Comps and calls for January 2016

Happy new year!

Here are January 2016’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. December is the best time by far to submit and enter. There are loads of opportunities, and many people are too busy to take advantage of them. Please try to find the time if you can!

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

COMPETITIONS

2nd Jan USA only: short fiction up to 8000 words. PAYING https://algren.submittable.com/submit

4th Jan Over 25s in certain countries only: write a seven-page script of a short film suitable for Maggie Gyllenhaal to star in. NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.jamesonfirstshot.com/enter

6th Jan Spectator Competition No 2930: ‘You are invited to submit 16 lines of macaronic verse. Please email entries, whenever possible, to lucy@spectator.co.uk by midday on 6th January.’ http://new.spectator.co.uk/2015/12/a-christmas-carol/

15th Jan Award to fund creative nonfiction desert writing. PAYING http://www.ellenmeloy.com/application-guidelines.html

15th Jan Poems on the theme of Music, by writers living or attending school or college in the Wirral (Cathy’s note: the entry form gives details of how to enter via email). PAYING http://www.chrissalmon.org.uk/poetry/poetry-extravaganza-2016.aspx

15th Jan SF 500-1500 words. PAYING http://www.sci-fest.com/#!the-roswell-award/cif2

15th Jan Speculative fiction up to 5000 words that envisions the future of Earth and humanity as impacted by climate change. PAYING https://climateimagination.asu.edu/clificontest/

15th Jan Travel essay 1000-5000 words. PAYING http://www.transitionsabroad.com/information/writers/travel_writing_contest.shtml#contest_guidelines

17th Jan (Cathy’s note: the children’s category of this comp is free, but the adult one requires a (small) purchase. I rarely recommend comps that charge, but I make an exception for this one because I know and love the publisher. The children’s comp is free anyway, so get your kids entering!) Poetry or prose on the theme of Love (in the context of family). http://www.mothersmilkbooks.com/index.php/writing-prize#the-competition-rules PAYING

18th Jan Canada only: short stories or excerpts from a longer fiction piece. PAYING http://www.writerstrust.com/Awards/Journey-Prize/Prize-Guidelines.aspx

25th Jan Adventure writing 1500-5000 words by writers aged 12-21. PAYING http://www.wilbur-niso-smithfoundation.org/awards/author-of-tomorrow

25th Jan Published or unpublished adventure novels. SOME CATEGORIES PAID http://www.wilbur-niso-smithfoundation.org/index.php?p=page/criteria-for-adventure-writing-prize

25th Jan UK only: write a blog post about your pet (Cathy’s note: the entry requirements and procedure are a bit complicated, but the prize is excellent. The winner is selected at random, so you don’t have to worry too much about quality, so worth having a go if you have a blog). PAYING http://www.eurotunnel.com/uk/blog/Offers-and-Competitions/Pet-Writing-Competition/

31st Jan Extract of a WIP from a writer who hasn’t published a full-length book. PAYING http://www.deborahrogersfoundation.org/writers-award

31st Jan US undergraduates only: ten poems. PAYING http://www.nfsps.com/CUP.html

31st Jan SF up to 3000 words on the theme of medicine, health and illness. PAYING http://scifimedhums.glasgow.ac.uk/writing-competition/

31st Jan USA and Columbia only: fiction up to 8000 words. PAYING http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/books/chi-2016-algren-award-rules-20151201-story.html

31st Jan Story set in Little Tokyo. PAYING http://www.littletokyohs.org/short-story-contest-2016.html

31st Jan ‘The judges seek well-written stories [2500-7000 words] with memorable characters that can creatively and reflectively capture the essence of how sin distorts work.’ PAYING http://www.arthousedallas.com/cultivate

31st Jan Poems on a theme of Global Social Justice. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.rewardpublishing.info/2015-poetry-competition-.html

1st Feb Story of exactly 1000 words by a student in grades 6-12 (Cathy’s note: I am too old to know how old that means, but it’s open anywhere in the world, so I hope that parents will be able to work it out). PAYING http://www.bluefire.org/about-contest/

1st Feb SF up to 8000 words showing manned space exploration in the near future. PAYING http://www.baen.com/baenmemorialaward.asp

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

Apply from 1st Jan: residency on Long Island, USA for writers and artists of various kinds (Cathy’s note: food and travel aren’t included, but it’s free to apply, so if you can get there and feed yourself, it’s a pretty good deal). http://www.albeefoundation.org/guidelines–submitting.html

4th Jan ‘Many Americans would beg to differ, but America is not the world, and this Autumn (Fall, if you must) we are inviting submissions from poets and short fiction writers who have something to say on that theme. Americans are not excluded, but we don’t want to hear you argue against our theme. We aren’t inviting a debate for or against the States; we want to hear about your stomping grounds, your views.’ Poetry, flash and short fiction. https://pankhearst.wordpress.com/america-is-not-the-world/

5th Jan Poetry, fiction, plays and more. https://sweettreereview.submittable.com/submit

6th Jan Speculative fiction 2000-7500 words that begins with the line, ‘No Shit, There I Was.’ PAYING http://noshit.alliterationink.com/

8th Jan ‘Duende welcomes submissions of prose, poetry, hybrid writing, screenplay and visual art. We are especially interested in collaborations between two or more writers, or between writers and visual artists. We accept submissions from writers working in English, or translating into English, from anywhere in the world. A majority of the work we publish will be from writers and artists who are queer, of color, differently abled, immigrant, working class, youth, elder, and / or otherwise from communities underrepresented in U.S. literary magazines and journals.’ http://www.duendeliterary.org/submissions/

8th Jan ‘This just in: Believe everything you read. Or, at least make us believe it. Our March issue is all about fiction that reads like fact. Think The Onion, Splickety style.

