Submission Sundays: A Neurodivergent Guide to Space Time

Welcome to this week’s edition of Submission Sundays! 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.

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Spoon Knife 4: A Neurodivergent Guide to Space Time

Eligibility: Speculative, original fiction or poetry featuring the concepts of space, time, and neurodivergence. Following through to the original call in the link below will lead you to a greater explanation of what the editors categorize as neurodivergent.

Caveat: stories should not exceed 10 000 words.

What makes this call stand out: this collection offers a great chance to blow up some negative neurodivergent tropes once and for all.

Payment: $0.01 per word, currency unknown

Submit by: September 30th, 2018

Click here to go to the original call for details.

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Writerly links worth reading this week:

Jenn Zuko tackled the “mother knows best” trope at Writer’s HQ. She pin-pointed exactly why the ending of the Hunger Games trilogy disappointed me, but also why many historical accounts of ‘bad-ass’ women disappoint as well.

Victoria Strauss at Writer Beware highlighted the disturbing fine print on a popular, or at least heavily sponsored, writing contest. In response to this criticism, the contest offered writers a half-off coupon for their entry fee. Um, what?

Joslyn Chase wrote an article about covers that sell for the Write Practice which offers wonderful strategies and tips for writers struggling with their back cover blurbs.

As writers on social media strive to become more inclusive, it’s common to see descriptions of images and memes on facebook, but did you know you can do the same for images on twitter? Yeah, me neither. Click through for full instructions.

Happy writing!

Submission Sundays: paying homage to the Princess Bride

Welcome to this week’s edition of Submission Sundays! 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.

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Somebody Kill the Prince!

Eligibility: heroic fantasy adventures that pay homage to the themes and humor of William Goldman’s the Princess Bride.

Caveat: you can only submit the first 500 words of your story. They will request the rest based on your opening.

What makes this call stand out: Hello. My name is Jennifer Shelby. You killed my prince. Prepare to read. (pardon my silly play on the Inigo Montoya speech)

Payment: $42 flat rate, currency unknown.

Submit by: submissions close “fall of 2018” when the 10 story quota is filled. Their site further advises that monthly submissions close after they reach 100 submissions, reopening on the first of the next month.

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Click here to go to the original call for details.

Writerly links worth reading this week:

I came across this handy article explaining the ‘first rights’ we sell to publishers when they agree to print our stories. Excellent for anyone who finds the concept a little fuzzy.

Happy writing, and if you’re submitting this week:

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Submission Sundays: Tor Novellas 2

Welcome to this week’s edition of Submission Sundays. 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.

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Tor Novellas

Eligibility: Original speculative fiction novellas from 20 000 to 40 000 words.

Caveat: Submissions must be polished and complete before submitting.

What makes this call stand out: This is Tor’s second opening to novellas, and the last expected opening for 2018. By opening to unsolicited submissions like this, writers have the chance to submit their work to an established publisher without first acquiring an agent.

Payment: Advance against royalties, or royalties.

Submit by: August 13th, 2018 (Please note they do not open the submission window until Monday, July 30th)

Click here to go to the original call for details.

Writerly links worth reading this week:

I was excited to find this lesson on tab indents for Word 2010. It’s handy for prepping submissions for web publication. Alas, the next day trusty laptop died and the new one uses Office 365, where the find and replace ^t does not work. If anyone has a similar guide to use with updated versions of word, please share with me!

This older post from Allison Maruska has excellent tips for manuscript editing.

In this interview Maria Dahvana Headley, she offers her methods of getting started when her brain refuses to let her write. When the heat is high and the sleep is rare, I need all the tricks I can collect to get the words out.

ProWritingAid shared 22 Rules for Storytelling from Pixar. I bristle at the idea of ‘rules’ but there is good stuff in there for kickstarting creativity.

Happy writing!

Submission Sundays: Unlocking the Magic

Welcome to this week’s edition of Submission Sundays! 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.

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Unlocking the Magic

Eligibility: original, noblebright fantasy stories from 3000-6000 words. The theme is mental illness and the editors want stories which empower those who suffer from them. Stories which encourage and show the bravery of asking for help and the possibilities said help brings.

Caveat: the editors want stories of perseverance and strength through mental illness in a fantasy setting. No horror, no science fiction.

What makes this call stand out: this project is an attempt to subvert harmful mental illness tropes in fantasy, and that’s worth applauding.

Payment: $300.00 per story, plus royalties (listed on the American Kickstarter site)

Submit by: November 1, 2018

Click here to go to the original call for details.

Good luck to everyone submitting and have fun writing!

Submission Sundays: Punk Rock

Welcome to this week’s edition of Submission Sundays. Every week I bring you a unique call for submissions to help you find a home for your stories and maybe inspire a new one. Each call will contain a speculative element and will offer payment upon acceptance.

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This week, consider submitting a story to:

A Punk Rock Future

Eligibility: original speculative stories from 350-6000 words dealing with a punk rock future. Not steampunk, dieselpunk, ecopunk, solarpunk, or penguinpunk (okay, I made that one up) but punk punk. Sit back, listen to the Ramones, the Sex Pistols, crank up some Clash. That punk. The original punk.

Caveat: no torture, porn, zombies, or vampires. But what about my vampire story, Fab Vicious? He pierced his sparkling eyebrow with a slightly disinfected safety pin and tortures grammarians by spelling anarchy with a K! Nope. Save it for another anthology, pal.

What makes this call stand out: this is original stuff that’s going to take some serious creative chops. Which is why they’re offering professional rates. Are you up to the challenge?

Payment: $0.06 per word

Submit by: August 15th, 2018

Click here to go to the original call for details.

happy writing and good luck to everyone submitting!

Submission Sundays: UFOs and Neil Gaiman

Welcome to this week’s edition of Submission Sundays. Each week, I bring you a unique call for submissions. Each call will contain a speculative element and will offer payment upon acceptance.

Where ever you are on your writing journey, calls can inspire creativity and lead you to new markets. If you’re starting out, getting used to submissions – and rejections – is important. Every established writer has a stack of rejections behind them. It takes guts and a willingness to fail.

Ready? This week’s call is a favorite of mine:

Unidentified Funny Objects 7

Eligibility: *humorous* speculative fiction from 500-5000 words. No reprints, multiple, or simultaneous submissions.

Caveat: this is a tough market. According to Duotrope, less than 1% of submitted stories are accepted. Does this mean you shouldn’t submit? Heck no. It just means you shouldn’t be discouraged if you receive a rejection.

What makes this call stand out: Neil Gaiman, my favorite author, has headlined a previous issue of UFO. Do I want to be published in the same series as my hero? You bet!

Payment: $0.10 per word (American) plus a contributor copy

Submit by: April 30th, 2018

Click here to go the original call for more details.