Simultaneous Kickstarters

Being a writer means long periods of inactivity between frantic flurries of movement. Thanks to having months to write in between teaching gigs, I’m now in a flurry period (yay). Which means two of my short stories are in two anthologies that are both on Kickstarter simultaneously. Let me tell you about them!

Book Cover

The first is The Bard’s Tale, a collection of stories and recipes edited by Daniel “Doc” Myers of Medieval Cookery fame. That’s right, this anthology is half short story collection and half cookbook! So if you like reading and cooking (or reading and eating!) then this is the anthology for you. My story “Voice of the Revolution” is a post-apocalyptic science fiction tale about an android bard, a description I hope you find enticing. The cover of the book is also gorgeous and the stories will each feature an illustration artist David Szilagyi, so I’m super excited to see it in print (I’m really loving the trend toward illustrating anthologies that crowdfunding has made possible). This Kickstarter campaign wraps up in only 8 days, so back it now while you still can!

The second anthology is Not Our Kind: Tales of (Not) Belonging edited by Nayad Monroe. You may remember Nayad as a contributor to both my anthologies, Sidekicks! and Steampunk WorldI was also a contributor to Nayad’s last anthology, What Fates Impose, a really well-received collection of stories about divination. I point this out so you’ll understand that we have a history of stellar collaboration. My story for Not Our Kind is called “FawnGirl14″ and it’s about a girl who doesn’t belong because she has (NSFW) antlers. Why does she have antlers? Dark, urban fantasy reasons that are revealed in the story! The anthology is a Kickstarter Staff Pick and includes stories by big names like Ekaterina Sedia, Lucy A. Snyder, Remy Nakamura, and Damien Angelica Walters. As of this posting the campaign has 27 days left to go, and both my critiques are still available as rewards if you’d like to have up to 5,000 words critiqued by me, personally!

I really believe in both these projects, and both offer me actual money for my writing, so if you can back one or both I’d appreciate it. And if you’ve still got some money burning a hole in your pocket that you’d like to throw at another Kickstarter, please consider the campaign for Frame Shop, a novella written by Sidekicks! contributor Donald J. Bingle. Happy backing!

All About Podcasts

I’m currently shopping a few stories around to podcasts, so I ended up compiling this list of podcasts and their submission guidelines. I thought other people might find it helpful so…here you go. All of these podcasts pay their contributors and publish some variation of speculative fiction, and aren’t associated with a print magazine (like Lightspeed or Clarkesworld). Pay careful attention, because many of these podcasts are closed for submissions at various times, and may be closed right this second. They’re arranged according to payment offered.

The Electronic Voice Phenomenon: Pays $.05/word for original dark speculative fiction stories under 2,000 words.

Escape Pod: Pays $.05/word for original science fiction stories and $.03/word for reprints between 2,000 and 6,000 words.

The DrabbleCast: Pays $.03/word for dark/weird speculative fiction stories between 500 and 4,000 words. Reprints welcome.

Another Dimension Magazine: Pays $.03/word for horror and dark fantasy stories between 1,000 and 3,000 words. Reprints welcome.

PseudoPod: Pays $100/story for horror tales between 2,000 and 6,000 words, and $20/story for flash fiction under 2,000 words. Reprints welcome.

PodCastle: Pays $100/story for fantasy tales between 2,000 and 6,000 words, and $20/story for flash fiction under 2,000 words. Reprints welcome.

GigaNotoSaurus: Pays $100/story for original science fiction and fantasy stories between 5,000 and 25,000 words.

Tales of Old: Pays $25/story for historical fiction and alternate history stories between 3,000 and 6,000 words. Reprints welcome.

Cast of Wonders: Pays ~$8/story for young adult speculative fiction stories up to 10,000 words. Reprints welcome.

The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine: Pays $.005/word (that’s right, 1/2 cent per word) with a maximum payment of $10 for speculative fiction of various lengths during open contest periods.

