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January 13, 2022

Opportunities Open to Submissions From Historically Under-Represented Voices this January

This is a new list we are trying, consisting of publishers that otherwise meet our guiding principles, but are only open to submissions from Historically Under-Represented Voices, or are only open to free submissions from marginalized writers. Some of these publications are open to a wide range of writers they define as marginalized, including writers…

November 1, 2021

38 Themed Calls for Submissions for November 2021

Here is a list of 38 themed submission calls and contests for writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Some themes are: healers, midwives, and cunning folk; charm; extinction; tales of savagery and slaughter; teenagers; woodland terrors; pirating pups; and shattering the glass slipper. Also see this list for some upcoming themed deadlines. THEMED SUBMISSION CALLS…

October 18, 2021

30 Literary Magazines that Accept Flash Fiction

There are 30 literary markets, as well as a couple of contests in this list, that accept flash fiction in a variety of genres. Some also publish longer stories, and/or other genres, like nonfiction and poetry, and some pay writers. Most, but not all, of them are open for submissions now. They’re listed in no…

September 27, 2021

33 Specialized Manuscript Publishers that Accept Direct Submissions

All of the presses on this list meet all of our guiding principles, but most of them have such a specific focus that we cannot justify writing a full review and sending it to our full list of subscribers. But they are still good publishers. Instead, we have compiled this list of mini-reviews. I have also…

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…

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