Deadline: September 30th, 2017
Payment: $30 per story, $10 per poem
Please read the following in its entirety before submitting. The rules are needed, and EC will not consider your work if they have not been followed.
It’s important to read samples of published work on EC. You can find just a few examples here.
HERE IS HOW YOU SUBMIT: No unsolicited work of any kind is being accepted. Only the kind of submissions outlined below will be accepted at EC.
— Six times a year, writers and poets will have a chance to submit fairy-tale inspired stories and poems. No non-fiction of any kind.
— Here are the submission periods: Months–January, March, May, July, September, November.
— Days of those months–the first through the 30th. That’s starting at 12 a.m. on the first day of a submission month. That’s ending at 11:59 p.m. of the 30th of a submission month (28th for February). Those are Eastern Standard Times.
— No stories or poems will be accepted in the following months, so please do not send any: February, April, June, August, October, December.
— You submit through email only. Please use this address only: [email protected] That’s for submissions only.
— Your last name, the month and the year should be in the subject line of the email.
— You must be 18 years old or older, but may be from any country.
— You should try to use American English word forms and punctuation.
— Do not send attachments. They will not be opened or considered. Paste your work in the body of an email.
— You will receive a response telling you I have received your submission.
— No editorial feedback of any kind will be provided. I’m sorry about that. I just do not have the time.
— No fancy spacing or characters, please. Do not indent for new paragraphs. Just do an extra return between them. My publishing platform is tricky. Heavy dialogue is very hard to format. Resist the urge. Most classic tales are not heavy on dialogue.
— Your submission must include how you follow EC. Methods include something Google related, Facebook or Twitter or Pinterest (the board called New Posts at Enchanted Conversation). You only need to follow in one way. Just search for my name, Kate Wolford, and you will be able to follow both me and EC. But if you don’t follow, your work will not be considered. For a better explanation, go here: http://bit.ly/27Y2FNI
— A Paypal address must be included. Without one, work will not be considered.
— Only previously unpublished work, please. Only one work per writer per submission period.
— First electronic rights are being bought. Once the story is published, you are free to shop it elsewhere.
— All things being equal, authors who comment and support EC will get greater consideration of their work. But quality takes precedence over all other considerations.
Each of the six submission periods for 2017 will have a theme. Here they are:
1. January: “Steadfast Tin Soldier,”
2. March: “Diamonds and Toads,”
3. May: “Donkeyskin,”
4. July: “Emperors New Clothes,”
5. September: “Godfather Death,”
6. November: “Elves and the Shoemaker.”
When each window for submissions opens, a theme-related post will be published. Please read the relevant post before writing your submission. All of the themes are classic fairy tales, but I do not want retreads of the original stories. At the same time, your works should reflect the chosen theme, or there is no chance of publication.
WORD COUNT and CONTENT
Stories should be no shorter than 700 words and no longer than 3,000.
Poems may be of any length.
Absolutely none of the following: Sci-fi, dystopian, erotica, high fantasy, excessive world building, time-travel, futuristic, space travel, western. Oh, and I hate love triangles. Also, EC is NOT a children’s publication. Period
It’s essential that you read past EC stories and poems to see what I publish on EC. (Note, to make sure there is no confusion, understand that EC is on e-publication only. 12-31-16.) Also, Beyond the Glass Slipper, Krampusnacht, He Sees You When He’s Creepin, and Frozen Fairy Tales give great insight insight into what I publish. You can find them at Amazon, B&N and other booksellers. All are available in ebook form.
The essence of classic fairy tales must be maintained when you write these stories. Your are free to explore themes by retelling a classic tale–but in your own way and in keeping with the theme. I tend to prefer things to end happily, but it’s not essential. Please think of the classic fairy tale form when writing poems or stories. NOTIFICATION OF SUCCESS and PAYMENT
— Story pay: $30, Poem pay: $10. US dollars only.
— Payment will be made through PayPal only.
