This November there are more than six dozen calls for submissions. All of these are paying markets, and none charge submission fees. As always, every genre, style, and form is wanted, from short stories to poetry to essays.
I post calls for submissions on the first day of every month. But as I am collecting them, I post them on my page, Calls for Submissions. You can get a jump on next month’s calls for submissions by checking that page periodically throughout the month. (I only post paying markets.)
Also see Paying Markets for hundreds of paying markets arranged by form and genre.
The First Line. Genres: Fiction, poetry, nonfiction using the first line provided. (See site.) Payment: $25.00 — $50.00 for fiction, $5.00 — $10.00 for poetry, and $25.00 for nonfiction. Deadline: November 1, 2021.
Ornithopter. Genre: Poetry chapbooks. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: November 1, 2021.
Death in the Mouth. Restrictions: Open to BIPOC writers and other ethnically marginalized writers and artists from around the world. Genre: Horror. “We’re looking for original manifestations of horror, dread, grief, fear, and anxiety. Embodiments of mania and displacements of faith. Harrowing ecstasy and debilitating hope. Consuming, relentless love. Transgressions of the body, the spirit, and the community. Quiet, creeping absurdities. Unique and terrifying alien mythology from the future. Weird and unsettling folklore from secondary worlds. Quiet contemporary techno-panic.” Payment: 8 cents/word. Deadline: November 1, 2021. Some reprints accepted.
Lethe Press. Genre: Speculative fiction, especially queer speculative fiction, historical fiction. Full-length manuscripts. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: November 1, 2021.
Thema: Get It Over With! Genre: Fiction, poetry, and art on theme: Get It Over With! Payment: $10-$25 for short fiction and artwork, $10 for poetry. Deadline: November 1, 2021. Accepts reprints.
Foglifter. Genres: Poetry, prose, cross-genre work. “Foglifter welcomes daring and thoughtful work by queer and trans writers in all forms, and we are especially interested in cross-genre, intersectional, marginal, and transgressive work.” Payment: $25. Deadline: November 1, 2021.
ellipsis… literature & art. Genre: Poetry, short fiction, drama, and creative non-fiction. Payment: $3 per page. Deadline: November 1, 2021. (Only pays American writers.)
The Other Stories (Audio). Genre: Horror on theme of Video Games. Payment: 15 GBT. Deadline: November 1, 2021.
Future Fire: Noir. Genre: “We are looking for stories that combine themes or aesthetic from Noir fiction and cinema with the existing goals of TFF (progressive, feminist, queer, postcolonial, inclusive, accessible, ecological and international speculative and genre fiction).” Payment: $50. Reprints $25. Deadline: November 1, 2021. Reprints accepted.
United Faedom. Genre: Cozy Romance. Theme: Young Adult/Clean Adult. Length: 8k-10k. Payment: $20. Deadline: November 1, 2021. Some reprints accepted.
United Faedom. Genre: Romantic Fantasy. Theme: Adult rated, mild erotica. Length: 8k-10k. Payment: $20. Deadline: November 1, 2021. Some reprints accepted.
Cardinal Rule Press Genre: Children’s picture books that empower children through meaningful stories for readers, age 4–11. They also publish non-fiction books for parents (word count up to 70k). Payment: Royalties. Deadline: November 1, 2021.
The Century. Genre: First-person narratives (under 1,000 words) on Threshold. Payment: $100. Deadline: November 1, 2021.
The Iowa Review. Genres: Poetry, prose. Payment: $1.50/line for poetry and $0.08/word for prose. Deadline: November 1, 2021. Fee for online submissions. No fee for mailed submissions.
Ninth Letter. Genre: Poems and short fiction. “The theme for this issue is Return. As in, to return to a former place, person, or situation. Haven’t we been here before?” Payment: $25. Deadline: November 1, 2021.
Last Girls Club. Genre: Feminist horror. Poetry, short stories, flash fiction, essays. Theme is DEVOUT: Martyrs, Cults, and Mayhem. What do you find frightening about deeply religious people and social movements? What does feel like to be “possessed “ by a god or goddess? Payment: $10 — $25. Deadline: November 1, 2021.
Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores. Genre: Speculative stories. Payment: 6 cents/word for original work. 2 cents/word for reprints. Deadline: November 2, 2021.
Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine. Genre: Fairy tales, and essays on theme of “Healers, Midwives and Cunning Folk.” Payment: $100. US dollars only. Essays: $50. Deadline: November 3, 2021.
Scum. Genre: Feminist-friendly work of any variety, but as a general rule your piece should be under 2000 words (50 lines for poetry, max. 3 poems) and able to be classified as “fiction”, “culture”, “memoir”, “column”, “poetry”, and/or “review”. Payment: $60 AUD. Deadline: November 7, 2021. Opens to submissions on November 1.
Fantasy Magazine. Genre: Fantasy short stories, flash fiction, poetry. Payment: 8 cents per word for original short stories and flash fiction. $40 per poem. Deadline: November 7, 2021. Opens to submissions on November 1.
Shooter. Genre: Stories, essays, memoir and poetry to do with enchantment and scheming, in any context. “Black magic, witchcraft and wizardry are the obvious subjects, but we welcome wider interpretations of the theme: anything to do with political manipulation, backroom dealings, romantic plotting, duplicitous gamesmanship, or charismatic trickery is sought.” Payment: £25 per story and £5 per poem. Stories that fall below the requested minimum of 2,000 words will be paid at poetry rates. Artists will be paid £25 for use of their work as magazine illustration. Deadline: November 7, 2021.
Havok. Genre: Flash fiction on Theme of PARTNERS & PREDATORS. Payment: $10 via PayPal for each story published in an Anthology. Deadline: November 7, 2021.
Haunted MTL. Genre: Horror. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: November 12, 2021. (Or until filled)
Bright Wall/Dark Room. Genre: Essay on theme: FUBAR.”This December, we’re looking for essays on movies and TV series where everything’s FUBAR. Because, well, let’s admit it: Everything is FUBAR.” Payment: $100. Deadline: November 12, 2021.
Shoreline of Infinity. Genre: Science fiction, fantasy. Payment: £10/1000 words. Deadline: November 13, 2021.
Space Opera Digest 2021: Have Ship, Will Travel. Genre: Short space opera stories. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: November 14, 2021.
One Story. Genre: Short story. Length: 3,000–8,000 words. Payment: $500. Deadline: November 14, 2021.
Solarpunk Sunscapes: Optimistic Visions of the Future. Genre: Speculative fiction. “Solarpunk tells optimistic and hopeful stories about future societies (near-future or distant) powered by renewable energy, and where nature and technology coexist in harmony rather than in conflict.” Payment: $.02 per word, $30 per poem + contributor copy. Deadline: November 14, 2021.
Dose of Dread. Genre: General horror flash fiction. Preference for dread-inducing stories. Length: 500–1,000 words. Payment: $10. Deadline: November 15, 2021.
Muse Magazine. Genre: Nonfiction articles for children on theme of Show Me How. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: November 15, 2021.
The Other Stories (Audio). Genre: Horror on theme of Cults. Payment: 15 GBT. Deadline: November 15, 2021.
Lamplight. Genre: Dark fiction, both short stories and flash fiction. Payment: Unpublished Fiction: 3¢ per word, $150.00 max. Reprints: 1¢ per word up to 7,000 words. Deadline: November 15, 2021.
Timber Ghost Press: Out of Time: True Paranormal Encounters. Genre: True ghost stories, unexplained occurrences, and weird encounters with the paranormal or supernatural. Payment: $20. Deadline: November 15, 2021.
Songs of Eretz. Genre: Poetry, cover art on theme of Place. Payment: $5. Deadline: November 15, 2021.
Speculative City. Restrictions: Open to writers who specifically identify as queer and BIPOC. Genre: Fiction, poetry, and essays that are centered within the cityscape. Payment: $20-$55. Deadline: November 15, 2021.
Luna Station Quarterly. Restrictions: Open to women writers only. Genre: Speculative fiction. Payment: $5. Deadline: November 15, 2021. Some reprints accepted.
