Friday, July 20, 2018

Crossed Genres - Anthology Call

Crossed Genres has poked its head out of the sand to post an anthology call for "Resisting Fascism".  They're looking for science fiction and fantasy stories of 250 to 8000 words about resisting fascism.  The deadline is August 15, 2018 and payment is 7cents a word (maybe more depending on their fund raiser).  You can find the details here.  And welcome back to Crossed Genres!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Unnerving Magazine - Call for Midnight Snacks

Unnerving Magazine has posted a call for Midnight Snacks.  They're looking for short stories of 6000 to 15,000 words to published individually.  They can be original or reprints.  Payment is a 50/50 royalty split.  The call is open until full.  The genres are horror, crime, monster adventures, dark science fiction or fantasy.  You can find the details on their Submittable page, formatting directions are on their own web site.

Delilah Devlin - Erotica Romance Anthology Call

Editor Delilah Devlin has posted an anthology call for "Stranded:  A Boy's Behaving Badly Anthology".  She's looking for erotica romance stories of 2500 to 5500 words that have a woman in jeopardy, a romance, and a bad boy.  The deadline is November 15, 2018 and  payment is $25.  You can find the details  here.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Journal Stone Publishing - Open for Novel Submissions

Journal Stone Publishing has opened submissions for novels and fiction collections in the genre of Horror.  Minimum word count is 50,000.  Payment is standard royalty terms.  You can find the details here.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Broadswords & Blasters - New Issue

Issue #6 of Broadswords & Blasters has just dropped.  You can check out the details and find links to purchase here.

The Dark City - New Issue

The Summer issue of The Dark City is now available to read online.

Dreaming Robot Press - YA Anthology Call

Dreaming Robot Press has opened submissions for their "2018 Young Explorer's Adventure Guide".  They're looking for science fiction adventure stories of 3000 to 6000 words that middle grade readers can identify with.  The deadline is December 15, 2018 and payment is 6cents a word.  You can find  the details here.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Rhonda Parrish - Anthology Calls

Editor Rhonda Parrish has three anthology calls posted on her website.  Two will open in 2019 but "Grim, Grit, and Gasoline:  An anthology of Dieselpunk and Decopunk Fairy Tales" will open for submissions on August 1, 2018.  She's looking for fairy tale storties up to 7500 words using Dieselpunk and Decopunk themes.  The deadline is September 30, 2018 and payment is 1cent a word.  World Weaver Press will publish.  You can find the calls and details here.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Thriller Magazine - New Market

There's a new zine just rolled out online called Thriller Magazine and they're open to submissions for their second issue.  They're looking for stories up to 5000 words.  Reprints are welcome.  They're open to horror or crime fiction with an emphasis on thriller.  The first issue is up as a pdf for you to read to get a feel for what they're looking for.  This is a non-paying market.  You can find the details here.  Thanks to Michael Bracken for the link!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Apex Magazine - Open for Submissions

Apex Magazine is currently open for science fiction stories up 7500 words.  There's no deadline listed and payment is 6cents a word.  You can find the details here.

Autonomous Press - Anthology Call

Autonomous Press has posted an anthology call for "Spoon Knife 4:  A Neurodivergent Guide to Spacetime".  They're looking for speculative fiction stories up to 10,000 words that use time and space to tell the story.  They also have a theme with very big words ( I didn't feel like using a dictionary to decipher what they wanted ) and examples for you to use.  The deadline is September 30, 2018 and payment is 1cent a word.  You can find the details here.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Switchblade - New Issue

Issue #6 of Switchblade Magazine is now available on Kindle with a print issue coming soon.  You can check it out here.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Flame Tree Press - Anthology Calls

Flame Tree Press is seeking stories of 2000 to 4000 words for two anthologies.  The anthologies are "Haunted House" and "Cosy Crime".  Reprints are okay.  The deadline is July 29, 2018 and payment is 6cents a word.  You can find the details here.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Dark Helix Press - Anthology Call - Asian Writers

Canadian based Dark Helix Press has posted an anthology call for "Immersion:  An Asian Anthology of Love, Fantasy, and Speculative Fiction".  They're looking for stories with an Asian main character set in an immersive alternative past, present, or future.  Flash fiction stories up to 1800 words and and short stories up to 6000 words.  The deadline is December 31, 2018 and payment is $20CAD for flash and $40CAD for shorts.  Authors must have a geographical Asian heritage.  You can find the details here.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Pulp Modern - New Issue

The new issue of Pulp Modern is now available for purchase.  Check it out here.

Flash Bang Mysteries - New Issue - Open for Submissions

The Summer issue of Flash Bang Mysteries has hit the virtual streets.  You can read it for free here.  They're also open to submissions for their Fall issue until July 31.  They are looking for crime flash stories of 500 to 750 words.  Payment is $20.  You can find the details here.

My Apologies - Econoclash Review

My apologies!  Econoclash Review is currently closed to submissions.  I seem to have read the wrong page.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Mysterion - Anthology Call

Mysterion has posted a submission call for their next anthology.  They're looking for speculative fiction stories up to 9000 words that use Christian themes.  Be sure to click on their themes guideline page for a better understanding of what they're looking for.  The deadline is July 31, 2018 and payment is 6cents a word and 3cents a word for reprints.  You can find the details here.

Gypsum Sound Tales - Call for Submissions

Gypsum Sound Tales has posted a call for submissions for the second issue of Thuggish Itch.  They're looking for horror, science fiction, and speculative fiction stories of 1000 to 5000 words.  They have ten concepts that they want you to use for your stories.  The deadline is September 14, 2018 and payment is AU$5.  You can find the details here.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Mystery Weekly - New Issue

The July issue of Mystery Weekly is now available for purchase.  Check it out here.

Diabolical Plots - Open for Submissions

Diabolical Plots opened for submissions today.  They are looking for stories up to 3500 words in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror.  All stories must have a speculative element.  The deadline is July 31, 2018 and payment is 8cents a word.  You can find the details here.

Econoclash Review - Open for Submissions

Econoclash Review opens for submissions today for issue #3.  They're looking for contemporary pulp stories of 1500 to 4500 words.  The deadline is August 31, 2018 and payment is $10.  You can find the details here.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Journalstone Publishing - Open for Horror Novel Submissions

Journalstone Publishing is open for novel and fiction collections in the genre of horror.  Minimum word length for both is 50,000 words.  Payment is a royalty split.  You can find the details here.

Unnerving Magazine - Open for Submissions

Submissions opened today at Unnerving Magazine for their "Inspired by Stephen King" issue.  They're looking for stories of 800 to 4000 words that are inspired by a Stephen King story.  Acceptable genres are horror, crime, science fiction, and suspense.  The deadline is August 31, 2018.  Payment is 1cent a word.  You can find the details on their Submittable page.  Be sure to check out their guidelines page for formatting instructions.

Friday, June 29, 2018

A Little Respect Please

Today at the Writers Guild blog I read a post by Rebecca Graf called "Writing a Short Story:  Tips to Help You".  And yes, there were a few helpful tips for beginners but what really made me grind my teeth was this "Personally, I don't read many short stories...".  Her use of short stories is for a launching pad to write novels.

Now I love short stories and I've been reading them all my life starting with Grimm's Fairy Tales.  The best piece of advice I could give to any writer of short stories is to respect the form.  Yes, they're hard to write because you have to focus on one story, not a dozen side plots.  But when you focus on that one story it can turn into a thing of beauty.

You want to learn how to write a short story?  Read short stories.  Start with "Soft Monkey" by Harlan Ellison.  He teaches you how to break the rules and use an unreliable narrator.  "A Good Man is Hard to Find" by Flannery O'Connor teaches you how to take the mundane pieces of life and turn them upside down.  "Lamb to the Slaughter" by Roald Dahl gives you the perfect murder mystery and shows you how to get away with murder.  "Cain" by Andrew Vachss turns the basic revenge plot on its ear.  And "The Payoff" by Stanley Ellin, well, it just leaves you shaking in your shoes at his audacity.

There are so many authors like O' Henry and Richard Matheson who cover the whole spectrum of genres.  Read them.  Learn from them.

Do you want something more current?  Pick up a copy of the novella "You Were Never Really Here" by Jonathan Ames.  When I finished this story I was so pissed at the ending, but as I thought about it I realized that it was the perfect ending.  Ames gives you Joe's story and by the time you finish reading you know exactly what he is going to do next, you didn't have to be told.  That short and you know the character inside and out.  Amazing.

If you're going to write short stories do it for the right reason, because they are a beautiful art form.  Don't use them to launch a career.  Love them for what they are.  And above all, give them the respect they deserve.

North to Alaska by Thomas Pluck

Over at SleuthSayers Thomas Pluck has a very beautiful piece on why writers should keep writing through the disasters that surround us.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Writers Thread - Anthology Call

Writers Thread has posted an anthology call for "Moonlit Dreams/Moonlit Nightmare".  They're looking for stories of 1500 to 10,000 words "that explore the nature of the psyche and the world around us" using the title theme.  The deadline is November 25, 2018 and payment is 1cent a word.  You can find the details here.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

How to Evaluate Small Publishers

Jane Friedman has an interesting post about "How to Evaluate Small Publishers".

