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Evil Girlfriend Media closed to submissions

Evil Girlfriend Media hopes you have enjoyed SPECULATE! this year.  We have received many great submissions for the “Curiosity Killed the Cat” theme, but our queue is now full. Watch for the remaining stories which will be published in April, May, and June.

While you are waiting for these new stories to come out, please enjoy our amazing books and free fiction—EMG Shorts and SPECULATE!.

Thank you,
Evil Girlfriend Media


EGM Novel Submission Guidelines Have Been Updated

Please visit our submission guidelines to see our updated novel submission guidelines.

Novel submissions will be open between March 13, 2016 and May 1, 2016. Do not send your submissions before then. They will be deleted without being read.

Please read the submission guidelines carefully. Please make sure you understand them.


From the Editor’s Lair by Jennifer Brozek

Speculate! is now officially open for submissions. Make sure you read the guidelines carefully.

For February, we have another unintended theme of what makes us happy and how far we are willing to find it. I hope you enjoy these stories as much as I do.

“The Hat” By Barry King
“Alienated” By Sylvia Spruck Wrigley
“Human Through and Through” By K. A. Rochnik
“One Hundred Years” By Gerri Leen
“Incidental” By David Versace
“Are You Receiving” By Rebecca Birch
“High as a Power Line” By Chris Galford

You can read all of our previous flash fiction at the EGM.Shorts Archive page.


From the Editor’s Lair by Jennifer Brozek

All of the EGM.Shorts submissions have been gone through. I’m about to start in on my “consider this” pile. If you have not heard from me yet, your submission is still being considered. If you aren’t sure, feel free to give me a query.

Don’t forget, EGM is participating in Kevin J. Anderson’s Holiday Story Bundle. Our charity is Cystic Fibrosis research.

Where can you get stories from top authors such as Kevin J Anderson, Cat Rambo, Jody Lynn Nye, Tracy and Laura Hickman and many, many more? Where else but a Holiday Fantasy Story Bundle!  This bundle is lovingly written and edited by the top of the field and now it’s ready for you to enjoy. No matter if you prefer spaceships or dragons, the bundle will satisfy different types of speculative fiction readers.  As a bonus, you can choose how much you pay. See the website for more details.  http://storybundle.com/holiday


The month of December is all about the thoughts of the season… gifts of love and hate, emotions good and bad, a resetting of all priorities. I hope you enjoy this month’s EGM.shorts.

“The Girl with the Piccolo” by Charity Tahmaseb
“The Smart Thing To Do” by Rati  Mehrota
“Low-City Life” by David G. Blake
“Collectibles” by Bethany Gray
“Eight Pieces of Losing You” by Samantha Murray
“The Gift” by Stuart Suffel
“So You’ve Decided to Adopt a Zeptontian Baby” by David Steffen

You can read all of our previous flash fiction at the EGM.Shorts Archive page.


The Odd Joys of Holiday Traditions by Josh Vogt

When I was two years old, my dad and I made a tree-topper for our Christmas tree. That is to say, I mostly watched while he constructed a star out of cardboard and tinfoil. Then he put me on his shoulders so I could reach the top and actually place it there.

JoshOver the years, that became a tradition. The same tinfoil star, sometimes patched up with a little tape, with him lifting me to set it in place once the rest of the tree was decorated. Funny thing is, my family still has that original star. Thirty years later, it remains a Christmas decorating tradition. It’s gotten passed down a little bit, with my sisters (including my youngest sister in high school) having their chances to set the star atop the tree. Now I have two nieces, and I’m sure they’ll get the opportunity to be lifted with star in hand to keep the tradition alive. One year, my parents even gifted me with a miniature replica of the star as an ornament for my own trees, for times when I might not make it home for the holidays.

Such a simple thing, really, but it connects our family all the way back to the earliest years. It was a way to experience a bit of extra joy during the holidays.

We have other traditions, too. Some are odder than others, such as Christmas Eve dinners comprised almost entirely of different types of bread. My youngest sister, Christa, was also born on Christmas Eve, so we ensure she’s never forgotten even in the craziness of the holidays. All ways to share wonderful and fun experiences.

On a related note, as a writer, I’ve also enjoyed seeing the growing tradition of speculative holiday anthologies out each year, especially since so many of them are devoted to raising charity for amazing causes. They’re ways we can enjoy sharing inspiration and imagination, along with the joy of reading. Case in point, the recently released Naughty or Nice anthology:

NaughtOrNice_final-400x600With a little bit of nice, a sprinkle of dark, a handful of sexy, and a whole lot of naughty, this adult-oriented anthology is filled with blushes, laughs, and gasps. This is not your average holiday reading. From the story behind Marley’s fate, to a little elf who makes the perfect “toy” to the holiday rituals that keep the world going, Naughty or Nice: A Holiday Anthology, keeps the pages turning.

Not only is it a great collection of stories (yes, I’m admittedly biased since there’s an original Cleaners short in there), but it’s also for an excellent cause.

Twitter_Banner_updatedFor the first two months of its release, all anthology profits will go directly to Cystic Fibrosis research!

Want to share in the effort with us? I sure hope you do, and you’ll get to enjoy some marvelous stories along the way. It’s not your typical way to celebrate the holidays, I know.

