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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 second in a series of essays about steps taken by an HRW author on her way to publication success with her debut novel.

More Small Steps to Indie Publishing

by Drema Deòraich

There are hundreds, if not thousands of online articles and learning courses for the plethora of new things an indie writer needs to know. I mentioned the Kindlepreneur site last time, but you can also find others just with a simple Google search. One I found quickly when writing this blurb is “How to Self-Publish Your Own Book in 8 Steps.” I did not read this, but it looks pretty in-depth. Just beware. There are businesses out there that will happily take advantage of an eager indie writer. Vet your sources and make sure they’re legit.

I took classes through Udemy. It is free to join Udemy, and they do have some free courses you can take. Most, though, cost anywhere from $39.99 per course to $89.99 per course or more. There is an abundance of topics to choose from, on every subject imaginable. Self-publishing is rich with resources from a variety of instructors. Jessica Brody is a good Udemy instructor, as is Bethany Atazadeh, though both these instructors have YouTube channels and other online resources, as well. Udemy often runs sales, too – you can get really expensive classes for $9.99. This is how I get most of mine. Once you buy, you get unlimited access to those courses forever, so you can go back and review whenever you like. Keep in mind that some of these in-depth courses are long—9 hours or more. You’re getting your money’s worth.

Last for this installment, I joined a couple of online Facebook groups whose focus was on indie writers. One was 20BooksTo50K, which is mostly professional indie-published authors exchanging info. Some of the writers on this list make a comfortable living with their work, and they are happy to help guide newbies like me. Mostly, though, I lurk and learn until I can say something worthwhile to add to the group.

We’re just getting started. See you next time!


  • Canadian-American author Saul Bellow didn’t know his own birthday. His parents had just arrived in Québec when he was born in 1915, and they forgot to record whether their son was born on June 10th or July 10th. Unfortunately for Bellow, the city hall that contained his official birth certificate burned down.
  • Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, known by his stage name Molière, died after collapsing on stage while acting in one of his own plays—ironically, he was playing the role of the hypochondriac.
  • Franz Kafka, author of Metamorphosis, would attend nudist camps but refused to drop his trousers; he was known by others as “The Man in the Swimming Trunks.”
  • Agatha Christie inadvertently solved real murders via her novel, The Pale Horse. The poison the murderer uses, thallium sulfate, caused difficulty breathing, slurred speech, fainting spells, and hair loss before killing the victims. Several readers of the novel noticed the same side affects of the poison in real life and were able to save several people including a reader’s friend whose husband was slowly murdering her and a sick infant. Most famously, in 1971, people in the town of Bovingdon were dropping left and right with a mysterious illness. However, when a doctor finished reading The Pale Horse, he realized the “Bovingdon bug” was no illness. Thanks to Christie’s expert advice, the doctor realized there was a serial killer on the loose and police soon arrested the notorious Graham Frederick Young.

Welcome new member!

Irma Perkins

Laurie Jo Litton

James Webb Jones

Jeff Schnader



R. C. Reigh

By Sandy Robinette

Dragons and Wolves, a Necromancer, and a Fae or two! Oh my!
R.C. Reigh brings a lively collection of creatures and adventures to the YA
audience. (And some of us who also like these fantasy stories when so well-written!)

As a young girl growing up in rural Illinois, she fell in love with reading about adventures in faraway places. She began writing as a hobby, and in the days before home computers were the norm she would jot down ideas in notebooks or on her mom's typewriter.

R.C. has lived in Tidewater for eleven years, is a Navy wife, and a United Through Reading Ambassador. "United Through Reading connects military families who are separated —for deployment or military assignment—by providing the bonding experience of shared storytime. Families stay connected through storytime video recordings and books sent to military families."

R. C. keeps on writing and juggles deployments, two children (three and five years old), and her trade with a joyful enthusiasm.

In 2021 she published the first of her series: Kingdom of 7 Sovereigns: Wolf. Check her Profile in the Directory on the website for purchase options as well as on Amazon. Also available online is the short story prequel, The Spite of the Necromancer, which gives the backstory on why the villain is as mean as he is.

Secrets! Look for all the 7 Sovereigns novels - Dragons, next this fall!

“I enjoy writing about different worlds and unique people," Reigh says. "It is cathartic, a way to stay creative, relaxing.”

She recently discovered Hampton Roads Writers and hopes to become more involved in the future.
A huge thank you to everyone who attended the conference. Despite a few hotel snafus, the conference otherwise went off smoothly and most people had a lot of FUN! Attendees learned things, made friends, and reconnected with other writers with whom they hadn't had face-to-face contact in a long time.

