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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,…

December 14, 2018

Backdoor Avenues to Publication in Lit Mags

By Jenn Scheck-Kahn Most of us find our first publications in literary magazines as unsolicited writers, meaning we send our manuscripts through a submissions manager on the magazine’s website after meticulously following the guidelines outlined there. Because a lit mag can receive hundreds, if not thousands of manuscripts for a dozen or two spots in…

July 23, 2018

15 Markets for Poets

These are markets for a variety of poetry, including literary, children’s, and speculative poems, and also translations. Most of these accept other genres also, like fiction and creative nonfiction. Several of these markets pay poets, from token to pro rates. Most of these are open for submissions. The Fiddlehead They want writing in English or…

July 19, 2018

One Sentence Poems: Now Seeking Submissions

As their name suggests, One Sentence Poems is an online literary journal publishing poems composed of a single sentence. A project of Ambidextrous Bloodhound Productions and a relative of the literary journal Right Hand Pointing, One Sentence Poems has been publishing a new poem every Tuesday through Saturday since 2014. You can get a sense…

July 9, 2018

18 Themed Calls for Submissions — July 2018

  Themes include haunted house, cozy crime, masquerade, speculative fiction (including Christian speculative fiction and urban fantasy), pilgrimage, magic, tech life, leaving, witches, tales from the classroom, diets, spirituality, cancer, social networking, divorce, dating, military spouses, LGBTQ romance, horror, and stories that incorporate specific lines or phrases. The calls are for fiction, nonfiction and poetry….

December 20, 2017

Ink & Nebula: Now Seeking Submissions

Ink & Nebula is an online poetry journal and writing school publishing work by established poets (Ink), and saving special space for poets who have not yet been published (Nebula). They believe that poetry can serve as a powerful catalyst for healing and growth, and that these natural functions flourish readily within a fertile community….

December 14, 2017

A Tale of Two Book Launches

By Susan Sundwall A few years ago, I realized a lifetime dream with the launch of my first mystery novel. I took the traditional route and partnered with a beloved local bookstore, one of the last in our area. Everything was handled by the owners and I was beyond pleased when almost sixty of my…

April 27, 2017

Blue Earth Review: Accepting Submissions

Blue Earth Review is published by Minnesota State University. They are a print publication and generally have excellent covers. They are highly selective and publish very little of what is submitted to them. They are open to submissions year round which is unusual for a journal published by a university. They publish fiction, creative nonfiction,…

February 15, 2016

George Orwell’s Tips For Effective Writing

George Orwell, the author of Animal Farm and 1984, among other works, knew how to craft a compelling and memorable novel. He wrote an essay entittled Politics and the English Language that among other things contained a series of tips, or rules for how to write effectively, as a way to share his ideas with…

November 10, 2015

Call for Submissions: How I Got My Book Published

We are currently seeking submissions of essays on the topic “How I Got My Book Published.” We want personal, practical stories about about how a writer got their book published with a traditional publisher. Or, how you sold a significant amount of books as a self published author (We would need to know the exact…

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