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Topic From Authors Publish: 16 Themed Submission Calls
Posted 07 May 2018 11:36

Please visit Authors Publish for more details and links to the publications.

Written by S. Kalekar | May 7, 2018

These are calls for writers of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Some of the themes include time, magic, Elder Gods and ancient terrors, margins, holiday romance, music and smashing medical paternalism. Most of these pay writers, from token to pro rates.

Sword & Sorceress 33
They want sword and sorcery stories with a strong female protagonist that readers should care about. They are willing to consider urban fantasy, but there will be only one of these in this anthology.
Deadline: 13 May 2018
Length: Up to 9,000 words, with preference for shorter
Pay: $0.06/word as advance against royalties

Cast of Wonders: Banned Books Week – Libraries
This YA speculative fiction podcast features stories is celebrating Banned Books Week, an annual international event celebrating the freedom to read and raising awareness of the immense social value of free and open access to information. The theme for 2018 is Libraries. Stories could be about “books that need reading, of the hidden tomes that wait for just the right reader, and of characters in search of their story…. about the heroism of librarians, the power of walls and shelves, of hold requests and index cards, and the truths they safeguard.”
Deadline: 15 May 2018
Length: Up to 3,000 words
Pay: $0.06/word

Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space): A Pirate Anthology
This is a call for pirate stories, including those who sailed the Caribbean under the Jolly Roger, Barbary Corsairs, pirates in the China Sea, in the ancient Mediterranean or in outer space. They are fans of women and queer pirates and those with diverse backgrounds. They would prefer adventure to romance, but romance subplots are fine. They accept reprints.
Deadline: 15 May 2018
Length: 5,000-6,000 words (can accept 4,000-7,500)
Pay: $100

Blood Bound Books: ‘Best of’ Anthology
To celebrate their 10th year of publishing anthologies, Blood Bound Books is publishing a ‘Best of’ fiction anthology, a limited-edition hardcover, which will feature picks from their old books and also new work. All sub-genres of horror are accepted – extreme, bizzaro, erotic, new weird or splatterpunk.
Deadline: 31 May 2018
Length: 500-7,000 words
Pay: At least $0.05/word, up to $0.08/word (see guidelines)

Apotheosis 2: More Stories of Survival After the Rise of the Elder Gods
Lovecraft Mythos stories often climax at the moment of the fateful return of the Elder Gods, and the audience is left to ponder what might happen next. For this anthology, they want stories about humanity under the reign of the Elder Gods and ancient terrors. They are looking for character-driven stories set during a time in the future where the ancient terrors that once ruled the Earth have claimed complete and utter dominion of the Earth. The editors are less concerned about the strict interpretation of the Elder Gods than good stories that deal with real human concerns. How do people survive? How does life change? Will people accept their new gods or will they rebel? What will it mean to be human in such a world of gods and monsters? They welcome diversity. See guidelines for further details about editor preferences.
Deadline: 31 May 2018
Length: 2,000-7,000 words
Pay: $0.03/word

Slice Literary Magazine: Time
They will consider fiction, nonfiction and poetry on the theme of Time.
Deadline: 1 June 2018
Length: Up to 5,000 words for prose
Pay: $250 for long stories and essays, $75 for flash fiction and poetry

Ye Olde Magick Shoppe Fantasy Anthology
Stories in this fantasy anthology need not have a literal shop; however, they must include as a significant plot element the selling of a magical good or service, by someone whose profession this is. Whether this is interpreted positively or negatively (legitimate business, black-market dealer, etc.) is up to the writer. Payment is based on the project’s Kickstarter success.
Deadline: 1 June 2018
Length: 3,500-7,000 words
Pay: $100-500 if the Kickstarter succeeds, $25 if it does not

SubTerrain Magazine: Margins
They welcome fiction, nonfiction, commentary and poetry from all writers, including underrepresented groups and are currently accepting work on the theme – about life on the margins, being on the border or edge of society. There is no fee for mailed submissions.
Deadline: 8 June 2018
Length: Up to 3,000 words for fiction, 4,000 words for other prose
Pay: CAD0.10/word for prose, up to CAD500; CAD50 per poem

