July 2021 update

Hello all,
I’ve still got Long Covid and I’m not going to be able to do Comps and Calls until I’m better. I WILL BE BACK! But not until I have the energy and health to do this. Don’t forget to cancel your Patreons and donations, my dear friends. I don’t want you spending money for nothing. Thank you for all your kind messages, your prayers, vibes and good wishes. I’m going to be OK so don’t worry about me. Please look after yourselves and take care—I’m pretty sure that I’d have died if I hadn’t had my vaccinations before I got it. Please keep writing and submitting and entering! Keep sharing your wonderful words! See you in a month or so, I hope.
Much love,
Cathy xxx

Comps and calls for July 2021




Hello all,

I have COVID-19, and I’m afraid that I’m not going to be able to do Comps and Calls for July 2021. Here are some listings I already had for that month. I’m hopeful that I’ll be back in August. Lots of love to all of you,

Cathy


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

30th Jul Black writers only: prose literature of 150 pages or more. PAYING https://redhen.org/ann-petry-award/

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

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

4th Jul Story 800-2000 words on the theme of Women & Girls. https://www.liarsleague.com/liars_league/writers.html

4th Jul US only: short story. PAYING https://buckmanpublishing.submittable.com/submit/192494/buckmxn-story-service

15th Jul ‘We all do it. Shop at The Dollar Store. But why? Is it the best value for money? Not really, but it is cheap. And convenient. Cheap and convenient is good but aren’t we really looking for treasure? Or are we avoiding the outside world?
Tell us your best unpublished stories of approximately 50 words about The Dollar Store, Pound Store, 100 Yen Store, etc. near you.’ http://www.blink-ink.org/current-submissions/

15th Jul Writing and more on the theme of War. https://www.opendoorpoetrymagazine.com/author-submissions

15th Jul Poetry and short prose on the theme of Second Thoughts. PAYING https://writershedpress.com/submissions/

15th Jul Poetry. PAYING https://thuyapoetryreview.com/submit/

15th Jul opens until filled: ‘HOUSE OF BOOKS –  I’ll be searching the submission stacks for dream libraries, book borrowing & book lending, book club meetings, bookmarks, and dog-eared pages! Poetry, flash or CNF. https://www.dwellingliterary.com/submit

30th Jul Villanelles by LGBTQ+/non-binary poets and allies. https://www.limpwristmagazine.com/villanelles

30th Jul Theme: Subcultures.  ‘For our print magazine, we accept short fiction, flash/micro fiction, nonfiction (memoir, literary journalism, travel narratives, etc), and original artwork (photographs, illustrations, paintings, etc) based on the designated monthly theme.’ https://www.litromagazine.com/litro-magazine-is-one-of-the-best-places-places-to-submit-writing/#print (Cathy’s note: you can also submit to the online or podcast versions of Litro.)

30th Jul ‘Eerie River is, and forever will be, inclusive in every way. We are looking for LGBTQIA+ characters to be featured within the story itself. Who can submit? This anthology is open to everyone. Bring us your foolish humans, your dark flesh-eating fae. Entice us with your magic and let us feast on the carnage you create. We are looking for unique character-driven stories with a strong fantasy storyline. Happy endings not required. Rated R stories welcome.’ https://www.eerieriverpublishing.com/open-submission

31st Jul Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of The Future. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.amsterdamquarterly.org/submissions/

31st Jul BIPOC women/nonbinary parents: ‘Raising Mothers is accepting submissions for our column, Radical Joy. We are not meant to endure motherhood. We are meant to savor it, to enjoy it. We want your essays about experiences and memories that brought laughter and healing. Tell us the moments of radical joy that rock your world and redefine perceptions of parenting and motherhood.’ https://www.raisingmothers.com/submissions/ (Cathy’s note: It’s free to submit poetry.)

