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.

How to Perform Surgery on Your Manuscript to Create Dynamic Prose That Will Keep Your Readers Engaged

July 23 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm EDT; check-in @ 9:15

In this interactive seminar, we will examine real-world excerpts, including some from well-known published authors, in exercises focused on streamlining the writing. Participants will bring examples of their own work for similar exercises. Topics include: Active vs passive voice; Showing vs Telling; adverb and adjective abuses; abuse of filler words, overwriting/redundancy; and more.

Presenter Bio
Mike Krentz writes medical suspense, psychological thrillers, and military fiction based on his experiences as an emergency physician and US Navy medical officer.

Born and raised in Arizona, Mike earned a classical degree in English from the University of San Francisco, a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin, and a Master of Public Health Degree from Johns Hopkins University.

Following a civilian career as an emergency physician, Mike rededicated his professional life to serve America’s Navy and Marine Corps heroes and their families. His last active-duty assignment was as 7th Fleet Surgeon on board the USS BLUE RIDGE.

After retiring from the US Navy, Mike continued his service as a consultant to the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center, Health Analysis Department. Upon completion of that mission, he returned to his earliest life passion as a full-time writer.

Mike sits on the Board of Directors of The Muse Writers Center, where he also teaches fiction writing and participates in advanced fiction studios.
Mike, his wife Kathryn, and miniature schnauzer Yoshi live in Norfolk, VA.

Mike’s current medical suspense novel, DEAD ALREADY, transports the reader into the stressful environment of emergency medicine, where life battles death amid terrified screams, plaintive whimpers, and shouted orders; where fallible humans strive to postpone death, restore life, or eliminate misery. These would-be heroes sometimes fail. They suck it up and move on to quiet a frightened child, relieve pain, straighten a broken limb, repair a laceration, or reassure the worried well. What evil might lurk amid such chaos?

His psychological thriller, ANGELS FALLING, launched from TouchPoint Press January 10, 2022. The ritualistic murder of a Catholic archbishop scrambles the lives of an ex-seminarian criminal profiler, a renegade priest cult leader, and the former nun they both desired. Shakespeare, Poe, and Donne add commentary.

Mike’s MAHONEY & SQUIRE SERIES, four novels under contract with TouchPoint Press, portrays the lives of servicemen and women, their challenges, and interactions; and their wounds—physical and emotional—that evolve into professional and personal conflicts more daunting than combat. Can essential human relationships survive such brutal demands on hearts and souls?
2022 HRW Conf Card


Conferences are not only the best way to meet agents, get tips from other writers, and learn about the publishing industry, they make you feel like a writer. We all need community, and this is how we, as writers, get the necessary incentive to keep writing. Take advantage of this relatively inexpensive, high quality, local writers conference.

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
The free, 10-minute, Agent/Publisher Pitch slots are going fast and are filled on a first come, first served basis. Don't miss your chance to get your work directly in front of an agent.

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

Take a look at the conference schedule and at the workshop/classes offered.

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-lines critique sessions, two 10-minute pitches, 90-minute social, and open mic.

NOTE: we don't charge for entry into contests, for entry into the first 10-lines critique sessions, for agent pitches, or for the social like most conferences do.

  • 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, Member or Nonmember = $459. 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 if desired. LIMITED TO 8 PEOPLE; only 5 left.
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.

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Check out the 2022 contest judges. If you'd like to win, it's a good idea to read some of the judges' published works to get a feel for their style.

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Next Zoom Social hour, AKA the Quarantini, is Friday, July 1, 4:30 - 5:30 PM.

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Welcome new members!

Dr. Kevin Shortsleeve

Heidi Speece

Lori Higgins

Danita Elkerson

Gina Clayton


to the following HRW Members:

Ken Poyner
Pamela Brothers Denyes
  • 4 poems in The Journal of the Blue Ridge Writers
Miko Marsh
  • assisted her mother, Lynn Fuller, with her manuscript, City on the Hill: A Timeline of a Church's Self-Destruction, which she published this month.
  • Her mother is the 16th author she's helped to get published in the last 18 months. She works with each author an average of five months with two months set aside for revisions.


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

Did you know . .

