Comps and calls for July 2022

Hello Everyone,

I’ve had quite a time since I last wrote to you. I had Covid again, which was horrible, but last night I won the Cheshire Literature Prize for the second time, which was joyous! I received a certificate, and there’s a money prize on the way, but one of the best things was the award night itself. I met some wonderful people and saw some old friends, and as there were several categories there were some other happy winners too. I do love a comp that has multiple prizes. I should mention that I was fully recovered and testing negative before attending!

Anyway, here in the north of the UK we’re having a rainy start to July. I’d best stay in, then, and do some writing…

I hope that you are all well, writing avidly, and living your best life.

Massive thanks, as always, to my Patreon supporters.

Much love,

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

11th Jul 21 and under: story on the theme of Switch. PAYING https://hgwellscompetition.com/how-to-enter/ (Cathy’s note: those over 21 can submit too, but they would have to pay a fee.)

14th Jul Spec flash on the theme provided. PAYING https://apparitionlit.com/submissions/

17th Jul ‘We are delighted to launch the 2022 Young People’s Poetry Competition on the theme of Awakening (poems of up to 40 lines). There are two age categories: 16-18 and 19-25.’ VOUCHER/OTHER https://chestercathedral.com/about/poet-in-residence/young-peoples-poetry-competition/

18th Jul UK and ROI only: ‘Are you a writer who identifies as working-class? If you’re looking for an opportunity to hone your writing craft and let your work take centre stage, then this prize is for you. Simply submit a sample of your writing, which must be the beginning of an unpublished work-in-progress no more than 2,000 words in length and a one-page synopsis for the full manuscript. You must also include a short piece of writing (200 words) in the Covering Letter section of our online entry form about yourself and why this prize speaks to you.’ PAYING (and much more). https://www.writersandartists.co.uk/competitions/wa-working-class-writers-prize

21st Jul (opens 15th Jul) Microfiction on the provided theme. PAYING https://solarpunkmagazine.com/monthly-micro-fiction-contest/

21st Jul ‘This is a targeted competition aimed at using an engaging fictional story to help readers understand how over-cleaning and misinformation about bacteria can mean that we can end up killing our bodies (sic) ‘good’ bacteria through over-use of harsh cleaning products. Your challenge is to write a short story (between 1000 and 3000 words) that helps to raise awareness and shift attitudes, especially for those people who assume that the more detergent the better.’ PAYING https://www.greenstories.org.uk/upcoming-competitions/short-story-clean-vs-green/#fee

31st Jul Story up to 3000 words. PAYING https://www.crossingthetees.org/short-story-competition/

31st Jul Poetry up to ten lines. PAYING https://brieflywrite.com/poetry-prize/

31st Jul 11-17-year-olds: poems. A VARIETY OF PRIZES https://foyleyoungpoets.org/

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

3rd Jul Spec flash fiction 300-1000 words on the theme of Pride/Humility. POSSIBLE PAYMENT https://gohavok.com/submission-guidelines/ (Cathy’s note: if your work is used in an anthology, then you’ll get paid. Otherwise, you won’t.)

3rd Jul Female writers: Short stories 800-2000 words on the theme of Women and Girls. OTHER https://www.liarsleague.com/liars_league/forthcoming-events-themes.html

3rd Jul Haunted novel: ‘Horror/gothic/folk horror, dark fantasy novel set in a haunted location (by ‘location’ we mean a dwelling, an institution, a hotel, a factory, a ship/ferry, a train – in short a building/structure where people have lived, worked, died, grew up, etc.)’ 60,000 words plus. https://www.lunapresspublishing.com/submissions

4th Jul ‘After recent news regarding women’s rights, HauntedMTL would like to sponsor one of our world famous charity anthologies in the name of a few women’s rights and awareness organizations.’ Horror with a feminine twist.Under 13,000 words. CHARITY/GOOD CAUSE https://duotrope.com/duosuma/submit/hauntedmtl-anthology-1Dp2U

4th Jul ‘Submissions are open from June 20 – July 4 for work under the theme “Solarpunk at Work” exploring what labor, economics, and our relationship to work looks like in solarpunk futures.’ Poetry, fiction, and more. PAYING https://solarpunkmagazine.com/submissions/

4th Jul ‘Pulp Modern is a fiction journal that publishes crime, noir, fantasy, science fiction, horror, adventure, war, and westerns.’ PAYING https://www.pulpmodern.net/pulp-modern-submissions/ (Cathy’s note: This journal isopen only on this one day – 4th July, PST.)

6th Jul ‘We look for fun and upbeat narrative content to publish in the journal.’ Poetry and prose. https://imitationfruit.com/submissions.html

10th July Theme: Pursuit. ‘At Fathom we publish articles, personal essays, profiles, interviews, book reviews, Bible exposition, theological and/or historical analysis, poetry, and short stories.’ https://www.fathommag.com/writing-for-fathom

10th Jul Fantasy story 3500-10,000 words. PAYING https://www.cloakedpress.com/fallfantasy/

10th Jul Poetry, fiction and much more on the theme of Submerge. PAYING https://swimmeetlitmag.com/submit/

10th Jul One-line poems on the theme of Personal Transitions. https://www.whiptailjournal.com/submissions.html

11th Jul ‘This is a topic to really get your imagination into gear. Alternative history is a big topic for movies and real-world events alike, on Netflix, HBO and more. It’s all science fiction, and this new book aims to cover every angle from ancient worlds to distant futures, world wars, steampunk and more. What if the course of history had been changed by a different decision, a different victor, a different invention?’ PAYING https://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fantasy-gothic/alternate-history-call-for-submissions-0-0

15th Jul ‘The May attack on Chicago’s Walking Man exposes the risks faced daily by America’s homeless population. From now through July 15, 2022, the Tavern invites written or photographic work on the subject of homelessness.’ https://theplumtreetavern.blogspot.com/

15th Jul ‘This is for marginalized members of the sci-fi/spec community—this includes people of color, the LGBTQ2S+ community, members of marginalized genders, and disabled and neurodiverse people. If you are not a person of color, LGBTQ2S+, neurodiverse, disabled, or of a marginalized gender, please DO NOT send us your work.’

