There are more than two dozen calls for submissions in October.
As always, there are calls for a wide variety of genres and styles. Short stories, essays, interviews, poems, and flash fiction are all welcome. All of these markets pay writers.
Note: For links to sites that regularly post calls for submissions — both paid and unpaid — go to Calls for Submissions.
The Last Line. All stories must end with the last line provided, and you cannot change it in any way. Payment: $20.00 — $40.00. Deadline: October 1, 2016.
Ghosts on Drugs. Genre: Tale must include some version of at least one ghost who’s on some version of at least one drug. Payment: 15 cents/word. Deadline: October 1, 2016.
The Blue Route. Restrictions: Only the work of current undergraduate writers will be considered. Genres: Fiction, or creative nonfiction totaling no more than 3000 words. Payment: $25 Deadline: October 1, 2016
Skirt! Theme: Yummy! Genre: Essay — Stories about a memorable meal or a recipe. Food is love concept. Payment: $200 per piece Deadline: October 1, 2016
Six Hens. “Six Hens features true stories about the moments that define and redefine. Our writers take us to the places and events that changed what they believe in, changed how they see their place in the world, and changed them.” Genre: Creative nonfiction. Payment: $50 Deadline: October 3, 2016
Exit 271: Your Georgia Writers Resource. Restrictions: All writers and artists must currently live in Georgia Genres: Feature articles (1000–2000 words), writer’s path column (less than 1000 words), short fiction (under 4000 words), poetry (any length), and artwork for the magazine cover. Payment: Feature articles are theme related and pay $50 per article. Writer’s path column pays $25 per article. Creative writing pieces and cover art are on a rolling basis. Deadline: October 3, 2016.
Griffith Review 56: Millennials Strike Back. Genre: Nonfiction: This special edition of Griffith Review is devoted to the challenges and opportunities this generation is facing and embracing. The net will be cast wide, as we listen to the voices of the future reporting on the world as they experience it. Writers, academics, artists, workers, activists — all are welcome. Payment: Negotiated according to word length. Deadline: October 7, 2016, pitches only. Read guidelines here.
The Violet Hour. Genre: Flash only. The theme prompts this time around are “macabre” and “Gothic.” All non-fiction and fiction submissions are limited to a maximum word-count of 1000 words, and all poems are limited to a maximum of 1 page, up to 5 poems per submission. Payment: $5. Deadline: October 14, 2016.
Iron Soap. Genre: Short stories of around 200 words on the theme of Halloween. Payment: 1 cent/word. Deadline: October 14, 2016.
Rattle. Restrictions: Poems may be written on any subject, in any style or length, but must be written by those who have worked a significant amount of time for a non-military governmental department or agency (whether U.S., foreign, or international). Genre: Poetry. Payment: $50. Deadline: October 15, 2016.
Disquieted Dream Press. Genre: Fiction, 2000–5000 words on the theme of Body Horror. Payment: $10. Deadline: October 15, 2016.
Helios. Genre: Fiction, poetry, nonfiction. RE_ACTED wants stories that explore the dark side of human progression. What are the secrets we’ve erased from our families shared histories? What is the government, society, or even the universe itself trying to shield us from seeing? Payment: Varies according to type of submission. Deadline: October 15, 2016.
Nous. Genre: Stories, poems, and essays taking on themes such as Addiction, Gambling, Virtual Reality and Computer Games, Therapy, Community Action and Social Change. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: October 16, 2016.
Shooter. Genre: Poems and stories on theme of Cities. Minimum 2000 words for stories. Payment: £25 per story and £5 per poem. Deadline: October 16, 2016.
Dieselpunk Fairy Tales. Genre: Diselpunk. “We’re looking for over-the-top storylines that fit into this mash-up of genres. Horror, action, detective, crime, and even fantasy can be fit into this genre. Think steam-punk, but with petroleum-fueled engines. All submissions will have to be based on a retelling of a fairy tale.” US writers only. Payment: Revenue sharing. Deadline: October 21, 2016.
Splickety. Genre: Speculative fiction. ‘What if White Fang was actually a chupacabra? What if a pod of warmongering mermaids sank the Titanic? What if Oliver Twist turned out to be a twisted leprechaun? In these literary retellings, we want to know who really populated the stories that history wouldn’t allow told. The plot and motivations will stay largely the same, but the characters will be a little different than we remember. Think Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters when you’re writing the true versions of these classic spec-fic masterpieces.’ Payment: $0.02 per word via PayPal. Deadline: October 28, 2016. Read guidelines here.
Tacitus Publishing. Genre: “We are looking for short fiction (1,500 to 5,000 words) that takes place in space and has a strong horror element. This can include aliens, ghosts, or disturbing circumstance.” Payment: 1 cent USD per word. Deadline: October 30, 2016.
Chicken Soup for the Soul. Genre: True stories by and about teachers. Payment: $200 per story. Deadline: October 30, 2016.
Adventure Cyclist .Genre: Nonfiction. Payment: 30–50 cents/word. Deadline: October 31, 2016.
Copper Pen Press — Freakshow. Genre: Dark, twisted and unusual mysteries with dark, twisted and unusual characters set within the world of a traveling circus, carnival or freak show. Payment: $50 per story. Deadline: October 31, 2016.
Horror Addicts. Genre: Horror. Your story must have a clock involved. Payment: $10. Deadline: October 31, 2016.
Whortleberry Press. Genre: Speculative flash fiction. 500 words max. Payment: $6. Deadline: October 31, 2016.
Maple Tree Literary Supplement. Genre: The Maple Tree Literary Supplement provides a platform for dialogue or interviews on any topic between and amongst Canadian writers, while featuring their work and reporting on literary events, landmarks or festivals in Canada and around the world–with an emphasis on their Canadian composition. Payment: $30 CAN. Deadline: October 31, 2016.
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