Thursday, August 27, 2020

63 Calls for Submissions in September 2020 - Paying markets

There are more than five dozen calls for submissions in September. 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!


Bethlehem Writers RoundtableGenre: Poetry and fiction on theme of Migration. Payment: $20 for featured author stories; $10 for stories published on &More page $5 for poems. Deadline: September 1, 2020.

A Multiplicity of StoriesGenre: Speculative fiction: Alternate history, modern day, speculative, far future. Payment: $100 CAD per piece. Deadline: September 1, 2020. Accepts reprints.

Kikwetu. "The Black Lives Matter movement, precipitated by the brutality and deaths of Black Americans at the hands of mostly white American police officers, has ignited a global demand for the end of white supremacy and spurred voices world over in speaking out against the continued subjugation of Black lives wherever they are placed." Genre: Short fiction and nonfiction pieces (3,000 word max) in English or Swahili from Black African writers living on or off the continent. "We seek pieces which celebrate and highlight Black African experiences in whatever form they take--whether at the frontlines of local or international movements against police brutality and treatment of Black bodies, whether watching the global shifts from the sidelines, or dealing with loss and fear in the face of a global health crisis, or falling in love, self-discovery, etc." Payment: $30. Deadline: September 1, 2020.

The Southampton Review. Genre: Prose, poetry, art. Payment: Prose: $100+; Poetry: $75 per poem; Illustration: $100 per page; Art Portfolios: $200 for up to 12 images. Deadline: September 1, 2020.

FecundGenre: Fiction, essays, criticism, screenplay excerpts, fashion writing: up to 10,000 words, poetry, photography. Payment: $50 per contributor. Deadline: September 1, 2020.

SANDGenre: Previously unpublished poems, short fiction, flash fiction, translations, and art. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: September 1, 2020.

Parabola: WellnessGenre: Retellings of traditional stories: 500-1500 words, original essays and translations, poetry, reviews. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: September 1, 2020.

JellyfishRestrictions: "Writers of colour." Genre: Fiction, nonfiction, 1000 words max. Payment: $50. Deadline: September 1, 2020.

Bicycles and BroomsticksGenre: Speculative short fiction that combines themes of witchcraft and bicycling, through a feminist lens. Both witchiness and bicycles must be inherent to accepted stories Payment: A portion of profits after expenses from the Kickstarter project used to fund the book is split between contributors; payments are not less than $30 each. Deadline: September 1, 2020.

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

Anthology about New JerseyGenre: Fiction, nonfiction, personal essays, art and "everything else" about New Jersey. Payment: Varies. Deadline: September 4, 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: September 7, 2020. Opens to submissions on September 1.

HavokGenre: Flash fiction 300 - 1,000 words on theme of Smell. Payment: Pays for anthologies only. Deadline: September 7,  2020. See accepted genres.

Into the VoidGenre: Poetry, fiction. Payment: $10 per poem, flash fiction or visual art piece, and $20 per long-form prose piece. Deadline: September 7,  2020. Submit early in the month to avoid submission fees.

Fantasy MagazineGenre: Fantasy short fiction and poetry. Payment: 8 cents per word for fiction, $40 for poetry. Deadline: September 7, 2020. Opens to submissions on September 1.

GreenPrints. Genre: Personal essays about gardening. Payment: $150.  Deadline: September 8, 2020.

Uncanny MagazineGenre:  Science fiction and fantasy short stories and nonfiction. Payment: 10 cents per word. $100 for nonfiction. Deadline: September 9, 2020.

Longleaf ReviewGenre: Fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry on theme of Harvest.  Payment: $20. Deadline: September 10,  2020.

Editing Mee. Genre: "Stories for a historical fantasy anthology, about characters who work in illegal or unsavoury positions." Payment: $15. Deadline: September 10, 2020.

Contemporary Verse 2Genre: Poetry and critical writing about poetry, including interviews, articles, essays, and reviews. Theme: 2S + QTBIPOC Bodies. What does your queer body mean to you as a writer? Payment: $30 - $150. Deadline: September 15, 2020.

Eerie River: It Calls from the SeaGenre: "Think deep ocean creatures, lore of sea-folk and forgotten cities, ships lost at sea and beach side vacations. Anything that can happen on or near a body of water is acceptable." Payment: Royalties. Deadline: September 15, 2020.

