London-based publisher Unsung Stories are open to submission until February 26th. They’re looking for speculative fiction, and accept novels as well as “sets of novellas or novelettes, interlinked short fictions and the like”.
If you’ve read their books, you’ll know they have quite a relaxed approach to genre, and publish authors who merrily write across the borders of fantasy, science fiction and whatever other categories of the fantastic and weird you might come up with. (They’ve published a noir sci-fi novel in verse, so you see what I mean.)
They’re well worth checking out even if you’re don’t have a manuscript looking for a home. I’d recommend in particular You Will Grow Into Them, a collection of dark and weird short stories by Malcolm Devlin, and Aliya Whiteley‘s The Arrival of Missives.
I’m a bit late on this, but the good folks of Maudlin House had me over on their site as one of their Writers of the Week. So I’m Writer of Last Week. I’m old news. Washed up.
You can still go have a look at it, though. And at the whole mag: Maudlin House publishes “all forms of transgressive, absurdist and minimalist literature”, and are looking for submissions.
The new issue of The Maine Review is just out, and it contains my story “Return to Aragón”. It features holidays in Spain, a midlife crisis-ing father, an old trailer sitting in wait in a nook of the Pyrenees.
I’m waiting to get my copy myself, but if you’re interested you can check out their store, where you can find print or digital issues.
And if you write, The Maine Review will be open for submissions in February and March. They pay $50 per poem and 0.03c/word for prose.
I have a short story, “Lonely Red World Serenade”, up in the inaugural issue of Helios Quarterly. You can and should get it here, to get your fill of speculative fiction and poetry on the theme of miscommunication.
My own contribution is a story of robotic unrequited love set, as you might have guessed, on Mars.
If you write that kind of stuff, Helios will be open to submissions for the first two weeks of October for another themed issue, details of which you can find here.
I’m fierce delighted to have a new story up at the great Unsung Stories. It’s about what happens when a lowly burger-flipper gets to meet his idol. It’s a bit wild, and half told through social media, so you’ll be right at home, you screen monkey. It goes like this:
“I’m getting to 9.2 on the boredom scale (not that I’m casting it, of course, but then I wouldn’t bet an arm that the feed isn’t tapping my meat for emotional data), placing trays on the counter and loading them with wax-paper parcels of food as fast as I can, when I glimpse Stuart Mafokate’s perfect face on the screenwall that lines the entrance…”
You can keep reading it here. Go on it’s only short. And if you don’t know Unsung Stories, you should definitely have a look around their website. In addition to publishing SF/weird short stories every fortnight, they publish great books in the same genres.
Why go out in the sun, frolic in fields or on beaches when you could be sitting at you kitchen table, blinds drawn, in your favourite kickers, emailing strangers strange stories you made up, right?
Me and my personal manuscript sender.
Here’s who to pester this Summer:
- The Stinging Fly : one of Ireland’s best magazines opens for online submission for the first time this August. Well worth buying an issue or subscribing if you don’t know them. They’re the folks behind short stories all-stars such as Kevin Barry, Danielle McLaughlin, Claire-Louise Bennett…
- Gamut : So new they don’t have a website yet. They’ll launch in August, and open to submissions then. Editor is Richard Thomas, who is also Editor-in-chief of Dark House Press, and what he wants is “neo-noir, speculative fiction”. So ready your weird-ass shit, folks. Will pay handsomely.
- Geometry : a brand-new online lit mag with a nice, clear look is looking for submissions for their inaugural issue. They’re based in New Zealand, but have an international outlook, and they pay! Deadline is September 1st.
- Slice : this ever beautiful American magazine is open until August 1st to submissions on the theme “Corporeal”. Pays $250 for stories and $75 for poems.
- DEAD INK BOOKS : also with a deadline on August 1st, this relatively new publisher is looking for stories between 5,000 and 30,000 words on the them of “Exile”, to be published as e-books as part of a series.
So, that should keep you busy, and away from beaches and sun-lit streets, these locales of loose morals and looser garments. As usual, do your homework, buy magazines, don’t be a dick, etc.
The latest instalment of the brilliant Unthology series was launched yesterday. As usual, it’s a great collection of fiction, gathering pieces that really work together, without falling into the old boring trap of theme or style unity. It’s as good as it looks, and it contains my short story “Nora and Anthony”.
It’s a theatrical romantic extravaganza, and if you happen to be a Corkonian, the set was fashioned after the Everyman Theatre.