Comps and calls for January 2020

Happy New Year! Happy New Decade!

I do hope that you had a better festive period than I did. Just before Christmas, my lovely sister-in-law died, unexpectedly and young. Last year, my father-in-law died at the same time. It’s been very tough. But I won’t dwell on that here. Because it’s the New Year! Time to look ahead, to try new things, and to create new goals. There are oodles of opportunities below to have a go at – try something outside your comfort zone! (Or in it, if you’re fragile.) I do wish you all writing success and personal fulfilment – and health and happiness.

Love,

Cathy x

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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

Weekly: travel writing. PAYING https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/just-back-travel-writing-competition/

3rd Jan Story 1000-3000 words based on one of the provided prompts. PAYING https://blog.reedsy.com/creative-writing-prompts/contests/22/

3rd Jan First crime novel. PAYING https://mysterywriters.org/about-mwa/st-martins/ (thanks to www.prizemagic.co.uk for this one)

4th Jan Poetry. PAYING https://thelizferretspoetrycompetition.wordpress.com/about-the-contest

6th Jan Story set in a winter cabin. There are various categories for different ages. NON-CASH PRIZE https://www.scottishbooktrust.com/fifty-words-competitions/write-a-story-set-in-a-winter-cabin

8th Jan Spectator Competition No. 3131: you must remember this ‘A poem by Adrian Bailey was published recently in The Spectator inspired by ‘Adlestrop’. It began: ‘Yes. I remember Monica —…’ You are invited to submit your own take, substituting the proper noun of your choice for ‘Monica’, on Edward Thomas’s poem. Please email entries of up to 16 lines to lucy@spectator.co.uk by midday on 8 January.’ PAYING https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/12/dear-santa-2/

13th Jan ‘Scottish PEN is bringing together writing influenced by the Declaration of Arbroath for a collection of poetry and prose to be published in August 2020, with an award of three prizes of £250 for pieces selected by Scottish PEN and Sir Tom Devine.’ PAYING https://scottishpen.org/declarations-on-freedom-for-writers-and-readers/

15th Jan Ekphrastic speculative flash fiction inspired by the provided image. PAYING https://www.apparitionlit.com/submission-guidelines/#1571957803421-d0a22597-6822

15th Jan ‘In this issue we are also hosting a Writing Contest with a $250 award in all 3 written genres for stories and narratives that raise awareness on issues related to mental health, such as homelessness, missed or delayed diagnosis, or loss (of family, husband/wife, jobs), with extra credit given to those who can tie both into our theme of Hope.’ PAYING https://pleaseseeme.com/submissions/

15th Jan Spectator Competition No. 3132: bizarre books ‘You are invited to provide an extract from one of the following books (these are genuine titles): Noah Gets Naked: Bible Stories They Didn’t Teach You at Sunday School; The Joy of Waterboiling; Ending the War on Artisan Cheese; Versailles: The View from Sweden. Please email entries of up to 150 words to lucy@spectator.co.uk by midday on 15 January.’ PAYING https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/12/the-night-before/

24th Jan PRIMARY SCHOOL PUPILS ONLY: Write a story all about you. NON-CASH PRIZE https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/competitions/i-am-a-story-enter-your-class-into-our-creative-writing-competition-to-win-a-free-school-visit-from-cerrie-burnell/ (thanks to www.theprizefinder.com for this one)

31st Jan NON-UK ONLY: Script and synopsis by writers living outside the UK. PAYING https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/5J6bfwwQ4G0044HZ5Skt33w/the-international-radio-playwriting-competition-2020 (thanks to https://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/opportunities for this one)

31st Jan SCOTLAND ONLY: Writing and more exploring personal and societal values. PAYING https://www.johnbyrneaward.org.uk/enter-now/

31st Jan Age 16-18 only: ‘Poets are asked to write on the theme of Songbird. This can be interpreted freely – whether about birds, song, birdsong or any combination thereof. Poems can be comic or serious, avant garde or traditional, but the Judges do advise that works flying too far from the theme will not be considered. 2020’s Young Romantic essayists are asked to address this question: ‘The world should listen now as I was listening then.’ PB Shelley (sort of) How can the poetry of PB Shelley and/or John Keats help us in our current climate crisis?’ PRIZES (UNKNOWN WHAT) https://keats-shelley.org/prizes/young_romantics_prize_2020

31st Jan ‘The story should be suitable for a children’s book of up to 28 pages with an age suitability of 0-5 years. Submissions should be a complete text in English. It must be entirely original fiction. The text must not be a rhyme, as this is difficult to translate if the winning title were to be published in another language. Books with an ABC theme will not be accepted.’ ‘ Entries are welcomed from authors who have a wonderful story to tell that is suitable for children aged 0-5, or from illustrators who can create charming images for that age group.’ PAYING https://www.stratfordliteraryfestival.co.uk/article/childrens-book-competition

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

2nd Jan Poetry and more on the theme of Lists and Collections. http://sadgirlreview.com/call-for-submissions/

3rd Jan ‘We’re looking for stories of humans who manage to find love or just escape Grumpy Old Gods whose love mojo is a little shaky – (maybe their eyesight isn’t so good…maybe they just don’t have the juice…maybe they are tired as hell of making matches and really need to retire). The stories should be 3000-4000 words and include at least one god / goddess.’ ROYALTIES https://stormdancebooks.junetakey.com/posts/be-my-grumpy-valentine-call-for-submission-gogv6/

5th Jan Writing and more on the theme of Black History Month – More Than a Month. https://www.southfloridapoetryjournal.com/submit.html

5th Jan Horror poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Misfortune. PAYING https://www.novelnoctule.com/submissions

5th Jan Story 800-2000 words on the theme of Scoundrels and Scandals. PERFORMANCE https://www.liarsleague.com/liars_league/writers.html

6th Jan Drama scripts for TV, film, radio, stage or online. https://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/opportunities/script-room

