Tuesday, 14 June 2022

I Don’t Want to Write, I HAVE to Write

Image by Jon Hoefer from Pixabay
For the past couple of weeks I haven’t done any writing at all. Nada. Zilch. Zero. The only exception has been writing shopping lists and writing in my journal a couple of times.

My lack of writing was due to moving and trying settle into my new home which has included finding new places to store things, getting new daily routines, having new curtains and an awning installed and finding my way around the new area where I now live.

But now I’m pretty sure that everything that needs to be done has been done so I’m now back in my writing chair.

Since  I moved, my books sales have been doing well and I sold more books than usual, including my latest novel, What Goes Around Comes Around, which is a romantic story of how one bad deed had a devastating effect on a young guy’s life and created a chain reaction of events that he could never have foreseen. Through it all he meets a young woman who helps him through the darkest period of his life. But he worries that when he does’t need her any more will he still want her? She wonders the same thing too. 

This was such a fun book to write and it’s proving to be a popular book to read too. 

Book sales are a big part of how I earn money writing and they can go on even when I’m busy with other life-changing events, like moving home.

And throughout this past couple of weeks when I wasn’t writing, it felt weird, like something was missing from my life. I felt somewhat lost, even though I was so busy sorting everything out.

That’s when it hit me. I don’t write because I need to, and I don’t do it because I want to. I write because I HAVE  to. I can’t NOT write.

Writing is the way that I earn all my income, but even years ago when it wasn’t, I still used to write all the time.

I think it must be in my DNA. Everywhere I go I usually have a notebook and pen with me. A few weeks ago I was at the beach and later sat in the park near the beach and I went to a nearby newsagent and bought a notebook and pen and spent the afternoon sitting at a covered picnic table, writing.

Even on days when I don’t feel like writing, it feels wrong not to, so I usually end up curled up on the couch with my everyday notebook which is the one I write in when ideas strike me, or when I want to map out a writing plan, or when I don’t feel like writing so I write about it in my everyday notebook, and before I know it, ideas start to come and I start taking notes and start writing.

How about you?

How much writing have you done lately? How much more could yo have done if you’d just sat down and started?

Do you write because you need to? Because you want to? Or because you have to?

Right now I’m catching up with two weeks of non-writing time, and it already feels good.

I hope you get plenty of writing done too.

If you’re stuck, try my Monthly Challenge Writing Series. It’s guaranteed to get you writing and earning.

Friday, 10 June 2022

50+ Writing Markets For June 2022

Here is a list of over 50 writing markets, mostly horror writing markets, paying up to $350.

Some of them have a short deadline so be quick and don't miss out.

It's a great list to cosy up with this weekend and get some writing and publishing done.

Write plenty and enjoy. :)

The Theatre Phantasmagoria
W𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘰𝘱𝘦𝘯 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘴𝘶𝘣𝘮𝘪𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘧𝘭𝘢𝘴𝘩 𝘧𝘪𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘩𝘰𝘳𝘳𝘰𝘳 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘯 𝘢 𝘥𝘪𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮𝘦 𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘩 𝘮𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘩. 𝘞𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘣𝘦 𝘴𝘦𝘦𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘩𝘰𝘳𝘳𝘰𝘳 𝘧𝘪𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘧𝘭𝘢𝘷𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦 𝘱𝘶𝘣𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘩𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘴 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘢 𝘯𝘦𝘸 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘯𝘨𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘕𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘛𝘦𝘳𝘳𝘰𝘳 𝘕𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘭𝘴 𝘗𝘶𝘣𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘵𝘪𝘵𝘭𝘦𝘥 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘳𝘦 𝘗𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘴𝘮𝘢𝘨𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘢
How you interpret this theme is largely up to you. Think tales of the Old West, the Wild West, the Weird West; perhaps the tumultuous periods around it: the First Nations Wars, the California Gold Rush, the American Civil War. Please note that your story does not have to be set on the American frontier; we’re also interested in stories which feature other untamed, dangerous locales. If you can offer us a terrifying tale set in the badlands of Mexico, the Australian Outback, the Saharan Desert, or even the dunes of Mars, we’d be keen to read it. Primarily, we’re looking for tales of the odd and the macabre, of wildernesses and the savagery they might (or did) contain, or similar horror stories along these lines.
Word count: Max 2,000 words
Deadline: 30th June 2022
Payment: £10 flat rate + ebook copy

10 Fiction Markets Paying $50 to $350
These markets pay $50 to about $350 for fiction. A few also accept other genres, like non-fiction and poetry. They are open now, or will open soon for submissions.
Some have tight deadlines so be quick. 

