Daily Science Fiction and Monsters in Schools!

I’ve been reading Daily Science Fiction for YEARS, so I was super excited when they accepted my little faux-letter-to-the-editor awhile back. Today, I woke up to the even more exciting realization that my story is LIVE and (if you subscribe to DSF’s mailing list) in your inbox! Here it is!

To the editor: Monsters belong in schools

Enjoy! And stay out of dungeons…you never know what’s down there.


There Is No Other Way (poem in The Malahat Review)

My perhaps ominously-titled poem “There Is No Other Way, There Is No Other Way, There Is No Other Way” is in the most recent issue of The Malahat Review, a Canadian literary journal that has its own Wikipedia page. I’m psyched to be there! There’s also a terrifying doll on the front cover, and who doesn’t love a good terrifying doll?

Paying Markets for Poetry (or: I Skimmed Poet’s Market 2017 So You Don’t Have To)

Hey friends! (/Meggie. Mostly Meggie.) This is the list I said I would put together after skimming Poet’s Market 2017 for markets meeting these qualifications:

  1. pays contributors
  2. doesn’t charge a submission fee (or fee to submit called something other than a submission fee)
  3. allows online submissions

Caveats: In Poet’s Market, paying markets are indicated by a dollar sign, making them easy to locate. HOWEVER, some markets NOT listed as paying markets by Poet’s Market apparently DO pay contributors. This is the case with FIELD, filling Station, Rattle, and others. On the flip side, some markets listed as “paying” in Poet’s Market only “pay” writers in copies of the publication in which their work appears or in exposure. I didn’t include these on this list. I also didn’t list magazines that pay “if funds permit” (like Lyrical Passion Poetry E-Zine).

Sometimes I couldn’t tell if a publication charged a submission fee while their submission window was closed. (It would be visible through their submission manager when the window opened.) In those cases, I erred on the side of assuming markets did not charge submission fees.

*Analog Science Fiction and Fact ($1/line)

+Ancient Paths ($1.25/poem)

Arc Poetry Magazine ($50/page)

The Atlantic Monthly (no pay specifics)

Beltway Poetry Quarterly (no pay specifics, “only publishes authors with strong ties to the Washington, DC region, and the surrounding Mid-Atlantic states of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Delaware”)

*Beyond Centauri ($1-$2/poem)

+Bible Advocate ($20/poem)

*Big Pulp ($5/poem)

BOMB Magazine (no pay specifics)

Boston Review (payment varies)

Chicken Soup for the Soul ($200/poem)

+Christian Communicator ($5/poem)

Christian Science Monitor (pay not listed on site, but entry in Poet’s Market says “$25/haiku, $50/poem”)

Cincinnati Review ($30/page of poetry)

Confrontation Magazine ($75-$100/poem, accepts online submissions ONLY from writers outside the US)

Contrary Magazine ($20/author per issue)

+Devozine ($25/poem)

ellipsis… literature & art ($10/poem)

Fiddlehead ($60/page)

filling Station ($25/poem)

FIELD ($15/page)

Freefall ($25/page, Canadian contributors only)

Grain ($50/page)

Grasslimb ($5-$20/poem)

Idaho Review (no pay specifics)

Kaleidoscope ($10-$100/accepted piece)

Kenyon Review (no pay specifics)

*Leading Edge ($5-$20/poem)

The London Magazine (no pay specifics)

The Malahat Review ($60/page)

The Nation (no pay specifics)

Neon (pays “a small royalty payment”)

New Letters (no pay specifics)

The New Yorker (no pay specifics)

Ninth Letter ($25/page)

Notre Dame Review (no pay specifics)

The Pedestal Magazine ($40/poem)

Planet—The Welsh Internationalist (30 pounds/poem)

Pleiades (no pay specifics)

+Pockets ($25+/poem)

Poetry ($10/line, minimum $300/poem)

+Purpose ($10-$20/poem)

Queens Quarterly (no pay specifics)

Rattapallax (no pay specifics)

Rattle ($50/poem published online, $100/poem published in print)

Roanoke Review (no pay specifics)

Room Magazine ($50/poem, only publishes work by “women (cisgender and transgender), transgender men, Two-Spirit and nonbinary people”)

*Scifaikuest ($1+/most poems)

Spider ($25+/poem)

*Star*Line (3c/word, minimum $3)

*Strange Horizons ($40/poem)

The Sun ($100-$250/poem)

takahe magazine (no pay specifics)

U.S. Catholic (no pay specifics; need not be religious in nature)

Vanillerotica Literary Magazine ($10/poem)

Weber–The Contemporary West (no pay specifics)

Westerly ($120/poem, requires contributors to be subscribers to the magazine or to accept a magazine subscription as part of their payment)


*SFF/”genre” poetry market

+Christian market publishing mainly Christian/religious work


Other helpful lists of paying markets include this one from Erica Verrillo’s blog Publishing…And Other Forms of Insanity and this list from the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association.

Space Dogs and Were-Sheep: The Latest from Grievous Angel

My poem “Pastoral with Were-Sheep” is in the most recent issue of Grievous Angel. (The last poem I published here was “Bus Stop Gothic” in 2015.) The other poem in the issue is “Fatima & the Circus of Doctor Now,” which not only has a really awesome title but I guess was written by a guy with his own Wikipedia page and who sometimes writes under a humorous/awkward pseudonym? So I feel like I’m in good company.

First Fiction Publication: Radix Media

My first published short story, “The Apparition of These Faces,” found a home in Radix Media’s anthology AFTERMATH: Explorations of Loss & Grief. The anthology is a big “first” for Radix Media as well, because it is the first book of their new publishing program. In addition to publishing books, Radix Media is also “New York City’s only worker-owned union print shop” (that’s the tagline on their website), so they’re doing a few cool things at once.

You can read more about AFTERMATH here.

And here’s the poem I cribbed the title of my story from. Ezra Pound wrote it. It’s very short.

Look! “The Apparition of These Faces” is online now!

New Poem at Strange Horizons

If you’re really that bored, you can read my poem “One Fabric” in the latest issue of Strange Horizons.

Here’s what the critics are saying:

“I’m not sure I really understand what this is about…” -my mother

In real life, I am home again after four months of working as a housekeeper and waitress on a cruise ship.

Happy holidays! If you live somewhere where winter exists, stay warm.

Where’s Zella?

A) At home in Wisconsin
B) Commuting between the states of Post-Graduation Excitement and Post-Graduation Anxiety
C) Going somewhere exciting soon, hopefully
D) Not on the internet very much
E) All of the above

Surprise! I’m Still Here.

I’ve maintained radio silence for three months now, but don’t worry, you haven’t missed much as far as writing is concerned. At the moment, I have three short stories and a poem floating around the internet looking for homes, but no luck so far. If one of them does get picked up, you’ll hear about it–and all of my friends and distant relatives will probably get an excited phone call, too.

In real life, Virginia is rainy, my senior year is full of classes and swiftly approaching deadlines, and it’s been raining for days. Did I mention the rain?