Authortunities #34 Nov. 11—Dec. 9
❗ INUJINI cover reveal ❗ ➕ HWA Poetry Showcase X ➕ FREE Space and Time #10 from March 1971 〓 over 100 author opportunities for you!
Grab a big cup of coffee because this is a long one but there is a lot to cover including a cover reveal for my first novel INUJINI, a link to the “Brides of Bram (Stoker)” event and the HWA Poetry Showcase X details! There are also updates on some of our Space and Time alumni plus the usual free issue of Space and Time along with 100+ author opportunities for you to win at life with.
But first… the INUJINI cover reveal as promised. Cover art and design by Kyra Starr.
INUJINI dives into the heart of the WWII Battle of Okinawa through the eyes of three brave young girls, Shigeko, Kaori, and Yuki. Each girl confronts the harsh realities of war, yet finds strength and resilience with the help of their traditional guardian spirits, the shiisaas. It's a tale that balances the struggles of war with the power of friendship, cultural identity, and inner strength. A journey through resilience and hope, highlighting the rich culture of the Shimanchu people of Okinawa, readers will find a compelling read that resonates with anyone seeking inspiration and courage in challenging times.
There’s more details on my blog for anyone interested, as well as a sign up list for ARCs. This is the book I wrote following the Bram Stoker Awarded Tortured Willows. It is probably the most important thing I’ve ever published.
Poll results! Last week’s question was all about writing contests that charge fees.
I personally don’t have a problem with contests that charge a moderate entry fee. I always assume that’s where their prize money is coming from, or it’s a fundraiser like the SFPA’s annual contest but 70% of you disagree. It would be interesting to hear from contest organizers from both sides to hear their take on it.
Thank you to everyone who weighed in. New poll! This week I’m thinking about cultural appreciation versus appropriation.
What do you think? I’ll share the results next week.
I was privileged to celebrate Bram Stoker’s birthday on November 7th with LindaAnn LoSchiavo and Linda D. Addison for the “Brides of Bram (Stoker)” poetry reading. The three of us came together to honor our horror godfather and toast LindaAnn’s latest poetry collection: Vampire Ventures. Reading dark poetry with friends was a perfect evening. Don’t worry if you missed it. You can watch the entire event here.
Also in celebration of Bram Stoker's birthday on November 7th the HWA POETRY SHOWCASE X is officially published. Thank you to our Horror Writers Association membership, everyone who submitted and this year’s judges Colleen Anderson, Timothy P. Flynn, Katherine Quevedo and Eugen Bacon. Maxwell I. Gold has agreed to take over as the editor for the next two volumes.
Sara Tantlinger — “Sinews and Salt”
Carina Bissett — “Sleeping Beauties”
Ann K. Schwader — “Wolf Children”
Emily Ruth Verona — “[How Not to Be] Devoured”
Jacqueline West — “You Have Her Eyes”
Lee Murray — “red wind”
Maxwell I. Gold — “When Stars Were Riddled with Termites”
Angela Liu — “The Room Never Had A Window”
Azzurra Nox — “The Photographer”
Gerri Leen — “Crows and Ghouls”
Stephanie M. Wytovich — “Bride, Woman, Body”
Louise Worthington — “Lambs Tails”
Tiffany Rife — “I Only Ever Learned to Drown”
Dante Novario — “That Death Aesthetic”
Victoria Nations — “I WILL NOT BE THE GHOST”
Patricia Gomes — “The Blight of Keziah”
Cassondra Windwalker — “Vagabond”
Saba Syed Razvi — “Beneath A Wolf’s Moon, The Heart’s Kill Bitten Through Its Becoming”
Donna J. W. Munro — “Cosmic Triptych”
Jessica Drake-Thomas — “DEAD THINGS”
Trisha J. Wooldridge — “Portrait of Artistic License”
Christina Sng — “THE GIRL IN THE CAGE”
K.M. Bennett — “The Great Prototype Terror”
Russell Hemmell — “The City of Forgotten Stones”
Marisca Pichette — “damsels suffer distress”
Lisa Morton — “The House of Small Pictures”
Kate Boyes — “To Revel in What Others Grieve”
C.J. Carter-Stephenson — “THE LEECH”
Annie Neugebauer — “Chat gpt.”