An exciting new program is coming to Virginia

Authors In Grocery Stores Program

Calling all published authors . . . Do you want a venue to sell your books? HRW is announcing a very successful vendor program coming to Virginia’s Kroger stores.

This program partners with local grocery stores to give Independent Authors a venue to sign books and sell them. Authors set up a table inside the store and sell to passing shoppers. How does it work? The Author packs in what they need - table, chair, decorations, books, etc. Next, they greet customers and promote their book. When a customer wants a book, the author signs it, the customer then takes it to the register for purchase. The author is paid 2 weeks later from the program. Simple as that.

Authors can set up shop any day of the week, but the most popular days are Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Prime times are between 3:00pm – 7:00pm on Fridays, Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sunday 12pm to 6pm. However, an author can set up whatever day works best for their schedule. If an author is having a booming sales day, they may stay longer than they are scheduled as long as the manager does not mind. Interested?
Here are some points you need to know:
Here is what we need from you to get started:
Full Name
Book Title
Contact: james.hill57@verizon.net for more information.


Pay ranges are as follows:

  • Semi-pro payment = 1 - 5 US cents per word
  • Professional payment = 6 or more US cents per word
  • Pro for poetry= $50 per poem
  • Token = 1 cent per word or less


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.

The Were-Traveler: Curst & Twysted Tarot. Genre: Short fiction. Choose an image you would like to write a story about. Payment: $10 for flash, $15 for short stories. (Open until filled.)

Superstition: Book One of the “Fear, Uncertainty, and Doom” Genre: Horror and dark fiction based around the theme of superstition in the broad sense. Payment: $0.02/word for unpublished prose and poetry. (Open until filled.)

Phantom Thieves & Sagacious Scoundrels. Genre: "Elusive and fantastic thieves and scoundrels of all genders and species who can be long gone before the victim even knows what happened. Show us what admirable trickery your scoundrels and robbers and smugglers have up their sleeves!" Payment: $5 per 1000 words. (Open until filled.)

Fantasy Magazine. Genre: Fantasy short stories, flash fiction, poetry. Payment: 8 cents per word; $40 per poem. "We plan to stay open to submissions by BIPOC authors for the entirety of 2022."

Space Horror Anthology. Genre: Stories with one horror trope and one sci-fi trope. Payment: $25. (Open until filled.)

Neon Books. Genre: Short works, such as individual poems, small sets of very short poems, or short pieces of fiction. Hybrid works, comics and illustrated pieces are also very welcome. Payment: £25.

JULY 1-10, 2022

Les Petites Morts: An Anthology of Erotic Horror Inspired by Fairy Tales, Mythology & Folklore. Opens July 1. Deadline: TBA

Substantially Unlimited. Restrictions: Open to writers who identify as part of the disability community. Genre: Prose, up to 15 pages. Theme: Stigma. Payment: $15. Deadline: July 1, 2022. Reprints accepted.

The Cafe Irreal. Genre: Magical realism. 2,000 words max. Payment: 1 cent/word. Deadline: July 1, 2022.

Totally Entwined: Cupid's Academy. Genre: Novellas, 30,000 - 50,000 words. Theme: Enemies to lovers. LGBTQ focus. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: July 1, 2022.

The Twin Bill. Genre: Fiction, CNF, poetry, art about baseball. Payment: $10. Deadline: July 1, 2022.

Thema: The Crumpled Yellow Paper. Genre: Fiction, poetry, and art on theme: The Crumpled Yellow Paper. Payment: $10-$25 for short fiction and artwork, $10 for poetry. Deadline: July 1, 2022. Accepts reprints.

Horror Oasis: Darklit Press: The Sacrament. Genre: Religious Horror. Payment: $0.01 per word for new stories and/or $25 for reprints. Deadline: July 1, 2022. Accepts reprints.

It Came From the Trailer Park: Volume 2. Genre: Horror. Theme: Horror Comedy / Creature Feature. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: July 1, 2022.

Eerie River. Genre: Folk Horror. Word count: 1500 - 7000 firm. Payment: ¢1 per word CAD. Deadline: Deadline: July 1, 2022.

Alien Magazine. Genre: All types of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and visual art. Payment: $20. Deadline: July 1, 2022.

