Thursday, April 28, 2016

36 Calls for Submissions in May 2016 - Paying Markets

There are three dozen calls for submissions in May. Genres include speculative fiction, horror, comedy, personal essays, poetry, general fiction and "everything." Some of these calls are for themed issues, so make sure you read the full guidelines before submitting.

Note: I post calls for submissions during the last week of every month. But if you want to get a jump on upcoming calls, you can find a list of sites that regularly post submission calls (paying and non-paying markets) on Calls for Submissions.

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Subterrain

Genres: Fiction, creative nonfiction, commentary, essay – all welcome!

Length: Maximum of 3,000 words

Payment: $50 per page

Deadline: May 1, 2016

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Ghosts on Drugs: Anthology

Genre: Short stories (mix of comedy + other genres)

Payment: 6-15 cents per word

Deadline: May 1, 2016

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Story Magazine

Genres: Story, essay, poetry submissions wanted for 'Identity' issue

Payment: $20 per page (prose), $30+ per poem

Length: Maximum of 2500 words

Deadline: May 1, 2016

Reprints considered if they fit the theme

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Skirt! Magazine

Genre: Personal essay. All Things Summer.

Length: Between 800 and 1,100 words

Payment: $200

Deadline: May 1, 2016

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Understorey Magazine

Submissions are open to writers and artists who self-identify as women and live in Canada (or are Canadian citizens living abroad).

Genre: Fiction, poetry, art

Length: Under 1,500 words

Payment: $40-$65

Deadline: May 1, 2016

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Sirens Call Publications: 'Monster Brawl' Anthology

Genre: Horror

Length: 4,000 - 8,000 words

Payment: $25

Deadline: May 1, 2016
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Lethe Press: Nature of the Phantasms: Queering the Cthulhu Mythos

Genre: Cthulhu Mythos tales told from an LGBT point of view, all genres

Length: Up to 6,000 words

Payment: 3 cents/word and 2 copies of the book

Deadline: May 1, 2016

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Lethe Press: 'Survivor' anthology

"In this SF/F anthology, we’re looking for stories of everyday trauma survival -- from a barmaid on an intergalactic space station who was abandoned by her parents, to a farmer’s son bullied by his peers, who withstands and resists their abuse. We also welcome stories with a war setting, such as stories about veterans and refugees. The key component for all of these stories is how relatively ordinary characters survive and thrive, given the traumatic experiences they’ve had. Note: we aren’t necessarily looking for happily ever after. Trauma survival rarely ends in happily ever after, though it can, and hopefully will, end in closure and a coming to terms."

Genre: Speculative fiction

Length: Up to 10,000 words

Payment: 3 cents/word

Deadline: May 1, 2016

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Graeae Play Labs

"This paid one-day R&D platform provides a safe space and creative support to Deaf and disabled artists wishing to explore raw ideas and fresh stories for live performance, with artistic guidance and advice from our award-winning team."

Genre: Play written by a deaf or disabled writer

Payment: £700 to cover all artists’ fees, expenses, access costs and materials

Deadline: May 3, 2016

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Wherewithal

Genre: Poetry

Payment: $10

Deadline: May 6, 2016

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New Legends Book 2

Genre: Steampunk

Length: 2,500 minimum – 8,000 maximum

Payment: $25

Deadline: May 9, 2016

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Lamplight

Genre: Dark fiction

Length: Up to 7,000 words

Payment: 3 cents per word

Deadline: May 15, 2016

Reprints accepted at 1 cent per word

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ALIEN LOVE

Genre: Scifi romance

Length: 2,000 to 7,500 words

Payment: 2.5 cents/word (US) paid upon publication, promotional biography with two links, and a complimentary quarter-page advertisement

Deadline: 15 May 15, 2016

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Migla Press: Toxic

"The world can be a dangerous place, not just from the obvious, but also from the most seemingly innocent. From despots who silence entire nations with deadly gas, to the tiniest creatures which can kill with a single sting or bite, this anthology is centered around the theme of poisons, toxins, and anything, well...toxic. The goal for this publication will be to collect ten unique stories, each using a different real life substance (they must actually exist)."

Genre: Any

Payment: $25

Deadline: May 15, 2016

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Alaska Quarterly Review

Genre: Fiction, short plays, poetry, photo essays, and literary non-fiction in traditional and experimental styles

Payment: $50-$200 for prose; $10-$50 for poetry

Deadline: May 15, 2016

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Coffee House Conversations

Genre: Poetry or prose excerpt, 50 words max. Submissions must be written by a writer of color currently living in St. Paul.

Payment: $100

Deadline: May 15, 2016

Previously published work accepted

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Visions V: Milky Way Anthology

"Visions V stories take place somewhere…anywhere…in the Milky Way Galaxy. Anything to do with planets, stars, and aliens is fair game. No limitations, as long as the subject and action take place outside our Solar System and within the Milky Way."

Genre: Scifi

Word Count: 3,000 – 8,000

Payment: $25

Deadline: May 15, 2016

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Raven International Publishing Horror Anthology

"Submissions to this anthology must contain monsters being monsters, meaning no sparkly vampires or monsters with hearts of gold. Your monsters should be terrorizing and keep us up at night."

Length: Short stories (2,500–5,000 words) and novellas (10,000–49,000 words)

Genre: Horror

Payment: $55 plus royalties

Deadline: May 21, 2016

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Kweli Journal

"Kweli is the first online journal of its kind to celebrate community and cultural kinships. In this shared space, you will hear the lived experience of people of color. Our many stories. Our shared histories. Our creative play with language. Here our memories are wrapped inside the music of the Muscogee, the blues songs of the South, the clipped patois of the Caribbean."

