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Literary Magazines with Fast Response Times, Part II

Here’s Part II of a short list of literary magazines who have (or offer for a fee) super-fast response times to submissions:

Driftwood Press

Submission Period: Rolling

Genres Accepted: Fiction, Poetry, Visual Art, & Lit Crit/Interviews

Response Rate: They accept simultaneous submissions and, for $5, offer a premium submission option that promises a one-week turnaround.

Maudlin House

Submission Period: Currently Open

Genres Accepted: Fiction, Flash Fiction, Visual Art, Video, & Poetry

Response Rate: They accept simultaneous submissions and say they respond to all submissions within approximately two weeks. You can also pay $5 for an expedited submission with a 24-hour turnaround.

Carve Magazine

Submission Period: Rolling

Genres Accepted: Fiction

Response Rate: They accept simultaneous submissions, but not multiple submissions. If you become a subscriber, you can submit under a “premium” submission option, which promises a one-month turnaround.

Nat. Brut

Submission Period: Rolling

Genres Accepted: Fiction, Flash Fiction, Comics, CNF, & Poetry

Response Rate: They accept simultaneous submissions and, for a fee of $4, they promise a turnaround time of six weeks.

Gargoyle Magazine

Submission Period: Currently Closed

Genres Accepted: Fiction & Flash Fiction

Response Rate: They accept simultaneous submissions and usually get back to submitters within a week (personal experience has been fewer than three days!).

Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal

Submission Period: Rolling

Genres Accepted: Fiction, Flash Fiction, Visual Art, & Poetry

Response Rate: They accept simultaneous and multiple submissions, and have a turnaround time of ten days or fewer.

Blue Mesa Review

Submission Period: Open September 30 – March 31

Genres Accepted: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, & Art

Response Rate: They accept simultaneous submissions and, for a $3 fee, will expedite your submission with a promised turnaround time of thirty days or fewer.

Clarkesworld Magazine

Submission Period: Currently Open

Genres Accepted: SF&F

Response Rate: They do not accept simultaneous or mutliple submissions, but they usually get back to submitters within two to three days.

The Dark Magazine

Submission Period: Currently Open

Genres Accepted: Horror & Dark Fantasy

Response Rate: They do not accept simultaneous or multiple submissions, but they usually get back to submitters within two to three days.


Click here for Part I of this list*

Happy Submitting!


Research is the Sh*t

I don’t know about other writers, but one of my most favorite parts of the job is getting to constantly research into new topics.

For my first novel, a work of near-future scifi starring a pair of women scientists (married), I learned a ton about childbirth, pregnancy, reproductive history, trends in reproductive practices and technology (I even got hold of a placenta cookbook!), as well as about everything from Tibetan goddesses to classic Mexican ghost stories to various ways someone might survive a lightning strike.

For my current novel-in-progress, another near-future scifi work that focuses on a pair of women scientists (this time a pair of sisters), I’m getting to delve into the wild worlds of microbiology (I always knew those years of microscopy camp would come in handy!), astrobiology, entomology, astronomy, astrology, witchcraft — needless to say, I’m just picking up breadcrumbs as I go along this trail, I’m not actually expecting to be able to bake a full scientist cake one day myself. However, I might gather enough crumbs to feed a few hungry storybook hounds. Or maybe to patch up a witch’s lakeside cabin.

Here are just a few of my favorite resources that I’ve come across already:

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Your resource for any weird (or normal, if you’re into that sort of thing) questions you might have about our six-legged insect friends: Ask an Entomologist. (It’s also worth checking out simply on grounds of Sheer Awesomeness :-))
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Got a random question about America’s natural wonders? Chances are, the U.S. National Park Service has a site, video, book, or expert who has the answer.




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For information on grimoires and magical books, definitely check out Owen Davies’ Grimoires: A History of Magic Books.






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For a solid look at the role of women in a variety of religions from around the globe, look no further than Ursula King’s Women in the World’s Religions.






A tremendous book on modern witchcraft is Alex Mar’s recent Witches of America. I’ll be honest, I’m completely obsessed with this book right now. It’s fascinating A, and B, Mar is a wonderful, wonderful writer. Definitely check this one out!