Unsettling Reads: Still of Winter. Genre: Horror, fantasy, scifi stories, poems, art. "Stories that unsettle, unnerve, frighten, discomfit, challenge, and/or just generally entertain on theme of Winter." Payment: $20. Deadline: July 1, 2022.

Minola Review. Restrictions: Open to women and non-binary writers. Genre: Poetry. Payment: $25. Deadline: July 1, 2022.

Unsettling Reads: Still of Winter. Genre: Horror, fantasy, scifi stories, poems, art. "Stories that unsettle, unnerve, frighten, discomfit, challenge, and/or just generally entertain on theme of Winter." Payment: $20. Deadline: July 1, 2022.

Pillow Talking (Podcast). Genre: First person, narrative/creative nonfiction stories of real-life bedroom conversations. Theme: Sanctuary. Payment: $25AUD. Deadline: July 2, 2022.

Havok. Genre: Flash fiction on Theme of PRIDE / HUMILITY. Payment: $10 via PayPal for each story published in an Anthology. Deadline: July 3, 2022.

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

Luna Press. Genre: Speculative fiction novels. Theme: Horror/gothic/folk horror, dark fantasy novel set in a haunted location (by 'location' we mean a dwelling, an institution, a hotel, a factory, a ship/ferry, a train - in short a building/structure where people have lived, worked, died, grew up, etc.) Payment: Royalties. Deadline: July 3, 2022.

Maine Review. Genre: Short fiction, poetry. Payment: Fiction and Nonfiction writers receive a $25 honorarium per published flash (1,000 words or fewer) and a $50 honorarium for work 1,001 words or more. Poets receive a $25 honorarium per published poem. Deadline: July 3, 2022. (Opens June 27)

Mslexia. Genre: Fiction, poetry, nonfiction by women. Payment: £25. Deadline: July 4, 2022.

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

Fantasy Magazine. Genre: Fantasy short stories, flash fiction, poetry. Payment: 8 cents per word; $40 per poem. Deadline: July 7, 2022. Opens to submissions on July 1.

The Fantastic Other. Genre: Mainstream and surrealist short fiction, flash fiction, poetry, and art. Payment: $5. Deadline: July 10, 2022.

Fall Into Fantasy. Genre: Fantasy. Payment: $15. Deadline: July 10, 2022.

swim meet lit mag. Genre: Poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction (think memoir and personal essay), visual art and photography. "Send us hybrids, work that pushes the boundaries of creativity, that you’d be proud to see published!" Payment: $30 AUD per poem and visual art piece, $50 AUD for prose and cover art. Only pays Australian writers. Deadline: July 10, 2022.

The Bloop. Genre: Horror. "1997: The Bloop is heard on audio recording stations across the pacific. In the years that follow, the mysterious sound will be attributed to giant creatures, a cataclysmic weather event, ice quakes… but what really happened? What could possibly have made a sound loud enough to be heard across the ocean? That’s up to you!" Payment: $10. Deadline: July 13, 2022.

Cosmic Horror Monthly. Genre: Cosmic horror, Lovecraftian, Weird, and dark science fiction stories, original and reprints. Art accepted as well. Payment: 3 cents per word for original fiction. 5k words = $150; 1 cent per word for reprints. Deadline: July 14, 2022. Accepts reprints.

Diabolical Plots. Genre: Science fiction, fantasy and horror up to 3,500 words. Payment: 10 cents/word. Deadline: July 14, 2022.

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

The Cellar Door: Dark Highways. Genre: Horror/suspense stories that take place on a highway, road, or inside a vehicle. Payment: $25. Deadline: July 15, 2022.

Muse Magazine. Genre: Nonfiction articles for children. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: July 15, 2022. See themes.

Are You a Robot? Genre: Open. "Whatever you can imagine except erotica. Science Fiction, Romance, Fantasy, Horror, Urban, Mystery, Adventure, Cyberpunk, and even western, if you can figure that out. Send us your story about raging against the machines, surviving attacks on your privacy, navigating the deliberately confusing systems out there, or dealing with the trials and tribulations of ever advancing technology." Payment: $5. Deadline: July 15, 2022.

Able Muse. Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction books. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: July 15, 2022.

. Genre: Chapbooks. Art and writing by trans and queer creators that focuses on themes of transgender and queer sex/sexuality/excess/celebration. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: July 15, 2022.