But hey. Neither is a tinfoil star.


From the Editor’s Lair by Jennifer Brozek

EGM.Shorts will run through April 2016. I am choosing the last of the stories over the next month. Then, I will announce the next endeavor Evil Girlfriend Media will embark upon. Look for a new call for submissions in January 2016.

The month of November is a month of transitions. As it turns out, this month’s unintended theme is all about transitions. Most of them growing darker than before.

“What the Dollhouse Said” by Karen Bovenmyer
“Contents of Care Package to Etsath-tachri, Formerly Ryan Andrew Curran (Human English Translated to Sedrayin)” by Holly Heisey
“Glass Future” by Deborah Walker
“The Smoking Nun” by Sarah Hans
“Why(Y)” by Sarah L. Johnson
“Terpsichore” by Dawn Vogel
“The Underground” by Rebecca Birch


Cover and TOC of Naughty Or Nice: A Holiday Anthology

Naughty Or Nice: A Holiday Anthology
Foreword by Jennifer Brozek
“Cold Dead Turkey” by Kevin J. Anderson
“Mistletoe” by Jody Lynn Nye
“Coming up the Chimney Tonight” by Josh Vogt
“The Kwanzaa Kid” by Maurice Broaddus
“Letters To Santa (From the Arctic Academy for Gifted Creatures)” by S.G. Browne
“The Longest Night of the Year” by Shannon Page
“Passing the Torch” by M. Todd Gallowglas
“Forged” by Peter Clines
“Sweet Peppermint Blow” by C. Thomas Hand
“Monster Mingle and Kris Kringle” by Jon Del Arroz
“The Wench Who Stole Christmas” by E.S. Magill
“He Knows When You’re Awake” by Cat Rambo
“Spam, the Spooks, and the UPS Bandit” by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
“Santa’s Bloody Reign” by Timothy W. Long and Jonathan Moon
“The Toymaker’s Joy” by Lucy A. Snyder
“By the Light of the Silvery Moon” by Rachel Caine

Cover art by Stan Shaw
Release date: November 18, 2015


From the Editor’s Lair by Jennifer Brozek

With just a month left to go, I expect to see an uptick in submissions for EGM.Shorts. This means a slightly longer response time as open story slots dwindle into nothing. But fear not, this is not the end of fiction on the EGM website. A new call for submission is coming. Something bigger and better as we evolve. I should post about it by the end of the year. In the meantime, we have months of EGM.Shorts to entertain you with.
Thoughts about the slush pile:
1. Reminder: EGM.Shorts closes to submissions on Oct 31, 2015.
For October, we have some wonderful alternate world stories for you to enjoy.
     “The Information I Possess” by Matthew Bernardo
     “Alien Girl: From the 11TH” by Lorraine Schein
     “The Travelling Carousel” by Jamie Lackey
     “Opposites and All That” by Gerri Leen
     “Performing Arts” by Alison McBain
     “Birthing Fire” by Dantzel Cherry
     “The Rarest Cut” by Aeryn Rundel
You can read all of our previous flash fiction at the EGM.Shorts Archive page.


From the Editor’s Lair by Jennifer Brozek

I’ve read everything EGM.Shorts has received up to August 20th. If you have a story out that you sent in before July 1st and have not heard back, please query.
Thoughts about the slush pile:
     1. Reminder: if you are sending in a horror story, it must have a supernatural or sci-fi element to it. Too much of the horror I’ve received is straight horror that could happen in everyday life. That’s not what I want to read.
     2. Still looking for reprints. Just an FYI. I have almost none in my queue and half of what I buy is reprints. This means you have an excellent shot at making the sale. In particular, I’d like to see reprints from 2014 or before. I won’t accept reprints from 2015.
     3. I’m getting a lot of flash fiction right at or below 500 words. 500 words is the absolute minimum. I would prefer closer to 1000 words.
    4. EGM.Shorts will be closing to new submissions on October 31st, 2015.
Here’s what we have for September, including the longest story I’ve accepted from any author for EGM.Shorts. This month’s unexpected theme appears to be about pets.
     “Your Most Precious of Gifts” by Jason Lairamore
     “The Woman Who Loved Cats” by Matthew Spence
     “Stone Flowers” by Aidan Doyle
     “Lost in a Vacuum” by Miriah Hetherington
     “The Rescue” by Olli Crusoe
     “Destroy All Human Resource Departments” by Robert Quinlivan
     “Station 352A” by Wendy Nikel
You can read all of our previous flash fiction at the EGM.Shorts Archive page.


Evil Girlfriend Media Closed to Novel Submissions Until January 2016

If you love dark fantasy, science fiction and horror, you might find something to fall in love with here at Evil Girlfriend Media. Go check out our book page for more information on what we publish.

If you are shopping around a manuscript at this time, unfortunately EGM will be closed to ALL MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSIONS until January of 2016. This means we will not accept any unsolicited novel, novella or novelette works at this time. No exceptions. Any submissions received will be deleted unread.

Although we are closed to manuscript submissions, Evil Girlfriend Media is still accepting flash fiction for the EGM Shorts. Please read the latest “From the Editor’s Lair,” to see what our editor, Jennifer Brozek, would like to see more of.

Good luck and we hope to see your finished manuscript in January.

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