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:

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

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UPCOMING (April 2019)

Spider Magazine (for ages 6 - 9). Genre: Contemporary and historical fiction and non-fiction for the theme “Indigenous Stories.” Payment: Stories and articles: up to 25¢ per word. Deadline: April 1, 2019.

Polis Books: Both Sides – An Anthology of Border Noir. Genre: Fiction. Theme: “The border is a powerful place where countries collide. It’s a weird space of dreams, struggles, promises, lies, fear, and redemption. It’s a multicultural and bilingual space where people know that hustling to protect your loved ones or offer them a better life is a drive strong enough to blur ethical codes. Length: 100-word pitches; stories of 5,000-7,000 words. Send pitch only. Payment: $75. Deadline: April 1, 2019.

HavokGenre: Flash fiction 300 - 1,000 words on theme of Reform. Payment: Pays for anthologies only. Deadline: April 1, 2019. See accepted genres.

Canthius. Genre: Poetry and prose from women and genderqueer writers. Payment: $15 per poem and $50 per work of prose. Deadline: April 1, 2019.

Spider Magazine (for ages 6 - 9). Genre: stories, poems, short plays, and activities for the theme “Enchanted Forest.”  Payment: Stories and articles: up to 25¢ per word. Deadline: April 1, 2019.

Spider Magazine (for ages 6 - 9). Genre: Contemporary and historical fiction, nonfiction, poetry, crafts, and recipes about the celebration or history of holidays around the world. Payment: Stories and articles: up to 25¢ per word. Poems: up to $3.00 per line; $25.00 minimum. Activities and recipes: $75.00 flat rate. Deadline: April 1, 2019.

Ladybug  Magazine (for ages 3 - 6). Genre: Short stories, retellings of folk tales, rebus stories, poems, action rhymes, nonfiction, and songs about young children participating in their communities. Payment: Stories and articles: up to 25¢ per word. Deadline: April 1, 2019.

Ladybug  Magazine (for ages 3 - 6). Genre: Contemporary and historical fiction and non-fiction for the theme “Indigenous Stories.” Payment: Stories and articles: up to 25¢ per word. Deadline: April 1, 2019.

Electric Lit. Genre: Poetry, flash, graphic, and experimental narratives. Payment: $100. Deadline: April 1, 2019.
Babybug  Magazine (for ages 6 months - 3 years). Genre: Stories, poems, action rhymes, and fingerplays about year-round outdoor play and exploration. What might a baby or toddler appreciate about the natural world in different seasons? Are there memorable games that can only be played at certain times of year? We’re looking for playful writing that the very young will want to hear again and again. Please keep manuscripts short—poems can be up to eight lines and stories up to six sentences. Payment: Stories and articles: up to 25¢ per word. Deadline: April 1, 2019.

Cricket Magazine (for ages 9 - 14). Genre: Contemporary and historical fiction and non-fiction for the theme “Indigenous Stories.” Payment: Stories and articles: up to 25¢ per word. Deadline: April 1, 2019.

Cricket Magazine (for ages 9 - 14). Genre: Contemporary and historical fiction, nonfiction, poetry, crafts, and recipes about the celebration or history of holidays around the world. Payment: Stories and articles: up to 25¢ per word. Poems: up to $3.00 per line; $25.00 minimum. Activities and recipes: $75.00 flat rate. Deadline: April 1, 2019.

Cricket Magazine (for ages 9 - 14). Genre: Contemporary and historical fiction, biographies, and nonfiction about earning money or starting an enterprise. Payment: Stories and articles: up to 25¢ per word. Deadline: April 1, 2019.

Cricket Magazine (for ages 9 - 14). Genre: Poetry for middle-grade readers. Poems can be serious or silly and on any subject of interest to thoughtful, curious, and outgoing children—such as nature, sports, music, books, friendships, self-reflection, families, school, historical figures and events, and goofy humor. Payment: Stories and articles: Poems: up to $3.00 per line; $25.00 minimum. Deadline: April 1, 2019.

