February 2021: Submission Calls

Each month, we strive to compile submission calls of interest. We are not affiliated with any of these publications, and all inquiries should be directed to the publication’s representatives.

It’s important to get your stories out in the world, and we believe you should be paid for your work.

Ready! Set! Write!

Title: parABnormal
Payment: $25 flat rate for fiction/ $6 for poetry
Length: Short fiction from 3,000 to 6,000 words & poetry from 1 to 15 lines
Deadline: March 31, 2021
About: Editor H. David Blalock is seeking stories and poetry about the paranormal. Potential subjects include ghosts, spectres, haunts, various whisperers, and so forth. It also includes shapeshifters and creatures from various folklores. NOTE: This market does not consider creatures like vampires, werewolves, and zombies as paranormal.
For more information, click this LINK.

Title: Midnight from Beyond the Stars
Payment: .06/ word
Length: 2,500 to 6,000 words
Deadline: April 30, 2021
About: The editors at Silver Shamrock Publishing are looking for original alien horror stories in the vein of The Thing/Alien/The Blob/Critters/Night of the Creeps.
For more information, click this LINK.

Title: The Jewish Book of Horror
Payment: $30 for the first 3,000 words, then a 1/2 cent per word up to 7,500 words + print contributor’s copy
Length: 3,000 to 10,000 words
Deadline: April 30, 2021
About: The Denver Horror Collective is seeking horror fiction focusing on the culture, history, and folklore of the Jewish people. This anthology is scheduled to be published on the first night of Hannukah, 2021. No multiple submissions.
For more information, click this LINK.

Title: A Pile of Bodies, A Pile of Heads (Let the Bodies Hit the Floor Series Volumes 1&2)
Payment: $40 flat rate + contributor copy
Length: 5,000 to 10,000 words
Deadline: rolling
About: Sinister Smile Press is seeking submissions that fit the theme of slasher, stalker, serial killer crime fiction and must be written in the horror genre. Bo supernatural elements. No graphic sexual or rape scenes. NOTE: Volume 2 submissions must feature a female antagonist.
For more information, click this LINK.

Title: The Dark
Payment: .06/ word
Length: 2,000 to 6,000
Deadline: rolling
About: This market accepts horror and dark fantasy. No multiple submissions. No graphic, violent horror.
For more information, click this LINK.

Title: Boneyard Soup Magazine 
Payment: .05/ word
Length: 2,000 to 6,000 words
Deadline: rolling
About: This market accepts horror and dark fantasy. The editors are open to almost everything from traditional Gothic to 80s pulp horror and ghost stories to horror comedy. No extreme violence or overt sexual themes.
For more information, click this LINK.

Title: Three-Lobed Burning Eye
Payment: $100 flat rate for short fiction/ $30 for flash fiction
Length: 1,001 to 7,500 words for short fiction/ under 1,000 for flash fiction
Deadline: rolling
What They Want: This market publishes speculative fiction. No simultaneous or multiple submissions.
For more information, click this LINK.

January: Submission Calls

Each month, we strive to compile submission calls of interest. We are not affiliated with any of these publications, and all inquiries should be directed to the publication’s representatives.

It’s important to get your stories out in the world, and we believe you should be paid for your work.

Ready! Set! Write!

Title: The Periodical: Forlorn (Vol. 1, Issue 3)
Payment: $15 flat rate + digital copy
Length: up to 6,000 words
Deadline: January 15, 2021
About: The theme for this issue is unusual vampires. The editors are looking for dark and creepy stories that offer an unusual spin on vampiric items or people.
For more information, click this LINK.

Title: The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors 3
Payment: .01/ word
Length: 3,000 to 6,000 words
Deadline: January 31, 2021
About: Editors Peter Coleborn and Jan Edwards are seeking stories about monsters. Avoid gratuitous sex, violence and gore. No overt religious themes.
For more information, click this LINK.

Title: 34 Orchard
Payment: $50 flat rate
Length: Short fiction from 1,000 to 7,500 words & poetry any style or length
Deadline: January 31, 2021
About: This non-genre journal seeks dark, intense pieces that speak to a deeper truth.
For more information, click this LINK.

Title: Diabolical Plots
Payment: .10/ word
Length: up to 3,500
Deadline: January 31, 2021
About: This market accepts all genres of speculative fiction including science fiction, fantasy, and horror.
For more information, click this LINK.

Title: Departure Mirror
Payment: .10/word up to 3,000 words for fiction. $300 flat rate above that. $10/poem flat rate for poetry.
Length: 12,000 words or less preferred, but you may submit stories up to 20,000 words. 30 lines or fewer for poetry.
Deadline: January 31, 2021
About: This market accepts all speculative fiction and poetry. Departure Mirror does not publish anything that promotes or glorifies violence, including threats of violence and coercion. Accepts simultaneous submissions.
For more information, click this LINK.

Title: The Dread Machine
Payment: .08/ word + contributor copy
Length: 3,000 to 10,000 words
Deadline: February 25, 2021
About: For their first anthology, the editors are seeking dread-inspiring stories that take place in 1986—either the 1986 of our reality (Stranger Things) or an alternate version (Tales From the Loop).
For more information, click this LINK.

Title: Dream of Shadows
Payment: £20 flat rate
Length: up to 1,500 words
Deadline: May 31, 2021
What They Want: This UK publication is looking for character-driven fantasy and horror stories. No science fiction.
For more information, click this LINK.

Title: Three-Lobed Burning Eye
Payment: $100 flat rate for short fiction/ $30 for flash fiction
Length: 1,001 to 7,500 words for short fiction/ under 1,000 for flash fiction
Deadline: rolling
What They Want: This market publishes speculative fiction. No simultaneous or multiple submissions.
For more information, click this LINK.