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Taking Submissions: Skin

Deadline: May 31st, 2024
Payment: £0.005 per word (Low pay is due to being a charity anthology for skin cancer.)
Theme: Speculative stories that include skin

We’re looking for stories (2-5k words) on the theme of skin (after all, we are skeletons, we crave what we lack).

Take the prompt as literally or as abstractly as you like.

We tend to prefer speculative, surreal, supernatural, dark fiction with creeping, poetic, dread-inducing prose, and endings we can’t predict, but we’re open to all subgenres of dark fiction.

Elements of sci-fi and/or fantasy are fine, as long as your story veers towards the dark. We are not, however, the market for violent, bloody, racist, homophobic, or masochistic fiction.

If you want an idea of what sort of story we publish (my oh my, it is an eclectic collection), why not check out any of our other publications? Links can be found by clicking on the Books tab at the top of this page.

Deadline: May 31st 2024 (midnight, last place on earth) or until full. 

One piece per author – send us your best!

No reprints. No AI fiction.

£0.005 per word (after edits).

Profits made during the year of publication will go to a skin cancer charity.


Taking Submissions: Super Canucks: An anthology of small-town Canadian superheroes

Deadline: April 21st, 2024
Payment: $200 CAD and a contributors copy
Theme: Canadian characters living their ‘super’ lives while still retaining their national/regional identity/connection.

We’re looking for stories that push the usual superhero tropes while shining a spotlight on unique corners of Canada. We want stories set in and around the nation’s more often overlooked locales—isolated small towns, remote reservations, bedroom communities, and other underrepresented areas of Canada. Give us rural superheroes, backwater supervillains, and tales of characters/communities at a crossroads.How does place impact your character? Are they unable to reconcile their superpowers with their residence or is it the people who pose the problem? Does your hero struggle to maintain a secret identity where everyone knows everyone or do they find that familiarity weirdly comforting given the challenges of being superpowered?


Taking Submissions: Yabblins #2

Deadline: March 31st, 2024
Payment: AU$5.00 for stories under 3,000 words, AU$10.00 for anything above 2500 words, AU$15.00 between 8,000 and 11,000 words, AU$20.00 for extended pieces between 11,000 and 20,000 words
Theme: All forms of speculative fiction.

Yabblins is our theme and genre-free collection. This is where you can submit works of any kind, including extended pieces with lengths up to 20,000 words.

Consider those pieces that you have sitting on a hard drive somewhere, the ones that have been previously hard to place…


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

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.


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.






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 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.


Taking Submissions: Hearth Stories 2024 Spring Window (Early Listing)

Submission Window: March 1st–31st, 2024
Payment: 1¢ per word for accepted stories (with a minimum of $20 regardless of length).
Theme: Speculative fiction that explores connection, family, relationships, comfort, and the natural world.

Reading periods/When to send

Submissions will be open as follows:

  • March 1st–31st (closing at 10pm PST on the 31st), for a June release
  • September 1st–30th (closing at 10pm PST on the 30th), for a December release

What to send

Hearth Stories publishes speculative fiction slice-of-life stories with a focus on connection, family, relationships, comfort, and the natural world.

We accept works from 1,000 words up to 10,000. However, the ideal length may be something in the 1,500-3,500 word range. We do not currently accept poetry, non-fiction, or non-speculative work (there needs to be a fantasy or science fiction element present in the work).

Some things we like:

  • Cozy, sweet, cute, kind, hopeful stories
  • Caregiving, parenting, friendship, relationship, and partnership stories
  • Rural/pastoral life and less technologically advanced settings
  • Works that take place in nature
  • Stories involving food and cooking (we are vegan; stories that feature animal products will result in a pass or a request for removal of the animal products)
  • Stories involving hermits, issolated places, or wandering in the woods
  • Bonus points for stories backed by vegan, anarchist, eco-conscious, and anti-capitalist themes (while still fitting the above)

You may notice that none of those things have anything to do with science fiction or fantasy. We would like speculative stories with the above themes and settings. We are very into slice of life stories, the ruralism of Richard Jefferies (ruralism in general, extending to so-called “cottagecore”), and stories in general that take place in wooded places. We like witches and magic, new world stories (usually terraformed planets), alien worlds, and the small adventures of daily life. We accept simultaneous submissions (but we do not accept multiple submissions at the same time, unless specifically requested).



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.