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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

The Sigil Trilogy

If you're looking for an amazing, WOW! science fiction story, check out THE SIGIL TRILOGY. This is — literally — one of the best science fiction novels I've ever read.

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

Official Results

New! now has Workshops for Everything — all genres, music, video, photography, art, apps.....

New!See also the Best-Ever Voters Poll for the best works ever written (not just in the last year)

[Tallies for...
Print/Electronic Novels pages - Horror | Romance | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Erotica |
Mystery | Thriller | Children's | Young Adult | All other |
Short Stories pages - Horror | Romance | Science Fiction & Fantasy | All other |
Anthologies page | Poems page | Nonfiction articles page |
Artwork page | Book/e-book Cover Artwork page | Magazine/e-zine Cover Artwork page |
Authors page | Poets page | Artists page |
Book/e-book Editors page | Magazine/e-zine Editors page |
Print/Electronic Book Publishers page |
Review site | Bookstore | Promotional Firms, Sites, and Resources page |
Fiction 'zines page | Poetry 'zines page | Nonfiction 'zines page |
Writers' Discussion Forum page | Writers' Workshop page |
Writers' Resource/Information/News Source page |
Current standings | Best EVER Poll | Report an Error |

Standings for Authors

1. Patrick Thomas, [link][comments]

2. Keena Kincaid, [link]
3. Vivian Zabel, [link]
4. Savannah Chase, [link][comments]
4. Jack Greene, [link][comments]
5. Mark Rosendorf, [link][comments]
5. Christy Poff, [link]
6. Jude Stephens, [link][comments]
7. Mary Manners, [link]
8. Adrianne Brennan, [link][comments]
9. R.G. Alexander, [link]
9. AP Miller, [link], [comments]
10. Molly Ringle, [link][comments]
10. Vonnie Winslow Crist, [link][comments]
10. Christie Silvers, [link][comments]

11. Dominique Eastwick, [link][comments]
11. Ruth D. Kerce, [link][comments]
12. Brian Barnett, [link]
12. Rie McGaha, [link]
12. K.M. Daughters, [link]
13. shells walter, [link]
13. Cherie De Sues, [link][comments]
13. Linda Mooney, [link]
13. Sara Saint John, [link]
14. Carol Preflatish, [link]
14. Selena Kitt, [link][comments]
14. Emily Pikkasso, [link]
14. Kevin McClintock, [link][comments]
14. Ash Krafton, [link]
14. Jason Hughes, [link][comments]
15. Cynthia Vespia, [link][comments]
15. Marianne Evans, [link]
15. T. A. Chase, [link]
15. Anne Patrick, [link][comments]
15. Kissa Starling,
15. John Prescott, [link][comments]
15. Tymber Dalton, [link]
16. Cat Johnson, [link]
16. Cate Masters, [link][comments]
17. Angela Verdenius, [link]
17. Judith B. Glad, [link]
17. Danielle Ackley-McPhail, [link]
17. Don Pizarro, [link]
17. Kevin James Breaux, [link]
17. Chelle Cordero, [link]
17. Cassie Exline, [link]
17. Eliza March, [link]
18. Jessica Coulter Smith, [link][comments]
18. J. R. Lindermuth, [link]
18. T. D. McKinney & Terry Wylis (coll.), [link]
18. Destiny Blaine,
18. D.J. Manly, [link]
18. Evelyn David, [link]
18. Susanne Marie Knight, [link]
18. Deena Marie Kaylee, [link]
18. Bruce Memblatt, [link]
18. Amy Lane, [link]
18. Sharon Donovan, [link]
18. Heather Beck, [link]
18. Susan Hanniford Crowley, [link]
18. Stephanie Barko, [link]
18. Delia Latham, [link]
18. Indy McDaniel, [link]
18. Arlene Webb, [link]
18. Lisa Lane, [link]
18. Ginger Simpson, [link]
18. G.A, Hauser, [link]
18. Giselle Renarde, [link]
18. Marva Dasef, [link]
18. Malcolm R. Campbell, [link]
18. A.J. Llewellyn, [link]
18. Tanya Stowe, [link]
18. Stephen D. Rogers, [link][comments]
18. Lee Rowan, [link]
18. James Patterson
18. MaryLu Tyndall, [link]
18. Charles Day Aka Charlie in the Box, [link]
18. Robby Charters, [link]
18. Tamela Quijas, [link]
19. Karen L. Newman, [link]
19. J.M. Snyder, [link]
19. Wendy Laing, [link]
19. Vijaya Schartz, [link]
19. Nicole Zoltack, [link]
19. Bernie Mojzes, [link]
19. Lynnette Hallberg, [link]
19. Dr. Shirley Cheng, [link]
19. Howard Hopkins, [link]
19. Cia Leah, [link]
19. T. L. Lawrence, [link]
19. J Alan Erwine, [link]
19. Kira Chase, [link]
19. Robert E Waters, [link]
19. Catherine Dove, [link]
19. Cody Goodfellow, [link]
19. S.J. Frost, [link]
19. Amy Grech, [link]
19. C.J. Lyons, [link]
19. Anne Rainey, [link]
19. Anne Greene, [link][comments]
19. David Kuzminski, [link]
19. Tabitha Shay, [link]
19. Mary Jean Kelso, [link]
19. Red Haircrow, [link]
19. Desmond Warzel, [link]
19. Stevie Woods, [link]
19. Jo Linsdell, [link]
19. Robin Bayne, [link]
19. Bridy mcAvoy, [link]
19. Roxanne Rhoads, [link]
19. Betty Auchard, [link]
19. Brandon Layng, [link]
19. Kimberly Killion, [link]
19. L. A. Witt, [link]
19. Joe Hill, [link]
19. Charlie Cochrane, [link]
19. Aidan Doyle, [link]
19. Marie-Nicole Ryan, [link]
19. Beth Wylde, [link]
19. Eliza Knight, [link]

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