Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Germinid Press - Anthology Calls

Geminid Press, LLC has three anthology calls posted on their site.  All three need stories of 1000 to 7500 words with a deadline of August 31, 2015.  Payment is 5cents a word.  The themes are "Conspiracy Hour", "Space Opera", and "Take Me to Your Leader".  Here's a link to their Submittable page.  And a link to their site where you can find more about the calls.

18 Free Short Stories for Halloween

If you're looking to get your spooky ghoul on for Halloween check out these 18 short stories selected by Blastr and free to read online.

Darkhouse Books - Anthology Call

This call came through the SMFS this morning.

Call for Submissions for an anthology of historical crime and mystery fiction

Darkhouse Books seeks stories for an anthology of historical crime and mystery fiction. For the purpose of this anthology we are defining historical fiction as, those works set more than a few decades prior to the present and written by someone without direct experience in the setting and events of the story. But should a truly superb story happen to stray from the above strictures and cross our threshold, we would happily consider it.

The submission period is now open and will remain open through 11:59pm (PST), December 31st, 2014.

We are seeking stories in the 2500 to 7500 word range, though if it's knockout material, we'll consider any length.

The anthology will contain between twelve and twenty stories, depending on the overall length. Authors will share equally fifty percent of royalties received.

We accept MS Word .doc and .docx files. Submissions must be in standard manuscript format. Links to formatting guides are available here.

Previously published work will be considered, provided the author has the power to grant us the right to publish in ebook, audio, and print versions, and that it has not been available elsewhere more recently than January 1st, 2014.

Submissions may be sent to submissions@darkhousebooks.com.
Please leave "Submission-" in the subject line and add the name of your story.

Andrew MacRae
Darkhouse Books

Monday, October 20, 2014

Paperback Writer - Anthology Calls

The Paperback Writer blog has a new post with ten open submission calls.  You can check it out here.  Thanks Paperback Writer!!

Another Dimension - New Market

From the folks behind the Wily Writers Fiction Podcast we have a new quarterly zine called Another Dimension.  they're looking for stories of 1000 to 3000 words in classic style horror or dark fantasy.  Think Night Gallery and the Twilight Zone.  The deadline for the first issue is December 31 and payment is 3cents a word.  You can find the details here.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Angie's Desk - Anthology Calls

Angie has posted her October list of anthology calls. Thanks, Angie!!

Writer's Block

Found one of the best thoughts about writer's block written by Octavia E. Butler in an essay titled "Breaking Through Writer's Block".

"If you know your craft, you may even be able to write well in spite of writer's block.  What's missing is not your ability to write, but your ability to feel any joy, any passion, any satisfaction in your writing"

I know that feeling well.  The words are there, but they all feel and sound like crap to me.  Some people tell you to write the crap but for me it just feels wrong and makes me feel sad instead of happy that I've managed to put words down on paper.