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

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Our FIRST in-person social of 2022

SATURDAY, August 13, 2 - 4:30 PM

Come hang out with your writer friends and make new friends during our social at Kelly’s Tavern in the Haygood shopping center

1049 Independence Blvd #14A, Virginia Beach, VA 23455-1049
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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.

August 20, 2022 - 9:30 to Noon. Check in at 9:15

KEEPING THE PAGES TURNING: How to create suspense, presented by Brad Parks

Regardless of genre, the rocket fuel for all books—fiction and non-fiction alike—is suspense. You have to keep readers desperate to know what happens next. But how do you accomplish that? How do you keep them turning those pages? Relying on tips and insights he’s learned across the nearly twenty books he’s published as a novelist and ghostwriter—in both the thriller genre and elsewhere—international bestselling author Brad Parks will share his not-quite-patented Formula For Suspense. (Yes, he can express it algebraically; no, you don’t have to bring a calculator.) He will also offer some writing prompts and, for the brave, instant feedback during the workshop.

OCT 15, 2022 TPS–Draw Your Readers In – Understanding (and Controlling) Psychic Distance in Your Writing, presented by Valerie Wilkinson

October 15 @ 9:15 am - 12:00 pm EDT

NOV 19, 2022 TPS workshop–SHORT STORIES: Crafting a Cohesive Collection, presented by Bill Glose

November 19 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm EST


  • F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic short story “Babylon Revisited” sold to the Saturday Evening Post for $4,000 in 1931. Adjusting for inflation, that’s close to $50,000 today. Once he received the money for this story, Fitzgerald told Ernest Hemingway in a letter that he felt like an “old whore.”
  • Edgar Allan Poe thought of having an owl quote “nevermore” in his famous poem “The Raven.” Some letters indicate Poe was even considering using a parrot. Thankfully for American literature, Poe decided the raven was “infinitely more in keeping with the intended tone” of his poem.
  • John Steinbeck's dog ate his first manuscript of Of Mice and Men. Thankfully, Steinbeck was only halfway through the piece at the time his dog tore it to shreds. Steinbeck reportedly told a friend that this might’ve been a sign that his famous novella was in need of serious revisions.
2022 HRW Conf Card


Not only are conferences the best way to meet agents, get tips from other writers, and learn about the publishing industry, but 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 conference offers craft classes for poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers and offers classes in the business of publishing. There is something for EVERY writer.

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
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 (deadline has passed to enter), 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.

You must be logged in to the HRW website to register for all events.

Welcome new members!

Cori Fonville
Jay Gendron
Kathleen Huffman
Joyce Hynes
Sheryl Jordan
Joyce Kirby
Art Klepchukov
Shannon Pittman-Price
Alice Steinke
Jane White
Amanda Zell


to the following HRW Members:

Ken Poyner

    Heather Brown Barrett
    • Her poem "Our Calibre of Prayer" was published at The Ekphrastic Review for their Peter Paul Rubens Challenge.
    • Two poems ("A Vulgar Mouth" and "Heavy Upheaval, I Am") were published at OyeDrum for Volume 5: Madness Spring/Summer 2022 and are now available to read.
    • Her poem "A House, Restored" was published at The Ekphrastic Review for their Adolf Wolfli Challenge
    • Her poem "My Great-Grandmother's Doily Lies Forgotten" has been accepted by Black Bough Poetry for their Christmas-Winter 2022/23 Edition.
    James L. Hill
    Joyce Hynes
    David Cariens
    • will be launching the publication of the third edition of his book, The Murder of Angela Dales, about the shooting at the Appalachian School of Law, on Friday August 26th 6:00-9:00 p.m., at the Williamsburg Book Warehouse, Williamsburg Outlet Mall, 5625 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, Va. 23188
    Dr. Erwin K. Thomas
    • was selected as one of the authors to display his books at the Williamsburg Book Festival that will be held at the Stryker Center on October 1, 2022.
    Peter Stipe
    • his novel Bennett Falls is now available as print and ebook wherever books are sold...
    Melissa Seely-Face
    • Recently received notification that one of her stories will appear in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Magic of Christmas. This is the 26th time that her work will appear in one of the Chicken Soup volumes.

    CONGRATULATIONS to All of you!!

