Category: Call Type

Taking Submissions: Fantasy Magazine October 2021 Window (Early Listing)

Submission Window: October 1st-7th, 2021
Payment: 8 cents per word
Theme: Original fantasy and dark fantasy stories. All types of fantasy and dark fantasy are welcome.
Note: This is an early listing to give you some time to plan ahead for next month or to remember to finish revising your story for the upcoming month!
Note: We are trusting that the submission windows listed in the ongoing call are valid for this publisher. If they are not, please let us know and we’ll look into revising accordingly.

Instructions for submitting to Fantasy Magazine follow. Please read everything on this page and read the magazine before submitting.

SUBMISSION PROCEDURES

Submission Periods: Fantasy is open to submissions the first week of every month (1st-7th). Please do not query about submitting outside our open submission periods.

Anonymous Submissions: Fantasy only accepts anonymous submissions. Do not include your name, address, phone number, or other similar identifiers on the manuscript. All original short fiction, flash fiction, and poetry submissions will be read anonymously on first read: moving out of slush depends on the merits of the story alone. Please make sure the title is on the manuscript.
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Contest: 50-Word Stories October 2021 (Early Listing)

Submission Window: October 1st-15th, 2021
Payment: 1 winner each month will win $10 Canadian
Theme: A story at exactly 50-words

If you’d like to have a 50-word story that you wrote featured on FiftyWordStories.com, first make sure that you understand exactly what a 50-word story is, and then read the submission requirements below closely.

Submissions System
Each month, submissions will be open between days 1 and 15 of that month. Any stories received on days 16 to 31 of a month will be deleted, but can be resubmitted the following month. You may only submit one story per month.

From the stories received in those 15 days, the best stories will be selected to be published that same month. Only enough stories will be selected to publish two stories per weekday.

There is no payment associated with stories. However, each month a “Story of the Month” is selected, and receives a prize of $10 Canadian.

Stories that were not selected will not be published, will not roll over into the following month, and cannot be resubmitted in following months. Authors will be notified whether their story has been selected or not once all stories from the month’s submissions have been reviewed. (more…)

Taking Submissions: It Calls From the Veil

Deadline: October 31st, 2021
Payment: .01 per word after approved edits up to $60 CAD, $15 CAD for reprints
Theme: What can give you nightmares (see below for expanded description)

“It Calls From the Veil”

Submission Open: September 1, 2021

Submission Close:  October 31, 2021

Publishing timeline:  2022

HORROR – May have elements of Dark Fantasy, Dark Fiction and Cosmic horror. But must have the intention to scare the readers.

 
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Contest: Micro Madness For October 2021 (Early Listing)

Submission Window: October 1st-7th, 2021
Prizes: 1st place: $100, 2nd place: $50, 3rd place: $25
Theme: cosmic horror, dark science fiction, or weird

Submissions will be ongoing and open the first week of every month for that month’s contest. THREE stories will be chosen per month to be published the month after they were submitted. (If you submit a story on October 3rd and it is chosen, it will be published in November.)

  • Submissions are open monthly from the 1st to the 7th.
  • One entry per writer per month please!
  • No simultaneous submissions.
  • All stories accepted must be currently unpublished.
  • Once a story has been submitted, please no resubmissions!

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Taking Submissions: Dark Secrets

Deadline: October 31st, 2021
Payment: $10
Theme: Secrets that are darker than others

We all have secrets. We all have dark stories and hidden truths we hide from others. But some secrets are darker than others.

Join Madhouse Books in this upcoming anthology of short, horror stories of sinister secrets and hidden evil. We are seeking stories of the evil of mankind. We are not seeking stories with paranormal elements. Think serial killers, secret identities, and hidden pasts. (more…)

Taking Submissions: The Kepler Award October 2021 Window (Early)

Monthly Submission Window: October 1st-2nd, 2021
Prizes: First prize: $300, optional second and third prizes of $200 and $100
Theme: Using modern science facts to create a science fiction story

The Kepler Award
for
Science Fiction and Fantasy

 

The mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler wrote “Somnium” (The Dream), a science fiction/fantasy story to present his research and thoughts on astronomy and lunar geography in a way he hoped religious and scientific authorities of the day would find acceptable.  Through his science fiction/fantasy filter he put forth ideas on moon-based astronomical observation, likely lunar life forms, and space travel.

The purpose of the Kepler Award is to recognize and encourage writers of excellent science fiction and fantasy stories that creatively extrapolate on known science in constructive and exciting ways.  Fantasy elements that don’t contradict established scientific fact may used.

So far, 2021 Judges of the Finalists will Include:
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Taking Submissions: Circlet Press Halloween Microfictions 2021

Deadline: October 6th, 2021
Payment: $5 for stories under 1,000 words and $10 for stories 1,000 words to 1,500 words.
Theme: Rebirth, renewal, resurrection with an erotic element for Halloween

On November 1st of last year I made a very heartfelt post surmising that the Circlet Press Halloween Microfictions had met their end. We were in the thick of the pandemic and Circlet Press had been bought out by Riverdale Avenue Books. Our understanding, at that time, was that we would eventually lose control of the website and no longer have posting access. Bye, bye, microfictions.

Life has a funny way of doing what it wants to do though. Due to circumstances out of everyone’s control we’re still here and still have posting access. So why not make the best of it?
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Taking Submissions: Stories of the Eye (Early)

Submission Window: November 1st, 2021, to November 30th, 2021.
Payment: $0.02 per word plus a physical copy upon publication
Theme: Horror stories that explore the complex relationships between artists and models.

We didn’t know if we’d do it again, but Weirdpunk is finally publishing a new anthology with an open call.

Stories of the Eye will be edited by Sam Richard (Sabbath of the Fox-Devils, Wonderland Award-Winning To Wallow in Ash & Other Sorrows) and Joanna Koch (The Wingspan of Severed Hands, Shirley Jackson Award-Nominated The Couvade). It will be published in 2022. Read on for info.

Weirdpunk Books is seeking horror stories that explore the complex relationships between artists and models. Go beyond the male gaze. Show us the queer gaze, the disabled gaze, the un-colonialized gaze, the intergalactic gaze. Turn the model’s gaze on the artist or audience. Explore the power of images, why we bring them to life or destroy them through duplication and representation, and how the act of creating changes them and changes us. Invent a future art form or resurrect a forgotten handicraft. Define “model” as widely and surprisingly as you like: people, objects, trees, oceans, ideas. Examine obsession, violence, commitment, love, or indifference. Give us a botanical illustrator on an unknown planet, a modern-day Gericault shipwrecked in a studio with body parts becoming medical waste, a necromancing choreographer, or a performance artist looking for that one special element to transcend reality in a final postmodernist feat of madness.

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