Wednesday, November 28, 2018

47 Calls for Submissions in December 2018 - Paying markets

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There are more than three dozen calls for submissions in December. All of these are paying markets, and none charge submission fees. As always, every genre, style, and form is wanted, from short stories to poetry to essays.

I post calls for submissions on the first day of every month. But as I am collecting them, I post them on my page, Calls for Submissions. You can get a jump on next month's calls for submissions by checking that page periodically throughout the month. (I only post paying markets.)

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Eternal Haunted SummerThe Dark Spirits of WinterGenre: Original poetry and short fiction about the Gods and Goddesses and heroes of the world’s many Pagan traditions. Also reviews, interviews, and essays. "We’re looking for poems about Father Frost, Jack Frost, the Snow Queen, and Old Man Winter. We want short stories about Boreas the Northern Wind, Cailleach Bheur, and Frau Holle. We want essays about Khione, Krampus, and Saturn. Alternatively, send us a piece about the “shadow side” of Deities and spirits associated with the holiday, such as Ganesh (Pancha Ganapati), Mithras, and Sol Invictus (Dies Natalis Sol Invictus)." Payment: $5. Deadline: December 1, 2018.

Galli Books: Rosalind’s Siblings. Genre: Speculative fiction and poetry about "people of marginalized genders/sexes who are scientists: scientists doing good, changing the world, or just getting on with their work of expanding human knowledge in a speculative context, presented in a positive light."  Length: 500-7,500 words. Payment: £0.08/word. Flat rate  of £50 for poetry.  Deadline: December 1, 2018.

Contrary Magazine. Genre: Original commentary, fiction, and poetry. Payment: $20. Deadline: December 1, 2018.

Psycho Holiday. Genre: Short stories and flash fiction. Theme: Horror and dark fiction about demented psychopathic killers with a winter holiday setting. Payment: $10. Deadline: December 1, 2018.

Goal Publications: The Thrill of the HuntGenre: Stories involving the hunt. "Few things in nature are more fundamental than one animal hunting another. Yet in most anthropomorphic fiction, that aspect is ancient history, as far removed as humans being apes living in trees. Those innate mechanisms aren’t so easily forgotten, however. While the topic has been touched on in the past, this book will focus on the predator/prey dynamic, how it interacts with adult stories, and stories should make those elements a focal point. Avoid treating the predator and prey roles as simply being pure analogs to differing social groups—there needs to be a clear biological or psychological difference when those roles come into play." Payment:  $0.0075/word. Deadline: December 1, 2018.

Compelling Science Fiction. Genre: Science fiction. Payment: 6 cents/word. 1 cent/word for reprints. Deadline: December 1, 2018.

The Pedestal MagazineGenre: Poetry. Payment: $40. Deadline: December 2, 2018.

Copper NickelGenres: poetry, fiction, essays, and translation. Payment: $30 per printed page. Deadline: December 15, 2018.

Brothers Uber. Genre: Folk or fairy tales in a science fiction setting. Payment: $50 advance against royalties. Deadline: December 15, 2018.

Cast of Wonders. Genre: YA short fiction podcast. Payment: 6 cents'word. Deadline: December 15, 2018.

Heart and Humanity: Coming Home to Yourself. Genre: Essays, poetry, fiction. "Heart and Humanity wants to share your stories of self-discovery and self-acceptance—what have you struggled about yourself with and what was the turning point for you?  How did self-acceptance change your relationships, your work, your life?  What insights can you share with people to encourage them on their journeys to self-love? We want your stories as essays poems, or even fiction. Share with our readers your personal homecoming." Payment: Not specified. Deadline: December 15, 2018.

Eye to the Telescope. Genre: Speculative poetry. Theme: Crossroads. Payment: US 3¢/word rounded to nearest dollar; minimum US $3, maximum $25. Deadline: December 15, 2018.

Selene QuarterlyGenre: Fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and art. Payment: $0.01-0.03/word for fiction, $35 for nonfiction, $15 for reviews $0.25/line for poetry. Deadline: December 15, 2018.

