Comps and calls for May 2017

Hello! I hope you’re having a wonderful Spring. At last it’s getting warmer here, and it’s very tempting to go outside and watch the cats bounce around the flowers – but there’s submitting and entering to do first…

This is one of the biggest editions of Comps and Calls so far. There’s a lot to go at, whatever you write. Make the most of it – like the Spring.

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Cathy x


Here are May 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 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

3rd May Spectator Competition No. 2997: global mourning ‘You are invited to submit an obituary for planet Earth. Please email entries of up to 150 words to lucy@spectator.co.uk by midday on 3 May.’ PAYING https://www.spectator.co.uk/2017/04/cross-lines/#

4th May ‘We want to see your most original, funny and feel good dog story for your chance to win £1,000 and tickets to see the movie. Has your dog got itself into a really odd situation, do they perform a good trick or got you into an embarrassing fix? Tell us about it, in no more than 300 characters on the form below.’ PAYING http://win.heart.co.uk/a-dogs-purpose/#competition

4th May ‘Each year, a new theme is created and this year’s theme is ‘The Future’. Children aged 4 – 14 are transported to the year 3017 where a lot of things have changed. They will need to consider the new buildings that have been constructed, new technology that has been invented and the fancy new transport that everyone whizzes around on. We’re looking for the best story of 500 words or fewer which is set one thousand years in the future.’ NON-CASH PRIZE https://www.familiesonline.co.uk/competitions/inspire-your-child-to-write-and-win-a-family-trip-to-disneyland-paris

5th May Poem on the theme of New Beginnings. VOUCHER/OTHER https://www.printerinks.com/poetry-competition.html

5th May UK and ROI only: The first 5000 words of your crime novel, plus a synopsis of the rest. PAYING http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/books/article-4366454/Could-Agatha-Christie.html

5th May ‘This year, young people aged 7-25, from anywhere in the world, are invited to take part in Love the Words, an online competition in celebration of International Dylan Thomas Day. Simply download the opening paragraphs from Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood below, cut up the words, use them to create your own poem, take a photo, and share it with the world on Twitter. Use the hashtags #LovetheWords and #DylanDay so everyone can see your poem! And use the same hashtags to see everyone else’s, too.’ http://www.literaturewales.org/our-projects/international-dylan-thomas-day/love-the-words/

7th May ‘All we’re asking for is an original piece of comedy that deals with one or more of the themes from Anita and Me in no more than 500 words. It’s that simple! We’re open to submissions from people of all abilities… professional, wannabe and the family comedian.’ PAYING http://theatrecloud.com/get-involved/creative-projects/creative-comedy-project

10th May Spectator Competition No. 2998: lost in translation. ‘You are invited to submit a set of instructions for an everyday device that have been badly translated into English. Please email up to 150 words to lucy@spectator.co.uk by midday on 10 May.’ PAYING https://www.spectator.co.uk/2017/04/ribaldry/#

12th May ‘We want to know who has put a smile on your face recently through a kind gesture or a compliment or by simply making you feel welcomed!’ Up to 300 characters. NON-CASH PRIZE http://win.heart.co.uk/doubletreehilton/#competition (thanks to www.theprizefinder.com for this one)

12th May ‘Just tell us in 50 words or less why you think chocolate is good for you!?’ NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.mackies.co.uk/friends-of-mackie-s/win-with-mackie-s/win-a-chocolate-heaven-spa-day.html

14th May ‘The competition aims to find original stories around the theme of mothers and daughters or other inter-generational relationships between women. Stories should be a maximum of 1,500 words long.’ VOUCHER/OTHER https://www.gransnet.com/life-and-style/books/short-story-competition

15th May ‘Professionals and freelancers are encouraged to write articles that describe their experience living, moving, and working abroad. Often your experience is extended and transformed by activities in the host country, so living, working, studying, and traveling abroad are often inextricable — and we are interested in exploring all such organic interconnections.’ PAYING http://www.transitionsabroad.com/information/writers/expatriate_writing_contest.shtml#expatriate_guidelines

15th May ‘For your chance to be noticed, simply write 500 words on an inspirational travel experience. Keep your piece focused, capture the essence of the destination and ensure your writing has National Geographic Traveller (UK)’s defining features: immersive travel and authentic storytelling.’ NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.natgeotraveller.co.uk/competitions/travel-writing-competition-2017/ (thanks to www.theprizefinder.com for this one)

15th May Pakistan only: ‘We seek work that is original, thought-provoking, well-written, and well-articulated with a voice that can speak to an international readership and characters we can empathise with and care about. Entries must be no longer than 5,000 words.’ PAYING http://themissingslate.com/new-voices/

25th May Win a coaching session for fiction writing (Cathy’s note: technically this isn’t a writing comp, as you just have to send an email. As it’s such a useful prize for writers and free and easy to enter, however, I’ve included it. If you enter, I expect that you’ll receive some marketing from them afterwards). NON-CASH PRIZE http://creativecompetitor.com/creative-writing-competitions/creative-writing-competitions-2017/writing-competitions-january-february-2017/writing-competitions-march-april/coaching-session-competition-writers/

25th May Under 16s only: story written to the guidelines provided. NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.petprotectors.org.uk/win/writing-competition (thanks to www.prizemagic.co.uk for this)

26th May ‘Silent Pool Distillers wants you to explain what ‘intricately realised’ means to you. You can express your answer with images or audio, references to other skilfully crafted products or brands, or simply with a description or explanation. The response that best embodies Silent Pool Distillers’ lovingly hand-crafted philosophy, as decided by the Directors, will be selected as the winner.’ NON-CASH PRIZE https://www.foodism.co.uk/competition/silentpool/

27th May ‘Sapiens Plurum is seeking writers who can plot amazing outcomes. Our Earth Day Short Fiction Contest this year challenges authors to dream big enough dreams. Tell us of a future: In your imagination, can we evolve humanity to a better place? Or will we, like Icarus, end up too close to the Sun?’ 1500-3000 words. PAYING http://sapiensplurum.org/fiction-contests.html (thanks to www.winningwriters.com for this one)

31st May ‘We don’t care about your gender, age, race or nationality. Our only requirement is that you should be a current high school/college/university student. Only in this case, will we check your essay. The length of the essay should be between 500-700 words. Answer the following question in your persuasive essay: Will virtual reality classes replace traditional education?’ PAYING https://www.thepensters.com/win-a-scholarship/

31st May Travel writing up to 1000 words (Cathy’s note: this comp stays open after the date I’ve given here, but there’ll be a fee to pay then. Enter now!). PAYING http://www.imustbeoff.com/p/blog-page.html?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email

31st May US only: ‘Entries must be original works of fiction of no more than 5,000 words that illuminate the role of the law and/or lawyers in modern society.’ PAYING http://www.abajournal.com/contests/ross_essay (thanks to www.freedomwithwriting.com for this one)

31st May Full-length play. PAYING https://www.falmouth.ac.uk/sites/default/files/download/nda_submission_criteria_2017.pdf

31st May ‘Southern Fried Karma seeks unpublished fiction for its 2017 Novel Contest. We focus on cultivating the artistic voices of the new millennium with a Southern accent. The successful manuscript will go beyond stereotypical depictions and illuminate the multiplicity of the Southern experience; past, present, or future; the good, the bad, and especially the unexpected.’ (Cathy’s note: scroll past the entry form to find guidelines. I think that they mean the Southern States of America when they say ‘Southern’.) PAYING http://sfkpress.com/contests/ (thanks to www.erikadreifus.com for this one)

31st May Story by a writer aged 13-19. PAYING https://www.one-story.com/index.php?page=submit&pubcode=ots

1st Jun Sonnet (Cathy’s note: this comp is free for those aged 17-and-under, but there’s a fee for adults). PAYING http://sonnetcontest.org/

1st Jun ‘Two samples of your playwriting, no more than 10 pages each.’ PAYING http://papatango.co.uk/resident-playwright-2017/ (thanks to http://www.londonplaywrightsblog.com/ for this one)

