Thursday, September 27, 2018

41 Calls for Submissions in October 2018 - Paying Markets

There are more than three dozen calls for submissions in October. As always, anything you can think of is wanted - flash fiction, speculative fiction and poetry, horror, creative nonfiction along with several themed issues and anthologies.

All of these literary magazines pay, and none charge submission fees.

Make sure to follow submission requirements carefully. Editors get 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.


American PsychosGenre: Dark crime, thriller, brutal horror. (This series is about serial killers.) Length: 3500-5500 words. (Word count is somewhat flexible). Payment: $100. Deadline: October 1, 2018.

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, 2018.

Blood Bound Books: Crash CodeGenre: Speculative fiction. "This anthology is going to focus on just how far human kind is willing to fall in pursuit of the next innovation, whether it’s paying for bionic sex in bitcoins, five-year-olds browsing the Dark Web, bar code tattoos, mainstream holographic snuff films, or corrupted neural implants driving their users mad." Payment:  $0.03/word. Deadline: October 1, 2018.

The Last LineGenre: Short stories. All stories must end with the last line “I will visit again if I am ever back this way.” Length: 300-5,000 words. Payment: $20-$40. Deadline: October 1, 2018.

Cherry TreeGenre: Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and literary shade. Payment: $20. Deadline: October 1, 2018.

Gordon Square ReviewGenre: Poetry, short stories, personal essays, and hybrid prose works. Payment: $25 for prose, $10 for poetry. Deadline: October 1, 2018.

Griffith Review: The New DisruptorsGenre: Essays, reportage, creative non-fiction or non-fiction on the "upheavals that have come with our increasingly technological world." Payment: Negotiated. Deadline: October 2, 2018.

Flame Tree Publishing: Urban Crime. Genre: American Gothic: With handsome young men who never grow old, and the strangest of relatives appearing from dark corridors and long shadows, the frenzied imagination of the American Gothic is a fertile theme for this new anthology in the Gothic fantasy short story series. Payment: 6 cents/word. Deadline: October 14, 2018. Some reprints accepted.

Flame Tree Publishing: Urban CrimeGenre: Stories from this collection will feature gritty murders on the streets of London and Paris, horrors in dark alleys, as well as many more scenes from urban crime that elicit a dark curiosity. Think classic authors such as Edgar Wallace and E.W. Hornung. Payment: 6 cents/word. Deadline: October 14, 2018.

Helios MagazineTheme: “Songs of Yesteryear.” 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: October 15, 2018.

The Chicago Neighborhood GuidebookGenre: "The Chicago Neighborhood Guidebook, the latest in Belt's series of idiosyncratic city guides (after Cleveland and Detroit), aims to explore community history and identity in a global city through essays articulating the lived experience of its residents." Payment: Not specified. Deadline: October 15, 2018.

SunLit Story Time November PodcastsGenre: Short story. Length: Minimum of 1250 words. Maximum of 2500 words. Payment: $100. Deadline: October 15, 2018.

American Chordata. Genre: Short works of original fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and translation.  Payment: Not specified. Deadline: October 15, 2018.

RattleGenre: Persona Poems. (A persona poem is one where the speaker of the poem is a dramatic character other than the poet.) Payment: $100. Deadline: October 15, 2018.

Aqueduct Press: Ursula K. Le Guin Tribute Poetry AnthologyGenre: Poetry that pays tribute to Ursula Le Guin. Payment: $20/poem. Deadline: October 15, 2018.

Shifters United: Urban FantasyGenre: Urban fantasy novellas featuring shape shifters. Length: 20,000 to 50,000 words. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: October 15, 2018.

Tell-Tale Press: Winter Holidays. Genre: Fantasy, horror, mystery and science fiction. Theme includes Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, New Year’s, Winter Solstice, Chinese New Year, and any other winter holidays. Length: 500-5,000 words Payment: $5-25. Deadline: October 15, 2018.

The Worlds of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Vol IV. Genre: Speculative fiction. Payment:  AUD$75. Deadline: October 15, 2018.

Tin House. Genre: The Horror—From the mundane frights of everyday life to the truly macabre, if it makes your hair stand on end, we want to hear about it. Send us your scariest stories, eeriest essays, and most petrifying poetry! Payment: Not specified. Deadline: October 15, 2018.

Heart and Humanity: Breaking with Tradition. Genre: Short stories, poems, personal essays. Tell us about a time in your life when you chose the road less traveled; when you rebelled against family, religion, education (or even common sense!), how did your journey change? Payment:  $15-25. Deadline: October 15, 2018.

Tin HouseGenre: Open submissions for nonfiction, fiction, and poetry (no theme). Payment: Not specified. Deadline: October 15, 2018.

Subprimal Poetry ArtGenres: Flash fiction and poetry. "We're looking for work that enables the reader / listener to experience something that they might not otherwise in their regular life and causes them to think. We like pieces that use language in new ways. We have a special fondness for prose poems. Voices outside of the status quo keep us awake at night." Payment: $20. Reprints $10. Deadline: October 16, 2018.

