Thursday, May 23, 2024

9 Established Agents Actively Seeking Kidlit, Historical Fiction, Genre Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Memoir and more

Here are nine established literary agents actively seeking clients. All of them work with respected literary agencies and have good track records. They are looking for all genres of fiction as well as nonfiction.

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 several agents at the same agency simultaneously. If one rejects you, you may then submit to another. (Some small agencies share. Be alert to a notice that "a no from one is a no from all.")

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

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Ms. Sabhbh Curran of Curtis Brown Group, Ltd. (UK)

Before joining Curtis Brown in 2018, I was the Literary Assistant at Sheil Land Associates. Prior to that I studied for a Masters in Renaissance literature at Cambridge. 

What she is seeking: In non-fiction, I’m particularly keen to hear from chefs, mixologists and food writers but I am also interested in narrative non-fiction, history, travel writing, current affairs, popular science, psychology, MBS, fashion and popular culture. I would like to hear from non-fiction writers, journalists and activists. I have a real soft spot for anything related to art or art history, whatever the genre.

In fiction, what I look for is well-crafted and stylish prose, complex characterisations and probably at least a hint of darkness: obsessive friendships and relationships; loneliness; trauma; dysfunctional families; the strangeness of urban life. I’m also drawn to beautifully written, researched and evoked historical fiction.

How to submit: Please email a short synopsis and a three-chapter excerpt for fiction, or a concise proposal for non-fiction to sabhbh.curran@curtisbrown.co.uk.

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Zoe Sandler of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates

Prior to joining SJGA, Zoe spent over 11 years at ICM (now CAA), first as a royalties assistant, then after apprenticing with a literary agent, she began representing her own author clients. She started her career in publishing at an academic press in North Carolina after graduating from McGill University with a joint BA in English Literature and Hispanic Studies. Born in England, raised in California, Zoe is delighted to call New York home, where she and her family split their time between Upper Manhattan and the Catskills.

What she is seeking: Zoe represents a mix of adult fiction that could be classified as commercial yet unconventional (she especially loves when a novel takes her by surprise), and narrative nonfiction largely by female journalists who specialize in fields such as science, the environment, medicine, and untold women's history. Within children's, Zoe specializes in voice-driven middle grade that leans more literary, and the occasional picture book, especially those that have a strong message.

How to submit: To submit your work: please email zsandler@sjga.com

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Ms. Monica MacSwan of Aitken Alexander Associates (UK)

I started my career in publishing at Felicity Bryan Associates and Profile Books, and then went on to work in translation rights at United Agents and Aitken Alexander. Since 2020, I’ve worked in the books department as Emma Paterson’s assistant, as well as previously with Chris Wellbelove too. In my role, I have worked alongside them editorially on their books, including Assembly by Natasha Brown and Hungry Ghosts by Kevin Jared Hosein.

What she is seeking: In fiction, I’m drawn to tightly-plotted literary novels that have a clear intent and a command of form, such as Anna Burns’ Milkman, Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad, Blindness by José Saramago or any book by Tayari Jones, Emily St John Mandel, Brit Bennett or Yaa Gyasi. I also admire novels that are funny and use wit to make sense of their frustrations with the world like Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters, The Topeka School by Ben Lerner, Happy Hour by Marlowe Granados, Chilean Poet by Alejandro Zambra and Fuccboi by Sean Thor Conroe.

In non-fiction, I like to read books by academics, critics and journalists who want to shift public discourse by putting forward a new framework for their subject of expertise. Good examples are Putin’s People by Catherine Belton, The Spirit Level by Richard G. Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe, Revolting Prostitutes by Molly Smith and Juno Mac, The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van der Kolk and The Windrush Betrayal by Amelia Gentleman. I also enjoy reading non-fiction that mines the uniquely personal to reflect on much larger structures of power, such as In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado, Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong, Free by Lea Ypi and Afropean by Johny Pitts. 

How to submit: Please follow submission guidelines HERE.

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Ms. Gaia Banks of Sheil Land Associates Ltd

I’ve worked in publishing for over 20 years: in translation rights at John Murray, then joining Sheil Land as an agent in 2004. For 17 years I looked after the translation interests of Sheil Land Associates' extensive and varied list of authors, and also acted as a primary agent. I became a primary agent full-time at the start of 2022. I take on one or two new writers a year, and when doing so look for projects with wide international appeal. 

Clients include; Neil Chapman, MacKenzie Common, Catherine cooper, Rachel Elliott, Michelle Frances, Jane Fraser, Kate Goldbeck, Janice Hallett, Felicity Hayes-McCoy, Charlie Hodges, Ann Featherstone, Julia Lee, Cas Lester, Robert J Lloyd, Jane Lythell, The Brothers McLeod, Paterson Joseph, Robert Rigby, Catherine Robertson, Eva Schloss, Sarah Sigal, Julie Soto, Fenella Smith, Sarah Steele, Laura Summers and Sue Teddern.

What she is seeking: I represent writing across the spectrum of fiction and non-fiction: at the moment I'm particularity interested in fiction and memoir which will ignite reading group discussions, and I'll always have a soft spot for a good romance.

How to submit: All book submissions should be sent via email to submissions@sheilland.co.uk. See details HERE

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Mr. Piers Blofeld of Sheil Land Associates Ltd (UK)

I am a literary agent based in London with a wide range of clients writing fiction and non-fiction, literary and commercial. I am also a columnist for Writing Magazine, for a better sense of who I am check out my youtube channel.

Clients include Nadine Dorries, Professor Sir Graham Thorneycroft, Mungi Ngomane, Pizza Express, Cate Quinn, Paul Magrs, Tanya Sarne, Ingrid Seward, Robert Verkaik, The Secret Accountant, Charlie Hertzog Young, Jamie Thomson, Peter Stanford, the Rev'd Rachel Mann, Macer Gifford, Francesco Dimitri, Geraint Anderson and many others.

What he is seeking: Fiction: In fiction my first love is story. I love really strong commercial genre fiction that understands the expectations of the genre and delivers that in spades. In particular I love a good noir-ish thriller, spy fiction, gritty crime but also saga, romance and romantic comedy. At the less genre, more reading group end of the market, I love stories that take me out of myself and feel like something I have never read before.

Non-fiction: In non-fiction I am looking for strong narrative voices in memoir and history that help connect and root us to the world we live in as well a big ideas and smart thinking to make us feel less confused about the extraordinary times we live in.

How to submit: All book submissions should be sent via email to submissions@sheilland.co.uk. See details HERE.  

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Alex Kane
of William Morris Endeavor

Alex joined WME in 2017. He represents bestselling and award-winning nonfiction and fiction. His clients have been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, New York Magazine, The Paris Review, Harper’s, n+1, and The Baffler among others. He is based in Los Angeles.

What he is seeking: Nonfiction and fiction, and he is especially drawn to stories that have a strong social or political conscience.

How to submit: To query Alex with fiction, please send your query letter (including a bio) and the first ten pages of your manuscript in the body of the email. For nonfiction, please send your query letter. See his bio for contact information.

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Mr. Charlie Brotherstone of Aevitas Creative Management 

Charlie founded BCM in 2017 after working closely with Ed Victor, where he ran the film/tv and speakers departments as well expanding the roster of authors he’d been building at A.M Heath. Charlie’s list includes many New York Times and Sunday Times bestsellers, from musicians and celebrities to political scientists and food writers. As well as being an NYT bestseller, Joanne Molinaro’s The Korean Vegan Cookbook also won a James Beard Award, with fellow agency author Hannah Che’s The Chinese Vegan Kitchen winning in the same category the following year. Other clients include Farah Karim-Cooper, author of The Great White Bard (Viking US; Oneworld UK), screenwriter and novelist Nathan Newman (Viking US; Little, Brown UK), Stephen Bayley, Dan Hicks, George the Poet and Jessie Ware.

What he is seeking: Charlie Brotherstone represents adult fiction and nonfiction.

How to submit: Use his querymanager HERE.

