Submit short stories on Change and Stasis

Windmill Hill City Farm pigs cr Judy DarleySubmissions are now open for issue #2 of The Ham Free Press. The themes for the issue are Change and Stasis – a great start to your writing year!

“The world, and its inhabitants, seem to be going through a period of profound change at the moment, physically, socially, and politically, and we want to explore the creative response to this change in our next issue,” say the editors. “On the other hand, we might be wrong, perhaps things aren’t changing that dramatically, perhaps things just happen in cycles, maybe we’ve been here before? Are there certain constants, unchanging and stable, whilst the world around us seems to transform?  We don’t know, we’re very confused, but we’re awfully excited to receive your submissions based on this prompt.”

Send up to three short stories or flash fictions up to a maximum of (4,000 words max for short stories, 1,000 max for flash fiction) and poems up to a maximum of 60 lines (the shorter the better). “We will accept up to five poems per submission and if we think they’re good enough we’ll publish them all, so go mad.”

Intriguingly, The Ham also accept any work of an epistolary nature, whether it be letters from readers, real life correspondence, “or fictional correspondence. Make us laugh, make us think, make us question our very existence.”

Send all submissions to thehamfreepress@gmail.com, but before you do so, take a moment to visit The Ham’s website and read the full submission guidelines.

Submit your writing to Zoetic Press

Arnos Vale sunken grave cr Judy DarleyGot a few moments to spare between Christmas and New Year? Zoetic Press invite submissions of fiction and non-fiction eulogising the fallen icons who have touched your lives. The chosen works will be published in an anthology titled Dear Beloved.

The deadline for submissions is 13th January 2017.

They say: “2016 has been a year of the significant loss of cultural icons, from music and recording artists to literary titans and sports heroes. Social media has made grief and loss a shared experience for the people influenced by these celebrities. And while the internet guarantees that there will never be agreement in the legacy left behind, it has also created a new norm in how we grieve, publicly and privately. Artists, musicians, writers, directors, sports heroes, politicians, and actors reveal us to ourselves through their work.”

Written a piece to help you mourn Prince, David Bowie or Victoria Wood? This could be your chance to publically mark their impact on your life. While Zoetic Press are particularly interested pieces which memorialise public figures who’ve died this year, all in memoriams submitted will be given equal attention. “However, please make sure the icon you’re writing about is actually dead – we suggest double-checking the Dead or Alive Info website just to be certain.”

They add: “We regret that we cannot consider In Memoriam pieces for Dearly Beloved which are not about public figures. We cannot consider pieces about family members, pets, friends, or figures that are not public for Dearly Beloved – this anthology is a memorial for the artists and public personalities that shape each of us differently.”

For this anthology, Zoetic Press seek fiction and creative non-fiction of up to 5,000 words in length, and flash fiction up to 1,000 words in length.

Find full guidelines here zoetic-press.myshopify.com/pages/submissions

Litro invites stories on reflection

Bristol reflection cr Judy DarleyLitro magazine invites short stories, flash fiction and non-fiction for on the topic of reflection. Successful submissions will be published in Litro 158, the December 2016 print issue.

As winter draws in, turn your mind to the challenges of finding contemplative moments in the river of social media and continual contact that besieges us daily.

You’re welcome to send one piece of up to 4,000 words in length.

The deadline for submissions for Litro’s December ‘Reflections’ issue is 1st November.

Get published by Into The Void Magazine

Wieliczka Salt Mine cr Judy Darley

Into The Void Magazine invites you to submit your finest fiction, nonfiction, poetry and visual art for Issue Two.

The deadline for submissions is September 25th.

They say: “We want work that screams out from inside you and grabs hold of us. We want to hear what you have no choice but to tell. Unpublished and less established writers have as good a chance as any – it’s all about the writing.”

Fiction

Submit stories in any genre and style of up to 4,000 words. “Although literary fiction tends to be our favourite, we love any kind of story that blows us away, from science fiction to speculative to fantasy to horror. The only requirement is writing your little heart out!”

Aim to enthral. “We prize beautiful, unique prose but clarity is a must. The most important thing we can tell you is this: Stories, always, always, always, are about people. Everything else is secondary. Write the story you simply must write – the one that screams its way out of your fingers because it needs to be read.”

Non-Fiction 

Submit essays of up to 4,000 words on any topic whatsoever that conveys passion and truth, be it personal or issue-focused. “We want essays that bite!”

