Wednesday, August 14, 2013

[Mostly] Wordless Wednesday - Estes Park Elk & Links

It's [Mostly] Wordless Wednesday and, as promised, elk!

Thank you to everyone who stopped by for Jeremy's book tour and Mina's cover reveal! I'll be visiting you all back, but I have my final clinical then both written and skills final directly after, so I'm in crazy study mode. Wish me luck! If I pass my finals, all I have left is state boards in the next month or two.

Now for some links.

Note: I am not vetting these publications, personally. I find the information and pass it on, but I have not researched it. Please do your own research before submitting anything in order to insure the publication is valid and has no complaints against them.

Accepting Submissions:

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine is open for submissions, seeking both new and previously published authors. They take all kinds of mysteries, and pay .05 and .08 cents per word. Lengths can be anywhere from minute mysteries (250 words) to novellas. Short stories seem to be the general format, though.

Fantastic Frontiers is open for submissions year-round. They're looking for science fiction and fantasy short stories, serials, comics, videos, voice recordings, and other media. Pay varies per format. Fiction pays .03 cents per word.

Horrified Press has a call for submissions for their anthology Tales of the Undead - Hell Whore, Volume III. Write about ladies of the night. Deadline is September 10. 1000-6000 words. Pays in royalties. Seeking dark fairy tales, bizarre, horror, surrealism, dark science fiction, etc.

Writing Tomorrow is taking submissions of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, novel excerpts, and artwork. Pays $50-100 for fiction/nonfiction, and $25 for flash and poetry. Open submissions; no deadline.


The Fountain is holding an essay contest. They want to know about your motto for life. Open worldwide. 1500 to 2500 words. First place gets $1500, with cash prizes for 2nd, 3rd and 2 honorable mentions, as well.

Planetory Stories is launching a contest. Winners will be published and receive five cents per word. (I'm unclear on how this differs from simply taking submissions...). Flash fiction.

Blog Hops:

Madeleine, of Scribble and Edit, is running a blogfest to celebrate her third blogaversary. The Novel Films II Blogfest will be on September 2, 3 and 4, though you can choose just one day of those three. Each day has a different theme having to do with films/TV adaptations of books.

Anything here interest you? Got anything to share? Any publishing news?

May you find your Muse.


  1. Beautiful pictures! Thanks for the links :)

  2. Love the elk pics. And best of luck on your finals!!

  3. Fantastic Elk photos, Shannon! Where were they taken (in a preserve or out in the wild?)

    Good luck with your studies and tests!

  4. Awesome photos. They are huge creatures.
    Keep studying and good luck!

  5. Did I miss something?
    What are these things you're studying for?

  6. Shannon!

    Oh deer, I was going to yak on about your photos. I know, what the elk is wrong with me...

    All the best with your crazy study mode, Shannon.

    You know me and links. Did I see mention of a blogfest? I have already visited and commented on Madeleine's site. Yes, I now have a clone to help me. Blogfests! Argghhhhhh!!!!

    I just had a cup of coffee. Interesting thing to mention, I know.

    Gary, off to find a Muse....

  7. Best on your studies! Slay it :)

    Thanks for the submissions info as always.

    Elk are rather elusive around here. Rarely see them.

  8. The scenery looks familiar-- in fact, you're almost a neighbor!

    Love the pictures!

  9. Beautiful pics. Such grace, serenity, and joy to see.

  10. I've never seen elk in person; great shots. And buena suerte on your tests! Publishing news? Mos def. But you'll have to stop by my blog...

  11. Majestic creatures, at least when photographed so well. Man, that second shot! Like permanent back scratchers.

  12. J.A., thanks!

    Julie, thanks, they went well!

    D.G., they were taken in the wild. Actually, in a town near Rocky Mountain National Park. The elk just seem to like hanging out in town, lol.

    Alex, they're REALLY huge in person!!

    Andrew, I'm studying to become a CNA (certified nursing assistant) so I can care for a family member who is dying, but who will need care for several years before that happens (it's Lou Gherig's).

    Gary, I desperately need a clone. Did you get yours at clones r' us? Would you say the rate was acceptable?

    Mary, I didn't even remember there WERE elk your way. Astoundingly, with all the time I sent in central Oregon, I never saw one, so I guess you're right about them being elusive. The critter that's elusive around here is the moose. I've YET to see one in the wild, and I want to so badly! One showed up up playing in a lake we had just visited the day before. I was NOT happy!

    Danette, I have to go see where you're from! Was just visiting Estes Park; live in Colorado Springs.

    Jo, they are delightful animals. Apt description of them. They're amazing. :)

    Milo, oh, I must stop by! On my way.

    John, haha, oh yeah, they'd definitely scratch one's back. And thank you! What a nice compliment.

  13. we do love elks, especially when Elven king Thranduil rides them in THE HOBBIT :)
    Keeping fingers crossed for your tests!

  14. Best of fortune with your tests and with the task ahead of you with your family member. Those elk made my morning to see. And thanks for those links! :-)

  15. Wow, what a rack! (That's something I never thought I'd say... HA!)

    Good luck with your tests. And bless you for wanting to take care of your relative with ALS. I admire you greatly for that.

  16. Elk are such beautiful creatures. The only time I saw them in the wild was in Yellowstone park years ago.

  17. Dezmond, ha, yes, those are the best kind of elks.

    Roland, thank you! I'm glad you liked the elk.

    Susan, hahaha! There's a first time for everything, right?

    L. Diane, I so badly want to go to Yellowstone. I'd like to see grizzlies and wolves in the wild. And moose, but we actually have them around here, so it's only a matter of time.