On the 15th & 16th Day of Writing: Steam and Lace Anthology & FORESHADOW Young Adult Anthology

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December 16th

Hi friends! We’re getting down to a few days left of this blog series. Not to worry 🙂 I have something fun planned for January that hopefully will give us all a boost 😉

I’m going to share a bit about Spring Song Press and FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology, and following that, details on the submission.

Spring Song Press

Today, I found two anthologies (to make up for yesterday). One is a noblebright submission opportunity with Spring Song Press. C.J. Brightley, an indie author, is the editor for Spring Song Press. She seeks noblebright fantasy pieces. Let’s look at what this genre is. 

Noblebright Fantasy

C.J. quoted C.S. Lewis on her website: Since it is so likely that they will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage.

This genre has at least one character with idealistic and noble motives, who attempts to do the right thing out of principle. The character is still flawed and broken, yet their actions are defined by sacrifice, love, kindness, honesty, and integrity.

The character’s good qualities aren’t shown as naivety or cluelessness but shown to be worthwhile. Noblebright characters might choose generosity when it hurts, or choose to be kind even when tempted to be unkind.

In a noblebright story, villains have hope, and their story might even have a redemptive ending. It’s not a guarantee, but a possibility. Read more about it here.

More below on the opportunity.

FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology 

The other opportunity is with FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology. This is a unique online venue for young adult short stories. They are committed to showcasing underrepresented voices, highlighting the power and beauty of YA, and boosting emerging voices!

Emily X.R. Pan is one of the Editors-in-chief. She is the author of The Astonishing Color of After. Nova Ren Suma is the other Editor-in-chief, and recently released, A Room Away from the Wolves, this past September.

Spring Song Press: Steam and Lace Anthology

This is a Steampunk call. The stories can be 1,000 to 10,000 words long. The anthology will be published in both paperback and ebook formats.

They prefer previously unpublished submissions. Multiple submissions are encouraged but they’d rather they weren’t simultaneous to other presses.

They hope to respond to everyone within one month of the closing date. If you don’t hear from them, it’s okay to query them, if it’s been longer than two months. The submission period opened on October 1, 2018, and ends January 1, 2019.

The story should address the “Steam and Lace” steampunk theme. They’re seeking steampunk settings with heroic and clever characters. Magic and steam-powered technology combine in a setting, offering danger and possibility.

They are open to settings other than the more common Victorian-inspired European setting. They also are open to stories set in real or fantastical places 🙂

Find out more details here.

FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology: YA Short Story

This is a serial anthology published monthly. Each issue features three stories, and one of them is a new voice.

The next deadline to submit by is February 1, 2019

They’re looking for original YA short stories. Check out their FAQ to learn what they mean by YA or young adult.

The word length for stories should be 2,000 and 7,000 words.

New Voices Guidelines

Every issue of FORESHADOW will feature a short story from a “new voice”. This is a writer who is very early in their career. Their story will be selected and introduced by an established and loved author.

Include “NEW VOICE” next to your name in the subject line of the email and mention it in your cover note.

Foreshadowing a Clue

Each story in this anthology will be introduced by a single-word title. This will suggest what to expect 🙂 Foreshadowing in storytelling is dropping hints and clues throughout the story.

To find that title, that one word, ask yourself how would you distill your story down into one word? This word will act as a clue. Some examples are Magic, Heartbreak, Canary, Starstruck, or Heartbreak.

When you submit your story, include your one-word clue.

They do accept simultaneous submissions.

Find out more details about how to submit here.

On the 13th and 14th Day of Writing: Magical Mail & Cast of Wonders

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December 14th

Only ten days left! How are you all making out with these prompts? So far I’ve finished Weird Christmas, Dreaming Robot Press MG story, Iceland story, 2 poems for Blue Mountain Arts, and the self-acceptance piece.

I’ve really enjoyed dabbling in different genres. So fun!

Magical Mail Writing Contest

Write a letter for Legendary Letters! The letter should be around 3-4 paragraphs long, and 200-300 words each. You’re going to choose a character and holiday on their website.

Submissions are due December 15th at 11:59pm PST. Check out their website for more details 🙂

Cast of Wonders

This is a young adult short fiction market. They are open to stories up to 6,000 words long. They seek fiction that reflects the entire spectrum of human experience.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions must be anonymous.

