Comps and calls for July 2019

Hello everyone! Many thanks to those who’ve chipped in to help keep this site going (Paypal/Patreon). I don’t know whether you’d want your names up or not—I should have asked before this morning, really…

This month’s tip: be more organised than I am.

Anyway, a big shout-out to Steve O’Connor’s creative writing group in the wilds of Yorkshire. I know that Steve is really impressed with you, and thank you for using this site to practise submitting and entering.

Love and sympathy to those experiencing heatwaves. We had a couple of warm days here, and some humid days; but mainly, the rain’s just a bit warmer.

Much love to all of you, and may you get the weather you wish for.

Best wishes,

Cathy x


Here are some writing competitions and calls for submission, all with free, electronic entry.

As usual I’m passing these on in good faith but mistakes may be made, so do check all the submission guidelines carefully. Any info in quotes comes from the website itself and any dates at the start are deadlines. Also, I don’t know the sources personally, so do check them out for yourselves.

There are three headings (click/tap to jump straight to them):

If you aren’t a submitter (why not? Nothing to lose! Rejection is something we all share!) then the themes can make great writing prompts/exercises.

Although I mention only fiction or poetry, many publications accept non-fiction, art or other forms, so do check if interested. Good luck and do let me know of successes! The links are in the comments, and any dates at the start are deadlines.

Where possible, I have marked the relevant entries with ‘paying’, ‘contributor copy’ etc. However, you are best off checking the info for yourselves as I am not infallible and the info isn’t always available or clear. Please be aware that a contributor copy may be in print or digital format. Also, some publications offer several things, eg payment as well as a contributor copy. Where this is the case, I have assumed that payment is enough of an incentive, so I haven’t listed everything. It’s a rough guide and should be treated as such.

COMPETITIONS

Poetry. This is a free weekly poetry comp with a cash prize, yet it sometimes gets fewer than 40 entries! PAYING https://www.poetrynook.com/

3rd Jul Spectator Competition No. 3106: twister. ‘You are invited to submit a poem with an ingenious twist at the end. Please email entries of up to 16 lines to lucy@spectator.co.uk by midday on 3 July.’ PAYING

10th Jul ‘We invite entries that engage with the subject of sex, sex-writing, desire, bodies, shame, pleasure, obscenity, intimacy, transgression, pleasure, gender, the unsaid, the screamed, made in any style or form. You are free to interpret the theme as you wish, though we will favour works that engage with and best reflect the central theme of sex.’ PAYING https://showyouminesymposium.com/prize

10th Jul Spectator Competition No. 3107: when two become one. You are invited to provide an extract (up to 150 words/16 lines) that is a mash-up of two well-known existing works of literature (please specify). Please email (wherever possible) entries to lucy@spectator.co.uk by midday on 10 July. PAYING

15th Jul Poetry containing the word “Singapore” by anyone who is not a Singaporean citizen or permanent resident in Singapore. PAYING https://singaporeunbound.org/opportunities/

15th Jul Speculative flash. ‘The flash must pass or discuss The Topside Test which requires that the piece includes multiple trans characters who know each other and talk to each other about something other than medical transition procedures.’ PAYING https://www.apparitionlit.com/submission-guidelines/#1538347466119-241fd8cf-66ed

18th Jul Poetry. Although there’s a fee for adults, young people and children may have a free entry, so this is one to interest your children! PAYING http://www.poetry-festival.co.uk/ledbury-poetry-competition/(thanks to www.prizemagic.co.ukfor this one)

30th Jul US only: story up to 5000 words on the theme of Death from Above. PAYING https://www.lumberloftpress.com/(Cathy’s note: although it says ‘unpublished authors’ in the general blurb, this is not mentioned in the official rules. It might be just that the story must be unpublished, not the author. If in doubt, please check with the organiser.)

31st Jul Poetry chapbook. PAYING https://platypuspress.co.uk/brokenriverprize

31st Jul Scary story on the theme of either True Tales of Terror or Fantastic Frights. 1000-4000 words. PAYING https://oklahomapaganquarterly.com/spooky-samhain-2019-contest/

31st Children up to age 13: poem on the theme of Place. PAYING https://www.betjemanpoetryprize.co.uk/how-to-enter

1st Aug Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Disability. PAYING https://txdisabilities.submittable.com/submit

Short stories based on weekly prompts, which arrive by email if you sign up. PAYING https://blog.reedsy.com/writing-contests/

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

3rd Jul Stories and poetry suitable for children, on the theme of Conservation for Kids. PAYING http://www.guardian-angel-kids.com/submissions.html

7th Jul ‘WOMEN & GIRLS:Our female-led fiction night returns for its third triumphant year! This month we’re after stories on any subject and in any genre, but both author and protagonist(s) must be women.’ Story 800-2000 words.https://www.liarsleague.com/liars_league/forthcoming-events-themes.html

7th July Fiction up to 700 words on the theme of one of the Seven Deadly Sins. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES, CHARITY/GOOD CAUSE ANTHOLOGY https://thingsinthewell.wordpress.com/Open-submissions/

8th Jul Poems, articles and more on the theme of Friends in Africa, for this Quaker mag. https://www.friendsjournal.org/submissions/

9th Jul Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Suburbia. PAYING https://thesuburbanreview.com/submit/

10th Jul  Spec and weird fiction. PAYING https://www.planetscumm.space/submissions

10th Jul Poetry on the theme of The Light Ascending. PAYING https://griffithreview.submittable.com/submit

10th Jul Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of “What’s love got to do with it? | Can spirituality transform politics?”. http://moonmagazine.org/submission-guidelines/

12th Jul Writing and art on the theme of Space, by writers aged 4-26 (or thereabouts). https://fingerscommatoes.wordpress.com/

15th Jul ‘Poetry is Dead wants your poems and creative nonfiction on the subject of small town life.’ https://www.poetryisdead.ca/call-submission-small-towns

15th Jul Poem on the theme of Water. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES

https://wacoartsfest.org/2017-website-pages/wordfest/

15th Jul 3-6 poems. http://www.ashevillepoetryreview.com/submissions

15th Jul Putrescent poems. PAYING https://www.fortytwobooks.com/putrescent-poems.html

15th Jul ‘Interactive fiction, sequential art, and interactive poetry. We do not accept prose without interactivity or a detailed plan for interactivity.’ PAYING https://sub-q.com/about/submissions/

15th Jul Fiction 3500-15,000 words on the theme of Secrets in the Water. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://zimbellhousepublishing.com/anthology_submission/

15th Jul 50-word fiction on the theme of Disappear. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.blink-ink.org/submissions/

