Wednesday, August 10, 2022

4 Agents Seeking Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Kidlit, LGBTQ, SF/F and more

Here are four literary agents actively seeking clients. All work with established agencies with good track records.

Emma Leong is interested in upmarket and literary fiction. She’s also on the look-out for non-fiction that explores the self, connecting literary criticism/expertise with personal narrative, whether that be through reflections on relationships, climate change, gender, loneliness, love, loss, the immigrant experience, etc. 

Carrie Howland is seeking genre fiction, upmarket fiction and nonfiction, including memoir. Jane Chun represents: Fiction: Action/Adventure, Children's, Commercial, Family Saga, Fantasy, General, Graphic Novel, Historical, Horror, LGBTQ, Literary, Middle Grade, New Adult, Science Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Young Adult. Non-Fiction: History, Illustrated, Journalism, LGBTQ, Memoir, Pop Culture, Sports, Travel.

Carlos Segarra focuses on memoirs and narrative nonfiction in the areas of pop culture, sports, journalism, politics, history, social justice and activism. In fiction, Carlos is interested in thrillers, sci-fi, magical realism, speculative fiction, own voices and historical fiction, as well as children's narratives.

Always check the agency website and agent bio before submitting. Agents can switch agencies or close their lists, and submission requirements can change. 

NOTEDon't submit to two agents at the same agency simultaneously. If one rejects you, you may then submit to another.

You can find a full list of agents actively seeking new clients here: Agents Seeking Clients


Ms. Carrie Howland
 of Howland Literary

Carrie Howland founded Howland Literary, LLC in 2018, after thirteen years as an agent, most recently at Empire Literary. Carrie holds a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Albion College, where she was the Poetry Editor of The Albion Review. Her poetry has appeared in various literary journals and magazines. She attends several conferences, both nationally and internationally, throughout the year. Her craft talk from the Adirondack Writers Conference, "Beyond the Query Letter," is available on the Howland Literary website. In her spare time, Carrie volunteers as a foster for a local dog rescue and is an active member of the Junior League. Her passions include music, pop culture, and the Midwest. 

What she is seeking: Fiction: genre fiction, upmarket; nonfiction, including memoir.

How to submit: Use her form HERE.


Ms. Emma Leong of Janklow and Nesbit Ltd (UK)

Emma started her publishing career at Janklow and Nesbit in 2019. While assisting Rebecca Carter and Claire Paterson Conrad, she is also building her own list. She is editorially focused, and keen to work with debut writers to develop their proposals and manuscripts for submission to publishers.

What she is seeking: Emma is interested in upmarket and literary fiction. She’s looking for transporting, elegant prose which bring courage and complexity to the human experience. She loves books that contain wisdom and brutal honesty, exploring themes such as family, intergenerational trauma, identity, sexuality, love and forgiveness. She’s also interested in books that dive into the vulnerability of the millennial condition, with warmth and wit. She’s also on the look-out for non-fiction that explores the self, connecting literary criticism/expertise with personal narrative, whether that be through reflections on relationships, climate change, gender, loneliness, love, loss, the immigrant experience, etc. 

How to submit: Submissions should be sent to, following the submission guidelines here.


Ms. Jane Chun 
of Janklow & Nesbit Associates

I have been at Janklow & Nesbit since May 2019 and am currently building my list. I’m particularly interested in stories that center marginalized communities and prose that is cinematic and atmospheric with good rhythm. In both fiction and nonfiction, I’m drawn towards compelling, fresh voices that make me feel as though the writer is in the room with me, telling me their story with intimacy as if we were already acquainted. Regardless of how plot-driven a story is, characters with rich inner worlds and emotional depth are a must for me.

What she is seeking: Fiction: Action/Adventure, Children's, Commercial, Family Saga, Fantasy, General, Graphic Novel, Historical, Horror, LGBTQ, Literary, Middle Grade, New Adult, Science Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Young Adult. Non-Fiction: History, Illustrated, Journalism, LGBTQ, Memoir, Pop Culture, Sports, Travel.

Favorite sub-genres: Contemporary YA, Diversity, Epic Fantasy, Feminism, High Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, Illustrated, Literary Middle Grade, Literary Noir, Magical Realism, Multicultural, Narrative Nonfiction, Social Issues, Soft Fantasy, Speculative Fiction, Upmarket Women's Fiction, Urban Fantasy, upmarket genre fiction.

How to submit: Submissions should be emailed to Please include "Jane Chun" in the email subject line and send the following: Fiction: an informative description, a brief synopsis, and the first ten pages. Please include the sample pages in the body of the email below your query. Nonfiction: an informative description, a full outline, and the first ten pages of the manuscript. Please include the sample pages in the body of the email below your query. Graphic novels/nonfiction: send 10 illustrated pages with text (attached as a PDF) and a synopsis in the body of the email below your query.


Carlos Segarra 
of Creative Artists Agency

Carlos Segarra is based in the New York office and creates publishing opportunities across all agency departments, representing talent such as Tabitha Brown, Omarion, Tarana Burke and Jonathan Mannion. Carlos works across all genres of books and brings a passion for amplifying the voices of writers and characters from diverse backgrounds and experiences.

What he is seeking: In the nonfiction space, he focuses on memoirs and narrative nonfiction in the areas of pop culture, sports, journalism, politics, history, social justice and activism. In fiction, Carlos is interested in thrillers, sci-fi, magical realism, speculative fiction, own voices and historical fiction, as well as children's narratives.

How to submit: Use the agency's form HERE.

Friday, August 5, 2022

92 Paying Markets for Flash Fiction


Updated 8/5/22

Flash fiction is shorter than the normal range of short stories, which are generally 3,000 words or more. The precise length remains somewhat elusive. Some literary journals ask for 2,000 words or less, others set maximum word counts in the hundreds. Each publication has its own style, its own format, and its own needs, so whether your 1,953-word short story qualifies as "flash" is entirely up to the editors.

Flash fiction is very popular. There are dozens of sites where you can read flash fiction on a daily basis. This is perfect for people who are commuting on a train, waiting to see a doctor, or have other brief, potentially interrupted periods of time to fill.

Below is a list of paying markets for flash fiction. I have included links to submission guidelines, payment information, and word counts where available. Make sure you follow their guidelines carefully. (Editors don't consider submissions that fail to follow guidelines.) None of these magazines charge submission fees.

For my excellent list of paying markets, nicely organized by genre and form, see Paying Markets.

JournalSubmission GuidelinesPaymentNotes
more for commissioned work.
Reading period for all submissions: August 16 – April 15

500 words max
$20Asks for rights "in perpetuity"
Fabula Argentea
$3Accepts all genres
Flash Fiction Online$80; reprints $.02 (two cents)
per word
500 to 1000 words
Brazenhead Review$10Has submission periods
Every Day Fiction
$3Up to 1,000 words
Opossum$100 (?)Must be related to music

See submission periods
Longleaf Review$20 (?)Horror

1000 words max

See submission periods
The Quilliad
$13Canadians only

See submission periods
Manawaker Studios cent/wordFlash fiction podcast

ideal length
is around 800 words, but
stories as short
as 250 or as
long as 1500
may be considered
Craft$100Reprints accepted (no pay)
Baltimore Review
$40 You can submit up to 3 pieces of flash fiction

See submission periods
The Cafe Irreal cent/wordMagical realism

2000 words max
Up to 10 cents/wordFor teens
The Cincinnati Review
$25/page500 words maximum

Submit up to 3 pieces
Electric Lit$100Electric Lit has short, infrequent submission periods
Odyssa$30Travel themes

