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Comps and calls for September 2016

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Hello all! It’s September, and probably time to do something other than complain that we didn’t get any Summer at all here in the UK (shakes fist at sky). Submitting and entering is probably more productive! Many thanks, as ever, to those who email me to tell me about their successes from my links. Many thanks to our sponsor this month, writer.support, a website all about technology and how it can aid writers and editors.

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Here are September 2016’s writing competitions and calls for submission, all with free, electronic entry.

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

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

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

Although I mention only fiction or poetry, many publications accept non-fiction, art or other forms, so do check if interested. Good luck and do let me know of successes! The links are in the comments, and any dates at the start are deadlines. December is the best time by far to submit and enter. There are loads of opportunities, and many people are too busy to take advantage of them. Please try to find the time if you can!

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

COMPETITIONS

Weekly: US only: Fiction. PAYING https://printersrow.submittable.com/submit

2nd Sep ‘For this contest, we challenge you to write a creative, compelling, well-crafted story between 1,000 and 5,000 words long in which the concept of “darkness” plays an important role. You may interpret “darkness” any way you want–literally, metaphorically, or any other way. Darkness doesn’t have to have a value judgment attached to it, and it doesn’t have to be symbolic in any way, although it can.’ PAYING https://onthepremises.submittable.com/Submit

2nd Sep Women only: sample of writing for residency at Edith Wharton’s house. PAYING http://www.edithwharton.org/visit/the-edith-wharton-writer-in-residence-program/ (thanks to www.erikadreifus.com for this one)

6th Sep Scary MSS PAYING http://madeleinemilburn.co.uk/madeleine-milburn-summer-writing-competition-make-us-scared/

8th Sep Spectator Competition No. 2965: selfie ‘Edna St Vincent Millay (among others) wrote a poem about a sonnet written in sonnet form (‘I will put Chaos into fourteen lines’). You are invited to write a poem about a verse form, written in that form (sorry, but a maximum of 16 lines please). Please email (wherever possible) entries to lucy@spectator.co.uk by midday on 8 September.’ PAYING http://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/08/body-talk/

12th Sep US only: ‘Each award is tailored to a particular literary form. The Merrill Award recognizes a poet, while fiction writers may apply for either the Johnson Award (for a short story) or the Russo Award (for a novel-in-progress). Winners receive full tuition support for our January Seminar and Workshop Program, round-trip airfare, lodging, a $500 honorarium, and the opportunity to appear on stage during the Seminar. Runners-up for each award will also be offered financial assistance packages. Poets and writers living in the United States who have not yet published a book with a major publisher are eligible to apply.’ PAYING http://www.kwls.org/awards/emerging-writer-awards/ (with thanks for this one to Hope Clark’s Funds for Writers: http://fundsforwriters.com/)

12th Sep Up to three poems. PAYING http://www.princemere.com/ (with thanks for this one to www.winningwriters.com)

14th Sep Gothic short story up to 2000 words. NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.stylist.co.uk/books/enter-stylists-short-story-competition-writing-literature-fiction-authors-book-books-tips

15th Sep A selection of your flash fiction. ‘All writers previously unpublished in SmokeLong Quarterly and who do not have a published chapbook or book-length work in any genre (or are not under contract for such) are eligible to apply.’ PAYING http://www.smokelong.com/kathy-fish-fellowship/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email

15th Sep Flash fic up to 500 words on the theme It Came in the Mail. PAYING https://brilliantflashfictionmag.wordpress.com/2016/06/22/special-delivery-writing-contest/

15th Sep Short poetry, flash fiction and more. PAYING http://concis.io/contest/

16th Sep UK only: Story up to 1000 words on the theme of Jungle, Animals and/or India. NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.mumsnet.com/competitions/2016/august/win-a-huge-prize-bundle-with-the-jungle-book

17th Sep Story up to 700 words on the theme of Past Loves. PAYING http://ourpastloves.com/contest (with thanks to www.winningwriters.com)

19th Sep US only: essay on the theme of Life Lessons. PAYING http://www.realsimple.com/magazine-more/inside-website/contests-sweepstakes/eighth-life-lessons-essay-contest-rules (with thanks to www.winningwriters.com)

21st Sep Sonnet. PAYING http://www.theamericanaesthetic.org/sonnet-prize.html

26th Sep Poetry, drama, fiction and more incorporating disability as a theme or having a major character with a disability. PAYING http://www.txdisabilities.org/p2p-submission-rules

29th Sep ‘The prize, worth £30,000 to the winner, is an international award, founded in 2010, that is open to any story of up to 6,000 words written in English. Stories need to have been either previously unpublished or only published after 31 December 2015. Five authors shortlisted for the award will each receive £1,000. The prize is administered by the Society of Authors. To be eligible, the author must simply have a record of prior publication in creative writing in the United Kingdom or Ireland.’ PAYING http://shortstoryaward.co.uk/enter

30th Sep ‘We are seeking aspiring or established travel writers to send us interesting, original writing relating to the competition theme: Off the Beaten Track. Your article may be about a fascinating, relatively unknown place near to where you live or that you came across by chance when travelling around, or it may be a totally fictional place. It’s entirely up to you.’ Up to 750 words. PAYING http://seniortravelexpert.com/off-beaten-track-writing-competition/

30th Sep Africa only: writers and other artists can apply for six-week residencies. NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.africacentre.net/rockefeller-foundation-bellagio-center-application-guidelines/

30th Sep Children aged 5-12 only: drawings and stories. NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.writingtimes.co.uk/children

30th Sep Fiction up to 2000 words on the theme of Anyone but Me. VOUCHER/OTHER http://www.greywolfeshop.com/2016-monthly-contests.html

30/9 UK only: say why you’d like to win a trip to LA to do the Colour Run, with spending money and various other nice things. PAYING https://www.facebook.com/skittles/photos/a.367523843474.190396.7914733474/10154979516868475/?type=3&theater

