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Sharpen your writing pencils. Here are a few markets whose deadlines are looming over us.

Dust the writing cogs, these submission deadlines are coming up – nonfiction markets:

     
 

2022

Brick

Deadline: April 30, 2022; opens March 1, 2022

(checked Jul 29/21)

Literary nonfiction. Payment: $55–660, depending on the length of accepted work, plus two copies of the issue the work appears in and a one-year subscription to the magazine.

https://brickmag.com/about/#submissions

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Cats

Deadline: March 15, 2022

(checked Jul 29/21)

True stories and poems. “We want your true funny stories, your heartwarming stories, and your mindboggling stories about all the simply amazing things that your cat does. What have you learned from your cat? How does your cat improve your life? What crazy things does your cat do? Has your cat ever done anything heroic? How does your cat warm your heart and make you smile? We want to hear all about the absurd antics, funny habits and insightful behavior of your cat.” Payment: $200. 

https://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Dogs

Deadline: March 15, 2022

(checked Jul 29/21)

True stories and poems. “We want your true funny stories, your heartwarming stories, and your mindboggling stories about all the simply amazing things that your dog does. What have you learned from your dog? How does your dog improve your life? What crazy things does your dog do? Has your dog ever done anything heroic? How does your dog warm your heart and make you smile? We want to hear all about the absurd antics, funny habits and insightful behavior of your dog. Stories can be serious or humorous.” Payment: $200. 

https://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Counting Your Blessings

Deadline: January 15, 2022

(checked Jul 29/21)

True stories and poems. “Please share your stories about handling challenges in your life, finding the silver linings, and counting your blessings, whether the challenges you are facing are COVID-19 related or other kinds. Stories can be serious or funny, but definitely should be inspirational and heartwarming. Attitude adjustments, finding contentment and gratitude, a new way of handling your daily life, and other great ideas to inspire readers to find their own paths to happiness and to remember to count their blessings every day are what we are looking for.” Payment: $200.

https://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics

Oct 2021

Brick

Deadline: October 31, 2021; opens September 1, 2021

(checked Jul 29/21)

Literary nonfiction. Payment: $55–660, depending on the length of accepted work, plus two copies of the issue the work appears in and a one-year subscription to the magazine.

https://brickmag.com/about/#submissions

Sep 2021

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Crazy Family

Deadline: September 30, 2021

(checked Jul 29/21)

True stories and poems. “We all have that certain someone in our own family who, while lovable, sweet, and caring, is also nutty or weird. We love that person but, at the same time, that family member makes us crazy! A parent or grandparent, an in-law, a brother or sister, an aunt, uncle or cousin. We all have them and you know who they are! We are looking for true stories and poems about those family members. We would like your stories to be silly, outrageous, hilarious, and make us laugh, but they should also show the kindness and caring of your family member too.” Payment: $200.

https://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grieving, Loss and Healing

Deadline: September 30, 2021

(checked Jul 29/21)

True stories and poems. “This collection of emotional and inspirational stories will provide comfort, support, and peace to those who have lost someone close to them. What helped you the most when you were grieving? Who were the people who helped you and what did they do? When did you know that you had finally “turned the corner” and were on the road to recovery? When and how did you realize there was light at the end of the tunnel? What are you doing to support others?” Payment: $200. 

https://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Humorous Stories

Deadline: September 30, 2021

(checked Jul 29/21)

True stories and poems. “Share your funny stories about something that happened to you in your life – in your relationship with a partner or spouse, a parent or child, a family member or friend, at work or at home – that made you and the people around you laugh out loud. Did you mean for it to be funny? Did the other person mean to make you laugh? Did a situation just get out of control? Did a misunderstanding turn into a comedy of errors?” See list of possible topics. Payment: $200.

https://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Kindness

Deadline: September 30, 2021

(checked Jul 29/21)

True stories and poems. “Has someone performed an act of kindness for you? How did it feel? Did you pay it forward and do something kind for someone else? Did that person know it was you doing that kind thing? Did you do something kind for a stranger knowing you would not be paid back? How did that feel?” Payment: $200.

https://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Angels

Deadline: September 15, 2021

(checked Jul 29/21)

True stories and poems. “We are looking for true personal stories about how an angel has touched your life – stories of true wonder and awe from people who have directly encountered or received help from angels. We’re looking for amazing stories that will make people say “wow” or give our readers chills. Have you experienced something otherworldly or celestial? Or had a personal experience with an angel or divine being? How did your angel manifest himself or herself to you? Were you the only person who saw your angel? How did your angel protect or guide you?” Payment: $200. 

https://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Messages from Heaven

Deadline: September 15, 2021

(checked Jul 29/21)

True stories and poems. “We want to hear from you if you have experienced communication from the other side or received a sign or signal from a loved one who has passed. Has someone who has died come to you in a dream? Given you counsel or comfort? Have you gone beyond, but returned to life with new knowledge, insight, or awareness? Have you intuitively known the moment someone died?” Payment: $200.

https://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miracles

Deadline: September 15, 2021

(checked Jul 29/21)

True stories and poems. “We want your true stories, both religious and non-religious, that will awe us with examples of amazing events. Inspirational stories to remind us that each day stunning miracles do happen and that a miracle can happen at any time.” Payment: $200. 

https://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics

Aug 2021

Academia Lunare

Deadline: August 31, 2021

(checked Jul 29/21)

Speculative non-fiction in theme of “Not the Fellowship. Dragons Welcome.” Writers are invited to engage with a fictional character of choice from any of Tolkien’s works who is not part of The Lord of the Rings’ Fellowship. Though they can be characters of LOTR. Payment: £30. 

https://www.lunapresspublishing.com/academialunare

Broken Sleep Books

Deadline: August 31, 2021; Opens July 1, 2021

(checked Jul 29/21)

Non-fiction pamphlets (up to 70 pages). We have no definitive preference for what are looking for, we enjoy a variety of genres and styles and consider anything. Payment: Royalties.

https://www.brokensleepbooks.com/submissions

Hindsight: The Untold Stories of 2020

Deadline: August 31, 2021

(checked Jul 29/21)

Hindsight: The Untold Stories of 2020 is the only book about 2020 written by people just like you. We’re seeking personal essays that get up close with the desperation, division, and devotion of 2020. Not the headlines in the papers, but the headlines of our lives. Add your chapter to the story of last year—whether that means navigating emergencies as a first responder, marching for justice, or tying the knot over Zoom. Stories selected for publication will be compiled into a print anthology, which will be published in 2021. Free to submit. Length: Maximum 2,000 words. Previously unpublished work only. View full guidelines at www.hindsightbook2020.com.

www.hindsightbook2020.com

Birth Stories 2021 Writing Contest (Doula Support Org.)

Deadline: August 1, 2021; Opens June 1, 2021

(checked May 28/21)

What we are looking for:

We are welcoming many different voices and perspectives which are representative of the population of Canada. We wish to be able to share all kinds of births, in different settings with different health care providers and support teams in different eras. We welcome stories written by partners too (with permission of the birther).

Up to 2000 words.

Who can participate? All those residing in Canada (irrespective of visa status), novice or experienced writers, who want to share a birth story.

The 15 English and 10 French honorable mention stories will be published on the DSF website.

The intention is to publish a book with the winning stories in English and in French of the 2021 winners of the contest. We will translate the stories, so we can publish one book in French and one in English with all the stories.

https://www.doulasupport.org/birth-story-contest-2021

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Sharpen your writing pencils. Here are a few markets whose deadlines are looming over us.

Photo by Aryan Dhiman on Unsplash

Warm up the keyboard, these submission deadlines are closing fast – mixed/multi genre markets:

Nov 2021

Apparition Lit

Deadline: November 30th, 2021; opens November 15, 2021

(checked Jul 28/21)

Quarterly speculative fiction magazine that features original short stories, poetry, and artwork. Theme of Justice. Speculative fiction is weird, almost unclassifiable. It’s fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and literary. Send us your strange, misshapen stories with enough emotional heft to break a heart, with prose that’s as clear and delicious as broth. Payment: $30. 

https://apparitionlit.com/submissions/

Hiraeth Books: parABnormal Magazine

Deadline: November 30, 2021, opens October 1, 2021

(checked Jul 28/21)

Stories, poetry, nonfiction about the paranormal. Payment: $25 for fiction, $20 for articles, $7 for reviews, $6 per poem. Submissions are accepted Feb 1 – Mar 31, Jun 1 – Jul 31, Oct 1 – Nov 30.

https://www.hiraethsffh.com/parabnormal-magazine-guidelines

Kaleidotrope

Deadline: November 30th, 2021; opens November 1, 2021

(checked Jul 28/21)

Speculative fiction and poetry—science fiction, fantasy, and horror, but also compelling work that blurs the lines between these and falls outside of neat genre categories.   Payment: For fiction, $0.01/word (1 cent a word) USD. For poetry, a flat rate of $5 USD per accepted piece. For artwork, a flat rat of $60 for cover art.

https://kaleidotrope.net/guidelines/

Nimrod

Deadline: November 30, 2021. Fee to submit online; no fee for postal submissions.

(checked Jul 28/21)

Genre: Poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction. Payment: $10 per page, with a $200 maximum. 

https://artsandsciences.utulsa.edu/nimrod/submissions/

Parhelion Literary Magazine

Deadline: November 30, 2021

(checked Jul 28/21)

Parhelion is a young but established literary magazine based in Richmond, Virginia. We are now open to fiction, flash, poetry, and creative nonfiction submissions for our Winter 2022 issue. We remain open to pitches, articles, and content for features all year round. To see what kind of work we publish, and to get more detailed information on submitting, visit us online. As always, writers of all backgrounds and identities are welcome. 

https://parhelionliterary.com/submission-guidelines/

Split Lip Magazine

Deadline: November 30, 2021. Note: Submit early in the month.

(checked Jul 28/21)

Fiction (flash and short stories), memoirs, and poetry. with a pop-culture twist. Payment: $50 per author (via PayPal) for our web issues. Payment for print is $5 per page, minimum of $20, plus 2 contributor copies and a 1-year subscription. FREE SUBMISSIONS: January, March, May, August, September, November.

https://splitlipthemag.com/submit

The Fiddlehead

Deadline: November 30th, 2021; opens September 15, 2021

(checked Jul 28/21)

Fiction, including excerpts from novels, creative nonfiction, art, and poetry. Payment: $60 CAD per published page.

https://thefiddlehead.ca/submit

The Fuckening

Deadline: November 30, 2021

(checked Jul 28/21)

Funny, speculative fiction short stories and poetry that embody The Fuckening. All stories must be science fiction, fantasy, horror, or a combination of the three. “These stories can be witty, goofy, dark, sarcastic…whatever, we don’t care, as long as they are speculative fiction and contain a reference to The Fuckening and maintain a general theme of fuckery (we mean this in the non-pornographic sense).” Payment: $10.

http://scifilampoon.com/the-fuckening/

The New Southern Fugitives

Deadline: November 30, 2021

(checked Jul 28/21)

Previously unpublished writing and art. Payment: $40 per book review, $40 per poem, $40 per photograph or piece of visual art, $15 per page for prose (min $45 and max $105).

https://newsouthernfugitives.com/submit/

Night Shift Radio

Deadline: November 28, 2021; opens November 21, 2021

(checked Jul 28/21)

Do you have a story you’d like us to feature on The Storyteller Series? Fiction, non-fiction, memoir – 7,000-10,000 words. Payment: $50 or $25.

https://nightshiftradio.com/submissions

Parabola

Deadline: November 15, 2021. See themes

(checked Jul 28/21)

Theme of Wonder. Parabola is a quarterly journal devoted to the exploration of the quest for meaning as it is expressed in the world’s myths, symbols, and religious traditions, with particular emphasis on the relationship between this store of wisdom and our modern life. Original essays and translations, poetry, reviews. Payment: Not specified. 

https://parabola.org/submissions/

Speculative City

Deadline: November 15, 2021

(checked Jul 28/21)

Restrictions: Open to writers who specifically identify as queer and BIPOC. Fiction, poetry, and essays that are centered within the cityscape. Payment: $20-$55.

http://www.speculativecity.com/submissions/

Fantasy Magazine

Deadline: November 7, 2021; opens November 1, 2021 (1st week every month)

(checked Jul 28/21)

Fantasy and dark fantasy. Short Story 1500-7500 words. (Stories of 5000 words or less are preferred.) Flash Fiction: Up to 1500 words. Poetry: prefers shorter poems. Payment: 8 cents per word for original short stories and flash fiction. $40 per poem.

https://adamant.moksha.io/publication/fantasy/guidelines

Scum

Deadline: November 7, 2021; opens to submissions on November 1, 2021 (poetry submissions currently closed)

(checked Jul 28/21)

Feminist-friendly work of any variety, but as a general rule your piece should be under 2000 words (50 lines for poetry, max. 3 poems) and able to be classified as “fiction”, “culture”, “memoir”, “column”, “poetry”, and/or “review”. Payment: $60 AUD.

Submissions to Scum are open the first week (from the 1st to the 7th) of every month. The rest of the month, submissions are closed.

https://www.scum-mag.com/submit-to-scum/

Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine

Deadline: November 3, 2021; opens October 1, 2021

(checked Jul 28/21)

Fairy tales, and essays on theme of “Healers, Midwives and Cunning Folk.” Payment: $100. US dollars only. Essays: $50.

https://enchantedconversationmag.blogspot.com/p/submissions.html

Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores

Deadline: November 2, 2021 (Submissions window: 1st and second day each month)

(checked Jul 28/21)

Speculative stories. Payment: 6 cents/word for original work, 2 cents/word for reprints, 2-6 cents/word for new fact-based work, 1-4 cents/word for reprinted fact articles, $1/line for new poetry, 50 cents/line for poetry reprints (poetry up to 40 lines). *Allows reprints

https://cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com/submissions/

ellipsis… literature & art

Deadline: November 1, 2021; opens August 1, 2021

(checked Jul 28/21)

Poetry, short fiction, drama, and creative non-fiction. Payment: $3 per page (Only pays American writers.).

https://ellipsis.submittable.com/submit

Foglifter (Spring Edition)

Deadline: November 1, 2021; Opens September 1, 2021

(checked Jun 28/21)

Genres: Poetry, prose, cross-genre work. “Foglifter welcomes daring and thoughtful work by queer and trans writers in all forms, and we are especially interested in cross-genre, intersectional, marginal, and transgressive work.” Payment: $25. 

https://foglifter.submittable.com/submit

The First Line

Deadline: November 1, 2021

(checked Jul 28/21)

Genres: Fiction, poetry, nonfiction using the first line provided. (See site.)    Payment: $25.00 – $50.00 for fiction, $5.00 – $10.00 for poetry, and $25.00 for nonfiction.

http://www.thefirstline.com/submission.htm

Thema: Get It Over With!

Deadline: November 1, 2021

(checked Jul 28/21)

Theme of Get It Over With! Fiction, poetry, and art on theme: Get It Over With!  Payment:  $10-$25 for short fiction and artwork, $10 for poetry.  Accepts reprints.

http://themaliterarysociety.com/submissions.html

Oct 2021

Dream Pop Press

Deadline: October 31, 2021

(checked Jul 28/21)

Chapbook manuscripts in the genres of poetry, speculative diary, and hybrid work that confounds definition 20-50 pages in length. “We lean heavily toward more experimental, non-narrative work in general.” Payment: $200 & 10 complimentary copies.

https://duotrope.com/duosuma/submit/dream-pop-press-YicB3

khōréō

Deadline: October 31, 2021; opens October 1, 2021

(checked Jul 28/21)

Restrictions: Open to writers who identify as an immigrant or member of a diaspora in the broadest definitions of the terms. “This includes, but is not limited to, first- and second-generation immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, undocumented migrants, persons who identify with one or more diaspora communities, persons who have been displaced or whose heritage has been erased due to colonialism/imperialism, transnational/transracial adoptees, and anyone whose heritage and history includes ‘here and elsewhere’. We especially encourage BIPOC creators who identify as the above to submit their work.” 

