Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘writing’

Here on my next episode of “How Technologically Illiterate Can I Be?” let’s delve into Youtube.

Photo by Joey Huang on Unsplash

This is also a reminder that as writers we need to explore new things and learn new to us (sometimes now old and perhaps less popular in certain demographics) social media to share and market ourselves and our writing with.

Don’t ask me how, because I don’t know, but in my attempts to set up a Youtube author channel, create and upload some content, link it to a few social media resources to upload that content, and cross-link social media to each other, I managed to create a second Youtube channel.

Whew, that was a long sentence.

See all my subscribers? Yes, that’s me subscribed to my own self. (I also subscribed to myself using my other author channel for middle grade dark fiction, Vivian Munnoch, which has a whopping one video uploaded – text to speech again as noted below, because I have yet to learn the ability to speak coherently while recording myself.)

This is the “L. V. Gaudet, author” channel I want to keep. It has a whopping two subscribers (both me) and two videos uploaded:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCz7ihUUNsNGpMLksRTZk2og

I think these were both the videos where I used a text to speech app for the voiceover because I am really bad at reading script while being recorded. So bad that the awful text to speech app sounds way better than I can, even after a ridiculous amount of time spent rehearsing reading the same flash fiction piece.

Two Identical Youtube channels serves me no purpose and would split any potential followers between the two, making the numbers on both worse than they already are.

p.s. this is also why you want to maximize your publishing numbers for your book by using fewer publisher methods (ie uploading to Smashwords, Amazon, Draft2Digital, IngramSpark, etc – because bigger numbers on one book or channel is better than those same numbers spread across multiples in smaller numbers on each.

This should be a breeze, right? All I need to do is delete that extra channel. Sounds easy to me. Except that I’m not always as technologically smart as I think I should be. I can’t find where to delete the extra channel! Great.

But that won’t stop me. Research time. And This will drive me to distraction until I figure it out, so I will find the answer.

Okay, so it turned out to be very easy, both to research and to do, although frightening that it took SOOOOO LOOOOONG on a channel with zero followers, zero follows, zero comments or likes given or received, and zero content.

In the top right corner click your profile picture, then click “Switch account”.

Click on the channel you want to remove (the top is my personal profile, the two identical are the channels).

On the left click “Settings” and then click “Advanced settings” at the bottom (see how bad I draw with my mouse? Haha).

Here it actually gives you the option of just hiding the content or removing it and your channel. Click “I want to permanently delete my content”.

Google gives you a chance to change your mind. This is your last chance. Click the boxes to let Google know that you know what you’re doing and aren’t just like drunk or something. Then click “Delete my content”.

Ok, so just in case you are actually RAGE QUITTING! your Youtube channel and deleting all content in a fiery burn of fury, Google gives you one last last chance to go back and not do this.

Type in your Youtube channel name in the box to verify. Just in case you do happen to be too drunk or something to remember, it conveniently shows it here in brackets for you.

Somewhere in one of these steps it made me log back in again. So if you can’t remember your Google password you’re kind of screwed there.

Then I had to wait a crazy long time for it to delete the channel despite it having zero followers, zero follows, zero comments or likes given or received, and zero content.

And apparently Youtube or Google felt like I just unfriended them or something, because after a few refreshed attempts to get back into Youtube to check – after that really long wait for the deleting message to clear – and having to re log into Google again even though I had it open  and my login active, I also had to re log in again to get into my account Youtube. Isn’t that supposed to be automatic when you are logged into Google? I mean I didn’t have to log into Youtube when I started this exercise.

And the extra channel is gone! Yay!

It was actually pretty easy. It took longer to re log in to Google and Youtube than to delete the extra channel. The longest was that wait for it to delete all the nonexistent content. I’m afraid of what it might take if I actually had a bunch of content and activity. I think that might actually take a day or two.

Keep writing my friends.

Any tips on speaking coherently when you are recording yourself so you don’t sound like you are tripping over your own lips and tongue? Hahahahaha. Seriously, those text to speech programs are not good. They sound like bad robots and confuse a lot of English language words, especially with Heteronyms like lead (is it the metal or to lead?), read, live, wind, etc.

Read Full Post »

An Epic Journey Figuring Out Why My Shared Word Document on OneDrive is Read Only. But Why? It is NOT a read only file on the computer. I Want to Edit It On My Phone!

Photo by Vlad Bagacian on Unsplash

If you know me, you know my technological literacy is spotty and incomplete. Some things I learned; others are as mystifying as the vastness of the Netherworld.

I also have an annoying habit of having to figure it out when I don’t know something. Who is that actor who seems so familiar and what did I see them in? Well, put that movie or show on pause because I have to know. (Nope, that guy in the episode of Yellowstone has a resemblance sort of, and voice that we thought sounded like him, but was not the actor who played Face on the A-Team). That nagging feeling something in a story I’m working on doesn’t mesh with something? I’m going to prove it to myself, even if it looks like it’s just a weird unprovable déjà vu because I can’t find it. I still won’t just drop it, though, because that nagging sense will still be there.

Why can’t I edit my file on One Drive? I have to know!

Jump to the answer! Or read on through all this rambling drivel.

Or; here is the quick answer if you don’t want to waste time reading anything else here:

In the document open on your phone Word app, just click the three dots in the menu (…) and “Save” (not Save As!) and “Save” again. Save in the identical file location of the existing file and click “Replace” when that popup message appears. Wait for it to save and update. It will convert your “read only” Compatibility Mode old version of Word file to the new version and make it editable and syncing across all open files on different devices.

In my efforts to get back to writing and editing with some reasonableness of frequency (aka not not writing and editing), I tried saving a few WIPs in Microsoft Word with the AutoSave to OneDrive feature. The idea being that I can edit the same file whether I’m on my laptop or on my phone in another room, or perhaps laying in bed awake at 3am with insomnia.

I’ve been very hesitant to embrace cloud saving of any kind. I’ve also been accustomed for years to working on anything personal (aka not the pay-the-bills-job) as much in places where I have no Wi-Fi as I do at home with Wi-Fi, including on my lunch breaks at that job for years before Covid sent us to work from home. No Wi-Fi in that lunchroom. Thus the learned extreme hesitancy of using any sort of cloud-based storage where I wouldn’t be able to access anything stored there half the time. One of my favorite places to write before we had to sell it was at the camper, in the peaceful  relaxing slower pace away from home and happens to be far from any sort of working Wi-Fi.

So this attempt at cloud-based file sharing with myself is both an unutilized technology and behavior to be learned.

I tried it with one WIP file and it was pretty cool. The idea of being able to edit the same file with real-time live updates on both devices was fun. I sat there typing on the laptop and watching the words appear on my phone. Then I did it the other way around just because I could. Yeah, I know. I’m lame.

My second file attempt – The Woods, a novel I have been so painfully close to completion for so long and promising to finish and have published, and actually think might in many ways be one of my, if not ‘The’, best – did not go so well.

I’ve clicked the AutoSave in Microsoft Word to save it to OneDrive cloud-based storage, deleted that OneDrive file, and re-clicked it a number of times. I just cannot get it to open in the Microsoft Word app on my phone as an editable file like the other one. It will only open as a read only file.

So what am I doing wrong?

The first thing I found on the issue was a Microsoft issues chat from 2014 where all the answers suggested the *fix* of just downloading and saving the file as a new file to edit. Sounds easy right? As long as you have no intention of going back and forth between devices or have multiple people co-working on the document. As the original poster of the question commented, this is not a fix, but rather a workaround. It also means you essentially end up with more than one file document you now have to be on top of constantly making sure to either upload, download, and save as every time you are going to work on it, or will later have the laboriously time intensive task of using Microsoft Word’s compare files feature to try to combine all the revised file copies into one revision copy.

I’ve actually done that with files and it’s a great feature when you have the need for it. It’s nice when you find yourself with multiple rough WIPs of something and don’t know which is better or what changes were made on which and why. But I would not choose to do it unnecessarily because you are going through every single space, character, word, sentence, paragraph, and formatting change made on the two versions through the entire document. And repeating if for every extra revision copy you need to combine. You then have to go through and thoroughly edit the whole thing because you may or may not have remembered right and clicked yes or no to changes correctly throughout the entire document.

So, nix that non-fix.

Next try:

I tried opening the OneDrive folder and checking that the file folder within it and the WIP file both have the sync symbol showing sync is turned on. I don’t think you can actually turn that off? Here are three status symbols that show up:

  • The cloud one is a video of my itty bitty teen punching out another girl sparring at boxing. (She’s pretty good!)
  • “Shroud Eaters” is a horror in early stages and my first attempt at file sharing between the laptop and phone. That’s the one I could open and edit no problem with it revising the file for both devices in real time. This was my NaNoWriMo 2021 challenge to continue working on, which I did not get far on.
  • “The Woods 2021” is the newest save (thus the “2021”) version, keeping the previous save intact as an unrevised just-in-case backup. This is the file that will only open as a read only file on my phone with the Word app.

What do these symbols mean? I had to look it up. This is what I found:

  • The cloud – this file is available only online and cannot be opened without some form of internet connection. This file takes no space on your device.
  • Green checkmark in a circle – “When you open an online-only file, it downloads to your device and becomes a locally available file. You can open a locally available file anytime, even without Internet access.” In other words, this file when opened will download to your device, take up file space, can be edited with or without internet, and should automatically save back to the cloud location to sync and update with revisions made to the shared file on other devices. Sweet.
  • The circling arrows – means that a sync is in progress. If it shows this with a “processing changes” message, you may have a problem. Processing changes is okay because that means it’s actively syncing, but if it doesn’t go away your sync is stuck. When I hover the mouse over the file line with the circling arrows in the folder it does show “Availability status: Sync pending”.

(P.s. as noted below, closing the file on the laptop turned these to green checkmarks – so sync pending was not actually stuck or anything. However it apparently can get stuck. In this case it was just letting me know the file was open somewhere and waiting to sync when I start typing in it.)

I tested by editing “Shroud Eaters” on my phone while watching the OneDrive file folder on the laptop. The green checkmark didn’t even blink. The file is open on both the laptop and phone. I tried typing in each while watching the file on the other device, and the watching it change on the other screen in real-time didn’t happen this time. Weird.

So, I closed OneDrive and clicked the app on the phone to open the file folder and saw this:

This actually doesn’t surprise me because I’ve already encountered the problem I have yet to resolve of somehow ending up with multiple OneDrive files for the same file. That’s why you see the “Shroud Eaters (3)” file.

So now I have the added issue of which of these is the most recent and current file with the hours of work added? Bugger. And why when both the phone and laptop open files should be the same file syncing on both devices did the changes not sync? It also shows one updated a half hour prior, not both just now, which would answer why the two devices show the revisions from each other.

