Comps and calls for April 2019

Hello everybody! Comps and Calls is BACK!

After a very difficult year (multiple bereavements, for a start) I’ve decided to start up again. I was waiting for life to settle down, but it never does, does it? So here we are, back with a selection of free opportunities for writers. It’s a bit shorter than usual this month, but should build up in time.

Many thanks for your kind messages, support and appreciation. It’s meant a lot to me. Now go and get published and win prizes!

Best wishes,

Cathy x


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

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

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

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

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

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

COMPETITIONS

1 April: Humorous poem. PAYING https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/wergle-flomp-humor-poetry-contest-free

3 April:  Spectator Competition No. 3093: write of passage. ‘You are invited to submit an extract from a novel that chronicles the adult life of a well-known fictional hero from children’s stories (please specify). Please email entries of up to 150 words to lucy@spectator.co.uk by midday on 3 April.’ PAYING

7 April:  Flash fiction 400-800 words, on the theme of Lead. VOUCHER/OTHER https://lucentdreaming.com/flash-fiction-contest-1/

10 April:  Up to 2500 words on the theme of Identity. PAYING https://alpinefellowship.submittable.com/submit/133506/af-2019-writing-prize?fbclid=IwAR3lPXZr1m2S6fdE_6ckhVXeA6lhwI6xxi0y9fk3NVpFWot78Z1w-GvhaUk

10 April:  Flash up to 300 words on the theme of Migration, featuring queer characters. PAYING https://queerscifi.com/flash-contest-rules/?cn-reloaded=1

15 April:  Creative writing by unpublished Canadian writers aged 18-29. PAYING https://pencanada.ca/newvoices/

15 April:  Poetry by women over 60 who don’t live in the USA. https://www.persimmontree.org/v2/submissions/

15 April:  Spec fiction up to 3500 words on the theme of Noir. PAYING http://parsecink.com/contest/

15 April:  ‘This is a call for POC, Black and Indigenous writers. The flash must pass or discuss The DuVernay Test where African-Americans and other minorities have fully realized lives rather than serve as scenery in white stories.’ Flash fiction. PAYING https://www.apparitionlit.com/submission-guidelines/#1538347466119-241fd8cf-66ed

30 April:  500-word essay. ‘The competition is open to women commencing or continuing to pursue a bachelor’s, master’s, or Ph.D degree in journalism, creative writing, or literature at a recognized post-secondary institution in the United States or Canada in 2019-20.’ PAYING http://www.lucasaykroyd.com/scholarships (thanks to www.erikadreifus.comfor this)

Weekly poetry contest. PAYING https://www.poetrynook.com/

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

1 April:  Poetry and prose. ‘Canthiusis a Canadian literary magazine publishing poetry and prose by women, transgender men, nonbinary, Two-Spirit, and genderqueer/gender non-conforming writers.’ PAYING http://www.canthius.com/submissions

1 April:  ‘Pixie Forest Publishing is seeking short stories in any genre for our upcoming anthology At Death’s Door. All stories need to be centered on the theme of death or dying. Whether a character is dying, a ghost, or is something in between, we want to hear your story. Any genre except erotica.’ 500-5000 words.https://pixieforestpublishing.com/at-deaths-door/

1 April:  Poetry, fiction and more. PAYING https://westbranchsubmissions.bucknell.edu/

5 April:  Poetry, fiction and more. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://obraartifact.com/submissions/

6 April:  Poetry on the theme of Video Games. Scroll down here: https://www.poetshaven.com/submissions

7 April:  Poetry, prose and more on the theme of Becoming. https://www.l3m0ncur5.com/callforsubmissions

7 April:  Fiction, poetry and more on the theme of Passing. https://anastamos.submittable.com/submit

7 April:  ‘We are looking for work discussing the family bed, cribs and cradles, sleeping with children, sharing beds, bunking, Grandpa’s favorite sleeping chair, favorite napping places in the household, memories of quilts or pillows, pregnant mothers and sleep, etc.’ Poetry, fiction and more. https://sleepyheadcentral.com/vitaminzzz/

8 April:  Fiction, poetry and more on the theme of Origins. PAYING https://ninthletteronline.submittable.com/submit

8 April:  ‘Show the impact on individuals—and/or the world—when a country turns away immigrants, or changes the rules so that people who immigrated to a country become forced to return to where they came from—even if they were small children at the time.’ 4000-12,000 words. CHARITY/GOOD CAUSE ANTHOLOGY https://blackbirdpublishing.com/calls/the-golden-door/

9 April:  Poetry, flash and more on the theme of Pride. https://pureslush.com/submissions/current-submissions/

11 April:  ‘We publish adult literary fiction and narrative non-fiction.’ Women only. https://www.galleybeggar.co.uk/2-submissions

