Comps and calls for June 2020

Hello everyone,

I said to my webbie, “I must do a glossary. Some of the terms I use can be confusing.”

He gave me a withering look.

“You’ve already got one! It’s in the FAQs!”

To my surprise, he was right. I’d completely forgotten doing this! So if you’ve ever wondered what spec fic is, or SF/F/H, or flash, just click on the FAQs to find out. The one I haven’t mentioned there is MS, which means Manuscript. The plural is MSS.

Three cheers for webbies with memories!

I sometimes talk about my successes here, so I should talk about my less than successful attempts too. I have had a LOT of rejections recently. I don’t know whether or not there’s a particular reason – I usually find that both acceptances and rejections come in clumps anyway. After many years I still get that deflated feeling, but now I know not to draw any depressing conclusions from it (“I can’t write” “This piece is terrible” etc). After feeling sad for a little while, and occasionally boiling with righteous rage if the editor/publisher has said something unfair or unkind, I shrug my shoulders and get on with another piece, or send the same piece somewhere else after a re-read to see if there’s a problem with it.

This is a bumper edition, with extra opportunities without deadlines, so have a go!

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 Jun 3 – 15 ten minute episodes of 8-10 minutes each (suitable for new platform Quibi – designed for mobile phones) showing what a sustainable society might look like. PAYING http://www.greenstories.org.uk/about-the-competition/

15th Jun ‘…currently accepting entries for the eighth annual Christopher Hewitt Award. Named in honour of A&U’s first literary editor, the award showcases outstanding responses to the AIDS pandemic and the realities of individuals living with or affected by HIV/AIDS in the genres of fiction, poetry, drama, and creative nonfiction.’ PAYING https://aumag.org/chrishewittawards/

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

19th Jun One category (Chairman’s Prize) accepts entries from non-British citizens living overseas. British citizens and British Citizens living abroad: poems about lockdown. Three categories are over 70s only – one category is over 60s. Unlimited entries. PAYING https://www.kinglearprizes.org.uk/

19th Jun Poems about the lockdown and beyond. CHARITY/GOOD CAUSE COMPETITION https://www.writeoutloud.net/competitions/beyondthestorm

28th Jun Poem by a poet living in Europe. ROYALTIES http://waxpoetryart.com/europe/submissions/poetsofeurope.html(I recommend the waxpoetryart comps – I have experience of them, and they’re lovely)

28th Jun Nigeria only: poem up to 35 lines ROYALTIES http://waxpoetryart.com/nigeria/submissions/poetsofnigeria.html

28th Jun Lighthearted poem up to 35 lines. ROYALTIES http://waxpoetryart.com/angela/submissions/lighthearted02.html

30th Jun ‘The award is open to writers who have published a novel or a book-length collection of fiction with a reputable book publisher, or a minimum of three short stories or novellas in magazines or journals of national distribution. Digital-only publication and self-publication do not count toward this requirement.’ For manuscripts of short stories, two or more novellas, or a combination of short stories and novellas, between 150 and 300 pages. PAYING (LOTS) https://upittpress.org/drue-heinz-literature-prize-submission-guidelines/

1st Jul Novel MS. PAYING https://thenovelprize.com/ (Cathy’s note: there are different publishers to submit to, depending whereabouts in the world you live.)

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

2nd Jun Poetry, fiction and nonfiction by immigrants and refugees. ‘Please note than, in addition to to our usual eligibility criteria, we are also accepting, for this volume only, submissions from non-immigrant artists who have experienced displacement as a result of climate disaster.’ Theme: Climate. PAYING https://barelifereview.submittable.com/submit

5th Jun Poetry, prose and especially prose poems, on the theme of Carnival. https://www.perhappened.com/submit.html

5th Jun Poetry and more. https://thebluenib.com/submit-to-the-blue-nib-2/

7th Jun Poetry and fiction on the theme of Secrets. https://thewriterscafemagazine.wordpress.com/2020/03/20/the-writers-cafe-magazine-issue-20-secretscallout/

7th Jun Spec flash fiction on the theme of Taste. PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS  https://gohavok.com/submission-guidelines/upcoming-themes/ (Cathy’s note: they pay if they include your piece in one of their anthologies.)

8th Jun Women only: poetry and fiction on the theme of Wildlife. PAYING https://mslexia.co.uk/themed-writing/

8th Jun Poetry and more for this Quaker magazine. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.friendsjournal.org/submissions/

11th Jun Nonfiction poetry on the theme of Science. http://rabbitpoetry.com/?page_id=35

12th Jun Spec fic 1000-5000 words on the theme of It Calls from the Sky. ROYALTIES https://www.eerieriverpublishing.com/open-submission

12th Jun Poetry, short fiction and more on the theme of Challenges. https://sonderlit.wordpress.com/

14th Jun 2000-word story on the theme of Something Left on the Doorstep. ‘If you think you’ve got what it takes to terrify, scar and haunt our audience of 10,000 daily listeners, then we want your stories!’ PAYING http://www.hawkandcleaver.com/submissions

15th Jun ‘Send your flash memoir and fiction of up to 300 words, your poetry of up to 12 lines, and your visual art.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://littlesomethingspress.com/

15th Jun ‘The writing can be about cancer, loss/grief or surviving cancer, but doesn’t have to be. I’m only accepting UK submissions for this one. I’m looking for: Creative non-fiction or Short stories up to 2000 words Poetry up to 50 lines. Send them to anthology@amandasteelwriter.com with a bio of up to 100 words.’ CANCER CHARITY ANTHOLOGY

15th Jun Drabbles: ‘ Unlike ‘Japanese Fantasy Drabbles’ which was all one culture, this anthology is looking for stories set in different Southeast Asian countries; such as Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Laos, Indonesia, Cambodia, and the Philippines. Main characters should be Asian, from the same country as your setting.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://insigniastories.com/subs/

15th Jun ‘Fire and Ice is seeking full length novels that take place during the holiday season (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years.) Novels should preferably be light hearted and humorous, and do not have to be romantic in nature, but can be.’ YA/NA. ROYALTIES  http://www.fireandiceya.com/subs.html

15th Jun Fiction 1500-4500 words on the theme of Race, Identity and Gender. https://thebombayreview.com/submit/

15th Jun Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Lost. http://pidgeonholes.com/

15th Jun Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Delicious. http://www.youngravensliteraryreview.org/submission-guidelines.html

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

15th Jun Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Resistance. https://writingforpeace.org/dovetales-submissions/

15th Jun ‘Through Other Eyes is an anthology of tales featuring non-human protagonists. Become someone—and something—else. Submissions are now open! We’re eager for monsters, androids, vampires, elves, and aliens, but we’re especially excited to meet species of your own design.’ 1500-5000 words. PAYING http://www.allworldswayfarer.com/submissions/

16th Jun ‘We want flash fiction that surprises and engages us; that’s powerful and dynamic; that’s unexpected and humorous; and that dazzles us with language and emotional resonance. Pieces should be more than a punchline or joke, and submissions that trade on body part humour are unlikely to be accepted.’ 750 words or fewer. http://necessaryfiction.com/info

16th Jun ‘The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts is looking for, as you might guess, “compressed creative arts.” We accept fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, mixed media, visual arts, and even kitchen sinks, if they are compressed in some way.’ PAYING https://matter.submittable.com/submit

