Category Archives: Submission Roundup

Fiction for the End of the World: Submission Roundup for April 2020

So a lot has happened in the world since the last Submission Roundup. Wherever you are, I hope above and beyond all else, you’re keeping safe. Plenty of writers out there haven’t found much time to write in the last month, and if that applies to you, that’s okay. Taking care of yourself and others is an absolutely valid and highly recommended way of spending your time these days.

That being said, if you have managed to get a little bit of writing done (or if a beloved story you submitted has found its way back to you from a slush pile), then perhaps you can find a good match in one of the markets below!

So for those of you with stories seeking homes, onward with this month’s Submission Roundup!

Submission Roundup

Strange Lands anthology
Payment: .08/word for original fiction; .06/word for reprints
Length: 2,000 to 4,000 words
Deadline: April 5th, 2020
What They Want: Part of Flame Tree’s Gothic Fantasy series, their latest anthology will focus on speculative fiction with strange and distant settings.
Find the details here.

Electric Spec
Payment: $20/flat
Length:  250 to 7,000 words
Deadline: April 15th, 2020
What They Want: Open to a wide range of speculative fiction.
Find the details here.

Translunar Traveler’s Lodge
Payment: .03/word (minimum $20)
Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: April 15th, 2020
What They Want: Open to fun speculative fiction stories.
Find the details here.

Bracken
Payment: $15/flat for poetry; .04/word for fiction ($50 minimum)
Length: up to 100 lines for poetry (shorter is preferred); up to 2,500 words for fiction
Deadline: April 20th, 2020
What They Want: Open to poetry and short fiction that explores “human nature as part of nature.”
Find the details here.

Punk: An Anthology of Poetry
Payment: $10/flat
Length: no line limits
Deadline: April 30th, 2020
What They Want: Open to poetry that explores the meaning of the word, “punk.”
Find the details here.

Luna Station Quarterly
Payment: $5/flat
Length: 500 to 7,000 words
Deadline: May 15th, 2020
What They Want: Open to a wide range of speculative fiction from female-identifying authors.
Find the details here.

HWA Horror Poetry Showcase
Payment: $5/flat
Length: up to 35 lines
Deadline: May 31st, 2020
What They Want:  Open to HWA members, this annual anthology features horror poetry of all subgenres. Also, along with Carina Bissett and editor Stephanie M. Wytovich, I’m pleased to be one of the judges of this year’s showcase! Send us your best and coolest horror poems!
Find the details here.

Happy submitting!

March Into Fiction: Submission Roundup for March 2020

Welcome back for this month’s Submission Roundup! Lots of cool opportunities this March, so if you’ve got a story seeking a home, maybe one of these markets will be the perfect fit.

First and foremost, a disclaimer as always: I am not a representative for any of these publications; I’m simply spreading the word. If you have any questions, please direct them to their respective market. And with that, onward with March’s Submission Roundup!

Submission Roundup

Flame Tree Publishing’s Gothic Fantasy series
Payment: .08/word for original fiction; .06/word for reprints
Length: 3,000 to 7,000 words
Deadline: March 15th, 2020
What They Want: Flame Tree is seeking short stories for their popular Gothic Fantasy anthology series. The current theme is Lovecraft Mythos.
Find the details here.

Third Flat Iron Publishing’s Gotta Wear Eclipse Glasses anthology
Payment: .08/word
Length: 1,500 to 3,000 words
Deadline: March 15th, 2020
What They Want: This science fiction anthology is seeking stories of positive futures.
Find the details here.

Podcastle
Payment: .08/word for original fiction; $100/flat for reprints over 1,500 words; $20/flat for flash fiction reprints
Length: up to 6,000 words
Deadline: March 31st, 2020
What They Want: Open to a wide array of fantasy stories.
Find the details here.

Clockwork, Curses, and Coal: Steampunk and Gaslamp Fairy Tales
Payment: .01/word
Length: up to 7,500 words
Deadline: March 31st, 2020
What They Want: A fairy tale anthology of Victorian steampunk.
Find the details here.

Midnight in the Pentagram
Payment: .06/word
Length: up to 6,000 words
Deadline: March 31st, 2020
What They Want: Silver Shamrock Publishing is seeking short fiction about the occult, possession, demons, and satanism in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby, The Exorcist, The Omen, and Creepshow among others.
Find the details here.

