Thursday, March 14, 2024

Six great place to send your short fiction and nonfiction and your gothy novellas ~ and some of them pay

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Latitude 46 Publishing ~ Call for Submissions

“We have our next anthology lining up and we are looking for SUPER CANUCK stories! Submit your best stories about rural superheroes, backwater supervillains, and tales of characters or communities at a crossroads.”

For this anthology, they’re looking for stories from across Canada, not just from northern Ontario. Word count 500–3,500 words.

Deadline April 21, 2024. Full guidelines here.

Latitude 46 also publishes books and is looking for manuscripts. Mind you, their mission is to publish distinctive literary works by established and emerging authors with a connection to northern Ontario and narratives about the unique landscape and culture of the region – both fiction and nonfiction.

Submission guidelines here. 


Amazing Stories Magazine was started in 1926, making it the first science fiction magazine in the world. It’s currently putting a call out for science fiction stories. 

“These tales of the extraordinary and "the impossible will be first released exclusively to our Patreon subscribers, before being shared free with the wider world on our website two weeks later.

“Our goal is to feature works from writers who are passionate about inspiring readers with both real science and real people. 

We are looking for stories that not only entertain but also encourage readers to reflect on and critique contemporary society. These stories should, at times, address significant topics such as social norms, religion, nationalism, racism, politics, and various forms of sexism, all within a science fiction context. 

A sense of humor is often welcome. We want to publish writing that is both thought-provoking and enjoyable to read.

“Science Fiction can be a powerful tool for both exploring the future and for imagining the kinds of futures we might like to live in.  Join us and help us create the future!”

Pays $20 US for a short story or longer and $10 US for flash fiction, reprints, and poetry.

Submissions page here


In 2019 The Globe and Mail
produced several short films based
on First Person pieces, including one
from Barbara Wackerle Baker

The Globe and Mail wants your first person essays

We want you to write for us! The daily First Person essay (formerly called Facts & Arguments) is a great forum for you to share your own experiences, viewpoints and writing flair with other Globe readers. Whether you are young or old, female or male, newly arrived in Canada or deeply rooted here, we want to be inspired by your unique perspective.

A few things we look for are an original voice; an unexpected view; an unfamiliar perspective; humour; vivid details that show us rather than tell us; anecdotes that illuminate a wider theme.

A successful First Person essay may be funny, surprising, touching or enlightening – or all of these. It may present a slice of life or a powerful experience that changed you in some way. It may be a meditation on something that matters to you. It goes beyond a rant, and it is deft in moving from the particular to the universal.

Above all, an essay should be personal rather than political. It must be true, not fictional.

Here are some recent essays we thought were very successful:

·  My Bionic dog: We had made a pact: 'You take care of me, I'll take care of you' (here)

·  Before my ADHD diagnosis I was alive, but not living (here)

·   My bad neighbor made being a jerk into an art form (here)

Essays should be no longer than 1,000 words.

Don't send a piece that's appeared in any other print or online publication, but feel free to submit an essay on a topic you have blogged about.

Seasonal essays should be submitted a month or more before the event.

There is no payment if your essay is published. The Globe assumes first-print rights and electronic rights for unsolicited submissions; writers retain copyright.

Guidelines here.


Gramarye is the Chichester Centre for Fairy Tales, Fantasy and Speculative Fiction’s journal for folklore, fairy tales and fantasy. It comes out both in print and in e-format.  Gramarye is designed to appeal to both academics and the interested public and has been published since 2012.

Gramarye is seeking articles, book reviews and creative writing relating to literary and historical approaches to fairy tales, fantasy, Gothic, magic realism, science fiction and speculative fiction.

Word count guidelines:

  • Short fiction – max. 3000 words (one story or several).
  • Poetry – max. four poems to a total of no more than 4 pages/240 lines.
  • Long (c.8,000 words) or short (c.3,000 words) articles. Word counts include referencing and citation.
  • Book reviews: c.1,000 words
  • Long (c.8,000 words) or short (c.3,000 words) articles. Word counts include referencing and citation.
  • Book reviews: c.1,000 words

Long poems, traditional forms, flash fictions and experimental creative writing are all equally encouraged.

Full submission guidelines here.


Three-Lobed Burning Eye is an online magazine of speculative fiction, publishing stories of horror, wonder, and the weird. 3LBE launched in 1999 and beginning with issue 20, began to offer audio readings, ebook formats, and online (responsive) format for mobile devices. Each issue features three stories. 

“We like narrative voices that are full of feeling, from literary to pulpy, with styles unique and flowing, but not too experimental. All labels aside, we want tales that value imagination in character, narrative, and plot. We want to see something new and different.”

Full submission guidelines here.


Lovely Creatures by KT Bryski
published by Psychopomp

Psychopomp seeks goth novellas and short nonfiction pieces.

Novellas must be 20,000–40,000 words.

Pays $750 US advance and 25% of net receipts.

They’re looking for:

stories where grief or loss play a leading role

stories that feature the afterlife or the underworld

stories that involve the journey through death/the journey of the dead

stories that involve death personified (Death!)

stories that take place in, or utilize a multiverse

stories that involve time travel (esp. those that involve time travel plus a previously mentioned theme)

origin stories (especially as they relate to previously mentioned themes)

stories where the characters slowly lose their sense of reality


space, but make it goth

a story within a story within a (within a story that’s [within a story] within a story) story….

stories where things that are not usually personified ARE personified (planets? galaxies? time? …bones?)

creepy meta-horror

amazingly original ghost stories

sci-fi that hits on any of the above themes – they’re very VERY open to it

Full novella guidelines here.

Nonfiction pieces should be 1,000–2,000 words, but that’s flexible.

They’re looking for “rad, gothy, death-focused essays and blog posts ESPECIALLY about media, entertainment, culture etc. and personal stories.”

No need to write the whole thing first. Pitch them.

Pays $50 US

See guidelines for nonfiction articles here.


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