They’re looking for stories that evoke wonder, are a little unreal, and resonate emotionally and deeply. They aim for the 12-17 age range.

Interestingly enough, the stories are presented in audio format! Readers cannot skim past ‘boring bits’. Cast of Wonders looks for stories that have well-defined characters, engaging dialogue, and strong pacing.

They love high fantasy. Elves, secondary worlds, magic, and dragons! They also love modern, alternate history, and urban fantasy. They like science fiction like near and far future, space opera. They must be accessible to their target audience.

They’ll accept comedy, paranormal romance, superheroes, and steampunk. It should all inspire a sense of wonder.

Check out Staff Picks page to see some examples.

Preferences

Stories between 3000 and 4500 words and fit their target episode length of 30 minutes.

Flash fiction under 1000 words.

Multiple and Simultaneous Submissions

They do not accept multiple submissions from an author at the same time.

Happy Writing

I hope you have fun writing! Let me know what you’re working on below ❤

Until next time,

Loie xo

 

On the 12th Day of Writing: Coming Home to Yourself

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December 12th

Hi friends!

For those of you interested in writing blogs, there is a submission opportunity with The Relationship Blogger. They are seeking blog posts about self-acceptance.

Coming Home to Yourself

Did you struggle against conformity, perfection standards from parents, or cultural conditioning? Did you ask the question am I good enough as I am?

Share your heart about being your true self and what it took to find that. Self-acceptance is so difficult.

It’s a journey.

Dive into your experiences with self-discovery and self-acceptance. What have you struggled with about yourself and what have you accepted? What was the turning point for you?

The Relationship Blogger seeks poems, essays, or fiction. January submissions are due by December 15th. Send your final piece to: submissions@therelationshipblogger.com

Check out their master submissions page for formatting details.

This is a different call of submissions but might be insightful and interesting to pen.

Big hug ❤

Loie

On the 11th Day of Writing: Once Upon a Future Time, Vol 2.

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December 11th

This looks like such an amazing submission opportunity. Here’s the kicker: it’s due in a few days. Due on December 15th. Sorry for posting it late. I just came across it and thought it might interest some of you ❤

They had such a great success with their first anthology, they’re opening a new submission for a collection titled: Once Upon a Future Time, Vol 2. This is an anthology of futuristic fairy tales!

Submission Guidelines

– Stories must be original

-Age appropriate

-Less than 15,000 words

-Based on folktale or fairy tale in a science fiction setting

Send your story to submissions@brothersuber.com before the 15th of December!

Have Fun

Good luck!! I’m going to try and work on a story to submit. Not many days left but here’s to trying ❤ Find out more information here. Scroll down to the bottom.

Until next time,

Loie xo

On the 9th & 10th Day of Writing: EC Fairytale Love Issue & Grumpy Old Gods Anthology

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December 10th

Hi friends 🙂

I hope you had a good weekend. It was a full one but a fun one, for me. Today, I rested a bit and wrote a little. How are you all making out with writing this month?

So, I have two special submission opportunities seeing as I missed yesterday’s post.

Alas, have fun with these two ❤

Enchanted Conversation Magazine’s February “Love Issue”

OPEN until January 20th, 2019

They are looking for comics and stories that explore all aspects of love within myths, folktales, or fairy tales. Love can be tragic or magical, end happily ever after, or unrequited. Have fun with this submission!

You can use original characters or re-tellings of established stories. They seek stories set in locations around the world. You can go ancient or modern.

CLICK HERE for more details

Grumpy Old Gods Anthology

OPEN until January 13th, 2019

They are looking for stories about mythical Gods. They want stories about Gods who are retired, reborn, or missing from their assigned post.

Re-imagine old myths. The requirement for this submission is that the goddess or god must be waning in power, retired, planning to retire, or ignoring their responsibilities. They also love humor!

Submission Tips

They seek Speculative Fiction stories that are around 3000-4000 words. The rating should be PG13-PG17.

Submission Format: Word Doc or PDF (No Google Docs please, but we’re willing to work with you if you need to submit in a different format, just contact us!)

