January 29, 2015

The Best Original Novel Title

Congratulations to the winners of this week’s writing contest! They are listed below. But first, a bit about our contest series. Every week we are going to have a contest on our Facebook Page. The contests will change from week to week, but the winners will always be published in the magazine. The contest winner…

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Cricket: Now Open To Submissions

Cricket is actually a publication I grew up reading. It was founded in 1973 by Marianne Carus, whose intent was to create “The New Yorker for children.” It is primary a print publication aimed at 9-14 year olds and it is published some very established and respected  authors over the years including Ursula K. Le…

Crimson Cloak: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

Crimson Cloak Publishing is now open to submissions and is seeking submissions of any genre except erotica, so romance writers take note of that exception.  Crimson Cloak Publishing accepts submissions from seasoned authors as well as those from new emerging authors.  It doesn’t matter how experienced an author is, only that they are great writers…

January 28, 2015

The Truth About Poetry Manuscripts

Novelists and non-fiction writers face a lot of hurdles on their road to publication, but they are very different than the ones faced by poets. The major hurdle that poets face is reading and contest fees. I always tell writers looking to publish fiction or non-fiction that they should never pay a traditional publisher.  I…

January 23, 2015

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January 22, 2015

Writing Contest: Invent A Word

Congratulations to the winners of this week’s writing contest! They are listed below. But first, a bit about our contest series. Every week we are going to have a contest on our Facebook Page. The contests will change from week to week, but the winners will always be published in the magazine. The contest winner…

Two Genre Fiction Anthologies Open For Submissions

Anthologies are a great way to get your foot in the door with a publisher, they generally have pretty good distribution, and some are even taught in classrooms. One of the anthologies is looking for mystery stories and the other is looking for speculative fiction pieces. An Anthology of Destination Mysteries published by Darkhouse is…

Pith: A New Journal Open To Submissions

Pith is a brand new online literary journal that has just opened to submissions from poets and writers. Their first issue is forthcoming later this year. They have a fun website and some interesting details about what they are looking for. They feel very contemporary and are looking to publish unusual work. Pith publishes poems,…

January 19, 2015

DAW: Now Open to Manuscript Submissions

DAW is an imprint of Penguin that is open to manuscript submissions from authors without an agent. This is unusual and a great opportunity. DAW is a highly respected publisher of Science Fiction and Fantasy. DAW has published authors such as Marion Zimmer Bradley and Roger Zelazny. DAW has published many bestselling books and they…

January 15, 2015

Writing Prompt: Everyone Has A . . .

“Everybody’s got a water buffalo. Yours is fast, but mine is slow. Oh where’d we get them, I don’t know, but everybody’s got a water buffalo-oooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! ” – From Silly Songs With Larry, Veggie Tales I was a child when I first heard this silly, and very short song, but it got stuck in my…

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Six Word Memoir

Congratulations to the winners of this week’s writing contest! They are listed below. But first, a bit about our contest series. Every week we are going to have a contest on our Facebook Page. The contests will change from week to week, but the winners will always be published in the magazine. The contest winner…

January 9, 2015

Alternatives to Submission Fees

There is a dangerous trend happening. Literary journals are charging writers to submit their work. Last summer we published an article called We Are Taking A Stand Against Literary Journals The Charge Submission Fees. It started a discussion that was picked up all over the web. The focus of the article was on the growing…

January 8, 2015

Writing Prompt: The Movie Version

Today’s prompt is non-fiction with a twist. I want you to think about something that has happened to you recently. It should be a pretty minor event, but not too minor. Perhaps your dog had puppies, or you had to babysit a stranger’s child for an hour. Nothing life changing. If you want it can…

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One Throne: Now Accepting Submissions

One Throne is an electronic journal based out of Canada. They put out four issues every year. They publish narrative non-fiction, flash fiction, fiction, and poetry. They are open to genre work including science fiction, fantasy, horror, romance, and mystery. They respond to most submissions in less than a week, but do not query unless…

How to Develop a Good Writing Habit

Habits make up almost half the actions we do every day. They are certain things that we do so often that we feel the reward of completing them even before we do so. Charles Duhigg, a reporter for the New York Times wrote a great book about habits called The Power of Habit. That book…

The Funniest New Year’s Resolution

This week we are publishing the results of two contents (in separate posts) because the holidays interrupted our regularly scheduled program. Congratulations to the winners of this week’s writing contest! They are listed below. But first, a bit about our contest series. Every week we are going to have a contest on our Facebook Page….

Describe A Family Member Using Ten Words

This week we are publishing the results of two contents (in separate posts) because the holidays interrupted our regularly scheduled program. Congratulations to the winners of this weeks writing contest! They are listed below. But first, a bit about our contest series. Every week we are going to have a contest on our Facebook Page….

January 5, 2015

An Argument For Traditional Publishing

Writers are often very frustrated with traditional publishing. It can be hard to find a publisher. Publishers don’t always give writers the freedom they want. Plus in the age of near instant self publishing, it is easy to wonder why traditional publishers are even necessary. However, there is still a large contingent of authors who…

January 1, 2015

The Top 5 Publishers for New Authors

If you want to publish your creative writing, this article is for you. Especially if you dream of publishing a book.  Today I am going to focus on a handful of top-notch publishing companies that don’t require you to submit via an agent. These companies vary widely in what they publish, how fast the respond…