Comps and calls for November 2017

Hello all! Here are the usual listings – a bit early, as my webbie is zooming off to London in his dynamic way. I’m well and busy, sorting out that third poetry collection – the title is now ‘Erratics’ and I’d love to know what you think of it. There is a poem included with that title, about some erratics (weird rocks standing weirdly). Also ‘erratic’ does describe my personality!

My tip this month is to submit and enter out of your comfort zone. Never written a romantic poem before? Or a formal one? Have a go! Never written horror before? Get that shocking idea out of your head and into a document! Surprising things can happen when we try something new.

Remember, remember, to submit in November! You might get a cheering winter acceptance or prize.

As always, good luck!

Cathy x


Here are November 2017’s writing competitions and calls for submission, all with free, electronic entry.

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

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

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

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

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

COMPETITIONS

Deadline next year, but some will be chosen for the shortlist each week: ‘We want you to write a 500-word tale of terror using the following quotation from the play’s (Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde) script as inspiration: “It might be possible, of course, that far from being one, we may possess two selves.”’ PAYING http://www.theatrecloud.com/get-involved/creative-projects/tell-a-tale-gothic-fiction

5th Nov ‘SACRED & PROFANE: Christmas is the holiest time of the year … but it makes plenty of us want to curse – so this yuletide we want you to explore the sacred and the secular aspects of the festive season in whatever way you can imagine. Both comic and serious takes on the theme are welcome.’ Fiction 800-2000 words. NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.liarsleague.com/liars_league/writers.html

7th Nov ‘Entrants are invited to write a modern-day children’s Christmas story inspired by the Charles Dickens’ novella A Christmas Carol for families to read this festive season. The winning author will have their book illustrated by renowned children’s illustrator Ian Beck before it is published through Kindle Direct Publishing and read by the nation, along with winning a £2,000 Amazon gift card and a top-of-the-range Fire tablet.’ VOUCHER/OTHER https://www.amazon.co.uk/b?node=11875736031

10th Nov Scottish women only: stories and poems on the theme of Body Positive. NON-CASH PRIZE http://womenslibrary.org.uk/2017/08/28/bold-types-scottish-womens-creative-writing-competition/#utm_source=Creative%20Scotland&utm_medium=Post&utm_campaign=BoldTypes

15th Nov Short story 2000-4000 words. NON-CASH PRIZE https://meetbubo.com/about/writers/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email

15th Nov ‘Welcome, creators, to the contest of end-time letters. What happens when everything ends? What happens far after? With a story, a poem—any form of anything written, capture for us the Postapocalypse. Show us society’s reconstruction. Show us its final collapse. Bring us your take on the grand finale, and may your entry, above all others, survive.’ PAYING http://www.thecharlescarter.com/contest-submissions/

15th Nov ‘TravelFave (TF) wants you to tell us about your most memorable travel misadventure.’ PAYING http://travelfave.com/misadventure-contest/

23rd Nov Flash fiction up to 100 words. Enter this code: 38955 on the registration form, and then if you win, Cathy’s Comps and Calls gets a prize too! PAYING https://www.fundacioncesaregidoserrano.com/en/activities/short-tales-contest/5-edition/participation-form/lang/en-GB

24th Nov ‘The essence of new-media writing for us is great storytelling which uses anything and everything that digital media can offer, along with user/audience interactivity. It’s got to be something that couldn’t work in ‘old’ media.’ PAYING http://newmediawritingprize.co.uk/faq/ (thanks to www.prizemagic.co.uk for this one)

26th Nov ‘Please apply with the first 3,000 words of your novel, and a synopsis of no more than a page.’ (Cathy’s note: please check eligibility, as it’s quite specific!) NON-CASH PRIZE  http://www.curtisbrowncreative.co.uk/course/felicia-yap-yesterday-scholarship/

30th Nov ‘The theme of your story need not reference Wales in any way. You may submit your entry in either Welsh or English. Basically you will need to write a short story between 1000 and 5000 words in length and submit it in accordance with the rules for site members or non-site members outlined below. Accompanying graphics ARE permitted but your entry will be judged solely on its literary merit.’ PAYING https://americymru.net/community/forum/west-coast-eisteddfod-online-short-story-competition-2017

30th Nov (and every month): poetry or short story. PAYING http://www.secretatticpress.com/competitionrules.html

30th Nov Over 50s or POC only: fiction or nonfiction. PAYING https://www.forgelitmag.com/flm/fellowship/

30th Nov Spec flash fiction on the theme of Apparition. PAYING https://www.apparitionlit.com/submission-guidelines/#1506552206297-99a74293-e807

30th Nov 20-30 minute play. PAYING http://congletonplayers.com/ (thanks to www.prizemagic.co.uk for this one)

30th Nov Poem on the theme of Migration. PAYING https://www.hollandparkpress.co.uk/magazine_detail.php?magazine_id=455&language=English

30th Nov Techie haiku. VOUCHER/OTHER  http://www.thinkgeek.com/haiku

30th Nov ‘Your main character, who lives on “The American Entitlement Program”, loses everything they thought they wanted through a tragic event, only to find themselves with everything they actually need after a small, insignificant event. Make gratitude and humility the focal points of your story.’ VOUCHER/OTHER https://www.greywolfeshop.com/2017-monthly-contests.html

1st Dec Poetry and prose that addresses patients and providers facing chronic or life limiting illness. PAYING http://medicine.stanford.edu/news/current-news/standard-news/Kalanithi-Award.html

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

ASAP! ‘This year, we’re looking for [Hanukkah-themed] stories that are previously written and approximately 1,200 to 3,500 words in length. Authors must own the entertainment rights to the story, agree to grant permission for use to include broadcast and on NPR.org and be willing to help edit the story for radio use. Submissions are due ASAP to Katie Anastas, at kanastas(at)npr(dot)org.’ (thanks to www.erikadreifus.com for this one)

2nd Nov Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Forgiveness: no irredeemable people. http://moonmagazine.org/submission-guideline/

3rd Nov Poetry, prose and more on the theme of Wander. https://chicagomemoryhouse.wordpress.com/submit/

5th Nov Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of New Life. PAYING https://shooterlitmag.com/submissions/

5th Nov ‘Submissions from writers and musicians of short pieces on the theme of DUSK. This will be a UK only call out this time because of the structure of what we have planned. For absolute clarity, these are works suitable for performance, story, poem or song, and please no death or dementia stories we’ve read SO many of those (and been offended by inaccuracy in the dementia ones) that no matter how wonderful, it’s a case of ‘not another one!’ https://arachnepress.submittable.com/submit

5th Nov ‘The London Reader is issuing an open call for fiction and nonfiction travel writing in the form of short stories, minifiction, creative essays, or poetry as well as art and photography on the same theme.’ http://londonreader.uk/

6th Nov Fiction and nonfiction on the theme of Holiday. https://hofstrawindmill.com/submit/

9th Nov Poetry and prose on the theme of Birth Control. https://cliteraturejournal.com/submit/

10th Nov Poetry on the theme of Inheritance. http://www.linesandstars.com/about/

11th Nov Flash and short fiction. PAYING https://firesidefiction.com/about/#submissions-guidelines (thanks to www.freedomwithwriting.com for this one)

12th Nov Poetry up to 25 lines and prose 150-300 words on the theme of Wet Sand. http://www.meowmeowpowpowlit.com/submission-guidelines.html

12th Nov 100-word story on the theme of Monsters and Heroes. http://www.101fiction.com/p/submissions.html

14th Nov Literary fiction 3000-8000 words. PAYING https://www.one-story.com/index.php?page=submit&pubcode=os

15th Nov ‘The Maleficarum is looking for stories about nature. Whether it be the earth taking back what it rightfully belongs, or simple observations of what goes on in life, send me your wonderful works.’ https://rosettemaleficarum.wordpress.com/submission-guidelines/

