3 Great Places to Submit Your Writing Before the Year Ends

3 Great Places to Submit Your Writing Before the Year Ends

Many people make resolutions each year about writing or getting published. Few follow through. It can be easy to let time slip by without actually making any forward progress on your writing goals, and then find yourself in the same position at the end of the year as in the beginning.

Did you set writing or publishing goals for 2020? Were you hoping to make 2020 the year you got published? If so, 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 finding 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 three 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 short stories. Our experienced writing coaches can work with you on your first 5 pages to give you tailored feedback so you’re 100% ready to publish. Drop yourself into our calendar to reserve your slot.

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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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.

 

 

Get Rid Of Your Publishing Anxiety Once and For All

Get Rid Of Your Publishing Anxiety Once and For All

Get Rid Of Publishing Anxiety Once and For All

Hey there, writers and muse daters.

One of the questions that people ask me a whole lot is “is publishing a do-it-yourself activity?” “Why do I need help, can’t I just get published on my own?”

Yes people can get published all the time on their own, but what I end up seeing often is a lot of wasted time and effort.
When people try on their own, they struggle because they don’t know how to start, what the standards of the publishing industry are, or they’re not even familiar with the industry itself.

They’ll bang up against the wall again and again, eventually giving up. Or they’ll self publish and have mediocre results at that, selling a couple of hundred books.

Whereas for the people who get help, for the people who are over in the Writing Gym, what I end up seeing is that they’re having a whole lot more fun.

When you’re working with other people who are doing exactly what you’re doing, who are as serious about publishing as you are, and have the same dreams, goals and aspirations as you do, “you’re in your tribe” as one of our writers said. (Shout out to Stephen!)

Those are your people. They want what you want. They’re a great sounding board for you, and it’s wonderful. They’re having more fun, and fun is good but fun doesn’t get published necessarily.

What else is great about getting the help that you need?

Well, if you’re working with the right professional as the people over in the Writing Gym do, things happen.

I am making phone calls on behalf of my writers to literary agents and publishers, so they’re fast-tracked to publishing, and avoid that slush pile.

Somebody said to me recently, “Oh, you know, I saw one of your Facebook lives and so I just decided that I could do it on my own. I’m just going to call the publisher and it’s going to work.”

Maybe it will and maybe it won’t but I can tell you that I spend a lot of time getting lunch with a lot of publishers, agents, and so on. By doing that, I can just pick up my phone and call and say “hey I got this great YA novel and here’s a brief synopsis,” give them the elevator pitch and ask “how would you position this?”

Nine times out of ten when I’m on the phone with them? They say they’d love to see that project and ask to send it over right away. That happened to me very recently.

The other day, I was on the phone with an acquisitions editor, chit-chatting with her about the industry and got talking to her about one of our writers. She said “please send me over both manuscripts,” and off those manuscripts went.

So working with others brings you more fun. It brings you better results. Writers in the Writing Gym get together, write on a regular basis and receive a specific kind of feedback, that’s based on the way that your brain learns and creates the best.

This process allows you to gain more confidence so that when you get those rejections, you can see okay, it’s just not what that particular publisher is looking for, rather than taking it as a setback. You’ll understand how to process feedback, how to integrate it into your writing, when to really listen to it and when to just say “thank you very much, but that’s not for me right now.”

These are all the advantages that writers have over in the Writing Gym. If this sounds like something you’d like to explore, let’s chat.

Until next time. Happy writing.

3 Great Places to Submit Your Writing Before the Year Ends

Get Published in These 3 Well-Respected Lit Mags and Earn Up to $250

Are you hoping to make a name for yourself by writing? Do you wish you could make a buck or two while you’re at it?

If your goal is to achieve fame and fortune as a writer, it can be tough knowing where to start.

Getting shorter works published in well-renowned magazines and journals is a great way to get your foot in the door. Prestigious magazines will stand out in your portfolio and mark you as an accomplished writer, something that can only help you in your future publishing endeavors. Plus, because these magazines are well-known, they often pay more than other publications.

As nice as that sounds, it’s not always easy to know which magazines and journals are well-known and high-paying.

That’s why we’ve curated a list of 3 journals and magazines accepting submissions that are not only well-respected, but that pay writers up to $250 per submission.

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 short stories. Our experienced writing coaches can work with you on your first 5 pages to give you tailored feedback so you’re 100% ready to publish. Drop yourself into our calendar to reserve your slot.

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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Upstreet

Who They Are:  From their website: “Upstreet is an independently owned and published, nationally distributed magazine… It is based in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, is an award-winning annual literary anthology containing the best new fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction available.”

What They Publish: Unpublished fiction and creative nonfiction pieces.

