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I think the most-asked question I get is, “Where do I submit my stuff?”
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 nearly 6,000 fiction, poetry, and non-fiction 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.
1. My Newsletter
*Warning: Personal Plug!* My monthly newsletter is an opportunity for readers and writers to connect, and I also include my personal submission calendar, all nice and organized in an Excel file. Here’s a link to last month’s newsletter. (Download the sub calendar by clicking that big green button.)
2. Submishmash Weekly
This newsletter comes out twice a week. It includes all kinds of opportunities from publications using Submittable (which, let’s face it, is basically everyone).
3. The Practicing Writer
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.
4. Freedom with Writing
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.
5. Submission Grinder Newsletter
This is a weekly newsletter with new market listings, upcoming deadlines, etc. from the Submission Grinder. (More about that below.)
This is my go-to! If I’m at a loss for where to submit, I will always find something here. This site lists all of the publishing opportunities from markets using Submittable (again, that’s pretty much everyone), and it’s organized by poetry, fiction, all, nonfiction, and visual-art.
2. The (Submission) Grinder
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 4,800 markets compared to Duotrope’s 6,000), 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.
3. Almond Press list of writing competitions
4. Entropy Mag where to submit list
5. Trish Hopkinson where to submit
6. The Review Review classifieds
7. New Pages classifieds
8. Poets & Writers database
9. Every Writer list of lit mags
10. Freelance Writing writing contest list
11. Literary Mama
12. Writing Career calls for anthology submissions
13. Cathy’s Comps and Calls
14. Places for Writers calls and competitions
Twitter can be a great resource for finding places to submit. That’s actually the reason I initially joined Twitter.
1. My lit mag Twitter list
I keep a list of publications on Twitter, which often tweet calls for submissions.
2. 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!