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April 27, 2017

North Atlantic Books: Now Seeking Nonfiction Book Proposals

North Atlantic Books is a publisher located in California. They have been publishing books since the 70s. They started out rather small and independent but now they are much larger and have excellent distribution through Penguin/Random House. Over the decades they have focused on publishing a diverse range of books in the areas of alternative…

Blue Earth Review: Accepting Submissions

Blue Earth Review is published by Minnesota State University. They are a print publication and generally have excellent covers. They are highly selective and publish very little of what is submitted to them. They are open to submissions year round which is unusual for a journal published by a university. They publish fiction, creative nonfiction,…

7 Reasons Book Reviews Are Key to Self Publishing Success

Recently, I’ve started contacting professional book bloggers and reviewers who might be interested in reading my books. This is a fairly new tactic for me. There are people out there, who love reading books so much, they set up blogs and invite authors to send them books to read and review. And there are millions…

City Lights Books: Accepting Proposals

“City Lights Books is an independent publisher of fiction, essays, memoirs, translations, poetry, and books on social and political issues. We do not publish New Age, self-help, children’s literature, how-to guides, or genre works such as romance, westerns, or science fiction.” City Lights Books is based out of San Fransisco and is indeed part of…

Turtle Island Quarterly: Now Seeking Submissions

Turtle Island Quarterly is a literary journal of nonfiction, poetry, interviews, and book reviews, published online since 2013. They are seeking personal essays and other nonfiction pieces that explore topics such as: wilderness, creativity, culture, North American legends, native culture, the environment, health, natural living, gardening, and community. They are also looking for poetry that…

The Keys to Being a Successful Full Time Writer

“No one can make a living as a writer.” “Don’t give up your day job.” “But what do you really do?” I think everyone who has broached the subject of writing a book has heard those oft-repeated and well-worn phrases. Interestingly, they are usually offered up by people outside of the writing profession – well-meaning…

April 20, 2017

Islanded Quarterly: Now Seeking Submissions

Helmed in the island of Jersey, Islanded Quarterly is a new online literary magazine publishing poetry, prose, and photography. They are seeking meditations on the islanded parts of our psychology, that is, the remote and secluded parts of our minds that harbor secret reverie or bottomless remorse. They like thoughtful writing, broad and brooding skies,…

Page Street Publishing: Now Accepting Book Submissions

Page Street Publishing is a publisher of full color, mostly hardcover, gift books, cookbooks, and craft-books. Most of them have an important visual component. To get a good feeling for what they have published in the past you can go here. They are distributed through Macmillan in every country but Canada (where they have a…

April 13, 2017

Flash Glass: Now Seeking Submissions

Flash Glass is a monthly online magazine of short form writing produced by Rowan University’s Master of Arts in Writing program, under the umbrella of their larger literary magazine, Glassworks. Flash Glass is named after a glassblowing technique in which the artist creates unique color by layering, rather than simply adding color to a batch….

5 Things You Need to Know as an Indie Author

By Dominic Carrillo The more I write and self-publish books, the more often I am asked about how to do it. Instead of offering advice on what to do, I end up feeling like Ralph Nader serving up cautionary tales. Indeed, understanding what not to do might be the best start for emerging indie authors….

April 12, 2017

Clarion Books: Now Accepting Book Submissions

Clarion Books is an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books, a publisher you have almost certainly heard of, as they are established, and have published many classics. None of Houghton Mifflin’s other imprints are open to unsolicited submissions, just Clarion. Clarion publishes books for children. They have published many classic children’s books, both in terms…

April 6, 2017

Chantwood Magazine: Now Seeking Submissions

Chantwood is an online magazine dedicated to publishing great short stories. They believe that great fiction starts with great characters, so they are looking for unforgettable heroes and anti-heroes in never-before-seen settings. They publish a wide variety of fiction: sci-fi, fantasy, speculative fiction, romance, literary fiction, historical fiction and more. And, while the magazine focuses…

It’s Okay to Write For Yourself

By Christine M. Estel Like so many women–maybe you, too–I have a plethora of commitments in my life. I have a full-time career, a family and home to care for, friends I enjoy entertaining, and so on. While I barely have room for another morsel on my plate, I recently decided to pursue a long-time…

Capstone Publishing: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

Capstone Publishing’s motto is “Loved by kids. Trusted by librarians.” This is for a reason: For a long time they have been one of the most trusted publishers in terms of helping children learn to read and learn to love reading. They have been focused on this specific market for over twenty years. It is…

March 30, 2017

BlazeVOX: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

BlazeVOX [books] presents innovative fictions and wide ranging fields of contemporary poetry. Our books push at the frontiers of what is possible with our innovative poetry, fiction and select non-fiction and literary criticism. Our fundamental mission is to disseminate poetry, through print and digital media, both within academic spheres and to society at large. We…

The Black Napkin: Now Seeking Poetry Submissions

The Black Napkin, an online poetry journal launched in 2016, is now seeking submissions for their upcoming issues. They are looking for poetry penned with urgent strength, poetry that needs to be heard. They like writing that disrupts the borderlines of genre and identity, and they actively seek work by marginalized poets–people of color, people…

The Reality of Being Unliked (and what you can do about it)