700-1500 words
Chestnut Review$120All genres

1,000 words max
Bayou Magazine$25 Submission period September 1- May 1
Copper Nickel$30/printed pageSubmission periods September 1 to December 15, January 15 to March 1
Tales and Feathers cents CAD/wordCozy slice-of-life fantasy short stories

2,500 words max

Has submission periods
Ruminate$20/400 words for proseAlso accepts poetry and art
The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts$50"We accept fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, mixed media, visual arts, and even kitchen sinks"

See reading periods
Funny Times

500-700 words
$130Science fiction

850 - 950 words
Jellyfish Review$251000 words max
Upstreet$50Has submission periods
The West Review$10Flash fiction should be up to 500 words
Bards and Sages Quarterly

$10Up to 500 words

Speculative fiction

$10Accepts reprints

Each issue has a theme
The Temz Review$20If your pieces are fewer than 1000 words each, feel free to submit several pieces at once

See submission periods
Daily Science Fiction cents/wordSpeculative fiction only

100 - 1000 words
 Curiosities$50 for stories under 1000 words
5 cents a word USD for original fiction and a penny a word for reprints
Steampunk, dieselpunk, dreadpunk, bronzepunk, others that haven’t even been invented yet punk 
The Puritan$75See submission periods

Submissions are free on a limited basis
Nanoism$1.50 for stories and a flat $5 for serialsTweets

140 character limit
Gordon Square Review$251,000 words max

See submission periods
The Antihumanist cents US per wordWeird fiction

1,000 words max
Coastal Shelf$30Under 2000 words, under 1000 is even better

See submission periods
Wyldblood Press
£0.01 per word for print and digital rights (to a maximum of £75)
1000 words max for flash fiction

See submission periods
New Myths
1.5 cents/word with a minimum payment of $30Speculative fiction (no horror)

See reading periods
Curiouser Magazine

(Australia)$20 - $75(AU)Also accepts poetry and short stories up to 5,000 words

See reading periods

Submit up to two pieces of flash fiction (750 words or fewer)
Gaze$25Accepts poetry, prose, and audio/video projects

See submission periods

Brilliant Flash Fiction$201,000 words or fewer

All genres
Three-lobed Burning Eye
$30 for flash fictionHorror and
dark fantasy, magical realism, slipstream,
cross genre, or weird fiction
Paranoid Tree$50Up to 400 words

Points in Case$10 for lists, $35 stories under 1,000 wordsHumor under 1000 words, lists
Prose Online$15Up to 1,000 words
Mithila$10Under 2,500 words

Speculative fiction
Dark Dispatch$25Dark fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and crime

Themed issues

See reading periods

Up to 1,000 words
Timber Ghost Press$51000 words max


Opens from the 1st to the 10th of every month
The Arcanist$50Medium-based publication, weekly

1000 words max

Speculative fiction
$501000 words max
Flash Fiction Magazine$40

Only pays for stories selected for anthologies
300–1000 words
Liquid Imagination$3Modern fantasy, science fiction, horror, dark fantasy, and literary - poetry and fiction

1000 words max
Fractured Lit$50 for original micro fiction and $75 for original flash fiction400-1000 words

See submission periods
Middle House Review: Height Chart$25Up to 1000 words

See submission periods
Baffling Magazine cents/wordUnder 1,200 words

We are looking for speculative stories that explore science fiction, fantasy, and horror with a queer bent. We want queer stories and we want trans stories and we want aro/ace stories. We want indefinable stories. We welcome weird, slipstream, and interstitial writing.  
Short Circuit euros for short stories, 50 euros for poemsShort stories and poems of maximum 7,500 characters (spaces included) or children's works of maximum 7,000 characters.
42 Stories Anthology

42 centsStories must be exactly 42 words long and fit into one of 42 categories

BAM periodically posts new calls on his blog

Microverses is $1 USD/line. Payment for fiction is a flat $2.80 USD/piece.Speculative work up to 280 characters long.
Poetry up to 8 lines long.

Has submission periods
City. River. Tree. cents/wordFlash fiction 100 - 500 words

Reprints accepted
Dream of Shadows£20Horror and fantasy

Up to 1500 words

Has submission periods
Flash Point Science Fiction$15Speculative fiction stories from 100 to 1,000 words in length

Has submission periods
Orion’s Belt cents/wordSpeculative fiction up to 1,200 words
The Masters Review New Voices$100Open to new or emerging author who has not published a work of fiction or narrative nonfiction of novel length.

1,000 words max
(mac)ro(mic)$151,000 words max

See submission periods
Flash Frog$251,000 words max
The Forge Literary Magazine$75Open to all genres and voices 

"We love flash and micro prose."
Scrawl Space$35CNF, Fiction, Poetry, Hybrids

Must be connected to a specific place

900 words max
Havok$10 for each story published in an anthologyMystery, scifi, comedy, thriller, and fantasy

300 - 1000 words

See themes
Aphabet Box$20Fiction, poetry

900 words max

See submission periods
Sage Cigarettes$5 Fiction, nonfiction up to 1000 words

See submission periods
Tales From Between$20Horror up to 1000 words

Has submission periods
MetaStellar cents/wordScience fiction, fantasy, horror up to 1000 words

See submission periods

A Velvet Giant$20"We are open to work that takes the shape of basically any format: words, recordings, visual art, hybrid forms, etc. We are open to translated original work."
The Lorelei Signal$5Fantasy with strong female characters

1000 words max
Factor Four cents/wordScience fiction, fantasy, supernatural, super hero, or any combination up to 1000 words
U.S. Kids

Humpty Dumpty

Jack and Jill$20 - $40 and upFlash fiction and nonfiction for children
Aquila £105Short stories between 1,000 and 1,150 words; Nonfiction articles of 800 words for children
Youth Imagination 200 to 999 words $3; Short Story 1000 to 8,000 words $8Fiction, including modern, urban or classical fantasy, as well as sci-fi, slipstream, literary, action-adventure or suspense for teens
The Colored Lens$10Speculative fiction 500 words and up
Ripe Fiction$40500 words max

Flash fiction inspired by recent events
Land Luck Review$100Literary and experimental flash fiction and prose poetry in the following categories: micro fiction or prose poetry under 250 words, and flash fiction or prose poetry between 250 and 500 words.

See submission periods 
The Waking$10Fiction and nonfiction, image text/hybrid work up to 1500 words
Tree and Stone$0.02 per word; $20 for artSurrealism, magical realism, fabulism, slipstream, anything that might be deemed unconventional.

1000 words max
Theme of Absence$3 - $5Speculative flash fiction and short stories
Rough Cut Press words max; $25Experimental poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art

LGBTQIA writers only

Themed issues

SFS Stories words max; $25

No pay for reprints
Science fiction and fantasy
Starward Shadows Quarterly$10 for flash fictionDark speculative fiction, flash fiction, art. Cosmic Horror, Sword and Sorcery, and most other subgenres of speculative fiction
Unnerving Magazine$15 for flash fictionHorror and suspense

400 - 1,500 words

See submission periods
The Bureau Dispatch$50 "Our stories often contain a hint of the speculative, a dash of the intriguing." 

500 - 1,500 words

See submission periods
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Thursday, August 4, 2022

2 New Agents Seeking Narrative Nonfiction, Memoir, Literary Fiction, Upmarket Fiction, Women’s History and more

Here are two new agents actively expanding their client lists. New agents are a boon to writers. They are actively building their lists, and will go the extra mile for their clients.

Allison Malecha is is especially drawn to authors writing literary or upmarket adult fiction; narrative nonfiction, particularly with a historical or international dimension; social science; pop science; pop psychology; and memoir that touches on larger current issues or on the author's field of expertise.

