CALLS FOR SUBMISSION
& CONTESTS

Updated 6/20/21

VI INTERNATIONAL FLASH FICTION COMPETITION
https://www.fundacioncesaregidoserrano.com/en/contest/participation-form/lang/en-GB
NO ENTRY FEE. Deadline September 30, 2021. Writers from anywhere in the world may participate, over 14 years old. Originals whose theme will be open (two per author, maximum, whatever their languages) will be written in any of the following languages: Spanish, English, Arabic or Hebrew. An overall first prize of $20,000 is awarded for the best story in any of the languages authorized in the contest. Three prizes of $2,000 each will be awarded for the best stories in each of the other remaining languages admitted in the contest, that are not winners of the main prize. The stories cannot exceed 100 words. Last year saw 43,000 entries.

 

THE MARKET LIST
https://marketlist.com/signup
http://marketlist.com/articles
Looking specifically for quality articles of interest on the craft of writing and the writing industry.  Articles from industry professionals with unique perspective and insights are always welcome. Writers should include a brief bio with any proposal or submission. . We spent over ten years on the Writer's Digest top 100 sites for writers and always strive for quality content. Minimum 500 words. Maximum depends on the topic. If you are a freelancer looking to produce content on a consistent basis or even for one-off article ideas, send queries for articles to genremarketlist@gmail.com with "Article Query" in the subject line and the proposed topic. Pays more than 10 cents/word, and repeat writers receive over 15 cents/word. 

 

CAST OF WONDERS
https://www.castofwonders.org/submissions/
We seek stories that evoke a sense of wonder, have deep emotional resonance, and have something unreal about them. We aim for a 12-17 age range: that means sophisticated, non-condescending stories with wide appeal, and without gratuitous or explicit sex, violence or pervasive obscene language. Think Harry Potter or The Hunger Games. Stories are presented in audio format, which means our audience rarely skim past boring bits. We’re looking for fiction with strong pacing, well-defined characters, engaging dialogue, and clear action. We like a proper narrative structure and a prose style not laden with clichés and over-worn idioms. Genres preferred are fantasy, science fiction, and horror. We’re also happy to read comedy, steampunk, age-appropriate paranormal romance, superheroes and many other genres. All that matters is adherence to our core concept and that critical spark of wonder. Deadline June 26, 2021 for the theme Banned Books. Deadline July 3, 2021 for the theme Seasonal Holidays.
 

KINGDOMS IN THE WILD POETRY CONTEST
https://kingdomsinthewild.com/poetryprize
NO ENTRY FEE. Deadline June 30, 2021. We are looking for emerging writers who have yet to publish a collection of poetry (not including self-published chapbooks). Submit a manuscript featuring 15 to 30 poems. Winner will receive $250 and publication of winning chapbook by Kingdoms in the Wild and five complimentary physical copies. Kingdoms in the Wild will also promote the winning chapbook to all our readers across our various platforms and will work to provide copies to reviewers and poet enthusiasts.

 

SIR PETER USTINOV TELEVISION SCRIPTWRITING AWARD
https://www.iemmys.tv/international-emmy-awards/other-awards/sir-peter-ustinov-scriptwriting-award/
NO ENTRY FEE. Deadline June 30, 2021. The competition is designed to motivate non-American novice writers under the age of 30 and offer them the recognition and encouragement that might lead to a successful career in television scriptwriting. Entrants are asked to create a completed half-hour to one-hour English-language television drama script. The award winner receives $2,500.

 

BLUE MOUNTAIN ARTS POETRY CONTEST
https://www.sps.com/contest-3
NO ENTRY FEE. Deadline June 30, 2021. First prize $350. Second prize $200. Third prize $100. Winning poems displayed on website. Poems can be rhyming or non-rhyming, although we find that non-rhyming poetry reads better. The author gives permission to Blue Mountain Arts, Inc. to publish and display the entry on the web (in electronic form only) if the entry is selected as a winner or finalist.

