Comps and calls for September 2020

Hello everyone,

How are things with you? I hope you’re all as well and happy as possible. I haven’t submitted as much as I should this month, which is annoying, as August is always one of the best months to submit. Still – we do our best, muddling on – and that’s fine. What makes you a Proper Writer – and I know that many of you will have Imposter Syndrome and think that you aren’t proper writers – is that you write. Nothing more.

Submitting and entering are fun, though! And they help you to develop as a writer (there are other ways – these are just two of them). You edit and proof your work properly, you think about how it would look to a reader who doesn’t know you at all, and you strengthen yourself by sending your work into the big wide world even though you know it has a good chance of being rejected, through no fault of its own…and you try new things because of themed issues or litmags with peculiar requirements, and you find yourself chatting to other writers and editors and publishers, and the whole thing grows…even if this isn’t happening for you yet, do remember that you aren’t alone. There are lots of us out there, all writing away, and dreaming and hoping and making mistakes and enjoying ourselves. Don’t think of us as the competition, but as fellow travellers.

Good luck, fellow writers!

And many, many thanks to donors and Patreon subscribers, who are so very kind and thoughtful.

Best wishes and stay safe,

Cathy x


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

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

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

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

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

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

COMPETITIONS

1st-14th Sep or when 300 submissions in each category are received. Flash fiction or flash nonfiction. PAYING https://forgelitmag.com/competition/ (Cathy’s note: don’t delay with this one! I’m expecting the categories to be filled very quickly.)

2nd Sep ‘Spectator Competition No. 3165: between the lines. You are invited to supply a job reference for a well-known public figure, past or present (please specify), that while seemingly positive reveals the failings of the candidate in question. Please email entries of up to 150 words to lucy@ spectator.co.uk by midday on 2 September.’ PAYING https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/tutti-bam-frutti-boom-musical-double-dactyls

2nd Sep Black writers only: poetry, flash and more. PAYING https://bwr.submittable.com/submit/8c0a904c-b26c-47f8-b908-8a69c5fc73b8/no-fee-contest-submissions-for-black-writers

4th Sep ‘OOOOH, THAT SMELL There are few things as evocative as scent. For this contest, write a creative, compelling, well-crafted story between 1,000 and 5,000 words long in which either a specific scent, or the sense of smell in general, is important to the story.’ PAYING https://onthepremises.com/current-contest/

4th Sep Essay up to 3000 words on the theme of ‘Communal solidarity and individual freedom: antagonists or allies?’ PAYING https://www.hubertbutleressayprize.com/how-to-enter

6th Sep USA only: poem up to 35 lines. ROYALTIES, POSSIBLE CASH PRIZE  http://waxpoetryart.com/usa/submissions/poetsoftheusa2.html

6th Sep Texas only: poem up to 35 lines. ROYALTIES, POSSIBLE CASH PRIZE  http://waxpoetryart.com/texas/submissions/poetsoftexas.html

9th Sep ‘Spectator Competition No. 3166: privates on parade. Philadelphia’s annual naked cycle ride has been cancelled because of Covid-19. You are invited to supply a poem either celebrating or lamenting this turn of events. Please email entries of up to 16 lines to lucy@ spectator.co.uk by midday on 9 September.’ PAYING https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/paradise-lost-in-four-lines

13th Sep Australia only: poem up to 35 lines. ROYALTIES, POSSIBLE CASH PRIZE  http://waxpoetryart.com/australia/submissions/poetsofaustralia.html

13th Sep Caribbean only: poem up to 35 lines. ROYALTIES, POSSIBLE CASH PRIZE  http://waxpoetryart.com/caribbean/submissions/poetsofthecaribbean.html

14th Sep ‘We are looking for stories for children that in some way touch upon ideas around building a sustainable society.’ PAYING https://www.greenstories.org.uk/stories-for-children/

15th Sep BLACK WRITERS ONLY ‘All unpublished, original collections of poems written in English by black writers are eligible. Simultaneous submission to other chapbook awards should be noted: immediate notice upon winning such an award is required. Winner agrees to be present in the continental United States at her or his own expense shortly after the book is published in order to participate in O, Miami 2021.’ PAYING https://cavecanempoets.org/prizes/toi-derricotte-cornelius-eady-chapbook-prize/

15th Sep Speculative flash fiction inspired by the provided image. PAYING https://apparitionlit.com/submission-guidelines

20th Sep ‘Write and submit a back cover blurb of 100 words or fewer that sets the stage for a novel, establishes the characters, and raises the stakes in a way that makes readers want to find out more.’ PAYING https://www.queryletter.com/contest

20th Sep New Zealand only: poem up to 35 lines. ROYALTIES, POSSIBLE CASH PRIZE  http://waxpoetryart.com/newzealand/submissions/poetsofnewzealand.html

20th Sep Socially engaged poetry up to 35 lines. ROYALTIES, POSSIBLE CASH PRIZE  http://waxpoetryart.com/contests/sociallyengaged4.html

27th Sep Residents of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland only: poem up to 35 lines. ROYALTIES, POSSIBLE CASH PRIZE http://waxpoetryart.com/dublin/submissions/poetsofireland.html

27th Sep Light-hearted poetry up to 35 lines. ROYALTIES, POSSIBLE CASH PRIZE http://waxpoetryart.com/angela/submissions/lighthearted3.html

30th Sep ‘This call for submissions accepts literary (poetry; essays and short stories under 3000 words); video; music; or visual work around the theme: “Never again: Remembering to heal and overcome.”  All pieces must be previously unpublished. The most important hallmark of Holocaust remembrance and education is the phrase ‘never again.’  Unfortunately, tribal divisions, ethnic cleansing and genocides continue in the 21st Century. We are looking for submissions in any creative media (which can be exhibited online), and which highlight aspects of human unity, and positive cross-pollination between groups, ethnicities, religions and/or nations.’ PAYING https://ihraf.org/

30th Sep Fiction up to 3000 words. PAYING https://jerryjazzmusician.com/2013/02/short-fiction-contest-details/

30th Sep All submissions (poetry, fiction and more) are considered for the ‘Best in the Land’ $1000 prize. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES, PAYING https://www.texlandia.org/submission-guidelines

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

‘Free submissions are open until early September’: fiction set in urban areas. ‘…preferred stories are fast paced, have a beginning hook, and are short enough to finish in a session but long enough for character development. Focus on a person or two, their key memories, their motives. Genre varies but all have a lot of events happening in a few words to the backdrop of a city, any city of your imagination. Bonus if mentioning climate change!’ PAYING https://amultiplicityofstories.wordpress.com/submit/

4th Sep Poetry on the theme of Together and Apart. https://saccharinepoetry.wordpress.com/

6th Sep Fiction 800-2000 words on the theme of Hide & Seek. https://www.liarsleague.com/liars_league/forthcoming-events-themes.html

7th Sep Speculative flash fiction on the theme of Smell. PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS  https://gohavok.com/submission-guidelines/upcoming-themes/ (Cathy’s note: they pay if they include your piece in one of their anthologies.)