I figured out the most recent revisions file and deleted all the extra “Shroud Eater” files from OneDrive via the laptop. I got the warning that deleting the files will delete them everywhere.

Now, in the OneDrive folder on the laptop the one Shroud Eaters file shows the same circling arrows that when I hover over them is shows “Availability status: Sync pending”. Great. Now both files are broken and not syncing. Good job.

The weird thing is the rest of the files are gone from the OneDrive folder on the computer, but not from that same folder on the phone. “Shroud Eaters (3)” vanished, but the others are all still there.

After about ten or fifteen minutes the warning that deleting the files will delete them everywhere came up again for another file and I clicked okay through it again and the extra files vanished from the phone folder a few minutes later. So, a major delayed reaction which might be a clue to the non-syncing issue. Or not.

I don’t always think of trying things in the most logical order, so thinking my sync pending is stuck, now I try closing the files in Word. Magic. Sync pending circling arrows is gone and they are green check marks. That’s not the problem apparently.

I opened Shroud Eaters and testing it again, typing on the laptop and it did not change in real-time on the phone document like it did the first time I tested out doing it. But closing and reopening the file on the phone synced the changes. It also made the typing in either device make real-time changes on the screen of the other again. Cool. It also showed them as markup changes – aka the text added on the phone and deleted on the laptop showed as strikethrough text on the phone and flagged a revision spot on the laptop file saying I cannot revise it until I finish revising it on the phone to avoid conflicts.

This hasn’t happened before. And the phone gave me the option to accept or reject the change. Clicking accept brought a notification that I can use the feature if I buy Microsoft 360. Um, no. Not right now. But maybe that’s why the navigation isn’t on the phone like it is on the laptop Word program? It’s something to think about when I maybe need to buy the personal or family plan by the end of the school year. Closing and re-opening the file on the phone again made the updates happen, so no worries there. It will update eventually and lose the markups.

So, back to trying to open The Woods on the phone. Nope, it’s still a read only file. Why? Hell if I know.

I deleted The Woods from the OneDrive file, opened the file on my hard drive, and re-saved it again on OneDrive. I opened it on my phone with the Word app, and it’s still a read only file. Crap. Why? Why does this technology hate me?

I found this curious and completely useless for my problem conversation about this issue. Except with their issue they discovered it opened as read only when saved in Google Drive and opened fine as an editable file when saved in OneDrive. My files are saved in OneDrive automatically by the Word app and one file works while the other only opens as read only in the Word app on the phone. So mine should work!

One commenter said whether a file worked on their phone (Andriod like mine) depended on how they opened the file. But I’m opening both files exactly the same way and one opens as editable and one as read only.

Both files are Word documents with .docx file extensions.

I tried opening “Blood And Canvas” on my phone. It too opens as a read only file. I have a new clue! What do “Blood And Canvas” and “The Woods” have in common that “Shroud Eaters” does not?

All three are Word documents created on my laptop and have .docx file extensions.

They were all three each started and the files created originally at different times years apart using different versions of Microsoft Word, and different laptops as one died and was replaced with another, so that it something none have in common.

“AND BINGO IS HIS NAME-O”!

Under the “File” tab at the top of your Word document on the computer click the “Info” option to view the information on your file. How to do this might be different on older versions of Word.

Both Blood And Canvas and The Woods show “Compatibility Mode”. Shroud Eaters does not! So now I know what the two files that open as read only on my phone have in common that’s different from the one that works.

Compatibility Mode is how Word allows a file created in an older version of Word to be opened and used in a newer version of Word. I found this: “As long as a document is showing [Compatibility Mode], new or changed Word features that were not included in the earlier version will be disabled.

Good thinking. I’m talking like really old versions of Word each these files would have been created it, even though they are saved with the .docx file extension.

Then I found this on the types of file extensions that are supported by Word:

This tells me that all three files were created using versions of Word from anywhere between 2007 and 2019. If they were .doc files, they would be from even older Word versions. With that and reading that link about how Compatibility Mode disables  features that were not available in the Word version the document was originally created in, I think Compatibility Mode is stopping the files from being editable on the phone – a phone app and OneDrive cloud storage that was created AFTER newer versions of Word replaced those older outdated ones.

THE BIG TWO SECOND FIX THAT TOOK ME WAY TOO LONG TO FIGURE OUT!

If your Word document is in Compatibility Mode, that is likely blocking it from opening as an editable file from OneDrive on your other device. You need to get rid of Compatibility Mode by have Word convert it to the new Word format.

In the document open on the computer, I clicked the “Convert” button in the document information screen and clicked “OK” through this popup warning message to let Word convert, clicked the Save/Sync button to make sure it saves the converted file to OneDrive, closed the file on the computer, then tried to open it on the phone. I had a little gray line at the top that opened to a message giving me the option to refresh to the new file. I did. And IT WORKED! The files saved on OneDrive now open on the phone Word app as perfectly editable files.

Now I’m asking myself, what if I did not have the laptop handy to fix it? What if I was somewhere else with just my phone and want to be able to edit and have the file sync when I open it later on the computer?

How do I fix a “Compatibility Mode” problem through the Word app on the phone?

I deleted the OneDrive “The Woods” file and re-saved aka clicked the Auto-Save to OneDrive on the hard drive document that is still in Compatibility Mode to test this.

  • Save the file using your phone: In the file opened with the Word app on the phone (this was using Android) Click those three dots to open “File actions” and click “Save”, not “Save As”. Click “Save” again, chose the save location, and save it.
  • Here’s the trick: Make sure you are saving it in the exact same OneDrive file location, including whether it is in a sub-file. You want the “Replace file?” popup message. If you don’t get that message you are just saving it as a second file instead of replacing the existing file. Click “Replace” and your Word doc file saves as the newer version of Word.
  • The good thing is the new file is in the new format and does not open in “Compatibility Mode” on the computer, and you didn’t just create a secondary file to figure out later. When you or whoever else opens OneDrive to work on that file with another device, it’s fixed just the same as if you fixed it with the Conversion option on the computer.

Now, what if someone is using the file, say on the laptop while I do that trick with my phone?

Hint: this is totally awesome!

Do the exact same thing! It worked!

I deleted the OneDrive file and did the re-AutoSave to OneDrive again with the Compatibility Mode file to test it. I added some gobbledygook nonsense typing to it on the Laptop. Yup, when I opened the file on the phone it was read only and the added gobbledygook nonsense typing was there. This is definitely the same file and not some weird other file that somehow exists.

With “The Woods” Compatibility Mode document in OneDrive still open on the laptop…

On “The Woods” read only file open on my phone I did the … and “Save” (not Save As!) and “Save” again. I made sure it was the identical file location of the existing file. I even clicked on the existing file for good measure, although it’s totally not necessary. I clicked “Replace” when that popup message appeared. Waited for it to save and update.

Magic! My file is now editable and not read only, updated to the new file type.

I typed some more gobbledygook nonsense typing in the file on my phone and watched it magically appear in real-time in the still open document on my laptop – a document that also now just like that was also the newer version of Word and no longer in Compatibility Mode.

Easy frigging peasy fix! (How the heck do you even spell “peasy”?)

My final question is why can I never come up with the right and very fast and simple answer first without wasting a lot of time searching for and answer that apparently exists NOWHERE in the whole World Wide Web, experimenting, and finally getting it after so much wasted time?

From my online searches, apparently I’m not alone. I could not find any answer anywhere that simply says, “In the document open on your phone Word app, just click the three dots (…) and “Save” (not Save As!) and “Save” again. Save in the identical file location of the existing file and click “Replace” when that popup message appears. Wait for it to save and update. It will convert your “read only” Compatibility Mode old version of Word file to the new version and make it editable and syncing across all open files on different devices. I can’t guarantee if more than one are actively typing in the shared document it will pick up all synced changes at the moment it saves over that file, but hopefully it will. After all, the document stayed open and unchanged on my laptop, other than losing the Compatibility Mode until I started editing the file on the phone – which updated the other file in real-time sync. I’m not talented enough to type in both the document on the computer simultaneously without pause while saving it on the phone to test it. That would take the help of another person to do one part while I do the other to test that fully.

Keep writing my friends.

Read Full Post »

Aka Don’t Fall For The Open-Ended Questions Cloaked As Being Meant to Inspire Discussion, But Really Are Open-Leaders For Trolls, Scams, and Pushy Salespeople.

Photo by Sammy Williams on Unsplash

Is it just me, or has social media become more toxic, nasty, and predatory the past few years? I’ve backed off a lot on it because of this. That and the drive for these massive companies to maximize monetizing your online activity has increasingly pushed them to create algorithms that make them progressively less relevant to your wants and needs. At least it has for me.

It feels like this never ending course we seem to be trapped on where divisiveness, anger, hate, and extremes being publicly celebrated and gleefully politicized by politicians and news media is feeding that greedy toxicity monster infesting social media.

Where did all the puppies and kittens go? Every post now feels like a political minefield ready to go off.

Social media is the ultimate double-edged sword. But it’s more than that. The metaphor can especially be taken both ways with social media – of having the possibility of both favorable and unwanted unfavorable consequences, and that it can harm both its wielder and anyone else who gets too close.

(Sidetrack: Now I have to ask, why is it that in a hardcore close-in fight the person wielding the sword in entertainment media – movies, shows, books, etc. – so often does not get cut when they handle the blade which is shown to be so ridiculously sharp that the slightest touch to fabric or their opponent’s skin results in serious cuts, and yet a lesser touch slices their opponent?)

Social media is a cesspool of tainted necessity.

Social media – friend or foe?

Photo by Hello I’m Nik on Unsplash

As a writer, having a platform is essential. Publishers and agents look for it. And not just a platform you started last month and have three friends and a few posts because you feel awkward doing it.

Social media is your necessary evil.

You have to have a public face. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, a website, blogging, etc. This public face ideally would be vibrant and established before that publisher or agent gets your query. While they are your target for getting published, the audience is your readers and potential readers.

Having a vibrant and established platform is also time intensive. Self-promotion is a full time job. It’s also more than just posting stuff for others to see. It is interacting with people and building a network of connections – friends, family, associates, associations, companies, fans, followers…

Your readers and potential readers following your public face want to know about you. They want to know about your writing too, but without feeling like they know who you are, that falls flat. They want to feel a connection to you, as a person.

This is where some authors go wrong. The airing of personal opinions can make your fans love you or hate you, all depending on what those opinions are. Remember the J. K. Rowling vs. LGBTQ+ debacle? Publicly airing her insensitivity lost her more than the LGBTQ+ community fans she offended. And then she made the second mistake. With every attempt at defending herself she only dug that hole deeper. Fans who loved to feel like they knew her saw a new side of her they didn’t know existed and they did not like that person.

Social media is also about networking. It’s not just about putting out posts for your readers and potential publishers and agents. You also need to schmooze others in the industry. You want to make connections and friendships with other writers, publishing professionals, readers, and anyone else who can help your writing career.