Toasted Cake:  Pays $5/story for SF/F/H fiction under 2,000 words, with a preference for those under 1,200 words. Reprints welcome.

 

So, dear reader…what podcasts do you listen to? Are there any fiction podcasts I missed that I should add to this list?

October Deadlines

You may have noticed last month I missed posting deadlines (or maybe you didn’t; I’m not sure anyone actually reads this thing…*taps microphone*). I have a new job and a new house and not a lot of time to write, especially things like blog posts, which are unpaid. So, I missed the deadline. Oops. I’ll try to make it up to you by having two this month: one today, and one next week about podcasts. Deal? Deal. Okay, here we come with those deadlines…

Steal the Spotlight MicroFiction Contest – October 15

Autumn Cthulhu – October 31

Crossed Genres: Betrayal – October 31

Beware the Little White Rabbit – November 15

Shock Totem – November 30

Accessing the Future – November 30

Bad Dream Entertainment - November 30

Apotheosis: Stories of Survival After the Rise of the Elder Gods - December 31

Second Contacts – January 15, 2015

The Mammoth Book of Professor Moriarty Adventures – February 15, 2015

The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper Tales – April 1, 2015

Nightmare Magazine – reopened

Grievous Angel – ongoing

Uncanny – ongoing

Shades of Terror – ongoing

Halloween Forevermore – ongoing

Fantastic Stories of the Imagination - ongoing

These deadlines are, as always, Submitter Beware, because I can’t vouch for any of these publishers. This is basically just a place for me to deposit short story deadlines to which I would like to submit work, so all the markets are paying (usually at least $.01 a word, although I’m getting a lot pickier about pay rates lately) and accept electronic submissions. They’re all genre markets of some kind (horror, science fiction, steampunk, fantasy).

Please be sure to check Horror TreeRalan, Dark Markets, and The Submission Grinder for more publications looking for submissions.  This list is by no means exhaustive. Oh, and don’t forget to check posts from previous months (they’re all categorized under Upcoming Deadlines) for publications that are still open.

If you’re an editor or publisher and you’d like me to feature your deadline here, you can email me at sarah.hans at gmail dot com with the details.

Happy Submitting!

Context 27 Schedule

Context 27 is this weekend! I’m super excited! This will be my last convention for some time, and it’s one of my favorites, so I’m definitely going to be hitting it hard.

Here’s my schedule:

Saturday

12:00 – Skewering the Trope “Tough Women” in Literature

4:00 – Crowdfunding

5:00 – Reading

9:00 Sentence Slam Judging

I’m also organizing the parties for Saturday night and I’ll be attending several workshops. Keep an eye out for me if you’ll be there, and say hello!

August Deadlines

How is it already August?!

Fantasy and Science Fiction Special Issue – August 15

NonBinary Review: Wizard of Oz – August 31

Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide – August 31

Crossed Genres: Destruction – August 31

Penumbra: Aliens – September 1

The Journal of Unlikely Cryptography – October 1

Midnight Echo Magazine: Sinister – October 31

The Lost Worlds: Steampunk Horror Anthology – December 30

Shadows and Reflections: A Tribute to Roger Zelazny – open until filled

These deadlines are, as always, Submitter Beware, because I can’t vouch for any of these publishers. This is basically just a place for me to deposit short story deadlines to which I would like to submit work, so all the markets are paying (usually at least $.01 a word, although I’m getting a lot pickier about pay rates lately) and accept electronic submissions. They’re all genre markets of some kind (horror, science fiction, steampunk, fantasy).

Please be sure to check Horror TreeRalan and Dark Markets for more publications looking for submissions.  This list is by no means exhaustive. Oh, and don’t forget to check posts from previous months (they’re all categorized under Upcoming Deadlines) for publications that are still open.

If you’re an editor or publisher and you’d like me to feature your deadline here, you can email me at sarah.hans at gmail dot com with the details.

Happy Submitting!

Super Exciting News Explosion!!!!1!

NOW WITH SUPER EXCITING BULLET POINTS!

