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.