Category: Poetry

Being part of a Writing Group
Being part of a Writing Group

Taking Submissions: Sand, Salt, Blood

Deadline: October 16th, 2022
Payment: $0.01 per word for short stories, $25 per poem and a contributor’s copy
Theme: An anthology of sea horror stories

SAND, SALT, BLOOD is an anthology of sea horror stories, aiming to raise money for the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution – We’re looking for horror stories set on, in or around the sea, including coastal areas and islands, as long as the sea plays a key part. Let’s face it – the sea is terrifying! What’s lurking down there? What happens when that comes to the surface? What about isolated communities on small islands, or dock workers loading and unloading ships? Although the editor likes stories with sirens, mermaids, and other sea creatures, think beyond that too.

Horror isn’t just about the shock and gore – consider the creepy and eerie, too, the kind of atmosphere that raises the hair on your neck and makes you feel like you’re being watched…

Taking Submissions: Otoroshi Journal 2022 Winter Issue (Early Listing)

Submission Window: October 1st – 31st, 2022
Payment: $1 per accepted piece
Theme: horrorku, horror themed tanka, haibun, see below for details

The Submission may include any or all of the following:
· Up to seven (7) horrorku or horror tanka [we will rarely publish 5/7/5(7/7)]
· Up to three (3) haibun [title + prose + haiku/tanka — no more than 100 words]
· Up to five (5) pieces of cover art

All submissions must be original, unpublished work that is not under consideration by a print or web-based journal. Posts in closed, critique-oriented groups and social media sites are acceptable for submission, but public posts on forums such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are not. By submitting a piece to us, you are guaranteeing that it is your original work and not under consideration or published anywhere else in the world.


Taking Submissions: Nihilist Poet Militia: West Summer 2022 Call

Deadline: October 1st, 2022
Payment: $5
Theme: Poetry: liminal; K-mart realism; post-apocalypse; anti-authoritarian

Words are dangerous. So are blank spaces.

This zine is arbitrary, without clear function, and prone to injury. Welcome to the secret lair of poets, anarchists, spelunkers, and scofflaws.


Taking Submissions: The First Line – Winter 2022

Deadline: November 1st, 2022
Payment: $25.00 – $50.00 for fiction, $5.00 – $10.00 for poetry
Theme: Story must begin with: When he died, their father had two requests.

We love that writers around the world are inspired by our first lines, and we know that not every story will be sent to us. However, we ask that you do not submit stories starting with our first lines to other journals (or post them online on public sites) until we’ve notified you as to our decision (usually four weeks after the deadline). When the entire premise of the publication revolves around one sentence, we don’t want it to look as if we stole that sentence from another writer. If you have questions, feel free to drop us a line.


Ongoing Submissions: The Dread Machine

Payment: ORIGINAL FICTION: $0.05 per word., REPRINTS: $0.01 per word., POETRY: $10 per poem.
Theme: Futuristic dark fiction, speculative fiction, cyberpunk, slipstream, and science fiction.
Note: Reprints Welcome
Note: I SWEAR I’ve listed this market before and couldn’t find it while prepping this post.


The Dread Machine publishes futuristic dark fiction, speculative fiction, cyberpunk, slipstream, and science fiction. We do not accept religious fiction, fetish horror, or erotica. All submissions must be in English.

We will accept previously published submissions, but not those that are available to the public online. If your story already appears online for free, publishing it would negatively impact both our SEO and that of the other publisher. We will accept previously published stories that are available online only if those stories are hidden behind a paywall.


Taking Submissions: Under Her Eye, a Black Spot Books Women-in-Horror Poetry Showcase

Deadline: September 1st, 2022
Payment: $5 and physical contributor’s copy for those in the United States
Theme: Domestic Horror poetry from those who identify as women

Black Spot Books will publish its second Women in Horror Poetry Collection in November 2023 in recognition of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. This collection is open to all poets who identify as women (cis and trans) and non-binary femmes. Submissions open July 2022 and will close August 31, 2022, with decisions made on a rolling basis. All submissions will receive a response.

The theme of the second collection is domestic horror. This is a broad spectrum and poets are welcome to interpret the prompt in their own vision, so long as poems support the theme of domestic horror — the fear that we might not be safe in our own homes. We have partnered with The Pixel Project, a global, volunteer-run non-profit for this showcase, and will be donating a portion of proceeds to support ending violence against women. More information on The Pixel Project can be found at:


Taking Submissions: Neon Magazine: Childhood

Deadline: June 15th, 2023
Payment: Prose 2p per word, Poetry 20p per line, Photography £5 per image, Comics £5 per page
Theme: Childhood

Neon publishes dozens of writers and artists each year – all from unsolicited submissions. If you’ve got something which might fit the magazine, please read the guidelines below to find out how to get it published.


Ongoing Submissions: Illumen Magazine

Payment: 2 cents per word for original poems with a minimum payment of $3.00. Reprints receive 1 cent per word . Scifaiku and related forms will receive $1. If you are chosen as a Featured Poet, you will be paid a flat $15.00. Artwork: $5 for original illustrations, $3 for reprints, $12.00 for cover art. Articles: $12 for original articles, $5 for reprints. reviews is $7
Theme: Speculative poetry, art and non-fiction also related to speculative poetry.

Illumen publishes original poems sci-fi and fantasy genres, with some horror. We also include various art, articles, reviews, and interviews. Describe other worlds in poetic prose, challenge heroes and villains with eloquent words, show the nightmare of real life in all its disgusting mud and muck. We want your electric dreams, your fevered nightmares, your tales of magic, the wonder of a new robotic mind, and more.