33 Paying Markets

Over at the Publishing...and Other Forms of Insanity blog Erica Verrillo has posted her July list of paying markets.  Thanks, Erica!!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Left Hand Publishers - Anthology Call

Left Hand Publishers has posted an anthology call for "Mindscapes & Mysteries Unimagined".  I've read the guidelines twice and I'm still not sure if this is one anthology or two.  For Mindscapes Unimagined they want stories of 4000 to 9000 words that focus on supernatural, horror, urban fantasy, and speculative fiction.  For Mysteries Unimagined  they want stories of 4000 to 11,000 words that spotlight mysteries thriller, and crime drama.  All stories must have a twist ending.  The deadline is July 31, 2018 and payment is $25.  You can find the details here.

Release the Virgins - Anthology Call

Editor Michael A. Ventrella has posted an anthology call for "Release the Virgins".  He's looking for stories up to 5000 words that use the phrase "release the virgins" in the story.  You have to submit a proposal first to make sure your idea isn't already being used.  The deadline is September 1, 2018 and payment is 5cents a word.  You can find the details here.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Saddlebag Dispatches - Open for Submissions

This is a non-paying print market and I'm listing it only because it's a Western Market and they're few and far between.  They are open for submissions of short stories, poetry, and non-fiction articles about the West.  The deadline is August 1, 2018.  You can find the details here.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Blood Bath Lit Zine - New Market

Edinburgh based "Blood Bath Lit Zine" is a new market looking for short stories of 100 to 2500 words in the genres of horror, science fiction, fantasy, and genre bending.  The theme for their first issue is "Bodies".  The deadline is August 1, 2018 and payment is 10lbs. per 1000 words.  You can  find the details here.  One note here, while it doesn't say it's open only to Scottish authors they do say they are "dedicated to exposing Scottish fiction's weird underbelly".

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Buckshot Magazine - Open for Submissions

Buckshot Magazine is currently open for submissions of stories up to 2000 words in any genre.  There's no deadline listed.  The payment is $20 US and $25CAD.  This is a Canadian based magazine.  They have stories on site so you can get a feel for what they're looking for.  You can find the details here.

Shimmer - Closing

Shimmer magazine is closing up shop with one final issue.

Always the Fine Print

I really hate finding this clause in submission guidelines:

"C. The AUTHOR acknowledges that by submitting her/his work, she/he is donating their work to IWA PUBLISHING SERVICES/45 Magazine. The AUTHOR retains full rights to the submitted work and is giving IWA PUBLISHING SERVICES/45 Magazine permission to publish the submitted material via print, electronic publication, stage plays, screenplays, anthologies, and movie productions and will not receive any financial compensation or literary credit if their anonymously submitted work is chosen to be published via print, e-publication, or for stage plays, screenplays, and/or in movie productions.However,the AUTHOR will receive literary credit only for their creative work (poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, screenplays, and stageplays) submitted if they include their name. All personal (true) stories will remain anonymous."

As the author you are basically giving away all the rights to your story without being paid a cent.  Watch your backs out there, folks.  Oh yes, the name of this magazine is 45 Magazine Women's Literary Journal.

Author Gigs and Dealines - Market Resource

If you have some short stories looking for a home try Author Gigs and Deadlines.  They have a listing of short story markets currently open for submissions and in various genres.  They seen to be paying markets as well.  Check them out here.  There are also lists for novels, check the tabs at the top of the page.

Fireside Magazine - Early Notice - Novel and Novella Call

Fireside Magazine has posted an early notice call for novel and novella submissions for the month of August.  All genres are welcome.  Word count is 20,000 to 120,000.  You can find the details here.  Payment is a royalty split.  I'll post this again when they open for submissions

Friday, June 22, 2018

Yellow Mama - New Issue

The June issue of Yellow Mama is now available to read online.

Unlocking the Magic - Anthology Call

I found this call at ralan.com  The title is "Unlocking the Magic:  A Fantasy Anthology".  They're looking for fantasy (and all the subgenres) stories of 3000 to 6000 words that show "the reality of being mentally ill within a fantasy setting".  Also they want noblebright not grimdark.  The deadline is November 1, 2018 and payment is $300 plus royalties.  You can find the details here.  It's their KickStarter page and they're fully funded.

Gypsum Sound Tales - Open for Submissions

Australian based Gypsum Sound Tales has opened submissions for their second issue of Colp.  They're looking for stories using the theme of "Sky's the Limit".  Stories need to be set in earth's atmosphere and not in outer space.  The genres are science fiction, fantasy, and horror.  The deadline is August 21, 2018.  Payment is AU $5 for stories under 2000 words and AU $10 for stories over 2000 words.  You can find the details here.

SleuthSayers - Editor Interviews

For the last three days SleuthSayers has been posting interviews with the editors of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.  The ladies are Linda Landrigan, Janet Hutchings, and Jackie Sherbow.  You'll find all three interviews here.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores - Open for Submissions

Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores opened for submissions today.  They're looking for short stories of 1000 words and up in the genres of science fiction and fantasy.  Payment is 6cents a word for original stories and 2cents a word for reprints.  The deadline is June 28, 2018, they have a short reading period.  You can find the details here.

Editor Interview - Chantelle Aimee Osman - New Wave Crime

I guess it's editors day here on the blog :)  Over at the Unlawful Acts blog David Nemeth has an excellent interview with Chantelle Aimee Osman.  Ms. Osman is the editor of the new crime imprint New Wave Crime for Down & Out Books.

Anthology Editor Mary Helen Norris Talks

Over at the 18th Wall you'll find the post "If Walls Could Talk:  The Number One Reason Writers Get Rejected" by editor Mary Helen Norris.  Ms. Norris is one of  the editors of Overdue an anthology that is open for submissions until September 15, 2018.  It's always good when an editor takes the time to give you additional information.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The Cook by C.L. Clark

Love can take on different forms but it's always beautiful and fulfilling as told in "The Cook" by C. L. Clark in Uncanny Magazine.

Twelfth Planet Press - Early Warning Novella Call

Twelfth Planet Press has posted a call for Festive-themed Novellas.  They're looking for novellas of 17,000 to 40,000 words set during the festive season (Christmas, New Year, etc.).  They're open to all genres for this one including crime.  Submissions will open on August 1 and close August 31, 2018 which gives you plenty of time to write.  Payment is $300 against a royalty split.  You can find the details here.  I will post this again when they open.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Mickey Finn: 21st Century Noir - Early Warning Anthology Call

From Michael Bracken comes word that he will be editing another anthology.  This one is called "Mickey Finn: 21st Century Noir".  He's looking for hard-boiled and noir crime fiction stories of 3000 to 8000 words with the sweet spot being 5000 words.  Submissions will open on September 1 and close November 30, 2018 so you have plenty of lead time to get started.  Payment is a royalty split and the publisher is Down & Out Books.  You can find the details here.  I'll post this again when submissions open.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Always the Fine Print

WiDo Publishing is open for submissions.  I checked them out because they publish mystery fiction.  They also have a new imprint called E.L. Marker.  If your manuscript isn't suited for WiDo they transfer it to the E.L. Marker imprint.  Good deal?  The new imprint will publish your book for the low price of $3977.  Yep, at the bottom of the E. L. Marker imprint page they mention this.  NOT in the submission guidelines.  Watch your backs out there, folks.

Friday, June 15, 2018

The 2018 Macavity Award Nominees

Mystery Fanfare has the list of the 2018 Macavity Award Nominees.  Lots of familiar names!  Congratulations to all the nominees!!

Test Patterns: Creature Features - Anthology Call

I found this anthology call posted over at Horror Tree.  "Test Patterns:  Creature Features" is looking for stories of 2500 to 7000 words with monsters.  The stories should be in the style of Twilight Zone and the Outer Limits.  The deadline is July 1, 2018 and payment is $100.  You can find the details on their Facebook page.

Third Flatiron - Anthology Call

Third Flatiron Anthologies opened for submissions today.  The theme for this one is "Terra! Tara! Terror!".  They're looking for stories of 1500 to 3000 words in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, and light horror (pg-13).  The deadline is July 15, 2018 and payment is 6cents a word.  You can find the details here.  Be sure to click on the theme link so you can get an idea of what they're looking for with the theme.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Zizzle - New Children's Market

Zizzle is a literary magazine, both online and print, for children.  They're looking for stories of 500 to 1200 words for children ages 9 to 14.  This call is for their first issue.  Payment is $100 for stories published both online and in print.  You can find the details here.

Just a Coincidence?

Have you ever run across something that set your bullshit meter into high gear?  Today I found a publishing company called Wild Blue Press that was established by an online marketing specialist and an award winning writer.  Yep, I'd heard this before by a publisher I listed back in April, Severn River Publishing which was started by an online marketing specialist and a USA Today best selling writer.  Just a coincidence?  I tried to check out Severn River but I couldn't access the website.  Mozilla said my connection was not secure.