15th Nov F, SF and H: flash and short fiction. PAYING https://gehennaandhinnom.wordpress.com/2017/05/13/call-for-submissions-hinnom-magazine-bi-monthly-science-fiction-fantasy-and-horror/

15th Nov Poetry on the theme of The First Foreign Language I Ever Heard. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.tenpennyplayers.org/WWThemes/2017-8themes.pdf (Cathy’s note: you can find the email at which to submit here: http://www.poetrymarkets.com/print-publications/waterways )

15th Nov Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Can Conscious Partnership Change the World? http://moonmagazine.org/submission-guideline/

15th Nov Poetry. PAYING http://www.firepoetry.com/guidelines.html

15th Nov ‘We are currently seeking articles, essays, poems, short fiction and interviews for inclusion in our second upcoming Pact Press anthology that will focus upon the opioid epidemic. Net proceeds from our anthology will benefit Shatterproof, a nonprofit that seeks to treat and provide assistance to those suffering from addiction.’ CHARITY ANTHOLOGY http://pactpress.com/submissions/

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: Hallelujah! http://www.persimmontree.org/v2/submissions/

15th Nov Fiction on the theme of Solarpunk Summers. PAYING https://www.worldweaverpress.com/submit-anthologies.html

15th Nov Essays, reviews, interviews and more on the theme of Memory and Loss (Cathy’s note: you can’t submit poetry electronically, unfortunately). PAYING http://www.vallummag.com/submission.html

15th Nov or when filled: stories 2000-5000 words on the theme of Cthulhu Christmas Special. PROFIT/REVENUE SHARING MODEL  https://deadmanstome.net/submissions/

15th Nov Fiction up to 10,000 words on the theme of Uncommon Evil. ROYALTIES http://www.fightingmonkeypress.com/submissions/

15th Nov Spec fic set in Manchester, UK, on the theme of Revolutions. PAYING https://manchesterspeculativefiction.org/

15th Nov Poems. https://dirtypawspoetry.com/submit/

20th Nov Poetry and art on the theme of Homelessness. https://www.weaselpress.com/degeneratesubmissions

20th Nov ‘We want your poetry and flash fiction full of lore and legend surrounding the darkest time of the year, as well as the gradual return of the light. Christmas, Krampus, ice and snow, Norse gods, the solstice, wolves, forests, candle magic, night, the northern lights, and anything else you think might fit – if it’s cold and frosty, we’d like to see it (unless it’s just a pint of beer, but even then…)’ https://threedropspoetry.co.uk/submissions/call-for-submissions-midwinter-2017-special/

23rd Nov Christian poetry, fiction and more. http://adversuspress.com/submissions

24th Nov Romantic Flash fiction. ‘In this issue we want stories where the woman pursues the man. Strong, determined, know-what-they-want women who go after love. Whether it’s an unconventional proposal or someone who thinks they should be more than friends, let the lady take the leading role.’ PAYING http://splickety.com/submission-guidelines/

28th Nov Pulp fiction on the theme of ghouls, Ghosts and Grave Robbers. ROYALTIES http://astoundingoutpost.com/astounding-publications-2/astounding-publications/

30th Nov Fiction on the theme of Community. PAYING https://ninthletteronline.submittable.com/submit

30th Nov ‘We’re looking for stories about how you found love. And how you kept it fresh over the years. New love, old love, please warm our hearts with your stories and poems.’ PAYING http://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics

30th Nov Poetry, fiction and essays on the theme of Elections. http://www.kikwetujournal.com/submissions.html

30 Nov: ‘Alternative art and literature magazine The Matador Review is now accepting submissions for the Winter 2018 publication. We publish poetry, fiction, flash fiction, and creative non-fiction, inviting all unpublished literature written in the English language (and translations that are accompanied by the original text) as well as many forms of visual art.’ http://www.matadorreview.com/submissions/

30th Nov Flash fiction. http://www.wigleaf.com/

30th Nov Poetry and fiction. PAYING https://www.thirdpointpress.com/submission-guidelines/

30th Nov ‘Beyond the Breadcrumbs, Winter Tangerine’s Fall 2017 Spitfire series will focus on innovative new ways of approaching an old art form: the fairy tale in fiction, poetry and art…We don’t want clinical dissections of the stories we grew up knowing, picked apart to unveil archetypes, gutted of their magic. Instead we want re-tellings or completely new works that echo their timeless spirit.’ Poetry, fiction and more. PAYING https://wintertangerine.submittable.com/submit (thanks to https://www.erikadreifus.com for this one)

30th Nov ‘Norse mythology, although not as popular as Greek and Roman, has a fascinating take on the universe and a pantheon of amazing gods and goddesses. Although there are many stories that have survived the ages, there are several tales that were lost. For this anthology, we are looking for stories about Norse goddesses that were mostly lost.’ 500-10,500 words. PAYING http://fantasiadivinitymagazine.com/anthology-submission-calls

30th Nov Poetry and fiction on the theme of So Long, Farewell. http://www.youngravensliteraryreview.org/

30th Nov Poetry and short fiction on the theme of Apparition. PAYING https://www.apparitionlit.com/submission-guidelines/#1506552206297-99a74293-e807

30th Nov Poetry and fiction on the theme of Revolutionary Things. http://www.whatwonderfulthings.net/main/submissions/

30th Nov Fiction 6000-10,000 words on the theme of Behind the Mask – Tales from the Id. PAYING http://thingsinthewell.webs.com/submissions

30th Nov Poetry and short fiction on the theme of Elves and the Shoemaker. PAYING http://www.fairytalemagazine.com/p/blog-page_22.html

30th Nov ‘We’re looking for speculative stories rooted in the Fertile Crescent, Levant and the Middle East. The region should be an integral part of the story, and not simply a transplant. For ideal example think of how Mike Resnick’s story “Kirinyaga” relates to Africa culture and issues. We welcome quality flash fiction and non-traditional narratives. Authorized English translations of original stories, particularly from regional artists, are also welcomed and encouraged.’ PAYING http://holycowpublishing.com/guidelines.html

30th Nov Writing on the theme of (In)Completion. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://openmindsquarterly.submittable.com/submit

30th Nov Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Women Hold Up Half the Sky. http://www.artemisjournal.org/entry-guidelines/

30th Nov Age 12-17 only: ‘Submissions of writing and artwork are invited for our first online edition of ePOTB. Pushing Out the Boat, North-East Scotland’s Magazine of New Writing and the Visual Arts, is looking to discover the best new work from young writers and artists aged 12 to 17. ePOTB will be published as an ezine on the Pushing Out the Boat website in Spring 2018 and a £50 prize will be awarded to the best contribution in each of the three categories: prose, poetry and art.’ PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS https://www.pushingouttheboat.co.uk/epotb-submissions/

1st Dec Poetry and more on the theme of Wealth. PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS https://parabola.org/submissions/

1st Dec ‘The editors invite you to send your poems about any of the paintings, drawings, or other artwork by Hieronymus Bosch or Bruegel the Elder.’ https://dasulliv1.wixsite.com/website

1st Dec ‘This issue welcomes submissions from: foster children, adults in foster care, children and adults who were previously in foster care. If this is you, we want to hear your voice.’ https://www.wardslitmag.com/

1st Dec ‘That’s right, armchair quarterbacks, the magazine is running a sports issue. Oh, the “Hurry! Hard!” confused you? It’s a curling thing. We’re looking for work that touches on sporting events of any kind, even darts! Not golf, though.’ http://www.thebrokencitymag.com/submissions.html

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

1st Dec SF 1000-10,000 words. PAYING http://compellingsciencefiction.com/guidelines.html

1st Dec Flash fiction on the theme of Monsters, suitable for teens. PAYING https://cricketmag.submittable.com/submit/17820/cicada-magazine-for-ages-14

1st Dec Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Blue Collar and the Blues. http://www.ncc.edu/programsandcourses/academic_departments/english/nassau_review/submission_guidelines.shtml

