Tuesday, December 28, 2021

86 Calls for Submissions in January 2022 - Paying markets

This January there are more than five 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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The Other Stories (Audio). Genre: Horror on theme of Victorian England. Payment: 15 GBT.  Deadline: January 1, 2022.

AntilangRestrictions: Open to Canadian writers. Genre: Poetry, short/flash fiction, creative non-fiction (including, but not limited to: creative essays, ficto-criticism, flash memoir, photo essays), and hybrid/multi-media such as comics, postcard fiction, and collaborations across media. Payment: $20 CAD. Deadline: January 1, 2022. See theme.

Liquid ImaginationGenre: Modern fantasy, science fiction, slipstream, or literary ficiton and poetry up to 6,000 words. "We want awe and intensity, maybe tinged with the ominous side of life." 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: January 1, 2022. 

Folkloric: Lovecraftian Inspired Tales of Folklore & Horror. Genre: Dark fantasy and horror. Payment: $100-150. Deadline: January 1, 2022. 

Particular PassagesGenre: Poetry, fiction, art on theme: Particular Passages. "The theme is: you just don’t know what’s behind that door until you open it." Payment: Royalties. Deadline: January 1, 2022. Reprints accepted.

The Quiet OnesGenre: Queer-centered horror and dystopian fiction for adults and young adults. Theme: True Love Never Dies. Payment: $25. Deadline: January 1, 2022.

The Best New True Crime StoriesGenre: Nonfiction, true crime accounts on theme of Crimes of the Famous and Infamous. Payment: $130, and 2 print copies of the book. Deadline: January 1, 2022.

Tin HouseRestrictions: Eligible writers must not currently have an agent, and must not have previously published a book (chapbooks okay). Genre: Debut novels (including Graphic novels) Payment: Royalties (?) Deadline: January 3, 2022.

HavokGenre: Flash fiction on Theme of DISCOVERIES & EXTINCTIONS. Payment: $10 via PayPal for each story published in an Anthology. Deadline: January 3, 2022.

Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale MagazineGenre: Fairy tales, and essays on theme of “Weather.” Payment: $100. US dollars only. Essays: $50. Deadline: January 3, 2022.

fine. pressGenre: Full-length collections of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, and visual art collections. "We aim to publish books that experiment, provoke, and engage with humour and heart." Payment: $600 CAD publishing contract, 15% royalties and promotion by fine. press. Deadline: January 4, 2022.

Martian. Genre: Science fiction drabbles (exactly 100 words). Payment: 8 cents/word. Deadline: January 4, 2022.

The Great VoidGenre: Speculative fiction on theme: mythology. Payment: Revenue sharing.  Deadline: January 5, 2022. 

Fahmidan Publishing. Restrictions: Fahmidan & Co. Publishing is a publisher for all POC & Women ardent in battle against subjugation. Genre: Poetry or fiction chapbook. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: January 5, 2022. 

NectarGenre: Fiction, poetry. "We especially encourage BIPOC and QT poets to submit — your work will take priority in our consideration. However, we welcome all work however you identify." Payment: $10. Deadline: January 7, 2022.

Fantasy MagazineGenre: Fantasy short stories, flash fiction, poetry. Payment: 8 cents per word for original short stories and flash fiction. $40 per poem. Deadline: January 7, 2022. Opens to submissions on January 1.

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:  January 7, 2022. Opens to submissions on January 1.

Cossmass Infinities. Restrictions: Open to Black, Asian, Latin, LGBTQ+ and other under-represented authors. Genre: Science fiction and fantasy short stories. Payment: $0.08/word for original fiction. Deadline: January 7, 2022.

Diet Milk: GothicGenre: Gothic fiction, poetry, and art (drawings, paintings, comics, collages). Payment: $0.01/word for fiction (minimum $40); $15/poem; $50/art piece. Deadline: January 8, 2022.

Berkley is a division of Random House. Genre: Full-length romance, women’s fiction, mystery, suspense and thrillers, horror, science fiction, and fantasy. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: January 9, 2022.

Flame Tree Press: Compelling Science FictionGenre: Science fiction short stories, 2000-4000 words. Payment: 8 cents/word, 6 cents/word for reprints. Deadline: January 9, 2022. Reprints accepted.

