Deadline: July 31st, 2020
Payment: €15 per poem and €15 per page of prose up to a total maximum fee of €60
Theme: A particular interest in work which encourages reflection on human interaction with plant and animal life, landscape and the self
We are now inviting submissions across all forms for Issue 3, and will be accepting fiction and poetry until 31 July. Essay submissions, which will be considered for online publication as well as for future print issues, are accepted ongoingly.
What We Publish
We publish new, previously unpublished work that engages with the natural world. We have a particular interest in work which encourages reflection on human interaction with plant and animal life, landscape and the self. Each issue includes a mix of poetry and fiction, alongside a selection of essays which may include creative non-fiction, criticism, and the occasional review of new creative work or of community-based environmental projects. We also welcome submissions in translation.
Essay – [email protected]
We accept both completed essay submissions and proposals. Completed essays (including creative non-fiction, reportage, commentary, and criticism) should generally not exceed 6000 words. We ask that you send your essay as a Word document attachment to the above-listed email. If you have a proposal for an essay or an interview, please contact us directly with a brief description of same.
Essay submissions exclusively will be accepted on a rolling basis, regardless of the dates of submissions windows.
As well as accepting essay submissions for print, we welcome submissions for online publication on the Channel blog. Pieces of 1500 words or fewer which explore a particular issue in current events or explicate upon a community-based environmental project are particularly encouraged for blog publication. If we feel that a piece submitted for the magazine would do well online, we may also offer blog publication as well as, or as an alternative to, a place in the upcoming print issue.
Short Stories – [email protected]
We believe that stories should be free to occupy the space their development requires, and so do not place a strict limit on word count. However, taking into account economy of space within the magazine, as a general rule we encourage stories to not exceed 6000 words. Please send no more than one story per submission window as a Word document attachment.
Poetry – [email protected]
You may submit up to 4 poems, regardless of length, per submission window. Please include all poems in one Word document, with each new poem starting on a new page. Channel has no limitations on form or style.
Please email all submissions directly to the relevant address, clearly stating your name within the body of your email. Please do not include any identifying information within the attached Word document submission.
Although based in Ireland, Channel welcomes submissions from all writers regardless of origin.
We believe in paying writers, and can offer a fee at this time of €15 per poem and €15 per page of prose up to a total maximum fee of €60. Contributors will also receive a copy of whichever issue their work appears within.
When a piece is accepted for publication, Channel buys first publication rights. All other rights remain with you and you are welcome to republish your work following the launch of the issue in which it appears. We would be grateful if you mention Channel as the place of first publication.
Theme: Science fiction both hard and soft, fantasy both high and low, horror both harsh and humorous, along with whatever mash-ups or sub-genres can be conceived.
Mythaxis is open for submissions! We seek and offer the following:
Length: 1,000-7,500 words. This is a firm limit. Generally speaking, the further a story goes beyond 5,000 words the more it will need to impress, but the door is not shut in advance.
Compensation: $20 on acceptance and return of contract. Payment via PayPal.
We aim to acknowledge submissions the same day they are received. If you do not receive an acknowledgment within 24 hours of submission, please get in touch.
We aim to accept or reject within 14 days of that acknowledgment, but rl (real life) and rl (reading load) can get in the way. If you do not hear from us after 30 days, feel free to query.
We require First Print and Digital rights with a six month period of exclusivity from the date of publication. We also ask permission to potentially include accepted pieces in future anthologies, in event of which an additional full payment and digital copy will be offered in compensation. All other rights remain entirely with the author.
Simultaneous submissions are not only accepted, they are encouraged. Put your work out there, as many places as you can! We merely ask that you notify us of acceptance at another market as soon as possible. We do not currently invite reprint submissions.
Submissions should be anonymous, and do not require a cover page. Only include the story title, the approximate word count, and the story text. Do not include the author’s name in or on the file.
All submissions must be the original work of the author. We anticipate an adult readership in the sense of maturity, but this is not a market for pornographic or offensively extreme content.
We welcome writers of any and all backgrounds, be they cultural or personal, and submissions exploring diverse perspectives and experiences, provided they do not seek to attack or demean those of others.
We look forward to reading your work… but first:
A friendly word of advice
It’s important for authors to understand what they are giving up when they assign “first” publishing rights to a magazine. After we publish your story, you will only be able to offer it elsewhere as a reprint, which may mean you can only sell it for less money, or for free – and some markets don’t accept reprints at all.
We want to publish great writing but our budget is modest, there are certainly better-paying markets out there. So why not try to land your masterpiece at the big markets first? Nothing ventured, nothing gained, after all – and when they prove themselves blind to your glory, we’ll still be here to help you prove them wrong!
