March 2012

I’m not a very good writer, but I’m an excellent rewriter.” ~ James Michener


Mixer is magazine that publishes “literary genre” fiction, both online and in print. The editors are interested in romance, horror, science fiction, noir and realist fiction up to 15,000 words. This isn’t your everyday genre fiction — the editors have some very specific likes and dislikes, so be sure to check out their guidelines here. Submitting to Mixer is free, but if you want to enter their annual contest, you must be a subscriber to the magazine. Subscriptions are $12 a year. This year’s contest is searching for the best story to combine sex, violence and satire. First prize is $1,000. Deadline for entries is April 26 and you may submit up to five stories, up to 17,900. Find out the scoop here.


Criminal Element welcomes submissions of mystery and crime short stories in all sub-genres. The editors are looking for short stories between 6,000 and 15,000 words. Payment is $1,000. Find out more here.


Writers of speculative fiction with a literary bent should take a look at In the Snake. The editors are particularly interested in stories that explore magical realism and surrealism, and have an identifiable theme and an existential conflict. They accept stories to 7,500 words and pay $50. Find the fiction guidelines here.


Black Moon Books is accepting submissions for Mirror Shards Volume 2, an anthology of short stories dealing with augmented reality. Stories should ideally be between 3,000 and 9,000 words. Stories may be any sub-genre, but augmented reality must play a key role in the story. Payment is 2 cents a word, but one story, selected as the best in the book, will earn 5 cents a word. The deadline for submissions is May 5, 2012. Find all the details here. Also, check out D.L. Snell’s interview with Mirror Shards editor Thomas K. Carpenter here.


As always, feel free to share the information in this blog with others. Please include a link back to the blog, and give me credit as the source. Thank you. Cindi Myers


“However great a man’s natural talent may be, the art of writing cannot be learned all at once.” Jean Jacques Rousseau


Harlequin Heartwarming is a line that started as a reprint program of older titles. Editors are now accepting original manuscripts for this imprint, which focuses on warm, romantic stories with no sex and no religion. The guidelines characterize these as “Stories readers can feel comfortable sharing with their daughters and granddaughters.” The books are 70,000 to 75,000 words, are contemporary, with emotional conflicts, and focus on home and family. You do not need an agent to submit to Harlequin Heartwarming. Find the guidelines here.


Until March 10, you can download a FREE copy of the first book in my Titled Texans trilogy, Nobility Ranch, at Smashwords. Go to this link and use the code RE10o  at checkout. And, also until March 10, you can get my other historical titles for 25 % off from Smashwords by using the code RE25 at checkout.


If you’re a fan of horror and westerns, The Edge of Sundown is a new anthology looking for short stories of 4,000 to 8,000 words that feature horror in an old-west setting. Editors Kevin Ross and Brian M. Sammons  want seriously scarcy stories set west of the Mississippi between the Civil War and the Mexican Revolution. Pay is 3 cents a word and the deadline for submissions is July 1, 2012. Find the guidelines here. And check out D.L. Snell’s interview with the editors here.


Glimmer Train is currently sponsoring its March Fiction Open. Several times a year Glimmer Train accepts submissions of all fiction on all themes (no children’s stories.) Glimmer Train does charge a reading fee for these contests of $19 per entry. First prize is $2,500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories. Second place gets $1,000 and third place $600. Word count: 2,000 to 20,000 words. Deadline to enter is March 31. The winner will be announced by May 31. Find all the details here.


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