Wednesday, January 20, 2016

[Mostly] Wordless Wednesday - Mammoth Skies & Links

We went to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science this week, hoping to see the temporary Sherlock Holmes exhibit, but it was sold out. Luckily, we have a membership, so it didn't cost us anything (other than 2 hours worth of driving, round trip). The kids still had fun visiting their favorite exhibits (one on the human body and one about space,) and when we left, the sun was starting to slip behind the Rockies. Denver is farther from the mountains than we are in Colorado Springs, so the view is different than I'm used to. No spectacular colors, but it was still pretty. Canadian geese were flying around a nearby lake, honking and gossiping. The nearby clouds were backlit by the rays of the dying sun. And it was fun imagining the mammoth was really there. Could you imagine the sight of a real one of these beasts among the skyscrapers, trumpeting out its call?




Now it's time for links. Bear in mind that I'm not endorsing any of these, merely passing them along. Always do your own due diligence in researching markets before submitting to them.

Accepting Submissions:

The Lorelei Signal is open to fantasy. Because the twin magazine, Sorcerous Signals closed, they have changed to not requiring female main characters, though any female characters must not be window dressing. Short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. Up to 10,000 words. Pays $7.50 per short story, $3 per poem/flash. Current reading period ends February 15.

Lillicat Publishers is open for science fiction short stories for the anthology Visions IV: Space Between Stars. 3000-8000 words. Pays $25. Deadline February 15.

Lightspeed is open for science fiction short stories for People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction, a special edition. They are also running a kickstarter to finance this project. If they are successful and reach a certain point, they will open up People of Colo(u)r Destroy Fantasy and People of Colo(u)r Destroy Horror. Up to 10,000 words. You must be a person of color to submit. I'm not sure what the pay is, but it is paying. They're also seeking artwork, which will be paid for. Both the kickstarter and the submissions close February 19.

Ninth Letter is open for literary fiction, poetry, and essays. Up to 8000 words. Pays $25 per printed page. Current deadline February 28.

Blyant Publishing is open for short fiction of any genre for their quarterly anthology blAekk. The current theme is nationality. 1000-2000 words. Pays £10 to £20 depending on length. Deadline February 28.

SpeckLit is open for speculative fiction and reviews. Drabbles only, so 100 words. Pays $.05/word. Deadline for this quarter is February 28.

Vine Leaves Literary Journal is looking for prose, poetry, and script vignettes in any genre. Pays $5 AUD. Current deadline is February 28.

Nosetouch Press is open for horror short stories for the anthology Blood, Sweat & Fears: Horror Inspired by the 1970s. 3000-10,000 words. Pays $25, plus contributor copy. Deadline February 29.

Contests:

Escape Pod is holding a flash fiction contest. Science fiction. No more than 500 words. Three winners will be paid $30, and their stories presented on a podcast. Deadline February 15.

Blog Hops:

The WEP Valentine's Edition details have been posted. You can submit in all kinds of ways, be it flash fiction, poetry, non-fiction, artwork, or photos. Up to 1000 words. Sign up and post between February 17 and 19th.

What creature from the past would you most want to see now? Any of these links of interest? Anything to share? Publishing news?

May you find your Muse.

30 comments:

  1. Thanks for the awesome links. Lovely photos--the light is so nice this time of year. I'd love to see pterodactyls flying around :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Wouldn't that be a kick? I love imagery that puts something unfamiliar in a familiar place.

      Delete
  2. A mammoth rampaging through the streets of L.A.? Sure, I'd like to see that. A really big dinosaur would be very cool. Just so it stays out of my neighborhood. Dog poop in my yard is bad enough--I'd hate to see what dinosaurs leave behind.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out
    &
    Wrote By Rote

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I would definitely prefer not to have to clean that up. With great size comes great...wait.

      Delete
  3. Hi Shannon - glad you all had a good time ... and I bet the kids learnt something extra ...

    The links will be helpful for many bloggers ... cheers Hilary

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I figure they learn something each time we go, even if it's to the same things we've seen before.

      Delete
  4. Lovely photos. It would be something to see a mammoth.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It really would. Isn't that the one they keep considering cloning? I'd like to see a saber toothed tiger. ;)

      Delete
  5. Those are gorgeous shots! Who doesn't love a nice road trip? Actually, we are itching to go on one with the family (a little longer than the 2 hr variety. More like 12 days), but we'll have to see how things shake down in the next couple months.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I do love family road trips! My husband is not a fan, so we don't do them a lot these days except for a couple hour drive up to Estes Park.

      Delete

  6. Good eye to catch those shots!
    Sorry you didn't get to see the exhibit. Can the tickets be purchased in advance?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. They can, and I'd considered it, so it's on me. We've never had one sell out in the past (not when I went, so not to say they don't ever sell out). We did pre-buy for the final day, only to have Snowmageddon, and have the museum close early.

      Delete
  7. Nothing to share, still querying. Thanks for the links!!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Gorgeous photos! And thanks for the links. I need to get back into the submitting groove this year.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I've fallen out of the groove lately. Need to get more ready to submit!

      Delete
  9. Lightspeed recruited some great editors for their PoC issue. They've been pre-releasing some essays that are dynamite. Looking forward to the full project.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I haven't seen the essays they put out. I'm excited to see what all they come up with.

      Delete
  10. The Sherlock Holmes exhibit sounded cool! Sorry you didn't get to see it!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. We tried a second time, but a blizzard came along. Guess we weren't meant to see it.

      Delete
  11. Hey Shannon,

    I'd love to see a mammoth up close and personal. I wouldn't have to worry because the Canada Geese would protect me.

    Aha, a flash fiction contest amongst your links. And no, I'm not going to make some silly remark about "flash"!

    Have a good weekend, Shannon.

    Gary :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Shew, good thing you didn't say anything goofy about flash!

      Delete
  12. We spent our honeymoon in Colorado. Landed in Colorado Springs and drove around. Loved It!!!

    ReplyDelete