Less Than Three Press: Home for the Holidays
This LGBTQ+ romance publisher wants stories on the theme. Their website says, “In a busy world where something always needs to get done and it feels like family and friends always have to be pushed to last place, holidays are one of the few times we allow ourselves to come together with loves one—or enjoy some valuable quiet time alone.” This call is for the entire LGBTQ+ spectrum, including aromantic stories that focus on friendship/queerplatonic relationships. They accept any sub-genre, including sci-fi, mystery etc.
Deadline: 30 June 2018
Length: 15,000-40,000 words
Pay: Royalties

Alban Lake: City in the Ice
This publishing house “with a preference for science fiction and fantasy” asks writers to create a story set in a place in Antartica, and based on real and imaginative events that have been inspired by the place – they have a detailed, specific timeline about these on their submissions page and stories must fall within the given timeline and refer to at least two of these events, whether real or imaginary. Deadline: 30 June 2018
Length: 3,000-10,000 words
Pay: $25

NonBinary Review#18: The Wind in the Willows
They want writers and poets to explore the theme “in any way that speaks to them: re-write a familiar story from a new point of view, mash genres together, give us a personal essay about some aspect of our theme that has haunted you all your life.” Submissions must have a clear relationship with a specific aspect of the source text. They want fiction, essays and poems relating to Kenneth Grahame’s 1908 book The Wind in the Willows.
Deadline: 24 July 2018
Length: Up to 5,000 words, or up to five flash pieces of 1,000 words each; poetry up to three pages
Pay: $0.01/word for prose, $10 for poetry

Room Magazine: Magic
This Canadian feminist literary magazine accepts submissions by women (cisgender and transgender), transgender men, Two-Spirit and nonbinary people. They are accepting fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry on the theme of Magic. Any sub-genre as well as a blend of genres is welcome.
Deadline: 31 July 2018
Length: Up to 3,500 words for prose, up to 5 poems
Pay: CAD50-150

Smash Medical Paternalism
They want essays, short stories, poetry, and visual art on the topic of paternalism, i.e. abuses or violations of rights that are said to happen for one’s own good, for this anthology. Submissions should convey some aspect of what it is like to experience paternalism and/or the impact of paternalism. They are specifically looking for work from members of paternalized groups, including people of size, of color, LGBTQ people, deaf people, autistic people and youth. Examples of paternalism may include institutionalization, discrimination or denial of medical service based on weight/size, denial of pain management and corrective rape. Submissions should in some way promote each person’s right to make their own decisions about their bodies and minds, as well as celebrate diverging from culturally constructed notions of normality and health.
Deadline: 1 September 2018
Length: 500-5,000 words
Pay: Unspecified

Opossum: Music
They want stories, essays, non-fiction and poems that relate to music in subtle, oblique and surprising ways.
Deadline: Unspecified
Length: Up to 12,000 words for fiction and non-fiction; up to 1,800 words for flash fiction and non-fiction
Pay: Minimum $100 for fiction and non-fiction, or $12/page; $75/poem, negotiated rate for a set of poems; $75-150 for flash fiction and non-fiction

Gray’s Sporting Journal: Yarns
This journal of hunting and fishing has a column called Yarns, which are campfire tales, where writers can submit features that are fact or fiction. The magazine mainly publishes articles on fishing and hunting, expedition articles (travel pieces with hunting and fishing), and some poetry.
Deadline: Rolling
Length: 750-1,500 words; see guidelines for other features/columns
Pay: $600 for yarns, $600-1,250 for features, $850-1,000 for expedition pieces

