Comps and calls for January 2021

Hello everyone,

Happy New Year!

I’m very glad to say that! If 2020 had been a submission, I’d have rejected it! Anyway – I hope you’re going into 2021 with your health and happiness as intact as possible. Here at Comps-and-Calls Cottage (it’s not really called that. It’s a bungalow for a start) we’re ok, but fed up of the virus, politics, you name it.

Anyway – on to better things! There are some really interesting calls and comps below. I’m hoping that there’s something for everyone. Also – TADA! The new course is starting on Weds the 6th of Jan. Hurrah!

The basics: There will be five weekday evening workshops during which we’ll work on ten different prompts in total. These prompts all relate to real submission calls or competitions! The idea is that when you’ve written your pieces and worked on them, you can submit them to the appropriate calls. You don’t have to – but I hope you will. So you should ideally end up with ten pieces, written, worked on, and submitted (sadly I can’t guarantee acceptances, but the writing, editing and submitting is the part for learning to write like a professional).

Comps and Calls will always be free, but the course will take a lot of my time, so I have to charge for it.

If you want to sign up, you need to do a few things:

  1. Join Facebook, if you aren’t there already.
  2. Pay £49 to me at the following link, carefully keeping a record of your Transaction number: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/cathybryant
  3. Go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/216261156667664/ and click ‘join’
  4. Confirm youir membership if you receive an email asking you about it.

The next bits are optional:

You’re welcome to add me as a friend on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/jehanine) if that makes things easier! It’s also quicker if you if you become a fan of Comps and Calls on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/compsandcalls/ as then I can add you directly to the group.

  1. If you get some sort of confirmation email (eg Did you mean to join Cathy’s Course Jan/Feb 2021?) then please click ‘yes’ or ‘confirm.
  2. Although I’ll be starting the course on Wednesday 6th Jan, those who want to do it but can’t be there from 7-9pm (GMT) on a Weds, can access the info at any time. They might have to wait for answers to questions or personal feedback – that’s the only drawback. Just pick a two hour slot in your own schedule and do everything then.

Please note: membership is capped at 40 (or thereabouts) so that I can ensure personal attention for each person.

Special admiration goes to those who’ve read this far. That is exactly the type of dedication that will help you to improve your writing and get it out there, whether you take the course or not!

Best wishes and stay safe,

Cathy x


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

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

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

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

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

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

COMPETITIONS

2nd Jan United States, the District of Columbia or Canada (excluding Quebec): Mystery novel set in the Southwestern USA. PAYING (LOTS) https://us.macmillan.com/minotaurbooks/tonyhillermanprize/

4th Jan Poetry, fiction and nonfiction on the theme of Home. PAYING https://booksbythebanks.org/writing-contest/

6th Jan ‘Spectator Competition No. 3181: nay sayers. This year’s Booker Prize winner Shuggie Bain was turned down by 32 publishers. You are invited to submit a publisher’s rejection letter of a well-known literary classic. Please email entries of up to 150 words to lucy@spectator.co.uk by midday on 6 January.’ https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/what-the-dickens (Cathy’s note: scroll down for the comp, though I love to read the entries to previous comps – they are always clever and witty.)

13th Jan Spectator Competition No. 3182: over to the dark side. You are invited to rewrite a famous piece of light verse as a poem with a dirge-like, hieratic (ie. solemn and ponderous) tone. Please email entries of up to 16 lines to lucy@spectator.co.uk by midday on 13 January. We are now paying winners by cheque, unless you state on your entry that you would prefer to be paid by bank transfer. https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/christmas-hits-rewritten-as-sonnets(Cathy’s note: scroll down for the comp, though I love to read the entries to previous comps – they are always clever and witty.)

14th Jan Poetry or fiction on the theme of Festive Fright. PAYING https://erewashwriterscompetition.weebly.com/2020-free-entry-festive-fright-themed-writing-competition.html (thanks to www.prizemagic.co.uk for this one)

15th Jan Flash fiction. PAYING https://strandspublishers.weebly.com/strands-international-flash-fiction-competition.html(Cathy’s note: there are free submission slots available if enough people have used the ‘tip jar’ option. At the time of writing this, there are two free submission slots available. Good luck!)

