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Taking Submissions: From the Ashes: An Anthology of Elemental Urban Fantasy (for Burn Survivors)

Deadline: July 16th, 2022
Payment: Original Fiction: $0.08/word up to 1,000 words, and $0.01/word after Reprints: $0.01/word
Theme: Must contain fire-based elemental magic in an urban fantasy setting.
Note: Reprints Welcome

Aurelia Leo presents the first of many fiction and poetry anthologies for a cause. In addition, the “Phoenix Warriors” who are selected to be a part of these anthologies will work together to hit the USA Today Bestseller list for no additional cost. This anthology will support the burn community in two ways:

Full disclosure, the company was started by my mom and me as I had flash burns, and she sustained 3rd-degree burns on 25% of her body.


Taking Submissions: Cosmic Roots And Eldritch Shores January 2022- EARLY

Submission Window: January 1st-3rd, 2022
Payment: 8 cents per word for original, 2 cents for reprints
Theme: Well written original work in science fiction, fantasy, myth, legend, fairy tales, and eldritch, in written, podcast, video, and/or graphic story form, and from around the world.
Note: Reprints welcome



Submissions Schedule

We have a new submissions schedule as of June 1, 2020:
The first and second day of every month, 12 am of the 1st to 12 am of the 3rd, E.S.T.
Only one submission per person.

For reading impaired individuals, our submissions manager and ‘forget password’ have a captcha compatible with screen readers.

We pay 6¢ per word for new fiction, 2¢ per word for fiction reprints, 2 – 6¢ per word for new fact-based work, 1- 4¢ per word for reprinted fact articles.
For new poetry, we pay $1 a line, reprints would be 50¢ a line, up to 40 lines. We’ll look at longer poems but that would be a hard sell, and words over 40 lines would be paid at 6¢ per word.

We began The Kepler Award to recognize and encourage writers of excellent science fiction and fantasy stories that creatively extrapolate on known science in constructive and exciting ways. You can learn about The Kepler Award here.

You can read a copy of our standard contract here.   It can be varied as needed to include the rights of translators, voice actors, etc.


Taking Submissions: The Reinvented Detective

Deadline: January 15th, 2022
Payment: 8 cents per word
Theme: Crime stories of the future (not needed but think mixing with science fiction, more details below!)


Edited by Jennifer Brozek and Cat Rambo


As we move forward into the age of information, what happens to our ideas of detection and crime? How do you handle it when your smart car blackmails you or you need to murder the downloaded personality of your enemy? What acts to enforce society’s norms and catch those violating them in the future? Will our definitions of crime — or punishment — change, and what new forms of either might appear?

Among the stories we hope to see:


Taking Submissions: CatsCast Fall 2021 Window

Deadline: February 1st, 2022
Payment: $0.08 per word USD for original fiction, $100 flat rate for reprints over 1,500 words, and $20 flat rate for flash fiction reprints (stories below 1,500 words).
Theme: Fun speculative cat stories

CatsCast is looking for fun speculative cat stories! A CatsCast story should leave cat-loving listeners a little happier after listening than they were before.

Specifically, we’re looking for speculative fiction stories about cats. “Cats” in this context are, well, cats — but since this is a speculative fiction podcast, they don’t have to be exactly the same species as the housecats we have here on Earth. The stories should have happy, or at least hopeful, endings for all featured cats. Humor is strongly encouraged but not required.

Some stories we love:


Taking Submissions: Nowhere Fast

Deadline: October 28th, 2022
Payment: 6 cents per word and a contributors copy
Theme: Coming of age with a horror twist

A Coming of Age Horror Anthology

open call for submissions!

Do you love the nostalgic feel of the Amblin movies of the 80s and 90s? Tales that may well have impacted on your own childhood. The Goonies, Stand by Me, ET, Jurassic Park etc.?

Nowhere Fast pays homage to the well-loved theme, Coming of Age, and then adds a horror element. Did you ever just wish you could have made The Goonies a little gorier? That ET was actually evil or that Hook was based on the Hookman urban legend rather than just a bumbling pirate? What if The Explorers was as violent as Aliens or The Craft had a Blair Witch vibe?

Now is your chance to make your twist on these classics a reality.

PLEASE NOTE – these movies and characters are IP and cannot be used without permission. Your story should be a tribute, not a sequel. Any work featuring actual characters from these movies will be rejected.


Ongoing Submissions: The Deadlands

Payment: 10 cents per word, 1 cent per word for reprints
Theme: Speculative fiction that concerns itself with death–but also everything death may involve.
Note: Reprints welcome

The Deadlands is a new monthly speculative fiction magazine. We will publish short stories, poems, and essays about the other realms, of the ends we face here, and the beginnings we find elsewhere. It will be a journey into the unknown, to meet those who live there still, even though they may be dead. Death is a journey we all will take, but we’d like to peek at the map before we go.


Taking Submissions: Dark Void Magazine Spring 2022

Submission Window: November 1st-30th, 2021
Payment: 5 cents per word
Theme: Dark Void Magazine is a biannual science fiction horror magazine featuring four original short stories that take place off planet Earth.

Dark Void Magazine is a biannual science fiction horror magazine featuring four short stories that take place off planet Earth.
Genre: Science Fiction Horror
Word Count: 3000-4000 words
Format: Paper Manuscript Format (Modern)
Submit to: [email protected]
Submission Periods: November (Spring Issue), May (Fall Issue)
Payment: $0.05/word (HWA Professional Rate)

*All stories that take place on Earth will be automatically rejected.

Via: Dark Void Magazine.

Taking Submissions: Dream Forge Magazine November 2021 (Early)

Submission Window: November 15th through November 30th, 2021
Payment: $0.06/word. Payment for reprints is $0.03/word, Poems are paid at the rate of $25 to $100
Theme: All SF and Fantasy genres, but horror is unlikely to find a home here. Ideally stories with a message of hope.
Note: Reprints are welcome

Our next submission period is going to be November 15th through November 30th, 2021.

When we are Open for Submissions, you will be directed to the Submissions Portal from this page

Read our announcement about the November Submissions Period –  here.

Special Notes

DreamForge Anvil is about a passionate attention to storytelling as much it is about the stories themselves. This year, most stories will be returned without comment.

That will give us time to pick a few “almost there” tales and work with the authors to see if we can collaborate in taking the story over the hurdle to select it for publication.