Friday, January 27, 2023

95 Calls for Submissions in February 2023 - Paying markets

This February 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 upcoming calls for submissions shortly before 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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JOURN-E The Journal of Imaginative LiteratureGenre: Adventure, Detection & Mystery, Fantasy, Horror & the Supernatural, and Science Fiction. Payment: One (1) cent per word for prose fiction and non-fiction, BUT with the following maximums: Up to $50.00 maximum for short stories; up to $35 maximum for scholarly articles; up to $15 maximum for reviews. Poetry from 3-13 lines--$7.50. Poetry from 14-50 lines--$15.00. Poetry over 50 lines--$15.00 plus 25 cents per line over 50 lines up to a maximum of $35.00. Interior Illustrations--$25-$50.00 (half-page to full-page). Cover Art in Full RGB Color--$100 [will be commissioned, or the illustrator should contact the editor with a concept before finished work and submission]. Deadline: February 1, 2023. Note: closes once 100 submissions have been received.

Magical Realist Eco-Fiction AnthologyGenre: Magical Realist Eco-Fiction centered on finding and examining “the sublime” and “the unknown” within our daily lives, and/or addressing the ways in which we interact with them. Payment: $50. Deadline: February 1, 2023.

Galaxy's EdgeGenre: Speculative fiction. Flash fiction, short stories and novelettes up to 10,000 words. Payment: 7 cents per word for new fiction. Deadline: Opens February 1, 2023. (Note: Opens every Tuesday for submissions)

Under the StairsGenre: Horror. "Home is where you’re supposed to feel safe. But what happens when that safety is violated? When something malignant – living, dead, or something that never lived at all – enters our most sacred of places and begins twisting it to use that safety against you?" Length: 3,000 words max. Payment: 3 cents/word. Deadline: February 1, 2023.

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, 2023.

Archive of the OddGenre: Speculative fiction, horror preferred. “Archive of the Odd is a zine of uncanny occurrences, told in even stranger ways.” They’d like a variety of time periods. Stories can be in any format, except traditional prose. Some of the suggested formats are: academic papers; technical writing; medication warning sheets; sales papers; newspaper articles; recipes; knitting/crochet/weaving/what-have-you guides; care guides (plant, animal, rock garden, etc); or any other unusual format. Submissions do not have to be entirely in text. Payment: $15-25 for fiction of 500-5,000+ words. Deadline: February 1, 2023.

Giramondo Publishing (Australia). Genre: Fiction and non-fiction manuscripts. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: February 1, 2023.

Longleaf ReviewGenre: Fiction, nonfiction Payment: $20. Deadline: Opens February 1, 2023. Submit early in the month. Submissions close after they reach 300.

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, 2023.

Sci Phi JournalGenre: Hard science fiction, fictional nonfiction, and speculative philosophy. Translations accepted. Payment: €0.03/word; €0.01/word for translations. Deadline: February 2, 2023. 

Plumwood Mountain JournalGenre: Poetry. See theme. Payment: $80. Deadline: February 3, 2023. Note: Only pays Australians.

SylviaGenre: Poetry and prose. "We are looking for nature-inspired pieces for summer, autumn and winter. We are leaning into our sylvan vibes this year; send us your forest poems, tales of fairies, and moments in nature." Payment: £1.75 per line for poetry (not including titles or line breaks) and £0.25 per word for prose. Deadline: February 3, 2023.

UnleashedGenre: Horror up to 10,000 words. Payment: $25 per piece. Deadline: February 3, 2023.

HavokGenre: Flash fiction on theme of Asia. Payment: $50 via PayPal for each story selected for an Anthology. No payment for online publication. Deadline: February 5, 2023.

Nightmare Fuel Magazine: Love Has TeethRestrictions: Open to Australians only. Genre: Horror short stories, poems. Payment: 5 cents AUD per word. Length: 666 words max. Deadline: February 5, 2023.

BarrelhouseGenre: Nonfiction books. "We're interested in full-length memoirs and essay collections that combine personal narrative with... something else. That could be reportage, criticism, history, etc. We're especially interested in projects where the external element has something to do with pop culture, and projects that do something unexpected and original with form and structure. A straightforward narrative memoir, no matter how engaging, is not going to be a fit for us. Send us your hybrid project that you worry might be too weird to publish, the project you thought was going to be a memoir but ended up as some new part-memoir form that you're not quite sure how to label. The project that was driven by your genuine obsession and fascination with a niche topic so close to your heart that you couldn't write about it without also including personal narrative. We want the exciting in-between stuff that pushes the boundaries of what makes a "memoir" or an "essay collection." Payment: Royalties? Deadline: February 5, 2023.

