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UK quarterly online magazine Novelty seeks submissions for Issue 3. Theme: “Under the skin” — literally (skin as the natural limit of being human) and figuratively (obsession or irritation). Accepts essays, articles, columns, fiction, and art. Deadline: February 8, 2016.
Galleon is looking for fiction and poetry for issue V. Publishes work by Atlantic Canadians or related to the region, but there is room for submissions “from away.” Fiction: 5000 words max. Poetry: 100 lines max. Payment: One copy. Deadline: May 1, 2016.
New podcast No Resemblance (Canada) is looking for stories of lives lived and paths taken that in no way bear any resemblance to everyday life. Seeks authors who want to hear their pieces read aloud in some combination of audiobook and podcast form. Short fiction (max 4,000 words) should be gripping and adventurous, with a taut plotline and compelling, active characters. Any genres welcome. Open to international subs. Deadline: April 30, 2016.
Effervescent Magazine invites submissions for Issue 1. Theme: Juvenescence — “works that illustrate youth, that brim with the ephemeral magic of discovery, of new experiences.” Open to prose, poetry, and random creative thoughts. Deadline: March 25, 2016.
Entries are invited for the Fabula Press Nivalis Short Story Contest 2016. First prize: US$250. All long-listed entries (top 10-15) published in an anthology; non-prize winning published entries paid US$50 each. Theme: None. Genre: Open to literary fiction, historical fiction, mystery/suspense, and horror. Length: 1500-7000 words. Entry fee: US$10. Deadline: March 31, 2016.
Femmeuary! (UK) is seeking submissions of short fiction, poetry and opinion pieces on the loose theme of feminism. Length: 3000 words max or six poems. Deadline: February 1, 2016.
Quarterly litmag Halcyon Days is accepting for stories, poems, and articles. Looking for peaceful and “keep calm” themes. Deadline: March 10, 2016.
Silent Nights. Edited by Martin Edwards. 2015. Poisoned Pen Press. 298 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Love mystery and detective stories? Love British mystery and detective stories? Treat yourself to this collection of SHORT STORIES edited by Martin Edwards. Each mystery is set during the holidays. So many authors are included in this collection, you're almost sure to find your favorite author. But what I loved even more than finding "favorite authors" was finding new-to-me authors. Edwards introduces each story by providing readers with a little information about the author and the story included. Some of these stories are rare and almost forgotten. All are "vintage" or "classic" stories. I think the most recent being from the 1940s.
The book includes:
- The Blue Carbuncle by Arthur Conan Doyle
- Parlour Tricks by Ralph Plummer
- A Happy Solution by Raymund Allen
- The Flying Stars by G.K. Chesterton
- Stuffing by Edgar Wallace
- The Unknown Murderer by H.C. Bailey
- The Absconding Treasurer by J. Jefferson Farjeon
- The Necklace of Pearls by Dorothy L. Sayers
- The Case Is Altered by Margery Allingham
- Waxworks by Ethel Lina White
- Cambric Tea by Marjorie Bowen
- The Chinese Apple by Joseph Shearing
- A Problem in White by Nicholas Black
- The Name on the Window by Edmund Crispin
- Beef for Christmas by Leo Bruce
Probably my favorite short story was Waxworks by Ethel Lina White. I also enjoyed Cambric Tea by Marjorie Bowen.
Short stories aren't my favorite thing to read. But I do love a good mystery. I thought this one was worth reading because it introduced me to some new-to-me authors. And it talked about what else they'd written--including novels. The book gives readers a taste of various authors and their detectives.
© 2016 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews
Pithead Chapel is a monthly online journal of short fiction and nonfiction. Currently seeking “gutsy narratives” up to 4,000 words. Particularly interested in essays (personal, memoir, lyric, travel, experimental, etc.). Deadline: Rolling.
Exile Publishing seeks stories about climate change for The Goethe Glass: An Anthology of Fiction about Climate Change (Canada). Topic: climate change and its consequences. Open to literary fiction, speculative fiction, science fiction, etc. Length: 2000-7000 words. Stories previously published in a magazine or journal OK. Payment: $0.05/word and contributor’s copy. Deadline: February 15, 2016.
Kaaterskill Basin Literary Journal (US) is accepting writing for Issue 1.2 (Spring 2016). Open to flash fiction (250-1000 words), short fiction (1001-5000 words) and poetry. Theme: Winged things (angels, owls, dragons, butterflies, ravens, mosquitoes, faeries, fireflies, pterodactyls, phoenixes, flying monkeys). Aesthetic is “strange and beautiful.” Likes quirky or dark literary fiction, magical realism or realism edged with myth and folklore, light sci-fi and fantasy, and weird tales.