1st Dec Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Winter Solstice. PAYING https://eternalhauntedsummer.com/about/

SUBMISSIONS WITH NO KNOWN DEADLINES

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

‘We are open to many genres and themes, but are especially interested in works related to our mission: Exploring the world, one voice at a time. This mission applies to cultural, geographical, temporal, and ecological definitions of “world.”’ PAYING https://folded.wordpress.com/submissions/

Book-length works of literary criticism, and novels. http://fictionadvocate.com/submit-3/

‘Historian Thomas Cahill, author of The Gifts of the Jews (Knopf, 1999) claimed that the Jews invented the very concept of history. They were the first, he said, to perceive time not as an endless circle of life, death and rebirth, but as the flight of an arrow, on a linear path to somewhere from somewhere.However, what if time is not one arrow, but a volley of arrows? What if there are other timelines, other histories, other Jews? Would they still have a covenant with the one God? What would have become of their triumphs? Their defeats? Their suffering and their successes?’ Fiction and poetry. PAYING https://chizinepub.moksha.io/publication/other-covenants

North America only: experimental and counter-culture poetry. https://lazarusjournal.wordpress.com/contact/

Poetry collection or novel. http://www.acre-books.com/about-us/submissions/

SF and F stories. PAYING http://phantaxis.com/#subGuidelines

Poems longer than 140 characters. PAYING https://unfoldmag.wordpress.com/about/

MSS: novels, short stories, poetry, etc. https://regalhousepublishing.com/submissions/

‘The Rosette Maleficarum prides itself on literary works that promote the darker aspects of life. From a dilapidated doll that watched her owner abandon her, to the ghost of a soldier who wanders the battlefield, the journal records to struggles of humanity. Even so, I’m open to little innocent lights, ones that bring back the nostalgia of our youth. But who knows? Just send a piece in, and perhaps it could be published here.’ https://rosettemaleficarum.wordpress.com/submission-guidelines/

‘On the Adult Trade side, we publish a wide range of books, stationery, kits, calendars, and novelty formats. Our list includes cookbooks, fine art, design, photography, pop culture, craft, fashion, beauty, home décor, relationships, lifestyle, and innovative formats such as interactive journals, kits, decks, stationery, and much, much more. Make sure you familiarize yourself with the kinds of books we publish before getting in touch. As of 2009, we are no longer acquiring adult fiction.’ http://www.chroniclebooks.com/submissions

Poems. https://www.hedgehogpress.co.uk/submissions/

‘Endeavour Press are looking for works of at least 25,000 words in length, as well as full length books, both fiction and non-fiction, in the following genres: Crime Fiction and Thrillers, History and Historical Fiction, Romance and popular Women’s Fiction.’ ROYALTIES http://www.endeavourpress.com/submissions/

Nonfiction books on craft or theatre. ROYALTIES  https://beercottbooks.co.uk/information-for-authors

Poetry, articles and more. https://thebluenib.com/

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

Poetry. PAYING http://www.subterraneanbluepoetry.com/SubterraneanBluePoetry.Submissions.htm

‘Field of Lenses is a space for writers to celebrate and engage with the works and figures of cinema and TV that have shaped them and their identity. While all writers are welcome to submit, we will focus on work by femme, queer, and trans writers of color. We want writers to explore representation and marginalization in the world of film. Poets can send up to five poems. Prose and non-fiction writers can submit up to two pieces, either a short story or an essay, of up to 3,000 words.’ PAYING https://wintertangerine.submittable.com/submit

Prose poetry and flash fiction. https://formercactus.wordpress.com/submissions/

‘Lineage of Mirrors seeks to profile poets of color and their influences. Twice a month, we will publish a suite of poems from a writer of color, alongside a statement from the writer on a poem by a poet of color that has influenced their craft.’ PAYING https://wintertangerine.submittable.com/submit

Poetry, prose and more. https://www.silverstreamsjournal.com/submissions.html

Speculative fiction. PAYING https://www.shimmerzine.com/guidelines/fiction-guidelines/

‘Scalawag is a new magazine and website focused on the American South, dedicated to thoughtful reporting, original thinking, and stories in many forms. Our contributors include both new voices and folks who’ve written for The New YorkerThe AtlanticThe New Republic, and more.’ PAYING https://www.scalawagmagazine.org/submissions/

Poetry and creative nonfiction. https://smallorangejournal.com/registry/

Dark flash fiction. https://horrortree.com/submissions/

Female-identified authors only: fiction, poetry and more. http://willowlitmag.com/submit/

Fiction and nonfiction MSS. http://blackandwhitepublishing.com/submissions

‘We are looking for works that are introducing a new world, whether it’s space exploration or being transported to an ethereal realm this theme of discovery underpins the ethos of the magazine. We accept both short stories and poetry.’ PAYING https://zealotscript.co.uk/submissions/

‘We welcome and consider work including but not limited to: short fiction, poetry, flash fiction and libretti, interviews, essays, columns or series, criticism, visual art, multi-media collections, travel writing and reportage.’ https://stratamag.org/submit/

Family-friendly stories (Cathy’s note, they only read the first 300 submissions every month, so get yours in quickly!) PAYING http://www.portyonderpress.com/fictions.html

‘We love to dish up lighthearted fiction with a sprinkling of horror and a pickled garnish. We want original, fantastic, funny, gory, and scary all in the same course. To please us you’ll need to cook up your very best.’ PAYING https://www.feedyourmonster.eu/submissions

MSS. ROYALTIES  https://www.mtp.agency/submissions

Poetry, fiction and more. PAYING https://www.thetemzreview.com/submissions.html

Crime fiction, thrillers and mysteries. ROYALTIES http://thebookfolks.com/publish/

Comps and calls for October 2017

Hello all! It’s October, and my operation went very well. Thank you for all your kind wishes. I am much better now, though my bruising is record-breaking, apparently! Please blame any mistakes this month on my post-op meds!

I have had some excellent news to cheer me even more – my third poetry collection, The Colour of Not Belonging, will be published by Arachne Press! I am thrilled – I’ve had a poem in one of their anthologies before and I know that they are lovely people. This is one reason to get your work in anthologies and magazines – you might find the perfect place for your book.

I have a milestone birthday this month, which I am going to celebrate with unadulterated joy. So many of the most wonderful people I know are older than I am, so I don’t fear ageing at all.

As we head into Xmas and if you’re looking for gift suggestions, might I be so bold as to suggest my book – How to Win Writing Competitions? I explain the techniques and tricks that can be used to build-up a collection of writing awards. It’s well worth a read. Available for Kindle and in traditional print.

Have a wonderful month, everyone!

Cathy x


Here are October 2017’s writing competitions and calls for submission, all with free, electronic entry.

