Friday, February 25, 2022

14 Speculative Fiction Magazines Open for Submissions NOW - Paying markets

Updated 10/28/23

More than a dozen speculative fiction magazines are open for submissions right now. They want every subgenre of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, and all combinations, including weird fiction, slipstream, magical realism, and more.

All of these are paying markets, and none charge submission fees. Some of these are new magazines, so they will be eager to see your work.

For over a hundred paying speculative fiction magazines accepting submissions see: Mega-List of Speculative Fiction Magazines Accepting Submissions

Happy submitting!

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Seize the Press

"Seize The Press Magazine is looking to publish dark, transgressive speculative fiction. Bleak sci-fi, dark fantasy and horror only. We’re looking for stories that aren’t didactic or moralistic. We want stories where everything isn’t wrapped up neatly at the end. We want to promote a diverse range of voices from authors who write messy characters, so give us your problematic queers and your angry women—we want your difficult and morally questionable characters in unpleasant situations who don’t slide neatly into a narrow definition of positive representation and don’t fit the model minority mould." Length: 2000 words max. Payment: 6 pence (GBP) per word. This currently equates to slightly over 8 cents (USD).


"GigaNotoSaurus accepts Science Fiction or Fantasy (or any combination thereof) from 5,000 to 25,000. We could wax eloquent describing the kinds of stories we like, but it wouldn’t be useful; there are dozens of things we don’t know we like until we try them. Send us that story you really believe in–the one, maybe, that quickly ran out of places to submit it to because it’s so long. Don’t query to gauge our interest in a particular subgenre. Just submit the story." Payment: $100. 

"Three Crows want your stories of dark and weird fantasy, horror, and sci-fi, with complex characters making morally ambiguous decisions. We are looking for sci-fi as hard as Liu Cixin and Peter Watts and as wonderfully poetic as Arkady Martine; fantasy and magical realism in the vein of Andrzej Sapkowski, Naomi Novik, and Marlon James; we want horror and New Weird stories that would challenge our preconceived notions and perception of reality like Mark Z. Danielewski, Thomas Ligotti, and China Mieville." Accepts fiction, nonfiction and art. Payment: 0.01$/word (USD) via paypal for fiction. 0.01$/word up to $50 per piece for nonfiction. $50 flat fee for artCurrently open for nonfiction and art.

Factor Four Magazine

"We publish flash fiction in the genres of speculative fiction, specifically science fiction, fantasy, supernatural, super hero, or any combination of these. We are looking for stories that are engaging to our readers in such a short word count." Length: 1000 words max. Payment: 11 U.S. cents per word.

"We are looking for highly imaginative stories with a healthy dose of the odd.  Odd characters, odd experiences, odd realities. We’re looking for genre / speculative stories and are quite partial to slipstream, cross-genre, magic realism, absurdist, and the surreal." Length: 2000 - 7500 words. Payment: 3 cents/word.

Apex Magazine

Apex is a well-known speculative fiction magazine. Maximum word length is a firm 7,500 words. Payment for original fiction is $.08 per word up to 7,500 words. Minimum of $50. An additional payment of $.01 per word up to 7,500 words if they podcast your story.

Infinite Worlds

"We’re constantly on the lookout for the best new science fiction and horror – whether that’s via submissions or reaching out directly to creators who catch our eye. We review all of the stories, illustrations and comics we’re sent before planning each issue, so there’s no need to wait." Length: 1500–5000 words. Payment: $.08/word. 

"We publish all varieties of speculative fiction, from alternate history, to high fantasy, to nuts and bolts hard science fiction, to dark fantasy, so long as it meets the guidelines above. Whatever the genre, the focus should be used to comment on our world and society rather than exclusively to keep the reader turning pages." Length: Up to 10,000 words for short stories. They also publish novellas up to 20,000 words, serialized over multiple issues. Payment: $20 per short story, article, or piece of artwork, and $10 for flash. For novellas, $20 for the first 10,000 words, and $1 per 1000 words after that.

"Send us your best fantasy, sci-fi, and horror themed humor. We’re looking for flash (under 1000 words) and short fiction (7500 words, MAX), as well as high-res art, lampoon classifieds and ads." Payment: $5.

"James Gunn defines science fiction as “the literature of change” and states that it “incorporates a belief that the most important aspect of existence is a search for humanity’s origins, its purpose, and its ultimate fate.” A tall order but a worthy goal. Our editorial vision for James Gunn’s Ad Astra calls for raising our eyes above the horizon and not limiting the scope of speculative fiction. It is in this spirit that we welcome great stories that range from the near-reality to the far reaches of the what-if." Length: Up to 7,500 words for short stories. They sometimes accept poetry and nonfiction. Payment: $50.

"Our main theme is simple: the end of human civilization as a result of our destruction of the environment. The whole purpose of this magazine is to raise awareness of our suicidal behaviour. Only then will it be possible to do something about it. Our hopes are low, human nature being what it is, but still we believe we should try. We are seeking well-written intelligent stories dealing with the major issues of our time and the foreseeable future, realistic, speculative, cautionary and thought-provoking. We are also looking for stories that celebrate the beauty and importance of our environment, the natural world, the splendour of the wild, the abundance of wonderful creatures, big and small, and our kinship with them, the simple joys and profound enrichments experienced by people who are able to commune with nature. In short, narratives about the paradise that we are on the brink of losing." Length: 1,500-5,000 words. Payment: $0.02/word for fiction, and $0.01/word for nonfiction.

“We’re looking for enthralling stories set in a future we want to believe in, one we would fight to make a reality. We are especially in need of science and non-fiction articles for our Science Corner. Articles can be on any subject in any style, but must be accessible to a non-academic audience.” Length: 100 - 6,000 words. Payment: $0.01/word for fiction, $35 for nonfiction, and $5-10 for poetry. 

“We are a science fiction and fantasy magazine, so we would love to receive fiction from those categories as well as any sub-categories, such as space opera, steampunk, urban fantasy, africanfuturism, magical realism and so on. We do not publish straight horror stories, even if they do have a supernatural element, but if you have a dark fantasy story, or a dystopian science fiction piece, send it our way.” Do not send vampire, werewolf, or zombie stories. Payment: $0.07/word for stories up to 10,000 words. Submissions portal opens every Tuesday.

"Short Stories, Flash, and Poetry that are out of this world...maybe out of this universe." For this issue they want fiction based on a Tarot image. Theme: Curst & Twysted Tarot. Payment: $10 - $15.

Thursday, February 24, 2022

133 Calls for Submissions in March 2022 - Paying markets

This March there are more than ten 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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Bethlehem Writers RoundtableGenre: Short stories and poetry. See themesPayment: 20.00 USD for featured authors, or $10.00 USD for stories published on their &More page and $5.00 USD for poems. Deadline: March 1, 2022.

Contrary MagazineGenres: Fiction and poetry. Payment: $20 per author. Deadline: March 1, 2022.

The Wire’s Dream MagazineGenre: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Combined Work from underprivileged individuals. Payment: $5. Deadline: March 1, 2022.

Bleed ErrorGenre: Short stories, flash fiction, and poetry that runs the gamut of everything from absurdist horror to bizarre science-fiction to unsettling dark fantasy. "We love the uncanny." Payment: 1c per word, and $15 per poem (Canadian dollars.) Deadline: March 1, 2022.

