Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A Muddy Pig is a Happy Pig & Links

Further to the autumn season pictures, I've got pictures from a harvest festival we attended at Rockledge Ranch last week. This was just a piece of antique farming equipment in a field that I thought was cool.

The kids and I watched a pig meticulously digging a hold in the mud, much like a dog pawing at its bed to get it comfortable. In the end, the pig immersed itself in the mud and let out a contented sigh, again like you'd hear a dog make when it settles down for a nap.

Awwww, comfy.

Now for some links.

As always, please bear in mind that I'm not personally recommending any of these links. I am merely passing along information I've come across that I think might be helpful to others. Always do your due diligence before submitting to a publication or contest.

Accepting Submissions:

Everywhere Now Press is looking for your poems, creative non-fiction, memoirs, and essays on death for their anthology Death Where the Nights Are Long. Deadline November 1. Pays $250 on acceptance, another $250 at publication.

Unlikely Story is doing a bonus mini-edition in addition to it's usual three editions each year. This one is the Journal of Unlikely Coulrophobia. Don't know what that is? It's the fear of clowns! (I love clowns.) They're calling for flash fiction up to 1038 words. Reading period closes November 1. They pay $.06/word.

Ticonderoga Publications is seeking speculative fiction stories about kick-arse women for their anthology Hear Me Roar. 2500-7500 words. Deadline November 5. Pays AUS 2.5 cents/word, plus two contributor copies. Open world-wide.

Sky Warrior Books wants dragon stories The Dragon's Hoard anthology. Sci-fi or fantasy, as long as there's a dragon. Deadline November 15. Pays in author share. 

Ruminate Magazine is reading for their spring issue through November 15. They are only taking poetry, visual art, and reviews for this issue. Pays $15 for poetry and artwork, and $15 per 400 words for reviews.

Martinus Publishing is open for submissions to their We Were Heroes anthology. 1500-10,000 words. Pays in royalties. This anthology is open until filled.

Writers Weekly seeks articles on making money as a writer for and The Write Markets Report. Approximately 600 words. Pays $60 per article.


Bold New Worlds is a speculative fiction short story contest for high school students. 1000 words or less. Deadline November 10. Cash prizes.

The Lindenwood Review is holding a flash fiction contest. Deadline November 15. 50-750 words. Winner receives $50, publication, and contributor copies.

Blog Stuff:

The 2014 Realms Faire is coming up, and M. Pax needs your help. November 10-14. Various people are hosting parts of the Faire. It's meant to get you exposure/visibility. There's the Joust, the Soak-a-Bloke or Drench-a-Wench, the Stockade Brigade, Dueling Bards, Riddle Me This, Phasers, Dragon Hunt, and Wisdom of the Creative Realms.

Have you hit any harvest festivals? Have any good ones in your area? Any of these links of interest to you? Anything to share? Publishing news?

May you find your Muse.


Julie Flanders said...

That pig in his mud bed is too cute. Looks like perfect contentment.

S.A. Larsenッ said...

My daughter would love this post! She's in love with pigs, keeps asking for a piglet. Um ... no. Sorry. LOL

Thanks for the links!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I know pigs are supposed to be intelligent but you just wonder at times.

Morgan said...

Ha. The muddy pic *does* surprisingly look comfy…

And awesome links. SO MANY opportunities for writers these days. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I bet the pig found the mud cool.

Susan Kane said...

Pigs don't sweat, so the mud baths cool them down and reflect the sun. Growing up on a pig farm has given me an appreciation, altho a dislike, for the humble hog.
Around here in San Diego country, there are many farmers' markets, as well as pumpkin patches. I only wish the temp was below 80 deg.

Andrew Leon said...

Ah... to be a pig.

dolorah said...

Cute pigs, oink!

Thanks for the updates.

Shannon Lawrence said...

Julie, he definitely sounded content.

SA, more and more people have them as pets! Having grown up on a pig farm, that would have been a great big no from my mom.

Susan, it looked kinda' comfortable. Haha!

Morgan, doesn't it? All nice and squishy.

Alex, I'm pretty certain he did. The sun was blasting that day.

Susan, I think my mom feels about the same after having grown up with pigs on a farm.

Andrew, indeed!

Dolorah, oink, snort.