Taking Submissions: Futuristic Canada

Deadline: April 30th, 2017
Payment: For flash fiction, the pay is $5 USD per story; For short stories, pay is $10 USD per story; For poems, pay is $2 USD per poem.

This anthology is a 150 Alliance project, created to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017!

Dark Helix Press is wondering – where will Canada be in  the future?

Will the next 100 years be peaceful with lots of technological advances or will Canada become a colony on a spaceship after Earth blows up? Robot beavers, poutine currency, there’s no limit to what can happen!

Canada in the future must be a well defined landscape in the stories submitted, so it’s essential that the world built by the author resonates well with the readers. Bonus points for those who can sneak in Canadian cultural references and diverse characters is a must.

We are aiming to release this book before July 1, 2017.

 

 Submission Details

We are looking for poems, flash fiction and short stories. Ratio of each will depend upon quality of submissions received.

Since this is a project celebrating Canada, preference will be given to Canadian writers. However, if you are an international writer who sends in a fantastic story and understands our country, we are open to this as possibility as well.

For guidelines, compensation and formatting details, visit our submissions page.

Submitting is a two step process:

1) Fill in and submit this Google form to ensure your name is listed in our database for review
2) Email in your submission to  “darkhelixpress at gmail.com” with subject headline: “Canada- (author name) – (title)”

Any questions can be sent to “darkhelixpress at gmail.com”.

What We Are Looking For
Each anthology may feature flash fiction, short stories, essays, and poetry. Ratio of each depends on submission quality received.

Specific guidelines are:

Flash Fiction – 500-1,500 words. We want stories which address the theme of the anthology and captivate readers.

Short Stories – 1,501-3,500 words. Longer stories which explore more possibilities of the theme and contain deeper character developments.

Non-Fiction Essays – 1,501-3,500 words. Based on a true story, presentation of some revelations or lessons learned from the experience.

Poems – 10-100 lines. Narrative poems that address the theme. Freestyle accepted, please make sure the words make sense somewhat. If you feel over 100 lines makes your poem stronger, please note this in your correspondence and we may ask for more when we accept your submission.

For fiction submissions, we prefer complete stories – with a beginning, middle and end. No excerpts will be accepted.

Note that we are not impressed by gratuitous sex and violence or pointless foul language; any edgy content should be necessary and appropriate to the plot and characters.

What We’re Buying
Dark Helix Press wants first worldwide publication rights, electronic rights, reprint rights, and digital archival rights. Rights revert back to the author upon publication and author retains all other rights. Any story submitted must be your own unpublished original creation. If you have already published it on a blog or website accessible to the general public, it is considered published, please do not submit.

Multiple Submissions & Simultaneous Submissions
You may have up to three submissions in each submission. Note that we are short staffed and it may take up to 12-18 weeks before you may receive a response. If you wish to withdraw, please send us an email and we will discard your submission.

Submissions follow a 2 step process at the moment: Step 1 is filling in a Google Form and Step 2 is emailing in the submission.

Formatting Guidelines

  • Submit all manuscripts in Word format – if submitted in the body of the email, it will not be read
  • Top right hand corner, first few lines should contain your real name, pen name if any in brackets, address, telephone, email address for contact/Paypal payment, type of writing (flash fiction, short story or poem) and word count
  • Title should be in Times New Roman, 16-point, bold
  • Manuscript should be single spaced, Times New Roman, 12-point font
  • In between paragraphs, double space
  • Indicate the end of manuscript with three stars (***), then two spaces afterwards include a bio of 100 words which may include a maximum of 2 links to website, blog or social media profiles, etc.

Compensation
We believe it is important to be paid for your work, although our rates are token amounts. Projects are created for the love of writing and stretching our imagination.

The compensation amounts will be paid via PayPal, with the option to donate it back to offset production and marketing costs of the books. The playing field is a tough one these days with lots of free writing available to readers…

For flash fiction, the pay is $5 USD per story;
For short stories, pay is $10 USD per story;
For poems, pay is $2 USD per poem.
In addition, each contributor will receive a digital copy of the anthology

By publishing through Dark Helix Press, we will be listing your author bio along with your website/social media links on the anthology page.

During marketing campaigns for the book, we may post your name and story/poem title in advertisements to attract readers. Feel free to contribute by letting readers know about the book or your story/poem via social media (we will re-tweet/share your posts if you let us know about them) or guide us to potential reviewers that may help elevate book success.

