And now for part two of this bumper crop of writing opportunities. In the last post, I showed you the publishers that were asking for short stories on a longer time frame, either without a deadline at all or with one that was based on something nebulous like, “when we get enough”.

This time we have writing opportunities that have deadlines, and some of these deadlines are very tight so be sure to check them out as soon as possible!

Like I said in my last post, I am running a little low on money (the bi-annual rent on this website just came in at a very inopportune time) so if you have the money free I would really appreciate it if you gave me a tip through the wonderful Ko-Fi website which acts a bit like a universal tip jar. Here is the link to my page on the site and no pressure on anyone but if this website has helped you in the past then I would really appreciate it. 

Link to my Ko-Fi page.

Anyway, I’ll try to move on from that bit of awkwardness as quickly as possible. 

Writing opportunities! To make it simpler for both of us I have written these out with the final date as the chronological tag. This way you can see when the deadline is and work towards it, some of these opportunities are very short and might not actually be open just yet. But by giving you a heads up I hope this means you will have a better chance to get your work to the best it can be for the deadline.

Good luck!

7th of July

Cosmic Horror Monthly is looking for short stories, cosmic horror, weird fiction, dark science fiction etc, preferred. The word range is 1000 to 6000 words, but they prefer stories in the 3000 to 5000 range. They will pay 6 cents per word. You can find out more here. 

11th of July

Flame Tree Publishing are looking for alternate history short stories from 2000 to 4000 words. They pay 8 cents per word. They are a science fiction focused publisher, so do pay attention to that, however, alternate history does tend to come under that banner so don’t worry if what you have isn’t super science fiction-y. Here is the link to the page giving more details. 

Also Flame Tree Publishing, they are looking for short stories which incorporate the theme of hidden worlds. Again they are paying 8 cents per word and are looking for short stories between 2000 to 4000 words. Here is the link to this particular page.

14th of July

Diabolical Plots has a general submission window open for this period, they are accepting stories in the science fiction and fantasy genres. They have a hard word count limit of 3500 words, and they pay 10 cents per word. More can be found out here. 

15th of July

Dreadstone Press are looking for short stories of between 500 to 1000 words in the horror genre. They will pay 2 cents per word rounded to the nearest whole dollar. Link here to the website.

27th of July

Fantasy Magazine is open for general submissions from the 21st to the 27th of July. They accept stories with word counts up to 7500 words and pay 8 cents per word. They want short stories in the fantasy and dark fantasy genres. Link to their page for more information. 

31st of July

Diabolical Plots is opening again later in the month for a single-week slot from the 24th to the 31st. They want short stories based on the theme of telepathy. Again the word limit is 3500 words and they are paying 10 cents per word. You can read more about it here. 

15th of August

Cemetery Gates are looking for flash fiction for their second volume in the Campfire Macabre series. The short stories should follow one of the five themes provided and should be between 500 and 1500 words long. They are paying 8 cents per word for the stories. You can read more here. 

21st of August

Monstrous Books are looking for short stories between 1500 and 6000 words in length that are inspired by Shakespeare’s plays and characters. They will pay 6 cents per word. They are also buying Shakespearean-style sonnets that follow this theme for a $35 fee. You can read more here. 

And that is everything I’ve got at the moment. Do check out the opportunities that don’t have strict deadlines on the earlier post. If you send anything to these please let us know it really helps get everyone more inspired if they can see that other people are writing too! Good luck to everyone and I can’t wait to see what new stories will happen thanks to all these opportunities littering the path.

See you next time and stay safe out there,