Allie Marini — “Vukmira’s Teacup”
Pauline Yates — “What It Means To Be With You”
Michael Bailey — “APPOSITE AND OPPOSITE”
Naching T. Kassa — “MORGUE ROAD”
Galadriel Faye — “Trash”
Hillary Dodge — “Turris Nepenthes”
Alicia Hilton — “Baby Wanted to Come Back”
Robert Perez – “Cubozoa”
Gerry Huntman — “Dog Star Blues”
Brian J. Hatcher — “A Little Bad Air”
Rob E. Boley — “Behind My Face”
Melodie Bolt — “1816 The Nighthawk Mother”
John Bartell — “I am the angel”
Corey Niles — “rat king”
Graham Masterton — “DZIEWANNA”
Jonathan Louis Duckworth — “BESTIARY ENTRY 13: THE FLOWER OF WINTER”
Kyla Lee Ward — “Ophelia’s Return”
Grace R. Reynolds — “Mama’s Cherry Pie”
Stephanie Ellis — “Pilgrim”
Janine Cross — “Filling Holes”
Deborah L. Davitt — “Patchwork Girl”
🚀📦While you’re there grabbing your Poetry Showcase, be sure to collect your free issue of Space and Time magazine! This week’s issue is #10 from March 1971 and will be free from Sunday, November 12, 2023, 12:00 AM PST Thursday, November 16, 2023, 11:59 PM PST.
This is a win for all of us. When you read for free you support the magazine with your Kindle Edition Normalized Page Count (KENPC). That’s money in our pocket that didn’t come from yours. As always, reviews and shares are welcome.
Space and Time Alumni
🚀From Paige E. Ewing: I've been reading your Authortunities newsletter for ages, and have a story coming out in January in Learning to Be Human anthology that I think I saw the call for submissions here. I published a story, “Flyboy,” in Space and Time #119, and I have a link to it on my site: https://paigeewing.com/free-stories/
These days, I'm writing a futuristic fantasy series, Liliana and the Fae of Fayetteville. The first book, Precise Oaths came out in July and book 2, Explosive Chemistry, comes out Nov 21 officially, but the e-book version is up for pre-order on Amazon and Goodreads.
🚀From Lauren McBride: I have had one poem published in Space and Time (so far): “More Than a Feeling,” March 2020, a nonet later nominated for the Dwarf Stars.
Most recently I have had my first chapbook published. In it I showcase over 30 poetic forms with an appendix on how to write each one. Its target audience is young adults (9 -99) who are interested in reading and writing speculative poetry. A good place to start, the sci(na)ku. At only six words, it's sure to interest even the youngest readers. Aliens, Magic, and Monsters, Hiraeth Publishing, September 2023, available at Hiraeth, Amazon and elsewhere.
Thank you for the shoutout, and for keeping me on your very useful Authortuities mailing list.
🚀From Anthony Bernstein: I have a poem in S&T #194 back in '08, it's titled "Faith In... ". A rewrite of that poem also appears in the past July HWA newsletter in an article I wrote, but I retitled it "Hit and Run Veteran."
❗❗❗Thank you always to all our S&T Alumni! I love seeing what you are up to now. Have you had work published in Space and Time at anytime? I’d love to share what you’re doing now. Send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org.
❓Ever wonder where I gather the information for my calendar? I have some great sources and they all deserve credit. My awesome assistant Lenoff and I keep an eye on them all week looking for new opportunities. If you prefer to go to the source, I keep a list at 🔗https://angelaysmith.com/subscribe/
🧡And that’s it from me this week. Enjoy this week’s Authortunities and go write something that matters… because why not?
