Monday, June 29, 2020

57 Calls for Submissions in July 2020 - Paying markets

There are more than four dozen calls for submissions in July. 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!


Thema: The Tiny Red SuitcaseGenre: Fiction, poetry, and art on theme: The Tiny Red Suitcase.   Payment: $10-$25 for short fiction and artwork, $10 for poetry. Deadline: July 1, 2020. Accepts reprints.

MeetinghouseNote: This is a new journal put out by Dartmouth College. Genre: Fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry. Payment: $100 minimum for prose, and $20/page for stories over 5 pages.  Up to 7,500 words per submission; up to 3 pieces of prose and up to 3 poems. Deadline: July 1, 2020.

JaggeryRestrictions: South Asian diasporic writers and homeland writers. "We also welcome non-South Asians with a deep and thoughtful connection to South Asian countries, who bring their own intersecting perspectives to the conversation. (By South Asia we mean Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, The Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.)" Genre: Fiction, nonfiction, art, reviews. Payment: $100 for fiction, $25 for nonfiction/poetry/art/reviews. Deadline: July 1, 2020.

Writer Shed Press: Love and SacrificeGenre: Short stories on theme of Love and Sacrifice.  Payment: $20. Deadline: July 1, 2020.

Binge Watching CureGenre: Science fiction short stories. Payment: $100. Deadline: July 1, 2020.

Hawk and Cleaver: The Other StoriesGenre: Horror short stories. Theme: Ghost Ships. Payment: $5. Deadline: July 1, 2020.

Tell-Tale PressGenre: Fantasy, horror, mystery/crime, and/or science fiction short stories. Payment: $5 for 500 to 1000 words; $10 for 1000 to 3000 words; $25 for 3000 to 5000 words. Deadline: July 1, 2020.

The Were-Traveler: People of Color Destroy LovecraftGenre: Horror. They want stories with "POC characters that turn Lovecraft's racism and monsters on his/their heads." Payment: $10 for shorts, $5 for microfiction. Reprints acceptedDeadline: July 1, 2020.

carte blancheGenre: Poetry, Translations, Photography, and Comics. Theme: Anxiety. Payment: Modest honorarium. Deadline: July 1, 2020.

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

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

Burial Day Books: Gothic Blue Book Vol 6 – A Krampus CarolGenre: Short fiction and poetry. "Original Gothic Blue Books typically took place in either a monastery, convent or castle. In years past we have asked for short stories that take place in one of these locations, or a modern day location such as a morgue, haunted house or cemetery. This year, we have added a new theme – Krampus, Christmas, and ghosts / lore from the globe revolving around a major celebration." Payment: $50. Deadline: July 5, 2020.

Suburban Review. Genre: Poetry, fiction, CNF, art on theme of echo. Payment: $75 - $150.  Deadline: July 6, 2020.

Space and Time. Genre: Speculative fiction and poetry: science fiction, fantasy, horror, steampunk, magical realism. Payment: 1 cent/word. Deadline: July 6, 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: July 7, 2020. Opens to submissions on July 1.

Owl Hollow Press. Genre: Fiction on theme of Viruses. "Viruses are not new to life or literature. But the ways we experience them are always evolving. Join us as we explore love and loss, passion and betrayal, fear and panic, togetherness and separation, community and isolation within viruses of all varieties—real and imagined." Payment: $50. Deadline: July 10, 2020.

Interstellar Light Press: 2020 Alternate Endings. Genre: Flash fiction stories from BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) writers who re-envision the future. "What were you imagining for 2020 when it began? What’s on your apocalypse bingo card for next month? Does it feel like tempting fate too much to ask if our current reality can get any worse OR any better? We invite you to fast forward and tell us how any or all of 2020’s chaotic plot lines resolve, get tangled, tied off, or cut. Write us some Alternate Endings to tell around the fire until we get there. " 1000 words max. Payment: $80. Deadline: July 10, 2020.

Bronzeville Books:Happy HellidaysGenre: Horror. “Give us some twisted, unexpected holiday stories. Don’t limit yourself to Christmas — we’re looking for all kinds of special occasions gone awry.” Payment: 8 cents/word. Deadline: July 11, 2020.

Twisted Anatomy. Genre: Body horror. "Body horror or biological horror is a subgenre of horror that intentionally showcases graphic or psychologically disturbing violations of the human body. These violations may manifest through aberrant sex, mutations, mutilation, zombification, gratuitous violence, disease, or unnatural movements of the body." Payment: Token Deadline: July 11, 2020.

midnight & indigo. Restrictions: Open to Black women writers. Genre: Horror and speculative fiction. Payment: $50 - $75. Deadline: July 12, 2020.

Hawk and Cleaver: The Other StoriesGenre: Horror short stories. Theme: Immortality. Payment: $5. Deadline: July 14, 2020.

CRICKET: Takes of the Sea (ages 9–14) Genre: Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for the theme of tales of the sea. Payment: Stories and articles: up to 25¢ per word. Deadline: July 15, 2020.

