Comps and calls for August 2017

Hello everyone! I hope that you’re enjoying the summer, wherever you are.

Every month I check each link carefully. I NEVER copy and paste a link from another website without checking it myself. And yet every month there is at least one link that is dead, or comes up with something bizarre. My apologies to those who tried to submit their learned papers last month, only to be offered ways to increase blood flow to a certain part of the male anatomy. No doubt this month will throw up something equally embarrassing!

Many thanks to those who’ve donated to keep the site going, via my tip jar (link for UK readers). It all helps.

The summer slump continues… Keep submitting and entering. People are on holiday, or busy with children. Even if you are too, find just a few minutes to send something off!

There’s a very good piece here on submitting poetry, by the wonderful Erika Dreifus. I agree wholeheartedly with what she says.

So submit! Enter! You have a very good chance! I’ve built my whole career on ‘have a go’.

Cathy x


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

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

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

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

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

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

COMPETITIONS

2nd Aug ‘Spectator Competition No. 3010: monster mash-up. In memory of the late great George Romero, and taking as your inspiration Seth Grahame-Smith’s 2009 Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, you are invited to provide an extract from a mash-up of a literary classic of your choice and horror fiction. Please email, wherever possible, entries of up to 150 words to lucy@spectator.co.uk by midday on 2 August, providing a word count at the end of your entry.’ PAYING https://www.spectator.co.uk/2017/07/cat-call/

6th Aug Poems (Cathy’s note: the first entry is free, but you have to pay to enter more than one poem). PAYING http://waxpoetryart.com/africa/submissions.html

9th Aug ‘Spectator Competition No 3011: bowing and scraping

You are invited to submit a disgustingly flattering poem in heroic couplets in praise of a contemporary person of power. Please email entries of up to 16 lines to lucy@spectator.co.uk by midday on 9 August.’ PAYING https://www.spectator.co.uk/2017/07/new-beginnings/

11th Aug Limerick. ‘Only those who can attend the competition in Limerick will be eligible to compete in the final (Sat 26th August). Therefore, the final prize and runner up prizes will only be available to those who attend the Festival.’ PAYING https://limericksfest.wixsite.com/limerickliteraryfest/competition-1 (thanks to www.prizemagic.co.uk for this one)

13th Aug Poems (Cathy’s note: the first entry is free, but you have to pay to enter more than one poem). PAYING http://waxpoetryart.com/india/submissions.html

14th Aug Essay by a student on one of the provided topics. PAYING https://essayservice.com/blog/writers-scholarship/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email

15th Aug ‘The contest contains six categories which span San Antonio’s dynamic 300-year history. Poems submitted need not be overtly “historical,” but must reference the culture/feeling/life of San Antonio during these different time periods.’ PAYING http://geminiink.org/30-poems/ (thanks to www.erikadreifus.com for this one)

15th Aug Full length play. PAYING http://dchornfoundation.org/competition-rules (thanks to www.londonplaywrightsblog.com for this one)

15th Aug ‘The PEN/Jean Stein Grant for Literary Oral History recognizes a literary work of nonfiction that uses oral history to illuminate an event, individual, place, or movement. The winner will receive a $10,000 grant to help maintain or complete his or her ongoing project and will be honored at the annual PEN Literary Awards Ceremony in New York City.’ PAYING https://pen.org/literary-award/penjean-stein-grant-for-literary-oral-history-10000/ (thanks to www.freedomwithwriting.com for this one)

15th Aug Full length play. PAYING https://yup.submittable.com/submit/20322/yale-drama-series

19th Aug Short story on the theme of Freedom in Hull. ‘Entries from already commercially published writers will not be accepted.’  PAYING http://www.valeriewood.co.uk/#/competition/4578134634

20th Aug Essay 750-1000 words on one of the provided themes. PAYING https://123writings.com/writing-contest

21st Aug ‘There are stories that uplift the human spirit, that inspire good, and that push us to become our personal bests. We want to bring these stories forward and share them with the world via social media. On social media, a winning article has two equally important ingredients: (1) a captivating story, and (2) an enticing Facebook post. As such, all entries will be judged based on a combination of writing quality and potential for Facebook fan reaction.’ (Cathy’s note: I don’t usually list comps that require social media interaction (eg getting loads of likes), but this could be entered without doing so, I think. Unless I’ve got it wrong) PAYING http://www.theepochtimes.com/inspiring-the-world/

27th Aug Poems (Cathy’s note: the first entry is free, but you have to pay to enter more than one poem). PAYING http://waxpoetryart.com/angela/submissions.html

28th Aug 10 word story. NON-CASH PRIZE https://www.writingclasses.com/contest/a-very-short-story-contest-2017

30th Aug ‘Start with a moment in American History. Now, write the scene taking place in a society in which the color of one’s eyes determines one’s social class. Your story should be historical in nature. Make us feel as though this moment in time could have actually happened this way.’ Up to 2000 words. VOUCHER/OTHER http://www.greywolfeshop.com/2017-monthly-contests.html

31st Aug Monologue up to 15 mins. NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.soundwork-uk.co.uk/competitions

31st Aug Poems. PAYING http://www.deancharltonmag.com/poetry-competition.html

31st Aug ‘Bitch Media is pleased to offer the Bitch Media Fellowships for Writers, a series of three-month intensive writing fellowships whose goal is to develop, support, and amplify emerging, diverse voices in feminist, activist, and pop-culture media.’ PAYING https://www.bitchmedia.org/article/announcing-bitch-media-fellowships-writers/2018 (thanks to https://www.freedomwithwriting.com/ for this one)

31st Aug Poem. NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.thenovelist.co.uk/poetry-contest.html

31st Aug ‘Submissions are open between January and August and require applicants to share their writing bio and an example of their writing entitled “A Extraordinary Room”.’ NON-CASH PRIZE http://tallistonhq.wixsite.com/talliston/writer-in-residence

31st Aug Fiction up to 3000 words. PAYING https://thewritingdistrict.com/pages/the-writing-district-competition

31st Aug Poem inspired by the provided image. PAYING http://www.rattle.com/ekphrastic/

1st Sep Open to writers who were born, live or have lived, study or have studied, work or have worked, in Cheshire, UK: ‘Children’s Literature either prose (1,500 lines max) or verse (100 lines max) aimed at seven-14 year old children.’ PAYING http://www.chester.ac.uk/literatureprize/howtoenter

1st Sep ‘They say it takes a village to raise a child, but that’s just one example of a kind of community and just one way a community can affect your life. There are plenty of others–good, bad, and otherwise. So for this contest, write a creative, compelling, well-crafted story between 1,000 and 5,000 words long in which the idea of community (or some kind of community) plays an important role.’ PAYING https://onthepremises.submittable.com/Submit

1st Sep Oxfordshire writers aged 18-30: writing up to 500 words on the theme of ‘Inspired by Oxford’. PAYING http://www.writersinoxford.org/the-wio-young-oxfordshire-writers-competition/ (thanks to www.erikadreifus.com for this one)

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

5th Aug ‘We are in search of erotic stories centered around the theme of haunted.’ 1000-5000 words. PAYING http://www.mugwumppress.com/mofo/haunted/

6th Aug Flash fiction on the theme of Retrospective. https://palmsizedprompts.wordpress.com/submissions/

6th Aug Fiction 800-2000 words on the theme of WOMEN & GIRLS. ‘This month we’re only looking for female authors writing female protagonists. Any genre and subject is welcome. Spread the word to women writers you know!’ http://www.liarsleague.com/liars_league/forthcoming-events-themes.html

6th Aug Two calls: writing on the theme of either Twists or Masque. https://medusaslaugh.com/submissions/

6th Aug ‘Submissions must be 101 words long, consisting of a one word title and one hundred word story.’ Theme: angels. http://www.101fiction.com/p/submissions.html

6th Aug ‘Novelty’s 9th issue is dedicated to the theme “Back to the basics”. To understand where we’re going, we need to rediscover our roots: the soil and society that shaped us and sent us out into the world. This issue is about examining our origins, sensing our interconnectedness and creating harmony in order to thrive.’ http://www.noveltymag.co.uk/submissions/

7th Aug Poetry and more on the theme of Quaker Libraries. https://www.friendsjournal.org/submissions/

8th Aug Writing, art and crafts on the theme of Relationships. https://wildflowermuse.wordpress.com/about/guidelines/

