I've been seeing a lot of calls for submissions lately and thought I'd create a post to keep track and share some that I've seen. Unlike my publishers accepting submissions posts, these calls for submissions tend to be for fiction short stories and poetry, and from journals, societies, festivals and magazines. Some offer payment, some don't, so check each individual call page carefully before submitting any of your work.
I'm going to attempt to keep this regularly updated as I see more calls, and to remove those that close their submissions. For the sake of ease (my own, I mean lol) I'm only going to be focusing on the UK and Ireland. Everything in this post is correct as of the 11th January 2022.
Calls for science fiction, fantasy and horror
submissions in 2022
The BFS Short Story Competition (Open 1st April - 30th June)The British Fantasy Society holds an annual short story competition for all adult fantasy, science fiction and horror stories (written in English) up to 5,000 words long. All stories must be original work, and there is a fee of £5 to enter for non-members of the BFS. Their list of guidelines and rules for entry are extensive, so make sure you thoroughly check them out before entering.
There are three prizes to be won, with the first prize being winnings of £100 and a yearlong membership to BFS. The winners of the prize will also be published in the below BFS Horizons journal.
BFS Horizons (Currently open)A bi-annual journal for fiction, poetry and art, BFS Horizons is currently calling for submissions of a wide range of fantasy stories up to 5,000 words and poetry up to 36 lines long.
Black Static (Currently open)
Black Static, published by TTA Press, accepts short story submissions of up to 10,000 words in the horror genre.
Interzone (Currently open)Interzone, published by TTA Press, accepts short story submissions of up to 10,000 words in the genres of science fiction and fantasy.
They do not accept submissions that have been submitted elsewhere or have previously been published in English.
Calls for general contemporary fiction submissions in 2022
Abridged (Currently open - deadline 14th February)Abridged is currently looking for poetry submissions for its Xanadu issue. For more info (you'll need it), check out their submission call page.
Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature Competition (Currently open - deadline 6th March)Fowey Festival is holding its annual short story competition around the theme 'Spring Picture' which is the title of one of Daphne du Maurier's (who the festival is inspired by) novels. The story should be no longer than 1,500 words in length and 'must include the title, but its interpretation is entirely up to you'.
The competition is for those aged 16+ and is £10 to enter, with a first prize of £200 and a second prize of £100.
The Tangerine (Currently open - deadline 31st January)With an aim to 'offer fresh and meaningful insights into a variety of subjects: from art to music, architecture to the environment', The Tangerine accepts submissions of features, short stories (up to 6,000 words in length) and poems that 'challenges and excites' them.
All work should be previously unpublished.
Calls for crime submissions in 2022
That's all for now. I'll update as and when I see more tweets and posts calling for submissions. If you're a writer looking to submit your story to any of the above, but aren't quite sure whether your story is ready, or want a professional pair of eyes to look over it beforehand, I offer a range of editorial services for fiction authors. And if you are quite sure you're story is ready to go, then good luck to you!
Until the next time,
Until the next time,