Monday, February 29, 2016

24 Calls for Submissions in March 2016 - Paying Markets

Here are two dozen calls for submissions in the month of March.

Genres include speculative fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, horror, erotic horror, personal essays, tech articles, crime fiction, fairy tales. There are also open calls for any genre of stories and poems.

All of these are paying markets. (A couple accept reprints!)

There are some themed anthologies in the mix, so make sure you read all the requirements before you submit.

Happy submitting!


THEMA: Drop the Zucchini and Run!

The premise (target theme) must be an integral part of the plot, not necessarily the central theme but not merely incidental.

Genres: Any

Length: Fewer than 20 double-spaced pages preferred.

Payment: Short story, $25; short-short piece (up to 1000 words), $10; poem, $10; artwork, $25 for cover, $10 for interior page display.

Deadline: March 1, 2016

Reprints accepted


"We are looking for the most gruesome, twisted, sick, disturbing, dark and extreme stories that push the boundaries of sex and horror and we don't have any content restrictions (except for kiddie porn, of course). Science fiction and dark fantasy will be considered but must be very dark with a strong element of horror."

Genre: Erotic Horror

Length: Up to 9K words per story.

Payment: 3 cents/word, up to a max of $270/story (9K words)

Deadline: March 1, 2016

Tech Edge Magazine

Genre: Stories about technology in education. Themed issue: Students as creators.

Payment: $50 for up to 500 words, and $125 for articles of 500-1,500 words

Deadline: March 1, 2016


Skirt! Magazine

Magazine for women.

Genre: Personal essays wanted for the 'Smart' Issue, 800 - 1,100 words

Payment: $200 per piece

Deadline: March 1, 2016



"upstreet, based in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, is an award-winning annual literary anthology containing the best new fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction available."

Genre: Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction

Payment: $50 - $150 for poems, $50 - $250 for short stories or essays

Deadline: March 1, 2016



"Beatdom is a Beat Generation-themed literary journal. We publish short stories and poetry, but mostly we’re looking for essays about the Beats. These essays should be interesting and take a different slant on the Beat Generation. There are hundreds of books and essays out there that cover these subjects, so we want something new."

Genre: Essay on the theme of Politics

Payment: $50

Deadline: March 1, 2016


Slice Magazine

Genres: Fiction and Poetry on the theme of "Distraction"

Length5,000 words max

Payment: $250 for stories and essays and $75 for poems

Deadline: March 1, 2016


Briarpatch Magazine

"Briarpatch Magazine publishes writing and artwork on a wide range of topics, including current events, grassroots activism, electoral politics, economic justice, ecology, labour, food security, gender equity, indigenous struggles, international solidarity, and other issues of political importance."

Genre: Nonfiction articles, progressive

Payment:  Up to $150/story

Deadline: March 7, 2016

Iron Soap

Genre: Flash fiction, any genre, 200 words

Payment: $0.01/word or $2 flat, reprints, $1

Deadline: March 11, 2016


Eye to the Telescope

Themed issue: Family. "We are seeking poetry that explores the myriad and diverse ways that define family. We want poetry that challenges our own preconceived notions and definitions of what family means. We seek poetry that defines family through emotion. Show us the world, your world, different worlds, through family."

Genre: Speculative poetry

Payment: 3 cents per word

Deadline: March 15, 2016


Third Flatiron Anthology: "Hyperpowers"

"Plato invented naval superpower Atlantis. Iain M. Banks imagined a future dominant galactic civilization in his Culture series. With all of space and time to choose from, this is your chance to show us your world-building chops. Likable characters optional."
Genre: Speculative fiction, space opera and military fiction

Payment: 3 cents per word

Deadline: March 15, 2016


Syntax and Salt

Genre: Magical Realism

Payment: $10 USD by PayPal for each story, regardless of length, with the exception of one Editor’s Choice story per issue, which will garner a $25 USD payment via PayPal. Payment is guaranteed within 10 business days of the current issue going live.

Deadline: March 18, 2016


Crime Syndicate

Genre: Dark, dirty crime fiction short stories

Length: Between 2500 and  5000 words

Payment: $25 per piece

Deadline: March 23, 2016


The Puritan

Genre: Poetry, fiction, nonfiction

Payment: $100 per interview, $100 per essay, $100 per review, $50 per work of fiction, and $15 per poem (or page, capped at $60 for poems running four pages or more).