Dark Peninsula Press: The Cellar Door. Genre: Horror/thriller stories that take place in or near the woods. “We’re looking for slightly shorter stories this time around (2,000 to 5,000 words). Although everyone is welcome to submit, we have a special preference for women authors this time around.” Payment: $25. Deadline: November 15, 2021.
Griffith Review 76: Acts of Reckoning. Genre: Essays and creative non-fiction, reportage, fiction, poetry, memoir and picture stories. “Acts of Reckoning is a wide-ranging discussion of the multifaceted issues at play in Australia’s fraught journey towards a full settlement with Indigenous peoples.” Payment: Negotiated. Deadline: November 18, 2021.
clavmag. Restrictions: Open to LGBTQ+ writers. Genre: Short fiction and life writing. “we created clavmag to fulfil our need to shout into the literary void, and as a platform for other people who feel the same way.” Payment: £52. Deadline: November 18, 2021.
Mythulu Magazine: Steam vs Substance. Genre: Erotic/romance short stories. “How spicy can relationships get without taking clothes off? On the other hand, what gives erotica purpose? We are looking for three stories across the spectrum: One erotica piece with extraordinary depth. One “mass appeal” intensity romance containing clever taboos made approachable. One PG-level romance focused on love that transcends personal ownership.” Payment: $0.06/word or $15/page. Non-fiction pays $0.08/word. Creative works earn $0.04/word, with short stories capped at $75. Deadline: November 19, 2021.
Chicken Soup for the Soul. Genre: True humorous stories. “Share your funny stories about something that happened to you in your life — in your relationship with a partner or spouse, a parent or child, a family member or friend, at work or at home — that made you and the people around you laugh out loud. Did you mean for it to be funny? Did the other person mean to make you laugh? Did a situation just get out of control? Did a misunderstanding turn into a comedy of errors?” Payment: $200. Deadline: November 20, 2021.
Claw & Blossom. Genre: Flash fiction and poetry about the natural world on theme of Glow. Payment: $25. Deadline: November 21, 2021. Submit early in the month to avoid submission fees.
Flash Fiction Online. Genre: Speculative (science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, and horror) and literary fiction. Payment: $80. Deadline: November 21, 2021.
The Periodical, Forlorn: Haunted Houses. Genre: Stories about spooky old houses and the creep-crawlies that float forlornly down back passageways, leave strange cold spots in libraries, and come out at night to terrify unsuspecting guests. Payment: $15. Deadline: November 21, 2021.
Story Seed Vault. Genre: Microfiction tweets based on science. Payment: Short Fiction (<150CH) $3AUD per story; Long Fiction (>150CH/<200CH) $2AUD per story. Deadline: November 24, 2021. Opens on the 10th.
Prairie Fire. Genre: Fiction, poetry, CNF on theme of Uncharted Territory. “Tell us about a time you (or a fictional character) either deliberately threw away the roadmap and set out on a new, uncharted course into the unfamiliar and unexpected, or a time when an external catalyst such as loss, illness, poverty, a social movement, a work of art, or a pandemic changed the way you think, or sent you in a new direction and changed the course of your life.” Payment: Prose: $0.10 per word; Poetry: $40 per poem. Deadline: November 24, 2021.
Night Shift Radio. Genre: Fiction, non-fiction, memoir — 7,000–10,000 words. Payment: $50 or $25. Deadline: November 28, 2021. Opens November 21.
Kaleidotrope. Genre: Speculative fiction and poetry — science fiction, fantasy, and horror, but also compelling work that blurs the lines between these and falls outside of neat genre categories. Payment: For fiction, $0.01/word (1 cent a word) USD. For poetry, a flat rate of $5 USD per accepted piece. For artwork, a flat rat of $60 for cover art. Deadline: November 30th, 2021.
Crimeucopia. Genre: Crime Fiction. Payment: Reprints — To a Maximum of — £7.00 at present — but negotiable. New Material — 1,000–5,000 — up to £10 .00 at present. New Material — 6.000–10,000 — up to £20.00 at present. Deadline: November 30, 2021.