Genre: Self-contained novel excerpt, short story, or creative non-fiction piece, poetry

Length: No more than 7,000 words

Payment: "upon publication"

Deadline: May 30, 2016

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Ticonderoga Press: "Welcome" Anthology

"People leave their homes behind, setting off, often risking everything, in search of a new start, a better life. We are looking for stories that emphasise what makes these people the same rather than focussing on where they are going, exploring the idea this is something that could happen to anyone and that seeking refuge in a new land can be a good thing, both for the migrant and for the place that becomes their new home. Stories that look at the inhumanity of indefinite detention of refugees, of allowing them to be stripped of their dignity and sanity. Stories that explore the potential benefits of allowing refugees to establish a new, safer life. Stories of hope."

Genre: Short stories, mainly science fiction and fantasy, but other genres accepted

Length: 1500 to 7500 words

Payment: 8 cents/word (AU)

Deadline: May 30, 2016

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Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine

Genre: Fairy tale on theme of Summer Solstice and Midsummer

Length: 700 - 3,000 words

Payment: Story $30, Poem $10. US dollars only

Deadline: May 30, 2016

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Otter Libris: Amazing Tales from the Circus Anthology

"Circuses are supposed to be places of joy and wonder, but they are also full of clowns and many people find clowns distinctly creepy. Circuses come into town and disappear after a brief stay, leaving behind nothing but a memory of the magic. They are homes for misfits, bearded ladies and contortionists who might be shunned in the outside world. What better environment than a circus for a story of magic and wonder that leaves you wondering if it ever happened. Give us your best wonderful, dark, or fantastic story about the circus."

Genre: Dark Fiction

Length: 3,000 to 10,000 words

Payment: $25

Deadline: May 31, 2016

Reprints accepted if they are a perfect fit

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One Story

Genre: Literary Fiction

Length: Between 3,000 and 8,000 words

Payment: $500

Deadline: May 31, 2016

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Contemporary Verse 2

Genre: Poetry and critical writing about poetry, including interviews, articles, essays, and reviews.

Length: Varies

Payment: Poetry: $30 per poem; Interviews: $50-$100, depending upon length; Articles: $50-$100, depending upon length; Essays: $40-$150, depending upon length; Reviews: $20-$75, depending upon length

Deadline: May 31, 2016

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Arc magazine

Genre: Poetry (modern style), book reviews, and poetry-themed essays

Payment: $40/page and one copy

Deadline: May 31, 2016

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The Gettysburg Review 

Genre: Poetry, fiction, essays

Payment: $2.00 per line for poetry and $15 per printed page for prose. Published authors also receive a copy of the issue containing their work and a one-year subscription.

Deadline: May 31, 2016

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Genre: Asian speculative fiction

Payment: 6 cents/word (CAN)

Deadline: May 31, 2016

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Genre: Poetry, short stories, essays, stand-alone novel excerpts

Payment: $20 per page for prose and $40 per page for poetry, with a $300 maximum

Deadline: May 31, 2016

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Genre: Poetry, short stories, literary non-fiction

Payment: $50 per page to a maximum of $250, plus 3 copies of the issue

Deadline: May 31, 2016

Snail mail submissions only
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Haunted Waters PressFrom the Depths: Outsiders

"We welcome both the profound and the quirky. We are open to most styles and genres of fiction including speculative, dark, experimental, and literary. We love flash fiction of any word count as long as it tells a complete story. We enjoy all forms of poetry including experimental, rhyming, free verse, and invented form. While we welcome deep, meaningful poetry, we also enjoy works that are witty, peculiar, or offbeat. As a general rule, we do not accept erotica. Horror only upon request. Profanity and violence, if used, must be integral to the story."

Payment: $.01 - $.04/word

Deadline: May 31, 2016

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ZYZZYVA

Payment: Token to semi-pro

Deadline: May 31, 2016

Snail mail submissions only

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Spirit of Canada

"In 2017 Canada will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Our Canadian writers and readers will be focused on what Canada, and being Canadian, means. Send us your stories about what it means to be a Canadian, whether you're talking about hockey or camping, Celtic fiddle music and step dancing or singing “O Canada,” or any of the other things that make you so proud—and grateful—to be Canadian."

Genre: True stories

Payment: $200

Deadline: May 31, 2016

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"Nashville Review seeks to publish the best work we can get our hands on, period. From expansive to minimalist, narrative to lyric, epiphanic to subtle—if it’s a moving work of art, we want it."

Genre: Short stories and poems

Payment: $100/story, $25/poem

Deadline: May 31, 2016

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Genre: Nonfiction articles and some fiction geared to an educated audience

Payment: $20/page

Deadline: May 31, 2016

Snail mail submissions only

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In The Spaces Between

Genre: Scifi mystery

Length: 1,750 – 5,000 words


Payment: $.05 word, $12 max

Deadline: May 31, 2016

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The Baltimore Review

Genre: Fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction


Payment: $40 Amazon gift certificate

Deadline: May 31, 2016

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FAKE

"Materiality is a themed journal that includes fiction, essay, images and poetry, focusing on the physical and material—anything from how an object or material is made, to how materials and objects  have affected our personal lives, culture or history. We source content from writers, artists, conservators, curators, craftspeople, historians, hobbyists, enthusiasts, photographers, manufacturers, materials scientists, engineers, designers and architects. We like to mix creative non-fiction with creative works. In our journal, you might find an article about the history of the paper bag, a poem inspired by childhood toys, a photo-essay on snow-worn timber, or a graphic about the construction of the spacesuit."

Payment: $AU10-30 per piece

Deadline: May 31, 2016

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