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

    If you haven't already done so, check out our website and register so you can access all things HRW

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    Registering on the website is NOT the same as joining HRW as a member. Registering is free. Becoming a member costs a small, tax-deductible yearly fee that helps us cover some of our operating expenses.

    If you do decide to join HRW you will receive discounts when you sign up for a TPS workshop or for the conference. You'll also have access to your own Public Member Profile as part of the Member Directory. More details are available on the HELP page.

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    The Muse Writers Center has 3 great summer creative writing camps for young writers and teens. Join us August 8-12! Tuition help is always available! https://the-muse.org/classes-at-a-glance/

    Summer Camps for Kids & Teens

    Drop off the kids for a few hours all week long at The Muse Writers Center this August. We are offering in person camps for three age groups. Your child or teen can learn to express themselves in a guided, friendly, and supportive environment. Let them find their muse! Registration is open now!
    • Creative Writing Camp: Elementary School (ages 7-10): 5-day in-person camp that meets Monday, August 8-Friday, August 12, 9 a.m.-Noon. Instructors: Samantha Bankston, Stormy Gail, Jessica Kelly, & Skye Zentz. More information
    • Creative Writing Camp: Middle School (ages 11-13): 5-day in-person camp that meets Monday, August 8-Friday, August 12, 9 a.m.-Noon. Instructors: Cory Bland, Jeff Hecker, Jessica Kelly, & Skye Zentz. More information
    • Creative Writing Camp: High School (ages 14-17): 5-day in-person camp that meets Monday, August 8-Friday, August 12, 1-4 p.m. Instructors: Cory Bland, Jeff Hecker, Jessica Kelly, & Skye Zentz. More information

    Don't miss your change to meet HRW's Teresa Inge and a lot of other local writers.

    On August 13, HRW's Sally Parrott, aka Jayne Ormerod, will be at Saude Creek Winery in New Kent County, Virginia, selling and signing her books.
    HRW's Allie Marie will be at Washington's Inn and Tavern on August 18. One of our conference keynoters, Wendy H. Jones, will also be there.


    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.

    Through the Gate: Fantastical poetry "We are looking for fantastical poetry of literary and emotional depth from a diversity of voices and perspectives. Our definition of fantastical is quite fluid, encompassing fantasy, magic realism, myth, folklore, surrealism and slipstream. We desire poetry that is atypically beautiful, unconventionally imaginative, and boundary-crossing. We are not interested in work that is strictly science fiction or mainstream, but poetry that blurs the lines between such genres and the fantastical is welcome." Length: Up to three poems. Payment: $20 per poem. Deadline: Open now.

    Three-lobed Burning Eye. "Original speculative fiction: horror, fantasy, and science fiction. We're looking for short stories from across the big classifications and those shadowy places between: magical realism, fantastique, slipstream, interstitial, and the Weird. We will consider suspense or western, though we prefer it contain some speculative element. We like voices that are full of feeling, from literary to pulpy, with styles unique and flowing, but not too experimental. All labels aside, we want tales that expand genre, that value imagination in character, narrative, and plot. We want to see something new and different." Length: Short fiction 1000–7000 words, Flash fiction 500–1000 words, (2000–5000 preferred). Payment: $100 for short fiction, $30 for flash fiction; + 1 print annual. Deadline: Open now.

    The Dark The Dark publishes dark fantasy and horror. "Don’t be afraid to experiment or to deviate from the ordinary; be different—try us with fiction that may fall out of “regular” categories. However, it is also important to understand that despite the name, The Dark is not a market for graphic, violent horror." Length: 2,000 – 6,000 words. Payment: 6 cents/word for original fiction up to 6,000 words on publication for first world rights; and 1 cent/word for reprint fiction up to 6,000 words on publication for nonexclusive reprint rights. Deadline: Open now.

    AUGUST 2022

    The Forge Literary Magazine. Genre: Fiction, flash fiction, micro-fiction. Length: Under 3,000 words preferred. Payment: $75. Deadline: They open to fee-free submissions on the first of each month and close when they reach their quota.

    Yellow Arrow. Genre: Poetry chapbooks by women writers. Payment: Royalties? Deadline: August 4, 2022.

