Publications open to submissions as of Feb ’16

Below are a number of publications and anthologies with upcoming deadlines. I’ve collected them various sources.

Submission Grinder:

Freedom with Writing:



AFTER LINES!submissions/v119n
1-time print (Erebus Press); df/h/sf/steampunk/gothic/bizarre (fic/poem). Pay: shared royalty. Words: <4k. RT: 3-5 weeks. Reprints: yes, if you have rights. E-subs: E-MAIL ONLY. Stephanie Buosi, Editor (QS). [Top]
Red Riding hood had the misfortune of being eaten alive. Luckily for her, a woodcutter rescued her just in time. Was that it? Did Little Red walk away unscathed? Or does she suffer nightmares, bent on vengeance against all wolf-kind?
Poor Prometheus, chained to a rock for defying Zeus, forced to lose his liver each day. What happened after Hercules freed him? Did he return to Olympus? Did he start a new life, turn rogue on humanity, or work against the gods?
When Jack climbs the beanstalk, he meets more than one giant. The giant’s wife was also there, and was left behind when her husband fell to his death. What about her? Did she continue to spend her days in the clouds? Or does she too gain a taste for human?
Happily ever after is never the end, and the protagonist is usually not the only character in the story. We want to know more. We want stories that delve deeper into our classic favorites (Thumbelina, Puss in Boots, Peter Pan, Hansel and Gretel), or explore the lesser known and disturbing tales, (think “Sweetheart Roland” by Brothers Grimm, “The She-Bear” by Giambattista Basile, or “The Dog and the Sparrow” also by Brothers Grimm) We want to hear about the villain, and learn their side of the story.
What happens next? What about the characters who were left behind?
After Lines seeks to explore the before, the after, and the un-spoken in fairytales, myths, and legends.
Deadline: until full


1-time print/eAntho (Deeper Meanings Publishing); sf (blends with other genres OK) (fic/comics). Pay: fic=4¢/word; comics=$12.50/page. Words: no strict limits. RT: initial=<3 days; final=after DL. Reprints: no. E pitches/subs: E-MAIL ONLY. Shane W Smith, Editor (QS).
Deadline: 31 March 2016


Articulated Press Short Story Anthology

The collection will feature literary fiction from writers from around the world.
Temporarily closing for submissions on Apr 1, 2016


The Beauty of Death
NOTE: Doesn’t reply to every submission
All types of horror are welcome.
Permanently closing for submissions on Mar 31, 2016 (Begins 51 days from now)


Cicada Magazine
is calling for submissions of short stories, comics, poems, and nonfiction essays. They’re a young adult lit/comic magazine. They pay well, and they’re run by the established Cricket Magazine group.
They’re a great publication that any YA writer should be proud to be published by.
They pay up to $3.00 per line of poem, and up to $0.25 per word for nonfiction, and up to $0.10 cents per word for fiction. They accept fiction pieces up to 9,000 words. Nonfiction is capped at 5,000 words. Fiction is capped at 9,000 words. They also pay $3 per line of poetry – with no length limit.
They also publish comics, which are commissioned from a brief pitch.
Once you submit your writing, your work goes through a series of readers. The first readers determine whether your writing is a good fit for the magazine. The work is then sent to 3 editors, and finally the editor in chief. This is a rigorous, but common, selection process. If you make it past the first round, but do not get published, take it as a sign that they may be interested in more work from you. No matter what happens, don’t be shy! But also, be sure that your writing matches their needs.


blÆkk (blaekk)
NOTE: May not respond to all submissions.  Short fiction of any genre.
“Nationality” Theme – Dec 1, 2015 thru Feb 28, 2016 (Ends 20 days from now)


Cast of Wonders
Cast of Wonders is a young adult short fiction market, open to submission up to 6,000 words in length.
Please note we have a strong preference for stories between 3000 and 4500 words in length: they best fit our target episode length of 20 to 30 minutes.