No more than 1000 words. PAYING https://www.iftheresanyoneleft.com/submission-guidelines

15th Jul ‘Send us your story about raging against the machines, surviving attacks on your privacy, navigating the deliberately confusing systems out there, or dealing with the trials and tribulations of ever advancing technology.’ 1500-4000 words. PAYING https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=524486222701933&id=100054216802897

15th Jul ‘Send us your best stories of approximately 50 words that feature or reference a storm.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES (MAY BE PRINT OR DIGITAL) http://www.blink-ink.org/current-submissions/

15th Jul Under 21 only: ‘We’re looking for poetry that focuses on any topic within human rights and social justice. In particular, we’re very curious about what human rights issues young poets find the most compelling.’ https://www.ihraf.org/ihraf-youth-anthology

15th Jul ‘What we are looking for are stories that feature mere mortals using their cunning, and whatever other assets and skills they may have to put one over a witch, wizard, or other powerful magical entity. And the consequences, if any, that they end up facing because of it. Stories can have the mortal winning or the witch winning in the end.’ 2500-7500 words. PAYING https://www.wolfsingerpubs.com/never-cheat-a-witch-guidelines

15th Jul ‘While we are devoted to giving a voice to LGBTQAI+ creatives, we also want to give a voice to women creatives, disabled creatives, and neurodivergent creatives. We also wish to give a voice to creatives with mental illness(es), invisible illness(es), and/or trauma… We are reviewing works inspired by Home and/or Liminal Spaces.’ https://www.thewinnowmagazine.com/submitguidelines.html

15th Jul Poetry, fiction, plays and more. PAYING https://www.samjokomagazine.com/submission-guidelines

15th Jul Poetry, fiction and nonfiction MSS. https://www.ablemusepress.com/submit

15th Jul UK and I: Poetry, fiction, and more. PAYING https://northerngravy.com/submissions/

15th Jul ‘We are looking for poetry and short fiction, flash fiction on the theme of family or ancestors.’ https://theamphibianlit.wordpress.com/issue-2-awakening/

15th Jul ‘For consideration in the 2022 Waco Cultural Arts Fest WordFest Anthology, poets may submit one poem using the theme of ‘earth’. The poem should include a title and be 24 lines or less in Times New Roman 12 point font with no line longer than 50 characters.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES (MAY BE PRINT OR DIGITAL) https://wacoartsfest.org/wcaf/wordfest

15th Jul ‘Are you a cat lady, cat daddy, or cat-friend of any stripe? Tell us about the furry guardian that assisted you in your hour of need or the horrible gargoyle that ate your trash and ruined your things. Let’s unpack the perceptions, stereotypes, and experiences of those cohabitating with cats.’ Poetry and more. https://sadgirlreview.com/call-for-submissions/

15th Jul ‘Riptide invites short story writers to pause and write a story inspired by the theme of our next issue, BREATH. Whether it’s pressed out or held beyond endurance, bated or panted, BREATH animates our next issue. From the first breath to the last one, or any of those in between, we want to see where the theme will take you.’ http://www.riptidejournal.co.uk/submissions/

21st Jul (or when their submission cap is reached) Flash fiction 500-1000 words. PAYING https://ffo.submittable.com/submit

24th Jul Original fiction by fans. (Not fanfic – original fiction) PAYING https://www.oficmag.com/submit

25th Jul Poetry, flash and more. ‘We welcome both English and multilingual works. At the current moment, members of our editorial team can fluently read and understand Spanish, Arabic, Farsi, Japanese, and French. If your work is mostly in a language not mentioned here, we encourage you to submit translations in the same file or a separate document.’ https://www.agapanthuscollective.com/submit/

30th Jul Fiction 1000-7500 words. PAYING https://mythaxis.co.uk/submissions.html (Cathy’s note: many accepted pieces appear to be SF or F, but the ‘submissions’ and ‘about’ pages don’t say anything about this, so send whatever fits the submissions parameters!)

31st Jul ‘FIYAH is a quarterly speculative fiction magazine that features stories by and about Black people of the African Diaspora. This definition is globally inclusive (Black anywhere in the world) and also applies to mixed/biracial and Afro-appended people regardless of gender identity or orientation. We’re turning October into Black Horror Month. Give us your night terrors, your blood-thirsty urban legends, your ancestral ghosts haunting plantation weddings.’ PAYING https://www.fiyahlitmag.com/submissions/

31st Jul ‘This anthology is only open to writers who identify as Transgender and Non-Binary. Submission must be BODY HORROR, however you define that. Stories relating body dysphoria to horror are fine, but get creative with it! We’d also like to see funny, silly, wacky body horror.’ PAYING https://perpetualpublishing.com/2022/04/13/announcing-bound-in-flesh-an-anthology-of-trans-body-horror-now-open-for-submissions/

31st Jul African writers: ‘A fusion of the two words ‘Africa’ and ‘reader’, we live for the well-crafted narratives and effortless reads that speak to our daily realities as Africans at home and abroad… This is an English publication but feel free to include languages from home – we believe in the power of Google so we won’t be including glossaries.’ Fiction. PAYING https://www.afreada.com/submissions

31st Jul ‘The Sprawl Mag accepts submissions of speculative poetry, short fiction, and visual art. Whether it is utopic, dystopic, magical, or sci-fi, we look forward to seeing your work.’ PAYING https://www.thesprawlmag.ca/guidelines

31st Jul ‘We publish speculative fiction that examines humanity’s possible futures living with anthropogenic climate change. We prefer fiction with a hopeful outlook, but the occasional dystopia might fit too.’ PAYING https://littlebluemarble.ca/submission-guidelines/

31st Jul Sliced Up Press is looking for short stories & poetry that terrify without a single mention of blood or gore, for its latest horror fiction anthology, BLOODLESS, edited by Ben Walker. Terrify us with your best story or poem where no blood is mentioned, nor any associated gore, grue & guts.’ PAYING https://sliceduppress.com/submissions/

31st Jul ‘We know just how much our readers just love their horror stories gushing with blood and spattered with buckets of gore, severed limbs, and disembodied viscera, so here’s your opportunity to scare them rigid and knot their stomachs with your most horrifying tales of death and destruction.’ 4k-10k words. PAYING https://www.hellboundbookspublishing.com/subs-anthologies.html

31st Jul Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Marriage. https://pureslush.com/submissions/current-submissions/marriage-lifespan-vol-6/

