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/

Comps and calls for February 2017

This month’s listing update is sponsored by:

Happy February! The New Year started well for me, once I’d got rid of my cold and chest infection: I won a poetry competition at The Horse’s Mouth. I only found out about the comp on New Year’s Eve and was late for my celebrations because I took the time to enter, so I am delighted that my diligence was rewarded. Then I discovered yet another medical problem that will require yet another operation… sigh!

How is your year going? Is it panning out the way that you’d hoped, or are you struggling? This is when perseverance counts. In January, lots of people enter and submit – it might be their new year resolution. By February, some will have given up. Don’t be among them!

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Cathy x


Here are February 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 Feb Poems on the theme of Place. PAYING http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/2017/01/03/zocalo-public-square-is-accepting-entries-for-its-sixth-annual-poetry-prize/inquiries/prizes/ (thanks to www.fundsforwriters.com for this one)

5th Feb Travel experience unlike any other. Up to 1000 words. PAYING https://www.travelex.co.uk/travelex-hub/competitions/next-great-travel-writer-2017 (thanks to www.prizemagic.co.uk for this one)

5th Feb Life writing up to 5000 words. PAYING https://www.spreadtheword.org.uk/projects/life-writing-prize/#LATEST%20NEWS

8th Feb Spectator Competition No. 2985: trigger point ‘You are invited to provide a poetic preview of the day Article 50 is triggered. Please email entries, wherever possible, of up to 16 lines to lucy@spectator.co.uk by midday on 8 February.’ PAYING http://www.spectator.co.uk/2017/01/seasick/

10th Feb ‘The theme is “The Line Of My Life”. It could just as well be about your first stumble down a dry ski slope as it could about heliskiing in Alaska. We’re just looking for an interesting story told well.’ 500-600 words. VOUCHER/OTHER http://www.fall-line.co.uk/chance-write-fall-line-win-500-voucher-snowrock/

13th Feb Story up to 2000 words (Cathy’s note: as the prize is a course at Arvon, make sure that you can travel there before entering!). NON-CASH PRIZE https://www.writersandartists.co.uk/competitions

14th Feb Fiction 5000-10,000 on the theme of Love. PAYING https://www.hodder.co.uk/sites/HodderStoughton/Information/Terms%20and%20Conditions/Final%20Short%20Story%20Competition%20Terms.pdf

14th Feb ONE LINE based on the following prompt: She loved him and he loved her / but it wasn’t that simple. VOUCHER/OTHER https://shondabrock.wordpress.com/contest/

14th Feb UK only: Story 5000-10,000 words on the theme of Love. PAYING https://www.hodder.co.uk/sites/HodderStoughton/Information/Terms%20and%20Conditions/Final%20Short%20Story%20Competition%20Terms.pdf

14th Feb Explain in 15 words or fewer why you’d like to win metal business cards. NON-CASH PRIZE http://impress.co.uk/thebusinesscardstolove/

17th Feb ‘The 17th Christopher Tower Poetry Competition, the UK’s most valuable prize for young poets, has opened for entries, and this year students between 16-18 years of age are challenged to write a poem on the theme of ‘Stone’.’ PAYING http://www.towerpoetry.org.uk/competitions/how-to-enter-stone-2017-competition/ (thanks to www.prizemagic.co.uk for this one)

19th Feb ‘Maximum 2000 words on The Journey (you can change the title but the story must deal with the topic), with this last sentence from Perfume Island as a prompt:

They had a long journey ahead of them.’ NON-CASH PRIZE (Cathy’s note: as the winner needs to provide his/her own transport to Provence, this is probably best for writers in Europe) https://curtisbaussebooks.com/win-a-holiday-in-provence/

21st Feb ‘The Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award is a grant of $12,500 to support the work of a promising early-career nonfiction writer on a story that uncovers truths about the human condition.’ PAYING http://journalism.nyu.edu/about-us/awards-and-fellowships/matthew-power-literary-reporting-award/ (many thanks to www.erikadreifus.com for this one)

27th Feb US over 40 only: poetry MS. Only those who have not had a chapbook or poetry collection published are eligible. PAYING (LOTS!) https://www.poetryfoundation.org/foundation/dickinson-award (many thanks to www.erikadreifus.com for this one)

28th Feb Fiction 180-360 words. PAYING https://shortstops.info/2017/01/04/reflex-fiction-flash-fiction-competition/

28th Feb Poem composed in Jotabé rhyme. PAYING http://www.juan-benito.com/cp_rima_jotabe/VI_Certamen/English/bases_ingles.htm

1st Mar ‘Entry to the Prize for a Novella is open to residents of the UK, Ireland, US and Canada plus anyone who has been educated in Wales for a minimum of six months. We are seeking evocative, succinct and authentic short book-length manuscripts in English. For the novella category they will be between 8,000 and 30,000 words. For the memoir, between 5,000 and 30,000.’ https://americymru.net/ceri-shaw/blog/4611/new-welsh-writing-awards-2017-opens-for-entries-with-two-new-categories?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email

