Monday, August 8, 2022

Clamour and Mischief Cover Reveal

 So I'll be trying something newish with this blog. Instead of posting the update of deadlines and all that in every single post, I'll keep it in its own post. For other chatter, I'll make separate posts. Today's chatter regards my forthcoming story in Clamour and Mischief from Clan Destine Press and edited by Narrelle M. Harris. Narrelle has just revealed the cover in full and I am so excited about it. So many birds clamouring for our attention! Thank you Andrea L Farley (aka Altocello) for the beautiful artwork on this anthology.

I'm thrilled to have my story published in this anthology; it seems like such a perfect fit. Well, granted this was a anthology invite which I wrote a completely fresh story for, but it also gave me an excellent opportunity to expand the story world that readers already saw in Stone Shaper Tanukis Estranged (published in Dark Cheer: Cryptids Emerging - Volume Blue from Improbable Press).

I will share the release date for Clamour and Mischief at a later date, but for now, please enjoy the cover reveal below:

Clamour and Mischief cover with many birds, corvids to be exact, flying around the cloudy sky. Lots of black wings against the blue and white clouds.

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Gradually updating list of submission windows for August 2022 and beyond

Hi everyone!

I'm gradually updating the list of submissions windows for August and beyond. I have too many other matters to deal with at the moment, so expect this to require another 3-5 days to really flesh out with more deadlines, but I've marked down a bunch of deadlines in section 1. Take a look.

EDIT 1: addition of a novella window to the sparse section 5
EDIT 2: additions to everything, including another 8/15 deadline of 8 cents and two additions to the sparse section 3 (one window only open to the first 13 stories subbed on 8/13).
EDIT 3: added more deadlines to September, such as Into Chaos
EDIT 4: among other possible updates, marked the Cast of Wonders contest as 8/31 deadline
EDIT 5: added in the Flame Tree deadlines for 8/30 and 9/1

In a separate blog post, I'll be sharing some glimpses at my forthcoming story about azure winged magpies in a near-future Japan.

Thanks for reading and good luck with your creative work.


Table of Contents (sections 1, 2, 5, 6 updated)

1. Deadlines/Windows of 8/15/2022 and beyond paying 5¢/word or more
2. Open Publications with no deadline and paying 5¢/word or more
3. Deadlines/Windows of 8/15/2022 and beyond and paying up to 4¢/word
4. Open Publications with no deadline and paying up to 4¢/word
5. Publications paying royalties/advance only
6. Search for More Markets Here
7. Browse Links to Advice/Lists/Workshops

1. Deadlines/Windows (8/15/2022 and beyond; paying 5¢/word or more)

8/15, Flame Tree (Monthly Flash Fiction Contest), 700-1000 words, 8¢/word, Genre: SF, Theme: Sentimental AI, Reprints NO, Simultaneous NO, Multiple NO, submit entry to the Newsletter Editor Zoë Seabourne, w/ theme as subject heading and author details/bio at end of story, Note: must subscribe to newsletter to submit; the monthly newsletter will state the new month's genre/prompt, guidelines:

8/15, Campfire Macabre Anthology Series from Cemetery Gates Media, 500-1500 words, 8¢/word, Genre: Horror, Theme: 5 themes (1: When We Were Getting High; 2: My Last Trick ‘r Treat, 3: Body Grotesquerie; 4: Ominous Visitors From Deep Space; 5: Out in the Fields, Forests, and Lakes), Reprints NO, Simultaneous NO, Multiple OK (only 1 story/theme and submit all stories at one time in the same email, submit stories to and include title/theme/wordcount in the subject line, Warning: might not notify if rejected, guidelines:

5/16-8/15, Dark Recesses (window for Fall Issue), 500-5000 words, 5¢/word, Genre: horror/dark fiction, note variants from standard manuscript format (single-spaced, no indents), Nonfiction OK (but read specifics on their site), Winter Issue window open 8/15-11/15), guidlines:

