The May Submission Call Roundup

[Updated 05/28/16]

I’ve been updating the blog with open and upcoming submission calls for the last few weeks. Except that every time I add something, I realize there’s another market I’d like to mention (or one gets pointed out to me) as either open with a deadline coming up soon, or a market soon to reopen to subs.

So at this point, rather than doing more piecemeal posts, I’m just going to do a quick roundup and recap of openings and deadlines and leave it below. This covers the things already mentioned on the blog in the last few weeks, as well as things just being put up here today.

Anything else comes up in the next couple of days I’ll just add it here rather than making a new post.

All the links below are directly to submission guidelines pages.

Currently Open

– Open until May 27 (reopens July 5)
– Open until May 29
Shimmer – Open until May 31 (reopens Sept. 3)
Pseudopod – Open until May 31
Strange Horizons – Open until May 31 (reopens potentially Sept.)
People Of Colo(u)r Destroy Fantasy – Open until June 15


– June 1-30
Nightmare – June 1-15
Lightspeed – June 16-30

Those submission windows don’t include markets that are (currently or regularly) open to constant submission, like Clarkesworld, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Escape Pod, The Dark, Grendelsong, Interzone/Black Static, and so on. Nor does it include markets like Uncanny, PodCastle, Fireside, Lamplight, and others for which I’ve seen no exact dates re their next submission periods. It’s just a heads up for submission windows that can be easy to miss in the next month or so.

I’m also eschewing the inclusion of anthology submission calls because there are so many of them with rolling deadlines that it would render this post chaos.

So, really, that’s for another time. :)

In the meantime, enjoy. Or feel free to suggest in the comments any markets I’ve overlooked here.

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Three Weeks to the Next Editing Workshop

‘Tis a Sunday, and nearing the end of May (that came around much faster than I was expecting, truth be told), and that means all kinds of things. But one of them is that we’re now three weeks out from the editing workshop I’ll be running at Bakka Phoenix on June 12th: The Axe and the Scalpel – Editing Your Own Work.

For anyone just tuning in, or previously unfamiliar with the workshops I run, this one’ll start at 1:00 pm, tickets are available either online (at the link above) or you can pay at the door (in which case just please do let me know by e-mailing to “” that you’re planning on showing up so I have a preliminary headcount).

Everyone attending gets a 10% discount coupon that can be used for same day purchases at Bakka. And all attendees are encouraged to bring projects in progress with them to work on, since the workshop constitutes theory and application thereof, as well as encouragement of in-class discussion and Q&A.

I’ll post another reminder closer to the date. But in the meantime, I look forward to seeing everyone who’s showing up for this one. :D

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More Open Submission Calls

After putting up yesterday’s post I came across calls for a couple of things I would have included therein. But rather than adding to that post I thought it better to hold off until I could do a proper writeup today. Posting this a little later today than I’d intended, but there’s still plenty of time for anyone who wants to to get something in for either/both calls. :)

More Open Calls of Note

: Their current submissions call is open through May 29th. Omenana‘s focus is on work from African and African Diaspora writers, with: “characters, settings or themes directly related to the African continent. Stories and art should challenge normative ideas about gender, sexuality, ethnicity and religious belief.”

They take only original work, though they not only take fiction (a maximum of 5,000 words in length), but creative non-fiction, essays, and reviews as well. See the full submission guidelines here for the length requirements of different categories. Omenana pays 1 NGN/word at this point, though they’ve been building good momentum, and the work they’ve produced since they their start at the tail end of 2014 has been uniformly excellent.

All of their material is available to read for free online if you want to get a better feel for the kind of work Omenana publishes.

People of Colo(u)r Destroy Fantasy
: This iteration of the ongoing Destroy issues of Lightspeed/Nightmare is geared to fantasy storytelling from PoC creators, and is open to submissions until June 15th. Daniel José Older’s guest editing this one overall, with individual section editors.

POC Destroy Fantasy is only accepting original submissions up to 7,500 words in length. They’ll be paying .08/word. See the full submission guidelines here.

All of the Destroy work so far has been exceptional, and it’s in keeping with the high calibre of work Lightspeed and Nightmare publish generally. If you want to get a feel for the kind of work POC Destroy Fantasy is looking for it’s worth browsing through Lightspeed and Nightmare‘s archives. (Keeping in mind Older’s note from the editor on the submissions guidelines page for what to aim for with regard to specifics.)