6th Jan ‘Seeking stories that explore the darker side of speculative fiction. We want stories that are scary or disturbing or upsetting, or that wouldn’t be out of place in a collection of Gothic prose or Grimm folktales or dark contemporary fantasy or a dark forest as night comes on … While horror is the name of the game, this anthology is for those stories that might not hit all of the tropes, but still leave us unsettled when the night settles in.’ PAYING https://cronegirlspress.com/submissions/

7th Jan Folk horror 4000-8000 words on the theme of Fiends in the Furrows. PAYING https://www.nosetouchpress.com/call/

12th Jan Australians under 25 only: poetry and fiction on the theme of As If! https://www.voiceworksmag.com.au/print

15th Jan ‘We are looking for first-person true stories and poems up to 1200 words. Tell us about the magic of your cat or the magic of a cat you know.’ Stories and poems. PAYING https://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics

15th SF story 2500-10,000 words about a teen girl (14-18) with an interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math). CHARITY/GOOD CAUSE ANTHOLOGY http://bravenewgirls.weebly.com/submissions.html

15th Jan ‘We are looking for first-person true stories and poems up to 1200 words. Tell us about the magic of your dog or the magic of a dog you know.’ PAYING https://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics

15th Jan Story 3000-8000 words, with elements of science fiction and horror. PAYING https://www.deathsheadpress.com/submissions/

15th Jan ‘Short stories of mystery and suspense with an overarching theme of heartbreaks and half-truths.’ PAYING http://www.judypenzsheluk.com/superior-shores-press/heartbreaks/

15th Jan ‘Art, poetry & quotes by women.’ PAYING https://www.syracuseculturalworkers.com/art/call-for-art

15th Jan Postcard poems. PAYING https://rattle.submittable.com/submit/28742/postcard-poems

15th Jan Poem. https://www.kissingdynamitepoetry.com/submissions.html

15th Jan ‘The theme for the second issue is the nuance of scientific discovery and the pitfalls of scientific progress. This edition does not seek to showcase how science interacts with the genre of horror. We’re looking for writing and art that explores the unintended side effects or consequences of scientific advancement.’ PAYING https://www.kanstellation.com/submissions.html

15th Jan Story 4000-20,000 words on the theme of Deadly Games. ‘We want complete stories from the POV of the person that ends up dead. Start at the death, and work your way backward.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://zimbellhousepublishing.com/anthology_submission/

15th Jan ‘The theme for our March 2020 issue is Hope. What, or who, gives you hope? A caregiver? A patient? A child? A colleague? What did you hope for and receive, or not receive? What are you hoping for as it relates to health and wellness–for yourself or for others? Have you lost hope? Have you found hope? Did a new treatment or wellness plan give you hope for a cure? A better way of life?’ https://pleaseseeme.com/submissions/

15th Jan ‘Edward Gory, Gahan Wilson, and Charles Adams are standing on a street corner when the Ghost Bus goes by. They all saw it, but each saw it differently. What did you see when it went by, or were you a passenger? Just who rides the Ghost Bus anyway, and where the heck is it going? Wait… is that Miyazaki’s Cat Bus coming the other way?
Tell us your best story in approximately 50 words about what you saw.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.blink-ink.org/2019/12/01/call-for-submissions-all-new-issue/

 20th Jan ‘If you think you’ve got what it takes to terrify, scar and haunt our audience of 10,000 daily listeners, then we want your stories!’ 2000-word story on the theme of Silence. PAYING http://www.hawkandcleaver.com/submissions

21st Jan Poetry, flash and more on the (optional) themes of (be)longing, crystallization, grace, renewal, sublimation. PAYING https://www.humankindjournal.org/submissions.html

25th Jan ‘We want stories based in Wonderland. They do not necessarily have to involve Alice. Side stories about the other crazy characters in the world of Wonderland are welcome.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://fantasiadivinitymagazine.com/anthology-submission-calls

26th Jan Poetry, prose and more on the theme of Protest, Prophecy, Play. https://review.vassar.edu/submissions/

30th Jan ‘We are now collecting stories for our HOLIDAY 2020 book and we are looking for stories about the entire December holiday season, including Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, and New Year’s festivities too.’ Stories and poems. PAYING https://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics

31st Jan ‘A new charity magazine-sized flash-fiction anthology in support of victims of Australia’s bushfires. The theme is Valentine’s Day, so we’re after dark, suspenseful, menacing, memorable tales of human love gone wrong, or monster love gone right! We want to have your stories by end of January please! Aim for 1000 words.’ CHARITY/GOOD CAUSE ANTHOLOGY https://thingsinthewell.wordpress.com/open-submissions/

31st Jan ‘Rebuilding Tomorrow will again focus on disabled and/or chronically ill protagonists but, rather than focussing on survival in the immediate aftermath of an apocalypse, we want stories set a significant time after an apocalyptic disaster.’ 2000-6000 words. PAYING http://defyingdoomsday.twelfthplanetpress.com/rebuilding-tomorrow-submission-guidelines/

31st Jan Story 5000-15,000 words on the theme of Reign of Queens. ROYALTIES https://dragonsoulpress.com/anthologies/

31st Jan Poems on the theme of the Olympics. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://tinyurl.com/vuzrvlo

31st Jan Poetry inspired by the provided image. PAYING https://www.rattle.com/ekphrastic/

31st Jan FEMALES 14-21 ONLY ‘Girls Right the World is a literary journal inviting young female-identified writers and artists, ages 14 through 21, to submit their work for consideration for the fourth annual issue. We believe that girls’ voices can and do transform the world for the better, and we want to help expand creative platforms for girls of all races, religions, and sexual orientations. We currently accept poetry, prose, short stories, lyric essays, and visual art of any style and theme. We seek work addressing personal experiences and global issues.’ https://girlsrighttheworld.com/submissions/ (thanks to https://www.newpages.com/classifieds for this one)

31st Jan ‘ Room publishes fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and art by women (cisgender and transgender), transgender men, Two-Spirit and nonbinary people. We specifically encourage writers with overlapping under-represented identities to submit their work.’ Theme: neurodivergence. PAYING http://roommagazine.com/submit

