Thursday, May 18, 2017

21 Magazines That Pay for Travel Writing

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If you like to travel, you are in luck, because lots of magazines want to hear about your trips. And, as a bonus, they are perfectly willing to pay to get your insights, print your photos, share your adventures.

In addition to these magazines, many newspapers include travel sections. Check your local paper to see if the editors are interested in travel articles. Many are happy to accept features, especially those about your locale.

For additional magazines that pay (some quite handsomely) see: Paying Markets


Go World Travel Magazine covers world travel in more than 90 countries. "We’re looking for honest, down-to-earth descriptive writing. We’re not interested in a laundry list of things you saw and did; rather, we look for vivid descriptions, lively anecdotes and straightforward language that shows a sense of curiosity and interest in the destination. Go World Travel is written from an international perspective. Our readers are travel lovers from North America, Australia, New Zealand, the UK and around the globe." Length: Up to 1,600 words. Payment: $30 to $40 per story/photo essay upon publication.

Big Grey Horse  All things Texas! Blog posts require that you visit the location. Sources are required for each piece. All blog posts are written in first person. Photos are required. You must be a Texas resident and familiar with the state. Length: 600 to 1,000 words. Payment: $125-$200.

Desert Times wants stories about the deserts of North America and the culture and lifestyle of the people who live there. They prefer writers to also submit photos. Payment: $50.

Trailer Life is a monthly magazine for RV enthusiasts. They cover travel destinations (unlimited), outdoor activities, technical trailer info, and DIY projects for trailers. They also purchase photos. Payment: $75 - $700, depending on the type of submission.

AFAR. "AFAR’s mission is to inspire and guide travelers who seek to connect with people, experience their cultures, and understand their perspectives. AFAR knows that the best travel adventures often happen when you step off the beaten track or open yourself to the unexpected. So, while other travel magazines tell their stories through itineraries, AFAR tells its stories through people, allowing readers to explore authentic local cultures from the inside out." Payment: Negotiated.

Great Escape Publishing publishes articles on the craft and business of getting paid to travel, whether by writing, photography, tours or other means. "We also publish short interviews with successful readers and members, as well as professionals working in a field that enables our readers to get paid to travel. We do not publish straight travel pieces." Payment: $50-$75 for articles requested for the website, $100-$150 for interviews and personal stories, and $150-$200 for articles with specific income advice a reader can print and follow to earn more income.

Ensemble Vacations® is a national, consumer travel and lifestyle magazine published by Ensemble Travel® Group for its member agencies, including American Express Canada and Uniglobe Eastern Canada. Each issue of the magazine is focused on specific destinations, timed to coincide with Canadian consumer purchasing patterns. Payment: Competitive.

101 Holidays is a UK-based publication that covers world-wide travel. Themes include Honeymoon destinations, singles destinations (by month), family holidays, where's hot, and where to take a short break. Payment: £50 - £100 per article.

Adventure Motorcycle (ADVMoto) is a bi-monthly magazine "showcasing courageous people on inspiring rides around the world, both on road and off. Feature articles and Ride Reports tell the personal stories of riders overcoming challenges and adversity on their rides. Every issue also includes rider, reader and industry profiles, news and reviews, bike reviews, event reports and book/DVD reviews." Photos required. Payment: $150 and up.

Rider Magazine is written for the most mature, affluent and discerning readers in motorcycling. They are mostly experienced motorcycle enthusiasts. Photos required. They buy everything from full-length features to short posts. Payment: $200 and up.

International Living’s Daily Postcards. "If you’re an expat living overseas, we want to hear from you. Imagine you’re talking to your friends back home. What do you want to tell them about your experience overseas? What are the most important things you can tell someone about your life in another country." Payment: $75.

BootsnAll! The BootsnAll community loves independent travel no matter what form it takes. Payment: Feature articles pay $50.

The Expeditioner. "Just get back from a trip and have a great travel story you want to share with the world? Love to write about travel and want to inspire others? Our articles tend to be first-person narratives of all lengths and sizes (anywhere from 1,200 words and up). Once in a while, but not so much anymore, we also publish “Top 10” pieces, location overviews and other types of non-narrative pieces. We only require that your piece be interesting, informative and inspiring for future travelers." Payment: $30.

Verge Magazine. "Verge is the magazine for people who travel with purpose. It explores ways to get out and see the world by volunteering, working and studying overseas. Our readers are typically young (17-40 years), or young at heart, active, independent travellers who want to do something different and make a difference doing it. Some are seasoned travellers who have seen a good part of the world. Many are contemplating overseas travel for the first time and want to do it in a meaningful way." Payment: Not specified.

