Tagged: Ongoing

Ongoing Submissions: Cathedral Canyon Review

Payment: $20/poem for poetry, $25/image for visual art pieces, and the current SFWA rate of 8 cents per word for prose
Theme: All genres appear welcome
Note: Primarily looking for authors in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, or Utah

Fundamentally, our mission is to give a voice to short (flash) fiction, short non-fiction (essay, memoir), poetry, and visual art that is by an author or artist living in the Southwest, generally considered to be California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and Utah. The voices we especially want to hear from are those of BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ writers. We expect to see your best work, beautifully presented.

We pay our writers; we don’t charge them. Well, except for contests. You want to win some decent prize money, right? 100% of contest entry fees are paid back to our winning writers, no exceptions.


Ongoing Submissions: The Dark City

Payment: $25
Theme: Crime and Mystery

The Dark City is dedicated to the love of story, and in particular, the rough and tumble of the world of crime and violence. We are fans of story that has roots in reality but we do consider humorous situations and characters to be part of reality. We hope to acquire stories that leave readers thinking about the characters and their dilemma.


We are seeking stories in the range of 1000 to 7500 words.


Ongoing Submissions: Flash Frog

Payment: $25 per story or piece of art
Theme: small, brightly colored, and deadly to the touch

Flash Frog is…
the newest online flash fiction magazine featuring stories under 1,000 words. We like our stories like we like our dart frogs: small, brightly colored, and deadly to the touch.

Flash Frog is open year round.


Ongoing Submissions: Sciencefictionery Magazine

Payment: 3 pence per word for fiction (UK)
Theme: A broad spectrum of stories from every Science Fiction subgenre

What we want:

We are looking for original works of fiction from 300 to 5000 words to feature in our magazine. We want to offer a broad spectrum of stories from every Science Fiction subgenre. So send us your robots and space cowboys. Send us your dystopian-alien-invasion-post-apocalyptic-cyberpunk tales. We like weird. We like adventure. We LOVE SCIFI!!


Ongoing Submissions: And the Dead shall sleep no more

Payment: $15
Theme: Vampires

We love vampires. They’re our favorite horror monster and we’ve featured them in several of our previous publications. But we’re not done yet.

And the Dead Shall Sleep No More is an anthology series about vampires. We’re looking for original works of short fiction to be published in the first volume.


Word Limit: 6,000 words

Compensation: flat $15 fee upon publication, plus a digital copy of the anthology.


Ongoing Submissions: Talk Vomit

Payment: $25 for personal essays and $5 per poem
Theme: Honest experiences, very open-ended, read below

You know that feeling when you have a lot to say about something and you just don’t know how to get it out but you know your words belong somewhere?

We want to be a home to those projects.

Whether you offer a short story you wrote about an anthropomorphized coffee maker falling in love in outer space, or that piece of prose poetry you’ve been working on about how your Amazon Prime orders increase significantly when you’re feeling depressed, or the zine you’re making about how the world seems like it’s on fire, we want to hear from you and help you share your story. Consider this a space to talk about your growth, your mental health, or a place for that bizarre piece of short fiction you think deserves to find a home.

We are currently seeking non-fiction, fiction and poetry.

In a time where the internet can be filled with listicles and a whole lot of repetitive nonsense, Talk Vomit aims, above all else, to be an honest space where writers of all identities, styles and experience levels are able to share and amplify their voices in what often feels like a world of endless gatekeeping.

Currently, we are able to pay writers $25 for personal essays (we hope to add short stories to this as soon as possible), and $5 for poems, playlists and art.


Ongoing Submissions: Metaphorosis


Payment: $.01/word

We publish science fiction and fantasy, broadly defined.

What we want:

  • style – We want writers who use language beautifully – so that words aren’t just the carrier for your story, they’re part of the scenery. We want the poetry of Roger Zelazny, the finesse and ingenuity of Jack Vance.
  • mood – We want stories with atmosphere, where mood is an important element. Think Patricia A. McKillip or Richard Llewellyn.
  • character – We want stories with characters – real people with real emotions, whether those people are aliens or trolls or both. Think Arthur C. Clarke or Richard Adams.
  • intellect and emotion – We want writing that makes us think and feel. We want the intellect of A. A. Attanasio, the social awareness of Ursula K. Le Guin, the impact of George R. R. Martin’ short fiction.
Whom do we like?

In addition to the above, we like Walter M. Miller, Jr., Richard Cowper, Theodore Sturgeon, Samuel Delany, James Thurber, Orson Scott Card, K. J. Parker, Robin Hobb, Julie Czerneda, Sean Stewart, Mari Ness, Ken Liu, Oliver Buckram, Fran Wilde, and a host of others. Not enough cues? See our reviews.

How long can my story be?

As long as it needs to be. Keep in mind, though, that we’re looking to average 4,000 words/per story; 1,000 to 6,000 words is the sweet spot. We’re unlikely to publish serials.

What we don’t want:
  • isms – We want stories with a modern perspective, not worlds that recreate historical mistakes. If your story is about gender relations, by all means have subservient women (or subservient men, or subservient gender neutrals) if it’s relevant. If that’s not what your story’s about, we’re not interested in a standard medieval model where men are in charge because they’re men, or a distant future world where skin color (or sexual orientation, or …) works just like it does today. Dream bigger.
  • retreads – we don’t mind if the concept of your story is something the world has seen before, so long as you do something new with it. But don’t send us Tolkien and Clarke with the names changed and a fresh coat of paint.
Hard sell

Nothing is out of bounds; we don’t want to set limits on imagination. However, we’re less likely to be interested in military SF, time travel, vampires, or zombies.

  • Reprints: No, unless specifically solicited.
  • Simultaneous: Yes, but if you sell your piece elsewhere, please withdraw it through Submittable.
  • Multiple: Yes, within reason (two pieces at a time).

Vegan bonus points


Follow the industry standard format defined by William Shunn. He has templates available, or you can use ours (LibreOffice, Word). We prefer a proportional, serif font like Cambria or Caladea.

Your story should be in one of the following file formats: ODT, DOC, DOCX, RTF.

Rights and payment:


We pay a semi-pro rate of $.01/word. We’re buying the rights to:

  • post the story on our website – exclusive for 6 months from publication, non-exclusive for the life of the magazine.
  • include the story in a monthly issue sent to Patreon supporters.
  • include the story in a best-of anthology published within the calendar year after your story is published in our magazine.

A sample contract is here.


We buy one piece of art per month, at a flat rate of $50. Art submitted must be 1563 x 2500 pixels, or a multiple thereof; templates are available as XCF, PSD, and JPG. We buy non-exclusive rights for use on our website, in a monthly issue, and in an annual anthology.

Content should include science fiction or fantasy elements. We’re not keen on violence or  erotica. We won’t take any pieces that show animals in subjugation.

A sample contract is here.

Payment process

We pay when we accept the piece, regardless of publication date. We pay only through PayPal.

How we’ll respond:

  • turnaround – we’ll try to respond within two weeks. Track your submission at Submission Grinderor Duotrope; we try to watch those figures as well as our own. We’ll likely be a bit slower when we first start up.
  • feedback – we’ll try to give feedback on the content your story, and on what page we decided the story wasn’t for us.

How to submit:

IFF you’ve read all the above,submit

Via: Metaphorosis.