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

10th Aug ‘Wendy’s Subway is seeking submissions for an upcoming publication which will address the potential of ritual under capital. What habits and practices do we form to subvert, subsist, survive? Is there refuge in ritual? How might ritual practices endow objects and artifacts with qualities that resist their assimilation within the market?’ Fiction, poetry and more. (Cathy’s note: WARNING: for reasons best known to itself, this website contains flashing images.) http://www.wendyssubway.com/open-call/

10th Aug ‘Get us into the heart of the villains. Make us question if they are really that bad. Help us understand why they do what they do. Show us that underneath their actions, there is something there that could make us empathize with their plight. Go beyond the darkness and evil and help us wonder what’s under the surface of those we love to hate.’ 500-10,500 words. PAYING http://fantasiadivinitymagazine.myfreesites.net/anthology-submission-calls

11th Aug Poetry, prose and more on the theme of Masturbation. https://cliteraturejournal.com/submit/

15th Aug ‘AD LUMEN PRESS is accepting manuscripts of full-length literary novels and memoirs from emerging authors who may or may not have previously published a book-length work.’ https://adlumenpress.submittable.com/submit

15th Aug ‘The inevitable breakdown of a long-term relationship; losing your home due to gentrification; struggling with the deportation of a loved one; navigating the crumbling healthcare situation in Trump’s America. How do you define loss and grief? Radix Media presents AFTERMATH: Explorations of Loss & Grief, an anthology that will examine what it means to face the consequences after tragedy strikes. The theme is left intentionally open, giving contributors the freedom to tell their story as it is most relevant to their experiences.’ Poetry, fiction, personal essays and more. PAYING http://radixmedia.org/call-for-submissions/

15th Aug or until filled:  SF 1000-6000 words on the theme of Transhumanism. PAYING https://gehennaandhinnom.wordpress.com/2017/05/28/call-for-submissions-science-fiction-anthology-years-best-transhuman-sf/

15th Aug Writing on the theme of Inner Truth. ‘Keep in mind: I hold preference for pieces that reflect the spirit of The Phoenix Soul: vulnerable; personal; tender; never shying away from struggle, but generally including hints of hope and healing among the hurt.’ http://www.thephoenixsoul.com/submit/

15th Aug Poetry and prose on the theme of Political Landscapes. http://aboutplacejournal.org/submissions/

15th Aug Spec fiction 1000-5000 words on the theme of Rebellion. PAYING https://sqmag.com/submissions/

15th Aug Poetry on the theme of Forest, Grove and Wood. http://theplumtreetavern.blogspot.co.uk/

15th Aug Writers who have a relationship with Tuscany: poetry, flash and more on the theme of Fiction v Reality. http://thesighpress.com/submissions/

15th Aug ‘We are now accepting submissions for our special issue, “for my lover, she is fair: a Sappho tribute.” We want to read your lovely poems, your ethereal, your lyrical. All work should be related to Sappho’s poetry in some way. We will only accept work from women, femme individuals, and/or nonbinary folks.’ http://figrootpress.com/submissions/

15th Aug ‘Anomaly’s GLITTERBRAIN folio seeks work by queer and trans indigenous people and people of color who identify as mentally-ill, neurodivergent, or as having mental illness. Send up to 5 pieces, and a brief bio to sarah@anomalouspress.org by August 15th.’ (thanks to www.thereviewreview.net for this one)

16th Aug Poetry, flash and more on the theme of Fallout. https://bunburymagazine.com/submit-to-us/

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

20th Aug Fiction up to 5500 words. PAYING https://ruminatemagazine.submittable.com/submit

22nd Aug ‘AGAINST SURVIVAL is an outlet. A place to voice otherwise unspeakable things. A violent reassurance that you could, in fact, be worse. This anthology welcomes essays and stories exploring these concepts and themes. Fact, fiction, and everything between. 1,500 to 5,000 words.’ PAYING http://carrionblue555.blogspot.co.uk/p/submissions.html

23rd Aug Flash and short fiction on the theme of Latin America. https://www.litro.co.uk/submit/

23rd Aug Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of the Hazards of Mercy. http://pidgeonholes.com/fire

25th Aug ‘We are primarily wanting fantasy and dark fantasy settings focusing on an Autumn theme. While we will consider modern/futuristic stories, we want the focus to be on the nature of Autumn and magic/fantasy elements inspired by it.’ PAYING http://fantasiadivinitymagazine.myfreesites.net/anthology-submission-calls

25th Aug  ‘As the Boeing 777 descends through the clouds for its approach into SFO, only a few of the passengers (mostly in window seats) suspect they have arrived at the wrong destination. Which is incorrect, sort of. They have arrived at San Francisco International Airport…on June 28, 2037. The wrinkle has transported them 20 years into the future. Your story should be presented from the perspective of one of the passengers on this flight, the passenger seated in Seat 14C, beginning when they step off the flight at SFO, 20 years in the future.’ PAYING http://seat14c.com/future_ideas

25th Aug Ten-minute plays. ‘Please ensure that plays are submitted in stage-play format and are for no more than four characters. We do not accept monologues, extracts from full-length plays, adaptations or film scripts.   Writers must be UK based.’ https://www.littlepiecesofgold.co.uk/submissions

25th Aug Writing on the theme of Transition for this Christian litmag. http://www.inkandletters.com/call/

25th Aug Romantic flash fiction on the theme of Picture Perfect. PAYING http://splickety.com/imprints/splickety-love/

25th Writing for children on the theme of Basketball – query first. PAYING http://www.cricketmedia.com/faces-submission-guidelines

27th Aug Poetry on the theme of Unprintable (Cathy’s note: only Australian contributors are paid). PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS  http://cordite.org.au/submissions/

28th Aug Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Crucial Conversations: How to get what you want when it matters. http://moonmagazine.org/submission-guideline/

31st Aug Up to three pieces, poetry or flash fiction, on the theme of child refugees. All profits to the Alf Dubs Children’s Fund. Due to the nature of the charity, only PG submissions will be accepted. Send your submissions to charityanthology@gmail.com CHARITY ANTHOLOGY

31st Aug ‘We invite you to submit one previously unpublished poem of three pages maximum (all forms are welcome: fragments, narrative poems, free verse, prose poems, traditional forms).’ https://revuepost.com/appel-call/

31st Aug Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Shame. https://www.charliebondhus.com/cfs-shame-an-anthology

31st Aug ‘The upcoming ninth issue of NOUS will be all about “Home” touching issues like homelessness, cultural diversity and belonging.’ Poetry, fiction and more. PAYING http://www.nous-magazine.de/home

31st Aug ‘Alternative art and literature magazine The Matador Review is now accepting submissions for the Fall 2017 publication. We publish poetry, fiction, flash fiction, and creative non-fiction, inviting all unpublished literature written in the English language (and translations that are accompanied by the original text) as well as many forms of visual art.’ www.matadorreview.com/submissions?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email

31st Aug Poems and stories on the theme of Redemption. PAYING http://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics

31st Aug ‘The mission for submission, should you choose to accept it, is to think of three possible stories inspired by this image (provided on website – Cathy), discard the first two and write the third (in this way, we can subtract normal and get deviation).’ http://normaldeviation.wonderboxpublishing.com/2017/06/fwd-normaldeviation-anthology-is-now.html

31st Aug ’80s-themed horror stories. http://blackcandies.sosayweallonline.com/submit-to-black-candies-the-eighties/

31st Aug ‘Angels, divine timing, miraculous coincidences, answered prayers, premonitions that come true. Good things do happen to good people. Please share your unbelievable and amazing stories about the unexplainable events that have occurred to you. Share the awe, the faith, and the wonder with our readers.’ Poetry and prose. PAYING http://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics

31st Aug Stories 2000-8000 words on the theme of The Last Wish. PAYING http://www.renfieldpress.com/p/literry-e-clectic.html

31st Aug ‘We want to bring some genuine revolution to the way that artificial intelligence stories are told, and how they intersect with gender identity, parenthood, sexuality, war, and the future of our species. The only hard-and-fast rule is that the creator of the AI or robot must not be a cis man.’ PAYING http://motherofinvention.twelfthplanetpress.com/submission-guidelines/

31st Aug Poetry and flash on the theme of Down the Rabbit Hole. http://www.tattoohighway.org/guidelines2.html (thanks to www.thereviewreview.net for this one)

31st Aug Poetry on the theme of Europe. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://magmapoetry.com/contributions/

