Thursday, July 2, 2015

Akashic Books - Call for Flash Submissions

Akashic Books has added an new category to their weekly flash fiction submissions.  This time around they're looking for Wilderness Wednesdays.  They want "hard-boiled stories about men and women in perilous encounters with the natural world".  In 750 words.  This is a non-paying market.  You can find the details here.

So, you want to write comics, do ya? by Alex Segura

Occasionally I post market calls for comics so it seems only fitting to post this informative essay, "So, you want to write comics, do ya?" by Alex Segura that's up over at the Do Some Damage blog today.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Literary Wanderlust - Anthology Call

Literary Wanderlust has posted an anthology call for romance stories of 10,000 to 18,000 words set during the Winter holidays.  Reprints are okay.  The deadline is July 31 and payment is $30.  You can find the details here.

FableCroft - Anthology Postponed

On May 4 I posted an anthology call from FableCroft Publishing for "Monsterful:  Stories of the Awesome and Extraordinary".  The submission period was to begin today but there was no sign of the call on their website.  Checking their Twitter account I found this:
May 30
Due to other commitments, we have postponed the reading period for MONSTERFUL until a future date. Apologies to those planning to submit.

 So if you've written a story I'm afraid you'll have to find a new market.  Sorry about that folks.

ThugLit - New Issue

ThugLit #18 is now available for your Kindles.  Check it out here.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Coconuts and Crime Stories

You just never know where you'll find tidbits of information that you can incorporate into a story.  My son left a copy of his Sam's Club magazine "Healthy Living" here yesterday and I found myself thumbing through it.  In their Superfood Spotlight was an article about coconuts.  "Did you know that coconut water's electrolyte composition is almost identical to human blood plasma and was used during WWII as an IV drip?"

If you're anything like me your first thought was using this to help a person you couldn't risk taking to the hospital.  At wikipedia I discovered that in India they use coconut water to euthanize the elderly.  So, of course you have a new murder weapon.  It seems that coconut water is full of potassium and an overdose can induce acute kidney failure.

Yes, I know the magazine was "Healthy Living" but who can resist such intriguing ideas for their stories?  How about you?  Any tidbits you found that wound up in one of your stories?

The Facebook Story Cupboard

Occasionally I click on the Dear Abby columns that pop up on the news page at Yahoo.  Today's letter made me think that you could get a good story out a woman who contacts you on Facebook to tell you that she's your daughter.  I mean, what a great place Facebook must be for con men or women.  You are my father, mother, brother, doppelganger.  The list of cons is endless from blackmail schemes to identity theft.  Just let your imagination wander through the possibilities.  And for you crime writers there's always room for a body to drop!