    Sci Phi Journal. Genre: Hard science fiction, fictional nonfiction, and speculative philosophy. Translations accepted. Payment: €0.03/word; €0.01/word for translations. Deadline: August 4, 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.

    Lucent Dreaming. Restrictions: Open to new and emerging writers only. "We consider a new/emerging writer someone who has been published in 15 or fewer publications in the past 5 years, and has not published a book or full collection." Genre: Fiction, flash fiction, poetry. Also accepts art. Payment: £100 (£200 for low-income writers in the UK) and a free contributor copy. Deadline: August 6, 2022.

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

    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.

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

    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.

    Voiceworks. Restrictions: Open to Australians under the age of 25. Genre: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art and comics. Theme: Grain. Payment: $100 for written work and art, $150 for multi-page comics or suites of art. Deadline: August 7, 2022. Fiction, completed nonfiction and poetry.

    Poetry Wales. Genre: Poetry, reviews, articles. "This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Partition of the Indian subcontinent and the emergence of India and Pakistan as independent nation-states. We intend to mark this anniversary with related articles and poems, so for this issue we are especially interested in hearing from writers with links to India and Pakistan, although writing is not limited to the topic of Partition and we welcome submissions on any theme." Payment: Poems £20/page. Reviews £67.50/1500-word review. Articles £200/3000 word, or in that proportion, depending on number of published words. Deadline: August 8, 2022.

    SAND is a Berlin publication that "looks for submissions that push the boundaries of form, message, and voice in fresh and unpredictable ways—work that is haunting for its soul, edge, and truth." Genre: Fiction, flash fiction, art, poetry, translations. Payment: Semi-professional rates. Deadline: August 10, 2022.

    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.

    Voiceworks. Restrictions: Open to Australians under the age of 25. Genre: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art and comics. Theme: Grain. Payment: $100 for written work and art, $150 for multi-page comics or suites of art. Deadline: August 14, 2022. Art, comics and comic pitches.

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

    Delicate Friend. Restrictions: Open to trans people only. Genre: Intimate art and literature. "Our current theme — guest-edited by Ale Canales — is “ANTIMATTER,” extending the intimacy of our T4T issue across the ever-expanding universe. Is your erotic imagination haunted by sentient artificial intelligence? Have you dreamed of traversing the blank spaces between stars with your lovers? Is your gender too alien for mere earthlings to comprehend? We want to hear from you!" Payment: $10. Deadline: August 15, 2022.

    Cricket Media: ASK Magazine. Genre: Science articles for children 7–10 years old. Theme: Sky at Play (Clouds/Wind). Payment: Unspecified. Deadline: August 15, 2022. Queries only.

    Sasee. Genre: First-person, non-fiction material that is for or about women. Essays, humor, satire, personal experience, and features on topics relating to women are their primary editorial focus. Theme: “Renew & Revamp.” 500 to 1000 words. Payment: Varies. Deadline: August 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>

    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.

    Muse Magazine. Genre: Nonfiction articles for children. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: August 16, 2022. See themes.

    Shakespeare Unleashed. Genre: Horror based on Shakespeare’s plays and characters, as well as Shakespearean (horror) sonnets. For fiction, ”We’re looking for dark and scary stories — no parodies or humor pieces. Stories can be set in time periods other than the Elizabethan era, and can be updated or reimagined or merely “based on.”” For poetry, “We’re looking for horror sonnets — no parodies or humor pieces. Sonnets can be based on one of Shakespeare’s sonnets or plays or characters (let us know which one when you submit) or they can be totally original, but they should still evoke Shakespeare in some way.” Payment: $0.06/word for fiction; $35 for poems. Deadline: August 21, 2022.

    berlin lit. Genre: Poetry. Payment: 20 euros per poem. Deadline: August 21, 2022.

    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: August 24, 2022.

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

    Inked in Gray: Reclaiming Joy. Genre: Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction, up to 8,000 words. "These past few years have brought more fear than hope. It seems as though our world is becoming a scary place, especially for marginalized individuals. As people and as an organization we will keep fighting against the wrongs that permeate our society. We must continue to protest but we also must continue to find joy and happiness in the moments between." Payment: $45. Deadline: August 30, 2022.

