Comps and calls for December 2020

Hello everyone,

It’s the busiest Comps and Calls month of the year! There are always loads of opportunities in December, and fewer people submit or enter because they’re so busy. Do try to find time to write, and to send off some of your writing. Just an hour here and there. Explain to any spouses (spice?!) or children that this is important. Bribe them as necessary.

As usual I’m in a chaotic mess. I was once chatting about this with a therapist, and she said that most people are either overwhelmed with chaos and too many tasks, or don’t have enough to do, and feel that life is passing them by. It’s very hard to find a good balance. Most writers would tell you some simple fixes (“Prioritise!”) at this point. Well, I’ve been working on this, but what I’ve discovered is that I like a chaotic flurry. 🙂 So I’m not going to tell you what to do!

Speaking of activity… My writing and submission course will start in the New Year, and sign-up details will be available on 1st January in the next edition of Comps and Calls. I’ve been preparing some of the material, and it’s very exciting (for me anyway)! The idea is that we’ll have a workshop on two certain themes each week – for poetry and fiction – and that these themes will be from actual submission opportunities or writing competitions. So at the end of the course (five weeks, two hours each week) you should have ten pieces of writing, and ten places to send that writing. You won’t be forced to submit though! You’ll need to be on Facebook and pay via Paypal (including via any debit/credit card), and the cost for the whole course will be £49.

Love to you all, and many thanks especially to those who have got in touch or donated. You’re a very talented lot!

Whatever you celebrate or don’t celebrate at this time of year, lots of love, and I hope you come out the other side feeling happy and well, with plenty of submissions and comp entries in the bag.

Best wishes and stay safe,

Cathy x


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

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

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

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

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

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

COMPETITIONS

2nd Dec Spectator Competition No. 3178: what the dickens. ‘You are invited to submit an extract from a Dickensian novel based around the name of someone in political life. Please email entries of up to 150 words to lucy@spectator.co.uk by midday on 2 December. https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/-this-be-the-prequel-and-other-poetic-prequels- (Cathy’s note: scroll down to find the comp.)

4th Dec Spectator Competition ‘No. 3179: singular sonnets. You are invited to submit a Christmas hit single (please specify) rewritten as a sonnet. Please email entries to lucy@spectator.co.uk by midday on 4 December.’ PAYING https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/spectator-competition-winners-letters-to-cities (Cathy’s note: scroll down to find the comp.)

4th Dec ‘The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award is the richest prize for a single short story in the English language, worth £30,000 to the winner. The award, for a story of 6,000 words or less, is open to any novelist or short story writer from around the world who has been published in the UK or Ireland.’ PAYING (LOTS!) https://www.shortstoryaward.co.uk/awards/2021/

15th Dec Poem. PAYING https://www.zone3press.com/blog/view/second-annual-broadside-competition

15th Dec Flash fiction inspired by the provided image. PAYING https://apparitionlit.com/submissions/

15th Dec ‘The Roswell Award international short science fiction story competition accepts entries from emerging writers age 16 and older.’ PAYING https://www.lightbringerproject.org/science-fiction-competitions

15th Dec The Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award. ‘This award recognizes a science fiction story that embraces feminist themes and has a female protagonist. Top entries will exemplify excellence in feminist storytelling, while capturing the complexities of their characters. The winner will receive print publication in Artemis Journal… Additional prizes for the winning story will be announced.’ 500-1500 words. PRIZES (UNKNOWN WHAT) https://www.lightbringerproject.org/science-fiction-competitions

31st Dec Poem. PAYING https://www.sps.com/contest-3

31st Dec Flash fiction. ‘Holiday Season Offer: Entries received within the month of December 2020 will be eligible for submission fee waivers if the designated dialogue prompt (“What a time to be alive!”) is used. Please ignore the payment page during your submission process if your submission is eligible for the Holiday Season Offer.’ ‘We are looking for fiction that will appeal to young readers from age 11 and even to full-on grown-ups.’ PAYING https://zizzlelit.com/contest-rules/

31st Dec Drabble on the theme of Dead of Winter. PAYING https://runebear.com/submit/

1st Jan Travel writing up to 500 words. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://winglessdreamer.com/travelogue-writing-contest-2021/

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

2nd Dec ‘HASH is a literary journal that regularly publishes new fiction, nonfiction, poetry, interviews, book/movie/record reviews, and original artwork, on the world wide web. We publish pieces that are culturally observant, humorous, and a little offbeat. We look for emotional honesty and unique perspectives.’ https://www.hashjournal.net/submit (Cathy’s note: I’ve found conflicting deadlines on the website, so I’ve posted the earliest, just to be on the safe side.)

5th Dec ‘Defenestration is a humor magazine. We don’t worry about the particulars of genre, style, or form as long as the work is funny. What exactly constitutes as “funny” varies from person to person, but we try to publish a wide range of humor, from the ridiculous to the satirical, and everything in between.’ http://www.defenestrationmag.net/submissions/ (Cathy’s note: there’s also a really good list here of plots that they’ve seen too often. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t write these things – I have a story about someone trying to elude Death that is unaccountably (ahem) unpublished – but be aware that there are loads of them out there.)

5th Dec ‘Adventure Fiction places emphasis on protagonists with agency, feats of daring, and the sense of discovery. These traits are not necessarily confined by time or place, though we are interested in fiction grounded to Earth as a setting.’ 5000-7000 words. PAYING https://cliffhangermagazine.blogspot.com/

6th Dec ‘Project#6 is all about that intricate emotion called Love. Yes, this is going to be an anthology of romance and it will be released on… you guessed it, February 14, 2021. Here are some guidelines to get you started. Word limit: 1500 to 3000 words. Please stay within the word limit. Any story exceeding the word limit will be summarily rejected.’ https://www.facebook.com/thehiveofwriters/

7th Dec Horror story of roughly 2000 words on the theme of Secret Messages. PAYING https://theotherstories.net/submissions

7th Dec Writing on the theme of Cycles. https://sandyriverreview.com/the-sandy-river-review/

12th Dec ‘We want to hear love stories that are outside of the conventional narrative: the ones that don’t get told.’ https://www.burningjademagazine.org/submissions

13th Dec Poetry on the theme of Christmas. ‘It can be anything to do with Christmas in the country or region in which you are based, or about Christmases you have experienced in the past. However, this is a feel-good publication through these bleak and challenging times, so only positive contributions please – nothing negative about this celebration!’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.thepoetmagazine.org/contribute

13th Dec Writers aged 13-19 only: story on the theme of Change the World. PAYING https://owlhollowpress.com/teen-anthology-change-the-world/

14th Dec ‘TL;DR Press is proud to announce the call for submissions for Hope, a collection of forward-looking, positive short stories and poetry, to benefit Action Against Hunger.’ CHARITY/GOOD CAUSE, CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://tldrpress.org/index.php/2020/11/13/tldr-press-2020-winter-quarterly-call-for-hopeful-submissions/ (Cathy’s note: remember that contributor copies are sometimes print, or, as in this case, electronic.)

