Summer and Stories: Submission Roundup for August 2023

Welcome back for this month’s Submission Roundup! As always, there are lots of great opportunities this month, so if you’ve got a story seeking a home, then one of these markets might be the perfect fit!

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

Submission Roundup

Strange Horizons
Payment: .10/word for fiction; $50/flat for poetry; $150/flat for nonfiction
Length: up to 4,000 words
Deadline: August 15th, 2023
What They Want: Editors Suzan Palumbo and Marika Bailey are seeking speculative fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from Caribbean and Caribbean-diaspora authors.
Find the details here.

Flame Tree Publishing’s Gothic Fantasy series
Payment: .08/word for original fiction; .06/word for reprints
Length: 2,000 to 4,000 words
Deadline: August 27th, 2023
What They Want: The editors are seeking African Ghost Short Stories from African and African-diaspora writers.
Find the details here.

Why Didn’t You Just Leave
Payment: .10/word
Length: 500 to 5,000 words
Deadline: August 31st, 2023
What They Want: Editors Nadia Bulkin and Julia Rios are seeking stories that focus on why people don’t leave haunted places.
Find the details here.

A Darker Continent: Strange Tales Of Europe At War
Payment: Percentage of Kickstarter
Length: 5,000 to 10,000 words
Deadline: August 31st, 2023
What They Want: Editor John Linwood Grant is seeking weird and strange fiction set in Europe during World War II.
Find the details here.

We Are the Quiet Ones
Payment: $25/flat
Length: Short stories up to 3,000 words for fiction; Flash, micro fiction, and narrative poetry up to 1,200 words
Deadline: Open from August 13th to September 10th, 2023
What They Want: This issue is seeking quiet horror and dystopian stories on the theme of “The End.”
Find the details here.

Little Bastards: Too-Short Horror Stories No One Wants
Payment: .08/word
Length: 1,000 to 2,000 words
Deadline: Open September 15th to September 30th, 2023 for general submissions; Extended submission period to October 7th, 2023 for marginalized authors
What They Want: Editors Alexis DuBon and Brandon Applegate are seeking horror stories that are too long to be flash fiction but often too short for most short story calls.
Find the details here.

Happy submitting!