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

2nd May ‘Since the beginning of time, everything that has promised to liberate women has also been accused of corrupting them. Think suffrage, trousers, the pill, the internet, feminism, learning to drive, owning a house, having a bank account, working… Or, more recently, alcohol consumption and selfie culture. I’m looking for fresh and sexy takes on these issues, along with anything else that women have been criticised for doing.’ 2500-4000 words. https://www.sexylittlepages.com/call-for-submissions-corrupted/

5th May ‘Bright Wall/Dark Room is currently accepting unsolicited submissions for its monthly magazine. Essays, criticism, poetry, reportage, interviews, and short humor pieces will all be evaluated and considered. The theme for our June issue is THE HERO’S JOURNEY. We’re looking for writing on films or television shows that deal with this structure in some way—the Hero’s Journey, or the monomyth, as defined by Joseph Campbell and further popularized by Christopher Vogler.’ PAYING http://brightwalldarkroom.com/submissions/

5th May ‘Abridged in 0-1979 explores those moments, big and small when our world shattered and changed and our attempts to make sense of it all. When there’s nothing here for me and you…’ Poetry. http://abridgedonline.com/1445-2/

5th May Afrocentric steampunk, 1000-7500 words. PAYING http://www.mugwumppress.com/afrocentric/afrosteam/

5th May ‘We hope that we will once again receive art, writing (creative or factual, poetry or prose), photography and creative responses of all kinds to the story of King Maine.’ https://www.writing.ie/resources/submissions-call-for-king-at-the-back-of-the-hill-anthology/?utm_content=buffer7d6f9&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

5th May Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Home. https://inklettemagazine.com/submissions/

5th May Poetry or fiction: retellings of Arthurian Legends. PAYING http://www.timelesstalesmagazine.com/submissions

5th May ‘In our Spring 2017 issue, we are looking for pieces that tell the story of a CLASH: anything from a simple dispute between friends to a deep fissure within society or a difficult internal struggle. Tell us about any time you’ve experienced things coming together in discordant, violent, or unexpected ways.’ https://chicagomemoryhouse.wordpress.com/submit/

5th May Sketches for the series ‘Class Dismissed’. http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/opportunities/class-dismissed-sketch-writing-initiative

7th May Fiction 800-2000 words on the theme of Questions and Answers. http://www.liarsleague.com/liars_league/forthcoming-events-themes.html

7th May Poetry on the theme of Land (Cathy’s note: only Australian contributors are paid). PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS http://cordite.org.au/submissions/

7th May 10-20 minute play. http://www.londonplaywrightsblog.com/?p=8759

8th May Poetry andmore on the theme of The Art of Dying and the Afterlife. https://www.friendsjournal.org/submissions/

8th May Plays up to ten minutes on the theme of Revolution. http://www.aberdeenperformingarts.com/events/revolution-scratch-night

10th May ‘The Midsummer issue of Blink Ink invites you to take a walk in The Enchanted Forest. We are seeking stories of about 50 words to do with encounters with the sublime and the numinous. A woodland setting and perhaps some wildlife would be lovely but are not strictly required.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.blink-ink.org/2017/03/30/enchanted-forest-submission-guidelines/

10th May ‘We’re looking for reprints of uncanny or dreamlike realist fiction, literary speculative fiction, and magical realism. Our perfect submission defies categorization—pieces that could be “too speculative” for canlit or “not speculative enough” for spec magazines (although we’re open to stories on both these sides as well).’ Fiction, poetry and more. PAYING http://www.augurmag.com/submissions/

14th May Novel of at least 70,000 words. http://www.boroughpress.co.uk/2017/04/27/doore-open-at-borough-press/

15th May ‘We aim to stake out a distinctive space for innovative, intelligent, and moving fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, film writing, and cross-genre work. In the spirit of poet Dean Young’s dictum that poets should be “making birds, not birdcages,” we are particularly taken with writing that is simultaneously graceful and reckless.’ PAYING http://www.benningtonreview.org/submit/ (thanks to www.fundsforwriters.com for this)

15th May “Nostalgia”–let’s have some fun with this one! We are looking for fiction, poetry, personal essays, ANY format about a time, place or thing(s) you feel nostalgic about…won’t someone write me a poem about those great urban legends of our youth? We can’t wait to hear about all those things you remember fondly!’ https://otvmagazine.com/2015/07/20/we-aret-looking-for-pieces-of-epic-length-but-we-are-looking-for-epic-beauty/

15th May Fiction 4500-17500 words on the theme of Paranormal Lovers. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://zimbellhousepublishing.com/contest-submissions/anthology-submissions-temptation-press/

15th May ‘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! Topic: Fruit.’ http://www.persimmontree.org/v2/submissions/

15th May ‘In times of seismic change, the stories that matter are the ones that enrich, inspire and support us… or simply give us the strength to carry on. We’re looking for stories of survival in difficult times, when being true to yourself can be the most dangerous choice you make. Stories of protest – subtle or overt. We want stories that have the courage and will to change the lives and worlds of their characters… and our own. Send us unheard voices in unexpected places — tales that transform, and truths that define.’ Up to 6000 words. PAYING http://www.castofwonders.org/banned-books-week/

15th May Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Balloons. https://themagnoliareview.wordpress.com/submit/

15th May ‘The Perch seeks well-crafted, unpublished work that is related to mental health as encompassing physical, emotional and spiritual aspects. We are interested in individual health in social and cultural contexts. We invite many voices, including those with a broad, artistic interest in mental health. For Issue 4, we particularly welcome submissions from voices around the world.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://theperch.submittable.com/submit

15th May Writing on the theme of The Myth of Revolt. http://peculiarmormyrid.com/submissions/

15th May ‘This anthology aims to feature the strange and wonderful intersection between work by writers and artists of hybrid identities and the hybrid work they produce. We are especially interested in work from writers and artists of color, trans, queer, neurodivergent, or disabled writers and artists, writers and artists with invisible illnesses, and anyone else who feels their identity is itself an intersection. In short, if you believe your identity is a hybrid form that influences your craft, we want to hear from you.’ (Cathy’s note: you need to scroll down to find this, as all their calls are on one page.) http://www.sundresspublications.com/submissions.htm

15th May Space opera novellas 15,000-50,000 words. PAYING http://thefantasistmag.com/submissions-guidelines/

15th May Comedy script of at least 30 minutes. http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/opportunities/script-room

15th May or when they’ve received 300 submissions, whichever is sooner: dark fiction. PAYING http://lamplightmagazine.com/submissions/

15th May ‘Humankind has forded the immense stream of space between stars and reached our neighbors. The Milky Way Galaxy lies waiting to be explored. What will we discover on hospitable planets circling new stars? Will we find almost familiar moons, asteroids, planetary rings, and, possibly, never before seen astronomical formations? The sky is no longer the limit for soaring imaginations. Visions V stories take place somewhere…anywhere…in the Milky Way Galaxy. ‘ 3000-8000 words. PAYING http://www.lillicatpublishers.com/?page_id=1074

15th May Poetry, fiction and more. https://atlasandalice.com/submit/

19th May Poetry, fiction and more. PAYING https://stingingfly.org/submissions/

20th May Poetry and more on the theme of Support (Cathy’s note: I can’t find anything saying that only women may submit, but the content on the website appears to be woman-driven). CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://wildsister.com/contribute/

20th May Paranormal romance 12,000-20,000 words. http://lorelushpublishing.com/submission-call-for-anthology/

20th May ‘“Transcaucasia” is defined as a geopolitical region, encompassing all of Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan, as well as the Caucasus mountain area of southern Russia, eastern Turkey, and northern Iran. Issue 12, slated for June 1, will be a special TRANSCAUCASIA issue featuring work by writers and artists living in the Transcaucasia region or work that is about or inspired by this region.’ https://masqueandspectacle.com/submission-guidelines/

21st May Poems on the theme of War. PAYING http://www.thepedestalmagazine.com/submissions/

21st May Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Infection. http://hematopoiesispress.com/

25th May Ghost story 1500-15,000 words. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://fantasiadivinitymagazine.myfreesites.net/anthology-submission-calls

25th May Fantasy stories 2000-7500 words. PAYING http://cloakedpress.com/fallfantasy

25th May Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Powers of the Universe. http://moonmagazine.org/submission-guideline/

