Monday, March 30, 2020

47 Calls for Submissions in April 2020 - Paying markets

There are more than three dozen 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 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!


West BranchGenres: Poetry, fiction, CNF. Payment: $50 per poem, 5 cents per word for prose. Deadline: April 1, 2020.

Hybrid: Future//Tense: GenderGenre: Transfuturistic science-fiction. "Rhe stories will explore the way gender, transition, and trans issues may change over time, from the near future to far, on Earth or other planets, in humans or those from the stars. transfuturistic science-fiction. The stories within will explore the way gender, transition, and trans issues may change over time, from the near future to far, on Earth or other planets, in humans or those from the stars." Payment: 2½¢ per word (maximum $100 per story). Deadline: April 1, 2020.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Listen to Your DreamsGenre: True stories. "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. Deadline: April 3, 2020.

*Space and Time. Genre: Speculative fiction and poetry. Payment: 1 cent/word. Deadline: April 3, 2020.

HavokGenre: Flash fiction 300 - 1,000 words on theme of The MacGuffin. Payment: Pays for anthologies only. Deadline: April 5, 2020. See accepted genres.

Excession PressGenre: Horror, science fiction, weird western, or dark fantasy manuscripts, 30,000 - 60,000 words. Payment: $300 advance and royalties. Deadline: April 5, 2020.

*Flame Tree: Strange Lands Anthology. Genre: Gothic fantasy. "‘Strange Lands Short Stories: Packed with strange and distant places, from underground cities, undiscovered islands, ancient lands, hidden continents, civilisations on the moon and Mars this new book will bring together the tales of Washington Irving, H.G. Wells, Otis Kline, with Homer, Samuel Butler and a generation of modern writers for a thrilling read of speculative fiction." Payment: 8 cents/6 pence for each word for new stories and 6 cents/4 pence for reprints. Deadline: April 5, 2020.

*Voiceworks. Restrictions: Open to residents of Australia under the age of 25. Genre: Nonfiction. Payment: $100. Deadline: April 5, 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: April 7, 2020. Opens to submissions on April 1.

*Grindhouse Books: Worst Laid Plans – An Anthology of Vacation Horror. Genre: Horror about summer vacations gone wrong. Length: 2,000-6,000 words. Payment: $0.01/word. Deadline: April 10, 2020.

*VoiceworksRestrictions: Open to residents of Australia under the age of 25. Genre: Fiction.  Payment: $100. Deadline: April 12, 2020.

The Other Stories (Audio)Genre: Horror on theme of Big Brother. Payment: $5. Deadline: April 13, 2020.

Cricket Media: Faces: New ZealandGenre: Nonfiction articles, fiction, activities for children. Send query only. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: April 13, 2020.

NarrativeGenre: Nonfiction articles, fiction, poetry. Send query only. Payment: $150 to $350 for 500 to 2,000 word manuscripts. $350 to $1,000 for 2,000 to 15,000 word manuscripts. $50 minimum for each accepted poem and audio piece. ($25 for poetry reprints.)  Deadline: April 14, 2020.

Epoch Magazine is edited by faculty at Cornell University. Genres: Poetry in all forms, including the long poem; send up to five poems, fiction, essays, cartoons, screenplays, graphic art, and graphic fiction. Payment: $50 per poem, and $150 per short story, more for longer stories. Deadline: April 15, 2020. Snail mail submissions only.

The RushGenre: Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art. "We're looking for high-energy pieces that reflect the rush of life." Payment: Not specified. Deadline: April 15, 2020.

Translunar Travelers LoungeGenre: Speculative fiction. Payment: $0.03 USD per word with a minimum payment of $20. Deadline: April 15, 2020.

*Ghost Anthology. Genre: Supernatural, Urban Fantasy, Romance, Noir, Crime, or Horror.   Payment: $35. Deadline: April 15, 2020.

*Trench Coat Chronicles. Genre: Murder mysteries. Must include a trench coat! Payment: $10.  Deadline: April 15, 2020.

