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5th Jul Unpublished crime fiction 2500-10,000 words by a writer of colour.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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Comps and Calls for June 2015

Here are June 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!


Monthly: What would you like written on your tombstone? Twelve words or fewer.

5th June Full-length play (Cathy’s note: I think that this is UK-only, but I can’t find a list of rules anywhere – it might be worth havng a go anyway).

7th Jun UK and Ireland only: flash fiction up to 300 words inspired by one of the provided illustrations.

7th Jun UK only, children aged 5-11: story up to 500 words including the word ‘birthday’, with three possible endings.

8th Jun Share your family’s First World War story (Cathy’s note: it doesn’t say UK only, but the prizes include a day with a genealogist and subscriptions to Findmypast Britain, so it seems UK orientated).

10th Jun ‘You are invited to supply a poem incorporating a dozen cricketing terms. Please email entries of up to 16 lines to by midday on 10 June.’

12th June Scottish residency for a poet (paid). Applicants must work in Scotland and have their principal home in Scotland.

15th Jun ‘ For Hospital Drive’s first ever poetry and prose contest, we are seeking submissions that explore the idea of “Identity” within the context of health care.’

15th June Poetry and fiction by marginalised and disabled writers on the theme of Impossible Things.

15th June ‘The Norton Writer’s Prize will be awarded annually for an outstanding essay written by an undergraduate. Literacy narratives, literary and other textual analyses, reports, profiles, evaluations, arguments, memoirs, proposals, mixed-genre pieces, and more: any excellent writing done for an undergraduate writing class will be considered.’

15th Jun Flash fiction on the theme of Equality.

20th June Fiction up to 5000 words. ‘Submissions should reflect or echo the issues that preoccupied Grazia Deledda’s writing, such as identity, class and religion.’

21st Jun ‘For this year’s AMT contest, your story must involve spending the summer—the whole summer, not a brief vacation—in a location different than where you or your protagonist live the rest of the year. This could mean either going away from home (“summer home”) or returning home (“home for the summer”). The change in setting must be integral to the story.’

30th June Fiction 1000-4500 words.

30th June. Poem, preferably non-rhyming.

30th June Fiction up to 2000 words on the theme of Murder.

30th June Flash and short science fiction and fantasy.

30th Jun Fiction or nonfiction 30-300 words on the theme of Bouncing Back from Adversity.

30th June USA only: fiction up to 5000 words that illuminates the role of the law and/or lawyers in modern society.

30th June Themed poetry chapbook, 20-40 pages.

30th June Scottish residents are asked to write up to 1000 words about a journey they have taken. Check eligibility criteria as they want entrants to be unpublished, and have a particular criterion for this.

30th Jun The first chapter (or more) of your funny book for children. Commonwealth (excluding Canada) only.

30th Jun Story suitable for reading aloud up to 2000 words. Entrant must be able to attend the event in Oxford, UK.

1st Jul Poetry and short fiction on the theme of Beginnings.


3rd Jun Speculative and historical poetry, flash, short fiction and more.

7th Jun Poetry, articles and more on the theme of Faithful Living for this Quaker publication.

7th Jun Fiction 800-2000 words on the theme of Dungeons and Dragons. ‘We’re looking for fantasy stories of any type, as well as stories of any genre featuring dungeons and/or dragons. Not too much softcore S&M, please.’

10th Jun Fiction 500-10,000 words.

12th June ‘For our premiere issue, we’re looking to publish short, evocative fiction that detail delicate moments in time. Stories should be told in media res and should not exceed 900 words. Vignettes should be standalone scenes from short stories, as short stories are standalone chapters from novels.’

14th June ‘Contributors wishing to assist in our goal may submit short stories and personal essays of not more than 8,000 words; or poetry of not more than 45 lines. All submissions must include a wild animal (non-domesticated) as a central character, a wild animal sanctuary as a central location, or wild animal conservation as a central theme. Writers may submit up to five pieces, and they may mix genres, if they choose.’