12 April:  Nonfiction poetry on the theme of Politics. http://rabbitpoetry.com/?page_id=35

15 April:  Poetry, fiction and essays on the theme of Alternative Apocalypse. PAYING http://www.bcubedpress.com/alt-apocal-open-call/

15 April:  Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of ‘Stages in the Life of the Artist’. Get creative with it. The weirder it is the more likely we are to publish it. https://kaitmauro.com/zine

15 April:  Alternative bedtime reading for progressive parents: stories, poems, nursery rhymes. PAYING http://www.bcubedpress.com/alternative-bedtime-reading-for-progressive-parents/

15 April:  Succinct spec fic. https://antilang.ca/submission-guidelines/

15 April:  ‘We are looking for stories and poems that fit the themes of Weird Fiction and Cosmic Horror from ONLY FEMALE AUTHORS. Horror, Science Fiction, and Fantasy are all welcomed, as long as they fit in the realms of Weird and Cosmic. All stories and poems must also be speculative in some way. What we mean by this is that we don’t want stories or poems based in realism.’ PAYING https://gehennabooks.com/2019/03/05/call-for-submissions-hinnom-magazine-retro-weird-tales-edition-women-only/

15 April:  Poetry in Japanese form. PAYING http://www.songsoferetz.com/p/guidelines.html

15 April:  Poetry on the theme of inside/out. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.snapdragonjournal.com/submit.html

18 April:  Poetry and prose on the theme of Landscape and Maps. https://thewriterscafemagazine.wordpress.com/2019/01/27/the-writers-cafe-magazine-issue-16-landscape-and-mapscallout/

21 April:  Fiction, poetry and more on the theme of Identity. PAYING https://shooterlitmag.com/submissions/

30 April:  Horror stories 1000-8000 words. PAYING http://www.coronabooks.com/horror-book-3-call/4594551792

30 April:  Fiction 1000-5000 words on the theme of the Moon. PAYING http://www.eibonvalepress.co.uk/The%20The%20Once%20and%20Future%20Moon%20-%20guidelines.pdf

30 April:  Genre fiction, experimental poetry and more by LGBTQ+ writers and artists. PAYING https://qommunicatepublishing.com/submissions/

30 April:  Writing on the theme of Think Positive, Live Happy. ‘How did you “think positive” and how did it change your life? Tell us your success story about using the power of positive thinking!’ PAYING https://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics

30 April:  A variety of projects, free to submit to during April. During some other months, fees are charged. PAYING http://www.press.alternatingcurrentarts.com/2016/11/submit-to-alternating-current-press.html

30 April:  ‘Rock & Sling, a journal of witness, seeks work that engages the mysteries, trials, complications, and joys of Creation. We often favor work that engages spiritual ideas and experiences, but it is not a requirement. While those spiritual ideas are often from a Christian point of view, they need not be explicitly so, and we value work that honestly and authentically engages other faith traditions (or their absence).’https://rockandsling.submittable.com/submit

30 April:  Stories under 1000 words. http://www.wigleaf.com/

30 April:  Story written from the point of view of a cat. 3000-7000 words. PAYING https://post-to-print.com/submission-guidelines-from-a-cats-view-vol-ii/

30 April:  ‘This Never Happenedis an anthology devoted to the humorous side of alternative history fiction. This collection will hold stories that are funny and outrageous, set in worlds where history differs from what happened in our own reality, with ridiculous consequences; tales that could not possibly have happened, or maybe they could have but they’d have just been absolutely hilarious!’ 1500-10,000 words. PROFIT/REVENUE SHARING MODEL http://www.martinus.us/subs.html

1/5 ‘In this issue, I invite poems that consider intersections of climate change with gender and location, both physical place and the way location refers to experiences of race, class, ability and sexuality. What might be anti-colonial, queer, feminist, counter-classist, embodied poetries of climate change?’ PAYS ONLY AUSTRALIANS https://plumwoodmountain.com/submissions-6/

1/5 Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Beauty. https://thefruittreemag.wixsite.com/home/copy-of-issues

1/5 Poetry and short fiction on a variety of themes. https://roamlit.com/submit/

1/5 ‘We are looking for work (poems, fiction/flash fiction, nonfiction/ flash non-fiction, b/w art) that gives voice to and is a part of that resistance. Our goal? To build and publish an anthology as a vehicle for positive change in response to the growing climate of hate. We need work that references and identifies specific legacies, personal histories, and stories of conditions that we (and others) face daily.’ https://www.ravenchronicles.org/submissions-wanted-take-a-stand-art-against-hate-a-raven-chronicles-anthology/

SUBMISSIONS WITH NO KNOWN DEADLINES

Poetry, fiction and more. PAYING https://purplefirepublications.ca/submissions

Poetry and flash. https://okaydonkeymag.com/submit/

MSS of various kinds, including childrens, middle grade and YA. https://brothersuber.com/p/submissions

