24 Days of Writing, Blogging, Book Love, writers life, writing, Writing Submission

On the 22nd Day of Writing: Havok Flash Fiction

pile of covered books
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

December 22nd 

Hi dear friends, there are only two more days left of this blog series. Thanks for joining me ❤ 

Today’s submission opportunity is for Havok. They are an ezine, and seek flash fiction. Keep reading to learn more 🙂 

Havok Publishing

Havok looks for memorable, and well-edited fiction between 300-1,000 words. It can be across a variety of genres. Science fiction, comedy, thriller, and fantasy. They want stories that take people away from daily troubles, bringing them into a new world. 

Recycle – February 2019 

Submissions are open now for this opportunity. This is an interesting prompt and they explain it well on their website. 

They aren’t looking at recycling in the way we usually think of it. Think outside the box. They gave a few examples on their website. Why is Jack the Ripper collecting organs, how do the fae turn baby’s laughter into magic? Whose stealing your newspaper and swapping it with paper mache swans?

Strange, eh? It’s going to be a fun opportunity. March’s theme is: Relocate. Both February and March are open for submissions.

Read about the submission guidelines here. 

Good Luck

Happy writing, friends! Tomorrow, I’m off to Nova Scotia to visit my family for Christmas. Can’t wait. 

Until next time,

Loie xo

24 Days of Writing, Blogging, Book Love, canadian authors, Nature, writers life, writing, Writing Submission

Flash Fiction: Santa’s Secret

blur close up decor decoration
Photo by Anthony on Pexels.com

December 21st

I wrote this short story for the Weird Christmas flash fiction contest. I wanted to continue the story of my characters, Beira and the stag. You may have met them in The Winter Crone.

What happens to Beira and Alaor when they find Santa Claus? Who do they unexpectedly discover behind the fluffy beard :)?

Enjoy ❤

Santa’s Secret

The white stag hated Christmas lights.

It reminded him of the dreary Hallmark movies his mistress enjoyed so much. She wept and scratched her watering nose at every cheesy ending while he wondered when the filmmakers would hire a better writer.

His mistress begged to differ.

“What are you brooding about now, Alaor?”

Beira, the Winter Goddess, leaned towards him and draped an arm around his neck. “I can see that scowl from a mile away.”

“Why is he here?” Alaor asked. “Parading around as the jolly Santa Claus?”

Beira shrugged. “Your guess is as good as mine. I thought I got him for good. Maybe my Granny magic didn’t work.”

She sniggered to herself but Alaor shook his great head, upsetting a child carrying a tray of hot chocolates. He hardly regarded the spilled brown liquid or the tears in the boy’s eyes. Beira leaned down to help the little boy.

Alaor had greater matters on his mind.

Jolly St. Nick. The stag wanted to rush in and spear the bugger in the belly with his antlers.

If the children only knew who was really behind the mask.

Beira popped back up and flicked his ear gently. He didn’t look away from the imposter.  Her gaze softened as she regarded him a moment too long. “Stop worrying.”

“I’m not worrying,” he snapped before stalking forwards through the evergreen decorated gate.

Passersby’s exclaimed as they took in his majestic white coat and amber antlers. A little girl darted forwards, a dingy carrot in her hand.

“Beira,” he snarled, and she laughed in ringing booms before swooping down to catch the little girl’s arm.

“That’s so sweet of you but my friend doesn’t like carrots. He’s – um – allergic.”

Alaor snorted, streams of white clouds exiting his nostrils. Trying to feed him like a second-rate mule. He was the Winter Goddess’ protector.

“Hmph.”

Beira sunk her fingers into his fur and purred, “Don’t be so uptight. They think you’re pretty.”

Alaor choked and she nudged him forwards, grinning. “Come on. We need to go see Santa.”

He followed his Winter Goddess before stopping at once.

Santa sat on a scarlet velvet chair. However, behind the white beard and embarrassing red broadcloth, the Sun King glared at him and Beira.

“You tried to kill me,” he grunted.

Alaor raised an eyebrow at the Sun King and his ridiculous disguise.

“Least you managed to survive, Santa. I’ll make sure to pay a visit to the North Pole. Looks like you’re in my realm now,” Beira said sweetly.