27th May YA poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Puppets and Dolls. PAYING https://cricketmag.submittable.com/submit/17820/cicada-magazine-for-ages-14

27th May Poetry, prose and more. http://humag.co/observatory/hu-open-submission-call-1

28th May Writing pertaining to music on the theme of Nocturne. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.halfmystic.com/submit/

30th May Stories up to 10,000 words on the theme of Mrs Claus. ‘This anthology is intended for an adult audience, please don’t submit children’s stories.’ PAYING http://www.worldweaverpress.com/submit-anthologies.html

30th May Poetry, fiction and more on any of the following themes: If at first you don’t succeed, try again; Accidents happen; If you build it, they will come; Famous last words. PAYING https://www.gatheringstormmagazine.com/guidelines

31st May Poetry. PAYING http://www.thewellreview.com/submit

31st May ‘Theme: Aliens! In particular aliens playing sports (on Earth, in space or on their own planets) and pieces about alien mins, philosophies and desires.’ https://tigersharkpublishing.wordpress.com/home/guidelines/

31st May Poetry and stories on the theme of Donkeyskin. PAYING http://www.fairytalemagazine.com/p/blog-page_22.html

31st May Poetry in the tritina form. http://alibilit.com/alibis

31st May Poems and stories on the theme of Positively Happy! PAYING http://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics

31st May Flash and short fiction on the theme of The Senses. https://www.litro.co.uk/submit/

31st May ‘The Central Arkansas Speculative Fiction Writers Group’s third anthology will be a collection of short stories about strangers. We want to see stories about estrangement, oddballs, and those who simply do not follow rules. We want to see outsiders and those deemed unworthy by society. Outcasts are welcome.’ Up to 7500 words. PAYING https://casfwg.com/2017/03/30/featured-content/

31st May Haiku, senryu and haibun. https://greensubmissions.com/112/shamrock-haiku-journal/terms.php

31st May Fiction 3000-8000 words. PAYING https://www.one-story.com/?page=submit

31st May Collaboratively-written dark, speculative fiction. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://blog.nettirw.com/2017/01/14/chiral-mad-4-open-for-submissions-until-053117/

31st May Canadians only: ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was Carroll’s most famous work but there are other stories and poems (some within the greater works) where madcap creatures abound. Alice Unbound should contain an element of the speculative and may embrace fabulist, weird, myth, SF, fantasy, steampunk, horror, etc.’ Poetry and fiction. PAYING https://colleenanderson.wordpress.com/2017/01/26/alice-unbound-call-for-submissions/

31st May Reprints of dragon stories. PROFIT/REVENUE SHARING MODEL https://dfpcorp.submittable.com/submit

31st May Poetry and fiction on the theme of Courage. http://www.thenottinghamreview.com/submit.html

31st May ‘Your story MUST have humor in it, feature a Thanksgiving dish and have a great mystery or crime at the heart of the story.’ 1500-5000 words. ROYALTIES http://www.untreedreads.com/submission-guidelines/tkwc5/

31st May Stories 2000-8000 words on the theme of Time Lost. PAYING http://www.renfieldpress.com/p/literry-e-clectic.html

31st May Flash, short fiction and more on the theme of The Senses. https://www.litro.co.uk/submit/

31st May Poetry and prose on the theme of States of Mind. http://www.duendeliterary.org/submissions/

31st May Horror stories 5000-10,000 words. PAYING https://www.ricepaperpress.com/submissions

31st May Poetry, flash, short fiction and more on the theme of Seeing & Looking. http://iceflow.com/riverbabble/riverguides31.html

31st May Speculative fiction 1500-6000 words set in Manchester, UK. PAYING https://manchesterspeculativefiction.org/

31st May ‘In Issue 6, we are compiling a collection of Prayers for the Planet. All prayers—including theist, agnostic, atheist or humanist—are welcome. We accept fiction, nonfiction, visual art, and poetry of all flavors, from free verse to found. We are also interested in submissions that include raven artwork.’ http://www.youngravensliteraryreview.org/

31st May ‘The Mythos Planet: Lovecraft Inspired Sci-Fi Terror–Drabbles (100 words), Micro-Fiction (101-750 words), Flash (751-1000 words), Short Stories (1001-2000 words), and Poetry (up to 50 lines). I want to see Lovecraftian monsters of your own making here, but you can give me some new takes on the Old Ones, if you like, but make it fresh.’ https://theweretraveler.wordpress.com/call-for-submissions/

31st May ‘The theme for the upcoming issue is “Mythos.” Obra/Artifact seeks submissions that root their inspiration in myths, legends, fables, and oral storytelling. Give us your fabulism, your experimentation, your lyric essays, your poetry that expands the bounds of form and art.’ https://obraartifact.com/submissions/

1st Jun Poetry, flash, graphic narratives and much more. https://helenliterarymagazine.submittable.com/submit

1st Jun ‘Our new Shockwire Chapbook Series recognizes the need to raise the storytelling stakes in response to intimidation, fear, and isolation. We are interested in works of literary and speculative short fiction and creative nonfiction up to 7,500 words in length and collections of between 5 and 10 poems.’ PAYING http://www.theheadandthehand.com/submissions/

1st Jun Prison-themed writing for this publication concerned with maps. http://themapisnot.com/submissions

1st Jun ‘Onyx Neon will release a collection of poems under the umbrella of American Upheaval. The world is reacting to a drastic shift in administration—and those reactions are raw, loud, and critical. We want poems that add to the political conversation.’ PAYING http://shorts.onyxneon.com/submission-guidelines-onyx-neon-shorts/

1st Jun ‘We are collecting poems, stories, translations and nonfiction that address racism, homophobia, xenophobia, sexism, war, political corruption, veterans issues, people with disabilities, and the attack on the environment for an online anthology. We consider translations as well as flash fiction!’ http://www.cutthroatmag.com/submissions.html

1st Jun ‘What is Eternal Haunted Summer? EHS is an ezine dedicated to 1) original poetry and 2) short fiction about the Gods and Goddesses and heroes of the world’s many Pagan traditions.’ PAYING https://eternalhauntedsummer.com/about/

1st Jun Poetry and prose. http://sblaam.com/guidelines/literary/

1st Jun ‘Myths, moons, and mayhem make the perfect threesome—and so do some men. Whether they’re werewolves learning how to fit into the pack, magi seeking to unlock the secrets of the stars, incubi on the prowl, or trolls guarding deep underground worlds, the heroes of this anthology will be male-identified individuals with a thirst for homoerotic group encounters.’ 4000-6000 words. ROYALTIES https://www.sexylittlepages.com/call-for-submissions-myths-moons-and-mayhem/

1st Jun Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Death. http://www.thebrokencitymag.com/submissions.html

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

1st Jun Fantastical poetry. PAYING http://www.goblinfruit.net/2016/winter/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.

Poetry and critical responses to the work of Sylvia Plath. http://plathpoetryproject.com/submit/

Poetry. ‘Submissions are open to new and emerging writers only (no more than one full-length published work forthcoming at the time of submission).’ PAYING https://frontier.submittable.com/submit/79694/frontier-poetry-free

Speculative fiction up to 3000 words. PAYING https://www.asymmetryfiction.com/submission-guidelines/

Up to 6 tanka poems. PAYING http://tankajournal.com/submit/terms.php

‘We are interested in nonfiction books that emphasize self-improvement, personal motivation, psychological health, overall wellness or mind/body/spirit integration.’ https://www.hcibooks.com/t-submission_guidelines.aspx

Short stories. ROYALTIES http://4rvpublishing.com/short-story-submissions.php

‘Invisible Publishing is currently accepting literary manuscript submissions, including works of fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction. All narrative works with contemporary themes will be considered, however, we are not interested in genre fiction or YA projects. That said, if you send it, we’ll read it. Show us your stuff.’ http://invisiblepublishing.com/submissions/

‘Sonder is a journal of cultural criticism, comment and creative writing, free for everyone.’ https://sondermag.wordpress.com/

Canada only: ‘Esplanade Books publishes literary novels, novellas, short story collections, and translations from Canadian authors.’ http://www.vehiculepress.com/2-submissions.php