MSS by Canadian writers only. https://www.cormorantbooks.com/submission-guidelines

Nonfiction and humour book MSS. http://www.coronabooks.com/submissions/4588708934

Poetry. https://www.bestpoetry.website/submit-a-poem

Children’s picture books. http://www.ripplegrovepress.com/submissions/

Mystery and thriller fiction. http://www.seventhstreetbooks.com/submissions.html

Children’s, YA, and Adult fiction. https://bluetridentbooks.yolasite.com/Submissions.php

MSS. http://scanticbooks.blogspot.com/2018/

Poetry and nonfiction by women, trans and non-binary writers. ‘We cap our submissions at 100 per month. If, upon visiting our submissions page, you come across a note that says “there are presently no open calls for submissions,” know that we have simply reached our monthly cap. We invite you to come back and submit your work the following month.’ https://www.utterancejournal.com/submit

Clean F and SF. PAYING http://deepmagic.co/submissions/#

‘We publish highly romantic romance stories, novellas, and novels.

Think of smooth satin bedding, soft candlelit rooms, hearts, teddy bears, chocolates, flowers, soft, romantic music, diamonds and lace, sweet acts of love, and the list goes on and on! We are not an erotic/erotica publishing house.’ http://www.satinromance.com/blog/sample-page/

‘We’re drawn to well-crafted poems that are attentive to language and music, whether formal, free verse, prose poem, or experimental.’ https://clementineunbound.wordpress.com/submissions/

Speculative fiction. PAYING http://legendarytalesmagazine.com/how-to-submit/

Poetry, flash, short fiction and more. https://bluetigerreview.com/contact/

Comps and Calls for January 2018

Dear all,

I’m a bit tearful as I write this, because you’ve all been so lovely and I feel very close to some of you – but Comps and Calls is going to be on hiatus for a while (one hopes a few months only). If you sign up to the mailing list, Facebook group or Twitter then you’ll get an announcement when we’re back.

Life has taken over, in that ghastly way it does.

Thanks to all of you who’ve visited, used the listings, contacted me to tell me of your successes, or for any other reason.

Below are listings for the whole year! There aren’t that many.

Much love, and be lovely to other writers. Take care,

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

3rd Jan ‘Are you tired of only reading about the “good guys”? Well, here is your chance to turn the spotlight on the villains of fairy tales and folk tales. Fairytalez wants to hear the other side of the story, the villains behind a so-called “happily ever after”! After all, as they say, even the villain is the hero in their own story. Let’s hear it for the “bad” guys! You may either write a new fairy tale or folk tale with a new original villain character or take one of the classics and write the untold story from the villain’s point of view.’ VOUCHER/OTHER https://fairytalez.com/competitions/best-villain-fairy-tale-competition-nov-2017/

12th Jan Crime novel by someone who hasn’t had a full-length book published. PAYING https://mysterywriters.org/about-mwa/st-martins/

12th Jan Flash fiction on the theme of Grave Visitation. PAYING https://www.apparitionlit.com/submission-guidelines/#1506552206297-99a74293-e807

15th Jan Poem on one of the provided themes. NON-CASH PRIZE https://www.hedgehogpress.co.uk/challenges-currently-open/

29th Jan A Golden Shovel poem, or a poem on the theme of either Electricity or Monsters (Cathy’s note: it’s free to submit one poem, but you have to pay to submit more). NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.highlandparkpoetry.org/images/2018_Poetry_Challenge.pdf

29th Jan SF story up to 1500 words. There’s also a special prize for a feminist entry. PAYING https://tinyurl.com/y7wvdnpc

31st Jan ‘The Jerry Jazz Musician reader has interests in music, social history, literature, politics, art, film and theatre, particularly that of the counter-culture of mid-twentieth century America. Our newsletter subscribers include publishers, artists, musicians, and fellow writers. While your writing should appeal to a reader with these interests and in these creative professions, all story themes are considered.’ PAYING http://jerryjazzmusician.com/2013/02/short-fiction-contest-details/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email

1st Feb Golf story up to 700 words, plus photos (optional). VOUCHER/OTHER https://www.teamgolfwell.com/golfwell-s-golf-story-contest.html?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email

14th Feb Story up to 690 words on the theme of Cursed Love. VOUCHER/OTHER https://shondabrock.wordpress.com/contest/

28th Feb ‘ We are looking for stories that illustrate, explore, or illuminate the impact of climate change on humanity and/or the Earth. We enthusiastically invite submissions in all genres of short fiction, including speculative, realistic, literary, experimental, hybrid forms, and more.’ Up to 5000 words. https://climateimagination.asu.edu/clificontest/

28th Feb Age 13-18: short story. PAYING https://www.booksie.com/contest/Booksie+2017-2018+Young+Writer+Short+Story+Contest-12?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email

