Authortunities #30 Oct. 14—Nov. 11
Read For Pixels 10th anniversary fundraiser bundles ➕ RIP LitReactor, Cossmass & Gettysburg Review 😪 ➕ FREE Space and Time #142 from Fall/Winter 2022 〓 read in all 50 US states and 36 countries!
🎃This week I’ve been enjoying the October Fights Blog Hop. AF Stewart runs this annual event every year from October 10-15. There are free books and events from a variety of authors, all horror and paranormal. There is an October Frights Book Fair: https://afstewart.ca/october-frights-book-fair and the October Frights Giveaway: https://storyoriginapp.com/to/fPAZCcZ
Sadly, there have been quite a few magazine and small publisher closings recently. We are all sorry to see them go. A loss for the industry and a reminder to support our small press while we can. Farewell for now to Cossmass Infinities, LitReactor and The Gettysburg Review. You won't be forgotten.
Cossmass Infinities https://www.cossmass.com/update/2023-09-06-permanently-closed-to-submissions/
I have a “Special Message from the Pixel Project” to Signal Boost:
💜💜💜Get Critiqued or Coached by Acclaimed Authors while Helping Stop Violence Against Women
The Pixel Project, a 501c3 nonprofit working to end violence against women, is holding a special Flash Donation Drive in conjunction with the Authortunities newsletter for Authortunities subscribers as part of our Read For Pixels fundraiser this Domestic Violence Awareness Month:
Six award-winning and bestselling Read For Pixels authors are offering either 1-to-1 online writing workshops or critique bundles for donors to the Read For Pixels 10th anniversary fundraiser. They include Alan Baxter (Horror), Jasper Fforde (Fantasy), Mary Robinette Kowal (Science Fiction and Fantasy), Meg Gardiner (Crime/Thriller), Sebastien de Castell (Fantasy), and Sylvain Neuvel (Science Fiction).
Whether you are a seasoned author searching for a second pair of eyes for a problematic area of your current WIP or a new writer who is still learning their craft and tackling a tough writing challenge, there is something for everyone.
This special Flash Donation Drive will run from 12th to 19th October 2023. So we invite you to check out our 10th anniversary Read For Pixels fundraising page for more details about each package or workshop. Find one that suits your needs, fulfil the donation request attached to your choice, and get help for your writing while knowing that your donation will go straight towards our anti-violence against women work.
Check out the Read For Pixels fundraising page here: https://thepixelproject.rallyup.com/read4pixelsfall2023/Campaign/Details
Learn more about The Pixel Project and our anti-violence against women work here: www.thepixelproject.net
It’s time to stop violence against women. Together. 💜💜💜
🚀As always, there is a new free issue of Space and Time magazine up on Amazon. This week’s free issue is pretty recent — #142 from Fall/Winter 2022.
The Space and Time magazine will be free from Sunday, October 15, 2023, 12:00 AM PDT Thursday, October 19, 2023, 11:59 PM PDT. Reviews and shares always appreciated. Find it here 🔗https://amzn.to/3RYzRDx
Ever wonder where I gather the information for my calendar? I have some great sources and they all deserve credit. My awesome assistant Lenoff and I keep an eye on them all week looking for new opportunities. If you’d like to browse them yourself, I keep a list at 🔗https://angelaysmith.com/subscribe/
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:
39 newly opened submissions 🟢
138 submission deadlines 🔴
3 events for authors ⭐
10 reprint markets ♻️
1 education 📚
6 award 🏆
1 grants 💲
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🔴 OCT 14 · DreamForge seeks “science fiction and fantasy stories with a positive vibe” until October 14th for $0.08/word for original fiction up to 7,000 words. Payment on acceptance. 🔗https://dreamforgemagazine.com/submissions-procedures-2023/
🔴 OCT 14 · Apparition Lit’s Reality Show Madness Flash Fiction Prompt closes to submissions of speculative flash fiction (under 1k words) prompted by “Paranormal Investigators/Ghost Hunters” until the 14th. Payment is $30 USD.
🔴♻️ OCT 14 · The Other Stories Podcast closes to 2,000 word speculative fiction on the theme of “Crime II” for a $15 GBP flat rate on October 14. 🔗https://theotherstories.net/submissions/
CLOSED❌ OCT 14 · Cossmass Infinities seeking science fiction and fantasy short story writers. Payment: $0.08/word for original fiction. Note: Open during the first week of February and October for BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and other under-represented authors, then opening to general submission for the second week.
