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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.

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)

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 All other Short Stories

1. Snowman, Shaun Simon, Every Day Fiction, [link][comments]

2. The Music of the Night, Amanda Ashley, Publishing by Rebecca J.Vickery, [link][comments]
3. Whose Dollar, Whose Dream, Cindy Rosmus, A Twist of Noir, [link]
4. To Love A Thief, Cherie De Sues, The Wild Rose Press, [link]
5. Temptations: Three's Comapny, MC Scout, Whiskey Creek Press Torrid, [link]
5. Taste of Passion, Savannah Chase, Dare Empire, [link][comments]
6. Corruption, Jack Greene, Phaze, [link]
7. The Miracle of St. John, Deborah Winter-Blook, Every Day Fiction, [link][comments]
8. Brazen Moon, Ruth D. Kerce, Ellora's Cave, [link]
9. Anger Management, Paul D Brazill, Powder Burn Flash, [link][comments]
10. A Private Eye, Hamilton Waymire, Mysterical-E, [link][comments]
10. Only Something in me Understands, Steve Olley, Gypsy Shadow Publishing, [link]

11. Sailing the Paper Seas, Mickey Mills, Every Day Fiction, [link][comments]
11. The Departure, Ash Krafton, Della Donna, [link]
12. Under Touley Bridge - Walter, Mary Francis, Bluewood Publishing, [link]
12. Winning, Cate Masters, Eternal Press, [link]
12. Friends of Dorothy, Giselle Renarde, loveyoudivine, [link][comments]
13. Any Way West, Eliza March, Siren Publishing, [link][comments]
13. Terry and The Eye, Gaius Coffey, Every Day Fiction, [link][comments]
13. Ugly Naked People, Giselle Renarde, Untreed Reads, [link]
14. Rigor Mortis, Stephen D. Rogers, Thrillers Killers 'n' Chillers, [link]
14. Nun's Robes, Ash Krafton, Errant Parent, [link]
14. Goodbye, My Coney Island Baby, Billy O'Callaghan, Waccamaw, [link]
14. Poseidon's Catch, Susan Hanniforc, Tease Publishing LLC, [link]
14. Life on the Mesa, Keith Rawson, BEAT to a PULP, [link]
14. The Killing on Sutter Street, Paul S. Powers, BEAT to a PULP, [link]
14. Chalan's Story, Kissa Starling, Red Rose Publishing, [link]
14. Grounds for Murder, John Russo, Museitup
14. Ex Post Facto, Steven Thor Gunnin, TTM, [link]
15. The Van on Atlantic Street, Desmond Warzel, Stanley the Whale, [link]
15. The Red Blanket, Tamara Eaton, Toasted Cheese Literary Journal, [link]
15. Partners: The Other Woman, Kira Chase, Whiskey Creek Press, [link]
15. Rain, Heather Holland Wheaton, Every Day Fiction, [link][comments]
15. A Lieutenant's Love, Red Haircrow, Dreamspinner Press, [link]
15. Riding Double, Sayde Grace, The Wild Rose Press, [link]
15. Monday, J.E. Seymour, A Twist of Noir, [link]
15. Mind Café, Lizzy Ford, Smashwords, [link][comments]
15. Sultry Santorini Sunsets, Eliza March, Siren Publishing, [link]
15. The One O'Clock Nap, Maryann Miller, Kindle, [link]
15. Inspector Goodstone and the Case of the Murdered Artist, Shells Walter, Black Latern Publishing, [link]

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