Now, the names aren't the same but it seemed a little coincidental that two companies started a few months apart are both established by authors and marketing specialists.  As I said, warning bells went off in my head and I thought I'd post my concerns.  The companies could be totally legit and I'm just seeing things through jaded eyes.  But please be careful out there when you're seeking a home for your work.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

BLF Press - Anthology Call - Black Women Writers Only

This is short notice as the deadline is June 30, 2018 but many of you have stories looking for markets. :)  This call is from BLF Press and they want speculative fiction stories of 2000 to 5000 words from black women writers.  The anthology is called "Black FRom the Future:  A Collection of Black Speculative Writing".  Payment is $50.  The guidelines are on their Submittable page.

Vermont Magazine - No Fee Contest - Vermont Residents Only

If you are a Vermont resident and like writing contests you might give this one a try.  Green Mountain Power and Vermont Magazine are sponsoring a contest about Vermont.  They are looking for essays, short stories, plays, and poems up to 1500 words that use Vermont as their theme.  There is one prize of $1500 plus publication in Vermont Magazine.  You can find the details here.  There is no fee to enter.

River Ave Books - Horror Erotica Anthology Call

River Ave Books has posted an anthology call for "Dark Rainbow".  They're looking for LGBT horror erotica stories 2500 to 8000 words in length.  The deadline is July 6, 2018 and  payment is a royalty split.  You can find the details here.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Jersey Pines Ink - Anthology Call

Jersey Pines Ink has posted an anthology call for "Crypt-Gnats".  They're looking for horror stories up to 3000 words using cemeteries or other forms of deceased placements as the theme.  The deadline is July 30, 2018 and payment is $5.  You can find the details here.

Monday, June 11, 2018

The 8 Keys to a Good Heist Story by Peter Derk

Over at LitReactor Peter Derk has an excellent essay about "The 8 Keys to a Good Heist Story".

Clash Media - Anthology Call

Clash Media has posted an anthology call for "Gimme the Loot:  Stories Inspired by The Notorious B.I.G.".  They're looking for stories of 2500 to 6000 words inspired by the songs of The Notorious B.I.G.  The deadline is October 1, 2018 and payment is $50.  You can find the details here.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Blood Bound Books - Anthology Call

Blood Bound Books has posted an anthology call for "Crash Code".  They're looking for stories of 1500 to 7000 words that portray "the pinnacle of our technology meeting the depths of our depravity".  And there are examples, many of them relating to the crime genre.  The deadline is October 1, 2018 and payment is 3cents a word.  You can find the details here.  Scroll down to the bottom of the page to the third call.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Top Rules for Mystery Writing by Ginny Wiehardt

Top Rules for Mystery Writing by Ginny Wiehardt gives some very good advice for those of you setting out to write a mystery story.

16 Themed Calls for June

I love when people put together market lists :)  Over at Authors Publish is a list of 16 themed calls for June.  Most paying.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

The Third Jump of Frankie Buffalo by Thomas Pluck

Over at Tough there's a beautiful story called "The Third Jump of Frankie Buffalo" by Thomas Pluck.  You know a story is good when you find yourself crying at the end.  If you  haven't read it yet, go. Now!

Molotov Editions - Open for Crime Novel Submissions

Molotov Editions is a small press that only publishes a few books a year but they are open for novel submissions.  They are interested in crime fiction submissions.  To submit send a cover letter and 10 pages of your manuscript.  There are no pay specifics.  You can find the details here, just scroll down the page.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Cemetery Dance Magazine - Open for Submissions

Cemetery Dance Magazine is open for submissions!  They are looking for short stories up to 5000 words by writers who have never sold a story to their magazine before.  The genres are horror, dark mystery, and suspense.  The deadline is July 5, 2018 and payment is 5cents a word with a max of $250.  You can find the details here on their Submittable page.  This is the first time in about two years that they've opened submissions so get on it and send in your best story.

Corpus Press - Anthology Call

Corpus Press has posted a call for non-themed horror anthologies for 2019.  They're looking for horror stories of 2500 to 4500 words.  The deadline is September 15, 2018 and payment is 3cents a word with a $150 cap.  You can find the details here.

Jolly Horror Press - Anthology Call

Jolly Horror Press has posted an anthology call for "Don't Cry to Mama".  They're looking for humorous horror stories of 2500 to 6000 words that include a reference to Mama and the things she warned you about.  The deadline is August 1, 2-18 and payment is $25.  You can find the details here.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Occult Detective - New Issue

The Spring issue of Occult Detective is now available for purchase.  Check it out here.  Also note that they will open for submissions on August 1st if you want some lead time.

The Carter Brown Mystery Writer Awards Contest - Early Notice

The Carter Brown Foundation along with Brio Books and Stark House Books have announced The Carter Brown Mystery Writer Awards Contest will open for submissions on August 1.  They are looking for novella length crime/mystery stories of 20,000 to 30,000 words.  The deadline is October 31, 2018 and the winner will receive a publishing contract.  You can find the details here.  I will post this again on August 1 when they open for submissions.

HellBound Books - Anthology Call - For Texas Writers

This is a short notice call as the deadline is June 15, 2018.  HellBound Books has posted an anthology call for "Roadkill:  Texas Horror by Texas Writers Vol 3".  They're looking for horror stories of 1500 to 10.000 words set in Texas and written by Texas writers.  Payment is $15 to $100 depending on length.  You can find the details here, just scroll down the page.  They have other anthologies listed, some paying, some not.

Monday, June 4, 2018

The Geeky Press - Anthology Call - Non-fiction and Fiction

The Geeky Press has an anthology call for "Bad Jobs & Bullshit: Summer Jobs".  They're looking for essays up to 5000 words and short stories of 1000 to 5000 words about those awful summer jobs.  The deadline is June 30, 2018 and payment is a royalty split.  You can find the details here on their Submittable page.

Creating Tension in Your Fiction by Richard Thomas

Over at LitReactor Richard Thomas has a great essay on "Creating Tension in Your Fiction".

Milhaven Tales - Open for Submissions

Milhaven Press is open for submissions for their magazine "Milhaven Tales".  Each quarter has a different them and for Autumn it's "tales of terror" in the genres of horror and dark fantasy.  Stories should be 2000 to 8000 words.  The deadline is August 1, 2018 and payment is a royalty split.  You can find the details here.

Kelly Carter - Editor Interview

Joan Leotta has an interview with Kelly Carter the editor of Mystery Weekly on her blog today.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Mystery Weekly - New Issue

The June print issue of Mystery Weekly is now available for purchase.  Check it out here.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

The Arcanist - Open for Submissions

The Arcanist is an online zine looking for fantasy and science fiction (this includes all the sub-genres including horror) flash fiction up to 1000 words.  There is no deadline and payment is $50.  They use Google Form for their submissions, there's a link in their guidelines.  You can find the details here

Twice-Told - Anthology Call

Editor C.M. Muller has posted an anthology call for "Twice-Told:  A Collection of Doubles".  She's looking for stories of 2000 to 7000 words using the theme "Doppelganger".  There's no mention of genre preference but her other anthologies lean toward dark stories.  The deadline is June 22, 2018 and payment is $22.  You can find the details here.

Texas Bound - Call for Submissions

The Dallas Museum of Art is looking for short stories of 2000 to 6000 words for their Texas Bound Series.  Stories selected will be read aloud by Texas based actors in front of a live audience.  "The stories can be on any theme written by an author who has lived in Texas OR short fiction with a Texas setting, character, or theme."  The deadline is June 15, 2018 but they will be accepting stories all summer.  Payment is $150 and two tickets to the reading of your story.  You can find the guidelines here, it comes up as a pdf file.

Thanks to Gail Farrelly for the link!

Friday, June 1, 2018

Parvus Press - Open for Novella Submissions

Parvus Press is open for novellas (17,500 words) and novels (60,000 words) in the genres of science fiction and fantasy.  They pay an advance up to $1000 plus royalties.  The deadline is July 15, 2018.  You can find the details here.

The Gallery of Curiosities - Open for Submissions

The Gallery of Curiosities opened for submissions today.  They're looking for speculative fiction stories up to 7500 words.  Under their title it says "It's like Steampunk had a baby with Tales from the Crypt" so that will give you a very fair idea of what they're looking for.  The deadline is June 30, 2018.  You can find the details here.  They're also open for art work submissions.

My apologies I put down the wrong pay scale.  They pay 3cents a word for original work and 1cent a word for reprints.  And yes, I deleted my mistake :)  

Owl Hollow Press - Anthology Call

Owl Hollow Press opened submissions today for their anthology "Under the Full Moon's Light".  They're looking for stories under 7500 words that use the "spells the moon has placed on humanity since the dawn of time".  And yes, they have more detail of what they're looking for in the guidelines.  The deadline is June 30, 2018 and payment is $50.  You can find the details here.

Colors in Darkness - Anthology Call

Colors in Darkness has posted a call for their next anthology "Deadly Bargain".  They're looking for horror/dark fantasy stories of 3000 to 7500 words that feature items purchased from a shady dealer.  They have a description of the dealer that you must use but you can name him/her.  The deadline is July 15, 2018 and payment is $20.  You can find the details here.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Tough - Looking for More Submissions

Editor Rusty Barnes announced on Twitter that the submission queue for crime magazine Tough is getting low so now's a good time to submit.  They're looking for crime stories of 1500 to 7500 words.  Payment is $25.  You can find the details here.  Also note that he doesn't mind a little mix of the weird or occult in your story.