Transitions Abroad publishes "inspirational yet practical planning guides for cultural immersion travel, work, study, living, and volunteering abroad." They are looking for first-hand experience geared to readers who travel to immerse themselves abroad while respecting the culture and land of the people whose countries are being visited (while preferably spending money that benefits local economies directly). Payment: 7 cents/word.

Desert USA is an Internet-based, regional publication, focusing on travel, wildlife, geology, desert lore, cultural and natural history related to the North American Desert regions. "The main editorial focus of is travel in the North American Desert and surrounding regions. A strong emphasis in natural and cultural history is a major theme in our website and a popular interest to readers. Adventure, desert lore, photo essays, events, southwest arts & crafts are also consistently represented in our editorial. We have over 6000 pages online now, use our search engine to see what we already have on the site. We are only interested in new material." Payment: $50.

Alaska Airlines is looking for writing with vivid visual images, anecdotes and a strong narrative flow. "We are interested in writers who can cover business with insight and style; local writers who can lend inside perspective to our destination and travel columns; journalists who write with a sense of humor, though we do not publish a humor column." Payment: Rates begin at $150 to $250 for short articles in the Journal section (200 to 600 words); $150 for business shorts (500 words); $500 for columns (1,600 words); and $700 for features (2,000 to 2,500 words). Expenses, if agreed to in advance, are paid on invoice.

Horizon Edition Magazine is the monthly in-flight magazine for Horizon Air, reaching more than 574,000 travelers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, California, Nevada, Western Canada and Baja, Mexico, each month. Our target audience is business and leisure travelers, the majority of whom are between the ages of 35 and 54. "We look for writing with vivid images, anecdotes and a strong narrative flow. We are always looking for writers of national-magazine caliber, who can cover business and travel with style and insight. Horizon Edition Magazine is 80 percent freelance written." Payment: Rates begin at $100 for The Region section, a series of short (200 to 500 words) news articles and profiles from around the Pacific Northwest. Rates for departments, which may include corporate and industry profiles, regional-issue analysis, and travel and community profiles, start at $250; departments run about 1,600 words in length. Feature rates start at $450 for 2,000 to 2,500 words.

Wanderlust is a British travel magazine. They accept proposals from freelance writers, but not many. Payment: Current rates (as of 01/06/10) for most magazine features are £220 per 1,000 published words. Unless otherwise agreed, the fee is based on printed, not submitted, words. Fact pages are paid at £90 per page (approx 750 words) pro-rated. Fees for other sections (including Pocket Guides, Dispatches and interviews) are set per-article rates, agreed on commissioning.

Smarter Travel accepts multi-page slideshows and both short- and feature-length stories on a range of consumer travel topics, including booking strategies, saving money, avoiding scams, packing tips, best places to go, travel tech, travel trends, and travel tips that represent all kinds of travelers and travel experiences. "We also publish destination content, but prefer thematic round-ups that highlight multiple destinations (for example, “Europe’s Cheapest Cities,” “Destinations You Have to See To Believe,” and “Beaches That Should Be on Your Bucket List”). Occasionally, we’ll publish single destination stories, but those tend to be based on either hot/popular destinations or places that embody the notion of discovery (think “secret,” “surprising,” or “lesser-known” places)." Payment: $500 for long-form articles and multi-page slideshows, and $100 to $250 for shorter posts.

Journeywoman is a travel resource for women. "Do you have a female-centered travel experience you'd like to share? Women travellers as well as travel writers often gift us with select stories they would like to see published at the site." Payment: $35.00 honorarium for articles. (No payment for "gifted" stories.)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

3 New Agents Seeking Writers NOW

Here are three new agents actively building their lists. Blair Wilson (Park Literary & Media) is actively looking for middle grade and young adult fiction, as well as MG, YA, and adult nonfiction. In nonfiction, Blair is interested in narrative nonfiction, crafting/instructional, true crime, pop culture, lifestyle, sexuality & identity, design, and STEM topics.

Joanna MacKenzie (Nelson Literary) is seeking  literary-leaning projects with commercial potential, thrillers, mysteries, women's fiction, and YA coming of age stories.

Sarah Bedingfield (Levine, Greenberg, Rostan Literary Agency) is interested in most types of literary and upmarket commercial fiction.

Note: For a comprehensive list of new and established writers actively seeking writers see: Agents Seeking Clients.

IMPORTANT: You should NEVER query an agent without checking the agency website first. Submission requirements change, and agents may close their lists, or switch agencies.


Blair Wilson of Park Literary & Media

About Blair: Since graduating from Wesleyan University with a focus on literature and theory, Blair has fallen in love with the voices of new and emerging authors.