Stories, essays, and art: fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and any genre in between or around it, as long as there’s a speculative element. Payment: 0.08/word for fiction, $100 for nonfiction, and  $40-300 for art.

https://www.khoreomag.com/submissions/

Consequence Forum

Deadline: October 15, 2021; opens July 15, 2021

(checked Jul 28/21)

Fiction, poetry, nonfiction, reviews, visual art, and translations focused on the human consequences and realities of war and geopolitical violence. Payment: $40 – $80.

https://www.consequenceforum.org/submissions

Fat Coyote

Deadline: October 15, 2021; opens August 1, 2021

(checked Jul 28/21)

Restrictions: Writers must be neurodivergent. Poetry, fiction up to 6000 words, CNF up to 6000 words, Art, Photography, Comics. Payment: 3 cents/word for prose. $1 line for poetry. $30 – $40 for art. 

https://thefatcoyote.com/blog/submission-guidelines/

Fantasy Magazine

Deadline: October 7, 2021; opens October 1, 2021 (1st week every month)

(checked Jul 28/21)

Fantasy and dark fantasy. Short Story 1500-7500 words. (Stories of 5000 words or less are preferred.) Flash Fiction: Up to 1500 words. Poetry: prefers shorter poems. Payment: 8 cents per word for original short stories and flash fiction. $40 per poem.

https://adamant.moksha.io/publication/fantasy/guidelines

Scum

Deadline: October 7, 2021; opens to submissions on October 1, 2021 (poetry submissions currently closed)

(checked Jul 28/21)

Feminist-friendly work of any variety, but as a general rule your piece should be under 2000 words (50 lines for poetry, max. 3 poems) and able to be classified as “fiction”, “culture”, “memoir”, “column”, “poetry”, and/or “review”. Payment: $60 AUD.

Submissions to Scum are open the first week (from the 1st to the 7th) of every month. The rest of the month, submissions are closed.

https://www.scum-mag.com/submit-to-scum/

Honeyguide Magazine

Deadline: October 4, 2021

(checked Jul 28/21)

Stories, art and poetry that examine the connection between animals and humans, and the ways we and our lives are more similar than people assume. Payment: $25 for featured writers, $50 for art.

https://www.honeyguidemag.com/submit

Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine

Deadline: October 3, 2021; opens October 1, 2021

(checked Jul 28/21)

Fairy tales, and essays on theme of “Healers, Midwives and Cunning Folk.” Payment: $100. US dollars only. Essays: $50.

https://enchantedconversationmag.blogspot.com/p/submissions.html

Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores

Deadline: October 2, 2021 (Submissions window: 1st and second day each month)

(checked Jul 28/21)

Speculative stories. Payment: 8 cents/word for original work, 2 cents/word for reprints, 2-8 cents/word for new fact-based work, 1-4 cents/word for reprinted fact articles, $1/line for new poetry, 50 cents/line for poetry reprints (poetry up to 40 lines). Allows reprints

https://cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com/submissions/

Cicada’s Lament

Deadline: October 1, 2021

(checked Jul 28/21)

Restrictions: Open to marginalized creators, particularly work by disabled and/or LGBTQIA+ folx. Fiction or poetry with elements of Southern Gothic or horror. Theme: (re) birth. Births, baptisms, beginnings. “Cicada’s Lament wants your hanging moss and blue porch ceilings. We want your deer skulls and old ghosts, your ancient and decrepit houses.” Payment: $5.

https://www.cicadalament.com/submissions.html

Sep 2021

Qwerty

Deadline: September 30th, 2021

(checked Jul 28/21)

Fiction, CNF, Poetry, Art & Photography. Query first for Reviews & Interviews. Payment: $10 CAD. Though Qwerty has primarily published literary fiction and fine art, we have no qualms with publishing genre fiction that subverts convention, experimental work that inverts tradition in pursuit of innovative storytelling, or images that play on the senses in unusual ways.

https://qwertymagazine.submittable.com/submit

Split Lip Magazine

Deadline: September 30, 2021. Note: Submit early in the month.

(checked Jul 28/21)

Fiction (flash and short stories), memoirs, and poetry. with a pop-culture twist. Payment: $50 per author (via PayPal) for our web issues. Payment for print is $5 per page, minimum of $20, plus 2 contributor copies and a 1-year subscription. FREE SUBMISSIONS: January, March, May, August, September, November. TIP JAR SUBMISSIONS ONLY: February, April, June, October, December. We don’t accept submissions in July.

https://splitlipthemag.com/submit

Wild Atlantic Writing Awards (WAWA)

Deadline: September 30, 2021

(checked Jul 24/21)

Genres: flash fiction, creative nonfiction. 500 word limit. Buoyed by a sense of freedom and renewal here in northwestern Ireland with Covid restrictions being lifted, we’ve decided the next edition of our ‘Wild Atlantic Writing Awards’ (WAWA) should be completely open, meaning you can choose whatever theme you wish. And to add a little spice to the mix and help focus your mind, one teeny-weeny challenge is that the title of your story MUST be 3 (three) words only, no more, no less.

1,000 euro in prize money.

https://www.irelandwritingretreat.com/wawa

The Puritan: Fall Issue

Deadline: Sep 25, 2021; Opens June 26, 2021

(checked Jul 28/21)

Fiction, nonfiction, poetry. Payment: $100 per nonfiction piece, $50 fiction, $15 per poem. 

The Puritan seeks submissions all year round, from anywhere in the world.

Submissions received between Dec. 26 and Mar. 25 are considered for the spring issue, published in early May. Those received between Mar. 26 and June 25 are considered for the summer issue, published in late early Aug. Those received between June 26 and Sept. 25 are considered for the fall issue, published in Nov. Those received between Sept. 26 and Dec. 25 are considered for the winter issue, published in Feb.

http://puritan-magazine.com/submissions/

Reckoning

Deadline: September 22, 2021

(checked Jun 26/21)

Creative writing and art about environmental justice. Payment: 8 cents a word for prose, $30 per page for poetry, art negotiable, minimum $25 per piece.

https://reckoning.moksha.io/publication/reckoning

Fantasy Magazine

Deadline: September 7, 2021.  Opens to submissions on September 1

(checked Jun 26/21)

Fantasy short stories, flash fiction, poetry. Payment: 8 cents per word for original short stories and flash fiction. $40 per poem. 

https://adamant.moksha.io/publication/fantasy/guidelines

Into the Void

Deadline: September 7,  2021; opens August 1, 2021. Submit early in the month to avoid submission fees. **Due to a recent development, we will not be open to submissions this month. More details to follow shortly.**

(checked Jul 28/21)

Poetry, fiction, & visual art. Payment: $10 per poem, flash fiction or visual art piece, and $20 per long-form prose piece. Free submissions until Submittable-allotted monthly free submissions limit is reached.

https://intothevoidmagazine.com/submissions/

Scum

Deadline: September 7, 2021; opens to submissions on September 1, 2021

(checked Jun 26/21)

Feminist-friendly work of any variety, but as a general rule your piece should be under 2000 words (50 lines for poetry, max. 3 poems) and able to be classified as “fiction”, “culture”, “memoir”, “column”, “poetry”, and/or “review”. Payment: $60 AUD.

Submissions to Scum are open the first week (from the 1st to the 7th) of every month. The rest of the month, submissions are closed.

https://www.scum-mag.com/submit-to-scum/

Please See Me

Deadline: September 6, 2021

(checked Jul 27/21)

Poetry, creative nonfiction/essays, fiction/short stories/flash fiction, scripts and digital media (photography, drawings, podcasts, and short films). “We are especially looking for content from vulnerable populations and those who care for them; content that connects us with every community, makes us feel something, helps us see illness, wellness, health, or the healthcare environment differently, and inspires equality in healthcare and the world.” Payment: Not specified.

https://pleaseseeme.com/submissions/

midnight & indigo

Deadline: September 5, 2021

(checked Jul 27/21)

Restrictions: Open to Black women writers. Genre: Short fiction, narrative, personal essays. Payment: $50 – $75. Our digital platform, midnightandindigo.com features a diverse array of voices that connect readers to content featuring strong female lead characters or a Black female POV; across the spectrum of experience.

https://midnightindigo.submittable.com/submit

Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine

Deadline: September 3, 2021

(checked Jun 26/21)

Fairy tales, and essays on theme of “Healers, Midwives and Cunning Folk.” Payment: $100. US dollars only. Essays: $50.

https://enchantedconversationmag.blogspot.com/p/submissions.html

Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores

Deadline: September 2, 2021 (Submissions window: 1st and second day each month)

(checked Jun 26/21)

*Allows reprints

Speculative stories. Payment: 6 cents/word for original work, 2 cents/word for reprints, 2-6 cents/word for new fact-based work, 1-4 cents/word for reprinted fact articles, $1/line for new poetry, 50 cents/line for poetry reprints (poetry up to 40 lines).

https://cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com/submissions/

Interim: The Poetics of Space- 2021 Print Anthology

Deadline: September 2, 2021

(checked Jun 21/21)

Interim is looking for women’s writing that explores the meaning and ethics of place in the broadest sense of the word, writing that seeks location as dwelling and indwelling simultaneously so as better to know what it means to belong somewhere. Speaking of the house, in The Poetics of Space Bachelard claims “all really inhabited space bears the essence of the notion of home.”   Send poems, essays, flash fiction, and/or hybrid forms that play with notions of place for our fourth all women’s print anthology, forthcoming in December, 2021. Because we believe the truth is experimental, we’ll especially appreciate work with innovative approaches.

https://www.interimpoetics.org/

Bethlehem Writers Roundtable

Deadline: September 1, 2021 Theme: Falling Into Place – now closed for submissions

(checked Jul 27/21)

Genre: Short stories and poetry. See themes. Payment: 20.00 USD for featured authors, or $10.00 USD for stories published on their &More page and $5.00 USD for poems.

https://bwgwritersroundtable.com/submissions-contacts/

Moonflake Press Print Issue

Deadline: September 1, 2021

(checked Jun 26/21)

Short stories, creative nonfiction, and poems on theme of Escapism. Payment: £25 for each story/poem.

https://www.moonflakepress.com/submit

The Antihumanist

Deadline: September 1, 2021; opens July 2, 2021

(checked Jun 27/21)

Fiction, nonfiction, art – all genres. “We seek to publish the most challenging and thought provoking flash fiction and essays. We believe only by confronting the bare bones of reality we understand our place in the world.” Payment: 5 cents/word.

https://theantihumanists.com/

Superpresent

Deadline: September 1, 2021

(checked Jul 24/21)

The theme for the Fall Issue is “An Archive.” Superpresent is a quarterly magazine of the arts. Superpresent is available free online and a limited run of print copies for each issue. Superpresent publishes poems, short stories, essays, visual art pieces, experimental art, video art, and sound art. Poetry 1 page, other written forms 500-2000 words.

Deadlines:

Spring – March 1

Summer – June 1

Fall – September 1

Winter – December 1

https://superpresent.wordpress.com/call/

The Southampton Review

Deadline: September 1, 2021. Submit early in the month to avoid fees

(checked Jun 26/21)

Genre: Poetry, prose, art. Payment: Prose: $100+, Poetry: $75 per poem. Illustration: $100 per page. Art Portfolios: $200 for up to 12 images 

https://www.thesouthamptonreview.com/submit/

The Wire’s Dream Magazine (Winter Issue)

Deadline: September 1, 2021; Opens July 1, 2021

(checked Jul 27/21)

Genre: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Combined Work from underprivileged individuals. Payment: $5. 

https://thewiresdreammagazine.wordpress.com/submit/

Vautrin

Deadline: September 1, 2021

(checked Jul 27/21)

Gritty urban fiction, Crime/Mystery Fiction, Ghosts, The Supernatural, Literary Essays. “We’re interested in essays that talk about contemporary crime fiction, or essays that walk the path between, say, 19th century fiction and fiction in the here and now.” Payment: $130.00 and two contributor’s copies for fiction over 2,000 words. $65.00 and two contributor’s copies for fiction under 2,000 words. $50.00 and two contributor’s copies for literary essays.

https://vautrin.pub/submissions/

Aug 2021

Apparition Lit

Deadline: August 31, 2021. Opens August 15, 2021

(checked May 30/21)

Genre: Speculative fiction and poetry on theme of Wonder. Payment: $30. 

We publish poems and stories between 1k-5k words in January, April, July, and October. We also hold monthly flash fiction contests between the 1st and 15th of each month. Flash stories must be under a 1000 words and be inspired or based on the chosen theme. Full details for submission guidelines are below.

https://apparitionlit.com/submissions/

Black Coffee & Vinyl Presents

Deadline: August 31, 2021

(checked May 30/21)

Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, music. The theme is “The City.” We are seeking art, words, and sounds that explore, critique, celebrate and interrogate the urban landscape, culture and environment. The city, a place, should play a central role in the work and should be a central character or focus. We are seeking a diverse range of city representation from large cities to small, from real to imagined. Payment: $50.

https://www.blackcoffeevinyl.com/submit

Griffith Review 75: Learning Curves

Deadline: August 31st, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Essays and creative non-fiction, reportage, fiction, poetry,  memoir and picture stories. “This edition of Griffith Review explores the breadth of our educational experiences – from preschool to postgrad, from private to public, and from sandstone to the school of life.” Payment: Negotiated.

https://www.griffithreview.com/submit-to-griffith-review/

HWP Seeks Fiction/Poetry/Flash for Paid Print Publication/Awards

Deadline: August 31, 2021

(checked May 29/21)

Haunted Waters Press seeking submissions for consideration in the 2nd edition of our fiction anthology Tin Can Literary Review—$250 per published story. Also seeking works of fiction, poetry, flash, and Penny Fiction for paid print publication in the 19th issue of our literary journal From the Depths. Works appearing online in SPLASH! are eligible for future offers of paid publication. All submissions considered for 2021 HWP Awards. Your words and endeavors are important to us! Custom artwork, author interviews, and the HWP Contributor Showcase are just a few of the ways we show our appreciation. Visit us today! www.hauntedwaterspress.com

https://www.hauntedwaterspress.com/?utm_source=newpages&utm_medium=classified&utm_campaign=2021_cfs&utm_content=haunted_waters_press

Kaleidotrope

Deadline: August 31st, 2021, opens August 1, 2021

(checked Jun 26/21)

Speculative fiction and poetry—science fiction, fantasy, and horror, but also compelling work that blurs the lines between these and falls outside of neat genre categories.    Payment: For fiction, $0.01/word (1 cent a word) USD. For poetry, a flat rate of $5 USD per accepted piece. For artwork, a flat rat of $60 for cover art.

https://kaleidotrope.net/guidelines/

Lackington’s: Botanicals

Deadline: August 31, 2021; opens August 1, 2021

(checked Jul 27/21)

Speculative fiction 1500-5000 words and art on theme of Botanicals. Fantasy, SF, slipstream, post-apocalyptic, magic realism, mythopoeia, folktale, grimdark, weird, or any flavour of ‘punk, it’s all good, BUT WAIT! Read this before submitting — we prefer stories with experimental prose and structures. Payment: 1 cent/word (CAD).

https://lackingtons.com/submissions/

Prospectus

Deadline: August 31st, 2021

(checked Jun 26/21)

Restrictions: To qualify to be published in Prospectus, you must NOT have done EITHER of the following, no matter what category you are submitting to: Have had a collection of poems published that is longer than 48 pages; Have had a collection of short stories, a novella, or a novel published longer than 150 pages. Genre: Poetry, fiction, reviews, art. Payment: $25.

http://www.prospectusliterary.com/submissions2020.php

Split Lip Magazine

Deadline: August 31, 2021. Note: Submit early in the month.

