Taking Submissions: AGNI Online

Deadline: May 31st, 2020
Payment: $10 per printed (or printed-out) page for accepted prose, and $20 per page for accepted poetry, up to a maximum of $150 and 2 contributor’s copies

We look for writing that catches experience before the crusts of habit form—poetry and prose that resist ideas about what a certain kind of writing “should do.” We seek out writers who tell their truths in their own words and convince us as we read that we’ve found something no one else could have written.

When to submit

AGNI welcomes manuscripts between September 1st and May 31st. Submissions mailed in June, July, or August will be returned unread, provided sufficient return postage is included.

Things to know when submitting

  • Nearly everything we publish is unsolicited.
  • We encourage submissions from writers of all identities, living anywhere, published and unpublished.
  • We will not consider writing that has already been published in English, whether in a book, magazine, newspaper, or on an app, a website, a social media feed, or a publicly accessible online community.
  • We consider only work written in English or translated into English.
  • We have no word limits, though space is at a premium and length sometimes affects our decisions.
  • We do not publish genre romance, horror, mystery, or science fiction; however, we are open to writing that borrows elements from any of these.
  • We will consider excerpts if they read as if they were meant to stand alone.
  • We are interested in personal essays, think-pieces, memoir, prose poems, formal poems, blank verse, free verse, short stories, and short shorts; we do not publish academic essays or purely journalistic writing.
  • Though we rely on student interns for many things, they are not involved in considering submissions. All manuscripts are read by masthead editors.
  • Our blog features posts by writers who have appeared previously in AGNI or AGNI Online.
  • You can familiarize yourself with the magazine by ordering a recent print issue or by perusing the writing that appears here. This site includes selected pieces from our decades of print issues and everything we’ve published at AGNI Online since its inauguration in 2002.

Some requests

  • Please send only one story, one essay, or up to five poems, and please wait for our reply before sending more. As soon as we respond, you can feel free to submit again during a reading period.
  • Please double-space your document and include page numbers.
  • Please do not submit revisions of work we’ve already considered.
  • If you submit on paper and want us to reply by mail, please enclose a stamped, addressed envelope (SAE). If the envelope is large enough and you include sufficient postage, we will return the manuscript; otherwise, it will be recycled. If you’d like to be notified by email only, please include your email address and skip the SAE.
  • Do not email your work; we do not read or consider emailed submissions.
  • Feel free to submit the same work to other magazines simultaneously. If your entire submission is accepted elsewhere, please log in to your online account and withdraw using the link there—or, if you’ve submitted by mail, or if only a portion of your submission has been taken elsewhere, please contact us with a quick withdrawal note.
  • Do not mail your work to us in the months of June, July, or August. The online portal is also closed during those months.
  • Do not send us your only copy; we cannot accept responsibility for your manuscript.
  • Please do not contact us about your submission until four months have passed. We work hard to respond within two, but we’re not always able. After four months, please contact us right away if you have not received a reply.

WHERE to send:

If you’d rather not submit through our free online portal, please address your envelope to the Fiction Editor, Poetry Editor, or Nonfiction Editor and mail to:

AGNI Magazine
Boston University
236 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215

Regular post is fine. There is no advantage to sending a more expensive way.

Purchasing rights

All submissions are considered for both print and online publication.

We buy first worldwide serial rights and pay $10 per printed (or printed-out) page for accepted prose, and $20 per page for accepted poetry, up to a maximum of $150. We also give a year’s subscription to AGNI. In the case of print publication, each contributor receives two copies of the issue their work appears in, and we send up to four additional copies to friends or family.

Blog publication, which is limited to writers who have previously appeared in AGNI or AGNI Online, is unpaid.

Via: Agni Online.

Taking Submissions: The Closet

Deadline: March 31st, 2020

Payment:  Contributor’s copy and possibly another form of payment

Deadline for submissions is March 31, 2020.
Reading begins after this deadline. Publication date is June 1st, 2020.

The Closet

It wasn’t right. That’s what they said. It wasn’t right, it wasn’t natural. Well, GX38 thought, if it’s not natural, why do I feel this way? GX loved the feeling of human flesh against its metallic shell. It loved the way humans made sounds for joy, sounds for fun, and even the sounds they made when they “sang”. But the Programmers were against it. That’s not what GX had been designed for. That’s not how things worked. GX stared in awe, sensations thrilling through its circuits as Elizabeth literally danced back into its view, a smile on her face as she laughed and spun.