31st Jul Humour by women on the theme of The World of Statistics. ONE CONTRIBUTOR GETS VOUCHER https://funnypearls.com/submit-a-smile/

31st Jul ‘We are currently OPEN to submissions for “Tales from the Ruins: A Post-Apocalyptic Anthology”. We’re looking for tales of survival in a post-apocalyptic world. There are no specific thematic guidelines and we’re open to submissions featuring sci-fi elements, but at the heart of your story must be a human struggle. Preferred word count between 5,000 and 10,000 words.’ PAYING https://blackbeaconbooks.blogspot.com/p/submissions.html

31st Jul Three anthologies. Stories and poems about: how stepping outside my comfort zone changed me; the advice that changed my life; and the power of positive thinking. PAYING https://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics/

31st Jul ‘The MockingOwl Roost is officially open for submissions for our final publication this year, themed “Yugen” – (Japanese) A profound awareness of the universe that triggers feelings too deep and mysterious for words.’ Poetry, flash, short fiction, and much more. https://www.mockingowlroost.com/submission-guidelines/

31st Jul ‘We want your poems for “the ones who make the world better” to go in this year’s anthology – our Big Book 2022!’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES (MAY BE PRINT OR DIGITAL) https://fragmentedvoices.com/submissions/

31st Jul Spec fic 1000-7000 words on the theme of Ring of Fire. PAYING https://www.wolfsingerpubs.com/ring-of-fire-guidelines

31st Jul Graphic poetry. https://www.shufpoetry.com/submissions.html

31st Jul Short story on the theme of Futures. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES (MAY BE PRINT OR DIGITAL) https://www.superlativelitjournal.com/

31st Jul Poetry on the theme of Freedom. https://www.allegropoetry.org/p/submit.html

31st Jul ‘Nosetouch Press is pleased to conjure up FIENDS IN THE FURROWS III: FINAL HARVEST, a call for submissions for Folk Horror from around the world— from Britain and Ireland, to continental Europe, to North and South America, Africa, Australia, and Asia. We strongly encourage writers to continue to explore the wanton wilderness of Folk Horror, while honoring the elemental essence of this subgenre’s tangled, grasping roots.’ PAYING https://www.nosetouchpress.com/call/

1st Aug Excellent poetry by LGBTQ+ folk. https://impossiblearchetype.wordpress.com/submit/

1st Aug Fiction and poetry on the theme of Summer Ghosts. https://bowerygothic.submittable.com/submit

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!)

‘Letter Review is an online Literary Journal dedicated to assisting writers to get published, performed, and produced. We feature interviews with professional writers, publish helpful information, run competitions with cash prizes, and are open to submissions of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.’ https://letterreview.com/about-submit/

‘We are a literary magazine aiming to create a space for new, diverse voices to be heard, with a focus on LGBTQ+, BIPOC, or/and neurodivergent individuals.’ https://morningfruitmag.weebly.com/about.html

Poetry, fiction, and more. https://longitudines.com/submissions/

‘Send 5 of your best UNPUBLISHED (some exceptions with special features) poems/flash fiction pieces and bio note of approximately 75-100 words in the body of an email.’ http://gaspoertyartandmusic.blogspot.com/

‘We are currently accepting submissions for pamphlets (max of 30 poems). We are interested in all styles and themes however we are particularly interested in ecopoetry.’ https://www.blackcatpress.co.uk/

Flash fiction and culture articles. PAYING https://intrepidusink.com/

‘So Textual is a community and online platform for bookish individuals who seek smart conversations about literature, creative practice, and a considered lifestyle. We celebrate books alongside the contemporary reader.’ Essays and lists. PAYING https://www.sotextual.com/submissions

‘Gnashing Teeth Publishing is embarking on an ambitious and necessary project: “1st Quarter Preventable Gun Violence. 2021. Volume One.” From Jan 1 – Mar 31, there were 126 mass gun violence events. The numbers are going up every day and it has become a dull roar drowned out by our non-stop news cycle. We must demand better. We are seeking 126 poets, writers, essayists, and artists to participate. Each person will select one of these events to write or create art about.’ https://gnashingteethpublishing.com/elementor-2724/

‘Eat the Storms, the poetry podcast, hosted and produced by Irish poet Damien B Donnelly, now on 12+ platforms provides a space for international voices in poetry and spoken word. The podcast is a platform for diversity of theme, accent and experience with submissions open to everyone from award-winning poets to spoken word performers to poems on unpublished pages.’ https://eatthestorms.com/join-the-stormers/

Poetry, stories andnonfiction. ‘Prose manuscripts must be 2,250 words or less.’ https://www.uvawise.edu/academics/departments/language-literature/jimson-weed

‘DG Sentinel is an inclusive online newspaper featuring unique journalism, powerful stories, and international perspectives. Our goal is to educate people around the world and raise awareness about mental health, post-pandemic career changes, and more.’ http://dgsentinel.org/

Poetry, nonfiction, and critical insights. https://bardandprose.com/about/

Poetry. ‘Ripe is a new digital literary magazine that seeks to publish work that riots, rebels, and quakes.’ PAYING https://www.ripeliteraryjournal.com/submit

Comps and calls for June 2022

Hello everyone,

It’s June, and Summer is on the way here in the UK. So are rising prices, inflation, poverty and so on, unfortunately. Writing can be a break from stress. You can take that fear or worry or sorrow and write a story making it a monster, where you defeat it utterly, forever. Or you can write a poem about all the things you think and feel, or what your perfect world would be like. On a computer screen, or paper, you can make anything happen…

There are loads of interesting calls and comps this month. Go on – have a go!

Love to my Patreon people and others who make one-off donations. I appreciate it so much. xxx

Much love,

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

3rd Jun ‘For this mini-contest, tell, show, or evoke a complete story between 25 and 50 words long that is told from the point of view of an unreliable narrator. That is, you shouldn’t expect the reader to understand the story the same way the narrator does. Remember that an unreliable narrator isn’t necessarily a fool! The readers just have to recognize something in the story being told that the narrator doesn’t.’ PAYING https://onthepremises.com/current-contest/

6th Jun ‘Serendipity and Writing East Midlands are looking for creative writers from the African and African Caribbean Diaspora to submit short stories for the 2022 edition of BlackInk’s Writing Competition.’ PAYING https://writingeastmidlands.co.uk/for-writers/blackink-new-writing-competition-2022/

7th Jun Haiku on the theme of Water, and unthemed haiga. E-CERTIFICATE https://www.santoka.rs/en/open-calls/ (Cathy’s note: there’s no prize except an e-diploma, and your work may be published without pay. Still, why not have a go?)

