Authortunities #28 for September 30-October 28
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The rat in the image above wants to know what you’re writing this week. Don’t worry, he’s not judging you—unless you don’t write anything.
If you need a suggestion, my friends over at DreamForge are open for submissions until October 14th. They pay $0.08/word for original fiction up to 7,000 words. Payment on acceptance. They seek “science fiction and fantasy stories with a positive vibe.” 🔗https://dreamforgemagazine.com/submissions-procedures-2023/
Big thanks to Lenoff for his first week on the job. He did a lot of work behind the scenes making sure all the links work and processing authortunity email. The adorable rat image above is not Lenoff, by the way.
It’s time to announce the poets that will be published in the Fall #145 issue of Space and Time. Huge thank you as always to our poetry editor Linda D. Addison for these selections as well as everyone who submitted.
The poems and poets that will be in the next issue are:
[Correction with apologies: This should read “Whispers in the Wind” by Madeline Clark with a k]
We are still making final fiction selections. Please bear with us. We had twice as many submissions as we normally do. I hope to announce those next week. Congratulations all poets!
🚀And while I’m talking about Space and Time magazine, we are working on getting all issues up free to read on Kindle Unlimited! For those without Kindle Unlimited, there is a new free issue up on Amazon each week. To celebrate the official start of the Halloween season, this week’s free issue is the “Harvest of Horrors” #13 from September 1971.
The Space and Time magazine will be free from Sunday, October 1, 2023, 12:00 AM PDT Thursday, October 5, 2023, 11:59 PM PDT. Reviews and shares always appreciated. Find it here 🔗https://amzn.to/3rwffYg
There are still plenty of goodies available to win from the Pixel Projects fundraising efforts. They are 88% of the way to their goal with 15 days left. Plenty to choose from including a discounted subscription to this newsletter (the funds go to the Pixel Project) plus two separate promo packages from me that include a spot on the EYW show and a full page ad in Space and Time. 🔗https://thepixelproject.rallyup.com/read4pixelsfall2023/Campaign/Details
🔊Looking for a fun way to promote yourself? Joe Compton still has a few spots open on his weekly This Week In Indies show. Sign up here: 🔗https://tinyurl.com/vz7n4ffu Want to check it out first? You can watch here: 🔗https://tinyurl.com/ycya8c73
🚨In darker news, since PEN America started tracking public school book bans in July 2021, they have recorded nearly 6,000 instances of banned books. They just released a new report which documents a 33% increase in book bans in 2023-23 compared to 2021-21, of which 40% occurred in Florida.
A large share of the individual bans took place in states where legislation or coordinated campaigns by local and national groups have driven mass restrictions on access to literature. Books about race and racism, LGBTQ+ identities, and violence have remained a top target. Read the report 🔗https://tinyurl.com/5xsaua3z
🚨 UPDATED LINK: Also, if you are worried about AI, you need to pay attention. The Federal Trade Commission staff will host a virtual roundtable discussion on October 4, 2023 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET to better understand the impact of generative artificial intelligence on creative fields. Registration is not required to watch the webcast. A link to the webcast will be posted on 🔗https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/events/2023/10/creative-economy-generative-ai
Ever wonder where I gather the information for my calendar? I have some great sources and they all deserve credit. We keep an eye on them all week looking for new opportunities. If you’d like to browse them yourself, I keep a list on my blog.
And that’s it from me this week. Enjoy this week’s authortunities and go write something that matters.
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In this entire calendar share you will find:
29 newly opened submissions 🟢
46 submission deadlines 🔴
5 events for authors ⭐
11 reprint markets ♻️
3 education 📚
21 award 🏆
8 grants 💲
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🟢 ONGOING SEP 30 · Bourbon Penn seeks “highly imaginative stories with a healthy dose of the odd” from 2000 - 7500 words for 3¢ / word. 🔗https://www.bourbonpenn.com/submissions
🟢 📚 ONGOING · reedsylearning offers free 10-day courses on various topics ranging from “How to Write Mind Blowing Fantasy Fiction” to “How to Turn Up the Heat in your Romance (for your literary works of course)” making them accessible to writers of all ages and skill levels. You might be wondering, what's the catch? Well, it's true that not all courses are complimentary (aptly labeled as “Premium;” however, the free courses are generously supported by the European Union. 🔗https://blog.reedsy.com/learning/courses/
⭐ ONGOING · Chill Subs is a creative platform providing search tools and detailed opportunity information. Users can create profiles, showcase their work, and connect with others in the creative field. The platform simplifies the process of finding opportunities and building an online presence. Like Upwork but tailor-made for artists🔗https://www.chillsubs.com/about
CANCELED 🔴 SEP 30 · Little Bastards: Too-Short Horror Stories Nobody Wants, Edited by Alexis DuBon and Brandon Applegate closes for short dark fiction between 1000 and 2000 words. Payment is $0.08 per word. 🔗https://www.hungryshadowpress.com/submissions-little-bastards
🔴 SEP 30 · Split Lip Magazine closes free submissions for poems, memoirs, flash, fiction, art, interviews/reviews, and mini-reviews. Payment is $75 per author for poems, memoirs, flash, fiction, and art, $50 for interviews/reviews, and $25 for mini-reviews. 🔗https://splitlipthemag.com/submit
🟢 SEP 30 · Chicken Soup for the Soul seeks stories or poems on multiple themes for $250 paid “one month after publication of the book and you will receive ten free copies of the book your story or poem appears in.”