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Ms. Ariella Feiner
of United Agents, LLP (UK)

I started working at PFD in 2006 before moving to United Agents, and I now represent many bestselling, critically acclaimed, and award-winning authors across fiction and non-fiction, including Sunday Times bestsellers, Richard and Judy book club picks, and New York Times bestselling authors. In 2017, The Bookseller named me as a Rising Star.

I am always open to submissions and have found many hugely exciting authors that way. I adore the rush of being the first to discover new voices and the strategy of working with authors to shape their careers in the long-term.

What she is seeking: In fiction, do send me books with an exciting or unusual hook, an unexpected voice, uplifting novels which will make readers feel good in these uncertain times, those with a speculative or magical element, multi-generational novels, book club titles which explore big issues or have memorable characters at their heart, or where secrets come to the fore, stand-out twisty thrillers and crime novels including cosy crime. I would also love an epic tale such as Great Circle, historical fiction which reflects something of the world we live in now and a love story or commercial romance with a memorable concept or stand-out writing. I am very much on the lookout for more diverse voices and books which open conversations around important topics.

Recent fiction I've adored includes The Maid, Wrong Place Wrong Time, Great Circle, The Vanishing Half, Notes on an Execution, The List of Suspicious Things, Happy Place, Girl A, Lessons in Chemistry, How to Kill Your Family, Weyward, Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow, the Ruth Galloway series and everything by Taylor Jenkins-Reid.

Please do not send me sci-fi, YA, erotica, conspiracy thrillers or spy / army novels.

On the non-fiction front, do be in touch with exciting proposals showcasing expert-led ideas (such as Ultra-Processed People or Entangled Life), narrative memoir, nature writing, mouth-watering cook books and books with ground-breaking or unusual historical insights. Non-fiction which has stayed with me includes English Pastoral, Wild, Educated, Somebody I Used to Know, Wilding, The Salt Path and I Am Not Your Baby Mother.

How to submit: For submissions please email a synopsis together with either the first three chapters of a novel or a proposal for a non-fiction book to afeiner@unitedagents.co.uk.
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Sophie Scard of United Agents, LLP (UK)

Sophie Scard worked in Rights at Penguin Books before joining United Agents in 2013. 

What she is seeking: She is actively building her client list, and is looking for excellent writing of all types, fiction or nonfiction. 

How to submit: For submissions please email a brief cover letter along with a biographical note and the first 10,000 words of your text to SScard@unitedagents.co.uk





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Thursday, May 16, 2024

6 New Agents Seeking Kidlit, YA, SFF, Literary Fiction, Nonfiction, Romance, LGBTQ and more

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

All of these agents work for established agencies with good track records. They are looking for all genres.

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 several agents at the same agency simultaneously. If one rejects you, you may then submit to another. (Some small agencies share. Be alert to a notice that "a no from one is a no from all.")

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

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Ms. Rachel Goldblatt of Curtis Brown Group, Ltd. (UK)

I joined Curtis Brown in 2022 and am now an Associate Agent. I assist Jonathan Lloyd and am also actively building my own list. I am open to submissions and eager to find new writers. Working editorially with authors is one of my very favourite parts of the job and I am keen to hear from debut novelists.

What she is seeking: In terms of fiction, I’m particularly drawn to character and voice driven narratives that make me feel deeply and think hard about the world around us. If the writing is compelling, agile, atmospheric and intelligent I can fall for any kind of story, but I especially enjoy those that have a strong sense of time and place, are clear and bold in their intent and style and that interrogate what it means to be human. I love books that explore complicated or outsider characters, complex family dynamics, the domestic space, modern life, relationships in all forms, identity and the female experience. 

I want to read absorbing narrative non-fiction that challenges and broadens our perspective and offers a fresh take on or new approach to big subjects. I am especially drawn to literary biography and criticism as well as books about nature, art, history and contemporary social issues, and I'm always interested in extraordinary stories about real people or events. 

How to submit: If you would like to submit your work to me, please email rachel.goldblatt@curtisbrown.co.uk with your covering letter and a sample of your work (a synopsis and the first 10,000 words/three chapters of a novel or your non-fiction proposal).

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Davinia Andrew-Lynch of Curtis Brown Group, Ltd. (UK)

Prior to CB, I founded and ran boutique agency Andlyn and was formerly a film/TV agent. I also co-founded, in conjunction with Faber Children's, the FAB Prize which aims to discover unpublished children's writers and illustrators from Black and Ethnic Minority backgrounds (www.fabprize.org) 

A complete 90s child with a love of film and TV, I’ve been shaped by the storytelling of the time - big, bold and pacy but with characters you can't help but love.  I’m looking for stories that smack you between the eyes, capture your heart, make you laugh (no matter the story or genre) and genuinely reflect the world in which we live. Above all, I want to give writers and illustrators the space to tell the stories that they want to tell.

What she is seeking: I represent children’s/YA writers and illustrators across the genres, and a growing list of commercial adult fiction.

How to submitdalsubmissions@curtisbrown.co.uk

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James Farrell of Curtis Brown, Ltd.

James Farrell received a bachelor’s degree from Colorado College and a master’s degree from Bath Spa University. 

What he is seeking: His reading interests include literary and upmarket adult fiction, non-fiction, and, on occasion, science fiction. He is open to submission as an associate agent, especially seeking voices from underrepresented backgrounds.

How to submit: Please direct queries to jtf@cbltd.com with the first fifty pages of your manuscript or a full proposal in the body of your email, and include the title, genre, and “jtf query” in the subject line.

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Francesca Ali of William Morris Endeavor

Francesca joined WME in 2019 and is based in the London office. She sells UK rights for WME’s incredible array of US-based authors and is actively searching for new clients for her own list. She is editorially focussed and has a passion for working alongside authors from the conception of their idea to the final manuscript. 

What she is seeking: In fiction, Francesca is primarily interested in science-fiction, fantasy, and speculative works but is also looking for graphic novels, Young Adult, and Middle Grade titles. She enjoys a project with an expansive world that prioritises character at heart and leans literary in tone. Romance is a plus but should not be the driving factor of the narrative. High on her list is science-fiction that plays with form and takes the genre in new directions (like This Is How You Lose The Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone and The Surviving Sky by Kritika H. Rao). Any fantasy that will need a map at the front of the book and a glossary at the back will be immediately captivating! 

For Childrens’, she is looking for adventures that explore themes of growing up, and the ‘greyness’ of morality and villains. There always has to be an element of magic, whether in a fantastical or contemporary setting, but the less classroom antics the better. 

In non-fiction, Francesca is drawn to queer and neurodivergent stories, works that reframe historical narratives, and illustrated memoir. She is looking for writing that weaves the wider exploration of a subject with a personal and intimate lense.

How to submit: Follow submission guidelines HERE.

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Morgan Wilson of Belcastro Agency

Morgan’s love for writing and books and was fostered from an early age by a grandmother that wrote them bedtime stories and taught them how to write poetry. As they grew this love evolved into devouring books faster than their bookshelves could keep up and writing their own stories in magical kingdoms galaxies away. With over a decade of work in classrooms across the Midwest, Morgan wants to uplift the stories that their students needed so that everyone can see themselves on the page using magic, finding love and defeating the bad guy. They are dedicated to being an agent for change in the publishing industry and working with marginalized voices so that every child and adult can experience the joy of a book that speaks to them.

What they are seeking: I am dedicated to supporting marginalized voices and focused on increasing the representation of those voices in the publishing industry. I am only open to receiving work from authors who are BIPOC, LGBTQ+, ND, and/or DIS. Please note that I will not ask you to disclose your marginalization unless you feel comfortable doing so.

 I am open to the following age groups and genres:

In Both Adult and YA I am Looking For:

Fantasy: I am more interested in stories that break conventional western methods, however I am open to western stories written by historically marginalized voices.

I love most subgenres but in Adult my preferences lean towards cozy fantasy like Travis Baldree or Delemhach, blends like sci fantasy, romantasy or fantasy with horror elements and contemporary/urban fantasy like Whitney Hill.

I would also love to see queernorm fantasy worlds and accessible fantasies!

For YA Fantasy I would love to see more retellings, cozy fantasy and blends like sci fantasy and romantasy, or stories with strong horror elements.

