shimmerzine

shimmerzine:

Exciting news! Shimmer Magazine is moving to an online format starting with issue 19!

Fresh Fiction, Faster

We’ll release a new 4-story issue on the first of every other month — this year, that means May, July, September, and November. We’ll put a fresh story up on our web site every two weeks, so you can read each story for free. Don’t want to wait? No problem; you can buy each issue in convenient DRM-free digital formats, or subscribe and have each issue delivered to you. Subscribe today, and support Shimmer‘s brand of elegant and distinctive fiction.

Annual Print Anthology

But print is awesome, you say? We agree; we proudly produced print editions since our first issue. We still think it’s a great format, so we’ll release an annual print anthology collecting all of that year’s stories. The anthology will also be available in electronic formats. Why, yes, it does make a splendid holiday present — it will be available in early December, just in time for holiday shopping.

Issue 19, Table of Contents

Here’s what you have to look forward to: The Earth & Everything Under, by K.M. Ferebee. Available May 6.

Peter had been in the ground for six months when the birds began pushing up out of the earth.

Methods of Divination, by Tara Isabella Burton. Available May 20.

The universe breaks so quietly…

Jane, by Margaret Dunlap.  Available June 3.

You will not believe the paperwork you have to fill out when you save someone’s life, and then your ungrateful patient turns around and bites you.

List of Items Found in Valise on Welby Crescent, by Rachael Acks. Available June 17.

1 ticket stub for Dr. Birrenbaum’s Stupendous Sideshow, with subtitle: Feel the Raw Power of the Ferocious Tiger Boy! Hear the Heartbreaking Song of the Bird Woman! Dream Darkly as You Gaze Upon the Siren!

Celebration!

To celebrate, we’re giving away 3 subscriptions. This’ll get you a 6-issue subscription, delivered right to your inbox. Just help us spread the word on Twitter–be sure to link to this site, and use the hashtag #NewShimmer to be eligible to win.  We will randomly select three winners this Friday (April 18th) at noon, MT.

Gratitude

Thanks to all the readers who have supported us over the years. We’re looking forward to bringing our stories to new readers, too. And huge thanks to Robert N. Lee for his work on our web site redesign, to the Shimmer authors who are gracefully weathering the transition with us, and to all the Shimmer staffers who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make this happen, especially E. Catherine Tobler and Sean Markey.

This is terrific news! Shimmer is one of our favorite publications. You can also find a piece by one of our editors in Shimmer #14: "Minnow" by Carlea Holl-Jensen!
rosencrantz
In this general sense, the very existence of supernatural writing by women can be seen as a feminist enterprise, for it is a challenge to the dominant notions of reality and representation upheld by a patriarchal culture. It exposes and thereby threatens to dissolve many of the structures upon which social definitions of reality depend, those rigid boundaries between life and death, waking and dream states, self and not-self, bodily and non-bodily existence, past and future, reason and madness, that have insisted on the substantiality of matter…and the insubstantiality of spirit.

from the preface to What Did Miss Darrington See? An Anthology of Feminist Supernatural Fiction

Picking up amazing books from used book sales is a magic power I have, but never has it been on such grand display. This book! Is so great!

(via rosencrantz)
beyondvictoriana

beyondvictoriana:

Submission Guidelines 

THE SEA IS OURS is an anthology of Southeast Asian steampunk. We are looking for steampunk stories that are set in Southeast Asia (SEA), or secondary worlds that evoke Southeast Asia, with Southeast Asian protagonists, in any of the countries that make up the region: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. We are seeking historically and technologically-innovative stories.

Steampunk, for the purposes of this anthology, is defined as an aesthetic that combines technofantasy, anachronism, retro-futurism, an alternate history/world, and the evocation of an incipient industrial revolution. How does the steampunk aesthetic look, feel, sound, smell, or taste like in these regions? What kind of technologies would grow in resource-rich SEAsia? What do our historical figures, our Parameswaras, Trung sisters, Lapu-Lapus, do in such a world?

Submissions are encouraged to explore various levels and kinds of technologies, not just steam technology. Locals myths can also find their way into these stories; what does the mix of technology and fantasy look like in such worlds? We welcome exploration of all kinds of stories: from the extraordinary to the everyday. What changes does accelerated technology create for the local landscape and societies? If historical events are given a steampunk twist, how do their outcomes change, or stay the same? 

FORMATTING GUIDELINES:
•Send all submissions and queries to sea.steampunk@gmail.com
in RTF, DOC, or DOCX.•Submissions should have SEA-STEAM: [story title] in the subject line.•Please do not attach a cover letter; cover letters are the text of your email.
•Word count: between 2,500 and 9,000 words long.
•Fonts: size 12; Courier or Times New Roman.•

No cover page; name, email address, and word count on the first page; name/story title/page in headers

Click the link for further details.

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This is the new anthology being edited by Jaymee Goh and Joyce Chng. GO, GO, GO SUBMIT!

For Issue 4 of The Golden Key, we are in search of hungry things.

Loud-smacking lips. Quivering jowls. Beasts with a keen taste for playing with their food.

Whet our appetites, then deny them. We want gnashing teeth, insatiable yearning. Irresistible smells winding out of a pot. Steam leaking from beneath a closed door. The low rumbling thunder of a long-denied stomach.

Whip us up cravings we didn’t know we could have. Make us hungry for salt water, witches’ brew, vapors. Invite us down paths our noses insist that we follow. Conjure the ache of a food shortage, rations, a whole continent under the flame of its famine.

Give us hunger that’s insistent, burdensome, loud. Push us past the trails hunger can blaze, the wreckage an unyielding appetite can produce.

Show us a thirsting, a yen, a yearning, a lusting in the belly—for things far more wicked and heady than food. 

Deadline: March 31, 2014

For Issue 4 of The Golden Key, we are in search of hungry things.

Loud-smacking lips. Quivering jowls. Beasts with a keen taste for playing with their food.

Whet our appetites, then deny them. We want gnashing teeth, insatiable yearning. Irresistible smells winding out of a pot. Steam leaking from beneath a closed door. The low rumbling thunder of a long-denied stomach.

Whip us up cravings we didn’t know we could have. Make us hungry for salt water, witches’ brew, vapors. Invite us down paths our noses insist that we follow. Conjure the ache of a food shortage, rations, a whole continent under the flame of its famine.

Give us hunger that’s insistent, burdensome, loud. Push us past the trails hunger can blaze, the wreckage an unyielding appetite can produce.

Show us a thirsting, a yen, a yearning, a lusting in the belly—for things far more wicked and heady than food.

Deadline: March 31, 2014