Written by S. Kalekar

45 Themed Calls for Submissions for January 2022

Here are 45 themed submission calls and contests for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Some of the submission calls are: on the frontier; Christmas Gothic; active shooter; lesbian historic fiction; forbidden magic; solstice; Samhain sorceries; paradoxical pets; medical mysteries (with Dr Watson and his friend); 2022 Annus Horribilis; and furry Halloween. Also see this list, which has a few upcoming themed deadlines.

THEMED SUBMISSION CALLS

Flame Tree Publishing: Two themes
They want fiction submissions for two anthologies. They also accept reprints.
Compelling Science Fiction: “The Compelling Science Fiction Short Stories collection is looking for new tales which are on the more plausible end of the SF spectrum. Time can be stretched, other worlds discovered, aliens can be present and quantum realms can be explored, but preferably all with a strong spine of internal self-consistency and dose of real-world science.
Christmas Gothic Short Stories: “The Christmas Gothic Short Stories collection … is a seasonal celebration of the dark and moody, the ghastly, the ghostly and the magical Christmas short story.” Deadline: 9 January 2022
Length: 2,000-4,000 words (see guidelines)
Pay: $0.08/word
Details here.

The Fantastic Other: Subversion
This is a magazine of fantastic fiction, poetry, and art – they want “all things fantasy, sci-fi, paranormal, surrealist, fabulist, and magical realist.” They are reading on the Subversion theme for the winter issue; “the act of overthrowing, undermining, corrupting, or causing the downfall of a power structure or organization. Send us your personal interpretation of this theme.” They read work year-round.
Deadline: 10 January 2022 for Subversion; reads year-round
Length: Up to 3,500 words for fiction; up to 50 lines for poetry
Pay: $5
Details here.

Cricket Media: Faces Magazine — Capturing the World on Film; Hot and Cold
Faces magazine, from Cricket Media, is for children ages 9-14 years, where they can learn about important inventions and ideas from other cultures through articles, folk tales, recipes, illustrations, and hands-on projects. They publish feature articles – in-depth non-fiction highlighting an aspect of the featured culture, interviews, and personal accounts, supplemental non-fiction – subjects directly and indirectly related to the theme. They also publish theme-related fiction, activities, and puzzles and games. They have a few themed calls listed, including the following. They want queries only (see guidelines), no unsolicited manuscripts. Two of their upcoming themes are – Capturing the World on Film (iconic images), queries by 10 January 2022; and Hot and Cold (hottest and coldest places on the planet), queries by 14 February 2022. They have other themes listed too, with later deadlines.
Deadlines: 10 January 2022 for Capturing the World on Film (iconic images); and 14 February 2022 for Hot and Cold (hottest and coldest places on the planet)
Length: Various (see guidelines)
Pay: Unspecified
Details here.

Cricket Media: Cobblestone Magazine — John Quincy Adams; On the Frontier
Cobblestone is an American history magazine for children ages 9-14 from Cricket Media. They are currently accepting queries on John Quincy Adams: American Statesman (query deadline 15 January 2022) and On the Frontier (query deadline 15 February 2022). Articles should have historical accuracy and lively, original approaches to the subject at hand – they publish features (in-depth non-fiction, plays, first-person accounts, and biographies), and supplemental non-fiction (subjects directly and indirectly related to the theme — editors like little-known information but encourage writers not to overlook the obvious). They also publish fiction (authentic historical and biographical fiction, adventure, and retold legends relating to the theme), activities (crafts, recipes, woodworking, or any other interesting projects that can be done either by children alone or with adult supervision), theme-related poetry, as well as puzzles and games.
Deadlines: 15 January for John Quincy Adams; 15 February 2022 for On the Frontier
Length: Various (see guidelines)
Pay: Unspecified
Details here.