I am not the best fit for epic fantasy at this time in either age category.

Science Fiction: I am more interested in stories that contain hard science, or extrapolations on current science. I love stories set in space or involve space travel, cli-fi, are blended with horror or set after an apocalypse. I would love some science fiction horror in the vein of Mira Grant.

Horror: I am interested in almost all forms of horror, but am not the best fit for hauntings or ghosts. I love monsters and sentient forests/waters/natural settings and things that are more psychological than physical.

Romantasy: I am most interested in sapphic romantasy or ones that involve trans/nonbinary MCs or LIs. I would love a YA version of Trial of the Sun Queen by Nisha J Tuli!

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Fantasy I love all things fantasy with middle grade but would love to see dragons and other magical creatures set in our world, witches and magical schools with diverse casts!

Horror: I love all things horror in middle grade, but would especially love haunted houses/schools, monster hunting and sentient natural settings!

Graphic Novels: I am also open to graphic novels especially if they are fantasy, science fiction or horror. Some of my recent favorites have been Lore Olympus and Mooncakes and I love manga-inspired art, but am not a good fit for noir art styles.

How to submit: Use their querymanager HERE. (Opens to submissions the first week of every month)

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Thais Afonso of Jennifer Azantian Literary Agency

Thais is an Associate Agent with Azantian Literary Agency. Thais has eight years of experience in publishing between Brazil, China, and the United States. More recently, she interned at Writers House, where she honed her skills while supporting the desks of Amy Berkower and Johanna Castillo, and she was mentored by Jennifer Azantian before stepping up to the Associate Agent role at ALA. She intends to represent marginalized authors, and she's especially seeking to uplift BIPOC born and raised in the Global South. An Afro-Brazlian lesbian, Thais currently lives and works out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She helps care for her grandmother when she's not editing books and she's one of those terrible people who calls the gym her hobby (even though she currently doesn't go).

What she is seeking: In Adult Fiction, Thais is looking to represent Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Horror, Contemporary Romance, and Suspense/Thrillers. In YA, she's currently open to Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Horror, and Supernatural Mysteries/Thrillers. She's predominantly interested in anything with a speculative bent. She's also especially keen on championing Queer voices in this space, especially BIPOC Queer voices. She does love Romantasy in YA and she welcomes all of it.

How to submit: Use her querymanager HERE.

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Friday, April 26, 2024

115 Calls for Submissions in May 2024 - Paying markets

This May there are more than nine 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 upcoming calls for submissions shortly before 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: GoodFon)

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Cincinnati ReviewGenre: Prose, poetry, art. Payment: $25/page for prose in journal. $30/page for poetry in journal. Deadline: Opens on May 1, closes when cap is reached.

Flash Fiction OnlineGenre: Flash fiction, reprints only. Payment: $100. Deadline: Opens May 1, 2024.

Flash Fiction OnlineGenre: Flash fiction. Theme: Rural Fantasy. Payment: $100. Deadline: Opens May 1, 2024.

Grumpy Old Gods Anthology: Grumpy Old Sherwood Genre: Speculative fiction stories. Theme: Robin Hood. "It’s open season on storytelling.  It means you can take whatever bits you like best of thousands of available tales, and twist and turn them however you like." Length: 3,000-4,000 words. Payment: A percentage of the profits. Deadline: May 1, 2024.

december magazineGenre: Poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction (essays, memoirs, biography, literary journalism, social or cultural commentary or analysis) and visual art that can be reproduced in our print format. Payment: $10.00 per page with a minimum of $40.00 and a maximum of $200.00. Deadline: May 1, 2024.

Bright Wall/Dark RoomGenre: Essay on theme: Spike Lee. "For our month of Lee, we’re seeking essays and voices tackling any and all of his films, his performances, his writings, his impact on cinema and culture.” Payment: $100. Deadline: May 1, 2024. 

Everyday HeroesGenre: Contemporary Fiction. "In Honor of Mark Christopher Wagner the 2nd, we are looking for compelling and heartfelt stories centered around those who serve their communities. Stories of Firefighters, First responders, Law Enforcement, etc. Those Everyday Heroes who make a difference in the lives of their communities." Payment: Royalties. Deadline: May 1, 2024.

Vilas AvenueGenre: Poetry on theme of “Impermanence." Payment: $25. Deadline: May 1, 2024.

LONG DIVISION: Stories of Social Decay, Societal Collapse, and Bad MannersGenre: Stories of transgression, of the mechanisms behind what’s fraying the bonds that bind us. Payment: 10c/word for original short fiction (up to 5,000 words). Deadline: Opens on May 1, closes when cap is reached.

New Edge Sword & SorceryGenre: Sword and sorcery fantasy. Length: As close to 850 words as possible. Payment: $70. Deadline: May 1, 2024.

The Bombay Literary MagazineGenre: Fiction, poetry, translated fiction/poetry and graphic fiction. Payment: Indian rupees 5,000 (approx. $61) per contribution. Deadline: Opens on May 1, 2024.

The First LineGenre: Fiction, poetry, nonfiction using the first line provided. (See site.) Payment: $25.00 - $50.00 for fiction, $10.00 for poetry, and $25.00 for nonfiction. Deadline: May 1, 2024.

Seven Story HotelGenre: Interviews, essays, stories, poems, and artwork. 7SH explores the weird, esoteric, and outsider fringes of contemporary culture, art, and technology. Payment: $35. Deadline: May 1, 2024. or until filled. 

Caretaker Press: Back Into The GroundGenre: Horror. “For the purposes of Back Into The Ground we seek spooky stories inspired by place, specifically, our home, the Pacific Northwest." Payment: $40. Open until filled. 

Whisper House Press: Costs of LivingGenre: Horror. Length: 500-4,000 words. See themePayment: $25. Open until filled.

Vault of ShadowsGenre: Short horror, weird, dark fiction between 3000 and 7500 words (not really a firm limit - the final product will be the comics script, not the short story), that can be adapted into a comic book script of 12 pages or less. Payment: $35 per page of the adapted script, up to 12 pages, paid via PayPal, and a print copy of the issue. Deadline: Extended submission window exclusively for LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, neurodivergent, and other marginalized writers open April 16 - May 1, 2024.

Last Girls ClubGenre: Feminist horror: short stories and poems - see themes. Payment: Fiction, 15 cents/word. Poetry, $10. Deadline: May 1, 2024.

SpellbinderGenre: Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama, art. Payment: £3. Deadline: May 1, 2024.

FoglifterGenre: Foglifter is a biannual compendium of  queer and trans writing. It’s a space where LGBTQ+ writers celebrate, mourn, rage, and embrace. "Foglifter welcomes daring and thoughtful work by queer and trans writers in all forms, and we are especially interested in cross-genre, intersectional, marginal, and transgressive work. We want the pieces that challenged you as a writer, what you poured yourself into and risked the most to make. But we also want your tenderest, gentlest work, what you hold closest to your heart. Whatever you're working on now that's keeping you alive and writing, Foglifter wants to read it." Payment: $25. Deadline: May 1, 2024.

Cosmic Roots and Eldritch ShoresGenre: Speculative stories. Payment: 8 cents/word for original work. 2 cents/word for reprints. Deadline: May 2, 2024. Opens May 1.

HavokGenre: Flash fiction. See themes. Payment: $50 via PayPal for each story selected for an Anthology. No payment for online publication. Deadline: May 3, 2024.

Pride Magazine: Infinite HorizonsRestrictions: Open to 2SLGBTQAI+ writers from across Canada. Genre: Short articles (300-600 words), and features (900-1,300 words). See theme. Payment: CAD 0.60/word. Deadline: May 4, 2024. Pitches only.

The Suburban ReviewGenre: Prose, art, poetry on theme: Meet Cute. Payment: AUD150-275 for prose; AUD125-275 for poetry. Deadline: May 5, 2024.

Eggplant Emoji is an annual comedy publication. Genre: Eggplant Emoji Volume 3 will be a print and eBook collection of hilarious short stories that are character-driven and culturally striking. Stories selected for this anthology will define pop culture with unforgettable characters, outrageous situations, and riotous humor. Length: 1,000 – 7,000 words. Payment: $25. Deadline: May 6, 2024.