Bracken
Payment: $15/flat for poetry; .04/word for fiction ($50 minimum)
Length: up to 100 lines for poetry (shorter is preferred); up to 2,500 words for fiction
Deadline: April 1st, 2020
What They Want: Open to poetry and short fiction that explores “human nature as part of nature.”
Find the details here.

Bronzeville Books
Payment: .08/word
Length: up to 3,000 words
Deadline: Various deadlines, depending on project
What They Want: Editor Sandra Ruttan is seeking short stories for Bronzeville Books’ forthcoming anthologies Rigor Morbid 2 and Happy Hellidays.
Find the details here.

Happy submitting!

Wintry Writing: Submission Roundup for February 2020

Welcome back for this month’s Submission Roundup! Plenty of very cool opportunities in February and beyond, so get to polishing up those stories and send them on out! But first, a 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 RoundupLuna Station Quarterly
Payment: $5/flat
Length: 500 to 7,000 words
Deadline: February 15th, 2020
What They Want: Open to female identifying authors, Luna Station Quarterly seeks fantasy, science fiction, space opera, and new fairy tales with strong characters.
Find the details here.

Vastarien
Payment: .05/word for fiction and nonfiction; $50/flat for poetry
Length: 750 to 6,000 words for fiction; 2,000 to 7,500 words for nonfiction; up to 50 lines for poetry
Deadline: February 29th, 2020
What They Want:  For the month of February, Vastarien is open only to non-male-identifying authors. They’re seeking nonfiction, literary horror fiction, and poetry that’s inspired by Thomas Ligotti and related themes.
Find the details here.

Triangulation: Dark Skies
Payment: .03/word
Length: up to 5,000 words (3,000 preferred)
Deadline: February 29th, 2020
What They Want: Open to speculative fiction stories that deal with extinction.
Find the details here.

Midnight in the Pentagram
Payment: .06/word
Length: up to 6,000 words
Deadline: March 31st, 2020
What They Want: Silver Shamrock Publishing is seeking short fiction about the occult, possession, demons, and satanism in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby, The Exorcist, The Omen, and Creepshow among others.
Find the details here.

Bracken
Payment: $15/flat for poetry; .04/word for fiction ($50 minimum)
Length: up to 100 lines for poetry (shorter is preferred); up to 2,500 words for fiction
Deadline: April 1st, 2020
What They Want: Open to poetry and short fiction that explores “human nature as part of nature.”
Find the details here.

Bronzeville Books
Payment: .08/word
Length: up to 3,000 words
Deadline: Various deadlines, depending on the project
What They Want: Editor Sandra Ruttan is seeking short stories for Bronzeville Books’ forthcoming anthologies, Disturbia, Rigor Morbid 2, and Happy Hellidays.
Find the details here.

Lackington’s
Payment: .01/word (CAD) with $25 minimum
Length: 1,500 to 5,000 words
Deadline: Ongoing
What They Want: Open to stylized speculative fiction. The current theme is Cocktails.
Find the details here.

Happy submitting!

Happy New Year for Fiction: Submission Roundup for January 2020

Welcome back to the first Submission Roundup of 2020! Lots of great opportunities this month, both submission calls that were featured in December as well as several new ones. But before we get started, first the usual 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 RoundupThe Fiends in the Furrows II: More Tales of Folk Horror
Payment: .04/word
Length: 4,000 to 8,000 words
Deadline: January 7th, 2020
What They Want: The follow-up to the highly successful The Fiends in the Furrows, the editors are seeking folk horror stories from around the world.
Find the details here.

Dark Stars: An Anthology
Payment: $20/flat
Length: 3,000 to 8,000 words
Deadline: January 15th, 2020
What They Want: For their forthcoming anthology, Death’s Head Press is seeking horror-sci-fi stories (think Alien and Event Horizon). 
Find the details here.

The New Gothic Review
Payment: $15/flat
Length: 2,000 to 7,500 words
Deadline: January 15th, 2020
What They Want: Original short stories that deal with the unknown, the dark, and the atmospheric. Eerie horror, weird fiction, fairy tales, and light science fiction are all welcome so long as the stories have Gothic elements.
Find the details here.

Electric Spec
Payment: $20/flat
Length: 250 to 7,000 words
Deadline: January 15th, 2020
What They Want: Open to a wide range of speculative short fiction.
Find the details here.

The Macabre Museum
Payment: $25/flat for fiction; $5/flat for poetry
Length: 3,000 to 6,000 words for fiction; up to 3 poems
Deadline: January 31st, 2020
What They Want: Open to literary horror fiction and poetry.
Find the details here.