  • Steampunk World is now available for pre-order if you missed the Kickstarter! Also, prints of the new cover!
  • My short story “FawnGirl14″ has been selected for an anthology I’m not allowed to name yet that will be appearing on Kickstarter soon! It’s about a girl with antlers, and I’ve been a little obsessed with the imagery of girls with antlers for years, so this was kind of a cathartic story for me. Also a lot of fun to read at DetCon1 last weekend.
  • My short story “Voice of the Revolution” will be appearing in an anthology of stories about bards put together by Doc Myers of Dwarven Cookbook fame. Each story will include a recipe tailor-made by Doc, which is really neat and unique. The Kickstarter for this anthology should drop in September, so keep an eye out for more info on that.
  • My short story “Se Fe Lontan/Long Time No See” will be appearing in Lincoln Crisler‘s latest anthology, That Voodoo, Hoodoo, That You Do. The story is about a Vodou priestess who has to fight the demons of her past to fight the demons of the present.  I’m excited about this one because the protagonist is a middle-aged woman of color, a demographic that is super underrepresented in genre fiction. I hope I did her justice.
  • I moved to a big new house in a nice new neighborhood, and finished that on Saturday, so I can finally get back to writing and managing submissions!
  • I passed my last licensure exam, so now I can finally apply for my teaching license! Yaaaaaaaay! This has been a long road, so long there was a time where I thought I’d never get to this point. But I did! Go me!

DetCon1 Schedule

DetCon1 is this weekend! I’m really looking forward to visiting Detroit for the second time this summer. Here is my panel schedule (please note that this schedule is subject to change and you should check the final schedule at the convention to confirm times and locations):

Friday

11:00 Dystopias Across Time and Space (Mackinac West)

5:00 The State of Short Fiction (Mackinac East)

8:00 Mass Autograph Session/Reception

Saturday

11:00 Teens Talk to…Editors (Duluth A)

12:00 Fiction Reading with Balogun Ojetade and Emmy Jackson (Joliet A)

6:00 Crowdfunding: A New Path to Possibility (Nicolet A)

 

Will I see you there, dear reader?

July Deadlines

Sorry I forgot to post this yesterday! I”m looking for a new place to live, so that’s been taking up the majority of my time, which probably also explains why this month’s deadline list is a little short.

Our World of Horror – July 20

Crossed Genres: School - July 31

Penumbra: Paranormal Adventures – August 1

Lovely, Dark and Deep – August 31

The Lost Worlds – December 30

Grievous Angel – ongoing

These deadlines are, as always, Submitter Beware, because I can’t vouch for any of these publishers. This is basically just a place for me to deposit short story deadlines to which I would like to submit work, so all the markets are paying (usually at least $.01 a word, although I’m getting a lot pickier about pay rates lately) and accept electronic submissions. They’re all genre markets of some kind (horror, science fiction, steampunk, fantasy).

Please be sure to check Horror TreeRalan and Dark Markets for more publications looking for submissions.  This list is by no means exhaustive. Oh, and don’t forget to check posts from previous months (they’re all categorized under Upcoming Deadlines) for publications that are still open.

If you’re an editor or publisher and you’d like me to feature your deadline here, you can email me at sarah.hans at gmail dot com with the details.

Happy Submitting!

SteamTopia Schedule

I’m really excited to be a panelist at the first-ever SteamTopia this weekend! You can find me in the writing track:

Thursday:
7:00 Opening Ceremonies
8:30 Writing Track Meet-up
Friday:
11:30 Agents, Small Press, Big 5, Self-Publishing
4:00 DIY Characters Workshop
5:30 Magical Checks & Balances
Saturday:
11:30 Book Signing
2:30 Genre Mash-ups
4:00 Role-Playing for Fiction
7:00 One-Sentence Contest Judging
Sunday:
11:30 Building on Ideas/Last Minute Writing Advice
Looks like it’s going to be another busy weekend for me. Hope to see you there!