She is a native of North Carolina, and in her spare time can be found teaching embroidery classes at the American Folk Art Museum, testing out a new cookbook, or settling in for a night of Hammer horror movies.

She is Seeking: Blair is actively looking for middle grade and young adult fiction, as well as MG, YA, and adult nonfiction. In nonfiction, Blair is interested in narrative nonfiction, crafting/instructional, true crime, pop culture, lifestyle, sexuality & identity, design, and STEM topics.

How to Submit: Send your query and accompanying materials to Put “Blair Wilson” as well as the category and genre of your book (i.e. “Blair Wilson – YA Fantasy”) in the subject line of the email. All materials must be in the body of the email.

For all fiction submissions, include a query letter and the first chapter or approximately the first ten pages of your work. For non-fiction submission, send a query letter, proposal, and one sample chapter or approximately ten pages.


Joanna MacKenzie of Nelson Literary Agency

About Joanna
: Joanna joined the Nelson Literary Agency at the start of 2017 following a tenure at a Chicago-based literary agency where she successfully placed numerous manuscripts that have gone on to become critically acclaimed, award-winning, and bestselling novels. She represents a wide-range of writers, from YA (Kristen Simmons) and romance (Shana Galen) to mysteries and thrillers (John Galligan). Joanna loves working with authors who embrace the full publishing process (read: love revisions) and is committed to the stories her clients want to tell both with the words they put on paper, as well as with the careers the build. At the Nelson Literary Agency, Joanna is looking to expand her list in both adult and YA.

She is Seeking: Joanna is looking for literary-leaning projects with commercial potential and epic reads that beat with a universal heart (think The Secret History or The Namesake or Geek Love). In particular, she’s drawn to smart and timely women’s fiction as well as absorbing, character-driven mysteries and thrillers –Tana French is a particular favorite. She has a weird obsession with, what she calls, “child in jeopardy lit” and can’t get enough kick-ass mom heroines—she’d love to find the next Heather Gudenkauff. On the YA side, she’s interested in coming of age stories that possess a confident voice and characters she can’t stop thinking about (Morgan Matson is on her forever shelf).

How to Submit: Send a query via email to Please remember:

In the subject line, write QUERY and the title of your project. This will help ensure that your query isn’t accidentally deleted or caught in our spam filter.

In the body of your email, include a one-page query letter and the first ten pages of your manuscript.
No attachments Because of virus concerns, emails with attachments are deleted unread.


Sarah Bedingfield of Levine, Greenberg, Rostan Literary Agency

About Sarah: Prior to joining LGR in 2016, Sarah began her publishing career in trade fiction editorial at Crown and Hogarth. There, she worked with a range of bestselling and award-winning novels, including The Barrowfields by Phillip Lewis, Han Kang’s Human Acts and Man Booker International Prize winning debut The Vegetarian, as well as the New York Times bestselling novel The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George. Sarah hails from North Carolina, where she graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a double major in Psychology and English. Her favorite authors include Sarah Waters, Shirley Jackson, Matthew Thomas, Maria Semple, Emily St. John Mandel, Erin Morgenstern, and Victor Hugo.

She is Seeking: Sarah is seeking most types of literary and upmarket commercial fiction, especially novels that show powerful imagination, compulsive plotting, and unique voices. Epic family dramas, cross-genre narratives with notes of magical realism, darkly Gothic stories that may lead to nightmares, and twisty psychological suspense are among her favorite things to read. A southerner at heart, she can’t help but love books set in the south, but she’s a die-hard for any world immersive enough to make her miss her stop on the train, cry in public, or desperately seek help.

How to Submit: Please send queries to Query should include a brief synopsis and bio, as well as the first fifty pages of your novel.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

33 Feminist and Women's Publications That Pay Writers

Women's magazines are typically associated with check-out lines in grocery stores, where they sport loud headlines that either promise a "beach body" in ten days, or describe exciting new ways to please a man in bed. (Back in the old days, all you had to do was show up.)

While those publications pay quite well, they may not suit your needs if you write articles about politics, women's issues, personal essays, or fiction.

Here are 33 publications that either have a feminist slant, or appeal to women in areas other than dieting. They accept a wide variety of submissions, including articles, personal essays, fiction, news items, humor, and poetry.


Bitch Magazine. From the website: "Bitch Media's mission to to provide and encourage a engaged, thoughtful feminist response to mainstream media and popular culture." They pay $500 for feature articles, $200 for dispatches, and $50 for Department of Everything pieces. Nonfiction only. Read their submission guidelines.

