Friday, August 29, 2008


Just a quick post before I head out of town for the weekend...

DailyHaiku's next submission period opens September 1st and closes September 30th. Non-paying market, but great exposure.

If you're looking for somewhere to send that weird horror story you can't seem to find a home for, try Drabblecast. They pay 1.5 cents a word for flash fiction and will gladly look at reprints.

Lastly, here's a good haiku from Bill over at Haiku-USA.

To everyone in hurricane territory, hopefully Gustav will blow over quickly and without incident.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Two anthologies

Here are two speculative anthologies -- maybe not brand spanking new but good markets nonetheless.

Anomalous Appetites: Editor John Irvine hopes to make this the first in an annual series of speculative poetry anthologies. Submit 5-10 short poems by email (artists needed, also) before December 7th. There is a whole message board set up for the anthology here, but you can also find the complete guidelines at HorrorScope. Pays $10 per poet.

Malpractice: The fine folks who bring you Necrotic Tissue are looking for submissions to their hospital horror anthology, Malpractice: An Anthology of Bedside Terror. All submissions must relate to the hospital described in the guidelines, Bloom Memorial Hospital. More information is available in this forum thread. The editors are looking for stories 2000 to 4000 words in length (and also 100 word drabbles). Pay is 1 cent per word plus a contributor's copy. The submission deadline is September 30th or until filled.

Speaking of anthologies, Niteblade's 1-year anniversary anthology, Lost Innocence, will be coming out soon, and editor Rhonda Parrish is holding an online contest to promote it. Winner gets a free copy of the book, which from the line-up looks to be pretty good.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Two contests

It's time for the annual Apex Halloween Short Fiction Contest. Submissions are open for unpublished stories on the theme of "Election Horror." I'm sure we could all write a book about that, but contest submissions must be 1,000 words or less. First prize is payment of 10 cents/word, second prize is publication at 5 cents/word, and third and fourth place winners each get a free Apex book. As usual, no entry fee, and the deadline is October 15th.

And for even shorter stories, we have the On the Premises Mini-Contest #6. These contests run regularly, and this one looks pretty interesting. The details aren't up on the website yet, but here's all the info you need:


Here's one I hope you'll enjoy.


Write a complete story between 25 and 75 words long that is
one hundred percent dialogue. No narration, no he said/she
said...just the contents of what he/she said.

One entry per author. Size: 25 to 75 words long.
Hyphenated words count as separate words: "jack-o-lantern"
counts as three words.

Deadline: 11:59 PM Eastern time, Sunday, August 31, 2008

Prizes: $15 for 1st, $10 for 2nd, $5 for 3rd, publication but
no money for honorable mentions.

Send entries to and put MINI-CONTEST
in the subject heading, please. As with our regular contests,
put your contact information in the body of your e-mail and
attach your mini-contest entry as a .doc, .rtf, or .txt file.
(No .wps files! We can't read them.)

Not a bad prize for such a short story. Now get writing!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

8/15, Lost Innocence ToC

There must be something magical about August 15th. It seems to be a popular date in the small-press literary world. Here's a short list of magazines that reopen to submissions on 8/15:

- Alaska Quarterly Review
- The Georgia Review
- Gulf Coast
- On the Brighter Side
- Sorcerous Signals

And on the flipside, here are a couple of markets that CLOSE to submissions on 8/15 (so get those last-minute subs out!):

- Mythic Delirium
- Swimming Kangaroo Books (for short story submissions to its newsletter)

Niteblade editor Rhonda Parrish is publishing a print anthology of some of the best fiction and poetry from the past year at Niteblade, as well as new stuff by some great authors. The table of contents has just been announced, and it looks to be an awesome collection. Somehow one of my poems snuck its way in, and it's definitely in good company.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

A new Bits & Pieces review and a cool horror story

Joshua Gage wrote a review of my chapbook of short horror poems, Bits & Pieces, which is posted on the Cleveland Poetics blog. He ordered the book through The Genre Mall and apparently got some extra goodies with it, which is awesome.

