Friday, October 31, 2008

Chicken Soup - Endurance Sports

Chicken soup is offering another anthology market. The stories in this book will be about running, cycling, swimming and all endurance sports. No deadline date for story submissions has been
established. This one pays $200.

Details on submissions can be found at www.chickensoup. com .

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Bathsheba Monk's Second Annual Short Story Contest

I don't have an anthology market today but came across this short story contest, and it's FREE! And the first place winner gets a $500 award! Read on for all the details.

Enter the Second Bathsheba Monk Short Story Contest. No entry fee, no word or entry limit (although please be reasonable and remember that your best work has the best shot of winning). $500 award to first place and publication on Bathsheba Monk's website http://www.bathsheb and on his blog http://bathshebamon kssc.blogspot. com/2008/ 10/bathsheba- monks-second- annual-short. html.

No electronic submissions. Please, send manuscript(s) via USPS mail to:

The Bathsheba Monk Short Story Contest
2435 W. Walnut St.
Allentown, PA 18104

Please double space manuscripts and make sure you have toner in your printer. Tell them about yourself in a cover letter. Simultaneous submissions are okay, but please let them know if your manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere in the meantime. Manuscripts cannot be returned, and Inotification of final results will be sent via email. Deadline is December 31, 2008. The winner will bel announced in February.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Quantum Genre on the Planet of Arts

Editor V. Ulea seeks submissions of short stories, flash fiction, film and book interpretations for a new print anthology: Quantum Genre on the Planet of Arts. Stories and artworks should meet the requirements of “quantum genre” explained in detail in the manifesto published by Sein & Werden
( ).

Basically, the Quantum Genre is not theme-based but style-based. In other words, Quantum Works are not about quantum theory but quantum representation of characters and their worlds. The style is distinguished by a high degree of obscurity of both the narrative and characters which are subject to mutability and ambiguity.

V. Ulea requests all submissions begin with briefly describing why you consider your work to be QW

Send no more than TWO stories and FOUR flash fiction. Stories should be no more than 3,000 words each, and flash fiction should be no more than 1,000 words each). Film and book reviews should focus on the “quantum” qualities of quantum genre-movies/books (see the manifesto for more details). They should not exceed 1,000 words. No minimum.

Deadline is May 1, 2009. Scheduled release is September 1, 2009.

Payment is 4 cents per word in the anthology for new work. A friendly tip of the hat for previously published work.

Select stories and articles (not based on quality) will also be featured in a Quantum themed issue of Sein und Werden. The editor may request that certain works be featured in the Sein und Werden issue yet not in the Crossing Chaos anthology (again, not based on quality).

Send written works in doc format; artworks as jpeg to...

V. Ulea - Quantum Editor

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


NEMONYMOUS NINE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES (vist their site to view the photo)


1. The Nemonymous editor requires a story judged suitable by its author for inclusion in the projected Cern Zoo book, planned to be published in June 2009. Ideally, this story should be specially written for ‘Cern Zoo’. 'Cern Zoo' (alternatively 'Cerne Zoo') simply means what it means to you. The image is not intended to guide the nature of submissions and your story can have any title.

2. Between 500 and 14000 words for each story.

3. Lump sum payment in UK pounds to author upon publication: £0.01 a word up to a maximum of £100 (by Paypal).

4. Stories should be submitted as a Word Doc attachment. The editorial addresses to which your submission should be sent are AND

5. One story per author under consideration at any one time. The deadline is 31 March 2009.

6. You may submit the story anonymously. If so, you will be asked to reveal your identity and/or by-line when and if the story is placed on the short list.

7. The story must be original to the author and never published before in any form. No simultaneous submissions.

8. It is possible that any story will be kept for the whole of the reading period and still not be accepted for publication.

9. The stories will be published without a direct by-line but there will be a disordered list of authors’ names printed on the back cover. The by-lines will be correctly assigned on-line to the stories' titles when 8 months have elapsed after the publication of 'Cern Zoo' and also correctly assigned within the projected printed 'Nemonymous Ten' in 2010.

10. The decision of the Nemonymous editor is final regarding all points above. By submitting a story, any author accepts these terms. Please put 'Cern Zoo: Story Title' as the subject of your email. Also, please show a word count at the top.

To help you with 'styling' your story for NEMONYMOUS, please see all the independent reviews linked from: and also by reading previous editions of Nemonymous.


On-going apocryphal notes about these guidelines HERE

Friday, October 24, 2008

The Book of Eposic

If you are less than 18 years of age, please ask a parent or guardian to submit your materials to Eposic on your behalf.

