I posted some photos from our tree tour when the fall color change started hitting the aspens, but I don't think I posted pics of the mine outside Cripple Creek that we visited. This one just sits out in the open at the beginning of Shelf Road, so anyone can climb around on it. (We did not climb around in it, but did walk around it. Preserving history, yo.) Here are a couple pics.
That last photo is up behind the mine, looking toward Shelf Road (Canon City is on the other side of it; it's an old mining road between Cripple Creek and Canon City.)
Now for some links. Always do your due diligence before submitting to a publication. I have not researched these, so am not personally recommending them, just passing the news along.
Mslexia is looking for submissions for their 65th Issue, with the theme of Earth Songs. This is for one of their prose and poetry issues. Deadline December 9. Pay not specified. Check further below on their page for article submissions information.
Innsmouth Free Press is open for submissions for an all-woman Lovecraft anthology, She Walks in Shadows, from November 15 to December 15. Short stories inspired by Lovecraft and featuring females. Up to 4000 words. Pays $.06/word, Canadian.
Knock Your Socks Off Art & Literature is open for submissions for KYSO Flash Issue 2 through December 15. 751 to 1000 words. Pays $.10/word. They are also looking for poems, parables, and allegories. They want evocative works that balance music and meaning.
Freeze Frame Fiction is open for submissions of flash fiction in any genre through December 15. Pays $10/piece. 1000 words or less.
Sorcerous Signals is open for submissions through December 15. Fantasy. Short stories (up to 10,000 words), poems, and flash fiction (up to 1000 words). Pays $5 for short stories, $2 for flash and poetry.
Inkstained Succubus Press is seeking submissions for their Somewhere Out There anthology. Science fiction. Deadline December 15. 5000-10,000 words. Pays in royalties.
Samantha Redstreake Geary brings us another opportunity to blend words with music. Of Mist and Magic asks for your freshly realized fairy tales, set to The Eternal Rest of Ronin. 500 words or less. Prize is publications in the anthology, digital copy of the album, and signed cover art. Deadline December 1.
Phoenix Photo & Fiction is holding a short story contest and a flash fiction contest. Deadline December 14. First prize is $50 CAD for short stories up to 1500 words and $20 CAD for flash fiction up to 300 words. Also see their page for guidelines for their regular submissions.
For my fellow short story authors out there, here are 22 Common Problems Associated With Short Story Submissions, from Amanda Pillar, editor, posted on Alan Baxter's site.
If you want to use lyrics in your writing, Anne R. Allen has passed along tips to getting the rights in So You Want to Use Song Lyrics in Your Novel? 5 Steps to Getting Rights to Lyrics.
Any of these of interest to you? Did they miss anything in the short story article? Have you ever used lyrics in a story? Anything to share? Publication news? Ever visited an old mine?
May you find your Muse.