Rebecca Sandell is looking for writing on art history, architecture, and women’s history as well as unusual memoir and literary fiction. 

Always check the agency website and agent bio before submitting. Agents can switch agencies or close their lists, and submission requirements can change. 

NOTEDon't submit to two agents at the same agency simultaneously. If one rejects you, you may then submit to another.

You can find a full list of agents actively seeking new clients here: Agents Seeking Clients


Allison Malecha of Trellis Literary Management 

Allison Malecha joined Trellis Literary Management as Director of Foreign Rights after several years at Bettina Schrewe Literary Scouting, where she worked with major publishing clients in over twenty markets across Europe, Asia, and Latin America, as well as with an independent film client. Prior to working as a literary scout, she spent five years in editorial at independent publishing house Grove Atlantic, where she began building her own list under the publisher and was the in-house manager for Freeman's and The Mysterious Press. Allison grew up between the middle of Canada and the middle of the U.S, but has always found home between the covers of a book. She has a BA in Comparative Literature & Society from Columbia University, where she studied French and Czech.  

What she is seeking: Allison will be looking to represent a small, selective list of domestic clients. She is especially drawn to authors writing literary or upmarket adult fiction; narrative nonfiction, particularly with a historical or international dimension; social science; pop science; pop psychology; and memoir that touches on larger current issues or on the author's field of expertise. She likes writing that crackles, and that has wells of empathy that run deep.

How to submit: Use the agency's form HERE. (Note: Allison is open to queries until September 1)


Rebecca Sandell of Pew Literary (UK)  

Rebecca Sandell joined PEW at the beginning of 2020. As an undergraduate she studied English at King’s College London where she also obtained her Master’s degree in eighteenth-century literature with a dissertation on William Blake’s architectural influences. She works as an assistant across all aspects of the agency with a particular focus on international rights. 

What she is seeking: She is beginning to build her own list, and is looking for writing on art history, architecture, and women’s history as well as unusual memoir and literary fiction.

How to submit: Send your proposal to . Your submission should be in Word or PDF format and 1.5 or double-spaced. Accompany your submission with a cover letter that tells us a little about you as a writer.

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

95 Calls for Submissions in August 2022 - Paying Markets

This August there are more than seven dozen calls for submissions. All of these are paying markets, and none charge submission fees. As always, every genre, style, and form is wanted, from short stories to poetry to essays.

I post calls for submissions a few days prior to the first day of every month. But as I am collecting them, I post them on my page, Calls for Submissions. You can get a jump on next month's calls for submissions by checking that page periodically throughout the month. (I only post paying markets.)

Also see Paying Markets for hundreds of paying markets arranged by form and genre.

Happy submitting!

(Image: Pixahive)


Fantasy MagazineGenre: Fantasy short stories, flash fiction, poetry. Payment: 8 cents per word; $40 per poem. Deadline: "We plan to stay open to submissions by BIPOC authors for the entirety of 2022."

Tales to Terrify Podcast. Genre: Horror about Haunted Houses. Length: 2,000 - 10,000 words. Payment: $0.01 USD per word. Deadline: This advance submissions period with last for several weeks at the beginning of August 2022 (not more than one month) Reprints accepted

The Forge Literary MagazineGenre: Fiction, flash fiction, micro-fiction. Length: Under 3,000 words preferred. Payment: $75. Deadline: They open to fee-free submissions on the first of each month and close when they reach their quota.

Diabolical PlotsGenre: Science fiction, fantasy and horror up to 3,500 words. See themePayment: 10 cents/word. Deadline: August 1, 2022. See theme.

Wizards in SpaceGenre: Poetry, prose, art. "What does it mean to be empowered, to revel in your own strength? How do you take the abundance of yourself and share it freely with others? When have you felt most like dancing and singing? For our eighth issue, we want your power. Your exhalation. We want to know how your Scorpio heart and your August body take up space in this wind-tossed world." Payment: $40 per original poem or per page of original art; $20 per reprinted poem or per page of reprinted art; $0.04 per word for original prose, based on final published word count; $0.02 per word for reprinted prose, based on final published word count. Deadline: August 1, 2022. Accepts reprints. 

Sims Library of PoetryRestrictions: Open to African-American writers. Genre: Poetry, prose, and visual art submissions that are “an homage to an African-American poet of the past.” Payment: $50. Deadline: August 1, 2022.

Last Girls ClubGenre: Feminist horror: short stories and poems - see themes. Payment: Short Story-2,500 words or less. $0.01 USD per word/$25 USD and copy of magazine; Flash Fiction-less than a 1,000 words $0.01 USD per word/$10 USD; Poems-less than 200 words $10 upon acceptance and a PDF of the magazine. Deadline: August 1, 2022.

We'Moon Lunar CalendarRestrictions: Open to women only. Genre: Art, poetry and prose, 350 words maximum. Payment: Small honorarium; art up to $500. Deadline: August 1, 2022.

Liquid Imagination: Silver PenGenre: Speculative fiction, poetry. Payment: $3 - $8. Deadline: August 1, 2022.

Embers of CorsariGenre: High fantasy set in a new world. Payment:  Royalties. Deadline: August 1, 2022.

Propertius Press. Genre: Creative Nonfiction, full-length manuscripts. "We are actively seeking submissions from Black, Minority, Indigenous, and other Persons of Color in all categories." Payment:  Royalties. Deadline: August 1, 2022.

The First LineGenres: Fiction, poetry, nonfiction using the first line provided. (See site.) Payment: $25.00 - $50.00 for fiction, $5.00 - $10.00 for poetry, and $25.00 for nonfiction. Deadline: August 1, 2022.

Brute: Raunch, Scares, and Rough TradeGenre: Gay sexuality, desire, masculinity, and the aesthetics of "rough trade." Stories must have speculative elements: horror, dark fantasy, weirdness. Payment: 5 cents/word. Deadline: August 1, 2022.

Longleaf ReviewGenre: Horror flash fiction, 1000 words max. Payment: $20. (?) Deadline: Opens August 1, 2022. Submit early in the month. Submissions close after they reach 300.

Fear Street: Reader Beware! Genre: Horror. YA horror steeped in late 80s-90s nostalgia. Payment: $0.01 per word for new stories and/or $25 for reprints. Deadline: August 1, 2022. Reprints accepted.

TamarindGenre: Fiction and nonfiction about science and scientists. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: August 2, 2022.

Cosmic Roots and Eldritch ShoresGenre: Speculative stories. Payment: 8 cents/word for original work. 2 cents/word for reprints. Deadline: August 2, 2022.

The Suburban ReviewGenre: Prose, art, poetry on theme: Weeds. Payment: AUD150-275 for prose; AUD125-275 for poetry. Deadline: August 3, 2022.

Yellow ArrowGenre: Poetry chapbooks by women writers. Payment: Royalties? Deadline: August 4, 2022.  

Sci Phi JournalGenre: Hard science fiction, fictional nonfiction, and speculative philosophy. Translations accepted. Payment: €0.03/word; €0.01/word for translations. Deadline: August 4, 2022.  

The Victorian WriterGenre: Poems and articles. Payment: Poems ($70), and articles of 600 words ($100) and 1200 words ($200) in the print edition with particular interest in the craft of writing and the writing life. Deadline: August 5, 2022. Note: Pitches only. See themes.

Tales from Between. Genre: Horror and fantasy. Length: Novelettes: 9000 – 15000 words. Payment: $120 for new, $60 for reprints. Deadline: August 5, 2022.