This means putting yourself out there and joining social media groups. Facebook has more than you can imagine, but not all are equal. Some have too little oversight, allowing the trolls to take over. Some get spammed with junk that has nothing to do with the group and does not belong on it.

These past few years I’ve never seen so many writers groups so spammed by bots pushing political agendas. So much that the moderators cannot keep up and sometimes give up trying. I’ve never left so many writing groups because of the politicized and hate spam posts that do not belong there and were not being moderated out. P.s. this is why I like the groups that pre-moderate posts, having to approve them before they show up.

Now here’s a caution: never ever publicly complain in the group about the posts or virtually voice your leaving because of them unless you want to be publicly tarred and feathered by the trolls. Nothing brings out their claws like someone complaining they are leaving a group. Just go. Quietly.

You join these groups and work to develop a sense of community with your fellow writers and publishing peeps. You make friends and contacts. You comment on and like others’ posts and post your own hoping for meaningful dialogue.

Sometimes that dialogue is meaningful and sometimes it’s attacked by the nasty trolls. I like to block those people who unreasonably attack or pick fights with others. They are not people I want to associate with. And if the group moderators do not bring the hammer down on the trolls in any attempt to control their assaults, then I will gladly seek out a more moderated and friendly group.

Often comments on questions fall in the range from helpful to offering questionable resources.

And then there are the open-ended questions mean to inspire discussion in writers’ groups….

Don’t fall for the open-ended questions meant to inspire discussion in writers’ groups.

Photo by Daniel Lincoln on Unsplash

If you’ve been in any of the writers’ groups on social media, you’ve seen them.

While some of these questions are people legitimately looking to start a meaningful discussion, there are also others posting them with ulterior motives. There is an army of people lurking in social media groups seeking to sell their services, dropping these open leader questions and pouncing on the people who comment on them like the spam calls spoofing numbers ringing on your phone.

They are often also cut and pasted into multiple groups. If you see the identical question popping up in multiple groups, that for me is a big waving flashing red flag.

“Blah blah blah… share your book links. Go!”

“What inspires your writing?”

“How do you promote your books?”

The questions referencing promoting are, for me, the biggest red flags.

The list of examples is endless and I’ve fallen for a few, dumbly leaving my comment among the rest of the comments, to suddenly find myself with a new ‘friend’ (the author of the post) messaging me. Sometimes they are quicker to back off, others are more along the lines of the horror I once experienced sitting through a timeshare presentation for free tickets to the Tournament of Kings dinner show in Vegas.

You know the pushy sales tactic, where (they literally did at the timeshare presentation) tell you that you are a bad and neglectful parent and your kids will hate and resent you for life, and that you don’t deserve to have kids, if you don’t buy into their vacation timeshare. They just won’t take ‘no’ for an answer, try to guilt you into it, and may even resort to veiled threats, ahem suggestions, that not buying their services will harm your chances of ever seeing happiness and will result in the loss of your marriage, kids, and everyone else in your life, forcing you to live a life unhappy and alone (or for writers, book sales).

In this case the kids are your published books, your love life is potential publishers, and the vacation timeshare is paying this person for their advertising and promotion services.

“So why don’t you want to sell any books?”

“Don’t you like your books?”

“Why don’t you like money?”

“Why don’t you want to make money selling your books?”

Falling for commenting on one of these posts a few times was enough for me. It turned me off participating in online discussions. I have an especial dislike for pushy people who will not take rejection, whether they ignored the “no soliciting” sign on my door, leaving me dealing with manically barking dogs with people in the house sleeping or trying to do Zoom calls, or they find the words “No thank you, I’m not interested.” incomprehensible. No means no, means no, means stop asking.

This is why I may be tempted on occasion, but now generally avoid commenting on any open-ended posts that trigger discussions. Too often they are fishing posts. I carefully think about what posts to comment on, be it groups or friends, and still sometimes find I made a mistake commenting on the wrong post. It’s not just those fishing posts, but in the growing toxic online world too many people have become quick to anger if they happen to have a different viewpoint.

This is also why I carefully consider which random stranger friend requests I accept, and which out of the blue stranger IM messages I respond to. Because it might be one of *those people*, the pushy ‘you hate money and your books if you don’t give me money because I promise to promote your books’ people, although more often they are of the widowed or divorced veteran with kids romance scam variety of friend or IM requests.

In fact, lurking instead of commenting leaves me with only the romance scammers reaching out to me.

Keep writing my friends and play safe out there.

Read Full Post »

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

Photo by BSD on Unsplash

Darkness is Closing In. These Crime & Horror Submission Deadlines Are Imminent:

     
 





CRIME, MYSTERY, TRUE CRIME, & DARK FICTION CRIME MARKETS:

Jump to Horror Markets

The Best New True Crime Stories

Deadline: January 1, 2022. NOTE: Deadline dates are subject to change and submissions may close earlier.

(checked Oct 23/21)

Nonfiction, true crime accounts on theme of Crimes of the Famous and Infamous. Material must be meticulously fact-checked and free of errors before submission, including names, dates, locations, etc. Payment: $130, and 2 print copies of the book.

https://mitziszereto.com/call-for-submissions/

Nov – Dec 2021

Bouchercon

Deadline: December 31, 2021

(checked Oct 29/21)

Bouchercon 2022 – The Land of 10,000 Crimes. Crime fiction, less than 5000 words, not previously published. “We would like the stories to be set in Minnesota or Minnesota adjacent (Wisconsin, Iowa, Canada, the Dakotas). Payment: $75. 

https://www.bouchercon2022.com/2020-anthology

Hardboiled and Loaded with Sin

Deadline: December 31, 2021

(checked Sep 25/21)

Crime short stories 1500-7,500 words. Payment: $10.

https://hawkshawpress.com/hardboiled-and-loaded-with-sin/

Hiraeth Publishing: Cosmic Crime Stories

Deadline: December 31st, 2021

(checked Oct 23/21)

Tales of future crimes and future detectives. Crime fiction written in the third person stands the best chance for acceptance. We do not want gore, blood, splatter, or slice-and-dice. A word about sex and extreme language: we don’t mind it, necessarily, but the sex and/or colorful language must have a purpose. 2,000 and 8,000 words. Payment: Pay rates for original stories: $25.00. Pay rate for reprinted stories: $10.00. Pay rate for original illustrations: $6.00 per illustration.

https://www.hiraethsffh.com/cosmic-crime-stories-guidelines

Worlds Enough: Fantastic Detectives

Deadline: December 30, 2021

(checked Sep 25/21)

“We’re looking for stories about crimes in fantasy settings, ranging from “second world” settings to urban fantasies (with a slight preference for the former—no more than a third of the anthology will be urban fantasies).” Length: Up to 15,000 words. Payment: $20.

http://www.worldsenough.com/2021/08/call-for-submissions/

Crimeucopia

Deadline: November 30, 2021

(checked May 31/21)

Crime Fiction. Payment: Reprints – To a Maximum of – £7.00 at present – but negotiable. New Material – 1,000 – 5,000 – up to £10 .00 at present. New Material – 6.000 – 10,000 – up to £20.00 at present.

https://www.murderousinkpress.co.uk/submissions.html

HORROR MARKETS:

2022

Black Spot Books and Crystal Lake Publishing – Shakespeare Unleashed

Deadline: TBA; Submission Period: July or August 2022

“Horror stories based on Shakespeare’s plays and characters. We’ll also have horror sonnets!” Short story: 1500 to 6000 words, payment: 6 cents a word. Sonnet: 14-line Shakespearean sonnet, payment: $25 flat fee. No reprints, multiple subs or simultaneous subs. “We’re looking for dark and scary stories — no parodies or humor pieces. Stories can be set in time periods other than the Elizabethan era, and can be updated or reimagined or merely “based on.”” 

Not on website yet. Sign up for our newsletter to get news and updates: http://eepurl.com/hD4Cz5

The Cellar Door: Dark Highways

Deadline: July 15, 2022; opens July 1, 2022

(checked Jul 26/21)

Horror/suspense stories that take place on a highway, road, or inside a vehicle. Payment: $25. 2,000 – 7,500 words.

https://www.darkpeninsulapress.com/the-cellar-door-issue-3—dark-highways.html

Dragon Soul Press: Beautiful Darkness 1 (R)

Deadline: June 30, 2022

(checked Jul 21/21)

Genre: Horror. “In a world where so many dark things go bump in the night, terror awaits around every corner as these authors take horror stories to the next level.” Word Count – 5,000-15,000. Payment:  Royalties. Note: This series replaces All Dark Places.

https://dragonsoulpress.com/anthologies/

Dragon Soul Press: Haunt (R)

Deadline: May 31, 2022

(checked Jul 21/21)

Genre: Horror. “In a world where so many dark things go bump in the night, terror awaits around every corner as these authors take horror stories to the next level.” Word Count – 5,000-15,000. Payment:  Royalties.

https://dragonsoulpress.com/anthologies/

Fedowar Press – Camp Slasher Lake

Deadline: April, 30. 2022

(checked Oct 31/21)

Horror/Slasher Anthology. “This is a tribute to the glorious slasher movies of the 80s. We want the unstoppable killers, the claustrophobic sense of no escape, and of course, the blood.: Between 7.5k and 15k words. Payment paid $.01 per word.

https://fedowarpress.com/submissions/camp-slasher-lake/

Jan – Feb 2022

Thriller Digest: Hunted

Deadline: February 13, 2022

(checked Oct 29/21)

Anthology of suspense novelettes. “The theme is “hunted” – which can be interpreted in any way that creates a fast-moving, pulse-pounding story that readers can’t put down.”. Length: 7,500 to 10,000 words. Payment: Revenue share. 

https://storiesrulepress.com/thriller-digest-call-for-submissions/

The Other Stories (Audio)

Deadline: February 1, 2022

(checked Jul 26/21)

Horror on theme of Metamorphosis. Payment: 15 GBT. 2,000 words.

Guidelines are here.

https://theotherstories.net/submissions

The Cellar Door: Forbidden Magic

Deadline: January 15, 2022; opens January 1, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Horror/dark fantasy stories featuring forbidden or taboo magic. Must include some form of spell casting or alchemy. Payment: $25. 2,000 – 7,500 words.

https://www.darkpeninsulapress.com/the-cellar-door-issue-2—forbidden-magic.html

The Other Stories (Audio)

Deadline: January 1, 2022

(checked Jul 26/21)

Horror on theme of Victorian England. Payment: 15 GBT. 2,000 words.

