Submission call: Gemma Open Door wants novellas and memoirs for literacy program Pays royalties, no deadline

Gemma Open Door wants book proposals for its teen and adult literacy program. They’re looking for short fiction and memoirs of 10,000 words or less that are written at the second- tofifth-gradee reading levels. Currently, they are specifically seeking to expand their selection of LGBTQ titles. … Read more

Submission call: The Arcanist wants sci fi and fantasy flash fiction. Pays $50/story, no deadline.

The Arcanist wants sci-fi and fantasy flash fiction for its online fiction magazine hosted on the website Medium. Pays $50/story, no deadline.
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Submission Call: Opossum seeks music-driven fiction & poetry, pays $12/page | No deadline

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Opossum, a semiannual literary magazine of works “animated by music,” seeks poetry, fiction, and nonfiction that is “pulsing with beats, haunted by melodies.” Past issues have included stories inspired by the Oslo death metal scene and the likes of Bob Dylan, James Brown, and Freddie Mercury. They pay at least $12/page, with minimums of $100 for short stories and essays and $75 for poetry and flash fiction. … Read more

Author Interview: A.M. Leibowitz on LGBTQIA spirituality and Keeping the Faith

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I’m delighted to have A.M. Leibowitz on my blog today to talk about their new book, Keeping the Faith, the third book in the Faithfully Yours series published by Supposed Crimes. A.M. and I have a lot in common, both being deeply interested in religion and LGBTQIA spiritual journeys, and that’s the focus of the Faithfully Yours series as well. … Read more

Rainbow Snippets: A classics professor, a handsome student & a campus janitor stave off the forces of evil

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A snippet from “The Secret of the Golden Cup” by Rebecca Buchanan, a delightful adventure in which a linguistics professor trying to translate an ancient artifact finds himself at the center of a magical war. With an unfairly attractive student and a campus janitor as his only allies, it’s not so easy to stave off the forces of evil.

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Call for Submissions: Plenitude Magazine seeks LGBTTQI Literature

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Plenitude is a Canadian literary magazine featuring non-genre short stories, novel excerpts, non-fiction, and poetry from LGBTTQI artists. It “aims to complicate expressions of queerness through the publication of diverse, sophisticated literary writing, graphic narrative and short film, from the very subtle to the brash and unrelenting.”
Pays $25–$60. … Read more

Pen to Pen: Selling your Special with Sonni de Soto

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Guest author Sonni de Soto argues that the key to success is to publishing success is emphasizing what makes you different. Sell based on what makes you special. Your stories are one-of-a-kind, and that’s what readers are looking for. … Read more

Pen to Pen: ’Nathan Burgoine on Befriending Your Local Bookseller

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For this week’s Pen to Pen, author ’Nathan Burgoine offers six tips on approaching your local bookstores to carry your book. Having managed bookstores for twenty years before turning to writing full-time, he knows this topic well from both sides. … Read more