15th Jul ‘In honour of the 150th Birthday of the Periodic Table, Rosebud Ben-Oni is guest editing a special folio for Pleiades featuring poems that delve deeply into chemistry in surprising and innovative ways. Send us your poems on all things elemental and reactive, the alkaline & acidic, the combustive & corrosive, your peculiar experiments gone awry, your alchemy & chain reactions.’ http://www.pleiadesmag.com/submit/

15th Jul Poetry and CNF on the theme of Broken/Whole. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.snapdragonjournal.com/submit.html

19th Jul Poetry, fiction and more by writers and artists of the African diaspora on the theme of Life at a Crossroads. http://centerforblackliterature.com/killens-review-fall-winter-2019/

19th Jul Poetry, short fiction and more. https://thetangerinemagazine.com/submit

20th Jul “…primarily a journal issue for those in the BDSM / kink community who are also ace / aro. It seeks to address questions such as: Does your practice of BDSM / kink counter dominant perceptions of the subculture? How do you navigate the relationship between societal ideas of sex, sexual arousal, attraction, and play as they relate to BDSM / kink? How does BDSM / kink relate to asexuality?’ http://theasexual.com/article/2019/4/19/vol-3-issue-2-bdsm-kink-asexual

24th Jul ‘We invite authors to explore each theme in any way that speaks to them: re-write a  familiar story from a new point of view, mash genres together, give us a  personal essay about some aspect of our theme that has haunted you all  your life. We also invite art that will accompany the literature.’ Theme: Homer’s The Odyssey. PAYING https://nonbinaryreview.submittable.com/submit/134831/nbr-22-the-odyssey

25th Jul or until full: ‘For our Halloween horror anthology this year, we are looking for tales of grisly and psychologically damaging isolation.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES  http://fantasiadivinitymagazine.com/anthology-submission-calls

31st Jul ‘Chipper Press is looking for short stories that depict the end of the dragon race. The last battle has been fought, and the victors are leaving the field. What happens to the remaining dragons now? Show our young readers a fantastical world where dragons and magic were real. Keep in mind the reader age rating on this anthology is 9 to 12.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.chipperpress.com/anthology-submissions/

31st Jul Poetry and flash fiction. https://rhinopoetry.org/general-submissions(thanks to www.palettepoetry.comfor this one)

31st Jul ‘We are currently open for poetry and flash fiction submissions for our upcoming anthology “Heat the Grease, We’re Frying Up Some Poetry.” The anthology is centered around the theme of cooking, either the act of cooking, watching someone cook, eating or preparing food, and observing holiday traditions centered around food. Any poetry or flash fiction which is tangentially about this theme may be considered at the discretion of the editor.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://gnashingteethpublishing.wordpress.com/submit/

31st Jul ‘We are looking for stories about something that happened to you in your life – in your relationship with a partner or spouse, a parent or child, a family member or friend, at work or at home – that made you and the people around you laugh out loud.’ Stories and poems. PAYINGhttps://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics

31st Jul – but free subs are capped at 300, so submit earlier if you can! Poetry. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIEShttps://sugarhousereview.submittable.com/submit

31st Jul ‘Stories in which three (or more!) characters find happily-ever-after all together. We want ménage stories – à trois, à quatre, whatever works for your characters! Any pairing will work, but MMM and MMF seem to sell best for us.’ ROYALTIES https://www.jms-books.com/submission-guidelines-ezp-35.html

31st Jul ‘Blasphemous Rumorsis a themed anthology of religious horror stories edited by David Barnett and Regina Garza Mitchell. We are seeking dark short stories that focus on religion or spirituality, stories that may be considered blasphemous by the standards of your religion of choice. We are looking for quality dark fiction, not hate-filled rants against religion.’ PAYING https://necropublications.com/pages/guidelines-blasphemous-rumors-edited-by-regina-garza-mitchell-and-david-g-barnett

31st Jul Writing and art for children on the theme of Circles. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://rootandstar.com/pages/submit

31st Jul Fiction, poetry and more on the theme of Borderlands. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.amsterdamquarterly.org/submissions/

31st Jul ‘Roomshowcases writing and art by women (cisgender and transgender), transgender men, Two-Spirit and nonbinary people.’ Writing on the theme of Hair. PAYING http://roommagazine.com/submit

31st Jul Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Getaway. https://blood-and-bourbon.com/submissions/

31st Jul Poetry and more featuring The Word Bookstore. http://scrivenercreativereview.com/call-for-submissions/

31st Jul Urban nature fiction and more on the theme of Roots/Routes. PAYING https://www.stonecropreview.com/submissions/

1st Aug ‘UNDERLANDPRESS is seeking mystery, crime, dark fantasy, horror, and other speculative types of fiction for a loosely-themed anthology to be released in the winter of 2020. This one is called “Eighteen,” and is symbolic of the great river at night, where the wolves howl and all doors are open. All thresholds are possible, and every truth is elusive. The Eighteenth Tarot card is the Moon, and those who raise their arms to her know she offers Mercy and Severity in equal measure. These are stories of mischief and mayhem. These are stories of magic.’ PAYING http://firebirdcreative.net/underland/eighteen.php

1st Aug ‘We are interested in the use of the “I” voice by emerging and established writers. We love the intersections of things: where fiction meets essay, where essay meets poetry, where poetry meets visual art. We love all forms of creative non-fiction: auto fiction, memoire, experimental essay and prose.’ https://bluehousejournal.com/submissions(thanks to https://shortstops.info/for this one)

1st Aug Prose poems. PAYING http://www.songsoferetz.com/p/guidelines.html

1st Aug Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Trouble. https://halfwaydownthestairs.net/submissions/

1st Aug Feminist Bicycle Science Fiction on the theme of Cats. PAYING http://takingthelane.com/2019/02/27/call-for-submissions-cats-and-bikes-in-space/

SUBMISSIONS WITH NO KNOWN DEADLINES

‘POETiCA REViEW exists to promote the work of new and older poets alike, the less fortunate, the dispossessed, those without a voice, but encourage the artistic talents of all, not just a privileged minority.’ https://poeticareview.wixsite.com/mysite-1/submission-guidelines

Until filled: ‘We are pleased to announce our first drabble anthology! For this anthology, we are looking for drabbles featuring the element wind. You can have a wind deity, a magic user that controls wind, or the wind as an entitiy of its own. The book will be split into four chapters: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Horror, and Romance. Be sure to label your submission with the correct genre chapter!’CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIEShttp://fantasiadivinitymagazine.com/anthology-submission-calls

