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    Open Markets

    Please put the date in the post, so we know when it closes. Also, an other important information.

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    great idea oz, i always miss deadlines

    this one is HOT, ends today, June 15th (top secret, but i'm writing the intro for this, and also have a micro piece in here)

    Blink-Ink Micro-Fiction: 50 word Noir Stories

    http://www.blink-ink.com/2011/04/spe...ssions-wanted/

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    Great idea oz! This will be a useful thread! That war anthology looks interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichardThomas View Post
    great idea oz, i always miss deadlines

    this one is HOT, ends today, June 15th (top secret, but i'm writing the intro for this, and also have a micro piece in here)

    Blink-Ink Micro-Fiction: 50 word Noir Stories

    http://www.blink-ink.com/2011/04/spe...ssions-wanted/
    Thanks. I just sketched out a few potential entries. It's harder then I thought to put together a coherent 50 word piece.

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    Wow. This is great for all of us. Especially the new and lazy ones like me, who really know very little about the market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by copefiend2 View Post
    Thanks. I just sketched out a few potential entries. It's harder then I thought to put together a coherent 50 word piece.
    It's tricky. I've written 25 word stories, 50 word stories, they're tough. You know about the famous Hemingway six word story, right?:

    For sale: baby shoes, never worn.

    It's almost like writing poetry. Every word counts. Don't say with three words what you can say with one. Dark blue sky = indigo. Think of the tip of the iceberg, just give us enough to hint at what lies beneath the surface. I also personally like a bit of grounded prose to go with the ethereal. But that may be me. I also think in terms of time: short bits and long expansive moments. I also like to bring all five senses in, even if it's just a bit. Ground it, and then make it sing. Palahniuk said "Teach me something, make me laugh, and then break my heart." I think that applies to this too. If you're going for horror/noir, remember that if we don't CARE about the characters, we won't experience heavy emotions if you kill them off or abuse them. Without love there is no, hate, right?

    Just my two cents. Feel free to ignore it. GOOD LUCK!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichardThomas View Post
    It's tricky. I've written 25 word stories, 50 word stories, they're tough. You know about the famous Hemingway six word story, right?:

    For sale: baby shoes, never worn.

    It's almost like writing poetry. Every word counts. Don't say with three words what you can say with one. Dark blue sky = indigo. Think of the tip of the iceberg, just give us enough to hint at what lies beneath the surface. I also personally like a bit of grounded prose to go with the ethereal. But that may be me. I also think in terms of time: short bits and long expansive moments. I also like to bring all five senses in, even if it's just a bit. Ground it, and then make it sing. Palahniuk said "Teach me something, make me laugh, and then break my heart." I think that applies to this too. If you're going for horror/noir, remember that if we don't CARE about the characters, we won't experience heavy emotions if you kill them off or abuse them. Without love there is no, hate, right?

    Just my two cents. Feel free to ignore it. GOOD LUCK!
    I will admit I hadn't seen that bit from Hemingway before. Very poignant for so few words. Thank you for the tips.

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    Some authors use as a tool to refine their writing as well. Same with flash contests.

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    Just ran across this. Not sure, site is a bit wonky and these "one-off" anthologies can be a bit weak, but who knows. Could be worth dashing off 1000 words. Pays $20 a story. Thoughts?

    http://treachery.mlcrawford.com/


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    Hmm, that one sounds interesting at least, might have to think about that one. $20 isn't much, but it's still money

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichardThomas View Post
    Just ran across this. Not sure, site is a bit wonky and these "one-off" anthologies can be a bit weak, but who knows. Could be worth dashing off 1000 words. Pays $20 a story. Thoughts?

    http://treachery.mlcrawford.com/

    The website looks alright I guess.....It would be interesting to see if this thing actually see's the light of day though.

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    Here's one that sounds really cool. It's the second of their series. You can read the first for free in PDF to get the gist of what they're looking for. I've read half the book and it's pretty dang good.

    Machine of Death (deadline is July 15, 2011)


    I've posted my story over in the Share Your Work forum

    MLD

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    Ya I've been thinking on something for that one. It does sound interesting.