One StoryGenre: Short story. Length: 3,000 - 8,000 words. Payment: $500. Deadline: Opens May 6, 2024. Closes when they reach their cap.

Unnerving BooksGenre: Horror. Length: 6,000-11,000 words. Payment: 1 cent/word. Deadline: May 6, 2024. 

GeistRestrictions: Canadian connection required. Genre: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art. Payment: $100 - $1000. Deadline: May 6, 2024. Geist offers no-fee general submissions for Black writers, Indigenous writers, and writers of color.

HexagonGenre: Speculative fiction short stories, flash fiction, poetry, graphic stories, and visual art, in English or French. Payment: $5 for accepted poetry and cartoons, 0.01$ per word for all short stories up to 7,500 words, $40/page for comics and $150 for cover art pieces. (Payment in CAD). Deadline: May 7, 2024. 

Abyss and ApexGenre: Speculative fiction. No horror. Payment: USD $.08/word (eight cents a word) up to 1,000 words, and a flat payment of $80.00 for longer stories. Deadline: May 7, 2024.

Stone's ThrowGenre: Noir, dark fiction, crime short stories. Length: between 1,000 and 2,000 words. See themePayment: $25. Deadline: May 7, 2024. 

Island MagazineRestrictions: Open to Australian and New Zealand citizens and residents only. Genre: Fiction. Payment: 40 cents per word for print fiction, with a minimum of $700 and a maximum of $1500 and $200 per page, with a maximum of 6 pages for graphic narratives. Deadline: May 8, 2024.

The Sengkang Sci-FI Quarterly. Genre: Speculative fiction. Payment: 5¢ (SGD) per word (min-$100 SGD, max-$300 SGD)(Singapore dollars). Deadline: May 8, 2024.

MatchbookGenre: Short fiction, under 1000 words. Payment: $20. Deadline: May 8, 2024. Closes when they reach their cap.

Cursed Cooking: A Horror Community Cookbook and Food Horror AnthologyRestrictions: Extended submission window exclusively for writers of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and other underrepresented groups: May 1 - May 10, 2024. Genre: Horror on theme: Food. Payment: 5 cents per word for original fiction works and 1 cent per word for reprints. Accepted recipe submissions will receive $5. Deadline: May 10, 2024. Reprints accepted.

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. Payment for print onlyDeadline: May 11, 2024. 

CorditeGenre: Poetry. Payment: Not specified. Payment is available for Australian contributors only. Deadline: May 12, 2024. 

ShooterGenre: Fiction, poetry, CNF, art on theme of Nightlife. Payment: £25 per story and £5 per poem. Deadline: May 12, 2024.

Going Down SwingingRestrictions: Open to writers in Oceania. Genre: Long short stories, mini-manifesto, chapbook collections, essays. Length: 6,000 - 10,000 words. Payment: $600. Deadline: May 13, 2024.

Island MagazineRestrictions: Open to Australian and New Zealand citizens and residents only. Genre: Poetry. Payment: $175 per poem. Deadline: May 13, 2024.

Georgia ReviewGenre: Fiction, poetry, non-fiction. Payment: $50 per printed page for prose and $4 per line for poetry. Essay-reviews and standard reviews earn honoraria of $50/printed page. Deadline: May 14, 2024. Fee to submit online; no fee for postal submissions.

A Velvet GiantGenre"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." Payment: $20. Deadline: May 14, 2024. 

Philly Poetry Chapbook ReviewGenre: Reviews of chapbooks coming soon or published in the past three years, essays on the crafts of poetry and chapbook making or publishing, and features about authors or publishers of chapbooks. Payment: $10. Deadline: May 15, 2024.

Reader BewareGenre: Horror. Payment: $0.01/word for fiction, $0.05/line for poetry, $5/page for comics. Deadline: May 15, 2024.

100-Foot CrowGenre: Speculative fiction drabbles. Payment: 8 cents/word. Deadline: May 15, 2024.

Talk VomitGenre: Non-fiction under 4,000 words, fiction under 2,000, and poetry just generally kept to a minimum. Payment: Fiction and nonfiction run in the $10-30 range; poetry in the $5-15 range. Deadline: May 15, 2024.

Variety PackGenre: Fiction, flash fiction, poetry, CNF, art. Payment: $10 for poetry and visual art; $20 for prose. Deadline: May 15, 2024.

Eat the Rich AnthologyRestrictions: Deadline extended for BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, chronically-ill/disabled, and writers from other historically marginalized groups. Genre: Speculative fiction about billionaires being eaten. Payment: $.05 per word and a paperback. Deadline: May 15, 2024.

Root QuarterlyRestrictions: RQ is a quarterly print-only journal of art and ideas from Philadelphia. Genre: Nonfiction, art. "We are publishing RQ in part because we’d like to promote regional arts and culture, makers, and entrepreneurs, be part of the national discourse on important issues, build a community of thoughtful people, and reclaim discourse from the highly-politicized, rage-stoking space of social media." See themePayment: $25 - $100 depending on the piece and its length. Deadline: May 15, 2024. Pitches only

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: May 15, 2024. Accepts reprints.

Honeyguide Magazine is a bi-annual magazine that features fiction, poetry, nonfiction, art, and blog posts about animals and their human neighbors. Payment: $25 for the story, $50 for art. Only pays for featured articles. Deadline: May 15, 2024. See themes.

Archive of the OddGenre: Speculative fiction, horror preferred. “Archive of the Odd is a zine of uncanny occurrences, told in even stranger ways.” They’d like a variety of time periods. Stories can be in any format, except traditional prose. Some of the suggested formats are: academic papers; technical writing; medication warning sheets; sales papers; newspaper articles; recipes; knitting/crochet/weaving/what-have-you guides; care guides (plant, animal, rock garden, etc); or any other unusual format. Submissions do not have to be entirely in text. Payment: $15-$25 for fiction of 500-5,000+ words. Deadline: May 15, 2024.

Fourteen Poems Genre: Poems. "We want to represent all that's thrilling about the new wave of LGBT+ poets. If you’re a poet, even if you’ve never been published before, we want to read your work. Every issue we publish 14 of the best queer poems we’ve found, and we want to include you! We publish 4 times a year, but take submissions all year round. To be considered, email up to 5 poems, preferably in a pdf format, with a small paragraph about yourself to hello@14poems.com." Payment: £25 for each poem published. Deadline: May 15, 2024.

Ache: Fit Notes – feminist writing on illness and workGenre: Fiction, CNF, poetry by women, transgender and non-binary writers. Payment: £60. Deadline: May 15, 2024.

SubterrainGenre: Creative nonfiction, commentary, fiction and poetry. See themePayment: Poetry: $50 per poem; Prose: $.10 per word (to a maximum of $500). Deadline: May 15, 2024. No fee if submitted by mail. Journal is located in Canada.

Brilliant Flash FictionGenre: Flash fiction stories of 300 words or less on the subject of Tenacity. Payment: $20. Deadline: May 15, 2024. 

Diet Milk: GothicGenre: Gothic fiction, poetry, and art. See theme. Payment: $0.01/word for fiction (minimum $40); $15/poem; $50/art piece. Deadline: May 15, 2024. 

Luna Station QuarterlyRestrictions: Open to women writers only. Genre: Speculative fiction. Payment: $5. Deadline: May 15, 2024. Some reprints accepted.

khōréōRestrictions: Open to writers who identify as an immigrant or member of a diaspora in the broadest definitions of the terms. "This includes, but is not limited to, first- and second-generation immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, undocumented migrants, persons who identify with one or more diaspora communities, persons who have been displaced or whose heritage has been erased due to colonialism/imperialism, transnational/transracial adoptees, and anyone whose heritage and history includes ‘here and elsewhere’. We especially encourage BIPOC creators who identify as the above to submit their work." Genre: Stories, essays, and art: fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and any genre in between or around it, as long as there’s a speculative element. Payment: 0.08/word for fiction, $100 for nonfiction, and $40-300 for art. Deadline: May 15, 2024.

