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Paying Markets and Microfiction Monday

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   25 Comments | Posted in meme · microfiction · paying markets
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Greetings on this wintry Monday morning!

For my writer friends: Something to warm the creative nooks and crannies of a writer’s heart is a publication market that pays in real dollars because, let’s face it, earning even a paltry monetary sum for your work along with a publication credit beats zero dollars any day, wintry or not.

To that end, I added a page (see above) titled: WRITERS – Paying Markets. This is a short list of markets that pay real dollars for your writerly work. I will add markets as I find them, and if you know of one that should be included please tell me. What you will not find here are the huge national magazines/publications that accept only queries from agents or require you to have multiple clips from other ginormous national magazines. The Paying Markets page offers viable markets with links to submission pages. I hope you find it helpful.

Now on to Microfiction Monday! Yay! If you’ve visited before then you know I love this meme, hosted by Susan at Stony River. Visit Susan’s blog and click to the other participants; the stories are many and varied, and there are always a lot of fun reads. Here are my two offerings, each 140 characters or less:

Misty morning rises from the water, 
silent as death. 
Our fears drift upon each infinitesimal drop, 
in the shadowy sea of sky.  

* * * * * * * *

“Why call it swimmin’ wit da fishes? Cuz he ain’t. 
Not in dem cement boots.” Said Irv.   
Leo shrugged. “It’s apoxymoron: a term dat stuck.”
Enjoy your Monday!

Til next time –

25 Responses to "Paying Markets and Microfiction Monday"

  1. Comment by Akelamalu
    January 24, 2011 at 7:31 am  

    Love your takes on the pic Lisa, especially the second one it made me smile. 🙂

  2. Comment by Sioux Roslawski
    January 24, 2011 at 7:32 am  

    Whatever 'shrooms you smoked (a la Aaron Sorkin) to think of "apoxymoron," could you share?Very, very funny. (Sorry. Your first was great too, but at this hour, I veer toward the humorous.)

  3. Comment by jabblog
    January 24, 2011 at 8:33 am  

    I love the first poetic interpretation and the second made me smile.

  4. Comment by Tammy
    January 24, 2011 at 8:46 am  

    Very cool page!!! In fact, I would have been impressed merely that you know HOW to add pages! Thanks so much for that. And as always, your microfiction is tops. The second is so clever, but the imagery in the first is more vibrant than the picture that inspired it….

  5. Comment by K9friend
    January 24, 2011 at 8:58 am  

    Tee-hee! I vote for story number two!!

  6. Comment by Debra Mayhew
    January 24, 2011 at 9:12 am  

    Thanks for the market links, Lisa! I'll be back often to check those out. Happy Monday! May your week be full of great writing!

  7. Comment by gaelikaa
    January 24, 2011 at 9:54 am  

    Beautiful words, painting a verbal picture.

  8. Comment by Bookie
    January 24, 2011 at 10:19 am  

    Such diverse responses to the prompt, but both are excellent. I liked the "silent as death" image. Thanks for the Paying Market page. I think that will be an excellent resource; I have needed to do it myself. You might add Good Old Days magazine. I have had some good luck there. Pay is not much but better than none!I sent a email to your profile address and hope you got it. It did not bounce back. I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your winning romance. Have a good Monday!

  9. Comment by anthonynorth
    January 24, 2011 at 10:43 am  

    Excellent words in that one.

  10. Comment by Scott
    January 24, 2011 at 11:02 am  

    a beautiful play on how the sky and sea all become one on a foggy day… the second one is just plain fun!and thanks for the pay markets info!

  11. Comment by Ellie
    January 24, 2011 at 11:41 am  

    Awesome new blog page – thank you!

  12. Comment by Peggy
    January 24, 2011 at 11:46 am  

    Lisa;Both so good and both so different from each other. I enjoyed them both!

  13. Comment by Sylvia K
    January 24, 2011 at 11:52 am  

    Love both of your takes, as always. Great to have to have two such different stories! The last one did make me giggle! Enjoy your week, Lisa!Sylvia

  14. Comment by Grandma's Goulash
    January 24, 2011 at 12:30 pm  

    Good ones. The 2nd one really had me laughing. But if the term stuck, shouldn't it be epoxymoron? :)Thanks for taking the time to create the paying markets page. I'm sure many of us will find that useful.

  15. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    January 24, 2011 at 1:24 pm  

    Hi Lisa, the first one is so poetic and hits the mood just right; the second one cracked me up! You are awesome.Thank you for your new page. I look forward to exploring it.Happy Monday!

  16. Comment by Karen Lange
    January 24, 2011 at 2:43 pm  

    Liked them both but the second is my favorite. Thanks for sharing the markets! :o)

  17. Comment by Madeleine
    January 24, 2011 at 3:03 pm  

    Thanks for thr special page addition. I shall have a squizz at it later. Great micros. I loved the second micro best LOL! :O)

  18. Comment by sylviamorice
    January 24, 2011 at 3:40 pm  

    Loved both your entries…so different and yet both suit the picture. And I'll check out the paying markets listing you added to your site–thanks for that.Have a great week. Cheers~

  19. Comment by Diane
    January 24, 2011 at 4:35 pm  

    Clever either way! Good ones!!! :O)

  20. Comment by Karen
    January 24, 2011 at 5:17 pm  

    The second made me laugh, the first had me reading it over and over, soaking up every drop of written goodness! :>

  21. Comment by Elizabeth Mueller
    January 24, 2011 at 5:45 pm  

    Love the colorful feel of the 1st and your voice in the 2nd one! Great writer!♥.•*¨ Elizabeth ¨*•.♥

  22. Comment by Dominic de Mattos
    January 24, 2011 at 6:45 pm  

    shadowy sea of sky lovely imagery.chuckled at the second 😀

  23. Comment by Michael G-G
    January 24, 2011 at 7:12 pm  

    You are amazing! They are both so different. Have a great week.

  24. Comment by Lynn
    January 24, 2011 at 10:13 pm  

    As I've said before – the Micro Queen… well, I think I've said it before. You are though. Thanks for the Markets–I'll get around to that one of these days.

  25. Comment by Susan Fobes
    January 24, 2011 at 11:48 pm  

    I love the poem-it certainly puts mine to shame! And #2 is funny-after all the dark imagery I really needed a chuckle…

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