Calls for Submissions

37 Themed Calls for Submissions for February 2023

These are themed calls and contests for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Some themed calls are: itch; ghoulish tales; automation; phantoms; miracles; belonging; the first five minutes of the apocalypse; symmetry; Halloween; the vampire; help from a stranger; epic fail; and beach shorts. Also see this list, which has a few calls/contests with upcoming deadlines. The…

49 Themed Submissions Calls and Contests for December 2022

Here are some themed submission calls and contests for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. A few calls are: Christmas; performance; Frankenstein; women’s reproductive health; Project Briar Rose; air; love; ghosts; mirrors; machines; dragonesque; game on!; spring into sci fi; South Asian speculative fiction; and home/town. Also see this list for some other themed calls with upcoming…

38 Themed Submission Calls and Contests for November 2022

These are themed submission calls and contests for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Some of the themed calls are: disabled superheroes; Sherlock Holmes (in the realms of Lovecraft); on the body; beer; this world belongs to us (horror about bugs); empire of beasts (societies of anthropomorphic creatures); die by the sword; the devil who loves me;…

41 Themed Submission Calls for July 2022

Here are some themed calls and contests/grants for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Some of the themes are: hidden realms, survival horror, buried treasure, never cheat a witch, dark highways, music, museum piece, telepathy, family, thoughts & prayers, Shakespeare unleashed, and quest. Also see this list – a few outlets have themed submission deadlines coming up….

39 Themed Calls for Submissions for March 2022

These are calls for submissions and contests – for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Some of the themed calls are: Medusa; maps & biomes; preteens; the sea; wildfire; solarpunk; lunarpunk; prehistories; after the Gold Rush; human monsters; madam president; vacant spaces; and war. Also see this list for more themed calls, and this list of speculative…

44 Magazines & Anthologies Publishing Speculative Fiction

These magazines and anthology publishers publish speculative fiction of every stripe – science fiction, fantasy, horror, and their associated sub-genres. Many of these outlets pay writers. Most, not all, of these are open for submissions now, or will open soon. Seize the Press This is a new magazine and their first issue was published in…

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…

46 Themed Calls for Submissions for October 2021

Here are 46 themed submission calls and contests of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Some of the themed calls are: human consequences of war; sick poetics; fever dreams; the color of my vote; save the world (cli-fi); death of a bad neighbour; haunted houses; noir; return; superheroes; Victorian England; monstroddities; get it over with; dark arts;…

38 Themed Calls for Submissions for July 2021

There are 38 themed submission calls and contests for writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Some of the themes are: joyful imaginations; deadly love; the dead inside (identity horror); untethered (magic horses); monsters; apocalypse; us/them; love, death, and androids; spirit machine; escapism; urban fantasy; fantastic fall; legendary kids; not the fellowship (Tolkien); and ancient worlds….

32 Themed Submissions Calls for June 2021

Here are 32 themed submission calls for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, including fee-free contests. Some themes are: mermaids; banned books week; love needs no translation; climate crisis; ecological horror; occult detective stories; cold; mythos reborn; neurodivergent voices; contemporary art and culture; sleep and dreams; and get it over with. Most of these pay cash for…

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