31st Aug Comedy Script. http://www.londonplaywrightsblog.com/?p=9378

31st Aug There are stairs in the woods – as if you cut and pasted stairs from a house… 3000-20,000 words. ROYALTIES https://silverempire.org/submissions/stairs-in-the-woods/

31st Aug Horror stories 1000-3000 words. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://newlitsalonpress.com/open-call-first-came-fear/

31st Aug Short poetry, prose and art on the theme of Fever. PAYING https://claudiusspeaks.com/submission-guidelines/

31st Aug ‘The theme for the Fall 2017 edition of Blood & Bourbon is a simple one: “Death.” We are looking for interesting and original takes on the subject, hopefully from a lot of different angles. As always, we like stories that are a little gritty, a little raw, and offer an unpasteurized view of life.’ https://blood-and-bourbon.com/new-page/

31st Aug ‘Transformed will be an exploration of our dark side through characters that challenge the human experience by simply being different. We would love to follow the tale of a misunderstood lycan just trying to find his true place beside the woman he loves. We want to experience the angst of a pair of shapeshifting lovers who must fight against their curse to shift into predator and prey every lunar cycle.’ 1000-15,000 words. PAYING http://www.penandkinkpub.com/home/call-for-submissions/

31st Aug Poems on the theme of Sweet Sorrow. https://redwolfjournal.wordpress.com/submission-guidelines/

1st Sep Poetry and more on the theme of Families. PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS

https://parabola.org/submissions/

1st Sep ‘We welcome submissions of art and writing that approaches retrofuturism through a progressive lens. Essays and flash fiction of approximately 250-500 words is especially welcome; longer works may be serialized.’ Theme: Resistance. PAYING  https://www.galileogames.com/retro-future/

1st Sep ‘What happens to a woman’s career after kids? We are looking for fresh perspectives, up to 1,400 words, that tackle the emotional and practical issues involved in combining being a mom with pursuing a career. Interpretations might include: the decision to stay home (or not) when the kids are young; the realities of the part-time or work-from-home experience; re-entry (or not) into the workforce once the children are older. We are open to a range of styles and this is a paid opportunity.’ PAYING https://motherwellmag.submittable.com/submit/90139/essay-series-motherhood-and-ambition

1st Sep Short fiction, flash/micro fiction, and nonfiction on the theme of After Dark. After Hours https://www.litro.co.uk/submit/

1st Sep Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Home. http://pocketchangelitmag.com/

1st Sep ‘We’re looking for stories that fit the theme: Death by Water. All types of horror are welcome.’ 4000-5000 words. PAYING http://www.independentlegions.com/submissions.html

1st Sep ‘Current Call for Grit Lit: Rural and Revisionist Western Stories, Fiction or Non-:  We need your best Harry Crews homage for our Fall 2017 issue “All We Need of Hell.”  Crews is one of our favorite authors, and we’ll take any interpretation you have of grit lit that is “Crewsesque.” ‘ http://www.cowboyjamboreemagazine.com/style–submit.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.

‘Poets of conscience and courage, writing in English, living everywhere on Earth, are invited to submit to 45 Poems: Reflection & Response,presented by Eleventh Transmission & Wax Poetry and Art. This special project seeks poems that engage with, reflect upon, critique, and otherwise respond to current social and political climate that has seen increasing challenges for democracy in liberal societies and weakening of decades-long political unions.’ http://waxpoetryart.com/eleventh/submissions.html

‘DARK ALLEY PRESS: Currently accepting novel-length work in horror and dark fiction as well as horror and dark fiction short stories for the INK STAINS anthology. Strange Fictions is also currently accepting short stories or serials in science fiction, fantasy, speculative fiction, and magical realism. We are also accepting essays, narrative nonfiction, poetry, and artwork suitable for a SF&F publication.’ PAYING http://vagabondagepress.com/blog/submissions/

Poetry up to 50 lines, microfiction up to 1500 lines. http://arielchart.blogspot.co.uk/p/submission-guidelines_95.html

‘We are looking for fiction that adapts well to audio formats and lasts approximately 20 to 30 minutes when read (with a soft cap of 45 minutes).  Works should be roughly within roughly PG-13 guidelines.’ PAYING http://dakkapress.com/wp/submissions/

Poems. Preferred themes: ‘Kiss From A Rose’ – Seal, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Jam, Evil Balloons, 1759 in Russian Siberia.  https://wantonfuckery.wordpress.com/submissions/

50-word stories. PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS   http://fiftywordstories.com/submissions/

‘We’d love to see books on voice actors, Muppet/Sesame Street performers, Allen Jenkins, Harry Morgan, Victor Buono, Frank Nelson, Russ Tamblyn, Joe Flynn, Don Knotts, any of the Charlie Chan actors or sons, Don Adams, Frank Morgan, Pinto Colvig, David Tomlinson, British comedy actors (Ted Ray, Arthur Askey, Jimmy Edwards, etc.), and any of the unheralded supporting players. We are also seeking more modern television titles.’ http://www.bearmanormedia.com/write-for-us

‘We publish nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. We tend to favor personal writing, but we’re also looking for provocative pieces on political and cultural issues.’ PAYING http://thesunmagazine.org/submit

Crime MSS. http://www.crookedlanebooks.com/contact/

‘We are looking for stories and poems that speak to the realities of homelessness. We want pieces about sleeping on the winter streets of Chicago, flying a sign in Biloxi, and sniping cigarette butts from between the cracks before it rains.’ https://www.onepersonstrash.org/submissions

‘We’re interested in writing and visual art that spans the worlds of queer culture, the feminine narrative, marginalized communities, and politics and culture.’ PAYING http://www.argotmagazine.com/contribute/

‘Poets Reading The News is a new digital publication bridging poetry and journalism. We welcome innovative and insightful poetry and prose submissions that regard contemporary events and themes.’ http://www.poetsreadingthenews.com/submissions/

‘Although we like a slow burn, we want stories to intrigue us from the start. Set the tone early, even if the story’s unusual nature takes time to unfold. Magic realism, gothic, and surrealist are compass points.’ 2500-7000 words. PAYING https://blackdandy.co/submissions/

‘The Haight Ashbury Literary Journal publishes well-written poetry and fiction. HALJ’s voices are often of people who have been marginalized, oppressed, or abused.’ (Cathy’s note: you can submit by email if you live in a country other than USA) https://haightashburyliteraryjournal.wordpress.com/about/

Fiction, personal essays and more. PAYING http://www.thesunlightpress.com/submissions/

‘Submissions for Half Mystic Journal’s fourth issue are now open. Issue IV centres around the theme of grazioso: the dream-bright waltz – the soft-stained song – the place where sunlight settles & nothing really hurts.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.halfmystic.com/journal/

Full-length manuscripts of poetry, short stories or novels. http://www.halfmystic.com/manuscripts/

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

Children’s nonfiction MSS. http://www.oleanderpress.com/submissions.html

Writing and art by Saudi women on the theme of Movement. http://jahanamiya.com/submissions/

‘Our mission is to get children excited about science and math through fun-to-read picture book stories. We are primarily looking for fiction manuscripts with non-fiction facts woven into the story, although we will also consider some non-fiction stories. In every manuscript we look for a “cuddle factor” that will make parents and children want to read it together.’ http://www.arbordalepublishing.com/Submissions.htm

‘Vanity Projection is an online humor magazine publishing essays, satirical news pieces, and whatever other unholy genre-melting abominations our writers’ fevered minds can conjure up.’ PAYING http://vanityprojection.net/submit/

Pulp fiction 2000-5000 words. PAYING https://broadswordsandblasters.com/submissions/

‘breadlesscrust is looking for innovative writing hybrids, conceptual pieces,  really anything that might fall under the wind-inverted umbrella of ‘experimental’ ‘ https://www.breadlesscrust.com/

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

SF and F stories. PAYING http://blindspot.pub/guidelines/

‘Our digital collections are available in PDF format at this site, published under the Red Wolf imprint. We invite you to submit poem manuscripts to us (20-30 poems). You may email your manuscript for our consideration at redwolfjournal AT gmail DOT com.’ https://redwolfjournal.wordpress.com/poetry-collections-2/

Comps and calls for July 2017

Hello all! Many thanks, as always, to those of you who have sent me messages telling me about your successes. I really should have put them on a page to inspire the rest of you… As usual I’ve been busy – writing, editing, and reading some wonderful work by other people. I’ve had some acceptances but it hasn’t been the most succesful month for me.

