Thursday, October 22, 2015

11 Calls for Submissions in November 2015 - Paying Markets

November is coming up fast! (New months seem to be happening a lot lately.)

Next month we have calls for speculative fiction, novellas, parenting advice, short stories, poetry, horror, creative nonfiction - so get cracking!

Tip: Plan your submission schedule ahead of time. Making a list of places to submit your work helps stave off "writer's procrastination."


Spider Road Press: Approaching Footsteps: Four Novellas by Women

"We seek suspenseful, well-crafted fiction in which the plot strengthens the characterization and tension is maintained throughout the narrative. Novellas featuring protagonists from traditionally under-represented communities (people of color, people with disabilities, etc.) are particularly encouraged. Novellas should be quality literature, yet able to conform to the general themes of the suspense, mystery and thriller genres. One submission per writer allowed. We have a small staff, so it could take us until February to contact authors regarding acceptances and rejections."

Genre: Suspense novella

Length: 9,000- 13,000 words

Payment: $150,  three free copies of the collection, and a full-page bio and author profile on website.

Deadline: November 1, 2015


Multiples Illuminated: A Collection of Stories and Advice from Parents with Twins, Triplets and More

"Megan Woolsey and Alison Lee, both writers and mothers of multiples (triplets and twins respectively), are calling writers who would like to contribute a personal essay and/or advice on their experience with infertility, pregnancy and the first couple of years of raising multiples. Make us laugh, cry, think, and help us learn about multiples through your words."

Genre: Personal essay

Length: 800 – 3,000 words

Payment: $40 per essay

Deadline: November 1, 2015


Stories must begin with the first line: "George pressed the call button and said, 'Mrs. Whitfield, you have a visitor.' " (I find this to be an interesting concept.)

Genre: All genres

Length: 300 - 5,000 words for fiction or a 500-800 word critical essays about your favorite first line from a literary work

Payment: $25.00 - $50.00 for fiction, $5.00 - $10.00 for poetry, and $25.00 for nonfiction (all U.S. dollars)

Deadline: November 1, 2015


ellipsis… literature & art is the annual literary journal published by the students of Westminster College, Utah since 1965.

Genres: English language submissions in poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction, drama, and art

Length: Up to 8,000 words for fiction, up to five poems

Payment: $10/poem and $50/story

Deadline: November 1, 2015

Those Who Make Us: Canadian Creature, Myth and Monster Stories

"We welcome stories about classic Canadian monsters, but Those Who Make Us will also explore how monsters from other cultures affect and are affected by Canadian landscapes. The cultural stories that shape our understandings of ourselves and our place in Canada are dynamic and Those Who Make Us will reflect the complexities of these interactions.

The stories submitted to Those Who Make Us may have their foundation in traditional forms of fairy tales, folktales, mythology, legends, and fables – but we will look for contemporary storytelling that goes beyond their foundations so that they represent personal or group identities, social commentary, evolving cultural norms, and history/future history. Those Who Make Us will challenge the idea of the Canadian identity."

Genre: Speculative fiction. All writers must be Canadian citizens (living in Canada and/or paying taxes in Canada) or permanent residents of Canada

Length: 2000 to 7000 words. Under 5000 is preferred.

Payment: 5 cents/word (CAD) for original fiction, and a contributor’s copy.

Deadline: November 2, 2015


Third Order

Third Order publishes science fiction and fantasy short fiction that deals with faith and religion. There are no other requirements concerning plot, characterization, or genre.

Genre: Speculative fiction

Length: Up to 7,000 words

Payment: $25 per story

Deadline: November 15, 2015


Shock Totem

"We’re not interested in hard science fiction, epic fantasy (swords and sorcery), splatterporn (blood and guts and little more), or clichéd plots. Clichéd themes are okay. We won’t turn our noses up at the sight of zombies or serial killers or vampires, but there needs to be something that sets it apart from the norm for us to seriously consider it."

Genres: Dark fantasy and horror—mystery, suspense, supernatural, morbid humor, fantasy, etc.

Length: Novels and novellas. Novellas must be at least 17,500 words in length. Anything less will be deleted

Payment: 50/50 split of the net income on all copies sold

Deadline: November 30, 2015


Buffalo Almanack: Where Thou Art

"Where thou art…that’s a double question when you think of it. Not only do we want to know where you come from, what’s it like or why you love it/hate it, but we also want to know how your connection to that place informs your artistic vision today. As such, we’ve expanded our horizons to include creative non-fiction in addition to our usual fare of short stories and the visual arts."

Genres: Fiction, creative nonfiction

Payment: $100 apiece to the best work of writing and visual art – and a $50 consolation prize to a third runner-up of either genre

Deadline: November 30, 2015

Vestal Review

Genre: Flash fiction only. Not looking for porn, obscenity or gore, so keep it fairly clean.

Payment: 10 cents/word for stories up to 100 words; 5 cents/word for stories between 101 and 200 words; 3 cents/word for stories between 201 and 500 words

Deadline: November 30, 2015


"Anacondas, piranha, giant crocodiles/alligators/lizards, mutated bears near nuclear power stations, prehistoric sharks. These are a few of my favourite things. All of these featured heavily in books and films of the 70s and 80s, when bio-horror was at its modern peak. For this anthology of military-bio-horror stories, we are looking for you to take us back to those days."

Payment: AUD4c/word and one contributor copy in each format released

Deadline: November 30, 2015


"We particularly like stories that smash genre boundaries to smithereens, but we also love fresh takes on established genres and in-depth explorations of ultraspecific niches. Experiments in form and style are welcomed enthusiastically—but a straightforward narrative with tight, crisp language is just as beautiful. When it comes down to it, we want stories that will amaze us, astound us, provoke our thoughts, and boggle our minds."

Length: Stories of 4,000 to 7,000 words are ideal, but will consider a range from 1,000 to 30,000 words.

Genre: Speculative fiction of all sorts—fantasy, science fiction, speculative horror, slipstream, weird fiction, steam/diesel/cyber/etc.punk, you name it.

Payment: $0.03 per word up to $225, payable upon receipt of completed contract and author questionnaire. 

Deadline: November 30, 2015

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