31st Jan Survival horror 2000-5000 words. ‘There are 4 slots left to fill for this anthology, but we’re more interested in shorter stories this time around: 2,000 to 5,000 words in length.’ PAYING https://www.darkpeninsulapress.com/negative-space.html

31st Jan ‘Our theme for the spring is recognizing our earth’s beauty in order to remind ourselves that we inhabit a beautiful home that deserves to be taken care of.’ Poetry, fiction and more. https://thescriblerus.submittable.com/submit

31st Jan LGBTQ Romance stories 12,000+ words. ‘Stories where romance blooms when someone extends a helping hand to someone else.’ ROYALTIES https://www.jms-books.com/2020-submissions-calls-lgbtq-romance-stories-ezp-36.html

31st Jan Poetry, flash, short fiction and more on the theme of Hopes and Fears. https://tigersharkpublishing.wordpress.com/home/guidelines/

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

31st Jan ‘ Send us your stories related to the topic of “an abandoned place.” Feel free to interpret this however you wish. Only fiction must be topic-related. Poetry and nonfiction can be of any theme.’ PAYING https://ngyreview.com/submission

31st Jan Poem on the theme of True Love. https://redwolfjournal.wordpress.com/submission-guidelines/

31st Jan ‘In this anthology, Temptation Press is looking for short stories that explore the naughty side of online dating.’ 4500-20,000 words. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.temptationpress.com/anthology-calls-for-submissions/

31st Jan Stories, poems and essays, 50-1000 words, on the theme of The Beautifullest. https://pureslush.com/submissions/current-submissions/the-beautifullest/

31st Jan Poems on the theme of The American South. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.bluehorsepress.com/

31st Jan Speculative fiction. PAYING https://www.planetscumm.space/submit

1st Feb Poetry, fiction and more. PAYING https://belmontstoryreview.wixsite.com/website/submissions

1st Feb 300-5000-word story with the first line: Ravi had just worked a double shift and was having trouble keeping his eyes open. PAYING http://www.thefirstline.com/submission.htm

1st Feb ‘Small Loves will collect the best LGBTQ+ micro- and flash-fiction that writers have to offer.’ PAYING https://hybrid.ink/submit/anthologies/small-loves/

1st Feb ‘Tales from the Moonlit Path publishes dark, eerie, speculative stories. Horror is not a necessary element, although fiction should contain some aspect of the weak, frail, changeable human condition.’ Poetry and fiction. PAYING http://talesmoonlitpath.com/submissions/

1st Feb Once Upon a Hallowed Eve – an anthology of romantic ghost stories.’Samhain or one of its variants must be involved such as Halloween, All Hallow’s Eve, The Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos), as well as a solid emotional romance thread.’ 7000-15,000 words. PAYING https://onceuponanthologies.com/2019-submissions/

1st Feb Poetry, fiction and more, In English or Spanish, on the theme of Natural States. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.fronteralit.com/guias-guidelines

1st Feb ‘For this anthology, we want to see more-than-human stories that investigate humanity’s relationship with the rest of the natural world. We’re looking for stories that acknowledge humans as part of a larger ecosystem, for characters who strive for balance with (rather than dominance over) the creatures surrounding them, for settings that depict an optimistic balance of nature and technology.’ 500-5000 words. PAYING https://www.worldweaverpress.com/submit-anthologies.html

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

1st Feb Poetry on the theme of Healing. http://www.crookedarrowpress.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!)

‘Join fellow thinkers and our invited contributors on questions critical to the future of humanity and life on earth. Come to your own conclusions, and add your voice to the conversation.’ PAYING https://www.humansandnature.org/questions-for-a-resilient-future-submissions

‘What kind of stories we are looking for? Anything set in Asia or about Asia or Asians anywhere in the world. The stories/poems must be in English.’ SOME CONTRIBUTORS GET ROYALTIES https://kitaab.org/submissions/

Weekly: ‘Poets Respond—a poem written within the last week about a public event that occurred within the last week will appear every Sunday.’ PAYING https://www.rattle.com/respond/

Flash fiction. https://fictionkitchen.berlin/submissions/

Flash fiction and art. https://clubplumliteraryjournal.com/submit/

‘The Awakenings Review publishes original poetry, short stories, dramatic scenes, essays, photographs, excerpts from larger works, and black-and-white cover art—all created by persons who have had a personal experience with mental illness.’ http://www.awakeningsproject.org/AR/guidelines.shtml

Comps and calls for December 2019




Hello all!

Phew! I’m exhausted, but in the best way. My play A Taste of Paradise won the Cheshire Literature Prize 2019, and was performed at the Garret Theatre in Chester, UK! Not only that but I got to meet one of my heroes, Phil Redmond—he who came up with Grange Hill, Brookie (Brookside) and Hollyoaks. He was lovely and I had an amazing time. The rehearsals were fascinating. I got to see just what a talented director can do to really get the most out of a piece of writing, and how wonderful professional actors are. Not an ego in sight as they did everything they could to make the play as good as possible. And I met the High Sheriff of Cheshire!

I’d never written a play in my life before…. Remember: have a go! Just give it a go!

Anyway… It’s December, the best month to submit and enter, as most people are far too busy to do so, and there are lots of weird and wonderful opportunities around. Good luck to you all, and have a wonderful festive season whatever your beliefs. Enjoy your writing, enjoy sending stuff off to meet its fate, and enjoy everything else as well.

Cathy x

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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 Poetry on the theme of Crossing the Divide. PAYING https://www.newyorkencounter.org/2020-poetry-contest/ (thanks to https://winningwriters.com for this one)

4th Dec Spectator Competition No. 3128: Dear Santa ‘You are invited to submit a letter to Father Christmas written in the style of a well-known author, living or dead. Please email entries of up to 150 words or 16 lines to lucy@spectator.co.uk by midday on 4 December.’ PAYING

6th Dec Fall-themed short stories (as in Autumn, not tripping over). PAYING https://euphonyjournal.org/2019/10/30/fall-contest-pumpkin-spiced-stories/ (thanks to www.erikadreifus.com for this one)

6th Short story based on one of the provided prompts. PAYING https://blog.reedsy.com/creative-writing-prompts/?utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=writingprompts&utm_source=writing.prompts167

9th Dec Short story or CNF up to 3000 words on the theme of The Censor. PAYING https://nobrow.net/competition/

9th Dec Spectator Competition No. 3129: The night before ‘You are invited to submit a poem entitled ‘Twas the Night before Brexit’. Please email entries of up to 16 lines to lucy@spectator.co.uk by midday on 9 December.’

