June 30, 2016

Holiday House: Now Seeking Children’s Books

Holiday House is an established and reputable children’s book publishers. Holiday House has been around for over 75 years. They publish picture books as well as books aimed at children grades 1-3, grades 4-6, and grades 7 and up. They are based out of New York City. They have published many well known books and…

6 Ways to Increase Your Writing Output

Many of the leading authors in the world do not just sit back and rest on their laurels after attaining best-seller status. If anything, they go on to write more books that are just as good, if not better, than their previous ones. If you want to have a chance at succeeding as a writer,…

June 23, 2016

Hohm Press: Now Accepting Book Queries

A small print publisher based out of Arizona, Hohm has been around for many years. They are a respected press that has published a number of well known authors. The publish a wide variety of genres, including poetry, non-fiction, and children’s books. They generally focus on eastern religion and spirituality. They are not interested in…

Two Themed Calls for Submissions

The following two literary journals are looking for creative writing about specific and very different themes. All submissions are due July 15th. Paralysis The poetry journal Whirlwind is seeking poetry submissions on the theme of paralysis. This is what they have to say about the theme in their call for submission “The theme of this…

How To Create A Publication History

One of the complaints I so often hear from new authors or authors that are new to publishing is that every agent and editor they submit their manuscript to wants to see a history of publication. It is one of the most important elements of the query letter that you send agents and /or editors….

June 22, 2016

New Zenith Magazine: Now Accepting Fiction Submissions

New Zenith Magazine is a brand new print and online publication, launching their first issue this July. They plan to publish an eclectic collection of short stories and flash fiction, as well as cartoons, illustrated stories, photo stories, and poems. The magazine will not include nonfiction; however, nonfiction writers may submit essays about writing for…

June 20, 2016

The Top 25 Publishers for New Authors

The writing market can seem overwhelming, especially for new authors who do not have a history of past publication. However, the following 25 publishers are all open to publishing new authors. They do not require literary agents. You can submit to these publishers directly. It is worth noting that it is always helpful to create…

June 16, 2016

Christopher Hewitt Awards: No Fee Contest

A&U (America’s AIDS Magazine) is hosting the 4th annual Christoper Hewitt Awards. This is a fee free contest with awards given in four categories: Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Creative Nonfiction. The Deadline is July 15th, 2016th. The prize is $50. The winners work is featured in the summer issue of A&U. A&U is a national…

Pelican Book Group: Now Seeking Romance Novels

A print and eBook publisher of Christian romance novels. They have a number of imprints and accept unsolicited submissions for all but one of them. They are not interested in publishing a book that has been previously self published. They stress this point on their website more than once, as they evidently have to deal…

Wising Up Press: Now Seeking Submissions for “The Kindness of Strangers: A Wising Up Anthology”

Wising Up Press publishes fiction, memoir, and creative nonfiction exploring topics of social concern. They are committed to, “finding the we in them, the us in you.” They hope to deepen the reader’s inter-relational experience by presenting insightful writing spoken by a variety of voices. Right now, they are seeking submissions for their upcoming print…

Self Publishing Success Story: Christopher Paolini and Eragon

Some argue that Eragon was not self-published, as it was published by Christopher’s family, who ran a small commercial press at the time. However, the press had been around for five years and had—as far as my research revealed—only published two other books. Both of these were also written by Paolini family members. Given those…

June 15, 2016

Two Anthologies Seeking Submissions

These two anthologies are seeking very specific submissions from authors on two very different themes. Just A Little More Time They are now closed to submissions. “The Beiging of America” 2 Leaf Press is accepting submissions to their anthology “The Beiging of America”: Personal Narratives about Being Mixed Race in the Twenty First Century. Submissions…

Garo: Now Seeking Submissions

Garo is an online magazine of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, interviews, and artwork published by the Rocky Mountain Land Library. Named after a Colorado rancher who built a town around a railroad stop, Garo publishes work that helps people feel close to the land, and close to one another. They like writing that reveals something new…

June 10, 2016

31 Romance Publishers That Accept Submissions Without an Agent

Updated: June 13th 2016 As ebook readers have grown more popular, the publishing market has changed significantly. This has had a huge impact on the self-publishing industry. The media talks about this shift all the time. However, they often neglect to mention the huge impact it has had on the romance publishing industry. There are…

June 8, 2016

Four Themed Publications Seeking Submissions

The following four literary journals have themed calls for submission. All of them are due by July 1st. Each of the themes are very different and each of the journals is looking for different kinds of work. Transportation The Museum of Americana, an online literary journal interested in publishing essays, fiction, poetry, art, and photography…

McFarland: Now Seeking Non-Fiction Book Submissions

McFarland is an independent publisher based in North Carolina with a fair and clear compensation policy found here. They welcome un-agented authors and do not charge reading fees. One of my favorite aspects of McFarland is that they welcome edited collections of essays and have a helpful guide sheet for anyone interested in curating such…

June 3, 2016

The Quiet Circle: Now Accepting Submissions

The Quiet Circle is a brand new online journal of subtle, meditative writing. They publish fiction, poetry, and nonfiction that other literary journals might call “too quiet.” The Quiet Circle is a place where quiet writing can be heard, where brash, crass, and staunchly-realist voices are left at the door. They are especially interested in…

June 2, 2016

Speaking Volumes: Now Seeking Book Queries

Speaking Volumes is an independent publisher based out of Naples, Florida. They started out just publishing Audio books, but now they also publish eBooks and paperbacks. At their About Us page, you can learn more about the company and the current staff. Their books are widely available and they publish a number of established authors….

Six Essential Tips For Submitting Your Work

If you have 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. I have been submitting for six years now. After submitting…

Sonic Boom: Now Seeking Poetry Submissions

Sonic Boom, a new online journal of poetry and flash fiction, publishes “writing that explodes.”  That is, they publish writing that makes an impact, shakes the reader’s senses, and breaks the boundaries of genre. Avant-garde, conceptual, postmodern—like a sonic boom–their publication is a phenomenon of the moment. They publish various contemporary forms of poetry—experimental, free…