20th Jun Poems and stories on the theme of New Build. https://wordsforthewild.co.uk/?p=9331

21st Jun ‘ Write us a story or poem or song that responds or reacts or is inspired  by the poem Tymes goe by Turns, (by Robert Southwell) or some concept in it. We are also open to  musical settings of the actual poem – I think there is at least one  already.’ https://arachnepress.submittable.com/submit

26th Jun Poetry and fiction. PAYING https://www.thirdpointpress.com/submission-guidelines/

26th Jun ‘I’m seeking tales of cosmic dread featuring protagonists who are hiding an otherness. White male mechanics who are the epitome of traditional masculinity in public but submissive on the weekends. Respected academics who collect life-sized dolls. Inner city teenagers who secretly want to live in a library not graffiti it. Protagonists who aren’t what those around them would consider normal, but aren’t publicly defined by it.’ 1000-10,000 words. PAYING https://davidjhiggins.wordpress.com/submission-calls/call-for-submissions-outsiders-within/

30th Jun ‘We’re looking for previously unpublished prose by writers of colour—non-fiction especially, but we will consider fiction and poetry—on nature, place, and environment.’ PAYING https://www.thewillowherbreview.com/submissions

30th Jun Speculative fiction novellas 17,500-40,000 words. ROYALTIES https://www.dancingstarpress.com/submissions/

30th Jun Poetry. https://www.bathmagg.com/submissions/

30th Jun Australia and New Zealand only: ‘We are looking for short stories 5000 – 15000 words in which the presence and the methods of the great detective can be felt and referenced, but where he himself can be mentioned but not actually appear.’ PAYING http://www.cobblestonescribe.com/specul8/subs.html

30th Jun Poetry on the theme of Landscape. https://www.dustpoetry.co.uk/submissions-1

30th Jun Western horror. ‘Stories should take place in the western United States between 1850 and 1900. This can include western Canada and northern Mexico. Preferred length is 1k to 5k words, although we will accept stories to 8k words. We tend to see too many sheriff stories.’ PAYING https://steampunktrails.blogspot.com/

30th Jun ‘Women of the Woods is an upcoming collection about the lore, myths, and legends of women who dwell in the forest.’ Stories 2000-8000 words. PAYING https://www.fabledcollective.com/anthology-submissions.html

30th Jun Writing on the theme of Solitude. ‘Here at Tiny Spoon, we are especially interested in experimental work, although not exclusively. If you’ve had trouble finding a home for your work because it doesn’t fit into generally recognized categories, chances are your home is right here with us.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://tinyspoon.org/submissions/

30th Jun Canada only:  ‘We accept unsolicited submissions for publication in our digital magazine from Canadian writers in the following categories: fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and children’s literature (up to and including YA).’ PAYING https://www.cloudlakeliterary.ca/submit

30th Jun Tales of deadly women who will stop at nothing until vengeance is theirs. 5k-10k words. PAYING https://www.sinistersmilepress.com/submissions-v3

30th Jun ‘We are open to submissions of full-length poetry collections. Submissions should be at least 40 pages, We have no definitive preference for what are looking for, we enjoy a variety of genres and styles and consider anything. If it’s good enough for us we’ll take it. Please consider buying a book so you know what we produce and how we publish, though this will not affect your chances at all.’ ROYALTIES https://www.brokensleepbooks.com/submissions (thanks to the poet John McCullough https://www.johnmccullough.co.uk/ for this one)

30th Jun Fiction 2000-8000 words on climate change and the future. PAYING https://latelythesun.com/

30th Jun ‘Submitted works should be inspired by one or more of the themes: isolation, disruption, abandon, and what is essential. It is up to the author to define and make the argument for what is essential in times like these.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.undergroundwritersassociation.com/submit

30th Jun ‘Our theme for 2020 is Lifelines: books that help us get through periods of isolation. “Books” can be any one-way form of communication: a box of letters, a podcast, skywriting — anything the recipient can’t easily reply to. “Isolation” can be either physical or social: an astronaut alone in a spaceship; a person in a place where no one speaks their language; someone in prison.’ https://www.castofwonders.org/2020/05/announcing-banned-books-week-2020-and-guest-editor-laura-pearlman/#more-6605

30th Jun Gothic flash fiction up to 1500 words. PAYING https://loveletterstopoe.com/submit-a-story/

30th Jun Love poems. https://fragmentedvoices.com/submissions/

30th Jun ‘In this post-apocalyptic anthology, nothing matters except survival. In a world full of humans pitted against each other, how can there be anyone left to trust?’  Fiction 5000-15,000 words. ROYALTIES https://dragonsoulpress.com/anthologies/

30th Jun Writing and art on the https://feelszine.com/pages/submissions

30th Jun ‘At the for cartoons, short stories and funny takes on life.’ Writing by women on the theme of Conspiracy Theory. https://funnypearls.com/submit-a-smile/

30th Jun ‘We don’t strictly adhere to a theme, but works that deal with ISOLATION, SURVIVAL, REVIVAL, MAKING CONNECTIONS, and MAKING THINGS HAPPEN are welcome in the current submission period.’ Poetry, fiction and more. https://strandspublishers.weebly.com/call-for-submissions.html

30th Jun New Zealand only: Flash up to 250 words on the theme of Matariki. http://www.flash-frontier.com/submissions/

30th Jun ‘In celebration of Anne Sexton, The Gold Issue will feature poetry, prose, and essays about and inspired by Anne Sexton and Transformations.’ https://fairytalereview.com/submit/

30th Jun ‘We want complete stories that explain the last war of the elven race.’ 4500 – 19,500 words. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://zimbellhousepublishing.com/anthology_submission/

30th Jun Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Ritual. https://www.duendeliterary.org/submissions

30th Jun Poetry on the theme of Promise. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES  https://www.borderlands.org/submit

1st Jul Poetry and prose on various themes. https://ojalartsjournal.submittable.com/submit (Cathy’s note: the first 100 submissions are fee-free each month, but after that they charge, so get in quickly!)

1st Jul Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Love and Sacrifice. PAYING https://writershedpress.com/submissions/

1st Jul Fiction 7000-15,000 on the theme of Elemental Magic. CONTRIBUTOR COPY+ ROYALTIES https://www.eerieriverpublishing.com/open-submission

1st Jul 2000-word story on the theme of Ghost Ships.  ‘If you think you’ve got what it takes to terrify, scar and haunt our audience of 10,000 daily listeners, then we want your stories!’ PAYING http://www.hawkandcleaver.com/submissions

1st Jul Poetry, flash, art and short fiction on the theme of The Tiny Red Suitcase. PAYING http://themaliterarysociety.com/submissions.html (Cathy’s note: those of us outside the USA may submit electronically.)

1st Jul ‘Still Point Arts Quarterly is now accepting writing submissions (fiction, creative non-fiction, essays, poetry; 5000 words maximum) on the theme The Secret Life of Objects.’ https://www.shantiarts.co/SPAQ/SPAQ_calls.html

1st Jul Science Fiction stories of various lengths. PAYING http://bingewatchingcure.com/science-fiction-edition/

1st Jul Story up to 3000 words. Must include an election or voting process. http://www.scoutmediabooksmusic.com/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!)

