Thursday, January 30, 2020

42 Calls for Submissions in February 2020 - Paying markets

There are more than three dozen calls for submissions in February. 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 the following month's calls for submissions toward 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 next month's calls for submissions by checking that page periodically throughout the month. (I only post paying markets.)

Also see Paying Markets for hundreds of paying markets arranged by form and genre.

Happy submitting!


Once Upon a Hallowed Eve: An Anthology of Romantic Ghost StoriesGenre: Romantic ghost stories. "Originally, Samhain marked the beginning of Winter in Gaelic Ireland. It was believed that the Lord of the Underworld walked the earth during Samhain, along with all his cohorts: ghosts, spirits, fairies, and many other creatures. How can you use this pagan holiday in your character’s lives? How can you bring a phantom, ghost, spirit, or some other spiritual entity into your story? Will your tale be about a lover come back from the dead?" Length: 7,000-15,000 words. Payment: $75. Deadline: February 1, 2020.

Small Loves: A Queer Microfiction AnthologyGenre: LGBTQ flash and micro fiction. Payment: 2½¢ per word. Deadline: February 1, 2020. Reprints accepted.

The First LineGenre: Stories that use a first line provided by the journal. (See journal for first lines.) Also 500-800 word critical essays about your favorite first line from a literary work.  Payment:  $25.00 - $50.00 for fiction, $5.00 - $10.00 for poetry, and $25.00 for nonfiction (all U.S. dollars). Deadline: February 1, 2020.

Belmont Story ReviewGenre: Fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Payment: $50 for prose, $25 for poetry. Deadline: February 1, 2020.

Tales from the Moonlit PathGenre: Dark, eerie, speculative stories and poetry. "Horror is not a necessary element, although fiction should contain some aspect of the weak, frail, changeable human condition." Payment: $10 for short stories publishes in quarterly issues only. Deadline: February 1, 2020.

RAYGUN RETRO: A Science Fiction AnthologyGenre: "We're seeking science fiction stories 2000-6000 words in the style of 50s and 60s classic science fiction." Payment: $10. Deadline: February 1, 2020.

World Weaver Press: Multispecies CitiesGenre: Science fiction/solar punk short stories. "We’re looking for stories that acknowledge humans as part of a larger ecosystem, for characters who strive for balance with (rather than dominance over) the creatures surrounding them, for settings that depict an optimistic balance of nature and technology." Payment: $0.03/word. Deadline: February 1, 2020.

HavokGenre: Mystery, scifi, comedy, thriller, and fantasy on theme of The End of the World As We Know It. Length: 300 to 1,000 words. Payment: $10. Deadline: February 2, 2020.

The Other Stories (Audio)Genre: Horror on theme of Parasites. Payment: $5. Deadline: February 3, 2020.

Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale MagazineGenre: Fairy tales, and essays on theme of Angels. Payment: $100. US dollars only. Essays: $50. Deadline: February 3, 2020.

ScumGenre: Feminist-friendly work of any variety, but as a general rule your piece should be under 2000 words (50 lines for poetry, max. 3 poems) and able to be classified as “fiction”, “culture”, “memoir”, “column”, “poetry”, and/or “review”. Payment: $60 AUD. Deadline: February 7, 2020. Opens to submissions on February 1.

RaconteurGenre: Short stories, poetry, art, and CNF. "Raconteur is a literary magazine publishing engaging, interesting, eclectic and witty writing and artwork by international writers and artists, online and in print, 3 times per year. Payment: Fiction & Non-fiction: $10; Poetry: $5. Deadline: February 9th, 2020.

Cricket Media: Faces: Elections Around the WorldGenre: Nonfiction articles, fiction, activities for children. Send query only. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: February 10, 2020.

Luna Station Quarterly. Restrictions: Open to women writers only. Genre: Speculative fiction. Payment: $5. Deadline: February 15, 2020.

The Spectacle. Genre: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry. Payment: $50. Deadline: February 15, 2020.

It Calls From the Forest. Genre: Horror/ Dark Speculative Fiction. "Give me your tales of monsters in the woods, urban legends, a family that mysteriously goes missing, a haunted cabin, a hiker that stumbles upon something unthinkable. Anything that happens in the woods or is from the woods is welcome." Payment: Royalties. Deadline: February 15, 2020, 12AM.

Inverted Fairy Tales & Folklore. Genre: Fairy Tales. "We're looking for folklore, mythology, or fairy tales from other places, and fantasy stories that invoke these, that can have a furry (anthropomorphic animal) twist. Have a story about Baba Yaga? Toss it over here. One about Raw Head and Blood Bones? Sure, would love to see it! We want tales that have been lost to time, but we want you to twist it into being your own story." Payment: $0.04 per word (maximum of $100 for a story) for original stories, or $0.01 per word (maximum of $25 for a story) for a reprint. You will also receive a copy of the finished book. Deadline: February 16, 2020.

The Other Stories (Audio)Genre: Horror on theme of Remote Places. Payment: $5. Deadline: February 17, 2020.

Minding Nature: Ecological Citizenship. Genre: Essays, artwork, poems, and reflections for the citizenship themed 2020 Spring Minding Nature issue. "We encourage a diversity of perspectives that address historical viewpoints, alternative forms of public decision making, critiques of the Citizenship concept itself, and ways we might imagine what an Ecological Citizenship can look like." Payment: Honorarium (not specified). Deadline: February 21, 2020.