(checked May 30/21)

Fiction (flash and short stories), memoirs, and poetry. with a pop-culture twist. Payment: $50 per author (via PayPal) for our web issues. Payment for print is $5 per page, minimum of $20, plus 2 contributor copies and a 1-year subscription. FREE SUBMISSIONS: January, March, May, August, September, November.

https://splitlipthemag.com/submit

Too Well Away Literary Journal

Deadline: August 31, 2021 or when 50 submissions received; opens July 1, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Too Well Away Literary Journal offers a new model for publication. We believe it is more valuable to give writers careful, constructive editing leading up to publication than it is to reject their work without feedback. Only work that goes against community guidelines will be rejected. All submissions subject to collaborative editing. Emerging writers are especially encouraged to submit.

https://toowellaway.com/submit/

Night Shift Radio

Deadline: August 28, 2021; opens August 21, 2021

(checked May 30/21)

Fiction, non-fiction, memoir – 7,000-10,000 words. Payment: $50 or $25. 

https://nightshiftradio.com/submissions

Typehouse

Deadline: August 22, 2021

(checked Jul 27/21)

We are looking for submissions of poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction and visual art. Writing that grabs us conveys a unique perspective and honest insight into our world. We are especially interested in underrepresented voices of all kinds, and we want to see submissions from writers and artists of all races, sexualities, nationalities, religions, and genders, as well as disabled and neurodivergent creators. Payment: $21. Fiction/nonfiction 500-5,000 words preferred.

http://typehousemagazine.com/submissions/

Hungry Zine

Deadline: August 15, 2021

(checked Jul 27/21)

Open to writers located in Canada. Genre: Fiction, nonfiction, art, poetry about food. Theme of Preserve. Payment: $50. August submission deadline is for complete work, skipping the pitching process.

http://www.hungryzine.com/issue-01-preserve-call-for-submissions-pitches/

Parabola

Deadline: August 15, 2021

(checked Jul 27/21)

Theme of The Golden Rule. Original essays and translations, poetry, reviews. Payment: Not specified. See themes for each quarterly journal.

https://parabola.org/submissions/

Book of Matches

Deadline: August 10, 2021; opens May 8, 2021

(checked Jul 27/21)

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, Translation.

Book of Matches is always interested in protest—interested in protest against the unknowing alive in human existence, in protest against the knowing, too. In essence, Book of Matches both celebrates what burns against the dark, and the assurance of how little it illuminates before going out. Send us your most meaningful lies, your real lives, and the poetry of both that we may see a bit more clearly the stormy seas around us all. Book of Matches desires neither COVID, nor overtly political work. Please begin submissions here: www.bookofmatcheslitmag.com/submit

Abyss and Apex

Deadline: August 7, 2021, opens August 1, 2021

(checked May 30/21)

Speculative fiction and poetry. No horror. Payment: USD $.06/word (six cents a word) up to 1,250 words, and a flat payment of $75.00 for longer stories. 

https://www.abyssapexzine.com/submissions/

Fantasy Magazine

Deadline: August 7, 2021; Opens August 1, 2021.

(checked Jun 26/21)

Fantasy short stories, flash fiction, poetry. Payment: 8 cents per word for original short stories and flash fiction. $40 per poem. 

https://adamant.moksha.io/publication/fantasy/guidelines

Perennial Press: Arthropoda

Deadline: August 7, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Speculative fiction and poetry about insects, crustaceans, arachnids, or myriapods. Payment: $20. Accepts reprints.

https://perennialpress.submittable.com/submit

Scum

Deadline: August 7, 2021; opens to submissions on August 1, 2021

(checked May 30/21)

Feminist-friendly work of any variety, but as a general rule your piece should be under 2000 words (50 lines for poetry, max. 3 poems) and able to be classified as “fiction”, “culture”, “memoir”, “column”, “poetry”, and/or “review”. Payment: $60 AUD.

Submissions to Scum are open the first week (from the 1st to the 7th) of every month. The rest of the month, submissions are closed.

https://www.scum-mag.com/submit-to-scum/

Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine

Deadline: August 3, 2021

(checked May 30/21)

Fairy tales, and essays on theme of “Healers, Midwives and Cunning Folk.” Payment: $100. US dollars only. Essays: $50.

https://enchantedconversationmag.blogspot.com/p/submissions.html

Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores

Deadline: August 2, 2021 (Submissions window: 1st and second day each month) *closed to Sept for move.

(checked May 30/21)

*Allows reprints

Speculative stories. Payment: 6 cents/word for original work, 2 cents/word for reprints, 2-6 cents/word for new fact-based work, 1-4 cents/word for reprinted fact articles, $1/line for new poetry, 50 cents/line for poetry reprints (poetry up to 40 lines).

https://cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com/submissions/

Mudroom

Deadline: August 1, 2021

(checked Jun 26/21)

Poetry, fiction, essays, and essays in translation. Payment: $15.

https://www.mudroommag.com/submissions-1

The First Line

Deadline: August 1, 2021

(checked May 31/21)

Genres: Fiction, poetry, nonfiction using the first line provided. (See site.)   Payment: $25.00 – $50.00 for fiction, $5.00 – $10.00 for poetry, and $25.00 for nonfiction. 

http://www.thefirstline.com/submission.htm

Moonflake Press Online Issue

Deadline: August 1, 2021

(checked Jun 26/21)

Short stories, creative nonfiction, and poems on theme of Lush. Payment: £25 for each story/poem.

https://www.moonflakepress.com/submit

Volney Road Review

Deadline: August 1, 2021; Opens May 1, 2021 

(checked Jun 26/21)

Genres: Fiction, poetry, CNF, art. Payment: $10. 

http://volneyroadreview.com/submit/

We’Moon Lunar Calendar

Deadline: August 1, 202

(checked May 27/21)

Restrictions: Open to women only. Genre: Art, poetry and prose, 350 words maximum. Payment: Small honorarium.

https://wemoon.ws/pages/copy-of-submitting-art-writing#write

Jul 2021

FIYAH

Deadline: July 31, 2021. See themes

(checked May 27/21)

Genre: Speculative fiction, art, and poetry about African Diaspora. Length: Short fiction 2,000 – 7,000 words and novelettes up to 15,000 words. Payment: $150 per story. $50 per poem. $300 per novelette. 

http://www.fiyahlitmag.com/submissions/

Hiraeth Books: parABnormal Magazine

Deadline: July 31, 2021, opens June 1, 2021

(checked May 27/21)

Stories, poetry, nonfiction about the paranormal. Payment: $25 for fiction, $20 for articles, $7 for reviews, $6 per poem. Submissions are accepted Feb 1 – Mar 31, Jun 1 – Jul 31, Oct 1 – Nov 30.

https://www.hiraethsffh.com/parabnormal-magazine-guidelines

New Myths

Deadline: July 31st, 2021

(checked Jun 26/21)

Science fiction and fantasy. Payment: 1.5 cents/word with a minimum payment of $30 for all submissions, fiction, flash fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Book reviews – $30. Art – $60.

https://sites.google.com/a/newmyths.com/nmwebsite/submissions/sub-2

Nonbinary Review

Deadline: July 31, 2021

(checked May 27/21)

Poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and flash, up to 3000 words on theme of Prohibition. Payment: For prose, 1¢ US per word, and $10 US per poem.

https://www.zoeticpress.com/new-page

Room Magazine: Ancestors Issue

Deadline: July 31, 2021

(checked Jun 26/21)

Restrictions: Room publishes fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and art by folks of marginalized genders, including but not limited to women (cisgender and transgender), transgender men, Two-Spirit and nonbinary people. Genre: Original short stories, poems, creative non-fiction, or art on theme of Ancestors. Payment: $50 (CAD).

https://roommagazine.com/submit/

Sleet Magazine

Deadline: July 31, 2021

(checked Jun 26/21)

Themed Submissions: Infrastructure

We welcome all fine writing and are especially hunting for pieces which celebrate infrastructure, both external and internal. How do you define infrastructure? What supports you, and where do you turn for strength and comfort? Sleet’s Winter Infrastructure edition will debut in November 2021. See submissions page for guidelines, 

www.sleetmagazine.com

the other side of hope

Deadline: July 31, 2021

(checked Jun 26/21)

Fiction and poetry by refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants only. They accept non-fiction, reviews, and interview submissions by anyone as long as the subject matter sheds light on the refugee and immigrant life. Payment: £100 per published author in the print issue, and £50 per published author in the online issue.

https://othersideofhope.com/submissions.html

The Rumpus

Deadline: July 31, 2021, opens July 1, 2021

(checked May 27/21)

Fiction, poetry. reviews. “We strive to be a platform for marginalized voices and writing that might not find a home elsewhere, and to lift up new voices alongside those of more established writers we love. We work to shine a light on stories that build bridges, tear down walls, and speak truth to power.” Payment: $300 divided among all contributors.

https://therumpus.submittable.com/submit

Volney Road Review

Deadline: July 31, 2021; $2 submission fee per submission

(checked Jun 21/21)

Volney Road Review is paying $10 per accepted piece. Send us your best prose, poetry, art, photography, and comics for issue 4.1.

http://volneyroadreview.com/submit/

khōréō

Deadline: July 30, 2021

(checked May 27/21)

Restrictions: Open to writers who identify as an immigrant or member of a diaspora in the broadest definitions of the terms. “This includes, but is not limited to, first- and second-generation immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, undocumented migrants, persons who identify with one or more diaspora communities, persons who have been displaced or whose heritage has been erased due to colonialism/imperialism, transnational/transracial adoptees, and anyone whose heritage and history includes ‘here and elsewhere’. We especially encourage BIPOC creators who identify as the above to submit their work.” Genre: stories, essays, and art: fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and any genre in between or around it, as long as there’s a speculative element. Payment: 0.08/word for fiction, $100 for nonfiction, and  $40-300 for art.

https://www.khoreomag.com/submissions/


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Grins and giggles. Here are a few markets sneaking up on us.

Photo by Carl Jorgensen on Unsplash

Loose the fuzzy creatures, these submission deadlines are ready to play – children’s markets:

     
 

2022

Crow Toes Quarterly

Deadline: March 31, 2022

(checked Jun 26/21)

Art & literature for children who don’t scare easily. We are looking for “playfully dark”, intelligent, humorous, descriptive literature written for children ages 8 – 13. Reads general submissions all year round. See themes. Payment: $20 – $50.

MAGAZINE THEMES: YEAR 1

Each issue is themed, but these themes are open to interpretation.

  • FALL 2021 (Issue 3, OCT – DEC) – Broken 
  • WINTER 2022 (Issue 4, JAN – MAR) – Cold
  • SPRING 2022 (Issue 5, APR – JUN) – Wild
  • SUMMER 2022 (Issue 6, JUL – SEP) – Curious

https://www.crowtoesquarterly.org/submit

2021

Auroras & Blossoms PoArtMo Anthology: 13-16 Year-Old Artists Edition 

Deadline: December 31, 2021

(checked Apr 28/21)

A Winnipeg publication.

Topics / Themes: Anything that is positive, uplifting and inspirational in nature, with the exception of erotica and politics. Also, coronavirus-related pieces that do not contain strongly positive / uplifting / inspirational elements will be automatically rejected.

What we are looking for:

Positive art. Positive as in stimulating, optimistic, confident, uplifting, inspirational.

No matter what topic you choose to tackle (e.g., death, disease, mental illness, suicide, depression…), the pieces you send us should answer three basic questions:

– “How do they help others?”

– “How do they open their minds?”

– “Do they bring a better understanding of the situations or stories I am describing?”

https://abpoetryjournal.com/13-16-year-old-artists/

Crow Toes Quarterly

Deadline: December 31, 2021

(checked Jun 26/21)

Art & literature for children who don’t scare easily. We are looking for “playfully dark”, intelligent, humorous, descriptive literature written for children ages 8 – 13. Reads general submissions all year round. See themes. Payment: $20 – $50.

MAGAZINE THEMES: YEAR 1

Each issue is themed, but these themes are open to interpretation.

  • FALL 2021 (Issue 3, OCT – DEC) – Broken 
  • WINTER 2022 (Issue 4, JAN – MAR) – Cold
  • SPRING 2022 (Issue 5, APR – JUN) – Wild
  • SUMMER 2022 (Issue 6, JUL – SEP) – Curious

https://www.crowtoesquarterly.org/submit

Cast of Wonders – General Submissions

General Submissions for 2021 publication:

Opens: November 1, 2021 [tentative]; Deadline: November 30, 2021 [tentative]

(checked Jul 26/21)

Cast of Wonders is a young adult short fiction market, open to stories up to 6,000 words in length.

Stories that evoke a sense of wonder, have deep emotional resonance, and have something unreal about them. We aim for a 12-17 age range: that means sophisticated, non-condescending stories with wide appeal, and without gratuitous or explicit sex, violence or pervasive obscene language. Think Harry Potter or The Hunger Games.

https://www.castofwonders.org/submissions/

Crow Toes Quarterly

Deadline: September 30th, 2021

(checked Jun 26/21)

Art & literature for children who don’t scare easily. We are looking for “playfully dark”, intelligent, humorous, descriptive literature written for children ages 8 – 13. Reads general submissions all year round. See themes. Payment: $20 – $50.

MAGAZINE THEMES: YEAR 1

Each issue is themed, but these themes are open to interpretation.

  • FALL 2021 (Issue 3, OCT – DEC) – Broken 
  • WINTER 2022 (Issue 4, JAN – MAR) – Cold
  • SPRING 2022 (Issue 5, APR – JUN) – Wild
  • SUMMER 2022 (Issue 6, JUL – SEP) – Curious

https://www.crowtoesquarterly.org/submit

When Night Falls (TBC)

Deadline: August 31, 2021; Open June 1, 2021

(checked May 25/21)

Genre: Dark Fantasy. Age Range: YA – 14 to 18 years. Word Count: 4k – 8k 10% wiggle room over.

Info: I will be looking for stories that fall into that fantasy realm of elves, faeries, orcs, goblins, wizards and the like. Battles for kingdoms and the exploration of lost worlds.

I am NOT looking for tales of vampires, werewolves etc. for this one.

