Category Archives: Submission Roundup

Awesome Autumn Fiction: Submission Roundup for September 2021

Welcome back for this month’s Submission Roundup! Plenty of awesome writing opportunities for the month of September, so if you’ve got a story looking for a home, one of these markets might be a perfect fit.

But first, a disclaimer: I’m not a representative for any of these markets; I’m merely spreading the word. Please direct your questions to their respective editors.

And with that, onward with September’s Submission Roundup!

Submission Roundup

Pseudopod
Payment: .08/word for original fiction; $100/flat for short story reprints; $20/flat for flash fiction reprints
Length: up to 6,000 words
Deadline: September 13th, 2021
What They Want: Open to a wide range of horror fiction.
Find the details here

Lackington’s
Payment: .01/word CAD ($25 minimum)
Length: 1,500 to 5,000 words
Deadline: September 15th, 2021
What They Want: Open to stylized speculative fiction on the theme of Botanicals.
Find the details here.

Mirror, Mirror
Payment: .06/word
Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: October 15th, 2021
What They Want: Open to a wide range of speculative fiction with the theme of mirrors and reflections.
Find the details here

Escape Pod
Payment: .08/word for original fiction; $100/flat for reprints
Length: 1,500 to 6,000 words for original fiction; 1,500 to 18,000 words for reprints
Deadline: October 31st, 2021
What They Want: Escape Pod is currently open to science fiction stories with the theme of joy.
Find the details here

It Calls from the Veil
Payment: .01/word CAD (up to $60) for original fiction; $15/flat for reprints
Length: 2,000 to 6,000 words
Deadline: October 31st, 2021
What They Want: Eerie River Publishing is seeking supernatural horror fiction.
Find the details here

Negative Space 2: A Return to Survival Horror
Payment: $50/flat
Length: 2,000 to 7,500 words
Deadline: October 31st, 2021
What They Want: Dark Peninsula Press is seeking short stories about survival horror, such as Resident Evil, Silent Hill, and The Mist.
Find the details here.

LampLight
Payment: .06/word
Length: up to 5,100 words
Deadline: Open September 15th to November 15th, 2021
What They Want: Open to horror fiction from authors who have never made a pro sale before.
Find the details here

And finally, an early warning submission call!

Stories of the Eye
Payment: .02/word
Length: 2,500 to 5,000 words
Deadline: Open November 1st to November 30th, 2021
What They Want: Weirdpunk Books is currently seeking stories inspired by the relationships between artists and models.
Find the details here

Happy submitting!

Summer Writing: Submission Roundup for August 2021

Welcome back for this month’s Submission Roundup! Lots of fabulous opportunities in August and beyond, so polish up those stories and send them out into the world!

As always, a disclaimer: I’m not a representative for any of these markets; I’m merely spreading the word. Please direct any questions to their respective editors.

And with that, onward with August’s Submission Roundup!

Submission Roundup

Arthropod
Payment: $20/flat
Length: up to 7,500 words for fiction; up to 45 lines for poetry
Deadline: August 7th, 2021
What They Want: Open to speculative fiction and poetry about arthropods (e.g. insects, arachnids, crustaceans).
Find the details here.

Xenocultivars: Stories of Queer Growth
Payment: .08/word
Length: up to 10,000 words (up to 7,000 words preferred)
Deadline: August 7th, 2021
What They Want: This anthology is seeking speculative fiction featuring queer characters and themes of plants and growth.
Find the details here.

Chromophobia
Payment: .01/word
Length: 1,500 to 6,000 words
Deadline: August 31st, 2021
What They Want: This new Strangehouse Books anthology edited by Sara Tantlinger is seeking horror stories inspired by color from female authors.
Find the details here.

Ladies of Horror Fiction Scholarships
Payment: $100 scholarships
Deadline: August 31st, 2021
What They Want: Open to all women authors, the Ladies of Horror Fiction are currently offering ten $100 scholarships.
Find the details here.

Lackington’s
Payment: .01/word CAD ($25 minimum)
Length: 1,500 to 5,000 words
Deadline: August 31st, 2021
What They Want: Open to stylized speculative fiction on the theme of Botanicals.
Find the details here.

