Jul 31st

Evensong with Jane Austen

By mockingbird
Today was a very special day.  My Jane Austen research has finally come to an end.  When I was researching my first book  I read all of her novels, her published letters, several of the Gothic novels mentioned in Northanger Abbey and all sorts of relevant history and literary criticism. Over the past few years though, with the added pleasurable company of friends and husband, I have also been following her pathway. I have been to Steventon where she was born, Chawton where she spent many happy years and even got entry into Chawton House which her brother inherited from a rich man who adopted him. I went to Bath to visit her old haunts, visited the Jane Austen Museum,  the Assembly Rooms and even drank the waters.  (Ugh!) Last week I completed nearly half of the Jane Austen walk in London too.  (I would have done more but my friend that day was wearing the wrong heels and couldnt walk further  in them!)

And today a very dear friend, who had accompanied me to Chawton three years ago,  drove me to Winchester. A beautiful Hampshire city, glorious in warm summer sunshine, with the sweet smell of newly mown grass, and  the gentle pace of  a country town. We found Jane's old house, where she had lived for the last six weeks of her life, and her burial site in the cathedral, and commemorative plaque on the wall nearby.  Upstairs in the cathedral there is a small museum, and a library too, where we found her burial record  which incidently, due to  human error at the time,  records her burial two days before she died...  And to finish off we went to Evensong in the Cathedral, held in the Quire stalls,  just down from where she lies, so I am sure she was listening to my  final farewell. A very elegant end to a very special journey.

But I have a question tonight - can any of the word cloud members make suggestions for my Victorian research, for my second book,  in its practical aspects ?

I have done the Dickens walk in London, and visited the Dickens museum. I have visited the Florence Nightingale museum too - and love the fact that her being called 'the lady of the lamp' is a misnoma because it was thought that the true image of her was too unlady like! For those who dont know she should have been the lady of the hatchet - because when the doctors in the Crimea wouldnt allow her and her nurses access to the stores of bandages etc she got a hatchet and broke the cupboard open. Good on you Florence!

Can anyone tell me who else is worth looking at - I know Harriet Martineaus house can be visited (is it Yorkshire) and the Brontes at Haworth - but I am open to suggestions about Victorian novelists and significant reformers where some real personal history is available to see. Please help if you can - thank you.
Jul 29th

Rejection Slips

By Bren
This is in response to Tony, Jill and myself having recently received more refusals.
When I am sad I take out Snoopy's Guide to the Writing Life and read a few cartoons. Particularly the ones where he receives rejection letters.
Usually they make me smile and keep life in perspective, sometimes they make me more sad.
You will have to picture Snoopy sitting atop his kennel and Peanuts bringing him the letter;
Dear Author, Congratulations!! we have decided to publish your novel.
First printing will be one copy.
If we sell it we will print another.

Next letter.
It's from your publisher.....they printed one copy of your novel.
(They sit down side by side on the grass)
It says they haven't been able to sell it.
They say they are sorry....
Your book is out of print now.

Oh I feel your pain Snoopy.
And from Shelly Lowenkopf, 'Rejection slips are living proof that I send my work forth, that I am being read, that I am casting my lot. They help me define my writing to myself.'
But she still gets them and the sight of them stings and they still rankle.
She has published over 12 books and non fiction.

Louis L'Amour received 350 rejection slips before he made his first sale. Then had two hundred million in print.
Amazing!!! How did he persevere sending out that many or did someone do it for him?
Dr. Seuss, was rejected by 27 publishers and it went on to sell 6 million. Well, that's hardly likely to happen in England but you never know......perhaps we need to do a deal with Royal Mail.......:)
Jul 29th

More short story markets

By Pride.James

Aesthetica The UK's cultural arts magazine that features writing, art, music and film. It reports on the arts and publishes features, interviews, news, articles and reviews that stir the imagination around current themes.  Website: www.aestheticamagazine.com

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine pays 7c a word on acceptance for stories to 14,000 words. Fiction with ghosts, futuristic theme or suspense must contain a crime or the suggestion of one. Contact: Alfred Hitchock Mystery Magazine, 475 Park Ave South, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10016, USA. Website: http://www.themysteryplace.com/ahmm/index.shtml

All Hallows magazine, published by the Bram Stoker Award-winning Ash-Tree Press, Canada wants ghostly tales in the classic tradition. Modern graphic horror/gore not required; suspense/atmosphere are. Preferred length, 3,000-5,000 words; work between 1,000-10,000 words considered. Well-researched non-fiction articles also needed. Visit www.ash-tree.bc.ca (e-mail: ashtree@ash-tree.bc.ca) or write to Ash-Tree Press, PO Box 1360, Ashcroft, British Columbia, Canada V0K 1A0.

Analog Science Fiction and Fact (http://www.analogsf.com) is one of the world's leading sci-fi magazines. Published eleven times a year in paperback format, editor Stanley Schmidt chooses fiction and articles that demonstrate a sound understanding of science and an imaginative vision of possible scientific futures. Contact: Analog Science Fiction and Fact, 475 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016-6901, USA.

Any Dream Will Do Review Dr. Jean M. Bradt, publisher and chief editor of the Any Dream Will Do Review, has created a new story genre, Fiction in the Raw, and she seeks new or accomplished authors who wish to try writing in this genre. Fiction in the Raw is fiction that contains raw emotions (not raw sex, which will be rejected). Writers of Fiction in the Raw are unique in that they are not afraid to honestly expose their own deepest emotions. Can you meet this challenge? See website for submission guidelines: http://willigocrazy.org/Ch09a.htm

Aquila Dedicated to encouraging children aged 8-13 to reason and create, and to develop a caring nature. Short stories and serials of up to 4 parts. Occasional features commissioned from writers with specialist knowledge. Approach in writing with ideas and sample of writing style, with sae. Length: 700-800 words (features), 1000-1100 words (stories or per episode of a serial). Illustrations: colour and b&w, cartoons. Payment: £75 (features); £90 (stories), £80 (per episode). Jackie Berry, New Leaf Publishing Ltd, PO Box 2518, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN21 2BB. Tel: 01323 431313. Fax: 01323 731136. Email: info@aquila.co.uk Website: www.aquila.co.uk

Back Brain Recluse (BBR) International speculative fiction magazine providing opportunity for new writers. 'We strongly recommend familiarity with our guidelines for contributors, and with recent issues of BBR, before any material is submitted.' All correspondence must be accompanied by s.a.e. or international reply coupons. Payment £10 per 1000 words. Email: backbrainrecluse@bbr-online.com for enquiries only - no unsolicited submissions or manuscripts. Include brief summary of the project with a short description of the relevant features, with a short synopsis for novels, plus an outline of the key differences between this title and others already available and selling. Mention factual reasons why this title can be expected to be more successful than other similar titles. Website: http://www.bbr-online.com/ Editor: Chris Reed, PO Box 625, Sheffield S1 3GY.

Black Gate Magazine is looking for submissions of adventure-oriented fantasy fiction suitable for all ages, including urban fantasy, sword and sorcery, dark fantasy/horror, romantic fantasy. Pays six cents a word for up to 7,000 words, $420 for 7,000-14,000 words, and three cents a word for longer works; buys First North American serial and electronic publication rights. Guidelines: submissions@blackgate.com or the website (www.blackgate.com). Editor: John O'Neill with New Epoch Press, Attn: Submissions Dept, 815 Oak Street, St Charles, IL 60174, USA.

Bloodlust UK From 1st September 2005, bloodlust-uk is re-opening as a paying market for vampire fiction. Details are as
follows: Publishing one story per month on a paid basis 0.01p GBP per word up to 2000 words £20.00 GBP max payment for stories up to 4000 words Enquire before submitting 4000 words + (probably 'no'). Hard copy and ebook Anthology to be published in next few months. Details, sub form and new terms will be at http://www.bloodlust-uk.com at end August.
(See Fear Fiction, below)

Chapman Scotland's quality literary magazine. Features poetry, short works of fiction, criticism, reviews and articles on theatre, politics, language and the arts. Unsolicited material welcome if accompanied by s.a.e. Approach in writing unless discussion is needed. Priority is given to full-time writers. Features: Topics of literary interest, especially Scottish literature, theatre, culture or politics. Maximum 5000 words. Fiction: Short stories, occasionally novel extracts if self-contained. Maximum 6000 words. Payment £15 per 1000 words. Special Pages: Poetry, both UK and non-UK in translation (mainly, but not necessarily, European). Payment by negotiation. Editor: Joy M. Hendry, 4 Broughton Place, Edinburgh EH1 3RX. Tel: 0131 557 2207. Fax: 0131 556 9565 Email: editor@chapman-pub.co.uk. Website: www.chapman-pub.co.uk

Collective Publishing - paperback publishers. They are looking for erotic stories between 3,000 and 10,000 words. Submission guidelines: http://www.collectivepublishing.co.uk/html/submissions.html Contact: Freya Heims, Collective Publishing, P.O. Box 474, Fareham, Hampshire, UK.