Grain Magazine
Grain Magazine, published four times per year, is an internationally acclaimed literary journal that publishes engaging, surprising, eclectic, and challenging writing and art by Canadian and international writers and artists.
Please only submit work in one genre at one time.
Poetry: Individual poems, sequences, or suites up to a maximum of 6 pages.
Fiction: To a maximum of 3500 words.
Literary Nonfiction: To a maximum of 3500 words. 

Other writing: Queries for submissions of work in other forms (i.e. short plays, comics, etc.) are welcome. You may submit such queries through Submittable or by mail.

For fiction and nonfiction submissions, please provide a word count.
Payment: $50 per page to a maximum of $250, plus 2 copies of the issue in which their work appears.
Deadline: 16th June 2022

Dracula Beyond Stoker
Stories with Dracula himself as the main focus. His name is on the cover of the book, but he’s not the star of the show. Let’s change that.

What was he doing prior to the novel? What was he doing when we didn’t see him in the novel? Did he survive? Expand on one of the many movie adaptations. Give us an alteranate take. The canvas is blank, spatter it red.
Word Count: 1500-5000 words
Deadline: 15th June 2022
Payment: 5cents per word.

Tales from the Monoverse
We want to expand on the concept of the Monochrome Noir mystery/thriller series by opening it up to multiple genres, and are looking for authors to join us on this unique journey. 
Short-stories, 4k – 6k words in length, set in the greater Monochrome Noir mythology/concept, where the world is forever trapped in the black & white color scheme of old movies & photographs. In this grayscale world, items of color are extremely uncommon. These stories can be devoid of color entirely, or can just reference colors tangentially. Hell, a rare item of color could even be the main focus. Your tales do not need to take place in the past.
Payment: $15 and 1 paperback copy of Tales from the Monoverse upon release. Contributing authors will have a biography section at the end of the book.
Submission Deadline: August 30th 2022.

37 Themed Submission Calls for June 2022
These are calls and contests for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Some of the themed calls are: tender; generations; incredible journeys; myths and fairy tales; outsiders; deadly women of the sea; and the still of winter.

Monday, 23 May 2022

Horror Writing Markets May 2022


Image by Alexas_Fotos from Pixabay
Today I have a collection of horror writing markets for you.

One has a submission date of 31st May, the rest are longer.

My hope is that they inspire you to activate your creativity and get you writing and submitting.

Successful writers write. So get going.

Open Call for Stranger With Fiction Issue Seven: The Halloween Issue

Issue seven of Stranger with Friction drops on October 1st and we need your scariest, bloodiest, goriest tales. Your story doesn’t have to be all three, but it should be at least one and relate to the autumn if not Halloween specifically.

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR; Creature features, ghost stories, slashers…hell any sub-genre of horror will be considered as long as it relates to the season. We’re also looking for non-fiction articles relating to horror themed punk and metal, Halloween themed movies, and Halloween themed literature.

ARTISTS! Black and white or color pin-ups with that spooky feel are also needed!

WHAT WE’RE NOT LOOKING FOR; No racism, sexism, homophobia, or transphobia. These elements can exist within the context of the story if there’s a purpose for it, but if it feels like the story is simply misogynistic or prejudiced in anyway it will automatically be rejected. I also don’t want any graphic depictions of rape. If you can’t find a way to tell a horror story without relying on rape or racism, don’t bother submitting to St Rooster Books ever, thanks. Also, no reprints.

