Friday, March 18, 2016

Hot Flash Friday=Deadlines for Themed Submissions

A feature of this blog is Places to Submit (flash). Themed issues are a good way to work on material, either new material or something in the drawer you can take out and dust off and breathe new life into. Some of my pieces might make a round of journals without ever finding a home when suddenly because of a particular theme there is new interest. Once I submitted a flash for a newish journal called The Blue Hour. The theme was somewhat nebulous, more like a feeling. I sent over an untitled flash and BAM accepted. I wrote back: That was quick! And the editor said, I know it when I see it. Sometimes all it takes is the right time and the right place for a piece that has been collecting dust to suddenly become relevant.

Here is a list of places with calls for submissions, themed submissions.

The Pedestal, flash: The Working Life, May 2 – May 29 <1000 words
Studs Terkel's 1974 classic Working is 42 years old this year. For the June 2016 issue of Pedestal, the editors will be considering flash fiction that pertains to the working life and jobs—where so many of us spend the bulk of our lives. We are particularly interested in stories that capture the nature of the 21st Century workplace. As always, we are on the lookout for imagistic writing, strong characterization, and satirical wit. Submit up to three (3) pieces in a single file. Each piece should not exceed 1000 words. Open for submissions May 2 - May 29.
Payment: 2.5 cents per word.

Hippocampus (non-fiction) For our 2016 theme issue, which hits in July, we're looking for works of creative nonfiction, of up to 3,500 words, that explore "firsts." Deadline: 4/15/2016

3 Elements: a piece that intertwines these 3 elements—labyrinth, trace, reflex. Deadline April 30.

SunStruck Magazine currently open for submissions:
May – Home – Deadline: April 5, 2016
June – Naked – Deadline: May 31st, 2016
August – TBD – Deadline June 31st, 2016
Works between 1,500-4,000 words will have the best chance of publication.

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