Welcome to Authortunities Forecast, my new show which covers publishing industry news and highlights some of the most noteworthy items from my Authortunities weekly calendar mail out. Follow the link to get a head start on open submission calls, grants, contests, fellowships, high value opportunities and paying markets+ weekly in your inbox. ➡️https://exerciseyourwrites.substack.com/
Congratulations to Bram Stoker Awards Finalists and Winners this past weekend. StokerCon was held from June 15 -18. I had to miss it, but I am already packing for next year when StokerCon will be in San Diego from April 11-14. Special congrats to my fellow HWA Trustee Gabino Iglesias, my friend, co-editor and author Lee Murray and Alma Katsu who won short fiction for “The Wehrwolf.” Read the complete list of winners here ➡️ http://www.sfadb.com/Bram_Stoker_Awards_2023
Congratulations to John R. and Laura Duerrwaechter for guessing the authortunity angel of the week correctly. The answer was Machado de Assis, born on June 21, 1839. He rose from a modest background to become one of the most celebrated writers in Brazil, and 184 years later, my angel of the week.
Laura was the first to guess correctly, but there was a small typo in her answer so why not have two winners? John and Laura both win a year’s subscription to the full month of my Authortunities calendar mail out. If you want to play, visit yesterday’s post here and try to guess next week’s angel. The winner receives a one-year paid subscription to my weekly writer calendar mail-out, a $50 value. Prize is transferrable but can not be exchanged for cash value.
📰 There’s a new publisher making waves! Thanks to the success of his recent Kickstarters, James Aquilone has created MONSTROUS BOOKS and if you subscribe to his newsletter you will get advance info like: submissions open🟢JUN 29 · for Monstrous Magazine’s debut issue! Monstrous is looking for speculative prose comics, prose fiction, and articles with a focus on horror featuring monsters, pulp, and classic horror films until July 27. Payment is 6 cents per word for 1000-2000 words. To find out how to submit, make sure you subscribe to the Monstrous Books newsletter. ➡️https://monstrousbooks.com/blog/we-are-monstrous
MY FAVORITE SUB CALLS THIS WEEK
🔴 JUN 30 · Sirens Call Publications seeks alien horror with “at least one human and one alien involved” from 2-3,000 words. Payment, $15 per story, best story receives $50 bonus. Deadline June 30. ➡️http://www.sirenscallpublications.com/open_subs.htm
🔴♻️ JUN 30 · Short Story on Substack is closed for short stories from 6- 10,000 words in any genre. Payment is $100 + 50% of subscription revenue to be sent by Paypal, Zelle, or check. Selected story to be announced on the 15th. Reprints welcome. ➡️https://shortstory.substack.com/about?nthPub=601
🟢♻️ JUN 1 · Poetry on Substack is open for poems with “a rhyme scheme or a rhythm scheme” (no blank or free verse) in any genre. Payment is $10 + 50% of subscription revenue to be sent by Paypal, Zelle, or check. Winners announced every Sunday. Reprints welcome. ➡️https://poetica.substack.com/about
LEARNING AND ENTERTAINMENT
📚 JUN 27 · Reedsy is hosting a free panel and Q&A on Artificial Intelligence in Publishing featuring professionals from across the industry to discuss the ethical dilemmas posed by AI, the risks but also opportunities of AI in publishing, and how publishing pros are integrating AI into their everyday workflow, if at all. 1 pm EST. ➡️https://tinyurl.com/2xxdphzy
This Saturday I’ll be over at the Horror Writers Association‘s YouTube channel with the first Exorcise Your Writes talk show for writers. This is a continuation of the show I started at the beginning of this year called Exercise Your Writes on my YouTube channel. I’m really proud to move it over to a wider audience with the HWA. You can watch that show on Saturdays at 3 pm Eastern. Now pre-recorded, this week I interviewed Maxwell I. Gold about his groundbreaking poetry collection Bleeding Rainbows and Other Broken Spectrums, just released. This link will be live at showtime. ➡️https://youtu.be/7esqA3jqhd8
🟢💲 JUN 1 · The 2022 SFPA Speculative Poetry Contest opened for entries on June 1 to August 31 and is open to all poets, including non-SFPA-members. Prizes will be awarded for best unpublished poem in 3 categories: Dwarf (poems 1–10 lines [prose poems 0–100 words); Short (11–49 lines [prose poems 101–499 words); Long (50 lines and more [prose 500 words and up). All sub-genres of speculative poetry allowed in any form. Entries are read blind. Prizes in each category are: (Dwarf, Short, Long): $150 First Prize, $75 Second Prize, $25 Third Prize. Publication on the SFPA website for first through third places. This is a fundraiser for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association with a $3 per poem entry fee payable via PayPal or via email. ➡️http://sfpoetry.com/contests.html
🟢💲 JUN 1 · The Horror Writers Association Scholarships will be open to all horror writers from June 1-Aug 1 with a variety of scholarships to assist writers looking to pursue a career as a writer of horror fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. They also offer one endowment to libraries to expand their young adult reading programs. HWA membership is not a requirement.
The available scholarships are:
💲The Horror Writers Association Scholarship, $2500
💲The Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship, $2500 http://horrorscholarships.com/mary-shelley-scholarship/
💲Up to 4 Diversity Grants, $500
💲The Dark Poetry Scholarship, $1,250
💲The Dennis Etchison Young Writers Scholarship, $500
💲Up to 5 Young Adults Write Now endowment program, $250
If you are interested, all of these and many more are in my weekly calendar mail out which always has the next two weeks of upcoming authory goodness available for free. If you are a hardcore writer and want your authortunities a month in advance, your wish is granted with a subscription of $5 a week. You can also win a free subscription each week by correctly guessing next week’s authortunity angel on this blog next Tuesday. If you are an author in need and simply can’t afford the $5 a month, contact me and I will gift you a year free.
And that’s it for this week!