Taking Submissions: Clockhouse

Deadline: December 15th, 2019
Payment: Contributor’s Copy

Dare. Risk. Dream. Share. Ruminate.

Clockhouse accepts works of poetry, fiction, memoir, creative nonfiction, and dramatic works for stage or screen. We encourage submissions from both established and emerging writers. (Current students of Goddard College are ineligible to submit to Clockhouse, but we look forward to reading your work after you graduate.)

All submissions must:

  • Be original, unpublished work written by the author.
  • Follow the industry-standard formatting guidelines appropriate for the genre as well as the applicable guidelines below:
    • Fiction: Short stories and self-contained novel excerpts in a literary style. Genre fiction will be considered only if it sustains literary merit (Up to 5,000 words)
      Poetry: All poetry in traditional and experimental styles including prose poetry (Up to 250 lines of poetry, total. Only one poem per submission. Poets may submit up to three times per reading period.)
      Memoir and Creative Nonfiction: All memoir and creative nonfiction in traditional and experimental literary styles. No academic or scientific essays (Up to 5,000 words)
      Dramatic Work for Stage or Screen: Short dramatic works in traditional and experimental styles, either a standalone piece or an excerpt from a one-act or full length play or screenplay (Up to 15 pages)
  • Include a short bio of approximately 100 words or less.
  • Include a brief artist statement: a few sentences about your work as an artist (i.e., not a “pitch” for this submission, but rather a statement about what you’re interested in writing about now, what drives your writing, or how your writing is reflecting or influencing the world at large, etc.).
  • Be submitted only through our online submission manager (see link at bottom of page). No email submissions will be accepted.

Submissions that do not follow these guidelines will be discarded unread.

The submission period for the Volume Eight 2020 will begin on August 15, 2019 and remain open through 11:59 on December 15, 2019.

Responses to submissions

Please expect to wait up to four months for a reply. After that time, if you have not yet received a reply, please check on the status of your submission by sending an e-mail to [email protected] Indicate the title of your piece, the genre, and the original date of submission.

Upon acceptance

By accepting any offer of publication by Clockhouse, the author will grant the magazine first serial rights. Upon publication, rights to the work revert back to the author. The author retains all other rights to the work. Any subsequent publication will note that the work was first published in Clockhouse. Payment for publication in Clockhouse is one contributor’s copy in which the work appears. As appropriate, we may also choose to nominate published work for awards or other recognition.


Planning to submit and have questions about Clockhouse?  Please send them to [email protected]  Submissions themselves are not accepted at this address.

Via: Clockhouse.

Taking Submissions: Great Weather For Media

Deadline: January 15th, 2020
Payment: $10 and a contributor’s copy

unpredictable, fearless, glistening, innovative… GREAT

great weather for MEDIA seeks poetry, flash fiction, short stories, dramatic monologues, and creative nonfiction for our annual print anthology.

  • Submissions are open from October 15th through January 15th every year. Need a reminder? Sign up to our monthly newsletter.
  • Our focus is on the edgy, fearless, and experimental but we do not have a set theme for our anthologies. We highly recommend reading one of our previous collections to get a feel for the type of work we are interested in. Our latest anthology is Birds Fall Silent in the Mechanical Sea. We are based in New York City and welcome submissions from both national and international writers.
  • 1-4 poems of any length. If you are submitting more than one poem, include them all in a single documentDo not submit multiple poems in separate files. Single-spaced please, or how it should appear on the printed page. Start each poem on a new page.
  • 1 prose/creative nonfiction piece, 2 if under 500 words. Maximum word count: 2,500.
  • Multiple submissions (in the same genre) are not accepted and will not be read. Please wait until you receive a response from us before submitting again.
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine – just notify us with your good news immediately. If you wish to withdraw individual pieces from consideration, click on the title of your submission in Submittable, click on Active, and add a note listing the title(s) to be withdrawn. If you wish to withdraw your entire submission, please use the Withdraw button.
  • Please don’t send revisions. You can always add a note to your submissions if there is something you need to let us know about.
  • Payment: One contributor copy, plus $10 for writers based in USA. To help towards shipping costs, international writers receive one copy.
  • We aim to respond in 1-4 months. If you have not heard from us after five months, please email [email protected]
  • Copyright: great weather for MEDIA holds first serial rights for material that we publish. The copyright automatically reverts to the author upon publication. All work may be permanently archived online. We ask that great weather for MEDIA be acknowledged in any subsequent publication of the work.
  • We look forward to reading your work!
  • Finally, please take a look at our books. Small presses love readers and all support is much appreciated!

