August 13, 2018

How to Make Time for Writing

“All writers have this vague hope that the elves will come in the night and finish any stories.” ― Neil Gaiman Time for writing doesn’t make itself. This might seem like a ridiculously obvious statement, yet it is a trap writers fall into all the time, myself included. If you have a good writing habit…

15 Themed Submissions for August 2018

The calls are for fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Themes include music and theatre, life lessons learned from school days (and from cats), a punk rock future, robot dinosaurs, medical romance, grandparents, the internet, serial killers, god’s love, work inspired by Stephen King, and a tribute to Ursula K. Le Guin. All of these pay writers,…

August 9, 2018

Timber Press: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

Timber Press was founded in 1978 and publishes work about the natural world by experts in the fields of gardening, horticulture, and natural history. They were bought by the Workman Publishing Company in 2006. Timber Press is recognized internationally as a leading gardening publisher and their books have received awards from the American Horticultural Society,…

Cotton Xenomorph: Now Seeking Submissions

A new, fast-growing online literary journal offering brilliant poetry and fiction as an alternative to the language of oppression. Cotton Xenomorph hopes to broadcast new voices and contribute to conversations on social justice. You can get an idea of what they publish by reading the journal online. Cotton Xenomorph is published online on a rolling…

How to Handle an Elevator Pitch

by Wendy S. Delmater Imagine you’re sharing an elevator with your dream editor, and have the length of the ride to interest them in your book. That’s the scenario behind the idea of an “elevator pitch.” You have to be able to interest the editor in a very brief period of time, to hook them…

August 6, 2018

25 Publishers Always Open to New Submissions

Many publishers open and close their doors to unsolicited submissions on a routine basis. It can sometimes be hard to determine if they are open or shut to submissions and when you should submit. These 25 featured publishers are always open to submissions from writers without agents or previous publishing experience. All of them are…

August 2, 2018

Fireside Fiction: Seeking Book Submissions Until August 31st

UPDATED October 30th, 2019: Fireside Fiction has severed without announcment or explantion a number of author contracts. You can read more about it here.  I would not recommend submitting to them at this time. Fireside Fiction is the publisher of novels and novellas as well as a popular and respected magazine that we have reviewed…

Typehouse Literary Magazine: Now Seeking Submissions

A writer and artist run journal helmed in Portland, Oregon, Typehouse Literary Magazine publishes a wide variety of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. They are seeking insightful writing that captures the interest of readers. They want to showcase a broad range of individual perspectives on our shared human experience, and they especially like to feature…

August 1, 2018

5 Ways to Combat “Publishing Block”

Many writers talk about writer’s block, but for me that has never been an issue. What I have struggled with for the last 8 years is something I have started to call “publishing block”. What I mean by “publishing block”, is not an inability to write, but an inability to get published or a feeling…