Wednesday, March 26, 2014

[Mostly] Wordless Wednesday - Trespassing & Linkies

This week, I'm vacationing in Kansas. Behind the house we're renting is an abandoned house, barn, shed, and a building that's completely demolished, so we're not sure what it was, except that it has roofing tiles. I took a bunch of pics, but I'm only going to share a few. I left one in color, because the cellar windows were brown, which was odd since the other cellar windows were clear. I think you'll agree, this could be the setting of a scary movie (and yes, we did go into the cellar, fully acknowledging that if we were watching us in a horror film, we'd be screaming about how stupid a move that was.

Now for some links!

Please be aware that I am not vetting these publications, merely passing along information I've found online. Always do your due diligence in checking publications before submitting anything to them.

Accepting Submissions:

The Pedestal Magazine will open for submissions for their 74th issue April 1. They're seeking hybrid or multi-genre work. Each piece must include an element of poetry, prose, and art/photo. Pays $40 per piece.

Nightmare Magazine, though closed to general submissions, is taking submissions for their Women Destroy Horror Special Issue. Women only, horror (in case that wasn't obvious from the title). Closes March 31. To be edited by Ellen Datlow!! Pays $.08/word.

Streets of Shadows is seeking submissions of stories that intersect between urban fantasy and crime. 2000-4000 words. Pays $.06/word. Deadline April 3. Go here for more info.

Passion Beyond Words has several themed issues open for submissions right now. All related to romance and/or erotica. Several have a deadline of March 31. Only payment is a contributor copy.

She Knows is open to writers on various topics relating to women, including fashion, entertainment, parenting, crafts, DIY, and local features. Short articles.


The deadline for the Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest is approaching April 1. No fee to enter. First prize is $1000.

Zocalo Poetry is issuing their Zocalo Public Square Poetry Prize. It's issued to a U.S. poet who best conveys a sense of place in their poem. Closes for entries April 1. First prize $500.

Spark is holding a contest for both poetry and prose. The theme is "Fables." Grand prize is $500, plus a laundry list of other awesome prizes. No fee to enter. Deadline is April 1.

Of Interest:

Night Owl Reviews is holding a Spring Fling Scavenger Hunt. Opens April 1, closes May 15. You will be asked to fill in a series of blanks to enter, gleaned from various online resources. Each blank is accompanied by a prize you can win.

Fast Co-Create had an interesting article entitled How to be Prolific: Guidelines for Getting it Done from Joss Whedon. Worth a read!

M.J. Joachim has suggested a method for defeating the recent issues with Google Friend Connect. Join her for an ongoing blog hop if you're having problems with GFC.

What do you think of the abandoned buildings? Moody enough? Anything to share? Any good news? Have you been submitting? Any of these interest you?

May you find your Muse.


  1. Nice photos, I love black and whites. And thanks for the links, happy Wednesday! :)

  2. Love the creepy pics! Reminds me of something from The Walking Dead. :)

    Thanks for the links!

  3. That is creepy but cool old house. You need to write a story about it.

  4. Those are creepy buildings. Great pictures. Have to check out the Joss Whedon article.

  5. Old buildings always have the feel of the years and lives gone by. Very beautiful. Anything done like Joss Whedon has to be good. Fun links!

  6. That's a very nice weathered barn. Great b&w photos. Hope you're having fun in Kasas.

  7. And I thought the prairies were boring. You did a great photo study of those buildings. That brown window was a good catch.

    Thanks for sharing. I liked #7, the old house. . .

  8. Did you meet any ghost?

    Hugs and chocolate!

  9. I really shuddered at those interior shots! Really great spooky images to inspire some ghostly, dark prose.

  10. Love the photo's, I would have gone in too, but only during the day! LOL

    Thanks again for the links!

  11. Hey Shannon!

    Lucky you, I have arrived. Yay and gosh :)

    Nice moody looking buildings. I clicked my heels three times and I was there...

    I cannot believe it, but I actually joined M.J.'s blog hippety hoppety. I have had issues with GFC for nearly three weeks. I have a bit of a weird workaround for the issue. Although a bit hit and miss.

    Must go and find my Muse...

    Bye, Shannon.

    Gary :)

  12. That's an interesting, eerie structure, definitely something that can find its way into fiction.

  13. Thanks for the links. I'm bookmarking all.

  14. I love old buildings. This one has a fascinating history, I'm sure. Also, Shannon, thanks for the links. I'll check some of them out.

    Hope all goes well.