In fact, it’s the summer slump. While December is by far the best month to enter or submit, as there are loads of opportunities and many writers are far too busy to do as much as usual, July and August come joint second. People are on holiday, or busy with children home from school – which means that you and I should be submitting and entering, submitting and entering! If we do, then later in the year we should get some very nice emails indeed.

Many thanks to this month’s sponsor, UK-based indie press Mother’s Milk Books. They’re inviting submissions of short stories/fairy tales for the next in the series of The Forgotten and the Fantastical. Stories can be up to 5000 words long, and may be set in the present day or in any fantastical setting. Each accepted author receives payment, a copy of the book and the chance to read at the launch. Deadline: 31st August. http://www.mothersmilkbooks.com/index.php/submissions

Good luck with whatever you decide to enter!

Cathy x


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

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

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

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

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

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

COMPETITIONS

5th Jul Full length play. PAYING http://www.sohotheatre.com/writers/verity-bargate-award/guidelines/

5th July Spectator Competition No. 3006: laughing matter. ‘You are invited to submit a sonnet that takes as its opening line Keats’s ‘Why did I laugh tonight? No voice will tell:’. Please email entries, wherever possible, to lucy@spectator.co.uk by midday on 5 July.’ PAYING https://www.spectator.co.uk/2017/06/political-clerihew/#

5th Jul Various awards for writers based in Scotland. PAYING http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/writing/scottish-book-trust-training-awards/new-writers-awards/apply-now

12th Jul ‘Spectator Competition No. 3007: CAT CAL1(sic). You are invited to submit a poem about Larry the Downing Street cat. Please email, wherever possible, entries of up to 16 lines to lucy@spectator.co.uk by midday on 12 July.’ PAYING https://www.spectator.co.uk/2017/07/what-alice-did-next/#

16th Jul Short story 1500-5000 words on the theme of Light (Cathy’s note: this is free for those 21 and under, but those older will have to pay a fee). PAYING https://hgwellscompetition.com/competition-rules-2017/ (thanks to www.freedomwithwriting.com for this)

18th Jul ‘Aspiring art critics are invited to submit one unpublished review of a recent contemporary art exhibition, which should be 700 words in length.’ PAYING https://frieze.com/article/frieze-writers-prize-2017 (thanks to http://publishedtodeath.blogspot.co.uk for this one)

30th Jul Poem (Cathy’s note: the first entry is free, but you have to pay if you want to enter two or three). PAYING http://waxpoetryart.com/calgary/submissions.html

30th Jul Writers aged 14-21 living in Ireland: Writing exploring the ethical challenges associated with intercultural diversity in Ireland. PAYING http://tinyurl.com/y8trddt8

31st Jul Writing up to 750 words on the theme of Travel for Seniors. PAYING http://seniortravelexpert.com/travel-for-seniors-writing-competition/

31st Jul New Zealand only: essay up to 4000 words. PAYING http://www.otago.ac.nz/press/authors/awards/otago065482.html (thanks to www.freedomwithwriting.com for this one)

31st Jul ‘We are looking for a standout junior novel. It could be contemporary or magical, it could have the makings of a series, or be one crystalline stand-alone. We know we’re setting the bar high. We hope to find a book that will be in print in fifty years, as Joan achieved with the Wolves series – and many other books.’ PAYING http://amheath.com/blog/the-joan-aiken-future-classics-prize/

31st Jul Canada only: poetry and/or short story. PAYING http://polarexpressions.ca/SummerContests.html

31st Jul Non-professional writers only: story on the theme of Journey. Children’s prize: story on the theme of Maps. PAYING https://dragonflytea.com/blogs/our-blog/dragonfly-tea-short-story-competition-2017

31st Jul Poem by a child aged 11-17. NON-CASH PRIZE http://foyleyoungpoets.org/apply/

31st Jul Poem by a writer aged 10-13. PAYING https://www.betjemanpoetryprize.co.uk/how-to-enter

31st Jul ‘The $500 Diverse Writers grant is intended to support new and emerging writers from underrepresented and underprivileged groups, such as writers of color, women, queer writers, disabled writers, working-class writers, etc. — those whose marginalized identities may present additional obstacles in the writing / publishing process. The $500 Diverse Worlds grant is intended for work that best presents a diverse world, regardless of the writer’s background.’ PAYING http://speculativeliterature.org/grants/slf-diverse-writers-and-diverse-worlds-grants/

31st Jul ‘This year we’re welcoming poems and short stories on all aspects of caring, but we’d particularly like to receive entries on the theme of ‘This was not in the plan’. Sooner or later, most of us will face the challenge of caring for a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill, but it can often happen unexpectedly. We look forward to receiving your poems and stories which address this theme.’ VOUCHER/OTHER http://www.carersuk.org/how-you-can-help/creative-writing/creative-writing-and-photography-competition-2017

1st Aug ‘Entries will be accepted of unpublished poetry and prose from writers who have not yet published a collection of poems or short stories or a novel. Writers who have published chapbooks may enter.’ PAYING http://www.wintertangerine.com/wta-rules

1st Aug Poem in the ballade (not ballad!) form. PAYING http://therondeauroundup.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/new-contest-ballade-not-ballad-contest.html

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

2nd Jul Poetry and more (Cathy’s note: they urge you strongly to subscribe or buy back issues, but I think my submission got through without. Of course it’s good to support litmags and I hope that you do, but if you submit, as I do, around 400 pieces a year, then it’s simply impossible to buy every publication you submit to). PAYING https://theliftedbrow.submittable.com/submit#_=_ (thanks to www.erikadreifus.com for this one)

3rd Jul Poetry and more on the theme of Conscience. https://www.friendsjournal.org/submissions/

5th Jul Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of A Reaping. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.priestessandhierophant.com/blank-2

5th Jul Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of True Facts. http://www.eyedrumperiodically.org/submissions/

7th Jul Fiction 2000-4000 words on the theme of either Agents and Spies or Pirates and Ghosts. PAYING http://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fantasy-gothic/short-story-submissions-pirates-ghosts-and-agents-spies

7th Jul Short stories by writers living and working in Cornwall. http://www.cornishshortstories.org.uk/

7th Jul Fiction up to 8000 words on the theme of Victorian Mash-up. http://www.jerseydevilpress.com/?p=7476

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

10th Jul Poetry and more on the theme of Conscience for this Quaker mag. https://www.friendsjournal.org/submissions/

10th Jul 50 word fiction on the theme of Outlaws. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.blink-ink.org/submissions/

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

15th Jul ‘We invite contributions most particularly from people (of all ages) who did not expect to live to adulthood. We also welcome contributions from those around them, family, physicians, nurses, caregivers, teachers, counsellors, and friends, whose own understandings of how adulthood is defined and valued may have been changed as well.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.universaltable.org/wisingup.html

15th Jul Pop culture nonfiction and more. PAYING https://barrelhouse.submittable.com/submit

15th Jul Fiction and more on the theme of Bodies. http://tokenmagazine.co.uk/

15th Jul ‘Queer Southeast Asia: A Journal of Transgressive Art invites artists, critics, scholars, curators, cultural workers, activists doing trans-work in/on Southeast Asia from all worldly zones to reflect on the question of trans as a differential calculus of precarious gender in the 21st century, with a particular consideration of queerness as a method of inquiry that makes the traversals of trans both restive and irresistible.’ Poetry, fiction and more. http://queersoutheastasia.com/submission-guidelines

15th Jul Speculative fiction 1500-3000 words on the theme of Strange Beasties. PAYING http://www.thirdflatiron.com/liveSite/pages/submissions

15th Jul Nonfiction poems on the theme of Jazz. http://rabbitpoetry.com/?p=1917

15th Jul Canada only: Poetry and fiction on the theme of Alice Unbound. PAYING https://colleenanderson.wordpress.com/2017/05/23/alice-unbound-guidelines-update/

16th Jul 3-6 poems. (Cathy’s note: Duotrope says ‘unknown advance, unknown royalties’, but I can’t fnd any payment info on the website) UNKNOWN PAYMENT https://biglucks.submittable.com/submit/4017/big-lucks-poetry

19th Jul ‘We are looking for talented writers who have stories to tell about their recovery, directly or indirectly from drugs or alcohol. We will also consider submissions on the theme of recovery in a broader sense (from mental or physical illness). Through our creative writing group and mentoring, we aim to inspire artistic excellence in our writers, helping nurture talent that has previously gone unnoticed.’ http://paulmcveigh.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/a-wild-and-precious-life-anthology.html?view=flipcard

