November & December 2021 Themed Calls for Submissions
by Writing Workshops Staff
A year ago
If you love writing toward a theme or you have a finished manuscript you can fit into one of the themed calls below, well then, we suggest you get to submitting! All of the themed submission calls below have deadlines between November and December 2021. Take a look and find a home for your work!
And, if you need help getting your work out into the world, join Chloe Caldwell's Carving Out Space In The Literary World 1-Day Zoom Seminar, December 5th, 2021.
Or sign up for Blake Kimzey's Publishing in Literary Journals to Launch Your Career Zoom Seminar on January 13th.
New York Times: Solver Stories
These are nonfiction pieces for the Solver Stories column of New York Times – personal essays about your relationship with puzzles. Details here.
Weird Christmas Flash Fiction Contest
This is an annual contest, and the theme is ‘Weird Christmas’; there are also three prompts the writers can choose. Details here.
Three Time Travelers Walk Into…
This is a fiction anthology. Their guidelines say, "Take any three famous people from history, toss them together, and have an adventure." Details here.
Apex Magazine: Holiday Horrors Flash Fiction Contest
They want stories of 250 words or less, The theme is Halloween. Details here.
Speculative City: Queer AND BIPOC writers
Speculative City “embraces the motivations of speculative fiction and integrates them into a focus of setting: the city.” Details here.
The Rain Short Story Contest: Ghosts of the Past
This is the inaugural short fiction contest for their podcast. Details here.
Poets for Human Rights: Two contests
They have two contests, one for adults and another for poets who are 17 years or younger. Details here.
Apparition Lit: Charm
They accept speculative fiction (fantasy, sci-fi, horror, literary) and poetry and they will open submissions for the ‘Charm’ theme later in November. Details here.
Dark Peninsula Press: Woodland Terrors
The Cellar Door is a biannual digest of dark, speculative fiction. They want horror/thriller stories that take place in or near the woods for their first issue; the theme is ‘Woodland Terrors’. Details here.
Claw & Blossom: Glow
This is a quarterly online journal of poetry and short literary prose, that touches upon the natural world. They are reading work for issue 11, the December Solstice issue, and the theme is ‘Glow’. Details here.
Prairie Fire: Uncharted Territory
This Canadian literary journal publishes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. They’re reading on the ‘Uncharted Territory’ theme. Details here.
Mythulu Magazine: Steam vs Substance
They want fiction and nonfiction for their next issue, as well as graphic stories/cartoon strips. Details here.
Fly on the Wall Magazine: Power
They want fiction (including flash of up to 500 words), poetry, book reviews, and art. They are reading submissions on the ‘Power’ theme. “What comes to your mind when we say: ‘Power’? Details here.
Black Coffee & Vinyl: The City
Submissions are open for Black Coffee & Vinyl’s visual art and multimedia project that incorporates literature – fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, on ‘The City’ theme. Details here.
This is a quarterly journal that explores the quest for meaning as it is expressed in the world’s myths, symbols, and religious traditions, with particular emphasis on the relationship between this store of wisdom and our modern life. They accept original essays and translations. Details here.
Scary Dairy Press: Bloody Rock anthology
This is a horror fiction anthology that combines a rock song theme and creepy horror. It draws inspiration from the terrifying tunes of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. Details here.
Archive of the Odd
“Archive of the Odd is a zine of uncanny occurrences, told in even stranger ways.” They want speculative fiction, with horror being preferred. Details here.
Zombies Need Brains: Three anthologies
They are reading submissions for three science fiction and fantasy anthologies – Noir, Shattering the Glass Slipper, and Brave New Worlds. They want a range of stories, from humorous to dark. Details here.
Washington College: Patrick Henry Writing Fellowship
This is a full-time residential writing fellowship, for writing on American history and culture. Applicants should have a book currently in progress. Details here.
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