Mojo. Genre: Fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Payment: $15. Deadline: April 12, 2019.

Rattle: African Poets. Genre: Poetry. The poems may be written on any subject, in any style or length, but the poet must have been born in, or be a permanent resident of, an African country.  Payment: $100. Deadline: April 15, 2019.

The Rush. Genre: Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art. "We seek high-energy pieces that reflect the rush of life." Payment: "We’re delighted to be able to pay writers.” Deadline: April 15, 2019.

West Branch. Genres: Poetry, fiction, CNF. Payment: $50 per poem, 5 cents per word for prose. Deadline: April 15, 2019.

B Cubed Press: Tales from the Space Force. Genre: Fiction. Theme: Space Force.“Now that America has an official Space Force, we need to incorporate it into literature. What to do we want?  Camp? Satire? Bug Eyed Monsters? All good. We’ll do serious stories, too.  Mostly we want good stories. And if I am to confess, we want campy stories. We want the golden age of pulp to live again. … Ask yourself, what would an American Space Force do? Will there be a space wall around the International Space Station? Will NASA and the Space Force get along?” Length: 500-5,000 words
Payment: $0.02/word and royalties; for flash pieces and poetry, an option of a flat $25 fee. Deadline: April 15, 2019

Mary. Genre: Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and hybrid genres. Payment: $30. Deadline: April 15, 2019.

B Cubed Press: Alternative Apocalypses. Genre: Stories about endings, beginnings and change. "The apocalypse can be big or small, personal or world shattering. A political bent doesn’t hurt, but is not necessary. They will accept some poetry and thoughtful essays. They welcome humor and satire."  Payment: $0.02/word + royalties for fiction, $25 for very short fiction and poems. Deadline: April 15, 2019.

B Cubed Press: Alternative Bedtime Reading for Progressive Parents. Genre: Nursery rhymes, poetry, and stories that can be read and enjoyed by children of all ages. There is no lower word limit on poems or nursery rhymes. The work can be original or derived from fairy tales, bible stories, folklore, myths, or similar so long as acknowledgement is made. Payment: $0.02/word + royalties for fiction, $25 for very short fiction and poems. Deadline: April 15, 2019.

Shooter. Genre: Poetry, fiction and CNF on the theme of Identity. "Send us stories, essays, reported narratives and poetry on anything to do with the sense of self, whether personal or cultural. What defines someone – character, actions, associations, appearance? Why is identity important? What happens when it’s threatened? We particularly seek content that addresses topical issues of gender, sexuality, race, nationality, religion and occupation but, as ever, the theme is open to wide interpretation." Payment: £25 per story and £5 per poem. Deadline: April 21, 2019.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Stories about Think Positive: Live HappyGenre: True stories. "Your mind and thoughts are very powerful. Almost anything is possible if you think you can. You can dream big, overcome challenges, create the best life possible for yourself and turn adversity into opportunity. If you change your outlook and listen to your heart you can move forward and achieve the life you want. Each day holds something in it to be grateful for. 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. Deadline: April 30, 2019.

Darkhouse Books: A Murder of CrowsGenre: Cozy to cozy-noir crime stories, set in any time, from dinosaurs to the present, using the collective names of groups of animals which includes mammals, reptiles, fish, birds, and insects. Payment: 50% of royalties. Deadline: April 30, 2019. Some reprints accepted.

The Fiddlehead. Genre: Creative nonfiction. Payment: $60 CAD per published page, plus two complimentary copies of the issue. Deadline: April 30, 2019.

JMS Books: Fun in the SunGenre: LGBTQ+ romance stories set during the sultry summer months. Length: 12,000 words minimum. Payment: Royalties. DeadlineApril 30, 2019.

FIYAH. Genre: Speculative fiction and poetry about Africa Diaspora. Length: Short fiction 2,000 – 7,000 words and novelettes up to 15,000 words. Payment: $150 per story. $50 per poem. $300 per novelette. Deadline: April 30, 2019.

MAY 2019

HavokGenre: Flash fiction 300 - 1,000 words on theme of Recover. Payment: Pays for anthologies only. Deadline: May 1, 2019. See accepted genres.

Boulevard. Genre: Fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. Payment: $100-300 for prose, $25-250 for poetry. Deadline: May 1, 2019. Fee to submit online, no fee by post.

Serial Killers Anthology. Genre: True crime stories with serial killers, the editor is especially interested in stories about killers from outside the US. Material must be factual or fact-checked. The style can be journalistic, first-person, narrative, etc. – they are looking for something more than dry reportage. They are not looking for sensationalism. Payment: $130. Deadline: May 1, 2019.

Ellipsis Zine, ‘Woman’ zine, a celebration of female writers and writing FiveGenre: Fiction celebrating female writers and writing. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: May 6, 2019.

Bennington Review. Genre: Fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, film writing, and cross-genre work. Payment: $100 for prose of six pages and under, $200 for prose of over six pages, and $20 per poem, in addition to two copies of the issue the piece is published in. Deadline: May 15, 2019.

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

Lamplight. Genre: Dark fiction. Payment: $0.03/word, up to $150. Deadline: May 15, 2019. Accepts reprints.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Stories about ForgivenessGenre: True stories. "We are looking for stories that will show our readers how forgiving someone or being forgiven by someone changed your life in a positive way. Were you able to reestablish a relationship after forgiving or being forgiven? Did letting go of your hurt feelings heal you and bring you a sense of peace? Help others find the same resolution by sharing your story." Payment: $200. Deadline: May 30, 2019.

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

Ruminate. Ruminate welcomes submissions that both subtly and overtly engages faith from all the world religions. Genre: Nonfiction. Payment: $15/poem and $15/400 words for prose. Deadline: May 31, 2019.

JUNE 2019

MslexiaGenre: Stories, poems and script on the theme of journey. Length: Stories up to 2,200 words, poems up to 40 lines, and short scripts up to 1,000 words (including character names and stage instructions). Payment: £25. Deadline: June 10, 2019.

Transmundane Press. Genre: Short stories exploring Time. Payment: $15-20, depending on length. Deadline: June 15, 2019.

Darkhouse Books: Fearrington RoadGenre: Short stories in a Lovecraftian / Steam Punk / Diesel Punk vein. Payment: 50% of royalties. Deadline: June 15, 2019. Some reprints accepted.

The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts. Genre: Fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, mixed media, visual arts, "and even kitchen sinks, if they are compressed in some way." Payment: $50. Deadline: June 15, 2019.

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

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Stories about Miracles. Genre: True stories. "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: June 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. Deadline: June 30, 2019.

Helios Magazine. Genres: Horror, science fiction, and fantasy. Payment: Poetry: Any length paid $50USD per poem. Fiction: 100-7500 words paid $0.06USD per word. Reprints: Any length of poetry paid $15USD and 100-7500 words of fiction paid $0.01USD per word. Deadline: April 15, 2018.

Snafu: Military Horror. Genre: Military horror. Theme: Last stand military horror. "Think 300, the Alamo, the Battle of Mirbat, the First Battle of Mogadishu, the Battle of Hel, or Custer’s Last Stand (but with unnatural monsters)… anything that can be called a high-action potentially-last stand monster story. For level of unnatural creature we will give priority to, think Dog Soldiers or Aliens. We want lots of monster goodness." 2000-10,000 words. Payment: AUD4c/word and one contributor copy. Deadline: June 30, 2019.
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.

FIYAHGenre: Speculative fiction and poetry about Africa Diaspora. Theme: Chains. Length: Short fiction 2,000 – 7,000 words and novelettes up to 15,000 words. Payment: $150 per story. $50 per poem. $300 per novelette. Deadline: July 31, 2019.

AUGUST 2019

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.

Third Flatiron: LongevityGenre: Speculative fiction on the theme of Longevity.  Payment: 6 cents/word. Deadline: August 10, 2019.

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

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

SEPTEMBER 2019

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.

OCTOBER 2019

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.

2018


2015

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

4 comments:

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

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