Deadline: January 30th, 2020
Payment: 2 cents a word, up to 1500 words ($30 max) for prose stories
For the first time, Murder Park is open to submissions from the world at large. While we started as a small zine showcasing the work of L.A.-area authors, we have decided to expand the scope to consider work from anywhere, so long as it’s spooky! Submissions will be open through January 30, 2020, or until we have enough acceptances to fill the volume.
What we want: Original horror or dark fantasy stories of no more than 2000 words. Sci-fi is also welcome so long as it’s scary. We don’t have a strong preference for any particular style or subgenre, but we do prefer writing that is more literary than pulp, that achieves its scares from impacts to fully realized characters as opposed to splatter, gore, or shock value. We would rather be unsettled than grossed out.
We will happily consider formats outside of traditional prose. Comics, email chains, tweet threads, and other methods of spooky storytelling are welcome. Don’t be afraid to surprise us. But please, no poetry.
We are open to authors of all backgrounds and publication histories. Preference will be given to authors based in Southern California (we are an L.A. zine, after all) and to authors of underrepresented backgrounds. However, the strength of the writing and impact of the story is by far the biggest consideration.
Hard sells: Parody/horror-comedy. Zombies. Clowns. Serial killer protagonists. Stories featuring gratuitous violence and gore at the expense of plot or character arcs. Anything with an explicit or implicit message of racism, sexism, queerphobia, or other bigotries is a definite no.
Compensation: 2 cents a word, up to 1500 words ($30 max) for prose stories, and $30 flat for comics or other visual stories. Payment will be through Venmo or PayPal.
Submission guidelines: Submit your stories in an email to [email protected]. Please use the format “SUBMISSION: [Story Title] by [Author Name]” for the subject line. Include a cover letter with your author name, story title, genre, word count, and a brief topical bio (i.e., we’re more interested in your greatest fear than your prior publications). Attach your manuscript as a Word document in Shunn or a similar format, with author info and word count up top. If submitting something visual, feel free to attach an image file or Drive link or whatever works best; just don’t paste manuscripts into the body of your email.
Please allow up to six weeks for a response before sending a follow-up.
Via: Genre Hustle
Deadline: January 31st, 2020
Payment: 1000-3000 words is $5 and longer is $10
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 four weeks of the reading period closing
- See full guidelines below
Stories that are between 1000-3000 words will receive $5. Stories that are longer than that will receive $10. All contributors receive a hard copy of the magazine. In time, we would like to pay contributors more!
- We accept submissions only by email.
- Free to submit!
- Please send your submission to submit [at] unfadingdaydream [dot] com with the title of ‘Unfading Daydream Submission’.
We want to see your unique sci-fi, fantasy, horror, etc. We prefer stories that are between 1000-7000 words, but if you feel that your 8000 word story or your 700 word story is brilliant, we’d love to see it.
The Submission Piece
- One submission per author per reading period please. Contributors are allowed to include one story on their submission*. Please attach the stories individually to the submission email.
*this is new as of the reading period for Issue 3*
- Unless there is a theme stated for a particular reading period, there is no theme.
- Previously unpublished works only.
- If you are submitting a translation of another author’s work (from foreign language to English), we will need to see that you have permission from the author via a permission form. Translated work will be credited like this:TITLE
translated by Translator
- No erotica or explicit sex scenes please. Romance and alluding to sex scenes are both okay though!
- We would prefer the file format be MS Word or RTF. Please no PDFs or links to Google Docs! Please do not put the story in the body of the email.
- Each story should be double spaced and in an easy to read font like Calibri, Times New Roman, Arial, or Courier. Preferred font size is 12 as one of the editors has vision problems.
- Your name, address, and email should be on the left side of the first page header and the approximate word count on the right side. Example:
- The right side header on the pages following the first should include your last name, the story’s title, and the page number. Example:
- The title of the piece and the name you would prefer to be published under should be on the first page of the story before the text of the story. Example:
- If you have made an error during the submission process, please contact us rather than sending another submission email.
The Cover Letter
We say cover letter, but this is going to go in the body of the submission email.
- We want to know more about you! Briefly tell us about you and your accomplishments.
- Everyone has something unique about them. Between our editors, we have a third degree black belt, two cosplayers, and a computer programmer. And there’s only two of us. We want to know the interesting bits!
- And as we said before: keep it brief.
- In case you are chosen, please include a 3rd person, brief (less than 100 words) bio/byline
Ways to Get Banned
We’re pretty easy going people, but there are a few ways to get banned/blacklisted.
- Depictions of rape or sexual assault.
- Depictions of child molestation or brutalization of children.
- Any sexual depictions of children. Anyone under 18 is considered a child.
- Depictions of brutalization of women, people of color, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, or any other marginalized people for reasons of hate.
- Depictions of animal abuse.
The Legal Bits
No one likes the legal bits, but we have to go through this.
We at Unfading Daydream reserve the right to the exclusive first run of your story as well as the rights to include your story in a non-exclusive yearly anthology. Rights to the story are claimed upon acceptance. After your story runs in Unfading Daydreams, you have the rights to publish it as you see fit.
Via: Unfading Daydream.
Deadline: January 15th, 2020
Payment: $10 and a contributor’s copy
Note: Submissions are free in their open call Window, be sure to choose the prose that doesn’t require a tip jar
unpredictable, fearless, glistening, innovative… GREAT
great weather for MEDIA seeks poetry, flash fiction, short stories, dramatic monologues, and creative nonfiction for our annual print anthology.
- Submissions are open from October 15th through January 15th every year. Need a reminder? Sign up to our monthly newsletter.
- Our focus is on the edgy, fearless, and experimental but we do not have a set theme for our anthologies. We highly recommend reading one of our previous collections to get a feel for the type of work we are interested in. Our latest anthology is Birds Fall Silent in the Mechanical Sea. We are based in New York City and welcome submissions from both national and international writers.
- 1-4 poems of any length. If you are submitting more than one poem, include them all in a single document. Do not submit multiple poems in separate files. Single-spaced please, or how it should appear on the printed page. Start each poem on a new page.
- 1 prose/creative nonfiction piece, 2 if under 500 words. Maximum word count: 2,500.
- Multiple submissions (in the same genre) are not accepted and will not be read. Please wait until you receive a response from us before submitting again.
- Simultaneous submissions are fine – just notify us with your good news immediately. If you wish to withdraw individual pieces from consideration, click on the title of your submission in Submittable, click on Active, and add a note listing the title(s) to be withdrawn. If you wish to withdraw your entire submission, please use the Withdraw button.
- Please don’t send revisions. You can always add a note to your submissions if there is something you need to let us know about.
- Payment: One contributor copy, plus $10 for writers based in USA. To help towards shipping costs, international writers receive one copy.
- We aim to respond in 1-4 months. If you have not heard from us after five months, please email [email protected]
- Copyright: great weather for MEDIA holds first serial rights for material that we publish. The copyright automatically reverts to the author upon publication. All work may be permanently archived online. We ask that great weather for MEDIA be acknowledged in any subsequent publication of the work.
- We look forward to reading your work!
- Finally, please take a look at our books. Small presses love readers and all support is much appreciated!
Via: Great Weather for Media’s Submittable.
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:
Ravi had just worked a double shift and was having trouble keeping his eyes open.
Due date: February 1, 2020
The door was locked.
Due date: May 1, 2020
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
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.
Deadline: December 31st, 2019
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:
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 welcome―both 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.