I’ve gotten so many messages from readers saying Authortunities has inspired them to jump back in the slush piles that you’ve inspired me. Every week when I’m sifting through all the submission calls I promise myself that I’ll send work to some. Then I don’t, until this week.

I started Authortunities a year ago because I wasn’t doing anything with all the opportunities I was keeping track of. It’s taken me a full year, but I’m finally sending work out again. Not much, mind you, but this last week I sent a flash to the Flame Tree Fiction Newsletter and another flash to last week’s reedsyprompts.

What attracted me to these submissions? They were fast and easy. Flame Tree should give me a response by mid-April and reedsyprompts will be by next Friday. Both are sizable payments with Flame Tree paying $0.08 a word, and reedsyprompts paying a flat $250 (if you pay $5 to enter the prize pool). Cross my fingers, I’ll post what happens with them.

So, the most important step of the journey being the first step and all that… there’s two for 2024.

My goals for this week are to do another Reedsy Prompts, Eye to the Telescope 53 and Rattle Magazine’s “Poets Respond” challenge. I shared these submissions below, or you can find them all at authortunities.substack.com.

🟢 MAR 22 · Reedsy Prompts calls for short fiction between 1,000 – 3,000 words based on one of five prompts. Writers have until the following Friday at 11.59pm EST to enter. No fee to enter and have work posted. $5 fee to be eligible for the $250 cash prize. New prompt every Friday. This week’s contest is #243: Re-Imagining Our World Through Speculative Fiction with Alice McIlroy.

🔗 https://blog.reedsy.com/creative-writing-prompts/contests/243/

🟢 MAR 23 · Eye to the Telescope 53, Strange Mixology, edited by Gretchen Tessmer, is open to for speculative poems until June 15. Accepted poems will be paid for at the following rate: US 4¢/word rounded up to nearest dollar; minimum US $4, maximum $25.The issue will appear on July 15, 2024. 


🔴 MAR 29 · Rattle Magazine’s “Poets Respond” challenge calls for poems inspired by “a news story or public event from the previous week, and has been written in the time since.” Selected poems will appear as the Sunday poem at Rattle.com which appear to over 10,000 people via RSS feed and daily email service. Poets will receive $100 and a complimentary subscription to the print magazine. The deadline for each week is Friday at midnight PST. 


By Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is a third-generation Ryukyuan-American, award-winning poet, author, and publisher with 20+ years in newspapers. Publisher of Space & Time magazine (est. 1966), two-time Bram Stoker Awards® Winner, and HWA Mentor of the Year, she shares Authortunities, a free weekly calendar of author opportunities at authortunities.substack.com.

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