Seaside Gothic
This is a new magazine; at the time of writing, their first issue was to be released in January 2022. They want seaside gothic fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Their website says, “There are three criteria that define seaside gothic literature.
It is led by emotion, not reason, exploring the human experience mentally and spiritually as well as physically… ; It addresses duality—land and sea, love and hate, the beautiful and the grotesque…; It connects to the edge, living on the seaside either literally or figuratively, and has one foot in the water and the other on solid ground…” Please note, contributor copies can only be sent to UK addresses. They have listed all their open reading periods on the website.
Reading period: 10-16 January 2022
Length: Up to 1,000 words
Pay: £0.01/word
Details here.

Devil’s Party Press: Solstice
They want winter-themed short literary works – fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. “Think Northern Lights, candles against the darkness, the rolling year, spirits (both in a glass and in the ether), warm hearths.”
Deadline: 30 January 2022
Length: Up to 5,000 words for prose, up to 3 poems
Pay: $25
Details here.

Alpennia: The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast
They want historic fiction with lesbian themes, which will be published online and on their podcast. “Stories must be set in an actual historic culture–i.e., a specific time and place in history–and the plot and characters should be firmly rooted in that time and place. (No time-travel or past memories, please.)” Stories may include fantastic elements that are appropriate to the historic setting (see guidelines) and must be set before 1900. Romance is optional, and romance stories should have some other significant plot element in addition to the romance; they do not want erotica. Stories should feature lesbian-relevant themes. Authors of all genders and orientations are welcome to submit.
Deadline: 31 January 2022
Length: Up to 5,000 words
Pay: $0.08/word
Details here.
(Submissions are also open now for Tipping the Scales, a literary journal by and for lesbian women; they want fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and pay $20.)

Zoetic Press: NonBinary Review – Shared Worlds
They want poetry, fiction, essays, and art and they have themed issues. “We invite  authors to explore each theme in any way that speaks to them: re-write a  familiar story from a new point of view, mash genres together, give us a personal essay about some aspect of our theme that has haunted you all  your life.” For the Shared Worlds theme, their guidelines say, “We all have those books from childhood that resonated with us. Worlds where we felt at home with characters who felt like real friends. For this issue, we’re looking for stories from your favorite alternative worlds: Narnia, Discworld, Dune, Wonderland — but there’s a catch. We DON’T want characters we’ve heard of – we’re not looking for Jack, the Pumpkin King or Toad of Toad Hall. We’re looking for more. The life you would have lived in Middle Earth. The adventure you went on in Westeros. Your experience of being Sherlock Holmes’s next door neighbor.
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.”
Deadline: 31 January 2022 for Shared Worlds
Length: Up to 3,000 words for prose; up to 3 pages for poetry
Pay: $0.01/word for prose, $10 for poetry
Details here.

(They’re also open for another themed issue, Person First in an Identity First World, and that has an end-April deadline.)

Neon Hemlock Press: Luminescent Machinations — Queer Tales of Monumental Invention
They want “Speculative stories focusing on queerness in the darker side of science-fiction, fantasy and horror: mechs, mecha and cybernetics as both extensions and perversions of humanity” for this anthology.  They have extensive guidelines, including: “Starships, piloted and unpiloted machines of war or industry, the occasional cyborg… mecha are a representation of war, of power and resistance, of transcending human limits, a representation of extension of the body itself. We are looking for stories about these machines and the people who interface with them through a queer lens, in the most inclusive definition of queer. Queer, trans, undefinable.”
Deadline: 31 January 2022
Length: Up to 6,000 words (1,000-4,000 preferred)
Pay: $0.08/word
Details here, here (scroll down), and here (Submittable).

Sirens Call Publication: Deep into the Woods
This is an anthology of horror or dark fiction, and all stories must take place within the woods/forest. “Be it day or night, the forest hides its secrets from our eyes. Whether you find yourself alone or with others, its innocence can be deceiving, and its inhabitants deadly. What horrors await within the wooded land where nature reigns supreme? … Your story can be supernatural, otherworldly, creature-horror, or down-right evil.”
Deadline: 31 January 2022
Length: 2,000-8,000 words
Pay: $10-25
Details here.
(At the time of writing their online magazine, The Sirens Call, was scheduled to open for submissions on 1st January 2022.)