By submitting materials to Eposic, you agree to the Terms of Agreement for Submissions. Refer to those terms for information regarding rates, royalties, types of rights purchased, acceptable means of submission, and other technical details.

Also please read the General Guidelines for All Submissions.

Our tentative deadline for submissions for The Book of Exodi (see below) is November 14, 2008. To guarantee that your submission will be considered for this anthology, please submit your story by that date.

Since some writers have voiced some confusion about what we are seeking for the The Book of Exodi, here are a few points we'd like to emphasize. Just remember, these are only guidelines, not hard and fast rules. If you don't quite adhere to these guidelines but we like your story, we'll still consider it for inclusion.

  • The acceptable genres are science fiction, fantasy, horror, or any combination of these three.
  • The exiles should be a significant portion of the sentient population and they are to leave their home world, their home planet, or perhaps their home plane. A large population moving to some other country or continent on their home world is not what we're looking for.
  • Tell why the exiles had to leave their home, but not necessarily as an expository paragraph.
  • The focus should be on the characters, not events or setting. Events and setting need to be included, but they are not the focus.
  • Give some explanation of the means of transportation used by the exiles to flee their home world. Do not get overly technical with this explanation and don't necessarily write it as an expository paragraph.

Eposic plans to publish fiction anthologies. Each anthology will be based on a central theme, which may vary from one anthology to the next. We will only accept fiction that fits the theme for a planned anthology. In general, we are looking for science fiction, fantasy, or horror stories that fit the currently planned themes. As long as your story fits one of our planned themes, your story will be considered for publication; if your story does not fit one of our planned themes, it will not be accepted for a planned anthology.

Currently, we are seeking stories for our first planned anthology, "The Book of Exodi." The theme for this anthology is the theme of "mass exodus," of peoples forced to leave their home worlds. The home world in any given story could be Earth or some other inhabited planet, and the people forced off their world could be humans, aliens, or fantasy kindreds, but should be a significant portion if not all of the world's sentient population. The story could tell about the adventures of exiles in fleeing their home world or it could tell about their adventures some time after they have fled and what their lives are like wherever they ended up. Or it could be about people finding their way back to their home world after being forced off for a while. Each story should give a reason as to why the people were forced to leave their planet.

As long as your story is based on the required theme, it can be any type of story—action, adventure, romance, comedy, etc. The genre for the story should be science fiction, fantasy, horror, or a combination of any of these three genres. Regardless of the type of story or the genre, the primary focus of the story should be on its characters, their interactions, their experiences, and their feelings. We are also interested in stories that describe the environments in which the characters find themselves after leaving their home worlds, contrasting the new environments with their home worlds. Last but not least, we'd like to see stories that give the reader, without being overly technical, a good understanding of the means of transportation used to flee the home world.

Themes of other anthologies will be revealed here as soon as we decide what those themes will be. We are open to suggestions.

Please do not submit stories to us that use any trademarked names. No fan fiction, please.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Wisdom of Our Mothers

Familia Books

Statement of aims and general information:

This website's aim is to gather stories about what we have learned from our mothers, how we feel about it, and how it affects the way we live our lives. These stories will be collected into a book, tentatively titled Wisdom of Our Mothers. Fifty percent of the profits from the book will be donated to shelters for mothers and their children escaping from abusive relationships.

If your work is accepted, you will be paid $100 per story upon publication of the book. (See FAQs for other payment options.)

To contribute your story, click "Send Story"

To read sample stories, click "Read Stories."


Our mothers were our first teachers. The lessons we learned were different, but for nearly all of us, they had a profound impact, laying the foundation for our feelings, values, self-image, and personalities.

This is not to idealize motherhood. We were taught by human beings, and the lessons carried with them all the flaws of which humans are capable. Sometimes they brought distress, resentments, and estrangement, as well as wisdom.

But they came from what is the most demanding task which most humans could ever face: bringing into this world another human being, nurturing, caring for that life, for as long as the mother or child lives.

No one can ever define fully what this means either to mothers or their children, but we can contribute to this site our experiences to flesh out what maternal wisdom means to us. And when, in a few months, we have gathered enough stories, we can share our experiences through the completed anthology, Wisdom of Our Mothers.

Story guidelines: Maximum length is 3,000 words (no minimum). Stories will be true accounts of life’s lessons learned from one’s mother, regarding values, ethics, relationships. They should be generally positive, but may explore areas of disagreement or conflict with one’s mother.

How to submit your story: You may submit your stories by s-mail or e-mail. Click “Contact” for details.

Include with submission: Contact information: your name, address, phone number, and email address.

