Comps and calls for July 2016

After December, July and August are the best months to submit. Children are on holiday and their parents are too busy to submit; people (even writers, sometimes) go on holiday and take a break then, and they won’t be submitting and entering either. If you live in a country that sees the sun (*glares at UK sky*) then there’s that to enjoy, too. So if you get the chance, submit and enter everything you can – it’s a wonderful time for it. Also, isn’t it fun just to do someting to take your mind off the maelstrom of horrifying politics?

Cathy x


Here are July 2016’s 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 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. December is the best time by far to submit and enter. There are loads of opportunities, and many people are too busy to take advantage of them. Please try to find the time if you can!

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

4th Jul UK only: poem on the theme of Community. NON-CASH PRIZE https://www.panmacmillan.com/blogs/general/shore-to-shore-events-listings/poetry-competition-shore-to-shore
6th Jul Spectator Comp No. 2956: frightfest. ‘It’s festival season — in case you hadn’t noticed. You are invited to provide extracts from the unappealing-sounding programme of a festival that is making a misguided attempt to stand out in an overcrowded marketplace. Please email entries of up to 150 words to lucy@spectator.co.uk by midday on 6 July.’ PAYING

8th Jul Children only: ‘We’d like to read poems written in response to: Cat; Sketching a Thatcher. Cat can be found in The Cat and the Cuckoo (Faber & Faber); Sketching a Thatcher in Ted Hughes’s Collected Poems (Faber & Faber).’ PAYING http://www.poetrylibrary.org.uk/learning/children/competitions/

11th Jul Micropoem on the theme of Science. NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.alc.manchester.ac.uk/centrefornewwriting/whatsnew/

11th Jul ‘Write a short story, of 700 words or fewer, that begins with the following line of dialogue: “You don’t have enough points, sir.” ‘ PRIZE UNKNOWN AT TIME OF WRITING http://www.writersdigest.com/your-story-competition/your-story-75-submit-now

13th Jul Spectator Comp no. 2957: Lookist. ‘Keats wrote a sonnet ‘On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer’. You are invited to provide a poem of up to 16 lines entitled ‘On First Looking into [you choose]’. Email entries to lucy@spectator.co.uk by midday on 13 July.’ PAYING

15th Jul USA only: story up to 8000 words on the theme of Cities of Empowerment. PAYING http://www.futurescapescontest.com/

15th Jul Ethnographic poetry. PAYING http://sha.americananthro.org/2016/03/2016-sha-ethnographic-poetry-competition/

15th Jul ‘All submissions must be related directly or indirectly to HIV/AIDS, including but not limited to personal, historical, critical, international, and political perspectives on HIV/AIDS—and in styles ranging from sonnets to science fiction.’ PAYING http://www.aumag.org/2016/05/26/christopher-hewitt-awards-2016-call-for-entries/

15th Jul Story up to 500 words including the words Pizza, Selfie and Corruption. PAYING http://www.mashstories.com/competition/

18th Jul 700 words reviewing a recent contemporary art exhibition. PAYING http://frieze.com/frieze-writers-prize-guidelines (Many thanks to http://www.erikadreifus.com/ for this one.)

20th Jul LGBTQ flash fiction. http://sweaterweatherzine.wix.com/sweaterweatherzine#!contests/eza2k

29th Jul Poem or other short piece of writing. PAYING https://www.greatbritishwriteoff.co.uk/index.php

30th Jul ‘This year the award will focus on prose. Using our Submittable portal, submit a manuscript of fiction, nonfiction, creative nonfiction, or prose poetry of about 7,000-12,000 words. The manuscript may be a collection of mixed pieces–short stories, flash fictions, prose poems, essays, or a stand-along excerpt from a longer work–but should be unified by a common theme.’ PAYING http://www.mapliterary.org/rachel-wetzsteon-chapbook-award.html

31st Jul Poems by children 11-17. NON-CASH PRIZE http://foyleyoungpoets.org/

31st Jul (early bird deadline) Humorous fiction/nonfiction essay 100-500 words. PAYING http://devyaniborade.blogspot.co.uk/p/contest.html

31st Jul Travel writing up to 1200 words. PAYING http://www.imustbeoff.com/2016/03/announcing-fourth-annual-i-must-be-off.html

31st Jul Flash fiction. PAYING http://www.spiritstincture.com/contest.html

31st Jul ‘We’re welcoming poems and short stories on all aspects of caring – the joys, challenges and complex emotions that come with looking after a loved one.’ VOUCHER/OTHER http://www.carersuk.org/how-you-can-help/creative-writing/2016-competition

31st Jul ‘The Louise Meriwether First Book Prize is open to women and nonbinary writers of color (or those who self-identify as other than white) who are residents of the fifty (50) United States, the District of Columbia, and US territories and possessions; 18 years of age or older at time of entry; and who have not had a book published or have a book under contract at the time of submission. First time authors, submit your complete manuscript, either fiction, including novels and short story collections, or narrative memoir, of 50,000 to 80,000 words, and you could receive $5,000 and a publishing contract from the Feminist Press!’ PAYING https://www.feministpress.org/about-fp/louise-meriwether-first-book-prize

31st Jul Story up to 2000 words on the theme of Creation Simulator. VOUCHER/OTHER http://greywolfepublishing.com/2016%20Monthly%20Contests.html

1st Aug ‘All students, regardless of major or academic level, are eligible to participate.’ Essay on one of the provided themes. PAYING http://smart.study/blog/scholarship/

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

3rd Jul Writers of colour only: poetry, fiction and more. PAYING https://thesuburbanreview.submittable.com/submit

3rd Jul Fiction 800-2000 words on the theme of Work and Play. http://www.liarsleague.com/liars_league/writers.html

4th Jul Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Broken. https://eyedrumperiodically.org/index.php/submissions/

4th Jul 1000 or 2000 word stories on the theme of Fear. PAYING http://www.blyantpublishing.com/submissions.html

4th Jul ‘What does it mean to be an international faith of such wide theological diversity? How do we inter-visit and how do we disagree with integrity and compassion? What does it mean to be a peace church today and what core values do we or should we share? How do we boldly declare the values and insights of our respective branches of Quakerism without denying the legitimacy of other Friends?’ Poetry and more. http://www.friendsjournal.org/submissions/

4th Jul Short alternative comedy plays. http://www.secondsonstheatre.co.uk/#!play-time-submissions/w95gl

5th Jul ‘The first issue is based around the colour red. This can be interpreted in many different ways. We are in particular looking for writing that focuses upon: love, lust, passion, sex, anger, meat, blood, communism, capitalism and any other red object you can think of. If you are a creative writer, thinker, poet, or have any interest in writing an article, please get in contact with us.’ http://www.chromamagazine.com/contactsubmissions-1/

7th Jul ‘We are now accepting submissions of contemporary essays, stories, and creative non-fiction, as well as writing that pushes poetic forms into prose. We also welcome submissions of new digital writing genres (tweets, status updates, etc.) that tell compelling stories about black activism and the black experience in the 21st century.’ http://justicematters.press/news/call-for-submissions/

9th Jul ‘We want to bring narcissistic abuse out of the shadows with stories of experiences, healing, and renewal. Although fiction is a powerful way to connect with readers, this anthology will focus on truth told through essays, poetry, reported pieces, and creative nonfiction.’ PAYING (SUBJECT TO FUNDRAISER) http://nutshellmediagroup.com/nmg/submissions (Thanks to http://www.beyondyourblog.com/ for this one)

15th Jul Positive writing and more on the theme of Sage. CONTRIBUTOR COPY http://www.thephoenixsoul.com/submit/

15th Jul Poems on the theme of Prince (Cathy’s note: the musician, not royalty). http://www.depoetry.com/pages/princepage.html

15th Jul ‘Tell us about your beach and pool memories in a poem (any reasonable length) or prose piece (300 words or fewer — this word limit also applies to prose poems).’ https://silverbirchpress.wordpress.com/2016/05/13/call-for-submissions-beach-and-pool-memories-poetry-and-prose-series/

15th Jul Writing of all kinds on the theme of softness. PAYING https://111o.submittable.com/submit

15th Jul Poems about Leicester. https://emmalee1.wordpress.com/2016/03/17/welcome-to-leicester-poetry-anthology/

15th Jul Writing on the theme of Perspective. http://www.inkandletters.com/call/

15th Jul ‘The theme of this issue is on the symbolic nature of paralysis. James Joyce, in his short story collection, Dubliners, wrote of paralyzation on both a personal and societal level. We’re not looking for a literal rendering of the word paralysis, rather, we’re looking for an interpretation based off of the lives of the oppressed around the world.’ Poetry, fiction and more. https://whirlwindmagazine.org/submission-info/

15th Jul ‘In this collection, we are looking for sweet romantic tales about how couples seduce each other, how they tempt their partners, and keep the spark alive. These shorts should be suggestive without being explicit. Allude to the sex, but don’t describe it.’ (Cathy’s note: there’s also a call with the same deadline for stories about menages a trois, with a higher heat rating.) CONTRIBUTOR COPY http://www.temptationpress.com/submission-guidelines/upcoming-anthology-calls-for-submission/

15th Jul ‘Outlook Springs is a literary journal from another dimension. It is devoted to your PREVIOUSLY UNPUBLISHED fiction, poetry, and non-fiction tinged with the strange.’ PAYING https://outlooksprings.submittable.com/submit (With thanks for this one to www.trishhopkinson.com)

15th Jul Poetry, fiction and more. https://sandjournal.submittable.com/submit

19th Jul ‘The Grey Wolfe Storybook anthology accepts submissions of “G” rated, family-friendly short stories, poems and essays. Contributors wishing to achieve the goal of publication may submit short stories and personal essays of not more than 8,000 words; or poetry of not more than 45 lines, with a central theme or character involving children or family. Proceeds from the sale of this book will aid the American Society of Deaf Children.’ https://greywolfepublishing.submittable.com/submit

20th Jul Poetry, prose and more. PAYING http://feminineinquiry.com/submit/ (Thanks to www.erikadreifus.com for this one)

20th Jul Poetry of Tragedy. https://foragepoetry.com/contact/

20th Jul ‘ We invite your first-hand collaborative experiences, with this premise: what happens when a mentor-mentee pair go rogue, abandon their assigned roles, & make together? We are interested in process as much as product & we want to know how you reformulate an ostensibly hierarchical relationships into something that is mutualized, reciprocal, give & take—or even inside out, backwards, upside down, like Billy, & The Kid.’ http://dusie.org/about.html

22nd Jul ‘Who says October has to be gloomy? Let’s shine a little light on the dark night of All Hallows Eve by showcasing grim humor, graveyard mischief, and good old-fashioned Halloween fun. From fun and silly to creepy and quirky, what embodies the spirit of Halloween for you?’ Speculative flash fiction. PAYING http://splicketypubgroup.com/imprints/havok-magazine/

24th Jul Poetry and fiction on the theme of Hope. CONTRIBUTOR COPY http://www.popshotpopshot.com/submit.html

28th Jul Writing on the theme of Derail. https://thederailsreview.wordpress.com/2016/03/02/not-just-online/

29th Jul ‘We look for true stories of survival and recovery from illness, addiction, tragedy or other challenges that will inspire and empower audiences. In addition to offering traditional compensation models, we invite our collaborators to identify a nonprofit organization that will benefit from a portion of the proceeds of their work. Together, we can make a difference in local communities and in the world at large.’ UNKNOWN COMPENSATION http://kicamprojects.com/submissions/

29th Jul Flash and short fiction on the theme of Movement. http://www.litro.co.uk/submit/

30th Jul Fairytale-inspired poems and stories on the theme of fairy godmothers. PAYING http://www.fairytalemagazine.com/p/blog-page_22.html

30th Jul Intersectionalist/feminist protest poetry on the theme of Guns. https://thankyouforswallowing.wordpress.com/submission-guidelines/

31st Jul Poetry and flash on the theme of Emergence. CONTRIBUTOR COPY http://www.kindofahurricanepress.com/p/anthology-emergence.html

31st Jul ‘We are looking for true, non-fiction stories of no more than 1,200 words from current college students up to age 24. You can be enrolled in two-year, four-year, or technical college—any post high school educational institution.’ Poems too. http://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics

31st Jul ‘Take us deep into the forest and show us what we’ll find within. Whether it’s leafy branches hiding elfin lords or a steampunk graveyard covered in mechanical vines, we want to know what’s hidden inside the forest and what dragons (or rogue robot monsters) our heroes will have to slay to make their way through. Paint us a vivid world that makes us want to explore the realm you create. Give us new heroes to love and villains we love to hate.’ 2000-8000 words. PAYING http://litselect.weebly.com/submissions.html

31st Jul Ocean-themed horror 5000-12,000 words. PAYING http://strigidaepublishing.com/for-authors-2/anthology-submissions/submission-call-cetos-brine/

31st Jul ‘Sweet Romance with a fall/harvest theme. Autumn is the time for festivals, county fairs and back to school, and one of our favorite times of the year here at Roane Publishing. Bring us your sweet, fall themed romance stories.’ http://www.roanepublishing.com/Articles.asp?ID=253

31st Jul ‘Lovecraftiana is a quarterly publication from Rogue Planet Press, with issues coming out April 30th, July 31st, October 31st, and January 31st, featuring stories, articles, poetry or artwork on Cthulhu Mythos / Lovecraftian themes.’ http://www.schlock.co.uk/pb/wp_ff24f549/wp_ff24f549.html

31st Jul Poetry, fiction and more. https://cleavermagazine.submittable.com/submit

31st Jul SF story. PAYING http://www.shorelineofinfinity.com/submissions/

31st Jul ‘For our fourth issue, Deep Black Sea, we want short stories, flash, and poetry hauled from the brine of oceans both real and fantastic.’ http://phobosmagazine.com/submissions/

31st Jul Poetry and nonfiction. https://prongposylitmag.com/submit/

31st Jul Poems on the theme of Bones and Breath. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://magmapoetry.com/contributions/

31st Jul Novellas 18,000-35,000 words. PAYING http://www.thricepublishing.com/submissions.html

31st Jul Poetry, fiction and more (Cathy’s note: those not in the USA may submit via email). https://oasisjournal.org/about/

31st Jul ‘FunDead Publications is currently seeking submissions for an upcoming anthology of chilling Christmas tales. Title TBA. We are looking for stories in the vein of Dickens, or ‘Between the Lights’ by E.F. Benson, or ‘The Kit-Bag’ by Algernon Blackwood. Ghosts and legends are encouraged, historical fiction is preferable for this collection.’ 1000-6000 words. PAYING https://fundeadpublications.com/new-story-submissions/

31st Jul Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Food. PAYING http://roommagazine.com/submit

31st Jul Poetry and creative nonfiction on the theme of Forgiveness. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.snapdragonjournal.com/submit.html

31st Jul UK and Ireland only: Poetry. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.butchersdogmagazine.com/p/how-to-submit.html

31st Jul ‘ Many of the Christmas stories we hold dear in Western culture focus around male figures – Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas, the Krampus, Rudolph and Frosty. But if you look to the past, female figures were central to family and hearth celebrations occurring on or around the Winter Solstice. Do some research and tell us your own unique story about the feminine spirit in the Yuletide.’ 3000-10,000 words. PAYING http://otterlibris.com/open-projects/solstice2016/

31st Jul ‘We’re looking for stories inspired by recognizable urban legends, but with a romantic twist. The romance needs to be key to the story so we’re not looking for anything too darkly horrific, and the stories must have a happily ever after (HEA) or happy for now (HFN) ending—no killing off the love interests.’ 3000-15,000 words. PAYING http://www.penandkinkpub.com/home/about-us/call-for-submissions/

1st Aug Writing and more by girls and women on the theme of What’s Your Future? http://newmoon.com/how-to-get-published-new-moon-girls/

1st Aug Fiction 300-5000 words, starting with the line: Mrs. Morrison was too busy to die. PAYING http://www.thefirstline.com/submission.htm

1st Aug ‘If your rural or western work is drownin’ in its own sweat, it’d be perfect for the Fall 2016 Issue of Cowboy Jamboree, “With Alacrity!” We want stories, fiction or non, that get at it with a sense of urgency for this issue. Storm comin’? Fence down? Calf dyin’? Gun drawn? Whatever sense of urgency your rural or western story carries, we’d be interested in takin’ a poke at it for our Fall issue. As always, we prefer writing with some rough edges and guts. Swearin’ and killin’ don’t offend us. We nominate for Pushcart and Best of the Net.’ http://www.cowboyjamboreemagazine.com/style–submit.html

1st Aug ‘Bring us your best prison stories. Any genre. Any point of view. The story can be from the perspective of an inmate. It can be from the POV of a guard. It can be from the viewpoint of a family member visiting a lifer. It can be about redemption, or a spiral down into oblivion. It can be about friendship, or prison gangs and rivalries. It can be about a riot. It can be about an ex-con, who’s gotten out and is struggling to reintegrate into an unforgiving society. As long as it holds true to the main theme of prison, it fits.’ PAYING http://www.emppublishing.com/open-call.html

1st Aug ‘We’re looking for stories that are highly romantic, featuring a Scottish man. Stories may be historical or time travel. Stories should be between 10,000-20,000 and meet the requirements for our sweet, PINK satin romance line.’ ROYALTIES http://www.satinromance.com/subs.html

1st Aug Fiction up to 500 words, poetry and more suitable for Christian children on the theme of Hallowe’en Pumpkins. PAYING http://www.guardian-angel-kids.com/submissions.html

1st Aug Writing and more by women. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://aroomofherownfoundation.submittable.com/submit

1st Aug 3-5 poems. https://sheilanagigblog.com/submissions/

1st Aug Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Corporeal. PAYING http://www.slicemagazine.org/submit-your-work/#.V18BmKJc7fZ (Thanks for this one to www.erikadreifus.com)

1st Aug Poetry and prose on the theme of The Kindness of Strangers. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.universaltable.org/wisingup.html

1st Aug ‘We are seeking stories, essays, and poems that speak to our shared humanity through political engagement; works that bear witness, advocate, and foster authentic dialogue around current issues and events.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.isthmusreview.com/submit/

1st Aug ‘Contributors wishing to achieve the goal of publication may submit short stories and anecdotal essays of not more than 8,000 words; or poetry of not more than 45 lines. This is a special edition focusing on the paranormal. Pieces may include characters, scenes and settings introducing readers to a collection of scary, odd, ethereal, transcendent, and unearthly accounts.’ https://greywolfepublishing.submittable.com/submit

1st Aug Flash, short fiction and more on the theme of Fairy Tales, Mythology and Gods & Monsters. PAYING http://www.bodypartsmagazine.com/submissions.html

1st Aug Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Disability, Mental Health and Chronic Illness. http://www.lunalunamagazine.com/special-issue-submissions

1st Aug Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Animals Among Us. http://aboutplacejournal.org/submissions/

1st Aug ‘Burrow Press Review is looking for the four scariest short stories we can find to be published every Tuesday in the month of October, 2016. We are seeking dark fiction that shatters the illusions of safety to which we cling. Send us work that bursts through the comfortable boundary of the page and leaves the reader disarmed, destabilized, and trembling with dread.’ PAYING https://burrowpress.submittable.com/submit

1st Aug Writing on the theme of Science or Music or Both. https://threequarterreview.com/2015/11/01/contact-us/

SUBMISSIONS WITH NO KNOWN DEADLINES

NOTE: Publishers sometimes don’t discuss their royalty rate upfront. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they don’t pay! I just haven’t put them as paying/giving royalties whenever I haven’t found details on the website.

Poetry, including reprints. PAYING https://thechaoticreview.com/submissionguidelines/

Short fiction, poetry and more. https://sunstarlit.com/submit/

Romance MSS of all kinds. ROYALTIES http://ravynheart.com/submissions.html?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email

Open until filled: ‘I am looking for poems that are interesting and creative, that reflect who God is. That isn’t to say that they shouldn’t be in a certain style or follow a form, more that they really express our worship in fresh ways rather than simply saying for instance that God is Holy, or Jesus is Love. I think poetry is best when it delves into these ideas and finds new language to describe something like holiness for example in fresh way rather than relying on clichés.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY http://worshippoetryanthology.tk/

‘We are currently looking for: things that are dark, sexy, strange, unexpected and beautiful. We love essays and photographs, audio recordings and diary entries. We also like lists, round-ups and reviews right now.’ http://www.lunalunamagazine.com/join-the-coven/

‘Send in the body of an email up to 3 poems of poison and sweetness to editordeadsnakes@gmail.com ‘ http://deadsnakes.blogspot.co.uk/

Poetry, fiction and more. PAYING http://violethourmag.wix.com/vhmagazine

The Woven Tale Press is a monthly online literary and fine arts magazine. The Press mission is to grow traffic to noteworthy artists and writers on the Web; we link contributors works directly back to their websites or blogs. The Press welcomes submissions of poetry, fiction, memoir, flash fiction and the experimental. We also consider literary works accompanied by original art images. We pride ourselves on being eclectic. Our only prerequisite is that you must have a blog or website url. For submission guidelines visit http://thewoventalepress.net/how-to-submit/.’ (Cathy’s note: you need a blog or website to submit here.) https://thewoventalepress.submittable.com/submit

Poetry, fiction and more. https://beautifullosersmagazine.wordpress.com/submissions/

Speculative, quiet poetry, flash and short fiction. http://thequietcirclemag.wix.com/home#!submit/cee5

Open until filled (or 31st Aug): speculative fiction and poetry on the theme of Automobilia. PAYING http://www.omicronworld.com/#!spekulative-stories/c1cg0

‘We’re looking for edgy, raw, unconventional, difficult, speculative fiction stories. You can pluck our heartstrings, but make it a tune we’ve never heard before.’ PAYING https://persistentvisionsmag.com/guidelines

Poetry, fiction and more. https://thecossack.submittable.com/submit

Open until filled (or 30th Nov): ‘The theme of Beyond the Hedge Volume 2 is “Chimeras and Phantasms.” What is the difference between dream and delusion, and how does reality differ from either of those? Are our flights of imagination wondrous or sinister? Show us visions of the past that rock the present. Show us visions of the future that reshape our perception of the modern world. Show us that “reality” itself is suspect. Show us your imagination’s strangest chimeras and most mesmerizing phantasms.’ http://www.fuzzyhedgehogpress.com/submissions/

‘Little Tiger Press publishes picture books, Stripes publishes young fiction and Caterpillar Books publishes novelty and activity titles.’ http://www.littletiger.co.uk/submissions

Poetry. PAYING http://www.foundryjournal.com/submit.html

‘At Jazz Cigarette, we don’t have a type, but traditional verse will have to be pretty good to land here. Send us your sestinas, though. There aren’t enough sestinas out there. Prose poems and hybrid work will also be considered. In the month of August, we read for The Electric Zoetrope Poetry Prize, and award a winner on October 1st.’ http://www.jazzcig.com/submit.html

‘Fissure is dedicated to furthering the voices of LGBTQ+ individuals and allies in literature and art, specifically the voices of young and queer writers and artists.’ http://fissuremag.weebly.com/submissions.html

Open until filled: ‘We are currently seeking stories for a new anthology. Stories must fall into the category of science fiction (hard or soft), and must feature a transgender male protagonist. Given the nature of speculative fiction, however, we are willing to consider stories that feature non-binary, intersex or genderfluid characters, but for this project, any non-binary character should either identify strongly as male, or the story should deal with themes of what it means to be “masculine” or a “man” in terms of the world setting in which the story takes place.’ PAYING http://www.pinknarc.com/submissions.html

‘As an online journal geared specifically towards exploring the city, we accept poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction related to this subject. Photography and art relating to the city and the city experience is also welcome. You can explore any themes or issues in your work, as long as they are related to a city or cities in some way.’ https://citykey.wordpress.com/submissions/

‘Send us your time travelling tanka, scientific sonnet, robotic rondel, high-tech haiku, alien acrostics and futuristic free verse.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY http://www.shorelineofinfinity.com/submissions/submissions-poetry-multiverse/

‘Whether it’s a journey through our priceless existence, a struggle to achieve personal contentment, a heart-wrenching brush with defeat, an intelligent observation on humanity, a deep desire for your voice to be heard, stirring inspiration, or just pure entertainment, we want it and will strive to share it.’ Poetry, flash, short fiction and more. SOME CONTRIBUTORS GET CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.gftpress.com/submissions

Poetry. https://byandby.submittable.com/submit

‘Xoum publishes non-fiction and fiction for both adults and children. Our specialty areas include true crime, travel, history, popular science, health & wellbeing; select literary fiction, crime fiction, fantasy and sf; and young adult and children’s narrative fiction.’ http://www.xoum.com.au/submissions/

‘Alebrijes is open to submissions of fiction, poetry, lyrical essays, and visual art. We incorporate all literary forms, but are particularly drawn to experimental pieces that play with form and structure, that exhibit surreal themes while also engaging in the dense and complex issues that arise in (post)modern society. Send us only your best, give us pieces that carry the weight of a remembered dream.’ http://www.alebrijeslit.org/new-index-2/#submit-1

‘FunDead Publications is currently accepting submissions for a forthcoming poetry anthology, Death Poetic. The theme is, obviously, death! All submissions must be on the subject of death or dying. We are looking for well-written, lyrical pieces. While we welcome all types of poems, we do specifically like rhyming poems for this particular anthology, think The Highwayman or Annabel Lee. We are going for a theme, classical in nature that is more focused in the beauty of the end of life.’ PAYING https://fundeadpublications.com/new-story-submissions/

Family-friendly Hallowe’en poems (Cathy’s note: scroll down, as there are lots of projects on this page). PAYING https://fundeadpublications.com/new-story-submissions/

Flash and short fiction. http://www.catonaleashreview.com/submissions.html

 

Comps and calls for June 2016

Hello all! I hope that everything’s going well for you. Many thanks to those who’ve let me know of successes — it’s great that so many Comps-and-Calls-ers are getting published, some for the first time! I’m having a moderate sort of year professionally, but there should be big developments in a few months… In the meantime, it’s time to submit and enter as much as possible!

