Wednesday, June 26, 2013

[Mostly] Wordless Wednesday - Moonshine Express & Links

Today's [Mostly] Wordless Wednesday brought to you by some stranger who lives near someone I know. I've driven by this truck a few times, and it amuses me, so I finally found myself on the road alone and was able to pull over and take a picture (it's a tiny road on a curve, and there always seems to be someone behind me...until now.) So enjoy the Moonshine Express:

And now for some links!

Accepting Submissions:

Dark House Press is seeking novels and short story collections. They are also looking for short stories for their Exigencies anthology. It will be open until full, and pays in royalties and a contributor copy. They're looking for all kinds of things, including fantasy, neo-noir, horror, literary, crime surrealism, grotesque, etc.

Seventh Star Press has calls out on several anthologies: A Chimerical World: Tales of the Seelie Court/Tales of the Unseelie Court (deadline July 15) and Hero's Best Friend: An Anthology of Animal Companions (deadline June 30). Both pay royalties, and both take speculative fiction of any type.

Sugared Water is a new literary magazine seeking fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and art. Pays in contributor copies.

Room Magazine is accepting submissions for their issue dealing with the word "Fashionable." Deadline July 31. Fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction.

Earthen Lamp Journal is a literary e-journal seeking fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, book reviews, interviews, and art. Pays those located in India or with an account in India. Otherwise, they will donate to the local charity of your choice.

Baird Speculative Fiction is seeking submissions for Anathema: a Bizarro Anthology. Deadline July 15. Pays by a token tier payment system. They're also seeking submissions for I, Automaton: A Steampunk Anthology. Same deadline, slightly higher tier payment system.

LampLight Magazine is open to submissions again. They seek dark fiction without cliches. Pays $150 for short stories, $50 for flash fiction. July 15th is the cut-off for their fall issue.

Barrelhouse Books open submission period ends July 15. They're looking for fiction for novels, but they also have a magazine you can submit to.


Colors of My Soul is holding a flash fiction contest. 500 word maximum. Open until June 7. $150 first prize, and publication in the e-book.

Green Mountains Review is hosting the Brattleboro Literary Festival Flash Fiction Contest. Maximum 1000 words. Deadline July 10. Winner will be published int he fall issue, and will have the opportunity to speak at the literary event in Vermont.

Any of these you're interested in? Published with any of these before? What do you think of the Moonshine Express? Am I the only one amused by it? 

May you find your Muse.


  1. great picture! I'll be checking out some of these links, thanks for posting!

  2. Photos like that make me wonder - why that name, do Coloradians make moonshine?

    Could it be an astronomy truck carting telescopes and people who worship the moon?

    Thanks for the links!

  3. Now that looks like a photo story waiting to be told. What a good prompt that would be.

    Thanks for the links. One of these days I'm going to do one.

    Sue CollectInTexasGal~Today's Post~
    Wedding Wednesday...Colonial Ancestors Marriage Stories

  4. Hey Shannon,

    How y'all doin'? I reckon that actually is your truck!:)

    I know someone who lives in Brattleboro, I'll give them the heads-up on your link.

    Be well, Shannon. I'm going to go look for a muse.


  5. Very cool vehicle.

    Hugs and chocolate,

  6. I lived in Kentucky for over 30 years and never saw anything as cool as the Moonshine

    I sent in a submission to Apokrupha (LampLight) a few months ago and never heard anything back, even after a follow up email. Any idea how long these things take?

  7. Neat truck. I'd have to snap a photo of that, too.

    Thanks for the list of submissions. :)

  8. Thanks for the links - I'll check them out. Love the pic!

  9. This has never really occurred to me but maybe I should write some short fiction! I'm saving this link.
    Those are useful links, thanks for posting
    I can't help but think that truck has wares to sell!

  10. I snorted at the truck, so I cannot judge you!

  11. Jennee, thanks! I hope you find something useful.

    D.G., I do wonder what the story behind it is. I'm not sure how big Colorado was in the moonshine trade. Colorado Springs was founded as a dry city, so prohibition wasn't a huge deal here (it was in Denver, though).

    Sue, no time like the present! I wish you good luck if you submit in the future. It would be a fun prompt!

    Gary, cool that you know someone there! Sounds like a neat festival. And you caught me. Totally my truck. ;)

    Shelly, isn't it fun?

    Alex, haha! Sure. My grandpa used to run moonshine down in Oklahoma. I'd rather a nice smooth tequila.

    Mark, I had sent something into Lamplight in maybe January or February and hadn't heard back yet. It was a simultaneous submission, and I wrote them when I got an acceptance elsewhere. They promptly replied to that, so I think they're maybe just behind?

    Mary, it took me forever to do so, but I'm glad I finally did. I get a kick out of it.

    Pat, good luck, and thank you!

    David, I hope you have fun with writing the short stories! Sometimes a story is just meant to be short in my head, and sometimes it's meant to be a novel.

    John, ha, excellent! I'm glad to have drawn a snort. :D

  12. How about an anthology of stories about that truck? Maybe find out the real story behind it and that can be one of the entries. Readers have to guess which story is real.

    I'd read that!

  13. Now that would be fun! I bet we could span the genres with the stories.

  14. Thanks for all these links, Shannon! How have you been?

  15. I would notice it too, cool photo.

    Lucy from Lucy's Reality

  16. Have them drive up to Denver for me, will you? I've always wanted to drink alcohol strong enough to strip paint.

  17. Shannon, what a great pic of Moonshine Express!!! Thanks for sharing all those presses accepting submissions!!!

  18. I'm good, D, how are you?

    Lucy, I need to keep an eye out for more quirky stuff. There have been a few things I've missed getting a pic of.

    B&B, I don't know, it looked pretty rusty. It might fall apart on the way up there. Doesn't look too "express," does it?

    Cathrina, no problem, thank you for stopping by!

  19. Thanks for the info and love the pic!

  20. A pretty impressive car... makes you wonder what Moonshine Express stands for... You could probably write a story with all kinds of possibilities:)

  21. All linked up...and nowhere to go! :( Maybe in the fall.

  22. I wanna park that moonshine mobile in my driveway *neighbors would have a coronary* Thanks for the links, girl!

  23. Hello hello!

    I have to say that is one fancy truck :-)

    Thanks for the links. The second to last states June 7th, but think it was meant to be July? Either way, its expired now >.< I'm a bit gun-shy about submitting anything more for a while, but we will see if something doesn't strike my fancy in the coming weeks.

    Jak at The Cryton Chronicles & Dreams in the Shade of Ink