Sunday, February 22, 2009

three more contests

Contest season is upon us. Here are three good contests (and two of them are free):

Balticon Poetry Contest - A speculative poetry contest with cash prizes of $100, $75, and $50, plus Balticon convention membership and publication in the convention souvenir book. Winners will also be invited to read at the convention. There is no entry fee, and each person can submit up to 3 poems (50 lines or less). Deadline is April 1st.

WRITERS' Journal Horror/Ghost Story Contest - An annual fiction competition for unpublished stories up to 2,000 words. The entry fee of $7 per story is a little high, but winning $250, $100 or $50 would certainly offset that. Winners will be published in the magazine, and the postmark deadline is March 30th.

True Vine Press 2009 Summer Chapbook Contest - The publishers of the haiku journal Wisteria want to see a collection of 8-12 haiku and/or senryu on the theme of summer. One lucky winner will get his or her chapbook published and receive $20 plus 20 copies of the book. There is no entry fee, and previously published poems are OK with acknowledgement. Last year's winner was Carolyn Hall (editor of Acorn) and her chapbook In and Out of Shadow is a great little collection that was very nicely produced. The deadline for this year's contest is March 30th.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Some Contests

Let's just dive right in:

Robert Frost Poetry Festival Haiku Contest: Accepts 3-line haiku, 17 syllables or less. Entry fee of $10 covers three haiku. There will be prizes of $100/$50/$25, plus two Honorable Mentions. Postmark deadline is March 23rd.

Poets Contest Corner Poetry Competition: An online fledgling poetry contest. There will be a $200 top prize, plus two $50 runner up prizes. Submit up to 3 poems per $5 entry fee (unpublished poems only). Deadline is Feb 28th, and the winners will be posted the next week. It doesn't look like the judges want haiku or tanka, judging from the poll posted below the guidelines, but be sure to check it out and let them know what you think.

Words Magazine Short Story Competition: This page lists all of the magazine's 2009 contests. The current contest closes March 30th, and the theme is "Murder." There is no entry fee and a top prize of £100. No simultaneous submissions, but you can send as many entries (up to 2000 words each) as you want by email. The guidelines don't mention whether the stories have to be unpublished or not.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

two fiction markets

Things have been a little hectic lately (I'm working on getting a third job) so I don't have many updates. But here are two cool short fiction markets that both pay.

Reflection's Edge is an online zine that accepts science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories between 500 and 10,000 words. Payment is $15 for electronic rights, with one featured story per month earning an extra $50 bonus. Simultaneous submissions OK but no reprints. Response time is two months.

EveryDayWeirdness.com is looking for "weird" flash fiction and poetry (under 1,000 words). Pays $5.42 per story/poem by PayPal. For a taste of what the editors are looking for, check out "Left" by Icy Sedgwick.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

a poem & a horror anthology

In the current issue of Cold Mountain Review, I came across this short poem by Frederick Smock that, while not a haiku, definitely shares the Eastern minimalist feel:

"A True Story"
from 17th c. Japan

A wealthy man hired an artist
to paint a mural inside his home.
The artist sealed off the grand room
and spent six months working,
alone, and in complete secrecy.
When at last he unveiled the mural,
the long wall was empty but for
a small tree in one corner, and a bird
perched on one of its branches.
The wealthy man was quite angry.
"My wall is still bare," he complained,
"and I paid you well to paint it."
"Ah," replied the artist, "but if I
had filled it up, the bird would have
no room to fly."


This is the first poem I've read by Mr. Smock, but I will definitely keep my eye out for more. He's also penned a book on writing: Craft-talk: On Writing Poetry, which came out last July.

Comet Press is currently reading for a new horror anthology. The editors want "the most gruesome, disturbing, and scary tales imaginable. Dark humor is acceptable." They'll look at fiction 3,000 to 10,000 words long (including reprints). Pay is 1/4 cent per word, up to $25. The guidelines don't list a deadline, but Ralan.com reports it as Feb 28th.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

flash fiction markets

Here's an updated list of some flash fiction markets, most of which are currently open to submissions.

- Drabblecast: Open. Pays 1.5 cents per word (no payment for stories under 500 words). The editors say "reprints rock."
- Every Day Fiction: Open. Pays $3 per story. No reprints or simultaneous submissions.
- Flash Fiction Online: Open. Pays $50 per story. No reprints or simultaneous submissions.
- Flash Me Magazine: Open through March 31st. Pays $5-20 per story. Reprints OK w/ acknowledgement, no simultaneous submissions.
- Flash Scribe: Open. Pays $1 or $2 for micro fiction, drabbles, and flash fiction. Editors say they "don't really like reprints" but they'll look at them. Simultaneous submissions OK.
- Flashes in the Dark: Open. Non-paying market (but they hope to change this in the future). Reprints and simultaneous submissions OK.
- flashquake: Opens March 1st. Pays $5-25 per story. Reprints and simultaneous submissions OK.
- Many Midnights: Open. Non-paying market at the moment. No reprints or simultaneous submissions. Editor's choice receives homemade books.
- Micro 100: Open. Non-paying market. No reprints. Does not specify if they'll accept simultaneous submissions, but response time is 1 week.
- MicroHorror: Open. Non-paying market. Reprints OK.
- Quick Fiction: Currently closed. Pays in contributor's copies for print journal; no payment for online stories. Reprints OK.
- Residential Aliens: Open through March 31st. Pays $1 per story. Reprints and simultaneous submissions OK.
- Vestal Review: Open through May. Pays 3-10 cents per word. No reprints, but simultaneous submissions OK.

If you haven't gotten a copy of bird ku yet, buy one soon before they sell out. There are still a few copies left.

Also, if you plan on entering the Pinewood Haiku Contest, the deadline is creeping up. Entries must be received by Feb. 14th.