8th Jun Spectator Comp No. 3253: me time. ‘You are invited to provide a poem entitled ‘Song of Myself’ in the style of a well-known writer. Please email entries of up to 16 lines to lucyATspectator.co.uk by midday on 8 June.’ PAYING https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/spectator-competition-winners-sonnets-on-mammon

14th Jun Spec flash on the theme provided. PAYING https://apparitionlit.com/submissions/

15th Jun ‘…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 Spactator Comp No. 3254: hard times. You are invited to tweak a well-known book title to reflect the straitened times we live in (e.g. Lidl Women) and provide an extract of up to 150 words. Please email entries to lucyATspectator.co.uk by midday on 15 June. PAYING  https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/spectator-competition-winners-platinum-jubilee-poems-from-kipling-and-a-a-milne

23rd Jun (opens 17th Jun) Microfiction on the provided theme. PAYING https://solarpunkmagazine.com/monthly-micro-fiction-contest/

30th Jun Flash Fiction up to 300 words. PAYING https://shadygroveliterary.wixsite.com/shadygroveliterary/about

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

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

5th Jun Spec flash fiction 300-1000 words on the theme of Laziness/Diligence. POSSIBLE PAYMENT https://gohavok.com/submission-guidelines/ (Cathy’s note: if your work is used in an anthology, then you’ll get paid. Otherwise, you won’t.)

6th Jun  Women only: ‘Keys: Our Issue 95 theme is about cogs and spindles, locking and unlocking – and what lies inside.’ Fiction, poetry and more. PAYING https://mslexia.co.uk/submit-your-work/

10th Jun Theme: Magic, Lost and Found! ‘We accept fiction, nonfiction, visual art, and poetry of all flavors, from free verse to found. We are also interested in submissions that include raven artwork.’ http://www.youngravensliteraryreview.org/submission-guidelines.html

10th Jun Theme: Connection. ‘At Fathom we publish articles, personal essays, profiles, interviews, book reviews, Bible exposition, theological and/or historical analysis, poetry, and short stories.’ https://www.fathommag.com/writing-for-fathom

12th Jun ‘HOWL is a literary platform showcasing the creative wail in Irish writing from around the world. We want the raw and the real. If it excites you, we want you to send it to us. We accept poetry and prose (fiction and non-fiction). We also accept original photography and artwork for use in our print publication and/or website.’ CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES (MAY BE PRINT OR DIGITAL) https://www.howlwriting.ie/

12th Jun Fiction, poetry and more on the theme of Tender. PAYING https://www.antithesisjournal.com.au/submit

15th Jun Theme: Standing Up. ‘Every day, things happen right in front of you that you believe are wrong. You could act on that belief. Most days, for all sorts of reasons, you don’t bother. But on that day, for whatever reason, you did. You rose up: against tyranny, convention, rudeness, unfavourable odds, malevolence, apathy.’ Prose and poetry. CHARITY/GOOD CAUSE https://offtopicpublishing.com/opencalls/#standingupukraine

15th Jun Theme: Names. ‘NAMES is a folio exploring the things we call ourselves and each other. Names can apply to people, to places, to works of art or even to events. The naming of a person or place often ties them to a culture, a political context and a language.’ Poetry, CNF, visual poems, and artwork. https://violetindigoblueetc.com/submissions/

15th Jun SF/F poetry on the theme of Veterans of Alien Wars. PAYING http://www.eyetothetelescope.com/submit.html

15th Jun ‘We are looking for 12 unique poems exhibiting different types of form poetry to fill out our 2023 poetry day planner. Each month will highlight a different form. Send us your glosas, your sonnets, your elegies, even your villanelles!’ PAYING https://bellpressbooks.com/submissions/#Planner

15th Jun Theme: Rituals. ‘Send us your best nonfiction, poetry, or work that blends these forms.’ PAYING https://bellpressbooks.com/submissions/#Rituals

15th Jun Theme: Framework of the Human Body. ‘Send us your best short stories, poems/art songs, creative nonfiction pieces, personal essays, features, and scripts.’ ‘For this call, we are particularly interested in Canadian authors, though some International submissions may be accepted. Priority is given to Canadian work to align with Canadian granting body requirements.’ PAYING https://bellpressbooks.com/submissions/#Rituals

15th Jun Haiku and Senryu: Memory. https://poetrypea.com/submission-topics-2022/

15th Jun Theme: Ghosts and Gossip. ‘We are particularly interested in experimental and hybrid works across all mediums: send the almost, the unexplainable, the confessions, the collaged. Send us your poems, your verse, your translations, your drawn, your ballads, your photographs, your tea, and your double scoops with no napkins.’ Poetry, prose, and more.PAYING https://www.kaleidoscopedmag.com/

15th Jun Poetry and fiction on the theme of Dreamland. https://www.planisphereq.com/p/guidelines.html

15th Jun ‘Stories with Dracula himself as the main focus. His name is on the cover of the book, but he’s not the star of the show. Let’s change that.’ PAYING https://www.dbspress.com/submissions

17th Jun ‘We are pleased to announce a call for contributions to our Summer 2022 Edition of the Creatopia® Collection Magazine, a visual and design centric magazine edition with peppy tomato red and vibrant turquoise for an easygoing Summer with a “Retro” theme. We welcome contributions from authors, artists, and makers of all kinds who have something beautiful to bring to the world.’  https://creatopia.studio/creatopia-call-for-contributions-for-summer-2022-retro/

17th Jun Wildly original fairy tales and myths.  ‘Capture an adulthood dilemma so universal it transcends culture and time—then explain it so a child can understand. Any era. Any world. Any hero or antihero. Focus on the hardest-earned lessons of your life. The things you WISH someone had explained to you earlier, and wrap that wisdom in a package “younger you” would have adored.’ PAYING https://mythulu.submittable.com/submit