GreenPrintsGenre: Personal essays about gardening. “Calling all experienced gardening writers—we seek gardening stories that are true and personal, expressive and thoughtful, and humorous and witty. We focus on the human, not the how-to, side of gardening, so your story should be entertaining, moving, unexpected, touching, and funny—a heartfelt story you would tell a friend or family member.” Payment: Up to $100 (?). Deadline: May 17, 2024.

Zero ReadersGenre: Poetry, fiction, CNF. Payment: Not-specified. Deadline: May 17, 2024.

Owlkids BooksGenre: Children's books. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: May 17, 2024.

Solarpunk Micro MiniGenre: Solarpunk micro fiction, 250 words max. Payment: $25. Deadline: May 21, 2024.

CrimeucopiaGenre: Crime Fiction. Payment: Reprints - To a Maximum of - £7.00 at present - but negotiable. New Material - 1,000 - 5,000 - up to £10 .00 at present. New Material - 6.000 - 10,000 - up to £20.00 at present. Deadline: May 21, 2024.

Off Topic Publishing: Poetry BoxGenre: Poetry. Payment $30 CAD.  Deadline: May 25, 2024. This is a monthly call.

Rough Cut Press: DreamRestrictions: LGBT writers only. Genre: Flash fiction up to 650 words, all genres. See themePayment: $25. Deadline: May 27, 2024.

The Stinging FlyGenre: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry. Payment: Fiction and nonfiction: €30 per magazine page; Poetry: €50 per poem; Featured Poet: €250. Deadline: May 29, 2024.

A Killing at the Copa AnthologyGenre: Crime fiction. "Barry Manilow created a crime story of his own in his hit song Copacabana, and now we look to provide the same treatment to his many other hits." Payment: $25. Deadline: May 30, 2024.

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, 2024.

Dragon Soul Press: Apocalypse. Genre: "All apocalyptic stories are welcome. All genres are accepted." Payment: Royalties. Deadline: May 31, 2024.

TasavvurGenre: South Asian speculative fiction. Payment: 2.5 cents per word, up to a maximum of 5,000 words. Deadline: May 31, 2024.

AnvilGenre: Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Westerns, and many other sub-genres. Payment: 2 cents/word. Deadline: May 31, 2024.

Beyond BlueRestrictions: Canadian writers who have had a personal experience of post-partum depression. Genre: Nonfiction stories from all aspects of the post-partum mental health spectrum, from PPD, PPD/A, PP/psychosis and more, written by the birthing parent, partner parent and/or adoptive parents. Payment: Unspecified. Deadline: May 31, 2024.

Black Fox Literary MagazineGenre: Fiction of all styles and genres, poetry, and nonfiction. Payment: $20. Deadline: May 31, 2024.

Trollbreath MagazineGenre: Speculative fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. Payment: 4 cents/word. 1/2 cent/word for reprints. Deadline: May 31, 2024. Accepts reprints.

OlitRestrictions: Strong preference for Orlando based writers/submissions about Orlando and surrounding areas. Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Hybrid, Artwork, Photography. "Send us all kinds of stuff. We love the artfully weird." Payment: $10. Deadline: May 31, 2024.

Broken Sleep Books. (UK) Genre: Poetry pamphlets (up to 40 pages). Payment: Royalties. Deadline: May 31, 2024.

table/FEASTGenre: Prose, poetry, CNF, art about food. Payment: $18 per poem, prose $35, art $20. Deadline: May 31, 2024.

Orange & Bee. Genre: Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, experimental and hybrid work. Payment: Poetry: flat rate $US50.00 per poem. Flash: flat rate $US80.00 per story (max 1000 words) Short fiction/non-fiction: $US0.08 per word (max 4000 words) Deadline: May 31, 2024.

The Robots Were Right: Tales of Unstoppable Technology. Genre: Tales of technology gone right, wrong, and everything in between. Length: 500 – 5000 words. Payment: 5 cents/word. Deadline: May 31, 2024.

Black Lawrence Immigrant Writing SeriesRestrictions: Open to any individual living in the U.S. who identifies as an immigrant and who either (i) was born in another country, (ii) has at least one parent who was born in another country (iii) is a refugee, or (iv) lives in the United States under Asylum or a Protection Program, such as TPS or DACA. Genre: Books of poetry, prose (fiction or nonfiction), and hybrid texts of poetry and prose. Payment: In addition to publication, marketing, and a standard royalties contract from Black Lawrence Press, authors chosen for the Black Lawrence Immigrant Writing Series will receive a travel stipend of $500, which can be used for book tours or in any manner chosen by the authors. Deadline: May 31, 2024

JMS BooksGenre: LGBTQ romance stories, 12,000 words minimum. See themePayment: Royalties. Deadline: May 31, 2024.

AGNIGenre: Poetry and prose. Payment: $10 per printed (or printed-out) page for accepted prose, and $20 per page for accepted poetry, up to a maximum of $150. Deadline: May 31, 2024. Fee to submit online. No fee to submit by USPS.

HeartlinesRestrictions: 50% of content is from writers identifying as being from Canada/Turtle Island. Genre: Speculative fiction and about relationships. "We're looking for short fiction and poetry focused on long-term relationships: platonic, romantic, or familial. We don't want the blaze of new love or the obsession of a new friend. We want pieces that show that comfort that develops when people know each other for years." Stories - 1,000 - 3,500 words. Payment: $0.08 CAD per word for short fiction (1,000-3,500 words) and $60 CAD flat per poem. Deadline: May 31, 2024.

filling station.  Genre: Stories, poems, CNF, nonfiction, and art on theme: Language. Payment: $50. Deadline: May 31, 2024. 

CutleafGenre: Fiction. Length: Less than 6,000 words. Payment: $100 to $400. Deadline: May 31, 2024.

Skull and LaurelGenre: Weird Horror, Dark Fantasy, Dark Science Fiction. Short Fiction, Narrative Poetry. "We also encourage trying us with things like comic strips, mixed media, found footage, puzzles, games, experiments, and other weird forms, as long as they tell a story." Word count: 100 to 7,499. Payment: 3 cents/word; $25 for reprints. Deadline: May 31, 2024. Accepts reprints.

Little GutsGenre: Horror. They will be taking PITCHES, and if accepted, your story should be 2-5k words. Payment: 12 cents/word. Deadline: May 31, 2024. 

Strange AeonGenre: Speculative fiction. See themePayment: $20. Deadline: May 31, 2024, or until filled.

Poet LoreGenre: Poetry. Payment: $50. Deadline: May 31, 2024.

The Cincinnati ReviewGenre: Literary nonfiction (up to 20 pages), fiction (up to 40 pages), poetry, poetry translations, drama, and art. Payment: $25/page for prose in the journal, $30/page for poetry, $25 for miCRo posts or special features. Deadline: May 31, 2024. Opens on the first day of the month and closes once they hit the submissions cap.

SkinGenre: Speculative stories (2-5k words) on the theme of skin. "We tend to prefer speculative, surreal, supernatural, dark fiction with creeping, poetic, dread-inducing prose, and endings we can't predict, but we're open to all subgenres of dark fiction." Payment: £0.005 per word. Deadline: May 31, 2024.

Haven SpeculativeRestrictions: Open to submissions by authors of color, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and other underrepresented groups. Genre: Speculative fiction and poetry. Payment: 8¢ per word for fiction and $20 for poetry. Deadline: May 31, 2024.

Apparition LitGenre: Speculative fiction and poetry on theme. See themePayment: $30. Deadline: May 31, 2024. Opens May 15. Submission periods are extended by a week for BIPOC creators only.

New Orleans ReviewGenre: Fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Payment: $300 for prose, $100 for poetry. Deadline: May 31, 2024. In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month, there are no submission fees for all API writers for the month of May, not limited to those living in/born in the US.

HavokGenre: Flash fiction. See themes. Payment: $50 via PayPal for each story selected for an Anthology. No payment for online publication. Deadline: May 31, 2024.

BarrelhouseGenre: Fiction (up to 5000 words), poetry, essays (with pop culture angle). Payment: $50. Deadline: May 31, 2024 or until filled.

