Issue Four Hundred Ninety Nine

Sword and Silk: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

Sword and Silk bills itself as “a small traditional publisher of a variety of genres focused on uplifting and supporting womxn everywhere.” They published their first book in June 2021, so they’ve been actively published work for over a year, both in print and electronic formats. You can get a feel for what they are…

Defuncted: Now Seeking Submissions

Defuncted is an online journal that reprints writing previously published in literary journals that are now defunct. They do not publish new writing, or writing that appears in journals that are still running. Defuncted is solely, “a collection of abandoned things.” Defuncted was established in 2018, and since then they’ve re-published around 80 pieces of…

How to Keep Writing a Story When You Don’t Know What Happens Next

By Dawn Colclasure It can happen to any writer: A brilliant opening scene for a story or novel suddenly pops into their head. The writer gets excited by this particular scene and feels confident of banging out that story or first chapter in one go. They rush to the desk and get to work, writing…