Cathy x


Here are June 2016’s 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 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. December is the best time by far to submit and enter. There are loads of opportunities, and many people are too busy to take advantage of them. Please try to find the time if you can!

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

(Cathy’s note: submit ‘by June’ to get in this year’s prize, or, if accepted, your essay might be eligible for next year’s.) ‘In keeping with Maritain’s own broad interests, we are not limiting submissions to a particular theme, other than what would fit within the context of a Catholic cultural and literary journal. In other words, please follow our nonfiction submission guidelines.’ PAYING http://dappledthings.org/the-j-f-powers-prize-for-fiction/

3rd Jun ‘Your challenge: Think of a great twist ending for a story. Then, in no more than 50 words, write the beginning of a short story that starts with that twist, instead of saving it for the end. Unlike most mini-contests, we’re not asking you to tell a complete story–just begin one.’ PAYING https://onthepremises.submittable.com/Submit

3rd Jun ‘Kevin Elyot was a Bristol alumnus (Drama Department) who went on to achieve great success through his ground-breaking plays, adaptations and other work. The Kevin Elyot Award creates a writer in residency post that allows the recipient access to the University of Bristol Theatre Collection, where Kevin Elyot’s own archive is contained.’ PAYING http://tinyurl.com/zs3zbsj

5th Jun Story on the theme of Genius and Madness. http://www.liarsleague.com/liars_league/forthcoming-events-themes.html

6th Jun ‘Project 2036 is a three year programme that will offer a Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) playwright, director and producer a £10,000 bursary each year, generously funded by the Leverhulme Trust.’ (Cathy’s note: you will need to attend meetings and events in London if you get this.) PAYING https://www.bushtheatre.co.uk/artists/the-leverhulme-2036-project/apply/ (thanks to http://www.londonplaywrightsblog.com for this one)

8th Jun Spectator Competition No. 2952: nonsensical. ‘You are invited to submit nonsense verse of up to 16 lines on the subject of the EU referendum. Please email entries to lucy@spectator.co.uk by midday on 8 June.’ PAYING http://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/05/drinking-partner/

9th June The first 690 words of a work-in-progress (unfinished or unpublished novel) or a book self-published by the author within the past year (publication date no earlier than 2/14/2015). All entries must be from novel-length works. VOUCHER/OTHER https://shondabrock.wordpress.com/contest/

12th Jun UK only: finish the Barbie story. NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.netmums.com/activities/barbie-dreamtopia

13th Jun Poem or fiction on the theme of Sea-Change, by disabled and/or marginalised writers in the UK only. PAYING http://www.cfliteraryawards.org.uk/how-to-apply/rules/

13th Jun ‘We run an annual Ocean Awareness Student Contest that challenges middle and high school students to communicate the science of pressing ocean issues through art, poetry, prose, or film. It’s a great opportunity for creatively-minded students who want to make work that makes a difference.’ PAYING http://fromthebowseat.org/contest.php

15th Jun Story 2000-5000 words inspired by the artwork of your choice. PAYING http://www.wordsandbrushes.com/

15th Jun Fiction, nonfiction and art on the theme of The Land of Oz. PAYING http://ozclub.org/oz-club-contests/ (Thanks to https://winningwriters.com/ for this one.)

15th Jun Essay by those up to 25 years old on the theme of Education to Build a Better Future for All. PAYING http://www.goipeace.or.jp/english/activities/programs/1601.html

21st Jun United States, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories and possessions only: Submit your manuscript for a book about diversity for ages 8-14 and you could receive a publishing contract from Penguin Random House LLC! Open to people of color (or those who self-identify as other than white) aged 18 and older.’ PAYING http://www.penguin.com/rollofthunderpublishingcontest/?ref=PRHB1ADDA163C

24th Jun 200-word stories on the theme of Canda Day/US Independence Day. PAYING http://ironsoap.com/200-ccs/submissions/

30th Jun ‘Poems can be rhyming or non-rhyming, although we find that non-rhyming poetry reads better. We suggest that you write about real emotions and feelings and that you have some special person or occasion in mind as you write.’ PAYING http://www.sps.com/poetry/index.html

30th Jun Fiction up to 2000 words on the theme of The Mysterious Call. http://greywolfepublishing.com/2016%20Monthly%20Contests.html

30th Jun Story or novel opening up to 1500 words. ‘Every submission receives three structured pieces of feedback in return for reviewing three others as part of the entry process. An algorithm (affectionately known as Ophelia) has the amazing ability to identify the best submissions and the Top 25% receive a Pen Factor award and are showcased on our Reader Page on the website and across our various social media outlets. The judging panel carefully reads the Top 25% of entries and select an overall winner who is referred to our partners, Cornerstones Literary Consultancy, for a full manuscript review valued at around US$500, thus providing access to the industry.’ NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.penfactor.com/

30th Jun Story up to 2000 words on the theme of Christmas. PAYING http://www.wordsmag.com/compcal16.htm

30th Jun ‘The poem needs to be unambiguously about thanks – no subtle, back-handed compliments in this one, please! The poem needs to fit on a postcard with some room for illustration –maybe 10 long lines for a landscape postcard, or 15 shorter ones for a portrait postcard, or a prose poem. Please send your poem in the body of an email to Julia Bird (programme@poetryschool.com) by 30 June. The copyright of the selected poem will remain with the poet, but the Poetry School will be free to use the poem in print and online.’ NON-CASH PRIZE

30th Jun ‘Our drabble contests will have themes. For each contest, we will simply throw the theme out there. Whatever the theme inspires you to write, that’s what you write. The theme of this contest is: What if the Monitor stares back at you? Basically, we’re looking for stories that are a bit off-beat, quirky, unusual. I mean, face it, what happens when, as a writer, you sit and stare at the monitor as if waiting for inspiration? What must the monitor be thinking? So tell us!’ PAYING http://albanlake.com/drabble-contest-1/

30th Jun ‘Short stories or novelettes of science fiction or fantasy. The contest is open only to those who have not professionally published a novel or short novel, or more than one novelette, or more than three short stories, in any medium.’ PAYING http://www.writersofthefuture.com/enter-writer-contest/

30th Jun Fiction up to 1000 words on the theme of Short & Sweet. NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.liarsleaguenyc.com/submissions/

30th Jun Poetry, flash and short fiction on the theme of Science and Technology. https://tigersharkpublishing.wordpress.com/home/guidelines/

30th Jun Fiction up to 10,000 words. PAYING https://bestnewwriting.submittable.com/Submit

1st Jul Comedy plays in Shakespearean language. PERCENTAGE OF BOX OFFICE http://www.londonplaywrightsblog.com/?p=5067

1st Jul ‘We aim to honor new and emerging poets and prose writers who are creating electric work. Submissions will only be accepted from writers who have not yet published a novel or collection of any type.’ PAYING https://wintertangerine.submittable.com/submit/41172 (Thanks to http://www.erikadreifus.com/ for that one)

1st Jul Short poems and flash fiction. PAYING https://bopdeadcity.com/contests/

1st Jul ‘We are looking for picture books, middle grade, teen and YA stories with outstanding plots and great hooks. Get us smiling with delight and/or splitting our sides with laughter. Send us your funniest fiction in all genres.’ NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.greenhouseliterary.com/index.php/site/funny_prize

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

3rd Jun Romantic flash fiction on the theme of Love on Location. http://splicketypubgroup.com/submission-guidelines/upcoming-themes/

4th Jun ‘Solarpunk follows in the tradition of steampunk and cyberpunk as the embodiment of a counterculture ideology: innovating a way of life that is better for the present and ultimately better for the future. Concepts like clean energy and sustainability are integral to solarpunk as they are outlets for societal reform. The fight for positive change is where -punk comes into play.’ Stories 500-7500 words, and poems. PAYING https://sunvaultantho.wordpress.com/submissions/

4th Jun Rocket Ride – M/M SF erotica. PAYING https://inkubuspublishing.submittable.com/submit

5th Jun ‘White Stag wants work from Self-identified women. We want to highlight work by women; poetry, prose, & creative non-fiction that provides a lens into the various dimensions of women in the current world, from the micro to the macro level (whatever that may be for you, as a woman).’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.whitestagpublishing.com/submit.html

7th Jun ‘Between Worlds is seeking short stories and flash fiction of an otherworldly nature.’ PAYING http://www.betweenworldszine.com/submissions-guide/

9th Jun Flash fiction inspired by Bristol’s harbourside area. https://shortstops.info/2016/05/14/write-a-bristol-flash/

10th Jun ‘If there’s any subject to rival witches in the theme stakes here at Three Drops Press, it’s water lore. The sea, rivers, streams, ponds. Mermaids, sirens, selkies, kelpies, the Lady of the Lake, ghost ships, Scylla and Charybdis, and dozens of lesser-known tales – our writers and readers love a bit of myth and magic on the waves, currents, or reflected in the stillness of a pool.’ http://threedropspoetry.co.uk/submissions/call-for-submissions-tailfins-and-sealskins/

10th Jun ‘Spiltmilk Dance and artsdepot are offering two professional performing artists/companies an opportunity to create a brand new short piece of performance (8 minutes maximum), to be performed as part of The Love Cabaret at artsdepot.’ PAYING http://spiltmilkdance.co.uk/news/love-cabaret-london-micro-commission-opportunity/ (Thanks to http://www.londonplaywrightsblog.com for this one)

11th Jun Flash and short fiction. http://firewords.co.uk/submit

11th Jun Send your e-chapbooks for possible review. http://cahoodaloodaling.com/submission-calls/

12th Jun Poetry, flash, short fiction and more on the theme of Freedom. http://www.indianavoicejournal.com/p/blog-page_3914.html

13th June ‘Bewilder us, scare us, entertain us. Take us on a journey… into the woods.’ Fiction 3000-7000 words. CONTRIBUTOR COPY http://www.hic-dragones.co.uk/into-the-woods-call-for-submissions/

15th Jun Poetry, fiction and more. PAYING https://outlooksprings.submittable.com/submit

15th Jun Poem on the theme of Vaginas. PAYING https://yellowchairreview.submittable.com/submit

15th Jun Female-identifying writers only: ‘In women’s literature, myth and magic easily co-exists with domestic concerns; indeed it often amplifies the drama of the ordinary. Many contemporary poets take that familiar domestic scene—a kitchen, a laundry room, a vegetable patch—and distort the details to reveal the actual nature of the situation through fabulism.’ http://fioletandwing.wix.com/fioletandwing

15th Jun Stories up to 8000 words on the theme of Enter the Apocalypse. PAYING http://tanstaaflpress.com/enter-the-anthologies-submission-guidelines/

15th Jun ‘Inside The Bell Jar is a quarterly journal accepting poetry, short stories and flash fiction of absolutely any genre. The only real requirement we have is that your piece is related to mental illness in some way; through a character, the general theme, something about the setting – you decide.’ PAYING http://www.insidethebelljar.com/submit/

15th Jun Poetry. CONTRIBUTOR COPY https://borderlands.submittable.com/submit

15th Jun Erotica: ‘We are looking for stories with three chapters to be published serially. The first chapter only has one person, the second chapter has two people, the third chapter has three.’ PAYING https://honeydewtingle.wordpress.com/submissions/

15th Jun Poetry, fiction and more. PAYING https://matter.submittable.com/submit

15th Jun Speculative fiction on the theme of Keystone Chronicles.1500-3000 words. PAYING http://www.thirdflatiron.com/liveSite/

15th Jun Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Film. https://prodigallitmag.submittable.com/submit

15th Jun Writing on the theme of Appetite. http://desiwriterslounge.net/papercuts/submissions/

15th Jun ‘For our next issue, our ongoing exploration of gender and sexuality through the lens of SF poetry addresses the male perspective. This issue—guest-edited by Marge Simon, a woman—will explore the male perspective through SF poems written by men and male-identifying persons, and male-persona poems written by anyone.’ PAYING http://www.eyetothetelescope.com/submit.html

15th Jun Fiction, poetry and more on the theme of After Dark. https://thesuburbanreview.submittable.com/submit

16th Jun Poetry, fiction and satire. PAYING http://gracklerag.com/submission-guidelines/

19th Jun Poetry, fiction and more by neurodivergent writers on the theme of Synchronicity. https://barkingsycamores.wordpress.com/submission-guidelines/current-call-for-submissions/

19th Jun Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Ghosts. http://icameherelookingforafight.bigcartel.com/call-for-submissions

21st Jun Poetry and flash up to 1000 words. https://arachnepress.submittable.com/submit

22nd Jun Unpublished writers only: Writing on the theme of Secrets and Confessions (Cathy’s note: anyone can submit, but only Scottish writers will be published in the print volume). http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/writing/secrets-and-confessions/submit

30th Jun ‘Tell us your stories about the great teachers who changed your life. And if you’re a teacher, tell us about the kids who changed yours, who motivated you to keep on teaching, who showed you that it was all worth it. We’d love to share your best advice with other teachers as well—what works, what doesn’t, how you stay enthusiastic about your jobs. What advice do you have for your colleagues? Tell us the funny stories too—we know you have lots of those.’ PAYING http://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics

30th Jun Poetry, fiction and more. PAYING http://www.threepennyreview.com/submissions.html

30th Jun True stories and poems about blended families. PAYING http://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics

30th Jun Poetry, fiction and more. http://www.milkjournal.net/#!guidelines/urcm6

30th Jun Poetry and fiction. PAYING https://litmag.com/submit/

30th Jun ‘Women come in all shapes and sizes. We’re all beautiful and the key is to be fit and healthy within the body type that we were issued at birth. Our new book is all about body image, self-esteem, and feeling comfortable within our own skins.’ PAYING http://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics

30th Jun Poetry and more. CONTRIBUTOR COPY http://verbalart.in/submission.php

30th Jun Poetry on the theme of Music. http://www.thepoetrybox.com/ThePoemingPigeon.html

30th Jun ‘Too many characters spend their time brooding about the past, whether it’s missed opportunities or mistakes that led to misfortune down the line. For our first anthology, we want your stories with at least one character who has no regrets – either for a specific moment, or in general. Your story must feature a predominantly POC cast to be considered. Sci-fi, Fantasy, or Horror (no poetry, please). For this anthology, we’re looking for original, short fiction up to 10,000 words. ‘ PAYING http://www.sanguine.press/submission-requirements/

30th Jun ‘Picaroon Poetry is a web journal for unthemed, eclectic poetry. I’m looking for rogue poets, if you will (and absolutely anyone can be a rogue poet, if they feel the urge, so yes poet – that means you).’ https://picaroonpoetry.wordpress.com/submissions/

30th Jun Fiction up to 3000 words. Also flash fiction 400 words or less, and somewhere in the work should be the line, “I woke up and found myself …” PAYING https://newzenithmagazine.com/about/

30th Jun Poetry. PAYING (Cathy’s note: other categories require a submission fee, but poetry is free) https://meanjin.submittable.com/submit

30th Jun Horror fiction 2000-8000 words on the theme of potter’s field/unmarked graves. PAYING http://albanlake.com/potters-field-six/

1st Jul Shade Mountain Press is seeking novel manuscripts by African American women. http://www.shademountainpress.com/contact.php

1st Jul Fiction up to 500 words, poetry and more suitable for Christian children on the theme of All About Monkeys. PAYING http://www.guardian-angel-kids.com/submissions.html

1st Jul ‘For general submissions we seek work that engages with or repurposes the complex cultural history of America. For our special transportation-themed issue, we are looking work that meets the criteria above but also reflects the special relationship Americans have to their modes of transportation—their trains and their riverboats and their classic cars and their vintage bicycles and their boots made for walking, to name only a few.’ https://themuseumofamericana.net/submissions/

1st Jul Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Second Thoughts. PAYING http://themaliterarysociety.com/submissions.html

1st Jul ‘The retold tale can be from any culture and any time period (though special attention will likely be given to non-western tales, since those will be more rare), the setting can be any interpretation of Science Fiction or Alternate History (not looking for classic (high) fantasy settings), and the retelling can be done as loosely or tightly as desired. We’re not looking for “cracked” fairytales or humor pieces, but we might make an exception if an exceptional one is sent in (certainly there would be room for no more than one of these in the collection).’ Fiction, poetry and art. PAYING http://www.manawaker.com/starward-submissions/

1st Jul Writers with disabilities only: ‘We’re looking for narratives about the experience of disability that complicate or altogether undo the dominant and typically marginalizing rhetoric about disability. We especially want to highlight work that investigates the complexity of the experience across identities. Whether you’re drawing from experiences related to gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, race, or any other marginalized identity, we want your voice in our journal.’ (Cathy’s note: after this first edition, submission fees will be charged, so submit now if you’re eligible!) PAYING http://www.deafpoetssociety.com/submission-guidelines/

1st Jul ‘In the anticipation of publishing an anthology of poems responding to Moby-Dick, we would like to invite poetry submissions of one-to-five pages (this may include several poems or one long poem), totaling no more than 1400 words. So many media offer viable modes of response to Moby-Dick, but perhaps it is in poetry that we might weave most intricately, dive most deeply in response to his novel.’ (Cathy’s note: scroll down the page to find the call for submissions.) http://www.melvillesociety.org/

1st Jul or when filled: Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, or Anne of Green Gables. PAYING https://nonbinaryreview.submittable.com/submit

1st Jul Poetry on the theme of 90s pop culture. http://www.upthestaircase.org/submit.html

SUBMISSIONS WITH NO KNOWN DEADLINES

NOTE: Publishers sometimes don’t discuss their royalty rate upfront. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they don’t pay! I just haven’t put them as paying/giving royalties whenever I haven’t found details on the website.

Poetry. http://www.undergroundbooks.org/submit.html

Fiction books. PROFIT/REVENUE SHARING MODEL

http://wildwoodpublishing.net/content/31-submissions

Writing by women. https://dyingdahliareview.com/guidelines/

‘Cloud Rodeo is an irregularly published journal of the irregular.

Let’s get weird.’ https://cloudrodeo.org/submit/

‘Kube is an independent publishing house that publishes general interest, academic and children’s books on Islam and the Muslim experience.’ http://www.kubepublishing.com/submissions/

Genre fiction over 50,000 words. PROFIT/REVENUE SHARING MODEL http://www.backhallpress.com/write-for-us

‘The editors of LONTAR are looking for quality literary writing with elements of the fantastic, which is in some way connected with the cultures, traditions, mythologies, folk religions, and/or daily life in Southeast Asia. While we are happy to look at works by writers outside of the region, we want to actively encourage Southeast Asian writers to submit your work.’ PAYING https://lontarjournal.submittable.com/submit

‘The Marie Alexander Series doesn’t just publish prose poetry but is looking for innovative collections of flash fiction, short lyric essays, and other hybrid forms.’ http://www.mariealexanderseries.com/submit.shtml

SF, F and H. https://redsunmagazine.wordpress.com/guidelines/ PAYING

(Thanks to http://fundsforwriters.com/ for this one.)

Writing inspired by the historical photos on the site. http://souvenirensemble.com/souvenir-ensemble-quarterly/

‘Merit Press Books was founded to publish intensely readable, highly suspenseful novels with protagonists who usually are young adults over the age of fourteen. These stories will happen in the real world, featuring young female (and sometimes male) heroes rising to meet the challenges of a complex contemporary time and place. We do accept direct submissions as well as submissions from literary agents.’ http://www.adamsmediastore.com/aboutus

Short and flash stories of various lengths. PAYING http://bingewatchingcure.com/

Novels. http://www.thepatchworkraven.com/#!submissions/dliyq

‘As of 2016, we are launching our new endeavor, Sylph Press, which will publish beautiful chapbooks. We are interested in surreal, bizarre, dark, compelling, unsettling poetry and short fiction. We especially welcome writers who identify as being queer, non-binary, women, and POC.’ http://www.yespoetry.com/sylph/

Australians and New Zealanders only: children’s books. http://www.randomhouse.com.au/about/childrens-manuscripts.aspx

Speculative prose on the theme of Animals. https://lackingtons.com/submissions/

Until filled: unpublished writers only: ‘High school is hell. The bullying, the practical jokes gone horribly wrong, the humiliation at being turned down by the hottest girl/guy in school when you asked them to the dance. At the time we thought there was nothing worse, that our lives would be ruined forever, but we survived. Put that all aside now and think of other horrors that could have been. Is your school haunted? Are the professors aliens (or demons?) preying on the student body? Are they serving up something other than “food” in the cafeteria? And what’s up with the new kid?’ (Cathy’s note: scroll down to ‘Horror High’). PAYING

http://www.grinningskullpress.com/Submissions-Guidelines.html

‘CRANIAL LEAKAGE will be an annual publication from Grinning Skull Press. It is an unthemed horror anthology that will be published in both digital and print formats. Subject matter is open, but please NO sexual content involving children.’ PAYING

http://www.grinningskullpress.com/Submissions-Guidelines.html

Canadians only: MSS of poetry, fiction and more. http://ecwpress.com/pages/submissions

‘Belle Lutte Press’ mission is to bring exceptionalism back to the masses. While today’s media maximizes profits by force-feeding the populace cheap and unoriginal thought, Belle Lutte Press is fighting the good fight—hell-bent on publishing original, high-quality novels.’ http://bellelutte.com/submit/

‘We accept original science fiction stories up to 4,000 words in length. While we delight in escapist fantasies they are not what we are interested in publishing here, what we want most at Big Echo are thought experiments which push the conceptual and aesthetic boundaries of the genre. ‘ http://www.bigecho.org/submissions/

‘HeroesandHeartbreakers.com welcomes submissions of original romance stories in all subgenres (erotica, contemporary, paranormal/urban fantasy, women’s fiction/chick lit, historical, romantic suspense, etc).’ ADVANCE + ROYALTIES http://www.heroesandheartbreakers.com/page/submissions

‘The Poisoned Pencil publishes young adult mystery in trade paperback and ebook editions.’ ADVANCE http://thepoisonedpencil.com/author-submissions/

‘We publish quiet stories that use the unreal, the surreal, the fantastic, and the speculative as a secret passageway to the profound. In the imagined, the mythical, the magical, the folkloric, and the scientifically plausible is a window, a metaphor, to the truth. We look for the colors of the real world through a warped or blurred mirror, to learn something about the way things are by experiencing the way they are not, or the way they could be. We see the lyrical and the fabulist as siblings.’ Poetry, fiction and more. http://thequietcirclemag.wix.com/home#!submit/cee5

Crime fiction books. http://www.crookedlanebooks.com/contact/

‘A new publication that explores the probable, as well as the possible through speculative fiction, art, and the occasional poem as humankind colonizes the solar system.