8/1-8/15, Martian Magazine, exactly 100 words, 8¢/word, Genre: SF and all subgenres, Reprints OK (4 cents), Simultaneous OK, Multiple OK (up to 3 subs at a time sent in separate emails), Theme: Link:

8/19, Chicken Soup for the Soul, up to 1,200 words, $200, Genre: nonfiction stories, Poetry OK, Theme 1: Cats, Theme 2: Dogs, Reprints NO ("only exception to this is if your work has only been published in a small local publication with limited circulation or on your own blog"), Simultaneous OK (disclose the submission as simultaneous "in the comments section of the submission form or, if you have already submitted your story, by e-mailing us at:"), Multiple OK, guidelines:, themes:, submission portal: 

8/1-8/21 (assume: midnight EST/EDT), Flash Fiction Online, 500-1000 words, 8¢/word, Genre: any, Anonymous submissions, Reprints OK (2¢/word), Simultaneous NO, Multiple OK (only one original and one reprint concurrently), Note: open 1st-21st almost every month (closed in December), guidlines:

8/12-8/21, Pseudopod (general submissions), 1500-6000 words (prefer about 4500; also flash under 1500 welcome), 8¢/word (reprints of flash at $20), Genre/Theme: any horror for audio, Simultaneous OK (with disclosure!), Multiple OK (one original and one reprint), guidelines:

7/22-8/21, Shakespeare Unleashed (Monstrous Books and Crystal Lake Publishing), 1500-6000 words or 14-line sonnets, 6¢/word ($35 for poems), Genre: horror (seeks horror, "no parodies or humor pieces"), Theme (Fiction): stories based on Shakespeare’s plays and characters (can be set in other time periods / updated / reimagined / merely based on), Theme (poetry): Shakespearean horror sonnets can be based on Shakespeare sonnets / plays / characters (note in submission) or they can be totally original (should evoke Shakespeare), Reprint NO, Simultaneous NO, Multiple NO, Kickstarter was successfully funded, find submissions details and submissions portal here:

7/26-8/25, Unidentified Funny Objects, 500-6,000 words, 10¢/word, Genre/Theme: seeking all style and sub-genres of speculative humor, Reprints NO, Simultaneous NO, Multiple NO, more info:, submit:, Kickstarter funded:

8/6-8/27, Old Moon, 1,000-4,000 words, 5 cents/word, Genre/Theme: character-focused weird sword-and-sorcery (wants dark and transgressive, secondary or historical-paranormal settings, sense of action and adventure with well-rounded characters who make us question our own realities and perceptions; wants the gothic, the baroque, the eldritch), Simultaneous NO, Multiple NO

8/30, Chicken Soup for the Soul, up to 1,200 words, $200, Genre: nonfiction stories or poetry, Theme 1: Funny stories, Theme 2: Impact of a Chicken Soup for the Soul story on me, Reprints NO ("only exception to this is if your work has only been published in a small local publication with limited circulation or on your own blog"), Simultaneous OK (disclose the submission as simultaneous "in the comments section of the submission form or, if you have already submitted your story, by e-mailing us at:"), Multiple OK, guidelines:, themes:, submission portal:

8/30, Immigrant Sci-Fi Short Stories (Flame Tree Fiction), 2000-4000 words (will read slightly outside range), 8¢/word (6¢/word for reprints), Genre: any speculative, Theme: stories from a diverse range of writers who have direct or familial experience of immigration and migration and its complex issues (examining the perspectives of displacement in a future or fantastical setting), Reprints OK, Simultaneous OK, Multiple OK, submit:, include brief bio indicating connection to the immigrant experience and how it relates to your story, link:

6/1-8/31 (11:59 PM EDT), Hidden Villains Anthology Series (Inkd Publishing), less than 7000 words, 5-8¢/word, Genre: SF / Fantasy / Horror, Theme: Hidden Villains Arise ("Bold, imaginative fantasy, horror, and sci-fi sculpted to thrill and entertain readers with the bizarre or delve into the shadows"), guidelines:, submit via Duosuma link:

