Be sure to read the full submission guidelines on publishers’ websites prior to submitting.
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Here are some upcoming open calls!
August Theme: “The Perfect Drug”
Word Count: 500-1500
Pay: $50 (winning story)
Submission window open: Aug 5 – 12, 2021
by Dark Dispatch
Theme: Identity Horror
Word Count: varies (poetry, flash fiction, short stories, & nonfiction)
Pay: varies ($25-50)
Deadline: Aug 2, 2021
Presented by Gabino Iglesias and Andrew Cull
Word Count: 2 – 4k
Deadline: Aug 8, 2021
by Strangehouse Books, Rooster Republic Press
Theme: COLOR (read full guidelines)
Word count: 1500 – 6k
Deadline: August 30, 2021
by Sliced Up Press
Theme: Think cryptids, monsters, etc… read guidelines
Word Count: 1 – 3k
Pay: $50 ($25 poetry)
Submissions OPEN August 1, 2021. Do not submit prior.
Theme: Beach Vacation Horror
Word Count: 5 – 8k or 1-2k flash
Pay: 1c/word short story, $5 flash
Deadline: Sep 1, 2021
Theme: Women built by men. Women-identifying writers explore ways they are shaped by the men around them.
Word Count: 2 – 5k
Deadline: Sep 5, 2021