Category: Poetry

Ongoing Submissions: Menagerie

Payment: $50
Theme: the wild and weird and uncanny not told in a standard story format (read below!)

Things aren’t all so tangible and sayable as people would usually have us believe; most experiences are unsayable, they happen in a space no word has ever entered, and more unsayable than all other things are works of art.


Menagerie publishes fictions, essays, and poems. We believe in sentences so sharp they draw blood, the strange and inexplicable, the wild and weird and uncanny, words in thickets, clusters, and flocks, pieces that move us beyond caring what others think about said pieces.

Things we like: fictions ala Borges, Link, Calvino, & Sparks; weird lyric essay; engagements with the environment and natural world; poems that explode form; bricolage, masala, & sagul sagul; forays into the omnipresent information-saturated online architecture we live in.

Things we don’t: lukewarm prose, sentences bereft of emotion, formulaic attempts at being on trend, conformity, pat endings, sentiment-drenched rhyming poems, neat and orderly stories.


Ongoing Submissions: Illustrated Worlds

Payment: Fiction: 1 cent per word and contributors copy, Poetry: $10 and a contributors copy, Artwork: contributors copy and $50 for cover and $10-20 for interior
Theme: Stories should contain an element of fantasy, dark fantasy, horror, whimsy, magic realism, mythology, folklore or fairy tale type inspiration. Looking for moody, mysterious, fantastical art in the genres of horror, dark fantasy and fantasy. Poetry is a HARD sell.

Illustrated Worlds is a new quarterly magazine specializing in fantasy, dark fantasy and horror. Publishing both new and established artists and authors, the following guidelines will give an idea of the sort of submissions we’re currently looking for.

          Fiction – Short fiction should be 5,000 words or less. Stories should contain an element of fantasy, dark fantasy, horror, whimsy, magic realism, mythology, folklore or fairy tale type inspiration. Send a Word document attachment to [email protected]. Please do not type the body of the submission into the email.
Poetry – Poetry is NOT the main focus of this publication, but I am open to publishing poetry if it is particularly outstanding, but I’m sorry to say that the chances of poetry being accepted are not high.
Art – Looking for moody, mysterious, fantastical art in the genres of horror, dark fantasy and fantasy. Needs are for one piece of art for a cover printed in color, but plenty of black and white art is needed for the inside. Please send good quality JPEG images to [email protected].


Taking Submissions: Solarpunk Magazine January 2023 Window

Submission Window: January 1st-14th, 2023
Payment: Fiction: 1500-7500 words ($.08 per word, $100 minimum), Poetry: up to 5 poems or 5 pages of poems, whichever is shorter. ($40 per poem), Nonfiction: 1000-2000 words ($75 per essay or article), Cover Art: $100 for reprints, $200 for original unpublished, Interior Art: $50 for reprints, $100 for original unpublished
Theme: Themes of defiance, change, and achievement. (Read below)

(At the moment, our nonfiction department is always open for submissions. If the fiction portal is closed and you submit fiction through the open nonfiction portal, your submission will be rejected.)

All submissions to Solarpunk Magazine are done via Moksha. Any submissions received via email will be deleted without a response. Please don’t email us to describe your story and ask if it’s something we’d be interested in before submitting. We appreciate the consideration, but its easier if you just submit the story through Moksha.

Please read the full submission guidelines on down below or on our Moksha page before submitting your work. All submission periods end at 11:59 pm PST on the 14th of their given month.


Taking Submissions: Penumbric Speculative Fiction Magazine 2022 Second Window

Deadline: March 15th, 2023
Payment: $10 and royalties if included in the yearly anthology
Theme: Edgy speculative fiction (see below)

Submission window: We are always open for submissions of art, animation, and music! We are currently closed for fiction and poetry submissions.

We are open for fiction and poetry submissions from 15 June to 15 September and from 15 December to 15 March each year.

In general …


Taking Submissions: Untitled Anthology About Seers and Sibyls

Submission Window: January 1st, 2023 – January 31st, 2023
Theme: Stories about the mouthpieces of gods and goddesses.
Payment: $0.08 a word for fiction, $50 for poetry, and a contributors copy

Submissions Open: January 1, 2023 – January 31, 2023
Title: TBD Seers and Sibyls

Type: Anthology of short stories, flash fiction, and poetry

Editor: MJ Pankey

Theme: We’re looking for stories about the mouthpieces of gods and goddesses. Who interprets their omens, tells their prophecies, sees their visions, and performs their miracles? And to what end?


Taking Submissions: Last Girls Club Spring Issue 2023 (Early)

Submission Window: January 1st, 2023 – February 1st, 2023
Payment: Short Story-2,500 words or less. $0.01 USD per word/$25 USD max, Poems-less than 200 words $10, Flash Fiction-less than a 1,000 words $0.01 USD per word/$10 USD max
Theme: Active Shooter

Last Girls Club Spring Issue Theme is Active Shooter. Think of the new training videos/protocols for students and teachers, office spaces, public spaces, the sense of inevitability of every news cycle including a shooting. Embrace the the sense of resigned acceptance of terrorism. Welcome to the future. No whining allowed. Please go to our website to get a feel for what we print.


Taking Submissions: Otoroshi Journal 2023 Spring Issue (Early Listing)

Submission Window: January 1st – 31st, 2023
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.

E-mail submission is required. Type poems into the body of the e-mail; no attachments of poetry will be opened. For art submissions, please include all five pieces in a .PDF file or send us a link to a private gallery. If we purchase an art piece for our cover, we will ask that you provide a 300 dpi version of said piece.

E-mail: [email protected]
Subject: Otoroshi Submission

Please include a cover letter noting location in the world. Please include handles for Instagram and Twitter for promotional purposes.

At this time, only one submission per issue will be considered unless the editors directly request a second submission.

Taking Submissions: A Walk in a City of Shadows

Deadline: May 1st, 2023
Payment: 50$ payment and contributors copy for 3000-5000 words. 75$ for stories from 5000-7000 words. $40 and a contributor copy for poetry
Theme: Stories based on the work of Gemma Files and her Classic novel, Experimental Film

Alien Sun Press who helped bring A Walk in a Darker Wood to fruition and is now on verge of publishing the urban legend anthology A Walk in a City of Shadows, is now accepting submissions for our newest collection based on the work of Gemma Files and her Classic novel, Experimental Film!
With a forward written by John Langan, this book will not only include some excellent fiction from some well know Horror writers and poetry of today, but it also will include diabolical illustrations for each tale!