Category Archives: Short Stories

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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Winter Poetry

Random thoughts on the New Year

Don’t make resolutions – make dreams. Dream big. Then plan what is needed to make dreams real. Then implement.

Grandmaster Iwon Seo once told my son  that “A Black Belt is a white belt that never quit.” Same is true of all art forms.

Don’t quit; that means reality and the naysayers won.

This weeks supermoon inspired this poem. I have a window by my desk and can look out through the treetops and see the moon hiding, The photograph is by Matt Cardy of Getty Images


Matt Cardy/Getty Images News/Getty Images

Looking through the cold

the wolf moon’s crisp light

warms my soul in its still beauty



New Year thoughts – Although is odd to put so much emphasis on an abstract created and measured by man.  Every day is a new day, the first day of the rest of your life. Go forth and live,


Yesterday Tomorrow

Behind us certain death

Before us mortality

Actions transcend time

Beyond the physical body


Haiku inspired by reflections on mortality  – Janus dies and is reborn


Bodies wither as

Memories fade across the

ravages of time


What will you do to be remembered?  Make a difference.

Be unique you. Be bold. Be brave. and Be Happy.


Until next time,




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