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From November 13
🟢 NOV 13 · The Stinging Fly publishes new, previously unpublished work by Irish and international writers with a particular interest in promoting new voices and the short story form. Each issue features a mix of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. They also welcome submissions of poetry and prose in translation. For accepted work, they offer compensation of €30 per magazine page for fiction and nonfiction, €50 per poem, and €250 for Featured Poets. Submissions open on November 13, 2023, and the deadline for your contributions is November 28, 2023. For detailed submission guidelines, visit
🔴 NOV 14 · Flame Tree is open for submissions for their unthemed horror anthology, Elemental Forces. They accept original horror stories of 3,000-5,000 words for publication in hardcover and paperback. Payment is $0.08/word. For submission guidelines, visit
🟢 NOV 14 · Solarpunk Magazine invites submissions for their micro fiction mini issue. Each quarterly mini-issue will feature four solarpunk stories of 250 words or less. Authors can submit up to one micro-fiction piece per submission period. If your story is selected, you will receive $25, which equals 10 cents per word for 250 words. These mini issues will be posted on the Solarpunk Magazine Patreon page. The submission window opens on November 14, 2023, and the deadline for submissions is November 21, 2023. To learn more and submit your microfiction, visit
🔴 NOV 14 · Apparition Lit’s Reality Show Madness Flash Fiction Prompt closes to submissions of speculative flash fiction (under 1k words) prompted by “Do your worst month (Canada’s Worst Handyman, America’s Ugliest House, Nailed It)” until the 14th. Payment is $30 USD.
🔴 NOV 14 · Decapitate!, formerly Quaranzine, from Third Estate Art, is open for weekly submissions related to social justice themes. They accept stories, essays, visual art, and more. One story and up to three poems per submission. Payment is $25. Submit your work at
🔴 NOV 15 · Two for the Show Anthology seeks fiction submissions from US-based writers. The theme revolves around duality, expecting stories that excite and explore complexity. Submit works up to 10,000 words for a payment of 1.5 cents/word. US mailing address required. Guidelines at
🔴 NOV 15 · The Academy of American Poets is offering the Treehouse Climate Action Poem Prize. Open to US poets, it honors exceptional poems addressing the vulnerable state of our environment. Prizes: $1,000, $750, $500. Deadline: Nov 15, 2023. Submit at🔗https://poets.org/academy-american-poets
🔴 NOV 15 · The U.S. Naval Institute is holding an Information Warfare Essay Contest for all contributors—military, reservists, veterans, and civilians. Submit an essay (up to 2,500 words) on information warfare topics. Prizes: $5,000, $2,500, $1,500. Deadline: Nov 15, 2023. Details at
🟢 NOV 15 · Eastover Anthology of Rural Stories is accepting reprints from US-based BIPOC writers focusing on rural or semi-rural locales. Published in 2021 or 2022, stories up to 7,500 words are eligible. Payment ranges from $100 to $300. Deadline is December 15, 2023. Submit your work at
🟢 NOV 15 · Apparition Lit is a speculative fiction magazine that publishes themed issues four times a year, this volume’s entry is “BLIGHT.” They are open to unpublished speculative fiction stories and specific poems. If you're a speculative fiction writer, you can submit your work to Apparition Lit, submission periods are extended by a week for BIPOC creators only. For submission details and guidelines, visit
🔴🏆 NOV 15 · Perugia Press Prize: Perugia Press seeks to empower women poets through its annual prize. The award comprises $2,000, publication by Perugia Press, and 10 author copies. Poets identifying as women with a first or second poetry collection can submit manuscripts of 45 to 85 pages. The entry fee is $30, which includes a Perugia Press title, or $15 for the reduced rate. BIWOC poets are exempt from the entry fee. The deadline is November 15. For comprehensive guidelines and online submission, please visit
🔴🏆 NOV 15 · The Pushcart Press Editors’ Book Award offers $1,000 and recognizes worthy manuscripts that have been overlooked by commercial publishers. Eligible submissions include fiction or nonfiction manuscripts. These manuscripts must be nominated by an editor at a U.S. or Canadian publishing company, accompanied by a formal letter of nomination. The deadline for submissions is November 15, and there is no entry fee. For detailed guidelines, please visit
🔴🏆 NOV 15 · The Story Prize awards a significant $20,000 annually for a story collection written in English and first published in the United States during the current year. The prize also includes $5,000 for two runners-up and the $1,000 Story Prize Spotlight Award. To be eligible, books published between July 1, 2023, and December 31, 2023, can be submitted by publishers, authors, or agents. The entry fee is $75 for two copies of a book, with one allowed to be an electronic copy. The deadline for submissions is November 15. For necessary forms and comprehensive guidelines, please visit
🔴 NOV 15 · evOke is closed to "art and music" themed submissions of artwork, poetry, short fiction, essays, interviews, lifestyle and reviews on things "Pagan, polytheist, and witchy." Also interested in video and audio content. Payment is $5.
