Monday, March 29, 2021

92 Calls for Submissions in April 2021 - Paying markets

This April there are more than seven dozen calls for submissions. 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 calls for submissions on the first day 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!

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West BranchGenre: Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and translation. Payment: $50 per submission of poetry, and $.05/word for prose with a maximum payment of $100. Deadline: April 1, 2021.

Constelación is a quarterly speculative fiction bilingual magazine, publishing stories in both Spanish and English. Writers can submit their stories in either language. Fifty percent of the stories we publish in every issue will be from authors from the Caribbean, Latin America, and their diaspora. Genre: Speculative fiction. Payment: 8 cents/word. Deadline: April 1, 2021. See themes.

Temz ReviewGenre: Fiction and creative non-fiction up to 10,000 words long. Payment: $20. Deadline: April 1, 2021.

Inklings: Tales From Alternate EarthsGenre: Alternative history. Payment: $50. Deadline: April 1, 2021.

Tales From the Magician’s SkullGenre: Sword-and-sorcery fantasy. Payment: 4 cents per word.  Deadline: April 1, 2021.

Iron Horse Literary ReviewGenre: Poetry, fiction, nonfiction. Payment: $100 per essay or story, and $50 per poem or flash piece. Deadline: April 1, 2021.

Timeless Tales: Arabian NightsGenre: Poetry, fiction on theme of Arabian Nights. Payment: $30 per piece. Deadline: April 1, 2021.

SalamanderGenre: Poetry, fiction, nonfiction. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: April 1, 2021.

Gordon Square ReviewGenre: Poetry, short stories, personal essays, and hybrid prose works. Payment: $25 per prose piece and $10 per poem. Deadline: April 1, 2021.

Zone3 PressRestrictions: Open to BIPOC authors. Genre: Poetry, short stories, personal essays. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: April 1, 2021.

Cosmic Roots and Eldritch ShoresGenre: Speculative stories. Payment: 6 cents/word for original work. 2 cents/word for reprints. Deadline: April 2, 2021.

Playing With RealityGenre: Proposals for pieces of 1200–1500 words that "critically and imaginatively probe the influence of game engines, tools, infrastructure, and logics on immersive nonfiction storytelling projects. We are also interested in how immersive and emerging forms of nonfiction interact with and in turn affect gaming platforms, spaces, narratives, and notions of audiences." Payment: $250. Deadline: April 2, 2021.

Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale MagazineGenre: Fairy tales, and essays on theme of “Healers, Midwives and Cunning Folk.” Payment: $100. US dollars only. Essays: $50. Deadline: April 3, 2021.

Space and TimeGenre: Speculative fiction and poetry. Payment: 1 cent/word. Deadline: April 3, 2021.

HavokGenre: Flash fiction on Theme of Orange. Payment: $10 via PayPal for each story published in an Anthology. Deadline: April 4, 2021.

The Other Stories (Audio). Genre: Horror on theme of Time Travel. Payment: 15 GBT. Deadline: April 5, 2021.

Ninth LetterGenre: Prose and poetry on theme of Distanced. 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: April 5, 2021.

Held. Restrictions: "We prioritize contributors who identify as Black, Indigenous, racialised. People who identify as 2SLGBTQ+. People living with disabilities." Genre: Fiction, nonfiction and experimental writing submissions that are between 1–5 pages and no more than 1,500 words; it must also be only a single story. Theme: Generations. Payment: $50 CAD. Deadline: April 6, 2021.

86 Logic: A Celebration of Artists from the Hospitality IndustryRestrictions: You must have worked in the hospitality industry at some point in your life. Genre: Poetry, prose, fiction, art, comics, photography, and non-fiction/journalism. Payment: $15. Deadline: April 6, 2021.

Arachne PressWelsh writers A470 Bilingual Welsh-English Poetry AnthologyRestrictions: Welsh writers. Genre: Bilingual Welsh-English Poetry. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: April 6, 2021.

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, 2021.  Opens to submissions on April 1.

