Taking Submissions: The Audient Void: A Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy

Deadline: November 15th, 2019
Payment: $5 per thousand words for fiction and $.35 a line with a $5 minimum for poetry.

Now that the eighth issue of The Audient Void: A Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy is out, we are opening submissions for issue #9. We are looking for quality works of poetry and short fiction.
Poetry should be Weird or darkly fantastical with strong imagery. We pay $.35 a line with a $5 minimum, payable upon publication.
For short fiction our tastes are broad and we will consider anything with Weird, horrific or fantastical elements. We will consider any length work but will be much less likely to publish stories over 5,000 words. Our rate is $5 per thousand words, payable upon publication. First time publication only, no reprints please.
To submit please send your work as a .doc, .docx or .rtf file to [email protected] and be sure to include a header with your name and email address. We do not accept simultaneous submissions or reprints and ask that you wait for our response before submitting elsewhere. The submission deadline is November 15th, please do not inquire about your submission before that deadline and understand that it may take some time to follow up on all submissions after the deadline has passed.
I very much look forward to reading everyone’s work!

Taking Submissions: Clockhouse

Deadline: December 15th, 2019
Payment: Contributor’s Copy

Dare. Risk. Dream. Share. Ruminate.

Clockhouse accepts works of poetry, fiction, memoir, creative nonfiction, and dramatic works for stage or screen. We encourage submissions from both established and emerging writers. (Current students of Goddard College are ineligible to submit to Clockhouse, but we look forward to reading your work after you graduate.)

All submissions must:

  • Be original, unpublished work written by the author.
  • Follow the industry-standard formatting guidelines appropriate for the genre as well as the applicable guidelines below:
    • Fiction: Short stories and self-contained novel excerpts in a literary style. Genre fiction will be considered only if it sustains literary merit (Up to 5,000 words)
      Poetry: All poetry in traditional and experimental styles including prose poetry (Up to 250 lines of poetry, total. Only one poem per submission. Poets may submit up to three times per reading period.)
      Memoir and Creative Nonfiction: All memoir and creative nonfiction in traditional and experimental literary styles. No academic or scientific essays (Up to 5,000 words)
      Dramatic Work for Stage or Screen: Short dramatic works in traditional and experimental styles, either a standalone piece or an excerpt from a one-act or full length play or screenplay (Up to 15 pages)
  • Include a short bio of approximately 100 words or less.
  • Include a brief artist statement: a few sentences about your work as an artist (i.e., not a “pitch” for this submission, but rather a statement about what you’re interested in writing about now, what drives your writing, or how your writing is reflecting or influencing the world at large, etc.).
  • Be submitted only through our online submission manager (see link at bottom of page). No email submissions will be accepted.

Submissions that do not follow these guidelines will be discarded unread.

The submission period for the Volume Eight 2020 will begin on August 15, 2019 and remain open through 11:59 on December 15, 2019.

Responses to submissions

Please expect to wait up to four months for a reply. After that time, if you have not yet received a reply, please check on the status of your submission by sending an e-mail to [email protected] Indicate the title of your piece, the genre, and the original date of submission.

Upon acceptance

By accepting any offer of publication by Clockhouse, the author will grant the magazine first serial rights. Upon publication, rights to the work revert back to the author. The author retains all other rights to the work. Any subsequent publication will note that the work was first published in Clockhouse. Payment for publication in Clockhouse is one contributor’s copy in which the work appears. As appropriate, we may also choose to nominate published work for awards or other recognition.

Questions?

Planning to submit and have questions about Clockhouse?  Please send them to [email protected]  Submissions themselves are not accepted at this address.

Via: Clockhouse.

Taking Submissions: Fiyah – Unthemed Issue

Deadline: December 31st, 2019
Payment: Short stories (2,000 – 7,000 words): $150 USD, Novelettes (<15,000 words): $300 USD, Poetry: $50 USD

FIYAH is a quarterly speculative fiction magazine that features stories by and about Black people of the African Diaspora. This definition is globally inclusive (Black anywhere in the world) and also applies to mixed/biracial and Afro-appended people regardless of gender identity or orientation.

We will be open to unthemed submissions Oct 1 – Dec 31.

We will be open for “Joy” themed submissions Spring 2020.

Fiction Guidelines

We accept submissions of short fiction 2,000 – 7,000 words and novelettes up to 15,000 words.

We are looking for brave works of speculative short fiction by authors from the African continent and diaspora that reject regressive ideas of blackness, respectability politics, and stereotype. Please submit your bravest, blackest, most difficult to sell stories to us. We want to read them.

We want stories that are well written, of high quality, and generally easy to read on a screen.

