Welcome to the review of the twenty-three (23) stories I suggested on social media over the course of August 2023! If you missed any, here they are.
If you enjoy any of these stories, I strongly encourage you to read more on the magazine's website and if you like more than one story there, please consider supporting them either through a one-time donation or subcription.
fiction published In the Making by Tonya R. Moore in July.
A wonderful sci-fi story about accidents turned into worse situations.
Nature: Futures published Eight laws I wound up breaking while attempting to restore the timeling by P.A. Cornell in July.
This is a hilarious little story about when things go slightly wrong when time traveling.
FAQ: The "Snack Fight" Portion of your Thesis Defense by Luke Burns was published by McSweeney's in 2010.
Thesis defense does feel like defeating snakes.
RE: Thesis defense issue by kalirush is an AO3 fanfiction of the previous McSweeney's story published in 2020.
The Wife's Story by Ursula K. Le Guin was originally published in 1982.
A story that challenges your preconcieved notions of what is happening in the story.
Mr. Death by Alix E. Harrow was published at Apex Magazine in 2021.
This story made me cry. Have a box of kleenex nearby.
Songbird, Jailbird by Pauline Barmby was published at Stupefying Stories in July.
A flash piece with a bit of a joke about writers block.
The Princess with Blood on Her Dress by Jared Povanda was published by Milk Candy Review in July.
Do you see the ending?
Looking for another speculative fiction market? I didn't highlight much horror this month. The Speculative Fiction Magazine Subscription reference site can help you find just what you're looking for.
July might have been rough to follow my short fiction recs. Mastodon was the best place to get my weekday morning suggestions reliably. I started the month on Twitter, but have since abandoned my account. Three weeks ago, I joined BlueSky and have started posting daily there - though without a scheduler, it's a bit random throughout the day. Here are all twenty-three (23) in one place for you
Smokelong Quarterly published
Lucy Ignores Death by L. Sorviero in 2020
Princess Shipwreck by Tessa Yang in 2017
The Haunted Tea Set by Sarah Jackson was published at Bone Parade in June.
Egg / Shell by Avi Burton was published by Kaleidotrope.
Cossmass Infinities published The Bullet in My Pocket Has Your Name On It by P.A. Cornell in June.
If There's Anyone Left published
And Again, We Try by Allison King in 2022.
Poignant science fiction story about family immigration decisions.
River Mumma Remembers by Tonya R. Moore in June.
The Care Giver by Frances Ogamba in 2022.
A story about a mortuary worker who sees the ghosts of the bodies he works on.
The Hamster Machine by Andrew Kozma was published by ergot.
What happens when you need a lot of hamsters?
In June I posted twenty-one (21) story for followers to read. Here they are all rounded up!
Hibernation Heirloom by Chelsea Mueller was published by The Sunday Morning Transport in June.
Your Inheritance Will Taste of Salt by Karolina Fedyk was published at Fireside in 2019.
Eternal Haunted Summer published Beneath an Unknown Sky by Dawn Vogel in June.
I took a social media break for the first two weeks of May. I only posted thirteen (13) suggested short fiction (plus a nod to my April National Poetry month daily poems.) Enjoy!
Beneath Ceaseless Skies published The Void Door by V.M. Ayala in March.
You Are My Ending by Julie Reeser was published by Little Blue Marble in May.
If There's Anyone Left published Sally Mary Henry by ZZ Claybourne in 2020.
In April, I pulled back from social media and posted quite a few less stories than weekdays of the month, only ten (10). I also won't be posting the first week or two of May because I will be mostly off all social media.
3:33 a.m. by Joelle Killian was published at Maudlin House in March.
Duckie's Revenge by Mar Vincent was published by hyphen punk.
Friday Flash Fiction published Self-Protection by Emma Burnett in April.
In March, I suggested eighteen (18) stories. I took the last week of March off from story suggestions due to various and sundry life stuff. Nothing major. Just enough to keep me from getting stories out via social media.
I also removed my personal Facebook page which also removed my ability to post to my author Facebook page. Right now, you can only get my suggested stories and announcement via my Newsletter, here at my blog, on Twitter (yes, still), Mastodon, and Tumblr.
