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!

June Deadlines

The Sea is Ours: Tales of Steampunk Southeast Asia – June 30

Fireside Fiction  – June 30

Crossed Genres: Robots, Androids, and Cyborgs – June 30

Penumbra: Lewis Carroll – July 1

Strange Little Girls – July 15

LampLight – July 15

The Book Smugglers: Subversive Fairy Tale Retellings – July 31

This Patchwork Flesh: QUILTBAG Horror – August 31

Childhood Fears – September 15

Wily Writers: Fantasy/Love – September 30

Triptych Tales – ongoing

The Dark – ongoing

Also note: Daily Science Fiction is currently closed to pieces longer than 2,000 words, but they still need shorter stories. So if you’ve got some SF flash that needs a home, now is a good time to send it to them!

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!

Honoring Jay Lake

Jay Lake has unfortunately passed away. Although I only met Jay in person twice, he had a big impact on me as a writing professional. Last year, when I was putting together Steampunk World, I sent him this email.

Jay,

I read your blog post today about your declining health. I am so, so sorry to hear it. While I would love to receive a story from you for Steampunk World, new or reprint, I don’t expect one. It’s a trivial thing in the grand scheme. I’m sure it’s not high on your to-do list right now, and it’s fine if it stays that way.

I wanted to tell you how honored I have been to know you. I know we’ve only met twice (you probably don’t remember the first time, at the rave at World Steam Expo last year, and that’s okay) but you definitely left an impression. You were the only Guest of Honor up late partying into the wee hours at WSE, for one, and I remember thinking “Everyone was right, this guy is awesome!” 

For two, you were the first writer I approached about submitting a story to Steampunk World (go big or go home, right?) at Chicon, and you said yes.  And that might seem like a small thing to you, but to me that was huge. Because believe it or not I’m a shy, rather socially awkward person. I was (and am) this small-time writer nobody had ever heard of, so I was fully expecting you to say no, but you didn’t. You were lovely and kind and generous with your time and your words and because of that, because you said yes, I’ve had the courage to ask other authors to do projects with me, and some of them have said yes. And every time I’m scared to ask someone to be involved in a project with me I just think about how Jay Lake said yes. And every time it gets a little easier, I get a little bolder and braver. 

It’s funny how the smallest gestures can change the world for people. And I just wanted you to know that you changed mine with that little “yes.” 

Love,

Sarah Hans

 

I thought about waiting to post those words in a tribute blog post in the event of Jay’s death instead of bothering Jay with an email, but then I thought what a pity it would be if he never knew what a positive influence he’d been on me. So I sent them to him a year ago. I wasn’t expecting to get a response at all (because…priorities). Instead, Jay kindly sent me a story for Steampunk World. Because that’s the kind of guy Jay Lake was.

There’s a good chance that without Jay’s participation, Steampunk World would not have been so successful. Thus, the publisher and I will be donating 20% of the proceeds from the anthology’s retail sales to the memorial fund mentioned on his blog. It’s a small gesture but hopefully one that will give other cancer patients more time with their families.

I will miss working with Jay very much, but I’m very glad we have his words to enjoy again and again in the form of books and stories and essays…and also in our kindness and generosity to each other. Has anyone made a bumper sticker that says WWJLD?

Best. Panel. Ever.

Best. Panel. Ever.