Lucent DreamingRestrictions: Open to new and emerging writers only. "We consider a new/emerging writer someone who has been published in 15 or fewer publications in the past 5 years, and has not published a book or full collection." Genre: Fiction, flash fiction, poetry. Also accepts art. Payment: £100 (£200 for low-income writers in the UK) and a free contributor copy. Deadline: August 6, 2022. 

HavokGenre: Flash fiction on Theme of  RAGE / PEACE. Payment: $10 via PayPal for each story published in an Anthology. Deadline: August 7, 2022.

Penguin/Random House AustraliaRestrictions: Submissions are restricted to Australian and New Zealand residents. Genre: Fiction and nonfiction. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: August 7, 2022.

Fusion FragmentGenre: Science fiction or SF-tinged literary fiction stories and novelettes ranging anywhere from 2,000 to 15,000 words. Payment: Both previously unpublished work and reprints pay 3.5 cents (CAD) per word, up to a maximum of $300 (CAD) per story. Deadline: August 7, 2022. 

MacroMicroCosmGenre: Speculative fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: August 7, 2022. See themes.

Cossmass InfinitiesGenre: Science fiction and fantasy short stories. Payment: $0.08/word for original fiction. Deadline: August 7, 2022.

MacroMicroCosmGenre: Speculative fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: August 7, 2022. See themes.

ScumGenre: Feminist-friendly work of any variety, but as a general rule your piece should be under 2000 words (50 lines for poetry, max. 3 poems) and able to be classified as “fiction”, “culture”, “memoir”, “column”, “poetry”, and/or “review”. Payment: $60 AUD. Deadline: August 7, 2022. Opens to submissions on August 1.

VoiceworksRestrictions: Open to Australians under the age of 25. Genre: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art and comics. Theme: Grain. Payment: $100 for written work and art, $150 for multi-page comics or suites of art. Deadline: August 7, 2022. Fiction, completed nonfiction and poetry.

CirsovaGenre: Genre fiction short stories. Payment: $0.0125 per word. Deadline: August 7, 2022.

Poetry WalesGenre: Poetry, reviews, articles. "This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Partition of the Indian subcontinent and the emergence of India and Pakistan as independent nation-states. We intend to mark this anniversary with related articles and poems, so for this issue we are especially interested in hearing from writers with links to India and Pakistan, although writing is not limited to the topic of Partition and we welcome submissions on any theme." Payment: Poems £20/page. Reviews £67.50/1500-word review. Articles £200/3000 word, or in that proportion, depending on number of published words. Deadline: August 8, 2022.

Aseptic and Faintly Sadistic: An Anthology of Hysteria Fiction will benefit the Chicago Abortion Fund. Genre: Dark speculative fiction from anyone directly at risk as a result of the Supreme Court’s ruling on Roe v. Wade, defined inclusivelyPayment: 6 cents/word. Deadline: August 8, 2022.

GreenPrintsGenre: Personal essays about gardening. Payment: $100 - $150. Deadline: August 9, 2022.

Bright Wall/Dark RoomGenre: Essays on film and TV. Theme: Time Travel. Payment: $50 per essay. Deadline: August 9, 2022.

SAND is a Berlin publication that "looks for submissions that push the boundaries of form, message, and voice in fresh and unpredictable ways—work that is haunting for its soul, edge, and truth." Genre: Fiction, flash fiction, art, poetry, translations. Payment: Semi-professional rates. Deadline: August 10, 2022. 

Bermuda TriangleGenre: Horror. "For decades, boats, ships and more have passed through the Bermuda Triangle never to return. But why? What’s down there, just below the surface? What happens to the loved ones left behind? You decide!" Payment: $10. Deadline: August 13, 2022.

VoiceworksRestrictions: Open to Australians under the age of 25. Genre: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art and comics. Theme: Grain. Payment: $100 for written work and art, $150 for multi-page comics or suites of art. Deadline: August 14, 2022. Art, comics and comic pitches.

Luna Station QuarterlyRestrictions: Open to women writers only. Genre: Speculative fiction.   Payment: $5. Deadline: August 15, 2022. Some reprints accepted.

Delicate FriendRestrictions: Open to trans people only. Genre: Intimate art and literature. "Our current theme — guest-edited by Ale Canales — is “ANTIMATTER,” extending the intimacy of our T4T issue across the ever-expanding universe. Is your erotic imagination haunted by sentient artificial intelligence? Have you dreamed of traversing the blank spaces between stars with your lovers? Is your gender too alien for mere earthlings to comprehend? We want to hear from you!" Payment: $10. Deadline: August 15, 2022.

Cricket Media: ASK MagazineGenre: Science articles for children 7–10 years old. Theme: Sky at Play (Clouds/Wind). Payment: Unspecified. Deadline: August 15, 2022. Queries only.

SaseeGenre: First-person, non-fiction material that is for or about women. Essays, humor, satire, personal experience, and features on topics relating to women are their primary editorial focus. Theme: “Renew & Revamp.” 500 to 1000 words. Payment: Varies. Deadline: August 15, 2022.

The Lorelei SignalGenre: Fantasy short stories, flash fiction, and poetry with strong female characters. Payment: $15 for short stories, $5 for poems and flash (<1000 wds) fiction pieces, $5 for reprints. Deadline: August 15, 2022. Accepts reprints.

The Haunted Train: Creepy Tales from the RailwaysGenre: Stories about trains, tracks and railway stations, especially creepy, spooky tales about haunted trains. Payment: 10 Euro. Deadline: August 15, 2022. Accepts reprints.

Medusa TalesGenre: Speculative stories (sci-fi, fantasy, and horror) of human transformation and immobilization. Payment: 1 cent/word, $10 for reprints. Deadline: August 15, 2022. Accepts reprints.

MartianGenre: Science fiction drabbles (exactly 100 words). Payment: 8 cents/word. Deadline: August 15, 2022.

Dark Recesses PressGenre: Horror/dark fiction pieces between 500-5000 words. Payment: 5 cents/word. Deadline: August 15, 2022. Note: Only pays for print magazine.

Songs of Eretz Poetry Review. Genre: Poetry and art. Payment: $7 per poem, $12 for cover art and $7 for inside art. Deadline: August 15, 2022. See themes.

GuernicaGenre: Poetry. "We’d love to read poems that congregate around (or refuse) questions of desire, language, or form, but most importantly, that speak to the wild capaciousness of your work.
Submit 3-10 poems that shape each other in some way; they could accumulate, thicken, complicate, and make spare — or make inverse — the questions that drive them." Payment: $150. Deadline: August 15, 2022.

The WakingGenre: Fiction and nonfiction, image text/hybrid work. "The Waking is Ruminate Community's online literary magazine that houses high-quality literary writing about what it’s like to be human. We are interested in short-form and flash prose as well as image-text/hybrid work. This art can be beautiful, it can be strange, we just ask that it feels true." 1500 words max. Payment: $10. Deadline: August 15, 2022. Opens August 1.

WesterlyGenre: Short stories, poetry, memoir and creative non-fiction, essays and literary criticism. Payment: Poems: $120 for one poem or $150 for two or more poems; Stories: $180; Articles: $180; Visual art/Intro essay: $120; Reviews: $100; Online Publication: $100. "We expect our contributors to be subscribers of the Magazine. While we will accept submissions from non-subscribers, should your work be accepted for publication in this instance, you will be asked to accept a subscription to the Magazine as part payment for your work." Deadline: August 15, 2022.

Cemetery Gates: Campfire Macabre: Volume 2Genre: Flash Horror. See themesPayment: 8 cents/word. Deadline: August 15, 2022.