7th Sep ‘Montana Mouthful seeks short fiction/nonfiction, poetry, and artwork/photography submissions for its 8th issue, and the theme is “Quarantine.”’ http://montanamouthful.com/submission-guidelines/

8th Sep Writing on the theme of Mixtape. https://www.perhappened.com/submit.html

9th Sep Fiction 800-3000 words on the theme of Before and After. https://www.liarsleaguenyc.com/submissions

10th Sep Poetry, fiction and art on the theme of Synthesis. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.constellations-lit.com/submissions/

10th Sep ‘Our eighth zine will be a collection of non-fiction, creative non-fiction and memoir, of no more than 1,000 words.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.ellipsiszine.com/eight/

10th Sep Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Harvest. PAYING https://longleafreview.com/submissions/

10th Sep Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Hair. https://angstfzine.com/2020/07/11/call-for-submissions-issue-4/

13th Sep ‘We want to publish stories that make us forget where we are, stories that introduce us to people, places and things we’ve never seen before and stories that stick with us long after we leave them.’ Fiction up to 1000 words. https://www.ellipsiszine.com/submissions/

15th Sep Black writers only: chapbooks. https://www.boneandinkpress.com/submit PROFIT/REVENUE SHARING MODEL

15th Sep Writing on the theme of Truth, Fair Play, and Other Myths We Live By, or another anthology: Spot Cleaning Our Dirty Laundry.  CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://universaltable.org/wisingup.html

15th Sep ‘Chipper Press is looking for short stories about Unicorns. Tell our middle-grade readers about how the unicorn came into being, and if they still exist. If they are now extinct, what happened? Is their horn magical? If so, what magic does it do? Where did they come from? How do you tame one? Do they talk? What is/was their life like?’ 4500-17,000 words. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.chipperpress.com/anthology-submissions/

15th Sep Poetry, fiction and more by writers aged 50 or more. https://www.passagerbooks.com/submit/

15th Sep ‘A blue light tells you something special is about to happen in these modern-day folktales about the LGBTQ experience.  It might be ghostly, or romantic, or spiritual, but we guarantee you won’t see it coming. Our anthology will consist of folktales set in the modern world.  A traditional tale will inspire our stories, but our authors will re-imagine the original to illuminate the lives of LGBTQ people in today’s world.’ 1000-5000 words. PAYING https://bluelightanthology.info/

15th Sep Fiction on the theme of It Calls from the Sea. ‘As with all our “It Calls From” Series this one is HORROR, so I want to be scared. Be it real or mythological creatures of lore that attacks, make our hearts race and our nightmares come alive. We also want it to be within our reality, so please keep your stories on our earth.’ PAYING https://www.eerieriverpublishing.com/open-submission

15th Sep Writers under 22: ‘Why reopen? Since Flexible Press launched this project a pandemic  has broken out and George Floyd was murdered. Therefore, given how the world has changed, we can’t imagine putting 22 Under 22 out without some work addressing the state of the world midway through 2020. Therefore, we are reopening for submissions specifically on the topics of George Floyd and the resulting reckoning and the pandemic only.’https://www.flexiblepub.com/22_under_22

15th Sep Dark fantasy drabbles. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.eerieriverpublishing.com/open-submission

15th Sep ‘Our goal is to build literary culture in New Mexico outside the typical centers.’ Poetry, prose and art on the theme of Chiaroscuro. https://manzanomountainreview.com/submissions

15th Sep Speculative poetry on the theme of Cat People. PAYING http://www.eyetothetelescope.com/submit.html

15th Sep Poetic Response to the news/current events. ‘We would love it if you can use any of these forms:  Ballad, Pantoum, Bop, Golden Shovel, Villanelle. But it’s not a requirement.’ https://theliterarynest.com/submissions/literary-submissions/

15th Sep Poetry on the theme of Journey. https://feraljournal.wordpress.com/submissions/

18th Sep ‘Gutter is a magazine of new Scottish and international writing. We look for work that challenges, re-imagines or undermines the status quo; that pushes at the boundaries of form and function; that is striking and beautiful.’ PAYING (SUBJECT TO FUNDRAISER/FUNDING) https://www.guttermag.co.uk/submit

21st Sep Black writers only:  ‘We are delighted to announce a new call for submissions which is now open! We are looking for twelve to twenty short stories by black contemporary writers to complement a selection of core classic tales by early black writers of speculative fiction.’ 2000-4000 words. PAYING http://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fantasy-gothic/black-sci-fi-short-stories-call-for-submissions

24th Sep 500 word story on the theme of Reign. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES

https://www.blackharepress.com/submissions/

27th Sep Poems on the theme of Greenhouse. ‘We especially encourage BIPOC and QT poets to submit — your work will take priority in our consideration. However, we still welcome all work however you identify.’ https://hummingbirdmag.com/nectar-poetry/

27th Sep Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Life in Limbo. https://littledeathlit.org/submit

30th Sep ‘What’s different about this “Strange Mysteries” collection is that you writers choose which holiday on which you wish to base your story. As Associate Editor Arthur Sanchez says, “It doesn’t have to be a major holiday. If your favorite is National Taco Day, go with it!” ‘ Like most of our “Strange Mysteries” series, it will contain some 20 stories, each 3000 words.’  PAYING https://whortleberrypress.com/

30th Sep or until free subs cap is reached: ‘We are seeking retellings and rewritings of classic fairytales that FEATURE People of Color or different ethnic or cultural backgrounds (non-white) as the characters and that are WRITTEN by People of Color or different ethnic or cultural backgrounds (non-white).’ PAYINGhttp://www.press.alternatingcurrentarts.com/2016/11/submit-to-alternating-current-press.html#projects (Cathy’s note: they already have stories based on a number of fairytales, so make sure that your story is based on a different one. Check the guidelines!)

30th Sep Canadian residents and landed immigrants only: poetry and short fiction MSS. https://www.uap.ualberta.ca/publish/submission-information#literary

30th Sep ‘Speculative fiction/horror. Dark bias. Can include comedy and romance elements.’ Theme: Wrath. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.blackharepress.com/submissions/

30th Sep ‘For this anthology, we’re looking for stories that depict a (near) future Earth that’s somehow better than this one. Show us a world post-climate change, where we made peace with the planet. Or a world where we moved past racism and into a broader understanding of the connectedness of all the races of humanity. How about one where gender no longer matters? Or where borders are no more.’ 5000-15,000 words. PAYING https://www.otherworldsink.com/submissions/?cn-reloaded=1

30th Sep ‘You can submit up to SIX pieces (but please do not submit more than six), on the theme of: A NEW WORLD: Rethinking our lives post pandemic.’ Poetry. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.thepoetmagazine.org/contribute

1st Oct Poetry, fiction and more. PAYING http://raconteurmag.com/written-submission-guidelines/

1st Oct ‘We are looking for art, photography, essays, poetry, and other creative works to explore the racism, injustices and soul-killing aspects of this problem. We want artists to cry out in this anthology and demand justice.https://www.flowersongpress.com/call-for-submissions

1st Oct ‘Think deep ocean creatures, lore of sea-folk and forgotten cities, ships lost at sea and beach side vacations. Anything that can happen on or near a body of water is acceptable.’ 1000-10,000 words. CONTRIBUTOR COPY+ ROYALTIES https://www.eerieriverpublishing.com/open-submission

1st Oct Cthulhu Mythos stories set in the Arthurian world. PROFIT/REVENUE SHARING MODEL https://18thwall.com/open-submissions-shadows-over-avalon

1st Oct ‘Patients, students, family members, caregivers, nurses, physicians, healthcare consumers, artists, mental health providers, physical therapists, writers, clergy—all of us will be patients one day and all are welcome to submit work. We are especially looking for content that connects us, make us feel something, or helps us see illness, wellness, health, or the healthcare environment differently.’ Theme: Bias. https://pleaseseeme.com/submissions/

1st Oct Theme: Bees. ‘Length of the work: our sweet spot is between 150 to 300 words. Anything over or under, we’ll be less psyched on. Poems? Let’s try to keep it under 25 lines, bbz.’ https://www.meowmeowpowpowlit.com/submission-guidelines.html

1st Oct ‘The November 2020 issue of Glass: A Journal of Poetry will be a special Poets Resist edition focusing on the 2020 election. For this 2020 Election Edition of Glass/Poets Resist, we will gather a series of poems that look back on the past four years and/or look toward the upcoming four years.’ http://www.glass-poetry.com/journal/submit.html#Elections

SUBMISSIONS WITH NO KNOWN DEADLINES

(Publishers might not give out their pay rates on their submission pages, so make sure to find them out before signing a contract!)

