16 Calls for Submissions in March 2016 — Paying Markets

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Here are 16 calls for submissions in the month of March. Genres include speculative fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, horror, erotic horror, personal essays, tech articles, crime fiction, fairy tales. There are also open calls for any genre of stories and poems.

All of these are paying markets. (A couple accept reprints!)

There are some themed anthologies in the mix, so make sure you read all the requirements before you submit.

Happy submitting!


THEMA: Drop the Zucchini and Run!

The premise (target theme) must be an integral part of the plot, not necessarily the central theme but not merely incidental.

Genres: Any

Length: Fewer than 20 double-spaced pages preferred.

Payment: Short story, $25; short-short piece (up to 1000 words), $10; poem, $10; artwork, $25 for cover, $10 for interior page display.

Deadline: March 1, 2016

Reprints accepted


“Stiff Things: Erotic Horror”

“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.”

Genre: Erotic Horror

Length: Up to 9K words per story.

Payment: 3 cents/word, up to a max of $270/story (9K words)

Deadline: March 1, 2016

Tech Edge Magazine

Genre: Stories about technology in education. Themed issue: Students as creators.

Payment: $50 for up to 500 words, and $125 for articles of 500–1,500 words

Deadline: March 1, 2016


Skirt! Magazine

Magazine for women.

Genre: Personal essays wanted for the ‘Smart’ Issue, 800–1,100 words

Payment: $200 per piece

Deadline: March 1, 2016



upstreet, based in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, is an award-winning annual literary anthology containing the best new fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction available.”

Genre: Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction

Payment: $50 — $150 for poems, $50 — $250 for short stories or essays

Deadline: March 1, 2016



“Beatdom is a Beat Generation-themed literary journal. We publish short stories and poetry, but mostly we’re looking for essays about the Beats. These essays should be interesting and take a different slant on the Beat Generation. There are hundreds of books and essays out there that cover these subjects, so we want something new.”

Genre: Essay on the theme of Politics

Payment: $50

Deadline: March 1, 2016


Slice Magazine

Genres: Fiction and Poetry on the theme of “Distraction”

Length: 5,000 words max

Payment: $250 for stories and essays and $75 for poems

Deadline: March 1, 2016


Briarpatch Magazine

“Briarpatch Magazine publishes writing and artwork on a wide range of topics, including current events, grassroots activism, electoral politics, economic justice, ecology, labour, food security, gender equity, indigenous struggles, international solidarity, and other issues of political importance.”

Genre: Nonfiction articles, progressive

Payment: Up to $150/story

Deadline: March 7, 2016

Eye to the Telescope

Themed issue: Family. “We are seeking poetry that explores the myriad and diverse ways that define family. We want poetry that challenges our own preconceived notions and definitions of what family means. We seek poetry that defines family through emotion. Show us the world, your world, different worlds, through family.”

Genre: Speculative poetry

Payment: 3 cents per word

Deadline: March 15, 2016


Crime Syndicate

Genre: Dark, dirty crime fiction short stories

Length: Between 2500 and 5000 words

Payment: $25 per piece

Deadline: March 23, 2016


The Puritan

Genre: Poetry, fiction, nonfiction

Payment: $100 per interview, $100 per essay, $100 per review, $50 per work of fiction, and $15 per poem (or page, capped at $60 for poems running four pages or more).

Deadline: March 25, 2016


The Beauty of Death Anthology

“All types of horror are welcome. Sex or violence in a story should be artistically justified; no excessive gore. We welcome all subgenres and forms of speculative fiction.”

Genre: Short fiction, horror

Payment: $100, 4500–7500 words.

Deadline: March 30, 2016


Fairytales Slashed V.7

Length: Stories should be 10,000–20,000 words

Genre: LGBTQIA fairytales

Payment: $200 per piece

Deadline: March 31, 2016


Chicken Soup for the Soul: ‘Dreams and Synchronicities’

“Sometimes magic happens in your life. You have a dream that reveals a truth or a course of action to you. You have a premonition that changes your behavior and saves you or a loved one from disaster. You meet someone at just the right time and you can’t believe the coincidence. We’re collecting stories for a second book on this topic, following our bestseller Chicken Soup for the Soul: Dreams and Premonitions. Share your stories about the amazing things that have happened in your own life.”

Genre: Stories, poems

Payment: $200 per piece

Deadline: March 31, 2016



Genre: Essays and fiction concerning disability by two groups: individuals with a disability and those who are part of the disability community, such as a family member, caregiver, special educator, etc.

Length: Word limit is 6,000

Payment: $25 — $250 per article

Deadline: March 31, 2016

Reprints accepted


York Literary Review

Genres: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry

Payment: £50 per contributor

Deadline: March 31, 2016

Originally published at publishedtodeath.blogspot.com on February 29, 2016.

Erica Verrillo has published five books. She blogs about the publishing world, posts useful tips on how to get an agent, lists agents who are looking for clients as well as publishers accepting manuscripts directly from writers, explains how to market and promote your work, how to build your online platform, how to get reviews, how to self-publish, and where to find markets for your work on Publishing and Other Forms of Insanity.

Helping writers get published and bolstering their flagging spirits at http://publishedtodeath.blogspot.com/

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