Thursday, February 4, 2010

a horror contest & the new Apex

Dark Moon Books is holding a fiction contest to fill its newest anthology, MONSTERS! The editors want monster stories 2000-6000 words long that have not been published in print. (Online publication is OK as long as you still hold the copyright.) The entry fee is $5 per story, and the three top prizes are $100, $50, and $25. Selected stories will be chosen for publication in the anthology, and any writer whose story is included will get a contributor's copy. The submission deadline is April 10th.

The February issue of Apex Magazine is now live... read all the stories and vote for your favorite. And if that's not enough speculative fiction for you, check out Charles Gramlich's science fiction/horror story "Hunter's Moon" from October's Beat to a Pulp.

4 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

Sounds like a good opportunity. Btw, I did a longer review of J's collection on my blog.

Greg Schwartz said...

Charles - nice review. I read 28 Blackbirds in Scifaikuest, but I still need to get a copy of the book.

Geoffrey A. Landis said...

Ouch. I do know that mainstream literary magazines have moved to the model where the people who read the magazine don't pay for it, but they're financed instead by fees from people submitting stories, but so far the genre community has avoided this catastrophe.

I'll make a point to warn my friends away from them.

Greg Schwartz said...

Geoffrey - I agree that its kind of shady to get the writers to pay for the production, but from a writer's standpoint, a $5 entry fee isn't bad if you think you have a good shot at winning one of the prizes.

Beginning writers should certainly lean more toward contests and anthologies with no reading or entry fees, but for a writer who knows what he's getting into, I don't think its a bad deal.

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