There are over two dozen open calls for submissions in November. All genres and styles are welcome, including poetry. fiction, nonfiction, and personal essays. As might be expected, quite a few of these calls are for Holiday themes. All are paying markets.
As always, read the submissions guidelines carefully.
You can find more resources for submission calls, both paid and unpaid, here: Calls for Submissions
The First Line. Genre: Fiction, poetry, CNF. Must begin with the line: “In the six years I spent tracking David Addley, it never occurred to me that he didn’t exist.” Payment: up to $50 per piece. Deadline: November 1, 2016.
Ninth Letter. Genre: Fiction, poetry, CNF. Southern writing only. Payment: $25 per page. Deadline: November 1, 2016.
Virginia Quarterly Review. Genre: Fiction, poetry, CNF. Southern writing only. Payment: $200 per poem, $1000+ for fiction and CNF. Deadline: November 1, 2016.
Skirt! Genre: Personal essay; Essay Theme: Stories about the merriest of holiday times. Payment: $200. Deadline: November 1, 2016.
Sockdolager. Genre: Short genre stories for special issue: Women of War. Payment: 2 cents per word; $15 for reprints. Deadline: November 1, 2016.
Ellipsis. Genres: Poetry, fiction, CNF. Payment: $50 for prose; $10 for poetry. Deadline: November 1, 2016.
THEMA. Genres: Short stories, poems, essays on theme of Missing Letters. Accepts reprints. Payment: $25; short-short piece (up to 1000 words), $10; poem. Deadline: November 1, 2016.
Kenyon Review. Genres: Fiction, poetry, plays, excerpts. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: November 1, 2016.
Pear Tree Press. Genres: Dark poetry and fiction. Payment: $10, $5 for poetry. Deadline: November 1, 2016.
Maple Tree Literary Supplement. Genres: Dialogue or interviews on any topic between and amongst Canadian writers. Payment: $30. Deadline: November 1, 2016.(Website is unclear)
Electric Literature. Genres: Personal and critical essays. Payment: $50 per piece. Deadline: November 4, 2016.
How Well You Walk Through Madness. Genres: Fiction, poetry. We are looking for stories that capture ordinary madness-the down and dingy corners of life. Send us the last little hope before getting a boot to the face. Send us experimental fiction or poetry littered with philosophies on a mission to corrupt the norms. Essentially, we’re looking for Beat fiction. Fiction that breaks the conventional norms of writing. Be an outsider. Think differently. Get weird and don’t be afraid. This anthology is inspired by the Beat Generation writers, a literary movement that is getting a rebirth today. Payment: 1/4 cent per word. $5 per poem if submitting poetry. Deadline: November 4, 2016.
Starwheel. Genres: Fiction, nonfiction. We are hoping for weird, speculative, or literary slice of life pieces that are uplifting and thought provoking. The story must contain some aspect of the fall and holiday season: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, etc. Payment: $2.00 per poem, $3.00 per fiction or nonfiction piece, $3.00 for art & photography, and $6.00 for a one-page illustrated story or comic. Deadline: November 10, 2016.
Lamplight Magazine. Genre: Dark fiction. Payment: 3 cents per word; reprints 1 cent per word. Deadline: November 15, 2016.
Electric Literature. Genre: Reprints. “Unlike our regular submissions period, the cover letter here is important. We want to know about your short story’s original publication, and why it deserves a second life in Recommended Reading. If accepted, we may use this information (with your permission) in our introduction, alongside the story’s publication. As always, we’re looking for stories between 2,000 and 10,000 words that are bold, affecting, and presented with a distinct style.” Payment: $100. Deadline: November 15, 2016.
Witness. Genres: “Original fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and photography that is innovative in its approach, broad-ranging in its concerns, and that dazzles us with its unique perspective. We often enjoy material that ventures into international terrain.” Payment: $25 for every 1,500 words of prose and $25 per poem, for both print and online work. Deadline: November 15, 2016.
Bright Wall/Dark Room. Genre: Essays on your favorite Christmas/Holiday/Winter movies. Please note: the movie or television show you write about does not have to be about the holidays — it can be about any film you watch during the holiday season — but the issue itself will be mostly geared toward actual holiday movies. Payment: $25. Deadline: November 15, 2016.
Tiny Tim Literary Review. Genre: Chronically ill/disability narratives. Payment: $50 per piece. Deadline: November 19, 2016.
Fun Dead Publications. Genre: Dark, spooky stories 1000–6000 words, set in New Orleans. Payment: $10. Deadline: November 25, 2016.
Chicken Soup for the Soul. Genre: True stories and poems for 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. Payment: $200. Deadline: November 30, 2016.
Chicken Soup for the Soul. Genre: True stories and poems for Military Families. “We are looking for true stories of no more than 1200 words from soldiers who defend and protect our country — both active and retired — and from their families: spouses, children, parents and other relatives. Tell us what it’s like to be part of a military family: the ups and downs, the funny stories, the heartwarming stories, and your best advice for other military families.” Payment: $200. Deadline: November 30, 2016.
Notre Dame Review. Genre: Prose. Payment: “small gratuity.” Deadline: November 30, 2016.
Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine. Genre: Fairy tale. Payment: Story pay: $30, Poem pay: $10. US dollars only. Deadline: November 30, 2016.
World Weaver Press: Equus: Rhonda Parrish’s Magical Menageries. Genre: Speculative fiction stories about every kind of horse from the earthly to the mythological with a special emphasis on horses, unicorns and pegasi. Every kind of magical equine is welcome. Payment: $10 + contributor copy. Deadline: November 30, 2016.
The Pedestal Magazine. Genre: Speculative poetry. Payment: $40. Deadline: November 30, 2016.
Literary e-clectic. Genre: Fiction and nonfiction on theme of “lost and found.” Payment: $50. Deadline: November 30, 2016.
Anthology: MONSTERS AMONG US. Genre: Poetry and Stories up to 7,000 words about ‘psychological horror’, horror that comes from within. Payment: $15. Deadline: November 30, 2016.
Originally published at publishedtodeath.blogspot.com on November 1, 2016
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