Okay, we’ve said our piece. If you’re still keen to roll the dice…
HOW TO SUBMIT
Email files as an attachment to:
Please use the email subject line “MYTHAXIS SUBMISSION – [STORY TITLE]” to evade spam filters.
Feel free to include a concise cover letter and/or author bio, though neither is mandatory. Mythaxis has a history of publishing first-time authors, and we mean to continue this tradition.
Acceptable document types are RTF, DOC, or DOCX.
Straightforward manuscript formatting is preferred for editorial convenience:
Please use an easy-reading font (Times New Roman 12pt, etc.).
Do not manually insert empty lines between paragraphs, or use tabs for first-line indents. Use paragraph formatting to set automatic indents or paragraph breaks.
Use a single centred # to represent essential section breaks.
Use italics for italics, don’t underline instead. Smart (“curly”) punctuation is fine.
If your manuscript includes any unusual formatting, please alert the editors when submitting and have a really good, story-related reason.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the editor at the above address. We look forward to reading your work!
Deadline: September 2nd, 2020
Payment: Contributors copy
CircleShow is currently interested in publishing the work of both known and unknown poets. Issues of CircleShow are posted online in free-to-read PDF format. Issues are also made available for purchase on-demand as trade paperbacks. Please note that while we do not offer monetary payment for accepted work, all contributors do receive a complimentary copy of the printed issue in which their work appears.
To submit please send 1-5 previously unpublished poems in a single file (.doc, .docx or .pdf). Please put each poem on its own page with each title in bold. Include your name and email at the top of the first page. Title both your submission and the file name as “Poetry Submission-YourName.”
Deadline:July 31st, 2020
Payment: $15 USD
Theme: Stories that the editors can connect with and be moved by
Regular submissions for mojo 18 are now OPEN.
Fiction: We are interested in stories that excite us with innovation in form, structure, and language, but above all, we’re looking for stories that connect us, touch us, and revolutionize our worlds. Experimental or not, give us a quality story. Please send a single story under 6,000 words. If you’re submitting flash fiction, include up to three stories in a single document.
Poetry: Our staff is interested in poems that blur contemporary styles with traditional modes, poems that light up with raw energy but point in a specific direction, and poems that push through leaps of image and gesture but resound with a strong emotional core. Above all, we enjoy poems that are willing to take risks while maintaining clarity of expression. Send up to 4 poems at a time or 8 pages maximum. If you have a single long poem that exceeds 8 pages, we welcome you to submit it as an exception to the page-limit rule and as the totality of your submission for that issue. Please submit all of your poems in one document.
Nonfiction: We enjoy creative nonfiction pieces that embrace the tactics of fiction, but we don’t shy away from the innovative and experimental (in fact, we’re rather interested in what you can show us)! But keep in mind, we’re looking for engaging nonfiction stories, not journalism or academic essays. Pieces should be under 6,000 words.
Comics: We’re interested in narrative-driven art and comics that embody any number of different styles and techniques. Show us something that uses the visual medium to push boundaries and says something important. We are looking for anything. Political commentary. Comedy. Memoir. Or just a good story. Feel free to submit genre-bending work. Limit submissions to three short pieces totaling no more than ten pages. (more…)
Payment: $20 for poetry, $30 for fiction, and $30 for nonfiction.
Theme: All forms of genre
Note: This is a market only for those with a disability
We are always looking for submissions. Please read our guidelines thoroughly.
Breath & Shadow only accepts work from people with disabilities. We use the term “disability” broadly to encompass anyone with a physical, mental, emotional, cognitive, or sensory impairment that significantly affects one or more major life functions. We accept writing from people of all ages. If a writer is under 21 years old, we suggest you include your age in your cover letter so we can judge your work accordingly. In some cases, editing/revising assistance may be offered to younger writers.
We know that friends, family members, and care providers of people with disabilities also have important things to say about their experience of disability. However, Breath & Shadow is a forum for people with disabilities to speak for ourselves. We hope that our allies will support this endeavor.
Breath & Shadow accepts writing on any topic for poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and drama; these pieces do not have to be “about” disability. However nonfiction, academic, and similar articles (profiles, interviews, opinion pieces) do have to relate to disability in some way.
We accept all forms of poetry, with a limit of 3 poems per submission. In addition to written work, poets may also submit audio/video links to performances of their work. Youtube and Soundcloud are preferred services, although we are open to other sources.
All forms/genres of fiction are accepted, with a maximum of 3000 words. Book excerpts are considered, but they should stand on their own.
Any subject matter or style of creative nonfiction is accepted. We strongly prefer pieces under 3000 words, although on occasion we will consider longer, exceptional works.
The nonfiction category is wide open, with a maximum of 3000 words. We especially seek interviews with people involved with the disability movement (artists, writers, leaders, activists); reviews of books, performances, movies, etc. as they relate to disability; insightful commentary on trends or issues facing the disability community. If you have an idea for a nonfiction article, we encourage you to query us before you write it.