Via: Great Weather For Media’s Submittable.

Taking Submissions: Brave New Girls

Deadline: January 15th, 2020
Payment: Contributor’s Copy

Submissions for our 2020 Brave New Girls anthology are now open! We’re looking for volunteer authors willing to contribute their stories pro bono to this charity venture (proceeds from sales of all our anthologies are donated to the Society of Women Engineers scholarship fund). We understand if this isn’t for everyone! We’re working on a shoestring budget (still stretching dollars from our initial crowdfunding campaign in 2014), with our editors donating their time and resources to keep this series going.

The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2020. The criteria are that stories must be:

  • About a teen girl (14-18) with an interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math)
  • Geared toward a tween/teen audience (10-18)
  • PG in content, as many of our readers are very young, and we want parents/guardians/family friends to be comfortable giving these books to the children in their lives. No graphic sex (“sweet” romance with kissing and hand holding and such is fine), no graphic violence (bloodless comic-book-movie-style violence is fine), no swearing (biblical curse words, i.e. “hell” or “damn”, and made-up sci-fi cursing, e.g. “frak” or “gorram”, are fine)
  • In the sci-fi category. We’re open to any and all sub-genres (space opera, contemporary with speculative tech, historical with speculative tech, dystopia, cyberpunk, steampunk, solarpunk, dieselpunk, biopunk, silkpunk… all the punks)
  • Between 2,500 and 10,000 words in length
  • Standalone (no cliffhangers — our readers don’t seem to like them)

We strive to be as inclusive as possible and encourage authors and characters from the whole range of human backgrounds, across race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender identity, religion, national origin, ability, socioeconomic status, and more.

Stories can be related to an existing world that you have the rights to (e.g. a spinoff to your novel), but must work independently so a new reader can come in with no background about the world and still understand what’s going on.

Each story selected will be accompanied by an illustration, and each contributing author will receive a complimentary paperback of the anthology, which will be released July 2020.

Via: Brave New Girls.

Taking Submissions: The Best New True Crime Stories: Small Towns

Deadline: January 31st, 2020
Payment: $130 and 2 contributor’s copies

I’m seeking all-new true crime stories for THE BEST NEW TRUE CRIME STORIES: SMALL TOWNS (to be published by Mango Publishing Group USA)

Subject: True crime in small towns

What I’m looking for:

Well-developed thoughtful non-fiction content that offers readers more than dry reportage. Known, lesser known and obscure cases are welcome. Add something new to the discussion, a different viewpoint or angle. First-person accounts are especially welcome from writers with some connection to the crimes. Stories can take place anywhere in the world and during any time frame. Material must be meticulously fact-checked before submission, including dates, names, locations etc. No reprints accepted.

Word count: 4,000-7,000 words

One-time payment per story: USD $130, and 2 print copies of the book.

Contributor fees paid approximately 1 month after publication. (Preferred payment method: PayPal.)

For: Non-exclusive rights with one-year’s exclusivity from date of publication.

Deadline for submissions: Jan 31, 2020

Note that I’ll be selecting material on an on-going basis. Writers are strongly encouraged to submit their stories in advance of the deadline date.

Contact me with suggestions/queries at: TheBestNewTrueCrimeStories @ gmail.com

Submission requirements:

Format: double-spaced Arial 12-point Word document (sent as attachment). Do not indent paragraphs; instead enter one space between them. No irregular spacing between words or sentences. No footnotes or endnotes. If you wish to include a bibliography (optional), please use Chicago Manual of Style. American spelling and punctuation (i.e. double quote marks, etc.). Include your legal name, postal address, and an author bio of 50-100 words written in the third person. No simultaneous submissions please.

In the subject line of your email: True Crime submission.

