About Places to Publish

In an ongoing effort to encourage writers to not just write,
but to pursue the craft on a professional level I offer links
and information I have found useful.

If you have something you think would be of help
to your fellow writers please email me the information

Sunday, March 1, 2009


I like what the editor offers here on their About Page...

"Avery is an anthology of fiction - fiction, because, in a world made meaningful by storytelling of all kinds, it's still what moves us most.

Perhaps you've noticed that Avery also does something an anthology of fiction isn’t supposed to do: it publishes stories that haven't been published anywhere else. Our stories are here, now, to be read, now. We - Avery's readers, writers, and contributors - are deciding what’s worthwhile and what’s necessary. You needn't wait for the Best Best Best of the Year - we've got it for you in every issue.

So what is worthwhile? What kind of stories do we read? Donald Barthelme once said the only criteria on which to judge a story is: Does it knock your socks off? We like that, but we don’t think it’s entirely accurate. We like stories that knock our socks off, but we also like stories that slip our socks off gently, or rip our socks off unexpectedly, or tug and tug at our socks until they’re lying on the floor beside the bed. The important thing is that by the end of the story our feet are bare.

We plan to publish two anthologies per year. We hope that writers will find their way to us, so that readers can find their way to them."

Vist their site for complete guidelines for submission and sample stories from their previous anthologies - http://www.averyanthology.org/submissions.html

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Sentence is dedicated to publishing prose poems and reviews and essays about prose poetry. We are interested in traditional prose poems as well as work that extends our conceptions of what the prose poem can be.

The objectives of Sentence are:
To continue the tradition of publishing excellent prose poems established by Peter Johnson's The Prose Poem: an International Journal (currently dormant)
To publish reviews and essays (personal, critical, experimental, etc.) about the prose poem, prose poets, and the poetics of the prose poem
To continue the discussion about the distinction between the prose poem and "poetic prose" (why is this distinction useful? are there other distinctions to be made?)
To explore the gray areas around the prose poem, especially in work that exists on the boundary between the prose poem and free verse on one hand and the prose poem and the essay on the other
To publish work that extends our conceptions of what the "prose poem" is or can be

They do not publish other types of poetry. I rather like that they include a mission statement, but note that no where do they include paying writers as a mission, so that generally means you will get contributor copies. Visit their website for complete submission information and for back issue samples - http://http://firewheel-editions.org/index.htm

Monday, February 23, 2009

Mouth Full of Bullets

Mouth Full of Bullets is a quarterly mystery magazine that offers the best original fiction and poetry from writers of all levels. In addition to the new print magazine, we will continue to offer the free online version. It will feature the best reprinted stories and poems we receive, as well as professional book reviews, author interviews, informative columns, and more.

Fiction we seek:

· Mystery/suspense of all types (police procedural, private eye, amateur sleuth, cozies, hardboiled, etc.). Basically, if it involves a crime and it's within our guidelines, we'd love to consider it.

· We want stories that feature believable characters who speak naturally, realistic situations that bleed conflict, and surprise endings that stay with us long after we reach the final period.

· We welcome new and established authors.

Poetry we seek:

· Anything crime-related.

Nonfiction we seek:

· We are open to articles and columns related to mystery writing, seeking representation, editing, writing in general, or anything else that grabs our attention. Query with your ideas.

They have a good looking website with quite a bit of copy available to read (which you should always do before submitting). Also make sure you follow carefully their formatting guidelines. http://www.mouthfullofbullets.com/submissions_guidelines.htm

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Zoetrope: All-Story

In 1997, Francis Ford Coppola launched Zoetrope: All-Story, a quarterly magazine devoted to the best new short fiction and one-act plays. It has received every major story award, including the National Magazine Award for Fiction, while publishing today's most promising and significant writers: Mary Gaitskill, David Mamet, Ha Jin, Elizabeth McCracken, Yiyun Li, Don DeLillo, Andrew Sean Greer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie, Woody Allen, Yoko Ogawa, David Means, Susan Straight, Charles D'Ambrosio, David Bezmozgis, Neil Jordan, and Haruki Murakami among them.

