Category: Poetry

Poetry

Taking Submissions: UnSung Literary Magazine Volume 2

Deadline: May 10th, 2020
Payment: $20 per piece of fiction / creative non-fiction between 1000-3000 words and $30 per piece between 3001-6000 words. We offer $20 per poem.
Theme: Pieces related to all things love, sex, and eroticism.

 **Submissions for UnSung Volume II Close May 10th**

Submissions should be sent through the submission page, but any inquiries or concerns can be sent to:    [email protected] 

Share Your Sauciest

UnSung Literary Magazine is accepting pieces of poetry, micro or flash fiction, and short creative non-fiction.

We would also like to feature visual artists, and are accepting illustrations and photography.

UnSung Literary Magazine is choosing to focus on marginalized voices; priority will be given to artists and authors who are

Black/POC, LGBTQ, or identify as womxn. 

We are looking for pieces related to all things love, sex, and eroticism. But, we want to see your sensual expressions living within intersections. Have a piece about a Black, Queer AFAB (assigned female at birth) late- night tryst? Maybe prose detailing your attraction to another lesbian with masculinity similar to yours? Show us the tender poem of how his hand grazing yours first time made your heart flutter. We want to know how the moonlight looked reflecting off of their dark skin that night at the lake.

Formatting and Correspondence

If submitting poetry, multiple pieces are allowed, but please no more than 5 at a time; if poems are each longer than 2 pages, submit no more than 3. Not all submitted may be accepted.

For prose, we’re looking for flash (included micro) fiction, so please limit submissions to 3000 words.

Please put SUBMISSION: [Story Title] – [Full Name] – [Word Count] – [Publication] in the header to help us weed out spam.

Example: SUBMISSION: [Story A] – [Jane DePerson] – [2500] – [UnSung Magazine]

We invite you to add a cover letter detailing your publication history (if any, non-mandatory) and any relevant details. These bios will appear before your story in the issue, but we respect your privacy, so let us know if you’d like any context to remain off the record instead. 

When submitting, ensure that you include your pronouns, which name you’d like printed (whether that be a pen name or an alternate version of your birth name, etc) and your PayPal email address.

Response times may range between one to three weeks. If you haven’t heard anything after four weeks, please email [email protected] and put QUERY: [Story Title] – [Full Name] as the subject line and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Compensation and Rights

We are a token paying market, offering $20 per piece of fiction / creative non-fiction between 1000-3000 words and $30 per piece between 3001-6000 words. We offer $20 per poem. All payable via PayPal. Additionally, you will receive a hard copy of the publication, and free marketing from UnSung Magazine. 

We are purchasing Non-Exclusive First World Rights to your work, meaning we are the first market in the world to feature your work, but you are allowed to submit it to a different market in the meantime, as long as Market B doesn’t want exclusivity. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know if your pieces are accepted elsewhere!

Visual Art & Photography

Please email us up to five pieces of your best work you think would fit well with our theme. You can email them to [email protected]

Please put [ART]: [Full Name] – [UnSung] in the header to help us weed out spam.

Artists will receive $20 payable via PayPal for each chosen piece. 

Via: Unsung Literary Magazine Volume 2.

Ongoing Submissions: The Fifth Di…

Payment: Original Stories: $25.00, Reprint Stories: $15.00, Flash Fiction: 1 cent/word, Poems: $5.00, Articles: $20.00
Theme: All genre work with a strong emphasis on character development
Note: Reprints Allowed

The Fifth Di… began with James Baker of ProMart Publishing back around the turn of the millennium. After his passing in September 2002, it was under the editorial stewardship of J Alan Erwine, now of Nomadic Delirium Press. In November 2019, it was handed over to Hiraeth Books.

The Fifth Di… is now published quarterly, in March, June, September, and December, in print [and, eventually, as an eBook]. It presents original science fiction, fantasy, and spooky horror stories. It also presents a few original poems, again along the overall theme.