🔴 SEP 30 · SO, I MARRIED A NARCISSIST [Hellbound Books] seeks “ tales of terror and woe at the hands of that most heinous of monsters, a narcissist” from 2.5K-6K words for $10. 🔗https://hellboundbookspublishing.com/subs-anthologies.html
🔴♻️ SEP 30 · Short Story on Substack is closed for short stories from 6- 10,000 words in any genre. Payment is $100 + 50% of subscription revenue to be sent by Paypal, Zelle, or check. Selected story to be announced on the 15th. Reprints welcome. 🔗https://shortstory.substack.com/about?nthPub=601
🔴🏆💲 SEP 30 · The PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction submission period closes September 30. The winner will receive $15,000 and finalists will receive $5,000 each. $75 entry fee 🔗https://www.penfaulkner.org/our-awards/pen-faulkner-award/
🔴 SEP 30 · Rattle Magazine’s Ekphrastic Poetry challenge calls for poems inspired by a visual art prompt posted on their site. Poets have until the end of the month to write. Two winners will receive online publication and $100 each. 🔗https://www.rattle.com/ekphrastic/
🔴 SEP 30 · Shallow Waters Flash Fiction Contest [Crystal Lake Entertainment] seeks “Horror Onboard: Boat/Ship related stories” max of 1,500 words. “The winner will receive $0.03 per word, publication, and an Author Spotlight on our newsletter and Patreon page. The second place winner will receive $0.02 a word, and the third place winner $0.01 per word. The winner will also have the option of hosting the following month’s contest for an extra payment and a profit share from any new patrons joining our Patreon during that month.” 🔗https://tinyurl.com/ywz4fsnx
🔴 SEP 30 · The Kenyon Review closes submissions for short fiction and essays (up to 7,500 words), flash fiction and essays (up to 3 pieces, up to 1,000 words each; please format and submit as a single document), poetry (up to 6 poems; please format and submit as a single document), plays (up to 30 pages double-spaced), and excerpts (up to 30 pages double-spaced) from larger works for payment of $0.08 per published word of prose (minimum $80, maximum $450) and $0.16 per published word of poetry (minimum $40, maximum $200).🔗https://kenyonreview.org/submit/
🔴 SEP 30 · Event Poetry and Prose closes free submissions for poetry and prose. Payment is $40/page for poetry and $35/page for prose, up to a maximum of $500. 🔗https://www.eventmagazine.ca/submit/
🔴 🏆💲 SEP 30 · 2023 Willie Morris Awards for Southern Poetry, seeks poems that evoke the American South. Winner will receive a $3,000 prize and an all-expenses-paid trip to Oxford, Mississippi, for the awards ceremony in April 2024. Judged by Susan Kinsolving. No entry fee. One entry per person and 3 pages maximum for the poem. 🔗https://www.williemorrisawards.org/submissions
🔴 🏆💲 SEP 30 · 2023 Willie Morris Awards for Southern Nonfiction, closes works that asks readers to engage with or reflect on the complexities of the American South. Winner will receive a $12,000 prize and an all-expenses-paid trip to Oxford, Mississippi, for the awards ceremony in April 2024. No entry fee. One entry per person and 3 pages maximum for the poem. 🔗https://www.williemorrisawards.org/submissions
🔴 🏆💲 SEP 30 · 2023 Willie Morris Awards for Southern Fiction, closes works that asks readers to engage with or reflect on the complexities of the American South. Winner will receive a $12,000 prize and an all-expenses-paid trip to Oxford, Mississippi, for the awards ceremony in April 2024. No entry fee. One entry per person and 3 pages maximum for the poem. 🔗https://www.williemorrisawards.org/submissions
🔴 🏆💲 SEP 30 · California State University in Fresno - Philip Levine Prize for Poetry, closes poems written in English. Offers a $2,000 prize and publication by Anhinga Press. Entry fee is $25 🔗https://www.williemorrisawards.org/submissions
🔴 🏆💲 SEP 30 · One Page, Poetry Contest, looking for one-paged poems of any genre. Entry fee is $25. 1st prize $2000, 2nd prize $1000, 3rd prize $500
🔴 🏆💲 SEP 30 · Vivian Shipley Poetry Awards 2023 looking for poets and writers. Up to 3 submissions of no more than 80 lines each with a $15 entry fee. 1st prize winner $1000, 2nd prize $100, 3rd prize $50.
