How do you structure writing? This is a problem that many writers have.

Let me tell you something–some people are not outliners but pantsers. It means that they write and write, and then later they come back and add structure to what it is they’ve written.
But some people are outliners. They like to have a structure in place beforehand and plug in their writing to that place.

By all means, be the writer that you are. You don’t have to be something that you’re not. You should enforce your creativity into one box or another because that will not help your creativity flow naturally. And if you need help with structure, you can always call on me.

One of the top techniques we use in the Writing Gym to boost inspiration is short writing exercises apart from your main work in progress.


That’s why we’ve curated a list of three publishing opportunities with exciting prompts to keep your creative vibes on track.


Here’s a pro-tip on how to ensure your work gets selected: talk to a professional who understands what literary journals, writing contests, 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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Downstate Story

Who They Are: Downstate Story Inc. is an Illinois not-for-profit corporation founded in 1992 to publish Downstate Story, an independent, annual, literary magazine. Downstate Story is published every fall and beginning in 2012, only on the Web. Each issue contains 10 original short stories. They accept a variety of genres so that every reader who looks at Downstate Story will find something fascinating.

What They’re Looking For: Short stories

What They Pay: $50

Deadline: June 30, 2021

Get more information and submit here.


Who They Are: Allegory is a biannual online publication of fiction and non-fiction.

What They’re Looking For: Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror

What They Pay: $15

Deadline: June 30, 2021.

Get more information and submit here.

Curiosities”: Weird/Occult Detective Stories

Who They Are: “Curiosities,” a short story anthology series published two or three times a year, available in digital and print on demand formats, and The Gallery of Curiosities, a podcast that features stories from the publication. Not every story they buy will make it to an audio podcast release, but they make a good effort to get it there before their rights expire.

What They’re Looking For: Retropunk fiction.

What They Pay: 5 cents/word

Deadline: June 30, 2021.

Get more information and submit here.

Is your work good enough to get published?

Many writing contests and anthologies receive 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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