Deadline: November 30, 2008 (tentative)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Queer Wolf

Queer Wolf
A gay moon rising ...

An anthology of gay werewolf tales for publication early 2009.
QueeredFiction is looking for contemporary, urban fantasy set within a fictional city (unnamed and not location specific) centering on a community of gay werewolves. Your submission should be a short story between 4,000 and 10,000 words. We are seeking sensual fiction with positive images of gay characters. We're not looking for clich├ęs.
We do not want horror or science fiction. We do not want reprints. We are seeking first world rights for this anthology which will be published as an ebook and/or potentially as a print softcover.

Your submission should be via email to with Queer Wolf submission in the subject line. Please embed your short story within the body of the email and provide a brief author bio. Payment will be a 50% royalty split between contributors. Submission period closes 30th November 2008.

Editorial comment on Queer Wolf
What are we looking for? Aside from queer characters, queer community and queer relationships - we're looking for a great fantasy story about werewolves. Red ones, white ones, gray ones and black ones but most certainly queer ones - living together in a community. We'd like to see a community of gay and lesbian werewolves, a queer community background with the emphasis up to the author/story/characters as to whether there is a predominant lesbian or gay main character (or whether that role is dually shared by two).
As a queer publisher, QueeredFiction would like to have an emphasis on the queer community as a whole, rather than by segments. So ideally the perfect submission would have 'queer characters' in the forefront and in the background ... just mainly prominent!

About QueeredFiction
We are coming out from between the pages and delivering great queer genre fiction 2009!
QueeredFiction is a start up small press publisher that will focus on the Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual ‘Genred' market. We will begin publishing in 2009, delivering Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror with strong Queer content, characters and genre elements most of all we intend publishing great QueeredFiction.
No one steps out of the closet in a day QueeredFiction is a new born queer small press publisher and we're making our first steps into the world to claim our own vibrant place in the genre GLB niche market. We intend to publish between four and eight titles in 2009, in both eBook and Paperback formats.
Any queries can be directed to for the attention of the publisher, or via the for attention of the editor.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Vestal Review

Vestal Review now publishes its print issues twice a year in a perfect-bound edition. Some of the content is available on the Web. We have increased the number of published flashes to 24 a year. We welcome your subscriptions if you want to read them all.

One year subscription is $20 postpaid (add $6 for postage for foreign subscription). A sample copy is $10 (add $2 for postage, $4 for foreign address).

Because of the great number of submissions, we are accepting only two submissions per author in a reading period. Our new reading periods are:

1. January-May
2. July-November

We would regretfully delete any submissions after the initial two. All stories submitted during June and December will be returned unread.

All submissions should be sent electronically to the address listed below. We do not accept any other forms of submissions.

Send to this address.

If you want to control spam, please approve our submission address beforehand. We will not go through the approval process for you.

Vestal Review accepts only original material. No reprints, please. Even if it has been displayed on your own Web page, we consider it published. Yet if John Updike sends his previously published story, who are we to say no?

If the story has been posted and reviewed at a password-protected e-workshop with a controlled list of participants, we consider this a plus.

Vestal Review is a magazine for flash (short-shorts) fiction. We realize that there are different definitions of what a flash story is and all of them have merit. In our definition, a flash story is no longer than 500 words and it has a plot. If it's longer than 500 words and/or has no plot, we are not interested. We are also not interested in porn, racial slurs, excessive gore, or obscenity. On the other end of the spectrum, no children's or preachy stories either, please. Our target audience is people over 18, so R-rated content is OK, but not X-rated. Most genres, other than children's, syrupy romance or hard science fiction, are accepted, and we love humor.

Don't forget that the title is an important part of the story. Make it pertinent but don't tell too much. We generally don't favor one-word titles.

The cash payments:

    Stories up to 100 words (excluding the title)--10 cents a word.
    Stories between 101 and 200 words--5 cents a word.
    Stories between 201 and 500 words--3 cents a word.
    Stories of great merit receive up to $25 flat fee; 3 cents a word is a minimum pay in any case.

In addition, every contributor will get one free copy.

Foreign writers will be paid via PayPal.

In exchange for these fees, we ask for first North American serial rights and First Electronic Rights. In addition, we ask for no posting of the accepted story anywhere on the Web, or in print in the United States or Canada, for 30 days after its exclusive appearance on the Vestal Review Web site. After this period, all rights revert back to the writer but we ask that you acknowledge Vestal Review in any subsequent printing of the material published here, be that on the Web or in hard copy. We are also asking for one year archiving rights and anthology rights. Anthology rights are secondary, meaning that the author may sell his or her story to any other anthology market providing that 30 days passed after the Vestal Review publication.

