Taking Submissions: The First Line – Spring 2020

Deadline: February 1st, 2020
Payment: $25.00 – $50.00 for fiction, $5.00 – $10.00 for poetry

We love that writers around the world are inspired by our first lines, and we know that not every story will be sent to us. However, we ask that you do not submit stories starting with our first lines to other journals (or post them online on public sites) until we’ve notified you as to our decision (usually three to four weeks after the deadline). When the entire premise of the publication revolves around one sentence, we don’t want it to look as if we stole that sentence from another writer. If you have questions, feel free to drop us a line.

Also, we understand that writers may add our first line to a story they are currently working on or have already completed, and that’s cool. But please do not add our first line to a previously published story and submit it to us. We do not accept previously published stories, even if they have been repurposed for our first lines.

One more thing while I’ve got you here: Writers compete against one another for magazine space, so, technically, every literary magazine is running a contest. There are, however, literary magazines that run traditional contests, where they charge entry fees and rank the winners. We do not – nor will we ever – charge a submission fee, nor do we rank our stories in order of importance. Occasionally, we run contests to help come up with new first lines, or we run fun, gimmicky competitions for free stuff, but the actual journal is not a contest in the traditional sense.

Fiction: All stories must be written with the first line provided. The line cannot be altered in any way, unless otherwise noted by the editors. The story should be between 300 and 5,000 words (this is more like a guideline and not a hard-and-fast rule; going over or under the word count won’t get your story tossed from the slush pile). The sentences can be found on the home page of The First Line’s Web site, as well as in the prior issue. Note: We are open to all genres. We try to make TFL as eclectic as possible.

Non-Fiction: 500-800 word critical essays about your favorite first line from a literary work.

All Stories: Writers should include a two- to three-sentence biography of themselves that will appear in the magazine should their story run.

Multiple Submissions: We don’t mind if you want to submit multiple stories for the same issue. However, it is unlikely we will use more than one of your stories in the same issue.

Four-Part Stories: If you think you are up to the challenge, you can write a four-part story that uses the spring, summer, fall, and winter sentences. However, all the parts must be submitted at once (a single e-mail or snail mail) before the February 1st deadline. (If selected, each part will be published in its respective issue.)

Submissions: We prefer you send manuscripts via e-mail to submission (@) thefirstline (dot) com. We accept stories in MS Word or Word Perfect format (we prefer attachments). Please do not send pdf versions of your story or links to Google docs. Make sure your name and contact information, as well as your bio, are part of the attachment. Stories also can be sent to The First Line‘s post office box. No manuscripts will be returned without an accompanying SASE with sufficient return postage. Here is the submission schedule for 2020:

Spring:
Ravi had just worked a double shift and was having trouble keeping his eyes open.
Due date: February 1, 2020

Summer:
The door was locked.
Due date: May 1, 2020

Fall:
The Simmons public library was a melting pot of the haves and have-nots, a mixture of homeless people and the wealthy older residents of the nearby neighborhood.
Due date: August 1, 2020

Winter:
Loud music filled the room, making it hard to hear anything else.
Due date: November 1, 2020

Notification: We don’t make decisions about stories until after each issue closes. We typically send notices out within three to four weeks after the issue’s deadline to everyone who submitted a story. You can also check the home page of the website as we will indicate each issue’s production status there.

Payment: We pay on publication: $25.00 – $50.00 for fiction, $5.00 – $10.00 for poetry, and $25.00 for nonfiction (all U.S. dollars). We also send you a copy of the issue in which your piece appears. You’ll receive your money and issue at the same time.

Note to our international writers: Postage cost for sending author copies overseas is becoming outrageous, so we are reducing international author payment by the amount it would cost to send one author copy overseas. However, if you would like to receive an electronic version of the issue (PDF) instead of a hard copy, author payment will not change.

Via: The First Line.

Taking Submissions: Allegory Volume 37

Deadline: December 31st, 2019
Payment: $15

Formatting Guidelines

This is proving to be a recurring problem, so we’re putting it up front. Please, for all our sakes, read this next part carefully.

All submissions should be sent by e-mail (no letters or telephone calls please) to [email protected]. Below are some formatting rules to help us process your submission more quickly.

EMAIL AND COVER LETTERS

Email is accepted in both text and HTML formats. When submitting, please put this in the subject line:

Submission: (Title) – (First and Last name)

Include the following in the body of the email and in the attached submission:

Your name
Name to use on the story (byline), if different
Your preferred email address
Your mailing address
The story’s title
The story’s word count

You may also include a cover letter in the body of the email. We get a lot of strange stuff in cover letters, so if you’re unsure of what goes in them (and especially what doesn’t) please refer to these cover letter tips:

How to write a cover letter | What not to put in a cover letter by Jed Hartman

SUBMISSION FORMATTING

We ONLY accept submissions as attachments!