Muse Magazine. Genre: Nonfiction articles for children on theme of Honeybees and Pollinators.   Payment: Not specified. Deadline: September 15, 2020.

The Periodical, ForlornGenre: Fiction, flash fiction, poetry on Theme: Artifacts of the forest.  Payment: $15. Deadline: September 15, 2020.

The National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities (A program of the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at Brandeis University). Restrictions: Open to parents with disabilities to contribute to a quarterly blog on the experiences and needs of parents with disabilities. Genre: Essays or vlogs (video blogs) about the barriers parents with disabilities encounter. Video entries should be about one minute in length and submitted as an MP4 video file. Text entries should be about 1,000 words. Payment: $100 per accepted submission. Deadline: September 15, 2020.

Critical Read "As we all adjust to life indoors, isolated from the world, we grow more aware of what gives our lives meaning. Art remains inseparable from our lives. Art is perhaps even more urgent in this time, as we turn to the people and places most important to us in order to find a sense of normalcy and safety. Critical Read is seeking 300-word personal essays about a particular work of art—be it a work of visual art, performing art, or literature—you are turning to in these uncertain times." Payment: $25. Deadline: September 15, 2020.

Eye to the Telescope 38, Cat PeopleGenre: Speculative poetry. Payment: 3¢/word rounded up to nearest dollar; minimum US $3, maximum $25. Payment is on publication. Deadline: September 15, 2020.

Blue Light SpecialGenre: Folktales set in the modern world. They will each be based on a traditional folk tale but re-imagined to feature LGBTQ people grappling with today’s problems. They will each include a blue light as a surreal or supernatural element. Payment: 1 cent/word. Deadline: September 15, 2020.

CAROUSELRestrictions: They prefer Canadian writers, but will accept international writers as well. Genre: Poetry, fiction, reviews. Payment: Poetry: $20 per poem — Fiction: $50–$80 per story — Experimental Reviews: $20–$50 per review (CAD). Deadline: September 15, 2020.

Bone & Ink PressRestrictions: Black writers only. Genre: Creative non-fiction, poetry, and fiction chapbooks. Payment: Revenue sharing. Deadline: September 15, 2020.

Middle House ReviewGenre: Speculative / fantasy / afrofuturism poetry and fiction by Black Americans. Payment: $25. Deadline: September 17, 2020.

Gutter. Genre: Poetry and prose. Payment: £25. Deadline: September 18, 2020.

Flame Tree Press: Terrifying Ghosts Anthology. Genre: Gothic horror. "Ghastly castles, haunted mansions, shadowy forests and long, dark corridors..." Payment: 8 cents/6 pence for each word for new stories and 6 cents/4 pence for reprints. Deadline: September 20, 2020. Accepts reprints.

Black Sci-Fi AnthologyRestrictions: Open to Black writers. Genre: Speculative fiction.  Payment: 8 cents/6 pence for each word (SFWA qualifying market rate) and 6 cents/4 pence for reprints. Deadline: September 21, 2020. Accepts reprints.

Reckoning 5: Environmental JusticeGenre: Creative writing about environmental justice. Length: Up to 20,000 words for prose; 3-5 poems. Payment: $0.08/word for prose; $30/page for poetry; minimum $25/piece of art. Deadline: September 22, 2020.

The PuritanGenre: Poetry, interviews, fiction, essays. Payment: $100 PER INTERVIEW, $200 PER ESSAY, $100 PER REVIEW, $150 PER WORK OF FICTION, AND $25 PER POEM (OR PAGE, CAPPED AT $80 FOR POEMS RUNNING FOUR PAGES OR MORE). Deadline: September 25, 2020.

Incoming! Genre: Science fiction comics. Pitches only. Payment: £800 (around $1,000). Deadline: September 25, 2020.

Cosmic Roots and Eldritch ShoresGenre: Speculative stories. Payment: 6 cents/word for original work. 2 cents/word for reprints. Deadline: September 28, 2020.

