March 29, 2021

How Strong Is Your Narrative Arc?

Holly Garcia When I first started writing fiction, I thought it was as simple as having a good idea. Sure, there would be characters involved in a particular setting. The plot I had in mind would send my readers on a journey, but once I got deeper into crafting my work, I realized how important…

34 Manuscript Publishers with Geographic Restrictions

All of the presses on this list meet all but one of our guiding principles. All of these presses only accept work from writers with a specific geographic region or nationality. Because of that, we have never reviewed these presses, but they are still good presses. This is our update of the initial list, which…

March 25, 2021

Propertius Press: Now Accepting Manuscript Queries

Updated July 15th, 2021: They have closed their submission window for 2021, and plan to reopen in January 2022. It may open earlier and I encourage you to follow them on social media to receive notification regarding re-opening. Propertius Press is a small non-profit press located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. They have…

Lemonspouting: Currently Accepting Submissions

This new electronic literary journal is based in Canada. They publish fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and art/photography. They close to submissions on April 24th. They have an excellent and easy-to-interact-with layout that, at the moment, is a little confusing. They have a photo of a person and the caption “featured poet”, numerous times on the…

Interviewing for Fiction and Nonfiction Writers

by Ellen Levitt    For some authors, writing is a solitary craft; just the creator and the computer (or notebook with pen); occasionally they correspond via email or traditional mail with other people. But for others, there is necessary, frequent and important interaction with other people. Nonfiction writers in particular often must interview people for their…

March 22, 2021

How to Read Like a Published Author

I was a reader long before I was a writer. As a child, I fell in love with books like The Balloon Tree, A Wrinkle in Time, and Ramona Quimby, Age 8.  That love of books has never left me. When I was a teenager I remember being shocked by the fact that most of…

March 19, 2021

A Warning Against Contributory Contracts

By Rumbidzai Whena The publisher listed here is renamed, but it is one of the many publishers on Writer Beware Thumbs Down list. Contributory. An adjective, stemming from the word contribute, meaning to give something which will become part of a greater whole. Morally, contributions show a unity of purpose, a togetherness of sorts. It…

March 18, 2021

Princeton University Press: Now Open to Book Proposals

Princeton University Press is an established academic press with excellent distribution. Not only are they currently open to proposals but they just started a Supporting Diverse Voices Development Grant hoping to support historically excluded scholars from around the world with the grant. This is how the grant will work: “In close partnership with four book…

So To Speak: Now Seeking Submissions

So To Speak is an established and respected journal, publishing from a feminist perspective. The journal was founded in 1993 by a group of women at George Mason University. As the journal has grown and changed, the feminist philosophy underpinning the publication has evolved to include advocacy for all marginalized voices. So To Speak publishes…

The Plagiarism Plague

By Brian Douglas I was thrilled when I got the call. A local writer’s group, after receiving a draft of a short story I’d written, extended an invitation for me to join their circle. I showed up at the appropriate time and place and was warmly welcomed. As time went on, I came to value…