Dark Peninsula Press: The Cellar Door — Forbidden Magic
The Cellar Door is a dark fiction anthology series from Dark Peninsula Press, and they’re reading submissions on the Forbidden Magic theme.  “Horror stories featuring forbidden or taboo magic. Must include some form of spell casting, necromancy, or alchemy. Stories may include some elements of dark fantasy, but must be a horror story first and foremost.” They want stories of supernatural horror, voodoo, witchcraft, cosmic horror, and dark fantasy.
Deadline: 31 January 2022
Length: 2,000-7,500 words
Pay: $25
Details here.

Mysterion: Christian speculative fiction
They want science fiction, fantasy and horror stories that engage meaningfully with Christian themes, characters or cosmology. “We love science fiction and fantasy, enjoy good ghost stories, and think there’s great fiction material hidden in the mysteries of Christian theology–cherubim, leviathan, nephilim, visions, prophecy, and more”, according to guidelines. The stories need not teach a moral or be close to an approved theological position. Nor do they need to be pro-Christian – see their detailed guidelines on the kind of work they see too often, and what they would like to see. They are especially interested in stories that show Christians from cultures beyond those of the United States, Canada, and Western Europe. They also accept translations and reprints, and art submissions.
Deadline: 31 January 2022
Length: Up to 9,000 words
Pay: $0.08/word
Details here.

Nothing Without Us Too
They want genre and literary fiction for this anthology (barring ghost stories, which they have too many of; and barring erotica and fan fiction, which they do not want). They have extensive guidelines. The call is only open for writers “across the disability, mental illness, developmental disabilities, neurodiversity, Blind, and d/Deaf spectrums. We welcome those who manage what are known as “invisible” and “visible” disabilities and/or chronic conditions.” Also, “The protagonist must be disabled, Blind, d/Deaf, neurodivergent (such as autistic, having ADHD), and/or they must manage mental illness and/or chronic illness.” This anthology is open to writers around the world; they have a special quota for Canadian writers (see guidelines).
Deadline: 31 January 2022
Length: 500-3,500 words
Pay: CAD0.08/word
Details here.

Horror That Represents You
This is a horror fiction call for marginalized writers (you can decide what that means – see guidelines), about stories that represent them, which means, “you get to decide what this means, too. Is it a favourite trope you want to keep alive? A story inspired by your regional myths? Something pulled directly from your family? A personal fear? Something mainstream media has never done justice to? you get to decide what this means, too. Is it a favourite trope you want to keep alive? A story inspired by your regional myths? Something pulled directly from your family? A personal fear? Something mainstream media has never done justice to?”
Deadline: 31 January 2022
Length: 1,000-7,000 words
Pay: $0.11/word
Details here.

A Fistful of Demons
This is a shared-world Weird West anthology. Stories have to be set in the aftermath of the book, The Widow’s Son – a brief description of the world is on this page. They’re looking for “adventure stories that explore a West where angels and demons are real, monsters roam the wilds, and magic exists. Pulp, Gothic, even Romance, it’s all fair game.” No erotica – this is a PG-13 anthology.
Deadline: 31 January 2022
Length: Up to 6,000 words
Pay: At least $25/1,000 words
Details here.

DMR Books: Samhain Sorceries
This is a sword-and-sorcery fiction anthology from DMR Books. Their guidelines say, “The concept for this book will be sword-and-sorcery stories where Samhain/Halloween is relevant to the plot. For clarification, sword-and-sorcery is a genre that combines swashbuckling adventure with supernatural elements (usually of a horrific nature) in a pre-industrial setting. Unlike most S&S stories, which are set in an invented world like Hyperborea or Nehwon, the tales in Samhain Sorceries should take place in the British Isles. Any time period is suitable, as long as it’s pre-industrial.” See guidelines for editor preferences, and the kind of stories/genres they are not looking for.
Deadline: 31 January 2022
Length: 4,000-8,000 words
Pay: $0.01/word
Details here.