20th Jul Poetry and more on the theme of Practical Magic. https://www.faeriemag.com/pages/submit

21st Jul or when filled: ‘Franklin/Kerr Press is looking for exceptional horror short stories with post-apocalyptic and dystopian themes or settings for our upcoming horror anthology Down with the Fallen. ‘ 2000-8000 words. PAYING http://franklinkerr.com/?p=anthologyDWTF

21st Fiction, nonfiction and more for children aged 9-14, on the theme of Scotland. PAYING http://www.cricketmedia.com/faces-submission-guidelines

24th Jul ‘As with the first issue, we’re looking for 300-500 word pieces of non-fiction poetry and prose – we’ll even accept prose poetry – or 144 character long pieces of Twitterature. For this issue, we’re looking for interesting and unique insights behind identity and the multitude of things (from hobbies, relationships, schools, interests, beliefs, events or places to name but a few) which form a key part of who we are as individuals.’ http://www.dnamag.co.uk/ (thanks to https://shortstops.info/ for this one)

24th Jul Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of ‘Oh the shame! Exploring our uniquely human emotion.’ http://moonmagazine.org/submission-guideline/

25th Jul Poetry and short fiction on the theme of Light. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://popshotpopshot.com/submit.html

27th Jul Heartfelt poetry outlining the challenges faced in the current economic climate, yet highlighting how by working together we can make positive changes for everyone and save the world one life at a time. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1894683707470670&set=gm.274365413035311&type=3&theater

28th Jul ‘Think Nightmare before Christmas and Rise of the Guardians and other mash-ups for this Halloween issue. We’re looking for stories that combine two or more holidays and splash in a bit of Halloween creepiness for a twisted celebration.’ Flash fiction. PAYING http://splickety.com/submission-guidelines/

30th Jul Poetry and fiction on the theme of Emperor’s New Clothes. PAYING http://www.fairytalemagazine.com/p/blog-page_22.html

30th Jul Fiction on the theme of Beginnings. PAYING http://www.blyantpublishing.com/submissions-.html

31st Jul Poetry, flash, short fiction and more on the theme of Skin. PAYING https://www.thirdpointpress.com/submission-guidelines/ (thanks to https://thepoetsresource.wordpress.com/ for this one)

31st Jul Poetry, fiction and more, by women, on the theme of Family Secrets. PAYING http://roommagazine.com/submit

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

31st Jul ‘We are open to submissions which relate to the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen. We encourage you to explore Project Gutenberg for reference, and suggest Hans Andersen’s Fairy Tales, First Series, and Hans Andersen’s Fairy Tales, Second Series as your source of inspiration (and accuracy.)’ PAYING https://nonbinaryreview.submittable.com/submit

31st Jul ‘Theme: People whose lives do not reflect those in mainstream media. They might be stories with minority protagonists, pieces about unconventional lifestyles, or stories set in fantasy worlds unlike the usual quasi-medieval fare. Also welcome would be stories about people living different lives in some way – perhaps having the opportunity to go back and change a decision or slipping between timelines.’ https://tigersharkpublishing.wordpress.com/home/guidelines/

31st Jul ‘We are looking for weird fiction that explores the mystique and terror of caverns, abyssal spaces, and subterranean worlds. As with previous MMP anthologies, we will be including a seed story from H. P. Lovecraft’s oeuvre (in this case, The Rats in the Walls, though many of his stories went underground). We want to see bizarre civilizations, mind-boggling physical and biological phenomena, horrific rituals, mad science and madder sorcery.’ PAYING http://martianmigrainepress.com/chthonic-weird-tales-of-inner-earth/

31st Jul ‘Brad King, Amber Peckham, Nicole Mathew, and Elise Lockwood are seeking narrative essay, creative nonfiction, script photo, and poetry submissions for an edited book collection titled Dear America: Reflections on Race. This collection takes the issue that most divides this country, and moves it to the quiet, intimate stories of people from across the country. This collection isn’t meant to advocate a position. Instead, we want the personal stories and reflections from people who come from diverse backgrounds and want to share their American story.’ Poetry, ficiton, scripts and more. ROYALTIES http://thegeekypress.com/dear-america-reflections-on-race-a-call-for-submissions/

31st Jul Horror fiction 4000-6000 words on the theme of one of the listed phobias. PAYING http://www.thecrowsinmyattic.com/2017/02/the-pulp-horror-book-of-phobias.html

31st Jul Poetry and short fiction. PAYING http://www.crannogmagazine.com/submissions.htm

31st Jul ‘We are accepting submissions of prose, poetry, and art from women of color and non-binary people of color. All submissions receive detailed feedback from genre editors to encourage artistic growth.’ http://forthesonorous.wixsite.com/forthesonorous/submissions

31st Jul ‘Sharp & Sugar Tooth is looking for creepy, seductive stories about the dark side of culinary life. The emphasis should be on the preparation, or the consumption, of food—horrifying, mouth-watering stories that make us hungry despite ourselves. Authors must identify as female, non-binary, or a marginalized sex or gender identity.’ Up to 5000 words. PAYING http://www.upperrubberboot.com/open-call-sharp-sugar-tooth/

31st Jul 10-15 pages of poems for the Boxset Series. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.oxidantengine.com/submissions

31st Jul Poetry, fiction and more by writers over 50 (Cathy’s note: non-US residents can submit by email). https://oasisjournal.org/about/

31st Jul ‘We are now looking for novel-length material. Vicinity of 70,000 words +. We are especially looking for surrealist material or work that expands the normal bounds of structure and perception. We are not looking for memoir this round. And we are not looking for young adult, coming-of-age, historical fiction, or – frankly – anything the Big 5 Publishers would love.’ UNKNOWN PAYMENT https://thricepublishing.submittable.com/submit

31st Jul Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Metamorphosis. Cathy’s note: They state that ‘Contributors will be paid once their work is included in our annual print anthology.’ It’s not clear whether all accepted work is included in that or not. I’ve listed them as paying, anyway, until I find out more.) PAYING http://neurodiversitymatters.com/barkingsycamores/general-submission-guidelines/

31st Jul ‘Butcher’s Dog welcomes submissions from writers currently living in the UK and the Republic of Ireland, particularly those with a connection to Northern England. Submit up to three previously unpublished poems.’ http://www.butchersdogmagazine.com/p/how-to-submit.html

31st Jul Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Tethys. PAYING https://pantheonmag.com/submissions/open-prompts/

31st Jul Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Askew Communications. https://rhetoricaskew.wordpress.com/submissions/

1st Aug Flash, short fiction and more on the theme of Nothing but Witches, Bitches! PAYING http://www.bodypartsmagazine.com/submissions.html

1st Aug Poetry, fiction and more. PAYING https://www.geoliterary.com/submit

1st Aug ‘Thurston Howl Publications is now accepting submissions for its third furry anthology, Infurno: The Nine Circles of Hell.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.thurstonhowlpublications.com/anthologies

1st Aug ‘Poems with lyricism and imagery, interesting language & emotional resonance.’ (Cathy’s note: according to Duotrope, the theme is ‘Skin Deep’, but there’s nothing that I’ve found to confirm that on the website.) http://pirenesfountain.com/submissions.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’re interested in writing and visual art that spans the worlds of queer culture, the feminine narrative, marginalized communities, and politics and culture.’ PAYING http://www.argotmagazine.com/contribute/ (thanks to www.erikadreifus.com for this one)

Poetry, fiction and more. https://www.tendernessyea.com/submit/

Poetry, flash and short fiction. http://ghll.truman.edu/submissions.html

Until filled or 31st Aug (Cathy’s note: they usually close submissions early!) ‘Now we are looking for stories involving the creatures which hide in the shadows — the monsters of cryptozoology. Bigfoot, Nessie, el Chupacabra, The Jersey Devil — cryptids so well known that they have become part of the cultural zeitgeist. For our new anthology, tentatively entitled Hidden Animals: A Collection of Cryptids, we are looking for lesser known cryptids, creatures of the dark corners of cryptozoology. They can be the antagonist, the protagonist, the creeping dread which drives the story, but they must be present.’ Fiction up to 6000 words. PAYING http://thedragonsroost.net/styled-3/index.html

‘An open space for artistic exploration into the curiosities that shape us and the underpinnings of how we think and feel. Published quarterly. Submissions accepted on a rolling basis. short fiction, poetry, flash fiction and libretti, interviews, essays, columns or series, criticism, visual art, multi-media collections, travel writing and reportage’ https://stratamag.org/about/