Most attendees were from Virginia but some traveled from Scotland, Iowa, Kansas, Texas, Florida, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Maryland.

Congratulations to the following winners of the free conference contests:

Dr. Anne Meek POETRY Prizes judged by Dr. Lisa Roney (Anne’s daughter)
HM Mia Casey
3rd Katrina Mae Leuzinger-Owens
2nd Tara (Freddie) Tavakoli
1st Susan Deutsch

Nonfiction prizes judged by Erin Chandler
HM David Cariens
3rd Carl Shirley
2nd Hollie Sessoms
1st D.M. (Debra) Frech

FICTION prizes judged by Bonnie ZoBell
HM Katrina Mae Leuzinger-Owens
HM Terri-Lyn Hedgepeth
3rd Skip Keith
2nd Henry Rhodes
1st Art Klepchukov


to the following HRW Members:

Ken Poyner
Mike Krentz
  • WARM AND DEAD, the second novel in his Dr. Zack Winston Series of medical conspiracy thrillers debuted Sept 15. He has two book launches and signings upcoming.
  1. October 15, 4:00 PM EDT at The Muse Writers Center, Norfolk, VA.
  2. October 22, 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM at Book Exchange, Norfolk, VA.
Brad Barrett
  • His story, "Counterclockwise," was published in Bodega Magazine yesterday.
Drema Deòraich
  • Her novel, Entheóphage, debuts in October. Her book launch is scheduled for October 29, 4:00 PM EDT at The Muse Writers Center, Norfolk, VA.
Heather Barrett
  • Her poem "The Certain Old Man" was published at Visual Verse.
  • Her poem "Ars Bestia Domitor" was published at The Ekphrastic Review for their Luristan Bronze Challenge.
  • Her poem "Trees of Life" was published at The Ekphrastic Review for their Jo Zider Challenge with guest editor Sandi Stromberg.


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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.

OCTOBER 1 - 31, 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.

Seaside GothicS. Genre: Seaside gothic fiction, poetry, nonfiction, or a collection of photographs or illustrations. Payment: £0.01 per word. Deadline: October 16, 2022.

Funemployment Quarterly. Genre: Science-fiction/fantasy on theme: Privacy, and the Panopticon. Payment:$20 CAD. Deadline: October 16, 2022.

Muse Magazine. Genre: Nonfiction articles for children. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: October 17, 2022. See themes.

Daikaijuzine. Genre: Speculative fiction, poetry, art. Payment: $10.00 for each short story, and $5.00 for each poem and flash fiction piece. Deadline: October 21, 2022.

Neon Hemlock. Genre: Speculative novellas. Length: Up to 40,000 words. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: October 24, 2022.

Ofic. Genre: Short fiction, flash fiction, nonfiction, 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." (Up to 12,000 words). Payment: Small honorarium. Deadline: October 29, 2022.

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

Stormbird Press: Our Ocean’d Earth. Genre: Nonfiction or fiction writing that conveys one clear and unified message: that our oceans are worth fighting for. Payment: €200. Deadline: October 30, 2022.

Dragon Soul Press: Union. Genre: "Science fiction romance stories. Outer space and aliens are accepted. All heat levels are accepted." Payment: Royalties. Deadline: October 31, 2022.

FIYAH. Restrictions: Submissions are restricted to people of the African Diaspora. Genre: Speculative fiction, art, and poetry about African Diaspora. FIYAH is currently OPEN to portfolio submissions for consideration for 2023’s issue covers. Payment: Commissions pay $400.00 USD for original artwork. Deadline: October 31, 2022.

The Vampiricon: Imaginings & Images of the Vampire. Genre: Speculative fiction, poetry, art, nonfiction on theme: The Vampire. Payment: $10. Deadline: October 31, 2022.

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

Underdog Press. Genre: Fiction of about 3,500 - 7,500 words. Theme: Underdogs. Payment: 3 cents/word. Deadline: October 31, 2022.

Hub City Press publishes books of literary fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, regional nonfiction, nature, and art. "We are seeking new and extraordinary voices from the American South." Payment: Royalties. Deadline: October 31, 2022.

From the Yonder. Genre: Short stories and poems based upon a regional/cultural legend or tall-tale from any location or culture in the World. “Regional” can be a specific place (Loch Ness) or a larger region (Bigfoot in the Pacific Northwest). Payment: $5 (USD) per poem and $10 (USD) per short story. Deadline: October 31, 2022.