Guidelines are here.

https://theotherstories.net/submissions

Dec 2021

Blackspot Books: Into the Forest (a women-in-horror anthology)

Deadline: December 31, 2021; opens September 28, 2021

(checked Oct 31/21)

Into The Forest: Tales of the Baba Yaga is a women-in-horror anthology. All writers who identify as women are welcome to submit. 1000 to 5000 words. Payment: 6 cents a word (USD).

https://blackspotbooks.submittable.com/submit/204749/into-the-forest-a-women-in-horror-anthology

Colors in Darkness: Tales of the Dark Fae Anthology

Deadline: December 31, 2021; opens October 15, 2021.

(checked Oct 31/21)

Short stories from people of color, that embody the dark magic, creepy wonder and beautiful horror of the fairy world. 2,500-7,500 words. Payment: flat $25 per story via PayPal.

https://www.colorsindarkness.com/single-post/open-call-announcement-tales-of-the-dark-fae

Diet Riot: A Fatterpunk Anthology

Deadline: December 31, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Horror. Haunted houses, ghost stories, creature features, splatterpunk, serial killers, witches, monsters, you name it. Just make sure your story features at least one fat protagonist. Payment: $25.

https://nicole-jarrell.squarespace.com/diet-riot-a-fatterpunk-anthology-submission-info

Monstrosities

Deadline: December 31, 2021

(checked Oct 22/21)

Horror. Short stories & poetry involving obscure creatures and phenomena. “Terrify us with your best story or poem about monsters or unexplained occurrences that are rarely used in horror.” Payment: $50 flat rate per story, $25 flat rate per poem.

https://sliceduppress.com/submissions/

Collective Chaos: An Apocalyptic Anthology

Deadline: December 20, 2021

(checked Oct 22/21)

The theme for the first publication will be world-ending chaos. Short fiction (short stories, poetry, flash fiction) within the cosmic horror or apocalyptic genres (We may consider a dystopian story as well). Payment: $15.

https://www.ctpfiction.com/collective-chaos

Dose of Dread

Deadline: December 15, 2021; opens December 1, 2021 – closed for rest of 2021

(checked Oct 22/21)

Submissions open monthly: 1st – 15th. Un-themed, general horror flash fiction. Preference to dread-inducing stories.. Length: 500 – 1,000 words. Payment: $10.

https://dreadstonepress.com/submissions/

The Other Stories (Audio)

Deadline: December 15, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Horror on theme of Superheroes. Payment: 15 GBT. 2,000 words.

Guidelines are here.

https://theotherstories.net/submissions

Archive of the Odd

Deadline: December 1, 2021

(checked Oct 29/21)

Speculative fiction, horror preferred. “Stories can be in any format except traditional prose. Stories told in forum messages? Great! Police blotters? Excellent! Receipts? If you can swing that, we want to see it!”; or any other unusual format. Submissions do not have to be entirely in text. Payment: $15-25 for fiction of 500-5,000+ words.

https://archiveoftheodd.wordpress.com/submissions/

Scary Dairy Press: Bloody Rock Anthology

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

(checked Jul 26/21)

Horror. “Does the rock of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s take you back to the nightmares of yore? If you can brew a scary tale that Alice Cooper and the Dead would love, we just might love it too!” Payment: $.03 per word.

http://scarydairypress.com/

The Other Stories (Audio)

Deadline: December 1, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Horror on theme of Surgery. Payment: 15 GBT. 2,000 words.

Guidelines are here.

https://theotherstories.net/submissions

The Quiet Ones February 2022

Deadline: December 1st, 2022

(checked Oct 31/21)

Theme: True Love Never Dies. Short stories up to 3,000 words, flash and micro fiction up to 1,000 words, poetry. Payment: $25.00 (USD) per piece. 

https://wearethequietones.com/submission-calls/

Nov 2021

Black Beacon Books Hitchcock-themed anthology

Deadline: November 30th, 2021

(checked Oct 31/21)

“We’re looking for suspense stories directly inspired by a Hitchcock film. The story doesn’t have to be set in the 50s or 60s but it must convey the atmosphere and tension that make his films so memorable.” 6,000 and 30,000 words. Payment: 4€ euros per 1000 words for original stories and two print copies, 2€ euros per 1000 words for reprints and two print copies. Note: Reprints Welcome.

https://horrortree.com/event/taking-submissions-hitchcockian-themed-anthology/

Dark Recesses Press

Deadline: November 30, 2021

(checked Oct 29/21)

Horror/dark fiction pieces between 500-5000 words, briefs, interviews, reviews.. Payment: 5 cents/word. Note: Only pays for print magazine. Also needs readers.

https://darkrecessespress.com/

Dark Void

Deadline: November 30th, 2021

(checked Oct 29/21)

Science fiction horror. 3,000-4000 words. “All stories that take place on Earth will be automatically rejected.” Payment: 5 cents/word.

https://darkvoidmagazine.com/submissionguidelines

Furward Slash: A Furry Adult Techno-Horror Anthology

Deadline: November 30th, 2021

(checked Oct 31/21)

Theme of Furries and technology cast in a ‘bad’ light. “We will take preference for stories that showcase both furry and their selected technology (currently existing or otherwise) in the front and center, and not just something to throw aside as soon as the main plot starts. Moreso if they find a way to integrate both elements together in unique ways.” 2,500-8,000 words. Payment: $10 USD per story.

https://horrortree.com/event/taking-submissions-furward-slash-a-furry-adult-techno-horror-anthology/

Red Cape Anthologies: M is for Medical

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

(checked Oct 29/21)

Genre: Horror. 4,000-8,000 words. “Think surgery gone wrong, sadistic nurses, organ trafficking, creepy doctors etc.” Payment:  £10.  

https://redcapepublishing.com/submissions/

Weird Punk Books: Stories of the Eye (Early)

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

(checked Oct 31/21)

Explore the power of images, why we bring them to life or destroy them through duplication and representation, and how the act of creating changes them and changes us. Invent a future art form or resurrect a forgotten handicraft. Define “model” as widely and surprisingly as you like: people, objects, trees, oceans, ideas. Examine obsession, violence, commitment, love, or indifference. 2,500 to 5,000 words.

https://horrortree.com/event/taking-submissions-stories-of-the-eye-early/

The Periodical, Forlorn: Haunted Houses

Deadline: November 21, 2021

(checked Oct 22/21)

Stories about spooky old houses and the creep-crawlies that float forlornly down back passageways, leave strange cold spots in libraries, and come out at night to terrify unsuspecting guests. Up to 6,000 words. Payment: $15.

https://www.periodicalforlorn.com/submission-guidelines

Dark Peninsula Press: The Cellar Door

Deadline: November 15, 2021

(checked Oct 29/21)

Horror/thriller stories that take place in or near the woods. “We’re looking for slightly shorter stories this time around (2,000 to 5,000 words). Although everyone is welcome to submit, we have a special preference for women authors this time around.” Payment: $25.

https://www.darkpeninsulapress.com/the-cellar-door-issue-1—woodland-terrors.html

Dose of Dread

Deadline: November 15, 2021; opens November 1, 2021 – closed for rest of 2021

(checked Oct 22/21)

Submissions open monthly: 1st – 15th. Un-themed, general horror flash fiction. Preference to dread-inducing stories.. Length: 500 – 1,000 words. Payment: $10.

https://dreadstonepress.com/submissions/

Lamplight

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

(checked May 31/21)

Dark fiction, both short stories and flash fiction. No specific sub-genres or themes, just good stories. For inspiration, we suggest “The Twilight Zone”, “The Outer Limits”, and LampLight, Vol1 Issue 1 which is free. We go for stories that are dark, literary; we are looking for the creepy, the weird and the unsettling. We do not accept stories with the following: vampires, zombies, werewolves, serial killers, hitmen, excessive gore or sex, excessive abuse against women, revenge fantasies, cannibals, high fantasy.Payment: Unpublished Fiction: 3¢ per word, $150.00 max. Reprints: 1¢ per word up to 7,000 words.

There are two submission periods for LampLight:

15 March – 15 May for the September and December Issues

15 September – 15 November for March and June Issues

Submissions sent outside of these periods will not be considered.

https://lamplightmagazine.com/submissions/

The Other Stories (Audio)

Deadline: November 15, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Horror on theme of Cults. Payment: 15 GBT. 2,000 words.

Guidelines are here.

https://theotherstories.net/submissions

Timber Ghost Press: Out of Time: True Paranormal Encounters

Deadline: November 15, 2021

(checked Oct 29/21)

True ghost stories, unexplained occurrences, and weird encounters with the paranormal or supernatural. (Bonus if you have pictures that go along with the story.) 5,000 words or less. Payment: $20.

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

Haunted MTL

Deadline: November 12, 2021. (Or until filled)

(checked Jul 27/21)

We want you to scare us. We want you to grip us. We want you to make us check under the bed, desk, and/or lawnmower. Swearing? OK. Killing? Sure, why not? Rape? Not our sponsor. Sex? You bet! Horror. Payment: Not specified. Micro-fiction all the way up to 4500 words.

https://hauntedmtl.com/current-submission-calls-and-guidelines/

Death in the Mouth

Deadline: November 1, 2021

(checked Sep 25/21)

Open to BIPOC writers and other ethnically marginalized writers and artists from around the world. “We’re looking for original manifestations of horror, dread, grief, fear, and anxiety. Embodiments of mania and displacements of faith. Harrowing ecstasy and debilitating hope. Consuming, relentless love. Transgressions of the body, the spirit, and the community. Quiet, creeping absurdities. Unique and terrifying alien mythology from the future. Weird and unsettling folklore from secondary worlds. Quiet contemporary techno-panic.” Payment: 8 cents/word.   Some reprints accepted.

https://deathinthemouth.com/

Last Girls Club

Deadline: November 1, 2021

(checked Oct 22/21)

Feminist horror. Poetry, short stories, flash fiction, essays. Theme is DEVOUT: Martyrs, Cults, and Mayhem. What do you find frightening about deeply religious people and social movements? What does it feel like to be “possessed “ by a god or goddess? Payment: $10 – $25.

https://www.lastgirlsclub.com/submit

The Other Stories (Audio)

Deadline: November 1, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Horror on theme of Video Games. Payment: 15 GBT. 2,000 words.

Guidelines are here.

https://theotherstories.net/submissions

Read Full Post »

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:

Jan 2022

34 Orchard

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

(checked Jul 10/21)

We like dark, intense pieces that speak to a deeper truth. We’re not genre-specific; we just like scary, disturbing, unsettling, and sad. We like things we can’t put down and things that make us go “wow” when we’ve finished. 

Short fiction from 1000 to 7500 words, poetry any style or length, simultaneous submissions allowed, multiple submissions not allowed. No reprints allowed. Asks for 1 year exclusive online rights. Pays $50.

Reading Period:

Spring Issue: January 1-January 31. Published April. Assume rejected if no response by Feb 28.

