Now for some links. Bear in mind that I am not endorsing these, merely passing them along. Always do your own due diligence when submitting to markets or contests.
Less Than Three Press is open for LGBQTIA stories about zombies. 10,000-20,000 words. Pays $200, plus contributor copies. Deadline February 29.
Otter Libris has a couple open projects taking submissions. Inclusive Cthulhu is basically a Lovecraftian anthology with characters or ideas against Lovecraft's personal beliefs. The second one is The Trouble With Bob, which is adults only. BOB is "Battery Operated Boyfriend." So they want stories about sex toys with a mind of their own. Both projects should be 3000-10,000 words. They pay $25, plus a contributor copy. Deadline February 28.
Crystal Lake Publishing is taking submissions of modern urban legends (ones you make up, not ones already told) for the anthology Tales From the Lake: Volume 3. 2000-4000 words. Not horror-specific. Pays $20 and a contributor copy. Deadline February 29.
Parsec Ink is looking for speculative fiction for Triangulation: Beneath the Surface. Up to 6000 words. Pays $.02/word, plus contributor copy. Deadline February 29.
Bundoran Press is looking for science fiction for Lazarus Risen, an anthology. Up to 10,000 words. Pays $.04/word CAD. Deadline February 29.
Yolanda Renee has joined the Son of a Pitch team. This is a pitch contest involving your query letter and the first 250 words of your manuscript. There are several editors and agents who will be scouring the finalists for new writers. Starts February 15.
Spiritfirst.org is holding their 7th Annual Spirit First Poetry Contest. Your poem must have a theme of meditation or mindfulness. No entry fee. Cash prizes, with first prize of $200. Deadline February 29.
eNovel Authors at Work posted about the changes Amazon is making in February.
Have you heard of the flogometer? On Flogging the Quill, you can submit the beginning of your story for a flogging. Be prepared for negative feedback along with the good. It sounds like they can be pretty harsh on there. By the way, the person being flogged at this link is a friend, and the person I heard about this from. He got a high score for his flogometer.
BookBub is a resource for authors (and a place to get discount books for readers). My understanding is that you pay x amount, and they will distribute your ebook to their subscribers. How much you pay depends upon the genre and the bargain price of your book. I was looking this up for a friend, so figured I'd pass it along since I've heard good things about it.
What animal do you have in your area in abundance? Any of these links of interest? Anything to share? Publishing news? Will you be taking part in Son of a Pitch?
May you find your Muse.