The late Sun King gritted his teeth and Alaor stamped his hooves.

Winter reigned with fury.

24 Days of Writing, Book Love, Country Life, Nature, writers life, writing

On the 4th Day of Writing: Zizzle Lit

download (13)

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

24 Days of Writing, Book Love, Country Life, Nature, Uncategorized, writers life, writing

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
24 Days of Writing, Book Love, canadian authors, Nature, writers life, writing

On the 2nd Day of Writing: Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide

December 2nd

Here is a fun place to submit! ❄️✨

Submission Tips

MC that is age 8-12.

-A diverse cast of characters.

-Fun to read and encourages love of science fiction.

-Adventures in space with robots, rockets, or alien encounters.

-Steampunk, weird west, and time travel are fine.

-Word Count should be between 3,000-6,000 words.

-Science fiction, not fantasy.

Particularly Looking For:

-Adventures!

-A MC from an underrepresented population.

-MC has agency and isn’t just along for the adventure.

Don’t Write:

-Stories about female characters who need rescuing or are a prize.

-Stories where the subplot or main plot is romantic in nature.

-Graphic violence or swearing.

Submission Deadline

-December 15, 2018, with a reading period of January and February 2019.

-Don’t put identifying information on your manuscript.

Have Fun

I hope you guys enjoy this submission opportunity 🙂

I think I’m going to write about a robotic dog named Mag, of course inspired by my 16-year-old Jack Russell Terrier 😉🐕

What will you write about? Find out more, here!

Until next time,

Loie xo

24 Days of Writing, Book Love, canadian authors, Country Life, writers life, writing

On the 1st Day of Writing: Weird Christmas Flash Fiction Contest

December 1st – Weird Christmas

Hello, my dear friends.

For those writing, check out this submission you could work on today.

Do you have a strange Christmas flash fiction story somewhere? Want to write one?! Well, I have the contest for you.

Weird Christmas is looking for 350 word flash fictions. Deadline is December 10th.

Things to Note

You want to write something that is odd, strange, or weird. It can be off-kilter and genres are fine (science fiction, fantasy, horror, etc).

If you write something sentimental, make sure it’s a little bizarre 😉

Secondly, it can be related to any winter holiday. Kwanza, winter solstice celebrations, “Yule”, Christmas, and Hanukkah, for example.

If you choose to include another holiday like Easter or Halloween, keep a strong connection to winter celebrations.

How to Submit

Email the story to: weirdxmas@gmail.com

Find out more details here!

Have Fun

Let’s have fun with this first story submission 🙂 I’m already thinking of some strange scenarios.

My First Line

The silver stag hated Christmas lights.

Until next time, friends 🙂 Tomorrow I’ll post a new submission! What are you working on today? Share a line below ❤

xoxo

Loie

Uncategorized

Enchanted Conversation Magazine publication and #WriteMentor news

June 4th, 2018

cxoverenchanted

Good morning, everyone! How was your weekend? I cannot believe it is June but I am happily soaking up the sun as much as I can (After applying sunscreen, lol. Otherwise I’ll turn into a lobster).

The flash fiction I wrote for Enchanted Conversation Magazine’s June edition has gone live. This is the beautiful cover art for my fic, Ladybug Cake. Imagine a whimsical and magical night at a Midsummer’s Night Eve party. I hope you enjoy ❤

LadybugCake-DUNN-CoverABergloff.jpg

#WriteMentor

bcac6e_f39d102947e74b27bab23b4adcdc31b5_mv2.png

“#WriteMentor has been set up to give unagented writers the chance to work with an agented or published author and help develop their manuscript and their overall craft skills and abilities.

We will hold an agent showcase at the end of the process for those who are selected as mentees and agents will look at the pitches and openings and potentially make requests to those manuscripts that look most exciting to them.”

I found out on Thursday that I was selected as a mentee in the #WriteMentor programme. I am beyond thrilled and excited to revise my seafaring fantasy, THE LOST SAGES, with the lovely and brilliant duo, Amber Duell and MB Dalto.

I’ll blog about my experience in a week or so. They have been so encouraging and kind. I know I am going to learn so much in the next three months.

I am so thankful. Keep writing and journeying, friends! What are you working on at the moment?

Until next time,

Loie xo