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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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:



Cats. And Bikes. In Space. Genre: Short stories that feature both cats and bicycles or bicycling in a way that is essential to the story; be fundamentally feminist, even if they aren’t explicitly addressing feminism as a topic; and fall somewhere in the science fiction and fantasy spectrum (sorry, no fanfic, but all other fantastical and speculative genres are welcome). Black and white illustrations are also sought. Payment: A portion of profits after expenses from the Kickstarter project used to fund the book is split between contributors; payments are not less than $30 each. Deadline: August 1, 2019.

Blood Bath Zine: Hauntings. Genre: Horror. "Haunted houses, poltergeists, haunted objects, personal hauntings; all are welcomed, the only criteria for written submissions being that there must be a ghost (or a character’s belief in a ghost) that is linked to an object, place or person." Payment: £20 per 1,000 words for prose, £20 per 15 lines for poetry, and £20 per image for visual art. Deadline: August 1, 2019.

Silent Motorist Media: The Nightside Codex. Genre: Horror: Weird horror fiction about haunted or cursed books, manuscripts, or online media for their second anthology. Think Thomas Ligotti, Nathan Ballingrud, Caitlin R. Kiernan, and the fiction published in Vastarien. Payment: $25. Deadline: August 1, 2019.

Dark Peninsula Press: Negative Space – An Anthology of Survival Horror. Genre: Horror. "Negative Space, will focus on the survival horror genre of video games, made popular by such legendary franchises as Resident Evil, Silent Hill, and Amnesia." Payment: $25. Deadline: August 1, 2019.

Underland Press: Eighteen. Genre: Mystery, crime, dark fantasy, horror, and other speculative types of fiction. Payment: 1 cent/word. Deadline: August 1, 2019.

Timeworn Literary Journal. Genre: Historical fiction stories under 5,000 words. Must be set before 1996. "We're looking for "Historical Fiction from the fringe." Work with a bend toward the surreal, the dream-like, the strange. The offbeat kind of story that settles into your heart long after reading. That said, we also value beauty and warmth and a generally well-written story with soul. Romance, Mystery, Crime and the Gothic are all acceptable. Speculative elements strongly encouraged." Payment: $25. Deadline: August 1, 2019.

The First Line. Genre: Short stories that begin with the first line provided by the journal. (See site.) Payment: $25-50 for fiction, $5-10 for poetry, $25 for nonfiction. Deadline: August 1, 2019.

Third Flatiron: LongevityGenre: Speculative fiction on the theme of Longevity.  Payment: 6 cents/word. Deadline: August 3, 2019.

Third Point Press. Genre: Poetry and fiction. Payment: $10. Deadline: August 14, 2019.

Luna Station QuarterlyRestrictions: Open to women. Genre: Speculative fiction. Payment: $5. Deadline: August 15, 2019.

Outlook Springs. Genre: "Weird, wobbly wordwork: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry." Payment: $10 per poem, $10 per flash piece (under 1,000 words), $25 for short fiction and essays (over 1,000 words). Deadline: August 15, 2019.

GayGenre: Cultural criticism; thoughtful, clever and beautiful personal essays; short fiction; original artwork and photography. See themesPayment: $1 a word for work up to 3,500 words in length. Deadline: August 17, 2019.

Signal Horizon. Genre: Horror and science fiction with a dark or weird edge. Payment: 3 cents/word, capped at $90. Deadline: August 21, 2019.

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

Fireside Fiction publishes novels and novellas (20,000-120,000 words). Genre: Fantasy, speculative fiction, and mystery. They are open to all genres as long as the writing is good. Payment: They don’t pay advances, but Fireside offers royalties on sales of all books  Read their submission guidelines hereDeadline: August 31, 2019.

WesterlyGenre: Short stories, poetry, memoir and creative non-fiction, essays and literary criticism. PaymentPoems: $120 for one poem or $150 for two or more poems; Stories: $180; Articles: $180; Visual art/Intro essay: $120; Reviews: $100; Online Publication: $100. "We expect our contributors to be subscribers of the Magazine. While we will accept submissions from non-subscribers, should your work be accepted for publication in this instance, you will be asked to accept a subscription to the Magazine as part payment for your work." Deadline: August 31, 2019.

The Forge. Genre: Fiction, nonfiction up to 3,000 words. Payment: $50. Deadline: August 31, 2019.

apt. Genre: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, and comics that address climate change. Payment: $50. Deadline: August 31, 2019.

Sincyr: A Literary-Lover’s Anthology. Genre: Romance. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: August 31, 2019

FoundryGenre: Poetry. Payment: $20 per poem. Deadline: August 31, 2019

Mud Season ReviewGenre: Poetry, Fiction, CNF. Payment: $50. Deadline: August 31, 2019

The RumpusGenre: Personal essays on Monsters. Payment: Writers split a $300 pool. Deadline: August 31, 2019.


Briarpatch Magazine. Genre: Nonfiction writing and artwork on a wide range of topics, including current events, grassroots activism, electoral politics, economic justice, ecology, labour, food security, gender equity, indigenous struggles, international solidarity, and other issues of political importance. Payment: $50-$150. Deadline: September 1, 2019.

Griffith ReviewGenre: Nonfiction writing that reveals the ways our institutions are transforming, reshaping, renewing. Payment: Negotiated. Deadline: September 1, 2019.

