Category Archives: Submission Roundup

Spring Fiction Has Sprung: Submission Roundup for April 2018

Welcome back to this month’s Submission Roundup! Lots of great writing opportunities in the coming weeks, so if you have a story looking for a home, perhaps you should send it the way of one of these markets!

First, a quick note: I am not a representative for any of these publications. If you have any questions, please direct your questions to the respective editors.

And now onward with April’s Submission Roundup!

Submission RoundupHaunted Are These Houses, an anthology from Unnerving Magazine
Payment: .01/word for fiction; .12/line for poetry
Length: 400 to 6,000 words for fiction; up to 500 lines for poetry
Deadline: April 28th, 2018
What They Want: Open to Gothic fiction and poetry.
Find the details here.

FIYAH
Payment: $150/flat short fiction; $300/flat for novelettes; $50/flat for poetry
Length: 2,000 to 7,000 words for short fiction; up to 15,000 words for novelettes
Deadline: April 30th, 2018
What They Want: Open to speculative fiction from authors from the African continent and diaspora. The upcoming issue’s theme is Music.
Find the details here.

Battling in All Her Finery from Mad Scientist Journal
Payment: .02/word
Length: 500 to 8,000 words
Deadline: April 30th, 2018
What They Want: This special submission call is seeking original first-person speculative fiction that focuses on female leaders in any field.
Find the details here.

Unidentified Funny Objects 5
Payment: .10/word
Length: 500 to 5,000 words
Deadline: April 30th, 2018
What They Want: Open to humorous science fiction and fantasy stories.
Find the details here.

Apex Magazine’s Zodiac-themed special issue
Payment: .06/word for original fiction
Length: 1,500 to 5,000 words
Deadline: May 1st, 2018
What They Want: For this special issue, guest editor Sheree Renée Thomas is seeking speculative stories that explore and/or rework themes of the Zodiac and Zodiacal archetypes.
Find the details here.

Eraserhead Press
Payment: 50% of net revenue
Length: 20,000 to 100,000 words
Deadline: June 30th, 2018
What They Want: Open to unique, well-crafted weird stories that fit within the Bizarro Fiction genre.
Find the details here.

Happy submitting!

Good Luck at Fiction: Submission Roundup for March 2018

Welcome back for this month’s Submission Roundup! A ton of very cool submission calls are open at the moment, so if you’re seeking a home for a story or essay, then perhaps you’ll be in luck!

As always, the usual disclaimer: I’m not a representative for any of these markets; I’m just spreading the word! If you do have questions, please direct them to the editors of the respective publications. And with that, onward with this month’s Submission Roundup!

Submission RoundupEnchanted Conversation Magazine
Payment: $20/flat for fiction; $10/flat for poetry
Length: 700 to 2,000 words for fiction; any length for poetry
Deadline: March 20th, 2018
What They Want: Open to fairy tales, folklore, and myths that center on stories about animals.
Find the details here.

Timeless Tales
Payment: $20/flat for fiction or poetry
Length: Up to 2,000 words (under 1,500 preferred)
Deadline: Open to submissions from March 12th to March 22nd, 2018.
What They Want: For the 5th anniversary issue, Timeless Tales is seeking stories that are retellings of Snow White and the 7 Dwarves.
Find the details here.

Pantheon Magazine
Payment: .06/word for original fiction; .03/word for reprints
Length: up to 2,000 words (though preferably under 1,000 words)
Deadline: March 31st, 2018
What They Want: Dark fantasy, magic realism, and horror stories that incorporate the gorgon legend.
Find the details here.

The Internet is Where the Robots Live Now anthology
Payment: .06/word
Length: 1,500-5,000 words
Deadline: April 1st, 2018
What They Want: Open to speculative short stories about robots, AI, and the internet, specifically fiction that is bittersweet, fantastic, and/or optimistic.
Find the details here.

New Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
Payment: .07/word
Length: 500 to 1,500 words
Deadline: April 1st, 2018
What They Want: Open to HWA members only, this anthology is seeking original fiction inspired by Alvin Schwartz’s classic Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series.
Find the details here.

Haunted Are These Houses, an anthology from Unnerving Magazine
Payment: .01/fiction; .12/line for poetry
Length: 400 to 6,000 words for fiction; up to 500 lines for poetry
Deadline: April 28th, 2018
What They Want: Open to Gothic fiction and poetry.
Find the details here.

