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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.

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 Regent University (Virginia Beach) 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
Jonathan Rosen, agent at The Seymour Agency

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

Basic Conference Rate—Includes 2 plus-day admission (Sept 22-24), daily continental breakfast and lunch, (no outside food permitted), all-day beverages, writing contests, first 10-line critique sessions, two 10-minute pitches, 90-minute social, and open mic.

NOTE: we don't charge for entry into contests or for agent pitches like most conferences do.

  • Early Bird (until 6-10-22) Member = $259, Early Bird Nonmember = $299
  • June 11 - Sept 5, 2022 Member = $329, Nonmember = $369
  • Sept 6 - Sept 24, 2022 = $409
  • 2-day Student = $179
  • 1-day Student = $100
  • 1-day (Friday OR Saturday) member or nonmember = $209 (may attend Thursday evening session for free)
  • Thursday evening only = $59
Golden Ticket includes everything in the basic conference rate plus a dedicated parking space, dedicated front-row seating, Sept 22 pre-conference dinner at 4:45 PM with conference presenters and HRW board members, one free drink at the social, guaranteed entry of work into one of the first ten-line sessions, and an opportunity to pitch to all 4 agents/publishers. LIMITED TO 8 PEOPLE.

Member or Nonmember $459

A few need-based full and partial scholarships for tuition are available; scholarships do NOT cover pre-conference workshops or those associated meals nor do they cover hotel lodging. Contact us to inquire and be prepared to show the financial need.

Members must be logged in to the HRW website to receive discounts.
Next Zoom Social hour, AKA the Quarantini, is Friday, May 6, 4:30 - 5:30 PM.

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

Did you know . . .

Many people find that English might possibly be one of the most difficult languages to learn. One of the reasons for this opinion is that there are quite a lot of unusual and contradictory rules. Here are some examples of the oddities in English:
  1. “Rhythms” is the longest English word without the normal vowels, a, e, i, o, or u.
  2. There is only one common word in English that has five vowels in a row: queueing.
  3. “The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick” is said to be the toughest tongue twister in English.
  4. “Underground” and “underfund” are the only words in the English language that begin and end with the letters “und.”
  5. “Dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt”.
  6. “Almost” is the longest commonly used word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order.
  7. “THEREIN” is a seven-letter word that contains thirteen words spelled using consecutive letters: the, he, her, er, here, I, there, ere, rein, re, in, therein, and herein.
  8. Bookkeeper is the only word that has three consecutive doubled letters.
  9. “Ough” can be pronounced in eight different ways. The following sentence contains them all: “A rough-coated, dough-faced ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough, coughing and hiccoughing thoughtfully.
  10. Despite the assertions of a well-known puzzle, modern English does not have three common words ending in -gry. Angry and hungry are the only ones.

a few literary facts:

  • Mark Twain was the next-door neighbor of Harriet Beecher Stowe in Hartford, Connecticut.
  • George Eliot was actually a woman. Mary Ann Evans wrote under this pen name because women authors were not as highly regarded as men. As George Eliot, Evans wrote several novels considered among the best of all time.
  • American author William Faulkner wrote the outline to one of his novels on the walls of his writing office in Oxford, Mississippi. Visitors to Faulkner’s Rowan Oak can still see the author’s hand-written notes for his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel A Fable on these walls.
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of The Scarlet Letter, helped start a Transcendental commune near Boston in 1841. However, Hawthorne left this commune a few months later after he found it difficult to write with all the blisters he got from cutting straw and shoveling manure. His lesser-known novel The Blithedale Romance recounts this experience.

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.

Welcome new members!

Dylan West

Christopher Evans

Author Spotlights

(2 this month!)

by: Sandy Robinette

mike owens
Dr. Michael Owens (Mike) launches his newest novel, It Had To Be You, on May 25. This engaging novel uses the foibles and follies of his characters to drive a story both comic and romantic. An Airstream RV and a lovely blonde add a magic twist to the plot. This is number four to be published by The Wild Rose Press, with more to come. Available at Wild Rose Press Bookstore, Amazon, Barnes&Noble, ITunes and Nook.

