Normally I post a picture of our house lights that Clark Griswold II works so hard to put up. However, we didn't take any stills this year. Clark II did take video, though, so here's a video of the lights as we say goodbye to 2014 and welcome in 2015.
My son came through surgery fine on Monday. We'll all be happy to get to sleep through the night once we're done dosing him with pain killers every three hours. In fact, I'm sitting here, finally having gotten to sit down to write this post, as I wait to give him the next dose in 90 minutes so I can go to bed. Clark II gets the early A.M. shift.
Now for some links! Always do your due diligence to check out publications before you submit to them. I'm simply passing along links, and have not researched them.
Splickety Publishing Group wants your flash fiction for Splickety Prime, dealing with crime stories. This is for the March issue. Up to 1000 words. Pays $.02/word. Deadline January 9.
Inaccurate Realities is looking for YA speculative fiction stories of 2000-7000 words. Current theme is "love." Token payment of $15-25. Deadline January 15.
Dark Hollows Press is seeking short stories for individual release in February. Minimum of 10,000 words. Pays $50 per story. Deadline January 17.
Story of the Month Club accepts short stories of 3000-10,000 words. Speculative fiction (though it doesn't look like they take horror.) Pays $20 or a one year subscription. Deadline January 30.
Crossed Genres next theme is "Failure." Short stories of science fiction and/or fantasy. 1000-6000 words. Pays $.06/word. Deadline January 31.
Farolight Publishing is seeking horror short stories that are too long to be short stories, but too short to be novellas. 8,000-15,000 words. These will be made into Cutting Block Books, given professional cover art, and published individually on Amazon for $.99. Pays $.03/word. Deadline January 31.
Breaking Fate Publishing wants dark fiction. 1000-15,000 words. Next open anthology is "The Dead Walk," a zombie anthology. Pays in contributor copies. Deadline January 31.
Hydra Publications wants your dystopian short stories for an anthology. 1000-7500 words. Pays $.01/word. Deadline January 31.
Witty Bard Publishing is holding a Romance Short Story Competition. 1000-9000 words. Prizes include publication in an anthology and royalty shares (making this less a contest and more a call for submissions.) Deadline January 17.
The Chicago Tribune is sponsoring the Nelson Algren Literary Awards. Grand prize is $3500, plus possible publication in the Tribune. Deadline January 31.
Have you taken your Christmas lights down yet? (We always do after the 1st.) Did you drive around this year looking at light displays? Any of these links of interest to you? Anything to share?
May you find your Muse.