31st Jul Spec flash and spec poetry on the theme of Summer Rain. https://www.planisphereq.com/p/guidelines.html

31st Jul Fiction 5000-15,000 words. ‘In a world where so many dark things go bump in the night, terror awaits around every corner as these authors take horror stories to the next level.’ ROYALTIES https://dragonsoulpress.com/anthologies/

1st Aug Poetry, fiction and nonfiction on the theme of Skeletons. https://halfwaydownthestairs.net/submissions/

1st Aug Fiction (and occasionally poetry) 300-5000 words starting with the line: ‘What should we do with the body?’ PAYING http://www.thefirstline.com/submission.htm

1st Aug ‘We invite marginalized unpublished writers to submit their poetry, prose, and hybrid works for this issue. We especially encourage unpublished writers living with disabilities, those who also identify as writers of color, and/or as part of the LGBTQ++ community.’ Theme: the body. POSSIBLE PAYMENT https://santafewritersproject.submittable.com/submit (Cathy’s note: From their website: ‘Once our Submittable fees are covered, we will divide any excess funds earned through the tip jar options equally amongst the published contributors.’)

1st Aug An edition focusing on black writers and artists. ‘Please note: we feature poems with some connection to Tokyo/Japan at the textual or authorial level. Not so in to poems about cherry blossoms, etc. Exceptions apply.’  https://www.topojo.com/submissions

SUBMISSIONS WITH NO KNOWN DEADLINES

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

Fiction. ‘Our platform is brand new; the first authors published on the site will be paid $0.02 for every unique story view, including views from free accounts. Once we are up and running, writers will receive a portion of the subscription of paying readers (similar to Medium).’ PAYING https://simily.co/how-it-works/

Comps and calls for June 2021

Read my new poetry pamphlet – Medusa’s Hair Tips!

Hello everyone,

My wrist is a lot better, and many thanks to those of you who’ve asked. It’d be even better if I could just stop doing things that involve it, but… 🙂

My tip this month is to share opportunities with writer friends. If you see a call for submissions and you think, oh, so-and-so might like that – make the effort to share it with them. They will return the favour, you can be sure. For instance, a writer and artist friend got in touch with me about this:

I’ve worked before with a brilliant artist called Karen Little. I’m now part of her new project, combining art and poetry to make gorgeous handmade booklets (or pamphlets. I love the ‘amph’ in pamphlets). Mine is called ‘Medusa’s Hair Tips’. Eight of my very best poems, including some brand new ones, with a fab cover by Karen, all to help a particular animal rescue. Being disabled myself, I’m always keen to support humans and animals who are ‘discarded’ or overlooked because of their disabilities.

Karen: These poetry booklets are now available….print on demand! If you want to buy one…or more!… all profits to Happy Tails Halfway Home (an animal rescue) please email kazvina@yahoo.es. They are £8 each, including post and packaging, £6 of which goes to the rescue (If you live outside the UK, it’s £9.25, of which £6 will go to the rescue). (they care for animals who because of their ‘disabilities’ would otherwise be ‘discarded.’ The booklets are hand-made on Very Arty Paper….and I look forward to printing, slicing and stapling Many Copies!

To find out more about the charity, check out their Facebook page and also the website of Broken Biscuits, who work with them.

Tl;dr? Buy my booklet ‘Medusa’s Hair tips’ in aid of disabled animals. Email kazvina@yahoo.es and take a look too at the other 7 booklets in the series!

 

Quick shoutout to https://www.freedomwithwriting.com/freedom/ for some great links this month. I’m thinking of doing a list of good sources of info.

As always, massive thanks to my Patreon supporters and those who give one-off gifts to help keep the site going. No amount too small! One dollar gets me doing happy bounces. Best wishes and stay safe
Cathy x


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

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

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

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

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

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

COMPETITIONS

2nd Jun ‘Spectator Competition No. 3202: lost love. You are invited to choose a well-known book with the word ‘love’ in its title, substitute the word ‘love’ with a word of your choice, and submit a short story with that title. Please email entries of up to 150 words to lucy@spectator.co.uk by midday on 2 June.’ PAYING https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/what-boris-johnson-s-vacuum-cleaner-saw