13th Dec ‘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/2020/

15th Dec Spec flash fiction. ‘The flash must pass The Apparition Test, which sets out that 1) the main character must not be a writer with writer’s block, 2) boobs cannot be described, 3) Story cannot involve a long scene with a character driving, 4) Story cannot involve rape or violence toward women/children/animals’ PAYING https://www.apparitionlit.com/submission-guidelines/#1538347466119-241fd8cf-66ed

15th Dec ‘The poems should resonate with the themes of peace, conflict transformation, and student advocacy.’ PAYING https://wickpoetrycenter.submittable.com/submit/145883/call-for-poems-for-peace-and-conflict-transformation

16th Dec Poetry on the theme of Krampus. PRIZES (UNKNOWN WHAT) http://www.inkpantry.com/ink-pantry-publishings-krampus-poetry-competition-2019/

16th Dec Response to one of three prompts. https://www.beanimaljourney.com/autumn-writing-contest-win-a-tour NON-CASH PRIZE (thanks to http://www.prizemagic.co.uk for this one)

31st Dec Short fiction 4000-10,000 words on the theme of Gift. PAYING http://www.ouenpress.com/23.html

31st Dec ‘L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest is an opportunity for new writers of science fiction and fantasy to have their work judged by some of the masters in the field and discovered by a wide audience.’ PAYING https://www.writersofthefuture.com/enter-writer-contest/

31st Dec Poetry, fiction and more. ‘The creative work that most excites us in a given issue will win the Prospero Prize—$150 cash and feature placement in the Annual.’ PAYING https://spr.submittable.com/submit/ (thanks to https://winningwriters.com for this one)

31st Dec Poem suitable for a greetings card. PAYING http://www.sps.com/poetry/index.html

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

Until filled: anthologies of stories about mythical beasts/creatures. Also a faerie anthology. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://ironfaeriepublishing.com/open-anthology-calls/

2nd Dec ‘We are looking for fiction, poetry, and essays within the horror genre. And, as per usual, we seek provocative works that are centered within a cityscape.’ PAYING http://www.speculativecity.com/submissions/

2nd Dec Women and nonbinary writers only: “What exactly is knowledge? Is it a thing, an event, a practice, a movement toward? What does it mean to be intelligent? What is the nature of knowledge? What is worth passing on?” So asks Manulani Meyer in her book on Hawaiian epistemology Ho’oulu: Our Time of Becoming. Dark Matter issue #9 will be devoted to these questions.’ http://www.darkmatterwomenwitnessing.com/submission_guidelines.html

11th Dec ‘Placeholder Press have decided to assemble a series of personal essays reflecting on the past decade to be digitally published on NYE. We want this collection to offer a spectrum of definitions and experiences on this decade, and all the ways everything has changed. While the focus will be on personal essays, we will also be accepting poems, prose, and art that reflects on your personal experience of 2010-2020.’ https://placeholderpress.co.uk/submissions/

12th Dec Writers for whom English is a second or non-native language: please submit your short stories, essays, poems and artwork. https://tintjournal.com/submit/submission-guidelines

15th Dec Romance stories and poems. PAYING http://underground-writers.org/submissions-guidelines/

15th Dec Poetry, flash and short fiction on the theme of Romance Gone Wrong. http://montanamouthful.com/montana-mouthful-seeks-submissions-for-romance-gone-wrong-issue/

15th Dec Poetry on the theme of Hard Science Fiction Tropes. PAYING http://www.eyetothetelescope.com/submit.html

15th Dec Poetry, flash, short fiction and more on the theme of Home/Work. http://www.ilanotreview.com/submissions-page/

15th Dec ‘Use your imagination to support two projects saving endangered species: the Willow Tit Project, and the Ancients of the Future project which is working to protect 28 threatened species which live in ancient trees, including the Violet Click Beetle, the Royal Splinter Cranefly, Eagle’s-claw Lichen, Coral-tooth Fungi, Knothole Moss and the Noctule Bat. Back from the Brink is creating an anthology of poetry and fiction inspired by these projects. Send your speculative stories and sci-fi poems.’ CHARITY/GOOD CAUSE ANTHOLOGY https://www.nationalpoetrylibrary.org.uk/write-publish/competitions/ecosystems-future

16th Dec Poems or short fiction with the names of months as titles. https://righthandpointing.submittable.com/submit

16th Dec Insight: ‘Responses to works of art, literature, and culture that raise questions or address issues about the matters that concern us aesthetically, politically, ideologically.’ PAYING  https://theoffingmag.submittable.com/submit

20th Dec Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Synchronous. https://pacificreview.sdsu.edu/casa1.html

21st Dec Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Virtual Realities. PAYING https://newfound.org/submit/

22nd Dec Poems and stories on the theme of Fruit. https://wordsforthewild.co.uk/?p=7285

25th Dec ‘We want yr trash.’ https://trashheap.party/submit/

30th Dec Blood Crown: Sword and Sorcery fiction 4000-15,000 words. Both elements must be present – blood and crown. PROFIT/REVENUE SHARING MODEL http://adityadeshmukh.com/the-great-void/

31st Dec ‘SUBJECT MATTER (for all mediums) is simply anything to do with pop culture.   TV, movies, comic books, video games, music…we’re keeping this pretty broad because we geek out on everything and we keep it nerd real like that. ISSUE #18 is our LGBTQIA+ ISSUE!  If you identify as a member of the LGBTQIA community, please submit your poems and/or art to our inbox for this issue!’ http://www.freezeraypoetry.com/submissions.html

31st Dec Poems and stories from the workplace. PAYING http://www.workerswritejournal.com/