17th Jan ‘Discoveries invites all unpublished women writers aged 18 and up, residing in the UK or Ireland and writing in English, to submit their works of fiction to the Discoveries Prize. The prize doesn’t require writers to have finished a novel – only to have started one.’ PAYING https://www.curtisbrowncreative.co.uk/womens-prize-discoveries-2020/

18th Jan ‘The Nine Dots Prize is a prize for creative thinking that tackles contemporary societal issues. Entrants are asked to respond to a question in 3,000 words, with the winner receiving US$100,000 to write a short book expanding on their ideas. The question for 2020/21 is: What does it mean to be young in an ageing world?’ PAYING (LOTS!) https://ninedotsprize.org/

29th Jan US only: ‘Since 2012, Zócalo has awarded the prize annually to the U.S. poet whose poem best evokes a connection to place. “Place” may be interpreted in many ways, be it of historical, cultural, political, or personal importance; the landscape may also be literal, imaginary, or metaphorical.’ PAYING https://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/2020/09/04/zocalo-public-square-is-accepting-entries-for-its-ninth-annual-poetry-prize-2/inquiries/prizes/

31st Jan UK only, over 90 only: writing on the theme of Childhood Memories. PAYING https://www.growolddisgracefully.co.uk/competition (thanks to www.prizemagic.co.uk for this one)

31st Jan An unpublished piece of prose, plus various other things. PAYING https://apublicspace.org/news/detail/the-2021-a-public-space-fellowships (thanks to www.winningwriters.com for this one)

31st Jan ‘An original, fictional unpublished piece of writing themed around all aspects of the pandemic including “lockdown” and what has become for us all the “new normal”.’ There are four categories this year: fiction and nonfiction; poetry; interviews; art and photography. You must be the author of the submitted entry and must have been born, live or have lived, study or have studied, work or have worked, in the historical or modern county of Cheshire. For the purposes of the Competition, Cheshire is deemed to include the Wirral, as well as Warrington and Halton. PAYING https://www1.chester.ac.uk/press-office/cheshire-prize-literature/terms-conditions

1st Feb ‘We are looking for the best new novels in crime, mystery, and thriller, and are asking entrants to submit the first 5,000 words of their manuscripts, along with a 150 word ‘elevator pitch’. We will choose the best 20-30 entries, and compile them into the Crucible Chapbook, which will be sent to a list of agents and agencies.’ NON-CASH PRIZE https://www.grindstoneliterary.com/crucible-award

1st Feb ‘Free to enter, the Prize is open to writers who have yet to publish a full-length work or have a literary agent. To enter the Prize, please send us an unpublished piece of life writing that is up to 5000 words. This can be a stand-alone piece or the beginning extract of a larger piece of writing. For the purposes of this Prize, life writing is ‘intended to be true’, reflects someone’s own life journey or experiences and is not fiction. It is writing from the author’s own personal experience.’ PAYING https://www.spreadtheword.org.uk/enter-spread-the-words-2021-life-writing-prize/

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

Soon! – Poetry, fiction and more. https://crepeandpenn.wixsite.com/litmag/submit (Cathy’s note: Although the deadline is technically over a month away, they have a quota for submissions. At the time of writing – it’s still 2020 – that quota has already been filled up to 42%. So if you can, get your submission in as soon as possible!)

3rd Jan LGBTQIA+ writers only: ‘The Fallen Gods Anthology is your invitation to explore a world where queer gods tell dramatic stories. We want to read about gods in same-gender relationships where one deity is defeated or bested by some means and the surviving god’s tale results in the loss of their divine grace. Maybe they gave in to anguish and lost their divine spark.’ 10,000-15,000 words. PAYING https://www.jazzhousepublications.com/fallen-gods-submission-details

3rd Jan ‘We are looking for reviews, interviews, articles, essays, listicles, and short stories focused around Women in Horror, up to 3K words. We will be prioritising #OwnVoices content for this, but are happy to review submissions from allies as well.’ https://divinationhollow.com/current-open-calls

3rd Jan ‘Divination Hollow will be dedicating February 2021 to Black History in Horror, alongside our Women in Horror Month content. We are open to submissions from November 12th 2020 until January 3rd 2021. We are looking for reviews, interviews, articles, essays, listicles, and short stories, up to 3K words. We will be prioritising #OwnVoices content for this, but are happy to review submissions from allies as well.’ https://divinationhollow.com/current-open-calls

3rd Jan ‘The theme for Issue Five is Astrology. We want your pieces that talk about all things astrology and the zodiac signs. If you wrote a piece about your Cancer ex, this is the Issue for you…Send poetry, micro poems, visual poetry, and photography submissions.’ PAYING https://royalrosemagazine.com/submission/

3rd Jan ‘We are open for submissions for issue 4 now! Send your work related to the theme of ‘aging’ with a short ready-to-print bio by January 3rd at midnight. It can be aging as a human, the world aging, nature aging etc, this is completely open to the artists (sic) interpretation!’ https://www.continuethevoice.com/post/submissions-open-for-issue-4

