33 Calls for Submissions in April 2017 — Paying Markets

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There are nearly three dozen calls for submissions in April. Every genre and every form is welcome! All are paying markets. (There are no fees to submit.) Many of these journals have recurring calls for submissions, so if you miss this window, you can always submit during the next reading period.

For more literary journals seeking submissions and to get a jump on next month’s open calls see: Paying Markets.


West Branch. Genres: Poetry, fiction, CNF. Payment: $50 per poem, 5 cents per word for prose. Deadline: April 1, 2017.

Monstering: Disabled Women And Nonbinary PeopleCelebrating Monsterhood. Genre: Short stories. “ Do you see yourself in the hulking creatures of legend? The warped beings of myth? If you’re disabled and identify as either female or nonbinary, we encourage you to submit.” Payment: $10. Deadline: April 1, 2017.

Bright Wall/Dark Room. Genre: Nonfiction. Essays, humor, interviews about film. Theme is “Childhood.” Payment: $25. Deadline: April 1, 2017.

Shooter. Genre: Poetry, fiction and CNF on the theme of Bad Girls. “As always, the theme is open to interpretation, but think antiheroines, villainesses, and convention-defying women. Intelligent treatment of the theme is required: we want refined writing and complex, not cartoon, characters.” Payment: £25 per story and £5 per poem. Deadline: April 2, 2017.

The Deaf Poets Society. Genre: Poetry, prose, cross-genre work, reviews. Theme is “Crips In Space: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Futurism.” Crip futurism is a growing body of interdisciplinary studies. “We are looking for D/deaf and disabled perspectives and re-imaginings of bodies, science, technology, bioethics, and the future ways of existing.” Payment: Revenue sharing. Deadline: April 4, 2017.

UnCommon Lands. Genre: Short story. Publication tends toward magical realism. “We are seeking stories of unusual spaces, places and landscapes.” Payment: Revenue sharing. Deadline: April 5, 2017.

Splickety. Genre: Stories on theme of Medieval Mayhem. No speculative fiction. 1000 words max. Payment: 2 cents/word. Deadline: April 7, 2017. Read guidelines HERE.

Blyant Publishing. Genre: Short story on theme of Beginning. Payment: £10 — £25 depending on length of story. Deadline: April 10, 2017.

Confrontation Magazine. Genres: Fiction, poetry, non-fiction (worldwide). Payment: $175-$250 for fiction, $75-$100 per work for poetry. Deadline: April 15, 2017.

Rattle. Genre: Poetry. Theme is “Rust Belt Poets.” Payment: $100 print edition, $50 online. Deadline: April 15, 2017.

Spirit’s Tincture. Genre: Speculative flash fiction and poetry. Theme is “Resistance.” Payment: 6 cents/word. Deadline: April 15, 2017.

18th Wall. Genre: Speculative fiction for Their Coats All Red anthology. “These must be tales which capture the feel of the high Victorian era. We don’t want stories of the Empire itself — we want stories of the weirdness underneath. Ghosts, spirits, madness and monstrosities are all welcome.” Payment: Revenue sharing. Deadline: April 15, 2017.

Blackbird. Genres: Poetry, fiction, CNF, drama. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: April 15, 2017.

Helios. Genres: Fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and art on theme of Redux and Progression. Payment: Rates vary depending on length. Deadline: April 15, 2017.

Copper Nickel. Genres: poetry, fiction, essays, and translation. Payment: $30 per printed page. Deadline: April 15, 2017.

Third Flatiron. Genre: Speculative satire. Theme is “Cat’s Breakfast.” Payment: 6 cents/word. Deadline: April 15, 2017.

Hippocampus. Genre: Creative nonfiction for anthology about the golden age of radio. Payment: $50/story. Deadline: April 15, 2017.