Countryside Tales Your story can be in any genre as long as it has a 'countryside' feel or setting. For example, you could write a crime story about a village policeman or a romantic tale set in the country. Your story should contain interesting and believable characters and have a beginning, middle and satisfactory conclusion. If there is a 'twist in the tale', it should not be obvious. One of the more common reasons for rejecting short stories is that we know almost immediately how the story is going to end. No erotica, children's stories, or stories told from the viewpoint of an animal. Maximum length: 2000 words. The best poem, article and short story in each issue (as judged by the editor) will receive a payment of £10.00. For all other published items, payment is a complimentary copy of the magazine. Details: Countryside Tales, Park Publications, 14 The Park, Stow on the Wold, Cheltenham, Glos GL54 1DX; contact editor David Howarth (tel: 01451 831053) to discuss ideas, or send sae for guidelines. Email: parkpubl4@hotmail.com Website: www.parkpublications.co.uk

Dark Tales Created as an outlet primarily for unpublished writers of sci-fi, dark fantasy and horror short stories. Published stories are the winners and shortlisted entries from a quarterly competition. Fiction should be strong on characterisation as well as original, thought-provoking ideas.  Up to 2500 words. Annual subscription £12, single issue £3.50, either by cheque/P.O. payable to S. A. Jeffery or securely via the website. Subscription provides half-priced entry to all competitions. Dark Tales Subscription (Ref: JBWB), 11 Lower Chestnut Street, Worcester WR1 1PB. Email: details@darktales.co.uk . Website: http://www.darktales.co.uk

Delivered accepts all genres and has a 3000-word limit. It includes poetry and a crossword both of which are open to contibutors. Delivered costs £3.00 per issue or £10.00 for a one year subscription. There are prizes of £20.00 £15.00 & £10.00 for the top three stories per issue. All authors receive a free copy if their work is published. Further details are on the website: www.grimmyproductions.co.uk

Descant An established, Canadian literary magazine. Descant considers submissions of poetry (submit about six poems), short stories, novel excerpts, plays, essays, interviews, musical scores and visual presentations. Standards for acceptance are high. They receive a large number of submissions every month – please send only your best, carefully edited work. No submission may be under consideration by another publisher, nor can it have been previously published. Please note that it can take up to 12 months to hear back regarding your submission. More information on the website (http://www.descant.ca). Submission Guidelines: http://www.descant.ca/submit.html

Dred is the electronic rebirth of Dread: Tales of the Uncanny and Grotesque, a print digest that ran for three years in the late 90s. Now seeking horror, strange tales, and dark fantasy up to 7,500 words. Pay $10 (US) flat rate for first electronic rights. See full guidelines at www.dredtales.com for more details.

The Edge Wants modern/psychological/urban/imaginative science fiction/horror/crime/erotic fiction. Enclose sae/IRCs. No reprints or email submissions. Full guidelines at website. Sample copy £3.50, cheques payable to The Edge. Writers' guidelines available on request. Send s.a.e. or email. Payment negotiable, up to £50 per 1000 words. Editor: Dave Clark, 65 Guinness Buildings, Hammersmith, London W6 8BD. Tel: 020 74609444 Email: davec@theedge.abelgratis.co.uk Website: www.theedge.abelgratis.co.uk

Espresso Fiction require a broad range of short fiction to ' challenge, intrigue, provoke, stimulate and resonate'. Actively encouraging more submissions, particularly for engaging fiction aimed at teenagers. Details on website at http://www.espressofiction.com

Extremes 5 A new anthology of horror stories from Lone Wolf Publications, subtitled Fantasy and Horror from the Ends of the Earth. Editor Brian A Hopkins is looking for tales from beyond the North American continent. He wants stories that can capture the atmosphere of somewhere exotic (from an American perspective), which paint a vividly frightening picture of non-US life. Avoid clichés like Whitby and vampires, but offer, instead, something that presents local culture and superstition in compelling form. No word limit is set, but possibly tales under 7,000 words might stand a better chance. Visit the website (http://www.lonewolfpubs.com) for further information; email submissions (lwpub@aol.com) are preferred. Lone Wolf Publications, 13500 SE 79th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73150, USA.

Fear Fiction has been put together as a horror writing competition which offers cash prizes for each competition - the more entries, the more the prize money. Every month, a new competition will be launched, based on a first line. Readers are invited to submit their story and the winner is announced at the end of every month. Details at http://www.fearfiction.com/ (See also Bloodlust, above.)

Flesh & Blood A multi-award-winning dark fantasy fiction magazine published quarterly. Fifty-plus pages featuring a variety of the strange and offbeat behind its full-colour cover. Will look at fiction up to 6,000 words. Website: http://fast.horrorseek.com/horror/fleshnblood/main.htm

For Women Monthly magazine of erotic and sex interest for women. Approach in writing in the first instance. Erotic short stories. Maximum 2000 words. Payment £125. Editor: Zak Jane Keir, Fantasy Publications, 4 Selsdon Way, London E14 9EL Tel: 0207 308 5090. Fax: 0207 308 5075

Gay Times Young, gay writers are being offered a new opportunity for publication in the Gay Times Book of Short Stories: The Next Wave, to be published in October 2001. This will be the 'world's first' collection of fiction by gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (GBTQ) youth, aged up to 25 years. Submissions should be crafted, heartfelt, original writing, set in the year 2001 or slightly beyond, of 1,500 - 4000 words. Deadline is 14 February 2001. Open to males only, with the exception of individuals who identify as female to male transexuals. Payment upon publication for inclusion is £100. Under UK law, parental/guardian consent is needed for payment and publication of fiction by anyone who has not yet reached the age of 16. Submissions (maximum of two) to P-P Hartnett, c/o Gay Times, Worldwide House, 116-134 Bayham Street, London NW1 0BA. Please remember to include a sae, a brief covering letter, date of birth and a 100-word biography.

Historical Novel Society See Solander below.

The Hot Spot An erotic fiction periodical whose editor and publisher, Barbara Cardy-Phillips, provides hints and tips to all budding writers of 'smutty' stories... Full details on website at http://www.hotspotbooks.co.uk/

Hub Currently accepting flash fiction submissions of between 800 and 1,500 words. These figures are set and should not be treated as general guidelines. Website: http://www.hub-mag.co.uk/submissions.html

iddie A journal filled with quality fiction and poetry. Website:  http://www.iddie.net. Submission guidelines: http://www.iddie.net/Submit.html

Imaginings A collection of novelette-length tales of sci-fi and fantasy, produced by Albe-Shiloh Inc and published by Pocket Books. Horror stories will be looked at, but only if they have sci-fi and/or fantasy elements. Stories, 8,000-15,000 words, must be original; no reprints will be accepted. Submissions to: Imaginings, PO Box 4976, New York, NY 10185-4976. Any story sent via any other method than posted mail will be rejected unread. Ten stories will be accepted and payment will be $950 plus one percent of royalties. For more information e-mail: imaginings@albeshiloh.com but first read the website: http://www.albeshiloh.com/imaginings/

Interzone: Science Fiction & Fantasy Monthly magazine - Circulation 10,000. Unsolicited mss welcome 'from writers who have a knowledge of the magazine and its contents'. S.a.e. essential for return. Fiction 2000-6000 words. Payment £30 per 1000 words. Owner/Editor: David Pringle, 217 Preston Drove, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 6FL Tel: 01273 504710

Ken*again, the literary magazine A quarterly, nonprofit e-zine presenting a hearty, eclectic mix of prose, poetry, art and photography: accessible, obscure, soothing, disturbing. Especially seeking short stories, generally 2500 words, maximum, for the November 2001 issue. We do not pay cash but we publish authors' bios and often link to their sites. Prose and poetry may be sent either in the body of an email or by attaching MS-Word Documents. Art should be attached in jpg format or we should be directed to Artists' and Photographers' websites. Edited and Published by John Delin and Pamela Boslet Buskin. Website: http://kenagain.freeservers.com Guidelines: http://kenagain.freeservers.com/contact.html

The Lady Accepts more literary fiction of approximately 2,000 words. Nothing too cosy and nothing too predictable. Editor: Arline Usden. For the latest Lady submission Guidelines Click Here


L.A. Therapy is open to short fiction and poetry submissions of any nature, though priority is given to writers from Los Angeles. This is a non-profit journal and contributor's copies are all that can be offered writers at this point. Interested writers should send their submissions electronically as part of the body of their message to: Alexander Cicak, Editor and Publisher, Email: latherapy2001@yahoo.com

Linkway Magazine (now in its seventh year) is looking for good short stories (as well as articles and poetry). Competitions. Before submitting material, read a sample copy - simply send 54p in stamps (or two IRCs) to the address that follows. Alternatively, order the current issue for £3 plus 50p p&p (£4.25 outside UK). Cheques should be made payable to F C Davies. Contact: Fay Davies, Linkway Magazine, The Shieling, The Links, Burry Port, Carmarthenshire SA16 0HU.