— Non-acceptance emails will not be sent out. Instead, the names of those whose works are chosen will be posted on EC no later than the 7th of the month following a submission month.
— The winners will usually be published at the end of the non-submission month following a submission month. Example: January is a submission month. Winners will be posted no later than February 7 and winners would usually be published on the last day of February.
Deadline: May 26th, 2018
Payment: Contributor’s Copy
The Poet’s Haven is seeking poetry and short stories that begin with the cliche line, “It was a dark and stormy night.” Pieces can be dramatic or humorous: we are seeking a variety for this anthology.
(Despite publisher Vertigo’s well-known cat obsession, there is one canine he adores: Snoopy. V’s been on a kick watching “Peanuts” cartoons, and he’s been reading the collections of Schulz’s original strips when he has the time, so when it was time to pick the next Digest theme, this is the one he selected out of the dozens of ideas post-it noted all over his walls.)
This call will close on May 26, 2018. The anthology is targeted for printing in early or mid-summer.
Publication in this series pays one copy per piece. A maximum of two pieces will be selected from each contributor. All contributors can purchase additional copies at a 50% discount.
Poet’s Haven Digest titles are published as 4.25″ wide by 5.5″ tall pocket-sized books. We are not seeking cover art for this anthology. (The publisher has already decided what he wants on the cover and will either draw it himself or commission someone to do it after he decides his artwork is horrible.)
The Poet’s Haven is a place for artists across a wide and diverse spectrum to feel safe seeing their work published. We are open to unsolicited submissions from both experienced, published creators and talent new to submitting work for publication. We offer minimal restrictions on content and genre. What little content that is disallowed is as follows: material that is obscene, excessively vulgar, pornographic, racist, or in any way bigoted will not be published here. The Poet’s Haven also does not accept religious material.
Our publications are intended for mature readers. While our primary audience is adults we are NOT limited to any one demographic. We have knowingly published work from creators as young as 9 and as old as 95.
We are free to publish what we wish but we will maintain a level of decency; therefore, nothing obscene, pornographic, racist, or bigoted will be accepted.
The publisher has decided to focus on non-religious poetry, artwork, and stories. That said, since many authors are highly influenced by their faiths, work that expresses faith may be acceptable but writing or artwork that preaches a faith will not be accepted. Work that questions faith in general may be acceptable. Work designed to insult the followers of any certain religion will be rejected the same as work of a bigoted nature.
Writing that is badly misspelt or in need of severe grammatical or punctual corrections will be rejected. Your word processor program has a spell check. Spell Check is your friend. Use it.
Please make certain your are submitting your work to the correct call. Submitting poems to the call for short stories will get your work rejected, unread. Submissions of incomplete or unfinished work will be rejected, unread. Sending a chapbook manuscript to a call for pieces for the website will get your work rejected, unread.
The Poet’s Haven has a general open call for chapbook manuscripts each spring. 2017’s call will be open from March 13 through May 13. This call is only open for a short period each year to prevent us from getting so buried in submissions that we cannot find enough time to read them all.
The Poet’s Haven receives the rights to publish all work submitted to the PoetsHaven.com Galleries on the website. The author retains ownership and is free to have it published elsewhere, provided the other publishers do not require first-time or exclusive rights.
The Poet’s Haven receives the rights to publish all work submitted to The Poet’s Haven Digest in both print and electronic formats. The author retains ownership and is free to have it published elsewhere, provided the other publishers do not require first-time or exclusive rights. We ask that authors refrain from submitting a piece published in a Poet’s Haven Digest anthology to other anthologies, magazines, and/or online journals for at least one year.
The Poet’s Haven receives the rights to publish all work submitted to The Poet’s Haven Author Series in both print and electronic formats. The author retains ownership and is free to submit individual pieces to anthologies, magazines, and/or online journals, provided the publishers do not require first-time or exclusive rights. Authors may not place more than half (50%) the contents of an Author Series title at another press, including as part of a full-length “Collected Works” type publication.
