Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Torquere Books - Charity Anthology

Torquere Books has posted an anthology call for "Love Conquers All".  They're seeking cancer themed stories of 3000 to 10,000 words with a HEA ending.  This is a benefit for DJ Manly who is battling cancer.  The deadline is August 15, 2016.  Payment is a royalty share but writers are welcome to donate their shares.  Torquere Books will be donating their entire share of the royalties.  You can find the details here.

Repeater Books - Anthology Call for Women Writers

This anthology call for "Under My Thumb:  The Songs that Hate Women and the Women that Love Them" sounds quite interesting.  They're seeking wring by women on their relationship with music, on how they love songs that actually demean women.  And it's not just rap or rock and roll, they're looking for music from any era.  Your pieces should be 1000 to 3000 words and can be non-fiction or short story or any other form that suits your thoughts.  You need to send a pitch first and if accepted you have to have your piece in by September 1, 2016.  There is payment but they don't give the amount.  You can find the details here.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Stitched Smile Publications - Anthology Call

Stitched Smile Publications has posted an anthology call for "The Unleashed:  Monsters vs Zombies".  They're looking for stories of 3500 to 5000 about monsters fighting the undead.  The monsters can be Dracula, Frankenstein, or any other monster that comes to mind.  The deadline is July 31 and payment is $25.  You can find the details here.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Angie's Desk - Anthology Calls

I'm a little late with this one, but Angie has posted her May list of anthology calls.  Thanks, Angie!!

Carina Press - Call for Romance Novellas

Carina Press has posted a call for romance novellas of of 25,000 to 40,000 words.  There are five categories to choose from.  Submissions periods vary but the first opens in August and is for erotic thrillers.  Payment here is royalties.  You can find the details here.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Manor House Podcast - Open for Submissions

The Manor House podcast is open for submissions of horror or dark fiction.  Stories should be 3000 to 7000 words.  Payment is $30 for original stories.  They do take a few reprints but there is no payment except for a small royalty.  And yes, that's the way they phrased it.  You can find the details here.

The List Story Cupboard

Years ago I read an essay by Ray Bradbury where he wrote about making lists of titles.  His titles were things like The Lake, The Night, The Mirror Maze, basically all nouns that began to stir stories for him.  I expect most writers have lists of ideas that they write down and pull out when they need to find a story idea. 

Now, I keep my "list" on scraps of paper in front of my keyboard.  Mine aren't as neat and ordered as Mr. Bradbury's because I write down things I hear or read or see.  To be more accurate I usually mishear, misread, or see with the crooked side of my brain.  Here's a few of the things on my list.  Maybe they'll give you an idea or two for a story of your own,

1.  Praying Drunk or Preying Drunk - I wondered what a drunk person would pray for then I wondered how a drunk would prey.
2.  Paper Pajamas - One of those misheard things that made sense when I wrote it down.
3.  Finding Lost - Just a twist on lost and found.
4.  Agnes and True - Just a pair of names I wrote down.
5.  The Broken Rosary - Just seemed like an interesting start to a mystery story.
6.  Vinegar and Glitter - Yeah, this was at the bottom of a grocery list, no clue why.
7.  Last Worst Act - I blame Frank Regan for this one but I wondered what someone would do when they realized they'd just committed the worst act of their life.
8.  An Occasional Prostitute - Just wondered why a woman would become a part time prostitute aside from needing money.  Money is the easy answer but could there be other reasons?  And could those reason lead to an interesting story?
9.  Lady Bug - I was thinking about that lady bug poem about flying away home and how the unexpected always happens when someone returns to their childhood home or even a home they might have run away from.
10.  Identity Theft - I always liked those Bette Davis movies where she took over her twin sister's life and discovered that she'd walked into a nightmare.  Now imagine stealing the wrong identity.

Markets have been a tad scarce of late but hopefully that will improve.