July 26th, 2008


Weird Tales Contest

You've seen the latest wave of spam -- you know, the faux outrageous news headlines: "Osama trains goats for tactical bombing." "Laika the Russian space dog returns to Earth." "Children admit to being little shits: Video." Isn't it a shame the headline is all we get? So here at Weird Tales we're inviting YOU to turn this spam into... um... spam-ade!

Write a flash-fiction story -- under 500 words -- based on a spam you've received. Send it to *contest@weirdtales.net* before 9 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 4. The Weird Tales editorial team will judge them, and three winners will be announced at the Weird Tales reception on Friday, Aug. 8 at the World Science Fiction Convention in Denver!

The first-, second-, and third-place winners will all be published
online at WeirdTalesMagazine.com the week of August 11. The first- and second-place winners will also receive three free issues of Weird Tales; and the first-place winner will also receive an autographed copy of Ekaterina Sedia's new novel The Alchemy of Stone.

Note: entries from Nigeria will be examined very closely.

Looking for a Slushreader

I am looking for someone interested in dedicating 5-10 hours a months to reading Fantasy Magazine slush. I will be glad to train you in considerations of online publishing and editing.  Position is unpaid but I would be glad to write letters of recommendation or whatever's needed for internship status and buy you drinks at conventions. I will be taking applications through August 8 at fantasysubmissions@gmail.com

To apply, please send the following:
  • your name
  • your contact information
  • your background in speculative fiction or publishing (it's fine if it's just "I like to read")
  • why you're interested in doing it
  • your three favorite short story writers and why
  • what magazines you like to read