Category: Pro

Pro Rates

Taking Submissions: The Reinvented Detective

Deadline: January 15th, 2022
Payment: 8 cents per word
Theme: Crime stories of the future (not needed but think mixing with science fiction, more details below!)


Edited by Jennifer Brozek and Cat Rambo


As we move forward into the age of information, what happens to our ideas of detection and crime? How do you handle it when your smart car blackmails you or you need to murder the downloaded personality of your enemy? What acts to enforce society’s norms and catch those violating them in the future? Will our definitions of crime — or punishment — change, and what new forms of either might appear?

Among the stories we hope to see:


Taking Submissions: CatsCast Fall 2021 Window

Deadline: February 1st, 2022
Payment: $0.08 per word USD for original fiction, $100 flat rate for reprints over 1,500 words, and $20 flat rate for flash fiction reprints (stories below 1,500 words).
Theme: Fun speculative cat stories

CatsCast is looking for fun speculative cat stories! A CatsCast story should leave cat-loving listeners a little happier after listening than they were before.

Specifically, we’re looking for speculative fiction stories about cats. “Cats” in this context are, well, cats — but since this is a speculative fiction podcast, they don’t have to be exactly the same species as the housecats we have here on Earth. The stories should have happy, or at least hopeful, endings for all featured cats. Humor is strongly encouraged but not required.

Some stories we love:


Taking Submissions: Nowhere Fast

Deadline: October 28th, 2022
Payment: 6 cents per word and a contributors copy
Theme: Coming of age with a horror twist

A Coming of Age Horror Anthology

open call for submissions!

Do you love the nostalgic feel of the Amblin movies of the 80s and 90s? Tales that may well have impacted on your own childhood. The Goonies, Stand by Me, ET, Jurassic Park etc.?

Nowhere Fast pays homage to the well-loved theme, Coming of Age, and then adds a horror element. Did you ever just wish you could have made The Goonies a little gorier? That ET was actually evil or that Hook was based on the Hookman urban legend rather than just a bumbling pirate? What if The Explorers was as violent as Aliens or The Craft had a Blair Witch vibe?

Now is your chance to make your twist on these classics a reality.

PLEASE NOTE – these movies and characters are IP and cannot be used without permission. Your story should be a tribute, not a sequel. Any work featuring actual characters from these movies will be rejected.


Ongoing Submissions: The Deadlands

Payment: 10 cents per word, 1 cent per word for reprints
Theme: Speculative fiction that concerns itself with death–but also everything death may involve.
Note: Reprints welcome

The Deadlands is a new monthly speculative fiction magazine. We will publish short stories, poems, and essays about the other realms, of the ends we face here, and the beginnings we find elsewhere. It will be a journey into the unknown, to meet those who live there still, even though they may be dead. Death is a journey we all will take, but we’d like to peek at the map before we go.


Taking Submissions: Close to Midnight

Deadline: November 14th, 2021
Payment: 8 cents per word
Theme: Horror

We are very excited to announce a new call for submissions which is now open! Please read through the details for submissions carefully before submitting your stories and make sure to include the project name in the subject of your email.


Taking Submissions: Nothing Without Us Too

Deadline: January 31st, 2022
Payment: 0.08CAD
Theme: The protagonist must be disabled, Blind, d/Deaf, neurodivergent (such as autistic, having ADHD), and/or they must manage mental illness and/or chronic illness.
Note: Contributors to the first anthology cannot submit to this one.
Note: 75% of this anthology is held for Canadian authors

Submission Guidelines

Anthology: Nothing Without Us Too — Editors: Cait Gordon and Talia C. Johnson

What are we going to do now, Brain?”

“Same thing we did in 2019, Pinky. We’re going to put together an anthology!”

And now it’s official:



Taking Submissions: Dark Void Magazine Spring 2022

Submission Window: November 1st-30th, 2021
Payment: 5 cents per word
Theme: Dark Void Magazine is a biannual science fiction horror magazine featuring four original short stories that take place off planet Earth.

Dark Void Magazine is a biannual science fiction horror magazine featuring four short stories that take place off planet Earth.
Genre: Science Fiction Horror
Word Count: 3000-4000 words
Format: Paper Manuscript Format (Modern)
Submit to: [email protected]
Submission Periods: November (Spring Issue), May (Fall Issue)
Payment: $0.05/word (HWA Professional Rate)

*All stories that take place on Earth will be automatically rejected.

Via: Dark Void Magazine.

Taking Submissions: Dream Forge Magazine November 2021 (Early)

Submission Window: November 15th through November 30th, 2021
Payment: $0.06/word. Payment for reprints is $0.03/word, Poems are paid at the rate of $25 to $100
Theme: All SF and Fantasy genres, but horror is unlikely to find a home here. Ideally stories with a message of hope.
Note: Reprints are welcome

Our next submission period is going to be November 15th through November 30th, 2021.

When we are Open for Submissions, you will be directed to the Submissions Portal from this page

Read our announcement about the November Submissions Period –  here.

Special Notes

DreamForge Anvil is about a passionate attention to storytelling as much it is about the stories themselves. This year, most stories will be returned without comment.

That will give us time to pick a few “almost there” tales and work with the authors to see if we can collaborate in taking the story over the hurdle to select it for publication.

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