As always, read the submissions guidelines carefully.
You can find more resources for submission calls, both paid and unpaid, here: Calls for Submissions
Goblin Fruit. Genre: Fantastical poetry. Payment: $15. Deadline: December 1, 2016.
The Southern Review. Genres: Fiction, poetry and essays. Payment: $25 per page. Deadline: December 1, 2016.
Climate of Opinion: Sigmund Freud in Poetry. Genre: Poetry, for an anthology of poems dealing with Freud and psychoanalysis. Payment: $25-$100 per poem. Submissions: Irene Willis, Poetry Editor, International Psychoanalysis, P.O. Box 217, South Egremont, MA 01258. Deadline: December 1, 2016.
The Hollins Critic. Genre: Poetry. Payment: $25/poem. Deadline: December 1, 2016.
Sirens Call Publications. Genre: Horror stories wanted for 'First Hand Accounts' anthology. Payment: $25 per story. Deadline: December 1, 2016.
Rhubarb. "We are looking for new, unpublished work from writers and artists who self-define as Mennonites, whether practicing, declined, lapsed or resistant; we also accept writing and visual art by non-Mennonites about Mennonites." Genre: Poetry, fiction, CNF submissions wanted for 'Play' issue. Payment: $50 per piece. Deadline: December 1, 2016.
Contrary Magazine. Genre: Fiction and poetry submissions wanted for Winter Issue (worldwide). Payment: $20. Deadline: December 1, 2016.
Understorey Magazine. Restrictions: Canadian women only. Genres: Fiction, essay, poetry submissions wanted for Issue 9: Home and Away. Payment: $30-$60 per piece. Deadline: December 1, 2016.
Compelling Science Fiction. Genre: Hard sci-fi. Payment: 6 cents/word (1 cent/word for reprints). Deadline: December 1, 2016. Reprints accepted.
Catalysts, Explorers & Secret Keepers Anthology. Genre: Speculative fiction stories, "2,000 – 5,000 words in length that celebrate women with agency in science fiction. We want to see stories about women who take initiative, who take matters into their own hands, who can make changes." Payment: 6 cents/word. Deadline: December 1, 2016.
Polychrome Ink. Genres: Poetry, short stories, essays celebrating diversity. Payment: $15 - $40. Deadline: December 1, 2016.
Scary Dairy: Mother's Revenge. Genre: Short stories. "Scary Dairy Press is seeking short story submissions of 3000-7000 words max for the anthology: Mother’s Revenge! This is a passionate anthology about Mother Earth taking her world back from the humans and teaching us a lesson. Mother Earth can partner with humans to stop the destroyers, animals can be heroes, or they may need saving. Any aspect of an ecological disaster or climate change problem can be created or considered." Payment: $30 - $70. Deadline: December 1, 2016.
Cicada, YA/Teen. Genres: Fiction, poetry, comics, and essays on the theme of Fire and Fury. "Anger can be an all-consuming, destructive wildfire; however, like a prairie burn that nourishes and renews the land, anger can also be an agent of positive change and healing. Show us works that burn with rage in all its forms, from smoldering resentment to blazing righteous fury." Payment: Fiction: up to 10¢ per word. Nonfiction: up to 25¢ per word. Poems: up to $3.00 per line; $25.00 minimum. Deadline: December 2, 2016.
Ladybug and Babybug: Builders and Dreamers. Genre: Stories, articles, and poetry about builders and dreamers. "A tour of a construction site or a kid’s backyard invention, a child’s adventures in an imaginary city—where will your writing take you? These magazines are designed for preschool-age children, toddlers, and babies, so we want pieces that beg to be read aloud. Stories should have childlike points of view and simple yet strong plots; they need to be short, too (LADYBUG stories run up to 800 words, BABYBUG stories are up to 6 sentences). Humor, playfulness, and lyricism are appreciated." Payment: Stories and articles: up to 25¢ per word. Poems: up to $3.00 per line; $25.00 minimum. Deadline: December 2, 2016.
Mslexia. Genres: Story and poetry submissions wanted for Issue 73: Guilty. "Send in stories of up to 2,200 words and poems of up to 40 lines about the commission, planning and/or consequences of a heinous or illegal act. Appal yourself, or simply have fun exploring the darker impulses of the human psyche." Payment: £25 per piece. Deadline: December 5, 2016.
Southern Voices Anthology. "We want to hear the stories of Southerners of a wide range of ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities, physical differences, social classes, and points of view. The stories may be contemporary or historical as long as they depict time and place authentically and imaginatively (Take it easy on the moonlight and magnolias, y’all). Styles and subject matter are wide open, but no erotica, gratuitous violence, or apostrophe-laden dialect." Genre: Short fiction. Payment: $50 per story. Deadline: December 10, 2016. Questions/submissions: email@example.com
TANSTAAAFL Press. Genre: Short story submissions wanted for 'Enter the Rebirth' Payment: 1-8 cents per word. Deadline: December 15, 2016.
Narcissus Press. Genre: Science fiction story submissions wanted for Brave Boy World: A Transman Anthology. "Stories must fall into the category of science fiction (hard or soft), and must feature a transgender male protagonist. Given the nature of speculative fiction, however, we are willing to consider stories that feature non-binary, intersex or genderfluid characters, but for this project, any non-binary character should either identify strongly as male, or the story should deal with themes of what it means to be "masculine" or a "man" in terms of the world setting in which the story takes place." Payment: $100 per story. Reprints, $50. Deadline: December 15, 2016.
