Category: Magazine

Taking Submissions: A Coup Of Owls Summer 2023 Issue (Early Listing)

Submission Window: March 1st – 31st, 2023
Payment: Drabbles and Flash – £5, Short Stories 1001 to 4000 words – £10, Short Stories 4001 to 8000 words – £15
Theme: Stories you’ve poured your soul into but haven’t been able to find the right home for. We’re looking for stories that make us feel something. Warmth, love, melancholy, rage.
Note: Only publishes creators from under represented and/or marginalized communities.


We don’t ask for any proof, we take this on trust with the expectation that anyone not from a marginalised background or underrepresented community wouldn’t take up the space of someone who is. We ask you to consider this before submitting.


We’re looking for stories you’ve poured your soul into but haven’t been able to find the right home for. We’re looking for stories that make us feel something.

Warmth, love, melancholy, rage.

We want it all. 

All genres, styles and themes will be considered and we especially love stories that are outside the box in their telling. Ambiguous endings? Non-linear storytelling? Antagonist’s point-of-view? A story told in just one scene?

We love it all.


Taking Submissions: Apparition Lit February 2023 Window (Early)

Submission Window: February 15th – 28th, 2023
Payment: $0.05 per word for fiction, $50 per poem
Theme: Symmetry

Apparition Lit is a speculative fiction magazine that publishes themed issues four times a year.

We publish poems and stories between 1k-5k words in January, April, July, and October.

We also hold monthly flash fiction contests between the 1st and 15th of each month. Flash stories must be under 1000 words and be inspired or based on the chosen theme.

Read our submission guidelines and submit your work through our Moksha portal.


Taking Submissions: New Myths First 2023 Window

Submission Window: January 1st – February 28th, 20-23
Payment: 1.5 cents/word for fiction, flash fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. $30 for book reviews. $60 for artwork.
Theme: Science Fiction and fantasy

Reading past issues is the best way to know if your submission is a good fit for

We like to balance each quarterly issue between science fiction and fantasy, dark and light, serious and humorous, hard and soft science fiction, and longer and shorter works.
Our readers are not fixated on a single style or tone or genre, but prefer a
quality sample of the field. Think
tapas or dim sum.


Ongoing Submissions: Vast Chasm Magazine

Payment: $50
Theme: bold work that explores the expansive human experience

Vast strives to be an engaged literary press that explores the expansive human experience and celebrates complex, diverse voices.

Our mission is to publish bold work, champion distinct artists, and cultivate literary community.


Taking Submissions: NonBinary Review #31

Deadline: February 1st, 2023
Payment: Fiction: 1 cent per word, Poetry: $10 per poem, Art: $25 flat fee, Cover art: $50
Theme: Food

NonBinary Review is open for submissions on the theme of “food.” Food touches every single person on the planet, and can be one of the most fraught relationships a person can have. We’re not looking for recipes, or stories in which food is incidental. We want to read about how food joins people, divides people, shapes those with too much and those with not enough. Who grows food? Who hauls it around? Who cooks it? How is working professionally with food different than cooking at home? There are so many aspects of this necessity of life, and we want to hear them – especially the unexpected, the complicated, the life-changing.

All submissions must have a clear relationship to our theme, and be double-spaced in 12pt Times New Roman or they will be rejected. NonBinary Review  pays 1¢ per word for prose with a limit of 3000 words.


Taking Submissions: Haven Speculative 2023 Limited Demographic Call #1

Submission Window: January 1st-31st, 2023
Payment: 1 cent per word for fiction, $5 for poetry, 1 cent per word for non-fiction, $35 for cover art
Theme: Speculative fiction
Note: Limited Demographic: Authors of color, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and other underrepresented groups.

Submission Windows

General submission window
  • February 01-28
  • April 01-30
  • June 01-30
  • August 01-31
  • October 01-31
  • December 01-31
Limited demographic window
  • January 01-31
  • March 01-31
  • May 01-31
  • July 01-31
  • September 01-30
  • November 01-30

It’s our goal to publish diverse voices from around the world, and to do that, we are actively seeking stories, poems, and non-fiction pieces by authors from backgrounds that have been historically underrepresented in the science fiction and fantasy canon. Our submission cycle is therefore split into two categories, where every other month is explicitly reserved for submissions by authors of color, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and other underrepresented groups. The interposing six months remain open to everyone.

Guidelines for Fiction

We are seeking stories in the English language up to 6,000 words by writers from around the world. We favor submisions that have not been published before (including on your own website), though we do accept a limited number of reprints not currently appearing anywhere online. For our two issues focused on the climate crisis, we’re particularly interested in publishing stories from people displaced by or threatened by the climate emergency (see our themes below). For our other four issues, we’re open to a wide variety of stories across the SFF and weird spectra.


Taking Submissions: Old Moon Quarterly January 2023 Window

Submission Window: January 1st-30th, 2023
Payment: 0.08 USD per word
Theme: character-focused, weird sword-and-sorcery: stories of a dark and transgressive nature

What  We  Want

Old Moon publishes character-focused, weird sword-and-sorcery: stories of a dark and transgressive nature, set in a secondary or historical-paranormal (“our” reality, but with a twist, if you will) world, with a focus on rounded characters undergoing some sort of conflict, resolved (though not always successfully!) by the might of their main or mind.

We love stories that combine that sense of action and adventure with well-rounded characters who make us question our own realities and perceptions. We love to see the gothic, the baroque, the eldritch, and we love to see it hit with an axe.

Weird fiction and sword-and-sorcery can both be slippery terms. That is part of the fun! But, for our purposes we know it may help prospective writers if we list a series of authors and their stories we feel encompass (at least in part) what we love about the borderland of sword/sorcery and weird fiction:


Taking Submissions: Ghoulish Tales #1

Deadline: February 15th, 2023
Payment: 7c per word (possibly 10c, depending on crowdfunding)
Theme: Fun horror that aims to celebrate all things spooky.

Greetings, ghouls!

Nothing like a Saturday night to announce a brand-new horror magazine, right?

As many of you already know, a few months ago we decided to discontinue the long-running Dark Moon Digest after publishing its final, 48th issue. It was a good run and we are immensely proud of the work we accomplished with the digest. But now it is time to move forward. Which brings us to Ghoulish Tales, our latest experiment with short horror fiction.

Behold, Betty Rocksteady’s cover art for issue 1!