Suggested themes: colonizing planets in the solar system, evolution/devolution of humanity on other planets (physical/cultural/etymological/ideological), first contact with other species, etc.’ PAYING https://whitesidereview.com/about/

Flash and short fiction, poetry, drama and more. https://shantihjournal.org/submissions/

Poetry, various lengths of fiction, and more. PAYING https://87bedford.com/submission/

‘Mamá Liberada celebrates creative and inspiring families with essay, poetry, drawing, art, interviews, recipes, herbalism, DIY tutorials, reviews, personal accounts, and more in a zine compilation.’ https://mamaliberada.wordpress.com/

‘Lovecraftiana is a quarterly publication from Rogue Planet Press, with issues coming out April 30th, July 31st, October 31st, and January 31st, featuring stories, articles, poetry or artwork on Cthulhu Mythos / Lovecraftian themes.’ http://www.schlock.co.uk/pb/wp_ff24f549/wp_ff24f549.html

Horror and dark fantasy fiction. PAYING http://ttapress.com/blackstatic/guidelines/

‘The CCAR Journal: The Reform Jewish Quarterly seeks to explore ideas and issues of Judaism and Jewish life, primarily—but not exclusively—from a Reform Jewish perspective.’ Poetry and more. https://www.ccarnet.org/rabbis-speak/ccar-journal-reform-jewish-quarterly/submitting-material/

Poetry MSS (query first). CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://nightballetpress.blogspot.co.uk/p/submissions.html

‘Share your 10 minutes of writing with me! How? Set a timer. Write for ten minutes, by hand without stopping. Type it up. Does it need an edit? Edit for 10 minutes. This is about the process of writing, of remembering, of spilling our guts, of looking within ourselves and our lives.’ http://www.lifein10minutes.com/submit-10/

Comps and calls for May 2016

Hello all and Happy May!

Yes, I know that ‘Happy May’ isn’t a traditional greeting, but there are tons of opportunities this month, many paying, and they are wonderfully varied. Also, I have news – Comps and Calls has been selected to be one of the 101 Best Websites for Writers as honored by Writer’s Digest! How great is that?! There’s a link at the right if you want to explore.

Since C&C started I’ve been asked a few times how people can thank me. Well, there’s now a tip jar into which you can drop a dollar/pound/euro, and so on – but only if you really want to!

Don’t forget about the FB group:  https://www.facebook.com/compsandcalls/. The odd update makes it there when I can’t find my webbie.

Right – there’s a lot to do, so let’s get writing!

Cathy x


Here are May 2016’s 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 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. December is the best time by far to submit and enter. There are loads of opportunities, and many people are too busy to take advantage of them. Please try to find the time if you can!

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

4th May You are invited to submit a poem singing the praises of old age (16 lines maximum). Please email entries (wherever possible) to lucy@spectator.co.uk by midday on 4 May. PAYING http://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/04/much-ado-about-nothing/

6th May ‘Your challenge: In no more than 75 words, tell, show, or evoke as complete a story as you can in which music of some sort plays an important role.’ PAYING https://onthepremises.submittable.com/Submit

6th May UK only: ‘McCarthy & Stone are searching for the nation’s most Colourful Characters – people aged 60 and over who are living life to the full, redefining retirement and doing anything but acting their age! The overall winner will receive a trip of a lifetime for two from Saga.You can nominate yourself, or enter a friend for their chance to win.’ NON-CASH PRIZE https://www.mccarthyandstone.co.uk/colourful-characters/

6th May Script proposal from a BAME writer. PAYING http://www.londonplaywrightsblog.com/?p=5516

11th May ‘Competition No. 2948: Wild thingIn his book Being a Beast Charles Foster tried to get into the skin of a badger, an otter, an urban fox, a red deer and a swift. Let’s have an account (150 words maximum) of living as a member of the species of your choice. Please email entries to lucy@spectator.co.uk by 11 May.’ http://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/04/exit-strategy/

14th May ‘In this creative project, we want you to write a POEM or a short duologue ABOUT LONELINESS. You might be inspired to write about a character in Steinbeck’s novel. You may want to reflect on your own life or experience you’ve had, you may find inspiration from a friend or something you’ve seen on the news.  We want you to write something honest but playful  and from the heart. Although the theme is LONELINESS, we’re encouraging you to think about the many themes that relate to this in Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men: friendship, isolation, innocence, freedom, justice, violence, prejudice, age, race, masculinity,  femininity and vulnerability, economic hardship and the struggle to survive.’ (Cathy’s note: one of the prizes is based on reader votes, but the main two aren’t.) PAYING http://www.theatrecloud.com/get-involved/creative-projects/the-loneliness-project

15th May Get your ‘writing program director’ to enter your work for this: ‘Brevity is excited to announce a contest for writing students in tandem with our special issue focused on experiences of race, racialization, and racism. We are looking for flash essays  (750 words or fewer) that explore the lived experience of race, racialization, and racism, show the reader a new way to look at the familiar, or give voice to under-represented experiences.’  https://brevity.wordpress.com/2016/03/26/brevity-contest-for-graduate-undergraduate-writers/

16th May Write a story in ten words or fewer. NON-CASH PRIZE https://www.writingclasses.com/contest/very-short-story-contest-2016

30th May full-length play. PAYING http://www.falmouth.ac.uk/nickdarkeaward

30th May Short story 4000-8000 words (Cathy’s note: winners will be invited to meet publishers in London – but I don’t know if they pay for travel, so better not to enter unless you can get there). NON-CASH PRIZE http://email.writers-online.co.uk/UhjkrAC8r3F1ECLBwkAYi6ChROjn7RAKd~gqpRqXqVn/WebView.aspx

31st May Sonnet in response to one of Shakespeare’s. NON-CASH PRIZE https://www.writersandartists.co.uk/competitions

31st May Fiction up to 2000 words on the theme of Crazed Fan. VOUCHER/OTHER http://greywolfepublishing.com/2016%20Monthly%20Contests.html

31st May ‘To celebrate the release of our new Slow Travel Shropshire guide by Marie Kreft we are running a special competition to find the most perfect day in the county. To enter, simply write a description of your perfect day in no more than 500 words. Your day might have really happened or be something imagined: it could include soaking up the history at Ironbridge Gorge, hiking on the Long Mynd or tucking into local goodies on the Magnalonga in Ludlow. Whatever shape your perfect day might take, we want to hear what makes Shropshire special to you.’ NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.bradtguides.com/articles/cat/competitions/post/shropshire-competition/#enter

31st May Over 60s only: writing on the theme of Travel/Holidays. NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.writingtimes.co.uk/seniors

31st May Children 5-12 only: writing on the theme of Animals. NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.writingtimes.co.uk/childrens-corner

31st May Essay by high school, college and university students of any age. PAYING https://www.thepensters.com/win-a-scholarship/

31st May ‘Writers are therefore being invited to submit a previously unpublished short story of no more than 3,000 words set in Elgin and the surrounding area during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.’ PAYING http://ccc-heritage.co.uk/castle-to-cathedral-to-cashmere-writing-competition/

31st May UK only: poetry and short fiction by those aged 10-17. PAYING http://www.writingeastmidlands.co.uk/young-writers/solstice-prize/

31st May ‘Only full-length works (dramas, comedies, musicals, screenplays) will be considered. One entry per author, please. Scripts must be original and in English. All must concern lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or genderqueer life and be based on, or directly inspired by, a historical person, culture, work of art, or event.’ PAYING http://aabbfoundation.org/comp-guidelines

31st May Traditional mystery novella.  PAYING http://www.nerowolfe.org/pdf/literary_awards/Black_Orchid_Novella/2016_Black_Orchid_Award_flyer.pdf

31st May US only: video description for a short film. PAYING http://videodescriptioncontest.com/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email

1st Jun Under 16s: story up to 1500 words (Cathy’s note: the adult category requires a fee, but it’s free for the under 16s to enter their category). PAYING http://shortstops.info/2016/01/22/university-of-sunderland-short-story-award/

1st Jun ‘To celebrate Poetry Writing Month this April, Singapore Poetry is holding its second annual poetry contest. We are looking for poems that include the word “Singapore” (or its variants) in some creative manner. The poems do not have to be about Singapore; in fact, we prefer it if the poems are not about Singapore. They just have to use the word “Singapore” in a way significant to the poems’ own subject and method. And here’s another wrinkle: the contest is open to everyone who is NOT a Singaporean citizen or permanent resident in Singapore.’ http://singaporepoetry.com/2016/04/01/2nd-singapore-poetry-contest/ (Thanks to http://www.erikadreifus.com/ for this one.)

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

2nd May Poems. PAYING https://wherewithallit.com/submissions/ (thanks to http://www.erikadreifus.com/ for this one)

2nd May Writing on the theme of Allegro. http://www.halfmystic.com/journal-submissions/

2nd May Poetry and more on the theme of Quaker Spaces. http://www.friendsjournal.org/submissions/

3rd May UK only:  ‘This paid one-day R&D platform provides a safe space and creative support to Deaf and disabled artists wishing to explore raw ideas and fresh stories for live performance, with artistic guidance and advice from our award-winning team. Play Labs is open to Deaf and disabled writers, performers and theatre makers of all levels and experience, keen to jumpstart their creative processes and committed to seeing through their ideas.’ PAYING http://www.graeae.org/get-involved/training-courses/play-labs-2016/

5th May Age 7-25: four lines of poetry in English or Welsh on the theme of Hands, after the Dylan Thomas poem ‘The Hand That Signed The Paper.’ http://www.developingdylan100.co.uk/dylans-great-poem-2016/

5th May Microfiction on the theme of Siren Songs. http://www.wintertangerine.com/sirensongs-about

5th May Poetry is among the works of art acceptable for this art exhibition in Portugal. http://projectartmap.com/submission/

5th May Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Tall. http://pureslush.webs.com/tallish.htm

5th May Poetry and fiction on the theme of Home. http://sunstruckmag.com/submissions/

6th May Script proposal by BAME writers. PAYING http://www.londonplaywrightsblog.com/?p=5516

(source: www.londonplaywrightsblog.com )

7th May Poems as a tribute to Prince. https://yellowchairreview.submittable.com/submit

8th May Script on the theme of Alone Inside the Box. http://www.goblinbaby.com/alone-inside-the-box.html

8th May Poetry on the theme of Future Machines (Cathy’s note: only Australian contributors are paid). PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS http://cordite.org.au/submissions/

8th May Poetry, prose and more on the theme of Asians to Watch Out For (Cathy’s note: only Australian contributors are paid). PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS http://peril.com.au/submissions/

9th May Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Kink, for this journal devoted to women’s sexuality. http://www.cliteraturejournal.com/submissionguidelines.html

15th May Poetry, fiction and more. PAYING http://subterrain.ca/about/35/sub-terrain-writer-s-guidelines

15th May Positive writing and more on the theme of  Brave CONTRIBUTOR COPY http://www.thephoenixsoul.com/submit/

15th May Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Music. http://www.ridinglight.org/submissions.html

15th May Poetry and flash. http://www.yellowchairreview.com/#!generalsubmissions/c1lzv

15th May Poets with connections to Hong Kong and Greater China: ‘To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra and with the sponsorship of the Spanish Consulate General in Hong Kong and Macao, Chameleon Press will publish a new collection of poetry in which contemporary poets interpret the themes of Cervantes’s classic Don Quixote for Hong Kong and East Asia, in particular the tension between pragmatism and vision, the “real world” and dreams or, in the words of scholar Ilan Stavans, “between hope and fatalism, … idealism and materialism”, and explore what this says about the nature of humanity and success.’ http://chameleonpress.com/cervantes400/call.php

15th May Fiction 2000-7500 words on the theme of Alien Love. PAYING http://www.scifiromancequarterly.org/write-for-us/

15th May Neon noir stories 2500-5000 words. ROYALTIES https://crimesyndicatemagazine.submittable.com/submit/54335

15th May ‘Humankind has forded the immense stream of space between stars and reached our neighbors. The Milky Way Galaxy lies waiting to be explored. What will we discover on hospitable planets circling new stars? Will we find almost familiar moons, asteroids, planetary rings, and, possibly, never before seen astronomical formations? The sky is no longer the limit for soaring imaginations. Visions V stories take place somewhere…anywhere…in the Milky Way Galaxy.’ 3000-8000 words PAYING http://www.lillicatpublishers.com/?page_id=1074

15th May Fiction, poetry and more on the theme of Rejection. http://www.earthenlampjournal.com/submissions.php

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

15th May Short fiction on the theme of Neon Noir. ROYALTIES https://crimesyndicatemagazine.com/current-issue/fast-women-and-neon-lights-anthology/

15th May ‘We accept Poetry, Short Story, Flash Fiction, Haiku, Haibun, Essay, and Review. For this issue, we are especially interested in receiving poems using, but not limited to canyons, bridges, caves, and meadows as image or metaphor.’ http://iceflow.com/riverbabble/riverguides29.html

20th May Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Agitprop. http://www.kissthewitch.co.uk/seinundwerden/next_issue.html

21st May Submissions to this anthology must contain monsters being monsters, meaning no sparkly vampires or monsters with hearts of gold. Your monsters should be terrorizing and keep us up at night. PAYING http://www.raveninternationalpublishing.com/call-classic-horror-anthology-submissions/

23rd May Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Influence. https://avismagazineblog.wordpress.com/call-for-submissions/

25th May ‘This issue will showcase fiction from and about the real Cuba: not Havana-centric but emanating from the entire island – including its rural communities, and its exiles.’ https://litro.submittable.com/submit/53626

28th May Haiku on the theme of Agape and Eros. https://sites.google.com/site/worldhaikureview2/aboutworldhaikureview

29th May Poetry and fiction. PAYING http://www.thepedestalmagazine.com/submitguidelines.php

29th May Poetry and flash fiction on the theme of Witches. http://threedropspoetry.co.uk/submissions/call-for-submissions-witches-and-witchcraft-anthology/

30th May Novellas. PAYING + ROYALTIES http://thebooksmugglers.com/book-smugglers-publishing/the-novella-initiative-open-call

30th May Fairytale-inspired poems and stories on the theme of Summer Solstice and Midsummer. PAYING http://www.fairytalemagazine.com/p/blog-page_22.html

31st May ‘This speculative fiction anthology contains original stories to celebrate Asian diversity, featuring an Asian main character, Asian setting and/or some amount of Asian elements, by authors with an Asian heritage.’ PAYING https://laksamedia.submittable.com/submit

31st May Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Miracle. CONTRIBUTOR COPY http://eabpublishing.com/submissions.html

31st May SF mysteries. PAYING http://www.blueberrylanebooks.com/?page_id=65

31st May Writing on the theme of Escape. http://loveliestmag.com/submit/

31st May ‘Our summer issue will be a bit more specific than usual: We’re seeking six-line poems. Metrical or informal, haiku- or tanka-inspired, dark, light, surreal, narrative, minimalist, absurd — send us your six-line gems, whatever they may be.’ https://linesandstars.submittable.com/submit/56512

31st May ‘Give us that one, two, punch of something sexy in the ring or a burning passion that can’t be left on the court. We’re looking for sports stories that can knock it out of the park when it comes to playing for keeps. We don’t care if it’s baseball, professional poker, or international cup stacking. As long as it’s a sport, it’s in the game.  Couples can be established or new, but stories must stand on their own alone.  Love Slave is dedicated to providing high quality erotic fiction that is smart and sexy. Our anthologies have a balance between action and eroticism and a focus on storytelling.’ PAYING http://litselect.weebly.com/submissions.html

31st May Poetry and flash on the theme of Tranquility. CONTRIBUTOR COPY http://www.kindofahurricanepress.com/p/anthology-tranquility.html

31st May ‘Circuses are supposed to be places of joy and wonder, but they are also full of clowns and many people find clowns distinctly creepy. Circuses come into town and disappear after a brief stay, leaving behind nothing but a memory of the magic. They are homes for misfits, bearded ladies and contortionists who might be shunned in the outside world. What better environment than a circus for a story of magic and wonder that leaves you wondering if it ever happened. Give us your best wonderful, dark, or fantastic story about the circus.’ 3000-10,000 words. PAYING  http://otterlibris.com/open-projects/

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

31st May Poems. PAYING https://arcpoetry.submittable.com/submit

31st May Story 3000-8000 words. PAYING http://www.one-story.com/index.php?page=submit&pubcode=os

31st May Poetry. http://eretzsongs.blogspot.co.uk/p/e-zine.html

31st May Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Naked. http://sunstruckmag.com/submissions/

31st May Poems. PAYING http://baltimorereview.org/index.php/submit

31st May Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of In the End. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.mpapublishing.co.za/submission-guidelines/ealain-submission-guidelines/

31st May ‘I’m building a short story anthology with 20 stories where professional authors can write with their favorite characters based in my world and setting of The Super Market. What is The Super Market? The Super Market is where all paranormal peeps can go to have a shopping experience. Whether you chose your paranormal character to be a shop owner, a celebrity chef, a consumer, a food critic, an herbal pharmacist, a health inspector, or anything – it’s your choice. The options are limitless.’ PAYING http://www.draconianpublishing.com/super-market-submissions/

31st May Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Fake. PAYING https://pinknantucket.com.au/materiality-2/

31st May Six-line poems. https://linesandstars.submittable.com/submit

1st Jun ‘Colorful, lit-up stories of crime and depravity, set in the nineteen-eighties. Outsiders, whether by choice or by circumstance, engaging in anti-social or criminal behavior.  Stories that capture not only the moment in crime, but the place in time. Stories where setting and “costume” become character. If done well, this will be both in-your-face and subtle, as paradoxical as that sounds.’ ROYALTIES https://crimesyndicatemagazine.submittable.com/submit/54335

1st Jun Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. PAYING https://nonbinaryreview.submittable.com/submit/48102

1st June ‘Within the recent explosion of creative nonfiction, a curious new sub-genre is quietly emerging. Hybrids in the truest sense, “hermit crab” essays borrow their structures from ordinary, extra-literary sources (a recipe, a police report, a pack of cards, an obituary, a questionnaire…) to use as a framework for a lyric meditation on the chosen subject. In the best examples, the borrowed structures are less contrived than inevitable, managing not only to give shape to the work but to illuminate and exemplify its subject. Essays and cross-genre work between 750 and 8,000 words welcome. No listicles, please.’ PAYING https://theshellgameanthology.submittable.com/submit (thanks to Erika Dreifus at www.erikadreifus.com for that one.)

1st Jun Writing and more by girls and women on the theme of All About Emotions. http://newmoon.com/how-to-get-published-new-moon-girls/

1st June ‘Much like the award-winning anthology Steampunk World, Steampunk Universe will be a multicultural anthology of steampunk stories. But this time, the anthology will focus on characters with exceptionalities.* This call for submissions is aimed particularly at marginalized writers, especially those who are identify as members of a minority, LGBTQ, or living with exceptionality. Whether or not you qualify and feel this call for submission is appropriate for your work is at your discretion.’ http://steampunkuniverse.alliterationink.com/

1st June ‘Arc Poetry Magazine is looking for poems of catastrophe and degradation for the end times. Heat death, terror, CO2 depletion, urban decay, radiation sickness, desertification, wars at home and wars abroad, natural disaster. How does poetry respond?’ PAYING https://arcpoetry.submittable.com/submit

1st Jun Poetry and prose. http://www.hapax.ink/submit.html

1st Jun Writing by queer trans men and trans masculine writers. http://www.chelseastationmagazine.com/

1st Jun Fiction up to 500 words, poetry and more suitable for Christian children on the theme of Pets with Disabilities. PAYING http://www.guardian-angel-kids.com/submissions.html

1st Jun Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Paths to Healing. PAYING http://parabola.org/submissions/

1st Jun Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Memory and Place. https://youareheregeography.com/call-for-2016-submissions/

1st Jun ‘We are looking for literary work informed by lived experience with mental illness/mental health challenges. Specifically, work written by people who self-identify as psychiatric survivors, consumer-survivors, mental health patients, mental health advocates/allies, neuroatypical, neurodivergent, the mad, the proud, the ill, the otherly abled. Although this is the Mad Pride issue, Matrix welcomes work from those who do not identity with the label ‘mad’ or feel connected to the movement in any way.’ http://www.matrixmagazine.org/#!madcall/po1tx

1st Jun Poetry and more on the theme of Hestia. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://neosalexandria.org/bibliotheca-alexandrina/calls-for-submissions/first-and-last-a-devotional-for-hestia/

1st Jun ‘The Broken City is currently accepting submissions for its summer 2016 edition: Breakfast Clubbed. No, it’s not another food issue; the magazine is running a school-themed edition. We’re looking for work that involves school at any level, from kindergarten to college, but we’re most interested in submissions about high school.’ Poetry, fiction and more. http://www.thebrokencitymag.com/submissions.html

1st Jun Poetry and more on the theme of Ares and Mars. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://neosalexandria.org/bibliotheca-alexandrina/calls-for-submissions/untitled-devotional-for-ares-and-mars/

SUBMISSIONS WITH NO KNOWN DEADLINES

NOTE: Publishers sometimes don’t discuss their royalty rate upfront. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they don’t pay! I just haven’t put them as paying/giving royalties whenever I haven’t found details on the website.