 

PRESERVATION FOUNDATION PRIZE FOR NONFICTION FOR UNPUBLISHED WRITERS
http://www.storyhouse.org/contest2021.html
NO ENTRY FEE. Deadline June 30, 2021. For purposes of these contests, unpublished writers are defined as those whose job pay is not now or was not earlier based on their writing abilities or their freelance writing never produced revenues of over $500 in any single year. Any appropriate nonfiction topic is eligible. Stories must be true, not semi-fictional accounts. So-called "creative nonfiction" will not be considered. A writer may enter one or two stories in each contest. First prize in each category will be $200. Runners-up will receive $100. Winners, runners-up, and finalists in each category will receive certificates of recognition suitable for framing.

 

AMERICAN HUMANIST
https://americanhumanist.org/what-we-do/publications/callforvoices/
Advocating progressive values and equality for humanists, atheists, and freethinkers. To promote equity and adequate representation in the humanist movement and society at large, we must amplify the voices of the traditionally marginalized, particularly with regard to matters of social justice. Published articles will be compensated $400 for feature pieces (3,000-4,000 words) for the print publication of The Humanist and $125 for shorter pieces (750-1,500 words) for either the print publication of The Humanist or on theHumanist.com. Your labor has value to us; if your accepted article ends up not running, you will be paid a 20 percent kill fee.

 

DISTANT SHORE PUBLISHING
http://distantshorepublishing.com/submit-a-short-story/
Distant Shore Publishing loves little reads. Whether it’s bitesize fantasy, sci-fi you can fit in your pocket, or litRPG that you can quickly consume, we would love to hear and publish your short stories. Short story should be 1,500-4,000 words in length. It should adhere to our favorite genres: fantasy, sci-fi, or litRPG. We do not accept erotica or anything with gratuitous violence or swearing. We pay $150 per short story on publication. (NOTE: They are addressing a backlog but are opening to submissions in September.)

 

FLASH FICTION ONLINE
https://ffo.submittable.com/submit
Our submission portal for original and reprint stories opens from the 1st to 21st of each month. We are looking for complete 500- to 1,000-word stories with crisp prose, well-developed characters, compelling plots, and satisfying resolutions. We want stories that engage our minds and emotions. We publish across many genres, including speculative (science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, and horror) and literary fiction. For more information on the type of stories we enjoy, please read a few issues and check out our "What We're Looking For" page. Payment is $80.

 

THE PURITAN
http://puritan-magazine.com/submissions/
Pays $100 per traditional interview, $150 per roundtable interview, $150 per collaborative piece, $200 per essay, $100 per review, $150 per work of fiction, and $25 per poem (capped at $80). (Prices in Canadian dollars.) The Puritan is one of Canada’s premier online literary magazines. Based in Toronto, and founded in late 2006, The Puritan is committed to publishing the best in new fiction, poetry, interviews, essays, reviews, and more, from both Canada and abroad — and has published many of today’s finest literary talents.

HAPPIFUL
https://happiful.com/contributor-guidelines/
A magazine dedicated to mental health, when considering pitches we are looking for fascinating stories that focus on the promotion of good mental, the prevention of bad mental and physical health, and the issues that inspire a better society for all. A typical Happiful feature will range in length from 1,000-2,000 words. Happiful Hacks are supportive, actionable advice pieces – between 650 and 800 words – that provide people with practical tips that they can take away to enhance their lives. 

 

AETLA
https://aetlamagazine.com/submissions/
ætla magazine is a biannual print publication and online community to inspire and nurture creative, wild souls through written and visual storytelling. Our pages explore the human/nature relationship, unearthing stories that explore how to be a modern human in a wild world. We publish articles of varying lengths, but most commonly around 800 to 2,000 words, or between 6 and 12 images. We always suggest that potential contributors familiarise themselves with the type of content ætla publish, and the tone and style with which our contributors tell those stories. We tend towards stories of adventure, hope and ingenuity. Be creative with your submission – no experience is too small to create an engaging story for our readers. We pride ourselves on high quality storytelling from every corner of the world – we place no limits on your location. Stories should be a new take on human/nature, be inspiring, positive and thoughtful, reflecting on the power of nature and our place within it. Our readers want to discover stories that truly capture them and their emotions.

