Tuesday, September 29, 2020

50 Calls for Submissions in October 2020 - Paying markets

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


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

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

Raconteur Literary MagazineGenre: 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.

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.

Please See MeGenre: 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.

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.

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

Bright Wall/Dark RoomGenre: Essay. "The theme for our November issue is ‘Farce,’ and we’re looking for thoughtful analysis of movies and TV that deal with the madcap, the zany, and the world’s all-too-real absurdity.” Payment: $100. Deadline: October 3, 2020.

Sans.Press. Genre: Stories about a secret. Payment: €10. Deadline: October 4, 2020.

Zombie Pirate Publishing: Pirates of the EmpyreanGenre: Science fiction, fantasy, speculative fiction, or steampunk stories featuring pirates. Payment: $10. Deadline: October 5, 2020.

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

Tales from the Moonlit PathGenre: Speculative fiction and poetry. Payment: $10. Deadline: October 8, 2020.

Third Point PressGenre: Fiction, flash fiction, poetry. Payment: $10. Deadline: October 9, 2020.

Sage Cigarettes. Genre: Art, poetry on theme of Halloween. Payment: $5 - $10. Deadline: October 9, 2020.

Understorey MagazineRestrictions: Open to Canadian women writers only. Genre: Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, spoken word, and visual art about food work. Payment: $50 - $100.  DeadlineOctober 9, 2020.

Curiosities. Genre: Steampunk, dieselpunk, dreadpunk, bronzepunk, others that haven’t even been invented yet punk Fairy Tales. Payment: 4 cents a word USD for original fiction and a penny a word for reprints, with a minimum of $40 USD for stories less than 1000 words. DeadlineOctober 14, 2020.

Madonna Anthology. Genre: Short prose. "Are you a fan of pop-singer Madonna? We’re seeking original stories about the impact she’s had on individual lives. Submissions should be 1500-3500 words. Feel free to supplement with photos with Madonna, photos dressed like Madonna, or other related materials." Payment: $25. DeadlineOctober 15, 2020. Note: There doesn't appear to be a website.

UnderblongGenre: Poetry, art. "Underblong is a journal of the not-quite-so, of unfinished thoughts, of unresolved anger, of unforgotten macaroni art. Underblong is the coatroom of your secret’s secrets, a boiling pot of kit-kats becoming your favorite soup. Send us a poem that cuts through the crap. Send us your dinner chicken." Payment: $20. DeadlineOctober 15, 2020.

ArcRestrictions: Open to writing by trans, Two-Spirit, gender non-conforming, and non-binary people. Genre: Poetry. Payment: $50. DeadlineOctober 15, 2020.

The Spectacle. Genre: Poetry, fiction, nonfiction. Payment: $50. DeadlineOctober 15, 2020. Submit early in the month to avoid fee.

WordWorksRestrictions: Open to writers in British Columbia or Yukon, Canada. Genre: Nonfiction. Journalism, blogging, history, memoir, podcasts, local and family history, and more. Payment: Twenty-five cents a word for articles ($50 for reprints). Deadline: October 15, 2020.

Muse MagazineGenre: Nonfiction articles for children on theme of The Ears Have It.  Payment: Not specified. Deadline: October 15, 2020.

Griffith Review: Animal, Vegetable, Mineral, MoreGenre: Essays and creative non-fiction, reportage, fiction, poetry, memoir and picture stories. "What is our relationship with resources, both tangible and intangible, physical and personal? The animal, vegetable, mineral of what we grow, eat, mine, burn, transform and manufacture: all place increasing stress on the world’s ecosystems. With a planetary population of more than 7.8 billion, our resources have never had to do more work, both economically and existentially. How might the shock of a pandemic interrupt all these demands? How might it reframe broader ideas of resourcefulness, of how to live well?" Payment: Negotiated. Deadline: October 15, 2020.

Wizards in SpaceGenre: Short stories, poetry and art. "For Wizards in Space’s sixth issue, we’re seeking words & art that explore what it means to forage, to gather, to fight tooth and nail for survival." Payment: $40. Deadline: October 15, 2020. Accepts some reprints.

War Monkey. Genre: Horror. "We are seeking short story submissions (1000-7500 words) for this anthology. The stories must be based upon a regional/cultural legend or tall-tale from any location or culture in the World. “Regional” can be a specific place (Loch Ness) or a larger region (Bigfoot in the Pacific Northwest)." Payment: $10. Deadline: October 15, 2020.

Ex/Post Magazine. Genre: Poetry, prose, drama, art, essays. Payment: Honorarium. Deadline: October 15, 2020.

RattleGenre: Poetry. Theme: Tribute to Neurodiversity. Payment: $200. Deadline: October 16, 2020.

Shooter Lit. Genre: Short fiction, non-fiction and poetry on theme of Animals. Payment: £25 per story and £5 per poem. Deadline: October 18, 2020.

The Great Void. Genre: Speculative fiction. Length: 1000 - 4000 words. Payment: 30% of profits shared equally among contributors. See themes. Deadline: October 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: October 21, 2020.

Story Seed VaultGenre: Microfiction tweets based on science. Payment: Short Fiction (<150CH) $3AUD per story; Long Fiction (>150CH/<200CH) $2AUD per story. Deadline: October 24, 2020. Opens on the 10th.

