Comps and calls for July 2015


Here are July 2015’s writing competitions and calls for submission, all with free, electronic entry. 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!

NEW! 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 just a rough guide and should be treated as such.

cathy_holding_book_SMALLALSO NEW! I’ve won eighteen writing competitions and literary awards. I’ve written all about how to do it – and how NOT to do it – in my new book How To Win Writing Competitions! It’s available from Amazon (US or UK), as a Kindle eBook (US or UK), direct from the publisher, and from all good book shops (ISBN 978-0-9565819-5-2). Take a look! Meanwhile, have a great month entering and winning writing contests!


Monthly: for Irish writers and those resident in Ireland. ‘Awards are made annually in three categories: First Fiction, for writers publishing their first story; Emerging Fiction, for writers still to publish their first book; and Emerging Poetry, for first-time poets or poets still to publish their first collection.’ PAYING

3rd Jul Story on the theme of Friendship, by UK girls aged 11-18. NON-CASH PRIZE

5th Jul Unpublished crime fiction 2500-10,000 words by a writer of colour.

6th Jul  60 minute play by a writer under 25 (Cathy’s note: this may be UK only, so do check before writing/submitting from abroad). NON-CASH PRIZE!finding-words/crar

6th Jul UK only: write 250 words on how your good cause could use 10 extra pairs of hands. NON-CASH PRIZE

8th Jul Comp 2906: poetry in motion. Craig Raine caused a kerfuffle recently with his poem ‘Gatwick’. You are invited to submit a poem about an encounter in an airport (16 lines maximum). Please email entries to by midday on 8 July. PAYING

10th Jul Poems by those under 18. CONTRIBUTOR COPY

15th July Dark apocalyptic fiction up to 5000 words. PAYING

15th Jul Travel essay up to 1200 words. PAYING

15th Jul Short story on the theme of Working Dogs. PAYING

19th Jul Story on the theme of Class by writers under 21 (Cathy’s note: there’s a comp for those over 21 too, but that has an entry fee). PAYING

20th Jul Poetry, reportage or fiction up to 400 words inspired by Ghandi.

25th Jul Fiction up to 200 words inspired by Cambridge.

26th Jul ‘The Suburban Review is a literary collective that publishes purely creative work, mainly by emerging Australian writers and artists. We publish fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, comics and art. Basically, we worship any form of creativity. This year in September we’re going to launch our sixth print volume and it’s going to be something special.’ PAYING

31st July Poetry, fiction and criticism. PAYING

31st Jul Fiction up to 4000 words on the theme of Adventures in a Personal Utopia.

31st Jul Poem by those 11-17 (Cathy’s note: although children of any nationality may enter, transport to the Arvon Course prizes won’t be paid for). NON-CASH PRIZE

31st Jul ‘Shipton Shorts is a short story competition for those who live, work or who have lived in the area. We want to showcase the writing skills of those in the area around Parkhouse, Snoddington and Shipton Bellinger in the UK (yes, that includes Tidworth). All you have to do is write a short story of 1500-2000 words and send it in to us by 9pm, July 31st, 2015.’ ‘A small prize’.

31st Jul UK only: poem. PAYING

31st Jul Poetry, stories and more on the theme of Passion.

31st Jul Poetry, art or photography on the theme of Apocalypse by those aged 14-23 who reside in eligible countries. CONTRIBUTOR COPY, PAYING?

31st Jul UK only: the first 2000 words of your crime novel. NON-CASH PRIZE

31st Jul Poem on the theme of Place by children 10-13. PAYING

31st Jul Say in 50-80 words what you love about the Greek Islands (Cathy’s note: the prize is a pair of tickets flying from London Gatwick, so probably best to enter only if you can get there reasonably easily). NON-CASH PRIZE

1st Aug Story that must involve and act of defenestration, i.e. throwing someone out of a window. PAYING

1st Aug Up to 3 prose poems. PAYING

1st Aug ‘Do you have a hero in your life? Then why not nominate them for a chance to win a superb Regency experience. Prize includes a night for two at The Royal Crescent Hotel in Bath (including breakfast) to be taken on Friday 11th September 2015.’ Explain in up to 250 words what makes your hero Mr Darcy (Cathy’s note: although the rules don’t say UK only, transport is not included in the prize, so it probably isn’t a good idea to enter unless you can get to Bath). NON-CASH PRIZE


4th Jul ‘We are currently searching for the best of the best from young, aspiring poets. (Okay, they can be “young at heart” as well.) By going to, anyone can submit their poetry (up to 5 works per person) for consideration in the anthology.’