Biannual British-based illustrated literary magazine, Popshot, welcomes short fiction and poetry submissions for its fifteenth issue. Theme: ‘Adventure’. Deadline: January 20, 2016.
Submissions are open for the DISQUIET Prize for writing in any genre. Winners will be published in Guernica (fiction), Ninth Letter (non-fiction) or The Collagist (poetry). Grand prize: full scholarship, accommodations, and travel stipend to attend the sixth annual DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon (July 3-15, 2016). Runners-up and other outstanding entrants will also be considered for financial aid. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: January 30, 2016.
The Freshwater Review (US), an annual journal of literature and art, is accepting submissions. $250 each awarded to best poem and prose piece. No entry fee. Deadline: February 15, 2016.
Litro Magazine (UK) is seeking submissions for its March 2016 print issue. Theme: Britishness. “How do you define Britishness in 2016? Is it a passport? An accent? Or is Britishness – like beauty – solely in the eye of the beholder?” Accepts short fiction, flash/micro fiction. and nonfiction. No poetry. Deadline: January 25, 2016.
Ploughshares literary journal (Emerson College, Boston) is open to submissions of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Length: 6000 words. Deadline: January 15, 2016. $3 submission fee.
The Word Hoard (Canada) seeks subs for its next issue. Accepts poetry, fiction, non-fiction, academic essays, interviews, and other publishable works. Theme: “Scum and Villainy.” Advice for writers: Characterizations of “scum” or “villainy” interest the editors far more than literary characters as “scum” or “villains.” Prose submissions: 3000-5000 words. Deadline: January 15, 2016.
Tethered By Letters invites entries for the F(r)iction Winter Writing Contests. Three categories: short story (1,000 to 7,500 words, open genre), flash fiction (up to 750 words), and poetry (max of three pages per poem). Encourages work that takes risks in theme, content, or aesthetic. Their motto: Publish Weird. Winners published in F(r)iction, (trianually-printed). All finalists will receive free professional editing on their submission and will be considered for later publication. Prizes of US$1000 – short story, US$300 – flash fiction, US$300 (USD) – poetry. Entry fees: $10-18. Deadline: March 31, 2016. Guidelines.
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Read Between the Lines by Jo Knowles. Candlewick Press. 2015. Reviewed from ARC.
The Plot: Ten chapters takes us to one day in the life of a high school, told through voices of past and present students and one teacher.
In each, a raised middle finger is part of the story. It gives power to the person giving someone the finger; it hurts the person who it's aimed at.
And in each, we see how a person looks at others and judges them; or how they look at themselves.
OK for those who want more of a plot: a group of boys think it's smart and clever to fake car accidents to get people to give them cash instead of calling the police -- until it backfires.
The Good; I love this type of book! I love that each chapter is told by someone different, and it's their own story, and that the thread connecting them is sometimes obvious and strong, and other times takes a bit to figure out.
And I love that there are ten chapters; one for each finger.
I love that a bullied boy becomes empowered by his broken finger that means he is constantly giving the finger; but before we embrace the idea that hey, it's not so bad, a girl is disturbed and upset when an angry man gives her the finger. The finger means rage, anger, hatred, rebellion. It's like a word: context matters.
I love that sometimes someone is viewed as a bully and then it turns out they have their own inner demons or frustrations that others don't see. If there were a moral to this story, it's that everyone is fighting their own internal battles, and be a bit less quick to judge.
Also, if your teenage son has a lot of spending money and his old car keeps getting dinged and battered, you may want to ask a few questions.
A Favorite Book for 2015.
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Wildness (UK) wants work that evokes the unknown (“the lostness; the distance”) for their second issue. Seeks stories, poetry, prose, essays, art and photography “that linger just out of reach.” Deadline: Rolling. Guidelines.
Fox Adoption Magazine is celebrating their first anniversary and is seeking submissions. Publishes one piece per week. Welcomes prose (including flash, short stories and creative non-fiction), poetry, and art. Deadline: Rolling. Guidelines.
Lost Documents, a new literary journal from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, seeks prose submissions for their second issue. Submit flash fiction and stories 2000 words max. to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: Ongoing.
GFT Press (US) is accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, flash fiction, nonfiction, and visual art for their January 2016 debut and the inaugural issue of their print journal (Spring 2016). Deadline: Rolling. Guidelines.
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TYPEFACE Magazine is a new monthly literary journal that aims to be eclectic, accessible, and fun to read. Seeking short fiction (10,000 words words max), poetry, and artwork. Advice for writers: No erotica or senseless or gratuitous violence; beyond that, no boundaries. Deadline: Ongoing. Guidelines.