Scare Street: Night Terrors. Genre: Stories with a focus on ghosts, the supernatural, paranormal, monsters, and dark tales. Payment: $10 per 1,000 words ($0.01/word). Deadline: October 26, 2020. 

Corners of the WorldGenre: Stories. Theme: Mezo-American/Latinx [sic] Authors and Stories. "This year we are looking for Latinx and Mezo-American [sic] authors to submit stories that pertain to the legends, folklore, culture, and fears that exist within and surround the cultures of Central and South America, as well as those that have emigrated to North America bringing their stories with them." Payment: $5. Deadline: October 30, 2020.

Quommunicate Publishing: Queer Faith: LGBTQ+ True Stories AnthologyGenre: LGBTQ+ humor -  fiction, nonfiction, poems, jokes, B&W comics. Payment: $5/page. Deadline: October 31, 2020.

Horroraddicts.net: Haunts and HellionsGenre: Horror fiction on Gothic Romance. "Gothic Romances of old featured a female protagonist dealing with a terrifying ordeal while struggling to be with her true love. Set against dark backgrounds of medieval ruins or haunted castles, the love interest was either a brooding handsome gentleman or a supernatural monster disguised as a gentleman." Payment: $10. Deadline: October 31, 2020.

Room MagazineGenre: Feminist fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, art, interviews, and book reviews. Payment: $50 CAD for one page, $60 for two pages, $90 for three pages, $120 for four pages, $150 for five or more pages. Deadline: October 31, 2020.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough TimesGenre: True stories and poems. "Tough times won’t last but tough people will. We are looking for stories about how you have been affected and how you and your loved ones are handling the changes in your life. We’re looking for the ups and downs, so share the tough times but also the silver linings, the unexpected blessings, and resilience and gratitude that you have discovered in yourself and the people close to you." Payment: $200. Deadline: October 31, 2020.

Consequence Magazine: The Culture of WarGenre: Short fiction, poetry, nonfiction, interviews, reviews, and visual art mainly focused on the culture of war. Payment: $10/page for prose (up to $250), $25/page for poetry, $15/page for translations (up to $250). Deadline: October 31, 2020.

The RumpusGenre: Essays. "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: October 31, 2020.

BrickGenre: Literary nonfiction. Payment: $55–660, depending on the length of accepted work, plus two copies of the issue the work appears in and a one-year subscription to the magazine.  Deadline: October 31, 2020.

ArsenikaGenre: Speculative flash fiction and poetry. Payment: $30 for poems and $60 for fiction. They also publish in audio format. Deadline: October 31, 2020. Accepts reprints.

Horroraddicts.net: Haunts and Hellions, a Gothic Romance AnthologyGenre: Gothic horror and romance. Payment: $10. Deadline: October 31, 2020.

RattleGenre: Poetry. Ekphrastic Challenge. Payment: $100. Deadline: October 31, 2020.

Kissing Dynamite. Genre: Poetry microchap manuscripts. Payment: $50. Deadline: October 31, 2020.

WordFire Press: Unmasked. Genre: Short stories of unmasking, to include a mix of science fiction, fantasy, horror, alien, magical, witchcraft, AI, and romance elements. Payment: 6 cents/word.  Deadline: October 31, 2020.

FurPlanet Productions: Reclamation Project – Year Two. Genre: Furry future fantasy stories between 3,000-15,000 words. Payment: Half a cent per word. Deadline: October 31, 2020. Accepts some reprints.

Lonely Cryptid MediaGenre: Poetry and prose on theme Resist with Every Inch and Every Breath.  Payment: $25 for unpublished writing, $15 for reprints. Deadline: October 31, 2020 for marginalized authors, December 31 for everyone else.

Harbor Review. Genre: Poetry. Payment: $10. Deadline: October 31, 2020.

And more ...

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: November 1, 2020.

The Periodical, ForlornGenre: Fiction, flash fiction, poetry on Theme: Haunted holidays. Payment: $15. Deadline: November 1, 2020.

FoglifterGenre: LGBTQ fiction, poetry, cross genre work. Payment: $25. Deadline: November 1, 2020.

Sliced Up Press: Slashertorte – An Anthology of Cake HorrorGenre: Horror. "Delicious as cake might be, we want you to bring out the darker side of baked goods and give us something scary, disturbing or just plain wrong." Payment: 1 cent/word. Deadline: November 1, 2020.

ConstelaciĆ³n MagazineGenre: Bilingual speculative fiction (Spanish/English). Theme: The Bonds That Unite Us / Los lazos que nos unen. Payment: 8 cents/word. Deadline: November 1, 2020.

BoucherconGenre: Short stories on theme of  second chances, redemption, second try, play it again. Payment: $75. Deadline: November 1, 2020.

Thema: The Other VirginiaGenre: Fiction, poetry, and art on theme: The Other Virginia.  Payment: $10-$25 for short fiction and artwork, $10 for poetry. Deadline: November 1, 2020. Accepts reprints.

Off Limits Press: Far From Home. Genre: Adventure horror. Payment: 1 cent/word.  Deadline:  November 1, 2020.

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