Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Free Nook books

There are many e-readers on the market, all designed to attract readers. If you have a Barnes & Noble Nook (or are thinking about buying one) there are a lot of books you can download and read for free.

Below are some free downloads for the Nook -- just a small selection of what's available. (I haven't read any of these books or stories, so I have no idea if they're any good, but they're free so they may be worth checking out.)

Free haiku books:
Haiku, by Toshiyuki Ihira
Haiku Moments, by Kristina Howells
In the Spirit of Haiku, by Kamala Moore
47 Haiku, by Tiel Aisha Ansari

Free horror books:
Horror Shorts, by Drew Brown
A Walk in the Woods: A Horror Short Story, by Rebecca M. Senese
Fearworld, by Paul Melhuish
Uneasy Reading: 4 Horror Shorts, by Jason Tucker
Writing Critique: A Horror Short Story, by Rebecca M. Senese

And to close this post out, here's a free haiku by Claudette Russell, from the nice people at tinywords.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Some haiku deals at Amazon

With Black Friday coming up, there are deals everywhere online. If you're looking for a good book of haiku, either for yourself or as a gift, here are some decent deals on haiku books at Amazon:

- Baseball Haiku ($7.98)
This collection of haiku about one of America's favorite games includes poems by Alan Pizzarelli, Masaoka Shiki, Jack Kerouac, Ed Markowski, George Swede, and editor Cor van den Heuvel. Even if you're not a fan of baseball, this book has some good haiku.

- Vampire Haiku ($4.00)
If you liked Zombie Haiku by Ryan Mecum, Vampire Haiku is along the same veins, just about vampires instead. There are only 12 copies left in stock, so if you want one, order it soon. $4.00 is a really low price for this book; I think it usually sells for somewhere between $8 and $10.

- The River of Heaven: The Haiku of Basho, Buson, Issa, and Shiki ($11.64)
I haven't read any of the haiku in this book, but it includes poems by the four masters, as well as commentary and stories by Robert Aitken. At 208 pages, $11.64 is a pretty good price (especially since the list price is $15.95). There are only 13 copies of this one left at Amazon.

All three of these books are eligible for Amazon's free shipping deal, where if you spend $25 or more (on most items) you get free shipping.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Niteblade pre-sale

Niteblade #18, the all-poetry special issue, has been printed up and is going on sale soon. But there's a pre-sale going on right now -- if you order your copy by November 30th, you'll get free shipping and handling, so it's only $7.50 for a copy. If you think you're gonna want a copy of this special issue, order it now from Niteblade.com and save on shipping.

This issue has an awesome cover, as all issues of Niteblade do, and it comes packed with the best poetry from the previous years of the magazine, as well as brand new poems. Some of the contributors include familiar names such as Bruce Boston, G.O. Clark, Richard H. Fay, Kristine Ong Muslim, Marge Simon, and Christopher Hivner. I was also lucky enough to have two poems included. I've read through part of the issue, and it's got some really good stuff in it, including a great (and weird) poem by Lucien Spelman.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Brick Street Poetry contest, a haiku

Brick Street Poetry is running a poetry contest based on a quote by Kurt Vonnegut. The winning poem will receive $100, but all poems entered will be considered for publication in the Tipton Poetry Journal. Deadline for submissions is December 1st.

To celebrate the upcoming winter season, here's a classic haiku by Anita Virgil, courtesy of the Mann Library haiku archive.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Wicked East Press anthologies

Wicked East Press is an anthology publisher that is currently seeking submissions for several different anthologies:

- Witch's Brew: This anthology is for stories about (not surprisingly) witches. Submissions should be between 3500 and 7000 words, though stories as short as 1500 words or as long as 10,000 words will be considered. Payment is $5 per story plus $1 for every 1000 words over 5000. The deadline for submissions is December 31st.

- Songs of the Satyrs: For this anthology, all stories should have a satyr as the main character or an important character. The editor wants dark fantasy and horror from 3500 to 7000 words. Payment is 1 contributor's copy, but one writer will receive "pro rates" and three others will get $25. (It's not clear if they'll each get $25, or if the $25 gets split between the three.) The submission deadline for this anthology is January 1st, 2012.

- Dead Rush: This is an anthology of "old West horror." The editor is looking for third-person stories between 3500-7000 words, and payment is $5 per story, plus $1 extra for each 1000 words over 5000. The submission deadline is February 28th, 2012.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

IHS contest extended, a horror haibun

The deadline for the Irish Haiku Society's annual contest has been extended. The new deadline is November 30th. This contest has prizes of 150, 50, and 30 Euros for the top three haiku. The deadline is a postmark deadline -- no email submissions accepted.

For your reading pleasure, check out this horror haibun over at Fear and Trembling by Francis W. Alexander.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Comets and Criminals

Comets and Criminals is a digital zine that publishes science fiction, western, historical, crime, mystery, and adventure fiction. They pay $10 per story for flash fiction (up to 1,000 words) and 1 cent per word for short fiction (up to 10,000 words). Reprints may be accepted, but they are paid at a lower rate.

This market also publishes poetry, but right now they're only open to fiction submissions.