30th Sep Story up to 400 words including characters from more than one generation. PAYING http://intergenerationmonth.org/enter-the-contest/

30th Sep ‘Three times a year, Jerry Jazz Musician awards a writer who submits, in our opinion, the best original, previously unpublished work of short fiction. The Jerry Jazz Musician reader has interests in music, social history, literature, politics, art, film and theater, particularly that of the counter-culture of mid-twentieth century America.’ PAYING http://www.jerryjazzmusician.com/2013/02/short-fiction-contest-details/

30th Sep Story/essay up to 2000 words on the theme of Connecting Politics with People. PAYING http://www.wolfoundation.org/guidelines/

1st Oct Family-friendly 30-minute play by a member of the British East Asian, South Asian and South-East Asian communities. PAYING http://www.reddragonflyproductions.co.uk/#!upcoming/c1z71 (thanks to http://www.londonplaywrightsblog.com for this one)

1st Oct Poetry and stories on the theme of Apologies. PAYING https://bopdeadcity.com/contests/

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

Sept/Oct (Exact deadline not clear): Writing by parents of colour on the theme of Loved Ones. http://www.raisingmothers.com/submissions/

2nd Sep ‘Supernatural stories set in the 1920s. Not horror stories, necessarily, but stories that use the 1920s and its spook culture (and spook-busting culture) in an engaging way. Bring us supernatural adventures, supernatural mysteries, supernatural fantasy, or supernatural pulp.’ 1000-16000 words PROFIT/REVENUE SHARING MODEL http://18thwall.com/submissions/

2th Sep Women only: ‘Secret fantasy’.Stories up to 2,200 words and poems up to 40 lines on the theme of erotic passion. Requited or unrequited, chaste or salacious, enacted or just dreamed about, take us on a walk to the wild side of your romantic imagination.’ PAYING https://mslexia.co.uk/themed-writing/

3rd Sep Poetry and flash on the theme of Hope. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://shortstops.info/2016/08/06/a-furious-hope-a-call-for-submission-to-an-anthology/

4th Sep Story 800-2000 words on the theme of Flesh and Bone. http://www.liarsleague.com/liars_league/forthcoming-events-themes.html

5th Sep Submissions wanted for a new anthology of short stories based on the theme of Nothing. ‘Bleak landscapes, empty hearts, insignificant lives, dystopian futures, extinction, limbo, uncertainty, death. A beautiful void or a horrific state of being. The simple complexity of nothingness.’ 3000-7000 words. CONTRIBUTOR COPY http://www.hic-dragones.co.uk/nothing-call-for-submissions/

5th Sep Poetry, flash and short fiction on the theme of Fusion. https://eyedrumperiodically.org/index.php/submissions/

5th Sep Fiction 1500-2500 words on the theme of Change. https://hofstrawindmill.submittable.com/submit

6th Sep Peace poems. http://johnkaniecki.weebly.com/peace-action.html

8th Sep Essays by working class people on the working class. http://deadinkbooks.com/know-your-place-essays-on-the-working-class/

9th Sep GLBT SF stories 3000-15,000 words. PAYING http://www.waywardinkpublishing.com/submission-guidelines/beyond-the-infinite/

10th Sep Writing by women. https://jennymag.submittable.com/submit

10th Sep Poetry, flash, short fiction and more on the theme of Trespassers Beware. CONTRIBUTOR COPY http://faroffplaces.org/submissions

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

15th Sep ‘Darkhouse Books is looking for light-hearted, satirical stories envisioning life under President Trump. Length: 2500 to 5000 (exceptions will be considered) Graphic stories will be considered, as well as paranormal.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY+ ROYALTIES http://darkhousebooks.com/submissions/

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

15th Sep ‘The Fifth Estate, founded in 1965, is an anarchist, anti-capitalist, and anti-authoritarian, anti-profit project published cooperatively by a volunteer collective of friends and comrades. We are committed to non-dogmatic, action-oriented writing and activity to bring about a new world.’ http://www.fifthestate.org/contact-fifth-estate/call-for-submissions/

15th Sep ‘We invite submissions that address the question of precarious work, in the humanities as well as social sciences. Scholarly articles, fictional pieces, poetry and artwork should engage with gendering, broadly construed. Academic and fictional pieces that treat contemporary questions concerning women, gender, sexuality, feminism, LGBTQ issues and/or disability studies are especially welcome.’ http://www.feministpress.org/wsq/current-call-papers

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

15th Sep ‘Behind the Mask (working title) is our next themed anthology and it’s all about superheroes! But not how they saved the world this time. We’re more interested in the ordinary day-to-day challenges facing these extraordinary individuals: growing up, growing old, relationships, career struggles, parenting. How they cope with that age-old desire to fit in when, let’s face it, they don’t.’ 3000-6000 words. PAYING http://meerkatpress.com/submissions-open-for-a-superhero-anthology/

15th Sep ‘Have you ever put a quarter in the parking meter for a stranger? Has someone performed a random act of kindness for you? We love hearing about random acts of kindness and we want to read your best stories about ones that have occurred to you or to someone close to you.’ PAYING http://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics

15th Sep Poems on the theme of Bars. http://03c9c48.netsolhost.com/WordPress/anthologies/

15th Sep Poems and stories on the theme of Fast Food. http://03c9c48.netsolhost.com/WordPress/anthologies/

15th Sep 50-word fiction on the theme of Crossroads. CONTRIBUTOR COPY http://www.blink-ink.org/2016/07/30/submissions-open-for-issue-25-crossroads/

15th Sep Poems inspired by the life and work of Bob Dylan. http://www.newriverspress.com/visiting-bob

