December 28, 2017

Everything You Need to Know to Have a Successful DIY Writer’s Retreat

By Akanksha Singh Maya Angelou rented herself a hotel room in every town she lived in, just for her writing. She’d leave home at six, be in the room and writing by six thirty, and head back around lunch time. There’s something about having a room of one’s own, away from the stress of living,…

December 21, 2017

Gollancz: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

Gollancz is an established UK-based publisher of science fiction, fantasy novels, and horror novels. They only publish worked aimed at adults. They have good distribution within the UK and have excellent covers. Gollancz is open to the unsolicited submissions of manuscripts on a rolling basis. They consider submissions regardless of the author’s location and country…

formercactus: Now Seeking Submissions

A new online magazine of prose poetry and flash fiction, formercactus is currently seeking submissions for a special edition featuring only microfiction. They are looking for tiny tales that coax us to step from this world into another, invite us to change, and reveal to us the infinite within the infinitesimal. They are looking for…

Writers’ Forums: How to Connect with a Writing Community Online

By Alex J. Coyne Keeping in touch with other writers, readers and editors is a great way to be exposed to new fiction, find writing gigs, get critique, promote your work and generally get to know the market. Here’s a list of the best forums, communities and message boards for writers. Writers’ Digest Forums Writers’…

December 20, 2017

Ink & Nebula: Now Seeking Submissions

Ink & Nebula is an online poetry journal and writing school publishing work by established poets (Ink), and saving special space for poets who have not yet been published (Nebula). They believe that poetry can serve as a powerful catalyst for healing and growth, and that these natural functions flourish readily within a fertile community….

December 18, 2017

How to Write a Hook That Captures Attention

by Wendy S. Delmater Readers are dealing with a constant barrage of television, radio, internet, other written things, and real life: all are vying for their interest. Why should they read your story? To overcome that initial resistance, there’s a tool writers use. It’s called a hook. Hooks are something—sometimes more than one thing–in the…

17 Poetry Markets and Competitions Seeking Submissions

Contributed By S. Kalekar These websites and journals all have calls for poetry. Topics include translations from the Caribbean, ecology and the environment, small towns, nature, speculative and holiday-themed poetry, and #MeToo submission calls, apart from several unthemed calls. There are also a few competition calls for poets with upcoming deadlines, with prizes ranging from…

December 14, 2017

Nosy Crow: Now Accepting Submissions

Nosy Crow is a UK-based publisher of children’s books and apps aimed at children. They accept international submissions from all over, but everyone outside of the UK must submit via email (which is their preferred method of submission). They have wide distribution within the UK. The books they published are aimed at children up to…

(b)OINK: Now Seeking Submissions

(b)OINK is a monthly online magazine publishing fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. They launched in January, 2017, and have gained in reputation and readership throughout the year. They are looking for writing that doesn’t apologize, and is thrill-seeking literature with poor boundaries. They like experiments, secrets, and bleeding hearts. They like to be turned upside…

A Tale of Two Book Launches

By Susan Sundwall A few years ago, I realized a lifetime dream with the launch of my first mystery novel. I took the traditional route and partnered with a beloved local bookstore, one of the last in our area. Everything was handled by the owners and I was beyond pleased when almost sixty of my…