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Taking Submissions: Taking Submissions: Allegory Volume 45

Submission Window: November 1st – December 31st, 2023
Payment: $15
Theme: Speculative fiction, primarily horror, science fiction, and fantasy.
Note: Reprints welcome

Formatting Guidelines

This is proving to be a recurring problem, so we’re putting it up front. Please, for all our sakes, read this next part carefully.

All submissions should be sent by e-mail (no letters or telephone calls please) to [email protected]. Below are some formatting rules to help us process your submission more quickly.


Email is accepted in both text and HTML formats. When submitting, please put this in the subject line:

Submission: (Title) – (First and Last name)

Include the following in the body of the email and in the attached submission:

Your name
Name to use on the story (byline), if different
Your preferred email address
Your mailing address
The story’s title
The story’s word count


Taking Submissions: The Quarterly Journal – In The Dark

Deadline: January 31st, 2024
Payment: $5
Theme: What happens in the dark? What lurks there? Show me those intimate moments—or the ones that will freak me the fuck out. Or any combination therein.

A Literary Journal with Some Art, Comics, and Analysis Thrown in for Good Measure
As Quarter Press continues to grow, we’re adding another coin to our pocketful of change. We want to offer a space for shorter works to mingle with art and other bits of nonsense, so we bring you The Quarter(ly): It just makes cents.

Issues are themed; however, we consider all interpretations.
Please Note: All submission windows may be closed early if “full.”

2024’s Themes and Deadlines:

In the Dark (Jan. 31)


Taking Submissions: The Dragon’s Hoard 2

Submission Window: November 1st 2023 to March 31st, 2024
Payment: $15 and equal share of 50% of the anthology’s royalties
Theme: Stories about dragons—their hoard or lack thereof must factor into the story in some way.

At WolfSinger Publications, we love all kinds of creatures – especially DRAGONS. Dragons love…well…their hoard. Be it a hoard of gold, gems, books, virgins, whatever your dragon loves to collect and hoard. Or maybe your dragon doesn’t have a hoard—well then WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOUR DRAGON? —All dragons have a hoard—don’t they? If he doesn’t—then explain why not.

We’re looking for stories about dragons—their hoard or lack thereof must factor into the story in some way.

Since dragons are primarily a creature of fantasy I’m sure we’ll get plenty of fantasy stories; but we’ll take science fiction as well as any other speculative fiction genre, but you MUST be creative. A creative twist on the idea of dragons and their hoards is the most important part of the story.


Taking Submissions: The Fabulist Flash #1

Submission Window: November 6th to 12th, 2023
Payment: $100 for stories of up to 1,000 words
Theme: Fantastical and speculative fiction, including science fiction, fantasy, horror, myth, fairy-story, magic realism, literary fabulism, and genre/subgenre remixes.

The Fabulist Flash, a new flash-fiction project from The Fabulist Words & Art, welcomes submissions from November 6-12 for fantastical and speculative writings of up to 1,000 words.

The Fabulist Flash will debut in 2024, and run in parallel to our current short-fiction programming. See below for program details.


Taking Submissions: Grumpy Old Sherwood

Deadline: May 1st, 2024
Payment: Royalties
Theme: Stories related to Robin Hood or Sherwood Forest with at least one grumpy character that are amusing and speculative fiction

Hear ye!  Hear ye!! 

It’s time for another Grumpy Anthology and this time we’re heading to those forests of yore to revamp tales of Robin Hood and his Merry Men. That’s right, we’re off to the land of leather jerkins and longbows for another chance for a Grumpy twist on a classic mythos.  

Why Robin Hood you ask?

We’re so glad you asked.

Authors are readers, and for many of us, this group of stories are a cherished childhood memory.  Robin Hood wandered in and out of English Literature leaving a trail of tales (looking at you Ivanhoe), despite being the original rebel bad boy.

He literally robs from people who are in power.


Taking Submissions: The Beast Hunt

Deadline: April 1st, 2024
Payment: Royalties
Theme: Monsters have feelings too, even if it’s used to rage against the machine.

Genre: Speculative Fiction

Theme: Monsters have feelings too, even if it’s used to rage against the machine.

Concept: Sometimes we’re all misunderstood… and this is doubly true when you are a monster living in a human’s world. We want you to tell the story of one creature’s struggle to survive in an uncaring world.

Word Count: 5,000 – 10,000 (standard word count)

Opening by: TBD

Edited by: JR Handley & Bayonet Books

Anchor Author: TBD

Due Date: April 1, 2024

Email Submissions to: an[email protected] with “Beast Hunt” in the subject line

Payment: Stories selected for publication in the upcoming Anthology(ies), will receive a percentage of sales divided equally between the contributing authors.


Taking Submissions: Flash Fiction Online November 2023 Window

Submission Window: November 1st – 21st, 2023
Payment: $80 per story
Theme: 500- to 1000-word speculative fiction stories with crisp prose, well-developed characters, compelling plots, and satisfying resolutions.

Our submission portal for original stories is OPEN from the 1st to the 21st of each month* unless we reach our submission cap of 425 stories.

We are committed to publishing stories written and edited by humans. We reserve the right to reject any submission that we suspect to be primarily generated or created by language modeling software, Chat GPT, chat bots, or any other AI apps, bots, or software. We reserve the right to ban submissions from accounts, emails, or users who we believe or suspect have submitted AI-generated content.

We are looking for complete 500- to 1000-word stories with crisp prose, well-developed characters, compelling plots, and satisfying resolutions. We want stories that engage our minds and emotions.

We publish across many genres, including speculative (science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, and horror) and literary fiction. For more information on the type of stories we enjoy, please read a few issues and check out our What We’re Looking For” page.


Taking Submissions: Olit Winter 2023 Reading Period

Deadline: March 31st, 2024
Payment: $10
Theme: Stories thought of as “the artfully weird” in any genre, ideally from authors from Orlando but will publish from anywhere

While we prefer writers with a connection to Orlando or the greater Central Florida area, Olit will accept quality writing meeting our aesthetic and criteria from writers anywhere around the world. What do we mean by aesthetic and criteria? We’re glad you asked.

Olit seeks the following:

Genres: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Hybrid, Artwork, Photography. Send us all kinds of stuff. We love the artfully weird.

Strong preference for Orlando based writers/submissions about Orlando and surrounding areas.

We aim to focus primarily on publishing marginalized voices. LGBTQIA+ is a big plus with us. BIPOC voices will always be uplifted here. Disabled? Incarcerated? Low income? Other marginalized voices? Please send us your work. If you do not consider yourself marginalized, your submission is still welcome at Olit if it meets our other criteria.

Our aesthetic is best defined as gritty with grace, fast food parking lots in the middle of the night, the underbelly of a tourist city the locals know by memories. We want quality writing with heart and teeth. Give us words that bite back, stories full of verve, and the poems you wouldn’t let Grandma read. We are not the Academy/highbrow lit scene. We are indie and intellectual, raw yet polished. Send us only your best.