call for stories

SPECULATIVE FICTION WRITERS OF COLOR (call for stories, July 24) by Bear Guerra

Via Resonance Network:

“The Resonance Network & Wakanda Dreamlab are accepting pieces of work for a Wakanda-inspired gender anthology.

We welcome multiple submissions. If you choose to submit more than one piece, please fill out a separate form for each. 

What We're Looking For: Fictional accounts of daily life in Wakanda that center on specific experiences given what we know of the kingdom and that respond to the prompt. Learn more about Wakanda here:

Who Should Apply: All those across the race and gender spectrum who believe in and are committed to gender justice and liberation and the power of speculative fiction. We especially welcome and will give preference to pieces from Black transgender, gender non-conforming and Indigenous womxn-identifying kin.”

DEADLINE: July 24.


SHORT FICTION WRITERS, POETS FOCUSED ON MOTHERHOOD (call for stories, August 1) by Bear Guerra


Via Mom Egg Review:

Mom Egg Review, a literary magazine about motherhood, seeks submissions for their 18th annual print issue, themed HOME. Poetry, short fiction, creative prose, and hybrid works. They also seek art focused on mothers and HOME.

Submissions are opening May 1, 2019 for the 18th annual print issue of Mom Egg Review/ MER, themed HOME. We publish literary work that is about mothering or motherhood; submissions for this issue should be about motherhood and this issue’s theme of HOME.

We seek work about motherhood in the context any of the many connotations of HOME. Some possibilities: Your childhood home, first apartment, the home you live in and create. Homelessness. Home land. Home base. Torn between homes. Also all the rooms of the home and what is done in them (kids’ room, kitchen, bedroom), the neighborhood, others’ homes, being away from home (hospital, travel), etc. Of course, as well, the earth is our home. The nature of “home”—is a home a place, a feeling, a center, a community? Can work be a home? Can a poem be a home?

We publish poetry, flash and short fiction, creative prose, and hybrid works (up to 850 words). We also seek mother-themed art.”

DEADLINE: August 1.


Via CityLab:

“We’re interested in the challenges and complexities of city life in the 21st century, in communities both big and small. We want stories from where you are that are interesting, relevant, and meaningful to people everywhere. We invite you to share your expertise and to help fill our blind spots.

What makes a good CityLab story?

CityLab stories span a number of topics, from transit to climate change. Check out our different channels: DesignTransportationEquityEnvironment, and Life.   

Whether we’re covering housing policy or an innovative art installation, our reporting reveals something about the problems, solutions, and surprises of the urban landscape.”


Via The Marshall Project:

The Marshall Project, a criminal justice reporting non-profit organization, is looking to work with formerly incarcerated photographers on a freelance basis in the United States. Please send an e-mail with the subject heading "Marshall Project Freelance Photographer" to with a link to your portfolio or samples of your work. If you are sending samples as opposed to a portfolio link, please limit the size of each photo to 1300 pixels wide, at 72dpi. Please send between 10-20 samples if not sending a portfolio link. We'd also welcome recommendations of formerly incarcerated photographers.”

CLIMATE WRITERS (call for pitches, July 1) by Bear Guerra

Via High Country News:

“The year is 2070. Climate change has reshaped the American West. What does your hometown's scenario look like – 50 years out? Scientific prediction or science fiction? Give us your best forecast about how such phenomena have affected your community or region. Risk it all for publication and prizes. Submit up to 200 words, or an art conception, about your region's future.”



FREELANCE WRITERS FOCUSED ON CONSERVATION (call for pitches, October 1) by Bear Guerra

Via Mongabay:

“A new Mongabay reporting project aims to identify solutions to environmental challenges, so that they can be celebrated and adopted more widely. We’re searching for real-world examples from both land and sea, which can help conservation groups, agencies, and communities address the problems caused by habitat loss, overharvesting, climate change, pollution, and other threats. Through this reporting effort, we aim to help groups who may lack access to information on available tools and strategies, by highlighting where and why conservation efforts have been successful. Highlighting success stories can lead to transformative change by providing practitioners with blueprints and case studies for effective models.”

DEADLINE: October 1.

ESSAY WRITERS IN THE AMERICAN SOUTH (call for stories) by Bear Guerra

Via Oxford American:

“Pitch essays about the American South.