🔴 NOV 15 · Songs of Eretz Poetry Review seeks winter solstice poems for their winter issue for “a semi-professional rate of seven dollars per poem.”
🟢♻️ NOV 15 · Samovar, published by Strange Horizons, seeks speculative fiction, review essays, poetry, interviews/conversations, and reprints in translation. Payment for fiction is 8 US cents per word to the author, and 8 US cents per word to the translator. Payment for reprints is a flat $100 USD to the author and $100 USD to the translator. Payments for poetry are $40 USD to the author and $40 USD to the translator. Payment for interview/conversations is $40 USD to each participant. Payment for review-essays is $40 USD.
🟢 NOV 15 · The Fine Arts Work Center offers annual Writing Fellowships, providing a seven-month residency in Provincetown, Massachusetts, to four poets and four fiction writers who haven't published a full-length book in any genre. Each fellowship encompasses a private apartment, a monthly stipend of $1,250, and an exit stipend of $1,000. If you wish to start your fellowship in October 2024, submit your work online by November 15 with a $40 entry fee. Submissions are also accepted with a $55 entry fee from noon on November 15 to before noon on December 1, and from noon on December 1 to December 15 with a $65 entry fee. The submission should include up to 15 pages of poetry or 35 pages of fiction (including a synopsis for novels), a personal statement, and the required entry form. For detailed guidelines, please visit
🔴 NOV 15 · Swim Meet Lit Mag is currently seeking poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction (such as memoir and personal essays), visual art, and photography submissions. They encourage you to send them hybrid work that stretches the boundaries of creativity and that you'd be proud to see published. Compensation for Australian writers is $30 AUD per poem and visual art piece, and $50 AUD for prose and cover art. Submissions must align with their themes. The deadline for submissions is November 15, 2023. For theme details and submission guidelines, visit
🔴 NOV 15 · Bad Day Book is compiling a humorous de-motivational motivational book featuring stories about people's funny bad days. It's the perfect gift for those going through a rough patch or a pick-me-up for your own bad days. The theme for this volume is "On Vacation." They are accepting poetry and prose submissions, and payment ranges from $40 to $75, depending on the length of your contribution. The deadline for submissions is November 15, 2023. For more information and to check the themes, please visit
🔴♻️ NOV 15 · Luna Station Quarterly is dedicated to publishing speculative fiction exclusively from women-identified authors. They believe that women write amazing characters and compelling stories, and they want to showcase it to the world. Luna Station Quarterly welcomes stories from women writers, regardless of their experience or writing background. If you identify as a woman in any significant capacity, your work is welcome here. They are particularly interested in fantasy, science fiction, space opera, new fairy tales (not retellings), stories with a touch of creepiness, tales that explore original worlds, big events from an everyman perspective, unique settings and storytelling forms, and well-written stories with strong characters. This call is exclusively for women writers, and payment is $5. Some reprints are accepted. The submission deadline is November 15, 2023. For more details, please visit
🔴 NOV 15 · Severn River is open for submissions of full-length works in various genres, including Crime Fiction, Legal Thriller, Mystery, Military Thriller, Historical Fiction, Psychological Thriller, Domestic Thriller, Science Fiction, Dystopian, and Young Adult works within these accepted genres. While the provided information doesn't specify payment details, Severn River offers royalties. The submission deadline is November 15, 2023. For more information, visit
🔴 NOV 15 · Two For the Show is looking for fiction submissions in all genres. They are particularly interested in English language stories that rebel in some way. You can submit super short stories (1,500 words or less) or short stories (1,500 – 10,000 words). Please note that this opportunity is open to writers in the United States. Accepted submissions will be paid at a rate of 1.5 cents per word. The submission deadline is November 15, 2023. For more details and to submit your work, visit
🔴 NOV 15 · The Lorelei Signal, a quarterly electronic magazine, is dedicated to SF/Fantasy stories that feature strong and complex female characters. They are particularly interested in works that depict women in roles beyond the traditional shrinking violets or damsels in distress. While your female character doesn't have to be the main hero or villain, they should be robust and contribute significantly to the story. The call is open for Fantasy short stories, flash fiction, and poetry, and they offer a payment of $15 for short stories, $5 for poems and flash fiction pieces under 1000 words, and $5 for reprints. The deadline for submissions is November 15, 2023, and they also accept reprints. For more information and to submit your work, visit