The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction is looking for character-driven stories up to 25,000 words. They receive many fantasy submissions but never enough sci-fi or humour. Payment on acceptance: 5-8 cents per word for North American and 'foreign' serial rights. Remember IRCs, and use American spell check if possible. Contact: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, PO Box 3447, Hoboken, NJ 07030, USA.

Mslexia Women writers' magazine Mslexia needs theme-based poems and short stories for its new writing section. Up to 30 selected submissions will appear in Mslexia each quarter and a guest editor will comment on each published piece. Previous guests have included Fay Weldon, Michele Roberts, Jackie Kay, Carol Ann Duffy and Wendy Cope. Poets can send up to four poems on the current theme, and fiction writers no more than 3,000 words. Mark envelopes with theme as appropriate; enclose a sae and daytime telephone number. Submissions to: Mslexia, PO Box 656, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE99 1PZ; tel: 0191 261 6656; e-mail (for information only, no submissions): postbag@mslexia.demon.co.uk Website: www.mslexia.co.uk

My Weekly For the latest My Weekly submission Guidelines Click Here

Neonbeam UK based e-zine produced as a quarterly PDF. Poetry, fiction and review submissions from all over the world are welcome via e-mail (submit@neonbeam.org). The poetry and fiction submission selected as Best Of Issue each quarter will receive a copy of the relevant poetry/fiction featured book. Submission guidelines are available on the website. http://www.neonbeam.org

New Welsh Review Welsh literary magazine in the English language. Welcomes material of literary and cultural interest to Welsh readers and those with an interest in Wales. Short stories should be sent to the editor accompanied by a covering letter and a stamped addressed envelope or international money order for return. Material will not be returned unless it is accompanied by sufficient postage. If acknowledgement of safe receipt is required, include a stamped addressed postcard with your submission. Email submissions are not accepted without the prior permission of the editor. They pay £60 to £75 for a short story and aim to let you know within three months if your submission has been selected. Editor: Francesca Rhydderch, PO Box 170, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Wales SY23 1WZ. Telephone 01970 628410; Fax 01970 626320. Website: http://www.newwelshreview.com

Oceans of the Mind (www.trantorpublications.com) publish sci-fi and pay up to five cents a word to 8,000 words. Do not send fantasy or sword and sorcery stories; editor Richard Freeborn buys first anthology rights, First Foreign Serial rights, nonexclusive reprint rights, and electronic rights. E-mail submissions preferred. See website first for current themes required, then send as an attachment in a format readable by Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat. Simultaneous submissions accepted but please indicate this. Hard copy submissions accepted, but response time is longer than for e-mail submissions. Richard Freeborn, Oceans of the Mind, Trantor Publications, 9838 Old Baymeadows Road, #283, Jacksonville, FL 32256, USA; e-mail: oceansubs@trantorpublications

Peepshow Magazine (http://www.peepshowmagazine.co.uk/), a new venture into erotic horror, is looking for short stories (up to 6,000 words) which can chill the blood and inflame passions, avoiding the cliche trap of panting virgins and sharp-toothed vampires. Submissions by post only. Contact: Paul Fry, Editor, 15 North Roundhay, Stechford, Birmingham B33 9PE.

Playboy Regarded as one of the best paying markets for serious contemporary stories, mystery, suspense, humour, science fiction and sports stories. The average length of a Playboy story is 1,000-6,000 words, and they will not consider manuscripts longer than 7,500 words. Payment, made on acceptance, is usually $5,000; very short pieces are paid $2,000. Writers who submit manuscripts without including a self-addressed, stamped return envelope will receive neither the manuscript nor a printed rejection. Won't consider stories submitted electronically or by fax. Decision time: around eight weeks. Send submissions to Playboy Magazine, Attn: Fiction Department, 680 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60611.

The People's Friend Entertaining, optimistic stories are required by this publication - throw in a touch of nostalgia and let your fictional world move more slowly than today's and you'll stand a far better chance of succeeding. Stories should usually be between 1,000 and 4,000 words, but there are occasionally slots for shorter pieces of 500 to 1,000 words. Send for guidelines, or submit to: The Fiction Editor, The People's Friend, DC Thomson and Co. Ltd, 80 Kingsway East, Dundee DD4 8SL. Tel: 01382 462276 or 01382 223131.

For the latest People's Friend submission Guidelines Click Here

 

Quality Women's Fiction For female writers of short stories - CLICK HERE for guidelines.

Sci Fiction http://www.scifi.com/scifiction/ is looking for literate, strongly plotted science fiction and fantasy stories; length between 2,000 and 17,500 words; 3,000 to 5,000 words would probably be preferable. Ellen welcomes submissions on a variety of subjects and themes, though cautions against any stories that dwell on technical jargon. She wants thought-provoking stories that will intrigue any reader, not just ones steeped in science. Characterisation, as always, is vital. Avoid sword and sorcery and space opera. No electronic submissions - postal only. Guidelines are available online, or by post from Ellen Datlow, Fiction Editor, SCIFI.COM, 48 Eighth Avenue, PMB 405, New York, New York 10014, USA (Enclose sae and IRC).

Scribble Quarterly short story magazine now in its seventh year of publication. Offers prizes of £75, £25 and £15 for the best three stories in each issue of the magazine, on any subject, up to 3,000 words. Details and guidelines: Send sae to: Scribble, Park Publications, 14 The Park, Stow on the Wold, Glos GL54 1DX. Website: www.parkpublications.co.uk

Short Shorts Can you capture the essence of an idea in a hundred words or less or tell a story that captivates, amuses or inspires in 300 words or so? Do you have dozens of coherent snippets that never quite made it into that 1000-word masterpiece? Can you make someone break out in laughter after reading a few brief lines? A new online magazine, launching May 2005, may be the answer. Especially interested in thought-provoking, stories and essays (short), humorous pieces and personal narratives that evoke emotion and suggest connections to larger themes or raise issues that touch the human heart. No payments at this stage and all freelance. But it is your chance to establish your credentials in a brand new market. Send a brief resume and one sample piece -- maximum 200 words -- to micro.editor@gmail.com

Solander Payments of £100 per short story (length 4,000-7,000 words) are being offered for publication in the Historical Novel Society's magazine, Solander. Many contributors published in Solander have found agents and gone on to further success. Any theme or period is acceptable, and the editor is prepared to read time-slip or alternative history as well as 'straight' historical fiction. All genres will be considered and submissions are not restricted to members, although contributors should read a copy of the magazine first. Please either send hard copy (to Richard Lee, Marine Cottage, The Strand, Starcross, Devon, EX6 8NY. UK) or an email attachment (preferably in Word) to Richard – histnovel@aol.com. Please note that the HNS makes no guarantee that it will enter into any correspondence about the stories. Membership of the Historical Novel Society costs £18 per year. Details: Marilyn Sherlock, Membership Secretary, 38 The Fairway, Newton Ferrers, Devon. Website: http://www.historicalnovelsociety.com/

Historical Novel Society

Spec Magazine A Canadian magazine seeks fantasy, horror, ghost and fairy stories; both poetry and prose. Guidelines and pay rates: http://www.onspec.ca/ or contact Spec Magazine, Box 4727, Edmonton Alberta, Canada T6E 5G6.

Spectrum is a new high-quality quarterly UK sci-fi magazine, published as a B-format paperback book. Each issue is 160 pages, concentrating on stories, with a short reviews and letters section at the back, suggesting a harking back to the classic New Worlds of the 1960s. The magazine is hoping to become an open market, but is currently accepting submissions only from writers with previously professionally published work. Overseas submissions should contain a disposable manuscript (marked as such) and IRC (two for an airmail reply) or e-mail address for reply. Payment is £35 per 1,000 words for short fiction up to 7,500 words; £30 per 1,000 words from 7,500-17,500 words; and £25 per 1,000 words for over 17,500 words. Submissions (that have been solicited after a query e-mail to editorial@spectrumpublishing.com) should be sent to: Spectrum Publishing, PO Box 10308, Aberdeen ABU 6ZR and contain sae.

Stickman Review (www.stickmanreview.com) is a new, online literary magazine that will be published twice yearly. Editors Anthony Brown and Darrin English welcome e-mail submissions of literary fiction (fiction@stickmanreview.com), non-fiction (nonfiction@stickmanre view.com) and poetry (poetry@stickmanreview.com). Although they do not rule out genre stories, the editors emphasise that this is a literary magazine, and their major interest is the quality of the literary style. Contact: Stickman Review, 2890 N. Fairview Dr, Flagstaff, Arizona 86004, USA.