Fall Issue: July 1-July 31. Published November. Assume rejected if no response by Aug 31.

https://34orchard.com/guidelines/

khōréō

Deadline: January 31, 2022

(checked Oct 30/21)

Restrictions: Open to writers who identify as an immigrant or member of a diaspora in the broadest definitions of the terms. Stories, essays, and art: fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and any genre in between or around it, as long as there’s a speculative element. See themes. Payment: 0.08/word for fiction, $100 for nonfiction, and  $40-300 for art.

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

Nonbinary Review: Shared Worlds

Deadline: January 31, 2022

(checked Oct 30/21)

Poetry, fiction, essays, and art around the theme of Shared Worlds. All works should be based in a well-established fictional world and should obey that world’s rules and customs, and we should be able to recognize that fictional world from your work. Works may NOT be based around major characters or previously published stories from those worlds, although they may be mentioned. Payment: 1 cent per word for prose, and a flat fee of $10 for poetry.

https://nonbinaryreview.submittable.com/submit/202881/nbr-27-shared-worlds

Disquiet Literary Prize

Deadline: January 24; Entry fee: $15

 (checked Oct 30/21)

“Multi-genre award for the best poetry, fiction, or nonfiction on any subject, by an author who has not yet published more than one book with a major publisher. Entries must be in English. Entries may not be previously published.” The first prize winners in each genre will be published. One grand prize winner will receive a full scholarship including tuition, lodging, and a $1,000 travel stipend to Lisbon in 2022 (June 26-July 8). Genre winners will receive a $500 cash prize in addition to publication.

https://disquietinternational.submittable.com/submit/16443/disquiet-literary-prize-2022

Off Topic Publishing: Wayward and Upward

Deadline: January 20, 2022 or until filled

 (checked Oct 30/21)

Poetry and fiction. “A multimedia project inspired by the electrosymphonic album “Wayward & Upward” by Spinoza Gambit. The music already exists. Your job is to fill in the words.” No simultaneous submissions. Payment: $50 – $100 CAD on publication.

https://offtopicpublishing.com/opencalls/

Solstice 2022

Deadline: January 20, 2022

 (checked Oct 30/21)

Winter-themed short literary works. Poems, short stories, literary non-fiction. Think Northern Lights, candles against the darkness, the rolling year, spirits (both in a glass and in the ether), warm hearths. Payment: $25.

https://devilspartypress.com/submissions/

Conversations Anthology And Editors’ Prize

Deadline: January 15; Entry Fee: $10

 (checked Oct 30/21)

We invite writers to submit to the Unleash Press Anthology, Conversations. Essays, fiction, drama, art, and poetry interpretations of the theme will be accepted. Submissions will be accepted July 15 – January 15, 2022. Submissions should have a total word count of no more than 5,000 words. All authors chosen for the anthology will receive an e-copy and a paperback copy of the book. Submissions are $10. The Editors’ Prize is $75 and includes a custom illustration inspired by the writing. Submission guidelines can be found here.

https://www.unleashcreatives.net/unleash-press

Fantasy Magazine

Deadline: January 7, 2022; Opens January 1, 2021

(checked Oct 30/21)

Fantasy short stories, flash fiction, poetry. All types of fantasy and dark fantasy are welcome. Payment: 8 cents per word for original short stories and flash fiction. $40 per poem.

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

Scum

Deadline: January 7, 2022; opens to submissions on January 1, 2022

(checked Feb 21/21)

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/

Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores

Deadline: January 2, 2022 (Submissions window: 1st and second day each month)

(checked Feb 21/21)

*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/

Slice

Deadline: January 1, 2022; Opens November 1, 2021

(checked Oct 30/21)

Fiction, nonfiction, poems. Theme to be announced soon. We look for work that plays off the theme, particularly in unexpected ways. Payment: $400 for long stories and essays, $150 for flash fiction, and $100 for poems.

https://slicemagazine.org/submit/

Dec 2021

Book XI: Be Careful What You Wish For

Deadline: December 31, 2021 or until filled.

(checked Oct 22/21)

Philosophically informed stories, essays, or poetry that address the theme: Be Careful What You Wish For. 2,000 and 7,000 words. Payment: $50/poem, $200/prose.

https://bookxiajournalofliteraryphilosophy.submittable.com/submit

Chestnut Review

Deadline: December 31, 2021. Submit early in the month to avoid submission fee.

(checked Oct 22/21)

Poetry, flash fiction, short fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, visual media (art/photography). Chestnut Review appears four times per year online and once per year in print in our annual anthology. Payment: $120. 

https://chestnutreview.com/submissions/

Cincinnati Review

Deadline: December 31, 2021 – site under maintenance

(checked Oct 22/21)

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

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

Cloud Lake Literary

Deadline: December 31, 2021

(checked Oct 22/21)

Restrictions: Canadian writers. Genre: Fiction, art. creative nonfiction, poetry, and children’s literature (up to and including YA). Reading Period: January 1st to June 30th – Fall volume (September publication);  July 1st to December 31st – Spring volume (March publication). Payment: $50 CAD/per page to a maximum of $150 CAD. Visual Art Submission: $50 CAD/per submission. 

https://www.cloudlakeliterary.ca/submit

Critical Read

Deadline: December 31, 2021

(checked Oct 22/21)

True stories of the fine, literary and performing arts: artwork biographies, reported stories, profiles, cultural history, essay, interviews and first person stories.  We read pitches for Artwork Biographies from September 6, 2021 to December 31, 2021. We accept personal submissions year-round. Payment: Varies.

https://criticalread.submittable.com/submit

Felis Futura: An Anthology of Future Cats (working title)

Deadline: December 31, 2021

(checked Oct 22/21)

Stories, poetry, and visual art about the future which feature cats. Payment: $10 per accepted poem, 1c/word ($5 minimum) for accepted fiction ($15 per page for graphic narrative fiction), $20 per accepted piece of non-narrative internal visual art $100 (negotiable) for the cover illustration.

http://www.manawaker.com/submit-to-felis-futura/

FIYAH

Deadline: December 31st, 2021

(checked Oct 22/21)

Speculative fiction, art, and poetry. Features stories by and about Black people of the 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.

https://www.fiyahlitmag.com/submissions/

Newfound Communities of Care: Themed Issue

Deadline: December 31, 2021

(checked Oct 22/21)

Fiction, Flash, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, and Visual Arts. Theme: Communities of Care. Share your sanctuary, your sacred or communal spaces. Where do you go for rest, healing, or comfort? Please add a note to your submission if you would like us to consider it for the themed issue. All theme submissions will be considered for General Submissions. Payment: $25.

https://newfound.org/contribute-journal/

PoArtMo Anthology (Volume 2) – Auroras & Blossoms

Deadline: December 31, 2021

(checked Apr 28/21)

A Winnipeg publication.

Submissions are open to artists ages 17 and over. Due to the huge number of poetry submissions we have received, we can only accept a few more poems into the anthology. We will be giving priority to six-word stories, short stories, flash fiction, essays, drawings, paintings, and photography.

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/poartmo-anthology/

THE CARIBBEAN WRITER

Deadline: December 31

(checked Oct 21/21)

Theme: Disruption, Disguise and Illuminations. As history meets our day to day experiences, epiphanies unfold; and as we self-interrogate the disruption motifs in many of these illuminations, the roots of prevailing disruptions emerge, complicated by disguise. Submissions exploring this theme in its widest permutations are invited. Contributors may submit works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essays or one act plays which explore the ideas resonating within the region and its diaspora. The Caribbean should be central to the work, or the work should reflect a Caribbean heritage, experience or perspective. Prospective authors should submit all creative works: drama, fiction and poetry manuscripts, through the online portal ONLY.

https://www.thecaribbeanwriter.org/online-submission

Workers Write! Tales from the Key of C

Deadline: December 31, 2021. (Or until full.)

(checked Oct 21/21)

Fiction and poetry from the music industry – “about music teachers, singer/band members, band managers, roadies, conductors, DJs, studio musicians, anyone who makes money making music.” Payment: $5 – $50. 

The Puritan: Winter Issue

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

(checked Oct 21/21)

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/

Journ-E: The Journal of Imaginative Literature

Deadline: December 21, 2021

(checked Oct 30/21)

Speculative Literature across the several genres of the high imagination: Adventure, Detection & Mystery, Fantasy, Horror & the Supernatural, and Science Fiction. Each division of the pentapartite journal, representing the genres noted above, will include: at least one original short story, at least three poems, at least one scholarly article and at least one scholarly review, and at least one illustration–ideally relevant to one of the stories or poems included in the section.

https://mindseye.us.com/JOURN-E/

Nowhere Fall Writing Prize (Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction)

Deadline: December 15, 2021; Entry Fee: $20

(checked Oct 21/21)

Award-winning literary travel magazine Nowhere is accepting submissions for our annual Fall Travel Writing Prize. We are looking for novice and veteran writers of any stripe to send us stories that possess a powerful sense of people, place and time. Every submission will be read blind, so anyone can win!

https://nowherepublishing.submittable.com/submit/203241/fall-2021-travel-writing-prize

Southern Indiana Review

Deadline: December 15, 2021

(checked Oct 21/21)

Fiction, CNF, poetry. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but we ask that you inform us immediately if work is accepted elsewhere. Submit one piece of fiction or nonfiction or up to five poems (or flash fiction). Payment: $50-$100 per piece.

https://www.usi.edu/sir/submission-guidelines

The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts

Deadline: December 15, 2021

(checked Oct 21/21)

Fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, mixed media, visual arts, “and even kitchen sinks, if they are compressed in some way.” Payment: $50. 

https://matter.submittable.com/submit

Loft 112 – Cards For Community

Deadline: December 12, 2021

(checked Oct 21/21)

Conditions: – This project is open to Calgarians of all ages and ability. Postcard designs must be original and in no way hurtful or harmful.

Cards For Community is a city-wide participatory project created to foster dialogue and community connection through “storytelling-on-a-postcard”. Residents/artists/poets/writers/songwriters/young & old Calgarians are welcome to share personal neighbourhood stories. The hope is to make invisible parts of our city visible & to amplify stories from all over Calgary. Project challenge: to receive at least ONE POSTCARD from every one of Calgary’s 212 neighbourhoods. Cards for Community is more than postcards!

https://www.loft112.org/submit

Fantasy Magazine

Deadline: December 7, 2021; opens December 1, 2021 – temporarily closed to submissions (to Jan 2022)

(checked Oct 21/21)

Fantasy short stories, flash fiction, poetry. Fantasy is open to submissions the first week of every month (1st-7th). Please do not query about submitting outside our open submission periods. Payment: 8 cents per word for original short stories and flash fiction. $40 per poem.

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

Scum

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

(checked Oct 21/21)

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/

Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores

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

(checked Feb 21/21)

*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/

Abbey Review

Deadline: December 1, 2021

(checked Oct 21/21)

Short stories, poems, and screenplays. Short Stories (300 word minimum, 30 page maximum), screenplays (15 page maximum), poetry (1 minimum, 10 maximum). Payment: $30 per short story, poem, and screenplay, and the best piece of writing gets paid an additional $70, for a total of $100.