18th Jun ‘We want to hear how you are adapting to a world in a climate shift. For our 5th volume of SHIFT, send us your poetry, prose, and plays about how climate change is impacting your world.’ https://shift-write.com/submit

30th Jun ‘The Rainbow Issue of Fairy Tale Review will be dedicated to queer fairy tales written by queer writers.’ PAYING https://www.fairytalereview.com/submit/

30th Jun Theme: Monstrous Futures. ‘I’ve been referring to this anthology as “the next season of Black Mirror that never got aired” and that’s exactly what I’m looking for–dark sci-fi with an emphasis on exploring our connection with technology and one another through speculative concepts and backdrops. I want every piece to look at some aspect of our lives through a “what if” lens and only lean on science as much as strictly necessary to show those human experiences.’ 2000-4000 words. PAYING  https://darkmattermagazine.shop/pages/dark-matter-presents-monstrous-futures

30th Jun ‘We’re looking for stories, poems, and drabbles about malevolent mermaids, sinister sirens, scary selkies, and other deadly and dangerous women of the deep blue sea.’ PAYING https://brigidsgatepress.com/?page_id=17

30th Jun ‘We are seeking stories for an anthology to be titled The Librarian which will collect stories about one Librarian’s adventures roving through the multiverse.’ 1000-30000 words. PAYING http://aanpress.com/submissions.html

30th Jun ‘Autonomous Press is now accepting submissions of short fiction, short memoir, and poetry for the seventh volume of Spoon Knife, our annual multi-genre neuroqueer lit anthology.’ Theme: transitions. PAYING http://autpress.com/2021/01/call-for-submissions-spoon-knife-7/

30th Jun ‘redrosethorns began with a simple core belief, that feminism is about empowerment. Through articles, poetry, interviews, art, and stories of all kinds, we intend to empower others to share their voices.’ Theme: Connection/Community. https://www.redrosethorns.com/magazine

30th Jun ‘You don’t have to be a parent to know just how horrifying children can be.  We want your stories innocent youngsters turned malevolent (think: The Omen, Children of the Corn, The Midwich Cuckoos, etc.)- the more terrifying the better!’ 4k-10k words. PAYING https://www.hellboundbookspublishing.com/subs-anthologies.html

30th Jun Stories, poems and more on the theme of Myths, Fables and Folklore. PAYING https://quarterpress.com/the-quarterly-journal

30th Jun ‘Our Autumn 2022 Edition theme is Falling Leaves. We’re looking for stories, poems, and essays that explore a season of change in life. Write about falling, leaving, and letting go.’ https://capsulestories.com/submissions/

30th Jun Poetry, flash, short fiction and more on the theme of Dust. https://www.fieryscribereview.com.ng/p/submissions.html

30th Jun Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Time. https://www.inscribejournal.com/writeforusjournal

30th Jun ‘Coffin Bell is a quarterly online journal of dark literature. Submissions now open–seeking poetry, flash fiction, short stories, creative nonfiction, essay, and short criticism that explore dark themes.’ Theme: The Zodiac. https://coffinbell.submittable.com/submit

31st Jun (sic) Poetry on the theme of Family. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES (MAY BE PRINT OR DIGITAL) https://www.thepoetmagazine.org/contribute

1st Jul Folk horror 2000-7000 words. PAYING https://www.eerieriverpublishing.com/open-submission

1st Jul Theme: Stigma. ‘This collection welcomes submissions from anyone who considers themselves disabled, or substantially limited, socially, emotionally, cognitively, or mentally.’ PAYING https://www.substantiallyunlimited.com/submissions

1st Jul Poetry and fiction on the theme of The Crumpled Yellow Paper. PAYING http://themaliterarysociety.com/submissions.html (Cathy’s note: readers from outside the USA may submit electronically.)

1st Jul or until filled: creepy/unsettling  poetry and short fiction about winter and a tree. PAYING https://unsettlingreads.squarespace.com/submissions-stillofwinter

1st Jul Odes. https://www.upthestaircase.org/submit.html

1st Jul (probably – it just says ‘July’.) ‘After the success of the first Trailer Park anthology, we’ve decided to bring it back next year for another go. Stories should be original creature feature, horror-comedy with the same feel as The Evil Dead, Army of Darkness, Shaun of the Dead, or Tucker and Dale vs. Evil. And of course, our heroes winning the day in all of their redneck glory.’ 7k-10k words.  PROFIT/REVENUE SHARING MODEL https://threeravenspublishing.com/it-came-from-the-trailer-park-vol-2/

1st Jul ‘Still Point Arts Quarterly is a truly beautiful and engaging art and literary journal. Produced four times a year, each issue focuses on a theme and features historical and contemporary art, fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. The Quarterlyhas been praised for its rich content as well as its splendid layout and design. Intended for artists, nature lovers, seekers, and enthusiasts of all types.’ Theme: Immersed in books. https://duotrope.com/duosuma/submit/still-point-arts-quarterly-nRb7B

1st Jul Poetry and fiction on the theme of Baseball. PAYING https://thetwinbill.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!)

‘We publish monthly. No reading fees, contest or submission fees. Not for anyone, ever. We pay ($70 per original piece of writing). Marginalized identities only. For us this means folks of color. Black creatives to the front!’ PAYING https://www.hennepinreview.com/contact (thanks to www.erikadreifus.com for this one)

Fiction, poetry and much more. PAYING https://proteanmag.com/submissions/

‘We are currently accepting literary fiction and literary nonfiction such as memoir.’ https://www.dundurn.com/resources/submissions

Poetry. flash, short fiction and much more. Long forms accepted too. https://www.roifaineantpress.com/submissions-1

Poetry and prose. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES (MAY BE PRINT OR DIGITAL)https://www.nervousghostpress.org/thewaitingroomguidelines

‘We accept quality short fiction, poetry, haiku, and some art. We want to read good writing that we can enjoy while sipping our favorite dram of whisky. If you can work a little whisky and/or one or more of our favorite authors into your writing, even better…’ https://www.whiskyblot.com/submit.html

‘Slouching Beast Journal is looking for unpublished poems / prose / flash fiction / any kind of short experimental / hybrid work.’ https://slouchingbeastjournal.com/submit/

Poetry and fiction. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES (MAY BE PRINT OR DIGITAL) https://www.thrillingtales.com/litbop/