Flame Tree Press: Christmas Gothic Short StoriesGenre: Gothic horror on theme of Christmas, 2000-4000 words. Payment: 8 cents/word, 6 cents/word for reprints. Deadline: January 9, 2022. Reprints accepted.

Elevator StoriesGenre: Unpublished, original stories of fiction, CNF, memoir, personal essay, or a hybrid of any. 1 piece over 1,000 words, but a max of 2,000 words, or 2 with under 1,000 words each. Audio format. See themes. Payment: $20. Deadline: January 9, 2022.

FacesGenre: Nonfiction, activities for children 9 - 14. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: January 10, 2022. Queries onlySee themes.

MslexiaRestrictions: Open to women. Genre: Fiction poetry, nonfiction. Payment: £25. Deadline: January 10, 2022.

The Creative PandemicRestrictions: Open to those who self-identify as part of the LGBT+ community. Genre: Short Stories (max 2,000 words), Poetry, and Blog-style brain dumps.on theme of Chosen Family. Payment: £10. Deadline: January 10, 2022.

Markaz Review. Genre: Essays, feature articles and reviews of books, film, music, theatre and art, as well as profiles/interviews of artists, filmmakers, musicians and writers (1,000–3,000 words). Theme: Refuge. Payment: "Honorarium." Deadline: January 10, 2022.

SAND is a Berlin publication that "looks for submissions that push the boundaries of form, message, and voice in fresh and unpredictable ways—work that is haunting for its soul, edge, and truth." Genre: Fiction, flash fiction, art, poetry, translations. Payment: Semi-professional rates. Deadline: January 10, 2022. (Or until filled)

Cosmic Horror MonthlyGenre: Cosmic horror, Lovecraftian, Weird, and dark science fiction stories, original and reprints. Art accepted as well. Payment: 3 cents per word for original fiction. 5k words = $150; 1 cent per word for reprints. Deadline: January 14, 2022. Accepts reprints.

The Cellar Door: Forbidden MagicGenre: Horror/dark fantasy stories featuring forbidden or taboo magic. Must include some form of spell casting or alchemy. Payment: $25. Deadline: January 15, 2022.

Adi MagazineGenre: Short stories that examine lives affected by policy and politics. Payment: For full-length stories, 2,500 words or more, payment is $500. For flash fiction, under 1,000 words, payment is $200. Deadline: January 15, 2022. 

CobblestoneGenre: Fiction, poetry and nonfiction articles of historical accuracy and lively, original approaches to the themes for children from ages 9–14. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: January 15, 2022. See themes. Queries only.

Muse MagazineGenre: Nonfiction articles for children on theme. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: January 15, 2022. See themes. Queries only.

Great Weather for MEDIA: Annual Print AnthologyGenres: Poetry, flash fiction, short stories, dramatic monologues, and creative nonfiction. "Our focus is on the fearless, the unpredictable, and experimental but we do not have a set theme for our anthologies." Payment: $10. Deadline: January 15, 2022.

Paper LanternsGenre: Fiction and poetry for young adults. Payment. €50 for poetry or flash fiction and €75 for short stories. If you are under 16, you will receive a book voucher. Deadline: January 15, 2022.

Arc Manor Books: The Reinvented Detective AnthologyGenre: Updated crime fiction. "As we move forward into the age of information, what happens to our ideas of detection and crime? How do you handle it when your smart car blackmails you or you need to murder the downloaded personality of your enemy? What acts to enforce society's norms and catch those violating them in the future?" Payment: $0.08/word. Deadline: January 15, 2022.

Adi Magazine: Political FictionsGenre: Short fiction. "We’re looking for short stories that examine lives impacted by policy and politics. We’re not interested in the drearily righteous; we want stories that unearth new worlds, that plumb interior lives alongside external conflicts, that satirize and fantasize, that disturb, beguile, challenge, surprise, ignite." Payment: For full-length stories, 2,500 words or more, payment is $500. For flash fiction, under 1,000 words, payment is $200. Deadline: January 15, 2022.

ShenandoahGenre: Poetry. Payment: $100 per poem. Deadline: January 15, 2022.

