Ongoing Submissions: The Master’s Review

Payment: 10 cents per word up to $200

Submissions for our New Voices category are open year round. New Voices is open to any new and emerging author who has not published a work of fiction or narrative nonfiction of novel length. You must not have a novel forthcoming at the time of submission. Published short-story collections do not count as a novel-length work and those authors are free to submit. New Voices are published online only and will feature a number of stories from new authors each month.

We are pleased to announce we now offer payment to New Voices authors. $0.10/word up to $200. We are thrilled to be paying for published pieces but will be highly selective in our choices for publication.

  • New Voices submissions are open to new and emerging writers only (no novel-length published work forthcoming at the time of submission).
  • We accept fiction and narrative non-fiction. We do accept a variety of genres and styles, our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft. We want to be wowed. Bend genres, experiment with structure, and write your heart out. But please, send us polished work. Our aim is to showcase writers who we believe will continue to produce great work. Send us only your best.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions but please notify us if your work is picked up elsewhere.
  • All submissions must be less than 7,000 words.
  • We do accept multiple submissions.
  • Please include a cover letter with your publication history

Via: The Master’s Review Submittable.

Ongoing Submissions: Future Science Fiction Digest

Payment: ten cents per word
Note: ONLY Translated Works Or English As A Second Language Authors Need Apply

We’re currently open to fiction submissions ONLY in the following categories:

  • Translated fiction. Author or authorized translator may submit fiction of 500-10,000 words that has been previously published in source language but not in English.
  • Fiction written by authors for whom English is not their first language and who reside outside of primarily English-speaking countries. If you’re not entirely certain whether you qualify for this call, feel free to query.

Please include the author’s primary language/country of residence and/or original publication info for translations in the cover letter. Submissions that do not include this information will not be read.

We’re currently CLOSED to other unsolicited fiction submissions, but will eventually open to those as well. Please do not query regarding this; we will post an update here when a general reading window opens.

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Taking Submissions: The Literary Hatchet

Deadline: March 1st, 2018
Payment: FICTION, SHORT STORIES: 500-6,000 words — $10

The Literary Hatchet is a journal devoted to provocative fiction, poetry and prose. We are interested in well-written but digestible works in any genre (except erotica).

We will consider previously published material but prefer original works.

We accept short fiction, flash fiction, first-person narratives, speculative fiction, short stories, poetry, photography, art, cartoons, and illustrations.

We’re interested in new angles on old ideas, or topics that don’t get covered frequently. We like to showcase articles that don’t just sum up some issue but make us think and make us want to read further.

The above is not exhaustive. If you don’t have an immediate idea for a piece, but you’d really like to write for us, let us know and be prepared to show us work you’ve done. We can always think of subjects!


WHAT WE DON’T WANT

We do not accept erotica, either as articles or images
We do not accept articles or images with excessive crude language or outlandish sexual humor
We cannot consider partial or incomplete stories or essays
We do not accept Haiku poetry, unless as a part of a collection of five or more


GUIDELINES BY TYPE OF SUBMISSIONSHORT STORIES:

We accept short stories from 500-6,000 words in length. Feel free to contact us with inquiries about the type of stories we might be interested in if you are in doubt. We appreciate the well-written work, and acceptance is determined by whether the piece grabs the editor and holds their interest. We consider works of general fiction as well as horror, dark subjects, detective fiction, and stories about monsters, either real or imaginary.

POETRY:
We are looking for high-quality extraordinary poems (both serious and humorous) that explore the darkness that resides in each of us. Personal pieces that offer a self-reflection are acceptable.

ART, PHOTOGRAPHY, CARTOONS, AND ILLUSTRATIONS:
All submitted art and illustrations must be in 300 dpi, JPG or GIF formats and no larger than 1200 X 1200 pixels.

INTERVIEWS:
If you would like to interview someone our readers would find interesting (including, but not limited to, authors, celebrities, relatives of Borden case members, experts in a related field of study), you can submit your idea to us for approval.


COMPENSATION, RIGHTS, AND LENGTH

RIGHTS: By submission of your work, you are agreeing to The Hatchet and its publisher PearTree Press holding exclusive first-printing world rights for a period of 6 months. While your piece is online, it may not appear anywhere else on the Internet, in print, or sold for profit. Rights revert back to the writer/artist at the end of 6 months.

We ask, but do not require, that you then give us non-exclusive electronic rights to include your work in our archives after it is rotated off the issue. You have the right to remove your article from the archives at any point after 6 months.

COMPENSATION AND LENGTH REQUIREMENTS: We pay compensation for almost all work accepted for publication. Payment is made upon publication. Checks are sent by mail. Foreign contributors can choose to be paid by check (US dollars), PayPal or Amazon Gift Card.