ArsenikaGenre: All; flash fiction and poetry. Payment$60 USD for fiction and $30 USD for poetry. Deadline: December 15, 2018.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Running for GoodGenre: Nonfiction. "We are looking for true stories or poems of 1,200 words or less, about all aspects of running and stories about running to raise awareness of and funds for a cause. Stories can be funny and quirky, or they can be serious and heartwarming." Payment: $200. Deadline: December 15, 2018.

Dreaming Robot Press: Young Explorer’s Adventure GuideGenre: Science fiction. The main protagonist should be someone a middle-grade reader (aged 8-12) can identify with. “Tell us of adventure, space, science. Give us rockets, robots and alien encounters… Steampunk, time travel, weird west and alternate history are all fine.” Payment: $0.06/word. Deadline: December 15, 2018.

Barrelhouse. Genre: Essays that deal with pop culture. Payment: $50. Deadline: December 16, 2018.

Cosmic Roots and Eldritch ShoresGenre: Speculative stories. Payment: 6 cents/word for original work. 2 cents/word for reprints. Deadline: December 28, 2018.

Sigil House E-ShortsGenre: Short stories, all genres. Length: between 2,000 and 15,000 words. Payment: $10. Deadline: December 30, 2018. Reprints accepted.

Year's Best Hardcore HorrorGenre: Horror. Length: Up to 6,000 words. Payment: 1 cent/word. Deadline: December 30, 2018. Reprints accepted.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Golden Years or Second WindGenre: Nonfiction. "We are looking for stories about the humorous or serious sides of life after 60." Payment: $200. Deadline: December 30, 2018.

AllegoryGenre: Speculative fiction. Payment: $15. Deadline: December 31, 2018. Accepts reprints.

Red Room Press: Year's Best Hardcore HorrorGenre: Horror. Payment: 1 cent a word for reprint rights ($60 max). Deadline: December 31, 2018.

Don't Cry to MamaGenre: Horror short stories. Length: Between 2,500 and 6,000 words. Payment: $25.  Deadline: December 31, 2018.

The Cantabrigian. Genre: Literary fiction, cover art. Payment: Between $20 and $50 per contributor. Deadline: December 31, 2018. Submit early to avoid submission fees.
3288 ReviewRestrictions: Open to current or former residents of West Michigan, or people who have some significant connection to the West Michigan region. Genres: Poetry, fiction, nonfiction. Payment: $25 - $50. Deadline: December 31, 2018.

Pink Triangle RhapsodyThis is an anthology open to gay male writers only. The Pink Triangle Rhapsody series is a non-themed anthology series, with the exception of the required genre and inclusion of one or more of Lycan Valley’s required elements. The series is intended to be a collection of stories written with “effusively rapturous or emotional expression. Each story must include a supernatural, paranormal or occult element (horror may include psychological horror with or without one of the other elements).” Payment: $0.04 per word based on final published word count. Deadline: December 31, 2018.

Workers Write! More Tales from the ClassroomGenre: Stories and poems from educational settings. "We're looking for fiction about teachers, counselors, admins, school librarians, principals, janitors - anyone who works in a school or classroom setting." Length: 500-5,000 words. Payment: $5-50. Deadline: December 31, 2018, or until filled.

FiresideGenre: Short stories. Payment: 12.5 cents per word for accepted stories.  Deadline: December 31, 2018.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Stories about AngelsGenre: Nonfiction. "We are looking for true personal stories about how an angel has touched your life – stories of true wonder and awe from people who have directly encountered or received help from angels. Amazing stories that will make people say “wow” or give our readers chills. Have you experienced something otherworldly or celestial? Or had a personal experience with an angel or divine being? How did your angel manifest himself or herself to you? How did your angel protect or guide you? Do you have a guardian angel?" Payment: $200. Deadline: December 31, 2018.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Stories about MiraclesGenre: Nonfiction. "We are looking for true stories of no more than 1,200 words for this multi-faith book that will awe you with examples of amazing events and unexplained happenings. Share your inspirational stories with us to remind us that each day holds hope and to never give up. A miracle can happen at any time." Payment: $200. Deadline: December 31, 2018.

ZizzleGenre: Flash fiction for children. They want “new perspectives to the nuanced joys and tensions in children’s daily lives and imaginations.” And stories that will speak to children as young as 10 (grade 5), and also to grown-ups. Length: 500-1,200 words. Payment: $100. Deadline: December 31, 2018.