Flash and short fiction. ‘We’re warming towards strangely uplifting pieces full of dark humour and thoughtful insights. We love dirty-real writing that is more Bukowski meets Withnail and I with an edge than Lock Stock or Requiem for a Dream.’ https://www.bristolnoir.co.uk/submission-guidelines/

Until filled: Fiction up to 3000 words on the theme of Space Horror. PAYING https://www.ladiesofthefright.com/blog

‘We want works that focus on expressing, not impressing. Above all else, we want stories that connect. Our only restrictions? It has to be either flash fiction or creative nonfiction, 1,000 words or less. Other than that, surprise us.’ PAYING https://macromic.org/submit/

‘Seeking, especially, the strange: magical realism. Surrealism. Dreams. Night Terrors. Ritual. Myth. Love.’ Poetry, prose and drama. https://www.theshoutflower.com/submit

Comps and calls for May 2022

Hello Everyone,

How are you all? Here in the UK most of us are having a glorious Spring, filled with sunshine and flowers. However the world situation is so worrying that it can be hard to enjoy things, and to know how best to help. I’m also waiting for a wrist operation (again!), so if next month’s C&C is short, that’ll be why!

Many, many thanks to my Patreon heroes, and a big hug to all of you who use this site. I wish you many acceptances and prizes!

Much love,

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 May Two page treatment for your romcom idea. If successful, you’ll need to submit an outline of up to 30 pages. PAYING https://www.reeloneent.com/write-a-romcom/ (thanks to https://writershq.co.uk/ for this one)

4th May ‘Spectator No. 3248: where there’s a will. You are invited to submit the last will and testament of a well-known fictional character (please specify). Please email entries of up to 150 words.’ PAYING https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/spectator-competition-winners-lets-parler-franglais (Cathy’s note: you have to scroll down quite a bit to find this!)

4th May Story 1000-2000 words, inspired by Jane Austen. https://janeaustenlf.org/writing-competition-entry-2022(Cathy’s note: I don’t usually post comps that are decided by a public vote, as they’re often won by the person with the most social media friends rather than the best writing. In this case, however, the stories are posted anonymously and the finalists asked not to urge people to vote for them. The prize is to have your story recorded as an audiobook and published worldwide, which is exciting.)

5th May ‘Fix was founded on the simple premise that promising solutions to the climate crisis exist — they just haven’t gained enough momentum to take off. With Imagine 2200, we’re inviting writers to envision a future in which those solutions soar, and our world is radically better. Our hope is that this fiction contest, and the collection of stories we publish, will be part of an uprising of imagination — something we believe is necessary to get us out of this climate crisis.’ 3000-5000 words. PAYING https://grist.org/fix/climate-fiction-writing-contest-imagine-2200-prizes/

7th May Poems on the theme of Water. https://www.discoverdylanthomas.com/love-the-words-2022 (Cathy’s note: there’s no prize except publication in an ebook. I’ve only included it because many of us have poems on the theme of water hanging around, so this is somewhere to submit them! Also it’s Dylan Thomas related, and sounds like a charming project.)

11th May ‘Spectator competition No. 3249: a fine romance. You are invited to submit an extract from a Mills & Boon-style novel whose central character is a contemporary politician (please specify). Email entries of up to 150 words.’

PAYING https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/spectator-competition-winners-poets-bemoan-a-problematic-appendage(Cathy’s note: you have to scroll down quite a bit to find this!)

14th May Spec flash on the theme provided. PAYING https://apparitionlit.com/submissions/

16th May ‘We are looking for poems that use the chiming words “time” and “regime” together or separately in imaginative ways. The words must be used as they are, although different forms of the words (pluralized, adjectival, etc.) may appear elsewhere in the poem.’ PAYING https://singaporeunbound.org/opportunities/

21st May Poetry celebrating Identity. PRIZES (UNKNOWN WHAT) https://renardpress.com/spectrum-poetry-anthology-competition/#rules

22nd May UK underrepresented writers: poetry and prose on the theme of How it Started. https://www.creativefuture.org.uk/for-writers/creative-future-writers-award/how-to-enter/ (Cathy’s note: there’s always been a prize for this before, but I can’t find a mention on the site. It’s a good prompt so have a go anyway, perhaps!)

26th May (opens 20th May) Microfiction on the provided theme. PAYING https://solarpunkmagazine.com/monthly-micro-fiction-contest/

31st May ‘The Programme is open to emerging writers over 18 years of age and living in the UK with no more than three years’ experience of being published. Applications are invited for projects in the fields of Fiction, Non-Fiction (including journalism) and Poetry. The programme offers bursaries of up to £1,500, mentorship, peer-support and a programme of writing seminars to ten UK-based emerging writers of any background.’ PAYING https://jewishbookweek.com/genesis-jewish-book-week-emerging-writers-programme/

31st May Story up to 3500 words. Theme: ‘Deathbed Confessions. An ill girl says a magical phrase that frightens a doctor/shaman/medicine man, which foreshadows the end of the world. What happens? Successful or not it is up to you.’ NON-CASH PRIZE https://arenafantasymagazine.co.uk/current-competitions/ (Cathy’s note: Scroll down to find the free comp!)

31st May LGBTQ+ -themed 101-word story. https://www.tortivetheatre.com/flash101

SUBMISSIONS WITH DEADLINES

5th May Theme: Vinaigrette. ‘think olive oil, sumac, honey coating your throat, rose petals, augury, stained glass, tart, pucker, warmth, drooping coneflowers, with a particular soft spot for experimental and lyrical/melodic pieces, though am open to an eclectic group of pieces.’ Poetry, prose and microfiction. https://violetindigoblueetc.com/submissions/

 6th May ‘Submissions are now open for our winter 2022 Black SWANA Issue. In this issue, we are interested in focusing specifically on work by people from Black SWANA communities and their diasporas, to create a gathering space for our voices and ideas.’ PAYING https://mizna.org/journal/

6th May Actively feminist work on the theme of Fear. https://www.witchesmag.com/submit

6th May Poetry, prose and art on the theme This is the End. https://capemagazineteam.wixsite.com/mysite/submission-guidelines

