Monday, February 13, 2017

Upcoming Appearances, Do 1 Thing, Short Stories, & Links

Why, hello! It's Monday.

I recently confirmed some upcoming appearances I'll be making, so I thought I'd share! Plus, I have a question for you. But first, here's a picture of the awesome care pack, partially from Do 1 Thing, Nicole from The Madlab Post sent after the Mni Wicon Blogathon. Did you guys know there's a Native March on Washington set to occur March 10? Not only is DAPL an ongoing issue for Standing Rock, but the constant apathy and violation of Native rights is at stake.

As far as appearances, I'll be a showcase author at Pikes Peak Library's Mountain of Authors for the first time! I've worked this event as a representative of two different writer's groups (Pikes Peak Pen Women and Pikes Peak Writers) in the past, but this is the first time I've had the opportunity to be a featured author there. I'll have a signing table, and will get the chance to stand up to introduce myself and my books. It's a free event, so if you're local check out my "Appearances" tab for more details. I'd love to see you there!

I've also been confirmed as faculty at Pikes Peak Writers Conference 2017. I'll be on a panel about why you should write short stories, as well as presenting a standalone workshop on the business of short stories. You have to be a paid attendee of the conference to attend.

Both of the above are in April.

In addition, I will be presenting a 2-hour workshop on short stories for Colorado Springs Fiction Writer's Group in August. Half will be dedicated to the writing of short stories, with the second half involving the business side of things. This event is also free.

I've also received a fourth invitation to be a panelist at an event in mid-summer, but that's the only information I'll give out until I have more concrete information.

Question Mark by OCAL,

My question related to the above is what do you want to know about short stories? Not only will your answer to this question help me hone more workshops in the future, but I can do posts about it on here, as well.

I was interviewed at Writing From the Peak. Check it out!

Finally, how about some links? I'm sorely behind, aren't I? My blogging has been iffy at best lately, but I'm working on getting back to my usual schedule. Please bear in mind that I'm passing these along, not endorsing them. Always do your own due diligence before submitting.

Accepting Submissions:

Flame Tree Publishing is open for submissions of short stories for the following themed anthologies: Lost Worlds, Supernatural Horror, Time Travel, and Heroic Fantasy. 2000 to 4000 words. Pays $.06/word. Deadline February 28.

Galileo Books is open for short stories for science fiction art, essays, prose, and comics. Current theme is Games. 250 to 500 words. SFWA qualified paying market. Deadline March 1.

Radiant Crown Publishing is open for submissions of dieselpunk short stories, novelettes, and novellas for their anthology Gaslandia. Pay varies by type. Pays $.01/word. Deadline March 1.

Splickety Love is open for submissions of short stories themed toward historical romance. 300 to 1000 words. Pays $.02/word. Deadline March 10.

The Cincinnati Review is open for submissions of prose. Up to 40 double-spaced pages. Pays $25/page. Deadline March 15.

Freeze Frame Fiction is open for submissions of flash fiction for their 4th Quarter issue. 1000 words or less. Pays $10/piece. Deadline March 15.

Arsenika is open for submissions of poetry and flash fiction. Up to 1000 words. Pays $.01/word. Deadline March 15.


Reflex Fiction holds an international competition for great flash fiction. 180 to 360 words. Free entry. Cash prizes. Deadline February 28.

Of Interest:

Susan Spann did a guest post for Writers in the Storm on takedown notices entitled Pirates Beware: How to Prepare and Use a DMCA Takedown Notice. It seems there's a need for this more and more these days.

What do you want to know about short stories? What would you expect at a short story workshop? What would you be disappointed was missing? Any of these links of interest? Anything to share? How are you doing with submissions?

May you find your Muse.


  1. Congratulations, Shannon! Once again, thanks for the links.

    Writing short stories is such an art, one that I'm not all that good at. I'd want to know the structure of a short story, what defines it, and how does one go about planning/outlining?

  2. That's a lot of appearances! Awesome. And the pack from Nicole is cool.
    Think I'd want to know where to submit them. A list would be helpful.

  3. Good luck on all the upcoming appearances! You'll do awesome! :)

  4. Hi Shannon - short stories seem such a great idea ... I guess putting together our own anthology is one way - writing a series.

    Great you're out there helping others, as well as being here giving us ideas and links - thanks ... cheers Hilary

  5. Can't we just put a ban on Mondays?

  6. Woo hoo! You are really in demand, Shannon.
    Short story question: How do you handle character development since you have such a compressed window to get it out there in.
    Love the Monday meme:)

  7. Congrats on all the appearances you have scheduled! One of my CPs lives in CO. In 2015, she went to Pike's Peak conference and won the Zebulon Writing Contest in Literary/Mainstream. She's Kim Lajevardi in case you run into her at another CO writers' conference. Happy Valentine's Day!

  8. Congrats. You shall be a busy indeed. Short stories, hmmm, how does one decide how many characters to use, maybe?

  9. I would attend your seminars on short stories if I was there. It's a fascinating literary form. What I'd like to know about a short story is: does the protagonist need a goal? It's always true for a novel, but is it true for a short story? Can't a short story just recount an amusing episode or the hero's blundering about?

  10. You are going to be busy, busy busy. Congratulations on being a showcase author!

  11. Congrats on your appearances - that's some exciting stuff!

  12. Your accomplishments render me (near) speechless and wholly inspired! I prefer short stories - both to read and write. I wouldn't mind a workshop, if there were any offered in my area, though critique groups are quite effective. I'm of the school where there should never be anything missing from a story - no matter the length. My submission quotient is abysmal of late, but I love that you offer so many resources! Best wishes on your upcoming appearances ;-)

  13. Great links as always!
    A question I'd want to ask is about short-short stories: how to fit a plot into only a few hundred words.

  14. Yay, all of those are awesome! If only those appearances were a bit closer, we'd stop by and say hey.

    My question would just be a pretty common one - can you make a career of writing short stories? And is it better to write a ton, gearing toward a collection, or can you focus on them singularly?

    (I think I know most of the answers to those, but I figure they're good questions worth asking) :)

  15. Congrats on Pike's Peak! I'm trying to gear myself up for a local event. Let's hope I find the courage. :)