The content theme is Migration. Submissions should be speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, horror or paranormal). Max word count is 300, not including the title. They have cash prizes for the top three, and I believe as part of entering you agree that if your story is included in the top 110 stories it can be included in the contest anthology. Deadline is April 10th. Full info at the link above.
2018 was somehow a good year for writing. It was full of firsts for me.
I sold my first pro-rate short story sale, “Overdue,” to The Disconnect.
I edited my first anthology, Broken Metropolis: Queer Tales of a City That Never Was, published by Mason Jar Press.
I sold my first reprint, “Misunderstood,” to Manawaker Studio’s Flash Fiction Podcast.
I sold my first poem(/spell), “A Threefold Invocation,” to FLAPPERHOUSE.
I co-wrote my first podcast episode, “Moved by the Spirit,” for Lonesome Pine Podcast.
I received my first writing-related grant from DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
I attended my first convention, WFC, in Baltimore.
I’m hype for 2019. I have four short stories accepted and forthcoming, including my second pro-rate short story sale (co-written with Jordan Kurella). The second season of Lonesome Pine Podcast (co-written with Alexandra Faith) could be dropping as early in mid-January. I’m attending the SAFTA Writing Residency at Firefly Farms in April, where hopefully I’ll be working on revising my novel.
“And Nothing But,” FLAPPERHOUSE #20
“Misunderstood,” Manawaker Studio’s Flash Fiction Podcast (reprint)
Broken Metropolis: Queer Tales of a City That Never Was (editor) (Mason Jar Press)
"Buried Conviction," Speculative City, Issue 2: Game
"Avalon," SOFT CARTEL
"Clickbait," Impact: QSF Flash Fiction Volume 4 (second place winner)
"Overdue," The Disconnect #2
"A Threefold Invocation," FLAPPERHOUSE #18
"Exhibit C: Moved by the Spirit," Lonesome Pine Podcast (with Alexandra Faith)
RETREATS, RESIDENCIES & WORKSHOPS
Futurescapes Writing Workshop (Faculty: DongWon Song, Thao Le, Fran Wilde)
Disquiet Azores Writing Residency (Faculty: Erica Dawson & Helen Oyeyemi)
Tales of Horror & Dread at Ten Tigers Parlour (Washington, DC)
Rayceen’s Reading Room at DC Public Library Banned Books Week (Washington, DC)
Broken Metropolis Launch Party at Ten Tigers Parlour (Washington, DC)
Mason Jar Press Reading at Upshur Street Books (Washington, DC)
What If? with the Speculative Wordsmiths at Petworth Citizen Reading Room (Washington, DC)
Special Guest on Lit!Pop!Bang! Episode 1.7: Summertime Belongs to Queers
Please find your way over to Shouting About Queer SF to hear recommendations of queer horror to read, shepherded by the delightful Darcie Little Badger, including a rec from yours truly. Spoiler, it involves a story from one of the writers who joined me at Ten Tigers Parlour last week.
Also, I’m delighted to share that I’ve accepted the offer of a residency at Firefly Farms in Knoxville, Tennesee this coming April through the Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA). I’m especially excited because my novel-in-progress begins at a farm.
Thanks so much to everyone who came out last night for Tales of Horror and Dread at Ten Tigers Parlour! We had a lot of fun. Na’amen Tilahun unfortunately wasn’t able to make it, but we had readings from myself, Sunny Moraine (who read from their story in LampLight) and Marianne Kirby (who read from her new novel Hogtown Market).
(L to R: dave ring; Sunny Moraine; Marianne Kirby)
Thanks to everyone who came out to Rayceen’s Reading Room to kick off Banned Books Week at the DC Public Library!
I'm so excited for these ten stories to be out in the world. If you've read it and enjoyed it, please let us know by writing a review over at Amazon, even if you bought the book directly from Mason Jar. We're on Goodreads too.
If you would like to get a review copy, or get in touch about an interview or conversation about the anthology, please let me know!
We're doing two launch events. DC on the 9th and Bmore on the 24th. Check out my events page for info.
I've just spent ten days working on my novel in São Miguel as part of the Disquiet Azores Residency. The experience was a magical one, and I can only hint at how wondrous my time in the Azores was.
Every day we gathered from 9am-1pm in the Jardim Botânico José do Canto to write amidst the gardens. And in the afternoons, we traveled together to crater lakes, geothermic pools and a number of hikes that group leader Brendan Bowles insisted were simply walks. The weather was lovely, the landscapes were transcendent, and the company was heartfelt and invigorating. More than a few of those places will certainly be finding themselves into my book before I'm finished, I'm sure of it. We also gathered for two collaborative readings, each anchored by one of our two writers-in-residence: Erica Dawson & Helen Oyememi.
Photos: Writing view at the Jardim Botânico José do Canto . View from the Rose Garden. Poça da Beija (volcanic hot springs). At my reading in the Ponta Delgada Public Library and Regional Archive.
hot off the press
I'm the guest on the latest episode of Lit!Pop!Bang!
Ep 1.7: Summertime Belongs to Queers!
