It's inevitable. Fall rolls around and photos of the changing foliage crop up everywhere. Yet, I have to add to it, because this is my favorite time of year. These photos are from the end of Gold Camp Road, which goes between Colorado Springs and Cripple Creek through the mountains.
I would have loved to have a deep blue sky for contrast, but a storm rolled in. The rain coming in the window felt magnificent, though!
Because it's October, I'm giving you a bonus link today. Here are a whoooooole lotta' brand spanking new horror movies for your viewing pleasure this month, some on VOD, some coming out in theaters by Halloween. GO OUT AND HORROR IT UP, PEOPLE! (And please note the spelling of that word...horror...don't blame me if you do something different.)
Okay, regular linky-links now.
Please bear in mind that I am not personally recommending any of these publications or contests. I simply pass along information I've come across. Always do your due diligence in researching publications before submitting to them.
Writer's Market is open for pitches for articles to go in the 2016 Writer's Market. Deadline October 20. Pays competitive freelance rates, but doesn't discuss payment until a contract is being offered.
Fireside Fiction Company is open for submissions through October 31. They are really looking for flash right now, though they do have a few slots remaining for short stories. Flash is up to 1000 words, short fiction between 1500 and 4000 words. Pays 12.5 cents/word.
Fox and Raven Publishing is looking for speculative fiction short stories of 9500 to 13,000 words. Pays R1500 (South African currency--or $150.) Open for short fiction submissions year-round.
Cracked Eye, an imprint of The Other Publishing Company, is seeking short stories. 3000-6000 words. Open submissions; no deadline.
Ourstoryproject.org is seeking submissions that address domestic violence for the collection Stories of Resilience. Short story, personal essay, or poem. This is in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness in October. Deadline October 20. Up to 1500 words. First prize is $500.
Blue Table Press is holding their Summer to Remember Romance Contest. Deadline October 31. First prize is $100. 2500-5000 word short stories.
TU Books is holding their Second Annual New Visions Award. This is for MG or YA fantasy, sci-fi, or mystery by a writer of color. Winner gets $1000 and a contract. Author must live in the U.S. and cannot have been previously published. Deadline October 31.
Hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh, Stephen Tremp, Michael Di Gesu, and Diane Wolfe, the Survive and Thrive Blog Hop asks you to post about diseases that can be prevented or treated with early detection. October 20.
Susanna Leonard Hill is holding her 4th Annual Halloweensie Contest. She asks you to write a 100 word Halloween story for children that includes the words pumpkin, broomstick, and creak. Post between the 27th and 31st of October. There are a variety of prizes available. (Thanks to Stacy S. Jensen for passing this along!)
Patricia Lynne is hosting the Trick-Or-Treat Book Blog Hop on October 31. Those who sign up will be giving away e-books like candy for your trick-or-treating pleasure. If you don't have a book to give away, by all means visit the folks involved so you can get some free e-books!
How are fall colors where you are? Do you go for an annual fall foliage drive? Plan on seeing any of the new horror movies? Any of these links appeal to you? Anything to share? Publishing news to share?
May you find your Muse.