‘We seek to publish writing about personal experience. True stories of personal growth, lessons learned, life-changing events, and milestones. Work that is informal, exploratory, reflective, and insightful. The Chaos is accepting submissions of short personal essays, 250-2500 words, from new, emerging, and established writers.’ http://thechaos.life/

Poetry, flash, short fiction and more on the theme of Music. PAYING http://opossumlit.com/submissions/

Fiction based in northern England. http://tynetales.weebly.com/submit.html

We accept submissions of all forms of visual art, poetry, short fiction, essays, creative non-fiction, music, spoken word, artisan crafts, etc. http://thepapermachine.com/submissions/

Writing by those aged 13-19. http://sugarrascals.wix.com/home#!submission-guidelines/mnn6r

Poetry and prose PAYING https://blotteratureliterarymagazine.submittable.com/submit/55953

Poetry, flash fiction and more. http://eternalremedy.com/submissions/

Seek original and well written, mystery, crime, and horror fiction.  Also seek romantic , and erotic short stories. Will purchase poetry with mystery or erotic theme. PAYING https://aegispublishinghousecom.wordpress.com/writers-guidelines/

Poetry and fiction. http://www.poetscountry.com/submit/

Open until filled: Sinister Saints – Aftermath.  ‘I’m looking for stories that address the typical themes of YA fiction, but with distinctive dark, edgy or fantastical slants – so dark fairy tales, bizarre fiction, horror, surrealism, fantasy, and dark science-fiction are all cool here. Word count limit 5,000.’ ROYALTIES https://horrifiedpress.wordpress.com/open-for-submissions/

‘The Rising Phoenix Review is a monthly online zine dedicated to publishing poetry focused on the working class and other marginalized groups. We believe in the transformative power of poetry, and our mission is to publish writing that actively engages the social issues of our time.’ https://therisingphoenixreview.wordpress.com/submissions/

Poetry and fiction retelling fairytales and myths. PAYING http://www.manawaker.com/starward-submissions/

Poetry and fiction. http://boomerlitmag.com/

‘Anti-Heroin Chic is not really about cool, it’s about the margin-of-error of cool.  As Janis Ian says “If we were inside there, where the light is warm and everybody is laughing and dancing, we wouldn’t be able to see it. We have to be outside in order to see it. That’s what being an artist is.” And that is what Anti-Heroin Chic is about. What we observe through the window.’ Poems, stories and more. http://heroinchic.weebly.com/about.html

Poems. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.redflagpoetry.com/submit.html

UK only: poetry. https://inbetweenhangovers.wordpress.com/

Poetry, flash and short fiction. http://www.platformforprose.com/#!submissions/c1s0c

SF and F of various lengths. ROYALTIES https://kristellink.submittable.com/submit

Superhero stories. PAYING https://crossedlinespublishing.wordpress.com/2015/12/16/open-call-for-super-hero-stories/

Poetry, fiction and more. http://www.elkejournal.com/submit/

‘Funky gritty, ghastly clunky work (including prose, poetry, micro-fiction, nonfiction essay, photography, print, painting, etc.). If you’d like us to shock you: send submissions with a cover letter requesting edits on your work. we provide creative, grammatical, syntactical, and contextual advice. for free, for you.’ http://catprey.tumblr.com/catpreysubmit

‘Little has been written about the process of writing about animals—from crafting point of view to voice. Writers who hope to raise awareness face many questions and choices in their work, from how to educate without being didactic to how to develop animals as characters for an audience that still views them as ingredients. We hope to address these issues and more with a new collection of essays, by writers and for writers—but most of all, for the animals.’ PAYING http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=ec383fc399300519aa5ae5dfd&id=757b5b2fa3&e=ff93e24afe

(with thanks to http://www.erikadreifus.com/ for this one)

Cyberpunk 2000-8000 words. PAYING https://l0wl1f3.wordpress.com/submission-guidelines/

‘Eastern Structures No. 2 is slated for an Autumn 2016 publication, and submissions of dynamically correct ghazals, sijo, haiku, tanka, renga and other Japanese forms are certainly welcome for consideration.’ https://sites.google.com/site/nocturnalirispublications/eastern-structures

‘Bad Apple invites you to pluck the forbidden fruit off its twisted branch and sink your teeth in deep.  Give us the core of your heart and reveal the worm eating through the centre of your being.  Give us your strange and unwanted, your rebellious and unsettling, your dark and compelling.  We seek stories aimed at the upper YA audience (16+) and the recently coined New Adult (NA) audience.’ PAYING http://www.badapplezine.com/submit/

Poetry, short fiction and more. http://www.thecharlescarter.com/how-to-submit/

Flash and short fiction. ROYALTIES http://www.centumpublishing.com/#!submissions/dyg5f

One-liners, limericks, funny character sketches, and more. http://www.decasp.com/submissions.html

SF, F and H fiction of all lengths. ROYALTIES http://www.phase5publishing.com/guidelines

Speculative poetry and fiction. PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS http://mithilareview.com/submission-guidelines/

Children’s fiction and nonfiction relating to the Jewish experience. http://hachai.com/newsite2012/guidlines/

GLBT fiction. ROYALTIES, PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS http://www.waywardinkpublishing.com/submission-guidelines-fiction/

‘We seek poetry, prose, and art that inhabits the entangled spaces of dark and light, and the tension that manifests in those spaces. We want to promote difficult subject matter. There is beauty and rage in darkness, in decay, mental illness, loss, violence, death. Through the written word we explore the difficulties in life, but we also celebrate its rhythms and vibrance.’ http://www.theamaranthreview.com/submissions/

Poetry, fiction and more. http://www.thetribejournal.com/p/submit.html

‘We’re looking for previously unpublished short stories, comics, and non-fiction. We lean toward the speculative, but some of our favorite writers and artists tell realistic stories grounded in strange, fantastical, or science-fictional sensibilities. We read submissions on a rolling basis, and we strongly encourage work from women, people of color, and LGBTQ authors and artists.’ PAYING http://middle-planet.com/submit/

Mystery, romance, detective, suspense and thriller novels. ROYALTIES http://www.joffebooks.com/submissions/

‘Through our authors and books, we aim to represent the cultural and ethnic diversity and heritage that can be found in London, with a particular interest in works related to Africa, the Caribbean, and the experiences of those peoples in the Diaspora. We also seek provocative, inspirational writing that shines a light on issues affecting ethnic minorities, women, and young people, and tackles contemporary social issues.’ http://www.jacarandabooksartmusic.co.uk/contact/

Original, unpublished novels, possessing unique insights on compelling themes, for young adult, new adult, or adult audiences, in one of the following genres: science fiction, fantasy, literary, historical, mystery, or humor (Cathy’s note: this list was in bullet points, but I have an allergy to bullet points. So It’s my fault, not theirs, if it looks clunky). ROYALTIES http://www.harkenmedia.com/p/submissions.html

‘We want science fiction stories between 3,000 and 10,000 words that look at the effects of global climate change (preferably the extreme effects) on humanity and the other creatures of Earth.  We’re not looking for stories about the change, but rather the effects of the change.  Although we’d love to have a lot of stories that look at the hard science of climate change, we also want stories that look at the soft sciences.  It’s important that the stories focus on the people, rather than the science, but we still want the science to be plausible. We’ve decided that we will be accepting four, and only four, poems for this collection.’ PAYING http://nomadicdeliriumpress.com/ecotastropheii.htm

Poetry, fiction and more. http://kairoslit.tumblr.com/submissions-about

‘Disharmony of the Spheres will be a science fiction anthology in which the main character must be battling some type of mental illness.  While we will consider stories where the character is dealing with an illness like schizophrenia or multiple personality disorder, what we really want to see is characters that are battling an illness like depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, PTSD, etc.  This is meant to be an uplifting collection of stories, so the characters must overcome their illness to defeat whatever they’re up against.  They don’t necessarily have to overcome their illness completely, but they must show that even when suffering from a mental illness, a person can still achieve great things. We want stories that are 2,000 words or longer.’ PAYING http://nomadicdeliriumpress.com/disharmony.htm

Crime stories. PAYING http://www.thedarkcitymysterymagazine.com/submissions.html

Poetry, fiction and more. http://chantwoodmagazine.com/submissions/

Flash fiction. https://theairgonautblog.wordpress.com/submissions/

Fantasy poetry and fiction. https://aetherandichor.wordpress.com/submissions/

Poetry and more at the intersection of religion and pop culture. http://nomosjournal.org/submission-guidelines/

Comps and calls for April 2016

Many thanks to those of you who sent me best wishes for my replacement shoulder op and recovery. Isn’t it amazing what’s possible these days? I’m doing fine, though it’s hard to type! With that in mind – apologies for any errors. Usually I’m grateful when you let me know, but there’s nothing I can do this month. Thanks.

In other good news, Comps and Calls has made it into the 120 most helpful sites for writers in 2016 list. I’m alongside some very well-known sites indeed, and thanks again to those of you who praise and support this little site.

Thanks too for tales of your many successes!

Best wishes, and good luck with publications and comps this month,

Cathy x


Here are April 2016’s 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 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. December is the best time by far to submit and enter. There are loads of opportunities, and many people are too busy to take advantage of them. Please try to find the time if you can!

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

1st Apr Write a poem using only one letter, then 10,000 words explaining the poem. Send it to a relative you don’t get on with and ask for their opinion. http://hoaxes.org/aprilfool

6th Apr ‘You are invited to submit an extract from a review of a well-known work of literature that has been written by a comically inappropriate reviewer. Please email entries of up to 150 words to lucy@spectator.co.uk by midday on 6 April.’ PAYING

11th Apr UK only: ‘Awarded by our Council, the Brookleaze Grants support writers (novelists, playwrights, poets, short story writers) who need time away from their normal lives – to take sabbaticals from their jobs, for example, or to travel abroad for research – to write.’ PAYING http://rsliterature.org/award/the-rsl-brookleaze-grants/

15th Apr Poem. PAYING http://library.loudoun.gov/News-Events/Rhyme-On/Submission-Requirements

15th Apr Story up to 3000 words. NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.limnisa.com/#!rules-2016-competition/quy7w

15th Apr Story up to 500 words, including the words ‘happiness’, ‘mug’ and ‘converter’. PAYING http://www.mashstories.com/competition/

15th Apr ‘Welcome to the Guardian and 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize, a new competition open to black, Asian, minority ethnic writers living in the UK and Ireland who are 18 and above. We want to read your story, whatever it may be.’ PAYING http://www.4thestate.co.uk/b4me/

15th Apr Poetry and prose by undergraduates on the theme of Breaking Bread. PAYING http://wholeterrain.com/call/new-terrain-award/

22nd Apr ‘Sapiens Plurum’s latest literary challenge is to  personalize the consequences of climate change so readers feel as well as know them. But stories must offer hope, at least a possibility, for without hope people rarely act. Your job, as author, is to inspire scientists and states-persons around the world to live up to the promise of the Paris Climate Change Agreement.’ 1500-3000 words. PAYING http://www.sapiensplurum.org/fiction-contests.html

22nd Apr a ten minute play on a theme Inspired by the life, lyrics and/or legend of David Bowie. NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.chesiltheatre.org.uk/index.html#10x10info

29th Apr ‘‘Poetry Together’ is a brand new cross-generational competition that invites children and young people to pair up with a parent, grandparent, carer, older sibling or friend, to share their ideas and create brand new poetry. The aim of the competition is to bring people together creatively, while also raising awareness of the great work that the British Red Cross do to help tackle loneliness so that they can help the most vulnerable people.’ NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.mcbf.org.uk/get-involved/poetry-together

30th Apr Up to three poems. PAYING http://waxpoetryart.com/contests/poetry.html

30th Apr Fiction and creative nonfiction by college students anywhere in the world. PAYING  http://www.rustyscythe.com/the-scythe-prize.html (With thanks to www.erikadreifus.com for this one)

30th Apr UK under 16s only: come up with a description of your Otherhalf. NON-CASH PRIZE http://worldofhamish.com/win/

30th Apr SF or F short story by an unpublished writer (they have specific criteria for this, so do check uless you’ve had loads of publications). PAYING http://www.metamorphoselit.com/p/metamorphose-novella-contest-we-are.html

30th Apr Play up to 45 mins. NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.soundwork-uk.co.uk/competitions

30th Apr A monthly competition. You have to write up to 2000 words inspired by the prompt. VOUCHER/OTHER https://greywolfepublishing.submittable.com/submit

1st May Working or aspiring journalists under the age of 27 should submit a detailed proposal for a 5,000-word piece on an aspect of British politics and government. PAYING http://anthonyhowardaward.org.uk/

 

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

2nd Apr ‘King Arthur is dead. Camelot has fallen. Britain drowns in Saxons.

These are the stories of what come after. After Avalon is seeking stories based on the premise, “What happened to these people and relics after Camelot fell?” ‘ ROYALTIES http://18thwall.com/submissions/

2nd Apr Short story 2000-20,000 words on the theme of Road Story. http://kystory.net/2015/09/15/road-story/

3rd Apr Story 800-2000 words on the theme of Stage & Screen. http://www.liarsleague.com/liars_league/forthcoming-events-themes.html

4th Apr Comedy script of at least 30 mins. http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/opportunities/script-room

4th Apr ‘Looking for imagination, empathy, and 50 necessary words. Send up to five (in one file), 50-word pieces that include either a character or form that is part one thing, part another, or that starts in one emotional or physical place and lands somewhere else.The story may be told in poetry or prose (or combo), partly in words/partly in pictures, or in different sizes of type or varied line spacings. But only 50 words.’ SOME CONTRIBUTORS GET CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://star82review.submittable.com/submit

5th April Writing on the theme of Tempest: Life Upturned. POSSIBLY PAYING https://fs22.formsite.com/mindkey/form4/index.html

5th Apr Popetry, fiction and more on the theme of Home. http://sunstruckmag.com/submissions/

5th Apr poetry, preferably not free verse, on the theme of Beltane. http://www.quarterday.org/#!submission-guidance/vaqgp

5th Apr Poetry. PAYING (Cathy’s note: they don’t list payment details, but Duotrope has them listed as paying semi-pro rates for poetry.) https://shenandoah.submittable.com/submit

8th Apr ‘Labyrinths of thorns and wires. Castles in the sky, held there with jet thrusters. Anything is possible with a magic spell—or with alien technology. Submissions are now open for an anthology that explores the fantastic realms of fairy tales through the lens of science fiction. We welcome fairy tales, fables and myths from around the world, and are looking for new twists and fresh perspectives with a modern, diverse audience in mind.’ ROYALTIES http://www.lyssachiavari.com/books/cs-anthology/

8th Apr ‘We want stories featuring outdoor escapades that didn’t quite go as planned. Whether tales of camping chaos, fishing fiascos, rough road trips, Sasquatch sightings, or wacko wildlife, send us your spin on what can go out of control in the great outdoors.’ PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS http://splicketypubgroup.com/submission-guidelines/upcoming-themes/

10th Apr Chapbooks and book-length MSS of prose or poetry. http://www.astrophilpress.com/submissionguidelines-bedford

11th Apr ‘Many picture books for children have, at their heart, a story narrated in the form of a short rhyming text. Send us your rhyming texts of up to 200 words, that tell a story to read aloud to a small child.’ Women only. PAYING https://mslexia.co.uk/submitpoetry/

11th Apr ‘Confession – A memoir piece about something you were (or are now, in retrospect) ashamed of (up to 300 words).’ Women only. https://mslexia.co.uk/fiction/

13th Apr Flash, short fiction and more on the theme of Sweden. https://litro.submittable.com/submit/53634

15th Apr ‘The OS PRESS seeks intermedia explorations around the role of the body — particularly the challenged body — in creative life, for a collected volume to be published in late 2016 / early 2017.’ https://theoperatingsystem.submittable.com/submit

15th Apr ‘How are prayers of petition a means of finding meaning, discerning call or vocation—in any life stage or circumstance, even those that are painful or limited? How can petition become an ongoing conversation with God, a relationship with the Divine, beyond a list of requests and concerns or a litany of difficulties?’ Poetry, fiction and more.  PAYING http://weavings.upperroom.org/weavings-themes/

15th Apr ‘|tap| magazine especially aims to publish poetry and prose on trauma, mental health, mourning, social justice, and by marginalized voices. We are looking for work that is vulnerable, work that is evocative, and work with risk and emotion.’ PAYING http://www.taplitmag.com/#!submissions/c1r52

15th Apr Feminist/political writing on the theme of At Sea. http://www.feministpress.org/wsq/current-call-papers

15th Apr Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Celebration. http://www.ravenchronicles.org/submit/

15th Apr ‘Ninth Letter will be accepting submissions of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry from immigrant writers for a special online edition to be published at ninthletter.com in Summer 2016. Submissions will be open from January 27 to April 15. We’re defining immigrant writers as those who consider themselves to be 1st, 1.5, or 2nd generation immigrants to their current country of residence. Submissions are not required to focus on the “immigrant experience”; for this issue we welcome work on any and all topics. Authors whose work is selected for this special feature will receive a complimentary 2-year subscription to Ninth Letter.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.ninthletter.com/web-edition/web-edition-submission-guidelines

15th Apr ‘The middle years of life are ones of tremendous joy and unchartered challenges. Sandwiched: Voices from the Middle (working title) – co-edited by Christine Organ and Julie Jo Severson – is a forthcoming anthology that will give voice to the various perspectives of those who are living in the full middle years of life.’ 1000-3500 words. PAYING http://carvingsonadesk.com/call-for-submissions/

18th Apr ‘I’m looking for essays and short stories that will make readers bust out laughing. The kind you shouldn’t read next to a sleeping partner or slumbering pet. No need to scare them awake with a bark of laughter or a case of the giggles. And yes folks, grown women get the giggles too.’ PAYING http://www.thelizmcmullenshow.com/lol-deadline-extension/

18th Apr ‘Show us symbiosis: two characters that can’t live without each other, or someone perfectly adapted to their microcosm. Working in sync to create a better life.

The story must be speculative fiction, it must be 1,000 words to 5,000, it must comply with currently posted SQ Mag guidelines, formatting or otherwise.’ PAYING http://sqmag.com/submissions/

20th Apr ‘A Two Dame Production is now accepting submissions for its Summer 2016 anthology. The theme of the anthology is Fairy Tales, so send us your best rendering of your favorite fairy tale! Stretch your boundaries and do more than just add sex to a fairy tale.’ PAYING http://www.two-dames.com/subsummer/

20th Apr Poetry and fiction. PAYING http://www.artificium.co.uk/#!the-journal—submissions-policy/m844b

22nd Apr Poetry, prose and more on the theme of Rebirth. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://nodmagazine.wordpress.com/submissions/

22nd Apr Stories of around 200 words on the theme of Mother’s Day. PAYING http://ironsoap.com/200-ccs/submissions/

24th Apr Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Technology. PAYING http://shooterlitmag.com/submissions/

25th Apr ‘It’s summer. A time to flower, travel, be carefree, and love. In this spirit, we are holding open submissions for June’s issue. Send us your best work on any subject.’ https://litro.submittable.com/submit/53636

28th Apr Flash and short fiction. The writer MUST be available to come and read their work on the night in Brunswick, Hove on 26th May. http://www.rattletales.org/perform/

28th Apr ‘We are looking for stories about characters who are thrown into or stuck between different cultures, communities, families, races, genders, self-images, dimensions, continents, etc. We want the gray area—the uncomfortable, the undefined. Give us characters in the middle of it all: middle children, mediators, people in the middle of their lives, in the middle of a mess—“in-between.”’ Up to 2000 words. PAYING http://www.writespacehouston.org/anthologies.html

29th Apr ‘Deranged needs poetry about breaking rules, gender nonconformity, and/or women (cis or trans, we don’t care) in the arts who have done those things down the centuries.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://pankhearst.wordpress.com/deranged/

30th Apr ‘Internationally renowned and award winning poet, Nii Ayikwei Parkes is editing a new collection of contemporary Black British poetry. The theme for this exciting new anthology is ‘Filigree’.’ https://inscribewriters.wordpress.com/2015/09/25/call-for-submissions-filigree-a-new-anthology-of-contemporary-black-british-poetry/

30th Apr Lyric or hybrid/experimental essays. Must be family-friendly. PAYING https://easterniowareview.submittable.com/submit

30th Apr Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Nancy Drew.  CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://silverbirchpress.wordpress.com/2016/01/02/call-for-writing-art-and-photography-submissions-nancy-drew-anthology/

30th Apr ‘Write a ghost story in 300 words or less.  Stories should take place between 1880-1900 AD and can be set in any location.’ http://steampunktrails.blogspot.co.uk/p/300-word-story-submissions_31.html

30th Apr ‘Graythorn Publishing is open for submissions of science fiction short stories for the DARK CLOUDS anthology to be published in June 2016. Did you know that humans emit clouds of microbes? Over a million particles an hour. With that sort of chaos something is likely to go very, very wrong. Send us your completed short story of 3,000 to 10,000 words.’ PAYING http://graythorn.com/blogpub/2016/01/20/accepting-submissions-for-dark-clouds-anthology/

30th Apr ‘We are now collecting stories and poems for our next Holiday book that will be published in 2016. We are looking for stories about the entire December holiday season, including Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, and even New Year’s festivities too.’ PAYING http://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics

30th Apr ‘Summer’s End is an anthology of fantastical stories that will be about the end of ages, civilisations, golden times that decline inexorably or suddenly. Think the fall of the men of Numenor, the end of the first age of Yggdrasil, the sacking of Rome or the swallowing of Anhkor Watt by the forests as its people disappeared.’ PAYING https://alternativerealitiespublishing.wordpress.com/live-submissions/

30th Apr ‘Broken Bones & Ten Dollar Bills is an anthology of science fiction stories that explore our relationship with body altering technology, be that genetics or other techs. We want to see stories that explore our relationship with technology but also those people who traffic in these goods, those scientists who invent them and the corporations who profit from our awkwardness about being embodied.’ PAYING https://alternativerealitiespublishing.wordpress.com/live-submissions/

30th Apr Poetry and fiction on the theme of Cyclicity. http://www.youngravensliteraryreview.org/submission-guidelines.html

30th Apr Poetry, fiction and more by those aged 13-19. http://teenagewastelandreview.org/submission-guidlines/

30th Apr Poetry and short fiction. http://www.ninearchespress.com/magazine.html

30th Apr The brief is this: your piece must be on the subject of depression, mental illness, and/or suicide (survival or otherwise). Don’t worry about your piece being depressing/dark as fuck, we’re not looking to offer trite inspirational bollocks here. We’re quite simply looking for REAL. To help people living with mental illness know that they are not alone. To break down barriers and fuck taboos off for good. PAYING http://liberatetutemet.com/2016/02/22/open-call-for-subs-semi-colonic-irrigation-an-anthology/

30th Apr ‘Picaroon Poetry is a brand new, bi-monthly web journal for unthemed, eclectic poetry. I’m looking for rogue poets, if you will (and absolutely anyone can be a rogue poet, if they feel the urge, so yes poet – that means you).’ https://picaroonpoetry.wordpress.com/submissions/

30th Apr ‘Milton Keynes Council Music Faculty is looking for an urban lyricist to work with local composer Sarah Watts to create words to go alongside a musical created for performance by young people of Milton Keynes based on Milton Keynes’ 50th Birthday.’ PAYING http://www.londonplaywrightsblog.com/?p=5267

30th Apr Story 800-3000 words on the theme of Borders and Boundaries. http://www.liarsleaguenyc.com/submissions/

30th Apr Poetry on the theme of The Elements. http://www.allegropoetry.org/p/submit.html

30th Apr Poetry, fiction and more including the words Labyrinth, Trace and Reflex. http://3elementsreview.com/submission-guidelines

30th Apr Haunted House stories 2000-5000 words. PAYING https://mementomoripress.wordpress.com/2016/03/05/submission-call-haunted-house/

1st May Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Identity. PAYING http://www.storymagazine.org/submit/

1st May Poetry, fiction and more. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES

https://prairieschooner.submittable.com/submit

1st May Fiction 300-5000 words, starting with the line: By the fifteenth month of the drought, the lake no longer held her secrets. PAYING http://www.thefirstline.com/submission.htm

1st May Poetry, fiction and more. PAYING  http://subterrain.ca/about/35/sub-terrain-writer-s-guidelines

1st May Poems inspired by the photographs of Beth Moon. http://www.robbinester-poet-and-writer.com/#!news-and-events/c1pz

1st May Gay male erotica set during the Victorian/Edwardian era. PAYING http://www.lethepressbooks.com/call-for-submissions.html

1st May ‘In this SF/F anthology, we’re looking for stories of everyday trauma survival — from a barmaid on an intergalactic space station who was abandoned by her parents, to a farmer’s son bullied by his peers, who withstands and resists their abuse. We also welcome stories with a war setting, such as stories about veterans and refugees. The key component for all of these stories is how relatively ordinary characters survive and thrive, given the traumatic experiences they’ve had. Note: we aren’t necessarily looking for happily ever after. Trauma survival rarely ends in happily ever after, though it can, and hopefully will, end in closure and a coming to terms.’ PAYING http://www.lethepressbooks.com/call-for-submissions.html

1st May Vampire erotica 2000-7000 words. PAYING http://bloodintherain.com/

1st May ‘It’s an old trope, the skeptic who moves into the haunted house only to eventually start to believe in the supernatural about the time a ghost tears his life apart. This is the story we are looking for but just because it is a trope doesn’t mean it cant be unique. It doesn’t have to be a haunted house,  there’s a whole world of cryptids out there just waiting to attack unsuspecting documentary teams in the woods. We are looking for stories that are Dark Comedy, not a parody or spoof. You must scare us & make us laugh, not one or the other.’ PAYING http://www.disquieteddreams.com/call-for-submissions.html

1st May Stories of ghosts on drugs. PAYING  http://www.ghostsondrugs.com/

1st May Poems, stories and more, suitable for Christian children, on the theme of Making our World Better. PAYING http://www.guardian-angel-kids.com/submissions.html

1st May ‘Memoirs of the Feminine Divine: Voices of Power & Invisibility will be a print anthology featuring poetry and personal essays (including flash memoir pieces) by and about women. We are seeking narratives and poetry that explore the concept of “femaleness.” Works will be about the personal experiences of the authors.’ http://femininedivinebook.blogspot.co.uk/

1st May SF, F or H stories on the theme of Taboo. http://www.morpheustales.com/#!guidelines/c1c8k

1st May Poetry on the theme of Shadows and Light. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.slipstreampress.org/guide.html

1st May Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Suspicion. http://www.halfwaydownthestairs.net/index.php?action=submissions

1st May Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Travel. http://thelostriverreview.com/?ckattempt=1#

SUBMISSIONS WITH NO KNOWN DEADLINES

NOTE: Publishers sometimes don’t discuss their royalty rate upfront. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they don’t pay! I just haven’t put them as paying/giving royalties whenever I haven’t found details on the website.

