Suddenly Lost in Words is once again seeking short stories for young adults: “Any genre. We pay professional rates. Selected works will appear in eBook releases to be sold through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.”
Filipino Fiction For Young Adults: “Open Call For Submissions–Science Fiction: Filipino Fiction For Young Adults – Editors Dean Francis Alfar (publisher of the Philippine Speculative Fiction anthologies) and Kenneth Yu (publisher of Philippine Genre Stories), and co-editors for Horror: Filipino Fiction For Young Adults, announce an open call for short fiction submissions for Science Fiction: Filipino Fiction for Young Adults.”
Till Death Do Us Part: “Burnt Offerings Books is planning on publishing a series of monthly anthologies in 2014. The tentative title and theme of the anthology will be Till Death Do Us Part.”
Thirteen Press Anthologies (scroll down to Feb. 6 entry) – Accepting submissions for three anthologies – War, Wildwood, and Pyromania.
Dark Heart Volume Two: “With the theme of ‘Mirrors and Tears’ writers (both new and established) are invited to write a short story from 1,000-10,000 words for this anthology. The theme is open to interpretation and we look forward to reading a diverse range of YA tales.”
The Best Women’s Travel Writing: “Women writers, please send us your best stories about travel throughout the world for our annual series, The Best Women’s Travel Writing. We’re looking for the full range of experience: adventurous, mystical, funny, poignant, cuisine-related, cross-cultural, transformational, funny, illuminating, frightening, or grim-as well as solo travel and travel with friends, partners, and families.”
Scape: “Simply put, Scape is a fantasy, science fiction and horror e-zine with a young adult (YA) focus. We seek the best new short YA speculative stories, poetry and art. We also publish news and reviews on books, movies and trends in the speculative YA world.”
And while you’re at it, check out this excellent post on submitting YA short fiction: The YA Highway Quickstart Guide to Submitting Short Fiction
– Library Blogs for Teen Patrons: A handy list of blogs to use for promotion and to see what’s being read in teen lit.
-Celebrating the short story (a little late): May was National Short Story Month… Don’t worry–I missed it too. But it’s never too late to celebrate: check out this offering from NPR .
-For those of you who like to keep it brief, here’s a list of flash fiction markets (older YA through adult) from Flash Fiction Chronicles .
-England’s The Guardian asks: Is the short story really the novel’s poor relation?
-Along the same lines: Hunger Mountain’s Claire Guyton blogs: No, You Do NOT Have To Write A Novel: A Celebration of the Short Story and the Short Story Writer
–Juniper Berry Story Contest (for ages 9-14): From the site — “Juniper Berry is a story about a girl trapped in a modern-day fairy tale: a world that is both terrifying and enticing. After you read the first two chapters, write your own story of terror and temptation in 500 to 1500 words. Make your story appropriate for kids. The first sentence should start with “Mother and father aren’t quite right.”
Win an ebook of Playthings of the Gods (Drollerie Press, 2011).
You can enter the ebook drawing in two ways: 1.) leave a comment, along with your email address, on this post by March 1 OR 2.) subscribe to Word Crushes by March 1. A winner will be chosen at random with the help of Random.org.
From the publisher: “Forget what you think you know about Greek Mythology. The Gods are back—if they ever left—and this time they’re using our modern world as their playground. Enjoy fourteen stories that take you from deity-inhabited skyscrapers to cobwebbed, gated manors atop a hill, and everywhere in between.”
And if you’d like to write your own story based on mythology, legends, or fairy tales, then check out these markets for older teens through adults:
Wicked East Press (scroll down to Twisted Fairy Tales)
Know of any other markets for myth-lovers? Then leave me a comment with the publication’s name and URL and I’ll add it to the list.