Inspirations: Lord of the Rings, The Dark Crystal, Game of Thrones, Legend etc. Payment: £10 per story selected plus digital copy and discounted author copies.

https://www.ravenanddrakepublishing.co.uk/royaltycalls

Cricket Media: Babybug: Fantastic Fall (for babies and toddlers)

Deadline: August 15, 2021

(checked Jun 26/21)

Poetry, action rhymes, finger plays, and very short stories that celebrate autumn. Payment: Stories and articles: up to 25¢ per word. General submissions are always open.

https://cricketmag.submittable.com/submit/17819/babybug-magazine-for-ages-6-months3-years

Cricket Media: Babybug: Let’s Play (for babies and toddlers)

Deadline: August 15, 2021

(checked Jun 26/21)

Poems, stories, finger plays, and action rhymes about little ones’ favorite games. Payment: Stories and articles: up to 25¢ per word. General submissions are always open.

https://cricketmag.submittable.com/submit/17819/babybug-magazine-for-ages-6-months3-years

Cricket Media: Ancient Worlds (ages 9–14)

Deadline: August 15, 2021

(checked Jun 26/21)

Historical fiction, nonfiction, myths and legends, and poetry about ancient cultures, including ancient Greece,  Rome, Egypt, India, China, Africa, the Americas, Pacific Islands, and more. Payment: Stories and articles: up to 25¢ per word. General submissions are always open.

https://cricketmag.submittable.com/submit/17789/cricket-magazine-for-ages-914

Cricket Media: Game On! (ages 9–14)

Deadline: August 15, 2021

(checked Jun 26/21)

Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry featuring a competition, game, rivalry, or challenge. Payment: Stories and articles: up to 25¢ per word. General submissions are always open.

https://cricketmag.submittable.com/submit/17789/cricket-magazine-for-ages-914

Cricket Media: Ladybug: Exploring Our World (ages 3 – 6)

Deadline: August 15, 2021

(checked Jun 26/21)

Compelling explorations of our world written for young  children. “We’re looking for narrative nonfiction (to 800 words), nonfiction and nature writing (to 400 words), and poetry (to 20 lines).” Payment: Stories and articles: up to 25¢ per word. General submissions are always open.

https://cricketmag.submittable.com/submit/17818/ladybug-magazine-for-ages-36

Cricket Media: Ladybug: I Can Help (ages 3 – 6)

Deadline: August 15, 2021

(checked Jun 26/21)

Short stories, rebus stories, poems, action rhymes, riddles, and songs about young children learning how to think through problems and help themselves and others. Payment: Stories and articles: up to 25¢ per word. General submissions are always open.

https://cricketmag.submittable.com/submit/17818/ladybug-magazine-for-ages-36

Cricket Media: Spider Magazine: Legendary Kids (ages 6 – 9)

Deadline: August 15, 2021

(checked Jun 26/21)

Fresh retellings of  folktales, fairytales, tall tales, and myths that cast a child—not an  adult—as the clever problem-solver. Payment: Stories and articles: up to 25¢ per word. General submissions are always open.

https://cricketmag.submittable.com/submit/17817/spider-magazine-for-ages-69

Cricket Media: Spider Magazine: Outside of the Box (ages 6 – 9)

Deadline: August 15, 2021

(checked Jun 26/21)

“We love  contemporary stories and poems, but we are excited to read more material  that falls outside these popular categories. This might be plays,  science fiction, or historical fiction and nonfiction. It might be  simple, but inventive, activities like recipes, games, crafts, magic  tricks, science experiments, or silly quizzes.” Payment: Stories and articles: up to 25¢ per word. General submissions are always open.

https://cricketmag.submittable.com/submit/17817/spider-magazine-for-ages-69

Cast of WondersLimited Demographic: Young Author submissions

General Submissions for 2021 publication:

Opens: July 15, 2021 [tentative]; Deadline: August 15, 2021 [tentative]

(checked Jun 26/21)

Cast of Wonders is a young adult short fiction market, open to stories up to 6,000 words in length.

Stories that evoke a sense of wonder, have deep emotional resonance, and have something unreal about them. We aim for a 12-17 age range: that means sophisticated, non-condescending stories with wide appeal, and without gratuitous or explicit sex, violence or pervasive obscene language. Think Harry Potter or The Hunger Games.

https://www.castofwonders.org/submissions/


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Sharpen your writing pencils. Here are a few markets whose deadlines are looming over us.

Here are a few fast approaching submission deadlines for you – general fiction:

    

Feb 2022

Dragon Soul Press: Chance on Love

Deadline: February 28, 2022

(checked Jul 26/21)

“Everyone deserves a chance at love. Whether it lasts forever or ends up being temporary, these characters will fight for the chance at happily ever after.” Word Count – 5,000-15,000. Payment:  Royalties.

https://dragonsoulpress.com/anthologies/

Flash Fiction Online

Deadline: February 21, 2022; opens February 1, 2022

(checked Jul 26/21)

Speculative (science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, and horror) and literary fiction. Payment: $80. We are looking for complete 500- to 1000-word stories with crisp prose, well-developed characters, compelling plots, and satisfying resolutions. We want stories that engage our minds and emotions. 

Beginning in January 2021, our submission portal for original stories will be open from the 1st to 21st of each month. Reprint submissions will remain CLOSED until April 1, 2021.

https://ffo.submittable.com/submit

Fantasy Magazine

Deadline: February 7, 2022; opens February 1, 2022 (1st week every month)

(checked Jul 26/21)

All types of fantasy and dark fantasy are welcome. No subject should be considered off-limits, and we encourage writers to take chances with their fiction and push the envelope. If you’re not sure whether your story is fantasy (vs. horror or science fiction) go ahead and submit and let the editors decide.. Payment: 8 cents per word for original short stories and flash fiction. $40 per poem. Short Story: 1500-7500 words. (Stories of 5000 words or less are preferred.) Flash Fiction: Up to 1500 words.

https://adamant.moksha.io/publication/fantasy/guidelines

Dragon Soul Press: Beyond Atlantis

Deadline: January 31, 2022

(checked Jul 26/21)

“Unique retellings of Atlantis-like civilizations. Preferably with mermaids, selkies, krakens, or other mythological sea creatures included.” Word Count – 5,000-15,000. Payment:  Royalties.

https://dragonsoulpress.com/anthologies/

Mythic

Deadline: January 31, 2022; Opens December 1, 2021

(checked Jun 25/21)

Sci-fi and fantasy fiction. Payment: 4 cents/word.

Reading Periods:

  • June 1 through July 31
  • December 1 through January 31

https://www.mythicmag.com/p/submissions.html

Flash Fiction Online

Deadline: January 21, 2022; opens January 1, 2022

(checked Jul 26/21)

Speculative (science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, and horror) and literary fiction. Payment: $80. We are looking for complete 500- to 1000-word stories with crisp prose, well-developed characters, compelling plots, and satisfying resolutions. We want stories that engage our minds and emotions. 

Beginning in January 2021, our submission portal for original stories will be open from the 1st to 21st of each month. Reprint submissions will remain CLOSED until April 1, 2021.

https://ffo.submittable.com/submit

Dec 2021

Allegory

Deadline: December 31, 2021; opens November 1, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror. Payment: $15. There is no minimum or maximum length for fiction. Short-shorts (less than 500 words) and flash fiction (less than 100 words) are usually hard sells for us, as are stories longer than 5000 words. We’ll consider them, but they will have to be exceptional.

https://www.allegoryezine.com/submissions

Dancing Star Press

Deadline: December 31, 2021; opens October 1, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Speculative fiction novellas 17,500 to 40,000 words. Space operas, solar punk, dark fantasy, and urban fantasy. Hard science fiction with an emphasis on biology or chemistry rather than physics. Fantasy based on non-Western cultures. Optimistic futurism. Polar Tesla pop and soft science fiction. Payment: Royalties. 

https://www.dancingstarpress.com/submissions/

Dragon Soul Press: Surge

Deadline: December 31, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Cyberpunk. 5,000-15,000 words. “These characters are trying to survive in a dystopia of advanced technologies. Living alongside Artificial Intelligence has its perks, but also many deadly downfalls.” Payment: Royalties.

https://dragonsoulpress.com/anthologies/

We’re Here: The Best Queer Speculative Fiction 2021

Deadline: December 31, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Queer speculative short fiction reprints from 2021. Payment: 1 cent/word.

https://www.neonhemlock.com/submissions

Flash Fiction Online

Deadline: December 21, 2021; opens December 1, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Speculative (science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, and horror) and literary fiction. Payment: $80. We are looking for complete 500- to 1000-word stories with crisp prose, well-developed characters, compelling plots, and satisfying resolutions. We want stories that engage our minds and emotions. 

Beginning in January 2021, our submission portal for original stories will be open from the 1st to 21st of each month. Reprint submissions will remain CLOSED until April 1, 2021.

https://ffo.submittable.com/submit

Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores

Deadline: December 2, 2021 – submissions closed while the publisher moves – to approx Sept 1st?

(checked Jul 25/21)

Speculative stories. Payment: 6 cents/word for original work. 2 cents/word for reprints. 

https://cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com/submissions/

Nov 2021

Cast of Wonders

Deadline: November 30, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

YA Speculative fiction. Podcast. Payment: $.08/word for original fiction of any length (yes, including flash!). For reprints, a $100 flat rate for Short Fiction, and a $20 flat rate for Flash Fiction.

https://www.castofwonders.org/submissions/

Dragon Soul Press: Everlast

Deadline: November 30, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Romance. “Romance can be difficult on its own, even before adding the complications of time travel to the equation. These couples find themselves from separate timelines in history, but cross paths due to unforeseen circumstances.” Word Count – 5,000-20,000. Payment:  Royalties.

https://dragonsoulpress.com/anthologies/

Dragon Soul Press: Rogue Tales

Deadline: November 30, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Fairytale. “Fairytales will never be the same in this reverse harem anthology. All versions of bedtime stories, folklore, etc are welcome.” Word Count – 5,000-15,000. Payment:  Royalties. 

https://dragonsoulpress.com/anthologies/

Pirating Pups

Deadline: November 30th, 2021, opens October 1, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Stories with adventure-loving dogs, puns, water and fun. “I’m looking for sailors, submariners, explorers, Vikings and more. Fun stories filled with excitement, drama, treasure-seeking, sword fights, discovering new worlds and dogs, dogs, dogs.” Payment: $50 CAD. 

http://tychebooks.com/pirating-pups

Podcastle

Deadline: November 30, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Fantasy podcast. Length: Up to 6,000 words. Payment: $0.06/word for original; $100 for reprints, $20 for flash fiction reprints. We’re open to all the sub-genres of fantasy, from magical realism to urban fantasy to slipstream to high fantasy, and everything in between. Fantastical or non-real content should be meaningful to the story.

http://podcastle.org/guidelines/

Flash Fiction Online

Deadline: November 21, 2021; opens November 1, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Speculative (science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, and horror) and literary fiction. Payment: $80. We are looking for complete 500- to 1000-word stories with crisp prose, well-developed characters, compelling plots, and satisfying resolutions. We want stories that engage our minds and emotions. 

Beginning in January 2021, our submission portal for original stories will be open from the 1st to 21st of each month. Reprint submissions will remain CLOSED until April 1, 2021.

https://ffo.submittable.com/submit

Luna Station Quarterly

Deadline: November 15, 2021; Opens September 15, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Genre: Speculative fiction by woman-identified writers. Payment: $5. Accepts reprints.

Luna Station Quarterly publishes speculative fiction written by women-identified authors. We think women write awesome characters and really cool stories and we want to show it to the world. We will consider stories submitted by any woman writer, regardless of experience or writing resume. If you consider yourself on the woman end of the gender spectrum in any significant capacity, you’re welcome here!

Publication Date Submission Dates

March 1st September 15th – November 15th

June 1st December 15th – February 15th

September 1st March 15th – May 15th

December 1st June 15th – August 15th

http://lunastationquarterly.com/submissions/

Timber Ghost Press: Out of Time: True Paranormal Encounters

Deadline: November 15, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

True ghost stories, unexplained occurrences, and weird encounters with the paranormal or supernatural. Payment: $20.

https://www.timberghostpress.com/out-of-time.html

One Story

Deadline: November 14, 2021; Opens September 7, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Genre: Short story. Payment: $500. 

One Story is seeking literary fiction. Because of our format, we can only accept stories between 3,000 and 8,000 words. They can be any style and on any subject as long as they are good. We are looking for stories that leave readers feeling satisfied and are strong enough to stand alone.

Submission Periods: January 15th – May 31st | September 7th – November 14th

https://www.one-story.com/index.php?page=submit&pubcode=os

Space Opera Digest 2021: Have Ship, Will Travel

Deadline: November 14, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Short space opera stories. 2,000 to 7,500 words. Payment: Royalties. Space Opera heroes and heroines explore the stars and discover cool new places in ships which range from beat-up rust-buckets to sleek technologically advance craft that are the envy of the galaxy. Space ships are quintessential for the adventures and challenges our favourite characters face.

https://storiesrulepress.com/space-opera-digest-2022-call-for-submissions/

Shoreline of Infinity

Deadline: November 13, 2021; Opens November 11, 2021

(checked May 26/21)

Science fiction, fantasy. Payment: £10/1000 words. We are looking for an engaging science fiction or fantasy story, something that gives reality a tweak on the nose – an idea that makes us stop and think.

https://www.shorelineofinfinity.com/submissions/

Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores

Deadline: November 2, 2021 – submissions closed while the publisher moves – to approx Sept 1st?

(checked Jul 24/21)

Speculative stories. Payment: 6 cents/word for original work. 2 cents/word for reprints. 

https://cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com/submissions/

Lethe Press

Deadline: November 1, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Speculative fiction, especially queer speculative fiction, historical fiction. Full-length manuscripts. Payment: Royalties.

https://www.lethepressbooks.com/call-for-submissions.html#/

Oct 2021

Black Hare Press: War Anthology

Deadline: October 31, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Short stories. THEME : War/conflict. Must be dark, any genre. 5,000 words minimum. Payment: $50.

https://www.blackharepress.com/submissions/

Mythaxis

Deadline: October 31st, 2021; Opens October 15, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Speculative fiction. Payment: $20. 1,000-7,500 words.

https://mythaxis.co.uk/submissions.html

Titanic Terastructures

Deadline: October 31, 2021

(checked Jul 24/21)

Speculative fiction set in or about megastructures, gigastructures, TERASTRUCTURES! Payment: $5 per thousand words. Reprints accepted.

http://www.jayhenge.com/callforstories.html

Trees Anthology

Deadline: October 31, 2021. (Or until filled.)

(checked Jun 25/21)

Dark speculative fiction involving trees. Payment: $10. 

We want a 2,500 word or less dark speculative fiction story involving trees in some way. By speculative fiction we mean horror, fantasy and soft sf. Stories can be no longer than 2,500 words. Flash and micro fiction is acceptable.

No graphic violence, rape scenes or abuse to children.

https://www.jerseypinesink.com/

Flash Fiction Online

Deadline: October 21, 2021; opens October 1, 2021 (each month)

(checked Jul 26/21)

Speculative (science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, and horror) and literary fiction. Payment: $80. We are looking for complete 500 to 1000 word stories with crisp prose, well-developed characters, compelling plots, and satisfying resolutions. We want stories that engage our minds and emotions. 

https://ffo.submittable.com/submit

Howlers series: Devilish Deals

Deadline: October 15, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Payment: $10 usd. Theme: Deals involving the devil. Word count: 2,500-8,000; a little above and a little below will be acceptable. This anthology challenges you to come up with stories where people make unique deals with the Dark Lord. Horrific. Erotic. Comedic. As long as it’s unique and has that Satanic deal!

https://weaselpress.submittable.com/submit

Translunar Travelers Lounge

Deadline: October 15, 2021; opens September 21, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Speculative fiction. Your story must contain speculative elements: that means science fiction or fantasy. Swashbuckling adventure, deadly intrigue, and gleeful romance are some of the most obvious examples of what we’re looking for, but we won’t say no to more subtle or complicated topics, as long as they fit under the wider “fun” umbrella.Payment: $0.03 per word with a minimum of $20. Maximum 5,000 words.

https://translunartravelerslounge.com/submissions/

Shoreline of Infinity

Deadline: October 13, 2021; Opens October 11, 2021 (3-day submission windows)

(checked Jul 24/21)

Science fiction, fantasy. Payment: £10/1000 words. We are looking for an engaging science fiction or fantasy story, something that gives reality a tweak on the nose – an idea that makes us stop and think.

https://www.shorelineofinfinity.com/submissions/

Luna Press

Deadline: October 10, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Speculative fiction novellas by writers who identify as “Other than White.”    Payment: Royalties. For our purposes, speculative fiction deals with elements that are nonexistent in reality, covering various themes in the context of science fiction, fantasy, horror, alternate history, utopian and dystopian fiction, and supernatural fiction, as well as combinations thereof (e.g. science fantasy).

https://www.lunapresspublishing.com/submissions

Havok: Innocent/Sage Theme

Deadline: October 3, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Flash fiction 300 – 1,000 words on theme of innocent / sage. Payment: Pays for anthologies only.  See accepted genres.

https://gohavok.com/submission-guidelines/upcoming-themes/

Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores

Deadline: October 2, 2021 – submissions closed while the publisher moves – to approx Sept 1st?

