Paying Markets and a Little Monkey Business
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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