4th Jun Fiction inspired by one of the provided prompts. PAYING https://blog.reedsy.com/creative-writing-prompts/contests/96/

4th Jun ‘For this mini-contest, show, tell, or evoke a complete story between 25 and 50 words long in which someone is trying to sell something (a tool, a service, some kind of idea, etc.) to some audience, and the sales pitch ends up revealing more than the seller intends. You can either write the text of the sales pitch itself or incorporate the pitch into a story.’ PAYING https://onthepremises.com/current-contest/

6th Jun Flash fiction up to 500 words on the theme that will be provided on 4th June. PAYING https://www.writerscentre.com.au/furious-fiction/

6th Jun Under-represented writers only: poetry and fiction on the theme of Essential. PAYING https://zealous.co/creativefuture/opportunity/Submit-to-the-Creative-Future-Writers–Award-2021–free-to-enter/ (Cathy’s note: there are quite a lot of criteria for eligibility, so do make sure that you’re eligible in at least one category before you write something specially.)

9th Jun ‘Spectator Competition  No. 3203: the third way. You are invited to provide an extract from the newly discovered Shakespearean play Charles III. Please email entries of up to 16 lines to lucy@spectator.co.uk by midday on 9 June.’ PAYING https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/chaucer-s-canterbury-tales-retold

14th Jun Age 11-18: ‘The 2021 Ocean Awareness Contest theme WATER RISING challenges students to explore and understand their connection to water, and to creatively communicate the need to protect this vital resource and life-sustaining relationship.’ PAYING https://bowseat.org/programs/ocean-awareness-contest/overview/

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

15th Jun Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Escapisms. PAYING http://www.thefieldstonereview.ca/submissions.html

15th Jun Fiction, nonfiction and art pertaining to the Land of Oz. PAYING https://ozclub.org/2021-oz-club-contests/

15th Jun Up to age 25: essay up to 700 words or 1600 Japanese characters or fewer on the theme of What is Life? PAYING https://www.goipeace.or.jp/en/work/essay-contest/ (thanks to https://www.freedomwithwriting.com/freedom/ for this one)

15th Jun ‘The Norton Writer’s Prize recognizes outstanding original nonfiction by undergraduates. The contest is open to students age 17 and above who are enrolled in an accredited 2- or 4-year college or university during the 2020-2021 academic year.’ 1000-3000 words. PAYING https://wwnorton.com/norton-writers-prize

15th Jun spec flash fiction on the theme of Hedy Lamarr. PAYING https://apparitionlit.com/submissions/

25th Jun Horror fiction 1500-3000 words on the theme of Ghouls. PAYING https://www.eerieriverpublishing.com/open-submission

30th Jun Poetry. PAYING https://www.sps.com/contest-3

30th Jun ‘For fiction manuscripts between 150 and 300 pages, containing any combination of short stories and/or one or more novellas. Open to writers who have published a novel or a book-length collection of fiction with a reputable book publisher, or a minimum of three short stories or novellas in magazines or journals of national distribution.’ PAYING https://upittpress.org/drue-heinz-literature-prize-submission-guidelines/

30th Jun Unpublished writers: General nonfiction. ‘ So-called “creative nonfiction” will not be considered.’ PAYING http://www.storyhouse.org/contest2021.html

1st Jul For nonfiction social justice journalism. PAYING https://www.margolisaward.org/apply-for-the-rjm-award

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

7th Jun Writing by women on the theme of Roots. PAYING https://mslexia.co.uk/themed-writing/

7th Jun ‘Currently open to CRIME & CRIME/THRILLER novellas (up to short novels) and collections of crime (dark general fiction is cool, too) stories. Looking for books to publish late this year and next year. 21,000 words – 60,000 words.’ https://www.unnervingbooks.com/submissions

9th Jun ‘Submissions must fit the theme of the Dark Deep and should be centered around bodies of water and anything connected to them, such as sea creatures, mysterious disappearances, pirates, the Bermuda Triangle, etc, and must be written in the horror genre.’ 5000-10,000 words. PAYING https://www.sinistersmilepress.com/submissions-v6