Hansen House. Genre: Fiction manuscripts with queer protagonists. "Commercial, Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy (LitRPG included), New Adult (all genres), YA (all genres), anything sapphic, and anything else that gives queer characters some sort of happy ending." Payment: Royalties. Deadline: July 15, 2022.

Electric Spec. Genre: Science fiction, fantasy, and the macabre. Length: 250 to 7000 words. Payment: $20. Deadline: July 15, 2022.

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

Tales of Sley House. Restrictions: College students only. Graduate or undergraduate. Genre: Science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery, or thriller, or some blend of genres. Payment: $25. Deadline: July 15, 2022.

Never Cheat a Witch. Genre: Stories that feature mere mortals using their cunning, and whatever other assets and skills they may have to put one over a witch, wizard, or other powerful magical entity. Payment: $15.00 plus equal share of 50% of the anthology’s royalties. Deadline: July 15, 2022.

Samjoko Magazine is devoted to publishing "exemplary work from content creators around the world. Focusing mainly upon the written word, we hope to create an immersive digital and print platform that stands out for its honesty and desire to take risks for the sake of artistic expression. We have no set aesthetic, though different themes will be focused upon periodically. We aim to publish seasonally, with our inaugural issue expected to be released early 2022. Response times vary between 1 day to 4 months. Apologies in advance for form rejections. Our goal is to publish 15 pieces per issue." Payment: $20. Deadline: July 15, 2022.

Timber Ghost Press. Genre: Novels and novellas, including cosmic horror, weird horror, sci-fi/horror, gothic, and contemporary. "We especially love Old West mixed with horror." Payment: Royalties. Deadline: July 15, 2022. Opens July 1.

If there’s anyone left. Restrictions: Marginalized members of the sci-fi/spec community—this includes people of color, the LGBTQ+ community, members of marginalized genders, and disabled people. Genre: Science fiction and speculative flash fiction. 1000 words max. Payment: 8 cents/word. Deadline: July 15, 2022

From the Ashes An Anthology of Elemental Urban Fantasy. Genre: Urban Fantasy. Must contain fire-based elemental magic in an urban fantasy setting. Length: Flash (1,000 words) up to novella length (39,999 words). Payment: Original Fiction: $0.08/word up to 1,000 words, and $0.01/word after. Reprints: $0.01/word. Deadline: July 16, 2022.

Pillow Talking (Podcast). Genre: First person, narrative/creative nonfiction stories of real-life bedroom conversations. Theme: I remember... Payment: $25AUD. Deadline: July 16, 2022.

Sovereign: An Anthology of Black Fantasy Fiction. Genre: Fantasy by Black writers only, from flash to novella-length. The sub-genres are: Heroic; Mythic; Flintlock; Gaslamp; Medieval; Religious; Weird West; Arcanepunk; High/Epic Fantasy; Sword and Soul/Planet; Noblebright/Nobledark; Fables/Fairytale Retellings. Length: 1K - 4-K words. Payment: $0.08/word for the first 1,000 words, $0.01/word thereafter. Deadline: July 16, 2022.

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

Jaggery. Restrictions: Jaggery connects South Asian diasporic writers and homeland writers; we also welcome non-South Asians with a deep and thoughtful connection to South Asian countries, who bring their own intersecting perspectives to the conversation. (By South Asia we mean Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, The Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.) Genre: Fiction, essays and interviews, poetry, and reviews. Payment: $100 for fiction, $25 for nonfiction/poetry/art/reviews. Deadline: July 17, 2022.

Ofic. Genre: Short fiction (up to 12,000 words), nonfiction (CNF, etc.), art. "Send us your dead doves, your blorbos, your plinkos, your wretched meow meows yearning to be free; that thing you wrote that made you think, “I don’t know where this belongs”; the stuff you’d never show anyone you know IRL. Give us your shameless, self-indulgent smut; the manuscript to the video essay you dictated to your YouTube subscribers in your head; your thoughtful explorations of trauma and identity; your Pepe Silvia wall; your sci-fi, your fantasy, your romance, your realism. We want anything and everything. As long as you identify as a fan, we want to read your work." Payment: Small honorarium. Deadline: July 24, 2022.

