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.

(Scroll down for the current month.)


Write Jobs

Freelance Writing

Writing Career

New Pages

Poets & Writers

Cathy's Comps and Calls

Places for Writers

Trish Hopkinson

The Poetry Kit

Funds for Writers

Calls for Submissions (Facebook group)

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

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:


UPCOMING (December 2018)

Eternal Haunted SummerThe Dark Spirits of WinterGenre: Original poetry and short fiction about the Gods and Goddesses and heroes of the world’s many Pagan traditions. Also reviews, interviews, and essays. "We’re looking for poems about Father Frost, Jack Frost, the Snow Queen, and Old Man Winter. We want short stories about Boreas the Northern Wind, Cailleach Bheur, and Frau Holle. We want essays about Khione, Krampus, and Saturn. Alternatively, send us a piece about the “shadow side” of Deities and spirits associated with the holiday, such as Ganesh (Pancha Ganapati), Mithras, and Sol Invictus (Dies Natalis Sol Invictus)." Payment: $5. Deadline: December 1, 2018.

Galli Books: Rosalind’s Siblings. Genre: Speculative fiction and poetry about "people of marginalized genders/sexes who are scientists: scientists doing good, changing the world, or just getting on with their work of expanding human knowledge in a speculative context, presented in a positive light."  Length: 500-7,500 words. Payment: £0.08/word. Flat rate  of £50 for poetry.  Deadline: December 1, 2018.

Psycho Holiday. Genre: Short stories and flash fiction. Theme: Horror and dark fiction about demented psychopathic killers with a winter holiday setting. Payment: $10. Deadline: December 1, 2018.

Goal Publications: The Thrill of the Hunt. Genre: Stories involving the hunt. "Few things in nature are more fundamental than one animal hunting another. Yet in most anthropomorphic fiction, that aspect is ancient history, as far removed as humans being apes living in trees. Those innate mechanisms aren’t so easily forgotten, however. While the topic has been touched on in the past, this book will focus on the predator/prey dynamic, how it interacts with adult stories, and stories should make those elements a focal point. Avoid treating the predator and prey roles as simply being pure analogs to differing social groups—there needs to be a clear biological or psychological difference when those roles come into play." Payment:  $0.0075/word. Deadline: December 1, 2018.

The Pedestal Magazine. Genre: Poetry. Payment: $40. Deadline: December 2, 2018.

Copper Nickel. Genres: poetry, fiction, essays, and translation. Payment: $30 per printed page. Deadline: December 15, 2018.

Selene QuarterlyGenre: Fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and art. Payment: $0.01-0.03/word for fiction, $35 for nonfiction, $15 for reviews $0.25/line for poetry. Deadline: December 15, 2018.

ArsenikaGenre: All; flash fiction and poetry. Payment$60 USD for fiction and $30 USD for poetry. Deadline: December 15, 2018.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Running for GoodGenre: Nonfiction. "We are looking for true stories or poems of 1,200 words or less, about all aspects of running and stories about running to raise awareness of and funds for a cause. Stories can be funny and quirky, or they can be serious and heartwarming." Payment: $200. Deadline: December 15, 2018.

Dreaming Robot Press: Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide. Genre: Science fiction. The main protagonist should be someone a middle-grade reader (aged 8-12) can identify with. “Tell us of adventure, space, science. Give us rockets, robots and alien encounters… Steampunk, time travel, weird west and alternate history are all fine.” Payment: $0.06/word. Deadline: December 15, 2018.

Cosmic Roots and Eldritch ShoresGenre: Speculative stories. Payment: 6 cents/word for original work. 2 cents/word for reprints. Deadline: December 28, 2018.

Sigil House E-Shorts. Genre: Short stories, all genres. Length: between 2,000 and 15,000 words. Payment: $10. Deadline: December 30, 2018. Reprints accepted.

Year's Best Hardcore Horror. Genre: Horror. Length: Up to 6,000 words. Payment: 1 cent/word. Deadline: December 30, 2018. Reprints accepted.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Golden Years or Second WindGenre: Nonfiction. "We are looking for stories about the humorous or serious sides of life after 60." Payment: $200. Deadline: December 30, 2018.

AllegoryGenre: Speculative fiction. Payment: $15. Deadline: December 31, 2018. Accepts reprints.

Red Room Press: Year's Best Hardcore Horror. Genre: Horror. Payment: 1 cent a word for reprint rights ($60 max). Deadline: December 31, 2018.

Don't Cry to MamaGenre: Horror short stories. Length: Between 2,500 and 6,000 words. Payment: $25.  Deadline: December 31, 2018.

3288 Review. Restrictions: Open to current or former residents of West Michigan, or people who have some significant connection to the West Michigan region. Genres: Poetry, fiction, nonfiction. Payment: $25 - $50. Deadline: December 31, 2018.

Pink Triangle RhapsodyThis is an anthology open to gay male writers only. The Pink Triangle Rhapsody series is a non-themed anthology series, with the exception of the required genre and inclusion of one or more of Lycan Valley’s required elements. The series is intended to be a collection of stories written with “effusively rapturous or emotional expression. Each story must include a supernatural, paranormal or occult element (horror may include psychological horror with or without one of the other elements).” Payment: $0.04 per word based on final published word count. Deadline: December 31, 2018.

Workers Write! More Tales from the Classroom. Genre: Stories and poems from educational settings. "We're looking for fiction about teachers, counselors, admins, school librarians, principals, janitors - anyone who works in a school or classroom setting." Length: 500-5,000 words. Payment: $5-50. Deadline: December 31, 2018, or until filled.

