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Submit Today!

Looking GlassHaving a short fiction to submit, I took a fresh look at what’s out there in the way of getting it in front of readers. Googling “current fiction publishers” returned the usual half-million results. But a site that noted “a full list of publishers accepting manuscripts directly from writers” had already done much of the work for me.
Here are two current (May, 2018) sources.

Erica Verrillo’s
lists hundreds of markets. 217 Paying Markets for Short Stories, Poetry, Nonfiction; 36 Paying Markets for Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction; Speculative Fiction Magazines Accepting Submissions; 163 Literary Magazines Accepting Reprints; even a spreadsheet with 300 places to submit.
Erica also provides a list of Upcoming (June, 2018) Calls.

$5 per month  currently lists 6,863 active fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and visual art publishers and agents. I chose Duotrope because they successfully helped the Writers Co-op advertise for story submissions for our upcoming anthology, The Rabbit Hole. That, and, paying for updated information implies a contractual obligation on their part to keep their information updated.

Researching publishers that are actively calling for submissions and submitting Happyaccording to my preferences and their guidelines is, well, a fun and hope-full part of this business.


If you will, please tell us in the Comments section how you find outlets for your work.


7 thoughts on “Submit Today!

  1. Perry Palin says:

    Years ago I combed through a long list of writing markets. It was a nearly fruitless exercise for me. I submitted to a number of markets and collected a lot of rejections. One literary journal published a story, and then it published a couple more. It was not a top drawer publisher, but it was a start.

    I’ve submitted to a few contests, won a few dollars and had a few stories appear in print.

    I’ve written articles and stories for journals and newsletters of not-for-profit organizations. This doesn’t pay, but it provides credits to cite in cover letters or queries.

    I have researched magazines, purchased one or more issues, and submitted to those that best matched my work. This has been more productive than writing blind to markets on a list.

    I was a member of a web community, now disbanded, that encouraged the posting of short fiction. Members encouraged me to publish a collection, and some of them bought the first and second books when they came out.

    What has worked best for me has been personal references, networking, and shameless namedropping. An accomplished writer friend suggested the publisher that eventually put out my two short story collections. In my query I named my writer friend, told the publisher I had been in the high school he attended, I knew where his summer cabin was; I let him know I was connected and I was interested in him and his company. We shared a pizza in a bar in NW Wisconsin before we signed the first contract.

    I called the publisher of a local community events magazine and asked him to publish a review of my first book. He said he would publish a review if I would write it, and he would also publish one of my stories. He later asked me to be a regular contributor to his magazine, which paid a small amount and provided exposure.

    Everything works sometimes. What has worked best for me has been to know the publisher, or know someone who knows the publisher and who will ease an introduction.

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  2. My company has acquired a new client: The Pushcart Press. I worked on a book the other night, The 2018 Best of Small Press short fiction, or something like that. When it comes back from India set, I am going to snag a copy and see what ‘best short fiction’ looks like. But I am simply not a short story writer. I create whole worlds, which does not seem to me to lend itself to short stories.

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    • Perry Palin says:

      The Pushcart Prize is a goal of many short fiction writers.

      I’ve been told by people who write both that the short story and the novel are very different things in what they choose to include, and what they purposely exclude.

      The approach to a publisher could be the same for both. One small regional publisher, a one man shop with part time contract readers and editors, published a short story of mine in his quarterly. I never heard about my novel submission, and when I wrote to follow up, he apologized for losing track of me, saying he received 750 submissions in 2017, He ageed to let me buy him lunch, and I still have to schedule that to meet him in person.

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  3. Short stories may be a path forward, but I don’t see that it’s done much good for my cousin by marriage in New Jersey. He’s the one who doesn’t need to talk about writing to a non-published author – he feels his career is beyond that. He’s been plenty published in some mainstream magazines, but his two novels are going nowhere, apparently. Can’t think of his name at the moment.

    Me, I’m betting the farm on Sly.

    I can look up that cousin’s name on Facebook. He’s one of my ‘friends’. Though it was actually my cousin Marybeth who made the request on his account. None of my relatives of my generation seem to be social-media participants. No cousin, I have several, not my brother, not my sister. I find that odd. But, they don’t have books to sell.


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