Word count; 1-5k
Payment: $10 plus contributor copy or three contributor copies. Your choice.
Deadline; August 1st
Release date; October 1st.
Send to Holyrooster76@gmail.com

Hellbound Books Publishing

Lifelong Edgar Allan Poe fan, Madame Gray, is in search of horror tales that pay homage to one of the greats of the genre. Whether you gravitate toward The Raven, The Tell-Tale Heart, Murders in the Rue Morgue, or the Masque of the Red Death, she wants to read your story...  
Compiled and edited by Gerri R. Gray (Madame Gray's Creep Show, Blood & Blasphemy, Vault of Gore) and published by Hellbound Books, this anthology is open to undiscovered writers and established voices alike.

Contributors are invited to send a bio (up to 250 words) with their submission. Multiple and simultaneous submissions are okay.

PLEASE read and adhere to our submission guidelines...  
* Word format saved in .doc, or .docx
* 12 pt times new roman
* Double spaced
* Absolutely NO extra lines between paragraphs!

Word Count: 3K - 8K words 

Write 'MADAME GRAY POE' along with your name and story title in the header of your email
*The body of your submission email will be considered the cover letter. 
* The submission documents are to be separated and Word (.doc or .docx) documents are to be attached to your submission email. 

To submit, email your polished story to madame.gray@hellboundbookspublishing.com

- Make sure that you check your mss for grammar and punctuation. 

Deadline: September 1st, 2022
Payment: $5.00 for First Rights

Interstallar Flight Magazine

Interstellar Flight Magazine is seeking essays on pop culture, movies, geekery, and scifi/fantasy related topics. ​Submissions are open year-round. (Please note: We close to submissions briefly at the end of each year from 12/15-1/15 to work on our anthology. Submissions sent during this time will be read after the break.) 

We want essays on popular culture, movies, books, video games, SFF culture, conventions, and anything else geeky. We love reviews but believe that the goal of criticism should be to know and understand not to like or dislike. The tone of our essays are conversational and accessible, but we do enjoy a good academic debate. We're always interested in hearing from underrepresented and marginalized voices. How you define that is up to you.

Essays should be 250-1500 words.
Please submit in .doc, .docx, or .rtf form.
Essays should be timely, i.e. that movie you just saw and loved/hated, a book that just came out, or a current topic of discussion online. 
Please include links as hyperlinks in your document. Please do not include images (Tweet embeds are fine). 
You may also submit pitches (max 100 words). Send us several ideas at once if you like. 
We prefer not to publish articles that only work as a series (we are not a "monthly" or "quarterly" publication, so series columns don't really work for us.)  Instead focus on one thing and dive deep into it. 
Reprint essays are fine if they are relevant, but we regret that we cannot pay for reprints at this time.

Payment: $15 on publication. We regret that we are only able to make payments via Paypal at this time. Simultaneous submissions are fine, just let us know if you need to withdraw. Articles are published under First North American Rights and may be provided as members-only content on a future Patreon page. (We'll let you know if we'd like to use your essay there). If accepted, writers will be asked to create a Medium profile. Submissions are only accepted through the submission form. Please do not email submissions.

Book Submissions 

Call for Nonfiction Proposals - Open 
Interstellar Flight Press is accepting submissions of book-length nonfiction manuscripts. We invite scholars of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and related genres to submit proposals via our submission form. Our areas of focus are: Books about SFF genres, writing speculative fiction, poetry, film, comics, pop culture, diverse and marginalized voices, feminism, and disability, as long as these topics intersect with speculative genres. We are very interested in books from researchers outside the U.S. We also welcome collections of essays. Authors should be experienced in the field of SFF research. 

Full-length books 30,000-125,000 words. 
Please use our Proposal Format to prepare your submission. 
Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere. 
Multiple submissions are allowed. 
If your book is in-progress, please include a delivery schedule in your proposal. 
This call will remain open for the foreseeable future. Please query us after 90 days if you have not received a response. 

