Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Haiku Contest

Just a quick post to let everyone know about the 2008 Penumbra Poetry & Haiku Contest, sponsored by the Tallahassee Writers' Association. You can enter "normal" poems, up to 50 lines, or 3-line haiku. There are 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes for both categories, and entry fees are $5/poem and $3/haiku. Deadline is June 30th, and winners will be announced by September 30th.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Memorial Day

Thank you to all those who have served and are currently serving in our military so that we could lead lives of peace. We salute you.

war memorial
a little girl picks flowers
beneath the cannon

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Non-paying markets

A lot of writers overlook the value of publishing in magazines or journals (online or in print) that don't pay contributors. Many great magazines have started off as non-paying, simply because they could not afford it. But as a writer, having your work appear in magazines can be reward enough -- either as the almighty ego boost, or just exposure to get your name out there. Also, many online venues will post a link to your blog or website and let you promote your books or other merchandise.

Here are a few non-paying speculative markets that I have found to be reputable and easy to work with:

- Black Petals
- Cemetery Moon - pays 1 copy
- Sinister Tales - pays leading story $125 and leading poem $25
- The Ashen Eye
- Twisted Dreams Magazine
- Twisted Tongue Magazine - pays for Editor's Choice award, all others free PDF and link
- Visionary Tongue - pays 1 copy

If you're looking for a great online repository of short horror stories, check out MicroHorror.com. The site is loaded with stories short enough to read in one sitting. Editor Nathan Rosen just added my story, "Shelter," to the site this month.

And if you're in the mood for a good poem, read "A Tan Dog Standing" by Julie Jordan Hanson, found online at the Michigan Quarterly Review archives. This is one of the finest poems I've read in a long time, and although it's not speculative, I think you'll enjoy it.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

The List of Near Perfect Books of Poems

Don Wentworth, editor of Lilliput Review, is compiling a list of perfect or near perfect books of poems (books that have more than just a few good poems scattered throughout them) and he needs your help!

If you have a book or two to add to the list, Don will send you the current two issues of Lilliput Review as a reward. (For current subscribers, I believe your subscription will be extended instead). If you've never read Lilliput Review, it's a top-quality magazine of short poems, and this is a great opportunity to check it out for free.

Even if you can't think of a book to add to the list, go check it out anyway. I'm sure you'll find at least a couple of books that you've never read (and probably should).

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Apex Digest subscription drive

Apex Science Fiction & Horror Digest is holding a subscription drive to keep the magazine afloat. It's a great magazine -- quality fiction, essays, interviews, and illustrations. They've got a catalog of back issues on the website if you want to pick up a sample copy, rather than dive into a subscription, and if you've never read an issue, check out my review of Apex #9 or Dan McNeil's review of issue #7.

In other horror mag news, the new issue of Illumen hit the newsstands last month. The issue is full of great poets (plus me) -- check out the table of contents if you don't believe me.

Also releasing a new issue is the now-online horror purveyor Black Petals, with stories by the likes of Kenneth James Crist and Barry J. House, and a whole slew of poems by talented poet Chris Forbes.