Mike has a long history with Hampton Roads Writers. When Lauran Strait created HRW, she turned to a cross section of people from her classes – like Mike! The result was the marvelous resource for authors we have now in Tidewater. Mike mentioned that HRW filled a gap for aspiring writers at all levels. He became a Board member as the organization developed and part of the team that launched the HRW Annual Conference. Named one of the best on the East Coast by Writers’ Digest, 2022 will be the 14th presentation. Top-notch speakers, classes for novices, wannabees, pros, agents cover the art of writing from the pen on paper to the publishing business and marketing part of authorship. Three days with enough social time to meet writers, ask questions, and share problems and triumphs!

Mike keeps writing of course. His career as a respected doctor in cancer care and oncology resulted in a number of medical roles in the area. He also authored two reference books on cancer and end of life care. This background comes up in some of his novels. He managed to add an MFA in Creative Writing from ODU to his resume in 2011. He complimented the content of the courses that focused on craft and the shared experience with a class younger than he was. “I now read much more carefully,” he mentioned. “All those books in required reading in the past are much more nuanced and enjoyable today.”

Now fully retired, he finds plots in his early life as a Tarheel (the nickname of a person from North Carolina par excellence), as well as the human landscape around him. I asked what he finds most helpful in writing support. He answered, “Critique and workshopping. A group of writers who are serious about craft and give my work a rigorous examination is invaluable. Not people who just rip it apart but give intelligent commentary.” He mentioned one person who counted his use of words and helped him realize that he used one word too, too many times. We all fall in love with our work and find it hard to drop or rewrite our golden prose or poetry, until another eye sees the flaws.

Mike published The End of Free Will and The Threshold independently, after which The Wild Rose Press became his publisher. Others released by Wild Rose include Screwed (an erotic thriller); Bernie & Bertie (Serial killers need love too) and Daisy’s Choice (She has a right to live, but does she also have a right to die?).


to the following HRW Members:

Dr. Mike Owens
  • His new novel, IT HAD TO BE YOU, will be released in May 2022.
Dylan West
  • His first novel in a five-part series, Scribes' Descent. His book launch event will be on May 31 at the Muse Writing Center in Norfolk.
John Cameron
  • His engaging Civil War novel, The Roads of War: a Novel, has just been released by TouchPoint Press.
Ken Poyner
  • New poem out in Blue Unicorn, Vol XLIV #2, Spring 2022. Print only.
  • New poem out at Carcinogenic Poetry.
  • New poems out at Unlikely Stories, "Purpose," "Searching," and "Politics."
  • New poem out in Fear of Monkeys, "Practicality."
  • His collection Stone the Monsters, or Dance has been nominated for an Elgin award, the prize for the best collection of speculative poetry produced in a particular year (2021, in this case). It is awarded by the SPFA, after a vote of the membership on the nominated volumes.
  • New drabble, "Reason for the Fall", published in Microfiction Monday.
  • New poem, "The Code", published in the current Blue Collar Review. The magazine is primarily print, but does include examples from the print edition on their web.
Fred Levy
  • Emory University's Lullwater Review will publish two of his poems, "Survivors in Barbed Wire," and "Hatzer: Ghost Town Fortress" in their next issue!
Pamela Brothers Denyes
  • Her poem, "A Blue and Yellow Flag," was published in Poetry for Ukraine. proceeds from the sale of this anthology will go to a Ukraine relief agency.
D.M. Frech

  • Her poetry book, Words From Walls, published by Finishing Line Press. The book will be available in June 2022.
Heather Brown Barrett
  • Two humorous poems, "Grocery Store Again" and "Cooking Duck in the Time of Covid," have been published at AvantAppal(achia) for their Modern Plague Years special issue.
  • Her humorous poem "The Flat Chicken Sandwich" was published by Defenestration Magazine for their April 2022 issue.
  • Her poem "Growing a Mother" was accepted by Yellow Arrow Journal for their UpSpring issue, to be published in May.
Sharran Taylor
Kim Thorn
  • One of her poems will be painted on the trail at the Elizabeth River Trail Project
Michael Khandelwal
  • One of his poems will be painted on the trail at the Elizabeth River Trail Project

CONGRATULATIONS to all of you!!

Newsletter Editor--Dr. Rita Budrionis. If you have an announcement you'd like to share, please email.
Dylan West announces the publication of Scribes’ Descent, the first novel in the Scribes’ Series. Check out the first four chapters in the HRW Member Directory. Ready to read more? I am!