28th Feb First chapter up to 7500 words of your book. NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.cnwritersandpublishers.info/current-competitions

28th Feb ‘Poetry submissions may be of any length and any style but must have a theme of Meditation or Mindfulness. Poems may reflect any discipline, any faith, or none.’ PAYING http://www.spiritfirst.org/poetry_contest2018Entry.html

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

Horror stories. https://www.jakobshorrorbox.com/submissions/

7th Jan ‘Stories for this anthology may be set in any Asian country (real or imagined), and main characters should be natives also. The ‘birds and beasts’ concept is open to include any type of animal (real or mythical), and that animal must be important to the story.’ PAYING https://insigniastories.com/subs/

7th Jan Poetry and more on the theme of Innovation. https://iltreview.com/submit/

10th Jan Poetry and fiction on the theme of Space and Time. https://thewriterscafemagazine.wordpress.com/2017/12/16/the-writers-cafe-magazine-issue-4-time-and-spacecallout/

15th Jan Asian writers only: speculative fiction. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES, PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS https://kitaab.org/2017/10/15/submissions-open-for-the-best-asian-speculative-fiction-anthology/

15th Jan Lesbians only: ‘For this issue of Sinister Wisdom we invite positive representation of lesbians of all abilities teaching, learning, and developing new skills. What do lesbians learn in church settings? What do lesbians learn from each other? What do lesbians teach others? As a theme, Lesbians Learning, can be interpreted literally or can simply be a starting point to develop your own concept of learning, and what that looks like. Thank you in advance for allowing us to learn with you!’ https://sinisterwisdom.submittable.com/submit

15th Jan ‘I am looking for original short speculative fiction, up to 5000 words, that in some way address the intricacies of the mind.’ PAYING http://hig4s09.wixsite.com/myriadparadigm/home

15th Jan Poetry and photography on the theme of Muse. http://www.light-journal.com/submit

15th Jan Poetry by athletes. PAYING http://www.rattle.com/submissions/calls/

31st Jan Lesbians only: ‘We are looking for serious, satirical, and humorous writing in various forms, e.g., essay, excerpts from correspondence, journal entries, poetry, short fiction, novel excerpts, and critical articles that reflect lesbian ideas and notions of what it will take to unseat the Trump regime.’ http://www.sinisterwisdom.org/callfordumptrump

31st Jan Poetry on the theme of Film. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://magmapoetry.com/call-for-submission-magma-71-the-film-issue/

31st Jan ‘Strange Economics is an anthology of original, high-quality stories that explore economic ideas through speculative fiction: money in worlds of magic, trade in worlds of advanced technology.’ PAYING https://davidfshultz.com/strangeeconomicsantho/

31st Jan ‘Room magazine invites women and genderqueer folks who identify as part of the LGBTTQIA+ spectrum to submit their best poetry, fiction, CNF, and art to our first queer-themed issue. We especially encourage submissions from writers affected by multiple intersections of oppression, such as racism, classism, ableism, fatphobia, ageism, and transphobia.’ PAYING http://roommagazine.com/submit

31st Jan ‘We are currently seeking submissions from the BAME community about their mental health experiences. The anthology serves to address the disparity between the mental health services provided to the BAME community and those offered to less marginalized groups. We hope to ignite dialogue and spotlight powerful voices that deserve to be heard.’ Poetry, fiction and more. https://www.stirlingpublishing.co.uk/the-colour-of-madness

1st Feb Weird Western fiction of various lengths. PAYING http://radiantcrownpublishing.com/category/anthologies/subterranean-series/

1st Feb ‘Bibliotheca Alexandrina is seeking submissions for Lord of the Horizon: A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Horus. Suggestions for possible contributions include, but are not limited to: prayers, heka, poetry, hymns, rituals, essays, short fiction, recipes, music, and artwork.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://neosalexandria.org/bibliotheca-alexandrina/calls-for-submissions/lord-of-the-horizon-a-devotional-anthology-in-honor-of-horus/

1st Feb Poetry and prose on the theme of Surprised by Joy. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.universaltable.org/wisingup.html

1st Feb ‘Use one of these six windows as inspiration: I Magician, II High Priestess, III Empress, X Wheel of Fortune, XVI Tower, and XIX Sun. Create your own image for these cards. Tell a story about the characters you see. Provide an in-depth interpretation from one of your favorite decks. These are basic suggestions to get you going, but take this theme and create what you will.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://themageslantern.submittable.com/submit

14th Feb Women: your experiences of sexual violations. https://www.wilderwriters.com/side-project-the-daily-abuse

14th Feb ‘The tentative title of this new anthology is A Kiss and a Promise, and the theme is Romance. The stories can be contemporary, regency, futuristic, paranormal, historical, fantasy, humour… Just about any type of romance will do (but please, no erotica).’ 7000-12,000 words. PAYING http://smokingpenpress.com/submissions-2