Dragon Soul Press: Life at Its Best. Genre: "These women are navigating through the ups and downs of life whether it be relationships, children, health, etc. Note: This is Women’s Contemporary ‘Realistic’ Fiction only." Word Count – 5,000-15,000. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: July 30th, 2022.

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

Corporate Catharsis — The Work From Home Edition. Genre: Speculative fiction. "The pandemic came and the world changed. Lives have changed; work has changed. The boundaries between reality and fantasy have become as blurred as those between life and work. Corporate Catharsis: The Work From Home Edition gives you the opportunity to explore the impact of the COVID pandemic on your personal and professional life through speculative fiction." Length: 2,000 – 10,000 words. Payment: $0.02 per word + two (2) contributor copies. Deadline: July 30, 2022.

Madness Heart: Trigger Warning. Genre: Horror. This year the theme is CURSES. "This collection is for the stomach-churning, the ultra-violent, the painful to read. These stories require trigger warnings." Payment: $10. Deadline: July 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: July 30, 2022.

Welkin. Genre: Magical realist, fabulist, fairy tale, fantasy, gothic, metafictional, slipstream, fantastic, weird, surrealist, and experimental genres. Payment: 1cent/word. Deadline: July 31, 2022.

Tales from the Ruins: A Post-Apocalyptic Anthology. Genre: Speculative fiction. "We're looking for tales of survival in a post-apocalyptic world. There are no specific thematic guidelines and we're open to submissions featuring sci-fi elements, but at the heart of your story must be a human struggle." Payment: 20€ for original stories and 5€ for reprints regardless of length, plus one print copy. Preferred word count between 5,000 and 10,000 words. Deadline: July 31, 2022. Reprints accepted.

Bound in Flesh: An Anthology of Trans Body Horror. Restrictions: Open to writers who identify as Transgender and Non-Binary. Genre: Body Horror. Word count: 3k-5k. Payment: 5 cents/word. Deadline: July 31, 2022.

The Sprawl Mag. Genre: Speculative poetry, short fiction, and visual art. "Whether it is utopic, dystopic, magical, or sci-fi, we look forward to seeing your work." Payment: $20 CAD. Deadline: July 31, 2022.

Diabolical Plots. Genre: Science fiction, fantasy and horror up to 3,500 words. See theme. Payment: 10 cents/word. Deadline: July 31, 2022.

Valkyries. Genre: "Tell us the stories of the choosers of the fallen. Valkyries ride into battle, choosing Odin’s favorites to come to Valhalla, or protecting those they deem worthy to fight another day. Perhaps sometimes they use their calling for more sinister deeds. Give us your story of these maidens of war, the agents of the gods." Payment: Royalties. Deadline: July 31, 2022.

Nosetouch Press: FIENDS IN THE FURROWS III. Genre: Folk horror. Payment: 6 cents/word. Deadline: July 31, 2022.

Alien Dimensions. Genre: Science Fiction. Payment: $10. Minimum 3500 words, maximum 4,500 words. Deadline: July 31, 2022.

Podcastle. Genre: Fantasy podcast. Theme: Indigenous Magic. Length: Up to 6,000 words. Payment: $0.06/word for original; $100 for reprints, $20 for flash fiction reprints. Deadline: July 31, 2022.

Wolfsinger Publications: Ring of Fire. Genre: Science Fiction and all sub genres, Fantasy, Horror, Paranormal or Gothic romance, Mystery or even mixed genres. on theme Ring of Fire. Payment: $15.00 plus equal share of 50% of the anthology’s royalties for stories. Deadline: July 31, 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: July 31, 2022. Reprints accepted.

parABnormal. Genre: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry on the paranormal. "For us, this includes ghosts, spectres, haunts, various whisperers, and so forth. It also includes shapeshifters and creatures from various folklores." Payment: $25.00 for original stories, $7.00 for reprints.$6.00 for each poem. $20.00 for original articles, $6.00 for reprints. $7.00 for reviews and interviews. Deadline: July 31, 2022.

Reservoir Road Literary Review. Genre: Literary short stories, lyrical creative non-fiction, photography. Payment: $5. Deadline: July 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: July 31, 2022.

