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Taking Submissions: Story Unlikely 2022 Window

Deadline: September 30th, 2022
Payment: 5 cents a word for stories up to 2,000 words. Stories above 2,000 are capped at $100 payment
Theme: Accepts ALL genres, prefers: memoir, bizarro, and speculative, humorous, strange, and thoughtful
Note: Reprints Welcome
Note: You do need to be a free subscriber to submit

Whatever happened to the art of storytelling? It’s become a lost relic, along with our identities. But here, we’re revitalizing this once great craft. Don’t worry, you’re in good hands. After all, if laughter is medicine, then Story Unlikely is therapy for broken souls.

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Taking Submissions: Elegant Literature – Open Road

Deadline: May 31st, 2022
Payment: 8 cents per word (there is also a contest to win $3,000 though it has submission fees.)
Theme: Open Road

Write a story involving roads, and a glove.

Does the road call to you? To some, it offers freedom, adventure, and opportunity. To others, injury and death. Or, as you slow for the shadowed hitchhiker, you wonder if the risks aren’t more sinister…

Roadtrips, van life, and fugitives on the run. From deserts to coastline to deep-shadowed forests, the open road has a place in our hearts. Whether it calls you to drift or confronts you with the long road home, it’s undeniably a place of self-discovery. Of new faces and new attitudes. Just don’t take a wrong turn, blow a tire, or stop in ghost towns. Beware the long grass and mutant bikers. Don’t roll down the window for strangers, but do give them a lift. Travel by horse and buggy, sneaker and bag, or get behind the wheel, but hit the dusty trail and head into the unknown.

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Ongoing Submissions: Ergot

Payment: $25
Theme: Stories that further the innovative and experimental tradition in horror.

ergot. is a literary website interested in furthering the innovative and experimental tradition in horror.

 

We seek fiction and hybrid work under 10k words [including excerpts and work in translation] that push out the boundary of what literary horror is and what it might become.

 

Work that values atmosphere and mood over plot.
Work that fails in new and unusual ways over work that succeeds in the tried and true.

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Contest: 50-Word Stories May 2022 (Early Listing)

Submission Window: May 1st-15th, 2022
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 FiftyWordStories.com, 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.
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Ongoing Submissions: Video Nasties

Payment: $5
Theme: A short horror story (100-300 words) that would fit on the back of a VHS box!

VIDEO NASTIES:
MICRO FICTION THAT COULD FIT ON THE BACK OF A VHS
DO YOU HAVE A HORRIFIC MICRO TALE THAT COULD FIT ON THE BACK OF A VHS BOX?
We love microfiction here at Pyre Magazine, and we miss the video store rental days, so we figured we combine the two in our new series: Video Nasties Microfiction!

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Ongoing Submissions: Dragon Gems

Payment: 2 cents per word
Theme: Fantasy or science fiction

Thank you for your overwhelming response to our Call for Submissions! Due to the sudden increase in the number of submissions we are currently receiving, it may take up to 90 days before we can inform you of our decision whether we would like to work with you to publish your work.

Dragon Gems is our publishing program for your short fiction when a novel just won’t do.

Published in digital format, and priced at a reasonable 99¢, your story will still receive the same promotional support as we provide for any of the books we publish, and be distributed through the same online distribution marketplaces.

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Ongoing Submissions: Shacklebound Books Monthly Newsletter

Theme: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror are all accepted, but we generally publish dark fiction and as such those are strongly prefered.
Payment: .02 per word, .01 per word for reprints.
Note: Reprints Welcome
Note: 250 words or less

Please read the guidelines very carefully. Stories submitted that do not conform to the guidelines will not be read.

We are a small press. We hope to increase pay rates for all of our anthologies and future projects over time.

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Contest: 50-Word Stories February 2022 (Early Listing)

Submission Window: February 1st-15th, 2022
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 FiftyWordStories.com, 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.
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