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Taking Submissions: Summer of Sci-Fi & Fantasy Anthology 2022

Deadline: January 30th, 2022
Payment: Half a cent/word ($0.005/word) Minimum $15.00.
Theme: speculative fiction, namely Sci-Fi and Fantasy.
Note: Reprints welcome at same pay rate and the main reason that I’m listing this at under a cent per word

We are currently open to SHORT STORY submissions for our Summer of Sci-Fi & Fantasy Anthology to be published in Summer of 2022. We ask for the following:

1) We are looking for great speculative fiction, namely Sci-Fi and Fantasy. Don’t overthink it! Just write an incredible story and you will find yourself in this anthology.

2) Submit your work in the Shunn Standard Manuscript Format. We only accept documents in DOC, DOCX and RTF formats.

3) We accept work in the range of 1500-7500 words. Anything outside this range will be automatically rejected.


Contest: Micro Madness For November 2021 (Early Listing)

Submission Window: November 1st-7th, 2021
Prizes: 1st place: $100, 2nd place: $50, 3rd place: $25
Theme: cosmic horror, dark science fiction, or weird

CHM wants to find the very best cosmic horror flash fiction. SHOW US WHAT YOU GOT.

Submissions will be ongoing and open the first week of every month for that month’s contest. THREE stories will be chosen per month to be published the month after they were submitted. (If you submit a story on October 3rd and it is chosen, it will be published in November.)

  • Submissions are open monthly from the 1st to the 7th.
  • Submission close at 12 am (midnight) eastern standard time.
  • One entry per writer per month please!
  • No simultaneous submissions.
  • All stories accepted must be currently unpublished.
  • Once a story has been submitted, please no resubmissions!

We are looking for flash fiction (500 words or less) that can be classified as cosmic horror, dark science fiction, or weird. If you are unsure if your work qualifies, submit it and let us be the judge!


Taking Submissions: Cosmic Roots And Eldritch Shores November 2021- EARLY

Submission Window: November 1st-2nd, 2021
Payment: 8 cents per word for original, 2 cents for reprints
Theme: Well written original work in science fiction, fantasy, myth, legend, fairy tales, and eldritch, in written, podcast, video, and/or graphic story form, and from around the world.
Note: Reprints welcome



Submissions Schedule

We have a new submissions schedule as of June 1, 2020:
The first and second day of every month, 12 am of the 1st to 12 am of the 3rd, E.S.T.
Only one submission per person.

For reading impaired individuals, our submissions manager and ‘forget password’ have a captcha compatible with screen readers.

We pay 6¢ per word for new fiction, 2¢ per word for fiction reprints, 2 – 6¢ per word for new fact-based work, 1- 4¢ per word for reprinted fact articles.
For new poetry, we pay $1 a line, reprints would be 50¢ a line, up to 40 lines. We’ll look at longer poems but that would be a hard sell, and words over 40 lines would be paid at 6¢ per word.

We began The Kepler Award to recognize and encourage writers of excellent science fiction and fantasy stories that creatively extrapolate on known science in constructive and exciting ways. You can learn about The Kepler Award here.

You can read a copy of our standard contract here.   It can be varied as needed to include the rights of translators, voice actors, etc.


Contest: 50-Word Stories November 2021 (Early Listing)

Submission Window: November 1st-15th, 2021
Payment: 1 winner each month will win $10 Canadian
Theme: A story at exactly 50-words

If you’d like to have a 50-word story that you wrote featured on, first make sure that you understand exactly what a 50-word story is, and then read the submission requirements below closely.

Submissions System
Each month, submissions will be open between days 1 and 15 of that month. Any stories received on days 16 to 31 of a month will be deleted, but can be resubmitted the following month. You may only submit one story per month.

From the stories received in those 15 days, the best stories will be selected to be published that same month. Only enough stories will be selected to publish two stories per weekday.

Taking Submissions: Enchanted Conversation: 2021 December Issue (Early Listing)

Submission Window: November 1st-3rd 2021
Payment: $50
Theme: Healers, Midwives and Cunning Folk.

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.

And the theme? It’s “Healers, Midwives and Cunning Folk.”

(No more submissions are being accepted for publication in December of 2020–but we will be publishing stories that have already been accepted.)

The following is relevant to all submissions for 2021, and the first submission window opens Jan. 1. More below.


Writing opportunities for 2021 include:


New Fairy Tales: Fairy tales that are almost or entirely new or are just new takes on old tales are all welcome. Mashups of existing fairy tales are welcome as well. Submissions must follow the theme below to be considered.


Essays: Nonfiction articles about any aspect fairy tales and folklore are being sought. The term “essay” just means you’ll be writing about fairy-tale related matters in a nonfiction article.  Creative nonfiction is welcome. You do not have to stick to the theme, but you can.


Poetry: Poetry inspired by fairy tales and that follows the theme is also welcome.


Please read the following in its entirety before submitting.


Want to know what is likely to get published here? There are well over 10 years of stories, essays and art on this current site. It’s the best place to start if you want to be published here.




Taking Submissions: Eye to the Telescope #43

Deadline: December 15th, 2021
Payment: US 3¢/word rounded up to nearest dollar; minimum US $3, maximum $25
Theme: Light

Eye to the Telescope 43, Light, will be edited by Jordan Hirsch.

Light is so much more than meets the eye. It emanates from a lover’s smile as they walk into the room. It bleaches the bones of your enemies. It can be the minimal weight of a feather, its absence the heftiness of a black hole, eating matter and energy, regardless of wave or particle. It is the horror of a headlamp burning out miles underground; it is the nightmare of endless day, nary a shadow in sight.

Celebrate stars, whether their ancient light has travelled from time’s beginning or your ship has taken you to the birthplace of a new light-maker. Write the promise at the end of the tunnel or a sunrise of another time. Any iteration of this theme will do: as abstract as you can get or an ode to literal photons—I want to see it all. Short, long, formal, or free: just make sure it’s speculative.

Had a bulb go off? Send it my way!

Submission Guidelines