Special Issue

June 19, 2017

30 Writing Competitions and Submission Calls for Poets

This list is divided into two: submission calls and competitions for poets, including fellowships and one essay contest; prizes range from $250 to AU$10,000. They are listed according to deadline. The calls are for various topics, styles, as well as geographical and age demographics of poets. Special submission calls include those confronting shaming, LGBTQ themes,…

June 12, 2017

Seven Publishers That Accept Memoir Submissions (No Agent Required)

Memoir publishers that don’t require an agent to submit are few and far between. However, there are still options out there.  Some are old and respected, others are new and still figuring things out. Not all the publishers on this list are currently open to submissions, but most are. City Lights Books City Lights Books…

June 5, 2017

22 Calls for Themed Submissions (Short Stories, Poetry, and Essays)

This is a list of themed submission calls for a variety of topics, genres and audiences – fiction, poetry, non-fiction, interviews and reviews. Topics include compassion for the natural world, romance, colonizing other worlds, reconciliation and decolonization, stories about ruins and chefs, post-apocalyptic horror, themed stories for children, work by and about underrepresented communities, and…

May 22, 2017

20 Literary Journals for New Writers

These literary magazines publish work by new and upcoming writers. Some publish work along with established writers, including Pulitzer Prize winners, and are placed in award anthologies and nominated for various prizes. Although these magazines publish work by new writers, some may be extremely competitive to get into, as they also publish work by established and…

May 7, 2017

Eleven Ways to Boost Your Creativity

If you have writer’s block, this list should be extremely helpful. If you don’t have writer’s block, this list should be extremely helpful. If you don’t believe in writer’s block this list should be extremely helpful. I am a big believer in this quote by Pablo Picasso: “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you…

May 1, 2017

Ten Respected Publishers That Accept Unsolicited Submissions

All of the publishers on this list have published books that won or were nominated by industry members for awards. All of these publishers have good distribution. I personally own or have read at least one book by all of the publishers on this list. All of these publishers are open to unsolicited submissions ––…

April 24, 2017

Eleven Publishers of Literary Fiction Manuscripts

Literary fiction is one of the harder genres to get published in without an agent. There are smaller presses that specialize in it, but unfortunately more and more of those presses are now charging reading fees. However, there are still good options of authors who are unagented and are averse to paying reading fees. The…

April 17, 2017

How To Evaluate A Publisher for Your Book

When you’re finally ready to submit your book for publication, it can be overwhelming. There are so many publishers out there. There is so much information about some of them and so little about others. How can you check the legitimacy of a publisher if you don’t know much about the industry? Even if a…

April 10, 2017

32 Themed Calls for Submissions

This is a list of anthologies, journals and magazines with themed issues, including anthropomorphic societies facing dystopia, homelessness, Canada in the future, edges of darkness, world myths, aliens, subterranean worlds, summer flings, and healing. None charge a reading fee. Many pay writers; some pay a token amount and some pay up to several hundred dollars….

April 3, 2017

Twenty Literary Journals that Accept Reprints

Publishing your work is wonderful. Even though my work has been published hundreds of times, I still get excited every time a new publication containing my work gets released. However, once you have published a short story or a poem once, most literary journals are not interested in publishing it again. After all it has…

March 27, 2017

How to Get an Agent for Your Book

Most of the big 5 traditional publishers work with literary agents for most of their imprints. The same goes for some smaller presses. There are still wonderful publishers to submit to if you are going without an agent, but then your manuscript has to go through the dreaded slush pile. There are lots of arguments…

March 20, 2017

Fifteen Literary Journals That Respond Within A Month

Submitting to journals with a quick response time is one of the best ways to stay motivated, not in terms of writing, but in terms of submitting. After all, if you submit to a journal and don’t hear anything (for up to a year) it is hard to feel motivated about submitting elsewhere. Yet journals…

March 6, 2017

12 Manuscript Publishers Who Respond Within Three Months

Publishing a manuscript can feel like it takes for ever. But all of the publishers in this list promise to respond within three months. Which might mean you receive more rejections faster. But it might also mean a fast acceptance. Most publishers that respond this fast only accept queries. Queries are usually comprised of a…