Ms. Magazine was founded by feminist activists Gloria Steinen and Dorothy Pitman Hughes. It was first published in 1972, making it America's oldest feminist magazine. They consider articles on politics, social commentary, popular culture, law, education, and the environment. Payment rates are negotiated. Read their submission guidelines.

Black Girl Dangerous is a website for video, comics and writing by black, indigenous and people of color who are also queer and/or trans. They are especially interested in timely pieces that reflect on current news stories (including politics and pop culture) and are much more likely to accept these pieces for publication than others. They pay $75-$120 per article from queer and trans people of color. Read their submission guidelines.

Women's Voices for Change invites submissions of news commentaries, personal essays, and expert analysis. "We encourage all WVFC readers to take part in the ongoing conversation aimed at redefining the way women over 40 are seen in the culture, and how we see ourselves. Previously unpublished nonfiction work is preferred. We consider personal essays about our lives, work, passions, and history, including commentary on going against conventional wisdom, stories about triumphing over the unexpected, and essays about everyday life that reinforce the adage “the personal is political." Typical entries are between 1,000 and 1,500 words.  Payment is $50 per post.  Read their submission guidelines.

Autostraddle is an accepting and supportive environment for queer trans women. "Although Autostraddle is a website created for and primarily aimed at lesbian, bisexual and queer women (cis and trans) and always will be, as the community evolves we also are starting to include work by and about non-binary-identified folks in our community. Looking for personal essays, news or feature articles on topics related to queer, feminist and/or outsider culture. We’re looking for really good stories, edgy style, unique arguments, keen intellect and searing wit." Payment falls within the $40-$100 range. Read their submission guidelines.

Wanderful is committed to high-quality, interesting and useful content to women travelers.. Their pieces are inspiring, engaging, personal, and community-oriented. "We’d love to read your personal essay or feature piece on topics related to women and travel. Though some of our pieces aren’t women-specific, every article is written with our audience and community in mind. While we like to provide tips for other women travelers about how to make the most of their global experiences, we are known to also take on tough conversations related to feminism, women’s safety and violence against women, issues concerning women’s bodies, and other subjects. We handle these discussions with a combination of fact and tact." They pay $50 per article. Read their submission guidelines.

Bustle is "for & by women who are moving forward as fast as you are." Topics range from politics, to motherhood, to books, fashion and entertainment. Articles by men are accepted. Payment varies. Read their submission guidelines.

LiisBeth is a “a reader and community supported zine that examines entrepreneurship, start-up culture, and the innovation eco-system through a progressive feminist lens. We look for journalistic, edgy, positive, well-informed articles that offer readers’ a feminist’s perspective on entrepreneurship and innovation happenings, including policy and politics.” They pay up to $2,000 for articles. Read their submission guidelines.

The Establishment is looking to "unearth overlooked stories, produce original reporting, and provide a platform for voices that have been marginalized by the mainstream media. And yes, we want your humor, wit, and good old-fashioned satire, too. We publish originally reported features, interviews, long-form journalism, personal essays, and multimedia of all shapes, sizes, and creeds." They pay $125 for articles 800-1500 words, and $500 for long form articles 3,000 words+. Read their submission guidelines.

Vela publishes nonfiction written by women. "Our stories have been recognized as notable in The Best American Essays, The Best American Travel Writing, and The Best American Sports Writing; selected for inclusion in The Best Women’s Travel Writing Volumes 8, 9 and 10; and highlighted on NPR, Outside, The New York Times’ Opinion Page, The New Yorker’s Page Turner, and Longform, Longreads, and The Browser." Feature stories typically run from 3,000 to 6,000 words. Payment is competitive. Read their submission guidelines.

Ravishly is the Internet’s cool aunt. "Do you want to be part of the awesomeness and think your voice fits here? Please send along three published clips and your resume for consideration. You’ll see us talking about gender equality, body acceptance, coercing your toddler into eating broccoli, the horror that is Republican politics — oh, and orgasms." They reportedly pay around $50 to $75 per article or essay. Read submission guidelines.

Herizons is a Canadian publication with a feminist readership. "Articles about applying feminist principles in work, in relationships and organizations, and in social justice are welcome. Our readers are interested in health issues, social and political issues, environmental issues, equality issues, justice issues, spiritual issues; parenting issues and all issues informed by diverse racial and cultural experiences. Articles in which the writer is engaged with the material work best; personal experiences, journalism style articles, interviews, articles which bring in current research and a clear feminist perspective are all things we look for." They pay $250 to $750 for features, $175 for news, $65 for reviews. All payments in Canadian dollars. Preference is given to Canadian authors, and Canadian topics. Read their submission guidelines.