FurPlanet Anthology: Exploring New Places
They ask for anthropomorphic stories about furries going someplace new – these can be anything, from a comedy about someone going on a packaged vacation to an exotic resort where everything goes wrong, or a romance where they find Mr. or Ms. Right, to a horror story about an expedition to explore a new planet. The rating is G or PG for this anthology, and it will be published in time for the AnthroCon in July. Authors should query with the editor first. Also see guidelines to their other anthology with a later deadline: The Rabbit Dies First, in which, you guessed it, a rabbit has to die first.
Deadline: 31 May 2018
Length: 4,000-20,000 words (will accept shorter, willing to discuss longer)
Pay: ½ cent/word

Topic Awarding the DirtyMartini badge.
Posted 15 Mar 2018 21:10

I've not been around as much as I had hoped to be after having surgery last month, but I still make it here every few days at least!

We're long overdue for another contest. I have an idea for one in mind, and an homage to Alan figures into it. However, I didn't realize we had the DirtyMartini badge on this site. Cool!

Topic Hi new here
Posted 19 Feb 2018 16:33

Welcome, everyone!


Topic "A comment has been made on one of your stories"
Posted 20 Jan 2018 21:40

I have my profile set up to get an e-mail when ever someone comments on one of my stories. However, that's all that's sent is just a blank notification.

Is there any way the system could include the story title, who made the comment, and the comment in the e-mail?

All that info is posted in my Timeline profile.

Just asking.

James, I have to think this is some kind of glitch. It’s been about a month since I received any story comments, but at that time, the email notification told me which story it was made on, who left the comment (it was you!) and even provided a link. Let’s give it a few days for the kinks to work out. If it’s still happening next week, I’ll contact Gav and ask for his assistance.

Topic badges
Posted 19 Jan 2018 10:39

i am something of a badge hound and try to collect all the badges i can but not being a writer i will never get one of those. the thing is there are a few that seem unattainable here at ss especially the famous member badge. you need 100,000 views for this one, the same as on the sister sight but there are only about 3000 members here compared to the 300,000 there. couldn't you lower the views a little?help

Y0u might want t0 check 0ut the thread called "Updating badges t0 reflect reality" here in the Site Ann0uncements and Members' Feedback area. Several 0f us talked ab0ut this subject and m0re. I made up a list 0f the 0nes I th0ught sh0uld be changed and sent it t0 Nic0la. Maybe she will think ab0ut it s0me m0re f0r this site.

Larry, is the "o" on your keyboard broken? Clever workaround with the 0! glasses8

Topic It's Hard To Be The New One On The Block
Posted 12 Jan 2018 12:56

Welcome to Stories Space!


We hope you enjoy it here. Don't be shy about asking if you have any questions!

Topic is a Facebook page
Posted 28 Nov 2017 14:31

When I go to @Storiesspace on Twitter it shows the last entry was in June of 2106. But we have been tweeting stories from here very recently. I know you and I have both, Anna. I'm not sure where those tweets are going.

When you tweet a link via Stories Space, it appears on your Twitter profile, not on the @storiesspace profile. People who follow you will see it, but those who follow @storiesspace (but don't follow you) will not.

'Types of Tweets and Where They Appear' Twitter support article ]

• Definition: A Tweet containing another account’s Twitter username, preceded by the "@" symbol. For example: “Hello @TwitterSupport!”
• Where it appears for the sender: On the sender's profile page of public Tweets.
• Where it appears for the recipient: In the recipient's Notifications tabs, which is accessible only by them. Additionally, mentions will appear in the recipient's Home timeline view (not on their profile) if they are following the sender.
• Who else sees it? Anyone on Twitter who is following the sender of a mention will see the Tweet in their Home timeline.
• Places it will never appear: On anyone's profile page, unless they wrote the message.

