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 Daily Science Fiction and we’re reading Mary E. Lowd’s Home Remodeling from their archives.
Daily Science Fiction
Eligibility: original, well-written speculative fiction from 100-1500 words.
Take Note: no reprints, no simultaneous subs, and they rarely publish horror
Submit by: no deadline, this call is ongoing
Payment Offered: $0.08 per word for worldwide rights
A Story to Ignite Your Writing Mojo
This week we’re reading Home Remodeling by Mary E. Lowd, published earlier this week at Daily Science Fiction.Click here to go read that now.
I chose this story because there are notes that resonated with me, trapped in my home on what suddenly feels like an alien planet. Nothing is what it once was. People are shadows seen from the safety of their yards or two metres away, looking tense, delivering groceries with shallow pleasantries. Also cats, because thank goodness for pets now we’re in isolation (need a pet? Call the SPCA and foster one while you’re home alone). My cats and dog are the stars of social distancing… on my lap, asking for snuggles. Keeping the kids entertained.
I’m finding it difficult to read during this crisis, but stories that have some element of similarity with this situation are still grabbing, and holding, my focus. However, it’s tricky to find stories with those qualities that aren’t going to make it even harder to sleep at night than it already is, SO… Home Remodeling is a lovely little respite. I hope it inspires you to write yourself an escape from the newscycle.
Keep healthy, eat some vegetables, stay home, and write.