Dark Clouds
Graythorn Publishing is open for submissions of science fiction short stories for the DARK CLOUDS anthology to be published in June 2016. Did you know that humans emit clouds of microbes? Over a million particles an hour. With that sort of chaos something is likely to go very, very wrong. Send us your completed short story of 3,000 to 10,000 words. Stories must relate strongly to the theme, and be primarily science fiction, although genre mashups with horror, romance, mystery, etc. will be accepted.

Permanently closing for submissions on May 1, 2016 (Begins 82 days from now)


DOOR TO A PINK UNIVERSE: Seattle Public Library’s Flash Fiction Contest
I hid out in a big pink notebook….I made myself a universe in it…
– Octavia Butler
Seattle Writes invites writers to submit a work of flash fiction to the Door to a Pink Universe competition in honor of science fiction writer and Seattle resident Octavia Butler, who heralded libraries for their contribution to her development as a writer.
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Submissions must be original, unpublished work submitted by its author who owns all rights to the work. Submission must be 500 – 750 words. Written predominantly in English. Submit a work of science fiction set in any one of The Seattle Public Library locations, evocative of the social, racial and historical themes found in Octavia Butler’s fiction.
Only one entry per person.
Deadline: Entries accepted until midnight on Feb. 29, 2016.
Three winners will be announced during National Library Week (April 10-16, 2016)


Fairytales Slashed Anthology Series

Nothing is as timeless or appealing as fairytales. From the light-hearted and sweet to the dark and twisted, from spins on classic favorites to tales brand new, everybody loves to know what happened Once upon a time…

Less Than Three Press invites you to submit your LGBTQIA fairytales to our longest running and most popular series.

Permanently closing for submissions on Apr 1, 2016 (Begins 52 days from now)


Gents: Steamy Stories from the Age of Steam

Seeking gay male erotica set during the Victorian/Edwardian era. Content level can range from the mildy steamy to the burning hot. Original fiction preferred, but reprints considered.

I want the anthology to be diverse and eclectic. That means above and beyond stories that simply feature men in top hats, I’d love to see stories that really explore the oddities of Victorian era sex lives. So that’s diversity in characters regarding age, body types, backgrounds, etc.–so Victorian waifs and urchins are more than welcome, but there’s lots of others I’d like to see–and diversity in genre (steampunk! spec fic! surrealism!) and setting (London is great, but you can venture outside.)

Permanently closing for submissions on May 1, 2016


1-time print/eAntho (TBD); comedy/f/sf/h and more, in any combination (fic). Pay: <2½k=15¢/word; >2½k=6¢/word; + shared royalty. Words: <7½k (generally). RT: <30 days. Reprints: query. E-subs: E-MAIL ONLY. Hy Bender, Editor (QS). [Top]
Deadline: until fille


Hockomock — Tales from the Bridgewater Triangle
(there are a number of other publications listed at this page)
According to (, the Bridgewater Triangle is likely one of the world’s most concentrated areas of diverse paranormal reports, so the subject matter is wide open so long as it takes place within this 200-mile square area. WE ADVISE YOU TO DO YOUR RESEARCH. If the story does not reference the area, and it is apparent you are not familiar with the location, your story will be rejected.


Hybrid Moments: A Literary Tribute To The Misfits
You know the songs. They’re etched into every punk’s brain. Not just because they’re catchy, but because there’s something else there. Glenn Danzig’s lyrics evoke intense imagery. Beautiful, dark, monstery imagery. There’s poetry between the whoa-oh-ohs. There are stories in those songs. They just need to be told.

Hybrid Moments will be a collection of short stories inspired by the songs of The Misfits.

You know the songs. They’re etched into every punk’s brain. Not just because they’re catchy, but because there’s something else there. Glenn Danzig’s lyrics evoke intense imagery. Beautiful, dark, monstery imagery. There’s poetry between the whoa-oh-ohs. There are stories in those songs. They just need to be told.