Rattle: Service WorkersGenre: Poetry. Their Fall 2020 issue will feature a tribute to service workers. "This is a field broadly interpreted, but for our purposes we're defining service workers as those who are employed in direct service to customers, typically for the purposes of convenience or leisure. This may include those in the hotel, lodging, food service, tourism, or customer service industries, as well as many others. Poems may be written on any subject, in any length, but the poet must currently be, or have been, employed as a service worker for a significant period of time (years, not months)." Payment: $50. Deadline: April 15, 2020.

CatapultGenre: Nonfiction: Queer Life. "Pieces in this series feature queer writers examining the experience of what it means to be a queer person in the world today. Often, the essays we publish are a mix of memoir, cultural criticism, and/or reporting, though we welcome new formats as well." Payment: Not specified. Deadline: April 17, 2020.

CatapultGenre: Nonfiction: On Writing. "Pieces in this series feature writers on their favorite topic—writing." Payment: Not specified. Deadline: April 17, 2020.

CatapultGenre: Nonfiction: 15 Minutes. "Pieces in this series are hybrid profile-essays that feature people of interest to the writers and often explore the subjects' relationships to their communities, cultures—even the writers themselves.Payment: Not specified. Deadline: April 17, 2020.

Human/KindGenre: Poetry, prose and art on themes. (See site for themes.) Payment: $5 for each poem, prose, art, video, experimental or hybrid piece and $3 for each micropoem. Deadline: April 21, 2020.

*Falling Star: Twenty. Genre: Short stories on theme of twenty. Payment: $20. Deadline: April 22, 2020.

*Story Seed Vault. Genre: Short tweet-length fiction based on science. (Up to 200 characters). Payment: Short Fiction (<150CH) $3AUD per story. Long Fiction (>150CH/<200CH) $2AUD per story. Deadline: April 24, 2020. Opens on April 10th.

The FiddleheadGenre: Fiction, excerpts from novels, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Payment: $60 CAD per published page, plus two complimentary copies of the issue with your work. Deadline: April 30, 2020.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas Is in the AirGenre: True stories. "We are now collecting stories for our HOLIDAY 2020 book and we are looking for stories about the entire December holiday season, including Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, and New Year’s festivities too." Payment: $200. Deadline: April 30, 2020.

The Massachusetts ReviewGenre: Poetry up to 100 lines. Submit up to six poems. Also fiction and essays. Payment: $50 for work published in a single issue. Deadline: April 30, 2020. Translations, including poetry, are accepted year-round. No fee for mailed submissions.

FIYAHGenre: Speculative fiction, art, and poetry about African Diaspora. Length: Short fiction 2,000 – 7,000 words and novelettes up to 15,000 words. Payment: $150 per story. $50 per poem. $300 per novelette. Deadline: April 30, 2020. (Check this)

JMS Books: LGBTQ Second ChancesGenre: LGBTQ stories about finding love the second time around. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: April 30, 2020.

Pole to Pole Publishing: Twenty Thousand Leagues RememberedGenre: Short stories. "The anthology will contain short stories that pay tribute in some way to Jules Verne’s ‘Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea’. " Payment: $0.02/word. Deadline: April 30, 2020.

Antioch ReviewGenre: Poetry geared to an educated audience. Payment: $20/page. Deadline: April 30, 2020. Snail mail submissions only.

Colorado ReviewGenre: Poetry of any style, fiction and nonfiction. Submit no more than five poems with a maximum of 15 pages. Payment: $10 per page ($30 minimum) for poetry and $200 for short stories and essays. Deadline: April 30, 2020. No submission fee for mailed submissions.

Queer Around & Around the World: LGBTQ+ True Stories AnthologyGenre: Short personal memoirs in prose, poetry and dramatic form up to 3,500 words on the themes of travel, immigration and multiculturalism from a LGBTQ+ perspective. Payment: $5/page. Deadline: April 30, 2020.

Room MagazineGenre: Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and art by women (cisgender and transgender), transgender men, Two-Spirit and nonbinary people. They also accept pitches for book reviews. Payment: CAD50-150. Deadline: April 30, 2020.

