Wednesday, June 18, 2014

[Mostly] Wordless Wednesday - Con Pics, Cover Reveal & Links

First, I've got a cover reveal for Darby Karchut's The Hound at the Gate

Cover by Lisa Amowitz
Autumn: the season of endings. And beginnings.

Especially for one young apprentice.

At the annual Festival of the Hunt, thirteen-year-old apprentice goblin hunter Finn MacCullen and his master, Gideon Lir, join other Tuatha De Danaan to honor their people’s heritage. But Finn soon realizes that there are some who denounce his right to attend due to his half-human bloodline.

As he struggles to keep his place by his master’s side, he finds himself embroiled in a decades-old grudge between Gideon and another Knight, bewildered (and beguiled) by a female apprentice with a temper as explosive as his own, and battling a pack of goblins determined to wipe out the entire camp in a surprise attack.

It’s going to take some fancy knife work, the help of a female Knight with a lethal bow, and one old pick up truck to defeat the goblins and prove to his people that Finn’s blood runs true-blue Tuatha De Danaan.

You can find more at:

Darby is a Colorado Springs author. My kids and I are reading her book Finn Finnegan together right now.

Now, for [Mostly] Wordless Wednesday, here are a few pics I snapped at the Denver Comic Con. How about a little game? For the cars, name that movie or TV show!

Car #1
Car #2
Car #3
Car #4
Car #5
There was also a giant Lego Batman walking around:

And Gollum:

Now for some links! I've happened across these and have in no way checked them out other than for details. Always do your due diligence before submitting to a contest or publication. 

Accepting Submissions:

Christopher Bloodworth has a call out for short stories for the Boothworld Industries anthology. All stories should begin with a global corporation engaged in nefarious activities. Pays $20 and an e-book copy. Submissions close July 1.

The Literary Hatchet is taking submissions for thrice a year publication. They seek dark fiction. Fiction short stories, essays, interviews, art, etc. Payment is between $1 and $15, depending upon the type of submission. Current deadline July 1.

The Daily Nightmare is seeking submissions for their anthology 13 Quick Shivers. 100 word prose poems based on images they've provided. Payment is $10 and an e-book copy. Deadline July 1.

Cleis Press is seeking short stories for their anthology The Princess's Bride: Lesbian Fairy Tale Erotica. 3000-6000 words. Pays $50-$100. Deadline July 1.

The July submission theme for Penumbra is Lewis Carroll. Pays $.05/word. Deadline July 1. 3500 words or less.

The Exile Book of New Canadian Noir is an anthology of Canadian noir in all its stripes. Deadline July 2. Must be Canadian. 1000-8000 words. Pays $.05/word.


Lit Reactor is holding a crime writing challenge in collaboration with Thug Lit. Crime fiction, any kind. 3000-5000 words. Deadline July 1. First prize is publication in Thug Lit and Thug Lit standard payment.

Spark is holding a contest with the theme You Are Here. They want introspection, epiphany, and self-reflection. No entry fee. Deadline July 1. Grand prize is $500, publication, and more.

African Poetry Book Fund and Prairie Schooner are holding the Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry. This is for books written by African residents, African Nationals, or people with African parentage who live anywhere in the world. Deadline July 1. Prize is $5000.

Wielding Power Publishing is holding an essay contest answering the question "Is it wrong to boycott a business because of an executive's personal political views?" Deadline July 6. Prize is $1000.

Blog Stuff: 

The fellas from A Beer for the Shower are giving away a Mystery Box of Awesomeness. They have a Rafflecopter giveaway for entry.

Anything of interest to you above? Anything to share? Did you guess the cars? How do you like Darby's cover? Any submission news?

May you find your Muse.


  1. What fun pics! I love the Lego Batman. For the cars, Dukes of Hazard, Ghostbusters, no clue LOL, Herbie the Love Bug, and Batman but I don't know which one. :D

  2. I do like Darby's cover. Very cool cars and the Gollum. I'm sharing a few of your links with my daughter. She writes short stories. Thanks!

  3. Dukes of Hazard, Ghostbusters, Starsky and Hutch, Herbie, and Batman.
    Nailed them!

  4. I repeat what Alex said. :)

    Congrats to Darby!

    Looks like a fun event. Neato Batman.

  5. Hey Shannon,

    You may well have the most wordful wordless Wednesday in blogsville.

    Thanks for the cover reveal and yes, being such a nice guy, I shall share your post.

    Yes, I knew all the cars and Mr. Ninja is of course, correct.

    Questions, Shannon, so many questions :) The fact the anti-homeless spikes were removed in London is something to joyously share.

    Off to go get a Muse.

    Cheerio, Shannon.

    Gary :)