Malahat Review. Genre: Poetry, Fiction. Payment: CAD $70/page. Deadline: May 31, 2024. (NoteSubmissions by Canadian writers are accepted for consideration all year.)

Split Lip MagazineGenre: Fiction (flash and short stories), memoirs, and poetry. with a pop-culture twist. Payment: $75 for poems, memoirs, flash, fiction, and art, $50 for interviews/reviews, and $25 for mini-reviews web issues. Deadline: May 31, 2024. Closes when they reach capacity, so submit early. 

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: May 31, 2024. Reprints accepted.

Contemporary Verse 2Genre: Poetry and critical writing about poetry, including interviews, articles, essays, and reviews. Payment: $30 - $150. Deadline: May 31, 2024.

Abyss and ApexGenre: Speculative poetry. No horror. Payment: $5.50 per poem. Deadline: May 31, 2024.

TypehouseRestrictions: In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and Mental Health Awareness Month, no-fee submissions are open for all API creators and all Mental Health identified creators, not limited to those from the US. Genre: Prose, poetry, art. Payment: $25. Deadline: May 31, 2024.

Lucky Jefferson: Awake – How We Make FireRestrictions: Open to Black writers and artists only. Genre: Flash fiction (up to 1,000 words) and poetry (up to 3) on theme: ‘How We Make Fire’ Payment: $15-$25. Deadline: May 31, 2024.

Lucky Jefferson: Wildflower. Restrictions: Open to autistic BIPOC writers and artists only. Genre: Flash fiction (up to 1,000 words) and poetry (up to 3) on theme: ‘Wildflower’ Payment: $15-$25. Deadline: May 31, 2024.

Room MagazineRestrictions: Open to artists of marginalized genders. Genre: Fiction, creative nonfiction, visual art, and poems. See theme. Payment: $50 per page. Deadline: May 31, 2024.

Lucky Jefferson: EmberGenre: Nature-based poetry. Payment: $15-$25. Deadline: May 31, 2024.

University Press of KentuckyGenre: Books of poetry or fiction (novels, short story collections, etc.). Payment: Royalties. Deadline: May 31, 2024.

Baltimore ReviewGenre: Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, videos (including poetry), and cross-genre work. Payment: $40. Deadline: May 31, 2024.

Graveside PressGenre: Vampire stories. Payment: $0.02 per word. Deadline: May 31, 2024. Reprints accepted.

Graveside PressGenre: Werewolf stories. Payment: $0.02 per word. Deadline: May 31, 2024. Reprints accepted.

Graveside PressGenre: Ghost and possession stories. Payment: $0.02 per word. Deadline: May 31, 2024. Reprints accepted.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, New Year'sGenre: True stories and poems. "Please submit your true stories and poems about the entire December holiday season, including Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, and New Year’s festivities too." Payment: $200. DeadlineMay 31, 2024.

PropelRestrictions; Open to poets based in the UK or Ireland who have yet to publish their first full-length poetry collection. Genre: Poetry. Payment: £20. Deadline: May 31, 2024.

A Public SpaceGenre: Fiction, essays, poetry, as well as graphic and hybrid work. Payment: Honorarium. Deadline: May 31, 2024.

Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets. Genre: Full-length poetry manuscripts. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: May 31, 2024.


AND A FEW MORE...

Totally Entwined: Love at Second SightGenre: Novellas, 30,000 - 50,000 words. Theme: Second chance romance. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: June 1, 2024.

Eternal Haunted SummerGenre: Poetry, short fiction. Theme: Gardens. Payment: $5. Deadline: June 1, 2024.

The Fires of RetributionGenre: Speculative Fiction. Theme: A collection of stories dealing with DRAGONS! Concept: We’re looking for a story that shows the struggle between man and beast. These aren’t Pete’s Dragon; these are vicious killers who would just as soon eat you as look at you. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: June 1, 2024.

Darkest Shadow, Brightest LightGenre: Dark Fantasy. Word Count: 5,000 – 10,000. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: June 1, 2024.

Hellbound BooksGenre: Horror. Payment: $5. Deadline: June 1, 2024.

Shivering Timbers! Genre: Pirate themed horror fiction. "Avast ye, scurvy seadogs! Within these pages there be swashbuckling zombies, petrifying privateers and bloodthirsty buccaneers hunting for cursed treasure in darkened coves. Come aboard and join our crew as we set sail on a chilling voyage across the kraken infested seven seas. Sharpen your cutlasses, raise the Jolly Roger and prepare to be terrified by tales of piratical peril. Arrr!" Payment: £20. Deadline: June 1, 2024.

ParabolaGenre: Original essays and translations, poetry, reviews. Payment: $400. Deadline: June 1, 2024. See themes.

Air/LightGenre: New and innovative works of literary arts across all mediums and genres including cross genre work. Length: Up to 4,000 words for prose, and up to 10 pages for poetry. Payment: Poetry: $50; Responses and department pieces: $100; Fiction and essays/nonfiction: $200; Visual art, music, and multimedia: $200. Deadline: June 1, 2024.

The Fires of Retribution AnthologyGenre: Speculative Fiction. Theme: A collection of stories dealing with DRAGONS! Payment: Royalties. Deadline: June 1, 2024.

Ruth’s and Ann’s Guide to Time Travel. Genre: Stories about time travel. Word count must be between 500 and 4000 words. Payment: 1 cent per word for original stories or a flat $10 for reprints. Deadline: June 1, 2024. Accepts reprints.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

78 Writing Contests in May 2024 - No entry fees

This May there are more than six dozen free writing contests for short fiction, novels, poetry, CNF, nonfiction, and plays. Prizes this month range from $50,000 to publication. 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. Many of these contests are offered annually, so even if the deadline has passed, you can prepare for next year.

Good luck! 

(Image: Freerange)

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Descant. Each year, descant offers four awards:
  • the $500 Frank O’Connor Award for fiction (for the best short story in a issue)
  • the $250 Gary Wilson Award (for an outstanding story in an issue)
  • the $500 Betsy Colquitt Award for poetry (for the best poem or series of poems by a single author in an issue)
  • the $250 Baskerville Publishers Award (for an outstanding poem or poems by a single author in an issue
There is no application process or reading fee. All published submissions are eligible for prize consideration. Simply submit your work. Deadline: May 1, 2024.

Neukom Institute Literary Arts AwardsGenre: Play that addresses the question: “What does it mean to be a human in a computerized world?” Prize: $5000. Deadline: May 1, 2024.

The Waterston Desert Writing PrizeGenre: Literary nonfiction, desert theme. Prize: $3,000. Deadline: May 1, 2024.

CINTAS Creative Writing FellowshipRestrictions: Open to any Cuban author (including those of direct Cuban lineage; need not reside in Cuba). Genre: Novel excerpts, short stories, plays, or poems of up to 25 pages. Prize: $20,000 fellowship. Deadline: May 1, 2024.

West Virginia Fiction CompetitionRestrictions: Open to West Virginia residents or students. Genre: Short fiction, 5,000 words max. Prize: $500. Deadline: May 1, 2024.

The Future Bookshelf: Mo Siewcharran PrizeRestrictions: The contest is open to BAME writers in the UK. Genre: Picture book. Prize: £2,500, £1,500 and possible publication. Deadline: May 1, 2024.

Rabbi Sacks Book PrizeGenre: Published nonfiction book that contributes significantly to the arena of modern Jewish thought. Prize: $50,000. Deadline: May 1, 2024.

Casa Africa: Essay ContestGenre: Essay on theme: Intra-African immigration. Essays, of 15,000-20,000 words, can be in Spanish, English, French or Portuguese. Prize: €2,000. Deadline: May 2, 2024.

On The Premises Mini-Contest. "For this mini-contest, tell, show, or evoke a complete story between 25 and 50 words long in which a hat of some kind matters to the story. We’re going with the fairly traditional definition of “hat” for this one. Scarves, hijabs, earmuffs, wigs, hoods, and other head coverings do not qualify. I’m going to say that even helmets don’t qualify. Caps are okay; they’re an informal hat. The judges will not care if anyone wears the hat in the story, so that’s up to you." Prize: First place pays $35, second pays $25, and third pays $15, all in US dollars. Honorable mentions get published, but make no money. Deadline: May 3, 2024.

