We’re in the thick of the holiday season now. Speaking of the Thanksgiving holiday which we recently celebrated here in the United States — I can say, in all sincerity, that one of the things I’m thankful for this year is the high quality of stories our contributors have been providing for Kazka Press. Once again we read a record number of submissions during November for our Outlaws call. Four stories from those submissions were selected for publication and they’re a diverse lot. Amanda M. Hayes returns to our virtual pages with a dark fantasy story “Across the Sea
.” The other three stories this month are by newcomers to the monthly Kazka Press contest: Anatoly Belilovsky’s near-future “Pas de Deux
“, Brennan M. Wion’s contemporary dark fantasy “A World Without Me In It
“, and Ian Dundore’s way-out wild-west-of-the-future “The Return of LED-Eye Dick
I’m reading now for the issues which will be coming out in January through April of 2014. I’m sure we’ll continue to see great submissions come in to our email box and I look forward to presenting the best of those to our readers.
My best wishes to you all,
A small message from L. Lambert Lawson, the Kazka Press publisher:
Анатолій правильно про значення слова казки. Я сподіваюся почути одну зі своїх казок один день.
We received a lot of excellent submissions for this, our “Out of Time” issue. And I’m very pleased with the variety we’re able to bring you from the authors of the seven stories I chose this month.
The impending end of the world is faced by couples alone in their homes in both Kevlin Henney’s “Ashes to Ashes, Mañana, Mañana” and Bernard S Gaidasz’s “As the Day Fades Into Darkness.” Both of these stories have moments of great beauty and poignancy.
Paul Magnan’s “Dearest One” tells the story of a man facing the end of a year of wishes, contemplating the cost he has paid. The protagonist of Miriam Harrison’s “As Long as it Lasts” has a theory about life which he puts to the test. In Melinda Moore’s “Zeitgeist” a young woman tries to find something to fill the emptiness inside her, and discovers something more than she could have imagined. Each of these stories features a protagonist who is trying to make sense of his or her world and their place in it.
In our last two stories Charity Tahmaseb presents a family tradition of clocks and time and lives in “Keeping Time” and Danielle N. Gales deals with a day — or… something — in the life of agents of the Department of Anachronisms in her “Now and Then.”
We’ve also got a nice balance of returning authors and newcomers to this month’s issue. Bernard, Charity, and Danielle have all appeared within our virtual pages in the past while Kevlin, Melinda, Miriam, and Paul are all new to Kazka Press.
If you enjoy these stories as much as I did, I hope you’ll take the time to leave comments on them, or share them via social media like Twitter and Facebook. As someone who has had stories of his own published, I know what a delight it is to hear that a story of mine has brought a bright or contemplative moment to someone else’s day.
I’m reading for all of our open themes at the moment. The one with the closest deadline is the “Outlaws” theme. Submissions for it will close on November 20th and we’ll be publishing it on December 1st.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy our “Out of Time” issue.
We’re starting off our third year here at Kazka Press (wow!). Just want to say thank you to everyone for helping make this tiny idea for a site work. I feel so lucky to bring such great, short pieces of speculative fiction to the web each month. Special thanks to Michael Haynes for taking on the editorial reins this year. Without him, we wouldn’t be here.
Hello again and welcome to our September issue where we have three stories based on our “Warning Sign” prompt. And three quite different stories they are! Nicholas Stenner brings us “Warning Signs in Warning Signs.” I’ve seen stories based on email conversations, instant messages, tweets…. But this was a first for me. A Tumblr-based piece and a fun one at that. We’ve got JC Sullivan’s “Do Imaginary Dogs Bite?” where a friendly challenge gets the main character into a scarier situation than she could have imagined. Finally, DeAnna Knippling’s “The Last Pearl” takes us to the bedside of a dying man who has just produced the titular item.
We’re leaving The Talking Heads behind after three months of stories inspired by some of their song titles. The next three months we’ll be exploring “Out” stories: “Outsiders,” “Out of Time,” and “Outlaws.” Submissions are open now for “Outsiders” through the 20th of September. Please note that we have a new submissions address (kazkasubs[at]gmail.com) and remember that our minimum word count is now 500, so stories of 500-1000 words are eligible for submission.
Until next month,