Calls for Submissions

Literary journals and publishers put out calls for submissions when they are seeking new material.

If you have a completed story, essay, poem, or piece of creative nonfiction, these are good opportunities. A journal is more likely to publish what you submit if they are looking for it.

These are all my posts that list calls for submissions. They are arranged in descending order, with the most recent posts first. All are paying markets.

Even if the deadlines on the older calls have passed, it is worth looking at them as most journals will be open to submissions periodically. If you find a journal that is a good fit for your writing, you can submit during their next reading period.

Here are some good sites to check for submission calls.


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217 Paying Markets for Short Stories, Poetry, Nonfiction

36 Paying Markets for Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction

Speculative Fiction Magazines Accepting Submissions

163 Literary Magazines Accepting Reprints


UPCOMING (February calls)

The Southern Review. Genre: Poetry. Payment: $25 per page. Deadline: February 1, 2017.

The First Line. Genre: Story beginning with the line: "Eddie tended to drift into whatever jobs were available that would pay the rent." Non-Fiction: 500-800 word critical essays about your favorite first line from a literary work. Payment: $25.00 - $50.00 for fiction, $5.00 - $10.00 for poetry, and $25.00 for nonfiction (all U.S. dollars). Deadline: February 1, 2017.

Skirt! Genre: Essay on theme: Stories about traveling, wandering, the wonder of our great big world’ - women's interests. Payment: $200. Deadline: February 1, 2017.

Hippocampus Magazine: 'Air' anthology. Genre: True stories. "We’re looking for behind-the-scene stories about small town radio stations. We’re seeking personal stories about die-hard radio fans. We want to hear from (current/former) jocks, from program directors, from engineers, from the sales team, from ancillary characters like record reps and concert promoters—tales from every corner of the radio station and from everyone radio ever reached." Payment: $50 per piece. Deadline: February 15, 2017.

The Lane of Unusual Traders. Genre: Speculative Fiction. "The Lane of Unusual Traders is a world building project. The aim is to bring The Lane, the City of Lind and the world of Midlfell into existence through stories, illustrations, music and whatever other creative means present themselves as the world grows."  Payment: $180 (AUD) per short story, $60 (AUD) for flash fiction. Deadline: February 28, 2017.

Literary e-clectic. Genre: Speculative Fiction. Theme: The Record Payment: $50 upon publication plus contributor copy. Deadline: February 28, 2017.

Strange ConstellationsGenre: Speculative Fiction. Payment: $30. Deadline: February 28, 2017. Reprints accepted.

Triangulation AnthologyGenre: Speculative Fiction. This year’s theme: “Appetites.” Payment: $120. Deadline: February 28, 2017.

MARCH 2017

UpstreetGenres: Fiction, CNF. Payment: $50-$150 per work. Deadline: March 1, 2017.

Contrary Magazine. Genres: Fiction and poetry. Payment: $20 per author. Deadline: March 1, 2017.

The Cincinnati Review. Genres: Prose and poetry. Payment: $25 per page (prose), $30 per page (poetry). Deadline: March 15, 2017.

Supposed Crimes Publishers: Fairy Tales: A Speculative Anthology. Genre: "We are looking for stories that feature lesbian or bisexual heroines across a variety of genres, including thriller, paranormal, mystery, military, western, fantasy, and science fiction. Sexual content is not a requirement, but a compelling emotional connection between women should be a primary focus." Payment: $30 per story. Deadline: March 15, 2017. ?

Understorey Magazine (CAN): Issue 10: Youth on Power. Restrictions: Open to writers and artists age 12-21 who live in Canada and identify as female or non-binary. Genres: Fiction, essay, poetry. Theme is Power. Payment: $30-$60 per piece. Deadline: March 31, 2017.

APRIL 2017

Orford Parish BooksGenre: Fiction wanted for New England folk horror anthology (worldwide). Payment: $75 per story. Deadline: April 1, 2017. (?)

West Branch. Genres: Poetry, fiction, CNF. Payment: $50 per poem, 5 cents per word for prose. Deadline: April 1, 2017.

Confrontation Magazine. Genres: Fiction, poetry, non-fiction (worldwide). Payment: $175-$250 for fiction, $75-$100 per work for poetry. Deadline: April 15, 2017.

MAY 2017

Southern Indiana Review. Genres: Fiction, CNF, poetry. Payment: $50-$100 per piece. Deadline: May 1, 2017.

One Story. Genre: Fiction between 3,000 and 8,000 words. Payment: $500. Deadline: May 31, 2017.



47 Calls for Submissions in January 2017 - Paying Markets


42 Calls for Submissions: December 2016 - Paying Markets

27 Calls for Submissions in November 2016 - Paying Markets

25 Calls for Submissions in October 2016 - Paying Markets

36 Calls for Submissions in September 2016- Paying Markets

21 Calls for Submissions in August 2016 - Paying Markets

24 Calls for Submissions in July 2016 - Paying Markets

26 Calls for Submissions in June 2016 - Paying Markets

36 Calls for Submissions in May 2016 - Paying Markets

18 Calls for Submissions in April 2016 - Paying Markets

24 Calls for Submissions in March 2016 - Paying Markets

29 Calls for Submissions: February 2016 - Paying Markets

13 Calls for Submissions: January 2016 - Speculative fiction, poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, children's lit


15 Calls for Submissions: December 2015- Paying Markets

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HarperLegend will publish visionary fiction from new voices that communicates wisdom, insight, and/or personal growth with an overarching theme of transformation. Submissions accepted online via 
11 Calls for Submissions in November 2015 - Paying Markets

11 Calls for Submissions in October - Speculative fiction, poetry, literary fiction, nonfiction

13 Calls for Submissions in September - Horror, Sci-fi, Personal Essays and more

6 Calls for Submissions: Speculative Fiction, Essays, Poetry - August 31 Deadlines

10 Calls for Submissions: Anthologies, June - Aug 2015: Science fiction, Horror, Nonfiction, General Fiction, Poetry

Calls for Submissions - June & July: Sci-fi, Fantasy, Horror, Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction

Calls for Submissions - Sci-fi, Fantasy, Horror, Erotica, Fiction, Nonfiction

Calls for Submissions - Speculative Fiction Anthologies


Calls for Submissions: Speculative Fiction and Fantasy


  1. New to writing payment is what we get after writing or we hv to pay to you?

  2. Not me. This is just a blog. If you submit to a literary journal on this page, and they accept your work, the literary journal will pay you.

  3. Thanks for including a link to my blog on this list!


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