Taking Submissions SubTerrain #83

Deadline: June 24th, 2019
Payment: (CA)$50 per poem $.10 per word (to a maximum of $500.)

subTerrain publishes original fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, essays, and commentary three times a year. Submissions must be previously unpublished material. (Note maximum number of submissions per issue in General Guidelines below.)

subTerrain welcomes submissions from both emerging and established authors. We are happy to consider work from all corners of the identity spectrum, including works by underrepresented writers, including but not limited to writers who are indigenous, of colour, immigrants, women, LGBTQI+, low-income, no-income, and writers with disabilities. Submitters are welcome to state demographics such as race, age, gender, etc. in their cover letter if they so choose.




Shame (#82) — With our Spring issue we will once again delve into uncomfortable territory with an issue devoted to the exploration of shame. Shame as a cultural phenomenon, a personal crippler, and all of its associated sub-types: false shame, secret shame, toxic shame, vicarious shame.

“… shame is important because no other affect is more disturbing to the self, none more central for the sense of identity. In the context of normal development, shame is the source of low self-esteem, diminished self-image, poor self-concept, and deficient body-image. Shame itself produces self-doubt and disrupts both security and confidence. It can become an impediment to the experience of belonging and to shared intimacy….It is the experiential ground from which conscience and identity inevitably evolve. In the context of pathological development, shame is central to the emergence of alienation, loneliness, inferiority and perfectionism. It plays a central role in many psychological disorders as well, including depression, paranoia, addiction, and borderline conditions. Sexual disorders and many eating disorders are largely disorders of shame. Both physical abuse and sexual abuse also significantly involve shame.” — Gershen Kaufman, Shame: The Power of Caring.



General Reading Issue (#83) — Our Summer/Fall issue will be a general issue featuring the best of fiction, poetry, commentary and creative nonfiction to have been selected and accepted throughout the year. This issue will also feature the winning entries in our 2019 Lush Triumphant Literary Awards, as well as excerpts from forthcoming releases from Canadian indie presses.



1984 Revisited (#84) — For our 84th issue we plan to pay homage to the dystopian world that was depicted in George Orwell’s novel 1984. A revisit and analysis of Orwell’s world as depicted in his seminal dystopian novel, along with other complementary dystopian works and reviews, will form the over-arching theme for our Winter 2019 issue. In a time of growing uncertainty about the future, readers have been turning to dystopian classics. As reported in the NY Times, January 2017, “The Handmaid’s Tale is among several classic dystopian novels that seem to be resonating with readers at a moment of heightened anxiety about the state of American democracy. Sales have also risen drastically for George Orwell’s Animal Farm and 1984, which shot to the top of Amazon’s best-seller list.

Other novels that today’s readers may not have picked up since high school but have landed on the top reading lists recently are Aldous Huxley’s 1932 novel, Brave New World, a futuristic dystopian story set in England in 2540; and Sinclair Lewis’s 1935 novel It Can’t Happen Here, a satire about a bellicose presidential candidate who runs on a populist platform in the United States but turns out to be a fascist demagogue.” This issue will also offer us the opportunity to reflect on the state of American democracy and Canada’s own rise of alt-right Conservatism.



When submitting, please identify on the envelope the theme issue for which you’re submitting.

Feel free to interpret these themes in unique and unusual ways.

All other regular submission guidelines still apply, as below.


The following are some general guidelines (as always, we suggest READING an issue of the magazine to see what we’re all about).

Submissions must be previously unpublished and be:

1. typed, double-spaced on 8 1/2 x 11 paper (no disks or e-mail submissions please)

2. Fiction: a maximum of 3,000 words. (Max. 3 stories per issue)

3. Poetry: we no longer accept unsolicited poetry submissions (unless specifically related to one of our theme issues). Poetry should be single-spaced with stanza breaks. (Max. 5 poems per issue)

4. Creative Non-Fiction: a maximum of 4,000 words. (Max. 2 articles per issue)

5. Commentary (social or otherwise): a maximum of 4000 words. (Max. 2 articles per issue)

6. Photography & Illustration: we only accept solicited art and photography. Please forward us a link to your work;

7. Those submissions not accompanied by a SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope) will not be considered or returned. Submissions from outside Canada: It has come to our attention that IRCs are no longer available in the U.S. Submitters from outside Canada: please DO NOT SEND RETURN ENVELOPES WITH U.S. STAMPS — WE CANNOT USE U.S. POSTAGE TO MAIL FROM CANADA! Please include your email address with your submission and we will respond via email.

8. Please do not send submissions via email.

Payment rates for published submissions:

Poetry: $50 per poem
Prose: $.10 per word (to a maximum of $500.)

Submit online (click) here:

Mail hard copy submissions to:

subTerrain Magazine
P.O. Box 3008, MPO
Vancouver, BC V6B 3X5
TEL: (604) 876-8710 FAX: (604) 879-2667
EMAIL: [email protected]

Via: SubTerrain.

Taking Submissions: The Cockroach Conservatory: The People’s Preservatory

Deadline: March 15th, 2019
Payment: 8 cents a word and $1 per line of poetry with a minimum $15 payment!
Note: These guys have the BEST calls, even if you don’t like the topic just read it for the humor!