Fantasy MagazineGenre: Fantasy short stories, flash fiction, poetry. Payment: 8 cents per word for original short stories and flash fiction. $40 per poem. Deadline: April 8, 2021.

Elixir: An LGBT+ SFF Anthology. Genre: LGBT+ speculative fiction. "Give me aliens, pirates, witches, fairies, knights, warlocks, space, another realm, a vast combination so long as the protagonist shows emotional/spiritual growth. Romance not necessary, but accepted with glee." Payment: $300. Deadline: April 9, 2021.

Aesthetic: A Dark Academia AnthologyGenre: Young Adult and New Adult Dark Academia short stories. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: April 10, 2021.

SAND. Genre: Poetry, fiction, flash fiction, art. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: April 10, 2021.

Luna NovellaGenreSpeculative Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy and Dark Fantasy. Length: 20,000 - 40,000 words. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: April 10, 2021.

Luna NovellaRestrictions: Open to All writers who identify as "Other than White". All levels welcome (unpublished, published, solo or agented). GenreSpeculative Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy and Dark Fantasy. Length: 20,000 - 40,000 words. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: April 10, 2021.

VoiceworksRestrictions: Open to Australians under the age of 25. Genre: Fiction and poetry on theme of Pickle. Pitches only. Payment: $100. Deadline: April 11, 2021.

Shoreline of InfinityGenre: Science fiction, fantasy. Payment: £10/1000 words. Deadline: April 13, 2021.

Black Hare Press: DystopiaGenre: Dystopian novellas, 20,000 - 40,000 words. Payment: Royalties.  Deadline: April 14, 2021.

Arachne PressRestrictions: Deaf and hard-of-hearing UK writers. Genre: Fiction and poetry on the theme of ‘movement’. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: April 14, 2021..

Funicular Magazine. Genre: Fiction and poetry. Payment: Short story: $10/printed page (up to a maximum of $100); Flash: $25 per piece; Poetry: $25 per piece. Payment for print publication only. Deadline: April 14, 2021.

Critical ReadGenre: Flash nonfiction. They want essays of around 300 words on a work created by an American artist—be it visual art, performing art, or literature—that you are turning to now. Payment: $25. Deadline: April 14, 2021.

Wyldblood PressGenre: Speculative short stories. Payment: £0.01 per word for print and digital rights, for stories up to 7,500 words with a 180 day exclusivity period. Deadline: April 14, 2021.

NarrativeGenre: Short story, novel excerpt, novella, poem, or literary nonfiction. Payment: Up to $1000. Deadline: April 14, 2021. (Narrative does not charge submission fees during the first two weeks of April.)

Arachne Press. Restrictions: UK resident writers of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic heritage. Genre: Fiction and poetry on the theme of ‘maps and mapping’. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: April 14, 2021.

EpochGenre: Fiction, poetry, essays, cartoons, screenplays, graphic art, and graphic fiction. Payment: $50 per poem, maximum of $150 per story. Deadline: April 15, 2021.

The HerStories ProjectRestrictions: Open to Gen-X women at midlife. Genre: "Our next anthology will be about how midlife women have fared during this pandemic. We want to publish stories of how women's lives have changed — their work lives, their family lives, their marriage and partnerships, their friendships, their relationships with their community." Payment: $50. Deadline: April 15, 2021.

OlitRestrictions: They prefer writers with a connection to Orlando or the greater Central Florida area. Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Hybrid, Artwork, Photography. "Send us all kinds of stuff. We love the artfully weird." Payment: $10. Deadline: April 15, 2021.

Translunar Travelers LoungeGenre: Speculative fiction. Payment: $0.03 per word with a minimum of $20. Deadline: April 15, 2021. Opens March 21, 2021. 

Midnight BreakfastGenre: Fiction and nonfiction. Payment: $50. Deadline: April 15, 2021.

House of Zolo’s Journal of Speculative Literature, Volume 3 – The Climate Change EditionGenre: Speculative poetry, fiction  that examines the future of our planet as it relates to Climate Change.  Payment: $25 per poem, and $50-$75 per story. Deadline: April 15, 2021.