1st Mar US only: ‘Two $500 awards will be given, one for a short story of up to 1000 words by a high school student and another for a short story of up to 2000 words by an undergraduate student.’ PAYING http://www.ou.edu/content/gaylord/news-events.html

1st Mar Flash fiction up to 500 words on the theme of Space Exploration. Multiple entries permitted. NON-CASH PRIZE http://onegiantread.literatureworks.org.uk/submission/

1st Mar Memoir or novella. http://www.newwelshwritingawards.com/terms-conditions-2017/ (thanks to www.winningwriters.com for this one)

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

3rd Feb Erotic stories 1000-5000 words on the theme of Hotel. PAYING http://www.mugwumppress.com/mofo/hotel/

5th Feb Poetry inspired by music and musicians. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://picaroonpoetry.wordpress.com/submissions/call-for-submissions-troubadour-an-anthology-of-music-inspired-poetry/

5th Feb or when filled: ‘Previously unpublished short fiction that doesn’t lean heavily on genre tropes. Hard sci-fi, soft sci-fi, sci-fi that melts in your mouth-brain not your hand-brain. Speculative fiction, weird fiction, slipstream, glitterlit, analogpunk. Basically anything that pleases Scummy, our megaphone-toting slime buddy.’ PROFIT/REVENUE SHARING MODEL https://planetscumm.space/

5th Feb 100-word story with a one word title. Theme: gods. http://www.101fiction.com/p/submissions.html

5th Feb Story 800-2000 words long on the theme of Rack and Ruin. http://www.liarsleague.com/liars_league/writers.html

5th Feb ‘States of the Union is a book about the results of the 2016 presidential election. We are currently seeking contributors. Non-fiction, fiction, poetry, and art will all be accepted for submission.’ (Cathy’s note: the donation is suggested but not obligatory. One contributor will be paid $100) PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS https://www.statesoftheunionbook.com/

6th Feb Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Canada. https://granta.submittable.com/submit

6th Feb ‘The plays must be take their inspiration from a song in such a way as the audience can relate the piece directly back to the song. The pieces must take no longer than 15 minutes to perform. This means that your scripts should take about 10 minutes to read from the page.’ http://www.irishinlondontheatre.co.uk/submissions

7th Feb ‘The London Reader is issuing an open call for short stories, minifiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, and art that explore love in the digital and narcissistic age.’ http://londonreader.uk/2017/01/open-call-love-in-the-digital-age/

8th Feb Story or art on the theme of Floidoip. PAYING http://www.rickysbackyard.com/new-issue/

10th Feb ‘Typewriter Emergencies is seeking works featuring furry characters. We’re looking for stories, book reviews, articles, and any other form of furry material.’ PAYING http://hitchingpoets.wixsite.com/typewriteremergency/submission-guidelines

10th Feb Writing on the theme of Black and White. http://www.inkandletters.com/call/

10th Feb Speculative flash fiction on the theme of Tyrannosaurus Reads. PAYING http://splickety.com/imprints/havok-magazine/

10th Feb Flash and short fiction up to 6000 words. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://mironline.org/mir14-entry-form/

14th Feb Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Errant Mythologies. http://pacificreview.sdsu.edu/casa1.html

14th Feb ‘As always, 49th Parallels only seeks science fiction (no supernatural creatures or events of any kind) but for this anthology, it might include steam or diesel punk. Stories must be set in Canada or involve Canada and Canadians as the principal subject operating in the larger world (or beyond). Stories may be historical (back to 1867) or futuristic, but whatever creates the alternative past or possible future must take place prior to 2017. The causal factor may be scientific, technological or as a result of major political or social change. We look forward to seeing how both Canadian and non-Canadian writers explore this question.’ PAYING http://www.bundoranpress.com/pages/submissions/

15th Feb ‘Hippocampus Magazine and Press is requesting true stories inspired by the heyday of radio* for its forthcoming anthology, Air.

We’re looking for behind-the-scene stories about small town radio stations. We’re seeking personal stories about die-hard radio fans. We want to hear from (current/former) jocks, from program directors, from engineers, from the sales team, from ancillary characters like record reps and concert promoters—tales from every corner of the radio station and from everyone radio ever reached.’ PAYING https://hippocampusmagazine.submittable.com/submit (thanks for this one to www.erikadreifus.com )

15th Feb Poetry, fiction and more on the various themes suggested. http://www.barzakh.net/submit/

15th Feb Ghazals on the theme of Freedom. http://ghazalpage.com/submit-1/

15th Feb Fiction and more on the theme of Fool. http://fictioninternational.sdsu.edu/wordpress/submit/

15th Feb Poetry, flash fiction and more on the theme of Fauna. https://themachineryindia.com/submissions/

17th Feb Fiction 3000-6000 words. https://granta.submittable.com/submit

18th Feb Fiction 4000-10,000 words on the theme of Fire. PAYING http://www.transmundanepress.com/current-calls-for-submissions.html

19th Feb Fiction and more on the theme of Wants and Needs. https://www.litro.co.uk/submit/

