Hampton Roads Writers - Where Characters Connect

Traveling Pen Series of Writers Workshops for 2022

Our 2.5 hour workshops cost $10 for middle and high school students, $20 for current HRW members and $30 for nonmembers. Scholarships always available for those people with a true financial need.

Planning Ahead: Working with Outlines

Presented by Holly Day

April 16 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

Have you ever sat down to write a story and realized you have no idea how or where to start? In this workshop, we’ll go over some of the ways writers get their creative engines revved up and moving, using basic outlines as the bones of our stories, exercises in basic character formation and development to creating vivid scenes and scenarios for your characters to live and participate in. By the time this class is over, you’ll know how to make yourself start writing, and how to keep writing until your piece is done. We’ll also go over some ways to create your own outlines, and how having an outline to start with can keep you from having writer’s block in those few precious moments you have to sit and write.

Presenter Bio:

Holly Day has worked as a freelance writer for over 30 years, with over 7,000 published articles, poems, and short stories and 40 books and chapbooks, including the nonfiction books Music Theory for Dummies, Music Composition for Dummies, and History Lover’s Guide to Minneapolis, and the poetry books, A Book of Beasts, The Tooth is the Largest Organ in the Human Body, and Bound in Ice (Shanti Arts Publishing). Her writing has been nominated for a National Magazine Award, a 49th Parallel Prize, an Isaac Asimov Award, multiple Pushcart awards, and a Rhysling Award, and she has received two Midwest Writer’s Grants, a Plainsongs Award, the Sam Ragan Prize for Poetry, and the Dwarf Star Award from the Science Fiction Poetry Association. She has taught at The Loft literary center in Minneapolis since 2000 and Hugo House writing center in Seattle for the past year.

The Lost Art of Copiousness: Using Words Well To Give Your Writing An Edge

Presented by Dr. Jeremy Larson

May 21 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm EDT

It has not yet been determined if this workshop will be in-person at TCC or if it will be zoomed. Check back for more details as they emerge.

How much do you have to say? Plenty? A great deal? Copious amounts? Loads? Heaps? Oodles? A boatload? Having much to say is a good start, but having facility with saying it is another matter. In this workshop, we will investigate the lost art of superfluity, not only with plot material but also with words themselves. Workshop activities may include synonym battles, thesaurus spelunking, and discussions about reading habits, commonplace books, memory-building techniques.

Presenter Bio

Jeremy Larson studied creative writing and English at Bob Jones University, later earning his Ph.D. in English from Baylor University. He has taught English for more than a decade at various secondary schools, colleges, and universities – including Charleston Southern University, Baylor University, and Regent University. His favorite literary work is John Milton’s Paradise Lost, and he enjoys the young adult fantasy of N. D. Wilson.

Our 2.5 hour workshops cost $10 for middle and high school students, $20 for current HRW members and $30 for nonmembers.
2022 HRW Conf Card


It will soon be time to register for this year's conference. We're just waiting to hear back from ONE agent before we release the schedule and registration form.

This year's faculty consists of:


Edmund R. Schubert
Wendy H. Jones

Literary Agents and Publisher

John G. Hartness, publisher at Falstaff Books
Kelly Thomas, agent at Serendipity Literary agency
Cate Hart, agent at Harvey Klinger Literary Agency
??, agent at ??

Other Breakout Session Presenters

David B. Coe, who also writes as D.B. Jackson
Ran Walker
John Robert Mack
M. M. Finck (“Peggy”)
Nicole Glover
Kevin Richmond
Ann Eichenmuller
Kelly Morse
Jorge Mendez
Next Zoom Social hour, AKA the Quarantini, is Friday, April 1, 4:30 - 5:30 PM.

If you would like the zoom link, please email Rita.

Did you know . . .

  • James Joyce never set foot in Ireland after the year he turned 30.
  • Toni Morrison didn’t start writing until her mid-thirties.
  • Nabokov had to work until he was 60.
  • Jack Kerouac never learned to drive.
  • Kafka never finished a novel.
  • 'Infinite Jest' started out as three separate stories.
  • George Orwell borrowed the plot for '1984' from a novel called 'We.'
  • It took Zadie Smith almost two years to write the first 20 pages of 'On Beauty.'
  • Fitzgerald received $55,000 in today’s dollars for a single short story.
  • Virginia Woolf’s room of her own was a pigsty.

Tune in here to watch a Toinette Thomas interview author Miko Marsh on April 1, 6:30 PM EDT.

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Miko Marsh

Calling all HRW Members

Invite a friend, neighbor, or favorite writer
to join Hampton Roads Writers!