Released July 05, 2018
This month, Cece and Anthony are joined by dave ring. In the episode, they discuss dave's newest project, editing the Broken Metropolis anthology for Mason Jar Press (6:45), representation in literature (14:15), dave's work with OutWrite DC (18:30), and microagressions (27:00). In the Pop! section, Anthony and Cece take on Elon Musk's views on Socialism (34:45), The Carters (39:30), and another Queer Eye update (54:00). Finally, in the Bang! section, dave rejoins the hosts to talk dream gay bar dates with deceased authors (57:30).
Season Two of Lonesome Pine Podcast is looking for actors. We have an open casting call for trans and cis voice actors of all ethnicities. Recording is DC & remote. Directed by myself & Alexandra Faith. Participating will be mostly a labor of love, but copy, credit, meals, and coffee will be provided.
I was lucky enough to spend a few days at Sundance Resort this past April as a resident of the 2018 Futurescapes Workshop. We had at least three seasons over those three days. The workshop was an opportunity to discuss craft and make connections with other speculative fiction writers. I had the beginning of my novel-in-progress critiqued by a group led by DongWon Song, discussed query letters with a group led by Thao Le, and reviewed novel outlines with a group led by Fran Wilde.
The workshop held important moments outside of those formal activities too—an opportunity to play The Fall of Magic with Daniel & Lydia, beer-fueled discussions about writing with Jiovanna & Tiffany, general discussions essential to future American-Canadian writing retreat relations with Colleen, and many other lovely interactions with folks who also happened to have read all of the same books.
Photos below: Sundance was beautiful. Jennifer brought Voodo Doughnuts from Portland. Hanging with Daniel & Jio. Salt Lake looks like Mars.
We're still a ways off from a cover reveal, but I'm delighted to announce the authors for Broken Metropolis: Queer Tales of a City That Never Was:
Spent yesterday with these rad women recording a mini episode for the Lonesome Pine podcast that I co-wrote. It will air in mid-January. Subscribe to Lonesome Pine and get caught up on all the Appalachian goings on before then.
- Broken Metropolis submissions closed on December 7th. We are currently debating the short listed stories. I'm really excited about the anthology. More info to come on the Mason Jar Press website.
- Tabletop Tales (Volume One),a boardgaming anthology containing my short story "Traitors" is out now on Amazon. You'll enjoy my story if you like board games, lesbians and/or murder.
- My short story "A Phase Transition" has been accepted by Mythic Magazine and will be out in their next issue. The cover reveal for the issue looks great.
- I've made chapbooks of my short story "To Have and To Hold," a zany space opera romp. You can buy them in print or in ebook on Amazon.
- I'm doing a reading tonight, December 12th, at Charmington's in Baltimore, with Writers & Words. They did a brief interview with me that you can read, including the worst practical joke anyone has ever played on me.
- We're accepting proposals for readings, workshops and panels at #OutWrite2018.
I'm excited to share that I will be editing a queer speculative fiction anthology for Mason Jar Press called Broken Metropolis: Queer Tales of a City That Never Was. You can submit stories to be considered for the anthology here.
Here is the full call:
Stories should be in standard manuscript format, i.e. double spaced, in a reasonable 12-point font. The editor has a fondness for Georgia. The story title, word count, and contact information should appear on the first page, and your last name, story title, and page number should appear in the header information of all other pages.
We will be reviewing submissions on a rolling basis until the anthology is filled. Acceptances will be notified within 60 days. Feel free to query after that.
We’re looking for stories under 6,000 words. 3-4,000 words is probably the sweet spot.
We will not be accepting previously published work for this anthology.
Metropolitan tales of city-focused fantasy with queer perspectives. Squalid flats, glittering spires, and alchemical trolleys. Manipulative heirs, handsome swordswomen and noble automatons. Write us something built with borrowed Bordertown DNA, purloined echoes of House Tremontaine society and stolen grit from the dark of London Below. Be inspired by Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany, China Mieville’s Perdido Street Station, or “The City Born Great” by N.K. Jemisin.
WHAT WE WANT TO SEE
We are looking for stories that explore the edges of urban fantasy through queer stories. While the city these stories are set in should be vast and unnamed, highly specific neighborhoods and landmarks are encouraged and sought after. We welcome a broad interpretation of the genre that is inclusive of postmodern folk tales, future/ancient noir, and stories that happen both behind closed doors and in plain sight. Throughout, we’re looking for rich, varied and nuanced understandings of gender, family and ethnicity.
Please remember not to self-reject!
WHAT WE DON’T WANT TO SEE
Please no werewolf/vampire/dragon/elf stories unless you’ve really deconstructed the genre tropes. No spandex. We’re not interested in unexamined bigotry or sexual violence; pieces that include such should really be looking at the post-event experience of the survivors. Other genre elements from horror, science fiction or erotica are welcome in reasonable doses.
We are seeking twelve months of exclusive worldwide print and electronic distribution rights and non-exclusive worldwide print and electronic distribution rights in perpetuity. Exceptions can be made for published stories that are then chosen for a "best of the year" anthology, etc.
Accepted stories earn $.02/word plus a contributor’s copy for the original terms of the contract. Payment is within 90 days of publication.
We expect to publish this anthology in late July 2018.