13th Jun Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Wanderlust. http://sheepsheadreview.com/submit/

14th Jun Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Arrivals. https://www.quincemag.com/submissions

15th Jun Writing and more on the theme of Yesterday. https://www.opendoorpoetrymagazine.com/author-submissions

15th Jun or when full:  Dystopian drabbles on the theme of CTR ALT DEL. ‘Artificial Intelligence is taking over the world…Super AI, robots, cyborgs, killer toasters and cell phones…intelligent machines are taking taking over and we’re here for it.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.blackinkfiction.com/submissions

15th Jun or when filled: poetry and prose. https://www.crunchionaugustreview.com/submissions

15th Jun ‘Plainsongs presents poems that seem to be aware of modernist and postmodernist influences, not necessarily by imitation or allusion, but by using the tools provided by that rich heritage.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES, PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS https://corpuscallosumpress.submittable.com/submit/48854/plainsongs-magazine

15th Jun Poetry and prose on the theme of Connections. Also CNF by Service Workers. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.writersworkout.net/waywords

15th Jun Story 2500-5000 words on the theme of Unicorns vs Clowns in Hell. CONTRIBUTOR COPY+ ROYALTIES https://www.blackinkfiction.com/submissions

15th Jun ‘For this upcoming issue of the Tinfish Journal, we are interested in work that explores unwritten spaces and seeks to align vulnerability with chaos specific to the Pacific region. We want your poetic approaches toward what cannot be named, explained, or dreamt.’ https://www.tinfishpress.org/submit

15th Jun Stories on the theme of Counting Your Blessings. ‘Please share your stories about handling challenges in your life, finding the silver linings, and counting your blessings, whether the challenges you are facing are COVID-19 related or other kinds.’ PAYING https://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics

15th Jun Poetry on the theme of Siblings. https://www.goldwalkmag.com/themed-issues.html

15th Jun Poetry and more on the theme of Joy. https://www.opendoorpoetrymagazine.com/author-submissions

15th Jun Emerging Canadian writers: ‘Good. Short. Writing. We look for a diversity of styles and formats that are creative and engaging: poetry, short/flash fiction, creative non-fiction (including, but not limited to: creative essays, ficto-criticism, flash memoir, photo essays), and hybrid/multi-media such as comics, postcard fiction, and collaborations across media.’ https://antilangmag.submittable.com/submit

15th June opens until filled: ‘HOME SWEET HOME –  send us pieces that are sweet, honeycomb-y, sticky, poemy, buzzing, or homey!’ Poetry, flash or CNF. https://www.dwellingliterary.com/submit

15th Jun Theme: ‘Swords and Shadows. Sexy Fantastic Magazine features the absolute highest quality of fiction, comics, book and movie reviews, articles, photos of sexy fantastic heroines, and other cultural delights by top professionals and award-winning authors and artists.’ PAYING https://sexyfantasticmagazine.com/fictionsubmissions/

16th Jun Poetry, flash and more on the theme of Friendship. https://pureslush.com/submissions/current-submissions/lifespan-series/friendship-vol-3/

18th Jun ‘We are looking for short stories up to 6,000 words, flash fiction, or poetry in the Science Fiction/Science Fantasy genres. If you aren’t sure whether it fits, submit it anyway. The worst that happens is we let you know it doesn’t fit what we’re looking for! And we don’t bite!’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES, PAYING (SUBJECT TO FUNDRAISER/FUNDING) https://hawksbarrow.com/submissions-call/

21st Jun Writing on Policing and Mass incarceration for this Quaker magazine. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.friendsjournal.org/submissions/

21st Jun Canadian women/nonbinary only: ‘Understorey Magazine publishes stories based in life experience and told through fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and visual art. We feature writers who identify as women or non-binary, and who also have a strong connection to Canada.’ Theme: remote and rural living. PAYING https://understoreymagazine.ca/submissions/

21st Jun Theme: Nature. ‘For our print magazine, we accept short fiction, flash/micro fiction, nonfiction (memoir, literary journalism, travel narratives, etc), and original artwork (photographs, illustrations, paintings, etc) based on the designated monthly theme.’ https://www.litromagazine.com/litro-magazine-is-one-of-the-best-places-places-to-submit-writing/#print(Cathy’s note: you can also submit to the online or podcast versions of Litro.)