Remember, Members receive substantial Discounts on
all Traveling Pen Series of Writers Workshops
and the Annual Conference!

From now through May 31, 2022, any current member who brings in a NEW member
will receive a free TPS workshop of their choice
from the 2022 schedule!

You both win
and so does HRW!

Once your new member pays their dues and is included in the membership, you will receive an email with directions on claiming your free TPS class.


Join us (in-person!) at The Muse Writers Center on Saturday, April 30th for our first Show-and-Grow your PROSE with professional critique event of 2022.

Don't miss the chance to get free, professional feedback on your written work. Presenters will read up to ten minutes of their material, which will be followed by another ten minutes of feedback from our guest critiquers, Lauran Strait and Michael Khandelwal. If you desire, your material can be read anonymously by one of our staff. We accept fiction and nonfiction, but in all cases reading time will be capped at ten minutes.

Reading slots are limited, and submissions should be submitted through the submission form on the Show and Grow website page.

Non-presenting audience members are both welcome and encouraged to attend. Material is displayed on the auditorium screen so everyone can view the text and read along.

Not only are these events great for learning more about the craft of writing, but by attending you also show your support for your fellow authors and writing community.

After the event, many of us head over to Plaza Del Sol for lunch, conversation, and fellowship. All are welcome to join us.

Saturday, April 30th, 9:45am until 12 noon: The Muse Writers Center, 2200 Colonial Ave, #3, Norfolk VA 23517.

Deadline to submit is April 24; if three submissions are not received, the event will be canceled.

Welcome new members!

Sharran Taylor

Greg Ward

Frederick Levy

Gail Kent

Beth Vinson

Author Spotlight

Allie Marie

by: Sandy Robinette
Allie Marie moves an interview along with the same energy and pace as she writes. Her biographical details cover a long law enforcement career, both local, national, and international. The ability to recognize important details and her investigative skills make the perfect background for cunning fiction. An example is the five books of the True Color Series. Spirits of three sisters from the 18th century reach out to a trio of 21st century kindred counterparts. Heirloom treasures entice and reward. Beware, not every entity wants these secrets found. Each story in the award-winning series braids the elements of paranormal, romance, suspense and history into a dynamic story that inhabits the landscape of Old Towne, Portsmouth, then and now.

And there is a second series in the works, named True Spirits Trilogy, a spin-off of her original series. The brewer’s story, Barley & Lace, debuted in March 2022. It will be followed by the whiskey distiller’s story in December and then the wine connoisseur’s story in 2023. However, there’s another kind of spirit haunting the characters, as well as a time traveler trapped for over a century. Also, look for her contribution “Sparking up the Wrong Tree” to the new charity anthology, Heroes with Heat and Heart 2, to be published in June 2022.

For more details about Allie Marie, check out her Author Information on Amazon, which also includes her other publications. The HRW Directory entry under her name is another excellent source. With such an exciting real-life story, fans can hope for an autobiography!

Check out her website, her Facebook page, and her Bookbub page.
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Join The Muse Writers Center for an amazing slate of online creative writing classes, workshops, and seminars that begin in February and run through May. Featuring introductory classes as well as advanced workshops in Poetry, Fiction, Memoir & Creative Nonfiction, Screenwriting, Comics/Graphic Novels, Songwriting, as well as many great classes for Young Writers and Teens... plus they have a great series of all-new craft, creativity, research, and professional development seminars. Tuition help is always available to those who need it. Learn more at https://the-muse.org/classes-at-a-glance/


to the following HRW Members:

Dr. Mike Owens
  • His new novel, IT HAD TO BE YOU, will be released in May 2022.
Ken Poyner
Heather Brown Barrett
  • Her poem, "Said the Seven," was published at The Ekphrastic Review.
  • Two poems, "A Vulgar Mouth" and "Heavy Upheaval, I Am," have been accepted by OyeDrum to be published in their upcoming spring issue.
Bradley Barrett
  • Received an acceptance letter from Bodega Magazine for his story "Counterclockwise."

CONGRATULATIONS to all of you!!

Newsletter Editor--Dr. Rita Budrionis. If you have an announcement you'd like to share, please email.

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The Anarchist Poetry Project. Genre: Poem Length: 3 poems up to 5 pages total. "The theme of the book is Building Better Worlds. We’re interested in what those better Anarchist worlds and systems look like. Poems that somehow relate to that theme within the context of anarchism will have a better chance of being accepted. In particular, we love speculative literature (scifi, fantasy, hopepunk and other -punk subgenres, magical realism, etc). But even if your poem doesn’t fall into such genres, we still want you to submit it as long as you identify as an anarchist, and your poems are in some way about or related to anarchism and building better worlds." Payment: $30 per poem + contributor copy. Deadline: Open until filled.

