Category Archives: Short Stories


As President of the Atlanta chapter of Sisters in Crime, I have been very busy this year and had many surprises. I have been caught off guard by some of them.  I have been asked to be a  panelist and a moderator for two upcoming events. I am delighted to have this opportunity as I always feel like I learn more when I go out and share with others.  Teaching is the best way to be certain you know a subject.

I was not surprised to be asked to participate in the Atlanta Sisters in Crime panels for the Atlanta Journal Constitution Decatur Book fair.  It is the largest independent book fair in the country and draws a crowd of over 70,000.   Saturday September 1st, I will be moderating a panel about Sisters in Crime, what it is, who we are, and what it can do for mystery lovers.  On Sunday September 2nd, I will be moderating another panel.  We can be found in a large quad booth at spot 402. 

DBF Poster

2018 AJC Decatur Book Festival poster by Caldecott Honoree, R. Gregory Christie.

Palmetto Sisters in Crime is hosting their first workshop called Mystery in the Midlands in Columbia, SC on Saturday, July 28th.

Join us for a full day of author panels, writer’s craft workshops, and an author luncheon! Stick around for a signing at the end of the day. Headlined by Elaine Viets, this day-long mystery conference includes over 20 mystery writers from all over the country! Lunch included.

I have been invited to participate in a panel on short stories with Paula Benson and others.  I am thrilled because I attended a panel led by Paula Benson several years ago which pushed me into trying  that style of fiction. Since then I have had 6 short stories published ( some under a nom de plum).

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Spring Submission opportunities

Now many submission opportunities you can find through duotrope or submission grinder. I will share others that I come across from time to time.   Always be certain to check contracts and any other details.  I will expand as I find interesting tidbits.

Deadline March 14, 2018: genre fantasy – short stories, comics, and lotsa art

Werewolves Versus ezine has a call out for tales about FASHION and werewolves.  The content, however, can be humorous, horror, mystery, modern day, historical, or futuristic.  Pay is based on a royalty system. I have published with them twice.–UOAa2AlKJmCwnCZPhqYw/edit#_=_

Deadline March 20, 2018: genre Animal fantasy – fairy tales or myths – poems – short stories or comics  

Enchanted Conversation e-zine is looking for stories, poems & comics that use animals as main characters or that operate as a catalyst to the story in a fairy tale, folklore, or mythic setting.  April issue Deadline is  March 20th.

Deadline April 30, 2018: genre: Anthropomorphic fantasy – short stories

Sofawolf Press is accepting submissions for a new anthology based in the world of New Tibet. Stories should be between 1,000 and 10,000 words.  This is a shared world project in the vein of Thieves’ World, many writers sharing the same universe.  Be sure to carefully follow world laws.

Alcyone, a speculative fiction and poetry magazine edited by SIUC alumna and novelist Mandi Jourdan, is seeking submissions!
We enjoy anything speculative; we love fantasy and science-fiction in all their forms from space opera to post-apocalyptic YA and the paranormal.
Fiction 10,000 words or less We accept short stories, novelettes, flash fiction, and novel excerpts, as long as they make a fair amount of sense being read as standalone pieces. Query at alcyonesubmissionsATgmailDOTcom for anything over 10k words. We will also consider novels, novellas, chapbooks, and other full-length works through Bloostone Press, the publishing house that runs Alcyone. Query for guidelines on those submissions.

Poetry 100 lines or less (In a single poem or in multiple poems as long as they fall at or below this threshold.)
Alcyone’s first issue is in progress, and it will feature authors including Gregory Kimbrell, Phillip Frey, Joseph Felser, Dan Fields, Lana Grey, and many more. We’re still seeking more poetry and fiction for the first issue!
Here are the submission guidelines:


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