Calls for Submissions

Literary journals and publishers put out calls for submissions when they are seeking new material.

If you have a completed story, essay, poem, or piece of creative nonfiction, these are good opportunities. A journal is more likely to publish what you submit if they are looking for it.

These are all my posts that list calls for submissions. They are arranged in descending order, with the most recent posts first. All are paying markets.

Even if the deadlines on the older calls have passed, it is worth looking at them as most journals will be open to submissions periodically. If you find a journal that is a good fit for your writing, you can submit during their next reading period.

Here are some good sites to check for submission calls.

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Calls for Submissions (Facebook group)

Erika Dreifus posts calls for submissions and contests every Monday on her site.

Angela Carr publishes calls for submissions every month on her blog, A Dreaming Skin.

Submittable Discover

Entropy - Where to Submit

Also see:

217 Paying Markets for Short Stories, Poetry, Nonfiction

36 Paying Markets for Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction

Speculative Fiction Magazines Accepting Submissions

163 Literary Magazines Accepting Reprints

Here is a spreadsheet with 300 places to submit - both paid and unpaid:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1RQpwe31zRjYv9Fstg1A2KYhqQ2stTF1BKKMK01eYvpI/edit#gid=0

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UPCOMING  - JANURARY 2021

Cast of Wonders Podcast. Genre: Speculative fiction for teens. Length: 3,000 words max. Payment: 6 cents/word. Deadline: January 1, 2021.

The Cincinnati ReviewGenre: Literary nonfiction (up to 20 pages), fiction, poetry, poetry translations, and art. Payment: $25/page for prose in the journal, and $30/page for poetry. Deadline: January 1, 2021.

The Temz Review. Genres: Prose (fiction and creative non-fiction) up to 10,000 words long. Payment: $20. Deadline: January 1, 2021.

BluestemGenre: Fiction, poetry, nonfiction. Payment: $20/poem and $75/prose piece. Deadline: January 1, 2021.

ConstelaciĆ³n Magazine: Myths and Monsters. Genre: Bilingual Spanish/English speculative fiction. Payment: 8 cents/word. Deadline: January 1, 2021.

Dorothy. Genre: Books. "Fiction or near fiction or about fiction, mostly by women." Payment: Royalties. Deadline: January 1, 2021.

Aphotic Realm: LycanthropyGenre: Speculative stories about animorphs with a bloody twist.  Payment: $10. Deadline: January 1, 2021.

Circumference. Genre: New translations of poetry, essays, long-form writing, and drama. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: January 2, 2021.

HavokGenre: Flash fiction on Theme of Green. Payment: $10 via PayPal for each story published in an Anthology. Deadline: January 3, 2021.

Rialto. Genre: Poetry. Payment: £20. Deadline: January 3, 2021.

Dark Dispatch: Redemption. Genre: Sci fi, fantasy, horror, and crime on theme of Redemption.  Payment: $50. Deadline: January 5, 2021.

Scum. Genre: Feminist-friendly work of any variety, but as a general rule your piece should be under 2000 words (50 lines for poetry, max. 3 poems) and able to be classified as “fiction”, “culture”, “memoir”, “column”, “poetry”, and/or “review”. Payment: $60 AUD. Deadline: January 7, 2021. Opens to submissions on January 1.

Coastal Shelf. Genre: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry. Payment: $20 - $30. Deadline: January 7, 2021. Opens to submissions on January 1.

Jazz House: Twisted Love Anthology. Genre: Romanic gothic horror. "Jazz House wants to read your twisted, dark, and despairing stories about romantic and gothic horror and the people who find love to have a bitter aftertaste." Payment: $75. Deadline: January 8, 2021.

The Stinging Fly. Genre: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry. Payment: Fiction and nonfiction: €30 per magazine page; Poetry: €50 per poem; Featured Poet: €250. Deadline: January 8, 2021.

Mermaids MonthlyGenre: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art on topic of merfolk. Payment: $0.10/word for fiction, $50 – $100 for poems, Comics (up to 5 pages) $75-$100 per page, micro art and word submissions $25, $50 for spot illustrations, $25 – $50 licensing fee for interior and $100 – $150 for cover art licensing reprints, $0.10 per word for non-fiction, $0.01 per word for these with a minimum of $20 if the piece is shorter than 2,000 words for reprints. Deadline: January 9, 2021.

Planet Scumm: Snake Eyes. Restrictions: Open to cisgender women, transgender women, transgender men, non-binary people, and genderqueer people. Genre: Hard sci-fi, soft sci-fi, speculative fiction, weird fiction, and slipstream on theme of Snake Eyes. Payment: $0.02/word. Deadline: January 10, 2021.

The GhastlingGenre: Literary fiction and illustration devoted to psychological horror, folk horror, ghost stories and the macabre. Payment: £15 per story plus copy of magazine. Deadline: January 10, 2021.

Full Bleed: Archives. Genre: Criticism, fiction, poetry, graphic essays, belles lettres, artwork, design, and illustration. "We are especially interested in submissions on the theme of adaptation. In this time of accelerating change, we invite artists, designers, and writers to reflect on the various ways that ecological, technological, and social conditions have necessitated and will necessitate reinvention, hard resets, or new modes of coping, working, living, and thinking." Payment: Modest honorarium. Deadline: January 10, 2021.