DAME features op-eds, and personal essays covering breaking stories; moving essays; expert advice; and unique takes on relationships, gender politics, sex, race, entertainment, the arts, business, politics, Internet culture, health and everything in-between. DAME’s tone is irreverent, witty, and provocative. "Our objective is to move the conversation forward around trending and topical subjects most relevant to women—that is, when we're not starting the conversation. We accept narrative-driven reported features, first-person essays, Q&As, op-eds, and humor essays (especially satire). Stories are generally between 800 and 2,000 words, depending on the subject matter and the story format." Payment is negotiated. Read their submission guidelines.

Rebellious Magazine for Women delivers a unique feminist perspective on Chicago news, events, politics and culture through original articles, essays and interviews. "We support women-owned and women-operated businesses and organizations through editorial coverage and business partnerships." Payment is $100 for 500-word profiles & articles, $50 for columns, essays, $25 for reviews (music, movies, books, TV). Read their submission guidelines.

ESSENCE is the "premiere lifestyle, fashion and beauty magazine for African-American women. With its motivating message, intimate girlfriend-to-girlfriend tone, compelling and engaging editorial lineup and vibrant and modern design, ESSENCE is the definitive voice of today's dynamic African-American woman. ESSENCE speaks directly to a Black woman's spirit, her heart and her unique concerns." Payment is negotiated. Read their submission guidelines.

Sasee welcomes editorial submissions from freelance writers. "We are looking for new, unpublished, first-person, non-fiction material that is for or about women. Essays, humor, satire, personal experience, and features on topics relating to women are our primary editorial focus. Diversity of subjects that reflect all age groups and variety of writing styles are invited. Articles should be no more than 500 to 1000 words in length." Payment varies. Read their submission guidelines.

Chatelaine "talks about what Canadian women talk about, and that means we want smart articles about everything from politics to engaging profiles to first-person narratives. The magazine is organized into five sections: Style and Beauty, Home, Health, Life and Food. Within those sections we have stories of different lengths and formats: briefs, how-tos, features, photo essays and packages. Feature articles are usually about big ideas (social issues, controversies, culture, crime, etc.), while the Health section covers the latest news and studies, gives fitness and workout tips and explores hot-button issues and the Home section is the place to go for inspirational décor ideas, clutter busting tips and quick, crafty projects." They pay $1 per word. Pitch your idea first. Read their submission guidelines. is looking for "smart, sassy, articulate, insightful pieces that inform, encourage, motivate, and entertain. We’re all about accessible fashion, beauty trends and techniques, sex, love, relationships, and making life easier for young women. Nearly anything is fair game, as long as it’s something women age 24-40 can relate to." Payment is negotiated. Read their submission guidelines.

Room is a "diverse community of writers, artists, and readers who make space for all women's voices." Room publishes original short stories, poems, creative non-fiction, or art by women, including trans persons, gender-variant and two-spirit women, and women of non-binary sexual orientations. All contributors will be paid upon publication: $50 CAD for one page, $60 for two pages, $90 for three pages, $120 for four pages, $150 for five or more pages. Read their submission guidelines.

Austin Woman Magazine is a free monthly publication from AW Media, focusing on the women of Austin, Texas. Read their submission guidelines.

Loudoun Woman Magazine is part of the Virginia WOMAN Magazine Group. It's 100,000+ readership includes Northern VA, Washington DC metro area and mail subscribers. Loudoun Woman Magazine is part of a nationally syndicated publication that has been rated the #1 educational newspaper for women in the United States. (U.S. World and Review.) Payment is negotiated. Read submission guidelines.

Lilith Magazine welcomes submissions of high-quality, lively writing: reportage, opinion pieces, memoirs, fiction and poetry on subjects of interest to Jewish women. "Our features usually run no longer than 2,500 words. News briefs are 500 words or less. Fiction submissions should be under 3,000 words.  When submitting, please make sure your name and contact information appear on each page of the manuscript, and include a short bio: one to two sentences, written in the third person. We accept submissions year-round." Payment is negotiated. Read submission guidelines.

That's Life is an Australian publication covering topics related to Australian women. They accept fiction! "We are looking for humorous, clever, positive, contemporary stories with a strong and easy-to-follow plot. It's a good idea to read several issues of the magazines to get the flavour of the type of fiction we publish." They pay $300. Request submission guidelines.