15th Jun Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Serendipity.

15th June ‘We are currently accepting submissions for The Copperfield Review’s first anthology. We are accepting historical fiction, history-based poetry, history-based nonfiction, and history-based creative nonfiction for inclusion in the anthology.’

15th June Poetry, prose poetry and more, especially triptychs.

15th Jun YA flash fiction, and if you scroll down then there’s a separate category for flash fiction.

15th June Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Beginnings.

15th June Pagan-themed fiction.

15th Jun Poetry, flash and short fiction on the theme of Light, by expat writers.

15th June ‘18thWall Productions wants myths alive with life. We want heroes and monsters out of time, legendary characters in unfamiliar settings.’ 2500-10,000 words.

15th Jun Poetry, flash, short fiction and more on the theme of Letting Go.

15th June Fiction, especially experimental fiction.

15th Jun Poetry by children.

15th Jun YA Speculative stories on the theme of Hate, 2000-7000 words.

15th Jun Senryu and kyoka.

15th Jun Poetry, fiction and more by women writers.

15th June Heroic fantasy erotica.!d_clients/cqh1

15th Jun ‘With a hearty mwaa haaa haaa and a swagger….we’re looking for villains.’ Fiction up to 7000 words.

15th Jun Poetry, prose and more.

15th Jun Transcendental realist poetry, prose and more.

15th Jun True stories up to 1200 words of your experience with fibromyalgia. Poetry too. ‘Our Stories of Strength wants to give your pain a voice while reflecting moments in time where living your best life became your way of life.’

20th June ‘Denis Johnson says to write naked, write in blood & write from exile. For this issue, we’re looking for Grit Lit writing that does just that. We want pieces that kick you in the gut & leave your mouth bloody. We’re looking for poetry & prose that can stop a dog fight while drinking homemade whiskey. We’d love stories, essays & poems that can find their way around the darkest hollers & the seediest city blocks.’

21st June Poems. None about God.

23rd June ‘According to Genesis 4:16, after Cain murdered his brother Abel, God exiled him to the Land of Nod, which was east of Eden. Pick a period any time between Cain’s exile and the flood and tell the stories of characters in the Land of Nod. Without using characters in the Bible, tell a story set in the Land of Nod. It can be any kind of story as long as it involves an element of speculation. Bonus points for weirdness of various kinds. Make us believe in evil.’ Writers may submit up to 3 flash fiction stories per anthology, 1 short story, 1 essay, and 1 poem.

25th June Poetry, fiction and more (Cathy’s note: scroll down past the contest guidelines – you don’t need to pay a fee for general submissions).

26th Jun YA writing on the theme of Ghosts.

27th Jun Short and flash fiction on the theme of Memory Loss.

28th Jun ‘Submissions in the form of poetry, visual poetry, textual fragments, prose and critical and personal essays are invited along the themes of:

  • literary activity as mark-making
  • the material reverberations of storytelling
  • textual spaces and the textual object’

29th June Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Reciprocity: Does your giving match your taking?

30th June Flash and funny short funny science fiction.

30th Jun Poetry about longing on the theme of Pop Culture.

30th Jun ‘Over 70 million people worldwide live with various forms of dysautonomia… Living with the physical symptoms can be difficult, but living is what we do. We want to hear your stories of overcoming challenges to embrace each day. We know that your stories will be an inspiration to those within the community.’

30th Jun Writers (with or without illustrators) can pitch ideas for comics.

30th June ‘We are accepting dark fantasy and horror fiction submissions for the first volume of our annual horror anthology. The only hard requirement for this anthology is that it be one of the genres mentioned above. We would like new spins on old monster tropes as well as all new monsters.’

30th June Short horror stories on the themes described on the website.

30th June ‘Quivering mirages, ghost ships, glossy scales slipping away beneath the waves; we are seeking progressive and inclusive short stories about wonders, terrors, omens, sea-monsters, apparitions and other folk creatures and horrors from throughout the Mediterranean region.’ Poetry, short fiction and art.

