Category: Pro

Pro Rates

Taking Submissions: Elegant Literature – Open Road

Deadline: May 31st, 2022
Payment: 8 cents per word (there is also a contest to win $3,000 though it has submission fees.)
Theme: Open Road

Write a story involving roads, and a glove.

Does the road call to you? To some, it offers freedom, adventure, and opportunity. To others, injury and death. Or, as you slow for the shadowed hitchhiker, you wonder if the risks aren’t more sinister…

Roadtrips, van life, and fugitives on the run. From deserts to coastline to deep-shadowed forests, the open road has a place in our hearts. Whether it calls you to drift or confronts you with the long road home, it’s undeniably a place of self-discovery. Of new faces and new attitudes. Just don’t take a wrong turn, blow a tire, or stop in ghost towns. Beware the long grass and mutant bikers. Don’t roll down the window for strangers, but do give them a lift. Travel by horse and buggy, sneaker and bag, or get behind the wheel, but hit the dusty trail and head into the unknown.


Taking Submissions: Dangerous Waters: Deadly Women of the Sea (Early Listing)

Submission Window: June 1st to June 30th, 2022
Payment: A contributor’s copy and Stories: $0.08 a word, Poems: $50 a poem, Drabbles: $50 a drabble
Theme: horror or dark fantasy stories, poems, and drabbles about malevolent mermaids, sinister sirens, scary selkies, spirits, and other deadly and dangerous women of the sea.

Submissions Open: June 1 st to June 30th

Title: Dangerous Waters: Deadly Women of the Sea

Type: Anthology of short stories, poetry, and drabbles

Editor: Julia C. Lewis


Taking Submissions: Campfire Macabre: Volume 2 (Early Listing)

Submission Window: June 1st to August 15th, 2022
Payment: $.08/word
Theme: When We Were Getting High, My Last Trick ‘r Treat, Body Grotesquerie, Ominous Visitors From Deep Space, and Out in the Fields, Forests, and Lakes

From June 1st until Aug 15th we’ll accept original 500-1500 word flash horror fiction for the second installment in our Campfire Macabre series. No reprints. Paying $.08/word. Send stories to [email protected] attached in doc or rtf.

There will be four to five themes. Please only write one story per theme. You may submit stories for more than one theme, but please submit all your stories at one time in the same email.

In the subject line of your email please put your story title, theme, wordcount. If you sub more than one story put the wordcount, theme, and titles of the other stories in the body of your email.


Taking Submissions: Hidden Villains: Arise (Early Listing)

Submission Window: June 1st, 2022 to August 31st, 2022
Payment: Between $0.05 and $0.08 per word
Theme: Bold, imaginative fantasy, horror, and sci-fi sculpted to thrill and entertain readers with the bizarre or delve into the shadows. Arise – appear, emerge, come to light, surface, befall, ensue, stand up, transpire, etc.

Inkd Pub is excited to announce a submission call for Hidden Villains: Arise opening June 1, 2022. We hope to have this project completed and published in spring 2023.

Theme: Hidden Villains Arise – Bold, imaginative fantasy, horror, and sci-fi sculpted to thrill and entertain readers with the bizarre or delve into the shadows.
Arise – appear, emerge, come to light, surface, befall, ensue, stand up, transpire, etc.
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 Sci-Fi, Horror, or Fantasy. We encourage you to weave the theme into an engaging story with well-developed characters and deep emotion.
Stories that contain infanticide, rape, or gratuitous gore will not be accepted.

Taking Submissions: Space Fantasy Magazine #1 (Early Window)

Submission Window: May 1st – 30th, 2022
Payment: 8 cents per word
Theme: Is There Anybody Out There? Stories about unexpected encounters in isolated places.

What we’re looking for

We want stories that challenge our relationship with space—past, present, and future. Get fuckin’ wild. Show us new mythologies and undiscovered gods. Show us what emerges from a black hole when its egg finally cracks. Show us the place where science becomes magic.

Your characters don’t need to be human, but there should be something undeniably human in their story. We want social outcasts and lovable bastards. We want courageous optimism in the face of despair. We love dark fiction and elements of horror, but there should be a glimmer of hope in it all.


Taking Submissions: Cosmic Roots And Eldritch Shores May 2022- EARLY

Submission Window: May 1st-3rd, 2022
Payment: 8 cents per word for original, 2 cents for reprints
Theme: Well written original work in science fiction, fantasy, myth, legend, fairy tales, and eldritch, in written, podcast, video, and/or graphic story form, and from around the world.
Note: Reprints welcome



Submissions Schedule

We have a new submissions schedule as of June 1, 2020:
The first and second day of every month, 12 am of the 1st to 12 am of the 3rd, E.S.T.
Only one submission per person.

For reading impaired individuals, our submissions manager and ‘forget password’ have a captcha compatible with screen readers.

We pay 8¢ per word for new fiction, 2¢ per word for fiction reprints, 2 – 6¢ per word for new fact-based work, 1- 4¢ per word for reprinted fact articles.
For new poetry, we pay $1 a line, reprints would be 50¢ a line, up to 40 lines. We’ll look at longer poems but that would be a hard sell, and words over 40 lines would be paid at 6¢ per word.

We began The Kepler Award to recognize and encourage writers of excellent science fiction and fantasy stories that creatively extrapolate on known science in constructive and exciting ways. You can learn about The Kepler Award here.

You can read a copy of our standard contract here.   It can be varied as needed to include the rights of translators, voice actors, etc.


Taking Submissions: Science Write Now #7 (AU Only)

Deadline: April 29th, 2022
Payment: $0.30/word up to $390 for new writing, $70 for a single poem or $180 for three poems, $40 for reprint stories or essays, and $20 for reprint poems.
Theme: Science, Humour and the Absurd
Note: Australian writers or by writers living in Australia Only *At This Time*
Note: Reprints Welcome

We welcome submissions anytime!

Please submit your new or previously published poems, short stories, book reviews, or literary or personal essays related to science, technology, engineering, or maths.

Current call for submissions: Our seventh issue is based on the theme ‘Science, Humour and the Absurd’.

Taking Submissions: Little Blue Marble First 2022 Window

Deadline: July 31, 2022
Payment: $0.11 per word for original and $0.01 a word for reprints. (If the CAD/USD exchange rate dips below that which would match SFWA’s 8¢/word pro rate,)
Theme: Speculative fiction that examines humanity’s possible futures living with anthropogenic climate change. We prefer fiction with a hopeful outlook.
Note: Reprints Welcome

Little Blue Marble is OPEN TO SUBMISSIONS as of January 3, 2022. Submissions will likely close on July 31, 2022.

See below for how to submit.

Please note that while we do pay for original content (see rates below), Little Blue Marble‘s current operating budget supports only one or two paid pieces per month. As we grow, we will be happy to increase that number.

We welcome submissions from writers anywhere. We value inclusivity, no matter your race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, class, and physical or mental ability. No stone should remain unturned when discussing climate solutions, and we want our content to reflect that.

Please note, however, that if you have had a story published in Little Blue Marble in the current calendar year, we ask you to not submit another story until the next calendar year’s submission period. This is so we can keep our limited publishing slots open for diverse voices.