Three-line poems. PAYING https://threelinepoetry.com/submit/terms.php

‘We welcome writers/artists/creators of all ages, backgrounds, sexual identities, and experience, but we’re mainly a publication for women by women. In particular, we want dissections of the ways in which female sexuality is a form of unpaid labour, and the various ways we are rebalancing the scale.’ PAYING https://www.thewhorticulturalist.com/submit

‘We’re on the hunt for: novels, novellas and poetry collections. Our focus is: literary fiction. Here is a list of adjectives that define the writing we want to publish: intelligent, experimental, real, deep, alternative, fresh, brave, thought-provoking.’ https://www.cephalopress.com/submissions/

Record yourself, saying what word you’d like to bin and why. https://fairacrepress.co.uk/the-word-bin/

Poetry and flash fiction. https://birdsongjournal.blogspot.com/p/guidelines.html

Poetry, interviews, reviews, flash fiction, or short stories. PAYING https://www.westreview.org/submit.html

‘This project aims to bring as many art forms as possible into conversation with each other through the expression of a unifying theme. On Sunday evening I’ll post the prompt which gives you till the following Saturday, Midnight to submit your pieces.’ https://artisticdifferencesproject.wordpress.com/blog-2/

Various MSS. https://www.thurstonhowlpublications.com/submissions

‘Derelict Lit exists to republish writing that is hard to find because the original publisher is defunct. No restrictions on form, genre, or word limit.’ http://malarkeybooks.com/derelict-lit-1

‘We accept art in the following categories : poetry, essay, visual art, & photography.’ https://thebookshelfmag.weebly.com/submissions.html

Articles, short stories and poems. https://liveencounters.net/how-to-contribute-to-live-encounters/

‘SPORAZINE is a journal of experimental literature written by trans people.’ https://nothnx.com/sporazine#/about-sporazine

‘Saccharine Poetry is a “Christian journal” – what we mean by that – is that Saccharine Poetry is interested in creatively engaging with Christianity and culture.’ https://saccharinepoetry.wordpress.com/submission-guidelines/

‘One Art aims to publish poetry that adds value to the life of our readers. A poem must not only be good, it must be lasting. Ask yourself what poems you return to again and again. Those are the poems we want to share with the world.’ https://oneartpoetry.wordpress.com/submissions/

‘Highland Park Poetry has been posting daily poems on our Facebook page. These are brief poems about the coronavirus, sheltering at home, as well as poems that inspire calm and perseverance. Featured poems are then published on our website under “Schedule of Events.” Please visit www.HighlandParkPoetry.org and/or like/follow us on Facebook. TO SUBMIT – email jennifer@highlandparkpoetry.org poems as .doc attachment or as text in body of the email. Shorter poems preferred.’

‘Established in 2016 AURELIA LEO is an independent publisher and bookseller. Located in Louisville, Kentucky we specialize in diverse speculative fiction, namely: horror, fantasy, science fiction, alternate history, and paranormal romance.’ PAYING https://aurelialeo.com/submissions/

Horror. CONTRIBUTOR COPY+ ROYALTIES https://www.neonmagazine.co.uk/guidelines/

‘We at Three Crows want your stories of dark and weird fantasy, horror, and sci-fi, with complex characters making morally ambiguous decisions.’ 1000-10,000 words. PAYING http://threecrowsmagazine.com/submissions/

‘We publish fiction, poetry, personal and critical essays, reviews, interviews, novel excerpts, and the unclassifiable. First and foremost, fiction/poetry/personal essays should be true to the author’s intentions and censor nothing in response to the vague concept of an audience.’ https://thecollidescope.com/submit/

Pandemic diaries by the over 50s. https://www.passagerbooks.com/pandemic-diaries/ (Cathy’s note: they limit monthly submissions, so send your diary off ASAP!)

MSS of poetry, fiction and more. https://giramondopublishing.com/contribute/

‘Dead Head Reviews accepts submissions of book and movie reviews, essays, articles, short stories/poems, interviews.’ https://deadheadreviews.com/submission-policies/

‘We face an unprecedented era of extremity under Covid-19. We share that as humans. Our stories differ across nation and other structures that web the human world. We can witness from where we are and share what we witness. Let’s write as one world of poets.’ https://globalpoemic.wordpress.com/blog/

‘Submit your poetry, prose, art and photography for publication in our first ever issue- we’re looking for work that is honest, personal, and riveting.’ https://www.flarejournal.com/submit

‘Share with us your lockdown experience. We want to hear your lockdown story. We are looking for stories of hope, resilience and strength in this situation that has blanketed the whole world.’ https://nalubaalereview.wordpress.com/

‘We publish expressive writing, free writing, non-fiction, personal essay, memoir, reflective essay, poetry, prose, contemplative discourse, and creative non-fiction—all that originate from a writing prompt—by both established and emerging writers.’ https://www.journalofexpressivewriting.com/submit

Fiction, poetry and more. https://idleink.org/submit/

‘The “Poetry is Like Bread” Ghazal is a collaborative poem created by a world of poets to nourish us all through the Pandemic and to envision the world After.’ https://www.bowerypoetry.com/bread

Poetry with both Asian and speculative elements. https://insigniastories.com/submissions-poetry/

‘Poetry X Hunger is urging poets in this Now More than Ever moment to use their gift of words to raise voices against hunger as it accompanies the pandemic. Please consider writing a poem focused on this new hunger threat.’ https://www.poetryxhunger.com/uploads/1/2/5/7/125799040/call_to_action__april_1_2020.pdf

UNTIL FULL: ‘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/

UNTIL FULL: ‘Drabbles about the four horseman of the apocalypse.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://ironfaeriepublishing.com/open-anthology-calls/

‘We are open to submissions of full-length manuscripts of poetry, prose, and translated texts year-round at threadsunspress@gmail.com.’ https://threadsunspress.com/about-us/

Poem. PAYING https://www.momentpoetry.com/how-it-works/

‘We’re interested in previously unpublished writing on mental illness, neurodivergence, and suicide prevention. Send up to three poems or one prose piece in the body of the email.’ PAYING https://serotoninpoetry.org/contact/

Comps and calls for May 2020

Hello everyone,

Here we are again, and I’m thinking about those of you I know even a little – are you OK? Are your friends and loved ones OK? I hope so with all my heart. Whether I’ve chatted to you or not, best wishes and I hope you’re safe and well.

I had a strange and rather cheering experience this month: a poem of mine was rejected several years ago, but then a new judge looked through the old entries and liked mine, and so it is going to be written on a sign next to a sculpture in a beautiful park, in another country thousands of miles away! Isn’t that lovely? You never know what will happen with writing – give it a go.

Best wishes and stay safe,

Cathy x

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

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

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

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

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

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

COMPETITIONS

3rd May Trans and/or nonbinary writers only: essay on the theme of Trans Everyday. PAYING http://www.jkp.com/jkpblog/writingprize/ (thanks to http://www.prizemagic.co.uk/html/writing_comps.htm for this one.)

