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37 Themed Submission Calls for Writers for October, 2022

Here are some themed calls and contests for writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Some of the calls are: In the Spirit!; the consequence of war and geopolitical violence; sand, salt, blood; solarpunk creatures; family; homeless nation; constellations; abandon love; Frankenstein; and dragonesque (stories from a dragon’s POV). Also see this list for more themed…

35 Wonderful International Literary Journals

The bulk of the journals we review are based in North America, with a smattering in the UK. Although we sometimes seek out and include international journals, the bulk of the journals we’ve reviewed are in these two regions. All of the journals in this list are not in either of these regions. They span…

12 Fellowships and Other Opportunities for September 2022

The following opportunities are all free to apply for. Some have limited demographics, others do not. The University of Michigan Society of Fellows The University of Michigan invites recent PhD graduates in the arts, sciences, and humanities to become resident postdoctoral scholars in the Society of Fellows. The Society of Fellows is an interdisciplinary intellectual…

41 Themed Submission Calls for September 2022

These are themed calls and contests for writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Some of the calls are: bleak midwinter; solarpunk; double; women and the sea; Sherlock is a girl’s name; food; crack in the code (robots going off programming); dark rainbow rising (LGBTQ+ horror); science fiction tarot; and oceans. Also see this list from…

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….

61 Opportunities Open to Submissions From Historically Underrepresented Voices this July

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….

Common Mistakes Writers Make With Their Opening Lines

By Ashley Taylor Clark Your opening line is a crucial part of your novel. It offers readers their first impression of your story, introducing them to the world, characters, and overarching tone in just a handful of words. In a lot of cases, readers use these lines to determine if your book is for them….

37 Themed Submission Calls for June 2022

These are calls and contests for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Some of the themed calls are: tender; generations; incredible journeys; myths and fairy tales; outsiders; deadly women of the sea; and the still of winter. Also see this list; some deadlines are coming up. THEMED CALLS Antithesis: Tender Antithesis is an Australian literary magazine and…

50 Literary Journals and Magazines Open to Genre Work

Most literary journals are interested in literary work, by which they mean, not genre work. The definition of genre is a category of artistic composition, as in music or literature, characterized by similarities in form, style, or subject matter. However, in the context of writing, genre can refer to poetry, prose or nonfiction in terms…

Opportunities Open to Submissions From Historically Underrepresented Voices this February

This is a new list we are trying, consisting of publishers that otherwise meet our guiding principles, but are only open to free submissions from historically under-represented 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. Some…

41 Themed Calls for Submissions for February 2022

These are calls for themed submissions and contests for writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Some of the themed submission calls are: juice; play; Halloween; weather (as it relates to fairy tales); mirrors; ancestors; the last five minutes of a storm; resilience; peculiar monstrosities; dispatch; energy; and great wars. Not all of these are open…

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 writers, or are only open to free submissions from these writers. Some of these publications are open to a wide range of writers they define as historically under-represented, including…

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…

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…

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…

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