Tethered by Letters invites entries for the F(r)iction 2016 Fall Writing Contest. Three categories: short stories of any genre ranging (1000-7500 words), flash fiction (750 words max.), and poetry (up to three pages). Prizes: $1000 for fiction and $300 for poetry and flash. Winners also published in a future issue of F(r)iction. Encourages submissions that push boundaries and take risks in genre, plot, and style. Entry fees. Deadline: November 1, 2016.
Cat on a Leash Review seeks submissions for their second issue. Looking for short fiction (1000-2500 words) and flash fiction (1000 words max.). Deadline: December 15, 2016.
ArtAscent is seeking submissions on the theme of “spooky.” Looking for stories, poetry, and artwork that is eerie, haunting, sinister, ghostly, uneasy, frightening, uncanny, dark, hidden, unearthy, mysterious or weird. Selected pieces are published online and in print, and marketed in social media. Submission fees: $10-$45. Deadline: October 31, 2016.
Second Star Magazine is looking for submissions for its second issue. Looking for fiction (up to 3000 words), short excerpts from unpublished novels, short one act plays or screenplays, and visual art/photography from writers under the age of 25. Deadline: October 31, 2016.
The Sacrificial seeks concise, original, dark, humorous, twisted, and insensitively-sensitive works. Accepts short stories, poetic prose, dialogues, commentaries, etc. Length: 500 words. Deadline: Ongoing.
Blue Skirt Productions is looking for stories that are emotional, philosophical, and transgressive that leave the reader feeling punched in the gut. Looking for short stories (100-3,000 words) to publish on our website, and novels and novellas to publish through their press. Deadline: rolling.
PRISM Magazine (BC) invites entires for the the inaugural Jacob Zilber Prize for Short Fiction. First prize: $1500 grand prize; $600 runner-up, $400 2nd runner-up. Max. word count: 6000. Entry fees: $35-$45 (includes subscription). Deadline: January 15, 2017.
87 Bedford is a young literary short story magazine and online curator of creative content. Seeking submissions of short fiction, micro/flash fiction, serial fiction, poetry, spoken-word, art & photography, and other amalgams of creative media. Prefers stories to have a literary bent but “that shouldn’t exclude compelling genre-y tales of passion, mystery or the speculative.” No submission fees. Pays $10 per short story, $5 for everything else. Deadline: ongoing.
Tumblr site PROM zine seeks poetry, nonfiction, and short stories about prom — the good, the bad, and the ugly. Length: 500 words max. Planning for spring publishing date. All accepted submissions receive a hard copy of the zine. Deadline: March 6, 2016.
Femmeuary! (UK) is seeking submissions of short fiction, poetry and opinion pieces on the loose theme of feminism. Length: 3000 words max or six poems. Deadline: February 1, 2016.
Pithead Chapel is a monthly online journal of short fiction and nonfiction. Currently seeking “gutsy narratives” up to 4,000 words. Particularly interested in essays (personal, memoir, lyric, travel, experimental, etc.). Deadline: Rolling.
GFT Press (US) is accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, flash fiction, nonfiction, and visual art for their January 2016 debut and the inaugural issue of their print journal (Spring 2016). Deadline: Rolling.
Fox Adoption Magazine is celebrating their first anniversary and is seeking submissions. Publishes one piece per week. Welcomes prose (including flash, short stories and creative non-fiction), poetry, and art. Deadline: Rolling.
Online journal TRACER (Toronto) is looking for short stories for short attention spans. Submit pieces 2000 words max. Any genre welcome. Deadline: Open.
The Flexible Persona is a biweekly international literary journal that publishes character-driven fiction and nonfiction in audio and print format. Appreciates stories of how characters sustain themselves in the context of relationships and communities. Length: 1200–6500 words. Deadline: Rolling. Guidelines.
Mystery Weekly (Canada) is a short mystery e-zine looking for stories 1000-10000 words in length.
New Toronto-based short story publication, Tracer, is looking for stories with heat. No deadline.