7/1-8/31, Les Petites Morts (Ghost Orchid Press), 1000-5000 words (ideal: 2000-4000), 6¢/word, Genre/Theme: seeks erotic horror stories inspired by fairy tales/mythologies/folklore from around the world, anonymous submissions, Reprints NO, Simultaneous OK, Multiple NO, submit stories to, link:

6/24-8/31, Our Beautiful Reward (a special online issue of Reckoning Magazine by Catherine Rockwood), up to 20,000 words, 8¢/word, Genre: SF / F / General Fiction, Theme: environmental justice and bodily autonomy (a response to the fall of Roe; seeks stories, poems and nonfiction focusing on the intersection of bodily autonomy and environmental justice; hopes to "serve as a creative outlet for the anger and grief the collective loss of safety and self-determination this hideous decision entails for millions of people of all genders, now, and what further fascist regression it threatens for the future”), submit work at the moksha link here:, find further submission details here: 

8/31, ShortStory Substack (deadline at the end of every month), 6-10,000 words, Pay: $100 + 50% (you'd have to send them a story of 2000 words or less to make 5¢/word or more), Genre: any, publishes one story a month, winner announced on the 15th. Reprints OK, Simultaneous NO (I assume), Multiple NO. Send submissions in Word or Google Doc form to Guidelines here: Their June stats are here:

8/15-8/31, Apparition Lit: Nostalgia, 1,000-5,000 words, 5¢/word ($50/poem), Genre: any speculative (F/SF/Horror/Literary; wants strange, heart-breaking emotion, pro-active characters, and style; see more details on website), Theme: nostalgia, Poetry OK, Reprints NO, Simultaneous NO (unless self-identify as BIPOC), Multiple NO (but accepts up to 5 poems), Submission window: will extend window by a week for self-identifying BIPOC writers, details:

9/1, Orion's Belt, under 1200 words (not including title and byline), 8¢/word, Genre: literary speculative (must contain significant speculative elements), Poetry OK, Art OK, Reprints NO, Simultaneous NO, Multiple OK (up to 2 times/month, submitted separately; poetry up to 3/month), submit work to, link: --> asked for more speculative poetry on Twitter

8/15-8/31 (deadline moved to 9/4 7:00 PM EDT), Cast of Wonders (an Escape Artists Podcast): Flash Fiction Contest, ~500 words, 8¢/word, Genre/Theme: generally should be YA, 12-17 age range, include a sense of wonder, have deep emotional resonance, and have something unreal about them, Anonymous submissions, Reprints OK, Simultaneous OK (notify if accepted elsewhere and may consider as reprint), Multiple NO, Editor:  Katherine Inskip, guidelines:, submit stories via Moksha at

9/1, 7 Days of Folklore and Modern Myth Flash Fiction (Flame Tree Fiction), 1000 words, 8¢/word, Genre: Fantasy, Theme: 7 days of folklore and modern myth (more details on various seven-related approaches to this at the link), Reprints NO, Simultaneous NO, Multiple NO, send submission to Newsletter Editor: Zoë Seabourne at, link:

8/2-9/6, Into Chaos, ~5000 words, €150/story, Genre: any, Theme: stories inspired by the anthology title Into Chaos and the cover artwork by Dominique Ramsey (your emotional response; see art at website; also wants the stories to embrace the unknown), Reprints NO, Simultaneous NO, Multiple NO, anonymous submissions (no name and no personal info on the story file, only in the form), submit via the form on their website, Link:

9/7 (11:59 PM CST), Tiny Tales Podcast, 500-1200 words, 5¢/word, Genre/Theme: fantastic/bizarre/enthralling fiction for podcast episodes (no specific genre but their fiction typically includes a fantastic element), Reprint OK (previously published works okay unless published on podcasts or another form of audio), Simultaneous NO, Multiple NO, submit Word doc in size 12 font with name and email on the file, Link:

