We went to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science this week, hoping to see the temporary Sherlock Holmes exhibit, but it was sold out. Luckily, we have a membership, so it didn't cost us anything (other than 2 hours worth of driving, round trip). The kids still had fun visiting their favorite exhibits (one on the human body and one about space,) and when we left, the sun was starting to slip behind the Rockies. Denver is farther from the mountains than we are in Colorado Springs, so the view is different than I'm used to. No spectacular colors, but it was still pretty. Canadian geese were flying around a nearby lake, honking and gossiping. The nearby clouds were backlit by the rays of the dying sun. And it was fun imagining the mammoth was really there. Could you imagine the sight of a real one of these beasts among the skyscrapers, trumpeting out its call?
Now it's time for links. Bear in mind that I'm not endorsing any of these, merely passing them along. Always do your own due diligence in researching markets before submitting to them.
The Lorelei Signal is open to fantasy. Because the twin magazine, Sorcerous Signals closed, they have changed to not requiring female main characters, though any female characters must not be window dressing. Short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. Up to 10,000 words. Pays $7.50 per short story, $3 per poem/flash. Current reading period ends February 15.
Lillicat Publishers is open for science fiction short stories for the anthology Visions IV: Space Between Stars. 3000-8000 words. Pays $25. Deadline February 15.
Lightspeed is open for science fiction short stories for People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction, a special edition. They are also running a kickstarter to finance this project. If they are successful and reach a certain point, they will open up People of Colo(u)r Destroy Fantasy and People of Colo(u)r Destroy Horror. Up to 10,000 words. You must be a person of color to submit. I'm not sure what the pay is, but it is paying. They're also seeking artwork, which will be paid for. Both the kickstarter and the submissions close February 19.
Ninth Letter is open for literary fiction, poetry, and essays. Up to 8000 words. Pays $25 per printed page. Current deadline February 28.
Blyant Publishing is open for short fiction of any genre for their quarterly anthology blAekk. The current theme is nationality. 1000-2000 words. Pays £10 to £20 depending on length. Deadline February 28.
SpeckLit is open for speculative fiction and reviews. Drabbles only, so 100 words. Pays $.05/word. Deadline for this quarter is February 28.
Vine Leaves Literary Journal is looking for prose, poetry, and script vignettes in any genre. Pays $5 AUD. Current deadline is February 28.
Nosetouch Press is open for horror short stories for the anthology Blood, Sweat & Fears: Horror Inspired by the 1970s. 3000-10,000 words. Pays $25, plus contributor copy. Deadline February 29.
Escape Pod is holding a flash fiction contest. Science fiction. No more than 500 words. Three winners will be paid $30, and their stories presented on a podcast. Deadline February 15.
The WEP Valentine's Edition details have been posted. You can submit in all kinds of ways, be it flash fiction, poetry, non-fiction, artwork, or photos. Up to 1000 words. Sign up and post between February 17 and 19th.
What creature from the past would you most want to see now? Any of these links of interest? Anything to share? Publishing news?
May you find your Muse.