Midnight & IndigoRestrictions: Open to black women. Genre: Fiction, personal essays. Payment: $50 for essays, and $50-$75 for fiction. Deadline: January 10, 2021.

BarrelhouseGenre: Fiction and nonfiction. Payment: $50. Deadline: January 11, 2021. 

MslexiaGenre: Nonfiction. "We're looking to commission features from women who manage to write despite a particular personal challenge, e.g. new baby, long-term illness, English as a second language, depression, no Wi-Fi connection, family ridicule…" Payment: £25. Deadline: January 11, 2021.

The Other Stories PodcastGenre: Horror on theme of Lost Civilizations. Payment: $5. Deadline: January 11, 2021.

Wyldblood. Genre: Speculative fiction. Payment: £0.01 per word. Deadline: January 14, 2021.

Muse MagazineGenre: Nonfiction articles for children on theme of Layers of Meaning.  Payment: Not specified. Deadline: January 15, 2021. 

Great Weather for MEDIA: Annual Print Anthology. Genres: Poetry, flash fiction, short stories, dramatic monologues, and creative nonfiction. "Our focus is on the fearless, the unpredictable, and experimental but we do not have a set theme for our anthologies." Payment: $10. Deadline: January 15, 2021.

Stellium is a literary magazine centering Black queer and trans prose writers. (Other Black and QTPOC writers accepted.) Genre: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art. Payment: $50. Deadline: January 15, 2021.

The Periodical, Forlorn. Genre: Dark and creepy stories that give us an unusual spin on vampiric items or people. Payment: $15. Deadline: January 15, 2021.

Unfettered Hexes: Queer Tales of Insatiable Darkness. Genre: Speculative stories about queer witches, "the knife edge between the sacred and the profane, and infinite darkness." Payment: 8 cents/word. Deadline: January 15, 2021.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: I’m Speaking Now: Black Women Share Their Truth in 101 Stories of Love, Courage and HopeGenre: True stories and poems. “We’re looking for everything from the serious to the silly. There will be 101 stories, so we can go wide and deep, and we’d like to share stories from Black women of all ages, from late teens to women in their nineties.” Payment: $200. Deadline: January 15, 2021.

Channel. Genre: Short stories, poetry, and essays that engage with the natural world. Payment: €40 per poem and €40 per page of prose up to a total maximum fee of €120. Contributors will also receive a copy of whichever issue their work appears within. Deadline: January 15, 2021.

Women Artists Datebook. Genre: Poems and artwork by women on theme of social justice. Payment: $70. Deadline: January 15, 2021.

filling station. Restrictions: Open to Black, Indigenous, and POC writers and artists. Genre: Stories, poems, and art on all themes. "We would particularly like to see experimental submissions of celebration in all its forms, stories about the future, innovative creative non-fiction, and experimental and speculative poetry, and artwork." Payment: $25. Deadline: January 15, 2021.

RattleGenre: Poetry. Theme: Tribute to Appalachian Poets. Payment: $200. Deadline: January 16, 2021.

Gypsum Sound Tales: COLP: UndergroundGenre: Short stories, all genres on theme of Underground. Payment: AU$5.00 for stories under 2500 words / AU$10.00 for anything above 2500 words.  Deadline: January 17, 2021.

Roll Call is a 4–5 episode miniseries of the VS podcast dedicated to the past, present, and future of Black poetry. It will be a submission-based, anthology-style show collecting audio-based, hour-long, content from Black poets, scholars, and creators from across the diaspora. Payment: $1000. Deadline: January 17, 2021.

Uncanny MagazineGenre: SF/F fiction and poetry. Payment: $.10 per word. Deadline: January 18, 2021.

Ruminate. Genre: Short nonfiction (See themes). Payment: $20/400 words for prose, and $20/image for visual art. Deadline: January 20, 2021.

Electric Literature: The Commuter. Genre: Poetry, short fiction. Payment: $100. Deadline: January 24, 2021. Opens January 18.

Electric Literature: Recommended ReadingGenre: Short fiction between 2,000 and 10,000 words.  Payment: $300. Deadline: January 24, 2021. Opens January 18.

Roadrunner Review. Restrictions: Open to  graduate and undergraduate students. Genre: Poetry, short fiction, nonfiction. Payment: $100. Deadline: January 24, 2021.

The Other Stories PodcastGenre: Horror on theme of Government Experiments. Payment: $5. Deadline: January 25, 2021.

Luna Novella for Speculative Scotland. Restrictions: Open to all writers who call Scotland their home, irrespective of place of birth or ethnicity. All levels welcome (unpublished, published, solo or agented). Genre: Speculative fiction novellas. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: January 26, 2021.

Every Day FictionGenre: Flash fiction up to 1000 words. Payment: $3. Deadline: January 27, 2021.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: EldercareGenre: True stories and poems. "Eldercare on an ongoing basis is a very difficult task, whether the care is in your home, the person’s home, or an outside facility. Eldercare requires the caregiver to be patient, kind, compassionate and giving. And having a little humor doesn’t hurt! Are you providing eldercare for a spouse, partner, or sibling due to dementia, chronic illness, permanent physical or mental disabilities, or just plain old age? Did you move in with an older family member to care for him or her? Are you part of the “sandwich” generation—caring for a parent and a child at the same time?" Payment: $200. Deadline: January 30, 2021.

