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. Below you will find information about two such calls for submissions.
The rebooted magazine Crossed Genres
is opening for submissions on August 1st. They will be reading on the theme of "Boundaries" first. Per the magazine's website: "Boundaries are physical, psychological, emotional, and imaginary. Who we
are can often be defined by how we respond to perceived boundaries –
accept them; ignore them; sidestep them; confront them. Where do the
boundaries we encounter shape the boundaries of our selves?" This issue's submission call runs through September 30th, 2012 and they will be paying 5 cents per word for stories of 1,000-6,000 words.
The second submission call for this week is from Kazka Press for their California Cantata anthology.
This is a fantasy anthology where the editors are intending to have (as much as possible) one story representing each county in California. From the guidelines, it reads to me as if a historical aspect is also desired in the stories. Since this is a somewhat specific theme, I'd definitely suggest reading the guidelines closely before beginning your story. Note that the publisher has also listed several counties where they have already purchased stories, so those counties would be off the table for further stories. This submission call runs through September 30th, 2012. They pay 1 cent per word for stories of 500-5,000 words.
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!