(Submissions are also open for Ghosts of the Old Gods, an epic fantasy anthology from Hydra Publications; they want grim and bleak stories. Pay is $35 for stories of 6,000-10,000 words, and the deadline is 31 January 2022.)

The Last Girls Club: Active Shooter
This is a feminist horror magazine and they’re reading fiction and poetry on the ‘Active Shooter’ theme. “Think of the new training videos/protocols for students and teachers, office spaces, public spaces, the sense of inevitability of every news cycle including a shooting. Embrace the sense of resigned acceptance of terrorism. Welcome to the future. No whining allowed.”
Deadline: 1 February 2022
Length: Up to 2,500 words; up to 3 poems
Pay: $0.01/word, up to $25; $10 for poetry
Details here.

Cast of Wonders: CatsCast
They want submissions of speculative cat stories, to publish on their website in electronic and audio format.  “CatsCast is looking for fun speculative cat stories! A CatsCast story should leave cat-loving listeners a little happier after listening than they were before.
Specifically, we’re looking for speculative fiction stories about cats. “Cats” in this context are, well, cats — but since this is a speculative fiction podcast, they don’t have to be exactly the same species as the housecats we have here on Earth. The stories should have happy, or at least hopeful, endings for all featured cats. Humor is strongly encouraged but not required.” They also accept reprints.
Deadline: 1 February 2022
Length: Up to 6,000 words
Pay: $0.08/word
Details here.
(Their sister publication Escape Pod, for science fiction stories, is also open now and has an end-May deadline, according to their schedule. Their other associated markets’ 2022 schedules are also up; please see:
— the schedule for Cast of Wonders, a young adult market, which will open for a week in February for Halloween-themed submissions;
— the schedule for PodCastle, a fantasy market, which will be open during March; and
— the schedule for Pseudopod, a horror market – Pseudopod will open earlier for reprints than it will for original fiction submissions. All these markets pay $0.08/word for original fiction.)

The First Line Journal
They want fiction and poetry that begins with pre-set first lines, one for each quarterly issue. They also accept 4-part (or 5-part, if also using the last-line prompt from The Last Line Journal – see guidelines) stories from writers who want to use all the 4 (or 5) prompts, but all of these must be submitted by the 1 February 2022 deadline. For nonfiction, they want critical articles about your favorite first line from a literary work. For fiction and poetry, the first lines are:
Spring: ‘Rayna sat in front of the mirror removing her makeup and wondered who she would discover underneath.’ Due date: February 1, 2022
Summer: ‘Thomas hadn’t expected to be alive when the town’s time capsule was opened.’ Due date: May 1, 2022
Fall: ‘Lily unlocked the back door of the thrift store using a key that didn’t belong to her.’ Due date: August 1, 2022
Winter: ‘When he died, their father had two requests.’ Due date: November 1, 2022
Deadlines: 1 February 2022 for the Spring issue, and for 4-part (or 5-part) stories; later for other issues (see above)
Length: 300-5,000 words for fiction; 500-800 words for nonfiction
Pay: $25-50 for fiction, $25 for nonfiction, $5-10 for poetry (less postage fee for international writers – see guidelines)
Details here.

The Victorian Writer: Dusk
The Victorian Writer is a magazine by Australia-based Writers Victoria. They are accepting pitches for their 2022 editions. They publish poems and articles in the print edition with particular interest in the craft of writing and the writing life. Pitches for articles have to be submitted by the issue’s deadline date. Their next upcoming deadline, in February, is for the ‘Dusk’ theme. They have other themes listed, as well.
Deadline: 4 February 2022
Length: Up to 1,200 words for articles (see guidelines)
Pay: AUD70 for poems, and AUD100-200 for articles
Details here and here.

