Wednesday, June 27, 2018

38 Calls for Submissions in July 2018 - Paying markets

There are more than three dozen calls for submissions in July. As usual, anything you can think of is wanted - flash fiction, speculative fiction and poetry, creative nonfiction, children's stories, along with several interesting themed issues. All of these literary magazines pay, and none charge submission fees.

Make sure to follow submission requirements carefully. Editors become cranky when writers don't follow their submission rules.

If you want to get a jump on next month's calls for submissions, check the page Calls for Submissions, which is where I post new calls as they come up.


Cloaked PressGenre: Fantasy stories. Payment: $10 and 3% of sales. Deadline: July 1, 2018.

Cafe IrrealGenre: Magical realist stories. Payment: 1 cent/word. Deadline: July 1, 2018.

Alt-MindsGenre: Fiction and non-fiction/memoir (1,000 to 3,000) of any genre and poetry (no more than 40 lines) that is related to mental health, in theme, subject matter, characterization, whatever “mental health” means to you. Payment: $50.00 CDN per fiction, non-fiction, and memoir piece, and $20.00 CDN per poem. Deadline: July 1, 2018.

Spring Song Press: Oath and Iron AnthologyGenre: Speculative fiction,fantasy. Payment: 1 cent/word. Deadline: July 1, 2018.

Coffin Hop Press: Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Holiday Crime AnthologyGenre: Dark, deadly and noirish tales of holiday havoc and yuletide woe. Length: Up to 5,000 words. Payment: $150 CAD. Deadline: July 1, 2018.

Coffin Hop Press: Knucklehead NoirGenre: Humorous tales of dimwitted criminals and unlucky twits on the wrong side of the law. Nimrods, numbskulls and rejects. Bumbling sidekicks and idiots-gone-wrong. Length: Up to 5,000 words. $0.03/word CAD. Deadline: July 1, 2018.

ExistereGenres: All genres and forms of art and literature are welcome including and not limited to: poetry, short plays, short stories, postcard/flash fiction, art and literature reviews, critical essays, interviews, sketches, photos, etc. Payment: Small honorarium. Deadline: July 1, 2017.

Nexis Fantasy: Corporate ShadowsGenre: Speculative fiction on theme of Net Neutrality. Length: 2,000-15,000 words. Payment: $0.01 per word. Deadline: July 1, 2018.

Briarpatch Magazine. Theme: Labour. Genre: Nonfiction 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. Payment: $50-$150. Deadline: July 3, 2018.

Monsters of Any KindGenre: Horror stories containing at least one non-human monster/creature (and not vampires, ghosts, werewolves, zombies). Unusual creatures will be particularly appreciated. All subgenres and forms of speculative fiction are welcome. Payment: $100. Deadline: July 10, 2018.

Alien DimensionsGenre: Speculative short stories, “Set it in space, in the far future, and include some friendly non-humanoid aliens helping to solve a pseudo-scientific problem.” Payment: US$10.00 for 3500+ words. Deadline: July 10, 2018.

The Stinging FlyGenre: Fiction and poetry. Payment: Token. Deadline: July 12, 2018.

Shimmer. Genre: Speculative fiction. Payment: 5 cents/word, minimum $50. Deadline: July 14, 2018.

Helios MagazineTheme: “Infinite Regression.” 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: July 15, 2018.

Hinnom MagazineGenres: Science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Payment: $0.005 cents per word with a minimum payment of $5.00 and a maximum cap of $25.00. Deadline: July 15, 2018.

Natural Wonders Anthology: Time in Nature Can Change Your LifeGenre: Essay. “Nature” can be defined in terms of the great outdoors or observations in your own backyard. City dwellers experience the natural world in a park or on a patio and can find those connections meaningful. While readers enjoy immersing themselves deep in the forest, high on an isolated mountaintop, or in the vast wilderness of a desert, nature finds its way into urban settings, too. And no matter where you find it, Nature’s Healing Spirit can help." Payment: $50. Deadline: July 15, 2018.

Malahat Review. Theme: Queer Perspectives. Restrictions: Eligible writers must self-identify as LGBTQ2S? and be Canadians, Canadian residents, or Canadian expatriates. Genres: Poetry, Fiction, CNF. Payment: $60/page. Deadline: July 15, 2018.

Third FlatironGenre: Speculative fiction, SF, Fantasy, Horror. Theme is "Terra! Tara! Terror!"  Payment: 6 cents/word. Deadline: July 15, 2018.

Spider MagazineGenres: Fiction, non-fiction, activities, and poetry  for children on theme of Our Diverse World. "We want stories about real or imaginary people with interesting hobbies, jobs, traditions, or inventions. We would like to see Black, Latinx, First Nations, East Asian, South Asian, and Middle Eastern children from first, second, or third generation families. Tell us quirky, funny, heartfelt, and lesser-known stories where race, ethnicity, class, culture, and ability might intersect." 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: July 15, 2018.

LadybugGenre: Stories and poems for children ages 3 - 6. Theme: Our Diverse World - "We want stories about real or imaginary people with interesting hobbies, jobs, traditions, or inventions. We would like to see Black, Latinx, First Nations, East Asian, South Asian, and Middle Eastern children from first, second, or third generation families. Tell us quirky, funny, heartfelt, and lesser-known stories where race, ethnicity, class, culture, and ability might intersect.. Our readers like simple yet strong plots, memorable characters, and humor. We prefer short work for young children (stories may be up to 800 words, poetry up to 20 lines)." Payment: Stories and articles: up to 25¢ per word. Poems: up to $3.00 per line; $25.00 minimum. Deadline: July 15, 2018.