Dragon Soul Press: ValianceGenre: Fiction on theme of Valiance. "Female samurai are rarely written in books and are shrouded in mystery. With no limitation on genre, the only special requirement for this anthology is that a female samurai be the main character in each of these stories." Word Count – 5,000-15,000. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: January 31st, 2021.

Propertius Press: Spheres and CanticlesGenre: Poetry on theme of Wholeness. Payment: Revenue sharing. Deadline: January 31, 2021.

Awakenings. Genre: All genres and media. "Awakenings is home to a multi-media art gallery featuring the artistic expressions of rape and sexual abuse survivors. By showcasing stories of survival, we are helping survivors find peace while simultaneously challenging the cultural taboos that prevent an honest discussion of sexual violence." Payment: $12. Deadline: January 31st, 2021.

The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors 3. Genre: Stories featuring monsters. Payment: 1p per word, plus a copy of the book. Deadline: January 31st, 2021.

34 Orchard: Genre: Fiction, poetry. "We like dark, intense pieces that speak to a deeper truth. We’re not genre-specific; we just like scary, disturbing, unsettling, and sad." Payment: $50. Deadline: January 31st, 2021.

Social Justice AnthologiesGenre: Fiction or nonfiction that explores a topic relevant to the well-being of our society or environment. Payment: $200. Deadline: January 31st, 2021.

Timeworn Literary Journal. Genre: Unpublished historical fiction submissions in English under 5,000 words. They should be set before 1996, rooted in history and voice-driven. Stories do not need to necessarily be about a specific historical event, only set within history. "We're looking for "Historical Fiction from the fringe." Work with a bend toward the surreal, the dream-like, the strange. Speculative elements strongly encouraged. We like our spec subtle, with low-key elements of historical fantasy, fabulism, slip-stream, magical realism, and science fiction." Payment: $25. Deadline: January 31st, 2021.

Last Girls Club. Genre: Feminist horror: short stories and poems on theme of Strange Births. Payment: Short Story-$20 upon acceptance and copy of magazine; Art-$15 for full page; Poems-$15 less than 200 words. Deadline: January 31st, 2021.

The Great VoidGenre: Speculative fiction. Length: 4000 - 15,000 words. See themesPayment: 30% of profits shared equally among contributors. Deadline: January 31st, 2021.

Shenandoah. Genre: Novel excerpts, short stories, and essays. Payment: $100 per 1000 words of prose up to $500. Deadline: January 31st, 2021. Opens January 15.

The RumpusGenre: Fiction, Poetry. "We strive to be a platform for marginalized voices and writing that might not find a home elsewhere, and to lift up new voices alongside those of more established writers we love. We work to shine a light on stories that build bridges, tear down walls, and speak truth to power." Payment: $300 divided among all contributors. Deadline: January 31st, 2021.

Alpennia: Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast Fiction SeriesGenre: Short stories in the lesbian historic fiction genre, to be produced in audio format for the podcast, as well as published in text on the website. Payment: 8 cents/word. Deadline: January 31st, 2021.

Muswell Press: Queer Life, Queer Love. Genre: Non-fiction pieces, short stories, flash fiction and poetry. "What do we mean by Queer? We are looking for writing that explores characters and experiences beyond mainstream society. Celebrating the fascinating, the forbidden, the alien, the subversive, the view of the outsider." Payment: Royalties. Deadline: January 31, 2021. 

Please See MeGenre: Poetry, creative nonfiction/essays, fiction/short stories/flash fiction, and digital media (photography, drawings, podcasts, and short films) on theme of Hope. "We are especially looking for content that connects us, make us feel something, or helps us see illness, wellness, health, or the healthcare environment differently." Payment: Not specified. Deadline: January 31, 2021. 

The New Gothic Review. Genre: Gothic fiction. Payment: $30. Deadline: January 31, 2021.

Room. Genre: Fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and art. "We invite creatives to submit work that centres storytelling from Indigenous perspectives, methods, and forms. We envision this special issue to encompass different communities coming together with a shared vision of Indigenous resurgence: one that exists through the act of making space for ourselves and each other, through community building, and through the radical act of living and loving. This issue encourages writing and visual art, as well as diverse non-literary art forms to be submitted." Payment: All contributors will be paid upon publication: $50 CAD for one page, $60 for two pages, $90 for three pages, $120 for four pages, $150 for five or more pages. Deadline: January 31, 2021.

Nashville Review. Genre: Fiction, poetry, art, and nonfiction. Payment: $25 per poem & song selection; $100 per selection for all other categories, including featured artwork. Translators receive $25 per poem & $100 for prose selections. Deadline: January 31, 2021.

Quommunicate Publishing: Hashtag Queer – LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology, Vol 4. Genre: Fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and scripts on LGBTQ+ themes. Payment: $5/page. Deadline: January 31, 2021.

Sci Phi JournalGenre: Hard sci-fi. See topics. Payment: 3 (Euro) cents per word for original fiction and 1 (Euro) cent per word for translations of fiction into English. Deadline: January 31st, 2021.

The Overcast (Podcast)Genre: Speculative fiction. Payment: $0.01 per word, minimum $20 for any story; Flat rate of $20 for all stories less than 2,000 words. Deadline: January 31st, 2021. Accepts reprints.

