Thursday, March 19, 2009

odds & ends

Haven't had much time to post lately, but here are just a few things going on and a few things to check out.

The new issue of Niteblade is up, and with the new format, you can post comments on each individual piece.

Minnow is a new online haiku journal, now open to submissions. You can find their full guidelines on the submissions page. (Thanks to Deborah Kolodji for passing along the information.)

If you plan on entering the Wergle Flomp Poetry Contest, hurry up... the deadline is April 1st.

With tax time approaching, many people are taking stock of their finances. If you are planning to donate some money and are looking for a worthy charity, consider Modern Haiku. A nonprofit organization, Modern Haiku not only puts out a great haiku magazine, but also operates the Modern Haiku Gift Fund, which covers "the cost of anonymous gift subscriptions to deserving and needy haiku poets worldwide."

Lastly, Flash Me Magazine will be reading for an all-fantasy issue between April 30th and August 31st. The editors will be on the lookout for fantasy stories under 1,000 words. Reprints will be considered (with acknowledgement).

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

DailyHaiku

DailyHaiku is open for submissions through March 31st. There's no pay for contributors, but it's good exposure, and if your haiku are chosen for the annual print anthology, you'll get a copy. Submit 10 unpublished haiku by email. No simultaneous submissions.

Several magazines just put out new issues that are particularly good. For online reading, check out the March issue of Niteblade. If you prefer print magazines, order a copy of the current bear creek haiku or Scifaikuest. All three magazines are well-stocked with good poems (and Niteblade's got fiction, too).

Finally, thank you to whoever (whomever?) nominated my poem "Bats" for the Rhysling Award. It's an honor to be a part of the talented group that always makes up the Rhysling anthology, and "Bats" was an especially fun poem to write.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Shadow Forest Authors

Thanks to Ralan's market report, I found out about this site last week. Shadow Forest Authors is a group devoted to fighting illiteracy, and they have partnered with book-related charities around the world.

"Our mission at SFA, to encourage every author worldwide and from every genre to donate just one copy of their title to fill a void in reading materials and get both paperback books and e-books where they are urgently needed."

To encourage authors to donate a copy of their book, Shadow Forest Authors will list your book on their website, with a link for people to purchase it. It's easy to help... all you have to do is send a copy of your book (or as many copies as you want) to one of their beneficiaries (listed on the main page) and mention that you're sending it on behalf of Shadow Forest Authors. If you've got an extra copy of your book laying around, it's a great cause.

In other news, The Ugly Tree has ceased publication. If you're looking to pick up a copy of the final issue, they can be bought for £4.00 each.

And for your short horror reading pleasure, the new issue of Micro 100 is now online. It features two very dark stories by Will Spires and AD Dawson, and a tale from Mark Crittenden about an idea that I'm sure a lot of us have thought about once or twice.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Tundra's new site

After a long hiatus, Tundra: The Journal of the Short Poem looks like it might be back. The magazine has a fresh new website, and the word on the street is that a new issue could be making its appearance in the not-too-distant future. The magazine is closed to submissions now, but will reopen when the backlog has been cleared out.

Ballista, Flapjack Press's speculative fiction magazine, is now open to submissions. Guidelines are available on the website.

If you're in the mood for a short speculative story, check out S.J. Higbee's story, "Damned Flies," on EverydayWeirdness.com. See the world from a fly's point of view....