Thursday 27 June 2013

Cyborg Anthology Kickstarter

I've got a few kickstarters to share with you this week. I do hope you haven't seen them all. This one is from Neil Clarke, the editor of Clarkesworld.

This is a kickstarter for an anthology of short stories with a cyborg theme. Already Neil has a snagged stories from some great writer:

  • Elizabeth Bear
  • Helena Bell
  • Tobias S. Buckell
  • Yoon Ha Lee
  • Ken Liu
  • Robert Reed
  • E. Catherine Tobler
  • Genevieve Valentine
  • E. Lily Yu
And there'll be an open call for for at least a quarter of the places in the anthology. Kickstarter is here.

Wednesday 26 June 2013

Book Trailer for Seers Anthology


Ten mysterious, exciting, thought-provoking and funny stories by ten authors: Tracie McBride, Jack Nicholls, April Grey, Douglas Kolacki, Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar, Frederick Langridge, Rayne Hall, Jeff Hargett, Carole Ann Moleti, Deborah Walker. Edited by Rayne Hall.

The book is available in ebook format from 
and other online retailers.

Tuesday 25 June 2013

Coffee Kickstarter Open for Reprint Business

Three kickstarters have caught my eye this month. Here the first one:

Coffee: Decaffeinated Tales of the Fantastic edited by Alex Shvartsman. Alex is looking for coffee and tea related stories.

Coffee is currently open to reprint stories submission guidelines here.
And if the Kickstarter is succesful the anthology will open to original stories. The Kickstarter is here. 

Coffee House in Pakistan 1900

Saturday 22 June 2013

7 Ways to Find Short Stories Markets

Once you've written a short story, you may want to get it published. You'll need to find venues: print and online magazines, anthologies and competitions. 

Tip: Don't post your story on your blog. Most venues will consider the story to be published,  and you will only be able to sell the story as a reprint. A story posted on a password protected site (like a critique site) is not usually considered published. 

How to find Story Markets

Online Databases and Lists of Story Markets

The Submission Grinder has an interface that allows you to search for venues. You specify genre, payment level and other criteria. You can also track your submissions on the site and see what responses other writers have received. Ralan is a also a good list for science fiction, fantasy, horror and humour venues.(Duotrope is also a submissions site, but since 2013, this site charges fees.)  

Publisher's and Editor's websites

The magazine listed on submission sites may receive a lot of submissions. Read publishers' websites, like  Prime Books, to find upcoming anthologies that might not appear on these online submission sites. Find the anthology editor's blog and see if they're issuing an open call (open to everyone). Follow editors through social media to find out about semi-public call. 

Writer's Websites

Some writers list open venues and horror anthologies. Patsy Collins regularly posts open competition calls on her blog.

Writer's Bibliographies

Find interesting venues by reading a writer's bibliography. Often time I'll come across a market I haven't seen before. If the market isn't familiar to you, google it to find out more. 

Let the Editor Come to You

Make sure that its easy for an editor to contact you. Editors read writers' blogs and may want to invite you to an anthology or request a reprint from you.

It's Not What you Know; It's Who you Know

Many of my writing friends believe that networking is very important. Being sociable, attending conferences and events can lead to you hearing about closed invitation-only anthologies and other opportunities. 

I hope that helps. Is there anything I've missed? How do you find short story markets?

Thursday 13 June 2013

Interview with SFF Short Story Editors

I enjoyed this interview extract over at Inkpunks, talking to some high profile short story editors. I found it very encouraging. 

Check out what John Joseph Adams, Ellen Datlow, James Patrick Kelly, Mike Resnick, Stanley Schmidt, and Gordon Van Gelder have to say about the state of submissions. 

Friday 7 June 2013

Still Not Reached My One Million

Just done a bit of totting up. I've written 875 thousand words in the last five years. Virtually all in short stories. Sadly, I'm not getting any faster. I've been 200 thousand words a year since year one.

But I'm feeling quite pleased. What about you? Do you keep a record. When I reach my first million I am expecting big things.

Tuesday 4 June 2013

New Story in the Dark Expanse Galaxy

I am pleased to announce that 'The Twins Shine Over Emperor's World' has been published in the rpg online game world of Dark Expanse.

This story was a lot of fun to write, as the back story was the Saurian race evolved from a species very much like our Earth evolved dinosaurs. And I decided to do a story about space pirates. Yes. Space pirate dinosaurs.

As usual, with my aliens, I looked for Earth bound inspiration. There's nothing as strange as has already evolved.

I became fascinated by the hollow bones of dinosaurs (much like the hollow bones of our current dinosaurs: birds) and developed an explanation of the Saurian custom of throat singing using the imagined physiology of an alien race.

Throw in some pirate skulduggery, and a few plot twist and turns. I hope you enjoy.

Saturday 1 June 2013

New Poem up at Mirror Dance

My poem 'Trouble in Golem Town' has just been published in Mirror Dance. This has reminded my that I haven't done any poetry either writing or subbing for ages. Shame on me. 

Double shame because writing poetry feeds into my short stories. Writing poetry exercises certain muscles in the noggin that I don't exercise when writing prose. Also, several of my stories started life as a poem and I know that this is the case for other writers and poets too.  So poetry = good.