🔴OCT 14 · The Other Stories (Audio) is in search of horror stories on various themes. Payment: 15 GBP. Deadline: October 14, 2023. See themes. 🔗https://theotherstories.net/submissions
🔴OCT 14 · DreamForge is looking for science fiction and fantasy short fiction up to 7,000 words. Payment: $0.08/word. Deadline: October 14, 2023.
🟢 OCT 14 · NonBinary Review is open to submissions from everyone on two themes: 'Lies for Children' (deadline end-October) and 'Old Friends' (deadline end-January). They offer payment ranging from $10-30 for poetry and prose. NonBinary Review also provides free Feedback for Poets of Color, allowing writers of color to submit one poem, up to 50 lines, for consideration. They accept two poets per month and work with them to edit, improve, and strengthen their work. Acceptances are done on the first of the month, and submissions are open year-round.
🟢 OCT 14 · Gay Flash Fiction welcomes submissions on any theme and in any genre, provided there is a connection to the LGBTQ+ community. They accept one story at a time and are open to poems under 500 words in length, as well as related artwork.
🟢 OCT 14 · Transition, a publication of the Hutchins Center at Harvard University, is open for submissions on an ongoing basis. They publish writing by and about Africa and the African diaspora, focusing on a global perspective. Currently, they are looking for submissions on the 'Species' theme, as well as unthemed work.
🟢 OCT 14 · Lavender Review, an international biannual e-zine, accepts submissions of poetry and art by, about, and for lesbians, including LGBTQ+ content that appeals to a lesbian readership. Submissions are open year-round.
🟢 OCT 14 · Ricepaper offers Asian Canadian context to ongoing arts and cultural issues, providing a platform for emerging and established Asian Canadian artists. They are open to submissions from Asian writers worldwide, as long as there's a connection to the Asian Canadian experience.
🟢 OCT 14 · Raising Mothers celebrates and centers the experiences of Black, Indigenous, and Brown parents. While some sections have reading periods, columns are open year-round. 🔗 https://www.raisingmothers.com/submissions/
🟢 OCT 14 · Prismatica Magazine, an LGBTQ fantasy and science-fiction publication, accepts short stories, poetry, reviews, interviews, and articles. They have specific submission guidelines, so please read them carefully.
🟢 OCT 14 · Aurelia publishes the nonfiction work of marginalized genders: women, non-binary people, and trans men. They focus on personal thoughts, feelings, and experiences, with a first-person perspective. They accept pitches only, not unsolicited submissions, and pay £50. Details on how to pitch are available on their website.
🟢 OCT 14 · African Writer is open to all genres of literature from Africa and the African Diaspora, with a no-simultaneous-submissions policy.
🟢 OCT 14 · The Awakenings Review, a print journal connected to The Awakenings Project, accepts poetry, fiction, and nonfiction from writers with a personal connection to mental illness.
🟢 OCT 14 · Torch Literary Arts is a nonprofit organization that publishes and promotes creative writing by Black women only. They publish contemporary writing by experienced and emerging writers and welcome fiction, hybrid works, poetry, and drama, including pieces accompanied by video or dramatic audio.
🟢 OCT 14 · Tagg Magazine, a US-based queer women's publication, accepts articles on various themes, including personal essays, listicles, dating advice, and fashion-related content. Articles are 350-1,000 words long and pay $75-175. They also welcome pitches for article ideas. 🔗 https://taggmagazine.com/contribute/
🟢 OCT 14 · Class Collective is an annual literary magazine dedicated to illuminating the class struggles hidden in the shadows of our culture. They welcome submissions from all writers, including poetry (up to 5 poems), fiction (up to 5,000 words), essays (pitches and submissions), and commentary with a class-based perspective on politics and culture. They offer a payment of CAD10 for poetry and CAD20 for prose. Submissions are open on a rolling basis.
🟢 OCT 14 · Reappropriate is an Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) race advocacy and feminism blog, focusing on topics such as race, gender, identity, Asian American history, and current events. They pay $75-150 for work ranging from 800 to 2,500 words.
🟢 OCT 14 · The Gay & Lesbian Review is a bimonthly magazine that delves into history, culture, and politics, targeting an educated readership of LGBT people and their allies. They are currently seeking submissions for three themed calls: The Age of Innocence: Gay life in the time of Wilde, The Great Transformation: From bar culture to hookup world, LGBT Science: New research on gender & sexual orientation. Writers can submit proposals or complete pieces. They offer payment of $250 for features and $100 for full-length book reviews.
