Wednesday, July 26, 2023

103 Calls for Submissions in August 2023 - Paying markets

This August there are more than eight 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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The First LineGenre: 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: August 1, 2023.

Lycan Valley Press Publications (LVP Publications). Genre: Horror, thrillers, dark fiction, steampunk and pulp/mysteries in novel, novella and short-story collection formats. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: August 1, 2023.

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

The Forge Literary MagazineGenre: Fiction, flash fiction, micro-fiction. Length: Under 3,000 words preferred. Payment: $75. DeadlineThey open to fee-free submissions on the first of each month and close when they reach their quota.

Fractured Lit: BIPOC Love Story. Genre: Flash fiction. See theme. Payment$50 for original micro fiction and $75 for original flash fiction. Deadline: August 1, 2023.

We'Moon Lunar CalendarRestrictions: Open to women only. Genre: Art, poetry and prose, 350 words maximum. Payment: Small honorarium; art up to $500. Deadline: August 1, 2023.

Totally Entwined: Falsely, Madly, DeeplyGenre: Novellas, 30,000 - 50,000 words. Theme: Fake relationships. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: August 1, 2023.

Wizards in SpaceGenre: Poetry, prose, art. "We’re ready to hear about the chapters of your own journeys. Which pages have you turned, and which are you now opening? We want your cliffhangers, we want your tidy knots, we want your open endings. Fresh starts and sweet farewells." Payment: $40 per original poem or per page of original art; $20 per reprinted poem or per page of reprinted art; $0.04 per word for original prose, based on final published word count; $0.02 per word for reprinted prose, based on final published word count. Deadline: August 1, 2023. Accepts reprints. 

Grimoire: Medusa—The Stone-Cold BitchesGenre: Short stories, poems, CNF. See themePayment: $20. Deadline: August 1, 2023.

Monosyllabic Queer TheoryGenre: Poem about queer theory using monosyllabic words. Payment: $250 per piece. Deadline: August 1, 2023.

Occult Detective MagazineGenre: Mystery short stories, nonfiction, art. "We love both old-style and modern, cutting edge weird fiction, and we love folk horror; we embrace unashamed arcane adventure, and we also draw gritty noir mysteries into our domain. At the heart of all these tales are the occult detectives." Payment: $0.01/word (up to $50, up to $30 for nonfiction). Deadline: August 1, 2023.

Bad Day Book - Parenting EditionGenre: Poetry and prose. See site for themePayment: $40 - $75, depending on length. Deadline: August 1, 2023.

Bad Day Book - Kids (Written by kids for kids) EditionGenre: Poetry and prose. See site for themePayment: $40 - $75, depending on length. Deadline: August 1, 2023.

Bad Day Book - Teenage Years (Written by teenagers for teenagers) EditionGenre: Poetry and prose. See site for themePayment: $40 - $75, depending on length. Deadline: August 1, 2023.

Propertius PressRestrictions: We are actively seeking submissions by and about persons who identify as Trans and/or Non-Binary. Genre: Full-length literary fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: August 1, 2023.

Propertius Press.  Genre: Cozy mysteries. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: August 1, 2023. May close early if cap is reached.

Terrors from the Toy BoxGenre: Horror. Payment: £20 regardless of story length plus a paperback and digital (pdf & Epub.) copy. Deadline: August 1, 2023.

Acre Books Genre: Poetry, nonfiction, translation, graphic essays, & fiction by women of color, including writing by trans, nonbinary, & genderqueer writers. Subject line: OPEN CALL. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: August 1, 2023.

L’Esprit Literary ReviewGenre: Short fiction, creative non-fiction, novel extracts, drama, art, literary criticism, autotheory, and book reviews "written in the fearless, risk-adept, and revolutionary spirit of High Modernism." Payment: $10. Deadline: August 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: August 1, 2023.

Madame Gray's Graveyard of BloodGenre: Horror. "Open to all subgenres of horror, as long as the story takes place in, or is connected in some way to a cemetery. The more ghoulish, the better! The scarier, the merrier! And a bit of gallows humor is always welcome, but not required." Payment: $5. Deadline: August 1, 2023.