ZNB Presents published:
The Smell of Sawdust by P.A. Cornell in March
Eugie and the Last Angel by A. Katherine Black in February
It's the End of the World (As We Know It) by Crystal Sarakas in 2022
Cossmass Infinities published Carrying Stones by Avi Burton in February
We Died Sleeping by Andrew Kozma was published by ergot
Cat Rambo published an Untitled Poem from Seven Years Ago (in 2022) on their patreon
I hope you enjoy these stories, mostly from this year. See you on the next first Monday of the month for another short fiction round-up.
In February, I suggested nineteen (19) short stories for readers to check out. If you missed them on Twitter, Mastodon, Facebook, or Tumblr, here they are in one list. This is not the order I posted them in. This groups magazines together.
Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity Jig by Tonya Liburd was published by Akashic Books
Apex Magazine published:
Hoodie by Tonya Liburd in 2022
Barefoot and Midnight by Sheree Renée Thomas in 2021
Aunt Dissy's Policy Dream Book by Sheree Renée Thomas in 2017
The Black Stallion Exposed: 3 Flash by Megan Giddings was published by Ghost Ocean
Vice published The Binding of Isaac by Tochi Onyebuchi in 2022.
Smokelong Quarterly published Twenty-Five Minute Wait by Megan Giddings in 2013.
"Narratology" by Peter Young written by Cadwell Turnbull was published by Many Worlds in 2023.
I hope you enjoyed these stories. Suggestions pop-up at 8a.m. weekdays on my social media platforms.
In January, I suggested twenty-two (22) short stories by other authors for readers on my various social media. Every weekday at 8:00 am on Twitter, Facebook, Mastodon, and Tumblr I post these links (see connected social media on sidebar for links). I do this because if you like what I like to read, though I'm aware my tastes are pretty wide and eclectic, you might also enjoy my writing. I don't have a ton of it published yet. There's also so much incredible writing and many incredible stories out there, I want readers to get a sampling of stories and maybe find new writers to follow and new magazines to subscribe to.
With that said, I point out, as I have in the past, that I do not wish to promote problematic people or magazines. Please let me know if one of those exists in my suggestions. Feel free to comment on a blog post, on a social media post, send me an email, or a DM.
This particular reminder comes up due to a discussion in a group of short fiction writers about such markets.
The Arcanist published
Cross-Generational Cryptid Theory by Hailey Piper in 2022
A Dream, A Bee, A Storytree by Wendy Nikel in 2022
Solarpunk Magazine published
The Lantern Festival by Ai Jiang in 2022
Maybe We Are All Witches by BrightFlame in 2022
Smokelong Quarterly published He Called Me Honeybunch by Karen Serk Chio in 2015.
Paper and Pencil by Andrew Griffin was published by The Dread Machine in 2022.
The Maul published A Hand to Hold, a Mouth to Speak by Ai Jiang in January.
Curses and Cake by Sarah Beth Durst was published by The Sunday Morning Transport in 2022.
Fireside Fiction published Song of the Balsa Wood Bird by Katherine Quevedo in 2022.
I took the last week of the year for writing and reading reflection, planning my next year, and overall re-centering myself. Today, I have seventeen (17) stories for you to check out if you missed them when I posted on social media.
Apparition Literary Magazine published Silver Bells by Jaime Marvin in 2022.
Medusa and Herophile by L.M. Spann was published by Cul-de-Sac of Blood in 2022.
The Dread Machine published A Mortal in Armour, Among Immortals Walking by Ai Jiang in 2022.
Smokelong Quarterly published in 2015
Things You Won't Tell Your Therapist by Colleen Kearney Rich
The Butterfly Effect by Marc Joan
Happy New Year! I hope to suggest many more stories in 2023.
In November, between social media meltdowns and power outages and holidays, I was a bit chaotic in my suggested story posts. I have twelve (12) stories for today's blog post, in case you missed my various social media. Several, not all, were featured in Lauren Ring's Short Fiction Fridays, where I first heard of them. I recommend subscribing to her weekly newsletter for more great selections.
The Sprawl Magazine published What Not to Do When You're Polymorphed and Stuck in a Time Warp by Stewart C. Baker in October. Just a fun little romp!
The Arcanist published Head in the Grave, Listening by Elizabeth Guilt in October. I like the slight open-endedness of it.
If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love by Rachel Swirsky was published by Apex Magazine in 2013. This is another that I learned of from Lauren Ring's Short Fiction Fridays. This story is about expressing your love in the face of grief.
Travel Guide to Spaceport Rest Stops by Seoung Kim was published by If There's Anyone Left in January. This story is a story by reviews. I really love stories in this format.
Writer of spec fic.