We want to see your best reporting skills on something that’s never happened. The wilder, the better. Put on your journalism hat and write a tale that’s too tall to be true. Convince us it’s news and not a ruse.’ 300-1000 words. PAYING http://splicketypubgroup.com/submission-guidelines/

8th Jan Fiction 800-3000 words on the theme of Run and Hide. http://www.liarsleaguenyc.com/submissions/

8th Jan Poetry, flash, short fiction and more on the theme of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War. PAYING https://nonbinaryreview.submittable.com/submit/44455

9th Jan ‘We are looking for stories and poems from all points of view. The focus is on recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Family members are encouraged to write about their recovery journey. Our goal in gathering these stories is to allow them to “stand there shining” and show the world the reality of recovery.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY http://www.tuliptreepub.com/calls-for-submissions.html

11th Jan Poetry, short fiction and more on the theme of Infection, by unpublished writers only. http://openingline.org/

14th Jan Short fiction up to 2000 words on the theme of Secrets. CONTRIBUTOR COPY http://www.firewords.co.uk/submit/

15th Jan Spiritually engaged poetry and prose (Cathy’s note: make sure to submit to the anthology, to which submission should be free). https://orisonbooks.submittable.com/submit

15th Jan Poetry, prose and more. PAYING http://www.3288review.com/submissions/

15th Jan Poetry and prose. PAYING http://www.qulitmag.com/submit/

15th Jan Poetry and true stories/resolutions on the theme of The Joy of Less. PAYING http://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics

15th Jan Poetry and various sorts of prose. CONTRIBUTOR COPY, PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS https://greatweatherformedia.submittable.com/submit

15th Jan Poetry, fiction and much more on the themes of either Grandparents or Birthdays, for this magazine for mothers. PAYING https://brainchildmag.submittable.com/submit

15th Jan Speculative fiction on the theme of Long Distance Running. PAYING http://www.treelionpress.com/submissions-keeping-pace-with-eternity.html

15th Jan ‘What happens when the kids leave the nest? Now accepting short stories (fiction only) until January 15, 2016. 500-40,000 words. No poetry. No essays.’ (Cathy’s note: they have loads of submission calls, but some require a fee to be paid in order to submit. The Empty Nest call is free to submit.) https://kystory.submittable.com/submit

15th Jan Poetry, fiction and more on the theme(s) of Family and/or Cultural Identity. http://writingforpeace.org/1180-2/dovetales/

15th Jan Uncanny Tale up to 10,000 words. PAYING http://www.worldweaverpress.com/submit-anthologies.html

15th Jan ‘On August 5th, 2015, The Centrifugal Eye reached its 10th-year marker! To celebrate that grand feat, our next issue’s focus will commemorate this anniversary by remembering the effects our most beloved poets have on us. We’ll sing the praises of any published poet, alive or dead, whom you admire, or even emulate, through the showcase of your own poetry. Please send us 3-4 of your unpublished poems that are written either in the manner of, inspired by, and/or dedicated to your favourite published poets.’ http://centrifugaleye.com/

15th Jan Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Change (Cathy’s note: scroll down to find the free-to-submit link for Conclave). CONTRIBUTOR COPY https://balkanpress.submittable.com/submit

15th Jan or when filled: horror-themed poetry. PAYING http://www.disquieteddreams.com/call-for-submissions.html

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

15th Jan ‘While we accept great poetry of any kind, we are particularly interested in work that complicates prevailing conceptions of race, gender, ecology, and poetic form itself. Is your work attempting to start a dialogue? To enter into conversation? To push? Send it our way.’ https://berkeleypoetryreview.submittable.com/submit

15th Jan Poetry and fiction on the theme of Love. http://walkwriteup.com/2014/05/26/submissions/

15th Jan Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of The Coming Storm. https://elohigadugi.submittable.com/submit

15th Jan Positive writing and more on the theme of Unique. CONTRIBUTOR COPY http://www.thephoenixsoul.com/submit/

16th Jan Poems. https://ruminatemagazine.submittable.com/submit PAYING

20th Jan Poetry and fiction on the theme of Adventure. CONTRIBUTOR COPY http://popshotpopshot.com/submit

22nd Jan Writers and others can pitch ideas for programmes suitable for 6-12-year-olds. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/4ffyPBZFbcdk5FHllWgkN03/get-your-creative-on-with-anim8

25th Jan Micro, flash and short fiction on the theme of Britishness. http://www.litro.co.uk/submit/

28th Jan Fiction on the theme of The Best Break-up Ever. PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS http://infectiveink.com/guidelines.html

29th Jan Poetry, fiction and more. https://www.csustan.edu/penumbra/submit-penumbra

30th Jan Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Spatial Appropriation. http://www.repurposedmag.com/home-2/submissions/