Call for Horror Novellas- Open 10/1/22 - 12/1/22
Interstellar Flight Press is seeking submissions of Horror Novellas in the speculative genres. For this call, we are also open to translations. Books from this call will be slotted for 2023-2026 publication dates.
We are looking for: 
Novellas 17,500-40,000. (This is a hard word count limit. We will accept manuscripts within 5,000 words of this, but note that authors may be asked to revise to within these word counts.)
Horror genre including but not limited to: Science Fiction Horror, Fantasy Horror, Supernatural, Weird Horror, Mystery/thrillers with horror elements. Hybrids or difficult to categorize works are welcome. Give us your slashers, zombies, witches, vampires, monsters, demons, devils, horror comedies, psychological thrillers, body horror, crime noir, creature features, aliens, ghosts, haunted houses, creepy carnivals, serial killers, possessed children, shapeshifters, disasters, and viruses. 
Translations: We accept translations from authors or translators working on behalf of authors. In the case of collaborative projects, royalties are split based upon agreement between the parties involved.  

Please send complete manuscripts (your entire book) in .doc or .docx formats, formatted in Standard Manuscript Format with no identifying information in the document. This means:  
12-point font.
Times New Roman, Courier, or similar font.
Double spaced.
Numbered pages.
Your name should not appear anywhere in the manuscript or in the title of the document. If your name appears in the manuscript, we will remove it before sending it to our readers. 
NEW: Please include content warnings on the first page of the manuscript. For more on this, please read our guide to content warnings.
Please include a synopsis/summary on the first page of your manuscript, max 500 words. 
We require a cover letter with bio in our submission form. Be sure to include links to your website and social media so we can get to know you. 
Simultaneous and multiple submissions are fine, but if you receive an offer from another publisher, please let us know so we can withdraw your manuscript. 
We do not accept previously published manuscripts, including self-published or partially published manuscripts. 
Agented submissions are welcome. If you're an agent, please send us an email (contact (at) interstellarflightpress (dot) com) or submit via the form. 

Fear Forge Open-Calls

For the first edition of the Fear Forge Anthology, I wanted to give a nod to the anthology's name and to the relationships that inspired it. Since the conception of Horrorsmith Editing, I have been focused on forging strong relationships within the author and horror communities. This anthology is a continuation of that, and I thought it only appropriate that it should reflect both in the name and the first edition's theme.  
Please submit your unique, unpublished, horror or dark fantasy stories or images involving a forge, such as: items created by a forge—haunted armor, weapons, or cursed objects; demonic crafters or smiths who use the forge; or the forge equipment itself. 
All stories and images should involve the forge in any variation of the methods used above. However, the forge must be a prominent feature within the story. Simply adding a forge in the background of an existing story will not make the cut. 
All stories should be between 2000 and 6000 words in length. There may be some wiggle room over 6000 words if the story is exceptional. However, please do not depend on that. Any stories less than 2000 words will not be considered. 
Images can be a figure, scene, or cover image. 
All stories and images should be emailed to horrorsmithsubs@gmail.com beginning Friday, May 13, 2022. 
Stories and images will be accepted until the anthology is full or until August 1, whichever comes first, so it will be to your benefit to submit as early as possible. 
You may submit more than one story or image if you choose; however, only one will be selected for possible publication. 
Simultaneous submissions are not allowed.
Reprints are not allowed.
Horrorsmith Publishing will retain exclusive rights to the stories and images for one year from the date of publication. 
Payment is $30 per story or image. 

Brigids Gate Press

Submissions Open: June 1 st to June 30th
Title: Dangerous Waters: Deadly Women of the Sea
Type: Anthology of short stories, poetry, and drabbles

Editor: Julia C. Lewis

Theme: We’re looking for horror or dark fantasy stories, poems, and drabbles about malevolent
mermaids, sinister sirens, scary selkies, spirits, and other deadly and dangerous women of the
sea. Stories including the ocean or sea are the focus of the anthology, but we will consider stories
involving rivers as well.

No explicit sexual content, no racism or anti-LGBTQIA+, animal cruelty, extreme horror, or violence just for violence’s sake. No reprints.

What: Submissions should be a Word doc or docx. On the first page of your piece, only put the title, word count, and trigger warnings. Do not use headers or footers.

Stories: 500-3,500 words

Poetry: up to 350 words

Drabbles: exactly 100 words

Titles are not included in word counts

Multiple submissions will be accepted (up to 3 pieces per author), but only one piece will be printed. Simultaneous submissions are fine, please let us know if your piece is accepted elsewhere.

