Have a talent for poems, art, or speculative stories and want to make a quick buck?

One of the top techniques we use in the Writing Gym to get creative juices flowing is doing short writing exercises apart from your main work in progress.

That’s right – we tell writers to stop working on their novel and write something else for a little while instead. It seems counterproductive, but it can seriously help you get out of your head, let go of expectations, and get into your creative zone.

Trust us, it works. There’s a reason our writers finish and publish their novels so quickly.

What if I told you that you could take an hour or two today to use this technique, not only to unlock your creativity but also to get paid and published too?

Sounds too good to be true, right? It’s not.


We’ve curated a list of three publishing opportunities with inspiring prompts sure to get your creative juices flowing.

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.

If these aren’t your thing, no worries. We put out a curated list of the latest publishing opportunities each week. Be sure to check back here in 7 days for 3 more opportunities! Or, you can get on our mailing list to have this list delivered straight to your inbox. Never miss a publishing opportunity again. Click below to sign up.

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Dark Moon Press

Who They Are: Dark Moon Books promote and focus on stories with dark and supernatural elements. The company was founded in 2011 and continues their mission of promoting works from authors who write outside the box.

What They’re Looking For: Supernatural and fiction with dark elements between 1,500 and  5,000 words (although they prefer words toward the lower end of the word count).

What They Pay: 0.02 cents USD per word, plus one contributor copy in each format. 

Deadline: September 5th, 2021

Get more information and submit here.

Sinister Smile Press

Who They Are: “Creating nightmares is our business, and business is good.” Sinister Smile Press publishes the macabre and takes delight in tales of horror. They publish both short story anthologies and novels.

What They’re Looking For: Supernatural and Horror stories between 5,000 and 10,000 words. They consider these word counts firm.

What They Pay: $40.00 USD per story plus a paperback copy of the anthology their story is published in.

Deadline: September 8th. 2021

Get more information and submit here.

Breaking Rules Publishing Europe

Who They Are: Breaking Rules Publishing seeks to be the writer’s publisher, creating a community where writers of all ages can submit their speculative fiction.

What They’re Looking For: Crime fiction based in the real – where our own world is terrifying. They are not looking for any supernatural or sci-fi stories. They seek stories on murder, mystery, and mayhem between 3,500 and 7,000 words.

What They Pay: $10

Deadline: September 8th, 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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