Danger Grange by Wiebo Grange

Over at Horror Scribes I read this nice little slice of horror called "Danger Grange" by Wiebo Grobler.  You just never know where guilt will take you.

Belladonna Nightshade - Charity Anthology Call

Belladonna Nightshade has posted an anthology call for "Mars Needs Writers".  They are looking for stories of 2000 to 10,000 word (prefer 5000 to 7500) using the theme of The Red Planet.  Any speculative fiction genre is welcome.  Stories should be PG as they're also asking for young people to write for this anthology.  Reprints are okay.  The deadline is October 12, 2018.  There is no payment as this is a charity anthology with proceeds going to the Challenger Center's Martians of Tomorrow STEM education campaign.  You can find the details here.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Less Than Three Press - Anthology Call

Less Than Three Press has posted an anthology call for "Life After All".  They are looking for LGBTQIA stories of 8000 to 15,000 words in any genre that features "life after the end of the world".  The deadline is July 31, 2018 and payment is $150.  You can find the details here.

FurPlanet - Anthology Call

FurPlanet has posted an anthology call for "The Rabbit Dies First".  They're looking for anthropomorphic fiction stories of 2000 to 12,000 words using the concept "the rabbit is going to die, and someone else is next".  This anthology is open to all genres including mystery/crime.  The deadline is June 30, 2018 and payment is 1cent a word (please note that at the top of the page it says that all anthologies get paid 1/2 cent a word so I'm not sure if this is a misprint).  You can find the details here.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Unnerving Magazine - Advance Notice for a Special Edition

For you Stephen King fans out there Unnerving Magazine is going to have an extended "Inspired by Stephen King" issue with submissions opening on June 30, 2018.  There are no details yet, but you can check out their guidelines for story length and such.  Most of the details are published on their submittable page.  They are currently open for regular submissions.

39 Paying Markets for June

Over at Publishing...and Other Forms of Insanity Erica Verrillo has posted her list of paying markets for June.  Thanks, Erica!!

Me Too Anthology - A Reminder

Editor Elizabeth Zelvin asked me to post a reminder that the "Me Too" anthology is still open for submissions until July 1, 2018.  They're looking for stories of 3000 to 5000 words in any genre using the theme of crimes against women.  Payment is to be decided but at least a token.  You can find the details here.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Econoclash Review - Open for Submissions - Special Trump Issue

Submissions opened today for Econoclash Review's special issue of "Trump Fiction".  They're looking for stories of 1500 to 4000 words featuring a fictional Donald Trump.  The deadline is July 4, 2018 and payment is $10.  You can find the details here.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Shamus Award Nominees

The Private Eye Writers of America has announced the 2018 Shamus Award Nominees.  You can find the complete list at Mystery Fanfare.  Congratulations to all the nominees!!

A Misunderstanding by Travis Richardson

Over at Out of the Gutter online you'll find "A Misunderstanding" by Travis Richardson.  It reads like an action movie but the ending just turns this sweet story on its ear.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Red Room Press - Anthology Call

Red Room Press has posted an anthology call for "American Psychos - A Serial Killer Anthology".  They're looking serial killer stories of 3500 to 5500 words that are brutal, graphic, disturbing and violent.  They must be set in the USA and the serial killer can be real or fictional.  The deadline is October 1, 2018 and payment is $100 (or $150 if their fund raiser is successful).  You can find the details here.

Spring Song Press - Anthology Call

Spring Song Press has posted an anthology call for "Oath & Iron".  They're looking for fantasy/speculative fiction stories of 1000 to 10,000 words that feature fairies.  The theme is oath and iron which they go into detail about at the end of the guidelines.  The deadline is July 1, 2018 and payment is 1cent a word.  You can find the details here.  Also if you click on calls for submissions at the top of the page you'll find that they have a second anthology call that opens on August 1st for steampunk stories.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Digest Enthusiast - New Issue

Issue #8 of The Digest Enthusiast is now available for purchase.  You can find the details and links here.

Grease Monkey Bokor by Ryan Sayles

I stopped by Shotgun Honey and noticed this story in the other stories column.  Six years ago I chose this flash story as one of my top ten stories of the year and it's as good as I remembered.  "Grease Monkey Bokor" by Ryan Sayles is an excellent glimpse into a man's downward spiral to the depths of insanity.  It's always fun to revisit stories that you love on the first read.

Black Orchid Novella Award - Deadline Reminder

The deadline is fast approaching for the Black Orchid Novella Contest.  They're looking for novellas of 15,000 to 20,000 words written in the tradition of the Nero Wolfe series by Rex Stout.  There is no fee to enter and the prize is $1000 and publication in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine.  The deadline is May 31, 2018.  You can find the details here.

Planet Scumm - Open for Submissions

Planet Scumm is open for submissions to their next issue.  They're looking for science fiction and speculative fiction stories of 1000 to 5000 words (Prefer under 3000 words).  The deadline is June 16, 2018 and payment is $20 plus a royalty split.  You can find the details here.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Changing Face of Mystery Fiction by Marvin Kaye

Over at the Ellery Queen blog there's an essay called "The Changing Face of Mystery Fiction" by Marvin Kaye.  The essay is basically a how to write a who dunnit.

While the author misses this type of fiction, I've found over the years that I was getting bored with this type of puzzle solvers.  I was given a copy of Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express" for Christmas and I read over two hundred pages and with just forty-three pages left I set it aside.  I found that I didn't care who did the murder.  I got bored with Hercule Poirot sitting around and telling everyone they were wrong in their deductions and he was always right in that smug way of his.

I have read many of Agatha's Christie's books over the years, I'm a Miss Marple fan, but I love the newer books that have some action in them.  I don't care for the big reveals with everyone sitting in a room waiting for the detective to reveal the murderer.  In this day and age the murderer would have been long gone.  The truth is we're not a polite society anymore, maybe we never were.

Knowing this I can see why the new generation of writers want to put more action into their stories.  But the truth is there are still red herrings and plot twists in these new mysteries, the criminals and the detectives just aren't so very polite anymore.

How about you?  Do you miss the old puzzle solvers?

Gumshoe Review - Open for Submissions

As writers we sometimes forget about smaller markets so this post is a reminder that the Gumshoe Review publishes short mystery fiction.  They're open to short stories up to 1000 words and pay 5cents a word with a cap of $50 if your story runs longer.  They're also open to non-fiction essays up to 1000 words about the mystery genre.  Payment is 5cents a word with a $50 cap.  You can find the details here.  They're also looking for reviews but there's no payment only the book you're sent to review.

Murder Knows No Language by David Boop

Over at the Gumshoe Review there's a fun little story called "Murder Knows No Language" by David Boop.  The protagonist is a former PI who does temp work and his latest job leads him right into a murder scene.

Christopher Fielden - Short Story Magazine List

Christopher Fielden has a long list of short story magazines broken down by country and last updated this month.  There are both paying and non-paying markets listed.  You can find the lists here.

Enchanted Conversation Magazine - Open for Flash Submissions

Enchanted Conversation Magazine is looking for flash stories of 100 to 500 words that use fairy tale, folklore, or mythic templates.  Pay is $5.  You can find the details here.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Blood Bound Books - Anthology Call

Blood Bound Books has posted an anthology call for "Burnt Fur".  They're looking for horror stories of 1500 to 7000 words set in the "the dark underbelly of the furry world".  The deadline is September 1, 2018 and payment is 3cents a word.  You can find the details here.

Work Ethic by Steve Oliver

Over at The Dark City I read "Work Ethic" by Steve Oliver.  This is one of those stories where nothing is what it seems and the ending is a real shocker.

Monday, May 21, 2018

SmokeLong Quarterly - Now a Paying Market

Long time online flash market SmokeLong Quarterly is now a paying market.  They pay $25 for flash fiction up to 1000 words.  This is a literary market and hard to crack even when they didn't pay.  They're that good.

New Wave Crime - Open for Crime Novels and Novellas

Over at The Thrill Begins there's an interview with editor Chantelle Aimee Osman of the new Down and Out Books imprint New Wave Crime.  According to the interview they are open for submissions of crime novels and novellas with an email address of where to send your submission.  You'll find  the interview here.  I can't find a website for the new imprint nor a link for it at Down & Out.  Here is the Down & Out guidelines link so you know what to send and how to format it.

UPDATE:  I found a twitter page but no tweets.  Something to watch :)

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Unnerving Magazine - Open for Submissions

Unnerving Magazine has opened submissions for their next issue.  They're looking for stories of 400 to 4000 words in the genres of horror, dark sci-fi, dark fantasy, crime, thriller, and suspense.  They do have a slight preference for horror.  The deadline is June 30, 2018 and payment is 1cent a word.  Submissions are through Submittable where you'll find the story guidelines.  They close submissions when they reach 300 subs.  On their site you'll find how they want the stories formatted.

Mysterical-E - New Issue

The Spring issue of Mysterical-E has hit the virtual streets.  It's free to read online.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

18th Wall Productions - Anthology Call

18th Wall Productions has posted an anthology call for "Overdue - Tales of Mystery and Adventure".  They're looking for stories of 4000 to 20,000 words about questing for lost books.  This will be a shared universe anthology and they give you the set up and details of the shared universe.  It's open to many genres including adventure, mystery, thriller, horror, and pulp.  The deadline is September 15, 2018 and payment is 5% of the gross for each story.  Reprints are welcome.  You can find the details here.