‘Candy Jar Books is an award-winning independent book publisher. We publish a wide variety of quality books, from non-fiction, general fiction and children’s, through to a range of cult TV books.’ http://www.candy-jar.co.uk/books/submissions.html

Fiction 1000-4000 words (Cathy’s note: they only notify in case of acceptance, so if you don’t hear back, assume rejection). http://www.storychord.com/2010/02/about-storychord-submission-guidelines.html?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email

‘Describe your Name in a Poem. Tell us who you are. The Why and the Wherefore of your name. How did you get your name? Are you named after someone? Is it Biblical, Latin, or Gaellic, origin etc.? Is there a nickname that you go by? Does someone call you something else? To be 24 lines or less. One Poem per entry. Best of will be published in LONE STARS.’ lonestarsmagazine@yahoo.com

Horror fiction. https://www.jakobshorrorbox.com/form/

Three-line poems. PAYING http://threelinepoetry.com/

Poetry, fiction and more. https://glintjournal.wordpress.com/glint-7-submissions/

Flash fiction and more. https://thebohemyth.com/submit/

Poetry. PAYING https://twyckenhamnotes.com/

Speculative fiction novellas. UNKNOWN PAYMENT http://www.dancingstarpress.com/submissions/

‘We are excited by writing that is difficult to classify—whether specifically speculative, substantially surreal, or slightly strange. We’re interested in realist pieces that verge on the dreamlike or surreal; speculative stories that are almost realist; and, on top of that, any form of literary fantasy/science fiction/speculative fiction.’ For the preview issue, they want reprints. PAYING http://www.augurmag.com/submissions/

Romance stories and novellas. PAYING http://www.heroesandheartbreakers.com/page/submissions

SF/F stories up to 10,000 words. PAYING http://blindspot.pub/guidelines/

‘Works dealing with any passionately held emotions and/or alternative viewpoints. These may well entail drink, sex, violence, bad language and any activity outside of the mainstream. Sleazy tales are very much encouraged and form the basis of The Savage Kick. Real-life stories are preferred, unless work is distinctively extreme within the crime, western or war genres.’ Fiction and more. PAYING http://www.murderslim.com/TheSavageKickSubmissions.html

Comps and calls for April 2017

Well, it’s been a bumper month for emails from those of you who’ve been successful – very successful! I’ve been very impressed by all your publications and prizes, and I can’t thank you enough for letting me know about them. I’ve had an article published on the subject of writing competitions, so if you’re flagging a bit then take a look. Also, April is National Poetry Writing Month (or NaPoWriMo). If you’re stuck for inspiration one day, why not use some of the themes here as prompts?

Can you spot the April fool in this month’s listings? (Don’t worry – you’ll know it when you see it!)

Many thanks to this month’s sponsor, NOUNPLUS, one of the web’s best grammar checkers. Give it a visit – it really will improve your work!

Cathy x


Here are April 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 to jump straight to them):

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

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

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

COMPETITIONS

Weekly: poem. PAYING http://poetrynook.com/

5th Apr Spectator Competition No 2993: dumping grounds. ‘Break-ups are very much on the agenda at the moment. You are invited to submit a Dear John letter, in prose or verse, in the style of a well-known author (please specify). Please email (wherever possible) entries of up to 16 lines or 150 words to lucy@spectator.co.uk by midday on 5 April.’ PAYING https://www.spectator.co.uk/2017/03/a-to-p-2/

6th Apr UK and Ireland only: Text or art suitable for children by unpublished BAME writers. PAYING https://www.faber.co.uk/blog/about/fab-prize-2017/

7th Apr Under 25s only: complete various writing tasks. PAYING http://www.vogue.co.uk/article/vogue-talent-contest-2017

10th Apr Under 18s only: ‘This year we are adding a new “Climate Change” category to the competition. Participants between the ages of 14 and 18 are invited to write an essay or create a video (see submission requirements for details) that discusses how one animal species has been affected by climate change and presents ideas to raise awareness of this species and what can be done to protect it.’ PAYING http://www.hennet.org/contest.php

12th Apr Spectator Competition no. 2994: cross lines. ‘You are invited to submit a letter of complaint from a fictional character to his or her or its creator about his, her or its portrayal. Please email entries of up to 150 words (16 lines) to lucy@spectator.co.uk by midday on 12th April.’ PAYING https://www.spectator.co.uk/2017/04/these-foolish-things-2/

15th Apr Emerging writers from US or Canada only: ‘For the 2017 Waterman Fund essay contest, emerging writers are asked to offer and explore stories of what humans build in wild places, considering the ecological and emotional integrity of wilderness and wildness.’ PAYING http://www.watermanfund.org/essay-contest/enter-essay-contest/ (thanks to www.winningwriters.com for this one)

16th Apr ‘Lent is here and Structo is holding its fourth Lenten psalms translation contest. We’re looking for free translations from the biblical psalms…. Free translation means what you want it to mean. None of the past winners have had an ancient languages background. Instead, they riffed off the original, turned it on its head, reversed it, used key phrases, sussed out a single idea, or wrote in a psalm mode and mood.’ PAYING http://structomagazine.co.uk/lenten-psalms-translation-contest-2017/ (thanks to www.erikadreifus.com for this one)

20th Apr ‘The brief is to write a story between 500-600 words based on either a pet or wild animal as long it’s an integral part of the tale. The view-point is not to be from that animal.’ NON-CASH PRIZE http://erewashwriterscompetition.weebly.com/2017-pets-aplenty-competition-with-malcolm-welshman.html (thanks to www.prizemagic.co.uk for this one)

23rd Apr Story up to 4000 words. NON-CASH PRIZE http://pindropstudio.com/submit/

30th April Poems concerning the Falun Gong, according to the provided themes. PAYING http://fofg.org/act-now/poetry-contest/

30th Apr Play up to 45 minutes on any theme. NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.soundwork-uk.co.uk/competitions

30th Apr Unpublished South African writers only: story up to 2000 words. PAYING http://www.sawriterscollege.co.za/Resources/2017+SA+Writers+College+Short+Story+Competition.html

30th Apr Essay on one of the provided themes by writers in high school or higher education. PAYING https://essayhub.com/blog/essay-writing-contest/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email

30th Apr Poem (Cathy’s note: you can enter more than one, but only the first entry is free). PAYING http://waxpoetryart.com/contests/poetry.html

30th Apr Story on the theme of The Anniversary. http://www.harpersbazaar.co.uk/culture/culture-news/news/a36157/harpers-bazaar-short-story-competition-2017/

30th Apr Under 18s only: ‘All you’ll need to do is whip up your best 250, 500 or 750 words (depending on your age) on ‘The Perfect Food Partnership’.’ NON-CASH PRIZE https://www.pinkladyapples.co.uk/competitions/the-guild-of-food-writers-write-it

30th Apr Poem In English or Welsh on the theme of Sharing Tastes Divine. NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.divinechocolate.com/uk/poetry (thanks to www.theprizefinder.com for this one)

1st May Up to five poems, or fiction up to 8000 words. PAYING https://www.barton.edu/crucible/

1st May ‘Awarded for the best piece of writing in response to the theme of the Alpine Fellowship Annual Symposium. The winner and two runners up are invited to attend the Venice symposium. Winner receives £3000 cash prize and is presented with the award by the poet John Burnside. Open to all nationalities and ages. All genres permitted. A maximum of 2500 words per entry. Limited to one entry per person.’ PAYING http://alpinefellowship.com/submission/writing-visual-arts-prizes/ (thanks for this one to www.fundsforwriters.com )

1st May Age 18-30 only: Monologues on one of the deadly sins or heavenly virtues. https://www.writersavenuetheatre.co.uk/seven

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

2nd Apr Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Bad Girls. ‘As always, the theme is open to interpretation, but think antiheroines, villainesses, and convention-defying women. Intelligent treatment of the theme is required: we want refined writing and complex, not cartoon, characters.’ PAYING https://shooterlitmag.com/submissions/

2nd Apr Fiction 800-2000 words on the theme of Cut and Thrust. http://www.liarsleague.com/liars_league/forthcoming-events-themes.html