7th May ‘The Hypocrite Reader is a biannual magazine of reportage, criticism, history, sociology, theory, translations, manifestos, analysis, popular science, synthesis, verse, comics, wedding announcements, and Viking-themed erotica. Just because something doesn’t fit into any of those categories doesn’t mean we won’t publish it.’ Theme: Holes. PAYING https://hypocritereader.com/contribute

7th May ‘Nat. Brut’s (pr. nat broot) principal mission is to showcase the work of writers and artists who have been historically devalued or pigeonholed by art and literary institutions. We publish work that has been buried, ignored, and disappeared from public consciousness… We are currently holding free open fiction, nonfiction, comics, and poetrysubmissions.’ https://www.natbrut.com/submit

8th May ‘We aim to stake out a distinctive space for innovative, intelligent, and moving fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, film writing, and cross-genre work. In the spirit of poet Dean Young’s dictum that poets should be “making birds, not birdcages,” we are particularly taken with writing that is simultaneously graceful and reckless.’ PAYING https://www.benningtonreview.org/submit

9th May We are happy to publish work that celebrates the joy of reading and writing across different reading preferences. The marketplace can divide us based on our reading tastes, but riddlebird can strive to make a space for more diversity (of interest, of authorship, of meaning). Poetry, Personal Essays, and Literary Genre Fiction. PAYING https://www.riddlebird.com/submission-guidelines

9th May ‘What were those neon lights in the night sky? What is hidden at Area 51? Have we been visited by aliens? And, more importantly, what do these questions tell us about ourselves? The London Reader is looking for stories featuring UFOs, government conspiracies, and our relationship with the extra-terrestrial. Poetry and art that feature the same are also welcome.’ http://londonreader.uk/

9th May ‘We’re looking for short prose—fiction or creative nonfiction—that explores the need to leave, to escape, to run. We love a speculative slant, whatever that means to you. It can mean the strange or surreal. It can mean horror or fantasy. It can simply mean it’s not what you’re supposed to wish for. We’re flexible. Just keep it between 500-3000 words.’ PAYING https://alansquirepublishing.com/submissions-bulletin/

9th May ‘Submissions are now open for Shooter’s summer 2022 issue, themed Out West. Writers should send short stories and non-fiction of 2,000-6,000 words and/or up to three poems.’ ‘We’re looking for stories, essays, memoir and poetry on anything to do with western places and westward migration – not just the American West but western regions in any country, or immigration from East to West globally.’ PAYING https://shooterlitmag.com/submissions/

9th May ‘We realized there’s no better way to break our hiatus than with a special themed issue of the Starward Shadows eZine that’s centered around Eastern European folklore, culture, and heritage.’ Flash and short prose. PAYING https://starwardshadows.com/submission-guidelines-for-issue-003-eastern-european-heritage-and-folklore/

10th May ‘We publish OwnVoices stories in all genres. All works including common triggers will be prefaced by a trigger warning. How we define OwnVoices: an author from a marginalized, persecuted, or underrepresented group writing about their own experiences/from their own perspective, rather than someone from an outside perspective writing as a character from an underrepresented group.’ Theme: Rebirth. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES (MAY BE PRINT OR DIGITAL) https://www.limeoncellomagazine.com/submit

13th May Theme: Sympathy. ‘At Fathom we publish articles, personal essays, profiles, interviews, book reviews, Bible exposition, theological and/or historical analysis, poetry, and short stories.’ https://www.fathommag.com/writing-for-fathom

15th May Haiku and Senryu on the theme of Using Punctuation. https://poetrypea.com/submissions/

15th May ‘In these stories and poems, mothers become heroes and villains. The concept of motherhood is examined and stretched to its ultimate limits across time, space, gender, location, and concept. Deliciously dark, each tale forces us to examine the depth and breadth of what motherhood is and what a mother will do for her offspring.’ 1000-3000 words. PAYING (SUBJECT TO FUNDRAISER/FUNDING) https://weirdlittleworlds.com/submissions/

15th May Theme: Transfigurations. ‘I am looking for essentially any piece of “writing” engaging with, responding to, and utilizing a source text. I’m curious to discover all the different ways that we can bend and interpret the forms of erasure and collage as we explore the murky space in which poetry and visual art become inseparable.’ Poetry, collage, visual art, and prose. https://violetindigoblueetc.com/submissions/

15th May Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Mental Health. https://www.opendoorpoetrymagazine.com/author-submissions

15th May Poetry, fiction and much more on the theme of Waging Peace. https://thebezine.com/about/submission-guidelines/

15th May Poems on the theme of Vision. http://www.florencepoets.com/p/silkworm.html

15th May ‘The theme is “The Wizard Must Be Stopped!” – which can be interpreted by the author in any way that provides a story featuring a wizard in some shape or form. The wizard does not have to be the antagonist, nor does she have to be strictly human.’ PROFIT/REVENUE SHARING MODEL https://storiesrulepress.com/urban-fantasy-digest-2022-call-for-submissions/

15th May Fiction, poetry and more on the theme of Sugar. PAYS ONE CONTRIBUTOR https://thefieldstonereview.ca/submit

15th May Scifaiku. https://poetrypea.com/submission-topics-2022/

15th May Poetry, short fiction and essays on the theme of Recovery. https://lib.msu.edu/shortedition/submissions/

15th May SF/F Novellas, 17500-40,000 words. PAYING https://www.uncannymagazine.com/submissions/

15th May Poetry on the theme of Finding the Sacred in the Ordinary. https://www.bethanyrivers.com/as-above-as-below

20th May ‘Mithila Review is inviting submissions for a special global Hopepunk issue of science fiction (and fantasy) devoted to positive and powerful character-driven stories that imagine an open and inclusive tech-empowered democratic future for all people, species and countries on Earth.’ Fiction and Poetry. PAYING https://mithilareview.com/hopepunk/

20th May ‘We are now collecting stories for our HOLIDAY 2022 book and we are looking for stories about the entire December holiday season, including Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, and New Year’s festivities too.’ PAYING https://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics/

20th May Poetry and fiction on the theme of Vacation, and the Tributes section is for those who work in Food Service. https://www.writersworkout.net/waywords

25th May ‘Issue 12: Surrealist Spring! April 15th-May 25th: Send us the depths of your imagination! Your poetry/prose/essays can contain anything absurdist.’ https://www.fahmidan.net/submissions

