Wednesday, June 11, 2014

[Mostly] Wordless Wednesday - Dusk at the Pond & Links

For today's [Mostly] Wordless Wednesday, the photo was taken with a cell phone, so pardon the quality. This is dusk over a pond near my house. I liked the reflection of the clouds in the water.

Now for some links (yes, I'm keeping it brief this week since last week was many words.) As always, please understand that I am not personally vetting any of the following, merely passing along information I've happened across. Always do your due diligence before submitting to a contest or publication.

Accepting Submissions:

Crossed Genres June theme--Robots, Androids & Cyborgs--closes June 30. Sci-fi and fantasy (or a combination of both). Pays $.06/word.

Darkhouse Books is doing an anthology of cozy noir. Closes June 30. Pays in royalties. 2500-7500 words.

Spellbound is looking for Middle Grade fantasy short stories. The current theme is Magical Cats. Deadline June 30. 2500 words or less. Pays 2.5 cents per word.

Columbus Creative Cooperative is seeking submissions for their anthology For the Road. The theme is Modern American Highways. Fiction and creative non-fiction. 1000-10,000 words. Payment will be a share of proceeds.

Harren Press is open to submissions through June 30. They are specifically looking for short stories that have been rejected by other publishers, to be featured in an anthology. (Yes, they want proof it's been rejected.) 2500-5500 words. They pay $5, plus an e-copy.

Fireside Fiction is open for submissions of flash and short fiction. Deadline June 30. Flash fiction up to 1000 words, short fiction from 1000 to 4000 words. Pays 12.5 cents per word.

Third Wednesday is looking for poetry and flash fiction (termed short fiction on their site, but only 1500 words or less.) No deadlines--open submissions. Pays $3-5, plus a contributor copy.


Casey Shay Press is holding the Mary Ballard Poetry Chapbook Prize. Deadline June 30. 20-40 pages of poetry. Prize is $500 and 25 printed copies of the chapbook.

Baen Books is holding a contest in conjunction with GenCon. The 2014 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award closes June 30. Short fantasy stories of no more than 8000 words. Grand prize winner will be paid industry-standard rates, and their story will be featured on the Baen Books website.

Glimmer Train's Fiction Open Contest is open this month through June 30. Fiction short stories between 2000 and 20,000 words. $20 entry fee. First prize is $2500 and publication.

Anything to share? Submission news? Any of these you're interested in? Have you taken in a sunset recently?

May you find your Muse.


  1. The picture of the lake is beautiful. Thank you so much for the helpful info.

  2. Now that is a postcard-worthy photo!

  3. That's a gorgeous photo over the lake, so seriously stop apologizing it was taken on a phone. Gorgeous.

  4. Hi, Shannon. I think the picture looks great. Wouldn't have guessed it was taken with a cell phone.

    Thanks for the links you shared.

  5. Good grief, Shannon! They let you have phones in the cell? Never would of guessed that. Although, I've heard how they sneak the phones into the cell.

    Ignore me, Shannon. Great photo! Thanks for sharing! :)

    Thanks again for no mention of some silly blog hop!

    Yes, I share that I'm still your biggest adoring fan! How about that, eh........

    Gary :)

  6. What a stunning view. And the reflection makes the image doubly beautiful.

  7. Love sunset photos. I love looking at sunsets here where I live, because they make our mountains look incredibly beautiful. :-)

  8. Great photo, and I would've never known that you captured it on a cell phone! Thanks for all of the interesting links. The rejection anthology sounds like it's right up my alley!