Fiends in the Furrows: An Anthology of Folk Horror
Payment: .01/word
Length: 5,000-10,000 words
Deadline: May 1st, 2018
What They Want: Open to folk horror, which includes but is not limited to tales of the occult, paganism, ritualism, and the surreal.
Find the details here.

Join the Smuggler Army at Book Smugglers
Payment: $80/essay
Length: 400 word minimum
Deadline: Ongoing
What They Want: Open to nonfiction essays about speculative media, including literature, film, television, and more. Please pitch your piece via the website; do not simply submit a finished essay.
Find the details here.

Happy reading!

Submission Roundup for February 2018

Welcome back to this month’s Submission Roundup! There are a ton of awesome calls this month, so if you’ve got a story seeking a home, then one of these markets might just be perfect for it!

As always, a reminder: I’m not a representative for any of these markets; I’m simply spreading the word. Please direct any questions you might have about these calls to their respective publications.

Now onward to the submission calls!

Submission RoundupFlame Tree Publishing
Payment: .06/word
Length: 2,000 to 4,000 words
Deadline: February 11th, 2018
What They Want: The Gothic Fantasy anthology series is open to short fiction submissions on the themes of “Lost Souls” and “Robots and Artificial Intelligence.”
Find the details here.

Uncanny Magazine’s Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction
Payment: .08/word for fiction; $30/poem; $50/nonfiction essay
Length: 750 to 6,000 words for fiction; no line limits for poetry; 1,000 to 2,500 words for nonfiction
Deadline: February 28th, 2018
What They Want: Open to speculative fiction, poetry, and nonfiction from authors who identify themselves as disabled.
Find the details here.

The Twisted Book of Shadows
Payment: .06/word (up to 5,000 words)
Length: 3,000 words to 5,000 words (though up to 10,000 words will be accepted)
Deadline: February 28th, 2018
What They Want: Open to horror fiction.
Find the details here.

Vastarien
Payment: .01/word for fiction and nonfiction ($50 max); $20/flat for poetry
Length: 2,000 to 7,500 words for nonfiction; 750 to 6,000 words for fiction; up to 50 lines for poetry
Deadline: March 1st, 2018
What They Want: Open to literary horror fiction, poetry, and nonfiction inspired by the work of Thomas Ligotti and related themes.
Find the details here.

Swords and Sonnet
Payment: .06/word
Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: March 1st, 2018
What They Want: The editors are seeking stories that feature a female or non-binary battle poet as a main character. Open primarily to fantasy, though science fiction and horror will be accepted as well.
Find the details here.

Happy submitting!

A Brand New Writing Start: Submission Roundup for January 2018

Welcome back for our first Submission Roundup in 2018! Lots of amazing submission calls this month, so if you’ve got a story seeking a home, perhaps one of these will be the perfect fit!

As always, I’m not a representative for any of these markets; I’m merely spreading the word! That means if you have questions, please direct them to the respective publications.

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

Submission Roundup

Enchanted Conversation
Payment: $30/flat for fiction; $10/flat for poetry
Length: 700-2,500 words for fiction; no word limit for poetry
Deadline: January 20th, 2018
What They Want: February’s theme is Un reve d’amour (A Dream of Love). Submissions should focus on love in a fairy tale or folkloric setting. Re-tellings or original stories welcome, as are experimental or traditional approaches.
Find the details here.

FIYAH
Payment: $150/flat for short fiction; $300/flat for novelettes; $50/flat for poetry
Length: 2,000 to 7,000 words for short fiction; up to 15,000 words for novelettes
Deadline: January 31st, 2018
What They Want: Open to speculative fiction from authors from the African continent and diaspora. The upcoming issue’s theme is Big Mama Nature, and stories should focus on nature/climate fiction.
Find the details here.

Apex Publications
Payment: Advance and standard royalty terms
Length: 30,000-40,000 words for novellas; up to 120,000 words for novels
Deadline: January 31st, 2018
What They Want: Open to novella and novel submissions. Genre should be dark science fiction, dark fantasy, or horror.
Find the details here.

Nightscript
Payment: $20/flat
Length: 2,000-7,000 words
Deadline: January 31st, 2018
What They Want: Open to strange tales in the vein of Shirley Jackson, Flannery O’Connor, Robert Aickman, Arthur Machen, and more.
Find the details here.

