Welcome to this week’s edition of Submit Your Stories Sunday! Every week I bring you a unique call for submissions to help you find a home for your stories or inspire a new one. Each call will contain a speculative element and will offer payment upon acceptance. Next, I’ll recommend a book to help inspire your story submission and finish off with a list of the best writing-related articles I came across this week.
Eligibility: original, unpublished, genre stories up to 4 000 words.
Take Note: content warnings should be noted in the cover letter
What makes this call stand out: this is a SFWA-qualifying market, they pay pro + rates
Payment: 12.5 cents per word
Submit by: the current call runs from yesterday (December 15th) to December 31st. Keep checking back on their website for future openings.
A Book to Inspire Your Writing:
Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders by Neil Gaiman is, as described, a collection of short stories. I often think Neil’s short stories are best read twice to fully absorb, and this collection is no different.
While all of these stories are worth reading, there is one story in this tome which every writer should read. It’s a short gem, a few thousand words, in a place where time is fluid. Other People is a masterpiece. You read it, absorbed, hanging on every word. What’s happening is awful, but the protagonist has earned his fate. Then the ending comes, and no matter how many times I read this story, that ending grabs me. There’s nothing to do but flip back to the beginning and read it again, with what you know now. This story is the old ‘song that never ends’, and if you’re not careful you could get trapped in this circular story forever.
Writerly links worth sharing this week:
This guide to fantasy subgenres wowed me with its detail. I learned more than I’d like to admit.
This week’s newsletter from the UK’s Writer’s HQ is NSFW but strangely uplifting in our troubled times, and especially with all the stress of December holidays looming large. Be the duck.