2nd Apr 10 minute play. http://www.londonplaywrightsblog.com/?p=8408

3rd Apr Poetry of Nature. https://foragepoetry.com/contact/

4th Apr ‘The Deaf Poets Society will publish an upcoming issue (Issue 4) on crip futurism, a growing body of interdisciplinary studies. We are looking for D/deaf and disabled perspectives and re-imaginings of bodies, science, technology, bioethics, and the future ways of existing.’ PROFIT/REVENUE SHARING MODEL https://www.deafpoetssociety.com/

4th Apr Previously published work. https://psychopompmag.com/2017/02/01/submission-call-previously-published-work/

5th Apr ‘We want adult stories. No erotica, though some erotic or romance elements are acceptable. Magic, gods, mysticism, mythical creatures. Bring us old fairy tales with an Afrocentric twist. We are interested in new gods or ancient ones, old religions, houngans, potions, and spells. Your story can be adapted from African folklore or modern mythology.’ PAYING https://mugwump.submittable.com/submit/72934/afrocentric-anthology-afromyth

5th Apr Humorous poems and short stories. http://www.defenestrationmag.net/submissions/

5th Apr Speculative/esoteric poetry, fiction and more on the theme of A Beckoning. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.priestessandhierophant.com/blank-2

5th Apr ‘We are seeking stories of unusual spaces, places and landscapes. Be they within your mind, outside of this universe, or a perspective on life in our own home other may not share.’ ROYALTIES http://www.fightingmonkeypress.com/submissions/

7th Apr Flash fiction on the theme of Medieval (sic) Mayhem. PAYING http://splickety.com/submission-guidelines/upcoming-themes/

10th Apr Fiction on the theme of Beginnings. PAYING http://www.blyantpublishing.com/submissions-.html

12th Apr Survivor poems. https://thefatdamsel.wordpress.com/about/

15th Apr ‘ “Cat’s Breakfast” – Science fiction/satire. Now at the 10th anniversary of his death, Wikipedia says Kurt Vonnegut was famous for his “gallows humor.” E.E. King put it another way, citing his “sideways, humorous, skeptical view.” We want this anthology to pay tribute to the imagination and inspiration of the ineffable Mr. Vonnegut.’ PAYING http://www.thirdflatiron.com/liveSite/

15th Apr Poems by Rust Belt poets. PAYING https://rattle.submittable.com/submit/34383/rust-belt-poets-poems

15th Apr Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Messy Grace. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.thephoenixsoul.com/submit/

15th Apr ‘Their Coats All Red is seeking strange stories which are steeped in the history of the British Empire from about 1880 to 1905. These must be tales which capture the feel of the high Victorian era. We don’t want stories of the Empire itself—we want stories of the weirdness underneath. Ghosts, spirits, madness and monstrosities are all welcome. Make it psychological or physical, but make it good.’ PROFIT/REVENUE SHARING MODEL http://18thwall.com/submissions/

15th Apr Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Archetypes. http://www.bridgeeight.com/submit/

15th Apr Poetry, fiction and more. PAYING http://www.blackbird.vcu.edu/v15n1/submissions.shtml

15th Apr Writing on the theme of Resistance. http://www.jamtartsmagazine.com/contact/

15th Apr Writing on the theme of Resistance. https://linesandstars.submittable.com/submit

15th Apr Speculative poetry and flash fiction on the theme of Resistance, Rebellion, or Revolution. PAYING http://www.spiritstincture.com/submissions.html

15th Apr Poetry, fiction and more. PAYING http://copper-nickel.org/submit/

15th Apr SF/F poetry, flash and short fiction on the theme of Redux and Progression. PAYING http://heliosquarterly.com/index.php/submissions/

15th Apr Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Mental Illness. http://www.earthenlampjournal.com/submissions.php

15th Apr ‘Our visions of future often are imbued with the cultural weight of our past, so we’re looking for poems, stories, essays & ethnographies, and other pieces which crackle into vivid image, which paint a star-map whose demands seem so real that we readers feel for a moment as though we are living it.’ http://anthropoid.co/submit3

20th Apr Poems on the theme of Howl at the Moon. https://herheartpoetry.com/submissions/

21st Apr Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Perils of Populism. PAYING https://griffithreview.com/submit-to-griffith-review/

24th Apr Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of ‘Others’ I Have Known. http://moonmagazine.org/submission-guideline/

27th Apr YA poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Aliens. PAYING https://cricketmag.submittable.com/submit/17820/cicada-magazine-for-ages-14

27th Apr ‘CRICKET (for ages 9-14) and SPIDER (ages 6-9) are looking for retellings of folktales, myths, and legends from around the world. We seek tales of humorous tricksters, of adventurous heroes on epic quests, of Clever and strong women, lovable fools, and formidable demons, as well as traditional wisdom tales and creation myths.’ Poetry, fiction and more. PAYING https://cricketmag.submittable.com/submit/17817/spider-magazine-for-ages-6-9

30th Apr ‘We are looking for poetry that promotes understanding of how people with varying hearing abilities interpret sound and how D/deafness could be channelled into poetry. As well as voices from people experiencing D/deafness and those from D/deaf communities, we want to hear poetry that approaches this topic in ways that make us rethink our relationship with sound and language, poetry that promotes new understandings.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://magmapoetry.com/contributions/

30th Apr ‘Afrocentric Books is taking submissions for a mythical fantasy anthology. We want adult stories. No erotica, though some erotic or romance elements are acceptable. Magic, gods, mysticism, mythical creatures. Bring us old fairy tales with an Afrocentric twist.’ 1000-7500 words. PAYING http://www.mugwumppress.com/afrocentric/afromyth/

30th Apr ‘We invite submissions of literature, art, and graphic narratives that consider the impact of the Obama family on the past decade of American culture.’ http://www.boothbooks.org/

30th Apr ‘We are seeking short creative work by queer-identified writers and artists &/or on queer themes. We are seeking fiction, non-fiction, poetry, scripts, and visual art.’ PAYING http://hashtagqueer.com/submissions/

30th Apr ‘We want poetry that hurts the way bodies do. The vulnerability of self and the nature of being. A Portrait in Blues is about you. The way your heart & mind & limbs ache in the dark.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://platypuspress.co.uk/aportraitinblues

30th Apr Poetry, fiction and more. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://thejournal.submittable.com/submit

30th Apr ‘We publish work that is aware of its literary form, writing that defamiliarizes in craft or content for an enhanced rendering of reality. We electronically accept fiction, nonfiction, poetry, flash, and hybrid submissions.’ http://thegravityofthething.com/submit/

30th Apr ‘What we want: Invading space aliens, demonic invasion as in Doom, DNA-grafted dinosaurs taking over the planet, manmade viral infections that nearly wipe out humanity, or artificial intelligence like in Terminator… anything you can think of that would bring about the end of the world. And SOLDIERS! Tell us about what happens during the worst of the fall of humanity or afterwards. No zombies. That’s already taken care of.’ 2000-10,000 words. PAYING https://cohesionpress.com/snafu-judgement-day/

30th Apr ‘We are looking for poems that explore the concepts of “Space” and “Home.” We also welcome submissions of art and photography on the same theme.’ http://switched-ongutenberg.org/submission-guidelines-issue-24

30th Apr Flash fiction up to 800 words. https://www.roundupzine.com/submit

30th Apr Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Eclectically Heroic. PAYING https://www.inklingspublishing.com/submissions.html

30th Apr Writing on the theme of Belonging. http://makemag.com/submit/

30th Apr Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Animals. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.amsterdamquarterly.org/submissions/

30th Apr Fiction 2000-6000 words on the theme of Last Shot Fired. PAYING http://midnightwriterssociety.com/submissions/

30th Apr Poetry, flash and short fiction on the theme of Letters. http://www.ilanotreview.com/submissions-page/

30th Apr Canadians only: poetry and fiction on the theme of Optimism. PAYING http://edgewebsite.com/books/tess21/t21-catalog.html

30th Apr Poetry on the theme of Space. http://www.allegropoetry.org/p/submit.html

30th Apr Writing in response to the image or on the theme of Separation. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.solidagojournal.com/submissions/