28th Feb ‘We are looking for stories that contain a great piece of advice that you were given or advice that you gave to someone else. Whether the advice is about a little thing that improve your everyday life, or major epiphanies that can change a life completely, we want to hear about them and how they made a difference.’ PAYING http://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics

28th Feb ‘Anima is a magazine for contemporary poems which dare to question the dominant materialist paradigm of western culture. We aim to offer the reader thoughtful and intelligent writing from perspectives beyond the everyday world of senses and reason. Poems of metaphysics, mythology and symbolism, of depth psychology or transcendence.’ http://www.animapoetry.uk/submissions/

28th Feb ‘Shhhh… Murder! Scheduled for release in late spring of next year and timed for summer reading, this anthology will feature cozy to cozy-noir stories featuring libraries and librarians. Extra points will be shamelessly awarded to writers with personal ties to libraries.’ 2500-5000 words. ROYALTIES http://darkhousebooks.com/submissions/

28th Feb ‘Darkhouse Books seeks poetry, flash, short fiction, and creative nonfiction reflecting the theme of sanctuary, refuge, shelter, or asylum, from the perspective of those offering, seeking, denying, or destroying it. From Bangladesh to the city animal shelter, all are welcome, as are all genres.’ ROYALTIES http://darkhousebooks.com/submissions/

1st Mar Stories 7500-20,000 words on the theme of Baba Yaga. PAYING https://www.worldweaverpress.com/submit-anthologies.html

1st Mar ‘ “The Graveyard Girls” is seeking horror fiction from women writers. Original, previously unpublished fiction is preferred. From monsters to maniacs, send us a nightmare from the darkest realms of your imagination! 4000-10,000 words.’ http://hellboundbookspublishing.com/subs_anthologies.html

4th Mar ‘Issues #6, #7 and #8 will be a triptych. We welcome and encourage individual submissions to each, but if you feel like making art that tells a continuous story or writing a story that massively exceeds our usual wordcount, now is the time. Issue #8: “Ever After” – The finale. We want to see how things fall apart or come back together.’ https://talesfromtheforest.net/submissions/

15th Mar Fiction, poetry and more. PAYING https://bluemesareview.submittable.com/submit (thanks to www.erikadreifus.com for this)

30th Mar ‘Not previously published short stories of 4,500-8,500 words that have a central theme associated with Halloween and can be characterized within the broad realm of “horror” fiction.’ PAYING https://www.evans-light.com/call-for-submissions/

31st Mar ‘Call out for stories and poems for an anthology celebrating the centenary of the end of WWI. Publication planned for Nov 2018. How you respond to this theme is up to you, and it doesn’t need to be specific to WWI, but we find nothing to celebrate in war, and want a good balance for the book between appropriate commemoration of the dead, relief that it’s over and hope for the future.’ https://arachnepress.submittable.com/submit

30th Apr Lesbians only: ‘CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS for anthology, Her Believing Heart: Poems by Survivors of Abuse in Lesbian Relationships. Submit 1-3 poems related in some way to domestic violence in lesbian relationships.’ http://sinisterwisdom.org/node/419

30th Apr ‘Mithila Review is seeking submissions for India 2049: Utopias and Dystopias, an anthology of short stories and comics devoted to the exploration of Indian futures, utopias and dystopias, set in India, South Asia or beyond.’ PAYING http://mithilareview.com/india2049/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email

31st Dec Your ‘magnum opus’ (‘great work’) poem. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://vivekanandjha.com/magnumopus.php?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email

Comps and calls for December 2017

Hello all! It’s December – the very best month to submit or enter, because many people are too busy to make use of the many opportunities that pop up. I’m sure that you’ll be busy too, but do try to find just a little time to send your work out, if you’d like to.

Whatever you believe and celebrate, my warmest wishes to you over the winter festivals, and thank you for visiting my site as part of your writing journey.

As always, good luck!

Cathy x


Here are December 2017’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/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

Monthly: lighthearted poem. ROYALTIES http://waxpoetryart.com/angela/contests/monthlylighthearted/

3rd Dec ‘This month, we’re on the lookout for the funniest fails. Whether you’ve programmed your phone’s auto-correct with awkward results, or eaten your breakfast on-the-go to end up wearing it instead, we want to know about it.’ VOUCHER/OTHER http://lowdown.carphonewarehouse.com/beat-the-pixel-competition/

4th Dec ‘We want to find a new talent to write a novel that celebrates single parent families. Writers must submit the first 5,000 words of a novel, a 500-word synopsis plus a few lines about themselves and their experience of single parent family life.’ PAYING https://www.gingerbread.org.uk/content/2454/One-in-four-new-writer-competition