Submissions must be made by either the creator of a work, or on behalf of the creator. PLAGIARISM IS A CRIME, AND WILL NOT BE TOLERATED! We will assist any investigations of a submitter for fraud to the best of our abilities. If you are submitting a work on behalf of the creator, be certain to give us a way to contact him or her, other than through your e-mail, if need be. A postal address will work fine. The author or artist MUST BE AWARE THAT HIS OR HER WORK IS BEING SUBMITTED! The ONLY exception to this rule is in the case of a deceased author or artist, in which case the work must be submitted by the author or artist’s next-of-kin/proprietor-of-estate.
Due to time restraints, we are unable to critique each and every item submitted. Comments from the publisher or editors will be rare.
The Poet’s Haven is largely a one-person operation. Some publications may have another editor helping out (such as the “VENDING MACHINE” anthologies), but nearly everything here is handled by publisher Vertigo Xavier. Unfortunately, those few ads you see on these pages do not bring in enough money for running The Poet’s Haven to be his exclusive, full-time job. Real-life responsibilities do get in the way of him completing updates and reviewing submissions as fast as everyone would like. In other words, it may be some months before your submission gets a response. Please be patient. If you choose to simultaneously submit work both here and elsewhere, when any sort of exclusive rights are required and the other publication accepts your work before you see a response from us, please remember to log back in to your Submittable account and withdraw your submission.
Contact Links and Author Bios:
Pages on the website featuring your work can also include a short author bio and a link to your personal website or social media page. Please include this when sending your submission. We will no longer list author e-mail addresses on the site. If you wish to provide readers with a way to contact you via e-mail, we recommend setting up a small blog with a contact form. The Poet’s Haven Digest and VENDING MACHINE anthologies will include a very short author bio and website URL in the contributor index. The Poet’s Haven Author Series publications include an author photo and bio on back of the book (or inside the cover, if a flip-book format).
Payment for Publication:
Access to The Poet’s Haven website is free of charge. Any meager profit generated by advertisements either goes toward paying for and promoting the site or towards producing our offline events and publications. We cannot pay for work to be published on the website.
Payment for work used in print publications will be described in that print publication’s submission call.
Disclaimer (this is VERY important!):
The Poet’s Haven is a privately held publishing company. This is not an open forum. We, the publisher and editors, reserve the right to refuse any submission for any reason we see fit. This may include work that we feel is questionable, may be in violation of any of the above guidelines, or that we have any objection to. We have a policy of “ZERO TOLERANCE FOR BULLSHIT.” If you attempt to cause problems by initiating spam campaigns, attempting a DDOS attack, or harassing any member of The Poet’s Haven staff, you will be blocked from accessing the site.
The Poet’s Haven website is no different than a print publication. If your poem is published in a magazine and a year later you decide you don’t like the piece anymore, the publisher can not go through all remaining copies of the issue and tear out the page. The Poet’s Haven will not entertain ANY requests for removing poetry from the site on the basis of the author not liking his or her older work. Removal requests can be made for the following reason ONLY: plagiarism. Please provide documentation (ie: cite the work that was plagiarized) when making any removal request.
In the modern age of Google, some authors have expressed concern about work written many years ago, perhaps when that author was still in college or even high school, being found today by prospective employers. Your work was found to be of a high quality when it was submitted, and it should not be removed from the site. However, if you are concerned about the emotions of your youth influencing your professional standing today, we can alter the name listed with your work. We recommend simply changing your first name to your initial. This way, if you do someday return to writing, you can still take credit for your early work.
Deadline: October 31st, 2017
Payment: 1 cent per word for fiction and nonfiction, and a flat fee of $10 for poetry
NonBinary Review is a quarterly digital literary journal that joins poetry, fiction, essays, and art around each issue’s theme. We invite authors to explore each theme in any way that speaks to them: re-write a familiar story from a new point of view, mash genres together, give us a personal essay about some aspect of our theme that has haunted you all your life. We also invite art that will accompany the literature and be featured on our cover. All submissions must have a clear and obvious relationship to some specific aspect of the source text (a character, episode, or setting). Submissions only related by a vague, general, thematic similarity are unlikely to be accepted.
