Welcome to this week’s edition of Submit Your Stories Sunday. Every week I bring you a unique call for submissions to help you find a home for your stories or inspire a new one. Each call will contain a speculative element and will offer payment upon acceptance. Next, I’ll recommend a story to inspire your submission and help newer writers understand how to fulfill a call’s thematic elements.

This week we’re submitting to Abyss & Apex’s upcoming opening and we’re reading Joy Kennedy-O’Neill’s The Roots That Roam from A&A’s 2019 archives.


Abyss and Apex

Eligibility: speculative, character-driven stories up to 10K words

Take Note: flash submissions must be copied into the submission email, not attached

Submit by: this opening is the first week of February, 2020

Payment: $0.06 per word to a maximum of $75.00 USD

Click here to go to the original call for full details.

A Story to Ignite Your Writing Mojo

This week we’re dipping in Abyss & Apex‘s archives to read The Roots That Roam by Joy Kennedy-O’Neill. This will help give us an idea of what the editors like. Click here to go read The Roots That Roam now.

This is a tiny story that sandwiches it’s own grimness between two slices of wonder. Trees are walking around, but the civilization’s gone and our heroine is trapped by dint of her uterus, but maybe there’s a chance for freedom yet, if she takes it. Imagining her future is left to the reader to fill in after the story closes, which, in cases like this, reads like a gift.

Good luck to everyone submitting next week, and be sure to let us know when one of your stories makes it in.

Happy writing!


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