30th Jan Fairy-tale inspired poems and stories on the theme of Valentine’s Day. PAYING http://www.fairytalemagazine.com/p/blog-page_22.html

31st Jan ‘We’ve all read the stories and fallen in love with the movies: the girl needs saving, the boy rescues girl, they fall in love, and they lived happily ever after. But what if the boy was in distress or the girl had dreams that didn’t involve falling in love? Those are the kinds of stories we’re looking for to include in our next anthology. If you have a fantasy story about a strong female character who made her own way or a story that takes a twist on a classic tale, send it our way!’ PAYING http://www.feypublishing.com/submissions.html

31st Jan Stories up to 10,000 words set in a future extreme right-wing dystopic America. https://pankhearst.wordpress.com/life-during-wartime/

31st Jan Poetry and flash on the theme of Secrets and Dreams. CONTRIBUTOR COPY http://www.kindofahurricanepress.com/p/anthology-unlock-possibilities.html

31st Jan Poetry and fiction on the theme of Mountebanks. http://wordlandhome.weebly.com/submission-guidelines.html

31st Jan ‘Seeking science fiction set in a future five to fifteen years from now. The same world in which we live, but with (for example) self-driving cars, big rigs, and garbage trucks; robots working in the car wash; 3D printing, connectivity everywhere, and the Internet of Everything. 2500 – 6000 words.’ ROYALTIES http://darkhousebooks.com/stories-from-the-near-future/

31st Jan ‘UPPER HAND PRESS seeks submissions for GONERS, an anthology of writing by women who have traveled alone and encountered mishaps, misadventures, frights; who misjudged, lost nerve, or got lost along the way. Submit proposals to Ann Starr, staff@upperhandpress.com by January 31, 2016. Accepted work due November 30, 2016; publication in summer, 2017. Hoping for diversity of women in travel far away or down the block. Language is English. Upper Hand Press site: www.upperhandpress.com .’

31st Jan ‘Submit up to three poems or a short story, novel or memoir excerpt, or personal essay (1,000 to 5,000 words) on the theme of Devices: Technology’s impact on our lives and relationships.’ PAYING http://www.echapbook.com/submissions.html

31st Jan ‘Announcing an Open call for Women Indie Published (or new or never before published, or indie supportive traditionally published) authors to contribute to an anthology called Independent Women. The anthology will consist of short stories (flash fiction included), poetry, essays, artwork, or any other woman and/or feminist centered creative work.’ (Cathy’s note: thanks to Erika Dreifus at www.erikadreifus.com for this). PAYING http://www.daydreamsdandelions.com/an-open-call.html

31st Jan Poetry, short fiction, play/drama and more. CONTRIBUTOR COPY http://www.phenomenalliterature.com/submission.php

31st Jan Poems and stories using the elements Measure, Cleave, Silver. http://3elementsreview.com/submission-guidelines

31st Jan Poetry, fiction and art on the theme of Pilot. http://sedimentslit.com/submit/

31st Jan ‘Please consider joining us to help reduce child labor in Asia. Could you write a compelling short story with a third-world child as protagonist if you were provided plenty of background information? Would you be willing to donate your story to be included in an anthology for sale, the proceeds of which would go to help rescue kids enslaved as factory, mine, or industrial workers, working long hours in poor conditions, often without pay?’ http://jodierennerediting.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/call-for-stories-for-anthology-to-help.html

1st Feb Writing and more on the theme of Softness (Cathy’s note: thanks to Erika Dreifus at www.erikadreifus.com for this). PAYING https://111o.submittable.com/submit/47379

1st Feb Poetry, prose, translations and more. http://www.kalynareview.com/submissions/4574690274

1st Feb Poetry and prose on the theme of Psychologia. http://www.whitestagpublishing.com/submit.html

1st Feb Poetry and fiction on the theme of Wild. http://www.halfwaydownthestairs.net/index.php?action=submissions

1st Feb Writing by girls and women on the theme of Express Yourself. http://newmoon.com/how-to-get-published-new-moon-girls/

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.

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

Poetry, essays and more (Cathy’s note: there is a reader vote, and I normally wouldn’t include anything that has that. However, contributors get paid anyway, so it seemed worth listing). PAYING http://www.scarletleafreview.com/submissions.html

Poetry, fiction and more. PAYING http://pbq.drexel.edu/submit/

Flash fiction. https://jellyfishreview.wordpress.com/submissions/

Poetry, fiction and many other kinds of MS. http://www.crystalspiritinc.com/submissions.html

Stories set in the future. PAYING http://intotheruins.com/submissions/

Poetry collections, short story collections, novels and more. http://www.vineleavespress.com/submissions.html

‘We are looking for well written original stories in science fiction, fantasy, myth, legend, fairy tales, and eldritch, in written, podcast, video, and/or graphic story form, and from around the world. We’re accept both serious and humorous work.’ PAYING http://cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com/submissions/

Fantasy poetry and fiction. ‘Stories don’t have to be just from “British” authors, although if there’s an elusive thread linking it however tenuously to these isles that would be great.’ http://www.britishfantasysociety.org/bfs-journal-submission-guidelines/

Poetry (Cathy’s note: it’s free to submit one poem, so don’t submit more unless you want to pay the submission fee). http://www.greenlindenpress.com/submit/

