Be sure to read the full submission guidelines on publishers’ websites prior to submitting.

Need help keeping track of submissions? Check out my guide here:

Red’s Super-Sweet Guide to Submission Organization

Do you feel like there are too many amazing calls for submissions and you can’t possibly keep up with them all? That’s okay. I recommend reading Gemma Amor’s article about submission burnout here:

Submissions: Is it Time to Get Off the Carousel? by Gemma Amor


Here are some upcoming open calls!

Cemetery Gates Society Monthly Flash Fiction Contest

August Theme: “The Perfect Drug”

Word Count: 500-1500

Pay: $50 (winning story)

Submission window open: Aug 5 – 12, 2021


The Dead Inside: An Anthology of Horror

by Dark Dispatch

Theme: Identity Horror

Word Count: varies (poetry, flash fiction, short stories, & nonfiction)

Pay: varies ($25-50)

Deadline: Aug 2, 2021


Found: An Anthology of Found Footage Horror Stories

Presented by Gabino Iglesias and Andrew Cull

Word Count: 2 – 4k

Pay: 3c/word

Deadline: Aug 8, 2021


Chromophobia: A Strangehouse Anthology by Women in Horror

by Strangehouse Books, Rooster Republic Press

Theme: COLOR (read full guidelines)

Word count: 1500 – 6k

Pay: 1c/word

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.


Slice of Paradise

DarkLit Press

Theme: Beach Vacation Horror

Word Count: 5 – 8k or 1-2k flash

Pay: 1c/word short story, $5 flash

Deadline: Sep 1, 2021


A Woman Built by Man

Theme: Women built by men. Women-identifying writers explore ways they are shaped by the men around them.

Word Count: 2 – 5k

Pay: 5c/word

Deadline: Sep 5, 2021

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