Split Lip Magazine. Genre: Fiction (flash and short stories), memoirs, and poetry. with a pop-culture twist. Payment: $50 per author (via PayPal) for our web issues. Payment for print is $5 per page, minimum of $20, plus 2 contributor copies and a 1-year subscription. Deadline: January 31, 2021. Note: Submit early in January to avoid submission fees. Free submissions for black writers all year.

OrcaGenre: Literary fiction. Payment: $50 for short stories, $25 for flash fiction. Deadline: January 31st, 2021. Submit early in the month to avoid submission fees. 

The Southampton ReviewGenre: Poetry, prose, art. Payment: Prose: $100+, Poetry: $75 per poem. Illustration: $100 per page. Art Portfolios: $200 for up to 12 images Deadline: January 31st, 2021. Submit early in the month to avoid fees.

Departure Mirror QuarterlyGenre: Contemporary speculative fiction and poetry. Payment: $0.10/word up to 3,000 words for fiction. $300 flat rate above that. $10/poem flat rate for poetry. Deadline: January 31st, 2021.

EventRestrictions: Open to submissions by Canadian writers only during the month of January. Genre: Poetry and prose. Payment: $40/page for poetry and $35/page for prose, up to a maximum of $500. Deadline: January 31st, 2021. Submissions will be capped at 150.


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Volney Road Review. Genres: Fiction, poetry, CNF, art. Payment: $10. Deadline: February 1, 2021.

Sexy Fantastic MagazineGenre: Fantastic erotic stories on theme of Stars. (No porn) "Any type of story with fantastic elements is acceptable, such as a metaphysical or surreal modern tale, magic realism, a dark fantasy thriller, science fiction satire, historical legend, an imaginary world fantasy adventure, etc." Payment: $100. Deadline: February 1, 2021.

The First Line. Genres: 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, 2021.

Belmont Story Review. Genre: Fiction, poetry, CNF. Payment: $50. Deadline: February 1, 2021.

Nonbinary Review. Genre: Poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and flash, up to 3000 words on theme of Apocalypse. Payment: For prose, 1¢ US per word, and $10 US per poem. Deadline: February 1, 2021.

The London Reader: Counterculture Creative WritingGenre: Stories featuring parties, protest, and the revolutionary potential of today’s and yesteryear’s countercultures. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: February 1, 2021.

Abyss and ApexGenre: Speculative fiction and poetry. No horror. Payment: USD $.06/word (six cents a word) up to 1,250 words, and a flat payment of $75.00 for longer stories. Deadline: February 7, 2021. Opens to submissions on February 1.

HavokGenre: Flash fiction on Theme of Blue. Payment: $10 via PayPal for each story published in an Anthology. Deadline: February 7, 2021.

The Other Stories PodcastGenre: Horror on theme of Newly Discovered Creatures. Payment: $5. Deadline: February 8, 2021.

Third Wednesday. Genre: Poetry, short fiction, art. Payment: $3. Deadline: February 14, 2021.

Qwerty. Genre: Poetry, art and prose about food. "We invite 2SQ+BIPOC artists to submit work that explores food(s) in relation to racial, queer, gendered, etc. identities and bodies." Payment: $10. Deadline: February 14, 2021.

Muse MagazineGenre: Nonfiction articles for children on theme of Science of Fear. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: February 15, 2021.

The Best New True Crime Stories. Genre: Nonfiction, true crime accounts featuring lawbreaking couples who have joined forces to commit crime. Payment: $130, and 2 print copies of the book. Deadline: February 15, 2021.

Red Cape Anthologies: J is for Jack-o’-LanternGenre: Horror. "Halloween is the theme for these stories but the Jack-o’-Lantern must play a key role.." Payment:  £10. Deadline: February 15, 2021.

WordWorks. Restrictions: Open to writers in British Columbia or Yukon, Canada. Genre: Nonfiction. Theme: Publishing. Payment: Twenty-five cents a word for articles ($50 for reprints). Deadline: February 15, 2021.

Third Wednesday. Genre: Poetry, fiction. Payment: $3. Deadline: February 15, 2021.

Cid Pearlman: home(Body)Genre: Poetry. "(home)Body is an art installation with dance video, poetry, and live performance. This work is a collaboration between artistic director/choreographer Cid Pearlman, video artist Mara Milam, poet/dramaturge Denise Leto, and ten dance artists. The poems we commission will seek to represent a multiplicity of voices. They will inform the content we create and will function as scaffolding and inspiration for the dance and video." Payment: $500. Deadline: February 15, 2021.

EX/POST. Genre: Fiction, poetry, nonfiction. Payment: Modest honorarium. Deadline: February 15, 2021.

Luna Station QuarterlyGenre: Speculative fiction by woman. Payment: $5. Deadline: February 15, 2021. Accepts reprints.

Queer Gothic Short Stories. Genre: Queer Gothic short stories between 100 and 8,000 words. Payment: £40. Deadline: February 20, 2021.

Eastern Iowa Review. Genre: Lyric essays and prose poems, creative nonfiction and hybrid works. Theme: Winter. Payment: $10. Deadline: February 20, 2021.

Claw & BlossomGenre: Flash fiction and poetry about the natural world on theme of Water. Payment: $25. Deadline: February 21, 2021.