20th Feb ‘We seek nonfiction work that attempts, circles, questions, contradicts, decries, implores, or offers remedy to a list of possible URBAN FRACTURES –including: election protests, police violence, gentrification, racism, classicism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, religious intolerance, immigration tensions, guns, domestic abuse, protest, development, neglect, loneliness—or anything from microaggression to cataclysm—that creates fissure, disconnection, and brokenness.’ https://slagglasscity.submittable.com/submit

20th Feb Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of The Earth Speaks: Reclaiming Indigenous Wisdom. http://moonmagazine.org/submission-guideline/

26th Feb ‘Short stories of up to 7,000 words by women writers, responding to the theme of ‘ghosts.’ ‘ PAYING https://forbookssake.submittable.com/submit/69504/call-for-submissions-ghosts

26th Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Subversion. https://anamesajournal.wordpress.com/2016/12/21/call-for-submissions-spring-2017/

27th Feb (Cathy’s note: ignore the deadline on the website – this is a fresh call): sketches and one-liners responding to new stories. PAYING http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/writersroom/entries/70ee2996-fff6-43e2-b552-b01ded7756bc

28th Feb ‘Blood & Bourbon is here to showcase all things hard, gritty, and raw. That time you got in a bar fight, that time you went to an S&M club, that time you had an opinion that sparked a heated argument over a family dinner.’ Poetry, fiction and more. https://blood-and-bourbon.com/new-page/

28th Feb ‘Sweat, Tears, or the Sea is looking for submissions inspired by the John Milton quote “They also serve who only stand and wait.” There are three categories: Poetry (no line limits, but longer poems must be exceptional), Flash Fiction (up to 1,000 words), and Short Fiction (1,001 to 4,000 words).’ http://sweattearsortheseamagazine.weebly.com/

28th Feb ‘I have become very interested in the idea of Hygge, the Danish term for cosiness, intimacy and taking pleasure from simple things. It’s about candlelight and cosy throws, knitting, sharing comfort food with good friends, reading, country walks,and enjoying everything in the present moment. It’s a hug for the soul.’ Poetry (Cathy’s note: although this isn’t a ‘payer’, I recommend Angela’s blog in general, for all aspects of poetry and the poetry life). https://angelatopping.wordpress.com/2017/01/09/call-for-submissions-hygge-poems-for-january-and-february-2017/

28th Feb ‘TOKEN magazine is an arts and literature zine that gives a voice to those who are rarely given one. The name comes from the experience many people of colour face in everyday life: tokenism. TOKEN magazine is an outlet to work against that – diversity of voice is essential to the magazine, not an afterthought.’ Short fiction and more. http://tokenmagazine.co.uk/callforsubmission

28th Feb Canadian Christians only: Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Christmas. PAYING http://thatslifecommunications.com/call-for-submissions-to-christmas-with-hot-apple-cider/

28th Feb ‘Dribble, Drabble, Twabble…Stories of 50 words, 100 words and 100 characters exactly. Plus haiku, tanka, haibun, limericks and other short form poetry. Other strict short form fiction is welcome, as are stories about short forms of fiction and poetry, and I will be accepting ‘unthemed’ fiction and poetry (in this case, longer stories and poems) as well.’ https://tigersharkpublishing.wordpress.com/home/guidelines/

28th Feb Speculative fiction on the theme of Appetities. PAYING http://parsecink.com/submission-guidelines/

28th Feb Short stories 2000-4000 words (not firm) on the theme of any of these: Lost Worlds, Supernatural Horror, Time Travel & Heroic Fantasy. PAYING http://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fantasy-gothic/2017-short-story-submissions

28th Feb ‘The presidential election in 2016 in the United States has reignited the narrative about Arabs and Muslims as expedient villains. This is nothing new, but perhaps there are a fervor and momentum this time around that are especially dangerous. How are we being affected, responding and not responding, surviving? We’re looking for work that wrestles with the topic in thoughtful, personal, whimsical, humorous, critical, or other ways, skipping the speeches and lessons.’ Poetry and prose. PAYING http://mizna.org/articles/about/36.shtml

28th Feb Poetry and prose on the theme of Spring (the season). http://eabpublishing.tumblr.com/Submissions

28th Feb ‘The Political Issue is looking for speculative cyberpunk fiction focusing on the political systems of the present and future, dystopian cyberpunk fiction satirical fiction, thoughtful nonfiction pertaining to the worlds changing political climate (for we live in interesting time), and most importantly, hope.’ PAYING https://l0wl1f3.wordpress.com/submission-guidelines/

28th Feb Poetry and fiction on the theme of Time. PROFIT/REVENUE SHARING MODEL https://www.artificium.co.uk/about-imprimo

28th Feb ‘The Mythos Planet: Lovecraft Insired 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).’ https://theweretraveler.wordpress.com/call-for-submissions/

28th Feb Poetry or prose on the theme of Technology. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES

https://obraartifact.com/submissions/

28th Feb Poetry, flash, short fiction and more on the theme of Swansong. http://mgversion2datura.blogspot.co.uk/p/submit-contribuer.html