Until filled: ‘We are pleased to announce our first flash fiction anthology! For this anthology, we are looking for fantasy flash fiction. It can be epic fantasy, fairy tales, or dark fantasy. We are mostly looking for sword and sorcery type of fantasy, so we would prefer no modern stories.’CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIEShttp://fantasiadivinitymagazine.com/anthology-submission-calls

Poetry. http://www.ucityreview.com/submissions.html

‘Library Tales Publishing is an independent book publishing company founded in 2011. The company is focused on publishing, marketing and distributing self-help, memoirs and niche fiction books by qualified and talented authors.’ https://www.librarytalespublishing.com/submissions

‘We are looking for poetry and essays that speak to the mission of Tinfish, which seeks to publish experimental work of the Pacific Region, while also considering the themes of rageand hope.’ https://tinfishpress.com/?page_id=63

Microfiction on the themes of Vampires or Zombies. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://bloodsongbooks.com/submissions/anthology-calls-micro-fiction/

‘While I begin trying to get some pamphlet poets on board, to take Marble to the next level, I’m also mulling over some smaller chapbook ideas as well. So if you have a dozen or so poems that will work together as a mini collection, please send them on to pamphlets(at)marblepoetry.com. Remember, this isn’t a competition, there’s enough of those out there already. Marble tries to make its money from selling poetry, not false hopes. The only requirement is that I like it.’

‘Imagine your local movie rental store back in the 70s, 80s, or 90s, remember all those fantastic covers. Remember taking those movies home and watching in awe as the stories unfolded in nasty rainbows of gore, remember the atmosphere and textures.

Rewind or Die is a series of books I’d like produce with each title being between 25,000 and 50,000 words in length.’ Women only, at present. https://mailchi.mp/a74b98f448d5/rewind-or-die-and-more?e=e2910e4569

Finished MSS. UNKNOWN PAYMENT http://www.vegetarianalcoholicpress.com/submissives

‘New York City-based independent press specialising in high-quality literary fiction and nonfiction. Send submissions by post or email.’ http://www.tailwindspress.com/contact-us.html(Cathy’s note: although the subs page hasn’t been updated for a while, they have published books this year, so are still in action (I reckon!).)

‘Sponge is looking for original science fiction and speculative fiction from New Zealand, Australian, and Pacific writers.’ They also take poetry. https://sponge.nz/submissions

‘We accept original theoretical or research articles, book reviews, interviews, poems and short fiction.’ http://www.setumag.com/p/write-for-setu.html

‘The Stay Project is an online space where you can submit your experiences of the here and now as they relate to our president. We want your feelings, thoughts, reactions, hopes, fears – however big or small and in any form. Literary, Visual, Performative, etc. Our only criterion? No hate.’ http://www.thestayproject.us/

‘Q/A Poetry exists to amplify the voices of womxn and nonbinary poets, and to expand the subjects deemed “appropriate” for womxn to be writing about.’ https://www.qapoetry.com/

‘We prefer original works (no reprints) with (but not limited to) general, literary, magical realism, and Christian themes… Most themes are accepted though we do not publish violent, overly sexual, vulgar works.’ http://www.dormiveglia.org/submission-guidelines.html

‘Black Coffee Review was created as a way to showcase poets who write about the rawness of life– the dirt and grit of being human. We’re open to almost any style as long as it’s honest and has a kick.’ https://www.blackcoffeereview.com/submission-guidelines

Fiction, poetry and more. https://academyoftheheartandmind.wordpress.com/submit-your-work/

‘Plato’s Caves invites poetry, fiction, reviews and articles on society, culture and politics from prospective contributors of all ages.’ https://platoscavesonline.wordpress.com/submission-guidelines/

Poetry, flash and short fiction. ‘We are particularly interested in work by unpublished or emerging writers and underrepresented writers.’ https://cloverandwhite.wordpress.com/submissions/

Speculative Flash and short fiction. PAYING https://www.3lobedmag.com/submissions.html

‘We’re interested in untold stories, fresh perspectives, and original thought covering the nuances of life, politics, and culture in the American South. We publish nonfiction, poetry, and fiction, as well as state politics coverage and photo essays.’ PAYING https://www.scalawagmagazine.org/submissions/

Prose up to 1500 words. https://virtualzinemag.com/vff

Comps and calls for June 2019

Hello all! First of all I want to thank all those who replied to my question about the timing of each C&C, and whether we should change the date. As of yesterday, the majority by quite a margin wanted to keep it the way it is, while only two of you wanted to change it (though both gave excellent reasons!). My apologies to the latter, and all I can say is that I do put the odd update on the Facebook page for Comps and Calls, which you can find here: https://www.facebook.com/compsandcalls/. These updates might be useful later in the month.

There are some really odd and interesting calls this June. As always, my mantra is ‘have a go’! Even if (or perhaps especially if) it’s outside your comfort zone, give it a try. If the results aren’t great, at least you’ll have given your writing muscles a good workout. And don’t forget to submit it, even if you don’t think it’s all that good, because as long as you’ve proofread it and dealt with any clichés, it has a chance.

Have fun!

Best wishes,

Cathy x


Here are some writing competitions and calls for submission, all with free, electronic entry.

As usual I’m passing these on in good faith but mistakes may be made, so do check all the submission guidelines carefully. Any info in quotes comes from the website itself and any dates at the start are deadlines. Also, I don’t know the sources personally, so do check them out for yourselves.

There are three headings (click/tap to jump straight to them):

If you aren’t a submitter (why not? Nothing to lose! Rejection is something we all share!) then the themes can make great writing prompts/exercises.

Although I mention only fiction or poetry, many publications accept non-fiction, art or other forms, so do check if interested. Good luck and do let me know of successes! The links are in the comments, and any dates at the start are deadlines.

Where possible, I have marked the relevant entries with ‘paying’, ‘contributor copy’ etc. However, you are best off checking the info for yourselves as I am not infallible and the info isn’t always available or clear. Please be aware that a contributor copy may be in print or digital format. Also, some publications offer several things, eg payment as well as a contributor copy. Where this is the case, I have assumed that payment is enough of an incentive, so I haven’t listed everything. It’s a rough guide and should be treated as such.