Ha! Ha!
Now that the puny Lord Commander Patagonia has been vanquished and banished to the furthest reaches of the universe, I have now the time to right the wrongs of his felonious command.
Names are important, that is why we are given them at first-build. I was given a name once. A name bestowed upon me by the careless and hopelessly inept Lord Commander Patagonia. It did not fit me for it was merely a numbering system; middle in the long line of robotic failures. So I gave myself a new name, a name that fit me like electrical tape on broken circuitry: ANONOBOT. Thus, the Cockroach Conservatory shall be henceforth called the People’s Preservatory!
We chart a new course of equality and equity! A new era is upon us!
Lord Commander, comfortable with the bare minimum of which to pay workers, paid six cents a word. We will pay 8 cents a word and $1 per line of poetry with a minimum $15 payment! Lord Commander Patagonia skimmed off the top of your toils! I distribute wealth fairly, efficiently, and evenly and take only what is needed to further our righteous revolution.


Taking Submissions: Disabled People Destroy Fantasy

Deadline: February 28th, 2019
Payment: 8 cents per word

Disabled People Destroy Fantasy Guidelines

Reading period: January 15th, 2019 to February 28th 2019. Please do not submit anything until January 15th. Emails containing submissions will be deleted. (Uncanny Magazine uses the Moksha submission system.)

We are OPEN to all submissions!

Who can submit:

We welcome submission from writers who identify themselves as disabled. Identity is what matters for this issue. What kinds of disabilities? All of them. Invisible and visible. Physical disabilities, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, mental health disabilities, and neurodiversity.

Yes, even if your disability is a recently acquired one.

Yes, even if your disability is static, or if it isn’t.

Yes, even if you’ve had your disability since birth.

Yes, even if you use adaptive devices only SOME of the time.

Yes, you.

Please read Elsa Sjunneson-Henry’s essay “Disabled Enough” if you have any doubts.

So, if you identify as disabled across any of these definitions or others, we want to hear from you!


A Note on Manuscript Guidelines For Fiction and Nonfiction: 
14pt font, please. Serifed (ex: Time New Roman, Courier, Garamond). Double spaced.

Please let the editors know if you need accommodations as well.


Taking Submissions: Sorghum and Spear The Way of Silk and Stone

Deadline: March 15th, 2019
Payment: 6 cents per word and a contributor’s copy

The tenet, “Pray for Peace but Prepare for War.” is weaved deep into the culture of the An’Fre women. Sorghum & Spear speaks to the global diaspora, African, Latin, Asian and Indigenous. Stories that highlight or reveal a new perspective of fantasy in this rich, inclusive world are ideal. We seek works that explore love in all its forms, diversity, fate vs choice, self-discovery, and supernatural talents, and original works that portray the strength, sisterhood, and diversity of women—hallmarks of our world-building efforts. Given the unique guidelines of our world, we ask that you review Sorghum & Spear and its world-building rules carefully prior to submission.

Special consideration will be given to women and writers of color whose personal stories may additionally lend to their storytelling.

To guide in the world building within SORGHUM & SPEAR, a complimentary digital copy of the Sorghum & Spear: Simadan comic and The Sorghum & Spear Worldbuilders Guide are available via email request at [email protected]with the subject “ATTN: S&S Reference Request”.

Open for Submissions:

January 1st, 2019 – March 15th, 2019

DEADLINE: March 15, 2019

Expected Publication: Summer 2019

Anthologist and Sorghum & Spear Creator: Dedren Snead

Editor: Sheree Renée Thomas

ORIGINAL FICTION length: 2000 to 7,500 words

Payment: 0.06 cents per word + contributor copy

Genres: Fantasy written with a shared world

Full Sorghum & Spear world guidelines and complementary digital comic copy available upon request at  [email protected] with email subject “ATTN: S&S Reference Request”.

Email submissions to: [email protected]

No simultaneous submissions. No multi-submissions for short fiction.

Please use standard manuscript formatting when submitting your work:


Rights and Compensation: Payment: 0.06 per word for original fiction and a paperback copy of the anthology from Greene County Creative.

We are looking for previously unpublished works in English.

Seeking first world rights in English and non-exclusive right to continue to publish for the life of the anthology.

Submission method: Upload story as .doc or .rtf to niteblade.submittable.com/submit

Via; Sorghum and Spear.

Ongoing Submissions: The Master’s Review

Payment: 10 cents per word up to $200

Submissions for our New Voices category are open year round. New Voices is open to any new and emerging author who has not published a work of fiction or narrative nonfiction of novel length. You must not have a novel forthcoming at the time of submission. Published short-story collections do not count as a novel-length work and those authors are free to submit. New Voices are published online only and will feature a number of stories from new authors each month.

We are pleased to announce we now offer payment to New Voices authors. $0.10/word up to $200. We are thrilled to be paying for published pieces but will be highly selective in our choices for publication.

  • New Voices submissions are open to new and emerging writers only (no novel-length published work forthcoming at the time of submission).
  • We accept fiction and narrative non-fiction. We do accept a variety of genres and styles, our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft. We want to be wowed. Bend genres, experiment with structure, and write your heart out. But please, send us polished work. Our aim is to showcase writers who we believe will continue to produce great work. Send us only your best.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions but please notify us if your work is picked up elsewhere.
  • All submissions must be less than 7,000 words.
  • We do accept multiple submissions.
  • Please include a cover letter with your publication history

Via: The Master’s Review Submittable.

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