Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Mystery Readers Journal - Call for Non-fiction Submissions

Editor Janet Randolph has posted a call for non-fiction submissions for Mystery Readers Journal.  The theme for the next two issues is Big City Cops.  She's looking for reviews, articles, and Author! Author! essays.  The deadline is September 5, 2017 and there's no mention of payment.  You can find the details here.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Fahrenheit Press - Anthology Call - Noirville

This call came through the SMFS group today.  Fahrenheit Press has posted a contest call for an anthology titled "Noirville".  They're looking for stories under 7500 words in the crime/thriller genres.  The deadline is September 30, 2017 and payment is a royalty split.  You can find the details here.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Dreaming Robot Press - Anthology Call

Dreaming Robot Press has opened submissions for their 2018 Young Explorer's Adventure Guide anthology.  They're looking for science fiction adventure stories of 3000 to 6000 words for middle grade readers.  The deadline is December 31, 2017 and payment is 6cents a word.  You can find the details here

Friday, August 18, 2017

Down & Out Books - All Due Respect Books

Down & Out Books has just picked up All Due Respect Books as a new imprint.

Six Questions For... - Mark Westmoreland

Jim Harrington has an interview with Story and Grit editor Mark Westmoreland over at his excellent Six Questions For...blog.

Northeast Modern Language Association - Call for Papers

The Northeast Modern Language Association has posted a call for papers on three different topics.  The ones I thought might be of interest here are "New Approaches in Zombie Studies" and a variety of topics about F. Scott Fitzgerald and Hollywood.  The deadline for 300 word abstracts is September 30, 2017.  You can find the details here.

Best Science Fiction of the Year - 2017 - Call for Submissions

Editor Neil Clarke has posted a submissions call for "Best Science Fiction of the Year - 2017".  This is for stories published in 2017.  The deadline is November 1, 2017 for print and November 15, 2017 for digital copies.  There's no mention of payment.  You can find the details here.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Elm Books - Anthology Call - Cozy Mysteries

Elm Books has posted an anthology call for "Death by Cupcake".  They're looking for cozy mysteries of 2000 to 10,000 words.  The stories must have a cupcake somewhere in the story.  The deadline is December 1, 2017 and payment is a royalty share.  You can find the details here.  There are also a couple of calls for sci-fi anthologies.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

World Weaver Press - Anthology Call

World Weaver Press has opened submissions for an anthology titled "Glass and Gardens:  Solarpunk Summers".  They're looking for futuristic stories up to 8000 words that take place in summer.  They must be planet-based and optimistic.  The deadline is November 15, 2017.  Payment will be based on a successful KickStarter.  You can find the details here.

Yellow Mama - New Issue

The August issue of online zine Yellow Mama has gone live.  It's free to read here.

Queen of the South - On Writing Strong Women

I find it odd that there's not much talk about the TV series "Queen of the South" in the mystery writing community.  I don't do the pay per view channels like HBO or stream programs like Netflix so finding such a great show about a strong woman on the cable channels is very refreshing.  As for the noir angle, it doesn't get any darker.  Just when you think things can't get any worse for Teresa Mendoza, there she is sliding deeper into the shit.

If you want to write a strong woman you won't find a better example than Teresa.  She doesn't wait for a man to save her.  She saves herself.  There are men who help her along the way and they don't do it for sexual favors but because they respect her and what she's done.  She doesn't crawl into a corner and moan in self-pity, she stands up and fights for her life and the people she cares for.  She's a perfect contrast to her nemesis, Camila Vargas, anther strong woman but one who is vicious to a fault.

The contrast between the two women works well as they both admire each other, but they don't trust one another.  It's good to see such well written women characters on TV.  I like that the love interests are kept to a minimum and the relationships between the women are kept at the forefront of the show.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Angie's Desk - Anthology Markets

Angie has posted her August list of anthology markets.  Thanks, Angie!

Otter Libris Press - Anthology Call

First off, I'm posting this call early as the submission period doesn't open until October 1, 2017.  Otter Libris Press has posted an anthology call for "MCSI:  Magical Crime Scene Investigation:.  They're looking for "Urban Fantasy stories that involve a crime scene and require the investigator to use magic or engage the aid of a magical being to solve the crime",  Stories should be 3000 to 10,000 words.  The deadline is January 31, 2017 and payment is $25 for original stories and $10 for reprints.  You can find the details here.  And yes, I will post this again when submissions open.

Hat tip to Michael Bracken for the link!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Sirens Call Publications - Anthology Call

Sirens Call Publications has posted an anthology call for "If It Bleeds, It Leads".  They're looking for horror stories in the form of newspaper articles.  The deadline is October 31, 2017 and payment is $15.  You can find the details here.

