Category Archives: Submission Roundup

New Year, New Fiction: Submission Roundup for January 2022

Welcome back, and welcome 2022! To start off this new year, there are plenty of fabulous writing opportunities this month!

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 now onward with the debut Submission Roundup of 2022!

Submission Roundup

Flame Tree’s Gothic Fantasy series
Payment: .08/word for original fiction; .06/word for reprints
Length: 2,000 to 4,000 words
Deadline: January 9th, 2022
What They Want: Flame Tree’s Gothic Fantasy series is currently seeking fiction with the themes of Christmas Gothic Short Stories and Compelling Science Fiction.
Find the details here.

The Reinvented Detective
Payment: .08/word
Length: 1,500 to 5,000 words
Deadline: January 15th, 2022
What They Want: Open to a wide variety of detective stories updated for modern and futuristic settings.
Find the details here.

Deep in the Woods
Payment: $10-$25/flat, depending on length
Length: Up to 8,000 words
Deadline: January 31st, 2022
What They Want: This anthology from Sirens Call is seeking horror stories set in the forest.
Find the details here.

The Cellar Door
Payment: $25/flat
Length: 2,000 to 7,500 words
Deadline: January 31st, 2022
What They Want: The latest issue of The Cellar Door from Dark Peninsula Press is seeking stories about forbidden magic.
Find the details here.

Horror that Represents You Anthology
Payment: .11/word
Length: 1,000 to 7,000 words
Deadline: January 31st, 2022
What They Want: Open to horror short stories from a wide range of marginalized authors.
Find the details here.

Nowhere Fast
Payment: .06/word
Length: 3,000 to 5,000 words
Deadline: October 28th, 2022
What They Want: This Clash Books anthology is open to coming-of-age horror inspired by 80s and 90s movies.
Find the details here.

Happy submitting!

Fiction for the Holidays: Submission Roundup for December 2021

Welcome back for this month’s Submission Roundup! Plenty of fabulous opportunities, so if you’re looking for a home for one of your stories, maybe there’s the perfect one on this list!

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 now onward with December’s Submission Roundup!

Submission Roundup

Apex Magazine
Payment: .08/word
Length: up to 7,500 words
Deadline: Opens on January 1st, 2022
What They Want: Open to a wide range of horror fiction.
Find the details here.

Into the Forest: Tales of the Baba Yaga
Payment: .06/word
Length: 1,000 to 5,000 words
Deadline: December 31st, 2021
What They Want: Open to women authors, this anthology from Black Spot Books is seeking stories about and inspired by Baba Yaga.
Find the details here.

Diet Riot: A Fatterpunk Anthology
Payment: $25/flat
Length: 4,000 to 6,000 words
Deadline: December 31st, 2021
What They Want: A fat-positive anthology, Diet Riot is open to horror short stories that feature and celebrate fat protagonists.
Find the details here.

Allegory
Payment: $15/flat
Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: December 31st, 2021
What They Want: Open to science, fantasy, horror, and “quirky” fiction.
Find the details here.

The Reinvented Detective
Payment: .08/word
Length: 1,500 to 5,000 words
Deadline: January 15th, 2022
What They Want: Open to a wide variety of detective stories updated for modern and futuristic settings.
Find the details here.

Nowhere Fast
Payment: .06/word
Length: 3,000 to 5,000 words
Deadline: October 28th, 2022
What They Want: This Clash Books anthology is open to coming-of-age horror inspired by 80s and 90s movies.
Find the details here.

Happy submitting!

Autumnal Fiction: Submission Roundup for November 2021

Welcome back for this month’s Submission Roundup! Lots of great opportunities, so if you’re looking for a home for one of your stories, maybe there’s the perfect one on this list!

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 editor. And now onward with November’s Submission Roundup!

Submission Roundup

Apex Magazine
Payment: .08/word
Length: up to 7,500 words
Deadline: Ongoing
What They Want: Open to a wide range of horror fiction.
Find the details here.

Close to Midnight
Payment: .08/word for original fiction
Length: 3,000 to 5,000 words
Deadline: November 14th, 2021
What They Want: Part of the new Flame Tree Publishing anthology series, Close to Midnight is seeking unthemed horror fiction.
Find the details here.

The Cellar Door, Issue 1: Woodland Terrors
Payment: $25/flat
Length: 2,000 to 5,000 words
Deadline: November 15th, 2021
What They Want: Open to horror and thriller stories that take place in or near the woods. While the submissions are open to everyone, the editor is specifically seeking submissions from women authors.
Find the details here.

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

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

Into the Forest: Tales of the Baba Yaga
Payment: .06/word
Length: 1,000 to 5,000 words
Deadline: December 31st, 2021
What They Want: Open to women authors, this anthology from Black Spot Books is seeking stories about and inspired by Baba Yaga.
Find the details here

Diet Riot: A Fatterpunk Anthology
Payment: $25/flat
Length: 4,000 to 6,000 words
Deadline: December 31st, 2021
What They Want: A fat-positive anthology, Diet Riot is open to horror short stories that feature and celebrate fat protagonists.
Find the details here

Nowhere Fast
Payment: .06/word
Length: 3,000 to 5,000 words
Deadline: October 28th, 2022
What They Want: This Clash Books anthology is open to coming-of-age horror inspired by 80s and 90s movies.
Find the details here.

 Happy submitting!

Spooky Submissions: Submission Roundup for October 2021

Welcome back to this month’s Submission Roundup! Lots of fantastic opportunities, so if you have a story looking for a home, perhaps one of these will be the perfect 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 October’s Submission Roundup!

Submission RoundupMirror, 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.

Never Whistle at Night
Payment: $1,000/flat
Length: 2,000 to 5,000 words
Deadline: November 1st, 2021
What They Want: Open to original fiction from Indigenous horror writers who have no more than two books released.
Find the details here

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

Into the Forest: Tales of the Baba Yaga
Payment: .06/word
Length: 1,000 to 5,000 words
Deadline: December 31st, 2021
What They Want: Open to women authors, this anthology from Black Spot Books is seeking stories about and inspired by Baba Yaga.
Find the details here

Diet Riot: A Fatterpunk Anthology
Payment: $25/flat
Length: 4,000 to 6,000 words
Deadline: December 31st, 2021
What They Want: A fat-positive anthology, Diet Riot is open to horror short stories that feature and celebrate fat protagonists.
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!

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!