Fantastic Medley: a SF news round-up of sorts

Here are a few submission and reading opportunities you might be interested in, if you like your fiction weird:

Apex Magazine is open until November 16th for their Annual Flash Fiction Contest: it’s free to enter, and they’re looking for speculative stories under 250 words with a “Christmas Invasion” theme. Make sure you check out the great stuff they publish monthly, and while you’re at it, give them a buck – they’re running a subscription drive at the moment – or get a book from their publishing arm.

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Holdfast has just won the British Fantasy Society Best Magazine 2015 Award, and their 7th issue, “Looking forward, looking back”, is out now. I haven’t had time to dive into it yet, but it’s the usual mix of fiction, poetry, non-fiction (including the great “Unbelievers” section…), interview, book shelf… even a playlist! Anyway. Get thy virtual ass there and start reading.

They’re also open to submissions until January 15th for their next issue on the theme “Love, Sex, Romance“, and also on other themes for their annual print anthology.

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Great bargains to be had from Asimov’s and Analog at the moment: you can get 8 back issues for $6.95 (or 12 for $15.95) with – very important if you happen not to live in the US – very reasonable postage. I just received my package, and I’m looking forward to all that pulpy goodness… They’re also both open to submissions – find the guidelines on their respective websites.

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Full disclosure / self-promotion: I had pieces in Holdfast and Apex before, which you can read here and here.

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