🔴🏆 NOV 15 · Yale University Press Younger Poets Prize: Yale University Press offers the Younger Poets Prize, providing a $1,000 award, publication, and a writing fellowship at the James Merrill House in Stonington, Connecticut, to poets residing in the United States who have not published a full-length poetry book. The manuscript should be 48 to 64 pages. To enter, submit your manuscript with a $25 entry fee by November 15. For comprehensive guidelines, visit
🔴🏆 NOV 15 · The Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition awards a $3,000 prize along with travel and lodging expenses for the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference to the winner of the best short short story. A $1,500 second-place prize is also granted, and both winning stories will be published in Writer’s Digest. Submit your story, up to 1,500 words, with a $30 entry fee by November 15, or with a $35 entry fee by December 15 using the online submission system. For detailed guidelines, please visit
🔴🏆 NOV 15 · The Commonwealth Club of California presents the California Book Awards, offering five prizes of $5,000 each annually for outstanding works in poetry, fiction, first fiction, creative nonfiction, and nonfiction that relate to California. Additionally, there are three more prizes of up to $2,500 in the fiction, first fiction, and nonfiction categories. Books written by California residents published in 2023 are eligible. Publishers can submit six copies of eligible books by November 15, and there is no entry fee. For the required entry form and complete guidelines, visit
🔴🏆 NOV 15 · The National Federation of State Poetry Societies sponsors the Barbara Stevens Poetry Book Manuscript Competition, awarding a $1,000 prize, publication by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies Press, and 50 author copies, along with an invitation to read at the National Federation of State Poetry Societies convention with a $300 travel stipend. The competition welcomes poetry collections of 48 to 80 pages. Edward Hirsch will judge. Submit your manuscript with a $25 entry fee ($20 for NFSPS members) by November 15. Find complete guidelines at
🔴🏆 NOV 15 · Nightboat Books annually offers up to four Poetry Prizes, each granting $1,000 and publication. The contest is open for poetry collections. The editors will serve as judges. Using the online submission system, submit your manuscript, ranging from 48 to 90 pages, with a $28 entry fee by November 15. Detailed guidelines are available at
🔴🏆 NOV 15 · The Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival awards an annual Brooklyn Nonfiction Prize of $500 and publication on the festival's website for a nonfiction work set in Brooklyn, New York, that portrays the borough’s unique character through the author's experiences. Submit an essay of up to 2,500 words by November 15. There is no entry fee. For full guidelines, please visit
🔴 NOV 16 · ellipsis… literature & art is open for English submissions of poetry, accepting up to 5 poems per submitter per year. When submitting, please title each poem, combine all poems into a single document with your name and contact information, and use a 12 pt. font (page breaks at the end of poems are helpful). They also accept short fiction, drama, and creative non-fiction. For prose, they offer a payment of $3 per page, and for poetry, the payment is $10. However, please note that payments are only available for American writers. The submission deadline is November 16, 2023. For detailed guidelines and to submit your work, visit
🔴🏆 NOV 17 · The Community of Literary Magazines & Presses presents the Firecracker Awards annually. These awards include three prizes of $2,000 each for a book of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction published by an independent press in the current year. Translations and graphic novels are eligible. Using the online submission system, publishers can submit books of poetry or prose published in 2023. The entry fee is $65 ($55 for CLMP members) for the first entry and $30 ($25 for CLMP members) for each additional entry. Submissions are accepted until November 17. Find complete guidelines at
🔴 NOV 17 · Rattle Magazine’s “Poets Respond” challenge calls for poems inspired by “ a news story or public event from the previous week, and has been written in the time since.” Selected poems will appear as the Sunday poem at Rattle.com which appear to over 10,000 people via RSS feed and daily email service. Poets will receive $100 and a complimentary subscription to the print magazine. The deadline for each week is Friday at midnight PST.