Madames Geek. Restrictions: Authors must live in Washington state. Story must be about a town in the state of Washington. Genre: Short speculative fiction submissions wanted for 'Meanwhile in Washington' Payment: $20 per story. Deadline: December 15, 2016.
The Indianola Review. Genre: Fiction, poetry, CNF. Payment: $25-$75 for prose, $5 per page for poetry. Deadline: December 15, 2016.
Deadlights Magazine. Genre: Horror fiction and poetry. Payment: $50 per short story, $10 per poem. Deadline: December 15, 2016.
Recommended Reading. Genre: Fiction. Payment: $300 per story. Deadline: December 15, 2016.
Slice magazine. Genres: Fiction, CNF, poetry submissions wanted for 'Panic' issue. Payment: $250 per story/essay, $75 per poem. Deadline: December 15, 2016.
Eye to the Telescope: Robots Issue. Genre: Speculative poetry. Payment: 3 cents/word. Deadline: December 15, 2016. Reprints accepted.
Ruminate. Genres: Fiction, poetry. The Ruminate editors are seekers and people of faith from the Judeo-Christian tradition. Payment: $15/poem and $15/400 words for prose. Deadline: December 15, 2016.
Meet Cute: A Collection of First Encounters. Genre: Micro fiction stories wanted for anthology. Payment: $10 per story. Deadline: December 16, 2016.
Mrs Rochester's Attic: Print and Ebook anthology. Genre: Short Story. "In 'Jane Eyre' Mr Rochester kept his mad first wife locked away in his attic. Inspired by this, 'Mrs Rochester's Attic' will be an anthology of gothic-tinted tales about mad love and terrible secrets. What awful things do your characters keep hidden away?" Payment: Up to maximum of £50 per story. Deadline: December 18, 2016.
Synaesthesia. Genres: Poetry, fiction, CNF on the theme of Body and Sex. Payment: £5. Deadline: December 19, 2016.
Writing Piazza. ‘We are looking for intriguing stories centered on animals that at some point were used in animal testing. We prefer stories that end in a rescue. So put on those thinking caps, and don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Genre is open: horror, sci-fi, speculative, literary, even comedy or romance. If it’s well-crafted and follows the theme, we’d love to consider it.’ 5000-20,000 words. Payment: $25. Deadline: December 20, 2016.
The Puritan. Genres: Essays, fiction, poetry. Payment: $100 (essay), $50 (fiction), $15 per page (poem). Deadline: December 25, 2016.
Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores. Genre: Speculative Fiction. Payment: 6 cents/word. Deadline: December 28, 2016.
Humans Wanted. "You would be amazed what humans will do to survive. Or to ensure the survival of others they feel responsible for. " Genre: Science fiction. Payment: $250 per story. Deadline: December 31, 2016. Submissions: Send your stories formatted in Standard Manuscript format attached as a .doc to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name, byline, email address, mailing address, and approximate word count.
Submerged. Genre: Scifi / fantasy stories wanted (set underwater at some point). Payment: 6+ cents per word. Deadline: December 31, 2016.
Workers Write. Genres: Poetry and story submissions wanted for 'Tales from the Casino' - stories and poems from workers in the gambling industry. Payment: $5-$50 per piece. Deadline: December 31, 2016. Reprints accepted.
All Hail Our Robot Conquerors. Genre: Speculative fiction where the robots of the story somehow harken back to the 50s/60s style of robots. Payment: 6+ cents per word. Deadline: December 31, 2016.
Comet Press: Year's Best Hardcore Horror 2016. Genre: Horror: the "extreme, harder side of horror, stories that break boundaries and trash taboos." Payment: 1 cent per word. Deadline: December 31, 2016.
Book Smugglers: 'Gods and Monsters'. Genre: Speculative fiction. Payment: 6 cents per word. Deadline: December 31, 2016.
The Death of All Things. Genre: Short stories where Death is a character). Payment: 6+ cents per word. Deadline: December 31, 2016.
Red Sun. Genre: Speculative fiction. Payment: $100- $150. Deadline: December 31, 2016.
The Binge-Watching Cure: Fabulous Stories that Start Small and Grow Longer. Genre: Fiction. Payment: $200- $500. Deadline: December 31, 2016. Reprints accepted.
Carte Blanche. Genre: Fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, comics. Payment: "Modest". Deadline: December 31, 2016.
The Golden Key: Resurrected Things. Genres: Short fiction and poetry. We want fiction and poetry that is both literary and speculative. Realist work sensitive to the magical and strange. The fantastical. Slipstream. Fabulist. Gothic. Weird tales. Work that unlocks. Work that restocks. We love writers who see familiar things in unexpected ways, and writers who revel in playing with language. Payment: $10. Deadline: December 31, 2016.
Third Flatiron: "Principia Ponderosa" Genre: Short story (1000 words max). "Weird Western/Steampunk. Dreadnaughts, "Wild West" world, cowboys and aliens, Victorian era, primitive post-Apocalypse, retro-futuristic inventions, and the like. Remember Oscar Wilde's inspirational visit to Colorado?" Payment: 6 cents/word. Deadline: December 31, 2016.
Pantheon. Genres: Poetry and fiction on theme of Janus. Payment: 1 cent/word. Deadline: December 31, 2016.
Manchester Speculative Fiction: Revolutions 2. Genre: Speculative fiction. Must be linked to Manchester, England in some way. Payment: £15. Deadline: December 31, 2016.