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3 Things Your Opening Scenes Should Achieve

By Ashley Taylor Clark You’ve done it — you’ve finally crafted the perfect plot, and you know exactly what your inciting event needs to be to get your protagonist started on their adventure. Now you just have to figure out how to get them there. You only have a handful of scenes with which to…

55 Opportunities Open to Submissions From Historically Underrepresented Voices This August

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….

Writing Realism in Unrealistic Settings

By Ashley Taylor Clark Reality is the basis of all fiction. No matter how bizarre or fantastical your story may be, its foundation is built on and around the rules of the real world. This may seem like a limitation at first glance (why write fantasy at all if it needs to be reined in…

McFarland & Company Inc.: Now Accepting Manuscript Proposals

McFarland & Company Inc. is an academic and nonfiction publisher that markets primarily to libraries. They have much more expensive cover prices because of this, and do not have good distribution in brick-and-mortar bookstores, but are widely available at libraries throughout North America. They also have a good reputation among librarians, which is a plus….

Why Utilizing Authenticity Readers Enhances Characters

By Aliya Hall As writers, we are used to creating characters that have different life experiences from our own. And while there are some things we can learn through intensive research, such as historical background and different career paths, there are some things like sexuality, disability, gender and race that are much harder to accurately…

Reasons You Should Outline Your Novel (Even If You’re Not a Plotter)

By Ashley Taylor Clark If you’ve ever interacted with the online writing community, you’ve likely heard the terms “plotter,” “pantser,” and “plantser” thrown around. These shorthand terms group writers into categories based on one crucial part of their writing process — namely, whether or not they outline their novel before drafting. Regardless of which group…

29 Magazines that Publish Writing for Children and Teens

Most children’s and young adult book authors struggle with creating a history of previous publications – a useful task when trying to find an agent or publisher for their work. The following list of publishers are all looking for work aimed at teens and children. So, not only do you create a history of publication,…

Fellowships, Residencies and Writing Scholarships for May 2022

by NmaHassan Muhammad The following opportunities all have varying deadlines, most fast approaching. Altman Writers of Color Scholarship The Hudson Valley Writers Center is dedicated to supporting the voices of writers of color. The Center encourages all writers of color based in the U.S. to apply for a scholarship to courses they feel will advance…

5 Paying Literary Magazines to Submit to in May 2022

These magazines pay for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. They are a mix of literary and genre markets. One Story They publish one short story per issue. They want literary fiction; “We are looking for stories that leave readers feeling satisfied and are strong enough to stand alone.” They accept translations, as well. Regarding reprints, if…

Typos as Moral Failure: Persistent Gatekeeping in Writing

In the nine years I’ve worked for Authors Publish we’ve received many kind emails about typos, grammatical errors, and other related issues. We are always grateful to hear from people who point out a mistake we made in a thoughtful way. Even a “heads up, you meant to write rain and actually wrote reign”, is…

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