Goreyesque, on online journal featuring work inspired by the spirit and aesthetic of Edward Gorey, is seeking short stories, poems, artwork and essays for their Halloween issue. Deadline: October 15, 2015. Guidelines.
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.
PRISM international is now accepting submissions for their 2016 Short Fiction Contest, judged by Lee Maracle. First prize: $1500 + publication; more prizes available. Length: 6000 words max. Entry fee: $35-$45 (includes subscription). Deadline: January 20, 2016. Guidelines.
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.
Tethered By Letters is accepting submissions for the TBL Fall Literary Contest. Categories: Short story (1000-7500 words; $500 prize); flash fiction (55, 250, or 500 words; $150 prize); and poetry ($150 prize). Looking for engaging stories, vivid characters, and fresh writing styles. Winners published in F(r)iction. Entry fees: $7-$15. Deadline: December 1, 2015. Guidelines.
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.
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.
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.
The Humber Literary Review invites entries from Canadian emerging writers for their Fiction Contest Spring 2016. First prize: Humber School for Writers Workshop (value: $850) + $250. Length: 3000 words max. Entry fee: $25 (includes subscription). Open to writers who have not yet published a book. Deadline: November 1, 2015. Guidelines.
The James Franco Review seeks submissions for its next issue. Theme: Pushing boundaries (sexuality, gender identity, nationality, race, class, politics, literary form.) Not looking for work that imitates or satirizes James Franco’s work. Poetry: 3-5 poems. Prose: 8000 words max. Deadline: September 30, 2015. Guidelines.
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.
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.
Teenage Wasteland Review seeks submissions from teenagers ages 13 to 19 Issue #2. Accepting fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Submissions will also be considered for the Muriel Avellaneda Prize for Young Writers. Poetry: 3 poems max; prose: 5000 words max. Deadline: November 30, 2015. Guidelines.
Devil’s Lake Journal (University of Wisconsin, Madison) is accepting submissions for their annual Driftless Prize in Poetry. Prize: $1000 + publication in the Spring 2016 issue. Entry fee: $15. All contest entries will be considered for publication in Devil’s Lake. Submit two poems (5 pages max.) or one story (4500 words max.). Deadline: October 15, 2015. Guidelines.