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Critter Notices

Critters is 23!

Yes, 23 years ago Critters was born. Wow! Thanks so much to all of you, who've made it such a resounding success!

Critters no longer accepting European Union members :(

It's with a heavy heart that I have to announce Critters can no longer accept people in the European Union as members. This is a result of the "GDPR" privacy laws going into effect. I'm a big fan of privacy, and applaud the general idea behind the GDPR, but the way it's implemented forces me to close the door to EU writers. [read more why...]

Books from Critters!

Check out Books by Critters for books by your fellow Critterfolk, as well as my list of recommended books for writers.

New Book from a Critter Member

**NOW IN PRINT EDITION TOO!** Awesome new book, HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR SPECULATIVE FICTION OPENINGS, from a Critter member whose unearthed a shard of The Secret to becoming a pro writer. Really good piece of work. "...if you're at all concerned about story openings, you'd be nuts not to read what Qualkinbush has to say." —Wil McCarthy, author of BLOOM and THE COLLAPSIUM

How to Write SF

The Craft of Writing Science Fiction that Sells by Ben Bova, best-selling author and six-time Hugo Award winner for Best Editor. (This is one of the books your ol' Critter Captain learned from himself, and I highly recommend it.) (Also via Amazon)

P&E Has a New Caretaker!

I'm very happy to announce that P&E has been handed off to a new caretaker! Check out the site for news and such. Hurrah!


I'm being interviewed live on public radio for Critters 20th birthday. For those who want to listen, it's on the 10am (Mountain time) show on Thursday, 11/19/16, on Colorado Public Radio - has streaming on the site or it's 90.1 FM in the Denver area. [Interview is done, you can listen on the site]

Free Web Sites

Free web sites for authors (and others) are available at

ReAnimus Acquires Advent!

ReAnimus Press is pleased to announce the acquisition of the legendary Advent Publishers! Advent is now a subsidiary of ReAnimus Press, and we will continue to publish Advent's titles under the Advent name. Advent was founded in 1956 by Earl Kemp and others, and has published the likes of James Blish, Hal Clement, Robert Heinlein, Damon Knight, E.E. "Doc" Smith, and many others. Advent's high quality titles have won and been finalists for several Hugo Awards, such as The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy and Heinlein's Children. Watch this space for ebook and print editions of all of Advent's current titles!

Network speeding up

I'm switching the connection over to a new, shiny 10X faster network because of all the load. There might be bits of downtime as your boxes learn new addresses and things. Should be brief. Let me know of any prolonged outages you see.

Preditors & Editors Changeover

With the very sad passing of Dave Kuzminski, who ran P&E, I've taken over the P&E duties. Lots of what I hope are improvements; check it out at

Critters Server is Dying has been Replaced

See important details here in my blog. Let me know if you find anything that isn't working right. (Manuscripts are now available for this week, FYI.)

Book Recommendation

THE SIGIL TRILOGY: The universe is dying from within... "Great stuff... Really enjoyed it." — SFWA Grandmaster Michael Moorcock

Announcing ReAnimus Press

If you need help making ebooks from manuscripts or print copies—or finding great stuff to read—look no further! An ebook publisher started by your very own Critter Captain. (And with a 12% Affiliate program.) [More]








Preditors & Editors Poll results

Preditors & Editors Poll results

2002 Official Results

[Category list]

Standings & #votes for category: Romance Short Stories

1. Anne's Birthday Bachelor, Jennifer Dunne, Ellora's Cave,
2. Dragonswan, Sherrilyn Kenyon, St Martins,
3. Sins of the Father, Jaid Black, Ellora's Cave,
4. McNamara's Ghost, Angelique Armae, Amber Quill Press,
5. The Apple, Heide AW Kaminski, Pia Hendricks, Zinemarket,
6. No Lady and Her Tramp, Kristie Leigh Maguire and Mark Haeuser, Southern Charm
7. Seducing Cupid, Alexis Hart, Echelon Press Dollar Downloads,
8. Dottie's Back Home, Rick Magers, Futures Mysterious Anthology Magazine, http://FMAM.BIZ
9. Monster Love, MaryJanice Davidson, Ellora's Cave,
10. 'The Werewolf Whisperer', Marilynn Byerly, Studio E,

11. A Question of Honour, Lynne Connolly, NovelBooks Inc,
11. The Scent of Falling Snow, Robin Bayne, Gold Watch Press,
12. The Christmas Stalking, Kate Hill, Ellora's Cave,
12. More than a Hunch, Kate Douglas, Ellora's Cave,
13. A Christmas With Sarah, Janet Miller, Zumaya,
13. Moon Lust, Sherri L. King, Elloras Cave,
14. Flight of the Raven, Sarah Storme, Echelon Press,
14. Internet Connection, Pamela Johnson, Echelon Press,
15. Animal Magnetism, Dana Elian, Echelon Press,
16. Macawley's List, Linnea Sinclair, NovelBooks,
17. The Alley of Wishes, Laurel Johnson, 1st Books
17. Immortal Heat (in the anthology Aphrodite's Touch), Lanette Curington, Ellora's Cave,
17. A Fork in the Road, Linda Bleser, NovelBooks, Inc.,
18. All in How you Look at Things, Vicki M. Taylor, ,
19. Christmas Revelation (2002 12 0f the Best Anthology), Lynne den Hartog, amatory Ink,
20. Accidental Infidelity, Jade Walker, Jaded Writings,
20. Anonymity, Natalie J. Damschroder, Echelon Press,
20. Remembering Linda, S.W. Morse, The Writer's Hood,
20. Bedtime Stories, Lori McDonald, Novel Books, Inc.,
21. Friday Night, Susanne Marie Knight, NovelBooks, Inc.,
22. Five Short Stories, Ronald A Mac Arthur, Authors Den,
22. Deceiving Derek, Cindy Procter-King, NovelBooks, Inc.,
22. To Kiss in the Shadows, Lynn Kurland, Jove,
22. Happy Anniversary, Susanne Marie Knight, Romance Ever After,
22. Love Slave, Ann Jacobs, Elloras Cave,
22. In Soul Lynn, Timothy Gager, dead end street,
23. Daring Passion, Katherine Kingston, Ellora's Cave,
23. Beginnings, Morgan J. Blake, Novel Books, Inc,
23. Before First Sight, Michelle Marr, Twilight Times ezine,
23. The Man Who Didn't Like Children, Jacqueline Seewald, Romance Ever After,
23. Bedtime Stories (in Pleasure of the Heart Anthology), Lori McDonald, Novel Books, Inc.,
24. Unfinished Business, Elizabeth Lucas-Taylor, Dandelion, http://
24. Honor Bound, Robin Bayne, New Concepts Publishing,
25. Princes and Priscilla, Ruth Nestvold, Strange Horizons,
25. A Gift of Bones and Motley Feathers, Niko Silvester, Fables,
25. How the Truth Came to Gertrude, William W., Bewildering Stories,
25. Psychic Santa, Cia Leah, DiskUs, http://
26. Freefall, Gracie C. McKeever, Awe-Struck Flash,
27. She Drove a BMW, Celia A. Leaman, Twilight Times Books,
28. Endless Love, Jay Arr Henderson, Fiction Inferno,


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