In a world where hooking an agent is somewhat akin to chasing down the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, publishing short stories is a great career (and ego) boost for a writer.
Duotrope currently lists more than 7,000 fiction, poetry, and nonfiction markets. And that does not include the plethora of writing contest and anthologies. There are so many opportunities to get published. Not knowing where to submit should never hold you back. [Click to Tweet]
So with that said, here is a list of regularly updated newsletters, lists, and databases to help you find homes for your work.
This is a monthly newsletter from the wonderful Erika Dreifus, and it is full of resources. Of all the newsletters listed, this is definitely the most opportunity-dense. I’m always excited to see this one in my inbox.
This one focuses on paid publishing opportunities. You’ll find it in your inbox about twice a week. The presentation is simple, and it only takes a moment to scan the opportunities and see if any are for you.
This is a weekly newsletter with new market listings, upcoming deadlines, etc. from the Submission Grinder. (More about that below.)
This site is similar to Duotrope. It was created by Diabolical Plots after Duotrope began charging. It’s not quite as wide-reaching (listing abut 6,500 markets compared to Duotrope’s 7,000), but it’s free and is growing all the time. It has a search function and lists specifics such as genres and pay scales. It also, like Duotrope, allows members to track their submissions on the site and uses the data to list response statistics for each market.
The rest of these are pretty self-explanatory. They are all updated regularly, to the best of my knowledge. Explore, bookmark, and find the ones that work best for you.
Almond Press list of writing competitions
Entropy Mag where to submit list
Trish Hopkinson where to submit
The Review Review classifieds
New Pages classifieds
Poets & Writers database
Every Writer list of lit mags
Freelance Writing writing contest list
Writing Career calls for anthology submissions
Cathy’s Comps and Calls
Places for Writers calls and competitions
Submittable Twitter feed
I think Submittable was the first account I followed on Twitter. They are always tweeting current calls for submissions.
I hope these resources help you find homes for your work. I’ll update this list as I discover new resources. If you know of any I didn’t mention, please link them in the comments!
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