Hack Writers

My fondness for searching out new (to me) online magazines and exploring their contents led me this week to http://www.hackwriters.com. This online portfolio includes travel, lifestyle and fiction pieces from new and established writers. According to the website’s About page, their material is archived by the British Library and boasts several awards from the North American Travel Journalists Association. Their homepage banner includes this designation, “The International Writer’s Magazine.”

I perused the travel page (Hacktreks) but found nothing about Ireland, to my dismay.

Hackwriters began in 1999, and there’s something satisfying about a group whose roots went down as the century turned, especially in light of all that Y2K silliness going on at the time. It suggests a willingness to plunge into the void with optimism.

The magazine is free and pays no fees to authors whose work they accept for publication. Submissions are accepted across topics and genres. Their submission page includes these caveats…no sexism, racism or other forms of discrimination in the content. They strive to discover high quality writing that is thought provoking without being offensive.

Word limits for submissions are presented as a guide rather than an absolute; between 1200 and 2200 words are preferred. The editors ask that writers considering submitting to their magazine first read previous work they’ve accepted and published. Seems a reasonable request.

Current fiction pieces can be found at http://www.hackwriters.com/Dreamscapes3.htm
The site offers an enormous selection of short fiction from which to choose. I read a few and, while I’m not even close to having read half of the stories available, I haven’t yet found a stinker in the bunch. Most of their authors have several stories in the 2013 issue. They include Oswaldo Jimenez, Martin Green, Abigail George and Michelle D’Costa. Stories are longer than what I’ve grown accustomed to reading lately in Flash Fiction magazines.

I prefer the flash format, but found reading Hackwriters’ offerings a happy diversion this week.

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Every Day Fiction (redux)

Every Day Fiction is a flash fiction magazine that publishes one story daily on their web site, http://www.everydayfiction.com. Founded in 2007, this group of talented Canadians celebrate their 6th anniversary this month. They accept all genres of fiction with a 1,000 word limit for submissions. EDF has a relatively large audience of more than 10,000 subscribers and annually publishes an anthology of the best 100 stories of the year. Every Day Fiction is considered by many as one of the best online literary markets.

This month my story, “Kin” will be published on Friday, September 6. It’s the story of a family reunion and the gathering of the last harvest in the home place’s orchard.

This is the second story I’ve submitted to Every Day Fiction and had accepted for publication. The first was “Tag, You’re It,” published in May of this year.

You can read and comment on my stories on their site. Or become an email subscriber, like me. I’ve discovered several up and coming authors whose stories are published on the Every Day Fiction site and whose blogs I’ve begun to follow here on WordPress.

I appreciate you, my readers, following or just visiting my blog and would love to hear your comments about my story. Thanks for stopping by again!

Smokelong

Smokelong Weekly is an online, weekly short story publication with 10 years of history as a literary vehicle. Newsletter Subscriptions are free via email and accessible from their website, smokelong.com/home.asp The name describes the typical length of pieces they publish, long enough to finish a smoke.
Smokelong Quarterly is their seasonal compilation of stories, interviews and art.
Submissions are limited to 1000 words or less, and they ask contributors to limit submissions to one story at a time. Their submission site resembles most others online.
They recommend submissions be more than stories with a twist or punch line at the end; they ask for honest work written in language that surprises. Weekly Stories are selected by guest editors. Their editorial board selects the Quarterly’s content. To get a feel for the editors, visit their blog page where you’ll find photos and bios for guest editors, many of whom are previously chosen authors.
Their archives page offers links to scores of stories chosen for publication, giving would-be contributors an opportunity to get a sense of what fits.
I read several stories I liked, stories that I found myself thinking about again. The story I liked best was “On Behalf of the Class,” about a group of school kids at a museum. The author exquisitely captured the children’s predictable selfishness as they disappointed their teacher and failed to see the exhibits through any other lens than their own childish concerns. And who can blame them for being more interested in what was happening in the here and now, as their classmates jockeyed for attention and status, over a bunch of dusty old relics?
The author was Elisaa Kahn, an MFA student at Western Michigan University.
I recommend this site for literary fiction writers and readers.

Everyday Fiction

I received notice today from Everyday Fiction, an online publication for flash fiction, that they have accepted another of my short stories. The story, entitled Kin, is scheduled for publication in September. The EF editorial team praised Kin for its blend of description and story, and the way the two compliment each other. The story is under 500 words in length yet provides a complete story arc. Find the story next month at http://www.everydayfiction.com

Genre fiction (and poetry)

I discovered a new (to me) source for fiction and poetry publications, Big Pulp. Big Pulp is a quarterly magazine whose formats include both print and electronic. They accept fiction and poetry in several genres – Fantasy, Mystery, Adventure, Horror, Science Fiction, and Romance. They explain that their definitions of these genres are quite broad. Horror stories, for example, can reach beyond the zombie or vampire story to explore man’s inhumanity. Their concept is to recreate the Golden Age of Pulp, when newsstands were crowded with scores of periodicals that appealed to a wide variety of interests.

Big Pulp pays for the submissions they accept, by the word. Right now, the submission window is open until May 31. To learn more about submitting work to this magazine, visit their submissions page at http://bigpulp.com/submissions.html

Take a look, Fellow Writers – this just might be the right vehicle for your work. bigpulp_2011_12

Tag, You’re It

Everyday Fiction picked one of my flash fiction stories up for publication. If you’re not familiar with their site, here’s a link: http://www.everydayfiction.com

Everyday Fiction is a subscription service where daily stories are delivered to subscribers by email. Subscribing to the site is easy and free. There’s also a tab on their home page to “Submit a Story.” I strongly recommend EF to any other flash fiction writers looking for an outlet for their work.

Why? A couple of the benefits of submitting are that if they select your story they pay for your story. They don’t pay much – just $10 – and they encourage writers to donate the $$ back to their group to keep the service going. Still, it’s comforting to be able to say, “I got paid for this one!”

They will also share feedback from their panel of readers prior to publication. I read my feedback from four different readers and found it beneficial. There were many positives but also a few suggestions about places in the story where they were less enthusiastic. They gave me the option to edit the story based on the feedback, which is unlike any other journal, magazine or online service that I’ve known.

On the last day of every month they publish the schedule for stories to be released. So, on April 30th, be sure to check the list for my story, “Tag, You’re It.” I know I will.