Speculative City. Genre: Speculative fiction, poetry, and essays centered in cities. See themes. Payment: $20-$55. Deadline: February 24, 2021.

The Dread Machine Press: 1986: The Anthology. Genre: Horror. "We’re seeking dread-inspiring stories that take place in 1986—either the 1986 of our reality (Stranger Things) or an alternate version (Tales From the Loop). Bring us back to a simpler, scarier time." Payment: 8 cents/word. Deadline: February 25, 2021.

It Gets Even Better: Stories of Queer Possibility. Genre: Speculative stories about positive queer possibility, written in English. Payment: 8 cents/word. Deadline: February 27, 2021.

The RumpusGenre: 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, 2021.

JMS Books: LGBTQ Romance: Second Chances. Genre: LGBTQ romance stories. Stories about finding love the second time around. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: February 28, 2021.

Decoded Genre: "Everything from experimental comics to thinly-veiled fanfiction to good old formulaic genre is right up our alley, so don’t disqualify yourself – submit! Our only requirements are that you be a queer creator and that you bring your very best work to the page." See their open calls for submissions. Payment; Flash short story (up to 1499 words) – $25, Short story (1500 to 3499 words) – $100, Long form (3500 – 7500-ish words) – $200, Comics – $75 (no limit, but keep in mind your whole comic will run in one day) Deadline: February 28, 2021.

Southword. Genre: Poetry. Payment: €40 per poem. Deadline: February 28, 2021.

Apparition LitGenre: Speculative fiction and poetry on theme of Chance. Payment: $30. Deadline: February 28, 2021. Opens February 15.

Blue Mesa Review. Genre: 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, 2021.

Down & Out Books: Mickey Finn – 21st Century Noir. Genre: Hardboiled and noir crime fiction. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: February 28, 2021.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Counting Your BlessingsGenre: True stories and poems. "Please share your stories about handling challenges in your life, finding the silver linings, and counting your blessings, whether the challenges you are facing are COVID-19 related or other kinds. Stories can be serious or funny, but definitely should be inspirational and heartwarming. Attitude adjustments, finding contentment and gratitude, a new way of handling your daily life, and other great ideas to inspire readers to find their own paths to happiness and to remember to count their blessings every day are what we are looking for." Payment: $200. Deadline: February 28, 2021.

Dragon Soul Press: Organic InkGenre: Poetry. "All poetry pieces are welcome. There is no theme." Payment: Royalties. Deadline: February 28, 2021.

SpartanGenre: Literary prose, 1500 words max. Payment: $20. Deadline: February 28, 2021.

Air and Nothingness Press: The Wild Hunt. Genre: Stories may be of any genre as long as they fit within the idea of the Wild Hunt. "We are open to Grimdark, New Weird, Science Fiction, Fantasy and genre bending/breaking."  Payment: $0.08/word. Deadline: February 28, 2021.

Air and Nothingness Press: Upon a Once Time. Genre: Choose two of your favorite fairy
tales, and a genre of your choice, and mash them up to make something new.  "We are open to Grimdark, New Weird, Science Fiction, Fantasy and genre bending/breaking."  Payment: $0.08/word.  Deadline: February 28, 2021.

Night Shift RadioGenre: Fiction, non-fiction, memoir - 7,000-10,000 words. Payment: $50 or $25. Deadline: February 28, 2021. Opens February 21.

Stonecrop ReviewGenre: Creative Non-Fiction, Fiction, Reader’s Corner, Artwork, Photography on theme of Flora. "We are particularly keen to publish works that explore nature in cities that have not been as widely represented in the urban nature canon." Payment: $20. Deadline: February 28, 2021.

Cosmic Horror Monthly. Genre: Horror and dark fantasy. Payment: 1 cent per word for original fiction. 10k words = $100; 0.5 cents per word for reprints; 50 cents per line for poetry; 20 dollars for artwork chosen as interior content; 50 dollars for cover art. Deadline: February 28, 2021.

Good Southern Witches Anthology. Genre: Fantasy and horror fiction and occult nonfiction. Payment: $25. Deadline: February 28, 2021.

Upstreet. Genre: Fiction and nonfiction pieces 5,000 words or less. Payment: $50 - $250 for short stories or essays. Deadline: February 28, 2021.

Small Harbor Publishing: Marginalia Series. Genre: Chapbooks by  traditionally marginalized writers. Payment: 25 copies. Deadline: February 28, 2021.

Thunderbird Studios: Decades of San Cicaro. Genre: Short stories that take place in the city of San Cicaro between the years of 1930 to 1989. Payment: $175. Deadline: February 28, 2021.

Ghost Orchid Press: Dark Hearts Anthology. Genre: Stories exploring the twisted side of love.  Payment: 1 cent/word. Deadline: February 28, 2021.

Flypaper. Genre: Poems, book reviews of contemporary poetry collections, interviews with poets and essayists, essays on music, as well as short stories and CNF pieces with fewer than 3000 words Payment: $5. Deadline: February 28, 2021. Submit early in the month to avoid submission fees.

