Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Write with Fire, Anomalous Appetites

Novelist, nonfiction writer, and poet Charles Gramlich has just published Write with Fire: Thoughts on the Craft of Writing. I haven't had a chance to read it yet, but it looks to be an interesting read and a very helpful guide to writing. Gramlich has been writing for 20 years, and I'm sure he has quite a few pearls of wisdom to share. The book is currently available from Amazon (click on the link above) and Barnes & Noble.

In other book news, speculative poet and reviewer extraordinaire Tony Bernstein has written a very favorable review of Anomalous Appetites for an upcoming issue of Star*Line. The book is a giant collection of poems and artwork, and even if I wasn't one of the contributors I would highly recommend getting a copy.

For all of you who have already had enough of summer, here's a haiku by Patricia Benedict.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Talebones, some random stuff

As many of you have probably heard, Talebones will be shutting its doors (at least temporarily). It's sad to see such a great magazine go. Patrick Swenson has always been professional and easy to work with, and Talebones was certainly one of the best dark fantasy magazines out there. You can pick up a copy of the last issue, #38, for just $5 post-paid.

My story "Change" is part of the July issue of A Fly In Amber, a cool online journal I just discovered recently. Read all of this month's stories and leave comments on any you like or don't like. The magazine is open to submissions and pays $10 per story.

If you're looking for a copy of any Writer's Market book, get out your wallet now. The 2010 edition is currently on sale at the Writer's Digest Shop for a measly $19.79, and you can get the 2010 Poet's Market for the same price. If that's not cheap enough for you, you can get the 2009 Poet's Market for $13.99 (the same price as the 2009 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market). Not sure how long these prices are good for, so if you're gonna buy one of these books, do it soon.

If you want one of these books but don't have the cash right now, consider entering ReadMe Publishing's science fiction contest. There will be three prizes of $50, $25, and $10, and best of all, no entry fee. Unpublished stories only (up to 5000 words) but simultaneous submissions are accepted. The deadline is August 31st.

Friday, July 17, 2009

some haiku news

If anyone is going to be in New York next week, check out the Summer Plums Festival of Haiku:

The Living Theater Poetry Series


On Wednesday, July 22, 2009, 8pm


Ernie Conrick, Steve Dalachinsky, John Farris, Tsaurah Litzky,
Eve Packer, Tony Pupello, Cor Van Den Heuvel & Yuko Otomo


Haiku Writing Contest/Haiku Open Reading

curated by Tsaurah Litzky & Yuko Otomo
series director: Dorothy Friedman August

$ 5

The Living Theater
19-21 Clinton St.
(between Houston & Stanton Sts.)

Until July 31st, fellow haiku poet and writer W. F. Owen is offering a 10% discount on his book, Haiku Notebook, available through The book includes commentary and advice from the author, as well as some of his prize-winning poems. Just enter the coupon code JULYCONTEST10 when checking out.

In contest news, the Garden State Horror Writers Short Story Contest deadline has been extended to July 31st. So you still have time to get those stories in. Entry fee is $10/story, and the three prizes are $100, $50, and $25.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

contests and more contests

Writing contests can be a great way to earn some exposure or extra cash, but deadlines can often be hard to meet. Here are three ongoing contests with no set deadlines (and no entry fees) so you can enter at your leisure:

- Spinetinglers Short Story Competition: a monthly short story contest for dark fiction writers. Three prizes every month of £100, £50, and £25.

- L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future Contest: a quarterly contest for writers who have not been "professionally published" (see rule #4 for clarification). Submit speculative stories up to 17,000 words for a crack at the three prizes of $1000, $750, and $500, plus an annual grand prize of $5000.

- Electric Dragon Cafe Short Story Contest: a themed quarterly writing contest for unpublished science fiction and fantasy stories. Top three prizes are a $25 Barnes & Noble or Borders gift certificate, a $10 gift certificate, and an Electric Dragon Cafe writing journal.

And, in the spirit of symmetry, here are three contests with those dreaded deadlines:

- Tiger's Eye Press Mid-Autumn Chapbook Contest: a poetry chapbook contest with a prize of publication, $100, and 25 copies of the chapbook. Submit only five poems with the entry fee of $10 by mail. Deadline is August 31st.

- The Esquire Fiction Contest: No entry fee and a hefty prize. Submit one story for a chance at a $2500 prize. Entries will be judged on a combination of literary merit and technical proficiency. Deadline is August 1st.

- The 13th Mainichi Haiku Contest: No cash prize for this one, but two winners will receive "certificates of merit and mementos." Deadline is August 31st.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

review of The Haiku Handbook, new haiga journal

I wrote a review of William Higginson and Penny Harter's The Haiku Handbook, and today it appears big and bright on Helium's front page. If you've never read The Haiku Handbook and you read or write haiku, you'll want to check it out.

The fine folks who bring us DailyHaiku have expanded their horizons and now present DailyHaiga, an online edited journal of haiga. They've already got some good ones posted, and submissions are currently open.

To even this post out with some horror news, here are two fiction contests:

- Ligonier Valley Writers flash fiction contest: Submit stories up to 1000 words long on the theme of "Werewolves and other Shapeshifters." Doesn't have to be scary, and there's no entry fee. Three top prizes of $50, $25, and $15. Deadline is August 15th.

- Whispering Spirits Revival flash fiction contest: This one also wants stories up to 1000 words. No genre specified, but "paranormal" stories are preferred. First prize is $50, and second and third place each receive a $10 Amazon gift certificate. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, and the deadline is August 31st.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

a new contest, some micro markets

David Dunwoody, author of the zombie novel Empire, has started a cool little limerick contest. Write a limerick about the grim reaper (or any other personification of Death) and you could win a bunch of cool prizes. Find all the details here. (Deadline is July 29th.)

Despite my staunch ignoring of it, Twitter has continued to grow increasingly popular. There are now several paying Twitter markets for fiction and poetry 140 characters or less. If you can write good short fiction, it's not a bad way to make a couple extra bucks. Here are a few of the markets:

- Tweet the Meat: looking for horror/weird stories. Sometimes has themes. Pays $1/story.
- Thaumatrope: publishes speculative fiction. Currently only open to serials. Pays $1.20 per acceptance.
- Nanoism: wants literary fiction, but open to genres. Pays $1.50 per unpublished story, $1 if previously published online.

In other news, Star*Line is now open to general poetry subs, and moonset's deadline for their autumn/winter issue is August 1st.

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