Canthius "accepts submissions of poetry and prose from a diversity of established and emerging women and genderqueer writers. For those who wish to submit to Canthius, we ask that your submission reflect the best of your creativity, your voice, your humour, your intelligence, your strength. Be political, honest, witty. We thank you for considering us as a forum for your work and for reading and writing about women's experiences and feminist issues." Pays $5 per page. This publication has reading periods. Read their submission guidelines.

Contemporary Verse 2 is a quarterly literary journal that publishes poetry and critical writing about poetry, including interviews, articles, essays, and reviews. "It is our policy to publish new writing by both emerging and established poets. The writing we encourage reflects a diversity representing a range of social and cultural experience along with literary excellence." Payment: Poetry: $30 per poem, Interviews: $50-$100, depending upon length, Articles: $50-$100, depending upon length, Essays: $40-$150, depending upon length, Reviews: $20-$75, depending upon length. Read their submission guidelines.

Make/shift "creates and documents contemporary feminist culture and action by publishing journalism, critical analysis, and visual and text art. Made by an editorial collective committed to antiracist, transnational, and queer perspectives, make/shift embraces the multiple and shifting identities of feminist communities." Pays $.02/word plus two copies for prose and a flat fee for visual art and poetry. Read their submission guidelines.

Mslexia is a quarterly geared to women. The magazine includes prompts, competitions and workshops for writers. "There are 14 opportunities to submit for women writers of all specialisms – poetry, fiction and nonfiction, with five slots kept solely for subscribers to the magazine. There’s something to tickle any writer’s creative fancy." They pay £25.  Read their submission guidelines.

skirt! publishes two personal essays every month on topics relating to women and women’s interests. "All essays for consideration should be submitted in their entirety and be between 800 and 1,100 words. Essays must fit one of our monthly themes. Payment for essays is $200. We reserve the right to edit articles for length and content." Read their submission guidelines.

Brain, Child is an award-winning literary magazine for mothers. "We focus on long form essays that range from 1,500 – 4,500 words. We are excited by great writing – and by both new and established writers. It makes our day when we hear from an established writer or publish an author for the first time." Pays competitive rates. Read their submission guidelines.

Salomé is an online and in-print literary magazine for emerging female writers. Salomé was regarded as powerful in her seductiveness and predatory nature. At Salomé, it is our words and the strength of the all-female collective that gives us our power. Accepts poetry and fiction. Pays £50. Read their submission guidelines.

WOW (Women on Writing) is open to general queries, as long as it relates to the craft of writing and publishing. "We are particularly looking for how-tos on a variety of writing and publishing topics, and interviews/round-ups with acquiring editors/literary agents/publishers. All articles must have takeaway value for fellow writers." Pays $50 or $75. Read their submission guidelines.

BUST is a "cheeky celebration of all things female and a trusted authority on up-and-coming trends among discerning, educated, and culturally aware women." Payment is not specified. Read their submission guidelines.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

2 New Agents Seeking Clients - sci-fi/fantasy, horror, thrillers, nonfiction and more

Here are two new agents actively seeking clients. Gabrielle Piraino (DeFiore) is seeking nonfiction as well as sci-fi/fantasy, horror, thrillers, and up-market chick lit for adults. She is also interested in children's books. Quressa Robinson (D4EO Literary) is looking for women’s fiction from #ownvoices authors, as well as a wide range of fiction and nonfiction.

For a comprehensive list of new and established writers actively seeking writers see: Agents Seeking Clients.

IMPORTANT: You should NEVER query an agent without checking the agency website first. Submission requirements change, and agents may close their lists, or switch agencies.

About Gabrielle: Gabrielle is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University with a dual-B.A. in Honors Classical Languages and English. After graduation, Gabbie earned her Masters of Science in Publishing at Pace University in Manhattan. She has previously worked for both major commercial publishing houses and literary agencies alike, including Farrar, Strauss & Giroux and AGI Vigliano. Gabbie joined DeFiore and Company in the summer of 2016.

She is Seeking: Gabbie is actively seeking imaginative sci-fi/fantasy, horror, thrillers, and up-market chick lit for Adults and Young Adults alike. For Children’s and Middle Grade, she is looking for stories that introduce curious young readers to new concepts with compelling characters and an engaging voice (fiction and nonfiction). Further, she’d happily review projects form author-illustrators in the comic/graphic novel arena. An avid personal baker/cook, Gabbie is pleased to accept queries for cookbook and crafty lifestyle projects, too.

Overall, Gabbie is searching for unique narrative voices (OwnVoices, when possible!), strong world-building, and spunky, stubborn characters that never do exactly what you’d expect.

How to Submit: Please query her at with “QUERY” in the subject line, as well as:
  • A brief summary of your book (no more than two paragraphs)
  • A brief, relevant bio
  • For fiction, please include the first 50 pages of your manuscript in the body of your email
  • For illustrators, please include your website or online portfolio
No attachments please.