Scribes’ Descent started as a video game design document that took on a literary life of its own, developing into a five-book series. The first book introduces Mallory Leighyan, who lives in a world that’s never experienced a large earthquake. When a big one rips her hometown apart, she descends into a deep mine to find the cause.

Dylan writes for the young adult with attention to detail and a love of science. Homeschooling his teenage daughter, he knows young people can handle adult sci-fi, without the padding of adult content. He captures reader curiosity with worlds designed down to the tectonic plate level, new sentient species that resemble nothing from Middle Earth, and characters who look for truth in the scariest of places. His faith-based books echo his own spiritual quest.

Having served as a Nuclear Electrician’s Mate, in the US Navy, he uses the technical mindset from that experience in his writing. His self-described super geeky mind now combines art and research to create planets and their life-forms, history, and geology. Sci-fi to the core.

When he’s not building new worlds, Dylan and his wife teach homeschoolers more about this one. Their speech and debate coaching has produced students who qualified for national competitions in recent years.

He encourages writers to submit their work for critique by others. That extra set of eyes often finds the gaps in plot, overdone verbiage, and missed story opportunities. As Dylan commented, “Whether you are writing five books or twenty-five, a writer grows by running this gauntlet.” His own debut novel has received over five hundred critiques.
Dylan’s book launch will be held on May 31 at The Muse Writing Center in Norfolk. Check his Facebook posting for details.

Subscribe to his monthly newsletter for updates about Scribes’ Descent and later books in the Scribes Series.
muse summer classes
Join The Muse Writers Center for an amazing slate of online creative writing classes, workshops, and seminars. 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/

Chesapeake Bay Writers is offering a free in-person Poetry Workshop in May

Saturday, May 14, 2022, Workshop 1:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Nathan Richardson, “Ekphrastic Writing” Poetry Session 2.
James City County Library, Grace & Stanley Kitzinger Community Room, 7770 Croaker Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23188

AND A Free Virtual Webinar in June

Saturday, June 11, 2022,
11 - 2, Zoom Lunch and Learn:
3-hour Marketing Presentation by Adam Alexander Haviaras.
Adam is the author of the #1 best-selling Eagles and Dragons historical fantasy series.


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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.

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.

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.

Jay Henge Publishing: Professor Feiff's Compleat Pocket Guide to Xenobiology for the Galactic Traveller on the Move: Containing Divers Works Hitherto Unpublished by Scholars of Moderne Sciences, Herbarisme and Exoticks, with Thorough Explication of Chymicall Principles Terrestrial and Alien. Genre: Speculative fiction. Payment: $5 USD per 1000 words up to 15k words.

MAY 2022

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

The Dark Waves of Winter. Genre: Noir/neo-noir that takes place on a beach. Payment: $35. Deadline: May 2, 2022.

Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine. Genre: Fairy tales, and essays on theme of “Weather.” Payment: $100. US dollars only. Essays: $50. Deadline: May 3, 2022.

Mizna. Restrictions: In this issue, we are interested in focusing specifically on work by people from Black SWANA communities and their diasporas, to create a gathering space for our voices and ideas. Those submitting work should identify as Black. Genre: Poetry, stories, creative essays, flash fiction, comics. Payment: $200. Deadline: May 6, 2022.

The Victorian Writer. Genre: Poems and articles. Payment: Poems ($70), and articles of 600 words ($100) and 1200 words ($200) in the print edition with particular interest in the craft of writing and the writing life. Deadline: May 6, 2022. Note: Pitches only. See themes.

Cossmass Infinities. Restrictions: Open to Black, Asian, Latin, LGBTQ+ and other under-represented authors. Genre: Science fiction and fantasy short stories. Payment: $0.08/word for original fiction. Deadline: May 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: May 7, 2022. Opens to submissions on May 1.

Nat. Brut. Genre: Fiction, poetry, CNF, comics. Payment: $30. Deadline: May 7, 2022.

It Was All A Dream. Restrictions: Extended submission window exclusively for LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, and marginalized writers open May 1, 2022 - May 7, 2022. 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: May 7, 2022.

Tin House. Restrictions: Eligible writers must not currently have an agent, and must not have previously published a book (chapbooks okay). Genre: Poetry collections + Essay collections + Short Story collections. Payment: Royalties (?) Deadline: May 8, 2022.