The Oxford American welcomes fiction and nonfiction submissions, as well as proposals for articles. We accept submissions via Submittable. (There is a $3 processing fee for most categories.) The Oxford American does not accept submissions on paper and cannot return manuscripts sent to the office.

Please familiarize yourself with recent issues of the magazine before you submit. The Oxford American can be purchased at discerning bookstores and newsstands everywhere. Single-copy issues and back issues may be purchased here. Issues appear in March, June, September, and November. Our annual Southern Music Issue appears in November.”


ESSAYISTS, BOOK REVIEWERS (call for pitches) by Bear Guerra

Via High Country News:

“High Country News’ 2019 Books and Authors issue is looking for pitches.. We're interested in writing that "unsettles" ideas about the West, and in highlighting diverse perspectives.

Each fall, High Country News produces its Books & Authors issue, showcasing some of the best and most exciting writing about the modern American West. We intend to surprise and delight our readers with interesting titles and writers, and with excellent longform essays and narratives. This year, we’re especially interested in highlighting diverse perspectives.”

DEADLINE: July 21.


WOMEN DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHERS (call for proposals) by Bear Guerra

Via We, Women:

We, Women seeks community engagement and collaborative photo-based projects that redefine how people understand and respond to urgent issues in the United States.

Possible topics include gun control, immigration, criminal justice, the environment, political participation, education, healthcare, housing, jobs and the economy, indigenous rights, religion and substance abuse. 

Selected photographers will receive US$5,000 to US$10,000, mentorship and production support, and promotion and marketing of projects. Their work will be featured in the We, Women exhibition at Photoville Fall 2020 and a traveling exhibition beginning Fall 2020.”

DEADLINE: June 30.


YOUNG VIDEO MAKERS (call for projects) by Bear Guerra

Via Megacities ShortDocs:

“CALL FOR ENTRIES (Summary of the Terms & Conditions)

MegaCities-ShortDocs Film Festival, Edition 5. A festival of short documentary-films that highlight initiatives which seek to bring effective solutions to MegaCities’ challenges and inspire people to take actions to improve the life of MegaCitizens in their MegaCity.

Your ShortDoc film must:

  • show a challenge in your MegaCity (such as transportation, education, refugees, health, climate change, …) and solutions or ideas of new initiatives that could tackle such issues. A challenge that is potentially a theme with social or environmental impact covered by one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals from the United Nations,

  • take place inside the urban area of one existing megacities (1 of the 38 metropolitan areas of more than 10 Million inhabitants),

  • last no more than 4 minutes (including closing credits)

  • integrate English subtitles: the subtitles must be integrated to the ShortDoc in the following pattern: Police: Calibri, Normal, 70, in white. Black outline, size 2. The subtitles must be kept on one line only, in the lowest part of the screen.”

DEADLINE: July 15.


MAGAZINE WRITERS (call for stories) by Bear Guerra

Via California Sunday magazine:

“We're excited to fill you in on something we’re planning for later this year: Pop-Up Magazine and California Sunday Magazinewill collaborate to create special, themed issues for both our Fall tour (which runs late Sept. through mid-Oct., across 8 cities) and our Sept/Oct issue. The theme for both? Escape.

Here’s where you come in. We’re on the hunt for story ideas for both the touring show and the magazine. Some may live in one or the other, some may live in both. And the great thing about escape? It’s a theme that lends itself to all types of stories. A story about video games is an escape story. A story about psychedelics is an escape story. A story about immigration can be about escape. A story about gender identity is an escape story. A story about confinement could be an escape story. A travel story can be about escape. So can a story about divorce. As always, we want stories that feature great characters, and we’re looking to represent a wide array of voices, perspectives, and tones in this issue — from humorous and light to serious and subversive. At a time when it seems everyone is trying to escape in some way — be it literal or figurative — what are the stories that people need to hear right now?  

To send ideas (both topical and otherwise) for California Sunday and/or Pop-Up, reply to this email. If you need a refresher on our contributor guidelines, check out California Sunday’s by emailing You can find Pop-Up’s here. We look forward to hearing from you!”

YOUNG IMMIGRANT WRITERS (call for stories) by Bear Guerra

Via The Hawkins Project:

“The Hawkins Project (co-founded by Dave Eggers) is publishing a new anthology highlighting the experiences of youth who have immigrated from one country to another. Young people between the ages of 11-24 can submit pieces of non-fiction and poetry for consideration.

If you have any further questions about the project, please don’t hesitate to be in touch:”