Thank you so much to everyone who voted in the 2023 Critter's poll.
We scored in the top ten on every category we were listed.
JPI came in 7th under publisher,
Trees came in 7th under anthology,
Novel: Honeycomb Fire by Beverly Haaf came in 5th,
Trees Horror Story: A Stop In The Woods by Claire Davon came in 4th,
Trees Fantasy Story: Blame It On The Trees by Vonnie Winslow Crist came in 9th,
Trees Cover Art by Dina Leacock came in 4th,
Authors Page: Diane Arrelle came in 3rd.
It was an exciting event for us. Congratulation to all our authors.
JPI FLASH FANTASY ANTHOLOGY
Here are the guidelines for our first flash fiction anthology.
It must be a fiction short story, not an essay or poem.
1000 words maximum.
We want a feel-good fantasy story, if not feel-good, make someone in the story happy. Soft revenge and kismet are under the umbrella of feel good or satisfying, (No outright horror, gore, or overall nastiness.)
IRONY AND HUMOR ARE ALWAYS APPRECIATED AS WELL AS A GOOD TWIST.
We do not want:
Sword & Sorcery,
animals living in little animal villages, acting and thinking like humans, and dressing in clothing,
current politics or religious opinions in the story, we are not a soapbox,
no reprints that have ever been published online and are still available online. (Amazon does not carry eBooks with stories that are available online. )
AND NO AI WRITTEN STORIES WHATSOEVER!!!!!!!
Opening The Ides Of May 5/15.
Closing: The dog days of August 8/15 11:59 EST
You may submit up to two stories submitted individually.
Submit to: email@example.com
Format: Standard manuscript format. If you don't know what that is look up Shunn Format. If it is not in proper format it will not be read.
Word .doc and .docx. NOTHING ELSE.
Subject line should read: SUBMISSION: Title - author's last name - word count
PAYMENT: ½ cent a word via PayPal.
INTRODUCING THE AUTHORS OF TREES:
Dawn Vogel’s academic background is in history, so it’s not surprising much of her fiction is set in earlier times. Her steampunk series, Brass and Glass, is available from DefCon One Publishing. She lives in Seattle with her husband, author Jeremy Zimmerman, and their herd of cats. Visit her: http://historythatneverwas.com.
Adam Meyer is a Shamus award nominee whose short fiction has appeared in Malice Domestic: Murder Most Theatrical, Crime Travel, The Beat of Black Wings and other anthologies. He has upcoming stories in Mickey Finn 3, Groovy Gumshoes and more. His TV credits include several Lifetime movies and true-crime series for Investigation Discovery and A&E. He recently wrote his first thriller, Missing Rachel, and is the author of the YA novel The Last Domino.
Sarah M. Lewis now writes under the name Leonora Lewis. She figures the name her Grandma Lewis hated has to be good for something. Her poetry took 1st and 3rd place in the August 2011 Writers’ Journal Poetry Contest. Her fiction has appeared in Thuggish Itch: Birds Have Teeth, Wyldblood, and COLP: Feet. She lives in southeast Texas and is an active member of the Woodlands Writing Guild.
Lawrence Schimel (New York, 1971) writes in both Spanish and English and has published over one hundred twenty books as author or anthologist, in a wide range of genres, including fiction, poetry, graphic novels & children’s literature. Some of his children’s books have been translated into English, including Let’s Go See Papá!, illustrated by Alba Rivera Marina (Groundwood) and the board books Early One Morning and Bedtime, Not Playtime, both illustrated by Elina Braslina (Orca). He is also the editor or co-editor of anthologies Like Streets of Blood: Vampire Stories from New York City (Cumberland House), Things Invisible to See (Circlet), or Tarot Fantastic (DAW). He is also a prolific literary translator. His translations into Spanish include the graphic novel They Called us Enemy by George Takei (Top Shelf) and picture book Millions of Cats by Wanda Gàg (Libros del Zorro Rojo); his translations into English include the middle grade novels The Wild Book by Juan Villoro (Restless Books) and The Treasure of Barracuda by Llanos Campos (Sourcebooks). He lives in Madrid, Spain, where he founded the Spanish chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and served as Regional Advisor for 5 years.