COMPETITIONS/RESIDENCIES

2nd Jun Writing by marginalised writers on the theme of Home. PAYING https://literary.creativefuture.org.uk/creative-future-writers-award-how-to-apply/

5th Jun Spectator Competition No. 3102: fan mail ‘You are invited to submit a fan letter from one well-known person from the field of fact or fiction to another (please specify). Email entries of up to 150 words to lucy@spectator.co.uk by midday on 5 June.’ PAYING

7th Jun ‘We would like to invite a writer to undertake a residency on Durham’s ‘radical’ coast during July and August 2019.’ To be eligible to apply, writers must live and work in the North of England and have been previously published in the UK. PAYING (lots by writer standards) http://newwritingnorth.com/news/peoples-landscape-on-the-durham-coast-writing-residency/

7th Jun USA ONLY: children’s picture book. NON-CASH PRIZE http://lbartistaward.com/rules (thanks to https://fundsforwriters.com/ for this one)

9th Jun Short fiction on the theme of Better Futures. PAYING http://sapiensplurum.org/contest.html

12th Jun Spectator Competition No. 3103: talking heads ‘You are invited to submit a Shakespearean soliloquy delivered by one of the contenders for the Tory leadership in which they consider their pitch for the top job. Email entries of up to 16 lines to lucy@spectator.co.uk by midday on 12 June.’ PAYING

14th Jun ‘We are looking for emerging writers who have yet to publish a collection of poetry (not including self-published chapbooks)… Submit a manuscript featuring 15 to 30 poems.’ PAYING https://kingdomsinthewild.com/poetryprize

15th Jun ‘Stories must include an incident of defenestrationism– the art or -ism of throwing people out windows. This need not be literal. Our team defines such an incident as follows, “a sudden, immediate, even violent shift, change, or seismical event between the beginning and the end.”’ PAYING http://defenestrationism.net/short-story-contest/

15th Jun Flash fiction that passes the Vito Russo Test. PAYING https://www.apparitionlit.com/submission-guidelines/#1538347466119-241fd8cf-66ed

21st Jun Story 1000-5000 words. VOUCHER/OTHER http://www.letsgetpublished.com/

30th Jun Poetry on the theme of Anesthesiology (sic).PAYING http://anesthesiology.pubs.asahq.org/ss/letheon.aspx

30th Jun Poetry PAYING http://www.sps.com/poetry/index.html

1st Jul ‘Entries will be accepted of unpublished poetry and prose from writers who have not yet published a collection of poems, a collection of short stories or a novel.’ PAYING http://www.wintertangerine.com/wta-guidelines

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

2nd Jun Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Dance. https://shantiartsllc.submittable.com/submit/128904/the-dance-writing-submission?step=submission (Cathy’s note: some sources list the deadline as 1st June, but the Submittable page has 2nd June, so fingers crossed!)

2nd Jun ‘Some art arrives finished, while some needs to be built. Please submit examples of the effortless, the found, the whittled, the chiselled. Will we know the difference? Any topic is welcome, but prefer poems/stories about writing to focus on a mentor instead of you.’ Poetry and prose. http://www.pcsj.org/caesuracall.html

3rd Jun ‘We’re looking for personal stories of the moment when people see the fascism in front of them for what it is, accept it as real, and make the choice to fight it. Who are the canaries in the coal mine? When can the long-hidden voice no longer be ignored?’ 250-5000 words. PAYING http://crossedgenres.com/submissions/recognize-fascism-submissions/ (Cathy’s note: I emailed them to ask if they were looking for personal stories rather than speculative fiction as usual – the reply states: ‘Actually all of our submissions calls are for stories with speculative elements. I apologize if the submissions call was unclear; I’ve updated it to fix that.’)

3rd Jun Stories and poetry suitable for children, on the theme of Scent Sense. PAYING http://www.guardian-angel-kids.com/submissions.html

3rd Jun ‘Amy is interested in all formats of poetry/prose, and would like to hear from anyone with work inspired by activism and protest. They say “I know for a lot of people just existing in public as themselves is a political statement” – so take this theme as broadly as you like!’ https://celebratingchange.blog/2019/04/20/callout-for-submissions/

6th Jun Poetry and prose with elements of the natural world, on the theme of Gnaw. PAYING https://clawandblossom.com/submissions/

7th Jun Poetry, fiction and more. https://remingtonreview.wixsite.com/remingtonreview

7th Jun or until filled Poetry. http://www.gyroscopereview.com/home/guidelines/

9-14th Jun Poetry on the theme of the 12 Dancing Princesses. PAYING https://www.timelesstalesmagazine.com/submissions

10th Jun ‘As a general rule, we welcome fiction of up to 3,000 words that in some way uses elements of the fantastic in the telling, and we tend to be less concerned with genre specifics.’ https://thefabulistwordsart.submittable.com/submit

10th Jun Poetry and fiction by women on the theme of Journey. PAYING https://mslexia.co.uk/shop/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/ContributorGuidelines_JAN19-2.pdf

10th Jun Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of “Invisible people | Addressing homelessness”. http://moonmagazine.org/submission-guidelines/

10th Jun ‘For our Summer 2019 issue, Dilettante Army welcomes essay submissions on clubs and the places they live. Possible topics include: alumni groups, Masonic lodges, coffeehouses (from Early Modern Europe to the present), Boy and Girl Scouts, secret societies, book clubs, country clubs, nightclubs, gay bars, literary and academic societies, community gardens, alternative schools, cults, and The Baby-Sitters Club.’ Essays, poetry and more. PAYING http://www.dilettantearmy.com/articles/call-for-submissions-clubs

14th Jun Romantic Fantasy 1000-8000 words. PAYING http://www.stormyislandpublishing.com/submissions/

15th Jun Flash fiction up to 750 words. https://necessaryfiction.submittable.com/Submit

15th Jun Short stories of 2500-6000 words in a Lovecraftian / Steam Punk / Diesel Punk vein. ROYALTIES http://darkhousebooks.com/fearrington-road-submissions/

15th Jun Canadian women/nonbinary only:‘Understorey Magazineseeks stories that illuminate the diverse experiences of women on stage and in performance in Canada. Send us plays/performance texts that bring the lives and voices of womyn to the forefront. We are also looking for prose and poetry by women directors, actors, and producers about their experience in Canadian theatre.’ PAYING https://understoreymagazine.ca/2019/02/diverse-stories-of-women-on-stage/

15th Jun Please send 3-5 poems that touch upon racism, discrimination of any sort, divisiveness in politics and life, positive actions to bridge divides, etc. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.glasslyrepress.com/pf.html

15th Jun ‘Harrow: Believers and sceptics, welcome! We are seeking works of art and poetry with a paranormal theme. We are open to any takes on this subject–serious, quirky, and everything in between. We are looking for work containing ghosts/spirits, aliens, conspiracy theories, cryptozoology, near death experiences, glitches in the matrix, extrasensory perception, pseudoscience, and any experiences that can be considered supernatural.’ https://upthestaircasequarterly.submittable.com/submit

