Calls for Submissions

• Bards and Sages is a quarterly online magazine accepting short speculative fiction of up to 5,000 words. Bards and Sages is designed for a general readership, therefore keep this audience in mind. Buys First Time Worldwide Electronic and Print rights for fiction. Does not accept previously published work, be it on print or online. All rights revert to creator upon publication. Pays via paypal. Flash Fiction up to 500 words $5. Short Stories up to 5000 words, $15. Read the writer guidelines at:

• Donna Clark Goodrich is a freelance writer, editor, and proofreader and author of 22 books. She is currently seeking stories for an encouraging anthology of and for parents who have lost children. Most importantly, how you coped afterwards. We don’t want this to be a morbid book but rather an encouragement to others on how they can get through this situation. Donna needs 50 stories for the publisher to accept it. Feel free to pass this on. Stories should have a limit of 2000 words. Poetry is also acceptable. Please visit Donna at

• Fresh Books Literary Agency is seeking popular science, natural history, adventure, how-to, business, and education pieces Recent sales include: The Myth of Multitasking: How Doing It All Gets Nothing Done, The Zombie Combat Manual and Wilderness Survival for Dummies. Contact Agent Matt Wager at

• Metro Moms offers information and resources to parents who are also professionals. The corner: Metro Fiction provides a little reading oasis. We are looking? Short fiction that will appeal to a largely female audience. Genres include fantasy, historical, literary, paranormal, romance, science fiction and women’s fiction. NOT looking for erotica, horror stories or stories with very dark themes, children’s fiction, middle-grade fiction or young adult fiction. If interested visit Metro Moms at

• One Teen Story a new literary magazine that connects teens to great short stories is seeking fictional short stories for their student contest. Authors must be 14-19 years of age to submit. Winner will be published in One Teen Story. Submission time closes on May 31, 2012. For more information visit their website:

• One Story is a non-profit literary magazine seeking submissions. Submission time is open from: September until June. Find out more information and submit your story at their website

• Post Mortem is accepting submissions for their anthology of steampunk ghost stories. Due date is May 31, 2012. Short stories should range 2000-7000 words. Read the specific guidelines at:

• The Sandy River Review is a biannual literary magazine seeking prose, poetry and art submissions twice a year for the Spring and Fall issues. Prose submissions may be Fiction or Creative Non-Fiction. For more details visit

• Saturday Evening Post is running a fiction contest. The fee is $10. Deadline for submissions is July 1st.
• Shimmer publishes short fiction several times a year, in both print and electronic versions. Shimmery stories are most often contemporary fantasy. Looking for beautifully-written speculative fiction stories with full plots and strong characters. Shimmer seeks out stories with a strong emotional core and original images. Send us your odd unclassifiable stories–though we prefer traditional storytelling mechanics to experimental approaches. For specific guidelines go to

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