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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.

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

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

Most writers think of point of view (POV) in terms of 1st, 2nd, and all the variations of 3rd, but POV is much more powerful and complex than this. Another critical element of POV is how close the reader feels to the characters and the action of the story. This workshop will investigate psychic, or narrative, distance by explaining the mechanics and uses of this element of craft, reading and discussing examples, spending time on short, illustrative writing exercises, and taking time to review and answer questions about this unique and powerful tool.

Presenter Bio

A writer of both fiction and creative nonfiction, Valerie Wilkinson holds an MFA from Old Donation University. Her short fiction has appeared in Water~Stone Review and Yemassee Journal, where she placed in a national short fiction contest. She co-authored Whispers from Our Soul, a book of creative nonfiction, served as a quarterly essay contributor to Moondance Magazine, and is currently working on a novel. Valerie has taught multiple craft seminars and fiction classes. She is a founding member of HRW and serves on the HRW board.

NOV 19, 2022 9:30 to Noon. Check in at 9:15

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

This session will explain the benefits to having a theme for your collection and detail the various ways a book of short fiction can be structured. How to derive a theme from stories already written will also be discussed.

Presenter Bio

Bill Glose, a 2022 Pulitzer Prize-nominated writer, has written hundreds of articles for various magazines, including Army Times, Virginia Living, and The Writer. A generalist who writes in many genres, his stories, poems, and essays have appeared in such publications as The Missouri Review, The Sun, and Narrative Magazine. In 2011 he was named the Daily Press Poet Laureate and in 2017 he was featured by NPR on The Writer’s Almanac. Other honors include the F. Scott Fitzgerald Short Story Award, the Dateline Award for Excellence in Journalism, and the Robert Bausch Fiction Award. His website includes a page of helpful information for writers.
This is the first in a series of essays about steps taken by an HRW author on her way to publication success with her debut novel.

Small Steps to Indie Publishing

by Drema Deòraich

When I decided to leave traditional publishing behind and go indie, I knew there would be a lot to learn. I just didn’t know how much. It nearly overwhelmed me until I quashed the fear and made the choice to tackle one thing at a time.

No matter how good it is, a book will not sell itself. An indie author must wear many hats, including a few—like Marketing Manager—that make writers quake in their boots. Don’t feel bad if this is a lot to absorb. Believe me, I get it. But it isn’t nearly as hard as it looks once you learn the process. In this series of essays, I’ll share the things I have done—and am still doing—to help make my debut book a success.

First, I joined the Alliance of Independent Authors, so that I could take advantage of their accumulated knowledge base. They have a Facebook page with years of archives to peruse, and members who will happily answer questions; you must be a paid member of the Alliance in order to access the facebook page. They also have a vetted list of businesses and vendors so you can know up front who is trustworthy, and who should be approached with caution.

I also signed up for some Kindlepreneur classes, purchased a tool or two from their resources, and downloaded others that were free. There’s a wealth of information available at that site. Bookmark it. Visit often.

A good cover designer and a good editor are golden. You get what you pay for, and I’ve heard over and over not to scrimp on these things. So, I researched cover designers and independent editors, and went with the professionals whose skillsets seemed the best fit for my work, and whose services I could afford.

There’s a lot to come, so I’ll pick up here next time. See you then!


  • English Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge is credited with the first printed use of the words “selfless,” “psychosomatic,” “bipolar,” and “bisexual.” Coleridge is also responsible for the now famous phrase “suspension of disbelief.”
  • At the height of her critical acclaim, British author Doris Lessing sent two new novels to her publisher under the pen name Jane Somers. Her UK publisher rejected both of these novels (The Diary of a Good Neighbor and If the Old Could). Lessing used this experience to illustrate just how difficult it is for a new writer to get published.
  • J. R. R. Tolkien was known to dress up as an axe-wielding Anglo-Saxon warrior and chase his astonished neighbor down the street. He was great friends with C.S. Lewis who had a similar sense of humor.
  • Charles Dickens was an actual, real life ghost hunter, as a member of the Ghost Club, London’s oldest paranormal investigation group. Dickens was also obsessed with and practiced hypnotism, then called mesmerism.

Welcome new member!