🔴 🏆 SEP 30 · The Iowa Short Fiction Award & John Simmons Short Fiction Award seeking merging short fiction writers. No entry fee. Winning works will be published by the University of Iowa Press 🔗https://uipress.uiowa.edu/resources/prospective-authors/iowa-short-fiction-award
🔴 🏆 SEP 30 · The Ghost Story: Supernatural Fiction Award closes works under the genre of horror, paranormal, supernatural, or magic realism. Story length should run between 1,500 and 10,000 words. Entry fee of $20/story. Cash prize of $1500. Two honorable mentions can receive a $300 cash prize. 🔗https://theghoststory.com/tgs-fiction-award
🔴 🏆 SEP 30 · The Dzanc Books Prize for Fiction recognizes daring, original, and innovative novels. “Length is generally over 40,000 words, but there is no hard minimum.” Genre fiction (sci-fi, mystery, romance, etc.), children's books, and YA are not qualified. $25 entry fee. $5,000 advance and publication by Dzanc Books will be awarded to the winner. 🔗https://www.dzancbooks.org/contests
🔴 🏆 SEP 30 · The Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Prize recognizes daring, original, and innovative novels. “Length is generally over 40,000 words, but there is no hard minimum.” Genre fiction (sci-fi, mystery, romance, etc.), children's books, and YA are not qualified. $25 entry fee. $2,500 advance and publication by Dzanc Books will be awarded to the winner. 🔗https://www.dzancbooks.org/contests
🔴 🏆 SEP 30 · The X. J. Kennedy Poetry Prize closes submissions for poems of any genre. with an entrance fee of $28, Winner receives a $1,000 advance, a standard royalty contract, and 10 copies of the published book. 🔗https://www.dzancbooks.org/contests
🟢 ONGOING 🏆 SEP 30 · Boulevard, Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers in search of short fiction submissions up to 8,000 words with a $18 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Boulevard. A prize of $1,500 and publication in Boulevard is awarded to the winner. All entries must be postmarked by December 31, 2023. 🔗http://texasreviewpress.org/submissions/
🟢 ONGOING 🏆 SEP 30 · Black Coffee Review: Now Seeking Poetry Submissions in search of or poems that examine “the rawness of life—the dirt and grit of being human.” Collecting works from September 1 through November 30 for the spring issue. May submit three to five poems, totaling ten pages or fewer. Should submit only once per reading period. No indicated acceptance fee. 🔗https://www.blackcoffeereview.com/submission-guidelines
🟢 ONGOING 🏆 SEP 30 · Annick Press: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions currently accepting submissions of picture books, middle grade fiction, YA fiction, and non-fiction for kids of all ages. Stories feature contemporary themes (even if the setting is historical) and aim to instill kids with the joy of reading. No indicated acceptance fee. 🔗https://www.annickpress.com/Submission-Guidelines
🟢 ONGOING SEP 30 · Atrium Poetry: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions welcomes submissions from anywhere, as long as the work is yours to send and in English. No set themes. No indicated acceptance fee. 🔗https://atriumpoetry.com/submission-guidelines/
🟢 ONGOING SEP 30 · Tribute to Collaboration welcomes submissions for poems written as collaborations. The poems may be any subject, style, or length, but must have been written by two or more co-authors. Payment of $200 if published will be divided among authors. Closes on the 16th of October. 🔗https://rattle.submittable.com/submit/258604/tribute-to-collaboration
🟢 ONGOING SEP 30 · Young Poets Anthology welcomes submissions by aspiring/young poets, or by a parent/legal guardian, or a teacher. The author of the poem must have been age 15 or younger when the poem was written, and 18 or younger when submitted. Closes on the 16th of November. 🔗https://rattle.submittable.com/submit/34387/young-poets-anthology