30th Apr ‘We are in looking for writing that focuses upon war, communism, the left, the far right, flesh, meat, blood, anger, warning signs, sexuality, gender, lust, mind and body, poisonous animals, foxes, bulls, the devil and wine. But we are always open to other suggestions. What we don’t want is a simple summary of what red means to you.’ http://www.chromamagazine.com/contactsubmissions-1/

30th Apr Weird fiction and poetry on the theme of Witches. PAYING http://weirdbook-magazine.com/submissions/

30th Apr ‘We’re accepting stories for our third issue, which is themed Sundown Towns. For those of you who aren’t familiar, a Sundown Town is a neighborhood or community, typically all-white, that enforces segregation though exclusion of other races via discriminatory laws, intimidation, and threats of violence. We are looking for brave works of speculative short fiction and poetry by authors from the African diaspora that reject regressive ideas of blackness, respectability politics, and stereotype.’ PAYING http://www.fiyahlitmag.com/submissions/

30th Apr poetry, fiction and more incorporating the elements Temple, Yard Sale, and Visitation. http://3elementsreview.com/submission-guidelines

30th Apr Poetry, fiction, drama and more. PAYING http://www.usi.edu/sir/submission-guidelines/

30th Apr Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Summer Lovin’. https://sedimentslit.com/submit/

1st May ‘We are open to submissions which relate to the urban legends, rumors, and suspicious stories reported on Snopes.com. We’re looking for stories in which the urban legends might be made more plausible, explorations of the nature of urban legends and their origins, etc. EACH SUBMISSION MUST CONTAIN A LINK TO A SPECIFIC SNOPES ARTICLE.’ PAYING https://nonbinaryreview.submittable.com/submit

1st May ‘So what do the nooks and crannies of England mean to you? We are compiling an anthology of new poetry specifically about all the various towns, cities and villages of our beleaguered country, and we are inviting poetry which inhabits the landscape of the general ‘left’.’ Send up to 3 poems (attachments or body of email are fine) to ThisEnglandPoetry@gmail.com ‘ https://www.facebook.com/ThisEnglandPoetry/?__mref=message_bubble

1st May Fiction, poetry and more. PAYING http://carte-blanche.org/submissions/

1st May Poems and stories on the theme of Windows. http://www.riverpoetsjournal.com/SubmissionGuidelines.html

1st May Poetry, flash fiction and more on the theme of Truth or Consequences. http://www.local-nomad.net/sample-page/

1st May SF/F/H poetry or fiction. PAYING https://mythicdelirium.com/mythic-delirium-magazine/mythic-delirium-guidelines

1st May Poetry on the theme of the Road. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.slipstreampress.org/guide.html

1st May Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Recovery. http://rkvryquarterly.com/submission-guidelines/

1st May ‘Hitchhiking is the art of traveling through getting free rides from folks. You stick out your thumb and gamble on if you’ll make it to the next stop or if you’re walking further than you had planned. Passing Through is seeking short stories with anthropomorphic characters on the road. Cash, Grass, or Ass, give us your best hitchhiking tales! Stories must contain anthropomorphic animals (humanized animals). This is a furry anthology, keep this in mind when submitting.’ PAYING https://www.weaselpress.com/openmarkets

1st May Flash and short fiction on the theme of Alternative Facts. https://www.litro.co.uk/submit/

1st May ‘We are interested in work that explores the intersection of human experience and the environment, broadly interpreted: work that focuses on ecology, science and the environmental imagination, certainly, but also work that focuses on place, on natural and built environments, and on the ways that people interact with their environments. We are looking for work that surprises, moves, or affects the reader.’ Poetry, fiction and more. https://flyway.submittable.com/submit

SUBMISSIONS WITH NO KNOWN DEADLINES

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

Fiction 2000-6000 words. http://www.secondhandpodcast.com/guidelines

Poetry, fiction and more. PAYING http://www.fillingstation.ca/submit

Poetry, fiction and more. http://www.onethrone.com/submit

For a small, one-off fee of £1,000,000.00, I will stand in my back garden naked and read your flash fiction story (up to 1000 words if the weather’s good, up to 500 words if it’s cold and/or raining) or poem up to 50 lines (or 40 if it’s cold and/or raining) out loud. Your £1,000,000.00 should be paid to http://paypal.me/cathybryant I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s a reasonable fee. This offer is only valid on April 1st.

Poetry, fiction and more. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.400andfallingpress.com/submissions/

‘Peacock Journal, a daily online literary & arts magazine highlighting beauty in all its forms, seeks original submissions of Fiction, Flash, Poetry, Non-Fiction, Translations, Music, Art and Photography from emerging and established writers and artists. We want to see your most beautiful work.’ http://peacockjournal.com/guidelines/

Fridays: poems written in response to an event of the last week. PAYING http://www.rattle.com/respond/

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

Canada only: suspense and mystery novels, or nonfiction MSS. http://www.touchwoodeditions.com/submission_guidelines.php

Until filled: reprints of dragon stories. PAYING http://digitalfictionpub.com/submit/

Horror fiction 2000-10,000 words. PAYING http://www.gothic.net/submissions/

SF/F/H MSS 8000-125,000 words. https://www.gorgonpub.com/submissions

‘Rat’s Ass Review will spend the first 100 days of the Trump presidency accumulating beauty and speaking artistic truth to ugliness. Not that beauty means smiling myopic ignorance; our poets will meet dark times with dark works as well as light ones. But they will hold out the hope that the arts have always offered – that the best of human effort can always go on, and in fact must go on, even in such an ugly time.’ Poetry. http://ratsassreview.net/?page_id=2399

‘Tumblehome Learning, Inc. publishes STEM-related (science, technology, engineering and math) books for children in grades K-12. The majority of our books are geared toward upper elementary and middle school grades (approximately ages 8-12). While we occasionally publish non-fiction books, these are exceptions. The large majority of our books are fiction, and generally have adventure/mystery plots, containing scientific facts, engineering design processes and/or genuine historical STEM figures.’ ROYALTIES http://tumblehomelearning.com/author-submissions/

Comps and calls for March 2017

It’s March and it’s finally stopped snowing where I live. Oh wait — no it hasn’t. Regardless of the weather, this month I’d like to thank my husband Keir and my best friend Neil for all their help with my websites. They do all the technical stuff and when my eyes and hands or other parts aren’t working, my heroes do all the typing and admin too. (Keir also takes care of site sponsorship – get in touch if you’re interested.)

I’d also like to thank all of you for all your support and for letting me know when you’ve won prizes or been published. It’s very cheering, whatever the weather!

Cathy x


Here are March 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 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 Mar Story 1000-5000 words on the theme of Space. PAYING http://onthepremises.com/current-contest/

2nd Mar Full-length play by someone who has not had a full-length play produced. PAYING https://wit-award.com/

3rd Mar Story up to 2500 words. PAYING http://www.austinchronicle.com/short-story-contest/ (thanks to www.erikadreifus.com for this one)

5th Mar Play with a running time of at least 70 minutes. PAYING http://www.londonplaywrightsblog.com/?p=7192

5th Mar Nonfiction essay on the theme of short stories. PAYING http://thresholds.chi.ac.uk/features-competition/

6th Mar ‘The award, for short stories up to 8,000 words, is open to any writer with a history of publication in creative writing.’ PAYING http://www.booktrust.org.uk/prizes/1

8th Mar ‘Spectator Competition No 2989: gettysburg revisited: You are invited to submit a version of the Gettysburg Address as it might have been given by a prominent figure on the world stage (alive or dead but please specify). Please email entries of up to 200 words to lucy@spectator.co.uk by midday on 8 March.’ http://www.spectator.co.uk/2017/02/youre-toast/

10th Mar ‘Never Such Innocence is inviting all 9-16 year olds to send us poems or artwork inspired by the events of the First World War. We want to be as inclusive as possible and so we have introduced a Gaelic and Welsh language category for the poetry competition. If you or your student/s have any SEND that you would like the judges to be aware of please make a note on your entry form.’ PAYING http://neversuchinnocence.com/view/poetry_%2526_art_competition

10th Mar Up to three poems about Nantucket Island or Life on Nantucket. PAYING http://nantucketdirectory.com/poetry/index.php