Poetry. http://www.glittermobmag.com/submit.html

Bracken is an open-minded magazine with a preference for magic realism. Inspired by old world storytelling with roots in the wood’s shadows, we embrace both the literary and the fantastic—an open scope exploring the Other’s consciousness in the present day.’ Poetry, fiction and more. PAYING http://www.brackenmagazine.com/about/

Writing of various kinds by women. https://velamag.submittable.com/submit

Flash fiction. PAYING http://www.manawaker.com/ffp-submissions/

When filled or April 30th: ‘Write for us the horrors that we invite into our lives, whether willingly or with reluctance. These are horrors that need our permission to enter.’ PAYING http://timealonepress.com/2015/12/23/let-us-in-call-for-submissions/

Stories of around 200 words. PAYING http://ironsoap.com/200-ccs/submissions/

Fiction and creative nonfiction. http://www.intrinsick.com/submissions.html

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

Comps and calls for December 2015

Here are December 2015’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. December is the best time by far to submit and enter. There are loads of opportunities, and many people are too busy to take advantage of them. Please try to find the time if you can!

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.

 

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COMPETITIONS

Add your thoughts on the monthly topic. PAYING https://www.facebook.com/oxfordnotebooks/app_181034565422548?ref=page_internal

Weekly: Respond to the photo prompt in 3 lines, no more than 10 words per line. NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.threelinethursday.com/challenge-posts/

2nd Dec Write up to 150 words about what makes a good cruise ship, based on your own experience. NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/11776679/Win-a-350-holiday-voucher.html

3rd Dec Poems on the theme of Light (Cathy’s note: you might want to read last year’s winning poems before sending yours).  https://arena.yourlondonlibrary.net/web/kingston/poetry

3rd Dec Comment explaining why you’d like a new cooker. NON-CASH PRIZE https://www.facebook.com/ZanussiAppliances/photos/a.268432883223211.58476.257552237644609/896759710390522/?type=3&theater

4th Dec ‘Your challenge: In no more than 50 words, tell, show, or evoke as complete a story as you can about any subject you want. However, exactly ONE of your up-to-50 words must be the word “xylophone.” ‘ PAYING https://onthepremises.submittable.com/Submit

7th Dec Funded residency at Cove Park (note to international applicants: transport to Cove Park is not included). Send the appropriate samples of your work.  PAYING  http://covepark.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/2016LiteratureGuidelines2.pdf

11th Dec UK only: write a blogpost over 500 words on why you should win this diamond necklace. NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.diamonddealerdirect.co.uk/blog/2015/10/29/christmas-competition/

14th Dec Crime novel by someone who hasn’t had a novel published before, other than self-published (Cathy’s note: check guidelines as they’re quite specific). PAYING http://us.macmillan.com/minotaurbooks/writing-competitions

18th Dec UK only: a fiction story of maximum 4,000 words, in English (translations are not eligible), on a subject inspired by this line from Stephen King: “There’s something to be said for a shorter, more intense experience. It can be invigorating, sometimes even shocking, like a waltz with a stranger you will never see again, or a kiss in the dark, or a beautiful curio for sale at a street bazaar.” NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/oct/30/terms-and-conditions-for-the-stephen-king-the-bazaar-of-bad-dreams-competition

18th Dec UK only: publish a blog post according to the instructions, for the chance to win a holiday at the Costa del Sol. NON-CASH PRIZE http://blog.alpharooms.com/win-a-winter-sun-escape

20th Dec US only: The winner will receive $5,000 in prize money, an advance and a standard publishing contract with Little A, Amazon Publishing’s literary imprint. Poets who have published no more than one full-length book of poetry can submit their manuscript for consideration. Submitted collections will be judged on the quality of writing, strength and originality of content and creativity of language. PAYING https://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?docId=1003013981   (thanks to http://www.erikadreifus.com/ for this one)

20th Dec US and parts of Canada only: short story. PAYING http://www.neoglyphic.com/neoverse-writing-competition

25th Dec Up to 3 poems about Beaumont Park, Huddersfield. VOUCHER/OTHER  http://www.fobp.co.uk/index.php/beaumont-park-s-beautiful-poetry

31st Dec Poetry, preferably non-rhyming. PAYING http://www.sps.com/poetry/

31st Dec Fiction up to 2000 words. PAYING http://www.wordsmag.com/compcal15.htm

31st Dec Golf story up to 700 words. PAYING http://www.golfwell.net/golfwell-s-story-contest.html

31st Dec Three to five poems, preferably rhyming and metered, on the provided themes. PAYING http://classicalpoets.org/2012-poetry-competition/

31st Dec ‘Between July 1 and December 31, 2015, Cartridge Lit will be accepting submissions of chapbook-length collections of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and hybrid work inspired by video games for its first contest: The Push [START] to Begin Chapbook Contest.’ PAYING http://cartridgelit.com/2015/06/20/the-push-start-to-begin-chapbook-contest/

31st Dec Up to 750 words of travel writing on the theme of Travel and Water. PAYING http://seniortravelexpert.com/travel-water-writing-competition/

31st Dec Write an alternative final scene for Brave New World. NON-CASH PRIZE http://theatrecloud.com/get-involved/creative-projects/writing-challenge-can-you-pen-a-brave-new-ending

