LATE-BREAKING NEWS

This just in: we've just learned that The Recognition Run is now a semifinalist for the BookLife Prize! We need to redo our ad campaign!

TWO: The 2nd Annual Horror Special, goes out of print at the end of this month. Buy it now for the reduced price of $2.99, or read it free if you're a Kindle Unlimited subscriber.

• All current issues of Stupefying Stories are now available free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers. See the right column for links. For non-US customers, these should automatically redirect to your local manifestation of Amazon. If they don't, let me know.

• Yes, we are in fact reading new submissions. Our revised submission guidelines aren't ready for public consumption yet, so you'll just have to send your story to submissions@rampantloonmedia.com and take your chances. One story at a time, please! No multiple submissions and no simultaneous submissions!

SHOWCASE IS MOVING BACK IN WITH ITS PARENTS!

As you may have guessed from the new banner, we're consolidating the Stupefying Stories blog and SHOWCASE webzine into one new site. In the meantime, before it's gone for good, you really should check out all the great stories on the old SHOWCASE site.

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Monday, January 5, 2015

IMPORTANT: Reading Period Changes

To kick off 2015, we're announcing some important changes in how we're handling submissions.

STUPEFYING STORIES
The complicated reading period schedule we tried to use in 2014 didn't work. In order to clear time in our schedule to concentrate on book production, STUPEFYING STORIES magazine and the STUPEFYING STORIES PRESENTS anthology series are now CLOSED to unsolicited submissions until March 31, 2015. We will resume reading new submissions from April 1 through September 30, and then be closed again from October 1, 2015, to March 31, 2016. Six months on; six months off. This should be more manageable.

STUPEFYING STORIES SHOWCASE
Beginning today, our companion webzine, SHOWCASE, gets its own submissions queue: submissions {at} stupefyingstoriesshowcase {dot} com. SHOWCASE remains OPEN to new submissions, but—and this is important—submissions sent to this email address will be considering only for publication in SHOWCASE, and we will consider only flash- and short-short fiction. We're also experimenting with an "express" process for this queue, so instead of our usual confirmation-of-receipt and tracking numbers and all that, expect either an acceptance or a form rejection within a week.

STRAEON
STRAEON is now OPEN for new submissions—but there are some changes for 2015. To quote the editor, M. David Blake:
These aren't "stupefying" stories. They are not "amazing," "astounding," or "mystifying" either, but they are the best I could find, pure and sim—no, that's not right either. There isn't anything "simple" about these stories, nor do they come with any guarantee of purity.
You see, STRAEON isn't restricted to "safe," or "nice" stories. Some may leave cuts, or bruises, and as a whole this series probably needs a trigger warning.

Having said that, a few readers will finish and wonder why I'd say anything so daft. Other anthologies have already envisioned terrain more dangerous than any we may encounter, and the small patches of undisturbed ground that remain are remarkably tough.

Here's a secret, as old as the world itself: You can break more ground with water and wind than with a sledgehammer. Acid helps too, of course.

Stories are like water, and wind... and yes, like acid. They flow between us, and around us, and occasionally even through us. Every now and then a little ground shifts. How could it not?

We want to be there when the ground shifts.
NOTE #1: STRAEON's word count limit is now from 3,300 to 22,000 words. While I have nothing against short-short and borderline-flash fiction, it isn't right for STRAEON. Do not send me any stories shorter than 3,300 words.
NOTE #2: At present, STRAEON is preempted by work on the 2015 Campbellian Anthology. I'll get back to work on STRAEON after the Campbellian antho is released in mid-January.   
Send submissions to submissions {at} vintageseason {dot} com.


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