FICTION, SHORT STORIES:

  • 500-6,000 words — $10

INTERVIEWS and REVIEWS:

  • compensation is paid to the person conducting the interview — $5

POETRY:

  • we prefer poetry under 100 lines — $5

ART/ILLUSTRATIONS:

  • in JPG or GIF format only — $5

FIRST PERSON STORIES:

  • 250-750 words — $1

HOW TO SUBMIT

We buy exclusive first-printing world rights for 6 months.

Submissions must be made via Submittable.com

Electronic submissions should be as an attached MSWord or AppleWorks file. Do not include the text of your submission within the email.

Multiple submissions are accepted.

No simultaneous submissions accepted.


RESPONSE TIME

Average response time is about 30 days. If you don’t hear from us in 30 days, please query.


EDITING POLICY

We prefer not to edit heavily. If we like your idea, but feel that your article needs significant editing, we’ll send it back to you with lots of suggestions and recommendations. We will correct all typos, grammatical errors, and adjust punctuation to our house style. If we make any substantial changes we will contact you first for approval well in advance of publication.

If we cannot contact you or you do not return our emails, we will assume that you have withdrawn your submission. Feel free to resubmit it at a later date.

We prefer poetry under 100 lines. Please don’t send us poetry unless you have thoroughly proofread it. Accepted submissions may be edited for clarity or to correct minor errors. Poetry submissions which do not meet minimum standards for correct spelling will be rejected.

HOW TO CONTACT US

SUBMISSIONS: Submissions must be made via this link: Submittable.com

or write us at

PearTree Press
328 French Street
Suite #2
Fall River, MA 02720

The Literary Hatchet is open for submissions and we financially compensate our authors and artists for their works.

You can submit more than one work per issue, but please send each submission individually.

SUBMISSION DEADLINES:
March 1 (publication date April/May)
July 1 (publication date August/September)
November 1 (publication date December/January)

Via: The Literary Hatchet.

Ongoing Submissions: Funny Times

Payment: $60
Note: As the name suggests, this is a humor magazine so be sure to read the guidelines. Speculative fiction “can” be humrous so I felt I would throw this one out there for anyone who has a sense of humor out there. I’m not funny so can’t submit to this one.

So they tell you you’re funny, huh? Great! That’s exactly what we’re looking for!

Here are a few things you should know to submit your funny cartoons and stories to Funny Times:

Our print publication pokes fun at politics, news, relationships, food, technology, pets, work, death, environmental issues, business, religion (yes, even religion) and the human condition in general. Not much is off limits, so do your best to make us laugh. Plus we’re advertising free, so whatever we like, we use.

Cartoons should be hard-copy printouts of high-res images (please don’t send your originals … we’re awfully clumsy with our coffee). We accept both single and multi-panel formats, color and black & white, though reproduction is nearly always in black and white.

Stories — the funniest you have ever written — should be about 500-700 words. Don’t send us things that aren’t funny. We won’t publish them.

There is a lead-time of several months because of our editorial calendar, meaning, i.e., December holiday material should be mailed for consideration in September. Please include a SASE for return of your material and/or our response. We do not accept electronic submissions of any type, nor can we reply to you in any way other than your SASE. We’re old school and unapologetic about it. We buy one-time reproduction rights and do not require exclusives; your work is ultimately yours to keep. We pay upon publication, not acceptance, and the rates are $25-$40 per cartoon based on reproduction size and $60 each for story. You’ll even get a complimentary subscription to Funny Times and some serious bragging rights.

Submissions should be mailed to:

The Funny Times
C/O The Editors
P.O. BOX 18530
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

Our website is not a complete reflection of the type of material included in our magazine. Might we suggest you send an 8.5″x11″ SASE with proper return postage (about $1.61 these days) for a sample copy?

Bonus Hints: Don’t overwhelm the editors. Send your top 5-10 cartoons or 3-5 stories. Tell us where you’ve been published before and let us know who else thinks you’re funny (this will not necessarily be held against you). Don’t take rejection too hard; it could be that the third time is the charm and we just didn’t “get” you before then.

Via: Funny Times.

Ongoing Submissions: Who Knocks?

Payment: 1¢ per word to contributors. Maximum $50 for original stories, $25 for reprints.
Note: The publisher also does editing work for a fee (not required to submit this is for external publications) and has an anthology which you must pay to submit to (which are aren’t listing due to that clause.) As neither of these issues directly pertain to the magazine there is no reason we found to hold it against this part of the publication.
Note: Reprints accepted

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

We accept primarily mystery, weird tales, suspense and horror, 1500-5000 words in length. If you are not sure what category your story falls into feel free to send it anyway. While we prefer original stories, on a limited basis we will accept previously published work. If you are submitting a story that has been published please provide us with where and when it was featured.

WHAT WE DO NOT ACCEPT

Paranormal romance, graphic violence or sex. (A little is fine, but we don’t want any nausea inducing details.) Our preference is for stories done in good taste. Absolutely no cruelty toward children or animals. All stories must be your own original work. We will not tolerate any form of plagiarism.