🔴 NOV 18 · Flora & Fungi is seeking horror stories with a maximum length of 4000 words. Please note that they do not consider previously published works, and if your submission is accepted, Horns and Rattles Press will claim First North American Publication Rights. . They also accept simultaneous submissions. Submissions should adhere to a 4000-word limit, and standard Shunn manuscript formatting is preferred. If your work is accepted, you will receive one copy of the book, and Horns and Rattles Press will cover shipping fees up to $20. Additionally, all contributors will be paid a one-time flat fee of $20 per accepted submission, with payments sent via PayPal. The submission deadline is November 18, 2023. For more details and to submit your work, visit
⭐ NOV 19 · The Speculative Sundays Poetry Reading Series presents Jeannine Hall Gailey reading their work live on Facebook via Zoom.
🔴 NOV 20 · Chicken Soup for the Soul seeks stories or poems on the theme “Funny Stories” for $250 paid “one month after publication of the book and you will receive ten free copies of the book your story or poem appears in.”
🔴 NOV 20 · Farmer-ish: Winter Solstice 2023 Special Online Issue: Farmer-ish Kids: is calling for creative and engaging content on farming, homesteading, raising animals, cooking, making, and raising a family for their Winter Solstice 2023 Special Online Issue: Farmer-ish Kids. They are interested in creative nonfiction, personal essays, memoirs, how-to pieces, informational and instructional essays, poetry, and more. Compensation for accepted submissions is $25, and the deadline for your contributions is November 20, 2023. To submit your work, visit
🔴 NOV 20 · Stanchion is currently accepting submissions in the form of short stories, poems, and creative non-fiction. They are particularly interested in pieces that explore how sharing the intimacy of someone else's home can take us beyond our boundaries, provide perspective, and allow us to reflect on where we came from. Accepted submissions will receive a payment of $15. The deadline for submissions is November 20, 2023. They also consider writing and art posted on social media and personal blogs. To submit your work, visit
🔴 NOV 21 · Solarpunk Magazine invites submissions for their micro fiction mini issue. Each quarterly mini-issue will feature four solarpunk stories of 250 words or less. Authors can submit up to one micro-fiction piece per submission period. If your story is selected, you will receive $25, which equals 10 cents per word for 250 words. These mini issues will be posted on the Solarpunk Magazine Patreon page. The submission window opens on November 14, 2023, and the deadline for submissions is November 21, 2023. To learn more and submit your micro fiction, visit
🔴 NOV 24 · Rattle Magazine’s “Poets Respond” challenge calls for poems inspired by “ a news story or public event from the previous week, and has been written in the time since.” Selected poems will appear as the Sunday poem at Rattle.com which appear to over 10,000 people via RSS feed and daily email service. Poets will receive $100 and a complimentary subscription to the print magazine. The deadline for each week is Friday at midnight PST.
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