Grumpy Old Gods Flash Fiction: Pesky PestilenceGenre: Flash fiction, 500 - 1500 words. "Halloween flash fiction with a Grumpy TWIST. We’re searching for stories to delight and amuse for the upcoming Halloween season: Does your healing God in training keep accidentally raising zombies? Did a sun God accidentally set off an apocalypse and try to hide it? Is there something giving a divine pantheon the sniffles with hilarious results? Is Death taking a much-needed vacation in the mortal world – but keeps bringing his work along for the ride?" Payment: Profit sharing. Deadline: August 15, 2022.

Muse MagazineGenre: Nonfiction articles for children. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: August 16, 2022. See themes.

FunicularGenre: Fiction, poetry, flash fiction. Payment: Short story: $10/printed page (up to a maximum of $100); Flash: $25 per piece; Poetry: $25 per piece. Deadline: August 16, 2022. 

Chicken Soup for the Soul: CatsGenre: True stories and poems. "We want your true funny stories, your heartwarming stories, and your mindboggling stories about all the simply amazing things that your cat does. What have you learned from your cat? How does your cat improve your life? What crazy things does your cat do? Has your cat ever done anything heroic? How does your cat warm your heart and make you smile? We want to hear all about the absurd antics, funny habits and insightful behavior of your cat." Payment: $200. DeadlineAugust 19, 2022.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: DogsGenre: True stories and poems. "We want your true funny stories, your heartwarming stories, and your mindboggling stories about all the simply amazing things that your dog does. What have you learned from your dog? How does your dog improve your life? What crazy things does your dog do? Has your dog ever done anything heroic? How does your dog warm your heart and make you smile? We want to hear all about the absurd antics, funny habits and insightful behavior of your dog. Stories can be serious or humorous." Payment: $200. DeadlineAugust 19, 2022.

Shakespeare UnleashedGenre: Horror based on Shakespeare’s plays and characters, as well as Shakespearean (horror) sonnets. For fiction, ”We’re looking for dark and scary stories — no parodies or humor pieces. Stories can be set in time periods other than the Elizabethan era, and can be updated or reimagined or merely “based on.”” For poetry, “We’re looking for horror sonnets — no parodies or humor pieces. Sonnets can be based on one of Shakespeare’s sonnets or plays or characters (let us know which one when you submit) or they can be totally original, but they should still evoke Shakespeare in some way.” Payment: $0.06/word for fiction; $35 for poems. Deadline: August 21, 2022.

berlin litGenre: Poetry. Payment: 20 euros per poem. Deadline: August 21, 2022.

PseudopodGenre: Horror (Audio format). Payment: USD $0.08 per word for original fiction. USD $100 per story for reprint fiction. Deadline: August 21, 2022. Reprints accepted.

Metaphysical TimesGenre: Pagan and metaphysical topics, including spirituality, religion, divination, witchcraft, and more. Payment: $0.05 USD per word up to 1200 words after editing. Deadline: August 24, 2022.

Unidentified Funny ObjectsGenre: Funny science fiction and fantasy. Length: 500-5,000 words. Payment: $0.10/word. Deadline: August 25, 2022.

The Storyteller Series (Podcast and Print) Genre: Fiction, non-fiction, memoir up to 10,000 words. Payment: $50. Deadline: August 28, 2022. Reprints accepted.

Inked in Gray: Reclaiming JoyGenre:  Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction, up to 8,000 words. "These past few years have brought more fear than hope. It seems as though our world is becoming a scary place, especially for marginalized individuals. As people and as an organization we will keep fighting against the wrongs that permeate our society. We must continue to protest but we also must continue to find joy and happiness in the moments between." Payment: $45. Deadline: August 30, 2022.

Flame Tree Fiction: Immigrant Sci-Fi Short StoriesGenre: Speculative fiction. "We are seeking stories from a diverse range of writers who have direct or familial experience of immigration and migration and its complex issues. Writers with origins from all over the world, including but not limited to Latinx, Caribbean, Asian, African, Arabic, North American and East European, are invited to challenge the reader with stories that spill out into space, parallel realms or just hidden in plain sight. The stories will explore the world from the gaze of the incoming, whether forced through slavery, economic choice, necessitated through war or oppression, or hope for a better future, examining the perspectives of displacement in a future or fantastical setting." Length: 2000-4000 words. Payment: 8 cents/6 pence per word for original stories, 6 cents/4 pence for reprints. Deadline: August 30, 2022. Accepts reprints.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Funny StoriesGenre: True stories. "Share your funny stories about something that happened to you in your life – in your relationship with a partner or spouse, a parent or child, a family member or friend, at work or at home – that made you and the people around you laugh out loud. Did you mean for it to be funny? Did the other person mean to make you laugh? Did a situation just get out of control? Did a misunderstanding turn into a comedy of errors?" Payment: $200. Deadline: August 30, 2022. 

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Impact of a Chicken Soup for the Soul story on meGenre: True stories. "Have you read a Chicken Soup for the Soul story that had an impact on your life? A story that made you think twice about a similar situation in your own life? That changed your outlook? Helped you solve a problem? Encouraged you to try something new and different? Encouraged you to go ahead and make that life-changing decision? Altered how you treat a person or a situation? Revealed to you how just a shift in your attitude could improve things? Showed you that you are not alone? Showed you that others who have gone through similar situations did it, what they did to get through and gave you hope?" Payment: $200. Deadline: August 30, 2022.

Les Petites Morts: An Anthology of Erotic Horror Inspired by Fairy Tales, Mythology & FolkloreGenre: Erotic horror stories inspired by fairy tales, mythologies, and folklore from around the world. Payment: 0.06 USD per word (via PayPal) and a paperback contributor’s copy. Deadline: August 30, 2022.

Apparition LitGenre: Speculative fiction and poetry. Payment: $30. Deadline: August 31, 2022. Opens August 15. See themes. 

Mud Season Review. Genre: Poetry, Fiction, CNF, Art. Payment: $50. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

Dismember the Coop.” Genre: Horror short stories inspired by the music of Alice Cooper, both the group and solo. Payment: $25. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

Broken Sleep BooksGenre: Non-fiction pamphlets (up to 70 pages). Payment: Royalties. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

The Quiet OnesGenre: Quiet Horror and Dystopian genre works that fit the theme, “Nocturnal Animals.” "We primarily seek creative work from those who identify as LGBTQIAP+, women, and allies. We’re especially fond of (though do not require) stories that center LGBTQIAP+ and female characters. That said, we welcome work from anyone and everyone, and we do not automatically disqualify any submissions based on the author’s identity, nor do we require our contributors to share their sexual or gender identities." Payment: $25. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

Longleaf ReviewGenre: Fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Theme: Nostalgia. "Don’t be afraid to get a little speculative, a little retro, a little sci-fi. Revise history — new endings most welcome. Tell us about your firsts, your lasts, your just-can’t-get-you-out-of-my-heads. Show us the dark side of nostalgia, all its risks and rewards." Payment: $20 (?) Deadline: August 31, 2022.

MYTHIC: A Science Fiction & Fantasy Magazine. Genre: Science fiction and fantasy. Payment: $0.01 CENTS A WORD for NEW short fiction. $25.00 for REPRINT short fiction. Deadline: August 31, 2022. Accepts reprints.