3rd May ‘You must live in the Midwestern United States to submit. This includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.’ Poem up to 35 lines. ROYALTIES http://waxpoetryart.com/chicago/submissions/poetsofthemidwest.html

3rd May Under 25s only: poem up to 35 lines. ROYALTIES http://waxpoetryart.com/axil/submissions/poetsnowandforever.html

4th May ‘Please submit a full stage play script (minimum of 45 minutes in length, no maximum) and a one-page synopsis about the play in PDF format.’ PAYING https://www.falmouth.ac.uk/nick-darke-award

5th May Adventure writing by those age 11-21 (there are various age categories). PAYING https://www.wilbur-niso-smithfoundation.org/index.php/awards/author-of-tomorrow-2019

6th May Spectator Competition No. 3148: selfie. Some famous painters are thought to have slipped small self-portraits into their other work. What if a well-known novelist had done the same with an added minor character? You are invited to submit the resulting extract (up to 150 words and please specify author). Email entries to lucy@spectator.co.uk by midday on 6 May. NB. We are un-able to accept postal entries for the time being. https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/competition-winners-clerihews-on-spectator-contributors

6th May ‘This one-year Award is an opportunity for a student who has graduated from any university in the UK, Ireland, the Commonwealth or the USA. During the year the Award Holder is expected to engage in a course of study or research, and produce a piece of original fiction, drama or poetry. Funding up to a maximum of £15,000 is provided to cover accommodation and living expenses during the course of the year.’ PAYING (LOTS) https://www.joh.cam.ac.uk/harper-wood-creative-writing-travel-award-2020

10th May: Ireland only: poem up to 35 lines. ROYALTIES http://waxpoetryart.com/dublin/submissions/poetsofireland.html

10th May Scotland only: poem up to 35 lines. ROYALTIES http://waxpoetryart.com/edinburgh/submissions/poetsofscotland.html

11th May New Zealand only: flash fiction up to 300 words. PAYING https://www.noted.co.nz/win/win-win/the-north-south-short-short-story-competition

13th May Spectator Competition No. 3149: lockdown lit. ‘You are invited to tweak an existing book or poem title for lockdown (e.g. Wigan Pier is Closed, ‘Not Upon Westminster Bridge’) and submit an extract of up to 150 words or a poem of up to 16 lines. Please email entries to lucy@spectator.co.uk by midday on 13 May. NB. We are unable to accept postal entries for the time being.’  https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/spectator-competition-winners-poems-about-the-goats-of-llandudno

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

15th May Poem for ‘Poetry in the Time of Coronavirus’ anthology. TRIP, CHARITY/GOOD CAUSE ANTHOLOGY https://www.pittoc.com/thecontest

17th May Poem up to 35 lines. ‘Submissions are open to First Nations, Métis,and Inuit Canadians, Native Americans, and indigenous people livingaround the world.’ ROYALTIES http://waxpoetryart.com/firstnations/submissions/poetsofthefirstnations.html

17th May ‘You must live in the prairie provinces of Canadaor the plains states of the USA to submit.’ Poem up to 35 lines. ROYALTIES http://waxpoetryart.com/edmonton/submissions/prairiesandplains.html

24th May England only: poem up to 35 lines. ROYALTIES http://waxpoetryart.com/london/submissions/poetsofengland.html

24th May India only: poem up to 35 lines. ROYALTIES http://waxpoetryart.com/india/submissions/poetsofindia.html

31st May Under-represented writers in the UK only: poetry and/or fiction on the theme of Tomorrow. PAYING https://www.creativefuture.org.uk/for-writers/creative-future-writers-award/how-to-enter/

31st May Essay by ‘graduate and undergraduate high school students’ on one of the provided topics. PAYING https://admission-writer.com/blog/scholarship

1st Jun ‘The International Human Rights Art Festival announces the creation of this new literary award, celebrating poetry, short stories and essays which use the written word to celebrate justice. This ideal may be imagined in any manner in which the writer sees fit, however, it must be based in our signature values of beauty, sincerity, vulnerability and engagement. We do not publish work or engage with artists whose work is based in anger, or stems from an “us v. them” mentality.’ PAYING https://ihraf.org/

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

3rd May Story 800-2000 words on the theme of Mystery & Suspense. If your work is chosen, it will be read by a professional actor on the night of the performance. https://www.liarsleague.com/liars_league/writers.html

3rd May Australians under 25: Comics and art. PAYING https://expressmedia.submittable.com/submit

4th May Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Stories from the Lockdown. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://londonreader.uk/

6th May Short and sweet flash fiction. https://www.liarsleaguenyc.com/submissions

7th May ‘We are looking for submissions of speculative autobiography from women and those who self-identify as women of all ages in the UK. Following the success of Disturbing the Beast, a collection of weird fiction stories by some of the best women writers in the UK, we are now on the lookout for submissions to an anthology of women’s memoir centred about experiences of mis-behaving bodies.’ PAYING https://boudiccapress.com/2017/11/11/submissions/

10th May ‘We are looking for pieces related to all things love, sex, and eroticism. But, we want to see your sensual expressions living within intersections.’ Poetry, prose and art. PAYING https://www.unsungliterarymagazine.com/submissions

10th May Poetry on the theme of Propaganda. Only Australian contributors will be paid. http://cordite.org.au/submissions/

10th May Poetry, essays and stories on the theme of Bacon. https://pureslush.com/submissions/current-submissions/the-tyranny-of-bacon/

11th May ‘Friends Journal comes out of the unprogrammed tradition of waiting worship, but many Friends throughout the country and the world have incorporated mainstream elements of Christian worship—pastors, planned sermons, liturgies, and even some sacraments. What are the different forms of pastoral worship and what are the unique challenges, benefits, and cautions for this style of Quakerism?’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.friendsjournal.org/submissions/

15th May ‘Adanna Literary Journal is a women focused print publication.  We are seeking essay, poetry, and creative non-fiction that speaks towards the experience of mothering in a time of crisis—caring for children, especially those with children in college returning from affected areas, those with younger children exposed to media and the anxiety of school shut-downs, as well as women who are caring for elderly relatives or those in the medical profession.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://adannajournal.blogspot.com/p/submission-guidelines.html

15th May ‘ We go for stories that are dark, literary; we are looking for the creepy, the weird and the unsettling.’ PAYING https://lamplightmagazine.com/submissions/

15th May ‘Chipper Press is looking for short stories that feature fully developed royal worlds of old. We want these stories to be middle-grader appropriate. Please watch the language. The stories we are looking for should feature a royal princess.’ 4500-17,000 words. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.chipperpress.com/anthology-submissions/

15th May Poetry and prose. https://counterclock.org/submission-guidelines

15th May ‘FULL METAL HORROR 3: The Unknown is seeking short stories 2,000-7,000 words long. We’re after sci horror, cosmic horror, and bizzaro horror.’ PAYING http://www.zombiepiratepublishing.com/Calls-For-Submissions/

15th May Women over 60 only: scroll down to find Short Takes. Theme: Election Stories. https://persimmontree.org/submissions/ (Cathy’s note; although this is billed as a contest, I only list contests that have prizes, so I’m treating this as a call.)

