March 23, 2017

Parvus Press: Accepting Full Manuscript Submissions

Parvus Press is a new digital first publisher of science fiction and fantasy novels. They have been around for over a year now, they have published one book that has sold over 4,000 copies, and they have two other books scheduled to release this year. One already has a release date and information about it…

Mortar: Now Seeking Submissions

Mortar is a brand new online literary magazine seeking of-the-moment poetry, fiction, and nonfiction spoken from the cultural outskirts. They want to broadcast the voices of women, those who identify as gender-nonconforming, those who are non-heteronormative, and all others who identify with the mortar: the often-unnoticed margins around the big brick. They are looking for…

March 22, 2017

Four Economical Ways to Get Your Work Edited

By Aisha Idris For chefs, a new dish should never be served to a large audience without being taste tested. Similarly, when you write a new piece you will always require someone to read your work and correct it for a smoother reading experience. Editing is essential if you are about to send your work…

March 20, 2017

Fifteen Literary Journals That Respond Within A Month

Submitting to journals with a quick response time is one of the best ways to stay motivated, not in terms of writing, but in terms of submitting. After all, if you submit to a journal and don’t hear anything (for up to a year) it is hard to feel motivated about submitting elsewhere. Yet journals…

March 16, 2017

Level Best Books: Accepting Submissions

Level Best Books publishes an annual anthology of Crime Stories set in New England each November, as well as various other anthologies throughout the year. Well-regarded by readers and reviewers, stories published by Level Best have won the Agatha, Anthony, Macavity, Derringer and Robert L. Fish (Award for Best First Short Story presented at the Edgar®…

Oyster River Pages: Now Seeking Submissions

Oyster River Pages is a new online literary journal formed by four literary connoisseurs who hope to showcase good literature that’s gone unnoticed. Frustrated by the amount of thoughtful writing that never gets read, the editors of Oyster River Pages want to create an online literary community that redefines “publishable” and celebrates newly discovered work….

Five Anthologies Seeking Submission: From Folk Horror to Poetry

Here are submission calls for anthologies for a variety of topics and genres; poetry about rifts in America, romance fiction, apocalyptic and New England horror fiction, and more. None charge a submission fee. Cat’s breakfast: an anthology of science fiction/satire Third Flatiron pays tribute to Kurt Vonnegut on the 10th anniversary of his death. They…

The Importance of Beta Readers

By Jana Begovic Both the ancient Roman poet Horace and the Greek philosopher Longinus agreed that the purpose of literature is to instruct and delight the reader. However, once carried away on the wings of inspiration, authors may not always have a specific readership or a genre in mind, and can only hope the products…

March 9, 2017

Black Lyon Publishing: Accepting Book Manuscripts

Update: We apologize for any inconvenience but Black Lyon is currently closed to submissions to all except existing Black Lyon authors through 2017. Black Lyon Publishing is a small but established publisher of romance novels, eBook and printed, out of Oregon. Some of their books also have audio versions. They just recently started to publish…

8 Literary Magazines Seeking Translations / Essays on Translations

Given the fragmented and divided nature of the world today, understanding and seeing other worldviews suddenly assumes more significance than it ever did. Translations and translators form an important part of this. Here is a list of literary journals accepting translations or translated works, or essays on translations, for which submissions are now open. Exchanges,…

March 7, 2017

Evocative Word Lists for Writing

By Virginia Brasch As a writer, I’ve seen many great lists: descriptive words, adjectives, strong verbs, over used adverbs, clichés to avoid, romantic words, crutch words, and on and on. I also love to scribble in notebooks when my own manuscripts need rethinking, something to keep my hands busy and my mind moving in a…

March 6, 2017

12 Manuscript Publishers Who Respond Within Three Months

Publishing a manuscript can feel like it takes for ever. But all of the publishers in this list promise to respond within three months. Which might mean you receive more rejections faster. But it might also mean a fast acceptance. Most publishers that respond this fast only accept queries. Queries are usually comprised of a…

March 1, 2017

Tinderbox Poetry Journal: Now Seeking Submissions

Tinderbox Poetry Journal, an online journal that’s fee-free in the months the seasons change—March, June, September, and December—is seeking poetry from both emerging and established writers.  To promote the writers they publish, they nominate poets for the Pushcart Prize, Best New Poets, and Best of the Net Anthology. Tinderbox publishes poetry in all forms and…

Cactus Moon Publications: Accepting Submissions

Cactus Moon is interested in novels and non-fiction titles with a unique perspective; books that spark curiosity, and stimulate the imagination. While we understand the challenges of being an “indie,” we recognize the freedom it allows to take chances on new talent and to work closely with authors to create unforgettable books. Cactus Moon is…

Five Anthologies Seeking Submissions

These are anthology calls for a variety of genres and themes, including romance of all shades, river-themed stories, and articles about the process of writing for animals. Most of these pay writers. The deadlines are in March. Carina Press’s 2017 holiday anthology This is Harlequin’s digital-first imprint. Writers should utilize a fall or winter holiday…