14th Dec Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of States of Mind. PAYING https://www.griffithreview.com/submit-to-griffith-review/

15th Dec Submissions open today: themed poetry, fiction and CNF. https://www.dwellingliterary.com/submit

15th Dec Anthology for Preteens: ‘We’re collecting up-to-date stories written by preteens, teens, and men and women under age 35. We want these stories to represent how the world is today for preteens, and we’re hoping for stories about the pandemic, technology, social media, and other modern-day concerns.’ Poems and stories. PAYING https://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/submit-your-story

15th Dec Anthology for Teenagers: ‘We’re collecting up-to-date stories written by teens and men and women under age 35. We want these stories to represent how the world is today for teenagers, and we’re hoping for stories about the pandemic, technology, social media, and other modern-day concerns.’ Poems and stories. PAYING https://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/submit-your-story

15th Dec or until filled:  Horror 600-2000 words. CHARITY/GOOD CAUSE http://adityadeshmukh.com/the-great-void-submissions/

15th Dec Poetry and prose on the theme of Wretched Citizens. PAYING https://spr.submittable.com/submit

15th Dec ‘We want to zero in on the individual stories, zoom in on the quiet day to day. Press pause on the news cycle and the reel of horror. What are you learning about yourself? What are you seeing in the world? What losses have gripped you? What does 2020 look like from your own kitchen window?’ https://www.presspausepress.org/the-great-pause/2020/9/3/call-for-submissions

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

15th Dec  ‘Our Capsule Stories Spring 2021 Edition theme is In Bloom. We’re looking for stories, poems, and essays that feel spring-y and burst with life.’ https://capsulestories.com/submissions/

15th Dec Poetry and short stories on the theme of Chance. http://www.activemuse.org/submit.php

15th Dec ‘This book is seeking dark fiction short stories about haunted buildings (excluding houses) around the globe.’ 1500-4500 words. PAYING http://www.darkmoonbooks.com/Submissions.html (Cathy’s note: there’s a list of countries excluded, as stories set in those countries are already provided. Make sure that your story is set somewhere else!)

15th Dec ‘Ancient Paths publishes poetry, flash fiction, photography, and artwork. We do not publish articles or devotions. We welcome works by contributors of all religions, but you should be comfortable with having your work appear in a predominantly Christian publication.’ Christmas and Epiphany Themes. PAYING https://www.skylarb.com/submit-your-work

18th Dec ‘Issue 1 is due in early 2021, and we are calling for submissions of art, poetry, prose, and essays. The magazine will be published for a limited physical run and online. In place of a theme we have decided to use a scent, for issue one this will be ‘liquorice’. We are looking for strange works that make you feel dizzy, out of place, or out of time.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://misplacement.co.uk/issue-1-sub/

20th Dec ‘The Ethicist accepts all written/creative work regardless of genre including but not limited to: creative nonfiction, essays, op-eds, fiction of all genres, poetry, and experimental or genre bending work. The only requirement for consideration of publication is that the writing have some connection to one’s faith/belief tradition or lack thereof (including interfaith activity).’  https://www.ethicistmag.com/submit

21st Dec Poetry, flash, short fiction and more on the theme of Inner Spaces. PAYING https://newfound.org/contribute-journal/

21st Dec ‘Friends Journal welcomes articles, poetry, art, photographs, and letters from our readers.’ Theme: Pandemic at one year. https://www.friendsjournal.org/submissions/

24th Dec 500 word fiction on the theme of Haunt. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.blackharepress.com/submissions/

25th Dec ‘The idea of resurrection or reincarnation exists in many cultures around the world. In this anthology, we will focus on the ideas and concepts of reincarnation or resurrection and the complications that may or may not occur with it.’ 1000-7000 words. PAYING https://aelpress.com/index.php/2020/06/15/to-live-again-anthology/

30th Dec ‘We are seeking morally ambiguous stories with the fantasy, horror, sci-fi, and contemporary fiction genres surrounding the theme of survival.’ Up to 12,000 words. PAYING https://inkedingray.com/2020/10/01/2021-anthology-open-call/

30th Dec Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of LGBTQ+. https://thebombayreview.com/2014/06/27/guidelines-and-style-guide/

31st Dec Chapbooks. https://www.boneandinkpress.com/submit PROFIT/REVENUE SHARING MODEL

31st Dec LGBTQ+ romance over 12,000 words on the theme of Sports. ROYALTIES https://www.jms-books.com/submission-guidelines-ezp-35.html

31st Dec ‘There are so many ways you can explore “LOST CONTACT”. Go wild with it. And, since this is the final entry of our LOST trilogy — Lost Signal and Lost Films being the previous two entries — it would be to your benefit to include TECHNOLOGY of some kind in the submission you write, whatever that might mean to you. The stories need to be deeply rooted in the horror genre, but if it also contains flavors of weird science fiction, that would be pretty fuckin’ radical.’ 1000-7000 words. PAYING http://perpetualpublishing.com/2020/08/24/lost-contact-a-new-horror-anthology-open-for-submissions/

31st Dec Theme: Resist with every inch and every breath. ‘Stories of resistance and rebellion, but also of the steps in between and the change that comes after.’ Up to 15,000 words. PAYING https://lonelycryptidmedia.com/fiction-and-poetry-submissions/

31st Dec Nonfiction poetry on the theme of Asia. http://rabbitpoetry.com/?page_id=35

31st Dec Poetry of Iran and its diaspora. https://www.greenlindenpress.com/submit

31st Dec Poetry on the theme of Explore. https://ricochetreview.net/submissions/

31st Dec ‘Military ACTION-BASED horror, themed around religion and/or religious-based conflict. Think the Crusades, Europe’s Thirty Years War, The Troubles in Northern Ireland (but with unnatural monsters)… anything that can be considered a high-action monster story based around a conflict (overt or covert) of religion. For level of unnatural creature we will give priority to, think Dog Soldiers or Aliens. We want lots of monster goodness.’ https://cohesionpress.com/snafu-submissions/

31st Dec ‘Irreantum publishes literary work of high quality that resonates with Mormon experience.’ Poetry, fiction, drama and more on the theme of Hope & Healing. https://irreantum.associationmormonletters.org/submission-guidelines/

31st Dec “Volume 2: Covid-19 Edition is a collection of essays about the human spirit looking unflinchingly at death. It’s about doctors and nurses who risked infection to care for the dying gasping for air. It’s about patients battling for their lives. And it’s about ordinary people discovering extraordinary pockets of light in a time of darkness. If you have a Covid-19 story that involves discovering unexpected joy, radiance, or light…please send your submission.” CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES  https://palamedes.pub/books/finding-light/submissions

31st Dec Essay about Modern Love. PAYING https://www.nytimes.com/article/how-to-submit-a-modern-love-essay.html

31st Dec Short horror story 4000-8000 words on the theme of I is for Internet. PAYING https://redcapepublishing.com/submissions/

31st Dec Poetry on the theme of Nostalgia.’Funny, sad, uplifting, insightful, or just general observations, you can write about anything to do with CHILDHOOD; your own experiences of childhood and growing up, or those of your loved ones and the children around you.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.thepoetmagazine.org/contribute

31st Dec ‘We are interested in work that shows collaboration among multiple individuals or entities. This could be what you’d most expect–work between writers, artists, or musicians–but could also be a “collaboration” with elements of nature, other literature or art, or beyond. Your imagination is limitless as to how this particular call may be interpreted.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://tinyspoon.org/submissions/

31st Dec Poetry. PAYING https://arcpoetry.ca/submit/

31st Dec Poetry on the theme of Glimmer. https://www.dustpoetry.co.uk/submissions

31st Dec Fiction on the theme of Creature Lore Swap. https://lostboyspress.com/2020/10/chimera-contest/ (Cathy’s note: although it’s described as a contest, this doesn’t qualify as a comp under comps and calls rules, as the prize is publication and royalties. It’s a perfectly good call though!)

