Anthology

Call :: NYQ Books New Anthology about Faith

NYQ Books screenshotDeadline: February 2, 2021
NYQ Books is seeking submissions for an anthology to be titled Without a Doubt: poems illuminating faith. Submissions will remain open until February 2, 2021, but may close early should the anthology fill. We are seeking poems that explore faith rather than tell. We seek poems that demonstrate a new and fresh understanding of faith. Poems that rise above religion and redefine spirituality. Poets from any spiritual tradition are welcome. Nontheists and Freethinkers are encouraged to submit. Historically marginalized voices are especially welcome. We are not looking for poems that proselytize. Please see our webpage for complete guidelines.

Call :: Anthology of Writing on Domestic Verbal, Emotional, and Physical Abuse Seeks Submissions

We are seeking work by survivors of domestic abuse. Creative nonfiction, memoir, letters, flash nonfiction. Maximum word count 4,500. Please note that we are no longer reading poetry. Deadline: October 15, 2020. This book will be published by McFarland & Company; contributors will receive a complimentary copy. Please send your submission in Word, with a brief cover letter and 50 word bio to Judith Skillman, jskillman54@gmail.com and Linera Lucas; lineralucas@alumni.reed.edu. This text is dedicated to all those who dared to break the silence.

Call :: Haunted Waters Press Seeks Fiction, Poetry, Flash for Paid Print Publication

Haunted Waters Press 2020 submission period flierDeadline: August 31, 2020
Haunted Waters Press now seeking submissions for consideration in Tin Can Literary Review—our upcoming fiction anthology celebrating the works of new, emerging, and seasoned authors. We seek stories told in as little as 500 words and as many as 12,000. Contributors to be paid $250 per published story. Also seeking works of fiction, poetry, and flash for paid print publication in the 18th issue of From the Depths and for 2020 HWP Awards. Details: www.hauntedwaterspress.com. Visit the HWP Contributor Showcase to learn more about our published authors and poets: www.hauntedwaterspress.com/contributor-showcase.

Call :: level:deepsouth for Generation X

combat bootsSubmissions accepted year-round.
level:deepsouth is an online anthology created in 2020 with the goal of documenting Generation X in the Deep South during the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s by collecting works of creative nonfiction (personal essays, memoirs, and reviews) about our lives back then and since then. Submissions guidelines can be found on the website: leveldeepsouth.com.

Call :: PoArtMo 2020 Anthology Open to Submissions

Deadline: August 23, 2020
We invite you to submit your best art work created in 2020 for potential inclusion in a digital anthology that will be published later this year. Topics/Themes: Anything that is positive, uplifting, and inspirational in nature, with the exception of erotica and politics. Clean art only. No dirty words or swear words allowed! We are looking for poetry, flash fiction, essays, short stories, art, drawings, paintings, and photography. abpoetryjournal.com/poartmo-anthology/

Call :: Anthology of Writing on Domestic Verbal, Emotional, and Physical Abuse

Deadline: October 15, 2020
We are seeking work by survivors of domestic abuse. Creative nonfiction, memoir, flash nonfiction. Maximum word count 4500. Please note that at this time we are not accepting poetry. Deadline: October 15, 2020. The book will be published by McFarland & Company; contributors will receive a complimentary copy. Please send your submission in Word, with a brief cover letter and 50 word bio to Judith Skillman, jskillman54@gmail.com and Linera Lucas; lineralucas@alumni.reed.edu. This text is dedicated to all those who dared to break the silence.

Scared in the Air

Guest Post by Chang Shih Yen

Flight or Fright is an anthology with one theme: scary things that can happen while flying. This anthology is edited by the king of horror writing, Stephen King. This seemed like a good book to read in lockdown when international air travel is almost impossible.

There are 16 short stories and one poem in this anthology. There are old stories by Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) and Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) written before air travel even became a thing. There are two new stories written specifically for this anthology. One by Stephen King is a story about air turbulence. The second new story is by Joe Hill (son of Stephen King) whose story is about passengers in a plane while a nuclear war starts on earth mid-flight. There are also classic short stories by the likes of Ray Bradbury and Roald Dahl. Dahl draws on his own experience as a fighter pilot in World War II. Some stories tell the reader its content in the title, like “Zombies on a Plane” by Bev Vincent and “Murder in the air” by Peter Tremayne. There are all sorts of terrifying tales in this collection, with topics ranging from monsters, time travel, war, and murder, to falling out of the sky.

This was a satisfying read if you’re looking for something scary. There are stories like “The Fifth Category” by Tom Bissell, which haunts you and gets in your head and stays with you long after the last page is turned.


Flight or Fright: 17 Turbulent Tales edited by Stephen King and Bev Vincent. Cemetery Dance Publications, September 2018.

Reviewer bio: Chang Shih Yen is a writer from Malaysia, seeing through the pandemic in New Zealand. She writes a blog at https://shihyenshoes.wordpress.com/

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Contest :: One Month Left to Submit to Orison Anthology Awards

Deadline: August 1, 2020
The 2020 Orison Anthology Awards in Fiction, Nonfiction, & Poetry offer $500 and publication by Orison Books in The Orison Anthology for a single work in each genre. This year’s judges are Blair Hurley (fiction), E. J. Koh (nonfiction), and Joy Ladin (poetry). Entry fee: $15. Submission Period: May 1-August 1. There is now one month left to submit. Find complete details at www.orisonbooks.submittable.com.

Call :: Main Street Rag Seeks Poetry & Prose on Mental Health Recovery

Don’t forget that Main Street Rag seeks poetry and prose (fiction/nonfiction) for an anthology with a mental health recovery theme; uplifting stories of overcoming mental health challenges and trauma from writers who have experienced a mental illness or love someone who has. Length: up to 6,000 words (prose) or 5 poems. Reading Period: May1-August 1. Simultaneous submissions and previously published considered, however, authors must own the rights (no third-party permissions). Questions may be directed to editor Erika Nichols-Frazer at frazernichols@gmail.com. Submissions should be sent to: mentalhealth.submittable.com/submit.

Call :: Haunted Waters Press 2020 Reading Periods

Haunted Waters Press 2020 submission opportunities flierDeadline: August 31, 2020
Haunted Waters Press now seeking submissions for consideration in Tin Can Literary Review—our debut fiction anthology celebrating the works of new, emerging, and seasoned authors. We seek stories told in as little as 500 words and as many as 12,000. Selected works to be paid $250 per published story. Also seeking works of fiction, poetry, and flash for paid print publication in the 18th issue of From the Depths and in consideration for 2020 HWP Awards. Penny Fiction 2020 will showcase exceptionally short stories told in exactly 20 words—no more, no less. Details: www.hauntedwaterspress.com.