Sci Phi Journal: Uchronia
For their next issue, they want work “exploring Uchronia, i.e. alternate histories (“what if” scenarios). By definition, the stories should normally have a point of departure from consensus timeline that occurs in the past, but may themselves be set at any time in the past, present or future.” They publish Campbellian hard sci-fi, fictional non-fiction, and speculative philosophy.
Reading period: 5 January – 5 February 2022
Length: Up to 2,000 words
Pay: €0.03/word
Details here.

Word Balloon Books: Three themes
They want fiction submissions for three anthologies, for readers ages 10 years and above.
— Rockets and Robots: They want science fiction (not fantasy) “adventure stories set on alien worlds, space ships, or the post-21st century future.”
— Beware the Bugs: They want fantasy or science fiction “about giant bugs (or, perhaps, normal sized bugs and tiny humans).”
— Paradoxical Pets: They want fantasy or science fiction “about wondrous pets, be they alien, magical, artificial, or common pets with some special power.”
Deadline: 11 February 2022
Length: Under 3,000 words preferred
Pay: At least $0.01/word
Details here.

Decoded #3
They want fiction and comics by queer authors only for this anthology. “Decoded is a story-a-day anthology of queer science fiction, fantasy, and horror by queer authors. We feature speculative writing and comics released to subscribers every day of Pride month.” Also, “Everything from experimental comics to thinly-veiled fanfiction to good old formulaic genre is right up our alley”.
Deadline: 14 February 2022
Length: Up to 7,500 words
Pay: $25-200 for fiction, $75 for comics
Details here.

Belanger Books: Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson — Medical Mysteries
This is a fiction anthology, and they want Sherlock Holmes pastiches. “A collection of traditional Sherlock Holmes stories that must somehow connect to the theme of “medical mystery”. This could include Holmes investigating a crime committed at Bart’s hospital, having a nurse as a client, or figuring out the cause of a strange illness killing off some of London’s wealthiest citizens. The topic is quite broad on purpose and we invite authors to be creative with their submissions.” They want stories that are canonically accurate (i.e. Holmes and Watson should be the Holmes and Watson we encounter in Doyle’s writings) and connects to the medical theme of the anthology.
Deadline: 15 February 2022
Length: 5,000-10,000 words
Pay: $100
Details here (scroll down).
(Their guidelines page also has the call for their Steel True, Blade Straight anthology, for stories, poems, and scholarship inspired by and about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes. The payment for that is a contributor copy, and the deadline is 30 April 2022.
And CAEZEK, a speculative fiction publisher, is looking for detectives of another kind; see the call for The Reinvented Detective anthology, for crime and detection set in the information age, paying $0.08/word for 1,500-5,000 words, and open until 15 January 2022.
Also see the submission call for from Cloaked Press, for the Summer of Speculation: Villains anthology; they want fantasy and science fiction from the perspective of villains, whether they are madmen scientists or evil fey queens; pay is $15, and the deadline is 15 April 2022.)

Stonecrop Review: Flora
This is a journal of urban nature writing, art, and photography. For their next issue, they are reading works on the Flora theme. “From weeds pushing their way up through cracks in the pavement to wildflowers planted along roadsides, from potted plants on your balcony to trees providing shade in the park, plants can shape urban landscapes. They can provide oases of calm in a bustling city; yet their roots can also wreak havoc as they crack open roads or disrupt pipelines. A fruit tree might be a delicious treat, or a messy nightmare. We can’t wait to see your artwork and photography and read your stories about the plants you experience in your city!” They accept creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, Reader’s Corner, photography, and art submissions. They are also reading general submissions on topics related to urban nature. Writers can send up to three submissions.
Deadline: 28 February 2022
Length: 500-5,000 words for fiction and creative nonfiction, up to 1,000 words for Reader’s Corner
Pay: $20
Details here.