Planet Bizarro Press: Peculiar MonstrositiesGenre: Bizarro. "Stories involving bizarre monsters. They could be bloodthirsty, benevolent, pets, or whatever else you can dream up." Length: 4000-7000 (firm) words. Payment: £20 plus a digital copy of the anthology. Deadline: March 1, 2022.

The Other Stories (Podcast). Genre: Horror on themes. Payment: 15 GBT. Deadline: March 1, 2022. See themes.

The HungerGenre: Fiction, poetry, nonfiction, hybrid work, art. "The Hunger publishes visceral writing. The theme of “hunger” is not confined only to food, but hungers and thirsts of all kinds: the craving for connection, the human need to be filled or emptied, the devastating desires that define our most alive moments. Hungers can be sexual, romantic, familial, individualistic, spiritual, creative, sorrowful, conflicted, humanistic, and/or existential." Payment: $10 - $50. Deadline: March 1, 2022.

MermaidensGenre: "All kinds of stories about mermaids." 7,000 words max. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: March 1, 2022.

The AntihumanistGenre: Fiction, nonfiction, art - all genres. "We seek to publish the most challenging and thought provoking flash fiction and essays. We believe only by confronting the bare bones of reality we understand our place in the world." Payment: 5 cents/word. Deadline: March 1, 2022.

UpstreetGenre: Fiction and nonfiction pieces 5,000 words or less. Payment: $50 - $250 for short stories or essays. Deadline: March 1, 2022.

Counting Bodies Like SheepGenre: Extreme horror. Length: 3,000 words max. Payment: 3 cents per word + 1 Paperback. Deadline: March 1, 2022.

Teach.WriteGenre: Flash fiction, short stories, poetry, CNF, Write Your Own–writing or poetry inspired by your own writing prompts that you have used successfully in class–up to 2,000 words (prose), 100 lines (poetry). Include 50-250 word prompt and/or explanation of prompt. Payment:  $15 for short stories, creative non-fiction, and essays; $10 for all other categories. Deadline: March 1, 2022.

Thema: To the Pond Genre: Fiction, poetry, and art on theme: To the Pond. Payment:  $10-$25 for short fiction and artwork, $10 for poetry. Deadline: March 1, 2022.  Accepts reprints.

ParabolaGenre: Original essays and translations, poetry, reviews. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: March 1, 2022. See themes.

Speculative CityRestrictions: Open to writers who specifically identify as queer AND BIPOC. Genre: Speculative fiction set in the city.  Payment: $20-$55 according to the category and length of their submission. Deadline: March 1, 2022. 

Cosmic Roots and Eldritch ShoresGenre: Speculative stories. Payment: 8 cents/word for original work. 2 cents/word for reprints. Deadline: March 2, 2022.

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

Pedestal MagazineGenre: Poems. Payment: $50 for each poem accepted. Deadline: March 4, 2022.

This Magazine. Genre: 1000-1200 word memoir and nonfiction. "We're interested in themes relating to identity and/or social justice, a timely hook and/or a strong Canadian angle—all of these are optional, but they are things we gravitate towards. We go for a casual, conversational tone—nothing overly academic, formal, or conceptual." Payment: $100. Deadline: March 4, 2022. Pitches only.

CanthiusRestrictions: Open to women, trans men, nonbinary, Two-Spirit, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming writers. Genres: Unpublished poetry and prose (both fiction and creative non-fiction – "we welcome experimental works and play excerpts). Please limit prose submissions to 3500 words and poetry submissions to five poems." Payment: $50 for one page, $75 for two pages, $100 for three, $125 for four pages, and $150 for five pages or more, regardless of genre. Deadline: March 5, 2022.

Witness. Genre: Nonfiction. Payment: $50. Deadline: March 5, 2022.

HavokGenre: Flash fiction on Theme of SYMBIOTES & PARASITES. Payment: $10 via PayPal for each story published in an Anthology. Deadline: March 6, 2022.

Electric Literature: The CommuterGenre: Poetry, short fiction, graphic narrative. Payment: $100. Deadline: March 6, 2022.

Cossmass InfinitiesRestrictions: 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: March 7, 2022.

The Last Five Minutes of a StormGenre: Short stories. "We are looking for emotional responses to the title and/or the cover – stories that come from the specific place of mind they take you to." Payment: €150. Deadline: March 7, 2022. 

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

WyngrafGenre: Cozy fantasy from 4,000 to 10,000 words long. Payment: 1 cent/word. Deadline: March 8, 2022. 

Mascara Literary ReviewGenre: Fiction, poetry, nonfiction on theme Resilience. Payment: $200.  Deadline: March 11, 2022.

Riddled With Arrows “For this special issue we seek writers and artists currently working in metafiction, metapoetics / ars poetica, and / or any other genre or media which ultimately explores, examines, celebrates and / or in any other way spotlights the process and product of writing as art, particularly as it relates to modern writers, readers, and consumers.” Length: Up to 1,500 words for fiction and nonfiction, up to 3 poems Payment: $25. Deadline: March 11, 2022.

Scare StreetGenre: Horror stories with a focus on ghosts, the supernatural, paranormal, monsters, and dark tales. Unpublished short stories must be 3,000-7,000 words. Payment: $10 for every 1,000 words prorated, $50 for every 5,000 words prorated. Deadline: March 13, 2022.

Nightmare MagazineRestrictions: BIPOC writers only. Genre: Horror and dark fantasy short stories, flash fiction, poetry, CNF. Payment: 8 cents/word. Deadline: March 13, 2022.

Electric Literature: Recommended ReadingGenre: Short fiction between 2,000 and 10,000 words. Payment: $300. Deadline: March 13, 2022. Opens March 7.

Maine ReviewGenre: Short fiction, poetry. Payment: Fiction and Nonfiction writers receive a $25 honorarium per published flash (1,000 words or fewer) and a $50 honorarium for work 1,001 words or more. Poets receive a $25 honorarium per published poem. Deadline: March 13, 2022. Opens March 7.

Applause. Genre: Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, visual art, and photography. Payment: $25.  Deadline: March 14, 2022.

Harper Voyager: Book of Witches anthologyRestrictions: BIPOC writers only. Genre: Fiction on theme: Witches, “more specifically your witch and what it means to you.” Payment: 8 cents/word.  Deadline: March 14, 2022.

Dear Poetry JournalGenre: Poetry. "Your poems should identify their dears, whether by direct dedication, title, and/or contents." Payment: $5. Deadline: March 14, 2022.

Funemployument Press. Genre: Science fiction and fantasy on theme: Work, and Free Time. Length: 1,000-5,000 words. Payment: CAD20. Deadline: March 14, 2022.

Solarpunk MagazineGenre: Solarpunk and Lunarpunk. Payment: $0.08/word for fiction, $40/poem, and $75/essay.  Deadline: March 14, 2022.

Shoreline of InfinityGenre: Science fiction, fantasy, 6000 words max. Payment: £40/1000 words. Deadline: March 14, 2022. 

PenumbricGenre: Speculative fiction, poetry, art, animation, and music. Payment: $10.  Deadline:  March 15, 2022.

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. DeadlineMarch 15, 2022.

Cohesion Press: SNAFU: Dead or AliveGenre: Fantasy, Horror, or Science Fiction. Theme – Weird Western action horror. Payment: AU5c/word / 2k-10k words. Deadline: March 31, 2022.

Hub City PressGenre: Books of literary fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, regional nonfiction, nature, and art. "We are seeking new and extraordinary voices from the American South." Payment: Royalties. Deadline: March 31, 2022.