Bennington Review. Genre: Fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, film writing, and cross-genre work. Payment: $100 for prose of six typeset pages and under, $200 for prose of over six typeset pages, and $20 per poem. Deadline: May 8, 2022.

Shooter. Genre: Fiction, poetry, CNF, art on theme of Out West. Payment: £25 per story and £5 per poem. Deadline: May 8, 2022.

Ghoulish Books. Genre: Horror novellas. Payment: Small advance + royalties. Word count: 20,000 – 40,000 words. Deadline: May 8, 2022.

Witch House. Genre: Cosmic horror. Payment: $10. Deadline: May 8, 2022.

Riddlebird. Genre: Literary fiction, personal essays, genre fiction. Payment: $100. Deadline: May 9, 2022.

Starward Shadows Quarterly. Genre: Dark speculative fiction, flash fiction, art. Cosmic Horror, Sword and Sorcery, and most other subgenres of speculative fiction. Payment: 1 cent/word for short stories. $10 for flash fiction. Deadline: May 9, 2022.

Escape Anthology. Genre: Short prose. 500 - 3000 words. "We’re looking for short prose—fiction or creative nonfiction—that explores the need to leave, to escape, to run. We love a speculative slant, whatever that means to you. It can mean the strange or surreal. It can mean horror or fantasy. It can simply mean it’s not what you’re supposed to wish for." Payment: $30. Deadline: May 9, 2022.

The London Reader. Genre: Stories featuring UFOs, Cover-ups, & Conspiracies. Payment: Published submissions are paid based on a percentage of revenue, in perpetuity. Deadline: May 9, 2022.

Eggplant Emoji. Genre: Humorous short stories. Length: 1,000 – 5,000 words. Payment: $25. Deadline: May 10, 2022.

Newfound. Genre: Fiction, Flash, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, and Visual Arts. Payment: $25. Deadline: May 14, 2022.

Savant-Garde. Genre: Fiction and poetry. "Our editors are fascinated by the awe-inspiring, almost mystical elements of the world––those that help elicit wonder, or fear even." Payment: $20 CAD. Deadline: May 14, 2022.

Solarpunk Magazine. Genre: Solarpunk. Payment: $0.08/word for fiction, $40/poem, and $75/essay. Deadline: May 14, 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: May 14, 2022. See themes.

Georgia Review. Genre: Fiction, poetry, non-fiction. Payment: $50 per printed page for prose and $4 per line for poetry. Essay-reviews and standard reviews earn honoraria of $50/printed page. Deadline: May 14, 2022. Fee to submit online; no fee for postal submissions.

Luna Station Quarterly. Restrictions: Open to women writers only. Genre: Speculative fiction. Payment: $5. Deadline: May 15, 2022. Some reprints accepted.

Dark Recesses Press. Genre: Horror/dark fiction pieces between 500-5000 words. Payment: 5 cents/word. Deadline: May 15, 2022. Note: Only pays for print magazine.

Urban Fantasy Digest 2022: The Wizard Must Be Stopped! Genre: Urban fantasy novelettes. Length: 7,500 to 10,000 words. Payment: Revenue sharing. Deadline: May 15, 2022.

Lucent Dreaming: For a Friend Anthology. Genre: Prose and poetry "for oneself or a friend." Word Limit: 400-3,999 words for prose. Line Limit: 72 lines for poetry. Payment: £100 and a free contributor copy. Deadline: May 15, 2022.

Brink. Genre: Hybrid, cross-genre fiction, nonfiction poetry. Payment: $25 Poem; $50 Work (less than 1500 words); $50 Art (1-3 Images); $100 Art (4+ Images); $100 Work (more than 1501 words). Deadline: May 15, 2022. See theme.

Kolchak: The Night Stalker. Genre: Short stories based on a classic Kolchak story. Length: 1500 to 5000 words. Payment: $120. Deadline: May 15, 2022

Outlook Springs. Genre: "Send us your weird, wobbly wordwork: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry." Payment: $10 per poem, $10 per flash piece (under 1,000 words), $25 for short fiction and essays (over 1,000 words). Payment via PayPal or Venmo. Deadline: May 15, 2022. Note: They close early if they hit their submission cap.