StoryWar A battleground for writers - worth a look. Website: www.storywar.com

The Strand Magazine is a quarterly print publication offering a variety of crime short stories, book reviews, articles on the mystery genre, and interviews with prominent authors or people with a decided 'criminal' interest. Managing Editor Andrew F Gulli looks for tales written in the best traditions of the classic writers. Weave a mystery, sprinkle it with red herrings, and introduce characters with whom the reader can sympathise. Explicit sex or violence are not welcome. Stories of 2,000 to 6,000 words should be submitted by mail to: The Strand Magazine, PO Box 1418, Birmingham, MI 48012-1418, USA.

That's Life A full-page piece of fiction appears each week here - and you can earn £300 if you're the successful writer. Stories should be written in a chatty, conversational style, preferably with some love interest but not an out-and-out romance. (Max. 1200 words.) 'Twist in the tail' endings are popular, too. Submit to: Jo Checkley, That's Life, H. Bauer Publishing, 24-28 Oval Road,
London NW1 7DT . Tel: 020 7241 8000. Fax: 020 7241 8008

The Third Alternative Quarterly A4 colour magazine of horror, fantasy, science fiction and slipstream fiction, plus varied features and artwork. Publishes talented newcomers alongside famous authors. Unsolicited mss welcome if accompanied by s.a.e. or International Reply Coupons (no length restriction, but no novels or serialisations). Potential contributors are advised to study the magazine. Contracts are exchanged upon acceptance; payment is upon publication. Winner of British Fantasy Awards. The magazine is supported by Eastern Arts. Editor: Andy Cox, 5 Martins Lane, Witcham, Ely, Cambridgeshire CB6 2LB. Tel: 01353 777931

Thirteen specialises in short horror stories and cross-genre stories with an element of horror. They publish thirteen pieces of fiction once a month, with two issues in October, and now select a monthly winner who will receive £113.  The twelve runners up will each recieve a free copy of the issue in which their work appears. The magazine is an intriguing concept and the website is well worth a visit at http://www.thirteenmagazine.co.uk/

Tin House (http://www.tinhouse.com/) is a quarterly literary magazine that publishes fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. It accepts submissions from around the world. Non-fiction articles include interviews with literary figures and essays on writing and literature. Pays from $200 for short stories and $50 for poetry. Contact: Tin House, PO Box 10500, Portland, Oregon OR 97296-0500, USA for further information (enclose sae and IRC), or visit the website for fuller guidelines.

Transmitter A new professional online science fiction market, Transmitter is seeking speculative fiction stories of any style or theme. Guidelines:
http://www.illusiontv.com/fiction/fiction-submission.php

Ulster Tatler Articles of local interest and social functions appealing to Northern Ireland's ABC1 population. Welcomes unsolicited material; approach by phone or in writing in the first instance. Fiction: Max. 3000 words. Payment £150. Editor: Richard Sherry, 39 Boucher Road, Belfast BT12 6UT. Tel: 01232 681371. Fax: 01232 381915 Email: ulstertat@aol.com Website: http://www.ulstertatler.com

Vermont Ink considers submissions in most genres; between 2,000-3,000 words; pays up to $25 plus contributor's copy. Contact: Donna J Leach, Box 3297, Burlington VT 05401-3297. Email (query first): vermontink@aol.com Website: www.VermontInk.com

Virgin Publishing Ltd - Black Lace: In addition to full-length fiction, Black Lace publishes roughly two short story collections a year. Unsolicited submissions are welcomed in both formats - but from female authors only. It is also most important to note that if you are intending to submit your manuscript, you should initially obtain a copy of their guidelines. You can do this easily enough by sending an SAE to: Black Lace Guidelines, Virgin Publishing, Thames Wharf Studios, Rainville Road, London W6 9HT.

Wee Ones E-Magazine (www.weeonesmag.com) offers entertaining fiction and non-fiction for three to eight-year-olds. Editor Jennifer Reed is looking for read-aloud stories, picture stories, arts and craft ideas, puzzles, and anything that will capture the imagination of a young child. Her objective is to select material that will encourage children to think and to develop a thirst for reading. Visit the Website for further information. Email: (submissions@weeonesmag.com) with your story ideas.

West Somerset CyberFiction is looking for short stories by writers resident in West Somerset, for new ARTLife (West Somerset Arts Consortium) grant funded website www.west-somerset-cyberfiction.f2s.com For details/guidelines either visit website or send sae to: Helen King, c/o 10 Paganel Road, Minehead, Somerset TA24 5ET, or e-mail helen@ukwriters.net

Woman's Weekly is looking for warm, realistic short stories in two length categories: 2,000 words and 1,000 words. Serials are also required of between 2 and 6 instalments of around 4,000 words per instalment. Submit to: Gaynor Davies, Woman's Weekly, IPC Media, Blue Fin Building, 110 Southwark Street, London SE1 OSU. Write for the latest Woman's Weekly Writers' Guidelines, enclosing sae. Email: womansweeklypostbag@ipcmedia.com

Woman's Weekly Fiction Special is published bi-monthly and contains approximately twenty-five complete stories of between 1,000 and 6,000 words. Themes are varied, from humour to romance to gentle crime. Each issue also includes a feature aimed at helping would-be writers and a readers' poetry page. Submit to: Gaynor Davies, Woman's Weekly, IPC Media, Blue Fin Building, 110 Southwark Street, London SE1 OSU. Write for the latest Woman's Weekly Writers' Guidelines, enclosing sae. Email: womansweeklypostbag@ipcmedia.com

The Yellow Nib The literary journal of the prestigious Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, showcases the best in critical and creative writing. Published every October with selections of poetry, essays and short stories from both new talents and well established artists. Website: www.blackstaffpress.com

Yours A fortnightly magazine covering general women's interest and lifestyle. Aimed at readers over fifty. Publishes general interest short fiction. Website: http://www.yours.co.uk Email: yours@emap.com Features Editor: Caroline Chadderton, Bretton Court, Bretton, Peterborough, PE3 8DZ

Jul 28th

Scholarly or Popular?

By Boria
Should I call it "scholarly" or "popular"? That is a question that I encounter in searching for a publisher for my book City of Ravens: How ravens came to the Tower of London, why they stayed, and what they tell us about nature and humankind. Academic presses have sometimes told me that I should look for a trade publisher, while the trade publishers tell me it is "too academic." Now, what I would like to reply is, "It has the extensive documentation and careful argument that is expected of a scholarly book, but it is written in the accessible style of a popular one." That is what I think, but I am not sure that either the academic or the popular ones will be satisfied. Publishers so often seem to want us to slot our books into neat divisions, and something in me resists that sort of categorization.

How can we clarify the difference between scholarly and trade publications? And which, if either, way would be best to present the book? For whomever may be interested, I have put the proposal on my web site at:

http://www.boriasax.com/City%20of%20Ravens/BookProposal.dwt
Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
Boria
Jul 28th

Racing and Writing

By Kat
Well, we left Scotland yesterday and are now sitting in the motorhome at Thirsk Racecourse.

I've never been to a racecourse before - I don't particularly like horse racing , I feel it's cruel on the horses - but it's quite interesting camping on one.

The weather is better here - the sun peeped out for an hour or so yesterday, so I made the most of it and offered to wash the motorhome. Hubby asked if I was feeling okay, as I've never helped wash it before, let alone offer - lol. But after 2 weeks of being stuck in the van because it was raining non-stop, I wanted to make the most of the bit of sunshine!

Shame about the rain, especially as it was my first ever visit to Scotland, but every cloud has a silver lining - even rain clouds, and it meant that all I could do was sit at my laptop inside the van and write.

The rain didn't spoil our enjoyment too much, we still loved the beautiful scenery as we drove from Jedburgh to Dunnets Head, stopping in campsites on the way.

So, I have almost finished my first novel. Only another couple of chapters to go. I've written over ten thousand words in the last few days and I'm so excited. Next comes the edit, where I see how crap those early chapters are!

We might walk into Thirsk later today. It's an old fashioned market town with cobbled streets, so should be nice.

That's it for now, catch you all later,

Kat x
Jul 27th

Tales from a two faced man

By Prime
My blog is more a blog of my dad told through me. I am writing it like a story based on true experiences and memories.
I hope you like it.

Do you ever notice how certain details stay in your memory a lot longer than the events of the memory themselves, a potent smell, and a range of colours or a certain shading of the light? Do you ever remember exactly how you felt and what was going on around you so clear it could be a film playing in front of your eyes? My story starts with one such memory, it is a place that I often visit, in my dreams be them good or bad, a place I am irrevocably tied to no matter how far I try to run away from it. A place that has been insisting on having its story told or at least sharing part of a story in which it played a significant part in, I am going to share this story with you now and maybe, just maybe the next time I visit this place in my dreams I won’t be quite so alone.

The story begins with the end, in a quiet street, in a poor town, located somewhere between the city of Manchester and oblivion. It is an understated place with a bad reputation. To me it will always be home.

