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Timeworn Literary Journal welcomes submissions of unpublished historical fiction stories in English under 5,000 words.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: 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: Spy Girl: A Chipper Press Anthology

Deadline: September 30th, 2019
Payment: Contributor’s Copy

Spy Girl

A Collection of Intrigue

Chipper Press is looking for short stories that feature a female sleuth. We want these stories to be set in a middle-grade school. It can be a spy ring or a single amateur detective. Keep in mind these tales are intended for middle-graders.

What’s really in that school lunch special? What actually happened to the class pet? Is the teacher really an alien? Why does the school mascot seem so familiar? These are just some of the things that can be investigated by our Spy Girl.

Submissions of both short stories and novellas to this anthology are welcome, please keep in mind the minimum word count is 4,500 and the maximum word count is 17,000.

  • Dialogue needs to be believable, and please keep dialects/slang to a bare minimum if you must use them.
  • No head-hopping or POV changes. Pick one point of view and stick with it.
  • Please show more of the action than just telling the reader what happens.

This anthology is a great opportunity to showcase emerging writers and allow them to build their professional platforms.
Submission Deadline: September 30, 2019, with a targeted release date of early November 2019.

Submit your best work. Poorly formatted and unedited work will be turned down. Please use Americanized English spellings. We will be doing light editing as necessary to fit the standards we strive to maintain.
Submission Guidelines:

  • Any work under 4,500 words will be automatically disqualified for this anthology.
  • The work must not have appeared in print or online anywhere before.
  • All submissions must be in English.
  • Each author may submit up to three (3) unique works—please submit them separately.
  • Work must be in Microsoft Word or RTF, double-spaced, 12-point font-no headers/footers.

All contributing authors will receive a free copy of the book in softcover.  Authors that are chosen for the anthology will not be paid nor receive royalties for their submission. This is an opportunity to build your platform and fan base.
Submission Deadline: September 30, 2019

Via: Zimbell House Publishing’s Submittable</a..

Taking Submissions: Once Upon An Enchanted Forest: An Anthology of Romantic Witchcraft Stories

Deadline: May 15th, 2019
Payment: $75 and 2 contributor’s copies

Title: Once Upon An Enchanted Forest: An Anthology of Romantic Witchcraft Stories

Word count: 7K-15K

Submission Window: February 5 – May 15

Payment: $75 paid upon publication + 2 paperback copies + 25 electronic copies for distribution to readers/giveaways

Anthology Release Date: 9.23.2019, the autumnal equinox. 

Prompt and Theme: The autumnal equinox marks the shift into darkness which completes on Samhain. Warmth is behind us, cold lies ahead. This is a time of Thanksgiving and kinship. However, in our stories, we also want to consider the theme of The Enchanted Forest. How can you place romance, sorcery, witchcraft, an enchanted wood, cottage, village, or castle into this theme? How can you play up the impending knowledge that everything is changing from light to dark? How can you take your characters from a time of celebration into a world of romance, magical intrigue, and sorcery?

What would lurk in your enchanted forest?

The autumnal equinox, magical/witchcraft elements, and romance must be includedin some manner, but remember that you have a ton of material to pull from. From the Celtic Connection: Druids call this time of year Mabon, Mea’n Fo’mhair, and honor the The Green Man, the God of the Forest. Various other names for this Wiccan Sabbat are The Second Harvest Festival, Wine Harvest, Feast of Avalon, Equinozio di Autunno (Strega, Italian), Alben Elfed (Caledonii), or Cornucopia. The Teutonic name, Winter Finding, spans from the Sabbat to Oct. 15th, or Winter’s Night, known as the Norse New Year. (“Information Categories.” What Is Wicca?, wicca.com/celtic/akasha/mabon.htm.) 

For modern stories, the autumnal equinox is still celebrated across the world. Every culture recognizes or has recognized this turning of the season, so do a little research. So many ideas await!

Things to note: 

  • We love diversity in all its forms.
  • We love strong women with agency.
  • We enjoy historical, contemporary, and even futuristic tales.
  • We most definitely want a good romance, which means a Happily Ever After or a Happy for Now ending.
  • We are not looking for erotica or horror.
  • If you’re wondering what kinds of stories we’re looking for, we advise you to take a look at 2018’s anthology, Once Upon the Longest Night, which released on the winter solstice, 12.21.18.

Formatting and Other Guidelines:

  • The work submitted must not have appeared in print or online anywhere before. We do not accept reprints, multiple submissions, or simultaneous submissions.
  • We do not accept fanfic.
  • All submissions must be in English.
  • Follow industry standard format, minus identifying information. We prefer Times New Roman, 12-pt font, double spaced. Use italics for emphasis, smart/curly quotes, and em dashes, not double hyphens.
  • Your story should be in DOC or DOCX format.

Response: Final decisions will be made by June 1st.

Remove any identifying information from your submission/header, please. 

Thanks and Good Luck!
Once Upon Anthologies

Via: Once Upon’s Submittable.

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