Thursday, June 25, 2009

market news

Here are some markets that will either be closing or opening to submissions soon:

Abyss & Apex - open for poetry subs through June. (Will reopen to fiction subs in August.)
Acorn - will be open to subs during July and August.
Apex Magazine - will reopen to subs July 1st.
Flashquake - open to flash fiction subs through July 31st.
Frogpond - open to subs through August 1st.
Goblin Fruit - reopens to subs (fantasy poetry only) on July 9th.
Star*Line - open to subs for its prose poem issue now. Will reopen to general poetry subs July 1st.
Tales of the Talisman - closed for now, but will reopen to subs from July 1st through August 15th.
Vestal Review - reopens to subs (flash fiction) in August.

And here are some other paying markets to submit to:

Leading Edge - pays 1 cent/word for fiction ($10 minimum) and $10 per poem (if longer than 4 pages, $1.50 extra per page). Also provides two contributor copies.
Mayfly - pays $10/haiku.
OG's Speculative Fiction - pays $35/story and $10/poem.
The Pedestal Magazine - pays 8 cents/word for fiction and $40 per poem. From June 28th to August 14th, will only be considering flash fiction (1000 words or less).

Saturday, June 20, 2009

an auction and a contest

Catherynne M. Valente, like many people nowadays, is in dire straits. I've never heard of her, but (#1) that's not saying much, and (#2) she won the Tiptree Award, so plenty of other people must have.

Her fiance was laid off months ago, and they are now almost flat broke. Rhonda Parrish, editor of Niteblade, has started a charity auction to help out. Up for grabs are free ad space on the Niteblade site, a print copy of the Lost Innocence anthology (which sells for $11.95 by itself), and a PDF copy of "Sister Margaret."

Go to the auction web page, and if you can, help a fellow writer out. If you've got something to promote, an ad in Niteblade is a great way to do it. I haven't read "Sister Margaret," but I can tell you Lost Innocence is a great anthology of fantasy and horror fiction and poetry.

The 14th Grandmother Earth writing contest is going on now. Poetry prizes range from $25 to $100, and it looks like plenty of awards will be handed out. Entry fee is $10 for 1-3 entries and $2 for each additional entry. There are also prizes for best haiku or short poem, best use of humor, and best environmental theme. Postmark deadline is July 15th.

In other news, I just found out that my short story "Change," for which I've been trying to find a home for a long time, was just accepted by A Fly In Amber. It's been slow recently, but one of my poems will appear in the last issue of From the Asylum, and my short story "The Book" should be in the next issue of Sorcerous Signals.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Black Ink Horror & some more stuff to read

I just got a copy of Black Ink Horror #5 in the mail from the awesome team of Tom and Billie Moran. I gotta say, it's an amazing issue. "Twas the Night" by MontiLee Stormer is a great story, a twisted take on Christmas way different than anything I've ever seen before. "A Hand-Made Christmas" is another good story, by David E. Greske. There are plenty more stories and poems, including two short poems, "Mimic" and "Reap," by Kristine Ong Muslim. It's 158 pages of horror, nicely bound and printed, for only $10.75 (in the U.S.). If you've never read Black Ink Horror, this is a great issue to start with.

The new issue of NewMyths.com is now online, featuring a poem each by Josh Gage and Marge Simon.

If you're more in the mood for senryu, check out these two poems about veterans by bear creek haiku editor Ayaz Daryl Nielson.

And if you've heard of the massive spec poetry anthology Anomalous Appetites but haven't bought your copy yet, here's a review from New Zealand that can hopefully change your mind. (I think the price has gone down recently, but I could be wrong.)

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Book review: Spin, by Robert Charles Wilson

Spin is the first book I've read by Robert Charles Wilson. It came highly recommended to me by Roger Dutcher, editor of The Magazine of Speculative Poetry. I was a little apprehensive when I began reading it -- I hadn't read a good science fiction book since I was a kid reading Asimov's Foundation series (unless you count Stephen King's The Tommyknockers) -- but Spin quickly dispelled my fears.

The book is big, at over 450 pages, and it tells an even bigger story. The premise is unique (at least to me) and Wilson handles it expertly, weaving it into an exceptional story.

Tyler Dupree is the narrator, telling the story from his perspective. He grew up in the shadow of two twins, Jason and Diane, whose powerful father became an influential force in all three of their lives.

One night when the three children are outside star-gazing, the stars (and moon) suddenly vanish. No one knows what happened for quite a while, until the government discovers that the Earth has been enclosed in a semi-solid membrane that can defy space and time.

The book chronicles the next 30 or 40 years in the three protagonists' lives, written as half-flashback (first as children, then growing up and getting older) and half-present tense, and Wilson keeps the story flowing along rapidly on both levels at the same time, working both narratives toward the same climax seamlessly. The book is ambitious in the material it covers, and it delivers on all fronts.

This is a science fiction tale on a grand scale, and even as someone who much prefers zombies to spaceships, I loved Spin. The book includes a preview of the sequel, Axis, and I'll definitely be reading that one too.

Spin is available as a trade paperback from Barnes & Noble and Amazon. (Right now there are also several copies available on eBay.) It won the Hugo Award for Best Novel, and once you've read it, it's easy to see why.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

random stuff

The new issue of Scifaikuest is now online, featuring great poetry (as well as a horrorku and senryu by yours truly). Also now online is the current Shamrock Haiku Journal, issue #10. Check out J.D. Heskin's dark lawn-mowing haiku (toward the bottom).

If anyone is thinking of buying this year's Writer's Market, Poet's Market, or Novel & Short Story Writer's Market, now is the perfect time to snatch them up at half price. Not sure how long this sale will last, but if you plan on getting a couple books, keep in mind that you get free shipping on orders over $25.

Lastly, we have a new contest: InkSpotter's 6th Annual Finding the Right Words Flash Fiction Contest. Has two prizes of CA$60 and CA$30 for stories under 500 words. Entry fee is only CA$2, and the postmark deadline is July 21st.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Win stuff!

It seems June is the month for readers to win stuff. The new issue of Niteblade is online now, and editor Rhonda Parrish is sponsoring a contest to give away a copy of Breathers by S.G. Browne. All you have to do is leave comments on any of the poems, stories, or reviews in this month's issue. Each comment counts as one entry, and if you buy a PDF copy of the issue (it's only $3.50 and it's ad-free) you get five entries. The contest ends July 1st.

Over at the Apex Book Company, editor Jason Sizemore has put together the Apex Author Lottery, a chance to win a whole lot of Apex books, story critiques, and more. Check out all the different packages you can try to win, and buy a couple tickets. (If anyone is a fan of Geoffrey Girard's "Cain" serial, Lavie Tidhar's package has, among other things, Apex Digest issues 9 and 10, with parts one and two of the story.)