15th Jun ‘This market is open only to individuals who identify as anything other than cisgender. Send us excellent speculative fiction (fantasy, sci-fi, or horror). We are interested in speculative fiction of any design. As long as it’s fiction, and there’s a speculative element, send it. Send us short stories, poetry, one-act plays, or comics. Send us your cool weird shit.’ PAYING https://www.vulturebonesmag.com/submissions

15th Jun Sonnets. PAYING http://www.songsoferetz.com/p/guidelines.html

15th Jun Speculative poetry on the theme of Infection. PAYING http://www.eyetothetelescope.com/submit.html

15th Jun ‘Bridging Divides: please send poems that touch upon racism, discrimination of any sort, divisiveness in politics and life, positive actions to bridge divides, etc.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.glasslyrepress.com/pf.html

17th Jun ‘In partnership w/ Writing Our Lives, Longreads is looking for essays about the myths, ideologies & complexities of mother love for a series. (E.g. fraught mom-daughter relationships, “other” moms, relationships that change). Essays should be >1,200 words, rates start at $500.Pieces can be personal, reported, researched, or a mix. We encourage submissions from women, femmes, & non-binary writers. Email drafts + short summary to Danielle and Vanessa_LaLoba at: motherwound@longreads.com.’ PAYING (thanks to www.erikadreifus.com for this one)

19th Jun Poetry, prose and more on the theme of Pride. https://wellingtonstreetreview.com/submissions/

20th Jun ‘Stories My Gay Uncle Told Me’. Stories and essays. https://truthserumpress.net/submissions/anthology-submission-guidelines/stories-my-gay-uncle-told-me/

21st – 28th Jun SF, F and more (no horror). PAYING https://cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com/submissions/

23rd Jun Poetry and prose. http://www.idkmagazine.com/submit

25th Jun Fiction on the theme of Djinn/Genies. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://fantasiadivinitymagazine.com/anthology-submission-calls

29th Jun ‘The Grumpy Gods are back for another round, and this time, we’re celebrating all those spooky myths! That’s right! Ancient cultures might not have celebrated Halloween exactly, but every mythology has stories that can be mined for great scary tales.’ 3000-4000 words. PROFIT/REVENUE SHARING MODEL https://stormdancebooks.junetakey.com/posts/category/uncategorized/

30th Jun Scroll down to find the guidelines for Illicit: ‘We want people, sex, and bodies not usually seen in mainstream ideas of sex and sexy, and we want tight, fun crime plots. Pro pay. 3,500 words or less.’PAYING http://www.bronzevillebooks.com/writers/

30th Jun Australia and New Zealand only: fiction up to 15,000 words on the theme of Aries, Taurus or Gemini. ROYALTIES https://aussiespeculativefiction.com/zodiac-series/

30th Jun ‘Space opera, urban fantasy, military sf, magical realms, hard science fiction, sword & sorcery, time travel, cyberpunk, steampunk, hopepunk, and whatever else comes before punk. Parables, poetry, zombies, and vampires are also welcome. No horror please.’ PAYING https://dreamforgemagazine.com/

30th Jun ‘For the Chew on This!anthology we are looking for food-related stories, but we need you to dig deeper and get creative when it comes to the substances that keep us alive. Food should be integral to the story in some way, but not the entire focus. The plots can revolve around a wide range of cultures and belief systems, science and superstition, settings in the future or past. Above all we want stories that are macabre, scary, unsettling, and even gross.’ 3000-7000 words. PAYING https://www.bloodgutsandstory.com/chew-on-this?fbclid=IwAR2my-QpNqRB7CyX9a48UCZiRwT-S2Mw-mjz4OCXvzkNDmZbs_hpfw3bjTA

30th Jun Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Pain. https://pleaseseeme.com/submissions/

30th Jun Poetry and prose. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://euphonyjournal.org/submit/

30th Jun ‘Submissions should loosely be based upon the concept of a pause, of silence as an action, as something empty that adds to what is there, of the emptiness someone leaves in a room, of the calm before a storm.’ Poetry, prose and more. https://inquietudeslitjournal.weebly.com/submissions.html

30th Jun ‘Military action-based last-stand horror, and lots of it… Just ensure the last stand aspect is both overt and unique, and don’t forget monsters!’ PAYING https://cohesionpress.com/snafu-submissions/

30th Jun ‘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.’ Stories or poems. PAYING https://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics

30th Jun ‘We are looking for stories about the humorous or serious sides of life after 60.’Stories or poems. PAYING https://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics

30th Jun Writing on the theme of Mental Health. https://www.prachyareview.com/36581-2/

30th Jun ‘Stories in which two people are brought together because of – or maybe in spite of – the machinations of a young child.’ ROYALTIES https://www.jms-books.com/submission-guidelines-ezp-35.html

30th Jun ‘We want lots of bugs. Gross, scary, spine-chilling, and even a little humour. If you think you can make our skin crawl, inspire us to grab the insect repellent, or make us laugh even as we shiver, then send your story our way!’ https://morpheustales.wixsite.com/morpheustales/guidelines

30th Jun Poetry and CMF on the theme of Ballads and Breakups. https://memoirmixtapes.com/submissions/

30th Jun Retropunk fiction set in World War II. PAYING https://gallerycurious.com/fiction/

30th Jun Accursed. ‘Your story must prominently feature some kind of cursed item.’ 2500-6000 words. PAYING https://www.jollyhorror.com/opencall.html

1st Jul ‘We are seeking submissions for our newest anthology, “Is it Hot in Here or is it Just Me? Women Over 40 Write on Aging.” We accept submissions from anywhere in the world. We are open to any topics regarding aging and we look to use a wide brushstroke in this regard. Our minds are open; if you think it could fit, send it. Please note: we are seeking work ONLY from women or women-identified writers for this particular submission.’ Poems, dramatic works, essays and more. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://socialjusticeanthologies.submittable.com/submit/139809/is-it-hot-in-here-or-is-it-just-me-women-over-40-write-on-aging

1st Jul Sonnets. PAYING http://www.songsoferetz.com/p/guidelines.html

1st Jul Flash fiction. https://www.liarsleaguenyc.com/submissions

1st Jul ‘There is no required theme for the stories, although anything to do with the themes usually explored in Fiddler’s Green—such as magic, individualism, or iconoclastic approaches to spirituality—will be most welcome. Stories with word counts between 1500 and 3000 will be considered. Narrative or thematic poetry of any length will also be considered, but we will only be publishing a few poems at most.’ PAYING https://www.fiddlersgreenzine.com/all-fiction-special-issue

Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Marking Time. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.stoneboatwi.com/submit.html

1st Jul Fairytale/fantasy story 500-7000 words, or poetry. PAYING https://www.dancingbearbooks.com/submissions-1

Although the deadline for this is August, the editors add, “…or until 500 regular submissions have been received”, so it’s probably a good idea to submit early. Poetry, fiction and more. https://miraclemonocle.submittable.com/submit

SUBMISSIONS WITH NO KNOWN DEADLINES

‘Hello all. SHORT FICTION, one of the UK’s best regarded magazines, is open to submissions again after a year-long hiatus. We accept international subs but are particularly keen to get more from UK-based writers, so if that’s you, please feel strongly encouraged to submit.’ PAYING
http://www.shortfictionjournal.co.uk

Poetry, fiction and more. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.pacificareview.com/submissions/

Poetry. Submissions are free at the start of the month, and after that there is a fee. https://yr.olemiss.edu/submissions/(thanks to firstwriter.com for this)

‘Cornerstone Press seeks book-length manuscripts in any genre and makes publishing decisions based on the clarity of thought and the marketability of the manuscripts submitted.’ https://www.uwsp.edu/english/cornerstone/Pages/submissions.aspx (Cathy’s note: although the deadline for this round of submissions is Aug 1st, if anyone misses this then their MS will go into the next round of submissions, so it’s OK.)

Poetry, fiction and more. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://schoolcraft.edu/macguffin/submission-guidelines

Writing by women and non-binary people. There is an option to submit anonymously if preferred. https://45magazineiwa.com/contact/

Poetry, prose and more. PAYING http://www.wintertangerine.com/submit

Poetry, prose and more. http://www.decompmagazine.com/submit.htm

Chapbooks of poetry or short fiction by women and non-binary folk. https://www.papeachupress.com

‘To focus on our mission of supporting rural LGBTQ and POC writers and artists, submissions of creative writing and art are restricted to people who identify as LGBTQ and/or POC. Allies are welcome and encouraged to submit in our Interviews, Reviews, & Miscellany category. For more information, see the category guidelines.’ Poetry, fiction and more. PAYING https://mountisland.com/submit/

Horror and SF MSS. http://www.severedpress.com/submissions/

‘word west aims to publish exciting new works of fiction, poetry, non-fiction and whatever else we feel like. from the best authors in the west and beyond.’ https://www.wordwest.co/books

Flash fiction. https://moshlit.tumblr.com/submit

‘Lady/Liberty/Lit is a journal spotlighting women-identifying and gender-non-conforming writers who address experiences of, and ideas about, freedom of voice and body.’ https://www.ladylibertylit.com/submissions

Poetry and prose. http://themothmagazine.com/a1-page.asp?ID=1972&page=37

SF/F microfiction. PAYING https://thearcanist.io/an-open-call-for-microfiction-d1e32a519c12

Various fantasy anthologies, open until filled. PAYING https://roguebladesentertainment.submittable.com/submit

MSS of various kinds. ‘Our primary interest is in crime (mystery/thriller/suspense) sci fi, fantasy and horror; however, we love genre blends and champion works that infuse the best elements of genre. Whether you weave romance in with your mystery or have a sleuth who’s a ghost, we’re interested.’ http://www.bronzevillebooks.com/writers/

‘Agate is considering submissions in the general areas of food, cooking, and nutrition-related nonfiction, for its Surrey imprint; business-interest nonfiction, for its B2 imprint; fiction and nonfiction by African American writers, for its Bolden imprint; and books on Midwestern topics or by Midwestern authors, for its Midway imprint.’ https://www.agatepublishing.com/about/agate

‘CultureCult invites submission of manuscripts in the English/Bengali language for publication in a wide range of genres, both fiction and non-fiction. We are presently seeking novels, novellas,short stories/flash fictionscollections, graphic novels/collections and poetry. ALL GENRES WELCOME.’ https://culturecultmagazine.wixsite.com/home/manuscripts

Poetry. https://poetrybreakfast.com/submission-guidelines-2/

‘Czykmate Productions proudly presents HauntedMTL–the Original Content. We want to hear what makes you tick, chill, and shiver. Give us your gore, your moaning banshees, heck, even a story about a Starbucks haunted by Elvis. Give us what’s unique to you.’ PAYING https://rickysbackyard.submittable.com/submit/135447/how-horror-able

Comps and calls for May 2019

Hello all!

Many thanks for your interesting and lovely messages – apologies if I haven’t replied yet!

There are two pieces of news this month. The first is that I now have a way for fans of the site to make voluntary donations to help pay for costs. I have a Patreon page for regular donations and a PayPal site for tips and one-off encouragements.

Secondly, I’ve had various suggestions over the years for alternative formats for C’s C&C. I run it from the 2nd of the month to the 1st of the next month because the most popular deadlines are the last of the month, the first of the month and the 15th of the month. This way gives you the maximum time to write, though you get very little time to write to deadlines early in the month. An erudite friend and site user has suggested starting on the 7th instead. Do you have any opinions on the matter? What day of the month would you prefer? Please email me at news(at)cathybryant.co.uk to tell me what you think!

Good luck this month – there are some fabulous themes, calls and prizes this May!

Best wishes,

Cathy x


Here are some writing competitions and calls for submission, all with free, electronic entry.

As usual I’m passing these on in good faith but mistakes may be made, so do check all the submission guidelines carefully. Any info in quotes comes from the website itself and any dates at the start are deadlines. Also, I don’t know the sources personally, so do check them out for yourselves.

There are three headings (click/tap to jump straight to them):

If you aren’t a submitter (why not? Nothing to lose! Rejection is something we all share!) then the themes can make great writing prompts/exercises.

Although I mention only fiction or poetry, many publications accept non-fiction, art or other forms, so do check if interested. Good luck and do let me know of successes! The links are in the comments, and any dates at the start are deadlines.

Where possible, I have marked the relevant entries with ‘paying’, ‘contributor copy’ etc. However, you are best off checking the info for yourselves as I am not infallible and the info isn’t always available or clear. Please be aware that a contributor copy may be in print or digital format. Also, some publications offer several things, eg payment as well as a contributor copy. Where this is the case, I have assumed that payment is enough of an incentive, so I haven’t listed everything. It’s a rough guide and should be treated as such.

