Tuesday, December 29, 2015

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

The new year is (nearly) upon us, and with it come publishing opportunities!

Here are thirteen magazines and anthologies looking for writers.

As usual, there is a wide array of genres: speculative fiction, children's literature, poetry, flash fiction, short stories, dramatic monologues, and creative nonfiction.

All of these are paying markets.


ChappyFiction LLC: Time travel anthology

"The anthology will contain new short stories centered around time travel. How does it affect our society, our humanity, or the characters? We want new stories. Create paradoxes. Make us laugh. Make us cry. If you have a killer reprint, query us first before submitting." Simultaneous submissions are okay.

Genre: Science fiction/fantasy

Length: Under 7,000 words

Payment: 6 cents a word

Deadline: January 1, 2016


Mom for the Holidays: Stories of Love, Laughter and Tantrums

Genre: Personal essays, stories, poems

Payment: $25-$200 per piece

Deadline: January 1, 2016


No Shit, There I Was

"The intention is to cover a wide range of subgenres to show the versatility of a single opening line comedies, tragedies, and everything in between are welcome in the slush pile. That said, Rachael is not terribly interested in horror, and erotica is right out. Salty language is okay, gratuitous violence, gore, or sex is not."

Genre: Speculative fiction beginning with the line "No Shit, There I Was"

Length: 2,000-7,500 words

Payment: 6 cents a word

Deadline: January 6, 2016


The Big Day

Babybug seeks rhymes and stories celebrating big days and first experiences. Meeting someone new, visiting an unfamiliar place, taking a step, discovering the word no—what makes a baby or toddler’s day extraordinary? We are looking for playful writing that begs to be read aloud.

Genre: For ages 0–3

Length: Please keep it short—Babybug poems are generally no longer than eight lines, and stories can be up to 6 sentences.

Payment: Up to 25 cents per word for prose; up to $3.00 per line; $25.00 minimum for poetry

Deadline: January 6, 2016



What if Cyclops went to school with Godzilla? What would a kraken bring in its lunchbox? Cricket and Spider are on the prowl for stories, poetry, and nonfiction exploring the theme of Monsters. We’re interested in work that taps in to kids'  fascination with all things monstrous in myth, fantasy, sci fi, and as figures for beastly power in our daily lives. Monster stories give kids a space to play with strong feelings, huge life changes, the annoying rules of the grown-up world, and the occasional impulse to smash the Tokyo skyline.

Genre: Fiction and poetry for ages 6–9 (Spider) and ages 9–14 (Cricket)

Payment: Up to 25 cents per word for prose; up to $3.00 per line ($25.00 minimum) for poetry

Deadline: January 6, 2016



Qu is a publication of Queens University of Charlotte.

Genres: Contemporary prose, drama. and poetry

Length: Up to 8K words for prose. Submit up to three poems per poetry submission.

Payment: $100 per prose piece, $50 per poem

Deadline: January 15, 2016



"We like stories that are strange and unsettling, sharp-edged and evocative.  Although we will consider any genre, we have a soft spot for weird fiction, magical realism, soft sci-fi, and those uncatagorizable stories that straddle the line between genres."

Genre: Fiction

Length: Up to 10,000 words

Payment: 6c/word

Deadline: January 15, 2016


Great Weather for MEDIA Annual Anthology

"Our focus is on the fearless, the unpredictable, and experimental but we do not have a set theme for our anthologies."

Genres: Poetry, flash fiction, short stories, dramatic monologues, and creative nonfiction

Payment: One contributor copy, plus $10 for writers based in USA. International writers receive two copies.

Deadline: January 15, 2016


Specter Spectacular III: 13 Uncanny Tales

We hope to expand on the previous volumes of “ghostly” tales and “deathly” tales by delving into the realm of “uncanny” tales. The idea of the uncanny opens up possibilities: creepy doppelgängers, too-close-to-human robots, changeling intruders, cryptid animals, jarring juxtapositions.The essence of the uncanny is an unsettled feeling, a sense that something isn’t quite right, often coupled with an inability to articulate exactly why. Our tastes lean more toward the psychological than toward gore, especially for this volume. We’re looking for a wide range of interpretations and a balance of styles and tones (serious, humorous, modern, historical, futuristic, mythological, gothic, etc.).

Length: Under 10,000 words.

Payment: $10 + paperback copy of the anthology.

Deadline: January 15, 2016

Reprints accepted.


Rattle Magazine

Restrictions: Poems must be written by those who have lived at least half their lives in the Greater Los Angeles Area.

Genre: Poetry.

Payment: $50

Deadline: January 15, 2016


Wordrunner eChapbooks: Devices

The theme for this year's annual themed anthology is Devices: Technology’s impact on our lives and relationships. "The technology could be as old as the invention of writing, false teeth, the printing press, or something not yet invented; it might be your first TV, your grandfather's model T, or augmented reality eyeware. What are the stories and the emotional dynamics? We are looking for the human component, regardless of device or genre."

Genres: "Fiction on this topic can be contemporary, historical, or speculative science fiction. We'd like to see personal memoir or creative nonfiction about family history." 

Length: Submit up to three poems or a short story, novel or memoir excerpt, or personal essay (1,000 to 5,000 words)

Payment: $100 for collections ($5 to $20 for single pieces in anthologies)

Deadline: January 31, 2016


Damsels in Success

"We’ve all read the stories and fallen in love with the movies: the girl needs saving, the boy rescues girl, they fall in love, and they lived happily ever after. But what if the boy was in distress or the girl had dreams that didn’t involve falling in love? Those are the kinds of stories we’re looking for to include in our next anthology. If you have a fantasy story about a strong female character who made her own way or a story that takes a twist on a classic tale, send it our way!"

Length: Up to 10,000 words.

Payment: $5.00 per story. There will be an editor’s choice winner that will get placed at the front of the book, have the cover designed specifically with that story in mind and the author will receive a small bonus.

Deadline: January 31, 2016


Tesseracts Twenty: Compostela

"Compostela (Tesseracts Twenty) is an anthology of hard and soft science fiction stories that best represent a futuristic view of the sciences and how humanity might be affected (for better or worse) by a reliance in all things technological. For more than 1,000 years, Santiago de Compostela (Compostela means “field of stars”) has attracted pilgrims to walk to the cathedral that holds St. James the apostle's relics. The stories in this anthology in their own way tell the tale of futuristic travelers who journey into the dark outer (or inner) reaches of space, searching for their own connections to the past, present and future relics of their time."

Restrictions: Open to Canadians only

Genre: Science Fiction

Length: 5,000 words max

Payment: Payment for short poetry is $20.00. Payment for short stories is prorated as follows: $50 for stories up to 1,500 words, rising to a maximum of $150 for stories up to 5,000 words

Deadline: January 31, 2016

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