February 27, 2017

How to Read Like A Published Writer

I was a reader long before I was a writer. As a child I fell in love with books like The Balloon Tree, A Wrinkle in Time and Ramona Quimby, Age 8.  That love of books has never left me. When I was a teenager I remember being shocked by the fact that most of…

February 20, 2017

12 Imprints of Big 5 Publishers Open to 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 13, 2017

11 Book Publishers Open to Simultaneous Submissions

A common complaint: It takes too long to publish a novel via traditional publishing. First you have to find an agent, then that agent has to find you a publisher, and none of the publishers or agents take simultaneous submissions, so all this takes years. In fact that is not true. You can use an…

February 6, 2017

The Seven Most Common Manuscript Submission Mistakes

When I talk to agents, writers, and editors I always hear them complain of the same mistakes over and over again. The other day I was reading a back issue of Poets & Writers and based on the question “What kind of submissions do you not take seriously?” (I am paraphrasing here) I was able…

January 30, 2017

28 Traditional Publishers Seeking Children’s Books

All of the publishers on this list publish children’s books. Some just publish picture books, some publish only middle-grade fiction, and some publish a wide variety of genres aimed at adults as well. Some are looking for educational work, others are open to anything. A number of these publishers are large and established. Others are…

January 23, 2017

25 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…

January 16, 2017

16 Publishers with Excellent Distribution That Accept Unsolicited Submissions

All of the publishers on the list below have published bestselling books. Not digital best selling books, although all of the publishers on this list have done that too, but real New York Times bestselling books. All of the publishers on this list sell a lot of physical books. All of them have books that…

January 9, 2017

62 Poetry Manuscript Publishers Who Do Not Charge Reading Fees

Most 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 most complete list of poetry manuscript publishers…

January 1, 2017

How To Get Your Writing Published in 2017

We are a magazine that talks a lot about publishing, it is in our name, after all. So it might come as a surprise that 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…

December 19, 2016

The Three Habits of Successful Writers

Many writers have one or two of the following habits, but it is very rare to find writers that do all three of these things regularly, unless you are looking at a shelf at a bookstore or library. Almost all of the authors whose work is on that shelf, at some point in their life…

November 21, 2016

Fifteen Major Book Publishers Always Open to Submissions

Many publishers open and close their doors to unsolicited submissions on a routine basis. It can sometimes be hard to determine if they are open or shut to submissions and when you should submit. These fifteen publishers featured are always open to submissions from writers without agents or previous publishing experience. All of them are…

November 7, 2016

The 8 Major Publishing Trends of 2016

I am starting off this article with a disclaimer. This article is not going to tell you what publishing trends are up and coming. I don’t know if books about rock stars are going to be the new YA trend or not. That isn’t my area of expertise, and frankly it is not where my…

October 31, 2016

Ten Wonderful New Literary Journals

The following is a list of 10 very new literary journals. There are many reasons to seek publication in these journals. In my experience, the benefits can be greater than publishing in a well established journal. When a literary journal is new the editors tend to be a lot more passionate. I have gotten handwritten…

October 24, 2016

12 Great Publishers of Literary Non-Fiction

Literary nonfiction is an interesting genre. It can involve anything from a research based essay to a short personal story, to a combination of the two. Literary nonfiction can even have a fictional element, for the sake of the story of course. If you are writing a nonfiction book manuscript, particularly one that is a…

October 17, 2016

How Publishing Really Works

When I first approached publishing every part of it seemed overwhelming. Like most people I didn’t understand how publishing really worked. This is partially because it is portrayed inaccurately in most novels, for example The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair and I Regret Everything: A Love Story, and movies including The Proposal and Girl…

October 10, 2016

Thirty Literary Journals That Pay Their Authors

“It is a sad fact about our culture that a poet can earn much more money writing or talking about his art than he can by practicing it.” W.H. Auden As someone who makes their living writing about writing and publishing, I can attest to how truthful Auden’s quote is. It is hard making a…

October 3, 2016

21 Publishers Seeking Young Adult Manuscripts

Young adult is one of my favorite genres to read now, even though when I was a young adult myself, I really struggled finding good 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…

September 26, 2016

The Six Month Novel Writing Plan

Most authors have heard of National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo. It is a novel writing challenge where participants try to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November. Many famous authors, including John Green Rainbow Rowell have participated. But for many writers that work full time writing a novel in…

