SOLSTICE 2023/2024 SUBMISSIONS OPEN! SUBMIT HERE
Observance of winter solstice is one of the oldest winter celebrations in the world. Humans have marked the day with monuments and traditions celebrating the rebirth of the sun for 10k years. It is a time of Mystery, myth and magic. Of going within. Of going home or missing it. Of dreaming. of darkness. Winter looks cold and frozen on the surface, but life goes on underneath the layers. Give us stories that evoke the light or the dark, the fire and ice. Ghost stories to celebrations. It can be dreamy or melancholy, but polished and moving.
“I want to feel and sense the season in the stories/poems, or read a tale made for a long winter’s night,” says Clifton.
Series curated by author Terri Clifton, and illustrated by artist Morgan Golladay.
File types: .doc, .docx
Number of Pieces: 1 prose piece or up to three poems
Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Reprints are not allowed.
Multiple entries are not allowed.
Submissions for 2023 INSTANT NOODLES open 1/1/2023
TO SUBMIT TO INSTANT NOODLES, PLEASE VISIT THE INSTANT NOODLES PAGE (main page, not the drop-down choices).
1/1/2023 SUBMISSIONS OPEN FOR INSTANT NOODLES VOLUME 3
WAKE UP: In which your work deals with the broad idea of spring as a time of waking up, renewal, birth. Submissions are open 1/1/2023, and close 3/1/2023. Issue publishes 5/1/2023.
IT SHOULD ALWAYS BE FALL IN THE CEMETERY: In which your work deals with the broad idea of fall: death/endings/Halloween/All Saints, a chill in the air, etc., not horror for this, but a piece that’s more ghostly than horror would work too. Submissions are open 5/1/2023, close 7/1/23, and publishes 9/1/23.
COOOLD TURKEY: In which your work deals with the broad idea of things that go wrong in funny ways in the cold, around winter holidays, etc. We’re always looking for a LAUGH at the end of the year. Submissions are open 9/1/2023, and close 11/1/2023. Issue publishes 12/24/2023.
WHEN YOU ARE PUBLISHED IN INSTANT NOODLES, you may find yourself (in the fall) nominated for Best of the Net, and Best Small Fictions, and Pushcart Prizes. We nominate for all three.
UPDATE SOLSTICE 2022 SUBMISSIONS:
We had more good submissions than we could fit in one book. Remaining submissions are under consideration for Solstice V3, publishing 12/23-1/24. Notices coming out in the next few months for those submissions.
SUBMISSIONS FOR HALLOWEEN PARTY ’23 are closed. See you here in 2025.
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