5th Jan Fiction and more on the theme of Redemption. PAYING https://darkdispatch.com/submissions/

8th Jan 500-1500 words in any Fantasy or Science Fiction style, on the theme of Secret Power. https://starsandstaffs.weebly.com/submissions.html

8th Jan ‘In the Twisted Love Anthology, gothic horror and romance stories take on new depths and terrifying outcomes when happily ever after is no longer an option. Jazz House wants to read your twisted, dark, and despairing stories about romantic and gothic horror and the people who find love to have a bitter aftertaste. This is a Valentine’s Day-themed anthology, so please incorporate this holiday’s themes and aesthetics in your twisted tales.’ 7000-9000 words. PAYING https://www.jazzhousepublications.com/twisted-love

8th Jan ‘Mae gwasg Arachne Press yn eich gwahodd i gynnig cerddi gwreiddiol sy’n gysylltiedig efo’r A470 ar gyfer blodeugerdd. Ar hyn o bryd nid oes ond angen mynegi diddordeb, er mwyn ein galluogi i wneud cais am nawdd.’ ‘Expressions of interest only at this stage, so that we can make a clear proposal to funders… Arguably the most famous road in Wales, the A470 is 186 miles from shore to shore through the backbone of Wales, linking north to south. Peaceful and picturesque or slow and never-ending, what does the A470 mean to you? …We want unpublished poems from Welsh poets wherever you are, and all other poets living in Wales. We are looking for the unanticipated: sensitive poems, or poems that challenge, in traditional forms and new forms.’ https://arachnepress.com/2020/12/02/expressions-of-interest-invited-from-welsh-poets/

9th Jan Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of mermaids and other merfolk. PAYING https://mermaidsmonthly.com/submissions/

10th Jan ‘…For Planet Scumm #11: Snake Eyes, we’re asking for submissions from cisgender women, transgender women, transgender men, non-binary people, and genderqueer people. We kindly ask authors who don’t identify along those lines to not submit to this call.’ SF, spec/weird fiction. PAYING https://www.planetscumm.space/submit

10th Jan Speculative flash fiction on the theme of Green. PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS https://gohavok.com/submission-guidelines/upcoming-themes/ (Cathy’s note: contributors are paid if their story is used in an anthology.)

10th Jan ‘The Ghastling is a biannual magazine publishing literary fiction and illustration devoted to psychological horror, folk horror, ghost stories and the macabre… There is no official theme for this one, however, stories that embrace the Unlucky Number or any aspect of Lucky/Unlucky will find themselves repelled of the jinx. For now…’ PAYING https://theghastling.com/submit/

11th Jan Horror story of roughly 2000 words on the theme of Lost Civilisations. PAYING https://theotherstories.net/submissions

11th Jan Fiction and more on the theme of Friendship. https://www.litromagazine.com/submit/

11th Jan Poetry, flash, short fiction and more on the theme of Out of this World. http://montanamouthful.com/submission-guidelines/

15th Jan UK BME authors and poets: ‘We have an application for funding in with ACE, so at the moment all we want is an expression of interest – your name and contact details, and any writing credits, whether you are a poet or fiction writer (or both!) and if you want, your idea for what you will write… Arachne Press is hoping to publish an anthology of fiction and poetry from UK resident writers of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic heritage. We are aiming for publication in Autumn 2021. We will pay royalties. Once published in an Arachne anthology you may be invited to submit a collection/novel.’ https://arachnepress.com/2020/12/19/submission-call-for-uk-based-bme-authors/

15th Jan Poems. ‘THEMES: Racial Justice; Feminism, Dismantling Militarism; Universal Healthcare; Disability Rights; Mass Incarceration; Global Citizenship; Climate Justice; Grassroots Green Themes; Confronting US Empire; Cross-cultural Understanding; Community Building, LGBTQ Liberation, Economic Justice, Workers Rights, Indigenous Sovereignty and more.’ PAYING https://www.syracuseculturalworkers.com/art/call-for-art (Thanks to www.winningwriters.com for this.)

15th Jan ‘Request for Submissions of Art & Poetry by ALL Women and Femmes (LBTQ2IAA) Seeking Inspirational Work that Promotes Activism and/or Healing.’ PAYING https://www.syracuseculturalworkers.com/art/call-for-art

15th Jan Poetry and prose. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES, PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS https://greatweatherformedia.submittable.com/submit (Cathy’s note: Payment is available only for American contributors.)

