February 26, 2018

13 Imprints of Big 5 Publishers That Accept Unsolicited Submissions

Getting published by one of the big five publishers (Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster) might seem impossible without an agent, but it is not. Most of these publishers have an imprint that accepts unsolicited submissions or queries. These imprints are sometimes very specific in terms of what genre they publish,…

February 22, 2018

Penny Candy Books: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

Penny Candy Books is a publishing company focused on children’s picture books that was founded in 2015 by two poets who met in graduate school. It is a newer company but they seem off to a good start with interviews in various established publications and by publishing eight books, most to positive reviews by places…

Mookychick—Now Seeking Submissions of Stories, Essays, and Reviews

Launched in 2005, Mookychick—an online publisher of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and reviews—has evolved into a community forum for just about everything. Eclectic and inclusive, they aim to connect like minds of all varieties. From fashion to faith and everything beyond, upside-down, and in-between—Mookychick wants to know about it. The best way to get a sense…

February 19, 2018

31 Poetry Competitions, Grants, Fellowships and Markets

Many of these markets pay poets, and accept other genres of writing, too. Not all of them are currently open to submissions, but most are. Also see this article for more literary magazines accepting poetry. For poets honing their manuscripts,  this article on 72 poetry manuscript publishers that do not charge a reading fee might…

February 15, 2018

Sleeping Bear Press: Now Accepting Submissions

Sleeping Bear Press is a well regarded publisher of board books, picture books, middle grade readers, and young adult fiction. They offer advances to some authors. They have good regional distribution in the Midwest and ok distribution in North America. Their books have won a wide variety of awards, all of them are listed here….

Dime Show Review: Now Seeking Submissions

Dime Show Review publishes fiction, flash fiction, ten-word stories, poetry, and essays, both online and in print. They are looking for literature that suspends doubt, writing that appears of its own accord and tells secrets we never suspected but always knew. Select authors published in Dime Show Review are given the opportunity to present their…

The Sensitive Author’s Guide to Rejection

Written by Ananda-mayi Dasi  I was like Robert Peary embarking for the North Pole—that is, if we can pretend for a moment that the publishing world is a vast, icy, unreachable landscape and I am much, much braver than I am. No, there weren’t endless miles of frigid peril before me—just one tiny button: “submit”—but…

February 14, 2018

What If: A Guide to Story Generation

Some folk have no problem with story ideas; they’re full to the brim with them. I’m not one of those and, though I’ve lived a while, it seems I often need help from outside sources. There are lots of ways people like me (those without an eternal parade of plots and storylines) can generate story…

February 12, 2018

30 Literary Journals That Publish Genre Writing

Most literary journals are interested in literary work, by which they mean, not genre work. The dictionary definition of genre is “a category of artistic composition, as in music or literature, characterized by similarities in form, style, or subject matter”. However, in the context of writing, genre can refer to poetry, prose or nonfiction in…

February 8, 2018

Talos Press: Now Accepting Submissions

Talos Press, an imprint of the independent publisher Skyhorse, is open to unagented submissions of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. They have good distribution. There have been problems with their parent company, Skyhorse, which you can learn more about here, however things seem to be improving, and the imprints did not seem to be affected…