Monday, 7 December 2020

News and updates

 Womag News

Thanks to New Girl on the Block, for letting me know that Spirit & Destiny are currently closed to fiction submissions. I checked with features editor, Tracie Couper who confirmed this and said, "I have a fair few commissioned Spiritual Fictions still to use and therefore feel it wouldn’t be fair to commission any more right now."

She also said that she'll say on their Facebook page when they reopen to submissions. Of course I'll also post an update here once I know.

Competition news

The three winners of this playwriting competition will each win £2,000.

The first prize for this short story competition is $200. You have up to 3,500 words to write a horror, science fiction or fantasy story using the theme of 'Still Waters, Deep Thoughts'.

There's $1,000 on offer for this short story competition.

As usual these competitions are free to enter.

Other paying markets

Alpennia will be open for submissions in January. They're looking for historical short stories of up to 5,000 words, which include a lesbian character. You don't need to be a lesbian, to write about sex, or include unicorns in order to submit. There's a lot more detail on the site so, if this appeals, do take a look at that before you start writing. They pay $0.08/word. Thanks to Sheila Crosby for bringing this opportunity to my attention.


Carol said...

Thank you.

Nicky said...

Thanks for the details.

Hannah Retallick said...


ados123 said...

Thank you, Patsy.

:-) said...

Thanks Patsy!

Marguerite said...

The horror looking like my thing :) Thank you all and Patsy.

Jenny Worstall said...

Thanks Patsy! Very useful as always.
Does anyone have a new email to submit to for Love Sunday? My last email to Flavia Bertolini bounced back and I then saw on twitter that she has moved to a new job. I haven't been able to find out if the magazine still takes submissions or, if so, where to send them. It is not a paid opportunity, but some on this site have found it useful (I have!) because they publicise your latest book for you (just a line). It would cost a great deal to get a mention in a national publication, so this is payment of sorts.

carrie said...

Thanks for the details, Patsy. Always worth giving competitions a go as you never know.

Sharon boothroyd said...

Sorry I don't know Jenny but Flavia promised me a mention of our charity book when I had my second story accepted.
It wasn't mentioned, and I felt very let down.
She also messed me about and I've been forced to chase months for a decision.
Woman's way in Ireland take stories of 800 words but it's non- paid.
I don't know if they will mention your book.
The ed is good to work with and she replies promptly. She's taken 4 stories off me so far.
I've found it's great to try with unsold or untaken stories.

lionsshare said...

Many thanks for these updates and the competition news. Best wishes.

Nicola Martin said...

A useful update. Thanks, Patsy!

Patsy said...

Thanks for your comments everyone! They're very much appreciated as always.

@ Jenny – I don't know, but will do my best to find out.

@ Sharon, it's very disappointing when a publication lets us down in this way. AS Jenny says, mentioning our books is a form of payment for the story and it's only right that they stick to their side of the bargain.