Hybrid Moments will be a collection of short stories inspired by the songs of The Misfits.


Lazarus Risen
Lazarus Risen will seek SF (no fantasy or horror, please) short stories that explore the economic, political, social and psychological consequences of life extension, human cloning, the hard upload and other forms of the biological singularity. Dreams of immortality and eternal youth are almost as old as human culture itself. But what would the world look like if everyone could live and be young forever? What would it look like if only some of us had that privilege? These are only some of the questions your story might try to answer. Surprise us, shock us, illuminate us but most of all tell us a great story.

Permanently closing for submissions on Mar 1, 2016 (Begins 21 days from now)


Less Than Dead
LESS THAN DEAD — LGBTQIA Anthology Call — There’s nothing quite so terrifying as a corpse that moves, a creature that even death can’t stop. Sometimes they’re a minor nuisance, other times they’re a nigh-unstoppable terror. On rare occasions they turn out not to be a nightmare at all, but an expected ally.

Less Than Three Press invites you to submit tales of zombies, be they the enemy, the ally, or something else entirely.

Permanently closing for submissions on Mar 1, 2016 (Begins 21 days from now)


The theme of the anthology will be lightly shaped as we go, but here is the gist:

Write for us the horrors that we invite into our lives, whether willingly or with reluctance. These are horrors that need our permission to enter.
Why do we allow them into our lives?
Because they entice us?
Because we need to escape a current hell?
Because we are curious?
Because we want them to save us?
Because we want vengeance against someone else?
The Monsters here may be human or non-human.
Open your imagination to *anything*.
We’ll take traditional vampires or werewolves, demons, or forces from other dimensions. Give us abusive spouses, or “saviors” from outer space with tricks up their sleeves. Any of that, or anything else that I may have missed, anything that you think fits.

Permanently closing for submissions on May 1, 2016 (Begins 82 days from now)


Parabola Submission Guidelines ($400 for Essays)
Parabola is the magazine published by The Society for the Study of Myth and Tradition, a non-profit organization. Each issue of Parabola focused on “one of the timeless themes of human existence.” The tag line for the magazine is “the Search for Meaning.”

Themes for recent issues include intelligence, angels and demons, sin, and goodness.

They are currently accepting submissions for the theme “Innocence &  Experience.” The deadline for submissions is March 1st, 2016.

The Prison Compendium
Bring us your best prison stories. Any genre. Any point of view. The story can be from the perspective of an inmate. It can be from the POV of a guard. It can be from the viewpoint of a family member visiting a lifer. It can be a prison ghost story. It can be about redemption, or a spiral down into oblivion. It can be about friendship, or prison gangs and rivalries. It can be about a riot. It can be about an ex-con, who’s gotten out and is struggling to reintegrate into an unforgiving society. As long as it holds true to the main theme of prison, it fits.

Any genre works: historical fiction, paranormal, supernatural, drama, comedy, dark noir, mystery, etc. Just make certain your story has something to do with prison or confinement (incarceration). This can include inside a mental hospital, juvenile detention, or other correctional facility.

Permanently closing for submissions on Oct 1, 2016 (Begins 235 days from now)


Procyon Science Fiction Anthology 2016.
The collection will feature the works of writers from across the world and will span multiple sub-genres in the realm of science fiction. Send us your best and most memorable stories. We want work that fascinates, provokes, intrigues.
Writer guidelines:
Submissions are open to writers from all countries; however, all stories must be in English. Maximum word count per story is 7,000.


Science Fiction and Medical Humanities Writing Competition

We are pleased to announce a creative-writing competition for science fiction on the theme of medicine, health, and illness.

Science fiction has a long tradition of medical stories: Frankenstein (reanimation), The Island of Doctor Moreau (surgery, tissue grafting), Brave New World (eugenics), Flowers for Algernon (disability), I Am Legend (contagious disease), The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe (terminal illness), Woman on the Edge of Time (psychiatry), Never Let Me Go (cloning, transplantation) … and many others. Our creative-writing competition is intended to stimulate new work in this fruitful area.

