I saw a post recently about submission fees, posted by a concerned author. It made me think about my own view on this. I’ve never paid for publication, or paid for an editor to read my submissions. Primarily it’s because I can’t really afford it, but it’s also on principle, because it blocks struggling writers like me (born into poverty and still struggling to escape it). Besides, I see this kind of thing as a form of vanity publishing. I know many editors feel forced to charge, the market being what it is, and I understand this – but having said that, you also have to ask yourself why is the publication failing so that they have to charge fees? Content, perhaps? It’s a risky move in any case and doesn’t improve the quality of submissions in my opinion, so if the failure is due to content , the problem will only be exacerbated.
Essentially though, it adds yet another restriction for some writers, in this “enlightened” era of identity politics where many of the submission guidelines are about identity-needs (effectively restricting a large number of us) rather than story-needs. On that note, isn’t it about time we got back to simple guidelines requesting good stories and to hell with everything else? Maybe I’m old fashioned for thinking so, but it’s the story that matters above all else, right?
You’ll no longer find me on Twitter as I deactivated the account.
Honoured to be one of the three judges for the final cut in the short story competition “Long Story Short Award 2020” being held by Short Edition. Universities around the world are taking part.
Looking forward to reading the finalists in December. 🙂
From the publisher Short Edition:
“Starting October 5th, Short Edition invites students from all participating universities to submit your short stories, poetry, and creative nonfiction of 7,500 characters or less, entering into our first ever inter-university contest, Long Story Short Award 2020.”
I always do my best writing whilst wearing a disguise.
Got a story going “in” to Short Edition, and “out” with their story dispensers. More to follow…
Almost forgot this place existed. 🙂
Released today on Amazon through Dreaming Robot Press https://dreamingrobotpress.com/
One of my longer stories (just under 10,000 words) featuring a child as the main protagonist will be going into the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide 2018 in a limited edition of the anthology, published by Dreaming Robot Press.
Looking forward to this one, especially since placing long stories (novellas/novelettes) usually takes quite a bit of time.
More to come; not sure of dates yet.
I love the title of this anthology, to be published by Claren Books. The brilliant Bill Adler Jr. is to publish one of my short stories (literary fiction) for the Binge-Watching Cure anthology, publication date mid/late 2017.
Looks like it’s going to be a whopper of an anthology with stories ranging from 100 to 25,000 word.
Coming in Summer 2017
The Binge-Watching Cure is an anthology of short stories of increasing size. By the time you’ve finished reading The Binge-Watching Cure, you’ll be able to tackle Joyce and Pynchon. Or at the very least, you’ll enjoy novels you hear about from friends and family. The Binge-Watching Cure will reignite your love for reading; it will better your life.
Just as you enter a cold swimming pool one body part at a time, get used to drinking beer sip by foamy sip, or learn to enjoy spicy food in little, fiery nibbles, The Binge-Watching Cure gradually acclimates you to reading longer and longer stories, until a novel-length book goes down smoothly, tasting sweet, and making you want more.
May issue of AHMM left in the reading area for the patrons of The Imperial Durbar in South London, just around the corner from Tooting Bec station.
AHMM May issue, containing my novella “The Empty Space”, out now.
In May’s issue: “Bad ideas often make for good stories. Advising your friend on her love life? Messing about with volatile chemicals? Sharing details of a wealthy client’s will? What could go wrong?
So many, many things, as the stories in our annual humor issue demonstrate. Before you issue a magical challenge to your longtime romantic rival, or abruptly cancel your Hawaiian vacation for a part in a troubled theater production, or seek to engage in collective bargaining when your profession is burglary, ask yourself, what could go wrong?
Or don’t, because the results will be that much more entertaining for the rest of us.”
For an excerpt of the story : https://www.themysteryplace.com/ahmm/excerpts/excerpt1.aspx
Geminid’s brilliant anthology “Night Lights” goes on sale at Amazon today and will be on sale in paperback later this month.
Night Lights is a trilogy of science fiction works in one anthology: First Contact, Conspiracy, and Space Opera. You’ll find my comic sci-fi story “The Singular Martian Invasion” in First Contact.
From Amazon: “The short stories in Night Lights are populated with aliens, high and low technology, spaceships — including one with divine aspirations and one helmed by an otter — humans and not-so-human artificial intelligences, Earth locales, and far-off new worlds. There’s more too, and in each tale, the characters’ struggles will stretch your imagination and sense of reality, while posing profound questions about morality, society and justice, and raising uncertainties of the unknown and unchecked technological evolution. With 21 original stories from talented, new authors about extraterrestrials, conspiracies, and space exploration, Night Lights is full of moments that will make you gasp, shudder, laugh, and wonder.”
My 12,000 word Hitchcockian novella will be printed in the May 2016 issue of AHMM. Goes on sale mid-March apparently. Look out for it!
2016 marks the 60th anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine.
I know when to go out.
I know when to stay in.
Get things done…
Story going in this anthology …
From the FlameTree website:
Chilling Ghost Short Stories
With a new forword by Dr Dale Townsend, this is a chilling selection of brand new stories, and essential ghostly shorts from the infamous pens of Charles Dickens, Henry James, Wilkie Collins, Washington Irving (The Legend of Sleepy Hollow), Algernon Blackwood, Elizabeth Gaskell, William Hope Hodgson (The Gateway of the Monster), M.R. James, Sheridan Le Fanu, Oscar Wilde (The Canterville Ghost), and other phantasmagoric authors… This powerful new book is a dazzling collection of the most gripping tales, vividly told.