Since I didn't get to go into RMNP to take new photos, here's one from my last trip out there. I'm always interested by living items growing out of something barren. A tree out of rocks, a plant where nothing else is growing, etc.
Now for some links.
Fiction Vortex wants your speculative fiction short stories. Pays $10 per story, plus monthly contests for Editor's Choice and Reader's Choice, both with a cash prize. They prefer stories of 5000 words or less, but will take up to 7500. Open market; no deadline.
The Fog Horn is looking for short fiction in any genre. They pay $1000 for your story (that's not a typo). Open ended; no deadline.
Resurrection House is taking submissions for the anthology XIII. The theme is better left to them to explain, but they're seeking speculative fiction. Deadline March 31. Pays $.05/word. 1000-7000 words.
Cairn Press is accepting submissions for an anthology. Essays, poetry, and short stories. The theme is writers and rejection. Hey, we can all identify with that! Deadline March 31. Cash payment, plus 2 copies of the anthology.
Velvet Books has two anthologies they're accepting submissions for. Raising the Curtain: an Anthology of Erotica Inspired by the Theater and My First Lesbian Experience. Deadline is March 31 for both. Pays £50.
StoneThread Publishing is holding the StoneThread SpecFic Short Story Contest III. No entry fee. 1000-10,000 words of a story based in a post-apocalyptic world. Cash prizes, plus publication in an anthology.
Samantha Redstreake Geary is holding a bit of a contest. If you leave a review for Beyond the Binding by April 1, you will be entered into a drawing to be immortalized in her current book by name and character. Of course, you'll need to have read it first. But proceeds go to a great cause, and I've got a flash fiction piece in it!
In celebration of reaching 500 followers, Christine Rains is having a huge Speculative Fiction Giveaway, with books from a bunch of spec. fic. writers. It's a fantastic giveaway, so check it out!
Any of these of interest to you? Anything else to share? Any publishing or submission news to share? What in nature stands out to you?
May you find your Muse.