Trenchcoats, Towers, and Trolls: Cyberpunk Fairy Tales. Genre: Cyberpunk fairy tales. "We are excited to mash the world of cyberpunk together with fairy tales and see what sort of magic results. Embracing the high-tech/low-life aspect of cyberpunk will give these stories both the sleek coolness of futuristic technology and the grittiness of traditional fairy tales." Length: up to 7,500 words. Payment: 1 cent/word. Deadline: February 28, 2021. Opens February 1.

Pseudopod. Genre: Horror. Audio format. Payment: $.08/word for original fiction, $100 flat rate for short story reprints, and $20 flat rate for flash fiction reprints (stories below 1500 words). Deadline: February 28, 2021.  Reprints accepted.

Thema: A Postcard from the PastGenre: Fiction, poetry, and art on theme: A Postcard from the Past. Payment: $10-$25 for short fiction and artwork, $10 for poetry. Deadline: March 1, 2021.  Accepts reprints.

The Blue Route. Restrictions: 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 1, 2021.

OUT THERE: Into the Queer New Yonder! Restrictions: Open to queer YA authors. Genre: Speculative fiction about queer teen protagonists, set in the future. Payment: $900 (US) plus a pro-rated share of any royalties received on the sale of the anthology. Deadline: March 1, 2021.

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, 2021.

PTMN.TEAU. Genre: Fiction & creative non-fiction; Poetry & prose; Short & long-form writing. Submissions may be no longer than 5,000 words. Payment: Unspecified. Deadline: March 1, 2021.

The Wire’s Dream Magazine. Genre: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Combined Work from underprivileged individuals. Payment: $5. Deadline: March 1, 2021.

B Cubed Press. Genre: Fiction, essays, and poetry on three themes: Protest Diaries: “Stories from the front lines of revolutions throughout history.” Alternative War: “War shapes the world through technology, boarders, and norms. What will come next?” Stories can take place anywhere in time and space. Alternative Deathliness: “Death brings so many options” – this anthology will be a “fun filled romp into the concept and nature of Death.” Payment: 2 cents/word plus royalties. Deadline: March 1, 2021.

HavokGenre: Flash fiction on Theme of Purple. Payment: $10 via PayPal for each story published in an Anthology. Deadline: March 7, 2021.

Dark Carnival Anthology. Genre: Circus and carnival themed horror stories. Payment: $10. Deadline: March 10, 2021.

Aesthetic: A Dark Academia Anthology. Genre: Young Adult and New Adult Dark Academia short stories. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: March 10, 2021.

Blackbird. Genre: Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, memoir excerpts. Payment: Unspecified.  Deadline:  March 15, 2021.

Muse MagazineGenre: Nonfiction articles for children on theme of Colors and Art Therapy.  Payment: Not specified. Deadline: March 15, 2021.

Eye to the Telescope. Genre: Speculative poetry on theme of Weird West. Payment: US 3¢/word rounded up to nearest dollar; minimum US $3, maximum $25. Payment is on publication. Deadline: March 15, 2021.

The Periodical, ForlornGenre: Tales of maritime disaster. Elements of the supernatural are welcome, as are stories that utilize elements of horror and science-fiction. Payment: $15. Deadline: March 15, 2021.

Bracken. Genre: Poetry and art. "Bracken is a literary magazine born of the love of the woods and its shadows." Payment: $30. Deadline: March 16, 2021.

Unbound: The Experiment Will Not Be Bound: An Experimental Anthology of American Writing. Genre: Experimental writing. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: March 21, 2021.

The Omens Call. Genre: Horror on theme of Omens. Payment: $20 - $30. Deadline: March 28, 2021.

Dragon Soul Press: SpaceboundGenre: Science Fiction. "All stories must include elements of sci-fi. Whether discovering aliens, space travel, or terraforming new planets are involved, the options are endless." Word Count – 5,000-15,000. Payment:  Royalties. Deadline: March 31, 2021.

SouthwordGenre: Fiction. Payment: €250 per short story. Deadline: March 31, 2021.

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, 2021.

The Were-Traveler: My job is a Hellhole! Genre: Fantasy, dark fantasy, horror, humor, and science fiction short stories and drabbles. “Working for demons, imps, devils, and other minions of hell. Your boss is a denizen of the underworld, but the story can take place in any setting. Any setting means: hell, another planet, Modern Earth, Future Earth. Heaven? Sure why not? Maybe there’s an employee exchange program between heaven and hell.” Payment: Up to $15. Deadline: March 31, 2021.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough TimesGenre: True stories and poems. "Tough times won’t last but tough people will. We are looking for stories about how you have been affected and how you are handling the changes in your life. We’re looking for the ups and downs, so share the tough times but also the silver linings, the unexpected blessings, and resilience and gratitude that you have discovered." Payment: $200. Deadline: March 31, 2021.

Chestnut ReviewGenre: Poetry, flash fiction, short fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, visual media (art/photography). Payment: $100Deadline: March 31, 2021. Submit early in the month to avoid submission fee. 

Red Cape Anthologies: K is for KidnapGenre: Horror. "Being kidnapped must be a pretty terrifying ordeal – we’re looking for stories that convey that feeling of terror but we’re also looking for diversity. Think about who is being taken and by whom, are the kidnappers even human?" Payment:  £10.  Deadline: March 31, 2021.

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

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

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

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

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

Luna NovellaGenre: Speculative fiction novellas. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: April 10, 2021.