We are open to receiving stories around many themes, but we will immediately reject stories that feature any of the following:

  • Graphic depictions of rape or sexual assault
  • Needless brutalization of women and children
  • Depictions of brutalization or abuse of people with disabilities
  • Graphic abuse of animals

In addition:

  • We only consider unpublished work, and we do not consider reprints (work that has been published in another magazine or on your blog or other social media) or fan fiction.
  • We do not accept multiple submissions, so please wait until you have heard a response to a submission before submitting again.
  • We do not accept simultaneous submissions.
  • Please do not resubmit previously rejected stories in a new submission period. Resubmissions are by editorial solicitation only.
  • We are only accepting submission from authors from the African diaspora and the African continent because #BlackWritersMatter. This is an intersectional definition of Blackness, and we strongly encourage submissions from women, members of the LGBTQIA community, and members from other underrepresented communities within the African diaspora.

Poetry Guidelines

What we want in speculative poetry is verse that struggles, reveals, instructs, comforts, and fights back. We are looking for weird, complex, honest and challenging work with a clear speculative element from Black authors. You can check out this post from our Poetry Editor for more on what we’d like to see in your poetry.

Art Guidelines

FIYAH opens for one month every summer to acquire cover artists for the following publication year. In keeping with our mission, we prioritize Black creators as the face and content of our magazine.

Submission Formatting

Beginning with submissions for the 2020 publication year, we are using a simple form to collect submissions for prose and poetry. We understand the use of a form may not be accessible to disabled users. If you require an alternative means of submission for your work, please contact us at team[@]fiyahlitmag.com and we will arrange one for you.

  •  Click here to learn more about how to write a professional cover letter.
  • Submissions should be submitted in proper short story manuscript format with your name, address, email address, and the story’s total word count on the first page. Click here for an example of proper short story manuscript format.
  • For poetry, you may submit up to four (4) separate poems, but they must all be in a single document. This is a change from our previous submission guidelines, so please make sure you’re up to date.

Payment + Rights

Our payment schedule is as follows:

Short stories (2,000 – 7,000 words): $150 USD

Novelettes (<15,000 words): $300 USD

Poetry: $50 USD

FIYAH will publish accepted stories in a quarterly ebook magazine format, as well as archiving them on our website. Thus, FIYAH will claim first world electronic rights, nonexclusive archival rights, and nonexclusive anthology rights to your story.

This means that we are buying the rights to publish your story on FIYAH’s website and in electronic issues of our magazine. This also means that you can only publish your story as a reprint after it appears in FIYAH, and it cannot appear anywhere else online or in print prior to submission, or for 180 days after we publish it. After that it can be reprinted online, in a magazine, or in an anthology.

Response Times

Response time will vary by volume of submissions. You may query after 45 days using email submissions[at]fiyahlitmag.com. Please include the date that you submitted and the title of your story.

Via: Fiyah Magazine.

Ongoing Submissions: Glintmoon

Payment: $5 USD per unpublished poem

Glintmoon exclusively publishes poems of ten (10) lines or fewer. We will consider any and all poetry that follows this one rule. However, it must be said that we are not partial to traditional forms, such as the haiku or the tanka, nor do we particularly enjoy rhymed or metred work. This doesn’t mean that we’re not looking for poems of three or five lines. In fact, we absolutely do want to read three and five line poems. We simply aren’t interested in many of the structures and intentions behind traditional forms.

We are a diversity-oriented publication and encourage submissions from underrepresented voices. In particular, we’re looking for work that considers race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, identity, and disability in original and meaningful ways. We want to see fervent, unorthodox poetry that stretches and reimagines what the short form is and what it can do. Give us life and depth, the human and the now.

It should go without saying but do not send us work appropriating experiences and/or identities not your own. We do not tolerate bigotry of any kind. This means no racism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny, ableism, fatphobia, exoticizing/fetishizing of cultures, communities, and peoples, Islamophobia, etc. Should you send us work blatantly containing any of the above, your submission will be deleted without response, as will all subsequent queries. It is a waste of our time to respond to submissions that do not respect basic human decency.

Some poets whom we are fond of include (in no notable order): Amy Clampitt, Chen Chen, Louise Glück, Eileen Myles, Lucie Brock-Broido, Gertrude Stein, Danez Smith, Timothy Liu, H.D., Richie Hofmann, John Ashbery, Maggie Smith, Audre Lorde, sam sax, Rita Dove, Maggie Nelson, Rickey Laurentiis, Mary Szybist, Seamus Heaney, Mark Doty, Hieu Minh Nguyen, and many, many others.

We accept submissions year-round on a rolling basis. Issues are published in February, May, August, and November.

We only accept electronic submissions. Please use our editorial address: editor at glintmoon dot com.

We do accept simultaneous submissions. We do not accept unsolicited reprints.

Send up to five poems per submission and a bio. All poems must be unpublished. This includes personal websites, blogs, etc. Please wait for a response before supplying us with new work.

Please use “SUBMISSION: Poet’s Name” as the subject line of your submission. If you do not follow this simple request, your submission will not be read.