Length: 5,000 words or less.

What They Pay: Between $50 and $250 for short stories or essays, plus one complimentary copy of the magazine.

Get more information and submit here.


AGNI

Who They Are: From their website: “AGNI is a literary magazine housed at Boston University and known ‘among readers around the world,’ as the writers group PEN put it, ‘for publishing important new writers early in their careers, many of them translated into English for the first time.’ The print magazine appears twice yearly, in late April and late October.”

What They Publish: Poetry, essays, fiction, interviews, reviews.

Length: No word limits, thoughspace is at a premium and length sometimes affects [their] decisions.”

What They Pay: $10 per printed (or printed-out) page for accepted prose, and $20 per page for accepted poetry, up to a maximum of $150, plus a year’s subscription to AGNI.

Get more information and submit here.


Grain Magazine

Who They Are: From their website: “Grain, the journal of eclectic writing, is a literary quarterly that publishes engaging, eclectic, and challenging writing and art by Canadian and international writers and artists. Every issue features superb new writing from both developing and established writers.”

What They Publish: Unpublished poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction; queries for submissions of work in other forms (i.e. short plays, comics, etc.) are also accepted.

Length: Individual poems, sequences, or suites up to a maximum of six pages; fiction or literary nonfiction to a maximum of 3,500 words.

What They Pay: $50 per page to a maximum of $250, plus two copies of the issue in which their work appears.

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. If 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.

 

 

3 Great Places to Submit Your Writing Before the Year Ends

3 High-Paying Publishing Opportunities with Upcoming November Deadlines

Are you looking for publishing opportunities? Are you tired of not getting paid for your work?

You spend hours looking for opportunities, and find you don’t have any time left to write. Even worse, the opportunities you do find don’t pay–making all that effort seem hardly worth it.

We’ve saved you time and done the hard work for you. If you have short fiction ready to submit, these opportunities that could be just what you’re looking for.

We’ve curated a list of literary magazines looking for your short stories, excerpts and novellas this month. Get paid up to $45/page for your work.

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 short stories. Our experienced writing coaches can work with you on your first 5 pages to give you tailored feedback so you’re 100% ready to publish. Drop yourself into our calendar to reserve your slot.

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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The Fiddlehead

Who They Are: From their website: “The Fiddlehead was first established in 1945. What began as a mimeographed 8-page journal stapled together by Alfred Bailey is now a veritable institution of literary culture in Canada. For over 70 years, The Fiddlehead has continually upheld its mandate to publish accomplished poetry, short fiction, and Canadian literature reviews; to discover and promote new writing talent; to represent the Atlantic region’s lively cultural and literary diversity; and to place the best of new and established Canadian writing in an international context.”

What They’re Looking For: From their website: “The Fiddlehead is open to good writing in English or translations into English from all over the world and in a variety of styles, including experimental genres. Our editors are always happy to see new unsolicited works in fiction, including excerpts from novels, creative nonfiction, and poetry. We also publish reviews, and occasionally other selected creative work such as excerpts from plays.”

Length: Maximum 6,000 words for fiction, creative-nonfiction, or novel excerpts; maximum 10 pages for a play excerpt.

Pay: $60 CAD per published page, plus two complimentary copies of the issue with your work. All nationalities welcome to submit.

Deadline: November 30, 2020.

Get more information and submit here.


Deep Magic

Who They Are: From their website: “Deep Magic is a quarterly electronic magazine that publishes clean short fiction in the fantasy and science fiction genres. If you can tell a gripping story that doesn’t rely on sex, swearing, and graphic violence—you’ve come to the right place.”

What They’re Looking For: Clean fantasy and science fiction stories.

Length: 1,000-40,000 words.

Pay: $.08 per word for the first 7,499 words, with payment capped at $599.92 for stories longer than 7,499 words.

Deadline: November 30, 2020.

Get more information and submit here.


LampLight

Who They Are: LampLight is a quarterly literary magazine published as print and ebook that features dark fiction in a similar style to “The Twilight Zone.”

What They’re Looking For: “We go for stories that are dark, literary; we are looking for the creepy, the weird and the unsettling. No specific sub-genres or themes, just good stories. We do not accept stories with the following: vampires, zombies, werewolves, serial killers, hitmen, excessive gore or sex, excessive abuse against women, revenge fantasies, cannibals, high fantasy.”

Length: Maximum 7,000 words.

Pay: Unpublished Fiction: $.03 per word, $150.00 max. Reprints: $.01 per word.

Deadline: November 15, 2020.

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. If 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.