The Bureau Dispatch. Genre: For 2022, we're in the market for 15 to 20 short stories between 500 to 1,500 words. We want your best work. We want fiction that is compelling and beautifully-crafted; narratives that leave the reader breathless and changed. The kind of story that, when all is said and done, elicits a resounding "sh*t, yeah!" We are open to all narratives, but are currently partial to ones that explore the theme of DISPATCH. Payment: $50.

Ahoy Comics. Genre: Short fiction and social commentary. "We seek smart, weird, funny articles or stories, which run between 500 and 1,500 words." Payment. $200.

Maelstroms Anthology Genre: All stories must be dark fantasy in some way. You can interpret the theme in any way you wish but your story must be dark and involve the sea in some meaningful way. All stories must be 500-1,000 words in length. Payment: .01 per word for original fiction, half that for reprints, and all authors will receive a digital copy of the ebook prior to publication. Open until filled.

Dread Space Anthology Genre: All stories must be dark military sci-fi/military Sci-fi horror in some way. You can interpret the theme in any way you wish but your story must be dark and involve the military sci-fi in some meaningful way. All stories must be less than 1,000 words in length. Payment: .01 per word for original fiction, half that for reprints, and all authors will receive a digital copy of the ebook prior to publication. Open until filled.

Radon. Genre: Short stories and poetry containing elements of anarchism, transhumanism, dystopia, and/or science fiction. Payment: 1 cent per word for original work, half a cent per word for reprints.

The Hungur Chronicles. Genre: Horror. Vampires or creatures with vampiric themes. Payment: The pay for original stories is $25.00; for reprints, $12.00. Payment for poems is $5. The pay for illustrations is $8.00. The payment for articles is $10. The pay for cover art is $25.00.


Muse Magazine. Genre: Nonfiction articles for children on theme. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: April ? See themes. Queries only.

Liquid Imagination. Genre: Fiction and poetry. Payment: $8 for short stories (1001 words up to 6000 words) and poems, and $3 for flash stories (up to 1000 words). A $2 bonus will be added for authors who accept payment via Paypal. Deadline: Early to Mid-April, 2022.

West Branch. Genre: Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and translation. Payment: $50 per submission of poetry, and $.05/word for prose with a maximum payment of $100. Deadline: April 1, 2022.

They Come by Night: Original Vampire Stories Based on Traditional Lore. Genre: Vampire stories based on traditional folklore from around the world. Payment: $10 or a contributor’s copy. Deadline: April 1, 2022.

Legend: A Joint Task Force-13 Anthology. Genre: Military Scifi / Military Fantasy / Alt History. Word Count: 5,000-10,000 words. Payment: A percentage of sales divided equally between the contributing authors. Deadline: April 1, 2022.

Bullshit Anthology. Genre: "We wanna see your silly poems, inane stories, funky prose, blatherings, riddles, diss tracks, sketches, word games, and whatever." Payment: $5. Deadline: April 1, 2022.

Shacklebound: War Torn Anthology. Genre: Military science fiction or science fiction stories that feature war in a big way. All accepted stories will have strong internal and external conflict. Payment: $20. Deadline: April 1, 2022. Reprints only.

Third Flatiron: After the Gold Rush. Genre: SF/Fantasy/Horror short stories on climate change, economics, effects of accelerated culture. Payment: 8 cents per word. Deadline: April 1, 2022.

Lost Boys Press: Great Wars anthology. Genre: Fiction. "Write a story about a historical war of any culture and any era and change one aspect of it to see how the war might change and explore from there!" Length: 9K words max. Payment: $50. Deadline: April 1, 2022.

Modern Magic. Genre: Stories about magic in today’s world. Not stories of witches and warlocks surrounded by vampires and werewolves that hide in the shadows, but of real, everyday people, in our real, everyday world. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: April 1, 2022.

Splatter Ink Publishing: Cryptid Carnage. Genre: Horror. "We want your stories of Cryptids attacking people that either are innocently targeted, seemingly in the wrong place at the wrong time, or a story with people who are much deserving of their blood-soaked fate." Length: Up to 10,000 words. Payment: $25. Deadline: April 1, 2022.

Gordon Square Review. Genre: Poetry, short stories, personal essays, and hybrid prose works. Payment: $25 per prose piece and $10 per poem. Deadline: April 1, 2022.

The Other Stories (Podcast). Genre: Horror on themes. Payment: 15 GBT. Deadline: April 1, 2022. See themes.