🟢 OCT 14 · The Acentos Review publishes writing, art, music, and multigenre work by Latinx writers. They accept submissions all year long.
🟢 OCT 14 · Craft, a respected literary journal, is open to creative work from authors of all backgrounds. They offer free submissions with fast response times for BIPOC and other mis- and underrepresented writers. Craft pays $100 for flash and $200 for short fiction and creative nonfiction.
🔴 OCT 14 · Singapore Unbound: SUSPECT is seeking poetry, literary fiction, essays, and any writings written or translated into English by authors who identify as Asian. They also publish reviews of books by Asian authors and interviews with Asian writers and artists. Payment is $100, and there is no specified deadline.
🟢 OCT 14 · The Kalahari Review, a weekly African literary magazine, is interested in material exploring modern Africa and Africans in unique and avant-garde ways. They publish their work on Medium. Rolling Deadline.
🟢 ONGOING · Breath & Shadow accepts submissions from people with disabilities, broadly defined, encompassing physical, mental, emotional, cognitive, or sensory impairments that significantly affect major life functions. They welcome poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and drama on any topic, with a focus on disability-related academic or article-type nonfiction. Payment is $20 for poetry and $30 for prose.
🟢 OCT 15 · Neon Hemlock Press, which publishes work on queer themes, will be open for speculative fiction novellas from all writers from October 15th to 30th. 🔗https://www.neonhemlock.com/submissions
🔴 OCT 15 · Event Poetry and Prose closes their 2023 Non-Fiction Contest. $34.95 per entry; includes a one-year subscription (or renewal) to EVENT. Prizes: $3,000 in total, plus publication in EVENT: $1,500 First Place; $1,000 Second Place; $500 Third Place. This year’s judge is Omar Mouallem. 🔗https://www.eventmagazine.ca/contest-nf/
🔴 OCT 15 · JANE NIGHTSHADE'S SERIAL ENCOUNTERS [Hellbound Books] seeks “short stories about casual encounters of fictional people with serial killers, that turned creepy or deadly” up to 5K words for $5. 🔗https://hellboundbookspublishing.com/subs-anthologies.html
🔴 OCT 15 · Jake Adam York Prize for a first or second poetry collection In the search for talented writers. The esteemed poet who clinches the prize not only secures a $2,000 cash award but also the opportunity for publication through Milkweed Editions. Be accepting online submissions of book-length (i.e., more than 48 pages) poetry manuscripts. With a $2 submission fee
🔴 OCT 15 · BEYOND THE BOUNDS OF INFINITY [Raw Dog Screaming Press] seeks “cosmic horror and weird tales written by marginalized peoples whose experiences and worldviews have influenced their interpretation of dread” of 2000 – 4000 words for 8 cents per word. 🔗https://rawdogscreaming.com/contact/
🔴 OCT 15 · Electric Spec seeks speculative fiction stories of “science fiction, fantasy, and the macabre” between 250 and 7000 words for $20 per piece. Submissions for the November issue close October 15. 🔗http://www.electricspec.com/Submissions.html
🔴 OCT 15 · evOke is closed to "prosperity magic" themed submissions of artwork, poetry, short fiction, essays, interviews, lifestyle and reviews on things "Pagan, polytheist, and witchy." Also interested in video and audio content. Payment is $5.
🔴♻️ OCT 15 · Reach 35,000 readers! Siren’s Call eZine seeks short stories, flash fiction, drabbles, and poetry that fit within the horror/dark fiction genre to the current theme of “when Hell freezes over.” Reprints welcome. No payment. Advertise for only $10 for a full page ad. All story, flash, and poem submissions MUST be submitted to Submissions@SirensCallPublications.com for consideration. 🔗http://www.sirenscallpublications.com/open_subs.htm
🔴🏆 OCT 15 · Silverfish Review Press: Gerald Cable Book Award A prize of $1,000, publication by Silverfish Review Press, and 25 author copies are given annually for a first poetry collection. A $25.00 reading fee must accompany manuscripts submitted via postal mail. Should be at least 48 pages in length.
