Category: Events

Taking Submissions: Enchanted Conversation: 2022 January Window (Early Listing)

Submission Window: January 1st-3rd 2021
Payment: $50
Theme: Weather.

A new theme, weather, starts in January 2022.

Hi there! We’ll no doubt write more about this later in the next year, but for now, what follows below will tell you all you need to know.

Added March 3, 3021: Although it states below that only one work per author per submission, I am suddenly getting multiple poems at a time. Only one story or poem per submission, per author. (Kate Wolford, Editor-In-Chief.)

And the theme for 2022? It’s “WEATHER.”

Taking Submissions: Taming Space

Deadline: December 15th, 2021
Payment: Royalties
Theme: Space Opera
Note: Reprints Welcome



We consider stories for two types of publications:

  1. Website
  2. Anthologies (approximately 20 stories per anthology)

Submissions: Open (check the deadlines mentioned above the images)

Response Time: We will try our best to respond in four to eight weeks after the submission period ends. The first wave of rejections is usually quick (two weeks after the submission period ends)

Word Count: 4,000–15,000 for website and anthologies; 500–2000 for flash fiction anthologies

Submission Fee: None

Rights: the copyright to the story remains yours. All we ask for are nonexclusive rights to publish your story

Taking Submissions: Queer Weird West Tales

Deadline: Febraury 28th, 2022
Payment: a flat fee of between $30 and $50 USD will be offered.
Theme: Speculative fiction that takes place in the wild west that has at least one main character belongs to the LGBTQ+ spectrum

I’ve written a Queer Weird West novel, titled Writ in Blood – and frankly I just haven’t had enough yet! Hence this call for submissions to a new anthology titled Queer Weird West Tales.

This hybrid subgenre requires three elements:

  • Queer: At least one main character belongs to the LGBTQ+ spectrum, defined in whatever way seems natural to them.
  • Weird: The story contains a speculative fiction element, drawing on fantasy, horror, or science fiction.
  • West: The setting is the Old West – or the time and place of any other frontier.

If that strikes a creative chord with you, here are the details:

Taking Submissions: The Theatre Phantasmagoria Fresh Starts (Early Listing)

Submission Window: December 1st-31st
Payment: £10
Theme: Fresh starts and new beginnings

Each month, a new theme will be announced, and we will be accepting flash fiction submissions based around the specific theme for the entirety of that month. From these submissions, four winners will be chosen to be published each Friday of the subsequent month, and at the end of the year, these forty-eight flash fiction pieces will appear in a similarly titled anthology.

We will be looking for original and unpublished fictional stories that run the gamut of the horror genre and all its assorted sub-genres—we’re open to it all, so long as it has a strong horror twist flowing through its veins. Since The Theatre Phantasmagoria series is aiming to offer varied slices of horror, you can really go wild as far as characters, settings, and storylines go. As always, if your story is blatantly racist or homophobic it will be instantly rejected. We also encourage submissions from femaleBIPOC and LGBTQIA+ authors, as we’re striving to offer a range of experiences and perspectives in this series.

Taking Submissions: Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson: Medical Mysteries

Deadline: February 15th, 2022
Payment: $100 and a paperback copy
Theme: Collection of traditional Sherlock Holmes stories that must somehow connect to the theme of “medical mystery”.

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson: Medical Mysteries
Description: A collection of traditional Sherlock Holmes stories that must somehow connect to the theme of “medical mystery”. This could include Holmes investigating a crime committed at Bart’s hospital, having a nurse as a client, or figuring out the cause of a strange illness killing off some of London’s wealthiest citizens. The topic is quite broad on purpose and we invite authors to be creative with their submissions.

Taking Submissions: Toilet Zone 3: The Royal Flush

Deadline: December 31st, 2021
Payment: $5
Theme: Stories that are the perfect length for between sitting down and having a ‘royal flush’

HellBound’s third outing to the smallest room…
And no, don’t panic, we’re still not looking for lavatory-themed tales of terror – although should your short story involve the smallest room in the house, we’d be more than delighted to read it!
The theme for this anthology is short horror stories that will make an ideal sit-down read, just long enough for those extended stays at the convenience, and terrifying enough that they really are best read whilst over water….


Taking Submissions: The Grey Rooms – Season 5

Deadline: April 17th, 2022
Payment: $25
Theme: Any genre, Rated R, your story’s main character must be killed at the end of the story

The Grey Rooms – Season 5 Story Submission Guidelines

We are excited to bring you another season of our horror anthology series. But we can’t do it without *you.*

Please read the following submission guidelines below, as we’ve shaken them up a great deal for this season! Thanks for joining us in… the Grey Rooms!

Submissions Begin: October 1st, 2021

Submissions Close: April 17th, 2022:  Midnight ET 

Content Requirements

Taking Submissions: Wayward & Upward

Deadline: January 30th, 2022
Payment: Short stories: $100 CAD upon publication, Poetry: $50 CAD upon publication
Theme: A multimedia project inspired by the electrosymphonic album “Wayward & Upward” by Spinoza Gambit.
Note: Look at the submission page at the very bottom to verify the song you want to tackle is still open.

A multimedia project inspired by the electrosymphonic album “Wayward & Upward” by Spinoza Gambit. The music already exists. Your job is to fill in the words.

This anthology will include one short story and three poems for each track on this album.

Short stories and poems must use the same title as the relevant track.

Draw inspiration from the title, but be sure to also listen to the track. Imagine that the track is the main theme or opening music in a movie that is your story or poem.

All genres welcome. Open to anyone in the world.