Another book that’s proved immensely useful as well as a plain terrific read is David Toomey’s Weird Life: The Search for Life that is Very, Very Different from Our Own. Grab it, (pay for it), read it, pass it on 🙂






As always, Happy Writing (and Happy Researching)!



Spock Feelings

We all miss you, Leonard Nimoy — you inspired generations of kids and adults, artists, scientists, dreamers, and misfits. And we all miss you.

The Belle Jar

I was wandering around the art gallery during my lunch break when a message buzzed through on my phone. I saw that it was from my friend Audra, and expected it to be a continuation of an earlier discussion about bullying. Instead, it said:

“Oh no Leonard Nimoy died!”

I stared crying. I tried to be secretive about it, breathing deeply and casually wiping the corners of my eyes over and over like not-crying people just casually do. The cry was rebellious, though. It wasn’t going to be a secret cry. It was going to be a cascading-over-my-lower-lashes, messy-eyeliner-splashing, tidal wave of a cry. There wasn’t a washroom in sight, so I sat down on a bench and tried to sob quietly until the worst of it had passed.

A security guard came over and asked me what was wrong. Probably she thought my house had burned down or my dog had been…

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Some Niche Mags to Check Out!


5 new magazines with small circulations and big ideas

Dissent is a quarterly magazine of politics and ideas. Establishing itself as one of America’s leading intellectual journals in 1954, it has since published articles by Hannah Arendt, Norman Mailer, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Ellen Willis, Richard Wright, George Packer, and many others.

We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We publish the very best in political argument, and take pride in cultivating the next generation of labor journalists, cultural critics, and political polemicists.







SQUAT is a non-profit grassroots media organization with editors and organizers around the US and Canada. We publish the quarterly SQUAT Birth Journal, and also bring birth workers and advocates together through our social media community and in-person conferences.cropped-SQUATFullBanner4

SQUAT provides a forum for new and emerging voices in birth and reproductive health to express their ideas, research, and insights. We strive to push the boundaries of mainstream media portrayals of birth and birth work, challenging concepts of what midwifery is and can be, and of what birth is and can be. We are “radical” because our work brings together social and reproductive justice issues with birth work and because we strive to tell stories that represent a wide array of mothers, families, birth workers, and future birth workers. We support the full spectrum of reproductive rights, including abortion rights, and support birth workers who continue to push the boundaries of sexual and reproductive health care.

WEAVE_FB FEED IMAGEWeave Magazine is a bicoastal literary organization and print publication. We seek to create a space for a cross-section of writers and artists to meet on the page, on the stage, and in workshop. We celebrate diversity in both the creator and their works and strive to showcase both novice and established writers and artists.

Weave Magazine is dark humor and magical realism. Weave is strange and fantastical. Weave also loves realistic narratives in fiction and poetry. Weave loves honest and simple nonfiction, not confessional for confessions sake. Weave loves strong, well-developed characters. Weave especially loves dynamic female characters. Weave loves flawed characters. Weave loves retellings of old stories, fairy tales and myths. Weave loves when writers play with language. Weave loves a poem that grabs our attention early and avoids clichés. Weave loves surprises. Weave also loves poems about animals. We love a good monkey poem, but have yet to find one. On that day, Weave will dance.





What We’re Reading — BookPeople’s Highlights

I still miss you, BookPeople! You should move to Baltimore with me 🙂

Check out some of BookPeople’s highlighted reads — they’ve always had great taste, in my experience.

(And, for those of you who’ve never been to Austin, TX before, BookPeople is the indie bookstore to visit!)

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Year Zero
by Rob Reid

purchase here“I’m reading this for my book club, Ludicrous Speed. It’s the book we’re discussing in November. This guy’s a new absurdist sci fi writer in the legacy of Douglas Adams & Terry Pratchett. It’s his debut novel, and it’s incredibly goofy and a lot of fun. The hero is a music copyright attorney who hates his job — and rightly so, it sounds like it sucks. The book’s about the fact that aliens have been pirating our music since the 70’s. Even the cheesiest 70’s theme songs are better than any music the aliens could create. The fine for pirating comes to more than the combined wealth of the universe. The aliens don’t want to pay. It’s this guy’s job to prevent them from wiping out all of humanity. In the back there’s a list of music all the main characters…

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