🔴🏆 OCT 15 · Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival In search of poets with a $1000 cash prize. The winner will also be invited to give a reading at the Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival in March 2024. Submit two to four poems totaling no more than 400 lines with a $15 entry fee. 🔗https://tennesseewilliams.net/contests/
🔴🏆 OCT 15 · Poetic Justice Institute Prizes Fordham University Press is giving a $1000 cash prize to two talented poets. Winners also receive a publicity consultation and a virtual or in-person book launch. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 50 to 120 pages with a $28 entry fee. 🔗https://www.pw.org/writing_contests/poetic_justice_institute_prizes
🔴🏆 OCT 15 · Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship a lucky U.S. poet receives an annual grant of about $66,500 for a year of overseas travel and study. To apply, send in two sets of your poetry: up to 40 pages of published or unpublished work or a published poetry collection with an additional 20 pages of poetry. The deadline is October 15th, and there's no entry fee.🔗https://amylowell.org/applicationInstruct.html
🔴OCT 15 · Daikaijuzine seeks speculative fiction, poetry, and art submissions. Payment: $10.00 for each short story, and $5.00 for each poem and flash fiction piece. Deadline: October 15, 2023. 🔗 https://daikaijuzine.org/guidelines
🔴OCT 15 · A Public Space is accepting fiction, essays, poetry, as well as graphic and hybrid work submissions. Payment: Honorarium. Deadline: October 15, 2023.
🔴OCT 15 · Carte Blanche (Canada) invites submissions in various categories including poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, translations, comics, and photography. Payment: "Modest." Deadline: October 15, 2023.
🔴OCT 15 · Sasee is looking for first-person, non-fiction material for or about women, including essays, humor, satire, personal experiences, and features on women-related topics. Payment varies. Deadline: October 15, 2023.
🔴OCT 15 · Consequence Magazine: The Culture of War is open for short fiction, poetry, nonfiction, interviews, reviews, and visual art submissions primarily focused on the culture of war. Payment: $20 — $60 for prose and poetry, $150 for art. Deadline: October 15, 2023.
🔴OCT 15 · Tule Publishing is seeking romance and mystery ebook submissions. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: October 15, 2023.
🔴OCT 15 · Conium Press is accepting magical realist, surrealist, and experimental fiction chapbook submissions. Payment: Ten copies and a small honorarium. Deadline: October 15, 2023. 🔗 http://coniumreview.com/manuscript-submissions/
🔴OCT 15 · Feisty Felines is interested in fantasy, science fiction, horror, suspense, humor, and romance stories with felines or familiars as central characters. Payment: 6 cents/word. Deadline: October 15, 2023.
🔴OCT 15 · Beyond the Bounds of Infinity is open to horror submissions restricted to marginalized peoples. Payment: 8 cents/word. Deadline: October 15, 2023.
🔴OCT 15 · Jane Nightshade’s Serial Encounters Anthology is seeking short stories about fictional encounters with serial killers, featuring straight crime/thriller stories or those with a supernatural bent. Payment: $5. Deadline: October 15, 2023.
🔴OCT 15 · Griffith Review is seeking non-fiction and fiction submissions on the theme "Past Perfect," focusing on the enduring appeal of retro design, culture, and aesthetics. Payment: Negotiated. Deadline: October 15, 2023.
🔴OCT 15 · Embodied Exegesis: Transfeminine Speculative Futures is open to cyberpunk stories written by transfem authors. Payment: $0.08/word for originals, $0.01/word for reprints. Deadline: October 15, 2023. Accepts reprints.
🔴OCT 15 · Hansen House is interested in submissions featuring queer protagonists or by queer authors while avoiding the "bury your gays" trope. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: October 15, 2023. 🔗 https://www.hansenhousebooks.com/submissions/
🔴OCT 15 · Fat Coyote is seeking poetry, fiction, CNF, art, photography, comics, and more from neurodivergent writers. Payment: 3 cents/word for prose, $1 line for poetry, $30 — $40 for art. Deadline: October 15, 2023. 🔗 https://thefatcoyote.com/blog/submission-guidelines/
🔴OCT 15 · Seaside Gothic is open to seaside gothic fiction, poetry, nonfiction, or collections of photographs/illustrations. Payment: £0.01 per word. Deadline: October 15, 2023.
🔴OCT 15 · Rattle is looking for collaborative poetry submissions. Poems may be any subject, style, or length, but must be co-authored. Payment: $200. Deadline: October 15, 2023.
🔴OCT 15 · Translunar Travelers Lounge is accepting speculative fiction submissions. Payment: $0.03 per word with a minimum of $20. Note: September 15–21 is reserved for writers of color. Deadline: October 15, 2023.
