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Although we've taken the added steps to check out the following publication venues, we suggest you research them, as well, before submitting your work. At the time of publishing them here, their status may have changed.
Thank you.
Editors of The Muse Marquee

Seeking mainstream, literary, humor, all genres. For
fiction pays $100 for 2-4k words; Nonfiction
(instructive or motivational articles for writers),
$75 for 1.5-1.8k; First Sale, $20 for 250-300 words;
End Piece (essay related to writing), 700 words, $35;
Departments (Only When I Laugh, 100-600 words; Great
American Bookstores!, 500-600 words), $15-40; poetry
(must deal with the subject of writing -- writer's
block, "the muse", and inspiration that comes in the
middle of the night have been overdone), $10
Submission Guidelines:
Beyond Centauri   
Handles: Publishes: Articles; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry;
Areas include: Fantasy; Horror; Science; Sci-Fi; Short Stories; Technology;
Children's Market
Fiction limit: 2,000 words maximum
Poetry limit: 50 lines maximum
Articles limit: 500 words maximum
Payment: Yes – $5 for stories; $2 for poems; $1 for articles.  
Send submissions in the body of an email or as an RTF attachment. Target age-range is loosely 9-15. Any horror should be mild – think bugs and slimy things rather than blood and gore. No adult language or adult content. Material is generally written by adults, but also likes to encourage children to write for as well as read the magazine. Articles up to 500 words on science, technology, space, etc. are also considered. 
Editor(s): Tyree Campbell
Address: PO Box 782
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52406-0782
United States

Boys' Life
"We cover everything from professional sports to American history to
how to pack a canoe. A look at a current list of the BSA's more than 100 merit badge pamphlets gives an idea of the wide range of subjects
possible. Even better, look at a year's worth of recent issues."

~ C ~
Christian Home & School is published by Christian Schools  International for parents who send their children to Christian schools. The magazine aims to promote Christian education and to address a wide range of parenting topics.
We pay $175-$250 upon publication, depending on the length of the edited article. We prefer to buy first rights only. We also look for brief parenting tips of 100 to 250 words for our Parentstuff pages and pay $25 to $40 for these.
Features are 1000-2000 words.

Children's Better Health Institute
PAY: $.12 - $.22/word
We at the Children's Better Health Institute have a constant need for
high quality stories, articles, and activities with health related stories,
articles, and activities with health-related themes. "Health" is a
broad topic that includes exercise, sports, safety, nutrition, hygiene, and drug education. Health information can be presented in a variety of formats, including fiction, nonfiction, poems, recipes, and puzzles. Fiction stories with a health message need not have health as the primary subject, but they should include it in some way in the course of events. Characters in fiction should adhere to good health practices, unless failure to do so is necessary to a story's plot.

Dame Lisbet Throckmorton Fiction Contest
Deadline: 30th September 2005
Fees: $15 for one entry. 
Prizes: $500 for first place. $100, $50, $25.
Original short fiction 3,500 words or less.
The contest honors both novice and advanced writers needing an outlet for the creative voice.
P.O. Box 399
Forest Hill, MD 21050
United States
Dark Markets

now open for submissions

Looking for Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and
other genres. They also accept retelling of folktales
from all parts of the world. Short Shorts up to 1000
words. Short stories to 7500 words and Novellettes
7500 to 17500 words. Pays $5-$10 per story.
Submission Guidelines:
Family Fun This highly popular parenting magazine looks for parent's wisdom of how to cook in the kitchen with your children, how to get them to eat healthy, etc. and pays $75 for your tips. Send your great ideas along with your daytime phone number to  or send to Family Fun, My Great Idea:
From Our Readers Editor, 244 Main Street, Northhampton, MA 01060

FFWA Children's Literature Contest 
Deadline: 15th March 2006
Fees: $10 for one entry. (Under 3,000 words). 3,000-5,000 words, $20. Members enter for half price.
Prizes: $100 for first place. $75; $50.
For a children's story, poem, or item of nonfiction, up to 5,000 words.
PO Box A,
North Stratford NH 03590
United States
once again accepting submissions. You'll find the guidelines at


Lullaby Hearse is seeking poetry, art and fiction with
a focus on vivid imagery and clear prose. Writing
should be within the realm of the experimental and
there are no taboos--sexually or violently graphic
material is welcome when done in interesting ways.
Work can vary from stark realism to nightmare
landscapes, but contributers are encouraged not to be
dull or fantastical.
Maximum payment for fiction is $10-15 and $5 for
reviews. Poetry pays a fixed rate of $5/poem, or $5
for the first and $3 for each additional poem if a
contributer is asked to be featured. Alternative art
and photography is welcome and pays $5-10 per piece.
All contributers will receive one copy.
Submission Guidelines:

