Monday, April 21, 2008

Reprints

A lot of writers think once you sell a piece and it hits the newstands, it's off the market. This couldn't be further from the truth. Plenty of magazines and websites will be happy to reprint your stories, poems, articles, or essays, as long as you still hold the copyright. You might as well get all the mileage you can out of your writing. Why not get paid twice for the same piece?

Here are just a few speculative markets that will pay you money for reprints (and some more that pay in copies or exposure).

Pay in $$$:
- Aberrant Dreams
- Atomjack
- Escape Pod
- Fear & Trembling Magazine
- Killer-Works
- Lone Star Stories
- Niteblade
- On the Brighter Side (closed to submissions until August 15th)
- Pseudopod
- Swimming Kangaroo Books Newsletter (reads short story submissions from July 15th to August 15th)
- The Town Drunk (query first for reprints)

Pay in Exposure/Copies:
- Cemetery Moon (pays 1 copy)
- MicroHorror
- Tales from the Moonlit Path
- Trail of Indiscretion (pays 2 copies)
- Yellow Mama

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Two contests

Here are two contests that I thought worthy of bringing to everyone's attention:

- The Boyne Writers Group's Competition for Satirical Work in Commemoration of Jonathan Swift. This contest is for satirical essays or poems about one of two topics: The Lisbon Treaty referendum (don't ask me) or global warming. All entries are due by May 7th.

- The Alaska Writers Guild's The Ralph Williams Prize for Speculative Fiction. Top prize in each category (science fiction, fantasy, horror/humor) is $1,000, PLUS an additional $4,000 to the Grand Prize winner. Not bad, eh? The only drawback is the $50.00 entry fee. Deadline is May 1st.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Contributor copies... a poor man's best friend

Got some contributor copies this week, so now i have something to read (in between Choke by Chuck Palahniuk, Selected Poems of Langston Hughes, and Holocaust Poetry).

Talebones #36 has apparently been out for a while now, but thanks to the USPS I just got my copy this week. It's a great issue, full of the likes of James Van Pelt, Paul Melko, and Mikal Trimm. Talebones, in my humble opinion, is one of the most consistently good dark fantasy magazines out there.

Also arrived this week is issue #103 of the recently-revived Space & Time. The editors were kind enough to include my poem (a tribute to Ray Bradbury) in this issue. Haven't had a chance to read it yet, but the cover and lineup look great.

For those of you haiku lovers out there, the new issue of paper wasp is out, and it's as filled with quality poems as ever. There are a few poems by Fran Masat, Carolyn Cordon, and Amitava Dasgupta that really stand out.

Not a contributor copy, but I did receive in the mail from talented writer and poet Tony Bernstein a copy of the new Tales of the Talisman. Tony wrote a very favorable review of my chapbook, Bits & Pieces, so buy a copy of the magazine and check it out (or buy a copy of my chapbook -- or both).

All of these magazines are currently open to submissions, except Space & Time, which is taking a short break but should reopen soon.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Spec House Distro shut down

Yep, it's true... the online genre store Spec House Distro was raided by federal agents last week and shut down. Well, I'm actually not sure about the raided part, but I know it was definitely shut down. Just for now, hopefully. But you can still buy all the Spec House products here, on the blog page.

Also on the same page, check out the call for submissions on the right hand side. Spec House editor J. Bruce Fuller is looking for some special poems, and yours could be one of them.

In more Spec House of Poetry news, the deluxe edition of Kendall Evans' chapbook, "Poetry Red-Shifted in the Eyes of a Dragon," is SOLD OUT. It's a great collection of some of Evans' best poems, and if you haven't gotten a copy yet, you can still buy the "regular" chapbook (until that one sells out, too).

Here's a haiku contest you may or may not have heard of... the Haiku Calendar ompetition put on by Snapshot Press. Entries are $5 per haiku, or 3 for $10, and they're due in by April 30th.

Just found out Twisted Tongue Magazine is gonna publish a collection of four of my scifaiku in the upcoming issue, which is pretty cool. It's a great magazine if you've never read it, and it's a great magazine if you have read it, too.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

A couple of good poems

Here are two poems I've read recently that really stuck with me. Both of them are technically excellent and evoke strong images.

- "April Again" by Charles Gramlich

- "When Again I Feel My Hands" by Marge Simon (scroll down past Tony Bernstein's article and the other poets)

Also, the official list of 2008 Rhysling nominations is online, if anyone hasn't seen it yet. I'm honored to have my name on the list, among so many larger-than-life poets, including David C. Kopaska-Merkel, Kendall Evans, J. Bruce Fuller, Marcie Lynn Tentchoff, Mike Allen, and Marge Simon.

Lastly, if anyone is looking for gifts for a fellow writer (or maybe for yourself), feel free to take a look at my Out to Lunch Cartoons gift shop. I've just lowered the prices on all the products, so now's a great time to buy something. If you're looking for a specific cartoon on a specific item that you don't see, just ask.