Richard Perkins


By Sandy Robinette


Arthur (ART) Klepchukov

Art's inviting website reflects his playfulness and his talent. On it, he offers a free spreadsheet template for keeping track of submissions and guidance for how to submit to literary journals. He also shares portions of his rejection letters, saying that he believes that “sharing rejections shares the effort behind submissions and makes celebrating acceptances even sweeter.”

I asked how he started writing. “I followed two of my middle school crushes to an after-school poetry reading. I came for the girls but stayed for the poetry.” From the story of his life so far, that was right here in Virginia Beach. Years later, he met his wife at a writing conference—WorldCon 2015. “It’s incredible having a partner who knows the power of words.”

Born in Kyiv, Ukraine, Art learned to swim along the Black Sea before falling in love with the Atlantic at Croatan Beach. His parents moved to Chicago when he was eight, and he’s since bounced between Virginia Beach, the D.C. suburbs, the Research Triangle, the Bay Area, and Puget Sound. Like many a rebel teenager, he took advantage of being accepted to Berkeley with dreams of an English major and the freedom of being cross country. His double major became computer science and cognitive science. Seems a good combination for a writer.

What advice does he have for writers? Art said, “Persistence. Keep writing, keep submitting.” His first acceptance came after 93 rejections and 128 submissions.

His favorite genres include literary short stories and flash fiction. Look for his words in Glimmer Train, Palooka, The Common and The Best American Mystery Stories of 2019.

You can enjoy his online workshop, Draw Your Next Draft, on October 15, 2022 as part of the Writer Unboxed OnConference ($300).
2022 HRW Conf Card


We all need community, and this is how we, as writers, get the necessary incentive to keep writing. It is the reason the Hampton Roads Writers organization was created in 2008 and why we continue to create a relatively inexpensive, high quality writers conference year over year.

Not only is our annual conference a great way to meet literary agents and editors, get tips from other writers, and learn about the publishing industry, but it might do wonders for your craft and your author career. Best of all, it will make you feel like a real writer.

This year’s Sept 22 – 24 Virginia Beach-based 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.

If you would like to attend the conference but your finances are holding you back, we would like to help. We fundraise year-round to garner necessary funds to provide partial and full scholarships to as many people as possible. IN SHORT, if you want to attend this conference, we will find a way to make that happen.

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 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 4 left.
A few need-based full and partial scholarships for tuition are available; scholarships do NOT cover hotel lodging or transportation to and from the conference. Contact us to inquire.

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to the following HRW Members:

Dave Cariens press release
Pamela Denyes PressRelease
John Cameron
  • Essay in Writer's Digest, "Writing Nonfiction History vs. Historical Fiction," includes the writing process for his nonfiction book Tar Heels in Gray: Life in the 30th North Carolina Infantry in the Civil War, and his novel The Roads of War, published by TouchPoint Press.
Tony Groeschen, who writes as Tony Logan
Ken Poyner

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    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.)

    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.

    Madness Heart Trigger Warning Anthology. Genre: "The grossest, most violent, most genuinely upsetting stories in your arsenal." Theme: Curses. The minimum word count is 1500.
    Payment: Not specified. Deadline: Open now.

    Neon Door Column - The Immersive Future. "We are currently accepting pitches for essays about the intersection between art and technology for our online column on Neon Door called "The Immersive Future". We’re seeking pieces that explore the potentials that virtual reality, the metaverse, and immersive technologies create for a new form of storytelling." Payment is $250. Pitches only.

    Midnight Bites. Genre: Horror. Two themes: Carnivale/Carnie Horror and Medical Horror (For this one, I’m not looking for body horror or stories derived from illness; rather, I’m seeking submissions that address the horror that is the medical care system.) Word Count: 10K – 25K words (firm) Payment: $50.

    Et Sequitur. "We are open to all genres, from literary to speculative and everything in between. Our only requirement is that your submission in some way connect with the latest Et Sequitur story, be that in character (minor, major, protagonist, antagonist), setting (neighborhood, world, workplace, house -- even a certain object could work, if it's featured prominently), or theme. Be creative! Continue the story, tell a side-character's story, take the theme and twist it in a new way. In the submission form, you'll be asked to identify which element of the previous story you've chosen to incorporate in your own." Submissions for the next issue will open once the previous issue is published (expected to be the first day of every-other month). They will temporarily close when a story has been chosen for the next issue. Payment: $25.