The Fifth Di… wants original stories with plot, tension, suspense, conflict, and character development. Remember, if readers do not care what happens to your main character[s], they won’t read the story. The narrative should maintain a sense of wondering what’s going to happen next; of what’s lurking just around the corner. Showing is better than telling. Frex, instead of telling the reader that it’s cold, show your character shivering, stomping feet, or having ice form on beard or hair. The inner thoughts and emotions of your character[s] are just as important.

Stories submitted to The Fifth Di… should be between 4K and 8K words long. Longer or shorter stories will be considered; however, anything less than 4K will be a difficult sell. Anything 1K or less will be considered flash fiction. We will consider reprint stories, provided they adhere to the guidelines; however, they are difficult sells.

Submit your stories as rtf or .doc attachments [NO .docx, please] to sdpshowcase at yahoo dot com [you must recombine this address for it to work. Sorry for the inconvenience. Blame spammers].

Please submit one story at a time, and wait for the response before submitting another. We hope to keep the response time down to two months. If you haven’t heard from us in three months, please query.

Poetry submitted to The Fifth Di… should be from about ten to a hundred lines. Please submit no more than three poems at a time, and wait for the response before submitting more. Again, we hope to keep the response time down to two months. If you haven’t heard from us in three months, please query.

Submit your poems as rtf or .doc attachments [NO .docx, please] or IBOE to sdpshowcase at yahoo dot com [you must recombine this address for it to work. Sorry for the inconvenience. Blame spammers].

The Fifth Di… also considers articles related to science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Articles include essays and reviews, as well as writing tips. Word count should be around 1K words, up to a loose 5K words. Please submit one article at a time, and wait for the response before submitting another. Yet again, we hope to keep the response time down to two months. If you haven’t heard from us in three months, please query.

Submit your articles as rtf or .doc attachments [NO .docx, please] to sdpshowcase at yahoo dot com [you must recombine this address for it to work. Sorry for the inconvenience. Boil spammers; inexpensive vegetable oil works best].

The Fifth Di… is not considering cover art at this time.

Payment is made upon publication by check or Paypal as follows:

Original Stories: $25.00

Reprint Stories: $15.00

Flash Fiction: 1 cent/word

Poems: $5.00

Articles: $20.00

NOTE: If you live outside the United States, you will be paid via Paypal, or must make some other arrangement with the editor.

All submissions must include contact information. This means:

Name [yours, not necessarily your byline name]

Address [street, city, country, and zip code or equivalent]

e-mail address

Paypal address

If your address changes before the publication date, please let us know.

Queries should be sent to sdpshowcase at yahoo dot com [you must recombine this address for it to work. Sorry for the inconvenience. Grill spammers; the grillwork of a 1950 Buick or a 1953 Packard works best].

Via: Hiraeth Publishing.

Taking Submissions:Laughing Crow Lit Mag #1

Deadline: April 20th, 2020
Payment: $10
Theme: Work that makes us examine our own lives through the context they provide.

Calling All Crows!

“WHEN THE GOING GETS WEIRD, THE WEIRD TURN PROFESSIONAL.”
― HUNTER S. THOMPSON

The first issue of the Laughing Crow Lit Mag is under way, and we are accepting submissions from Feb 1, 2020 until April 20, 2020. We are on the lookout for writers and artists who are able to make us examine our own lives through the context they provide. We are looking for original works. Upon acceptance, Laughing Crow Lit Mag retains first serial publication rights. Upon publication all rights revert to the author. All accepted pieces earn a $10 payout upon acceptance, paid to the author or artist via PayPal.

FICTION!

Please submit one piece of fiction of up to 5000 words, or up to 3 flash pieces of no more than 700 words each. Manuscripts should use standard manuscript format (Times New Roman, 12-pt font, double spaced). Please send via email to [email protected] The subject line should read: SUBMISSION: [title(s)] [genre]. Include your cover letter and bio in the body of the email with your submission attached in one file, using .docx or .pdf format.


CREATIVE NONFICTION!