Any topic or style of drama is accepted. One person shows, excerpts, or performance art is also accepted, with a maximum of 3000 words.
Keep in mind our name and focus: Breath and Shadow. We’re particularly seeking work that speaks to living, beingness, inspiration, imagination, spirit, expiration, endings, movement of time, shadow sides, hiddenness, mystery, darkness, and casting new light on your subject.
We are not interested in inspirational stories of people overcoming their disability, or simply coming to terms with it. We are not looking for stories with a moral. We tend to shy away from sing-songy rhyming ‘Hallmark card’ type poems. Same goes for medical articles, stories about cures or miracle treatments, or religious agendas.
The following must be included in your submission email: Your complete contact information, a brief third person biography, and an indication of your disabilities.
The subject line of your email should include your name, the category of your submission, and the title: “Jane Smith, Fiction, Rejection Issues”. For poetry, indicate the number of poems (Maximum 3).
We encourage submission of original work, although we will consider previously published work. When submitting, please indicate where/when the piece was previously published.
Deadline: June 2nd, 2020
Payment: 6 cents per word for original, 2 cents for reprints
Theme: Well written original work in science fiction, fantasy, myth, legend, fairy tales, and eldritch, in written, podcast, video, and/or graphic story form, and from around the world.
Note: Reprints welcome
We have a new submissions schedule as of June 1, 2020: The first and second day of every month, 12 am of the 1st to 12 am of the 3rd, E.S.T. Only one submission per person.
For reading impaired individuals, our submissions manager and ‘forget password’ have a captcha compatible with screen readers.
We pay 6¢ per word for new fiction, 2¢ per word for fiction reprints, 2 – 6¢ per word for new fact-based work, 1- 4¢ per word for reprinted fact articles. For new poetry, we pay $1 a line, reprints would be 50¢ a line, up to 40 lines. We’ll look at longer poems but that would be a hard sell, and words over 40 lines would be paid at 6¢ per word.
We beganThe Kepler Award to recognize and encourage writers of excellent science fiction and fantasy stories that creatively extrapolate on known science in constructive and exciting ways. You can learn about The Kepler Award here.
You can read a copy of our standard contract here. It can be varied as needed to include the rights of translators, voice actors, etc.
We accept new work as well as reprints, prose and poetry, anywhere from 1000 word flash fiction on up, but all else being equal, shorter pieces will be favored. We have tough standards but only care about the quality of the writing, storytelling ability, characters, plot, and ideas, not whether you’re new or established. Submit only work you are proud of — if you don’t love it, neither will our readers! If in doubt, edit it down further. And further. No simultaneous submissions. No multiple submissions. Reprints must not have been published elsewhere within the past year or be available for sale online except as part of an anthology.
For the many writers who valued our feedback on their stories: 1. We have brought back a modified version of the feedback system which will not be time intensive for the editors: — Writers who would like feedback on their stories should request it at the end of their submissions comments. — You will receive feedback only if you request it. — Writers requesting feedback must understand that this is Unedited Feedback Not Intended as Diplomatic Critique; it is the honest and considered opinions of our first readers and assistant editors, designed to help the editors in their assessment of stories. — There may be repetition and contradictory opinions. — Readers can opt in or out of having their feedback passed on, so there may be few or no opinions to send you. — Comments will be passed on without reader names. 2. We have started an Open Mic section, which will include: — The Critiqued Story Place for writers who’d like to see and ask questions about extended critiques from our staff on a story they submitted. When submitting a story please state you’d be interested in this, and we will occasionally choose one of these stories for the Open Mic Critique. This section is only for interested writers. The stories critiqued there are not published, they are for writers’ benefit only, not available to general readers. Sign-in to read and write required. — The Meeting Place, where readers, writers, and staff can meet, ask questions, and make suggestions.
We are looking for: well written original work in science fiction, fantasy, myth, legend, fairy tales, and eldritch, in written, podcast, video, and/or graphic story form, and from around the world. We care about character, plot, ideas, and storytelling ability.We accept both serious and humorous work. We like science fiction in all its states of matter, from solid to gaseous to plasma, i.e., from hard as steel to as insubstantial as interstellar space. If you use real existing science, please get it right. You can also read the About Us page for more information.
Hard Sells: Vampires, werewolves, zombies, monsters in general, super-heroes, Lovecraftian stories, anthro, robots with feelings, gritty and despairing post-apocalyptic worlds.
We don’t accept: horror, hate, blood & guts, explicit language, excessive violence, angst-ridden romance, fan fiction*, sex, axe-grinding, or stories that leave readers feeling they’ve had the energy and joy sucked out of them. Also, seems we have to say it, we don’t take work that makes fun of grief, suffering, and death, whether of real, imaginary, or religious characters.