We will focus in on one particular house in this street: a council built, semi-detached red brick house. It’s quite serene to look at and to look out from. Across the road, two large acorn trees stand proud and tall, the left one a little smaller, and both bearing scars on their bark from numerous car accidents. They flank the house opposite, which is almost a replica of the house we’re interested in. They stand like watchmen, guarding the gates. The gate itself to our house, as we approach is a tall and black gate, hand built by the protagonist of this story himself. It is glossy black and smooth. Not perfectly so, just enough roughness to feel real and solid enough to deter at least some wayward criminals.

The small, perfectly square front garden is well kept. Daffodils used to grow in the soil surrounding the island of grass, but that was a long time ago; now it’s just soil. In the middle sits a very large pebble, it’s white and grey and so very smooth. Always cool to the touch, it looks like the surface of the moon. It’s such a beautifully simplistic item in a very mundane garden that makes it stand out just so. As a little girl, I used to stand on top of this pebble. I call it a pebble but it is in reality the size of a basketball, irregular shaped - not quite oval and not perfectly round - a state of in-between that is seemingly the theme the whole house attempts to convey. To your right are the straight bushes, cut evenly and neat, separating the front path from the rest of the garden that spills off around the side of the house. It is an irregular triangle, coming to its peak where a five foot tree of flowers stands rooted on a slight hill overlooking the rest of the garden. Along the outskirts is the same neatly cut bushes rising over seven feet, obscuring the view from the street. It’s a lovely garden, well kept, trimmed and so very green. A perfect picture of what you would want a family home to look like.

Without much further distraction I will take you into the house. The wallpaper is old and stained by tobacco smoke. The carpet on the stairs is worn and dark and irregular splotches of colour are visible in the thread. The front room, the main room, is to your left through a very modest and slightly damaged plywood door. The room is dark and occupied. Two old and unsightly chairs are positioned directly to your right, facing in to the room. On the first; is a pale young boy, quiet and looking like he could fall asleep at any moment. On the second there is a young girl; roughly the same age as the boy, her face a picture of boredom and anxiety. Their eyes betray sadness and a maturity beyond their teenage years. They don’t speak. The girl sits curled on the chair, facing the large central window. This is the only source of light and it doesn’t seem to reach far into this small, over-crowded room. To the right of the girl there is a bed, its occupant is - for the moment - subdued and the room is silent. Next to the bed, perched on the end of an amber wooden table is a young man. Older than the two teenagers, his face is a picture of stern responsibility. He watches the occupant of the bed closely, his hands clasped in front of him. A resigned and tired sigh sounds from his lips, betraying a desire for some kind of relief from the limbo in which he now sits, quietly waiting.

The figure in the bed stirs and moans very slightly. He is an old man. Looking at him, you’d be forgiven for thinking this man was as old as 80 or 90 years, however, this man is only a modest 55 years old. The paper-thin, creased skin and the yellow pallor to his complexion, are a product of a body riddled with disease and one in its dying throes. When he wakes, he is groggy and unaware of his surroundings. The young man, his son, dutifully and firmly attempts to keep the older man in his bed, much to the older man’s dissatisfaction. His once muscular frame is all but a skeleton of its former self; muscles have all but wasted away as his body tries to fight off the cancer that resides within him. Trying to push the young man from his path, he demands to know who this intruder is and why he isn’t allowed to get up and continue on his daily routine. It is funny how the brain returns to a basic state of mundane living, when the body itself can no longer obey the commands.

“I’m your son.”

The young man utters firmly and assuredly, a fact he has long since come to terms with.  Finally recognising his seed, the older man relaxes a little, yet, still demanding to be allowed out of bed. The sad matter is; that even moving - for him - is more or less impossible. His ankles have swollen with excess fluid, his muscles are too weak and all bodily functions are now maintained by devices and tools that only man can devise, in his attempt to stall death. Succumbing to the grim determination of the younger man’s resolve, he falls heavily back onto the bed and again returns to drifting in and out of our world, as we are aware of it. His son clearly irritated by the affair, immediately phones the services - trained and qualified to help in these situations - only to be told that; an ambulance can only be sent in due time. You see, death itself, when irreversible, is not considered an emergency. The logic is there; the ones who will live and need emergency treatment are the priority for the ambulance service. You can’t really blame them. It is called triage on a battle field, it is logical, despite lacking in a certain degree of humanity.

Death had never been so real for these three children, never so grey and tangible. The two younger siblings didn’t speak and the girl seemed to curl even tighter into the chair, as if willing herself to disappear to a place, a place anywhere but where she was.

The ambulance arrives, the paramedics are friendly while doing their job with a cool, dispassionate head, they ask who will join the older man. The eldest son and the girl agree to go, both in their own way trying to shield and protect their younger brother from the grim truth they are all facing. The younger brother merely shrugs and heads home, it is impossible to tell what he is thinking at this time, some thoughts are meant to be private. The small truck is clean and cramped. The brother and sister face each other. The novelty of riding in an ambulance is not lost on the girl, how ironic that in a moment of mortality, the human spirit finds something new and special in each passing second, something that is always remembered and taken away with each individual and replayed countless times, in countless minds, never truly fading into the abyss of time. The hospice is as warm and friendly as any place could be - not forgetting that this is a place where people come to die - its atmosphere is one of warmth and understanding. The older man is made comfortable and is cleaned by the attentive nurses. The young girl excuses herself and heads to the toilets. Her thoughts are blank, her emotions are hard, just another day to survive. She heads back to the small, bright, room and as she does so, the younger of the two nurses meets her enroute.

“I came to look for you. I think it’s time.”

The girl nods in understanding and enters the room. Standing next to her is her bigger, older brother. Silently she takes the jaundiced, withered hand of the older man in hers. Hers are so small and pale by comparison to the older man’s once strong hands. Even now they dwarf hers. She squeezes very softly. His chest rises and falls and then a tiny bubble of fluid it bursts on his cracked lips and the chest goes silent.

No one speaks, no one moves. A minute passes. The hand held by the girl is still warm, still soft, she doesn’t let go. Not just yet. Her older brother succumbs finally to the anguish and grief inside; turning to his younger sister he rests his head heavily on her much smaller shoulder and sobs, loudly, unashamedly. At a loss of what to do, the teenage girl relinquishes her father’s hand to rest a small, comforting palm on the shoulder of her brother. The nurses moved by the sudden and quiet passing also give in to their tears. Compassion for a fellow human being crosses all boundaries between friends, family and strangers. The brother stops crying, the girl glances at him with wry amusement.

“If you continue, we’re going to need a bigger boat or at least someone with a bigger shoulder.”

She smiles at him. Laughing lightly the brother wipes his eyes.

“Yeah I’m sorry.”

She shrugs and looks at the nurses.

“We’ll keep him here for now, there is a living area where you can wait if you want, we’ll clean him up and you can come back and say goodbye.”

The siblings nod and thank the nurses and exit to find a comfy seat. Leaving the room, they’re greeted by friends of their father, each one as distraught as the next. All of them feeling the need to be able to comfort the young adults, but not quite knowing what to say. Hugs are received, condolences and tears are shared, between family and friends alike. The girl having shed no tears, feels uneasy at the prospect of revealing her pain and suffering to others, for her, it isn’t something that needs to be shared.

The days pass quickly, arrangements are made and family arrive. The day of the funeral is again a mixture of sadness and joy. The joy being; the warmth and camaraderie that obviously existed between the older man, his friends and acquaintances. The girl relishes the chance to sit in the hearse, morbid though that maybe, it is a new experience. The church ceremony is simple and eloquent, the speech from the Vicar moving and gentle. The girl cannot hold back all the tears this time and they fall freely down her cheeks, her distant family comfort and understand. One of the most notable is her Grandmother, a tiny, frail woman, no bigger than four foot. She exudes more strength and resolve than people half her age and with a lot less to lose.  It is a bright day, with a little wind and a tiny amount of drizzle.  The crowd gathers around an unmarked plot. The Vicar has joined them, her white visage a stark contrast to the black suits and clothing of those who have come to mourn. A few words are said and the pale wooden coffin is lowered into the ground. A song requested by the man himself is played.

‘Coz I got high.’ An appropriate song filled with humour and underlying meaning, as the surrounding family know all too well. Everyone laughs; it’s what he would have wanted, always the one with a twisted sense of humour. The day draws to a close. It is the end of the day. The crowd disperses to join together at a local pub and to drink to their fallen friend and share experiences and memories of times long since passed.

This is where I join you, let’s raise our glasses and remember a man, a father, a son, a brother and a husband, a friend and an outcast. This is where I introduce you to my Dad and our story can truly begin where it all truly started. Please relax and get comfy, as I tell you his story from his birth, to his death. A story filled with laughter, with pain, sadness and life, so he can always be remembered. No one I have ever known has lived so much in just a mere fifty five years on this Earth, and these are the stories I choose to share with you.  

I give you the Stories of the Two Faced Man.

