August 11, 2022

Monkfish: Now Accepting Manuscript Queries

Monkfish is an independent press that focuses on publishing religious, spiritual, and literary books from a diverse range of perspectives. They have published memoirs, fiction, scholarly works, and wisdom literature, which you can get a better feel for by downloading the catalog here. They publish debut authors, as well as backlist work. They are based…

The Momentist: Now Seeking Submissions

The Momentist is a new online journal publishing both translated and original-language poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. They also publish interviews, literary criticism, artwork, and art criticism. They feature both emerging and established authors. You can read the first two issues of the journal online to get a sense of their style. Both digital editions are…

12 Fellowships and Other Writing Opportunities for August 2022

The following list comprises of a wide range of opportunities for writers, some are open to all and others are limited. The opportunities are listed in order of their deadlines. The fastest approaching deadlines are listed first. Here and Now 2023 – A Collaborative Residency The Lagos International Poetry Festival and Moniack Mhor, Scotland’s Creative…

Lessons from Almost Thirty Years in the Publishing Industry

By Sheri Amsel Things are always changing. Publishing is no exception. When I published my first picture book, the publishing house handled everything. They took my manuscript and illustrations and 18 months later a hard cover book came in the mail. It was stunning – beautifully designed and printed, my story displayed in its best…

August 8, 2022

49 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, some have very strict limitations, and others are more lenient. Because of that, we have never reviewed these presses, but they are still good…

August 4, 2022

5 Paying Literary Magazines to Submit to in August 2022

These magazines publish fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and they’re a mix of literary and genre markets. Not all of them are open through the month. Funicular This Canadian magazine publishes “quality fiction and poetry that shocks, surprises, moves, and tickles us. Maybe all of those things in a single piece.” They primarily publish Canadian writers,…

Bluemoose Books: Now Accepting Manuscript Queries

Bluemoose Books is an award winning independent publisher based in the UK. It was founded by Kevin and Hetha Duffy. For a small press, the books they have published have gone on to win major prizes, including the Walter Scott Prize, Portico Literature Prize, and many more have been long and shortlisted. They are a…

Querencia: Now Seeking Submissions

Querencia is a small independent publisher of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and hybrid writing. They aim to showcase writing that has been overlooked by other publishers, especially writing that has been ignored for speaking too loudly. “We want to create a safe space for writers and artists to share their stories,” the editors say. They publish…

How to Write a Great Opening Line

By Ashley Taylor Clark It’s impossible to overstate how important your opening line is. It’s your first opportunity to introduce readers to your story and motivate them to keep reading, meaning the pressure is on to make that first line stand out. You’ve most likely been told to “hook” your readers — to get them…

August 1, 2022

35 Themed Submissions Calls for August 2022

These are themed submission calls and contests for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Some themes are: creepy railway tales; cats; dogs; funny stories; from the depths (sea fantasy and intrigue); ominous visitors from deep space; speculative humor; nostalgia; oceans; joy is resistance; unravel; and Sherlock Holmes. Please see this list for a few more upcoming deadlines….