Daniel Klim is a 21-year-old writer from Illinois. His favorite writers include Gillian Flynn, Nas, and Paul Thomas Anderson. He is always open to book recommendations from fellow readers.
Eric Fritz is a speculative fiction writer, web developer, and amateur bartender with work previously appearing in Every Day Fiction and Martian. He is ambivalent towards our new robot overlords. You can find him digitally at @CommonHeresy on Twitter and physically in Cambridge, where he lives with a plush cat named Will.
Vonnie Winslow Crist, SFWA, HWA, is author of Beneath Raven’s Wing, The Enchanted Dagger, Owl Light, The Greener Forest, and other books. Her writing has been published in Amazing Stories, Cast of Wonders, Faerie Magazine, Mythica, Weird Sisters, Merrow, Fae Wings and Hidden Things, Insignia 2020: Best Asian Speculative Fiction, Best Indie Speculative Fiction: 2018, and elsewhere. Believing the world is still filled with mystery, magic, and miracles, Vonnie strives to celebrate the power of myth in her writing. For more information: http://www.vonniewinslowcrist.com
Kevin Hopson has dabbled in many genres over the years, but crime fiction and fantasy are his true loves. His novelette, Pursuing the Dead, was a 2019 Author Shout Reader Ready Awards winner. And if you’re a fan of light fantasy, check out The Emperor’s Guard series. You can learn more about Kevin by visiting his website athttp://www.kmhopson.com.
Ray Daley was born in Coventry & still lives there. He served six years in the RAF as a clerk & spent most of his time in a Hobbit hole in High Wycombe. He is a published poet & has been writing stories since he was ten. His current dream is to eventually finish the Hitch Hikers fanfic novel he’s been writing since 1986. Tweet him @RayDaleyWriter
Victory Witherkeigh is a female Filipino/PI author originally from Los Angeles, CA, currently living in the Las Vegas area. She has print publications in the horror anthologies Supernatural Drabbles of Dread through Macabre Ladies Publishing, Bodies Full of Burning through Sliced Up Press, and In Filth It Shall Be Found through OutCast Press. Her first novel, set to debut in December 2022 with Cinnabar Moth Publishing, has been a finalist for Killer Nashville’s 2020 Claymore Award, a 2020 Cinnamon Press Literature Award Honoree, and long-listed in the 2021 Voyage YA Book Pitch Contest.
John Higgins has a degree in English, lives with his wife and twin daughters in the Poconos. He’s written a novel, Soulscape and has had a few short stories published in collections, including “Crypt Gnats,” and “WhoDunIt.” He took a ten-year break from fiction writing because it crushed his soul, but got better.
Kevin Brown has had Fiction, Non-fiction and Poetry published in over 100 Literary Journals, Magazines and Anthologies. Brown has won numerous writing competitions and fellowships and was nominated for multiple prizes and awards, including three Pushcart Prizes.
Christine Collier is the author of many books including a four book cozy mystery series. Excerpts from her children’s chapter books are used for school testing and assessment by Measured Progress. Her writing is included in many themed, fiction, and nonfiction anthology books. She’s been published in various magazines and a regular contributor to a family newspaper magazine.
Gargi Mehra works as a Project Manager in the IT arm of an international bank. Her work has appeared in numerous literary magazines online and in print, including The Forge Literary Magazine, The Temz Review, The Writer, among others. She lives in Pune, India with her husband and two children. She blogs at www.gargimehra.com.
Delfina Hex is a pen name used by Betsy A. Riley. She is a multi-genre author, artist, and poet who uses several pen names. She grew up in Murray Kentucky, then worked more than three decades at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee before moving to Maryland to take a job with the Federal government. She began marketing her creative writing in 2011 and since has published poems, short stories, and artwork in periodicals and anthologies. Betsy was the Presidential Scholar from Kentucky in 1970 and has a bronze medal from President Richard M. Nixon.
Matt McGee writes short fiction in the Los Angeles area. In 2020 his stories appeared in Barrelhouse, Sage and Gnashing Teeth. When not typing he drives around in rented cars and plays goalie in local hockey leagues.