B Cubed Press: Alternative LeadershipGenre: Stories, poetry, and essays. "This anthology is about leadership. Leadership by the under-represented, by those too often forced to watch as those less qualified, less capable rise in a system that cannot see the value of diversity and change. We’re looking for broken barriers of all kinds. Can a man lead the National Organization of Women? Can a woman lead the NFL Players Association? Not in our current world, perhaps, but maybe in alternative worlds?" Payment: $.03 a word upon publication, plus a share of the profits. Deadline: August 1, 2023. Reprints accepted.

Cosmic Roots and Eldritch ShoresGenre: Speculative stories. Payment: 8 cents/word for original work. 2 cents/word for reprints. Deadline: August 2, 2023. Opens August 1.

Bright Wall/Dark RoomGenre: Essays on film and TV. See themePayment: $50 per essay. Deadline: August 3, 2023.

HALGenre: Visual art, poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, long form essays, reviews, video, film, and sound. Theme: Mundane is Radical. Payment: "Small honorarium." Deadline: August 3, 2023.

Sci Phi JournalGenre: Hard science fiction, fictional nonfiction, and speculative philosophy. Translations accepted. Payment: €0.03/word; €0.01/word for translations. Deadline: August 4, 2023.

Alien MagazineGenre: All types of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and visual art. Payment: $20. Deadline: August 5, 2023.

the other side of hopeGenre: Poetry by refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants only. They accept submissions in any language other than English. Payment: £50. DeadlineAugust 5, 2023.

The Off-SeasonGenre: New Weird horror set in landscapes and communities on the edge of the sea. Word Limit: 2000-4000 words, firm. Payment: $0.08/word, paid prior to publication. Deadline: August 6, 2023, for marginalized voices.

HavokGenre: Flash fiction on theme of Legendary Things. Payment: $50 via PayPal for each story selected for an Anthology. No payment for online publication. Deadline: August 6, 2023.

Flame Tree: Folk HorrorGenre: Folk horror. Payment: 8 cents/6 pence per word. Deadline: August 6, 2023.

CirsovaGenre: Genre fiction short stories. Payment: $0.0125 per word. Deadline: August 7, 2023.

Stone’s ThrowGenre: "We're looking for dark fiction, crime and noir, length between 1,000 and 2,000 words." Payment: $25. Deadline: August 7, 2023. Open to submissions the first week of every month.

UnnervingGenre: HORROR and CRIME stories up to 3,500 words in length. Payment: 1 cent/word. Deadline: August 7, 2023.

The Suburban ReviewGenre: Prose, art, poetry. See themePayment: AUD150-275 for prose; AUD125-275 for poetry. Deadline: August 9, 2023.

Hungry ZineRestrictions: Open to writers located in Canada. Genre: Fiction, nonfiction, art, poetry about food. See tbemePayment: $50. Deadline: August 9, 2023. Submission deadline.

Shub-Niggurath’s SweaterGenre: Cosmic horror. Short fiction and poetry. Stories should be between 1,000 and 5,000 words. Payment: 1 cent/word. Deadline: August 11, 2023.

Showcase: Object & IdeaGenre: Prose and poetry. "We explore Object & Idea. A poem and a prose piece are selected for each monthly issue, and the authors answer questions about the meaning behind their work." Payment: $50. Deadline: August 12, 2023. Reprints accepted

IslandRestrictions: Open to Australian and New Zealand citizens and residents only. Genre: Fiction Nonfiction. Payment: 40 cents per word, with a minimum of $700 and a maximum of $1500. Poetry for print - $175 per poem. Island Online - $450 for short-form fiction and nonfiction. Deadline: August 13, 2023.

YolkRestrictions: Print edition is open to residents of Canada. International submissions for digital publication. Genre: Fiction, art, and poetry. See themePayment: $100CAD honorarium for digital publication. For print, $30 per page, regardless of genre, up to a maximum of $200. $200 for print cover art. Deadline: August 14, 2023.

OrcaGenre: Literary fiction. Payment: $50 for short stories, $25 for flash fiction. Deadline: August 15, 2023. Submit early in the month to avoid submission fees.

evOkeGenre: All things Pagan, polytheist, and witchy. See themes. Payment: $5. Deadline: August 15, 2023. Open from the 1 - 15 of every month.