Tales from the Moonlit PathGenre: Dark, eerie speculative fiction and poetry. Payment: $10 for fiction. Deadline: February 5, 2023.

The SpectacleGenre: Poetry, fiction, nonfiction. Payment: $50. Deadline: February 5, 2023.

Dark Matter: Monster Lairs. Genre: Dark speculative fiction, horror, Payment: 8 cents/word. Deadline: February 5, 2023. Note: The submission window will remain open an additional week (from Monday, January 30, until Sunday, February 5 at 11:59 p.m. CST) for previously unpublished writers, ESL writers, BIPOC and LGBTQ+ writers, and other marginalized voices.

ShenandoahGenre: Fiction. Payment: $100. Deadline: Opens February 6. Closes when cap is reached.

Alien DimensionsGenre: Science Fiction, 5000-7000 words. “Set it in space, in the far future, and include some friendly non-humanoid aliens helping to solve a pseudo-scientific problem. More cerebral than stomach! Space Fiction! Written in the restrictive third person.” Payment: $20. Deadline: February 7, 2023.

This MagazineRestrictions: Open to Canadians. Genre: Queer issue. "LGBTQIA2S+ to the front! Send us all your ideas about love, sex, joy, rage, community, healthcare, self-connection, queering your life or parts of your life, fighting for your rights–whatever you’ve got, we want to read it. We’re looking for features, essays, columns, reported pieces, arts, and news pieces." Payment: $100. Deadline: February 7, 2023. Pitches only.

berlin litGenre: Poetry. Payment: 20 euros per poem. Deadline: February 8, 2023.

Suburban ReviewGenre: Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, comics, and art on theme of Itch. Payment: $75- $150. Deadline: February 8, 2023.

Forest Avenue PressGenre: Novels. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: February 10, 2023.

swim meet lit magGenre: Poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction (think memoir and personal essay), visual art and photography. "Send us hybrids, work that pushes the boundaries of creativity, that you’d be proud to see published!" Payment: $30 AUD per poem and visual art piece, $50 AUD for prose and cover art. Only pays Australian writersDeadline: February 10, 2023.

QwertyGenre: Fiction, CNF, Poetry. Payment: $15 CAD. Deadline: February 11, 2023.

The FabulistGenre: Fantastical and genre fiction. Payment: $25. Deadline: February 11, 2023. See theme.

FacesGenre: Nonfiction, activities for children 9 - 14. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: February 11, 2023. Queries onlySee themes.

Electric Literature: Recommended ReadingGenre: Short fiction between 2,000 and 10,000 words. Payment: $300. Deadline: February 12, 2023.

Augur MagazineRestrictions: Augur Magazine is only accepting submissions from creators who are Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, Disabled, and/or Trans, who are also Canadian citizens/permanent residents and/or who are living within the settler-defined borders of the land colonially known as Canada. Genre: Dream-touched realism, slipstream, fabulism, magical realism (note: educate yourself before you claim this term) and, for lack of a better descriptor, “literary” speculative fiction. Payment: $0.11 cents (CAD) per word for short fiction (1000+ words), and a flat fee of $110.00 per flash fiction piece (1000 words and under). Deadline: February 12, 2023.

Cossmass InfinitiesGenre: Science fiction and fantasy short stories. Payment: $0.08/word for original fiction. Deadline: February 14, 2023. Note: Open during the first week of February and October for BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and other under-represented authors then opening to general submission for the second week.

Cast of WondersGenre: YA Speculative fiction. Podcast. Theme: Seasonal Holidays. Payment: $.08/word for original fiction of any length (yes, including flash!). For reprints, a $100 flat rate for Short Fiction, and a $20 flat rate for Flash Fiction. Deadline: February 14, 2023.

ApplauseGenre: Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, visual art, and photography. See theme. Payment: $25.  Deadline: February 14, 2023.

ParSec. Genre: Science fiction, fantasy and horror. Payment: 2p a word up to a maximum of £180.00. Deadline: February 14, 2023.

Samjoko Magazine is devoted to publishing "exemplary work from content creators around the world. Focusing mainly upon the written word, we hope to create an immersive digital and print platform that stands out for its honesty and desire to take risks for the sake of artistic expression. We have no set aesthetic, though different themes will be focused upon periodically. We aim to publish seasonally, with our inaugural issue expected to be released early 2022. Response times vary  between 1 day to 4 months. Apologies in advance for form rejections. Our goal is to publish 15 pieces per issue." Payment: $20. Deadline: February 15, 2023.

evOke. Genre: All things Pagan, polytheist, and witchy. See themes. Payment: $5. Deadline: February 15, 2023. 

