Comps and calls for March 2020

Hello all! Is it March already? As I write this, the news is frightening and the weather isn’t great either. Time to wrap up warm, stay in and do some submissions and entries. A word about competitions, for those who don’t usually enter. I’ve heard it said that writing competitions are basically a lottery. Well, if lottery tickets were free, wouldn’t you take one?! All the comps I list are free! Also, if you proofread your work carefully, avoid clichés and follow the contest rules, then you have as good a chance as anyone. There are some wonderful comps this month – the Wergle Flomp, the BBC Short Story, the Spirit First, The Foley, and loads more! Some have lovely big prizes. And yes, people do win them – I won $1000 in the Wergle Flomp some years ago! You can always read more in my book, How to Win Writing Competitions (and Make Money). Have a go and good luck!

(Sorry for the late posting of this month’s update – I have a migraine at the moment.)

Best wishes,

Cathy x

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

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

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

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

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

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

COMPETITIONS

2nd Mar UK age 16-18 only: poem on the theme of Trees. PAYING https://www.chch.ox.ac.uk/research-and-academia/enter-tower-poetry-competition (thanks to www.winningwriters.com for this one)

4th Mar (Scroll down for:) Spectator Competition No 3139: grave thoughts You are invited to submit a four-line verse epitaph for a well-known person, living or dead (up to three entries each and please specify). Please email entries to lucy@spectator.co.uk by midday on 4 March. https://www.spectator.co.uk/2020/02/3136-love-me-dont/

6th Mar Poem, fiction (and other categories) on the theme of Taste. PAYING https://www.headwaylit.org/contest

6th Mar UK aged 18-30: poetry. PAYING https://www.girton.cam.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/2020-JMPflyer.pdf

6th Mar ‘For this contest, write a creative, compelling, well-crafted story between 1,000 and 5,000 words in which one or more characters face this problem: there is more than one of something that there should absolutely, positively be only one of.’ PAYING https://onthepremises.com/current-contest/

8th Mar ‘America Media is seeking submissions from young writers for this year’s Generation Faith Essay Contest. We want to hear from high school and college students interested in reflecting on the joys and challenges that come with living out (or struggling with) one’s faith in the midst of real life. All entries should be true personal essays, between 800 and 1,200 words.’ PAYING https://americamedia.submittable.com/submit/48329/2020-generation-faith-essay-contest

9th Mar ‘The Award is open to British nationals and UK residents, aged 18 years or over on the submission deadline (9am GMT Monday 9 March 2020) only, who have a prior record of publication in creative writing in the United Kingdom.’ Short story up to 8000 words. PAYING https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/2QXsYTZYWZ40CTc8lbH0FdV/how-to-enter

11th Mar Spectator Competition No. 3140: confessional ‘You are invited to submit a poem in the style of a famous poet in which they make a surprising confession. Please email entries of up to 16 lines to lucy@spectator.co.uk by midday on 11 March.’ https://www.spectator.co.uk/2020/02/by-george/

13th Mar Short story up to 2200 words, on the theme of Summer. NON-CASH PRIZE https://www.harpersbazaar.com/uk/culture/culture-news/a36157/harpers-bazaar-short-story-competition/

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

15th Mar Unpublished writers living in Scotland: speculative story showing the future of Scotland. PAYING https://www.shorelineofinfinity.com/cymera-scotlands-futures-forum-shoreline-of-infinity-prize-for-speculative-short-fiction/

25th Mar Nonfiction on the theme of The Best We Could Do. ‘Please remove your name from your essay before uploading it. Entries up to 1,500 words in length will be judged on originality, compelling content, and the quality of written expression.’ PAYING https://chaffeyreview.submittable.com/submit/146674/one-book-one-college-presents-the-best-we-could-do-an-essay-contest

29th Mar Story up to 1000 words inspired by the ‘Stay Rude’ text and/or image provided. NON-CASH PRIZE https://www.limnisa.com/competition-guidelines

31st Mar Up to three poems on the theme of Meditation and/or mindfulness. PAYING https://www.spiritfirst.org/poetry_contest2020Entry.html

31st Mar UK Primary school pupils only: a poem about food waste. VOUCHER/OTHER https://toogoodtogo.co.uk/en-gb/blog/poetry-comp-blog

31st Mar Poem on any topic, up to 45 lines. PAYING https://americamedia.submittable.com/submit/46327/the-foley-poetry-contest