The Good Cat by Vicki Hendricks

Retreats from Oblivion has posted a great story called "The Good Cat" by Vicki Hendricks.  I don't think I've ever read a noir story told from the cat's point of view but it does make for some very interesting storytelling.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Don't Text and Drive by Robert Petyo

Over at Flash Bang Mysteries I read a lovely little flash story called "Don't Text and Drive" by Robert Petyo.  A nice reminder that our bad habits can be used against us and not in a good way.

Malice Domestic - Anthology Call

Malice Domestic has posted a call for their next anthology.  The theme for #14 is "Mystery Most Edible"  They're looking for stories up to 5000 words that have a culinary aspect.  Keep in mind if you decide to write for this one that these are cozy mystery people.  The deadline is August 31, 2018.  There's no mention of payment.  You can find the details here.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Laurie by Stephen King

Stephen King has posted a new short story to his website and it's free to read.  "Laurie" comes up as a pdf file and is 32 pages long.  I only got half way through before my eyes petered out so no review.  I'll probably finish it tomorrow.  What I've read so far is good and kept me wanting to read more.

Angie's Desk - Anthology Calls

Over at Angie's Desk you'll find that Angie has published her May list of paying anthology markets.  Thanks Angie!!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Grace & Victory Publishing - Anthology Call

Grace & Victory Publishing has posted an anthology call for "So Here's My Plan...".  They're looking for fast paced dramatic stories up to 7000 words.  From the guidelines I'd say they're looking for crime stories in a speculative setting using the genres of sci-fi and fantasy.  The deadline is June 15, 2018 and payment is $5CAD plus a royalty split.  You can find the details here.

Miss Pearl by Hillary Lyon

Over at Yellow Mama today I found this fun little gem of a story called "Miss Pearl" by Hillary Lyon.  She actually made revenge fun and had me laughing at the end.

Lots of Paying Markets

Over at Publishing...and Other Forms of Insanity blogger Erica Verrillo has been busy posting up 51 paying markets for flash fiction and a megalist of Horror, Dark Fiction, and poetry.  You can find the lists here.  Thanks, Erica!

Just a quick side note - Erica has listed Black Petals and Yellow Mama which are not paying markets but good markets for crime fiction.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Death Pin by Bruce Harris

Over at Crimson Streets I found "Death Pin" by Bruce Harris.  Reading this story was like stepping into one of O. Henry's short stories.  I loved the setting of the bowling alley because my father used to tell me about setting pins when he was a kid, though I'm pretty sure nothing like this ever happened to him :)  As for the story, some guys just can't catch a break.

2018 Derringer Award Winners

The Short Mystery Fiction Society has announced the 2018 Derringer Award Winners.  Congratulations to all the winners!!

Monday, May 14, 2018

run, Jennifer by doungjai gam

Always nice to find a crime story that isn't all about the crime, such is "run, Jennifer" by doungjai gam published at Tough.  This story has more of a "white knight" flavor with a touch of noir to make it interesting.

PandaMoon Publishing - Open for Novel Submissions

PandaMoon Publishing is open for novel submissions in the genres of mystery, thriller, suspense, science fiction, fantasy, and women's fiction.  They pay a royalty split but don't specify how much.  Please read all of their pages as they have a very different approach to publishing (You  have to become a Panda to participate).  You can find the details here.

The Bizarro Sideshow Podcast - New Market

There seems to be a lot of calls lately for stories that fit the bizarro genre.  This one is The Bizarro Sideshow Podcast.  They're looking for stories up to 5000 words both reprints and original.  The pay is 1cent a word.  This is a new market and if it does well the owner will be looking for funding for more.  You can find the details here.

Incident Report #41

The Unlawful Acts blog has moved but David Nemeth has posted up Incident Report #41 right on schedule.  You'll find loads of links to interviews and writing essays.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Mystery Weekly - New Print Issue

The May print issue of Mystery Weekly is now available for purchase.  Check it out here.

Mystery & Horror LLC - May Be Open for Novel Submissions

According to their Submissions page Mystery and Horror LLC is currently open for mystery and horror novel submissions through the end of May.  Yet, their guidelines page says they're closed.  So if this press interests you, send them a query.  They pay 35% royalties.  On the submissions page you'll also see a call posted for their annual anthology that will open in August.  I'll post again in August but this will give you a bit of lead time.

The Coyote Way by Kieran Shea

Over at the Beat to a Pulp archives I found "The Coyote Way" by Kieran Shea.  A very different type of Western story that shivers with so much noir that you know it isn't going to end well for anyone in town.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Gun Law by Tyler Boone

Over at Rope and Wire there's a nice Western story titled "Gun Law" by Tyler Boone.  It's not your usual shoot out cowboy story but a look into the lives of people who lived hard scrabble lives back in the 1800's.  Oh, and Tyler Boone is the pen name for Charles Gramlich.

Broken Eye Books - Call for Submissions - Short Stories

Broken Eye Books has posted a submission call for their Eyedolon Magazine.  The theme and title is "Nowhereville Weird is Other People".  They're looking for urban weird fiction of 3000 to 7500 words.  And yes, they have a description of weird at the bottom of the guidelines.  The deadline is July 1, 2018 and payment is 8cents a word.  You can find the details here.

Retreats from Oblivion - New Noir Market - Non-Paying

With a hat tip to David Nemski we have a new crime market called "Retreats from Oblivion:  The Journal of NoirCon.  They're looking for noir stories to publish online.  This is a non-paying market.  You can find the details here.  They will accept reprints but only if the story is out of print.

Friday, May 11, 2018

I Think I Have the Wrong House by Remy Barnes

When I need a literary short story fix I like to stop by Whiskeypaper and check out the archives.  Today's find was "I Think I Have the Wrong House" by Remy Barnes.  There's no action, no bad men, only a man trying to find himself in the life he's living.  Very thought provoking.

Iridium - New Market - Open for Submissions

Iridium is a new market that's looking for short stories up to 5000 words in the genres of Westerns, crime, horror, romance, science fiction, and speculative fiction.  Every story must have QUILTBAG+ content, but the author doesn't have to be QUILTBAG.  The deadline for this reading period is June 15, 2018.  Payment is 3cents a word for original content and they also accept reprints at 1cent a word.  If you click on current issue at the top of the page you'll find stories from their first issue so you can get an idea of what they're looking for.  You can find the submission details here.

Stupefying Stories - Guidelines Posted

Stupefying Stories has posted their new guidelines.  They're looking for science fiction, fantasy, and horror (in that order of preference) stories up to 10,000 words.  Payment is 1.5cents a word for longer stories and a flat rate of $15 for flash up to 1000 words.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Feed Your Monster - Open for Submissions

UK based Feed Your Monster magazine is open for submissions.  They are looking for horror stories up to 3000 words and flash up to 1000 words.  They also accept reprints.  Payment is 3.50lbs. for flash, 6lbs. for shorts, and 2.50lbs. for reprints.  You can find the details here.  There's also plenty of online stories to read to get a feel for what they're looking for.

Thin Lions by Joe Prosit

I just ran across this story over at the Dead Guns archives and thought I'd share.  "Thin Lions" by Joe Prosit gives a whole new meaning to thrill seeking robbers.

Switchblade - Open for Submissions

Submissions opened today for Switchblade Magazine.  They're looking for noir crime stories of 2000 to 4500 words and flash crime fiction up to 1000 words.  The deadline is May 25, 2018 and payment is $15.  You can find the details here.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Bloodhound Books - Open for Crime Novel Submissions

UK based Bloodhound Books is currently open for novel submissions in the various crime genres.  Your manuscript must be at least 60,000 words.

2018 Anthony Award Nominees

Mystery Fanfare has posted the 2018 Anthony Award Nominees.  Congratulations to all the nominees!!

Dates - Anthology Call - Comics and Short Stories

"Dates!  An Anthology of Queer Historical Fiction" is seeking pitches for comics, prose, and illustrations featuring queer characters living their lives in different periods of history around the world and living them well.  For this anthology the theme is "Adventure".  They want 5 to 15 pages for the comics and 2500 to 3000 words for prose.  The historical setting should be before the 1900's but they do state they will look at stories going up to 1964, but nothing set in the American West.  Payment for comics is $50 per page and a flat rate of $60 for prose.  The deadline to make your pitch is July 9, 2018.  You can find the details here.  There are a lot of details of what they do and don't want in the guidelines so read them carefully.

16 Paying Markets for May

Authors Publish has posted a list of 16 themed submission calls for May.  All paying :)

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Zsenon Publishing - Anthology Call

Zsenon Publishing has posted an anthology call for "A Punk Rock Future".  They're looking for stories that explore a punk rock future in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror.  They want flash stories of 350 to 500 words and short stories up to 6000 words.  The deadline is August 15, 2018 and payment is 6cents a word.  You can find the details here.

Always the Fine Print

When you're reading the guidelines for anything always read the fine print and read to the bottom of the page.  I found this in an anthology call today:

How much does it cost to participate?