22nd Jun ‘The Nightfire team is looking for novels and novellas for adults across the breadth of the horror genre—from the cosmic and Lovecraftian to the beloved undead tropes of zombies, ghosts, and slashers and the more uncanny and internal terrors of isolation, lost love, and aging.’ PAYING https://tornightfire.com/nightfire-slush-submission-guidelines/

25th Jun Poetry MSS by BIPOC writers. https://www.blackocean.org/submit

25th Jun Writing and more on the theme of Dream Journal. https://holyflea.wordpress.com/submit1/

27th Jun ‘We are seeking short stories exclusively set in South America. We are seeking poetry set in the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, and South America.’ PAYING https://www.hexpublishers.com/submissions.html

30th Jun Short horror story 4000-8000 words on the theme of M is for Medical. PAYING https://redcapepublishing.com/submissions/

30th Jun Poetry and more on the theme of My Holiday. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES https://www.thepoetmagazine.org/contribute

30th Jun Poetry and more. https://www.thimblelitmag.com/submissions/

30th Jun Neurodivergent writers: poetry, fiction and more. PAYING https://thefatcoyote.com/blog/submission-guidelines/

30th Jun Poetry, flash and more. ‘Stories, poems and essays that feature someone not wanting to be where they are now, or something that is happening somewhere else but definitely not right here, or a longed for travel destination … or maybe definitely not here, because somewhere else is better … or anything that suggests someone might want to be somewhere else or doing something different.’ https://pureslush.com/submissions/current-submissions/25-miles-from-here/

30th Jun ‘We are looking for “playfully dark”, intelligent, humorous, descriptive literature written for children ages 8 – 13. We invite poetry and fiction submissions by email.’ Theme: Hidden. PAYING https://www.crowtoesquarterly.org/submit

30th Jun Speculative novellas by BIPOC authors. ROYALTIES https://www.interstellarflightpress.com/submissions.html

30th Jun Poetry on the theme of Friends and Friendship. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES (PRINT OR DIGITAL) https://www.thepoetmagazine.org/contribute

30th Jun Fiction 5000-15,000 words. ‘LitRPG genre. Playing Virtual Reality games is a favorite pastime, but getting trapped in them due to a glitch is another story. It’s a true fight for survival now and the only way out is to finish the game.’ ROYALTIES https://dragonsoulpress.com/anthologies/

30th Jun Fiction 5000-15,000 words. ‘After killing Earth, humans have been launched into space exploration. Discovering aliens and new technologies, future generations are unrecognizable from the Earthlings that once were. There are a select few who want to go back to their roots, some who will prevent this at all costs, and others who don’t care. Where do your characters fit within the vast universe full of the unknown?’ ROYALTIES https://dragonsoulpress.com/anthologies/

30th Jun ‘We have all had dates we would much rather forget, but how many tragic souls have had the misfortune to swipe right on a serial killer, lycanthrope, one of the undead, a denizen fresh from hell itself, or any other manner of nefarious beings?’ 4k-10k words. PAYING http://www.hellboundbookspublishing.com/subs-anthologies.html

30th Jun ‘Clichés! We all know them, we’ve probably all been guilty of using them and we usually dismiss them but what if there’s something to them? After all, they’ve not been forgotten.’ ‘We’re happy to look at stories or poems of any length up to 7500 (query for over) and encourage submissions from people of all cultures and backgrounds.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY+ ROYALTIES https://blackshuckbooks.co.uk/submissions/

1st Jul  ‘We are looking for essay submissions from queer parents who identify
as female/mom about the experience of parenting boys. Pieces should be nonfiction between 750-1000 words. Include a brief cover letter describing the makeup of your family and why you’d like to be included in a collection about challenging toxic masculinity through parenting choices.’ Email to queermomsraisingboys@gmail.com

1st Jul  ‘Rock and a Hard Place Press is open for submissions to its first themed anthology of short fiction, titled, Under the Thumb: Stories of Police Oppression. The anthology will feature stories about individuals, families, and communities that have faced or are facing police violence, persecution, harassment, and oppression.’ 2000-5000 words. https://www.rockandahardplacemag.com/call-for-submissions-under-the-thumb

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!)

