Taking Submissions: Typewriter Emergencies: A Journal of Furry Lit Vol. 3

Deadline: September 20th, 2019
Payment: 1 cent per word

Typewriter Emergencies is seeking works featuring furry characters. We’re looking for stories, book reviews, articles, and any other form of furry material. The journal accepts work that is considered rated R or Less. You can throw in the word “fuck” around a few times, but no excessive sex, blood, and guts pretty much. Typewriter Emergencies publishes under the philosophy of degenerate literature. We’re not here to be proper, we’re here to make art and celebrate great writing. We don’t have a specific theme for our issues, therefore it’s free reign. Themes may be implemented in the future.

We plan on publishing at least twice a year. If we feel we can take on a heavier load, we’ll open up for more issues. Our Schedule is as follows:

Payment is $0.01 per word.
Payment for Poetry is $5 per

All rights revert back to the author. We simply ask for the right to publish the story for the period this journal is active.

Simultaneous submissions are fine. It is your responsibility to notify us if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Story Guidelines:

  • Max word count is 2500 words. Anything over this will not be accepted.
  • Reprints will be reviewed, but we will prefer previously unpublished work.
    Each issue is expected to have a small amount of material, 3-5 stories at most.

Articles & Reviews:

  • Max word count 1000 words. Anything considered a book review or article that is over 1000 words will not be considered.
  • Articles/Book reviews must be predominantly furry in nature.
  • Reviews must not contain spoilers.
  • We will not accept reviews that are overly negative.
  • As for articles, familiarize yourself with [adjective][species] or Dogpatch Press, and related furry websites.
  • We will not reprint articles or reviews.

We accept submissions through Submittable only. Emailed submissions will not be read. Our submittable link can be seen below.

Payments are made through Paypal. If another format is needed, it can be discussed.

Via: Typewriter Emergencies’ Submittable.

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.

Taking Submissions: Cross and Decay Issue 2: Witches

Deadline: August 31st, 2019
Payment: Fiction: $0.02/word, $0.01/word after 500 words. Poetry: $0.50/line, $0.25/line after 20 lines.

CROSS+DECAY is an independent art and literary magazine, connecting creators through dark and eerie themes. This magazine is edited and curated by CRUCIFIXVI.

Purchase your copy of Issue 1: Ghosts here.


Cross + Decay is now accepting work for Issue 2: Witches. The deadline for submissions is August 31 2019.

Submission Guidelines: Cross+Decay is a literary and art magazine, welcoming poetry, prose, and artwork. The work must adhere to the  issue’s theme, but it is up to the interpretation of the creator to decide what work best fits that theme and would be most relevant.

  • Prose can be fiction or non-fiction, 500-1000 words (maximum 1000). Prose must be clearly formatted, and fully edited, including spell-checking and proper grammar. Previously published work is welcome, as long as rights have reverted back to the writer. Work exceeding 1000 words will automatically be rejected.

  • Visual art can be of any medium, including photography and photographs of three-dimensional work. Work must be attached as .jpegs. Artists can submit their work with watermarks or as lower quality files, but the images must represent what the work would look like in print, and must be able to be sent as a high quality .jpeg if accepted (300 dpi, and at least 2000 pixels square).

  • Creators are welcome to submit multiple works, but they must all be submitted at the same time, and within the same email.

Payment: Accepted creators will be paid for their work.

  • Prose- $0.02/word, $0.01/word after 500 words.

  • Poetry- $0.50/line, $0.25/line after 20 lines.

  • Artwork- $15/selected digital file.

All creators will continue to have full rights to their work.

Please email submissions to [email protected], with full name, a short bio, and information relevant to understanding the work (if needed).  If you have any further questions, please send an email to the above address.

Submissions close August 31 2019 at 11:59 PM MST. Late submissions are automatically rejected.


Ongoing Submissions: The Blend International literature

Payment: Fiction – AUD$50 paid on publication. Poetry – AUD$2 paid on publication.


