Saturday, April 24, 2010

Deadlines, Calvin & Hobbes vs. Fight Club

Dark Discoveries and Basement Stories, two paying speculative magazines, both close to submissions June 1st. It may seem like a long time away, but it'll creep up on you.

Here's an interesting page for any Calvin & Hobbes or Fight Club fans. Galvin P. Chow has written an essay titled "I Am Jack's Younger Self: The Secret Connections between 'Fight Club' and 'Calvin and Hobbes' REVEALED!" It sounds silly, but it actually makes a lot of sense. The writer has put a lot of thought into it, and there are a lot of similarities that I never would have otherwise thought about. It's definitely an interesting read.

If anyone doesn't already have a copy of Bill Higginson and Penny Harter's Haiku Handbook, Kodansha International has just released a 25th Anniversary Edition that is currently only $12.24 at Amazon. This is definitely one of those books that you'll read through and want to keep, because you'll refer back to it often.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Two more speculative markets

Our first market, Lightspeed, is a new science fiction magazine from the same people who put out Fantasy Magazine. The editors want stories between 1000 and 7500 words long (preferably under 5000 words). Payment is 5¢/word, on acceptance. Reprints will be used occassionally, and are bought at the rate of 1¢/word. The magazine uses an online submissions manager, and simultaneous submissions are not accepted.

Flash Me Magazine will be publishing an all-speculative issue on Halloween. The submission period opens April 30th, so get your stories ready. Submit science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories no longer than 1000 words long. Reprints will be considered, but simultaneous submissions will not. Payment for accepted stories is $25 and a year's subscription.

If you're looking for a gift for a horror fan, Amazon has a three-disc set of the Stephen King mini-series Nightmares & Dreamscapes for only $17.49. The boxed set includes all eight episodes, plus interviews, an unaired extended episode, and several other features. I haven't seen the whole series, but the "Battleground" episode was awesome.

Monday, April 5, 2010

two speculative markets

It's almost tax time, and while we're all fantasizing about giant refunds, here are two paying markets to submit to:

Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show is an online speculative magazine that pays well for speculative fiction. Stories up to 7500 words are bought at the rate of 6¢/word, and anything over 7500 words is paid 5¢/word. They will occasionally accept reprints (query first) and their stated response time is three months.

Kasma bills itself as a science fiction magazine, but the guidelines say that stories "are not completely limited to one specific genre." Stories must be submitted by email, and must be no longer than 5000 words. Payment is $10 for print and electronic rights ($5 for stories under 1000 words) on publication.

Haiku fans should check out Mann Library's Daily Haiku, because this month's featured poet is Stanford M. Forrester. Many of his poems have a deep zen/Eastern feel to them. Click back through the days to read his previous haiku -- especially the one from Sunday (April 4th).

For longer reading, the current issue of Apex Magazine (April 2010) just went live. It features speculative stories focused on the theme of "urban myths."