Poems. https://randompoemtree.wordpress.com/about/

Poems, stories and essays. PAYING http://lascauxreview.com/submissions/

Poetry, fiction and more. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://southdakotareview.submittable.com/submit

‘Our goal is to find and deliver great science fiction stories that are entertaining, inspiring, and extremely well thought out.  Our stories tend to lean toward what is referred to as ‘hard’ science fiction, in the sense that we prefer stories that are self-consistent, scientifically plausible, and technically detailed when necessary.’ PAYING http://compellingsciencefiction.com/submit.html

‘By publishing serious works that contribute to a global understanding of human affairs from a range of Christian perspectives, Saint Katherine College Press participates in the discovery and dissemination of Inquiry Seeking Wisdom, which is a central purpose of Saint Katherine College.’ Poetry, fiction and complete MSS. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.stkath.org/#!press-and-review/c1c4b

Open until filled: ‘With this anthology, we want to focus on you the writer. Challenge your creativity and take risks with the subject matter and style. We are not looking for a specific genre, just a unique character driven story. A story that defines the writer as a Renegade of Prose.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY+ ROYALTIES http://www.ftbpress.com/fiction-1.html

‘Green Bottle Press is looking for work by poets who write in English and who have not yet published a pamphlet or full collection, though we will consider new work by more established poets.’ http://greenbottlepress.com/submission-guidelines/

‘Still Point Arts Quarterly is a truly beautiful publication with a clear focus on art, artists, and artistry. Within this focus, the Quarterly addresses topics such as inspiration, imagination, and creativity as well as offering articles on art history, artist biographies, and art criticism. Both non-fiction and fiction are published (up to approximately 5000 words), and poetry is published on occasion.’ PAYING http://www.stillpointartgallery.com/uploads/files/writingsubmissions.html

‘Submissions for Tears in the Fence Issue 64 are now being accepted for publication in autumn 2016. We invite submissions of poetry, prose poems, essays, translations, interviews and reviews. We do not accept simultaneous submissions or previously published material. There is no set theme. However, we are looking for the unusual, perceptive, risk-taking as well as the imagistic, lived and visionary. As we are fully stocked with fiction, we will not be reading new fiction submissions for a few months.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://tearsinthefence.com/how-to-submit/

Poetry, fiction and more. http://bodyliterature.com/submissions/

Flash fiction. https://noextrawords.wordpress.com/submit-your-story/

Sword and planet and heroic fantasy fiction. PAYING https://cirsova.wordpress.com/cirsova-magazine/submission-guidelines/

Speculative poetry, fiction and more. https://theridinglightreview.submittable.com/submit/48943

Very short poetry and fiction. http://www.righthandpointing.net/#!brief-guidelines/c6hs

‘WORDPEACE is a new quarterly online journal of literary response to world events in the spirit of promoting peace and hope for all people. We are looking for previously unpublished articles, interviews, fiction and poetry (or mixed media) to publish which reflect this aim. We want work that asks for positive change and is forward thinking. We publish writing that takes a stand against corruption and greed, brutality, genocide, and oligarchy.’ http://wordpeace.co/about/

Writing on the theme of Place. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://thefracturednuance.weebly.com/submit.html

Poetry. http://www.chantarellesnotebook.com/subs.html

Comps and calls for March 2016

There’s a bumper crop of opportunities this March – including several for the playwrights out there, as well as the usual poetry and fiction stuff. Make sure to enter and submit to loads this month – I’m having my shoulder replaced shortly, so April’s listings will be rather slender. My arm will be in a sling for six weeks, so computer use will be limited!

Here are March 2016’s 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 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. December is the best time by far to submit and enter. There are loads of opportunities, and many people are too busy to take advantage of them. Please try to find the time if you can!

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

‘We will post a ‘prompt’ image the first Friday of every month at 13:00 (GMT) on Twitter. You will have until 13:00 (GMT) on the last day of that month to send us a 300 word story based on that image. Please ensure you follow the guidelines for submission.’ PAYING https://horrorscribes.wordpress.com/weekly-competition-3/

2nd Mar ‘To mark the tercentenary of Thomas Gray’s birth, you are invited to submit an ‘Elegy on a Country Churchyard’ in the metre of his famous poem. Please email entries of up to 16 lines to lucy@spectator.co.uk by midday on 2 March.’ PAYING

4th Mar ‘One or more character(s) have to deal with some kind of significant change. It can be any kind of change you like, and on any scale, from a change affecting only one person (or one place, or one thing) to something affecting everyone/everything everywhere, or anything between those extremes. Your challenge: Write a creative, compelling, well-crafted story between 1,000 and 5,000 words long that clearly uses the contest premise.’ PAYING http://onthepremises.com/current-contest/

4th Mar Story by writers in grades 6-12. PAYING  http://www.aadl.org/events/itsallwrite

6th Mar Nonfiction feature essay 750-2000 words on the theme of short stories. PAYING http://blogs.chi.ac.uk/shortstoryforum/features-competition/

6th Mar Story up to 2500 words on the theme of Food and Drink. PAYING http://www.oxford-hotels-restaurants.co.uk/the-mogford-literary-prize/

6th Mar UK only: To be in with a chance of winning, submit your tips, in 50 words or less, to the question: “How do you find time for yourself when you’re travelling abroad with work?” NON-CASH PRIZE

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/business/working-overseas/12129503/win-a-business-travel-package.html?

7th Mar SF story up to 200 words on the theme of Change. PAYING http://aescifi.ca/index.php/non-fiction/39-contests/3303-announcing-ae-micro-7

9th Mar ‘Salvador Dalí had a pet ocelot, Gérard de Nerval walked out with a lobster. You are invited to supply a poem about a famous person and an unlikely pet. Please email entries of up to 16 lines to lucy@spectator.co.uk by midday on 9 March.’ PAYING

10th Mar Poems about Nantucket. PAYING http://nantucketdirectory.com/poetry/index.php

11th March Story up to 8000 words by those with a record of published creative writing in the UK (Cathy’s note: this has a BIG prize, so do have a go if you’re eligible). PAYING http://www.booktrust.org.uk/prizes/1

13th Mar Poem on the theme of Mussels. PAYING http://www.connemaramusselfestival.com/2015/poetry-competition.html (Many thanks to the fabulous poet Fiona Pitt-Kethley for this link.)

14th March Play suitable for 8-25 actors aged 7-16. NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.moonlitwings.org/#!script-contest/sh7cg

15th March Speculative fiction novel based on the provided article. PAYING http://www.realmwalkerpublishinggroup.com/the-1st-annual-write-this-speculative-fiction-novel-contest/

15th Mar Story 500-750 words on the theme of The Future. PAYING https://brilliantflashfictionmag.wordpress.com/2016/01/27/springtime-fiction-writing-contest/#more-1138

15th Mar ‘From December 1 to March 15 each year, The Binnacle will accept submissions for its Annual International Ultra-Short Competition (the Fall edition). All submissions are to be no longer than 150 words (not including the title). Poetry entries should be no longer than sixteen lines. All works should have a narrative element. A minimum total of $300 in prizes will be awarded each year. Winners and honorees will be notified early in June.’ PAYING http://machias.edu/submission-guidelines.html

18th Mar ‘Entries are invited that are inspired by the geological and landscape writings of Hugh Miller, Scotland’s celebrated self-taught geologist. As a poet and prolific writer, the wealth of potential inspiration that Miller provides in his work is worthy of widespread public engagement. We hope that this writing competition, open to all ages, will encourage both a renewed interest in Miller’s work, a catalogue of new writings inspired by one of Scotland’s greatest nature writers and greater awareness and appreciation of Scotland’s geodiversity.’ PRIZE UNKNOWN AT TIME OF WRITING http://www.scottishgeology.com/hughmiller/

18th Mar Poem by UK poets aged 18-30. PAYING http://www.girton.cam.ac.uk/jane-martin-poetry-prize

19th Mar Stories 500-1500 words by those with a Gloucestershire or South Gloucestershire connection. The prize is to read your work at a special event. http://stroudshortstories.blogspot.co.uk/p/rules.html

20th Mar UK children aged 10-14: write a review of the best book you read in 2015. http://caboodle.nationalbooktokens.com/Junior-judges-needed#

21st Mar Traditional sonnet. PAYING http://www.theamericanaesthetic.org/sonnet-competionprize.html

25th Mar Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Social Justice. PAYING https://hotmetalbridge.submittable.com/submit

31st Mar Flash fiction up to 500 words. VOUCHER/OTHER http://www.fla-keys.com/flashfiction/

31st Mar Poem up to 30 lines (Cathy’s note: the poem needs to be in the form of a pdf rather than a doc. You can convert to a pdf really easily here:https://online2pdf.com/). PAYING http://americamagazine.org/foley-poetry

31st Mar ‘You wake up one morning and find yourself inside a Looney Tunes cartoon with a burning desire to hunt down a certain Bugs Bunny, no matter the cost. What happens next?’ Up to 2000 words. VOUCHER/OTHER http://greywolfepublishing.com/2016%20Monthly%20Contests.html

31st Mar UK only: fiction 1500-2500 words on the theme of New Beginnings. NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.mjmeads.com/p/short.html

31st Mar Ekphrastic poems inspired by the provided image. NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.spankthecarp.com/contest_2016.html

31st Mar Unproduced script of at least 80 mins length. PAYING http://papatango.co.uk/the-2016-prize/

31st Mar Full-length plays. NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.londonplaywrightsblog.com/?p=4974

31st Mar Essays on the provided themes. PAYING http://hekint.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1956:fourth-hektoen-grand-prix-essay-competition&catid=2:uncategorised&Itemid=716

31st Mar ‘We’re setting up a writing competition: the Timothy Garton Ash prize for European writing. It will go to the best original essay from any country in Europe, which will be published both in the magazine and online.’ http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2016/02/introducing-the-timothy-garton-ash-prize-for-european-writing/

31st Mar USA only: Fiction up to 1000 words on the theme of Earth. PAYING http://whidbeystudents.com/penn-cove-award/

31st Mar Short story up to 5000 words. PAYING http://www.tayenlane.com/submission-call/

31st Mar SF story up to 7000 words. PAYING  http://www.tayenlane.com/submission-call/

31st Mar UK and US only: Thriller MS. PAYING https://www.authors.me/contests/thriller/

31st Mar Story up to 10,000 words. PAYING http://www.bestnewwriting.com/Gover-Story-Prize.html

31st Mar ‘The SLF $500 Older Writers Grant is awarded annually to a writer who is fifty years of age or older at the time of grant application, and is intended to assist such writers who are just starting to work at a professional level. We are currently offering two $500 grants annually, to be used as each writer determines will best assist his or her work. PLEASE NOTE: This grant, as with all SLF grants, is intended to help writers working with speculative literature.’ PAYING http://speculativeliterature.org/grants/slf-older-writers-grant/

1st Apr Funny poems. PAYING https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/wergle-flomp-humor-poetry-contest-free

1st Apr ‘ Now in its second year, the Prize annually honors literary nonfiction that illustrates artistic excellence, sensitivity to place, and desert literacy – with the desert as both subject and setting. Inspired by author and poet Ellen Waterston’s love of the high desert of Central Oregon, a region that has been her muse for more than 30 years, the Prize recognizes the vital role deserts play worldwide in the ecosystem and human narrative. Emerging, mid-career and established nonfiction writers are invited to apply.’ PAYING http://www.writingranch.com/waterston-prize-for-desert-writers/

1st Apr Poetry and short fiction on the theme of Dreams. PAYING https://bopdeadcity.com/contests/

1st Apr Fellowship to stay in the childhood home of Carson McCullers, with a cash payment to cover costs. PAYING http://www.mccullerscenter.org/fellowships.php

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

2nd Mar ‘Cut Throat Theatre Company are looking for a script to perform at this year’s Camden Fringe Festival. They are looking for a piece with a running time of 60 minutes with up to five characters (not gender specific). If this sounds like something you are interested in, please send over a synopsis of your piece and character breakdowns to cutthroattc@hotmail.com.’

4th Mar ‘What is the role of confession in repentance? How do we recognize and acknowledge what needs healing in ourselves? Our separation from God—sin—causes suffering for ourselves and others. How do we take confession beyond the generic to the personally significant and still understand ourselves to be beloved children of God?’ Poetry, fiction and more. PAYING http://weavings.upperroom.org/weavings-themes/

6th Mar ‘Hundreds & Thousands … It’s both our ninth birthday and our one hundredth event, so as a special one-off we’re seeking Drabbles (100 word stories) and flash fiction of no more than 1000 words ONLY. We’d love it if you could work a numbers, birthdays or anniversaries theme in there too … http://www.liarsleague.com/liars_league/forthcoming-events-themes.html

10th Mar Poetry and fiction on the theme of Conflict. http://sunstruckmag.com/submissions/

11th Mar Stories of around 200 words on the theme of Good Friday/Easter. PAYING http://ironsoap.com/200-ccs/submissions/

14th Mar Funny sketches and one-liners based on the news. PAYING http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1hDdvFLfWClPHW7zT3sq01S/submit-a-sketch

15th Mar Positive writing and more on the theme of Radiant. CONTRIBUTOR COPY http://www.thephoenixsoul.com/submit/

15th Mar Writing by those who have a chronic illness. http://chronicillnesstruths.tumblr.com/post/88409080074/callforwriting

15th Mar Speculative poetry that explores the idea of Family. PAYING http://www.eyetothetelescope.com/submit.html

15th Mar Poetry or very short prose on the theme of Learning to Drive. https://silverbirchpress.wordpress.com/2016/01/31/call-for-submissions-learning-to-drive-poetry-prose-series/

15th March Poetry and prose on the theme of Reimagining Everything Differently::Harambee. http://aboutplacejournal.org/submissions/

15th Mar 50-word fiction on the theme of Mystery Train. CONTRIBUTOR COPY http://www.blink-ink.org/submissions/

15th Mar Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Mother Earth. http://whirlwindmagazine.org/submission-info/

15th Mar Speculative fiction 1500-3000 words. ‘”Hyperpowers”- Space opera and military fiction. Plato invented naval superpower Atlantis. Iain M. Banks imagined a future dominant galactic civilization in his Culture series. With all of space and time to
choose from, this is your chance to show us your world-building chops. Likable characters optional.’ PAYING http://www.thirdflatiron.com/liveSite/pages/submissions

15th May Fiction on the theme of Winged Things. http://kaaterskillbasinjournal.com/submission-guidelines/

15th Mar Poetry about longing by UK Poets (Cathy’s note: the theme is given as UK poets, but whether you’re supposed to write about a UK poet or whether they’re only accepting UK poets for this issue, I have no idea). http://melancholyhyperbole.com/guidelines/

15th Mar Flash and short fiction. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://brevenewstories.com/submissions/

18th Mar Magical realist stories. PAYING http://syntaxandsalt.com/submit/

19th Mar ‘For this issue of cahoodaloodaling, we want you to send us your art and writing about everything you can’t say at a cocktail party. Send us your letters, your poems, your paintings, your drawings, your collages and essays. Send us your hearts. Send us what you’ve never been able to speak about, the things that wound you and threaten to bring you under.’  http://cahoodaloodaling.com/about/

20th Mar Poetry on the theme of Trails. http://theplumtreetavern.blogspot.co.uk/

20th Mar ‘SUBMISSIONS ARE CURRENTLY OPEN UNTIL MARCH 20 FOR THE SPRING ISSUE: Comic Books. All submissions for the spring issue should be about comic books, manga, graphic novels or comic strips. Send experimental/innovative/slipstream poetry, belles lettres, microdramas, essays, fiction and hybrids to altpoetics@gmail.com along with a third person bio and short poetic/artistic statement about your approach to writing or about the character/event presented in your work.’ PAYING https://altpoetics.wordpress.com/submissions/

25th Mar Short fiction, poetry and more (Cathy’s note: different categories have different deadlines, so do check even if it’s later than this date). Also poetry and fiction on the theme of Shakespeare. https://shenandoah.submittable.com/submit

28th Mar Flash and short fiction on the theme of As inspired by, the gift of the Magi. PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS

http://infectiveink.com/guidelines.html

30th Mar Horror stories 4500-7500 words. PAYING http://www.independentlegions.com/submissions.html

30th Mar Fairy-tale-inspired poems and stories on the theme of Rain. PAYING http://www.fairytalemagazine.com/p/blog-page_22.html

30th Mar ‘We’ve all had that day when a spell went south, a glitch ate the code in your doomsday device, and negotiations broke down so  aliens are on the move eat your brains. Okay, maybe we haven’t all had that day. We want a story about what went wrong. Tell us about the best laid plans and what turned them on their ear. Make it dark or funny. Make it sci-fi or fantasy. Just make it something we haven’t seen before.’ 2000-8000 words. PAYING http://litselect.weebly.com/submissions.html

30th Mar ‘The Massachusetts Review is seeking submissions for a forthcoming special issue on Words and Music. The Massachusetts Review will publish a special issue that has music as its core: fiction, poetry, and nonfiction with music as focus, subject, or essence. We are espeically looking for creative work that includes, engages, and explores music in poetry and fiction.’ PAYING http://massreview.org/node/473

31st Mar ‘Upheaval. Unrest. Turmoil. Radicalism. These are the ideas that come to mind when we think of revolution. But buried within that word is another. Evolution. The slow, inexorable march of the old giving way to the new. The new, giving way to the newer. And the newer, perhaps forgetting its past, giving way to something come around again.’ Fiction 2000-12,000 words. PAYING http://www.mifiwriters.org/division-by-zero/revolution/

31st Mar Poetry and flash on the theme of Shattered. CONTRIBUTOR COPY http://www.kindofahurricanepress.com/p/anthology-shattered.html

31st Mar Speculative weird western stories. PAYING http://www.treelionpress.com/submissions-the-land-of-dust-and-bones.html

31st Mar ‘Submissions are sought for a revised and expanded paperback release of The King In Yellow anthology. We are seeking stories between 2000 and 7000 words related to the Yellow Mythos in some manner (all genres and interpretations will be considered). Reprints from before 2015 will be considered. Multiple submissions are accepted. If sending simultaneous submissions, please do let us know if it is accepted elsewhere.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY http://atlanteanpublishing.wikia.com/wiki/A_Terrible_Thing

31st Mar Two anthologies, one of short stories of various genres, one of SF. PAYING http://www.tayenlane.com/submission-call/

31st Mar ‘Send me your stories of those trying to use some kind of science, technology, magic powers, anything that allows them to solve mysteries surrounding supernatural occurrences. What is the final verdict? Truth? Hoax? Something in between—the claimant was experiencing something but it has an explanation? Or– often the scariest of all—the inconclusive result so common on ghost hunting showsYou decide. If there is ultimately an explanation, however, please provide suspense or scares along the way.’ 2000-5000 words. ROYALTIES https://horrifiedpress.wordpress.com/open-for-submissions/

31st Mar ‘We are looking for true, personal, written works that use untranslatable words as inspiration to illuminate both the unique and the universal in the human experience, despite the barriers of language. Works can span the blurry lines between personal essay, memoir and creative nonfiction with room for stylistic variety and innovation. We are not looking for poetry at this time.’ PAYING https://bridgecalledlanguage.wordpress.com/submission-guidelines/ (with thanks to http://www.erikadreifus.com/ for this one)

31st Mar ‘Many people who have ink want to talk about it, and that’s because every tattoo has a story. I’m looking for the steamy story that inspires the tattoo, the story of getting the tattoo, or characters who are tattooed. I want tattoos that are secret, or hold secrets, and those that are worn open and proud. I want couples’ tattoos, matching tattoos, and—what the heck?—why not a magical tattoo.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY+ ROYALTIES http://www.corividae.com/shiny/kinked/

31st Mar ‘Sometimes magic happens in your life. You have a dream that reveals a truth or a course of action to you. You have a premonition that changes your behavior and saves you or a loved one from disaster. You meet someone at just the right time and you can’t believe the coincidence. We’re collecting stories for a second book on this topic, following our bestseller Chicken Soup for the Soul: Dreams and Premonitions. Share your stories and poems about the amazing things that have happened in your own life.’ PAYING  http://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics

31st Mar ‘We accept essays and fiction concerning disability by two groups: individuals with a disability and those who are part of the disability community, such as a family member, caregiver, special educator, etc.’ PAYING http://www.pentimentomag.org/writing-guidelines/

31st Mar Full-length play. http://www.londonplaywrightsblog.com/?p=4974

31st Mar Poetry, fiction and more. PAYING http://blog.yorksj.ac.uk/yorkliteraryreview/8-2/submissions/

31st Mar Poetry on the theme of Seasons. http://www.spillway.org/submit.html

31st Mar Story 100-5000 words on the theme of Lovers Lost. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.mpapublishing.co.za/submission-guidelines/leannan-issue-guidelines/

31st Mar Poetry, flash and short fiction on the theme of Funny Strange and Funny Ha-Ha. https://tigersharkpublishing.wordpress.com/home/guidelines/

31st Mar Poetry on the theme of Comedy. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://magmapoetry.com/contributions/

31st Mar ‘We are looking for stories 500-8000 words in length about supernatural entities who feel like outsiders. These stories will be published in our anthology, Fitting In: Historical Accounts of Paranormal Subcultures.’ PAYING http://madscientistjournal.org/submissions/

1st Apr Poetry, fiction, drama and more. http://www.doorisajarmagazine.com/submit/

1st Apr Writing and more by girls and women on the theme of Imagine that… http://newmoon.com/how-to-get-published-new-moon-girls/

1st Apr Poetry, flash, short fiction and more on the theme of A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle. PAYING https://nonbinaryreview.submittable.com/submit/46046

1st Apr ‘Apex Publications seeks submissions for Undead: A Poetry Anthology of Ghouls, Ghosts, and More. Editors Bianca Lynne Spriggs (Apex Magazine’s poetry editor) and Katerina Stoykova-Klemer welcome your specters, apparitions, zombies, wraiths, phantoms, thought forms and anything (or anyone) animate but no longer living.’ PAYING http://www.apexbookcompany.com/pages/apex-books-guidelines

1st Apr ‘Sundress Publications is seeking submissions for Curious Specimens, a Wunderkammer-themed e-anthology. We want your Wonder Room’s creepiest inhabitants—think the Mütter Museum, reanimated Fiji Mermaids, and all creatures caught between life and death. While we’d love to see your poetry and flash fiction, we also welcome ephemera. Send us excerpts from taxidermy pamphlets, specimen lists, and medical notes.’ http://www.sundresspublications.com/submissions.htm

1st Apr ‘We are looking for Steampunk featuring the supernatural (ghosts, shapeshifters, demons, etc.)—as well as a beautifully crafted, original story.’ 1500-6000 words. PAYING http://mochamemoirspress.com/about/

1st Apr Poetry, flash and short fiction on the theme of Finale (Cathy’s note: it’s for their last ever issue. Shame – they’ve had some good themes). https://thequotablelit.submittable.com/submit

1st Apr Poems on the theme of Revolution. http://www.florencepoets.com/p/silkworm.html

1st Apr Nonfiction prose poems. http://rabbitpoetry.com/

1st Apr Love poems about inanimate objects. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES, PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS http://www.kellyannjacobson.com/unrequited-an-anthology-of-love-poems-about-inanimate-objects#sthash.zML16JE3.dpbs

1st Apr ‘For many of us being at work or working for a living takes up more than half of our time. Probably also more than half of the time of our whole lives. In this issue we want to explore how our work can cause distress, make us unhappy but also show off alternatives that show how fulfilling a profession can be. Is there such a thing as good work and bad work? How do other cultures “work”, how did our grandparents “work”. What work has been done to make the world “better”. What is work, or labour, or profession, and what does it mean to us? Is working in our blood, is it good for our soul to do stuff?’ PAYING http://www.nous-magazine.de/work

1st Apr Poetry, fiction and more suitable for Christian children on the theme of The Great Beyond. PAYING http://www.guardian-angel-kids.com/submissions.html

1st Apr ‘Give us stories and poems of the dark gods and goddesses of any pantheon or religion. Make these deities accessible, turn the old stories on their heads, or show the dark ones in all their glory (but in a way that makes them more than just a villain or nemesis for some other deity).’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://neosalexandria.org/bibliotheca-alexandrina/calls-for-submissions/the-dark-ones-tales-and-poems-of-the-shadow-gods/

1st Apr Poetry, fiction and more. PAYING http://westbranchsubmissions.bucknell.edu/

SUBMISSIONS WITH NO KNOWN DEADLINES

NOTE: Publishers sometimes don’t discuss their royalty rate upfront. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they don’t pay! I just haven’t put them as paying/giving royalties whenever I haven’t found details on the website.