If your story is accepted for publication, you will be expected to sign the following contract. Please don't send a contract before your story is accepted.

Being writers, we understand the frustration of waiting for months and months for an editor's reply. Our target is to reply within three months, and we do allow simultaneous submissions. Please inform us immediately if your story is accepted elsewhere. If your story is accepted for Vestal Review, please withdraw it from other markets immediately. We usually do not keep a submission on file after the reading period is over, so if you do not get an acceptance letter prior to the publication on an issue, your story probably has been rejected.

Multiple submissions are OK but please limit them to two per reading period (the time between two consecutive issues). Each multiple has to be submitted in a separate e-mail. As stated above, we will only take two submissions per author for each reading period. All submissions should be send electronically to this address:


We do not accept US Mail (snail-mail) submissions. Those will be discarded or returned. Snail-mail submission without SASE will be discarded.

The submissions should be saved as a PLAIN TEXT file and pasted into the body of your e-mail. Please make sure that you do not have curly quotes in your pasted file. No attachments of any kind, please. This means no HTML either. Please indicate italics with asterisks (*). Write single-spaced, don't indent paragraphs and do insert a blank line between paragraphs.

Because of spam, please have the subject line of your e-mail begin with the words "query" or "submission." No quotes. Otherwise, we may not receive your correspondence.

For all submissions, the word "Submission" has to be the first one in the subject, followed by a colon and the title of your story. Please indicate the word count.

We will not consider any submissions above 500 words.

These guidelines are created to make the editors' lives easier and our replies faster. If you won't follow them, we will have to return your submission unread!

A cover letter is great. Please enclose a 2-3 line third-person bio. We would like to know whom we are dealing with. Don't forget your legal name and the postal address so we can mail you the check. We will not consider an anonymous submission.

So, please send us your best and let's work together.

The Editors

Sunday, October 19, 2008

The Angler

Since I haven't come across a new anthology market, today's post will include a writing market looking for short stories:

Submitting to The Angler

Note: Submissions are open.

Thank you for your interest in The Angler. If you have a story you wish to submit, please consider the advice in the “What to submit” section below. In a lot of cases you will probably have to make some small revisions to your story to make it suitable for The Angler. If you haven’t noticed already, The Angler is published by an active beer writer, amateur craftbrewer, fisherman, and idler. Most of the readers coming to this site are craft beer enthusiasts, folks that are into the do-it-yourself mode, and people in life’s slow lane. I don’t insist that you must have a reference to craft beer or fishing in your story, but it helps. If you do reference a craft beer, I’ll leave the choice of which one to reference up to you. (Think about the one brewed locally in your area.)

I accept less than 25% of the stories submitted to The Angler. Depending on the backlog, it might take me a month or so to get back to you with a decision. I’ll do my best to get back to you promptly. If you don’t hear from me in one month. Please send a follow-up. Occasionally things get gobbled up by the spam bucket.

Submission Guidelines

Flash fiction and short stories under 1000 words can be submitted by email. For works longer than 1000 words, please send an excerpt and a summary of the whole work.

Paste the plain text of your story into the body of the email. The subject of the email should begin with the word “Submission”. You may also include the title of your story. If you send an attachment, make sure it’s in Rich Text Format (.rft). If you story is accepted, you’ll need to send in this file anyway.

Together with your submission, please include a cover letter stating where you heard about The Angler. Also include a contributor biography written in the third person, not to exceed 250 words. In your biography, please provide a selection of your prior publications, if any, and links if the publications are in online magazines or journals.

Simultaneous submission of the same story to a different magazine is fine, just let me know if some other lucky editor has the privilege of publishing your story before I do. Also, previously published work is fine, as long at you hold the copyright and have permission from the original publisher. If you have posted your story on your website, that’s fine with me. I don’t consider posting of stories on personal, author websites as being prior publication. You should include information about simultaneous submission and the prior publication history of the story in your cover letter.

Please limit yourself to only one submission per author at a time. Once I have made a decision concerning your submitted work, you may then submit another work for consideration.

Authors retain the copyright for the work submitted to The Angler. All I ask for is the permission (1) to keep a permanent archive copy of the work on the magazine’s website, and (2) to reprint your story in a future print or online anthology. If your work is published originally in The Angler and then some other publisher with excellent taste in literature reprints your work, I ask that The Angler be acknowledged as the original publisher and a link provided to this web site. Submission implies consent to this request.

What to submit

What I’m looking for are well written stories. I’m interested in literary fiction. Rarely will I consider a genre-piece for publication unless the story pushes or bends the genre formula. I prefer works with strong characters, an original voice, and fresh situations.