We consider unsolicited submissions of short stories and one-act plays no longer than 7,000 words. Excerpts from larger works, screenplays, treatments, and poetry will be returned unread. We do not accept artwork or design submissions. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, and first serial rights and a one-year film option are required. We do not accept unsolicited revisions nor respond to writers who don't include an SASE.

To be published in Zoetrope... now that would be a feather in your writing cap. Take a look at their website to read their online offerings and for complete submission guidelines. http://www.all-story.com/index.cgi

You are a writer, WRITE. Don't be afraid of rejection, be afraid of never doing anything that could be rejected.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Poll Comments

Ok... so this blog has given you quite a few markets and challenges. Have you submitted your writing any where? Have you added it to your to do list? Have you giggled nervously at the concept of sending your precious baby words into the world? Go ahead share your fears, your questions, or your.... whatever.

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

Ok... this is a fun contest and worthy of a blog post if you decide to enter. Vist their site for all the details... http://www.winningwriters.com/contests/wergle/we_guidelines.php

But these are the basics...

Submission Period
Entries accepted August 15, 2008-April 1, 2009

How to Submit Your Entry

  1. Find a vanity poetry contest, a contest with low standards whose main purpose is to entice poets to buy expensive products like anthologies, chapbooks, CDs, plaques and silver bowls. Vanity contests will often praise remarkably bad poems in their effort to sell as much stuff to as many people as possible. Click here for an example of a vanity contest that accepts nearly everything.
  2. Make up a deliberately absurd, strange, laugh-out-loud humor poem. Click here for examples.
  3. Submit your parody poem to a vanity contest as a joke.
  4. After you've done steps 1-3, click here to submit your entry to the Wergle Flomp Poetry Contest.
  5. There is no fee to submit to the Wergle Flomp Poetry Contest. Poets of all nations are welcome. Your poem must be in English (inspired gibberish also accepted). Please submit only one poem during the submission period. Your poem may be of any length.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Friday Submission Challenge

Yes, this is the same challenge as last week. But you didn't do it did you? Why not? You aren't a writer? BS... now... write and submit. It won't hurt a bit.

  • Roll the die - http://www.random.org/dice/?num=1
  • Go to the post for The Sun magazine.
  • Your die roll is the topic you will write for today and have in the post by tomorrow.
  • Just do it!!! You are a good writer!! You have something to say, something to offer or you would not be here.
  • Leave a comment here if you have completed the challenge.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Quick Fiction

Quick Fiction publishes stories and narrative prose poems of 500 words or less. Since 2001, when it was founded, the journal has released issues every spring and fall. The Boston Globe recently ranked Quick Fiction #4 among 100 New England literary magazines. Boston’s Weekly Dig has called it “a journal filled with great work from writers who respect the rigid, potentially gorgeous contours of microfiction and have a great deal to say in very little time.”

They take submissions online and offer two contriburtor copies of their print publication as payment if your writing is accepted. Visit their website for complete submission details - http://www.quickfiction.org/submit/guidelines.php

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Bitter Oleander Press

Many people request our guidelines for submission of poetry & short fiction. They are simple: be as imaginative as possible, be honest in speaking to yourself, and inspire yourself as you write. Once you've done that, put those exact poems or pieces of fiction in an envelope with a SASE (self-addressed & stamped envelope) for a response and/or the return of your work. Make sure you've supplied enough postage.

They also currently have a contest that may be of interest...

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Bitter Oleander is given annually for a single poem for the Frances Locke Memorial Poetry Award. Submit up to five poems of no more than two pages each with a $10 entry fee ($2 for each additional poem) by June 15. Bitter Oleander Press, Frances Locke Memorial Poetry Award, 4983 Tall Oaks Drive, Fayetteville, NY 13066-9776. Paul Roth, Publisher.

Visit their website for more information and complete contest and submission guidelines -http://www.bitteroleander.com/index.html

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Bear Deluxe

The Bear Deluxe Magazine, a nationally distributed environmental arts publication. Published twice per year, The Bear Deluxe offers that unsolicited submissions and samples are accepted and encouraged. Established in 1993, The Bear Deluxe has been recognized for both its editorial and design excellence. The Bear Deluxe is published by Orlo, a nonprofit organization exploring environmental issues through the creative arts.

Visit http://www.orlo.org/orlo.html click on the link for The Bear Deluxe and then Submissions for complete guidelines and all other information available.