From the DepthsGenre: Fantasy. "Monsters and mermaids, sea serpents and sailors, the deep dank dark and the glistening coral; if you’ve got a fantasy story that reeks of seaweed and intrigue, we want to see it." Length: 1,000-12,000 words. Payment: £0.01 per word. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

Dragon Soul Press: Magick and MistletoeGenre: "All Christmas stories. As long as Christmas is involved, the story qualifies. All genres. Happily Ever After not required." Payment:  Royalties.  Deadline: August 31, 2022. 

Dragon Soul Press: Life at Its BestGenre: "These women are navigating through the ups and downs of life whether it be relationships, children, health, etc. Note: This is Women’s Contemporary ‘Realistic’ Fiction only." Word Count – 5,000-15,000. Payment:  Royalties. Deadline: August 31, 2022. (Extended deadline)

Both/AndGenre: Essays focused on personal narrative from trans and gender non-conforming writers of color. "Both/And is an essay series that seeks to elevate the stories of those at the forefront of the fight for racial and transgender equality. We want to hear from, and work with trans writers of color, so we can uplift those most targeted by the larger cultural obsession with transness, but whose voices are rarely centered in it." Payment: $500. Deadline: August 31, 2022. Pitches only.

Quarter PressGenre: Stories, art, poetry, nonfiction on theme: Let’s Get Weird. Payment: $5. Deadline: August 31, 2022. 

Broken Sleep BooksGenre: Nonfiction pamphlets (up to 70 pages). Payment: Royalties. Deadline: August 31, 2022. 

Split Lip MagazineGenre: Fiction (flash and short stories), memoirs, and poetry. with a pop-culture twist. Payment: $50 per author (via PayPal) for our web issues. Payment for print is $5 per page, minimum of $20, plus 2 contributor copies and a 1-year subscription. Deadline: August 31, 2022. NoteSubmit early in the month.

TypehouseGenre: Prose, poetry, art. Payment: $25. Deadline: August 31, 2022. No-fee submissions open for all contributors starting July 1.

GwyllionGenre: Speculative fiction and poetry. Payment: £10 per accepted story or poem. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

Strange Sunests: Terrors on Distant PlanetsGenre: Science fiction stories that take place on another planet. There must be an element of horror. Gore and splatterpunk is welcome, but may not be a first choice. Payment: $30USD. Deadline: August 31, 2022. 

Haven SpeculativeGenre: Speculative fiction and poetry. Payment: 1 cent/word for fiction and $5 - $10 for poetry. Deadline: August 31, 2022. 

Alphabet BoxGenre: Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, up to 900 words. Writers can send more than one submission, as long as the total does not exceed 900 words. Payment: $25. Deadline: August 31, 2022. 

Hidden Villains: AriseGenre: Fantasy, horror, and sci-fi "sculpted to thrill and entertain readers with the bizarre or delve into the shadows." Length: Up to 7,000 words. Payment: Between $0.05 and $0.08 per word. Deadline: August 31, 2022. 

Eerie RiverGenre: Horror on theme of Water. Word count: 1500 - 7000 firm. Payment: ¢1 per word CAD. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

Creature PublishingGenre: Feminist horror. Payment: Royalties (?) Deadline: August 31, 2022.

Timber Ghost Press: Along Harrowed TrailsGenre: Horror set in the Old West. "We are seeking well-crafted stories and poems that are creepy, disturbing, and weird that embrace the Old West aesthetic from around 1800-1900." Payment: Poetry - $10 USD. Flash - $15 USD. Short Fiction - $35 USD. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

The McNeese ReviewGenre: Fiction, poetry. Payment: $50. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

Strange Sunsets – Terrors on Distant PlanetsGenre: Science fiction stories that take place on another planet. There must be an element of horror. Payment: $30. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

The RumpusGenre: Fiction "We strive to be a platform for marginalized voices and writing that might not find a home elsewhere, and to lift up new voices alongside those of more established writers we love. We work to shine a light on stories that build bridges, tear down walls, and speak truth to power." Payment: $300 divided among all contributors. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

2,000-word TerrorsGenre: Horror short stories. Payment: 1 cent/word. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

Reckoning: Our Beautiful Reward. Genre: Poetry, nonfiction, and fiction. "The fall of Roe V Wade in the U.S. has codified dramatic restrictions on the right of pregnant individuals to make their own reproductive choices. In the U.S. and internationally, we are also witnessing an increase in already significant levels of hostility against trans and genderqueer bodily self-determination. These struggles for basic bodily autonomy are linked, and find common grounding in the pursuit of joy, flourishing, care and safety. Likewise, the pursuit of joy, flourishing, care and safety requires that we fight for a sustainable world within which chosen families of all kinds can exist and tend to one another. With a deep sense of the urgency of the moment, Reckoning invites you to imagine this world, and the roles that bodily autonomy and bodily self-determination play in both creating and inhabiting it." Payment: Professional rates. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

And a few more...

Escape PodGenre: Science fiction (Audio and written format). Payment: USD $0.08 per word for original fiction. USD $100 per story for reprint fiction. Deadline: Opens September 1, 2022. Reprints accepted.

Bleed ErrorGenre: Short stories, flash fiction, and poetry that runs the gamut of everything from absurdist horror to bizarre science-fiction to unsettling dark fantasy. "We love the uncanny." Payment: 1c per word, and $15 per poem (Canadian dollars.) Deadline: September 1, 2022.

Not a Pipe PublishingRestrictions: Open to LGBTQ writers. Genre: Speculative fiction and poetry, including science fiction, fantasy, horror, or any other works with a speculative element. Payment: A copy of the anthology and an equal portion of profits from the sale of the anthology. Deadline: September 1, 2022.
Madame Gray's Poe Pourri of TerrorGenre: Horror, 3K - 8K word count. Payment: $5. Deadline: September 1, 2022.

Orion’s BeltGenre: Speculative fiction, art, and poetry. 1,200 words max for prose. Payment: 8 cents/word. $25 for art. Deadline: September 1, 2022.

Farmer-ishGenre: Nonfiction, CNF, poetry related to farming (including recipes). Payment: $25 or copy of book (print only). Deadline: September 1, 2022. See themes.

ContraryGenre: Poetry, fiction, CNF. Payment: $20. Deadline: September 1, 2022.

Bethlehem Writers RoundtableGenre: Short stories and poetry. See themesPayment: 20.00 USD for featured authors, or $10.00 USD for stories published on their &More page and $5.00 USD for poems. Deadline: September 1, 2022.

Blood, Sweat, and SteelGenre: Military Science Fiction. Word Count: 7,000 – 10,000. Payment: A percentage of sales divided equally between the contributing authors. Deadline: September 1, 2022.

ParabolaGenre: Original essays and translations, poetry, reviews. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: September 1, 2022. See themes.

Bang!: An Anthology of Noir FictionGenre: Noir fiction. "Stories must adhere to the noir genre (although we’re not beyond including neo-noir or hard-boiled in that ball park), however we don’t want slavish reproductions or carbon cut-outs of genre classics. We want new spins on old themes. We want nihilism." Payment: £10 per story plus one contributor copy of the paperback. Deadline: September 1, 2022.

Hellbound Sci-FiGenre: Science fiction. 4K - 10K word count. Payment: $5. Deadline: September 1, 2022.

Eerie River: It Calls from BelowGenre: Horror. "Think subterranean, buried alive, ancient buried treasure, something lost now found, underground, in basements, crawlspaces, caves, under a bed and dark places." Payment: Flat rate payment ¢1 per word CAD after approved edits - up to $70 CAD. Deadline: September 1, 2022.

And the Dead Shall Sleep No MoreGenre: Dark fiction about Vampires. Length: Up to 6,000 words. Payment: $15. Deadline: September 1, 2022.