 Early days

I take you now to a place that lies outside of my memory. Baguley Sanatorium is a place I can only piece together from pictures and the memories of others. It is an old hospital built in 1902. In 1912 it became a 150 bed sanatorium for TB patients, although its origins predate this. I can only post a picture of the original building to give you an idea of its stately architecture. Welcome to Wythenshawe Hospital, as it was known during the time that we will be visiting. Now this hospital became well known in its own right during the Second World War.

“Wooden huts were constructed and used to treat injured soldiers who had been injured or burned. As a result the hospital became an early pioneer of plastic surgery.”

Source:  http://www.wythit-heritagetrail.btik.com/p_Wythenshawe_Hospital.ikml

 This story takes you to a time shortly after WWII. We arrive on Friday13th June 1947. Lying in the maternity ward is a small woman roughly between the ages of 25 and 35, I’m afraid I can’t narrow it down any further than that. She is waiting to give birth. A lot of births, at this time, could be carried out at home; however, this case is special. The woman eventually gives birth - I will spare you the detail - to twins. A girl arrives first and then a boy follows soon after. Both healthy babies, they are soon allowed home, to a modest council house on the estates of Wythenshawe.

 

Growing up the young girl is considered ‘delicate’ and as a result is sheltered by her siblings and parents. Being the only boy and the youngest child in a family of five girls’ means the boy is subject to the strict temperament of his disciplined father. He once had an older brother, who sadly died before he was born. This, the eldest child of his mother and father, was tragically killed while on his motorbike in a freak accident, where a truck banked too sharply around a corner and crushed the poor man to death. Our young boy never knew his brother. Maybe the firm hand his father dealt him, was his own method of trying to keep him in line and alive.

 

Now being an older sister myself, I understand the base urge to torment your younger brother for no other reason than; because you can. The young boy had to play dress up for his sisters on more than one occasion and if he did not comply with their wishes, his father would beat him, as was the discipline in those days. At some point in his early life the young boy’s father was stricken to a wheel-chair. Details as to why or how this occurred are sketchy at best, so all I can give you is; that his father’s health deteriorated in the young boy’s early teen years. His mother worked hard to provide for her family and like her eldest boy, rode a motorbike to get to and from her work.

 

Life continued like this throughout his school life. When he was 14, he left school; it was customary to do so at this age. His mother got him his first job, delivering milk on a horse and cart. This may seem quite archaic for 1961 but, this is a poor area of Manchester and time seems to move much more slowly for the working class people of Northern England, at this time anyway. At some point in his early teens, this hard working young man was sadly hit by a car and he suffered a fractured skull. This was followed by a prolonged stay in the hospital. When recovered, this seemingly foolish adolescent, decided to learn boxing. He did this without telling the ring Doctor about his head injury and managed to continue for some time until he was finally found out and banned from doing it again.

 

At the age of 15 or 16 years old, when most children are leaving school for the first time in, our present climate, the young teen lost his father. No details again as to how or why he died, just that he did. For any child to lose a parent; it is traumatic, but for one so young and to lose someone so strong, the loss must have shaken this boy’s world apart. His mother found another partner in due time and when he moved into the family home, the young boy, for reasons unknown, left. For a short time in his life, the young boy had to survive by living on the dirty, cobbled streets and underground cellars in the city of Manchester. Once he found a pair of Hush Puppy boots. They were unfortunately too small for him, but, for lack of anything else to wear, he claimed them. He suffered terribly with rotten feet and this affliction haunted him in later life.   

 

Life wasn’t always so desperate for our boy. As an older teenager, he found work in the local hospital, probably the very one in which he was born. Training to be a theatre technician the teenager worked hard and diligently as a body porter for the morgue. Life granted this young man with a twisted sense of humour, thus enabling him to deal with the difficulties in life with humour and a joke that many among us may find inappropriate. Such as in the case of the dead, fat man. The young man and his colleague had to move a body to the morgue from an upstairs ward. The lifts/elevators were offline and this unfortunate fellow was not to be understated in his size. In their attempts to get him down the stairs, they kept dropping the body due to the sheer dead weight of the corpse. This they found quite hilarious as the poor man’s body had far more broken bones and bruises than he had probably suffered in his life previously. Although obviously contrite, the young man could not help but see the funny side to this rather morbid and inappropriate incident.

Even trying to picture it in my head now, I can’t help but smirk at the oddities that seem like something taken from a ‘Carry On’ film.

 

A small romantic existed inside this young man. When he was 18 years old, he obtained a rowing boat. With his girlfriend in tow; a pretty girl with long, red hair, he rowed out to Radio Caroline which was anchored off the coast of the Isle of Man. I have posted a picture of this floating radio station for posterity and to emphasise the sheer romantic nature of our man’s actions.

 

This was probably one of the final things the young man did in his home town of Manchester. For in his early twenties he moved to Babbacombe and spent much time in the South as a deck chair attendant on the beaches near Torquay.

 

Never again, did he return home.     

 

 

Jul 27th

Clear out...!

By The Clockwise Man II
Ok Ive been tidying my room and these are 10 of the strangest things I have found-

*A packet of crisps which went out of date in the year 2005!
*My sisters barbies head from around 10 years ago! 
*A fake scar I found in my T-Shirt draw.
*My sisters best friends adress I found in my writing pile.
 *Vin's 'Men with Mustaches' magazine!
*A weird picture (of me!)drawn by my cousin when she was a baby (around 5 years ago). 
*A John Barrowman CD!
*3 Bibles!
*A bicycle tire pump.
*A fork found in my old trainers.

So there you have it; dont enter my room without a hazard suit and a gas mask! 
Jul 27th

The book is dead! Long live th e-book!

By Harry
This article in the Times has Victoria Barnsley predicting the death of the book - or, to be a little more precise, predicting the rise of the e-book.

Rather cheekily, she also criticises authors for not engaging with the technological possibilities that are being thrown up.

Speaking as one of VB's huge stable of authors, I'd say - Vicky m'dear, if you PAY me to produce interesting multimedia content, I'll produce interesting multimedia content. But as far as I recall, no one at HarperCollins has ever asked me for such material, let alone ever got close to mentioning the ever-lovely subject of wonga.

Anyway - what do we think? The book is dead? The book is not dead?
Jul 26th

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Publishes: Articles; Features; Fiction; Areas include: Hobbies; How-to; Technology; Markets: Adult; Children's; Youth

United States - Last updated: March 25, 2009 - No errors reported

 

 

 

The T**** Review
Publishes: Essays; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews; Areas include: Criticism; Literature; Short Stories; Markets: Academic; Adult; Preferred styles: Literary

United States - Last updated: March 16, 2009 - No errors reported

 

 

 

P*****'s F***** P***** N*****
Publishes: Fiction; Areas include: Romance; Markets: Adult

United Kingdom - Last updated: March 11, 2009 - No errors reported

 

 

 

K***** C*** V*****
Publishes: Articles; Essays; Fiction; Interviews; Nonfiction; Poetry; Areas include: Arts; Short Stories; Markets: Adult; Preferred styles: Literary

United States - Last updated: March 10, 2009 - No errors reported

 

 

 

N**** from the U**********
Publishes: Fiction; Poetry; Areas include: Humour; Short Stories; Markets: Adult

United Kingdom - Last updated: March 4, 2009 - No errors reported

 

 

 

N** W****** S*******
Publishes: Fiction; Poetry; Scripts; Areas include: Drama; Short Stories; Markets: Adult

United Kingdom - Last updated: February 26, 2009 - No errors reported

 

 

 

H***** B**** Online Magazine
Publishes: Fiction; Poetry; Areas include: Fantasy; Horror; Short Stories; Thrillers; Markets: Adult; Preferred styles: Dark

Canada - Last updated: February 25, 2009 - No errors reported

 

 

 

N** W**** Review
Publishes: Features; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews; Areas include: Short Stories; Markets: Adult; Preferred styles: Literary

United Kingdom - Last updated: February 19, 2009 - No errors reported

 

 

 

I******
Publishes: Fiction; Poetry; Reviews; Areas include: Literature; Short Stories; Translations; Markets: Adult; Preferred styles: Literary

United States - Last updated: February 18, 2009 - No errors reported

 

 

The V*** F*** H***
Publishes: Articles; Features; Fiction; Interviews; Nonfiction; Reviews; Areas include: Literature; Short Stories; Markets: Adult; Preferred styles: Contemporary; Literary

United Kingdom - Last updated: February 13, 2009 - No errors reported

 

 

 

L******** F********
Publishes: Articles; Features; Fiction; Interviews; Poetry; Reference; Reviews; Scripts; Areas include: Beauty and Fashion; Culture; Design; Entertainment; Fantasy; Film; Health; How-to; Lifestyle; Photography; Religious; Romance; Travel; Westerns; Women's Interests; Markets: Academic; Adult; Family; Professional; Youth; Preferred styles: Commercial; In-depth; Light; Popular; Traditional