Deadline: March 25, 2016


The Beauty of Death Anthology

"All types of horror are welcome. Sex or violence in a story should be artistically justified; no excessive gore. We welcome all subgenres and forms of speculative fiction."

Genre: Short fiction, horror

Payment: $100, 4500-7500 words.

Deadline: March 30, 2016


Legendary Stories: What Went Wrong?

"We've all had that day when a spell went south, a glitch ate the code in your doomsday device, and negotiations broke down so  aliens are on the move eat your brains. Okay, maybe we haven't all had that day. We want a story about what went wrong. Tell us about the best laid plans and what turned them on their ear. Make it dark or funny. Make it sci-fi or fantasy. Just make it something we haven't seen before. We're looking for an eclectic mix of stories that are unique and feature strong storytelling."

Genre: Short story; two stories per author max

Length: 2000 - 8000 words (flexible, but the longer the story the stronger it must be)

Payment: $30 per story

Deadline: March 30, 2016


The Massachusetts Review: Music

"The Massachusetts Review will publish a special issue that has music as its core: fiction, poetry, and nonfiction with music as focus, subject, or essence. We are especially looking for creative work that includes, engages, and explores music in poetry and fiction."

Genres: Short stories, poetry, nonfiction.

Payment: $50 honorarium for work published in a single issue. Authors also receive two complimentary contributor's copies.

Deadline: March 30, 2016


Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine

Fairytale inspired stories and poems on the theme of Rain.

Genre: Short stories, poems.

Payment: Story: $30. Poem: $10. US dollars only.

Deadline: March 30, 2016


Fairytales Slashed V.7

Length: Stories should be 10,000 - 20,000 words

Genre: LGBTQIA fairytales

Payment: $200 per piece

Deadline: March 31, 2016


Chicken Soup for the Soul: 'Dreams and Synchronicities'

"Sometimes magic happens in your life. You have a dream that reveals a truth or a course of action to you. You have a premonition that changes your behavior and saves you or a loved one from disaster. You meet someone at just the right time and you can’t believe the coincidence. We’re collecting stories for a second book on this topic, following our bestseller Chicken Soup for the Soul: Dreams and Premonitions. Share your stories about the amazing things that have happened in your own life."

Genre: Stories, poems

Payment: $200 per piece

Deadline: March 31, 2016



Genre: Essays and fiction concerning disability by two groups: individuals with a disability and those who are part of the disability community, such as a family member, caregiver, special educator, etc.

Length: Word limit is 6,000

Payment: $25 - $250 per article

Deadline: March 31, 2016

Reprints accepted


York Literary Review

Genres: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry

Payment: £50 per contributor

Deadline: March 31, 2016


rEvolution (No that's not a typo)

"Write a story that deals with change, with all the consequences, intended and unintended, that follow. Juxtapose revolution and evolution. Offer us the ascendant avant-garde, or the resurgent old guard. Entertain us. Enlighten us. Give us that moment of exhilaration that comes from the realization of the fantastic."

Genre: Speculative fiction

Length: 2,000 – 12,000 words (pref. 8,000)

Payment: 1¢/word up to $50

Deadline: March 31, 2016


Fitting In: Historical Accounts of Paranormal Subcultures

The best speculative fiction often says something about humanity. Urban fantasy provides a wonderful metaphor for stories about immigrants and marginalized cultures.

Genre: Speculative fiction short story. There must be a supernatural entity who feels like an outsider.

Length: 500-8000 words

Payment: Flash fiction, $10 for exclusive first worldwide electronic and print rights and for nonexclusive reprinting rights. For short fiction, $20 for the same rights. For serial fiction, $20 per installment to a maximum of $100 for the same rights as other original fiction. For reprints, half what we would pay for new fiction and ask for nonexclusive reprint rights.

Deadline: March 31, 2016


  1. Thank you for sharing these! I discovered your blog a couple of weeks ago and as a writer I have loved all of your helpful information!!

    Thank you again!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing our submission call - much appreciated! -- Syntax & Salt Staff


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