Friday, October 10, 2008

Dwarf Stars, a Halloween contest, stuff to buy

For those of you who have never heard of the annual Dwarf Stars anthology, it is a collection of short (10 lines or fewer) speculative poetry published in the previous calendar year. The anthology was created to recognize short poems that may be overlooked in the Rhysling nominations, and is edited by two talented and hard-working poets/editors, Deborah P. Kolodji and Stephen M. Wilson. I am proud to say that my poem "The Reaper" (published in Aberrant Dreams) was chosen for inclusion this year, and I can't wait to read the anthology (mailed free to all SFPA members).

Swimming Kangaroo Books is hosting a Halloween Short Story Contest. No cash prize, but no entry fee either. Here are the complete guidelines:


Swimming Kangaroo's Halloween Short Story Contest

Halloween is Swimming Kangaroo's favorite holiday! Who doesn't love dressing up in costume and going through haunted houses! In honor of our favorite holiday we're having a short story contest! The rules are very simple because we're simple folks!

1. The story must be family friendly.
2. The story must be no more than 1500 words long.
3. The story must be original.
4. The story must be entered by the author.
5. Entries must be received by Sunday, October 19, at 12:01 AM CST.

We have three contest categories: Scary, Funny and Kangaroo. We think these are pretty self evident but just in case, the scary story must send goose bumps down our spine. The funny story must make us laugh. And the kangaroo story must involve a kangaroo.

Entries that meet the above guidelines will be posted on our website. Winners will be determined via a vote by visitors to the website. Winners will receive a Spooky Book Set from Swimming Kangaroo containing The Dead Detective by Lorene Robbins, Evil Reflections by Larion Wills and Spectral Rewind: Class of '81 by Terry Lloyd Vinson. Winning stories will also be posted on the SK Website and announced in the newsletter.

So get out your keyboards and start typing away!

Send your Halloween Story either in the body of an email or as a Word or RTF Attachment to one of the following email addresses (guess which type of story goes to which address!):

scaryhalloweenstory@swimmingkangaroo.com
funnyhalloweenstory@swimmingkangaroo.com
kangaroohalloweenstory@swimmingkangaroo.com


If, like me, you find yourself wondering what to do with all that extra cash you have just laying around, think about buying yourself (or a loved one) a Dismember-Me Plush Zombie. Or, for something more practical (but not as fun to play with) pick up a copy of the Horror Writer Association's helpful book On Writing Horror, edited by Mort Castle. The book usually sells for $16.99 at the F+W Publications Bookstore, but enter code "hallow08" at checkout to get 25% off.

2 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

Thanks for the info. "On Writing Horror" a really useful collection of essays, I thought.

Congrats on the Dwarf Star poem. That's very cool. I'll get a copy of this pretty soon.

Greg Schwartz said...

Thanks Charles! I have a copy of "On Writing Horror" too, but haven't had a chance to read it yet.

Dwarf Stars Award 2015

Dwarf Stars Award 2015