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

15th Sep Narratives up to 3500 words on the theme of Firsts. https://chicagomemoryhouse.wordpress.com/submit/

15th Sep Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Interference. CONTRIBUTOR COPY http://www.constellations-lit.com/submissions/

15th Sep Story up to 8000 words on the theme of Enter the Aftermath. PAYING http://tanstaaflpress.com/enter-the-anthologies-submission-guidelines/

15th Sep Fiction up to 3500 words on the theme of Myths, Monsters, Legends and Fairy Tales. PAYING https://syntaxsaltstories.submittable.com/submit

15th Sep Travel fiction, poetry and more on the theme of either Treasures or Seen. SOME CONTRIBUTORS GET CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.panoramajournal.org/calls/

15th Sep Poetry flash and short fiction on the theme of Holidays (Cathy’s note – although this is an NZ mag, they appear to be using the word ‘holidays’ in the American sense, i.e. Christmas, Hallowe’en etc, rather than rests from work and trips away). PAYING http://newzenithmagazine.com/submission-guidelines/

15th Sep ‘We publish short and flash fiction, poetry, word art, and artwork that can be considered “strange and beautiful.” That’s open to interpretation. Literary sci-fi and fantasy, dystopia, utopia, weird tales, bizarro, or just literary stories that are kind of quirky and/or adorable.’ https://kaaterskillbasin.submittable.com/submit

15th Sep ‘Six years have passed since the publication of Lambda Literary Award finalist Dear John, I Love Jane: Women Write about Leaving Men for Women, a groundbreaking exploration of sexual fluidity through intimate, firsthand stories. This anthology remains a crucial resource for women who find themselves deliciously (and distressingly) floundering in the knowledge that although they have always identified as straight, they are now madly in love with another woman. It’s time to update, extend, broaden, and strengthen the conversation.’ PAYING http://cleispress.com/blog/

15th Sep Longform poetry, fiction and more. PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS http://apt.aforementionedproductions.com/submission-guidelines/#.V7cGoDVc7fZ

15th Sep ‘d/Deaf and Disabled BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) compose the silent majority of people harmed by police, but mainstream movements for justice have failed to include us. The Deaf Poets Society wants to change that. Send us your state and police violence related poems, art, and nonfiction pieces for publication in Issue 2.5: Nothing About Us Without Us.’ PAYING http://www.deafpoetssociety.com/submit/

15th Sep Horror poetry, flash and short fiction. https://kaaterskillbasinjournal.com/submission-guidelines/

15th Sep Poetry and more. PAYING http://www.munsterlit.ie/Southword%20Journal.html

16th Sep Poetry on the theme of Marine Life. http://zoomorphic.net/submissions/

22nd Sep ‘NILVX (nil-lux) is a multimedia journal providing a platform for writers, philosophers, artists, and photographers inspired by magic and the occult. Whether you are drawn to the symbols and mysteries of the occult or actively part of the magical community, we welcome creatives from all diverse backgrounds and rich traditions.’ Poetry, fiction and much more on the theme of Womb, Egg, Phallus and Seed. https://themageslantern.submittable.com/submit

23rd Sep Flash fiction on the theme of Christmas in Crisis. PAYING http://splickety.com/submission-guidelines/

25th Sep Poetry, fiction and more. PAYING http://puritan-magazine.com/submissions/

30th Sep We ask for prose (inc. nonfiction works) of no longer than 1500 words or 5 poems (prose poems) or no more than 30 lines (300 words) each. http://platypuspress.co.uk/2412/

30th Sep Poems. http://www.jazzcig.com/submit.html

30th Sep Poetry and flash on the theme of Reflections. CONTRIBUTOR COPY http://www.kindofahurricanepress.com/p/anthology-reflection.html

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

30th Sep ‘The Patchwork Raven is looking for submissions for a book of short bedtime stories for children between roughly 3-9 years old. Stories should be between 500 and 1500 words. In particular, we are looking to create a book of diverse protagonists – stories from and about people all over the world from all kinds of cultures and sub-cultures. Don’t get too hung up on “message”, though – we want strong tales that will be gripping to kids, we just also want multiple kinds of voices in the book.’ PAYING http://www.thepatchworkraven.com/#!submissions/dliyq

30th Sep Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Serendipity by lesbian POC. https://blacklesbianliterarycollective.com/serendipity/

30th Sep ‘Write To Meow is a bi-annual, anthology. The goal of this collection is to bring awareness to the plight of the thousands of cats that are currently suffering in shelters and needlessly walked into the gas chamber. Contributors wishing to achieve the goal of publication may submit short stories and personal essays of not more than 8,000 words; or poetry of not more than 45 lines, with a central theme or character involving cats.’ https://greywolfepublishing.submittable.com/submit

30th Sep ‘We’re looking for stories about moms of all ages, from young mothers to great-grandmothers, and everything in between. Let your mom or grandmother or stepmother or the mother of your children know that her hard work has been recognized and that without her, the kids wouldn’t be where they are today.’ Poems and stories. PAYING http://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics

30th Sep Stories up to 10,000 words on the theme of Uncommon Minds. ROYALTIES http://www.fightingmonkeypress.com/submissions/

30th Sep Poetry on the theme of Toxic Masculinity. https://thankyouforswallowing.wordpress.com/submission-guidelines/

30th Sep SF and F stories 1000-10,000 words on the theme of Gun Control. PAYING http://magazine.metaphorosis.com/guidelines/

30th Sep Poetry, fiction and more on the themes of either Rehab or True Crime. Also unthemed. PAYING http://www.tinhouse.com/magazine/submission-guidelines.html

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

1st Oct ‘Evocative language and strong narrative delight us! You do not have to be a sufferer of or write explicitly about mental illness but your work must deal with the theme somehow.’ https://nebulousmag.com/submissions/

1st Oct Story ending with the provided sentence. PAYING http://www.thelastlinejournal.com/

1st Oct Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Witness (Cathy’s note: there are loads of categories with submission fees, but there is a free option). CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.originsjournal.com/submit/

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.