Liquid ImaginationGenre: Fiction and poetry. Payment: $8 for short stories (1001 words up to 6000 words) and poems, and $3 for flash stories (up to 1000 words). A $2 bonus will be added for authors who accept payment via Paypal. Deadline: Mid-April, 2021.

Mad Creek Books: 21st Century Essays seriesGenre: Essays. Payment: Royalties? Deadline: April 15, 2021.

Lethe Press: Blood on Your HandsGenre: Previously published homo-erotic stories about male vampires. Payment: Up to $75. Deadline: April 15, 2021.

OlitRestrictions: Strong preference for Orlando based writers/submissions about Orlando and surrounding areas. Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Hybrid, Artwork, Photography. Send us all kinds of stuff. We love the artfully weird. Payment: $10. Deadline: April 15, 2021.

Acre is an imprint of the Cincinnati Review. Genre: Novels, poetry, and short story collections. Read submission guidelines hereDeadline: April 15, 2021.

Dose of DreadGenre: General horror flash fiction. Preference for dread-inducing stories. Length: 500 - 1,000 words. Payment: $10. Deadline: April 15, 2021.

The Other Stories (Audio). Genre: Horror on theme of Alternative Realities. Payment: 15 GBT. Deadline: April 19, 2021.

Cloaked Press: Summer of SpeculationGenre: Speculative short stories. Payment: $15. Deadline: April 20, 2021.

Flash Fiction OnlineGenre: Speculative (science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, and horror) and literary fiction. Payment: $80. Deadline: April 21, 2021. 

Sick MagazineRestrictions: Open to chronically ill and disabled people. Genre: Fiction, CNF, nonfiction, poetry, art. Payment: 11 pence per word; £45 for visual art and poetry. Deadline: April 23, 2021. 

Tales from the Moonlit PathGenre: Dark, eerie, speculative stories on theme of Demented Mother.  Payment: $10. Deadline: April 23, 2021.

Story Seed VaultGenre: Fiction based on science. Up to 200 characters. Payment: Up to $3AUD per story. Deadline: April 24, 2021.

LemonspoutingGenre: Poetry, fiction, CNF, art. Payment: $10 per poem; $15 per short fiction; $15 per creative non-fiction; $15 art/photography and $20 for cover art. Deadline: April 24, 2021.

ShooterGenre: Fiction, poetry, CNF, art on theme of Escape. Payment: £25 per story and £5 per poem. Deadline: April 25, 2021.

VoiceworksRestrictions: Open to Australians under the age of 25. Genre: Art, comics and comic pitches on theme of Pickle. Pitches only. Payment: $100 - $150. Deadline: April 25, 2021.

Handmade Horror StoriesGenre; Horror stories that incorporate some element of art or craft. Payment: $25.00 CAD. Deadline: April 28, 2021.

Poetry Wales. Genre: Welsh poetry. Payment: £20/page. Deadline: April 28, 2021.

IslandRestrictions: Open to Australian and New Zealand citizens and residents only. Genre: Poetry. Payment: $125. Deadline: April 29, 2021.

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: April 30, 2021.

BrinkGenre: Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry, Translation, as well as hybrid work that falls into the cross-genre category of Evocations. Payment: $25  ||  Poem; $50  ||  Work (less than 1500 words); $50  ||  Art (1-3 Images); $100  ||  Art (4+ Images); $100  ||  Work (more than 1501 words). Deadline: April 30, 2021.

AutostraddleGenre: Stories by trans writers. Payment: $150. Deadline: April 30, 2021.

The Jewish Book of Horror. Genre: Short stories with Jewish themes. Payment: $30 for the first 3,000 words, then a 1/2 cent per word up to 7,500 words + print contributor’s copy. Deadline: April 30, 2021.

Gaslamp Fantasy AnthologyGenre: Gaslamp fantasy. "Generally speaking, this particular realm of fantasy employs either a Victorian or Edwardian setting. The gaslamp fantasy genre is not to be confused with steampunk, which usually has more of a super-science edge and uchronic tone." Payment: .015 cents/word. Deadline: April 30, 2021.

