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September 23, 2021

How to Successfully Encourage Preorders

By Aliya Hall Preorders are an integral part of the publishing process, whether you’re publishing traditionally or indie. That said, it can be a challenge to encourage readers to order your book early instead of waiting until after its release. Preorder incentives are one way to not only draw more hype around your book, but…

September 6, 2021

44 Themed Calls for Submissions for September 2021

Here are 44 submission calls and contests for writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Themes include: border crossing narratives; botanicals; lost and found; crazy family; dogs; steampunk adventure; joy; work; romance; and ghost stories. Apart from these, there’s a short section at the end on unthemed grants, fellowships, and residencies, which are open for applications…

August 12, 2021

Clubhouse for Authors

By Bhupinder Singh As new and emerging writers, and aspiring authors, we all know the power of a platform and an audience base that can later be converted into a reader base To grab a deal, especially for traditional nonfiction publishing, a platform plays a vital role. For indie authors, the platform is a major…

August 2, 2021

39 Themed Submissions Calls for August 2021

Here are 39 paying themed submissions calls for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, as well as fee-free contests for writers. Some of the themes are: queer growth; ghost stories; wonder; strange; currency; eco horror; dirt; moonlighting (for werewolves, vampires, and other agents of mischief); the sea; crime; and grandpa’s deep-space diner. Also see this list for…

July 29, 2021

Blair: Now Seeking Manuscript Submissions

Blair is a nonprofit press combining the lists of Carolina Wren Press and John F. Blair, Publisher. To learn more about the history of both presses which merged in 2018, go here. Based in the South, with roots in North Carolina, they strive to publish quality writing with a focus on authors and subjects historically…

July 26, 2021

25 Books That Writers of Fiction Should Consider Reading

By Theresa van Baalen The number one way to improve your writing is to write. But equally as important is learning more about your craft. There are many books on the subject of writing. Whether it is inspiration you seek; advice on harnessing your creativity; or information on plotting, characters, genres and other aspects of…

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 3, 2021

27 Themed Submissions Calls for May 2021

There are 27 themed submission calls and contests listed here, for writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Most of the calls pay writers, and none of the contests charge a fee. Some of the themes are: the hero’s journey; love; humans are the problem (a monsters anthology); Wight Christmas; night frights; fire; humorous mysteries; partners…

April 1, 2021

Announcing the Seventh and Eighth Winners of the Authors Publish Fund for Writers

In September 2020, we started a new fund for literary journals. You can learn all about this fund here. We selected the recipient of the fund using a random number generator. We are announcing the winners of both the March and April fund today. Thank you to everyone who has applied. Journals who have already…

March 29, 2021

34 Manuscript Publishers with Geographic Restrictions

All of the presses on this list meet all but one of our guiding principles. All of these presses only accept work from writers with a specific geographic region or nationality. Because of that, we have never reviewed these presses, but they are still good presses. This is our update of the initial list, which…

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