Wicked Words Quarterly Issue 3

Another issue has now been published for Wicked Words Quarterly, this time there is a small Japanese-theme running through some of the stories which was absolutely accidental.

There were hundreds of Novellas offered for one space and I was wondering if there was call for an annual New Year Novella collection – though this would have to be purely profit share as all other backers have now removed themselves from the publishing and running of this publication and it is all down to me now.

Please let me know what you think.

Contributors for December 2014 are:

This is now available at Amazon UK and Amazon US in Kindle and paperback format.

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Dennis Mombauer’s “Nowherian Funeral”

Dennis, born 1984, grew up along the Rhine and today lives and works in Cologne. He writes short stories and novels in German and English and is co-publisher and editor of a German magazine for experimental fiction, “Die Novelle – Zeitschrift für Experimentelles” (http://dienovelle.blogspot.de/).

Samantha Lienhard’sRokurokubi

Samantha has wanted to be an author her entire life, and is currently pursuing her MFA in Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction program. Her past publications include a horror serial called Sacreya’s legacy, a horror/comedy novella called The Accidental Zombie, a Lovecraftian serial called The Book at Dernier, and numerous pieces of flash fiction. Samantha is an affiliate member of the HWA and her website is http://www.samanthalienhard.com/

Conor Power-Smith’sHarry’s Homework

Conor Powers-Smith grew up in New Jersey and Ireland. He currently lives on Cape Cod, where he works as a reporter.

Gerri Leen’sFox Fire

Gerri Leen lives in Northern Virginia and originally hails from Seattle. She has a collection of short stories, Life Without Crows, out from Hadley Rille Books, and stories and poems published or accepted in such places as: Escape Pod, Ares Magazine, Sword and Sorceress XXIII, Spinetinglers, She Nailed a Stake Through His Head: Tales of Biblical Terror and Dia de los Muertos. See more at http://www.gerrileen.com.

Gary Girod’sMalvore

Gary Girod has previously been published in Tales of Old, Mystic Signals, fiction365.com and the Wi-Files among others. His novella ‘The Last Pet Shop in Belfast’ is available on Amazon Kindle.

Charles Gramlich’sLong Dead Woman in a Black Dress

Some of Charles’ stories have been published in anthologies like Dark Terrors and Dark Voices IV, as well as in a variety of both print and online magazines such as Dead of Night and Beat to a Pulp. Many of his published horror tales were collected in an anthology called In the Language of Scorpions. Charles is an active member of the Horror Writers Association.

Pam Phillips’The Undying Pen

Pam Phillips has been making up stories since she was a little girl pretending her fingers wielded poisonous stingers. Now she plays amateur naturalist learning about the bees in her garden. The bees hardly ever wield their poisonous stingers.

You can find more stories at www.pamphillips.net.

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Wicked Words Issue 2

It’s done!

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This reading for this issue took much longer than the previous issue, this was due to two main factors; I was finishing off my Open University degree and had to write a 4500 word essay concerning 15th century Flemish Altarpieces and the other factor was the amount of submissions, well over 250 this time.

A lot of strong stories which made it even harder to choose which to include, but the ones I have included are:

  • The Sled by Edward McDermott
  • Closing Schrödinger’s Box by Michael W. Lucht
  • 6/13 by Luke Walker
  • The Corruption of Rome by Nick Nafpilotis
  • The Spume Horse by Bo Balder
  • Pit Stop by S. Kay Nash
  • The Duke’s Fountain by Hugh O’Donnell
  • My Four Foundling Fathers by Michael Andre-Driussi
  • Red Zoo by Paul McMahon
  • Whatever It Takes by Wendy Hammer
  • Like Father by Justin Koch
  • The Watchmaker by Todd Scott Moffet

A few weeks of formatting and editing ahead to get it ready to publish in September and then continue reading the stories already submitted for the December issue, there are already approximately seventy submissions, a large majority of which are Novella-sized.


June comes early

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I had a few days free last week to concentrate on formatting and putting together the first issue of Wicked Words Quarterly and lo and behold I was able to get my Kindle Direct Publishing account set up and the first issue published.

It can be found on Amazon – Wicked Words Quarterly – Issue 1 June 2014

Now to concentrate on reading the next 100 submissions for the September Issue and start in on the novellas that have been submitted for the December Issue.

This has been much more of a success than I initially thought it would be and that is thanks to the number and quality of submissions I’ve received.

Thanks for all of them and I look forward to reading more from all of you.


Three Days!