Topic is a Facebook page
Posted 28 Nov 2017 11:00

You're right – we have been lax in administering the Facebook page. I'll add rectifying that to my list of New Years resolutions. Lwinking

Topic Verification for Copyright Change?
Posted 01 Sep 2017 09:28

Yes, but it's done. flower

Previously approved pieces that are sent in for reverification go to the top of the queue, not the bottom. Lwinking

Topic From Authors Publish newsletter: 17 Themed Calls for Submissions
Posted 10 Aug 2017 13:06

A wide variety of topics and genres are available for writers to submit in, including themes of mental illness, villains, both real and imaginary, sea terrors, gender and artificial intelligence, facets of Chinese cities, stories set in cellars and around mysterious stairs in the woods, writing by older women, about queer families and about phantasmagorical engines. Some anthologies pay writers, with payment ranging from semi-pro to token pay to contributor copies.

Check out all the submission opportunities here:

Topic Updating badges to reflect reality
Posted 25 May 2017 13:08

I agree that it would be a good idea to lower the number on the "famous" badges.

Topic Good afternoon from Regnadkcin
Posted 12 May 2017 14:42


If you have any questions, just ask. We hope you enjoy the site!

Topic Gav
Posted 10 May 2017 10:16

So we should report all businesses? flower

Yes, please do. Virtually all "business" profiles are spam. People who want to read and write stories and poems join as individuals, not businesses. Lwinking

Topic My Story The Raft
Posted 24 Apr 2017 20:23

The Raft is the best story on the site, in my opinion. hello1

Topic Five Anthologies Seeking Submission: From Folk Horror to Poetry
Posted 30 Mar 2017 13:48

Authors Publish recently posted a list of submission calls for anthologies for a variety of topics and genres: poetry about rifts in America, romance fiction, apocalyptic and New England horror fiction, and more. None charge a submission fee.

1. Cat’s Breakfast: An Anthology of Science Fiction/Satire
Third Flatiron pays tribute to Kurt Vonnegut on the 10th anniversary of his death. They want original speculative fiction stories that reflect his “sideways, humorous, sceptical view” (or gallows humour). For each of their anthologies, they also accept a few very short humour pieces, like Shouts and Murmurs in The New Yorker.

Length: 1,500-3,000 words, enquire if longer; about 600 words for the short humour pieces
Deadline: 15 April 2017
Pay: 6 cents per word
Details here .

2. Sixteen Rivers Press poetry anthology
They want poems that respond to the cultural, moral, and political rifts in America now; poems of resistance and resilience, of witness and vision. There is no fee for postal submissions.

Length: Up to three poems, totalling up to three pages
Deadline: 15 April 2017
Pay: Two copies of the anthology
Details here .

3. Zimbell House’s Summer Fling: Tales of Seduction
They want well-crafted stories of romances that began in summer, or lasted only through a summer. No erotica; a PG-17 rating must be maintained.

Length: 4,500-20,000 words
Deadline: 15 April 2017
Pay: One soft-cover copy of the anthology.
Details here .

4. Would But Time Wait: An Anthology of New England Folk Horror
Orford Parish Books wants horror fiction in which the present, which can be a year/decade of the author’s choosing, collides with the history, folklore, traditions, and psychogeography of a region, with the collision having a significant impact on the present (as defined in the work). Stories should use the physical, historical, and social landscapes of New England – Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont – as a focal point. Writers can invent their own folklore, traditions, and fictional New England locations. They don’t want any stereotyping, including of economically disadvantaged or marginalized people, and prefer to avoid stories of sexual violence. Authors must query before submitting.

Length: 2,000-10,000 words
Deadline: 30 April 2017
Pay: $75
Details here .

5. SNAFU Judgement day: post-apocalyptic military horror
They want stories with invading space aliens, demonic invasion, DNA-grafted dinosaurs taking over the planet, manmade viral infections that nearly wipe out humanity, or artificial intelligence – anything that would bring about the end of the world. They want stories with soldiers, and action; about what happens during the worst of the fall of humanity or afterwards. No zombies.

Length: 2,000-10,000 words; query for shorter or longer
Deadline: 30 April 2017
Pay: AUD4c/word
Details here .

