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March 12, 2018

28 Publishers Seeking Young Adult Manuscripts

Young adult is one of my favorite genres to read, even though when I was a young adult I struggled to find good YA books. These days the young adult genre is profitable, diverse, and covers a wide variety of genres, from science fiction to romance and everything in between. A lot of young adult…

March 5, 2018

How to Prepare and Pitch Your Novel to Agents and Editors

By Elizabeth Roderick Congratulations! You’ve done what 81% of people WANT to do, but only 3% accomplish: you’ve written a book! Take time to celebrate that. You deserve to: writing a book is nowhere near as easy as folks think. But don’t rest on your laurels now. You didn’t spend that time and suffer all…

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 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 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 1, 2018

18 Themed Calls for Submission

These are calls for fiction, nonfiction, poetry and plays. Themes include gothic stories about lost souls and artificial intelligence, generation starships and planning for future generations, steampunk, crime with a difference, the back of the bus (which could mean the top of the social pecking order, or racism), weird Western, darkness and light, mind, body…

January 29, 2018

18 Literary Magazines That Publish Book Reviews

This is a list of literary magazines accepting book reviews. They review fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translated works and children’s books. Some of them are keen to review works that are not current, or do not receive attention from the national press. Several of these magazines also accept fiction, nonfiction, translations and poetry submissions. Not all…

January 22, 2018

72 Poetry Manuscript Publishers Who Do Not Charge Reading Fees

Most traditional poetry manuscript publishers charge their readers a fee to submit. You can read about why that is the case here. This article focuses on a number of poetry manuscript publishers who do not charge submission fees to writers, which is good news for poets. This is the longest and most accurate list of…

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 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…

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