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October 23, 2017

13 Approachable Literary Journals

If you are 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 around half of what is submitted to them. So the odds of your work being accepted just went up. These are…

October 16, 2017

9 Literary Journals that Publish Longer Fiction

Most literary journals are only interested in publishing short stories that are up to 3,000 words in length. So it can be harder for someone who wrote a longer short story to place it in a good home, unless they are publishing a collection of short stories. The following literary journals are all open to…

October 9, 2017

18 Calls for Themed Submissions

These calls are for fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Themes include campfire stories, poetry on love and justice, stories about water deities and anthropomorphic sword-masters, sound and silence and holiday hell, the United States West, music-themed LGBTQ romance, finding light in unexpected places, and calls for work by immigrant poets, to name a few. Many of…

October 2, 2017

20 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. Sometimes authors’ works are rejected for years, decades even, before they receive an acceptance. But these literary journals are respected and trusted. Most have a large readership and good distribution in libraries and bookstores. Many of these…

September 25, 2017

10 Major Book Publishers Always Open to Submissions

Some publishers open and close their doors to submissions on a routine basis. It can be hard to determine if they are open or shut to submissions, and when you should submit. The following ten publishers, however, are always open to submissions from writers without agents or previous publishing experience. They are all respected publishers…

September 18, 2017

21 Magazines Currently Seeking Creative Non-Fiction

Several prestigious literary magazines have opened their reading periods for submissions. This list has a mix of well-known and little-known or new magazines that welcome creative non-fiction: memoir, personal essays, lyrical essays and more. There are some themed calls: about community, mental health, candy, Canadian women and the vote and Indigenous writers, writing related to…

September 11, 2017

How to Start Getting Your Work Published in Literary Journals

‘The scariest moment is always just before you start. After that, things can only get better.’ Stephen King When I first started submitting my work to literary journals, each submission I made was a frustrating, time-consuming ordeal. I kept asking myself if each publication was the right fit for my poems. I kept wondering what…

September 4, 2017

15 Calls for Themed Submissions (Fiction, Essays, and Poetry)

Contributed By S. Kalekar The calls are for fiction, non-fiction and poetry on various themes. They are as varied as mythological beasts, hiding in plain sight, power, OCD and BDD, stories using imagery of Greek and Roman mythology, blood and squalor, working mothers, power, lost (and rediscovered) objects, athletes and social justice, challenges of parenting,…

August 28, 2017

19 Science Fiction Manuscript Publishers that Accept Submissions (No Agent Required)

Most of these publishers are interested in Science Fiction and Fantasy. Some publish just one of these genres.  Others publish many genres and types of books, science fiction and fantasy just being one genre among many. Some are small companies, others are imprints of major publishing houses. They are not listed in any particular order….

August 21, 2017

35 Writers’ “Rules for Writing”

Most writers have their own special “rules for writing,” even if they don’t talk about them. I always have coffee before I write. I find other writers’ rules fascinating, even when I don’t agree with them. A lot can be learned by reading about other authors’ approaches to writing. The New York Times and The…

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