1st Mar Novel MS proposals. https://iowareview.org/imprint

1st Mar Poetry and fiction. http://www.enizagam.org/submit/

1st Mar Poetry, fiction and more. http://verdadmagazine.org/submit.html

1st Mar Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Transformations (Cathy’s note: another source lists this as a paying market, but I can’t find any details of payment on the website). UNKNOWN PAYMENT http://hawaiireview.org/submit/

1st Mar ‘Submit 1-5 poems, the name of the location (park, public land, or designated outdoor space) that inspired the poem or poems, and a short bio to amy@parksandpoints.com, anytime between December 15, 2016 and March 1, 2017. You may also include relevant photographs that might accompany your poems on the website.’ PAYING http://www.parksandpoints.com/poetry/

1st Mar Flash, short fiction and more on the theme of Killer Clowns and Freak Shows. PAYING http://www.bodypartsmagazine.com/submissions.html

1st Mar Flash, short fiction and poetry on the theme of Is There a Word for That? (Cathy’s note: non-Americans can submit by email). PAYING http://themaliterarysociety.com/submissions.html

1st Mar ‘Retro Future is a bi-monthly pulp magazine that searches for diverse, surprising, and progressive science fiction in art, prose, essay, and comics.’ Theme: Games. PAYING https://www.galileogames.com/retro-future/

1st Mar Poetry on the theme of Spring. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIEShttp://www.glassfacetsofpoetry.com/Blank.html

SUBMISSIONS WITH NO KNOWN DEADLINES

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

‘We want the things that are skewed, that live somewhere slightly left of reality. We want the things that stick out, that make us laugh, that raise our hairs on end, that get under our skin and refuse to leave us alone. All prose under 1,500 words will be considered for publication. You may use those 1,500 words as you wish: in one story, in seven, in three, etc.’ https://skewedlit.com/2016/12/28/submissions/

Poetry. PAYING http://eretzsongs.blogspot.co.uk/p/e-zine.html

Queer literature: poetry, fiction and more. ‘We define queer literature and arts as works created by LGBTTQI people, rather than works which feature queer content alone.’ PAYING https://plenitudemagazine.submittable.com/submit

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

‘Born in Africa and bred in the diaspora, Transition is a unique forum for the freshest, most compelling, most curious ideas about race.’ Poetry and fiction. There are two calls open as I write this: for work on Fear or Religion. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://transition.submittable.com/submit

‘Bottlecap Press is always looking for fresh new material, and is actively seeking manuscript submissions for chapbooks and full length works, as well as poetry and fiction submissions for our blog!’ TIP JAR SYSTEM http://www.bottlecap.press/subguidelines

Stand-alone theatre scripts 10-15 mins to be performed in London (Cathy’s note: you arrange the performers, so it would help if you can get to London!). PAYING http://velvettrumpet.co.uk/soggy-brass (with thanks to www.londonplaywrightsblog.com for this one)

Funny news stories. PROFIT/REVENUE SHARING MODEL http://newsthump.com/writing-for-newsthump/

Clean fantasy and SF stories. PAYING http://deepmagic.co/submissions/#

Poetry and fiction (Cathy’s note: if your work is selected and published, you will get a voucher for a subscription to firswriter. Well worth it in my opinion – I got a lifetime subscription and it has been very useful). VOUCHER/OTHER https://www.firstwriter.com/Magazine/submit.shtml

‘The Future Fire publishes beautiful and useful fiction and poetry that focuses on the social-political elements of imaginary, futuristic, fantastic, horrifying, surreal or otherwise speculative universes. We are particularly interested in feminist, queer, postcolonial and ecological themes, writing by under-represented voices, and stories from outside the Anglophone world.’ PAYING http://futurefire.net/guidelines/index.html

Comps and calls for January 2017

Happy New Year! I’m full of a cold, and I’m hoping that my fuzzy head hasn’t affected these listings — make sure to visit the websites and read the guidelines extra carefully! I’m feeling optimistic, though, because it’s not 2016 any more. Hurrah!

A huge thank you to those who’ve taken the time to email me and tell me about their successes, or just to say that they like the site. It makes my day when that happens. You’re stars — and your courtesy is one of the hallmarks of the professional.

New year, new writing resolutions — make yours to write, submit and enter. That, in a nutshell, is how it’s done.

