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Taking Submissions: Olit Issue #2

Deadline: September 15th, 2021 Payment: $10 Theme: Stories that are gritty with grace Note: Prefer writers/stories with a connection to Orlando or the greater Central Florida area Send Us Your Weird and Wonderful Submission Guidelines While we prefer writers with a connection to Orlando or the greater Central Florida area, Olit will accept quality writing meeting our aesthetic and criteria from writers anywhere around the world. What do we mean by aesthetic and criteria? We’re glad you asked. Olit seeks the following: Genres: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Hybrid, Artwork, Photography. Send us all kinds of stuff. We love the artfully weird. Strong preference for Orlando based writers/submissions about Orlando and surrounding areas. We aim to focus primarily on publishing marginalized voices. LGBTQIA+ is a big plus with us. BIPOC voices will always be uplifted here. Disabled? Incarcerated? Low income? Other marginalized voices? Please send us your work. If you do not consider yourself marginalized, your submission is still welcome at Olit if it meets our other criteria. Our aesthetic is best defined as gritty with grace, fast food parking lots in the middle of the night, the underbelly of a tourist city the locals know by memories. We want quality writing with heart and teeth. Give us words that bite back, stories full of verve, and the poems you wouldn’t let Grandma read. We are not the Academy/highbrow lit scene. We are indie and intellectual, raw yet polished. Send us only your best. We welcome simultaneous submissions. We would never ask you not to submit your work to more than one place at a time. Any lit journal still doing that should be banished and left behind. Please send us only previously unpublished works. We welcome multiple submissions. Have a short story perfect for us? Looking to publish some poems at...

Taking Submissions: Silence in the City

Deadline: September 15, 2021 Payment: 6 cents per word Theme: A city gone silent Sudden disruptions in power and other major services sends a city into chaos. In the blink of an eye, the modern technological world fails. Is it a government plot? Experiment gone wrong? A foreign cyber attack? Alien invasion? A mystical incursion from beings beyond this dimension? Who knows? Now the noise and the bustle of the city has vanished and an eerie silence settles over the urban landscape. Within, there are stories of human violence, depravity, and desperation, but also heroism, selflessness, and sacrifice. Silence in the City is an anthology of speculative tales asking what happens when a city—and all of modern civilization—is plunged into darkness. Open Call for Stories That's right, folks! I'm holding an open call for stories to fill two or three more spaces in the forthcoming SILENCE IN THE CITY anthology. So here are the guidelines: Word Count: 2,500-5,000 words Deadline: September 15, 2021 Pay Rate: 6 CENTS A WORD Send all story submissions as DOC or DOCX attachments to the following email  address: [email protected] Be sure to title the email: SILENCE IN THE CITY SUBMISSION Via: Founders House Publishing.

Taking Submissions: Dose of Dread September 2021 (Early Listing)

Submission Window: September 1st-15th, 2021 Payment: $10 Theme: Un-themed, general horror flash fiction. Preference to dread-inducing stories. Submissions OPEN (Monthly, 1st – 15th). Un-themed, general horror flash fiction. Preference to dread-inducing stories. Length: 500 – 1,000 words. Firm. Author Compensation: $10, paid via PayPal. Publication: Dread Stone Press website (Dose of Dread). Reading Periods: Monthly, 1st to 15th. Any stories submitted outside of each reading period will not be read. Two (2) stories will be selected out of each reading period for publication the following month. Rights: First World Electronic Rights. Non-exclusive rights thereafter. No reprint restrictions after publication. Original stories ONLY. No reprints. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but NO multiple submissions. You may submit again the next month if rejected. If your story is accepted, please sit out one reading period before submitting again. Please, for everyone’s sake, no rough drafts. Successful pieces will require little to no proofreading edits. Email your submission as a Word document attachment to [email protected] with “DOSE – – ” in the subject line. Please see the General Submission Guidelines below for additional formatting information. General Submission Guidelines Rejections for Dose of Dread submissions will be sent by the end of the month submitted. If you have not received a reply by then, feel free to follow-up. All rejections will be form rejections. It’s not personal, promise. Which also means please don’t respond to rejections. It’s unnecessary. For Dose of Dread submissions, please send your work by email to [email protected] with the subject line format: “DOSE – – ”. Address your email to “Editor” or “Alex”. Please provide a brief cover letter in the body of the email (title, word count, relevant info, etc). Do not stress over or overthink this. Please include an author bio of 100 words or less, written in third person, plus any links (e.g. to a website / Twitter) if you wish to...

Taking Submissions: Tales of Sley House 2021

Submission Window: September 1st - 15th, 2021 Payment: $25 Theme: Genre fiction Note: Only open to college students As a publisher in the best of genre fiction, we are looking for novels that blend genres and styles to deliver stories as surprising and shocking as they are relevant.  ​ Tales of Sley House, 2021-- Open 9/1/2021 - 9/15/2021 for college students only. Graduate or undergraduate, you must send in your submission from your school email address to be considered. Open submissions for all others will be 9/16/2021 - 9/30/2021. ​ WHAT WE WANT -- Novels and short stories heavily grounded in science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery, or thriller, or some blend of genres. Novels and short stories that speak to pulp and/or literary conventions. Well-written stories, strong characters, interesting voices.  ​ WHAT WE DON'T WANT -- Novels or short stories that promote hate speech, first drafts, stories and novels submitted outside our submissions window or fan fiction. (Any submissions submitted outside our window will be deleted unread).  ​ TO SUBMIT:  SHORT STORIES -- We are looking for well-written genre fiction, no more than 6,000 words. Please attach your short story as a word document (.doc or docx). In the subject line, write your name -- submission + Story title -- and word count. In the body of your email, tell us a little about yourself and a little about the story.  If you've been published elsewhere, that would be nice also. We will pay $25 via PayPal upon acceptance. Contributors will receive a pdf copy of the anthology. Contributors will also be eligible for a discount on the paperback copy.  ​ When ready, click the submissions button below. We look forward to reading your work.  ​ Subscribe to our newsletter or keep checking back here for updates on when we'll be opening for submissions. ...

Contest: 50-Word Stories September 2021

Deadline: September 15th, 2021 Payment: 1 winner each month will win $10 Canadian Theme: A story at exactly 50-words If you’d like to have a 50-word story that you wrote featured on FiftyWordStories.com, first make sure that you understand exactly what a 50-word story is, and then read the submission requirements below closely. Submissions System Each month, submissions will be open between days 1 and 15 of that month. Any stories received on days 16 to 31 of a month will be deleted, but can be resubmitted the following month. You may only submit one story per month. From the stories received in those 15 days, the best stories will be selected to be published that same month. Only enough stories will be selected to publish two stories per weekday. There is no payment associated with stories. However, each month a “Story of the Month” is selected, and receives a prize of $10 Canadian. Stories that were not selected will not be published, will not roll over into the following month, and cannot be resubmitted in following months. Authors will be notified whether their story has been selected or not once all stories from the month’s submissions have been reviewed. How to Submit Please email your submission to [email protected] Paste the story into the body of the email. Please include a title, your name, and a brief third-person bio. Feel free to include a link to your website! If you are submitting a story related to a specific date or holiday, please include that information in the Subject line of your submission. You can also send your story in using the form at the bottom of this page. Tips and Guides Looking for help with writing microfiction? Check out Bob Thurber’s Anatomy of a Microfiction page. Terms and Conditions Please keep the content of your submissions appropriate for all...