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. DeadlineJanuary 15, 2022.

Muse MagazineGenre: Nonfiction articles for children on theme of Skepticism. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: January 15, 2022.

CobblestoneGenre: Fiction, poetry and nonfiction articles of historical accuracy and lively, original approaches to the themes for children from ages 9–14. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: January 15, 2022. See themes. Queries only.

QuGenre: Prose, poetry, art. Payment: $100 per prose piece, $50 per poem or visual art. Contributors will also receive one copy of magazine. Deadline: January 15, 2022.

Ploughshares: Look2 EssaysGenre: Essays about underappreciated or overlooked writers.  Payment: $45/page, up to $450. Deadline: January 15, 2022.

Room MagazineRestrictions: Room publishes fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and art by folks of marginalized genders, including but not limited to women (cisgender and transgender), transgender men, Two-Spirit and nonbinary people. Theme: Audacity. Genre: Original short stories, poems, creative non-fiction, or art. Payment: $50 (CAD) Deadline: January 15, 2022.

Women Artists DatebookRestrictions: Open to women. Genre: Poems and art. Theme: Peace and Justice. Payment: $200 for art, $70 for poetry. Deadline: January 15, 2022. 

Seaside Gothic. Genre: Seaside gothic fiction, poetry, nonfiction, or a collection of photographs or illustrations. Payment: £0.01 per word. Deadline: January 16, 2022. 

Jaggery is a DesiLit arts and literature journal, connects 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: Art, Essays, Fiction, Poetry, Reviews. Payment: $100 for fiction, $25 for nonfiction/poetry/art/reviews.  Deadline: January 17, 2022.  

Planet Scumm Genre: Hard sci-fi, soft sci-fi, speculative fiction, weird fiction, and slipstream. Payment: $0.04/word. Deadline: January 17, 2022.
Solstice 2022Genre: Winter-themed short literary works. Poems, short stories, literary non-fiction. Think Northern Lights, candles against the darkness, the rolling year, spirits (both in a glass and in the ether), warm hearths. Payment: $25. Deadline: January 20, 2022.

Off Topic Publishing: Wayward and UpwardGenre: Poetry and fiction. “A multimedia project inspired by the electrosymphonic album “Wayward & Upward” by Spinoza Gambit. The music already exists. Your job is to fill in the words.” No simultaneous submissions. Payment: $50 - $100 CAD upon publication. Deadline: January 20, 2022. Or until filled.

Puncher and WattmannGenre: Full-length manuscripts of poetry, fiction, life writing, poetry anthologies and critical non-fiction. Payment: Royalties (?) January 20, 2022.

Flash Fiction OnlineGenre: Speculative (science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, and horror) and literary fiction. Payment: $80. Deadline: January 21, 2022.

MQR Mixtape. Genre: short stories, essays, and poetry, and a variety of other work that isn’t standard fare in most literary journals. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: January 21, 2022.

VoiceworksRestrictions: Open to Australians under the age of 25. Genre: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry. Payment: $100. Deadline: January 23, 2022. Note: Nonfiction pitches due January 9.

The GhastlingGenre: Literary fiction and illustration devoted to psychological horror, folk horror, ghost stories and the macabre. Payment: £15. Deadline: January 23, 2022.

EcotoneRestrictions: From January 20 to 25, 2022, Ecotone will be open to no-fee Submittable submissions from BIPOC writers only. Genre: Prose and poetry. "We are particularly interested in place-based work by people historically underrepresented in literary publishing and in place-based contexts: writers and artists who are Black, Indigenous, people of color, people with disabilities, gender-nonconforming, LGBTQIA+, women, and others. We welcome the work of emerging writers." Payment: "Honorarium." Deadline: January 25, 2022.

TolkaGenre: Non-fiction: personal essay, memoir, reportage, travel writing, auto-fiction, and the writing that falls in between. Payment: €300. Deadline: January 27, 2022.

Blood Rites Horror: Terror in the TrenchGenre: Stories “on the deepest, darkest parts of the ocean. Feel free to interpret this theme as you wish; we’ll consider stories about the unknown, about strange, leviathan creatures." Payment: $10. Deadline: January 28, 2022.