Please submit one piece of CNF of up to 5000 words, or up to 3 flash pieces of no more than 700 words each. Manuscripts should use standard manuscript format (Times New Roman, 12-pt font, double spaced). Please send via email to [email protected] The subject line should read: SUBMISSION: [title(s)] [genre]. Include your cover letter and bio in the body of the email with your submission attached in one file, using .docx or .pdf format.


POETRY!

Please submit three to seven pieces, ten pages maximum. Manuscripts should use standard manuscript format (Times New Roman, 12-pt font, single spaced). Please send via email to [email protected] The subject line should read: SUBMISSION: [title(s)] [genre]. Include your cover letter and bio in the body of the email with your submission attached in one file, using .docx or .pdf format.


ART!

Please submit one image in .jpg file format. Please send via email to [email protected] The subject line should read: SUBMISSION: [title] [genre]. Include your cover letter and bio in the body of the email with your submission attached in one file.

Via: The Laughing Crow Lit Mag.

Taking Submissions: THEMA – The Tiny Red Suitcase

Deadline: July 1st, 2020
Payment: short story, $25; short-short piece (up to 1000 words), $10; poem, $10
Theme: The Tiny Red Suitcase

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 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.

Via: Thema.

Taking Submissions: On Spec

Deadline: March 31st, 2020
Payment (In Canadian): Poems (4-100 lines): $50 plus one contributor’s copy, Short-short stories (under 1000 words): $50, plus one contributor’s copym Fiction (6000 words max.), 1000-2999 words: $125 plus 2 contributor’s copies plus a One year subscription, 3000-4999 words: $175 plus 2 contributor’s copies plus a One year subscription, 5000-6000 words: $200 plus 2 contributor’s copies plus a One year subscription
Theme: Speculative fiction of all kinds, but read below

2020 Story, Poetry and Art Submissions to On Spec open until end of March 2020

Please read all the author instructions carefully first.

What are we looking for? And what are we NOT looking for?

We like to pride ourselves in searching out the most interesting and innovative works of fiction and poetry in the genre. So what do we want?

  • Speculative writing of all kinds, but nothing derivative. Try to avoid what you think are trends, because by the time we’d publish them, they won’t be. Remember, you are a trendsetter, not a trend follower.
  • We’ll gladly look at works up to 6,000 words, but keep in mind that most of these will eventually need a hard edit to reduce a thousand words of exposition. If you do that, yourself. it makes us more likely to pick up your story.
  • We’d prefer a standard manuscript format, in a readable font. If you are new to this, do some research.
  • The work must be previously unpublished in English in North America. We buy First NA Serial Rights to your work.
  • We are not fond of graphic sex and violence. And we are not fond of horror that is simply “messy”.
  • When we say “character-driven”, we mean it. A story that exists because a character is pushed along by outside influences and has absolutely no agency, will not grab our attention.
  • Keep the stakes high in your story. Remember that we need the reader to WANT to turn the pages. We need the reader to miss that bus or train stop because they are totally absorbed in the “what happens next?” of an On Spec story. We need the readers to ENGAGE with your protagonist, so they care about how things turn out.
  • Watch out for flags that predict the ending of the story before we get to it.
  • Don’t send us a HAITE story. That’s our acronym for “Here’s An Idea: The End”.
  • Watch out for surprise Twist endings, especially if you have hidden a key piece of information from the Reader until the deus ex machina ending happens.
  • Make sure your story gives the reader a credible reason to willingly suspend their disbelief, and always make the ending of your story believable. The last thing we want to see is “It was all a dream”, or “we’re all living inside a snow globe”, or “this was all VR”.
  • Stay away from really awful protagonists. Remember the point above where we want the reader to be engaged with the protagonist and really care about the outcome.
  • While we don’t check on a writer’s ethnic background, we do encourage works from diverse communities of writers. If you are coming from a place of respect for the subject matter, we’ll know.
  • By the way, have you researched your market before hitting that “submit” button? A digital copy of an On Spec issue is readily available from Weightless Books.

How does it work?