31st Dec ‘So let’s celebrate writers writing about writers. Let’s self-indulge in those characters that are stumbling through publishing life with their anecdotal tales of what writing life is really like—be it erratic, bizarre, and wildly inspirational.’ Poetry, fiction and more. https://cardigan.press/submissions/

31st Dec ‘Once again, Grace&Victory is looking for comfy, cozy, low-fi stories for our next anthology. What do we mean by “low-fi”? Stories with low stakes and small rewards, little triumphs, happy chances…We have a strong preference for speculative fiction, however slight the spec-fic elements may be. Off-world, secondary world, alternate history, far-future, they’re all good. We want stories that make you happy—yes, you.’ PAYING http://graceandvictory.ca/submissions.html

31st Dec Poetry on the theme of Unknown. https://ricochetreview.net/submissions/

31st Dec ‘Themed submissions form for short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. Current Theme: Relationships “I’d love to be the light that finds you.” ‘ https://www.rhetaskewpublishing.com/anthology-askew-submissions

31st Dec Poetry, flash and more on the theme of Ending. https://www.tunafishjournal.com/submissions

1st Jan Poetry. PAYING https://www.radarpoetry.com/guidelines

1st Jan ‘We accept photography, art, comics, creative nonfiction, fiction, flash fiction, experimental work, and poetry.’ ‘The optional theme for the next issue is: Significant Phone Calls, Texts, and Letters.’ https://themagnoliareview.com/submit/(Cathy’s note: the deadline isn’t clear on the website, but another source gives it as 1st Jan. In this case, as always when there’s doubt, get your work sent as soon as possible!)

1st Jan Writing on the theme of My Deep Love of Place. https://www.shantiarts.co/SPAQ/SPAQ_calls.html

1st Jan Fiction on the theme of Lycanthropy. PAYING https://aphoticrealm.com/aphotic-realm-magazine/submission-call-issues-10-11-and-12/

SUBMISSIONS WITH NO KNOWN DEADLINES

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

Three-line poetry on the theme of Holiday. PAYING https://threelinepoetry.com/submit/terms.php

SF, F or H novel. https://www.jofletcherbooks.com/landing-page/jo-fletcher-books/jo-fletcher-books-submissions/

Canada only: feminist MSS. Fiction and nonfiction. https://secondstorypress.ca/submissions

‘FORMA contemplates ancient ideas for contemporary people, both online and in print. Whether we’re reviewing a new mystery novel, sharing new original poetry, or publishing critical essays, we’re trying to determine what classical thought can offer modern mankind. We’re looking back, even if the past seems backward. We publish original essays, reviews, interviews, and poetry.’ PAYING https://formajournal.substack.com/about

‘Gill Books welcomes unsolicited proposals from first time and experienced authors alike. Please note that we only accept proposals for works of non-fiction and children’s; we do not publish adult fiction, poetry, short stories or plays. In general we focus on books of Irish interest.’ ROYALTIES https://www.gillbooks.ie/write-for-us

‘We’re looking to publish poetry, essays on the reading and composition of poetry, and interviews with readers and writers of poetry directed at an English-reading audience.’ https://windowsfacingwindows.wordpress.com/blog-2/

‘If we put all our diverse and different stories, we can create a knowledgeable and authentic portrayal of our world, creating a beautiful Chaotic Merge.’ Poetry, fiction and more. https://chaoticmergemagazine.com/about-3/

Poetry, fiction and more. PAYS ONE CONTRIBUTOR https://terrorhousemag.com/best-month-contest/ (Cathy’s note: Each month, they pick one contributor to receive $10.)

Draw Down the Moon. ‘We are accepting submissions for the next Short Story Anthology! This collection, that takes its title from a line in Sextus Propertius’s Book I, Love Poems to Cynthia, evokes the mystery and tension of romance. Stories may evolve along a theme of romantic love, in all its rawness, oddity, and power, although this does not have to be the primary focus of the story.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY+ ROYALTIES https://propertiuspress.wordpress.com/2020/06/12/2021-short-story-anthology/ (Cathy’s note: they say that they’ll make final decisions by the end of April, so although the Submittablelink shows a deadline of May 1st, I’d get your submissions in much sooner than that, if possible!)

‘”Land Beyond the World” Magazine is a fan-run publication for speculative short  fiction, primarily in the fantasy and science fiction genres.’ PAYING  https://landbeyondtheworld.com/submissions/

‘Pollux is open to submissions from all genres, including but not limited to poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, concrete poetry, and hybrid genre… As a literary journal dedicated to multilinguality, Pollux seeks to be home both to work that are multilingual themselves (written in two or more languages, including English) or centered around multilinguality (work in English that is about being or learning to become multilingual).’ http://www.polluxjournal.com/submit

‘We (and our faithful dog, Aggie) are searching for previously unpublished humor pieces in any style (except for fake news/Onion pieces) within 100–700 words.’ PAYING https://medium.com/greener-pastures-magazine

‘Earth & Altar is a blog/magazine for and by catholic and reformed Christians of all denominations who see an expansively conceived credal orthodoxy as fully compatible with LGBTQ inclusion, gender equality, and racial justice. You will find reflections on theology, history, liturgy, preaching, spirituality, church practice, and the arts that are accessible to the thoughtful non-specialist for the good of the church and God’s mission in the world.’ https://earthandaltarmag.com/submissions

Comps and calls for November 2020

Hello everyone,

Sorry this one is appearing a bit late! On Sunday morning our alarm doesn’t go off… I could pretend that we had technical difficulties… I’m so sorry!

Remember, remember, submit in November… Hello all! Many thanks for your kind messages re: my recent bereavement. Many thanks also for your kind donations and Patreon subscriptions. You’re all lovely, and kindness really is what keeps the world going around.