Furious FictionGenre: Flash fiction. "On the first Friday of every month, a new set of story prompts will be revealed. You will have 55 hours to submit your best 500-word (or fewer) story." Prize: $500AUD. Deadline: May 5, 2024. Opens on May 3.

Singapore Poetry Contest. Genre: Poetry. "We are looking for poems that use the word “interrogation” in imaginative ways." Prize: USD300, 200, and 100 will go to the top three winners. Deadline: May 6, 2024.

RTÉ Radio Short Story CompetitionRestrictions: Open to Irish writers and residents of Ireland. Genre: Short story. Prize: Up to 5,000 euros. Deadline: May 10, 2024.

Pulitzer Center's "Fighting Words—Poetry in Response to Current Events" ContestRestrictions: Current K-12 students anywhere in the world may enter. Students may write in any language, and are welcome to submit multilingual poems. Judges will have reading fluency in English and Spanish. Genre: Poetry. Theme: How can poetry be an effective response to current events and underreported stories? How can journalism and poetry help us make connections between global issues and our local and personal contexts? Prize: $300 top prize. Deadline: May 12, 2024.

Quay Words Young Writers’ Flash Fiction CompetitionRestrictions: Open writers aged 10 to 18-years. Genre: Flash fiction on theme ‘Trading Places.' Prize: £200 top prize. Deadline: May 12, 2024.

Brown's Mart Theatre Award 2024Restrictions: Open to all writers from across the Northern Territory, Australia. Genre: Script. There is no word limit. Scripts must have a performance time of more than 30 minutes. Script treatments are ineligible. Prize: The winner of the Brown’s Mart Theatre Award will receive a $1,000 prize, an NT Writers’ Centre membership and a double pass to select shows in Brown's Mart’s performance program. Deadline: May 13, 2024.

Charles Darwin University Creative Non-Fiction Award 2024Restrictions: Open to all writers from across the Northern Territory, Australia. Genre: A factually accurate work, written with attention to literary style and technique. Can take the form of a biography, autobiography, memoir, diary entry, travel writing, food writing, literary journalism, or criticism. Word limit: 3,000 words. Prize: The winner of the Charles Darwin University Creative Non-Fiction Award will receive a $500 prize, an NT Writers’ Centre membership and a double pass to Brown's Mart’s performance program. Deadline: May 13, 2024.

Charles Darwin University Essay Award 2024.  Restrictions: Open to all writers from across the Northern Territory, Australia. Genre: A referenced academic essay on a topic relating to the Northern Territory. Word limit: 3,000 words. Prize: The winner of the Charles Darwin University Essay Award will receive a $1,000 prize, an NT Writers’ Centre membership and a double pass to Brown's Mart’s performance program. Deadline: May 13, 2024.

Flash Fiction Award 2024Restrictions: Open to all writers from across the Northern Territory, Australia. Genre: A blog post, fan fiction, short story, fictional diary entry or fictional letter. Word limit: 500 words. Entries limited to three entries per person. Prize: The winner of the Flash Fiction Award will receive a $600 prize, an NT Writers’ Centre membership and a double pass to Brown's Mart’s performance program. Deadline: May 13, 2024.

Kath Manzie Youth Award 2024Restrictions: Open to all writers from across the Northern Territory, Australia. Genre: A piece of creative writing, either poetry or short story, by a person aged 12 to 18 years as of 1 January 2023. Limit of three poetry entries with a 300-line limit OR a short story with a 3,000-word limit per person. Prize: The winner of the Kath Manzie Youth Award will receive a $600 prize, an NT Writers’ Centre membership and a double pass to Brown's Mart’s performance program. Deadline: May 13, 2024.

NT Writers' Centre Poetry Award 2024Restrictions: Open to all writers from across the Northern Territory, Australia. Genre: A single poem up to 300 lines. Entries limited to three separate poetry entries per person. Prize: The winner of the NT Writers’ Centre Poetry Award will receive a $1,000 prize, an NT Writers’ Centre membership and a double pass to Brown's Mart’s performance program. Deadline: May 13, 2024.

Cave Canem Poetry PrizeRestrictions: Open to Black writers of African descent who have not had a full-length book of poetry published by a professional press. Authors of chapbooks and self-published books with a maximum print run of 500 may apply. Genre: Unpublished, original collections of poems written in English. Prize: $10,000, publication by Graywolf Press in fall 2025, 15 copies of the book, and a feature reading. Deadline: May 13, 2024.

Zip Print Short Story Award 2024Restrictions: Open to all writers from across the Northern Territory, Australia. Genre: An original work of short fiction. Word limit: up to 3,000 words. Prize: The winner of the Zip Print Short Story Award will receive a $1,000 prize, an NT Writers’ Centre membership and a double pass to Brown's Mart’s performance program. Deadline: May 13, 2024.

Apparition LitGenre: Speculative flash fiction on themes related to food. (See site for specifics)  Length: 1000 words max. Prize: $30. Deadline: May 14, 2024.

Governor General's Literary Awards. Restrictions: Books must have been written by Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. They do not need to be residing in Canada. Genre: The Governor General’s Literary Awards are given annually to the best English-language and French-Language book in each of the seven categories of Fiction, Literary Non-fiction, Poetry, Drama, Young People’s Literature (Text), Young People’s Literature (Illustrated Books). Prize: $25,000. Deadline: May 15, 2024.

Pulp Asylum Fiction ContestGenre: Drabble. See themePrize: $10. Deadline: May 15, 2024.

Dark Tales from the TarotGenre: Horror based on Tarot card. See websitePrize: $10. Deadline: May 15, 2024. Opens May 1

Prose Poetry ContestGenre: Prose poem. Prize: First place: £50 plus publication; Second place: £25 plus publication; Third place: £15 plus publication; Honorable mention: £10 plus publication. Deadline: May 15, 2024.

TabletGenre: Personal essay on theme: Belonging. Prize: The winning selection will be published in Tablet Magazine and will receive $500. All other finalists will receive $100 for their work. Deadline: May 15, 2024.

Leeway Foundation: Transformation AwardRestrictions: Women and transgender poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers in the Philadelphia area who have been creating art for social change for five or more years. Writers who have lived for at least two years in Bucks, Camden, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or Philadelphia counties, who are at least 18 years of age, and who are not full-time students in a degree-granting arts program are eligible. Award: $15,000. Deadline: May 15, 2024.

ABA Journal/Ross Writing Contest for Legal Short Fiction. Sponsored by the American Bar Association. Restrictions: Entrants must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents. Genre: Original works of short fiction that illuminate the role of the law and/or lawyers in modern society. 5000 words max. Prize: $3,000 and publication in ABA Journal. Deadline: May 15, 2024.

Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers GrantGenre: Articles, books, and short-form writing about contemporary art—the grants support projects addressing both general and specialized art audiences, from short reviews for magazines and newspapers to in-depth scholarly studies. The program also supports art writing that engages criticism through interdisciplinary methods and experiments with literary styles. Grant: $15,000 to $50,000. Deadline: May 15, 2024.

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay ContestRestrictions: The competition is open to all citizens and residents of the Commonwealth aged 18 and under. Genre: Essay. The theme of the contest is "Community in the Commonwealth." Prize: Past prizes have included certificates, resources for winner's school, visits to Cambridge University, a trip to London and a week of activities, work experience at international organisations, and having your entry featured in worldwide media. Deadline: May 15, 2024.

The James Laughlin Award is sponsored by the Academy of American Poets. Genre: A second book of poetry forthcoming in the next calendar year. Must be under contract with US publisher. Restrictions: Open to US citizens and residents only. Prize: $5,000, an all-expenses-paid week long residency in Florida, and the Academy will purchase approximately 1,000 copies of the book for distribution to its members. Deadline: May 15, 2024.

Brain Mill Press Chapbook ContestRestrictions: Open to all Wisconsin poets, with a particular interest in voices under-represented in traditional publishing, such as writers of color, women, indigenous voices, disabled writers, queer writers. Genre: Poetry chapbook, 18-30 pages in length. Prize: $250 and publication. Deadline: May 15, 2024.

