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» 16 Themed Calls for Submissions for June 2019

Written by S. Kalekar

The calls are for fiction, nonfiction, poetry, scripts, and puzzles. The themes embrace: journey, World Conflict II, food horror, art and music, encountering nature, all aboard, a new starting, hair, frontier, and midnight within the witch’s kitchen.

All of these pay contributors. Additionally see this listing of submission calls – some deadlines are arising.

& Blossom: Gnaw
This new
literary journal needs fiction, artistic nonfiction, and poetry on the ‘Gnaw’
theme. All work must additionally include parts of the natural world.
Deadline: 6
June 2019
Size: Prose up to 1,000 phrases; one poem
Pay: $25
Details right here.

They settle for
writing by ladies writers, and need fiction, poetry, and scripts on the
‘Journey’ theme: “Onerous roads, walks, leaps
of faith, holidays, shifting house, migration, operating away, climbing mountains,
diving deep, returns…”
Deadline: 10
June 2019
Size: Stories of up to 2,200 words, poems of as much as 40 strains, scripts of up to
1,000 phrases
Pay: $25
Particulars here.

Throughout the Universe – Beatles Spec Fic Anthology
The editors have changed the cost details for this anthology from a flat
price beforehand to a per-word price, and have specified on the website what sort
of tales they’re at present wanting for. The theme of the anthology is
‘Beatles – What if?’ Their tips say, ” What if Brian Epstein hadn’t
managed the band? What if George Harrison hated sitar music? What if Ringo had
been the true star of the band all along? What if the Beatles had been aliens?
Or magic users? Or zombies? Or American?”

Deadline: 14 June 2019
Length: 1,000-Four,000 (choose 2,000-4,000)
Pay: $0.05/phrase
Details here.

Quarterly Magazine: Particular call
This can be a journal of
horror, science fiction, and fantasy. For their special submission call – the
magazine is turning 5 years previous in 2020 – they are especially wanting for
horror fiction and poetry by Black, Indigenous, and other poets and writers of
shade. They’re thinking about Dieselpunk, Solarpunk,
Arcanepunk, Weird Westerns, Cyberpunk, Magic Realism, Gothic Romance,
Retrofuturism, Afrofuturism, Cli-Fi and other lesser-known sub-genres. They accept reprints and translations.
Deadline: 15 June 2019
Length: 100-7,500 phrases
Pay: $zero.06/word for fiction, $50 for poetry
Particulars here.

of Curiosities: Special Session – WW2
They want
retropunk fiction set through the World Conflict II period, from the rise of Nazi
Germany to the troop homecoming period. Retropunk might embrace “steampunk,
dieselpunk, dreadpunk, bronzepunk, others that haven’t even been invented but
punk … but not atompunk”, based on their tips. Additionally they settle for
reprints, multiple, and simultaneous submissions. Tales
will probably be revealed in eBook, print on demand, and probably additionally audio formats.
Deadline: 30 June
Length: Up to 7,500 words
Pay: $0.04/word
Details right here.

Blood Sure Books: Chew On This!
That is
an anthology of meals horror tales. Their tips say, “we’re wanting for
food-related stories, but we’d like you to dig deeper and get artistic when it
involves the substances that maintain us alive. Meals ought to be integral to the
story ultimately, however not the complete focus. The plots can revolve round a
wide selection of cultures and perception techniques, science and superstition, settings
sooner or later or previous. Above all we would like stories which are macabre, scary,
unsettling, and even gross.” See tips for the type of stories and tropes
they won’t accept.
Deadline: 30 June 2019
Length: Three,000-7,000 words
Pay: $0.03/phrase
Particulars here.

