Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Love Call

Clearing Up,
George Inness (1825-1894),
oil on canvas, c.1875.

Every now and then, a blog will post a writing prompt and invite people to do a quickie.

These are fun.

With a word limit, these are discipline too. And ideas thus generated may instigate a longer piece.

Every now and then, publishers - both print and electronic - will post on their sites and loops an open call for submissions on a specific theme.

These are business.

Length may vary from short stories for anthologies to novellas in a series.

Karen just posted one for short stories - themed Winter Magic - for Freya's Bower.

Have noticed a number of houses: Samhain, EC, Harlequin, Blaze, do, from time to time, issue what used to be described by actors and models as a Cattle Call, ie. all and sundry could give it a go.

Such opportunities reduce that hand-wringing chorus of what do publishers want?

Sometimes, they tell you.

Those listed above focus primarily - though not exclusively - on romance.

I haven't investigated, but I suspect that publishers of mainly horror, mystery or sf/f may also issue invitations on occasion.


Jaye Wells said...

St. Martin's Minotaur/ MWA First Crime Novel Cpmpetition. Wordy name, but worth checking out. Thanks to Anne Frasier for the link.

Bernita said...

Thank you, Jaye!

Gabriele C. said...

Horror Magazines do it - Dark Krypt has an annual Halloween call, but I don't know the details because my horror isn't horror-ible enough. ;)

Gabriele C. said...

Dang, Freya's Bower wants one woman / one man stories. Now, a warm story for a cold winter night involving two men would be easy, but not m/f.

Charles Gramlich said...

Horror does it on occassion. I don't see as much for SF or fantasy.

raine said...

Oh this is good, thank you!
(Raine, who's occasionally run with the bulls in the Cattle Calls).

Bernita said...

Thank you, Gabriele.
~knew they were out there, calling...whispering... come to us... submit...~
The cliche pit more than the passion pit might be hardest to avoid for a seasonal entry.
For m/m perhaps check out the others.Somewhere I think I have seen calls for it.

More for themed mag issues, I suppose, Charles.

Bernita said...

I've been to a few, Raine. Total mob scene.

kmfrontain said...

Well, Freya's Bower does accept mm romance. I know, since I just pubbed one there (and the royalties are going to a charity! Pimp, pimp, pimp), and also there's other stories on FB that are mm, plus I've looked at manuscripts subbed to FB that are mm. There's one in the works that should soon be on my plate that's mm. But this particular anthology is the baby of a pair of editors and it's there choice what they want subbed. Not everyone is into mm. Ah, well.

If I ever edit an anthology, Gabriele, you can be sure it'll be GLBT, just for you (and a few other like-minded writers). ;-)

kmfrontain said...

Bernita! Thanks for posting the link to the submission call. The editors in charge will certainly appreciate it.

And now I must post something. I woke up with the post in my head, can you believe it? Very very odd. It's like it was percolating in there for a few days, and then, suddenly, wake up with "Post me!" shouting in my head.

Bernita said...

Yes,Karen, it was clear in the notice that the m/m exclusion was only for this particular anthology.

The editors are welcome. These invitations are nice opportunities.

Jon M said...

Will keep eyes peeled. Hmmmm never tried romance...well apart from with the Good lady wife of course!

Bernita said...

Sometimes, Jon, these requests/prompts inspire a story.

Gabriele C. said...

Gave you another award for your sidebar. :)

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Bernita said...

Thank you, Gabriele!
Nice trinket!

I don't quite understand what you mean, AW.

The publisher's calls for submissions are legitimate, and I doubt any blogger running a small flash fiction competition has any other purpose than fun, exercise and feedback for participants.

The Anti-Wife said...

Sorry, completely misstated attempt at humor.

I'm just not sure what motivates people to enter these contests, especially if they are fully engaged in their own manuscript. Isn't it a distraction?

Bernita said...

A welcome distraction, AW.
May spur the creative juices ( there's a mixed one for you!), a relief, a discipline, a different pov,a rest between stages of revision, etc - many , many writerly reasons.

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