Catastrophia--110d Marlborough Rd., Bounds Green, London, N22 8NN England. Editor: Allen Ashley. "Catastrophia will be a collection of stories loosely themed around the theme of catastrophes, disasters and post-apocalyptic fiction. I will be looking for original, unpublished stories which deal in a modern manner with these classic sf- and horror-based tropes."
Catastrophe? What catastrophe?: "In short, some event that rapidly changes the world social order, threatens the survival of humankind or the Earth, reduces people to a state of mere hand-to-mouth existence, puts the clock of progress back a couple of thousand years almost overnight."
"I will be taking a broad view of what constitutes a catastrophe/disaster/apocalypse but authors should note that I am not seeking gratuitous rape and violence fantasies."
Catastrophes for the new millennium: "With the current prominence of 'Green' issues, you may well decide to try your hand at environmental disaster, biological agents running amuck, responses to the future fuel and water shortages or similar themes ..."
"I've always quite liked the idea of the animal and plant kingdoms getting their own back on Humankind (See The Furies, Day of the Triffids, the film THEM, etc.), so I would be quite receptive to an idea along those lines. No zombies or vampires, though, which have been done to death."
"Similarly, I'm open to something based on our dependence on technology in the so-called Information Age. But no cyberspeak gobbledegook, please, and no rehash of TRANSFORMERS."
"I'm sure there's plenty of material to extrapolate from. Better still, come up with a fresh catastrophe idea, something that has not been explored before but is still close enough to the real world to convince as an extrapolation or a possibility."
General: 2000-6000 words, "although both longer and shorter tales will be considered."
Rights and other technical details: "I'm looking only for original material; no reprints. I will be buying First British and First North American Rights for your story with a one-year moratorium subsequent to publication. I can offer 3p/6¢/word up to a maximum payment of 100 pounds/$200 per story. The book will be published by PS Publishing and the current expected pub date is summer 2010."
"Unless specified otherwise, all submissions should be sent as disposable hard copies to [address above]. Please include an E-mail address for reply or a stamped and addressed envelope."
[E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org]. Deadline: May 31, 2009, "or whenever the book is full." RT--3 months or less.
A Mixed Load of Women, Wash and Word seeks submissions. Fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction and other dirty deeds signifying sorting, washing, ironing, folding laundry and life. Maximum 5,000 words or 5 poems
I just read a Philip K Dick I hadn't read before. It wasn't that good so I won't recommend it. If you read comic books, War Machine is good and so is The Twelve.
sorry i don't have anything funny for you but prayers are totally my thing and your grandma will be in them.
also here are some excellent poets for difficult times. mark doty (soaring and sad, issue-ridden re. death, gayness, and AIDS), li-young lee (haunting and issue-ridden re. family history & identity), and best of all louise gluck (poetic giant, issue-ridden re. god & faith).