31st Dec ‘Damaged Goods Press is seeking poetry by QUEER & TRANS poets on queer eroticism for our forthcoming print anthology The Impossible Beast: Poems of Queer Eroticism, edited by Logan February and Caseyrenée Lopez.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.damagedgoodspress.com/dgp-submissions/

31st Dec ‘Inspiring protests led by concerned citizens and youth are demanding change.The role of the poet is to critique, celebrate, acknowledge, and inspire, to provoke thought and action, and to speak truth to power. Those are the poems sought for publication in 45 Poems of Protest.’ ROYALTIES http://waxpoetryart.com/eleventh/submissions.html

31st Dec ‘We are looking for your stories about how you neglected your self-care and then how you realized its importance and so you now engage in it.’ Stories and poems. PAYING https://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics

31st Dec Poetry, fiction and art on the theme of Seasons of Rot. PAYING http://carrionblue555.blogspot.com/p/submissions.html

31st Dec ‘We believe it is important for readers to see themselves reflected on the page. After truly realizing how few characters in classic fairytales are People of Color, we wanted to make an anthology of fairytales where readers of color could see themselves on the pages. We are seeking retellings and rewritings of classic fairytales that FEATURE People of Color or different ethnic or cultural backgrounds (non-white) as the characters and that are WRITTEN by People of Color or different ethnic or cultural backgrounds (non-white).’ http://www.press.alternatingcurrentarts.com/2016/11/submit-to-alternating-current-press.html#projects

31st Dec Food-based horror stories. PAYING https://madnessheart.press/submissions/ghastly-gastronomy/?v=79cba1185463

31st Dec ‘Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora seeks speculative fiction that grapples with the question: “What is the legacy and the future of Africa and the African Diaspora?” We want authors and poets from the African continent and the African Diaspora.’ PAYING https://aurelialeo.com/dominion-an-anthology-of-speculative-fiction-from-africa-and-the-african-diaspora/

31st Dec Poetry, flash and short fiction on the theme of Relationships. https://www.rhetaskewpublishing.com/anthology-askew-submissions

31st Dec ‘Signs of life is an upcoming literary anthology themed around first- and second-hand experiences of illness and care-giving.’ PAYING https://signsoflifeanthology.wordpress.com/

31st Dec Map-centred writing on the theme of Alaska. http://themapisnot.com/submissions

31st Dec LGBTQ Romance: ‘A trope is a familiar plot device an author uses to bring two characters together. There are dozens of them — friends to lovers, second chances, arranged marriages, forbidden love, celebrity falls for fan, love triangle, secret admirer …
What’s YOUR favorite? Work it into a story, or write a trope you haven’t tried yet, it’s up to you.’ ROYALTIES https://www.jms-books.com/2019-submissions-calls-lgbtq-romance-stories-ezp-33.html

31st Dec ‘The Thimble Literary Magazine is primarily a poetry journal but invites submissions on related topics such as artwork, stories, and interviews. We are not looking for anything in particular in terms of form or style, but that it speaks to the reader or writer in some way. When selecting your poems or prose, please ask yourself, did this poem help me create shelter?’ https://www.thimblelitmag.com/submissions/

31st Dec Poems on the theme of Act Your Age. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://magmapoetry.submittable.com/submit/151955/magma-77-act-your-age

31st Dec FICTION – LGBTQ+ Coming Out/Coming-of-Age/Identity: ‘This anthology will explore fictional tales of what the mirror cannot show: your sexual identity or sexual history.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.literarywanderlust.com/anthology/

31st Dec Poetry, prose and more on the theme of Lacunae. ‘For this issue of Vestiges, we are looking for works in which death hangs on the balance of a breath; textual memories plucked from their funeral procession, hesitant to cease, frozen from the fridge yet melting on their march. Send us your elegies, laments, meditations, fragments, abandoned works, unbridgeable gulfs, languished poems, and autodidactic literary failures.’ http://blacksunlit.com/2019/10/open-call-for-submissions-vestiges_05-lacunae/

31st Dec Cli-fi SF poetry, fiction and more wanted on the theme of ‘Terraforming Earth for Aliens (a Cli-Fi Anthology of Global Warming Fiction)’. PAYING https://www.cli-fi.org/

31st Dec Dada writing and art. ‘The world is hurtling in a direction that simply isn’t sustainable. DADA came from the absurdity of war, and the destruction to the planet right now is absolutely war, with potentially billions of victims. And so, the theme for MAINTENANT 14 is: UN-SUSTAIN-A-BULL-SH*T’ http://threeroomspress.com/2019/11/december-is-the-last-month-to-submit-to-maintenant/

31st Dec or until they have 100 subs, so submit early if possible! Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Truth. https://spectrum.submittable.com/submit

31st Dec Stories for Air: Sylphs, Spirits and Swan Maidens (Elemental Anthologies #3). PAYING http://tychebooks.com/air-anthology

31st Dec Three anthologies: Galactic Stew, Apocalyptic and My Battery is Low and it’s Getting Dark. PAYING (SUBJECT TO KICKSTARTER)  https://jpskewedthrone.dreamwidth.org/499730.html

31st Dec Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Spring. ‘Free to submit two poems (in one document) or up to five pieces of visual art. Currently we accept 250 free submissions per month.’ PAYING https://chestnutreview.com/submissions/

31st Dec Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Dry. PAYING https://spr.submittable.com/submit/

1st Jan ‘Full Bleed, an annual print and online journal of art and design, seeks submissions for its fourth issue, forthcoming in Spring 2020. We publish criticism, belle lettres, artwork, design, illustration, fiction, poetry, and graphic essays.’ Theme: archives. PAYING https://www.full-bleed.org/submit

1st Jan Canadians only: poetry, fiction and more on the theme of ‘Resiliency’ (sic). PAYING https://theselkie.co.uk/resiliency/

1st Jan Speculative short stories about original creatures. PAYING https://ultrablack.online/submissions

1st Jan Poetry on the theme of the Virgin Mary. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://madvillepublishing.com/call-for-submissions-mother-mary-anthology/

1st Jan ‘Crime stories that take place in the future. Preferably these stories will go beyond simple murders or capers to reveal something about how technology and the powers that wield it have changed our world.’ 4000-8000 words. PAYING https://vernacularbooks.com/submissions/

SUBMISSIONS WITH NO KNOWN DEADLINES

(Publishers might not give out their rates on their submission pages, so make sure that they will pay you!)