‘Send us your coolest, deepest, most fun, most emotionally power-packed prose, poetry, or hybrid genre-bending triumph of autotheory. We’ll read it.’ https://rumblefishblog.wordpress.com/contact-us/

Query the editor who best fits your novel. http://www.kensingtonbooks.com/page.aspx/submissions

‘City Lights Press would love to see your work. We are currently accepting unsolicited manuscripts in the following three genres: romance (not including erotic romance), young adult and new adult. Our goal is to find and share fun, sexy, laugh-out-loud stories from authors in all stages of their writing careers.’ http://citylightspress.com/publisher-accepts-unsolicited-manuscripts/

Game-related stories (Cathy’s note: this is a lot of pay, and I don’t know quite how this sort of thing works, but good luck if you have a go!). PAYING https://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=bc286cdf73fa5d46

Ghost-themed novels and short story collections. https://beorhouse.wordpress.com/

Poetry and fiction. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.thefenlandreed.co.uk/submissions

Comps and calls for June 2017

I’ve been very busy, despite battling my disabilities. I’ve been lucky enough to win three writing competitions this year so far – the latest being the Spank the Carp poetry contest! The thing is, I know literally hundreds of writers who are more talented than I am – but thankfully, they are suspicious of free contests and don’t enter them.

It never seems to occur to them that scammers would much rather get money from you than not! Although there are a few to be wary of – for instance, if you’re a runner-up, but there’s no prize, and you’re invited to buy the expensive anthology your poem will be in… but most are legitimate, fun, and there is nothing to lose – not even a penny!

There’s no sponsor for this month’s posting (boo!) but while Comps and Calls will always be free for everybody, don’t forget that I have a tip jar if you want to help keep this site going.

Good luck this month!

Cathy x


Here are June 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 Jun ‘For this mini-contest, show, tell, or evoke a complete story in no more than 50 words in which the number ten (or the idea of “tenth”) is important to the story.’ PAYING https://onthepremises.submittable.com/Submit

3rd Jun Horror flash fiction inspired by the photo prompt and including the word ‘infernal’. NON-CASH PRIZE http://infernalclock.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/the-infernal-flash-fiction-competition.html

5th Jun ‘In 250 words or less, using the starting phrase “When I think of my dad,” we want to know what your father means to you and how he has made your life better. What has he done to lift you up and keep you on the right track? How has he influenced you? How has he helped you stay on the path towards healing? Father doesn’t have to be biological father, it can be anyone who has acted as a father figure as long as essay stays on topic.’ PAYING http://www.drugrehab.org/fathers-day-essay-contest/

5th Jun Full-length play. PAYING https://www.writeaplay.co.uk/how-do-i-enter/#section-key-dates

7th Jun Spectator Competition No. 3002: a song for europe. ‘You are invited to provide lyrics to the European anthem ‘Ode to Joy’. Please email (wherever possible) up to 16 lines to lucy@spectator.co.uk by midday on 7 June.’ PAYING https://www.spectator.co.uk/2017/05/a-bad-lot/#

15th Jun ‘The Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award is an annual grant of $1,500 for an emerging writer of color.’ The applicant sends, among other things: ‘An unpublished work of crime fiction, written with an adult (rather than YA or children) audience in mind, which may be a short story or first chapter(s) of a manuscript in-progress, 2,500 to 5,000 words.’ PAYING http://www.sistersincrime.org/?page=EleanorTaylorBland

16th Jun Play set in a local pub. https://threadbaretheatre.wordpress.com/2017/04/11/launching-our-first-ever-playwriting-competition/ PROFIT/REVENUE SHARING MODEL (thanks to www.londonplaywrightsblog.com for this one)

25th Jun High school college or university students at least 16 years old: Essay of at least 700 words on one of the provided topics. PAYING https://noplag.com/students-scholarship

26th Jun ‘This competition is for under-represented writers in the UK only. We identify these as: those who find it difficult to access the literary world either because of mental health issues, disability, health or social circumstance.’ Poetry and fiction on the theme of Important Nothings. PAYING https://literary.creativefuture.org.uk/how-to-apply/rules/

30th Jun ‘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/contests/visual-prompt-quarterly-contest/

30th Jun ‘Writers of all backgrounds are encouraged to submit poems somehow related to the perioperative setting. Are you a medical professional or related to one? Perhaps you have been anesthetized recently, or you are overly acquainted with the waiting room. If you are connected to the world of anaesthesia, we encourage you to share your experience with us.’ PAYING http://anesthesiology.pubs.asahq.org/ss/letheon.aspx (thanks to www.erikadreifus.com for this one)

30th Jun College students or recent graduates only: essay on one of the provided subjects. PAYING https://speedypaper.com/blog/scholarships/1150_global-essay-writing-contest-%60make-change-by-writing!%60-with-a-prize-fund-of-over-%242000!

30th Jun Story up to 2000 words on the theme of Christmas. PAYING http://wordsmag.com/compcal17.htm

30th Jun Poetry and short fiction. PAYING http://www.writingwriters.co.uk/

30th Jun ‘Write a scene that includes a Dragon and a Princess who happen to be in a book club with other creatures (mystical or ordinary). Choose a single title (real or imaginary) and have the group discuss it… pros, cons, author voice, etc. Which of them would recommend the book? Why or why not?’ VOUCHER/OTHER http://www.greywolfeshop.com/2017-monthly-contests.html

30th Jun ‘The contest is open to everyone who is Irish or part of the Irish Diaspora, no matter your age or level of education, who is resident in the UK. The theme for the 2017 festival is ‘Against The Odds’ with all the plays examining the lives of Irish people who have, in some way, contributed to British life.’ http://www.irishinlondontheatre.co.uk/submissions-for-london-irish-play-festival-2017 (thanks to http://www.londonplaywrightsblog.com for this one)

30th Jun ‘The BCSA’s 2017 writing competition is now open. Fiction or fact – both are welcome. A first prize of £300 and a second prize of £100 are awarded to the best 1,500 to 2,000-word pieces of original writing in English on the links between Britain and the Czech/Slovak Republics (at any stage in their history), or describing society in transition in the Republics since 1989. Topics can include history, politics, the sciences, economics, the arts or literature. This year’s suggested (but not compulsory) theme is Brexit.’ PAYING http://www.bcsa.co.uk/the-bcsas-2017-writing-competition/

30th Jun Story 2000-5000 words inspired by one of the provided artworks. PAYING https://www.wordsandbrushes.com/instruction

30th Jun A novel in 25 words! PAYING https://chris-wakefield-ngjy.squarespace.com/competition

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

2nd Jun Flash fiction on the theme of out of My League. PAYING http://splickety.com/submission-guidelines/upcoming-themes/

2nd Jun Poetry and art on the theme of Domestic Violence. https://www.weaselpress.com/degeneratesubmissions

4th Jun ‘Send us your fiction and creative non-fiction (maximum 3000 words), flash fiction (70-500 words), poetry and visual projects (maximum three per submission) that engage with the theme of TEEN WITCHES.’ http://www.whatfreshwitch.com/submissions/

4th Jun Fiction 800-2000 words on the theme of Heads & Tails. http://www.liarsleague.com/liars_league/forthcoming-events-themes.html

5th Jun ‘The sea is a dark and mysterious place. What lurks within the deepest caverns, unseen by those above? A haunting melody drifts across the waves, a beautiful figure floats in the shallows. Do you follow? Do you answer the sea’s hypnotic call? An anthology for mermaids, sea goddesses, sirens, and other mysterious creatures of the deep.’ 500-15,000 words. PAYING http://fantasiadivinitymagazine.myfreesites.net/anthology-submission-calls

5th Jun Poetry, fiction and more by those aged 13-19. http://sugarrascals.wixsite.com/home/submission-guidelines

9th Jun Female writers only: flash, short fiction and more on the theme of Body. PAYING https://www.salomelit.com/submissions/

10th Jun ‘For our upcoming issue, we will consider all meta- and writing-related-writing in keeping with our editorial focus. However, we are especially interested in work with a seasonal bent; give us heatstroke words, flavour words, words that stick to the skin like sand and salt.’ PAYING http://www.riddledwitharrows.com/guidelines/

13th Jun Fiction up to 10,000 words on the theme of The Misbehaving Dead. PAYING https://www.amurderofstorytellers.com/submissions/