‘Founded in 2021, MONO. is a literary journal inviting dark humour, satire and brutally honest reflections on ordinary life that sit on the borderline of the melancholic and amusing. We welcome unpublished flash fiction, poetry, short stories up to 3000 words, and amateur monochrome photography (the more creative the better!)’https://www.monofiction.org/submissions

For our weekly online flash feature, please submit up to three pieces in a single file. For fiction, nonfiction, and hybrid works, each piece should be 500 words maximum. For poetry, submit poems 32 lines or less. Please include your name and contact information in the document. You may withdraw individual pieces from a batch of submissions by contacting us at editors [at] cincinnatireview [dot] com or using the contact form on their website. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES   https://www.cincinnatireview.com/submission-guidelines-2021/

‘We are looking for stories that capture the mood and feel of the old EC horror comics, the Amicus horror anthologies from the 1970s, old school Hammer, Night Gallery, Kolchak, etc. We prefer literal monsters to the metaphoric kind. Nothing too depressing or highbrow.’ https://talesfromtheeekzine.weebly.com/submissions.html

‘F I V E S welcomes submissions of interdisciplinary and cross-genre work not typically publishable in print form. Send us your audioscapes, visual work, short films, digitally inclined prose, poetry, and criticism, and artistic experiments of all types.’ https://fivesquarterly.com/about/

Dark speculative flash, short fiction and art. PAYING https://starwardshadows.com/submissions/

‘Eucalyptus & rose accepts heartwarming and thoughtful fiction and creative non-fiction under 1000 words, as well as poetry that does not exceed 20 lines. In particular, we are looking for unsent love letters, bite-size memoirs, poetry revolving around landscapes and colors, and short fiction that makes us feel fuzzy on the inside.’ https://www.eucalyptusandroselitmag.com/submissions-1

Crime fiction, nonfiction and art. PAYING  https://www.guiltycrimemag.com/submissions.html

Australia and New Zealand writers only: ‘We are broadly interested in publishing fiction and non-fiction, including middle grade and young adult.’ https://www.textpublishing.com.au/manuscript-submissions

‘Three Line Poetry reports the slush pile is empty! After a big push to catch up, all pending TLP submissions have been read and posted. Submissions are open!’ PAYING https://threelinepoetry.com/submit/terms.php

CNF, art and music. https://epochpress.org/submission-guidelines/

Until filled: Disabled, chronically ill, and/or neurodivergent writers: poetry and prose poetry that explores the intersections of disability and trauma. https://sablebooks.org/disability-anthology-submissions/

Horror flash fiction. PAYING https://www.timberghostpress.com/submissions.html

‘Timber Ghost Press is looking to publish high-quality horror fiction to include cosmic horror, weird horror, dark fantasy, sci-fi/horror, gothic, and contemporary. We especially love Old West mixed with horror.’ PAYING https://www.timberghostpress.com/submissions.html

‘Shrapnel publishes experimental writing from emerging writers in the genres of fiction, creative non-fiction, essays, and poetry.’ PAYING https://www.shrapnelmagazine.com/submit

‘The Vita Poetica Journal is an online quarterly publication of creative work explored through a spiritual lens. This may be engaging directly with religious faith or a broader inquiry into meaning and the human experience.’ Poetry, fiction and more. https://www.vitapoetica.org/journal/submissions

‘We like poems with concrete imagery and strong emotions; We like poems that surprise us and make us weep like soft children; We like beautiful music flowing in your lines. No racism or sexism please.’ http://www.poetic-sun.com/submission.html