31st Dec USA only: novels or short story collections by first generation residents of the United States. PAYING http://www.restlessbooks.com/prize-for-new-immigrant-writing

31st Dec Poem about Winter (Cathy’s note: although no age restriction is stipulated, the site is called ‘young writers’ and the winners will be ‘one girl and one boy poet’, so it looks as if under 18s are the target demographic here). NON-CASH PRIZE https://www.youngwriters.co.uk/competitions/winter-wonderland.php

31st Dec Drabble on the theme of Confessions of a Shapeshifter. PAYING http://albanlake.com/drabble-contest-1/

31st Dec Story up to 2000 words. NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.soundwork-uk.co.uk/competitions

31st Dec Story up to 4500 words on the theme of Heat. PAYING http://overtheredline.com/submissions/

31st Dec UK only: say what your mum does best, and she might become Mum of the Year. NON-CASH PRIZE http://www.thorntons.co.uk/content.jsp?pageName=mumoftheyear

1st Jan Poetry or fiction on the theme of Belief. PAYING http://bopdeadcity.com/contests/

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

4th Dec ‘There are things that go bump in the night, and they aren’t all frightening. Who says only humans can have passionate sex when so many supernatural creatures can enjoy the desires of the flesh? For this anthology we’re looking for Male/Male (M/M) erotica with a supernatural element. Whether your character is a werewolf, vampire, ghost, god, or anything else, we want you to tell us a story that will have us under the blankets, but not from fear.’ PAYING https://inkubuspublishing.submittable.com/submit/48106

7th Dec Poetry and more on the theme of Disability and Inclusion for this Quaker-themed mag.  http://www.friendsjournal.org/submissions/

7th Dec Women only: poetry and short fiction on the theme of Monster. PAYING  https://mslexia.co.uk/themed-writing/

10th Dec Bigfoot horror short stories, poetry and artwork. Myths, legends, fiction & non-fiction horror. PAYING http://devolutionz.com/deadlines.html

10th Dec Poetry and prose on the theme of Migrations. https://avismagazineblog.wordpress.com/call-for-submissions/

10th Dec ‘For December’s issue, we are looking for Christmas-themed pieces as well as personal narratives or poems about grandmothers. Tell us the many ways these vintage mothers have enriched, expanded, and added dimension to your family.’ http://mothersalwayswrite.com/writers-guidelines/

10th Dec Age 14+: ‘Cicada wants to hear about the clothes you chill in and the ones you dare to wear, that thrill with the promise of a newer (or truer) self. We’re interested in the use of fashion to express identity, connect with cultural history, and signal community membership. Also: the perils and pleasures of consumerism. How does purchasable fashion limit the range of identities available, and how are individuals and communities subverting those limitations? Send poetry, fic, nonfic, humor, and comics pitches! Especially welcome: works by LGBTQIA+ writers/artists, writers/artists with disabilities, and writers/artists of color.’ PAYING  http://www.cicadamag.com/submitwork

10th Dec Poetry on the theme of Loss. CONTRIBUTOR COPY http://littlelanternpress.com/submissions/

12th Dec ‘Writers spend a lot of time writing, and writing about writing. What are your other creative pursuits? Artists spend a lot of time writing about their work. How? This special issue of cahoodaloodaling is interested in the intersection of art and writing—writers who create in other forms, and artists who write. We want craft essays and interviews about what your art means to you as a maker or how your art impacts your writing, or the ways you find yourself writing about your art; tutorials for others to follow, to engage in your craft; photographs of your creations with brief descriptions and creation stories; stories or poems about the art of making; any combination of the above.’ https://cahoodaloodaling.submittable.com/submit

15th Dec ‘ Whatever else can be said about the Mythos (within the Lovecraftian world-view, naturally) it remains that the madness which underlies it is THE TRUTH OF EXISTENCE. The light may be deadly, yes, but it isstill light, and it still reveals! Remember, too, that the Great Old Ones and their servants, have been around for a very long time. What wisdom, what insights into Life, Death, and Reality might be gained by currying their favour? What would be the price of that wisdom, and more… would it be worth it’ Fiction up to 7000 words. PAYING http://horrortree.com/taking-submissions-cthulhusattva-lovecraftian-tales-of-the-black-gnosis/

15th Dec Poetry, plays, short fiction and more. PAYING  http://www.kenyonreview.org/submission/

15th Dec ‘Victims and survivors of sexual harassment, assault, and abuse have been taught by this culture that whatever horror they have endured could have been worse. At least you weren’t touched. At least you weren’t raped. At least you weren’t killed. This world effectively silences those who have been violated by demanding their first reaction be gratitude for what did not happen. Not That Bad is an opportunity for those whose voices were stolen from them, to reclaim and tell their stories. This anthology will explore what it is like to navigate rape culture as shaped by the identities we inhabit.’ PAYING https://notthatbad.submittable.com/submit (Many thanks to www.erikadreifus.com and her Monday Markets for this listing)

15th Dec Dieselpunk fairytales by US writers. PROFIT/Revenue-SHARING MODEL https://twitpublishing.wordpress.com/dieselpunk-fairy-tales/

15th Dec ‘We’re looking for your stories and poems about how you used the power of gratitude to change your own life. You’ll help readers through your examples and your personal tips on how to use thankfulness.’ PAYING http://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics

15th Dec Poetry, flash, short fiction and more. http://www.rowanglassworks.org/submission-manager.html

15th Dec Mediaeval fantasy fiction 2000-10,000 words. There’s also a SF anthology. PAYING http://www.punkswritepoems.com/calls-and-guidelines/

15th Dec Romance stories up to 10,000 words, featuring geeks. CONTRIBUTOR COPY+ PROFIT/Revenue-SHARING MODEL http://www.redmoonromance.com/newsblog/get-your-geek-on-and-get-on-the-geek-open-submissions-for-covalent-bonds-anthology-announced

15th Dec Poetry, flash and more on the theme of Five. http://pureslush.webs.com/five.htm

15th Dec 3-5 poems about dolls. CONTRIBUTOR COPY http://www.terrapinbooks.com/call-for-submissions.html

15th Dec Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Family. http://www.ridinglight.org/submissions.html

15th Dec Short fiction and flash humour (SF, F and anthropological fiction) on the theme of It’s Come to Our Attention. PAYING http://www.thirdflatiron.com/liveSite/pages/submissions

15th Dec Poetry, flash, short fiction and more on the theme of Lost & Found. ‘For this issue, we are especially interested in receiving poems using, but not limited to lilacs, berries, dance, and rain as image or metaphor.’ http://iceflow.com/riverbabble/riverguides28.html

15th Dec Military SF. PAYING http://www.worldweaverpress.com/submit-anthologies.html

15th Dec Personal stories, poetry and art both funny and serious that show how people with disabilities adapt and relate to everyday life and situations. http://seeingbeyondthesurface.webs.com/project-overview-guideline

15th Dec Poetry and short prose on the theme of Time Travel. https://linesandstars.submittable.com/submit

15th Dec ‘Work that reflects the UNICORN in myriad capacities. We want to question what it means to write like a unicorn; how the unicorn is concealed and exposed – in poetics, fiction, graphic art, and lyric essay. We want to know what the unicorn represents and how it fluctuates in cultural imagination. Submissions for the seventh issue will reflect on this topic, delving into the topography of the unicorn and presenting work that showcases it in fresh ways.’ http://specsjournal.org/

15th Dec Poetry and short fiction on the theme of Voice of the Witch. http://poemmistress.com/submit.html

15th Dec Koans, poems, riddles and quotes on the theme of Balance. http://www.localgemspoetrypress.com/balance.html

15th Dec Romantic fiction up to 16,000 words on the theme of Geeks in Love. PROFIT/REVENUE SHARING MODEL http://www.redmoonromance.com/newsblog/get-your-geek-on-and-get-on-the-geek-open-submissions-for-covalent-bonds-anthology-announced

16th Dec Essays on pop culture. PAYING https://barrelhouse.submittable.com/submit

18th Dec Micro, flash and short fiction on the theme of Love. http://www.litro.co.uk/submit/

18th Dec Poetry, flash and short fiction on the theme of Shakespeare. PAYING https://shenandoah.submittable.com/submit

20th Dec Haiku on the theme(s) of Peace and/or Winter. https://sites.google.com/site/worldhaikureview2/aboutworldhaikureview

21st Dec ‘Please write us something on the general theme of Liberty, or address a specific clause of the Magna Carta. There are plenty of weird ones to play with  as the more obvious… read and wonder. We do NOT want stories about the opposites of Liberty, it’s a celebration, so no matter how tempted you are by dwelling on the iniquity of false imprisonment, restrain yourself. Light & Shade, you know? Story Length: 800-2000 words.’ https://arachnepress.submittable.com/submit?mc_cid=27e8816db4&mc_eid=32df781c24

21st Dec ‘Our spring issue will explore “the wild.” This can mean work that represents wilderness, wildlife, or wild lives, uninhabited/unrestrained spaces and their remains, and/or activities of those living in such environments. The Wild can also mean wild states of mind or conditions that un-domesticate or un-civilize.’ http://newfoundjournal.org/submit/

25th Dec Speculative fiction with Christian elements. http://www.mysterionanthology.com/2015/11/trends.html

26th Dec Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Winter Depression. CONTRIBUTOR COPY http://www.dalislovechild.com/submissions/

28th Dec Flash and short fiction on the theme of Flu Season. PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS http://infectiveink.com/?page_id=242

30th Dec ‘I want to see Lovecraftian monsters of your own making here, but you can give me some new takes on the Old Ones, if you like, but make it fresh. Make Cthulhu interesting as well as terrifying. Show a different side to Nyarlathotep. But do give us some new creatures…either some New Old Ones or some Brand New Ones. Or a battle of Old Ones vs. New Ones.  As for your settings, as the theme title suggests, I’d really like to see these stories set on other worlds.’ https://theweretraveler.wordpress.com/call-for-submissions/

31st Dec ‘How does science inspire the literary imagination? Can science writing be a literary art? The Kenyon Review is looking for poetry, fiction, essays, and drama that respond to issues in science, ecology, and the environment for a special issue.’ (Cathy’s note – they are usually PAYING, so I assume that they will be for this special call too, though I can’t be sure). http://www.kenyonreview.org/journals/poetics-of-science/

31st Dec Poetry and prose on the theme of Cannabis. CONTRIBUTOR COPY http://www.thepoetrybox.com/ThePoemingPigeon.html#guidelines