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

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

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

Consequence Magazine: The Culture of WarGenre: Short fiction, poetry, nonfiction, interviews, reviews, and visual art mainly focused on the culture of war. Payment: $10/page for prose (up to $250), $25/page for poetry, $15/page for translations (up to $250). Deadline: April 30, 2021.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bennington Review. Genre: Fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, film writing, and cross-genre work. Payment: $100 for prose of six typeset pages and under, $200 for prose of over six typeset pages, and $20 per poem, in addition to two copies of the issue in which the piece is published and a copy of the subsequent issue. Deadline: May 8, 2021.

Georgia Review. Genre: Fiction, poetry, non-fiction. Payment: $50 per printed page for prose and $4 per line for poetry. Essay-reviews and standard reviews earn honoraria of $50/printed page. Deadline: May 14, 2021. Fee to submit online; no fee for postal submissions.

Red Cape Anthologies: L is for LycanthropesGenre: Horror. "Where werewolves turn on a full moon, lycanthropes are not as restricted. This opens up to more possibilities as they may turn at the most awkward moment, leading to terrifying carnage." Payment: £10. Deadline: May 15, 2021.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas StoriesGenre: True stories and poems. "The rituals of the holiday season give a rhythm to the years and create a foundation for our lives. Were your traditions and celebrations different this year? Were you able to gather with family, go to church, attend holiday parties and share the special spirit of the season, brightening those long winter days. Please share your special stories about the holiday season with us." Payment: $200. Deadline: May 15, 2021.

Luna Station QuarterlyGenre: Speculative fiction by woman. Payment: $5. Deadline: May 15, 2021. Accepts reprints.

Night Shift RadioGenre: Fiction, non-fiction, memoir - 7,000-10,000 words. Payment: $50 or $25. Deadline: May 28, 2021. Opens May 21.

Dragon Soul Press: GlitchGenre: LitRPG genre. "Playing Virtual Reality games is a favorite pastime, but getting trapped in them due to a glitch is another story. It’s a true fight for survival now and the only way out is to finish the game." Word Count – 5,000-15,000.  Payment:  Royalties. Deadline: May 30, 2021.

Kweli Journal. "Kweli is the first online journal of its kind to celebrate community and cultural kinships. In this shared space, you will hear the lived experience of people of color. Our many stories. Our shared histories. Our creative play with language. Here our memories are wrapped inside the music of the Muscogee, the blues songs of the South, the clipped patois of the Caribbean." Genre: Self-contained novel excerpt, short story, or creative non-fiction piece, poetry. Length: No more than 7,000 words. Payment: "upon publication." Deadline: May 30, 2021.

SpartanGenre: Literary prose, 1500 words max. Payment: $20. Deadline: May 30, 2021.

Apparition LitGenre: Speculative fiction and poetry on theme of Contamination. Payment: $30.  Deadline: May 31, 2021. Opens May 15.

Coastal ShelfGenre: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry. Payment: $20 - $30. Deadline: May 31, 2021. Opens May 15.

AgniGenre: Poetry, fiction, essays. Payment: $10 per printed (or printed-out) page for accepted prose, and $20 per page for accepted poetry, up to a maximum of $150. Deadline: May 31, 2021.

One Story. Genre: Short story. Payment: $500. Deadline: May 31, 2021.

The Gettysburg Review. Genre: Poetry, fiction, essays. Payment: $2.50 per line for poetry, with a maximum of $300.00 for an individual poem, and $25.00 per printed page for prose. Deadline: May 31, 2021. Fee to submit online; no fee for postal submissions.

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: June 1, 2021.

The Journal of Compressed Creative ArtsGenre: Fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, mixed media, visual arts, "and even kitchen sinks, if they are compressed in some way.” Payment: $50. Deadline: June 15, 2021.

Luna NovellaGenre: Speculative fiction novellas. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: June 27, 2021.

Dragon Soul Press: Extinct WorldsGenre: Fiction on theme of Extinct Worlds. "After killing Earth, humans have been launched into space exploration. Discovering aliens and new technologies, future generations are unrecognizable from the Earthlings that once were. There are a select few who want to go back to their roots, some who will prevent this at all costs, and others who don’t care. Where do your characters fit within the vast universe full of the unknown?" Word Count – 5,000-15,000.  Payment:  Royalties. Deadline: June 30th, 2021.

Red Cape Anthologies: M is for MedicalGenre: Horror. "Think surgery gone wrong, sadistic nurses, organ trafficking, creepy doctors etc." Payment:  £10. Deadline: June 30th, 2021.

Chestnut ReviewGenre: Poetry, flash fiction, short fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, visual media (art/photography). Payment: $100Deadline: June 30th, 2021. Submit early in the month to avoid submission fee. 

Dragon Soul Press: All Dark PlacesGenre: Horror. "In a world where so many dark things go bump in the night, terror awaits around every corner as these authors take horror stories to the next level." Word Count – 5,000-15,000. Payment:  Royalties. Deadline: July 31st, 2021.

Aurealis. Genre: Science fiction, fantasy or horror short stories between 2000 and 8000 words. Payment: A$20 and A$60 per 1000 words. Deadline: July 31st, 2021.

Arc Poetry MagazineGenre: Poetry. Payment: $50 per page. Deadline: July 31, 2021. 