Poetry, fiction and more. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://ojs.library.dal.ca/dalhousiereview/pages/view/contribute

Despite the September deadline for issue 3, they do accept ongoing submissions of poetry, fiction and more. PAYING https://soyouwanttowrite.org/pages/submissions-and-guidelines

Poetry, fiction and more. http://www.identitytheory.com/about/submission-guidelines/

Poetry, fiction and more, touching on the experiences of Jewish women. PAYING https://lilith.submittable.com/submit

New Zealand only: poetry, fiction and more. https://sportmagazine.co.nz/about

Poetry and art. http://sixthfinch.com/submit.html

Poetry, fiction and more. https://jmwwblog.wordpress.com/guidelines/

Comps and calls for November 2019

Hello everybody! I hope you are well! November can often be a dreary month for writing opportunities, before all the exciting stuff in December — but not this year! There are loads of interesting things to have a go at, and I wish you the best of luck with them.

Remember last month I mentioned that I’d been longlisted for the Cheshire Literature Prize? Well my play, ‘A Taste of Paradise’ (it’s about a woman stranded on a desert island. She falls in love with a coconut), has made the final four, and will be performed on 29th November at the Garrett Theatre, Chester, UK! I am so excited! My play, on a stage, with actors, and an audience (I hope!), and everything! If you can come, it would be lovely to see you, and do introduce yourself to me. You can get tickets here: https://www.storyhouse.com/event/cheshire-prize-for-literature-2019

So I will be spending most of November in a fluster.

Have a lovely time with your own writing – you never know where it could take you!

Much love,

Cathy x

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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 Nov Weird Christmas flash fiction. PAYING https://weirdchristmas.com/2019/05/06/weird-christmas-flash-fiction-contest-2nd-annual-2019/

6th Nov Spectator Competition No. 3124: it’s a date! ‘You are invited to compose a clerihew about any date in the calendar. Please email entries (up to three each) to lucy@spectator.co.uk by midday on 6 November.’ https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/10/going-concern/

15th Nov ‘The flash must pass or discuss Raleigh Becket Test, which contains a central male character whose narrative needs the development of a female character but is precluded from being sexually or romantically involved with the character.’ PAYING https://www.apparitionlit.com/submission-guidelines/#1538347466119-241fd8cf-66ed

17th Nov ‘Simply tell us who you want to connect with and what a stay away together would mean to you. We can then work our magic and make it happen!’ NON-CASH PRIZE https://planetradio.co.uk/hits-radio/competitions/win/sponsored-connect-holidayinn-3/

22nd Nov Various awards with differing criteria. PAYING https://newmediawritingprize.co.uk/ (thanks to www.prizemagic.co.uk for this one)

24th Nov ‘Angela Poetry Magazine invites all poets to submit lighthearted,
humorous, playful, and curious poems to The Lighthearted Poetry
Contest. This is a free contest, open to everyone on Earth.’ ROYALTIES http://waxpoetryart.com/angela/submissions/lighthearted.html

24th Nov Residents of Africa only: poem up to 35 lines. ROYALTIES http://waxpoetryart.com/africa/submissions/poetsofafrica.html

30th Nov ‘The prize is open to African poets, defined as those who were born in Africa, or who are nationals of an African country, or whose parents are African. It is for ten poems exactly in order to encourage serious poets. These poems may, however, have already been published. Only poets who have not yet had a full-length poetry book published are eligible. Poets who have self-published poetry books or had chapbooks and pamphlets published are allowed to submit for this prize.’ PAYING http://www.africanpoetryprize.org/

30th Nov ‘We are looking for stories (in a variety of formats: play, film, radio, book, tv) that in some way touch upon ideas around building a sustainable society.’ A six part TV series. PAYING http://www.greenstories.org.uk/about-the-competition/

30th Nov Unpublished poems (maximum 96 lines) by youth (aged 17 and under) relating to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. PAYING https://www.facebook.com/ReneeDukeYouthAward

1st Dec Residents of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut: poem up to 25 lines. ROYALTIES http://waxpoetryart.com/calgary/submissions/poetsofwesterncanada.html

1st Dec 100-word story on the theme of Winter. ‘The competition is open to women of all nationalities. Entries must be written in English and should intend to bring a smile to the reader’s face (dark humour qualifies).’ VOUCHER/OTHER https://funnypearls.com/competition-100-words-winter/

1st Dec A metrical poem. PAYING https://anglica.co.uk/poetry-competition/ (thanks to www.prizemagic.co.uk for this one)

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

Deadline every Friday: fiction up to 500 words written on that week’s theme. https://frictionlit.org/submit-to-dually-noted/

USA only – deadline varies by State: poetry. https://www.zpublishinghouse.com/blogs/upcoming-books/the-best-emerging-poets-series

3rd Nov ‘We’re looking for thrilling stories of suspense, delving into the dark spaces of the night, ideally between 2000 and 5000 words.’ PAYING http://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fantasy-gothic/fall/autumn-2019-submissions-announcement

3rd Nov Poetry, fiction and more suitable for Christian children on the theme of THE BEAUTY OF THE HOLIDAY. PAYING http://www.guardian-angel-kids.com/submissions.html

3rd Nov Flash fiction on the theme of Dynamic Duos. PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS https://gohavok.com/submission-guidelines/

3rd Nov ‘Hairstreak Butterfly Review welcomes submissions for our themed issue “O Canada.” For a short period (9/22 to 11/3), we will be accepting fiction, poetry, nonfiction, visual stories, and photography that praises, laments, addresses, or otherwise engages the topic of Canada.’ https://hairstreakbutterflyreview.submittable.com/submit