Triangulation: Dark Skies
Payment: .03/word
Length: up to 5,000 words (3,000 preferred)
Deadline: February 29th, 2020
What They Want: Open to speculative fiction stories that deal with extinction.
Find the details here.

Midnight in the Pentagram
Payment: .06/word
Length: up to 6,000 words
Deadline: March 31st, 2020
What They Want: Silver Shamrock Publishing is seeking short fiction about the occult, possession, demons, and satanism in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby, The Exorcist, The Omen, and Creepshow among others.
Find the details here.

Happy submitting!

Literature for a Winter’s Eve: Submission Roundup for December 2019

Welcome back for this month’s Submission Roundup! There are many fantastic writing opportunities out there this December, so get those stories of yours ready and sent out into the world!

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 now onward with this month’s Submission Roundup!

Submission Roundup

LampLight
Payment: .03/word ($150 max) for original fiction; .01/word for reprints
Length: up to 7,000 words
Deadline: December 15th, 2019 (or until the Submittable portal is filled)
What They Want: The editors are seeking dark, literary fiction of the weird, unsettling, and quiet horror variety.  
Find the details here.

Bloodshot Books
Payment: Royalty Split
Length: 25,000 to 125,000 words
Deadline: December 31st, 2019
What They Want: Open to novellas and novels in a wide variety of horror subgenres.
Find the details here.

The Fiends in the Furrows II: More Tales of Folk Horror
Payment: .04/word
Length: 4,000 to 8,000 words
Deadline: January 7th, 2020
What They Want: The follow-up to the highly successful The Fiends in the Furrows, the editors are seeking folk horror stories from around the world.
Find the details here.

Dark Stars: An Anthology
Payment: $20/flat
Length: 3,000 to 8,000 words
Deadline: January 15th, 2020
What They Want: For their forthcoming anthology, Death’s Head Press is seeking horror-sci-fi stories (think Alien and Event Horizon). 
Find the details here.

The New Gothic Review
Payment: $15/flat
Length: 2,000 to 7,500 words
Deadline: January 15th, 2020
What They Want: Original short stories that deal with the unknown, the dark, and the atmospheric. Eerie horror, weird fiction, fairy tales, and light science fiction are all welcome so long as the stories have Gothic elements.
Find the details here.

Once Upon a Hallowed Eve: An Anthology of Romantic Ghost Stories
Payment: $75/flat
Length: 7,000 to 15,000 words
Deadline: February 1st, 2020
What They Want: Open to romantic ghost stories set at or around Samhain, Halloween, Day of the Dead, or All Hallow’s Eve.  
Find the details here.

Midnight in the Pentagram
Payment: .06/word
Length: up to 6,000 words
Deadline: March 31st, 2020
What They Want: Silver Shamrock Publishing is seeking short fiction about the occult, possession, demons, and satanism in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby, The Exorcist, The Omen, and Creepshow among others.
Find the details here.

Happy submitting!

Autumnal Fiction: Submission Roundup for November 2019

Welcome back for this month’s Submission Roundup! There are plenty of wonderful writing opportunities out there this month, so get those stories of yours polished up and sent out into the world!

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 now onward with this month’s Submission Roundup!

Submission Roundup

Podcastle
Payment: .08/word for original fiction; $100/flat for reprints over 1,500 words; $20/flat for reprints under 1,500 words
Length: up to 6,000 words
Deadline: November 15th, 2019
What They Want: Open to original and reprint fantasy stories of all subgenres. 
Find the details here.

Enchanted Conversation
Payment: $10/flat
Length: 700 to 2,000 words (1,200 words are ideal)
Deadline: November 20th, 2019
What They Want: Enchanted Magazine is seeking fairy tales, folktales, and myths that can either be retellings of established stories or featuring original characters. This issue’s theme is Winter.
Find the details here.

Flame Tree Publishing’s Gothic Fantasy Short Stories
Payment: .08/word for original fiction; .06/word for reprints
Length: 2,000 to 4,000 words
Deadline: December 1st, 2019
What They Want: Flame Tree is seeking short stories for their popular Gothic Fantasy anthology series. The current themes are Bodies in the Library, which will include crime and mystery stories, and Footsteps in the Dark, which will feature horror and suspense fiction.
Find the details here.

The Fiends in the Furrows II: More Tales of Folk Horror
Payment: .04/word
Length: 4,000 to 8,000 words
Deadline: January 7th, 2020
What They Want: The follow-up to the highly successful The Fiends in the Furrows, the editors are seeking folk horror stories from around the world.
Find the details here.

