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    Be sure to read the full submission guidelines on publishers’ websites prior to submitting. Need help keeping track of submissions? Check out my guide here: Red’s Super-Sweet Guide to Submission Organization Do you feel like there are too many amazing calls for submissions and you can’t possibly keep up with them all? That’s okay. I…… Read more

  • Dismal Dreams at June’s End

    Dismal Dreams at June’s End

    The next collection drops on June 25! PREORDER HERE on Amazon. WIN A SIGNED PAPERBACK: All you have to do is add Dismal Dreams to your Goodreads To-Be-Read list and you’ll be entered to win! Click this link to find Dismal Dreams on Goodreads. Then click on “Want to Read.” Drawing will take place July…… Read more

  • FORMATTING YOUR MANUSCRIPT: a brief guide to Shunn

    FORMATTING YOUR MANUSCRIPT: a brief guide to Shunn

    The above image is a screenshot of the Shunn format document. Some editors and publishers will auto-reject a submission for seemingly petty things. But the reality is, if a manuscript is not formatted the way they request, it will require a lot of work on the editor’s part to fix it, especially with regards…… Read more

  • Call for Submissions

    Call for Submissions

    Someone in the social-mediaverse had asked how I kept all my calls for submissions organized, so I figured I’d share a sample of my chart, along with with some upcoming deadlines. (Scroll down past the charts if you just want the open calls.) Even if I’m not sure I’ll submit to an open call, if…… Read more

  • Out of the Shadow of Eclipse

    Out of the Shadow of Eclipse

    horror fiction by Red Lagoe They call it a blood moon. I’d always been a fan, but Tad said there wasn’t nothing bloody about it. Big fat disappointment is what he called it. He said his face turns that shade of red when he bears down for a shit. Why’d he have to go and…… Read more

  • 2020: the year of short stories

    2020: the year of short stories

    Wow! What a strange year! It’s not over yet, and a lot can happen. So far in 2020, I’ve been busy releasing a book, submitting many short stories to anthologies, taking on a staff-writer position for a shared-world series, working on a new book, dealing with the kids’ at-home learning, and I’ve recovered from a…… Read more

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