Thanks also for feedback about my proposed series of workshops. Everyone was agreed – one workshop weekly, in the new year, so that’s what I’m preparing. If you missed last month’s info: I’m planning a series of workshops on Facebook, with the idea that we write to certain themes (poetry or fiction – you’ll be able to do either), with the plan that the themes are from specific calls for submission or competitions. The idea is that we then submit or enter our work to those (though no one will be forced to!). You will need to be on Facebook and have Paypal to participate – as I will be charging for this series (it’s too time-consuming not to, I’m afraid). It will probably be on Wednesday nights, 7-9pm GMT, though if you’re signed up, you can access the info for as long as the course is on. I’ll be giving short personal feedback (if wanted) to all participants.

I would welcome any thoughts you have at news@cathybryant.co.uk

Of course Comps and Calls is still completely free and as long as I have control of it, always will be (I don’t know why I add that caveat. Do I think that Daleks are going to take over the world and insist that I keep running Comps and Calls, but charge for it?!).

Best wishes and stay safe,

Cathy x


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

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

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

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

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

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

COMPETITIONS

4th Nov Spectator Competition No. 3174: true to type. ‘You are invited to write a poem with each line beginning with the letters A S D F G H J K L Z X C V B N M, in that order. Please email entries to lucy@spectator.co.uk by midday on 4 November. We are now returning to paying winners by cheque, unless you state on your entry that you would prefer to be paid by bank transfer’ PAYING https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/economies-of-scale

6th Nov POSTAL Deadline. Graphic novel. PAYING https://www.penguin.co.uk/company/publishers/vintage/jonathan-cape.html#capeshortstory (Cathy’s note: I don’t usually include comps that require postal entry, but there are so few for graphic novelists that I thought I’d bung this one in.)

6th Nov Story 1000-3000 words, written to one of the prompts on the website. PAYING https://blog.reedsy.com/creative-writing-prompts/contests/66/

11th Nov Spectator Competition No. 3175: a bit previous. ‘You are invited to supply a prequel to a well-known poem (please specify). Please email entries of up to 16 lines to lucy@spectator.co.uk by midday on 11 November. We are returning to paying winners by cheque, unless you state on your entry that you would prefer to be paid by bank transfer.’ https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/-today-we-have-naming-of-tiers-poems-about-coronavirus-messaging

15th Nov Flash fiction inspired by the provided image. PAYING https://apparitionlit.com/submissions/

26th Nov Poetry or story on the theme of Course. PAYING https://erewashwriterscompetition.weebly.com/2020-free-entry-course-themed-writing-competition.html (thanks to www.prizemagic.co.uk for this one)

27th Nov Hour-long play. PAYING https://hopemilltheatre.co.uk/through-the-mill (thanks to www.prizemagic.co.uk for this one)

27th Nov at noon (though students get an extra day!) ‘We are looking for good storytelling (fiction or non-fiction) written specifically for delivery and reading/viewing on a PC or Mac, the web, or a hand-held device such as an iPad or mobile phone. It could be a short story, novel, poem, narrative game, documentary, or transmedia work using words, images, film or animation with audience interaction. Interactivity is a key element of new-media storytelling’ PAYING https://newmediawritingprize.co.uk/enter/

28th Nov Free for prisoners and children: Poem on the theme of My Companion, My Best Friend. PAYING https://festivalofwords.co.uk/poetry-comp/

30th Nov Metrical sonnet. PAYING https://www.betterthanstarbucks.org/sonnet-contest

30th Nov Monologue up to 10 minutes. NON-CASH PRIZE https://www.soundwork-uk.co.uk/writers

30th Nov ‘Imagine a world where androids are a sentient, self-governing race and co-exist with human beings. The two civilizations live and work together, make friends and enemies of each other, and engage in trade and war as any two nations on Earth.’ SF 800-1200 words. PAYING http://paperdjinnpress.com/contests/

30th Nov ‘The Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers recognizes outstanding young poets and is open to high school sophomores and juniors throughout the world.’ NON-CASH PRIZE https://kenyonreview.org/contests/patricia-grodd/

Last Thursday of each month: Writing according to the prompt, by children 12 years of age or under. NON-CASH PRIZE  https://www.wordhound.co.uk/competitions/

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

2nd Nov Horror story. PAYING https://pseudopod.org/submissions/submissions-schedule/

2nd Nov ‘The London Reader is issuing an open call for short stories, travel writing, poems, photography, art, and postcard stories about travelling by land in Europe and neighbouring regions. We’re looking for road stories, interrail stories, city stories, language stories, hitchhiking stories, and border stories.’ http://londonreader.uk/2020/10/open-call-travel-writing-in-europe/

3rd Nov Poetry and fiction on the theme of Touch. PAYING https://ninthletteronline.submittable.com/submit

3rd Nov Fiction and essays on the theme of Angels. PAYING https://www.fairytalemagazine.com/p/submissions.html#.X5RGAXV7mpp

4th Nov Fiction 800-3000 words on the theme of Weird and Wonderful. https://www.liarsleaguenyc.com/submissions (Selected works will be performed)

5th Nov Speculative fiction up to 3000 words on the theme of Gluttony. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.blackharepress.com/submissions/

6th Nov Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Fight or Flight. http://mironline.org/submissions/

7th Nov ‘Hard, gritty and raw’ poetry, fiction and more. Theme: Begin Again. https://blood-and-bourbon.com/submissions/

7th Nov ‘We are currently accepting submissions for both debut collections from new or emerging poets and submissions from established poets with previous collections published. We welcome poets of all ages. We will only seriously consider publishing poets who have a track record of publication or audience for their poems in the United Kingdom in some form.’ https://ninearchespress.submittable.com/submit/37322/nine-arches-press-poetry-collection-submissions

9th Nov Horror story of roughly 2000 words on the theme of Sleep Deprivation. PAYING https://theotherstories.net/submissions

10th Nov Story on the theme of Fairytale. https://www.perhappened.com/submit.html

15th Nov ‘We seek truly terrifying stories that deal with futuristic themes, set in the near future or far.’ 2500-4500 words. PAYING https://www.corpuspress.com/call-for-submissions/

15th Nov Poetry, fiction and lots more on the theme of A Life of the Spirit. https://thebezine.com/submission-guidelines/

15th Nov Poems by children. ‘The author of the poem must have been age 15 or younger when the poem was written, and 18 or younger when submitted.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.rattle.com/children/guidelines/

15th Nov ‘The Broken City is currently accepting submissions for its winter 2020 edition: I Know What You Did Last Pandemic. It was inevitable; the magazine is running a COVID-19 special. We’re looking for anything and everything related to COVID—what you did; what you saw; what life is like now. Send your poetry, fiction, essays, illustrations and photography.’ http://www.thebrokencitymag.com/submissions.html

15th Nov Poetry, fiction and CNF. https://harpurpalate.binghamton.edu/submit/general-submissions/

15th Nov Short horror story 4000-8000 words on the theme of H is for Hell. PAYING https://redcapepublishing.com/submissions/

15th Nov ‘For our inaugural issue, our theme is UNFINISHED STORIES, which might apply to this political moment, but also to your composition or form, or a personal experience. Send us works which resist completion, narratives whose endings we don’t or can’t know yet, or which begin with pre-existing conditions. Send us a finished story about something unresolved, or an unresolved story about something long finished.’ PAYING https://www.kaleidoscopedmag.com/submit.html

15th Nov ‘Chipper Press is looking for short stories about what life is like for monsters during their middle school years. Do humans know about the monsters? Do they attend school with them? What type of monsters are there? Do they have special classes per species? Do werewolf children get certain days off that trolls don’t?’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.chipperpress.com/anthology-submissions/

15th Nov Poetry, prose and art on the theme of Sorrow. CHARITY/GOOD CAUSE https://www.eclipselit.org/submit-1 (Cathy’s note: Proceeds from this issue will be benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.)