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

Nightlight. Restrictions: Open to Black writers. Genre: Horror. 10,000 words max. Audio format. Payment: $75 - $200 depending on length. $50 for reprints. Deadline: October 31, 2022.

Brick. Genre: Nonfiction. Payment: $55–660, depending on the length of accepted work, plus two copies of the issue the work appears in and a one-year subscription to the magazine. Deadline: October 31, 2022.

Nonbinary Review: In Motion Genre: Poetry, fiction, essays, and art around the theme of Family. "Who are your family? How do you relate to them? How has family shaped your life and your responses to the world? What is the gulf between the family you need and the family you have?" Payment: 1 cent per word for prose, and a flat fee of $10 for poetry. Deadline: October 31, 2022. Accepts reprints.

It's Too Late. Genre: Science Fiction short stories inspired by the music of David Bowie. No limits on subject matter. Payment: $25. Deadline: October 31, 2022.

MacroMicroCosm. Genre: Speculative fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: October 31, 2022. See themes.

Step Into The Light. Genre: Horror. Theme: Daytime-themed horror. Payment: £0.005 per word. Deadline: October 31, 2022, or until filled.

Otoroshi Journal. Genre: Horrorku, horror tanka, and horror haibun, art. Payment: Poetry, $1. Art, $10. Deadline: October 31st, 2022.

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

Step Into the Light Anthology. Genre: Horror. "Think Midsommar, The Wicker Man, Benchley's Jaws, IT, The Silence of the Lambs. All great storylines, all packed with daytime fear proving you don't have to be in the dark to be afraid." Payment: £0.005 per word. Deadline: October 31, 2022.

A Darkness Visible. Genre: Postmodern horror. Payment: £80. Deadline: October 31, 2022.

How2Conquer. Genre: Nonfiction books. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: October 31, 2022.

Diet Milk: ‘In The Bleak Midwinter.' Genre: Gothic micro/flash fiction. Payment: $3 for micro fiction, $5 for flash fiction. Deadline: October 31, 2022. (Runs from October 1 - 31)

Awake. Restrictions: Black writers only. Genre: Poems, essays, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, and art. See prompt, Payment: $15, $25, or $50. Deadline: October 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: October 31, 2022.

The Big Book of Things That Go Bump in the Night: A Collection of Utah Horror. Restrictions: All entries must have a Utah connection, either on the part of the author or the story itself. Genre: Stories and poems suitable for a middle-grade audience in the same vein as Neil Gaiman, Victoria Schwab, Patrick Ness, Holly Black, and R.L. Stine. Please ensure your story/poem is suitable for a younger audience. Prize: $10 - $35. Deadline: October 31, 2022.

Manor of Frights. Genre: Horror. "Imagine a Victorian house where every room is cursed with a frightful existence. Are monsters in the halls? Ghosts left to fester in the library? Or are the rooms themselves enchanted with malevolent energy? What was summoned long ago and what doorways were left open? Manor of Fright will be a collection of tales all set in different rooms of the same house." Payment: $10. Deadline: October 31, 2022.

bath magg. Genre: Poetry. Payment: £20. Deadline: October 31, 2022.

Engen Books: Fairy Tales from the Rock. Restrictions: Open to Canadians. Genre: "We're looking for both fairy tales inspired by Newfoundland & Labrador culture, as well as new takes on popular fairy tales from the world over!" Payment: $0.01 CAD per word to an upper limit of 7,000 words. Deadline: October 31, 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: October 31, 2022.

Subterranean Blue Poetry. Genre: Poetry on theme: The Rolling Stones for Christmas 2022. Payment: $10. Deadline: October 31, 2022.

Manawaker Studios: Flash Fiction Podcast. Genre: Flash fiction (audio format) Payment: 1 cent/word. Deadline: October 31, 2022. Accepts reprints.

MetaStellar. Genre: Science fiction, fantasy, horror up to 1000 words. Payment: 8 cents/word. Deadline: October 31, 2022.

The Second Black Beacon Book of Mystery. Genre: Mystery. "We want excellent writing, evocative settings, intriguing characters, and most importantly, a clever puzzle complete with clues, red herrings, foreshadowing, and twists." 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: October 31, 2022. Accepts reprints.

The Theatre Phantasmagoria. Genre: Horrror flash fiction up to 2,000 words. Payment: £10. Deadline: October 31, 2022. This is a monthly call. See themes.

