Sunday, October 1, 2017

28 Calls for Submissions in October 2017 - Paying Markets

There are more than two dozen calls for submissions in October.

Every genre and every form is welcome! All are paying markets. There are no submission fees.

Many of these journals have recurring calls for submissions, so if you miss this window, you can always submit during the next reading period.

For more literary journals seeking submissions see: Paying Markets. And to get a jump on next month's open calls see Calls for Submissions


The (Dis)ability Short Story AnthologyRestrictions: Open to writers with disabilities. Genre: Short story. The story’s protagonist must have a disability. Length: 500 and 7500 words. Payment: $30. Deadline: October 1, 2017. Reprints accepted.

The Blue RouteRestrictions: Only the work of current undergraduate writers will be considered. Genres: Fiction, or creative nonfiction totaling no more than 3000 words. Payment: $25. Deadline: October 1, 2017.

The Food of My PeopleRestrictions: All writers must be Canadian citizens (living in Canada and/or paying taxes in Canada) and permanent residents of Canada. Genre: Speculative fiction about food. Payment: 5 cents/word (CAD) for original fiction, and a contributor’s copy. Deadline: October 1, 2017.

Skirt! Theme: The Flavor Issue. Genre: Essay - Stories about foodie love, food memories, taste, girls’ nights. Payment: $200 per piece. Deadline: October 1, 2017.

The Last LineGenre: Short story. All stories must end with the line: "Benjamin was a man of his word." Payment: $20 -$40. Deadline: October 1, 2017.

AmbitGenre: Poetry and fiction. Payment: £30 for fiction, £10 for poetry. Deadline: October 1, 2017.

Recommended ReadingGenre: Short Story. Length: 2,000 to 10,000 words. Payment: $300.  Deadline: October 4, 2017.

Alien DimensionsGenreSpeculative fiction. "Alien Time Travel.” Payment: $10. Deadline: October 10, 2017.

RattleGenre: Poetry on theme of Immigrant Poets. "The poems may be written on any subject, in any style or length, but must be written by those who no longer reside in the country of their birth. As always, the poem need not be about the topic; the goal is to explore and celebrate the range of work immigrant poets are producing. Please explain how this applies to you and how this work affects your poetry in your contributor not." Payment: $50. Deadline: October 15, 2017.

HeliosGenre: Fiction, poetry, nonfiction. See site for theme. Payment: Varies according to type of submission. Deadline: October 15, 2017.

Hold the Line. Genre: Personal essays or well-researched articles on the topics of racial justice and cultural as related to parenting. Also accepts submissions of poetry that are related to these topics or gives special insight to one’s culture. Payment: $20 for poetry; $30 for shorter pieces, listicles, or book reviews up to 800 words; and $80 for longer pieces, 1300-1800 words. Deadline: October 15, 2017.

Gordon Square Review. Genre: Poetry, short stories, personal essays, and hybrid prose works. Payment: $25 for prose, $10 for poetry. Deadline: October 15, 2017.

Alien DimensionsGenreSpeculative fiction. "Alien Christmas.” Payment: $10. Deadline: October 20, 2017.

MorelRestrictions: You must live in Southwestern Ontario or write about the region. Genre: Fiction, poetry and essays. Payment: $25. Deadline: October 22, 2017.

Icepick. Genre: All genres. Theme is heroes. These will be performed as audio recordings. Payment: £8 for short features and £10 for long features. Deadline: October 22, 2017. Previously published work accepted.

Havok: Deep Space Designs. "Build your own ships, solar systems, crews, and plot twists! In this issue, we’re looking for well-developed sci-fi worlds. We still want compelling stories, of course, but we want to feel the texture of your world. " Genre: Sci-fi. Payment: 2 cents/word. DeadlineOctober 27, 2017.

Mothers of Angels, an anthology of reflections about living through the grief of losing a child. Genre: Personal essays and poetry. PaymentEssays: $75, plus two printed copies; Poetry: $25, plus two printed copies Deadline: October 30, 2017.

Sirens Call: If It Bleeds, It Leads! Genre: Horror. Length: 2,500 - 5,000 words. Payment: $15 per piece. Deadline: October 31, 2017.

Chicken Soup for the SoulGenre: True stories and poetry. "People love reading about the winter holidays – from Thanksgiving all the way through New Year’s Day. We want to hear about your traditions and how they came to be. We want to hear about your holiday memories and the rituals that create the foundation of your life. We love to hear about the funny things too: the ugly holiday sweaters, the gingerbread house that kept falling down, the re-gifting embarrassments and the fruit cake disasters." Payment: $200. Deadline: October 31, 2017.

Room MagazineGenreFeminist fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, art, interviews, and book reviews. Payment: $50 CAD for one page, $60 for two pages, $90 for three pages, $120 for four pages, $150 for five or more pages. Deadline: October 31, 2017.

Adventure CyclistGenre: Nonfiction stories about cycling. Payment: 30-50 cents/word. Deadline: October 31, 2017.

World Unknown ReviewGenre: Poetry, fiction. Payment: $15 per piece. Deadline: October 31, 2017. Accepts reprints.

Horror AddictsGenre: Horror. Your story must involve music in some way. Payment: $10. Deadline: October 31, 2017.

Maple Tree Literary SupplementGenre: The Maple Tree Literary Supplement provides a platform for dialogue or interviews on any topic between and amongst Canadian writers, while featuring their work and reporting on literary events, landmarks or festivals in Canada and around the world–with an emphasis on their Canadian composition. Payment: $30 CAN. Deadline: October 31, 2017.

PseudopodGenre: Dark speculative fiction in audio form. "We’re looking for horror: dark, weird fiction. We run the spectrum from grim realism or crime drama, to magic-realism, to blatantly supernatural dark fantasy." Payment: $.06/word for original fiction, $100 flat rate for short story reprints, and $20 flat rate for flash fiction reprints (stories below 1500 words). Deadline: October 31, 2017.

Baobob Press: This Side of the Divide AnthologyGenre: Short fiction by emerging and established authors exploring the United States West. Payment: $100. Deadline: October 31, 2017.

Double Take. Genre: Speculative fiction on theme of the many “faces” of masquerade: disguise, deception, false pretenses, pretending to be someone else or situations that are not at all what they seem. Payment: One cent per word up to $50. Deadline: October 31, 2017.

Nonbinary Review. Genre: All genres: Theme of We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. Payment: 1 cent per word for fiction and nonfiction, and a flat fee of $10 per poem. Deadline: October 31, 2017.


  1. Thank you for listing paying markets. It's great that you give details for each of them.


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