Cemetery Gates: My Dark Library. Genre: Horror novellas 25,000-40,000 words. "In My Dark Library you will find psychological, folk, quiet, supernatural, paranormal, body, found-footage, coming-of-age, spiritual, demonic, occult, cosmic, slasher horror. I’m not currently interested in extreme, science-fiction, bizarro, erotic, apocalyptic, creature/cryptid, zombie, eco, comedy horror." Payment: $1000 advance and royalties. Deadline: April 1, 2022.

Salamander. Genre: Poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: April 1, 2022.

Moonflowers and Nightshade. Genre: Sapphic horror short fiction. "Moonflowers and Nightshade will include a diverse group of stories, including but not limited to stories involving genderqueer, non-binary, BIPOC, genderfluid, lesbian, trans, bisexual, and pansexual characters." Payment: 4 cents/word. Deadline: April 1, 2022.

Bluestem. Genre: Fiction, poetry, nonfiction. Payment: $20/poem and $75/prose piece. (Rates not posted on site, please inquire) Deadline: April 1, 2022.

Picnic in the Graveyard. Genre: Horror stories that take place in a cemetery/burial place. 2000-4000 words. Payment: $0.07/word. Deadline: April 1, 2022, or until filled.

Witches of a Certain Age. Genre: Fiction. Length: 6000 – 8000 words. "I’m looking for female (or female-identifying) magic users between 40-99, women with some life experience under their belts, and who are well-established in their magical power." Payment: Royalties. Deadline: April 1, 2022. Reprints accepted.

Luna Novella for Speculative Diversity. Restrictions: Under-represented writers only, all levels welcome (unpublished, published, solo or agented). Genre: Speculative fiction novellas, 20,000 - 40,000 words. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: April 1 - 2, 2022.

Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores. Genre: Speculative stories. Payment: 8 cents/word for original work. 2 cents/word for reprints. Deadline: April 1 - 2, 2022.

April 2 - 30, 2022 DEADLINES

Havok. Genre: Flash fiction on Theme of MACRO & MICRO. Payment: $10 via PayPal for each story published in an Anthology. Deadline: April 3, 2022.

Seaborne: The Sea. Genre: Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry about the sea. Fiction can be in any genre, “albeit we prefer folklore, gothic, fabulism, magic realism, weird and mysterious works. For vignettes, we are looking for pieces … which capture the essence of the sea, brief but evocative, like a message in a bottle.” For creative nonfiction, send “creative and personal essays, nature writing, historical & travel pieces, or evocative accounts of true stories.” Payment: £5. Deadline: April 3, 2022.

Lookout: Writing + Art About Wildfire. Genre: Poetry, nonfiction, fiction, art about wildfires. Payment: $200. Deadline: April 4, 2022.

Cossmass Infinities. Genre: Science fiction and fantasy short stories. Payment: $0.08/word for original fiction. Deadline: April 7, 2022.

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: April 7, 2022. Opens to submissions on April 1.

Shredded: A Body Horror Anthology. Genre: Body horror in sports and fitness. Length: Stories should be between 2,000 and 4,500 words. Payment: 3 cents/word contingent on Kickstarter. Deadline: The extended submission period for women and non-binary writers is April 1st – 7th, 2022.

Luna Novella for Everyone. Genre: Speculative fiction novellas, 20,000 - 40,000 words. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: April 8 - 9, 2022.

Fusion Fragment. Genre: Science fiction or SF-tinged literary fiction stories and novelettes ranging anywhere from 2,000 to 15,000 words. Payment: Both previously unpublished work and reprints pay 3.5 cents (CAD) per word, up to a maximum of $300 (CAD) per story. Deadline: April 10, 2022. Opens April 8.

Mslexia. Restrictions: Open to women. Genre: Fiction, poetry, nonfiction. Payment: £25. Deadline: April 11, 2022.

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: April 14, 2022. See themes.

Solarpunk Magazine. Restriction: Open to BIPOC writers only. Genre: Solarpunk. Payment: $0.08/word for fiction, $40/poem, and $75/essay. Deadline: April 14, 2022.

Narrative. Genre: Short story, novel excerpt, novella, poem, or literary nonfiction. Payment: Up to $1000. Deadline: April 14, 2022. (Narrative does not charge submission fees during the first two weeks of April.)

Shoreline of Infinity. Genre: Science fiction, fantasy, 6000 words max. Theme: Science fiction fairy tales. Payment: £40/1000 words. Deadline: April 14, 2022. Accepts translations of stories originally published in another language.