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

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

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

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

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

COMPETITIONS

Monthly: Email your travel experience in up to 500 words. PAYING http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/just-back-travel-writing-competition/

2nd Oct UK aged 5-11 only: bedtime story about friendship, 200-800 words. NON-CASH PRIZE https://tinyurl.com/y8kr9q3z

5th Oct ‘The American Antiquarian Society (AAS), a national research library and learned society of American history and culture, is calling for applications for visiting fellowships for historical research by creative and performing artists, writers, film makers, journalists, and other persons whose goals are to produce imaginative, non-formulaic works dealing with pre-twentieth-century American history.’ (Cathy’s note: the residency is in Massachussetts, and there’s no travel allowance, so bear that in mind before applying!) PAYING http://www.americanantiquarian.org/artistfellowships (thanks to www.erikadreifus.com for this one)

6th Oct Poem relating to PersonalLordSaviorJesusChrist (sic). ‘This contest is not limited to Christians–in fact I want to hear all voices on this contest. I think it would be awesome to write a poem in Satan’s voice about Jesus; I think it would be awesome to have a person write to Jesus in anger in this contest. I want to hear from heterosexuals, gays, lesbians, transgender, drug addicts, atheists, prostitutes, immigrants, Jews, Scientologists, Muslims, Hindus, agnostics, all religions, and all people, especially those who feel marginalized. And of course from those who love Jesus Christ.’ PAYING http://chrisricecooper.blogspot.co.uk/ (thanks to www.trishhopkinson.com for this one)

6th Oct ‘To be in with your chance to win one of three Toys R Us vouchers, worth £250, send us a description of your family’s favourite outdoor memory.’ VOUCHER/OTHER https://www.primarytimes.net/competitions/2017/08/133300-win-family-vouchers-to-support-outdoor-play-worth-250-enter-the-germolene-schools-competition-to-win-a-5-000-grant-towards-outdoor-play-equipment

8th Oct Poem about Trump (no profanity/vulgarity) (Cathy’s note: usually I don’t allow comps where the only prize is publication, but it is the New York Times!). https://kristof.blogs.nytimes.com/2017/09/15/announcing-a-trump-poetry-contest/?smid=tw-share (thanks to http://www.thereviewreview.net/ for this one)

8th Oct Aged 18-23: poetry MS.  PAYING https://platypuspress.tumblr.com/post/163874187786/we-are-pleased-to-announce-a-new-poetry-contest (thanks to www.winningwriters.com for this one)

13th Oct ‘For 2017, the Futurescapes Contest theme is “Blue Sky Cities.” We’re seeking stories set in a near-future city where significant strides have been made toward improving air quality, climate adaptation, or even net positive impacts on climate and air quality.’ Up to 8000 words. PAYING http://www.futurescapescontest.com/ (thanks to www.shamekills.info for this one)

15th Oct (Cathy’s note: deadline has been extended from original date of October 1st) Poem. PAYING http://waxpoetryart.com/contests/poetry.html

15th Oct (Cathy’s note: deadline has been extended from original date of 1st Oct) Socially-engaged poem. PAYING http://waxpoetryart.com/contests/sociallyengaged.html

15th Oct Prose piece. ‘Only writers who have not yet published or been contracted to write a book-length work are eligible.’ PAYING https://apublicspace.org/blog/detail/the_2018_public_space_fellowships

20th Oct Essay by a high school student on one of the provided themes. PAYING https://rewardedessays.com/blog/writing-contest

22nd Oct Greater Manchester residents only: record yourself telling a scary story in 3 minutes. NON-CASH PRIZE http://hannahkate.net/3-minute-scares/

30th Oct ‘A thin dirt road winds through a large forest. Local lore is filled with stories about people going missing after following the road into the forest’s depths, and the trail itself has come to be called “The Ghost Path.” Your main character walks down the Ghost Path on a dare. An hour or so after entering the forest, they loose (sic) both the road and their way. What happens next?’ Up to 2000 words. VOUCHER/OTHER http://www.greywolfeshop.com/2017-monthly-contests.html

31st Oct Essay 800-1000 words on the theme: How to Stay Healthy in 2017. PAYING http://juicingbeasts.com/scholarship/

31st Oct Poem. NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.poetrypulse.com/monthly_portal.php

31st Oct Short story up to 5000 words. (Cathy’s note: I don’t usually list comps where you have to interact with social media, but there are alternatives for those who aren’t on Facebook, and it’s only liking and sharing the comp post anyway. Also I trust Dean) PAYING http://www.deancharltonmag.com/shortstorycompetition.html

31st Oct Say in 50 words or fewer why you’re the best candidate to make the switch to all-electric driving. NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/nissan/leaf/100491/win-the-all-new-nissan-leaf-for-a-year

31st Oct UK aged 18-25 only: ‘Each year a question or quote exploring Franklin’s relevance in our time is open for interpretation in 1000-1500 words. The 2017 Franklin quote is : ‘If you would not be forgotten, As soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.’ Poor Richard, 1738’ PAYING http://www.benjaminfranklinhouse.org/site/sections/news/literary_prize.html

31st Oct ‘The Jane Lumley Prize will be awarded to poets who have not published more than one full length collection, and/or have only published chapbooks, and/or have published work in literary magazines and/or anthologies. We also strongly encourage unpublished writers to submit their work for consideration.’ PAYING http://www.hermeneuticchaosjournal.com/the-jane-lumley-prize-for-poetry.html

1st Nov MS by an emerging Southeast Asian writer. PAYING http://queersoutheastasia.com/book-prize

1st Nov Short story 2000-5000 words by a Commonwealth citizen. PAYING http://www.commonwealthwriters.org/our-projects/the-short-story/

1st Nov ‘What might a world look like where all of our most basic needs are met? In 5,000 words or less, we want you to explore the impacts of a basic income on individual lives and on society at large. To be clear, we are not expecting you to draft economic policy, but hope to ignite debate around new economies with stories that offer nuanced critique and evidence of impact.’ PAYING https://medium.com/economicsecproj/into-the-black-a-short-fiction-contest-with-a-big-prize-f91cd6553967

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

2nd Oct Short fiction on the theme of Protest. https://www.litro.co.uk/submit/

4th Oct Fiction 2000-10,000 words. PAYING https://electricliterature.com/recommended-reading-will-open-submissions-for-two-weeks-da30e4d3e448

7th Oct ‘Cosmic Caravans is a science fiction anthology that will focus on Pre-Teen readers. The work will be illustrated. We are looking for stories or poems that re-enforce strength of character and scientific principles in a way children can relate to.’ 300-3000 words PAYING https://bcubedpress.com/open-for-submissions/cosmic-caravans/

10th Oct ‘Set it in space, in the far future, and include some friendly non-humanoid aliens helping to solve a pseudo-scientific problem.’ Fiction 3500-5000 words. PAYING https://aliendimensions.com/submission-guidelines/

15th Oct ‘Gingerbread House is dedicated to publishing quality poetry & fiction with a magical element. Take your fairy tale and twist it. Bend your fantasy to suit your needs. Be original and fresh, loose and lovely.’ https://gingerbreadhouselitmag.com/submission-guidelines/

15th Oct Poetry, prose and more. PAYING http://www.gordonsquarereview.org/submit.html

15th Oct ‘We are calling for BEST 1-3 poems per poet from Africa (living in Africa) or of African diasporas (one of the parents originated from Africa) to be included in BEST “NEW” AFRICAN POETS 2017 ANTHOLOGY. Poems of any topic, form…preferably less than 40 lines but we will read and consider longer poems too, must be in any African indigenous language plus French, English, and Portuguese. Those in local African indigenous languages should be accompanied by a translation into French, English or Portuguese. Entries should be in one doc, include also your contact information, country of stay or country of origin and a bio note of not more than 100 words. Please adhere to submission guidelines, failure of which we will not consider your poems! Entries should be sent to Tendai Mwanaka, Daniel Purificacao, on emails: mwanaka@yahoo.com, danieljose26@yahoo.com.br

15th Oct Writers who have not yet published or been contracted to write a book-length work: prose sample and some other stuff. PAYING https://apublicspace.org/blog/detail/the_2018_public_space_fellowships (thanks to www.erikadreifus.com for this one)

15th Oct Poems on any subject by immigrants. PAYING https://rattle.submittable.com/submit

15th Oct ‘We are seeking writers who are passionate about social justice as it intersects with the challenges of parenthood. We are looking for a minimum of five personal essays or well-researched articles on the topics of racial justice and cultural as related to parenting. We will also accept submissions of poetry that are related to these topics or gives special insight to one’s culture.’ PAYING https://hellobellamy.co/submissions/

15th Oct East Africa only: poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Elections. http://www.kikwetujournal.com/submissions.html

15th Oct 50-word fiction on the theme of Diner. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.blink-ink.org/2017/09/04/blink-ink-guidelines-issue-30-diner/

