Hello fellow travelers, submissions for Blink-Ink #29 the “Outlaws” issue have now closed. The issue is due out Sept 1st and will be very exciting. A few old friends are included which is nice. More importantly the majority of writers are people new to us. Some aspects of things that we found fascinating were of course who is an outlaw, what defines them as such? Since that often leads to doing something illegal, or lawless what acts are these? Are these actions or thoughts actually crimes? So much of good stuff here. Guidelines for the next issue will be posted about the same time as this issue mails out (Sept 1st). The theme is going to be something a bit different, something that we hope will bring in more great work from our ever expanding pool of friends and associates. Thanks to everyone so far, and final notifications will be out by the end of the week.
Blink-Ink Announces a Theme for Annual Un-themed Mega Issue
What? How can that be? A theme for something with no theme? Our first Annual Mega issue is un-themed, but has a subplot. The issue is titled “One Eyed Jacks & Deuces Wild”. We are accepting fiction submissions of 50 or so words from February first 2017 to March fifteenth (hail Caesar) 2017.
“Deuces Wild” selections will be much like a nude beach, anything goes for those who “bare what they dare”. Write what you will on any topic.
“One Eyed Jacks” is for those who prefer to keep at least a little something on. Cards, card games, noir, a gamble. Any of these are words that could fit nicely. Playing card artwork is fascinating. Universal little stories told with a single small image. Games of chance (or strategy), Social networking before we had social networks. Noir as in people playing each other rather than an unknown soul in the machine. The little magic of card tricks, greater magics unseen. Smokey rooms, cards up sleeves, late nights or the bridge club. A tell, a call, (a suspicion). Go-Fish or high stakes. The Monte Carlo of James Bond or playing for buttons up in your tree house. We would very much like to read your stories on these topics or another entirely as you prefer.
Send some of each if you like. Standard submissions guidelines are listed on our website www.blink-ink.org Submissions in the body of an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org No attachments, no poetry, and no bios please.
Our Space issue, Blink-Ink #26, is now closed. We are very pleased and grateful for the many submissions fantastic that came in. The issue is in production at the moment and we plan to ship in the later half of January 2017. There will be some surprises. One of our sibling publications, “Woodlot” will make it’s debut with work by Brian Whalen and Doug Mathewson. The issue itself has many fine writers including tweet fiction legend S. Kay.
Submissions for our next issue will open February first 2017, theme be announced. Thanks and Happy Holidays to all.
When young Dorothy asks the Scare Crow which fork in the yellow Brick Road leads to the Emerald City, she is only asking for directions.
That is not the story we are looking for. Tell us in fifty words or so about facing decisions that will change everything. The future of an individual, a group, a nation, or the world.
Daily we make dozens of choices, of decisions, but how many matter?
We want to hear about the important ones.
Traditionally Crossroads have been places of destiny, a liminal space between worlds ruled by Gods and demons alike. In ancient times hanged men and suicides were buried at Crossroads to confuse tormented spirits should they return.
Send us stories that tell us what we need to know, and perhaps what shouldn’t know as well. This issue seems to have a darker feeling than most of what we publish.
Perhaps it is a refection of our times.
Please send submissions from August first through September 15th in the body of an email to: email@example.com
No attachments or bios please. We read and respond to all submissions.
Submissions for Blink #24 “Magic’ closed last night. We wish to thank everyone who sent in their work. We received very good stories and art, more than would fit. Something we are very happy about is how many new people sent in their work. Seeing submissions from old friend and reading their work is always great, but getting so many submissions of real quality from people we don’t know (yet) is great. More details will be coming along. Guidelines for the next issue will be up by August first, unless plans get changed and we do it sooner. Thanks to everyone!