🔴OCT 15 · Dose of Dread is open for horror flash fiction submissions (500–1,000 words). Payment: 2 cents/word. Deadline: October 15, 2023.
🔴OCT 15 · New Orleans Review is accepting fiction, nonfiction, and poetry submissions. Payment: $300 for prose, $100 for poetry. In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, no submission fees for Latinx writers from September 15th to October 15th.
🔴OCT 15 · Electric Spec is looking for speculative fiction submissions. Payment: $20 per piece. Deadline: October 15, 2023.
🔴OCT 15 · Amplitudes Stories of Queer and Trans Futurity Anthology is seeking short fiction that imagines better worlds during challenging times. Payment: 8 cents/word. Deadline: October 15, 2023.
🔴 OCT 15 · Neon Hemlock Press: Embodied Exegesis is accepting submissions for a transfeminine cyberpunk anthology. They welcome stories up to 6,000 words from transfem authors, offering payment of $0.08 per word. The deadline is October 15, 2023. 🔗 https://www.neonhemlock.com/news/announcing-embodied-exegesis
🔴 OCT 15 · Obsidian focuses on publishing literature and art by the African Diaspora. They are closing to submissions on October 15th.
🔴OCT 16 · Muse Magazine is seeking nonfiction articles for children. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: October 16, 2023. See themes. Queries only.
🔴OCT 16 · Uncanny Magazine is open for speculative short story submissions (750 to 10,000 words). Payment: $.10 per word. Deadline: October 16, 2023.
🔴 OCT 16 · 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
🔴 DEC 16 · Rattle Magazine’s “Tribute to Collaborations” calls 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 is $200 per published poem to be divided among the co-authors. Closes October 16.
🔴 OCT 20 · 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 20 · The Haven Foundation Grants provide financial assistance to freelance artists and writers in the United States who have faced disabilities or career-threatening setbacks due to illness, accidents, natural disasters, or personal catastrophes. Applications must be received by October 20, 2023.
🔴OCT 21 · Flash Fiction Online is accepting speculative (science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, and horror) and literary fiction submissions. Payment: $80. Opens on October 1, 2023.
🔴 OCT 22 · Astrolabe closes to fiction, creative nonfiction, and photography/art for $50 USD flat rate with free submissions on October 22. 🔗https://www.astrolabe.ooo/submissions
🟢 OCT 23 · Mythaxis Magazine, a publication that opens for a week towards the end of October, offers payment of €0.01 per word with a €20 minimum for speculative fiction of 1,000-5,000 words. The submission period is from October 23rd to 30th. Please submit your work during this reading period.
🔴 OCT 23 · ARIZONA ARTIST OPPORTUNITY GRANT is in search of artists. Deadline October 23, 2023. Artist Opportunity Grants support Arizona artists as they take advantage of specific, unique opportunities that have the potential to significantly impact their professional growth. Grant funds may be used for any of the following (this list is not comprehensive): Equipment purchases, materials, or services needed to fulfill/engage in the opportunity, Rental fees, including equipment, instruments, facility (including short-term space and studio rentals), etc., which support the artistic opportunity Preparation, freight, and/or shipping costs, Costs associated with documentation of the opportunity, Travel necessary to engage in the opportunity (see Funding Restrictions for more information), Registration fees, and Professional fees which support the artistic opportunity. Limit between $500 and $1,500.
🔴 OCT 25 · Painted Hearts Publishing is open for submissions, including a call for holiday/winter-themed LGBTQ+ romance of 15,000-20,000 words. The submission deadline is October 25, 2023, with a payment of $75.
🔴 OCT 27 · Black Ocean is open exclusively to BIPOC writers for full-length poetry manuscripts. Payment details: Royalties? Submit by October 27, 2023.
🔴 OCT 27 · Rough Cut Press is open for written works up to 650 words from members of the LGBTQ+ community. They have monthly themed calls and are currently reading submissions on the 'Tender' theme, with a payment of $25. The deadline is October 27, 2023.
🔴 OCT 27 · Every Day Fiction is seeking flash fiction on the theme of November. Length: 1000 words max. Payment: $3. The deadline is October 27, 2023.
🔴 OCT 27 · 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.
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The next two weeks include:
16 newly opened submissions 🟢
81 submission deadlines 🔴
2 events for authors ⭐
7 reprint markets ♻️
1 award 🏆
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