15th May Speculative poetry and fiction on the theme of Redemption. PAYING https://apparitionlit.com/submission-guidelines/

15th May Theme: In the Labyrinth | Healing Pathways and Practices ‘We invite you to submit an essay up to 1000 words, a poem, or other artwork, in response to any of these prompts or what ‘In the Labyrinth’ means to you. We will choose several works to publish in our Quarterly and on our website.’ https://www.kosmosjournal.org/contribute-to-kosmos-quarterly/

15th May Poetry, fiction and more. PAYING http://www.benningtonreview.org/submit/

15th May Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Edges and Borders. http://www.pilgrimagepress.org/

15th May YA spec fic on the theme of Banned Books Week. PAYING https://www.castofwonders.org/submissions/

15th May Poetry, fiction and lots more on the theme of SUSTAINability. https://thebezine.com/submission-guidelines/

15th May Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Plastic Identities. PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS http://www.thefieldstonereview.ca/submissions.html

15th May Poetry. https://www.therialto.co.uk/pages/about/the-magazine/submissions/

16th May ‘Not every hero survives. All heroes pay a cost, some the ultimate sacrifice. We’re examining that theme of ultimate sacrifice as key to heroism. Not only the willingness to sacrifice all, but the act of sacrifice for the greater ’cause,’ whatever that may be. These are tales of loss. Death can be a cost of heroism–but it might not be the greater loss come story’s end. Heroes die.’ 2000-9000 words. PAYING https://www.rogue-blades.com/RBE-Submissions

25th May Poetry on the theme of Green. https://truthserumpress.net/submissions/verdant/

31st May Poetry, prose and more. Marginalized writers highly encouraged to submit. https://anatoliosmagazine.wordpress.com/guidelines/

31st May ‘DUETDUET is an experiment in blind dates and/or happy accidents publishing equal amounts of work from two separate authors (perhaps strangers), oriented in opposite directions. the results are curiously perfect hot air balloons.’ https://pitymilkpress.wordpress.com/submissions/

31st May Poetry, fiction and more including the elements: Lobe, Parrot, and Half-life. http://3elementsreview.com/submit

31st May ‘We are looking for stories about the humorous or serious sides of life after 60.’ Poetry or prose. PAYING https://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics

31st May Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Toxic. http://www.ilanotreview.com/submissions-page/

31st May Poetry chapbooks. https://pitymilkpress.wordpress.com/submissions/

31st May NEW ZEALAND AND AUSTRALIA ONLY: ‘We’re limiting this callout to current or former Australian or New Zealand residents and citizens. We want memorable, dark fiction/horror stories that could only happen (or be told) here in Australia or New Zealand. Be inspired by the people, country, history, geography, cultures, myths and legends, but please be culturally sensitive.’ 4000-8000 words (approximately) PAYING https://thingsinthewell.wordpress.com/open-submissions/

31st May Fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and visual arts. Oyster River Pages looks for language, stories, and images that speak to what it means to be alive in this world. https://www.oysterriverpages.com/submit

31st May ‘Leaping Clear is accepting work for the Fall 2020 issue only from accomplished writers and artists with a dedicated meditation practice. Any and all traditions of meditation are acceptable: Buddhist, Sufi, Yoga, Christian, Jewish, TM, Mindfulness, and integrated mind-body practices such as yoga and qi gong. Please let us know in your cover letter if your dedicated practice is in a tradition we haven’t mentioned.’ https://www.leapingclear.org/submissions-spring-2020

31st May ‘For this anthology, Temptation Press is looking for short stories centered around what it means to be marked. Dig deep into your writing skillset to avoid a ‘typical’ erotic read. Pick one POV and show the reader what is happening. What does the mark stand for? How does one become marked? Is the mark a paranormal distinction? Is it a right of passage? Is it a clan distinction? Is it ownership? While this is an erotic collection, the plot is what our readers really want.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.temptationpress.com/anthology-calls-for-submissions/

31st May Poetry, flash fiction and more. https://florafiction.com/submit/

1st June ‘Send me your chilling horror, your stories that are set firmly in the genre, tagging the tropes and atmospherics of things that will cause you to have nightmares and not be able to escape the dark, even when you pull the covers over your head and sleep with the light on.’ PAYING https://cronegirlspress.com/submissions/

1st Jun ‘We are looking for afrofuturist fiction, poetry, and essays written by authors who are specifically of Black and/or African descent.’ PAYING  http://www.speculativecity.com/submissions/

1st June ‘Future//Tense: Sex is an anthology of transfuturistic science-fiction exploring the way sex, intimacy, and kink may change over time, from the near future to far, on Earth or other planets, in humans or those from the stars.’ PAYING https://hybrid.ink/submit/anthologies/future-tense/sex/

1st Jun Poetry, fiction and more. PAYING https://thebluenib.com/submit-to-the-blue-nib/

1st Jun ‘Send me your stories of lights in the sky, a storm that brings with it more than rain, comets that crash, aliens that secretly invade, or a wishing star that is hell-bent on revenge. The stories themselves do not have to take place in the sky, but the evil bad does need to come from it in some way or form. We are looking for horror.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY+ ROYALTIES https://www.eerieriverpublishing.com/open-submission

1st Jun ‘Every tradition has its holy days, sacred festivals, and important dates. Send us poems about Beltane, Dia de Muertos, Walpurgisnacht, and Diwali. Send us short fiction set during Anthesteria, Samhain, and Saturnalia. Send us essays about honoring Artemis and Pan for Arbor Day, how to avoid consumer madness during Yule, the recognition of (non-monotheist) holy days by school districts, and the portrayal of particular holy days in literature.’ Poetry, fiction and more. PAYING https://eternalhauntedsummer.com/about/

1st Jun ‘The theme for our Summer 2020 issue is Heroes, however given this time of uncertainty we will also accept anyhealth-related story making this issue an open call. We encourage our community to use this creative outlet as a place of healing, exploration, and release of the anxiety that exists in the world right now.’ https://pleaseseeme.com/submissions/

1st Jun ‘Bibliotheca Alexandrina is seeking submissions for Mother of Mountains: A Devotional for Cybele and Attis…The editor is interested in a variety of material, including but not limited to: prayers, poems, rituals, hymns, essays, artwork, short stories, plays, recipes, and new translations of ancient and public domain works.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://neosalexandria.org/bibliotheca-alexandrina/calls-for-submissions/mother-of-mountains-a-devotional-for-cybele-and-attis/

1st Jun Dark, eerie speculative fiction and poetry on the theme of The Great Outdoors. PAYING http://talesmoonlitpath.com/submissions/

1st Jun ‘Soul. Resistance. The end. We’re surrounded by energy, shared with symbols, some sacred, some just circuits, some nearly forgotten or unknown. Will you resist, or discover your frequency and share the universe?’ Poetry, short prose and art. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.pcsj.org/caesuracall.html

1st Jun Poetry and essays on the theme of Split Tongues. https://www.natbrut.com/submit

1st Jun Poetry and fiction on the theme of Lazy, Hazy, Crazy. PAYING https://sites.google.com/site/bethlehemwritersroundtable/submissions

SUBMISSIONS WITH NO KNOWN DEADLINES

‘We have decided to launch a new magazine to complement our existing poetry journal that will feature a mixture of photography, poetry-graphy (like Instapoetry), short stories, six-word stories, and drawings. We plan on adding more genres to this mix after a few issues have been released.’

https://abpoetryjournal.com/creative-arts-journal-submissions/ (Cathy’s note: it’s free to submit one poem – you only have to pay if you submit more.)