The New Gothic Review
Payment: $15/flat
Length: 2,000 to 7,500 words
Deadline: January 15th, 2020
What They Want: Original short stories that deal with the unknown, the dark, and the atmospheric. Eerie horror, weird fiction, fairy tales, and light science fiction are all welcome so long as the stories have Gothic elements.
Find the details here.

Happy submitting!

Spooky Stories: Submission Roundup for October 2019

Welcome back for October’s Submission Roundup! Lots of great opportunities this month, so start polishing up those stories now!

As always, a word from the keeper of the blog: I am not a representative for any of these markets; I’m merely spreading the word. That means if you have any questions, please direct them to their respective editor.

Now onward with this month’s submission calls!

Submission Roundup

Electric Spec
Payment: $20/flat
Length: 250 to 7,000 words
Deadline: October 15th, 2019
What They Want: Open to a wide range of speculative short fiction.
Find the details here.

Dark Divinations
Payment: $10/flat
Length: 2,000 to 5,000 words
Deadline: October 31st, 2019
What They Want: Editor Naching T. Kassa is seeking horror stories about divination set in the Victorian age.
Find the details here.

Arsenika
Payment: $60/flat for fiction; $30/flat for poetry
Length: up to 1,000 words
Deadline: October 31st, 2019
What They Want: Open to speculative fiction and poetry, including horror.
Find the details here.

Movies, Monsters, and Mayhem
Payment: .06/word
Length: up to 6,000 words
Deadline: October 31st, 2019
What They Want: Open to short stories that feature a monster in a movie setting.
Find the details here.

Pulp Horror Phobias Volume 2
Payment: .04/word
Length: 4,000 to 6,000 words
Deadline: October 31st, 2019
What They Want: Lycan Valley Press is seeking pulp/noir stories that deal with phobias.
Find the details here.

The Fiends in the Furrows II: More Tales of Folk Horror
Payment: .04/word
Length: 4,000 to 8,000 words
Deadline: Opens November 1st, 2019 for submissions
What They Want: The follow-up to the highly successful The Fiends in the Furrows, the editors are seeking folk horror stories from around the world.
Find the details here.

Happy reading and submitting!

Autumn Tales: Submission Roundup for September 2019

Welcome back for this month’s Submission Roundup! Lots of great writing opportunities in September, so if you’ve got a story seeking a home, then one of these markets might be a great place to send it! As always, a disclaimer: I’m not a representative for any of these markets; I’m only spreading the word. Please direct your questions to their respective editors.

And now onward with this month’s Submission Roundup!

Submission RoundupLatinx Screams
Payment: .05/word
Length: up to 5,000 words (though up to 3,500 words preferred)
Deadline: September 25th, 2019
What They Want: The fantastic V. Castro and Brian Lindenmuth are seeking horror stories from Latinx and AfroLatinx authors about protagonists facing and fighting overwhelming fears.
Find the details here.

Augur Magazine
Payment: .11/word (CAD) for short fiction; $110/flat for flash fiction; $60/flat for poetry
Length: up to 5,000 for fiction; up to 5 pages for poetry
Deadline: September 30th, 2019
What They Want: Open to speculative fiction, especially fabulism, magic realism, and slipstream.
Find the details here

Dim Shores
Payment: $200 to $400
Length: at least 6,000 words
Deadline: September 30th, 2019
What They Want: Open to unsettling, weird speculative fiction that will be produced as part of Dim Shores’ chapbook series.
Find the details here

Unnerving’s Rewind or Die series
Payment: 50/50 royalty split
Length: 25,000 to 50,000 words
Deadline: September 30th, 2019
What They Want: Editor Eddie Generous is seeking novellas that focus on the wonderfully creepy spirit of the 1970s and 1980s horror video craze era.
Find the details here

Movies, Monsters, and Mayhem
Payment: .06/word
Length: up to 6,000 words
Deadline: October 31st, 2019
What They Want: Open to short stories that feature a monster in a movie setting.
Find the details here

Pulp Horror Phobias Volume 2
Payment: .04/word
Length: 4,000 to 6,000 words
Deadline: October 31st, 2019
What They Want: Lycan Valley Press is seeking pulp/noir stories that deal with phobias.
Find the details here

Happy reading!

End-of-Summer Stories: Submission Roundup for August 2019

Welcome back for this month’s Submission Roundup! Lots of great opportunities as always, so if you’ve got a story or poem seeking a home, then perhaps one of these markets will be a perfect place to send it!