Kaleidotrope
Payment: .01/word for fiction; $5/flat for poetry
Length: 250 to 10,000 words
Deadline: August 31st, 2021
What They Want: Open to a wide range of speculative fiction and poetry.
Find the details here.

New Gothic Review
Payment: $50/flat
Length: 1,500 to 5,000 words
Deadline: August 31st, 2021
What They Want: Original short stories that explore the Gothic tradition in the 21st century.
Find the details here.

A Woman Built By Men
Payment: .05/word
Length: 2,000 to 5,000 words
Deadline: September 5th, 2021
What They Want: Open to all female-identifying authors, this anthology from Cemetery Gates is seeking horror stories about women built or shaped by men.
Find the details here.

 And finally, an early warning call!

Negative Space 2: A Return to Survival Horror
Payment: $50/flat
Length: 2,000 to 7,500 words
Deadline: Open submission period from September 1st to October 1st, 2021
What They Want: Dark Peninsula Press is seeking short stories about survival horror, such as Resident Evil, Silent Hill, and The Mist.
Find the details here.

Happy submitting!

Summer and Fiction: Submission Roundup for July 2021

Welcome back for this month’s Submission Roundup! Plenty of fabulous writing opportunities out there this month, so if you’ve got a story looking for a home, perhaps one of these markets might be a great fit!

First, a disclaimer: I’m not a representative for any of these publications; I’m merely spreading the word. Please direct your questions to their respective editors.

And with that, onward with July’s Submission Roundup!

Submission Roundup

The Cellar Door, Issue 1: Woodland Terrors
Payment: $25/flat
Length: 2,000 to 7,500 words
Deadline: July 15th, 2021
What They Want: Open to horror and thriller stories that take place in or near the woods.
Find the details here.

Chosen Realities
Payment: $100/flat for short fiction; $45/flat for poetry
Length: 2,000 to 7,500 words
Deadline: July 31st, 2021
What They Want: Open to science fiction, fantasy, and horror short fiction and poetry from authors of color.
Find the details here.

HWA Horror Scholarships
Payment: Scholarship amounts vary
Deadline: August 1st, 2021
What They Want: Sponsored through the Horror Writers Association, there are currently multiple scholarships available, including for horror nonfiction, dark poetry, women in horror, and more.
Find the details here.

Asian Ghost Stories
Payment: .08/word for original fiction; .06/word for reprints
Length: 2,000 to 4,000 words
Deadline: August 1st, 2021
What They Want: Flame Tree Publishing’s Gothic Fantasy line is seeking ghost stories from authors of East, South, and Southeast Asian heritage.
Find the details here.

Kate Bush: An Anthology
Payment: $15/flat
Length: 1,500 to 4,000 words
Deadline: Open from July 13th to August 3rd, 2021
What They Want: Open to original weird or dark fiction inspired by the work of musician Kate Bush.
Find the details here.

New Gothic Review
Payment: $50/flat
Length: 1,500 to 5,000 words
Deadline: August 31st, 2021
What They Want: Original short stories that explore the Gothic tradition in the 21st century.
Find the details here.

A Woman Built By Men
Payment: .05/word
Length: 2,000 to 5,000 words
Deadline: September 5th, 2021
What They Want: Open to all female-identifying authors, this anthology from Cemetery Gates is seeking horror stories about women built or shaped by men.
Find the details here.

And finally an early warning call!

Chromophobia
Payment: .01/word
Length: 1,500 to 6,000 words
Deadline: Open from August 1st to August 31st, 2021
What They Want: This new Strangehouse Books anthology edited by Sara Tantlinger is seeking horror stories inspired by color from female authors.
Find the details here.

Happy submitting!

Fiction Fun in the Summertime Sun: Submission Roundup for June 2021

Welcome back for this month’s Submission Roundup! Plenty of great opportunities this month, plus three early warning calls that won’t be opening until later in the summer!

As always, a disclaimer: I’m not a representative for any of these markets; I’m merely spreading the word. Please direct your questions to their respective editors.

And with that, onward with this month’s Submission Roundup!