9/1-9/14, 500-7500 words, 8¢/word, Solarpunk Magazine (General Subs for 2023 Issues), Genre/Theme: solarpunk speculative ("speculative elements should be apparent but not dominating; our disbelief suspended not by necessity, but immersion"; "any genre of science fiction, interstitial fiction, magic realism, or fantasy has potential as a solarpunk forum"), Poetry OK (up to 5 poems or 5 pages of poems, whichever is shorter; $40/poem), Nonfiction OK (1000-2000 words; $75/essay or article), Art OK (cover art: $100 for reprints, $300 for original unpublished; interior art: $50 for reprints, $150 for original unpublished), Reprints NO, Simultaneous NO, Multiple NO (but 1 submission per category per period okay), submit via moksha, Link:

9/16, Obsolescene: A Dark Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror Anthology, 2,000-5,000 words, 6¢/word, Genres: SF/F/H, Theme: horrifying or fantastical interactions with technology (the definition of “technology” ranges from modern smartphones and smart house IOT devices, back to some of humanity’s earliest inventions, like the wheel or the written word itself), Reprints NO, Simultaneous OK, Multiple NO, send work to as an attached Word doc or docx, format the email subject line and your submitted file name as “Obsolescence – [Story Title] by [Author Name]”, more submissions guidelines here:, Kickstarter link for when it launches:

9/22 (opening date; no closure specified yet), DreamForge Press, 1,000-5,000 words, 7¢/word   (increased thanks to Kickstarter!), Genre: SF/F, Theme: would like to see some Solar Punk and Hope Punk), Poetry and Reprints welcome (though original fiction is priority), general submission guidelines here:

9/22, Reckoning 7: Oceans, up to 20,000 words, 8¢/word (poetry: $30/page), Genre: SF/F/General, Theme: environmental justice, Simultaneous OK, Poetry OK (prefer multiple 3-5 poems <10 pages, but send only one if longer), submission details:

9/30, Crack in the Code: Cybernated Stories of Rebellion (anthology), up to 7,500 words, 8 cents/word (if Kickstarter successful), Genre: SF/F, Theme: stories where androids/robots/cyborgs have gone off their programming, Reprints No, Simultaneous NO, Multiple NO, website:, submit via google form at

8/1-9/30, Gothic Horror Romance Anthology, Limited to women (including transgender and people otherwise marginalized because of their gender identity) and non-binary authors only, 2,000-6,000 words, Genre: Gothic romance (must have horror and romance, happily ever after or happy for now, overwhelming sense of menace/dread, atmosphere/place add to story, spooky location, supernatural/psychological horror; "sizzle" is welcome but must drive the plot forward), 8¢/word, Editors Heather & S.D. Vassallo, more details:

8/1-9/30, Unspeakable Horror 3: Dark Rainbow Rising (Edited by Vince A. Liaguno), ~6000 words, 10¢/word, Genre: Horror (list of what they don't want includes: SF, fantasy, most traditional supernatural, humorous horror, erotica; more on website), Theme: explore the idea of great terror growing from the LGBTQIA community’s great strides forward (further explanation on their website), Reprints NO, Simultaneous NO, Multiple NO,  Submissions can be sent to with subject line UH3 / Author Last Name / “Name of Story”, website:, guidelines:

opens on 10/3 at 9 AM UTC (closing after reaches 1000-story cap), Strange Horizons, ~10,000 words (~5000 best), 10¢/word, Genre: speculative (broadly defined), Poetry (up to 6 poems at a time, in same file OK, $50/poem), Art OK (email, see website), Nonfiction OK (email, see website), Simultaneous NO,