Enchanted ConversationGenre: Fiction, poetry - fairy tales. Payment: $30 per story, $10 per poem. Deadline: July 20, 2018.

Thunderbird Studios: San Cicaro. Genre: Speculative fiction. "We’re looking for yarns of dark urban fantasy, the weird, the macabre and the hopeful. Tell us of underground cults performing their rituals for good or ill. Of hell-born creatures leaving scenes of carnage that confound the police. Stories of unbelievable sightings leaving their mark on people. Yarns of fairies leading neighborhood children to safety from that which blurs the line between monsters and men." Payment: $125. Deadline: July 21, 2018.

NonBinary Review: Wind in the WillowsGenre: Fiction, CNF, poetry, art. "We are open to submissions which relate to Kenneth Grahame's 1908 book The Wind in the Willows. Please bear in mind that we're looking for pieces that relate to the BOOK ONLY. References movies or television shows will not be accepted." Payment:1 cent per word for fiction and nonfiction, and a flat fee of $10 for poetry (singular poems or a suite) and $25 per piece of visual art. Deadline: July 24, 2018.

Havok: Skeletons, Slashers, and SuccubiGenre: Horror between 300 and 1000 words. "Monsters, witches, creepy crawlies, things that go bump in the night, and all things terrifying are what we’re seeking in this issue. Make our skin crawl with undead delight!" Payment: 2 cents/word. Deadline: July 27, 2018.

Flame Tree: Haunted House. Genre: Speculative fiction. "The creaking floorboards, the children hiding in the mirror, the spirits that rake across the flesh of the mind, tell us your stories of hauntings and mansions. Oh, what is that sound within the walls?" Payment: 6 cents/word. Deadline: July 29, 2018.

Flame Tree: Cosy CrimeGenre: Mystery. "The armchair detectives, the murder in the vicarage, the family secrets unravelling in gossipy ears, such are the ingredients of a genteel bloodbath in an otherwise delightful village. Do you have any stories that might fit?" Payment: 6 cents/word.  Deadline: July 29, 2018.

Degustation AnthologyGenre: Personal essays of 1500-3000 words exploring sensual relationships with food. This anthology will be suitable for all audiences. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: July 30, 2018 (12pm, BST)

FIYAHGenre: Speculative fiction and poetry about Africa Diaspora. The theme is Pilgrimage. "Every journey starts with a single step, and this issue is all about the trip, not the destination. We’re looking for stories of journeys to new worlds, of returning to lost worlds, and journeys of the soul. But, like always, make it weird, make it magical, make it Black." Payment: $150 per story. $50 per poem. $300 per novelette. Deadline: July 31, 2018.

Haunted Waters PressGenres: Fiction, poetry. "We welcome both the profound and the quirky. We are open to most styles and genres of fiction including speculative, dark, experimental, and literary. We love flash fiction of any word count as long as it tells a complete story. We enjoy all forms of poetry including experimental, rhyming, free verse, and invented form. While we welcome deep, meaningful poetry, we also enjoy works that are witty, peculiar, or offbeat. As a general rule, we do not accept erotica. Horror only upon request. Profanity and violence, if used, must be integral to the story." Payment: $.01 - $.04/word. Deadline: July 31, 2018. "For online SPLASH! publication and Penny Fiction submissions, we offer alternating no fee reading periods from January though July. We review the first 200 submissions per month."

Room Magazine: MagicRestrictions: Open to women (cisgender and transgender), transgender men, Two-Spirit and nonbinary people. Payment: $50 - $150 Canadian dollars. Genre: Fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry on the theme of Magic. Deadline: July 31, 2018.

New MythsGenre: Speculative fiction and poetry. Payment1.5 cents/word with a minimum payment of $30. Deadline: July 31, 2018.

INNSMOUTHBREATHERS: Cautionary Fables of Mythos Fandom! Genre: Humorous stories of a certain kind of Cthulhu Mythos fan: the rabid Lovecraft worshipper, the defender of the outmoded and outclassed, the pulp reader for whom Weird Fiction peaked somewhere in the middle of the last century. Length: 1,500-5,000 words. Payment: .03CAD per word, as well as a contributor copy (paperback) of the anthology, and copies in all electronic formats (mobi, EPUB, and PDF). Deadline: July 31, 2018.

Diabolical PlotsGenre: Speculative fiction. Payment: 8 cents/word. Deadline: July 31, 2018.

Freeze Frame FictionGenre: Flash fiction. Payment: $10. Deadline: July 31, 2018.

Virginia Quarterly ReviewGenre: Poetry, fiction, nonfiction. Payment: $200 for poetry, $1,000 for prose. Deadline: July 31, 2018.

CrannógGenres: Poetry, short stories. Payment: €50 per story, €30 per poem. Deadline: July 31, 2018. (Opens July 1)

Barking Sycamores is a literary journal entirely edited and operated by queer, neurodivergent people of color. Genres: Poetry, short fiction, hybrid genre, creative nonfiction, book reviews, and artwork submissions. They also welcome and publish essays about neurodivergence and the creation of literature. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: July 31, 2018.

Sunlight Press. Genre: Fiction, poetry and personal essays. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: July 31, 2018.

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