India - Last updated: February 9, 2009 - No errors reported

 

 

 

I******** - A Magazine for Writers
Publishes: Essays; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; Areas include: Short Stories; Markets: Adult

Canada - Last updated: February 5, 2009 - No errors reported

 

 

 

N** F**** T****
Publishes: Fiction; Poetry; Areas include: Short Stories; Markets: Adult; Children's; Family; Youth

United Kingdom - Last updated: January 30, 2009 - No errors reported

 

 

 

I*** M**'s Magazine
Publishes: Articles; Essays; Features; Fiction; Nonfiction; Areas include: Adventure; Fantasy; Historical; Horror; Humour; Men's Interests; Mystery; Sci-Fi; Suspense; Travel; Markets: Adult; Preferred styles: Mainstream

United States - Last updated: January 28, 2009 - No errors reported

 

 

 

T** T******
Publishes: Fiction; Areas include: Adventure; Crime; Entertainment; Fantasy; Gothic; Historical; Horror; Literature; Mystery; Romance; Sci-Fi; Short Stories; Suspense; Thrillers; Westerns; Markets: Adult; Children's; Youth; Preferred styles: Experimental; Literary; Mainstream; Niche

United States - Last updated: January 21, 2009 - No errors reported

 

 

 

N** S****
Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; Areas include: Short Stories; Markets: Adult; Preferred styles: Literary

United States - Last updated: January 15, 2009 - No errors reported

 

 

 

N******* Magazine
Publishes: Articles; Essays; Features; Fiction; Interviews; Nonfiction; Poetry; Areas include: Adventure; Anthropology; Arts; Autobiography; Biography; Crime; Culture; Design; Entertainment; Literature; Philosophy; Short Stories; Translations; Markets: Adult; Preferred styles: Contemporary; Experimental; Literary; Satirical

United Kingdom - Last updated: January 12, 2009 - No errors reported

 

 

 

K****
Publishes: Essays; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; Areas include: Short Stories; Markets: Adult; Preferred styles: Literary

United States - Last updated: January 9, 2009 - No errors reported

 

 

 

M* W*****
Publishes: Features; Fiction; Nonfiction; Areas include: Beauty and Fashion; Cookery; Crafts; Finance; Gardening; Health; Lifestyle; Travel; Women's Interests; Markets: Adult

United Kingdom - Last updated: January 6, 2009 - No errors reported

 

 

M******
Publishes: Articles; Essays; Features; Fiction; Interviews; News; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reference; Reviews; Areas include: Autobiography; Short Stories; Women's Interests; Markets: Adult

United Kingdom - Last updated: December 11, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

I* P**** Review
Publishes: Fiction; Poetry; Areas include: Short Stories; Markets: Adult; Preferred styles: Experimental; Literary

United States - Last updated: December 9, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

M*********** M******** Monthly (MMM)
Publishes: Articles; Features; Fiction; News; Nonfiction; Areas include: Short Stories; Travel; Markets: Adult

United Kingdom - Last updated: December 3, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

I***** Y*** F****
Publishes: Articles; Fiction; Nonfiction; Areas include: Religious; Short Stories; Markets: Youth

United States - Last updated: December 2, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

M******* Magazine
Publishes: Articles; Features; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews; Areas include: Arts; Short Stories; Translations; Markets: Adult; Preferred styles: Literary

United Kingdom - Last updated: November 27, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

H***** D*****'s Magazine
Publishes: Articles; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; Areas include: Health; Lifestyle; Short Stories; Sport; Markets: Children's

United States - Last updated: November 26, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

H*******
Publishes: Articles; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; Areas include: Religious; Short Stories; Women's Interests; Markets: Adult

United States - Last updated: November 19, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

J***** Quarterly
Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; Areas include: Arts; Culture; Current Affairs; Historical; Literature; Music; Philosophy; Politics; Religious; Short Stories; Markets: Adult; Preferred styles: Literary

United Kingdom - Last updated: November 14, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

M*******
Publishes: Fiction; Poetry; Areas include: Short Stories; Markets: Adult

United States - Last updated: November 13, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

J***
Publishes: Articles; Fiction; Nonfiction; Areas include: Arts; Erotic; Photography; Short Stories; Markets: Adult

United Kingdom - Last updated: November 10, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

M******
Publishes: Articles; Essays; Features; Fiction; Interviews; News; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reference; Reviews; Areas include: Autobiography; Short Stories; Women's Interests; Markets: Adult

United Kingdom - Last updated: December 11, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

I* P**** Review
Publishes: Fiction; Poetry; Areas include: Short Stories; Markets: Adult; Preferred styles: Experimental; Literary

United States - Last updated: December 9, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

M*********** M******** Monthly (MMM)
Publishes: Articles; Features; Fiction; News; Nonfiction; Areas include: Short Stories; Travel; Markets: Adult

United Kingdom - Last updated: December 3, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

I***** Y*** F****
Publishes: Articles; Fiction; Nonfiction; Areas include: Religious; Short Stories; Markets: Youth

United States - Last updated: December 2, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

M******* Magazine
Publishes: Articles; Features; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews; Areas include: Arts; Short Stories; Translations; Markets: Adult; Preferred styles: Literary

United Kingdom - Last updated: November 27, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

H***** D*****'s Magazine
Publishes: Articles; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; Areas include: Health; Lifestyle; Short Stories; Sport; Markets: Children's

United States - Last updated: November 26, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

H*******
Publishes: Articles; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; Areas include: Religious; Short Stories; Women's Interests; Markets: Adult

United States - Last updated: November 19, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

J***** Quarterly
Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; Areas include: Arts; Culture; Current Affairs; Historical; Literature; Music; Philosophy; Politics; Religious; Short Stories; Markets: Adult; Preferred styles: Literary

United Kingdom - Last updated: November 14, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

M*******
Publishes: Fiction; Poetry; Areas include: Short Stories; Markets: Adult

United States - Last updated: November 13, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

J***
Publishes: Articles; Fiction; Nonfiction; Areas include: Arts; Erotic; Photography; Short Stories; Markets: Adult

United Kingdom - Last updated: November 10, 2008 - No errors reported

 

Y*******
Publishes: Essays; Fiction; Interviews; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews; Scripts; Areas include: Drama; Short Stories; Markets: Adult

United States - Last updated: October 6, 2008 - No errors reported

 

       

 

 

E******** Review
Publishes: Articles; Essays; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews; Areas include: Arts; Criticism; Culture; Literature; Philosophy; Politics; Short Stories; Markets: Adult; Preferred styles: Literary

United Kingdom - Last updated: October 1, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

L*****
Publishes: Essays; Fiction; Interviews; Nonfiction; Poetry; Areas include: Short Stories; Markets: Adult

United States - Last updated: September 30, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

F***X****S***
Publishes: Fiction; Poetry; Areas include: Short Stories; Markets: Adult

Australia - Last updated: September 25, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

L*** W**** B******
Publishes: Articles; Essays; Fiction; News; Nonfiction; Areas include: Arts; Crime; Culture; Current Affairs; Fantasy; Historical; Horror; Humour; Leisure; Lifestyle; Music; Mystery; Nature; Philosophy; Politics; Psychology; Sci-Fi; Short Stories; Suspense; Thrillers; Travel; Markets: Academic; Preferred styles: Literary

United States - Last updated: September 24, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

The E***
Publishes: Features; Fiction; Interviews; Nonfiction; Reviews; Areas include: Crime; Entertainment; Erotic; Fantasy; Gothic; Horror; Sci-Fi; Markets: Adult; Preferred styles: Contemporary; Experimental

United Kingdom - Last updated: September 19, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

H**********
Publishes: Articles; Features; Fiction; Nonfiction; Reviews; Areas include: Adventure; Business; Culture; Historical; Humour; Mystery; Short Stories; Travel; Markets: Adult; Preferred styles: Mainstream

United States - Last updated: September 18, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

D*** Monthly
Publishes: Articles; Features; Fiction; News; Nonfiction; Areas include: Hobbies; Nature; Markets: Adult

United Kingdom - Last updated: September 15, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

H*********
Publishes: Articles; Essays; Fiction; Nonfiction; Areas include: Crime; Mystery; Short Stories; Markets: Adult

United States - Last updated: September 12, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

D*****
Publishes: Features; Fiction; Interviews; Nonfiction; Reviews; Areas include: Entertainment; Erotic; Fantasy; Photography; Short Stories; Markets: Adult

United Kingdom - Last updated: September 9, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

G****: The J****** for W******
Publishes: Articles; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; Areas include: Literature; Markets: Adult; Preferred styles: Experimental; Literary; Traditional

United States - Last updated: September 8, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

D**** W****
Publishes: Articles; Features; Fiction; News; Nonfiction; Areas include: Short Stories; Sport; Markets: Adult

United Kingdom - Last updated: September 3, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