(checked Jul 24/21)

Speculative stories. Payment: 6 cents/word for original work. 2 cents/word for reprints. 

https://cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com/submissions/

Sep 2021

Dragon Soul Press: Dragons and Heroines

Deadline: September 30, 2021

(checked Jun 25/21)

Genre: “Any stories involving a female Main Character and dragons.” Word Count – 7,000-15,000. Payment:  Royalties.

https://dragonsoulpress.com/anthologies/

Dragon Soul Press: History

Deadline: September 30, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Historical Fiction. “Any person, location, or time period accepted as long as dragons are included. Note: Dragons need to be part of the storyline. They cannot be mentioned in passing.” Word Count – 5,000-15,000. Payment:  Royalties.

https://dragonsoulpress.com/anthologies/

Where Giants Fall

Deadline: September 30th, 2021

(checked Jul 24/21)

Fantasy. The theme of this fantasy anthology is light in the darkness. Your story should contain the element of hope shining through the dark, whether this is subtle or a leading theme throughout the story’s fabric. The editors are seeking bold stories with a lot of heart and stories that do not shy away from gritty themes or dark topics. 2000-8000 words. Payment: Royalties.

https://angelarwatts.com/submissions/

Flash Fiction Online

Deadline: September 21, 2021; opens September 1, 2021

(checked Jun 25/21)

Speculative (science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, and horror) and literary fiction. Payment: $80. We are looking for complete 500- to 1000-word stories with crisp prose, well-developed characters, compelling plots, and satisfying resolutions. We want stories that engage our minds and emotions. 

Beginning in January 2021, our submission portal for original stories will be open from the 1st to 21st of each month. Reprint submissions will remain CLOSED until April 1, 2021.

https://ffo.submittable.com/submit

Translunar Travelers Lounge

Deadline: September 21, 2021; Opens September 15, 2021

(checked Jun 25/21)

Restrictions: BIPOC writers only. Genre: Speculative fiction. Payment: $0.03 per word with a minimum of $20.

https://translunartravelerslounge.com/submissions/

Zombie Works Publications: Natural Instincts Tales of Witches and Warlocks

Deadline: September 19, 2021

(checked Jul 24/21)

Short-stories that involve Witches and Warlocks. 2000 to 3000 words in length and content must be between a Rated “PG-13” to Rated “R”. Please no NC-17 stories, they will be rejected as our contract with the printer does not allow us to produce that sort of content.Payment: 10 cents per book (per each book sold on Amazon, I assume. So, if they sell 100 books, each author will get $10)

http://zombieworks.us/

Shoreline of Infinity

Deadline: September 13, 2021; Opens September 11, 2021 (3-day submission window)

(checked Jul 26/21)

Science fiction, fantasy. Payment: £10/1000 words. We are looking for an engaging science fiction or fantasy story, something that gives reality a tweak on the nose – an idea that makes us stop and think.

https://www.shorelineofinfinity.com/submissions/

Havok: Caregiver/Lover Theme

Deadline: September 5, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Flash fiction 300 – 1,000 words on theme of caregiver / lover. Payment: Pays for anthologies only.  See accepted genres.

https://gohavok.com/submission-guidelines/upcoming-themes/

Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores

Deadline: September 2, 2021 – submissions closed while the publisher moves.

(checked Jul 24/21)

Speculative stories. Payment: 6 cents/word for original work. 2 cents/word for reprints. 

https://cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com/submissions/

Books and Bikes in Space

Deadline: September 1, 2021

(checked Jun 25/21)

Stories about bicycling and books, from a feminist perspective. Stories can be in any speculative or fantastical genre—hard science fiction, space opera, epic fantasy, alternative history, paranormal romance, hope punk, modern fairy tales and anything around or in between. Payment: $50 minimum.

https://takingthelane.com/2021/04/04/call-for-submissions-books-and-bikes-in-space/

Young Dragons

Deadline: September 1, 2021

(checked Jul 24/21)

Middle Grade and Young Adult full-length manuscripts. Payment: Royalties. 

https://youngdragonspress.com/submission-guidelines-writers/

Aug 2021

Camden Park Press: Holiday Hijinks!

Deadline: August 31, 2021

(checked Jul 24/21)

Short stories centered around holidays. Three anthologies:. For Whimsical Winter Wonderland, we’re looking for stories with a healthy scoop of whimsy and a sprinkling of magic. Happy Holiday Historicals will be stories that take us back to days gone by – set prior to 1970. The unbreakable rule for Crazy Christmas Capers is “Nobody gets hurt (in any meaningful way).” Beyond that, feel free to let your larcenous characters run wild. Payment: Royalties. 

http://www.camdenparkpress.com/holidayhijinks/

Dragon Soul Press: Timeless 2

Deadline: August 31, 2021

(checked Jun 25/21)

Fairytale. “Anything involving a twist on old fairy tales, whether it be the classics or lesser known ones.Note: As long as you keep to the theme and use a fairytale, originality is fully appreciated. Cliff-hangers are more than welcome.” Word Count – 5,000-15,000. Payment:  Royalties.

https://dragonsoulpress.com/anthologies/

Grindstone Short Story Prize

Deadline: Final closing August 31, 2021; Regular Submission: £10.00

Deadline: Early bird closing May 1, 2021; Early Bird: £8.00

(checked Jul 26/21)

The Grindstone Short Story Prize returns this year, seeking out the best short fiction writers from around the world. Writers are asked to submit a piece of short fiction between 1,000 and 3,000 words, of any genre, aimed at adult readers. Grand Prize – £500. Runner Up – £200. Four Shortlisters – £50. The top 20 entries will be curated into our yearly anthology and published in print.

https://www.grindstoneliterary.com/short-story-prize

Madness Heart Press: Nafallen University – College Catalog

Deadline: August 31st, 2021

(checked Jul 24/21)

This is a call for a new anthology chapbook from John Baltisberger and Matthew Henshaw. The conceit is that the chapbook is a course catalog for a strange and horrible university in North Texas, (think Miskatonic of the south). Submissions should follow the example on the site, with a department heading followed by course descriptions. Each description can be anywhere from 1-200 words long. They may be written to be funny, bizarre, or horrifying. They will take as many courses from submissions as we feel are a good fit. Payment: $0.01/word. 

https://madnessheart.press/submissions/nafallen-university-college-catalog-submissions-call/?v=7516fd43adaa

Spartan

Deadline: August 31, 2021; Opens July 1, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Genre: Literary prose, 1500 words max. Payment: $20.

We have four submission windows each year. Any pieces submitted outside of the submission windows will be deleted unread. The submission windows are:

     Fall: October through November

     Winter: January through February

     Spring: April through May

     Summer: July through August

https://spartanlit.com/submissions

The New Gothic Review

Deadline: August 31, 2021, opens July 1, 2021

(checked Jul 24/21)

Gothic fiction. Eerie atmosphere is key, but they are not a horror magazine. “We’re looking for previously unpublished short stories that reimagine Gothic fiction for the 21st century. We want stories that are beautifully written, heavily atmospheric, and psychologically chilling.” Payment: $50. 1500-5000 words.

Shoreline of Infinity

Deadline: August 30, 2021; Opens June 14, 2021

(checked May 26/21)

Flash fiction competition (theme to be decided). Science fiction, fantasy. Payment: £10/1000 words. We are looking for an engaging science fiction or fantasy story, something that gives reality a tweak on the nose – an idea that makes us stop and think.

https://www.shorelineofinfinity.com/submissions/

Flash Fiction Online

Deadline: August 21, 2021; opens August 1, 2021

(checked May 31/21)

Speculative (science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, and horror) and literary fiction. Payment: $80. We are looking for complete 500- to 1000-word stories with crisp prose, well-developed characters, compelling plots, and satisfying resolutions. We want stories that engage our minds and emotions. 

Beginning in January 2021, our submission portal for original stories will be open from the 1st to 21st of each month. Reprint submissions will remain CLOSED until April 1, 2021.

https://ffo.submittable.com/submit

Life Beyond Us

Deadline: August 20, 2021; Opens July 1, 2021

(checked Jun 25/21)

Science fiction short stories exploring the unknown: life forms we’re not familiar with on Earth (from extreme environments, to those right beneath our noses) and beyond our planet; strange life’s discovery, peculiarities, and the ethical questions arising from these. Payment: 8 cents/word. 

https://laksamedia.com/life-beyond-us-submission-guidelines/

Cast of Wonders

Deadline: August 15, 2021

(checked May 31/21)

YA Speculative fiction by young adults. Podcast. Payment: $.08/word for original fiction of any length (yes, including flash!). For reprints, a $100 flat rate for Short Fiction, and a $20 flat rate for Flash Fiction.

https://www.castofwonders.org/submissions/

Luna Station Quarterly

Deadline: August 15, 2021; Opens June 15, 2021

(checked May 31/21)

Genre: Speculative fiction by woman-identified writers. Payment: $5. Accepts reprints.

Luna Station Quarterly publishes speculative fiction written by women-identified authors. We think women write awesome characters and really cool stories and we want to show it to the world. We will consider stories submitted by any woman writer, regardless of experience or writing resume. If you consider yourself on the woman end of the gender spectrum in any significant capacity, you’re welcome here!

Publication Date Submission Dates

March 1st September 15th – November 15th

June 1st December 15th – February 15th

September 1st March 15th – May 15th

December 1st June 15th – August 15th

http://lunastationquarterly.com/submissions/

Planet Scumm

Deadline: August 15, 2021

(checked Jun 25/21)

Hard sci-fi, soft sci-fi, horror, speculative fiction, weird fiction, slipstream on theme of Winter Horror. Payment: 3 cents/word. Stories, or collections of flash fiction, should be 2000 – 6000 words.

https://www.planetscumm.space/submit

Ruminate

Deadline: August 15, 2021. Note: Ruminate also accepts short fiction on a rolling basis.

(checked May 31/21)

We welcome submissions from both emerging and established writers and are looking for fiction that engages the contemplative spirit of our journal and embraces curiosity and discovery rather than resolution. Fiction under 5,500 words. Payment: $20 per 400 words. 

https://ruminatemagazine.submittable.com/submit/8428/2021-nonfiction-general-submissions

Lucent Dreaming

Deadline: August 8, 2021; opens June 1 , 2021

(checked May 31/21)

New/emerging writers (someone who has been published in 10 or fewer publications in the past 5 years, and has not published a book or full collection). You must be a Lucent Dreaming subscriber, or have read a recent issue to submit work to the magazine. Genre: Speculative and surreal fiction. Word Limit: 1500-3,999 words. Payment: £100 and a free contributor copy.

https://lucentdreaming.com/submit/

Xenocultivars: Stories of Queer Growth

Deadline: August 7, 2021

(checked Jul 24/21)

Queer speculative fiction on the theme of plants and growth. Prefers stories that have an uplifting and affirming feel. Payment: 8 cents/word. Up to 7,000 words. Will accept up to 10,000 words.

https://speculativelyqueer.moksha.io/publication/3/guidelines

Kate Bush Anthology

Deadline: August 3, 2021; Opens July  13, 2021

(checked Jun 25/21)

Short stories with elements of weird or dark fiction (horror, bizarro, and magical realism, etc). Original ideas must be drawn from the work of Kate Bush, though the end product need not closely resemble its inspiration. Payment: $15.

https://headsdance.press/kate-bush-anthology/

Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores

Deadline: August 2, 2021 – Jun/Jul/Aug submissions closed while the publisher moves.

(checked Jul 24/21)

Speculative stories. Payment: 6 cents/word for original work. 2 cents/word for reprints.

https://cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com/submissions/

Third Flatiron

Deadline: August 2, 2021

(checked Jul 24/21)

SF/Fantasy/Horror short stories on theme Things with Feathers: Stories of Hope. Stories need not be exclusively positive. For example, after the long pandemic, you might recall the old proverb, “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick.” Sharpen your Sharpies and tell us where you think hope will get us. (The title is based on an Emily Dickinson poem.) Payment: 8 cents per word. Stories should be between 1,500 and 3,000 words. Inquire if longer. For each anthology, we will also accept  a few very short humor pieces (600 words or so).

https://thirdflatiron.com/

Best Indie Speculative Fiction

Deadline: August 1, 2021

(checked May 31/21)

Previously published speculative fiction, between January 1 2019 and December 31st 2020. This project only considers previous-published stories that are either self-published or published with a small press. Length: Up to 20,000 words. Payment: $25.

https://www.bardsandsages.com/contact_us/fiction_submission_guidelines

Havok: Everyman/Jester Theme

Deadline: August 1, 2021

(checked Apr 23/21)

Flash fiction 300 – 1,000 words on theme of everyman / jester. Payment: Pays for anthologies only.  See accepted genres.

https://gohavok.com/submission-guidelines/upcoming-themes/

Jul 2021

Aurealis

Deadline: July 31st, 2021; Opens July 1, 2021

(checked Jan 24/21)

Genre: Science fiction, fantasy or horror short stories between 2000 and 8000 words. Payment: A$20 and A$60 per 1000 words. 

All types of science fiction, fantasy and horror that are of a “speculative” nature will be considered, but we do not want stories that are derivative in nature, particularly those based on TV series. We do not publish horror without a supernatural element.

https://aurealis.com.au/submissions/

Beneath the Yellow Lights (Oddity Prodigy Productions)

Deadline: July 31, 2021

(checked May 30/21)

Payment: $10 and a contributor’s copy Theme: A modern world overrun by fantasy, details below! Imagine your favorite coffee shop is run by elves, or the band playing speed metal at the club is made up entirely of orcs. That graffiti on the side of the building that seems too high for humans to have reached? Maybe it was painted by wizards? Beneath the Yellow Lights is the place to explore the urban fantasy landscape! Finding the places where magic and modern day meet is our goal. We are looking for urban fantasy stories that feature fantasy elements such as magic and mythical creatures in urban environments.

https://www.oddityprodigy.com/beneath-the-yellow-lights

Mythaxis

Deadline: July 31st, 2021; Opens July 15, 2021

(checked May 26/21)

Speculative fiction. Payment: $20. 1,000-7,500 words.

https://mythaxis.co.uk/submissions.html

Mythic

Deadline: July 31, 2021; Opens June 1, 2021

(checked Jun 25/21)

Sci-fi and fantasy fiction. 2,000-6,000 words. Payment: 4 cents/word.

Reading Periods:

  • June 1 through July 31
  • December 1 through January 31

https://www.mythicmag.com/p/submissions.html

Oddity Prodigy Productions: Beneath the Yellow Lights Anthology

Deadline: July 31st, 2021

(checked Mar 30/21)

Theme: A modern world overrun by fantasy. A collection of stories featuring urban magic and fantasy. Payment: $10 and a contributor’s copy.

https://horrortree.com/taking-submissions-beneath-the-yellow-lights/

Spirit Machine

Deadline: July 31, 2021, Opens: June 1, 2021

(checked May 25/21)

1500 and 3500 words. Payment: $0.08/word

Theme: Seance Fiction – A mashup of Spiritualism (seances, ouiji/spirit boards, kirlian auras, discarnated entities, ghost talking) and Science Fiction and/or Steampunk genres.

Be wild, take chances, submit stories that are left of center. Show us your fireworks!

Stories must combine elements of both Spiritualism and Science Fiction/Steampunk SF. No fantasy stories, no standalone ghost stories, no SF without aspects of Spiritualism.. To be published in the Winter of 2021 by the Air and Nothingness Press.

http://aanpress.com/submissions.html

Timeworn

Deadline: July 31st, 2021 – SUBMISSIONS CLOSED

(checked May 26/21)

Historical fiction. Payment: $25. 2000 to 5000 words. 

https://www.timewornlit.com/submit

Eerie River Publishing: Of Fire and Stars

Deadline: July 30, 2021; Opens June 1, 2021

(checked May 26/21)

LGBTQ+ Dark Fantasy anthology. Theme: Encounters with the fae world and its creatures. Payment: Up to 3000 words $10.00; Up to 5000 words $15.00; Above 5001 words $20.00. 

https://www.eerieriverpublishing.com/open-submission

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Sharpen your writing pencils. Here are a few markets whose deadlines are looming over us.