LumiereRestrictions: Open to BIPOC writers. Genre: Poetry, prose, art. See theme. Payment: $10. Deadline: February 15, 2023.

Fallen Tree PressGenre: Poetry chapbooks. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: February 15, 2023.

Ghoulish TalesGenre: Horror. Word count: 5,000 max (short stories); 3,000 max (non-fiction). Payment: 7 cents/word. Deadline: February 15, 2023.

Songs of Eretz Poetry Review. Genre: Poetry and art. Payment: $7 per poem, $12 for cover art and $7 for inside art. Deadline: February 15, 2023. See themes.

Luna Station QuarterlyRestrictions: Open to women writers only. Genre: Speculative fiction. Payment: $5. Deadline: February 15, 2023. Some reprints accepted.

Muse MagazineGenre: Nonfiction articles for children. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: February 16, 2023. See themes.

Funemployment QuarterlyGenre: Science-fiction/fantasy on theme: Autonomy. Payment: $20 CAD. Deadline: February 16, 2023. 

The CommonGenre: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and hybrid works by current and former farmworkers of all ages, as well as those raised in farmworker families who experienced the stories and effects of this work through their parents or other relations. Work may be submitted in English or Spanish. Payment: $200 for prose pieces and $40 per poem. Deadline: February 17, 2023. (extended)

Electric Literature: The CommuterGenre: Poetry, flash, graphic, and experimental narratives. Payment: $100. Deadline: February 19, 2023.

fron//teraGenre: Nonfiction (up to 5,000 words), fiction, poetry, art. Submissions can be in Spanish or English. They also publish short dual-language English and Spanish pieces side by side. See themePayment: $25 - $50. Deadline: February 19, 2023. (extended)

The Aurora JournalGenre: Prose, poetry. "We look for writing that is surreal, ethereal, mystical, and explores the dangerous limits of surrealism." Payment: $12. Deadline: February 20, 2023.

Worlds of Possibility. Genre: Poetry, and science fiction and fantasy flash stories up to 1,000 words, with no minimum requirement. Ideally the stories should leave the reader feeling hopeful, peaceful, or happy. Payment: 1 cent/word. Deadline: February 20, 2023.

Markaz ReviewGenre: 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). "We’re interested in covering a worldwide array of visual, literary and performing arts events, as well as current affairs. We also publish opinion columns (750–1,500 words)." Payment: Small honorarium. Deadline: February 20, 2023. Queries only.

Planet Scumm Genre: Hard sci-fi, soft sci-fi, speculative fiction, weird fiction, and slipstream. Payment: $0.05/word. Deadline: February 21, 2023.

Flash Fiction OnlineGenre: Speculative (science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, and horror) and literary flash fiction. Length: 500- to 1000-words. Payment: $80. Deadline: February 21, 2023.

Room to Read: Youth in Care Children's Book Collection. Genre: Books for and about children in the foster care system. Payment: $4,000 USD for completed manuscripts. Deadline: February 21, 2023.

UnstamaticGenre: Flash prose and poetry, art. Payment: $10. Deadline: February 24, 2023.

Omenana Magazine. Restrictions: Open to writers from Africa and the African Diaspora. Genre: speculative fiction. Payment: $20. Deadline: February 25, 2023.

Off Topic Publishing: Poetry BoxGenre: Poetry. Payment $40 CAD. Deadline: February 25, 2023.

Cricket Media: ASK MagazineGenre: Science articles for children 7–10 years old. Theme: Fairy Tale Science. Payment: Unspecified. Deadline: February 28, 2023. Queries only.

EpochGenre: Poetry, prose, art and comics. Payment: $100 - $500 for poetry, prose, and comics, depending on length, and $350 for cover art. Deadline: February 28, 2023. No fee for snail mail submissions.

Tower Magazine. Genre: All genres. "We’re looking for work that grapples with endings, death, dissolution and finality; sudden, brutal endings; torturously slow breakdowns; how do things come to an end and who gets to decide?" Payment: €20, Deadline: February 28, 2023. Accepts reprints.