Mark Towse is an Englishman living in Australia. He would sell his soul to the devil or anyone buying if it meant he could write full-time. Alas, he left it very late to begin this journey, penning his first story since primary school at the ripe old age of 45. Since then, he’s been published in the likes of Flash Fiction Magazine, The Dread Machine, Cosmic Horror, Suspense Magazine, ParABnormal, Raconteur, and his work has also appeared on many exceptional podcasts such as The Grey Rooms, No Sleep, Creepy, Tales to Terrify, etc. His first collection, ‘Face the Music,’ was released by All Things That Matter Press His debut novella, ‘Nana,’ was published by D&T Publishing in March, also available via the usual outlets.
James Blakey’s fiction has appeared in Mystery Weekly, Crimson Streets, and Over My Dead Body. His story ‘The Bicycle Thief’ won a 2019 Derringer Award. He lives in the Shenandoah Valley where he writes full-time. When James isn’t writing, he can be found on the hiking trail—he’s climbed forty of the fifty US state high points—or bike-camping his way up and down the East Coast. Find him at www.JamesBlakeyWrites.com.
Matthew (Matt) Hughes writes fantasy, space opera, and crime fiction. He has sold 24 novels to publishers large and small in the UK, US, and Canada, and more than 90 works of short fiction to professional markets.
Shari Held is an Indianapolis-based fiction writer who spins tales of fantasy, horror, romance, and mystery. Her short stories have been published in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Hoosier Noir, Trick or Treat: Tales of All Hallows’ Eve, Asinine Assassins, Between the Covers, and the The Big Fang. When not writing, she cares for feral cats and other wildlife, reads, and strategizes imaginative ways for characters and trouble to collide
Liam Hogan is an award-winning short story writer, with stories in Best of British Science Fiction, and Best of British Fantasy (NewCon Press). He’s been published by Analog, Daily Science Fiction, and Flame Tree Press, among others. He helps host Liars’ League London, volunteers at the creative writing charity Ministry of Stories, and lives and avoids work in London. More details at http://happyendingnotguaranteed.blogspot.co.uk
James Ryan has published the novel Red Jenny and the Pirates of Buffalo, as well as the popular history The Pirates of New York. He has also appeared in the publications Pyramid Online, Dragon, The Urbanite, The Dream Zone, Rational Magic, REBEAT Magazine where he had the column Fantasia Obscura, and Rooftop Sessions, the stories from which have been anthologized into the book Alt Together Now.
John Cady was born and raised in Southeastern Massachusetts. When he’s not teaching English to incarcerated youth, he is either writing or making memories with his family. His works have been included in such anthologies as After The Kool Aid Is Gone, The ABC’s of Terror Vol. 3, and Night Terrors Vol. 13. His debut YA novella, Attack of the 3-D Zombies, was released in January 2022.
Michael McCormick writes stories in his Batman pajamas. Mike’s work has appeared in Arcanist, Daily SF, DreamForge, Frozen Wavelets, Grievous Angel, Metastellar, Talking Stick, and elsewhere. Find out more at www.mikemccormick.org.
L. P. Melling currently writes from the East of England, UK, after academia and a legal careers took him around the country. His fiction has appeared in several places, including ASM, Hybrid Fiction, Shoreline of Infinity, and the Best of Anthology: The Future Looms. When not writing, he works for a legal charity in Cambridge. You can find out more about him at his website: www.lpmelling.wordpress.com
Tim Newton Anderson is a former daily newspaper journalist and PR executive who has recently started writing fiction. In the past year he has had 21 stories accepted for publication in outlets like Emanations, Parsec, and Tales of the Shadowmen. Some of the stories were written as part of a self-challenge to write a story a week during lockdown, many based on suggestions of genre, lead character and location by the public via social media.
Ann Stolinshky’s most recent publishing credit is a story accepted by Legion House Press for their anthology. Several short stories have been published in various anthologies. Three of those anthologies are going to the moon with Writers on the Moon. Ann is a member of the Writers Coffeehouse in Willow Grove, PA, and a critique group. She is also is a partner in Gemini Wordsmiths, a copyediting and content creation company. Gemini Wordsmiths formed a publishing imprint, Celestial Echo Press. Their first anthology, The Twofer Compendium, was published in December 2019. Their second, The Trench Coat Chronicles, was published in December 2020. In October 2021 they published George W. Young’s debut novel, TIME Blinked. George’s next novel, DracuLAND, is scheduled for a Hallowe’en 2022 release.