    Beechwood Review publishes minimalist writing and art. "We’re partial to themes of time, nature, humanity, philosophy, chaos, reason, the ridiculous, and the whimsical. We don’t like work that drones on about fancy table fruit. Although good fruit poems have their place." Payment: $5 per poem, 1 cent/word for fiction and nonfiction, $5 for art.

    Assemble Artifacts is looking for stories of wonder and suspense. "We prefer stories of at least 5,000 words but are open to longer and shorter works. Please include a one to three sentence pitch of your story, and an author bio with your submission. We are open to writers of all levels of experience." Payment: 8-10 cents per word for short fiction.

    Jay Henge: Phantom Thieves Sagacious Scoundrels. Genre: Speculative fiction. "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 USD per 1000 words. Length: Up to 15k words. Open until filled.

    Jay Henge: The Nameless Songs of Zadok Allen. Genre: Speculative fiction. "What lurks in the deep? Who listens from the shadows? What sorts of abominable experiments are taking place at the mysterious ivy-covered university? We want your Lovecraftian tales. " Payment: $5 USD per 1000 words. Length: Up to 15k words. Open until filled.

    Existential Hologram: A Science Fiction Anthology. Genre: Science Fiction, Virtual Reality, Simulation Theory. "What if everything we see, hear, taste and touch represents a minuscule fraction of the whole of existence? We want tales centered on the realities of reality – from the askew to the virtual (think Twilight Zone to The Matrix or Tron)." Word count: 2,000 to 14,000 words. Payment: Royalty split. Deadline: Open until filled.

    In Space, No One Can Hear You Laugh – A Comedy Anthology. Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera, Comedy, Satire "Space opera can often be a wonderous, cold and scientific place. But it doesn’t have to be! Ever hear of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy? Galaxy Quest? The Adventures of Pluto Nash? Red Dwarf?" Word count: 2,000 to 8,000 words. Payment: Royalty split. Deadline: Open until filled.

    SEPTEMBER 1 – 30, 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.

    The Victorian Writer (Australia). Genre: Fiction, poems, and articles/writing with particular interest in the craft of writing and the writing life. Payment: Poems ($70), and articles/writing of 600 words ($100) and 1200 words ($200) in the print edition. Deadline: September 5, 2022. See themes.

    Into Chaos. Genre: Short stories of all genres that respond to their title and/or cover art. Payment: €150. Deadline: September 6, 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.

    Lunate. Genre: Short stories of approximately 2,000 to 5,000 words. "We are keen to publish work that engages with the absurdity and strain of the world we find ourselves living in. We're particularly interested in stories set in the workplace, that engage with the climate crisis, and those that communicate a compelling sense of urban unease." Payment: £75. Deadline: September 7, 2022. Print journal.

    B Cubed Press. Genre: Poetry, Essays, and Prose. "Roe V. Wade has happened. The question is what is next? What happens in our country? What happens TO our country? what freedoms are next? Do we resist? How? There will be consequences. What are they? Who stands up? Who caves? This is a look at the consequences of a SCOTUS who reserves rights for the Rich, the Corporation, the Badged and the Powerful." Payment: 3 cents/word. Deadline: September 8, 2022.

    Science Write Now. Genre: Poems, short stories, book reviews, or literary or personal essays related to science, technology, engineering, or math. Theme: ‘Science, Disability, and the Body.’ Payment: $0.30/word up to $390 for new writing, $70 for a single poem or $180 for three poems, $40 for reprint stories or essays, and $20 for reprint poems. Deadline: September 12, 2022. Accepts reprints.

    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.

    Gutter. Genre: Poetry and prose in Scotland and beyond. Length: Poetry submissions can consist of up to five poems, totaling no more than 120 lines. Prose, up to 3000 words. Payment: £25. Deadline: September 15, 2022.