Solarpunk Creatures. Genre: Speculative fiction. "To imagine and build better futures, we’re championing a new wave of inclusive storytelling that centers nonhuman characters and positive multispecies interactions. Whether the setting is urban or rural or a space station, we’re looking for stories and artwork that put human-nonhuman or even nonhuman-nonhuman relations in the spotlight." Story Length: up to 7,000 words. Payment: Fiction: $0.03 per word (USD) + contributor copy. Art: $100 (USD) for previously unpublished art; $50 for reprint art + contributor copy. Deadline: October 31, 2022. Opens October 1.

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


Propertius Press. Genre: Full-length manuscripts, Historical Fiction by BIPOC, POC, Minority, Indigenous, Writers. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: November 1, 2022.

Propertius Press. Genre: Biography or memoir, full length. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: November 1, 2022.

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

Foglifter. Genre: Foglifter is a biannual compendium of queer and trans writing. It’s a space where LGBTQ+ writers celebrate, mourn, rage, and embrace. "Foglifter welcomes daring and thoughtful work by queer and trans writers in all forms, and we are especially interested in cross-genre, intersectional, marginal, and transgressive work. We want the pieces that challenged you as a writer, what you poured yourself into and risked the most to make. But we also want your tenderest, gentlest work, what you hold closest to your heart. Whatever you're working on now that's keeping you alive and writing, Foglifter wants to read it." Payment: $25. Deadline: November 1, 2022.

The Iowa Review. Genre: Poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Payment: $1.50 per line for poetry ($40 minimum) and $0.08 per word for prose ($100 minimum). Deadline: November 1, 2022. No fee for snail mail submissions. $4 fee for online submissions.

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

Thema: So THAT'S Why. Genre: Fiction, poetry, and art on theme: So THAT's Why. Payment: $10-$25 for short fiction and artwork, $10 for poetry. Deadline: November 1, 2022. Accepts reprints.

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: November 1, 2022.

try&partake. Genres: Fiction, poetry, nonfiction, translations, art. Theme: Food. Payment: Each accepted poem piece receives $15.00 USD. (5 maximum sent per submission) Each accepted poem in translation receives $18.00 USD. (5 maximum sent per submission) Each accepted prose piece as fiction or creative nonfiction receives $30.00 USD. (1 maximum piece sent per submission) Each accepted piece of visual art receives $20.00 USD. (4 maximum pieces sent per submission) Deadline: November 1, 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: November 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: November 7, 2022. Opens to submissions on November 1.

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

Mighty. Genre: Fiction stories ranging from 500 to 3500 words. "We want to celebrate characters who are disabled and still save the day, whose abilities and disabilities are equally important aspects of their lives and identities." Payment: CAD $0.08/word. Deadline: November 14, 2022.

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

Belanger Books: Sherlock Holmes: Adventures in the Realms of H.P. Lovecraft. Genre: Fiction. "Imagine Holmes investigating the disappearance of a college student in the mysterious town of Innsmouth, matching wits with a man who can reanimate the dead, or using his deductive skills to help fight creatures from beyond the realm of time and space. These are just some of the stories which could be included in the new anthology Sherlock Holmes: Adventures in the Realms of H.P. Lovecraft. The anthology will feature traditional Sherlock Holmes stories blended with one or more of Lovecraft’s tales." Payment: $50 or $100. Deadline: November 15, 2022.

Word West Revue. Genre: Fiction, poetry, nonfiction, books, videos and photography that engage with "the west." Payment: Short prose and poetry: $100 for each accepted print piece. $25 for each accepted online piece. Photography: $5 per photo used online. $15 per photo used in print. Video: $50 for each two week block of screening. Books: authors recieve an advance upon acceptance, 15% royalties on print sales, and 35% on ebook sales, paid out quarterly. Deadline: November 15, 2022.

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

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>

Grumpy Old Dragons. Genre: Humor. Words: 3000-4000. "We’re looking for stories where the dragon takes center stage (or at least steals the show). To be considered for the anthology, the story must contain at least one loveable ‘grumpy’ character – it can be the dragon’s human mentor, a disembodied ghost of a former dragon snack, or the dragon themselves." Payment: Profit sharing. Deadline: November 15, 2022.

Eerie River: Cosmic Horror Anthology. Genre: Cosmic horror. Payment: Flat rate payment ¢1 per word CAD after approved edits - up to $70 CAD. Deadline: November 15, 2022.

The Blue Route. Restrictions: Only the work of current undergraduate writers will be considered. Genres: Fiction, or creative nonfiction totaling no more than 3000 words. Payment: $25. Deadline: November 15, 2022.

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