Cricket: Ask MagazineGenre: Nonfiction articles for children 7–10 years old who are curious about science and the world they live in. Theme: Facing Fear. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: January 30, 2022. Pitches only.

Devil's Party Press: Solstice. Genre: Poems, short stories, literary non-fiction. PROSE limit 5,000 words. THEME for all pieces: Think Northern Lights, candles against the darkness, the rolling year, spirits (both in a glass and in the ether), warm hearths. Payment: $25/ 1 short prose piece or up to 3 poems and one print copy of the book. Deadline: January 30, 2022.

MythaxisGenre: Speculative fiction. Payment: $20. Deadline: January 30, 2022.

Off Topic Publishing. Genre: Short stories and poems. "A multimedia project inspired by the electrosymphonic album “Wayward & Upward” by Spinoza Gambit. The music already exists. Your job is to come up with stories and poems that resonate." Payment: $100 CAD. Deadline: January 30, 2022.

Otoroshi JournalGenre: Horrorku, horror tanka, and horror haibun, art. Payment: Poetry, $1. Art, $10.  Deadline: January 31st, 2022.

Egaeus Press will publish a prestige limited edition (as yet unnamed) volume of stories and poems on the theme of BIRDS. Genre: "We are looking for dark, antic, offbeat or uncategorizable pieces, taking on this loose and airy theme from real, re-imagined, imaginary, symbolic, metaphorical and/or mythical directions." Word limit for prose is anything from 1,000 to 12,000, with room for negotiation. No word limit for poetry.  Payment is 75p per 100 words along with two copies of the finished book. Deadline: January 31, 2022.

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. See themes. Payment0.08/word for fiction, $100 for nonfiction, and  $40-300 for art. Deadline: January 31, 2022.

MudroomGenre: Poetry, fiction, essays, and essays in translation. Payment: $15. Deadline: January 31, 2022.

CircumferenceGenre: New translations of poetry, essays, long-form writing, and drama. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: January 31, 2022.

GlassGenre: Poetry. Payment: $10. Deadline: January 31, 2022.

Dragon Soul Press: EverlastGenre: Romance. "Romance can be difficult on its own, even before adding the complications of time travel to the equation. These couples find themselves from separate timelines in history, but cross paths due to unforeseen circumstances." Word Count – 5,000-20,000. Payment:  Royalties. Deadline: January 31, 2022. (Deadline extended)

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: January 31, 2022.

Nonbinary Review: Shared WorldsGenre: Poetry, fiction, essays, and art around the theme of Shared Worlds. Payment: 1 cent per word for prose, and a flat fee of $10 for poetry. Deadline: January 31, 2022.

Summer of Sci-Fi & Fantasy AnthologyGenre: Sci-Fi and Fantasy in the range of 1500-7500 words. Payment: $0.005/word up to 7500 words. Minimum of $15. Reprints paid at full rate. Deadline: January 31, 2022. Accepts reprints.

The RumpusGenre: Fiction and 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: January 31, 2022.

Hydra Publications: Ghosts of the Old GodsGenre: Epic fantasy/sword and sorcery. Length: 6,000 – 10,000 words. Payment: $35. Deadline: January 31, 2022.

A Public SpaceGenre: Fiction, essays, poetry, as well as graphic and hybrid work. Payment: Honorarium. Deadline: January 31, 2022.

Luminescent Machinations: Queer Tales of Monumental InventionGenre: Speculative stories focusing on queerness in the darker side of science-fiction, fantasy and horror: mechs, mecha and cybernetics as both extensions and perversions of humanity. Payment: 8 cents/word. Deadline: January 31st, 2022.

Horror That Represents YouRestrictions: Open to marginalized authors. Genre: Horror, 1000 to 7000 words. Payment: 11 cents/word. Deadline: January 31st, 2022.

Midnight & IndigoRestrictions: Open to black women. Genre: Fiction, personal essays. Payment: $50 for essays, and $50-$75 for fiction. Deadline: January 31st, 2022.

Deep in the Woods AnthologyGenre: Horror and dark fiction. All stories must take place in the woods/forest. Payment: $25. Deadline: January 31st, 2022.

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: January 31, 2022.

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: January 31, 2022. Note: Submit early in January to avoid submission fees.

