Category: Calls

Paying journal wants your monsters, myths & magic

Small independent journal The Quilliad (Toronto) seeks flash fiction, short stories, poetry, comics, photography, and art from Canadian writers and artists. Looking for literary science fiction and horror; magic realism; fairy tales, folk tales, myths, and legends; monsters, death, magic, and fear. Submit 1-5 pieces. Deadline: October 20, 2015. Payment: $12 honorarium plus copy. Guidelines.

Wanted: Writing that says ‘slow down’

Online literary magazine Cargo focuses on narrative and growth through travel and exploration. Seeks creative nonfiction, memoir, personal essay, poetry, book reviews, visual art, and photography. Prefers work that evokes a strong sense of character, setting, movement, and the internal journey — writing that asks us to slow down and consider our past for a moment. Deadline: Rolling. Guidelines.

Wanted: Writing that ‘cat-burgles’ expectations

The Los Angeles Review invites submissions for Vol. 20. Theme: Ekphrasis. Publishes fiction (“hard-to-put-down shorts”) under 1000 words as well as sequences of such shorts and/or stand-alone lengthier stories up to 4,000 words; nonfiction (1000-4000 words); flash nonfiction (“that cat-burgles expectations”), poetry and book reviews. Reading fee: $3. Deadline: December 1, 2015. Guidelines.

Eerie experiences wanted for arts magazine

ArtAscent seeks submissions on the theme of “Haunting.” Write about spooky creatures, frightening places, eerie experiences. Entries may include fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 900 words). Open to international artists. Deadline: October 31, 2015. Guidelines.

Small press seeks short-form submissions

Another New Calligraphy publishes limited-edition, handmade books in Chicago. Seeks work that balances originality and sincerity, and writing that “exists within its own space, rather than making concessions to genre or attempts at mass accessibility.” Prefers shorter written material (poetry and short-form nonfiction writing). Deadline: Open.

Poetry contest with $1000 + pub prize

Red Hen Press and The Los Angeles Review welcome entries for the third annual Wild Light contest. First prize: $1,000 and publication in The Los Angeles Review. Submit up to three poems, 200 lines each. Deadline: October 15, 2015. Entry fee: $25. Guidelines.

Wanted: Your big fish stories, your triumphs, your lies

Biennial journal JONAHmagazine (Canada) seeks submissions for its next issue: poetry, prose, true stories, lies, memoir. Likes: “Journeys, in space, in time, in the heart, or in the mind. Beginnings, endings, triumph and loss, odysseys of the soul. Fish stories, BIG fish stories. Stories that come from the soul, or steal it.” Length: 2500 words max; up to 3 poems. Welcomes international submissions. Deadline: October 15, 2015. Guidelines.

Seeking writing that takes risks

The Sunflower Collective is looking for poems, prose, artwork and photographs submissions. Seeks work that celebrates the personal and the political in art. Looking for poetry (up to 5), prose (fiction, nonfiction, memoir and experimental; 2000-3000 words). Deadline: December 31, 2015. Guidelines.

Seeking Canadian creature, myth, and monster stories

Exile Publishing invites submissions for a forthcoming anthology: Those Who Make Us: Canadian Creature, Myth, and Monster Stories, a collection of speculative fiction with a focus on creatures, myths, and monsters set in a real or imagined Canada. Ogopogo, Wendigos, shapeshifters, selkies = yes. Zombies = no. Encourages a wide range of diverse voices and interpretations, including writers of colour and of Native heritage, Francophone writers, writers with disabilities, LGBTQIA writers, and new generation writers (aged 18-30). Length: 2000-7000 words; under 5000 is preferred. Payment: 5 cents/word (CAD) plus a contributor’s copy. Deadline: November 2, 2015. Guidelines.

Words and art wanted for LA litmag

Lunch Ticket (published by MFA community of Antioch University of Los Angeles) is accepting submissions of creative nonfiction, poetry, YA fiction and nonfiction, short and flash fiction, translation and multi-lingual texts, and art for its Summer/Fall 2015 issue. Deadline: October 31, 2015. Guidelines.

Wanted: Writing about gothic genre in CanLit (pays)

Room Magazine seeks submissions for issue 39.3, “Canadian Gothic.” From grim realism to the supernatural, writers are invited to explore manifestations of the gothic genre in Canadian literature and art. Seeking fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and art. Submission fee. Payment: $50-$120 upon publication. Deadline: January 31, 2016. Guidelines.

Wanted: Rural writing with grit & rough edges

Cowboy Jamboree Magazine seeks fiction and nonfiction submissions for its inaugural issue. Looking for western or rural writings that conjure, fight, or accept death, however that may come. Likes: western, western noir, new south, folk, and rural. “Listen to Ralph Stanley sing on it and you’ll get an idea of what we’re searching for.” Deadline: October 1, 2015. Guidelines.

Can you write shit girls like?

Shit Girls Like is a new zine celebrating girls and women. Seeking poetry, personal essays and fiction are all accepted. Write about your friends, your lovers, your mothers and sisters. Write about yourselves. Write about what sucks and write about what you adore. Art also accepted. All submissions must be able to fit on one A5 page. Deadline: September 30, 2015. Send submissions and short bio with Shit Girls Like in your email subject to Guidelines.