NON-FICTION

We are open to blog style editorials and articles about the craft of writing or pertaining to the accepted genres. We pay $15 for these articles if they are chosen for inclusion in the magazine, either on our blog page or as a stand-alone article. We will also look at true crime stories, as long as they don’t exceed 5000 words. Compensation for true crime will be the same as payment for fiction stories.

COMPENSATION FOR FICTION

We pay 1¢ per word to contributors. Maximum $50 for original stories, $25 for reprints.

READING FEES

We do not charge a reading fee for consideration in Who Knocks? Magazine. There is a $16 reading fee for stories submitted for consideration in our yearly anthology. If you want your story considered for both the anthology and the magazine please only submit once. You can submit for both venues here. Make sure to indicate in your cover letter that you would like consideration for both. For more information on our anthology click here.

MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS

We do not accept multiple submissions for Who Knocks? magazine. If you receive a rejection from us please wait one week before submitting a new story.

SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS

While we understand that time spent waiting for a response can be frustrating, we do prefer that you refrain from multiple submissions on stories we are reviewing. However, if you have submitted the story elsewhere and it gets picked up please email us right away at [email protected] and withdraw the submission.

FORMATTING

Please see this page for proper formatting guidelines. We accept Microsoft Word files (either .doc or .docx).

ART WORK

We do accept original artwork. Pay scale is $25 per piece if accepted. Please email artwork submissions to [email protected] and put Artwork Submission in the subject line.

RESPONSE TIME

We carefully read each and every story we receive. Our response time can be anywhere from two weeks to two months. If you have not received an answer after 60 days please send us an email at [email protected] and we will check on the status of your submission.

RIGHTS RETAINED BY WHO KNOCKS?

Please see a copy of our sample contract here.

Submit Your Story

Via: Who Knocks?.

Ongoing Submissions: Grasslimb

Payment: $5-$20 per piece for poetry, $10-$70/piece for prose, $15-25/piece for book/music reviews and 2 contributor’s copies.

Grasslimb is published in tabloid format twice per year.


What we are looking for

We invite the submission of poetry, short prose, line art, cartoons, and book and new music reviews. There is no theme; we seek quality art and literature.

We recommend that you purchase a sample issue before submitting. Although general topics are welcome, we’re less likely to select work regarding romance, sex, aging, and children. Fiction in an experimental, avant-garde or surreal mode is often more interesting to us than a traditional story.

When submitting poetry, 4-6 pieces are preferred; line count is not necessary. For artwork, please submit photocopies or electronic versions (if electronic, 600 dpi preferred) only. Prose must include a word count and should not exceed 2500 words; 1000-2000 is best for us. Submissions over 3000 words will be returned unread. Reviews of 500-1000 words are preferred.

Please do not submit work to us more often than once every six months unless you have had work accepted previously to our publication, in which case you are not subject to a limit.

If we have declined your submissions more than ten times, may we kindly suggest your time will be better spent submitting your work elsewhere? We frequently decline submissions not because the work is bad, but because it doesn’t fit our editorial style. Multiple declines suggest your style is simply not our style. We reserve the right to return your submissions unread after ten declines.

Submission instructions and format

General instructions

  • An S.A.S.E. should be enclosed with all paper-mailed submissions. (If it is not enclosed, please provide an e-mail address and note the MS is disposable.)
  • No bio or cover letter is required (we have no bio section)
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine (please warn us!)
  • Previously published fine — let us know original published location

Prose

  • Name and address on front page of prose
  • Provide word count — ideally under 2500 words
  • No staples please
  • US Letter or A4 paper preferred but not required
  • We prefer you submit only one story every six months unless we ask

Poetry

  • Name and addresson each page of poetry
  • No line or word count — we don’t pay by the word
  • US Letter or A4 paper preferred but not required
  • We prefer 4-6 poems per submission

Artwork

  • We can only print black and white or greyscale artwork or photography
  • Sending links to online works is acceptable, but we will no longer review entire web sites — send links to specific pieces you think would suit
  • Sending a lower-res submission is acceptable, but we will require 600dpi for any final accepted work

Where to send

Submissions may be made to [email protected] (plain text, Word, RTF, or Pages) or to:
Valerie Polichar, Editor
Grasslimb
P.O. Box 420816
San Diego, CA 92142
For security reasons, we cannot accept submissions that are made via links/downloads.

Response time

Response time is generally four months. Please query after five months, especially for e-mailed manuscripts — occasionally our spam filters are overenthusiastic.

Payment

Payment is typically $5-$20 per piece for poetry, $10-$70/piece for prose, $15-25/piece for book/music reviews, $15-$25/piece for artwork and cartoons. We reserve the right to pay a higher rate for commissioned work. Payment is on acceptance. Contributors will also receive two complimentary copies of the journal. We pay via check on U.S. funds, Paypal or in U.S. stamps if preferred.

Rights and online publication

In general, we purchase first print serial rights. Selected pieces from the journal are occasionally — and by explicit permission — made available online at this site as samples.

Via: Grasslimb.

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