15th Oct Poetry on the theme of You Exist in a Stacked Deck. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.tenpennyplayers.org/WWThemes/2017-8themes.pdf (Cathy’s note: you can find the email at which to submit here: http://www.poetrymarkets.com/print-publications/waterways )

15th Oct Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Total Eclipse. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://newmadridjournal.org/submissions/

15th Oct Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Science. https://puertodelsol.submittable.com/submit

15th Oct ‘Where do we, writers of color and the LGBTQ community, find ourselves in this landscape of the natural/unnatural world. Tributaries wants to see pieces that explore the relationship between the individual and place, both in conflict and in harmony.‘ ‘Writers of color or members of the LGBTQ community may submit one poem or up to 500 words of nonfiction prose that addresses the editorial statement above.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.thefourthriver.com/index.php/submit

22nd Oct ‘Icepick accepts submissions of both short (under 10 minutes) and long (10-30 minute) features. Please note that short features are generally purchased well in advance of broadcast. There are no restrictions on form- we accept poetry sets, essays, radio plays, reviews, monologues, interviews, vignettes and all points in between. Please be aware, however, that we are unlikely to produce work written for more than three voices except under exceptional circumstances.’ Theme: Heroes. PAYING https://icepickmag.com/submissions/

23rd Oct Cis women, trans women, and nonbinary people: poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Make Known. NON-MONETARY COMPENSATION http://www.cordella.org/submissions

27th Oct ‘For this issue, we want you to take us on a journey around the world to the places that aren’t reviewed on TripAdvisor. We want to travel the real world through your experiences and memories. Send us your creative non-fiction prose, poetry, micro-fiction and Twitterature and let’s embark on a narrative adventure through the real world.’ http://www.dnamag.co.uk/issues/locations/

27th Oct Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Plant Intelligence. http://moonmagazine.org/submission-guideline/

30th Oct Short fiction and poetry on the theme of Holiday Hell. http://blackheartmagazine.com/2017/03/31/black-heart-switches-to-tri-annual-issues-releases-new-submission-guidelines/

31st Oct ‘Your (horror) story must involve music in some way. This could take the form of a specific genre or song, but also the creation of music, an instrument, or even the lack of music. What would you do if you didn’t have your favorite music to calm your mind or to motivate you? What horrible deeds are prevented on a daily basis because someone listened to their favorite song? How many people are alive because someone heard the right song at the right time? What is the power of music?’ PAYING https://horroraddicts.wordpress.com/book-7-crescendo-of-darkness/

31st Oct ‘People love reading about the winter holidays – from Thanksgiving all the way through New Year’s Day. We want to hear about your traditions and how they came to be. We want to hear about your holiday memories and the rituals that create the foundation of your life.’ Poetry and prose. PAYING http://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics

31st Oct Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Fantasy/Magepunk. https://rhetoricaskew.wordpress.com/submissions/

31st Oct Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Endings, for this healing-centred litmag. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.snapdragonjournal.com/submit.html

31st Oct Spec fic up to 12,000 words on the theme of Double Take! PAYING http://www.mifiwriters.org/division-by-zero/double-take/

31st Oct Poetry, fiction and more using the three elements: Delusion, Blueprint, Fisherman. http://3elementsreview.com/submission-guidelines

31st Oct ‘Solidago is currently accepting submissions for art, poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, in response to our upcoming cover image (please see website) or around the theme of TRADITION.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://greensubmissions.com/746/solidago-journal/index.php

31st Oct ‘This exciting project will speak to the West’s newness, vastness, sense of territoriality and transience, spanning from untouched wilderness to hyper-urban settings. We’re seeking fresh, original views of the western U.S. Our aim is to capture this region’s unique essence in all of its cultural and geographic diversity.’ PAYING http://baobabpress.com/submissions/

31st Oct Poem on the theme of Prompt. http://www.allegropoetry.org/p/submit.html

31st Oct Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Twin Peaks. https://bluefifthreview.wordpress.com/submission-guidelines/

31st Oct Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Sjirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle. PAYING http://nonbinaryreview.com/submission-guidelines/

1st Nov Flash, short fiction and poetry on the theme of Dancing in the Wind (Cathy’s note: non-Americans can submit by email). PAYING http://themaliterarysociety.com/submissions.html

1st Nov ‘Love, lust, desire, and romance have long been driving forces for the actions of humans and mythical beings alike. This anthology will examine all facets of romantic love between gods, gods and humans, or other creatures of myth and religion.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://neosalexandria.org/bibliotheca-alexandrina/calls-for-submissions/the-delicious-wound-a-mythical-romance-anthology/

1st Nov Poetry, prose and art. PAYING http://www.wintertangerine.com/submit/

1st Nov ‘TROUBLE THE WATERS: Tales from the Deep Blue will be a new anthology of water-themed speculative short stories that explore all kinds of water lore and deities, ancient and new as well as unimagined tales. We want stories with memorable, engaging characters, great and small, epic tales and quieter stories of personal and communal growth.’ 2500-7000 words. PAYING http://rosariumpublishing.com/trouble-the-waters-submissions.html

1st Nov Poetry, fiction and more. https://helixmagazine.submittable.com/submit

1st Nov Speculative fiction (preferably noblebright) 1000-10,000 words on the theme of Fell Beasts and Fair. PAYING http://www.springsongpress.com/submission-requirements-fell-beasts-and-fair-anthology/

1st Nov Poetry on the theme of Love and Justice. ‘Our aim is to provide a space for writers to address this peculiar historical moment, the human condition, and our capacity to come together. Poems may be personal or political or both. We favor accessible language and thought, but we are open to poems that push boundaries and challenge readers. We especially want to hear from writers of color.’ PAYING https://www.thesunmagazine.org/news/love-and-justice (thanks to www.winningwriters.com for this one)

1st Nov Short fiction on the theme of Faith and Faithlessness. https://www.litro.co.uk/submit/

1st Nov Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of California. https://reedmagazine.submittable.com/submit

1st Nov Poetry on the theme of Animals. CHARITY ANTHOLOGY http://asdfjkl.net/CivBeastsPoetry.com/submission-guidelines/

SUBMISSIONS WITH NO KNOWN DEADLINES

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

Crime and mystery books. ROYALTIES http://www.joffebooks.com/submissions/

‘Always Crashing is now open for submissions of fiction, poetry, collage text, visual collage, video, labyrinths, manifestos, the generically transgressive, and nonfiction (though we prefer not to be told if it’s nonfiction).’ (Cathy’s note: the website contains bright moving images that might be problematic to those of us with vision problems or epilepsy) https://www.alwayscrashing.com/submissions-1/

‘Fiction should be written for the feature, “Eww, there’s some geology in my fiction!” We are interested in MG and YA fiction that incorporates Earth Science concepts as key, rather than incidental, elements. Stories with adult characters but written for MG or YA will also be considered. The science element should be more substantive than “cool facts” or jargon that is slipped into a story.’ PAYING http://earthscienceissues.net/submissions/

‘Riggwelter is open to submissions of poetry, short fiction, visual art (of any kind – photography, collage, traditional art etc.) and experimental media.’ https://riggwelterpress.wordpress.com/submissions/

Fairy tale poems and stories. http://enchantedtalesliterarymagazine.weebly.com/submit.html

‘We are particularly interested in literary novels and narrative non-fiction. We do not publish children’s fiction. We do not accept unsolicited poetry manuscripts.’ http://www.freightbooks.co.uk/about/submissions/

Supernatural horror poems and stories. http://cadaverousmagazine.weebly.com/submit.html

‘Thoughtful, intelligent stories about alien life that has biology and evolution at its core.’ PAYING http://primordialmagazine.com/author-guidelines/

Novel MSS of many kinds. http://insomnia-publishing.com/submissions/

‘The Patchwork Raven’s next ridiculously over-ambitious project is “Backyard Earth”: a “round the world” series of books. The idea is that we will make five books – one for each continent (more or less). Each book will contain one story for every country on that continent.’ PAYING http://www.thepatchworkraven.com/submissions