‘Here at One Hand Clapping we are not fond of submission guidelines. Just send us your best work in the format that shows it off to its best advantage. (Our one request is that, if you’re a writer, you send it in Word. But even that isn’t a hard and fast rule.)’ https://www.1handclapping.online/submissions

‘We are seeking personal essays, poetry, fiction, artwork, interviews, how-to guides, reviews, thought pieces and listicles relating to: the esoteric and liminal, weird and wyrd…’ Also magical practice, inclusive feminism, mental health and more. https://www.mookychick.co.uk/submission-guidelines

Poetry on the theme of epidemics and pandemics, from ancient to Covid. https://poetryandcovid.com/

Dystopian/political poetry, fiction and more. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES, POSSIBLE PAYMENThttps://dystjournal.net/

‘We’re looking for your scariest short fiction and terrifying true stories.’ 1000-6000 words. PAYING https://www.lompublishing.com/submission-call

‘Prose, poetry, creative non-fiction, essays, and visual art.’ https://fragmentedvoices.com/submissions/

‘Please make us smirk.  Or say to ourselves, “Clever.  Clever.”  Or open our mouths at the surreality of your world. Or make us lose our spleen in disemboweling, howling hahahaha!  Ha!’ PAYING  https://catbirdhaha.com/submissions-guidelines/

Short speculative work. ‘Octavos is a venue for speculative poetry 8 lines or under. We define a line as containing at least one character. White space doesn’t add to the line count. Constraint 280 is a venue for narrative speculative work up to 280 characters long. This usually means microfiction and poetry, but things like Twitter bots that generate tweets are also welcome. Experimental and interactive forms are very much welcome. Code may exceed 280 characters if the printed output is 280 characters or under.’ PAYING https://microverses.net/submissions

‘Submissions are currently invited for unpublished works and translations that deal with undiscovered territories and blur boundaries. Experimental works are strongly encouraged.’ https://www.pamenarpress.com/submissions

‘We are looking for writing and art that intertwines the marvelous with the mundane and uses it to convey a message. Tell us about the magic that lives at the dinner table; the creatures that walk alongside us unseen; the power that takes hold of individuals when they fight for what they care about.’ Poetry, fiction and more.  PAYING https://www.wondrousrealmag.com/submissions

‘Stinger Stories focuses on small, promising bits of prose. Most of our published work is in the science fiction or fantasy genres. We will consider any work that is well written and unusual/experimental in nature.’ https://stingerstories.com/submit.html

‘We are looking for thought-provoking poetry that leaves you wanting more. We love works that bring light to the stigma of mental health issues, damaged hearts, and souls and all those in between.’ https://uniquepoetry.com/submissions-2/

Poetry, flash fiction and more. https://www.fahmidan.net/

‘We’re always hunting for books that are thoughtful, unusual, and captivating. This is why Mango Publishing accepts unsolicited manuscripts and reviews all proposals. However, given the volume of proposals we receive, we are not able to personally respond to all unsolicited proposals unless we are interested in pursuing the project. Also, while we do publish the occasional fiction book, the majority of our focus is on nonfiction.’ ROYALTIES https://mangopublishinggroup.com/submissions/

Deadline TBC: Poetry on the theme of Waterloo. ‘Wine Cellar Press: a poetry press dedicated to publishing formal and free verse in equal measure.’ https://winecellarpress.com/submissions/

‘What do I like? –> formal poems, free verse, alliteration, metaphor, personification, and all the other things that make poetry an art form. What don’t I like? –> non-thoughtful line breaks, tortured meter, clichés, bad sonics, and all the other things that make poetry unpleasant to read.’ https://autumnskypoetrydaily.com/about/

‘We are looking for poetry and prose that engages with any aspect of the COVID-19 situation: political, personal, media, family, shopping, self care, food, routine, isolation, community, worries and hopes.’ https://www.trainriver.org/covid-19

‘We are particularly looking for poetry, short stories and flash fiction. Any genre will be accepted, although we are looking to publish strong storytelling. For our first set of pieces, we would love to see work that can help our readers to make sense of the world right now. We are not currently expecting to restrict the themes of work although we would like it to reflect the world around its writer, whether that be an internal world or the seasons outside of your window.’ Poetry, fiction and more. PAYING http://www.sylviamagazine.com/

Comps and calls for August 2020




Hello everyone,

Many, many thanks to my Patreon supporters. You are WONDERFUL.

It’s been a busy month – why does life do that? Why is it sometimes quiet and then everything happens all at once? Anyway – lots of opportunities this month. Have fun with them and if you’re busy too, good luck fitting them in!

Best wishes and stay safe,

Cathy x


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

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

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

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

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

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

COMPETITIONS

Cathy’s note: Although the deadline for this Galley Beggar Press Story Prize is in September, there are some no-fee entries available for those on a low income. These are allocated on a first come, first served basis, so if you have a suitable story and are on a low income and want to enter, get in there quickly! https://www.galleybeggar.co.uk/prize

5th Aug Spectator Competition No 3161: bout rimes ‘You are invited to supply a sonnet with the following rhyme words in the given order: dead, sun, run, mead, lead, done, fun, weed, never, frost, shrills, ever, lost, hills. Please email entries to lucy AT spectator.co.uk by midday on 5 August.’ https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/mickey-spillane-s-mike-hammer-meets-spock

7th Aug ‘On the first Friday of every month, a new set of story prompts will be revealed. You will have 55 hours to submit your best 500-word (or fewer) story for the chance to win… (drumroll)… $500!’ PAYING https://www.writerscentre.com.au/furious-fiction/

12th Aug Spectator Competition No. 3162: double time ‘You are invited to supply double dactyls on stars of popular or classical music (a maximum of three entries each). Please email entries to lucy AT spectator.co.uk by midday on 12 August.’ PAYING https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/spectator-competition-winners-poems-without-the-letter-e-

14th Aug UK and ROI only: novel by an unpublished writer. PAYING https://www.richardandjudy.co.uk/richard-and-judy/news/Richard-and-Judys-Search-For-A-Bestseller-2020/711 (Cathy’s note: self-published authors may submit, I think, Check the criteria carefully!)

15th Aug Speculative flash fiction inspired by the provided image. PAYING https://apparitionlit.com/submission-guidelines

23rd Aug India only: poem up to 35 lines. ROYALTIES, POSSIBLE CASH PRIZE http://waxpoetryart.com/india/submissions/poetsofindia2.html

23rd Aug Nigeria only: poem up to 35 lines. ROYALTIES, POSSIBLE CASH PRIZE http://waxpoetryart.com/nigeria/submissions/poetsofnigeria2.html

30th Aug UK only: poem up to 35 lines. ROYALTIES, POSSIBLE CASH PRIZE http://waxpoetryart.com/uk/submissions/poetsoftheuk2.html

30th Aug Canada only: poem up to 35 lines. ROYALTIES, POSSIBLE CASH PRIZE http://waxpoetryart.com/canada/submissions/poetsofcanada2.html

31st Aug Up to 2 poems. PAYING https://www.culturalweekly.com/poetry-submissions-2020/

31st Aug USA only: YA fantasy short stories about a person facing and overcoming a monster. PAYING https://www.underthehood.net/2020/05/under-hooded-monster-contest.html

31st Aug UK only: ‘We want to hear your tales of time spent on or by our canals and rivers. Write us a story in 300 words or less about your most memorable visit to the waterways.’ NON-CASH PRIZE https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/waterway-arts/writing-competition

31st Aug Published Canadian writers only: application for a residency. PAYING https://www.stegnerhouse.ca/grantinfo.html

31st Aug Flash fiction 800-12,00 words on the theme of Humans and Djinn living together in harmony, and of course, occasional conflict. PAYING http://paperdjinnpress.com/contests/

31st Aug ‘For VIRUS POEMS we’re asking for your response to the pandemic and the times we’re in now.PAYING (SUBJECT TO FUNDRAISER) http://www.publicpoetry.net/all-contest/

1st Sep Traditional and/or modern sonnet. PAYING https://www.poetsandpatrons.net/sonnet-contest

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

2nd Aug Poems about body image aimed at the middle and high school reader. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.flowersongpress.com/call-for-submissions

2nd Aug Dark poetry and fiction on the theme of Mythopoeia. https://coffinbell.com/submit/ (Cathy’s note: It’s free to submit until their free submission allocation is used up, so get your sub in as quickly as you can!)

