Workshop Discount Offer

John_William_Waterhouse_-_The_Crystal_BallRegistration is currently open at The Storied Imaginarium. This Spring there are two generative, themed, online writing workshops available: Monstrous Women and Intersections: Science Fiction, Fairy Tales and Myth. In addition, The Storied Imaginarium will also be offering Finishing School for writers. If you have unfinished or unpolished stories that need an intensive round of workshops, Finishing School might be the ticket. All courses run for 16 weeks and meet weekly via Skype. Both workshops and Finishing School are currently being offered at the reduced rate of $500 through December 15th. In addition, previous students are eligible for an additional 10% off.

There are six modules that will be explored in Monstrous Women including The Shifting Shapes of Animal Brides, The Seductive Allure of the Femme Fatale, Weeping Women and Tearful Prophecies, The Female Descent into Hysteria and Madness, Women’s Vengeance Unleashed, and Mayhem in Numbers and the Sacred Three. Weekly meetings alternate between discussions and workshops. Module materials include introductory information, select excerpts, resource links, popular re-tellings, quotes & trivia, writing prompts, and discussion questions. At the end of the workshop, participants will have written a total of six stories and will have the opportunity to present a portfolio for a second round of critique.

elvesFairy tales and myth are the focus of Intersections: Science Fiction, Fairy Tales and Myth. This Spring, participants will be working through the following pairings as source material for short story generation: Elves and the Shoemaker & Wearable Technology; Sleeping Beauty & Science of Dreams; Nuada of the Silver Arm (The Mabinogion) & Cyborgs; The Goose Girl & Future of Facial Recognition; Trickster Tales & Military and Spy Technology; The Nightingale & Artificial Intelligence; Hansel and Gretel & Genetic Trauma; Arachne Myth and Spiderwoman Stories & Cosmic Web; Diamonds and Toads & Earth’s Dwindling Resources; Maenads & Science of Addiction. By the end of the semester, participants will have written a total of up to ten stories and will have the opportunity to present a portfolio for a second round of critique. Past participants in this workshop have placed stories in numerous anthologies and magazines including Apex, Daily Science Fiction, Clarkesworld, and Escape Pod.

Finishing School is the newest offering at The Storied Imaginarium. This intensive, online workshop provides a space for writers to complete unfinished projects and share them with their peers in a supportive critiquing environment. In addition to critique, this workshop will serve as a platform to discuss issues of craft, the writing life, submissions, networking, and netiquette. Over the course of sixteen weeks, participants will submit four stories for review, receive feedback, and have further opportunities to revise. Assigned reading will include published stories that address specific questions of craft, as well as essays and editorials in the field. While some conversations might bend particularly toward speculative fiction, experimental and realist writers are also welcome to join Finishing School.

REGISTRATION: To save a seat, send an email request for an invoice to Carina Bissett at cmariebissett@gmail.com. The fee to attend the workshop is currently available for the reduced rate of $500 through December 15th, payable to cmariebissett@gmail.com via PayPal. There is a $100 non-refundable deposit required to hold your spot with payment in FULL prior to the first class. Returning students receive a 10% discount. Registration packet includes detailed information on each module, expectations and etiquette, and educational materials. Space is limited.

Submission Roundup

Themed Calls

Glass & Gardens: Solarpunk Summers
Anthologist Sarena Ulibarri is looking for eco-conscious science fiction that imagines an optimistic future founded on renewable energies. NOTE: Keep it planet-based (Earth or other), and optimistic. Solarpunk worlds aren’t necessarily utopias, but they definitely aren’t dystopias.
Word Count: up to 8,000 words
Deadline: November 15, 2017
Payment: $0.01 per word + contributor copy

Enchanted Conversations Editor Kate Wolford is looking for fairy tale re-tellings of “Elves and the Shoemaker.” (NOTE: This is not a market for the following: sci-fi, dystopian, erotica, high fantasy, excessive world building, time-travel, futuristic, space travel, western.)
Word Count: 700-3,000 words
Deadline: November 30, 2017 (NOTE: Submissions do not open until Nov. 1)
Payment: $30

Beneath Yggdrasil’s Shadow Fantasia Divinity Magazine & Publishing is actively seeking submissions for this anthology of the forgotten goddesses of Norse mythology.
Word Count: 500-10,500 words
Deadline: November 30, 2017
Payment: one half-cent per word, with a minimum payment of $5 and a maximum of $15.

The Book Smugglers
Book Smugglers Publishing is currently open for short stories submissions on the theme of Awakenings. This dynamic duo plans to publish at least four pieces of short fiction–short stories (at least 1,500 words) or novelettes (up to 17,500 words)–unified by the central theme. Accepted stories will be published between May and August 2018. (NOTE: “When it comes to Awakenings, anything goes. You, the author, should feel free to take this general theme and interpret it in any way you see fit–from a story about an AI’s first hours of sentience, to magical alternate histories featuring characters discovering how to wield power for the first time, anything goes.”)
Word Count: 1,500-17,500 words
Deadline: December 31, 2017
Payment: $0.08 per word up to $800

Markets of Interest

Clarkesworld Magazine
Editor Neil Clarke put a shout-out for submissions as his inventory is currently low. He is looking for well-written science fiction and fantasy stories. “Science fiction need not be “hard” SF, but rigor is appreciated. Fantasy can be folkloric, contemporary, surreal, etc. Horror can be supernatural or psychological, so long as it is frightening. There are no barriers as to levels of profanity, gore, or sexuality allowed, but high amounts of profanity, gore, and sexuality are generally used poorly. Be sure to use them well if you do use them.” (NOTE: There is an extensive list of ‘had sells’ listed on the website.)
Word Count: 1,000-16,000 words, no exceptions
Deadline: Rolling
Payment: $0.10 per word for the first 5,000 words, $0.08 for each word over 5,000

Outlook Springs
This literary market is open for submission in a range of genres including experimental, science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, magical realism, minimalist, maximalist, and flash. (NOTE: There is a limit of two submissions per reading period.)
Word Count: 1,000-16,000 words, no exceptions
Deadline: January 15, 2018
Payment: $25

Contests

Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards
This contest centers on popular fiction in six categories: Romance, Thriller, Crime, Horror, Science-Fiction, and Young Adult.
Word Count: 4,000 words or less
Deadline: November 15, 2017
Entry Fee: $25 for your first manuscript; $20 for each additional manuscript
Prize(s): One Grand Prize winner ($2,500 in cash, a paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference, an interview with the author in Writer’s Digest’s May/June issue, $100 off a purchase at http://www.writersdigestshop.com, and a copy of the 2018 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market) and one First Prize winner in EACH category (an announcement of the winner in the May/June issue of Writer’s Digest, $500 in cash, $100 off a purchase at http://www.writersdigestshop.com, and a copy of the 2018 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market).

Mythraeum
This wonderful niche contest is currently accepting submissions for the Arachne Contest. Stories must feature the Arachne and Athena myth. All genres are accepted. (NOTE: This publisher often turns winning stories into short films.)
Word Count: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: November 30, 2017
Entry Fee: None
Prize: $300

Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest
This contest is for new and amateur writers of fantasy, dark fantasy, and science fiction. Entrants retain all publication rights. NOTE: The contest is open only to those who have not professionally published a novel or short novel, or more than one novelette, or more than three short stories, in any medium. Professional publication is deemed to be payment of at least $0.06 per word, and at least 5,000 copies, or 5,000 hits.
Word Count: up to 17,000 words
Deadline: December 31, 2017
Entry Fee: None
Prize(s): Quarterly awards of $1,000, $750, $500 with an additional Grand Prize of $5,000 awarded annually.