Silk & Steel: An Adventure Anthology of Queer Ladies. Genre: Short fiction. "We’re looking for stories of high adventure that feature one weapon-wielding woman and one woman whose strengths lie in softer skills, but who is just as powerful in her own right. You’re free to choose any setting – from historical to modern to wildly futuristic. We're looking for all speculative genres except straight-up erotica or hard-core horror." Payment: 8 cents/word. Deadline: February 22, 2020.

Claw & Blossom: Stripes. Genre: Poetry and prose on theme of Stripes. Payment: $25. Deadline: February 24, 2020.

Every Day FictionGenre: Flash fiction up to 1000 words. Payment: $3. Deadline: February 26, 2020.

The RumpusGenre: Essays. Payment: $300 divided among all contributors (?). Deadline: February 28, 2020.

Ninth LetterGenre: Poetry and essays. Payment: $25 per printed page, with a maximum payment of $150, as well as two complimentary copies of the issue in which the work appears.  Deadline: February 28, 2020.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Listen to Your DreamsGenre: True stories about dreams. "When we are asleep, we dream. Are dreams a connection to the unconscious mind? Are they omens of things to come—both good and bad? Dreams are often the way we tap into our own inner wisdom. Sixth sense, gut feeling, premonitions, instinct. Whatever you call it, sometimes we have no logical reason for knowing something—but still we know it. We want to know about your dreams. What have you learned from your dreams? Did you listen? Did any of your dreams come true? Did a dream strengthen your faith or help you change the direction your life was headed in? Did some miraculous insight serve as a warning about something that was going to happen?" Payment: $200, publication, and 10 author copies. Deadline: February 28, 2020.

HinnomGenre: Weird fiction. Payment: 2 cents/word for fiction. $50 for poems. Deadline: February 28, 2020.

Quommunicate Publishing: Queer Youth: LGBTQ+ True Stories AnthologyQueer Theater series: LGBTQ+ Ten-Minute & One-Act Plays for Students & Adults/General AudiencesGenre: Short scripts on LGBTQ+ themes. Payment: $5/page. Deadline: February 28, 2020.

Blue Mesa ReviewGenre: Fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Payment: $25. Deadline: February 28, 2020.

Strange ConstellationsGenre: Speculative fiction between 3000-7500 words. Payment: $30.  Deadline: February 28, 2020.

The New QuarterlyRestrictions: Open to Canadian writers. Genre: Poetry, fiction, nonfiction.  Payment: $250 for a short story or nonfiction entry, and $40 per poem or postscript story. Deadline: February 28, 2020. Snail mail submissions only.

Metaphorosis Books: Best Vegan SFF of the Year. Genre: Vegan science fiction and fantasy – no meat, no hunting, no horse-riding, no leather. Payment: $.01/word for non-exclusive electronic and print rights. Deadline: February 28, 2020.

The Were-Traveler: Superfreak – Freakpunk Issue 2. Genre: Weird fiction. The setting should be a carnival, theme park, circus or fair/festival. Payment: $10 for flash, $1 for drabbles. Deadline: February 28, 2020.

Southword Literary Journal. Genre: Poetry. Payment: €40 per poem. Deadline: February 28, 2020. 

Triangulation AnthologyGenre: Speculative Fiction on theme of Extinction. "Every day, another species creeps closer to extinction, often brought on by things out of their control. The world changes every time an insect, a rhino, a macaw ceases to exist. These changes are tangible. Tell us about them. Bring us stories of imposing threats, extraordinary creatures brought low, stories of those warriors who fight tooth and nail for their survival. What does extinction mean to you? We like our stories to be profound, relatable, poignant yet familiar. Tell a tale for the ages." Payment: 3¢ per word.  Deadline: February 29, 2020.

JMS Books: LGBTQ Chance MeetingsGenre: LGBTQ stories of serendipitous meetings that lead to happy ever after. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: February 29, 2020.

Stonecrop Review: Sky. Genre: Creative Non-Fiction, Fiction, Reader’s Corner, Artwork, Photography on theme of Sky. "Cities are becoming increasingly rich with animal life: rats, pigeons, sparrows, squirrels, and raccoons, but also peregrines, herons, coyotes, and bobcats. Whether you’ve come face-to-face with an urban animal, or simple seen evidence of its presence, we want to see your artwork and photography and read your stories! We are particularly keen to publish works that explore nature in cities that have not been as widely represented in the urban nature canon." Payment: $20. Deadline: February 29, 2020.

Little Boy Lost: More Tales of Youth Disrupted. Genre: Short stories varied genres. Previous volume (“Little Girl Lost”) included Horror, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Crime Drama. Payment: Contributor copy (print & ebook); cents/word dependent on crowdfunding. Deadline: February 29, 2020.

Midnight Street Anthology #4: Strange Days. Genre: Sci-fi, horror, slipstream, weird fiction. They are looking for stories that reflect the strange times we are living in and that sum up the precariousness of modern existence. Payment: £50. Deadline: February 29, 2020.

Grain Magazine: Queer Issue. Genre: LGBTQ fiction, literary nonfiction, and poetry. Payment: CAD50/page up to CAD250 for writing, up to CAD500 for art. Deadline: February 29, 2020.

Mud Season ReviewGenre: Poetry, Fiction, CNF. Payment: $50. Deadline: February 29, 2020.

FunicularGenre: Poetry, Fiction, Flash  Fiction. Payment: Short story: $10/printed page (up to a maximum of $100); Flash: $25 per piece; Poetry: $25 per piece. Payment for print only. No payment for online publicationDeadline: February 29, 2020.

The Penn Review. Genres: Poetry, Fiction, CNF, Art. Payment: $40. Payment for print only. No payment for online publication. Deadline: February 29, 2020.

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