Many genre fiction anthologies. ROYALTIES https://horrifiedpress.wordpress.com/open-for-submissions/

Articles and poems. http://www.deancharltonmag.com/

Fiction novels, novellas and short story collections with a central hook. ROYALTIES http://www.ouenpress.com/2.html

Parodies of women’s magazine articles. http://www.happywomanmagazine.com/Navigation/Submissions.htm

Poetry, fiction and more. (Cathy’s note: if your piece isn’t published within 60 days, consider it rejected.) PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS http://anthonywatkins.wixsite.com/betterthanstarbucks/contact-submit

Novels and graphic novels. http://www.commondeerpress.com/#!submissions/c1t44

‘Dawn’s “nature awareness” titles—almost always picture books—are intended to encourage an appreciation for nature and a respectful participation in it. We want to inspire children as well as educate them.’ https://dawnpub.com/submission-guidelines/ (Many thanks for this one to Hope Clark’s http://fundsforwriters.com/)

Speculative fiction MSS. ROYALTIES http://www.lillicatpublishers.com/?page_id=607

SF stories. PAYING http://phantaxis.com/

Stories 500-2500 words. https://fictivedream.com/submission-guidelines/

Poetry, fiction and art. http://www.cypressknee.org/submit/

Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of What We Wear, for this ‘zine that is a place of healing for those who have survived (or are concerned about) sexual violence). http://www.awakenedvoices.net/#!submit/c1dav

‘We are looking for your poems that don’t see straight. That others aren’t willing to love enough. We want poems that bounce, poems that are flat, poems that pretend to be other things.’ https://strangepoetry.wordpress.com/submission/

Open until filled: ‘For our inaugural issue, please submit only work inspired by, influenced by or even about RAYMOND. That means Carver, Chandler, Romano, only. If there is another Raymond of which we aren’t thinking of , tell us in your submission. Do not submit anything not-inspired by/not-influenced by/not-about RAYMOND. You will be swiftly and cursorily rejected. Future issues, such as Queen (Latifah, Elizabeth), will be similarly focused.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://theraymondo.wordpress.com/submissions/

Fiction over 3000 words. PAYING http://www.foundpress.com/submissions/

‘We are looking for stories/personal essays about your relationship to your body between 500-1000 words. Whether that be a story about the shape and size of your body, an illness that has claimed your body, an act of violence committed to your body, or the greatest love your body has ever known. We are looking for stories of sexuality and identity. Who are you without your body? Does the shape of the vessel determine its contents? We are looking for stories of love and lust, or waiting and weight-ing. Who has loved your body? Have you?’ https://mybodymywords.submittable.com/submit

‘Day One is looking for: Original short fiction (up to 20,000 words) from debut and emerging writers who have never before published a full-length novel or story collection. Poetry from emerging poets.’ PAYING https://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1001224641

Poetry, fiction and more. There’s also a special submission process for work by teens. http://www.805lit.org/submissions

Poetry, fiction and more. https://www.redfez.net/oldsubmit

Until filled: ‘Unnerving Magazine accepts short story submissions of horror, dark science fiction (light), dark fantasy and dark literary. Generally leaning strongly toward horror over other genres.’ PAYING http://www.unnervingmagazine.com/copy-of-submissions

MSS of various kinds. ADVANCE + ROYALTIES https://therove.submittable.com/submit

Poetry and prose on the theme of Tolerance. https://writersagainstprejudice.wordpress.com/about/

Romance and erotica over 60,000 words. ROYALTIES http://www.melange-books.com/subs.html

 

 

 

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Mini-update: moongarlic e-zine

Deadline 31st Aug ‘moongarlic is an E-zine for short verse, art, word sculptures, photographs, propaganda, for the unwanted, the crazy, the lonely, the good, the bad, the psycho-tropically challenged, the loaded, the clean, the dirty, the hair washers, the head shavers, the fakers, the shakers, the laminated takers . . ‘ http://www.moongarlic.org/p/subs.html

Mini-update: Come As You Are

31st Aug ‘We’re looking for poetry, micro and flash fiction, flash essay (lyric essay especially), and hybrid works of no more than 750 words. We want to read personal stories, tributes, critique, idol worship, comedy and tragedy. We want you to dig deep into what pop culture did for you, to you, and with you in the 1990s. Whether your biggest fandom was Pokemon or Nirvana, Salt-N-Pepa or Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Boyz II Men or the X-Files, we want to read what you have to say.’ PAYING https://eljpublications.com/submit/anthologies/come-as-you-are/

Comps and calls for August 2016

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Hello all! It’s August – another good month for submissions, as so many people are on holiday (or looking after their children who are on holiday from school). Enjoy the sunshine if you get any in your part of the world, but do find time to submit and enter too!

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Have a fabulous August and I’ll see you in September. Good luck!

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Here are August 2016’s writing competitions and calls for submission, all with free, electronic entry.

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

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

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

Although I mention only fiction or poetry, many publications accept non-fiction, art or other forms, so do check if interested. Good luck and do let me know of successes! The links are in the comments, and any dates at the start are deadlines. December is the best time by far to submit and enter. There are loads of opportunities, and many people are too busy to take advantage of them. Please try to find the time if you can!