Voices from the Revolution—Iranian Women SpeakGenre: Poetry; fiction and essays up to 2500 words each or images of visual art. "The International Human Rights Art Festival's (IHRAF) publishing initiative, IHRAF Books, is accepting submissions for Voices from the Revolution: Iranian Women Speak, a print anthology of Iranian culture and experience in light of the recent protests in that country, highlighting women authors and artists." Payment: $25 per piece. Deadline: February 28, 2023.

Lolwe. Restrictions: Open to Black (African, Caribbean, Diaspora) artists. Genre: Fiction, essays, poetry, and photography. Payment: "Modest" Deadline: February 28, 2023.

Triangulation—Seven-Day WeekendGenre: Speculative fiction, poetry. See theme. Payment: 3 cents per word for short stories, 25 cents per line for poetry. Deadline: February 28, 2023.

Yellow Arrow JournalGenre: Creative nonfiction, poetry, cover art by authors who identify as women. Theme: Kindling. Payment: $10. Deadline: February 28, 2023.

Dark Hare Press holds a monthly Patreon challenge. Genre: Speculative fiction drabble. Theme: Anime Horror. Word count : exactly 100 words. Payment: 4 cents/word. Deadline: February 28, 2023.

PyreGenre: Horror, sci-fi, the weird, the macabre, fantasy, and magical realism: Flash fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, videos. Payment: $10. Deadline: February 28, 2023.

SouthwordGenre: Poetry. Payment: €40 per poem. Deadline: February 28, 2023.

The Black Beacon Book of HorrorGenre: Horror. Payment: $20 per piece. $5 for reprints. Deadline: February 28, 2023. 

21 Futures: Tales from the TimechainGenre: Fiction. "We want to present a broad spectrum of possible worlds all told through the lens of bitcoin." Payment: $100. Deadline: February 28, 2023.

JMS BooksGenre: LGBTQ romance stories, 12,000 words minimum. See themePayment: Royalties. Deadline: February 28, 2023.

Blue Mesa ReviewGenre: Fiction (up to 6,000 words), Nonfiction (up to 6,000 words), Poetry (up to 3 poems), and Visual Art. Payment: $25. Deadline: February 28, 2023. Submit early in the month.

Transform the WorldGenre: Near future hopepunk. Story Length: 2.5-15K. Payment: One-time flat fee. New stories: $50 for 2.5-5k words, $75 for 5-10K words; $100 for 10-15K; Reprints accepted at half the new story rate. Deadline: February 28, 2023. Reprints accepted.

Propertius Press. Genre: Poetry on theme: Home in the World. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: February 28, 2023.

Dear Poetry JournalGenre: Poetry. "Your poems should identify their dears, whether by direct dedication, title, and/or contents." Payment: $5. Deadline: February 28, 2023.

The New QuarterlyRestrictions: Open to Canadian writers. Genre: Poetry, fiction, nonfiction. Payment: $275 for a short story or nonfiction entry, and $50 per poem or postscript story. Deadline: February 28, 2023. 

The First Five Minutes of the Apocalypse AnthologyGenre: Short horror, weird, dark fiction between 1500 and 4000 words (firm limit) that deal with a fictional apocalypse. The story must take place within a short period of time (less than a day) at the beginning of a fictional apocalypse. Payment: 3 cents/word. Deadline: February 28, 2023.

Haven SpeculativeGenre: Speculative fiction and poetry. Payment: 1 cent/word for fiction and $5 - $10 for poetry. Deadline: February 28, 2023.

New Orleans Review. Genre: Fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Payment: $300 for prose, $100 for poetry. Deadline: February 28, 2023. In celebration of Black History Month, there are no submission fees for Black writers for the month of February.

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: February 21, 2023. Closes when cap is reached.

Mud Season ReviewGenre: Poetry, Fiction, CNF, Art. Payment: $50. Deadline: February 28, 2023.

Apparition LitGenre: Speculative fiction and poetry on theme of Symmetry. Payment: $30. Deadline: February 28, 2023. Opens February 15. Submission periods are extended by a week for BIPOC creators only.

Dragon Soul Press: TricksterGenre: "All Fae stories are welcome. All genres are accepted." Payment: Royalties. Deadline: February 28, 2023.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: AngelsGenre: True stories and poems. "We are looking for true personal stories about how an angel has touched your life – stories of true wonder and awe from people who have directly encountered or received help from angels." Payment: $200. DeadlineFebruary 28, 2023.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: MiraclesGenre: True stories and poems. "All of us have experienced events in our lives that are completely unexplainable: the strange premonition that made you take a different route home causing you to miss an accident; the eerie feeling that you should call home… now, saving someone’s life; the mysterious communication from a loved one who has passed on." Payment: $200. DeadlineFebruary 28, 2023.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The power of positive thinkingGenre: True stories and poems. "How did you “think positive” and how did it change your life? Tell us your success story about using the power of positive thinking!" Payment: $200. DeadlineFebruary 28, 2023.

