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Paying Markets and a Little Monkey Business

Posted on Feb 2, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   17 Comments | Posted in paying markets · submissions

Ready for a little monkey business? Swing over to Monkey Puzzle Press to read about their annual Flash Fiction Contest.  First prize wins $300, second $150, and third $50.  Only $5.00 to enter, and you have until August 15, 2011 to polish your best piece of flash fiction. Visit the Monkey Puzzle site for more information including downloads of past issues so you can read what piques their interest.

I have added two markets to my “Paying Markets” page of links (see above). Check out Mysteries Magazine, which pays for true stories about anything “odd, unsolved and intriguing.”  Prefer to write genre fiction?  GhostLight Magazine accepts horror, dark science fiction and dark fantasy.

Why is it that edits are never more apparent than after submission? I recently sent off a short story knowing something was askew. Despite multiple edits, the source of the problem eluded me. Since I had to meet deadline, I called it done and mailed it.  A subsequent review delivered a Homer Simpson moment, as in, “Doh! So that’s the problem!” The fix is in, but not in time to change the version already in the mail.

Drat. That whole “set it aside to review with fresh eyes later” rule isn’t just a suggestion.

Which brings me back to the Monkey Puzzle Flash Fiction contest. Since the deadline for entry isn’t until August, that allows plenty of time to write, edit, and set aside before editing again. So don’t monkey around! Get to work on your brilliant flash fiction so it will be perfect before you send it out! 


Setting stuff aside as we speak –

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17 Responses to "Paying Markets and a Little Monkey Business"

  1. Comment by Sioux Roslawski
    February 2, 2011 at 10:54 am  

    Lisa–Thanks so much for the links. I have a story I can write for Mysteries magazine (AND their turn-around time is 5 days! Wow!) and I know another writer who writes horror, so I am going to pass on the link to them. I think most everyone can relate to your "too late" story. Fresh eyes are wonderful things…

  2. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    February 2, 2011 at 12:46 pm  

    Hi Sioux – Wonderful! I'm so glad you found today's post worthwhile. Good luck with your submission!

  3. Comment by Bookie
    February 2, 2011 at 3:58 pm  

    Thanks for the tips. While confined in 20 inches of snow, maybe I can study that flash fiction market.

  4. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    February 2, 2011 at 4:06 pm  

    Hi Bookie – Ya'll really got hit. I've been looking at pics on the news. Stay warm!

  5. Comment by Sally
    February 2, 2011 at 4:58 pm  

    I'll check out this monkey business. With this much lead time I should be able to polish someting up. My motivation has been at a lull and it needs a kick start!

  6. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    February 2, 2011 at 6:49 pm  

    Hi Sally – Glad to help motivate! I was tickled with the long lead time also. 🙂 No excuses on this one!

  7. Comment by Debra Mayhew
    February 2, 2011 at 9:15 pm  

    Thanks for the links, Lisa! And the reminder about setting your stuff aside – it really does work. Except it always stinks when you go back again to something you thought was really great and you hate it. 🙂

  8. Comment by Tammy
    February 2, 2011 at 9:27 pm  

    Put me down as another one who knows those Homer Simpson moments. Thanks for the links!

  9. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    February 2, 2011 at 10:18 pm  

    Hi Deb – LOL Yes, m'am…been there! Love a story on one day and the next I'm wondering if I was even awake when I wrote it! Those are actually easier to edit, though, than the ones I still love next day. :)Hey Tammy – Well, at least I'm in great company! And, you're welcome!

  10. Comment by BECKY
    February 3, 2011 at 1:35 am  

    Me too on the Homer "Doh"! Moments…and I tend to use "Duh" about myself a lot, too! Hmmm, I feel I may not be sending out the best signals as to my abilities…. 😀

  11. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    February 3, 2011 at 7:21 am  

    Lisa, no monkey business, you're the bananas on top the cereal bowl of freelance writers.

  12. Comment by Lynn
    February 3, 2011 at 2:16 pm  

    Lisa, give yourself some more credit – you do not monkey around when it comes to writing! Thanks for the resources… if only I could get to them, ack – still working on that NaNo story.

  13. Comment by Karen
    February 3, 2011 at 6:05 pm  

    Those 'Doh!' moments are enough to fly ya batty! I've had several of those myself. Maybe its not as bad as you think though. :>

  14. Comment by Ms.Daisy
    February 3, 2011 at 6:55 pm  

    Lisa,Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my Simple Pleasures pictures of my 200 year old church tree. We have to do surgery on it 'cause it is so massive that one branch could do serious damage!~Jean

  15. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    February 3, 2011 at 9:22 pm  

    Hey Becky – Your accomplishments speak for themselves! Those "duh!" moments must be followed by flashes of brilliance. :)Hi Linda – Thanks…I think! LOL I know a lot of people who would agree I'm bananas!Hey Lynn – Can you believe it has been so long since I've worked on my NaNo that I will literally have to read through it to pick up where I left off? Good luck with yours!Hi Karen – Well, those "doh!" moments certainly keep me humble, in any event. 🙂 Everyone has an oops now and then. *sigh*Hi Daisy – I enjoyed your post. Thanks for backtracking to Writing in the Buff!

  16. Comment by Laraine Eddington
    February 3, 2011 at 9:39 pm  

    Thanks for the link Lisa. This is just the motivation I need.

  17. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    February 4, 2011 at 12:08 am  

    Hi Laraine – Happy to share the news. 🙂 Good luck with your submissions.

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