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

COMPETITIONS

Weekly poetry competition. PAYING http://poetrynook.com/contest/88th-weekly-poetry-contest

Each Friday: writing up to 500 words on the theme. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/group-writing-submissions/

3rd Aug Spectator Competition No 2960: summertime. You are invited to submit a poem on the theme of summer in which the last two words of each line rhyme. Please email (wherever possible) entries of up to 16 lines to lucy@spectator.co.uk by midday on 3 August. PAYING http://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/07/lookist/

5th Aug UK only: short story up to 4000 words. PAYING http://www.costa.co.uk/costa-book-awards/costa-short-story-award/

10th Aug Short story up to 2000 words. PAYING https://dacunha.global/made-up-words-short-fiction-competition-2016/

10th Aug Spectator Competition No. 2961: act of contrition ‘You are invited to submit limericks (up to three each) that might have been written by Boris Johnson in an attempt to smooth ruffled feathers on the international stage. Please email (wherever possible) entries to lucy@spectator.co.uk by midday on 10 August.’ http://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/07/heavens-gate/

15th Aug SF story 1000-30,000 words. PAYING http://www.newbbay.com/index.html

15th Aug Tanka. CERTIFCATE http://www.unitedhaikuandtankasociety.com/words.html

15th Aug Poems of various types. DIGITAL AWARD SEAL https://nyliterarymagazine.com/contests-for-poets-and-writers/free-to-enter-poetry-contests/

29th Aug ‘All competitions are open to all non-professional fiction writers who are UK residents. A non-professional writer means a person who has never received a fee for their work, whether it be fiction or non-fiction. Prize money received as a result of entering work into a competition is not considered a fee.’ The competition: short story on the theme of Discovery. There are children’s categories as well as the open category, and their theme is Adventure.’ PAYING http://dragonflytea.com/blogs/our-blog/116631620-announcing-dragonfly-teas-short-story-competition

30th Aug Fiction or nonfiction 1000-6000 words on the theme of Near Steps to Interstellar. NON-CASH PRIZE http://canopus.100yss.org/?page_id=146

31st Aug ‘The theme of this poetry competition is poetry and politics, so in order to enter your poem it must be about any aspect of politics. Your poem can be about international politics or instead be about something political much more closer to home.’ PAYING http://www.hollandparkpress.co.uk/magazine_detail.php?magazine_id=407&language=English

31st Aug Monologue script up to 15 mins. NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.soundwork-uk.co.uk/competitions

31st Aug Flash fiction 550-650 words on the theme of Theft. NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.ilanotreview.com/constraint/flash-story-contest-with-israel-story/

31st Aug ‘You’re rummaging through an old tub of clothes from your childhood that your parents had stored away in their attic. As you search you find one particular piece that you remember as your favorite. When you hold it in your hands, you’re magically transported back to the moment you got that piece of clothing (birthday present, shopping with a parent, purchased with your own money, etc.). Write about that moment and how you felt when you received it. (Can be nonfiction or fiction.)’ Up to 2000 words. VOUCHER/OTHER http://greywolfepublishing.com/2016%20Monthly%20Contests.html

31st Aug Funny essay up to 500 words or cartoon on the theme of Writing. PAYING http://devyaniborade.blogspot.co.uk/p/contest.html (Many thanks to Hope Clark’s FundsforWriters for this one. http://fundsforwriters.com/ )

1st Sep ‘The 2016 Cheshire Prize for Literature is for an original and previously unpublished poem. Individual poems should not exceed 50 lines and no more than 100 lines per entrant. The Competition is open to residents of Cheshire, Warrington, Wirral and Halton including those who have ever lived or worked in the area.’ PAYING http://www.chester.ac.uk/literatureprize/howtoenter

1st Sep 70-90 min play. PAYING http://ignitetheatre.org.uk/projects/scriptwriting.html

1st Sep Poetry, fiction and more. PAYING http://www.geoliterary.com/#!submit/cazy

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

2nd Aug ‘Bright Wall/Dark Room is currently accepting unsolicited submissions for its monthly magazine. Essays, criticism, poetry, reportage, interviews, and short humor pieces will all be evaluated and considered. We are absolutely not looking for formulaic plot-summary “reviews” of any kind. We are far more interested in content that has you interacting, engaging, or wrestling with a film (or film-related topic) in some personal or unique way. Creativity and thinking outside of the box are highly encouraged.’ Theme: Friends and Enemies PAYING https://brightwalldarkroom.submittable.com/submit

5th Aug Funny poetry and fiction. http://www.defenestrationmag.net/submissions/

5th Aug Various kinds of poetry and flash. http://pcsj.org/caesura_call.html

7th Aug Fiction 800-2000 words on the theme of Gods & Mortals. http://www.liarsleague.com/liars_league/forthcoming-events-themes.html

8th Aug ‘Original Short stories, as short as you please or as long as 3K words (as always, I’m a little flexible on max word count, but shorter is better here), written as a caller to a paranormal talk radio show. <— THIS IS IMPORTANT. —> Your story must be written in the first person, as recounted by the caller.’ PAYING https://turntoash.com/2016/06/03/take-this-place-on-this-trip-just-for-me/

8th Aug ‘Is there a Quaker way to use social media, online communication, and technology? What resources are we using and how do they help in outreach with the public and communication within the meeting community? How do we mindfully and ethically use technology and make sure it doesn’t reinforce other privileges? How do we disagree online? How do we engage or deflect online disruptions like flamewars and trolls?’ Poetry and more. http://www.friendsjournal.org/submissions/

10th Aug Poetry and fiction on the theme of Feast. http://www.tribemagazine.org/tribeblog/thief-issue-3-call-out-for-creative-writing-and-animation

10th Aug ‘We are looking for fairy tale retellings featuring princesses. Whether it be Snow White, Rapunzel, or one of the lesser know princesses, we will consider them all! We will consider any sub-genre. If you want to make a Cinderella story in space, send it. Sleeping Beauty horror? Yes please. Steampunk Little Mermaid? Go ahead. Erotica Rapunzel? We’re interested.’ 1000-40,000 words. PAYING http://fantasiadivinitymagazine.myfreesites.net/anthology-submission-calls

