Hardboiled Fiction Fans, Switchblade 8 Is Live!

If you are a reader of Kindle products, Switchblade 8 is now available on Amazon Kindle and includes my short story “Getaway.” Switchblade describes itself as “A Magazine of Hardboiled Crime Fiction” and has a special love for grittiness.

Fair warning: “Getaway” is a not-very-nice story about some not-very-nice people, and it’s the most violent story I’ve published so far. However, this story has had a special place in my heart ever since I wrote it many years ago and showed it to my parents, who said it was…maybe not for them.

I’m waiting on the print version of Switchblade to come out next month before I get my own copy (I’ll post an update when that happens), but I’m excited to see what weird grim gritty tales my fellow writers have concocted for this issue!

Merry Christmas, Have a Story!

My first Christmas gift this year came at just about 12 am, when Daily Science Fiction‘s latest story landed in my inbox. If you are subscribed to DSF, you can find my story “Space Season” in your email inbox as well. Otherwise, you can find it online at Daily Science Fiction‘s website.

Happy holidays, however and wherever you are celebrating–whether it’s here on Earth or on a spaceship bound for a distant planet.

Dreams & Nightmares 110

I’m a little late to the party on this (due to snail mail and changing addresses and all that), but the…er…September issue of Dreams & Nightmares is out, and my poem “Foreign Tongue” is in it! DN has a lot of history–this is its 110th issue and 32nd year of publication! I also got my first rejection from Dreams & Nightmares back in 2014, when I was a wee college sophomore, so…hooray for persistence, right?

Dreams & Nightmares is a print journal edited by David C. Kopaska-Merkel, and while that format means it’s a little less accessible, there’s something really cool about seeing your work on a printed page. There are a lot of fun and clever poems in DN 110, so I’m in good company! I especially loved Adele Gardner‘s “My Little Vampire” and Herb Kauderer‘s “epitaph for the creature.”

In other news, we’re nearing the end of NaNoWriMo! I’m nowhere near the traditional 50,000 word goal, but I’ve got something like the start of a novel, so I’m happy. Good luck to everyone who is still NaNoing away, no matter what your word count is!

Space Squid Strikes Again!

My short story “The Guns” is online in Space Squid Magazine as of yesterday, which I am SUPER excited about. As far as I know, Space Squid is pretty one-of-a-kind. They publish usually very goofy and occasionally whimsical science fiction, and frankly I think we could all use more humorous alien stories in our lives. Plus, their mascot is a space squid named Squishy, and that’s pretty rad.

Unlike my last published story in Daily Science Fiction, which, um, definitely had nothing to do with guns, “The Guns” is not a political soapbox story. Like, just to be clear, I’m not advocating for a world dictatorship or crazy time travel experiments. Okay, maybe time travel experiments would be cool.

Anyhoo, check out Space Squid! I’m frantically typing away for National Novel Writing Month this November, so if all goes well, I’ll have a draft of a novel written by January.

Peace, friends. Thanks for reading, and happy NaNoWriMo to my fellow participants! (If we’re not already buddies on NaNo, find me here!)

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.

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!