The Curious Evolution of Jennifer K. Oliver
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jenniferkoliver: (Wolves | Girl with Wolf Hat)
Today I'm pulling on my big pimp pants and spreading the love for a couple of new or small writing markets. So if you're feeling at all pimpy today, check 'em out and spread the linkage if you like what you see.

Night Heron Press – a brand new publishing company that's just opened to queries for the first time. Right now they're looking to publish fantasy, sci-fi, horror, literary fiction, romance and erotica. They encourage the submission of gay and lesbian literature, as well as literature featuring characters from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. There's also a paranormal GBLT anthology in the works that will be published later this year, and submissions are welcome.

The Journal of Unlikely Entomology - a new literary market that publishes biannually, looking for stories that explore the world of creepy crawly things as well as push the boundaries of what it means to be human. I haven't worked my way through all of issue 1 yet, but what I've read so far is superb.

Darwin's Evolutions - an imprint of Evolutions Publishing, Darwin's Evolutions is a small press of short story e-books, non-themed e-book and print anthologies, and e-book and print novels of science fiction and fantasy adventure stories. They also accept vampire fiction, when a lot of other places won't even consider it. I can attest!

The Book of Imaginary Beasts – hosted right here on LJ! They produce a mixture of fiction and artwork in a variety of genres. I like the format of this one, with a different theme each issue, and I've found a number of gems via their profile links.

Ok, it's time to take off my big pimp pants and get some writing done! :)
jenniferkoliver: (Wolves | Wouldn't Like Me)
The creative writing, literature and film organisation Hic Dragones has put out a call for stories for their up-coming anthology called "Wolf-Girls: Dark Tales of Teeth, Claws and Lycogyny", intended as a kick-ass collection of short fiction about feral and feisty female werewolves. This one should be loads of fun, and it's nice to see femwolves getting a bit more exposure.

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I knew there would be long waiting times when I started submitting stories to magazines before I had something to show for my writing endeavours. Even when something gets accepted, there will more likely than not be another long wait until the story goes to print or is posted live. I'm a patient person, and I get on with my next projects and try not to think about my stories out in the Big Wide World fending for themselves. But some days, I'm finding, it's more of a sit-on-my-hands-and-behave kind of patience.

I love the submission process, that thrill of being pro-active about my writing, and I even love getting rejections (I'm still basking in the glow of this strange right of passage), but I'm so looking forward to the day I can link to something here that people can read.

Mind you, for all you know, I could be terrible!

So my questions for today are: what is the longest time you've had a story floating in space before someone's snatched it up? And what's the longest time you've waited between acceptance and publication?
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