The Quiet Ones. Genre: Short fiction (up to 3000 words), flash fiction (up to 1000 words), and poetry on theme Post-Apocalyptic Pride. Payment: $25. Deadline: April 14, 2022.

Consequence Forum. Genre: Fiction, poetry, nonfiction, reviews, visual art, and translations focused on the human consequences and realities of war and geopolitical violence. Payment: $40 - $80. Deadline: April 15, 2022.

Cloaked Press: Summer of Speculation. Genre: Speculative short stories up to 10,000 words. Payment: $15. Deadline: April 15, 2022.

Narratively. Genre: Nonfiction pitches for stories about Deception. "Have you ever let a secret or lie spin out of control, and kept the truth from your closest friends, family or coworkers for years, or even decades? Narratively is looking for first-person stories from people who have let a seemingly simple lie turn into years of increasingly complex deception, and are willing to speak openly about how the weight of that choice affected their life and relationship — and what it feels like to finally come clean." Payment: Not specified. Deadline: April 15, 2022.

Dose of Dread. Genre: Horror flash fiction. Preference for dread-inducing stories. Length: 500 - 1,000 words. Payment: $10. Deadline: April 15, 2022.

Translunar Travelers Lounge. Genre: Speculative fiction. Payment: $0.03 per word with a minimum of $20. Deadline: April 15, 2022.

Transformations. Genre: Essay focusing on “Courageous Acts” (1300 - 2000 words) or "Days of Displacement" (up to 600 words). Reflect upon bravery you have embodied or witnessed in a 600-750 nonfiction narrative. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: April 15, 2022.

The Other Stories (Audio). Genre: Horror on themes. Payment: 15 GBT. Deadline: April 15, 2022. See themes.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Messages from heaven. Genre: True stories and poems. "We want to hear from you if you have experienced communication from the other side or received a sign or signal from a loved one who has passed. Has someone who has died come to you in a dream? Given you counsel or comfort? Have you gone beyond, but returned to life with new knowledge, insight, or awareness? Have you intuitively known the moment someone died?" Payment: $200. Deadline: April 15, 2022.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miracles. Genre: True stories and poems. "We want your true stories, both religious and non-religious, that will awe us with examples of amazing events. Inspirational stories to remind us that each day stunning miracles do happen and that a miracle can happen at any. time." Payment: $200. Deadline: April 15, 2022.

Cthulhu FhCon. Genre: Lovecraftian-style fiction set in a hotel. Payment: $.03/word. Deadline: April 15, 2022.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Angels. Genre: True stories and poems. "We are looking for true personal stories about how an angel has touched your life – stories of true wonder and awe from people who have directly encountered or received help from angels." Payment: $200. Deadline: April 15, 2022.

Masks. Genre: Prose, art, film, audio, and poetry. Payment: Fiction and nonfiction writers will receive a $25-$35 honorarium per piece (3,000 words or less), and poets will receive $20 per poem. Artists, photographers, and audio/filmmakers receive $25.00 per piece (no more than two). The Featured Artist receives $100. "We have no restrictions on the writers or content we publish, but we’re passionate about publishing new writers, new artists, and new perspectives." Deadline: April 15, 2022.

Thuya Poetry Review. Genre: Poetry. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: April 16, 2022.

Seaside Gothic. Genre: Seaside gothic fiction, poetry, nonfiction, or a collection of photographs or illustrations. Payment: £0.01 per word. Deadline: April 17, 2022.

Faces. Genre: Nonfiction, activities for children 9 - 14. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: April 18, 2022. Queries only. See themes.

Strange Weeds Anthology. Genre: Weed-centered horror stories of any sub-genre. "An estimated 40,000 people are currently incarcerated for non-violent, marijuana related offenses in the United States. As many states begin to roll out decriminalization acts, medical licenses, and recreational stores, it is more important then ever that awareness is raised for folks that have been arrested, charged, or convicted for something that is widely no longer considered a crime in many parts of the country. For this project, 100% of the proceeds will go to The Last Prisoner." Payment: $10. Deadline: April 20, 2022.

Flash Fiction Online. Genre: Speculative (science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, and horror) and literary fiction. Payment: $80. Deadline: April 21, 2022. Accepts reprints.

Tales from the Moonlit Path. Genre: Dark, eerie, speculative stories on theme of Demented Mother's Day. Payment: $10. Deadline: April 23, 2022.

Story Seed Vault. Genre: Fiction based on science. Up to 200 characters. Payment: Up to $3AUD per story. Deadline: April 24, 2022.

