Taking Submissions: The temz Review

Deadline: July 1st, 2019
Payment: $20

We publish fiction, poetry, and reviews, and we accept submissions year-round. Please read our guidelines before submitting or pitching us.

We are currently reading for Issue 8, which will be published at the end of July, 2019. The deadline for consideration for this issue is July 1, 2019.


We publish fiction from 1 to 10,000 words long. We will consider stories longer than 10,000 words, but they need to earn their length.

We pay $20 per story.

If your story is longer than 1000 words, please submit only one story. If your pieces are less than 1000 words, feel free to submit several pieces at once.

Please submit only once per reading period and wait for a response before submitting again.

We are looking for innovative short fiction from diverse voices. Our preference is for the strange, the experimental and the boundary-pushing, but we are open to a wide range of styles and voices.

Send submissions as attachments to thetemzreview[at]gmail[dot]com with the subject line “fiction submission.”

Please include your name, the title of the story (or stories), the word count and a brief bio in your email.

All submissions should be PDF or Word files, and they should be double spaced, in a conventional font with numbered pages. Please include your name and contact information in the file.


We accept simultaneous submissions providing you notify us if/when the submission is accepted elsewhere.

We do not accept anything (fiction, poetry or review) that has been published elsewhere.

Via: The temz Review.

Taking Submissions: Fiddler’s Green Peculiar Parish Magazine – All Fiction Issue

Deadline: July 1st, 2019
Payment: $100

Fiddler’s Green Peculiar Parish Magazine is excited to announce a call for submissions for our first all-fiction issue! This special issue will feature a dozen or so illustrated short stories of the magical and fantastic. Publication is anticipated some time in 2020, with a release date to be announced closer to the time.

Our Editor
Our guest editor for this issue is Susan Redington Bobby. Bobby is a writer, literary critic, and assistant professor of English at Wesley College in Dover, Delaware, where she specializes in fairy tales, adolescent literature, goddess archetypes, and magical realism. She is the author of Beyond His Dark Materials: Innocence and Experience in the Fiction of Philip Pullman and the editor of Fairy Tales Reimagined: Essays on New Retellings. She publishes fiction under the name Miranda Rey.

There is no required theme for the stories, although anything to do with the themes usually explored in Fiddler’s Green—such as magic, individualism, or iconoclastic approaches to spirituality—will be most welcome. Stories with word counts between 1500 and 3000 will be considered. Narrative or thematic poetry of any length will also be considered, but we will only be publishing a few poems at most.

Rights and Compensation
Stories may be new or may have been previously published elsewhere, as long as the author has the rights to offer their work for reprint in Fiddler’s Green. For each story or poem published in the special issue, the creator will be offered compensation in the form of either $100 or a half-page advertising credit in this or a later issue of Fiddler’s Green Peculiar Parish Magazine. Fiddler’s Green will retain non-exclusive rights to publish the story or poem for the duration of this special issue’s print run.

To Submit Your Story or Poem
Email your submissions as a standard Word document attachment to Susan Redington Bobby at [email protected]. Story submissions are due on or before July 1, 2019.

Our special issue will be illustrated with images specially commissioned once the story list has been set. We have yet to determine whether we will use the work of a variety of illustrators or a single artist. Illustration rights and compensation will be determined upon commission. Fiddler’s Green editor Clint Marsh will oversee the illustrator selection process. If you would like to be considered as an illustrator, please email a link to your portfolio to Clint at [email protected].

Via: Fiddler’s Green.

Taking Submissions: When The Sirens Have Faded

Deadline: July 13th, 2019
Payment: $15 and a contributor’s copy

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre famously asked viewers, “Who will survive, and what will be left of them?” The film itself focused much more on the first half of the question. With the anthology When the Sirens Have Faded, A Murder of Storytellers wants you to dig into the other: “What will be left of them?” When the sirens have faded, and the police are gone, where do the final girls go? What does the child do after they’ve been exorcised, when the demons have stopped bumping in the night? Is the past ever the past? Does horror and the trauma it brings with it ever actually die?

We’re looking for short fiction (under 6,000 words) that dives into the lives of people who live through the horror movie. We want to see how it’s changed them. We want to see if the monsters are ever actually ever gone. We’re looking for the intergenerational effects it has. Think Halloween 2018, Scream 2. The horror should still be there, but we want to know if healing can take place alongside or beside it.