August 24, 2016

12 Publishers That Offer Advances to Most Authors

An advance is a signing bonus  that is paid to the author before the book is published. It is paid against future royalty earnings. So for every dollar you receive in an advance, you have to earn a dollar from book sales before you receive any additional royalty payments. Most independent publishers do not offer…

August 8, 2016

15 Respected Literary Journals and Magazines that Publish Creative Writing

The literary journals and magazines on this list reject the vast majority of what is submitted to them. But they are respected and trusted. Most have a large readership. Many of these are the journals and magazines that the editors of publications like The Best American Short Stories read through to select work from. Acceptances…

August 1, 2016

10 Literary Journals Open to Other Art Forms

Most literary journals publish poetry and fiction. Many also publish creative non-fiction, essays, reviews, and visual art (largely paintings, drawings, and photography). Most do not publish anything else. However, all of the journals linked to here are interested in a variety of mediums. Some want you to submit your songs, others your short videos. These…

July 25, 2016

11 Approachable Literary Journals

If you just starting to submit your work to literary journals, or perhaps you just want to avoid rejection, this list is for you. All of the literary journals in this list accept at around half of what is submitted to them. So the odds of your work being accepted just went up. These are…

July 18, 2016

13 Publishers Open to Previously Self-Published Books and Reprints

Most publishers do not accept previously traditionally published books or previously self-published books, unless they are hugely successful. All the publishers linked to in this article do. They are all open to previously self-published books and previously reprinted books. This is a very helpful list if you have previously self-published your book, but feel like…

July 11, 2016

Thirteen Literary Journals that Publish Novel Excerpts

Literary journals are one of the best ways to build a publication history. They give agents and publishing houses a reason to take your manuscript submission seriously. However, most literary journals publish short stories, poems, non-fiction, and flash fiction, not novel excerpts. That is fine as many novelists also write other work. Some do not….

June 20, 2016

The Top 25 Publishers for New Authors

Updated April 10th 2017 The writing market can seem overwhelming, especially for new authors who do not have a history of past publication. It is important to note that no legitimate established presses specifically look for unpublished authors. The presses on this list were chosen because they have published a number of debut books before….

June 10, 2016

31 Romance Publishers That Accept Submissions Without an Agent

Updated: June 13th 2016 As ebook readers have grown more popular, the publishing market has changed significantly. This has had a huge impact on the self-publishing industry. The media talks about this shift all the time. However, they often neglect to mention the huge impact it has had on the romance publishing industry. There are…

May 9, 2016

19 Magazines that Publish Writing for Children and Teens

Most children’s book authors and young adult authors struggle with creating a history of previous publications – a useful task when trying to find an agent or publisher for their work.  The following list of publishers are all looking for work aimed at teens and children. So, not only do you create a history of…

May 2, 2016

15 Publishers of Mystery Novels That Accept Submissions Without an Agent

The crime novel is the great moral literature of our time.” JEAN-PATRICK MANCHETTE   “Nobody reads a mystery to get to the middle. They read it to get to the end. If it’s a letdown, they won’t buy anymore. The first page sells that book. The last page sells your next book.” MICKEY SPILLANE Mystery…

April 18, 2016

How to Submit Your Manuscript for Publication

When I finish the first draft of a novel I always have a great surge of adrenaline. When I was younger I would enjoy the thrill of completion for days and then start on a new project. It should surprise no one that my early efforts were not published (thank goodness). Now that I am…

April 4, 2016

11 Literary Journals Always Open To Submissions

Most literary journals are open only for a window of time each year. Sometimes it is a very long window. Sometimes it is more than one window. But it can be frustrating to visit their website and realize that they just closed to submissions. It can be particularly hard during the summer when the majority…

March 21, 2016

29 Famous Writers’ Writing Rules

Most writers have their own special “rules for writing,” even if they don’t talk about them. Mine is to never write without having coffee first. I find other writer’s rules fascinating, even when I don’t agree with them. A lot can be learned by reading about other authors’ approach to writing. The New York Times…

February 29, 2016

18 Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishers

Last year we published a shorter list of Science Fiction publishers open to unsolicited submissions. Since then we have reviewed quite a few more more Science Fiction and Fantasy publishers who do not require agents. Most of these publishers are interested in Science Fiction and Fantasy. Some publish just one of these genres.  Others publish…

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