Submit togrumpyanthology@gmail.com

Thanks, everyone 🙂

Have Fun Submitting

What are you guys working on this month? I’d love to hear below ❤

Until next time,

Loie xo

On the 8th Day of Writing: Iceland Writers Retreat Contest

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December 8th

Do I ever have an epic submission opportunity for you today, friends 🙂 ! Want to win a spot to the Iceland Writers Retreat in April 2019, hosted by Iceland Travel?!
Keep reading to learn more 🙂

Contest Guidelines

The winner receives a package including free hotel stay, tours, most meals, and workshops from April 3-7th, 2019.
Note: You’ll have to pay for your flight over and extra spending.
Can you imagine? I’ve always wanted to go to Iceland. Eep! It’s so stunning and magical to me.
The deadline to submit is 23:59 (GMT) Monday, December 17, 2018. There is no fee to enter. Click here to enter.

Contest Theme: Equality

Write a max 500-word essay, poem, or story on this theme. They recommend mentioning Iceland in the submission 🙂
The judging panel chooses one winning entry. Judges seek creativity, style, and originality.
Email iwr@icelandwritersretreat.com if you have any questions.

Fine Print

– The author of the winning entry receives one Complete Package at the Iceland Writers Retreat 2019. This includes accommodation and items on the registration page.
Airfare isn’t included to Iceland.
– The prize is valid for one participant in a standard single room. If you want to purchase a room upgrade or attend with an accompanying person, additional fees apply.
Find out more here.

Learn More About the Iceland Writers Retreat

The Iceland Writers Retreat is comprised of a series of small-group writing workshops. Cultural tours are designed to introduce participants to Iceland’s rich literary heritage. So cool, right?! 🙂
Faculty in 2019 include Louis de Bernieres, Tessa Hadley, Ivan Coyote, Chigozie Obioma, and Lina Meruane.

Good Luck

Good luck to you, my dear friends ❤ Lot’s of contests this month! So fun to write stories and see where they take us 🙂 Even if we don’t win, we are writing and expanding our character’s worlds.

Happy writing!

Until next time,

Loie xo

On the 7th & 8th Day of Writing: Chicken Soup for the Soul and Blue Mountain Arts Poetry Card Contest

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December 7th

Hi everyone! My apologies for missing yesterday’s submission post. Today, I have two opportunities to make up for the missed blog from yesterday.

Chicken Soup for the Soul is publishing stories about Running/Walking. They are due December 15th. 

Blue Mountain Arts seek poems for a poetry card contest due December 31st.

Keep reading to learn more about both!

Running for Good – and Walking Too!

Chicken Soup for the Soul is teaming up with Dean Karnazes. He is the Ultramarathoner. This book will be about walking, running, and how steps toward taking care of the body have many benefits.

Guidelines

The upcoming book title refers to how running and walking are good for one’s health. You can also run or walk for an important cause or issue, to raise awareness.

They seek true poems or stories of 1200 words or less. It can be about all aspects of running, walking, and raising awareness for a cause. Stories can be serious, heartwarming, or funny and quirky.

Read more about potential topics here! You can submit your story here. Remember, stories are due December 15th.

Blue Mountain Arts Poetry Card Contest

Want to write a poem for Blue Mountain Arts 33rd biannual poetry card contest? First prize is $350, second prize is $200, and third prize is $100. The winning poems will be displayed on their website.

Guidelines

Poems can be non-rhyming or rhyming. Blue Mountain Arts noted that non-rhyming poems read better. They suggest writing about real feelings or emotions and think about a particular person while you write.

Poems are judged based on uniqueness and originality. They seek English only entries, and you can submit as many poems as you’d like!

Poetry Contest Rules

Poems must be an original creation. The rights to the entries will remain the property of the author. You’ll give permission to Blue Mountain Arts, Inc. to display and publish your entry on the Web, electronically, if you win.

Winners will be contacted within 45 days of the deadline date 🙂 Remember, they are due December 31st. Read more here.

Have Fun

Hope you enjoy these two submission opportunities, friends ❤

Until next time,

Loie xo

On the 5th Day of Writing: Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores

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December 5th

Hi everyone! How are you all making out?

I’ve finished my Weird Christmas story from Day 1 and started Day 2’s submission 🙂 I’m writing a short story about a robotic dog and a little girl. The dog is inspired by my own Maggie, a sixteen-year-old Jack Russell Terrier who happens to celebrate her birthday on Christmas Day 😀

Yesterday’s submission looks fun too. I think I’ll try and work on that today.