All submissions should be in Shunn Manuscript formatting.

All submissions should be previously unpublished.

Submissions will be open until July 13th, 2019.

Payment is $15 and a contributor copy upon publication.

Via: A Murder Of Storytellers.

Taking Submissions: Timeworn Literary Journal

Deadline: August 1st, 2019
Payment: $25 and a contributor’s copy

Timeworn Literary Journal welcomes submissions of unpublished historical fiction stories in English under 5,000 words. They should be set before 1996, rooted in history but with a focus on narrative.

Historical Fiction from the fringe means anything with a bend toward the surreal, the dream-like, the strange. The off-beat kind of story that settles into your heart long after reading. That said, we also value beauty and warmth and a generally well-written story with soul. Romance, Mystery, Crime and the Gothic are all acceptable. Speculative elements strongly encouraged.

Think, The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill.

Think, The Invention of Everything Else by Samantha Hunt.

Think, Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood.

Think, Longbourn by Jo Baker.

While we love a tasteful sex scene, no erotica. No gratuitous violence or rape.

History can vary a great deal based on the perspective it’s written from. We aim to publish stories from all walks of life and encourage submissions from those in marginalized groups.


Taking Submissions: Shut Down Strangers & Hot Rod Angels

Deadline: June 30th, 2019
Payment: $10 and a contributor’s copy

Shut Down Strangers & Hot Rod Angels: an anthology inspired by the songs of Bruce Springsteen

Deadline: June 30, 2019

Bone & Ink Press is now accepting submissions for our first-ever anthology—Shut Down Strangers & Hot Rod Angels: an anthology inspired by the songs of Bruce Springsteen. This will be a cross-genre anthology, including poetry, flash fiction, and flash non-fiction.

What we want:

-Broadly, we want poetry, flash fiction, and flash CNF inspired by one or more Bruce Springsteen songs.

-Specifically: We’d love fictional or poetic looks at the characters from various Springsteen songs—

     Who is Bobby Jean? What is Mary thinking as she dances across the porch to a Roy Orbison song? Tell us about the girl twirling her baton who became an outlaw in “Nebraska,” about Terry hiding on the “Backstreets” that one soft, infested summer.

     We’d also love poetry or prose (fiction or CNF) related to the following themes:

     Hard times—loss/grief, unemployment, trauma, illness, a breakup, anything—if there was a Springsteen song that you (or a persona/character) connected with during a dark time in your/their life, tell us that story.

     The American Dream as presented in Springsteen songs, particularly the ways in which it fails or has failed you/a character or persona.

     Identity—did a Springsteen song (or songs) help you/a character or persona realize or connect with your gender identity, sexual orientation, cultural identity, or any other aspect of identity? Write about it!

-We are all for “weird” submissions. By that I mean—hybrid forms like prose poems and lyric essays? Send them in! Have a horror, sci-fi, magical realist, or spec-fic flash or poem inspired by a Boss tune? Heck yes, we wanna read it!

-We will give consideration to all submissions. However, we are especially interested in including work by/that centers the experiences of writers of color/BIPOC, writers who are immigrants to the U.S. or whose parents immigrated here before they were born*, Indigenous/Native American/First Nations writers, disabled writers, LGBTQ+ writers, and women.

*We are, of course, open to writers from/living in any country, not just the U.S/North America.

What we don’t want:

-Gratuitous violence, gore, or sex. We’re not interested in censorship, and if any of those things are integral to your piece, that’s fine! But if it reads like erotica, or splatterporn, we won’t publish it.

-Racism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, xenophobia, or any other kind of bigotry. Again, we’re not interested in censorship—if you or your character experiences bigotry in the course of a piece, that’s much different than if your piece is bigoted.

-Reviews! This is a creative writing anthology inspired by Springsteen’s songs, not a collection of music criticism about Springsteen.

The nitty gritty:

-For poetry, send 1-3 poems. Poems can be any length, but we’re less likely to choose a poem longer than, say, five pages.