8/31-10/7, Merciless Mermaids: Tails from the Deep (Edited by Kevin J. Anderson and Allyson Longueira), ~5000 words, 6 cents/word, Genre: SF / Fantasy / Horror / Humor / Romance (PG-13 audience), Theme: “dark mermaids” (mermaids must be integral to the story), Poetry OK, Reprints NO, Simultaneous NO, Multiple NO, submission guidelines here:

8/8-10/8, Dream Foundry Contest, ~10,000 words, prize money (1st = $1000, 2nd = $500, 3rd = $100), Genre: any speculative, Limited to new writers (published less than 4000 words of paid speculative writing, earned less than USD320, never nominated for a major speculative award, not a previous winner of this contest), anonymous submissions, writing contest judges are Vajra Chandrasekera and Premee Mohamed, Simultaneous OK (and winning stories are not published in any form), Art OK (separate contest but same deadline), Writers Contest Details:, Artists Contest Details:

10/30 (11 PM AEDT), Our Ocean’d Earth (Stormbird Press), 1,000-3,000 words, paying €200 / US$200, Genre/Theme: nonfiction or fiction on how important it is to fight for our oceans, Reprints NO, Simultaneous NO, Multiple NO, send submissions to (attach essay/story; include an author bio of 300 words or less, contact details with mailing address and phone number, and in subject line write: ‘Ocean Anthology Submission’, the title of the submission and the country in which your story is set), Link:

2. Open Publications (no deadline; paying 5¢/word or more)

Apparition Literature, 1000-5000 words, 5¢/word, Genre: any speculative (F/SF/Horror/Literary; wants strange, heart-breaking emotion, pro-active characters, and style; see more details on website), Theme: Charm theme open to BIPOC until 12/7/2021 (upcoming themes are Wanderlust in February 2022, Omen in May, and Nostalgia in August), Poetry OK (~2 pages/poem; sub ~5 poems/submission, $50/poem), submission windows include February 15-28 (March 1-7 BIPOC creators only), May 15-31 (June 1-7 BIPOC creators only), August 15-31 (September 1-7 BIPOC creators only), November 15-30, (December 1-7 BIPOC creators only), submit stories to (use Shunn manuscript format, Times New Roman or Arial font, title file using story title and last name, attach to email as RTF file, email subject line of SUBMISSION: title of story) 

Solarpunk Magazine, 500-7500 words, 8¢/word ($80 min), Genre: any (prefers solarpunk / SF/F / slipstream / magical realism / urban fantasy; not strict about genre), Theme: solarpunk (specifically any work that "speculates about a better world in an equitable future where humanity and technology have either achieved a healthy balance with nature, or have adapted to climate change in creative ways"), (Poetry OK (up to 5 poems or 5 pages of poems, whichever is shorter; $40/poem), Simultaneous OK, Multiple (one submission per category of flash, short story, and poetry), Nonfiction OK (1000-1500 words, $75/piece), Art OK ($100/reprint cover, $300 original cover, $50 reprint inside, $150 original inside), Submission window for Issue 1 is 11/1/1-11/14,  Note: this window depends on their September/October Kickstarter success

 Deadlines/Windows (8/15/2022 and beyond; paying up to 4¢/word)

8/13-8/13 (only the first 13 stories submitted will be read), Dread Imaginings, 1500-3000 words, 3¢/word, Genre/Theme: Halloween, Simultaneous OK, Multiple NO, Reprint NO, note that only 1 of the 13 stories read will be chosen for publication in October, Link:

9/30, Sherlock is a Girl’s Name (Clan Destine Press), limited to writers identifying as women, up to 5000 words pays AUD 5 cents/word (can write more but pay capped at 5000), Genre/Theme: wants Holmesian-style adventure/mystery (Sherlock must identify as a woman; her name must be Sherlock Holmes; her Watson is up to the author), see details here: , email submissions/questions to Clan Destine Press’ commissioning editors Narrelle M Harris and Atlin Merrick at --note from RJK LEE: my story is being published in Clan Destine Press's Clamour and Mischief; I really enjoyed working with the editor and highly recommend subbing here if you don't mind the pay