🟢 ONGOING SEP 30 (recurring monthly) · Ekphrastic Challenge Page provides one image every month. You write a poem in response to that image. Two winners receive $100 and publication online. Renews every month. 🔗https://www.rattle.com/ekphrastic/
⭐ SEP 30 · Exorcise Your Writes for horror writers on the Horror Writers Association channel. Members of the Horror Writer’s Association can watch for the column of the same name in the HWA monthly newsletter to find out what guests are coming up, and how you can be a guest as well. See what you may have missed. Every Saturday at 2 pm EST with Angela Yuriko Smith. 🔗 Playing Games with Frances Ippolito
🕸 ⋆｡°✩🎃 OCTOBER 🎃✩°｡⋆ 🕸
🔴♻️ OCT 1 · Still Point Arts Quarterly closes submissions of historical and contemporary art, fiction, non-fiction, and poetry on the theme of “Living with Art.” For payment “We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.” Reprints. 🔗https://duotrope.com/duosuma/submit/form.aspx?id=50id479-nRb7B-tlH14G1
🟢 OCT 1 · The Ex-Puritan is open for interviews, essays, reviews, fiction, poetry and experimental work until December 25 for their February issue. Payment ranges from $35 CAD per page for poetry to $200 CAD for essays.
🟢 OCT 1 · Split Lip Magazine opens tip jar submissions for poems, memoirs, flash, fiction, art, interviews/reviews, and mini-reviews until October 31. Payment is $75 per author for poems, memoirs, flash, fiction, and art, $50 for interviews/reviews, and $25 for mini-reviews. 🔗https://splitlipthemag.com/submit
🟢 OCT 1 · The Forge Literary Magazine calls for fiction and nonfiction under 3,000 words including flash and micro fiction for $75 flat rate until the free submissions quota is full. “If there is no free link, we’ve hit our quota.” 🔗https://forgelitmag.com/submit/
🟢 OCT 1 · Apparition Lit’s Reality Show Madness Flash Fiction Prompt opens for submissions of speculative flash fiction (under 1k words) prompted by “Paranormal Investigators/Ghost Hunters” until the 14th. Payment is $30 USD.
🟢 OCT 1 · Rattle Magazine’s Ekphrastic Poetry challenge calls for poems inspired by a visual art prompt posted on their site. Poets have until the end of the month to write. Two winners will receive online publication and $100 each. 🔗https://www.rattle.com/ekphrastic/
🟢 OCT 1 · Flame Tree Fiction Newsletter calls for monthly themed submissions from newsletter subscribers only (free to subscribe) up to 1k words for $0.08 per word USD for original fiction. 🔗https://www.flametreepress.com/submissions/
🟢 OCT 1 · Diet Milk Magazine, a “biannual literary magazine devoted to Gothic” opens until October 31 for submissions of “ micro and flash fiction for its December series, IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER” for $3 per micro fiction and $2 per flash fiction. “Twenty-five works will be chosen to be posted from December 1st through Christmas to our website and boosted on twitter.”
🟢♻️ OCT 1 · The Other Stories Podcast calls for 2,000 word speculative fiction on the theme of “Crime II” for a $15 GBP flat rate until October 14. 🔗https://theotherstories.net/submissions/
🟢 OCT 1 · evOke is open to "prosperity magic" themed submissions of artwork, poetry, short fiction, essays, interviews, lifestyle and reviews on things "Pagan, polytheist, and witchy" until the 15th of the month. Also interested in video and audio content. Payment is $5.
🟢♻️ OCT 1 · Flash Fiction Online calls for speculative fiction flash from 500-1k words for $80 USD flat rate until October 21 or “unless we reach our submission cap of 425 stories”. 🔗https://www.astrolabe.ooo/submissions
🟢 OCT 1 · Broken Sleep Books opens for poetry pamphlets (up to 40 pages) from October 1 to November 30. Payment is 10% royalties, with the author receiving five (5) free author copies and a 50% discount on future purchases. Simultaneous submissions.
🟢 OCT 1 · Coffee House Press seeks book-length fiction and nonfiction manuscripts. Call closes when the cap of 200 is reached, so early submission is advised. Payment is royalties.
