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Timeworn Literary Journal welcomes submissions of unpublished historical fiction stories in English under 5,000 words.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.

Taking Submissions: Fairytale Dragons

Deadline: July 31st, 2020
Payment: Royalties

  • Publication – November 2020
  • Word Count – 5,000-15,000
  • Theme – A new twist on fairytales with a fresh element: dragons. Each fairytale has been reimagined with these beasts based on the author’s preference. Wise dragons, evil dragons, elemental dragons, oh my! These classic characters will never see this coming.
  • Note: Any kind of dragon is welcome. Fairytales can be from any country and dark or cheerful.

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* Introduction of yourself should be a short biography in 3rd Person between 100-200 words. Upon acceptance, this will be used within the anthology. Send a bio with every single anthology submission. We work with hundreds of authors and will not take time to retrieve yours from a previous anthology.

* Poetry submissions: All poetry needs to be contained within a single e-mail. Each poem should be in a separate document. Haikus may be grouped together.

* All e-mails should be addressed to “Dear Editor.”

After receiving edits back, the author has two weeks to return the submission for formatting.

All submissions will be reviewed within thirty (30) days of the anthology’s submission deadline. This ensures submission calls do not close early and gives everyone a chance to submit. You will know your submission has been received for consideration by receiving a generic response. Whether accepted or rejected, you will always receive a response.

View our blog articles on how to submit to a publisher and how to write a proposal.


Failure to submit following all of the guidelines will result in an immediate refusal. You are able to submit again before the submission call deadline.


Rating – Check each anthologies‘ rating.
Word count – Check each anthologies‘ word count requirements.


E-mail address to submit to – [email protected]


NOTICE –  Failure to submit correctly will result in refusal of submission.

Via: Dragon Soul Press.

Taking Submissions: Recognize Fascism

Deadline: June 3rd, 2019
Payment: $0.08 per word and a contributor’s copy

Submission form is located at

Submissions are now open for our second micro-anthology, Recognize Fascism!

Submissions will close on June 3rd, 2019. There will be a short crowdfunding project, and assuming it’s successful, we will publish Recognize Fascism in fall of 2019.


We’re looking for personal stories of the moment when people see the fascism in front of them for what it is, accept it as real, and make the choice to fight it. Who are the canaries in the coal mine? When can the long-hidden voice no longer be ignored?

  • Word Count: 250-5000
  • .doc, .docx or .rtf files only
  • Times New Roman or Arial font preferred
  • Name, contact information and submission word count on the first page
  • No simultaneous submissions. No reprints.


Pay will be $0.08 per word (possibly more, depending on crowdfunded stretch goals). Authors will also receive a gratis print and ebook copy of the anthology.

Crossed Genres takes first worldwide English-language ebook and print rights, exclusively for one (1) year, and non-exclusively for an additional four (4) years. There will be an option to extend the non-exclusive rights for additional compensation.


Please email [email protected] with any questions regarding the anthology or your submission.

Submission form can be found here: Crossed Genres.

Taking Submissions: DreamForge Magazine

Deadline: June 30th, 2019
Payment: Between $0.04 and $0.08/word, depending on factors listed below
Note: Reprints, poetry accepted

Following our guidelines does not guarantee that we will accept your story, but ignoring them does guarantee that your submission may be returned without receiving the attention it deserves.

An Overview

At DreamForge, our goal is to publish positive science and fantasy fiction. (That’s about it, but if you want to know more, you can check out our Rules of Fiction page.)

What Are We Looking For?

Space opera, urban fantasy, military sf, magical realms, hard science fiction, sword & sorcery, time travel, cyberpunk, steampunk, hopepunk, and whatever else comes before punk. Parables, poetry, zombies, and vampires are also welcome. No horror please.

  • Yes to communities and teams working together to overcome dire challenges.
  • Yes to marginalized and under-represented characters as protagonists.
  • Yes to science and magic that solve problems, alleviate suffering, and boldly explore new possibilities.
  • No to corrupt, dystopian governments or evil corporations.
  • No Horror, please
  • Stories set before, during, or after an “apocalypse” are more likely than not to be rejected.
  • Tone down the violence, profanity, and sex

Story Length

Shorter is better!

If you submit a story over 5,000 words, it has to be amazing to get very far in the review process. We want variety in each issue, and longer your story, the less variety we can print.

Overall, we will consider the following word counts:

  • Flash Fiction & Poetry: 100 – 1500 words
  • Short Stories: 2,000 – 7,500 words
  • Novelettes: 7,500 – 12,000 words.


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