Calls for Submission #5

Beverly Bambury/ March 12, 2014/ Calls for Submission, Submissions, Useful Stuff, Writing Markets/ 4 comments

This week Selene MacLeod once again brings us the occasional column Calls for Submission (CfS). You can see all of the CfS columns here. Don’t forget to joint Selene’s Facebook groups 
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Now here’s Selene with various calls, some with quickly-approaching deadlines! – Beverly

Greetings! I hope everyone is staying warm and looking forward to spring. I know I am!
This time around, there seems to be a proliferation of noir and crime calls, or maybe I’m just sensitive to it. So in honour, I’d like to direct you to the current open calls for crime/thriller/mystery fiction. I’m taking my first STAB (see what I did there?) at it myself, and it’s not easy.

Markets that Accept Flash Fiction: 

Pro rate-paying markets currently accepting submissions:

Semi-pro markets currently accepting submissions:

  • Primeval: A Journal of the Uncanny seeks essays and creative nonfiction (up to 5K words) related to the following: literature, music, film, television, infamous locations, and diabolical esoterica. Contributors are paid $50 and two copies. Open until filled. Send all submissions to
  • Postscripts to Darkness has re-opened for fiction submissions for our planned 6th volume, scheduled for release in Fall 2014! “We have revised our submission guidelines somewhat, so please read them carefully if you are thinking of sending your stories for our consideration.” We pay one cent/word (Canadian, minimum payment $25) for fiction between 1500 and 4500 words.
  • Like a Haunted Trail: Erotic Tales of the Weird Wild West. Deadline March 15, looking for erotica 3k-6k words. Pays $25.
  • The 2014 issue of The Martian Wave is still looking for submissions. All stories must centre around the exploration and colonization of space. Payment is 1/2 cent per word. Send your submissions ASAP.
  • Flapperhose. Looking for flash/short fiction up to 5,000 words (pays $0.01 per word) and poetry (2.5 cents per word). “Surreal, shadowy, sensual, satirical.” Not quite sure what that means. Quarterly, so the next deadline isn’t listed.
  • Weird Bard Press. Torn Pages anthology. Looking for fiction about social upheaval, 1000-5000 words. This call is extremely vague, so I assume they’ll know what they want when they see it. No vampires, zombies, werewolves, or erotica. They want stories with queer/disabled/POC/”Other” characters. Political but not soapbox. Pays $0.02 per word. Open March 1-May 31 2014.

Token, royalty, and non-paying markets currently accepting submissions:


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  1. Thanks for helping us get the word out.

  2. It is my pleasure. Thanks for coming by. 🙂

  3. I wanted to let you know that effective March 14, we now pay USD $0.01 / word. For more info: our twitter post.

    Thanks very much for reading Black Denim Lit~!

  4. I updated it just now. Thanks. 🙂

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