Griffith Review 57: Perils of Populism. Genres: Poetry, prose, CNF. “We are seeking writers keen to explore with originality and insight the sources and perils of contemporary populism: economic, social, educational, media, political, religious and even language — the human and social dimensions up close and personal.” Payment: Rates vary depending on length. Deadline: April 21, 2017.

Cricket. Genres: YA poetry, fiction, essays on the theme of Aliens. CICADA is a YA lit/comics magazine fascinated with the lyric and strange and committed to work that speaks to teens’ truths. Payment: Fiction: up to 10¢ per word, Nonfiction: up to 25¢ per word, Poems: up to $3.00 per line; $25.00 minimum. Deadline: April 27, 2017.

Spider Magazine. Genres: Stories, poems article for children on theme of Folktales, Myths, and Legends, Payment: Stories and articles: up to 25¢ per word, Poems: up to $3.00 per line; $25.00 minimum, Activities and recipes: $75.00 flat rate. Deadline: April 27, 2017.

Southern Indiana Review. Genres: Fiction, CNF, poetry. Payment: $50-$100 per piece. Deadline: April 30, 2017.

FIYAH. Genre: Speculative fiction and poetry about Africa Diaspora. Theme is “Sundown Towns.” Payment: $150 per story. $50 per poem. $300 per novelette. Deadline: April 30, 2017.

Red Sun. Genre: Speculative fiction. Payment: $150 per story. Deadline: April 30, 2017.

Pseudopod. Genre: Horror. Audio format. Payment: 6 cents per word. Deadline: April 30, 2017. Reprints accepted.

Afrocentric Books. Genre: Mythical fantasy. “Magic, gods, mysticism, mythical creatures. Bring us old fairy tales with an Afrocentric twist. We are interested in new gods or ancient ones, old religions, houngans, potions, and spells.” Payment:1 cent/word. Deadline: April 30, 2017.

Hashtag Queer. Genres: Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, scripts, and visual art. “We are seeking short creative work by queer-identified writers and artists &/or on queer themes.” Payment: $5/page. Deadline: April 30, 2017.

Snafu: Judgement Day. Genre: Speculative fiction. “What we want: Invading space aliens, demonic invasion as in Doom, DNA-grafted dinosaurs taking over the planet, manmade viral infections that nearly wipe out humanity, or artificial intelligence like in Terminator… anything you can think of that would bring about the end of the world. And SOLDIERS! Tell us about what happens during the worst of the fall of humanity or afterwards. No zombies. That’s already taken care of.” 2000–10,000 words. Payment: AUD4c/word and one contributor copy. Deadline: April 30, 2017.

Midnight Writers. Genre: Stories of every genre on theme “Last Shot Fired.” Imagine a war going so long that every last resource has been used up in the fight for survival, or a world that has taken extreme measures to end warfare and violence. This could be about a spouse that has finally reached their breaking point and said that one thing that cascades the relationship into total chaos, or being against the wall against overwhelming odds with almost no resources or backup, what imagery is brought to your mind by this phrase?” Payment: $10. Deadline: April 30, 2017.

Tesseracts Twenty-one. Restrictions: Canadians only. Genre: Speculative fiction and poetry on the theme of Optimism. Payment: Short poetry is $20.00. Payment for short stories is prorated as follows: $50 for stories up to 1,500 words, rising to a maximum of $150 for stories up to 5,000 words. Deadline: April 30, 2017.

Weirdbook Magazine. Genre: Weird fiction and poetry on the theme of Witches. Payment: $5 per thousand words. Deadline: April 30, 2017.

The Quilliad. Genres: Poetry, flash fiction (500 words or less), and short stories (generally 1000–2000 words). Payment: $13. Deadline: April 30, 2017. (?)

FIELD. Genre: Poetry. Send 2–6 poems at a time, combined into a single document, starting each poem on a new page. Payment: $15 per page. Deadline: April 30, 2017. (?)

Originally published at publishedtodeath.blogspot.com on April 1, 2017.

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