Volney Road ReviewGenres: Fiction, poetry, CNF, art. Payment: $10. Deadline: August 1, 2021.

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: August 1, 2021.

Luna Station QuarterlyGenre: Speculative fiction by woman. Payment: $5. Deadline: August 15, 2021. Accepts reprints.

Dragon Soul Press: Timeless 2Genre: Fairytale. "Anything involving a twist on old fairy tales, whether it be the classics or lesser known ones.Note: As long as you keep to the theme and use a fairytale, originality is fully appreciated. Cliff-hangers are more than welcome." Word Count – 5,000-15,000. Payment:  Royalties. Deadline: August 31st, 2021.

Apparition LitGenre: Speculative fiction and poetry on theme of Wonder. Payment: $30. Deadline: August 31, 2021. Opens August 15.

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: September 1, 2021.

The Southampton ReviewGenre: Poetry, prose, art. Payment: Prose: $100+, Poetry: $75 per poem. Illustration: $100 per page. Art Portfolios: $200 for up to 12 images Deadline: September 1, 2021. Submit early in the month to avoid fees.

The Wire’s Dream MagazineGenre: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Combined Work from underprivileged individuals. Payment: $5. Deadline: September 1, 2021.

Dragon Soul Press: HistoryGenre: Historical Fiction. "Any person, location, or time period accepted as long as dragons are included. Note: Dragons need to be part of the storyline. They cannot be mentioned in passing." Word Count – 5,000-15,000. Payment:  Royalties. Deadline: September 30th, 2021.

Dragon Soul Press: Dragons and HeroinesGenre: "Any stories involving a female Main Character and dragons." Word Count – 5,000-15,000. Payment:  Royalties. Deadline: September 30th, 2021.

Dragon Soul Press: Dragons and HeroinesGenre: "Any stories involving a female Main Character and dragons." Word Count – 5,000-15,000. Payment:  Royalties. Deadline: September 30th, 2021.

Working Titles. Genre: Prose written for the digital page, which may incorporate unique visual, aural, or interactive elements. Payment: $250. Deadline: September 30th, 2021. USPS submissions only.

The Best New True Crime StoriesGenre: Nonfiction, true crime accounts on theme of Crimes of Passion, Obsession & Revenge. Payment: $130, and 2 print copies of the book. Deadline: October 1, 2021.

Luna NovellaGenre: Speculative fiction novellas by writers who identify as "Other than White."   Payment: Royalties. Deadline: October 10, 2021.

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: November 1, 2021.

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

 ellipsis… literature & art. Genre: Poetry, short fiction, drama, and creative non-fiction. Payment: $3 per page. Deadline: November 1, 2021. (Only pays American writers.)

Dragon Soul Press: Rogue TalesGenre: Fairytale. "Fairytales will never be the same in this reverse harem anthology. All versions of bedtime stories, folklore, etc are welcome." Word Count – 5,000-15,000. Payment:  Royalties. Deadline: November 30th, 2021.

Dragon Soul Press: EverlastGenre: Romance. "Romance can be difficult on its own, even before adding the complications of time travel to the equation. These couples find themselves from separate timelines in history, but cross paths due to unforeseen circumstances." Word Count – 5,000-20,000. Payment:  Royalties. Deadline: November 30th, 2021.

Nimrod. Genre: Poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction. Payment: $10 per page, with a $200 maximum. Deadline: November 30th, 2021. Fee to submit online; no fee for postal submissions.

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: December 1, 2021.

Dragon Soul Press: Beyond AtlantisGenre: "Unique retellings of Atlantis-like civilizations. Preferably with mermaids, selkies, krakens, or other mythological sea creatures included." Word Count – 5,000-15,000. Payment:  Royalties. Deadline: January 31st, 2022.

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: February 28, 2022.

Dragon Soul Press: Organic Ink: Volume 5Genre: Poetry. "All poetry pieces are welcome. There is no theme." Word Count – 2000 words minimum. Payment:  Royalties. Deadline: February 28, 2022.

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.

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: June 1, 2022.

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15 Calls for Submissions: December 2015- Paying Markets

HarperOne Accepts Unagented Manuscripts for Digital-First Fiction Imprint

HarperLegend will publish visionary fiction from new voices that communicates wisdom, insight, and/or personal growth with an overarching theme of transformation. Submissions accepted online via www.HarperLegend.com

11 Calls for Submissions in November 2015 - Paying Markets

11 Calls for Submissions in October - Speculative fiction, poetry, literary fiction, nonfiction

13 Calls for Submissions in September - Horror, Sci-fi, Personal Essays and more

6 Calls for Submissions: Speculative Fiction, Essays, Poetry - August 31 Deadlines

10 Calls for Submissions: Anthologies, June - Aug 2015: Science fiction, Horror, Nonfiction, General Fiction, Poetry

Calls for Submissions - June & July: Sci-fi, Fantasy, Horror, Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction

Calls for Submissions - Sci-fi, Fantasy, Horror, Erotica, Fiction, Nonfiction

Calls for Submissions - Speculative Fiction Anthologies

2014

Calls for Submissions: Speculative Fiction and Fantasy

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  1. New to writing payment is what we get after writing or we hv to pay to you?

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  2. Not me. This is just a blog. If you submit to a literary journal on this page, and they accept your work, the literary journal will pay you.

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