Milkweed Prize for Children's Literature
Entries Close: Ongoing
Milkweed Editions is pleased to announce its writing
competition for quality children's novels intended for
readers in the 8-13 age group. This competition is
part of Milkweed's children's book publishing program
for middle-graders.
Prize: Judging will be by Milkweed Editions, and the
winner of the prize will receive a $5,000 cash advance
on any royalties agreed upon in the contractual
arrangement negotiated at the time of acceptance.
Submissions should adhere to our children's literature
guidelines at

Over My Dead Body
Please query (by mail or e-mail) before sending
manuscripts. Your query letter should include the
title of the story, word count, type of story (cozy,
hardboiled, psychological suspense, crime, etc.), and
an SASE or e-mail address, for our response. Pays
$.01/word for fiction.
Submission Guidelines:

~ S ~
Spinetingler Magazine  

Publishes: Fiction; Reviews; Crime; Fantasy; Horror; Mystery; Sci-Fi; Short Stories; Suspense; Thrillers;

Fiction limit: 6000 words maximum
Articles limit: 2000 words maximum

Publishes both emerging and established authors. 2005 Fall Canadian content issue will be available on site for download for free.

An innovative magazine that wants to promote emerging and established writers. 
Scrybe Press is now accepting submissions of short fiction in the
horror, fantasy or science fiction genres.

At the current time, we are accepting submissions from authors with at
least 1 published sale or membership in either the HWA or SFWA.
Unpublished authors who wish to submit work for consideration must
obtain permission first (please email

If you wish to submit a story for consideration, please email with your name, story title, genre (roughly),
word count, and very brief synopsis, with the subject 'Intent to
Submit:' and the story title. Then, email the submission as a seperate
email with the subject 'Submission:' and the story title with the
document attached. Our preferred format is .doc or .rtf. Other formats
are acceptable but please ask first. We ask for the double email to
help insure that we are receiving all submissions properly and that we
have the necessary information. You do not need to await a response
between the preliminary email ('Intent to Submit') and the followup

Alternatively, you can mail your submission in standard manuscript
format to

Scrybe Press
Attn: Editor
15 Cook St
Massena, NY 13662

We publish stories/novels in three different formats

1 - Staple-Bound Chapbooks - between 5000 and 20,000 words (approx) -
pays $50 plus 10% on gross sales
2 - In our Free Fiction section - currently paying 1c per word up to
3 - Trade Paperbacks - paying a maximum of $200 advance plus 10% on
gross sales. Word counts 25,000 & up.

All formats are also published as ebooks. Both our chapbooks and our
trade paperbacks feature glossy covers, professional cover art, ISBNs,
Books In Print listings, and wide distribution.

We also will be publishing short fiction (less than 2,000 words) in
our quarterly catalogs as a bonus to our customers. As these are given
away, payment is per word, no royalties on the print version. Can be
combined with Free Fiction/Ebook contracts as a complete rights
package that pays a combo rate and royalties.



Woman's Day This highly popular woman's interest magazine uses reader's tips throughout its vast pages of articles on love, money management, decorating, family rearing, etc. Any tips that will help women best utilize their time, energy and resources could be  eligible for a $50 payment if chosen for publication. Think of some of your best time-saving cooking tips or ways to sneak vegetables and fiber into the foods you cook and send your tips to or jot them down on a postcard only and mail to
Tip Talk, Woman's Day, 1633 Broadway, New York, NY 10019.

Zoetrope: All-Story
Zoetrope: All-Story considers submissions of stories
and one-act plays under 7,000 words; screenplays,
treatments, and excerpts from larger works are not
accepted. First serial rights and a film option are
required. Submissions accompanied by an SASE will
receive a response within five months. Send to 1350
Avenue of the Americas, 24th Floor, New York, NY
10019. The magazine does not accept submissions from
June 1 through August 31.


The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to everyone! This competition welcomes anyone who loves to arrange words into beautiful art or to write a short story that is worth telling. And to all who have the ability to dream. Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes. All works must be original.


Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.

And/or write a short story, five pages maximum length, on any subject or theme, creative writing fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, must be typed or neatly hand printed.

Multiple poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Deadline: July 31, 2008

All winners will be announced on August 31, 2008


Writing Contest First Prize is $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100.

Poetry Contest First Prize is $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50.

Entry fees:

Writing Contest entry fee: $10 per short story submitted.

Poetry Contest entry fee: $5 per poem.

To send entries: Include title(s) with your story (ies) or poem(s), along with your name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself), on the coversheet. Add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation. Mail entries/fees payable to: “Dreamquestone.Com”

Dream Quest One

Poetry & Writing Contest

P.O. Box 3141

Chicago, IL 60654

Visit for further details or to enter!

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