Sword & Kettle Press: New Cosmologies seriesRestrictions: "We are specifically looking for writers of color, as well as queer, trans, fat, and disabled writers, and of course anyone at the intersections. If you are choosing to bring a cultural element to your story, particularly a non-white culture, we presume you have a tie to that culture." Genre: Feminist, queer speculative mini-chapbooks, 12 total pages. "We’re looking for new myths centered on origins or on endings. Get weird with this one, folks: we want characters most of us have never heard of in new contexts; reinterpretations and retellings that are out of this world or the next; original cosmologies and end-of-the-worlds. Whether a retelling, entirely original, or a mix of both, we want it." Payment: $40. Deadline: March 31, 2022.

Autofocus Books. Genre: Autobiographical writing. "Send us personal essay, memoir, confessional poetry, curated journals & diaries, curated letters & e-mails, hybrid explorations of the self, and any writing that makes art from your life." Length: 45 - 145 pgs (double spaced if prose). Payment: Royalties. Deadline: March 31, 2022.

Underland Arcana. Genre: Short fiction that veers into the numinous, the esoteric, the supernatural, and the weird. "We like these stories to be mildly speculative, fantastic, mysterious, and/or horrific (if you prefer genre tags)." Payment: $0.01 / word—up to 5,000 words—for publication on the website. Additional publication in other formats (ebook and collected print editions, for example) will be under a shared royalty basis. Deadline: March 31, 2022.

Pulp Literature. Genre: Any genre or between-genre work of literature, or visual art (black and white for interiors, color for covers) up to 50 pages in length. Short stories, novellas, poetry, comics, illustrations. Payment: $0.05 – $0.08 per word for short stories (to 7000 words),  $0.03 – $0.06 per word between 7000 and 10000 words,  and $0.02 – $0.04 per word for works over 10000 words. Poetry and interior illustrations pay between $25 – $50.  Sequential art (graphic novels and cartoons) and illustrations are at a rate of $25 to $75 per page. Deadline: March 31, 2022. 

Weird Horror Magazine. Genre: Horror and weird fiction from 500 to 6,000 words. Payment: 1.5 cents/word. Deadline: March 31, 2022.

Voices of Ukraine. Restrictions: Open to Ukrainians. Genre: Art, fiction, nonfiction, poetry. Payment: $25. Deadline: March 31, 2022.

The WakingGenre: Fiction and nonfiction, image text/hybrid work. "The Waking is Ruminate Community's online literary magazine that houses high-quality literary writing about what it’s like to be human. We are interested in short-form and flash prose as well as image-text/hybrid work. This art can be beautiful, it can be strange, we just ask that it feels true." 1500 words max. Payment: $10. Deadline: March 15, 2022. Opens March 1.

Narratively. Genre: Nonfiction pitches for stories about unique family-run businesses. "Think “Succession” or “Six Feet Under” but with a more inclusive angle—e.g. we’re particularly interested in all-female family businesses, Black family businesses, and others run by people from underrepresented groups— as well as stories from super unusual/surprising industries." Payment: $500.  Deadline:  March 15, 2022.

CarouselRestrictions: Open to Canadians only. Genre: Poetry and fiction. Payment: Poetry: $20 per poem — Fiction: $40–$80 per story — Experimental Reviews: $20–$40 per review. Deadline: March 15, 2022. See themes.

The Blue RouteRestrictions: Only the work of current undergraduate writers will be considered.  Genres: Fiction, or creative nonfiction totaling no more than 3000 words. Payment: $25. Deadline: March 15, 2022.

TasavvurGenre: South Asian speculative fiction. Payment: 2.5 cents per word, up to a maximum of 5,000 words. DeadlineMarch 15, 2022.

Fission is the British Science Fiction Association's annual anthology of SFF fiction. You don’t need to be a BSFA member to submit. Genre: Science fiction. Length: Up to 5,000 words. Payment: 2 pence per word. DeadlineMarch 15, 2022.

The Twin Bill. Genre: "We are accepting pieces that speak to baseball today, whether that be current players, what it’s like to be involved in the game (playing, coaching, umping, being a fan, etc.), or placing baseball in a larger context in today’s world." Short stories between 1,000 to 3,000 words. creative nonfiction personal essays up to 1,000 words. Poetry and art accepted. Payment: $20 per short story. $10 per CNF piece. $5 for poetry. DeadlineMarch 15, 2022.

Unsettling Reads: Summer Bludgeon: A Crime, Mystery, Noir, Suspense & Thriller AnthologyGenre: Crime, Mystery, Noir, Suspense & Thriller stories, poems, photos, or artwork featuring summer. Payment: $20. DeadlineMarch 15, 2022.

Human Monsters AnthologyGenre: Horror. Word Limit: 2000-4000 words, no exceptions. Payment: 8 cents/word. DeadlineMarch 15, 2022.

Eye to the Telescope: Notional EkphrasisGenre: Speculative poetry based on visual art that does not exist. Payment: $0.03/word, up to $25. DeadlineMarch 15, 2022.

The Other Stories (Podcast). Genre: Horror on themes. Payment: 15 GBT. Deadline: March 15, 2022. See themes.

Tempered Tales MagazineGenre: Horror, fantasy, dark fantasy, mystery, or any combination of mash up welcome. Theme: Medusa. Payment: Short stories are $0.08 (eight cents a word) USD. Drabbles and poems are $50 (fifty dollars) USD. DeadlineMarch 15, 2022.

Flame Tree Publishing Gothic Fantasy Anthology SeriesGenre: Speculative, fantastic, mythic or folkloric stories "inspired by stories of the first peoples in Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas, the first migration, the first exploration, the discovery of land and landscape without the footprint of humankind. Stories of injustice will sit with memories of hope and wonder, dreamtime tales of creation and joy will highlight the enduring spirit of humanity. They can delve into themes such as colonisation, other worlds, natural ecology and utopianism, they can be challenging and adventurous." Payment: 8 cents/6 pence per word for original stories, 6 cents/4 pence for reprints. DeadlineMarch 16, 2022.

Disabled Authors SFF AnthologyGenre: Speculative fiction by disabled writers. Payment: $100 per accepted story and $25 for reprints. Deadline: March 17, 2022.

Black OceanGenre: Full-length poetry manuscripts. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: March 18, 2022.

WesterlyGenre: Short stories, poetry, memoir and creative non-fiction, essays and literary criticism. Payment: Poems: $120 for one poem or $150 for two or more poems; Stories: $180; Articles: $180; Visual art/Intro essay: $120; Reviews: $100; Online Publication: $100. "We expect our contributors to be subscribers of the Magazine. While we will accept submissions from non-subscribers, should your work be accepted for publication in this instance, you will be asked to accept a subscription to the Magazine as part payment for your work." Deadline: March 18, 2022.

Disabled Authors SFF AnthologyGenre: Science fiction, fantasy, and speculative short stories by disabled authors. Payment: $100 per accepted story and $25 for reprints, and two contributors copies. Deadline: March 18, 2022. Reprints accepted.

Nightmare MagazineGenre: Horror and dark fantasy short stories, flash fiction, poetry, CNF. Payment: 8 cents/word. Deadline: March 20, 2022.

FacesGenre: Nonfiction, activities for children 9 - 14. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: March 21, 2022. Queries onlySee themes.

Translunar Travelers LoungeRestrictions: BIPOC writers only. Genre: Speculative fiction. Payment: $0.03 per word with a minimum of $20. Deadline: March 21, 2022.