Split Lip MagazineGenre: Fiction (flash and short stories), memoirs, and poetry. with a pop-culture twist. Payment: $50 per author (via PayPal) for our web issues. Payment for print is $5 per page, minimum of $20, plus 2 contributor copies and a 1-year subscription. Deadline: September 30, 2020. Note: Submit early to avoid submission fees.

Krampus Tales: A Killer AnthologyGenre: Horror. "The holidays have lost their cheer. Evergreen boughs hang brown and brittle. Sweets taste bitter. The little ones are restless and will not sleep. There’s something stirring in the dark, but only the bravest writers will explore what horrors stalk across the rooftops." Payment: $75 per piece. Deadline: September 30, 2020.

OrcaGenre: Literary fiction. Payment: $25. Deadline: September 30, 2020. Submit early in the month to avoid submission fee. 

The Writer’s ChronicleGenre: Nonfiction articles on writing. Payment: $18 per 100 words for accepted manuscripts. Deadline: September 30, 2020.

Tamarack: Youth Blog – Collaboration, Neighbourhoods, Community Change, LeadershipRestrictions: Open to young writers (ages 15-30). Preference given to Canadians. Genre: Original blogs, interviews, poems, personal stories, illustrations or photo essays that have a focus on collaboration, neighbourhoods, community change, and leadership. Payment: $60 CDN. Deadline: September 30, 2020.

Remapping Wonderland: Classic Fairytales Retold by People of Color. Genre:  Retellings and rewritings of classic fairytales that FEATURE People of Color or different ethnic or cultural backgrounds (non-white) as the characters and that are WRITTEN by People of Color or different ethnic or cultural backgrounds (non-white). Payment: Revenue sharing.  Deadline: September 30, 2020.

Poetry Archive NOW! WordView 2020Genre: Poetry. Payment: £100. Deadline: September 30, 2020.

Chestnut ReviewGenre: Poetry, flash fiction, short fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, visual media (art/photography). Payment: $100Deadline: September 30, 2020. Submit early in the month to avoid submission fee. 

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Stories about Self-care and Me TimeGenre: True stories. "Taking care of yourself is not just about your physical health but includes your emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing too. Self-care includes that all-important “me time” whether that means exercising or reading or meditating or having lunch with friends. Whatever your psyche needs is your “me time.” We are looking for your stories about how you neglected your self-care and then how you realized its importance and so you now engage in it." Payment: $200. Deadline: September 30, 2020.

Whortleberry Press: Strange Holiday MysteriesGenre: Science fiction, fantasy, and horror. "Writers choose which holiday on which you wish to base your story." Payment: $10. Deadline: September 30, 2020.

Dragon Soul Press: Mistletoes and MayhemGenre: Fiction on theme of Christmas. "Christmas is a magical time of year, but for these characters, this special holiday is turned upside down by chaotic circumstances. Whether it’s troublesome family or magical mayhem, these stories should be Christmas-themed wrapped with mischief." Word Count – 5,000-15,000. Payment:  Royalties.  Deadline: September 30, 2020.

PodcastleGenre: Fantasy podcast. Length: Up to 6,000 words. Payment: $0.06/word for original; $100 for reprints, $20 for flash fiction reprints. Deadline: September 30, 2020.

EventGenre: Fiction, poetry, non-fiction and book  reviews. Payment: $40/page for poetry and $35/page for prose, up to a maximum of $500. Deadline: September 30, 2020.

Nashville ReviewGenre: Fiction, poetry, art, and nonfiction. Payment: $25 per poem & song selection; $100 per selection for all other categories, including featured artwork. Translators receive $25 per poem & $100 for prose selections. Deadline: September 30, 2020.

Quommunicate Publishing: Funny Queer: LGBTQ+ HumorGenre: LGBTQ+ humor -  fiction, nonfiction, poems, jokes, B&W comics. Payment: $5/page. Deadline: September 30, 2020.

Madame Gray's Creep ShowGenre: Horror. "The ultimate creep fest! Compiled and edited by Gerri R. Gray (Graveyard Girls, Blood & Blasphemy), and published by Hellbound Books Publishing, this anthology is looking for well-written, spine-tingling tales of horror infused with black humor (gallows humor)." Payment: $5. Deadline: September 30, 2020.

