Publishing– as many of you already know– can be even harder than writing. And what makes it even harder is many major publishers open and close their doors to submissions throughout the year. As if that wasn’t enough, there’s another, even greater obstacle: many publishers require you to have an agent before submitting anything at all.

So many hoops to jump through, none of which allow you to spend time doing what you really want to do: writing.

But publishing doesn’t have to be so hard. If you know where to look for opportunities and support, it can become a relatively straightforward process. That’s what we’re here to do.


We’ve curated a list of three publishers that don’t require an agent and are open to August submissions. Submit directly, whenever you’re ready.

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The Forge Literary Magazine

Who They Are: The Forge Literary Magazine was founded by a group of volunteers from the international online writers’ forum, the Fiction Forge. They have a wide range of editors with eclectic taste, who are just waiting to read your story. Their editors also have impressive credentials themselves, as many of them have won literary prizes throughout the years.

What They’re Looking For: Short pieces of fiction and nonfiction that are no more than 5,000 words. They prefer pieces that are below 3,000 words. Their only criteria is literary quality and that the piece has not been published before.

What They Pay: $75 per piece, regardless of length

Deadline: Ongoing until the end of the month or whenever their submissions are full, whichever comes first.

Get more information and submit here.

Flash Frog

Who They Are: Flash Frog is an online flash fiction magazine that publishes a new short, short story every Monday. They also include a piece of original art with each story, making each Monday a delight for readers and viewers alike.

What They’re Looking For: This is a special time for Flash Frog as they are only accepting flash fiction submissions on the theme of “Ghost Stories.” This would be a great opportunity to blow the dust off that feather quill (or not) and begin to write a short, short story on that ghost that keeps haunting your literary senses.

What They Pay: $25 per story

Deadline: August 15th, 2021 for themed story on ghosts, other submission accepted after on an ongoing basis

Get more information and submit here.


Who They Are: Brink is an in-print literary journal that seeks to publish stories and art that may be on the “brink.” Their mission is to provide space to investigate new ideas and foster dialogues.

What They’re Looking For: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry that focuses on the theme of Currency. They seek submissions that go beyond our traditional ideas of currency, into what it can mean, and what it does mean to you. They are accepting submissions of various lengths.

What They Pay: $25 poem, $50 works less than 1,500 words, $100 works over 1,501 words.

Deadline: August 31st, 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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