Be original - Make it new! The 2nd in our Top 10 Tips for improving your chances with Judges & Editors
Coming soon for all writers & poets... our FREE Top 10 Tips for improving your chances with editors & judges when submitting to magazines & competitions
We'll be publishing this guide in 10 stages over the next few weeks however please note we are NOT covering book submissions to publishers and literary agents as that is a black art we cannot even pretend to understand. (I know, what were they thinking when they green-lighted some of these books.)
The guide will be written by Charles Christian who has been a poetry and flash fiction publisher since 2007 and one of the judges of an annual flash fiction competition for five years. In that time he has read thousands for fiction and poetry submissions. Charles is also, for the second year running, one of the judges of the Arthur C. Clarke Award for best science fiction novel. In that time he has had to read and evaluate over 200 full-length novels – and some of those novels are BIG suckers!
Catch our exclusive interview with best selling author Ben Aaronovitch on latest Weird Tales Radio podcast - UPDATED
Our latest Weird Tales Radio Show is a must for all writers, plus fans of urban fantasy and Doctor Who, as it features an exclusive interview with best selling Rivers of London author and one-time Doctor Who scriptwriter Ben Aaronovitch. Click on the player link below to hear it.
One listener said "Just listening to your recent Ben Aaronovitch interview, and thought you got the best out of him. I was surprised at how warm he seemed."
Unbound Worlds (www.unboundworlds.com), the Penguin Random House online destination dedicated to the literary worlds of science fiction and fantasy, has just announced A Long Time Ago, an original content series that shares new essays from 20 authors on how the Star Wars franchise has influenced their lives. A Long Time Ago celebrates Star Wars Reads month in October and features acclaimed science fiction and fantasy authors from Penguin Random House as well as other publishers. Participants include Jim Hines, Beth Cato, Blake Crouch, Gini Koch, and Peter Clines.
Each weekday in October, Unbound Worlds will present readers with essays from different authors who examine how Star Wars has shaped who they are and how they write. Essays touch on personal themes such as discovering strong female characters in Princess Leia to harnessing the magic of Star Wars to cope with depression, and much more. Readers will enjoy perspectives that span multiple generations from authors who grew up with Star Wars in the 1970s and 80s, and others who first experienced the force as millennials.
Emily Hughes, Unbound Worlds editor, says, “Star Wars means so many different things to so many people, so we decided to celebrate Star Wars Reads by inviting authors to share personal stories of how the Force has shaped their lives. We hope our readers will be as excited as we are to revisit the Star Wars universe and share their own stories.”
Highlights from A Long Time Ago include:
• Stephen Graham Jones, who draws parallels between the struggles of the rebels against the evil Empire to the plight of Native Americans, and thanks Star Wars for giving him “Indian role models and Indian heroes” during his formative years.
• Regular Grievous Angel contributor Beth Cato, who attributes Star Wars to the strong bond she shares with her family and for serving as the foundation for her writing. “Those movies literally provided me with my first words as an infant. From them, I absorbed lessons of character development, pacing, tension, and action scenes.”
• Ed McDonald, who recalls grappling with questions of morality and redemption as a college student while playing Knights of the Old Republic video game, which put him through all of the struggles experienced in the Star Wars films.
• Blake Crouch, who attributes Star Wars to leading him on the path to becoming a writer, and shares pages from an unfinished Star Wars novel that he wrote as a tween in the 1980s.
• Martha Wells, author of Star Wars: Razor’s Edge, who credits Star Wars films and books for helping her find a community of like-minded individuals through fandom, after being told that it was weird and bad for girls to like science fiction and fantasy.
Weird Tales Radio Show
Welcome to Episode 14 of the Weird Tales Radio Show. This is our our Beware the Ideas of March; Headless Radioactive Cockroaches Crawling out of the Loo; Let’s talk about Cunning Men, Wise Women, Folk Magic, Spells, Charms and Potions Show. The big interview is with A.D. Mercer about his new book The Wicked Shall Decay and we also look at the legend of The Four Thieves Vinegar, a defence against the Plague and a tasty Salad Dressing! Music is by Depeche Mode and the Ides of March.
Follow this link to access all episodes of the Weird Tales Radio Show podcasts. The page also contains links to all our platforms. Click the player buttons below to hear latest show.
New on the Grievous Angel
We've a decidedly creepy story by Meredith Morgenstern. All we can say is "Please lock your front door!" You can read her story HERE
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