3rd Aug Black voices only: ‘We have recently published the moving poem by Prince Bush, and he has generously allowed it to be an inspiration for a new series called Types of Burns, for Black voices who have something to say about this moment.’ PAYING https://frontier.submittable.com/submit

3rd Aug Spec flash fiction on the theme of Sixth Sense. PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS https://gohavok.com/submission-guidelines/upcoming-themes/ (Cathy’s note: they pay if they include your piece in one of their anthologies.)

7th Aug Fantasy flash, short fiction and poetry. PAYING https://adamant.moksha.io/publication/fantasy/guidelines

7th Aug Flash, fiction and more on the theme of John Prine. http://www.cowboyjamboreemagazine.com/style–submit.html

8th Aug Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Sudden Change. https://greythoughts.info/submissions

11th Flash and short fiction on the theme of Central Park. https://www.litro.co.uk/submit/

14th Aug ‘Understorey Magazine publishes stories based in life experience and told through fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and visual art. We feature writers who identify as female or non-binary and who also have a strong connection to Canada.’ Theme: Gender and technology. PAYING  https://understoreymagazine.ca/submissions/

14th Aug 2000 word story on the theme of The Dark Web. ‘If you think you’ve got what it takes to terrify, scar and haunt our audience of 10,000 daily listeners, then we want your stories!’ PAYING http://www.hawkandcleaver.com/submissions

15th Aug Women over 60 only: writing on the theme of Justice. https://persimmontree.org/submissions/

15th Aug Theme: Goodness. ‘We invite you to explore this subject with us in poetry, story, memoir, or creative non-fiction.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://universaltable.org/wisingup.html

15th Aug ‘Denver Horror Collective is looking for stories of the Wendigo. The point of view could be a person becoming the Wendigo, from a Wendigo, pursued by a Wendigo, or a witness to a Wendigo-esque situation unfolding.’ 3000-12,000 words. PAYING https://denverhorror.com/2020/06/01/consumed-anthology-open-call/

15th Aug Country/Small Town Romance, 5000-50,000 words. ROYALTIES

https://www.rhetaskewpublishing.com/anthology-askew-submissions

15th Aug 50-word story. http://fiftywordstories.com/submissions/ (Cathy’s note: most accepted submissions don’t get any money, but every month there’ll be a ‘story of the month’ that receives cash.)

15th Aug Prose poetry, flash fiction and essays on the theme of Water. PAYS ONE CONTRIBUTOR http://www.portyonderpress.com/issue-12—water.html (Cathy’s note: editor’s choice will receive $50.)

15th Aug ‘The Enchantress: An Erotic Collection’. 4000-17,000 words. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.temptationpress.com/anthology-calls-for-submissions/

15th Aug ‘A new world is struggling to be born. How do we midwife this emergence collectively and learn to live in new relationship with the Earth and all beings?’ We invite you to submit an essay up to 1000 words, a poem, or other artwork, in response to any of these prompts or what the theme means to you.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIEShttps://www.kosmosjournal.org/contribute-to-kosmos-quarterly/

15th Aug Poetry on the theme of Politics. PAYING http://www.songsoferetz.com/p/guidelines.html

15th Aug ‘Mizmor is an annual anthology considering high-quality poetry that expresses spiritual experiences with a strong emphasis on the relationship between the modern world and ancient wisdom. We favor true experiences with striking imagery, we do not accept devotional-religious poetry.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.poeticapublishing.com/mizmor-anthology

15th Aug Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Social Justice. https://thebezine.com/submission-guidelines/

16th Aug Fiction and nonfiction. https://emeraldcity.submittable.com/submit

16th Aug ‘We are looking for essays of around 300 words on the particular work of art—be it a work of visual art, performing art, or literature—that you are turning to right now. It could be an appreciation of the art you have access to from your home. It can also be a remembrance of the art you wish you could see or hear right now, or a trip to a museum or arts organization that you wish you could relive.’ PAYING https://criticalread.submittable.com/submit

23rd Aug ‘We invite you to submit your best work created in 2020 for potential inclusion in a digital anthology that will be published later this year. Type of art: Any, with the exception of audio and video work.  Topics / Themes: Anything that is positive, uplifting and inspirational in nature, with the exception of erotica and politics. Also, coronavirus-related pieces that do not contain strongly positive / uplifting / inspirational elements will be automatically rejected. Clean art only. No dirty or swear words allowed!’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://abpoetryjournal.com/poartmo-anthology/ (Cathy’s note: it’s free to submit one piece! There are fees to submit more.)

23rd Aug Horror story up to 3500 words on the theme of STRANGE SIGNS // RITUAL PROTECTION MARKS. PAYING https://theghastling.com/submit/

24th Aug Speculative poetry, fiction and essays on the theme of Governance. PAYING http://www.speculativecity.com/submissions/

31st Aug ‘Christmas is a magical time of year, but for these characters, this special holiday is turned upside down by chaotic circumstances. Whether it’s troublesome family or magical mayhem, these stories should be Christmas-themed wrapped with mischief.’ Fiction 5000-15,000 words. CHARITY/GOOD CAUSE ANTHOLOGY https://dragonsoulpress.com/anthologies/

31st Aug Flash up to 250 words on the theme of Machines. http://www.flash-frontier.com/submissions/

31st Aug Poetry about Transportation. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://tinyurl.com/yxa5pvx9

31st Aug Feminist writing on the theme of Queer Loving. https://angstfzine.com/submissions/

31st Aug ‘Short Viking tales that feature Reanna the Red.’ 4500 – 19,500 words. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://zimbellhousepublishing.com/anthology_submission/

31st Aug ‘Creature publishes up to four book-length works of feminist horror a year. We are looking for books that celebrate fluidity—the ability to cross boundaries and inhabit more than one category at once. While we acknowledge that categories have a certain utility, we refuse to separate horror, thriller, sci-fi, and fantasy from each other or the literary from the mainstream.’ https://creaturehorror.com/submit

31st Aug Poetry and prose touched by nature on the theme of Rise. PAYING https://clawandblossom.com/submissions/

31st Aug Poetry. https://www.lastleavesmag.com/submissions

31st Aug Story, poem or more containing the three words Trapeze, Calico and Pinprick. http://3elementsreview.com/submission-guidelines

31st Aug Poetry on the theme of either Journeying or Coronavirus. https://redwolfjournal.wordpress.com/submission-guidelines/

31st Aug Black and African Writers only: poetry pamphlet. PAYING https://kingdomsinthewild.com/submit

31st Aug Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Street Life. https://www.quincemag.com/submissions

31st Aug Work on the theme of Cross Roads. https://www.greeninkpoetry.co.uk/submissions

31st Aug ‘This issue will focus on speculative fiction by Indigenous people in Mexico, Mexican people, and people of Mexican origin. This includes people living in Mexico, in the borderlands/la frontera and Rio Grande Valley, and in diaspora, as well as displaced and undocumented peoples making home in these places.’ PAYING http://strangehorizons.com/non-fiction/azimuth/mexico-special-call-for-submissions/

31st Aug Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Social Justice. https://www.quincemag.com/submissions

1st Sep ‘Please submit your original short fiction that combines themes of witchcraft and bicycling, through a feminist lens. Both witchiness and bicycles must be inherent to accepted stories—ie, if you swapped these elements out for detectives and toasters, the stories would not work. The witchcraft can be informed by actual Paganism or another tradition, or more along the lines of Kiki’s Delivery Service or Sabrina the Teenage Witch, or your own invented variety of subversive or transgressive feminist magic.’ PAYING http://takingthelane.com/2020/05/18/call-for-submissions-bicycles-broomsticks/

1st Sep Black writers only: Poetry and more. https://www.electricmoonmagazine.com/submit.html

1st Sep Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Recovery and Resilience. https://drexelpaperdragon.com/submit/

1st Sep ‘Libretto Magazine is pleased to announce its call for submissions. We are looking for work with bold and elegant style that pushes boundaries beyond limit. You can play with form, style and language.’ https://librettong.com/submission-guidelines/

1st Sep Writers of Colour only: flash fiction. PAYING https://jellyfishreview.wordpress.com/2020/06/20/just-like-the-river-special-issue-exclusively-writers-of-colour-call-for-submissions/

1st Sep Short prose 6-500 words. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES  https://thecommonbreath.com/anthology2020.html(thanks to Donall and Janice’s newsletter for this one – sign-up here: https://www.dempseyandwindle.com/)

1st Sep Poetry and hybrid texts on the theme of Reanimating Ancestors. ‘We are seeking poetry and hybrid texts that exist despite imperialistic attempts at erasure. Does your work juxtapose time, place, and systems of thinking? Do you situate your readers within the multiplicities and nuances of your existence? Do you reanimate what has been widely forgotten? If history, ancestors, and an opposition to losing narratives maneuver your syntax, send us your work.’ https://pleiadesmag.com/submit/

SUBMISSIONS WITH NO KNOWN DEADLINES

(Publishers might not give out their pay rates on their submission pages, so make sure to find them out before signing a contract!)

