Do you ever find yourself losing interest in writing? What about getting frustrated when you get stuck?

Even if writing is your number one passion, it’s not unusual to go through phases where you’re not quite as enthusiastic. Whether you’ve been riddled with writer’s block or you feel discouraged after receiving a rejection from a publisher, you might be reluctant to pick up your pen again.

A great way to reignite your love for writing is by working on fun side projects and prompts. Themed submissions calls from anthologies and magazines can get you excited about writing again and ready to get back to that novel you’ve been working on.

That’s why we’ve put together a list of three submissions calls with fun themes and upcoming deadlines.


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Claw and Blossom: Water

Who They Are: From their website: “Claw & Blossom is a seasonal online literary journal of prose and poems that illustrate human experience within a larger context. We publish work that is touched by the natural world. We are seeking compelling arcs and deeply-resonant moments involving characters or narrators who wrestle with life’s impossible problems.“

What They’re Looking For: For this issue, Claw and Blossom is looking for work that relates to the theme water. They are accepting prose up to 1,000 words or poetry.

What They Pay: $25 per acceptance.

Deadline: February 21.

Get more information and submit here.

Speculative City: Sound

Who They Are: From their website: “Speculative City embraces the motivations of speculative fiction and integrates them into a focus of setting: the city. Cities instinctively draw marginalized individuals aspiring to create communities. Speculative City endeavors to elevate the voices of these communities through literary works that explore the potentials of their lived experience through the frame of science fiction, fantasy, and magical realism.“

What They’re Looking For: From their website: “Speculative City publishes provocative works that are centered within a cityscape…We are looking for fiction, poetry, and essays within the theme of the magazine’s upcoming issue”: sound.

What They Pay: $20-$55 according to the category and length of their submission.

Deadline: February 24.

Get more information and submit here.

Triangulation: Habitats

Who They Are: From their website: “We are Parsec Ink’s speculative fiction anthology, since 2003. We’re looking for outstanding fantasy, science fiction, weird fiction, and speculative horror–from new and established writers.“

What They’re Looking For: Poetry up to 100 lines and fiction up to 5,000 words under the theme habitats: “sustainable habitats, in tune with their surroundings.”

What They Pay: 3¢/word for prose and 25¢/line for poetry.

Deadline: February 28.

Get more information and submit here.

Is your work good enough to get published?

Many writing contests and anthologies receive thousands of submissions. Are you confident that your work is strong enough to stand out from the rest?

We help writers hone their craft so they can feel confident about submitting their best work to publications or competitions. If you’re serious about winning, you can speak with us to see how we can help you put your best foot forward when you submit your work. Book a call with us today.



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