The MaulGenre: Horror between 100 and 3,000 words. "We enjoy pulp fiction. That means we look for stories that pop. Exaggeration, melodrama, impossibly imaginative settings, and vivid imagery are encouraged. Bring us something that really jumps off the page. Be as over-the-top as you like. If you’re a more subtle writer, submit anyway. Sometimes one good twist or some relatable descriptions will still catch people’s eye, even the uninitiated." Payment: $0.08/word for original fiction, $0.02/word for reprints. Deadline: February 28, 2023.

Nightlight PodcastRestrictions: Open to Black writers. Genre: Horror. Payment: Up to $200. Deadline: February 28, 2023.

Sonder MagazineGenre: Fiction, CNF and poetry on theme of Belonging. Payment: €300. Deadline: February 28, 2023.

The RumpusGenre: Fiction and essays. "We strive to be a platform for marginalized voices and writing that might not find a home elsewhere, and to lift up new voices alongside those of more established writers we love. We work to shine a light on stories that build bridges, tear down walls, and speak truth to power." Payment: $300 divided among all contributors. Deadline: February 28, 2023.

TamarindGenre: Fiction, nonfiction. "We welcome stories that look creatively at science and the philosophy of science." Payment: Royalties. Deadline: February 28, 2023.

Come Sail AwayGenre: Poetry, prose poetry, and other experimental writing by queer, trans, and gender-nonconforming writers. Payment: $10. Deadline: February 28, 2023.

New MythsGenre: Speculative fiction, flash fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Payment: 3 cents/word with a minimum payment of $30 for all submissions, fiction, flash fiction, nonfiction and poetry; $50 for book reviews; $80 for art. Deadline: February 28, 2023.

Quarter Press: Quarter(ly). Genre: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art. See themes. Payment: $5. Deadline: February 28, 2023.

Variant Lit. Genre: Poetry, art. Payment: $10. Deadline: February 28, 2023.

And a few more...

ParabolaGenre: Original essays and translations, poetry, reviews. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: March 1, 2023. See themes.

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 1, 2023. Note: They only have 200 free submissions per month; if they exceed that number, their free submissions categories will close for the remainder of the month.

Strange Horizons' Wuxia & Xianxia SpecialGenre: Speculative fiction. "Traditional and new approaches to wuxia and xianxia fiction ." Payment: up to $150 per contributor. Deadline: March 1, 2023.

ContraryGenre: Poetry, fiction, CNF. Payment: $20. Deadline: March 1, 2023.

Kangas KahnGenre: Halloween short stories. Payment: 8 cents/word. Deadline: March 1, 2023.

Particular PassagesGenre: Poetry, fiction, art on theme. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: March 1, 2023. See themes.

Block Party PressGenre: Poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction chapbook manuscripts, 15 - 24 pages. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: March 1, 2023.

The PolyglotGenre: Multilingual art, poems, essays, stories, artworks, and translations on any theme. Payment: $100 CAD. Deadline: March 1, 2023.

Iron HorseGenre: Poems, stories, essays on any topic. Payment: $50 per poem or flash piece and $100 per story or essay. Deadline: March 1, 2023. Fee free for one day only. 

Cunning FolkGenre: Non-fiction pitches and short fiction and poetry on theme: The Vampire. Payment: £100 per article, interview or short story and £50 for poetry and rituals. Deadline: March 1, 2023.

Teach. WriteGenre: Fiction, nonfiction, flash fiction, poetry, CNF. "I prefer writing that is either written by composition teachers and writing students OR about teaching and learning." Payment: $15. Deadline: March 1, 2023.

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 1, 2023.

Thema: Help from a StrangerGenre: Fiction, poetry, and art on theme: Help from a Stranger. Payment:  $10-$25 for short fiction and artwork, $10 for poetry. Deadline: March 1, 2023. Accepts reprints.

Short Story Substack accepts one short story every month. Genre: All genres. Word count 6,000 - 10,000 words. Payment: Base Pay of $100 for the chosen story + 50% of subscription revenue to be sent by Paypal, Zelle, or check. Deadline: February 28, 2023. Reprints accepted.

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