"We’re asking for $25 from each participant to help cover the cost of the cover, website, graphic design, marketing, editing, formatting, etc. We’re also asking for $25 toward the cost of ads for the release. So $50 total to participate, though you’re welcome to donate more so that we can book more ads and do more creative things."

And this was after they stated at the beginning that they were supplying all of these things.  Watch your backs out there.

Deep South Magazine - Special Themed Call for Submissions

Deep South Magazine has posted a special themed called for short stories and creative non-fiction centered on "Summer".  The deadline is June 11, 2018, there's no mention of payment.  You can find the details here and a link to their special "Fall" themed stories so you can get an idea of what they're looking for.  If you submit you must state your connection to the South.

Schreyer Ink Publishing - Anthology Calls

Schreyer Ink Publishing has opened submissions for their anthology "Children of the Sky".  They're looking for stories about aliens.  The deadline is June 30, 2018 and payment is a royalty split.  And they accept reprints!  If you'd like to get a jump on what's coming they have a listing of anthology calls through 2019.  Just scroll down the page to "Save the Date".

Incident Report #40

Over at the Unlawful Acts blog David Nemeth has posted up his weekly Incident Report.  I've just recently discovered this blog and his incident reports are a great way to find out what's happening around the online crime writing scene.  It's become one of my regular stops when cruising about online.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Podcast Interview with Editor Douglas Draa

Courtesy of Michael Bracken we have a link to a Horror Pod interview with Douglas Draa the editor of Weirdbook.

Prairie Rose Publications - Open for Submissions

Prairie Rose Publications has posted two calls for short novels.  The first is Men in Uniform where they are looking for a mix of action and romance.  40,000 to 60,000 words.  The second call is for Witty Cozies.  Here they're looking for cozy mysteries of 40,000 to 80,000 words.  Payment is a royalty split, authors receiving 70% after publication costs are covered.  You can find the details  here.  At the bottom of the page you'll find links to six other imprints they publish which are looking for short story to novel length submissions.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Do You Really Want to Publish a Magazine?

In the ten years I've been posting on this blog I've seen so very many magazines come and go.  And very few that stick around for more than a couple of years.  Back in 2011 I wrote a post about starting a new zine.  What I said back then still applies so I thought I'd repost it.  Yes, some things have changed as there are more paying markets and with Amazon you can get your zines on Kindle or in print.  With the closing of Crime Syndicate, I'm sure that someone will step up and decide to start another zine, so here are a few tips:

I'm a huge fan of the online zines. They provide a place for beginning writers to cut their teeth by learning how to submit, deal with editors, and learn about rejection. And yes, with a few exceptions, they are looked down upon by many of the professional writers out there because they're not, for the most part, paying markets.

In the last few weeks I've found two new online markets, La Criminophile and Icemedia, for crime fiction. The blogs were set up and the calls for submissions issued, then bam, they were gone. No explanations, just vanished.

I was really excited about La Criminophile because I really believed that the people behind the zine had a great idea. Icemedia, I found a couple of days ago but didn't mention. Why? Because the editor had published one of her own stories as an example of what she was looking for, but reading through the story I found several misspellings. If she didn't care enough about her own work to edit it properly, how could she respect ours?

It is so easy to set up an ezine. Get an idea, set up a blog, and post a call for submissions. And this is the problem with many new zines. There's no thought put into it before the subs do or don't come rolling in. These are all things I look for when searching for new markets, you can almost tell who's in it for the long run and who's just starting up on a lark. And yeah, sometimes, they fool you.

I've been in on the beginnings of several new zines. The editors asked for feedback on their ideas. My first question has always been, "Are you sure you're up for this?". Zines are a lot of hard work, from setting up the pages to editing the stories and writing rejection letters. You're also going to have to put up with a lot of shit from writers who don't have a clue how to act professionally.

To start, you need to have a vision of what you want your zine to be and stick with it. You need to surround yourself with a support system of people who are willing to help with the work, especially if your zine takes off. You need to know that running a zine is time consuming and will eat into your writing time and your family time if you aren't careful.

If that doesn't scare you and you're still willing to get into the zine business here are a few tips that might help.

1. Run your zine like a business. You're offering a market for writers so be as professional as you expect them to be. Set up guidelines that say more than, "send me your best shit" but don't get so nit-picky that you scare off potential contributors. Set up a page that explains who you are and why you're getting into the zine business. If you're a weekly, monthly, or quarterly set the pub dates and hit them. People will only show up to read if you're there on time. They won't come back if your weekly issue turns into a whenever-I-feel-like-it issue. And writers get tired of their stories being held in limbo until you finally decide to put it up. Your new zine is a business, you're self-employed, and if you don't do the work it won't get done and you've failed.

2. Most zine editors are writers and you have a circle of writer friends and writers you admire. Tell them what you're doing and ask for submissions for your first issue. Most of them will be glad to supply a story, either new or a reprint. Once you've got your issue ready, post it. With this issue you've given new writers an example of what you're looking for, you've set the tone of your zine, and writers looking for markets know that you're taking this new project seriously. Don't believe me? Take a look at Needle magazine and Beat to a Pulp, that's how they got started.

3. Have fun with it. Yes, it's work, but it's also your "baby", so to speak. If you're having fun putting it together, it will show. Readers and writers both will respect the trouble you've gone to for them and they will spread the word. That word of mouth will be the best advertisement your zine will get to help turn it into a success.

There are probably a million other things that you need to know if you go ahead and start a new zine. What I've posted here are just a few basics I've learned along the way. Enough to know that I don't want to be in charge, but has given me a healthy respect for those who take on the job and succeed.

Here's a link to the original post if you'd like to take a look at the comments.  There was more good advice there.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Arsenika - Open for Submissions

Arsenika is open for speculative fiction flash and poetry up to 1000 words for their Summer issue.  The deadline is June 15, 2018 and payment is $60 for flash and $30 for poetry.  You can find the details here.  If you click on the about page you'll find a link to a sample copy of the magazine for you to read.

What Editors Want You to Know

Fellow SMFS member Joan Leotta has shifted the theme of her blog to "What Editors Want You to Know".  First up is an interview with Cherie Jung of Over My Dead Body.

Comet Press - Changing Their Name - Anthology Call

According to their newsletter, Comet Press has just announced what they call a new imprint call Red Room Press but looks to actually be a rebranding as all Comet Press links are being switched to Red Room Press.

And they've just released their third volume "Year's Best Hardcore Horror".  I was happy to see a story by Glen Gray was included in the ToC.  His stories always give me the chills.  They are also open for submissions for "Year's Best Hardcore Horror IV".  They are looking for horror reprints up to 6000 words published in 2018.  The deadline is December 31, 2018 and payment is 1cent a word with a cap of $60.  You can find the details here

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Jellyfish Review - Special Issue Call

Literary magazine Jellyfish Review has posted a "Special Issue Call:  Stories for Dead People".  They're looking for flash fiction and creative non-fiction up to 1000 words and essays up to 2000 words.  The "dead people" can be anyone from history or as current as the latest school shootings.  The deadline is July 10, 2018.  There's no mention of payment but I thought this might interest some of you.  You can find the details here.

Apalling Stories 2 - Anthology Call

Editor David Dubrow has posted an anthology call for "Appalling Stories 2".  He's looking for old school stories of 2000 to 10,000 words in any genre.  The publisher is Obsidian Point.  The deadline is September 1, 2018 and payment is $30.  You can find the details here and also a description of what they mean by old school stories.

7 Markets for Short HIstorical Fiction

Authors Publish has posted a list of seven markets for short historical fiction.  All paying except for one.  You can find the list here.  It covers a variety of genres.

The Sirens Call - Open for Submissions

The Sirens Call is seeking horror stories from drabbles to shorts for issue #39.  They are also taking reprints which is why I'm mentioning this.  The deadline is May 31, 2018.  This is a non-paying market.  You can find the details here.

More Crime Syndicate News

Unless they can find a new editor willing to take over Crime Syndicate the magazine will be closing its doors.  Also editor Michael Pool has issued a statement that the fourth issue will not be published.  You can find all the details here.

Thanks to Michael Bracken for the new information.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Crime Syndicate - Closing Up Shop?

According to an interview with editor Michael Pool we might be losing Crime Syndicate as a market for short crime fiction.  Sad news to hear.

via SMFS

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Dark Regions Press - Cthulahu Art Contest

I know some of you folks do artwork or know people that do so I thought I'd pass this along.  Dark Regions Press has announced a Cthulahu Art Contest.  All you have to do to enter is sign up for their newsletter.  The prizes are $500 for first place, $300 for second place, and $200 for third place.  The deadline is June 30, 2018.  You can find the details here.

Switchblade - Early Warning for the Next Submission Period

Switchblade magazine has posted the submission period for their next issue.  It's a short one - May 10 to May 25, 2018.  They're looking for crime stories of 2000 to 4500 words and flash stories up to 1000 words.  Payment is $15.  Submissions are still open for their special all female issue with the same guidelines in place.  You can find the details here.

Tor.com - Open for Novella Submissions

Tor.com opened for novella submissions today.  They're seeking novellas of 20,000 to 40,000 words in the genres of science fiction and fantasy.  There are no pay specifics listed.  The submission period closes on May 15, 2018.  You can find the details here.

