Calls for Submissions

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…

8 Paying Fiction Markets Open For Brief Submission Periods In January 2021

January is an exciting month, as several journals will open their doors for submissions during the month. These magazines/journals pay for fiction, and they are all scheduled to open for a limited period during January 2021. A few also accept other genres, like nonfiction and poetry. Cosmic Roots and Eldritch ShoresThis speculative fiction magazine publishes…

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