Bethlehem Writers Roundtable

Deadline: December 1, 2021

(checked Oct 21/21)

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/

Eternal Haunted Summer

Deadline: December 1, 2021

(checked Oct 30/21)

Poetry, short fiction about Night. We’re looking for hymns to Odin and Inanna and Sekhmet. Prayers to Hermes and Brigid and Asherah. Short stories featuring (or otherwise referencing) Lugh and Yinepu and Hekate. Payment: $5.

https://eternalhauntedsummer.com/about/

Parabola

Deadline: December 1, 2021

(checked Oct 30/21)

Original essays and translations, poetry, reviews. 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. Each issue of Parabola is organized around a theme.

https://parabola.org/submissions/

Puerto del Sol Seeks Writing on Water

Deadline: December 1, 2021

(checked Oct 21/21)

Puerto del Sol seeks work which engages with water in all its forms. Life and growth and blood and poison and drought and commodity. Snow and steam and tsunami. We want to read work as sharp and brittle as ice. We want stories, essays, and poems which drip from dew-soaked branches or crash like waterfalls. Show us something as vast as the sea or as small as a single droplet of acid rain. Send us your explorations of fluidity, of the ways things shift and change, and of things which cannot be held, no matter how hard we try.

www.puertodelsol.org

Sundog Lit

Deadline: December 1, 2021, Opens October 1, 2021

(checked Apr 15/21)

Poetry, nonfiction, and fiction. Payment: $25.

We publish two issues a year, September 1 and March 1. We accept general submissions for poetry, nonfiction, and fiction between two reading periods, and the first 300 submissions to each are free. We also run a collaborative writing contest in August. We also accept visual art all year. 

  • General Submissions: March 1 – May 1
  • General Submissions: October 1 – December 1
  • Collaboration Contest: July 15 –  August 31

https://sundoglit.com/submissions/

The Antihumanist

Deadline: December 1, 2021

(checked Oct 30/21)

Fiction, nonfiction, art. “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/

Woodcrest Magazine is Reading

Deadline: December 1, 2021

(checked Oct 21/21)

The literary journal of Cabrini University, Woodcrest aims to publish work that is surprising, challenging, and grounded in the human experience. We want to read your submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, hybrid genres, and graphic arts. Please use our Submittable page for more information about submissions: woodcrestmagazine.submittable.com/submit.

Nov 2021

Abandon

Deadline: November 30th, 2021

(checked Sep 25/21)

“We want to showcase writing and artwork that has been created with abandon. That term is free to be interpreted liberally, but ideally it is the kind of work that takes risks, created in a space wherein the artist doesn’t care what anyone else thinks or what everyone else is doing. As long as the writing is powerful and abandons the preconceived notions of what is expected, we want to read it.” Payment: $15.

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

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/

Baltimore Review

Deadline: November 30th, 2021

(checked Oct 29/21)

Poetry; send up to three poems, fiction, creative nonfiction, videos (including poetry), and cross-genre work. Payment: $40.

http://baltimorereview.org/index.php/submit

Banff Centre Bliss Carmen Poetry Award, Short Fiction, And Creative Non-Fiction Contests

Deadline: November 30, 2021; Entry fee: $32

(checked Sep 29/21)

Prairie Fire Press and McNally Robinson Booksellers present the 2021 Annual Writing Contests. Although the deadline is November 30 (postmarked), you can enter any time. Prizes are awarded in each of the three categories and winning entries are published in Prairie Fire.

https://www.prairiefire.ca/contests/

Black Lawrence Press

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

(checked Sep 25/21)

During our June and November Open Reading Periods, we accept submissions in the following categories: novel, novella, short story collection (full-length and chapbook), poetry (full-length and chapbook), biography & cultural studies, translation (from the German), and creative nonfiction.

https://blacklawrencepress.com/submissions-and-contests/open-reading-periods/

Bluestem

Deadline: November 30th, 2021

(checked Oct 21/21)

Fiction, poetry, nonfiction. No more than 5 poems at one time, or one short story (or 1-3 flash pieces in the same file), or one creative nonfiction essay. Fiction / prose / essays should be no longer than 5,000 words. Payment: $20/poem and $75/prose piece.

https://bluestemmagazine.com/submit

Crannóg

Deadline: November 30, 2021

(checked Oct 29/21)

Poetry, short stories. “Crannóg’s mission is to publish the work of Irish writers alongside the best available worldwide and to show how well such writing sits with the best available internationally.” Payment: €50 per story, €30 per poem.

https://crannogmagazine.com/submit/

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/

Salt Publishing

Deadline: November 30, 2021

(checked Oct 29/21)

Fiction (novels and short stories), narrative non-fiction, poetry. “We particularly welcome submissions from women, BAME, disabled, working class and LGBTQ+ writers.” Payment: Royalties. (No information on site.)

https://www.saltpublishing.com/pages/submissions

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 30, 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 Gravity of the Thing: Stranged Writing

Deadline: November 30th, 2021

(checked Oct 21/21)

Defamiliarized writing. “The contents of the collection will be curated according to biological taxonomy (species, genus, family, order, class, phylum, kingdom, domain) using word count, and the final form of the collection will be a cloth hardcover with a screen-printed dust jacket from Prieto Screenprinting. Each dust jacket will fold into a unique literary organism or book sculpture, the goal being a dimensional and tactile reading experience during these largely digital times.” Payment: $5 – $25.

http://thegravityofthething.com/submit/

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

Prairie Fire

Deadline: November 24, 2021

(checked Oct 29/21)

Fiction, poetry, CNF on the theme of Uncharted Territory. “Tell us about a time you (or a fictional character) either deliberately threw away the roadmap and set out on a new, uncharted course into the unfamiliar and unexpected, or a time when an external catalyst such as loss, illness, poverty, a social movement, a work of art, or a pandemic changed the way you think, or sent you in a new direction and changed the course of your life.” Payment: Prose: $0.10 per word; Poetry: $40 per poem.

https://www.prairiefire.ca/call-for-submissions-uncharted-territory/

Claw & Blossom

Deadline: November 21, 2021

(checked Oct 29/21)

Flash fiction and poetry about the natural world on theme of Glow. “The editor hopes to see explorations that relate meaningful personal struggles not only to a larger picture of humanity but beyond, to the context of other species and the state of the planet.” Payment: $25. Submit early in the month to avoid submission fees.

https://clawandblossom.com/submissions/

clavmag

Deadline: November 18, 2021

(checked Oct 29/21)

Restrictions: Open to LGBTQ+ writers. Genre: Short fiction, writing life, and creative nonfiction. “we created clavmag to fulfil our need to shout into the literary void, and as a platform for other people who feel the same way.” Payment: £52.

https://www.clavmag.com/submit

Griffith Review 76: Acts of Reckoning

Deadline: November 18, 2021

(checked Oct 29/21)

Essays and creative non-fiction, reportage, fiction, poetry,  memoir and picture stories. “Acts of Reckoning is a wide-ranging discussion of the multifaceted issues at play in Australia’s fraught journey towards a full settlement with Indigenous peoples.”  Payment: Negotiated.

*Poetry submissions open January 18.

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

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/

Planisphere Q

Deadline: November 15, 2021

(checked Sep 25/21)

Planisphere Q is seeking submissions for its third issue. “Dark Forest” is the theme. Any interpretation of the word is acceptable. All genres are accepted. The 500-word limit is firm. Flash fiction, vignettes, character sketches, and poetry accepted. See submission guidelines.

https://www.planisphereq.com/p/starwheel.html

Shorts Magazine

Deadline: November 15, 2021

(checked Oct 25/21)

Shorts magazine is considering submissions for its Autumn edition, published 20th November 2021. We are now accepting original short fiction, flash fiction, essays, poetry, opinion pieces, life writing, articles, research topics, interviews, top ten lists, monologues, original photography, cartoons, artist showcase…if I like it, I’ll publish it.

http://shortsmagazine.com/

Smokelong Quarterly Prize 2021 (Fiction, Nonfiction)

Deadline: November 15, 2021; opens November 1, 2021; Entry Fee: Various

(checked Sep 29/21)

We want to feel your razor-sharp wit, share your sideways view of the world, hear your irresistibly bizarre voice. We want to laugh out loud and snort our coffee through our noses. Yes, we want this. All at the same time. Make us smile. While there is no specific theme for this competition, your work should interpret the idea of comedy in some (in)appropriate way. Comedy can be dark or slapstick, burlesque or deadpan, a parody or even a mockumentary. It’s up to you. Give us your satire, your surrealism, or your absurdism. Or all four.

https://www.smokelong.com/comedy-prize-2021-opens-aug-1/

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/

Shooter

Deadline: November 7, 2021

(checked Sep 25/21)

Stories, essays, memoir and poetry to do with enchantment and scheming, in any context. “Black magic, witchcraft and wizardry are the obvious subjects, but we welcome wider interpretations of the theme: anything to do with political manipulation, backroom dealings, romantic plotting, duplicitous gamesmanship, or charismatic trickery is sought.” Payment: £25 per story and £5 per poem. Stories that fall below the requested minimum of 2,000 words will be paid at poetry rates. Artists will be paid £25 for use of their work as magazine illustration.

https://shooterlitmag.com/submissions/

This

Deadline: Pitches – November 5, 2021; Short Fiction – November 12, 2021

(checked Oct 29/21)

Restrictions: Canadian residents only. Theme of Bodies. Genre: Fiction, poetry. Payment: $125 per accepted short story up to 2500 words. $60 per flash fiction story under 1000 words.

https://this.org/contribute/

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

Malahat Review Open Season Awards (Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction)

Deadline: November 1; Entry Fee: $35 for each entry from Canada *early bird discount until Sep. 30, 2021: CAD $20

(checked Sep 29/21)

The Malahat Review invites entries for its annual Open Season Awards in: poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction. The contest is open to Canadian and international writers anywhere in the world. Deadline: 11:59pm (PST) on November 1, 2021. The winner in each category will receive a prize of CAD $2,000 and be published in the magazine’s spring 2022 issue #218. Entries accepted via Submittable only.

http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/open_season/info.html

Nimrod: What Now?: The Future We Make

Deadline: November 1, 2021

(checked Sep 25/21)

Nimrod International Journal invites submissions of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction for our spring 2022 thematic issue, What Now?: The Future We Make. In this time of change, the question that keeps arising is: “What now?”  We now have a rare opportunity to pause and question our often unexamined assumptions about the world as it is and as it could be. We would love to read your work about what comes next in our futures on an individual, relationship, or family level and our social, national, and worldwide future. For complete guidelines and to submit.

https://artsandsciences.utulsa.edu/nimrod/call-for-manuscript-submissions/

Ninth Letter (web edition)

