All Day

Taking Submissions: Stone’s Throw May 2023 Window

Rock and a Hard Place

Submission Window: May 1st-7th, 2023 Payment: $25 Theme: Someone going through the longest day of the year, the summer solstice. JUNE SUBMISSIONS (opens May 1 - 7, 2023) — The twenty-first of June is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. But our longest days (or nights) aren’t measured by minutes but by worry, hardship, or struggle. We’ve all had days like that, where it feel as if hours have passed only to see a couple minutes have vanished off the clock. So to honor the solstice, we want stories about somebody’s longest, unending day. Send us tales of what someone is going through that is making every Stone’s Throw is the monthly online companion to Rock and a Hard Place Magazine, delivering shorter, sharper content on a regular basis in an electronic medium, before collecting all 12 stories for an annual print anthology. Each month, writers will be given a submission prompt, and the best of the best, by our estimation, will be posted here the following month. INTERESTED IN SUBMITTING? Stone’s Throw will open for submissions the first week of every month, from 12AM on the first through 11:59PM on the seventh. We’re looking for all the same dark fiction, crime and noir as our usual submissions, but with a target length between 1,000 and 2,000 words, and aligned with the monthly submissions prompt (see below). We’ll read through the best, choose the one story that shines brightest, and publish it online the following month, paying $25 per accepted story. After a year, we’ll collect all twelve stories into a Stone’s Throw Anthology, to be published alongside our other print issues. PLEASE NOTE — If you have been accepted within the calendar year for Stone’s Throw, you are ineligible to submit again during that same calendar...