4th Dec ‘We are open for submissions of proposals for writing, literary events or projects. An RSL Literature Matters Award must result in new, original writing or other literary activity of an excellent artistic standard, which will reach a substantial readership or audience.’ PAYING https://rsliterature.org/award/rsl-literature-matters-awards/

13th Dec ‘Submissions should take the form of 20-30,000 words of a work in progress, fiction or non-fiction, which is not under option or contract.’ PAYING (LOTS!) https://www.deborahrogersfoundation.org/writers-award

Weekly until 21st Dec: Share your perfect gift story. VOUCHER/OTHER http://www.goldsmiths.co.uk/Your-Christmas-Story

30th Dec ‘Your main character fixes up their grandfather’s old typewriter. Eager to try writing on it, they load the typewriter with a new sheet of paper; however, a phone call distracts them and they forget all about it. The following day, your character goes back to the typewriter. All is as they had left it – with the exception of the sheet of paper – which is now filled from top to bottom with neatly-typed words. The final line is a warning…’ VOUCHER/OTHER https://www.greywolfeshop.com/2017-monthly-contests.html

31st Dec Book length MS by writer aged 10-18. NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.booklogix.com/upcoming-events/young-writers-contest

31st Dec 3-5 poems, at least one of which must be on one of the provided themes. PAYING http://classicalpoets.org/2018-poetry-competition-announced/

31st Dec Short story (Cathy’s note: I don’t usually list competitions where the prize is only publication, but they have got impressive actors to record the winning stories in the past, so perhaps it’s worth it). NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.soundwork-uk.co.uk/competitions

31st Dec Fiction 3000-10,000 words on the theme of Taste. PAYING http://www.ouenpress.com/19.html

31st Dec Travel adventure story up to 2500 characters. VOUCHER/OTHER https://navigatoraroundtheworld.com/participate (thanks to www.theprizefinder.com for this one)

31st Dec SF or F up to 17,000 words by a writer who hasn’t yet had work published professionally. PAYING http://www.writersofthefuture.com/enter-writer-contest/

31st Dec Short stories or poems. PAYING https://www.secretatticpress.com/competitionrules.html

31st Dec Short story on the theme of Murder. PAYING http://www.wordsmag.com/compcal17.htm

31st Dec Undergraduate students only: ‘Whole Terrain seeks creative works that explore the multitude of meanings and perspectives on the theme About Time.’ PAYING http://www.wholeterrain.com/new-terrain-award/

31st Dec Drabble on the theme of Shapeshifter Brothel. PAYING http://albanlake.com/drabble-contest-9/

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

3rd Dec Asian SF. ‘What does the future look like in Asia? Entertain us with your wild stories set in an Asian country (realistic or re-imagined). or even in an away-from-earth civilization. Your main characters must however, be recognizable as Asian and retain some cultural traits, or native language, etc.’ PAYING https://insigniastories.com/subs/

3rd Dec Poetry. PAYING http://www.thepedestalmagazine.com/submissions/

3rd Dec ‘Issues #6, #7 and #8 will be a triptych. We welcome and encourage individual submissions to each, but if you feel like making art that tells a continuous story or writing a story that massively exceeds our usual wordcount, now is the time. Issue #7: “Continuity” – The midpoint. Send us art and stories that started elsewhere (in issue 6, or not), send us re-occurrences, send us the realisation of things changing or staying exactly the same.’ https://talesfromtheforest.net/submissions/

3rd Dec Fiction, poetry and more. https://www.thirtywestph.com/tildelit/

4th Dec Women writers: poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Bewitched. PAYING https://mslexia.co.uk/themed-writing/

4th Dec Poetry and more on the theme of Quakers and the Holy Land. https://www.friendsjournal.org/submissions/

7th Dec Stories up to 6000 words on the theme of Broken Metropolis Anthology: Queer Tales of a City that Never Was. PAYING https://masonjarpress.submittable.com/submit

9th Dec Writing and more on the theme of Queer Spaces. http://cahoodaloodaling.com/submission-calls/

10th Dec Poetry and fiction on the theme of Ice and Snow. https://thewriterscafemagazine.wordpress.com/2017/11/16/the-writers-cafe-magazine-issue-3-ice-and-snowcallout/

10th Dec ‘This anthology will focus on tales about the sidekicks who help the heroes and princesses find their happily ever afters, and what happens to them after their quests are done. Does the lowly squire who helped the brave knight on his quest to save the princess ever get a shot at greatness? Or at the very least, a little recognition? Does the lady-in-waiting who was always there for the fair princess finally get her own happily ever after?’ 500-10,500 words. PAYING http://fantasiadivinitymagazine.com/anthology-submission-calls

10th Dec Poetry on the theme of Suburbia. PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS http://cordite.org.au/submissions/

10th Dec For this issue we are looking for meta- poems, stories, essays, visual art and non-classifiable written objects that deal with Food and Families. http://www.riddledwitharrows.com/guidelines/

