November 29, 2018

Black Spot Books: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

Black Spot Books just celebrated its one-year anniversary. They are a new speculative fiction publisher that considers work in a variety of genres including fantasy, dark humor, thrillers, and paranormal. They don’t often publish pure science-fiction or young adult titles, but they are open to reading them. They are a print and electronic publisher with decent…

Belle Ombre: Now Accepting Submissions

Belle Ombre is a UK-based literary journal that publishes a wide variety of writing. They publish fiction, poetry, and memoir, all rather standard, as well as portraits of established artists/authors, scientific and academic writing, travel writing, and journalism. Belle Ombre was founded in 2017, so they are still relatively new. They are an online literary…

November 26, 2018

Using Scrivener to Play the Submissions Game

By John Burnham As an aspiring writer, I make regular submissions to literary journals. It’s an enjoyable activity, full of challenges and satisfaction. But, it creates an admin task that’s not so much fun. I have to keep track of what pieces I’ve submitted, what journal the submission went to, and what the response was….

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…

November 21, 2018

Watershed Books: Now Seeking Young Adult Books

Watershed Books is an imprint of Pelican Book Group. Watershed publishes Christian fiction aimed at readers between the ages of 14 and 19. They want the books to appeal to older readers as well. It is a good idea to browse their catalog to see what they have previously published. This will also give you…

Plainsongs Poetry Magazine: Now Seeking Submissions

In print since 1980, Plainsongs is an established poetry journal produced by Hastings College Press in Hastings, Nebraska. They are looking for poetry composed of living language as vital and expansive as the great plains. And, they prefer verse that lives in the present while honoring its modernist and post-modernist heritage. Plainsongs publishes both free…

3 Reasons Imitation is a Gateway to Originality

By Katey Schultz Imitation, at first mention, is often shunned in writing circles. Admittedly, it can be confused with plagiarism, although in my work as a teacher and author, I see the two as very, very different. Think about classical painters who spend years imitating Monet before beginning original works of their own. Consider some…

November 19, 2018

8 Wonderful New Literary Journals

The following is a list of 8 new literary journals. All of these journals have been around for less than six months. In my experience, there are many reasons to seek publication in these journals. When a literary journal is new, the editors tend to be a lot more passionate. I have gotten handwritten thank…

November 15, 2018

Entangled Teen: Now Seeking Manuscript Submissions

Entangled Teen is the YA imprint of the romance publisher Entangled Publishing. Entangled Publishing is a newer company but they have had a lot of success in the genre of romance and they have sold a lot of books. They primarily operate on a digital first model, which usually means print runs only happen if/when…

Barnstorm: Now Seeking Submissions

A well-established online journal of creative nonfiction, poetry, and short stories, Barnstorm is always seeking submissions. Founded in 2009 and produced by the MFA program in Creative Writing at the University of New Hampshire, Barnstorm has been publishing literature in a wide range of forms and styles for almost a decade. They accept submissions from…