The more well known the anthology is, the brighter the spotlight will shine on your writing! We believe collaboration is the key in all projects.

Privacy Policy
During the submission process, we collect some personal information, including your email address and physical or snail mail address; we will never send you anything without your permission, nor will we publish or distribute that information to any third party. This information is kept on file for tax purposes only.

Via: Dark Helix Press.

Taking Submissions: The Ocotillo Review

Deadline: March 31st, 2017
Payment: Short Fiction: $50 USD, Flash Fiction & Poetry: $25 USD

Welcome to Kallisto Gaia Press. We are a nonprofit literary organization supporting writers at all stages of their careers. Although we don’t shy away from experimental or unusual approaches to literature, our goal is to promote finely crafted writing with an expressive and meaningful voice.

We pay contributors to The Ocotillo Review upon publication

We have an all volunteer staff so give us a few weeks after submissions close for notification of your submission’s status. Thank you for your understanding.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!!!

We welcome your submissions of short fiction, poetry, flash fiction and creative non-fiction for our inaugural edition of The Ocotillo Review.  Submissions for the Summer issue will open on January 15, 2017 and close at midnight CST on March 31, 2017. All work should be previously unpublished. Publication on your blog or social media is considered publication. We accept simultaneous submissions on the agreement that you will withdraw the submission if it is accepted elsewhere.

GENERAL GUIDELINES

Upon acceptance Kallisto Gaia Press retains First North American serial rights and the one-time digital rights to publish on our website. All other rights revert to the author upon publication. If the work is reprinted we request that Ocotillo Review is credited as the original publisher. Please submit your work in 12pt. Times New Roman font, Double spaced (except poetry). We prefer Word doc. but will accept pdf. and rtf.

SHORT FICTION should be one story totaling 1000-3500 words not counting the title. Novel excerpts are allowed providing they can stand alone without extraneous notation. Accepted work pays $50 USD

FLASH FICTION should be 500 words or less not counting titles. Include up to 3 pieces per entry in one document. Start each piece on a new page. Accepted work pays $25 USD

POETRY – Include 3 to 5 poems in one document. Lines should be single spaced with double-spacing between stanzas. Start each poem on a new page. Limit each poem to 60 lines. The entire submission should not exceed 10 pages. Accepted work pays $25 USD

CREATIVE or NARRATIVE NON-FICTION should total 800 – 4000 words not counting the title. Memoirs and biographies are acceptable as are Op-Ed . We are not interested in unsolicited reviews of literary or other artistic works at this time. Accepted work pays $50 USD

Via: Kallisto Gaia Press.

Taking Submissions: American Upheaval

Deadline: June 1st, 2017
Payment: Royalties

**Deadline: June 1st, 2017**

Prompt: Literature is inseparable from context: medium, culture, and conflict. Whether that be social media or formal writing, we are always part of a conversation with the world. As writers, we live our lives in the margins, we go beyond a social conversation and create an artistic dialogue. This is the way we process and handle big events in our history, this is the way we change our history; by recognizing what is happening within our environment and putting it in ink. “People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite their own destruction, and anyone who insists on remaining in a state of innocence long after that innocence is dead turns himself into a monster” (Baldwin, 1953). We want to read your work outing the monsters and keeping our eyes open. We want to share your experience with the world as a statement.

Writing reflects the human experience—especially that bound by social and political pressures. We write in hopes to disrupt power dynamics and increase the voice of subalterns (Said, 1979). Onyx Neon seeks submissions of disruptive poetry for a social activist anthology.

The Project: In Fall 2017, Onyx Neon will release a collection of poems under the umbrella of American Upheaval. The world is reacting to a drastic shift in administration—and those reactions are raw, loud, and critical. We want poems that add to the political conversation.

This collection will be edited by Head Editor of Onyx Neon Shorts, Lindsay Deter-Wolf, with Kit Martin.

Submission Instructions: Please submit 1–6 poems. Each poem (including its enjambed stanzas and verse paragraphs, your chosen formatting) should appear on its own page, and the submission itself must exceed no more than six pages in total.

What we pay: Our standard collection rate is a percentage of the final product based on how many poems are in the collection.

What’s the deadline: No poems will be considered after June 1st.