By all means spread the word on these calls, as with Liminal‘s still upcoming submissions period mentioned yesterday. They’re all excellent magazines, with aims and existing work well worth promoting. :)

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Middle of the Month Roundup – May 2016

Got a mixed bag of things to cover in this roundup. Some relating to me, some to other people, as is ever the way:


Been crunching numbers this morning. Which, lets be honest, if you work as a freelancer you do a lot of by necessity. Had a few higher than expected work-related expenses the last little while, and that in combination with being light on freelancing projects right now means I could do with some more commissions.

I’ve got a fair number of slots open for freelance work in the latter half of the month, and carrying forward unless/until people start booking heavily. So now is a really good time to get in touch with me. E-mailing me at “” is usually the most direct route.

If you’re curious about the various kinds of work I do — editing (fiction, non-fiction, academic), copywriting, and ghostwriting — there’s discussion of my services up on If you just want to know about the rates I charge, you can go straight to the Rates page there.


Also in the category of things I’m doing is the workshop: The Axe and the Scalpel – Editing Your Own Work. Just a little under a month to go until that happens on June 12th. Like the majority of the workshops I run it’s being held at 1 pm at Bakka Phoenix Books. Tickets are still available, or you can pay at the door (in which case please do let me know you’re coming beforehand).

As always, anyone attending gets a 10% discount coupon good for same day purchases at Bakka. And with this workshop people are encouraged to bring projects in progress to work on, in addition to the general discussion and Q&A the workshop will entail.

Open/Forthcoming Submission Calls of Note

: Today (May 15th) is the last day of their current submission period. Editor Jacob Haddon noted earlier today on FB that they can still take more submissions (they can only handle 300/month via Submittable) — at that time it was a little less than 50, may be lower still now, so get one in soon if you have something. Submission guidelines page here.

Their tone is primarily literary dark fiction with an attention to quality of writing. Their first issue is available for free here if you want to get a better feel for what they’re looking for. Lamplight takes originals and reprints up to 7,000 words in length. Pay is .03/word ($150 max; for reprints it’s .01/word). Simsubs are allowed.

I also recall that Damien Angelica Walters was going to be guest editing an upcoming issue of Lamplight. I assume that’s still the case, though I can’t recall to which issue that would apply.

Liminal Stories: More of a preparatory notice, this one. Liminal is reopening to submissions (both fiction and poetry) from June 1st – June 30th. Like LamplightLiminal publishes more literary work, though Liminal leans more toward a broader canvas in terms of content. Submission guidelines page here.

Liminal pays .06/word for fiction, and will take stories up to 10,000 words in length. They pay $50 for poetry, which may be any length (you may submit up to three at a time). Original material only. No simsubs.

If you want to get a better handle on the kind of work Liminal is publishing, you can find their first issue here, free to read online. It’s a well varied first issue, with A.C. Wise’s “The Men from Narrow Houses” and Octavia Cade’s “The Signal Birds” the strongest notes of the issue and balanced well as the opener and anchor, respectively. That first issue bodes well for future ones.

Both publications are open and welcoming to diverse, marginalized, and underrepresented content. Both exhibit a high level of quality. If you’re not already, you should be keeping an eye on both of these magazines.

And that’s all they wrote (for today). As always, feel free to spread the word. :)

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Axis of Awesome’s “The Elephant in the Room”

The Axis of Awesome (who are most aptly named) have a new song: “The Elephant in the Room.” It is perfect on so many levels. I could write a long post about the reasons why, but I’ll just post the video below so it can speak for itself. :D

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The Next Workshop: Editing Your Own Work

After getting a tie, by virtue of collective FB and Twitter responses, on which workshop to run next, I’m just going to go with the editing workshop now. I’ll run the freelancing workshop in August.

In the meantime, here’s the link to “The Axe and the Scalpel – Editing Your Own Work” which will be held at 1:00 pm, June 12th, at Bakka Phoenix Books.

As with last time, people are welcome to come and pay at the door if that’s easier (that’s also a flat $20 for attendance, which gets you around the service fee Eventbrite tacks on). Whatever’s easier for people is fine. Though if you’re planning on paying at the door, please let me know you’re coming (you can reach me on FB, Twitter @sekisetsu, or via e-mail at

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Next Publishing Workshop in June

I’m going to be running the next of the publishing (writing/editing, the business thereof) workshops at Bakka Phoenix on June 12th. And given that the order of the six workshops throughout the year isn’t fixed, there’s a lot of flexibility as to what’s next.

To the point where I’m back and forth on whether I’d rather run the freelancing (writing and editing) workshop next, or another round of the editing (your own work) workshop first.

I’ll be posting the Eventbrite page for the workshop once the decision’s been made, probably May 1st or a little after. In the meantime, feel free to comment here as to your preference, or to ask questions about the workshops themselves if you have any. :)

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