The Bare Life Review: The Climate IssueRestrictions: Open to immigrant and refugee authors, including foreign-born authors living in the US, and writers living abroad who currently hold refugee and/or asylum-seeker status. Also, for this issue, anyone who has been displaced by climate change. Genre: Poetry, fiction, nonfiction. Payment: $100 - $300. $750 for accepted full-length prose pieces. Deadline: July 15, 2020.

Liquid Imagination: Silver Pen. Genre: Speculative fiction, poetry. Payment: $3 - $8. Deadline: July 15, 2020.

AugurGenre: Speculative fiction, poetry for “A Multiplicity of Futures.” "We are especially looking for the following genres and themes: Afrofuturism, soft scifi, scifi-fabulism, scifi-fantasy, Indigenous futurity, hopepunk, dystopia, utopia, post-apoc, solarpunk, scifi-realism, Canadian scifi, ecofiction, & “hopeful futures." We are hoping to position stories and poetry that centre on trauma, systemic oppression and harm alongside pieces that examine hope, better futures, and quiet bildungsromans. We are also interested in pieces that tackle both sides of this coin." Payment: $60 (CAD) per poem, $0.11 cents (CAD) per word for short fiction (1000+ words), and a flat fee of $110.00 per flash fiction piece (1000 words and under). Deadline: July 15, 2020.

Dreamforge Magazine: Hope of the Big Idea. Genre: Science fiction and fantasy. "We’d like to see stories that call upon powerful new visions of how life could be shaped for the better either through technological or social change, or both." Payment: $0.04-0.08/word for fiction; $25-100 for poems and micro-stories. Deadline: July 15, 2020.

The OffingGenre: Fiction, essays, micro fiction (tweet-length), art, lists, writing on science and the natural world. Payment: $25–$100Deadline: July 17, 2020.

Minding Nature. Genre: Essays, art, and poetry on theme of "Growing systems of care for a more just and resilient future?" Payment: Honorarium. Deadline: July 17, 2020.

ArabLit QuarterlyGenre: Fiction, poetry, and nonfiction translated from Arabic on theme of Cats. Payment: $15/page. Deadline: Pitches for this issue should be in by July 20. Drafts of completed works should be in by August 2020.

A Public Space. Genre: Fiction or nonfiction about inheritance or legacy, broadly considers memory, or incorporates archival history. Payment: Honorarium. Deadline: July 20, 2020.

Book XI: Body/Embodiment. Genre: Prose and poetry. They want "philosophically informed creative work (though our understanding of “philosophically informed” is capacious)." Payment:  $200 for each piece (or $50 for each poem). Deadline: July 20, 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: July 21, 2020.

Ruminate. Genre: Fiction, poetry. Payment: $20 per page. Deadline: July 22, 2020.

Non-Fiction: Open City Documentary Festival. Genre: Nonfiction on theme of Network. Payment: £150. Deadline: July 24, 2020.

Antimony and Elder Lace Press: OmensGenre: Fiction on theme of Omens. Word Count: 1,000-7,500 words. “The idea of seeing the future or having warnings of what is to come is an idea that spans nearly every culture. Whether the omens are good or bad, there is the potential to affect us all. To be considered, your story must deal with the idea of omens in some fashion.” Payment: $0.01 per word and a percentage of royalties. Payment made upon publication. Deadline: July 25, 2020.

Electric Lit "The Commuter." Genre: Poetry, flash, graphic, and experimental narratives. Payment: $100. Deadline: July 27, 2020. Opens July 20.

Paper Angel Press: Heartwreck – Romantic Disasters at SeaGenre: Personal essays and memoir/creative nonfiction pieces. "Maybe a relationship fell apart and you got stuck with a boat you didn’t think you wanted. Maybe, after five days at sea with a partner and five months to go, you realized you can’t possibly live with that person on a small boat. Whatever the disaster, if it happened on or around boats, we want to read about it.” Payment: $0.02/word. Deadline: July 30, 2020.

The RumpusGenre: Essays, Fiction, Poetry. "We strive to be a platform for marginalized voices and writing that might not find a home elsewhere, and to lift up new voices alongside those of more established writers we love. We work to shine a light on stories that build bridges, tear down walls, and speak truth to power." Payment: $300 divided among all contributors. Deadline: July 31, 2020.

Red Cape Publishing: F is for FearGenre: Horror. Payment: £10. Deadline: July 31, 2020.

Timeworn Literary JournalGenre: Historical fiction stories in English under 5,000 words. They should be set before 1996, rooted in history and voice-driven. "We're looking for "Historical Fiction from the fringe." Work with a bend toward the surreal, the dream-like, the strange. The offbeat kind of story that settles into your heart long after reading. That said, we also value beauty and warmth and a generally well-written story with soul. Romance, Mystery, Crime and the Gothic are all acceptable. Speculative elements strongly encouraged." Payment: $25. Deadline: July 31, 2020.

NGY ReviewGenre: Story on theme. Poetry on any theme. See site for themes. Payment: Token. (Payment in Japanese yen.) Deadline: July 31, 2020. Reprints accepted.

