I haven’t had much market news to share during the holidays. Things should pick up after the first of the year. For now, I have a few tidbits to pass on, and I wanted to thank all of you for your support in the past year. I look forward to sharing much more with you in the coming year. May 2012 be a wonderful writing year for us all.

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Narrative is an online literary magazine “dedicated to storytelling in the digital age.” Narrative publishes short stories between 500 and 15,000 words, as well as one-act plays, novellas and novel excerpts. They pay $150 for a Story of the Week, with $400 each for the annual Top Five Stories of the Week, $150 to $350 for 500 to 2,000 word manuscripts and $350 to $1,000 for 2,000 to 15,000 word manuscripts. In addition, they have an annual $4,000 prize for new and emerging writers. They do charge a $20 reading fee. This fee is waived during open reading periods,which are posted on their website. The next Open Reading period is the first two weeks of April. Narrative is interested in all types of short stories. See their writer’s guidelines here.

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Editors Maurice Broaddus and Jerry Gordon are looking for submissions for the Dark Faith 2 anthology, to be published by Apex Publishers in 2012. As the title of the story suggests, the stories should be dark, though they require no particular genre. From the guidelines: “Everyone believes in something and we want you to put those beliefs to the test. We’re looking for the story only you could write, something deeply personal and at the same time universal. We’re looking for smart, literate stories that don’t proselytize or stereotype. Stories that make you think, that comment on the human condition and the social order. Stories that are rich in their use of language.” Payment is five cents a word, to 4,000 words. Check out the guidelines here. Then head over to D.L. Snell’s Market Scoops to read his interview with the editors.

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Did you get a Kindle or a Nook for Christmas? Looking for some good books to load onto your new reader? Check out my ebooks at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com or MusaPublishing.com. And if you’d like a free book for your reader, my novella, The Christmas Quilt, is still available for free download here.

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As always, feel free to share the information in this blog. All I ask is that you give me credit and provide a link to the blog. Happy New Year! Cindi Myers

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