This is an open submission call. No slots have been reserved for invitation pieces.

Please include an author bio (including any social media or website links you want displayed) as a separate document.

Where: Email all submissions to submissions@brigidsgatepress.com. In the subject line put DANGEROUS WATERS.

Payment:  Copy of the ebook and paperback of the anthology.
Stories: $0.08 a word
Poems: $50 a poem
Drabbles: $50 a drabble

The Dread Machine

Call for submissions (short stories): Darkness Blooms

Deadline: 31 May 2022

Theme: Identity, security, and community are inexorably entwined.

We’re looking for stories touching on at least one of these themes. We want you to explore the boundaries of who we are, what makes us feel safe (and at what cost), with whom we choose to surround ourselves, and our darkest secrets.

Let’s explore how they influence us and our perception of reality.


Identity is formed by not only things like race, culture, and class but also by the relationships we cultivate, the opinions and moral codes we adopt, and our choices. What secrets lie in the dark expanses between where we came from, who we think we are, and how we want others to perceive us?


Security—stability, order, dependency, structure—is an innate human need. In practice, security tends to be an illusion designed to make us feel more in control over our surroundings. What makes us feel safe, and what are we willing to sacrifice to feel that way? What happens when safety nets aren’t there to catch us when we fall? What dreadful secrets are we willing to keep to preserve the status quo?


Humans often seek security through community. We align ourselves with others who share our interests, culture and religion, geographic location, and workplaces. How well do you really know your neighbors, your friends, your coworkers, your family? How do we build these communities? What erodes a community, makes it crumble?

All submissions must inspire dread. Genre definitions tend to be subjective, so we encourage you to become familiar with the stories we’ve published here to get an idea of what sort of content we’re seeking.
All submissions must be original, unpublished, and between 2,000 and 10,000 words. Stories should earn their word count, however. If your story is closer to the maximum, we will expect it to contain a narrative worthy of every word. We are not flexible on the word count, so please don’t request an exception.
Authors are permitted to submit up to three stories, but none may be simultaneously submitted anywhere else, nor may they be resubmissions of stories we have already declined.

Payment: Authors whose stories are accepted for publication will receive payment ($0.08 per word), a free copy of the premium hardcover, and two free copies of the paperback.


You can review the publication agreement for Darkness Blooms on the website.

Submissions close on May 31st at 11:59 pm, eastern time.

Read the full submission guidelines here.

Thursday, 12 May 2022

Finally Moved, And Back To Writing

Image by Peggy und Marco Lachmann-Anke from Pixabay
Last week I told you I was moving. I was not going far but it was still exhausting.

Somehow I thought I’d still have time to get plenty of writing done, but I didn’t.

For the past week it’s been all so tiring and time-consuming, packing up all our meagre worldly possessions and unpacking them again, but at least it’s over now, so that I can get back to my normal life.

So far I’m loving where we’ve moved to and my desk is in a window nook so I have a view again. I was staring at a blank corner before.

We lived in our previous apartment for only a year, but we weren’t really happy there, partly because the whole place was getting progressively filthier because the caretakers refused clean it properly and the committee (who are the only people who can do anything about it) seemed to be slow to do anything about it. Happily though, they are now taking action.

Then construction work began with a new apartment block being built on the complex and so the filth suddenly got much worse.

Luckily, by then, we’d already sold our apartment. Hopefully lack of caretaking situation will resolve itself, but in the meantime I’m glad I’m out so that I can settle down to my writing again. Also our new apartment is brand new so it’s already clean and beautiful and doesn’t have any “inherited” dirt.

Moving also meant that I missed my monthly deadline for publishing another book, plus there were issues with publishing my previous book, but it’s all sorted now.

You can see my latest book, a novel, called, “What Goes Around Comes Around - When karma is a bitch, can love conquer all?” at https://ruthiswriting.com/books/wgaca.html.

It was a fun book to write and it’s a great book to read.

Grab a copy now in print or download the eBook.

Happy reading and writing.