Wicked Words Quarterly has now been open for three days, and in those three days visitor numbers to the site has exploded (thank you all 🙂 ), the magazine has received more than 10 submissions a day and the Twitter feed [@MyWickedWords] has started to gain followers…

This is all down to my resolution to visit The Daily Post and start writing, the writing is still happening but the Quarterly seems to have taken on a life of it’s own and I’m learning something new everyday.

The hard part comes now, I’ve set some time apart today to start reading some of the submissions and this is where I have to harden up a bit and write nice acceptance or rejection emails. The acceptance ones aren’t going to be too hard, but the rejection ones will be, right now I can see myself giving personal rejections but if it gets any more popular it may have toe be a form (which I really don’t want to do) with some personal comments.

This is fun, but hard work. I didn’t realise it was going to be such hard work, though when the first issue is done I should have all the tools and skills for the next issues.

So any horror, sci-fi or fantasy stories you want to submit there is still over a month to get them in for the June issue.


Quicker Than I Thought

Two days later and it’s done!

Wicked Words Quarterly is open for business (well submissions anyway) and hoping to get the first edition out by June 2014.

Here is the front page blurb:

Wicked Words is a new quarterly magazine on the Kindle that will publish short stories and flash fiction.

Wicked Words will publish science fiction, fantasy and horror themes and we are looking for high-quality stories that surprise the reader and play with the genres.

So if you have stories that fit these criteria why not submit them to be considered.

If you like reading short stories in this genre why not sign up to the newsletter where you will be kept up to date on how the project is progressing.

Wicked Words first edition is scheduled to be published at the start of June and then quarterly after that (September, December and March).

Each Winter Edition will also include a previously unpublished Novella alongside the usual flash fiction and short stories.

So if you know anyone with stories that would fit the criteria why not send them over my way 🙂


Wicked Words Quarterly

One of the projects I wanted to develop when I bought this domain was to produce a quarterly magazine for Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy shorts, especially those with a twist to the tale. I will mainly be concentrating on Flash Fiction but will sometimes delve into Novelettes as well.

This project was going to be a long term project, gradually developing as I developed my own writing and knowledge. It was not to be a place for my own writing but a place to publish others writing.

Recently I’ve felt that this project could be pushed forward quite quickly and to that end the main site – www.wickedwords.co.uk will become the base for this Quarterly Magazine and thesearemywickedwords.wordpress.com will be where my own writing will be based.

Work will be remunerated at a semi-pro level so I won’t be asking anyone to give something for nothing and initially this will all be from my own pocket but hopefully I will be able to get it self-funding soon enough.

The Wicked Words main site will also be where my Web Presence business will be based from now on.

I’m working in the background right now to update the main site to reflect these changes in direction so look forward to seeing these very soon (Mid to Late March), but until then I will still be writing as much as I can.


Scribophile

After reading the recommendation at The Daily Post in the Need Feedback? Hone Your Blogging with a Workshop post. I decided to join Scribophile.

I initially spent several hours just exploring the different features, forums and aspects of the site.

From my initial overview the site and community seemed really friendly, supportive and constructive. A great place to post your writing and have it honestly critiqued by like-minded people.

So I started out by introducing myself on the forums and favouriting a few people, joining a few groups. This just let me get a better feel of the site.

I then though ‘bugger it’, I had nothing to lose and went to do my first critique!

The system of critiques built into the software at the site are relatively easy to use and help guide you through the complexities of giving a constructive and well-mannered critique. I’ve started by giving critiques to relatively short pieces of flash fiction as that is what I like writing at the moment.

The process was very easy and hassle free, and afterward the people that I critiqued were able to comment on how I had done, nobody seemed to get their knickers in a twist and all saw the critique as what it was meant. A constructive and helpful look from the outside on their writing.

The process of being able to upload your own work is that you have to earn Karma before you can post, this is done by making critiques, easy really 😉

After a few critiques I had earned enough Karma to upload one of my pieces, a drabble, 100 word story with a twist or unexpected conclusion.

Two of the three critiques I received were excellent and even pointed out problems with the tense that I hadn’t noticed even though I had read it several (hundred) times previously, the third critique didn’t understand the drabble form and therefore critiqued it as a short story. What he said was excellent for a different form, but wasn’t applicable to the form I used. I wasn’t worried as it was all meant to help.

Joining in the groups is also a good idea as this is where the more personal form of support can come in and you can get regular small reading group together to mutually critique work and join in together on discussions about writing and the industry.

Overall I’ve really enjoyed my less-than-a week there and have gone for the premium option as I think it really deserves to flourish.