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Taking Submissions: Apparition Lit February 2024 Window

Submission Window: February 15-28 for all authors and March 1-7 for BIPOC creators only
Payment: Fiction: $0.05 per word, a minimum of $50.00 USD, Poetry: $50 per poem
Theme: MERCURIAL

Apparition Lit is a speculative fiction magazine that publishes themed issues four times a year.

We publish poems and stories between 1k-5k words in January, April, July, and October.

We also hold monthly flash fiction contests between the 1st and 15th of each month. Flash stories must be under 1000 words and be inspired or based on the chosen theme.

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Taking Submissions: parABnormal Magazine 2024 – First Call

Deadline: March 31st, 2024
Payment: Fiction: $25.00 for original stories, $7.00 for reprints, $6.00 for each poem, $20.00 for original articles, $6.00 for reprints. $7.00 for reviews and interviews.
Theme: Paranormal – this includes ghosts, spectres, haunts, various whisperers, and so forth. It also includes shapeshifters and creatures from various folklores.

Submissions are accepted Feb 1 – Mar 31, Jun 1 – Jul 31, Oct 1 – Nov 30.

Anything submitted outside those periods will be deleted unread.

We no longer accept simultaneous or multiple submissions.

No matter how far we move forward as humans, we are still bound by the instincts and ancestral memories of our animalistic past. None of these are so strong as the fight or flight response. However, there are times when we seem to be perfectly safe, completely at ease and comfortable, when that urge to run from something sneaks up on us. What causes these sensations? Is there something lurking in the darkness? Why is that man giving you the creeps, he’s not even looking at you? And yet, there is something odd. Something instinctual, something you know without fully understanding. We may have moved on, we may have forgotten and left behind those old stories and legends of beasts, voracious monsters, and dark spirits… But they have not forgotten or left us…

What We Want

The subject matter of parABnormal Magazine is, yes, the paranormal. For us, this includes ghosts, spectres, haunts, various whisperers, and so forth. It also includes shapeshifters and creatures from various folklores.

PLEASE NOTE:

CREATURES LIKE VAMPIRES, GHOULS,

WEREWOLVES, AND ZOMBIES

ARE NOT PARANORMAL.

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Taking Submissions: A Coup Of Owls Summer 2024 Issue (Early Listing)

Submission Window: March 1st – 7th, 2024
Payment: Drabbles and Flash – £5, Short Stories 1001 to 4000 words – £10, Short Stories 4001 to 8000 words – £15
Theme: Stories you’ve poured your soul into but haven’t been able to find the right home for. We’re looking for stories that make us feel something.
Note: Only publishes creators from under represented and/or marginalized communities.

WE ONLY PUBLISH CREATORS FROM UNDER REPRESENTED AND/OR MARGINALISED BACKGROUNDS AND/OR COMMUNITIES
We don’t ask for any proof, we take this on trust with the expectation that anyone not from a marginalised background or underrepresented community wouldn’t take up the space of someone who is. We ask you to consider this before submitting.

We’re looking for stories you’ve poured your soul into but haven’t been able to find the right home for. We’re looking for stories that make us feel something.

Warmth, love, melancholy, rage. We want it all.

All genres, styles and themes will be considered and we especially love stories that are outside the box in their telling. Ambiguous endings? Non-linear storytelling? Antagonist’s point-of-view? A story told in just one scene? We love it all.

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Taking Submissions: Corvid Queen First 2024 Submission Window

Deadline: February 29th, 2024
Payment: $5
Theme: original feminist tales, feminist retellings of traditional tales, and personal essays related to traditional tales

We’re looking for original feminist tales, feminist retellings of traditional tales, and personal essays related to traditional tales. Although we started as a magazine of fairy tales, we’re now open to pieces based on or related to fairy tales, folklore, myths, legends, and pop culture.

We accept fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and pieces that are in-between. For prose, we accept stories of up to 5,000 words. Longer pieces will be declined.

Please note that you do not need to be female or femme to submit a piece; writers of any gender identity and expression are welcome.

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Taking Submissions: The Quarterly Journal – WET

Deadline: April 30th, 2024
Payment: $5
Theme: Wet

A Literary Journal with Some Art, Comics, and Analysis Thrown in for Good Measure

As Quarter Press continues to grow, we’re adding another coin to our pocketful of change. We want to offer a space for shorter works to mingle with art and other bits of nonsense, so we bring you The Quarter(ly): It just makes cents.

Issues are themed; however, we consider all interpretations.

2024’s Themes and Deadlines:

WET (April 30)

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Taking Submissions: Satan Rides Out Again

Deadline: August 30th, 2024
Payment: $5
Theme: Satan or devilish stories

Following on from the resounding success of HellBound’s satanic anthology “Satan Rides Your Daughter,” our loving homage to the late, great British author Dennis Wheatley, we decided another outing for stories concerning Beelzebub and his denizens of Hell was in order!

We want your very best devilish and demonic tales – horrify us with your depictions of the darest, deepest pits of Hades or Hell on Earth…
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Taking Submissions: Behind the Shadows II

Deadline: March 31st, 2024
Payment: $20 or Royalties
Theme: Any form of horror

Behind the Shadows II– This is horror. Humor and mystery beats are welcome.
Express yourself as the theme moves you.
There is no restriction as to how you incorporate the theme into your story as long as the genre falls within Speculative Fiction, including Sci-Fi or Fantasy. We encourage you to weave the theme into an engaging story with well-developed characters and deep emotion.
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Taking Submissions: Roads Less Travelled

Deadline: March 29th, 2024
Payment: FICTION: £40 per story regardless of length, INTERVIEWS: £60 per interview regardless of length and including accompanying illustrations or photographs., NON-FICTION: £60 per article regardless of length and including accompanying illustrations or photographs.
Theme: Mixture of two genres or non-extreme horror

Midnight Street Press publishes a variety of fiction anthologies and collections, as print and ebooks, in the spirit of the magazine that inspired it.

FICTION

  • I’m looking for stories that have a mix of two or more of these genres:  horror, dark fantasy, sci-fi and slipstream, that explore original themes or traditional themes from an original perspective.

  • There is no specific word limit.

  • Strong language and appropriate sexual imagery is acceptable providing it is in context and important in developing character.

  • Correct grammar, including spelling (English or American English), sentence and paragraph construction and punctuation is very important unless the nature of the piece or the author’s style requires a less grammatical approach, in which case this should be specified in the covering message. I find it very tedious to correct these things!

JOURNEYS INTO DARKNESS – DEEP HORROR

  • This will be a section within the magazine that will include two or three stories in this genre.

  • What I’m looking for is any or all of these: fantastic, supernatural, psychological, very creepy and frightening.

  • Please DO NOT send slasher or extremely gory, badly written and constructed stories with no character arc. I hate these!

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