First Print and Electronic Publishing Rights: When your poem is published for the first time, that publisher has taken your work’s First Print Rights. This means that every subsequent publication must list where it was first published. In this case, we also take Electronic Publishing Rights. Other publishers may be uncomfortable publishing your work electronically after it has been printed by Onyx Neon. For all intents and purposes, after your work is published by us it can only be marketed as a reprint, which could limit the number of markets that will accept it thereafter. It is up to you—the author—to decide if publishing your work in print and/or eBook formats and/or on the web (surrendering First Publishing Rights for royalty-based payment) method is what you want to do.

What rights do we get from you? Our contract states that poetry we acquire from you is yours, now and forever. We come from a background of both fiction and open source coding. We do not require exclusivity. We publish the work so long as you allow, and stop publishing it per your preference.

What about works printed elsewhere? (known as a Reprint): If you own the rights and we like it, we will print it. First publishing rights, and Exclusive E-publishing Rights, are not important criteria for Onyx Neon. Good writing and original ideas: these are important.

How to submit: Submissions should be emailed to (shorts)(at)(onyxneon.com). Please put “Poetry Collection—‘your name’—‘collection/poem title’” in the subject line to ensure we see and log it appropriately. Do not attach a cover page or put your name on any of the pages. All contact information must be enclosed in the email. Submit your work in .doc, .docx, .rtf, LaTex, Twine or plain-text format. Do not copy and paste submissions into the body of the email, but please include a summary of your work.

Do you accept multiple submissions? Yes. If you send them all in one email it’s much easier for us to track.

Do you accept simultaneous submissions? We will absolutely consider a poem that you sent to someone else. We would, however, hate to fall in love with your poem and not be able to publish it. Please alert us immediately if you decide to publish your work elsewhere.

Have you read my poems? We reply to everything when we have finished evaluating, and we will let you know if we are going to publish it or not. We hate waiting to hear back from people as much as the next person, so we do not wish that on anyone.

Why are you so slow? We read a lot, and we leave the vault sometimes. But keep in mind, we are reading your work. If you have not heard from us after three months, please feel free to send us an angry email with lots of grumpy emoticons and pictures of cats.

If your work doesn’t fit into our anthology’s scope, it will still be considered for general publication.

Please submit to (shorts)(at)(onyxneon.com).

We look forward to reading your beautiful, original poetry.

Via: Onyx Neon.

Taking Submissions: Trump Utopia or Dystopia Anthology

Deadline: April 30th, 2017
Payment: For flash fiction, the pay is $5 USD per story; For short stories, pay is $10 USD per story; For poems, pay is $2 USD per poem.

Donald John Trump is an American businessman, television personality, and the 45th President of the United States. His Twitter account has been making news on a daily basis since his election. With a deadline of April 2017 for submissions for this anthology, no one is certain if he will be still President by then, but we will assume that he will be for this book.

This anthology is an attempt to collect stories from both the pro and anti Trump sides. What type of utopia do Trump supporters envision for the world? What type of dystopia do anti-Trump supporters fear?

Trump does not have to be the main character of the story, but it must be mentioned that he is the President. We want this collection to be diverse, with stories containing characters from all walks of life.

In speculative fiction, anything goes. Maybe he’ll release a virus and zombies will dominate the landscape or perhaps he becomes the first person on Mars! Make the story fantastic, funny and interesting! Alternatively, a depressing, insightful story that can hold its own will be fine.

There are two sides to every coin and this book will be a time capsule, capturing the visions and nightmares that people are feeling at the moment. If there are more stories for one side versus the other, the book become either “Trump Dystopia” or “Trump Utopia”! We shall see.

Submission Details

We are looking for poems, flash fiction and short stories. Ratio of each will depend upon quality of submissions received.

For guidelines, compensation and formatting details, visit our submissions page.

Submitting is a two step process:

1) Fill in and submit this Google form to ensure your name is listed in our database for review
2) Email in your submission to  “darkhelixpress at gmail.com” with subject headline: “Trump UD – (author name) – (title)”

Any questions can be sent to “darkhelixpress at gmail.com”.

We are interested in manuscripts featuring diverse characters and unpredictable story lines for different anthology projects. We publish speculative fiction, so let your imagination go wild! Science fiction, fantasy, horror, alternative history, magic realism, and superhero fiction all welcomed!

What We Are Looking For
Each anthology may feature flash fiction, short stories, essays, and poetry. Ratio of each depends on submission quality received.

Specific guidelines are:

Flash Fiction – 500-1,500 words. We want stories which address the theme of the anthology and captivate readers.

