Short Thoughts on Short Fiction: A Wee bit of news

What’s up, gang?

It’s been a busy week around the Rawson homestead and I needed a few days to get my head on straight and finish up some fiction. But it’s Saturday, the daughter is out with the in-laws, the car’s in the shop, so I thought I’d peak my head through the door over here at Spinetingler, have a cup of Joe and a smoke before I shuffle back into the bat cave.

But before that, I thought I’d make you aware of a lot of great stuff that’s been leaking its way onto the internet.

First up is a contest round up.

Jason Duke’s Red Hot writing contest has closed its door to submissions and the response was phenomenal, with twenty-five short story writer’s vying for two major cash prizes and publication in my little pulp rag, Crimefactory. Here’s the complete listing of stories if you haven’t seen it already:

It’s a lot of great short fiction to read  and I don’t envy the judges having to wade through it, but I’m more than happy to publish any of these fine entries

Also, the invitations to the second annual Watery Grave Invitational over at the Drowning Machine were issued and here’s the full line up of participants.

AJ Hayes
Chad Eagleton
Liam Jose
Matthew McBride
Kathleen Ryan
Kieran Shea
Chad Rohrbacher
Dan Ames
Joe Hartlaub
Nigel Bird

Of course, me and Jimmy Callaway were issued automatic invitations and trust me when I say that my entry is going to wipe the floor with the aforementioned dingleberrys listed.

This years competition had a theme of Baseball, which was just about a bitch for me to incorporate into my story. Check out all the details over at the Drowning Machine.

Okay onto publications currently waiting for your submissions with open arms.

First up is the new zine, Title Fights and here’s what the editors have to say about submitting to their rag:

Title Fights is a prompt-writing experiment. Inspired by an annual AWP reading series, Title Fights began with a few people at a small midwest college but has since grown to such proportions as to necessitate this blog. This very blog right here.

Not to wax delusions-of-grandeur, but we’ll take this as far as we can. We won’t say this will even be an Online Literary Magazine because though it may become that, we wouldn’t want it to stop there if it didn’t have to. Likewise, we won’t say this will become a Printed Hardcover Anthology, Printed Glossy-Covered Paperback Monthly Magazine, Bi-Monthly Oversized Journal or Daily Paper read by every peace loving leader of every war torn nation. That would be getting ahead of ourselves.

For the time being we’ll keep it as simple as this: We will invite writers to submit stories based on themed prompts we supply. A theme? A theme, for instance, might be Race Horse Names (“Daddy Gets Drunk) or US State Mottoes (“To Be, Rather Than to Seem”). The story, however, can be as tangentially connected to the prompt as the writer pleases. We will be as discriminating in our publication as our pool of submissions allows.

You can submit a story or request a title at titlefights@gmail.com

Title Fights looks pretty damn interesting and they’ve already been attracting some heavy weight talent including Jimmy Callaway, Josh Converse, and my ne’er-do-well partner in crime, Cameron Ashley.

In case you haven’t seen it, the crooked bastards over at Out of the Gutter have opened submissions for the 7th issue of their pulp rag. This one’s looking like a bar fight as cultures collide. The theme for issue seven is U.S.A vs. U.K. with OOTG editor Matt Louis helming Team U.S.A and Danny Bowman of Pulp Press serving high tea with cranberry crumpets, chamomile, and whatever the hell else the wankers eat over in jolly ole England. Check out all the details over at the Out of the Gutter website.

And last but not least, in case you haven’t noticed, Spinetingler has officially reopened for fiction submissions. By the way, people, old Spinetingler is a paying market. Make sure to check out the details right here.

Alright, folks, get writing and don’t let the door hit you on the ass on the way out.

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Keith Rawson

Keith Rawson is a little-known pulp writer whose short fiction, poetry, essays, reviews, and interviews have been widely published both online and in print. He is the author of the short story collection The Chaos We Know (SnubNose Press)and Co-Editor of the anthology Crime Factory: The First Shift.(New Pulp Press) He lives in Southern Arizona with his wife and daughter.

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About Keith Rawson

Keith Rawson is a little-known pulp writer whose short fiction, poetry, essays, reviews, and interviews have been widely published both online and in print. He is the author of the short story collection The Chaos We Know (SnubNose Press)and Co-Editor of the anthology Crime Factory: The First Shift.(New Pulp Press) He lives in Southern Arizona with his wife and daughter.

3 Replies to “Short Thoughts on Short Fiction: A Wee bit of news”

  1. Has anybody else noticed that whenever you see a list of short stories, Patty Abbott’s name is on it? She also turns out children that write crime fiction. I’m beginning to feel genetically inferior.

  2. I love the trash talking. The U.S. vs U.K. is really heating up. Have you noticed all the back and forth on Facebook? It’ll interesting to see how the stories turn out for Watery Grave, and who the judges pick for Red Hot.