We invite science-fiction short stories (and also self-contained novel excerpts) of up to 3000 words that address themes of medicine, health, and illness.

The Shellgame: An essay anthology
Submissions are open for an anthology of essays that borrow readymade forms, to be published by
the University of Nebraska Press in 2018.  What they mean by readymade forms is essays that borrow their structures from ordinary, extra-literary sources (a recipe, a police report, a pack of cards, an obituary…). Payment is $100, plus two copies of anthology, plus $100 coupon to UNP Books. They are seeking brand new work. Submit only through Submittable. Simultaneous submissions are fine as long as you notify the editor of acceptance elsewhere as soon as possible. Deadline is June 1, 2016.
To learn more or to submit, visit their website here.


Spark: A Creative Anthology
Spark is not a genre-specific anthology; we are looking for great stories without boundaries. Therefore, most genres are considered, including Speculative Fiction, Western, Young Adult, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Mystery/Crime, everything in-between, and impossible-to-classify works that blend elements from multiple categories. However, due to current market saturation, the specific sub-genre “Young Adult Paranormal Romance” has very little chance of acceptance unless it’s truly amazing.

Spark is looking for great writing that tells a compelling story, regardless of length. Even very short pieces, like flash fiction, should tell a story, though there will certainly be fewer dramatic elements developed than we’d see in a longer piece or novel. The presence of “story” is what distinguishes flash fiction from “vignette.”


Splintered Lands

Splintered Lands is a fantasy shared world anthology, taking place only a hundred years after a world-splitting war between powerful magical factions. As a result of that war, the land cracked and shattered, and much of the great civilizations have sunk under the waters, or been buried beneath upturned mountains. The Breaking saw the rise of the Knight of the Broken Wheel, a monastic order that despises magic in any form. Recently, there has been an upswell in the use of technology, mechanical replacements for manual labour. The Knights see that as simply another outgrowth of the arrogance that destroyed the kingdoms of old.


Stiff Things
Comet Press is seeking short stories for an erotic horror anthology to be published in the summer of 2016. We are looking for the most gruesome, twisted, sick, disturbing, dark and extreme stories that push the boundaries of sex and horror and we don’t have any content restrictions (except for kiddie porn, of course).
Science fiction and dark fantasy will be considered but must be very dark with a strong element of horror.
Permanently closing for submissions on Mar 1, 2016 (Begins 21 days from now)

Strange Mysteries Anthologies
we’re interested in science-fiction, fantasy and (light) horror.
Temporarily closing for submissions on Apr 16, 2016 (Begins 67 days from now)
In this SF/F anthology, we’re looking for stories of everyday trauma survival — from a barmaid on an intergalactic space station who was abandoned by her parents, to a farmer’s son bullied by his peers, who withstands and resists their abuse. We also welcome stories with a war setting, such as stories about veterans and refugees. The key component for all of these stories is how relatively ordinary characters survive and thrive, given the traumatic experiences they’ve had.
Note: we aren’t necessarily looking for happily ever after. Trauma survival rarely ends in happily ever after, though it can, and hopefully will, end in closure and a coming to terms.
Permanently closing for submissions on May 1, 2016 (Begins 82 days from now)


Trans Fiction Anthology (Handbasket Productions)

The theme of this anthology is to address the personally and politically significant issues around sexuality and dating in trans community through erotic fiction. Too often trans erotica has been written from a cis perspective, with a cis reader in mind, addressing cis concerns about trans people, but not trans concerns. Let’s create fiction that truly feels like trans people’s stories, addressing the issues and concerns you see as significant in your trans communities.
Stories might have characters dealing directly with trans issues related to sex, like dysphoria, ignorant hook up partners, or things that come up when dating another trans person. Or perhaps a story might have a strong trans community setting, like in a trans activist group, or at a queer and trans event. Maybe your characters discuss local politics, sex workers’ rights, and black lives matter. But also, feel free to have it be more subtle. Maybe your characters are dealing with a sense of being de-valued that they can’t put their finger on. Maybe your story isn’t about them being trans at all, and your characters have deep and unique backgrounds, yet their experiences are still influenced by being trans. Or perhaps your story takes a common trope about trans people and turns it on it’s head.