I am especially interested in publishing experimental fiction. Here’s a list of some of the writers whose experimental writings I enjoy: Alain Robbe-Grillet, Jorge Luis Borges, James Joyce, and Julio Cortazar. I’m also a consumer of books by the OuLiPo-ists, cf. Raymond Queneau, George Perec, Italo Calvino, etc.

Important: Because the readership of The Angler consists primarily of intelligent craft beer and whiskey drinkers who appreciate fine food and stimulating conversation, stories that contain references to the following elements have a higher chance of being accepted: craft beer, brewing (at home or commercial), scotch and other whiskies, pubs, bars, restaurants, etc. Also, I like a good fishing story. Stories which explore pub culture are especially welcome. I’m looking for “mundane” stories — not boring stories, but stories that are in and of the world — stories about people living.

Please do not send poetry. I am not qualified to evaluate poetry. I enjoy reading poetry, but am not in a postion to publish it.

I’m also looking for creative non-fiction on the following topics: literature, writing, the writing life, authors, food, dining, beer, brewing, wine, cheese, the gourmet life, travel, jazz, film as art, fishing, loafing, doing-it-yourself, the craft lifestyle, quitting your day job, etc. Please send a query letter first.

Each issue of The Angler will have a title. The title of the first issue is “Repetition.” The title is not intended to dictate a strict theme; if authors have stories that fit with the title then that’s a bonus.

Submit all work and query letters to theangler at donavanhall dot net. I’ll try to be prompt in letting you know my decision concerning publication.

The Angler is listed with the Duotrope Digest. Please use their response tracker to report my response time in providing you a decision concerning publication.

Friday, October 17, 2008


Five Star/Gale hardcover, Wheeler large print

Sharing Memories from the '70s with the Kids
Essay Contest

sponsored by the

National Association of Baby Boomer Women
and GRAND Magazine.

Here's the contest. You have 500 words to tell us about a specific memory from the '70s you plan on sharing with the younger generation(s) --- or, maybe one you have no intention of sharing! Show us a good story ... Take us back. Who was there, what were you doing, how old were you, why was the event so special? Details are what make a winning essay.

Submissions should be written in a Word document and sent as an attachment to contest@nabbw. com with "Memories from the '70s" in the subject line.

PRIZE MONEY - $250.00 and F-R-E-E membership or renewal in the National Association of Baby Boomer Women. Plus your story will be published in the Our Voices section at www.boomerwomenspea and in the January-February issue of GRAND Magazine.

DEADLINE: October 31, 2008

Please make sure to include your name, email address, and short (no more than 75 words) bio at the top of your entry. Men may also submit! (Should a man win, he can keep the $250.00 and give the free National Association of Baby Boomer Women membership to a boomer woman.)

Thursday, October 16, 2008

A Cup of Comfort for the Grieving Heart

When a loved one passes away, comfort is often fleeting and hard to come by. Yet, even a small comfort, like a personal story of how someone has faced a similar loss, does help to ease the sorrow. This volume will feature uplifting personal stories that reveal the special relationships and extraordinary experiences shared by the deceased and his/her loved one(s) immediately before, during, and after the loved one's passing; it will also includes stories about the internal and external processes by which one deals with and heals from the loss of a loved one. The stories will vary with regard to subject matter, circumstances of death, and the relationship of the author to the individual who has passed away. The book will not include eulogies, profiles/memoirs of people who have passed away, or clinical depictions of death and dying.

Submission Deadline: 2/1/2009

Payment: $500 Grand Prize awarded to one story per volume; $100 (each) all other stories published in book plus complimentary copy of book on publication.

Story Length: 1,000-2,000 words

Submission Guidelines

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Diversion Press Fantasy Anthology:

The stories may include any type of sword and sorcery type fantasy, but must be original works NOT following any material owned or trademarked by other companies engaged in publishing books or games set in fantasy worlds.

Page length: Between 20-40 pages, but we would consider longer or slightly shorter pieces.

Due Date: December 1 (tentative-we reserve the right to extend this if we have not yet accepted enough stories to complete the Anthology).