Poetry chapbook. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://bluelyrapress.com/submit/

‘The Aurora Review is a platform for the voices that are too often disregarded, cast aside, and ignored by society. Whether through poetry, prose, photography, or an impassioned blog post, if you’re telling your story, we want to hear it and amplify it.’ https://www.theaurorareview.org/about

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

‘Wedding Ritual’ is an online space for artists (including writers, dancers, musicians, filmmakers, visual artists and more) to display a profile of their work. Artists are invited to share three pieces of their own work and to highlight one piece by someone else. The format of Wedding Ritual is inspired by the traditional rhyme supposed to bring good luck to brides – something old, something new, something borrowed, and something ‘blue’.’ https://theweddingritual.blogspot.com/p/what-is-wedding-ritual.html

‘The minimal, the disjunctive, the contrapuntal, made of edges or fulsome plains; skyward-arching trees of the sparrows, fragile; avoid the all-too familiar lacking a language of birds. Sing to us. Send up to 20 unpublished poems.’ https://heliosparrow.com/submissions/ (Cathy’s note: they don’t send rejections, but send acceptances within three weeks. So if you haven’t heard by then, assume that the pieces haven’t been accepted, and send them elsewhere.)

‘SFK Press seeks book-length fiction by fearless authors. Our mission is to tell a million tales of y’all mean ALL, with a Southern accent. We especially encourage submissions from indigenous, LGBTQIA+, disabled, currently or previously incarcerated, and non-binary people, people of colour, and women.’ PAYING https://sfk.submittable.com/submit

‘If you produce innovative poetry, visual poetry, short fiction, drama, graphic narrative, creative nonfiction, or multimedia art and are interesting in collaborating with The Blasted Tree, please do not hesitate to contact us.’ http://www.theblastedtree.com/contact

‘The first year we are looking to publish a few middle-grade titles. Fantasy or sci-fi stories are of particular interest… Please keep in mind that we have a pretty specific mission. We are open to all manner of genres, but all are books will be written from a perspective that is a bit to the right side of center in regards to political, religious, and social issues.’ ADVANCE + ROYALTIES https://paraklesispress.com/submit-to-us/

Short verse, especially haiku. https://bonesjournal.com/submission.html

Tales of the Extraordinary. Short fiction and poetry. http://96thofoctober.com/submissions/

Experimental poetry. https://mosstrill.wordpress.com/about/

Poetry, flash and short fiction on the theme(s) of Self/Other/Isolation. PAYING https://lucentdreaming.com/poetry-guidelines/

‘Northodox Press is a new forward-thinking publisher eager to work with writers from Northern England. We are exclusively interested in Crime Fiction for our initial releases.’ Short fiction or novels. https://www.northodox.co.uk/submissions

‘In terms of genre, I am looking for work that constitutes the ever-moving edge of its kind, as a place between light and dark, consciousness and un, today and tomorrow; work exhibiting the strange, the bizarre, that which is not of the world we know, but more of a twilight realm or even altogether alien place.’ Poetry, fiction and more. PAYING http://penumbric.com/subs.html

Until filled, though the deadline states November – get writing! Cake horror stories. PAYING https://sliceduppress.com/submissions-2/

Poetry and prose. https://www.opalliterary.com/submissions

Poetry. https://luckypierrezine.com/submissions

‘The University of Calgary Press publishes works that embody the spirit of curiosity inherent scholarly inquiry. We invest in ideas that transform how we think about—and shape—our world. We publish peer-reviewed, academic non-fiction in all areas of the humanities and social sciences. We also publish innovative fiction, poetry, and creative forms.’ https://press.ucalgary.ca/authors/

‘Submissions for our New Voices poetry category are open year round to any new and emerging poet who has not published more than one full-length collection of poetry. New Voices are published online only and will feature a number of poems from new authors each month.’ PAYING https://frontier.submittable.com/submit

Children 9-13 only: up to 3 poems or one story. https://luckyjefferson.com/pages/little-jefferson

Canada only: ‘We define queer literature and arts as works created by LGBTQ2S+ people, rather than works which feature queer content alone.’ PAYING https://plenitudemagazine.ca/submit/submissionguidelines/

Comps and calls for July 2020

Hello everyone,

First and most importantly: Black Lives Matter.

Secondly: There’s an extra section this month at the top of the listing. Several litmag editors I know are groaning under the weight of so many COVID-19/lockdown poems and stories they’re receiving. Perhaps it’d be a good idea to send your work on that theme to litmags and other projects that are specifically asking for it? (Use your own judgment, not mine!) Anyway, I’ve included a little section of opportunities for those pieces. Good luck!

I’ve had one big rejection this month, but also some lovely acceptances. Such is the writing life!

I’ve been asked why I have a Patreon thingy set up, when there is absolutely no content in it! This is deliberate. There are so many websites with a two-tier system – expedited responses if you pay, free submissions only in a particular month, that sort of thing. And I’m pleased when a litmag has any free submissions, these days. But I was determined from the start that Comps and Calls would be completely free for everyone who could access it (and I’d buy computers for those writers without them, if only I could!). It’s exactly the same C&C whether you’re on your uppers or you’re loaded with loot. You get exactly the same info – so you have exactly the same chance, or as near to it as possible.

So why give me, say, a pound or a dollar a month or something like that, when you don’t get anything extra at all for it? Well, you keep the site going. You get to help your fellow writers. If a writer has ever helped you, this is one way to pay it forward, so to speak.

But please, never feel pressured to donate. I would HATE that.

Enjoy writing!

Remember: Black Lives Matter.

Best wishes and stay safe,

Cathy x


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

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

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

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

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

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

WRITING ABOUT LOCKDOWN/THE VIRUS

Pandemic diary entries from writers over 50. https://www.passagerbooks.com/pandemic-diaries/

10th Jul ‘Viruses are not new to life or literature. But the ways we experience them are always evolving. Join us as we explore love and loss, passion and betrayal, fear and panic, togetherness and separation, community and isolation within viruses of all varieties—real and imagined.’ Stories up to 7500 words. PAYING https://owlhollowpress.com/the-year-of-the-virus-anthology/

16th Aug ‘We are looking for essays of around 300 words on the particular work of art—be it a work of visual art, performing art, or literature—that you are turning to right now. It could be an appreciation of the art you have access to from your home. It can also be a remembrance of the art you wish you could see or hear right now, or a trip to a museum or arts organization that you wish you could relive.’ PAYING https://criticalread.submittable.com/submit

‘Tell us about your experience of pandemic self-growth in 100 words or less. We will be featuring your stories in an upcoming project on the site. All formats accepted, this is an unpaid opportunity.’ https://motherwellmag.submittable.com/submit/167250/quarantine-little-lessons

‘The Museum invites women and gender non-binary individuals of all ages, backgrounds, cultures, and socio-economic circumstances to be a part of living history by keeping a journal in 30, 60, 90, 120-day, or any longer or shorter increments, and contributing their journalistic efforts to the National Women’s History Museum.’ https://womenshistory.submittable.com/submit

Make a video of yourself reading all or part of the provided poem, and answering the provided questions about the pandemic. https://www.letitripple.org/submissions/

‘Indolent Books is seeking poems responding to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) for our online poem-a-day feature, What Rough Beast.’  https://indolentbooks.submittable.com/submit

‘Life in the Time is seeking original content in the form of stories, thoughts, ideas, on how people are dealing with the Coronovirus, and its impact such as self-isolation and quarantine.’ https://www.lifeinthetime.com/submission-guidelines

‘Carol Ann Duffy and the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University have brought together poets from around the world to write new poems about the recent days past and the weeks ahead.’ https://www.mmu.ac.uk/write/ (Cathy’s note: scroll down for submissions.)