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

15th Nov New Tales of Fairy Godmothers. 4000-7500 words. PAYING https://www.worldweaverpress.com/blog/call-for-submissions-new-tales-of-fairy-godmothers

15th Nov Confessional poetry on the theme of Thurnderstorms. https://theconfessionalistzine.wordpress.com/

15th Nov ‘For this collection, we would like you to send us stories that feature birds with teeth. Any birds you like as long as they possess a large set of extra sharp teeth. Thuggish Itch is our horror, sci-fi and speculative fiction collection. Please make sure that your story falls within one of these genres.’ PAYING http://www.gypsumsoundtales.com/Thuggish-Itch.php

15th Nov Poetry on the theme of Immortality. https://thenewamericanaesthetic.weebly.com/submit.html

15th Nov ‘Issue #3’s theme is “guilty pleasures.” We love honest and funny fiction, nonfiction, memoir, and poetry. We don’t care if you have an MFA or not, we all got a bit of that je ne sais quoi, and really, what do you got to lose?’ https://embryoconceptszine.com/contact/

15th Nov ‘Submit poetry written in or regarding variety Englishes, to be published in Spring 2021 Issue (41.1). Poems in Singlish, Konglish, Spanglish, AAVE, and other English-associated linguistic forms will be considered for publication. Poets may be asked to contribute supplementary linguistic information to facilitate publication.’ PAYING http://www.pinchjournal.com/glish

15th Nov ‘We invite writers and artists to send unpublished poetry, fiction, nonfiction, cross-genre, photography, visual art, and translations. Pensive seeks work for a feature section on Black Lives Matter for our Spring 2021 issue.’ https://www.northeastern.edu/spirituallife/pensive-a-global-journal-of-spirituality-and-the-arts/

15th Nov ‘We are always open to submissions of poetry, prose, and visual art that explore questions of ecology and spirituality from within and outside all religious traditions.’ Themes: Advent and Access to Health in both human and nonhuman communities.  http://www.ecotheo.org/homepage/submissions/

16th Nov Poetry and art on the theme of Spring. PAYING http://www.songsoferetz.com/p/guidelines.html

16th Nov Poetry, flash and more on the theme of Birth/New Beginnings. https://pureslush.com/submissions/current-submissions/lifespan-series/birth-lifespan-vol-1/

17th Nov Poetry, comics, photography (open to everyone) and fiction (open only to Canadians). PAYING http://carte-blanche.org/submissions/

18th Nov Canadians only: poetry on the theme of Reflections on the Pandemic. https://reviewcanada.ca/submissions/

19th Nov 500 word fiction. Science fiction on the theme of Contact. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.blackharepress.com/submissions/

23rd Nov Horror story of roughly 2000 words on the theme of Kaiju. PAYING https://theotherstories.net/submissions

25th Nov Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Longing. https://constellatemagazine.com/submissions/

28th Nov Poetry and prose with an element of the natural world, on the theme of Other. PAYING https://clawandblossom.com/submissions/

30th Nov LGBTQ+ romance over 12,000 words on the theme of Second Chances.  ROYALTIES https://www.jms-books.com/submission-guidelines-ezp-35.html

30th Nov Writers of Colour: full length MSS. https://www.galleybeggar.co.uk/2-submissions

30th Nov Poetry, prose, and more. Marginalized writers highly encouraged to submit. https://anatoliosmagazine.wordpress.com/guidelines/

30th Nov Theme: Safeguard. ‘We are looking for beautiful works exploring safety and protection against wild environments, as well as efforts to remove wilderness and chaotic nature from your life, or anything human-made that protects you from harm. We are looking for poems no longer than an A4 page, and would particularly like to receive imagist work and micro-poetry under 10 lines.’ https://www.greeninkpoetry.co.uk/submissions

30th Nov ‘We’re seeking poetry, flash fiction, short stories, novel excerpts, and essays written throughout the past seven months of the pandemic.’ CHARITY/GOOD CAUSE https://www.kaylakingbooks.com/submission-guidelines

30th Nov Theme: Nostalgia. ‘We only accept submissions from marginalised and underrepresented writers and artists. We are committed to elevating marginalised and underrepresented voices, including (but not limited to) BIPOC, LGBTQ+, women, immigrant, disabled, neurodiverse, and working-class writers, artists, and creators.’ PAYING https://www.opiamag.com/submit/

30th Nov ‘ProleSCARYet: Tales of Horror and Class Warfare will be an e-book anthology about the horrors of capitalism. We want monstrous bosses, jobs from literal Hell, working class folks fighting back against great cosmic evils, and any other wild idea you can come up with.’ 1000-4000 words. PAYING https://prolescaryetanthology.com/

30th Nov Flash up to 250 words on the theme of Doors. http://www.flash-frontier.com/submissions/

30th Nov ‘All writers who call Scotland their home, irrespective of place of birth or ethnicity. All levels welcome (unpublished, published, solo or agented). What to submit: Collections of short stories and stand-alone novels of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dark Fantasy (and their sub-genres). A Scottish theme or setting is NOT compulsory.’ https://www.lunapresspublishing.com/submissions

30th Nov Poetry, fiction and more including the three words Loop, Ghost and Hibiscus. http://3elementsreview.com/submission-guidelines

30th Nov Theme: Last Love. ‘Whether it be the boy next door, a loyal princess, or a supernatural being, all of these stories have two things in common: everlasting love and loyalty.’ 5000-15,000 words. ROYALTIES/ CHARITY/GOOD CAUSE https://dragonsoulpress.com/anthologies/

30th Nov Theme: Wolf Night. ‘Wolf shifters galore! We are looking for romantic tales of wolf shifters in any setting or genre. The spicier, the better.’ 5000-15,000 words. ROYALTIES/ CHARITY/GOOD CAUSE https://dragonsoulpress.com/anthologies/

30th Nov Theme: Imperial Devices. ‘Steampunk! We’re looking for steampunk stories. Additional subgenres are accepted (ex. Dieselpunk, Valvepunk).’ 500-15,000 words. ROYALTIES/ CHARITY/GOOD CAUSE https://dragonsoulpress.com/anthologies/ (Cathy’s note: This anthology has different word count parameters to the other DSP anthologies.)