31st Dec Short genre fiction and nonfiction. PAYING http://www.allegoryezine.com/submissions.htm

31st Dec Poetry on the theme of Neighbours: Intimate Strangers. https://leavenerspoetscorner.wordpress.com/2015/11/19/open-call-poetry-submissions-neighbours-2/

31st Dec Haiku. https://wildplumhaiku.wordpress.com/submission/

31st Dec Presence is seeking haiku, senryu, tanka, other haiku-related poetry and haiku-related essays. http://haikupresence.org/contribute

31st Dec Poetry chapbooks. http://www.thediagram.com/nmp/guidelines.html

31st Dec Poetry, fiction and cross-genre MSS. http://www.shapeandnature.com/submissions.htm

31st Dec Short fiction, novelettes and novellas ‘…revolving around monsters, evil aliens, or otherworldly entities that serves as the antagonist for the story. We will not consider stories in which the monster is the protagonist.’ PAYING http://www.bardsandsages.com/speculative_fiction/great_tome_series

31st Dec Strange Musings Press is looking for short funny paranormal stories of life after death for our new anthology, Alternate Hilarities 5: One Star Reviews of the Afterlife. I don’t want to lock anyone down as to what I am looking for, but you need to have two things for sure. It needs to deal with the afterlife and it needs to be funny. Flash and short fiction. CONTRIBUTOR COPY+ ROYALTIES  http://www.strangemusingspress.com/p/strange-musings-press-is-looking-for.html

31st Dec Writing by non-men. http://www.vectorpress.org/submit.html

31st Dec SF or F fiction 1000-6000 words on the theme of Money. PAYING http://crossedgenres.com/submissions/magazine/

31st Dec Short fiction up to 5000 words. http://www.shortfictionjournal.co.uk/?page_id=29

31st Dec Poetry, flash and more on the theme of Island. CONTRIBUTOR COPY http://www.brainofforgetting.com/submissions.html

31st Dec ‘ We would like tales of civilised, gentle(wo)manly horror, cold, calculating and bloodless; spinechillers rather than slashers, enervating instead of eviscerating. Though a wee bit of the red stuff will not make us blanch, focus more on unshakeable dread. Make us afraid to investigate that noise downstairs. Cause us to shudder when we glimpse something move out of the corner of our eyes. Think Ann Radcliffe and the Gothics, Mary Shelley, Elizabeth Gaskell, Wilkie Collins, M.R. James and even those modern folks like Shirley Jackson and Fritz Leiber.’ PAYING http://www.foxspirit.co.uk/sample-page/submissions/

31st Dec Poetry fiction, personal accounts and more on the theme of Disability, though the focus is very much on Ability. http://rampyourvoice.com/2015/02/24/ramp-your-voices-official-call-for-submissions-for-the-disability-anthology-iamable/

31st Dec Complex fairy tales. http://defenestrationism.net/books/complex-fairy-tales/

31st Dec ‘We are looking for work that describes the meeting of verse and commerce. Poems should address some aspect of business – money, consumer experience, or professional life, for example.’ PAYING  http://poetryandbusiness.com/?page_id=48

31st Dec Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Love and Marriage. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://www.mpapublishing.co.za/submission-guidelines/leannan-issue-guidelines/

31st Dec Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Is the Moon a Dead World? http://www.osedaxpress.com/submit-your-work/

31st Dec Fiction and more on the theme of Heroes and Villains. http://desiwriterslounge.net/papercuts/submissions/

31st Dec Speculative fiction on the theme of Superheroes. PAYING http://thebooksmugglers.com/book-smugglers-publishing/book-smugglers-publishing-open-call-for-short-stories-submissions-summer-2016

31st Dec Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Sex, Again? PAYING http://www.tinhouse.com/magazine/submission-guidelines.html

1st Jan Poetry and fiction on the theme of Garland of the Goddess: Tales and Poems of the Feminine Divine. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES http://neosalexandria.org/bibliotheca-alexandrina/calls-for-submissions/garland-of-the-goddess-tales-and-poems-of-the-feminine-divine/

1st Jan Poetry and more on the theme of Indigenous Peoples around the World. http://whirlwindmagazine.org/submission-info/

SUBMISSIONS WITH NO KNOWN DEADLINES

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

Poetry, fiction and more PAYING http://www.theimpressmentgang.com/submissions

‘This blogzine is for quality poetry which takes risks, which pushes at the limits or simply ignores them. It is not for any particular school of poetry such as language poetry, beat poetry, conceptual, flarf, minimalist poetry, etc. It offers a home to any and all of what might be considered to fall under within the scope of avant-garde and/or experimental poetry. Collaborations between artist and poet are welcome as well as short films.’ https://thecurlymindblog.wordpress.com/about/

‘Although we have a soft spot for submissions by Africans, we welcome stories from the rest of the world if they present Africa in a Fantasy, science fiction, or horror setting or with speculative elements. The characters in such stories mustn’t be blacks. In fact, if making your characters black is the only African attribute in your story, then it is probably not for us. We want you to dive into rare African cultures and traditions, tweak them to your taste and sprinkle magic and futuristic science over them.’ Poetry, flash and short fiction. PAYING http://subsaharanmagazine.com/submission/

Work-themed poetry, humour and more. https://brevity.wordpress.com/2015/10/06/beyond-essays-poems-photos-from-the-workplace/