31st Mar ‘We are proud to present The Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing. We are looking for extraordinary unpublished submissions from emerging writers of sharp, culture-straddling writing that addresses identity in a global age.’ PAYING https://restlessbooks.org/prize-for-new-immigrant-writing

31st Mar ‘The SLF $1000 Older Writers Grant is awarded annually, since 2004, to a writer who is fifty years of age or older at the time of grant application, and is intended to assist such writers who are just starting to work at a professional level… PLEASE NOTE: This grant, as with all SLF grants, is intended to help writers working within speculative literature.’ PAYING http://speculativeliterature.org/grants/slf-older-writers-grant/

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

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

2nd Mar Poetry, flash and short fiction on the theme of earth. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.popshotpopshot.com/submit/

2nd Mar Short fiction. PAYING https://www.hermineannual.com/submit/

3rd Mar Writing on the theme of The European Exchange. PAYING https://www.griffithreview.com/submit-to-griffith-review/

4th Mar Story 800-3000 words on the theme of Success & Failure. https://www.liarsleaguenyc.com/submissions

7th Mar Short fiction on the theme of Hallowe’en. PAYING https://www.castofwonders.org/submissions/

7th Mar ‘Our primary focus is to create and curate a variety of art and content, presenting our take on the multi-faceted nature of mental health purely through art-forms. We are trying to be present and supportive of each other, understand the importance and severity of mental health without invalidating or de-sensitizing it.’ https://ayaskala.wordpress.com/submissions-digital-issue/

8th Mar ‘Take a hard left turn from normal. Bring us your unsettling stories. If a common activity leads to violations of the laws of man or nature, your story may be perfect for this collection. Ideal genres: horror, crime.’ PAYING http://www.bronzevillebooks.com/writers/anthology-submissions/

8th Mar Speculative stories and poems by BAME writers. PAYING https://www.shorelineofinfinity.com/submissions/submissions-bame-special-issue-stories-and-poems-wanted/

8th Mar ‘Inspired by Robert Macfarlane’s work Underland (Penguin, 2019), Black Bough Poetry invite submissions of short poetry to the ‘Deep Time’ edition. As usual, profound, vivid and striking poems are the brief. Avoid cliché and aim for precision of poetic expression.’ Up to three micro-poems (each poem having fewer than 14 lines). https://www.blackboughpoetry.com/events

9th Mar Women only: poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Other Worlds. PAYING https://mslexia.co.uk/themed-writing/

10th Mar Poetry, flash and more. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://burningword.com/submissions/ (thanks to www.westlothianwriters.org.uk for this one)

10th Mar Work by indigenous writers on the theme of Racism. http://www.yellowmedicinereview.com/id12.html

11th Mar Flash, short fiction and more on the theme of Africa: 2050. https://www.litro.co.uk/submit/

13th Mar Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Unicorns. https://pinehillsreview.com/submit/

14th Mar Poetry and prose on the theme of Polarity. https://chaffeyreview.submittable.com/submit/140394/polarity

15th Mar ‘The theme is Sexual identity, gender and sexuality. If you have a piece of fiction, non-fiction or a poem that relates to our theme please feel free to submit it.’ PAYING http://theavenuejournal.squarespace.com/submission-guidlines

15th Mar ‘The stories we are looking for will show us what happens at the end of magic. Do the magical realms fade away out of existence forever? Or do they blend into another reality?’ 4500-17,000 words. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.chipperpress.com/anthology-submissions/

15th Mar ‘This special issue of Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora is dedicated to creative artistry for children of the African Diaspora.’ https://obsidianlit.org/open-calls/

15th Mar ‘ALLUVIAN is now taking submissions for the theme of our SPRING 2020 issue: Charred: Life in the Dark. We are looking for thoughtful, creative environmental works of bravery, deviance, burning, and hope. Accepting fiction, art, cartoons, audio, poetry, and video clips.’ https://alluvian.submittable.com/submit

15th Mar Poetry and prose on the theme of Re-casting Masculinity. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.socialjusticeanthologies.com/

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

15th Mar Speculative fiction 1500-3000 words on the theme of Gotta Wear Eclipse glasses. ‘The future we all want. Examples might include effects of technology on the young (online learning, socialization), climate mitigation and adaptation, new opportunities to boldly go where none have gone before.’ PAYING https://www.thirdflatiron.com/liveSite/pages/thirdflatiron