13th Dec ‘Tell us about the album that saved your life. Tell us about the album that was the official soundtrack to your first (or your worst) experience with love. Tell us about an album that helped you navigate a major trauma or loss. Tell us about an album that inspired you to embrace your true self or to lead your best life. You don’t have to think about it too hard; whatever album you’re thinking about right now should light your path forward. Follow its lead.’ https://memoirmixtapes.com/vol-2-submissions/

15th Dec Poetry, fiction and essays on the theme of the Grotesque. PAYING http://www.speculativecity.com/submissions/

15th Dec ‘We are looking for near- or farther-future stories, society as it is AFTER 2032 – at least two presidential election cycles after Donald Trump’s last eligibility. Show us America or the world in a new era, or look at world politics changed by the actions of US policies and people. Or go beyond.’ 500-5000 words PAYING https://bcubedpress.com/open-for-submissions/after-the-orange/

15th Dec Poetry, fictionand more on the theme of Can Mushrooms Save the World? http://moonmagazine.org/submission-guideline/

15th Dec Poetry on the theme of A Love Song Walks Up to Me. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.tenpennyplayers.org/WWThemes/2017-8themes.pdf (Cathy’s note: you can find the email at which to submit here: http://www.poetrymarkets.com/print-publications/waterways )

15th Dec ‘Maiden, Mother, and Crone: Fantastical Trans Femmes is a Bedside Press anthology of new fantastical short fiction by trans women and trans feminine writers curated by celebrated poet and author Gwen Benaway.’ PAYING https://hopenicholson.com/submissions/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email

15th Dec Poetry on the theme of Run Away with Me. https://herheartpoetry.com/submissions/

15th Dec Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Xenophobia. http://www.earthenlampjournal.com/submissions.php

15th Dec Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Scarification. http://hematopoiesispress.com/

15th Dec ‘Temptation Press is holding open submissions for short stories to be featured in this upcoming collection involving a private lessons. Tell us why the lessons are taking place and what are they for? To become a seductress? To learn the art of domination/submission? For becoming an escort/madam? Or just for personal enjoyment of a deeper exploration?’ 3000-15,000 words. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://zimbellhousepublishing.com/contest-submissions/anthology-submissions-temptation-press/

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

17th Dec ‘Spring Into SciFi” will contain stories of Space Exploration, Advanced Technology, AI, Cloning, Robotics and of course, Aliens. We are seeking fresh faces as well as seasoned Science Fiction pros for this yearly anthology.’ PAYING http://cloakedpress.com/springscifi

20th Dec ‘We’re looking for love stories centered around: underwater biodomes, submarines, scuba diving, alien planets entirely covered by water, sea monsters, selkies, mermaids, water witches, Neptune/Poseidon, lost underwater civilizations, ghost ships, and more!’ PAYING http://jayleejames.com/love-bubbles/

21st Dec ‘Our 2018 spring issue will explore injustice and its effects. This can mean work that explores exploitation/violation/manipulation of rights, autonomy, personhood, identity, the biosphere and animal kingdom, and more, as well as unjust spaces and their remains, and/or activities of those living in such environments.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://newfound.org/submit/

28th Dec SF and F fiction. PAYING https://cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com/submissions/

30th Dec ‘Hunter’s Moon: Werewolves, Vampires, and other Denizens of the Dark—Drabbles (100 words), Micro-Fiction (101-750 words), Flash (751-1000 words), and Poetry (up to 50 lines). Just like it says on the tin. Cool, creepy creatures or children of the dark.’ https://theweretraveler.wordpress.com/call-for-submissions/

30th Dec Poetry and fiction on the theme of Fear. https://theliterarynest.com/submissions/literary-submissions/

31st Dec Fiction 1500-10,000 words on the theme of Forbidden. PROFIT/REVENUE SHARING MODEL http://www.martinus.us/subs.html#forbidden

31st Dec Flash and short fiction. ROYALTIES https://fixional.submittable.com/submit

31st Dec Flash fiction 250-750 words. https://fictivedream.com/flash-fiction-february-2018/

31st Dec ‘We are seeking short creative work by queer-identified writers and artists &/or on queer themes. We are seeking fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and scripts.’ http://hashtagqueer.com/submissions/

31st Dec SF suitable for a middle grade reader (age 8-12). PAYING https://dreamingrobotpress.com/young-explorers-adventure-guide-submissions/

31st Dec ‘Please submit to Angry Old Man. AOM accepts visual and concrete poetry, art, photography, collage, asemic writing, blackout poetry, conceptual writing, flarf, found poetry, spam lit, flash fiction, mail art, typewriter art, etc.’ https://angryoldmanmagazine.com/submissions/

