Open Calls For Submission In May

May 1st

 Brewtality: Alcohol Infused Extreme Horror: 3,000 word max “Some call it courage in a bottle while others perceive it as the devil’s cocktail. Alcohol comes in all shapes and sizes, bringing along with it the temptation of sin, the eagerness of confusion and the psychological bombardment on the mind and senses forcing us to play a game between life and death.” pays $.03/word

May 5th

Impulsive Walrus Press, “Going Viral”: 2,000-8,000 words theme is black market business during Covid-19 pandemic “The COVID-19 quarantine has us all shut up in our homes. Businesses have ground to a halt, the economy is slowed to a snail’s pace, and nobody is entirely certain how long it is going to last./ In the middle of all of this, black market businesses have begun to operate: underground hair salons, photography studios, businesses once completely legitimate and now illegal simply for operating.” pays $.02/word

May 31st

One Story: 3,000-8,000 words literary fiction pay is $500

Dark Moon Digest, “Fright Nights”: 3,500 words max “We want stories with complex characters and new ideas. Scare us. But also, inspire young readers into a lifelong obsession with the genre .” $.03/ word

Critique Partner vs Beta Reader

  • Both will provide feedback on a manuscript 
  • A beta reader doesn’t have to be a writer. They evaluate a manuscript strictly from a reader’s perspective.  They may earmark an area of concern (like a critique partner) but they may lack the toolkit to help suggest corrections.  It’s best to give a beta a middle draft or final draft for evaluation, since this will be closest to the product readers consume and they provide an early view of how a larger group of readers will react. 
  • Critique partners, as fellow writers, are available to help trouble shoot during more phases of a writing process and are able to better evaluate what the concern areas might be along with solutions.

What is a Critique Partner?

A critique partner is a writer with whom one shares and critiques work on a regular basis. This process isn’t the same as co-write stories, because the manuscript isn’t written by both writers, but they should have overlapping ideas and motifs.  A critique partner often influences one’s writing in ways beyond the feedback shared because they can be a person one springboards ideas or troubled areas off of.  They have an inherent understanding of the writing process, which makes them able to offer specialized insights others may lack.

It’s common for writers to become each other’s critique partners, where the two writers exchange manuscripts for feedback.  Because the writer is often both the person receiving feedback as well as providing it, this series attempts to cover both sides of the giving/responding to feedback process.

Feedback is Not a Review

  • Whether a writer needs a critique partner or a beta reader, they are a trusted person within a writer’s circle.
  • They speak directly to a writer where a review speaks to other readers.  
  • They should treat a writer’s work with respect.  Acknowledge wins and suggest correction when pointing out areas to improve.
  • If one can’t provide constructive criticism, it’s appropriate to thank a writer but explain the manuscript isn’t for you.  No further explanation is required.

Open Calls for Submission in April

April 15th

Transulunar Traveler’s Lounge: 5,000 words “A fun story, at its core, is one that works on the premise that things aren’t all bad; that ultimately, good wins out. ” pays $.03 a word

April 30th

Kyanite Publishing “Visions and Darkness”: 7,500-20,000 words dark fantasy pays royalties

Soteira Press “A Monster Told Me Bedtime Stories”: 500-7,500 words “We’re looking for horror stories about bedtime, dreams, sleep, and nighttime in general! ” pays royalties

Pole to Pole Publishing “Twenty Thousand Leagues Remembered“: 3,000-5,000 words pays $.02 a word