30th Nov Speculative poetry and fiction on the theme of Justice. PAYING https://apparitionlit.com/submissions/

30th Nov Poetry, flash and more on the theme of Energy. ‘We want to read your pieces that play with our heartstrings. We favor works that are highly emotional, experimental in form/language, and especially those that feel light-hearted, bittersweet, and tender.’ https://www.tunafishjournal.com/submissions

30th Nov Poetry and prose on the theme of either Truth, Fair Play and Other Myths We Live by; or Spot-Cleaning our Dirty Laundry. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://universaltable.org/wisingup.html

1st Dec ‘For this anthology, edited by Robert Kingett and Randy Lacey, we’re looking for short stories between 500 and 8,000 words. We are looking for own-voice stories featuring blind or visually impaired protagonists, written by authors who are blind or visually impaired. The story need not be about being visually impaired or blind, and can be any genre of fiction.’ PAYING https://pressesrenaissancepress.ca/2020/09/19/call-for-submissions-artificial-divide/

1st Dec or until filled: The Southern Issue. Theme: For the culture. ‘For this issue we are accepting all types of submissions as long as there is a story that connects you to where you came from, and your ancestors. For this issue ONLY we will accept work previously published elsewhere, please just let us know where it was published and in which issue. ‘ PAYING https://www.sagecigarettes.com/submissions

1st Dec ‘Select a work of art; it can be a painting, a photograph, a sculpture. Write a poem or short story or essay inspired by that work of art. The usual rules apply: the work of art must be Pagan/polytheist in some way, or must be interpreted through a Pagan/polytheist lens.’ PAYING https://eternalhauntedsummer.com/about/

1st Dec ‘decomp journal is now accepting submissions of Fiction, Poetry, Non-Fiction, and Media/Art for its first themed zine, “Twin Futures: Black Resistance and Indigenous Sovereignty.” Submissions should take up themes of Black and Indigenous futures while rejecting the false binaries and borders between these two formations.’ https://decompjournal.submittable.com/submit

1st Dec ‘Defined as the offspring of the sons of God and daughters of Man, the Nephilim were said to be monstrous giants. But that’s just one interpretation. Give us yours!’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://ironfaeriepublishing.com/open-anthology-calls/

1st Dec ‘Whether it’s a poem about the steaming, hazelnut coffee you will drink tomorrow morning, an essay about your hope for prison reform in a rural community, or a short story about an alien invasion in the year 2254—we want your musings, your scribbles, your cries into the void. We publish prose, poetry, and artwork (black & white is ideal, but color works great as well).’ https://callmebrackets.net/submissions/

1st Dec Spec fic 2000-20,000 words. ‘…this anthology seeks to remind readers of the hope and beauty of the Arts, and the way our engagement with writing, music, film, theatre, artworks in all media, and craft of all kinds are at the core of our humanity.’ PAYING https://fablecroft.com/submissions/

1st Dec Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Snow Job. PAYING https://bwgwritersroundtable.com/submissions-contacts/

1st Dec Poetry, essays and more on the theme of Wellness. https://parabola.org/submissions/

1st Dec Black writers only: poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Composite Dreams. https://www.oysterriverpages.com/submit

1st Dec Fiction, poetry and more on the theme of Levity. PAYING https://slicemagazine.org/submit/

1st Dec Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Intergalactic. PAYING https://acwlp.submittable.com/submit (Cathy’s note: submissions are free until they reach their free subs cap, so get yours in early! I know this is terrible grammar, but it’s very late.)

1st Dec ‘Send us your quarantine dreams, your protest poetry, and all forms of experimentation. In this issue, we want to examine stories that celebrate writing as a form of coping and connection, that wrangle with the tension of the present moment and imagining future memories in this strange new world.’ http://www.dumdumzine.com/issue-no-7-open-for-submissions/

SUBMISSIONS WITH NO KNOWN DEADLINES

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

‘It’s simple: We aim to fundamentally change what you think of when you hear the phrase “men’s publication,” and to do so through and for the worldview of Black and Brown men.’ PAYING https://level.medium.com/the-level-pitching-guide-35147f4733d5

‘Albert Whitman & Company currently has an open submissions policy. We will read and review un-agented manuscripts and proposals for picture books, middle-grade fiction, and young adult novels. Please read the following instructions carefully. We will not review any submissions that do not follow these guidelines.’ https://www.albertwhitman.com/submission-guidelines-for-unrepresented-authors/

Dark fantasy fiction. No reprints. Edits & gives feedback. PAYING
https://www.commontonguezine.com/submissions/guidelines-submissions/

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

‘We’re a weekly online journal that accepts prose, poetry, and
non-fiction pieces with a combined word count of no more than 750. We
also accept art.’ https://theracketsf.com/submissions

Until full: horror drabbles. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.blackharepress.com/submissions/

Poetry and fiction by children aged 9-13. https://luckyjefferson.com/little-jefferson/

Fiction up to 3000 words to be critiqued on a podcast. http://mironline.org/authornotpresentsubmissions/

MSS of various kinds. https://www.kensingtonbooks.com/pages/submissions/

Dark fantasy poetry and prose. PAYING https://www.commontonguezine.com/guidelines-submissions/

Comps and calls for October 2020

Hello everyone,

So many bereavements – and this time, it was my father. We had an awful relationship, and I hadn’t seen him for years, but naturally his death brought up complicated feelings. So if I’ve made a few extra mistakes this edition, please forgive me!

I do hope that you are all well, and not struggling through similar events.

Anyway – on to happier things. I’m thinking of running a series of workshops in the New Year. These would be exercises based on different prompts – with the twist that all the prompts were upcoming themes in litmags or anthologies, and participants would be encouraged (but not forced!) to submit their work to the relevant publication (or to an alternative publication, from a list that I’ll provide).

Would any of you be interested in this? Another possibility is November, but it’s looking like New Year unless you’re all particularly keen for November. The whole thing would happen on a secret Facebook group, as I’m not really a fan of Zoom, Skype etc. There would be a charge. I can’t commit that amount of time without getting paid for it. Don’t worry, C&C will always be free, as long as I have any say in the matter.

Those interested – which would you prefer – one night a week (probably a Thursday) for five weeks with the workshop from 7-9pm GMT (though accessible at any time), or one week of concentrated workshops: two hours a day (or evening) for five days?

I would give short feedback on each piece if wanted.

At the end of the course you should have ten pieces that are ready to be submitted – poetry or fiction. That would be up to you…

I would welcome any thoughts you have at news@cathybryant.co.uk

Thanks as always to my Patreon subscribers and one-off donors. You are stars.