Short Stories – 1,501-3,500 words. Longer stories which explore more possibilities of the theme and contain deeper character developments.

Non-Fiction Essays – 1,501-3,500 words. Based on a true story, presentation of some revelations or lessons learned from the experience.

Poems – 10-100 lines. Narrative poems that address the theme. Freestyle accepted, please make sure the words make sense somewhat. If you feel over 100 lines makes your poem stronger, please note this in your correspondence and we may ask for more when we accept your submission.

For fiction submissions, we prefer complete stories – with a beginning, middle and end. No excerpts will be accepted.

Note that we are not impressed by gratuitous sex and violence or pointless foul language; any edgy content should be necessary and appropriate to the plot and characters.

What We’re Buying
Dark Helix Press wants first worldwide publication rights, electronic rights, reprint rights, and digital archival rights. Rights revert back to the author upon publication and author retains all other rights. Any story submitted must be your own unpublished original creation. If you have already published it on a blog or website accessible to the general public, it is considered published, please do not submit.

Multiple Submissions & Simultaneous Submissions
You may have up to three submissions in each submission. Note that we are short staffed and it may take up to 12-18 weeks before you may receive a response. If you wish to withdraw, please send us an email and we will discard your submission.

Submissions follow a 2 step process at the moment: Step 1 is filling in a Google Form and Step 2 is emailing in the submission.

Formatting Guidelines

  • Submit all manuscripts in Word format – if submitted in the body of the email, it will not be read
  • Top right hand corner, first few lines should contain your real name, pen name if any in brackets, address, telephone, email address for contact/Paypal payment, type of writing (flash fiction, short story or poem) and word count
  • Title should be in Times New Roman, 16-point, bold
  • Manuscript should be single spaced, Times New Roman, 12-point font
  • In between paragraphs, double space
  • Indicate the end of manuscript with three stars (***), then two spaces afterwards include a bio of 100 words which may include a maximum of 2 links to website, blog or social media profiles, etc.

Compensation
We believe it is important to be paid for your work, although our rates are token amounts. Projects are created for the love of writing and stretching our imagination.

The compensation amounts will be paid via PayPal, with the option to donate it back to offset production and marketing costs of the books. The playing field is a tough one these days with lots of free writing available to readers…

For flash fiction, the pay is $5 USD per story;
For short stories, pay is $10 USD per story;
For poems, pay is $2 USD per poem.
In addition, each contributor will receive a digital copy of the anthology

By publishing through Dark Helix Press, we will be listing your author bio along with your website/social media links on the anthology page.

During marketing campaigns for the book, we may post your name and story/poem title in advertisements to attract readers. Feel free to contribute by letting readers know about the book or your story/poem via social media (we will re-tweet/share your posts if you let us know about them) or guide us to potential reviewers that may help elevate book success.

The more well known the anthology is, the brighter the spotlight will shine on your writing! We believe collaboration is the key in all projects.

Privacy Policy
During the submission process, we collect some personal information, including your email address and physical or snail mail address; we will never send you anything without your permission, nor will we publish or distribute that information to any third party. This information is kept on file for tax purposes only.

Via: Dark Helix Press.

Taking Submissions: The First Line – Summer 2017

Deadline: May 1st, 2017
Payment: $25.00 – $50.00 for fiction, $5.00 – $10.00 for poetry and contributor’s copy

Summer:
The plan suddenly made sense.
Due date: May 1, 2017

We love the fact that writers around the world are inspired by our first lines, and we know that not every story will be sent to us. However, we ask that you do not submit stories starting with our first lines to other journals (or post them online on public sites) until we’ve notified you as to our decision (usually two to three weeks after the deadline). When the entire premise of the publication revolves around one sentence, we don’t want it to look as if we stole that sentence from another writer. If you have questions, feel free to drop us a line.

(Also, we understand that writers may add our first line to a story they are currently working on or have already completed, and that’s cool. But please do not add our first line to a previously published story and submit it to us. We do not accept previously published stories, even if they have been repurposed for our first lines.)

One more thing while I’ve got you here: Writers compete against one another for magazine space, so, technically, every literary magazine is running a contest. There are, however, literary magazines that run traditional contests, where they charge entry fees and rank the winners. We do not – nor will we ever – charge a submission fee, nor do we rank our stories in order of importance. Occasionally, we run contests to help come up with new first lines, or we run fun, gimmicky competitions for free stuff, but the actual journal is not a contest in the traditional sense.