20/20 Vision: Powers of the MindGenre: Horror. "Your opportunity to regale us with your tales of telekenesis, mind reading, psychic powers gone terribly, terribly wrong, mind control, and any other form horror to do with the twisted human brain..." Payment: $5. Deadline: September 30, 2020.

The Toilet ZoneGenre: Horror. "The theme for this anthology is short horror stories that will make an ideal sit-down read, just long enough for those extended stays at the convenience, and terrifying enough that they really are best read whilst over water...." Payment: $10. Deadline: September 30, 2020.

Crime PaysGenre: Dark fiction. "All things criminal. We are looking for heists gone wrong, kidnaps that end badly, murderous plottings, and all things of a darkly criminal nature. And, whilst we love a horrific or supernatural flavor to our stories, anything goes with this one, as long as it is dark and has an unpleasant sting in its tail!" Payment: $10. Deadline: September 30, 2020.

Water: Selkies, Sirens and Sea MonstersGenre: Stories about shapeshifting selkies, deceptively beautiful sirens, all the monsters of the deep and any other magical water creature you can imagine—water dragons, naiads, kappa, kelpies… "If it’s a magical being associated with water, I want to read about it." Payment: $50 CDN flat fee and a paperback copy of the anthology for stories. $20 CDN flat fee and a paperback copy of the anthology for poems. Deadline: September 30, 2020.

Pitt Poetry SeriesGenre: Books by poets who have previously published full-length collections of poetry. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: September 30, 2020.

Future Science Fiction. Genre: Science fiction stories (no horror, fantasy, fan fiction, or erotica) of up to 10,000 words. "For this call we’re seeking science fiction stories that envision the future of the East Asia region in an optimistic, positive way." Payment: 8 cents per word. Deadline: September 30, 2020.

Fix the World. Genre: Speculative fiction. "For this anthology, we’re looking for stories that depict a (near) future Earth that’s somehow better than this one, Show us a world post-climate change, where we made peace with the planet. Or a world where we moved past racism and into a broader understanding of the connectedness of all the races of humanity. How about one where gender no longer matters? Or where borders are no more." Length: Minimum 5,000, Maximum 15,000 words. Payment: $75-$125 per piece. Deadline: September 30, 2020.

Qwerty. Genre: Fiction, CNF, Poetry, Art. Payment: $10. Deadline: September 30, 2020.

RattleGenre: Poetry. Ekphrastic Challenge. Payment: $100. Deadline: September 30, 2020.

New Writing ScotlandRestrictions: Open to writers resident in Scotland or Scots by birth, upbringing or inclination. Genre: All forms of writing. Payment: £20 per published page. Deadline: September 30, 2020.


The Temz ReviewGenre: Fiction and creative non-fiction up to 10,000 words long. Payment: $20 for prose, $20 per batch of poems. Deadline: October 1, 2020.

Gordon Square Review. Genre: Poetry and prose. Payment: $25 per prose piece and $10 per poem. Deadline: October 1, 2020.

Raconteur Literary Magazine. Genre: Fiction, CNF, poetry, art. 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: Prose $10, poetry $5. Deadline: October 1, 2020.

Kenyon ReviewGenre: Prose, drama, poetry, translations, excerpts. Payment: Not specified.  Deadline: October 1, 2020.

The Evil Cookie Publishing: Bludgeon Tools – Tool Infused Splatterpunk AnthologyGenre: Spatterpunk/horror. Payment: $0.03/word. Deadline: October 1, 2020.

The Last LineGenre: Fiction that ends with the last line provided. Payment: $20-$40. Deadline: October 1, 2020.

Shadows Over AvalonGenre: Cthulhu Mythos stories set in the Arthurian world. Payment: Revenue sharing.  Deadline: October 1, 2020.

Please See Me. Genre: Poetry, creative nonfiction/essays, fiction/short stories/flash fiction, scripts and digital media (photography, drawings, podcasts, and short films). "Patients, students, family members, caregivers, nurses, physicians, healthcare consumers, artists, mental health providers, physical therapists, writers, clergy—all of us will be patients one day and all are welcome to submit work. We are especially looking for content that connects us, make us feel something, or helps us see illness, wellness, health, or the healthcare environment differently." Payment: Unspecified.  Deadline: October 1, 2020.

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