blood orange is constantly accepting, reviewing, and publishing submissions. If you are unsure about what cards are still available, check out the card index or get in touch ⤏ with our editor. Right now, the plan is to publish one full tarot deck; if we get lots of community support for the project, we could potentially publish more editions.
Thank you so much for considering blood orange as a vessel for your work. We can’t wait to read your submissions!
- blood orange publishes poetry and concrete/visual poetry. The only formatting requirement is that your piece should be able to fit on a tarot card, which is traditionally 2.75” x 4.75”. We love submissions in languages other than English, but as our editor only knows English and French, please include a translation of your piece if it is not in either of those languages.
- Submissions are accepted via email ⤏. Please include your submission as an attachment, the name of the card you’re submitting for, a short third-person bio, and an author photo. For poetry, please submit as a word document. For concrete/visual poetry, please submit a .png file of your work. It is incredibly helpful if you include the words “blood orange submission” in your subject line. There will never be a reading fee for submissions.
- blood orange aims to publish 79 cards by 79 different poets. As such, if you have received an acceptance, please do not submit more work at this time. If you have received a rejection, please wait two months before submitting new work. If you’ve looked through the card index and have an idea for an additional card for our deck, please email our editor ⤏ with your pitch!
- We pay $15 per published card. That said, blood orange is a labour of love and our editor is paying all fees out of pocket, so if you have the means to accept less than $15, please indicate this in your submission email. We are working on securing funding for blood orange, as we believe strongly that poets should be paid for their labour and recognize that $15 is not the pay scale that we would like to be able to provide.
- blood orange is committed to publishing radical and diverse poetry. We strongly encourage Indigenous folks, Black folks, racialized folks, transgender and nonbinary folks, Muslim and Jewish folks, disabled folks, poor folks, immigrants and refugees, queer folks, fat folks, and sex workers to submit here. If you identify as one or more of the above and would like to let us know, please mention it in your submission email. This disclosure is by no means required, and will only be used to help blood orange curate a tarot that highlights the work of poets who have been underrepresented and marginalized in literary communities.
- blood orange is dedicated to being a safe and inclusive publisher of dynamic poetry. We will not accept racist, transphobic, xenophobic, queerphobic, fascist, or otherwise oppressive works, or works by abusive writers. If you have any questions or concerns about pieces or poets that have been published in blood orange, please do not hesitate to get in touch ⤏.
Via: Blood Orange.
Deadline: December 15th, 2019
Payment: For fiction (US $ 0.08/ word) and US $ 1/ line per poetry.
Note: Apologies for the short notice!
Theme: Speculative fiction, dark fantasy is a big win
SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN. PLEASE SUBMIT BY 15 DECEMBER 2019.
Frozen Wavelets is an e-zine of speculative flash fiction and poetry, offspring of The Earthian Hivemind. This means that some of the accepted pieces will appear on the dedicated section of this blog, before being included in one of the e-zine issues (published quarterly).
Where: we use Moksha to handle the submissions. All submissions sent to our email address will be deleted unread.
What: Original flash fiction of 750 words or less. No minimum. If you can write a (convincing) story in six words (and Hemingway showed it’s possible), go for it. Twitterfiction, Drabbles, 50 words, all welcome. We love haiku, tanka, senryu, and short poetry in general, but no more than 10 lines anyway. [We welcome speculative art too, even though we’ll commission most of the initial stuff. Please contact us with proposals.]
Rights asked: First worldwide exclusive rights for 6 months from the first appearance, be it on the blog or in the ezine; non-exclusive electronic/print rights afterwards (archival and for possible inclusion in thematic / Best of anthologies). All other rights remain with you.
Payment: we pay pro-rate for fiction (US $ 0.08/ word) and US $ 1/ line per poetry. We pay on acceptance.
Reprints: we do accept reprints for fiction pieces between 500-1500 words, paid at semi-pro rate (US $ 0.01/ word), provided you own the rights and let us know the publication history. Reprints for microfiction and poetry by invitation only.
Simultaneous and multiple submissions: no simultaneous, please. We’ll get back to you with a hold or a pass within 30 days at the latest (but generally sooner than that). No multiple in the same category. One original and one reprint are allowed at the same time for fiction. Up to 5 poems/haiku can be submitted in the same document.
