WRITING CONTEST 2021

Mysterion

They want science fiction, fantasy and horror stories that engage meaningfully with Christian themes, characters or cosmology. “We love science fiction and fantasy, enjoy good ghost stories, and think there’s great fiction material hidden in the mysteries of Christian theology–cherubim, leviathan, nephilim, visions, prophecy, and more”, according to guidelines. The stories need not teach a moral or be close to an approved theological position. Nor do they need to be pro-Christian – see their detailed guidelines on the kind of work they see too often, and what they would like to see. They are especially interested in stories that show Christians from cultures beyond those of the United States, Canada, and Western Europe. They also accept translations and reprints, and art submissions.
Deadline: 31 July 2021
Length: Up to 9,000 words
Pay: $0.08/word
Details here.

Augur Magazine
Augur Magazine, a Canadian magazine of speculative fiction and poetry, wants submissions for two issues, one themed, and the other unthemed. They want dream-touched realism, slipstream, fabulism, and literary speculative fiction, as well as rich realism, high fantasy, and science fiction. The submission calls are for Issue 4.2, the Fall/Winter issue (unthemed), and Issue 5.1, themed ‘Joyful Imaginations’ – “For 5.1, we’re looking for pieces that invoke delight, contentment, transformation, dreaminess, & beauty—especially from marginalized creators.”
Deadline: 31 July 2021
Length: Up to 5,000 words for short fiction, up to five poems
Pay: CAD0.11/word for short fiction, CAD60 for poetry
Details here.

Short fiction

This is a UK-based magazine and they only accept submissions from writers who are not based in the US. They also have an “Introducing” section, which showcases new writers (writers for whom this is their first published fiction – see their Submittable).

Deadline: 31 July 2021
Length: 500-5,000 words
Pay: £0.02/word, up to £100
Details here.

New Myths
They publish speculative fiction of every kind, except graphic horror. They also accept non-fiction, poems, reviews (query first), and artwork with speculative fiction themes.
Deadline: 31 July 2021
Length: Up to 10,000 words for fiction and non-fiction; up to 5 poems of any length
Pay: 1.5c/word for prose and poetry; $30 for reviews
Details here.

Welkin: A Magazine of the Fantastic
This is a new magazine. Their website says this is “is magazine of fantastic literature, a journal devoted to the obscure and the outré, to narrowing the gap between realist literary fiction and more traditional and fantastic modes of narrative. We specifically look for submissions in the magical realist, fabulist, fairy tale, fantasy, gothic, metafictional, slipstream, fantastic, weird, surrealist, and experimental genres. We seek a movement away from plotless, quotidian tales in favor of the imaginative, the gripping, and the plot-driven.” They do not specify word count, but their quarterly magazine is 80 pages, so submissions have to be shorter than that. Flash stories of up to 1,500 words, published in their online magazine ‘The Book of Idle Tales’, are unpaid. Submissions for Welkin will be considered in March, July, October, and January. Submissions for ‘The Book of Idle Tales’ will be considered year-round.
Deadline: 31 July 2021
Length: Unspecified (see guidelines)
Pay: $0.01/word
Details here.

Flame Tree: Asian Ghost Stories
This call for fiction opened recently. They want “tales from writers of East, South or Southeast Asian heritage to join our powerful collection of Asian Ghost Short Stories, which will contain new and classic tales reaching across borders, from India to China, Japan to Thailand, Korea to the Philippines, and down through the centuries. The new stories will complement classics by the likes of Yei Theodora Ozaki and Rabindranath Tagore, and could give us fresh takes on such ghouls as Japan’s Kappa, Vietnam’s Daughter of Hui Bi Hua, Indonesia’s Kuntilanak and Thailand’s Preta.” They also accept reprints.
Deadline: 1 August 2021
Length: 2,000-4,000 words (will also read slightly outside this range)
Pay: $0.08/word
Details here.
(Also, Fiyah wants submissions from Black writers of the African Diaspora on ‘Love, Death, and Androids’; they pay $0.08/word for fiction of 2,000-15,000 words. They also accept non-fiction and poetry, and the deadline is 31 July 2021.
And khōréō, a magazine of speculative fiction and migration which accepts work only from those who identify as an immigrant or member of a Diaspora, is reading submissions on the Food theme. They pay $0.08/word for fiction of up to 5,000 words, and also accept non-fiction; the deadline is 31 July 2021.)

Urban Legends anthology
This is an urban legends fiction and urban folklore poetry anthology. They want “horror stories dealing with urban legends, either an authentic one or your own creation. Give us the supernatural or the all-too-natural; maniacs or monsters; scary stories from the sleepover or something that happened to your best friend’s uncle’s cousin’s sister. We want stories that have an undeniable sense of setting – bring the urban to life as well as the legend. We also want you to capture the haunting quality of these “true” stories – gives us the shiver that comes from the possibility that the story could not only be true, but that it could happen in your town.”
Deadline: 1 August 2021
Length: Up to 6,000 words
Pay: $50 + royalties
Details here.

Wizards in Space
They are reading fiction, non-fiction, and poetry for their seventh issue, titled ‘bridges & barriers’. They also accept artwork. Their guidelines say, “Tell us about the vulnerability that is necessary in order to reach out to others, to share your secrets, to trust in one another. What barriers have you put up to protect yourself, and when the danger has passed, what does it take to tear them back down? Perhaps the bridge you’ve traveled has been one between cultures or between tongues; maybe you’ve struggled with barriers that are invisible to others but that tower insurmountably in your path. Maybe you’ve had to build your own bridge to rescue yourself from fire and brimstone, or maybe somebody else built it for you and gently carried you to safety.” They also publish reprints.
Deadline: 1 August 2021
Length: Up to 3,500 words for prose, up to four poems
Pay: $0.04/word for fiction, $40 per poem
Details here.

Three Crows Magazine
This is a magazine of dark and weird fantasy, horror, and sci-fi, with complex characters making morally ambiguous decisions. Stories can be in English, Ukrainian, Polish, Russian, Romanian, or German – they do translations. They also pay for artwork.
Deadline: Open now
Length: 1,000-5,000 words for fiction; up to 1,000 words for non-fiction
Pay: $0.01/word
Details here (general guidelines) and here (Oleada submission platform and detailed guidelines).