15th Mar Poetry, microfiction and more. ‘Headline’s version of restoration is the weaving of personal mythologies with history to challenge the internal and organically inspire social justice from within. We seek creative works that reflect the world we hope for; be it mythical, mystical, magical, or true.’ 10% of proceeds will go to California Fire Relief. https://headlinepoetryandpress.com/2019/12/23/submit/

15th Mar Flash, short fiction and more on the theme of Wild Mercury. http://www.sblitjo.com/p/submit.html

15th Mar ‘Here at Periwinkle Literary Magazine, we hope to publish work that might not see the light of day due to being non-academic in nature. We want pieces that teachers have told you not to write. We want your sad girl poems, grotesque imagery, and abstract daydreams. The theme for our first issue is “Something old, Something new, Something borrowed, and Something blue” https://periwinklelitmag.wixsite.com/website/submission-guidelines

16th Mar ‘If you think you’ve got what it takes to terrify, scar and haunt our audience of 10,000 daily listeners, then we want your stories!’ 2000-word story on the theme of Trophy Hunter. PAYING http://www.hawkandcleaver.com/submissions

17th Mar Poems on the theme of Luck. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.florencepoets.com/p/silkworm.html

18th Mar ‘The Writers’ Cafe Magazine is open for submissions to poetry (up to 5 previously unpublished) and prose (Word count limit 1000), that adhere to the theme “Can you dig it?”(Archaeology).’ https://thewriterscafemagazine.wordpress.com/2020/01/05/the-writers-cafe-magazine-issue-19-can-you-dig-itcallout/

19th Mar ‘Who’s a “real Quaker” and who isn’t? What does it mean for someone to join and what responsibilities do we have for those who are in membership? What other “almost Quaker” identities exist and how do we relate to them?’ Poetry and more. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.friendsjournal.org/submissions/

20th Mar ‘This is an open call for submissions to a Poetry Exhibition which will be displayed across station platforms in Renfrewshire and Inverclyde as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival (SMHAF). Anyone with an interest in exploring mental health and wellbeing is welcome to submit work.’ Poetry up to 20 lines on the theme of Perspectives. https://tinyurl.com/tcxbv7k (thanks to www.westlothianwriters.org.uk for this one)

22nd Mar ‘Our winter seasonal theme is ‘Gift’. We would love you to send us poems, stories or creative constructs of your own, a selection of which will form a separate Winter strand on the website.’ https://wordsforthewild.co.uk/?p=7735

23rd Mar Fiction and poetry on the theme of Baseball. https://hobartpulp.submittable.com/submit

25th Mar ‘Poetry, Short Essays, Fiction, and Art by those affected by gun violence.’ PAYING, CHARITY/GOOD CAUSE ANTHOLOGY https://www.swallowpublishing.com/2019/11/19/call-for-submissions-gun-violence/

30th Mar ‘If you think you’ve got what it takes to terrify, scar and haunt our audience of 10,000 daily listeners, then we want your stories!’ 2000-word story on the theme of Fire. PAYING http://www.hawkandcleaver.com/submissions

31st Mar Two page Terrors – that is, horror stories 400-550 words approx. PAYING https://www.corpuspress.com/call-for-submissions/

31st Mar Poetry. ROYALTIES https://dragonsoulpress.com/anthologies/

31st Mar ‘Stories about finding love when all hell breaks loose.’ LGBTQ stories 12,000 words+. ROYALTIES https://www.jms-books.com/2020-submissions-calls-lgbtq-romance-stories-ezp-36.html

31st Mar ‘In this anthology, Temptation Press is looking for short stories centred around the protection of the royal family.’ 4000-17,000 words. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.temptationpress.com/anthology-calls-for-submissions/

31st Mar Nonfiction. https://hudsonreview.com/about-us/submission-guidelines/

31st Mar Poetry, short fiction, short plays and more. https://sites.google.com/g.emporia.edu/flinthillsreview/submissions

31st Mar Poetry, flash, short fiction and more. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://delmarvareview.org/submissions/

31st Mar ‘We encourage both emerging and established poets who are sexual-trauma survivors to submit up to three (3) original, previously unpublished poems that tell their unique stories.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.liminalpublishing.org/