31st Jul Poems on the theme of What does mental health (good or otherwise) look like through the prism of COVID19? https://oldwaterratpublishing.com/contact/

1st Dec ‘The North Meridian Review is seeking poetry submissions for our next issue to be published September 2021. The uncertain times we are living through call for the scrutiny (and respite) that poetry can provide in the face of collective fear and unease.’ There’s a list of themes to do with the pandemic, and epidemics in general. https://thenorthmeridianreview.org/call-for-submissions

A variety of free writing projects and resources during the pandemic. https://writershq.co.uk/coronavirus-lockdown-writing-resources/

Practical resources for writers during COVID-19:

Round and about the UK: https://www.scottishbooktrust.com/articles/resources-for-writers-during-coronavirus

In the USA: https://www.erikadreifus.com/resources/grants-fellowships-and-awards/emergency-grants-for-writers/

Apologies to those elsewhere, but I’ve been unable to find a good list of resources for you so far.

COMPETITIONS

2nd Jul Full length novel. ‘All submissions must be in English and conform to the green stories criteria of showing a positive vision of what a sustainable society might look like or in some way smuggling in green solutions/policies/characters in the context of an otherwise mainstream story.’ PAYING http://www.greenstories.org.uk/about-the-competition/

3rd Jul Story 1000-3000 words on the theme of Superpower. PAYING https://blog.reedsy.com/creative-writing-prompts/contests/48/

5th Jul Poem up to 35 lines. ROYALTIES http://waxpoetryart.com/international/submissions/poetrycontest.html

5th Jul Wales only: poem up to 35 lines. ROYALTIES http://waxpoetryart.com/wales/submissions/poetsofwales.html

6th Jul Free to under 21s only: story 1000-5000 words on the theme of Vision. PAYING https://hgwellscompetition.com/?v=79cba1185463 (thanks to www.prizemagic.co.uk for this one)

8th Jul Spectator  Competition No. 3157: glasto and glynders ‘Glastonbury and Glyndebourne have both fallen victim to Covid-19 this summer. To fill the gap you are invited to describe a visit to either in the style of an author of your choice. Please email up to 150 words/16 lines to lucyATspectator.co.uk by midday on 8 July.’ https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/-merrie-sing-rishi-variations-on-sumer-is-icumen-in-

15th Jul Speculative flash fiction inspired by the provided image. PAYING https://apparitionlit.com/submission-guidelines

15th Jul New Roscommon Writing Award 2020. All entrants must have a connection with the county of Roscommon, Ireland (born in, living in, currently working in, went to school in). Short story up to 2000 words. PAYING http://www.roscommoncoco.ie/en/services/community/arts-office/news.html (Cathy’s note: you have to scroll down a fair way to find this!; thanks to www.winningwriters.com for this one)

15th Jul ‘Singapore Unbound’s SP Blog is holding its sixth 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. And here’s another wrinkle: the contest is only open to poets who are NOT a Singaporean citizen or permanent resident in Singapore.’ PAYING https://singaporeunbound.org/opportunities

31st Jul Age 11-17 only: ‘The competition welcomes poems on any theme and any length. It is completely free to enter for anyone aged 11-17 in the world.’ NON-CASH PRIZES https://foyleyoungpoets.org/

31st Jul Poetry book 35-50 pages. PAYING https://platypuspress.co.uk/brokenriverprize (thanks to www.winningwriters.com for this one)

31st Jul Life writing up to 1000 words. PAYING https://beechmorebooks.com/blogs/opportunities/beechmore-life-writing-competition (thanks to www.prizemagic.co.uk for this one)

31st Jul ‘The brief is broad: send us a piece of writing, up to 1000 words, which may include images, that explores any arts-related subject, written from a journalistic or critical perspective.’ PAYING https://beechmorebooks.com/blogs/opportunities/beechmore-arts-journalism-competition (thanks to www.prizemagic.co.uk for this one)

31st Jul Comment giving your wedding date and saying why you’d like to win. YOUR WEDDING CEREMONY IN ITALY https://tietheknotwedding.co.uk/win-a-wedding-ceremony-in-italy

31st Jul New Zealand only: essay up to 4000 words. PAYING https://www.otago.ac.nz/press/landfall/awards/otago065482.html

1st Aug UK and Ireland residents only: short story up to 4000 words. PAYING (LOTS) https://www.costa.co.uk/behind-the-beans/costa-book-awards/short-story-award

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

3rd Jul Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Metanoia. http://monologging.org/submit/

5th Jul Story 800-2000 words on the theme of Women & Girls. If your work is chosen, it will be read by a professional actor on the night of the performance. https://www.liarsleague.com/liars_league/writers.html

5th Jul Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Race, Identity and Gender. https://thebombayreview.com/2014/06/27/guidelines-and-style-guide/

5th Jul Spec flash fiction on the theme of Hearing. PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS https://gohavok.com/submission-guidelines/upcoming-themes/ (Cathy’s note: they pay if they include your piece in one of their anthologies.)

5th Jul ‘Short story or poem no longer than 3,500 words’ – on the themes provided. PAYING https://burialday.com/submit/horror-anthology-submission/ (Cathy’s note: I’d basically describe them as ‘wintry gothic’ but please check before writing your piece!)

5th Jul Poetry and fiction on the theme of Mission and Motive. https://inparentheses.art/about/

6th Jul Poetry and fiction on the theme of Echo. PAYING https://thesuburbanreview.com/submit/

6th Jul Writing on the theme of Road Trip. https://www.perhappened.com/submit.html

6th Jul Speculative poetry and fiction. PAYING http://spaceandtime.net/submissions-fiction/

10th Jul ‘Viruses are not new to life or literature. But the ways we experience them are always evolving. Join us as we explore love and loss, passion and betrayal, fear and panic, togetherness and separation, community and isolation within viruses of all varieties—real and imagined.’ Stories up to 7500 words. PAYING https://owlhollowpress.com/the-year-of-the-virus-anthology/

10th Jul BIPOC writers only: ‘Show us our futures in evocative, speculative flash fiction (up to 1,000 words) that responds to what humanity is facing this year. Experiments with story form welcome. We are featuring BIPOC writers for this call and will select one story for each month through the end of 2020. Society needs new blueprints to build from. Show us your Alternate Endings.’ PAYING https://medium.com/interstellar-flight-press/2020-alternate-endings-call-for-submissions-5cc3d092540e

10th Jul ‘Abridged is looking for poetry and/or art, video, sound exploring the failure of words, of voice, of communication, our love of our echoed opinion, the comfort of our ‘bubbled’ desire and the loss of nuance.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.abridged.zone/abridged-0-60-echo-submission-call/

11th Jul Flash and short body horror/biological horror fiction. PAYING,  CHARITY/GOOD CAUSE ANTHOLOGYhttps://www.scifiandscary.com/twisted-anatomy-submission-guidelines/

12th Jul ‘We’re a new online journal that publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry of less than a page, spoken word videos, artwork and photography. We’ll showcase both known and excellent emerging authors in our featured sections.’ Theme: Thrills! Mystery! Suspense! https://masonstreetreview.org/submissions/

12th Jul ‘For our print magazine, we only accept short fiction, flash/micro fiction, nonfiction (memoir, literary journalism, travel narratives, etc), and original artwork (photographs, illustrations, paintings, etc) based on the designated monthly theme. Works translated into English are also welcome.’ Theme: the Macabre. https://www.litro.co.uk/submit/