34 OrchardGenre: Fiction, poetry. "We like dark, intense pieces that speak to a deeper truth. We’re not genre-specific; we just like scary, disturbing, unsettling, and sad." Payment: $50. Deadline: January 31st, 2022.

Sci Phi JournalGenre: Hard sci-fi. See topics. Payment: 3 (Euro) cents per word for original fiction and 1 (Euro) cent per word for translations of fiction into English. Deadline: January 31st, 2022.

Raven Canticle PressGenre: Speculative fiction in the following genres: Fantasy, Horror, Espionage/Thriller, Science Fiction. Up to 80,000 words, minimum of 15,000 words (novellas). Payment: Advance and royalties. Deadline: January 31st, 2022. 

Belmont Story ReviewGenre: Fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Payment: $50 for prose, $25 for poetry. Deadline: January 31st, 2022. 

The Margins. Genre: Original and translated poetry and short prose works by Asian and Asian diasporic writers that center stories, images, and sensations related to the transformative influence of wine. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: January 31st, 2022. 

Rivanna ReviewGenre: Short fiction, essays, book reviews. Payment: $100 per story or essay, $50 per book review. Deadline: January 31, 2022.

Nothing Without Us Too. Restrictions: Open to writers (age 18 and older) across the disability, mental illness, developmental disabilities, neurodiversity, Blind, and d/Deaf spectrums. "We welcome those who manage what are known as “invisible” and “visible” disabilities and/or chronic conditions." Canadian writers prioritized. Genre: Short fiction (no reprints, not even if the story had previously appeared on a website or blog) between 500–3500 words, maximum, Payment: 8 cents/word.  Deadline: January 31, 2022.

And a few more... 

The Other Stories (Audio). Genre: Horror on theme of Metamorphosis. Payment: 15 GBT. Deadline: February 1, 2022.

Please See MeGenre: Poetry, creative nonfiction/essays, fiction/short stories/flash fiction, and digital media (photography, drawings, podcasts, and short films) on theme of Women’s Health. "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: Not specified. Deadline: February 1, 2022.

Last Girls ClubGenre: Feminist horror: short stories and poems - see themes. Payment: Short Story-2,500 words or less. $0.01 USD per word/$25 USD and copy of magazine; Flash Fiction-less than a 1,000 words $0.01 USD per word/$10 USD; Poems-less than 200 words $10 upon acceptance and a PDF of the magazine. Deadline: February 1, 2022.

The Temz ReviewGenres: Prose (fiction and creative non-fiction) up to 10,000 words long. Payment: $20. Deadline: February 1, 2022.

Wishing WellGenre: Poetry, fiction, art on theme: Wishes. "We want stories about wishes granted. Whether they played out the way the wisher wanted is up to you." Payment: Royalties. Deadline: February 1, 2022. Reprints accepted.

Magic PortalsGenre: Poetry, fiction, art on theme: Magic Portals. "We want stories about magic portals that open up to other places, other worlds, other times, or just other." Payment: Royalties. Deadline: February 1, 2022. Reprints accepted.

CatsCastGenre: Speculative stories about cats. Payment: 8 cents/word. Deadline: February 1, 2022.

The CenturyGenre: First-person narratives (under 1,000 words) on theme of Eye. Payment: $100. Deadline: February 1, 2022.

The Southampton ReviewGenre: Poetry, prose, art. Payment: Prose: $100+, Poetry: $75 per poem. Illustration: $100 per page. Art Portfolios: $200 for up to 12 images. Deadline: February 1, 2022. Submit early in the month to avoid fees.

Samhain SorceriesGenre: Sword-and-sorcery stories where Samhain/Halloween is relevant to the plot. Payment: One cent per word, plus one copy of the paperback edition. Deadline: February 1, 2022.

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: February 1, 2022.

Fit For The Gods AnthologyGenre: Greek mythology. "Fit For the Gods will shine new light on these beloved myths, and bring much-needed representation to them. All genres except nonfiction are welcome (additional note: we are unable to accept art or poetry). Please note that this anthology is intended for an adult audience; we will not be considering works written for YA or younger audiences." Payment: $1500. Deadline: February 1, 2022.

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