-For fiction or CNF, send 1-3 pieces. Maximum word count for prose is around 2000 words. If it’s slightly over, we’ll still consider it, just please don’t send us a 5000 word story or essay. We don’t have the space!

-Please, no directly quoted song lyrics, due to copyright laws. A few words pulled from a song here and there are fine, but use common sense. If you want to know more about Fair Use practices, this is a good place to start.

-Previously published pieces are fine, as long as you retain the copyright and/or have permission to reprint.

-Simultaneous submissions are okay, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

-You may submit to as many genres as you wish, but please send each submission in a separate email (i.e. one for poetry, one for fiction, one for CNF). If your work is a hybrid form, you may note that in your cover letter, but please choose the category it fits best in when composing your subject heading. Please, only one submission per category per author. (So, three submissions max per author, for a total of 3-9 pieces submitted.)

How to submit:

-Send 1-3 poems or prose pieces to [email protected]. Subject: Bruce Springsteen anthology_[Specify Poetry/Fiction/CNF]. Please attach the work as a .doc or .docx file, 12 point font (TNR or similar), single-spaced. In the body of the email, please include a short cover letter and a short third-person bio.

-We are also looking for cover art! If you’re a visual artist of any stripe who would be interested in working on this project, please send an email to [email protected]. Subject: Bruce Springsteen anthology_Cover Art query. Please include samples of your work, a short cover letter describing your interest in the project, and a short bio.

-The deadline for all submissions and cover art queries is June 30, 2019, at midnight PDT. Decisions will be made in July. The goal is to release the book on September 23, 2019 (The Boss’ 70th birthday!). If you have not received a response by August 1, feel free to query.


-Rights: For any written work (and cover art) that is ultimately chosen for the anthology, we ask for first printing rights, meaning that you won’t publish the work elsewhere until the anthology is released. (Obviously, if your piece has been previously published elsewhere, that point is moot.) After publication, the copyright will revert to you, and you will be able to publish it anywhere else you choose, though we ask that you acknowledge it previously appeared in this anthology. We also ask to retain the rights to publish or excerpt your work in promotional materials connected to the anthology and press, or in further print runs or digital editions of the anthology, in perpetuity.

-Compensation: each contributor will receive one contributor copy and an honorarium of $10, paid upon publication. Due to the nature of the press and budget, we can only offer payment once per contributor, even if said contributor has multiple pieces in the anthology. The cover artist will also receive one copy and $10.

-This book is being produced in association with Mythic Picnic. Follow Mythic Picnic on Twitter @MythicPicnic, and from April 7-14 enter V3 of the Mythic Picnic Tweet-Story Project.

“Open your ears and open your hearts. Don’t take yourself too seriously, and take yourself as seriously as death itself. Don’t worry. Worry your ass off. Have ironclad confidence, but doubt — it keeps you awake and alert. Believe you are the baddest ass in town, and, you suck!

It keeps you honest. It keeps you honest. Be able to keep two completely contradictory ideas alive and well inside of your heart and head at all times. If it doesn’t drive you crazy, it will make you strong.

Stay hard, stay hungry and stay alive.”

—Bruce Springsteen

(& send us yr stuff!)

Via: Bone And Ink Press.

Taking Submissions: Retro Horror

Deadline: August 1st, 2019
Payment: $25 and a contributor’s copy

NIGHTMARE PRESS IS NOW TAKING SUBMISSIONS for an upcoming anthology called Retro Horror and we are also taking submissions for horror novels, novellas, and short story collections.

RETRO HORROR: The name says it all. We are looking for short stories reminiscent of the old low-budget horror films that used to come on late at night. Imagine someone like Vampira or Joe Bob Briggs introducing your tales. Think monster hybrids, experiments gone wrong, or reanimated corpses. That kind of stuff.

$25 if accepted
Contributor’s copy if accepted
Send story to [email protected] and put RETRO HORROR, Title, Your Name in the subject line
Attach the story in a word doc. file only. No PDF or Google Docs or anything other than word doc or docx.
DO NOT paste the story in the body of the email.
Deadline August 1st
2000 words minimum, 10,000 words maximum
Reprints acceptable as long as you own full publishing rights.
We will try to respond to every submission but we may not be able to. We apologize in advance if we do not.

Via: Nightmare Press’s Facebook.

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