For the author of today, building a loyal following is everything. This applies equally to independent and traditionally published authors, as these days even traditionally published writers are required to do a lot of their platform building themselves. This may include building an email list, blogging regularly, and running various social media pages to increase…

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 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 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…

February 23, 2017

Diversion Books: Now Accepting Book Submissions

Diversion Books was started by Scott Waxman of Waxman Literary Agency. He said that it started as an experiment of sorts to publish books that the agency represented that they had a hard time finding “Big 5” publishers to accept. That was seen as conflict of interest, and writers were initially very leery. However, after…

Bottlecap Press: Now Seeking Submissions

Founded in 2014 in Skagway, Alaska, Bottlecap Press publishes poetry and fiction that explores our alarming humanity with unflinching honesty and artistry. They seek visionary literature, work that is both surprising and deeply meaningful. And, they continually strive to explore the unlimited possibilities of literary multimedia through their online content. Bottlecap is dedicated to promoting…

February 16, 2017

Loveswept & Flirt: Now Accepting Book Manuscript Queries

Loveswept and Flirt are Random House’s digital only imprints focused on romance and women’s fiction. They are accepting queries for submissions in contemporary romance, erotica, historical romance, paranormal romance, women’s fiction, and new adult. There is no strict word count limits for submissions. But work must be at least forty thousand words in length. If…

Grey Borders Magazine: Now Seeking Submissions

Grey Borders Magazine publishes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and artwork that challenges social norms. Founded in 2002, this Canadian magazine has been published in print and online for over a decade. They seek work that invites discussion about untold stories, stories about mental illness, race, sexuality, radicalism, and social justice. They like work that considers these…

9 Literary Magazines with Upcoming Submission Deadlines

Submissions, or certain categories of submissions, for these literary magazines close within a month. They accept a wide variety of writing; fiction, non-fiction and poetry of various kinds. Some have themed calls, including fantasy stories on fascism and writing on Islamophobia. A few pay writers. Here they are, arranged by deadline The Matador Review This…

February 15, 2017

How to Prepare to Write Your Novel

By Wesley Thomas Whether you are a new writer or a seasoned author, it is crucial to prepare for your novel. But how exactly does an author prepare? Does the mere concept overwhelm you? Do not fear, once upon a time I felt the same way until I developed a list. With time the preparations will change…

February 9, 2017

SMP Swerve: Now Accepting Book Submissions

St Martin’s Press is an imprint of Macmillan, one of the big 5 publishers. SMP Swerve is the digital first romance publishing imprint of St Martin’s. ‘Digital first’ is a term applied to publishers and imprints that initially publish eBooks and then depending on the success of the book, or sometimes other factors stated in…

5 Anthologies Seeking Submissions

These are anthology calls for a variety of genres and themes: from real stories about radios, to cowboy-themed fiction, to science fiction and horror. Most of these pay writers, and have deadlines coming up in February. 1. Bundoran Press’s 49th Parallels: Alternative Canadian Histories and Future In honor of Canada’s 150th birthday, they seek SF…

Every Pigeon: Now Seeking Submissions

Every Pigeon is a brand new online magazine of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art, and photography celebrating the beauty in the banal. Every mundane pigeon is welcome there, that is, everything ordinary is invited to showcase its extraordinary subtleties. At Every Pigeon, minutia is a meditation. To get a sense of what they like, you can…

February 2, 2017

Alibi: A Digital First Imprint of Random House

Alibi is Random House’s digital first imprint that focuses on publishing mysteries and thrillers. This is a great opportunity for writers without an agent to be published by one of “The Big 5” publishing houses. All Alibi books are initially published as eBooks, but if they do well, a print version will also be published….

Theme of Absence: Now Seeking Speculative Fiction

Theme of Absence publishes speculative flash fiction and the occasional longer piece. All styles are welcome, including humor, as long as the story includes elements of horror, science fiction, or fantasy.  Spine tingling ghost stories are just as welcome as robots and spaceships. Theme of Absence is an online literary journal that is approachable. They…

The Next Great Horror Writer Contest

The Next Great Horror Writer Contest is a fee free competition running this spring. It is being hosted by the HorrorAddicts.net podcast. Think of The Next Great Horror Writer Contest as Project Runway for horror writers. Except it is a podcast, so there is no need for anyone to be on camera. Writers are put…

January 31, 2017

9 Famous Authors Who Didn’t Get Published Until Their Fifties (Or Older)

A lot of people I talk to tell me they are too old to start being a writer now. Sometimes these people are in their thirties or forties, more often than that they are in their fifties and sixties. But the fact remains the same, no matter how old you are, you are not to…

January 26, 2017

Forever Yours: Now Accepting Book Submissions

Forever is the romance imprint of Grand Central Publishing. Grand Central Publishing is an imprint of the Hachette Book Group, one of the big five publishers. Forever Yours is the digital sister of Forever, they focus on publishing unagented authors, and often publish authors without a publication history. They publish eBooks, but they an option…

Fairy Tale Review: Accepting Submissions

Fairy Tale Review is a yearly journal in search of new spins on old fairy tales. They opened for submissions on January 1, and they close to submissions on March the 31st 2017. Since 2005, Fairy Tale Review has sought fiction and nonfiction stories, essays, and translations. The journal is edited through the University of Arizona’s…

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