12th Jul ‘Our Autumn 2020 Edition theme is Burning Up (although we might tweak the name!). Send us stories, poems, and essays that feel crisp and distinctly autumn-y. Send writing that warms us. Writing that shows the world burning around us. Writing that plays with fire. Writing that explores the slow burn, the fast-growing flame, the steady heat from embers deep inside you.’ https://capsulestories.com/submissions/

14th Jul 2000 word story on the theme of Immortality. ‘If you think you’ve got what it takes to terrify, scar and haunt our audience of 10,000 daily listeners, then we want your stories!’ PAYING http://www.hawkandcleaver.com/submissions

15th Jul ‘Chipper Press is looking for short stories from the point of view of the Zombie. Write your tales as if they are diary entries and tell our young middle-grade readers what daily life is like as a zombie.’ 4500-17,000 words. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.chipperpress.com/anthology-submissions/

‘About’ 15th Jul Speculative poetry and fiction. PAYING https://liquidimagination.silverpen.org/submissions/

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

15th Jul ‘Augur is open from June 15-July 15 2020 for Issue 3.2, which is gently themed as “A Multiplicity of Futures”. We are especially looking for the following genres and themes:Afrofuturism, soft scifi, scifi-fabulism, scifi-fantasy, Indigenous futurity, hopepunk, dystopia, utopia, post-apoc, solarpunk, scifi-realism, Canadian scifi, ecofiction, & “hopeful futures”. We are hoping to position stories and poetry that centre on trauma, systemic oppression and harm alongside pieces that examine hope, better futures, and quiet bildungsromans. We are also interested in pieces that tackle both sides of this coin.’ PAYING http://www.augurmag.com/submissions/

15th Jul Black writers only: Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Revolution. PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS https://causewaylit.submittable.com/submit

15th Jul Women over 60 only: theme: Justice. ‘The Editors choose a different Short Takes topic for every issue. Short Takes are usually short pieces, fiction or non-fiction (250-500 words), but can also be topical poetry, sometimes even drawings or photography. We’re especially interested in hearing about your experiences, but you can include your thoughts, dreams, ideas and opinions. Humor and irony are always appreciated!’ https://persimmontree.org/submissions/

15th Jul Flash and short fiction, poetry and more on the theme of Healing. http://activemuse.org/submit.php

15th Jul ‘The theme for the anthology is regret / u-turn / turning back / making changes, and the book will be calledWrong Way Go Back.’ Poetry, flash, and more. https://pureslush.com/submissions/current-submissions/wrong-way-go-back/

15th Jul Theme: Where We Live. We seek analytical articles, news reports, essays, poetry and fiction relating to housing, currently and historically, such as communes and squats, urban and rural, and activism around housing, rent strikes, evictions and blocking evictions, and living on the planet.’ https://www.fifthestate.org/contact-fifth-estate/call-for-submissions/

15th Jul Poem on the theme of Fire. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://wacoartsfest.org/wcaf/wordfest

15th Jul Poetry or CNF on the theme of Empty/Enough. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.snapdragonjournal.com/submit.html (Cathy’s note: only the first 100 submissions are free, so get yours in ASAP!)

17th Jul Poetry, essays and more on the theme of Growing systems of care for a more just and resilient future? PAYING https://www.humansandnature.org/minding-nature-submissions

18th Jul  ‘All writers who identify as BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic), mixed-race or POC (people of colour) who call Scotland their home, irrespective of place of birth. All levels welcome (unpublished, published, solo or agented). What to submit: Collections of short stories and stand-alone novels of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dark Fantasy (and their sub-genres).’ https://www.lunapresspublishing.com/submissions

19th Jul Micropoems on the themes of Rapture/Freedom. https://www.blackboughpoetry.com/events

20th Jul Poetry on the theme of Body. ‘ Feel free to interpret this theme broadly. Beyond the human body, there are 8 million living species (give or take a million) on Earth today. There are also bodies of land, bodies of water, celestial bodies, body politic.’ https://feraljournal.wordpress.com/submissions/

20th Jul Philosophically-informed creative writing on the theme of The Body/Embodiment. PAYING https://www.bookxi.org/submit

23rd Jul Tick Tock – 500-word fiction on the theme of Time Travel.  CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.blackharepress.com/submissions/

24th Jul ‘Penumbra’s newly formed online presence Penumbraonline.org calls for work by Black authors and artists across genres and media. We accept art, poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and hybrid literary genres for publication on www.Penumbraonline.org.’ https://www.csustan.edu/penumbra

25th Jul Writing 1000-7500 words on the theme of Omens. PAYING https://aelpress.com/index.php/2020/06/15/omens-anthology/

25th Jul Poetry, short fiction and more on the theme of Nature. https://constellatemagazine.com/submissions/

28th Jul Art, poetry and fiction on the theme of Time. https://talesfromtheforest.net/submissions/

31st Jul ‘Typehouse Literary Magazine is currently accepting submissions of poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, and visual art for our 20th issue, a jumbo print and PDF combined May/September issue, through July 31st, 2020. We are especially interested in underrepresented voices of all kinds.’ PAYING http://typehousemagazine.com/submissions/

31st Jul Urban nature writing on the theme of Fauna. PAYING https://www.stonecropreview.com/submissions/

31st Jul ‘The theme for the anthology is life / memoir / biography, and the book will be called 100 Lives. We plan to include 100 stories, essays and poems.’ https://pureslush.com/submissions/current-submissions/100-lives/

31st Jul Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Choices. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.amsterdamquarterly.org/submissions/

31st July ‘We publish new, previously unpublished work that engages with the natural world. We have a particular interest in work which encourages reflection on human interaction with plant and animal life, landscape and the self. Each issue includes a mix of poetry and fiction, alongside a selection of essays which may include creative non-fiction, criticism, and the occasional review of new creative work or of community-based environmental projects. We also welcome submissions in translation.’ PAYING https://channelmag.org/submissions-channel/

31st Jul ‘In a world where so many dark things go bump in the night, terror awaits around every corner as these authors take horror stories to the next level.’ Fiction 5000-15,000 words. ROYALTIES https://dragonsoulpress.com/anthologies/

31st Jul ‘A new twist on fairytales with a fresh element: dragons. Each fairytale has been reimagined with these beasts based on the author’s preference. Wise dragons, evil dragons, elemental dragons, oh my! These classic characters will never see this coming.’ Fiction 5000-15,000 words. ROYALTIES https://dragonsoulpress.com/anthologies/

31st Jul Artistic, erotic writing. https://theerozine.com/submissions/

31st Jul ‘We are seeking high-quality, stand alone novels and a potential novella series in the dark fantasy genre. At this time we are not interested in short story collections, erotica, strictly religious fiction, YA Fiction, or poetry.’ ROYALTIES https://www.eerieriverpublishing.com/publishing

31st Poetry, fiction and CNF on the theme of Football. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES, PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS https://mcneesereview.mcneese.edu/submissions/ (Cathy’s note: only US contributors are paid. The rest of us get extra contributor copies.)