31st Mar Short fiction on the theme of Dinovember. PAYING https://www.castofwonders.org/submissions/

1st Apr Tot Tales, 1000-5000 words. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://unitedfaedompublis.wixsite.com/unitedfaedompub/submissions

1st Apr Poetry. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://unitedfaedompublis.wixsite.com/unitedfaedompub/submissions

1st Apr ‘ For this special issue, we are ONLY accepting work by folks who identify as having lived experience of madness, mental health challenges, mental illness, and/or neurodiversity, and who ALSO identify as belonging to the 2SLGBTQQIA community.’ Poetry, fiction, and much more. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://openmindsquarterly.submittable.com/submit

1st Apr ‘Looking for stories about faeries from Irish, English, Welsh and Scottish and other worldwide origins be they from the Seelie or Unseelie Court or the unaligned. Dark and Light elves are also welcome, as well as the more domesticated (household) fey.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://ironfaeriepublishing.com/open-anthology-calls/

SUBMISSIONS WITH NO KNOWN DEADLINES

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

‘Angela Poetry Magazine seeks poems that look upon the lighter and
brighter side of all aspects of life.’ ROYALTIES http://waxpoetryart.com/angela/submissions.html

Story. PAYING http://booksnpieces.com/A/?page_id=772

Poetry chapbooks and full collections of poetry. https://route7press.com/home/submissions/

Vignette collection. ROYALTIES https://www.vineleavespress.com/vine-leaves-vignette-collection.html

Africa only: poem. ROYALTIES http://waxpoetryart.com/africa/submissions.html

‘Poets of conscience and courage, living everywhere on Earth, are invited
to submit to 45 Poems of Protest.’ POSSIBLE ROYALTIES http://waxpoetryart.com/eleventh/submissions/45poems.html

‘AURELIA LEO is open to original speculative fiction (horror, science fiction & fantasy) year-round with periodic, unannounced closures. All submissions should be aimed at an adult audience. Content can be explicitly erotic or violent, but we ask authors to use their discretion based on our current catalog.’ PAYING https://aurelialeo.com/submissions/

Hardboiled thrillers. http://www.hardcasecrime.com/contact.shtml

Poetry. https://www.trainriver.org/poets

Short story. https://www.trainriver.org/authors

‘clavmag accepts writing from members of the LGBTQIA+ community.

every month we release a word, like laying an egg. take this word as inspiration and run with it in whichever direction you like.’ https://www.clavmag.com/submit

‘Poetry with grace and fiction with personality are most welcome; anything that sounds like an academic “workshop” or writers’ “colony” will be printed out and lit on fire.’ PAYING https://thebaffler.com/about/submissions

‘We are looking for: novels (all genres accepted, but with a literary bent), memoirs/biographies/autobiographies, creative nonfiction, and writing/publishing reference books, and short story collections.’ ROYALTIES

https://www.vineleavespress.com/submissions.html

‘MYSTIQUE is a themed anthology searching for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender erotic romance with elements of sci-fi and fantasy. Send us your cloaked aliens, masked shifters, and ballroom ghouls. We want to be enchanted by stories bordering on the cosmic, uncanny, and macabre.’ PAYING https://aurelialeo.com/submissions/#1581820099749-3b50c7f8-82b4

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

Comps and calls for February 2020

Hello all! How are you all getting on? I’ve had another busy month, and I’m writing this at nighttime on January 31st. The UK is about to leave the EU, and I’m wishing that I’d done more submissions this month and less online arguing about politics… Anyway! I’ve had a couple of acceptances, and I have lots of ideas fizzing away, so I hope I’m going to find more time to write and submit this month. I’m still writing the play that was commissioned, and trying to put a book together.

Good luck this month! Have a go at a few things you wouldn’t normally try, and exercise those writing muscles!