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

    The Quiet Ones. Genre: Quiet Horror and Dystopian genre works that fit the theme, “Nocturnal Animals.” "We primarily seek creative work from those who identify as LGBTQIAP+, women, and allies. We’re especially fond of (though do not require) stories that center LGBTQIAP+ and female characters. That said, we welcome work from anyone and everyone, and we do not automatically disqualify any submissions based on the author’s identity, nor do we require our contributors to share their sexual or gender identities." Payment: $25. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

    From the Depths. Genre: Fantasy. "Monsters and mermaids, sea serpents and sailors, the deep dank dark and the glistening coral; if you’ve got a fantasy story that reeks of seaweed and intrigue, we want to see it." Length: 1,000-12,000 words. Payment: £0.01 per word. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

    Dragon Soul Press: Magick and Mistletoe. Genre: "All Christmas stories. As long as Christmas is involved, the story qualifies. All genres. Happily Ever After not required." Payment: Royalties. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

    Quarter Press. Genre: Stories, art, poetry, nonfiction on theme: Let’s Get Weird. Payment: $5. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

    Broken Sleep Books. Genre: Nonfiction pamphlets (up to 70 pages). Payment: Royalties. Deadline: August 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: August 31, 2022. Note: Submit early in the month.

    Typehouse. Genre: Prose, poetry, art. Payment: $25. Deadline: August 31, 2022. No-fee submissions open for all contributors starting July 1.

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

    Strange Sunests: Terrors on Distant Planets. Genre: Science fiction stories that take place on another planet. There must be an element of horror. Gore and splatterpunk is welcome, but may not be a first choice. Payment: $30USD. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

    Haven Speculative. Genre: Speculative fiction and poetry. Payment: 1 cent/word for fiction and $5 - $10 for poetry. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

    Hidden Villains: Arise. Genre: Fantasy, horror, and sci-fi "sculpted to thrill and entertain readers with the bizarre or delve into the shadows." Length: Up to 7,000 words. Payment: Between $0.05 and $0.08 per word. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

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

    Creature Publishing. Genre: Feminist horror. Payment: Royalties (?) Deadline: August 31, 2022.

    Timber Ghost Press: Along Harrowed Trails. Genre: Horror set in the Old West. "We are seeking well-crafted stories and poems that are creepy, disturbing, and weird that embrace the Old West aesthetic from around 1800-1900." Payment: Poetry - $10 USD. Flash - $15 USD. Short Fiction - $35 USD. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

    The McNeese Review. Genre: Fiction, poetry. Payment: $50. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

    Strange Sunsets – Terrors on Distant Planets. Genre: Science fiction stories that take place on another planet. There must be an element of horror. Payment: $30. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

    The Rumpus. Genre: Fiction "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: August 31, 2022.

    2,000-word Terrors. Genre: Horror short stories. Payment: 1 cent/word. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

    SEPTEMBER 1 - 15

    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: September ?

    Escape Pod. Genre: Science fiction (Audio and written format). Payment: USD $0.08 per word for original fiction. USD $100 per story for reprint fiction. Deadline: Opens September 1, 2022. Reprints accepted.

    Bleed Error. Genre: Short stories, flash fiction, and poetry that runs the gamut of everything from absurdist horror to bizarre science-fiction to unsettling dark fantasy. "We love the uncanny." Payment: 1c per word, and $15 per poem (Canadian dollars.) Deadline: September 1, 2022.

    Not a Pipe Publishing. Restrictions: Open to LGBTQ writers. Genre: Speculative fiction and poetry, including science fiction, fantasy, horror, or any other works with a speculative element. Payment: A copy of the anthology and an equal portion of profits from the sale of the anthology. Deadline: September 1, 2022.

    Madame Gray's Poe Pourri of Terror. Genre: Horror, 3K - 8K word count. Payment: $5. Deadline: September 1, 2022.

    Orion’s Belt. Genre: Speculative fiction, art, and poetry. 1,200 words max for prose. Payment: 8 cents/word. $25 for art. Deadline: September 1, 2022.

    Farmer-ish. Genre: Nonfiction, CNF, poetry related to farming (including recipes). Payment: $25 or copy of book (print only). Deadline: September 1, 2022. See themes.

    Contrary. Genre: Poetry, fiction, CNF. Payment: $20. Deadline: September 1, 2022.

    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: September 1, 2022.