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: May 15, 2022. Note: They close early if they hit their submission cap.

just femme & dandy. Genre: Fashion for the LGBTQIA+ community. Theme: Sustain. "We offer a space in the literary & arts world that has yet to exist, and hope to celebrate the queer, trans, non-binary, and intersex community, who have long since coded ourselves with how we adorn and dress our bodies when it has been dangerous to identify solely with words. Until recently, we could only find a handful of models within popular culture and the public imagination to inform our own aesthetic choices, and so the styles (and art) we don and make operate as a patchwork quilt, collaged together with vintage and thrift store finds, our sister or mother’s lipstick and gowns, our father’s neckties and waistcoats". Payment: 50 USD per text-based submission and 150 USD per multimedia submission (video, photography, image + text, fashion spread + interview, etc.). Deadline: May 15, 2022.

Farmer-ish. Genre: Nonfiction, CNF, poetry related to farming (including recipes). Payment: $25 or copy of book (print only). Deadline: May 15, 2022 for pitches.

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

Songs of Eretz Poetry Review. Genre: Poetry and art. Payment: $7 per poem, $12 for cover art and $7 for inside art. Deadline: May 15, 2022. See themes.

Mother: Tales of Love and Terror. Genre: Speculative fiction. "There is no one with more power and control over the fate of the world than a mother. Whether it’s an evil stepmother or a virtuous mother-to-be, there are stories inherent in the acts of mothering and being mothered. In these 27 stories, mothers become heroes and villains. The concept of motherhood is examined and stretched to its ultimate limits across time, space, gender, location, and concept. Deliciously dark, each tale forces us to examine the depth and breadth of what motherhood is and what a mother will do for her offspring." Payment: 5 cents/word. Deadline: May 15, 2022

The Lorelei Signal. Genre: Fantasy short stories, flash fiction, and poetry with strong female characters. Payment: $15 for short stories, $5 for poems and flash (<1000 wds>Deadline: May 15, 2022. Accepts reprints.

Shacklebound Books: The Mods. Genre: Cyberpunk. Wordcount: Up to 2,000 words. Payment: .02 per word, .01 per word for reprints, and an eBook copy of finished product. Deadline: May 15, 2022. Reprints accepted.

Metaphysical Times. Genre: Pagan and metaphysical topics, including spirituality, religion, divination, witchcraft, and more. Payment: $0.05 USD per word up to 1200 words after editing. Deadline: May 18, 2022.

Mithila Review: Hopepunk. Genre: Speculative poetry and fiction. Length: 3000-7500 words. "For this special issue of Mithila Review, we want excellent, hopeful and memorable stories. Your story and characters should make us think, turn us into believers, and make us want to fight for and be part of a truly democratic future. What positive interventions do you think could bring us closer to the future you want for all of us?" Payment: $10 for poetry, 8 cents/word for fiction. Deadline: May 20, 2022.

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 20, 2022. Deadline extended.

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

Faces. Genre: Nonfiction, activities for children 9 - 14. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: May 23, 2022. Queries only. See themes.

Native Skin is an online literary magazine directly devoted to advancing equality by celebrating a noted point of exclusion—skin. Genre: Poetry, creative nonfiction, art. Payment: Varies: up to $100. Deadline: May 23, 2022.

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

The Storyteller Series (Podcast and Print) Genre: Fiction, non-fiction, memoir up to 10,000 words. Payment: $50. Deadline: May 28, 2022. Reprints accepted.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Cats. Genre: True stories and poems. "We want your true funny stories, your heartwarming stories, and your mindboggling stories about all the simply amazing things that your cat does. What have you learned from your cat? How does your cat improve your life? What crazy things does your cat do? Has your cat ever done anything heroic? How does your cat warm your heart and make you smile? We want to hear all about the absurd antics, funny habits and insightful behavior of your cat." Payment: $200. Deadline: May 30, 2022.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Dogs. Genre: True stories and poems. "We want your true funny stories, your heartwarming stories, and your mindboggling stories about all the simply amazing things that your dog does. What have you learned from your dog? How does your dog improve your life? What crazy things does your dog do? Has your dog ever done anything heroic? How does your dog warm your heart and make you smile? We want to hear all about the absurd antics, funny habits and insightful behavior of your dog. Stories can be serious or humorous." Payment: $200. Deadline: May 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: May 30, 2022.

Poet Lore. Genre: Poetry. Payment: $50. Deadline: May 31, 2022.