Tales from the Moonlit PathGenre: Dark, eerie speculative fiction and poetry. Payment: $10 for fiction. Deadline: August 15, 2023.

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. Payment: 0.08/word for fiction, $100 for nonfiction, and $40-300 for art. Deadline: August 15, 2023.

Muse MagazineGenre: Nonfiction articles for children. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: August 15, 2023. See themesQueries only.

SaseeGenre: First-person, non-fiction material that is for or about women. Essays, humor, satire, personal experience, and features on topics relating to women are their primary editorial focus. See theme. Payment: Varies. Deadline: August 15, 2023.

Cricket Media: ASK MagazineGenre: Science articles for children 7–10 years old. Theme: Wild in the city. Payment: Unspecified. Deadline: August 15, 2023. Queries only.

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

The Lorelei SignalGenre: Fantasy short stories, flash fiction, and poetry with strong female characters. Payment: $15 for short stories, $5 for poems and flash (<1000 wds) fiction pieces, $5 for reprints. Deadline: August 15, 2023. Accepts reprints.

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

Jersey Pines InkGenre: Fantasy flash fiction. 1,000 words max. Payment; 1/2 cent/word. Deadline: August 15, 2023.

Speculative CityGenre: Speculative fiction set in the city.  Payment: $20-$55 according to the category and length of the submission. Deadline: August 16, 2023.

The Other Stories (Audio). Genre: Horror on themes. Payment: 15 GBT. Deadline: August 18, 2023. See themes.

Impossible Worlds. Genre: Science fiction and fantasy. Payment : 5 cents/word. Deadline: August 18, 2023.

Flame Tree Publishing: African Ghost StoriesGenre: African Ghost Stories. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: August 27, 2023.

Northern GravyRestrictions: Northern Gravy welcomes submissions from UK & Ireland writers of any background, including first-time writers. Genre: Fiction, Poetry and Kid Lit (writing for Middle Grade and Young Adult audiences) Payment: £100 per contributor. Deadline: August 20, 2023.

PseudopodGenre: Horror (Audio format). Payment: USD $0.08 per word for original fiction. USD $100 per story for reprint fiction. Deadline: August 21, 2023. Reprints accepted.

Carte Blanche (Canada). Genre: Poetry, fiction, CNF, translations. comics, photography. Payment: "Modest" Deadline: August 21, 2023.

Uncanny MagazineGenre: Speculative poetry. Length: 750 to 10,000 words. Payment: $.10 per word. Deadline: August 21, 2023.

The Off-SeasonGenre: New Weird horror set in landscapes and communities on the edge of the sea. Word Limit: 2000-4000 words, firm. Payment: $0.08/word, paid prior to publication. Deadline: August 28, 2023.

Tree and Stone: Queer as F*Restrictions: Open to writers/artists who self-identify as queer/LGBTQIA/pan/non-binary. Our cishet/ cisallohet allies, are welcome to submit, but we ask that the story center around a character who self-identifies as queer/LGBTQIA/pan/non-binary. Genre: Short fiction, CNF, art. This issue is to celebrate queerness in all its forms, experiences, and expressions. Payment: $20. Deadline: August 28, 2023.

Bright Wall/Dark RoomGenre: Essays on film and TV. See theme. Payment: $50 per essay. Deadline: August 28, 2023.

JANE NIGHTSHADE'S SERIAL ENCOUNTERSGenre: Horror. "For this anthology, we're looking for short stories about casual encounters of fictional people with serial killers, that turned creepy or deadly. Stories can be straight crime/thriller stories or ones with a supernatural bent (haunted objects, ghosts, demons, etc.)." Payment: $5. Deadline: August 30, 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. DeadlineAugust 30, 2023.

Hellbound Books: Happy HellidaysGenre: "We want your stories of of holidays (any holiday at all!) filled with terror and dread, blood and guts, ghosts, and demons most foul." Payment: $5. DeadlineAugust 30, 2023.

Dragon Soul Press: Magick and Mystery. Genre: "All witch stories for all genres." Payment: Royalties. Deadline: August 31, 2023.

Dark MomentsGenre: Drabble (100 words) on theme: Dumb Ways to Die. Payment: 4 cents/word. Deadline: August 31, 2023. 