10th Aug Stories up to 8000 words on the theme of Dark Magic: witches, hackers and robots. PAYING https://owlhollowpress.com/anthology/

11th Aug Poetry and prose on the theme of Politics, for this journal devoted to women’s sexuality. http://www.cliteraturejournal.com/submissionguidelines.html

14th Aug Plays of up to 15 mins. http://www.freerayneartists.com/

15th Aug Indigenous Canadians only: poetry, fiction and more. PAYING http://www.malahatreview.ca/announcements/indigenous_issue_call.html

15th Aug ‘Shroud Quarterly publishes literary speculative fiction with a dark orientation from 500 to 6000 words. Submissions may now include horror, suspense, mystery, noir, fantasy, science fiction, humor, long-form poetry, bizarro, or other forms of intelligent, speculative writing.’ PAYING http://www.shroudmagazine.com/#!submissions/c19lh

15th Aug Stories 1000-10,000 words about Krampus. PAYING http://www.worldweaverpress.com/submit-anthologies.html

15th Aug Poems (Cathy’s note: another source says that they PAY, but I can’t find any payment details listed on the site). http://www.agendapoetry.co.uk/submit.php

15th Aug Writing about Vintage Beauty. http://www.lunalunamagazine.com/special-issue-submissions

15th Aug ‘Write To Wildlife is an annual, anthology. The goal of this collection is to bring awareness to the important work sanctuaries around America do to keep wild animals safe, unexploited and off the endangered species lists. The Earth has an abundance of special creatures, and we believe it’s important to protect them all. Contributors wishing to achieve the goal of publication may submit short stories and personal essays of not more than 8,000 words; or poetry of not more than 45 lines, with a central theme or character involving any animal other than cats or dogs.’ https://greywolfepublishing.submittable.com/submit

15th Aug Poetry, fiction and more. PAYING https://emergeliteraryjournal.com/submission-guidelines/

15th Aug ‘Temptation Press is holding open submissions for short stories to be featured in this upcoming collection that tells tales of casual encounters. These tales are not to be the sweet romance, or the search for true love type of stories. Whether it is a friend with benefits or a random hook-up, your main character has an itch that needs to be scratched.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.temptationpress.com/submission-guidelines/upcoming-anthology-calls-for-submission/

15th Aug Poetry and short prose on the theme of When I Moved. https://silverbirchpress.wordpress.com/2016/06/15/call-for-submissions-when-i-moved-poetry-prose-series/

15th Aug ‘We are looking for speculative fiction drawing from all of the themes from issues 5 – 8, but also specifically inspired by the UK’s recent decision to leave the EU. Where can you see this going? Are we headed for dystopia or utopia? What would the ghosts of people that died in our two world wars think? What would a secret supernatural underworld be feeling right now? How would this affect witches, robots, fairies?’ POSSIBLY PAYING http://www.holdfastmagazine.com/submission-guidelines/4582814806

15th Aug Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Voices from the Edge. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.conclavejournal.com/

15th Aug Poetry, prose and more. http://www.flatbushreview.com/guidelines-for-submissions.html

17th Aug Nonfiction poetry on the theme of Dance. http://rabbitpoetry.com/

18th Aug Flash and short fiction on the theme of India and the Global South. http://www.litro.co.uk/submit/

21st Aug Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Liminal. https://antithesisjournal.com/submissions/

21st Aug ‘Plays must be full length (at least an hour) and have at least two female roles for characters in their 20s. Preferred texts will have simple staging requirements, any genre or topic will be considered but we are particularly interested in reading scripts which engage with current events.’ http://www.londonplaywrightsblog.com/?p=6276

26th Aug Flash fiction romance on the theme of All’s Fair in Love and Uniforms. PAYING http://splickety.com/submission-guidelines/

26th Aug Fantasy fiction 3000-15,000 words on the theme of Broken Chains. PAYING http://scififantasypublications.com/submissions/short-story-submission/

26th Aug Horror fiction 3000-15,000 words on the theme of A Scratch at the Door. http://wickedtales.ca/index.php/muffled-scream-submission/

30th Aug LGBTQ fiction 10,000 words and under. PAYING http://www.mischiefcornerbooks.com/submissions.html

30th Aug or when filled: ‘Pole to Pole Publishing is seeking original science fiction, fantasy and horror stories of 3,000-5,000 words (firm) to be published in the In a Cat’s Eye anthology, slated for publication October 2016.’ PAYING http://poletopolepublishing.com/submissions/

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

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

30th Aug Poetry and more on the theme of Women’s Human Rights. http://www.cwscf.ca/subguides.html

31st Aug Fiction 800-3000 words on the theme of Truth & Consequences. http://www.liarsleaguenyc.com/submissions/

31st Aug Erotic haiku and other poetry. PAYING http://subterraneanbluepoetry.com/SubterraneanBluePoetry.Submissions.htm

31st Aug Spec fiction 8000-10,000 words inspired by a song. PAYING http://www.wickedinkbooks.com/submission/

31st Aug Poetry, flash and short fiction on the theme of Horror. https://tigersharkpublishing.wordpress.com/home/guidelines/

31st Aug Stories 1000-5000 words on the theme of Place. CONTRIBUTOR COPY http://simonepress.com/call%20for%20submissions.html

31st Aug Microtext. CONTRIBUTOR COPY http://medusaslaugh.com/calls-for-submissions/

31st Aug Writing on the theme of Lost: Reflections. CONTRIBUTOR COPY https://medusaslaugh.submittable.com/submit

31st Aug Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Inspiration. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES

http://www.mpapublishing.co.za/submission-guidelines/ealain-submission-guidelines/

31st Aug Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Food. PAYING https://www.thecapilanoreview.ca/submissions/

31st Aug or when filled: genre poetry and fiction on the theme of Automobilia. PAYING http://www.omicronworld.com/#!spekulative-stories/c1cg0

