HerStory, a blog dedicated to the stories of women and female-identifying creatives, has announced its October theme: Things Got Complicated. Writers are invited to share true, personal stories of a moment in life when things got complicated. Whether they be funny, panic-inducing or a big headache, all types of stories in this category are welcome. Submit your stories (500-1000 words) by October 22, 2017.
Comics Youth CIC, a U.K.-based non-profit that helps young people create their own comics, zines and articles, is looking for submissions for their self-care zine. Comics, stories, poetry, illustrations, tutorials, recipes, etc., are all welcome. The zine will be distributed to young people under the age of 25 to help as a mental health resource in areas where this type of education is lacking. Submissions are due November 3, 2017.
For its chapbook contest, No Chair Press is seeking manuscripts of traditional verse by modern women. First place comes with a $300 USD prize and 25 copies of selected chapbooks. The chapbook press is looking for rhymed and metered verse with a contemporary spin and will be accepting entries until the end of October.
For its fourth volume, Orthogonal wants to talk sex and revolution. Until November 1, 2017, Orthogonal is accepting stories that dive into sex as a revolutionary act, from across the entire spectrum of race, gender, and sexuality. Writers are invited to avoid politics and to be ruthless and take risks. Published writers will receive $100 per story as well as a small percentage of the sale of each e-copy. Another option is to instead receive $70 (plus percentage) and a Worldcon supporting/voting membership.
Dreamy and magical realism, literary speculative fiction, and pieces that defy categorization are welcome under Augur Magazine‘s latest call for submissions. The magazine is looking for original, unpublished works of dream-touched realism — especially by marginalized voices — including poetry, flash fiction, short fiction and comics. Recently crowdfunded through Kickstarter, Augur Magazine is now paying writers $50 per short story, $25 per per flash fiction piece, $20 per poem, and $75 for graphic fiction and comics. Submit by November 15, 2017.
International and biannual e-zine Lavender Review is accepting submission year-round. The e-zine is dedicated to poetry and art by, about and for lesbians.
Paper Butterly Flash Fiction, now in its second year, is looking for flash fiction submissions of science fiction, fantasy, horror, romance, humour, western, mystery and literary flash fiction. Stories must be original and unpublished, and the selected writers will be paid $5. Twelve stories will be published. The deadline for submissions is November 30, 2017.