Cricket Media: Six themes
Cricket Media produces literary magazines for youngsters of varied
ages – Babybug (for ages 6 months to three years), Ladybug (ages 3 to 6), Spider
(ages 6 to 9), and Cricket (ages 9 to 14). The magazines have a number of themes
arising. They publish fiction, nonfiction,
poetry, puzzles, crafts, and recipes.
So Foolish – They are wanting for “your silliest stories, poems, motion rhymes, and
fingerplays. We welcome items about funny games and goofy situations as nicely
as nonsense rhymes and wordplay that elicits little ones’ laughter. We’re
wanting for rhythmic writing that infants and toddlers will need to hear once more
and again.”
All Aboard – For Ladybug: They need “brief
stories, retellings of folks and fairy tales, rebus stories, poems, motion
rhymes, nonfiction, and songs about journey. For a younger baby, a stroll to
the park, a trip by boat or airplane, or a recreation of make consider may all seem
like voyages. We like playful stories with childlike points of view; they
must be brief, too (beneath 800 phrases). Most of our readers reside within the United
States, and delicate explorations of various cultures are welcome.”

Hey, Neighbor! – For Spider: They need “stories, nonfiction, poems, and brief plays about neighbors
and neighborhoods: city or suburban, rural or fantastical. What distinctive
relationships blossom between individuals (and animals) who reside close to one another?
Who can be neighbors on an area station or in a magical kingdom? How can
youngsters, actual or fictional, make an influence of their neighborhoods? Inter-cultural
and inter-generational relationships welcome. Humor all the time inspired.”
Art and Music – For Spider: They are wanting for
“tales, nonfiction, poems, brief plays, and activities for the theme Arts and
Music. We would like pieces that seize the magic, creativity, frustration, and lots of
hours of follow that include learning an instrument or new art talent. We’re
wanting for all types of tales about youngsters and their artistic retailers, as nicely
as true tales about uncommon instruments, strange stories about familiar
devices, odes to inventive apply, and activities to inspire younger

Encountering Nature – For Cricket: They
are all in favour of “fiction, nonfiction, and
poetry on the theme of an encounter with nature. You may write a few
record-setting blizzard or the enjoyment of the first day of spring; conquering
Everest or exploring an area cave; meeting a mountain lion whereas mountaineering, a
squirrel within the backyard, an itsy-bitsy spider in the bathe; or a few younger
nature lover who helps an injured animal or strives to preserve something of
wild and pure magnificence.”
A New Beginning – For Cricket: They’re wanting for “fiction,
nonfiction, and poetry on the theme of creating a brand new beginning. Tales may
give attention to the immigrant experience; on a center schooler dealing with as much as
obligations or modifications in the household; the top of 1 friendship and the
begin of another; try-trying again after a setback; or taking over a brand new pastime,
sport—even an entire new persona.”
Deadline: 1 July 2019
Size: Varies
Pay: Up to $zero.25/phrase for fiction, $Three/line for poetry
Details right here.

Necro Publications:
Blasphemous Rumours
This can be a spiritual horror anthology. They want “darkish brief
stories that target faith and spirituality, tales that could be thought-about
blasphemous by the standards of your religion of selection. We are wanting for
high quality dark fiction, not hate-filled rants towards faith.”
Deadline: 31 July 2019
Size: Up to 5,000 words
Pay: $zero.03/phrase
Details here.

Room Magazine: Hair
They’re accepting poetry, fiction, and artistic nonfiction on the
theme of ‘Hair’. Their tips say, “Intimate area. Roots. Progress.
Id. These are all issues we consider once we contemplate hair. How does hair
outline us and affect the best way we navigate the world? Our hair holds historical past,
memory, tangible sacrifice, intangible inheritances, culture, fierceness,
boldness, and typically even indifference.” They accept work from  ladies
(cis and trans), trans men, Two Spirit and non-binary writers. They are
also accepting paintings.
Deadline: 31
July 2019
Length: Prose up to 3,000 phrases, up to five poems
Pay: CAD50-150
Particulars here.

