July 15, 2021

Getting Past Author Angst

By Colin Newton Creativity can be counterintuitive. You might have experienced that in the creative process, like when ideas spring from the most unlikely places, but it can appear in the results too. One would think finishing a big piece of writing would result in a flood of positive emotions – happiness, pride or at…

July 12, 2021

29 Literary Fiction Publishers that Accept Direct Submissions – No Agent Required

Literary fiction is one of the harder genres to get published in without an agent. There are smaller presses that specialize in it, but unfortunately more and more of those presses are now charging reading fees. However, there are still good options for authors who are unagented and averse to paying reading fees. The manuscript…

July 8, 2021

Young Dragons: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

Young Dragons is a division of Oghma Creative Media. It is a traditional independent publisher with three imprints. Little Dragons (Lee Press) focuses on publishing picture books and middle grade readers. Fledgling Dragons (Fife Press) focuses on young adult fiction. Inquisitive Dragons (Arbroath Abbey) focuses on publishing non-fiction resources for parents and educators. As far…

Soft Skull Press: Accepting Submissions till July 20th

Updated July 27th, 2021: They have annonced “We will reopen unagented manuscript submissions on Submittable beginning Tuesday, August 3rd at 12:01am ET (9:01pm PT on 8/2), and ending Wednesday, August 4th at 11:59pm ET/8:59pm PT.” Updated: July 19th 2021.  They have closed early to submissions without announcing any change on their website, or their Twitter…

Three Platforms for Serialized Fiction

Holly Garcia Do you feel overwhelmed by the thought of writing an entire novel cover to cover without feedback? Maybe you’re a new author who hasn’t found their audience yet. Or perhaps you’re an established author who is looking to try out a new genre, but you aren’t sure how your current audience will react…

the other side of hope: Now Seeking Submissions

the other side of hope is a new journal dedicated to showcasing writing by authors who are immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. The journal is also edited by immigrants and refugees, and aims to serve the immigrant and refugee community worldwide. They pay authors £100 for work published in the print issue, and £50 for…

July 5, 2021

38 Themed Calls for Submissions for July 2021

There are 38 themed submission calls and contests for writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Some of the themes are: joyful imaginations; deadly love; the dead inside (identity horror); untethered (magic horses); monsters; apocalypse; us/them; love, death, and androids; spirit machine; escapism; urban fantasy; fantastic fall; legendary kids; not the fellowship (Tolkien); and ancient worlds….

July 1, 2021

Affirm Books: Accepting Submissions on the First Monday of Every Month

Affirm Books is a Melbourne, Australia based publisher of local and international authors that is open to direct submissions. They publish a broad range of non-fiction work and have a smaller more focused fiction list for adults and children. They have good national and international distribution. You can get a good feel for their staff…

Seaborne Magazine: Now Seeking Submissions

Seaborne Magazine is an online publisher of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction celebrating the world’s seas and oceans. By showcasing the awe of the ocean in literature, they hope to inspire readers to protect Earth’s waters. They also donate a portion of their profits to fund charitable work that aids oceans and marine life. Seaborne is…

5 Paying Literary Markets to Submit to in July 2021

These magazines publish fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. They are a mix of literary and genre markets, and not all are open through the month. Catapult This magazine is accepting fiction submissions currently, and translated fiction. They are particularly interested in flash fiction, of about 1,000 words or fewer. Deadline: 16 July 2021 Length: 500-4,000 words…