Transcendent is seeking short, speculative fiction published in 2015 that features transgender characters, including but not limited to those who identify as genderqueer, transfeminine, transmasculine, non-binary, two-spirit, FTM, MTF, agender, intersex, bigender, genderfluid, third gender, and others, with a special note that there is no one way to be transgender with regards to medical, social, and personal transition status.


Transitions & Awakenings
Sanguine Press is currently open for submissions to our first anthology, Transitions & Awakenings.
Theme: I Regret Nothing
Too many characters spend their time brooding about the past, whether it’s missed opportunities or mistakes that led to misfortune down the line. For our first anthology, we want your stories with at least one character who has no regrets – either for a specific moment, or in general. Your story must feature a predominantly POC cast to be considered.
Genres: Sci-fi, Fantasy, or Horror
Permanently closing for submissions on Jul 1, 2016 (Begins 143 days from now)


Triangulation Anthology Series
Triangulation is an annual 150+ page short fiction anthology that publishes science fiction, fantasy, horror, and any other speculative fiction that caught the editors’ fancy. Every year we have a theme.
“Beneath the Surface” Theme – Dec 1, 2015 thru Feb 29, 2016 (Ends 21 days from now)


Triptych Tales
We publish stories that take place in our here and now, or something very close to it. We like mainstream, fantasy and science fiction, but we don’t want space operas or high fantasy. Think The Twilight Zone or Flowers for Algernon or Robert Sawyer’s The Terminal Experiment or the Newford stories of Charles De Lint, rather than Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series or The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Stories do not have to be speculative but they should contain elements common to speculative fiction. That said, we’re open to ideas that haven’t occurred to us, as long as you don’t take us off-planet. If you have to write about dragons, make us believe we could see them when we walk out our door. And please, no fan fiction, excessive sex or gore.

A Two Dame Production Fairy Tale Anthology
A Two Dame Production is now accepting submissions for its Summer 2016 anthology. The theme of the anthology is Fairy Tales, so send us your best rendering of your favorite fairy tale!
Stretch your boundaries and do more than just add sex to a fairy tale. For example, take the protagonist of the story and put her in the city, in a contemporary setting. Use your imagination and we will be more interested in your story! We invite our writers to explore the lesser-known fairy tales, and we are especially excited by non-European stories.
While we will accept submissions that are inspired by the most common classic stories, such as Little Red Riding Hood or Sleeping Beauty, we do expect a high volume of these and we will only publish one version of each. We invite our writers to explore the lesser-known fairy tales, and we are especially excited by non-European stories.
We particularly enjoy erotica with a literary flair. If your language seduces us as much than the juicy bits, we’re going to want to share you with our readers.
Permanently closing for submissions on Mar 21, 2016 (Begins 41 days from now)


Underground Voices
Submissions for the annual print edition can be fiction, narrative non-fiction and poetry. Maximum word count is 7,000. Underground Voices leans towards raw, hard-hitting and dark. And humorous too.


Woman’s World: $800 for Very Short Romance Stories

Woman’s World magazine accepts submissions of 800 word romance stories for their magazine.


Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide Series
Tales of Science Fiction Written for a Middle Grade Audience
Tell of adventure, space, science. Give us rockets, robots and alien encounters, and we’re pretty happy. Steampunk, time travel, weird west and alternate history are all fine;
Anthology will be open for submissions from January 15– May 15, 2016, with a reading period of June and July 2016.

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