Blood Rites Horror: Rampage on the Reefs. Genre: Stories that “will bring us to the surface. We’re looking for colourful, weird aquatic horror; monsters in the shallows, coral formations hiding eerie beasts… psychedelic, high-thrills horror that proves it’s not always safe closer to the shore.” Payment: $10. Deadline: April 28, 2022.

Their Ghoulish Reputation, Genre: Folk horror. The genre blends the themes of horror and folklore to explore terror, alienation, displacement, and a sense of the other. Word Count: 2500-10000. Payment: $25 and a contributor’s copy. Deadline: April 28, 2022.

Rampage on the Reefs. Genre: Horror. "We’re looking for colourful, weird aquatic horror; monsters in the shallows, coral formations hiding eerie beasts… psychedelic, high-thrills horror that proves it’s not always safe closer to the shore." Payment: $10. Deadline: April 28, 2022.

The Threepenny Review. Genre: Poetry, fiction, nonfiction. Payment: $400 per story or article, $200 per poem or Table Talk piece. Deadline: April 30, 2022. (Nonreading period: May 1 through December 31.)

Jellyfish Review. Genre: Flash fiction, nonfiction, hybrid, essay and prose poetry, 1000 words max. Payment: $25. Deadline: April 30, 2022. See theme.

Sonder Magazine. Genre: Fiction, CNF and poetry on theme of ‘A Bit Odd’, by Claire Gleeson. Payment: "Small." Deadline: April 30, 2022.

Fedowar Press: Camp Slasher Lake. Genre: Horror/Slasher. "This is a tribute to the glorious slasher movies of the 1980s. We want the unstoppable killers, the claustrophobic sense of no escape, and of course, the blood." Length: Between 7.5k and 15k words. Payment: $.01 per word. Deadline: April 30, 2022.

Black Angel Press: Gothic Ghost Story. Genre: "We are looking for quiet gothic darkness and whilst stories can be set in the traditional Victorian environment, we are also very much open to any who take the gothic tropes and place them in the present – or even the future." Payment: £5 per story and an electronic copy of the book. Deadline: April 30, 2022.

Kingdoms of Wrath and Ice. Genre: Tales of stone cold villains (literally on the cold!) Payment: $25 and a contributors copy. Deadline: April 30, 2022.

Mudroom. Genre: Poetry, fiction, essays, and essays in translation. Payment: $15. Deadline: April 30, 2022.

Mud Season Review. Genre: Poetry, Fiction, CNF, Art. Payment: $50. Deadline: April 30, 2022.

MacroMicroCosm. Genre: Speculative fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: April 30, 2022. See themes.

Massachusetts Review. Genre: Fiction, poetry, hybrid, translations. Payment: $100. Deadline: April 30, 2022. Fee for online submissions. No fee for USPS.

Nightlight. Restrictions: Open to Black writers. Genre: Horror. 10,000 words max. Audio format. Payment: $75 - $200 depending on length. $50 for reprints. Deadline: April 30, 2022. Reprints accepted.

Harbor Review. Genre: Poetry. Payment: $10. Deadline: April 30, 2022.

Brick. Genre: Nonfiction. Payment: $55–660, depending on the length of accepted work, plus two copies of the issue the work appears in and a one-year subscription to the magazine. Deadline: April 30, 2022.

“Home: What Is It and How Do I Get There?” Genre: Flash fiction, poetry. Payment: $15 CAD upon publication ($10 for reprints) Deadline: April 30, 2022. Reprints accepted.

Typehouse. Restrictions: In honor of Arab American Heritage Month, no-fee submissions are open for all Arab creators, not limited to those in the US. Genre: Prose, poetry, art. Payment: $25. Deadline: April 30, 2022.

Android Press. Genre: Punk-themed science fiction/fantasy Adult, New Adult, and YA manuscripts. Length: Up to 100,000 words for novels, 40,000 words for novellas. Payment: $1000 advance + Royalties. Deadline: April 30, 2022.

Banshee. Genre: Short stories, flash fiction, essays. Payment: "Small payment." Deadline: April 30, 2022.

Mythaxis. Genre: Speculative fiction. Payment: $20. Deadline: April 30, 2022.

Silver Blade. Genre: Science Fiction, Slipstream, Classic and Modern Fantasy; short fiction, flash fiction, novellas, and poetry. Payment: $15 for novellas, $3 for flash fiction, $8 for short stories, $8 for single poems and $15 for Featured Poets (by invitation only). Silver Pen will pay half of these rates for previously published works. Deadline: April 30, 2022. Reprints accepted.