“To hell with what the Programmers say,” GX determined. “I love whom I love.”

What We Want

We want your stories about what it was like having to be in the closet, or when you came out of the closet, and how your life has been affected by being part of the LGBTQ+ community. Talk about being Ace. Talking about being gender fluid. Talk about how people perceive you, love you, hate you, accept you, or not, but tell it in the way YOU need to tell it. As the above example, a robot loving a human is “unnatural”, but it could easily be the metaphor of any homosexual relationship. So, write your experiences – be they good or bad – and tell them in full honesty, tell them in fantasy, tell them in science fiction, or however else you feel the need to express yourself. We want your stories. We want you to vent, to cheer for friends, to show how awful people can be, or how wonderful and happy you are now that you are free and open about who you really are. We want you to have a place to be who and what you are without fear, to tell the story you need to tell about yourself in the way you need to say it.

Publishing Details

Lead editor for The Closet is Karen Otto, a member of the LGBTQ+ community. In addition, works will be read and edited anonymously by other members of the community. The anthology is open to submissions until March 31st, 2020.

Publication date is June 1st, 2020.

For this unique book we aren’t sure how the final format is going to look. Until that is decided, we are open to suggestions. We will make a final decision and announcement, most likely, sometime next year.

Given that some authors and artists may have to remain completely anonymous, keep in mind that submitting to this anthology means you agree to printing. There will not be a contract if you wish to remain anonymous because submitting means you have read and agreed to these rules.

Submission Details

There are no hard length requirements for The Closet. Artwork, poetry, stories, flash fiction, personal essays, everything will be considered. We’ll have to cut off anything super long of course; if you’re writing a novel, you may as well do that rather than censor yourself.

These stories will be told how they need to be and we understand that.

That being said, for this anthology we are interested only in original works and will not accept reprints.

Interior art must be submitted in .jpg or .png format. They will most likely be printed in black and white but feel free to submit color images either way.

Cover Art

We have a particular image in mind for the cover art and would love to see what you come up with for it. The images not chosen for the cover will still be considered for interior art.

The image we’d like to see is a Pride flag with worn and tattered edges but still brightly colored.

What you do beyond that is up to you as an artist.


Similar to how we’re not sure how the book will be printed yet, we aren’t sure how much payments will be. This will be discussed with the accepted authors once a decision is made or will be announced along with the printing decisions.

However, as is Alban Lake tradition and policy, each contributor will receive one copy of the book in which that person’s work appears as well as a discount on more copies.

For original work we purchase FNASR.

In addition, a portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to various LGBTQ+ charities.

Given the subject of this anthology, we’re offering a different payment arrangement as well. We understand how dangerous it could be for some to be included in this work and with that in mind, if you let us know you want this, we will donate your payment, your copy of the book, or both to the LGBTQ+ charity of your choice.

How To Submit

It is very important with this work to tell us if you’d like to remain anonymous or not. If you don’t even want to use a pen name, let us know. We completely understand how difficult this subject is for some and have no wish to cause harm.

Submit your work to [email protected]

Be sure to put CLOSET and the title of your story in the subject line. As we use this address for most of our anthologies now, we need to know which anthology you are submitting to.

Here’s an example: “CLOSET – Out and Proud”

Submit stories and nonfiction as .doc or .rtf attachments, illustrations as .jpg or .png attachments less than 500KB. Please send only one work at a time for consideration.

Next, make sure your contact information is in the upper left corner of your manuscript and in your email. Put the approximate word count in the upper right corner of your manuscript.

Contact information example:

Stephen Calloon
Word Count: 3427
1561 Looming Ave
Mushroom, NY 12117
[email protected]
paypal [if any]: [email protected]

If your submission does not include some version of contact information or the expression to remain anonymous, Alban Lake Publishing reserves the right to delete your submission unread and without notifying you.

Please, do not put any special formatting into your submissions, such as adding your name, title and page number randomly throughout the story, headers and footers, or anything else that might take away from reading and editing. It is important to note that style is much different than the above, and centering certain parts, bold, or italicized type is acceptable.

One additional thing – if you are an LGBTQ+ writer, author, or artist, and you are looking for friends of a similar or accepting nature, check out both the INKubator Discordhttps://discordapp.com/invite/mv9hzaH or our own Discord for Alban Lake https://discord.gg/77eAyeg . On our staff and in both places there are others like you, looking for their voice, looking to get published, and looking for friends. All are welcome.