5th Jul Poetry, short fiction and more.

5th Jul Story 800-2000 words on the theme of Accident and Emergency.

6th Jul Poetry on a theme that I can’t explain in a few lines. CONTRIBUTOR COPY

10th Jul ‘We accept submissions of art works, prose, poetry, non-fiction, essays, blog posts with a word limit of 1000 words (where applicable), a relationship to issues of Asian Australian interest, and a connection to the issue theme: Marginasia.’ PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS

15th July Dark flash and short fiction. PAYING

15th Jul ‘Now accepting essays on aging for a print and ebook anthology. Humor appreciated. Blog posts, poetry, and short creative fiction might also fit.’

15th Jul Poetry, flash and short fiction on the theme of Mysteries in the City. CONTRIBUTOR COPY (usually)

15th Jul Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Mystery.

15th Jul ‘Do you or someone you love live with Marfan Syndrome? As a genetic connective tissue disorder, the effects can be widespread and for many, not recognized until adulthood. We want to hear how you live with passion and purpose to inspire others within the community to do the same.’ PAYING

15th Jul SF and F stories. PAYING

15th July Erotic fiction up to 4000 words. PAYING

15th Jul Poetry and prose.

15th Jul Poetry and fiction on the theme of Un/natural World. PAYING

15th Jul Writing and more on the theme of Revolution ‘Revolution: courage to transform, to completely re-see your world; personal transformation rippling outward toward the community/world at large; breaking the “rules”; your manifesto; your mission, calling, purpose.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY

15th Jul Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Revolt!

15th Jul Poetry, flash, short fiction and more (Cathy’s note: they charge for a comp entry, but not for submissions).

15th Jul Poetry and more.

17th Jul Writing and more on the theme of Are you Taboo?

19th Jul ‘White Stag is taking on the Ars Poetica. We want writing about writing; techniques, styles, literary epochs, famous authors, pieces of literature, & literary characters. We are extending “the art of poetry” to the art of all writing forms & will not only be accepting Poetry, but Prose & Creative Non-Fiction as well.’

20th Poetry and fiction on the theme of The Curious. CONTRIBUTOR COPY

20th Jul Writing on the theme of Are You Taboo?

20th July Dream-related and dream-inspired poetry, fiction and more.

24th Jul Speculative flash fiction 300-1000 words on the theme of Horror/Supernatural. PAYING

25th Jul Flash, short and non fiction on the theme of Missed Connections.

28th Jul Short and flash fiction on the theme of Life Changing Embarassment and Ruinous Humiliation. PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS

30th Jul Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Atlas.!submissions/ck0q

30th Jul ’77 Visions of Death is a horror anthology of micro and flash fiction celebrating the diversity of the genre. 77 stories. 77 authors. 77 ways to frighten to death. We are looking for original stories that chill the soul and leave a lasting impression. Relentless fiction that shows a proficiency in language and tone.’ 150-1000 words. CONTRIBUTOR COPY

30th Jul SF/F 1000-6000 words on the theme of Anticipation. PAYING

31st Jul Novellas. ‘Thrice Publishing will offer a writer-centered payment process and rights conditions.’

31st Jul Modern poetry.

31st Jul Fiction (and true stories presented as fiction) up to 5000 words featuring ghosts or haunted objects. PAYING

31st Jul Stories 2500-15,000 words featuring butch lesbian protagonists and thunderstorms. PAYING

31st Jul Poetry and true stories on the theme of Random Acts of Kindness. PAYING

31st Jul ‘Nothing is sexier than a man how knows what he wants and has the confidence go after it. I’m looking for hot romances featuring those kinds of rough-around-the-edges alpha males in the (North) American West. I want stories about the kind of men who ride horses during the day and their partners at night, who speak few words but mean every one of them and who would never break their own personal code of honor. I’m talking about cowboys.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY + ROYALTIES

31st Jul Poetry and flash fiction on the theme of The Elements. CONTRIBUTOR COPY


31st Jul Poetry, fiction and more. CONTRIBUTOR COPY

31st Jul ‘Fatigue is debilitating, encompassing, and life-changing. We know because we live with it. Navigating life when the exhaustion is overwhelming seems impossible, but we know that you do it every single day. Tell us your inspiring stories of how you give ME/CFS a kick! Your stories will inspire others within the community.’ PAYING

31st July ‘We love hearing about random acts of kindness and we want to read your best stories about ones that have occurred to you or to someone close to you. We’d also love to read about acts of kindness that you have performed or that people close to you have performed.’ PAYING

31st July Sweary poems.