Unnerving
Payment: .01/word
Length: 400-4,000 words (under 2,000 words preferred)
Deadline: February 15th, 2018
What They Want: Open to horror fiction as well as dark science fiction, dark fantasy, thriller and crime fiction.
Find the details here.

Pantheon Magazine
Payment: .06/word for original fiction; .03/word for reprints
Length: up to 2,000 words with a preference for stories around 1,000 words
Deadline: March 31st, 2018
What They Want: Pantheon Magazine has just opened up submissions for their Gorgon issue. Open to weird, dark fiction, slipstream, magic realism, and horror based on the theme.
Find the details here.

Kaleidotrope
Payment: .01/word for fiction and nonfiction; $5/flat for poetry
Length: No specific word count, though fiction will sell best if it falls between 250 to 10,000 words
Deadline: April 1st, 2018
What They Want: Kaleidotrope has just opened again to submissions. The editor is seeking well-written speculative fiction and poetry.
Find the details here.

Happy submitting!

Fiction for a Winter’s Eve: Submission Roundup for December 2017

Welcome back for the final Submission Roundup of 2017! As usual, the end of the year brings a ton of great submission opportunities, so if you’ve got stories seeking homes, then perhaps one of these markets will be a good fit!

As always, I’m not a representative for any of these publications, so please direct your questions to the respective editors. And onward with this month’s Submission Roundup!

Submission Roundup

Lackington’s
Payment: .01/word CAD
Length: 1,500-5,000 words
Deadline: Ongoing, until filled
What They Want: Open to stylized speculative fiction. The upcoming issue’s theme is Gothics.
Find the details here.

Riddled With Arrows
Payment: .03/word (minimum $5 and maximum $25)
Length: up to 1,500 words for fiction; up to two pages for poetry
Deadline: December 10th, 2017
What They Want: The upcoming issue’s theme is Feasts and Families. That means they’re looking for metafiction about food and family, or works that deal with writing and how it entwines with the theme.   
Find the details here.

The Book Smugglers present Awakenings
Payment: .08/word (up to $800)
Length: 1,500 to 17,500 words
Deadline: December 31st, 2017
What They Want: Open to diverse speculative fiction stories on the theme of Awakenings, which is open to a broad range of interpretations.
Find the details here.

Shoreline of Infinity
Payment: $10 GBP per 1,000 words
Length: Open to 5,000 words
Deadline: December 31st, 2017
What They Want: Open to science fiction stories from female authors for an all-women issue.
Find the details here.

Mantid Magazine
Payment: .01/word
Length: 1,500-6,000 words
Deadline: Submissions open from December 22nd, 2017 to January 1st, 2018
What They Want: Open to fiction and poetry from female-identifying authors in the genres of weird fiction, dark fantasy, fairy tales, quiet horror, magic realism, dark science fiction, avant-garde, and surrealism. Diverse authors and characters welcomed and encouraged.
Find the details here.

Liminal Stories
Payment: .06/word
Length: up to 10,000 words
Deadline: Open to submissions from December 15th, 2017 to January 15th, 2018
What They Want: Open to unusual and evocative fiction of any genre, though weird fiction, magic realism, soft science fiction, and stories that don’t fit easily in any category are preferred.
Find the details here.

Happy submitting!

Thankful for Fiction: Submission Roundup for November 2017

Welcome back to this month’s Submission Roundup! Lots of very cool writing opportunities this November, so if you’ve got a story looking for a home, then perhaps one of these markets will be the perfect place for it!

As always, a disclaimer: I’m not a representative for any of these markets. I’m merely spreading the word! Any questions you might have about any of these submission calls should be directed to the respective editors.

And now onward with this month’s Submission Roundup!

Submission Roundup

One Story
Payment: $500/flat
Length: 3,000 to 8,000 words
Deadline: November 14th, 2017
What They Want: Open to general fiction submissions.
Find the details here.

Luna Station Quarterly
Payment: $5/flat
Length: 500 to 7,000 words
Deadline: November 15th, 2017
What They Want: Open to a wide range of speculative fiction written by women-identified authors.
Find the details here.

Behind the Mask: Tales from the Id
Payment: $50/flat (AUD)
Length: 6,000 to 10,000 words
Deadline: November 30th, 2017
What They Want: Open to horror fiction with the theme of masks.
Find the details here.

