Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Four paying speculative fiction markets

The following speculative fiction markets are all open now,  or opening soon.  And, they all pay.

- Freeze Frame Fiction
(courtesy of the Flash Fiction Flash newsletter)

Freeze Frame Fiction is looking for flash fiction up to 1000 words.  They pay $10 per story, and will accept simultaneous submissions (though no reprints).  The guidelines state that "stories involving vampires, zombies, or werecreatures" might be fighting an uphill battle here.

Submit via Submittable by July 31st.

(courtesy of Published to Death)

Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores publishes "well written original stories in science fiction, fantasy, myth, legend, fairy tales, and eldritch" and prefer shorter pieces over longer ones.  Pays 6 cents/word for unpublished fiction; 2 cents/word for reprints.

They open for submissions four times a year, for one week at a time.  The next submission window is June 21st to June 28th.

- Changelings & Fairy Rings: An Anthology of Nature Spirits & Elemental Creatures

Three Drops Press is putting together "a themed anthology in honour of the Good Folk."  The book will be pocket-sized, so the editors are looking for poems 40 lines or less and flash fiction 500 words or fewer.  Previously published submissions are allowed; simultaneous ones are not.  Payment is £3.50 UK ($5.00 US) and a PDF copy of the anthology. 

The submission deadline is June 1st.


LampLight is a digital magazine for literary dark fiction.  The editors want "stories that are dark, literary; we are looking for the creepy, the weird and the unsettling."  Previously published stories will be considered, as long as they are not available for free somewhere else online.  Simultaneous submissions are also accepted.  Writers are paid 3 cents/word -- 1 cent/word for reprints -- up to a maximum of $150.

Submit via Submittable by June 15th.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Two new online haiku journals

Two new online journals focusing on haiku and related forms are making names for themselves.

  • seashores is a new addition to the world of international haiku. The editorial team is made up of Paul Chambers (editor of Wales Haiku Journal), Gilles Fabre, and David Burleigh. Submit up to eight poems by June 30th to be considered for the inaugural issue. No simultaneous submissions or previously published poems.
  • Autumn Moon Haiku Journal, edited by Bruce Ross, just put out its first issue in December. It includes several good poems by Sondra Byrnes, Gabriel Bates, and  Helen Buckingham. Submit one to three unpublished haiku by mail or email. Two issues a year will be published (Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter).

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Some good poems

Some good poetry to read.  All of it is free and available online.

  • The Spring 2018 issue of Wales Haiku Journal.  Strong haiku from Kath Abela Wilson and Julie Bloss Kelsey, and one that really sticks with you from Stanford M. Forrester.
  • Several good haiku from the late Laryalee Fraser in the Summer 2007 issue of SimplyHaiku.
  • Not a haiku, but check out Robert Beveridge's short poem "Jealous" in the 2017 issue of Loyalhanna Review.
  • Also check out the "best of" haiku anthology, "a procession of ripples," compiled by Ms. Fraser.  Tons of good poems to be found in there.

Dwarf Stars Award 2015