Category: Flash

Taking Submissions: Wind Guide You

Deadline: September 1st, 2022
Payment: €40 and a contributor’s copy
Theme: Getting lost to find the most intricate and vivid settings, see below for a better explanation

Jacques Yonnet once stated that “an age-old city is like a pond. With its colours and reflections. Its chills and murk. Its ferment, its sorcery, its hidden life.” And the same could be said for the most intoxicating of video games.

Getting truly lost in one means encountering places more vivid than our physical reality. Wind Guide You will be a pixelstruck anthology of enchanted texts devoted to exploring these territories and digital ramblings. We want pieces that talk about the most otherwordly and intense settings of virtual universes. We want your beautiful dérives. We want your utter escapism, your childlike stray in the woods.


Taking Submissions: Sherlock is a Girl’s Name

Deadline: September 30th, 2022
Payment: AU$0.05c a word up to 5000 words
Theme: Stories about a female-identifying Sherlock Holmes
Note: Female-identifying writers

An anthology about a female Sherlock Holmes,
written by women

What would the Great Detective be like if Sherlock was a woman?

Clan Destine Press and commissioning editors Narrelle M Harris and Atlin Merrick, wonder just that, and seek stories about a female-identifying Sherlock Holmes – young or old, set in any time, place, or culture!


Taking Submissions: A Darkness Visible

Deadline: October 31st, 2022
Payment: £80
Theme: The inter-relationship between the postmodern and horror

A Darkness Visible – Submissions due by Midnight GMT, 31 October 2022

Ontology Books is seeking submissions for its upcoming anthology A Darkness Visible focused on postmodern horror.

Postmodern literature has often been an ill-defined concept. Critics have cited the deconstruction of narrative, inter-textual storytelling, and the subversion of genre conventions in attempting to define what “postmodern” constitutes. Others have noted the interplay of high and popular culture, dark humor, and literary experimentation as hallmarks of the postmodern. It is safe to say that “postmodern” is a slippery concept open to multiple interpretations and meanings.


Taking Submissions: Two-thousand Word Terrors (Early Listing)

Submission Window: August 1 – Aug 31, 2022
Payment: $0.01/word
Theme: Horror of all types

One new short, published on Mondays, for at least 45 weeks of the next year. We are hoping to begin posting these short stories on February 6th, 2023. “Two-thousand Word Terrors” will be the name of the featured column hosting these stories.

Because this call is not specific to Strangehouse Books, all writers are welcome to submit.


Ongoing Submissions: Bourbon Penn

Payment: 3¢ / word
Theme: Highly imaginative stories with a healthy dose of the odd.
Note: We are re-listing Bourbon Penn due to the press raising their payment rates and updated guidelines

We are looking for highly imaginative stories with a healthy dose of the odd.  Odd characters, odd experiences, odd realities. We’re looking for genre / speculative stories and are quite partial to slipstream, cross-genre, magic realism, absurdist, and the surreal.

We want character.  For us, stories live and die by their characters.  We’re looking for fully drawn characters who surprise us with their honesty, complexity, and contradictions.


Taking Submissions: Dirt in the Sky

Deadline: August 15th, 2022
Payment: $0.02 per word and a contributor’s copy
Theme: Horror stories with a specific theme, read below.

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Dirt in the Sky is the new horror mini-anthology from Filthy Loot focusing on juxtapositions. We’re looking for stories about the haves and have-nots, but also seeding elements of genres like alt-lit with body horror, or dirty realism with transgressive horror. Heady themes in the sugarcoating of genre fiction. Since I only said it 3 other times in this paragraph, this is horror. 
We’re looking for things that are general, but very specific—so if you have any questions, please just contact us.

What we’re not looking for: sci-fi/fantasy, experimental, torture, anything too humorous or bizarro.


Ongoing Submissions: ALOCASIA

Payment: $10
Theme: A journal about plants, gardens, gardening, parks, and indoor horticulture and stories in any genre
Note: Authors who identify as queer writers

ALOCASIA accepts creative writing of all genres from queer writers on a rolling basis with no reading fee. Please send no more than 6 pieces to [email protected] Simultaneous submissions are encouraged, and we DO accept previously-published work. Please send writing in either .docx or .pdf format.

We appreciate both traditional work, as well as the weird, erotic, explicit, anti-colonial, and whatever you can come up with.


Taking Submissions: Whetstone Issue 6

Deadline: September 12th, 2022
Payment: $10
Theme: Pulp sword and sorcery


WHETSTONE is an award-winning amateur magazine that seeks to discover, inspire, and publish emerging authors who are enthusiastic about the tradition of “pulp sword and sorcery.” Writers in this tradition include (but are not limited to) the following: Robert E. Howard, Fritz Leiber, Jack Vance, Michael Moorcock, Karl Edward Wagner, David C. Smith, and many more. “Pulp sword and sorcery” emphasizes active protagonists, supernatural menaces, and preindustrial (mostly ancient and medieval) settings. Some “pulp sword and sorcery” straddles the line between historical and fantasy fiction; at Whetstone, however, we emphatically prefer “secondary world settings,” other worlds liberated from the necessity of historical accuracy. Published by Spiral Tower Press.