Devil's Party PressGenre: Full-length literary fiction. Payment: Royalties? Deadline: April 30, 2021.

NightlightRestrictions: Open to Black writers. Genre: Horror. 10,000 words max. Audio format. Payment: $75 - $200 depending on length. $50 for reprints. Deadline: April 30, 2021.

The FiddleheadRestrictions: Canadians only. Genre: Fiction, including excerpts from novels, creative nonfiction, art, and poetry. Payment: $60 CAD per published page. Deadline: April 30, 2021.

Colorado ReviewGenre: Poetry of any style. Submit no more than five poems with a maximum of 15 pages. Also fiction and nonfiction. Payment: $10 per page ($30 minimum) for poetry and $200 for short stories and essays. Deadline: April 30, 2021; nonfiction manuscripts are read year-round. No submission 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, 2021. See themes.

Midnight From Beyond the Stars. Genre: Alien horror stories. Payment: 6 cents/word. Deadline: April 30, 2021.

Lazy Adventurer Publishing. Genre: Poetry, non fiction, fiction, illustrated and multi genre/hybrid chapbooks, novellas, and novels. "At LAP, we focus on content from underrepresented groups, with a focus on people of color, women, the LGBTQ community, and disabled people." Payment: 30% royalties. Deadline: April 30, 2021.

Propertius Press: Draw Down the MoonGenre: Short fiction on theme of romantic love. Payment: Revenue sharing. Deadline: April 30, 2021.

khōréōRestrictions: Open to writers who identify as an immigrant or member of a diaspora in the broadest definitions of the terms. "This includes, but is not limited to, first- and second-generation immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, undocumented migrants, persons who identify with one or more diaspora communities, persons who have been displaced or whose heritage has been erased due to colonialism/imperialism, transnational/transracial adoptees, and anyone whose heritage and history includes ‘here and elsewhere’. We especially encourage BIPOC creators who identify as the above to submit their work." Genre: stories, essays, and art: fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and any genre in between or around it, as long as there’s a speculative element. Payment0.08/word for fiction, $100 for nonfiction, and  $40-300 for art. Deadline: April 30, 2021.

Denver Horror Collective: The Jewish Book of Horror. Genre: Horror on Jewish themes. Payment: $30 for the first 3,000 words, then a 1/2 cent per word up to 7,500 words + print contributor’s copy. Deadline: April 30, 2021.

The Book of Bad BettiesGenre: Poetry. "We want to hear about the baddasses, the queens, the upstarts, the legends, the bosses, the matriarchs, the hellraisers, the darlings, the dames."  Payment: £50. Deadline: April 30, 2021.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Counting Your BlessingsGenre: True stories and poems. "Please share your stories about handling challenges in your life, finding the silver linings, and counting your blessings, whether the challenges you are facing are COVID-19 related or other kinds. Stories can be serious or funny, but definitely should be inspirational and heartwarming. Attitude adjustments, finding contentment and gratitude, a new way of handling your daily life, and other great ideas to inspire readers to find their own paths to happiness and to remember to count their blessings every day are what we are looking for." Payment: $200. Deadline: April 30, 2021.

Sutra Press. Genre: Manuscripts 12 - 32 pages. Payment: $200. Deadline: April 30, 2021.

The Threepenny ReviewGenre: Prose and poetry. Payment: $400 per story or article, $200 per poem or Table Talk piece. Deadline: April 30, 2021.

Massachusetts Review. Genre: Fiction, poetry, hybrid, translations. Payment: $100. Deadline: April 30, 2021. Fee for online submissions. No fee for USPS.

Harbor ReviewGenre: Poetry. Payment: $10. Deadline: April 30, 2021.

BrickGenre: 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: April 30, 2021.

Dragon Soul Press: Murder and MayhemGenre: Mystery. "A murder needs to be solved by these main characters as the stakes rise higher. Any branch of investigators can be included, even vigilantes." Word Count – 5,000-15,000. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: April 30, 2021.