SadwrnGenre: Poetic prose in English or Spanish. "We want pieces that talk about the most otherwordly and intense settings of virtual universes. We want your beautiful dérives. We want your utter escapism, your childlike stray in the woods." Payment: €40/text and a complimentary copy of the zine. Deadline: September 1, 2022.

Paradox Ghost PressGenre; Horror. "We’re looking for predominantly horror short stories, flash fiction, and poetry, but they can run the gamut of everything from absurdism to bizarre (and terrifying) science-fiction to unsettling dark fantasy. We love the uncanny." Payment: 1 cent/word for fiction, $15 CAD per poem. Deadline: September 1, 2022.

Monday, July 25, 2022

55 Writing Contests in August 2022 - No entry fees

This August there over four dozen free writing contests for short fiction, novels, poetry, CNF, nonfiction, and plays. Prizes range from $100,000 to a free writing class. None charge entry fees.

Some of these contests have age and geographical restrictions, so read the instructions carefully.

If you want to get a jump on next month's contests go to Free Contests. Most of these contests are offered annually, so even if the deadline is past, you can prepare for next year.

Good luck! 

(Image: Pxhere)


Awesome Foundation Grants. “Have a crazy brilliant idea that needs funding? We award $1,000 grants every month. It couldn’t be simpler! Your idea is yours alone. We don’t want a stake in it. We just want to help you make it happen!” Grant: $1000. No deadline. Grants are awarded every month.

Otherwise AwardGenre: Work that is changing the way we think about gender through speculative narrative. Prize: $500. Deadline: Summer 2022.

Leeway Foundation Art and Change GrantsRestrictions: Open to women and trans artists in Greater Philadelphia to fund art for social change projects. People living in Bucks, Camden, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or Philadelphia counties Delaware who are 18 years of age or older and who are not full-time students in a degree-granting arts program are eligible. Genres: Art in traditional or nontraditional modes, mediums or disciplines. Prize: $2500. Deadline: August 1, 2022.

Source Writing PrizeRestrictions: Open to writers who have not written for Source before. Genre: Book reviews, exhibition reviews or texts introducing sets of pictures, so these would be good models to follow. "But we are also interested in others forms of writing so if you want to submit something in a different form then please do." Prize: £500 / 570 euro. Deadline: August 1, 2022.

Delaware Division of the Arts Individual Artist FellowshipsRestrictions: Delaware poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in Delaware for at least one year prior to application and who are not enrolled in a degree-granting program. Genres: Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction. Prize: Established Professional Fellowships of $6,000 each and Emerging Artist Fellowships of $3,000 each. Deadline: August 1, 2022.

Epigram Books Fiction PrizeRestrictions: Authors must be Singaporean, Singaporean permanent resident or Singapore-born. Genre: A full-length, original and unpublished novel written in the English language. Prize: $20,000. Deadline: August 1, 2022.

Granum Foundation Prize helps U.S.-based writers complete substantive literary works—such as poetry books, essay or short story collections, novels, and memoirs—or to help launch these works. Additionally, a Granum Foundation Translation Prize will be awarded to support the completion of a work translated by a U.S.-based writer. Prize: One winner will receive $5,000; up to three finalists will be awarded $500 or more; $500 or more will be awarded to one writer working in translation. Deadline: August 2, 2022.

Spectator Comp No. 3261: Watch This Space. You are invited to submit a poem about the James Webb Telescope.’ Please email entries of up to 16 lines to by midday on 3 August. Prize: £30. Deadline: August 3, 2022. (Note: Scroll down)

Oregon Literary Fellowships. Two fellowships (one $10,000 grant and one $3,500 grant) are reserved specifically for writers of color. There are also fellowships for women/gender-nonconforming writers as well as special fellowships for fiction writers who have lived in Oregon over the past 5 years. Deadline: August 5, 2022.

Peter Blazey Fellowship. Restrictions: Applicants must either be an Australian citizen or have Australian residency. Genre: Non-fiction in the fields of autobiography, biography or life writing. Prize: $15 000, and a one-month writer-in-residency at The Australia Centre. Deadline: August 8, 2022.

Stone CanoeRestrictions: Open to people who live or have lived in Upstate New York (not New York City). Genres: Drama, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art. Prize: $500 and publication. Deadline: August 8, 2022 for poetry. (It is difficult to find this information on their website.) 

Deborah Cass Prize for Writing (Australia). Restrictions: Applicants must: (a) be early career writers with fewer than 10 publications (articles, short stories or poetry) and no full-length book published or contracted for publication; (b) have either been born overseas or have at least one parent who was born overseas (and certify this on the application form); and (c) not be employees or Board members of Writers Victoria at the time of entry. Genre: Fiction or creative nonfiction. Prize: $3,000 plus a three-month mentorship with an established writer, and two runners-up will receive $1,000 each. Deadline: August 10, 2022.

Spectator Comp No. 3262: Initial embarrassment. You are invited to submit a poem on behalf of Rishi Sunak or Liz Truss in which they set out their stall, but in which the first letters of each line inadvertently spell out an inappropriate word or phrase. Please email entries of up to 16 lines to by midday on 10 August. Prize: £30. Deadline: August 10, 2022. (Note: Scroll down)
Scotiabank Giller PrizeRestrictions: Open to books published in Canada in English between  July 1, 2022, and September 30, 2022. Must  be nominated by publisher. Genre: Fiction. Full-length novel or collection of short stories published in English, either originally, or in translation. Prize: $100,000 to the winner and $10,000 to each of the finalists. Deadline: August 12, 2022.

Rebecca Swift Women's Poetry AwardRestrictions: Open to women poets in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. Prize: £1,000. Deadline: August 12, 2022.

Waterford Poetry PrizeRestrictions: Open to residents of Ireland. Genre: Poem. Prize: First prize is €400 plus attendance at a designated writing course. Deadline: August 12, 2022.

4thWrite Short Story PrizeRestrictions: Open to Black, Asian, or Minority Ethnic writers aged 18+ living in the UK or Ireland. Genre: Short story, 6,000 words maximum. Prize: £1,000, a one-day publishing workshop at 4th Estate and publication of their story on the Guardian website. Deadline: August 14, 2022.

Apparition LitGenre: Flash fiction between 1k words max based on the theme. Prize: $30. Deadline: August 14, 2022.

Wintermute LitRestrictions: Open to emerging writers who have not published a full-length manuscript or chapbook. The work you submit can have been previously published but not awarded large national/international awards. Genre: Speculative fiction, maximum of 4500 words. Prize: Winners receive cash prizes, speculative books of their choice, and publication in Wintermute. Deadline: August 14, 2022. Reprints accepted.

The Yale Drama SeriesGenre: Original, unpublished full-length plays, with a minimum of 65 pages. Prize: $10,000. Deadline: August 15, 2022.

Society of Classical Poets Haiku CompetitionGenre: Haiku. Prize: $100. Deadline: August 15, 2022.

The Gotham “Manuscript-to-Market” FellowshipRestrictions: Open to people of color who have completed a book manuscript (or nonfiction book proposal) and are ready to go to market with their book. Three fellowships will be offered every year. Prize: Admittance to the Gotham Writers Conference—the panels and presentations as well as a seat at a pitching roundtable with two agents in your genre. The Gotham course How to Get Published or Nonfiction Book Proposal. A one-on-one Agent Evaluation session and a Query Letter Coaching session, both with a literary agent. Deadline: August 15, 2022.

Quarterly West.  Genre: Poetry chapbook. Prize: $500. Deadline: August 15, 2022.

Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary ExcellenceRestrictions: Emerging African American writers.  Genres: Short story collection or novel published in the current year. Prize: $10,000.  Deadline: August 15, 2022.

