Saturday 30 November 2013

Story and Poem Published in Imaginaire Magazine

I've got a reprint story and a poem in Imaginaire Magazine a journal of mathematical fiction and poetry.

I'm pleased to see my writing friends, Ken Liu and Robert Dawson in there too.

Ken's story looks fascinating, it's got graphs and formulae in it. Obviously, now I want to write a story with graphs and formulae in it, too. I'm very easily influenced.

Wednesday 27 November 2013

Call for Really Bad Flash

Could you? Would you?

Write a really bad story under a thousand words for the Journal of Unlikely Acceptances? Only for authors with one or more SFWA pro sales.

From the website:

The Journal of Unlikely Story Acceptances:

What can we say about The Journal of Unlikely Story Acceptances…? This will be a mini-issue of 3 (three) of the worst stories imaginable. “Worst?” you ask. Yes. It’s scheduled for April Fool’s Day, so we can do whatever we want. Do there need to be bugs? No. Hackers? No. Architecture or Maps? No, and no. All we want is the worst story you can bear to see published with your name under the title. Why? Don’t ask silly questions.
There are a few restrictions. First, it’s only open to people who have made a SFWA qualifying sale. Anyone can write horrible prose. We want to see people who have proven they can write well send us horrible prose. Secondly, this is flash fiction only. We just can’t bring ourselves to read more than 1000 word chunks of badness. Maybe — maybe — if your story is particularly horrid, we might let it slide a little over 1000 words, but not by much. Thirdly, and for the same reason, submissions will only be open from December 1-15, 2013. And then, lastly, do not send us stories with vomit and/or feces. It’s just too easy to make something awful simply by including gratuitous spewage of bodily discharges. It’s cheating, in a way, and any stories that violate this, even a little, will be rejected.

This looks like fun. And yes, I've wrote them a little something.

Saturday 16 November 2013

Selling Tweets.

I've just sold a reprint tweet to the new twitterzine, Confettifall. I haven't written any microstories for ages. But the sale has got be back in the tiny groove.

Do you write tweets for sale? What are the good venues, nowadays? 

Thursday 14 November 2013

A Merry Little Apex Christmas Flash Fiction Competition

The folks at Apex are looking for Christmas stories, 250 words or less for a new competition. 

Here are the details:
How to enter:
  • All entries must have to do with Christmas, but have a distinctly Apex slant – dark science fiction, fantasy, or horror
  • You can submit anytime between now until December 16th
  • 250 word limit
  • Email entries to with the title and author name in the subject line
  • Limit 3 entries per person
  • Story should be in the body of the email
Submissions will be read by Jason Sizemore and me (Lesley Conner) with the winning story being published on the Apex blog on December 23rd. Besides getting their flash fiction published on the Apex blog, the winner also receives the following fantastic prize pack: a short story (up to 5,000 words long) critiqued by Apex owner/publisher Jason Sizemore, payment of 5 cents a word, and a one year subscription to Apex Magazine.
To make sure that everyone has a merry Christmas, all entrants will receive a free issue of Apex Magazine. All you have to do is let us know in your submission email which issue of Apex Magazine you would like and we will send it out to you. Search our back issues to see which one you’d like to own.

Sunday 3 November 2013

Story up at Indian SF

I have a reprint story, 'Glass Future' up at Indian SF. This story was first published in Nature's Futures. What a fabulous cover!

Friday 1 November 2013

Egyptian Mythology Stories and Poems Call

Penumbra is looking for Egyptian Mythology inspired stores and poems

pay 5 cents per word
takes reprints
Oct 1st - Dec 1st
guidelines here

"Egypt has been a source of fascination from the earliest days of civilization and that intrigue has not faded.  So let's combat the winter chill with a trip down the Nile to Thebes, to witness the hand of Isis and Ra upon the great desert, or watch as Ankhaten honors Amun and then witness mankind's first monotheistic state religion crumble with the death--or murder?--of his son Tutankhamen. Between the Book of the Dead and the incredibly rich mythology of Egypt, finding a great speculative fiction avenue shouldn't be that difficult --even if Stargate is taken."