First Line
For this journal, they need a short story or poem beginning
with a pre-set first line. To have fun 20 years of the journal, they are
inviting writers to pick any one of the first strains from their previous
journals (Volume 11, Problem 1 to Quantity 15, Situation Four for the Fall version). They
additionally accept nonfiction.
A number of the first strains are:
— For two weeks now, I’ve been making an attempt to figure out if individuals are laughing
with me or at me.
— “My life is a sham.”
— Working for God isn’t straightforward.
— Three thousand liveable planets within the recognized universe, and I’m caught on the
only one with out ___________. [Fill in the blank.]— “We need to talk.”
— A light-weight snow was falling as Charlie Reardon left the diner and made his approach
down Madison Road.
— I began amassing secrets and techniques once I was simply six years previous.
— There should have been hundreds standing in the rain that day.
— I came of age in a time of no heroes.
Deadline: 1 August 2019
Length: 300-5,000 phrases
Pay: $25-50 for fiction, $5-10 for poetry, $25 for nonfiction
Particulars here.

Press: Eighteen
They need mystery, crime, darkish fantasy, horror,
and other speculative kinds of fiction for a loosely-themed anthology. The
anthology is known as ‘Eighteen’ which, based on their tips, “is
symbolic of the good river at night time, the place the wolves howl and all doorways are
open. All thresholds are attainable, and each fact is elusive. The Eighteenth
Tarot card is the Moon, and people who increase their arms to her know she presents
Mercy and Severity in equal measure. These are tales of mischief and mayhem.
These are stories of magic.”
Deadline: 1 August 2019

Size: 2,000-5,000 words
Pay: $0.01/phrase
Details here.

Out of the Closet: Numerous themes
This LGBTQ+ Horror Fiction podcast is accepting work on
several themes, together with ‘Frontier’, ‘Uncanny’, and ‘Games’
(scroll right right down to the video panels underneath ‘Forthcoming themes’ on the
backside, and click on every to see the themes which might be open). Additionally they accept
reprints and only settle for work from LGBTQ+ artists.
Deadline: Unspecified
Size: Up to 5,000 phrases
Pay: $0.02/word
Details here.

Unfit Journal: Stories that bend
the principles of science fiction
They publish fiction: Quantum Fiction,
Cyberpunk, Various Histories and Steampunk.
They want tales with metaphors and emotional ambiance and imaginative
descriptive writing. Presently, they’re wanting for stories that bend the principles
of science fiction. Additionally they accept nonfiction, and reprints.
Deadline: Open now
Length: 500-Three,000 phrases
Pay: $0.03/phrase for fiction; $zero.01/phrase for nonfiction
Details here.

Journal: Tales that bend the principles of fantasy
publish fiction: fantasy, magic realism, and experimental fiction. Additionally they
accept nonfiction, and reprints. At present, they’re wanting for tales that
bend the principles of fantasy.
Deadline: Open now
Size: 500-5,000 words
Pay: $0.03/word; $0.01/phrase for nonfiction
Details here.

Alban Lake Publishing: Midnight in
the Witch’s Kitchen
The theme – ‘Midnight within the
Witch’s Kitchen’ – is taken from a collection of two to 3 related brief
stories by the editor which can seem throughout the anthology in relation to
Granny Barnes and her kitchen. Their tips say, “Everybody will depend on
Granny Barnes. The aspect door to her previous home is the direct entry to her
kitchen. Through the day, she’s a grandmother whose household and buddies flock to
her house every day for meals or her sage advice. Everyone seeks both her knowledge
and her recipes.

Nevertheless, Granny’s kitchen becomes one thing else after midnight.
Those that knock on her kitchen door then have come for one more reason
altogether. Granny is witch . . . and people who come to her for help after darkish
should never enter her kitchen without critical pause as to the price or the
penalties.” What the editor shall be wanting for from all different writers is
that their brief stories should have a mystical, horror or fantasy/darkish fantasy
facet and should contain a witch. The tales must not be overly gory or erotic.

Until crammed
Size: Four,000-10,000 words
Pay: $20
Particulars here.

the Gate: Fantastical poetry
They publish fantastical poetry of literary and emotional
depth. Their definition of fantastical is sort of fluid, encompassing
fantasy, magic realism, fable, folklore, surrealism and slipstream. They don’t seem to be
inquisitive about work that is strictly science fiction or mainstream, but poetry
that blurs the strains between such genres and the fantastical is welcome.
Deadline: Rolling
Length: Up to three poems
Pay: $20 per poem
Details here.