    Belanger Books: The Consultations of Sherlock Holmes. Genre: Fiction. "Stories in which Holmes serves as the “last resort” for other detectives — both private investigators and those from the official police force — who are in need of Holmes’s unique perspective and aid. These adventures could be written from the viewpoint of the other detectives, in which Holmes may figure only toward the end, or the stories might start with the other detectives arriving at Baker Street in order to consult with Sherlock Holmes. The key to these stories, however, is that Holmes does not figure into the mystery as the primary investigator, but he provides the crucial insights that enable his fellow detectives to solve the case." Payment: $50 or $100. 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: September 15, 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.

    Aniko. Genre: Poetry, flash fiction, short stories and creative nonfiction on theme. Payment: $125 AUD. Deadline: September 15, 2022. See theme.

    Obsolescence. Genre: Short stories focused on horrifying or fantastical interactions with technology. Length: 2,000-5,000 words. Payment: 6 cents/word. Deadline: September 16, 2022.

    The Bureau Dispatch. Genre: Short stories between 500 to 1,500 words. Payment: $50. Deadline: September 16, 2022.

    Pyre. Genre: Horror, sci-fi, the weird, the macabre, fantasy, and magical realism: Flash fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, videos. Payment: $10. Deadline: September 18, 2022.

    Reckoning. Genre: Creative writing and art about environmental justice. Poetry and prose. Payment: 8 cents a word for prose, $30 a page for poetry, art negotiable, minimum $25 per piece. Deadline: September 22, 2022.

    Black Ocean. Restrictions: Open to BIPOC poets only. Genre: Full-length poetry manuscripts. Payment: Royalties? Deadline: September 23, 2022. Opens September 9, 2022.

    Dragon Soul Press: Reign of Fire. Genre: "All dragon stories. As long as dragons are involved, the story qualifies. All genres." Payment: Royalties. Deadline: September 30, 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: September 30, 2022.

    Women and the Sea. Genre: Mythic, gothic. "Deep, mysterious, beautiful, dangerous… women and the sea have a lot in common and have been tied together in myth and story from the beginning of time. Stories of women being drawn to the sea or being left on the shore, waiting for their men’s return, have been passed down through the ages. This anthology of stories about women and the sea will be filled with beautiful, atmospheric stories. I’m not looking for fantastical creatures but rather setting, mood." Payment: $50 CAD flat fee and a paperback copy of the anthology. Deadline: September 30, 2022.

    Crack in the Code: Cybernated Stories of Rebellion. Genre: Speculative fiction. "What we are looking for: Science fiction and fantasy stories where the androids, robots, and/or cyborgs have been naughty, going off programming, cracking their internal code, etc" Payment: 8 cents/word. Deadline: September 30, 2022.

    Weird Horror Magazine. Genre: Horror and weird fiction from 500 to 6,000 words. Payment: 1.5 cents/word. Deadline: September 30, 2022.

    Creature Publishing. Genre: Feminist horror. Length: 20,000–60,000 words. Payment: Royalties (?) Deadline: September 30, 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: September 30, 2022. Note: Submit early in the month.

    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: September 30, 2022.

    VALRAVN. Genre: “Wyrd fiction” short stories (3,000 to 10,000 words). Horror, Espionage/Thriller, Science Fiction, Fantasy. Payment: $0.10 USD per word. Deadline: September 30, 2022.

    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 30, 2022. (Opens Sept 1)

    Reservoir Road Literary Review. Genre: Literary short stories, lyrical creative non-fiction, photography. Payment: $5. Deadline: September 30, 2022. Note: Submit early in the month. Submission window closes when their cap is reached.

    Mythic. Genre: Science fiction, fantasy short stories. Length: 2,000-5,000 words. Payment: 1 cent/word for original fiction, $25 for reprints. Deadline: September 30, 2022. Accepts reprints.

    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: September 30, 2022.

    Brigids Gate: Gothic Romance Anthology. Restrictions: Open to Women (including transgender and people otherwise marginalized because of their gender identity) and non-binary authors only. Genre: Horror/gothic romance. "We're looking for gothic romances that are equal parts horror and romance. The short stories should be mysterious, atmospheric, and include a HEA (or happy for now)." Payment: $0.08 a word. Deadline: September 30, 2022.

