be submitted to orionsbelt.submissions@gmail.com. All stories must be under 1200 words (not including the title and byline). All stories over 1200 words will sadly be rejected automatically. All stories must contain significant speculative elements. This does not mean all sci-fi stories must have lasers and rockets. It just means a non-speculative story doesn’t become speculative if you include a single line clarifying the story takes place on Mars.

Submission Details

All submissions should be directed to orionsbelt.submissions@gmail.com. The subject line of your email should be a variation of “Submission - Story Name (Author Name).” There is no need for submissions to be anonymous. Stories need not necessarily follow Standard Manuscript Format, but it is preferred. The font should be 12-point Times New Roman. There is no hard limit to the number of times one can submit to Orion’s Belt, but we ask that you not submit more than twice in one month. If Orion’s Belt rejects a story, please do not resubmit it, even if you revise it. Submitting a story simultaneously to Orion’s Belt and another publication is acceptable, but please contact us if another publication accepts the story first.

We only accept stories that have not already been published elsewhere.

A cover letter is expected. This needn’t be long or detailed. Attach the story to your email as a Word file or PDF. In the body of the letter, include only your name, the title of your story, its length, its genre or subgenre, up to three previous publications, and any other information you deem relevant.


Response Times and Payment

We at Orion’s Belt try to answer the majority of queries within a week. If we take longer, this typically means we’re seriously considering your story for publication. If several months have passed, and you still haven’t received a decision regarding your story, don’t hesitate to query the magazine at joshuafagan14@gmail.com. Because of our relatively brief response times, we unfortunately cannot typically provide personalized feedback to writers.

If we accept your story, we will send you a contract in the form of a Word document. Send us back the contract with your name typed at the bottom, agreeing to the terms and conditions specified, and we will publish your story. After publication, you will receive payment via PayPal. Sadly, we cannot currently pay authors except through PayPal. If you cannot use PayPal or a like service, we recommend you not submit to Orion’s Belt.

We pay a flat 8 cents USD ($.08) per word. This is the industry-standard, SFWA-approved professional rate. Thus, if your story is 1000 words (not counting title, byline, etc.), you will receive $80 after publication. If your story is 500 words, you will receive $40.

What We Want

Literature is a matter of the heart, not just of the intellect. As such, conveying exactly what kinds of stories will delight us is impossible. A story that sounds banal and cliche-ridden in concept can be philosophical and achingly beautiful in execution. Conversely, a story that sounds lovely in concept can fail to move us in execution. Additionally, while we prize elegant, vibrant writing, not every well-written story will appeal to us. The best way to know what we like is to read what we’ve published in the past. Reading stories published in Strange Horizons and Beneath Ceaseless Skies will also help, as they are the two most popular literary speculative magazines here at Orion’s Belt.

Nonetheless, there are tendencies, formats, and ideas we tend to appreciate. A complete list of these would be too long and granular to be of any real use, but here is an adequate summary:

Stories told through another medium; i.e., journal articles, mission reports, diary entries, etc. The more idiosyncratic and experimental a medium you use, the more likely we are to appreciate it.

  • Characters who are rogues or tricksters working outside oppressive bureaucratic systems.
  • Characters forced to make difficult decisions that may conflict with their moral codes.
  • Hard-won optimism, not to be confused with saccharine sentimentality.
  • Ecological storytelling that avoids clear answers or easy moralizing.
  • Extensive allusions to mythology or classic literature.
Non-linear stories, or other stories that play with our perception of time. Bringing in special or general relativity or quantum physics is a plus, though the focus should still be on the narrative, not on the science.

What We Don’t Want

Orion’s Belt is an open-minded literary magazine. There are very few well-written, well-crafted stories we won’t consider so long as they abide by our guidelines, but there are a few exceptions:

Second-person narration. There’s nothing wrong with it, but it’s not our preference.

Stories using non-original copyrighted characters; e.g., fanfiction. There’s nothing wrong with these stories, but for legal reasons, we can’t publish them. Stories using public domain characters—Achilles, Captain Ahab, and the like—are fine, but there should be a good narrative reason why the story uses these characters.

Extreme sex and violence. While “extreme” is a subjective term, and we err on the side of being more lenient and accepting, we’re unlikely to publish stories that contain a level of sex and violence beyond that which would be typical for an R-rated film.

To reiterate, Orion’s Belt is a market for English-language speculative flash-fiction. We thus do not accept poetry or non-fiction, though fiction that incorporates elements of poetry and non-fiction is not only acceptable but encouraged.

Legalese

Orion’s Belt pays for first worldwide electronic and print rights and for non-exclusive reprint rights. By submitting a story to us, you understand and agree with the following:

You are the original creator of the work you’re submitting.

You are the copyright holder of the work you’re submitting.

You are over eighteen years old.

All personal information you submit is accurate and truthful.

You accept the sole responsibility for any false statements made and any rights infringed upon.

You have not published this work elsewhere, nor are you otherwise prohibited via prior agreement from transferring the rights of your work to Orion’s Belt.

Once we publish a story in Orion’s Belt, you can no longer publish it as a first-run or “new” story. You cannot have it appear anywhere else in print or online for 120 days after it appears in Orion’s Belt. After 120 days, you can have it reprinted in print or online; e.g., in a reprint anthology, like a collection of the year’s best speculative fiction.

Editing

Orion’s Belt will line-edit accepted stories for the purpose of ensuring clarity and comprehension. This editing will be light. If we didn’t already love your story, we wouldn’t have accepted it. The author will have the opportunity to review the story after editing and before publication. Please treat the editor with the same level of respect shown to you as the writer.

Final Notes

This magazine receives far more thoughtful and incisive stories from talented writers than we can publish. Because we publish only one story per month, we must reject stories we absolutely love. Please do not construe a rejection as a judgment on you as a writer, or even necessarily as a judgment on the story’s quality. It is an unfortunate but inevitable fact of this business that we can only accept a very small percentage of the stories we receive. Don’t let this discourage you from submitting to us the strangest and most experimental products of your creative mind.

Orion’s Belt is open to all writers of all backgrounds, regardless of your level of writing experience. Prior publications are not a prerequisite for publication in Orion’s Belt. Most importantly, don’t self-reject. If you’re unsure whether a story is right for Orion’s Belt, send it to us.

If you have any pressing questions about the submissions process, please contact us at joshuafagan14@gmail.com.

Best of luck!

One Story Submission Guidelines

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Deadline: May 31, 2021

Submission Periods: January 15th - May 31st | September 7th - November 14th

What kinds of stories is One Story looking for?
One Story is seeking literary fiction. Because of our format, we can only accept stories between 3,000 and 8,000 words. They can be any style and on any subject as long as they are good. We are looking for stories that leave readers feeling satisfied and are strong enough to stand alone.

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

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

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

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

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

Can I change the story I submitted with an updated draft?
No.

Can I send a revision of a story that was previously rejected?
No. Please send us new work. Revisions of previously rejected stories will not be considered and will be automatically declined.

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

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

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

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

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

Do you accept emailed or paper submissions?
Emailed submissions will be deleted unread. We only consider paper submissions from incarcerated individuals. All other submitters must use our Submission Manager to send us their work. Paper submissions will not be considered and will not be returned to the author.

When can I submit to One Story?
We accept submissions from January 15th to May 31st and from September 7th to November 14th.

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

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

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