3 Paying Publishing Opportunities With Upcoming Deadlines and No Fee to Submit

3 Paying Publishing Opportunities With Upcoming Deadlines and No Fee to Submit

Are you tired of costly submissions fees? Sick of not getting paid for your writing?

If you’re spending hours hunting around for those rare, paying opportunities, you’re wasting valuable time that you could be spending writing.

So, we’ve done the hard work for you and put together a list of paying publishing opportunities with no fee to submit. 


3 Paying Publishing Opportunities With Upcoming Deadlines and No Fee to Submit

3 High-Paying Publishing Opportunities With Upcoming Deadlines

Do you dream of one day becoming a published author? 

Are you left wondering how on earth you’re supposed to get there? 

Whether you’re just starting out or have been writing your whole life, finally achieving that author lifestyle can seem impossible. Whether you’re hoping to make money or make a name for yourself, the life you imagine can seem so distant and large that ever reaching it can seem daunting. 

Submitting to literary magazines and anthologies can be a great, achievable way to move closer to that publishing goal. Not only can you get your writing published, but you can get your name out there and make money in the meantime. 

Soon, when you’ve got a few published works, that once-faraway author lifestyle will seem closer than ever. 


That’s why we’ve put together a list of paying publishing opportunities with upcoming deadlines to propel you towards that author lifestyle.


3 Paying Publishing Opportunities With Upcoming Deadlines and No Fee to Submit

3 Paying, No-Fee Publishing Opportunities With Upcoming February Deadlines

Do you dream of making a living from writing?

When that novel you’ve been working on isn’t close to being finished, let alone published, that dream can seem lightyears away.

Fortunately, getting short stories and other works published in literary magazines and anthologies can make you a quick buck in the meantime. Unfortunately, many submissions calls don’t pay. Even worse, for some, you have to pay to submit with no guarantee of being published–making your dream of profiting off writing seem farther than ever.


That’s why we’ve put together a list of three paying publishing opportunities with upcoming deadlines and no fee to submit.


3 Paying Publishing Opportunities With Upcoming Deadlines and No Fee to Submit

3 Submissions Calls With Fun Themes and Upcoming Deadlines

Do you ever find yourself losing interest in writing? What about getting frustrated when you get stuck?

Even if writing is your number one passion, it’s not unusual to go through phases where you’re not quite as enthusiastic. Whether you’ve been riddled with writer’s block or you feel discouraged after receiving a rejection from a publisher, you might be reluctant to pick up your pen again.

A great way to reignite your love for writing is by working on fun side projects and prompts. Themed submissions calls from anthologies and magazines can get you excited about writing again and ready to get back to that novel you’ve been working on.

That’s why we’ve put together a list of three submissions calls with fun themes and upcoming deadlines.


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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Claw and Blossom: Water

Who They Are: From their website: “Claw & Blossom is a seasonal online literary journal of prose and poems that illustrate human experience within a larger context. We publish work that is touched by the natural world. We are seeking compelling arcs and deeply-resonant moments involving characters or narrators who wrestle with life’s impossible problems.“

What They’re Looking For: For this issue, Claw and Blossom is looking for work that relates to the theme water. They are accepting prose up to 1,000 words or poetry.

What They Pay: $25 per acceptance.

Deadline: February 21.

Get more information and submit here.

Speculative City: Sound

Who They Are: From their website: “Speculative City embraces the motivations of speculative fiction and integrates them into a focus of setting: the city. Cities instinctively draw marginalized individuals aspiring to create communities. Speculative City endeavors to elevate the voices of these communities through literary works that explore the potentials of their lived experience through the frame of science fiction, fantasy, and magical realism.“

What They’re Looking For: From their website: “Speculative City publishes provocative works that are centered within a cityscape…We are looking for fiction, poetry, and essays within the theme of the magazine’s upcoming issue”: sound.

What They Pay: $20-$55 according to the category and length of their submission.

Deadline: February 24.

Get more information and submit here.

Triangulation: Habitats

Who They Are: From their website: “We are Parsec Ink’s speculative fiction anthology, since 2003. We’re looking for outstanding fantasy, science fiction, weird fiction, and speculative horror–from new and established writers.“

What They’re Looking For: Poetry up to 100 lines and fiction up to 5,000 words under the theme habitats: “sustainable habitats, in tune with their surroundings.”

What They Pay: 3¢/word for prose and 25¢/line for poetry.

Deadline: February 28.

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 winning, 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.



What Do You Really Want For Your Writing Career

What Do You Really Want For Your Writing Career

What Do You Really Want For Your Writing Career

Hey there writers and muse daters.