15th Jan Flash, short fiction and poetry on the theme of Unusual Vampires. PAYING https://www.periodicalforlorn.com/submission-guidelines

15th Jan ‘We publish new, previously unpublished work that engages with the natural world. We have a particular interest in work which encourages reflection on human interaction with plant and animal life, landscape and the self. Each issue includes a mix of poetry and fiction, alongside a selection of essays which may include creative non-fiction, criticism, and the occasional review of new creative work or of community-based environmental projects.’ PAYING https://channelmag.org/submissions-channel/

15th Jan Poetry, prose and more on the theme of Cycle & Circumstance. https://review.vassar.edu/submissions/

15th Jan ‘Emily Dickinson wrote poems on torn-off envelope flaps then used them for bookmarks. In the end, bless her, she saved most of them together in a drawer. Have you ever lost your keys, your way, your faith, your mind, your rent money… and then found them again? Or did you find something else? Send us your best Lost and Found stories of approximately 50 words.’ http://www.blink-ink.org/current-submissions/ (Cathy’s note: I can’t find any mention of getting a contributor copy on the website, though I’m fairly sure that they send one. However, I might be wrong! Either way, they’re good, cool people with a really interesting litmag.)

15th Jan ‘Unfettered Hexes: Queer Tales of Insatiable Darkness will be a speculative anthology that explores the boundaries between queer witches, the profane, and infinite darkness. Unfettered Hexes asks you to sling salt in a circle, call the corners, and breathe life into the unutterable cadences that call forth the void. Find your coven, craft new rituals and hex your enemies. For this anthology, we use the term “witch” in the broadest sense, paying homage to ritual practices, razor-sharp intent, and connections to the eldritch, the numinous and the otherworldly.’ PAYING https://www.neonhemlock.com/submissions

15th Jan ‘filling Station is calling for submissions from Black, Indigenous, and POC writers and artists from Turtle Island and beyond for Issue 76 which will be guest edited by Canisia Lubrin (author of Voodoo Hypothesis and the The Dyzgraphxst). We invite stories, poems, and art on all themes, but would particularly like to see experimental submissions of celebration in all its forms, stories about the future, innovative creative non-fiction, and experimental and speculative poetry, and artwork.’ PAYING http://www.fillingstation.ca/news/2020/10/15/issue-76-call-submissions-bipoc-writers-and-artists

16th Jan Black women only: ‘I’m Speaking Now: Black Women Share Their Truth in 101 Stories of Love, Courage and Hope…We’re looking for everything from the serious to the silly. There will be 101 stories, so we can go wide and deep, and we’d like to share stories from Black women of all ages, from late teens to women in their nineties.’ PAYING https://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics

18th Jan Fiction and more on the theme of Black Lives Matter. https://www.litromagazine.com/submit/

25th Jan Horror story of roughly 2000 words on the theme of Government Experiments. PAYING https://theotherstories.net/submissions

26th Jan ‘Who: All writers who call Scotland their home, irrespective of place of birth or ethnicity. All levels welcome (unpublished, published, solo or agented). What to submit: Novellas only, standalone, original and not previously published. Speculative fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dark Fantasy (and their sub-genres).’ https://www.lunapresspublishing.com/submissions

31st Jan UK Deaf poets, authors, editors: ‘At the moment all we want is an expression of interest – your name and contact details, any writing credits or performance of your own work. If you have an idea for a theme for the anthology please make suggestions… Arachne Press is hoping to publish an anthology of d/Deaf fiction and poetry in Autumn 2021. We will pay royalties. Lisa Kelly (co-editor of Magma 69, The Deaf Issue; co-Chair of Magma Poetry, first collection A Map Towards Fluency published by Carcanet) will be one of the editors, and we are looking for another Deaf editor who is fluent in BSL, ideally someone who writes fiction rather than poetry.’ https://arachnepress.submittable.com/submit

31st Jan ‘At 34 Orchard, we like dark, intense pieces that speak to a deeper truth. We’re not genre-specific; we just like scary, disturbing, unsettling, and sad.’ PAYING https://34orchard.com/guidelines/

31st Jan Writing and artwork created in 2020. https://thesongbetweenourstars.com/share

31st Jan Poetry. ‘We’ve made the decision to extend the deadline for submissions to our inaugural Poetry Anthology, Spheres and Canticles, from the end of this month to January 31, 2021. The anthology will be released in April, during National Poetry Month.’ Theme: Wholeness. CONTRIBUTOR COPY+ ROYALTIES https://propertiuspress.wordpress.com/

31st Jan Fiction 5000-15,000 on the theme of Valiance. ‘With no limitation on genre, the only special requirement for this anthology is that an East Asian female warrior be the main character in each of these stories.’ ROYALTIES https://dragonsoulpress.com/anthologies/

