Saturday, December 26, 2009

end of the year

I hope everyone had a good holiday and is ready to ring in the new year in style. This year has been an interesting one, but it's almost over. I'm going to take down the "Holiday Deals" section shortly, but in the meantime, Barnes & Noble is having an After Holiday Sale (50% off on a bunch of stuff) and HP is having their annual Red Tag Sale. If you need a new computer, now is the time to get one. And at Amazon, Baseball Haiku has dropped even lower -- the hardcover book is only $4.20 now.

Even though Necrology is a dead magazine, editor John Ferguson is trying to keep its spirit alive with Necrology Shorts, an online short fiction venue. Necrology Shorts is open to submissions -- there is currently no payment for contributors, but Mr. Ferguson hopes to change that soon.

For mystery writers, Gumshoe is now accepting fiction submissions. The magazine pays five cents per word for unpublished short stories (to a maximum of $50).

I recently was honored to find out that one of my haiku (which appeared in Mayfly earlier this year) was selected for inclusion in the 2010 Red Moon Press anthology. As soon as the anthology is available for sale, I'll post a link here.

Speaking of haiku, Acorn will be opening to submissions in just a few days. And for some good haiku in the meantime, here are two: one by Alison from her Miso Soup blog and one by Jordi Clement from tinywords a year and a half ago.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Dark Discoveries, 28 Blackbirds, Dwarf Stars

Horror magazine Dark Discoveries has officially raised its pay rate to five cents per word. That's great news for all horror writers, but especially those trying to get into the HWA -- another professional market to submit to.

J. Bruce Fuller's chapbook 28 Blackbirds at the End of the World is now available for preorder at the Bandersnatch Books website. I'm pretty sure it's $8 for a copy, but I can't find that info anywhere on the site. Anyone who orders before the end of January will be entered into a raffle, and the winner will receive a copy of every book Bandersnatch publishes in 2010.

The nominations for the 2009 Dwarf Stars Award have been announced, and there are a lot of familiar names on the list, as well as many new ones. SFPA members get a copy of the Dwarf Stars anthology, which looks to have a pretty good lineup.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

some random news

Everyone probably already knows, but the winner of Don Wentworth's 2nd Annual Basho Haiku Challenge has been announced, and it is... William Appel! Check out his winning poem at Issa's Untidy Hut, and while you're there, read the runners up too.

Speaking of Don Wentworth, his list of Near Perfect Books of Poetry is now up to 233. Check it out -- see if you agree or disagree with any of them, or if you have any books to add.

Nothing to Dread, this year's Niteblade anthology, is now on sale. The paperback copy (with a great cover by Marge Simon) is $12.95, but you can also download a PDF copy for $3.75. I haven't been able to sit down with my copy yet, but it's got a great lineup.

Haiku readers have plenty of new material to choose from. New issues of Shamrock Haiku Journal, Roadrunner, and The Heron's Nest are all online now. And there is also Australian Haiku, a blog of haiku and haiga that's pretty darn good. I don't remember how I came across this site, but Emma Dalloway's haiku are definitely worth checking out.

As far as holiday deals are concerned, Baseball Haiku has dropped to $4.97 at Amazon, if you still haven't gotten your copy. And for a more speculative selection, the Apex Book Store is running a special deal for professional writers: SFWA and HWA members can get 20% off of their order through the end of the year. Just use the code SFWA20 or HWA20. (If you're not sure which code applies to which group, go stand in the corner of a round room.)

In market news, here's an digital journal that may not be new to some but was new to me. Short-Story.Me! publishes "hard genre fiction," 200-5000 words, and pays 1 cent per word (maximum of $10 per story). You could sell them a story and use the money to buy Baseball Haiku, Nothing to Dread, or a book from Apex.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Baseball Haiku

I'm not sure what's going on over at Amazon -- maybe it's a glitch in the system -- but right now Baseball Haiku is on sale for only $5.15. (That's 74% off the regular price.) If you've ever thought about buying a copy, now is definitely the time.

Baseball Haiku is a 256-page hardcover book (the Kindle version is also $5.15) with great poems by Cor van den Heuvel, Ed Markowski, and George Swede, among many others. I'm not sure why Amazon has it marked down so much, but haiku fans should definitely snatch this one up.

Amazon offers free shipping on most orders over $25, so if you're looking to reach that $25 mark, here are some other books on sale:

- The Haiku Handbook, by William J. Higginson with Penny Harter - $10.08
- Essential Haiku, edited by Robert Hass - $12.48
- The Haiku Anthology, edited by Cor van den Heuvel - $11.53
- Japanese Death Poems, compiled by Yoel Hoffman - $11.53

P.S. My review of Modern Haiku is currently the featured article over at Helium.com. If you've never read Modern Haiku, it's a great magazine, filled to the brim with good poems.

Friday, December 4, 2009

some market news & a haiku contest

Unfortunately, two great magazines have decided to close up shop recently. The Shantytown Anomaly will be taking a hiatus after issue #8, which should be in the mail now. Shantytown is a really cool speculative poetry journal, and hopefully it will be back sometime soon.

Small haiku journal Wisteria is also going on hiatus. The magazine's last issue for now will be the January issue.

All pending submissions for both journals are being released back to their respective owners.

Mark Crittenden, writer, poet, and artist, is guest-editing Lame Goat Press's new horror anthology, Howl: Dark Tales of the Feral and Infernal. The anthology is for stories "about the struggle between man and the animal-beasts of myth and legend." Submit scary stories between 1000 and 4000 words. There is no payment for selected stories, but it sounds like a cool anthology to be a part of. Deadline is March 15th, 2010.

The Pennsylvania Poetry Society's annual poetry contest is currently running. There are 16 different categories, and #9 is the "Haiku, Senryu, Tanka Award." Entry fees are $2 per poem, and the deadline is January 15th, 2010. There are two prizes for the category -- $30 and $20. For full guidelines, see the PDF file on the PPS's website.

As a side note, I had to add word verification to the comments page, in order to stop all the spam messages (which got to be over 200, and which I'm still in the process of deleting). I know it's a pain -- sorry.