Seasons Unceasing: A Worldsmyths Anthology. Genre: Fantasy/science fiction stories, following the theme of “seasons.” Length: 2000 words minimum to 8,000 words max. Payment: $0.005/word (up to $40USD). Deadline: May 31, 2022. Reprints accepted.

Kweli Journal. "Kweli is the first online journal of its kind to celebrate community and cultural kinships. In this shared space, you will hear the lived experience of people of color. Our many stories. Our shared histories. Our creative play with language. Here our memories are wrapped inside the music of the Muscogee, the blues songs of the South, the clipped patois of the Caribbean." Genre: Self-contained novel excerpt, short story, or creative non-fiction piece, poetry. Length: No more than 7,000 words. Payment: "Upon publication." Deadline: May 30, 2022.

B Cubed Press: Scott's Planet. Genre: Stories and poetry based on a short story contained on the site. Payment: 3 cents/word. Deadline: May 30, 2022.

Honeyguide Magazine is a bi-annual magazine that features fiction, poetry, nonfiction, art, and blog posts about animals and their human neighbors. Payment: $50. Only pays for features. Deadline: May 30, 2022. See themes.

The Wire’s Dream Magazine. Genre: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Combined Work from underprivileged individuals. Payment: $5. Deadline: May 30, 2022.

Writer Shed Press. Genre: Book-length manuscripts. Creative nonfiction/memoir on the broad themes of nature, wilderness, wide open spaces, and how the natural world meets the human world; how this relationship makes us whole. Length: 60,000 words max. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: May 30, 2022.

Space Fantasy Magazine: Is There Anybody Out There? Genre: Stories about unexpected encounters in isolated places. "We want stories that challenge our relationship with space—past, present, and future." Payment: 8 cents USD/word. Deadline: May 30, 2022.

AGNI. Genre: Poetry and prose. Payment: $10 per printed (or printed-out) page for accepted prose, and $20 per page for accepted poetry, up to a maximum of $150. Deadline: May 31, 2022.

The Gettysburg Review. Genre: Poetry, fiction, essays. Payment: $2.50 per line for poetry, with a maximum of $300.00 for an individual poem, and $25.00 per printed page for prose. Deadline: May 31, 2022. Fee to submit online; no fee for postal submissions.

Broken Sleep Books. Genre: Fiction pamphlets (up to 50 pages). Payment: Royalties. Deadline: May 31, 2022.

Red Cape Publishing: A - Z of Horror: O is for Outbreak. Genre: Horror. "Think outside the box for this one." Payment: £10. Deadline: May 31, 2022.

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: May 31, 2022. Note: Submit early in the month.

University Press of Kentucky. Genre: Books of poetry or fiction (novels, short story collections, etc.). Payment: Royalties. Deadline: May 31, 2022.

Nashville Review. Genre: Fiction, poetry, art, and nonfiction. Payment: $25 per poem & song selection; $100 per selection for all other categories, including featured artwork. Translators receive $25 per poem & $100 for prose selections. Deadline: May 31, 2022.

Prairie Fire. Genre: Fiction, poetry, CNF. Payment: Prose: $0.10 per word; Poetry: $40 per poem. Deadline: May 31, 2022.

Nightmare Sky. Genre: Horror. Theme: Astronomy or night-sky themed horror stories about humans and our connection to the stars. Payment: $0.01 per word, minimum of $20 payment. Deadline: May 31, 2022.

Orca. Genre: Speculative fiction. Payment: $25. Deadline: May 31, 2022. Submit early in the month to avoid submission fee.

“Exhaustion: Limited Reserves” Genre: Chapbook – Poetry and Flash Fiction on theme: Exhaustion. Payment: $15 CAD upon publication ($10 for reprints). Deadline: May 31, 2022. Accepts reprints.

Azathoth: Ordo ab Chao. Genre: Speculative fiction. "This project will be the first in a series of anthologies focusing on each of the Lovecraftian gods featured in the wildly successful The Gods of HP Lovecraft (published in 2015 by JournalStone Publishing). This first anthology begins with primal origins and the god Azathoth, who represents primordial chaos in the world of the Lovecraftian Mythos." Payment: 5 cents a word and a copy of the book. Deadline: May 31, 2022.