    Blood, Sweat, and Steel. Genre: Military Science Fiction. Word Count: 7,000 – 10,000. Payment: A percentage of sales divided equally between the contributing authors. Deadline: September 1, 2022.

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

    Bang!: An Anthology of Noir Fiction. Genre: Noir fiction. "Stories must adhere to the noir genre (although we’re not beyond including neo-noir or hard-boiled in that ball park), however we don’t want slavish reproductions or carbon cut-outs of genre classics. We want new spins on old themes. We want nihilism." Payment: £10 per story plus one contributor copy of the paperback. Deadline: September 1, 2022.

    Hellbound Sci-Fi. Genre: Science fiction. 4K - 10K word count. Payment: $5. Deadline: September 1, 2022.

    Eerie River: It Calls from Below. Genre: Horror. "Think subterranean, buried alive, ancient buried treasure, something lost now found, underground, in basements, crawlspaces, caves, under a bed and dark places." Payment: Flat rate payment ¢1 per word CAD after approved edits - up to $70 CAD. Deadline: September 1, 2022.

    And the Dead Shall Sleep No More. Genre: Dark fiction about Vampires. Length: Up to 6,000 words. Payment: $15. Deadline: September 1, 2022.

    Havok. Genre: Flash fiction on Theme of GLUTTONY / TEMPERANCE. Payment: $10 via PayPal for each story published in an Anthology. Deadline: September 4, 2022.

    Tin House. Restrictions: Eligible writers must not currently have an agent, and must not have previously published a book (chapbooks okay). Genre: Nonfiction and memoir, graphic nonfiction. Payment: Royalties (?) Deadline: September 4, 2022.

    Eastover Press: Rural Writers of Color. Restrictions: Open to BIPOC writers who live in or hail from rural or semi-rural locales in the U.S. and whose short stories feature characters living or working in rural or semi-rural spaces. Genre: Short stories. Payment: $100-$300. Deadline: September 5, 2022.

    Please See Me. Genre: Poetry, creative nonfiction/essays, fiction/short stories/flash fiction, and digital media (photography, drawings, podcasts, and short films) on theme of Women’s Health. "We are especially looking for content that connects us, make us feel something, or helps us see illness, wellness, health, or the healthcare environment differently." Payment: Not specified. Deadline: September 5, 2022.

    Taco Bell Quarterly. Genre: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry. "Send me thousands of experimental and completely unmarketable pieces that have a strange tension of where the Taco Bell will be mentioned, I'm a Literary writer and this is how I live laugh love." Payment: $100. Deadline: September 5, 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: September 7, 2022.

    Tiny Tales Genre: Fantastic, bizarre, and enthralling fiction stories to turn into podcast episodes. Word Count: 500-1200 words (stories longer than 1200 words will not be considered). Previously published works are acceptable UNLESS they were published on podcasts or another form of audio. Payment: $0.04/word (USD) paid via PayPal. Deadline: September 7, 2022.

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

    Bleak Midwinter: An Anthology of Gothic Horror. Genre: Short stories (5,000 - 8,000 words) of winter horror. We are looking for stories that encompass the darkness of the season and literary themes over Christmas/Krampus gore. Think of stories like The Shining or even Dickens's A Christmas Carol more than slasher-style Black Christmas. Payment: US: $40 + author copy/non-US: $45 + ebook author copy. Deadline: September 13, 2022.

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

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

    Qwerty. Genre: Fiction, CNF, Poetry. Payment: $15 CAD. Deadline: September 15, 2022.

    Sasee. Genre: First-person, non-fiction material that is for or about women. Essays, humor, satire, personal experience, and features on topics relating to women are their primary editorial focus. Theme: “Gather & Gobble.” 500 to 1000 words. Payment: Varies. Deadline: September 15, 2022.

    Cricket Media: ASK Magazine. Genre: Science articles for children 7–10 years old. Theme: Big Teeth Club. Payment: Unspecified. Deadline: September15, 2022. Queries only.

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

    Penumbric. Genre: Speculative fiction, poetry, art, animation, and music. Payment: $10. Deadline: September 15, 2022.

    Eye to the Telescope. Genre: Speculative poetry. Payment: $0.03/word, up to $25. Deadline: September 15, 2022. See theme.

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