There are a wealth of open calls right now, which jives seasonally, but I'm also wondering if the pandemic ended up creating some new publications. Either way, we should take advantage of it!
Bear in mind that I'm not endorsing these, merely passing them along. Always do your own due diligence before submitting.
Rough Cut Press is seeking experimental work in all genres. Theme is Dust. Up to 650 words. Pays $25. Deadline April 27.
Black Angel Press is seeking gothic ghost stories for an anthology. Doesn't have to be set during Victorian times. 3000 to 5000 words. Pays £5. Deadline April 30.
Off Topic Publishing is seeking poetry and flash fiction for "Home: What Is It and How Do I Get There?" Up to 1000 words for flash and 60 lines for poetry. Pays $15 CAD. Deadline April 30.
Brandon Applegate is seeking short horror and dark fiction for "It Was All a Dream: An Anthology of Bad Horror Tropes Done Right." 1500 to 4000 words. Pays $.03/word. Deadline April 30 (extended deadline for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ of May 7.
Kopfkino Media is seeking twisted horror fairy tales for "Midnight in the Dying Garden: Fairy Tales for the End of the World." 1000 to 7000 words. Pays $15 to $150 CAD. Deadline April 30.
Fiyah Lit Mag is seeking stories by black people of the African diaspora with the theme food and cuisine. 2000 to 7000 words. Pays $.08/word. Deadline April 30.
Strange Horizons is seeking stories by Southeast Asian and the SE Asian diaspora for a special issue. 2000 to 7000 words. Specific pay is not listed, so I'm assuming it's their usual $.10/word. Deadline April 30.
Jellyfish Review is seeking stories with memorable characters. Up to 1000 words. Pays $25. Deadline April 30.
Tourmaline & Quartz Publishing is seeking fantasy stories involving wintery elements for Kingdoms of Wrath & Ice. 5000 to 7500 words. Pays $25. Deadline April 30.
The First Line is seeking short pieces with the first line: "Thomas hadn't expected to be alive when the town's time capsule was opened." 300 to 5000 words. They also take poetry and nonfiction with varying requirements. Pays between $5 and $50, depending upon submission type and length. Deadline May 1.
Red Dog Fiction is seeking powerful crime short stories for the anthology Gone, which is also the theme. 3500 to 6000 words. Pays £30. Deadline May 1.
The Last Girls Club is seeking feminist fiction with the theme "Sex Work is REAL Work." Up to 2500 words. Pays $10 to $25. Deadline May 1.
The Other Stories podcast is seeking dark fiction and horror short stories with the following themes: Octopuses (deadline April 15), Ageing (deadline May 1), and Faeries (deadline May 15). Word count not specified. Pays £15.
Kelp Journal is seeking stories set in a beach locale with a neo-noir feel for The Dark Waves of Winter. 3000 to 6000 words. Pays $35 + royalties. Deadline May 1.
Bennington Review is seeking innovative work that is both graceful and reckless. Word count not specified, but pay is by typeset page. Pays $20 to $200. Deadline May 8.
Alan Squire Publishing is seeking short stories or creative nonfiction addressing the need to escape, flee, or run. Speculative fiction. 500 to 3000 words. Pays $30. Deadline May 9.
Shooter Literary Magazine is seeking fiction, essays, poetry, and memoir with the theme Out West. 2000 to 6000 words. Pays £25. Deadline May 9.
Egglplant Emoji Lit is seeking comedy/humor short stories. 1000 to 5000 words. Pays $25. Deadline $25.
Stories Rule Press is seeking urban fantasy novelettes with the theme/title "The Wizard Must be Stopped." 7500 to 10,000 words. Pays in royalties. Deadline May 15.
Weird Little Worlds is seeking speculative fiction about mothers for Mother: Tales of Love and Terror. 1000 to 3000 words. Pays $.05/word. Deadline May 15.
B Cubed Press is seeking short stories set in a fictional world (a short story is provided at the link) for Scott's Planet. 500 to 5000 words. Pays $.03/word. Deadline May 30.
Dragon Soul Press is seeking horror short stories for Haunt. 1000 to 15,000 words. Pays in royalties. Deadline May 31.
Hellbound Books Publishing is seeking vampire horror stories for Vampires and Such. 4000 to 10,000 words. Pays $5. Deadline May 31.
Eerie River Publishing is seeking horror stories with a fire theme. 1500 to 7000 words. Pays $.01/word CAD. Deadline May 31.
Hellnotes is seeking dark stories that include the HP Lovecraft creature Azathoth and the theme of order out of chaos for Azathoth: Ordo ab Chao. 5000 to 7000 words. Pays $.05/word. Deadline May 31.
Alienhead Press is seeking horror stories about Halloween ghosts for Literally Dead. 2000 to 4000 words. Pays $.06/word. Deadline May 31.
Plenty to choose from!
Any of these of interest? Anything to add?
May you find your Muse.