Riddled With Arrows: Objects & Artefacts. Genre: All genres and styles on the topic of writing about writing. Also publish poetry, hard-to-classify pieces, and nonfiction. "Riddled with Arrows is seeking writing-related fiction and metafiction, ars poetica, essays, visual art and non-classifiable written objects that explore the physical manifestations of the written world: think books, paper, letters, writing implements, stone tablets, engraved jewelry, illuminated manuscripts, gravestone etchings, writing on skin, holy texts, ancient scrolls, etc.  We are also interested in submissions that incorporate physical written objects (found poems, epistolary fiction, collage, paper art, etc.)" Payment: $0.03/word for prose, up to $25, for poetry or prose. Deadline: October 18, 2018.

Star Maps & Planets’ Paths: An Anthology of Astrology & Celestial MythsGenre: Poetry and fiction. Payment: Revenue sharing. Deadline: October 19, 2018.

Nonbinary ReviewGenre: Fiction, CNF, poetry, and art on the theme of "Dante's Inferno. 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: October 24, 2018.

GorseGenre: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, reviews, translation. Payment: Small. Deadline: October 28, 2018.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: "Life Lessons from my Cat"Genre: True stories about cats. "We are working on another wonderful and entertaining collection of stories about cats the lessons that we have learned from our feline family members. We know that our cats can teach us things about life and we know that you have many great stories to share with us. Those stories can be serious or humorous... or both. If you submitted a story for a previous Cat book title and we DID NOT publish it, please do submit it again if you think it will fit in this title." Payment: $200. Deadline: October 31, 2018.

PseudopodGenre: Horror. Audio format. Payment: 6 cents per word. Deadline: October 31, 2018. Reprints accepted.

Wolfpack PressGenre: Short stories. "We crave the wild, weird, wonderful, and witty." Length: Fiction, up to 6000 words, nonfiction up to 5,000 words, also accepts poetry (up to 3 poems per submission). Payment: $15. Deadline: October 31, 2018.

Tech Horror: Kill SwitchGenre: Horror. Length: 2,000-7,000 words. Payment: $10 + digital contributor copy. Deadline: October 31, 2018.

Robbed of SleepGenre: Horror. Length: 100 - 4,000 words. Payment: $10 short story, $5 flash fiction. Deadline: October 31, 2018.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: "Life Lessons from my Dog"Genre: True stories about dog. "We are working on another wonderful and entertaining collection of stories about dogs the lessons that we have learned from our canine family members. We know that our dogs can teach us things about life and we know that you have many great stories to share with us. Those stories can be serious or humorous... or both. If you submitted a story for a previous Dog book title and we DID NOT publish it, please do submit it again if you think it will fit in this title." Payment: $200. Deadline: October 31, 2018.

The Realm of British FolkloreGenre: Stories and poems for a new anthology that involves British Folklore. Payment: One penny Sterling per word, with a minimum payment of £10 Sterling for poems and very, very short stories. For illustrations, £30 for ‘header’ illustrations to a story, £100 for full page illustrations and £200 for the cover illustration. Deadline: October 31, 2018. Reprints accepted.

Barking Sycamores is a literary journal entirely edited and operated by queer, neurodivergent people of color. Genres: Creative nonfiction. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: October 31, 2018.

Write NakedGenre: Blog posts about writing. Payment: $50. Deadline: October 31, 2018.

Spectre Press: The Realm of British FolkloreGenre: Stories that evoke British folklore. Payment: £0.01/word. Deadline: October 31, 2018.

Horror AddictsGenre: Horror. Your story must involve technology in some way. Payment: $10. Deadline: October 31, 2018.

EllipsisGenre: Poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction, drama, and art. Payment: $10 per poem and page of visual art, and $3 per page of prose (sometimes more, depending on their budget), plus two free copies of the issue. Deadline: October 31, 2018.

Our Loss AnthologyGenre: Stories, poetry on theme of Loss/Pain. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: October 31, 2018.

Occult Detective Quarterly. Genre: Stories based on intrepid investigators who explore the weird, exotic and bizarre. “These are the people who explore the darkness, both within and beyond, often to their own peril and the expense of their very lives and sanity. … We are looking for well-written stories featuring those who are investigating the strange and unusual. They do not have to be set in Victorian or Edwardian London (although they can be). We are eager to read stories featuring a diverse range of characters, cultures and periods. You may cheerfully pursue established Lovecraftian, Pulp or Dystopian themes, for example, but a fresh twist on the classics is always more likely to catch our eye. We do like stories with unusual protagonists, or with less common settings, and we have an appetite for the weird tale as long as it fits the overall concept.” They accept reprints, articles on any aspect of occult detectives, reviews, and artwork. Length: 3,000-5,500 words for fiction, 3,000-5,000 words for nonfiction. Payment: $0.01/word. Deadline: October 31, 2018.

Fireside. Genre: Poetry. Payment: $100. Deadline: October 31, 2018. Opens to submissions on October 24.

Room MagazineGenre: Feminist 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, 2018.

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