Boroondara Literary AwardsRestrictions: Open to Australians. Genre: Prose and poetry. Prize: More than $5,000 in prize money across various age groups in the Young Writers’ category; more than $3,500 in prize money in the Open Short Story category. Deadline: May 17, 2024.

Creative Future Writers’ AwardRestrictions: Open to underrepresented writers in the UK only, who are over 18 years old. Genre: Poetry, fiction. This year’s theme is ‘Reveal.’  Prize: Publication, unspecified monetary award (?)  DeadlineMay 19, 2024.

RBC PEN Canada New Voices Award. "The RBC PEN Canada New Voices Award is an annual award that aims to encourage new writing and to provide a space where unpublished Canadian writers can submit short stories, creative nonfiction, journalism, and poetry. The shortlisted submissions are judged by a distinguished jury of Canadian writers." Prize: The winning entry will receive a $3,000 CAD cash prize and mentorship from a distinguished Canadian author. Deadline: May 19, 2024.

Roscommon New Writing AwardRestrictions: All entrants must have a connection with the county of Roscommon (born in, living in, currently working in, went to school in, etc). Genre: Short story. Prize: €600.00. Deadline: May 20, 2024.

How Does War Affect People’s Lives? Restrictions: Open to young people ages 9 - 18. Genre: Poetry, art, speech, song. Prize: Unspecified. Deadline: May 24, 2024.

ReedsyGenre: Story on theme. See website. Prize: $250. DeadlineMay 24, 2024.

Changing Light Prize for a Novel-in-VerseGenre: Novel-in-Verse. Prize: $500 and publication for a novel-in-verse, 90-160 pages. Deadline: May 25, 2024.

Great Lakes Colleges (GLCA) New Writers AwardRestrictions: Open to Americans and Canadians.  GenrePoetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. In each category, the submitted work must be an author’s first published volume. Prize: $500. Deadline: May 25, 2024.

Write the World Competition: Poetry & Spoken Word CompetitionRestrictions: Young writers ages 13-19.5. Genre: Poem. Theme: Seeds of Change. Prize: Best Entry: $100; Runner up: $50. Deadline: May 27, 2024.  (Note: This is a monthly contest.)

Dream Foundry Emerging Writers Contest. RestrictionsYou have published a total of less than 4,000 words of paid or income-earning speculative fiction in English. You have earned a total of less than USD 320 from those words. You have never been nominated for any award listed here as a major award in speculative fiction. Genre: Short speculative fiction, up to 10,000 words. Prize: $200 - $1,000. Deadline: May 27, 2024.

Irene Adler Prize for Women WritersRestrictions: Open to Canadian women. Genre: Creative nonfiction. Prize: $1,000 scholarship to a woman pursuing a degree in journalism, creative writing, or literature at a recognized post-secondary institution in the U.S. or Canada. Deadline: May 30, 2024.

The Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans. This creative writing contest for U.S. military veterans and active duty personnel is hosted by The Iowa Review and made possible by a gift from the family of Jeff Sharlet (1942–69), a Vietnam veteran and antiwar writer and activist. The contest is open to veterans and active duty personnel writing in any genre and about any subject matter. Prizes: First place: $1,000 plus publication in The Iowa Review. Second place: $750. Three runners-up: $500 each. Deadline: May 31, 2024.

The Drabble Harvest ContestGenre: Drabble on theme of Interstellar Archives. A "drabble" is defined as a short story containing exactly precisely no more and no fewer than 100 words. It has a title, which can be from 1 to 15 words-- but no more than 15. Prize: $5. Deadline: May 31, 2024.

Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant WritingRestrictions: Open to first-generation residents of the United States. “First-generation” can refer either to people born in another country who relocated to the U.S., or to American-born residents whose parents were born elsewhere. Genre: Unpublished nonfiction books. Prize: $10,000 and publication. Deadline: May 31, 2024.

Baltimore ReviewGenre: Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, videos (including poetry), and cross-genre work. Payment: $40. Deadline: May 31, 2024.

The Wolfe Pack Black Orchid AwardGenre: Mystery novellas in the style of Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe novellas. Manuscript length: 15K-20K words. Prize: $1,000, plus recognition and publication in a forthcoming issue of AAMM. Deadline: May 31, 2024.

Harlequin: Romance Includes You MentorshipRestrictions: Open to debut writers in Canada and the US. Genre: Romance novel. Prize: A contract advance plus grant with a value of $5,000 U.S. Deadline: May 31, 2024.

A Voice for Animals Teen Essay ContestRestrictions: Open to students between the ages of 14-18. Genre: Essays on an animal rights topic. In the 16-18 year olds category, essays must be 800-1,000 words long and be accompanied by a photograph; in the 14-15 year olds category, essays should be between 1,400-1,500 words. Prize: $200 - $500. Deadline: May 31, 2024.

bpNichol Poetry Chapbook AwardRestrictions: Canadian publishers only. Genre: Published poetry chapbook. Prize: The author receives $4,000 and the publisher receives $500. Deadline: May 31, 2024.

Vancouver Writers Fest's Youth Writing ContestRestrictions: Open to students in British Columbia. Genre: Short stories and personal essays: 1,000 word limit (for elementary school student submissions) and 1,500 (for high-school student submissions). Prize: $100 top prize. Deadline: May 31, 2024.

Furphy Literary Award: Junior and Youth CompetitionRestrictions: Open to  juniors & youth age writers who live in the Goulburn Valley, Australia. Genre: Short stories and poetry. Prize: First prize of $300. Deadline: May 31, 2024.

Jerry Jazz Musician Fiction ContestGenre: Unpublished fiction approximately 1,000 - 5,000 words. Story should pertain to music, social history, literature, politics, art, film and theater, particularly that of the counter-culture of mid-twentieth century America. Prize: $100 and publication in Jerry Jazz MusicianDeadline: May 31, 2024.

Speculative Literature Foundation Older Writers GrantRestrictions: Open to writers who are fifty years of age or older at the time of grant application. Genre: Speculative fiction. Prize: $500. Deadline: May 31, 2024.

Genesis Emerging Writers' ProgrammeRestrictions: Open to emerging writers over 18 years of age, of any background living in the UK. Genre: Fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Prize: Up to £1,500 and mentorship. Deadline: May 31, 2024.

The Center for Fiction / Susan Kamil Emerging Writer Fellowships offer grants, editorial mentorship, and other opportunities to early-career New York City-based practitioners who are at a critical moment in their development as fiction writers. Genre: Fiction. Grant: $5,000. Deadline: May 31, 2024.

James Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing AwardsRestrictions: Open to aboriginal youth, 18 years or younger, residing in Ontario, Canada. Genre: Creative writing. Prize: $2,500. Deadline: May 31, 2024.

A Very Short Story AwardGenre: Short story of ten words or fewer. Prize: Free Gotham class. Deadline: May 31, 2024.

The Michael O’Pray PrizeRestrictions: Open to all early-career writers based in the UK. Genre: Nonfiction writing on innovation and experimentation in the moving image. Prize: £750 top prize. Deadline:  May 31, 2024.

On The Premises Mini-Contest. "For this mini-contest, tell, show, or evoke a complete story between 25 and 50 words long in which a specific detail of something that would normally be trivial and uninteresting is in fact extremely important or interesting." Prize: First place pays $35, second pays $25, and third pays $15, all in US dollars. Honorable mentions get published, but make no money. Deadline: May 31, 2024.

Rattle Ekphrastic ChallengeGenre: Poem inspired by artwork. (See site for image.) Prize: $100. Deadline: May 31, 2024. This is a monthly contest.

#GWstorieseverywhereGenre: Micro fiction. Your story must be no longer than 25 words, with a max of 280 characters, including spaces and the hashtag. See themesPrize: Free Gotham class. Deadline: May 31, 2024. This is a monthly contest.

Rattle's Ekphrastic ChallengeGenre: Poetry based on art. (See websitePrize: $100. Deadline: May 31, 2024. Monthly contest.

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: May 31, 2024. Reprints are ok so long as you still have the rights to distribute.

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