Photo by Laura Chouette on Unsplash

Time to wax poetic. These Poetry Submission Deadlines Are Coming Upon Us:

    


Otoroshi Journal

Deadline: April 30, 2022; opens April 1, 2022

(checked Jul 26/21)

Horrorku, horror tanka, and horror haibun, art. Payment: Poetry, $1. Art, $10. Submission periods are one month long:

· January for the Spring Issue

· April for the Summer Issue

· July for the Fall Issue

· October for the Winter Issue

https://otoroshijournal.wixsite.com/home/guidelines

Feb 2022

Dragon Soul Press: Organic Ink: Volume 5

Deadline: February 28, 2022

(checked Jul 26/21)

Poetry. “All poetry pieces are welcome. There is no theme.” Word Count – 1000 words minimum. Payment:  Royalties.

https://dragonsoulpress.com/anthologies/

The Southampton Review

Deadline: February 1, 2022; opens January 1, 2022. Submit early in the month to avoid fees

(checked Jul 26/21)

Poetry, prose, art. Payment: Prose: $100+, Poetry: $75 per poem. Illustration: $100 per page. Art Portfolios: $200 for up to 12 images.

https://www.thesouthamptonreview.com/submit/

Otoroshi Journal

Deadline: January 31st, 2022; opens January 1, 2022

(checked Jul 26/21)

Horrorku, horror tanka, and horror haibun, art. Payment: Poetry, $1. Art, $10. Submission periods are one month long:

· January for the Spring Issue

· April for the Summer Issue

· July for the Fall Issue

· October for the Winter Issue

https://otoroshijournal.wixsite.com/home/guidelines

Dec 2021

Arc Poetry Magazine

Deadline: December 31, 2021, Opens September 1, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Genre: Poetry. Payment: $50 per page. 

Arc has two reading periods:

  • submissions received from April 1 to July 31 will be read for the Winter issue
  • submissions received from September 1 to December 31 will be read for the Summer issue

https://arcpoetry.ca/submit/

Cincinnati Review

Deadline: December 31, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Prose, poetry, art. Payment: $25/page for prose in journal. $30/page for poetry in journal.

https://www.cincinnatireview.com/submission_guidelines-2/

Ninth Letter

Deadline: December 31, 2021; opens December 1, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Prose and poetry. Payment: $25 per printed page, with a maximum payment of $150, as well as two complimentary copies of the issue in which the work appears.

http://www.ninthletter.com/journal/submit

Nov 2021

Broken Sleep Books

Deadline: November 30, 2021; opens October 1, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Poetry pamphlets (up to 40 pages). Payment: Royalties.

https://www.brokensleepbooks.com/submissions

Ninth Letter

Deadline: November 30, 2021; opens November 1, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Prose and poetry. Payment: $25 per printed page, with a maximum payment of $150, as well as two complimentary copies of the issue in which the work appears.

http://www.ninthletter.com/journal/submit

Spartan

Deadline: November 30th, 2021; opens October 1, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Literary prose, 1500 words max. Payment: none.

https://spartanlit.com/submissions

Songs of Eretz

Deadline: November 15, 2021; opens November 1, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Poetry, cover art on theme of Place. Payment: $5.

Songs of Eretz Poetry Review Themes & Submission Schedules for 2021:

Month Theme Submission Period Lead Editor

March Circles February 1 – 15 Cummings

June Love May 1 – 15 Gordon

September Religion August 1 – 15 Cummings

December Place November 1 – 15 Gordon

http://www.songsoferetz.com/p/guidelines.html

Foglifter

Deadline: November 1, 2021; opens September 1, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Poetry, prose, cross-genre work. “Foglifter welcomes daring and thoughtful work by queer and trans writers in all forms, and we are especially interested in cross-genre, intersectional, marginal, and transgressive work.” Payment: $25.

https://foglifter.submittable.com/submit

Gordon Square Review

Deadline: October 31, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Poetry and prose. Payment: $25 per prose piece and $10 per poem.   

http://www.gordonsquarereview.org/submit.html

Harbor Review

Deadline: October 31, 2021; Opens August 1, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Genre: Poetry. Payment: $10.

Harbor Review publishes two issues a year. We accept original, previously unpublished submissions of poetry and visual art. We place poems in conversation with visual art.

https://www.harbor-review.com/submit

Otoroshi Journal

Deadline: October 31, 2021; opens October 1, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Horrorku, horror tanka, and horror haibun, art. Payment: Poetry, $1. Art, $10. Submission periods are one month long:

· January for the Spring Issue

· April for the Summer Issue

· July for the Fall Issue

· October for the Winter Issue

https://otoroshijournal.wixsite.com/home/guidelines

Sep 2021

Savor: Poems for the Tongue

Deadline: September 30th, 2021

(checked May 31/21)

Poetry about food. Payment: Small honorarium.

https://www.friendlycitybooks.com/savor

Working Titles

Deadline: September 30th, 2021; opens May 1, 2021. USPS submissions only.

(checked Jan 24/21)

Genre: Prose written for the digital page, which may incorporate unique visual, aural, or interactive elements. Payment: $250. 

*Electronic submissions outside this period: $3.00 fee to submit electronically per reading period. Make sure you are submitting on the Working Title page.

https://www.massreview.org/submission-guidelines/working-titles-guidelines

Eye to the Telescope

Deadline: September 15, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Speculative poetry. Theme: The Sea. Payment: US 3¢/word rounded up to nearest dollar; minimum US $3, maximum $25. Speculative poetry is poetry which falls within the genres of science fiction, fantasy, and supernatural horror, plus some related genres such as magic realism, metafiction, and fabulation. It is not easy to give precise definitions, partly because many of these genres are framed in term of fiction rather than poetry.

http://www.eyetothetelescope.com/submit.html

The Southampton Review

Deadline: September 1, 2021, opens August 1, 2021. Submit early in the month to avoid fees

(checked Jul 26/21)

Poetry, prose, art. Payment: Prose: $100+, Poetry: $75 per poem. Illustration: $100 per page. Art Portfolios: $200 for up to 12 images.

https://www.thesouthamptonreview.com/submit/

Aug 2021

Reliquiae (Corbel Stone Press)

Deadline: August 31st, 2021; opens June 1, 2021

(checked May 31/21)

Poetry and Prose. “Reliquiae is a journal of landscape, nature and mythology. Your work must engage with these themes.” Payment: “small payment”.

https://www.corbelstonepress.com/reliquiae

Spartan

Deadline: August 31st, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Literary prose, 1500 words max. Payment: none. 

https://spartanlit.com/submissions

Claw & Blossom Equinox Issue

Deadline: August 22, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Prose and poems that touch upon the natural world. Theme is Strange. Payment: $25.

https://clawandblossom.com/submissions/

Kaleidoscoped

Deadline: August 15, 2021; Opens June 15, 2021

(checked Jun 26/21)

Poetry, prose, media. “We are particularly interested in experimental and hybrid work across all mediums: send us your fragments, your experiments, your photographs, your drawn, your multi, your undefinable, your sound, your memory, your written, your stuff of resistance.” Payment: “Small sum.”

https://www.kaleidoscopedmag.com/

Songs of Eretz

Deadline: August 15, 2021; opens August 1, 2021

(checked May 31/21)

Poetry, cover art on theme of Religion. Payment: $5.

Songs of Eretz Poetry Review Themes & Submission Schedules for 2021:

Month Theme Submission Period Lead Editor

March Circles February 1 – 15 Cummings

June Love May 1 – 15 Gordon

September Religion August 1 – 15 Cummings

December Place November 1 – 15 Gordon

http://www.songsoferetz.com/p/guidelines.html

Yellow Arrow

Deadline: August 15, 2021; opens July 15, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Restrictions: Open to writers who identify as women. Genre: Poetry Chapbook.

https://www.yellowarrowpublishing.com/cbsubmissions

Ongoing Space

Deadline: August 10, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Prose in any genre up to 1000 words based on musical prompt. Payment:  30CAD.  

https://www.ongoing.space/submit

MudRoom: Summer Issue

Deadline: August 1, 2021

(checked Jun 21/21)

We are seeking poetry and prose in all their forms. Submissions are free, and we pay 15 dollars per accepted piece. MudRoom is somewhere between where you’ve come from and where you’re going. We believe in the liminal, the dirty, the messy, and the mundane. We publish four issues of prose and poetry a year, as well as interviews with writers and book reviews. https://www.mudroommag.com/

We’Moon Lunar Calendar

Deadline: August 1, 2021

(checked May 26/21)

Restrictions: Open to women only. Genre: Art, poetry and prose, 350 words maximum. Payment: Small honorarium.

https://wemoon.ws/pages/copy-of-submitting-art-writing#write

Jul 2021

Arc Poetry Magazine

Deadline: July 31, 2021, Opens April 1, 2021

(checked Jan 24/21)

Genre: Poetry. Payment: $50 per page. 

Arc has two reading periods:

  • submissions received from April 1 to July 31 will be read for the Winter issue
  • submissions received from September 1 to December 31 will be read for the Summer issue

https://arcpoetry.ca/submit/

Wizards in Space

Deadline: July 30, 2021. Accepts reprints.

(checked Jun 25/21)

Poetry, prose, art on theme: bridges & barriers. Payment: $40 per original poem or per page of original art; $20 per reprinted poem or per page of reprinted art; $0.04 per word for original prose, based on final published word count; $0.02 per word for reprinted prose, based on final published word count. 

https://wizardsinspacemag.submittable.com/submit

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My attempt to write a blog post about writing techniques, which I’ve been trying to do since Thursday, got hijacked and I’m attempting to jot off something. Of course, trying to write it today, four days after starting the other, is taking hours because family wants to chat or needs attention. My intended writing time became half a day waiting at the vet.

Life just happens sometimes and takes away your planned writing and editing. Life also gets in the way of your characters, but this vet thing has me thinking about the animal aspect of stories.

Roxy the reverse lampshade

Our stories generally revolve around humans or humanoids. Unless you write for children, where your main characters are just as likely to be animals.

Do you ever include animals in your stories? At the very least as part of the world scenery because they are everywhere and naturally will be encountered? As backdrop characters like that angry looking chair that sets the tone?

How about as small bit characters whose purpose is to reveal something about your main character’s personality?

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I did that in The McAllister Farm. Some readers will hate me for it. First for Zeke, the dog at the start of the book, and later for the new McAllister dog, Boomer.

Some readers will tell you they will forever hate any author who harms an animal. Some authors will say that sort of thing is off limits. But in some stories brutal things happen and in real life it is often the innocent that get hurt. Even while your stories are fictional and no real animals are harmed, writing is emulating real life to make your reader feel they are inside the story.

William McAllister is a hard no-nonsense man. He doesn’t hesitate to do what must be done and nothing is more important than the safety of his family. So, when the farm dog, Zeke, is bitten protecting his wife, Marjory, from a rabid raccoon trying to attack her, William knew there was only one thing to do.

Keeping with the times and being a rural farming area, farm dogs were not always vaccinated. They also weren’t pets that were coddled. When it came to putting a dog down, it was not out of the ordinary to treat it like any other farm animal on some farms. A lot of this came from the stories of my own family generations before me. Zeke was a working dog who had a specific purpose and that was to keep away from the house anything that might be considered a danger to William’s family. Coyotes, bears, and people.

This opening chapter showed both the ruthlessness of William McAllister, and his softer side. Zeke was bit by the rabid raccoon. He would be infected and suffer a degenerative death. There is no cure for rabies and it is an interspecies disease. Zeke would also be a danger to William’s family. Any animal or person coming in contact with the dog risked being infected with the contagious disease.

The gun would be a quicker kill, but William put his family first even in this. “Best not to use the gun. The kids will hear.” Marjory was distraught and he knew the kids would be without having to see their teary faces to know it.

Inside the dim interior, William stops and turns to Zeke.

Zeke stands staring up at him expectantly.

“Zeke, drop it,” he commands. “Sit.”

Zeke obediently does as ordered, looking up at him with trusting eyes.

“Best not to use the gun. The kids will hear.”

William casually moves to the wall where a shovel hangs. Taking it down, he approaches the dog.

Waiting patiently, Zeke sniffs around at the air, not paying attention to his master.

William walks around the dog, moving behind him and suddenly swinging the shovel in what is intended to be a fatal blow.

The scene gets more traumatizing to the reader before it ends, but even after the brutality of Zeke’s death, one William partially fails at because he’s concerned with upsetting his family more, and perhaps he even held back on that swing out of feelings of remorse for the dog, William showed care in the gentle treatment he gave the dog’s body in burying it.

And again later, in showing just the edge of the harsh reality of their world, the new dog, Boomer, is also injured protecting his family. This time, the little girl Sophie ran into a pack of coyotes. William failed his family in not driving them off or killing them sooner. The den is too close to the farmhouse. That is the remorse he lives with. And on seeing the severity of Boomer’s injuries, William automatically turns to what he knows. The dog should not be made to suffer unnecessarily and he does not think he will survive. It’s that soft spot in William that intervenes again, but this time the only danger Boomer is to his family is to their broken hearts.

The little girl, Sophie, trying to gently hug the dog, still a puppy, their pleading pained eyes as she begged her father not to kill Boomer. How could he not relent?

It’s a tough life for the McAllisters and Boomer will continue to play his occasional part in revealing things about the family members. Sophie’s brother Jason, with his barely repressed anger, self-doubts, and jealousy of his sister. Marjory in her anxious concern over protecting her children from everything, including from her own husband at times. And again near the end of the story where the family is pitted in a standoff against the community, Boomer will take his place as a story tool to bring home the harsh realities of the darker side of humans. Spoiler alert: Boomer will survive this story.

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Where do animals place in your stories? Have you considered it? Are they all animal free? How much thought and story do you put into the personalities and impact the narratives have on the animals in them?

After the long stressful day waiting for the vet

I try to put a little humanity and personality into every character. Even a short sentence of that character whose whole existence is three sentences long. The animals are no different. They are confused, trusting, and feeling even if it is only behind the scenes which don’t make it into the story.

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Even in our real world we sometimes forget to consider just what is going through the minds of the animals around us. That dog silently watching you walk by its house. The one maniacally barking and lunging at the fence as you pass. Your own pet enthusiastically greeting you or saying goodbye at the door only to rush to the window to watch you go.

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Observing these things with the mindset of trying to see it from their point of view like you do with a human character can add a depth of understanding to your writing.

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The sympathetic sister

I recently read an article about how a study analyzing stress hormones in dogs showed them to have lower levels of it if the owner leaving simply takes a moment longer to show them some love and say goodbye when they leave versus rushing out the door.

This article was completely forgotten when we ourselves left, being rushed out the door without the chance to do anything more than shout a quick, “Bye and have fun,” as your are being verbally pushed out of the house.

Three-quarters of the human part of our household vanished mysteriously Sunday. We were rushed out so fast we didn’t get the usual moment of goodbyes at the door. Both dogs always come to the door to say bye when you leave, even just stepping out to pull the garbage bins to the curb.

What goes through the minds of pets when some of their people disappear? They don’t know what’s happening. If you aren’t someone who regularly goes away overnight or for days for work or school, they aren’t used to you being gone. And now with Covid forcing so many to work from home or be out of work, pets have had to adjust to losing their quiet time being home alone for hours and become used to some of their people never or rarely leaving the house.

Not feeling good.
Red, raw, and swollen

By Tuesday one of the dogs had an irritated foot without having done anything to actually injure it. When we returned Thursday the foot was worse. She yelped and cried when we tried to look at it, trying to hid the foot, and obsessively licking it despite our best efforts to keep it wrapped. The dog was out of sorts and very cranky. And being Canada Day, the vet offices were closed.

Between the day closure and a large outbreak of kennel cough currently happening in the area, it took two more days to see a vet. Arriving at 9:30 am and sitting for hours in the car outside the vet’s office because they are doing curbside only with Covid, we were camped at the emergency vet.

This is a dog who was absolutely terrified of cars when we got her from the shelter. She’s over that fear, but not the anxiety, so waiting hours in the car was not ideal. And with the current heat wave it was too hot to take her out to walk around, so it was sitting in the air conditioned car with the engine running the whole time.