NonBinary Review accepts fiction and creative non-fiction of up to 5,000 words in length, although shorter is probably better. Fiction should be double spaced, 12-point type, in Times New Roman or similar font in a Word document or text file. Authors may submit up to 5 pieces of flash fiction, no more than 1000 words each, in this category. Please upload each piece as a separate document on this submission. Flash (fiction or CNF) is the ONLY category where multiple pieces related to the same theme may be selected for publication.
NonBinary Review accepts poetry of up to 3 pages in length. Poetry should be single spaced, 12-point type, in Times New Roman or similar font in a Word document or text file. You may submit up to five files with this submission, but each poem must be submitted as a separate document.
We prefer high-resolution images in JPEG, PDF, TIFF, GIF or PNG format. Visual art must be related to each issue’s theme and please attach only one file at a time. Each file must be accompanied by the artist’s bio and an artist’s statement, which should be submitted as a Word document or text file, double spaced, 12-point type, in Times New Roman or similar font.
Your 50-word bio should be included in your cover letter. If your bio is longer than 50 words, it WILL be edited for length if your piece is selected. You may submit more than one piece, but each piece must be submitted as a separate document.
NonBinary Review pays 1 cent per word for fiction and nonfiction, and a flat fee of $10 for poetry (singular poems or a suite) and $25 per piece of visual art, payable upon receipt of the signed publication contract. In return, we ask for worldwide serial rights and electronic publishing rights. NonBinary Review accepts previously published work as long as the original publication is clearly credited. All contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the issue in which their work appears.
If you are interested in your work appearing online, please indicate on your submission that you would like to be considered for our weekly online feature, Alphanumeric. Alphanumeric pays a flat fee of $10 per piece regardless of genre or length, and adheres to the same theme and style conventions as the current reading period for NonBinary Review. Alphanumeric pieces will be published online for the 3 active months per each issue, after which, these pieces will be published as a compendium to the issue in which they were published. All contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the issue in which their work appears.
Authors and artists should state in their cover letters for which issue their submission is intended. Submissions not related to an upcoming issue’s theme will be deleted unread.
Payment: Payment in US is $12 on acceptance + 2 contributor’s copies, outside of US is 3-issue subscription plus 2 copies.
I print primarily poetry, but also publish a small amount of short short fiction. The genres of fantasy and SF are preferred. I am interested in experimental formats and content, and prefer fantastic horror a la Lovecraft or Blackwood to the blood and gore type. Any SF or fantasy is appropriate if it isn’t sappy or trite. If your poem rhymes, be sure that the rhymes are not forced, and that the meter is consistent.
The magazine consists of 20 digest-sized pages with card-stock cover. Publication is thrice yearly, issues are numbered sequentially. Issue #1 was published in January of 1986. Print run 200. Most-recent issue is #85. DN is distributed free to interested libraries.
Poetry & Fiction
Maximum length for poetry or fiction is 2 single-spaced typed pages, but I prefer less than one page. I prefer e-submissions in the body of the message. Send up to five manuscripts with SASE from the US. From other countries use an IRC or US stamps. Submissions lacking sufficient return postage or equivalent will be discarded. Cover letter not required. PLEASE put your name and address on each poem you submit!
I print 15-20 poems per issue. Buying 1st N.Am. serial rights unless state otherwise. Payment is $12 on acceptance + 2 contributor’s copies. Contributors outside North America can instead receive a 3-issue subscription plus 2 copies. DN is a tough market because of the high volume of poetry submissions I receive. Fewer than 5% of submissions are accepted. Response time is commonly 4-8 weeks. Sample copy for $5.