 

ALMA
https://www.heyalma.com/how-to-write-for-alma/
Alma topics include pop culture, news, politics, feminism, identity, rituals, dating, and holidays — all through a Jewish lens. If you have an idea that you think might be a good fit for Alma, shoot an email to submissions@heyalma.com. Please include a brief synopsis of your idea and a little bit about who you are and why you’re the right person to write this piece. If you’ve already written a full draft, you can send that along, too (we look for pieces between 700 and 1,100 words). Questions / submissions: 
kyle.orland@arstechnica.com

 

MESSAGE
https://www.messagemagazine.com/submit-story/
Our target reader is an 18 to 35 year-old urbanite who may not be religious, but is seeking spiritual fulfillment and answers to life’s dilemmas. Eye On the Times column - Religious liberty, social justice, human rights and health news of 300 words paying $75. Optimal Health column - Health News, how-tos and healthy habits of 550 words paying $150 per article. Spiritual, uplifting comeback stories, testimonials, answered prayers, profiles of inspirational people, helpful community programs - 300-900 words paying $75 to $300. 

SKIRT.
https://www.skirt.com/become-a-contributor/
Skirt. is a platform that celebrates women and all angles of life. If you want to make an impact and feel that you have a message to share, a topic for debate and conversation, or an upcoming local event, then we’d love to hear from you! Your article/essay should be no less than 500 words and maximum of 1,000 words. Pays $200. 

PARABOLA
http://parabola.org/submissions/
Parabola is a quarterly journal devoted to the exploration of the quest for meaning as it is expressed in the world’s myths, symbols, and religious traditions, with particular emphasis on the relationship between this store of wisdom and our modern life. Each issue of Parabola is organized around a theme. Examples of themes we have explored in the past include The Quest, Happiness, The Wild, and Presence. Parabola welcomes original essays and translations. We look for lively, penetrating material unencumbered by jargon or academic argument. We prefer well-researched, objective, and unsentimental pieces that are grounded in one or more religious or cultural tradition; articles that focus on dreams, visions, or other very personal experiences are unlikely to be accepted. Articles: 1000-3,000 words. Book Reviews: 500 words. Retellings of traditional stories: 500-1,500 words. Forum contributions: no longer than 500 words. 

ZOOSCAPE
https://zooscape-zine.com/guidelines/
Opens on June 1, 2021 for submissions. Pays eight cents/word up to 1,000 words with a flat rate of $80 for longer stories. Pays $20 for reprints. Stories limited to 10,000 words. All stories must be furry. That means an anthropomorphic animal figure should be significantly featured in your story — it could be anthropomorphic in body or only intelligence. We’ll consider any type of furry fiction from secret life of animals to fox in Starbucks. We love science-fiction with animal-like aliens and fantasy with talking dragons, unicorns, or witch familiars. (Thanks to WritersWeekly) https://writersweekly.com/this-weeks-article/6-paying-niche-short-story-markets-for-writers-by-avery-springwood

UNLOCKED
https://unlocked.org/writers-guidelines/
Unlocked is a daily teen devotional produced by Keys for Kids Ministries. We’re seeking devotional pieces that fit a variety of forms and genres. Submit a gospel-centered devotional piece—whether it be essay, poetry, fiction, or other written art form. Connect God’s story with any topic you see in the world. How does Jesus fit into what you are wondering about, writing about, or experiencing? Successful submissions connect Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection to the topic being addressed. Word count requirements for the body of a submission: Devotional essays and personal stories: 200-315 words; Fiction: 200-350 words; Poetry: 16-23 lines. Pays $30 on acceptance.

 

CELEBRATE LIFE MAGAZINE
https://www.clmagazine.org/submission-guidelines/
Celebrate Life Magazine is faith-based, and features human-interest stories, news, action items, information, and advice on a wide range of matters concerning the sanctity of life and human personhood. Each issue features a variety of articles, all of which must be in harmony with the teachings of the Catholic Church. Celebrate Life Magazine offers writers a national venue for their work, and we are pleased to consider your article for publication. We purchase first rights to original material, including book reviews. As a general rule, we do not accept reprints, poetry, songs, music, art, or works of fiction. Limit article length to 1,800 words, including any sidebars, unless instructed otherwise by the Celebrate Life Magazine editorial staff. Pays up to 25 cents/word.