🟢♻️ OCT 1 · Showcase: Object & Idea seeks flash fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. A poem and a prose piece are selected for each monthly issue, and the authors answer questions about the meaning behind their work. Payment is $50. Reprints accepted.
🟢♻️ OCT 1 · Short Story on Substack is open for short stories from 6-10,000 words in any genre. Payment is $100 + 50% of subscription revenue to be sent by Paypal, Zelle, or check. Selected story to be announced on the 15th. Reprints welcome.
🟢♻️ OCT 1 · Poetry on Substack is open for poems with “a rhyme scheme or a rhythm scheme” (no blank or free verse) in any genre. Payment is $10 + 50% of subscription revenue to be sent by Paypal, Zelle, or check. Winners announced every Sunday. Reprints welcome.
🟢 OCT 1-2 · Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores is open for new work, reprints, poetry (up to 40 lines) and prose from 1,000 words and up. Payment is .08 per word for new fiction, .02 per word for reprints, .02-.08 for new fact based work, .01-.04 for reprinted fact based work, $1 per line for original poetry, .50 per line for reprinted poetry. No simultaneous or multiple submissions.
🟢 OCT 2 · The Nimrod International Journal, a nonprofit literary magazine published by The University of Tulsa, invites poems, short stories, creative nonfiction pieces, and translations on the theme of refuge up to 7,500 words; poetry may be up to 7 pages. $3 reading fee, payment is $10/printed page with a $200 maximum. 🔗https://nimrodjournal.submittable.com/submit
🚨⭐📚 OCT 4 · The Federal Trade Commission staff will host a virtual roundtable discussion on October 4, 2023 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET to better understand the impact of generative artificial intelligence on creative fields. A link to the webcast will be posted on the FTC.gov site. Registration is not required to watch the webcast. 🔗https://www.ftc.gov/
🔴 OCT 5 · The Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop beckons aspiring humorists to participate in a competition. For a $25 entry fee and a submission deadline of October 5, 2023, two fortunate emerging humor writers stand a chance to secure an all-inclusive journey to Dayton, Ohio. The victors will not only be indulged with luxurious plush bathrobes but will also receive complimentary registration for the workshop scheduled for April 4-6, 2024. 🔗https://humoristinresidence.submittable.com/submit
⭐ OCT 6-8 · H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival® & CthulhuCon has been a Portland institution for over two decades. This is the 28th Annual event with 3 days of new & classic movies, guests, panels, and fun at the historic Hollywood Theatre in Portland, OR. 🔗https://hplfilmfestival.com/
🔴 OCT 6 · Rattle Magazine’s “Poets Respond” challenge calls for poems inspired by “ a news story or public event from the previous week, and has been written in the time since.” Selected poems will appear as the Sunday poem at Rattle.com which appear to over 10,000 people via RSS feed and daily email service. Poets will receive $100 and a complimentary subscription to the print magazine. The deadline for each week is Friday at midnight PST.
🔴 OCT 9 · Mslexia Issue 100 has 17 ways to submit, including four-line poems, 3,000-word lead articles, 300-word bedtime stories to 700-word memoir performance pieces. Payment varies but begins at £30. Authors for this issue will be notified of acceptance by November 2023. 🔗 https://mslexia.co.uk/submit-your-work/
🔴 OCT 11 · The Adina Talve-Goodman Fellowship calls for an early-career writer of fiction who has not yet published a book and is not currently nor has ever been enrolled in an advanced degree program (such as an MA or MFA) in Creative Writing, English, or Literature, and has no plans to attend one in the 2024 calendar year. submit a fiction writing sample spanning 3,000 to 5,000 words, along with a personal statement ranging from 600 to 1,100 words. Submitted through Submittable, no application fees. 🔗https://rattle.submittable.com/submit/258604/tribute-to-collaboration
🔴 OCT 13 · Rattle Magazine’s “Poets Respond” challenge calls for poems inspired by “ a news story or public event from the previous week, and has been written in the time since.” Selected poems will appear as the Sunday poem at Rattle.com which appear to over 10,000 people via RSS feed and daily email service. Poets will receive $100 and a complimentary subscription to the print magazine. The deadline for each week is Friday at midnight PST.
🔴♻️ 🏆 OCT 13 · The Pulitzer Prize on Books Final deadline (encompassing all eligible titles published in 2023, including the fourth quarter of the year): October 13, 2023, at 5:30 p.m. $15,000 prize for the winner with a $75 entry fee
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1 newly opened submissions 🟢
19 submission deadlines 🔴
2 reprint markets ♻️
4 award 🏆
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