Quressa Robinson (D4EO Literary Agency)

Quressa Robinson is an Associate Agent with D4EO Literary agency actively building her client list. Formerly she was an acquiring editor for St. Martin’s Press, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers where she edited both fiction and nonfiction.

What she is looking for:

  • SF/F (including speculative/magical realism)
  • Non-Fiction (celebrity, pop culture, pop science, memoir)
  • Upmarket and Commercial Women’s Fiction
  • Historical Fiction
  • Family Sagas
  • Contemporary YA (including romance)
  • SF/F YA Crossover
  • I am particularly interested in OwnVoices (Indigenous, African/African American, Asian, Latino/a/x, Muslim and other religious minorities, people with disabilities, Multiracial/Multicultural, LGBTQ, etc) and Inclusive Narratives
  • Genre bending is also great, i.e. epic fantasy romance or upmarket fantasy
“I’m particularly interested in women’s fiction from #ownvoices authors; stories that are upmarket as well as commercial, but with book club appeal. Would love to see nerdy female protagonists.”

How to Submit: Send queries to quressa [at], and take a look at Quressa’s full submission guidelines.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

2 Million Page Views ... and All I Got Was This Lousy Blog

Last year, in fact it was exactly a year ago, I published a post somewhat facetiously titled "A Million Page Views ... and All I Got Was This Lousy Blog."

Okay, I could afford to be a little snarky back then. After all, it had taken four years to reach a million.

I had no idea what was ahead.

A little less than a year later this blog hit another million - a four-fold increase in traffic. This was not an accident. I had written a post in which I had waxed enthusiastic about blog promotion. And for once - really, literally for once - I followed my own advice. I promoted my blog.

Promoting a blog is exactly the same as promoting a book. And why should it be any different? It's all writing! You simply need to find your audience. Really, marketing is that simple. (Of course, the trick is figuring out where your audience is.)

What makes a successful blog?

Before getting to the nitty gritty, perhaps we should take a step back and ponder the nature of blogs.

Essentially, there is no difference between writing a blog and writing anything else. If you are writing nonfiction (i.e. imparting information), you need to be clear and concise. If you are simply writing to entertain, let your muse shine through! Basically, those are your only two choices. (Of course, combining the two is always a good idea!)

Being of practical bent, I conceived this blog as a means to organize information. Initially, this was not because I intended to provide a service to the writing community. I was simply using my blog as an online tool to store and categorize information. It was much more convenient for me to write a blog listing agents accepting sci-fi and fantasy, for example, or build a table of magazines that would actually pay me for my short stories, than keep cumbersome notes on my desk. And because I needed to utilize those posts, I really put my back into them. It turns out those posts were also useful to quite a few other people. Two million of them to be precise.

First wave of views

Now, let's talk about how this blog managed to get viewed by so many people. When I first started writing, I had no idea how anyone was going to find my humble blog. So, I did everything a blogger is supposed to do: I got my blog onto various directories, tried to "optimize SEO" (still don't know what that is), guest posted, and did ALL THE THINGS. Box 1 shows how that worked out.

Stage 1: ALL THE THINGS. Stage 2: Posting on Google+. Stage 3: Posting on Facebook.

Doing ALL THE THINGS, while logical, didn't help me to reach people. If you were to apply that method to publishing, it would be the equivalent of putting your book up on Amazon and a few other places, notifying some reviewers, and calling it a day. (That doesn't work either.)

The sharp increase after the first red box is the result of finding an audience. In my case, my audience is other writers. (We share a goal - getting published!) Writers tend to hang out in the same places I do, i.e. writing groups on Google+ and Facebook. Between those two, my views went from 6,000 to 60,000 a month.

Some of my posts, notably the ones with lists of publishers accepting unagented submissions, got tens of thousands of hits, which launched them into the top positions on Google searches. As a result 2,000+ daily page views come from Google. An additional daily 2,000+ page views come from Facebook groups. (Facebook traffic tends to be intense, but short-lived.) With the addition of Facebook, traffic has now crept up to 100,000 page views a month.

In short, social media (notably Facebook) is what pushed my page views over the top, but it was not a scattershot approach. I placed my posts only on groups that would be interested in what I had to say. Conveniently, these were also groups that had a lot of posts I found interesting. So, to answer the previous question, the trick to finding your readers is to pursue your own interests.

The bottom line

The bottom line for a blog, or any other form of writing, is whether you have fun doing it. But the second consideration, the one we should always ask ourselves as writers, is how many people can I reach? The only way to increase readers is through daily promotion.