Artwork should be line drawings; no half-tones. Good photocopies OK, but I prefer to receive JPEG’s as e-mail attachments. Art should be no larger than 4 1/2 by 7 1/2 inches, but I can reduce it. Payment $12 on acceptance plus 2 copies. I always need covers, and small filler illustrations. Filler illos that are the right size and shape to fill up the bottom of a page are particularly useful. Payment for covers includes an extra copy of the issue.
Payment: ¼¢ per word ($5 minimum) and a contributor’s copy. For poems, $5 and a contributor’s copy
Not One of Us is about people (or things) out of place in their surroundings, outsiders, social misfits, aliens in the SF sense—anyone excluded from society for whatever the reason. We’d like Not One of Us to consider the problem of “otherness” from every possible fictional angle: horror, SF, fantasy, noir, slipstream, Western, mainstream, whatever.
The editorial philosophy of the magazine reflects my own personal taste in genre fiction. To me the scariest and most deeply moving horror stories are not about monsters or about good vs. evil, but rather about the reader’s own fears and discomforts. Similarly, for Not One of Us, fantasy isn’t about pseudo-medieval worlds, science fiction isn’t about space opera or funny-sounding names, Westerns are not about gunfights. In our magazine, it’s all about the characters.
We crave characters (human or otherwise) who are different and who act the way they do out of plausible (if occasionally insane) motives. All the wondrous settings and complex plots in the world will fail to convince me if at the center of the tale there isn’t a protagonist with whom I can somehow empathize. I don’t have to like that character: heaven knows we’ve had some pretty nasty protagonists, and empathy is not the same as excuse-making. But I want to get some insight into the character, and vicariously into myself. Also, I like stories, and characters, with edge.
Themes to avoid: vampires, alcoholic villains without any understanding of their motives, tales about writers, sword and sorcery, deals with the devil, and revenge stories that have no other point, especially if the punishment far exceeds the crime.
Because we’re a digest-sized (5.5 x 8.5 inch, 52-page) publication, we prefer stories of 6000 words or less. While we’re willing to read stories up to 7500 words long, they are a harder sell because of the size limitation of our format. We prefer poems of 40 lines or less, although we’re willing to read longer poems. Just not ones of epic length.
We assume first serial rights, with rights reverting to the author/poet upon publication. Payment is ¼¢ per word ($5 minimum), payable upon publication, plus one contributor’s copy for stories; $5 plus one copy for poems.
Artwork takes the form of story illustrations plus theme-related front and back covers. Typical payment ranges from $8 to $15. Query with samples.
Send electronic submissions from the contact page. We prefer Word or RTF attachments (do not send submissions in PDF), but it’s OK to embed submissions. All hardcopy correspondence should be accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. Please send only one story or up to three poems at a time.
John Benson, Editor
12 Curtis Road
Natick, MA 01760
Reading Periods: September 15 – January 15 and March 15 – July 15
Payment: $25 and a contributor’s copy
Outlook Springs is a literary journal from another dimension. It is devoted to your PREVIOUSLY UNPUBLISHED fiction, poetry, and non-fiction tinged with the strange. Submit one story or essay at a time (up to 7,500 words) or up to five poems (Important: Submit all poems as 1 document). Please do not submit more than twiceper reading period, unless told otherwise by an editor.
Our reading periods are:
September 15 – January 15
March 15 – July 15
(See categories for descriptions & details.)
Submission Guidelines: Keep it simple. 12 pt font. Double-Spaced. Name and page number on each page. Cover letter should include contact information, as well as anything else you would like our editors to know about you. Make sure to read our genre-specific guidelines. Please don’t conceal hexes and/or curses within these cover letters.
Important note: we do not accept paper submissions. Non-Important note: we can’t seem to find the cap to our toothpaste. We’ve looked everywhere.
Simultaneous submissions are a-OK in our book, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. Outlook Springs acquires first serial printing rights. All rights revert to the author upon publication. For fiction and non-fiction, contributors will be paid $25 in addition to a contributor’s copy. Poets will be paid $10 per poem in addition to one contributor’s copy total.