Pulp Modern - Open for Submissions

Just a reminder that submissions open today for the next issue of Pulp Modern.  They're looking for stories of 3500 to 5000 words in any of the pulp genres.  Payment is $10.  The submission period ends on May 10, 2018.  You can find the details here.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

The Dark City - New Issue

The Spring issue of The Dark City is now available to read online or purchase.  Check it out here.

Mystery Weekly - Pay Increase

Just heard from Chuck Carter of Mystery Weekly that they've increased the pay rate from a flat $25 to 1cent a word.  They accept crime/mystery stories from 2500 to 7500 words.  You can check out their submission guidelines here.

Drunken Pen Writing - Open for Submissions - Non Paying

Drunken Pen Writing has posted their Spring Open Submission Period call.  They're looking for short stories up to 5000 words and flash stories up to 500 words.  And they have topics for you - 1.  Hillbillies, 2. Spring Time, 3. Magic.  You must use one of these topics in your story.  The deadline is June 1, 2018.  This is a non-paying market.  You can find the details here.

I know, I don't usually publish non-paying markets but this one sounded interesting.

Sunday Morning Chuckle

This was just too good not to share.  50 Shades of Neustadt?

And if you're looking for a humorous story idea it's a good one.

Amazing Stories - Open for Submissions

Amazing Stories has posted their guidelines for submissions.  They're looking for science fiction stories of 1000 to 10,000 words.  Payment is 6cents a word.  In order to submit you have to sign in and open an account on the site.  The details are in the guidelines.

2018 Agatha Award Winners

Mystery Fanfare has a list of the 2018 Agatha Award winners presented Malice Domestic this weekend.  Congratulations to all the winners!!

Saturday, April 28, 2018

New West Writers - Paying Markets for Writers

The New West Writers web site has a list of paying markets for writers.  The list is for both fiction and non-fiction. 

ABA Journal/Ross Writing Contest - No Fee Contest

The American Bar Association Journal is hosting the ABA Journal/Ross Writing Contest for legal short fiction.  They are looking for original short stories up to 5000 words "that illuminate the role of the law and/or lawyers in modern society".  First prize is $3000.  The deadline is June 1, 2018.  You can find the details here.  There is no fee to enter.

Titan Books - Looking for Ghost Writers

UK based Titan Books is looking writers who are interested in working on licensed fiction that they have already contracted.  You can find the details here.  This includes not only fiction but comics and non-fiction projects also.

Stupefying Stories - Open for Submissions

Okay, this one is a little tricky.  Stupefying Stories is open for submissions but there are no guidelines up yet.  On the left hand side of their blog page in red ink you'll find a short note that says they're open and gives you an email address to use for your submission.  As they say, you can take your chances on what they like.  There's no pay specifics mentioned either.  On the plus side, they have free issues that you can download until Monday.  Check it out here.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Politics and Prose Bookstore - Anthology Call

The Politics and Prose Bookstore has posted an anthology call for "District Lines Volume VI".  They're looking for short stories, essays, and poems that capture a sense of people and places in Washington DC and the surrounding metropolitan areas.  Under 3000 words for your pieces.  The deadline is July 1, 2018.  I had the feeling while reading the guidelines that they're especially looking for local writers.  There is no mention of payment.  You can find the details here.

Blood Bound Books - Open for Novel/Novella Submissions

Blood Bound Books is open for novel and novella submissions in the genres of Extreme Horror and Bizzarro or a combination of both.  The word count is 30,000 to 80,000 words.  The deadline is July 4, 2018 and payment is 50% royalty split,  You'll find the details here.

On the same page you'll find that their "Best Of" Horror anthology is still open for submissions until May 31, 2018.  Payment here is 5cents to 8cents a word.

A Conversation with Lawrence Kelter, Editor of The Black Car Business

Dana King has a great interview with anthology editor Lawrence Kelter over at his blog One Bite at a Time.

2018 Edgar Award Winners

The winners of the 2018 Edgar awards have been announced.  Congratulations to all the the winners!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Freeze-Dried Asshole - by Murphy Row

I love when I stumble across new writing blogs and Drinkers With Writing Problems left me laughing with this post by Murphy Row.  While he doesn't talk about writing he does give us a humorous look at the health care system.

Oh, and the best part about finding this post?  I was searching for "open calls for romance writers".

Drabbledark - Anthology Call

Editor Eric S Fomey is seeking drabbles for his anthology "Drabbledark".  Drabbles are exactly 100 words in length.  Mr. Fomey is a writer of science fiction and fantasy so consider that when you submit your stories since he doesn't specify genres only asking for dark stories.  Reprints are welcome for this call.  He also mentioned in his Twitter feed that he's not getting enough fantasy stories.  The deadline is "when full" and payment is 1cent a word plus a royalty split.  There will be a KickStarter so payment may be increased.  You can find the details here.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Cultivating Crime in the College Classrooom by Hollis Seamon

Over at the Ellery Queen Something is Going to Happen blog there's an interesting essay about the effects of teaching crime fiction to college students.  You can read it here.

Hysterical - New Market - Ladies Only

Hysterical is a new market looking for submissions to their first issue.  Only women, femmes, or non-binary persons may submit.  They're looking for humor, poetry, non-fiction, and fiction up to 5000 words.  The deadline is August 1, 2018 and payment is $50.

34 Paying Markets for May

Over at the Publishing,,,and Other Forms of Insanity Erica Verrillo has posted her May list of paying markets.  Thanks, Erica!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Dale Cameron Lowry - Market Listings

It's been a while since I've mentioned Dale Cameron Lowry's blog.  If you're a writer it's one you should keep in mind because he posts paying markets almost daily in a variety of genres.  Here's a link to his market listings page.

Auto Crit - Market Listings

I found a place called Auto Crit that had a list of Writer's Markets.  They're all paying and broken down in the order of genre. 

Spectre Press - Anthology Calls

I found two anthology calls posted for Spectre Press.  The first is "The Realm of British Folklore" with a deadline of October 31, 2018 and payment of one penny sterling per word.  The second is for "The Children of Clark Ashton Smith".  Here they're looking for fantasy stories in the vein of Clark Ashton Smith.  The deadline is January 31, 2019 and payment is one penny sterling.  You'll find examples and tips of what they're looking for in the guidelines.

Monday, April 23, 2018

PMMP - Open for Flash Fiction Submissions

Just a reminder that Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing is looking for dark flash fiction up to 1500 words in the genres of horror, sci-fi, crime, and noir to be published in their newsletter.  The stories are also considered for their Dark Moon Magazine.  Payment is $25.  You can find the details here, just scroll down the page.  The site says that the magazine is open for submissions but their Submittable page says no.

Fireside Magazine - Open for Submissions

Fireside magazine opened submissions today.  This is a very short reading period as they close on April 27, 2018.  They are looking for stories up to 4000 words and flash fiction  up to 1000 words in any genre.  Payment is 12.5 cents a word.  You can find the details here.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

The Things People Steal

It always amazes me what criminals will steal.  A Texas man spent nine years stealing 1.2 million dollars worth of fajitas.  Now he gets to spend the next fifty years of his life in prison.  And I thought stealing maple syrup was strange.

Angie's Desk - Anthology Calls

Angie has posted her April listing of paying anthology calls.  Thanks, Angie!

Tor.com - Advance Warning of Call for Novella Submissions

Tor.com will be opening for novella ( 20,000 to 40,000 words) submissions on May 1, 2018 in the genres of science fiction and fantasy.  The submissions period will close on May 15, 2018, so it is a very short window for submitting.  Payment is an advance against royalties or royalty only - your choice.  You can find the details here, just scroll down the page.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Engen Books - Contest - Anthology Call - Canadian Writers Only

Canadian publisher Engen Books has a flash fiction/photography contest open for Canadian citizens only.  They have a picture titled "Wind Up" and they want a 250 word story to match the picture.  The deadline is May 30, 2018 and payment for the winner is 10cents a word.  You can find the details here There's also an anthology call for "Flights From the Rock" which has a February 15, 2019 deadline and pays 1cent a word.  Also for Canadian writers only.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Level Best Books - Anthology Call Reminder

There are only ten days left to submit a crime/mystery story for Level Best Books "Landfall:  Best New England Crime Stories 2018".  They're looking for stories up to 5000 words set in New England or written by New England authors.  The deadline is April 30, 2018 and payment is $25.  You can find the details here.

The Things I Find

During one of my searches today I ran across this wikiHow article "How to write a Short Detective Story".  They make it sound so easy :)

Black Cat Mystery Magazine - New Issue

Issue #2 of Black Cat Mystery Magazine is now available for purchase.  You can find the contents and links to both print and kindle editions here.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Lost Cat Story Cupboard

I haven't been finding very many markets of late especially in the crime fiction genre.  But during my search today I found this ad for a lost cat and all I could think was what a great start for a crime fiction story.  Don't see it?  Well, you have a woman's name, a street name, telephone numbers.  Perhaps her stalker stole the cat to get closer to her.  Perhaps the woman is looking to lure in a visitor.  Perhaps she starts getting calls at all hours, perhaps hangups, maybe heavy breathing, maybe pictures taken of her while she's unaware.  Or maybe the cat...  Let your imagination take you.