Extraordinary Visions: Stories Inspired by Jules VerneGenre: Short stories inspired by the writings of Jules Verne. Payment: 2¢ per word for original stories ($30 flat rate for reprints). $100 for art.  Deadline: April 30, 2021.

Draw Down the MoonGenre: Romantic fiction. Payment: Share of net proceeds. Deadline: April 30, 2021.

Eerie River Publishing: It Calls from the DoorsGenre: Horror on theme of Doorways. May have elements of Dark Fantasy, Dark Fiction and Cosmic horror. But must have the intention to scare the readers. PaymentUp to 3000 words $10.00; Up to 5000 words $15.00; Above 5001 words $20.00. Deadline: April 30, 2021.

Nat. Brut. Genre: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry. Payment: $30. Deadline: April 30, 2021.

From the ShadowsGenre: Horror and crime poetry and fiction. Poetry – 40 lines maximum (including line breaks); Fiction – between 1000 – 3000 words. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: April 30, 2021.

TypehouseGenre: Poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction and visual art. Payment: $10 - $18. Deadline: April 30, 2021.

Uncanny Magazine. Genre: Speculative novellas. Length: 17,500 to 40,000 words. Payment: 10 cents/word. Deadline: April 30, 2021.

Serious as a Heart Attack! Genre: Pulpy/Dark/Gritty clown tales. Payment: Profit sharing. Deadline: April 30, 2021.

Sunlight PressGenre: Poetry. Payment: $25. Deadline: April 30, 2021. (Will re-open in June.)

The Arkansas InternationalGenre: Fiction, poetry, essays, comics, and works in translation.   Payment: $20 a printed page (capped at $250). Deadline: April 30, 2021. Submit early in the month to avoid submission fee. 


The First LineGenres: Fiction, poetry, nonfiction using the first line provided. (See site.)    Payment: $25.00 - $50.00 for fiction, $5.00 - $10.00 for poetry, and $25.00 for nonfiction. Deadline: May 1, 2021.

Sundog Lit. Genre: Poetry, nonfiction, and fiction. Payment: $25. Deadline: May 1, 2021.

The Hungry Ghost ProjectGenre: Fiction and creative non-fiction up to 1000 words on the topics of food, hauntings, memory and consumption, both independently and combined. Payment: £5. Deadline: May 1, 2021.

Mythulu MagazineGenre: Short stories that feature wildly original biomes or bizarre weather.  Payment: $0.06/word or $15/page. Non-fiction pays 0.08/word. Creative works earn 0.04/word, with short stories capped at $75. Deadline: May 1, 2021.

Hidden Timber BooksGenre: Literary fiction or narrative nonfiction in the form of a novel, a memoir, or a collection (short stories, essays, or hybrid). Payment: Royalties. Deadline: May 1, 2021.

MudroomGenre: Poetry, fiction, essays, and essays in translation. Payment: $15. Deadline: May 1, 2021.

BoulevardGenre: Poems up to 200 lines. Send up to five poems. Also fiction and nonfiction.  Payment: $25-250 for poetry, and $100-300 for prose. Deadline: May 1, 2021. No submission fee for mailed submissions.

Cryptids Emerging: Tales of Dark CheerGenre: "Contemporary supernatural or historical fantasy about cryptids living with humans, or just at the edge of our vision, stories of what the world would look like if cryptids were real." Payment: 0.05¢ American per word for stories up to 5,000 words. Deadline: May 1, 2021.

FoglifterGenres: Poetry, prose, cross-genre work. "Foglifter welcomes daring and thoughtful work by queer and trans writers in all forms, and we are especially interested in cross-genre, intersectional, marginal, and transgressive work." Payment: $25. Deadline: May 1, 2021.

Nonbinary ReviewGenre: Poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and flash, up to 3000 words on theme of Industrial Revolution. Payment: For prose, 1¢ US per word, and $10 US per poem. Deadline: May 1, 2021.

Urhi Publishing: The Needle Drops. Genre: Horror: Fiction and poetry. Payment: £15 per poem. £50 - £100 for fiction. Deadline: May 1, 2021.

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