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February 2023: Tarot Cards for Creative Inspiration

I was so excited to do this reading! I mean, February, am-I-right-or-am-I-right? Paranormal romance, supernatural romance, historical romance, space opera, you name it! The romance-theme possibilities are endless!

Well, until the fates intervened by way of the cards, and no matter how much I glared at them, they weren’t giving up their creatively inspiring secrets. Instead, the message was all about inner reflection—essentially, “Creative, love thyself.”

Pooh. I mean, if we wanted to spend time with ourselves, would we really choose to engage in activities that kept us in our heads (or creative ether realms) most of the time? Realms where we hang out with the exciting array of the characters we’ve created? Especially when reality is probably even more discouragingly real right about now.

Again, sigh.

Still, this reading came out they way it did for a reason, so, take what resonates with you on this 2023 journey, and perhaps we’ll learn to nurture ourselves as carefully as we do our characters, our stories, our artistic creations.


Planet Bizarro Is Open To Novels & Novellas

Deadline: March 31st, 2023
Payment: 50% share of book royalties and 5 author copies
Theme: Bizarro

Novel & Novella Submissions

January 1st – March 1st

See Theme: Bizarro

We want to publish your exciting, well written bizarro stories. For those unfamiliar with the genre, think of the weirdest story you’ve ever read, then times that by potato.

Novellas – 20,000 to 40,000 wordcount

Novels – 40,000 to 80,000

Short story collections may also be considered.


Taking Submissions: Solarpunk Magazine March 2023 Window (Early)

Submission Window: March 1st – 14th, 2023
Payment: Fiction: 1500-7500 words ($.08 per word, $100 minimum), Poetry: up to 5 poems or 5 pages of poems, whichever is shorter. ($40 per poem), Nonfiction: 1000-2000 words ($75 per essay or article), Cover Art: $100 for reprints, $200 for original unpublished, Interior Art: $50 for reprints, $100 for original unpublished

Theme: Colorful Roots: works that stir readers with themes of defiance, change, and achievement
Note: BIPOC authors only

The Basics:

If your work is accepted, please wait two full submission windows before submitting again. For example, if a story you receive word in April that your story is accepted, please do not submit during the May and July open windows, but feel free to do so once the September window opens.

Simultaneous submissions: Yes, but please let us know immediately if your submission gets accepted elsewhere before you hear from us.

Unsolicited reprints: No

Translations: Yes

Multiple Submissions: No, not within each category. But you can enter one submission per category per submission period. For example, you can submit one short story, poetry, and a nonfiction article all in the same submission window using each individual submission portal.


Epeolatry Book Review: The Warden by Daniel M. Ford


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Title: The Warden
Author: Daniel M. Ford
Publisher: Tor Books
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, LGBTQ+
Release Date: 18th, April, 2023
Synopsis: There was a plan.

She had the money, the connections, even the brains. It was simple: become one of the only female necromancers, pass as many certifications as she could, get a post near the capital, then… profit. The funny thing about plans is that they are seldom under your control.

Now Aelis, a daughter of a noble house and a trained Magister of the Lyceum, finds herself in the far-removed village of Lone Pine. Mending fences and delivering baby goats, serving people who want nothing to do with her. But, not all is well in Lone Pine, and as the villagers Aelis is reluctantly getting to know start to behave strangely, Aelis begins to suspect that there is far greater need for a warden of her talents than she previously thought.

Old magics are restless, and an insignificant village on the furthest border of the kingdom might hold secrets far beyond what anyone expected. Aelis might be the only person standing between one of the greatest evils ever known and the rest of the free world.


UK Readers, Enter to win one of two copies of Michelle Paver’s ‘Wakenhyrst’!

To help spread the word on the UK Ghost Story Festival that is happening in the middle of February, we’ve teamed up with the fest to give away 2 copies of Michelle Paver’s ‘Wakenhyrst’ from Head of Zeus publishing. We’ve got two copies to give away to our reader and, as this is to support a festival taking place in the UK, this offer is only valid for our UK readers.