Topic Time line, error message - anyone else?
Posted 24 Mar 2017 21:04

Well, the file name for the dot badge is (which leads to a 'file not found' message).

As those of us in the U.S. know, 45 never delivers what was promised, and always results in an error.


Topic Time line, error message - anyone else?
Posted 24 Mar 2017 07:56

That's the "Can't See Timeline" badge, Larry. It's very exclusive. evil4

Topic Time line, error message - anyone else?
Posted 24 Mar 2017 07:39

Yes. This is still happening. I just checked and I cannot get to my timeline.

It is still happening for me, too.

I logged out and logged in again, still no timeline, just the message as in the screen shot I posted here.


Has anyone else mentioned this, apart from Larry and myself?

I don't know if anyone else has reported the error message. I'll point Gav to this thread.

In the meantime, my only suggestion is the standard clear your cache and cookies, and if that doesn't work, try a different browser.

Topic Time line, error message - anyone else?
Posted 23 Mar 2017 14:58

Is this still happening? My timeline looks fine to me. I've logged out and back in a few times this week without getting the error message even once, and timeline is set to be my welcome page so it came up each time I logged in.


Topic DirtyMartini - Alan W. Jankowski - has passed away
Posted 18 Mar 2017 10:14

My "more to say"...

Topic DirtyMartini - Alan W. Jankowski - has passed away
Posted 14 Mar 2017 10:50

Yes, it's true. Here is a link to the online obituary:

I'll have more to say later. Right now, I am beyond words.

Topic Gav
Posted 01 Mar 2017 13:11

Hi Gav. I just noticed our newest member here, Tarasmith, is a floor polishing service in Melbourne. I could swear I've seen the same advertisement on another recent member's profile. Should we report these people to you, to the admins here, or just ignore them?

Thanks, Larry. We appreciate you bringing it to our attention. Please continue to let us know about inappropriate or questionable profiles by using the Report Profile option (in the upper left corner when you're on the profile page).

Posted 27 Feb 2017 14:32

Justine, the same problem has hit me hard at various times. One thing I do is read the news and frame a flash fiction piece around an item that piques my interest. Another tactic is to write a fictional account based on something that happens during your day.

For example, "Divine Justice" is based on an item in the news, while "The Virtue of Patience" is loosely based on an actual occurrence.

Oh, and yet another way I've tricked myself into writing is to jot down as many six-word stories as you can think of, then build longer stories around your favorites. "The Assignment," "No Big Deal," "The Wait" and "It's Over" resulted from that technique.

Good luck!

Topic can't change a score made by accident
Posted 23 Jan 2017 13:17

Send me a PM with the story and the score you intended to leave, and I'll take care of it.

Topic One of my photos featured
Posted 29 Sep 2016 21:03

All right, Margot, here's another one, which is also featured on the Ilford Blog Friday Favourites: Autumn :

Oh, that's another lovely selection! love10

Topic Poetry challenge: Use the last line first.
Posted 13 Sep 2016 15:43

do I still have to pay?
do I still have to care?
tell me, please, why should I?
tell me, please, who says so?

do I still have to show up?
do I still have to try?
tell me, please, what's the point?
tell me, please, when will I know?

do I still have to smile?
do I still have to pretend?
tell me, please, where did the time go?
tell me, please, how did it slip away?

do you know the who-what-where-when-why and how of it all?
tell me, please

Topic Wheel of Words
Posted 09 Sep 2016 10:54

No it's not, but as a general rule for writers it works. And you can't have a green great dragon :)

True! laughing6

Topic Wheel of Words
Posted 08 Sep 2016 09:19 english.jpg

It isn't quite so simple:

Topic Autobiographer badge
Posted 08 Sep 2016 09:02

My badge is back.

Topic Autobiographer badge
Posted 07 Sep 2016 11:27

Good catch, Larry! I just filled out the only couple of blank spots on my profile (favorite TV shows and Facebook profile) and will wait to see if the badge reappears, although I think it is unlikely to from such minor changes.