Open Calls for Submission

Just a quick note – while I do work hard to maintain this page and update it, it’s by no means the only list out there. Also, just because an outlet charges a reading fee does NOT make it a scam. For many, that’s how prize money is garnered and how staff get paid. With that being said, if you come across (here or anywhere else) a “contest” or a call for submission that requires you to buy copies of a book (like, you know, enough to fill up your garage), run the other way.

  • AEL Press – Mystery theme: A Room is Locked – Deadline Dec. 25, 2019
  • Cast of Wonders – Ages 12 to 17 years old; fantasy, science fiction, horror, comedy, steampunk, age appropriate paranormal romance, and superheros
  • The Cincinnati Review – Micro, poetry, fiction, literary nonfiction, poetry translations, artwork. Year round submissions
  • Critical Read – Year round submissions
  • Dominion Anthology – Speculative fiction. Deadline – Dec. 31, 2019
  • Driftwood Press
  • Earthian Hivemind – Speculative flash fiction, poetry. Deadline – Dec. 15, 2019.
  • Eye of the Telescope – Science fiction poetry. Deadline – Dec. 15, 2019
  • Flash Fiction Magazine
  • Gay Mag – Cultural criticism, personal essays, short fiction, original artwork, and photography. No news. Deadline – March 16. 2020
  • Jam & Sand – Flash fiction, short stories, poetry
  • LampLight – Dark fiction. Deadline – Dec. 15, 2019
  • Mount Island LGBTQ+ rural; POC. Year round submissions
  • Newfound – Fiction, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, translation, and visual arts. Virtual Realities theme deadline: Dec. 21, 2019. They also offer year round submission for various categories
  • Shenandoah – Poetry. Deadline – Dec. 15, 2019
  • Tangled Tree Publishing Crime, thrillers, suspense, mysteries.
  • Thirty West Publishing Full length poetry and novels.
  • Through the Gate LGBTQ+; POC; disabled; neurodiverse; and other marginalized identities. Year round submission
  • Unnamed Press Fiction and non-fiction.