May 27, 2016

The Magic of Writing Groups

By Keith Gillison The first time I attended a writing group I was terrified. I’d never shared my writing before and there I was, reading out the first chapter of my novel to a room full of writers. It was the best decision I ever made. Writing groups have given me so much that I…

May 26, 2016

The Published Writer’s Vocabulary: 21 Words You Need To Know

There are many words and phrases associated with publishing. To a new author, or an experienced author new to publishing, it can seem a little overwhelming at first. This article focuses on defining  the most common terms associated with publishing. The article is organized alphabetically. If you have any questions, comments, or additional words that…

Three Themed Calls for Submissions

The following two literary journals and one anthology are all seeking submissions. All are interested in creative writing focused on very different themes. Hopefully one will connect with a theme you already write about. All three publications close to submissions on June 15th Fiolet and Wing This anthology will collect domestic fabulism poems by female…

Five Tips for Submitting Your Work for Publication

If you’ve never sent your creative writing out to a literary journal before, the experience can be intimidating. Many productive writers try to avoid submitting; however there is no real way around it if you want to get your work out into the world. This article contains five tips for submitting your work.  I have…

Soul Mate Publishing: Now Seeking Book Manuscripts

Soul Mate is a romance eBook publisher. They have only been around for a few years but have published a number of books in that time.  They encourage authors to blur genre lines and to experiment. They respond to every manuscript submitted correctly, personally. They try to respond to all submissions within 4 weeks. Soul…

Horsethief Magazine: Now Seeking Submissions

Horsethief is a new online magazine of poetry. At Horsethief, they believe every poem has a life of its own. As Dean Young says, “What I know of form can fill a thimble, but what form knows of me will be the end of me.” Horsethief aims to create a digital space that honors each…

May 19, 2016

Source Books: Now Seeking Book Submissions

A large independent publisher based out of Illinois, they also have offices in Connecticut and New York. Source books was started in 1987 by Dominique Raccah. They also have several imprints all founded within the last decade. They started out publishing business books but then expanded to gift books. A number of books they have…

Why Every Writer Should Belong to a Book Club

Written By Ruth O’Neil I had an epiphany the other day. Maybe it won’t be one for you, but here it is: every writer should be part of a book club. Yup. Sounds simple, but it’s true. What caused this epiphany, you may wonder? The ladies in my book club. We were discussing the past…

Swamp Ape Review: Now Seeking Submissions

Swamp Ape Review is a brand new online journal of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art. What’s a swamp ape? In Floridian lore, a swamp ape is a hybrid creature, existing on the margins of land and water, fact and fiction, ordinariness and obscurity. Like its namesake, Swamp Ape Review aims to reflect the unexplainable….

May 12, 2016

Verbatim Poetry: Now Seeking Submissions

Verbatim is an online magazine of found poetry. What’s found poetry? It’s poetry found in everyday language—in newspapers, magazines, advertisements, window signs, restaurant menus, text messages, instruction manuals, cookbooks, and anywhere else with words. The language found there is used verbatim, broken into lines and stanzas to craft poetic verse. Verbatim Poetry poses the question:…

Other Guy Publishing: Now Seeking Book Manuscripts

UPDATE MAY 13TH, 2016: Their submission page remains the same but their email says they are closed to submissions for the foreseeable future. Other Guy Publishing is a small e-publisher. They publish print editions of all of their full length books. They focus on selling books on Amazon. Their slogan is “publishing fresh perspectives and…

5 Free & Cheap Editing Options for Your Manuscript

Written Anne Hogue-Boucher Being a writer sure is easy! It’s just a matter of working up a first draft and publishing it as-is without any rewrites or editing, right? No? If you’re a writer who self-publishes, or keeps getting rejected from publishing houses because your manuscript still needs work, then you understand the importance of…

May 9, 2016

19 Magazines that Publish Writing for Children and Teens

Most children’s book authors and young adult authors struggle with creating a history of previous publications – a useful task when trying to find an agent or publisher for their work.  The following list of publishers are all looking for work aimed at teens and children. So, not only do you create a history of…

May 5, 2016

4 Online Writing Communities You Should Consider Joining

Writing is mostly a solitary activity. You have to dig deep into your brain, organize your thoughts, and then put those thoughts on paper. No one can do that for you. That said, you cannot write in a vacuum. In order to write content that is worthy of publication, you have to interact with other…

Blaze: Now Seeking Book Manuscript Submissions

Updated May 2017 Blaze is a new print and electronic publisher focusing on publishing fiction books for young adults and middle grade readers. They seek to publish books in a wide variety of genres including fantasy, science fiction, and horror, as long as that book has heart. They want readers to finish their books feeling…

Three Anthologies Seeking Submissions

These three anthologies all have very different focuses but they are all seeking submissions. One is looking for poems relating to Bob Dylan, one is looking for essays using readymade forms, and one is looking for work by queer writers about the natural world. Visiting Bob An anthology published by NEW RIVERS PRESS  called Visiting…

May 2, 2016

15 Publishers of Mystery Novels That Accept Submissions Without an Agent

The crime novel is the great moral literature of our time.” JEAN-PATRICK MANCHETTE   “Nobody reads a mystery to get to the middle. They read it to get to the end. If it’s a letdown, they won’t buy anymore. The first page sells that book. The last page sells your next book.” MICKEY SPILLANE Mystery…