Ginger Strivelli has written for Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Magazine, Autism Parenting Magazine, Flash Fiction Magazine, Third Flatiron, Jokes Review, The New Accelerator, Cabinet of Heed Literary Journal, and several other publications. her most recent story was published in Frontier Tales’ 2021 July issue.
Georgia Cook is an illustrator and writer from London. She is the winner of the LISP 2020 Flash Fiction Prize, and has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and Reflex Fiction Award, among others. She has also written for numerous podcasts, webcomics and anthologies. She can be found on twitter at @georgiacooked and on her website at https://www.georgiacookwriter.com/
DJ Tyrer is the person behind Atlantean Publishing and has been widely published in anthologies and magazines around the world, such as Chilling Horror Short Stories (Flame Tree), All The Petty Myths (18th Wall), Steampunk Cthulhu (Chaosium), and EOM: Equal Opportunity Madness (Otter Libris), and issues of Hypnos, Occult Detective Magazine, parABnormal, and Weirdbook, and in addition, has a novella available in paperback and on the Kindle, The Yellow House (Dunhams Manor). DJ Tyrer’s website is at https://djtyrer.blogspot.co.uk/DJ Tyrer’s Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/DJTyrerwriter/
Claire Davon, a USA Today Bestselling author, has written on and off most of her life, starting with fan fiction when she was young. She writes across a wide range of genres. If a story calls to her, she writes it.
Donna J. W. Munro’s pieces are published in Nothing’s Sacred Magazine IV and V, Corvid Queen, Hazard Yet Forward (2012), Enter the Apocalypse (2017), Beautiful Lies, Painful Truths II (2018), Terror Politico (2019), It Calls from the Forest (2020), Gray Sisters Vol 1(2020), Borderlands Vol 7 (2020), Pseudopod 752 (2021), and others. Check out her first novel, Revelation: Poppet Cycle Book 1. Contact her at https://www.donnajwmunro.com or @DonnaJWMunro on Twitter.
Diane Arrelle, the pen name of Southern New Jersey writer Dina Leacock, has sold more than 350 short stories and has two short story collections: Just A Drop In The Cup and Seasons On The Dark Side. She resides with her sane husband and her insane cat on the edge of the Jersey Pine Barrens (home of the Jersey Devil).
Christopher Ryan has been an award-winning journalist, teacher, and writer. He has also been a podcaster, actor, producer, and director. But mostly he writes fast-paced stories with humor and heart. His most recent work includes articles and profiles for pulpfest.com, and short stories in the recently published Now There Was a Story anthology of crime fiction based on Johnny Cash music from Uncle B. Publications and California Schemin’ the 2020 Bouchercon anthology. For more information, check out on social media @chrisryanwrites.
Willow Croft is a freelance writer who currently lives out on the prairie but dreams of a home by a tumultuous ocean. She’s had short stories published in Mad Scientist Journal, Speculative 66, Sirens Call eZine, Rock N’ Roll Horror Zine, and in a number of anthologies. When not writing, she cares for some (very lucky) rescued street cats. Visit her at her blog, https://willowcroft.blog.
Michael H. Hanson created the ongoing Sha’daa shared-world anthology series currently consisting of Sha’daa: Tales of the Apocalypse, Sha’daa: Last Call, Sha’daa: Pawns, Sha’daa: Facets, Sha’daa: Inked, and Sha’daa: Toys, all published by Moondream Press (an imprint of Copper Dog Publishing). In 2017, Michael’s short story C.H.A.D. appeared in the Eric S. Brown edited anthology C.H.U.D. Lives! (Crystal Lake Publishing), his short story Rock and Road appeared in the Roger Zelazny tribute anthology Shadows And Reflections, (Positronic Publishing) and his short story Born of Dark Waters appeared in the The Beauty of Death 2: Death by Water anthology (Independent Legions Press).Michael also has stories in Janet Morris’s Heroes in Hell (HIH) anthology volumes (Perseid Press), Lawyers in Hell, Rogues in Hell, Dreamers in Hell, Poets in Hell, Doctors In Hell, Pirates in Hell, and the recently published Lovers in Hell. Michael has had over 100 short stories published in the fields of horror, science fiction, and fantasy.