Love,

Cathy x

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

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

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

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

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

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

COMPETITIONS

2nd Feb ‘2020 marks the 20th anniversary of the Waterman Fund. To celebrate this milestone, the Fund has created a reflective essay prompt focused on changes in the wild.’ PAYING https://www.watermanfund.org/essay-contest/enter-essay-contest/

3rd Feb ‘Free to enter, the Prize aims to find the best life writing from emerging writers from across the UK. The Prize defines life writing as ‘intended to be true’, reflects someone’s own life journey or experiences and is not fiction. The competition is open to writers who have yet to publish a full-length work or have a literary agent.’ PAYING https://www.spreadtheword.org.uk/projects/life-writing-prize/

5th Feb ‘Spectator Competition No. 3135: just the job. Dominic Cummings’s recent job advert said that the ideal candidate for one of the positions on offer might resemble a weirdo from a William Gibson novel. But perhaps there are other fictional characters out there who might fit the bill. You are invited to submit an application letter for a job at No. 10 from a fictional character of your choice (please specify). Please email entries of up to 150 words to lucy@spectator.co.uk by midday on 5 February.’ PAYING https://www.spectator.co.uk/2020/01/bizarre-books-4/

12th Feb ‘Spectator Competition No. 3136: love me don’t. You are invited to submit a lonely hearts ad guaranteed to send those looking for love running in the opposite direction. Please email entries of up to 150 words to lucy@spectator.co.uk by midday on 12 February.’ PAYING https://www.spectator.co.uk/2020/02/competition-food-glorious-food/

15th Feb ‘Persimmon Tree’s mission is to bring the creativity and talent of women over sixty to a wide audience of readers of all ages. We are looking for work that reveals rich experience and a variety of perspectives. The Editors choose a different Short Takes topic for every issue. Short Takes are usually short pieces, fiction or non-fiction (250-500 words), but can also be topical poetry, sometimes even drawings or photography.’ Topic: “When I Was 17…” https://persimmontree.org/submissions/

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

16th Feb ‘Submit original interactive fiction stories with a supernatural romance theme. Stories should be at least 6000-10000 words long in total and must be written in English.’ PAYING https://www.sanainteractive.com/writing-contest

28th Feb ‘Calling all writers! We have partnered up with the Northumbrian Words Project and the Northumbrian Language Society to bring you a new writing competition which offers writers the chance to celebrate the North East dialect. We’re inviting adults, aged 20 and over, to submit contemporary short stories between 500-1000 words in length which use The Word’s Word Bank of Lost Dialects as their inspiration.’ PAYING https://theworduk.org/writers/lost-words-writing-competition/

29th Feb Flash fiction. PAYING https://www.bitesizestories.co.uk/p/flash-fiction-contest.html

1st Mar ‘Survival horror story involving three central characters (optional secondary characters) who become trapped at dusk with one or more forces outside that are capable of killing them. Only one of the three central characters survives until dawn.’ PAYING https://chrismorey.com/blog/f/new-writing-contest-from-dark-regions-press-guidelines (thanks to https://horrortree.com for this one)

1st Mar Poetry and more. PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS https://bluemesareview.submittable.com/submit (Cathy’s note: Only USA contributors paid)

1st Mar Poem, fiction or CNF on the theme of Perspectives. https://www.mhfestival.com/news/575-call-for-entries-smhaf-writing-competition

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

2nd Feb Poetry by women on the theme of ‘Surprise us. What does 2020 mean to you? Knock yourselves out. We’re open to time, the universe, your biome, any old atom, particle, tear, hiccup. Apocalypse, crazy hope, Pollyanna world view, astral day dreams…’ https://not-very-quiet.com/submissions/

3rd Feb ‘If you think you’ve got what it takes to terrify, scar and haunt our audience of 10,000 daily listeners, then we want your stories!’ 2000-word story on the theme of Parasites. PAYING http://www.hawkandcleaver.com/submissions

4th Feb Fiction and more on the theme of Algorithm. https://fictioninternational.sdsu.edu/wordpress/submit/

5th Feb ‘The London Reader is looking for short stories, minifiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and art that reveals the human stories behind inequality (in all its forms: between classes in cities, between generations in communities, between rural and urban regions, and between countries), poverty, end-of-an-era (fin de siècle) decadence, billionaire indifference, millennial survival, any form of wealth gap, and other experiences of living poor on the growing bottom rung.’ http://londonreader.uk/

6th Feb Poetry, prose and more on the theme of God/dess. https://cliteraturejournal.com/submit

9th Feb ‘Raconteur is a literary magazine publishing engaging, interesting, eclectic and witty writing and artwork by international writers and artists, online and in print, 3 times per year.’ Poetry, fiction and more. PAYING http://raconteurmag.com/written-submission-guidelines/

10th Feb Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Green. http://herecomeseveryone.me/submit/