Interested in submitting stories? View guidelines here.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Women on the Edge

Submit your story for the Solas Awards here.
True stories of high adventure and danger around the world, from ice climbing to white water rafting, from war zones to animal encounters, from dangerous border crossings to besting the world's most dangerous predator-man.
Deadline for submissions: OPEN
Est. Release Date: TBA

Anthologies already available in the series: 365 Travel, The Adventure of Food, Adventures in Wine, America, American Southwest, Australia, The Best Travelers' Tales 2004, The Best Travel Writing 2005, Brazil, Central America, China, Cuba, Danger!, It's a Dog's World, Family Travel, Food, France, The Gift of Birds, The Gift of Rivers, The Gift of Travel, Grand Canyon, Greece, Gutsy Mamas, Gutsy Women, Hawaii, Her Fork in the Road, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Love and Romance, Mexico, A Mother's World, Nepal, Not So Funny When it Happened, Paris, Pilgrimage, The Road Within, Sand in My Bra, San Francisco, Spain, The Spiritual Gifts of Travel, Testosterone Planet, Thailand, There's No Toilet Paper...on the Road Less Traveled, The Thong Also Rises, Tibet, Turkey, Tuscany, The Ultimate Journey, Whose Panties Are These?, A Woman's Europe, A Woman's Passion for Travel, A Woman's Path, A Woman's World, Women in the Wild.

Please Note: We are no longer accepting book proposals.

In addition to publishing books, we like to promote the best travel writing we can find and do so in our Editors' Choice section and elsewhere on our Web site. By submitting your story to Travelers' Tales, you agree that we may post it on our site as an example of good travel writing. You will not be paid for this use, but you will retain all rights to your material, and as a Travelers' Tales contributor you will be able to purchase any TT books at 50% off. If you do not wish us to post your story, please indicate this clearly at the beginning of your submission. If we select your story for publication in one of our books, we will contact you regarding permission and payment.

Type of Story
We're looking for personal, nonfiction stories and anecdotes-funny, illuminating, adventurous, frightening, or grim. Stories should reflect that unique alchemy that occurs when you enter unfamiliar territory and begin to see the world differently as a result. Stories that have already been published, including book excerpts, are welcome as long as the authors retain the copyright or can obtain permission from the copyright holder to reprint the material.

Whatever it takes without being self-indulgent-anything from a paragraph to fifteen pages. Shorter stories have a better chance of being accepted.

Biographical Information
Please include a few sentences about yourself, something quirky and fun in addition to the usual list of accomplishments.

Form of Submission
If sending attachments, they must be in MS Word or RTF format. Please put the book title that you are submitting for in the subject line, and make sure that your name and contact information is in the attachment, not just in your email! Submissions will not be returned.

Regular mail: Send hard copy to:
Travelers' Tales
853 Alma Street
Palo Alto, CA 94301

We are interested in non-exclusive rights, in all languages, throughout the world. Our use of the material does not restrict the authors' rights in any way to have their stories reprinted elsewhere.

Travelers' Tales offers a $100 honorarium for stories of any length. In addition, authors receive a free copy of the book in which their work will appear, and the right to purchase an unlimited number of any Travelers' Tales titles for 50% off the cover price (plus shipping and handling). Other advantages include the opportunity to appear in print with many well-known writers, and the ongoing promotion of your name and work in the literary marketplace, and on our web site. Those whose sidebars we publish will receive a free copy of the book, plus the right to buy all Travelers' Tales books at a 50% discount, but no payment.

In most cases we will do some editing of accepted stories for considerations of style, grammar, or length and may also alter the story title. Due to the large number of submissions received we will only contact you if we decide to include your submission in a Travelers' Tales collection. Sometimes books take as long as a year to be completed following our submissions deadlines. Final decisions are made near the end of the editorial process, and all authors whose stories have been accepted are notified at that time.

Due to the large number of submissions received we will only contact you if we decide to include your submission in a Travelers' Tales collection. Sometimes books take as long as a year to be completed following our submissions deadlines. Final decisions are made near the end of the editorial process, and all authors whose stories have been accepted are notified at that time.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

PMS—Poison, Murder, Satisfaction!!

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES - Are you writing what we want to read?

Are you ready to show off your red-hot talent? Are you ready to see your manuscripts for sale in both Print and Electronic Book formats? Here's that to send to the L&L Dreamspell Submission desk!

Romance - Make us wish we were part of the story, with interesting, intelligent characters. All varieties accepted. (Please make sure Historical romances are factually correct.)

Mystery - From Mainstream to Cozies to Hardboiled, we want to appeal to a wide audience of mystery lovers. Chapter 1 should really grab the reader's attention!

Suspense - From Mystery to Romance to Thrillers and Horror. Make us really feel what the characters experience.

Paranormal - FICTION - Ghosts, Vampires, the Occult - all within fascinating, original stories including elements of Suspense, Mystery and/or any type of Romance. NON-FICTION - Interesting, thought-provoking manuscripts with theories and/or true life experiences.