If You Live in San Diego

I don't often post writing classes but this one sounded interesting.  The one day workshop is sponsored by San Diego Writers, Ink.  The date is September 3, 2017 and costs $30 for members and $36 for non-members.  The shop's title is "Street Talk:  Crafting Moody Dialog for Genre Stories with Mark Phillips.  You can find the details here.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Hallmark Publishing - Call for Novel Submissions

Hallmark Publishing (an extension of Hallmark TV) is looking for novels of 70,000 to 85,000 words in the genres of male/female romance and cozy mysteries.  Also it needs to be at a PG 13 level according to the guidelines.  You can find the details here.  They have an online submission page similar to Submittable.  They do not list payment details or what rights they're acquiring.

Hat tip to writingcareer.com

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Solarcide - Open for Submissions

Online zine Solarcide is currently open for submissions.  They're looking for dark fiction in all genres of 1000 to 3000 words.  Payment is $50.  You can find the details here.

Tribe - Anthology Call - Women Writers 55+

Tribe will be a print anthology by and about older single women (aged 55+).  They're looking for prose, memoir, short stories, and poetry.  The word count for prose is 1200 to 3000 words.  The deadline is September 30, 2017 and payment is $25 CAD.  You can find the details here.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Love & Bubbles - Anthology Call

Editor Jaylee James has posted an anthology call for "Love & Bubbles".  They're looking for love stories (no erotica) under 5000 words set underwater.  Characters don't need to be human (you know, mermaids and sea sprites, etc. are the alternative :))  The deadline is December 20, 2017.  There will be a KickStarter run to pay for submissions with $50 being the minimum.  They don't really say what will happen if the KickStarter fails.  You can find the details here.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Independent Editor Stacy Robinson on the Novella

Over at the SleuthSayers blog is an interesting essay about the novella by independent editor Stacy Robinson.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Out of the Gutter Online - Special Call for Submissions

Out of the Gutter Online has posted a special call for an October series called Gutteral Screams.  They're looking for Halloween type stories up to 1000 words.  The deadline is September 29, 2017.  This is a non-paying market.  You can find the details here.

Emre Publishing - Anthology Call

I'm guessing from the guidelines that this anthology is meant to poke fun at the President.  Emre Publishing has posted an anthology call for "He-man Woman-Haters Club".  They're looking for stories of 3000 to 5000 words that depict "Our-Gang type" plots using characters from a list they have posted which includes politicians and members of the Our Gang TV show.  The setting is Mar-a-Lago in Palm Springs, Florida.  The deadline is September 30, 2017 and payment is 6cents a word.  You can find the details here.  While satire is fine, they're basically looking for humorous stories.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Killer Nashville's Broken Ribbons

I know that most of the crime writer's conferences have an annual anthology call so I was pretty excited to see that Killer Nashville now has an annual magazine called Broken Ribbons.  What I wasn't prepared for was finding that they charge a $3 reading fee and there's no payment.  If you're interested here's the guidelines.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Fahrenheit Press - Open for Novel Submissions

Fahrenheit Press is currently open for novel submissions in the genres of Crime and Thrillers.  You can find the details here.

PulpRev.com - Call for Submissions - Non-Paying

PulpRev.com has posted a short call for pulp flash fiction stories of 750 to 1500 words for a PulpRev Sampler.  The deadline is August 10, 2017, there's no mention of payment.  You can find the details here.

Down & Out: The Magazine - First Issue Now Available

The first print issue of Down & Out:  The Magazine is now available for purchase.  There is also a Kindle edition here.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Deadman's Tome - Anthology Call

Deadman's Tome is seeking horror stories up to 5000 words that reflect real stories and urban legends found in America for a project titled Real American Horror.  The deadline is September 11, 2017 and payment is a royalty split.  You can find the details here.

The Popular Culture Association - Call for Papers - Mystery & Detective Fiction

The Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association has posted a call for papers in the Mystery and Detective Fiction field for their annual conference.  Your 100 to 250 word proposal should be submitted by October 1, 2017.  You can find the details here.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Down and Out Books - Open for Novel Submissions

Down and Out Books opened for novel submissions today.  They're looking for novels of 60,000 to 90,000 words in the crime genres with the exception of cozies and romantic suspense.  You can find the details here.  The deadline is August 31, 2017.

34 Paying Markets for August

Over at the Publishing...and Other Forms of Insanity blog Erica Verrillo has posted her list of paying markets for August.  Thanks, Erica!