10th Feb ‘We are looking for a grand adventure in search of treasure! It can be an archeologist trying to uncover and ancient secret, pirates in search of fortune, or a hapless bystander who stumbled upon a clue and roped into a concpiracy. We are looking for stories with twists and turns, following clues to unlock the secrets of the hidden treasure.’CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://fantasiadivinitymagazine.com/anthology-submission-calls

11th Feb Flash, short fiction and more on the theme of Contemporary Japan. https://www.litro.co.uk/submit/

14th Feb ‘Eligible poets should currently be based in the UK and ROI. Each issue includes authors who share a connection to Northern England or whose poems explore ‘the North’ thematically or tangentially. Please note: the poets we publish in our magazine don’t exclusively live in the North or write about it – our mission is include strong mix of work.’ Up to three poems.  https://www.butchersdogmagazine.co.uk/submit-2020

15th Feb Poetry, fiction and more. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.salemstate.edu/campus-life/arts/creative-writing/soundings-east?mc_cid=f139017a72&mc_eid=6c9e43d0c7

15th Feb Spec fic by women-identified authors. PAYING http://lunastationquarterly.com/submissions/

15th Feb ‘The pages of Restoration v. 1 seek creative works that reflect the world we hope for; be it mystical, magical, fictional, or true.  Please consider this a playground for your imagination to bring out the best of us at this critical juncture. Such creative pause is nourishment for the resistance; nourishment we need to create momentum.’ https://headlinepoetryandpress.com/2019/12/23/submit/

15th Feb Spec fic 1000-5000 words on the theme of It Calls from the Forest. ROYALTIES https://www.eerieriverpublishing.com/open-submission

15th Feb Poetry, fiction and more. https://www.du.edu/denverquarterly/submissions/index.html

15th Feb ‘National Tell A Fairy Tale Day is February 26th and we’d love to have a new version to share with our readers that day! Send us one previously unpublished fairy tale retelling, up to 1500 words max. There are no restrictions on which fairy tales you may choose to retell.’ https://ceasecows.submittable.com/submit

17th Feb ‘If you think you’ve got what it takes to terrify, scar and haunt our audience of 10,000 daily listeners, then we want your stories!’ 2000-word story on the theme of Remote Places. PAYING http://www.hawkandcleaver.com/submissions

20th Feb Poetry. https://granta.com/submissions/ (Cathy’s note: there’s a submission fee for fiction and nonfiction, but not for poetry.)

21st Feb Poems, essays and more on the theme of Ecological Citizenship. PAYING https://humansandnature.submittable.com/submit/103461/minding-nature-journal

22nd Feb ‘We’re looking for stories of high adventure that feature one weapon-wielding woman and one woman whose strengths lie in softer skills, but who is just as powerful in her own right. You’re free to choose any setting – from historical to modern to wildly futuristic.’ 3000-7000 words approx. PAYING https://www.cantinapublishing.com/submissions/

24th Feb Poetry and short prose with elements of nature, on the theme of Stripes. PAYING https://clawandblossom.com/submissions/

28th Feb Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Kinship. https://feelszine.com/pages/submissions

28th Feb Poetry and fiction. PAYING https://ninthletteronline.submittable.com/submit

29th Feb ‘We are excited to share this open call to writers of horror and dark speculative fiction. We want you to submit your best short story between 2,000 and 6,000 words for our forthcoming charity anthology “Black Dogs, Black Tales”.

This will be a dark, doggy-themed collection where absolutely anything with a canine connection goes, with one essential caveat – the dog does not die. Everyone else can be slaughtered by zombies, or lost in the depths of deep space, but the dog (or dogs) will always survive. Think outside the kennel.’ CHARITY/GOOD CAUSE ANTHOLOGY https://thingsinthewell.wordpress.com/open-submissions/

29th Feb Urban nature writing on the theme of Sky. PAYING https://www.stonecropreview.com/submissions/

29th Feb ‘Stories of serendipitous meetings that lead to happy ever after.’ LGBTQ stories 12,000 words+. ROYALTIES https://www.jms-books.com/2020-submissions-calls-lgbtq-romance-stories-ezp-36.html

29th Feb ‘The anthology will include all original stories centering around the idea of boys’ lives being disrupted in some way. It could be through vanishing mysteriously, experiencing a life-altering event, or…? We are seeking well-written, imaginative tales that explore this idea to its fullest.’ PAYING https://mannisonpress.com/little-boy-lost-more-tales-of-youth-disrupted/