Autofocus BooksGenre: Book-length prose, poetry, or in-between manuscripts of artful autobiographical writing in its various genres and/or forms: personal essay, memoir, curated journal/diary, curated letters/e-mail, confessional prose-poetry, hybrid explorations of the self, and anything that makes art from your life. Length: 15,000-25,000 words. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: August 31, 2023.

PrototypeGenre: Book-length fiction and poetry. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: August 31, 2023.

HeartlinesRestrictions: 50% of content is from writers identifying as being from Canada/Turtle Island. Genre: Speculative fiction and about relationships. "We're looking for short fiction and poetry focused on long-term relationships: platonic, romantic, or familial. We don't want the blaze of new love or the obsession of a new friend. We want pieces that show that comfort that develops when people know each other for years." Stories - 1,000 - 3,500 words. Payment: $0.08 CAD per word for short fiction (1,000-3,500 words) and $60 CAD flat per poem. Deadline: August 31, 2023 for equity-deserving groups.

Jolly Horror Press: Graveyard Boots. Genre: Old West horror. Payment: 1/2 cent/word. Deadline: August 31, 2023, or until filled.

Four Way Review. Genre: Poetry, fiction, CNF. Payment: "Small honorarium. Deadline: August 31, 2023. (No fee to submit in August) 

UWA Publishing (University of Western Australia). Genre: Nonfiction. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: August 31, 2023.

Escalators to Hell: Shopping Mall Horrors. Genre: Horror stories that take place in malls. Payment: 5 cents/word. Deadline: August 31, 2023.

Sadwrn: Wind Guide YouGenre: Poetic prose in English or Spanish. "Wind Guide You will be a pixelstruck anthology of enchanted texts devoted to exploring these territories and digital ramblings. We want pieces that talk about the most otherwordly and intense settings of virtual universes. We want your beautiful dérives. We want your utter escapism, your childlike stray in the woods." Payment: €40/text and a complimentary copy of the zine. Deadline: August 31, 2023.

B.E.N.T. Flash Novel ChallengeGenre: "Write a 50,000-word novel in the B.E.N.T. universe in 45 days, ready to be reviewed for publication." Payment: Royalties. Deadline: August 31, 2023.

The McNeese ReviewGenre: Fiction, poetry. Payment: $50. Deadline: August 31, 2023.

Broken Antler publishes online and in print. Genre: All genres of horror, as well as sci-fi and dark fantasy. The editors are partial to a wide range of subgenres—body, cosmic, folk, gore, etc. "For poetry, creative nonfiction, and hybrid submissions, we’re looking for work that is haunting and monstrous, weird and bizarre. Extra points if your work is experimental or doing something unusual with form." Send up to two hybrid submissions. Payment: $10 - $20. Deadline: August 31, 2023.

Hidden Villains—BetrayedGenre: Speculative fiction. "Theme: Hidden Villains: Betrayed– Bold, imaginative fantasy, horror, and sci-fi sculpted to thrill and entertain readers with the bizarre or delve into the shadows. Finish it off with a twist of betrayal!" Word Limit: 2,000 to 8,000 words. Payment: 2+ cents per word. Deadline: August 31, 2023.

Upbeat TalesGenre: Upbeat and/or comedic fantasy, science fiction and horror stories. Payment: 1 cent/word. Length: 100-6,000 words. Deadline: August 31, 2023.

Why Didn’t You Just LeaveGenre: Horror. "There are a lot of reasons why people don’t just leave scary situations, and we’d like to see smart, spooky stories that reflect the complexity behind that question." Length: 500 – 5,000 words. Payment: 10 cents/word. Deadline: August 31, 2023.

Solar Press Horror AnthologyGenre: Horror. Length: 1,000 - 10,000 words. Payment: $50. Deadline: August 31, 2023.

Broken Sleep Books. (UK) Genre: Nonfiction prose pamphlets (up to 70 pages). Payment: Royalties. Deadline: August 31, 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: August 31, 2023. 

Variant LitGenre: Poetry, art. Payment: $10. Deadline: August 31, 2023.

Necronomi-RomComGenre: Speculative comic romance. "In this anthology, we’re looking for cosmic tales with a light romantic twist." Payment: 1 cent/word for prose, $5 for poetry. Deadline: August 31, 2023.

