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 Criminal Element website has rebooted their short fiction efforts with a new periodical called Malfeasance Occasional. For their first issue, they
are looking for crime and mystery stories with the theme "Girl Trouble."
This submission call runs from September 26th to October 10th, 2012. They pay a flat rate of $350 for stories of 3,000-6,000 words.
Kayelle Press is putting together an anthology of post-apocalyptic stories titled "Tomorrow." The submission call for this anthology runs through September 30th, 2012 and they will be paying $20 (Australian) for stories of 3,000-6,000 words.
As always, 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!