30th June Horror stories up to 10,000 words.

30th June Horror stories 2000-8000 words.

30th June ‘Stories about monsters that are rarely seen in your average horror films and novels. We want to read stories from a variety of cultures and mythologies across the globe about creatures that may be well-known in the country of origin, but unheard of state-side. Or you can create your own monster.’ 3000-20,000 words.

30th June Poetry, fiction and more. Contributors can get a free copy if they go to Swindon to collect it.

30th June ‘A Tiny Thousand Knives, due for release 2016, featuring a fantastic cover by Luke Spooner, will be an anthology aimed at raising funds for and awareness of the terrible condition Endometriosis, which affects millions of women worldwide. We are looking for short stories (horror/body horror), diaries, memories, poetry, all about the experience of pain, preferably feminine pain, the emotions related to this condition and the female experience as a whole. Use your imagination but so long as there is the attempt to raise awareness about the Endometriosis experience it will fit the guidelines.’

30th June ‘Our second Christian anthology is titled, “The Effects of Grace”. It will be published August 1, 2015. This anthology will contain a collection of poetry that inspires and touches readers from a Christian point of view.’

30th Jun Poetry and prose MSS.

30th June Flash fiction.

30th Jun Erotic romance stories on the theme of Wild Darkness Calls.

30th Jun Poetry and fiction on the theme of Clockwise (The Midnight Blues).

30th Jun Speculative fiction on the theme of Ain’t Superstitious.

30th June Short and flash fiction and one-scene plays by writers with connections to Ireland.

30th Jun Fiction 250-7500 words. Also fiction on the theme of Where Thou Art.

30th Jun Poetry on the theme of Food.

30th Jun Speculative poetry and fiction on the theme of Solar.

30th June Flash fiction on the theme of Short and Sweet.

30th Jun SF/F 1000-6000 words on the theme of Sport.

30th Jun ‘We seek exciting, well-crafted contemporary poetry in English, and also encourage and publish high-quality English translations of modern and emerging Japanese poets.’

1st July Poetry and fiction on the theme of Lost in the Zoo (Cathy’s note: you can submit by email as long as you don’t live in the USA).

1st Jul Poetry on the theme of Fusion.

1st Jul Poetry and prose.

1st Jul Poetry, fiction and more suitable for Christian children on the theme of Math.

1st Jul Poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Hallowe’en Horror.

1st Jul ‘Plenitude is dedicating the month of August, 2015, to kids of queers. If you have queer and/or trans parents or guardians, we want to share your stories. How does having queer parents affect school life or relationships with neighbours? How does a kid talk about having queer parents with friends who come over? Or explain a parent’s gender transition to a best-friend’s mom? We are currently seeking fiction, poetry, non-fiction and graphic narrative on this subject.’

1st Jul Paranormal fiction 300-8000 words featuring Sherlock Holmes.

1st Jul ‘Ideate publishing is seeking short-story fiction submissions for an anthology. ‘Where’s My Tiara?’ is designed to paint an authentic and diverse portrait of lessons learned on the way to womanhood. Theme: Female protagonist featured in a coming-of-age story.’

1st Jul Apocalypse-survival fiction 3000-7000 words with a focus on disabled characters.

1st Jul Poetry, prose and art.

1st Jul Dark poetry, prose and more.

1st Jul Poetry and prose about women on the theme of Being.

1st Jul Feminist poetry, fiction and more on the theme of Radical.

1st Jul Poetry, short fiction and more on the theme of Moments for this equestrian interest magazine.


Poetry, short fiction and essays.

Pitch your novel on a Friday.

Poetry or fiction.

‘This blog is a place where anyone can go to share their art, music, poetry, short stories, or writing of any kind. Everything posted on this site will be considered for publication in our paper zine, which will be released as soon as enough content is gathered.’

‘Two Cities Review is looking for high-quality fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction that bridges the gap between forms, genres, or realities. We interpret this loosely, but are especially excited by work that crosses form or genre in a new and exciting way.’ Fiction, poetry and more.

