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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Volney Road Review

Who They Are: Volney Road Review is a biannual literary magazine based in Youngstown, Ohio. They have decided to dedicate the magazine to the Youngstown great, Volney Rogers, whose actions led to the creation of Mill Creek Park. VRR is also dedicated to Volney Road, a historical neighborhood in Youngstown, which contains some amazing homes—hidden gems of the city.

What They’re Looking For: Fiction, poetry, CNF, art

What They Pay: $10

Deadline: July 31, 2021

Get more information and submit here.

Arc Poetry Magazine

Who They Are: At Arc, they find the brave new voices. They feature poetry that is woozy, cunning, shearing and wildlike, and prose that offers new perspectives on the verse you thought you knew.

What They’re Looking For: Poetry

What They Pay: $50

Deadline: July 31, 2021.

Get more information and submit here.

Tales from the Moonlit Path

Who They Are: Tales from the Moonlit Path was originally published from 2005-2010. Much blood, sweat, and tears went into each and every issue, and a whole lot of wonderfully terrifying fiction and poetry was packed in there, as well. After 8 years, they have decided to resurrect Tales to give talented speculative fiction and horror writers another venue for their creativity.

What They’re Looking For: Dark, eerie, speculative stories.

What They Pay: $10

Deadline: July 27, 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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