Poetry, fiction and more. PAYING http://litbreak.com/submissions/

MSS in various genres. Send query by email. ROYALTIES http://www.ellysianpress.com/submissions/

‘West Virginia University Press is pleased to announce In Place, a new book series to be published under Vandalia Press, its creative imprint. In Place emerges from a desire to uncover more books about the complexity and richness of place. This series will publish literary nonfiction in various forms—narrative nonfiction, memoir, essay collections, cultural mediation, and others—focusing on books firmly rooted in place. In Place creates a space to explore lives, history, and landscapes.’ http://wvupressonline.com/node/636 (with thanks to www.erikadreifus.com for this one)

‘The Wax Paper is a broadsheet publication open to all forms of written word, image, and collected conversation. The first priority of The Wax Paper is to expand our understanding of the people we share the world with, and in doing so, expand our understanding of ourselves. Pieces will be selected on their ability to illuminate the humanity and significance of the subjects that inhabit the work.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://thewaxpaper.com/contact/

‘The Cafe Irreal is a quarterly webzine that presents a kind of fantastic fiction infrequently published in English. This fiction, which we would describe as irreal, resembles the work of writers such as Franz Kafka, Kobo Abe, Clarice Lispector and Jorge Luis Borges. As a type of fiction it rejects the tendency to portray people and places realistically and the need for a full resolution to the story; instead, it shows us a reality constantly being undermined.’ PAYING http://cafeirreal.alicewhittenburg.com/index.htm#guide

Dark fiction. PAYING  http://www.darkalleypress.com/inkstainsanthology/

Poetry, flash and short fiction that fits with Andy’s series of ghost stories. http://ghoststoryiii.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/welcome-to-third-of-series-of-poetry.html

Dark novellas and novels. ROYALTIES http://www.darkalleypress.com/submissions/

YA Romance novels 50,000-100,000 words. http://www.entangledteen.com/submissions/

Fiction suitable for teens. PAYING http://www.oneteenstory.com/index.php?page=submit

‘Our hand-made books are perfect for chapbooks, novellas, coloring books, choose your own adventures, illustrated tales, POP-UP!s and anything else you can think to send our way.  Genre is unimportant but we do lean toward experimental over anything else.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY+ ROYALTIES https://throwbackbooks.submittable.com/submit

Fiction that paints a positive picture of mental illness, targeted at 13-25 year olds. https://misreadpress.wordpress.com/submissions/

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

Poetry collections and pamphlets. http://www.indigodreams.co.uk/submissions/4591467549

‘Familius is a mission-driven company. We believe that the family is the fundamental unit of society, and all of our books reflect that in some way. Our categories include parenting, marriage, family fun, education, cooking, health and wellness, children’s books, and fiction for both adults and young adults. Basically, if your book can help us achieve our mission of helping families be happy, we want to talk to you.’ http://familius.com/submissions

Poetry and flash fiction chapbooks by queer and trans writers. CONTRIBUTOR COPY+ ROYALTIES http://damagedgoodspress.com/dgp-submissions/

‘The editors of Modern Love are interested in receiving deeply personal essays about contemporary relationships, marriage, dating, parenthood…any subject that might reasonably fit under the heading “Modern Love.” Ideally, essays should spring from some central dilemma the writer has faced in his or her life. It helps if the situation has a contemporary edge, though this is not essential. Most important is that the writing be emotionally honest and the story be freshly and compellingly told.’ PAYING http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/21/fashion/howtosubmit_modernlove.html?_r=0

Poetry and prose. http://inkinthirds.com/submissions/

‘In the simplest of terms, we want great science fiction and fantasy stories that have at least one character who pushes, explores, or in some way addresses gender boundaries.’ PAYING  http://www.scigentasy.com/submissions-2/

Flash and short fiction. PAYING http://www.theflashfictionpress.org/guidelines-for-submissions/

Play about an extraordinary historical woman. (Cathy’s note: The deadline is 31st Dec, but get your subject in now before someone else does!) https://365womenayear.wordpress.com/2015-info/

SF short stories. PAYING https://20xx.media/submissions/

Flash fiction and poetry which is Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Intersex friendly. http://gayflashfiction.com/

Poetry and flash fiction on the theme of Ghosts Redemption. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES, PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS

http://jwkfiction.com/index.php/opsub/114-ghosts-redemption

Share your story of rising from the ashes and coming alive. No matter how you’ve suffered or what you’ve faced, be it the loss of a loved one, depression or anxiety, life-threatening illnesses, abuse, relational loss, etc. you can share your story of rising from the ashes and coming alive and join us in this movement #oncomingalive. http://www.scribblesandcrumbs.com/submissions/

‘Zabaan, in Urdu, means ‘tongue’. We believe in tongue-lashing. We believe in catharsis through writing. We are committed to publishing bold literary writing; writing that challenges our notions of form, tradition, and convention, but also, of race, class, gender, sexuality, identity, psychology, philosophy and the art of writing itself.’ http://zabaanjournal.com/submit/

Poetry, fiction and more by those aged 13-19, plus YA writing by those aged over 19. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://ffttjournal.wordpress.com/contactsubmit/

Open until filled: fiction up to 2000 words. PAYING http://www.untiedshoelacesofthemind.com/index.php#Submissions (Cathy’s note: thanks to www.erikadreifus.com for this one)

Funny or disturbing online dating experiences. PAYING  http://writersweekly.com/paying-markets/seeking-funny-andor-disturbing-online-dating-stories-pays-20-a-copy-of-the-final-printed-book

Mini-update: THE WORK ISSUE

Deadline 1st Apr ‘For many of us being at work or working for a living takes up more than half of our time. Probably also more than half of the time of our whole lives. In this issue we want to explore how our work can cause distress, make us unhappy but also show off alternatives that show how fulfilling a profession can be. Is there such a thing as good work and bad work? How do other cultures “work”, how did our grandparents “work”. What work has been done to make the world “better”. What is work, or labour, or profession, and what does it mean to us? Is working in our blood, is it good for our soul to do stuff?’ PAYING http://www.nous-magazine.de/work

Comps and calls for February 2016

Many thanks to those of you who have emailed to tell me all about your successes. Congratulations to all of you! Keep it up this Feb!

Here are February 2016’s 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 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. December is the best time by far to submit and enter. There are loads of opportunities, and many people are too busy to take advantage of them. Please try to find the time if you can!

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

2nd Feb UK only: describe your most gruelling outdoor experience in up to 100 words. NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.outdoorsmagic.com/competitions/win-an-adventure-weekend-at-the-national-mountain-sports-centre/1564.html

3rd Feb Loads of categories for writers of various ages and types in the North of England. PAYING http://northernwritersawards.com/enter.html

4th Feb Spectator Competition 2934: rich rhymes. ‘You are invited to submit poems suitable for inclusion in Now We Are Rich (16 lines maximum). Please email entries, wherever possible, to lucy@spectator.co.uk by midday on 4th February.’ http://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/01/going-mental/

5th Feb Love poem on the theme of Jilted. PAYING https://spr.submittable.com/submit/37761

5th Feb USA only: poem on the theme of Place (Cathy’s note: The winning poem becomes the property of Zócalo Public Square. It might be worth it for $500, but be aware that you are signing over the rights!) . PAYING http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/2016/01/04/zocalo-public-square-is-taking-entries-for-its-fifth-annual-poetry-prize/inquiries/prizes/

10th Feb A Valentine’s triolet. PAYING http://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/01/doublespeak/

11th Feb Fiction up to 1200 words on the theme of Mum. ‘The prize can be sent to a UK address of the winner’s choice with a view to delivering it before/near to Mother’s Day if preferred. Although we are happy to accept entries from world wide, we cannot deliver to non-UK destinations.’ NON-CASH PRIZE http://erewashwriterscompetition.weebly.com/2016-mum-writing-competition-free-entry.html

12th Feb Flash or poetry using the provided words. VOUCHER/OTHER https://blogaboutwriting.wordpress.com/2016/01/22/600-followers-free-writing-competition/

15th Feb Poetry, fiction and art. PAYING https://freshwater.submittable.com/submit

15th Feb Short story up to 2000 words on the theme of Ageing. PAYING https://www.writersandartists.co.uk/competitions

15th Feb UK and Eire only: Explain where and what your Amazing is in up to 250 characters. http://www.kuoni.co.uk/win-your-amazing

15th Feb Up to 600 words on the theme of Memorable Bosses. PAYING http://workstew.com/2016/01/14/contest-8-memorable-bosses/

16th Feb ‘The City of Seattle wants to pay someone $10,000 to live part time in the Fremont Bridge’s northwest tower and write poetry. The poet or writer selected for the Fremont Bridge post will be expected to produce at least one work that can be presented by the city. (Office of Arts & Culture spokeswoman Calandra ) Childers said that could be a spoken-word piece, an essay or a collection of poetry, or something different.’ Applicants must live within 100 miles of Seattle. (Cathy’s note: I rarely include regional opportunities from abroad, but this one was too good to pass up!) PAYING http://www.seattle.gov/arts/writerpoet-residency

20th Feb Fiction of exactly 100 words. There are three age categories. PAYING http://www.readersdigest.co.uk/100-word-story-competition

22nd Feb Poem or short story with the title For All Time. There are several age categories. PAYING http://www.stratfordliteraryfestival.co.uk/article/creative-writing-competition-2016

28th Feb Story of up to 1000 words. NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.bibliophone.com/the-bibliophone-1000-words-heard-competition/

29th Feb Science poetry. PAYING http://www.eventhorizonmag.com/science-poetry-competition/

29th Feb SF on the theme of Medicine, Health and Illness. PAYING http://scifimedhums.glasgow.ac.uk/writing-competition/

29th Feb Up to three poems on the theme of Meditation or Mindfulness. PAYING http://spiritfirst.org/poetry_contest2016Entry.html

29th Feb ‘You wake up one morning and find that you aren’t in your bed; you aren’t even in your room. You’re in the middle of a giant maze. A sign is hanging from the ivy: “You have one hour. Don’t touch the walls.” Finish the scene.’ Up to 2000 words. VOUCHER/OTHER http://greywolfepublishing.com/2016%20Monthly%20Contests.html

29th Feb Flash fiction of exactly 500 words. PAYING http://www.thewritersloop.com/p/february-500.html

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

3rd Feb Speculative fiction and poetry on the theme of Love, Sex and Romance. PAYING http://www.holdfastmagazine.com/submission-guidelines/4582814806

4th Feb Poetry, flash, short fiction and more. PAYING https://as.vanderbilt.edu/nashvillereview/contact/submit

5th Feb Story 300-1000 words on the theme of Fairytales: Unfettered. PAYING http://splicketypubgroup.com/imprints/havok-magazine/

5th Feb Songs, lyrics and music videos on the theme of Allegro for this music-themed publication. http://halfmystic.com/subguidelines

5th Feb ‘Slim Volume: See Into the Dark will be our fourth anthology of poetry and flash fiction (May 2016), and for this one I want you to frighten me out of my fluffy winter socks. Or at the very least, unsettle me, like one of those dreams where you’re out in public with half (or all of) your clothes missing, or the ones where you pull out your own teeth and it doesn’t hurt.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://pankhearst.wordpress.com/slim-volume-see-into-the-dark/

7th Feb Poetry, fiction and 10-minute plays (Cathy’s note: although the 10-minute play is described as a contest, there’s no prize unless the winner can be present at the staged reading, which would mean getting there, so I’ve listed it as a call rather than a comp). https://jennymag.submittable.com/submit

7th Feb Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Visions of the Future for this teen mag. PAYING https://cricketmag.submittable.com/submit/17820

7th Feb Canadians only: ‘We are specifically seeking short works written by Canadians. Submissions can be on any topic you want, so long as the end result falls within the definition of “Hey, that’s funny.” No topic is taboo; no target is safe. Comedy being a necessarily subjective genre, we’re looking to cast the widest possible net.’ There is also an anthology on climate change. PAYING https://exilepublishing.submittable.com/submit

7th Feb ‘This year the theme is PASSAGE. What does it mean to move? Through time, through space, from place to place? The editors of Mandala want to know. Passage is about more than just a beginning and an end; it is everything in between that makes the journey. Submissions are now open for our 12th volume, PASSAGE, which will be hosted online with selections printed in a special, limited edition chapbook. Send us your best fiction, poetry, or non-fiction. Send us your art. Send us experimental work. Send us graphic storytelling or one act plays. This is an open call, and we’re open to everything.’ https://mandalajournal.submittable.com/submit

7th Feb Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Polyamory, for this journal of women’s sexuality. http://www.cliteraturejournal.com/submissionguidelines.html

7th Feb Fiction 800-2000 words on the theme of Justice & Mercy. http://www.liarsleague.com/liars_league/writers.html

12th Feb Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Adoration for this Christian mag. http://weavings.upperroom.org/write-for-weavings/

14th Feb ‘WHITE DADS is accepting all forms of creative expression from black, brown, mixed race, adopted and/or POC who have the unique experience of having a white father. This is meant to be an intentional, creative opportunity to speak on truths, tell stories and share art that fall within the thematic focus. It’s a space to explore the crossroads of where social and political constructs intersect with personal experiences and family, loving or otherwise; an opportunity to look into the nature of identity and family ties that are anything but black and white.’ http://white-dads-zine.tumblr.com/submission-guidelines

14th Feb Canada only: MSS of Canadian history, Canadian issues and various kinds of fiction. ROYALTIES http://www.fiveriverspublishing.com/p/guidelines.html

15th Feb Fiction and more on the theme of Taboo. https://fictioninternational.submittable.com/submit

15th Feb ‘Poems and Artwork (b&w and cartoons) are needed for a new E-book (and later print edition) anthology of poems about school shootings, public shootings, guns, gun control, media coverage of tragic shootings, the NRA and the second amendment.

We particularly encourage submissions from students, younger writers (and artists) and teachers since they experience the very real threat of increasing school attacks on a daily basis.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://chrisjarmick.wordpress.com/bang-submission-details/

15th Feb Poetry. ‘Muse A Journal seeks lyrical, playful, moving, linguistically-inventive, unique, experimental, moving, honest, diction-sensitive, perhaps collaborative, economical, attentive, vested, clever, touching, REAL work. If this describes your work in any way, we’d love to see it.’ http://www.museajournal.com/submit-to-muse-a-journal/

15th Feb ‘Imagine what could occur in the deepest regions of space between the stars of the Milky Way. Television and movies depict spaceships spending weeks and months, sometimes years, traveling from one star to another and even to distant galaxies…. What will they see and what dangers will they overcome? Show us your vision of how our descendants will live, and possibly die, in deep space. As long as your story takes place outside the boundaries of any star system, we are interested.’ PAYING http://www.lillicatpublishers.com/?page_id=787

15th Feb Speculative poetry and fiction. PAYING https://onspecmag.submittable.com/submit/15723

15th Feb Flash, short fiction, poetry and more on the theme of Borders. http://www.originsjournal.com/submit/

15th Feb Fauna-inspired ghazals. http://ghazalpage.com/submit-1/

15th Feb Writing on the theme of Parenting Teens. PAYING https://brainchildmag.submittable.com/submit

15th Feb Poetry and flash on the theme of The Night. https://spr.submittable.com/submit

15th Feb ‘Although the digital age allows us unprecedented freedom and opportunity to express, we still face silencing, underrepresentation, micro aggressions, and various other invalidations due to race, gender, sexual orientation, politics, and beliefs. In our art, we have an opportunity to re-evaluate binaries and reanimate those parts of ourselves that have been silenced. At [PANK], we strive to create a space for artists to express themselves through literature in ways that are innovative and fresh, and we think it’s best to begin this new chapter of the magazine by giving voice to so many people and issues that have been silenced. Submit work with a voice that won’t quit—think about times that your work and words have been denied or made invisible or times that others have experienced this type of invalidation. Send us something that screams.’ https://pankmagazine.submittable.com/submit

15th Feb Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Secrets. PAYING http://subterrain.ca/about/35/sub-terrain-writer-s-guidelines

15th Feb ‘Please submit only if you have a relationship of some kind with Tuscany, even a brief one is fine as long as the creative work you submit originated, was in part created, or was completed in Tuscany. The work does not need to thematically regard Tuscany in any way. The theme for the Spring 2015 issue is The itch and scratch of spring and closing date for submission is 15th February 2016.’ http://thesighpress.com/submissions/

15th Feb ‘Haunted houses, ghost stories, poltergeists and ethereal beings! Let’s get haunted together this March! Accepting short stories, poetry and artwork.’ PAYING http://devolutionz.com/deadlines.html#haunted-horror

20th Feb ‘We are looking for a variety of submissions that transform well-known fairytales into modern, realistic, or fantastical stories. What we want is to see them given new life. We want real characters, real tensions, and real consequences. There is one clincher; don’t make them cheesy. Make them humorous, violent, grotesque, sexy, suspenseful, or satirical—just keep the writing serious. This anthology is intended for mature audiences. Sex and profanity are acceptable; however, not in excess.’ PAYING http://www.transmundanepress.com/current-calls-for-submissions.html

20th Feb (or when filled): ‘Femme fatales doing bad things. Good broads gone to the wrong side of the tracks. Crime and redemption. Satisfy our craving! We will be featuring the work of twelve authors in this book and are taking submissions of 1,200 to 5000 words.’ http://www.deadgunspress.com/submissions.html

20th Feb (or when filled): ‘We are looking for hard western crime stories from 12 authors for a never-to-repeated Western noir anthology. We want the old west – nothing supernatural or set in the modern day.We will be featuring the work of twelve authors in this book and are taking submissions of 1,200 to 5000 words.’ http://www.deadgunspress.com/submissions.html

23rd Feb 3-5 poems by poets who haven’t yet published a full-length collection. http://phantombooks.net/journal/

25th Feb Poetry and fiction that retells Psyche and Cupid. PAYING http://www.timelesstalesmagazine.com/#!submissions/c1vmu

25th Feb Flash and short fiction on the theme of Mistaken Identity. PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS http://infectiveink.com/?page_id=242

28th Feb Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of A Long Time Ago… CONTRIBUTOR COPY http://eabpublishing.com/submissions.html

28th Feb Vignettes of prose or poetry. PAYING http://www.vineleavesliteraryjournal.com/submission-guidelines.html

28th Feb Fiction of roughly 1000 or 2000 words on the theme of Nationality. PAYING http://www.blyantpublishing.com/submissions.html

28th Feb ‘The panel was all about being a fan of problematic things, and the example of loving the work of an author who is not a good person came up, particularly Lovecraft and his Cthulu Mythos. Many people love the Mythos and Cthulu pervades a lot of geek culture, but Lovecraft himself was a rampant misogynist, racist, and anti-Semitic. An audience member jokingly suggested that there should be a collection of stories that would make dear old Lovecraft roll over in his grave – like a black lesbian Jew triumphing over the Unspeakable. And all the authors on panel and in the audience said – “Heeeey, that sounds like fun!” ‘ PAYING http://otterlibris.com/open-projects/

28th Feb ‘BOB as in Battery Operated Boyfriend… This one is for the adults – what happens when one of your sex toys gets a mind of its own, literally? We’re thinking about demon possessed blow up dolls, haunted vibrators, perhaps a golem sex-slave who is tired of her existence and convinces one of her lovers to use the word of power to destroy her as a safe word. Given the topic, yes, we expect at least some on page sex, but the focus of this anthology is not erotica (as lovely as said erotica might be). We’re looking for the thoughtful, funny, or horrific implications of your solo playmate possessing some level of sentience.’ PAYING http://otterlibris.com/open-projects/

28th Feb Drabbles. PAYING http://specklit.com/submissions/

28th Feb Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Surreal. http://www.ridinglight.org/submissions.html

28th Feb Genre fiction up to 10,000 words on the theme of Uncommon Origins. ROYALTIES http://www.fightingmonkeypress.com/submissions/

29th Feb Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Pandora’s Box. CONTRIBUTOR COPY http://www.mpapublishing.co.za/index.php/issue-guidelines/

29th Feb Fiction 800-3000 words on the theme of Mistakes and Missteps. http://www.liarsleaguenyc.com/submissions/

29th Feb Poetry and fiction on the theme of Cats, crows, cows. http://mgversion2datura.blogspot.co.uk/p/submit-contribuer.html

29th Feb ‘We are seeking short fiction in the Speculative Fiction genre (by which we mean to be the umbrella term for the wide and varied range of Science Fiction and Fantasy subgenres). The stories are to be inspired by (by which we mean drawn from, informed by, derived from) the author’s personal experiences of being Jewish. If your story has Nazis in it, please don’t bother submitting. No exceptions.’ PAYING http://www.treelionpress.com/submissions-menschen-and-minyanim.html

29th Feb Poetry and short fiction. CONTRIBUTOR COPY http://littlelanternpress.com/submissions/

29th Feb ‘This is a collection of stories (fiction or nonfiction, or even poetry if it tells a story) about life in and after prison, that will remind readers of the humanity of people who are incarcerated, and the fact that we are all in this together. We are mainly looking for stories from prisoners themselves, although submissions from family members and loved ones will also be considered.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY http://www.tuliptreepub.com/calls-for-submissions.html

29th Feb 1970s-style horror stories 3000-10,000 words. PAYING http://www.nosetouchpress.com/call-for-submissions/

29th Feb ‘EXPERIMENTAL WRITING: Volume 1 Africa Vs. Latin America

First rule is: there are no rules to creativity, writing, thinking, feeling, being. Beat the boundaries, bend, them, push them, pull, exaggerate, spread things around, throw the yoke off, blow smoke up, burn it, throw the ashes into the air…just do something new, unique, innovative about your writing. We are not looking for easy reads, writing that blindly follows the rules, writing hammered down, writing the literary establishment forces down our throats as correct, right, and universal. Send us your best experimental, avant-garde or innovative fictions, non-fictions, plays, poetry, mixed genres… in 2 languages: English and Spanish. Send work in only one genre of your choice! Poetry (3 poems per poet, each poem must not be more than 40 lines) Prose, plays and mixed genres (I piece per writer, of not more than 5000 words) Work must be sent in only one attached document, also include your contact details in this document, i.e., Postal address, Tel no, Email address and a bio note of not more than 100 words. Please sent your entries to both, Tendai R. Mwanaka at mailto:mwanaka13@gmail.com and Ricardo Felix Rodriguez at mailto:felixricardo246@gmail.com

29th Feb Poetry, flash, short fiction and more on the theme of Heat. https://rappahannockreview.submittable.com/submit

29th Feb ‘Lazarus Risen will seek SF (no fantasy or horror, please) short stories that explore the economic, political, social and psychological consequences of life extension, human cloning, the hard upload and other forms of the biological singularity. Our preferred length is 3500 to 6500 words.’ PAYING http://www.bundoranpress.com/pages/submissions/

29th Feb Speculative fiction up to 6000 words on the theme of Beneath the Surface. PAYING http://parsecink.com/submission-guidelines/

29th Feb Up to 15 pages of work by writers who aren’t men. http://www.vectorpress.org/submit.html

1st Mar Story inspired by a song by The Misfits. PAYING https://freaktension.wordpress.com/bibliography/hybrid-moments-a-literary-tribute-to-the-misfits/

1st Mar MS 45,000-90,000 words. http://www.280steps.com/submissions

1st Mar Stories of Ghosts on Drugs. PAYING http://www.ghostsondrugs.com/

1st Mar Short fiction, or 3-5 poems. http://inflightlitmag.com/submit.html

1st Mar Poetry, fiction and essays. PAYING http://upstreet-mag.org/guidelines/

1st Mar True short stories and poetry about music. PAYING https://www.storiesofmusic.com/submit-a-story.html

1st Mar Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Distractions. PAYING http://www.slicemagazine.org/submit-your-work/#.VqqQIuZnbfY

1st Mar Writing on the theme of At Sea for this feminist publication. http://www.feministpress.org/wsq/current-call-papers

1st Mar ‘Jennifer Bartlett is guest editing a future issue of TYPO that will be focused around poetry and disability. If you have a disability and have some poems, please upload them here. She is particularly interested in work by people of color, queer folks, and folks who are not neurotypical.’ https://typo.submittable.com/Submit

1st Mar Poetry on the theme of Innocence and Experience (Cathy’s note: They list pay rates for everything they accept except poetry. It’s very frustrating. My guess is that they do pay, but that’s only a guess). http://parabola.org/submissions/

1st Mar 3-5 poems on the theme of Gold. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://firetetrahedronjournal.com/submit/

1st Mar Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Drop the Zucchini and Run! (Cathy’s note: you can submit by email as long as you aren’t in the USA.) PAYING http://themaliterarysociety.com/submissions.html

SUBMISSIONS WITH NO KNOWN DEADLINES

NOTE: Publishers sometimes don’t discuss their royalty rate upfront. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they don’t pay! I just haven’t put them as paying/giving royalties whenever I haven’t found details on the website.

