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Write1Sub1 Week #8 Check-In

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Sunday is Write1Sub1 Weekly check-in day. I thought I'd start posting my weekly updates here as well as over on the main Write1Sub1 blog.

As predicted last week, progress has been a little slow on the short fiction front this week, as it's been half-term and the kids have been off.

Made some progress on SF thriller Malware. I really, really want to complete a draft of this next week. Fortunately I have managed to keep up the with Write1Sub1 scheme in other ways :

Wrote and submitted flash fiction story The Number Six to fellow Ether author Rebecca Emin's It's Only A Number competition.

Wrote and submitted five Twitter poems to Microcosms : First Contact, Guitar Like Hendrix, Shadow Beings, The Howling Dark and "At Night, When He Sleeps" (this latter actually a haiku).

I also wrote a further ten SF haiku at the request of Teri Santitoro, editor of Scifaikuest, as he wanted another five or so for my Featured Poet slot in his November issue : "On The Bioscan", "Stars Fall One By One", "A Flower Unfurls", "Starship Back At Earth", "They Wait In The Dark", "His New Existence", "That First Gentle Kiss", "Explosions Cascade", "Suit Air Exhausted" and "Metal Fingers Flexed".

Teri's already been back in touch and said :

These are great! I may wind up using all of them.

Which is cool. It looks like I'll have 10-15 haiku appearing in Scifaikuest come the autumn ...

Flash Fiction : Light Years (77/100)

... stasis. ...








Light Years
is a work of flash fiction. In fact it is the slowest piece of flash-fiction ever written. In real-time its one hundred words would take exactly 10,000 years to recount. Because of the limitations of a normal human life-span, it has been specially accelerated to the speed of one word per week. It will therefore take just under two years to tell from start to finish.

For a full history of the transmissions, click here.

Of Novels and Novellas

Thursday, 24 February 2011

My SF novelette The Armageddon Machine has had well over 4000 downloads over on Feedbooks now, which is mighty encouraging. I figure this has to be invaluable if I was ever to post the opening few chapters of a novel as well : if readers like the shorter stuff enough they might be interested enough to try a longer work too ...

Meanwhile, I did have some cool feedback from a reader of the story just recently :


Excellent!
The only bad thing is that it's so short. This would be a great full-length novel.

Aargh! I'd love to turn this into a novel-length piece but I figure I'll probably need at least one other lifetime to write all the novels I'd like to write. Perhaps one day. But this has prompted me to provide a quick update on the state of play with the novel-length fiction I'm working on.

Hedge Witch (fantasy) - currently on submission. An indie publisher I'd really like to work with is currently considering the full manuscript. Please cross fingers for me!

Engn (SF) - currently being edited. I completed a good draft of this late last year. Really want to get it into a submissable state some time this year ...

Godstar (SF) - just a bunch of notes and scribblings as we speak. Late at night, when it's quiet, I can hear it crying out to be written.

And, just to make things really interesting, I've also started work on a new and completely unrelated novella, this time as part of an actual publishing deal. No contract signed yet, but this will be a proper arrangement with advances and royalties. Exciting stuff for me. More details to come when things are a little more concrete ...

The Tuesday Twitter Tale : Just Desserts

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Her teeth lengthened into fangs, fingers claws, as she dropped into a pounce. Wolf-whistling, he saw now, had been a terrible mistake.






The Tuesday Twitter Tale is a weekly work of tweet-length fiction. It is posted here and on Twitter (along with the #vss - very short story - hash tag).

Twitter Fiction and Poetry Markets

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Last updated: September 2014

As regular readers will be painfully familiar, I do enjoy writing Twitter fiction and poetry. For several reasons. Partly it's the immediacy of such a short form. When you're 50,000 words into a 100,000 word novel it's lovely to just start and complete something quickly. It's also the challenge of creating something satisfying/intriguing/amusing in 140 characters. Plus I can write them in my head while I'm supposedly doing other things ...

But I haven't come across a definitive list of Twitter fiction markets, so I thought I'd compile my own. I'll try and keep it up to date. If you know of any others, do please let me know. Note that I haven't included markets for other short forms such as haiku that could coincidentally fit very well into a tweet.


Nanoism (web site, twitterstream, guidelines) PAYS
Publishes all genres but concentrates on literary fiction : "stories that move us with their writing, stories that stay with us longer than the few seconds it takes to read them."
Pays $1.50 per original story.


Twiction Addiction (twitterstream, guidelines)
Opens March 1st 2014. Submit up to three stories at a time.


Trapeze (web site, twitterstream, guidelines)
Publishes "science fiction, horror, fantasy, speculative or surreal" stories. No mainstream literature. There's a great piece by editor Jessica Otto on the joys of Twitter fiction here.


