Open Prompts


We want to see the prompt inspire your writing. To bleed through every letter. If our quarterly is about Apollo, give us stories about the galaxies, about the sun, about archery. Give us stories that breathe Apollo. If the prompt is Artemis, give us forests, give us beasts, give us epic hunts. This does not mean we want stories ABOUT Apollo, or Artemis.

VERY IMPORTANT: Please include a note as to how your story is inspired or relates to the theme/prompt you are submitting to. If you do not do this, we cannot guarantee your story will be read. A single sentence is sufficient. This is not necessary for our annual, genre specific anthologies (Gaia and Typhon). 

Below are our OPEN prompts:

Gorgon - Emergence


Subs open January 1 2018 through March 31 2018. Published in print only. 


By Pantheon Magazine, edited by Sarah Read, Cover Artwork by Daniel Serra

Publication in late summer of 2018.

What we want: Weird, dark fiction; slipstream; magical realism; horror. Fiction with a touch of mythic quality. We want themes based around transformations—things that are shapeshifting, things that are emerging. Make Ovid’s Metamorphoses contemporary and weird and scary. We want a wide scope of voices and cultures and perspectives.

We don’t want: A lot of assaulted women turning into trees, pretty people turning into flowers, things written in Ovid’s voice. Lots of folks in togas. We don’t want splatter or pulp, though some body horror is fine and comes naturally with this theme.


This is a flash fiction anthology. We’re looking for stories that hover around the 1k-word mark, with 2k being the maximum allowed for consideration.

6c/word for original fiction; 3c/word for reprints.

Please give us 30 days of exclusive submission. If you haven’t heard from us by then, feel free to submit simultaneously elsewhere—just be sure to withdraw your piece from us immediately if it is accepted by another publication.

Please put your title, byline, and word count in your cover letter, as well as a brief note about how your story fits the theme.

Submissions are processed through Submittable. Please let us know if Submittable is inaccessible to you and we will be happy to make other submission arrangements.

We want print/digital rights exclusive for six months after publication, then all rights revert to contributors.

Please email us at if you have further questions or concerns.


7 Responses to “Open Prompts”

  1. Dominica May 2, 2013 at 6:04 am #

    Do you have specific deadline for Poseidon? I am interested in submitting something, but couldn’t find a deadline. Thanks.

    • pantheonmag May 2, 2013 at 1:38 pm #

      Hi, Dominica. Yes, the official deadline for the Poseidon issue is mid September (9/16/13), or if space fills up. Whichever is soonest. We typically accept 8-10 fiction pieces per issue. Hope this helped. Look forward to your submission!

      • Dominica May 6, 2013 at 9:03 am #

        Great, thanks! I hope I can write something before the space gets filled up then.

  2. Alicia C. August 25, 2014 at 6:46 pm #

    Hi there, has Persephone filled or is it already closed to submissions? Thanks for letting me know!

    • pantheonmag September 1, 2014 at 4:53 pm #

      Hi Alicia,

      We are still accepting submissions for our Persephone issue. Usually, we’ll remove the prompt altogether from the page once it’s been filled. Thanks for checking!

      Pantheon Team

  3. sarahsadie September 30, 2014 at 12:35 am #

    Are you open to poetry or are you looking for only fiction?

    • pantheonmag September 30, 2014 at 6:29 pm #

      We are open to poetry for only our PERSEPHONE theme, currently.

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