If you don’t receive an acknowledgement within a week of submitting your material, definitely follow up!

(For non-US-based writers, editor is not responsible for payment of VAT, if applicable.)

Mitzi Szereto (mitziszereto.com) is an author and anthology editor whose books encompass true crime and crime fiction, gothic fiction, cozy mystery, satire, parody, horror, sci-fi/fantasy, paranormal romance, erotic fiction, and general fiction and non-fiction. Her new book The Best New True Crime Stories: Serial Killers will be published in November 2019. Follow her on Twitter @mitziszereto

Via: Mitzi Szereto.

Taking Submissions: Sugared Water

Deadline: November 1st, 2019
Payment: Contributor’s Copy

Don’t be afraid to throw in some genre with your literary works. Here be fans of speculative fiction. We dig the literary stuff too, don’t let our fairy tales fool you. Please be sure your piece has some sort of speculative or fabulist element.

Give us your briar patches and shady ladies, your heroes and literary tales. We will consider up to 2,000 words, but our happy place is right around 1,500 or fewer.

Our fiction gnomes get upset when things show up without paragraphs or proper manuscript format. Flagrant lack or proofreading or a failure to observe legible typeface will likely lead to instant rejection. (Please stick to Times New Roman or Garamond.)

Give us your decayed, sugar-crusted, little black hearts. Write to us about sun-warmed planks and hollow bones. Don’t be afraid to bury the grotesque right next to the beautiful. It’s the change we’re looking for, the surprise hidden just under the surface. We lean into work with a bit of folklore, fable, fairytale, or magic.

Our cover letter is optional, but we do need the following information:

  • name as you’d like it to appear in your byline & contact email

  • brief bio (50 words or fewer)


  • your original works, previously unpublished

  • standard manuscript format

  • Garamond or Times New Roman typeface preferred—no Courier

  • submission in one of the following formats: .rtf, .doc, or .docx

  • all works in one file; each piece on its own page

  • for artworks or visual erasures, we prefer .jpgs


We’d be delighted to sample 3 to 5 of your poems.

We enjoy image-heavy work, narrative or lyric, experimental or grounded, and prose poems too. We look forward to leaping with you, discovering as you lead us along the page.

We prefer to see poems that could be published together; we often select multiple pieces.

Please submit all poems in one .rtf, .doc, or .docx. Poems should be spaced as you’d like them to appear. (NOTE: Due do our production layout, shaped poems aren’t something we tend to accept.)

If you are sending us erasures with whited-or-blacked-out text, please send them in JPG format via the ART category.


  • double spaced poems (rare is the poem that can stand up to a stanza break after every line)

  • poems with lines scattered all over the page

  • poems shaped like a guitar (or other centered object d’art)

  • rhyming poems (end-line rhyme distracts us)

  • love poems using the word love

  • poetry full of angels

  • war poems written by folks who are not military/vets

  • sports poems


Give us your briar patches and shady ladies, your heroes and literary tales. (If you dare to send us a story with a unicorn, she better be a chain smoker.)

  • up to 2,000 words

  • our happy place is right around 1,500 words or fewer

  • actively seeking micro & flash fiction

Our fiction gnomes get upset when things show up without paragraphs or proper manuscript format.

We love to see work with a strong hook in the firsts two lines.

Flagrant lack or proofreading or a failure to observe legible fonts will likely lead to instant rejection. Comic Sans is a travesty. Violators will make us cry buckets of unattractive, snotty tears. We really dislike Courier typeface, so please stick with Garamond or Times New Roman.


  • 2nd person narratives — you may think you are the exception; please don’t

  • classic Westerns (we’ll take a look at a twist, though!)

  • war poems or stories (unless written by active military or a vet)

  • a narrator creepering the object of their affection from afar

  • time travel, unless it’s something like One-Minute Time Machine

  • misogynist narrators complaining about all the women who’ve ruined his life; misogynist anything

  • hate speech


Yes, we love the lyric essay. We adore character sketches, journal entries, letters, and flash nonfiction. We’ll try experimental prose forms and things that blend and bend the lines of reality whilst remaining true at the heart. We’ll check out your braided essays and hermit crabs, your lists and your word maps. Stun us with the beauty of your words. We lean heavily toward personal essay.