13th Mar Writing by UK residents aged 13-25. NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.wickedyoungwriterawards.com/submit-entry.php

14th Mar Writers in the north of England only: a proposal for a project. PAYING http://newwritingnorth.com/news/call-create-new-work-radio/

15th Mar Story up to 3000 words. NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.limnisa.com/competition-2017

15th Mar Single mothers only: ‘Please submit poetry, short stories, non-fiction essays, memoirs, and blog posts. We only accept 2 entries every six months. Writing must be by Solo Moms and an original work.’ PAYING https://esme.com/showcase/contest (thanks to www.winningwriters.com for this one)

15th Mar ‘We are looking for prose works of 150 words or fewer as well as poetry of sixteen lines or fewer and 150 words or fewer. All works should have a narrative element to them.’ PAYING http://binnacle.machias.edu/ultra-short-competition/

15th Mar Poetry MS by a poet with a substantial connection to India or the Indian diaspora. ‘We publish first and second books only. Unpublished writers, poets who have published one full-length book, or chapbooks (30 pages or less), are eligible.’ PAYING http://greatindianpoetry.org/submissions/

15th Mar Undergraduates only: ‘The adult mayfly has a lifespan of less than 24 hours, while bristlecone pines can live thousands of years. Geological time works at even grander scales. How do vastly different species and systems experience time? And how do we, as human practitioners of environmental work? For our next volume, Whole Terrain seeks creative works that explore the multitude of meanings and perspectives on the theme About Time.’ (Cathy’s note: the publication also has a call open to everyone on the same theme – however only undergraduates are eligible for this award.) PAYING http://wholeterrain.com/call/new-terrain-award/

17th Mar UK aged 18-30 only: poetry. https://www.girton.cam.ac.uk/jane-martin-poetry-prize

24th Mar ‘To enter, all you need to do is post a short story, a photo with a caption and/or a short video clip about your brilliant friend.’ https://www.rosetheatrekingston.org/whats-on/my-brilliant-friend-naples-competition

31st Mar ‘We’re looking for uplifting short stories which involve someone getting finance/a loan for a very specific purpose. Stories should be works of fiction, not personal accounts or experiences.’ 1500-2500 words. PAYING http://www.solution-loans.co.uk/short-story-writing-competition/

31st Mar Poem up to 30 lines. PAYING https://americamedia.submittable.com/submit

31st Mar ‘We are looking for stories that cross genres. Slipstream. Steampunk. Action Romance Comedy. We are looking for lost places.’ Stories 500-2500 words. http://www.longshotisland.com/submissions/

31st Mar ‘The Visual Prompt Quarterly Contest is meant to inspire people to create work based on a prompt containing three images. The contest submission can either be poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or experimental literary in nature. It can contain all three images or just one.’ PAYING http://www.helenpresents.com/visual-prompt-quarterly-contest-1st-qtr-2017/

31st Mar Speculative fiction up to 3500 words on the theme of A Hidden, Underlying Truth. PAYING http://parsecink.com/contest/

31st Mar Poem on the theme of Up Jumped Spring. NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.spankthecarp.com/contest_2017.html

31st Mar ‘We’ve run poetry and flash fiction competitions before, but today we’re thrilled to announce our first ever children’s short story competition! We’ve got two age brackets for this competition: ages 5 – 9, and ages 10 – 13. The short story can be on absolutely anything they’d like. Stories can only be entered by a parent, teacher or guardian on behalf of a child.’ VOUCHER/OTHER http://design.printexpress.co.uk/the-print-express-childrens-short-story-competition/

31st Mar SF/F stories by new/amateur writers. PAYING http://www.writersofthefuture.com/enter-writer-contest/

31st Mar The words for a children’s picture book. PAYING http://www.ohzoe.com/index

31st Mar Fiction up to 10,000 words. PAYING http://www.bestnewwriting.com/Gover-Story-Prize.html

1st Apr ‘We want you to write a piece of comedy that’s no longer than 500 words. It could be experimental, satire, spoof, wit or wordplay. The choice our friends is up to you! We’re looking for all formats of written comedy. It could be the opening to a sitcom, a scene of a play or just a silly story. All that we ask is that it deals with one or more of the themes from Anita and Me, including family, coming-of-age, migration, racism, love and friendship, cultural and social change.’ PAYING http://www.theatrecloud.com/get-involved/creative-projects/creative-comedy-project

1st Apr Humor poem. Published or unpublished. PAYING https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/wergle-flomp-humor-poetry-contest-free

1st Apr ‘Now in its fourth year, the Prize annually honors literary nonfiction that illustrates artistic excellence, sensitivity to place, and desert literacy – with the desert as both subject and setting.’ PAYING http://www.writingranch.com/waterston-prize-for-desert-writers/

1st Apr Fiction and essays by current undergraduate or graduate college students. PAYING https://scytheprize.wordpress.com/2017/01/07/call-for-papers-2017-scythe-prize/

1st Apr The first chapter of your completed (or soon to be completed) novel. NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.whoosh-editing.com/competition/

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

2nd Mar ‘Subprimal Poetry Art looks for poetry and flash fiction that is crafted, urgent, lyrical, compelling, mythical, concerned with spiritual revelation, uses rhythmic sensual, vivid imagery and deals with fundamental truths. We’re looking for work that enables the reader / listener to experience something that they might not otherwise in their regular life and causes them to think.’ PAYING https://subprimal.com/submission-guidelines

3rd Mar ‘For this anthology, we are looking for erotic stories that explore the concept of sacrilege. No other parameters apply other than that every story needs to be literary, erotic, and push the boundaries between the sacred and the profane. We have a preference for Catholicism—the eroticism and hypocrisy are built right in—but sacrilege involving other major world religions is fair game.’ PAYING https://mugwump.submittable.com/submit/69485/mofo-anthology-sacrilege

3rd Mar Fantastical poetry. PAYING http://www.goblinfruit.net/2016/winter/guidelines/

4th Mar Previously-published work. https://psychopompmag.com/2017/02/01/submission-call-previously-published-work/

5th Mar ‘We want adult science fiction stories in diverse settings, featuring diverse people. The “in the future all people are a uniform color of café au lait” trope does not interest us. While it is not necessary for you to describe the physical features of all your characters, we do want to know that one of your main characters is of indigenous African descent.’ PAYING https://mugwump.submittable.com/submit/72930/afrocentric-anthology-afrofuturism

5th Mar Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Publishing. PAYING http://www.bcwriters.ca/wordworks/submit/

5th Mar ‘Truancy 4 is a special #ownvoices issue, designed to highlight the revised, retold and remixed folklore and myths from authors of the African Continent & Diaspora, no matter where they may be in the world.’ PAYING http://www.delinquentspice.com/?page_id=25

6th Mar Poetry and fiction on the theme of The Rules of the Game. http://thewildword.com/submissions/

10th Mar ‘We propose to produce an anthology to allow us all to stand up and be counted: to express our outrage, to honour and nurture the values we believe in, to join the upswing of positive resistance to the assaults and threats to the creative and compassionate global community.’ Poetry. http://writetobecounted.blogspot.co.uk/

10th Mar Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Anticipation and Preparation. https://www.rit-u-al.com/submissions-1

10th Mar ‘We remember our first heartbreak, our first job, and our first days living on our own. For the spring, we are looking for pieces that reflect on the theme of growing up and beginning to change with the world around us.’ Fiction. https://hofstrawindmill.submittable.com/submit

12th Mar Flash fiction up to 500 words. https://spelkfiction.com/submit-2/

14th Mar ‘Tipping over the edges. Way back when. Growing older getting younger. Stories of queerness through centuries, inside bodies, histories, ancestry. Tell us about seeping, sticky business. Tell us about pouring, tell us about flooding. Overflow of memory, overflow of queer lineage. Open to all who identify with and those who support the LGBTIQ+ community.’ http://thesuburbanreview.com/submit/

15th Mar Up to three poems for the Voices Israel anthology. http://www.voicesisrael.com/anthology.htm