Ebooks, chapbooks, and other short form creative literature.

‘The editors of LONTAR are looking for quality literary writing with elements of the fantastic, which is in some way connected with the cultures, traditions, mythologies, folk religions, and/or daily life in Southeast Asia. While we are happy to look at works by writers outside of the region, we want to actively encourage Southeast Asian writers to submit your work.’ Poetry, Fiction and more.

Queer speculative short fiction.

‘whimperbang invites the submission of serious, directed artistic expressions that reflect

or comment upon today’s world. All literary and visual genres will be considered.’

Poems (Cathy’s note: despite the name, the submission guidelines don’t specify that poets have to be American).

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

‘ We seek literary fiction that is character-driven, engaging, provocative, lyrical, and artistic, as well as experimental, out-of-the-ordinary work that fits our mission. We also publish contemporary, innovative poetry that pushes boundaries. In short, we publish work we have a deep connection to.

A literary magazine is planned, but right now we accept full-length novels (preferably between 60,000 and 130,000 words) and poetry books (between 40 and 80 poems suggested).’

This publisher focuses on minority writers, and publishes poetry and fiction.

Poetry, short fiction and more.

Open until filled: ‘Send me your stories of those trying to use some kind of science, technology, magic powers, anything that allows them to solve mysteries surrounding supernatural occurrences.

What is the final verdict? Truth? Hoax? Something in between—the claimant was experiencing something but it has an explanation? Or– often the scariest of all—the inconclusive result so common on ghost hunting shows. You decide. If there is ultimately an explanation, however, please provide suspense or scares along the way.’ 2000-5000 words.

Short fiction up to 4000 words to be, if accepted, featured with an image and a song.

Poetry, fiction and more.

Poetry and more.

Mainstream F and SF.

Crime novels and novellas.

‘We publish commercial and literary fiction featuring racial, cultural and character diversity for adults, young adults and reluctant readers of all ages. We promote diversification through our diverse books and authors. We recognize all diverse experiences. ‘


‘Priestess & Hierophant Press publishes short fiction, non-fiction, novels, novellas, poetry, artwork, and mixed mediums in the following areas: 1) Speculative – any genre.  We consider magical realism to be borderline speculative.  Please submit. 2) Esoteric Works – any path or practice. 3) Fine Artwork – any medium. 4) Cross-Genre – any combination of the above.’!services/c13aa

‘Currently we are collecting stories for our Love of Life anthology. These true stories should celebrate life and leave an all-around feeling of triumph or self-fulfillment. They may be spiritual or religious, deal with family or friends. The basic theme is something that feels good. Stories should be between 2,000 and 6,000 words.’


Nonfiction–including memoir–literary and historical fiction and some academic books.

Genre fiction.

‘What are we looking for? Prairie Gothic, ghost stories, the feel of the Oklahoma plains come indoors to sit at the dinner table, the tornados knocking on your door. We want the ominous feeling of driving down a long dusty road at dusk with the gas light on E. We want your Andrew Wyeth with words. We want the feeling of red dirt under your nails and the echo of a past misdeed in your head. We want your hauntings, the emotional and the physical.’ Flash fiction.

Poetry, (micro)fiction and more. ‘I am seeking  horror, mystery, suspense, science fiction, speculative, and most of all, good character development.’!submit/c1v4a

Poetry (including reprints) and music.


Horror and dark fantasy fiction 2000-7000 words.!fiction-writers/c3cg

Many genre short fiction anthologies.

Poetry up to four lines.

Poetry and fiction.

Haiku, haiga, haibun or brushwork.

Poetry and prose, especially ekphrasis.

Flash, short fiction and essays, by anyone but pertaining to women.

‘ Magoism is the Way of WE in S/HE that promotes the Primordial Knowing originating from the Great Goddess, Mago. Our vision and intention is to advocate for feminist and spiritually-based activism and to promote creative and scholarly work that supports the awareness of the oneness of all entities in the universe.’