Summer Fiction: Submission Roundup for June 2023

Welcome back for this month’s Submission Roundup! This summer is already shaping up to be filled with plenty of awesome submission calls, so if you’ve got a story searching for a home, then hopefully one of these markets will be a perfect fit!

As always, a disclaimer first: 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

Cast of Wonders
Payment: .08/word for original fiction
Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: Open from June 1st to June 14th, 2023
What They Want: Cast of Wonders is seeking speculative fiction aimed at a young adult audience (ages 12 to 17). The theme is Banned Books Week, and they’re seeking fiction that show how stories can be a guiding light and help us understand the world around us and dismantle our misconceptions.
Find the details here.

Eye to the Telescope
Payment: .04/word (minimum $4, maximum $25)
Length: up to three poems
Deadline: June 15th, 2023
What They Want: Open to speculative poetry on the theme of trauma
Find the details here.

Alone on the Borderland
Payment: Percentage of Kickstarter
Length: 5,000 to 10,000 words
Deadline: June 30th, 2023
What They Want: Editor John Linwood Grant is seeking weird and strange fiction set anywhere during the broad Edwardian era.
Find the details here.

Dracula Beyond Stoker
Payment: .05/word
Length: 1,500 to 5,000 words
Deadline: June 30th, 2023
What They Want: The editor is seeking fiction that reimagines and expands upon the world of Dracula. For the upcoming issue, the theme is Lucy Westenra (hooray!).
Find the details here.

Electric Spec
Payment: $20/flat
Length: 250 to 7,000 words
Deadline: July 15th, 2023
What They Want: Open to a wide range of speculative fiction.
Find the details here.

It Was All a Dream, Volume 2
Payment: .05/word
Length: 1,500 to 3,000 words
Deadline: Open July 1st to July 15th for all authors; open July 1st to July 22nd for marginalized authors
What They Want: Open to short, weird horror fiction that reworks an old trope.
Find the details here.

Happy submitting!