31st Jul ‘Blotterature is accepting poetry and fiction submissions for our dual online/print issue AD INFINITUM, which addresses the themes and elements of identity, memory, lies, the advertising ‘sell’; again and again in the same way; forever. How do these issues affect our lives?’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY

31st Jul  England, Wales, Scotland and NI only: poems by disabled writers. CONTRIBUTOR COPY

31st July ‘Original science fiction, fantasy and horror from Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia. No reprints, please. Stories with some connection to Aotearoa/New Zealand, Australia, and the South Pacific are preferred, as are stories which celebrate diversity and inclusiveness.’ PAYING

31st Jul ‘We are not interested in zombies, werewolves, or vampires. We are interested in unique psychological horror, hard edged or supernatural mysteries, and fast paced thrillers. Post apocalyptic books need to be extraordinary with NO zombies. Your book needs to be complete – no partial manuscripts. Sorry, no fan fiction or series books where other books in the same series have been published elsewhere.’ ROYALTIES

31st Jul Flash and short literary fiction by UK writers.

31st Jul Erotic retellings of Jules Verne, 3000-7000 words. PAYING

31st Jul ‘Submissions are invited for previously unpublished poetry and short stories on any theme. Please send up to 4 poems or 2 short stories as single Word document attachment to Stories should be a maximum of 1,000 words. Submissions will be anonymised prior to selection so please do not include your name on the attachment. Whilst anyone is welcome to submit, contributors are advised that the magazine is intended to have a local (East Anglian) angle.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY!submissions/cjg9

31st Jul Short fiction on the themes of either: Suspense, Dogs, Ghosts, or It’s About Time. PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS

31st July ‘We’re looking for poetry (all forms will be considered) and expository writing that explores ‘Place’.’

31st Jul Poetry and more on the theme of Your Wild and Precious Life. CONTRIBUTOR COPY

1st Aug Stories 2000-10,000 about hunting the supernatural. PAYING

1st Aug Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Enemies. PAYING

1st Aug ‘Authors:  here’s your chance to cast a bit-part creature in a lead role. They can be bad, good, or misunderstood, but this time the little people get center stage to tell their side of the story.  Any time, any place from ancient civilizations to far in the future is acceptable. Fantasy realms, mythological and folklore creatures, horror and sci-fi monsters, even your own constructs are welcome.’ PAYING

1st Aug Poetry, fiction and more. CONTRIBUTOR COPY

1st Aug Fiction beginning with the line, “The old neighbourhood was nearly unrecognizable.” PAYING

1st Aug Poetry, flash and short fiction on the theme of Animal. PAYING

1st Aug Poetry, fiction and more.

1st Aug Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Locals: Wish you were here.

1st Aug Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Revenge.

1st Aug ‘ I am seeking submissions for an anthology of prayers suitable for Pagan children (ages 0-12)  from many different traditions. Categories for prayers will include the typical mornings, bedtimes, and mealtimes, but will also include things like gratitude, starting school, the death of a pet, safe travels, healing for a friend, and more – anything that a child might be interested in asking for the help of the Gods and Goddesses in their lives. Prayers may be to specific deities, or may be more general.’ PAYING

1st Aug Poetry and fiction suitable for Christian children on the theme of Fiction. PAYING

1st Aug Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Celebration.


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 and fiction, including reprints. CONTRIBUTOR COPY

Poetry, fiction and more.

Various kinds of MS over 25,000 words. ROYALTIES

‘There will be a submission page soon, but, for now, please send your poems and flash fiction (1-3). We’re going for the Gurlesque (bonus points if you don’t need that that explained, Lara Glenum and Arielle Greenberg have a wonderful anthology, easy to find on Amazon). Think blood and sequins, grotesque glamour, brutal honesty with flair and edge. Don’t be afraid to be dark and velvety. Grimm’s fairy tales with a feminist edge.’

‘We welcome all forms of poetry, and look for imaginative language and perspective. No particular genre. Short poems (under 35 lines) are preferred. We always have a particular need for “shorties” (i.e. haiku, tanka, etc.) under 10 lines. Longer poems of outstanding quality accepted. Rhyme must be well done. We are also interested in translations.’

