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Icebreakers Lit: Now Seeking Submissions

Icebreakers Lit is all about collaboration. They publish collaborative poetry, flash writing, fiction, creative nonfiction, and “everything else”—written by two or more authors. Also, when requested, they help to pair authors for collaborations: “Icebreakers is about fostering connection within the lit community.” Icebreakers Lit also loves meaningful chaos and unbridled creativity. They like surprising writing…

79 Opportunities for Historically Underrepresented Authors in July 2024

This list of publishers meet our guiding principles, but are only open to free submissions from historically underrepresented writers or focus on publishing content produced by historically underrepresented writers. Some of these publications are open to a wide range of writers including writers of color, gender non-conforming and LGBTQ+ writers, and those living with disabilities….

The Pros and Cons of Morning Pages

By Gayle O’Brien Kennedy At some stage in most writers’ journeys, “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron finds its way onto their radar. First published in 1992, it is often considered the indispensable workbook for turning the intention to write into the act itself. At its heart are morning pages. If you’re unfamiliar with morning…

5 Paying Literary Magazines to Submit to in July 2024

These magazines pay for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. They’re a mix of literary and genre magazines. KeliedotropeTheir website says, “Kaleidotrope publishes predominantly speculative fiction and poetry—science fiction, fantasy, and horror, but also compelling work that blurs the lines between these and falls outside of neat genre categories. (Man does not live on space ships, elves,…

Litmosphere: Now Seeking Submissions

Litmosphere is an online journal of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and flash writing. The journal is published by Charlotte Lit Press, an imprint of Charlotte Center for Literary Arts, a nonprofit in North Carolina. Litmosphere wants the process of submitting to be positive and connective, regardless of the outcome: “We’ve envisioned Litmosphere as an oasis in…

Misheard Inspiration: Turning Mistakes Into Writing Opportunities

By Ellen Levitt Have you ever misheard lyrics to songs? Lines of dialogue in a TV show or film? The tagline of a commercial or jingle? If you have, you might be embarrassed; you might laugh it off; and you might even turn it into fodder for your writing. For all my musical knowledge, I’ve…

Nine Manuscript Publishers Open to Direct Submissions This July 2024

This list focuses on nine publishers that we are excited about that are open to submissions this month. Some are only open for a short period of time, others will be open the whole month and beyond. Please note that if a publisher doesn’t have a specific submission window they can close at any time,…

Blue Unicorn: Now Seeking Poetry Submissions

Blue Unicorn is long-running and well-loved print poetry journal. Founded in 1977, the journal has been published for almost 50 years. And since its inception it has welcomed both free verse and formal poetry with equal enthusiasm. Blue Unicorn especially appreciates formal poems that seem effortless (even though they require a great deal of effort…

What People Don’t Tell You About Writing a Memoir

By Liz Alterman Writing a memoir is a wonderful way to capture your experiences, imbue them with meaning, and share them with others—whether you choose to keep your audience limited to friends and family or pursue a more traditional route, hoping your work reaches the masses. There’s no shortage of articles about the challenges of…

Our New Publishing Schedule

A few months ago we announced that we were moving away from releasing weekly reviews of manuscript publishers. You can learn more about this here. Since then, we have worked out a new publishing schedule. Because we are trying to be as transparent as possible as a company, I’m sharing it below. It also might…

Antiphony: Now Seeking Poetry Submissions

Antiphony is a new online poetry journal and press. According to the editor, they plan to keep their issues small—their first edition features only fifteen poems—so that each piece of writing gets the attention it deserves. And every submission is reviewed by a single editor. Antiphony accepts submissions from both emerging and established authors year-round,…

The Other Side of the Desk: Shannan Mann

Most writers don’t have a clear idea of what it’s like to work in publishing. The many professionals who make publishing possible often work very hard, without much credit. Our goal with this article, and all of the articles in this series, is to give writers a more realistic idea of what it is actually…

We’re Not Robots: Why AI Chatbots Can’t Replace Good Writing

by Fiona M Jones I’ll always remember 2023 as the year when the manure hit the rotating blades with regard to AI-generated content. For the first time, AI chatbots showed that they could produce, on demand, sentences and paragraphs in response to a given prompt. To all appearances, robots were writing articles, verses, narratives—and doing…

8 Literary Journals Open to Longer Fiction

Many literary journals are only interested in publishing short stories that are up to 5,000 words or so in length. Some place the cut off point even lower at 3,000 words. It can be harder for someone who wrote a longer short story to place it in a good home, unless they are publishing a…

Verdant: Now Seeking Submissions

Verdant is an online journal of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and artwork. They aim to publish vibrant writing, “to ignite the imagination of readers, transporting them to new worlds through captivating storytelling, evocative poetry, insightful essays, and visually stunning artwork.” They also hope to create a community that fosters the growth of new and emerging…

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