Reliquiae. Genre: "Reliquiae is a journal of landscape, nature and mythology. Your work must engage with these themes. We are particularly interested in visionary and mythopoeic writing, and in work that embraces ritual practice and esoteric philosophy. We’re also excited by translations, especially if the work has never been translated into English before." Payment: "Small." Deadline: July 31, 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: Hauntings and Horrors. Payment: $150 per story. $50 per poem. $300 per novelette. Deadline: July 31, 2022.

The Rumpus. Genre: Fiction and poetry. "We strive to be a platform for marginalized voices and writing that might not find a home elsewhere, and to lift up new voices alongside those of more established writers we love. We work to shine a light on stories that build bridges, tear down walls, and speak truth to power." Payment: $300 divided among all contributors. Deadline: July 31, 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: July 31, 2022.

LGBTQIA Fiction Anthology – Of Rust and Glass Pride. Genre: Poetry, short fiction (up to 10,000 words), nonfiction, artwork, and photography. Payment: This is a royalty sharing project for anyone who considers themselves a member of the Midwest LGBTQIA community. Deadline: July 31, 2022.

In Celebration of Splatterpunk. Genre: Splatterpunk. 4K - 10K word count. Payment: $5. Deadline: July 31, 2022.

Little Blue Marble. Genre: Speculative fiction that examines humanity's possible futures living with anthropogenic climate change. Also accepts nonfiction. Payment: $0.11 a word for original works up to 2000 words. If the CAD/USD exchange rate dips below that which would match SFWA's 8¢/word pro rate, they will amend contracts to offer USD 8¢/word at time of payment. $0.01 a word for reprints. Deadline: July 31, 2022.

Gwyllion. Genre: Speculative fiction and poetry. Payment: £10 per accepted story or poem. Deadline: July 31, 2022.

New Myths. Genre: Speculative fiction, flash fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Payment: 1.5 cents/word with a minimum payment of $30 for all submissions, fiction, flash fiction, nonfiction and poetry; $30 for book reviews; $60 for art. Deadline: July 31, 2022.

VQR. Genre: Poetry, short fiction, personal essays, literary criticism, reporting. Payment: For poetry, $200 per poem, up to 4 poems; for a suite of 5 or more poems, $1,000. For short fiction, $1,000 and above. For other prose, such as personal essays and literary criticism, $1,000 and above, at approximately 25 cents per word, depending on length. Note: Genre fiction is not accepted. Deadline: July 31, 2022. Opens July 1.

Phantasmical Contraptions & More Errors. Genre: "Steampunk, Dieselpunk, Decopunk, Biopunk, Steelpunk, Islandpunk, whatever your favorite flavor of punk, we want your punk stories!" Payment: $5 USD per 1000 words. Deadline: July 31, 2022.

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. Deadline: July 31, 2022.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The advice that changed my life. Genre: True stories and poems. "We are looking for stories that contain a great piece of advice that you were given or advice that you gave to someone else. Whether the advice is about a little thing that improve your everyday life, or major epiphanies that can change a life completely, we want to hear about them and how they made a difference." Payment: $200. Deadline: July 31, 2022.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: How stepping outside my comfort zone changed me. Genre: True stories and poems. "Tell us your own stories about stepping outside your comfort zone and how that changed your life." Payment: $200. Deadline: July 31, 2022.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The power of positive thinking. Genre: True stories and poems. "How did you “think positive” and how did it change your life? Tell us your success story about using the power of positive thinking!" Payment: $200. Deadline: July 31, 2022.

Nonbinary Review: In Motion Genre: Poetry, fiction, essays, and art around the theme of In Motion. "We want stories, poems and art that put us in the process of travel, whether it’s on a starship, a railway, a frigate, or even a meditative walk from one setting to another." Payment: 1 cent per word for prose, and a flat fee of $10 for poetry. Deadline: July 31, 2022. Accepts reprints.

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

Sliced Up Press: Bloodless. Genre: Horror short stories & poetry that terrify without a single mention of blood or gore. Length: 1,000 words minimum, 3,000 words maximum for stories. Payment: $30 for stories and poems. Deadline: July 31, 2022.

Arc Poetry Magazine. Genre: Poetry. Payment: $50 per page. Deadline: July 31, 2022.