The Fuckening. Genre: Funny, speculative fiction short stories and poetry that embody The Fuckening. All stories must be science fiction, fantasy, horror, or a combination of the three. “These stories can be witty, goofy, dark, sarcastic…whatever, we don’t care, as long as they are speculative fiction and contain a reference to The Fuckening and maintain a general theme of fuckery (we mean this in the non-pornographic sense).” Payment: $10. Deadline: November 30, 2021.
Podcastle. Genre: Fantasy podcast. Length: Up to 6,000 words. Payment: $0.06/word for original; $100 for reprints, $20 for flash fiction reprints. Deadline: November 30, 2021.
Broken Sleep Books. Genre: Poetry pamphlets (up to 40 pages). Payment: Royalties. Deadline: November 30, 2021.
Hiraeth Books: parABnormal Magazine. Genre: Stories, poetry, nonfiction about the paranormal. Payment: $25 for fiction, $20 for articles, $7 for reviews, $6 per poem. Deadline: November 30th, 2021.
Cast of Wonders. Genre: YA Speculative fiction. Podcast. Payment: $.08/word for original fiction of any length (yes, including flash!). For reprints, a $100 flat rate for Short Fiction, and a $20 flat rate for Flash Fiction. Deadline: November 30, 2021.
The New Southern Fugitives. Genre: Previously unpublished writing and art. Payment: $40 per book review, $40 per poem, $40 per photograph or piece of visual art, $15 per page for prose (min $45 and max $105) Deadline: November 30, 2021.
Split Lip Magazine. Genre: Fiction (flash and short stories), memoirs, and poetry. with a pop-culture twist. Payment: $50 per author (via PayPal) for our web issues. Payment for print is $5 per page, minimum of $20, plus 2 contributor copies and a 1-year subscription. Deadline: November 30, 2021. Note: Submit early in the month.
Dark Recesses Press. Genre: Horror/dark fiction pieces between 500–5000 words. Payment: 5 cents/word. Deadline: November 30, 2021. Note: Only pays for print magazine.
Ninth Letter. Genre: Prose and poetry. Payment: $25 per printed page, with a maximum payment of $150, as well as two complimentary copies of the issue in which the work appears. Deadline: November 30, 2021.
Spartan. Genre: Literary prose, 1500 words max. Payment: $20. Deadline: November 30th, 2021.
The Fiddlehead. Genre: Fiction, including excerpts from novels, creative nonfiction, art, and poetry. Payment: $60 CAD per published page. Deadline: November 30th, 2021.
Dragon Soul Press: Rogue Tales. Genre: Fairytale. “Fairytales will never be the same in this reverse harem anthology. All versions of bedtime stories, folklore, etc are welcome.” Word Count — 5,000–15,000. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: November 30th, 2021.
Dragon Soul Press: Everlast. Genre: Romance. “Romance can be difficult on its own, even before adding the complications of time travel to the equation. These couples find themselves from separate timelines in history, but cross paths due to unforeseen circumstances.” Word Count — 5,000–20,000. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: November 30th, 2021.
Baltimore Review. Genre: Poetry; send up to three poems, fiction, creative nonfiction, videos (including poetry), and cross-genre work. Payment: $40. Deadline: November 30th, 2021.
Nimrod. Genre: Poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction. Payment: $10 per page, with a $200 maximum. Deadline: November 30th, 2021. Fee to submit online; no fee for postal submissions.
Red Cape Anthologies: M is for Medical. Genre: Horror. “Think surgery gone wrong, sadistic nurses, organ trafficking, creepy doctors etc.” Payment: £10. Deadline: November 30th, 2021.
Pirating Pups. Genre: Stories with adventure-loving dogs, puns, water and fun. “I’m looking for sailors, submariners, explorers, Vikings and more. Fun stories filled with excitement, drama, treasure-seeking, sword fights, discovering new worlds and dogs, dogs, dogs.” Payment: $50 CAD. Deadline: November 30th, 2021. Opens October 1.
Abandon. Genre: Writing and artwork that has been created with abandon. Payment: $15. Deadline: November 30th, 2021.