All stories submitted as an attachment must follow standard manuscript formatting. We will no longer read any story not properly formatted. (And we much prefer Courier New to Times New Roman) For explanations and tips on what SMF is and how to do it with word processing programs, please see this article.

Please send your submission as an attachment in Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx) or Rich Test Format (.rtf) only. Other formats, such as Works, WordPerfect, Open Office, etc., have proven difficult to open.

Please note that we no longer accept “inline” submssions; that is, submissions with the stories pasted directly into the body of the email.

FICTION GUIDELINES

We’re looking for good, solid fiction. We specialize in the Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror genres. We will consider other genres, such as humor or general interest, provided that the work possesses an original, “quirky” slant.

Here are some basic do’s and don’ts.

DO give us strong characters and good plotting. DO put clever, but logical twists on the end of your tales. DO experiment with new ideas and unusual writing styles, but without falling into traps of contrivance and cliché.

DON’T submit any stories based on movies, television or any printed media not your own. DON’T submit reprints without including the name of the publication in which the work first appeared, along with the date of publication. DON’T send more than one story in the same submission.

There is no minimum or maximum length for fiction. But bear in mind that short-shorts (less than 500 words) and flash fiction (less than 100 words) are usually hard sells for us, as are stories longer than 5000 words. We’ll consider them, but they will have to be exceptional.

We pay a flat rate of $15 (U.S. dollars) for each story.

Payment is made upon publication, either by PayPal or personal check, based on the author’s wishes.

NON-FICTION GUIDELINES

We publish one or two articles an issue. The subject matter MUST involve the art or business of writing. Research, editing, characterization, narrative style, query letters, cover letters, dealing with editors, agents or publishers – virtually any topic that concerns writing is fair game.

The maximum length for non-fiction is 2000 words.

We pay a $15 (U.S. dollars) flat rate.

Payment is made upon publication, either by PayPal or personal check, based on the author’s wishes.

GENERAL STUFF

We publish biannually, on the first of May and November. The order in which stories and articles appear on the site is solely arbitrary and should not be construed in any other way. All works that are accepted for publication remain on the site for the full six months. With the publication of the subsequent issue, all rights to the works previously displayed revert to the author. We buy First World Rights and World Reprint Rights. Bylines are most certainly given.

Most submissions are reviewed within 6 weeks. If the story shows merit, we will respond with a “maybe” letter, explaining that the submission is in the running for a spot in the next issue. At the end of the submission cycle, which is always two months before the next issue comes out, all “maybe” submission are re-reviewed, and the top eight selected for publication. At that time, all accepted authors receive contracts to sign. Since these contracts and, later, the payment checks, go out by snail mail, it is VERY important that all submissions include a snail mail address.

We don’t “buy ahead”. By that, we mean that ALLEGORY purchases only the stories it needs for the current issue, rather than stocking up for the next and the next. This means that every author who received an acceptance from us will see their work on this site with the next new issue, provided he or she reads, signs, and returns to us an unchanged contract.

Simultaneous submissions are “OK”, provided that you let us know at the time of submission that other editors are reviewing this work.

That’s about it. Good luck.

Ty Drago
Editors
Allegory

Via: Allegory Ezine.

Taking Submissions: THEMA: Not of this World

Deadline: March 1st, 2020
Payment: short story, $25; short-short piece (up to 1000 words), $10; poem, $10; artwork, $25 for cover, $10 for interior page display.

Upcoming premises (target themes) and deadlines for submission [postmarked]:

Not of this World [March 1, 2020]

To download a PDF file of the guidelines, click here .

ALL SHORT STORIES, ESSAYS, POEMS, PHOTOGRAPHS and ART MUST RELATE TO ONE OF THE PREMISES SPECIFIED ABOVE.

NOTE: Previously published pieces are welcome, provided that the submission fits the theme and that the author owns the copyright.

The premise (target theme) must be an integral part of the plot, not necessarily the central theme but not merely incidental. Fewer than 20 double-spaced typewritten pages preferred. Indicate premise (target theme) on title page. Be sure to Indicate target theme in cover letter or on first page of manuscript. Include self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) with each submission. Rejected manuscripts unaccompanied by an SASE will not be returned. Response time: 3 months after premise deadline. NO READER’S FEE.

Mail to: THEMA, Box 8747, Metairie, LA 70011-8747.

Outside the US: email [email protected]

On acceptance for publication, we will pay the following amount: short story, $25; short-short piece (up to 1000 words), $10; poem, $10; artwork, $25 for cover, $10 for interior page display.

Copyright reverts to author after publication.

THEMA isn’t for everyone. To find out why, click here.

New to submitting manuscripts to journals?
Click here to download a PDF file of a few basic guidelines.

Unlike many publishers, we prefer works submitted by the authors themselves, without the involvement of an agent.