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

(checked Oct 21/21)

Poems and short fiction. “The theme for this issue is Return. As in, to return to a former place, person, or situation. Haven’t we been here before?” Payment: $25 per poem, $75 per story or essay) and a  complimentary 2-­year subscription to Ninth Letter.

https://ninthletteronline.submittable.com/submit

Santa Fe Literary Review (Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, Drama)

Deadline: November 1, 2021

(checked Sep 29/21)

The Santa Fe Literary Review (SFLR) is published annually by the Santa Fe Community College. An in-print literary journal, SFLR features work by local, national, and international writers and artists. Our 2022 theme is “Resilience: Adaptation, Empathy, and Hope.”

https://santafecommunitycollege.submittable.com/submit

Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Festival Writing Contests (Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction)

Deadline: November 1 & 15; Entry Fee: $10 – $25

(checked Sep 29/21)

The mission of the TWFest and SASFest Writing Contest is to promote new work from emerging artists. TWFest & SASFest are 501c3 nonprofit status. We welcome submissions from around the world. Submissions must be original work and not published in any way. Please view the individual contest guidelines carefully to avoid disqualification.

https://tennesseewilliamsfestival.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


Read Full Post »

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

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s

Deadline: May 30, 2021

(checked Oct 29/21)

True stories and poems. “We want to hear about your holiday memories and traditions. The rituals of the holiday season give a rhythm to the years and create a foundation for our lives, as we gather with family, with our communities at church, at school, and even at the mall, to share the special spirit of the season, brightening those long winter days. Please share your special stories about the holiday season with us. Be sure that they are “Santa safe” so that we don’t spoil the magic for precocious readers!” (Check Preteens for topics.) Payment: $200.

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

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: Crazy, eccentric, wacky, lovable, fun families

Deadline: April 30, 2022

(checked Oct 29/21)

True stories and poems. “Share your true stories and poems about those family members. With love and appreciation, please. No mean- spirited stories wanted. And don’t worry. You can put a pen name on your story if necessary.” Payment: $200.

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

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: Messages from heaven

Deadline: March 15, 2022

(checked Oct 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: March 15, 2022

(checked Oct 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

The Rumpus

Deadline: February 28, 2022; opens January 1, 2022

(checked Sep 26/21)

Essays. “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

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

Nov-Dec 2021

Critical Read: Artwork Biographies

Deadline: December 31, 2021; opens September 6, 2021

(checked Sep 26/21)

True stories of the fine, literary and performing arts: artwork biographies, reported stories, profiles, cultural history, essay, interviews and first person stories.  Payment: Varies. We accept personal submissions year-round.

https://criticalread.submittable.com/submit

Hippocampus Magazine

Deadline: December 23, 2021

(checked Oct 22/21)

Memoir Excerpts, Personal Essays, and Flash Creative Nonfiction. Payment: $40.

https://www.hippocampusmagazine.com/submissions/

Chicken Soup for the Soul

Deadline: November 20, 2021

(checked Oct 29/21)

True humorous stories. “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?” Payment: $200.

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

The Century

Deadline: November 1, 2021

(checked Oct 22/21)

First-person narratives (under 1,000 words) on Threshold. Payment: $100 and a free one-year subscription to the magazine.

https://www.christiancentury.org/blog-post/editors-post/century-invites-reader-submissions-7

Read Full Post »

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

Word Balloon Books: Beware the Bugs

Deadline: February 11, 2022

(checked Oct 30/21)

Stories about giant bugs (or, perhaps, normal sized bugs and tiny humans). Fantasy or science fiction are welcome. anthologies appropriate for readers 10 and up. We’re open to challenging themes and subject matter, but language, graphic violence, and sexual content should be rated G. Child or teen protagonists preferred. Payment: $.01 per word advanced against royalties, with a possible bonus based on crowdfunding.

http://www.jamesmaxey.net/word-balloon-book-anthologies.html

Word Balloon Books: Paradoxical Pets

Deadline: February 11, 2022

(checked Oct 30/21)

Stories about wondrous pets, be they alien, magical, artificial, or common pets with some special power. Fantasy or science fiction are welcome. anthologies appropriate for readers 10 and up. We’re open to challenging themes and subject matter, but language, graphic violence, and sexual content should be rated G. Child or teen protagonists preferred. Payment: $.01 per word advanced against royalties, with a possible bonus based on crowdfunding.

http://www.jamesmaxey.net/word-balloon-book-anthologies.html

Word Balloon Books: Rockets and Robots

Deadline: February 11, 2022

(checked Oct 30/21)

Science fiction adventure stories set on alien worlds, spaceships, or the post-21st century future. NO FANTASY! anthologies appropriate for readers 10 and up. We’re open to challenging themes and subject matter, but language, graphic violence, and sexual content should be rated G. Child or teen protagonists preferred. Payment: $.01 per word advanced against royalties, with a possible bonus based on crowdfunding..

http://www.jamesmaxey.net/word-balloon-book-anthologies.html

2021

Lorimer Press

Deadline: Rolling

(checked Sep 29/21)

James Lorimer & Company is seeking manuscripts for its children’s and teens’ imprint. We are looking for fiction, non-fiction and graphic novel manuscripts by Canadian creators. The goal of our publishing program is to provide engaging, accessible books for young people that address social-justice and human-rights issues as they uniquely affect Canadian society or individual Canadians. We aim to reflect a diverse range of cultural, regional and socio-economic experiences and issues in the books we publish.

Submissions can be emailed to submissions@lorimer.ca and should include a cover letter, a short biography outlining your past writing experience and qualifications, a plot summary or outline, a chapter-by-chapter outline and 3–4 sample chapters or a complete manuscript.

http://www.lorimer.ca/childrens/childrens-author-guidelines.html

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

Deadline: December 20, 2021; Opens: November 15, 2021

(checked Sep 29/21)

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/

Cardinal Rule Press 

Deadline: November 1, 2021

(checked Sep 29/21)

Children’s picture books that empower children through meaningful stories for readers, age 4-11. They also publish non-fiction books for parents (word count up to 70k). Payment: Royalties. 

https://cardinalrulepress.com/submissions/

Read Full Post »

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

Black Ocean

Deadline: March 18, 2022; opens March 4, 2021

(checked Oct 22/21)

Full-length poetry manuscripts. Check site during submission window for guidelines. Payment: Royalties.

https://www.blackocean.org/submit

Jan – 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/

Glass

Deadline: January 31, 2022

(checked Oct 22/21)

We are interested in poetry that enacts the artistic and creative precision of glass. All styles, forms and schools of poetry are welcome, though easy rhymes and “light” verse are less likely to inspire us. Payment: $10.

https://duotrope.com/duosuma/submit/glass-journal-poetry-Il7Js

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

Black Ocean

Deadline: December 17, 2021; opens December 3, 2021

(checked Oct 22/21)

Full-length poetry manuscripts in translation. Check site during submission window for guidelines. Payment: Royalties.

https://www.blackocean.org/submit

Eye to the Telescope

Deadline: December 15, 2021

(checked Oct 29/21)

Speculative poetry. Theme: Light. “Light is so much more than meets the eye. It emanates from a lover’s smile as they walk into the room. It bleaches the bones of your enemies…” Payment: US 3¢/word rounded up to nearest dollar; minimum US $3, maximum $25.

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

Gival Press Poetry Award 2021

Deadline: December 15, 2021; Entry Fee: $20

(checked Oct 22/21)

The 20th Gival Press Poetry Award, with a prize of $1K plus book publication in 2022. Original, unpublished mss of 45+ pages in any style are acceptable. Visit Submittable for complete details, to pay $20 reading fee, and to upload ms.

https://givalpress.submittable.com/submit

Plainsongs

Deadline: December 15, 2021

(checked Oct 22/21)

Plainsongs presents poems that seem to be aware of modernist and postmodernist influences, not necessarily by imitation or allusion, but by using the tools provided by that rich heritage. Payment: $50.

https://www.corpuscallosumpress.com/plainsongs

Vallum Issue 19:1 Bridges

Deadline: December 15, 2021

(checked Oct 22/21)

We’re looking for poetry that speaks about these fractures and uncertainties, and/or about our abilities to overcome them, to build bridges. Our call is open to poems, essays, reviews, interviews, as well as audio or video poems. Read more details on how to submit through our submittable!

https://www.vallummag.com/upcoming_issues.html

Nov 2021

BOA Editions — A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize 

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

(checked Aug 22/21)

The A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize is awarded to honor a poet’s first book, while also honoring the late founder of BOA Editions, Ltd., a not-for-profit publishing house of poetry and poetry in translation. Entrants must be a U.S. citizen, a legal resident of the U.S., or have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) status, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), or Legal Permanent Status (LPS). Entrants must be at least 18 years of age. Only manuscripts by poets who have yet to publish a full-length book collection of poetry will be considered.  Fee: $25 / Prize: $1,000 + Publication / Judge: Stephanie Burt.

https://www.boaeditions.org/pages/a-poulin-jr-poetry-prize

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

Cider Press Review Book Award (annual)

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

(checked Sep 23/21)

“Cider Press Review, a journal of contemporary poetry, seeks to discover and publish the best of new poetry written in English. CPR actively seeks new original work and translations into English from both established and emerging poets. Our only criterion is excellence.” Fee: $26. Prize: $1,500 + Publication.

https://ciderpressreview.com/bookaward/#.YUyeJbhKg2w

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

Tafseer Chapbook Prize (Collusion Books)

Deadline: November 30, 2021

(checked Oct 25/21)

Chapbook-length manuscripts of poetry translated into English by BIPOC & racialized translators. Submissions are open to translators across and beyond Canada. First prize: $500 + chapbook publication (in a first run of 75 copies) and 20 author copies from the first print run.

https://longconmag.com/collusionbooks/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://w

ww.songsoferetz.com/p/guidelines.html

Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award

Deadline: November 1; Entry Fee: $25

(checked Sep 29/21)

This award is for a previously unpublished original collection of poetry. Award is $3,000 and publication of the award-winning manuscript by Red Hen Press. Submit minimum of 48 pages, with a maximum of 96 pages.

https://redhenpress.submittable.com/submit/

Brick Road Poetry Press – Book Contest

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

(checked Sep 23/21)

“The first place winner receives a publication contract with Brick Road Poetry Press and $1000 prize, publication in both print and ebook formats, and 25 copies of the printed book. We may also offer publication contracts to the top finalists.” Fee: $30.

https://www.brickroadpoetrypress.com/poetry-book-contest/

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

Ornithopter

Deadline: November 1, 2021

(checked Oct 22/21)

Poetry chapbooks. Suggested manuscript length: 70 to 100 pages. Payment: Royalties.