Typehouse. Restrictions: In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and Mental Health Awareness Month, no-fee submissions are open for all API creators and all Mental Health identified creators, not limited to those in the US. Genre: Prose, poetry, art. Payment: $25. Deadline: May 31, 2022.

Halloween Ghost Anthology. Genre: Dark fiction short stories of classic paranormal, poltergeists, ghosts, spirits, haunted places and objects, and the eerily unexplained that take place on or around Halloween. Payment: 6 cents/word. Deadline: May 31, 2022.

Reservoir Road Literary Review. Genre: Literary short stories, lyrical creative non-fiction, photography. Payment: $5. Deadline: May 31, 2022. Note: Submit early in the month. Submission window closes when their cap is reached.

Haven Speculative. Restrictions: Open to authors of color, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and other underrepresented groups. Genre: Speculative fiction and poetry. Payment: 1 cent/word for fiction and $5 - $10 for poetry. Deadline: May 31, 2022.

Eerie River. Genre: Horror on theme of Fire. Word count: 1500 - 7000 firm. Payment: ¢1 per word CAD. Deadline: May 31, 2022.

One Story. Genre: Short story. Length: 3,000 - 8,000 words. Payment: $500. Deadline: May 31, 2022.

Contemporary Verse 2. Genre: Poetry and critical writing about poetry, including interviews, articles, essays, and reviews. Payment: $30 - $150. Deadline: May 31, 2022.

Baltimore Review. Genre: Poetry; send up to three poems, fiction, creative nonfiction, videos (including poetry), and cross-genre work. Payment: $40. Deadline: May 31, 2022.

Dragon Soul Press: Haunt. Genre: "In a world where so many dark things go bump in the night, terror awaits around every corner as these authors take horror stories to the next level." Word Count – 5,000-15,000. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: May 31, 2022.

Apparition Lit. Genre: Speculative fiction and poetry. Payment: $30. Deadline: May 31, 2022. Opens May 15. See themes.

Propertius Press. Genre: Short stories on theme: The Natural World. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: May 31, 2022.

Nightmares of Strangers Anthology. Genre: Horror, 3,000 – 7,000 words. Payment: $100. Deadline: May 31, 2022.

Touchpoint Press: Christmas Anthology. Genre: Wholesome stories that inspire, instill kindness and hope, and contain a sense of togetherness and community. Payment: $100. Deadline: May 31, 2022.

Vampires and Such. Genre: Short stories featuring vampires. 4K - 10K word count. Payment: $5. Deadline: May 31, 2022.

There Used to Be a House Here. Genre: Horror-themed fictional stories that simply feature a house that was once somewhere, but is no longer. Payment: £25 via PayPal upon acceptance, and a digital e-Book contributor copy upon release. Deadline: May 31, 2022.

Herstories. Coupling and Uncoupling. Genre: Personal essays by women about love, marriage, divorce, dating, and being single... at midlife. Payment: $50. Deadline: May 31, 2022.

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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: Opens June 1.

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: June 1, 2022.

Scorched Earth Press: Cars Against Humanity! Genre: Nonfiction pieces whose goal is to illuminate the many ways in which cars, and the infrastructure built to support them, constrict (human) life. "We want the essays in this volume to help readers understand the deadly automotive ecologies that have emerged around the world over the past century." Payment: $50. Deadline: June 1, 2022.

Olit. Restrictions: Strong preference for Orlando based writers/submissions about Orlando and surrounding areas. Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Hybrid, Artwork, Photography. "Send us all kinds of stuff. We love the artfully weird." Payment: $10. Deadline: June 1, 2022.

Parabola. Genre: Original essays and translations, poetry, reviews. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: June 1, 2022. See themes.

Eternal Haunted Summer. Genre: Poetry, short fiction about Other-Than-Human Realms. Payment: $5. Deadline: June 1, 2022.

Havok. Genre: Flash fiction on Theme of LAZINESS / DILIGENCE. Payment: $10 via PayPal for each story published in an Anthology. Deadline: June 5, 2022.

Cossmass Infinities. Genre: Science fiction and fantasy short stories. Payment: $0.08/word for original fiction. Deadline: June 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: June 7, 2022. Opens to submissions on June 1.

Coastal Shelf. Genre: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry. Payment: $20 - $30. Deadline: June 7, 2022. Opens to submissions on June 1.

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