Cathy x


Here are January 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 Jan ‘The award recognizes excellence in fiction or creative nonfiction on the topic of serious physical illness. The winner of the award must demonstrate both high literary standards and a broad audience appeal while exploring the impact of illness on the patient, family and friends, and others. Writers must have previously published in literary journals or magazines, or have published a book with an independent or traditional publisher.’ PAYING http://www.centerforfiction.org/awards/the-christopher-doheny-award/christopher-doheny-award-submission-guidelines/

4th Jan ‘Competition No. 2980: comic effect. You are invited to submit an extract from a politician’s speech ghostwritten by a well-known comedian (150 words maximum). Please email entries, wherever possible, to lucy@spectator.co.uk by midday on 4 January.’ PAYING http://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/12/lets-twist-2/

8th Jan ‘Octavia Estelle Butler was born on 22 June, 1947, and died in 2006. In celebration of what would have been her 70th birthday in 2017, and in recognition of Butler’s enormous influence on speculative fiction, and African-American literature more generally, Twelfth Planet Press is publishing a selection of letters and essays written by science fiction and fantasy’s writers, editors, critics and fans. We are looking for letters addressed to Butler, which should be between 1000 and 1500 words.’ PAYING http://www.twelfthplanetpress.com/news/announcing-new-non-fiction-project-letters-octavia-butler

15th Jan ‘Doris was always creating new worlds with her unexpected poetics. Following upon that spirit of creative invention and inventive creation; engaging wit and ingenious playfulness; discovery in construction; and radical appropriations based on classical forms, pastiche, and love: the Stacy Doris Memorial Poetry Award will be given to a long poem (minimum 3 pages) with a truly inventive spirit.’ PAYING http://www.14hills.net/stacy-doris-mpa

15th Jan Poem on the theme of your favourite thing about Winter. VOUCHER/OTHER https://www.safestore.co.uk/blog/2016/12/%E2%80%8Bwinter-wonderland-writing-competition/

15th Jan Poems and essays on the theme of To a Friend. PAYING http://www.keats-shelley.co.uk/the-keats-shelley-prize/keats-shelley-prize-2017

16th US and part of Canada only: ‘How has trusting a family member, friend, or stranger affected your life? To enter the contest, write up to 1,000 words on how trust (or distrust) has changed your outlook.’ PAYING http://us.macmillan.com/static/smp/who-can-you-trust/

20th Jan Age 13-18: story up to 2500 words on the theme of Memory. PAYING https://www.iggy.net/writingprize/

29th Jan 18-35 only: Essay, on any subject, up to 3500 words. PAYING http://financialtimes.polldaddy.com/s/bodley-head-ft-essay-prize?p=1

31st Jan The children’s category of this comp is free, while you need to make a purchase to enter the adult category. Poetry and/or prose. ‘We hope the writing prize continues to generate interest in our little, indie press and our books that aim to normalise breastfeeding and mindful parenting. It is also hoped that it will stimulate creativity and produce some great writing!’ (Cathy’s note: this is one of my favourite presses – very fair and well worth the effort, in my opinion) Children’s prize: VOUCHER/OTHER Adults prize: PAYING http://www.mothersmilkbooks.com/index.php/writing-prize

31st Jan ‘Select one or more paintings from the image gallery and use your creative prowess to write a short story around that piece.’ 2000-5000 words. PAYING http://www.wordsandbrushes.com/instruction (thanks to www.winningwriters.com for this one)

31st Jan ‘Radiant Crown Publishing seeks new, emerging, and established author’s and poet’s previously unpublished submissions for The Kármán Liminality (100km) chapbook prize. The series will comprise of gothic science-fiction, surrealist horror, and or magical realist prose and poetry from those typically on the margins. Works that are transitioning between time and space, and are engrossing should submit.’ PAYING http://radiantcrownpublishing.com/index.php/the-karman-liminality-annual-100km-chapbook-prize/

31st Jan ‘Spirit First is pleased to announce its 8th Annual Meditation Poetry Contest. Poetry submissions may be of any length and any style but must have a theme of Meditation or Mindfulness. Poems may reflect any discipline, any faith, or none.’ PAYING http://www.spiritfirst.org/

31st Jan 3000 word essay (and a book outline) answering the question: Are digital technologies making politics impossible? PAYING https://ninedotsprize.org/

31st Jan What would your Quaker meeting do with an unexpected $1M? 500-2000 words. PAYING http://www.friendsjournal.org/weathering-the-windfall-contest/

31st Jan ‘Do you identify as an LGBTQ author, or are you writing stories with LGBTQ themes and characters? Submit both fiction and nonfiction book proposals here in the month of January.’ PAYING https://publishizer.com/contests/queerly-lit/

31st Jan Short story, up to 2500 words, set in Little Tokyo. PAYING http://www.littletokyohs.org/short-story-contest-2017-guideline.html

31st Jan US only: fiction up to 8000 words. PAYING http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/books/ct-2017-nelson-algren-literary-awards-official-rules-20161201-story.html (thanks to www.erikadreifus.com for this one.)

31st Jan ‘Three times a year, Jerry Jazz Musician awards a writer who submits, in our opinion, the best original, previously unpublished work of short fiction.