Bag of Bones Press: 2022 Annus Horribilis
This is a horror fiction anthology call. “I think we can all agree, a lot of 2021 has been rubbish.
But what horrors might 2022 contain?
We’re seeking … (horror/dark/speculative fiction) on any topic, in any style. … The one rule, and here’s the tricky part…your story should be set in 2022. We don’t want one hundred stories all about coronavirus though, so think outside of the box!” Elements of fantasy, sci-fi, and any other genre are fine, as long as the main theme is horror.
Deadline: 31 March 2022, or until filled
Length: 2022 words
Pay: £6.66
Details here (scroll down)
(The guidelines page also has a call for ‘Bag of Bones – 206 word stories’, which are dark stories of 206 words; three of their favourite stories will get £15, and the deadline for that is end-February.)

Armoured Fox Press: Three themes
They are reading fiction submissions for three fiction anthologies.
— Isekai Me! This is an Anime-esk, and non-erotic, anthology. “The story MUST be an isekai. The protagonist or someone integral to the story must have been transported to another world. … Generally Isekai takes place in a high fantasy setting. While we will take a couple stories from that genre, we would like to see a variety of stories. Isekai sci-fi? Weird Western? Steampunk? Cyberpunk? Zombie apocolypse? Furry?”
— Children of the Night: This is a furry Goth anthology, and they want stories from different genres; stories can be G to R rated. “The story MUST either be about a Goth Furry, or feature them heavily. As this is a furry anthology, anthropomorphic animals must feature prominently. … There are also a multitude of goths types within the goth culture for you two write about. Cybergoths, Vampire Goths, Industrial Goths, Gothic Lolita (the fashion), Romantic Goths, and so on.”
— This is Halloween: This is a furry Halloween anthology. “The theme for this anthology is Halloween.
Your story can be from any genre, from horror to slice of life, can be erotic or not, so long as the theme is Halloween. … As this is a furry anthology, your story MUST include anthropomorphic animals. Including humans is perfectly acceptable. Were-creatures are not considered anthro characters, but you are welcome to include them as long as you have anthro-characters present.”
Deadline: When filled, for each anthology
Length: 5,000-20,000 words
Pay: Half a cent per word
Details here.

THEMED CONTESTS

The Leon Levy Centre for Biography: Biography Fellowships
These are four resident fellowships at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City, to nonfiction writers working on biographies. Preference in the award of fellowships is given to those who have not yet published a biography or received fellowships for the writing of a biography. They also welcome applications from published and accomplished writers who are undertaking their first biography. The Leon Levy Center for Biography does not award fellowships for memoirs, essays, plays, films, or fiction. One of the application requirements is a sample of the proposed biography, a maximum of 2,500 words. (Also see the Sloan Fellowship, given annually to a writer working on a biography of a figure in the field of science or technology.)
Value: $72,000, residency
Deadline: 4 January 2022
Open for: Writers working on biographies
Details here

 

Walter Muir Whitehill Prize in Early American History
This prize is for an essay on early American history (up to 1826), not previously published, with preference being given to New England subjects. Essays should be 40-60 pages, and can be emailed or mailed.
Value: $2,500
Deadline: 15 January 2022 (postmarked)
Open for: Unspecified
Details here

Lilith Magazine Fiction Contest
This magazine publishes work of interest to Jewish women. They like work with both feminist and Jewish content. Submit up to 3,000 words.
Value: $250
Deadline: 15 January 2022 (extended)
Open for: All writers
Details here

Learning Pool: Tall Tales Short Story Competition
This is a story contest for children. Writers ages 7-12 can enter. Their guidelines say, “We are asking you to write a short story of no more than 500 words based on a mythical character of your choice. Whether it’s a shy dragon or a surfing mermaid, a silly werewolf or a scary fairy, we want to read your story. If you’re feeling really creative, send us a picture of your character to bring your story to life.” There are two categories, for ages 7-9 and 10-12 years. Writers have to ask an adult to submit their stories on the contest website. Royalties will be donated to Make-a-Wish International.
Value: £200 for winners in each category, £100 for runners-up
Deadline: 21 January 2022
Open for: Writers ages 7-12 years
Details here.

