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 story to inspire your submission and to help newer writers understand how to fulfill a call’s thematic elements.
This week we’re subbing to Liquid Imagination and we’re reading My Little Monster by Iseult Murphy from Liquid Imagination‘s November 2019 issue.
Eligibility: intense and emotional speculative (or literary) fiction up to 8, 000 words.
Take Note: this market has format guidelines that differ from Standard Manuscript Format, please read guidelines carefully at the link below.
Submit by: open today, March 1st, 2020 until 6-8 weeks before the May issue’s release date (please note this is not specified, so get your submissions in early)
Payment offered: $8 for short stories, $3 for flash (below 1K words), with $2 bonus if payment allowed by paypal
A story to ignite your writing mojo
Iseult Murphy’s My Little Monster was published in Liquid Imagination‘s November 2019 issue and is available to read online by clicking here.
This cautionary fable tells of a blacksmith, Jonathon, who purchases a creature called a Diae from a fairy market. He is given specific care instructions and told to share what wealth his beautiful monster brought him when the fairy market returns in the next year. At first all is well, but Jonathon grows jealous of the children who come to play with his Diae, of the people who come to admire it, leaving small gifts in return. Jonathon retreats in a paranoid state of forced reclusion, taking his Diae with him, but the creature suffers in this state, its beauty fading into ferocity.
It’s a familiar story, but there’s also lesson here about sharing one’s gifts. I’m not sure I agree with the lesson one hundred percent, but I don’t fault it’s delivery. Murphy hits Liquid Imagination‘s desired notes, intensity (the drama in Jonathon’s house as the Diae changes) and emotion (the delirious joy of meeting the Diae, Jonathon’s jealousy, and finally, his fear). Now it’s your turn to hit those notes and send your story off to Liquid Imagination before they close.