COMPETITIONS

UK only. Weekly. ‘To participate in this competition, entrants must write a feature article on their travel experiences in no more than 500 words.’ PAYING https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travel-competitions/just-back-terms-and-conditions/

3rd May ‘For this mini-contest, show, tell, or evoke a complete story in at least 30, but no more than 50 words. The first word in your story must start with “A” and the last must start with “Z”. Do *NOT* use proper nouns (names of people or places or things that would always be capitalized) for your “A” word or your “Z” word. Otherwise, it would be too easy to write an entry like, “Ann used to be my best friend, but now it’s Zoe.” You CAN use “a” or “an” as your “a” word, but you’ll lose points on the creativity score.’ PAYING https://onthepremises.com/current-contest/

5th May Children aged 4-14: write a 500-word story on how you would change the world today! TRIP TO DISNEYLAND https://www.explorelearning.co.uk/writersawards/ (thanks to www.prizemagic.co.ukfor this one)

8th May Spectator Competition No. 3098: verse and reverse. You are invited to submit a poem that can be read both forwards and backwards. Email entries of up to 16 lines to lucy@spectator.co.uk by midday on 8 May.

10th May POSTAL ENTRY ONLY Short stories by writers who are Irish and/or living in Ireland. PAYING https://www.rte.ie/radio1/francis-macmanus-short-story/ (Cathy’s note: I’ve included this because the prize is good, and we don’t get many Irish calls.)

15th May Flash fiction. ‘This is a call for POC, Black and Indigenous writers. The flash must pass or discuss The Latif Test which sets out 1) Are there two named characters of color?, 2) Do they have dialogue? 3) Are they not romantically involved with one another? 4) Do they have any dialogue that isn’t comforting or supporting a white character? 5) Is one of them definitely not magic?’ PAYING https://www.apparitionlit.com/submission-guidelines/#1538347466119-241fd8cf-66ed

31st May Crime novel. PUBLISHING CONTRACT https://www.bigissue.com/competitions/big-issue-writing-competition-terms-conditions/

31st May 50-word story on the given theme. NON-CASH PRIZE http://scottishbooktrust.com/reading/the-50-word-fiction-competition

1st Jun Up to 5000 words of writing on the theme of Fury. PAYING https://thefuriousgazelle.com/submit/spring-writing-contest/

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

2nd May Poetry on the theme of Loss. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://magmapoetry.submittable.com/submit/136066/magma-75-loss (Cathy’s note: the deadline has been extended from 30th April to 2nd May)

3rd May Stories and poetry suitable for children, on the theme of I am Me. PAYING http://www.guardian-angel-kids.com/submissions.html

4th May ‘Submissions are open for SFM Storytime Season Two – She is an Elf!. Tell us a story of a female elf as your main character. You can submit stories for any era or time. From Bright to Lord of the Rings. From a tale far flung into the future or set millions of light-years from Earth. We want to see them all. So tell us a story of your lady with pointed ears.’ ROYALTIES http://scifimonkeys.com/storytime/seasons/

5th May Fiction on the theme of Galactic Goddesses. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://fantasiadivinitymagazine.com/anthology-submission-calls

5th May Fiction (no flash) and poetry on the theme of Tech Noir: Cyberpunk and Future Noir. PAYING http://www.switchblademag.com/2016/10/a-new-magazine-of-hardboiled-crime.html

5th May ‘INFINITY & BEYOND:50 years ago (well, on July 16th, 1969 to be precise) man landed on the Moon. But what have we done lately – and what does the future hold? Speculative fiction of all stripes is sought for our galaxy-spanning, stargazing summer event.’ Story 800-2000 words https://www.liarsleague.com/liars_league/forthcoming-events-themes.html

6th May Story 800-3000 words on the theme of Freedom and Restraint. https://www.liarsleaguenyc.com/submissions

9th May ‘Writing submissions to Half Mystic Journal’s seventh issue are now open! Issue VII: Aubade celebrates the dawn-dizzy dance—the first chords of warmth—the sun forgiving everything it touches. An aubade is defined as a lovesong to the dawn. Issue VII submissions close on May 9, 2019. We consider all types of writing (including poetry, fiction, drama, creative nonfiction, and hybrid work) as long as it pertains in some way to music.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.halfmystic.com/writers

10th May ‘Submissions should address the intersection of women’s sexuality with the issue’s theme. Please note that at Cliterature, we believe in sisterhood, not cis-terhood, and include trans women in our definition of women.’ Poetry, prose and more. Theme: Hair. https://cliteraturejournal.com/submit

10th May ‘We welcome submissions inspired by gnomes, faerie gardens, flower faeries, faeries at the bottom of the garden etc, as well as other creative faerie themes. Can be as wild or whimsical as you wish! We are happy to accept and review photo-sets (no nudity), short poems and articles.’ https://www.faemagazine.com/submissions/

12th May 100-word stories on the theme of Pictures. http://www.101fiction.com/

15th May Poetry. PAYING http://www.firepoetry.com/guidelines.html

15th May Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Borders. PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS http://www.thefieldstonereview.ca/submissions.html

15th May Short science fiction on the theme of Humanity. PAYING https://www.readvisions.com/submission-guidelines

15th May Poetry on the theme of Science and Science Fiction. PAYING http://www.songsoferetz.com/p/guidelines.html

15th May Romance 7000-15,000 words. ‘The autumnal equinox marks the shift into darkness which completes on Samhain. Warmth is behind us, cold lies ahead. This is a time of Thanksgiving and kinship. However, in our stories, we also want to consider the theme of The Enchanted Forest. How can you place romance, sorcery, witchcraft, an enchanted wood, cottage, village, or castle into this theme?’ PAYING https://onceuponanthologies.com/2019-submissions/

17th May Poetry and short prose on the theme of Leonard Cohen. http://wreckingballpress.com/call-out-to-writers-and-artists/

19th May Australia only: Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Devotion. https://www.antithesisjournal.com.au/submit

20th May Writing 250-500 words by women over 60 on the theme of Life Changing Moments. https://www.persimmontree.org/v2/submissions/

20th May ‘The Lakota phrase, Mitakuye Oyasin means All My Relations. Animals, plants and minerals are members of the planetary family, in distress. What are the rights of Nature, and how do we cope with the grief, fear and anger about extinctions, ecosystem destruction, and climate change? We invite you to submit an essay up to 1000 words, a poem, or other artwork, in response to any of these prompts or what All My Relationsmeans to you.’ https://www.kosmosjournal.org/contribute-to-kosmos-quarterly/

22nd May Writing on the theme of Pride. https://www.cleaningupglitter.com/submissions

30th May ‘Writing on the theme of Home. Root & Star magazine strives to bring quality art and literature to children in the ephemeral magazine form. It hopes to inspire and be inspired by the whole child – the wise, the wild, the strange, and the sweet. It is a place for creative people to play and to share the complexities of their work and spirit with children.’ https://rootandstar.com/pages/submit

31st May Poetry, fiction and more. https://www.oysterriverpages.com/submit

31st May Speculative poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Retribution. PAYING https://www.apparitionlit.com/submission-guidelines/

31st May Australia and New Zealand only: speculative fiction 2500-5000 words on the theme of Journeys. CONTRIBUTOR COPY+ ROYALTIES https://aussiespeculativefiction.com/journeys-anthology/

31st May North of England and Midlands only: poetry, fiction and more by writers with invisible disabilities. https://www.cultureword.org.uk/indivisible-call-for-submissions/

31st May Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Kith and Kin. https://fictionfix.submittable.com/Submit

31st May Short horror or horror/comedy story featuring an accursed item. PAYING https://www.jollyhorror.com/opencall.html(Cathy’s note: the website currently states that the deadline is 30th June, but that they may have to close early – they will keep it open until 31st May, though. I thought it best to play safe and get the details out early.)

31st May ‘Clean’ fiction on the theme of Christmas in July. https://edifypublications.submittable.com/submit

31st May ‘Chipper Press is looking for short stories that revolve around a camera. Entertain our readers with short stories about what the camera reveals, and what the photographer thought they were photographing. These tales should be mysteries that need to be resolved, think Nancy Drew type stories. Keep in mind the reader age rating on this anthology is 9 to 12.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.chipperpress.com/anthology-submissions/

31st May ‘Transcendis currently accepting FREEsubmissions for our first prototype issue, Transcend.Prototypes. We accept poetry (of any kind), prose of fiction, non-fiction, and creative non-fiction varieties (though we only skim non-fiction), and artwork of all genres.’ https://transcendlit.com/submissions/

31st May Fiction, poetry and more incorporating the words Dumbwaiter, Shore and Sigil. http://3elementsreview.com/submission-guidelines

31st May Poetry and art on the theme of Blue. https://www.harbor-review.com/submit

31st May Writing and more relating to maps, and on the theme of Twins. http://themapisnot.com/submissions

31st May ‘We are currently reading short story submissions for our anthology, The Time Traveling Investor Vol. 1. As the title indicates, we are looking for stories about time travel. And we are especially interested in stories where either the protagonist or antagonist travels through time as a means of cheating (or playing) the stock market, especially if things don’t go as intended.’ https://thetimetravelinginvestor.com/submission-guidelines/

31st May ‘The Summer 2019 issue will focus on storytelling, and how this concept relates to people’s lived experience of madness/mental health challenges and/or accessing mental health services.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://openmindsquarterly.submittable.com/submit

31st May Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of On the Threshold/Spilling Over. ‘For this issue, we are especially interested in receiving poems using, but not limited to, fox, clouds, lake, and ice as image or metaphor.’ http://iceflow.com/riverbabble/riverguides35.html

31st May Poetry, fiction and more. http://www.matadorreview.com/submissions

1st Jun Erotica 2000-5000 words on the theme of Adventure by authors who are women, gender nonconforming, genderqueer and/or nonbinary. PAYING https://www.bweoftheyear.com/call-for-submissions

1st Jun The ‘Summer Muses’ Gallery is all about cars– driving, riding, road trips, lessons, etc. Deadline is June 1st. Previously published okay with acknowledgement. 30 line limit. Email poetry (.doc attachments or text in body) and photos (.jpg attachments) to jennifer@highlandparkpoetry.org. No form required.’

1st Jun Poetry. ‘TPQ envisions itself as a place for real writing, something that an actual human being might want to read.’ PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS http://trailerparkquarterly.com/submissions/

1st Jun Poetry, prose and more on the teme of Climate Change. https://breakwaterreview.submittable.com/submit

1st Jun Haiku on the theme of Reconciliation. https://www.vcbf.ca/community-event/haiku-invitational

SUBMISSIONS WITH NO KNOWN DEADLINES

Poetry, fiction and more. https://fromthehorsesmouth.org.uk/

Poetry. PAYING http://www.subterraneanbluepoetry.com/SubterraneanBluePoetry.Submissions.html

‘Ethelseeks poetry, art, micro-fiction, micro-plays, micro-essays, personal essays, paragraphs from your thesis, prophesies, lists of facts, letters of protest, diagnoses, letters to the editor, lists of baked goods seen at the local Socialist bake sale, album reviews, book reviews, translations, difficult math equations that you have solved, drawings of miniature dresses and so on.’ https://www.ethelzine.com/submit

Poetry, fiction, art and more on the theme of Beauty by women and non-binary folk. https://www.papeachupress.com/submit

Science fiction stories. PAYING http://unfitmag.com/submit/

‘We are an online literary journal based in New York City looking to publish work that represents the lengths (or lack thereof) people will go to in order to make money and pay the bills (to keep the lights on, for instance). We are looking for inspired work that showcases this, whether it be the odd jobs that keep you up at night or the night that brings you odd jobs. If it’s funky and helped you not get evicted, tells a story about someone who made a living scraping gum off park benches, or discusses the day to day life of a desk job, we want to hear from you.’ – Fiction, poetry and more. https://whateverkeepsthelightson.com/submit-1

Chapbooks of poetry or short fiction by women and non-binary folk. https://www.papeachupress.com/submit

‘Sandpiper is a journal of literature and art devoted to uplifting the voices of those emerging and underrepresented in the American literary scene. All submissions are welcome, but special priority is given to writers and artists of color. Sandpiperaccepts poetry, prose, art, and photography.’ https://www.sandpipermag.com/submit.html

Fantasy and magical realism stories. PAYING http://unrealmag.com/submit/

MSS that fit their ‘Machete’ or ‘Latinographix’ series of books. https://madcreek.submittable.com/submit

‘The Dawntreader specialises in myth, legend; in the landscape, nature; spirituality and love; the mystic, the environment. It fulfils a niche in the market, welcoming poetry, prose, articles and local legends.’ https://www.indigodreams.co.uk/the-dawntreader/4563791666

MSS in the following categories: real ife, memoir, crime, human drama, passion. https://mirrorbooks.co.uk/pages/submissions

‘Invisible Publishing is currently accepting literary manuscript submissions, including works of fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction. All narrative works with contemporary themes will be considered, however, we are not interested in genre fiction or YA projects. That said, if you send it, we’ll read it. Show us your stuff.’ https://invisiblepublishing.com/submissions/

Poetry. www.thelakepoetry.co.uk

Submit an MP3 of you reading your poem. https://poetrysoundlibrary.weebly.com/

Fiction, poetry and more. https://www.thefestivalreview.com/submit