Via: Alban Lake Publishing.

Taking Submissions: The Dead Game

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

A Collection of Horrors

Zimbell House is holding open submissions for short suspense-thriller horror stories about deadly games.

Let your imagination roam and put our readers in the middle of the action. We want complete stories from the POV of the person that ends up dead. Start at the death, and work your way backward. What was the game? Why did the person agree to play? Who instigated the game? Was death really the stakes or just a terrible accident? Our readers want horror, but not gruesome details. The horror should come from the suspense, not the deeds.

  • Please keep foul language to a minimum-it loses its punch if over-used.
  • 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.

Submissions of both short stories and novellas to this anthology are welcome, please keep in mind the minimum word count is 4,000 and the maximum word count is 20,000.

This anthology is a great opportunity to showcase emerging writers and allow them to build their professional platforms.

Submission Deadline: January 15, 2020, with a targeted release date of mid-April 2020.

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 4,000 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.

Submission Deadline: January 15, 2020.

Via: Zimbell House Publishing.

Taking Submissions: Beneath the Suit

Deadline: January 10th, 2020
Payment: Contributor’s Copy

Thurston Howl Publications is now accepting submissions for its furry anthology, BENEATH THE SUIT.

Deadline: Jan 10, 2020

Editor: Cedric G! Bacon
Word count: 2,500-8,000; a little above and a little below will be acceptable

What makes characters like Michael Myers, Jason, and Jigsaw terrifying? They all wear these uncanny masks. We rarely see the face beneath the mask. When they stand still, and their face follows you, it’s creepy in ways that Freddy or the Werewolf can’t pull off. Imagine ways that fursuiters and pup-players can do the same thing. This is a horror collection all about fursuits and pup hoods. It is perfectly fine but not required if submissions are NSFW. We are honestly expecting horror here, gritty, gory, and maybe even a little sexy. However, again, adult stories are by no means required for acceptance. Stories do not have to be set in a world that is “furry,” but it’s fine if they are!

We will NOT accept:
Racism, sexism, or discrimination presented in a positive light.
Pedophilia or sex with characters under the age of 18 presented in a positive light.
Rape, torture, dubious consent, forced seduction presented in a positive light.
Snuff or Necrophilia presented in a positive light
Bestiality presented in a positive light
If you are in doubt, ASK. Better to ask then to get a straight up rejection! If you are unsure, just shoot me an email at [email protected]. (restrictions borrowed from Voice: https://t.co/MWykJ6RY36)

You can submit up to three stories, but we will only accept one per author (if any).
Reprints are fine, but you have to own full permission of the work in order for us to consider it.
We will not accept simultaneous submissions.
Payment: Authors will receive a free copy of the print book.
Send submissions in .doc or .docx format to [email protected].
Title your email with the story title in all caps, e.g. “MICHAEL MURRS.” If you are sending more than one submission, send multiple emails instead of putting them all in one.
We will inform all authors regarding decisions within a week or two after the deadline.
Book will likely be released October in plenty of time for Halloween.

Via: Thurston Howl Publications.

Taking Submissions: The Bumper Book of British Bizarro!

Deadline: September 30th, 2019
Payment: Contributor’s Copy
Note: Submissions must come from the UK or from people born in the UK.

The Bumper Book of British Bizarro! We’re extending the deadline!! If anyone wants to submit or re submit now is the time!!
Seeking short fiction, short non-fiction, poems, experimental works and anything Bizarro related for a charitable anthology.
We at the British Bizarro Community are seeking to celebrate the weird and wonderful Bizarro writers we have in the UK and to make the world a more caring and safer place.
The Charity we have chosen to support is the UK based Mermaids. Mermaids supports children and young people up to 20 years old who are transgender and/or gender diverse, and their families, and professionals involved in their care. If you wish to know more please visit their website at; https://www.mermaidsuk.org.uk/about-mermaids.html
All submissions must be sent to: [email protected]
Must be Bizarro related, weird, crazy, bonkers stuff. If you want a quick intro to the genre email us or contact us on face book, we have a group!
Submissions must come from the UK or from people born in the UK.
Short fiction/ non-fiction 1500-3000 words.
Poetry would preferably be short versed preferably under ten stanzas.
Anything else weird 3000 max word limit.
If you’re unsure about anything please message us on our facebook page or at : [email protected]
As this is a CHARITY anthology we will not be able to pay anyone but you will receive a contributors copy and 100% of the proceeds will go to the charity. So if you believe in the cause, Bizarro fiction and us as a group of utterly whacked out nutters please consider submitting.
Thank you for reading this far and we all look forward to reading your work!!