15th Mar Speculative poetry and flash. PAYING http://arsenika.ink/submissions/

15th Mar Poetry and fiction. PAYING https://southword.submittable.com/submit

15th Mar Poetry and flash on the theme of Beltane. PROFIT/REVENUE SHARING MODEL https://threedropspoetry.co.uk/submissions/call-for-submissions-beltane-2017-special/

15th Mar Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Beauty. http://www.feministpress.org/current-call-for-papers/

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

15th Mar Treasure-themed writing for this publication concerned with maps. http://themapisnot.com/submissions

15th Mar ‘The adult mayfly has a lifespan of less than 24 hours, while bristlecone pines can live thousands of years. Geological time works at even grander scales. How do vastly different species and systems experience time? And how do we, as human practitioners of environmental work? For our next volume, Whole Terrain seeks creative works that explore the multitude of meanings and perspectives on the theme About Time.’ http://wholeterrain.com/call/

15th Mar ‘For our Spring 2017 issue our theme will be “The Family Strain.” “Strain” is one of our favorite words. It means to pull and push to the excess of strength, to overwhelm. A-course, the cowboy in us knows that strain may refer to the breed or stock or variety of animal or plant. Ain’t it the perfect word then to describe family: it’s our breed, our stock, our variety. At the same time, family has the power to push and pull and overwhelm.’ http://www.cowboyjamboreemagazine.com/style–submit.html

15th Mar 50-word fiction on the theme of One Eyed Jacks & Deuces Wild (Cathy’s note: check the website, as the theme isn’t quite the way it sounds). CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.blink-ink.org/2017/01/26/submissions-blink-ink-27-one-eyed-jacks-deuces-wild-opens/

17th Mar ‘ We call our chapbook series “The Breadbox” because we want the stories we publish to serve as a source of fresh ideas, preserved in our chapbook vending machine for optimal quality and taste. Submissions of literary fiction and narrative nonfiction should range from 3,000 to 5,000 words in length. We are also accepting collections of up to ten poems.’ PAYING http://www.theheadandthehand.com/submissions/

24th Mar ‘Abridged 0-49 is Babel, concerning the fall-out from the reactionary combination of two elements that have become fundamental in contemporary life: post-truth and social media. Abridged is looking for poetry and art for its 0 – 49: Babel issue.’ http://abridgedonline.com/abridged-0-49-babel/

25th Mar Poetry and fiction. PAYING http://puritan-magazine.com/submissions/

25th Mar ‘How did the evil queen in Snow White become evil? What troubles plague the step mother in Cinderella? Who broke the sea hag’s heart in The Little Mermaid? What betrayal drove the witch to imprison Rapunzel? Stories about the villains in fairy tales — the princesses who were never saved.’ 100-20,000 words. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://fantasiadivinitymagazine.myfreesites.net/anthology-submission-calls

28th Mar SF & F stories. PAYING http://cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com/submissions/

31st Mar Poetry and fiction on the theme of Diamonds and Toads. PAYING http://www.fairytalemagazine.com/p/blog-page_22.html

31st Mar ‘I’m calling for submissions with first person viewpoints of inanimate objects* or animals. The theme is open; you can submit anything.’ http://1perspectivesmagazine.blogspot.co.uk/

31st Mar ‘Problem Daughters is an anthology of engaging tales that reflect the true complicated, colorful, intersectional nature of feminism, and of feminists.’ Poetry and short fiction. PAYING http://press.futurefire.net/p/problem-daughters.html

31st Mar ‘This is not a book about politics. This is a book about people — one at a time — doing what we do best. Tell us your positive and uplifting experiences about living in a kind America — the kind of America we know to be the true America.’ PAYING http://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics

31st Mar Poems and stories on the theme of Stepping Outside your Comfort Zone. PAYING http://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics

31st Mar Poetry, fiction and more. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://theindianriverreview.wordpress.com/

31st Mar Poetry and prose. PAYING https://notredamereview.submittable.com/submit

1st Apr Poetry and fiction. http://www.salthilljournal.org/

1st Apr Poetry and prose on the theme of Food. PAYING https://thecapilanoreview.submittable.com/submit

1st Apr ‘Girls Right the World is a literary journal inviting young female-identified writers and artists, ages 14 and up, to submit their work for consideration for the first issue. We believe that girls’ voices can and do transform the world for the better. We want to help expand girls’ creative platforms so that female-identified people from all races, religions, and sexual orientations can express themselves freely. We currently seek poetry, prose, short-stories, and lyric essays of any style and theme.’ http://www.girlsrighttheworld.com/submissions/

1st Apr ‘For its inaugural issue, Monstering will be focusing on the heart of its namesake—that is, the concept of “monstering.” Do you see yourself in the hulking creatures of legend? The warped beings of myth? If you’re disabled and identify as either female or nonbinary, we encourage you to submit.’ PAYING http://www.monsteringmag.com/general-submissions/ (many thanks to www.winningwriters.com for this one)

1st Apr Poetry, micro-prose and more. http://www.soothswarmjournal.tk/

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.

“Like every editor, I look for great writing. More specifically, I seek a wide range of political, cultural, geographic, and religious (and non-religious!) perspectives. The blog is Jewish-broadly-defined and inclusive. All ages, all life stages.” PAYING http://forward.com/sisterhood/359608/sisterhood-call-for-submissions/

Writing on social justice, queer, trans and mental health themes. http://www.heartjournalonline.com/submit

Poetry and fiction (Cathy’s note: 90% of what they publish is by Canadians. According to another site, this market is listed as PAYING, but I can’t find any payment details on the website itself). https://eventmagazine.submittable.com/submit

Books for middle grade children and young adults. http://www.littlepicklepress.com/a-call-for-manuscript-submissions/

Previously published poetry, fiction, and MSS of various kinds. ROYALTIES http://bluestuc.co/submitting

‘We are currently accepting submissions of short fiction and poetry in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, magical realism, and other forms of speculative fiction for Strange Fictions ‘Zine. We are also accepting submissions of artwork, essays, and reviews.’ (Cathy’s note: they also want speculative MSS, but I don’t know what the pay structure is for that.) PAYING https://vagabondagepress.submittable.com/submit

Poetry, prose and more. PAYING https://therove.submittable.com/submit

‘We are looking for poetry, prose and photography that responds creatively to the theme of being islanded.’ PAYING http://islanded.org/submissions

Books on a variety of themes, many concerning mental health. PROFIT/REVENUE SHARING MODEL http://www.eleusinianpress.co.uk/new-calls-for-books-and-articles/

Poetry by women. https://writinginawomansvoice.blogspot.co.uk/

SF and F MSS. ADVANCE + ROYALTIES http://parvuspress.com/submissions/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email

MSS in various genres. http://lorelushpublishing.com/about/submissions/

US only: ‘Here at Winterwolf Press, we love books that inspire as well as entertain and are dedicated to publishing fiction and nonfiction works that promote peace, joy, magic and positivity in society’s creative consciousness to contrast the dystopian narratives commonly found in our current culture.’ http://winterwolfpress.com/submissions/

‘Send us your poems, essays, photos, paintings, projects, collages, comics, opinions, videos, illustrations, music, talents, designs (etc.) that need homes.’ http://www.seafoammag.com/submit.html

‘We invite all poets to write one line, of no more than 25 words that will be considered for inclusion in the Epic Presidential Poem: The Trump Years. (The concept is to receive lines of poetry, we will read and select the best lines to then place the lines into what will become an epic poem that we add one line to for every day that Trump is in office.)’ http://epicprotestpoems.com/

‘Cold Creek Review currently accepts poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art (traditional and digital, including photography). While we are partial to submissions that demonstrate examples of troubled emotion, we accept work in almost all styles.’ http://www.coldcreekreview.amberdtran.com/submit/

Poetry, flash, short fiction and more. https://www.brokebohemian.com/submit

‘Open Thought Vortex is actively seeking previously unpublished guest posts (writing, art and videos) on beauty, body, sex, lifestyle, parenting, mental health, art, recipes, letters, current events, book reviews, interviews and anything else you can think of. Do you have an idea you think we’ll like? Nose that meatball our way. It’s amore!’ https://otvmagazine.com/2016/02/10/announcing-the-otv-guest-series-because-we-love-you/