Poetry

Submit poems in all forms and styles of up to 80 lines with no minimum line or word count.

“The key here is two-fold: A clear display of the intention to create a beautiful sounding poem, and an economical use of well-chosen words of powerful meaning and description. Poems can be about anything at all, and of all shapes.”

Art

The magazine needs submissions of cover and internal art, in any medium including photography, provided it is submitted as a high quality jpeg image.

Submit the highest quality version of your work, so the editors can see how big it will be on the page at print quality. Don’t send a lower quality version and tell us we can have a higher one if requested.

Renumeration

All contributors accepted for publication will receive a cash payment of €5 via Paypal, and will receive a copy of the magazine in both print and digital. Contributors will also have the opportunity to be featured as part of the ‘Interviews with Our Contributors’ section.

Top contributors will be nominated for The Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net.

Submission fees

There is a submission fee of €1.40 (around $1.54/£1.17) to submit your written work.

For full details on how to submit, go to intothevoidmagazine.com/submissions/

I found out about this opportunity at ShortStopsGot an event, challenge, competition or call for submissions you’d like to draw my attention to? Send me an email at Judy(at)socket creative(dot)com.

Chroma magazine seeks red-themed tales

Rust red ship by Judy Darley

Brand new print magazine Chroma is seeking your most vibrant literary creations for their launch issue. The first issue will be printed in Summer 2016, and will be entirely centred around the colour red.

You’re welcome to interpret in any way you wish, but particularly with writing that focuses on love, lust, passion, sex, anger, meat, blood, communism, capitalism and any other red object that bursts into your mind.

They say: “Chroma, taken from the Greek word for colour, is a magazine concerned with Photography, Art, Ideas, Poetry and Creative Writing. If you are a creative writer, thinker, poet, or have any interest in writing a philosophical (ideas based) article, please get in contact with us.”

They are looking for work from around 500-1000 words long, and poems no longer than a single A4 page.

The submission deadline is 30th April 2016.

Send your entries to editor.chromamagazine@gmail.com

Find out more at www.chromamagazine.com

Got an event, challenge, competition or call for submissions you’d like to draw my attention to? Send me an email at Judy(at)socket creative(dot)com.

A call for fairytales about rain

Scottish Trees cr Judy DarleyFairytale magazine Enchanted Conversations invites original fairytales for their March open submissions period.

The theme for this month is rain, which means that rain must be present in the foreground or background of your story or poem – the possibilities of this seem beautiful and bountiful, so why not let it drive the heart of your narrative?

The window for submissions closes at 11:59 p.m., EDT, Z on 30th March 2016.

Stories should be no shorter than 700 words and no longer than 3,000. Poems may be of any length.

The essence of classic fairy tales must be maintained when you write these stories. You are free to explore themes by retelling a classic tale, but it must be in your own way and in keeping with the theme.

It’s advisable to read past EC stories and poems to see what they publish. Also, Beyond the Glass Slipper, Krampusnacht and Frozen Fairy Tales give great insight into what I publish. You can find them at Amazon, B&N and other booksellers. All are available in ebook form.

Submit your entry to ecsub2016@gmail.com. Do not send attachments. They will not be opened or considered. Paste your work in the body of an email.

Your last name, the month and the year should be in the subject line of the email.

You must try to use American English word forms and punctuation.

No fancy spacing or characters, please. Do not indent for new paragraphs. Just do an extra return between them. Heavy dialogue is very hard to format. Resist the urge. Most classic tales are not heavy on dialogue.

Your submission must include how you follow EC. Methods include something Google related, Facebook or Twitter or Pinterest (the board called New Posts at Enchanted Conversation). You only need to follow in one way. But if you don’t follow, your work will not be considered.

Only first electronic rights are being bought. Once the story is published, you are free to shop it elsewhere. Authors of accepted stories receive $30, while poets receive $10, in US dollars made through PayPal only.

Find full details at www.fairytalemagazine.com/p/blog-page_22.html?m=1.

Got an event, challenge, competition or call for submissions you’d like to draw my attention to? Send me an email at Judy(at)socket creative(dot)com.

Kristell Ink invites novel submissions

Sky light cr Judy DarleyWritten something peculiar, beautiful, and exciting? Kristell Ink are seeking completed novel-length works that offer a fresh alternative to the tried-and-tested.

Your manuscript should be in the genre of Science Fiction, Fantasy or a blend of the two, and can comprise any sub genres that fire your rocket, from high to paranormal, epic to quest, romance to steampunk, comedic… well, you get the picture.