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

Uncanny MagazineGenre: SF/F short stories. Payment: $.10 per word. Deadline: March 21, 2022. Opens March 14.

IslandRestrictions: Open to Australian and New Zealand citizens and residents only. Genre: Fiction, nonfiction. Payment: $200. Deadline: March 21, 2022.

Divergent Terror. Genre: Essays exploring the intersection of queerness and the horror genre. "Was there a specific film that you connected with that made you a horror fan? A type of horror or trope that speaks to you particularly as a member of the LGBTQ+ community? Tell us your story!" Length: 2500 to 5000 words. Payment: 4 cents/word. Deadline: March 22, 2022.

GutterGenre: Fiction and creative non-fiction. Payment: £25. Deadline: March 23, 2022.

Black Ocean. Genre: Full-length poetry manuscripts. Payment: Royalties? Deadline: March 25, 2022, Opens March 11.

SickRestrictions: Open to writers and artists who are chronically ill or disabled. Genre: CNF, nonfiction, fiction, poetry art. Payment: 11 pence/word; 50 pounds for poetry and art. Deadline: March 26, 2022,

Parks & Points & Poetry 2022Genre: Poems that evoke the natural landscapes and cultural histories and legacies associated with public lands. Payment: $10. Deadline: March 28, 2022.

Metaphysical TimesGenre: Pagan and metaphysical topics, including spirituality, religion, divination, witchcraft, and more. Payment: $0.05 USD per word up to 1200 words after editing. Deadline: March 30, 2022.

That Is SO Wrong: An Anthology of Offbeat HorrorGenre: Original and different horror stories - from nastysplattergore to comedy. Length: Up to 7,000 words. Payment: $10. Deadline: March 30, 2022.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: PreteensGenre: True stories and poems. "We’re looking for your uplifting true stories and poems about how you used the power of gratitude to change your own life while you navigated the preteen and teenage years. You’ll help readers through your examples and your personal tips on how to use thankfulness and appreciation." Payment: $200. DeadlineMarch 30, 2022.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: TeenagersGenre: True stories and poems. "We’re looking for your uplifting true stories and poems about how you used the power of gratitude to change your own life while you navigated the preteen and teenage years. You’ll help readers through your examples and your personal tips on how to use thankfulness and appreciation." Payment: $200. DeadlineMarch 30, 2022.

B Cubed Press: Alternative HolidaysGenre: Stories, essays or poetry about holidays. Payment: 3 cents/word. DeadlineMarch 30, 2022. Reprints accepted.

B Cubed Press: Madam PresidentGenre: Stories, essays or poetry about leadership. Payment: 3 cents/word. DeadlineMarch 30, 2022. Reprints accepted.

Glass Poetry PressGenre: Poetry chapbooks. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: March 31, 2022.'

The RialtoGenre: Poetry. Payment: £20 per poem. Deadline: March 31, 2022.

Ninth LetterGenre: Prose and poetry. Payment: $25 per poem, $75 per story or essay, as well as two complimentary copies of the issue in which the work appears. Deadline: March 31, 2022. See themes.

Carte Blanche (Canada). Genre: Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, translations. comics, photography. Payment: "Modest" Deadline: March 31, 2022.

Off Topic Publishing: “Shakedown In Uptown” (Stories and Poems) “Neon Skyline” (Poems Only)Genre: Fiction and poetry based on songs. (See site) Payment: $50 - $100 CAD. Deadline: March 31, 2022.

Island: Nature WritingRestrictions: Open to Australian and New Zealand citizens and residents only. Genre: Nonfiction nature writing. Payment: $400. Deadline: March 31, 2022. 

Reservoir Road Literary ReviewGenre: Literary short stories, lyrical creative non-fiction, photography. Payment: $5. Deadline: March 31, 2022. Note: Submit early in the month. Submission window closes when their cap is reached.

RouletteGenre: Fantasy by Queer folk. Payment: $15 minimum. Deadline: March 31, 2022.

Dark MomentsGenre: Dark stories involving zips/zippers. Horror, fantasy. dark romance, sci-fi — any genre. Word count: Exactly 100 words. Payment: 4 cents/word. Deadline: March 31, 2022.

Legion of Dorks Presents: Abandoned – An Anthology of Vacant SpacesGenre: Short stories no more than 7000 words exploring the phenomenon of full spaces gone empty. Payment: $50. Deadline: March 31, 2022.

Deadly Nightshade: Best New England Crime StoriesRestrictions: Open to all writers who currently live in one of the six New England states, but stories do not need to be set in New England. (The six New England states are Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.) Genre: Mystery, thriller, suspense, caper, historical, and horror. Length: 1,000 and 5,000 words. Payment: $25. Deadline: March 31, 2022.

Yellow Arrow JournalGenre: Creative nonfiction, poetry, cover art by authors who identify as women. Theme: UpSpring. Payment: $10. Deadline: March 31, 2022.

Crow Toes QuarterlyGenre: Playfully dark fiction, poetry and art for children. See themesPayment: $20 - $50. Deadline: March 31, 2022.

parABnormalGenre: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry on the paranormal. "For us, this includes ghosts, spectres, haunts, various whisperers, and so forth. It also includes shapeshifters and creatures from various folklores." Payment: $25.00 for original stories, $7.00 for reprints.$6.00 for each poem. $20.00 for original articles, $6.00 for reprints. $7.00 for reviews and interviews. Deadline: March 31, 2022.

Lackington’s:  “Prehistories.” Genre: Speculative fiction, art on theme of  “Prehistories.” Payment: 1 cent/word (CAD). Deadline: March 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: March 31, 2022. NoteSubmit early in the month.

Iron Faerie: Mirror, MirrorGenre: Fairytale retellings with a twist. The twist being a mirror must feature. Payment: 50%/50% split with Iron Faerie and authors. Deadline: March 31, 2022.

Triangulation: EnergyGenre: Fantasy, science fiction, weird fiction, and speculative horror on the theme Energy, sustainable energy. Payment: 3 cents/word. Deadline: March 31, 2022.

Love Letters to Poe: The Fall of the House of UsherGenre: Gothic short stories and poems inspired by Edgar Allen Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher. Payment: $5. Deadline: March 31, 2022.

Red Cape Publishing: A - Z of Horror: N is for NauticalGenre: Horror on nautical theme. Payment:  £10. Deadline: March 31, 2022.

Haven SpeculativeRestrictions: Open to authors of color, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and other underrepresented groups. Genre: Speculative fiction and poetry. Payment: 1 cent/word for fiction and $5 - $10 for poetry. Deadline: March 31, 2022.

MythicGenre: Science fiction, fantasy short stories. Length: 2,000-5,000 words. Payment: 1 cent/word for original fiction, $25 for reprints. Deadline: March 31, 2022.

The FiddleheadRestrictions: Canadian writers only. Genre: Fiction, including excerpts from novels, creative nonfiction, art, and poetry. Payment: $60 CAD per published page. Deadline: March 31, 2022. 

Kansas City VoicesGenre: "There is no type of work we are looking for." Payment: "Small"  Deadline: March 31, 2022.

SouthwordGenre: Fiction. Payment: €250 per short story. Deadline: March 31, 2022.

The Hudson ReviewGenre: Fiction, poetry, essays, book reviews; criticism of literature, art, theatre, dance, film, and music; and articles on contemporary cultural developments. Payment: Not specified. DeadlineMarch 31, 2022. (Nonfiction only)

BrinkGenre: Hybrid, cross-genre fiction, nonfiction poetry. 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: March 31, 2022.