Metaphysical--NON-FICTION--Anything and everything within the "New Age" genre. Interesting, thought-provoking manuscripts with theories and/or true life experiences. Readers should be fascinated with your ideas/theories on ESP/Intuition, Synchronicity, Divination, Dreams, Healing, Meditation, Angels, Yoga, Crystals, and speculation about Reality and Quantum Physics.

Not Sure?--If you didn't see a category above that matches, but think your manuscript/story would fit in at L&L Dreamspell please write to the Publishing Desk and ask - Click HERE (QUESTIONS ONLY - NO SUBMISSIONS TO THIS EMAIL)

What to submit...

E-MAILED SUBMISSIONS ONLY! Please do not send submissions to our P.O. Box - Thanks!

Short Stories - Send us the completed story. The length should be between 3000 and 9000 words, more or less. NOTE - Please tell us the story is for PMS—Poison, Murder, Satisfaction!! in your submission e-mail! If you have any questions about submitting a short story please write to the Publishing desk before you send it (NO previously published stories) - Click HERE (QUESTIONS ONLY - NO SUBMISSIONS TO THIS EMAIL)

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Girl Talk: 25 Open Letters to Our Female Friends Anthology

BFFs. Frenemies. Gal pals. Female friendships are such a unique, fragile entity that there are even words made up to describe them. And if you're female and reading this, you know all too well exactly why. From the best friend who drops everything for you, to the subtle (or not-so-subtle) underminer. To the one you know will agree with you no matter what, to the one you turn to for the truth about how you really look in those pats, our female friends are our backbones, our saviors, our laugh-so-hard-you-cry-with pals, and sometimes our worst enemies.

Have you ever wanted to tell your former BFF how you really feel? Longed to tell The Friend Who Got Away that you were sorry for the way you snubbed her in 8th grade for the popular crowd? Wish you could tell your friend what you really think about her husband? After all, you've dished to everyone within earshot, why not address her directly? Well, here's your chance. For Girl Talk: 25 Open Letters to Our Female Friends, we're looking for a wide range of stories, in a letter format.


Girl Talk, anthology to be published Fall 2009

Needed: A wide range of true stories, in a letter format (100-3000 w.)
Deadline: Jan. 15, 09
Contact: Megan McMorris (megmc@earthlink. net)

Payment: $100
Guidelines (pdf):
http://sealpress. com/docs/ girltalk. pdf

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Healing Power Of Giving

Submission Deadline: November 29, 2008

Book Title
29 GIFTS: How to cultivate a daily giving practice that will ignite your energy for life
by Cami Walker and the Community

Book Description
29 Gifts is the story of how founder, Cami Walker, healed from a major illness by taking an unusual prescription from a South African medicine woman. The remedy? Give 29 gifts to others in 29 days. Midway through Cami's 29 days of giving, after seeing many miraculous changes in her life, she launched a website encouraging others to take the 29 Gifts Challenge and share their stories about how it impacted their lives. Six months and 1,879 committed givers later, a publisher said YES to Cami's proposal to write a memoir. The book is scheduled for release Fall 2009.

In addition to Cami's inspiring personal story, 29 Gifts will also include a supplemental collection of 29 personal essays from other writers about the healing power of giving.

All contributors must take part in the 29 Gifts Challenge-- Give away 29 gifts to others in 29 days... then write a short story about how it impacted your live to focus on giving. Your gifts can be ANYTHING given to ANYONE -- smiles, kind thoughts, old sweaters, cans of soup, spare change...

Full submission details are here:

Monday, October 6, 2008

Calhoun Gordon County Writers Guild – Animal Tales Anthology

Calhoun Gordon County Writers Guild is looking for true animal and pet stories for their proposed Animal Tales anthology. The animal in your story must play a central role in the story and should be no longer than 3000 words. Humorous and inspirational stories about pets and uncommon animals are preferred. Reprints are accepted; just tell us where the story was originally published. Simultaneous submissions are welcome but if your submission is a simultaneous, please tell us in the submission and let us know immediately if it is accepted for publication elsewhere. Submissions must be original and preferably unpublished non-fiction. If your story has been published and you own the rights, we're willing to consider it as well. Please, no novels, poetry, or stories written for children.

Writer's Guidelines:

Format: Save as a Word doc or rtf format.

Word Count: 1,000-3,000

How to submit: Email submissions only. Send to Type "Pet Anthology Submission" in the subject line.

Other Information: Be sure to include: Your name, address, email, and word count of your story.

Our response time is approximately 45 days.


  • Use few characters and stick to one point of view.
  • Limit the time frame.
  • Follow conventional story structure.


This anthology is a non-paying publication, but contributors get a byline and one contributor copy. Once sufficient material is collected stories will be bundled in an anthology.


