14 Markets for Themed Submissions

Written by S. Kalekar

There are more than 18 submission calls for the 14 markets listed here. They are for writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and translations. Some of the themes are: romantic witchcraft, fear, figures, forgiveness, miracles, golden years, Christmas, holiday stories, military horror, cursed items, the Beatles, alien abduction, and the woodlands. All of these pay writers, from token to pro rates.

Once Upon An Enchanted Forest: An Anthology of Romantic Witchcraft Stories
Their guidelines say, “The autumnal equinox marks the shift into darkness which completes on Samhain. Warmth is behind us, cold lies ahead. This is a time of Thanksgiving and kinship. However, in our stories, we also want to consider the theme of The Enchanted Forest. How can you place romance, sorcery, witchcraft, an enchanted wood, cottage, village, or castle into this theme? How can you play up the impending knowledge that everything is changing from light to dark? How can you take your characters from a time of celebration into a world of romance, magical intrigue, and sorcery?

What would lurk in your enchanted forest?

The autumnal equinox, magical/witchcraft elements, and romance must be included in some manner”. See guidelines for suggestions of the potential material writers can draw from. They enjoy historical, contemporary, and even futuristic tales. They are not looking for erotica or horror.
Deadline: 15 May 2019
Length: 7,000-15,000 words
Pay: $75
Details here.


Vallum Magazine: Fear
This Canadian poetry magazine is reading for its ‘Fear’ themed issue. Their guidelines say, “It has been said by writers like William Golding that fear is the most destructive of human emotions. It may be a fear of the known or of the unknown, a fear that seems overwhelming and unbeatable. Franklin D. Roosevelt said “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” How is fear represented in poetry, specifically in your poetry? What are we afraid of?” They are open to most styles, including traditional or experimental. They accept poems by mail only. They also accept essays, interviews, reviews, and audio and video poems – they can accept these online.
Deadline: 15 May 2019
Length: 4-7 poems, 4-6 pages for essay, 3-5 pages for interview, 1-3 pages for review, 1-3 files for audio and video poems, up to 1 page for letter to the editor
Pay: Unspecified
Details here and here.

PRISM International: Figures
For this issue, the Canadian magazine “seeks writing that offers nuanced representations of the bodies we inhabit, grapples with the relationships that form us—father figures, idols, rivers that carve through rock—and gives voice to the ephemeral spirits haunting the text. What power do figures have to define us? We invite writers to frame the theme in corporeal and non-corporeal ways. Animate the inanimate.” They publish fiction, nonfiction, drama, poetry, and translations, as well as reviews and interviews. There is no fee for mailed submissions.
Deadline: 15 May 2019
Length: Up to 4,000 words preferred for prose, up to 4 poems
Pay: $30/page of prose, $40/page of poetry, $30 for reviews; one prize of $500 to an outstanding poetry contributor each year
Details here.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Five topics
They want inspirational, true stories and poems about ordinary people having extraordinary experiences. The anecdotes should be told in the first person, and have a beginning, middle, and end. They have several upcoming themes:
–The Forgiveness Fix – They want stories of forgiveness for this anthology, whether it is for minor or big things. Their guidelines say, “We are looking for stories that will show our readers how forgiving someone or being forgiven by someone changed your life in a positive way. Were you able to reestablish a relationship after forgiving or being forgiven? Did letting go of your hurt feelings heal you and bring you a sense of peace?” Some of the suggested topics are: making the decision to forgive, apologizing if you were the one who caused the hurt, letting go of anger and resentment, and helping someone else forgive – how you did it. The deadline for this is 30 May 2019.
The Golden Years or Second Wind They want humorous or serious stories of life after 60. Some of the suggested topics are: time for a new career, trying new things, bucket lists and adventure, the wisdom of age, new passions, and raising grandchildren… or still raising grown children! The deadline for this is 30 June 2019.
Stories about Miracles – Their guidelines say, “Miracles do happen each and every day. Everyone has experienced events in their lives that cause wonder and astonishment and give them hope for a better future. Why did these things happen? Is there an explanation? Or did these things seem to happen for no reason at all?” They want true stories for this multi-faith book about amazing events and unexplained happenings. Some of the suggested topics are: everyday miracles, dreams and premonitions, miraculous healings or recoveries, and amazing coincidences. The deadline is 30 June 2019.
— I Can’t Stop Laughing! Their guidelines say, “We are looking for stories about something that happened to you in your life – in your relationship with a partner or spouse, a parent or child, a family member or friend, at work or at home – that made you and the people around you laugh out loud. Did you mean for it to be funny? Did the other person mean to make you laugh? Did a situation just get out of control? Did a misunderstanding turn into a comedy of errors?” Some of the suggested topics are: obsessions, annoying habits, embarrassing moments, and family foibles. The deadline is 31 July 2019
Stories About Christmas – They are collecting stories for their Holiday 2020 book and we are looking for stories about the entire December holiday season, including Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, and New Year’s festivities. Their guidelines say, “We want to hear about your holiday memories and traditions. The rituals of the holiday season give a rhythm to the years and create a foundation for our lives, as we gather with family, with our communities at church, at school, and even at the mall, to share the special spirit of the season, brightening those long winter days. Please share your special stories about the holiday season with us. Be sure that they are “Santa safe” so that we don’t spoil the magic for precocious readers!” Some of the suggested topics are: holiday traditions, holiday humor, memories of the holiday season, and the love of family. The deadline is 30 January 2020.
Deadlines: Various
Length: Up to 1,200 words
Pay: $200
Details here.