WelkinGenre: Magical realist, fabulist, fairy tale, fantasy, gothic, metafictional, slipstream, fantastic, weird, surrealist, and experimental genres. Payment: 1cent/word. Deadline: March 31st, 2022.

Dragon Soul Press: ValorGenre: "All stories featuring East Asian warriors are welcome." Payment:  Royalties. Deadline: March 31st, 2022.

Chestnut ReviewGenre: Poetry, flash fiction, short fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, visual media (art/photography). Payment: $120. Deadline: March 31st, 2022. Submit early in the month to avoid submission fee.

Dragon Soul Press: Chance on LoveGenre: "Everyone deserves a chance at love. Whether it lasts forever or ends up being temporary, these characters will fight for the chance at happily ever after." Word Count – 5,000-15,000. Payment:  Royalties. Deadline: March 31st, 2022.

The Woodward ReviewGenrePoetry, prose, art, and digital media from anyone, anywhere. Each issue will also include a Detroit Folio, featuring work from those with roots in the city. Payment: $25.  Deadline: March 31st, 2022.

2022 Annus HorribilisGenre: stories of up to 2022 words (horror/dark/speculative fiction) on any topic, in any style. your story should be set in 2022. Payment: £6.66. Deadline: March 31st, 2022.

11:11 Press is a small indie publisher located in Minneapolis. Genre: They publish full length fiction, poetry, and hybrid manuscripts. See submission details hereDeadline: March 31, 2022.

Bioluminescent: A Lunarpunk Anthology. Genre: Speculative fiction and poetry. Payment: Stories: at least $.08 per word + contributor copy. $30 per poem + contributor copy. Deadline: March 31, 2022.

Cyberpunk-Solarpunk AnthologyGenre: Speculative fiction. Payment: $.08 per word + contributor copy. $0.01 per word for reprints. Deadline: March 31, 2022. Reprints accepted.

Jay Henge Publishing: Grandpa's Deep-Space DinerGenre: Speculative fiction. "Whether you're growing your produce in a magical garden, storing your rations in your lunar bunker, or enjoying a delightful picnic in the outer rings of Saturn, we want your speculative fiction food stories!" Payment:  $5 USD per 1000 words. Length: Up to 15k words. Deadline: March 31, 2022. Reprints accepted.  

The Offing: InsightGenre: Creative nonfiction that centers one’s personal experience against the backdrop of art, literature, and culture. Insight essays are generally personal essays that raise questions or address issues about the matters that concern us aesthetically, politically, or ideologically. These essays explore how interacting with this piece of art, literature, or culture changed you, or made a lasting impression. Payment: $25–$100. Deadline: March 31, 2022.

PodcastleGenre: Fantasy podcast. Length: Up to 6,000 words. Payment: $0.06/word for original; $100 for reprints, $20 for flash fiction reprints. Deadline: March 31, 2022.

Typehouse. Restrictions: In honor of Disability Awareness Month, no-fee submissions are open for all  creators living with both visible and invisible disabilities, not limited to those from the US. Genre: Prose, poetry, art. Payment: $25. Deadline: March 31, 2022.

Listen: The Sound of FearRestrictions: Open to trans and nonbinary writers. Genre: Horror. Theme: A gothic horror story collection centered around sound. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: March 31, 2022.

VALRAVNGenre: “Wyrd fiction” short stories (3,000 to 10,000 words). Horror, Espionage/Thriller, Science Fiction, Fantasy. Payment: $0.10 USD per word. Deadline: March 31, 2022.

Straight On Till Morning. Genre: Romance "with a spicy flavor." Payment: $10 for prose, $5 for poetry. Deadline: March 31, 2022.

Action Books. Genre: Full-length poetry manuscripts. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: March 31, 2022.

Coastal ShelfGenre: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry. Payment: $20 - $30. Deadline: March 31, 2022. Opens March 15.

Shredded: A Body Horror AnthologyGenre: Body horror in sports and fitness. Length: Stories should be between 2,000 and 4,500 words. Payment: 3 cents/word contingent on Kickstarter. Deadline: March 31, 2022. (The extended submission period for women and non-binary writers is April 1st – 7th, 2022.)

And a few more ... 

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, 2022.

Lost Boys Press: Great Wars anthologyGenre: Fiction. "Write a story about a historical war of any culture and any era and change one aspect of it to see how the war might change and explore from there!" Length: 9K words max. Payment: $50. Deadline: April 1, 2022.

Bullshit AnthologyGenre: "We wanna see your silly poems, inane stories, funky prose, blatherings, riddles, diss tracks, sketches, word games, and whatever." Payment: $5. Deadline: April 1, 2022.

Shacklebound: War Torn AnthologyGenre: Military science fiction or science fiction stories that feature war in a big way. All accepted stories will have strong internal and external conflict. Payment: $20. Deadline: April 1, 2022. Reprints only.

Modern MagicGenre: Stories about magic in today’s world. Not stories of witches and warlocks surrounded by vampires and werewolves that hide in the shadows, but of real, everyday people, in our real, everyday world. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: April 1, 2022.

Splatter Ink Publishing: Cryptid CarnageGenre: Horror. "We want your stories of Cryptids attacking people that either are innocently targeted, seemingly in the wrong place at the wrong time, or a story with people who are much deserving of their blood-soaked fate." Length: Up to 10,000 words. Payment: $25. Deadline: April 1, 2022.

Gordon Square ReviewGenre: Poetry, short stories, personal essays, and hybrid prose works.   Payment: $25 per prose piece and $10 per poem. Deadline: April 1, 2022.

The Other Stories (Podcast). Genre: Horror on themes. Payment: 15 GBT. Deadline: April 1, 2022. See themes.

Cemetery Gates: My Dark LibraryGenre: Horror novellas 25,000-40,000 words. "In My Dark Library you will find psychological, folk, quiet, supernatural, paranormal, body, found-footage, coming-of-age, spiritual, demonic, occult, cosmic, slasher horror. I’m not currently interested in extreme, science-fiction, bizarro, erotic, apocalyptic, creature/cryptid, zombie, eco, comedy horror." Payment: $1000 advance and royalties. Deadline: April 1, 2022.

SalamanderGenre: Poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: April 1, 2022.

Moonflowers and NightshadeGenre: Sapphic horror short fiction. "Moonflowers and Nightshade will include a diverse group of stories, including but not limited to stories involving genderqueer, non-binary, BIPOC, genderfluid, lesbian, trans, bisexual, and pansexual characters." Payment: 4 cents/word. Deadline: April 1, 2022.

BluestemGenre: Fiction, poetry, nonfiction. Payment: $20/poem and $75/prose piece. (Rates not posted on site, please inquire) Deadline: April 1, 2022.

Third Flatiron: After the Gold RushGenre: SF/Fantasy/Horror short stories on climate change, economics, effects of accelerated culture. Payment: 8 cents per word. Deadline: April 1, 2022.

Witches of a Certain AgeGenre: Fiction. Length: 6000 – 8000 words. "I’m looking for female (or female-identifying) magic users between 40-99, women with some life experience under their belts, and who are well-established in their magical power." Payment: Royalties. Deadline: April 1, 2022. Reprints accepted.

Luna Novella for Speculative DiversityRestrictions: Under-represented writers only, all levels welcome (unpublished, published, solo or agented). Genre: Speculative fiction novellas, 20,000 - 40,000 words. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: April 1 - 2, 2022.