Smoking Pen Press: Another Dimension. Genre: Speculative fiction on theme of time travel and multiverse/parallel universes. Payment: $20. Deadline: November 30th, 2021.
The Gravity of the Thing: Stranged Writing. Genre: Defamiliarized writing. “The contents of the collection will be curated according to biological taxonomy (species, genus, family, order, class, phylum, kingdom, domain) using word count, and the final form of the collection will be a cloth hardcover with a screen-printed dust jacket from Prieto Screenprinting. Each dust jacket will fold into a unique literary organism or book sculpture, the goal being a dimensional and tactile reading experience during these largely digital times.” Payment: $5 — $25. Deadline: November 30th, 2021.
Bluestem. Genre: Fiction, poetry, nonfiction. Payment: $20/poem and $75/prose piece. Deadline: November 30th, 2021.
Dark Void. Genre: Science fiction horror. Payment: 5 cents/word. Deadline: November 30th, 2021.
Crannóg. Genres: Poetry, short stories. Payment: €50 per story, €30 per poem. Deadline: November 30, 2021.
Gateway Literary Press. Genre: Surrealist, fabulist, and magic realist story collections. US authors only. Payment: Small advance plus royalties. Deadline: November 30, 2021. Submit early in the month.
Salt Publishing. Genre: Fiction (novels and short stories), narrative non-fiction, poetry. “We particularly welcome submissions from women, BAME, disabled, working class and LGBTQ+ writers.” Payment: Royalties. (No information on site.) Deadline: November 30, 2021.
Apparition Lit. Genre: Speculative fiction and poetry on theme of Charm. Payment: $30. Deadline: November 30, 2021. Opens November 15.
Strange Horizons Genre: Speculative fiction. Payment: 10¢/word USD. Deadline: November 30, 2021.
And a few more…
Bethlehem Writers Roundtable. Genre: Short stories and poetry. See themes. Payment: 20.00 USD for featured authors, or $10.00 USD for stories published on their &More page and $5.00 USD for poems. Deadline: December 1, 2021.
Abbey Review. Genre: Short stories, poems, and screenplays. Payment: $30 per short story, poem, and screenplay, and the best piece of writing gets paid an additional $70, for a total of $100. Deadline: December 1, 2021.
Archive of the Odd. Genre: Speculative fiction, horror preferred. “Archive of the Odd is a zine of uncanny occurrences, told in even stranger ways.” They’d like a variety of time periods. Stories can be in any format, except traditional prose. Some of the suggested formats are: academic papers; technical writing; medication warning sheets; sales papers; newspaper articles; recipes; knitting/crochet/weaving/what-have-you guides; care guides (plant, animal, rock garden, etc); or any other unusual format. Submissions do not have to be entirely in text. Payment: $15–25 for fiction of 500–5,000+ words. Deadline: December 1, 2021.
The Antihumanist. Genre: Fiction, nonfiction, art — all genres. “We seek to publish the most challenging and thought provoking flash fiction and essays. We believe only by confronting the bare bones of reality we understand our place in the world.” Payment: 5 cents/word. Deadline: December 1, 2021.
Parabola. Genre: Original essays and translations, poetry, reviews. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: December 1, 2021. See themes.
The Other Stories (Audio). Genre: Horror on theme of Surgery. Payment: 15 GBT. Deadline: December 1, 2021.
United Faedom. Genre: LGBTQ+ Romance. Theme: Adult, mild erotica if desired. Length: 8k-10k. Payment: $20. Deadline: December 1, 2021. Some reprints accepted.
Scary Dairy Press: Bloody Rock Anthology. Genre: Horror. “Does the rock of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s take you back to the nightmares of yore? If you can brew a scary tale that Alice Cooper and the Dead would love, we just might love it too!” Payment: $.03 per word. Deadline: December 1, 2021.
Eternal Haunted Summer. Genre: Poetry, short fiction about Night. Payment: $5. Deadline: December 1, 2021.
Sundog Lit. Genre: Poetry, nonfiction, and fiction. Payment: $25. Deadline: December 1, 2021.
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