Submission Roundup

Field Notes from a Nightmare: An Anthology of Ecological Horror
Payment: .03/word
Length: 1,000 to 4,000 words
Deadline: June 30th, 2021
What They Want: This anthology from Dreadstone Press is seeking horror and dark weird fiction about environmental and ecological horrors.
Find the details here.

Baffling Magazine
Payment: .08/word
Length: up to 1,200 words
Deadline: June 15th, 2021
What They Want: Open to speculative queer fiction. Science fiction, fantasy, and horror are all welcome.
Find the details here.

HWA Horror Scholarships
Payment: Scholarship amounts vary
Deadline: August 1st, 2021
What They Want: Open to members of Horror Writers Association, there are currently multiple scholarships available, including for horror nonfiction, dark poetry, women in horror, and more.
Find the details here.

The Deadlands
Payment: .10/word for fiction; $100/flat for nonfiction; $50/flat for poetry
Length: up to 5,000 words for fiction; 1,000 to 4,000 words for nonfiction, up to three poems
Deadline: Ongoing for fiction and nonfiction; June 14th, 2021 for poetry
What They Want: This brand-new publication is currently seeking speculative fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that deals with themes of death.
Find the details here.

Eye to the Telescope
Payment: .03/word ($3 minimum; $25 maximum)
Length: up to three poems
Deadline: June 15th, 2021
What They Want: This issue’s theme is Indigenous Futurisms and is open to Indigenous writers around the world.
Find the details here.

Shadow Atlas: Dark Landscapes of the Americas
Payment: $250/flat for short fiction; $25/flat for poetry
Length: 2,500 to 3,000 words for fiction; up to 35 lines for poetry
Deadline: Open from June 21st to June 27th, 2021
What They Want: The editors are seeking dark tales set in South America that explore folklore linked to a particular location.
Find the details here.

And finally, a few early warnings for submission calls that don’t open until later in the summer!

The Cellar Door, Issue 1: Woodland Terrors
Payment: $25/flat
Length: 2,000 to 7,500 words
Deadline: Open from July 1st to July 15th, 2021
What They Want: Open to horror and thriller stories that take place in or near the woods.
Find the details here.

Kate Bush: An Anthology
Payment: $15/flat
Length: 1,500 to 4,000 words
Deadline: Open from July 13th to August 3rd, 2021
What They Want: Open to original weird or dark fiction inspired by the work of musician Kate Bush.
Find the details here.

Chromophobia
Payment: .01/word
Length: 1,500 to 6,000 words
Deadline: Open from August 1st to August 31st, 2021
What They Want: This new Strangehouse Books anthology edited by Sara Tantlinger is seeking horror stories inspired by color from female authors.
Find the details here.

Happy submitting!

Spring Inspiration: Submission Roundup for May 2021

Welcome back for May’s Submission Roundup! Plenty of excellent writing opportunities this month, so if you’ve got a story or poem seeking a home, perhaps one of these markets might be a great fit!

As always, a disclaimer: I’m not a representative for any of these markets; I’m merely spreading the word. Please direct your questions to their respective editors.

And with that, onward with this month’s Submission Roundup!

Submission Roundup

Mithila Review
Payment: $10/flat for poetry and fiction under 2,500 words; up to $50 for fiction between 4,000 to 8,000+ words
Length: Open to poetry, flash, and short fiction
Deadline: Ongoing
What They Want: Open to a wide range of fiction and poetry, including horror, science fiction, urban fantasy, and weird fiction.
Find the details here.

The Cemetery Gates Society
Payment: $50/flat
Length: 500 to 1,500 words
Deadline: May 7th, 2021
What They Want: Open to flash fiction inspired by true crime stories a la Unsolved Mysteries. This month’s flash fiction contest is judged by Sadie Hartmann.
Find the details here.

Gothic Horror Anthology 
Payment: .04/word
Length: 1,000 to 15,000 words
Deadline: May 15th, 2021
What They Want: Open to female-identifying authors, this anthology is seeking fresh takes on Gothic horror. Both fiction and poetry will be considered.
Find the details here.