Stories, poems, essays and articles on literature, criticism and literary trends, among other things. http://literaryyard.com/submissions/

Novels / novellas – (80-110k words), graphic novels, poetry (pamphlets – 20-30 poems/collections – up to 50 poems), bespoke non-fiction (pamphlets/articles/propaganda). http://silhouettepress.co.uk/submit/

1000-10,000 word mystery story. PAYING http://mysteryweekly.com/submit.asp

‘Send us dark, dirty crime fiction short stories, no less than 1500 words and no more than 4500.’ PAYING  http://crimesyndicatemagazine.com/submissions/

Poetry, flash, short fiction and more. https://sewerlid.com/index.php/submit/

Poetry, fiction and more. https://theroaringmuse.submittable.com/submit

Prose 1000-10,000 words. PAYING  https://bloodykeysociety.submittable.com/submit

Flash fiction up to 500 words. http://spelkfiction.com/submit-2/

‘TINY TEXT (@Tiny_Text) wants your Twitter-length fiction and memoir! Follow us on Twitter and email your compelling concision to teeny.tiny.text@gmail.com. Send three stories or memoirs at a time and include your contact information (we don’t publish titles). All submissions must be 140 characters or less (spaces count!) and will be read year-round. Please allow us 4 weeks to get back to you before sending more work or inquiring. We look forward to your work!’

Poetry, fiction and artwork by and/or for school-age readers of 12 and upwards. http://www.balloons-lit-journal.com/submission.html

Fiction MSS. http://bellelutte.com/submit/

Lyric Essays and Experimental / Hybrid Essays only. No fiction, poetry, art, or generic nonfiction, please. We are seeking HIGH LEVEL PROSE. Story is secondary; focus on strong lyricism and language surprise. PAYING https://easterniowareview.submittable.com/submit

‘Five on the Fifth publishes one short story in each of five categories on the fifth of every month. The five categories consist of: horror, science fiction, fantasy, general fiction, and flash fiction.’ http://www.fiveonthefifth.com/submit/

‘We accept nearly every genre and subject. This is a platform for the under-represented. We accept submissions by White cisgender heterosexual neurotypical able-bodied individuals that portray exemplary displays of diversity. However, priority goes to LGBTQIA+/POC/neuroatypical/disabled writers.’ PAYING  http://zillion-press.com/submission-information#/information/

‘Streetwrite is a melting pot of short-form writing from around the world. To “write”  on the “street” implies crafting open, attractive, short, relevant and often subversive narratives that catch the eye; submissions that meet those criteria are encouraged.’ http://www.streetwrite.com/guidelines.html

Scanned, handwritten work. http://thefracturednuance.weebly.com/submit.html

Residency guarding the Slovakian end of the Maria Valeria Bridge! (Cathy’s note: it looks as if you will have to pay your transport there. If accepted, you get accommodation and a few other things, plus a stipend.) PAYING http://www.bridgeguard.org/en/application/information/

‘We’re looking for the radical transformations needed for a collective future … a future that computes at an economic, ecological and spiritual level. Critical perspectives on the fate of modernity, the spell of reason and mental environmentalism are encouraged. Writing with a right cortex spark and a broad stroke of irrationality is given extra close attention. Essays, poems, rants, articles, features, spoofs, art, photos, designs, graffiti, scribbles, jams and mindbombs – all forms welcome.’ https://www.adbusters.org/about/submissions

Christian MSS and various anthology calls – see home page. http://www.faithbygracepublishing.com/#!page4/cfvg

An interesting concept: prose poetry, flash and short fiction are matched up with illustrations. PAYING http://pennymag.org/submit or http://pennymag.org/

‘We are looking to publish short and flash fiction, poetry, word art, and artwork that can be considered “strange and beautiful.” That’s open to interpretation. Literary sci fi and fantasy, weird tales, bizarro, or just literary stories that are kind of quirky and/or adorable.’ http://kaaterskillbasinjournal.com/submission-guidelines/

Weird fiction 1000-3000 words. PAYING http://dunhamsmanor.com/visiaks-mirror-online-journal/

Poetry, prose and more about the Roman Catholic experience. http://pilgrimjournal.com/contact_us.html

Humanist poetry, fiction and more. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/%28ISSN%291548-1409/homepage/ForAuthors.html

Poetry, flash, short fiction and more. http://bindlestiffpress.com/submit/

Place/landscape poetry, fiction and more. http://www.terratory.org/submissions

‘Epic or narrative poetry on a minimum of 6 pages and a maximum of 50 pages of A4.’ PROFIT/REVENUE SHARING MODEL http://www.icarusbooks.co.uk/

Poetry and art. http://www.brokentoothpress.com/#!submit/c24ju

‘We welcome poetry, short story, long story opinion pieces, reviews, satirical articles, epics, and old grocery lists. If you have something that doesn’t fit these categories, do not despair! We will read anything.’ http://www.unscoopedbagel.com/submissions/

Fiction, poetry and more on the theme of Dirt. http://english.buffalostate.edu/elm-leaveselj

Short, witty, formal poems. http://assesofparnassus.tumblr.com/

Poetry MSS. Send a sample of 6-10 pages of the manuscript. http://www.graysonbooks.com/submission.html

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