Good Story Grant
They will award two grants, and writers of all levels, in all genres, can apply. Their guidelines say, “The 2022 Good Story Grant aims to help two writers reach the next step in their creative journeys. This grant is open to writers of all skill levels, and working in all genres and categories. The award is $1,500 US, used however you’d like … as long as it has to do with writing and helps you tell your story. This year’s award is two grants. One open to all writers and one open to writers who identify as BIPOC, with the aim of championing underrepresented voices.” One of the requirements is an essay on what the grant will mean to you and how you will use the funds.
Value: $1,500 for two writers
Deadline: 31 January 2022
Open for: All writers
Details here.

Jerry Jazz Musician Short Fiction Contest
The magazine runs a short story contest thrice a year. Readers of this magazine are interested in music, social history, literature, politics, art, film and theater, particularly that of the counter-culture of mid-twentieth century America. While the writing should appeal to a reader with these interests, stories can be on any theme. Stories should be up to 3,000 words, but up to 4,000 words will be considered.
Value: $100
Deadline: 31 January 2022
Open for: All writers
Details here.

AKO Caine Prize for African Writing
This is for a published short story by an African writer (see guidelines), of 3,000-10,000 words. The story must have been published in the five years preceding the submissions deadline. Submissions have to be made by publishers only. Works published in translation are also eligible (see ‘Rules of Entry’ for details).
Value: £10,000, and £500 and travel expenses for up to five short-listed candidates
Deadline: 31 January 2022
Open for: African writers
Details here and here.

Speculative Literature Foundation: A. C. Bose Grant for South Asian Speculative Literature
This grant is to a South Asian/South Asian Diaspora writer developing speculative fiction. It supports adult fiction, but work that is also accessible to older children and teens will be given preference in the jury process. The donors hope that this grant will help develop work that will let young people imagine different worlds and possibilities. The application includes a fiction writing sample.
Value: $1,000
Deadline: 31 January 2021
Open for: South Asian and South Asian Diaspora writers
Details here.

Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award
They want a short story, of up to 8,000 words, that shows the near future (no more than about 50-60 years out) of manned space exploration. They want to see Moon bases, Mars colonies, orbital habitats, space elevators, asteroid mining, artificial intelligence, nano-technology, realistic spacecraft, heroics, sacrifice, adventure. They do not want stories that show technology or space travel as evil or bad, galactic empires, paranormal elements, UFO abductions, zombie stories, thinly veiled copies of previous winners, non-standalone novel excerpts, or screenplays.
Value: 8c/word, and various non-cash awards
Deadline: 1 February 2022
Open for: All writers
Details here.
(They also have a fantasy short story contest, the Baen Fantasy Adventure Award, that pays $0.08/word for stories of up to 8,000 words in all fantasy genres, and will open for submissions from 14 February to 30 April 2022.)

Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award for Playwriting
Playwrights have to write to a prompt: What does it mean to be a human in a computerized world?
Value: $5,000
Deadline: 1 February 2022
Open for: All playwrights
Details here.

Robert Louis Stevenson Fable Competition
Write a fable in up to 350 words, in the style of Robert Louis Stevenson; stories should focus on dialogue rather than narration, and they have given some suggestions on themes (see guidelines).
They accept multiple entries. Any entrants under the age of 16 must have consent from their parent or guardian, and to whom the prize will be paid on their behalf. Please read the guidelines carefully, all entrants grant the Robert Louis Stevenson Club the right to publish any entries, regardless of whether or not they win.
Value: £500; £100
Deadline: 2 April 2022
Open for: All writers
Details here and here.

 

Bio: S. Kalekar is the pseudonym of a regular contributor to this magazine. She is the author of 182 Short Fiction Publishers. She can be reached here.

 

 

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