31st Dec ‘AWAKENINGS will be Book Smugglers Publishing’s FIFTH season of short stories, following Fairytale Retellings, First Contact, Superheroes, and Gods & Monsters. When it comes to Awakenings, anything goes.’ PAYING http://thebooksmugglers.com/2017/10/book-smugglers-publishing-open-call-short-stories-submissions-2018-awakenings.html

31st Dec Work by immigrants and refugees. PAYING https://www.barelifereview.org/submit/

31st Dec ‘Submissions are now being accepted for “Celestial Musings: Poems Inspired by the Night Sky”. Submit up to three poems with a line limit of 32 lines each. The poems do not have to be entirely about the night sky, but the more the poems relate to the stars, constellations or the moon, the better the chance for publication.’ CHARITY/GOOD CAUSE ANTHOLOGY http://cms.bsu.edu/academics/collegesanddepartments/physicsandastronomy/planetarium/celestialmusings

31st Dec Poetry, flash, short fiction and more on the theme of Unfolding. http://iceflow.com/riverbabble/riverguides32.html

31st Dec (or until filled): ‘Issue fourteen of Workers Write! will be Tales from the Café and will contain stories and poems from the food industry, including kitchen, server, and front and back-of-house jobs.’ PAYING http://www.workerswritejournal.com/

31st Dec ‘Issue 17 of Eyedrum Periodically seeks visual, audio, and written work that unfolds “now” into a future to desire – or to avoid.’ http://eyedrumperiodically.org/submissions/

31st Dec Stories on the theme of Forbidden. PROFIT/REVENUE SHARING MODEL http://www.martinus.us/subs.html#forbidden

31st Dec Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Magic. https://inklettemagazine.com/submissions/

31st Dec Women only: SF poetry and short fiction. PAYING https://www.shorelineofinfinity.com/celebrating-international-womens-day-with-an-all-women-shoreline-of-infinity/

31st Dec Poetry and fiction on the theme of Instinct. https://www.noctuareview.com/submissions/

1st Jan ‘Zombie Pirate Publishing is seeking stories for FULL METAL HORROR: A Monstrous Anthology. All submissions 500-6000 words long will be considered for publication. Up to 5 submissions per author. Up to 3 may be selected.’ www.zombiepiratepublishing.com

1st Jan ‘The tentative title of this new anthology is A Wink and a Smile, and the theme is Romance. The stories can be contemporary, regency, futuristic, paranormal, historical, fantasy, humor.. Just about any type of romance will do (but please, no erotica).’ 1000-7000 words. PAYING http://smokingpenpress.com/submissions-2

1st Jan ‘For the third volume of SPECIES, we want to see the many faces of anthro tigers.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.thurstonhowlpublications.com/anthologies

1st Jan Poetry, prose and dance on the theme of Landscape. http://www.apricitypress.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 chapbook. ROYALTIES http://www.big-pond-rumours.com/index_files/Page296.htm

‘Curiosity Quills Press is a publisher of hard-hitting dark sci-fi, speculative fiction, and paranormal works aimed at adults, young adults, and new adults. We provide our authors with a full-service publishing experience, marketing support, and technical know-how, while ensuring that these literary marauders are truly the cream of the crop through a highly selective acquisition process.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY+ ROYALTIES https://curiosityquills.com/submission-guidelines/

Story 3000-10,000 words from a cat’s point of view. PAYING https://post-to-print.com/submission-guidelines-from-a-cats-POV/

MSS. https://www.fluxnow.com/submissions/

Children’s books. https://www.reddeerpress.com/red-deer-press-childrens-books

Books of many kinds. http://www.polisbooks.com/submissions/

Three-line poems. PAYING http://threelinepoetry.com/submit/terms.php

Poems. PAYING https://poetryquarterly.com/submit/terms.php

‘We are looking for middle grade and young adult novels (10,000-60,000 words) about kids of color that will grab readers’ attentions–mysteries, adventures, humor, suspense, set in the present, near past or near future that reflect the realities and the hopes of life in diverse communities including African American, Latino, Native American, Asian, urban, rural and international.’ ROYALTIES http://www.elm-books.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=1821

SF and F stories 3000-20,000 words. PAYING https://lyonesse.silverempire.org/for-authors/

Speculative and slipstream poetry. http://strangehorizons.com/submit/poetry-submission-guidelines/

Poetry. PAYING http://wandererpoetry.com/submit/

‘Hidden Compass is an online, quarterly travel magazine that encourages the deep exploration of a destination through powerful storytelling. We believe that some of the most fascinating stories are the ones that bridge the gap between travel and other disciplines (e.g., science, history, and art). If you have an original, compelling and true story — told in words, photos or both — that pushes the travel genre and delves into the spirit, culture, history, ecology, perils or residents of a place, Hidden Compass might be the perfect home for it.’ PAYING http://hiddencompass.net/contributors-guidelines/