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Monday, July 30, 2007


Agh! I can't believe I sent out a query last week without an SASE. Right now, it's sitting on my desk all by its lonesome.

I realize that if the concept intrigues, chances are the agent will contact you regardless, but it was unprofessional even if it was an accident. I sent a short email of apology to the agent, hoping she won't think me a total dweeb.

Went to see Harry Potter yesterday. It was pretty good. At the very least it answered more questions and it wasn't nearly as disjointed as the last movie.

Let's do markets today.

Paper Blossoms, Sharpened Steel: Tales of Fantasy from the Far East is an anthology that "will feature roughly twenty-five short stories between 3,000 and 9,000 words. We are looking for stories of fantasy in East Asian-based settings. The mid-to-late 1800's is as late as you should venture. Submissions need not be set in our world, but can be set in created world that are influenced by the culture listed above.

Payment: 5 cents per word on acceptance of final draft, as an advance on pro rata share of 35% of net revenue, for first world rights in English.

Deadline: December 15, 2007.


Notorious Press is now accepting submissions of shortfiction for an upcoming mystery/crime anthology, tentatively titled How'd They Do That. "General theme is that all stories will center on quirky methods of committing or solving a crime. That's right, the 'quirky' part can be acts by either the criminals orthe investigators, or both."

Payment: $50
Word Count: 2,000 to 8,000 word range
Deadline: October 21, 2007.

(And there's an interesting twist here:"Let's face it, the current temporary title for this anthology is a little soft....So if you submit a story with a title we adopt (with your permission) for the overall book we'll gladly pay you double. Even if you don't submit a story, send us the winning title idea and get $25, credit in the book and 2 free copies if we choose and use your suggestion").


Science Fiction Poetry Association Poetry Contest

Deadline: August 24, 2007
Fee: None
First prize: $80, publication on the SFPA Web site,and a year's membership (or extension) to the SFPA
Second prize: $40 and publication on the SFPA Website
Third prize: $20 and publication on SFPA Website.



Query Tracker

I don't know much about this site yet, but I joined yesterday just to check it out. I really like what it offers so far. Agent information, who reps who, and article links.

Check it out.