Quommunicate Publishing: Queer Around & Around the World AnthologyGenre: Short personal memoirs in prose, poetry and dramatic form up to 3,500 words on the theme of travel from an LGBTQ+ perspective. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: April 30, 2020.

SubterrainGenre: Creative nonfiction, fiction and poetry on theme of Disobedience. Payment: Poetry: $50 per poem; Prose: $.10 per word (to a maximum of $500). Deadline: April 30, 2020. No fee if submitted by mail. Journal is located in Canada.

*Madness Heart: Devouring Earth. Genre: Speculative fiction. "We want your stories of massive monsters causing mayhem, from strange things rising from the ocean to dragons emerging from subway tunnels. We crave destruction on a scale that only the Kaiju can bring." Payment: $5.  Deadline: April 30, 2020.

*Kissing Dynamite. Genre: Poem on theme of Punk. Payment: $10. Deadline: April 30, 2020.

*87 Bedford: Historic Fantasy Anthology. Genre: Literary fantasy short stories between 1000 and 5000 words. Payment: $0.08 per word. Deadline: April 30, 2020.

*Smoking Pen Press: Time Travel. Genre: Sci-Fi, Romance, Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure, etc. Payment: $20 or 2 copies. Deadline: April 30, 2020.

*Unidentified Funny Objects. Genre: Funny science fiction and fantasy. Length: 500-5,000 words. Payment: $0.10/word. Deadline: April 30, 2020.

*Dark Ink Books: The Half That You See – Nightmares, Deliriums, and Illusions. Genre: Literary horror stories that contain major plot elements of nightmares, illusions, hallucinations, delusions, or waking dreams. Length: 1,500-6,500 words. Payment: $0.01/word, up to 7,000 words. Deadline: April 30, 2020.

*Decoded: a SFFH story for every day of Pride month. Genre: Queer science fiction, fantasy, and horror by queer authors. Length: Up to 7,500 words for fiction. Payment: $25-200 for fiction; $75 for comics. Deadline: April 30, 2020.

*Corrugated Sky Publishing: Pixies, Fae and Sprites – A Mythical Rebellion. Genre: Short stories that deal with the theme of rebellious pixies, fae, and sprites. Length: Up to 10,000 words. Payment: $25. Deadline: April 30, 2020.

New Rivers Press. Genre: Book-length literary manuscripts. Payment: Royalties (?) Please inquire. Deadline: April 30, 2020.

And on May 1, 2020...

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: May 1, 2020.

Songs of Eretz Poetry Review. Genre: Poetry and art on theme of Love. Payment: $5. Deadline: May 1, 2020. Opens April 10.

Hybrid Ink. Genre: Transfuturistic science-fiction. "The stories within will explore the way love, relationship, and identity issues may change over time, from the near future to far, on Earth or other planets, in humans or those from the stars." Payment: 2½¢ per word (maximum $100 per story.) Deadline: May 1, 2020.

Bloodbath: VampiresGenre: Horror fiction, poetry and art on theme of Vampires. "Note: For this issue, we will not be accepting work by straight, white, cisgender men." Payment: £30. Deadline: May 1, 2020.

The Evil Cookie: Brewtality – Alcohol Infused Extreme Horror. Genre: Horror. Length: Up to 3,000 words. Payment: $0.03/word. Deadline: May 1, 2020.

Black Beacon Books: Murder and Machinery. Genre: Horror. "Send us your terrifying tales of machinery old or new used as a means of murder or menace. We're looking for suspense, technological horror, even a little sci-fi or steampunk for this one." Length: Short stories between 2,500 and 7,000 words. Payment: 43 pounds for short stories and 12 pounds for reprints. Deadline: Until filled.

Claw & Blossom: Theme: FLAME. Genre: Flash fiction and poetry on theme of flame. The work must contain elements of the natural world. Length: Up to 1,000 words for prose, one poem.  Payment: $25. Deadline: ?

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