Be sure to indicate premise and include SASE for each submission. BE SURE to include a separate SASE for each premise.

No handwritten manuscripts will be considered.

NOTE:

We do not accept e-mailed submissions EXCEPT from authors who live outside the U.S.

For those living outside the U.S., submit manuscript as an email attachment (readable by MSWord either as a DOC file or an RTF file), and include the following information on the title page: target theme, title of work, name of author, email address and physical address.

 


Short Stories: All types welcomeboth traditional and experimental

Send to: Virginia Howard, editor, Box 8747, Metairie, LA 70011-8747

Outside the US: email to Virginia Howard at [email protected]

What we like: a carefully constructed plot; good character delineation; clever plot twists

What we don’t like: bedroom/bathroom profanity. Why?

  • It’s boring! Writers should be more creative than to depend on the same tired and dubious language crutches to express surprise, disdain, shock, bemusement, anger, sadness, and other emotions.
  • Such profanity, used in excess, often serves as a camouflage for a weak plot. If the plot is good, the story can be told much more effectively in nonscatologic language even though a character in the story may be sleazy.
  • Stories of lasting quality rarely need it.

Poetry: All types of poetic form welcome. Submit no more than three poems per theme, please. If more than three poems are submitted, we will read only the first three poems in the stack.

Send to: Gail Howard, poetry editor, Box 8747, Metairie, LA 70011-8747

Outside the US: email to Gail Howard at [email protected]

What we like: poems that are thoughtfully constructed and carefully distilled.

What we don’t like: sexually explicit wording. Subtlety is more creative.

Art and Photography: Now accepting color illustrations and photographs for cover, and black and white illustrations and photographs for interior display. Submit 5″x7″ photograph of artwork.

Send to: Virginia Howard, editor, Box 8747, Metairie, LA 70011-8747

Outside the US: email to Virginia Howard at [email protected]ia: THEMA.

Via: THEMA.

Taking Submissions: Allegory Volume 37/64

Deadline: December 31st, 2019
Payment: $15

Volume 37/64

Submission Period: November 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019

Publication Date: May 1, 2020

Formatting Guidelines

This is proving to be a recurring problem, so we’re putting it up front. Please, for all our sakes, read this next part carefully.

All submissions should be sent by e-mail (no letters or telephone calls please) to [email protected]. Below are some formatting rules to help us process your submission more quickly.

EMAIL AND COVER LETTERS

Email is accepted in both text and HTML formats. When submitting, please put this in the subject line:

Submission: (Title) – (First and Last name)

Include the following in the body of the email and in the attached submission:

Your name
Name to use on the story (byline), if different
Your preferred email address
Your mailing address
The story’s title
The story’s word count

You may also include a cover letter in the body of the email. We get a lot of strange stuff in cover letters, so if you’re unsure of what goes in them (and especially what doesn’t) please refer to these cover letter tips:

How to write a cover letter | What not to put in a cover letter by Jed Hartman

SUBMISSION FORMATTING

We ONLY accept submissions as attachments!

All stories submitted as an attachment must follow standard manuscript formatting. We will no longer read any story not properly formatted. (And we much prefer Courier New to Times New Roman) For explanations and tips on what SMF is and how to do it with word processing programs, please see this article.

Please send your submission as an attachment in Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx) or Rich Test Format (.rtf) only. Other formats, such as Works, WordPerfect, Open Office, etc., have proven difficult to open.

Please note that we no longer accept “inline” submssions; that is, submissions with the stories pasted directly into the body of the email.

FICTION GUIDELINES

We’re looking for good, solid fiction. We specialize in the Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror genres. We will consider other genres, such as humor or general interest, provided that the work possesses an original, “quirky” slant.

Here are some basic do’s and don’ts.

DO give us strong characters and good plotting. DO put clever, but logical twists on the end of your tales. DO experiment with new ideas and unusual writing styles, but without falling into traps of contrivance and cliché.

DON’T submit any stories based on movies, television or any printed media not your own. DON’T submit reprints without including the name of the publication in which the work first appeared, along with the date of publication. DON’T send more than one story in the same submission.

There is no minimum or maximum length for fiction. But bear in mind that short-shorts (less than 500 words) and flash fiction (less than 100 words) are usually hard sells for us, as are stories longer than 5000 words. We’ll consider them, but they will have to be exceptional.

We pay a flat rate of $15 (U.S. dollars) for each story.

Payment is made upon publication, either by PayPal or personal check, based on the author’s wishes.

NON-FICTION GUIDELINES

We publish one or two articles an issue. The subject matter MUST involve the art or business of writing. Research, editing, characterization, narrative style, query letters, cover letters, dealing with editors, agents or publishers – virtually any topic that concerns writing is fair game.

The maximum length for non-fiction is 2000 words.