The Jerry Jazz Musician reader has interests in music, social history, literature, politics, art, film and theater, particularly that of the counter-culture of mid-twentieth century America.’ PAYING http://www.jerryjazzmusician.com/2013/02/short-fiction-contest-details/

1st Feb ‘Write a short story of no more than 8,000 words, that shows the near future (no more than about 50-60 years out) of manned space exploration.’ PAYING http://www.baen.com/baenmemorialaward

1st Feb Travel Poetry. NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.rewardpublishing.info/2017-competition-.html

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

2nd Jan ‘What Fresh Witch Is This? wants to hear the writing you build from rage—what you create when fury feeds your pen. In this issue, we are asking you to burn it all down and paint with the ashes. Send us fiction and creative non-fiction (no more than 4000 words), flash fiction (70-500 words), poetry (maximum three per submission), and visual projects that engage with the theme of rage.’ http://www.whatfreshwitch.com/submissions (thanks for this one to www.placesforwriters.com )

2nd Jan ‘Fairy tales have long been used to entertain, teach, and even sometimes frighten readers of all ages. Whether it’s witches eating unsuspecting children, princes cursed because they are terrible people, young maidens outsmarting fairy creatures, or just tales of mystical fairy folk, fairy tales are an indelible part of the storytelling experience. For this anthology we want you to give us your sexy take on fairy tales or fairy stories.’ PAYING https://inkubuspublishing.submittable.com/submit/65725

3rd Jan Erotic tales of wanderlust, 1000-5000 words. PAYING http://www.mugwumppress.com/mofo/wanderlust/

3rd Jan Poetry of personal myth. https://foragepoetry.com/contact/

5th Jan ‘The only instructions are that the piece should be based around the colour Red, between 500-1500 words. The article is also to be ideas based: intelligent, thoughtful, provocative, different, creative, beautifully written, accessible and interesting. Also the piece has to be timeless, a reflection rather than fast news.’ Articles and creative essays only – no poetry or fiction. PAYING email editor@chromamagazine.com

8th Jan ‘2017 is the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution & its betrayal by the Bolsheviks & the 50th anniversary of the Detroit Rebellion, but articles can reflect micro-aspects of these concepts as well. A story of personal revolt, a neighborhood rebellion, a high school riot, etc. Essays, fiction, poetry, and graphics are welcome.’ https://www.fifthestate.org/contact-fifth-estate/call-for-submissions/

9th Jan Drama script of at least 30 mins. http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/opportunities/script-room (thanks to www.londonplaywrightslog.com for this one)

9th Jan ‘We exist in a country where we must constantly remind those in power of our humanity. We stand against continued colonial violence and hold our heads high in prayer and love for our communities and culture. Submissions open to Indigenous writers, writers of color and allies.’ Poetry, fiction and more. https://asusjournal.org/submissions/

9th Jan Poetry, fiction and more. https://oleanderreview.com/submission-guidelines/

10th Jan Poetry and fiction on the theme of All About the Weather. PAYING https://craborchardreview.submittable.com/submit

10th Jan Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Toys and Games. http://herecomeseveryone.me/submit/

11th Jan Pitch for a play you’d like to write. https://theatre503.com/writers/503five1617/?platform=hootsuite

13th Jan Flash fiction on the theme of Literary Time Warp. PAYING http://splickety.com/submission-guidelines/upcoming-themes/

15th Jan Poetry, fiction and more. PAYING https://wizardsinspacemag.com/submit/

15th Jan Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Commercial Cosmonauts and Hired Guns. PAYING http://heliosquarterly.com/index.php/submissions/

15th Jan Poetry, flash and short fiction by queer/trans people of colour. http://crabfatmagazine.com/

15th Jan Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Wild Joy. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.thephoenixsoul.com/submit/

15th Jan ‘Submissions are open for Bikes in Space Volume 5. The theme is Intersections. Stories that are accepted will all have a feminist perspective and incorporate bicycling in some way, whether or not they are actually about feminism or about bicycles.’ PAYS PERCENTAGE OF KICKSTARTER http://takingthelane.com/bikes-in-space/

15th Jan ‘Our fourth issue is OPEN WATER: LONGFORM. You may write about any topic you want, but poems must be at least 50 lines, short fiction from 1,000-2,000 words. Art sequences should contain at least five (5) pieces.’ PAYING https://sharkpackpoetry.com/spr-annual/

15th Jan ‘This open call seeks to connect to writers and artists we might not meet otherwise. Building on the “Migration” theme of our first VERSO / season, we are looking for works that cross borders and terrains, works that shift cultural tectonics in literal and metaphorical ways.’ UNKNOWN PAYMENT http://www.versaljournal.org/call-for-work/

15th Jan Poetry, fiction and more. PAYING https://quliteraryjournal.submittable.com/submit

15th Jan ‘Our Summer 2017 issue will be dedicated to Poets with Mental Illness. The poems may be any subject or length, but must written by poets who have themselves lived with mental illness. The poems need not be about mental health—our goal is to honor these poets by sharing the diverse creative work that they’re producing, while helping to raise awareness and diminish the associated cultural stigma.’ PAYING https://rattle.submittable.com/submit

15th Jan ‘Ella @ 100 anthology project seeks poems, stories, essays, scripts, and graphic essays or stories inspired by the life and work of the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald.’ PAYING http://ella100project.wixsite.com/website