For those unfamiliar with the work, the synopsis describes it as:

In Edwardian Suffolk, a manor house stands alone in a lost corner of the Fens: a glinting wilderness of water whose whispering reeds guard ancient secrets. Maud is a lonely child growing up without a mother, ruled by her repressive father.

When he finds a painted medieval devil in a graveyard, unhallowed forces are awakened.

Maud’s battle has begun. She must survive a world haunted by witchcraft, the age-old legends of her beloved fen – and the even more nightmarish demons of her father’s past.

Spanning five centuries, Wakenhyrst is a darkly gothic thriller about murderous obsession and one girl’s longing to fly free by the bestselling author of Dark Matter and Thin Air. Wakenhyrst is an outstanding new piece of story-telling, a tale of mystery and imagination laced with terror. It is a masterwork in the modern gothic tradition that ranges from Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker to Neil Gaiman and Sarah Perry.

You can enter to win below!

Taking Submissions: The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls 2023 Contest

Deadline: March 1st, 2023
Prizes: $50 to the and $10 to honorable mentions
Theme: Poetry with a theme of: Seasick

the theme for this year’s contest is seasick. with global greenhouse gas emissions climbing, we want poetry that examines the way human activity is affecting the ocean. we want your drowning islands, your melting glaciers, your bleached coral. we want your hurricanes, your flooding, your erosion. we want your seasick.

contest submissions will remain open from november 1 to march 1. winners will receive a $50 prize and publication. honorable mentions will also be published and receive a $10 prize. all decisions will be announced in early april and made by our editing staff. to get a feel for what we publish, we’d encourage you to scroll through our archives.

do beware that our publishing software doesn’t handle formatting very well, so think twice before you submit a work heavily dependent on visual presentation. for an example of what the display would look like, we’d encourage you to look at the page of “ghost ship” by charlotte oliver. (


Taking Submissions: Weird Horror Magazine March 2023 Window (Early Listing)

Submission Window: March 1st – 31st, 2023
Payment: 1.5¢ per word (one and one-half cent), with a $25 (U.S.) minimum and 2 contributors copies
Theme: Horror and Weird Fiction

Weird Horror has two reading periods each year – March and September.


OPENS: March 1, 2023

CLOSES: March 31, 2023

We are seeking first publication rights. Fiction must be in English, and previously unpublished in English anywhere, in any format, on any platform, including your blog, website, newsletter, Patreon, etc. Please do not query about reprints.

We will consider works translated to English, as long as you are offering first English-language publication rights.

Simultaneous submissions are welcome. Please inform us if your story is accepted elsewhere. No multiple submissions. Please send 1 story only per reading period.

We are seeking horror and weird fiction from 500 to 6,000 words, firm. Stories over or under the word count will not be read. (Please respect our word counts.) We are not interested in extreme horror.


Hermione Lee: Finding Otherworldly Success

Hermione Lee: Finding Otherworldly Success

By Angelique Fawns


Hermione Lee is a teenage scribe born and raised in Taiwan. She’s penned more than fifteen novels and likes to dabble in multiple genres. She has tried her hand at paranormal, fantasy, horror, YA, middle-grade, and romance.

 In 2021, her Otherworld trilogy won The Literary Titan Silver Award, first place in the Critters Annual Readers Poll for Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy Novel/Best YA Book, and first place in the Paranormal Guild Reviewers’ Choice Awards. The First Buds of Spring, Heart of the Forest, Where the Magic Lies, and The Lost Siren won the Literary Titan Gold Book Award in 2022. Where the Magic Lies also won the gold medal in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards in 2022.

She recently also added a few 2022 Critter Awards to her roster, including Best Children’s Book for Heart of the Forest, and Best Book Cover Artwork for Once Upon an Enchantress.

 I met Hermione in my Wulf Pack writer’s group and sat down with her to learn how this young writer found success and her voice.