Jellyfish Review. Genre: Flash fiction, nonfiction, hybrid, essay and prose poetry, 1000 words max. Payment: $25. Deadline: July 31, 2022. See theme.

Temz Review. Genre: Poetry and prose up to 10,000 words. Payment: $20. Deadline: July 31, 2022.

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

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: August 1, 2022.

Embers of Corsari. Genre: High fantasy set in a new world. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: August 1, 2022.

Propertius Press. Genre: Creative Nonfiction, full-length manuscripts. "We are actively seeking submissions from Black, Minority, Indigenous, and other Persons of Color in all categories." Payment: Royalties. Deadline: August 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: August 1, 2022.

Brute: Raunch, Scares, and Rough Trade. Genre: Gay sexuality, desire, masculinity, and the aesthetics of "rough trade." Stories must have speculative elements: horror, dark fantasy, weirdness. Payment: 5 cents/word. Deadline: August 1, 2022.

Fear Street: Reader Beware! Genre: Horror. YA horror steeped in late 80s-90s nostalgia. Payment: $0.01 per word for new stories and/or $25 for reprints. Deadline: August 1, 2022. Reprints accepted.

Tamarind. Genre: Fiction and nonfiction about science and scientists. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: August 2, 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: August 5, 2022. Note: Pitches only. See themes.

Havok. Genre: Flash fiction on Theme of RAGE / PEACE. Payment: $10 via PayPal for each story published in an Anthology. Deadline: August 7, 2022.

MacroMicroCosm. Genre: Speculative fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: August 7, 2022. See themes.

Abyss and Apex. Genre: Speculative fiction and poetry. No horror. Payment: USD $.06/word (six cents a word) up to 1,250 words, and a flat payment of $75.00 for longer stories. Deadline: August 7, 2022. Opens to submissions on August 1. (?)

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

Bermuda Triangle. Genre: Horror. "For decades, boats, ships and more have passed through the Bermuda Triangle never to return. But why? What’s down there, just below the surface? What happens to the loved ones left behind? You decide!" Payment: $10. Deadline: August 13, 2022.

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

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>

The Haunted Train: Creepy Tales from the Railways. Genre: Stories about trains, tracks and railway stations, especially creepy, spooky tales about haunted trains. Payment: 10 Euro. Deadline: August 15, 2022. Accepts reprints.

Medusa Tales. Genre: Speculative stories (sci-fi, fantasy, and horror) of human transformation and immobilization. Payment: 1 cent/word, $10 for reprints. Deadline: August 15, 2022. Accepts reprints.

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

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

The Waking. Genre: Fiction and nonfiction, image text/hybrid work. "The Waking is Ruminate Community's online literary magazine that houses high-quality literary writing about what it’s like to be human. We are interested in short-form and flash prose as well as image-text/hybrid work. This art can be beautiful, it can be strange, we just ask that it feels true." 1500 words max. Payment: $10. Deadline: August 15, 2022. Opens August 1.

Westerly. Genre: Short stories, poetry, memoir and creative non-fiction, essays and literary criticism. Payment: Poems: $120 for one poem or $150 for two or more poems; Stories: $180; Articles: $180; Visual art/Intro essay: $120; Reviews: $100; Online Publication: $100. "We expect our contributors to be subscribers of the Magazine. While we will accept submissions from non-subscribers, should your work be accepted for publication in this instance, you will be asked to accept a subscription to the Magazine as part payment for your work." Deadline: August 15, 2022.

Cemetery Gates: Campfire Macabre: Volume 2. Genre: Flash Horror. See themes. Payment: 8 cents/word. Deadline: August 15, 2022.

Grumpy Old Gods Flash Fiction: Pesky Pestilence. Genre: Flash fiction, 500 - 1500 words. "Halloween flash fiction with a Grumpy TWIST. We’re searching for stories to delight and amuse for the upcoming Halloween season: Does your healing God in training keep accidentally raising zombies? Did a sun God accidentally set off an apocalypse and try to hide it? Is there something giving a divine pantheon the sniffles with hilarious results? Is Death taking a much-needed vacation in the mortal world – but keeps bringing his work along for the ride?" Payment: Profit sharing. Deadline: August 15, 2022.

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