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Taking Submissions: It’s a Matter of Time!

Deadline: April 30th, 2020
Payment: $20 or 2 paperback copies for US residents, $20 for everyone else around the globe
Theme: Time Travel

Get ready! Smoking Pen Press will be issuing a Call for Submissions for a short story anthology for our Read on the Run series. We do not yet have a title for this anthology, but the theme is Time Travel.  Sci-Fi, Romance, Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure …  Yes! We welcome stories involving all types and aspects of time travel.

Multiple submissions accepted. Simultaneous submissions permitted, but please let us know immediately if your submission is accepted elsewhere. Reprints are accepted as long as all rights have reverted to you; please identify your submission as a reprint when you send it in.  Note: all selected stories (including reprints) will be edited before publication.

The Call for Submissions will be open from April 1-April 30, 2020. Stories should be between 1,200 and 6,000 words. Submissions should be polished, (ie, not first draft) in Word (.doc or .docx) format, and written in English. Send to  [email protected] as an attachment.


Taking Submissions: The Cafe Irreal August 2020

Deadline: July 1st, 2020
Payment: One cent U.S. per word ($2 minimum)
Theme: Fantastic Fiction You really NEED to read the description below.

The Cafe Irreal is a quarterly webzine that presents a kind of fantastic fiction infrequently published in English. This fiction, which we would describe as irreal, resembles the work of writers such as Franz Kafka, Kobo Abe, Clarice Lispector and Jorge Luis Borges. As a type of fiction it rejects the tendency to portray people and places realistically and the need for a full resolution to the story; instead, it shows us a reality constantly being undermined. Therefore, we’re interested in stories by writers who write about what they don’t know, take us places we couldn’t possibly go, and don’t try to make us care about the characters. We would also suggest you take a look at the current issue, archives, and theory (especially the essay, “What is irrealism?”) pages on this web site.

Taking Submissions: Rufo’s Dog Science Fiction

Deadline: April 30th, 2020
Payment: $25 AU
Theme: Science Fiction

We’re looking for fantastic fantasysuper-duper science fiction,  Wonderfulliy Weird, and Macabre.

Think classic outer-worldly.  Think swashbuckling adventure.  Think stuff that would give Lovecraft the shivers.  Mad professors, demons of the dark, heroes, monsters, giant robots…  We could could go all day.  You get the idea.

New, unpublished writers are welcome!

Think you’ve got the chops?  Here are the rules:

Under 18?

No problem.

Just send a note from your teacher or guardian with your submission, telling us it’s ok for you to write for us.


Taking Submissions: Fireside Magazine Winter 2021 Issue (Short Acceptance Window!)

Submission Period: April 13th – April 17th, 2020
Payment: 12.5 cents per word
Theme: Short pieces that still tell great stories and make us laugh, cry, or transport us to new worlds.

Fireside is currently closed to submissions. During our submissions periods, there will be a form for uploading your submission on this page.

Fireside holds a submissions period for each upcoming issue of Fireside Quarterly. In 2020, Fireside will be open to submissions for short stories during the following periods:

  • April 13, 2020 to April 17, 2020
    Submissions period for the Winter 2021 Issue
  • June 15, 2020 to June 19, 2020
    Submissions period for the Spring 2021 Issue
  • August 23, 2020 to August 27, 2020
    Submissions period for the Summer 2021 Issue
  • November 30, 2020 to December 4, 2020
    Submissions period for the Summer 2021 Issue


We welcome previously unpublished work (‘published’ includes work posted on Patreon or on a blog) in English or Spanish from all writers, and we are especially interested in seeing work from people of color, LGBTQIA people, disabled people, members of religious minorities, and people outside the United States. We strongly encourage submissions from people of those backgrounds, and all others whom traditional publishing has historically excluded.

Below you will find our submissions guidelines for:

If you have any questions about how to submit please email us at: [email protected]. (more…)

Taking Submissions: The Gray Sisters

Deadline: May 1st, 2020
Payment: $30
Theme: Modern faerie tales to explain the 20th and 21st centuries

Myths and faerie tales have been historically used to explain the world or enforce societal behaviors. The Gray Sisters are looking for tales that explain the events or enforce the behaviors of the 20th and 21st centuries in fanciful ways. The stories don’t strictly need to take place in this world, but they do need to relate back to its existence or behavior.


       – A new explanation for a phenomena or occurrence that has happened or conceivably

         will happen within your lifetime.

