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 magazine Scheherezade’s Bequest is moving toward print publication. For their first print issue, they are looking for issues featuring the archetypal figure of The Loathly Lady. The guidelines note that straightforward retellings of this character's story may be "a hard-sell." This submission call runs through November 30th, 2012. They pay a flat rate of $30 for stories over 1,000 words and a flat rate of $15 for poems and stories of 1,000 words of fewer.
Stealing Time is a publication aimed at parents, with the idea of producing a literary magazine of relevance particularly to topics of parenting. They have multiple themed calls up for consideration. The one ending soonest is on the topic of Celebration. This submission call runs through October 1st, 2012. They pay an indeterminate amount but state that most pieces will be paid in the range of $100-500 for stories of 500-3,000 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!