So out of sorts.

Spending hours in a car is enough time, apparently, for a large dog to abandon alternately huffing against the window like an anxiously bored child and trying to open the door, and learn how to operate the electric window button. She starts rolling down the window and we’re rolling it up before she can get it down enough to jump out. And repeat, repeat, repeat. Fortunately, there was a lock button on the driver’s door to stop children from playing with the window buttons.

The long wait also gave the opportunity to watch others bringing their pets to hand them off at the door and picking them up. There was the fat dog that had to be helped over that flat metal floor piece separating the vet office tile from the outside world at the door. Apparently the dog couldn’t step up over it. And the smartly prancing little dog being taken for a pee walk by a vet tech, its bright pink cast blinding in the sun. The little dog kept staring at the cars with a look that said, “Mom? Mom? Mom?”

They all exhibited a similar behavior, the reluctance to enter and the sulking slinking out the door after. Even Roxy after her turn finally came, went in reluctantly and she smashed her cone-headed face into the door before sulkily slinking out back to us.

The dog also came from the shelter with an abject fear of vets and needles, and very traumatized by the whole shelter experience. So, we knew she would not be happy to see the vet.

But why are vet offices so filled with anxiety? Do they remember the needles? The techs and vets are always so friendly towards them, offering cookies, but most animals seem so scared and anxious. Is it just them feeding off your anxiety, even if it’s only the size of the bill making you unhappy? Are they reacting to sensing and smelling the fear of the other animals? Is it the smell of sickness and injury? Do they smell the deaths of those who came before and were euthanized?

Our reverse-lampshade dog was clearly relieved to meet us at the door and slink out after being held down to be x-rayed and her foot examined. They wanted to sedate her for it, but she wouldn’t let them.

More than $400 Canadian later, three medications, the cone of shame, and the entire day shot, we learned there was nothing actually wrong with her that was not self-inflicted. There was no injury. The vet figured she stress licked her foot raw, which caused a cascading event of more licking because it hurt and more stress licking and more pain and inflammation, which caused more obsessive licking until it was raw, swollen, and infected.

And now she seems to be getting stuck on everything almost intentionally. Almost like giving us the middle finger while unhappily silently seeking attention and feeling sorry for herself. She gets stuck on chairs, tables, people, the other dog, and can’t get through a door. She paces and lies down and paces, unsure what to do with herself with that big cone constantly in the way of everything.

This isn’t the first time we’ve left the dogs, but they were used to all of us leaving the house for up to ten to fourteen hours a day, depending on the person, for work and school. And with kids activities, that was often followed by more hours away. It was rotating constantly with who was out or home at what times of day and night, and rarely everyone home at once. We went on vacations leaving them home alone for a week with a dog-sitter staying with them. A virtual stranger.

We never before had issues with one of the dogs going drama queen and stressing themselves like this over anyone being away an extended time. Not until Covid and three of four of us not leaving the house for months at a time (okay, maybe a year at a time, or at least it feels like it) because of schools and offices being shut down, and stores and businesses being for the most part shut down.

Maybe taking that moment to say goodbye with some extra ear scratches would have helped. Maybe not. But they are more anxious every time anyone leaves the house even before the camping trip that some of us went on. And leaving one of their favorite people home with them wasn’t enough.

What happens when the world opens up and we return to full time school and working in offices and other jobs, and our animals are stressed over our suddenly vanishing for hours every day?

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If this were all part of a story, how would I consider the animals’ feelings and how they relate to and affect their human’s reactions? The pining of the dog and its growing anxiety, whether its humans are aware or entirely oblivious to it, both the humans present and away.

In making our stories real for our readers, we want to add as many little touches of reality as the story needs. These details are also valuable tools in revealing things about our characters, both obvious and hidden personality characteristics.

Everywhere you go, everything you do, is an opportunity to observe the world and its interactions. Watching both people and animals gives you an insight into making your stories better.

Take some moments to watch the often neglected characters of our world, animals. Your pets, others’ pets, farm animals in passing, and the wild creatures around you. Observe people and dogs distant interactions when they pass on the sidewalks. Even watching birds interactions is an insight into that hidden and often skipped piece of stories. And consider this, would adding the odd animal as part of your story or world-building enhance your story? They are everywhere and affect every part of our lives even when we don’t own a pet ourselves.

Keep writing my friends, and I have to go rescue my dog who got stuck on the wall. Yes, the wall.

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Let’s take a break this week to just bask in our creativity.

Photo by Yann Jacobsen on Unsplash

What gets your creative juices flowing, spurring on sudden onsets of new ideas?

Are you a visual-leaning creative, your muse awakened by things you see? Scenes, scenery, pictures, and the like?

Or perhaps you are inspired by auditory cues? Music, birds singing, the ugly sounds of traffic and the city, or the beatific auditory dance of nature?

Is it the things you experience that stimulate the writer in you with those ‘Aha!’ moments? A scene in a movie, a real world moment you witnessed, the news, or world or community events? Books, poetry, and other literary works? Submersing yourself in all the stimuli of visiting certain places, art galleries, museums, and parks?

Perhaps it’s your relationships with people and pets that you draw on for inspirations, or the opposite, sweet solitude.

There are a lot of schools of thought on what makes us creatives tick. What it is that makes us… us.

Some think creatives to fall into categories like being risk takers who are happier taking on that big project instead of sticking to the boring mundane. And people who are not afraid to face potential failure. For us, failure is a learning curve and mistakes are just the bumps we learn from. In fact, those setbacks may make you want even more to figure it out.

We are willing to be different. We have to be or we’d probably be hiding in some corner writing when no one is looking and never releasing our creations on the world. Status quo shmatus quo, something here isn’t like all the others and it’s you. What others think of you isn’t as important as writing our hearts out.

Have you seen the movie Divergent? That’s you. Instead of falling into step of being who everyone else thinks you should be, doing what they want you to or what they think is ‘normal’, you challenge the boundaries of what is considered normal thinking and perspectives by others.

Some people out there even think we’re weird. That’s okay, because difference is beautiful.

Take some time this week to explore your creative energy, your muses, and your inspirations. Try out new things, new ways to ignite that creative spark. Find inspirations in new places and different ways.

Challenge yourself to try a new medium; drawing, painting, crafts, sculpting, rearranging your room, experiment with cooking, flower arranging, anything goes if you put the creative spirit into it.

Visit a new genre and explore it through reading and writing it. Have fun with it. Are you typically true to a single genre? Then try a crossover that mixes genres together.

Play with shorts. Not the kind you wear, but the written shorts. Micro poems, micro fiction or nonfiction. A single scene or description. Whatever catches your interest. These also make excellent writing practices.

Just for fun, take the Creative Type personality test by Adobe Create:  https://mycreativetype.com/

Adobe Create lists these personality types:

  • The Artist: “The Seeing beauty, creating beauty.”
  • The Thinker: “The Deep thoughts, big questions.”
  • The Adventurer: “The So much inspiration, so little time.”
  • The Maker: “The Committed to your craft.”
  • The Producer: “The Process is power.”
  • The Dreamer: “The power of imagination unleashed.”
  • The Innovator: “Move, shake, disrupt, repeat.”
  • The Visionary: “Imagining the impossible.”

* I got “You are the Dreamer”

Looking for ideas?

Try going onto a page like Unsplash and using a random search word and pick any photo as a writing prompt. Write anything. An external or internal (their inner person) character description, world build the scene or moment, write the action of what is or is not happening. Get creative, poetic, anything that strikes your fancy.

Do you have a music app like Spotify? Do a random song shuffle and write whatever that song inspires.

Go outside. On your balcony, front steps, anywhere you can safely people watch. Just watch and pick a moment to write about.

Or seek nature. If your yard backs onto a river or bush, that’s perfect. Maybe talk a walk on a trail or to a park. Urban nature trails are filled with wildlife, particularly if they run along a river or stream.

If you have any other suggestions for finding inspirations and waking that muse when it’s sluggish, you are more than welcome to share them.

Keep writing my friends and enjoy this beautiful summer weather.

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The first time I heard the term “story bible” my thoughts went immediately to the most commonly used meaning of the word ‘bible’. But it’s the second, informal, meaning of the word that applies here – “a book regarded as authoritative in a particular sphere.” – Oxford Languages

It felt weird calling something a ‘bible’ which was, in my more limited knowledge at that time, reserved only for a book that holds huge religious significance.

Photo by Debby Hudson on Unsplash

To better define just what a story bible is, consider the synonyms for ‘bible’:  ABC, authoritative book, companion, enchiridion (“a book containing essential information on a subject”), essential book, guide, handbook, manual, primer, vade mecum (“a handbook or guide that is kept constantly at hand for consultation.”).

I had to look two of these up, so I included their definitions, also from Oxford Languages.

You can call it whatever you want, really, but ‘story bible’ is the commonly used industry term.

What actually is a story bible?

Your story bible is the document you use to keep track of the details and worldbuilding in your novel. If you are doing a series, you might have a series bible that spans the larger story in addition to, or instead of, individual story bibles for each book. You may also have more broken down specific character bibles or world bibles if your story has more than one world.

Story bible vs. outline.

Story bibles go by many names—from series bible to novel bible, to the more specific character bible—but they all are the same thing: A document used to keep track of the worldbuilding and details in your novel.

It sounds pretty similar to an outline, and it is, but it’s not quite the same thing.

Both will duplicate certain details like your characters’ names and backgrounds, important worldbuilding points like technologies, languages, and locations, and the little details you need to remember about what you foreshadowed early in your novel.

The difference is in the scope.

The story bible is a quick and short reference guide for editing. Its focus will be narrow and restricted to the basic details. It might even be in point form. This guide makes a handy tool to quickly check when you’re making changes to your story. It’s also helpful for your cowriters if you have any, editors, and proofreaders.

An outline is like a story bible, but more detailed and more in-depth. It’s a guide with more meat for the purpose of plotting and fleshing out your story. It is a not-so-quick reference guide that fills in all the specifics and organizes your plot.

Purpose of the story bible.

Having to go back searching through a 300+ page manuscript to verify what color that car/dress/other item was is not something you or your editors want to have to do.

Your story bible is your reference guide for all your planning for the novel: story concept, setting, cultural references, bits of dialogue and phrases to keep language consistent, potential plot conflicts, character descriptions, and more.

This can be especially helpful if you participate in National Novel Writing Month. Quickly jotting down little details can save a lot of time spent wondering about or searching for the small things you need to be consistent on. Instead, you can move forward and spend that time trying to blast out 1667 words per day.

Maintaining continuity is perhaps the most important job of the story bible. You never know what small detail a reader might latch on and be put off by your lack of consistency with. Especially with the more complex science fiction and fantasy epics. Suddenly changing the name of a place because you didn’t remember correctly which name you went with can be confusing and off-putting for the reader. And, keeping things consistent can be hard when you are revising, rewriting, or, like me, have more stories than you can name on the go.

Creating a story bible.

If you’ve never created a story bible, don’t let that intimidate you. You can do an online search and come up with all kinds of ideas and suggestions of what to include. The lists are abundant and if you compile them yours will become ridiculously long. There are also templates you can download, but they might not seem relevant if they don’t match your genre.

The key is making it yours. Make your story bible what you need it to be. Don’t make up details that are irrelevant and wouldn’t be in your story otherwise just for the sake of filling in a form list.

Start early. If you’re a plotter, you might want to create your bible first and then expand on it to create your outline, or you might find it works better to create it simultaneously with your outline. It you are a pantser, quilter, spastic quilter (me!), the best advice I can give is to create and update your bible and outline as you go from the start. Going back to do them later in the game is time intensive and leaves you open to the mistakes having them would have avoided. Maybe I’ll write a post one day on how to convert that manuscript to an outline if you didn’t do one as you wrote.

Keep the details light. You don’t want to duplicate your outline here. This is meant to be a quick reference guide. If you want deeper darker dirt on the details, refer to the outline for more. In fact, this is where hyperlinks are a beautiful awesomely spectacular wonderful thing.

Using hyperlinks, you can be a click away from more details in your outline. Hyperlinks are not just to bring you to web pages. In fact, if you are formatting an eBook, they are absolutely essential to link your table of contents to jump to the chapters. To make it easier, you might even choose to have your story bible at the beginning of your outline document so the hyperlinks are contained in one document you can share, move, or rename as needed.

It’s trickier if you decide to also use them in your working notes in your WIP to bring you to the relevant places in your outline. Warning: changing file locations and names will break your hyperlinks if they are not linked to a place in the same document.

Your bible, outline, and story are fluid like the writing process. They are likely to change until the finished product.

There is no one size fits all story bible. Each will be a little unique to the writer and the needs of the story.

Let’s start with those most central key points. Title your story bible and list your story bible header information.

  • Story Bible Title
  • Series title and book titles
  • Genre/timeframe
  • Elements/rules of the world
  • Setting notes, ie) time, place, mood, context (create a section for each setting)
  • Story Drive (everyone wants to say their story is “character driven” because that’s the popular story driver. But what drives the character who is driving the story?)

Example:

Where the Bodies Are – Story Bible

Series: The McAllister Series, book 1

Central conflict/plotline: A serial killer must be stopped.

Torn, reality fractured, the killer is desperate to be stopped.

Genre/timeframe:   Crime fiction, antagonist lead, contemporary urban/rural, current period

Main features/rules of the world:   Real world / real life rules

Setting notes:

  • Time:    current day/year not specified
  • Place:    small city formerly a rural town grown in size, rural and urban locations
  • Mood:  dark, urgent, suspense
  • Context:  all real world assumed/not detailed: demographics, political systems, social views, cultural practices
  • Story Driver:  character/antagonist, drive to stop the killer, driven to stop himself killing; underlying story driver: killer’s dead sister, Cassie

For the body of your story bible you will want to categorize your sections to cover pertinent things like:

Characters’ Overview:

  • List of characters/characters’ names:
    • Most important/focal character(s) – what character the story cannot exist without
    • Lead character(s)
    • Secondary character(s)
    • Other character(s)
  • Characters’ relationships to one another – this could be one peoples relationship to another or individual characters’.
  • Key features of characters – again, this could be specific to groups or individuals.
  • Character portraits – key details only.

Worldbuilding:

  • Maps.
  • Locations and settings.
  • Races, cultures, and social norms.
  • Technologies, spells, and magical systems.
  • Conlang words (the language you invented for your fictional world) and their proper usage.

Plot timelines.

Example:

Characters’ Overview:

  • Key features/character portraits of characters:
    • The killer
      • Male, not described, identity secret, torn in a fractured world where reality and insanity blurs, obsessed with finding his dead sister; kidnaps women resembling what she would look like if the grew up, murders them in a fit of blackout rage when they are not his sister.
    • The Killer’s Dead Sister: Cassie
      • Female, died as a child, The Killer blames himself.
    • Beth (Detectives’ office)
      • Female, 30ish, competent, “perfectly painted nails and matching lips”
    • Detective Jim McNelly
      • Male, older/middle-aged, obese, slovenly, gruff, ugly ancient brown rusting Oldsmobile, driven to stop the killer, takes each victim personally, unrevealed mystery behind dead wife.
    • Detective Michael Underwood (McNelly’s partner)
      • Male, younger/not too young, generally considered attractive, likeable guy, seems just as home drinking with the boys or at Aunt Bee’s quilting group, driven to stop the killer for his own (spoiler redacted) reason.
      • Goes undercover as orderly at hospital to watch prime victim 1 “Jane Doe”.
    • Molly, nurse (hospital)
      • Mousy, nervous, thinks she’s a bit clairvoyant, protective ‘mother hen’ to prime victim 1 “Jane Doe” in hospital.
    • Prime Victim 1: “Jane Doe”
      • Female, young woman, left for dead, no memory, killer obsessed with taking her back.
    • Prime Victim 2: “Kathy”, Katherine Kingslow
      • Female, young woman, abusive boyfriend, comes to see kidnapping as rescue from Ronnie (boyfriend), develops Stockholm syndrome relationship with kidnapper/The Killer.
    • Prime Victim 3: Connie Wilson
      • Female, young woman, held prisoner at the farm with prime victims 1 & 2, killed when the Jane Doe and Connie try to escape.
    • Reporter Lawrence Hawkworth
      • Male, tall/skinny, buzzard-like features and mannerisms, reporter with ‘less than moral morals’, colorblind, secret dream of being a cop, is clairvoyant, confidant/friend/associate of Detective Jim McNelly, helps McNelly search for The Killer.

