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25 Approachable Literary Journals

Some journals accept a lot more submissions than others. Acceptance rates change all the time, so realize that over time these journals may become harder to get into. These are not the only publishers that are easy to get into, but they are a good place to start if your sole goal is to get…

32 Themed Submission Calls and Contests for June 2024

These are themed calls and contests for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Some of the call themes are: red; monstrous; classic fairy tales; deadly Yellowstone; a brood of vampires; funny stories; and false memories.THEMED CALLS Mslexia: RedThey want work by women authors only. They accept fiction, poetry, nonfiction, fun stuff, as well as pitches for interviews…

35 Print Literary Journals that Publish Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry

These literary magazines and journals publish fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in print. Most also publish some work online. Not all of them are open now, but many are. A few calls are themed. Some of the magazines pay writers. A Public SpaceThis magazine publishes fiction, nonfiction (including memoir and long-form cultural criticism), poetry, and translations….

30 Mystery Publishers that Accept Direct Submissions

  “Nobody reads a mystery to get to the middle. Theyread it to get to the end. If it’s a letdown, they won’tbuy anymore. The first page sells that book. The lastpage sells your next book.”MICKEY SPILLANE Mystery is one of those genres that over the years has managed to accumulate a huge number of…

9 Exciting New Literary Journals (May 2024)

In my experience, there are many reasons to seek publication in journals that have been around for less than a year. When a literary journal is new, the editors tend to be a lot more passionate. I have gotten handwritten thank you cards from editors of new publications, something that has never happened when my…

35 Themed Submission Calls and Contests for May 2024

These are themed calls and contests from 35 outlets for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry; a few outlets have more than one call, and a few calls are for a limited demographic. Some call themes are: time travel; nightlife; food; tenacity; girlhood; howl (werewolves); bite; and strange mixology. THEMED CALLS Celestial Echo Press: Ruth’s and Ann’s…

How I Turned My First Short Story Acceptance Into Four More Publications

By Dannye Chase Three years ago, on a bright April day, I finally got up the courage to hit “send” on my first story submission, for Improbable Press’s Dark Cheer: Cryptids Emerging anthology. (Well, okay, technically I made my spouse hit “send” for me.) When the reply came, it took a moment for the word…

34 Publishers that Accept Direct Submissions of Speculative Fiction

Speculative fiction is generally defined as a genre of fiction where the setting is not in the world as we know it because of supernatural, fantastical, or futuristic elements Three genres are covered by this umbrella term: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror. This term is used to cover work that doesn’t fit exactly in one…

55 Traditional Children’s Book Publishers Seeking 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…

45 Literary Journals Accepting Poetry

These literary magazines publish poetry of various kinds. Many of them also accept other genres, like fiction and nonfiction. Some journals pay writers, and a few of the calls are themed. Many, but not all, of them are open for submissions now. They are listed in no particular order. The National Poetry ReviewThe National Poetry…

15 Places That Publish Writing About Writing and Publishing

It felt a little strange to put together this list because we generally focus on opportunities for creative writers, and most of these places only publish nonfiction, and not the creative kind. But they are still a great opportunity for creative writers in terms of promoting their work and their name. There are also lots…

38 Themed Submission Calls and Contests for April 2024

These are themed calls and contests for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Some of the themes are: solidarity forever; sun rising; moon falling; status anxiety; Grimm retold; funny stories; food horror; fire season; impermanence; and tenacity. Some deadlines are approaching quickly. THEMED CALLS Cursed Morsels Press: Solidarity ForeverCursed Morsels Press has issued a call for fiction,…

25 Journals with Fast Response Times

It is good to start out by submitting your work to literary journals that have fast response times. It is rewarding to hear back from journals within a month, rather than a year later, when you have forgotten all about them. Submitting to journals with fast response times helps keep you motivated. All of these…

30 Magazines Publishing Creative Nonfiction

These literary magazines and outlets publish creative nonfiction of various kinds. Most of them also accept other genres, like fiction and poetry. Most, but not all, of them are open for submissions now. Many of them pay writers. A few of the calls are themed. The magazines are not listed in any particular order. The…

56 Literary Journals that Pay their Authors

“It is a sad fact about our culture that a poet can earn much more money writing or talking about his art than he can by practicing it. – W.H. Auden As someone who makes their living writing about writing and publishing, I can attest to how truthful Auden’s quote is. It is hard making…

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