We strongly prefer that you paste your poems in the body of the email in plain text. However, if your work has special formatting, you may attach it as a Word, Pages, PDF, or RTF file.

We endeavor to respond to every submission within two months. If you have not heard from us after two months, please send us a query with “QUERY: Poet’s Name” in the subject line.

We currently pay $5 USD per unpublished poem via PayPal. We purchase First North American Serial Rights and First World Electronic Rights, as well as Non-Exclusive Anthology and Non-Exclusive Archival Rights. All rights revert to the poet upon publication.

Via: Glintmoon.

Taking Submissions: Seasons of Rot: A Scourge of Storms

Deadline: December 31st, 2019
Payment: $.02 per word or $10 per poem

2020 will see the release of four quarterly anthologies of original fiction, poetry, and art from Carrion Blue 555 collectively titled Seasons of Rot. These volumes hope to explore seasonal themes in unique, surreal, festering ways.

Spring is cancer blossoming in new growth, a single breath of moist soil. Summer begets overripe fruit in Persephone’s withered right hand. True decay is beautiful and clashing in the cordyceptic autumn. All of winter flinches beneath the Wicker King’s gaze, intimidating even the light of day.

Interpretations of seasons are purposefully elastic for your artistic benefit. A season’s atmosphere is just as gripping as its setting. Less is more. We seek horror, fantasy, scifi, experimental, bizarro work.

The first volume, Seasons of Rot: A Scourge of Storms, will be released March 20, 2020. The following volumes will be released on their respective equinox/solstice, with subtitles to be determined.

Deadline: December 31, 2019.

Fiction:

No word limit, but we are only offering payment up to 5,000 words.

$0.02USD per word. $5 minimum, $100 maximum.

Poetry:

We are open to single poems or multi-poem cycles.

$10USD per poem, longer cycles will be negotiated.

Art:

Black-and-white only.

$10USD per piece.

All accepted authors and artists will receive one contributor copy of the volume(s) they appear in. We are asking for six month exclusivity for accepted works from time of the respective volume’s release. Important: due to payment issues in the past, we will only make payments via Paypal.

Attach word document (doc or docx) or image files as an email to carrionblue555 [at] gmail [dot] com. In your subject, please include the season you are submitting to and your name. We aren’t picky, but something like this will work:

AUTUMN SUBMISSION: three poems by Oswald Hullad

In the body of the email, please include your legal name, your name as it appears in print (if different), the title(s) of your submission(s), and a short bio that will be included in the anthology. We endeavor to respond to submissions within a couple weeks of receipt, but may ask to shortlist work until the end of the submission period.

No simultaneous submissions please. Multiple submissions are allowed, including for different volumes. Please attach all submissions to a single email. No reprints.

We have worked hard to make Carrion Blue 555 a home for diversity, and eagerly invite creators of all racial, sexual, and neurological bearings to submit.

By submitting, you are agreeing to all of the above, and acknowledge that the work is wholly yours to submit.

Via: Carion Blue 555.

Taking Submissions: The First Line – Winter 2019

Deadline: November 1st, 2019
Payment: $25.00 – $50.00 for fiction, $5.00 – $10.00 for poetry, and $25.00 for nonfiction

To celebrate twenty years of publication, we’re going to revisit the past. There are no new first lines for 2019. Each issue will be comprised of original works based on past first lines.

Were you inspired by the fall 2008 first line (Roy owned the only drive-thru funeral business in Maine.) but didn’t see the sentence until 2015? Or maybe you started writing a story for the spring 2005 issue (Life would be so much easier if I were a cartoon character.) but you never got around to submitting it. Or maybe you sent us a story that just missed the cut and you reworked it and want to try us again. Well, now is your chance to make up for missed opportunities.

The following is the schedule/list of first lines for the 2019 issues (click the season to see the entire list of first lines for each issue):

Spring 2019
All submissions must begin with one first line from Volume 1, Issue 1 to Volume 5, Issue 4.
Due date: February 1, 2019

Summer 2019
All submissions must begin with one first line from Volume 6, Issue 1 to Volume 10, Issue 4.
Due date: May 1, 2019

Fall 2019
All submissions must begin with one first line from Volume 11, Issue 1 to Volume 15, Issue 4.
Due date: August 1, 2019

Winter 2019
All submissions must begin with one first line from Volume 16, Issue 1 to Volume 20, Issue 4.
Due date: November 1, 2019

A few notes:

  1. Don’t just resubmit a story we’ve already rejected. We will know. We have every story submitted to us on file and why we rejected it.
  2. 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.
  3. However, if you used one of our past first lines for a story that was published in another journal or magazine, write and tell us about it.

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).

Poetry: All poems must be written with the first line provided. The sentence can be broken across lines, but the punctuation cannot be altered or dropped. Poem length is up to the poet.

All Submissions: 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 or poems for the same 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 you tell us what issue you are submitting to in the email Subject Line. 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.

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 Web site 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.

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