 

FIDO FRIENDLY
https://www.fidofriendly.com/
Start enjoying the fun and informative topics covered in every issue: Travel, Health, Wellness, Training, Fashion, Pet Nutrition and reviews of the latest Top Pet Products on the market. FIDO Friendly is the essential guide for the best travel destinations where both you AND your dog are welcome. Pays ten cents/word for up to 1,200 words. 

 

ORION'S BELT
https://www.orions-belt.net/submissions
Orion’s Belt is the home of bold, experimental literary science fiction and fantasy. We want stories that make us think about our place in the universe and our relationships with each other. We want stories that blur the line between “genre” fiction and literary fiction. We want stories that reach toward the stars while never forgetting the people on the ground. And we want it all in under 1,200 words. We pay a flat eight cents USD per word. This is the industry-standard, SFWA-approved professional rate.

CHESTNUT REVIEW
https://chestnutreview.submittable.com/submit
We only accept unpublished work that has not appeared in any publicly-accessible form previously, including online. We purchase First North American Serial, First Anthology rights (for the annual print anthology), and Audio rights. Payment is US $100 per piece, delivered on publication. We only issue payments via Paypal. Flash fiction limit 1,000 words. Poetry one-three poems. Longer prose 5,000 words.

 

NARRATIVE
https://www.narrativemagazine.com/submission-guidelines
Narrative is a nonprofit organization with the ambition of encouraging good literary work. We do not charge readers for the magazine. During the first two weeks of April, we do not require a reading fee for general submissions made specifically to the Open Reading category via our submissions page. However, manuscripts submitted during this period are not eligible for the Narrative Prize. Pays $150 for a Story of the Week, with $400 each for the annual Top Five Stories of the Week, $150 to $350 for 500- to 2,000-word manuscripts, $350 to $1,000 for 2,000- to 15,000-word manuscripts. Rates for book-length works vary, depending on the length and nature of the work. Pays $50 minimum for each accepted poem and audio piece. ($25 for poetry reprints.) Pays $200 each for the annual Top Five Poems of the Week and $100 for Readers’ Narratives.

DESCANT PRIZES
https://descant.tcu.edu/awards/
NO ENTRY FEE. There are four awards. The $500 Frank O’Connor Award for fiction (for the best short story in an issue). The $250 Gary Wilson Award (for an outstanding story in an issue). The $500 Betsy Colquitt Award for poetry (for the best poem or series of poems by a single author in an issue). The $250 Baskerville Publishers Award (for an outstanding poem or poems by a single author in an issue). There is no application processing or reading fee. All published submissions are eligible for prize consideration. Simply submit your work.

Reedsy.Com holds a weekly creative writing prompt contest. Every Friday they will send you an email with a main topic and five suggested prompts. Best short story of 1000-3000 words, submitted that week wins $50. 

ChickenSoupForTheSoul.com has calls for stories and poems for book topics posted on their site along with extensive writers' guidelines. The topics and deadlines are: ​​​​

  • Humorous Stories, 8/30/21

HERMINE ANNUAL
https://hermineannual.com/submit/
Hermine is looking for short stories of less than 4,000 words for Issue 2. lease include a short cover letter letting us know where you’re located. Include your publication history if you have one, but don’t let a lack of credits stop you from submitting. Submit one story per year. Payment is $50 to $200. 

ANALOG
https://www.analogsf.com/contact-us/writers-guidelines/
Analog’s Science Fiction and Fact magazine is an established market for science fiction stories. Analog pays eight to ten cents per word for short fiction (up to approximately 20,000 words), six cents per word for serials (40,000-80,000 words), nine cents per word for fact articles, and one dollar per line for poetry. We buy First English Language serial rights plus certain non-exclusive rights explained in our contract. 


BENEATH CEASELESS SKIES
http://www.beaneath-ceaseless-skies.com
Beneath Ceaseless Skies publishes “literary adventure fantasy”: stories with a secondary-world setting and some fantasy feel, but written with a literary approach. Payment is eight cents per word. We are NOT interested in urban fantasy or other types of stories set in our modern, contemporary “real world,” even if they contain fantasy elements, or in stories that move between the real world and a fantasy world. Limit 15,000 words.


FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION
https://www.sfsite.com/fsf/glines.htm
Fantasy & Science Fiction has no formula for fiction, but we like to be surprised by stories, either by the character insights, ideas, plots, or prose. The speculative element may be slight, but it should be present. We prefer character-oriented stories, whether it's fantasy, science fiction, horror, humor, or another genre. F&SF encourages submissions from diverse voices and perspectives, and has published writers from all over the world. Do not query for fiction; submit the entire manuscript. We publish fiction up to 25,000 words in length. Payment is 8-12 cents per word on acceptance. We buy first North American and foreign serial rights and an option on anthology rights.


PLOUGHSHARES
https://www.pshares.org/submit/solos/guidelines
Submissions to the Solo series will reopen on June 1, at noon EST. Pays $450 upon publication. Ploughshares has published quality literature since 1971. Our award-winning literary journal is published four times a year; our lively literary blog publishes new writing daily. Since 1989, we have been based at Emerson College in downtown Boston.


SHENANDOAH 
https://shenandoahliterary.org/submissions/
SHORT STORIES and CREATIVE NONFICTION (essays, memoir, etc.) should be under 8,000 words. NOVEL EXCERPTS under 8,000 words will be considered with great enthusiasm. POETRY submissions should contain up to five pieces and not more than ten pages total. We pay our contributors at the rate of $100 per poem, $100 per 1000 words of prose up to $500, and $50 per page of comics up to $500. 

DAME
https://www.damemagazine.com/about/
For women who know better. Smart, fast-paced news and opinions on what matters most in our lives. DAME is smart, quick-witted, opinionated and unapologetic. DAME provides critical context around the political, cultural, and societal issues of our time. Independent, women-owned and women-edited, DAME breaks through conventional narratives to deliver the insight readers need to understand today’s complex cultural landscape. Authoritative, seasoned writers breaking stories; crafting eloquent, moving essays; offering expert advice; and weighing in on the conversations of the moment with their unique takes on politics, policy, gender, race, pop culture, the arts, business, economy, climate, Internet culture, health, and everything in-between. Rates range based on type of feature, but typically we pay $150 for essays and between $300-$400 for reported features.


HEALTHYISH
https://www.bonappetit.com/story/how-to-pitch-healthyish
Healthyish wants to redefine what a site about healthy food and wellness can be. In addition to our recipes and quarterly editorial packages (like The Feel Good Food Plan and The Healthyish Guide to Being Alone), we aim to publish conversational, passionate articles that cover the many intersections of food, wellness, and culture today. Healthyish Loves It pieces run around 250 words, service pieces run around 500-800 words, and personal essays can be longer. Payment starts at $300 ($100 for Healthyish Loves It) and increases based on experience, complexity, and amount of reporting in the piece.

Red Penguin Calls for Submission

redpenguinbooks.com/upcoming-publications/

CAW (Calling All Writers) anthology 

cawanthology.com/

 

CallingAllPoets.net  Click on Poetry -- Submissions List

Auroras & Blossoms -- looking for positive poetry

abpoetryjournal.com/submit/

Hiram Larew's Hunger Poetry Site: 

Poetryxhunger.com/initiative-founder.html

Seeking poetry about physical hunger

YouAndMeMagazine.com pays for 1000-2500 word true life stories about how you are dealing with your health issue. Read the guidelines. Query first. Responds in 1-2 weeks.

VitaBrevis.com is an online literary magazine that publishes only artwork and short poems (looks like up to 32 lines). Free subscription. Good read. Accepts submissions year round.

WATCH FOR LATER THIS YEAR:

 

Suffolk County Poet Laureate Review calls for submission

Local Gems Press. Deadline end of December? 

Nassau County Poets Laureate Society.com

Annual Contest usually Oct-end of Jan. Fee & Prize.

13 Days of Halloween E-Newsletter and Anthology

Local Gems Press

Bards Against Hunger usually in November

Local Gems Press

Super Poem Sunday on Super Bowl Sunday

Local Gems Press

Panoply Literary Zine. Open Calls in November. Makes recommendations for the Pushcart.

SlipstreamPress.org Contest in November

To find Submission Calls on your own see these sites:

Submittable.com

CallingAllPoets.net  Click on Poetry -- Submissions List