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June 20, 2021

25 Literary Fiction Markets Seeking Submissions

The 25 magazines listed here are open for literary fiction submissions; a few accept genre fiction/blended-genre work as well, and all of them also publish work in other formats, like nonfiction and poetry. Many of the outlets pay writers. The magazines are listed here in no particular order, and some of the deadlines are approaching…

June 14, 2021

28 Flash Fiction Markets That Pay

By Theresa van BaalenAre you dreaming of writing, but battling to find the time to write? Why not try your hand at something really short? Flash fiction is a genre of fiction that is defined as a very short story. They are also sometimes called sudden fiction, short-short stories, postcard fiction, micro stories, nanotales, or…

May 24, 2021

23 Mystery Publishers that Accept Direct Submissions (No Agent Required)

  “The crime novel is the great moral literature of our time.” JEAN-PATRICK MANCHETTE “Nobody reads a mystery to get to the middle. They read it to get to the end. If it’s a letdown, they won’t buy anymore. The first page sells that book. The last page sells your next book.” MICKEY SPILLANE Mystery…

May 17, 2021

20 Poetry Markets Open to Submissions this May 2021

These magazines publish poetry, and most also publish other genres, like fiction and nonfiction. They’re open for submissions now, and some of them pay writers. The Account This literary magazine publishes poetry (3-5 poems), fiction, and creative nonfiction. All work has to have an account— “We are most interested in how you are tracking the…

May 10, 2021

57 Children’s Book Publishers that Accept Direct Submissions — No Agent Required

All of the publishers on this list publish children’s books. Some just publish picture books, some publish only middle-grade fiction, and some publish a wide variety of genres aimed at adults as well. Some are looking for educational work, others are open to anything. A number of these publishers are large and established. Others are…

April 26, 2021

22 Markets Open for Book Reviews in April 2021

These outlets publish book reviews, and accept queries or applications from potential reviewers, or submissions of reviews of books, in a variety of genres. Most of them also accept writing in other genres, like fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. About half of them pay writers. They’re open for submissions, barring one, which opens for a brief…

April 19, 2021

Everything You Need to Know About #PitMad and 5 Publishers Seeking Submissions

By Holly Garcia I remember walking into Barnes and Noble to pick up a 2003 edition guide to publishers. It was a thick book, something one could have used to boost themselves up a solid 7 inches to reach the steering wheel. Finding the right place to submit your manuscript was daunting and overwhelming, but…

April 12, 2021

Where to Submit Your Haiku and Other Japanese Poems in English

Zebulon Huset There has been a lot written about the haiku and Japanese forms in English—some love the elegant poetic forms while others find them ‘simplistic’ or too short. I like Haiku Journal’s description of what they want from a submission: “Simplicity is the key here. Keep it simple and beautiful. Haiku should seem to…

April 5, 2021

33 Themed Calls for Submissions for April 2021

There are 33 themed calls for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, including 13 themed contests. Some of the themes are: generations; climate change; gaslamp fantasy; art; ocean animals; asinine assassins; cryptids emerging; winter wonders; sleep and dreams (as related to fairy tales); and consequences of war. All but one pay cash for submissions. Also see this…

March 29, 2021

How Strong Is Your Narrative Arc?

Holly Garcia When I first started writing fiction, I thought it was as simple as having a good idea. Sure, there would be characters involved in a particular setting. The plot I had in mind would send my readers on a journey, but once I got deeper into crafting my work, I realized how important…

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