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Current Genre ~ August: Monsters

Current Genre (August 2011):
Monsters

Monsters!

Sometimes a monster isn’t lurking in the closet or under the bed. Sometimes it’s right in front of us. Or inside us. What appears monstrous is often harmless, and what seems benign is sometimes terrifying. Take nothing for granted.

Submissions for Issue 34 will be accepted until 11:59 pm US EST on August 31.

The Science in My Fiction Contest!

There’s been a lot of talk recently about whether science fiction is obsolete, no longer the genre of ideas, and so on. Some people have claimed that there is no need to educate yourself in science in order to write science fiction.

We respectfully think that’s hooey, so we came up with the Science in My Fiction contest!

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Tag! You’re it!

It’s Action/Adventure month at Crossed Genres Magazine. Trigger our fight or flight responses, make our hearts race, raise our blood pressure, and take us on the ride of our lives!

Take care to read our submission guidelines, first.

Crossed Genres is also accepting submissions of completed novel-length fiction and novellas to be serialized on our website exclusively for subscribers, as well as "pitches" for a webcomic to run for a year in our ‘Subscribers-Only Area’. Upon completion, Crossed Genres will publish each novel/la and comic in its entirety.

Meanwhile, in our SciFi and Fantasy HORROR issue...

- Get caught in an infinite loop of your own design.
- Embrace your darker nature.
- Save the world and have your revenge, too.
- Create your heart out.
- Wonder, ‘If you have only nice things to say, then who are you and what have you done with yourself?’

Crossed Genres 9 is LIVE!

- Fight an invading air force in mid-air without the benefit of your own plane.
- Dare to confront corruption even in your last moment of life, and change the course of history.
- If you match wits with keepers of impossible secrets, don’t be shocked when the impossible happens.
- What if the United States wasn’t the only nuclear superpower during WWII?
- It’s bluff and bluff alike when two airship empires compete for a fallen piece of sky.
- Aliens should choose their abductees more carefully…

Crossed Genres Issue Nine: SciFi & Fantasy Alternate History is now available for purchase through Amazon for $7.99 each (a 20% price reduction!):

Issue Nine: SciFi & Fantasy Alternate Histories
(6 SciFi & Fantasy Alternate Histories, plus a sharp and engaging article by author Walter Hunt, a charming Interview with author Dave Freer, and imaginative art by Briana Spacekat Wu.)

SUBSCRIBE HERE to download "Crossed Genres: The Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazine with a Twist" as a PDF every month! (only $9.99 for 12 issues) You can also buy single issues for your Kindle or as a PDF for only $1.59! Download the audio version of the clever Fantasy Humor story, Archimedes Nesselrode HERE! (for only $.89)

Crossed Genres is now accepting writing and inside art submissions for the upcoming SciFi and Fantasy HORROR issue. Just a reminder: Crossed Genres is now a paying market.

Crossed Genres is also currently accepting submissions for completed novel-length fiction or novellas to be serialized on our website exclusively for our subscribers, as well as "pitches" for a webcomic to run for a year on our website, in our ‘Subscribers-Only Area’. Upon completion, each will be published by Crossed Genres in its entirety.

Crossed Genres Issue Six: WESTERN is Live!

-On the post-apocalyptic plains, guard your water with your life; they’re worth about the same.
-The frontier is full of opportunity and tragedy, but anything can happen in the Wild West - even magic.
-Deserts are transformative places, even on Mars, where the first settlers are robots, not men.
-The difference between the good guys and the bad guys isn’t as simple as the color of their hats.
-Road trip! If your car breaks down, you’d better hope you’ve got something worth living for.

Saddle up and "Go West" in Issue Six of Crossed Genres Magazine, along with brilliant cover art by Nicc Balce and a fascinating article on the origins of the SciFi Western genre by Jeffrey Richardson, the Assistant Curator of film and Popular Culture at the Autry national Center of the American West.

Crossed Genres is now accepting writing submissions for the upcoming SciFi and Fantasy Anthropomorphism issue. Just a reminder: Crossed Genres is now a paying market.

NEW! Crossed Genres is now accepting submissions for completed novella or novel-length fiction to be serialized on our website exclusively for our subscribers. We are also accepting "pitches" for a webcomic to run for a year on our website, also exclusively for our Subscribers. Upon completion, each will be published by Crossed Genres in its entirety.

On June 1st, Crossed Genres will release its SciFi/Fantasy Urban issue, with stunning cover art by Paul Davey and an interview with Literary Agent Mike Kabongo.

SUBSCRIBE HERE to download "Crossed Genres: The Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazine with a Twist" as a PDF every month! (only $9.99 for 12 issues) Download the audio version of the clever Fantasy Humor story, Archimedes Nesselrode HERE! (for only $.89) You can also buy single issues for your Kindle or as a PDF for only $1.59!