15th Jun Poems by young people. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://rattle.submittable.com/submit/34387/young-poets-anthology-poems

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

15th Jun ‘Submit up to 3 poems in video or audio formats. We are especially seeking poetry from persons with disabilities, writers of colour, the LGBTQ+ community, and other marginalized voices. For this issue we are looking for protest/resist poems, poems on immigration, race, gender, and responses to current events.’ https://upthestaircasequarterly.submittable.com/submit

15th Jun ‘Ben Bulben Books has opened a call for submissions for a new creative non-fiction anthology inspired by the life or works of Jane Austen.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.benbulbenbooks.com/submissions

15th Jun ‘I am interested in poetry that addresses all aspects of garbage in the speculative realm. I’ve been a garbage man, a dumpster diver, and a treasure walker. Although I am not likely to sing Oscar the Grouch’s “I Love Trash,” I have an affinity for the overlooked, the discarded, the junk of modern life—and I want to know what the future holds.’ PAYING http://www.eyetothetelescope.com/submit.html

15th Jun ‘Crab Fat Magazine is accepting submissions from convinced atheist writers for our annual Atheist Writers’ issue to be released in July 2017. We seek to curate a collection of thoughtful prose and poetry by people who DO NOT believe in any god(s) and show that atheism goes beyond political, social, and racial barriers. We’re open to a wide variety of work, from “coming out” as an atheist, to the impact atheism has on both personal and professional sides of life, and everything in-between. However, to be clear, we’re not seeking tirades attacking religion with sweeping generalizations.’ https://crabfatmagazine.submittable.com/submit

15th Jun ‘“Celebrations”–this can be stories about holiday traditions, a milestone achieved, memories of a special event and more; how and what and why do you celebrate? We want your funny birthday and wedding stories for sure, but also let us know how you celebrate life.’ https://otvmagazine.com/2015/07/20/we-aret-looking-for-pieces-of-epic-length-but-we-are-looking-for-epic-beauty/

15th Jun Poetry and prose on the theme of R-E-S-P-E-C-T – What does it really mean to me? CONTRIBUTORCOPY/COPIES http://www.universaltable.org/wisingup.html

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

15th Jun Poetry, flash, short fiction and more on the theme of Wolves of Light and Darkness. CHARITY ANTHOLOGY https://www.thurstonhowlpublications.com/anthologies

15th Jun ‘Temptation Press is holding open submissions for short stories to be featured in this upcoming collection that tells tales of becoming the favorite of a Madam. Whether the main character is the Madam herself, one of her clients, or one in her employ, the story arc should contain how the character came to be in the position of favorite and what being the favorite really means.’ CONTRIBUTORCOPY/COPIES http://zimbellhousepublishing.com/contest-submissions/anthology-submissions-temptation-press/

15th Jun ‘Fiction on the theme of The Chromatic Court: Tales of the Lovecraftian Arts.’ ROYALTIES http://nyctophilia.gr/call-submissions-chromatic-court-tales-lovecraftian-arts/

15th Jun Poetry, flash, short fiction and more on the theme of Future. http://anthropoid.co/submit3

15th Jun ‘A return to the feminisms of the 1970s is one of the most salient dimensions of feminist studies to emerge over the last decade. This proposed volume seeks essays that reflect on this return — evident not only in academia, but in emergent activist feminisms of the 21st century — and speculate on what it could mean for the futures of feminist scholarship, politics, and cultural production.’ http://expansivereflections70s.weebly.com/ (thanks to www.beyondyourblog.com for this one)

19th Jun ‘Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft is an award-winning museum in a picturesque Sussex village. It is currently showing a major exhibition entitled, Eric Gill: The Body, a thought provoking exhibition in which visitors are asked to consider whether their knowledge of Gill’s life impacts on their enjoyment of his depiction of the human figure. We would like a writer in residence to help us capture our visitor’s thoughts on this exhibition and the challenging questions it poses.’ PAYING http://www.ditchlingmuseumartcraft.org.uk/get-involved/current-vacancies/

20th Jun Poetry on the theme of Fairy tales and Flights of Fancy. https://herheartpoetry.com/submissions/

20th June Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Sphere of Luna. CONTRIBUTORCOPY/COPIES https://themageslantern.submittable.com/submit

25th Jun Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Modern Relationships. https://twelvepointcollective.com/submit/

26th Jun Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Sharing the Wealth: Designing an economy that works for everyone. http://moonmagazine.org/submission-guideline/

27th Jun ‘As we all know, the streets of Notting Hill take on the rhythms of the Caribbean as Europe’s largest party; Notting Hill Carnival unapologetically livens up the capital. In celebration of this year’s carnival taking place on Sunday 27th and Monday 28th August, Theatrefullstop will create an hour-long podcast featuring works focusing on Caribbean and African culture. They are currently on the look out for spoken word pieces, songs, short plays, monologues, musical compositions and anything else that you can think of that can be recorded.’ http://www.londonplaywrightsblog.com/?p=8914

30th Jun Poems and stories on the theme of My Crazy Family! PAYING http://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics

30th Jun ‘We’re looking for works that cross, combine or redefine traditional genre boundaries. We enjoy stories that come with a heavy dose of the uncanny, the strange, and blend literary, science-fiction, fantasy, mystery and horror tropes.’ Fiction 1000-5000 words. PAYING http://www.wyrdmagazine.com/submission-guidelines/

30th Jun ‘About 730 AD, an Arab named Abdul Al-Hazred wrote the Al-Azif, a grimoire and memorial to the Old Ones. For this crime, he was driven insane and eventually devoured by a vengeful god in full view of horrified onlookers. What drove him to write this loathsome tome? What terrible visions haunted him so badly he felt he had to risk his soul to put them down on paper?’ 3000-10,000 words. PAYING http://albanlake.com/the-mad-visions-of-al-hazred/

30th Jun Writing on the theme of Elsewhere. http://www.flatbushreview.com/guidelines-for-submissions.html

30th Jun ‘We want weird fiction set in a modern-day Miskatonic University. Stories should be set within or be inspired by the Cthulhu Mythos. We want to see the Mythos continue to grow and evolve, to expand as a shared literary world and not be tied to outdated and limiting sensibilities. We are not interested in stories with bigoted views on race and gender.’ PAYING http://www.brokeneyebooks.com/submissions.html

30th Jun Up to three love poems. http://www.thepoetrybox.com/ThePoemingPigeon.html#opencalls

30th Jun ‘Africanization and Americanization: Searching for Inter-racial, Interstitial, Inter-sectional, and Interstates meeting spaces, Africa Vs North America, Volume 1.
Send us your best essays, literary fictions, non-fictions, plays, poetry, mixed genres etc, in English language(s) (or English translations). Send work in only one genre of your choice! Poetry (3 poems per poet, preferably short poems but we are still open for long poems). Prose, plays and mixed genres (I piece per writer, of not more than 5000 words). Work must be sent in only one attached document, also include your contact details in this document, i.e., Postal address, Tel no, Email address and a bio note of not more than 100 words. Please sent your entries to Tendai R. Mwanaka at mwanaka13@gmail.com

30th Jun Poetry, flash and more. PAYING https://subprimal.com/submission-guidelines

30th Jun Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Brutality. http://herecomeseveryone.me/submit/

30th Jun ‘Inklings Publishing is looking for submissions of short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for its second volume in the Perceptions Series of anthologies for children. This series is focused on compiling short stories, articles, and poems that will help educators and parents discuss tough topics with children. The theme for this volume is the difficult yet important topic of Bullies.’ PAYING https://www.inklingspublishing.com/perception-series-anthology-submissions.html

30th Jun Poetry and art. PAYING https://thewellreview.submittable.com/submit/85594/issue-two-call-for-submissions

30th Jun Poetry on the theme of Departure. http://www.light-journal.com/submit

30th Jun Poetry and fiction on the theme of Summer’s End. http://blackheartmagazine.com/submission-guidelines/

30th Jun Poems by female-identified writers on the theme of Pop Culture. PAYING https://alysslit.com/submissions-2/

30th Jun Poems on the theme of Self-care. http://www.slamchop.org/submit

30th Jun or when filled: ‘The purpose of the anthology is to lift the voices of women which may not otherwise be heard, to share our beauty, our joys, pains, authenticity, wisdom, capacity to love and our inherent sameness. Although your letters will be addressed to an unnamed ex-lover (of any gender), the intention behind sharing these stories is to connect women with other women, through our words and experiences.’ https://denisemills.net/letters-to-my-ex-the-anthology/