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

Read Full Post »

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:

    

Jan 2022

Black Lawrence Press – The Big Moose Prize

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

(checked Oct 22/21)

Prize for an unpublished novel. The prize is open to new, emerging, and established writers. The Big Moose Prize is open to traditional novels as well as novels-in-stories, novels-in-poems, and other hybrid forms that contain within them the spirit of a novel. Fee: $25. Prize: $1,000 + Publication.

https://blacklawrencepress.com/submissions-and-contests/the-big-moose-prize/

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

Summer of Sci-Fi & Fantasy Anthology

Deadline: January 31, 2022 – closed early (October 31, 2021)

(checked Oct 29/21)

Sci-Fi and Fantasy in the range of 1500-7500 words. Payment: $0.005/word up to 7500 words. Minimum of $15. Reprints paid at full rate. Accepts reprints.

https://www.authorshand.com/submissions

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

Tin House

Deadline: January 3, 2022; opens January 1, 2022

(checked Oct 22/21)

Restrictions: Eligible writers must not currently have an agent, and must not have previously published a book (chapbooks okay). Genre: Debut novels (including Graphic novels).

https://tinhouse.com/book-submissions/

The Quiet Ones

Deadline: January 1, 2022

(checked Oct 22/21)

Queer-centered horror and dystopian fiction for adults and young adults. Theme: True Love Never Dies. Payment: $25.

https://wearethequietones.com/submission-calls/

Breaking Rules Publishing Europe – Wicked West

Deadline: January 2022, or until filled. – cancelled?

Link does not work. No such call listed on website

(checked Oct 22/21)

Stories of fantasy, sci-fi, literature, steampunk, crime, mystery, shootouts–so long as the wild west is present and the weird is strong–will be acceptable. Stories between 5,000 and 9,000 words will be selected for this anthology. Payment: $10.

https://www.breakingrulespublishingeuro.com/wicked-west-anthology-submission-guidelines.html

Space Treks – A Space Opera Anthology

Deadline: January 2022, or until filled.

(checked Oct 22/21)

Theme: science fiction, space opera, pulp, drama. Science fiction, space opera, starships and their crews, heroic captains, villainous alien armadas etc. Word count: 2,000 to 12,000 words. Payment: Royalty split.

https://starryeyedpress.com/open-submissions/

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/

Stormdance Publications: Grumpy Old Fairy Tales

Deadline: December 31, 2021

(checked Oct 22/21)

Grumpy retellings of classic Fairytales. “We’re branching out of mythology and heading into the realm of Fairy!  There have been a lot of retellings of classic Fairytales, but we noticed that there were very few GRUMPY retellings.   We’re looking for fun new twists on classic Grimm fairytales and well-known folklore.  Is your tale of little Red Riding Hood told from Granny’s perspective?  Maybe she’s a werewolf? Then you might be writing a story for Grumpy Old Fairy Tales.” Payment: Royalties.

https://stormdancebooks.junetakey.com/posts/category/open-call-for-submissions/

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

Short Fiction

Deadline: December 12, 2021

(checked Oct 29/21)

Submissions are restricted to those not from the USA. Genre: Short fiction 500-5,000 words. Payment: 2p (£0.02) per word, to the nearest 100 words, with a minimum of £30 and maximum £100.

https://www.shortfictionjournal.co.uk/subs

Colp

Deadline: December 10, 2021

(checked Oct 22/21)

Short fiction, all genres. “We would like stories that in some way involve feet (whether they be human, animal or otherwise). Be creative.” Length: 1000 – 5500 words. Payment: AU$5.00 for stories under 2500 words / AU$10.00 for anything above 2500 words.

http://www.gypsumsoundtales.com/Colp.php

Havok: Swimmers & Soarers Theme

Deadline: December 5, 2021; Opens approx October 5, 2021 (check if open)

(checked Sep 22/21)

Flash fiction 300 – 1,000 words on theme of partners & predators. Payment: Pays for anthologies only.  See accepted genres. “There’s something about the blue expanse above that draws the human eye. Treat us to a closer look at flying creatures, their view from above and their eyrie homes. What if humans lived in the crags, riding the giant eagles? Delve into the sea, where life is broad and deep, mysterious, and rich with resources. What if we lived on islands and had trained water creatures who retrieved treasures from the depths? Or what if we lived under the sea ourselves?”

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

Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores

Deadline: December 2, 2021

(checked Sep 22/21)

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

https://cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com/submissions/

United Faedom

Deadline: December 1, 2021; opens September 1, 2021. Some reprints accepted.

(checked Sep 22/21)

Cozy Romance. Theme: Young Adult/Clean Adult. Length: 8k-10k. payment is $20.00 or paperbacks of equal value. 

https://unitedfaedompublis.wixsite.com/unitedfaedompub/anthology-submissions

United Faedom

Deadline: December 1, 2021; opens September 1, 2021. Some reprints accepted.

(checked Sep 22/21)

Romantic Fantasy. Theme: Adult rated, mild erotica. Length: 8k-10k. payment is $20.00 or paperbacks of equal value.

https://unitedfaedompublis.wixsite.com/unitedfaedompub/anthology-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/

Gateway Literary Press

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

(checked Oct 29/21)

Surrealist, fabulist, and magic realist story collections. US authors only. “We are interested in publishing collections where some, though not all, of the work has appeared previously in venues.” Payment: Small advance plus royalties. Submit early in the month.

https://gatewayliterarypress.wordpress.com/submissions/

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/

Smoking Pen Press: Another Dimension

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

(checked Oct 22/21)

Speculative fiction. Theme is Another Dimension: time travel and multiverse/parallel universes. 1,200 and 7,000 words. Payment: $20.

http://smokingpenpress.com/submissions-2

Strange Horizons 

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

(checked Oct 29/21)

Speculative fiction up to 10,000 words (under 5000 preferred). Payment: 10¢/word USD. 

*check for open submissions of other genres with assorted reading windows.

http://strangehorizons.com/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/

Story Seed Vault

Deadline: November 24, 2021; opens November 10, 2021

(checked Sep 22/21)

Microfiction tweets based on science. Payment: Short Fiction (<150CH) $3AUD per story; Long Fiction (>150CH/<200CH) $2AUD per story. “We’re looking for stories that act as story seeds – prompts for spin off plots and weird tangents. We want to think in new ways about how our world works and the possibilities for future worlds, expanding tangentially from what we know now.”

https://storyseedvault.wordpress.com/submissions/

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

Mythulu Magazine: Steam vs Substance

Deadline: November 19, 2021

(checked Sep 22/21)

Erotic/romance short stories. “How spicy can relationships get without taking clothes off? On the other hand, what gives erotica purpose? We are looking for three stories across the spectrum: One erotica piece with extraordinary depth. One “mass appeal” intensity romance containing clever taboos made approachable. One PG-level romance focused on love that transcends personal ownership.” Payment: $0.06/word or $15/page. Non-fiction pays $0.08/word. Creative works earn $0.04/word, with short stories capped at $75. 

https://mythulu.submittable.com/submit

Lamplight Special Call: New Writers

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

(checked Sep 22/21)

Dark fiction, both short stories and flash fiction. Payment: Unpublished Fiction: 3¢ per word, $150.00 max. Reprints: 1¢ per word up to 7,000 words. “For the reading period of 15 September – 15 November 2021, we are having a special call—writers who have not yet had a professional sale. In your cover letter, please add the following statement: “If accepted, this would be my first pro-sale.””

https://lamplightmagazine.com/submissions/

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 Sep 22/21)

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: Partners & Predators Theme

Deadline: November 7, 2021

(checked Sep 22/21)

Flash fiction 300 – 1,000 words on theme of partners & predators. Payment: Pays for anthologies only.  See accepted genres. “Animals can be many things to humans: trusted mounts and fellow warriors, comfortable lap pets, sources of food,  manual laborers, lie detectors, trained trackers and rescuers, formidable foes, and pernicious garden pests. What emotions do animals provoke in these relationships? Show us!”

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

Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores

Deadline: November 2, 2021

(checked Sep 22/21)

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

https://cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com/submissions/

Future Fire: Noir

Deadline: November 1, 2021. Reprints accepted

(checked Sep 22/21)

“We are looking for stories that combine themes or aesthetic from Noir fiction and cinema with the existing goals of TFF (progressive, feminist, queer, postcolonial, inclusive, accessible, ecological and international speculative and genre fiction).” Payment: $50.  Reprints $25. 

http://press.futurefire.net/p/tff-noir.html

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#/

Solarpunk Sunscapes: Optimistic Visions of the Future

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

(checked Sep 22/21)

Speculative fiction 500-7,500 words. “Solarpunk tells optimistic and hopeful stories about future societies (near-future or distant) powered by renewable energy, and where nature and technology coexist in harmony rather than in conflict.” Payment: $.02 per word, $30 per poem + contributor copy. 

https://justinenortonkertson.medium.com/submissions-for-solarpunk-anthology-e4015346c1de

Read Full Post »

Why must we torture ourselves so?

Photo by Kinga Cichewicz on Unsplash

So, we committed ourselves to a self-imposed challenge we are calling “Sober October”. Sounds fun, doesn’t it?

It’s about as dreadful as it sounds and we are one week into it.

While the title implies it’s all about the boozing, that’s only part of the package. We have been drinking too much too, among other things this past year plus. This self-imposed torture is about what some might call “Self Love”.

Sober October is committing to 31 days of “sobering” cutbacks and kick-it-ups. Thirty-one days of self- punishment, ahem, love, with a cheat day allowed for Thanksgiving, only because it’s Thanksgiving (Even if Covid means limiting family gatherings. But hey, pumpkin and apple pies, right? You don’t need a houseful of people for apple pie!) but not going all out crazy that day.

Thirty-one gruesome days of watching calories, eating healthier, eating smaller portions, zero alcohol, zero snacking, except for the Thanksgiving cheat, exercising daily at home and/or hitting the gym (or nearly daily, we fail at daily) – basically sucking all enjoyment out of life.

Before Covid shut down the gyms a year and a half ago we went on a semi-regular basis. I did walking exercise at least two to three times a week. Since they shut down I continued regular almost daily walking exercise at home and we did occasional long hikes. So you wouldn’t think it would be such a stretch to do the walking exercise most days with the gym at least half the days.

A week in and I feel more tired, more achy, weaker, and hungry more.

Even now, after a banana for breakfast and a hot coffee at my side, my achy legs are hating me for telling them as soon as I finish posting this it’s time to get walking. And I need to do an extra walk to make up for working through lunch on the job that pays the bills yesterday and missing my noon walking.

Got to get ‘er done to get on with the cleaning house and walking the dogs (One at a time because they are arseholes walking together, yay dogs.), before exercising again, showering, picking up the kid from work, and supper.

Maybe by the end of the month it will have given me some new fodder for dark stories of depravity.

Be good to yourself and keep writing my friends.

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »

%d bloggers like this: