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Monday, January 7, 2008


Monday Markets, back by popular demand.

Here's a new place. Normally, I wouldn't list them because they don't pay for stories or articles--and you know how I feel about that, but they are running a contest with prizes. There was no contest fee that I could find. Fast deadline. Sorry.

Fantasy Gazetteer Novellette Contest

Deadline: January 19, 2008
Genre: Fantasy Short Stories
Length: The story must be between 10,000 and 30,000 words in length. We are a fantasy e-zine please do not submit sci-fi stories.
Prize: $250, $200 and publication


CatsCurious Press

CatsCurious Press will open to submissions starting January 1, 2008 for all well-written, humorous fairy-tale re-tellings. But there's a catch--these stories must be written from ONE POV only...the protagonist's.

Click here to find out why, and to read about the submission requirements.
Deadline: March 31, 2008.
Pays:$.05/word (up to $500 maximum).


Special thanks to Sherrill Quinn for posting this on her blog. Amber Heat happens to be one of Sherrill Quinn's publishers---so there's your benchmark if you want to know how good you have to be to get your foot in the door. :o)

Amber Heat is having open submissions. This is a once a year opportunity! So if you have a short story that qualifies, send it in now.

Dates Of Entry: January 1st through January 15th 2008.
Entry Fee: None!
Author Eligibility: Both published and non-published authors may submit. (Authors already under contract with Amber Quill Press or its imprints need not enter.)
Genre: Erotic Romance—all sub-genres are eligible...Hetero (Amber Heat) or GLBT (Amber Allure), Contemporary, Paranormal, Fantasy or Dark Fantasy (ie. Vampire, Werewolf, etc.), Historical (including Western), Science Fiction/Futuristic, Suspense/Thriller, Ménage, BDSM, Interracial, etc. (Basically, any category, genre, or sub-genre you see listed on the left-hand menu is eligible.)
Word Count: Stories should be between 11,000 and 18,000 words (our "Extended Amber Kiss" length).



This workshop is an expansion of Margaret McGaffey Fisk's Muse Online 2007 presentation with a whole month to complete the work. The program is a hands-on exploration of how an outline can help in the edit phase whether you're an outliner or a pure organic.

This is the first in a series of workshops designed not only to teach the techniques but give participants experience with them both through completing the exercises and through commenting on others' offerings.

Anyone who is interested is welcome. To take the course you must join Forward Motion, but membership is free. We have to do that to protect first electronic publication rights as we will be sharing portions of our work to get help.

Join Forward Motion using the "Join" link.
Here's the link to the class board once you're logged in.

Margaret edits several publications, so she really knows her stuff. Go for it! The workshop has already started but you can still catch up.