Poetry, fiction and more on a large number of themes. PAYING http://www.theintrospectionist.com/Home/Submissions

Fiction and nonfiction MSS. http://www.thistlepublishing.co.uk/about.html

LGBTQ YA MSS 15,000-80,000 words. http://tritonya.com/writers.html

‘BABYBUG, a look-and-listen magazine, presents simple poems, stories, nonfiction, and activities that reflect the natural playfulness and curiosity of babies and toddlers. When reviewing submissions, the editors look for manuscripts that please the ear and beg to be read again, as well as those that capture a baby’s discoveries in a few simple, concrete sentences.’ PAYING http://www.cricketmedia.com/babybug-submission-guidelines/

‘Twice a month, we’ll post one new short (flash fiction, creative nonfiction, and prose poetry around 500 words) and one new illustration. Writers can submit a short in response to the illustration, and illustrators can submit an illustration in response to the short. We pay $50 per short and $50 per illustration for everything we publish in Penny, and you keep the rights to use your work after we publish it.’ PAYING http://pennymag.org/submit

Canadians only: poetry. PAYING https://canlit.ca/submit/#poetry-eng

‘We welcome essays and notes on the life, associates, works, reputation, and influence of Herman Melville (1819–1891). Poetry and short fiction are also accepted.’ http://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/leviathan/guidelines.html

UK only: poetry. http://www.zen39641.zen.co.uk/ps/mag.htm

Poetry. PAYNG https://poetrywales.submittable.com/submit

Fiction, preferably up to 3000 words. PAYING http://www.forgelitmag.com/flm/submit/

Conceptual humour on the theme of Parenting. http://razed.us/submission-guidelines/

Poetry and fiction (Cathy’s note: if you’re published, you get a voucher for a subscription. I bought a lifetime subscription with mine, and their notification emails have found me many interesting opportunities. They also have excellent databases of agents, publishers etc). VOUCHER/OTHER

https://www.firstwriter.com/Magazine/submit.shtml

Microprose and art. http://www.passingthroughjournal.com/#!submit/c24vq

Poetry. https://theopenmouse.wordpress.com/guidelines/

‘Black Renaissance Noire publishes essays, poetry, fiction, photography, art, and reviews that address the full range of contemporary Black concerns. It invites Black genius to apply itself to the realities of the twenty-first century with uncompromised thought, generous and readable analysis, and commentary.’ http://www.nyubrn.org/contributors/submissions/

Short stories. http://www.aesopmagazine.com/submissions.html

Pulp fiction. PAYING http://www.crimsonstreets.com/submission-guidelines/

recompose is a magazine of interstitial short works – both prose and poetry. We are looking for flash fiction and poems that walk the line between one of the “speculative” genres —science fiction, fantasy, and horror— and the literary genre.’ PAYING http://recompose.press/guidelines.html

When filled or 30th Jun ‘Too many characters spend their time brooding about the past, whether it’s missed opportunities or mistakes that led to misfortune down the line. For our first anthology, we want your stories with at least one character who has no regrets – either for a specific moment, or in general. Your story must feature a predominantly POC cast to be considered.’ PAYING http://www.sanguine.press/submission-requirements/

‘Harmony Ink Press is accepting manuscripts for Teen and New Adult fiction featuring at least one strong LGBTQ+ main character between the ages of 14 and 21 who shows significant personal growth through the course of the story. Identifying as part of the LGBTQ+ spectrum can be part of the growth process depicted in the book. We are looking for stories in all subgenres with authentic voice, unforgettable characters, and powerful world building (even for contemporary stories). Unsolicited manuscripts are accepted at any time.’ ADVANCE(for some authors) + ROYALTIES https://www.harmonyinkpress.com/submissions

SF & F stories up to 3000 words. PAYING http://www.fantasticstoriesoftheimagination.com/submission-guidelines/

Various kinds of MS. http://halebooks.com/home-robert-hale/submissions/

Poetry, flash and more on the theme of Space. http://bunburymagazine.com/submit-to-us/

‘Genre: We publish fresh, original, well-written and captivating stories in the realms of fantasy, paranormal fantasy, paranormal romance, sci-fi, urban fantasy and gentle horror. For an exceptional manuscript those boundaries may exhibit a little flexibility, but they’ll only bend so far. Do keep our genre preference in mind before you submit. We also publish a line of how-to-write titles. We would welcome proposals for additional genre-relevant how-to-write or how-to-market/sell type titles. For 2016, we’d really like some traditional fantasy rather than werewolves and vampires. Quests, dragons, good and evil!’ http://dragonmoonpress.com/submit-now/

Poetry and fiction by those aged 17 or under. http://awoqi.com/submission-guidelines/

‘For every humor piece the big guys publish, many are rejected. At least some of that must be worth reading, right? Glad you agree. The Reject Pile wants to help your humor writing see the light of day. If it makes us laugh, it will probably make others laugh too, and we’d like to facilitate that.’ http://rejectpile.com/submit/

Short, accessible poems. http://pittsburghpoetryhouses.com/post/128445136551/call-for-submissions-the-pittsburgh-poetry-houses

Poetry, flash and short fiction. http://www.moonglassesmag.com/submission-guidelines

‘We release e-book and print formats. At a minimum, books should be 35,000 words in length, although we prefer 60-80,000 words; however, longer works are also considered. Do note that shorter works are considered for anthologies and works less than 50,000 words will be published in e-book format only.’ ROYALTIES http://www.transmundanepress.com/submissions.html

‘Gallery of Curiosities is a story podcast that comes along whenever we have managed to put together a new show. This is a paying audio fiction market catering to the steampunk and retro-futurist niche, as well as those who like good audio fiction during their commute.’ PAYING http://gallerycurious.com/submissions/

Various kinds and lengths of romance, plus Politics & Government (Opinions or satire, American History); Self-Help and Spirituality; How-to; True Crime; and Biographies or Autobiographies. http://www.blacklyonpublishing.com/guidelines.html

‘FEMMEUARY! is a collaborative blog, for those interested, aggravated or enlightened by feminism.’ Poetry, prose and more. http://femmeuary.com/submit/

Comps and calls for January 2016

Happy new year!

Here are January 2016’s 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 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. December is the best time by far to submit and enter. There are loads of opportunities, and many people are too busy to take advantage of them. Please try to find the time if you can!

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

2nd Jan USA only: short fiction up to 8000 words. PAYING https://algren.submittable.com/submit

4th Jan Over 25s in certain countries only: write a seven-page script of a short film suitable for Maggie Gyllenhaal to star in. NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.jamesonfirstshot.com/enter

6th Jan Spectator Competition No 2930: ‘You are invited to submit 16 lines of macaronic verse. Please email entries, whenever possible, to lucy@spectator.co.uk by midday on 6th January.’ http://new.spectator.co.uk/2015/12/a-christmas-carol/

15th Jan Award to fund creative nonfiction desert writing. PAYING http://www.ellenmeloy.com/application-guidelines.html

15th Jan Poems on the theme of Music, by writers living or attending school or college in the Wirral (Cathy’s note: the entry form gives details of how to enter via email). PAYING http://www.chrissalmon.org.uk/poetry/poetry-extravaganza-2016.aspx

15th Jan SF 500-1500 words. PAYING http://www.sci-fest.com/#!the-roswell-award/cif2

15th Jan Speculative fiction up to 5000 words that envisions the future of Earth and humanity as impacted by climate change. PAYING https://climateimagination.asu.edu/clificontest/

15th Jan Travel essay 1000-5000 words. PAYING http://www.transitionsabroad.com/information/writers/travel_writing_contest.shtml#contest_guidelines

17th Jan (Cathy’s note: the children’s category of this comp is free, but the adult one requires a (small) purchase. I rarely recommend comps that charge, but I make an exception for this one because I know and love the publisher. The children’s comp is free anyway, so get your kids entering!) Poetry or prose on the theme of Love (in the context of family). http://www.mothersmilkbooks.com/index.php/writing-prize#the-competition-rules PAYING

18th Jan Canada only: short stories or excerpts from a longer fiction piece. PAYING http://www.writerstrust.com/Awards/Journey-Prize/Prize-Guidelines.aspx

25th Jan Adventure writing 1500-5000 words by writers aged 12-21. PAYING http://www.wilbur-niso-smithfoundation.org/awards/author-of-tomorrow

25th Jan Published or unpublished adventure novels. SOME CATEGORIES PAID http://www.wilbur-niso-smithfoundation.org/index.php?p=page/criteria-for-adventure-writing-prize

25th Jan UK only: write a blog post about your pet (Cathy’s note: the entry requirements and procedure are a bit complicated, but the prize is excellent. The winner is selected at random, so you don’t have to worry too much about quality, so worth having a go if you have a blog). PAYING http://www.eurotunnel.com/uk/blog/Offers-and-Competitions/Pet-Writing-Competition/

31st Jan Extract of a WIP from a writer who hasn’t published a full-length book. PAYING http://www.deborahrogersfoundation.org/writers-award

31st Jan US undergraduates only: ten poems. PAYING http://www.nfsps.com/CUP.html

31st Jan SF up to 3000 words on the theme of medicine, health and illness. PAYING http://scifimedhums.glasgow.ac.uk/writing-competition/

31st Jan USA and Columbia only: fiction up to 8000 words. PAYING http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/books/chi-2016-algren-award-rules-20151201-story.html

31st Jan Story set in Little Tokyo. PAYING http://www.littletokyohs.org/short-story-contest-2016.html

31st Jan ‘The judges seek well-written stories [2500-7000 words] with memorable characters that can creatively and reflectively capture the essence of how sin distorts work.’ PAYING http://www.arthousedallas.com/cultivate

31st Jan Poems on a theme of Global Social Justice. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.rewardpublishing.info/2015-poetry-competition-.html

1st Feb Story of exactly 1000 words by a student in grades 6-12 (Cathy’s note: I am too old to know how old that means, but it’s open anywhere in the world, so I hope that parents will be able to work it out). PAYING http://www.bluefire.org/about-contest/

1st Feb SF up to 8000 words showing manned space exploration in the near future. PAYING http://www.baen.com/baenmemorialaward.asp

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

Apply from 1st Jan: residency on Long Island, USA for writers and artists of various kinds (Cathy’s note: food and travel aren’t included, but it’s free to apply, so if you can get there and feed yourself, it’s a pretty good deal). http://www.albeefoundation.org/guidelines–submitting.html

4th Jan ‘Many Americans would beg to differ, but America is not the world, and this Autumn (Fall, if you must) we are inviting submissions from poets and short fiction writers who have something to say on that theme. Americans are not excluded, but we don’t want to hear you argue against our theme. We aren’t inviting a debate for or against the States; we want to hear about your stomping grounds, your views.’ Poetry, flash and short fiction. https://pankhearst.wordpress.com/america-is-not-the-world/

5th Jan Poetry, fiction, plays and more. https://sweettreereview.submittable.com/submit

6th Jan Speculative fiction 2000-7500 words that begins with the line, ‘No Shit, There I Was.’ PAYING http://noshit.alliterationink.com/

8th Jan ‘Duende welcomes submissions of prose, poetry, hybrid writing, screenplay and visual art. We are especially interested in collaborations between two or more writers, or between writers and visual artists. We accept submissions from writers working in English, or translating into English, from anywhere in the world. A majority of the work we publish will be from writers and artists who are queer, of color, differently abled, immigrant, working class, youth, elder, and / or otherwise from communities underrepresented in U.S. literary magazines and journals.’ http://www.duendeliterary.org/submissions/

8th Jan ‘This just in: Believe everything you read. Or, at least make us believe it. Our March issue is all about fiction that reads like fact. Think The Onion, Splickety style.

We want to see your best reporting skills on something that’s never happened. The wilder, the better. Put on your journalism hat and write a tale that’s too tall to be true. Convince us it’s news and not a ruse.’ 300-1000 words. PAYING http://splicketypubgroup.com/submission-guidelines/

8th Jan Fiction 800-3000 words on the theme of Run and Hide. http://www.liarsleaguenyc.com/submissions/

8th Jan Poetry, flash, short fiction and more on the theme of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War. PAYING https://nonbinaryreview.submittable.com/submit/44455

9th Jan ‘We are looking for stories and poems from all points of view. The focus is on recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Family members are encouraged to write about their recovery journey. Our goal in gathering these stories is to allow them to “stand there shining” and show the world the reality of recovery.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY http://www.tuliptreepub.com/calls-for-submissions.html

11th Jan Poetry, short fiction and more on the theme of Infection, by unpublished writers only. http://openingline.org/

14th Jan Short fiction up to 2000 words on the theme of Secrets. CONTRIBUTOR COPY http://www.firewords.co.uk/submit/

15th Jan Spiritually engaged poetry and prose (Cathy’s note: make sure to submit to the anthology, to which submission should be free). https://orisonbooks.submittable.com/submit

15th Jan Poetry, prose and more. PAYING http://www.3288review.com/submissions/

15th Jan Poetry and prose. PAYING http://www.qulitmag.com/submit/

15th Jan Poetry and true stories/resolutions on the theme of The Joy of Less. PAYING http://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics

15th Jan Poetry and various sorts of prose. CONTRIBUTOR COPY, PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS https://greatweatherformedia.submittable.com/submit

15th Jan Poetry, fiction and much more on the themes of either Grandparents or Birthdays, for this magazine for mothers. PAYING https://brainchildmag.submittable.com/submit

15th Jan Speculative fiction on the theme of Long Distance Running. PAYING http://www.treelionpress.com/submissions-keeping-pace-with-eternity.html

15th Jan ‘What happens when the kids leave the nest? Now accepting short stories (fiction only) until January 15, 2016. 500-40,000 words. No poetry. No essays.’ (Cathy’s note: they have loads of submission calls, but some require a fee to be paid in order to submit. The Empty Nest call is free to submit.) https://kystory.submittable.com/submit

15th Jan Poetry, fiction and more on the theme(s) of Family and/or Cultural Identity. http://writingforpeace.org/1180-2/dovetales/

15th Jan Uncanny Tale up to 10,000 words. PAYING http://www.worldweaverpress.com/submit-anthologies.html

15th Jan ‘On August 5th, 2015, The Centrifugal Eye reached its 10th-year marker! To celebrate that grand feat, our next issue’s focus will commemorate this anniversary by remembering the effects our most beloved poets have on us. We’ll sing the praises of any published poet, alive or dead, whom you admire, or even emulate, through the showcase of your own poetry. Please send us 3-4 of your unpublished poems that are written either in the manner of, inspired by, and/or dedicated to your favourite published poets.’ http://centrifugaleye.com/

15th Jan Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Change (Cathy’s note: scroll down to find the free-to-submit link for Conclave). CONTRIBUTOR COPY https://balkanpress.submittable.com/submit

15th Jan or when filled: horror-themed poetry. PAYING http://www.disquieteddreams.com/call-for-submissions.html

15th Jan Poetry, fiction and more. https://sandjournal.submittable.com/submit

15th Jan ‘While we accept great poetry of any kind, we are particularly interested in work that complicates prevailing conceptions of race, gender, ecology, and poetic form itself. Is your work attempting to start a dialogue? To enter into conversation? To push? Send it our way.’ https://berkeleypoetryreview.submittable.com/submit

15th Jan Poetry and fiction on the theme of Love. http://walkwriteup.com/2014/05/26/submissions/

15th Jan Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of The Coming Storm. https://elohigadugi.submittable.com/submit

15th Jan Positive writing and more on the theme of Unique. CONTRIBUTOR COPY http://www.thephoenixsoul.com/submit/

16th Jan Poems. https://ruminatemagazine.submittable.com/submit PAYING

20th Jan Poetry and fiction on the theme of Adventure. CONTRIBUTOR COPY http://popshotpopshot.com/submit

22nd Jan Writers and others can pitch ideas for programmes suitable for 6-12-year-olds. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/4ffyPBZFbcdk5FHllWgkN03/get-your-creative-on-with-anim8

25th Jan Micro, flash and short fiction on the theme of Britishness. http://www.litro.co.uk/submit/

28th Jan Fiction on the theme of The Best Break-up Ever. PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS http://infectiveink.com/guidelines.html

29th Jan Poetry, fiction and more. https://www.csustan.edu/penumbra/submit-penumbra

30th Jan Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Spatial Appropriation. http://www.repurposedmag.com/home-2/submissions/

30th Jan Fairy-tale inspired poems and stories on the theme of Valentine’s Day. PAYING http://www.fairytalemagazine.com/p/blog-page_22.html

31st Jan ‘We’ve all read the stories and fallen in love with the movies: the girl needs saving, the boy rescues girl, they fall in love, and they lived happily ever after. But what if the boy was in distress or the girl had dreams that didn’t involve falling in love? Those are the kinds of stories we’re looking for to include in our next anthology. If you have a fantasy story about a strong female character who made her own way or a story that takes a twist on a classic tale, send it our way!’ PAYING http://www.feypublishing.com/submissions.html

31st Jan Stories up to 10,000 words set in a future extreme right-wing dystopic America. https://pankhearst.wordpress.com/life-during-wartime/

31st Jan Poetry and flash on the theme of Secrets and Dreams. CONTRIBUTOR COPY http://www.kindofahurricanepress.com/p/anthology-unlock-possibilities.html

31st Jan Poetry and fiction on the theme of Mountebanks. http://wordlandhome.weebly.com/submission-guidelines.html

31st Jan ‘Seeking science fiction set in a future five to fifteen years from now. The same world in which we live, but with (for example) self-driving cars, big rigs, and garbage trucks; robots working in the car wash; 3D printing, connectivity everywhere, and the Internet of Everything. 2500 – 6000 words.’ ROYALTIES http://darkhousebooks.com/stories-from-the-near-future/

31st Jan ‘UPPER HAND PRESS seeks submissions for GONERS, an anthology of writing by women who have traveled alone and encountered mishaps, misadventures, frights; who misjudged, lost nerve, or got lost along the way. Submit proposals to Ann Starr, staff@upperhandpress.com by January 31, 2016. Accepted work due November 30, 2016; publication in summer, 2017. Hoping for diversity of women in travel far away or down the block. Language is English. Upper Hand Press site: www.upperhandpress.com .’

31st Jan ‘Submit up to three poems or a short story, novel or memoir excerpt, or personal essay (1,000 to 5,000 words) on the theme of Devices: Technology’s impact on our lives and relationships.’ PAYING http://www.echapbook.com/submissions.html

31st Jan ‘Announcing an Open call for Women Indie Published (or new or never before published, or indie supportive traditionally published) authors to contribute to an anthology called Independent Women. The anthology will consist of short stories (flash fiction included), poetry, essays, artwork, or any other woman and/or feminist centered creative work.’ (Cathy’s note: thanks to Erika Dreifus at www.erikadreifus.com for this). PAYING http://www.daydreamsdandelions.com/an-open-call.html

31st Jan Poetry, short fiction, play/drama and more. CONTRIBUTOR COPY http://www.phenomenalliterature.com/submission.php

31st Jan Poems and stories using the elements Measure, Cleave, Silver. http://3elementsreview.com/submission-guidelines

31st Jan Poetry, fiction and art on the theme of Pilot. http://sedimentslit.com/submit/

31st Jan ‘Please consider joining us to help reduce child labor in Asia. Could you write a compelling short story with a third-world child as protagonist if you were provided plenty of background information? Would you be willing to donate your story to be included in an anthology for sale, the proceeds of which would go to help rescue kids enslaved as factory, mine, or industrial workers, working long hours in poor conditions, often without pay?’ http://jodierennerediting.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/call-for-stories-for-anthology-to-help.html

1st Feb Writing and more on the theme of Softness (Cathy’s note: thanks to Erika Dreifus at www.erikadreifus.com for this). PAYING https://111o.submittable.com/submit/47379

1st Feb Poetry, prose, translations and more. http://www.kalynareview.com/submissions/4574690274

1st Feb Poetry and prose on the theme of Psychologia. http://www.whitestagpublishing.com/submit.html

1st Feb Poetry and fiction on the theme of Wild. http://www.halfwaydownthestairs.net/index.php?action=submissions

1st Feb Writing by girls and women on the theme of Express Yourself. http://newmoon.com/how-to-get-published-new-moon-girls/

SUBMISSIONS WITH NO KNOWN DEADLINES

NOTE: Publishers sometimes don’t discuss their royalty rate upfront. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they don’t pay! I just haven’t put them as paying/giving royalties whenever I haven’t found details on the website.

‘Starward Tales will focus on reinterpretations and retellings of legends, myths, and fairytales in Science Fiction and/or xxxxPunk settings. The collection will contain stories, poetry, and visual art fitting this broad theme.’ PAYING http://www.manawaker.com/starward-submissions/

Poetry, essays and more (Cathy’s note: there is a reader vote, and I normally wouldn’t include anything that has that. However, contributors get paid anyway, so it seemed worth listing). PAYING http://www.scarletleafreview.com/submissions.html

Poetry, fiction and more. PAYING http://pbq.drexel.edu/submit/

Flash fiction. https://jellyfishreview.wordpress.com/submissions/

Poetry, fiction and many other kinds of MS. http://www.crystalspiritinc.com/submissions.html

Stories set in the future. PAYING http://intotheruins.com/submissions/

Poetry collections, short story collections, novels and more. http://www.vineleavespress.com/submissions.html

‘We are looking for well written original stories in science fiction, fantasy, myth, legend, fairy tales, and eldritch, in written, podcast, video, and/or graphic story form, and from around the world. We’re accept both serious and humorous work.’ PAYING http://cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com/submissions/

Fantasy poetry and fiction. ‘Stories don’t have to be just from “British” authors, although if there’s an elusive thread linking it however tenuously to these isles that would be great.’ http://www.britishfantasysociety.org/bfs-journal-submission-guidelines/

Poetry (Cathy’s note: it’s free to submit one poem, so don’t submit more unless you want to pay the submission fee). http://www.greenlindenpress.com/submit/

Poetry. http://www.glittermobmag.com/submit.html

Bracken is an open-minded magazine with a preference for magic realism. Inspired by old world storytelling with roots in the wood’s shadows, we embrace both the literary and the fantastic—an open scope exploring the Other’s consciousness in the present day.’ Poetry, fiction and more. PAYING http://www.brackenmagazine.com/about/

Writing of various kinds by women. https://velamag.submittable.com/submit

Flash fiction. PAYING http://www.manawaker.com/ffp-submissions/

When filled or April 30th: ‘Write for us the horrors that we invite into our lives, whether willingly or with reluctance. These are horrors that need our permission to enter.’ PAYING http://timealonepress.com/2015/12/23/let-us-in-call-for-submissions/

Stories of around 200 words. PAYING http://ironsoap.com/200-ccs/submissions/

Fiction and creative nonfiction. http://www.intrinsick.com/submissions.html

Poetry, fiction and more. http://www.thecossackreview.com/submit.html

Comps and calls for December 2015

Here are December 2015’s 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 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. December is the best time by far to submit and enter. There are loads of opportunities, and many people are too busy to take advantage of them. Please try to find the time if you can!

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.

