Tin House accepts submissions September 1 through May 31, and, as always, our summer and winter issues are not themed. Please submit only one story or essay (ten-thousand-word limit), or up to five poems at a time.
Fall 2011 theme: THE ECSTATIC – We are looking for poetry, fiction, and essays addressing the ecstatic and its counterparts–the comedown and ecstasy thwarted, whether by internal or external means. Deadline: April 1, 2011.
Winter 2011 theme: BEAUTY – We are looking for fiction, poetry, and nonfiction that confronts notions of beauty across cultures, economic strata, genders, and races. We’ll also be looking for pieces that look into the marketing of beauty, and how notions of beauty are used to create celebrity and at the same time to marginalize and exclude. Deadline: April 1, 2011.
Spring 2012 theme: WEIRD SCIENCE – From nanobots and neutrinos to architeuthis, the real is often stranger than the most speculative sci-fi. We are looking for fiction, poetry, and nonfiction that goes beyond the headlines into current, past, and future scientific explanations of “reality.” We are open to speculative fiction, if there are humans involved. Deadline: November 1, 2011.
All stories must be no more than 5,000 words, contain mystery, murder or mayhem and take place in New Jersey. Winners will be announced at the Deadly Ink Mystery Conference luncheon. First Place: $25 and free registration to 2011 conference. All other published entries: $25. All profits from the sales of the 2011 anthology by Deadly Ink will be donated to the Christopher Reeve Foundation. The 2011 Deadly Ink Anthology will be available for sale at the 2011 conference. You do not need to attend the conference to enter the contest. Entries must be sent to email@example.com as a word .doc or .rtf file by March 31, 2011.
TRADING CARD FICTION CONTEST http://stymiemag.submishmash.com/Submit
$5 ENTRY FEE
Limit 100 words. Stymie Magazine will publish the winning short story along with a selection of other finalists as part of a limited edition Trading Card Fiction set available in mid-2011. The winning story will receive a cash prize of $150. All finalists will receive a complimentary Trading Card Fiction set. Deadline March 15, 2011.
The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, communication, and well-rewarded recognition to contestants. The contest is open globally; age is of no matter; and entries must be in English. We are open to all styles of writing, although we do encourage you to take a close look at our guest judge for the season and the flavor of our sponsor, if you are serious about winning. We love creativity, originality, and light-hearted reads. That’s not to say that our guest judge will feel the same… so go wild! Express yourself, and most of all, let’s have some fun! OPEN PROMPT. We’re open to any style and genre. From horror to romance! So, get creative, and most of all, have fun.
Fiction: We consider original, unpublished stories within the confines of dark fantasy and horror—mystery, suspense, supernatural, morbid humor, fantasy, etc. Stories must have a clear horror element. We’re looking for short stories up to 5,000 words (firm).
Nonfiction: We want journalism, well-researched and emotionally compelling nonfiction about real horrors—disease, poverty, addiction, etc. We will also consider work on other, relative subjects within the confines of dark fantasy and horror.
Flash Fiction: We interested in tightly woven flash fiction, 1,000 words or less.
Microfiction: To avoid blank pages in future issues, we’re now looking for very short flash pieces, 200 words or less.
Poetry: We’re interested in dark poetry on a limited basis. Submit no more than three poems at a time.
Artwork: We typically solicit artwork. But if you think your work fits our style, please submit it.