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

75 Writing Contests in March 2022 - No entry fees

This March there are more than six dozen free writing contests for short fiction, novels, poetry, CNF, nonfiction, and plays. Prizes range from $25,000 to a free writing class. None charge entry fees.

Some of these contests have age and geographical restrictions, so read the instructions carefully.

If you want to get a jump on next month's contests go to Free Contests. Most of these contests are offered annually, so even if the deadline is past, you can prepare for next year.

Good luck!

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Lewis Galantiere AwardRestrictions: Open to US citizens or permanent residents. Genre: Translation of book-length literary work from any language, except German, into English. Entries must have been published in the US in the past two years. Prize: $1000. Deadline: March 1, 2022.

Atwood Gibson Writers' Trust Fiction PrizeGenre: Fiction. Restrictions: Titles must be published in Canada and written by Canadians. No self-published works. Prize: $60,000 will be awarded to a novel or short-story collection published between October 1, 2021 and February 28, 2022. Prizes of $5,000 will be awarded to each of the finalists. Deadline: March 1, 2022.

Saddlebag Dispatches: Second Annual Mustang Award for Western Flash Fiction ContestGenre: Short stories of no more than 1,000 words. The story settings should be in the American west, to include Canada and Mexico, between 1860 and 1920.  Prize: $25 and publication. Deadline: March 1, 2022.

Deep Wild Graduate Student Essay PrizeRestrictions: Open to students currently enrolled in graduate programs. Genre: Essay. "We seek work that conjures the experiences, observations, and insights of backcountry journeys." Prize: Cash award. Deadline: March 1, 2022.

North Carolina State Poetry ContestRestrictions: Open to North Carolina residents (including out-of-state and international students who are enrolled in North Carolina universities)with no published books. Genre: Poetry. Prize: $500. Deadline: March 1, 2022.

Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for Poetry and MedicineRestrictions: Open to poets aged 14-18 years. Genre: Poem. Prize: Unspecified. Deadline: March 1, 2022.

Iron Horse 2022 Chapbook CompetitionGenre: Prose chapbook, between 40 and 56 pages. Prize:  $1,000 honorarium and 15 copies. Deadline: March 1, 2022. Note: They will accept 25 free submissions on March 1, 2022.

#PassOrPages Query Contest. Participating agents give brief feedback on a handful of entries, explaining why they're passing ... or requesting pages. The queries and accompanying feedback are posted anonymously, which helps querying authors get a peek into agents' minds as they go through their slush piles. Genre: TBA Deadline: March 4, 2022. 

The Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award introduces emerging writers to the New York City literary community. The prestigious award aims to provide promising writers a network for professional advancement. Since Poets & Writers began the Writers Exchange in 1984, 85 writers from 33 states and the District of Columbia have been selected to participate. Restrictions: Open to Nebraska residents.  Genre: Poetry and Fiction. Prize: A $500 honorarium; A trip to New York City to meet with editors, agents, publishers, and other writers. All related travel/lodgings expenses and a per diem stipend are covered by Poets & Writers. Deadline: March 1, 2022.

Toronto Star Short Story ContestRestrictions: Open to Ontario residents 16 years of age or older. Genre: Short story. Prize: 1st prize - $5000; 2nd prize - $2000, 3rd prize - $1000. Deadline: March 1, 2022.

Alabama Arts Council FellowshipsRestrictions: Open to any author who has lived in Alabama for at least 2 years. Genre: Fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction of 10-20 pages. Prize: $5,000. Deadline: March 1, 2022.

Balticon Poetry Contest. Sponsored by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society. Genre: Speculative poetry. Prize: 1st prize: $100; 2nd prize: $75; 3rd prize: $50. Deadline: March 1, 2022.

Mississippi Artists FellowshipsRestrictions: Open to permanent residents of Mississippi. Genre: Fiction and poetry. Prize: $5,000. Deadline: March 1, 2022.

Beverly Hopkins Memorial Poetry Contest for High School StudentsRestrictions: High school students living within 100 miles of St. Louis. Genre: Poetry. Prize: First prize $200, Second prize $125, Third prize $75. Deadline: March 1, 2022.

The Waterman Fund Essay ContestGenre: Personal essays between 2000 and 3000 words. "The  Waterman Fund seeks new voices on the role and place of wilderness in today’s world." Prizes: The winning essayist will be awarded $1500 and publication in Appalachia Journal. The Honorable Mention essay will receive $500. Deadline: March 1, 2022.

Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Non-FictionGenre: Literary non-fiction. Restrictions: Titles must be published in Canada and written by Canadians. Prize: $60,000 will be awarded to a literary nonfiction book published between October 1, 2021 and February 28, 2022. Deadline: March 1, 2022.

Grant MacEwan Creative Writing Scholarship is sponsored by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Genres: Poetry, Short Fiction & Creative Nonfiction, Drama, or Graphic Novel. Restrictions: Authors must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate creative writing program of study or mentorship. (Max age 25) Alberta residents only. Prize: $5000 (CAN). Deadline: March 1, 2022.

The Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award is sponsored by Broadside Lotus Press. Restrictions: This competition is open to African American poets only. If you have already had a book published by Lotus Press, you are ineligible. However, inclusion in a Lotus Press anthology does not disqualify you. Genres: Poetry collections of approximately 60-90 pages. Prize: $500 in cash and publication  by Broadside Lotus Press as well as free copies and discounts. Deadline: March 1, 2022.

Christopher Tower Poetry CompetitionRestrictions: Open to UK students between 16-18 years of age. Genre: Poetry, one poem, maximum 48 lines. Theme is "Dream." Prize: £5,000. Deadline: March 2, 2022.

Spectator Competition No. 3239: BookishGenre: "Sajid Javid is a big fan of Ayn Rand and Justin Trudeau loves Stephen King. You are invited to submit political manifestos inspired by literary heroes (please specify). Please email entries of up to 150 words to by midday on 2 March." Prize: £30. Deadline: March 2, 2022. (Registration required)

Orwell Prize for JournalismRestrictions: Open to a journalist for sustained reportage and/or commentary working in any medium. Genre: Published journalism. Prize: £3,000 for the best political writing first published in the UK or Ireland between January 1, 2021 and February 28, 2022. Deadline: March 3, 2022.

Orwell Prize for for Exposing Britain’s Social EvilsRestrictions: Open to a journalist for sustained reportage and/or commentary working in any medium. Genre: A story that has enhanced the public understanding of social problems and public policy in the UK. Prize: £3,000 for the best political writing first published in the UK or Ireland between January 1, 2021 and February 28, 2022. Deadline: March 3, 2022.

On The Premises: Arrival. "For this contest, write a creative, compelling, well-crafted story between 1,000 and 5,000 words long in which… IN THE FIRST SENTENCE… one or more characters arrive at a location and find something unexpected." Prize: $250 for first place, $200 for second, $150 for third. Deadline: March 4, 2022.

The Lakefly Writers ConferenceRestrictions: Open to residents of Wisconsin. Genres: Short story fiction: 1500 words or less. Any genre. Flash fiction: 500 words or fewer. Any genre. No theme. Poetry: All poems, free verse to formal and everything in between—75 lines max. Teen short story: Open to 18 years old and younger. Maximum 1,500 words. Any genre. See theme. Prize: First place winners will receive a cash prize of $100; second place winners will receive $75; and third place winners will receive $50. Winners must be able to attend an awards ceremony. Deadline: March 5, 2022.