31st Jul Poems on the theme of Dwelling. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://magmapoetry.com/category/submissions/current-submissions/

31st Jul Theme: Deep Time. ‘In addition to submissions explicitly envisioning the prehuman past, we encourage speculative explorations of the overlap of geological and archaeological deep time, Dreamtime, post-Capitalocene future deep time, the flora and fauna of your childhood doodles, the interval between falling asleep and waking, the suspended time of fossilization, and the interior archives and libraries of the hollow Earth. Let’s curl ourselves into the mane of a mummified dinosaur before the long-awaited glaciation of fatbergs consumes us all…’ All types of media considered. https://peculiarmormyrid.com/submissions/

31st Jul Young writers only (Cathy’s note: it’s not clear what the criterion is): Stories that evoke a sense of wonder, up to 6000 words. PAYING https://www.castofwonders.org/submissions/schedule/

31st Jul Poetry, flash and short fiction. ‘For this call we’re looking for things that have been buried, should be buried, could be buried or need to be buried. Undead or barely living? Sure! Buried treasure or buried secret? We want to see it. Whatever it is, dig it up or tamp it down. An element of your story must include the ‘buried’ theme.’ CHARITY/GOOD CAUSE ANTHOLOGY https://thingsinthewell.wordpress.com/Open-submissions/

31st Jul Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Choices. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.amsterdamquarterly.org/submissions/

31st Jul Short story 1000-5000 words, set in Budapest. http://panel-magazine.com/budapest-prose-anthology-to-be-out-in-2020/

July 31st ‘This anthology is ONLY open to authors who themselves are women, gender nonconforming, genderqueer and/or nonbinary who have not been published or scheduled to be published in the first six Best Women’s Erotica of the Year volumes edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel. Stories MUST be from the point of view of a character who is a woman, gender nonconforming, genderqueer and/or nonbinary.’ Erotic fiction 2000-5000 words on the theme of Surprise. PAYING https://www.bweoftheyear.com/call-for-submissions

31st Jul Poems on the theme of Stranger. https://finishedcreatures.co.uk/

31st Jul ‘ The mission of the Awakenings is to MAKE VISIBLE the artistic expression of survivors of sexual violence. Awakenings is home to a multi-media art gallery featuring the artistic expressions of rape and sexual abuse survivors. By showcasing stories of survival, we are helping survivors find peace and healing while simultaneously challenging the cultural taboos that prevent an honest discussion of sexual violence.’ This issue’s theme: Legacy. https://theawakeningsfoundation.submittable.com/submit

31st Jul ‘We feature writers who identify as female or non-binary and who also have a strong connection to Canada.’ Poetry, prose and more on the theme of Gender & Technology. PAYING https://understoreymagazine.ca/submissions/

1st Aug ‘Super-powered pulp heroes. Supers with a single power who fight crime or villains. Good folks versus bad folks, no gray areas, no amorality, no Byronic heroes. And no non-powered heroes. So think of characters like Doc Savage, the Rocketeer, Zorro, The Phantom, and Flash Gordon, but with powers and ideals like Superman and Wonder Woman (in their earlier renditions).’ 2000-9000 words. PAYING https://www.rogue-blades.com/RBE-Submissions

1st Aug ‘The left side of the brain is associated with logical and analytical characteristics, while the right brain with creativity. We’d welcome stories from both sides of the brain. Stories could feature puzzle solving and ingenuity, inverted tv tropes, inventions (clockwork, practical, or Rube Goldberg), masterful creations (like JS Bach’s Goldberg Variations), and social commentary.’ PAYING https://www.thirdflatiron.com/liveSite/pages/thirdflatiron

1st Aug Poetry, fiction and more. PAYING http://mikrokosmosjournal.com/submit-2/

1st Aug 2000 word story on the theme of Underwater. ‘If you think you’ve got what it takes to terrify, scar and haunt our audience of 10,000 daily listeners, then we want your stories!’ PAYING http://www.hawkandcleaver.com/submissions

1st Aug ‘We’re looking for supernatural fantasy stories, supernatural mystery stories, supernatural pulp stories, supernatural adventure stories, supernatural horror stories and any other kind of supernatural story so long as it makes use of the 1980s milieu.’ 4000-20,000 words. ROYALTIES https://18thwall.com/open-submissions-pizza-parties-poltergeists

1st Aug ‘Verse, poesy, and gestures various: collected seasonally.’ https://theselines.org/submissions.html

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

1st Aug Art and visual poems. https://theindianapolisreview.com/submit/

1st Aug Horror stories 3000-6000 words. ‘The theme is: local lore or location-based oddities. Write something dark into a setting you’ve experienced — it could be a place you’ve lived, or even just somewhere you’ve visited on a vacation.’ PAYING https://cemeterygatesmedia.com/2020/01/10/2020-anthology-submission-guidelines/

1st Aug Story 300-5000 words beginning with the line: ‘The Simmons public library was a melting pot of the haves and have-nots, a mixture of homeless people and the wealthy older residents of the nearby neighborhood.’ PAYING http://www.thefirstline.com/submission.htm

1st Aug Dark fantasy 5000-15,000 words on the theme of Elemental Magic. PAYING https://www.eerieriverpublishing.com/open-submission

SUBMISSIONS WITH NO KNOWN DEADLINES

(Publishers might not give out their pay rates on their submission pages, so make sure to find them out before signing a contract!)

SF/F novels. ROYALTIES https://www.penguin.com/publishers/daw/

Catholic poetry. https://www.catholicpoetry.org/submissions

Poetry, fiction and more. https://medium.com/mehfil/submission-guidelines-5d8b479b3a19

Flash narratives up to 1000 words. PAYING http://www.smokelong.com/submissions/guidelines/

‘Black Ocean considers full-length poetry manuscript queries year-round. To be considered, please submit an artist statement, biography with list of previous publications, and a 15-20 page sample from the manuscript.’ https://www.blackocean.org/submit

Writing for the International Times, the magazine of resistance. Please send work to internationaltimesmag@gmail.com

Speculative fiction, poetry and more. PAYING https://hexagonmagazine.wordpress.com/submit/

‘We endorse diversity in our content and enjoy journalism, photography, philosophy, illustrations, commentary, criticism, fiction, satire, food recipes and comics.’ https://www.thelotusisland.com/collaboration

‘Send us the wild and divine, the eccentric and experimental.’ https://www.wordsandwhispers.org/submit

Open until filled: dark prose 3000-5000 words. PAYING https://www.esskayebooks.com/rules.html

‘Flash fiction up to 1000 words. Any topic or genre with a weird slant. Short stories up to 3k words. Any topic or genre with a weird slant. Weird Mask is being released quarterly.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.weirdmask.com/submissions/

Horror fiction or writing about horror. https://morbidlybeautiful.com/now-accepting-submissions/

‘We are open to original stories in all subgenres of fantasy, ranging from fairy tales to science fantasy, weird westerns to romantic fantasy, epic fantasy to urban fantasy, swords & sorcery to quiet character studies, and everything in between. Regardless of setting, stories should be centered on character and emotion (though the occasional thrilling adventure is welcome).’ PAYING https://farthertrees.wordpress.com/submissions/

‘We want to represent all thats thrilling about the new wave of LGBT+ poets. If you’re a poet, even if you’ve never been published before, we want to read your work.’ PAYING https://www.fourteenpoems.com/submit

‘We are seeking work that explores the theme of obsession in all its variances and contexts.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY+ ROYALTIES https://www.salopress.com/crush-an-anthology-of-obsession/

‘Plenitude Magazine is Canada’s only queer literary magazine. We promote the growth and development of LGBTQ2S+ literature through online publication of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, book reviews, and interviews by both emerging and established LGBTQ2S+ writers. We especially encourage BIPOC and trans writers to submit their work.’ PAYING http://plenitudemagazine.ca/submit/submissionguidelines/

‘We publish stories, art and poetry that examine the connection between animals and humans, and the ways we and our lives are more similar than people assume.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES, PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS https://www.honeyguidemag.com/submit

‘Yasou! A Celebration of Life is a creative talent magazine accepting poetry, micro poetry, haiku and senryu, lyrics, original photography and artwork submissions all year long.  Think A Celebration of Life! What does it mean to you??? That is what we want to see. Whether it be poetry art, music, food etc… Send it our way. We will read all styles but prefer the traditional and classic styles including meter and rhyme.’ https://yasouezine.blogspot.com/p/submission-guidelin.html

Sonnets, for publication ‘sometime in 2020’. https://rhizomepress.com/

Until filled: ‘For our Minibooks line, we are seeking original, previously unpublished stories of the highest quality between 5,000 and 20,000 words (hard limits, no exceptions; word count of the body only).’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY+ ROYALTIES https://mannisonpress.com/submission-call-mannison-minibooks/

The submission details of this aren’t out until July 1st, so I don’t know what they are yet. I just like Scottish litmags… apologies if there are problems with this listing! https://www.pushingouttheboat.co.uk/submissions/