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Taking Submissions: ZNB Presents 2022 Window (Early Listing)

Submission Window: July 1st-July 7th, 2022
Payment: 8 cents per word
Theme: Stories of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, including all subgenres

Zombies Need Brains LLC accepts submissions to its online magazine, ZNB Presents, (currently being run through Patreon here: from July 1st through July 7th each year and then through further open calls if necessary. Follow us on Twitter (@ZNBLLC) or Facebook ( for notifications of the secondary open calls. Stories must be submitted in electronic format through the submissions management system Moksha here: [Moksha link to be added when activated].


Taking Submissions: Cosmic Roots And Eldritch Shores July 2022 (Early Listing)

Submission Window: July 1st-3rd, 2022
Payment: 8 cents per word for original, 2 cents for reprints, For artwork: $10 for the non-exclusive right to use each image, for as long as the site is online.  If we publish a print collection we will pay a pro-rata share for each image used.
Theme: Well written original work in science fiction, fantasy, myth, legend, fairy tales, and eldritch, in written, podcast, video, and/or graphic story form, and from around the world.
Note: Reprints welcome



Submissions Schedule

We have a new submissions schedule as of June 1, 2020:
The first and second day of every month, 12 am of the 1st to 12 am of the 3rd, E.S.T.
Only one submission per person.

For reading impaired individuals, our submissions manager and ‘forget password’ have a captcha compatible with screen readers.

We pay 8¢ per word for new fiction, 2¢ per word for fiction reprints, 2 – 6¢ per word for new fact-based work, 1- 4¢ per word for reprinted fact articles.
For new poetry, we pay $1 a line, reprints would be 50¢ a line, up to 40 lines. We’ll look at longer poems but that would be a hard sell, and words over 40 lines would be paid at 6¢ per word.

We began The Kepler Award to recognize and encourage writers of excellent science fiction and fantasy stories that creatively extrapolate on known science in constructive and exciting ways. You can learn about The Kepler Award here.

You can read a copy of our standard contract here.   It can be varied as needed to include the rights of translators, voice actors, etc.


Taking Submissions: Grimoire: The Goth Narcissus

Deadline: August 1st, 2022
Payment: $20 for authors, artwork payment is negotiated
Theme: “Selfies”

WE ARE GRIMOIRE, an online literary publication of the dark arts. We publish one themed issue annually that includes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, and work that moves beyond genre.


Taking Submissions: Dose of Dread July 2022 (Early Listing)

Submission Window: July 1st-15th, 2022
Payment: 2c/word, paid via PayPal. (Rounded to nearest whole dollar)
Theme: Un-themed, general horror flash fiction. Preference to dread-inducing stories.


Un-themed, general horror flash fiction. Preference to dread-inducing stories.

Length: 500 – 1,000 words. Firm.

Author Compensation: 2c/word, paid via PayPal. (Rounded to nearest whole dollar)

Publication: Dread Stone Press website (Dose of Dread).


Taking Submissions: Story Unlikely 2022 Window

Deadline: September 30th, 2022
Payment: 5 cents a word for stories up to 2,000 words. Stories above 2,000 are capped at $100 payment
Theme: Accepts ALL genres, prefers: memoir, bizarro, and speculative, humorous, strange, and thoughtful
Note: Reprints Welcome
Note: You do need to be a free subscriber to submit

Whatever happened to the art of storytelling? It’s become a lost relic, along with our identities. But here, we’re revitalizing this once great craft. Don’t worry, you’re in good hands. After all, if laughter is medicine, then Story Unlikely is therapy for broken souls.


Ongoing Submissions: Ergot

Payment: $25
Theme: Stories that further the innovative and experimental tradition in horror.

ergot. is a literary website interested in furthering the innovative and experimental tradition in horror.


We seek fiction and hybrid work under 10k words [including excerpts and work in translation] that push out the boundary of what literary horror is and what it might become.


Work that values atmosphere and mood over plot.
Work that fails in new and unusual ways over work that succeeds in the tried and true.


Contest: 50-Word Stories May 2022 (Early Listing)

Submission Window: May 1st-15th, 2022
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, 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.

Ongoing Submissions: Video Nasties

Payment: $5
Theme: A short horror story (100-300 words) that would fit on the back of a VHS box!

We love microfiction here at Pyre Magazine, and we miss the video store rental days, so we figured we combine the two in our new series: Video Nasties Microfiction!