Calls for Submissions

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…

5 Paying Literary Markets to Submit to in June 2021

These magazines pay for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. They are a mix of literary and genre markets. The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts This magazine publishes “fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, mixed media, visual arts, and even kitchen sinks, if they are compressed in some way.” They also have a section called Topical Tuesdays, where they…

28 Sci-fi and Fantasy Fiction Markets That Pay

By Theresa van Baalen Sci-fi and fantasy appeals to a very specific loyal readership. So it is no wonder that many websites, blogs, e-zines and magazines dedicate themselves to the publication and promotion of this genre. Here are 28 markets that might be interested in your sci-fi or fantasy tale (or poetry), and are willing…

5 Paying Literary Markets to Submit to in May 2021

These magazines pay for fiction, and one of them also publishes nonfiction, poetry, and translations. They are all open through May. AGNI They accept fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translations, and essays. They are interested in personal essays, think-pieces, memoir, prose poems, formal poems, blank verse, free verse, short stories, and short shorts; they do not publish…

27 Themed Submissions Calls for May 2021

There are 27 themed submission calls and contests listed here, for writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Most of the calls pay writers, and none of the contests charge a fee. Some of the themes are: the hero’s journey; love; humans are the problem (a monsters anthology); Wight Christmas; night frights; fire; humorous mysteries; partners…

33 Themed Calls for Submissions for April 2021

There are 33 themed calls for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, including 13 themed contests. Some of the themes are: generations; climate change; gaslamp fantasy; art; ocean animals; asinine assassins; cryptids emerging; winter wonders; sleep and dreams (as related to fairy tales); and consequences of war. All but one pay cash for submissions. Also see this…

5 Paying Literary Markets to Submit to in April 2021

These markets pay for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. They are a mix of literary and genre markets, and not all are open throughout the month. Translunar Travelers LoungeThe editors of this speculative fiction magazine want fun stories. Their guidelines say, “A fun story, at its core, is one that works on the premise that things…

5 Paying Literary Markets to Submit to in March 2021

These markets pay for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. They are a mix of literary and genre markets. WesterlyThey publish short stories, poetry, memoir and creative nonfiction, essays and literary criticism. Non-subscribers will be asked to take magazine subscription as part payment for their work. Scholarly articles are accepted year-round.Deadline: 19 March 2021Length: Up to 3,500…

20 Themed Submission Calls for Writers in March 2021

There are 20 themed calls for submissions for the 16 markets listed here, of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Some of the themes are: neighbours, chilling crime, lost at sea, omens, magic gone awry, tough times, angels, beyond the stars, distanced, and escape. None of these charge a submission fee, or they have some fee-free submission…

5 Paying Literary Markets to Submit to in February 2021 – S. Kalekar

These are paying markets for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and they are a mix of literary and genre markets. Not all of these magazines are open through the month. LightspeedThis award-winning magazine is currently open to science fiction by BIPOC authors only. They will be open for general science fiction submissions during 8-14 February. They…

26 Themed Submission Calls for Writers in February 2021

There are 26 themed calls in the 22 markets here for writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Some of the themes are: circles, water, queer Gothic, fire, sound, 1986, habitats, cyberpunk fairy tales, good Southern witches, dark hearts, cryptids, a postcard from the past, dark carnival, gorefest, roots, home cooking, and internet. There are a…

5 Paying Literary Markets to Submit to in January 2021

These markets pay for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and they’re open in January. Also see this list for themed (and paying) submission calls that are open now. Nashville ReviewThis literary magazine accepts fiction, nonfiction (memoir excerpts, essays, and imaginative meditations), translations, poetry, and comics in January, May, and September. Submissions for literary comics and featured…

28 Themed Submission Calls for January 2021

There are 28 themed calls for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in the 20 markets here. Some of the themes are: mermaids, lost civilizations, lesbian historic fiction, monsters, protest diaries, stories inspired by Jules Verne, parenting, engaging with the natural world, health, and (reimagined) Gothic fiction. All are paying markets (also see this list for more…

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