‘We welcome and consider work including but not limited to: short fiction, poetry, flash fiction and libretti, interviews, essays, columns or series, criticism, visual art, multi-media collections, travel writing and reportage.’ https://stratamag.org/submit/

Open until filled: fiction 2000-10,000 words on the theme of ‘strange things in dense places’. PAYING https://weirdcitypress.com/submission-guidelines/ (thanks to www.erikadreifus.com for this one)

‘At Metafore, we’re looking for poetry, fiction, & creative nonfiction that not only reflect the beauty of the superficial experience of the world but that also call forth the profundity — the beyondness — that can be found in all of life, if only we open ourselves to it. Metafore publishes writing that is progressive, that understands the political nature of personal narrative, & that honors diversity in all its expressions.’ https://www.metaforemagazine.com/submit

‘The Black Voices Series believes that to fight cultural silencing and erasure there needs to be more spaces that provide visibility for black-authored work. We want your poems, your essays, your fiction, and your multi-modal work. We thank you for trusting us with your voices. #blackvoicesmatter #blacklivesmatter #wearevisible’ https://puertodelsol.submittable.com/submit

‘WeAreTeachers welcomes submissions on a wide range of topics pertaining to education and teacher life.’ PAYING https://www.weareteachers.com/write-for-weareteachers/

Poetry and short fiction. http://cabildoquarterly.tumblr.com/senditin

‘Do you see yourself in the hulking creatures of legend? The warped beings of myth? If you’re disabled and identify as female and/or nonbinary, we encourage you to submit. Monstering accepts submissions of writing, artwork, and audio-visual features.’ PAYING http://www.monsteringmag.com/general-submissions/

Comps and calls for September 2017

Hello all! It’s September, and I’ve spent most of the last month in boring waiting rooms and hospitals. Still, I have a diagnosis now, and treatment should help a lot, so I’ve cheered up considerably. Many thanks for your good wishes. You are a kind group of people!

There are some really strange and imaginative calls this month, to stretch your writing muscles. I hope that you have many successes – thanks to those of you who have let me know about your acceptances and wins.

I’ve had some good news – Comps and Calls has made the top blogger list at http://www.10greatest.com/top-writing-blogs/ (you have to scroll down a bit to find me, but I’m definitely there)! Naturally I’m delighted about this.

Have a wonderful start to the autumn,

Cathy x


Here are September 2017’s writing competitions and calls for submission, all with free, electronic entry.

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

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

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

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

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

COMPETITIONS

4th Sep ‘Every child has a Messy Little Monster, and we want to see them. So, this summer, we’re inviting children aged 12 and under to introduce us to their messy little monsters with two exciting creative competitions. And it’s the perfect activity to keep your kids occupied as well! We love to read all about your messy little monsters, so tell us about them! Write a short story, pen a poem or even create a little limerick, all about what your messy little monster gets up to.’ NON-CASH PRIZE https://www.hartleysdirect.com/blog/messy-little-monsters-competition

5th Sep ‘CTD’s annual Pen 2 Paper (P2P) creative writing competition seeks pieces of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and comics that treat the topic of disability. Whether or not you have experience as a creative writer; whether or not you have a disability, we want to hear your voice!’ PAYING http://www.txdisabilities.org/p2p-submission-rules

7th Sep ‘Are you a writer, photographer, sketcher, videomaker, blogger, or a combination of all these? Do you have a travel story to tell? Then we want to hear from you.’ NON-CASH PRIZE https://www.penguin.co.uk/articles/competitions/2017/july/chatwin-project-moleskine/

8th Sep Age 7-12: write a letter to someone who lives far away. VOUCHER/OTHER https://www.penguin.co.uk/puffin/articles/competitions/jacqueline-wilson-creative-writing-prize-2017/

8th Sep ‘All you need to do is submit a column of 600 words max (plus your ‘do’s and don’ts’) by September 8 2017, to glamoureditorialmagazine@condenast.co.uk. What’s the lesson you live life by? How has it shaped you? Take us on your journey.’ NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.glamourmagazine.co.uk/article/writing-competition-dawn-oporter-column

10th Sep Poems (Cathy’s note: the first entry is free, but you have to pay to enter more than one poem). PAYING http://waxpoetryart.com/uk/submissions.html

15th Sep ‘Each poem must be a translation (loosely defined) of a text (loosely defined) from/about Hong Kong or China, written originally in English or Chinese, into a poem that is about contemporary Hong Kong.’ PAYING https://chajournal.wordpress.com/international-poetry-prize-2017/

15th Sep ‘How did Jacob Rees-Mogg come to be? Send us something that explains why and our favourite ones will get published here.The most bestworst one will win a prize, namely a packet of hobnobs and a hand drawn picture of Jacob-Rees-Mogg. If you live outside the UK, we wont send a packet of hobnobs and instead you’ll receive a one-off unique picture of a packet of hobnobs.’ NON-CASH PRIZE https://wantonfuckery.wordpress.com/competitions/

17th Sep ‘Nearly everyone has memories of a former sweetheart. Write your true story of an earlier love, in no more than 700 words. Tell us about someone whose memory brings a smile or a tear, or both.’ PAYING http://ourpastloves.com/contest

17th Sep Poems (Cathy’s note: the first entry is free, but you have to pay to enter more than one poem). PAYING http://waxpoetryart.com/canada/submissions.html

18th Sep US and the district of Columbia only: essay on the most dramatic change you ever had to make. PAYING https://www.realsimple.com/magazine-more/inside-website/contests-sweepstakes/eighth-life-lessons-essay-contest-rules

20th Sep ‘The winner of the 2018 Kathy Fish Fellowship will be considered a “writer in residence” at SmokeLong (note: position is virtual) for four quarterly issues (March, June, September, and December 2018). Each issue will include one flash by the Fellowship winner. Writers who have not been published in SmokeLong Quarterly and who do not have a published chapbook or book-length work in any genre (or are not under contract for such) are eligible to apply.’ (Cathy’s note: Although you can apply after 20th September, there will be a fee after that date.) PAYING http://www.smokelong.com/kathy-fish-fellowship/

24th Sep Poems (Cathy’s note: the first entry is free, but you have to pay to enter more than one poem). PAYING http://waxpoetryart.com/usa/submissions.html

25th Sep ‘To enter all we want you to do is upload your (or your child’s) interpretation of what a big holiday means to you and fill in your details below. It could be a photograph, a video, a poem, a drawing – these are just some ideas!’ VOUCHER/OTHER https://tinyurl.com/y758nbl4

28th Sep Story up to 6000 words by a writers with a record of prior publication in creative writing in the United Kingdom or Ireland. PAYING http://shortstoryaward.co.uk/entries

29th Sep Graphic short story. PAYING https://www.penguinrandomhouse.co.uk/publishers/vintage/jonathan-cape/#capeshortstory

30th Sep Story up to 3000 words. PAYING http://lilith.org/about/writing-for-lilith/ (thanks to www.erikadreifus.com for this one)

30th Sep Story 1000-2000 words on the theme of Coins. PAYING http://www.solution-loans.co.uk/short-story-writing-competition/

30th Sep Short story up to 2500 words. ‘The plotline can be anything; the only requirement is that it must fall within the women’s fiction genre!

