Buttontapper Press is seeking short erotica submissions for a 2015 anthology of sexy shorts. Pieces should be 2,000 words or less, “with emphasis on hot sex, unique characters and an overall distinction of intelligent smut.” Authors whose works are accepted for inclusion will receive quarterly royalties, based on sales, plus digital copies of the book. Deadline: July 31, 2014.
- Guidelines: buttontapper.com/submissions
New literary press Brighthorse Books (Nebraska) invites submissions of book-length manuscripts for the Brighthorse Prize is an annual awards series honoring unpublished novels, collections of short fiction, and poetry collections. Award (per genre): $1000 and publication under its standard (50/50) contract. Deadline: June 15, 2014.
The Writing Menopause Anthology wants to make “women of a certain age” visible in all their grey-haired glory. Looking for short fiction, creative non-fiction, flash fiction and poetry. Writers can be living through it, writing through or about it, or witnessing it. The editors invite submissions to “be funny, be furious, be the eye of the storm. Be courageous and outrageous.” No how-tos or medical/quasi-medical advice. Length: 2500 words max. and up to three poems. Email submissions as Word attachments to: email@example.com. Deadline: June 30, 2014
The Conium Review seeks submissions for its Innovative Short Fiction Contest. Judged by Manuel Gonzales. Winner receives $500, publication, five contributor copies, and a copy of the judge’s book. Length: 7500 words max. Entry fee: $15 (includes free issue download). Entry fee: $15. Deadline: March 15, 2014.
- Guidelines: coniumreview.com/contests.html
Morning Rain Publishing is seeking romantic short stories. Length: 5000-10000 words. Strong Canadian content preferred. Deadline: January 14, 2014.
Canadian literary food quarterly Beer and Butter Tarts seeks essays, articles, short fiction, poetry, and artwork for Issue #2. Submissions must be food-related and Canadian in topic (Halifax donairs, story of red fife wheat, etc.) and timeless. No recipes, events, news, etc. Payment: Copy and small stipend (TBD). Deadline: January 31, 2014.
- Guidelines: stainedpagespress.com/contact/submissions/
The Nave Gallery (US) invites photographers, filmmakers and writers to explore the theme of “Chaotic Forms” for an exhibition celebrating the art of dance. Deadline: January 31, 2014.
Annual journal Echolocation (University of Toronto) seeks entries for their chapbook contest. First prize: $100. Accepts short fiction (2000 words max.) and poetry (250 lines max.). Theme: The Maze. Thematic experimentation welcome. Entry fee: $5. Deadline: December 31, 2013.
- Guidelines: https://echolocationmag.submittable.com/submit
Canadian independent print/online publication, SEEZ Magazine, seeks work for an upcoming issue (#4). Theme: “Cold as Ice.” Accepts short fiction, prose, art, poetry, articles, essays, comics, creative non-fiction, and more. Work must meet the magazine’s “low standards and loose morals.” Deadline: January 7, 2014.
- Guidelines: seezmagazine.com/submissions
The Flexible Persona is calling for engaging, character-driven fiction and non-fiction submissions of up to 5500 words for their inaugural audio/online issue (Spring). Looking for stories showcasing “characters in contact with their world. How they shape that world and are in turn transformed by it.”
- Guidelines: theflexiblepersona.com/submissions.html
New online literary magazine The Trillium is looking for submissions of poetry, essays, short stories, flash fiction, and non-fiction for the debut issue (February 2014). Submit up to 5 poems, 2 short stories/non-fiction/essays, or 5 pieces of flash fiction. Send in the body (not as an attachment) of an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include max. 50-word author bio, written in the third person. No payment. All rights are retained by the author. Deadline: January 2014
‘Sexy and sensual literary arts magazine’ IN MY BED (Canada) is back and is seeking submissions for an upcoming print issue. Looking for poetry, short fiction, novel excerpts, painting, photography, and art. Theme: Sex toys. Prefers work that transcends traditional erotica and uses art and writing to explore, observe, and exhibit themes in an experimental and abstract manner. Deadline: December 1, 2013.
- Guidelines: inmybedmagazine.com/html/submissions.html
Independent online journal Black Heart Magazine (U.S) seeks short fiction for its weekday (M-F) publication cycle. Length: 1500 words max. All genres accepted, with a literary angle preferred. Appreciates ‘short-form modern literature, from pulp to literary fiction and everything in-between.’ Deadline: Ongoing.
- Guidelines: blackheartmagazine.com/submission-guidelines