7x20 (web site, twitterstream, guidelines)
Publishes "literary and speculative work." Fiction and poetry.


Cuento (web site, twitterstream, guidelines)
Publishes "mainstream and literary micro pieces (prose and poetry) though we like any work that surprises, pleases, teaches, or confounds."


unFold (web site, twitterstream, guidelines)
Publishes "digestible poems written in present tense that mobile phone users will enjoy to the point of forwarding." A Folded Word publication.


Cellpoems (web site, twitterstream, guidelines)
Condensed poetry : "strange, profound, weird, and memorable language condensed into 140 characters or less."


Confettifall (web site, twitterstream, guidelines)
"An online literary magazine that publishes sparkly stories the length of a tweet, no forever-long descriptions, none of that never ending suspense"



Dead or Stopped Moving

The following may look active from their web sites, but so far as I can see they're all defunct or at least currently inactive on the Twitter fiction/poetry front. Beware.

PicFic (web site, twitterstream, guidelines)
Closing in favour of mini chapbooks that will feature Twitter fiction. More details to follow.


Outshine (web site, twitterstream, guidelines)
"A Twitterzine for optimistic, near future prose poems." None have been published for a long time ...


Thaumatrope (web site, twitterstream, guidelines)
Closed - but perhaps to return in some form one day?


Tweet The Meat (web site, twitterstream, guidelines)
Horror/weird/speculative. Stopped publishing in June 2010. Never to return?


Microcosms (twitterstream) PAYSSpeculative (SF/F/H) poetry. Reopened for submissions 1st February 2011 to start publishing again in April 2011. Publishes 3 poems from a "featured poet" per week. Send 5-10 with a Twitter-length bio.
Pays $1.00 per original poem.


One Forty Fiction (web site, twitterstream, guidelines)
"We welcome stories from master craftspeople, journeymen, dilettantes, and amateurs—just make sure it’s a good story."


Escarp (web site, twitterstream, guidelines)
Publishes "original, user-submitted poems and stories".


Seedpod (web site, twitterstream, guidelines)
Publishes stories that "create emotive experiences for the reader, uncovering something about what it means to be human. We’re interested in real stories. Literary stories."


Textofiction (web site, twitterstream, guidelines)
"Textofiction is an online literary publication dedicated to bringing the best writing in under 140 characters."


Shortz (web site, twitterstream, guidelines)
"We'd like to read your stories!"


Reorbit (web site, twitterstream, guidelines)
An experiment in social media theatre: pick a well-known character and tweet as them. "A reanimation of well-known historical and literary figures personified by less well-known authors slash actors today; performed in real-time 140-character byte-sized bits to an online audience of followers"


Did I miss any? Let me know!

Flash Fiction : Light Years (76/100)

... of ...








Light Years
is a work of flash fiction. In fact it is the slowest piece of flash-fiction ever written. In real-time its one hundred words would take exactly 10,000 years to recount. Because of the limitations of a normal human life-span, it has been specially accelerated to the speed of one word per week. It will therefore take just under two years to tell from start to finish.

For a full history of the transmissions, click here.

Flash Fiction Sale! Etc!

Thursday, 17 February 2011

A quick round-up of some recent writing successes ...

Flash fiction story Titania has been bought by Flashquake. This was a story I wrote and submitted during week 5 of Write1Sub1, so a small triumph for that crazy little scheme of ours.

Cuento have accepted a couple of micro pieces : a Twitter story called The Lost Art of Conversation (another Write1Sub1 piece) and also a 6-word story called Mrs. Chadwick. Both will be appearing in March.

Trapeze, meanwhile, have accepted another SF Twitter tale : An Explosive Relationship, to be published in May. Again, a Write1Sub1 piece.

Seedpod have published All The Things He'd Never Done With His Life today, yet another Twitter-sized story. It's here in their Twitterstream.

And finally! Scifaikuest have requested 8-10 more SF haiku for my featured poet slot in November. That edition of the magazine is a Hallowe'en special, so that's 10 horror-tinted SF haiku to write. What's not to love ...

The Valentine Tuesday Twitter Tale : The Price of Love

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

I gave her my heart. The demon queen weighed it in her hand. ‘It's small. I’ll need several other internal organs in payment as well.’






The Tuesday Twitter Tale is a weekly work of tweet-length fiction. It is posted here and on Twitter (along with the #vss - very short story - hash tag).

Last Words Published by Nanoism

Monday, 14 February 2011

Nanoism have published my Twitter Tale Last Words today. Happy!