The term ‘women’s fiction’ is generally used to mean fiction that appeals primarily to women, though is not necessarily written by a women, and tends to be full of modern relationships featuring friends, family and lovers.’ ROYALTIES, NON-CASH PRIZE http://booksandthecity.co.uk/heatseeker/

30th Sep Thriller, suspense and mystery book proposals. PAYING https://publishizer.com/contests/thrilling-me-softly/

30th Sep Post a poem in Poet’s Corner. NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.sixtyplusurfers.co.uk/friends.html

1st Oct Socially-engaged poems (Cathy’s note: the first entry is free, but you have to pay to enter more than one poem). PAYING http://waxpoetryart.com/contests/sociallyengaged.html

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

3rd Sep ‘Issues #6, #7 and #8 will be a triptych. We welcome and encourage individual submissions to each, but if you feel like making art that tells a continuous story or writing a story that massively exceeds our usual wordcount, now is the time. Issue #6: “How It Begins” – The sixth issue will be focused on beginnings.’ https://talesfromtheforest.net/submissions/

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

5th Sep Poetry and prose on the theme of My Crazy Family. PAYING http://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics

5th Sep ‘Creatures of myth and fantasy have long been a fascination in cultures throughout the the world. Did they ever exist? Do they still exist now? Imagine a time where these creatures were plentiful. Or perhaps, when they once were but now there is only one or two left. We are looking for stories centered on such creatures, be they unicorns, dragons, griffins, chimeras, or something unknown.’ 500-10,500 words. PAYING http://fantasiadivinitymagazine.myfreesites.net/anthology-submission-calls

5th Sep ‘We are in search of erotic stories centered around the theme of apocalypse. How you execute this theme is up to you—a multitude of interpretations are possible, from both the figurative to the literal end of civilization.’ PAYING http://www.mugwumppress.com/mofo/apocalypse/?age-verified=16a322fe71

8th Sep Romantic fiction, 300-5000 words. PAYING http://meetcutemag.com/submission-guidelines

9th Sep Writing on the theme of Solitude’s Spectrum. http://cahoodaloodaling.com/submission-calls/

9th Sep or when they’ve received 250 submissions: writing and art by females of any age on the theme of Strength. PAYING https://www.salomelit.com/submissions/

9th Sep Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of I Feel this Way Because… https://wildflowermuse.wordpress.com/about/guidelines/

10th Sep Fiction 3500-5000 words on the theme of Alien Halloween. ‘Set it in space, in the far future, and include some friendly non-humanoid aliens helping to solve a pseudo-scientific problem.’ PAYING http://aliendimensions.com/submission-guidelines/

10th Sep Poetry, fiction and more. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://escapismmagazineblog.wordpress.com/contacto/

15th Sep ‘Poems wanted in any language or style of English in response to the destruction of Grenfell Tower, for the anthology Dark Bones to be published by Eyewear in late 2017. Please send one poem, max 50 lines, to: DarkBones@igy50.net by 15th September 2017. Please tell us your name, address and what language your poem is in.’

15th Sep F, SF and H: flash and short fiction. PAYING https://gehennaandhinnom.wordpress.com/2017/05/13/call-for-submissions-hinnom-magazine-bi-monthly-science-fiction-fantasy-and-horror/

15th Sep Poetry. http://www.gyroscopereview.com/home/guidelines/

15th Sep ‘The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts is looking for, as you might guess, “compressed creative arts.” We accept fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, mixed media, visual arts, and even kitchen sinks, if they are compressed in some way.’ PAYING http://matterpress.com/submissions/ (thanks to www.erikadreifus.com for this one)

15th Sep Poetry and fiction on the theme of Upheaval. https://theliterarynest.com/submissions/literary-submissions/

15th Sep Feminist writing on the theme of Protest. http://www.feministpress.org/current-call-for-papers/

15th Sep Poetry, fiction and more. https://obraartifact.com/submissions/ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES

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

15th Sep ‘The honeymoon period never lasts for long. ‘Brides, Grooms, and Honeymoons’ wants stories that shatter relationships. How do marriages dissolve into some of the most bitter, hate-fueled conflicts? What lies underneath the end of peace within all types of bonds one promised never to break?’ Poetry, fiction and more. http://selenequarterly.com/index.php/submissions/ PAYING

15th Sep Speculative poetry. PAYING http://www.spiritstincture.com/submissions.html

16th Sep ‘In 1862 two men set an impressive (and still unbroken) record. Using gas from Wolverhampton’s Stafford Road works, Cowell and Glashier’s balloon, the Mammoth, achieved an altitude of 37,000 feet, without oxygen. As they began to black out, at altitude, they nearly died, but then, incredibly, they landed safely in a snowdrift in Shropshire. A mile from a pub.Wolverhampton Archives has evidence of this real adventure in photographs, maps and newspapers. They invite you to propose a creative response to this material: a short theatre piece, poetry or visual art. The 1862 event was a serious attempt at pioneering research but it has its farcical side. Your proposal can, therefore, be serious or comic (or both!) in tone. Please send a short (150 words max.) outline of what you would like to propose to me at drama@jefny.org.uk by 5pm on 16th September at the latest.’

16th Sep ‘They are looking for short scripts based of the themes: home, culture, and boarders. They are accepting scripts, skits, comedy, poetry, and more. Each piece should be within the time frame of 2-9 minutes, and have 1-6 characters.’ PAYING http://www.londonplaywrightsblog.com/?p=9588

‘We are focusing on the stories of people who have moved to a new country. The focus of the project centers around individual’s stories about immigration, being displaced from ones home and living in an unfamiliar place. We would love to hear your true story that this prompt brings out in you. The story can be told in any written form or language- music, poetry, etc.’ http://www.londonplaywrightsblog.com/?p=9788

20th Sep Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Medieval (sic) Winter. https://www.faeriemag.com/pages/submit

20th Sep Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of the Divine Androgyne. https://www.nilvx.com/new-events/

22nd Sep Writing for children on the theme of People for Peace. Query first. PAYING http://www.cricketmedia.com/faces-submission-guidelines

25th Sep Work by immigrant and refugee authors. https://www.mcsweeneys.net/pages/special-call-for-submissions

29th Sep ‘Abridged is looking for poetry and art for its 0-51: Wormwood issue. Submissions can be up to 4 poems and art should be up to A4 landscape size and at least 300 dpi.’ http://abridgedonline.com/abridged-0-51-wormwood/

30th Sept ‘We are proud to announce our new Ink Stains Anthology – a quarterly literary journal filled with tales of dark fiction and horror from Dark Alley Press.

Submissions are open for pieces 3,000-20,0000 words that fall under DARK FICTION, including horror, gothic, paranormal, fantasy, steampunk, and black comedy.’ PAYING https://vagabondagepress.submittable.com/submit

30th Sep ‘Consequence is now accepting submissions for a special anniversary issue devoted to women who write about war.’ PAYING http://www.consequencemagazine.org/submit/

30th Sep Performance monologue, 15-45 mins. https://www.hereticproductions.co.uk/

30th Sep ‘Never, Sometimes, Usually, Always is an anthology of stories that aims to promote healthcare literacy through caregiver and patient narrative responses to HCAHPS survey questions. WE ASK THAT WRITERS have experience with the American healthcare system, most preferable hospital healthcare. We accept stories from all clinicians whose care applies to the questions in the HCAHPS survey, as well as from patients or families of patients who have received care.’ https://thebedsideorg.blogspot.co.uk/p/call-for-anthology-submissions.html

30th Sep ‘Men in spandex stretched taught (sic) by bulging muscles. Perfect examples of sexuality and virility. Since their advent, superheroes have sparked the imaginations and fantasies of those who enjoy following their adventures. In this anthology we’re looking for stories of hero worship that go to the ultimate level.’ PAYING https://inkubuspublishing.submittable.com/submit

30th Sep ‘Outskirts: Suburban and Rural Legends—Drabbles (100 words), Micro-Fiction (101-750 words), Flash (751-1000 words), and Poetry (up to 50 lines). I’m not accepting anything longer than flash (1000 words) or 50 lines of poetry for this one. May consider up to 2000 words, but query me first. Give me your best backyard or basement creepers, neighborhood terrors in the night, and the country roads to nowhere.’ https://theweretraveler.wordpress.com/call-for-submissions/