  • up to 2,000 words

  • preference for works 500 – 1,500 words


  • 1-5 artworks at a time

  • please send 72ppi .jpgs (we will request printable, high resolution files should we accept your work)

  • Artist statements (in cover letter) are appreciated

  • We prefer related works rather than a packet of separate items, as we do tend to accept multiples.

  • We respond quickly to art, so you can submit a new packet once you receive a response.

All media considered, though we have a bit of a soft spot for the figurative, narrative, or documentary style. Don’t be afraid to write on photographs and scribble over paintings.

If you send in illos, please try to send things that can stand alone OR as a cluster

Layers are wonderful, and we’d love to see the things you’ve been hiding in your sketchbooks.


Simultaneous submissions are allowed & encouraged. Please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere and needs to be withdrawn. The best way to do this is to use Submittable’s messages feature. Using the ‘withdraw’ button takes your entire packet out of consideration.

Please wait for our response to your first packet before sending additional submissions in any given genre. (You may, for example, submit 5 poems and 2,000 words of fiction if you like, but not two packets of poems at the same time.)

Please do not withdraw submissions multiple times to make small edits to work. Multiple edits on the same piece inspire us to reject things, because they clearly weren’t ready for us in the first place. If you need to make an edit, please request an edit via Submittable.


We request First Serial Rights. Your rights revert back to you, the author/artist, upon publication on our website. Work will remain archived on the site. If you publish your piece again, please credit Sugared Water as the first appearance.

We request the right to publish your work online, with the option to include it in a small run of print issues later. If we include your work in the mini print issue (we will ask first), you will receive one (1) handbound contributor copy of the issue in which your work appears. You will also receive a contributor discount (30% – 40%) on additional copies, should you wish to purchase any.

If we elect to do broadsides of select work,  you’ll receive several contributor copies, up to 10% of the limited edition print run.

Sugared Water’s first 7 issues are handbound using traditional printmaking & bookbinding methods, and we’re moving online for issue 8, but would like to keep the broadside & print options open.

No monetary compensation is available at this time.

Via: Porkbelly Pres’s Submittable.

Taking Submissions: THAT #5

Deadline: January 15th, 2020
Payment: Contributor’s Copy

All manuscripts should be in 12-point type, preferably Times Roman. All poems should be submitted in a single document. Fiction must be double-spaced, poetry single-spaced. Please send us your work as a .doc, .docx, .pdf, or .rtf file via the Submittable portal below. We do not accept submissions by post.

After submission, please do not resubmit until after we have responded with a decision. Our reporting time is three months; if you have not heard from us by then, feel free to query us at [email protected]

The author’s name, address, telephone number, email address, and approximate word count should be typed at the top of the first page; all other pages should include the page number and the author’s last name in the header.
Please include a third-person bio of seventy-five words or less for all fiction, poetry, and art and photography submissions.

We are looking for excellently written fiction between 100 and 5,000 words in length.
It should be surprising, relentlessly engaging, fun, and humming with vibrancy. Include compelling characters, lively but minimal dialogue, and plots charting the unexpected.


The poetry that we prefer is alive and idiosyncratic and that opens new vistas to the reader. We stay away from rhyming poetry, conventional forms, and love poetry unless brilliantly revisited. Three poems may be submitted (as a single document) at a time, with a total maximum of twenty pages.

Art and Photography

Good visuals show what is little seen or never imagined. Re-vision the mundane. Surrealism, wit, or a combination thereof is especially appreciated.

General Guidelines
– We are interested only in work that has not appeared previously in either electronic or print format.

– Submit only one story or three poems at one time. If you have material under consideration with THAT, please do not submit additional work until you have heard back from us.

– Simultaneous submissions are permissible, but notify us if the work you’ve sent to us has been accepted elsewhere.

– It is recommended that all interested writers take a look at a sample issue of THAT. It really helps.

THAT acquires first serial rights, including both print and electronic rights. Copyright remains with the author.

Authors published in THAT will receive a print copy of the issue in which they appear, postage paid, as payment.

Via: That Literary Review.

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