Five SF Haiku Sold

Sunday, 13 February 2011


Writing is a wonderful voyage of discovery isn it not? A week ago today I learned of Scifaikuest magazine, who specialise in scifaiku (and parallel poetic forms) - i.e. poems in haiku form but with an SF theme. Thanks to Deborah Walker for the introduction via one of her weekly Write1Sub1 check-in posts. I was dimly aware such things existed but had never written any. But as an SF-lover and occasional poet I was keen to try ...

Just a few days later I learned all five I'd submitted have been accepted. Editor Teri Santitoro kindly replied saying :

I am going to do something I don't think I've ever done with a first time submission: I would like to accept ALL of these for our Featured Poet spot in the NOVEMBER 2011 print issue. I would be delighted to feature this wonder group of poems. They are all thoughtful and exactly the kind of scifaiku that I like to receive.

So that's good. Perhaps I should have been penning haiku all along. I must admit I had doubts mine were any good. I think there's a lesson there : if you come across something new you want to try, ignore any self-doubts and just have a go. You might surprise yourself.

Flash Fiction : Light Years (75/100)

... oblivion ...








Light Years
is a work of flash fiction. In fact it is the slowest piece of flash-fiction ever written. In real-time its one hundred words would take exactly 10,000 years to recount. Because of the limitations of a normal human life-span, it has been specially accelerated to the speed of one word per week. It will therefore take just under two years to tell from start to finish.

For a full history of the transmissions, click here.

More w00tage

Thursday, 10 February 2011


Had a lovely email from Amy Burns, editor of Spilling Ink Review :

We are in the process of compiling our annual print anthology which will contain all the winning/short-listed entries from our literary competitions as well as the best of the best from our online publications. We would like to include 'Seek Alternative Route' in the Spilling Ink Anthology.

Best of the best! Of course I said yes. It's great when this sort of thing happens : a market coming to the writer to ask if they can publish a story makes a very refreshing change!

Meanwhile, Spilling Ink have announced they'll be running four competitions for 2011. There are entry fees but generous prizes. I'm definitely eying up that flash fiction one ...

wolF emiT Published by Trapeze

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Trapeze magazine have published another SF Twitter story of mine today : this one called, for reasons that may become clear, wolF emiT. It's here if you want to have a read. And if you do, don't worry if the story looks garbled. It's meant to be like that, honestly ...

This is the first of three time-travel related stories coming out on Trapeze. And I think it also demonstrates what's cool about Twitter fiction, which I guess some people would dismiss. The central idea/conceit/joke in this little story would rapidly become unbearable in any longer work. I think it could really only work as microfiction. Don't you think?

The Tuesday Twitter Tale : ABC,D

Christopher Bartholomew Cuthbertson-Smythe knelt at the headstone of Andrew, his twin. It read “ABC,D”. He was always a man of letters.



With apologies to Whirlochre. This might explain.



The Tuesday Twitter Tale is a weekly work of tweet-length fiction. It is posted here and on Twitter (along with the #vss - very short story - hash tag).

We Three Wins

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Sorry, I know posts like this are boring. Feel free to ignore. Can't resist trumpeting the news when something of mine gets accepted ...

First up, delighted to report that Dark Fiction are going to be publishing an urban fantasy/zombie short story wot I wrote called Bones are Rising to the Surface. DF are a podcast magazine, so the story will be recorded and made available for download. Which is exciting : a first for me. The story may be made available as a bunch of symbols on the screen too.

Bones is set in Manchester (England), where I lived for many years and DF are, as it happens, based in Manchester too. Little things like this make me very happy ...

Next up, Trapeze have accepted another Tweet-sized story, this one called The Grandfather Paradox. This completes a triptych of time-travel based SF Twitter stories of mine that will be appearing in Trapeze over the next couple of months.

And finally, Seedpod Publishing have accepted another Tweet-sized story for publication later this month. This one is called All The Things He'd Never Done With His Life.

The latter two stories were written just recently as part of Write1Sub1 - which I'm finding an invaluable spur to short fiction writing. 

So anyway I'm happy. Hope you all have a great Sunday!

Flash Fiction : Light Years (74/100)

... the ...








Light Years
is a work of flash fiction. In fact it is the slowest piece of flash-fiction ever written. In real-time its one hundred words would take exactly 10,000 years to recount. Because of the limitations of a normal human life-span, it has been specially accelerated to the speed of one word per week. It will therefore take just under two years to tell from start to finish.

For a full history of the transmissions, click here.

The Tuesday Twitter Tale : Chris To His Friends

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Christopher Bartholomew Cuthbertson-Smythe sighed. With a name that long he was never going to be the hero of a Twitter fiction story.






The Tuesday Twitter Tale is a weekly work of tweet-length fiction. It is posted here and on Twitter (along with the #vss - very short story - hash tag).