Humans Are the Problem: A Monster’s Anthology
Payment: .06/word
Length: 1,000 to 5,000 words
Deadline: May 15th, 2021
What They Want: Open to stories about how monsters are adapting to 21st-century life while breathing new life into the monster trope and showing that humans are in fact the problem.
Find the details here.

Under Her Skin
Payment: $5/poem
Length: up to 50 lines
Deadline: May 30th, 2021
What They Want: Black Spot Books and their judges, Toni Miller and Lindy Ryan, are seeking body horror poetry for the inaugural Women in Horror Poetry Collection.
Find the details here.

Classic Monsters Unleashed
Payment: .08/word
Length: 1,000 to 5,000 words
Deadline: May 30th, 2021
What They Want: This anthology is seeking reinterpreted stories based on classic monsters, including stories told from the perspectives of secondary characters such as Van Helsing, Renfield, or the Bride of Frankenstein, among others.
Find the details here.

HWA Poetry Showcase
Payment: $5/flat
Length: up to 35 lines
Deadline: May 31st, 2021
What They Want: Open to HWA members only, the annual poetry showcase is seeking horror poetry of all subgenres. This year’s judges are Stephanie M. Wytovich, Sara Tantlinger, and Angela Yuriko Smith.
Find the details here.

Shadow Atlas: Dark Landscapes of the Americas
Payment: $250/flat for short fiction; $25/flat for poetry
Length: 2,500 to 3,000 words for fiction; up to 35 lines for poetry
Deadline: Open from June 21st to June 27th, 2021
What They Want: The editors are seeking dark tales set in South America that explore folklore linked to a particular location.
Find the details here.

Happy submitting!

Fiction for Springtime: Submission Roundup for April 2021

Welcome back for this month’s Submission Roundup! Lots of great opportunities, so if you’ve got a story searching for a home, one of these markets might be the perfect fit!

As always, a disclaimer: I’m not a representative for any of these publications; I’m merely spreading the word! Please direct your questions to their respective editors. And with that, onward with this month’s Submission Roundup!

Submission RoundupMithila Review
Payment: $10/flat for poetry and fiction under 2,500 words; up to $50 for fiction between 4,000 to 8,000+ words
Length: Open to poetry, flash, and short fiction
Deadline: Ongoing
What They Want: Open to a wide range of fiction and poetry, including horror, science fiction, urban fantasy, and weird fiction.
Find the details here.

Blood on Your Hands
Payment: up to $75
Length: 1,000 to 8,000 words
Deadline: April 15th, 2021
What They Want: Lethe Press is seeking previously published homoerotic vampire stories for their forthcoming anthology.
Find the details here.

Grey Matter Press
Payment: Advance and royalties on case-by-case basis
Length: Novella of 20,000 to 40,000 words; Novels of 60,000 to 100,000 words
Deadline: May 1st, 2021
What They Want: Grey Matter Press is currently seeking novellas and novels in the crime, thriller, and grimdark genres.
Find the details here.

Classic Monsters Unleashed
Payment: .08/word
Length: 1,000 to 5,000 words
Deadline: May 30th, 2021
What They Want: This anthology is seeking reinterpreted stories based on classic monsters, including stories told from the perspectives of secondary characters such as Van Helsing, Renfield, or the Bride of Frankenstein, among others.
Find the details here.

Under Her Skin
Payment: $5/poem
Length: up to 50 lines
Deadline: May 30th, 2021
What They Want: Black Spot Books and their judges, Toni Miller and Lindy Ryan, are seeking body horror poetry for the inaugural Women in Horror Poetry Collection.
Find the details here.

HWA Poetry Showcase
Payment: $5/flat
Length: up to 35 lines
Deadline: May 31st, 2021
What They Want: Open to HWA members only, the annual poetry showcase is seeking horror poetry of all subgenres. This year’s judges are Stephanie M. Wytovich, Sara Tantlinger, and Angela Yuriko Smith.
Find the details here.

Happy submitting!

Stories in the Spring: Submission Roundup for March 2021

Welcome back for this month’s Submission Roundup! Plenty of fantastic opportunities this month, so if you’re seeking a home for a story, one of these markets might be a perfect fit.

As always, a disclaimer: I am not a representative for any of these markets; I’m merely spreading the word! Please direct all questions to their respective editors.