31st Jan ‘We look for imagistic, suggestive poems, following the idea of ‘less is more’ and publish vivid poems that avoid cliché and have subtlety. We recommend that you read our previous editions before submitting and also read up on imagism. Narrative poems are rarely published here. The poems should not exceed ten lines long.’ https://www.blackboughpoetry.com/events

31st Jan Poetry, prose and more. https://sturgeonreview.wixsite.com/sturgeonreview/project-04

31st Jan Poetry, fiction and more. In hopes of combatting some of the isolation caused by the pandemic, Detour Ahead is offering a platform where we can learn, listen and be inspired by one another. https://www.detour-ahead.org/submit

31st Jan 500 word story on the theme of Hell. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.blackharepress.com/submissions/

31st Jan ‘Monsters are many things. They come in all forms, shapes and sizes: from to the tiny to the titanic; from amorphous blobs to many limbed (or tentacled) monstrosities; from supernatural demons to man-made terrors. This is a loosely themed anthology. Just use that word – monster – and run with it.’ 3000-6000 words. PAYING https://alchemypress.wordpress.com/submissions/the-alchemy-press-book-of-horrors-3/

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

31st Jan Mythology fiction 4000-15,000 words on the theme of Extraordinary. PROFIT/REVENUE SHARING MODEL http://adityadeshmukh.com/the-great-void-submissions/

31st Jan poetry, prose and more on the theme of March. https://silverstorkmagazine.weebly.com/submissions.html

31st Jan Poetry on the theme of Kerouac’s Highway Gone Wrong. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.bluehorsepress.com/

1st feb Theme: Every Mother is a Futurist. ‘For our fourth issue, Raising Mothers is seeking poetry, short fiction, essays, art, multimedia, and hybrid work by Black, Indigenous, or POC and colonized people of color that speak to the layered intricacies of parenthood from the perspective of the parent or the (now adult) child.’ http://www.raisingmothers.com/submissions/call-for-work/

1st Feb Prose and poetry. https://slipperyelm.submittable.com/submit

1st Feb Writing on the theme of Lovers. https://www.perhappened.com/submit.html

1st Feb Story 2000-4000 words on the theme of Wraith. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://ironfaeriepublishing.com/open-anthology-calls/

1st Feb Poetry, fiction and nonfiction on the theme of For Sale. https://halfwaydownthestairs.net/submissions/

1st Feb Fiction (and occasionally poetry) 300-5000 words starting with the line: ‘Darryl slid three quarters into the vending machine and weighed his options.’ PAYING http://www.thefirstline.com/submission.htm

1st Feb Poetry, prose and more on the theme of Apocalypse. ‘What we don’t want: mushroom clouds, zombies, dystopian futures, or anything else we’ve already seen in countless books, movies, and television shows.’ PAYING http://nonbinaryreview.com/submission-guidelines/

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!)

‘Justice Involved Mothers is a Raising Mothers’ column devoted to the authentic personal narratives of Black, Indigenous and POC mothers who were and/or are incarcerated, under parole, or under probation. Curated and edited by counter-storyteller and felon Nicole Shawan Junior, Justice-Involved Mothers is authored by the spectrum of mothers affected by the criminal justice system.’ PAYING http://www.raisingmothers.com/submissions/call-for-work/

‘We are interested in hearing about new projects, and would be happy to read brief pitches for finished novels and for historical narratives aimed at general readers.’ http://cuidono.com/editorial.html

Fiction and poetry. https://www.subnivean.org/submissions (Cathy’s note: there’s a competition too, but that has an entry fee. It’s free to submit normally, though.)

Romance and Adult Fantasy, and Short Story Anthology submissions. https://creativejamesmedia.com/submissions/

Open until filled: ‘ We are looking for stories and poetry about Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring and the folklore surrounding them along with all other associated correspondence.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://ironfaeriepublishing.com/open-anthology-calls/

Open until filled: ‘We are looking for Fantasy stories from all fantasy sub genres except Sci-fi. Authors can have 7 acceptances.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://ironfaeriepublishing.com/open-anthology-calls/

Comps and calls for December 2020

Hello everyone,

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

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

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

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

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

Best wishes and stay safe,

Cathy x


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

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

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

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

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

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

COMPETITIONS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SUBMISSIONS WITH NO KNOWN DEADLINES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Comps and calls for November 2020

Hello everyone,

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

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

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

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

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

Best wishes and stay safe,

Cathy x


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

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

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

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

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

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

COMPETITIONS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SUBMISSIONS WITH NO KNOWN DEADLINES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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