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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.

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.

Stayin' Alive

If you want to make a career of SF writing, STAYING ALIVE - A WRITER'S GUIDE by three-time SFWA President Norman Spinrad, published by your Critter Captain's ReAnimus Press, is an indispensable guide to the inside workings of the SF publishing industry by an expert.

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 Romance Short Stories

1. Prodigal, Robin Bayne, White Rose Publishing, [link][comments]

2. Faery's Bargain, Madeleine Drake, Cobblestone Press, [link][comments]
3. Scarlet Ribbons, Cheryl Pierson, Victory Tales Press, [link][comments]
4. Temptations: On Broadway, MC Scout, Whiskey Creek Press Torrid, [link]
4. Coyote Gorgeous, Vijaya Schartz, Sapphire Blue Publishing, [link]
5. Broken Angel - Jia's Sacrifice, Helen McNicol, Bluewood Publishing, [link][comments]
6. Design for Life, Cate Masters, The Wild Rose Press, [link]
6. A Valentine to Remember, K.S. Manning, Red Rose Publishing, [link][comments]
7. Chalan's Story, Kissa Starling, Red Rose Publishing, [link]
8. Halloween in the Catacombs, R. Ann Siracusa, Sapphire Blue, [link][comments]
8. Lacy: A Bad Girl's Revenge, Cherie De Sues, Noble Romance Publishing, [link][comments]
8. First Thanksgiving, Ronna Gage, Romance Divine, [link][comments]
9. Flaws And All, Mahalia Levey, Beautiful Trouble Publishing, [link]
10. Vampire in the Basement, Susan Hanniford Crowley, Tease Publishing LLC, [link]
10. A Bid for Love, T. D. McKinney & Terry Wylis, Amber Allure, [link]
10. Malicifer, Aubrie Dionne, Gypsy Shadow Publishing, [link][comments]
10. The Oak King's Daughter, Emily Pikkasso, MuseItHOT! Publishing, [link]

11. The Gift, Lindsay Maddox, TTM, [link]
11. Her Captain Dares All, Eliza Knight, The Wild Rose Press, [link]
11. All That Jazz, Charlie Cochrane, MLR, [link][comments]
11. Those Who Wait, Veronica Lynch, Decadent Publishing, [link]
12. The jingle Bell Jinx, Linda V. Palmer, Uncial Press, [link]
12. Ghostly Passions, Delilah K. Stephans, MuseitHot! Publishing, [link]
12. First Date, R. Ann Siracusa, Sapphire Blue Publishing, [link]
12. Love Always, Jake, Lucinda Gunnin, TTM, [link]
13. Blood Evolution, Kimberly Adkins, Siren Bookstrand, [link]
13. Christmas Bonus, EM Lynley, Ravenous Romance, [link][comments]
13. The Traveler's Tale, Teel James Glenn, Eternal Press, [link]
13. Finding a Dream, S.J. Frost, MLR Press, [link][comments]
14. Cry Wolf, Donica Covey, Samhain Publishing, [link]
14. Love's Learning Curves, Diana DeRicci, Purple Sword Publications, [link][comments]
14. The C-Word, Don Pizarro, Dagan Books, [link]
14. Fallen Snow Angel, Cia Leah, Red Rose Publishing, [link][comments]
14. Hurricane Warning, Ginger Simpson, Muse It Up Publishing, [link]
14. Legends Unleashed Series, Heather Beck, Diamond Dust Books, [link]
14. Wishing Tree, Stephen D. Rogers, True Romance
14. Kipling and Camping, Sophia Deri-Bowen, Diversity, [link]
14. The Festival of the Flowers: the Courtesan and the Scholar, Denise Golinowski, The Wild Rose Press, [link]
14. Dark Succession, Teresa D'Amario, Freya's Bower, [link][comments]
14. Family Secrets, Susanne Marie Knight, Uncial Press, [link]
14. Cross the Line, Wendy Ely , Lyrical Press, [link]
15. The Harder They Buck, Sayde Grace, The Wild Rose Press, [link]
15. In the Shadows of Angels, Kiss Carson, Solstice Publishing, [link]
15. Night Shift, Red Haircrow, JMS Books , [link]
15. Zimaya Heights, Stevie Woods, Torquere Press, [link]
15. Take It Off, Warrior, Eliza Knight, Ellora's Cave, [link]
15. Demonic Persuasion, Mahalia Levey, Liquid Silver Books, [link]
15. One Small Step, Stevie Woods, Phaze Books, [link]
15. Alwys and Forever, Jay Faulkner, Absolute XPress, [link]
15. Carolina Pearl, Sela Carsen, Samhain, [link]

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