  •  The first reader assigned to each manuscript will determine its literary merit and overall suitability for On Spec, and will flag the story with an Accept or Decline as well as listing their reactions to the story. This goes on to the attention of the Managing Editor.
  • A story that obviously does not meet our needs will be sent a letter stating the work is unsuitable for On Spec. Keep in mind that we probably buy 1 story for every 20 that we read.
  • A story that has potential will probably be read by one or more of the other editors until a final decision is made.
  • Art submissions are viewed for suitability by two editors, and we may also look at your web site to see other works that may be available.
  • We also need to be aware of the budget we have for buying new work, as well as the number of stories we have on hand to be used in upcoming issues. We also need to be aware of Canadian content. We DO buy works from non-Canadians, but our mandate was always to showcase works by writers from our own country.
  • You will receive either an email saying your story has been declined,  or an offer of a publication contract in due course. You can track progress and status of your manuscript  through your account created on the On Spec site.
  • If you still have questions after reading this, fee free to send us a note on the Contact Us page of the web site.
  • Remember the editors’ decision is final, and writing back to complain about being rejected is not a professional thing to do. Just send your story to a new market and keep sending until it gets sold. You’d be surprised at the number of writers who find a market on their 9th or 10th attempt at submission.

Payment

ON SPEC buys first North American serial (magazine) rights to your work. We pay upon acceptance.

Pay rates are as follows and in Canadian dollars:

  • Poems (4-100 lines): $50 plus one contributor’s copy
  • Short-short stories (under 1000 words): $50, plus one contributor’s copy

Fiction (6000 words max.)

  • 1000-2999 words: $125 plus 2 contributor’s copies plus a One year subscription
  • 3000-4999 words: $175 plus 2 contributor’s copies plus a One year subscription
  • 5000-6000 words: $200 plus 2 contributor’s copies plus a One year subscription

Via: On Spec.

Taking Submissions: Reckoning 5

Deadline: September 22nd, 2020
Payment: eight cents a word for prose, thirty dollars a page for poetry
Theme: Creative writing about environmental justice

We’re currently reading for Reckoning 5! Please refer to the specific calls from poetry editor Leah Bobet and fiction/nonfiction editor Cécile Cristofari!

To understand what we’re looking for, try reading Reckoning 3Reckoning 2Reckoning 1the interviewsthe Reckoning twitter, or LCRW 33.

The short version: creative writing about environmental justice. Fiction preferably at least a tiny bit speculative, nonfiction preferably more creative than journalistic, poetry tending towards the narrative and preferably with some thematic heft, art leaning away from the pulpy heavily towards the political. But the heart of what we want is your searingly personal, visceral, idiosyncratic understanding of the world and the people in it as it has been, as it is, as it will be, as it could be, as a consequence of humanity’s relationship with the earth.
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Taking Submissions: The First Line – Summer 2020

Deadline: May 1st, 2020
Payment: $25.00 – $50.00 for fiction, $5.00 – $10.00 for poetry
Theme: Story must begin with: The door was locked.

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: a href=”http://www.thefirstline.com/submission.htm” target=”_blank”>The First Line.

Taking Submissions: PUNK: An Anthology of Poetry

Deadline: April 30th, 2020
Payment: $10 and a contributors copy
Theme: Punk!

punk
1. a loud, fast-moving, and aggressive form
of rock music
2. a worthless person (often used as a
general term of abuse)
3. an inexperienced young person
4. a criminal
5. substance that smolders when ignited
6. in poor or bad condition
7. to trick or deceive
8. to utterly defeat

How do you define “punk”? Give us your take on the nuances of this word! Edited by Christine Taylor, a collection of poetic voices ready to explode.

Submissions are open February 1, 2020 through April 30, 2020. Please send ONE previously unpublished poem of any style, form, and length that speaks to the vision of the anthology to [email protected] with the subject line “ANTHOLOGY— [Title of Poem].” Submissions are free and open to all, including current contributors to the journal. Simultaneous submissions are accepted.

We ask for First World Rights upon acceptance, and rights revert to the author upon publication. Contributors will receive a $10 USD honorarium and one copy of the anthology

Via: Kissing Dynamite Poetry.

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