Wednesday, January 15, 2014

An Oldie, but a Goodie & Links

I haven't installed my photo programs on this new laptop yet, so in lieu of a new photo, I'll post an oldie, but a goodie, especially as I'm daydreaming of the beach right now.

Sigh. Salt spray, the sound of seagulls, soft white sand beneath my feet.

Good thing I love the mountains just as much!

Now for some links.

Accepting Submissions:

It can be kind of hard to find publications that don't say "NO Vampires" right on the main page, but Strange Musings Press is seeking humorous short fiction about vampires for an anthology, Vampires Suck. They've actually updated their requirements to being any sort of humorous speculative fiction, not just vampires. Deadline is February 1. Contributor copy and possible royalties. Reprints accepted for one less share of the royalty pool.

Aercastle Narratives Magazine is looking for submissions of all genres of speculative fiction for their first issue. Payment is $.02 per word, plus a contributor copy. Deadline is February 1 for a March issue.

Nashville Review is in their open review period through February 1. They take art of all different sorts, but the current window is for fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. Comics, film, dance, music, oral storytelling, and oral poetry are accepted year-round. Pay varies per submission type, but fiction and non-fiction are $100, poetry is $25.

Lightspeed is putting together a special issue of the magazine. Women Destroy Science Fiction is a tongue-in-cheek response to those who claim women can't write good science fiction. I would LOVE to see names I know in there! Deadline is February 14. Pays $.08 cents per word for original stories, $.02 for reprints. They also accept flash fiction at $.08 per word. Submissions will be considered for Lightspeed Prime, as well.

Horrified Press is looking for stories for Nightmare Stalkers and Dream Walkers. Deadline is February 20th. It pays in royalties and exposure. They accept flash fiction, short fiction, poetry, and reprints.

Ninth Letter is seeking submissions of fiction, poetry, and essays through February 28. Pays $25 per printed page.

Dark Continents Publishing has put out a call for Guns and Romance, an anthology. They're accepting any genre. Deadline is February 28. Pays $20 per story, plus royalties of the e-book.

Blog Hops (Don't read any further, Gary):

Arlee Bird and a passel of folks are doing the What Works...And What Doesn't...Online Marketing Symposium on January 20. Contribute your own experience as to what works in marketing online. Also, the A-to-Z is gearing up, so keep an eye on the A-to-Z blog for information as the time approaches.

Unicorn Bell has announced their upcoming blog fests, the first of which is the Love is in the Air Blog Fest, January 20-24.

Anything interest you on here? Anything to share? Publishing news? Where are you dreaming of being right now?

May you find your Muse.


  1. Great lighthouse shot.
    Vampires do suck.
    Thanks for mentioning the Symposium!

  2. A great photo, Shannon! The beach is one of my favorite places, and I really need to get myself back there asap! Been so busy….

  3. The beach or the mountains for me…and even some phenomenal desert scenery amidst the canyons and lakes. Nature is so amazing. Lots of good links here too. :)

  4. Greetings human, Shannon,

    Ah like your photograph, your blog, a beacon of hope. Reach for the beach....

    Accepting submissions? Sounds kinda' kinky!

    I made sure Gary didn't read this post. Although, I might just be doing the "alphabark challenge."

    Pawsitive wishes,

    Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar!

  5. Excellent news feed, as always. I LOVE that lighthouse picture. Wow.

    How do you track down all these submissions? Seriously?

  6. It's the reflection of the lighthouse in the water that makes it work.

  7. I've never been to the beach but that picture makes me want to go. I don't even own a bathingsuit anymore. That's how long it's been since I even went swimming in a pool. This is a problem.

  8. That Women Who Destroy SciFi issue has been buzzed about so much. I bet the competition for subs will be awfully fierce, and wonder how many existing pros will populate it. Good luck, everyone!

  9. The links are tempting! And winter will be over before you know it.

  10. Great photo. Love how the lighthouse reflects in the little pool of water. :)

    I need to come up with a theme this year for A to Z. I find it so much easier to do it like that. :)

  11. Looking forward to the Symposium on Monday. Great idea for the sci fi stories from women.

  12. I love the beach picture! I'd definitely love to be at the beach right now. It's just way too cold in the mountains.

  13. Thanks for all the links Shannon!
    Great lighthouse picture...

  14. Shannon, I hope you will stop by and accept the award I've nominated you for.

  15. Thanks for all the sub info and links! I'll mention your blog on mine this week (Wednesday) with a link so my peeps can find you and the link-ups. :)

  16. Alex, by definition AND thanks to sparkling. ;)

    Madeline, I do miss the beach. Someday I would love to be able to afford a trek out to the coast each year.

    Julie, I do, too! I want to see some east coast ones. I don't think I've ever seen one in person over there.

    M.J., oh, I agree on the desert stuff, too! I love the red rocks we have around here, and the great formations they make.

    Penny, I like to slip a little something kinky in from time to time. ;) Good luck on the alphabark challenge! A is for Arf.

    Crystal, any time I happen across a link to one of these things, I slap it in a spreadsheet by date. I've found a lot will come up in a search using certain keywords and submissions.

    Andrew, alrighty. :p

    Maurice, I do love that. I was so excited to have grabbed the shot.

    Rachel, holy cow! I really can't say much about that. I'm not a huge fan of chlorine, but I do own a swimsuit. If I didn't have family in Oregon, I likely wouldn't have been to the beach in a really, really long time, either. As it was, it had been about a decade since I last went to Oregon.

    John, yeah, I'm betting there will be some big names in there. I do hope they make space for some newbies, though.

    Shelly, we're just about to go into major snow season here (usually February and March), yet it's supposed to be in the 60's today. So crazy!

    Kimberly, I found a theme much easier, as well. I'm not sure I'll be doing it this year. Gasp!

    Susan, are you participating today? I guess I'll find out in a few minutes!

    Danielle, happily, it is gorgeous outside right now. Deep blue sky, sunshine, and warmth coming our way. Except my son thinks 50 is warm enough to open windows (as does my husband), so I just got warm in the house again.

    Michelle, thank you!

    Susanne, awesome, thanks!