30th Jun Poetry MSS, 16-24 pages. https://www.arcpublications.co.uk/submissions

30th Jun ‘For issue 16, the editors invite you think beyond, around, above, and deeper into the recent political event consuming the world’s attention: the current American administration. We welcome your poems of empathy, of rage, of resistance, of deep caring for yourselves and your communities.’ http://www.poetryisdead.ca/call-submissions-let-it-break

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

1st Jul ‘Bibliotheca Alexandrina is seeking submissions for At the Gates of Dawn and Dusk: A Devotional for Eos and Aurora. The editor is interested in a variety of material, including but not limited to: prayers, rituals, hymns, essays, visual artwork, short stories, plays, recipes, and new translations of ancient and public domain works.’ https://neosalexandria.org/bibliotheca-alexandrina/calls-for-submissions/at-the-gates-of-dawn-and-dusk-a-devotional-for-eos-and-aurora/

1st Jul ‘150 years post-Confederation, we cannot forget Canada’s place in the global and local reality of colonization. For our 2017 Annual themed issue, Arc Poetry Magazine wants to talk about Reconciliation, Decolonization, and Nation(s)—from a poet’s perspective. Arc especially encourages submissions from Indigenous poets, but this call—and conversation—is open to all Canadians, along with anyone, from any country, who feels they have something to say.’ PAYING https://arcpoetry.submittable.com/submit/82835/poems-2017-annual-themed-issue (thanks to www.writingcareer.com for this one)

1st Jul Fiction 2500-8000 words on the theme of Foxes. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.thurstonhowlpublications.com/anthologies

1st Jul Clean, noblebright fantasy 2500 words to 10,000 words on the theme of Still Waters. ROYALTIES http://www.springsongpress.com/submission-requirements-still-waters-anthology/

1st Jul ‘Starward Tales focuses on reinterpretations and retellings of legends, myths, and fairytales in Science Fiction and/or xxxxPunk settings. This volume will contain stories, poetry, and visual art fitting this broad theme.’ PAYING http://www.manawaker.com/starward-submissions/

1st Jul Plays by women. http://www.dionysianmagazine.com/submissions/

1st Jul Poems and stories, suitable for children, on the theme of Day Dreams (sic). PAYING http://www.guardian-angel-kids.com/submissions.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 accept general fiction written thoughtfully and with insight, plot driven original works, and knowledgeably written financial thrillers.’ http://www.twentyfirstcenturypublishers.com/index.asp?PageID=251

Speculative poetry and fiction. PAYING http://andromedaspaceways.com/submit-your-work/

‘We like: poetry, creative nonfiction, hybrid everything and anything, personal essay, interviews (especially with badass women), work that is intersectional, work on the occult (including spells and poem-spells), body-positive content, photo diaries, travelogues, diary entries, roundups, conversations with people (deceased, alive, although preferably deceased), book lists, playlists.’ http://www.lunalunamagazine.com/join-the-coven/

Flash fiction and narrative poetry. PAYING https://fictionalpairings.com/

Novels. ‘But beware: you will need to be very convincing and the writing will have to be outstanding to rise through the mires of our slush pile. Please note we do not publish, Romance, Science Fiction, YA or children’s books. We regret that we are unable to consider translations of novels previously published in another language.’ https://serpentstail.com/contact-us

Books. https://www.sparklingbooks.com/submissions.html

‘Stories should be between 300 and 1000 words. If your story is longer, you can break it down to several shorter “chapters” and submitting them as a series (imagine a TV mini-series). Stories should be written using simple, direct prose suitable for language learners. This means that florid, long sentences should be avoided.’ ROYALTIES http://www.alsinapublishing.com/submissions/

‘Actively seeking Inspirational and/or Sweet themed manuscripts, contemporary to Historical to cover our romance genre at Blue Swan Publishing. Think Hallmark Hall of Fame, Janette Oke, Little House on the Prairie, etc. We are looking for sweet, traditional romance with strong, irresistible characters.’ ROYALTIES http://blueswanpublishing.com/submissions/

Tanka poems. PAYING http://tankajournal.com/submit/terms.php

‘Word-o-Mat accepts short work: short stories, creative non-fiction, essays, excerpts from larger works, image-texts, cartoons and poetry. Short pieces that don’t fit into these categories are also welcome.’ http://word-o-mat.com/submitto

Poems on the theme of Sweet Sorrow, and collections of 20-30 poems. https://redwolfjournal.wordpress.com/submission-guidelines/

Fiction MSS of various types. https://www.zumayapublications.com/guidelines/Guidelines.pdf

Fiction and nonfiction MSS. ‘We do not publish children’s picture books whether fiction or nonfiction. We do not publish books in the following subject areas: mind/body/spirit, religion, diet/fitness/nutrition, family memoir, self-help, business, poetry, or photography.’ ROYALTIES http://www.chicagoreviewpress.com/information-for-authors—agents-pages-100.php

‘Gertrude accepts manuscripts from new and established writers and artists. Subject matter need not be LGBTQA-specific; we welcome writers and artists from all backgrounds. We accept simultaneous submissions because life is too short.’ http://www.gertrudepress.org/submit.html

Travel tales (Cathy’s note: scroll past the comp, as it’s expensive! Free submission is below all that). PAYING http://travelerstales.com/submission-guidelines/

Canada only: ‘Write a story about what your job is like. What do you do? What do you see? How do you feel about it? Give us lots of details. (If you’re not at a paid job now, write about what your job was like, before you quit, retired, got laid off or fired.)’ PAYING http://ourtimes.ca/Write/article_30.php (thanks to www.beyondyourblog.com for this one)

Poetry, art and more: ‘An Our Stories of Strength story is a relatable account told in first or second person that connects with others to open hearts and inspire. All stories submitted must be non-fiction, or a true story, reflective of the mission to rise above the diagnosis and embrace living passionately and purposefully.’ PAYING http://ourstoriesofstrength.com/submission-guidelines/

Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Grieving. https://thegriefdiaries.submittable.com/submit

Poetry, fiction and more, in English or Hindi. https://www.literaryoutspoken.com/

‘Lethe is seeking weird and eerie stories of people consumed by wealth. Each tale must be suffused with the trappings of the well-to-do. Decadence should be paramount. However, we do not want these tales to be moralistic; we’re celebrating those who can buy the finest things in life…they just happen to be the leads in a horror story.’ PAYING http://www.lethepressbooks.com/call-for-submissions.html

‘Lagos Literary and Arts Journal publishes all genres of creative writing and media related to creative endeavours – including but not limited to poetry, fiction, essay, memoir, drama; political essays, satire, profiles, book reviews, anything to stimulate public interest in Nigerian art and culture.’ http://www.lagosliteraryjournal.com/content/submissions

‘Subterranean Blue Poetry is a New Age Internet Poetry and Art Publishing Café. We are currently accepting New Age Poetry and Art @ Submissions. Please send me your Books of Poetry and I will write a Book Review. We thrive on new original word synergies. All Poets and their poetry are welcome and we are especially looking for home-grown Poets from the Canadian/American Indian Community, Quebec, small town Canada, International Poets and anyone who was ever considered “the other”.’ PAYING http://www.subterraneanbluepoetry.com/

Innovative writing up to 2000 words. https://www.breadlesscrust.com/

Poems. PAYING https://poetryquarterly.com/submit/terms.php

Light verse. https://www.lightenup-online.co.uk/index.php/submissions

‘Outcast is a new online journal that seeks to publish poems which can be described as accessible, profound, defiant, anti-establishment, progressive, working-class, and intersectional. Outcast is not another frail, meaningless, obscure journal run by MFA students. Outcast is certainly non-academic, but not anti-academic. Well, maybe a little bit.’ PAYING https://outcastpoetry.com/guidelines/

Speculative flash fiction. PAYING http://empyreome.com/submissions.aspx

Short stories up to 3000 words. PAYING http://www.writingwriters.co.uk/p/write-for-us.html

The deadline is 30th Sep, but submit sooner rather than later, as slots will fill quickly: horror stories. PAYING http://bingewatchingcure.com/horror/

Poetry. https://atriumpoetry.com/submission-guidelines/

‘We are interested in art and criticism about urbanism, globalism, identity, and transnationalism, though by no means should submissions be limited to those topics.’ Fiction, poetry and more. https://www.shanghailiterary.com/submissions/