I was getting ready to write a post about the Cleveland Poetics site, even before the great review. It's a neat site, with contributed content from several different writers. They post anonymous poetry critiques on Fridays (where anyone can comment on the poems), and recently there have been some lively haiku discussions, which you can read here and here. Before I found this site I had no idea what a ghazal was.

If you find yourself with a few extra minutes and want to read a great horror story, check out former Theatre of Decay editor Chris Reed's creepy little tale, "Lily's Grave," posted on

Saturday, August 9, 2008

New issue of paper wasp, some more contests

Yep, it's true... the new issue of paper wasp is out. No surprise that it's filled with high-quality haiku by Stanford M. Forrester, Mark Arvid White, and Bob Lucky, as well as a few poems by one of the editors, Katherine Samuelowicz. But it is surprising to find a haiku by speculative author Charles Gramlich nestled among the pages. If you've never read an issue of paper wasp, volume 14 number 3 is a good one to start with. You can order a sample copy from their website for only $8.00 (shipped from Australia).

Here are two contests currently being run by, a site I know very little about, but it appears you have to be a member to enter their contests.

- Haiku Poetry Contest: For this contest they're looking for traditional 5-7-5 haiku, one entry per person, with a $100 Visa gift card as the prize. Second and third place winners receive "member dollars." Deadline is October 14th.

- Halloween Poetry Contest: This contest is for horror or thriller poems, also one entry per person with the same prizes. No line limit and the deadline for this one is October 31st.

The site says their standard membership is $2.80 a month, but there's some sort of free membership you can get, too -- not sure if that will allow you to enter any contests. But it looks like it could be a neat site. Check it out if you have time.

Also check out the current issue of Writers' Journal if you get a chance. It's got the three winning stories from this year's Horror/Ghost Story Contest, as well as details about upcoming contests. New this year is the Science Fiction/Fantasy Contest, which is open to entries ($7 entry fee) until November 30th. Top three prizes are $250/$100/$50. Submit unpublished stories up to 2000 words.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

bird ku and a new contest

The fine folks over at Spec House of Poetry continue coming up with new poetry projects as fast as the poems can be written. On the heels of Charles Gramlich's Wanting the Mouth of a Lover, Spec House is producing and selling a limited-edition broadside with three of my haiku on it, titled bird ku. The broadside is in the works now -- visit the Spec House blog for more details.

Here's another contest, this one with a hefty entry fee (but also a hefty prize) -- the 2008 Midnight Hour Halloween Fiction Contest. The fee for entering one story is $15 (which will deter a lot of writers) but first place wins a heavy $500 and second place gets $100. The deadline is August 31st, and the guidelines promise notification by October 15th.

And in case you missed it on the sidebar, Abyss & Apex has reopened to fiction submissions. Poetry subs are still closed, but should reopen next month.

Monday, August 4, 2008

New anthology, two haiku

Karen Romanko, editor of the speculative e-zine Raven Electrick and the print anthology Sporty Spec: Games of the Fantastic, is accepting submissions (starting tomorrow) for a new anthology -- Cinema Spec: Tales of Hollywood and Fantasy.

Submit 1 story (up to 2000 words) and/or 1 poem (up to 49 lines) at a time. Pays semi-pro rates plus a contributor's copy and will accept reprints. Submissions are open until filled.

While you're brainstorming your submission, check out two good (but very different) speculative haiku by Aurelio Rico Lopez III and Joshua Gage.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

New SFPA Contest

That's right, the Science Fiction Poetry Association is now accepting submissions for its 2008 Poetry Contest. Submit up to 3 unpublished poems, 20 lines or fewer, on the theme of "Energy." The contest deadline is August 31st, and best of all, there's NO ENTRY FEE! Check out the guidelines for the list of cool prizes (including cash).

Star*Line, the SFPA's poetry journal, is still closed to submissions but should be reopening soon.

Dreams & Nightmares #80 was just released, and it's filled with great poems by the likes of Ann K. Schwader, Deborah P. Kolodji, and Terrie Leigh Relf. There's also an alternate take on a familiar fairy tale by Joshua Gage, and a powerful short poem by Charles A. Gramlich.

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