Special Issue

October 1, 2018

19 Themed Calls for Submissions

There are themed submission calls for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Some of the themes are urban crime, American gothic, breaking with tradition, winter holidays, coffee and furries, occult detectives, steam and lace (steampunk), games, stories expanding on H G Wells’ War of the Worlds, children’s fiction, fantasy stories featuring mental health and magic, LGBTQ romance…

The Ten 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…

September 24, 2018

21 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….

September 17, 2018

25 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, most literary journals are not interested in publishing it again. After all, it has already…

September 10, 2018

The Top 35 Publishers for New Authors

The writing market can be overwhelming, particularly 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 It is important to note that no legitimate established presses specifically look for unpublished authors.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. Also, the publishers on…

September 3, 2018

20 Themed Calls For Submissions

These are submission calls for fiction, nonfiction, poetry and translations. Themes include Christmas abroad, urban shapeshifter fantasy, young adult fantasy, resistance and revolution, noir with psychic detectives, 21st century hardboiled crime and noir, dieselpunk and decopunk fairy tales, war, stories with neurodivergent characters, utopian societies, the disruption that technology has wrought, work related to Dante’s…

August 26, 2018

40 Writers’ “Rules for Writing”

Most writers have their own special “rules for writing,” even if they don’t talk about them. 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 Guardian have published famous author’s answers to…

August 16, 2018

13 Literary Journals Open to Other Art Forms

Most literary journals publish poetry and fiction. Many also publish creative nonfiction, 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…

August 13, 2018

15 Themed Submissions for August 2018

The calls are for fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Themes include music and theatre, life lessons learned from school days (and from cats), a punk rock future, robot dinosaurs, medical romance, grandparents, the internet, serial killers, god’s love, work inspired by Stephen King, and a tribute to Ursula K. Le Guin. All of these pay writers,…

August 6, 2018

25 Publishers Always Open to New 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 25 featured publishers are always open to submissions from writers without agents or previous publishing experience. All of them are…

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