Enchanted Conversation
Payment: $30/flat for fiction; $10/flat for poetry
Length: 700 to 3,000 words for fiction; any length for poetry
Deadline: November 30th, 2017
What They Want: A fairy tale-themed publication that is open to short fiction and poetry. This month’s theme is elves and the shoemaker.
Find the details here.

Apparition Literary Magazine
Payment: .01/word for fiction; $10/flat for poetry
Length: 1,000 to 5,000 words for fiction; up to 2 pages for poetry
Deadline: November 30th, 2017
What They Want: Open to original speculative fiction. This month’s theme is apparitions.
Find the details here.

Tales from the Lake, Volume 5
Payment: .03/word
Length: up to 6,000 words
Deadline: December 1st, 2017
What They Want: Open to non-themed horror fiction.
Find the details here.

Happy submitting!

A Fall of Fiction: Submission Roundup for October 2017

Welcome back to this month’s Submission Roundup! There are some very cool writing opportunities in the coming weeks, so if you’ve got a story seeking a home, then hopefully, you’ll find a place in the list below to send it!

But first a quick note: As always, I’m not a representative for any of these publications; I’m just spreading the word! So if you have any questions, please direct them to the respective publications. (Seriously, it seems silly that I always include this disclaimer, but I forgot once and ended up receiving messages demanding answers about the specifics of the submission calls, so yeah. Disclaimer now obligatory.)

And onward now to this month’s Submission Roundup!

Submission Roundup

Electric Spec
Payment: $20/flat
Length: 250 to 7,000 words
Deadline: Rolling deadline, but submissions for the next issue close on October 15th, 2017
What They Want: Open to speculative short fiction.
Find the details here.

Riddled with Arrows
Payment: .03/word (minimum $5; maximum $25)
Length: up to 1,500 words
Deadline: October 21st, 2017
What They Want: Open to horror-themed metafiction, poetry, and art. This month’s theme relates to Halloween.
Find the details here.

Fiyah: Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction
Payment: Poetry $50; Short fiction $150; Novelettes $300
Length: 2,000-7,000 for short fiction; up to 15,000 words for novelettes
Deadline: October 31st, 2017
What They Want: Easily the best new publication of 2017, Fiyah is producing some of the top speculative fiction you’ll find in today’s market (Case in point: the always awesome Eden Royce’s fantastic story in Issue 2). For writers looking to submit here, the editors are seeking stories from authors from the African diaspora and the African continent. This issue’s theme is Ahistorical Blackness.
Find the details here.

NonBinary Review
Payment: .01/word fiction and nonfiction; $10/flat poetry; $25/flat visual art
Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: October 31st, 2017
What They Want: Open to speculative fiction submissions based on the theme of… wait for it… We Have Always Lived in the Castle (i.e. the all-time favorite book of this particular blogger right here). It doesn’t appear that I’ll have time to submit something, so please send in a submission of your own, will you? Do Merricat and me proud!
Find the details here.

Happy submitting!

 

A Fall of Fiction: Submission Roundup for September 2017

Welcome back to this month’s Submission Roundup! In the coming weeks, there are lots of great opportunities for both fiction writers and poets alike, so if you’ve got a piece seeking a home, then send those lovely words out into the world. A quick disclaimer: as always, I’m not a representative for any of these publications, so if you have any questions, be sure to direct them to the editors at the respective presses.

Now onward to September’s Submission Roundup!

Submission RoundupAlien Dimensions
Payment: $10/flat
Length: 3,500-5,000 words
Deadline: September 10th, 2017
What They Want: The upcoming issue seeks futuristic stories about strong female aliens who are battling other aliens to protect humans.
Find the details here.

Arsenika
Payment: $60/flat for fiction; $30/flat for poetry
Length: up to 1,000 words
Deadline: September 15th, 2017
What They Want: Open to gorgeously written speculative flash fiction and poetry.
Find the details here.

Gathering Storm Magazine
Payment: $25/flat for fiction; $10/flat for poetry
Length: 2,000 words or less
Deadline: September 25th, 2017
What They Want: Open to multiple themed issues, including “Never take candy from strangers,” “Things that go bump in the night,” and “It’s just a bunch of hocus pocus.”
Find the details here.