The Lifted Brow: Translation submissions – Digital Intimacies Issue They are looking for translated works for their December issue, ‘Digital Intimacies’. They also accept translated fiction, poetry, comics, essays, and experimental nonfiction, as well as cross-genre work. Some potential ideas are: artificial intelligence and the construction of narrative, surveillance as a form of intimacy, subcultures on the internet, queer people and the construction of self via Instagram lives, and personality quizzes. They accept pitches as well as completed translations.  
Deadline: 31 May 2019
Length: Unspecified
Pay: AUD200-300 for prose, AUD100-300 for poetry
Details here.

Highlights Magazine: various themes
This is a general-interest magazine for children ages 6-12. They are currently interested in these kind of stories: historical fiction set during periods other than World War II; graphic (comic-book format) stories; humorous stories; fantasy stories; mystery stories; stories set in countries outside the US (they currently do not need stories that focus on food traditions); holiday stories (specially need Thanksgiving, Easter, Passover, and Hanukkah stories – do not need Christmas or Halloween stories). Stories should have an engaging plot, strong characterization, a specific setting, and lively language. Stories for beginning readers should not seem babyish to older readers, and stories for independent readers should be appealing to younger readers if read aloud. They also publish puzzles, poetry, articles, cartoons, and activities (see guidelines for current specific needs in each of these sections).
Deadline: 31 May 2019
Length: Up to 750 words for fiction (see guidelines), varies for others
Pay: $175 and up for fiction and nonfiction, $75 and up for My Sci submissions, $40 and up for crafts and puzzles
Details here.

Hellfire Crossroads 7: Introducing…
For this anthology, the editor wants work by new writers only. Stories should be horror and dark fantasy that is subtle, sophisticated and disturbing, as well as slipstream stories that make some kind of sense, no matter how extreme, and traditional horror with a new spin. Writers should send an introductory note along with the submission.  
Deadline: 31 May 2019
Length: 3,000-8,000 words
Pay: £20; £100 for the editor’s personal favourite story
Details here.

Across the Universe – Beatles Spec Fic Anthology
The theme of the anthology is ‘Beatles – What if?’ Their guidelines say, ” What if Brian Epstein hadn’t managed the band? What if George Harrison hated sitar music? What if Ringo had been the true star of the band all along? What if the Beatles had been aliens? Or magic users? Or zombies? Or American?” They list certain ideas that writers should avoid, on their website.   
Deadline: 14 June 2019
Length: 1,000-4,000 (prefer 2,000-4,000)
Pay: $200
Details here.