Fiction: All stories must be written with the first line provided. The line cannot be altered in any way, unless otherwise noted by the editors. The story should be between 300 and 5,000 words (this is more like a guideline and not a hard-and-fast rule; going over or under the word count won’t get your story tossed from the slush pile). The sentences can be found on the home page of The First Line’s Web site, as well as in the prior issue. Note: We are open to all genres. We try to make TFL as eclectic as possible.

Non-Fiction: 500-800 word critical essays about your favorite first line from a literary work.

All Stories: Writers should include a two- to three-sentence biography of themselves that will appear in the magazine should their story run.

Multiple Submissions: We don’t mind if you want to submit multiple stories for the same issue. However, it is unlikely we will use more than one of your stories in the same issue.

Four-Part Stories: If you think you are up to the challenge, you can write a four-part story that uses the spring, summer, fall, and winter sentences. However, all the parts must be submitted at once (a single e-mail or snail mail) before the February 1st deadline. (If selected, each part will be published in its respective issue.)

Submissions: We prefer you send manuscripts via e-mail to submission (@) thefirstline (dot) com. We accept stories in MS Word or Word Perfect format (we prefer attachments). Please do not send pdf versions of your story or links to Google docs. Make sure your name and contact information, as well as your bio, are part of the attachment. Stories also can be sent to The First Line‘s post office box. No manuscripts will be returned without an accompanying SASE with sufficient return postage.

Notification: We don’t make decisions about stories until after each issue closes. We typically send notices out within two to three weeks after the issue’s deadline to everyone who submitted a story. You can also check the home page of the Web site as we will indicate each issue’s production status there.

Payment: We pay on publication: $25.00 – $50.00 for fiction, $5.00 – $10.00 for poetry, and $25.00 for nonfiction (all U.S. dollars). We also send you a copy of the issue in which your piece appears. You’ll receive your money and issue at the same time.

Note to our international writers: Postage cost for sending author copies overseas is becoming outrageous, so we are reducing international author payment by the amount it would cost to send one author copy overseas. However, if you would like to receive an electronic version of the issue (PDF) instead of a hard copy, author payment will not change.

Via: The First Line.

Taking Submissions: The Violet Hour Magazine April 2017 Issue

Deadline: March 31st, 2017
Payment: $5

Are you a poet? An essayist? A short story writer? An artist? If you have a piece you’d like to submit for the next issue of The Violet Hour, we want to see it!

Send us an email to the address listed below and attach any written work in PDF or Word.doc format, and all artwork in jpeg format to submit it for consideration. With the exception of submissions for the open December anthology, don’t forget to use at least one of the themes chosen for each issue. (For details about issue themes, launch dates and more, see the above “News & Events” posts.)

      [email protected]

Submission Periods

The Violet Hour Magazine is published quarterly, with three themed issues (published at the end of April, August and October) and one annual open-themed anthology (published at the end of December). Submission periods for the issues are as follows:

  1. 1. December 15th to March 31st (for April issue)

  2. 2. April 15th to July 31st (for August/September issue)

  3. 3. September 7th to October 14th (for October issue – *IMPORTANT:  

    1. October is a flash-submission issue – see September 7th News & Events post for details.)

  4. 4. January 1st to November 14th (for December open-anthology issue)

*Please Note: Submissions made to any of the themed issues that are not selected for publication in their relevant issue will not be automatically considered for the December open-themed anthology. Contributors are asked not to re-submit work already previously submitted to The Violet Hour, unless invited to do so by one of our editorial staff.

*Also Note: At this time, The Violet Hour Magazine will consider previously published works, as long as it has been a minimum of 6 months since the work’s most recent publication. If your submission has previously been published elsewhere, please include the date and name of the publication in which it appeared, and a link to the publication’s website in the body of your submission email.

Submission Guidelines

Fiction or Non-Fiction: Maximum of five thousand words, double-spaced; one piece per submission (for pieces of 1,000 words or less, you may include three such pieces per submission).

Poetry: Maximum of three pages per poem; up to five pieces per submission.

Art: Submissions may include any form of visual art; up to ten pieces per submission.

Compensation

Each author or artist selected to appear in an issue of The Violet Hour will receive a royalty of $5 per selected piece, along with a complementary digital copy of the issue.

Via: Violent Hour Magazine.

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