Nothing Without UsGenre: Fiction by and about disabled people. The lead character must be disabled, blind, Deaf, Autistic, neurodiverse, and/or live with mental illness. Canadian writers preferred. Payment: $0.03/word; will try to increase this amount via Kickstarter. Length: 1,000-3,500 words. Deadline: December 31, 2018.

Zombies Need Brains: PortalsGenre: Science fiction or fantasy stories that contain a portal opening up between two different worlds and the consequences that come from that portal. Payment: $0.06/word minimum. Length: Up to 7,500 words. Deadline: December 31, 2018.

Zombies Need Brains: Temporally DeactivatedGenre: Stories where the author explores what the phrase “temporally deactivated” could mean with regards to a person, place, or thing. Payment: $0.06/word minimum. Length: Up to 7,500 words. Deadline: December 31, 2018.

Zombies Need Brains:Alternate PeaceGenre: Alternate history stories where the divergence from our timeline comes from some kind of peaceful change to our past. Payment: $0.06/word minimum. Length: Up to 7,500 words. Deadline: December 31, 2018.

UnderbellyGenre: Horror. "Dark, twisted, and disturbing stories that push the envelope and explore the far reaching limits of the unnerving side of humanity." Length: 1,000 to 7,500 words. Payment: $10. Deadline: December 31, 2018.

Carte Blanche (Canada). Genre: Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, translations. comics, photography. Payment: "Modest" Deadline: December 31, 2018.

Existere (Canada). Genre: Poetry, short plays, short stories, creative nonfiction, postcard/flash fiction, art and literature reviews, critical essays, interviews, sketches, photos. Payment: "Modest" Deadline: December 31, 2018.

Space Opera LibrettiGenre: Speculative fiction. "Dramatic, large-scale stories of the distant future, focused on optimism and inclusion and blowing things up. Weird mashups. Actual arias. Fat ladies singing on funeral pyres. Watery tarts distributing swords optional. Play fast and loose. No holds barred as long as it’s a tasteful treatment written with respect." Payment: "Payment depends on how much we earn with the Kickstarter, but we're aiming for a minimum of 6 cents a word." Deadline: December 31, 2018.

Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy. Genre: Science Fiction and Fantasy short stories published in the calendar year 2017 by a nationally distributed magazine in the US or Canada. Payment: Not specified, but I am including this entry anyhow. The "Best of SFF" series is published by Mariner Books, a division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Deadline: December 31, 2018.

Pink Triangle Rhapsody: Volume 1 – Mixed Genre. Restrictions: Gay male writers only. Genre: Horror, Sci Fi, Dark Fantasy, Thriller, Pulp Mystery. Each story must include a supernatural, paranormal or occult element. Payment: 4 cents/word. Deadline: December 31, 2018.

Unlit Press: Curse the Darkness. Genre: Horror. Payment: £75.  Deadline: December 31, 2018.

Bad Dream Entertainment: Horror/Humor AnthologyGenre: Horror (with humor).  Payment:
$0.06/word. Deadline: December 31, 2018.

Horror Queen Media: Vex Me No More. Genre: Horror. "We want your witch stories! Though they do not necessarily have to be female-centric, they do need to be tales of powerful, unique beings. Remember, this is a horror anthology, so while you can have elements of other genres, we want to be scared." Payment: $0.02/word. Deadline: December 31, 2018. Reprints accepted.

Sundog Theatre: Scenes from Staten Island Ferry 2019 – 2 Alternate Endings. Genre: Drama: Original one-act plays about the Staten Island Ferries. Plays should be 10-30 minutes and set on the Staten Island Ferry, be contemporary, involving 2-3 characters with easily accessible props and no special sound or lighting. Plays should be written with two brief endings, and be different from each other. Payment: $100. Deadline: December 31, 2018.

Split Lip. Genre: Fiction, flash fiction, memoir, poetry, art. Payment: Online, $50. Payment for print is $5 per page, minimum of $20, plus 2 contributor copies and a 1 year subscription. Deadline: December 31, 2018. (Submissions are free during the month of December.)

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