Jolly Horror Press: Accursed
They want horror or horror/comedy stories prominently featuring a cursed item.  
Deadline: 30 June 2019; may close early, but no earlier than 31 May 2019
Length: 2,500-6,000 (query for shorter/longer)
Pay: $25
Details here.

Cohesion Press: SNAFU – Last Stand
They are looking for military action-based last-stand horror stories – the genres accepted are fantasy, horror, or science fiction. Some of their previous SNAFU stories have been adapted for Netflix’s animated anthology series, Love, Death + Robots. For this anthology, their guidelines say, “Think 300, the Alamo, the Battle of Mirbat, the First Battle of Mogadishu, the Battle of Hel, or Custer’s Last Stand (but with unnatural monsters)… anything that can be called a high-action potentially-last stand monster story. For level of unnatural creature we will give priority to, think Dog Soldiers or Aliens. We want lots of monster goodness.
We will also be looking for soldiers, mercs, police, private security/paramilitary. … Just ensure the last stand aspect is both overt and unique, and don’t forget monsters!”
Deadline: 30 June 2019
Length: 2,000-10,000 words
Pay: AUD0.05/word
Details here.


Stormy Island Publishing: Romantic Fantasy
Stories should be in the Romantic Fantasy genre for this anthology. Romantic fantasy is a sub-genre of fantasy fiction, depicting a fantasy story while using many of the elements and conventions of the chivalric romance genre. Happy endings are not required, but still encouraged. They accept up to two submissions by the same author. Also scroll down the guidelines page to see their sea and/or love themed poetry anthology call (unpaid).   
Deadline: 12 July 2019
Length: 1,000-8,000 words
Pay: $20
Details here.

Pole to Pole Publishing: Not Far From Roswell
This anthology will contain dark stories of aliens, alien abduction, alien experimentation, cows, paranormal investigation and more. They may also include one or two humorous pieces as long as the material is dark. See guidelines for details on the tropes that will be hard sells, and the kind of material that is unacceptable.  
Deadline: 30 July 2019, or until filled
Length: 3,000-5,000 words
Pay: $0.02/word
Details here.

Less Than Three Press: Collection call – Creature Feature
This LGBTQ+ romance publisher wants “your most scintillating, subversive, and scary monster stories for consideration as part of our CREATURE FEATURE collection.” Their guidelines also say, “This collection is an homage to movie monsters of yore and the popularity of paranormal fiction. We’re happy to see stories queered and subverted about classic monsters or those of your own creation—and we suggest authors using classic movie or pulp monsters make sure their creature is in the public domain.” Stories must have a happily ever after (HEA) or happy for now (HFN) end. The primary genre is by nature speculative, but can contain any sub-genre or genre mashup: mystery, historical, contemporary, space opera, cyberpunk, etc.

Deadline: 31 July 2019
Length: 20,000-60,000 words
Pay: Royalties
Details here.

Woods Reader
This is a publication for those who love woodland areas: whether a public preserve, forest, tree farm, backyard woodlot or other patch of trees and wildlife. Their guidelines say,

“Our readers like to hear about others’ experiences and insights, especially those that make an impression that they think about long after they have finished the article. Submitted content should center around trees and woodlands.

We are not looking for articles which put urban environments or lifestyles in a negative light, rather describe the woodland experience. The magazine does not take political positions nor promote any woodland management practice but will share educational information of general interest. We do not publish hunting stories.” Apart from fiction/fantasy and short poetry, they also buy the following kind of pieces based on a woodland theme: personal experience, educational or non-fiction, DIY article using woodland materials (accompanying photographs preferred), humor blog or cartoon, destinations, book reviews (please contact them prior to submitting), and assigned topics. They accept submissions pertaining to locations within the US and Canada.
Deadline: Unspecified
Length: 500-1,000, occasionally 2,000-5,000 words of fiction or true adventure (serialized)
Pay: $25 for short poetry, $150 for longer articles
Details here.

 

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