3rd Nov Theme: Rattle. ‘We accept all forms and genres of creative non-fiction and visual media so long as it presents a personal narrative.’ https://chicagomemoryhouse.wordpress.com/submit/

3rd Nov Fiction 800-2000 words on the theme of Sugar & Spice. https://www.liarsleague.com/liars_league/writers.html

4th Nov Fiction 800-3000 words on the theme of Intimacy & Isolation. https://www.liarsleaguenyc.com/submissions

4th Nov Poetry, flash, fiction and more on the theme of Mothers and Motherhood. http://londonreader.uk/2019/10/open-call-for-creative-writing-mothers-and-motherhood/

8th Nov Story 1000-3500 words on the theme of A Dysfunctional Family Christmas. PAYING http://www.stormyislandpublishing.com/submissions/

8th Nov Poetry and flash on the theme of Celestial. https://thewildword.com/submissions/

9th Nov ‘Submissions should address the intersection of women’s sexuality with the issue’s theme. Please note that at Cliterature, we believe in sisterhood, not cis-terhood, and include trans women in our definition of women. Submissions should not exceed 10 pages per submitter. Poetry, prose, fiction, and nonfiction all receive equal attention and weight.’ Theme: Fertility. https://cliteraturejournal.com/submit

9th Nov Undergraduates only: poetry, fiction and more. PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS https://campus.albion.edu/albionreview/submit/

10th Nov Poetry, fiction, essays and more on the theme of Earth. PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS (Only Australian contributors will be paid) http://cordite.org.au/submissions/

15th Nov Short poetry and prose on the theme of Hive. https://www.hunnybeelit.com/submissions.html

15th Nov Poetry. PAYING https://mcneesereview.submittable.com/submit

15th Nov Romance story. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.clarendonhousebooks.com/anthologies

15th Nov or when filled: Spec Fic 4000-15,000 words. Also another anthology for horror, same length.PROFIT/REVENUE SHARING MODEL http://adityadeshmukh.com/the-great-void/

15th Nov Writing on the theme of Spirit. https://thebezine.com/2019/10/22/guidelines-and-inspiration-for-submissions-to-the-december-issue-of-the-bezine-by-john-anstie/

15th Nov Women over 60 only: ‘Short Takes are usually short pieces, fiction or non-fiction (250-500 words), but can also be topical poetry, sometimes even drawings or photography.’ Theme: Gift/Giving https://persimmontree.org/submissions/ (Cathy’s note: you have to scroll down quite a bit to get to the Short Takes guidelines!)

15th Nov ‘We’re looking for cozy (no excessive gore, torture, graphic violence) to cozy noir (where nothing really goes right for anyone) stories that include a crime. Each crime must revolve around a song from the 60s.’ 2500-6000 words. ROYALTIES http://darkhousebooks.com/sixties-music-call-for-submissions/

15th Nov ‘Submit previously unpublished poems 1 to 10 lines long or prose poems up to 100 words (viz. poetic drabbles and even more compressed microfiction). Titles, epigrams/epigraphs, postscripts/author’s notes, and white space are not counted. The poems can be one of many established varieties like monostich, distich, Haiku, senryu, tanka, cinquain, and all its variations, as well as free verse, experimental poems, hybrid forms, etc. Just be sure it contains a speculative element.’ PAYING https://www.silverblade.net/submissions-2/

15th Nov Poems on the theme of Imprisonment/Freedom. http://www.writingyourvoice.org.uk/as-above-so-below/

17th Nov Poetry and fiction on the theme of Supernatural. PAYING https://shooterlitmag.com/submissions/

17th Nov ‘The theme of time travel must be present in the story (although the actual act does not need to take place within the story). The title cannot be time or travel or any variation of those, and the story must be exactly 100 words, with a 1 word title.’ http://www.101fiction.com/

18th Nov Poetry and prose on the theme of Fairy Tale. https://thewriterscafemagazine.wordpress.com/2019/09/02/the-writers-cafe-issue-18-fairy-talecallout/

20th Nov Poetry on the theme of Winter. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIEShttp://www.stormyislandpublishing.com/submissions/

20th Poetry and fiction on the theme of Christmas. ‘The main requirement is that the content should edify the reader. An edifying story doesn’t imply that challenging things cannot happen in a story. Difficult themes can be included in the story but something positive should be noted or have a hopeful resolution.’ http://www.edifyfiction.com/submissions.html

22nd Nov ‘To mark the beginning of the 10-year anniversary of CantoMundo, Anomaly and I want your work! I will be editing a poetry folio of work that highlights, celebrates, and honors the incredible work of the fellows who have been part of CantoMundo’s ten-year history.’ http://anmly.org/call-for-submissions-cantomundo-a-decade-of-song/

25th Nov Poetry and prose on the theme of Rings. Must contain elements of the natural world. PAYING https://clawandblossom.com/submissions/

26th Nov Story up to 3000 words on the theme of Twisted Love. PAYING http://www.bronzevillebooks.com/writers/twisted-love-guidelines/

27th Nov Spec fic/horror on the theme of Lust. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIEShttps://www.blackharepress.com/submissions/

30th Nov ‘This anthology will combine the best new mysteries with classic reprints from yesteryear, so give us a masterful tale. You’ll need an engaging and memorable protagonist who can hold his or her own against Sherlock Holmes and Auguste Dupin. Above all, we want a clever puzzle the reader can try to solve.’ 2500-7000 words. https://blackbeaconbooks.blogspot.com/p/submissions.html

30th Nov Horror stories consisting of only two sentences. PROFIT/REVENUE SHARING MODEL https://www.triviamundi.co.uk/nano-nightmares.html

30th Nov Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Movement. https://www.apofenie.com/contact

30th Nov Fiction 5000-15000 words on the theme of Lost Love. ROYALTIES https://dragonsoulpress.com/anthologies/

30th Nov Japanese fantasy drabble. https://insigniastories.com/subs/

30th Nov Poetry on the theme of Blue. https://truthserumpress.net/submissions/indigomania/

30th Nov Spec fic on the theme of Experimentation. PAYING https://www.apparitionlit.com/submission-guidelines/

