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Monday, August 10, 2009

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Do I have a jinxy monkey on my back? I finally get most of my computer working when the internet went on vacation all day Saturday. Sunday was touch and go too. I hope this post materializes when it's supposed to. All I can do is wave my splintery wand and say the magic words...."Pretty please."

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Working on the OWW newsletter, I contacted one of the winners of the recently held crit marathon, Elizabeth Hull, and she reminded me about Flash Me Magazine.

Flash Me Magazine is a quarterly publication brought to you by Winged Halo Productions.

FLASH ME MAGAZINE will be doing another ALL FANTASY ISSUE October 31, 2009. Special guidelines apply and any submissions received that do not follow these specific guidelines may be rejected outright.

All stories submitted for the fantasy issue must contain some element of fantasy and be 1,000 words or less. Stories with excessive gore, violence, profanity, or sex are not appropriate for Flash Me Magazine. As a magazine geared towards readers of all ages and beliefs, we reserve the right to decline stories based on their content. We do not publish poetry.

Submissions for the fantasy issue will be accepted between April 30, 2009 and August 31, 2009. Stories received outside of these reading dates will be rejected outright. The fantasy issue will be published October 31, 2009.

Ed. note: One of the nice things about this magazine is that each rejection letter contains each editor's vote and the basis for their decision. You don't find that often.

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Wow. I found three anthologies from the same publisher. Please click on the link for information on all three.

Pill Hill Press

The Bitter End: Tales of Nautical

Please put SUBMISSION: THE BITTER END in the subject line of your email, followed by the title of the story. Thanks!

We are looking for scary stories that take place on ships, boats, rafts, anything - as long as the setting is on - or in - or under - the ocean (or land-locked bodies of water or lakes). Traditional monsters (werewolves, vampires, witches, mummies, ghosts, etc.) are welcome if presented in a new and interesting way. The setting (at sea) must be integral to plot development. Stories can be realistic or fantastical. They can take place at any time - past, present, future, alternate. We are looking for a good variety of unique and terrifying sea stories.

SCARE ME SEA-LLY

We are looking for short stories 500-5,000 words in length.

Please do not send stories with a strong religious theme. Also, please do not send rape/torture stories, anything 'x' rated or pornographic, pet mutilation tales, fiction about child abuse and/or pedophilia, or submissions that denigrate any race, gender or sexual orientation.

Submissions will be accepted until Saturday, October 31, 2009. We will not make final selections until the end of the submission period. Responses will be sent by November 30, 2009.

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The Four Horsemen: An Anthology of Conquest, War, Famine & Death

Please put SUBMISSION: FOUR HORSEMEN in the subject line of your email, followed by the title of the story. Thanks!

The anthology will be divided into four sections: Conquest, War, Famine/Pestilence, and Death. Most genres, including, but not limited to, supernatural, dark fantasy, horror, suspense, crime, mystery, humor and science fiction, are welcome as long as they fit the theme of one of our four categories (conquest, war, famine/pestilence, death). Please note which category your story fits into when you submit.

Stories can be realistic or fantastical. They can take place anywhere - on Earth, under Earth, in Space, etc. They can take place at any time - past, present, future, alternate. We are looking for a good variety of unique stories that fit our four categories!

We are looking for short stories 500-5,000 words in length.

Please do not send stories with a strong religious theme. Pill Hill Press does not wish to misrepresent any religion. Also, please do not send rape/torture stories, anything "x" rated or pornographic, pet mutilation tales, fiction about child abuse and/or pedophilia, or submissions that denigrate any race, gender or sexual orientation.

Submissions will be accepted until Thursday, December 31, 2009. We will not make final selections until the end of the submission period. Responses will be sent by January 31, 2010.

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A Whodunit Halloween

Please put SUBMISSION: WHODUNIT in the subject line of your email, followed by the title of the story. Thanks!

This short story anthology will feature Halloween mysteries. We want interesting submissions where the mystery is solved through the course of the story. The protagonist does not have to be a detective (though detective stories are certainly welcome) as long as there is a mystery, an investigation, and the solution is revealed. The setting must take place at or around Halloween.

Stories should be realistic (meaning that the events could actually occur without the aid of magic or some other fantastical element). They should take place on Earth. They can take place at any time - past, present, future. We are looking for a good variety of bizarre and intricate stories that celebrate the 'whodunit' genre and Halloween.

We are looking for short stories 1,500-6,000 words in length.

Please do not send stories with a strong religious theme. Also, please do not send rape/torture stories, anything 'x' rated or pornographic, pet mutilation tales, fiction that glorifies child abuse and/or pedophilia, or submissions that denigrate any race, gender or sexual orientation.

Submissions will be accepted until Thursday, April 15, 2010. We will not make final selections until the end of the submission period. Responses will be sent by May 15, 2010.

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