February 18, 2019

10 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 14, 2019

aunt lute: Accepting Submissions

aunt lute is a multicultural women’s press. Their priority is to publish work by women, both transgender and cisgender, particularly women of color. They publish both fiction and nonfiction. They also publish poetry but only as part of an anthology or a larger prose work. They were founded in 1982. They are distributed by Small…

Storyscape: Now Seeking Submissions

An established online journal, Storyscape sorts all its stories into three categories: “Truth,” “Untruth,” and “We Don’t Know and They Won’t Tell Us.” They’re interested in stories of all kinds—from overheard snippets to carefully crafted masterworks—in all forms and styles. They especially like genre-bending work and stories that employ unexpected storytelling modalities, such as audio…

February 11, 2019

How to Get Your Writing Published This Year

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…

February 7, 2019

Five Journals Open to Submissions this February

All of these literary journals just re-opened to submissions on February 1st. As always, all of the literary journals do not have a reading fee. The literary journals are in no particular order. Switchback Switchback Journal is an online publication of the MFA in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco.  They publish a variety…

Skylight Press: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

Skylight Press is a small, UK-based publisher. They publish 12 books every year. They publish serious esoteric and occult books (focusing on things like paganism, and Arthurian/Grail traditions), as well as literary fiction, and non-fiction with a history or horticultural focus. They also consider literary analysis, although they do not publish much of it. They…

Thimble: Now Seeking Submissions

A brand-new, beautifully designed online magazine, Thimble focuses on publishing poetry. Thimble is looking for work that speaks to writers. They suggest that submitting authors ask, “Does this piece of writing give me shelter?” Though they primarily publish poetry, they also accept short stories, essays, and interviews. You can get a sense of their style…

Finding Your Squad: Online Book Promotion as Community

By Alicia Sophia In March 2018, I signed with RhetAskew Publishing. It is a traditional small press publisher, with an independent feel to it. Part of their contract is that authors must do their own marketing and networking. My first novel 1,4,3 was released in December 2018. It is a work of LGBT Literary Fiction….

February 4, 2019

The Pros and Cons of Publishing with Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing

By Logan Stoves Recently, I just published my first book with Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) and I couldn’t be prouder of myself. After my experiences, I believe KDP is one of the easiest ways to publish your book if you’re looking to self-publish. However, I would recommend you do your research on Amazon while…

15 Themed Submissions Calls for February 2019

These are themed submission calls for writers of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Some of the themes are holidays and holiday romance, dark skies, creatures, small-town America, apocalypse, exchange students, serial killers, mystery stories with boy protagonists, sports stories with girl protagonists, and demons. All of these pay writers, whether royalties, token, or pro rates. Also…