April 2011

“I love writing.  I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.”  ~James Michener

Over My Dead Body publishes mystery stories between 750 and 4000 words.  They like all types of mystery stores, from hard-boiled and noir to cozies. You won’t get rich here — payment is only 1 cent a word. But if you have a story that’s looking for a home, you can see their guidelines here.  


Do you know a child who likes to write? Kids in kindergarten through third grade can write and illustrate their own story for the PBS Kids Go Writing Contest.  Local PBS stations sponsor the contests. To see if your station participates, go here.


Writers in Oregon, Washington or Idaho may enter the2011 Rising Star Writing Competition. Sponsored by the Nature of Words, the competition is open to writers in three categories: 15-18, 19-25 and over 25. Your short story, literary nonfiction or nature essay should be no more than 3000 words.  The deadline for entries is June 11, 2011. Winners will be features at the Nature of Words LIterary Festival in November.  Find the details here.


Jessica Wade, with NAL’s ROC/Ace Science Fiction and Fantasy imprint, has been promoted to Senior Editor


You can read the first chapter of my historical novel, A Willing Spirit, over at D. Renee Bagby’s blog. This Texas historical romance was originally published by Berkley and has been re-released by Aurora Regency Historicals. Check it out here.


As always, feel free to reprint and share information from this blog. All I ask is that you give me credit and include a link to the blog. Thank you. Cindi

The future belongs to those who believe in their dreams.
Eleanor Roosevelt


Ramsfield Press is compiling an anthology of stories that have to do with food or cooking for a short story and recipes compilation on Cooking From Scratch. Editor Bill Moser would like stories from a variety of genres, but no horror or science fiction, please. Maximum length for stories is 5000 words. Payment is $25 and 3 copies.  Deadline is April 30 and you must submit via postal mail. Find the address and other details here.


If you’re a previously published author (self published, e-published or print published) and you retain the audio rights to your work; or if you’re an unpublished author who’d like to sell your stories to audio publishing, Audio Lark is accepting submissions of Romance, Erotic Romance, Contemporary Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Science Fiction and Fantasy, and Young Adult fiction. While they’re open to full-length novels, they’re especially interested in short stories and novellas to 35,000 words. They pay royalties on sales of audio books and they also have a division that produces e-books, if you’re interested in that.  Read their submission guidelines for more details.


Here’s a sneak peak at the cover for my next release from Aurora Regency Historical. This the first in a trilogy of western historicals, originally published by Kensington Books in 2000. Nobility Ranch will be available May 6.


Crescent Moon Press publishes print and e-book editions of  fantasy, futuristic and paranormal romance. The editors are open to all kinds of stories, from retellings of historical tails to space opera, steampunk, high fantasy, time travel and all types of paranormal.  They also publish YA books in these genres. All stories must have a strong romantic element. They are interested in novellas from 20,000 to 40,000 words, and novels 60,000 to 120,000 words. Find all the submissions particulars here.


As always, feel free to pass along information from this blog. All I ask is that you give me credit and provide a link back to the blog. Thank you.

A writer is, after all, only half his book. The other half is the reader and from the reader the writer learns.P.L. Travers

Caroline Clemmons won the package of free ebooks from Aurora Regency Historicals. If you’re a fan of traditional regencies or historical romance — especially those hard t0 find western romances — check out Aurora books. Be sure to look through the western historicals they’ve published by yours truly — a mix of backlist and original titles. Aurora is also actively seeking submissions of traditional Regency and historical romance. Check out there submission guidelines here.


Darwin’s Evolutions: A Journal of Speculative Fiction is looking for submissions of entertaining science fiction and fantasy stories of up to about 10,o00 words. Payment is $50 plus royalties for the e-book and print anthology. D.L. Snell has a great interview with editor Darwin Garrison here. And you’ll find detailed submission guidelines here.


Samhain Publishing has announced a program to publishe e-book backlists of romances from the 70s, 80s and 90s. Author who have the rights to their previously published books. The Retro Romance line is now open to submissions. For these books, Samhain will pay royalties on a sliding scale —  30 % for the first 2500 copies sold, 35% for the next 2500 copies and 40% thereafter. Find all the details here.


Samhain has also issued a Call for Submissions for  a Superhero Romance Anthology. Submit your 25,000 to 30,000 word story featuring a super hero (or super heroine). No fanfic, please. Deadline for submissions is September 1, 2011 for publication in Spring 2012.


Pedestal Magazine pays 5 cents a word for literary and genre fiction of all types. The magazine issues themed issues, with different length guidelines for each issue. Until April 14 the magazine is accepting flash fiction up to 1500 words on the theme “Husbands and Wives.” From April 28 to June 14 they’re looking for stories that relate to, are in homage to, in the spirit of or somehow reference Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”


As always, feel free to share the information in this blog with others. Reprint in your local writer’s newsletter or share on your own blog. All I ask is that you give me credit and include a link to this blog. Thank you. Cindi Myers