SubTerrain Magazine. Genre: Fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, essays, and commentary on theme of 1984Payment: Poetry: $50 per poem; Prose: $.10 per word (to a maximum of $500.) Canadian dollars. Deadline: September 6, 2019. Charges fee for online submissions; no fee for snail mail.

Pentimento. Genre: Fiction, poetry, nonfiction and art by individuals with a disability or a community member.  "If you are an individual with a disability or part of the disability community as a family member, caregiver, special educator, or in any way connected to disability, we want to see your disability-related writing." Payment: $25 - $250. Deadline: September 15, 2019.

Cast of Wonders PodcastGenre: Speculative fiction for teens. Length: 3,000 words max. Theme: Artemis Rising. Payment: 6 cents/word. Deadline: September 30, 2019.

Arc. Genre: Poetry. Payment: $50 per page for poetry or prose published in the magazine. $50 per webpage for online reprints on the website. $50 per column for How Poems Work. Deadline: September 30, 2019.

Nashville Review. Genre: Fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and translation. Payment: $25 per poem and $100 for prose and art pieces. Deadline: September 30, 2019.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Golden Years or Second WindGenre: True stories. "We are looking for stories about the humorous or serious sides of life after 60." Payment: $200, publication, and 10 author copies. Deadline: September 30, 2019.

PodCastle: Artemis RisingGenre: Speculative fiction: podcast. Payment: $0.06/word. Deadline: September 30, 2019. Accepts reprints.

Heroic Fantasy Quarterly. Genre: Sword and sorcery fantasy. Payment: $100 for stories and $25 for poems, upon publication. Deadline: September 30, 2019.

Aether&Ichor. Genre: Fantasy. Payment: £5 (or equivalent currency) per 1,000 words, at a minimum of £5. Deadline: September 30, 2019.


Augur. 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: $10 for flash, $20 for short story. Deadline: ?

Rattle: Young Poets Anthology. Genre: Poetry. The author of the poem must have been age 15 or younger when the poem was written, and 18 or younger when submitted. Payment: $100. Deadline: October 15, 2019. Dark Divinations. Genre: Horror fiction on divination. Stories must be horror, set in the Victorian era (1837-1901), and can be set anywhere – England, American West, Colonial India, or Africa. Payment: $10. Deadline: October 31, 2019.

The Overcast. Genre: Speculative fiction podcast. Payment: $20 minimum. Deadline: October 31, 2019. Accepts reprints.


Third Point PressGenre: Poetry and fiction. Payment: $10. Deadline: November 13, 2019.

Crannóg. Genres: Poetry, short stories. Payment: €50 per story, €30 per poem. Deadline: November 30, 2019.

Aether&IchorGenre: Fantasy. Payment: £5 (or equivalent currency) per 1,000 words, at a minimum of £5. Deadline: November 30, 2019.

Michigan Quarterly ReviewGenre: Poetry, fiction, personal essays. Payment: $100 for prose and $25 for poetry. Deadline: November 30, 2019.


Eternal Haunted SummerGenre: Original poetry and short fiction about the Americas. Also reviews, interviews, and essays. Payment: $5. Deadline: December 1, 2019.

Compelling Science Fiction. Genre: Science fiction. Payment: 6 cents/word for original stories. 1 cent/word for reprints. Deadline: December 1, 2019.

Cast of Wonders PodcastGenre: Speculative fiction for teens. Length: 3,000 words max. Payment: 6 cents/word. Deadline: December 15, 2019.

Modern Poetry in TranslationGenre: Translations of poetry. Send up to six poems. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: December 31, 2019.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Stories about Self-care and Me Time. Genre: True stories. "Taking care of yourself is not just about your physical health but includes your emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing too. Self-care includes that all-important “me time” whether that means exercising or reading or meditating or having lunch with friends. Whatever your psyche needs is your “me time.” We are looking for your stories about how you neglected your self-care and then how you realized its importance and so you now engage in it." Payment: $200, publication, and 10 author copies.  Deadline: December 31, 2019.

Workers Write! Literary Journal: Stories from the Workplace. Genre: Stories and poems from the workplace. Payment: $5 - $50. Deadline: December 31, 2019.

Heroic Fantasy QuarterlyGenre: Sword and sorcery fantasy. Payment: $100 for stories and $25 for poems, upon publication. Deadline: December 31, 2019.

The 3288 Review. Restrictions: Open to current or former residents of West Michigan. Genre: Fiction, poetry, nonfiction, art. Payment: Poetry – $5.00 per poem published, up to 10 poems; Prose 1,000 to 5,000 words – $25.00; Prose 5,001 to 10,000 words – $50.00; Collections of Photography, Illustration or Artwork – $5.00 per piece published, up to 10 pieces Deadline: December 31, 2019.


PodCastleGenre: Speculative fiction: podcast. Payment: $0.06/word. Deadline: January 15, 2020. Accepts reprints.

The Stinging Fly. Genre: Fiction and poetry. Payment: Token. Deadline: January 16, 2020.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Stories about Christmas. Genre: Stories and poems about the holidays. "We are looking for stories about the entire December holiday season, including Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, and New Year’s festivities too. We want to hear about your holiday memories and traditions. The rituals of the holiday season give a rhythm to the years and create a foundation for our lives, as we gather with family, with our communities at church, at school, and even at the mall, to 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, publication, and 10 author copies.  Deadline: January 30, 2020.

The OvercastGenre: Speculative fiction podcast. Payment: $20 minimum. Deadline: January 30, 2020. Accepts reprints.



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

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


Calls for Submissions: Speculative Fiction and Fantasy


  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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