29th Feb 3 poems. http://arroyosecopress.org/page3.html

1st Mar Story 800-2000 words on the theme of Young & Old. PERFORMANCE https://www.liarsleague.com/liars_league/writers.html

1st Mar ‘Contra Viento is a journal for art and literature that seeks to understand rangelands in all their varied forms. Rangelands are the tundra and the steppe, the prairie and the plains, the shrubland, the savanna, and the desert. These places are defined by their scale: rangelands are vast. And they are defined by what they often lack: water, people, and popular resources.’ PAYING https://contravientojournal.org/submit/

SUBMISSIONS WITH NO KNOWN DEADLINES

‘Hi. You’re here because you’re a funny person who wants to write satirical nonsense on a website that even search engine bots avoid. You will earn $2.50 USD per article you sell us because money is hard to come by nowadays and we’re generous.’ PAYING https://thesqueakytimes.com/submissions/

Speculative hybrid fiction. ‘Some examples of hybrid fiction are dark fantasy, steampunk westerns, historical fantasy, weird westerns, and crime fantasy. There are near-endless combinations and limitless possibilities for a writer or artist creating hybrid work.’ PAYING https://www.hybridfiction.net/submissions

Original or reprint stories of suspense and horror. PAYING https://www.unnervingmagazine.com/submissions

‘Auroras & Blossoms Poetry Journal / Year-Round / Poetry, Inspirational/Positive pieces only. Accepts poetry submissions from 13-16 year olds, in addition to adults.’ https://abpoetryjournal.com/submissions/ (Cathy’s note: it’s free to submit one poem. There are fees for submitting more poems, however.)

Poetry for the journal or for their BoxSet series. SOME CONTRIBUTORS GET CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES  https://www.oxidantengine.com/submissions (Cathy’s note: the chapbook poets get contributor copies)

Horror collections and novellas. PAYING https://theabominablebookclub.cratejoy.com/submissions

Deadline TBA: ‘Horror and underground locations. Ideas: Something sinisters dwells in the sewers. What lives in the subway and comes out at night? You live in the tunnels to escape the zombies/aliens/etc. Secret society that works in underground labs. Virus in the flowerbeds. The graves aren’t quiet. An ancient/alien/mythical being/mechanism is unearthed in the mines/caves.’ 20,000 – 40,000 words. ROYALTIES https://www.blackharepress.com/submissions/

Poetry by European poets (yes, that includes the UK!) http://waxpoetryart.com/europe/submissions.html (Cathy’s note: I have experience of waxpoetryart and they’re lovely.)

‘We are exclusively interested in work by those often marginalized in literary spaces, including people of color; women, agender, gender non-conforming, genderqueer, non-binary, trans, and two-spirit people; LGBQIA people; people with disabilities; and people living at the intersections of these identities.’ Poetry, fiction and nonfiction. PAYING https://www.vidaweb.org/vida-review/submit/

Poetry. http://trainpoetryjournal.blogspot.com/

Science fiction stories. PAYING http://compellingsciencefiction.com/guidelines.html

Essays. (Poetry and fiction will open later in the year.) PAYING https://yalereview.yale.edu/about/submissions

Short SF/F stories. PAYING http://www.centropicoracle.com/mainpages/subguide.php

Short story or poem. PAYING http://booksnpieces.com/A/?page_id=772

Speculative fiction. PAYING http://www.allworldswayfarer.com/submissions/

Fiction. PAYING http://storybrewingpodcast.com/story-submissions/

Poetry chapbooks. PAYING https://route7press.com/home/submissions/

‘Taking nonfiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Roe v Wade -elated includes the patriarchy, toxic masculinity, an ode to RBG, reproductive freedom, the suffrage movement, and other aligning topics. This column will run forever, and we hope to publish digital chapbooks along the way.  Proceeds from any chapbooks would benefit Planned Parenthood’ CHARITY/GOOD CAUSE https://headlinepoetryandpress.com/2019/12/23/submit/

‘We welcome erasure poetry created from the words of the White House Occupant.  This could include tweet threads, entire or partial speeches, or (……)  Submissions vary from extravagantly colorful to black marker taken to text. This column will run until he is VOTED OUT!’ https://headlinepoetryandpress.com/2019/12/23/submit/