G***'s S******* Journal
Publishes: Articles; Essays; Features; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; Areas include: Adventure; Historical; Humour; Leisure; Lifestyle; Nature; Sport; Travel; Markets: Adult

United States - Last updated: September 2, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

F*** M******* Living
Publishes: Articles; Essays; Fiction; Interviews; News; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews; Areas include: Adventure; Arts; Cookery; Culture; Historical; Humour; Lifestyle; Travel; Markets: Adult; Preferred styles: Mainstream

United States - Last updated: August 18, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

S***** A**** Magazine
Publishes: Articles; Essays; Fiction; Interviews; News; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reference; Reviews; Areas include: Adventure; Arts; Crime; Drama; Erotic; Fantasy; Historical; How-to; Humour; Literature; Mystery; Romance; Sci-Fi; Short Stories; Suspense; Thrillers; Travel; Women's Interests; Markets: Adult; Children's; Family; Preferred styles: Dark; Light; Literary; Mainstream; Niche; Popular

United Kingdom - Last updated: August 13, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

F*****
Publishes: Articles; Essays; Features; Fiction; Interviews; Nonfiction; Areas include: Arts; Beauty and Fashion; Culture; Design; Entertainment; Film; Historical; Humour; Literature; Music; Short Stories; Travel; Markets: Adult

United States - Last updated: August 7, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

c****** Magazine
Publishes: Fiction; Poetry; Areas include: Literature; Short Stories; Markets: Adult; Preferred styles: Literary; Mainstream

Ireland - Last updated: August 1, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

C********
Publishes: Fiction; Areas include: Crime; Mystery; Short Stories; Markets: Adult

United Kingdom - Last updated: July 29, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

F****** Q******** Magazine
Publishes: Articles; Fiction; News; Nonfiction; Poetry; Areas include: Short Stories; Sport; Markets: Adult

United States - Last updated: July 24, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

E******
Publishes: Articles; Features; Fiction; Nonfiction; Areas include: Arts; Beauty and Fashion; Current Affairs; Entertainment; Lifestyle; Media; Men's Interests; Music; Politics; Short Stories; Sociology; Sport; Markets: Adult

United States - Last updated: July 18, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

C******
Publishes: Articles; Essays; Features; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews; Areas include: Arts; Criticism; Culture; Literature; Short Stories; Theatre; Markets: Adult

United Kingdom - Last updated: July 15, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

B** M****
Publishes: Essays; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; Areas include: Arts; Biography; Business; Historical; Music; Nature; Photography; Politics; Science; Short Stories; Markets: Adult

United States - Last updated: July 14, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

B*******
Publishes: Fiction; Areas include: Fantasy; Horror; Psychology; Sci-Fi; Short Stories; Markets: Adult; Preferred styles: Dark

United Kingdom - Last updated: July 9, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

E*******
Publishes: Essays; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; Areas include: Arts; Literature; Short Stories; Markets: Academic; Adult; Preferred styles: Literary

United States - Last updated: July 8, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

D*** & D*** H******
Publishes: Articles; Features; Fiction; Nonfiction; Areas include: Hobbies; How-to; Science; Short Stories; Sport; Markets: Adult

United States - Last updated: July 2, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

C*****
Publishes: Features; Fiction; Nonfiction; Areas include: Health; Lifestyle; Short Stories; Markets: Adult

United Kingdom - Last updated: June 25, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

J****** Science Fiction Magazine
Publishes: Articles; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; Areas include: Sci-Fi; Markets: Adult

United Kingdom - Last updated: June 19, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

H****** Review
Publishes: Essays; Fiction; Interviews; Nonfiction; Poetry; Scripts; Areas include: Criticism; Drama; Literature; Short Stories; Markets: Adult; Preferred styles: Literary

United States - Last updated: June 18, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

S**** S**** L******
Publishes: Articles; Fiction; Interviews; Nonfiction; Reviews; Areas include: Adventure; Crime; Drama; Entertainment; Fantasy; Gothic; Hobbies; Horror; Humour; Leisure; Literature; Military; New Age; Politics; Psychology; Romance; Science; Sci-Fi; Short Stories; Suspense; Technology; Thrillers; Westerns; Markets: Academic; Adult; Professional; Youth; Preferred styles: Commercial; Contemporary; Cynical; Dark; Experimental; In-depth; Light; Literary; Mainstream; Niche; Popular; Positive; Progressive; Satirical; Serious; Traditional

United States - Last updated: June 10, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

C****** 32
Publishes: Articles; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews; Areas include: Arts; Current Affairs; Politics; Short Stories; Markets: Adult

United Kingdom - Last updated: June 9, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

B**** S*****
Publishes: Fiction; Areas include: Horror; Short Stories; Markets: Adult

United Kingdom - Last updated: June 5, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

S***** V*****
Publishes: Fiction; Areas include: Literature; Short Stories; Markets: Adult; Preferred styles: Literary

United States - Last updated: June 4, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

Ab****s U******
Publishes: Articles; Fiction; Poetry; Reviews; Areas include: Philosophy; Short Stories; Translations; Markets: Adult

United Kingdom - Last updated: May 29, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

T***********
Publishes: Fiction; Areas include: Short Stories; Markets: Adult; Preferred styles: Literary

United Kingdom - Last updated: May 22, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

Q******** W***
Publishes: Essays; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews; Areas include: Humour; Literature; Travel; Markets: Academic; Adult; Preferred styles: Experimental; Literary

United States - Last updated: May 21, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

W*******
Publishes: Articles; Fiction; Interviews; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews; Areas include: Criticism; Culture; Literature; Short Stories; Markets: Adult; Preferred styles: Literary

United Kingdom - Last updated: May 16, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

N** M***
Publishes: Articles; Essays; Fiction; Nonfiction; Areas include: Adventure; Biography; Fantasy; Historical; Humour; Religious; Travel; Markets: Youth; Preferred styles: Mainstream

United States - Last updated: May 15, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

K***********
Publishes: Articles; Fiction; Poetry; Reviews; Areas include: Arts; Autobiography; Culture; Health; Short Stories; Sociology; Markets: Adult; Preferred styles: Literary

United States - Last updated: May 9, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

S********* Journal
Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews; Areas include: Literature; Short Stories; Markets: Adult; Preferred styles: Literary

Ireland - Last updated: May 6, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

H*****: B***** of H*****
Publishes: Essays; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; Areas include: Autobiography; Literature; Religious; Short Stories; Markets: Adult; Mainstream

United States - Last updated: May 2, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

B**** S*****
Publishes: Fiction; Areas include: Horror; Short Stories; Markets: Adult

United Kingdom - Last updated: June 5, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

S***** V*****
Publishes: Fiction; Areas include: Literature; Short Stories; Markets: Adult; Preferred styles: Literary

United States - Last updated: June 4, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

Ab****s U******
Publishes: Articles; Fiction; Poetry; Reviews; Areas include: Philosophy; Short Stories; Translations; Markets: Adult

United Kingdom - Last updated: May 29, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

T***********
Publishes: Fiction; Areas include: Short Stories; Markets: Adult; Preferred styles: Literary

United Kingdom - Last updated: May 22, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

Q******** W***
Publishes: Essays; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews; Areas include: Humour; Literature; Travel; Markets: Academic; Adult; Preferred styles: Experimental; Literary

United States - Last updated: May 21, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

W*******
Publishes: Articles; Fiction; Interviews; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews; Areas include: Criticism; Culture; Literature; Short Stories; Markets: Adult; Preferred styles: Literary

United Kingdom - Last updated: May 16, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

N** M***
Publishes: Articles; Essays; Fiction; Nonfiction; Areas include: Adventure; Biography; Fantasy; Historical; Humour; Religious; Travel; Markets: Youth; Preferred styles: Mainstream

United States - Last updated: May 15, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

K***********
Publishes: Articles; Fiction; Poetry; Reviews; Areas include: Arts; Autobiography; Culture; Health; Short Stories; Sociology; Markets: Adult; Preferred styles: Literary

United States - Last updated: May 9, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

S********* Journal
Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews; Areas include: Literature; Short Stories; Markets: Adult; Preferred styles: Literary

Ireland - Last updated: May 6, 2008 - No errors reported

 

 

 

H*****: B***** of H*****
Publishes: Essays; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; Areas include: Autobiography; Literature; Religious; Short Stories; Markets: Adult; Mainstream

United States - Last updated: May 2, 2008 - No errors reported

 

Jul 25th

Dragon Naturally Speaking

By Pride.James
Dragon Naturally Speaking version 10 is a piece of dictation software, it needs very little or no training to understand your voice.  It learns your writing style and can are less disabledtried to find the next word for you.  You do need to speak your punctuation but it is very accurate.  I once tried to see how many words a minute I could get from it with all of them being correct and I managed a hundred words.  So all in all this is a very accurate piece of dictation software.