15th Jan ‘The Arctic Circle 2017 programming takes place in the international territory of Svalbard, a mountainous Arctic archipelago just 10 degrees from the North Pole. Each expedition provides the opportunity for artists and innovators to pursue their personal projects on board while exploring collaborations with the expedition’s fellow participants.’ TRIP TO THE ARCTIC http://www.thearcticcircle.org/#

15th Jan Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Boundaries. http://www.fronteralit.com/guias-guidelines

15th Jan ‘great weather for MEDIA seeks poetry, flash fiction, short stories, dramatic monologues, and creative nonfiction for our annual print anthology.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES, PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS http://greatweatherformedia.com/submissions/

15th Jan Poetry and prose on the theme of Secrets. https://negativecapability.submittable.com/submit/

15th Jan Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Refugees and the Displaced. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://writingforpeace.org/1180-2/dovetales/

19th Jan Fiction up to 4000 words on the theme of Change. http://www.litro.co.uk/submit/

20th Jan ‘Submission requirements begin with having an invisible illness or being the child, parent, or partner of someone with an invisible illness. Submission need not address the subject of invisible illness but the platform is presented to allow that without censorship. Artwork, poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction accepted. No reviews at this time.’ https://wraithinfirmitymuses.wordpress.com/

20th Jan ‘From November 9 until January 20, the Indolent Books website will publish a poem-a-day intervention in the unprecedented presidential transition we embark up today. We do not want poems that trash-talk anybody—even if that is what is in your heart.’ https://indolentbooks.submittable.com/submit/71204/transition-poems-in-the-aftermath

25th Jan Poetry, fiction and more for The Quantum Issue. http://moonmagazine.org/submission-guideline/

26th Jan Poetry and short fiction on the theme of Future. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://popshotpopshot.com/submit.html

27th Jan ‘Everybody has thoughts on the results of the 2016 presidential election. The aim with States of the Union is to create a book that will preserve the climate at this flashpoint.’ https://www.statesoftheunionbook.com/submissions/

30th Jan Poetry and stories on the theme of The Steadfast Tin Soldier. PAYING http://www.fairytalemagazine.com/p/blog-page_22.html

30th Jan ‘We are now accepting submissions of poetry and flash fiction based on urban (or rural, or suburban, or the internet…) legends and modern folklore from any culture and any continent.’ PROFIT/REVENUE SHARING MODEL https://threedropspoetry.co.uk/submissions/call-for-submissions-a-face-in-the-mirror-a-hook-on-the-door-an-anthology-of-urban-legends-modern-folklore/

30th Jan Poetry on the theme of Anti-Bullying. ‘The work we select must be a positive force not full of complaints but rather uplifting to the spirit.’ http://www.localgemspoetrypress.com/stand-tall-poetry.html

31st Jan Poetry, flash fiction and more on the theme of Tyrant. https://thesuburbanreview.submittable.com/submit

31st Jan Speculative fiction 6000-10,000 words on the theme of either Infinite Dysmorphia, Terra Nullius or Holding on By Our Fingertips. PAYING http://kristell-ink.com/call-for-anthology-submissions/

31st Jan or when filled: poetry, prose and art on the theme of Brown Face, White Space. http://theelephantmag.wixsite.com/home/submissions

31st Jan Poetry on the theme of Revival. http://roguepoetry.punkswritepoems.com/submissions/

31st Jan Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Saturnalia. PAYING http://hyperionandtheia.com/index.php/submissions/

31st Jan Literary speculative poetry and fiction on the theme of Resurrected Things. http://www.whatwonderfulthings.net/main/submissions/

31st Jan Flash fiction up to 250 words on the theme of Remnants. http://www.flash-frontier.com/submissions/

31st Jan Writing by women, including trans* persons, gender-variant and two-spirit women, and women of non-binary sexual orientations, on the theme of Migration. PAYING http://roommagazine.com/submit

31st Jan Poetry, fiction, plays and more. https://belletrist.submittable.com/submit

31st Jan Fiction 800-8000 words. PAYING http://www.cantabmag.org/submit

31st Jan Poetry and short prose on the theme of Happy. http://www.collectionsofpoetryandprose.com/contribute/

31st Jan Adventure story, 3000-6000 words, suitable for middle grade readers (aged 8-12). PAYING http://dreamingrobotpress.com/young-explorers-adventure-guide-submissions

(thank you to www.freedomwithwriting.com for this one)

31st Jan ‘The next release is Ride the Star Wind: Cthulhu, Space Opera, and the Cosmic Weird, presenting tales that combine space opera with cosmic weird horror, either set within the Cthulhu Mythos or inspired by it.’ PAYING http://www.brokeneyebooks.com/submissions.html

31st Jan ‘Frangipani Press is currently accepting submissions for its inaugural issue. Open theme. You can write a story or poem on absolutely anything you wish to. It can be horror, romance, magical realism, hell it can even be sci-fi but just make it good. Really good.  Word count: 2000 words or below. 30 lines for poetry. Email your submissions/queries to frangipani.press@gmail.comhttps://www.facebook.com/Frangipani-Press-390684381271554/