I thought this opportunity looked pretty unique because they are a Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) qualifying site. If you get a piece submitted, it will count towards your SWFA qualifications. Kinda cool, huh?

Let’s look at some more details.

Submission Notes

They have four submissions a year. For this season, it begins on December 21st at midnight E.S.T. and ends on December 28th at midnight E.S.T. 

They pay 6¢ per word for new fiction, 2¢ per word for fiction reprints, 2 – 6¢ per word for new fact-based work, 1- 4¢ per word for reprinted fact articles.

Guidelines for Writers

They accept anything from 1000 word flash fictions on up. They do favor shorter pieces. Quality of writing, characters, plot, ideas, and storytelling ability all matter, even if you’re established or new.

Fiction

They seek original work in fantasy, myth, legend, science fiction, and eldritch. It can be written, podcast, graphic story form, or video.

Humor and serious work are welcome. Read the About Us page for more information.

Hard Sells: Anthro, robots with feelings, gritty and despairing post-apocalyptic worlds, vampires, werewolves, zombies, monsters in general, Lovecraftian stories.

They don’t accept explicit language, excessive violence, angst-ridden romance, sex, horror, hate, blood & guts.

Submitting

In the comments, share your name, story title, genre, word count, and if it’s a reprint or new. Don’t send a resume.

No simultaneous submissions, and no multiple submissions to the same genre.

Please follow standard manuscript format . They prefer text in .docx Times New Roman.

Scroll to the bottom of this page, and submit there 🙂

I hope you guys have fun with this submission opportunity! Remember, it opens up December 21st and closes at midnight on the 28th.

Until next time,

Loie xo

On the 4th Day of Writing: Zizzle Lit

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December 4th

Hi everyone! Today, I found a fun spot to submit your flash fictions. Zizzle is an international short story magazine. It’s devoted to publishing innovative and quality fiction for young minds.

They would love for the stories to engage mature readers as well 🙂

Submission Guidelines

They seek stories that will amuse, move, and surprise mature and young readers. Fiction that has meaning and new perspectives will be embraced. They love strong voices and tasteful humor.

Also, they pay professional rates for stories! Woohoo 🙂 

Fiction Submissions

  • Flash fiction should appeal to children as young as ten years old and grown-ups 🙂
  • It’s okay to submit your stories elsewhere. Notify Zizzle as soon as your stories been accepted elsewhere.
  • Stories are welcomed from all around the world but must be written in English.
  • Length: 500-1,200 words and previously unpublished.
  • You can only submit one story per submission. Wait for thirty days after you’ve received a decision from Zizzle before sending a new story.
  • Submit double-spaced stories with 1″ margins in 12 pt font. Make sure you include your name and story title in the header on every page.
  • On the first page of your submission, include your full name and email address. Include your word count and a third-person bio (under 70 words) that is print-ready.
  • They only accept electronic submissions.
  • Submit for free until December 31st, 2018.
  • They pay a flat rate of $100 American for each flash fiction piece.

Scroll to the bottom of this page, and submit your story!

Have fun!!! I’m so excited to work on a flash fiction for this magazine later today ❤ 🙂

How are you all doing with your stories this month? I would love to hear below.

Until next time,

Loie xo

On the 3rd Day of Writing: Enchanted Conversation Magazine

December 3rd

Hey everyone!

Hope you’re having a good week so far ✨❄️

Here is a fun place to submit: Enchanted Conversation Magazine.

Are you able to tell a myth, fairy tale, folktale in 100-500 words? Check out some examples:

Beerwood Stew – 364 Words – READ HERE 
Stepsister – 214 Words – READ HERE 
Beloved – 178 Words – READ HERE
Email submissions to EnchantedCSubmissions@gmail.com
The subject line of the email should be: FAIRY TALE FLASH – your last name – title of your work. Example: FAIRY TALE FLASH – Dunn – “Your Title”
Write a short cover letter with the approximate word count of the story. Pen a brief author’s bio written in third person and up to three links to your personal website or social media accounts. Don’t summarize your story in the cover letter. 
Include a Paypal address.
Paste your submission in the body of your email.
Single spacing. No indents on paragraphs. Double space between paragraphs. Use Arial as the font. Try to use American English word forms and punctuation.
Have fun with this submission! One of my stories was accepted through Enchanted Conversation. Check it out here!
What story will you write for this submission? I would love to hear below 🙂
Until next time,
Loie xo