Interactive fiction and sequential art. PAYING

‘This tavern invites original and previously unpublished short work reflecting themes of nature, environment and ecology.’

USA and Canada only: YA fiction MSS. ADVANCE

‘Welcome to Thank You For Swallowing, a protest in poems. There are only two requirements: your poem must be good, and it must challenge the preconceived notions that hurt all of us, of every colour, gender, sexuality, age, religion, nationality and shape.’

‘The name might suggest that our mission is to annoy people, poking holes in their cherished beliefs. We do enjoy that, but our main goal is to provide good reading in the form of short stories, commentary on current events, essays, poetry, etc. Since good writing explores truth, we reserve the right to ignore and even tip over sacred cows, wherever they may be found. We welcome submissions — short stories, essays, poems, commentary, nonfiction, art, etc.’

‘We’re looking to publish imaginative, unique and compelling slipstream, sci-fi, fantasy and horror fiction.’

‘Buck Off Magazine welcomes all and any creative works, whether through poetry, prose, short films, art, photography and everything else under the sun.’

‘hedgerow publishes short poems and short poetry art. this includes micropoetry, japanese short form poetry, visual poetry, free verse, artwork / photography without words & very short fiction.’

Publishers of various types of book. ADVANCE + ROYALTIES

Full-length Thrillers, Mysteries, Detective, Romance, Horror, Suspense, and Literary Fiction. ROYALTIES

Crime novels.

‘Our books are consistent with basic Judeo-Christian values, advocate the dignity of life, and aim to share the rich experience of the Catholic people, their brothers, sisters, and friends around the globe and in history.’

‘Jellyfish Highway is postindustrial bioluminescence, we’re abyssal gigantism. We are a press for work that floats and undulates and lingers and stings, literature that shines from the deepest blue.’ Books and online chapbooks.

‘Categories include but are not necessarily limited to fiction, nonfiction (big umbrella there; see the hot link for clarity), interviews, poesy, cult crit, art & photos, and comics & cartoons… Nontraditional approaches are welcome. We plan to pay in viable State-issued currency—dirty cash in old envelopes—but we’re not sure how much or when or any of that.’ PAYING?

‘We are interested in finding and promoting new authors, as well as those with an established history. For novels, please send an e-mail containing a synopsis of your book (summary of the story including characters, plot, and conclusion), as well as the first few chapters (no more than 10,000 words). For other projects (non-fiction, novellas, stories) send a short e-mail outlining your idea and we will get in touch. We will also be looking for freelance copy editors, and proofreaders.’


Romance novels.

Short fiction.

Novels of various kinds including romantic, LGBT, crime and YA. ROYALTIES



‘Welcome to The Fat Damsel. We are looking for pieces that you simply had to write. Words that had to come out of you, words that came immediately, or words that you had to wait years to have the courage to write. Send us your poems or short pieces that show the world that you are a survivor.’

‘We accept fiction, creative non-fiction, excerpts,  screenplays, stageplays, fragments, meanderings, philosophy and poetry. Your submission should not exceed 50 pages.’


Until filled (or Sept 30th): Lovecraftian erotica. CONTRIBUTOR COPY,  PAYS SOME CONTRIBUTORS

Fiction up to 1500 words.

Poems exploring faith and doubt.

‘We are looking to publish poetry, fiction, nonfiction, photography, and artwork that relates in some way to grief/loss/mourning. The term “grief” is open to interpretation. We are looking for powerful, moving works of art that speak to the incredible journey of living after we have lost.’

Poetry, flash and short fiction, blog posts and more for and by women-identified people.

Erotic short fiction and more.

Publisher of Welsh-interest books (Cathy’s note: unless your book is suitable for the tourist trade you may be asked for a contribution. I suggest only submitting something either in the Welsh language, which may be grant-funded, or suitable for the tourist market, to keep it free).

SF stories. Profit-sharing model.

Short fiction, including genre (Cathy’s note: despite the name, they want it family-friendly). PAYING

Short poems.

Poetry, flash and short fiction. PAYING!form/cry1

Poetry, flash and short fiction.

Poetry and short fiction.

Fiction up to 1500 words.

Poetry, fiction and more relating to grief and loss.

Fiction up to 10,000 words.


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