Starting today, and every Friday until the Earth explodes, I will be highlighting Calls for Submissions to help you flex your writing muscles. These calls are often fantastic ways to get your foot into being published. Most times you can get a copy of the book. Other times you will receive pay and a copy of the book. Whatever the criteria, it’s all about exploring different genres and really diving into the world of getting published!
My Wandering Uterus – the topic is for women writers’ only! The call is as follows:
We seek essays, stories, and poetry about your experiences of being a woman on the road — the joys, the perils, the lessons, the changes. Whether a spiritual pilgrimage or a forced evacuation, in pursuit of opportunity or escape from your past, travel broadens. What have you learned?
We would like to see a diverse treasure trove of entries from women across the globe from every walk of life and as many different experiences as possible.
They are looking for previously unpublished (and not submitted elsewhere) works that range from 3,000 to 8,000 words. Submissions should be turned in no later than July 1, 2017.
Weirdbook Magazine – Witches & Warlocks – this call is for stories with a maximum word count of 6,000. The theme is Witches and Warlocks and can be in any setting or culture. This is has a very short window of opportunity, calls close on April 30, 2017.
The Fantasist – Space Opera – this call is for novellas with a minimum of 15,000 words and a maximum of 50,000. The official call is as follows:
Issue 4 of The Fantasist will focus on the fantastical in space with space opera novellas. It has always been the goal of The Fantasist to encourage a larger concept of what constitutes Fantasy in publishing. We’ve asked for magic in the future and works that blur the distinctions between science and magic. In Issue 4, we want you to take us into space and to other planets and remind us that there’s magic there too. Think of the Darkover books and the works of Jack Vance, Stanislaw Lem, Celia S. Friedman, Yoon Ha Lee, or Ann Leckie. Think of comic books like Saga, Ursula K. Le Guin’s planet Winter, Dune, or, let’s be honest, Star Wars and Babylon 5. We believe that fantasy is fantasy first because it feels like fantasy.
Call closes midnight on May 13, 2017
Timeless Tales Magazine – Arthurian Legends – Timeless Tales focuses on the retelling of fairy tales and myths. Call requests for submissions less than 1,500 words but will accept works of up to 2,000. Call is open until May 5, 2017.