30th May ‘We want your true funny stories, your heart-warming stories, and your mindboggling stories about all the simply amazing things that your cat does.’ Stories or poems. PAYING https://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics/

30th May ‘We all have them! Those eccentric, goofy, wacky, lovable, and oh so fun family members—the ones we tell all the stories about. They could be a parent or grandparent, an in-law, a brother or sister, an aunt, uncle or cousin. Or grown children. Share your true stories and poems about those family members.’ PAYING https://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics/

30th May SF/F short fiction 750-6000 words. PAYING https://www.uncannymagazine.com/submissions/

30th May ‘We want stories that challenge our relationship with space—past, present, and future.’ ‘The call for our inaugural issue will be May 1 – 30, 2022, with the theme, Is There Anybody Out There? We’re seeking stories about unexpected encounters in isolated places.’ 1250 words maximum. PAYING https://spacefantasymag.com/submission-guidelines/

31st May Speculative fiction and poetry on the theme of Omen. PAYING https://apparitionlit.com/submissions/

31st May Poems. https://atriumpoetry.com/submission-guidelines/ (Cathy’s note: This is run by lovely people. I can’t promise that they’ll accept you, but they’ll be lovely.)

31st May F/SF on the theme of Seasons. 2000-8000 words. PAYING https://www.worldsmyths.com/welcome/submissions/

31st May ‘Alluvian is an online environmental journal of creative responses to the environmental crisis. We accept creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry), art, cartoons, short videoclips, and audio files.’ Theme: Weird Weather. https://alluvian.submittable.com/submit

31st May ‘3Elements Literary Review is a themed literary journal, and all THREE elements (the specific words, Moon, Western, Placebo—art & photography excluded) given for the submission period must be included in your story or poem for your work to be considered for publication.’ http://3elementsreview.com/submission-guidelines

31st May Poetry and art on the theme of Hunger. https://feralpoetry.net/submissions/

1st Jun ‘The “urbanX Project” seeks to draw together a diverse collection of non-fiction stories and artistic expressions that speak to global urbanism for our Fall 2022 anthology. We explicitly seek submissions that explore the concerns and triumphs of everyday life from cities around the globe.’ Essays and street art on one of the provided themes. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES (MAY BE PRINT OR DIGITAL) https://mightyroguepress.com/urbanx-call-for-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!)

‘BOOKS — If you have a manuscript that seems to resonate with our list, send us a query and tell us about it. If your vision intrigues us, we will ask to see your manuscript, which we will read with care and respond to personally. Lyricism, far-flung locations, daring, desperation, and experimentation are all of interest.’ https://www.wetcementpress.com/about-wcp

Until filled: Stories, poetry and more featuring the creepier side of winter, and including a tree. PAYING https://unsettlingreads.squarespace.com/submissions-stillofwinter (Cathy’s note: although there is a deadline in July, these anthologies fill up quickly, so get your submission in ASAP!)

Poetry, prose and more. PAYING https://rivannareview.com/

‘WCP Magazine — Published more-or-less quarterly. From lyrical to experimental: we’re interested in writing, art and hybrid work that is subtle, conscious and aware of the worlds in which we all coexist.’ ‘Digital Chapbooks — eBook only chapbooks available on Apple Books, Amazon and elsewhere. Submissions should be between 10 and 50 pages. Poetry, fiction, prose, visual, hybrid.’ https://www.wetcementpress.com/about-wcp

Canadians only: fiction, nonfiction and poetry. https://nightwoodeditions.com/pages/contact

Open until filled: ‘We want you to mix humor with your favorite Mythos elements.’ Up to 4500 words. PAYING https://thedragonsroost.biz/dragons-roost-press-submissions/

‘We seek previously unpublished fiction and hybrid work under 10k words [including excerpts and work in translation] that push out the boundary of what literary horror is and what it might become.’ PAYING https://www.ergot.press/about

20-30 poems, fiction and nonfiction. https://www.woodhallpress.com/submissions

‘Unnerving Online accepts FLASH FICTION story submissions of horror and suspense. Generally leaning toward horror.’ PAYING https://www.unnervingbooks.com/submissions

‘At Class Collective Magazine, we’re proud to publish writing that has a class-based perspective on politics and culture. However, we encourage writers to interpret this prompt as creatively as they’d like—the sky’s the limit! We have multiple categories, including poetry, short fiction, essays, and commentary.’ PAYING https://www.classcollectivemag.com/submissions

Book MSS. ‘Purple Unicorn Media accepts queries across all genres, but has a special focus on poetry, travel, journals and essays.’ ROYALTIES http://www.purpleunicornmedia.com/purple-unicorn-publishing.html

‘Infinity Wanderers is a new magazine dedicated to promoting alternate history and the associated genres of Science Fiction, Steampunk, Historical Fiction and Fantasy. In addition we aim for between 1/3 and 1/2 real history and writers of Historical features are welcome to submit.’ Fiction, articles, essays, poems and art work. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES (MAY BE PRINT OR DIGITAL)

http://www.scimitaredge.com/if-magazine-terms.html

‘For our online journal, we consider unsolicited submissions of original poetry, short stories, essays, and devotional meditations.’ ‘Our preference is for writing that explores what it means to be a Christian in terms of Monday through Saturday, not just Sunday; and that illustrates the way God touches our everyday lives.’ Also book MS subs. https://evensongbooks.com/submissions/

‘We are looking only for science fiction and fantasy. Writers familiar with what we have published in the past will know what sort of material we are most likely to publish in the future: powerful plots with solid scientific and philosophical underpinnings are the sine qua non for consideration for science fiction submissions. As for fantasy, any magical system must be both rigorously coherent and integral to the plot, and overall the work must at least strive for originality.’ MSS of 100,000-130,000 words. ROYALTIES https://www.baen.com/contact

‘NINETENTHS Press is part traditional curatorial project and part meditation on the inevitability of failure and loss. Often times it feels like 90% (or more) of the things we attempt end up not working out, are rejected, just fall short, less than satisfy.’ Poetry, CNF, and more. CONTRIBUTOR COPY/COPIES (MAY BE PRINT OR DIGITAL) https://ninetenthspress.com/submissions/

Poetry and fiction, plus poetry and fiction MSS. https://hiddenpeakpress.com/submit/

Erotic novellas and novels. http://www.deepdesirespress.com/submissions/