‘We publish novels, novellas, and collections in a variety of genres, and though we focus on science fiction, fantasy, steampunk, and horror, we’d love to branch out to speculative fiction, mysteries, non-fiction, and anything else you can come up with. Our goal is to publish fantastic books all year long.’ ROYALTIES https://www.branchingrealitiespublishing.com/submissions

‘Another New Calligraphy seeks work exploring the human experience, our internal worlds, and life among others; these complex systems are often clearest in our slightest moments.’ Poetry, flash and lots more. http://www.anothernewcalligraphy.com/submissions.html

‘Hard-as-nails crime fiction. About 1500-5000 words.’ PAYING http://all-due-respect.blogspot.com/p/review-policy.html

‘CRAFT explores the art of fiction, celebrating both emerging and established writers. We focus on the craft of writing and how the elements of craft make a good story shine. We feature new and republished fiction, critical pieces on craft, interviews, book annotations, and much more.’ PAYING https://www.craftliterary.com/submit/ (Cathy’s note: thanks to https://fundsforwriters.com/ for this one)

Poetry, fiction, art and more. ‘Themes: All things considered, Optimistic apocalypse, On doing nothing, When this is all over.’ PAYING https://www.pandemicpublications.com/submit

Fiction up to 2000 words. https://www.scribblelit.com/about

‘Annick Press is currently accepting submissions of picture books, middle grade fiction, YA fiction, and non-fiction for kids of all ages. Our stories feature contemporary themes (even if the setting is historical) and aim to instill kids with the joy of reading.’ https://www.annickpress.com/Submission-Guidelines

Canada only: ‘In these difficult times, Plenitude wants to hear your stories. Our call for submissions is asking for writers who identify as LGBTQ2S+ to share their experiences of isolation from a queer and/or intersectional and/or racialized viewpoint. How are you coping (or not coping) with self-isolation and social distancing?’ Poetry, fiction and CNF. PAYING http://plenitudemagazine.ca/call-for-canadian-submissions-queer-isolation-in-a-pandemic/

‘Plenitude Magazine is Canada’s only queer literary magazine. We aim to promote the growth and development of LGBTQ2S+ literature through online publication of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, book reviews, and interviews by both emerging and established LGBTQ2S+ writers. We especially encourage BIPOC and trans writers to submit their work. Submissions are open all year round to Canadian, American, and international writers.’ PAYING http://plenitudemagazine.ca/submit/submissionguidelines/

‘As the publishing house of the Church of Scotland, Saint Andrew Press has an exciting and varied catalogue of around 200 titles… Our future publishing programme will continue to engage with a wide range of issues. Our titles will aim to help readers to discover, share and deepen their Christian faith and to explore spirituality, faith, culture and ethical and moral issues in today’s world.’ https://standrewpress.hymnsam.co.uk/contact-us/submission-guidelines

‘We publish picture books for readers aged up to 10 years.’ http://hogsbackbooks.com/HBB/pages/About-us.html

Flash fiction. PAYING https://www.reflex.press/flash-fiction-submissions/

‘The Storyteller Series is a podcast bringing back classic radio theatre featuring engaging storytelling delivered to you monthly. From narrated tales to character driven stories performed by multiple voice actors. All will bring you on an audible journey.’ 7000-10,000 words. PAYING https://nightshiftradio.com/submissions

Comps and calls for April 2020

Hello all! Like many of us round the world, I’m at home and staying there, thanks to COVID-19. It’s not much fun and there are all sorts of issues – but has there ever been a better chance to catch up with your writing, submitting and entering? This isn’t much of a bright side to a deadly virus, but we might as well use our time as productively as possible.

My writing tip this month: if you’re in a difficult place mentally (or physically), don’t let that stop you from writing. Some of the best writing in history has come from those places. If the results are a bit edgy or weird – fine! Just make sure to proofread them, and submit them somewhere appropriate. Editors are often looking for pieces that stand out, so your risky, odd writing might be perfect for them!

I wish good health for you and your loved ones, and many writing successes to take your mind off things! Please look after yourselves as best you can.

I haven’t done my usual ‘April Fool’ among the listings this year, as it felt inappropriate.

Best wishes,

Cathy x

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

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

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

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

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

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

COMPETITIONS

There’s no deadline available for this that I can find, and nor is there a list of rules anywhere. However, it might be worth having a go, especially if you happen to have a story written already. I assume that it’s for high school students writing in English… https://emeraldcity.submittable.com/submit/162497/2020-high-school-english-fiction-contest

Weekly: poem inspired by the news. PAYING https://www.rattle.com/respond/

2nd Apr This is for children living in Wales, who are in year 6 or below: poem on the theme of Identity. NON-CASH PRIZE https://www.literaturewales.org/euro2020/

3rd Apr Story 1000-3000 words inspired by one of the Spring-themed prompts. PAYING https://blog.reedsy.com/creative-writing-prompts/contests/35/

8th Apr Spectator competition No. 3144: alphabetical. ‘You are invited to submit a poem, six lines at the most, containing all the letters of the alphabet. Please email entries to lucy@spectator.co.uk by midday on 8th April.’

10th Apr ‘Every year, QSF holds a flash fiction contest to create an amazing new anthology of queer speculative fiction stories. We ask authors to do the nearly-impossible – to submit a sci fi, fantasy, paranormal or horror LGBTIQA story that has no more than 300 words.’ PAYING https://www.queerscifi.com/flash-contest-rules/?cn-reloaded=1

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

15th Apr ‘The beating drum of the climate crisis is a constant reminder that our planet is a closed, limited system, and that we’re currently living far beyond its boundaries. We are looking for short stories that help us imagine how humans can live within Earth’s planetary boundaries—at the individual level, yes, but more importantly at the level of organizations, communities, and societies, and at the level of a global human civilization.’ Up to 5000 words. PAYING https://everythingchange.submittable.com/submit

15th Apr Up to (and including) age 18 only: flash fiction up to 300 words. NON-CASH PRIZE https://fingerscommatoes.wordpress.com/nffd-youth/

15th Apr Speculative story up to 1500 words on the theme of Forging. ‘The contest is open to non-professional writers (those who have not met eligibility requirements for SFWA or equivalent: sale of a novel or sale of 3 stories to a large-circulation publication.’ PAYING http://parsecink.com/contest/

19th Apr Canada only: poem up to 35 lines. ROYALTIES http://waxpoetryart.com/canada/submissions/poetsofcanada.html

19th Apr: UK only: poem up to 35 lines. ROYALTIES http://waxpoetryart.com/uk/submissions/poetsoftheuk.html

26th Apr USA only: poem up to 35 lines. ROYALTIES http://waxpoetryart.com/usa/submissions/poetsoftheusa.html

26th Apr Caribbean only: poem up to 35 lines. ROYALTIES http://waxpoetryart.com/caribbean/submissions/poetsofthecaribbean.html

27th Apr ‘We invite you to write a poem about a member or members of royal families from countries around the world.’ PAYING https://www.hollandparkpress.co.uk/is-royalty-relevant-a-poetry-competition/

30th Apr Poems on the provided themes, all of which feature the Falun Gong. PAYING https://classicalpoets.org/2020/01/15/friends-of-falun-gong-2020-poetry-competition/

30th Apr Poem inspired by the provided image. PAYING https://www.rattle.com/ekphrastic/

