Wednesday, August 16, 2017

August 31st deadlines

August 31st is a popular day for writing deadlines.  Below are some magazines that will close to submissions (temporarily) on that day.

- Acorn
- Contemporary Haibun Online
- DailyHaiku
- tinywords

Haiku Canada stops reading submissions for its October issue on 8/31, but they're still open.  Anything sent in after the 31st will be read for the February issue.

The Seven Hills Literary Contest and Penumbra Poetry and Haiku Contests also close to submissions on August 31st.

After all these journals and contests close their submission doors, Inch will be opening theirs.  Send your microfiction and short poetry to Inch on or after September 1st.  They're not a paying market, but you'll get three contributor copies if your work is chosen.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

When did the HWA become so expensive?

I used to be a member of the Horror Writers Association and found it very beneficial.  Unfortunately, I couldn't afford to keep my membership going at the time, and had to cancel both my HWA and HSA (Haiku Society of America) memberships.

While browsing around online today, I decided to check out the HWA to see if maybe I should join back up.  Dues when I was a member -- probably around 2009 or so -- were about $30 or $35 at the time.  I was more than just surprised to discover that since then, the membership fee has doubled.

For an Affiliate or Active membership, among others, it now costs $69.00 per year.  When did that happen?  The HWA was pretty darn cool to be a part of, but for someone who couldn't justify it at $35 a year, that price is way out of reach.

For any HWA members out there, when did the fee go up so drastically?  I know inflation and all that will  cause some increase, but this seems excessive -- at least to me.  I was happy to discover that the HSA is still only $35 for a year's membership.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Submittable: the new SASE


Financial and time constraints have kept me away from the writing world for a while, but I'm trying to dip my toes back in.  In the span of a couple of years, things have changed greatly.

One of the most obvious changes: it seems like almost every magazine uses Submittable now.  I've submitted through Submittable before, but now just about every set of guidelines I read includes a link to that journal's Submittable page.

Submittable is a good system -- at least from the writer's side -- but it's strange to see it so commonplace now.  I guess it works well for editors, or they wouldn't be turning to it in such high numbers.  Are there any viable competitors to Submittable?  I haven't seen any yet.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Popcorn Press horror anthology call for submissions

Popcorn Press is accepting submissions for a new horror anthology with a werewolf theme.  Poems and horror fiction don't have to revolve around werewolves, though.  Previously published works will be considered (but no simultaneous submissions).  Haiku and other short forms are welcome.  There will be payment, but the amount depends on how well their Kickstarter project does.  Deadline for submissions is October 23rd.

Dwarf Stars Award 2015

Dwarf Stars Award 2015