Best wishes and stay safe,

Cathy x


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

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

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

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

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

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

COMPETITIONS

4th Oct Poem up to 35 lines. ROYALTIES, POSSIBLE CASH PRIZE http://waxpoetryart.com/international/submissions/poetrycontest2.html

4th Oct Flash fiction 500 words or fewer, based on the prompt, which won’t be up until 2nd Oct. PAYING https://www.writerscentre.com.au/furious-fiction/

4th Oct Poem up to 35 lines. ROYALTIES, POSSIBLE CASH PRIZE http://waxpoetryart.com/contests/poetsoftheworld2.html

5th Oct ‘Send us your Halloween-themed poetry, fiction, short plays, and creative non-fiction.’ PAYING https://thefuriousgazelle.com/submit/halloween-writing-contest/

7th Oct ‘Spectator Competition No. 3170: letter of the law. ‘Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world,’ according to Shelley, so let’s have a well-known poet writing their own law in verse. Please email up to 16 lines to lucy@spectator.co.uk by midday on 7 October.’ https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/spectator-competition-winners-the-pleasures-of-bad-poetry

8th Oct Short stories up to 2000 words on the theme of Old-Fashioned Hallowe’en. PAYING http://talesmoonlitpath.com/halloween-challenge-2020/

15th Oct Age 12-18: short story 250-500 words on the theme of “Once upon a time in my future”. NON-CASH PRIZE https://en.unesco.org/news/unesco-and-idries-shah-foundation-launch-world-tales-short-story-competition

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

15th Oct Flash fiction up to 300 words for this monthly comp. https://blueanimal.weebly.com/submit.html (Cathy’s note: I don’t usually post comps wherein the only prize is publication, but I notice that they offer a comment on every story submitted, so it might be worth entering if you’d like some free feedback.)

19th Oct ‘Something to say? Up for a challenge? Can you get your point across in exactly 55 words, no more, no fewer? Help us celebrate our 55th year of Welter by composing a 55-word story, poem, or piece of creative nonfiction.’ PAYING https://blogs.ubalt.edu/welter/submit/

23rd Oct Fiction 2000-6000 words on the theme of Home. PAYING https://commapress.co.uk/resources/prizes/

30th Oct ‘This year, which is a challenging one for most people, we are looking for a bit of light relief. So please send us your farce, satire, screwball, or any other subgenre that qualifies as comedy. We need the laughs.’ Fiction 1000-2500 words. VOUCHER/OTHER https://funnypearls.com/competition-2020/

31st Oct Atlantic Provinces only: Flash fiction inspired by the photo. PAYING https://engenbooks.com/kit-sora-flash-fiction-flash-photography-contest/

1st Nov Weird Christmas stories up to 350 words. PAYING https://weirdchristmas.com/2020/06/15/weird-christmas-flash-fiction-contest-3rd-annual-2020/ (thanks to https://www.christopherfielden.com/short-story-tips-and-writing-advice/flash-fiction-competitions.php for this one)

1st Nov ‘In your flash fiction piece, give us a snapshot into a post-pandemic world in which a shift towards positive systems change has occurred and a new paradigm is established or unfolding.’ 1000-1250 words. PAYING https://systemschangealliance.org/flash-fiction/

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

2nd Oct Writing on the theme of Justice. https://necroproductions.com/magazine/guidelines/

2nd Oct ‘All writers who identify as ‘Other than White’ but to include White minorities. All levels welcome (unpublished, published, solo or agented). What to submit: Collections of short stories and stand-alone novels of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dark Fantasy (and their sub-genres).’ https://www.lunapresspublishing.com/submissions

2nd Oct ‘Our Capsule Stories Winter 2020 Edition theme is Bare Bones. We’re looking for stories, poems, and essays that feel cold and wintry and bleak.’ https://capsulestories.com/submissions/

2nd Oct Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Fever Dream. https://causticfrolic.org/submission-info/

3rd ‘For this edition, “Rituals,” we want to see work that engages with religion and spirituality of any kind.’ https://www.burningjademagazine.org/submissions

3rd Oct Witch-inspired writing, art and photography. https://www.pussymagicheals.com/hallows-eve-2020 (Cathy’s note: They are also looking for black editors: https://www.pussymagicheals.com/submit )

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

5th Oct Speculative novellas by black writers. PAYING+ROYALTIES https://www.neonhemlock.com/submissions

5th Oct ‘Zombie Pirate Publishing is seeking short stories 2,000-7,000 words long for PIRATES OF THE EMPYREAN. Science fiction, fantasy, speculative fiction, or steampunk stories featuring pirates. Send us your tales of swashbuckling adventure set against space, sky, or sea.’ PAYING https://www.zombiepiratepublishing.com/Calls-For-Submissions/

8th Oct Halloween (sic) poetry and stories. PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS http://talesmoonlitpath.com/submissions/(Cathy’s note: pays fiction contributors only)

9th Oct Poetry and fiction. PAYING https://www.thirdpointpress.com/submission-guidelines/

9th Oct Canada only: ‘Understorey Magazine seeks submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, spoken word, and visual art about women/gender and all aspects of food work. We are interested in submissions by women and non-binary writers and artists on their experiences of creating, gathering, processing, transporting, cooking & serving food, as well as the work of disposing of or redistributing food waste, food policy, and food aid.’ PAYING https://understoreymagazine.ca/submissions/

9th Oct ‘The theme for this issue is all things spooky, macabre and haunting. We want pieces that are reminiscent of jump scares, short yet memorable and lingering.’ Poetry, art and photos. PAYING https://www.sagecigarettes.com/submissions

9th Oct Poetry and prose on the theme of What Do You Fear in the Dark? https://www.perhappened.com/submit.html

11th Oct Poetry on the theme of Brownface. PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS http://cordite.org.au/submissions/ (Cathy’s note: only Australian contributors are paid.)

14th Oct Grim, fractured fairytales. PAYING https://gallerycurious.com/2020/09/12/submission-mini-window-opening-fairy-tales/

15th Oct ‘Are you a fan of pop-singer Madonna? Has she impacted you in a significant way? We’re seeking original stories that detail the effect she’s had on individual lives. Story and essay submissions should be between 1500-3500 words. Feel free to supplement your submission with your journal entries, photos with Madonna, photos dressed like Madonna, or other related materials.’ PAYING. Send submissions to: anthologysubmit@gmail.com

15th Oct 50 word fiction on the theme of Mercy. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.blink-ink.org/2020/08/31/mercy-blink-ink-issue-42/

15th Oct ‘Poems may be written on any subject, in any style or length, but the poet must be a person with neurological differences.’ PAYING https://www.rattle.com/submissions/guidelines/

15th Oct ‘We are looking for poems that deal with the supernatural, the mythological, the mysterious, the uncanny.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://milkandcakepress.com/submissions/

15th Oct Fiction, poetry and more, on the theme of Animal, Vegetable, Mineral, More. PAYING https://www.griffithreview.com/submit-to-griffith-review/

15th Oct Poetry, fiction and lots more on the theme of Memories. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.northernotterpress.ca/call-for-submissions/volume-1

15th Oct ‘We are seeking short story submissions (1000-7500 words) for this anthology. The stories must be based upon a regional/cultural legend or tall-tale from any location or culture in the World. “Regional” can be a specific place (Loch Ness) or a larger region (Bigfoot in the Pacific Northwest). We are seeking stories in the horror genre.’ PAYING https://warmonkeypublications.com/submissions

15th Oct Poetry and more on the theme of Silence|Sound. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.snapdragonjournal.com/submit.html

18th Oct Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Animal Love. PAYING https://shooterlitmag.com/submissions/

