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.

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!