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    $200? Good lord!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichardThomas View Post
    It's tricky. I've written 25 word stories, 50 word stories, they're tough. You know about the famous Hemingway six word story, right?:

    For sale: baby shoes, never worn.
    Here are some other flash fiction stories:
    Failed SAT. Lost scholarship. Invented rocket.
    - William Shatner

    Gown removed carelessly. Head, less so.
    - Joss Whedon

    Automobile warranty expires. So does engine.
    - Stan Lee

    Machine. Unexpectedly, I’d invented a time
    - Alan Moore

    Longed for him. Got him. Shit.
    - Margaret Atwood
    Also, and I don't know how true this is, but there is a lot of scepticism regarding Hemmingway's story. I found this:
    Two curious elements of the "baby shoes" tale are that no one seems to have been able to locate an original source or publication that establishes Hemingway's authorship of the story, and that the tale itself (i.e., the claim that Hemingway wrote such a story) apparently doesn't go back much further than the 1990s. An explanation we believe accounts for both these elements is that the six-word-story originated not with Hemingway himself, but with Papa, a one-man play about Hemingway which was written by John deGroot and debuted in 1996. As the New York Daily News noted in a May 1996 review of Papa.
    Still, if he didn't write it, whoever did created a wonderful story that has had us all champing at the bit to write flash fiction.

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    Hey, thanks for the shout out! We're pretty excited about the premise. Politics and genre fiction what could better? I did want to go ahead and post our general information if that would be more helpful to folks -

    We are pleased to announce a new anthology Trust & Treachery: Tales of Power, Intrigue, and Violence.

    Power struggles, politics, posturing: whether it’s parliament, the royal family, a coven, or your homeowner’s association, power breeds distrust, intrigue, and violence.

    We want your awesomest stories!

    We are looking for stories that are 1000-5000 words in length. We will pay $20 per story, to be paid on January 1, 2012 or on acceptance, whichever comes later.

    Submissions will be open from June 15, 2011 to December 15th, 2011 and will be through our online submission manager. We will announce some acceptances as we go, but will hold a majority of slots open until the end. We also hope to respond to submissions within 6-8 weeks, but will hang on to some stories longer if they are being considered.

    We are very open as to genre: Mystery, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror, etc. Please no romance, YA or erotica (though relevant sexual content is fine).

    Check out our Trust & Treachery site at http://treachery.mlcrawford.com for more details. We look forward to reading your stories!



    And of course feel free to send us a note if you have any questions at: TreacheryAntho@gmail.com

    Best,
    Day Al-Mohamed, Co-Editor
    Trust & Treachery Anthology

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    Hey, thanks for the shout out! We're pretty excited about the premise. Politics and genre fiction, what could be better? I thought, if it would be helpful, to post a bit more information here directly, if that's okay.

    CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

    We are pleased to announce a new anthology Trust & Treachery: Tales of Power, Intrigue, and Violence.Power struggles, politics, posturing: whether it’s parliament, the royal family, a coven, or your homeowner’s association, power breeds distrust, intrigue, and violence.

    We want your awesomest stories!

    We are looking for stories that are 1000-5000 words in length. We will pay $20 per story, to be paid on January 1, 2012 or on acceptance, whichever comes later.

    Submissions will be open from June 15, 2011 to December 15th, 2011 and will be through our online submission manager. We will announce some acceptances as we go, but will hold a majority of slots open until the end. We also hope to respond to submissions within 6-8 weeks, but will hang on to some stories longer if they are being considered.

    We are very open as to genre: Mystery, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror, etc. Please no romance, YA or erotica (though relevant sexual content is fine).

    Check out our Trust & Treachery site at http://treachery.mlcrawford.com for more details. Although, if there is anything wonky about the site, let me know so we can address it ASAP.

    And of course feel free to send us a note directly if you have any other questions at: TreacheryAntho@gmail.com

    Looking forward to reading your submissions!

    Best,
    Day Al-Mohamed, Co-Editor
    Trust & Treachery

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichardThomas View Post
    You know about the famous Hemingway six word story, right?:

    For sale: baby shoes, never worn.
    June 22nd,

    Lost contest. Started riot in Vancouver.

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