Illumination Prose Prize. Genre: Creative nonfiction or fiction of 5,000 words or less. Prize: $100 and publication in Spire Light: A Journal of Creative Expression. Deadline: March 5, 2022.

Windsor Fringe - Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing. Genre: One-act play. Only amateur playwrights are eligible. Prize: £500. Deadline: March 5, 2022. Postal submissions only.

"It's All Write!" Teen Short Story ContestRestrictions: Open to Grades 6-12. Michigan residents only. Genre: Short story, and flash fiction, unpublished. Prize: 1st Place $250, 2nd Place $150, 3rd Place $100. Deadline: March 6, 2022.

Furious FictionGenre: Flash fiction. "On the first Friday of every month, a new set of story prompts will be revealed. You will have 55 hours to submit your best 500-word (or fewer) story." Prize: $500AUD. Deadline: March 6, 2022.

NEA Literature Fellowships are sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. Genre: Poetry.  Prize: $25,000 grants to published creative writers that enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. Deadline: March 10, 2022.

Jane Martin Poetry Prize (UK)Restrictions: Open to UK residents between 18 and 30 years of age. Genre: Poetry. Prize: £700, second prize, £300. Deadline: March 11, 2022.

Harper’s Bazaar short-story competition 2022Restrictions: Open to UK residents or nationals, aged 18 or over. Genre: Original, unpublished short story, written in English on the subject of ‘Treasure’ up to 2,200 words. Prize: Two-night stay for two at Grantley Hall, Yorkshire (UK). Deadline: March 13, 2022.

Highlights Foundation Scholarships. Prize: 25 full tuition scholarships and 20 partial tuition scholarships for workshops that take place at the Highlights Foundation Retreat Center. 30 full tuition scholarships for online courses through the Highlights Foundation. 15 scholarships for personal retreats at the Highlights Foundation Retreat Center. Deadline: March 13, 2022.

The Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay PrizeRestrictions: Open to writers resident in the UK and Ireland who have yet to secure a publishing deal. Genre: Proposal for a book-length essay (minimum 25,000 words). Prize: £3,000 advance against publication with Fitzcarraldo Editions. Deadline: March 14, 2022.

White River Environmental Law Writing Competition is sponsored by the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law and Vermont Law School. Restrictions: Open to all students currently pursuing a degree (J.D. or LL.M) at an accredited law school in the United States. Submissions written as a class component, as a journal requirement, or otherwise for academic credit are acceptable. Genre: Original essays addressing any relevant topic in the fields of environmental law, natural resource law, energy law, environmental justice, land use law, animal law, and agricultural law. Prize: $1000 cash prize and an offer of publication with the Vermont Journal of Environmental LawDeadline: March 14, 2022.

Forward PrizesGenre: Collections and single poems published in the UK and Ireland are eligible for the Prizes. Must be submitted by publisher. Prize: £1,000 to £10,000. Deadline: March 14, 2022.

Lynn DeCaro Poetry ContestRestrictions: Open to Connecticut Student Poets in Grades 9-12. Genre: Poetry. Prize: 1st $75, 2nd $50, 3rd $25. Deadline: March 15, 2022.

Nancy Ludmerer Fellowship for Flash Fiction and NonfictionGenre: One or more flash narratives up to 1,000 words. Award: A 5-night residency at Porches. Deadline: March 15, 2022. No entry fee for the first 15 submissions received on March 15. 

EastOver Prize for NonfictionGenre: Book-length nonfiction. "We are especially interested in collections of literary essays, but will consider memoirs, mixed genre works, works combining essays and original visual art, speculative nonfiction, and other hybrid works." Prize: $2000 and publication.  Deadline: March 15, 2022.

Greater Yellowstone Creative Writing and Journalism FellowshipRestrictions: Established and recognized authors are being sought, but emerging and mid-career writers are also encouraged to apply. Genre: Seeking creative writers (poetry, fiction, nonfiction), or those in the field of journalism (writer, photojournalist, videographer, documentary filmmaker, online or print media) who demonstrate serious inquiry and dedication to the Greater Yellowstone region through their work. Fellowship: $3,500.  Deadline: March 15, 2022.

Neltje Blanchan/Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial AwardsRestrictions: Wyoming writers. Genres: The Frank Nelson Doubleday Award is given for the best poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or script written by a woman writer. The Neltje Blanchan Memorial Writing Award is given annually for the best poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or script which is informed by a relationship with the natural world. Prize: $1,000. Deadline: March 15, 2022.

Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku Competition for High School StudentsRestrictions: Open to students in Grades 7-12. Genre: Haiku. Prize: $50. Deadline: March 15, 2022.

Andres Montoya Poetry PrizeRestrictions: Open to Latino authors who are residents of the US. Genre: First book of poetry published by a Latino author. Prize: $1,000 and publication by the University of Notre Dame Press. Deadline: March15, 2022. (Extended deadline)

2022 NFSPS Annual Poetry ContestsGenre: Poetry. The National Federation of State Poetry Societies sponsors 50 contests for adults, 34 of which are free and open to the public. There are also 3 free poetry contests for children. Prize: Monetary awards vary. Deadline: March 15, 2022.

Neltje Blanchan/Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial AwardsRestrictions: Wyoming writers. Genres: The Frank Nelson Doubleday Award is given for the best poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or script written by a woman writer. The Neltje Blanchan Memorial Writing Award is given annually for the best poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or script which is informed by a relationship with the natural world. Prize: $1,000. Deadline: March 15, 2022.

2022 POPP Award: Poetry of the Plains and PrairiesGenre: Poetry of any style for their annual Poetry of the Plains and Prairies chapbook publication. "While the author(s) may call any place home, their submissions must deftly capture the feeling of, as well as the reality of, living on the plains and prairies. Authors may submit any number of poems equaling thirty to thirty-five pages in length, with no more than one poem per page. (Single poems may extend more than one page.) The selected poetry collection will be published as a limited edition chapbook, hand-printed with antique letterpress equipment."  Prize: Publication. Deadline: March 17, 2022.

Life After ConflictRestrictions: Open to young people ages 9 - 18. Genre: Poetry, art, speech, song. Prize: Unspecified. Deadline: March 18, 2022.

The Mollie Savage Memorial Writing ContestGenre: Mystery short story. Prize: Winning stories are published in Toasted Cheese. If 50 or fewer eligible entries are received, first place receives a $35 Amazon gift card & second a $10 Amazon gift card. If 51 or more eligible entries are received, first place receives a $50 Amazon gift card, second a $15 Amazon gift card & third a $10 Amazon gift card. Deadline: March 20, 2022. Opens March 18.

BBC National Short Story AwardRestrictions: Open to UK residents or nationals, aged 18 or over, who have a history of publication in creative writing. Genre: Short fiction. Prize: £15,000 to the winner, £3,000 for the runner-up and £500 for three further shortlisted writers. Deadline: March 21, 2022.

Ukraine Lab. "The Ukrainian Institute London in partnership with PEN Ukraine and the Ukrainian Institute will run UKRAINE LAB, an online residency for six emerging writers from Ukraine and the United Kingdom. We will support them developmentally and financially to produce creative nonfiction pieces tackling global challenges through the prism of Ukraine. This project is supported by the British Council and the Ukrainian Institute as part of the UK/UA Season of Culture 2022." Deadline: March 21, 2022.

Limp Wrist: Glitter Bomb AwardRestrictions: Open to LGBTQ/non-binary poets and their allies. Genre: Poem by a poet of any stage of her/his/their career. Prize: $600 and publication in Limp Wrist. Deadline: March 24, 2022.

