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.
The Urban Green Man anthology is looking for "fantastic stories involving the mythology of the Green Man in any form (which includes the Green Woman)." They have somewhat specific guidelines, so I would highly
encourage you to check those out. This project's call runs through November 30th, 2012 and they will be paying 3.5 cents per word for stories up to 5,000 words and $20 per poem.
The second submission call for this week is from "Deep Cuts." This is a horror anthology where women in horror are being honored by having each author selected for the anthology write a short note "honoring a short horror story written by a woman that moved you or influenced your own writing." That short note is part of your submission, so please check the guidelines carefully on this one as well. This submission call runs through August 31st, 2012. They pay 6 cents per word for stories of 1,000-5,000 words.
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!