A Free Fantasy Story by Wulf Moon For Award Season Consideration For Works Published in 2023

It’s award season for stories published in 2023, and I do have one for you to consider with a deadly game of chance! (And a bestselling nonfiction book, too, but more on that toward the end.)

Joshua Palmatier and Stephen Kotowych of the GAME ON! anthology from Zombies Need Brains, LLC, have authorized me to share my story “The Saltmarsh” from their anthology!!! For a limited time, for voting consideration in the Critters Readers’ Choice Awards and any other awards you may wish to nominate it in, I’ve been given permission to make a free copy of my story available to each of you. Here’s the link for you to get yours!

https://bookhip.com/RSKCLQH

The editors told me as soon as they read the story, they immediately put it on the buy pile, no further consideration, they wanted it in their anthology. That’s the mark of a strong story. Would you like to find out why? Now’s your chance! I’ve been waiting to write this story for many years, and this was the perfect anthology for it. Ever since I read H. Munro’s short poem “Overheard on a Saltmarsh” about a nymph and a goblin, I wanted more, more, more.

This story was my answer.

If you agree with the editors, they’d love it if you weighed in with your vote. But you need to hurry. Voting, at least in the Critters Awards, ends in five days on January 14th!

https://critters.org/predpoll/shortstory.shtml

(And if you’d like to weigh in on Nonfiction Books, HOW TO WRITE A HOWLING GOOD STORY is in second place right now. It’s been a #1 bestseller in multiple categories since its release. Here’s where you can help if you believe my book is worthy: Critters Writers Workshop Readers Poll )

(What? You still want to help? Okay, if you love what I do to help emerging writers, I’d love your support in the Authors category: Critters Writers Workshop Readers Poll )

I’m just happy I’ve been permitted to share my story with you. It’s different from my usual fare. Enjoy while you can! And THANK YOU for your consideration in these and other awards! The recognition does help your work to be seen and read.

“The Saltmarsh” to be Published in ZNB’s Anthology GAME ON!

Hey, Fans! The preorder is up! Joshua Palmatier from Zombies Need Brains will be publishing my fantasy story “The Saltmarsh” in the anthology GAME ON! this August 2023. It’s part of his annual anthology series, this one edited by Stephen Kotowych and Tony Pi. This is a SFWA qualified pro market and has some incredible writers in the Table of Contents.

When we had the grand opening of our public art studio in the village on Lopez Island many moons ago, my wife and I did a dramatic reading of H. Munro’s poem about a goblin and a nymph. “Overheard on a Saltmarsh” is short, but it opened up a brilliant vision in my mind that’s haunted me for years. I wanted more, more, more! This story is my answer.

Here’s an excerpt from the publisher’s comments and the author lineup:

“Games are about more than winning and losing. They’re about risk and reward, strategy and blind fortune, our need to win and our fear of being outplayed. And when magic and science infuse a game, the stakes can be of cosmic importance. Each move could decide life or death. Are you ready to play?

“In this anthology, seventeen of today’s leading fantasy and science fiction authors explore the role games play in worlds both seen and unseen. Join Aliette de Bodard, Jennifer R Povey, Ed Greenwood, Cory Swanson, David Hankins, Cat Rambo, Wulf Moon, Jo Miles, James Alan Gardner, Karen Lin, Mike Rimar, Eric Choi, Tris Lawrence, Mark Silcox, Melissa Yi, Michael Picco, and Sean Williams as they share with us games played for unimaginable stakes.”

Shout out to David Hankins in this TOC, a member of my Wulf Pack Writers group! Now go ahead. Take a chance on a sure bet! GAME ON! will be published this August 2023, and it’s certain to be a winner!

Click HERE to order your copy!

Wulf Moon’s upcoming debut in DEEP MAGIC!

Order your copy from Amazon by clicking HERE!

I am happy to announce I have a historical fantasy story appearing in the Fall issue of the beautiful and wondrous DEEP MAGIC magazine. “Weep No More for the Willow” is the tale of the captain of a Spanish galleon facing off with gods, demigods, and a mermaid! If you like high seas adventure with foreboding omens, supernatural creatures, life or death stakes, and a twist on mermaid tales, you’ve come to the right place!  Add a dash of romance, a sprinkle of revenge, and you have the perfect recipe for a dish best served…wet.  Hey, the story takes place on the water, what do you expect?

Come sail away as I debut my award-winning tales of the Spanish captain Capricho on the pages of DEEP MAGIC. I have been writing Capricho’s stories for twenty-five years, first in live online performances, and now on the pages of professional anthologies and magazines! My tales of Capricho’s young adventures have appeared and continue to appear in Third Flatiron Publishing’s anthologies. In fact, two thousand readers from around the world voted in Critters Readers’ Choice Awards and chose “War Dog”–a young Capricho story–as the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Story of 2018! Well, I think Capricho fans will be even more excited with this tale–he’s older and wiser, and he’s got himself a boat!

You have my permission to come aboard. Preorder from Amazon by clicking here, or you can click on the cover image above. I trust you’ll enjoy this story when it releases from the dock on September 10th, 2019.  Do check out the other fine authors included in this issue. It’s a special sailing with all hands on deck!

⚔⚔LINE-UP REVEAL⚔⚔

Deep Magic’s Fall 2019 Issue line-up is:

“Pile of Bones”, by NYT bestselling author, Michael J. Sullivan

“Treaty’s Imposter”, by Marjorie King

“Forget-Me-Nots for the Potter’s Field”, by Wendy Nikel

“Weep No More for the Willow”, by Wulf Moon

“Experiments with Time”, by Jeremy Essex

*Plus* bonus stories from the board members:

Jeff Wheeler, Charlie N. Holmberg, Brendon Taylor, Dan Hilton, Steve Yeager & Kristin J. Dawson

Extended sample chapters for novels:

“The Lady in the Coppergate Tower”, by Nancy Campbell Allen

“The Redwood Palace”, by MK Hutchins

Cover art by: Martina Fackova