Kristell Ink is open for novel submissions until 30th April 2016.

The editors are particularly keen to see:

  • Urban Fantasy – make it original, please. No Dresden Files clones. Strong characters, rich stories, and twists and turns galore!
  • Science Fiction – all forms, but a good space opera makes the editors feel warm and fuzzy…
  • Epic Fantasy – hero(ine) focused quest novels, providing they avoid tedious cliches.

If you have work that you feel may fit these very open and wide criteria, submit a covering letter with a 2-3 paragraph synopsis of your work and a little about yourself.

Additionally, ensure the work has been checked for typos and grammar mistakes. “The odd misplaced comma won’t put us off! But do try and ensure the work is the very best you can make it before submitting.”

Find full details and a link to the Kristell Ink submissions manager at kristell-ink.com/submissions/

Submit speculative fiction to Holdfast

Arnos Vale twisted treeHoldfast are inviting short story submissions and non-fiction articles for their 2015-2016 print anthology. The deadline is 3rd February 2016.

Your fiction or non-fiction can be on any of the following themes:

  • Of Land Sea and Sky (landscape, setting and place in SFF)
  • Gods and Monsters (religion and politics)
  • Looking Forward, Looking Back (time – from alternative history, fantasy set in the middle ages, through to dystopia and space opera, it’s a pretty broad theme)
  • Love, Sex, Romance ( interesting and original fiction and articles examining this theme in speculative fiction)

Note from the editors regarding payment:

“Last year our fundraising goal was £3500, and we raised over £4000. We feel confident we can do it again, particularly now our readership has grown, but this is not guaranteed. When and if we are successful, we will split all profits after printing costs equally between each contribution, including all contributions for issues 5–8. This payment is of course dependent on the crowdfunder being successful.”

Guidelines 

Fiction should be 100-5,000 words long, and must be related to speculative fiction (eg magic, SF, fantasy, horror, weird stuff).

Please format in house style, i.e.: 1.5 line spacing, line break paragraphs and single speech marks for dialogue, with double speech marks for quoting within speech.

Please submit file as .doc or .rtf. with your name and story title in the file name, and put ‘fiction’, the theme, and the title of your story in the subject line of your email.

Articles should be no more than 2,000 words long. Please send article ideas related to the issue theme with a link to examples of your work/blog (if you have any.

Please put ‘Article’ and the issue theme in the subject line of your email.

Find full submission guidelines and discover more about Holdfast at www.holdfastmagazine.com.

Submit your island tales

Iona cr Judy DarleyFor their first issue of 2016, Brain of Forgetting invites work on the theme of islands.

There’s something so enticing about islands – the way they’re often surrounded by water, enveloped by mist or engulfed by storms. There’s potential for serenity or peril, and plenty of myths to dabble in.

The journal editors say: “Islands have always played a special role in literature and the popular imagination. What we’re looking for is work that interprets the theme ‘Island’ in an original way that engages with the past. Varying interpretations from international authors and artists are encouraged. In particular we are interested in work that challenges and redefines notions of insularity.”

Send up to four poems (100 lines max each), up to two pieces of flash fiction (900 words max each) or one short piece of creative non-fiction (1,200 words max).

For a taste of work they relish, see Issue 1: Stones, or Issue 2: Poppies.

Submissions are open until December 31st 2015, so you just have time to slip ashore before the tides turn.  The Island issue will be published in print in February 2016.

Find full details of how to submit at http://www.brainofforgetting.com/submissions.html.

A call for writing on migration

Slimbridge wildfowl cr Judy DarleyShortStops recently drew my attention to a call for creative works from Avis Magazine.

Run by students on the MMU’s MA Creative Writing programme, Avis seeks work from new and emerging writers on the theme of migration.

Avoid the obvious and consider the topic in a more lateral way to be in with a chance of publication. The editors urge you to muse “Across geographies big and small, wide and minor; across borders and boundaries, fences, walls, and lines in the sand. Think comets through the cosmos and piercings through the skin; people, their lives, their losses. Dip your fingers in your inkwells and let us have it.”

You’re invited to submit one short story (up to 2,000 words), up three pieces of flash (between 100 and 1,000 words) or up to four poems (no more than 40 lines each). There;s also a small section for non-fiction on the theme of migration, up to 2,000 words in length. How could you resist?

The deadline is 10th December 2015.

Find full details, including the format for submissions, at www.avismagazineblog.wordpress.com