Category: Poetry


Taking Submissions: Wayward & Upward

Deadline: January 30th, 2022
Payment: Short stories: $100 CAD upon publication, Poetry: $50 CAD upon publication
Theme: A multimedia project inspired by the electrosymphonic album “Wayward & Upward” by Spinoza Gambit.
Note: Look at the submission page at the very bottom to verify the song you want to tackle is still open.

A multimedia project inspired by the electrosymphonic album “Wayward & Upward” by Spinoza Gambit. The music already exists. Your job is to fill in the words.

This anthology will include one short story and three poems for each track on this album.

Short stories and poems must use the same title as the relevant track.

Draw inspiration from the title, but be sure to also listen to the track. Imagine that the track is the main theme or opening music in a movie that is your story or poem.

All genres welcome. Open to anyone in the world.


Taking Submissions: Bleed Error #1

Deadline: March 1st, 2022
Payment: $1c per word, and $15 per poem
Theme: The gamut of everything from absurdist horror to bizarre science-fiction to unsettling dark fantasy.

• What are we looking for?
We’re looking for short stories, flash fiction, and poetry that runs the gamut of everything from absurdist horror to bizarre science-fiction to unsettling dark fantasy. We love the uncanny; what we look for is the telling drop in your stomach when you absently look up at the skies and there are far more constellations than you’d remembered, brighter and closer and in configurations you don’t quite recall. We want stories about the bleed error of the universe printing outside the margins of reality.
We are interested in stories with LGBTQ2S+ and diverse leads, especially with narratives that are not confined to tragedy tropes.

Taking Submissions: Eye to the Telescope #43

Deadline: December 15th, 2021
Payment: US 3¢/word rounded up to nearest dollar; minimum US $3, maximum $25
Theme: Light

Eye to the Telescope 43, Light, will be edited by Jordan Hirsch.

Light is so much more than meets the eye. It emanates from a lover’s smile as they walk into the room. It bleaches the bones of your enemies. It can be the minimal weight of a feather, its absence the heftiness of a black hole, eating matter and energy, regardless of wave or particle. It is the horror of a headlamp burning out miles underground; it is the nightmare of endless day, nary a shadow in sight.

Celebrate stars, whether their ancient light has travelled from time’s beginning or your ship has taken you to the birthplace of a new light-maker. Write the promise at the end of the tunnel or a sunrise of another time. Any iteration of this theme will do: as abstract as you can get or an ode to literal photons—I want to see it all. Short, long, formal, or free: just make sure it’s speculative.

Had a bulb go off? Send it my way!

Submission Guidelines


Ongoing Submissions: Cathedral Canyon Review

Payment: $20/poem for poetry, $25/image for visual art pieces, and the current SFWA rate of 8 cents per word for prose
Theme: All genres appear welcome
Note: Primarily looking for authors in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, or Utah

Fundamentally, our mission is to give a voice to short (flash) fiction, short non-fiction (essay, memoir), poetry, and visual art that is by an author or artist living in the Southwest, generally considered to be California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and Utah. The voices we especially want to hear from are those of BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ writers. We expect to see your best work, beautifully presented.

We pay our writers; we don’t charge them. Well, except for contests. You want to win some decent prize money, right? 100% of contest entry fees are paid back to our winning writers, no exceptions.


Taking Submissions: Contrary Winter 2021 Issue

Deadline: December 1st, 2021
Payment: $20
Theme: We ask our fiction writers to imagine their readers navigating a story with one finger poised over a mouse button. Can your story stay that finger to the end?

“Turning words into art is unnatural. It begins with a contrary attitude. It says, I am unhappy with the way things are and desire to make things different. Rather than represent the world, I will make something wildly and savagely new. I will defy logic. I will invest in new perceptions. I will combine and recombine and fabricate and juggle until something that I have never experienced is experienced. The process is alchemical. The process is violent. It goes to the heart of creativity. It disrupts and shatters. It is splendid with provocation. It is an aggression against banality. It is sharp and loud like a janitor scraping frost from a window. The hectic bounce of steam on a street after a truck roars by. The anarchy of waters, the comedy of the face, dangerous feelings vented from a cage of skin.” ~ John Olson

Poetry — We believe poetry is contrary by nature, always defying, always tonguing the tang of novelty. We look especially for plurality of meaning, for dual reverberation of beauty and concern. Contrary’s poetry in particular often mimics the effects of fiction or commentary. We find ourselves enamored of prose poems because they are naturally contrary toward form – they tug on the forces of exposition or narrative – but prose poems remain the minority of all the poetic forms we publish. Please consider that Contrary receives vast amounts of poetry and that we can publish only a small percentage of that work. Please submit no more than three poems per issue. Our poetry editor is Shaindel Beers.


Taking Submissions: Monstroddities

Deadline: December 31st, 2021
Payment: $50 flat rate per story, $25 flat rate per poem and a contributor’s copy
Theme: Obscure creatures and phenomena

Sliced Up Press is looking for short stories & poetry involving obscure creatures and phenomena for its third horror fiction anthology, Monstroddities, edited by Ben Walker.

Terrify us with your best story or poem about monsters or unexplained occurrences that are rarely used in horror.

Think cryptids, long-forgotten myths, melt monsters…phenomena like spontaneous combustion, dark matter, physical impossibilities – if you’ve ever wondered why there isn’t more horror about a particular thing, that’s what we’d like to see – the weirder the better. Set it in the present, the past, the future, on Earth or not – as long as it’s frightening.

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Taking Submissions: Felis Futura: An Anthology of Future Cats

Deadline: December 31st, 2021
Payment: 1/word ($5 minimum.) for accepted fiction, $10 per accepted poem
Theme: Stories about the future which feature cats

Submissions are open for Felis Futura: An Anthology of Future Cats (working title) from Manawaker Studio, edited by CB Droege.

Felis Futura is an anthology focused on stories about the future which feature cats. This volume will contain stories, poetry, and visual art.


Submitted works should be of any genre, as long as the work depicts a world that is noticeably in the future. Hard and Soft Sci-fi, (Post-)apocalyptic, Solarpunk, Slipstream, Fantasy, Magical Realism, Alternate (future) History, Supernatural, Retro-futurism etc. are all fine names for genres that often take place in the future, but your story doesn’t have to fit into one of those. In fact, if it manages to miss all of those labels, we may be even more interested to see it (unless it thus falls into what we specifically don’t want (see next paragraph)). All works must also prominently feature at least one cat. It does not have to be a cat of the genus Felis. Other members of the cat family are also acceptable, as are non-biological cats, metaphorical cats, robots with the acronym K.A.A.T., and so on.