1st May Poem up to 25 lines on the theme of Hope. ‘Poems will be judged by Dylan’s grand-daughter Hannah Ellis and poet Mab Jones, in 3 categories: 10 & under; 11-18; and over 18. A winner from each category will also be chosen and will receive a small prize.’ PRIZES (UNKNOWN WHAT) https://tinyurl.com/r7vfm7h

1st May ‘This year’s theme is ‘The Impact of Conflict on Communities’ – We invite young people all across the world to write a poem, speech, or song, or create a piece of art reflecting on how a conflict has or is affecting a community.’ Also: ’75 – Create a poem, speech, song or piece of artwork to reflect on the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.’ And: ‘A Fight for Freedom – Highlight the contributions made by the countries of the Commonwealth in Africa and the Caribbean during the Second World War through a poem, speech, song or piece of artwork!’ PRIZES (UNKNOWN WHAT) https://www.neversuchinnocence.com/2019-20-competition

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

3rd Apr ‘A writing gallery created by writers of all sorts from around the world. From poetry to song lyrics, from essays to entire novels and short stories.’ Theme: Essential Elements. https://greythoughts.info/writers-club-info/theme-schedule

3rd Apr ‘We invite submissions for an essay anthology that takes a contemporary look at silences around class and caste systems that divide us, to be co-edited by a collective of award-winning incarcerated writers and published by Coffee House Press. The pieces should tell the stories of the unseen and the unspoken, and articulate lines of our division. We encourage submissions from all walks of life and across the gender spectrum. Submit to: wheredoibelonganthology@gmail.com. We are accepting essays, 2,500 – 7,500 words. Submissions open until April 3, 2020. All accepted contributions will be paid.’ PAYING (thanks to https://www.newpages.com/classifieds for this one)

3rd Apr Speculative fiction, poetry and more. PAYING http://spaceandtime.net/submissions-fiction/

5th Apr ‘Strange Lands Short Stories: Packed with strange and distant places, from underground cities, undiscovered islands, ancient lands, hidden continents, civilisations on the moon and Mars this new book will bring together the tales of Washington Irving, H.G. Wells, Otis Kline, with Homer, Samuel Butler and a generation of modern writers for a thrilling read of speculative fiction.’ PAYING http://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fantasy-gothic/strange-lands-submissions-announcement-0-0

6th Apr ‘Montana Mouthful seeks short fiction/nonfiction, poetry, and artwork submissions for its next issue, and this time the theme is “The Great Outdoors.” ‘ http://montanamouthful.com/submission-guidelines/

11th Apr Women writers only: ‘We publish adult literary fiction (novels and short story collections) and narrative non-fiction.’ https://www.galleybeggar.co.uk/2-submissions

12th Apr ’45 Poems of Protest – The Pandemic. The entire world is currently responding in unprecedented ways to the threat posed by the COVID-19 virus. We are all thinking and feeling our way through this unprecedented situation. This Breaking Call for Submissions asks all poets around the world to channel this intense experience into poetry.’ http://waxpoetryart.com/eleventh/submissions/45poems.html

12th Apr Australians under the age of 25: Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Butter. PAYING https://www.voiceworksmag.com.au/print

13th Apr ‘If you think you’ve got what it takes to terrify, scar and haunt our audience of 10,000 daily listeners, then we want your stories!’ 2000-word story on the theme of Big Brother. PAYING http://www.hawkandcleaver.com/submissions

13th Apr Poetry, prose and art on the theme of Renewal. https://paperbarkliterarymagazine.submittable.com/submit

13th Apr Microfiction, flash, and Irish Language flash. http://splonk.ie/index.php/submit/

15th Apr ‘Our goal is to publish innovative and deeply resonant literature that embodies our core values of justice, awareness, and perspective. We seek unique, powerful writing that transports the reader to places unknown.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.stonecoastreview.org/

15th Apr ‘We welcome experimental works, including vispo, hybrid, even GIF-poems if you got ’em!’ https://petrichormag.com/submit/

15th Apr 50 word fiction on the theme of Road Trip. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.blink-ink.org/2020/02/28/submissions-open-03-01-20/

15th Apr Short story 5000-8000 words. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://unitedfaedompublis.wixsite.com/unitedfaedompub/submissions

15th Apr ‘Send us your best murder mystery stories! There is one requirement: your story must include a trench coat. We want creativity! While we love Dick Tracy and Humphrey Bogart, we really don’t want any story to contain those particular characters. Give us new, unique tales.’ PAYING https://geminiwordsmiths.com/the-trench-coat-chronicles/

15th Apr Fun speculative fiction. PAYING https://translunartravelerslounge.com/submissions/

15th Apr ‘Poems may be written on any subject, in any length, but the poet must currently be, or have been, employed as a service worker for a significant period of time (years, not months).’ PAYING https://rattle.submittable.com/submit/34383/service-workers

15th Apr ‘We ask all of our contributors to meditate on the creation of the piece we publish. This reflection is presented alongside the “finished” submission, both unveiling each author’s unique writing process and bringing the author’s voice into the interpretation of their writing.’ Theme: Food. PAYING https://www.headwaylit.org/about

15th Apr Poetry and CNF on the theme of Dread/Desire. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.snapdragonjournal.com/submit.html (Cathy’s note: only the first 100 submissions of the month are free, so act swiftly!)

15th Apr ‘For Volume 23, we are asking for your poems, short stories, essays, flash pieces and black and white 2D art on encounters with the edge, however you define it. Unpublished work is preferred, but we aren’t sticklers. Send us your best creative work exploring Appalachian Edge.’ http://www.sawconline.net/pmsg-submission-guidelines.html

15th Apr ‘A Flash of Summer will be devoted to flash fiction, poems and prose poems, and excellent art / illustration with a science fiction / speculative / slipstream vibe. All fiction should be under 1000 words for this call.’ https://masonstreetreview.org/submissions/

17th Apr ‘A writing gallery created by writers of all sorts from around the world. From poetry to song lyrics, from essays to entire novels and short stories.’ Theme: Spiritual Struggles. https://greythoughts.info/writers-club-info/theme-schedule

20th Apr Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Dissent. https://themedley.in/submission/

22nd Apr Stories on the theme of Twenty. 2000-5000 words. PAYING https://falling-star-magazine.com/

24th Apr ‘For our inaugural issue, Pocket Samovar invites poetry, short stories, essays, and creative nonfiction written around the theme of “dislocation/hyphenation.” For our online issue, we also invite film, multimedia, and visual art. Non-English language works are welcome so long as English translation is included or requested in the cover letter. Although Pocket Samovar is interested in creating a space for underrepresented Eurasian, post-Soviet writers, any works that address dislocation or hyphenation are welcome.’ https://www.pocketsamovar.com/submissions

24th Apr Poems. PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS https://www.stiltsjournal.com/about (Cathy’s note: Australian contributors are paid.)