    The Theatre Phantasmagoria. Genre: Horrror flash fiction up to 2,000 words. Payment: £10. Deadline: September 30, 2022. This is a monthly call. See themes.

    OCTOBER 1 – 15, 2022

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

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

    Dead & Bloated. Genre: Horror. Payment: 3 cents/word. Deadline: October 1, 2022. Print publication.

    The Last Line. Genre: Fiction that ends with the last line provided. Payment: $20-$40. Deadline: October 1, 2022.

    Keeping It Under Wraps. Genre: Personal essays. "We are looking for personal essays for an anthology about your experiences, views and ideas on bodies: your own or in general." Payment: 40GBP. Deadline: October 1, 2022.

    Nihilist Poet Militia: West. Genre: Poems (less than 20 lines) or prose (less than 300 words). "General strategy: Poetry, anti-poetry, or sub-poetry. Very short stories; memories; surrealism." Payment: $5. Deadline: October 1, 2022.

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

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

    Mythulu Magazine. Genre: Submit co-authored stories in any genre. Also looking for non-fiction commentary and experiences with co-created projects. Payment: $0.06/word or $15/page. Non-fiction pays $0.08/word. Creative works earn $0.04/word, with short stories capped at $75. Deadline: October 1, 2022.

    Havok. Genre: Flash fiction on Theme of SELFISHNESS / SACRIFICE. Payment: $10 via PayPal for each story published in an Anthology. Deadline: October 2, 2022.

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

    The Science Fiction Tarot. Genre: Science fiction concept for a tarot card, along with a story that exhibits that idea through character, plot or theme. "Please have a clear archetype, setting, or SF subgenre and center your submission around the concept: the focus of the tale should be the idea conveyed, not tarot cards themselves." Payment: 3 cents/word. Deadline: October 4, 2022.

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

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

    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: October 15, 2022. Opens October 1.

    Belanger Books: The Detective and the Clergyman: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Father Brown. Genre: Fiction. "In 1910, the first story of Father Brown, the East Anglican Roman Catholic priest and detective was published. Sometimes called the counter to Sherlock Holmes and the world’s second greatest detective, the plain mild-mannered Brown used intuition with his logic to solve cases. This anthology will feature stories where the two great detectives, the cold and calculating Holmes and the kind and meek Brown, team up to solve mysteries." Payment: $50 or $100. Deadline: October 15, 2022.

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

    Orca. Genre: Literary fiction. Payment: $50 for short stories, $25 for flash fiction. Deadline: October 15, 2022. Submit early in the month to avoid submission fees.

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

    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: October 15, 2022.

    Translunar Travelers Lounge. Genre: Speculative fiction. Payment: $0.03 per word with a minimum of $20. Deadline: October 15, 2022. (Note: Sept 15-21 is reserved for writers of color)

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

    Fat Coyote. Restrictions: Writers must be neurodivergent. Genre: Poetry, fiction, CNF, Art, Photography, Comics. Payment: 3 cents/word for prose. $1 line for poetry. $30 - $40 for art. Deadline: October 15, 2022.

    The Loch Ness Monster vs. Ghosts in Atlantis. Genre: Speculative fiction. " How did the Loch Ness Monster end up landlocked in Scotland, becoming one of the great paranormal mysteries of our time? Is she a myth, a hoax, a trick of the eye? Or perhaps she is simply lurking there until her enemies forget, waiting for the right time to return to her home in the waters around the fabled Atlantis, where she can be reunited with her family, and take her revenge?" Payment: Royalties. Deadline: October 15, 2022.

    Out of the Darkness Anthology. Genre: Speculative fiction. "We are looking for stories about escaping the darkness. The darkness of depression, the darkness of being a victim – any and all types of darkness will be considered." Payment: $20. Deadline: October 15, 2022.

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

    Typehouse. Restrictions: In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, no-fee submissions are open for all Hispanic/Latine/x creators, not limited to those in the US. Genre: Prose, poetry, art. Payment: $25. Deadline: October 15, 2022.

    Consequence Forum. Genre: Flash nonfiction focused on the human consequences and realities of war and geopolitical violence. Length: 500-900 words. Payment: $25. Deadline: October 15, 2022.

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