       – Using old characters or creatures in new stories.

       – Telling an old story in a modern way, (it should be nearly or completely unrecognizable

         from its old form.)

Submissions may have adult themes and language and they may be violent or graphic. However, these things should be used for the quality of the story and not shock value or shortcuts.

Submissions should be between 1000 and 3000 words, in English, fully edited and on theme.

If you have any further content questions, please see the FAQ section or the Contact Us sections of this site.


Taking Submissions: Tartarus Anthology

Deadline: April 10th, 2020
Payment: Royalty Split
Theme: Contemporary literary strange tales

It’s Tartarus Press’s thirtieth year in 2020, and we are celebrating by publishing a volume of contemporary literary strange tales. If you would like to be considered for inclusion, then please send one story only to [email protected]

Your submission should  be entirely new, unpublished elsewhere, c.2,000 – 6,000 words, and on the literary strange/horror/supernatural spectrum. Payment will be by a share in profits. Deadline: 10th April 2020. We look forward to hearing from you!

Via: Tartarus Press.

Taking Submissions: And Lately, The Sun

Deadline: June 30th, 2020
Payment: AUD$80 per accepted story as our standard rate
Theme: Climate Change

Bushland is burning. Forecasts say the Arctic will be ice-free in the summers to come. Oceans are swelling with the run-off, and heaving with plastics and endocrine disruptors. Coral is dying, and the knock-on effects have barely begun.

Climate change is here. Now what are we going to do about it?

Do we need to help the environment change as fast as the climate? Release chemical mutagens into the ecosystem to drive natural selection at a hundred miles an hour so we can see what survives on the other side?

Is it time to reinvent our social, political, and economic systems from the top down – or the bottom up? Our current lifestyles could become as alien to the next generation as the Aztec civilisation now is to us. In a world of guerrilla-style eco warriors, or digitised barter economies, or robot socialism, or ageographical nation states, what will we preserve? Which threads will we weave forward?

Or could it be that a more gradual transformation of our destructive policies is the way to safety, taking each set of problems one box at a time? Our future could look much like our present, but with supercharged carbon sequestration, genetically modified bacteria safely breaking down plastics, and next-generation smart phones. How does it start? What drives it onward?

Or do we need to move backwards? Our answers may not lie in the new, but in the old. Perhaps our best future is a radical rebuilding of history, and all we need to decide on is whose.

And Lately, The Sun explores such ideas in a short story anthology slated for publication in November 2020. We are currently calling for submissions until midnight (GMT) on the 30th of June, 2020.

Word count: 2000-8000 words per story. Stories with word counts falling outside these limits will be considered, if exceptionally crafted.

Stories should be for readers of the English language. We are flexible in our use of English and invite a broad range of vernaculars. Be considerate of your audience but stay true to your world.

We encourage a diversity of authors, characters, and settings. We want to hear from and about all cultures, locations, genders, orientations and abilities.

Simultaneous submissions and multiple submissions are accepted, but please submit each story separately (one story per submission), and let us know immediately if your story is accepted elsewhere. We accept previously unpublished works only (please do not submit material which has been published on personal websites).


Taking Submissions: Speculative City Issue 9: Afrofuturism

Deadline: June 1st, 2020
Payment: $20-$55 according to the category and length of their submission.
Theme: Afrofuturism

Submissions are OPEN from March 23 – June 1 for Issue 9: Afrofuturism (see below).

Every issue of Speculative City is defined by a distinct theme. We are excited to announce our Issue 9 theme will be Afrofuturism. Writer Stefani Cox and writer/visual artist Jacqueline Barnes will act as guest editors for this issue.

We are looking for afrofuturist fiction, poetry, and essays written by authors who are specifically of Black and/or African descent. And, as per usual, we seek provocative works that are centered within a cityscape. Writers published will be paid $20-$55 according to the category and length of their submission. We do not accept submissions exceeding 5500 words.

  • All submissions should be the original, unpublished work of the submitter.
  • We will accept simultaneous submissions, but please inform us if the submission has been accepted by another publication.
  • We do not accept multiple submissions for fiction or essays.
  • Please submit word (.doc, .docx) or rich text format (.rtf) files and format your submission according to our format guide.
  • Please send all inquiries to info @ speculativecity .com .
  • We try to respond to all submissions, but as a team of two, we may not always be able to.


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