Category: Semipro

Semi-Pro Rates

Taking Submissions: Abyss: Stories of Depth, Time and Infinity

Deadline: June 30th, 2021
Payment: 0.5p per word (£5 per 1000 words) and 2 contributors copies
Theme: Fiction that explores “Depth, Time and Infinity” in any way you choose.
Note: My apologies on the short deadline, this recently hit my inbox.

Abyss: Stories of Depth, Time and Infinity

Exciting news! Following the success of our first anthology, Vast, Orchid’s Lantern is opening its doors once more. Abyss: Stories of Depth, Time and Infinity will be our second anthology, and this time we’re seeking fiction that explores these metaphysical topics in any way you choose.

We want high-impact experimental pieces, streams of consciousness, unusual perspectives and fictional accounts of altered states. We want extrapolations and interpretations of our present reality, or visions of drastic changes. We want the literary and the speculative. The entertaining will be juxtaposed, or combined, with the philosophical. We do not want highly fantastical settings unless they explicitly link back to the theme. We want complete stories, not chapters of something bigger.

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Taking Submissions: Chromophobia (Early Listing)

Submission Window: August 1 – August 31, 2021
Payment: $0.01/word
Theme: Stories that use color in creative, unconventional ways

This upcoming anthology will be edited by Bram Stoker Award-winner Sara Tantlinger and released by Strangehouse Books in the fall of 2022.

From the editor:

“The use of color in literature is something that has been studied, analyzed, and written about for decades. Think of classics like ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and ‘The Masque of the Red Death’ by Edgar Allan Poe. Descriptions of color can entirely change a story’s atmosphere and tone; the imagery can lull us into safety or sickness. I’m looking for stories that use color in creative, unconventional ways. Terrify me with pastels. Use watercolors to invoke dread. Take a classic trope and redye it into something unique. I also welcome stories of chromophobia, stories with characters who have never seen color or who are color blind, or who deal with visual disabilities.


Taking Submissions: Stories We Tell After Midnight Vol. 3 (Early)

Submission Window: July 1st – 17th, 2021
Payment: $0.02/word or $25/story, whichever is greater.
Theme: Horror (unthemed)

Heads up, Horror Fans! Crone Girls Press will be opening soon for submissions for our third (and last!) volume of Stories We Tell After Midnight. The submission window will be July 1 – 17, 2021. (Please do not send any submissions until the window opens or we will regretfully delete them without response.) Here is what we’ll be looking for:

Name: Stories We Tell After Midnight, Volume 3
Genre: Horror (unthemed)
Deadline: Submissions open July 1 and close midnight, EDT, July 17, 2021.
Release Date: October 7, 2021
Word Counts:
* Flash Fiction (500-1,500 words)
* Short Stories (3,000-6,000 words)
* Novella (12,000-25,000 words)
Pay: $0.02/word or $25/story, whichever is greater.
Editor: Rachel A. Brune, she/her
Send submissions to: [email protected]; Subject line: SWTAM3 “Title”
Wanted: Send me your chilling horror, your stories that are set firmly in the genre, tagging the tropes and atmospherics of things that will cause you to have nightmares and not be able to escape the dark, even when you pull the covers over your head and sleep with the light on.

Scroll down for the full list of submission guidelines.

Taking Submissions: Curiosities Weird/Occult Detective Edition

Deadline: June 30th, 2021
Payment: 5 cents per word original, 1 cent per word reprint, min $50
Note: Reprints welcome

Special Session: 1-30 June 2021

Weird/Occult Detective stories ONLY*


Hello! This project is a comfortable two-headed beast at play in the curious and often dark corners of retropunk fiction. That means steampunk, dieselpunk, dreadpunk, bronzepunk, others that haven’t even been invented yet punk … but not atompunk. Sorry, space fans, we draw our line at Sputnik. About 2/3 of rejections are for “bad fit.” We buy nonexclusive rights for fiction, cover & interior art, music & sound effects usage, and narration services.

What we do:

  • Curiosities, a short story anthology series published two or three times a year, which is available in digital and print on demand formats, and
  • The Gallery of Curiosities, a podcast which features stories from the publication. Not every story we buy will make it to an audio podcast release, but we do make good effort to get it there before our rights expire. We started out as a podcast, and went to print later.  Audio production is incredibly time intensive.


Taking Submissions: Untitled Anthology Related To Ancient Greece

Deadline: August 31st, 2021
Payment: Short Stories: $.05 per word, Poetry: $25 per poem
Theme: Ancient Greece, Her/Their Story

Type: Anthology of short stories and poetry


Theme: Ancient Greece, Her/Their Story


Open: Unpublished and published authors (no reprints please). At least half of the anthology will be held for unpublished and newer authors.


When & How:

Taking Submissions: Mythic Magazine 2021 Submission Call #1

Deadline: July 31st, 2021
Payment: $0.04 cent a word and a contributors copy
Theme: Diverse sci-fi and fantasy fiction.

MYTHIC is seeking diverse sci-fi and fantasy fiction. We publish both new, original fiction. Authors are encouraged to submit their stories during the specific reading periods listed below.

Reading Periods

June 1 through July 31

December 1 through January 31

Guidelines (more…)

Ongoing Submissions: The Common Tongue Magazine

Payment: 3 cents per word
Theme: Dark High Fantasy

Fiction Guidelines

WORD LIMIT 600-6,000 words. No exceptions. We are more likely to accept smaller works than longer, unless the latter is rather exceptional in quality
PAY RATE 3¢ per word. Payment via PayPal or Stripe
GENRE Dark High Fantasy (What is high fantasy?)
LANGUAGES English, Spanish (We accept stories from around the world, but translations are encouraged)
RIGHTS First world electronic rights (text and audio), first print rights, and non-exclusive single use anthology rights for our annual The Common Tongue Magazine anthology. Copyright for work set in our Shared World


Ongoing Submissions: The AntiHumanist

Payment: 5 cents US per word
Theme: Fiction that challenges human centred narratives, that forces us to confront our place in the universe, that makes us question: Who are we? Why are we here? Is there a purpose?

We want flash fiction that delights and disturbs.



Fiction comes in all lengths, but we believe that the brevity is the soul of wit. Flash fiction, micro-fiction, short shorts and numerous other labels exist for the genre – and for us it means works 1000 words or less.



We want fiction that challenges human centred narratives, that forces us to confront our place in the universe, that makes us question: Who are we? Why are we here? Is there a purpose? Historically, weird fiction has best captured this goal. However, we are willing to accept submissions from speculative, horror, and literary writers that meet the above criteria.