Category: Poetry

Poetry

Taking Submissions: Otoroshi Journal 2022 Fall Issue (Early Listing)

Submission Window: July 1st-31st, 2022
Payment: $1 per accepted piece
Theme: horrorku, horror themed tanka, haibun, see below for details

The Submission may include any or all of the following:
· Up to seven (7) horrorku or horror tanka [we will rarely publish 5/7/5(7/7)]
· Up to three (3) haibun [title + prose + haiku/tanka — no more than 100 words]
· Up to five (5) pieces of cover art

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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

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Taking Submissions: It Came From Under The Bed

Deadline: August 31st, 2022
Payment: Original Stories: $25.00, Reprint Stories: $15.00, Flash Fiction: 1 cent/word to $10.00 maximum, Poems: $5.00 (for minimalist poetry such as scifaiku, etc., the rates for Scifaikuest apply), Illustrations: $7.00
Theme: “Bed” is not limited to an actual bed. It can be a futon, a sofa, a chaise lounge, a recline, or anything you can reasonably sleep on.
Note: Reprints Welcome

IT CAME FROM UNDER THE BED is a paperback anthology of stories, poems, and art, and will be published by Hiraeth Publishing. Editors for IT CAME FROM UNDER THE BED are Terrie Leigh Relf and Marcia Borell. IT CAME FROM UNDER THE BED is open to submissions as of 1 April 2022. We expect to close on 31 August 2022. We expect to publish on 1 January 2023.

IT CAME FROM UNDER THE BED wants original stories with plot, tension, suspense, conflict, and character development. Remember, if readers do not care what happens to your main character(s), they won’t read the story. The narrative should maintain a sense of wondering what’s going to happen next; of what’s lurking just around the corner. Showing is better than telling. Frex, instead of telling the reader that it’s cold, show your character shivering, stomping feet, or having ice form on beard or hair. The inner thoughts and emotions of your character(s) are just as important.

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Taking Submissions: Along Harrowed Trails

Deadline: August 31st, 2022
Payment: Poetry – $10 USD, Flash – $15 USD, Short Fiction – $35 USD and a contributor’s copy.
Theme: horror set in the Old West

Timber Ghost Press is proud to present Along Harrowed Trails, an anthology of horror set in the Old West. We are seeking well-crafted stories and poems that are creepy, disturbing, and weird that embrace the Old West aesthetic from around 1800-1900.

For inspiration, you can look to Bone Tomahawk, Ravenous, Hostiles, The Wind, Appaloosa, Tombstone, Blood Meridian, Deadlands, Quick and the Dead, etc. 
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Taking Submissions: Eye to the Telescope #45

Deadline: June 15th, 2022
Payment: US 3¢/word rounded up to nearest dollar; minimum US $3, maximum $25
Theme: Veterans of Alien Wars

Eye to the Telescope 45, Veterans of Alien Wars, will be edited by Deborah L. Davitt.

Conflict’s unlikely to vanish, even in the most utopian of futures. How will veterans of future wars have to adapt and adjust to civilian life once their cybernetics have been stripped from their bodies and they have no more access to their power armor? What memories will haunt them as they learn to live in a reality in which the aliens they fought are no longer their enemies?

I have a special fondness for form poetry done well—rhymes that don’t jingle, sestinas that aren’t forced—but will absolutely consider free-verse as well. Special consideration will be given to writers who have served in the armed forces, and we hope that this provides them with an artistic outlet that they may not have pursued in the past.

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Taking Submissions: Otoroshi Journal 2022 Summer Issue (Early Listing)

Submission Window: April 1st-30th, 2022
Payment: $1 per accepted piece
Theme: horrorku, horror themed tanka, haibun, see below for details

The Submission may include any or all of the following:
· Up to seven (7) horrorku or horror tanka [we will rarely publish 5/7/5(7/7)]
· Up to three (3) haibun [title + prose + haiku/tanka — no more than 100 words]
· Up to five (5) pieces of cover art

All submissions must be original, unpublished work that is not under consideration by a print or web-based journal. Posts in closed, critique-oriented groups and social media sites are acceptable for submission, but public posts on forums such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are not. By submitting a piece to us, you are guaranteeing that it is your original work and not under consideration or published anywhere else in the world.
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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.

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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.
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