Today I wanted to share a quote of the day with you actually from the ancient Roman poet Seneca.

“Let all your efforts be directed to something, let it keep that end in view. It’s not activity that disturbs people, but false conceptions of things that drive them mad.”

So what does that have to do with writing?

Well, many writers never reach their goals because they don’t actually know what their goals are. More precisely their goals are too vague.

When I’m speaking all over the world to writers, writers say things to me like “I want to publish. I want to be a best-seller. I want to have fans now.”

Those are all worthy and reasonable goals, but they’re really hard to reach.

For example, if you self-publish, has that met your goal of publishing? If you only have an e-book, has that met your goal of publishing?

The problem here is specificity. In order to have quality goals, we really need to quantify what those goals are because it’s a very different thing to just get published with a self-published book versus something getting published by one of the big five like Penguin.

Those are two different goals.

There’s no real judgment, one way or the other but you need to be really clear on what your goal is so that you can get there.

So the first step here is really to quantify your goal, so that you can get clarity on your own vision for what it is that you want
for your writing career. This will allow you to then work toward a specific goal every day, meet your writing dreams, and ultimately live the author lifestyle.

Over in the Writing Gym, we help writers to get clarity and to create the exact strategy to get them toward those goals.

If that sounds like something that you’re ready for, something you’re interested in, and you’re tired of churning in the same old solutions that don’t work. You’re ready for a solution that does work. You’re ready. Not only to get some clarity on what your author lifestyle goals are but how to get there.

I’ve opened up a couple of times in my calendar next week to chat with you. We can hop on a call and talk about where you are where you’d like to be and how you can get there.

Until next time. Happy writing.

What I Have Learned From Writing About My Personal Experience

What I Have Learned From Writing About My Personal Experience

What I Have Learned from Writing About My Personal Experience

By Writing Gym Alumnus Sonee Singh

I have been in the Writing Gym for eight months and it has transformed the way I write. The program has pushed me to expand and explore my writing in unexpected ways. I am in the midst of editing a women’s fiction novel, yet I have realized there is value in writing about my personal experiences.

I enjoy writing fiction because it allows me to explore the unfamiliar. I write characters unlike myself and I have them participate in activities I would not normally engage in. Fiction also allows me to explore the familiar. I write about traits within me or people I know, I give my characters my hobbies and interests, and I place them in settings I have visited. I give a voice to the experiences in my life under the cover of made-up scenes.

Salons are an integral part of the Writing Gym experience. In these salons, Annalisa Parent, who runs the Writing Gym, provides us a writing prompt and gives us 20 minutes to write non-stop. We, the participants, take turns sharing our writing and provide feedback in a way that highlights the strengths in our pieces. Salons have helped me gain confidence as a writer, discover skills in my writing that I didn’t know were in me, and build a supportive bond with my fellow writers.

A couple of weeks ago, Annalisa did something unexpected. She asked us to write about a personal experience. I panicked. When I have written about myself in the past, no one knew. Now they would and it made me feel naked. Salons are safe environments but I felt exposed.

It’s natural to feel vulnerable. When we share our personal stories, we open ourselves to criticism. It shouldn’t matter what other people think. After all, writing is something we do for ourselves. Still, we need to get over the fear of judgment and that takes courage. However, it can be freeing and empowering.

Writing about our experiences also forces us to look within. This can lead us to recall the positive and joyful moments, but anytime we peer into the recesses of our past, we also run the risk of finding buried hurts, shunned memories, or dulled pain. It exposes that which we never intended to see the light. It exposes what we have lived through and what we have survived.

There is a benefit in that. It allows us to accept what happened to us–good and bad. We can’t change our history. But we don’t have to hold on to it. Accepting the past helps us heal. It helps us release. It allows us to let go of the experience, let go of what it holds within us, and let go of the emotions that we attached to it. In bringing it to light, it ceases to fester, diminishing its significance.

It is not about exposing ourselves. It is about unburdening. It is about the catharsis. And that has another consequence. Sharing is authentic. Sharing brings a voice to our experiences and it makes our writing unique. It makes us relatable. It also allows us to feel lighter. At least it has done for me. After the salon where I shared my story, I felt oddly liberated and it brought a smile to my face. It opened up something for me–a sense of ease I hadn’t felt before. I was motivated to do more.

I encourage everyone to be open to writing about personal experiences. It may result in a pleasant surprise.

While in the Writing Gym, not only has Sonee revised her women’s fiction to publishable, she has also published two poetry anthologies.

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