We pay a $15 (U.S. dollars) flat rate.

Payment is made upon publication, either by PayPal or personal check, based on the author’s wishes.

GENERAL STUFF

We publish biannually, on the first of May and November. The order in which stories and articles appear on the site is solely arbitrary and should not be construed in any other way. All works that are accepted for publication remain on the site for the full six months. With the publication of the subsequent issue, all rights to the works previously displayed revert to the author. We buy First World Rights and World Reprint Rights. Bylines are most certainly given.

Most submissions are reviewed within 6 weeks. If the story shows merit, we will respond with a “maybe” letter, explaining that the submission is in the running for a spot in the next issue. At the end of the submission cycle, which is always two months before the next issue comes out, all “maybe” submission are re-reviewed, and the top eight selected for publication. At that time, all accepted authors receive contracts to sign. Since these contracts and, later, the payment checks, go out by snail mail, it is VERY important that all submissions include a snail mail address.

We don’t “buy ahead”. By that, we mean that ALLEGORY purchases only the stories it needs for the current issue, rather than stocking up for the next and the next. This means that every author who received an acceptance from us will see their work on this site with the next new issue, provided he or she reads, signs, and returns to us an unchanged contract.

Simultaneous submissions are “OK”, provided that you let us know at the time of submission that other editors are reviewing this work.

That’s about it. Good luck.

Via: Allegory Ezine.

Ongoing Submissions: Utopia Science Fiction

Payment: $15 per short story, $2 for each accepted short poem or $10 for each accepted long poem

What we’re looking for:

We accept any short story science fiction piece set in a future that might inspire us. Things don’t need to be perfect! We still like drama, but optimism in at least some regard is necessary.We’re not too picky, what we really want is to be surprised. So send in your best piece and we’ll consider it. Wow us with your characters, your settings, your story. Hard science fiction is always a bonus. We welcome solicited and unsolicited submissions.

Submissions must be in PDF or Docx and in proper Manuscript Format. If you’re curious about what that means. Please see example here. Please allow 5 weeks for a response. If you have not received a response feel free to contact us with the word “Query” in the subject line.

For Short Stories

We accept Stories anywhere from 100 words to 6,000 words. We’ll occasionally consider something longer if the writing is really good, or breaking up a longer piece into serials if the entirety is finished. But please, no submitting the next Odyssey. We don’t publish novels!

We will currently pay $15 for a story upon publication.

For Poetry

We will publish science-fiction based poetry. Please submit up to five short poems or one long poem. We will pay $2 for each accepted short poem or $10 for each accepted long poem upon publication

Non-Fiction

Have an article you’d like to write about a new discovery? A new technology that might revolutionize our lives. Have a piece on fun science facts? We’d love to hear it. We’re interested in a wide range of scientific fields. We will pay $15 for a non-fiction piece upon publication. Please keep non-fiction articles under 5,000 words.

FAQs without the questions.

We buy First North American Serial Rights and First Electronic Rights with limited archival rights.

Simultaneous submissions are a fact of life. But please tell us immediately if your story is accepted elsewhere.

If a story is rejected. Do not resubmit it. Unless it has gone through such drastic editing that it no longer resembles the first submission in any way, shape, or form. Then send it on over!

Multiple submissions are not appreciated. Please only one submission at a time and please wait at least two months between submitting one story and another one.

We will not accept translated or reprinted old stories. No exceptions. We do not accept Fan Fictions. Even incredibly good ones, sorry.

Any more questions you can contact us via our Contact Page.

Via: Utopia Science Fiction.

Ongoing Submissions: Beestung

Payment: $20

Who are we?

beestung is a quarterly online micro-magazine for non-binary and two-spirit writers and readers, with an emphasis on intracommunity sensibilities. beestung resists the canon and all forms of bigotry.

beestung considers poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, hybrids, and art, by creators who fall under the non-binary umbrella. Multilingual work and work in translation is welcome. Historically underrepresented writers are encouraged to send work. beestung pays a $20 honorarium to writers and artists selected for publication.

Who is non-binary?

That’s up to you. If you’re unsure whether to send in work, please email [email protected].

How do I send in work?

Please email all pieces for consideration to [email protected] along with a brief biographical note.

There is no reading fee. Simultaneously submissions are encouraged, and we cannot accept previously-published work. Please expect at least 4 months for a response. As we are a small quarterly publication, you’ll be informed if your work is long-listed for a future issue. If your simultaneously-sent work is accepted elsewhere, please let us know.

Please send writing in either .docx or pdf format, and art as low-resolution samples in either .jpg or .png format.

beestung is open for submissions.

Questions?

Please email [email protected].

We want to read your writing that stings, and your writing that drips with sweetness. Your writing that buzzes.

beestung is edited by Sarah Clark and is based in Philadelphia, PA.

Via: beestung.

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