Worldbuilding:

  • Contemporary urban / rural. Real world.
  • Unnamed small city formerly a rural town grown in size, rural and urban locations.
  • **Locations not named because this could be your city/town/rural area. This could be your community.
  • Old hardware store: inspired by a real hardware store in a real small town in Manitoba
  • The farm (Killer’s hideout): long abandoned, rundown.
  • Police precinct: a small-town precinct that never grew up with the growing town turned into a small city. Police on the 2nd floor, municipal offices on the 1st floor.

Plot timelines:

Part One: Jane Doe: Learning about Victim 1 Jane Doe and the people connected to her.

  • Introduce Jane Doe victim left for dead.
  • Introduce characters: Nurse Molly, orderly (det. M. Underwood), Detective McNelly, Beth (civ. Missing Persons), reporter Lawrence Hawkworth.
  • Mystery man (Jason McAllister) tries to see Jane Doe at hospital after visiting hours.
  • Reporter Lawrence Hawkworth starts investigating the story of vic. 1 Jane Doe.

Part Two: Losing Grip: Killer has break from reality, almost kidnaps a little girl.

  • The Killer watches a woman’s house. She resembles his sister, but grown up. He slips into the blackout void of his madness and therein attempts to kidnap the little girl who drew his attention.
  • The Killer is sickened and in shock over almost taking an innocent child, not his intended target.

Part Three: Suffer the Righteous & Pamela Makes Three: The third woman kidnapping victim.

  • Deceased victim (2, 2nd Jane Doe) is found in parking garage, The Killer murders ex-priest/witness.
  • The Killer takes Pamela, victim # 3 / lesser victim character, not prime vic. 3.

This example is shortened for brevity here. Listing every bit character and event is not relevant to the blog post.

You see from my example that I only included the very basic details. If I described something (Jim McNelly’s car) in more specific terms that cannot be changed, I included that information. Otherwise the story bible becomes too long and cumbersome or becomes a detailed outline.

In some cases, particularly for a lengthy list of characters or locations, a checkbox form might be better suited.

This is a very basic example, but if you have your pertinent details filled in with this form repeated down the page for as many characters as you need, you can just click/check-box down with the minimum time spent filling in details and it keeps everything consistently organized:

Characters:

Name:                                         ☐ Female          ☐ Male              ☐ Other                 

                                                          ☐ Infant            ☐ Child               ☐ Teen

                                                        ☐ Y Adult          ☐ Middle aged ☐ Elder

                                                              ☐ Tall                 ☐ Short              ☐ Average

                                                              ☐ Thin               ☐ Obese            ☐ Average

                                                              Species/People:

                                                              ☐ People A        ☐ People B        ☐ People C

                                                              ☐ Town A           ☐Town B           ☐ Town C

If you need more in-depth lengthy details that’s where you want to turn to your character sheets or outline because you are no longer looking to reference a quick list guide.

Keep writing my friends and start journaling your storytelling adventure by plotting your bible and outline.

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We discussed how essential self-promotion is, whether you love doing it or hate it. And how self-promotion is the face you put out there to your followers.

Now we are getting into what you can do to self-promote, like blogging.

Having a website is as important as blogging. It’s another tool in your promotion toolbox. Think of your website as the center of everything you. It gives you a homepage to send people to for various purposes.

As with everything, there’s no one right way to do a website, but some things are better than others.

Don’t be bloggy.

It’s an easy mistake, but avoid making your website look like a blog. I made this gaffe when I started trying to do this stuff years ago. I’ve also seen it on a lot of websites. You can incorporate your blog and website together in a one-stop package, import your blog with an RRS feed, or just have a running list of links to your most recent blog articles, depending on what your website platform is capable of.

Just be sure your website looks like a website and not a blog. The first page of your website should look like a homepage. Keep the blog feed on another page they can easily find and click on, or in a lesser profile side stream.

Don’t backburner your website. Prioritize it.

I’m guilty of this and working to put more focus on updating it. In being so busy with life, family, the job that pays the bills, volunteering, blogging, trying to self-promote, and trying to get writing and editing done, I tend to forget my web page even exists. Bad bad me.

If this is your one-stop spot for people to find everything, it needs to be up to date. It should also be very easy for them to find and click links for your books and other products.

Keep it current and relevant.

If your blog feels abandoned, like an old house, it will not invite visitors in.

Your website is your homepage for all things you.

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As I said above, your website is your homepage. It’s where you can feature your newest release or product, sales, events, promotions, anything you want to focus on. You want links to follow you on social media, and to any store pages you’re selling your books or products on.

It’s your central hub pointing to and organizing the maze of media all your self-promotion is on. This also makes it easy for it to turn into a confusing web of links and plugs.

Try to do all this and keep that homepage simple and uncluttered. Easier said than done.

Your branding starts here.

As your focal point for self-promotion, your branding starts with your website. All points lead both to it and away from it.

Branding, in short, is how you shape the you your followers see. It’s something recognizable that immediately identifies you. Once you establish a branding that works for you, you want to express it consistently across all of your media from your website to your blog to your Facebook and Twitter.

Landing page vs. homepage.

You might see a website homepage referenced as a landing page. I’ve seen website homepages that were a landing page. Here is the key difference between the two:

A landing page is singularly focused. It is a standalone web page for a specific marketing or advertising campaign. It will typically have a single call-to-action link button.

For example, this newsletter signup button on the sidebar of my blog brings you to a landing page.

This landing page’s singular call to action is to signup for the newsletter. It asks the visitor to enter their email address and click “Subscribe”:

A homepage page is the first page visitors to your website see and it sets the stage for your website. It’s opening the door and stepping into your front entrance with just a glimpse of the home within behind the doors, aka pages and links.

This is my L. V. Gaudet website at the moment, and my other alias (Vivian Munnoch) website. They are both a work in process. As with all things writing, I’m forever working to improve my websites too.

Give your website personality. Make it stand out as yours.

Whether you are using a template or building your website from scratch, you want to give it your own personality. Make it yours. Make it stand out as a piece of you. You want your website to be memorable. To scream, “THIS IS MY WEBSITE AND IT’S BETTER THAN THE REST!”

Multiple pen names means having multiple websites.

If you are published under multiple pen names, you ideally want to have a website for each pen name. You can have a quick link for visitors to jump to your other nom de plume website. It means double the work. I have a visit button on both of mine linking to the other. With Wix, because I didn’t pay for a special domain name, this means both sites’ addresses start with ‘lvgaudet’.

Alternatively, you could go the route of treating it like a dual-author shared website. But having separate sites means you can focus each more on the target audience for that pen name. This is especially ideal if they are different genres. In my case they are different age groups.

Choosing the right website platform is important.

Finding the right website platform can take some trial and error. The first one you try isn’t always the best and that’s okay. There is a range of them out there from free to pricey, many with for both free and paid services, with different options and ways they work. Finding the right one for you makes the difference between a struggle or making updating your website a breeze.

Creating your website is like writing your story. You plot and draft it out, outline, change, and rearrange it. You might even scrap the whole thing and start fresh with a new page on a new website platform. It’s all part of the creative and learning process.

My webpage is on Wix.com. It is free and, once you figure it out, not too hard to use. It has limitations, but they all do. You can only link one blog to it. It is designed to be more friendly to Blogger than other blogsites like WordPress.

I chose Wix because after reading through multiple website platform reviews, it was in the top of the list with a majority of the reviewers, and because it’s free.

One of the things I don’t like is having to choose between adding new material at the bottom of your pages or the long slow process of moving all those boxes down a few at a time to organize it from the newest to oldest going down the pages.

For example, my “News & Events” page. It doesn’t make sense to list it from the oldest a the top down to the most current at the bottom. Who wants to scroll down that far for the most recent news? Maybe there is an easier way to do it on Wix, but I haven’t found it yet.

It only takes a moment to search ‘best free website platforms’ and you will have a screenful of articles to sift through and pick out which sites have what is best for your needs.


Keep writing my friends, and don’t let the challenge overwhelm you. Building a website can be time consuming, but it’s worth it in the end.

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How can you kill two birds with one stone? Simple. Follow that cliché! Blog.

Since most of us writers don’t make a whole lot from our writing, if you are among those that do sell any books, it doesn’t take much to put you in the red. Yes, there are ways to publish without spending a penny on it, but effective publishing, and promoting, costs money.

Blogging is one way to promote yourself and your work on any budget from, “Budget? What budget? I’m dead broke.” to “Budget? Haha, yeah, I don’t even think about what I spend. I don’t worry about money. I’ve got lots.”, and you don’t even have to blog about your work. You can make your blog about anything.

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Just because you write a particular genre or subject, doesn’t mean that’s what you have to focus your blog on. Maybe you’d rather discuss the plight of the Pacu Fish. If you don’t know, they have weirdly human-like teeth. Personally, I suspect this is the result of some hapless person who really angered someone big time, and was cursed that they and their generations to follow will forever live as fish.

Whatever your passion is, you can make that the subject of your blog. Write it enthusiastically. Write it well. And, the most important point, try to write it on schedule.

Consistency is magical. Stay reasonably on topic. If your passion is painting burned out skyscrapers and you grow a following blogging about those post-apocalyptic symbols, your readers likely won’t be interested in your post on tapioca pudding, unless it’s pudding found in a burnt skyscraper.

Posting occasionally and sporadically won’t grow much of a following. If you are going to do a monthly blog post, try to schedule it for the same day each month. People like consistency. They want you to be reliable.

Frequent blog posts can be a big challenge, especially with daily life and other things getting in the way. If you are going to commit, make it a schedule you can likely keep. Too frequently posting could set you up to fail, and if too frequent, is also spammy.

Don’t be spammy. Nobody likes having their email clogged with spam. If I’m getting multiple notifications a day every day on the same blogger posting, I’d stop following them pretty quickly. I find one a day every day from the same blogger too much. I don’t have the time to read that and would be just deleting the email notifications and probably killing that blog subscription.

Speaking of execution, how are you committing that murder of the second ‘bird’? Blogging serves a second purpose.

Blogging is writing practice. So, not only are you working to build a following that will hopefully result in some book sales, but you are also working at practicing and improving your writing skills.

Don’t wait. Start blogging before you publish.

While the writing practice and working to develop your writing voice is a bonus, the main purpose of your blogging is to put yourself out there and build a following. Your blog is a checkmark on your writing platform to do list.

Building a following is key to building your author platform. Any potential agent or publisher is going to be a whole lot more interested in the author with an extensive following than the one with a few dozen co-workers, family, friends, neighbors, and the odd random person they don’t know in real life.

Whether you are going traditional, with an Indie or small press, or self-publishing, that following is a pool of potential buyers of your book. The bigger that pool is when your book comes out, the better your odds are at generating sales through your blog.

You want to get your followers excited about your upcoming book if you can. Get them interested enough that they are sharing and spreading the news about your book. Only a small percentage of your followers will typically buy it, so the more reach you can get them to spread for you, the more potential buyers see it, and your list of followers can grow.

How do you start a blog?

Find yourself a blogging platform and start writing articles.

Simply put, a blog platform is a service or software for managing and publishing content on the internet in the form of a blog.

WordPress is one of the most popular platforms. It has both free and paid for themes that have a range of customization ability. There are plugins that let you do even more. You have to buy a subscription to use the plugins, but you can still do a pretty decent blog for absolutely free.

There are two variations of wordpress.

WordPress.org is a self-hosted open-source software. It’s free to use, but I’m sure there’s some catch in there for them to make money off you. Self-hosted = you need a domain name and web hosting. It lets you do more than the other WordPress, but a domain name and web hosting is not included in the “free” price tag of this software. You will need to find these and will have to pay for them. This also means that you or your web hosting service are responsible for doing all customizations, updates, and backups of your blog site.

WordPress.com is what I currently use. It is a hosting service created by Automattic, so it’s got the all-in-one on providing both the blog platform and hosting service. It has options ranging from free to crazy expensive. You are more limited in what you can do than with the .org, even more limited with the free version. You can get your own domain for a price. You have to have a paid subscription for that. They plug ads on your blog to make money off you, and you cannot plug your own ads to monetize. If you max out your storage space on the free plan, you have to upgrade to a paid subscription. When that happens, I’ll likely look into the costs of getting that domain name and web hosting to switch to the .org.

What I dislike about WordPress.com is that the new editor automatically removes all extra line breaks and color in text when you copy/paste your post into it, and doesn’t allow for font type changes within the post. I write in Word, all prettily formatted, and copy/paste it into WordPress. Then I have to go through the entire post adding back in the line breaks and re-convert sub-headers back into sub-headers and re-colorized any text that I didn’t want black. Line breaks – those empty spaces – help make your post easier to read and breaks up bits that don’t necessarily go together.

Blogger is another common one. You may have heard it called “Blogspot”. They aren’t one and the same, but they do work together to provide you a blogging platform. Blogger is the publishing platform and BlogSpot is a domain service provider. Both are available for free. You can also pay to get a custom domain name.

Warning: some authors have reported having issues with Facebook flagging Blogger blogsites as violating their anti-spam rules. Apparently Facebook lately equates Blogger with spam. Hopefully they will fix this.

There are others, and also website platforms like Wix that let you do a blog in addition to the website.

Do your research before you start. Find out what blogging platform best suits your needs.

You will find that you can auto-feed many blogging platforms to cross-pollinate your articles onto other social media sites with your blog. Where they are capable of feeding to depends largely on who owns what and who set up their sites to work together. I was able to set Blogger to feed into Wix (a website platform), but had no success trying to get WordPress to feed into Wix. Blogger also fed posts into Google+ before Google shut down that platform.

This article says you can import WordPress blog posts into Wix (you have to log into Wix to read the article). I’ll give this a try later when I get around to updating and spiffing up my Wix page.

My WordPress.com blog auto-feeds posts to my author pages on Facebook and Amazon, Twitter, Tumblr, and LinkedIn. It also has a new create a podcast episode feature that lets you convert your text blog to audio. I tried it out. Cons = it sounds like a robot, tends to skip words, and will mispronounce words including names and anything that is a heteronym (same spelling, different pronunciation). There is no way to fix those errors at this time. It’s new, so hopefully they fix that, but they probably won’t be able to get it to sound human.

Vlogs are another option.

Like audiobooks, they are also increasing in popularity. Why read a blog when you can listen to a video blog while you are doing other things like ignoring the other people in the room? Right?

Vlogs have their own group of hosting platforms. You could probably get away with creating the posts on your phone, but if you want a professional feel, you’re going to have to invest in equipment, find some sound and video editing software, learn sound and video editing, and find a quiet place to record. I’m probably making it sound harder than it is.

What else are these posts on YouTube, Tik Tok, and other social media and video sites where people are essentially blogging by video if not a form of vlogging? No, not the barrage of so-called challenges and other bizarre and mindless shares. I’m talking the posters who actually use these media sites as vlogs. There are other platforms out there designed specifically for vlogging.

You also have to be capable of speaking coherently while recording yourself. I’m still working on developing that talent.

One of the benefits of the blog is the side bars and pages.

In the side bars, you can have click to follow buttons, signups for your newsletter, and photo button plugs linking your readers to buy your books and products.

Pages give you the option to set up a click away page featuring any or all of your books and products.

Readers can come for the article and see your books down the side, buy them, learn more about them, and click to follow your other social media accounts.

Keep writing my friends, and good luck on those blogs.

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