4. Open Publications (no deadline; paying up to 4¢/word or more)

Black Hare Press, 5000-17,000 words, $25 (5k-10k), $50 (10k-17k), Genre: anything dark, anonymous submissions, wants British spellings, anthology in print and digital formats, include in email real name, pseudonym, ~100 word bio w/ ~4 social links, 40-word blurb, ~500-word synopsis

Dark Moon Digest, opens on the 1st every month and closes when full 1500-7000 words, 3¢/word, Genre: Horror (complex, creepy, like Twilight Zone or Black Mirror, Simultaneous OK

D.L. Russell Books: The Noise of a Quiet House (anthology), 2500-5000 words, $50, Genre: Horror/Dark Fantasy, Theme: no open calls as of 8/2022, submit to

Interzone, 2,000-17,500 words, EUR 1.5¢/word. Genre: fantastika (including horror), Theme: stories that find new ways to recognise the world, and by existing, change it; stories that trespass across genre lines; stories that are fantastic. Reprints NO, Simultaneous OK, Multiple NO. Email submissions to, details:

Interzone Digital, ~7,000 words, EUR 1.5¢/word, Genre: SF/F, Reprints NO, Multiple NO, Simultaneous OK, email submissions attached as a Word document to, if your story has been rejected for the print edition of Interzone, don’t submit to IZ Digital – we will already have considered that option, details:

5. Publications paying royalties/advance only

8/1-8/31, Tenebrous Press open for novellas, 20,000-50,000 words, Pays modest advance & industry standard royalties, Genre/Theme: New weird horror targeting mature audiences (likes: Concept-forward stories that nod to the past but embrace progress; Weird Cosmic, Folk Horror, Cult Creeps, Escape Rooms, Body Horror, Eco Horror, Sci-Horror, Horromance, Gothics in space, and any other genre splice you can think of that's fresh and sufficiently Weird; New voices, experimental storytelling, rich characterization, buried secrets, drama, ethical and moral dilemmas, philosophy and theology, crisis and identity), Reprints NO, Simultaneous OK, Multiple NO, Art OK (seeking cover/interior/color/B&W), more details:

open until end of 2022 (maybe longer), Crystal Lake Publishing, 30,000-95,000 words, 40% royalties for net eBook sales (20% on paperback sales; four years exclusivity), Genre: Dark / Horror / Speculative / Suspense / Fantasy / Thriller, website:, guidelines:

6. Search for More Markets Here

S. Kalekar ( lists lots of places to submit stories such as this August 2022 post:

Angelique Fawns regularly lists places to submit stories, such as this August 2022 post

Where to Submit Short Stories: 30 Magazines and Websites That Want Your Work, a decent list with a literary focus

SFWA Market Report—April 2022

7. Browse Links to Advice/Lists/Workshops

Shadowspinners often has a wonderful assortment of blog posts from various writers, such as Eric M. Witchey.

M. Todd Gallowglas does some fun and engaging classes that really inspire you to produce meaningful new work; check out his shows on Twitch or his workshops

Wulf Moon's Super Secrets: a ton of great advice on writing short stories that win (he runs a workshop that you can peek in on and learn from as it goes)

Wulf Moon also has great workshops at Fyrecon, and is available as a professional editor and voice actor; check out his website for more info

Cat Rambo's Website: lots of good resources and classes

Submitting Short Fiction: Science Fiction, Fantasy and Genre Edition by Holly Lyn Walrath, a useful guide on playing the submission game written in 2019

Grants to apply for with the Speculative Literature Foundation

A listing at that shows general response times of various publications

Publisher's Pick Free Ebook of the Month (Maintained by Arc Manor of Galaxy's Edge)

On writing cover letters for submissions to the short fiction market by Christie