Midnight in the Dying Garden: Fairy Tales for the End of the World. Genre: Horror stories with a fantastical twist. "We’re looking for tales that are horrific, enchanting, and sometimes lovely. We want stories that showcase devastation and ecstasy, divinity and savagery, terror and bravery, beauty and hideousness, joy and despair, and everything in between." Length: 1000 – 7000 words. Payment: For previously unpublished work, payment will be between $25 – $150 CAD depending on length after edits, and paid on publication. Reprints will receive $10 – $70 depending on length after edits, and will be paid on publication. Deadline: April 30, 2022. Reprints accepted.

It Was All A Dream. Genre: Short horror, weird, dark fiction between 1500 and 4000 words that take your least favorite horror trope and make it work. Payment: $0.03 per word up to 4000 words. Deadline: April 30, 2022.

Haven Speculative. Genre: Speculative fiction and poetry. Payment: 1 cent/word for fiction and $5 - $10 for poetry. Deadline: April 30, 2022.

Rabbit Hole Anthology. Genre: Short stories, 5,000 words max. "We’re looking for odd, unusual stories where the end of that journey can be anything at all – happy or sad, good, bad, or even indifferent. Stories can emphasize the journey, the place, the people, or the end result. Just remember to keep it weird as befitting a trip down the Rabbit Hole." Payment: Royalties. Deadline: April 30, 2022.

The Arkansas International. Genre: Fiction, poetry, essays, comics, and works in translation. Payment: $20 a printed page (capped at $250). Deadline: April 30, 2022. Submit early in the month to avoid submission fee.

Otoroshi Journal. Genre: Horrorku, horror tanka, and horror haibun, art. Payment: Poetry, $1. Art, $10. Deadline: April 30, 2022.

Harbor Review. Genre: Poetry. Payment: $10. Deadline: April 30, 2022.

khōréō. Restrictions: Open to writers who identify as an immigrant or member of a diaspora in the broadest definitions of the terms. "This includes, but is not limited to, first- and second-generation immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, undocumented migrants, persons who identify with one or more diaspora communities, persons who have been displaced or whose heritage has been erased due to colonialism/imperialism, transnational/transracial adoptees, and anyone whose heritage and history includes ‘here and elsewhere’. We especially encourage BIPOC creators who identify as the above to submit their work." Genre: stories, essays, and art: fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and any genre in between or around it, as long as there’s a speculative element. Payment: 0.08/word for fiction, $100 for nonfiction, and $40-300 for art. Deadline: April 30, 2022.

Dragon Soul Press: Age of Artifice. Genre: "All stories featuring steampunk (including similar subgenres) are welcome." Word Count – 1,000-15,000. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: April 30, 2022.

FIYAH. Genre: Speculative fiction, art, and poetry about African Diaspora. Length: Short fiction 2,000 – 7,000 words and novelettes up to 15,000 words. Theme: Food and Cuisine. Payment: $150 per story. $50 per poem. $300 per novelette. Deadline: April 30, 2022.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Crazy, eccentric, wacky, lovable, fun families. Genre: True stories and poems. "Share your true stories and poems about those family members. With love and appreciation, please. No mean- spirited stories wanted. And don’t worry. You can put a pen name on your story if necessary." Payment: $200. Deadline: April 30, 2022.

Dragon Soul Press: Organic Ink: Volume 5. Genre: Poetry. "All poetry pieces are welcome. There is no theme." Word Count – 500 words minimum. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: April 30, 2022.

Midnight In The Stagecoach. Genre: Splatterpunk horror western short stories set in the late 1800s Old West. Payment: $ 0.06/word. Deadline: April 30, 2022.

Raven Canticle Press. Genre: Speculative fiction in the following genres: Fantasy, Horror, Espionage/Thriller, Science Fiction. Up to 80,000 words, minimum of 15,000 words (novellas). Payment: Advance and royalties. Deadline: April 30, 2022.

Nonbinary Review: Person First in an Identity World. Genre: Poetry, fiction, essays, and art around the theme of Person First. "We’re looking for poetry and stories of and by those who have been relegated to “them” status by virtue of a label that (validly) places them in a particular group." Payment: 1 cent per word for prose, and a flat fee of $10 for poetry. Deadline: April 30, 2022. Accepts reprints.

Rewired: An Anthology of Neurodiverse Horror. Genre: Horror stories inspired by neurodiverse experiences. "Stories about perception, communication, the feeling of being ‘differently wired’. Challenge us. Scare us. Show us the world the way you see it. We’d love to see work that encompasses the whole spectrum of neurodiverse experience. SF and fantasy elements are welcome as long as your story is primarily horror." 1000 - 6000 words. Payment: 0.03 USD per word via PayPal and one paperback contributor’s copy. Deadline: April 30, 2022.

