Tuesday, March 27, 2018

24 Calls for Submissions in April 2018 - Paying markets

There are 23 calls for submissions in April. All of these are paying markets, and none charge submission fees.

As always, every genre, style, and form is wanted, from speculative fiction to poetry to personal essays.

NOTE: I post upcoming calls for submissions at the end of every month. But as I am collecting them, I post them on my page, Calls for Submissions. You can get a jump on upcoming calls for submissions by checking that page periodically. (I only post paying markets.)


Bikes in Space: DragonsGenre: Feminist bicycle science fiction on theme of "Dragons." Payment: Not less than $30 per story. Deadline: April 1, 2018.

West BranchGenres: Poetry, fiction, CNF. Payment: $50 per poem, 5 cents per word for prose.Deadline: April 1, 2018.

Upstaged: an anthology of women who love women in performing artsGenre: Stories about lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, intersex, asexual, and queer women who strut their stuff before a live audience. Payment: $40. Deadline: April 1, 2018.

GeometryGenre: Poetry, short stories, art, creative nonfiction. Payment: $10-$50 for poetry, and 1-3 cents per word for fiction and nonfiction. Deadline: April 1, 2018.

Splickety: Heirs and SparesGenre: Flash fiction, between 300 and 1,000 words long. "Life as a teenage royal is flashy and glamorous… until trouble strikes in the palace. Weave us tales of royal drama among the monarchy’s younger members—contested thrones, unwilling heirs, coups, and intrigue. The stakes are kingdoms, and the loser stands to lose his (or her) head." Payment: 2 cents/word. Deadline: April 6, 2018.

ShooterGenre: Poetry, fiction and CNF on the theme of Dirty Money. "Send us stories, essays, reported narratives and poetry on anything to do with dough, whether rolling in it or scrounging for it. We want to read about playboys and girls, corrupt bankers, hard-up students, entrepreneurs, gamblers, thieves, grafters – anyone affected by money in any compelling way. Are riches really the root of all evil, or the key to the world’s delights?" Payment: £25 per story and £5 per poem. Deadline: April 8, 2018.

CricketGenres: YA poetry, fiction, essays on the theme of Family. CICADA is a YA lit/comics magazine committed to work that speaks to teens’ truths. Payment: Fiction: up to 10¢ per word, Nonfiction: up to 25¢ per word, Poems: up to $3.00 per line; $25.00 minimum. Deadline: April 13, 2018.

Electric Lit. Genre: Essays. "We’re particularly interested in pieces that examine the intersection of the literary experience and other creative endeavors: film, fine art, music, video games, science, tech, architecture." Payment: $50. Deadline: April 13, 2018.

Rattle: Unpublished PoetsGenre: Poetry. Payment: $100. Deadline: April 15, 2018.

The RushGenre: "We seek high-energy pieces that reflect the rush of life." Payment: "We’re delighted to be able to pay writers.” Deadline: April 15, 2018. 

Helios MagazineTHEME: “20/20” Genres: Fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and art. Payment: $0.03 USD per word for the first 1,500 words and $0.01 USD after for short stories, and $0.25 USD a line for poetry. Deadline: April 15, 2018.

Confrontation MagazineGenres: Fiction, poetry, non-fiction (worldwide). Payment: $175-$250 for fiction, $75-$100 per work for poetry. Deadline: April 15, 2018.

Third FlatironGenre: Speculative fiction, Space opera, SF, physics. Theme is "Galileo's Theme Park." Payment: 6 cents/word. Deadline: April 15, 2018.

Spider MagazineGenres: Stories, poems, articles for children on theme of Over the Rainbow. "We are looking for LGBTQAI+ inclusive fiction, poetry, and non-fiction manuscripts. We would like to see warm family stories, an entire story without gender pronouns, children with different gender expressions, and gentle realistic or metaphorical coming out stories. We are especially interested in matter-of-fact stories where being different isn’t the heart of the story, but part of the character’s identity." Payment: Stories and articles: up to 25¢ per word, Poems: up to $3.00 per line; $25.00 minimum, Activities and recipes: $75.00 flat rate. Deadline: April 15, 2018.

Circlet Press Asexual Romance Anthology. Genre: Short fiction on topic of romance for characters uninterested in sex. Stories should generally be between 2500 and 8500 words (though we’re flexible for a great story). Originals only, no reprints. Payment: $25, with the additional rights to a print edition later which would also pay $25. Deadline: April 15th.

Gathering Storm Magazine. Genre: Fiction, poetry. Themes: When in Rome, do as Romans do, The Elephant in the Room, Seek and ye Shall Find, Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right. Payment: $25 for fiction, $10 for poetry. Deadline: April 20, 2018.

Field MagazineGenre: Poetry and poetics. Payment: $15 per page ($5 - $50+ per poem, according to Duotrope.) Deadline: April 30, 2018.

FIYAHGenre: Speculative fiction and poetry about Africa Diaspora. Theme is Music. "Send us all of your stories featuring music as magic, music as catalyst, or whatever your devious little hearts come up with." Payment: $150 per story. $50 per poem. $300 per novelette. Deadline: April 30, 2018.

Snafu: Military HorrorGenre: Military horror. "Think doom, resident evil, terminator, dog soldiers, aliens (the second movie, not the first)… anything that can be called a high-action monster story. And soldiers! We want extreme action, and it has to be military or paramilitary action. Can be mercs or ex-soldiers, though, so long as they are hardcases." 2000-10,000 words. Payment: AUD4c/word and one contributor copy. Deadline: April 30, 2018.

Midnight WritersGenre: Stories of every genre on theme "Animal-themed Apocalypse." The apocalypse can be big or small (the larger scale the better), but it must include an animal as a major part of the story. The animal can be the cause of the apocalypse, the salvation from the apocalypse, or the pet that helps the one hero get through it all. It can even be from the animal's point of view." Payment: $10. Deadline: April 30, 2018.

Mad Scientist Journal: Battling in All Her FineryGenre: Speculative fiction stories about women leaders in any field. Payment: 2 cents/word. Deadline: April 30, 2018.

Queer Around the World: An LGBTQ+ True Stories AnthologyGenre: True stories about travel and culture. Payment: $25 for fiction, $10 for poetry. Deadline: April 30, 2018.

Elf Saga Anthology. Genre: High fantasy. Payment: $50. Deadline: April 30, 2018.

UFO: Unidentified Funny Objects. Genre: Funny speculative fiction. Payment: 10 cents/word.  Deadline: April 30, 2018.


(These calls have deadlines on May 1, but sometimes the submission window closes a day early so, to be safe, submit in April.)

Mud Season ReviewGenre: Fiction up to 7,000 words, poetry. Payment: $50. Deadline: May 1, 2018.

Carte BlancheGenres: Fiction, poetry, CNF, art, photography. Payment: Modest. Deadline: May 1, 2018.

Hashtag Queer. Genre: Fiction and nonfiction up to 7,500 words, poetry up to 5 pages and scripts for the stage and screen up to 10 pages. Payment: $5 per printed page. Deadline: May 1, 2018.

Lethe Press: The DecadentsGenre: Gay male short stories. Stories should be set during the 18th or 19th century. Payment: Payment for reprints is 1.5 cents per word. Payment for original fiction is 5 cents a word. Deadline: May 2018 (no date).

The FantasistGenre: Steam Punk. Length: Stories must be at least 15,000 words and at most 50,000. Payment: $100. Deadline: May 1, 2018.

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