Fireside. Genre: Short stories. Payment: 12.5 cents per word for accepted stories.  Deadline: December 31, 2018.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Stories about AngelsGenre: Nonfiction. "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. Amazing stories that will make people say “wow” or give our readers chills. Have you experienced something otherworldly or celestial? Or had a personal experience with an angel or divine being? How did your angel manifest himself or herself to you? How did your angel protect or guide you? Do you have a guardian angel?" Payment: $200. Deadline: December 31, 2018.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Stories about MiraclesGenre: Nonfiction. "We are looking for true stories of no more than 1,200 words for this multi-faith book that will awe you with examples of amazing events and unexplained happenings. Share your inspirational stories with us to remind us that each day holds hope and to never give up. A miracle can happen at any time." Payment: $200. Deadline: December 31, 2018.

Zizzle. Genre: Flash fiction for children. They want “new perspectives to the nuanced joys and tensions in children’s daily lives and imaginations.” And stories that will speak to children as young as 10 (grade 5), and also to grown-ups. Length: 500-1,200 words. Payment: $100. Deadline: December 31, 2018.

Nothing Without Us. Genre: Fiction by and about disabled people. The lead character must be disabled, blind, Deaf, Autistic, neurodiverse, and/or live with mental illness. Canadian writers preferred. Payment: $0.03/word; will try to increase this amount via Kickstarter. Length: 1,000-3,500 words. Deadline: December 31, 2018.

Zombies Need Brains: Portals. Genre: Science fiction or fantasy stories that contain a portal opening up between two different worlds and the consequences that come from that portal. Payment: $0.06/word minimum. Length: Up to 7,500 words. Deadline: December 31, 2018.

Zombies Need Brains: Temporally Deactivated. Genre: Stories where the author explores what the phrase “temporally deactivated” could mean with regards to a person, place, or thing. Payment: $0.06/word minimum. Length: Up to 7,500 words. Deadline: December 31, 2018.

Zombies Need Brains:Alternate Peace. Genre: Alternate history stories where the divergence from our timeline comes from some kind of peaceful change to our past. Payment: $0.06/word minimum. Length: Up to 7,500 words. Deadline: December 31, 2018.

Underbelly. Genre: Horror. "Dark, twisted, and disturbing stories that push the envelope and explore the far reaching limits of the unnerving side of humanity." Length: 1,000 to 7,500 words. Payment: $10. Deadline: December 31, 2018.


Shifters United: Shifter Mix-upsGenre: Paranormal romance/urban fantasy novellas featuring shape shifters. Length: 20,000 to 50,000 words. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: January 15, 2019.

Sanitarium MagazineGenre: Horror. Payment: Token. Deadline: January 15, 2019.

18th Wall Productions: War of the Worlds – Absolute War. Genre: Short stories expanding on H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds. They’re seeking to show the entire world’s response to the Invasion. They have detailed guidelines about what they do and do not want in the stories. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: January 20, 2019.

NonBinary ReviewGenre: Art and literature that "tiptoes the tightrope between now and then. Art that makes us see our literary offerings in new ways. We want language that makes us reach for a dictionary, a tissue, or both. Words in combinations and patterns that leave the faint of heart a little dizzy. We want insight, deep diving, broad connections, literary conspiracies, personal revelations, or anything you want to tell us about the themes we’ve chosen." Theme: Books of Blood. Payment: Semi-pro. Deadline: January 23, 2019.

EVENTGenres: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry. Payment: $25/page. Deadline: January 31, 2019.

The Children of Clark Ashton SmithGenre: Fantasy inspired by CAS. Payment: One penny Sterling per word, with a minimum payment of £10 Sterling for poems and very, very short stories. For illustrations, £30 for ‘header’ illustrations to a story, £100 for full page illustrations and £200 for the cover illustration. Deadline: January 31, 2019. Reprints accepted.

Room MagazineGenre: Feminist fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, art, interviews, and book reviews. Next issue: "Sports." Payment: $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, 2019.


Ninth Letter. Genre: Poetry and essays. Payment: $25 per printed page. Deadline: February 28, 2018.

ApparitionGenre: Poetry and fiction on theme of Ambition. Payment: $0.01 per word, minimum of 10.00 dollars. Deadline: February 28, 2018.

MARCH 2019

THEMAGenre: Short stories, flash fiction, poems, art on theme of "Six before Eighty." Payment: short story, $25; short-short piece (up to 1000 words), $10; poem, $10; artwork, $25 for cover, $10 for interior page display. Deadline: March 1, 2019. Reprints accepted.

World Weaver Press: Glass & Gardens: Solarpunk Winters Anthology. Genre: Fiction. "For this anthology, I want to see solarpunk stories that take place in winter. That might mean working together to survive extreme blizzards, or feeling the heat in places that no longer see snow. Which renewable tech works best during long winter nights? How do solarpunk societies celebrate the winter holidays? Keep it planet-based (Earth or other), and optimistic. Solarpunk worlds aren’t necessarily utopias, but they definitely aren’t dystopias." Payment: TBD (Determined by Kickstarter success. $10 minimum.) Deadline: March 1, 2019.

MAY 2018

ApparitionGenre: Poetry and fiction on theme of Retribution. Payment: $0.01 per word, minimum of 10.00 dollars. Deadline: May 31, 2019.

JUNE 2019

AllegoryGenre: Speculative fiction. Payment: $15. Deadline: June 30, 2019. Accepts reprints.

JULY 2019

THEMAGenre: Short stories, flash fiction, poems, art on theme of "The Clumsy Gardener."  Payment: short story, $25; short-short piece (up to 1000 words), $10; poem, $10; artwork, $25 for cover, $10 for interior page display. Deadline: July 1, 2019. Reprints accepted.


ApparitionGenre: Poetry and fiction on theme of Euphoria. Payment: $0.01 per word, minimum of 10.00 dollars. Deadline: August 31, 2019.


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

  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.

  3. Thanks for including a link to my blog on this list!


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