Books & Boos Press
Payment: $50/flat
Length: 4,000-8,000 words
Deadline: September 30th, 2017
What They Want: Open to darkly funny horror stories.
Find the details here.

Cosmic Caravans
Payment: .02/word for fiction; .25/line for poetry (up to $25)
Length: 300-3,000 words
Deadline: October 7th, 2017
What They Want: Open to science fiction and poetry aimed at pre-teen readers.
Find the details here.

Happy submitting!

Summer Writing Vacation: Submission Roundup for August 2017

Welcome back for this month’s Submission Roundup! August features some great opportunities for all you authors out there, so get to writing and submitting!

But first, my usual disclaimer: I’m not a representative for any of these publications, so please direct your relevant questions to the respective editors.

And onward with this month’s Submission Roundup!

Submission Roundup

SQ Mag
Payment: .01/word
Length: 1,000 to 5,000 words (firm)
Deadline: August 15th, 2017
What They Want: Open to speculative fiction stories that relate to the theme of rebellion.
Find the details here.

Aftermath: Explorations of Loss and Grief
Payment: .06/word for fiction; $35/piece for poetry
Length: 500 to 3,000 words
Deadline: August 15th, 2017
What They Want: As the title of the anthology suggests, submission should focus on loss and grief. The editors are not necessarily looking for speculative fiction, though the theme is being left open to interpretation.
Find the details here.

Digital Fiction Publishing Corp.
Payment: .01/word
Length: 3,500 to 7,500 words
Deadline: August 31st, 2017
What They Want: Horror fiction reprints that were originally published in professional or semiprofessional venues.
Find the details here.

The Beauty of Death 2
Payment: $100/flat
Length: 4,000 to 5,000 words
Deadline: September 1st, 2017
What They Want: Horror stories that fit the theme of “death by water.”
Find the details here.

Grievous Angel
Payment: .06/word for fiction; $1 per line for poetry
Length: up to 700 words for fiction; up to 40 lines for poetry
Deadline: Ongoing
What They Want: Open to science fiction, fantasy, and horror as well as related subgenres.
Find the details here.

Happy submitting!

A Summer Vacation of Writing: Submission Roundup for July 2017

Welcome to this month’s Submission Roundup! Today’s post has a ton of great opportunities for you fiction writers out there!

As always, a quick disclaimer: I am not a representative for any of these publications. I’m simply spreading the word! Please direct any and all inquiries directly to the respective publications.

Now onward to this month’s Submission Roundup!

Submission Roundup

Flame Tree Publishing
Payment: .06/word
Length: 2,000 to 4,000 words
Deadline: July 7th, 2017
What They Want: For the upcoming editions of Flame Tree’s anthology series, the editors are looking for stories that fall into one of the two following categories: “Pirates and Ghosts” and “Agents and Spies.”
Find the details here.

Unnerving Magazine
Payment: .01/word
Length: 400-2,500 words
Deadline: July 14th, 2017
What They Want: Original horror fiction with the theme of Halloween and/or classic monsters.
Find the details here.

Intelligence in Fiction
Payment: .08/word
Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: July 15th, 2017
What They Want: The Machine Intelligence Research Institute is seeking fiction about artificial intelligence. With very specific guidelines, be sure to check out all the relevant details before submitting.
Find the details here.

Electric Spec
Payment: $20/flat
Length: 250 to 7,000 words
Deadline: July 15th, 2017
What They Want: Open to fantasy, science fiction, and horror fiction.
Find the details here.

Sharp and Sugar Tooth
Payment: .06/word
Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: July 31st, 2017
What They Want: Part of Upper Rubber Boot’s Women Up to No Good series, the editors are seeking “creepy, seductive stories about the dark side of culinary life.” Authors must be female, non-binary, or a marginalized gender identity; diverse, female protagonists are encouraged.
Find the details here.

The Beauty of Death
Payment: $100/flat
Length: 4,000-5,000 words
Deadline: September 1st, 2017
What They Want: Horror stories that fit the theme of “death by water.”
Find the details here.

Retro Future
Payment: Not specified, but at least SFWA minimum rates (.06/word)
Length: Not specified but they accept both flash fiction and short stories
Deadline: September 1st, 2017
What They Want: The theme for Issue 4 is resistance to oppression, and all submissions should be in a progressive pulp style.
Find the details here.

Happy submitting!