Wednesday, May 26, 2010

tinywords, indood, deals & coupons

tinywords is back with a new online issue, 10.1. The issue started May 17th, so if you haven't checked it out yet, there are a few poems to browse through (including a nice one by James Westbrooks).

There's a little online webzine called indood that I stumbled across last week. I'm mentioning this not because I think it's a good magazine, but just because I thought their guidelines were amusing:

Currently I am publishing primarily prose, short fiction, and poetry. However I’m open to rants, ingredient lists (if you can make them interesting), and just about anything other than haiku. By all means feel free to submit your haiku, but take note that almost no one writes good haiku. This means you. If I publish your haiku then you’ve really accomplished something.

So if you want to really accomplish something, go ahead and send in some haiku. (indood isn't a paying market.)

Earlier in the month I mentioned the Stephen King DVD Collector Set, which was selling for $29.98 at Amazon. If you thought it sounded cool but didn't want to spend thirty bucks on it, Amazon has kindly dropped the price down to $16.49.

While you're at Amazon, check out Bitter Steel, a collection of epic fantasy poetry and fiction from Charles Gramlich (author of Cold in the Light). It was just released, and it's selling for only $14.99.

It's a good time of the year for coupons. You can currently get 20% off your order at Lulu with the coupon code ROADTRIP305. (But shop quickly, because that code expires today.) At Barnes & Noble, you can get 30% off of one item (bought online) by using the code Y3V4U3X. Or if you'd rather buy something from Borders, you can use the code BGA7757M to get 33% off today and tomorrow (Wednesday and Thursday).

ThinkGeek.com has a new energy drink called Zombie Blood. It comes in an IV bag and looks pretty nasty. A single bag is $4.99, or you can get a 4-pack for $15.99. If you're gonna order some stuff from ThinkGeek, use the coupon code NOTDEAD for $10 off a $30 order (through May 28th).

Saturday, May 15, 2010

June 1st

June 1st is a big day this year for deadlines. The following magazines all close to submissions on June 1st:

- Dark Discoveries
- Goblin Fruit
- Basement Stories


Also on June 1st, the 15th ChiZine Short Story Contest begins taking submissions. The top three stories will be published in ChiZine and paid 7¢/word. No simultaneous submissions, reprints, or stories over 4000 words. The contest deadline is June 30th, and there is no entry fee.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Stuff to read

The new issue of Alternative Coordinates is online now. It includes a story by Star Trek novel author Christopher L. Bennett and a free poem by Kristine Ong Muslim.

The featured contributor over at DailyHaiku this week is Deborah P. Kolodji -- check every day for a new one.

For some good haibun, give Artichoke Season a try. It's Susan Antolin's blog, and it's filled with some good poems.

Amazon has a few cool items for a Stephen King fan's graduation, Mother's or Father's Day, or birthday coming up. There's the Stephen King DVD Collector Set, which includes Misery, The Dark Half, Needful Things, and Carrie, all for just $29.98 (free shipping). They also have The Tommyknockers on DVD, which I haven't seen yet but looks pretty cool. It's $9.98, but you should order it soon because that one can take up to 2 weeks to ship.