 

 

3 Great Places to Submit Your Writing Before the Year Ends

3 Writing Contests With Quick, Inspiring Prompts You Could Finish Today and Win up to $350

Feeling blocked lately? Tired of the long slog of writing a novel? Have a talent for poems or dialogue 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 their creative zone. Think of it like doing scrimmages or drills before a real sports game.

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 3 writing contests with inspiring, fun prompts sure to get your creative juices flowing–and they should only take a few hours to finish. Winners can earn up to $350 PLUS publication.

Here’s a pro-tip on how to win: don’t just write the thing and submit. Talk to a professional who understands what literary journals, publishers, and contests look for in winning pieces. Our experienced writing coaches can work with you on your first 5 pages (which will cover the entire submissions for the poetry contests) to give you tailored feedback so you’re 100% ready to win. Drop yourself into our calendar to reserve your slot.

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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Better Than Starbucks Sonnet Contest

Who They Are: Better Than Starbucks is “not your ordinary poetry magazine.” It is run out of Florida and was founded in 1995.

Contest Details: This contest is for a metrical sonnet. Previously published work okay, as long as you own the rights. You may submit up to 2 sonnets

Length: Sonnets are 14 lines long.

Deadline: November 30, 2020

Prize: 1st place: $350. 2nd Place: $100. 3rd Place: $50

Get more information and submit here. 


Dialogue Only Contest by Black Hare Press

Who They Are: Black Hare Press is a small, independent publisher based in Melbourne, Australia. They aim to make opportunities for authors all around the globe to participate in short form story anthologies in various Speculative Fiction and Horror genres.

Contest Details: A story told in dialogue only. At least one character must be from a speculative fiction world (alien, superhero, werewolf, zombie, vampire, faerie, etc). A good example of this is The Sunset Limited by Cormac McCarthy.

Length: About 5,000 words

Deadline: November 30, 2020

Prize: 1st place: $100. 2nd Place: $25. 3rd Place: $10, Plus Publication

Get more information and submit here. 


Ekphrastic Contest: Write a Poem on This Photograph by the Society of Classical Poets

Who They Are: The Society of Classical Poets aims to “preserve humankind’s artistic traditions; to reestablish poetry as one of the most widely appreciated forms of literature, communication, and entertainment; to increase appreciation of centuries of rhyming or metered poetry; to support poets who apply classical techniques in modern poetry through publication and performance opportunities and awards; and to advance language arts in education and culture.” They publish a journal of poetry.

Contest Details:

Above is a recent photograph of Chateau Boswell, a winery, vineyard, and tasting room located in California. It has suffered terribly because of the recent “Glass Fire” in Napa Valley. Write a poem based on the above photo. You may submit up to 2 poems.

Length: Any length

Deadline: November 8, 2020 by midnight EST.

Prize: $100

Get more information and submit here. 


Is your work good enough to win these contests?

Contests are, by nature, highly competitive. Are you 100% confident your work is the best of the best?

We help writers hone their craft so they can feel confident about submitting their work to even the most competitive contests out there. We’ve had many of our writers win contests, like Lauren and Dana.  If you’re serious about publishing and winning writing contests over and over again, you can speak to a member of our team to learn more about our programs. Book a call here. 

 

 

How Our Authors Get to the Front of the Submission Line

How Our Authors Get to the Front of the Submission Line

How Our Authors Get To the Front of the Submission Line

Have you ever wondered if there’s a way to get your query to the front of the line and out of the slush pile?

Let me tell you about how Mary Murry, one of the Writing Gym VIP Writers, got her manuscript past the submission pile altogether–and directly into agents’ hands. 

Mary has been working on perfecting her historical fiction manuscript for years. She finished it in our writing bootcamp and while on our England retreat, and was ready to publish it and live the author dream. 

Like many writers I know, the publishing process felt even more daunting to Mary than writing. After so much success in our bootcamp, she decided to take the next step and enroll in our Publishing Mastermind course. 

Step 1 was to send Annalisa–our resident writing coach and editor–her manuscript. Annalisa read the manuscript multiple times and worked with Mary to perfect her craft–and make sure that it’s in alignment with the current industry standards and trends. 

Step 2 was to sit back, relax, and let Annalisa call agents in our network on Mary’s behalf. Annalisa connected Mary with agents who are particularly interested in Mary’s genre (historical fiction), and that have a track record of publishing our authors. 

And that’s it. In just two steps, Mary had gotten her manuscript to the front of the line and in the hands of the right agents. 

That’s the kind of work we do for our writers, so they have more time to focus on what’s really important: writing and living the author dream. 

Want to learn more? 

The Writing Gym is accepting select writers to join our community of successful, published authors.

If you’re serious about publishing in 2020, let’s chat. Drop yourself into our calendar here to talk to a member of our team and learn more about our program. 

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