Quarter Press: Quarter(ly)Genre: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art. See themesPayment: $5. Deadline: August 31, 2023.

Haven SpeculativeGenre: Speculative fiction and poetry. Payment: 1 cent/word for fiction and $5 - $10 for poetry. Deadline: August 31, 2023.

Split Lip MagazineGenre: Fiction (flash and short stories), memoirs, and poetry. with a pop-culture twist. Payment: $50 - $75 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: August 31, 2023. Note: Submit early to avoid submission fees.

After Happy HourGenre: Fiction, poetry, CNF, art, comics. Payment: "Small honorarium." Deadline: August 31, 2023. Closes when they reach 300 submissions, so submit early.

The RumpusGenre: Fiction. "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: August 31, 2023.

Mud Season ReviewGenre: Poetry, Fiction, CNF, Art. Payment: $50. Deadline: August 31, 2023.

Apparition LitGenre: Speculative fiction and poetry on theme of Reclamation. Payment: $30. Deadline: August 31, 2023. Opens August 15. Submission periods are extended by a week for BIPOC creators only.

Bethlehem Writers RoundtableGenre: Short stories and poetry. See themes. Payment: 20.00 USD for featured authors, or $10.00 USD for stories published on their &More page and $5.00 USD for poems. Deadline: August 31, 2023.

JMS BooksGenre: LGBTQ romance stories, 12,000 words minimum. See themePayment: Royalties. Deadline: August 31, 2023.

Nightlight (Podcast). Restrictions: At least one of your birth parents must be Black. Genre: Horror. Flash fiction (750-1,500 words) Payment: 5 cents per word. Deadline: August 31, 2023.

The Underdogs Rise Vol. 2 (Working Title) Genre: Speculative fiction. "This is a sequel to our Current highly reviewed collection.  All stories must have science fiction or fantasy elements. Please no stories dealing with space exploration or colonization in this anthology. We want stories about underdogs that take fantastical worlds or places but want characters to be the focus. We are looking for polished manuscripts of about 3,500 - 12,000 words." Payment: 3 cents per word. Deadline: August 31, 2023.

Queens in WonderlandGenre: Fiction. This is an LGBTQ+ Alice in Wonderland themed anthology. 1,500-5,000 word count. Payment: $20. Deadline: August 31, 2023.

Sundress PublicationsGenre: Full-length poetry manuscripts. Payment: Publication. Deadline: Submission is free until August 31, 2023 for BIPOC writers only. 

Ghoulish TalesGenre: Horror. Word count: 5,000 max (short stories); 3,000 max (non-fiction). Payment: 10 cents/word. Deadline: August 31, 2023.

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: August 31, 2023.

EcotoneRestrictions: From August 25 to August 31, 2023, 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: $100 minimum for poetry and a $200 minimum for prose. Deadline: August 31, 2023.

UWAP (University of Western Australia Publishing). Genre: UWAP is interested in the following non-fiction genres: natural history, popular science, social history, Indigenous knowledge and history, narrative non-fiction and botany. UWAP is not currently looking to publishing autobiographies and/or family biographies/histories. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: August 31, 2023.


The Wicked Bestiary: An Anthology of Monstrous Folk TalesGenre: Horror short stories (5,000 - 8,000 words) that include creatures from legend, world myth, and folk tales.  Payment: US: $40 + author copy/non-US: $45 + ebook author copy). Deadline: September 1, 2023.

Bad Day BookGenre: Poetry and prose. See site for themesPayment: $40 - $75, depending on length. Deadline: September 1, 2023.

QwertyGenre: Fiction, CNF, Poetry. Payment: $15 CAD. Deadline: September 1, 2023.

Teach. Write.: A Writing Teachers’ Literary JournalGenre: Fiction, poetry, CNF. Payment: $15. Deadline: September 1, 2023.

ParabolaGenre: Original essays and translations, poetry, reviews. See themesPayment: Not specified. Deadline: September 1, 2023. 

Orion's BeltGenre: Speculative fiction, poetry, art. Length: 1200 words max. Payment: 8 cents per word. Deadline: September 1, 2023.

Lethe PressGenre: Speculative fiction, especially queer speculative fiction, historical fiction. Full-length manuscripts. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: September 1, 2023.

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