31st Aug Poetry and fiction influenced by Thomas Ligotti. PAYING https://vastarienblog.wordpress.com/submission-guidelines/

31st Aug Vignette. PAYING http://www.vineleavesliteraryjournal.com/submission-guidelines.html

31st Aug Canadians only: ‘Fairy tales are often about the encounter with the strange, fantastic, and otherworldly. They are frequently used as texts of warning, inspiring conformity by telling people what they shouldn’t do. We want to explore the power of fairy tales as texts of resistance, as ways of speaking back to those power structures that try to get us to conform.’ PAYING https://overtherainbowfairytale.wordpress.com/

31st Aug Stories on the theme of Dark Magic. PAYING https://owlhollowpress.com/anthology/

31st Aug Poetry chapbooks. Send your MS as a Word doc or PDF to submissions@lithicpress.com

31st Aug Philosophical poetry, fiction and more. http://www.kritike.org/submissions.html

31st Aug Poetry chapbook. ROYALTIES http://redbirdchapbooks.com/ChapbookGuidelines

31st Aug Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Theft. http://www.ilanotreview.com/submissions-page/

31st Aug ‘Sometimes magic happens in your life. You have a dream that reveals a truth or a course of action to you. You have a premonition that changes your behavior and saves you or a loved one from disaster. You meet someone at just the right time and you can’t believe the coincidence. Share your stories about the amazing things that have happened in your own life.’ PAYING http://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics

31st Aug ‘In 2017 Canada will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Our Canadian writers and readers will be focused on what Canada, and being Canadian, means. Send us your stories about what it means to be a Canadian, whether you’re talking about hockey or camping, Celtic fiddle music and step dancing or singing “O Canada,” or any of the other things that make you so proud—and grateful—to be Canadian.’ PAYING http://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics

31st Aug Poetry on the theme of Drought. http://theplumtreetavern.blogspot.co.uk/p/guidelines.html

31st Aug Poetry, flash and short fiction on the theme of Happy Holidays! https://sedimentslit.com/submit/

1st Sep Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Nostalgia. PAYING http://subterrain.ca/about/35/sub-terrain-writer-s-guidelines

1st Sep ‘The special emphasis in Emanations VI is fiction and poetry with a strong sense of “other place”, and “unworldly” ways of seeing, feeling, and describing. Recognizable genres—science fiction, fantasy, horror, political dystopia, satire, mystery, local color, romance, realism, surrealism, postmodernism–are fine, but the chief idea is to make something new, and along these lines the illusion of something new can be just as important.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY http://www.iaemanations.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/emanations-vi-call-for-submissions.html

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

1st Sep Poetry, flash, short fiction and more. http://www.sevencirclepress.com/circleshowsubs.htm

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

1st Sep ‘The Other Journal welcomes the submission of critical essays, reviews, creative writing, and visual or performance art that encounter life through the lens of theology and culture; we seek pieces that consider the interaction of faith with contemporary life, art, politics, sexuality, technology, economics, and social justice.’ theme for this issue: Identity. http://theotherjournal.com/submissions/

1st Sep Novels by African-American women. http://www.shademountainpress.com/contact.php

1st Sep Poetry, fiction and more. https://swampapereview.com/

1st Sep Poetry and fiction. ‘To be considered, all works must have a speculative, mythological, or fantastical element. The element must be important such that the piece would be a markedly different work if it were absent, but it need not be the central theme of the story or poem. There is no minimum level of “hard” for science fiction or “high” for fantasy.’ PAYING http://www.ligatureworks.com/submissions/

1st Sep ‘Note: all stories submitted to our autumn issue must also be autumn themed in addition to the following requirements. The veil between worlds is intrinsic to the very nature of autumn. On the celtic feast of Samhain, otherwise known as Halloween, the veil grows thin and the dead can pass through for one night. If they can pass through, then what else can? And if it’s easy for the dead to pass through into our world… is the fabric of reality warped on that night, allowing for us to also travel to distant alternate realities?’ Flash and short fiction. PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS http://www.betweenworldszine.com/submissions-guide/

1st Sep Poetry and fiction retellings of Andersen’s The Snow Queen. http://www.timelesstalesmagazine.com/submissions

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.

1,000-10,000 word mystery stories. PAYING http://www.mysteryweekly.com/submit.asp

Dark poetry and fiction. PAYING https://ravenwoodquarterly.wordpress.com/about/submissions/

‘The more experimental, the riskier, the better. A story about a film-within-a-film-within-a-bus-tour. A treatment for an opera that stands alone as a story. Something shocking written in the language of the contemporary cover letter. Ideas are good, plots are fine, character development is okay. Creepy language is preferable above all else.’ https://whiteelephantmagazine.com/guidelines/

Poetry, flash and short fiction. http://www.spankthecarp.com/submissions.html

‘We’re after your best experimental short form fiction. All of the things you don’t submit because you think they’re too weird. Tell us stories without falling back on the traditional storytelling formats, explore what other forms a narrative can take. We want contributors to really experiment with the boundaries of narrative and create stories outside of the usual sentence-paragraph-chapter, beginning-middle-end system. Tell tales in school report cards, online quizzes, horoscopes, cryptic crossword clues, medical notes, geographical directions, weather forecasts, restaurant reviews, employment contracts…’ PAYING https://sn1press.submittable.com/submit

Poetry chapbooks. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://prolificpress.com/chapbook-submissions/

Books on Jewish themes for children and families. http://www.karben.com/Submission-Guidelines_ep_47-1.html FLAT FEE OR ROYALTIES

Poetry, flash, short fiction and more. https://gravel.submittable.com/submit

Poetry, flash and more. ‘Whale Road Review is a labor of love and can’t offer monetary payment at this time, but writers will receive a small token of appreciation upon publication.’ http://www.whaleroadreview.com/submission-guidelines/

