Did you make a resolution to finally get published this year? Did you follow through? It can be easy to let time slip by without making any real forward progress on your writing goals, and then find yourself in the same position at the end of the year as in the beginning.

Time is running out—there are only a few weeks left till the year’s end.

Of course, I don’t think 2020 went the way any of us planned. But if you were planning on trying to get your name in print, it’s not too late to give it your best shot.

It can be tricky to find publishing opportunities with upcoming deadlines that you might miss, especially when you’re short on time.

That’s why we’ve put together a list of interesting publishing opportunities and contests with deadlines this month that you can submit to today.

Here’s a pro-tip on how to ensure your work gets selected: talk to a professional who understands what literary journals and publishers look for in submissions. I can work with you on your first 5 pages. You will receive tailored feedback and feel 100% ready to publish. Drop yourself into my calendar here. Spaces are limited.


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Written Tales’ “Tis the Season” Edition

Who They Are:  From their website: “We are here to help bring literature back to the forefront of society through short stories, flash fiction, and poetry….The goal of Written Tales is to give new and seasoned writers a place where they have an uncensored voice. A world stage where their work can reach maximum exposure through multiple platforms.”

What They Publish: Poems and short stories fitting the “Tis the Season” theme.

Deadline: December 7.

Length: 50-1500 words for short stories.

Get more information and submit here.

The New York Times’ Modern Love Series

Who They Are: From their website: “We seek true stories on finding love, losing love and trying to keep love alive…Although Modern Love has evolved into a podcast, a book, a TV show and Tiny Love Stories in its 16 years, the column’s central mission remains the same: to publish honest personal essays about contemporary relationships.”

What They Publish: From their website: “We welcome essays that explore subjects such as adoption, polyamory, technology, race and friendship — anything that could reasonably fit under the heading ‘Modern Love.'”

Length: Essays should be limited to 1,500-1,700 words.

What They Pay: $400 per accepted essay.

Get more information and submit here.

Sci-Fest L.A.’s Roswell Award

Who They Are: From their website: “Sci-Fest L.A. and Light Bringer Project are proud to take a leadership role in fostering emerging science fiction writers…The Roswell Award international short science fiction story competition accepts entries from emerging writers age 16 and older. Selected finalists will be chosen and have their stories read in their honor by celebrity guests during a special performance. All finalists and honorable mentions will be recognized for their work.”

What They Publish: Short science fiction stories.

Length: 500-1500 words.

What They Pay: First, Second, and Third place Roswell Award winners will receive $500, $250, and $100 USD cash prizes.

Get more information and submit here.

Is your work good enough to get published?

Many publications receive thousands and thousands of submissions. Are you confident that your work is strong enough to stand out from the rest?

We help writers hone their craft so they can feel confident about submitting their best work to publications or competitions. If you’re serious about publishing, you can speak with us to see how we can help you put your best foot forward when you submit your work. Book a call with us today.



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