January 15, 2018

20 Themed Calls for Submissions (Fiction, Essays, Poetry, & Plays)

These are themed calls for writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and plays. Themes include an unimagined world, romance, unthemed mysteries, mysteries involving libraries and librarians and magical crime scene investigation, Florida crime stories, science fiction and fantasy, sanctuary, works centered around Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince, and inspired by a Bosch triptych, Christmas and…

January 11, 2018

Filles Vertes Publishing: Now Seeking Submissions

Filles Vertes Publishing was founded in 2016. It is a new publisher with only a few books under their belt and a few forthcoming books as well. They have print and electronic versions of all their books. They accept submissions of middle grade readers, young adult books, adult fiction, and adult fiction in all genres,…

COUNTERCLOCK: Now Seeking Submissions

Launched in the summer of 2017, COUNTERCLOCK is a new online journal of literature and art. They publish poetry, fiction, nonfiction, cross-genre work, and visual art. COUNTERCLOCK aims to provide a platform for healing and empowerment through literature. They are looking for writing that articulates the infinite nuance of experience and expression. They want to…

Everyone Judges a Book by the Cover: How to Find the Right One

By Alex J. Coyne A professional, well-designed cover can make all the difference. It does not matter if a potential reader encounters your book in physical form, or online, a good cover can sell copies much easier than a bad one. I have bought books based on covers alone, I have also refused to buy…

January 8, 2018

How to Get Your Writing Published in 2018

I was a writer for over a decade before I realized the important role submissions play in being a writer. I don’t know why I expected an editor to arrive at my door with a request for my work. In fact, if an editor or publisher you don’t know approaches you in order to publish…

January 4, 2018

Coffee House Press: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

Updated Edit: CHP has temporarily closed their submission window. They plan to reopen to submissions in March and again in September. Both these submission windows will be capped at 300 submissions, so submit early on in the period. In the meantime these publishers of literary fiction are open to unagented submissions: Bellevue Literary Press, Harvard…

Coffin Bell: Now Seeking Submissions

The editors of this new quarterly online journal of dark literature aren’t necessarily looking for traditional horror, although they don’t rule it out. They want to hear about what scares us today and every day. What do we fear when we’re wide awake? They’re looking for political nightmares and plebeian horrors. They want to be…

The Top 3 Red Flags When Searching for Book Editors

Lindsey Danis A freelance book editor can help a writer polish a manuscript, but too many editors prey on vulnerable writers who want external validation. Inexperienced or predatory editors can do more harm than good—taking your money, not directly improving your manuscript, and causing indigestion. What red flags should savvy writers know when searching for…