31st Jan Romantic vampire stories 1000-15,000 words. PAYING http://www.penandkinkpub.com/home/call-for-submissions/

31st Jan Poetry and fiction on the theme of Medicine. http://www.amsterdamquarterly.org/submissions/

31st Jan Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Breaking Barriers or Pushing Against Boundaries. PAYING http://www.echapbook.com/submissions.html

31st Jan Poetry on the theme of Back Roads & Byways. http://www.bluehorsepress.com/

31st Jan Writing and art by neurodivergent writers on the theme of Time Travel. https://barkingsycamores.submittable.com/submit

31st Jan or when filled: Food-related erotic horror. PAYING http://www.grivantepress.com/submissions/mashed/

31st Jan In Memoriam poetry for public figures who died in 2016. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://nonbinaryreview.submittable.com/submit

31st Jan Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe. PAYING https://nonbinaryreview.submittable.com/submit

31st Jan Fantasy novella. PAYING http://thefantasistmag.com/submissions-guidelines/

1st Feb Speculative and/or esoteric poetry, fiction and more on the theme of A Becoming. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.priestessandhierophant.com/blank-2

1st Feb Fiction 500-3000 words starting with the line, Eddie tended to drift into whatever jobs were available that would pay the rent. PAYING http://www.thefirstline.com/submission.htm

1st Feb ‘Essay theme: Stories about traveling, wandering, the wonder of our great big world’ for this mag centring on women’s interests. PAYING http://www.skirt.com/contribute/

1st Feb ‘Please submit your work to an important new anthology of poems, whose working title is The Poetry of Capital. This collection will contain a diverse range of poets coming together to assess the 21st-century American relationship with money: the adversarial and the addicted, the private and the political, the exuberant and the destitute.’ http://poetryofcapital.wixsite.com/anthology/how-to-submit-your-work

1st Feb Poetry, essays, fiction and more on the theme of Beyond Red and Blue: Voices of America. http://stoneboatwi.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/call-for-submissions-beyond-red-and.html

1st Feb ‘As fall turns to a hazy shade of winter, our next issue theme explores how the history of L.A. (past, present and yet to come) provokes change.’ http://aflwmag.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.

‘Please submit only those works that can be reasonably described as expressions of resistance, whether poetry, fiction, narrative nonfiction or images.’ PAYING http://www.writersresist.com/submissions/ (thanks to www.erikadreifus.com for this one)

‘We seek poems of high literary quality—poems we can be proud to publish and which we believe will generate their own light for our readers.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.earthshinepoetry.org/esSubmission.htm

Flash, short fiction and more. https://pitheadchapel.com/submission-guidelines/

Various types of romance MSS. ROYALTIES http://www.soulmatepublishing.com/pages/Submission-Guidelines.html

‘Publishes historical based children’s fiction for middle grade and young adult readers. Each book contains accurate historical information while captivating the readers with fascinating stories. White Mane Kids™ does not, however, publish picture books at this time.’ http://www.whitemane.com/submit-book-proposal/ (with thanks to www.fundsforwriters.com for this one)

Poetry and non-fiction. http://www.thelondonmagazine.org/submission-guidelines/

Poetry, fiction, and more. http://www.hermeneuticchaosjournal.com/submissions.html

Poetry, flash, short fiction and more (Cathy’s note: you have to scroll through loads of fee-charging options on their Submittable page, but the ‘general’ category is free!). SOME CONTRIBUTORS GET CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.gftpress.com/submissions

Write a funny short story or monologue in 500 words or less. http://www.funnyinfivehundred.com/p/submit.html

‘Anak Sastra consists of two main platforms. The first is to give writers of Southeast Asian countries a place to publish their work on any topic written in English. The second is to allow expatriates, tourists, and regional connoisseurs to share their experiences living or traveling in Southeast Asia through written word in English.’ Poetry, short fiction and more. http://www.anaksastra.com/submission-guidelines.html

’50GS accepts short fiction; book reviews; interviews; craft essays; creative non-fiction; poetry; photography; and visual art.’ http://www.50gs.uk/submissions.html

Poetry. http://www.theshallowends.com/submissions.html

‘Rise Up Review is a landing site for the poetry of opposition. We feature a new poem each day dedicated to making the political personal and vice versa.’ http://www.riseupreview.com/About.html

Fiction 1500-7000 words. ROYALTIES http://the40p.com/guidelines

Twitter-length fiction and memoir. https://teenytinytext.wordpress.com/submission-guidelines/

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

‘Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, experimental writing, and art.’ http://www.thegamblermag.com/submit/

‘Entertaining: QUIPS & QUOTES, FOOTNOTES and ANECDOTES. To be no more than 5-lines, 5th line to be byline identification. Use no larger than #12 Font. To be no more than 60 space lines.’ email: lonestarsmagazine@yahoo.com https://sites.google.com/site/conceitmagazine/lone-stars-magazine

Science Fantasy stories. PAYING http://magazine.scifan.org/