And now onward with this month’s Submission Roundup!

Submission RoundupDark Carnival
Payment: $10/flat
Length: 3,000 to 8,000 words
Deadline: March 10th, 2021
What They Want: Macabre Ladies Publishing is seeking horror stories about carnivals and circuses.
Find the details here.

Chilling Crime Short Stories
Payment: .08/word for original fiction; .06/word for reprints
Length: 2,000 to 4,000 words
Deadline: March 14th, 2021
What They Want: Flame Tree Publishing is seeking crime stories for the latest anthology in their Gothic Fantasy line.
Find the details here.

The Periodical, Forlorn
Payment: $15/flat
Length: up to 6,000 words
Deadline: March 15th, 2021
What They Want: Open to a wide range of stories based around the theme of Lost at Sea.
Find the details here.

Eye to the Telescope
Payment: .03/word (minimum $3; maximum $25)
Length: Submit up to three poems
Deadline: March 15th, 2021
What They Want: Open to speculative poetry about the Weird West.
Find the details here.

Escape Pod: Black Future Month
Payment: .08/word for original fiction; $100/flat for reprints
Length: 1,500 to 5,000 words
Deadline: March 31st, 2021
What They Want: Escape Pod is seeking science fiction stories from authors of the African diaspora and the African continent.
Find the details here.

Blood on Your Hands
Payment: up to $75
Length: 1,000 to 8,000 words
Deadline: April 15th, 2021
What They Want: Lethe Press is seeking previously published homoerotic vampire stories for their forthcoming anthology.
Find the details here.

Under Her Skin
Payment: $5/poem
Length: up to 50 lines
Deadline: May 30th, 2021
What They Want: Black Spot Books and their judges, Toni Miller and Lindy Ryan, are seeking body horror poetry for the inaugural Women in Horror Poetry Collection.
Find the details here.

Happy submitting!

Wintry Fiction: Submission Roundup for February 2021

Welcome back for this month’s Submission Roundup! Lots of great opportunities for February, so If you’ve got a story searching for a home, one of these might be the perfect fit.

First a regular reminder: I’m not a representative for any of these markets. I’m merely spreading the word! Please direct your questions to their respective editors.

And now onward with this month’s Submission Roundup!

Submission Roundup

Luna Station Quarterly
Payment: $5/flat
Length: 500 to 7,000 words
Deadline: February 15th, 2021
What They Want: The editors are seeking speculative fiction penned by female-identifying authors.
Find the details here.

Kaleidotrope
Payment: .01/word for fiction; $5/flat for poetry
Length: 250 to 10,000 words
Deadline: February 28th, 2021
What They Want: Open to a wide range of speculative fiction and poetry.
Find the details here.

Good Southern Witches
Payment: $25/flat
Length: 2,000 to 5,000 words
Deadline: February 28th, 2021
What They Want: This anthology is seeking speculative stories about witches based in the southern United States.
Find the details here.

Dark Hearts
Payment: .01/word
Length: 1,000 to 6,000 words
Deadline: February 28th, 2021
What They Want: This anthology is seeking horror stories about heartbreak.
Find the details here.

Triangulation: Habitats
Payment: .03/word for fiction; .25/line for poetry
Length: up to 5,000 words for fiction (3,000 words preferred); up to 100 lines for poetry
Deadline: February 28th, 2021
What They Want: For the latest installment of the Triangulation anthology series, the editors are seeking speculative fiction and poetry that deal with sustainable habitats.
Find the details here.

Dark Carnival
Payment: $10/flat
Length: 3,000 to 8,000 words
Deadline: March 10th, 2021
What They Want: Macabre Ladies Publishing is seeking horror stories about carnivals and circuses.
Find the details here.

Happy submitting!

New Year, New Literature: Submission Roundup for January 2021

Welcome back for this month’s Submission Roundup! January has a ton of fantastic opportunities, so if you’ve got a story looking for a home, then perhaps one of these markets will be the perfect outlet.

As always, a disclaimer: I’m not a representative for any of these publications; I’m merely spreading the word! Please direct any questions to their respective editors.