30th Sep Single women aged 55+: ‘‘Tribe’ will be a print anthology exploring the lives and experiences of older, single women and will include poetry, fiction, memoir, nonfiction, personal narrative, prose poems… about all and any topics that affect women.’ PAYING http://loispetersonwriter.ca/2017/03/08/tribe-new-anthology-in-the-works/ (thanks to www.beyondyourblog.com for this one)

30th Sep ‘What we’re looking for: Original stories that are both entertaining and fall firmly in the horror genre. Think Jeff Strand, Joe Lansdale, Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland. Make us die laughing.’ 4000-8000 words. PAYING https://booksandboospress.com/submission-guidelines/

30th Sep Theme: Pictures. ‘This time we’re looking for the connection between the text and the visual: Comics, graphic stories, photo essays, illustrated and visual poetry, and ekphrastic pieces are very welcome.’ http://www.ilanotreview.com/submissions-page/

30th Sep Write Naked is looking for pitches from would-be guest bloggers. PAYING https://writenaked.net/guest-blog-writers/ (thanks to www.erikadreifus.com for this one)

30th Sep ‘President Trump’s rich pals will be playing inside the luxurious confines of Mar-a-Lago. Guests from around the world stay there, and the kids in Trump’s “Our Golden Gang” get into plenty of mischief. Writers who submit can use old plots from the Our Gang films and update them to fit the present (technology, clothing, etc.). Stories are set in present day, although don’t give specific dates. Villains can be people from the present (Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Vladamir Putin, etc.), or you can invent others. The first anthology in the series is called “The He-Man Woman-Haters Club.” ‘ PAYING https://emrepublishing.com/PoorRichKids/poorrichkids.html

30th Sep ‘The Spoon Knife anthology series is published under Autonomous Press’ NeuroQueer Books imprint. All submissions should in some way touch upon or be relevant to the themes of neurodivergence, queerness, and/or the intersections of neurodivergence and queerness. These themes can be engaged with either directly or through metaphor. For Spoon Knife 3: Incursions, we’re looking for pieces that focus on the theme of incursions by one reality into another. Authors are encouraged to interpret this theme broadly and creatively.’ Poetry, fiction and memoir. PAYING http://autpress.com/2017/01/call-for-submissions-spoon-knife-3/

30th Sep ‘What we are looking for are Fantasy stories that feature your main character telling a tale about how they or their weapon earned their name. Humor is a plus. All stories need to start with: “This is my tale…” ‘ PAYING http://www.wolfsingerpubs.com/FluffyBunnyguidelines.html

30th Sep Funny horror stories, 4000-8000 words. PAYING https://booksandboospress.com/submission-guidelines/

1st Oct Poetry, fiction and more. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.batcityreview.org/submit/

1st Oct ‘Toe Good, originally Toe Good Poetry, has published emerging, dynamic poets since 2011. We opened our doors to other forms of art in 2016. Our main goal is to publish artists who have shown dedication to their craft, while keeping the door open for diversity. Our secondary goal is to publish reviews, social commentary, and the occasional news article.’ http://toegood.com/submissions/

1st Oct ‘The (Dis)ability short story anthology will feature short stories written by people with disabilities. All of the stories will have disabled main characters.’ PAYING https://studentaffairs.jhu.edu/disabilities/disability-short-story-anthology/#more-451

1st Oct ‘Humor has been a rarity in furry fiction. We aim to change that! Furry Frolics will friz your fur and tickle your tail. We want your funniest fiction. There have been stories with anthro animals mixing with humans in our civilization: what would it REALLY be like for a furry in our world?’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.thurstonhowlpublications.com/anthologies

1st Oct ‘This issue, we’re looking for writing that explores the natural, organic, pure, as well as the antithesis of all of these. As one of our broadest concepts, do with it as you will—to whatever extreme. At the end of the day, we’re looking for poetry, fiction and non fiction pieces that are grounded, raw, and textured—pieces that go deep into humanity’s (and the earth’s) natural state (or challenge the notion of “organic” altogether).’ http://www.bridgeeight.com/submit/

1st Oct Fiction 300-5000 words, ending with the line: “Benjamin was a man of his word.” PAYING http://www.thelastlinejournal.com/submission.htm

SUBMISSIONS WITH NO KNOWN DEADLINES

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

Poems relating to a recent news item. http://www.poetry24.co.uk/p/submissions.html

Poetry, fiction, articles, essays and letters for The Horse’s Mouth. Email deancharltonmag@gmail.com

‘I am primarily looking for science fiction short stories that show us the way back to a livable future. While I expect that most will be science fiction, I am open to fantasy and literary fiction as well.’ PAYING http://unshattering-kathryncramer.nationbuilder.com/ (thanks to www.freedomwithwriting.com for this one)

‘We prefer that writers be currently homeschooled, but we also accept writing from former homeschoolers, homeschool graduates, homeschool parents, and pro-homeschool writers, provided that writers of this last category note this. Writing about homeschooling is not a requirement, but it is welcomed, appreciated, and encouraged. All writers who submit must be 13 years old or over.’ https://seshatlitmag.wordpress.com/about/

‘Where elegance meets eloquence.’ Poetry, fiction and more. https://www.ladybluepublishing.com/submission-guidelines

Poetry, flash, short fiction and more. ‘As The Woven Tale Press mission is to grow traffic to noteworthy artists and writers on the World Wide Web, we want to be able to link back to your work; you must submit an Url to your blog or website. Links to Social networking profiles, Facebook, Tumblr profiles etc. are not acceptable.’ https://thewoventalepress.submittable.com/submit

‘Submit 1-7 poems (up to 15 pages), 1-10 photographs / visual artworks, or 1 essay of up to 10,000 wordsThemes that will always catch our eye include attention, affection, ecology and human-to-nonhuman relationships.’ PAYING https://rascaljournal.com/submissions/

Romance and speculative fiction. ‘What we love: we accept polyamorous romances, kinky disabled protagonists, intersex warriors, neurodiverse ghosts, queer folks with chronic pain in an alternate timeline, anything that counts as Afrofuturism, epic anxiety-riddled space lords, intimate platonic time travelling duos, depressed sentient stars, and much more.’ ROYALTIES https://www.cuilpress.com/contact/manuscript-submission/

‘Nthanda Review publishes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, memoirs, folktales, essays and reviews of any length. If you have literary events and opportunities you would like to share with the literary world, we will also be there for you.’ http://nthandareview.com/submissions/

UK only: up to three poems. http://waxpoetryart.com/london/submissions.html ROYALTIES

Ireland and NI only: up to three poems. http://waxpoetryart.com/dublin/submissions.html ROYALTIES

Scotland only: up to three poems. http://waxpoetryart.com/edinburgh/submissions.html ROYALTIES

‘Disorder Press publishes poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. We’re looking for unapologetic writing that pushes the boundaries of conventional genres.’ http://disorderpress.com/submissions/

Open until filled: Asian science fiction, or Asian ‘Birds and Beasts’ story. PAYING https://insigniastories.com/subs/

Novels, short story collections, memoirs and more. ‘Please note, email queries will not be answered unless we are interested.’ http://www.georgebraziller.com/submissions/

‘Our goal is to share literature that raises awareness of and expresses psychological issues and feelings of displacement through the literary gothic, with creative elements of horror and fantasy.’ Poetry, flash and short fiction. https://deracinemagazine.wordpress.com/submit/

Prose, poetry and more. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.floydcountymoonshine.com/submissions.html

‘Curiosity Quills Press is a publisher of hard-hitting dark sci-fi, speculative fiction, and paranormal works aimed at adults, young adults, and new adults.’ https://curiosityquills.com/submission-guidelines/ (thanks to www.fundsforwriters.com )

‘Disturbed Digest publishes original dark fantasy and horror short stories, poems, art, articles, reviews, and interviews. Preferred are fantasy adventure stories and spooky horror stories.’ PAYING http://albanlake.com/guidelines-disturbed/