Hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh, this once per month group posting lets us insecure writers talk about our insecurities, whatever's preying on our minds, or to offer comfort to our insecure brethren and sisteren (so what it's not a word...). This month's co-hosts are Krista McLaughlin, Kim Van Sickler, Heather Gardner, and Hart Johnson. Thanks for co-hosting this month!
My insecurities are much as they've been. Lack of time and energy to write, and rejections rolling in with nice comments, but no acceptances. Instead of dwelling, I'll give my 2014 numbers for the year, so far:
7 pieces out on submission right now
3 stories awaiting editing for submission
13 rejections in 2014
So I'm toddling right along and working on not letting it get me down. And I'm submitting a short story to my critique group every two weeks, which means I'm writing and editing.
Now for some links. Bear in mind that these are links I've run across online, and I am not personally recommending any of them. Always do your due diligence when researching publications and contests.
Kayelle Press has a all out for their romantic speculative fiction anthology. Deadline July 31. 3000-6000 words. Pay unknown.
Breathless Press is seeking entries for their October themed issue, Tales From the Haunted House. Anywhere between romance and erotica. Deadline July 31. Must be over 10k words. Pays in royalties.
Weird Bard Press is open for submissions to their anthology Torn Pages. They want stories based on social issues that elicit certain responses from you. Deadline July 31. 1000-5000 words. Pays $.02/word.
The Book Smugglers Press is looking for subversive fairy tale retellings for an anthology. Speculative fiction from MG to adult. 1500-17,500 words. Deadline July 31. Pays $.05/word up to $500.
Crossed Genres Magazine has a monthly theme. This month's is School. Must involve elements of sci-fi and/or fantasy. Deadline July 31. 1000-6000 words. Pays $.06/word.
The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk is seeking dieselpunk short stories, as defined at the link. Deadline August 1. Pays $.05-.08/word.
Unlikely Story is open to submissions to their issue with the theme The Journal of Unlikely Entomology. Deadline August 1. Up to 8000 words. Pays $.05/word.
Slice Magazine's open submission period closes August 1. They're looking for short fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Fresh voices and compelling stories. The theme for this issue is Resistance. Up to 5000 words. Pays $100 for short stories/essays and $25 for poems.
Garden State Speculative Fiction Writers is holding their 20th Annual Garden State Speculative Fiction Writers Short Story Contest. Deadline July 31. Come up with the wildest conspiracy theory you can. First prize gets $75 and publication. All entries will receive critiques.
The Armchair Squid, Cygnus, and Suze are hosting the Songs of Summer bloghop July 11. Post five of your favorite summer songs and whatever memories they bring up.
What are your insecurities? How are you doing with your writing goals? Any of these links of interest to you? Anything to add?
May you find your Muse.