And with that, onward with this month’s Submission Roundup!

Submission Roundup

Planet Scumm
Payment: .02/word
Length: 2,000 to 6,000 words
Deadline: January 10th, 2021
What They Want: Guest edited by Hailey Piper, this issue of the magazine is seeking speculative fiction stories specifically from cisgender women, transgender women, transgender men, non-binary people, and genderqueer people.
Find the details here.

Unfettered Hexes: Queer Tales of Insatiable Darkness
Payment: .08/word
Length: up to 6,000 words
Deadline: January 15th, 2021
What They Want: This anthology from Neon Hemlock Press is seeking queer witch stories with a speculative fiction element.
Find the details here.

Electric Spec
Payment: $20/flat
Length: 250 to 7,000 words
Deadline: January 15th, 2021
What They Want: Open to a wide range of speculative fiction.
Find the details here.

Uncanny
Payment: $40/poem
Length: any length
Deadline: January 18th, 2021
What They Want: Open to speculative fiction poetry.
Find the details here.

34 Orchard
Payment: $50/flat
Length: 1,000 to 7,500 words for fiction; any length for poetry
Deadline: January 31st, 2021
What They Want: A new publication that’s seeking dark fiction and poetry that’s intense, unsettling, scary, and/or sad.
Find the details here.

Mythic
Payment: .01/word
Length: 2,000 to 6,000 words
Deadline: January 31st, 2021
What They Want: Open to diverse fantasy and science fiction.
Find the details here.

Diabolical Plots
Payment: .10/word
Length: 3,500 words or less
Deadline: January 31st, 2021
What They Want: Open to a wide range of speculative fiction.
Find the details here.

Triangulation: Habitats
Payment: .03/word for fiction; .25/line for poetry
Length: up to 5,000 words for fiction (3,000 words preferred); up to 100 lines for poetry
Deadline: February 28th, 2021
What They Want: For the latest installment of the Triangulation anthology series, the editors are seeking speculative fiction and poetry that deal with sustainable habitats.
Find the details here.

Happy submitting!

Holiday Fiction: Submission Roundup for December 2020

Welcome back for this month’s Submission Roundup! Lots of great opportunities in December, so polish up those stories and send them out into the world!

First a quick disclaimer, as always: I’m not a representative for any of these markets; I’m merely spreading the word. Please direct your questions to their respective editors!

And now onward with this month’s Submission Roundup!

Submission Roundup

Fantasy
Payment: .08/word for fiction; $40/flat for poetry
Length: up to 7,500 words for fiction (5,000 words or less preferred); up to six poems
Deadline: December 8th, 2020
What They Want: Open to a wide variety of fantasy fiction and poetry, including dark fantasy.
Find the details here.

Allegory
Payment: $15/flat
Length: Up to 5,000 words
Deadline: December 31st, 2020
What They Want: Open to a wide array of speculative fiction.
Find the details here.

We’re Here: The Best Queer Speculative Fiction 2020
Payment: .01/word
Length: up to 17,500 words
Deadline: December 31st, 2020
What They Want: Reprints of stories published in 2020 that deal implicitly or explicitly with queerness.
Find the details here.

FIYAH
Payment: .08/word for fiction; $50/flat for poetry
Length: Short fiction from 2,000 to 7,000 words & novelettes up to 15,000 words
Deadline: December 31st, 2020
What They Want: Open to Black authors, FIYAH is currently seeking fiction and poetry for their forthcoming unthemed issue.
Find the details here.

Planet Scumm
Payment: .02/word
Length: 2,000 to 6,000 words
Deadline: January 10th, 2021
What They Want: Guest edited by Hailey Piper, this issue of the magazine is seeking speculative fiction stories specifically from cisgender women, transgender women, transgender men, non-binary people, and genderqueer people.
Find the details here.

Triangulation: Habitats
Payment: .03/word for fiction; .25/line for poetry
Length: up to 5,000 words for fiction (3,000 words preferred); up to 100 lines for poetry
Deadline: February 28th, 2021
What They Want: Open to speculative fiction and poetry that deal with sustainable habitats.
Find the details here.

Happy reading, and happy submitting!