Issue Six is now available for purchase through Amazon for $7.99 each (a 20% price reduction!):

Issue Six: SciFi and Fantasy Western

(5 stories of the SF & Fantasy Frontier - "Cowboys And Robots: The Birth of the Science Fiction Western" by Jeffrey Richardson - "Dueling Mechs" cover art "Ten Ton Automatons 'n' Six Shooters" by Nicc Balce - "Damned Good Shot": Art by Katoo Deziel)

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* 12 issues @ 83¢ each!
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And if you wouldn't mind... would you do us a favor and post a link to the sale in your LJ? Thanks!

Crossed Genres Issue Five: HUMOR is Live!

Ever wonder…

-Who would take a job as housekeeper in a mansion where giant spiders and flying monkeys reside?
-What happens when out-of-work Fairy Godmothers get bored and drunk?
-Can Ketchup and Mustard save the day?
-What if the shape shifter of your dreams wasn’t a werewolf at all?
-In the battle between good and evil, would you have the courage to choose job security over principle?

Find the answers to those questions and more in Issue Five of Crossed Genres Magazine, along with gorgeous cover art by Alexandra Prillaman and an article by the iconic Fantasy Humor writer Piers Anthony.

Crossed Genres is now accepting writing submissions for the upcoming Urban SciFi and Urban Fantasy issue. Just a reminder: Crossed Genres is now a paying market.

On May 1st, Crossed Genres will release its SciFi/Fantasy WESTERN issue, which includes a cover by the outstanding Nicc Balce and an article about the origins of the SciFi Western in Hollywood.

SUBSCRIBE HERE to have "Crossed Genres: The Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazine with a Twist" delivered as a PDF to your inbox every month! (only $9.99 for 12 issues) Download the audio version of the clever Fantasy Humor story, Archimedes Nesselrode HERE! (for only $.89) You can also buy single issues for your Kindle or as a PDF for only $1.59!

Issues of Crossed Genres Magazine are now available for purchase through Amazon for $7.99 each (a 20% price reduction!):

Issue Two: Dystopian SciFi and Fantasy
(Five fabulous short stories - An interview with Phil & Kaja Foglio of Girl Genius - "Common Misconceptions About Copywriters" by Loni Ice - Gorgeous cover art "Birds" By Russian artist Rustam Shaihlislam)
Issue Three: SciFi and Fantasy Romance
(Five diverse Romance stories - Interview with author Liz Williams - Common Misconceptions about singer/songwriter Tom Smith - 5 Misconceptions about agents from Agent & Writer Lucienne Diver - Lovely cover art by Megan Rose Gedris)
Issue Four: SciFi and Fantasy Crime
(Six intriguing short Crime stories - An interview with Private Investigator Robert Simmons - Stunning and spooky cover art by Finnish artist Sallamari Rantala)
Issue Five: SciFi and Fantasy Humor
(5 Hilarious stories - "Common Misconceptions About Writing Humor" by Piers Anthony, author of the Xanth series - Enchanting cover art "Exploration" by Alexandra Prillaman - "Fantadvertisements" by K.T. Holt)

If you don't plan to take advantage of Amazon's free supersaver shipping, then follow the e-store link for the issue of your choice on the Crossed Genres In Print page to save money on shipping.
The Crossed Genres daily blog is a go!

Genre Splicing is up and running with an introductory post. I'll be doing my best to blog every day (including weekends). Comments and questions to posts are welcome, as are extra questions for future Q&A posts I'll be doing (send questions to questions@crossedgenres.com).

Thanks to everyone who expressed interest in the daily blog and got me motivated to move forward with it!

Magazine minutiae: Follow-up!

In response to my earlier post about whether to blog the daily minutiae of running a magazine, I had a surprising (and gratifying) number of positive responses. I received an awesome offer in response too, and I had to accept it. So here's what's happening:

Faith Hunter (aka faithhunter) is one of four authors who contribute to Magical Words, a blog website for "Writing tips and publishing advice for aspiring novelists". Faith also contributed a great article to the first issue of Crossed Genres.

With the other authors' permission, Faith invited me to write a guest post for Magical Words about running a small press magazine. I'm crafting a sort of overview of the process, showing the arc from the beginning of a typical month to the end. It's going to be posted on Friday, April 10.

Because the post will cover an entire month there won't be room for a whole lot of minutiae - I could probably write an entire novel about the process of one issue if I tried, and I think that might be a little unwieldy for a blog post.

When the post is up, I'd like to ask everyone who expressed interest in the daily blogging (and more people too!) to go and read it, and comment/critique it. And if at that point enough people still want more - would still be interested in seeing the daily details that I simply won't have the space to get into in the post - then I'll go ahead and start the daily blog.

If nothing else, the post on April 10 will give a relatively complete look at the overall workload involved in producing a small-press magazine. I'll link to it here when it's up.

Thanks again for all the interest!

(X-posted to crossedgenres, metafrantic and the CG mailing list)