We are looking for fact-based articles, interesting information, reviews, and humor in any discipline that relates to the type of stories we publish or that might provide inspiration and information for writers and artists.
Artwork and Other Imagery
We’re looking for storytelling through images. We want to see skillful composition, use of color, rendering of form, character, and emotions.For photomanipulations or photography using models, etc., all stock and resources used must be credited and used according to the stock provider’s rules.
We are not presently commissioning any work. We are looking only for already existing work for use on site pages or for illustrating stories. We pay $10 for the non-exclusive right to use each image, for as long as the site is online. If we publish a print collection we will pay a pro-rata share for each image used.
For video, if possible send links, and have it available in both MP4 and WEBM formats for compatibility across all browsers.
Just as for written works, we’re not looking for romance, fan art*, hate, horror, blood & guts, excessive violence, sex, nudity, copies of photographs, propaganda, or work that leave readers feeling they’ve had the energy and joy sucked out of them. We do not accept work using materials that required the death or mistreatment of animals.
*If the original work is still in copyright and was not commissioned or sanctioned by the creator or owner we will not accept it. Some fan art is accepted or encouraged by the copyright owners — e.g., cosplay, and these works we welcome. An illustration of a fairy tale, myth, legend, old classic, or any work no longer in copyright would not be counted as fan art.
Please Read Before Submitting:
In the submissions comments, tell us: — your name, — story title, — genre — word count — whether your story is new or would be a reprint, and if a reprint, where and when it was first published. If a reprint, it must not have been published within the preceding twelve months and must not be currently available to read for free or for sale as an individual story. — Do not include a resume; we will judge the story solely on its own merits.
We may ask for revisions on a story we are interested in, whether it is new or a reprint, but a request for revision is not a guarantee of acceptance.
No simultaneous submissions. No multiple submissions.
We prefer text in .docx Times New Roman and images as a jpg or through a link. If you write a document in .doc and then just add an x to the end of the file extension, the document may not open for us.
Use letters and numbers only for filenames or else your file may not load.
For video, if possible send links, and have it available in both MP4 and WEBM formats for compatibility across all browsers.
On the submissions page, check that you agree with the terms of our guidelines before you submit.
A small percentage of people may find that the spam filters on their email host don’t allow them to register. Adding donotreply at cosmicrootsandeldritchshores dot com and submissions at cosmicrootsandeldritchshores dot com
to your address list may solve this problem. If it doesn’t, you can email submissions at cosmicrootsandeldritchshores dot com and we will manually input you into the system.
Addresses to note and add to address books:
cosmicrootsandeldritchshores dot com/portal — login for subscribers to the magazine.
submissions at cosmicrootsandeldritchshores dot com — for questions about submissions.
editor at cosmicrootsandeldritchshores dot com Fran Eisemann, editor-in-chief
fantasyeditor at cosmicrootsandeldritchshores dot com Casey Honebrink
eldritcheditor at cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com Aaron Gudmunson
We get a large number of submissions, so please be patient. Turn-around times are generally between one and twelve weeks. If you haven’t heard back after twelve weeks, feel free to query.
Interstellar submitters please use standard Earth formats or query in advance for other arrangements. We’d love to be the first to publish your work here on Earth! 🙂
When creating passwords for the submissions manager we suggest 12 characters or more with a combination of numbers and both upper case and lower case letters. Please avoid using the ampersand &, percent sign %, plus sign +, quotation marks “, less than <, or greater than > After reading our guidelines, you can login to the submissions manager and submit stories here:
For reading impaired individuals, our submissions manager and ‘forget password’ have a captcha compatible with screen readers. Our thanks go to Glenn Lyvers at Prolific Press for creating this feature for us.
Good luck, and we look forward to reading you!
For people interested in becoming readers for Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores, you can read about the process here:
Deadline: July 31st, 2020
Payment: 1000-3000 words is $5 and longer is $10
Theme: Unique and exceptional speculative fiction
Unfading Daydream is looking for unique and exceptional fiction to be showcased in our quarterly literary magazine. We strive to feature stories within the genres that have inspired us (sci-fi, fantasy, horror, etc) as well as stories that feature LGBTQ+ themes.
We are currently not open for submissions.
We are open to established and new, emerging authors.
In terms of length, we’re looking for stories between 1000 and 7000 words. Shorter or longer stories will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
No previously published works.
Please no simultaneous submissions
If you are under 18, we require parental permission and have made a permission form. The form can be found HERE
Reading periods are May to July and November to January.
All submissions must be in by 11:59pm CST on the last day of the reading period (July or January).
Be advised that if we get enough stories before the end of a submission period, we may close submissions early.
Please do not send submissions outside of our reading periods. Submissions received outside of reading periods will not be considered.
Expect a decision within 4-6 weeks of the reading period closing