 

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COMPETITIONS

Add your thoughts on the monthly topic. PAYING https://www.facebook.com/oxfordnotebooks/app_181034565422548?ref=page_internal

Weekly: Respond to the photo prompt in 3 lines, no more than 10 words per line. NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.threelinethursday.com/challenge-posts/

2nd Dec Write up to 150 words about what makes a good cruise ship, based on your own experience. NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/11776679/Win-a-350-holiday-voucher.html

3rd Dec Poems on the theme of Light (Cathy’s note: you might want to read last year’s winning poems before sending yours).  https://arena.yourlondonlibrary.net/web/kingston/poetry

3rd Dec Comment explaining why you’d like a new cooker. NON-CASH PRIZE https://www.facebook.com/ZanussiAppliances/photos/a.268432883223211.58476.257552237644609/896759710390522/?type=3&theater

4th Dec ‘Your challenge: In no more than 50 words, tell, show, or evoke as complete a story as you can about any subject you want. However, exactly ONE of your up-to-50 words must be the word “xylophone.” ‘ PAYING https://onthepremises.submittable.com/Submit

7th Dec Funded residency at Cove Park (note to international applicants: transport to Cove Park is not included). Send the appropriate samples of your work.  PAYING  http://covepark.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/2016LiteratureGuidelines2.pdf

11th Dec UK only: write a blogpost over 500 words on why you should win this diamond necklace. NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.diamonddealerdirect.co.uk/blog/2015/10/29/christmas-competition/

14th Dec Crime novel by someone who hasn’t had a novel published before, other than self-published (Cathy’s note: check guidelines as they’re quite specific). PAYING http://us.macmillan.com/minotaurbooks/writing-competitions

18th Dec UK only: a fiction story of maximum 4,000 words, in English (translations are not eligible), on a subject inspired by this line from Stephen King: “There’s something to be said for a shorter, more intense experience. It can be invigorating, sometimes even shocking, like a waltz with a stranger you will never see again, or a kiss in the dark, or a beautiful curio for sale at a street bazaar.” NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/oct/30/terms-and-conditions-for-the-stephen-king-the-bazaar-of-bad-dreams-competition

18th Dec UK only: publish a blog post according to the instructions, for the chance to win a holiday at the Costa del Sol. NON-CASH PRIZE http://blog.alpharooms.com/win-a-winter-sun-escape

20th Dec US only: The winner will receive $5,000 in prize money, an advance and a standard publishing contract with Little A, Amazon Publishing’s literary imprint. Poets who have published no more than one full-length book of poetry can submit their manuscript for consideration. Submitted collections will be judged on the quality of writing, strength and originality of content and creativity of language. PAYING https://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?docId=1003013981   (thanks to http://www.erikadreifus.com/ for this one)

20th Dec US and parts of Canada only: short story. PAYING http://www.neoglyphic.com/neoverse-writing-competition

25th Dec Up to 3 poems about Beaumont Park, Huddersfield. VOUCHER/OTHER  http://www.fobp.co.uk/index.php/beaumont-park-s-beautiful-poetry

31st Dec Poetry, preferably non-rhyming. PAYING http://www.sps.com/poetry/

31st Dec Fiction up to 2000 words. PAYING http://www.wordsmag.com/compcal15.htm

31st Dec Golf story up to 700 words. PAYING http://www.golfwell.net/golfwell-s-story-contest.html

31st Dec Three to five poems, preferably rhyming and metered, on the provided themes. PAYING http://classicalpoets.org/2012-poetry-competition/

31st Dec ‘Between July 1 and December 31, 2015, Cartridge Lit will be accepting submissions of chapbook-length collections of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and hybrid work inspired by video games for its first contest: The Push [START] to Begin Chapbook Contest.’ PAYING http://cartridgelit.com/2015/06/20/the-push-start-to-begin-chapbook-contest/

31st Dec Up to 750 words of travel writing on the theme of Travel and Water. PAYING http://seniortravelexpert.com/travel-water-writing-competition/

31st Dec Write an alternative final scene for Brave New World. NON-CASH PRIZE http://theatrecloud.com/get-involved/creative-projects/writing-challenge-can-you-pen-a-brave-new-ending

31st Dec USA only: novels or short story collections by first generation residents of the United States. PAYING http://www.restlessbooks.com/prize-for-new-immigrant-writing

31st Dec Poem about Winter (Cathy’s note: although no age restriction is stipulated, the site is called ‘young writers’ and the winners will be ‘one girl and one boy poet’, so it looks as if under 18s are the target demographic here). NON-CASH PRIZE https://www.youngwriters.co.uk/competitions/winter-wonderland.php

31st Dec Drabble on the theme of Confessions of a Shapeshifter. PAYING http://albanlake.com/drabble-contest-1/

31st Dec Story up to 2000 words. NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.soundwork-uk.co.uk/competitions

31st Dec Story up to 4500 words on the theme of Heat. PAYING http://overtheredline.com/submissions/

31st Dec UK only: say what your mum does best, and she might become Mum of the Year. NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.thorntons.co.uk/content.jsp?pageName=mumoftheyear

1st Jan Poetry or fiction on the theme of Belief. PAYING http://bopdeadcity.com/contests/

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

4th Dec ‘There are things that go bump in the night, and they aren’t all frightening. Who says only humans can have passionate sex when so many supernatural creatures can enjoy the desires of the flesh? For this anthology we’re looking for Male/Male (M/M) erotica with a supernatural element. Whether your character is a werewolf, vampire, ghost, god, or anything else, we want you to tell us a story that will have us under the blankets, but not from fear.’ PAYING https://inkubuspublishing.submittable.com/submit/48106

7th Dec Poetry and more on the theme of Disability and Inclusion for this Quaker-themed mag.  http://www.friendsjournal.org/submissions/

7th Dec Women only: poetry and short fiction on the theme of Monster. PAYING  https://mslexia.co.uk/themed-writing/

10th Dec Bigfoot horror short stories, poetry and artwork. Myths, legends, fiction & non-fiction horror. PAYING http://devolutionz.com/deadlines.html

10th Dec Poetry and prose on the theme of Migrations. https://avismagazineblog.wordpress.com/call-for-submissions/

10th Dec ‘For December’s issue, we are looking for Christmas-themed pieces as well as personal narratives or poems about grandmothers. Tell us the many ways these vintage mothers have enriched, expanded, and added dimension to your family.’ http://mothersalwayswrite.com/writers-guidelines/

10th Dec Age 14+: ‘Cicada wants to hear about the clothes you chill in and the ones you dare to wear, that thrill with the promise of a newer (or truer) self. We’re interested in the use of fashion to express identity, connect with cultural history, and signal community membership. Also: the perils and pleasures of consumerism. How does purchasable fashion limit the range of identities available, and how are individuals and communities subverting those limitations? Send poetry, fic, nonfic, humor, and comics pitches! Especially welcome: works by LGBTQIA+ writers/artists, writers/artists with disabilities, and writers/artists of color.’ PAYING  http://www.cicadamag.com/submitwork

10th Dec Poetry on the theme of Loss. CONTRIBUTOR COPY http://littlelanternpress.com/submissions/

12th Dec ‘Writers spend a lot of time writing, and writing about writing. What are your other creative pursuits? Artists spend a lot of time writing about their work. How? This special issue of cahoodaloodaling is interested in the intersection of art and writing—writers who create in other forms, and artists who write. We want craft essays and interviews about what your art means to you as a maker or how your art impacts your writing, or the ways you find yourself writing about your art; tutorials for others to follow, to engage in your craft; photographs of your creations with brief descriptions and creation stories; stories or poems about the art of making; any combination of the above.’ https://cahoodaloodaling.submittable.com/submit

15th Dec ‘ Whatever else can be said about the Mythos (within the Lovecraftian world-view, naturally) it remains that the madness which underlies it is THE TRUTH OF EXISTENCE. The light may be deadly, yes, but it isstill light, and it still reveals! Remember, too, that the Great Old Ones and their servants, have been around for a very long time. What wisdom, what insights into Life, Death, and Reality might be gained by currying their favour? What would be the price of that wisdom, and more… would it be worth it’ Fiction up to 7000 words. PAYING http://horrortree.com/taking-submissions-cthulhusattva-lovecraftian-tales-of-the-black-gnosis/

15th Dec Poetry, plays, short fiction and more. PAYING  http://www.kenyonreview.org/submission/

15th Dec ‘Victims and survivors of sexual harassment, assault, and abuse have been taught by this culture that whatever horror they have endured could have been worse. At least you weren’t touched. At least you weren’t raped. At least you weren’t killed. This world effectively silences those who have been violated by demanding their first reaction be gratitude for what did not happen. Not That Bad is an opportunity for those whose voices were stolen from them, to reclaim and tell their stories. This anthology will explore what it is like to navigate rape culture as shaped by the identities we inhabit.’ PAYING https://notthatbad.submittable.com/submit (Many thanks to www.erikadreifus.com and her Monday Markets for this listing)

15th Dec Dieselpunk fairytales by US writers. PROFIT/Revenue-SHARING MODEL https://twitpublishing.wordpress.com/dieselpunk-fairy-tales/

15th Dec ‘We’re looking for your stories and poems about how you used the power of gratitude to change your own life. You’ll help readers through your examples and your personal tips on how to use thankfulness.’ PAYING http://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics

15th Dec Poetry, flash, short fiction and more. http://www.rowanglassworks.org/submission-manager.html

15th Dec Mediaeval fantasy fiction 2000-10,000 words. There’s also a SF anthology. PAYING http://www.punkswritepoems.com/calls-and-guidelines/

15th Dec Romance stories up to 10,000 words, featuring geeks. CONTRIBUTOR COPY+ PROFIT/Revenue-SHARING MODEL http://www.redmoonromance.com/newsblog/get-your-geek-on-and-get-on-the-geek-open-submissions-for-covalent-bonds-anthology-announced

15th Dec Poetry, flash and more on the theme of Five. http://pureslush.webs.com/five.htm

15th Dec 3-5 poems about dolls. CONTRIBUTOR COPY http://www.terrapinbooks.com/call-for-submissions.html

15th Dec Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Family. http://www.ridinglight.org/submissions.html

15th Dec Short fiction and flash humour (SF, F and anthropological fiction) on the theme of It’s Come to Our Attention. PAYING http://www.thirdflatiron.com/liveSite/pages/submissions

15th Dec Poetry, flash, short fiction and more on the theme of Lost & Found. ‘For this issue, we are especially interested in receiving poems using, but not limited to lilacs, berries, dance, and rain as image or metaphor.’ http://iceflow.com/riverbabble/riverguides28.html

15th Dec Military SF. PAYING http://www.worldweaverpress.com/submit-anthologies.html

15th Dec Personal stories, poetry and art both funny and serious that show how people with disabilities adapt and relate to everyday life and situations. http://seeingbeyondthesurface.webs.com/project-overview-guideline

15th Dec Poetry and short prose on the theme of Time Travel. https://linesandstars.submittable.com/submit

15th Dec ‘Work that reflects the UNICORN in myriad capacities. We want to question what it means to write like a unicorn; how the unicorn is concealed and exposed – in poetics, fiction, graphic art, and lyric essay. We want to know what the unicorn represents and how it fluctuates in cultural imagination. Submissions for the seventh issue will reflect on this topic, delving into the topography of the unicorn and presenting work that showcases it in fresh ways.’ http://specsjournal.org/

15th Dec Poetry and short fiction on the theme of Voice of the Witch. http://poemmistress.com/submit.html

15th Dec Koans, poems, riddles and quotes on the theme of Balance. http://www.localgemspoetrypress.com/balance.html

15th Dec Romantic fiction up to 16,000 words on the theme of Geeks in Love. PROFIT/REVENUE SHARING MODEL http://www.redmoonromance.com/newsblog/get-your-geek-on-and-get-on-the-geek-open-submissions-for-covalent-bonds-anthology-announced

16th Dec Essays on pop culture. PAYING https://barrelhouse.submittable.com/submit

18th Dec Micro, flash and short fiction on the theme of Love. http://www.litro.co.uk/submit/

18th Dec Poetry, flash and short fiction on the theme of Shakespeare. PAYING https://shenandoah.submittable.com/submit

20th Dec Haiku on the theme(s) of Peace and/or Winter. https://sites.google.com/site/worldhaikureview2/aboutworldhaikureview

21st Dec ‘Please write us something on the general theme of Liberty, or address a specific clause of the Magna Carta. There are plenty of weird ones to play with  as the more obvious… read and wonder. We do NOT want stories about the opposites of Liberty, it’s a celebration, so no matter how tempted you are by dwelling on the iniquity of false imprisonment, restrain yourself. Light & Shade, you know? Story Length: 800-2000 words.’ https://arachnepress.submittable.com/submit?mc_cid=27e8816db4&mc_eid=32df781c24

21st Dec ‘Our spring issue will explore “the wild.” This can mean work that represents wilderness, wildlife, or wild lives, uninhabited/unrestrained spaces and their remains, and/or activities of those living in such environments. The Wild can also mean wild states of mind or conditions that un-domesticate or un-civilize.’ http://newfoundjournal.org/submit/

25th Dec Speculative fiction with Christian elements. http://www.mysterionanthology.com/2015/11/trends.html

26th Dec Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Winter Depression. CONTRIBUTOR COPY http://www.dalislovechild.com/submissions/

28th Dec Flash and short fiction on the theme of Flu Season. PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS http://infectiveink.com/?page_id=242

30th Dec ‘I want to see Lovecraftian monsters of your own making here, but you can give me some new takes on the Old Ones, if you like, but make it fresh. Make Cthulhu interesting as well as terrifying. Show a different side to Nyarlathotep. But do give us some new creatures…either some New Old Ones or some Brand New Ones. Or a battle of Old Ones vs. New Ones.  As for your settings, as the theme title suggests, I’d really like to see these stories set on other worlds.’ https://theweretraveler.wordpress.com/call-for-submissions/

31st Dec ‘How does science inspire the literary imagination? Can science writing be a literary art? The Kenyon Review is looking for poetry, fiction, essays, and drama that respond to issues in science, ecology, and the environment for a special issue.’ (Cathy’s note – they are usually PAYING, so I assume that they will be for this special call too, though I can’t be sure). http://www.kenyonreview.org/journals/poetics-of-science/

31st Dec Poetry and prose on the theme of Cannabis. CONTRIBUTOR COPY http://www.thepoetrybox.com/ThePoemingPigeon.html#guidelines

31st Dec Short genre fiction and nonfiction. PAYING http://www.allegoryezine.com/submissions.htm

31st Dec Poetry on the theme of Neighbours: Intimate Strangers. https://leavenerspoetscorner.wordpress.com/2015/11/19/open-call-poetry-submissions-neighbours-2/

31st Dec Haiku. https://wildplumhaiku.wordpress.com/submission/

31st Dec Presence is seeking haiku, senryu, tanka, other haiku-related poetry and haiku-related essays. http://haikupresence.org/contribute

31st Dec Poetry chapbooks. http://www.thediagram.com/nmp/guidelines.html

31st Dec Poetry, fiction and cross-genre MSS. http://www.shapeandnature.com/submissions.htm

31st Dec Short fiction, novelettes and novellas ‘…revolving around monsters, evil aliens, or otherworldly entities that serves as the antagonist for the story. We will not consider stories in which the monster is the protagonist.’ PAYING http://www.bardsandsages.com/speculative_fiction/great_tome_series

31st Dec Strange Musings Press is looking for short funny paranormal stories of life after death for our new anthology, Alternate Hilarities 5: One Star Reviews of the Afterlife. I don’t want to lock anyone down as to what I am looking for, but you need to have two things for sure. It needs to deal with the afterlife and it needs to be funny. Flash and short fiction. CONTRIBUTOR COPY+ ROYALTIES  http://www.strangemusingspress.com/p/strange-musings-press-is-looking-for.html

31st Dec Writing by non-men. http://www.vectorpress.org/submit.html

31st Dec SF or F fiction 1000-6000 words on the theme of Money. PAYING http://crossedgenres.com/submissions/magazine/

31st Dec Short fiction up to 5000 words. http://www.shortfictionjournal.co.uk/?page_id=29

31st Dec Poetry, flash and more on the theme of Island. CONTRIBUTOR COPY http://www.brainofforgetting.com/submissions.html

31st Dec ‘ We would like tales of civilised, gentle(wo)manly horror, cold, calculating and bloodless; spinechillers rather than slashers, enervating instead of eviscerating. Though a wee bit of the red stuff will not make us blanch, focus more on unshakeable dread. Make us afraid to investigate that noise downstairs. Cause us to shudder when we glimpse something move out of the corner of our eyes. Think Ann Radcliffe and the Gothics, Mary Shelley, Elizabeth Gaskell, Wilkie Collins, M.R. James and even those modern folks like Shirley Jackson and Fritz Leiber.’ PAYING http://www.foxspirit.co.uk/sample-page/submissions/

31st Dec Poetry fiction, personal accounts and more on the theme of Disability, though the focus is very much on Ability. http://rampyourvoice.com/2015/02/24/ramp-your-voices-official-call-for-submissions-for-the-disability-anthology-iamable/

31st Dec Complex fairy tales. http://defenestrationism.net/books/complex-fairy-tales/

31st Dec ‘We are looking for work that describes the meeting of verse and commerce. Poems should address some aspect of business – money, consumer experience, or professional life, for example.’ PAYING  http://poetryandbusiness.com/?page_id=48

31st Dec Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Love and Marriage. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.mpapublishing.co.za/submission-guidelines/leannan-issue-guidelines/

31st Dec Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Is the Moon a Dead World? http://www.osedaxpress.com/submit-your-work/

31st Dec Fiction and more on the theme of Heroes and Villains. http://desiwriterslounge.net/papercuts/submissions/

31st Dec Speculative fiction on the theme of Superheroes. PAYING http://thebooksmugglers.com/book-smugglers-publishing/book-smugglers-publishing-open-call-for-short-stories-submissions-summer-2016

31st Dec Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Sex, Again? PAYING http://www.tinhouse.com/magazine/submission-guidelines.html

1st Jan Poetry and fiction on the theme of Garland of the Goddess: Tales and Poems of the Feminine Divine. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://neosalexandria.org/bibliotheca-alexandrina/calls-for-submissions/garland-of-the-goddess-tales-and-poems-of-the-feminine-divine/

1st Jan Poetry and more on the theme of Indigenous Peoples around the World. http://whirlwindmagazine.org/submission-info/

SUBMISSIONS WITH NO KNOWN DEADLINES

NOTE: Publishers sometimes don’t discuss their royalty rate upfront. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they don’t pay! I just haven’t put them as paying/giving royalties whenever I haven’t found details on the website. 

Poetry, fiction and more PAYING http://www.theimpressmentgang.com/submissions

‘This blogzine is for quality poetry which takes risks, which pushes at the limits or simply ignores them. It is not for any particular school of poetry such as language poetry, beat poetry, conceptual, flarf, minimalist poetry, etc. It offers a home to any and all of what might be considered to fall under within the scope of avant-garde and/or experimental poetry. Collaborations between artist and poet are welcome as well as short films.’ https://thecurlymindblog.wordpress.com/about/

‘Although we have a soft spot for submissions by Africans, we welcome stories from the rest of the world if they present Africa in a Fantasy, science fiction, or horror setting or with speculative elements. The characters in such stories mustn’t be blacks. In fact, if making your characters black is the only African attribute in your story, then it is probably not for us. We want you to dive into rare African cultures and traditions, tweak them to your taste and sprinkle magic and futuristic science over them.’ Poetry, flash and short fiction. PAYING http://subsaharanmagazine.com/submission/

Work-themed poetry, humour and more. https://brevity.wordpress.com/2015/10/06/beyond-essays-poems-photos-from-the-workplace/

Stories, poems, essays and articles on literature, criticism and literary trends, among other things. http://literaryyard.com/submissions/

Novels / novellas – (80-110k words), graphic novels, poetry (pamphlets – 20-30 poems/collections – up to 50 poems), bespoke non-fiction (pamphlets/articles/propaganda). http://silhouettepress.co.uk/submit/

1000-10,000 word mystery story. PAYING http://mysteryweekly.com/submit.asp

‘Send us dark, dirty crime fiction short stories, no less than 1500 words and no more than 4500.’ PAYING  http://crimesyndicatemagazine.com/submissions/

Poetry, flash, short fiction and more. https://sewerlid.com/index.php/submit/

Poetry, fiction and more. https://theroaringmuse.submittable.com/submit

Prose 1000-10,000 words. PAYING  https://bloodykeysociety.submittable.com/submit

Flash fiction up to 500 words. http://spelkfiction.com/submit-2/

‘TINY TEXT (@Tiny_Text) wants your Twitter-length fiction and memoir! Follow us on Twitter and email your compelling concision to teeny.tiny.text@gmail.com. Send three stories or memoirs at a time and include your contact information (we don’t publish titles). All submissions must be 140 characters or less (spaces count!) and will be read year-round. Please allow us 4 weeks to get back to you before sending more work or inquiring. We look forward to your work!’

Poetry, fiction and artwork by and/or for school-age readers of 12 and upwards. http://www.balloons-lit-journal.com/submission.html

Fiction MSS. http://bellelutte.com/submit/

Lyric Essays and Experimental / Hybrid Essays only. No fiction, poetry, art, or generic nonfiction, please. We are seeking HIGH LEVEL PROSE. Story is secondary; focus on strong lyricism and language surprise. PAYING https://easterniowareview.submittable.com/submit

‘Five on the Fifth publishes one short story in each of five categories on the fifth of every month. The five categories consist of: horror, science fiction, fantasy, general fiction, and flash fiction.’ http://www.fiveonthefifth.com/submit/

‘We accept nearly every genre and subject. This is a platform for the under-represented. We accept submissions by White cisgender heterosexual neurotypical able-bodied individuals that portray exemplary displays of diversity. However, priority goes to LGBTQIA+/POC/neuroatypical/disabled writers.’ PAYING  http://zillion-press.com/submission-information#/information/

‘Streetwrite is a melting pot of short-form writing from around the world. To “write”  on the “street” implies crafting open, attractive, short, relevant and often subversive narratives that catch the eye; submissions that meet those criteria are encouraged.’ http://www.streetwrite.com/guidelines.html

Scanned, handwritten work. http://thefracturednuance.weebly.com/submit.html

Residency guarding the Slovakian end of the Maria Valeria Bridge! (Cathy’s note: it looks as if you will have to pay your transport there. If accepted, you get accommodation and a few other things, plus a stipend.) PAYING http://www.bridgeguard.org/en/application/information/

‘We’re looking for the radical transformations needed for a collective future … a future that computes at an economic, ecological and spiritual level. Critical perspectives on the fate of modernity, the spell of reason and mental environmentalism are encouraged. Writing with a right cortex spark and a broad stroke of irrationality is given extra close attention. Essays, poems, rants, articles, features, spoofs, art, photos, designs, graffiti, scribbles, jams and mindbombs – all forms welcome.’ https://www.adbusters.org/about/submissions

Christian MSS and various anthology calls – see home page. http://www.faithbygracepublishing.com/#!page4/cfvg

An interesting concept: prose poetry, flash and short fiction are matched up with illustrations. PAYING http://pennymag.org/submit or http://pennymag.org/

‘We are looking to publish short and flash fiction, poetry, word art, and artwork that can be considered “strange and beautiful.” That’s open to interpretation. Literary sci fi and fantasy, weird tales, bizarro, or just literary stories that are kind of quirky and/or adorable.’ http://kaaterskillbasinjournal.com/submission-guidelines/

Weird fiction 1000-3000 words. PAYING http://dunhamsmanor.com/visiaks-mirror-online-journal/

Poetry, prose and more about the Roman Catholic experience. http://pilgrimjournal.com/contact_us.html

Humanist poetry, fiction and more. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/%28ISSN%291548-1409/homepage/ForAuthors.html

Poetry, flash, short fiction and more. http://bindlestiffpress.com/submit/

Place/landscape poetry, fiction and more. http://www.terratory.org/submissions

‘Epic or narrative poetry on a minimum of 6 pages and a maximum of 50 pages of A4.’ PROFIT/REVENUE SHARING MODEL http://www.icarusbooks.co.uk/

Poetry and art. http://www.brokentoothpress.com/#!submit/c24ju

‘We welcome poetry, short story, long story opinion pieces, reviews, satirical articles, epics, and old grocery lists. If you have something that doesn’t fit these categories, do not despair! We will read anything.’ http://www.unscoopedbagel.com/submissions/

Fiction, poetry and more on the theme of Dirt. http://english.buffalostate.edu/elm-leaveselj

Short, witty, formal poems. http://assesofparnassus.tumblr.com/

Poetry MSS. Send a sample of 6-10 pages of the manuscript. http://www.graysonbooks.com/submission.html

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