ExistereGenre: Poetry, prose, postcards, art. Payment: Small honorarium. Deadline: July 31, 2020.

Arc Poetry MagazineGenre: Poetry. Payment: $50 per page. Deadline: July 31, 2020. Arc does not accept general submissions from January 1 to March 31 and from August 1 to August 31.

Dragon Soul Press: All Dark PlacesGenre: Speculative fiction. "In a world where so many dark things go bump in the night, terror awaits around every corner as these authors take horror stories to the next level." Word Count – 5,000-15,000. Payment:  Royalties. Deadline: July 31, 2020.

Dragon Soul Press: Fairytale DragonsGenre: Speculative fiction. "A new twist on fairytales with a fresh element: dragons. Each fairytale has been reimagined with these beasts based on the author’s preference. Wise dragons, evil dragons, elemental dragons, oh my! These classic characters will never see this coming." Word Count – 5,000-15,000. Payment:  Royalties. Deadline: July 31, 2020.

VQRGenre: Poetry, short fiction, personal essays, literary criticism, reporting. Payment: For poetry, $200 per poem, up to 4 poems; for a suite of 5 or more poems, $1,000. For short fiction, $1,000 and above.  For other prose, such as personal essays and literary criticism, $1,000 and above, at approximately 25 cents per word, depending on length. Note: Genre fiction is not accepted.  Deadline: July 31, 2020. Opens July 1.

The McNeese Review: BoudinGenre: Fiction, poetry, CNF on topic of Football. Payment: $50.   Deadline: July 31, 2020.

Feral Cat. Genre: Fiction and poetry. Theme: "We’re looking for original fiction short stories and poetry in support of an election year theme “Dear Leader Tales” (DLT) anthology. We want stories of a humorous or satirical bent which illustrate or lampoon an emperor’s hubris (and lack of clothing). In that spirit, we don’t want any real life current or past Dear Leaders named directly, but their known foibles are fair game." Payment: $0.03/word ; $25 for poetry. Deadline: July 31, 2020.

MojoGenre: Fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Payment: $15. Deadline: July 31, 2020.

ChannelGenre: Fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. "We publish new, previously unpublished work that engages with the natural world. We have a particular interest in work which encourages reflection on human interaction with plant and animal life, landscape and the self." Payment: €15 per poem and €15 per page of prose up to a total maximum fee of €60. Deadline: July 31, 2020.

TypehouseGenre: Fiction, poetry, art, and nonfiction. Payment: $10 - $18. Deadline: July 31, 2020.

Stonecrop Review. Genre: Creative Non-Fiction, Fiction, Reader’s Corner, Artwork, Photography on theme of Fauna. "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: July 31, 2020.

Eerie River. Genre: Dark Fantasy novellas and novels.  Payment: Royalties. Deadline: July 31, 2020.

Understorey Magazine. Genre: Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, spoken word, and visual art about women, gender, and technology. "We feature writers who identify as female or non-binary and who also have a strong connection to Canada." Payment: $50-$100 (CAD) Deadline: July 31, 2020.

Nimrod Restrictions: Open to Black writers. "In solidarity and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, we are currently offering free general/thematic submissions for Black authors." Genre: Poetry on theme of Endings and Beginnings. Payment: $10/page, with a maximum payment of $200. Deadline: July 31, 2020.

Bright Wall/Dark Room. Genre: Critical essays between 2000 - 4000 words on Billy Wilder. Payment: $100 – $300 per essay. Deadline: July 31, 2020.

Third Flatiron: Brain Games: Stories to AstonishGenre: SF, urban fantasy on theme of: Brain Games. Payment: 8 cents per word. Deadline: July 31, 2020.

And a few more for luck...

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: August 1, 2020.

Cemetery Gates Media: Personal Local Lore/Oddities AnthologyGenre: Horror. The theme is: local lore or location-based oddities. "Write something dark into a setting you’ve experienced — it could be a place you’ve lived, or even just somewhere you’ve visited on a vacation." Payment: 5 cents/word.  Deadline: August 1, 2020.

Rogue BladesGenre: Heroic adventure. Theme: No Ordinary Mortals. Payment: $30. Deadline: August 1, 2020.

Hawk and Cleaver: The Other StoriesGenre: Horror short stories. Theme: Underwater. Payment: $5. Deadline: August 1, 2020.

Eerie River: With Blood and AshGenre: Dark Fantasy. "Earth, wind, fire, water and spirit. Dark versus light. We are giving a lot of leeway for story building, but magic must play a part in your world and there must be a dark fantasy element. Create a fantasy world for this to all play out in, or build something in ours. The choice is yours. The only requirement is that you must feature elemental magic." Payment: Royalties. Deadline: August 1, 2020.

Violent Vixens: An Homage to Grindhouse Horror. Genre: Speculative fiction. "Our second fiction anthology, Violent Vixens, will focus on Grindhouse horror films, made famous by movies such as Night of the Living Dead, Death Proof, and Suspiria." Payment: $50. Deadline: August 1, 2020.

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