24th Apr Microfiction based on science. PAYING https://storyseedvault.com/submissions/

25th Apr Poetry, drama, fiction and more. http://thecoachellareview.com/wordpress/submissions/

Until filled or 30th Apr: ‘ We adore Godzilla, we watch in rapture whenever giant monsters storms across a story, crushing cities, dreams and of course any other monster that gets in its way. Sure, so many of those old movies are hokey as sin now, hardly watchable at times. But we have faith that you can make us tiny mortals tremble once more.’ PAYING https://madnessheart.press/submissions/devouring-earth/

30th Apr Poem on the theme of Punk. PAYING https://www.kissingdynamitepoetry.com/uploads/1/1/8/5/11859462/punk_whole_image_advert.pdf

30th Apr ‘Stories about finding love the second time around.’ LGBTQ stories 12,000 words+. ROYALTIES https://www.jms-books.com/2020-submissions-calls-lgbtq-romance-stories-ezp-36.html

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

30th Apr ‘In partnership with Time To Change (Worcester), we are welcoming entries of poetry or short prose written to the ‘hard times happen’ theme.’ https://worcesterlitfest.co.uk/2020/02/15/hard-times-happen-competition-open/ (Cathy’s note: although they’ve titled this as a comp, there’s no prize other than publication, so I’ve classed this as a call.)

30th Apr Poetry on the theme of: ‘Dark Side of the web- Bullying, Social Media and Smartphone addiction, Depression or Body Shaming.’ https://www.irlcollection.com/

30th Apr ‘This anthology seeks to offer a channel for people under 22 to talk to older people about their experiences and concerns. We are looking for short stories, poetry, essay, memoir, from people under 22 discussing: What worries you? What angers you, or delights you? In other words: what’s on your mind?’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.flexiblepub.com/22_under_22

30th Apr ‘Seeking short personal memoirs in prose, poetry and dramatic form up to 3,500 words for our third volume on the themes of travel, immigration and multiculturalism from a LGBTQ+ perspective.’ ROYALTIES https://qommunicatepublishing.com/submissions/

30th Apr Crime stories set in New England (an area of the USA) or by a New England author. https://levelbestbooks.wordpress.com/submissions/

30th Apr ‘We are looking for tales that delve into the rituals and history of being a healer. How does one become a spirit walker? Can a tribe have more than one? How are they chosen? What are they asked to do by the tribe? Do they live apart? Do they have assistants or apprentices that help them? Are they reincarnated? Do they live many lives?’ 4500-17500 words. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://zimbellhousepublishing.com/anthology_submission/

30th Apr Poetry and Art on the theme of Portraiture. https://www.harbor-review.com/submit

1st May “We’re editing an anthology of sensual flash fiction and prose poetry that’s inclusive, sex-positive, feminist, and offers positive portrayals of LGBTQA+, kinky, and poly people. We want to publish stories by authors and about characters from around the world, from diverse racial and class backgrounds, of diverse body types, abilities, and ages. All characters must be of legal age and express their consent.” Sensual Fiction and prose poetry. Length 50-2000 words. PAYING https://newsmutproject.tumblr.com/post/190662885494/call-for-submissions-erato-flash-fiction

1st May Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Upside Down. https://halfwaydownthestairs.net/submissions/

1st May Two anthologies: ‘EARTH, WE ARE LISTENING: AN ANTHOLOGY OF ECOPOETRY’ and ‘THE MOUNTAINS YOU CANNOT SEE: AN ANTHOLOGY OF POEMS ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH’. Poetry. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES, CHARITY/GOOD CAUSE ANTHOLOGY http://www.sliceofthemoonbooks.co.uk/submissions.html

1st May Short fiction celebrating Banned Books Week. PAYING https://www.castofwonders.org/submissions/

1st May ‘Looking for stories about fairytales as told from the villain’s perspective. No DC or Marvel retellings… fairytales such as Brothers Grimm… Genres we want are horror, Fantasy and paranormal romance.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://ironfaeriepublishing.com/open-anthology-calls/

1st May ‘counterclaim is seeking new, original work for the inaugural 2020 publication of its online literary journal. the theme is starting fresh/new beginnings. note that we accept fiction, non-fiction, visual art, poetry, and we’re open to hearing if you’ve got something else in mind!’ https://www.counterclaimart.com/journal

1st May Poetry and art on the theme of Love. PAYING http://www.songsoferetz.com/p/guidelines.html

1st May Poetry and fiction starting with: The door was locked. PAYING http://www.thefirstline.com/submission.htm

1st May ‘We are looking for short story submissions that explore the shape of love and romance in the decades and centuries to come. There is no restriction on gender of characters or perceived orientation, including anywhere on the asexuality/aromanticism spectrum.’ PAYING https://hybrid.ink/submit/anthologies/future-tense/love/

1st May ‘We are open to submissions of short fiction, poetry and visual art on the theme VAMPIRES. Note: For this issue, we will not be accepting work by straight, white, cisgender men.’ PAYING https://bloodbathlitzine.com/

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

1st May ‘The theme for Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 7 is “surprise.” This anthology is ONLY open to authors who themselves are women, gender nonconforming, genderqueer and/or nonbinary who have not been published or scheduled to be published in the first six Best Women’s Erotica of the Year volumes edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel. Stories MUST be from the point of view of a character who is a woman, gender nonconforming, genderqueer and/or nonbinary.’ 2000-5000 words. PAYING https://www.bweoftheyear.com/call-for-submissions

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

1st May Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Science. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.longshippress.com/

SUBMISSIONS WITH NO KNOWN DEADLINES

Poetry, flash and short fiction on the theme of Growth. https://myceliumlit.wixsite.com/mysite/submissions

‘We seek non-fiction proposals for text-only books about popular music, design, technology, computing, typography and related subjects. Please note that the obscurity of the subject-matter is not necessarily of any great concern for us. Obscurity is welcomed. This is about interest as much as it is about sales.’ https://www.dostoyevskywannabe.com/open-call-for-non-fiction-proposals

Flash fiction, prose poetry, and art. https://clubplumliteraryjournal.com/submit/

‘Goal Publications is looking for standalone works of a “furry” nature, meaning that your main character(s) must be anthropomorphic animals, or animals with a human-level of intelligence. (Think Redwall, Watership Down, or even general sci-fi/fantasy books with alien/mythical creatures that while still possessing a human-level of intelligence, are some sort of animal/creature.) We are looking specifically for works that truly utilize the species and characteristics of the anthropomorphic animals portrayed.’ ROYALTIES https://www.goalpublications.com/submissions-guidelines.html

Flash fiction up to 750 words. https://milkcandyreview.home.blog/submissions/

‘Black Poppy Review is a literary arts journal featuring free verse poetry, flash fiction, and mini-chapbook collections (chaplets), of a darker nature. All is not as it seems at Black Poppy. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Find the key. Unlock the creaky gate on rusted hinges. Explore the dilapidated, mossy grounds. Discover hidden paths and nooks which lead to words that linger and haunt–poems of abandonment, discovery, enchantment, flora & fauna, ghosts, isolation, memories, nature, weathering, wonder, and the otherwise forgotten.’ https://blackpoppyreview.blogspot.com/p/about.html

Poetry, fiction and more. UNKNOWN PAYMENT http://www.themanchesterreview.co.uk/?page_id=231 (Cathy’s note: One source lists this as a paying mag, but nothing is mentioned on the website. Apparently there is a reading period, but we are left unenlightened as to when it is. As usual in this case, submit as soon as you can.)

Novels and collections of short stories. https://flexiblepress.submittable.com/submit

‘We are a new online poetry magazine interested in what fascinates you, what perturbs you, and what keeps you up at night.’ Theme: Recovery. https://www.minerallitmag.com/about.html (Cathy’s note: There’s no specific deadline given for this, but as it’s planned to come out on May 15th, I’d submit sooner rather than later.)