Taking Submissions: The Black Beacon Book of Mystery

Deadline: November 30th, 2019
Payment: 1 penny (GBP) per word for original short stories, 100 pounds for original novellas / flat rate, 10 pounds for reprints / flat rate, and a contributor’s copy

Submissions close: 30/11/2019

Response time: We’ll aim for the end of January 2020 at the latest

Publication: Planned for late 2020

What we want: This anthology will combine the best new mysteries with classic reprints from yesteryear, so give us a masterful tale. You’ll need an engaging and memorable protagonist who can hold his or her own against Sherlock Holmes and Auguste Dupin. Above all, we want a clever puzzle the reader can try to solve. Throw in clues and red herrings, make our readers work their “little grey cells”, as Hercule Poirot puts it. The mystery could be a crime, but it could also be a historical or archaeological investigation, a treasure hunt, getting to the bottom of a local legend… it’s up to you, but it must be a mystery the reader can delve into and try to solve before your protagonist. Think Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple, Inspector Morse, Jonathan Creek, even Nancy Drew or Scooby Doo, but be damned clever about it! Get moving! The game’s afoot!

Short stories between 2,500 and 7,000 words
Novellas up to 25,000 words

1 penny (GBP) per word for original short stories
100 pounds for original novellas / flat rate
10 pounds for reprints / flat rate
All contributors will receive one print copy

Please read the full guidelines below before submitting.


Please only submit one story per publication. No simultaneous submissions for original fiction.

Languages accepted: 
English and French / anglais et français
Black Beacon Books is based in France but publishes in English. As such, we accept submissions in both English and French. Any French submissions accepted will be translated into English for publication. / Black Beacon Books est une maison d’édition de langue anglaise basée en France. Nous acceptons des nouvelles écrites en français mais elles seront traduites et publiées en anglais.

What we expect from authors:
1) We strongly recommend you purchase a copy of a previous anthology to be sure you want to be part of our team. We’re choosing stories for our anthology, but you’re also choosing a home for your work. We want you to feel you’ve made the right choice.
2) Please submit quality writing and be prepared to work with the team to make your story the very best it can be.
3) If your submission is successful, we need you to help promote the anthology through word-of-mouth and online networking.

Legal disclaimer:
1) Original Fiction: Inclusion in the anthology means that you give BBB First World English rights (this means your story will appear in this anthology for the first time in English, covering both electronic and print publications). After the official release of the anthology, all rights revert to the Author, and BBB will not publish it in any other publication without your permission.
2) Reprints: We purchase Non-Exclusive Reprint rights, which means your previously published story can be sold to other publications at the same time and at any time after our anthology. Of course, it is your duty as the Author to ensure you retain the relevant rights to reprints submitted to us. You should tell us where your story was first published so we can provide appropriate credit to the original publisher within our anthology.
Details on rights can be found at Writing-World.

How to submit:
Please note that we use British English conventions. Submissions are encouraged from all over the world but be aware that the editor may wish to make changes to those containing North American usages.

For submissions in English, the editor requires:

– All grammar and punctuation to be used appropriately. This is your best friend: https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/words/grammar-and-usage, and if you don’t know how to use commas, visit these sites: https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/words/comma and https://www.grammarbook.com/punctuation/commas.asp
In terms of comma usage, here are three simple examples of what we require:
Yesterday, I followed him home.
As soon as I hear from him, I’ll let you know.
I bought an axe, rope, and a box of matches.

– Quotation marks to be single for general dialogue.

– Only one space at the end of sentences.

– Formatted indentation for paragraphs. Do not use the space bar or tab bar.

– The use of italics. Do not replace them with an underline. 

Once you’ve finished your tale and edited it… and edited again, and asked your mum and dog to proof-read it, send it as a .doc (NO .docx) or .rtf file to blackbeaconbooks (at) gmail.com
Be sure to include your contact details in your email AND in the file. In the subject of your email, write: “BBB Submission”.

Via: Black Beacon Books.

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