Food for Thought

David Nemeth has some interesting thoughts on "No One Wants to Read Your Book" over at the Do Some Damage blog.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

What We Write

Clicking around the Internet I found this blog post written by Fran Wilde about her story "Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand".  The post makes you really think about how we write and whether we're brave enough to peel back layers of ourself to find that one true story.  You can read her story here at Uncanny.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Pulp Literature - Open for Submissions

Pulp Literature has opened submissions for their next issue.  They're seeking stories up to 10,000 words in all genres.  The sweet spot being around 5000 words.  The deadline is April 30, 2018.  Payment varies with length but the basic is 31/2 cents to 7cents a word for stories up to 7000 words.  You can find the details here

Cloaked Press - Anthology Call

Cloaked Press has opened submissions for their annual anthology "Fall Into Fantasy".  They are looking for fantasy stories of 2000 to 7000 words.  All subgenres of fantasy are welcome.  The deadline is July 1, 2018 and payment is $10 plus one copy. There will also be a 3% bonus paid based on total sales after the first three months.  You can find the details here.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Kameron Hurley: Hard Publishing Truths: Relationships Matter

Over at the Locus blog there's a very interesting essay about the business end of writing by Kameron Hurley.  You can check it out here.

link via Indie Crime Scene

16 Paying Markets for Children's and YA Fiction

Over at the Publishing...and Other Forms of Insanity blog Erica Verrillo has posted 16 children's and YA magazines that pay writers.  Thanks, Erica!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

The 2018 Derringer Award Finalists

The Short Mystery Fiction Society has posted the 2018 Derringer Award Finalists.  Congrats to all the nominees!!

Broadswords and Blasters - Open for Submissions

Broadswords and Blasters opened for submissions today.  They're looking for stories of 2000 to 5000 words in all the pulp genres.  I didn't see a deadline listed.  Payment is $15.  You can find the details here.

LampLight - Open for Submissions

LampLight opens for submissions today.  They are looking for dark fiction up to 7000 words.  The deadline is June 15, 2018 and payment is 3cents a word with a cap of $150 for original fiction and 1cent a word for reprints.  You can find the details here.

The Cockroach Conservatory - New Market

The Cockroach Conservatory is a new market looking for stories up to 3000 words in the speculative fiction genres for their first issue.  They have a list of authors including Joe Lansdale and Brian Keene as examples of what they're looking for.  The deadline is June 5, 2018 and payment is 6cents a word. You can find the details here.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

RIP Patrick F. McManus

I was sad to read that author Patrick F. McManus passed away.  He was an absolute treasure in our home.  My youngest son struggled with reading in grade school and I bought him a subscription to Outdoor Life, something that would interest him.  He loved McManus' "Exit Laughing" columns.

In Junior High he discovered that the school library had some of McManus' books and he brought home three of them one weekend.  That Sunday we sat and read the books laughing out loud and reading bits and pieces to each other until we were all nearly peeing our pants.

I remember best the story of Pat and Crazy Eddie Muldoon building a plane and "flying" it off the roof of the barn.  Other stories with Rancid Crabtree took us on hunting adventures that nobody should ever experience.  If something could go wrong it usually did and with the readers laughing hysterically.

Pat McManus gave our family laughter and gave my son a reason to read a book.  As writers we never know how our words can help people.  Thank you Mr. McManus for your gift of wonderful words and a house full of belly laughs.

Severn River Publishing - Open for Novel Submissions

Severn River Publishing is a brand new publishing house looking for novels in the thriller and mystery genres.  They're asking for a 5000 word sample of your manuscript to begin.  According to their About page (scroll down to FAQ)  they pay a royalty split but don't give specifics.  They also state that they give a small advance to previously published authors but not to new authors.  This is a new publisher with no published works as yet so be sure to check them out carefully if you decide to submit.  You can find the details here.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Elm Books - Romance Anthology Call

Elm Books has posted an anthology call for "Fae Romance".  They're looking for romance stories with a bit of magic of 2000 to 10,000 words.  The deadline is September 1, 2018.  There are no pay specifics listed but this press usually pays a royalty split for anthologies.  You can find the details here.

Shaking My Head

I just ran across an editor's anthology call that I thought might be interesting.  Of course, there was no payment but when I checked out the Press the editors were using I found that they'd published two other anthologies with a similar theme which sold for $60 and $65 for hardcover copies and $20 and $22 for paperback copies.  And they can't afford to pay the writers?  It may be a University Press and scholarly editors but they could still pay the writers.  Shame on them!

Econoclash Review - Early Notice Anthology Call

Econoclash Review has posted a call for a special edition anthology of "Trump Fiction".  They are looking for pulpy stories of 1500 to 4000 words that feature a fictional Trump.  And yes, they have a few ideas listed to get you started.  Submissions open on May 28, 2018 and close July 4, 2018.  Payment is $10.  You can find the details here.  I'll post again when the submission period opens.

Northern Lake Publishing LLC - Open for Novel Submissions

Northern Lake Publishing LLC is a brand new small publisher.  They're looking for novel length fiction of 40,000 to 90,000 words in several genres including mystery/crime.  Payment is a 50% royalty split.  You can find the details here, just scroll down.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Toe Six Press - New Issue

Toe Six Press has posted their first online issue - read it here.

DeadLights Horror Magazine - Closed

DeadLights Horror Magazine has closed up shop and the website is gone.

Yellow Mama - New Issue

The April issue of Yellow Mama has hit the virtual streets.  Read it for free here.

Black Denim Lit - Closed

As of February 2, 2018 Black Denim Lit has permanently closed to submissions.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Me Too Anthology - New Website

There is now a website for the Me Too anthology.  You can find it here.

Bizzarro Central - Calls for Novella and Novel Submissions

From Bizzarro Central come word that both Eraserhead Press and Deadite Press have posted calls for submissions of novels and novellas of 20,000 to 100,000 words.  Eraserhead Press is seeking Bizzarro fiction and Deadlite Press is seeking extreme horror and splatterpunk.  The deadline is June 30, 2018 and payment is a 50% royalty split.  You can find the details for both here.

Monday, April 9, 2018

The Dark - Open for Submissions

The Dark, a monthly online zine, has raised their pay rate to 6cents a word.  They publish horror and dark fantasy stories of 2000 to 6000 words.  They also publish reprints for 1cent a word.  You can find the submission details here.  The also have many issues available for your to read online for free.

Me Too - Anthology Call - Female Writers Only

This call came from Elizabeth Zelvin:

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

ME TOO: An Anthology of Short Stories
About Crimes Against Women, Retribution, and Healing

Maybe there's a story that has haunted you—yours or someone else's—and you've wished that everyone could hear it. Maybe you've always wished that you could change the ending.

Women across the world are breaking silence in unprecedented numbers in an outcry against sexual violence and misconduct. In fiction, however, women's perspectives on these experiences are too often disregarded. These short stories feature women who are neither femmes fatales nor easily discarded pawns. If they are victims, it is not by choice, nor does it mean that they are voiceless. Victims can become survivors. These stories also show us men who are neither heroes, glamorous bad boys, nor harmless merely because they obey society's rules. Sexual violence and misconduct are ugly—violent, not sexual; unwelcome, not flattering; frightening, intimidating, disgusting. We know that they are wrong. Yet women still have to stand and say, "Me too!" These stories are the authors' efforts to help us hear them more clearly.

Editor
This anthology is an independent project by Elizabeth Zelvin, author of the Bruce Kohler Mysteries and the Mendoza Family Saga and editor of the anthology Where Crime Never Sleeps: Murder New York Style 4.* Liz's short stories have been nominated twice for the Derringer Award and three times for the Agatha Award, published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, and Black Cat Mystery Magazine, and listed in Best American Mystery Stories 2014.  
*by members of the New York/Tri-State Chapter of Sisters in Crime (Level Best, 2017) 

Guidelines
A 3,000 to 5,000 word short story (fiction, not memoir or creative nonfiction) on the theme of crimes against women, retribution, and healing...or justice.  All genres will be considered as long as the theme is addressed. 

Only stories by women authors will be considered.

Stories must be original, ie never before published in print or online, including the author's blog or website.

The deadline is July 1, 2018.

Formatting
Use standard manuscript format: Times New Roman 12 point, double spaced, use Format menu to indent first line of each paragraph 0.5".

Center title and author's name at top of ms, formatted without indent.

Number pages at top right, format author and title as header at top left.

Format section breaks with # centered without indent.

At the end, format ### centered without indent.

Submit via email to elizabeth.zelvin(at)gmail.com as a Word .doc or .docx attachment. The subject line should read "Anthology Submission" and the story title.

In the body of the email, include the word count of your story, your full name, and contact information—mailing and email address, phone, and website url—as well as an alternate email address and phone if you are hard to reach.

Only stories that comply substantially with the guidelines will be considered.

More About the Project
Several high-profile authors have already agreed to contribute stories. Once the roster is complete, the list of authors will be announced. Publishers will be approached when the manuscript is complete. Depending on the publisher and the deal, it is expected that we will be able to offer some compensation—at the very least, a small honorarium—to all contributors.