One of the tools I've used sometimes to help myself get started on writing is writing towards prompts or themes for upcoming publications, either anthologies or themed issues of periodicals. Every Thursday, I'll be posting two or three such submission calls which I find of interest. There may be a somewhat heavy speculative fiction bent to these lists, but I'll endeavor to mix it up a bit for those who write mostly in other genres.
A two volume anthology, "Once Upon an Apocalypse" is looking for stories "with the undead and otherwordly mythos crossing into the realm of fairy tales, nursery rhymes and other timeless stories." They have somewhat specific guidelines, so I would highly encourage you to check those out as well as the list of things they've already purchased since they're aiming not to have duplicated tales. This project's call runs through July 31st, 2012 or until filled and they will be paying 3 cents per word for stories of 2,000-4,000 words.
The second submission call for this week is from "Descant."
They are looking for "Essays, poems, fictions, memoirs, and art work which show the ways in which the Indian peoples connect with one another worldwide and also differentiate themselves from and yet are still linked to modern India." This submission call runs through August 15th, 2012. They pay a $100 honorarium for published works.
Since I don't represent any of these publishers, please make sure to read the linked guidelines pages closely to ensure that you understand details of the submission guidelines, terms, payment information, etc.
Stop back next Thursday for more Upcoming Deadlines!