Ligonier Valley WritersGenre: Flash fiction on theme of "mermaids, selkies, and other water dwellers";1000 words max. Prize: The first prize winner will receive $50, second prize $25, and third prize $15. Deadline: August 15, 2022.

Lee & Low Books New Voices Award is sponsored by Lee &Low Publishers. Restrictions: The contest is open to writers of color who are residents of the United States and who have not previously had a children’s picture book published. Genre: Children's books - fiction, nonfiction or poetry. Prize: $1,000 and publication. Deadline: August 15, 2022.

Literature MattersRestrictions: UK residents. Genre: "Awards will be given to individual writers or other literary creators, recognising their past achievements and providing them with financial support to undertake a proposed new piece of writing or literary project. Launched as part of the RSL’s new Literature Matters programme, priority will be given to proposals which (a) will help connect with audiences or topics outside the usual reach of literature, and/or (b) will help generate public discussion about why literature matters." Award: £20,000. Deadline: August 24, 2022.

Solarpunk Microfiction ContestGenre; Microfiction, 250 words max. Prize: $25 and publication on the Solarpunk Magazine website. Deadline: August 25, 2022. See themeOpens August 19.

Women's Prize for FictionGenre: Published novel by a woman. Entrants must be writing in English and must be published in the UK between 1 April 2022 and 30 September 2022. All subject matters and women of any age, from any nationality or country of residence are eligible. Prize: £30,000.00. Deadline: August 26, 2022.

Writing Competition: The Story I Needed To Have ReadGenre: Short story - in any genre, fiction or fact - that helped or would have helped you at a pivotal moment in your life. Prize: One winner will receive up to $2000 worth of training and coaching with Exisle Academy,and publication on the website. Deadline: August 28, 2022.

Frank O’Connor International Short Story FellowshipRestrictions: Open to writers living within Munster and a commuting distance from Cork City. "The Short Story Fellow must have at least two full-length works of fiction published at the time of deadline, of which at least one must be a short story collection. The ideal candidate will be a writer respected by peers and experienced in the giving of writing workshops." Genre: Short fiction. Fellowship: A stipend of €8000, in four monthly instalments of €2000. Deadline: August 29, 2022.

The Canadian Women Artists’ AwardRestrictions: Open to Canadian women living in New York who are between the ages of 21 and 35 before the application deadline. Genre: Fiction, poetry. Grant: $5,000. Deadline: August 30, 2022.

Debra E. Bernhardt Labor Journalism PrizeGenre: Article that furthers the understanding of the history of working people. Articles focused on historical events AND articles about current issues (work, housing, organizing, health, education) that include historical context are both welcome. The work should be published in print or online between August 31, 2021 and August 30, 2022. Prize: $1000. Deadline: August 30, 2022.

Diana Woods Memorial Award in Creative NonfictionGenre: Essay, maximum 5,000 words. Prize: $250 top prize. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

Arena Fantasy Magazine CompetitionGenre: Fantasy. Theme: Gladiatorial Battle. "Your MC has been captured and put to fight in the Arena. Choose their path. Do they win or do they die? Word Count - up to 2500 (not including title) Prize: First place wins an annual subscription to AFM.  The 2nd & 3rd place will get a free issue. All entries will be considered for publication in an anthology as well as published in the magazine." Deadline: August 31, 2022. (Note: Scroll down)

Gabo Prize for Literature in Translation or Multi-Lingual TextsRestrictions: Translators and authors of multi-lingual texts. Genres: Poetry and prose. Prize: $200. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

StoryhouseGenre: Biographical nonfiction. Stories must be true, not semi-fictional accounts. 1000 - 10,000 words in length. Stories must be suitable for children. Prize: $200. DeadlineAugust 31, 2022.

Poetry Archive NOW! WordView 2022Genre: Poetry. "Make a video/film recording of yourself reading or reciting a single poem which you have written in 2022." Prize: £100. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry PrizeGenre: Poetry collection (in English), at least 48 pages long, published between July 1 of the previous year and June 30 of the deadline year by an upstate New York author. Prize: $2000. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

What’s Your Story? Restrictions: Open to Victorian residents. (Australia) Genre: Poetry, short stories, CNF. Prize: $500. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

Kindle Storyteller Award (UK)Restrictions: The prize is open to all authors who publish their book through Kindle Direct Publishing on Genre: Book. Prize: £20,000. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

Preservation Foundation Essay Contest for Unpublished WritersRestrictions: The contest is open to writers whose creative writing has never produced revenues of over $750 in any single year. Genre: Biographical Nonfiction. Prize: First prize is $200. Runners-up will receive $100. Finalists will receive $50. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

Substack runs a monthly short story competition. Their mission is to "revive the art of the short story, support artists, and produce something wonderful." Genre: Short story. Length: 6000- 10,000 words. Prize: $100 plus 50% of subscription revenue to be sent by Paypal, Zelle, or check. Deadline: August 31, 2022. Reprints are ok so long as you still have the rights to distribute.

Sunday Times Charlotte Aitken Young Writer of the Year AwardRestrictions: Open to authors aged 18-35 as of December 31 of the deadline year. Books must have been first published in the UK and/or the Republic of Ireland, in the English language, between June 23 of the preceding year and August 31 of the deadline year. Authors must be UK or Irish citizens, or residents for the three years preceding the award. Genre: Published or self-published book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. Prize: £10,000. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

Toni Beauchamp Prize in Critical Art WritingGenre: Scholarly essay. All work submitted must have been written or published within the last year. Prize: $3,000. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

Val Wood Prize for Creative WritingGenre: Short story with an overall word-count of 2000 on theme: ‘Storytelling" Prize: £100. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

YORKSHIRE PRIZE: The Good Old DaysRestrictions: The Yorkshire Prize  is open to residents of Yorkshire, UK. Genre: Short story set in Yorshire, maximum word count of 2000 per entry. Prize: £100, and two further commendations of £25. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

#GWstorieseverywhereGenre: Micro fiction or essay on theme of Dreamy. Your story must be no longer than 25 words, with a max of 280 characters, including spaces and the hashtag. Prize: Free Gotham class. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

Temperatures Rising ContestGenre: Flash fiction on theme of  temperatures rising, figuratively or literally. Your story must be no longer than 99 words. Prize: Free Gotham class. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

Surging TideGenre: Poetry, prose, visual art on theme: Synthesis. Prize: The winner of each category will be awarded $100 and each runner-up will also be awarded $25. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

Cast of Wonders Flash Fiction PrizeGenre: YA speculative flash fiction. Prize: ? Deadline: August 31, 2022.

Jack Grapes Poetry PrizeGenre: Poetry. Prize: WINNERS will receive $200 each, plus publication. FINALISTS will receive $50 each, plus publication. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

Harvill Secker Young Translators' PrizeRestrictions: Open to anyone between the ages of 18 and 34. Genre: Short story translation. This year the focus language is Indonesian and entrants will translate an excerpt from the novel Dua Muka Daun Pintu by Triskaidekaman. Prize: £1,000. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

Kit Sora Flash Fiction Photography ContestRestrictions: Open to residents in the Atlantic Provinces. Genre: Flash fiction inspired by a Kit Sora photo, 250 words max. Prize: 10 cents/word. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

Anansi Archive writing awardsGenre: Flash fiction, poetry, short stories. Prize: First £50, runner-up £20. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

Rattle Ekphrastic ChallengeGenre: Poem inspired by artwork. (See site for image.) Prize: $100. Deadline: August 31, 2022.
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