Funny poems. http://www.spillingcocoa.com/submissions/

Poetry and short fiction. https://hypertrophicpress.com/hypertrophic-literary/submit/

Poetry, flash and short fiction. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://stormcellarquarterly.com/submit/

‘Dark Park Publishing is currently accepting well-written novels and novellas in all areas of Dark Fiction. Works can be Horror, Dark Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Western, or Dark Comedy in any genre. What we are looking for, besides an entertaining read, is unique storytelling. Whether it’s a strikingly original premise, a mash-up of genres never done before, or a tale told in an unconventional (but effective) style, if your work presents fresh ideas and a distinctive voice, we’re interested!’ ADVANCE + ROYALTIES http://www.darkparkpublishing.com/submissions/

(Many thanks to Hope Clark’s FundsforWriters for this one. http://fundsforwriters.com/ )

‘The mission of Bick Publishing House for Teens/Young Adults is to relate modern science and its ethics, communications arts, philosophy, psychology to the teenager’s world, so they can make their own responsible decisions about their own lives and future. The mission of Bick Publishing House for Adults is to bring professional information to the general audience in mental illness and recovery, addictions and recovery, in the art of living with disabilities, and in wildlife rehabilitation.’ http://www.bickpubhouse.com/contact.html

(Many thanks to Hope Clark’s FundsforWriters for this one. http://fundsforwriters.com/ )

Pagans only: Poetry, fiction and more. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://slpagansociety.org/enheduanna-journal/

‘The Drabble accepts original works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Our editors will review each piece we receive, and if we like it, we will publish it. We receive a lot of submissions, so if we accept your piece it may be a month or more before we publish it. Note: Your submission must contain no more than 100 words.’ http://www.thedrabble.com/

UK only: Poetry, fiction and more. http://mironline.org/submissions/

Poetry, fiction and more. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.schoolcraft.edu/a-z-index/the-macguffin/submission-guidelines

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS! I have been creating an anthology since the verdict for Trayvon Martin … it has gone through titles due to the situation and I have settled on “Firewords: State of Our Union” .. please send your art, stories of living minority in AmeriKKKa, poems, videos to sinikpro AT gmail DOT com… subject “firewords”. send your bio and picture if you do not want to be anonymous..

Graphic novels. http://yenpress.com/about/

US only: Fiction and nonfiction MSS. http://www.jollyfishpress.com/submissions.html

Occult detective fiction. PAYING http://greydogtales.com/blog/?page_id=2360

Open until filled: ‘We are seeking short stories written by established and upcoming writers from around the world with the theme of issues that the future will bring. What issue or thing that will change our society for the better or for the worse in the future? It is a “what if” question, beloved of writers everywhere. For example, what if we had cheap, affordable FTL drives?’ 2000-9000 words. reprints acceptable. PAYING http://www.salgado-reyes.com/submissions/#cyberpunk

Fantasy novellas. PAYING http://thefantasistmag.com/submissions-guidelines/

All forms of writing. (Cathy’s note: they don’t pay, but they are absolutely lovely people.) https://shortstops.info/bunbury-magazine/

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

‘Send us one poem, one piece of micro fiction or one lyric essay—we use genre distinctions loosely here. Make sure your piece is no longer than a single page, 300 words or whatever comes first. Work must be previously unpublished.’ http://www.redbirdchapbooks.com/content/weekly-read-guidelines

‘Crab Fat is interested in brutal honesty and authenticity. Don’t be afraid to use real language. Crab Fat is not interested in robotic academic language; frank language is always the best, even if that means using profanity and non-standard English. Break away from traditional structures and mainstream ideologies. Emotive writing is most important.’ http://crabfatmagazine.com/

Poetry and fiction. VOUCHER/OTHER (Cathy’s note: if your work is accepted for publication, you get a voucher for membership of Firstwriter. This is extremely useful for writers – they have a huge database of agents, publishers, contests etc. I bought a lifetime memebrship) https://www.firstwriter.com/Magazine/submit.shtml

Dark short stories, 1000-3000 words. PAYING https://solarcide.com/solarcide/guidelines-update/ (Many thanks for this to www.erikadreifus.com )

‘Knut House Press endeavors to publish innovative literary work that a larger mainstream press probably wouldn’t bite. Incorporation of multimedia or collaboration with visual artists is welcome, but not required. Submissions should be fresh and polished. No mainstream genre fiction. No hackneyed nursery rhymes. As creative work, submissions should break the rules, but still make sense. Should be “outside the box,” yet cohere.’ http://knuthousepress.com/contact.html

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

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Comps and calls for July 2016

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

Cathy x


Here are July 2016’s writing competitions and calls for submission, all with free, electronic entry.

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

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

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

Although I mention only fiction or poetry, many publications accept non-fiction, art or other forms, so do check if interested. Good luck and do let me know of successes! The links are in the comments, and any dates at the start are deadlines. December is the best time by far to submit and enter. There are loads of opportunities, and many people are too busy to take advantage of them. Please try to find the time if you can!

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

COMPETITIONS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SUBMISSIONS WITH NO KNOWN DEADLINES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Comps and calls for June 2016

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

Cathy x


Here are June 2016’s writing competitions and calls for submission, all with free, electronic entry.

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

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

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

Although I mention only fiction or poetry, many publications accept non-fiction, art or other forms, so do check if interested. Good luck and do let me know of successes! The links are in the comments, and any dates at the start are deadlines. December is the best time by far to submit and enter. There are loads of opportunities, and many people are too busy to take advantage of them. Please try to find the time if you can!

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

COMPETITIONS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SUBMISSIONS WITH NO KNOWN DEADLINES

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

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

Fiction books. PROFIT/REVENUE SHARING MODEL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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