Midnight & Indigo. Genre: Short Stories, Speculative Fiction, and Personal Essays written by Black women writers. Payment: $50 - $100. Deadline: April 30, 2022.

“The Future’s So Bright …” Genre: Science fiction, fantasy, humor, and weird fiction. "For this collection, we want positive visions of the future. Show us terraces covered in gardens and solar panels, sprawling colonies under glass on Mars, and the explorers of tomorrow. Tell us what you think cities will look like in the year 2300, what it would be like to take a cruise on a spaceship, or what new organisms might evolve in the Amazon rain forest." Length: 2,000 - 8,000 words. Payment: $0.02 per word + two (2) contributor copies. Deadline: April 30, 2022.


Last Girls Club. Genre: Feminist horror: short stories and poems - see themes. Payment: Short Story-2,500 words or less. $0.01 USD per word/$25 USD and copy of magazine; Flash Fiction-less than a 1,000 words $0.01 USD per word/$10 USD; Poems-less than 200 words $10 upon acceptance and a PDF of the magazine. Deadline: May 1, 2022.

Socrates on the Beach. Genre: Longer essays and fiction at least 3000 to 10,000 words. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: May 1, 2022.

Havok. Genre: Flash fiction on Theme of COWARDICE / COURAGE. Payment: $10 via PayPal for each story published in an Anthology. Deadline: May 1, 2022.

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: May 1, 2022.

Boulevard. Genre: Poems up to 200 lines. Send up to five poems. Also fiction and nonfiction. Payment: $25-250 for poetry, and $100-300 for prose. Deadline: May 1, 2022. No submission fee for mailed submissions.

Haunt Publishing. Genre: Full-length manuscripts of Gothic, horror and dark fiction. Payment: $200 and Royalties. Deadline: May 1, 2022.

Ruminate. Genre: Nonfiction under 5,500 words. Payment: $20 per 500 words. Deadline: May 1, 2022.

The Temz Review. Genres: Poetry chapbooks. Payment: Royalties (?) Deadline: May 1, 2022.

The Other Stories (Audio). Genre: Horror on themes. Payment: 15 GBT. Deadline: May 1, 2022. See themes.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanksgiving, Xmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa & New Year's. Genre: True stories and poems. "We want to hear about your holiday memories and traditions. The rituals of the holiday season give a rhythm to the years and create a foundation for our lives, as we gather with family, with our communities at church, at school, and even at the mall, to share the special spirit of the season, brightening those long winter days. Please share your special stories about the holiday season with us. Be sure that they are “Santa safe” so that we don’t spoil the magic for precocious readers!" (Check Preteens for topics.) Payment: $200. Deadline: May 1, 2022.

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: May 1, 2022.

Sundog. Genre: Fiction, poetry, nonfiction, art. Payment: $25. Deadline: May 1, 2022. Submit early to avoid submission fee.

Red Dog Press Crime Fiction Anthology. Genre: Crime fiction on theme Gone. Length: Up to 6K words. Payment: £30. Deadline: May 1, 2022.

december magazine. Genre: Poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction (essays, memoirs, biography, literary journalism, social or cultural commentary or analysis) and visual art that can be reproduced in our print format. Payment: $10.00 per page with a minimum of $40.00 and a maximum of $200.00. Deadline: May 1, 2022.

Lightspeed. Genre: Science fiction and fantasy flash fiction. Payment: 8 cents/word. Deadline: May 1, 2022.

JOURN-E The Journal of Imaginative Literature. Genre: Adventure, Detection & Mystery, Fantasy, Horror & the Supernatural, and Science Fiction. Payment: One (1) cent per word for prose fiction and non-fiction, BUT with the following maximums: Up to $50.00 maximum for short stories; up to $35 maximum for scholarly articles; up to $15 maximum for reviews. Poetry from 3-13 lines--$7.50. Poetry from 14-50 lines--$15.00. Poetry over 50 lines--$15.00 plus 25 cents per line over 50 lines up to a maximum of $35.00. Interior Illustrations--$25-$50.00 (half-page to full-page). Cover Art in Full RGB Color--$100 [will be commissioned, or the illustrator should contact the editor with a concept before finished work and submission]. Deadline: May 1, 2022.

Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores. Genre: Speculative stories. Payment: 8 cents/word for original work. 2 cents/word for reprints. Deadline: May 1 - 2, 2022.

Planet Scumm Genre: Hard sci-fi, soft sci-fi, speculative fiction, weird fiction, and slipstream. Payment: $0.05/word. Deadline: May 2, 2022.

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