There are few limitations in subject matter, but be warned pornography or the exultation of any kind of abuse is not accepted.


Until an efficient submissions platform can be established to handle all file types, submissions are required to be in word.doc /x or rtf. Linked submissions to cloud or other services will not be accepted, and will not be replied to.

Fiction word acceptances between 2500 words to a maximum of 7000 words.


Poetry has been added to The Blend, because one of the editors used to be a performance poet and has a good understanding of the styles, and delivery mechanisms that are often put on show.

Submit 3 poems in a single file. Poetry is preferred no longer than 50 lines. Haiku is fun, but rarely purchased.

Limit vulgarity and sexual or depressive representations. These are no taboo subjects but some concepts will be harder to sell unless written expertly


The Blend is an inclusive publisher. Be aware when submitting if from an under represented sector of the population and society, mentioning this sub-section will help us in some of our determinations.

Issue One already features –

Merran Jones

K. S. Dearsley 

Jacqueline Seewald

Mark J. Mitchell

Gustavo Bondoni

James A Hartley

Your Region

All fiction needs to be submitted in English but submission need not depict strict western culture and mindset.

It is just as important to capture a vision of your region, its feel and texture so readers can experience places and voices far removed from their own.

Contract and Payment

The Blend uses a contract requiring first international English rights in print and eBook versions with all rights returned 6 months after publication.

All payment will be made via PayPal.

Payment for Fiction –  AUD$50 paid on publication. Poetry –  AUD$2 paid on publication. All authors will be paid 2 days after publication date. #1  July 31st – 2019 and #2  January 31-2020

NO Reading Fee

SUBMISSIONS link – submission -title-author

Get the latest issue 

[email protected]

Via: The Blend International.

Taking Submissions: The Macabre Museum

Deadline: August 31st, 2019
Payment: $25 for fiction, $5 per poem



1) Dark, literary fiction between 3,000 and 7,000 words. Think Jackson, Ligotti, Barker, think the films of Polanski (especially the Apartment Trilogy), think of Cronenberg. For inspiration purposes, not imitation. Give us something new, but with the haunting flavor of the artists listed above. Submit as an .docx or .doc only. 

Pay: $25 via Paypal for each accepted story.


2) Twisted Poetry. POEMS SHOULD WALK ON THE DARK SIDE. Submit only 3 poems at a time, in a single document, either .docx or .doc 

Pay: $5 via Paypal per accepted poem. 


3) Chilling Art. Surprise us with your depravity. Submit no more than 1 piece at a time, either as an .jpg, or .png. 

Pay: $10 via Paypal per accepted piece. 




-With each submission, please submit a cover letter with the title of your piece(s) and word count (if fiction), as well as a third person bio of no more than four sentences. 

Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let me know right away if your work is accepted elsewhere. 

No multiple submissions (except poetry, in a single email – see above). 

Please allow 45 days for a decision to be made. After that, feel free to query about your work. Does not apply to $5 Tier Patreon supporters. Those submissions will be put into a priority queue and decided on within 14 days (be sure to mention your Patreon support in the submission email).

-Subject line of submission email should read: SUBMISSION / category of submission (fiction, poetry, art) / Last name, First Name.

– Fiction and poetry should be single-spaced. No odd formatting unless absolutely essential to presentation of work. 

-All submission should be emailed to [email protected]

– Please wait until a decision has been made on your submission for each category before submitting again.

– No reprints accepted at this time.

-By submitting, you are confirming that your work is your own and does not violate any copyright laws.





All rights revert back to the creator upon publication, but please credit Macabre Museum. We do reserve the right to archive each published issue in “THE MUSEUM” section on the website for an indefinite period of time.

Via: The Macabre Museum.

Taking Submissions: THEMA: What a Strange Question!

Deadline: November 1st, 2019
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]:

What a Strange Question! [November 1, 2019]

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


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 welcomeboth traditional and experimental

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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