First, a disclaimer: I’m not a representative for any of these markets, so please direct any questions to their respective editors. And with that, onward with August’s Submission Roundup!

Submission Roundup

Flame Tree Publishing
Payment: .08/word for original stories; .06/word for reprints
Length: 2,000 to 4,000 words
Deadline: August 18th, 2019
What They Want: Flame Tree Publishing is seeking short story submissions on the themes of Detective Thrillers and A Dying Planet.
Find the details here.

Signal Horizon
Payment: .03/word ($90/max)
Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: August 21st, 2019
What They Want: Open to horror and dark science fiction stories that will work well in an audio format. Darkly comedic elements welcome, but not required.
Find the details here.

Apparition Lit
Payment: .03/word for fiction; $15 per poem
Length: 1,000 to 5,000 words for fiction; up to 2 pages for poetry
Deadline: Open August 15th to August 31st, 2019
What They Want: Speculative fiction and poetry concerning the theme of Euphoria
Find the details here.

Miscreations: Gods, Monstrosities, and Other Horrors
Payment: .05/word
Length: 2,000 to 5,000 words
Deadline: August 31st, 2019
What They Want: Open to original stories about creating monsters and living with them in your mind and heart.
Find the details here.

Eighteen
Payment: .01/word
Length: 2,000 to 5,000 words
Deadline: September 1st, 2019
What They Want: Underland Press is seeking horror, dark fantasy, crime, mystery, and other speculative fiction stories on the theme of liminal places and ideas as exemplified by the Moon card in the tarot deck. Be sure to see their open call for even more information about what they’re seeking for this anthology.
Find the details here.

Latinx Screams
Payment: .05/word
Length: up to 5,000 words (though up to 3,500 words preferred)
Deadline: September 13th, 2019
What They Want: The fantastic V. Castro and Brian Lindenmuth are seeking horror stories from Latinx and AfroLatinx authors about protagonists facing and fighting overwhelming fears.
Find the details here.

The Macabre Museum
Payment: $25/flat for fiction; $5/flat for poetry
Length: 3,000 to 7,000 words for fiction; up to 3 poems
Deadline: September 15th, 2019
What They Want: Open to literary horror fiction and poetry.
Find the details here.

Happy reading!

Fiction in the Summer: Submission Roundup for July 2019

Welcome back for this month’s Submission Roundup! Lots of great places to send your stories in July and August! First, though, a disclaimer as always: I’m not a representative for any of these markets, which means if you have questions, please direct them to their respective publishers.

And now onward with this month’s submission calls!

Submission Roundup

When the Sirens Have Faded
Payment: $15/flat
Length: up to 6,000 words
Deadline: July 13th, 2019
What They Want: A Murder of Storytellers is seeking stories about what happens to the survivors of horror movies after the proverbial credits roll.
Find the details here.

Enchanted Conversation
Payment: $10/flat
Length: 700 to 2,000 words
Deadline: July 20th, 2019
What They Want: An non-themed issue that’s open to stories inspired by fairy tales, folklore, and myth.
Find the details here.

JournalStone
Payment: Standard royalties
Length: 50,000 words and above
Deadline: July 31st, 2019
What They Want: Open to novels and fiction collections in the horror genre.
Find the details here.

The Nightside Codex
Payment: $25/flat
Length: 2,000 to 6,000 words
Deadline: August 1st, 2019
What They Want: Silent Motorist Media is seeking horror and weird fiction about haunted and cursed books, manuscripts, and online text.
Find the details here.

Signal Horizon
Payment: .03/word ($90/max)
Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: August 21st, 2019
What They Want: Open to horror and dark science fiction stories that will work well in an audio format. Darkly comedic elements welcome, but not required.
Find the details here.

Eighteen
Payment: .01/word
Length: 2,000 to 5,000 words
Deadline: September 1st, 2019
What They Want: Underland Press is seeking horror, dark fantasy, crime, mystery, and other speculative fiction stories on the theme of liminal places and ideas as exemplified by the Moon card in the tarot deck. Be sure to see their open call for even more information about what they’re seeking for this anthology.
Find the details here.

Latinx Screams
Payment: .05/word
Length: up to 5,000 words (though up to 3,500 words preferred)
Deadline: September 13th, 2019
What They Want: The fantastic V. Castro and Brian Lindenmuth are seeking horror stories from Latinx and AfroLatinx authors about protagonists facing and fighting overwhelming fears.
Find the details here.

Happy submitting!