Solarpunk Micro Fiction Contest: Mental HealthRestrictions: Open to authors with mental health struggles. Genre: Fiction 250 words or less. Prize: $25. Deadline: March 24, 2022.

Modern Love College Essay ContestRestrictions: Open to US college students age 18+.  Genre: Personal essay that tells the plain truth about what love and relationships are like for college students today. Prize: $1000. Deadline: March 27, 2022.

Daisy Utemorrah Award for Indigenous AuthorsRestrictions: Open to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writer currently residing in Australia. Genre:  Junior/YA full-length fiction manuscript intended for readers aged 8-18. Length: 40,000 and 100,000 words. Prize: A$15,000 and possible publication.  Deadline: March 30, 2022.

Vweta Chadwick Poetry PrizeRestrictions: Open to female high school and college students in Nigeria. Genre: Unpublished poems, 40 lines maximum, about "invisible disability." Prize: $200.   Deadline: March 30, 2022.

Jack L. Chalker Young Writers' ContestsRestrictions: Open to writers between 14 and 18 years of age as of May 29 in the contest year who reside in, or attend school in Maryland. Genre: Science fiction or fantasy, 2,500 words max. Prizes: $150, $100 and $75. Deadline: March 31, 2022.

2022 Silvers Grants for Work in ProgressRestrictions: Open to Anglophone writers of any nationality. Genre: Long-form essays in the fields of literary criticism, arts writing, political analysis, and/or social reportage. Prize: Up to $10,000. Deadline: March 31, 2022.

Invisible City Blurred Genre Flash Contest. Genre: Flash fiction, prose poetry or a combination. Length: 750 words max. Prize: $500, $200 and $100. Deadline: March 31, 2022.

Villena Aldama Art & Writing ContestRestrictions: Open to writers under the age of 25. Genre: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art/hybrid forms. Prize: $250. Deadline: March 31, 2022.

Jack London Fiction Writing ContestRestrictions: Open to U.S. students in grades 6-8. Genre: Unpublished stories. Length: 2,000 words maximum. "The theme of the contest is “Building Brighter Communities.” Prize: $250, $150, and $100. Deadline: March 31, 2022. Read flyer HERE.

A Public Space Emerging Writer Fellowships. Restrictions: Open to writers who have not yet contracted to publish a book. Prize: $1000 and six months of editorial support from A Public Space editors to prepare a piece of prose for publication in the magazine. Deadline: March 31, 2022.

L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future ContestRestrictions: Open only to those who have not professionally published a novel or short novel, or more than one novelette, or more than three short stories, in any medium. Genres: Science fiction, fantasy and dark fantasy up to 17,000 words. Prizes: Three cash prizes in each quarter: a First Prize of $1,000, a Second Prize of $750, and a Third Prize of $500, in US dollars. In addition, at the end of the year the winners will have their entries rejudged, and a Grand Prize winner shall be determined and receive an additional $5,000. Deadline: March 31, 2022.

Shady Grove Literary. Genre: Any style, genre, tone of flash fiction. Length: 300 words max. Prize: $100. Deadline: March 31, 2022.

Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary TranslationGenre: Poetry or literary prose. Translation of modern Arabic literature into English. Books must have been published and be available for purchase in the UK via a distributor or online. The source text must have been published in the original Arabic in or after 1967. Must be submitted by publisher. Prize: £3,000. Deadline: March 31, 2022.

City of Literature Paul Engle PrizeGenre: This prize does not recognize one work, nor is it solely limited to reflecting literary achievement. Rather, the award seeks to recognize a writer, like Engle, who makes an impact on his or her community and the world at large through efforts beyond the page. It also seeks to raise awareness about Engle and his works. Prize: $20,000. Deadline: March 31, 2022.

#GWstorieseverywhere. Genre: Micro fiction. Your story must be no longer than 25 words, with a max of 280 characters, including spaces and the hashtag. See themesPrize: Free Gotham class. Deadline: March 31, 2022.

Sarah Mook Poetry Prize for StudentsRestrictions: Students in grades K-12. Genre: Poetry. Prize: $100. Deadline: March 31, 2022.

Sleeping Bear Press: Own Voices, Own Stories AwardRestrictions: Contest is open to BIPOC and/or LGBTQ+ writers. Applicants must be United States residents and at least 18 years of age.  Genre: BIPOC and/or LGBTQ+ children—or children of LGBTQ+ families. Prize: Grand Prize winners will receive a $2,000 cash prize, in addition to a publishing contract with advance and royalties standard for new Sleeping Bear Press authors. Honor Award winners will receive a $500 cash prize as well as one consulting session with a Sleeping Bear Press editor. Deadline: March 31, 2022.

Foley Poetry ContestGenre: One unpublished poem on any topic. The poem should be 45 lines or fewer and not under consideration elsewhere. Prize: $1000. Deadline: March 31, 2022.

The George W. Hunt, S.J., Prize for Excellence in Journalism, Arts & LettersGenre: The 2022 prize is open to: Cultural or Historical Critic. "Writers of books, articles or essays intended for a thoughtful, general audience are invited to submit material in the following categories: biography, memoir, general history, cultural analysis and criticism (aesthetics, art, drama and film, education), political and social criticism, philosophical and theological reflections. Books, articles and essays written principally for academic audiences or specialists will not be considered. Nominees must supply one or more book excerpt(s), article(s), or essay(s) not to exceed 10,000 words in total. The Nomination Committee may request further excerpts or complete works." Prize: $20,000. Deadline: March 31, 2022.

Archibald Lamp­man AwardRestrictionsOpen to residents of Canada's National Capital region (Ottawa). Genre: Book of any genre published by a recognized publisher. Prize: $1500. Deadline: March 31, 2022.

Nottingham Writers Studio: The George Floyd Short Story CompetitionGenre: Fiction and nonfiction. “With this anthology, we seek to capture not only stories of social justice that capture the mood, tone, and energy of the vital Black Lives Matter movement, but the entire gamut of BAME life experience, from social justice to comedies by black authors to romances with a predominantly Asian cast. This competition is open to all as we welcome the experiences of advocates and allies as well as voices from the black community. Above all, we want to ensure in publishing the anthology we amplify, centre, and celebrate the voices and writings of people of colour.” Prize: £250, £125, £75; £30 for runners-up.  Deadline: March 31, 2022.

The Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award. Sponsored by Sisters in Crime.   Restrictions: Open to emerging writers of color. An unpublished writer is preferred, although publication of one work of short fiction or academic work will not disqualify an applicant. Prize: $2,000. Deadline: March 31, 2022.

Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant WritingRestrictions: Open to first-generation residents of the United States. “First-generation” can refer either to people born in another country who relocated to the U.S., or to American-born residents whose parents were born elsewhere. Genre: Unpublished nonfiction books. Prize: $10,000 and publication. Deadline: March 31, 2022.

2022 Sijo CompetitionGenre: A Sijo poem. Prize: Adult division: First ($1,000), Second ($750), Third ($500); Pre-college division: First ($500), Second ($400), Third ($300) Deadline: March 31, 2022.

Substack runs a monthly short story competition. Their mission is to "revive the art of the short story, support artists, and produce something wonderful." Genre: Short story. Length: 6000- 10,000 words. Prize: $100 plus 50% of subscription revenue to be sent by Paypal, Zelle, or check. Deadline: March 31, 2022. Reprints are ok so long as you still have the rights to distribute.
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