19th Oct ‘For the next issue of Apofenie, we welcome submissions of fiction, poetry and non-fiction brought together by our latest theme – “the city”.’ https://www.apofenie.com/contact

20th Oct Research papers, interviews, articles and scripts on the theme of Drama. ‘Along with these, Litinfinite is accepting short stories, poems, book reviews and essays in English and Bengali for its regular section.’ https://www.litinfinite.com/call-for-papers-journal-of-arts/

21st Oct Poetry, articles and more on the theme of COVID-19 and Community. http://www.rfdmag.org/submissions.php

22nd Oct 500 word fiction on the theme of Horror Toys. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.blackharepress.com/submissions/

25th Oct ‘For our Fall 2020 issue, Penumbraonline.org is calling for work by Black women authors and artists as part of our Black Voices and Experiences series. We especially welcome work by Black trans women for this issue. We are dedicated to creating a supportive space for Black women’s creative productions across multiple media and genres.’ Poetry, fiction and more. https://www.csustan.edu/penumbra/black-voices-and-experiences-series

30th Oct Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Gift. https://www.inscribejournal.com/writeforusjournal

30th Oct Weird fiction around 5000 words. CONTRIBUTOR COPY+ ROYALTIES https://www.blackharepress.com/submissions/

31st Oct Theme: Resist with every inch and every breath. ‘Stories of resistance and rebellion, but also of the steps in between and the change that comes after.’ Up to 15,000 words. PAYING https://lonelycryptidmedia.com/fiction-and-poetry-submissions/ (Cathy’s note: This is the Priority Deadline ‘… for historically marginalized authors including those who are Black, Indigenous, people of color, migrants, queer, disabled, women, working class, currently or formerly incarcerated, and/or living in poverty.’ You can also submit (anyone, historically marginalised or not) from Nov 1st to Dec 31st.)

31st Oct ‘The inaugural anthology will feature contemporary poetry of Iran and its diaspora. In addition to translations of Persian poetry, we hope to reflect the linguistic richness of Iran with translations of Azerbaijani, Kurdish, Luri, etc.’ https://www.greenlindenpress.com/submit

31st Oct ‘Zimbell House is holding open submissions for short stories from the point of view of the afterlife’s bounty hunter. Your story must include: which side the debt collector works for, what the debt to be collected is, the consequences at stake, how the afterlife system works, and most importantly, be from the point of view of the debt collector.’ 4500 – 19,500 words. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://zimbellhousepublishing.com/anthology_submission/

31st Oct LGBTQ romantic/erotic fiction 12,000 words and up on the theme of Ride ‘Em Cowboy (or Cowgirl). ROYALTIES https://www.jms-books.com/submission-guidelines-ezp-35.html

31st Oct Gothic romance 2000-5000 words. PAYING https://horroraddicts.wordpress.com/2020/01/03/submission-call-haunts-and-hellions-a-gothic-romance-anthology/

31st Oct Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Frontiers and Borderlands. https://masonstreetreview.org/submissions/

31st Oct Poetry, flash and more on the theme of Celebration. https://www.tunafishjournal.com/submissions

31st Oct Writing and more on the theme of Anxiety. https://feelszine.com/pages/submissions

1st Nov ‘Short stories must be less than 4000 words. Stories must not have been published anywhere else previously. The theme of this anthology is second chances, redemption, second try, play it again.’ PAYING https://www.bouchercon2021.com/anthology-information

1st Nov Fiction 800-2000 words on the theme of Heart & Soul. https://www.liarsleague.com/liars_league/forthcoming-events-themes.html

1st Nov Poetry, flash, short fiction and more on the theme of The Other Virginia. PAYING http://themaliterarysociety.com/submissions.html (Cathy’s note: those of us outside the USA may submit electronically.)

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

1st Nov Mystery/crime fiction up to 4000 words on the theme of second chances, redemption, second try, play it again. PAYING, CHARITY/GOOD CAUSE ANTHOLOGY https://www.bouchercon2021.com/anthology-information

1st Nov Adventure horror 2000-8000 words. PAYING https://www.offlimitspress.com/far-from-home

1st Nov Speculative fiction up to 6400 words on the theme of The Bonds that Unite Us. PAYING https://www.constelacionmagazine.com/submissions

1st Nov Story, poem or nonfiction with the first line: Loud music filled the room, making it hard to hear anything else. PAYING http://www.thefirstline.com/submission.htm

1st Nov SF/F story on the theme of Decisions. https://starsandstaffs.weebly.com/submissions.html

SUBMISSIONS WITH NO KNOWN DEADLINES

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

‘We want black voices to be showcased loudly here, so we are launching an ongoing series of black stories.’ PAYING https://www.sagecigarettes.com/submissions

Poetry. https://www.theelevationreview.com/submit

MSS of various sorts. ROYALTIES https://evolvedpub.com/submissions/

Satires of higher education. https://medium.com/the-monocle-of-higher-ed/about

Queer communist SF for this collaborative project. PAYING https://www.daybreakingzine.com/submit

Science fiction stories, comics and illustrations. PAYING https://www.infiniteworldsmagazine.com/submissions

‘HARSH is accepting flash fiction, short stories and (prose) poetry. While HARSH specializes in “upsetting, confrontational and aggressive” literature, submissions need not contain extreme gore, deviant sex acts or otherwise aberrant behavior to be considered. There are many ways to upset a reader; HARSH aims to discover all of them.’ https://harshlit.rip/submissions/ (Cathy’s note: be warned! This content may well be upsetting.)

Deadline every Friday: ‘Poets Respond—a poem written within the last week about a public event that occurred within the last week will appear every Sunday. Our only criterion for selection is the quality of the poem; all opinions and reactions are welcome.’ PAYING https://www.rattle.com/respond/

‘If you are interested in writing anything or submitting any recipes or other content please get in touch, we are happy to publish anything if it is not racist or hateful in any other way.’ https://fromthehorsesmouth.org.uk

Poetry, novels, and more. https://www.close2thebone.co.uk/wp/submission-guidelines/

‘Boneyard Soup Magazine is a horror and dark fantasy publication. Our mission is twofold: to publish the finest short stories from across the entire genre and to support new and emerging writers in order to bring fresh perspectives to horror literature.’ Fiction 2000-6000 words. PAYING https://www.boneyardsoup.com/submit

‘We’re looking for fiction (short stories, coherent novel excerpts, anything that might be deemed “flash”), poetry (just no goddamn footnotes, please), criticism of the feather-ruffling sort, reporting that tells the truth but tells it slant, and personal essays that have sentiment but aren’t sentimental.’ PAYING https://www.softpunkmag.com/contact

Poetry, fiction and more. PAYING https://www.takahe.org.nz/submit/ (Cathy’s note: submissions are accepted year-round, but there are deadlines for various issues.)

‘We are looking for speculative stories that explore science fiction, fantasy, and horror with a queer bent. We want queer stories and we want trans stories and we want aro/ace stories. We want indefinable stories. We welcome weird, slipstream, and interstitial writing.’ Up to 1200 words. PAYING https://www.bafflingmag.com/submissions