30th Nov Writing on the theme of The Elements. http://ninearchespress.com/magazine.html

30th Nov Story or poem containing the words Carriage, Pinwheel and Scour. http://3elementsreview.com/submission-guidelines

30th Nov ‘Chipper Press is looking for short stories that feature youngsters that go caving.’ 4500-17,000 words. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.chipperpress.com/anthology-submissions/

30th Nov ‘Tell us stories of queer resilience and queer survival, stories set after the end of a world that could be ours but might not be.’ PAYING https://www.neonhemlock.com/submissions

30th Nov Writers of colour: ‘We publish adult literary fiction (novels and short story collections) and narrative non-fiction.’ https://www.galleybeggar.co.uk/2-submissions

30th Nov LGBTQ Romance: ‘We’re looking for science fiction romance set in space, whether it’s on a spaceship or a planet or even the moon. Whether it’s hard sci-fi or space opera, or somewhere in between, we want love stories that are literally out of this world!’ ROYALTIES https://www.jms-books.com/2019-submissions-calls-lgbtq-romance-stories-ezp-33.html

30th Nov Poetry and fiction on the theme of Weird West in Winter. http://runebear.com/submit

1st Dec Poetry and fiction on the theme of When Hell Freezes Over. PAYING https://sites.google.com/site/bethlehemwritersroundtable/submissions

1st Dec Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Persistence. PAYING https://slicemagazine.org/submit/

1st Dec ‘For Bodies in the Library we need tales of crime in stately houses, lonely mansions, ancient castles. Footsteps in the Dark will tease out the terror of the alleyways, the edges of the town, the frontier shacks, the winter forests and lonely mountain hideaways. An emphasis on heightened senses would differentiate the best stories from the rest! Word length is most likely to be successful at 2000–4000, but we will still read stories slightly outside this range.’ PAYING http://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fantasy-gothic/fall/autumn-2019-submissions-announcement

1st Dec Flash fiction on the theme of Answering the Call. PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS https://gohavok.com/submission-guidelines/upcoming-themes/

1st Dec ‘An anthology on the broad theme of freedom of movement. The anthology, Write to Move, welcomes submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, essays and poetry that explore experiences and ideas about mobility, freedom, physical activity and physical limitations.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.winnipegtrails.ca/writetomove/

1st Dec ‘We are looking for works of fiction that directly address the significance of clothes and accessories in our lives and where the object — be it a dress, a skirt or trousers, a coat, a pair of shoes or a handbag, or even a piece of jewelry — is at the core of the story.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://newlitsalonpress.com/open-call-dress-you-up/

1st Dec Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Decadence. PAYING https://www.mythridate.com/submit

1st Dec Poetry and fiction on the theme of Anniversaries. http://www.linesandstars.com/about/

1st Dec ‘We’re looking for poems, short stories, and essays about both the many indigenous spiritualities of the Americas, and those which have been born or evolved here; e.g., African Diaspora Traditions, American-born Wiccan traditions, Feri Tradition, Santa Muerte, devotion to Goddesses such as Libertas/Statue of Liberty, and so on.’ PAYING https://eternalhauntedsummer.com/about/

1st Dec Fiction on the theme of Grumpy Old Gods. ROYALTIES https://stormdancebooks.junetakey.com/posts/grumpy-old-gods-5-submission-call/#more-1700

1st Dec Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Grandparents and other Wise Ancestors. https://www.shantiarts.co/SPAQ/SPAQ_calls.html

1st Dec ‘The Broken City is currently accepting submissions for its winter 2019 edition: Welcome to the Interzone. That’s right, Dr. Benway, the magazine is running an issue on drugs (legal or otherwise) and the psychedelic experience. Fact or fiction: the weirder the better. Send your poetry, fiction, essays, illustrations and photography.’ http://www.thebrokencitymag.com/submissions.html

1st Dec Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of There’s Something about Travel. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.ncc.edu/programsandcourses/academic_departments/english/nassau_review/submission_guidelines.shtml

1st Dec Poetry, fiction and more. https://www.peripheriesjournal.com/submissions

SUBMISSIONS WITH NO KNOWN DEADLINES

(Publishers might not give out their rates on their submission pages, so make sure that they will pay you!)

‘beestung considers poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, hybrids, and art, by creators who fall under the non-binary umbrella.’ PAYING http://beestungmag.com/about/

‘We are primarily considering novel-length works in any speculative fiction genre including science fiction, fantasy, horror, and other subgenres, but we’re also open to other works of interest to the community of SF&F readers.’ https://www.erewhonbooks.com/submissions/

‘We are actively acquiring agented and unagented Romance fiction for our Casablanca imprint including Own Voices, marginalized voices, inclusive and diverse romances.’ https://www.sourcebooks.com/sourcebooks-casablanca-submissions.html

Send the first three chapters of your nonfiction book. https://www.blinkpublishing.co.uk/submissions

‘Futures is a venue for very short stories or ‘vignettes’ of between 850 and 950 words. The subject is typically near-future, hard SF, although this can be interpreted liberally.’ PAYING http://blogs.nature.com/futureconditional/2015/04/19/how-to-write-for-nature-futures/

Nonfiction writing about theatre. PAYING https://howlround.com/participate#write-for-the-journal

Poetry, short fiction and more. PAYING https://www.icebergtales.co.uk/blank-page-1

‘Persimmon Tree’s mission is to bring the creativity and talent of women over sixty to a wide audience of readers of all ages. We are looking for work that reveals rich experience and a variety of perspectives. Each issue of the magazine will include several fiction and nonfiction pieces, poetry by one or more poets, and the work of one or more visual artists.’ https://persimmontree.org/submissions/

Poetry. ‘Must have both Asian and speculative elements (fantasy, scifi, etc). Due to the short format, you do not need to specify which country your poem is about within the poem itself, but the Asian setting/people/culture should all give good hints. The Asian elements are more important that the speculative ones, for this call. (It’s a challenge, but we believe in you!).’ https://insigniastories.com/submissions-poetry/

Flash. https://tinymolecules.wordpress.com/submit/