Topics, Language & Hard Sells: nothing is forbidden here, provided is original (i.e., NO fanfiction) and remains in the SSF&H domain. We encourage writers to push boundaries, in format and topics. Tell us something we haven’t thought of (yet), and tell it well.
Hard Sells from the Editor’s desk:
- Torture porn (or porn tout court; I found it boring, sorry)
- Gore and splatter for the sake of it (I had too much of that in my teen years as any true horror fan). Incidentally, I am a HWA Active Member, so I read every year submissions for the Stoker Awards. You need to do pretty well to sell me this stuff.
- Romance (the genre, of course; see above for porn)
- Racist / misogynist / white-supremacist discourse. No comments here, but you get my drift. If I want to hear any of it, I’d tune on my BBC channel: plenty of assholes who offer it for free. Needless to say, this e-zine is a QUILTBAG safe place. If you don’t like it or it offends your sensibilities, it’s your own business. Don’t read, don’t submit.
- Vampires (I know I’ve already written it. It’s to impress on you how much I *don’t* like them). Unless you’re Silvia Moreno-Garcia.
On the other hand, I love dry humour, and foul language doesn’t put me off. I prefer rigorous science in my SF, but I read everything and like even other types. I appreciate (good) horror in all forms and declinations, while I’m definitively pickier for fantasy, and I tend to favour dark fantasy above all. Genre-bending and slipstream welcome, and so they are mystery and thriller in a speculative context. Oh, and I love speculative fiction in translation. You’re welcome to send your translated pieces, but in this case, also include the original.
Format: the usual stuff. 12-p Times New Roman or Arial, double-spaced, indentation, 1-inch margins, no header or footer.
Please DO NOT put your name on the manuscript. Add anything you deem necessary for us to know in the cover letter, but we encourage you to keep it short and to the point (no idea how to write one? Have a look at this post by Alex Shvartsman). We’re buying (or rejecting) your story, not you; there’s not a lot we need to know anyway. If you make a sale, we’ll ask for a proper bio and social media links.
Rejection letters: we use forms, so don’t read anything in them apart from the fact that we have time constraints. Remember: we buy what we think it’s right for this particular zine, not a piece of literature, as good as it can be. Like many things in life, it’s a matter of (personal) taste, nothing more, nothing different.
If you need to query, please write at submissions AT frozenwavelets DOT com and put QUERY in the subject line, otherwise it will land straight into the trash folder.
We look forward to reading your work!
Via: Earthian Hive Mind.
Deadline: December 31st, 2019
Payment: $50 CDN flat fee and a paperback copy of the anthology for stories. $20 CDN flat fee and a paperback copy of the anthology for poems.
The most capricious of elements, air is the domain of all winged creatures, but also of tricksters, spirits, elves and fairies. This ethereal element is as difficult to pin down as the wind so for this anthology, especially, I am open to stories whose genres also transcend usual definitions. I want stories which are light as a summer breeze, and also those which rage with the drama of a tornado. I want action, ideas and movement but also whimsy and transformation. Grand, high-adventure and cozy close-to-home conflicts.
I want to fit as many airy creatures into this anthology as possible, so in addition to sylphs, spirits and swan maidens I want air dragons, fae, griffins, sirens, rocs, Thunderbird, Pegasus… and because I’m open to combining aether with air in this situation why not also hit me with your angels, phantoms, Yōkai and nymphs too!
Rights and compensation:
$50 CDN flat fee and a paperback copy of the anthology for stories.
$20 CDN flat fee and a paperback copy of the anthology for poems.
In exchange we are seeking first world rights in English and exclusive right to publish in print and electronic format for six months after publication date, after which publisher retains nonexclusive right to continue to publish for the life of the anthology.
Open submission period: November 1, 2019 — December 31, 2019
Length: Under 7,500 words
Publisher: Tyche Books
No simultaneous or multiple submissions.
Canadian spelling please.
How to Submit: Use the form here – https://niteblade.submittable.com/submit
Via: Rhonda Parrish.
Payment: CAD 1.5c/word. CAD .4c/word for reprints.
Note: Reprints Welcome
Via: tdotSpec Magazine.
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: 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.