The Calhoun Gordon County Writer's Guild asks for non-exclusive anthology rights for a period of six months after publication. Any accepted material gets assigned an expected publication date. If this publication date is not met, rights revert to the author immediately.

Saturday, October 4, 2008



1. The Nemonymous editor requires a story judged suitable by its author for inclusion in the projected Cern Zoo book, planned to be published in June 2009. Ideally, this story should be specially written for ‘Cern Zoo’. 'Cern Zoo' (alternatively 'Cerne Zoo') simply means what it means to you. The above image is not intended to guide the nature of submissions and your story can have any title.

2. Between 500 and 14000 words for each story.

3. Lump sum payment in UK pounds to author upon publication: £0.01 a word up to a maximum of £100 (by Paypal).

4. Stories should be submitted as a Word Doc attachment. The editorial addresses to which your submission should be sent are AND

5. One story per author under consideration at any one time. The deadline is 31 March 2009.

6. You may submit the story anonymously. If so, you will be asked to reveal your identity and/or by-line when and if the story is placed on the short list.

7. The story must be original to the author and never published before in any form. No simultaneous submissions.

8. It is possible that any story will be kept for the whole of the reading period and still not be accepted for publication.

9. The stories will be published without a direct by-line but there will be a disordered list of authors’ names printed on the back cover. The by-lines will be correctly assigned on-line to the stories' titles when 8 months have elapsed after the publication of 'Cern Zoo' and also correctly assigned within the projected printed 'Nemonymous Ten' in 2010.

10. The decision of the Nemonymous editor is final regarding all points above. By submitting a story, any author accepts these terms. Please put 'Cern Zoo: Story Title' as the subject of your email. Also, please show a word count at the top.

To help you with 'styling' your story for NEMONYMOUS, please see all the independent reviews linked from: and also by reading previous editions of Nemonymous

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Dust and Fire

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2009 edition of "Dust and Fire: Women's Stories," published by Bemidji State University. Entries will be accepted until Friday, Aug. 15, for the 23rd annual anthology, which will be published in March of 2009.

"Dust & Fire" accepts writing and art from women residing in Minnesota or its contiguous states and provinces. Submissions are encouraged from emerging and practicing writers or artists from a diversity of ethnic backgrounds.

Writers may submit up to three typed works, no longer than 1,200 words each, with each work clearly marked as memoir, poetry, narrative, journal, short story, essay or other form. Visual artists may forward up to three submissions of prints, paintings, charcoal or pencil drawings. Art must be black and white camera-ready pieces or high quality slides. Works can be no larger than 8x10 inches.

A submission form is required, and is available online at or by calling (218) 755-3355. No electronic submissions will be accepted in any category.

All submissions, which will be acknowledged, must include a 50-70 word biographical statement, including name, mailing address, phone number and e-mail address if available. Artists must include return packaging and postage or state that the work may be discarded. Writing manuscripts will not be returned. A panel will review submissions and announce selections in late December.

Dust & Fire is sponsored by the women's studies program and the Department of English at Bemidji State University.

Submissions may be sent to Dust & Fire, English Department, Hagg-Sauer Hall #23, Bemidji State University, 1500 Birchmont Drive NE, Bemidji, MN 56601-2699. For additional information, please call (218) 755-3355.

About Dust & Fire
The 22 years of Dust & Fire anthologies hold the strong voices of many women and each year expands the treasury of their stories. The first volume was published by Bemidji State University's Women's Resource Center in 1987 under the editorship of Kristine Cannon. It was called Women's Stories Must Be Told, promising a place where women could share their work with others.

It has kept its promise. For two decades women have sent their words "from the tongue of dust and fire" to be collected and passed around the waiting circle. Over time, Dust & Fire has evolved and gained strength. After six years it honored Minnesota writer and activist, Meridel LeSueur, as a mentor to women writers and used her words for a new title, Dust & Fire. A new editor, Helen Bonner, guaranteed the original intent of the anthology remained true - to honor women's expressions of their life experiences. In 1997 the editors expanded this expression to include art by women, and in 2000 they began two new traditions: awards for submissions and the inclusion of students on the editorial board.

About Bemidji State University Bemidji State University, located in northern Minnesota's lake district, occupies a beautiful campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. The University enrolls nearly 5,000 students annually and offerings include more than 65 undergraduate majors and 13 graduate programs encompassing the liberal arts, interdisciplinary studies and applied fields. The University is a member of the Minnesota State College and Universities System and has a faculty and staff of nearly 600. University signature themes include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and global/multicultural understanding. For further information about the University, visit our web site at: