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


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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  - 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.

Across the Universe – Beatles Spec Fic Anthology. Genre: Speculative fiction. The theme of the anthology is ‘Beatles – What if?’ Their guidelines say, ” What if Brian Epstein hadn’t managed the band? What if George Harrison hated sitar music? What if Ringo had been the true star of the band all along? What if the Beatles had been aliens? Or magic users? Or zombies? Or American?” Length: 1,000-4,000 words. Payment: 5 cents/word. Deadline: June 14, 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: June 30, 2019.

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.

Eraserhead Press. Genre: Bizarro fiction novels and novellas. "We want surprising, unique, well-crafted weird stories with compelling plots, eccentric characters, and never-before-seen concepts." Length: 20,000 - 100,000 words. Payment: Royalties.  Deadline: June 30, 2019.

Black Lawrence Press. Genre: Novel, novella, short story collection (full-length and chapbook), poetry (full-length and chapbook), biography & cultural studies, translation (from the German), and creative nonfiction. Payment: Royalties.  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.

Spider Magazine: Hey, Neighbor! Genre: Stories, nonfiction, poems, and short plays about neighbors and neighborhoods: urban or suburban, rural or fantastical for ages 6 - 9. "What unique relationships blossom between people (and animals) who live near one another? Who would be neighbors on a space station or in a magical kingdom? How can kids, real or fictional, make an impact in their neighborhoods? Inter-cultural and inter-generational relationships welcome. Humor always encouraged." 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: July 1, 2019.

Spider Magazine: Arts and MusicGenre: Stories, nonfiction, poems, short plays, and activities for the theme Arts and Music for ages 6 - 9. "We want pieces that capture the magic, creativity, frustration, and many hours of practice that come with learning an instrument or new art skill. We’re looking for all kinds of stories about kids and their creative outlets, as well as true stories about unusual instruments, strange stories about familiar instruments, odes to artistic practice, and activities to inspire young artists." 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: July 1, 2019.

Cricket (for ages 9-14) Genre: Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry on the theme of Encountering Nature. "You might write about a record-setting blizzard or the joy of the first day of spring; conquering Everest or exploring a local cave; meeting a mountain lion while hiking, a squirrel in the backyard, an itsy-bitsy spider in the shower; or about a young nature lover who helps an injured animal or strives to preserve something of wild and natural beauty." Payment: Fiction: up to 10¢ per word, Nonfiction: up to 25¢ per word, Poems: up to $3.00 per line; $25.00 minimum. Deadline: July 1, 2019.

Cricket (for ages 9-14) Genre: Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry on the theme of A New Beginning. Stories might focus on the immigrant experience; on a middle schooler facing up to responsibilities or changes in the family; the end of one friendship and the start of another; try-trying again after a setback; or taking on a new hobby, sport—even a whole new persona. Payment: Fiction: up to 10¢ per word, Nonfiction: up to 25¢ per word, Poems: up to $3.00 per line; $25.00 minimum. Deadline: July 1, 2019.

NonBinary Review. Genre: Poetry, fiction, essays, and art on theme of Homer's The OdysseyPayment: $50. Deadline: July 24, 2019.

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.

Carcanet Press is a British publishing house specializing in poetry. "Now in its fifth decade, Carcanet publishes the most comprehensive and diverse list available of modern and classic poetry in English and in translation." How to submit: Carcanet considers submissions and book proposals submitted in hard copy form only. Writers should send between six and ten pages of poetry and a stamped and self-addressed return envelope. Response time within eight weeks. Open reading period in July. Read full guidelines HERE. Payment: Royalties. 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.

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: May 17, 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.

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.

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.

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.

OCTOBER 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.

DECEMBER 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.


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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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