The most efficient way to find those readers is by advertising your writing, whether it be blog or book, in the places you like to go. Chances are pretty good that you will find like-minded people there, that is, people who will appreciate what you have to say.

You can't just promote occasionally. It has to be constant. That is true of your blog, of your stories, of your book, and of anything else you write. The day that you stop promoting is the day your creative endeavor dies.

IRONIC POST SCRIPT: No sooner do I publish this post than I am BANNED by Facebook! I got a notice that I had violated "Community Standards." Okay, so what were those standards that I had violated? "Threats, violence, nudity, hate speech, criminal activity, dangerous organizations..." Seriously? This is a publishing blog! So, I waited three days, and now I am out of jail.

What happened? Well, my posts went up in various groups too quickly. One of the groups I post on tends to pile up my submissions. I had seven posts pending moderation. They all went up at once, and voila! I was banned. So, be careful when you post on Facebook. Do it slowly. And if you have a post pending. Don't post again on that group until it is published.

Here are some posts with good information for promoting your blog (and other writing):

10 Simple Ways to Promote Your Blog (For Writers)

Flogging your Blog

How to Get 40,000 Readers Without Guest Blogging

Monday, May 1, 2017

52 Calls for Submissions in May 2017 - Paying Markets

There are more than four dozen calls for submissions in May. Every genre and every form is welcome (including full-length manuscripts)! All are paying markets. There are no submission fees.

Many of these journals have recurring calls for submissions, so if you miss this window, you can always submit during the next reading period.

For more literary journals seeking submissions and to get a jump on next month's open calls see: Paying Markets.


Nonbinary ReviewGenres: Poetry, fiction, essays and art. "We are open to submissions which relate to the urban legends, rumors, and suspicious stories reported on We’re looking for stories in which the urban legends might be made more plausible, explorations of the nature of urban legends and their origins, etc. EACH SUBMISSION MUST CONTAIN A LINK TO A SPECIFIC SNOPES ARTICLE." Payment: 1 cent per word for fiction and nonfiction, and a flat fee of $10 per poem and $25 per piece of visual art. Deadline: May 1, 2017.

Carte BlancheGenres: Fiction, poetry, CNF, art, photography. Payment: Modest. Deadline: May 1, 2017.

Weasel PressGenre: Short story on theme of Hitchhiking. ‘Hitchhiking is the art of traveling through getting free rides from folks. You stick out your thumb and gamble on if you’ll make it to the next stop or if you’re walking further than you had planned. Passing Through is seeking short stories with anthropomorphic characters on the road. Cash, Grass, or Ass, give us your best hitchhiking tales! Stories must contain anthropomorphic animals (humanized animals). This is a furry anthology, keep this in mind when submitting." Payment: ½ cent per word. Deadline: May 1, 2017.

Mythic DeliriumGenres: Fiction and poetry that ranges through science fiction, fantasy, horror, interstitial and cross-genre territory. Payment:  2 cents/word on publication for stories, $5 for poetry. Deadline: May 1, 2017.

Skirt! The Summer Lovin’ IssueGenre: Essay on theme: All things summer! From bugs to backpacking. Payment: $200. Deadline: May 1, 2017.

Timeless TalesGenre: Stories (up to 2,000 words) and poems that fit with the theme Arthurian Legends. Payment: $20. Deadline: May 5, 2017.

Bright Wall/Dark Room: The Hero's Journey. Genre: Themed essay. "We’re looking for writing on films or television shows that deal with this structure in some way—the Hero’s Journey, or the monomyth, as defined by Joseph Campbell and further popularized by Christopher Vogler." Payment: $25. Deadline: May 5, 2017.

Mugwump Books: Afrocentric Steampunk anthology. Genre: Steampunk. " Bring us your steam machines, airships, pulleys, and cogs. Your story can be steeped in magic, science, or both. It can be an alternate history, an alternate universe, or another world entirely. But let’s not limit ourselves. Your characters can live in the aether, as long as the story’s main underlying theme is built on a steampunk foundation. We want diverse characters in diverse settings and diverse cultures, with a main character of indigenous African descent." Payment: 1 cent/word. Deadline: May 5, 2017.

Augur Magazine. Genre: Fiction, poetry, and graphic fiction reprints, featuring at least 75% Canadian content. "We’re looking for reprints of uncanny or dreamlike realist fiction, literary speculative fiction, and magical realism. Our perfect submission defies categorization—pieces that could be “too speculative” for canlit or “not speculative enough” for spec magazines (although we’re open to stories on both these sides as well)." Payment: Small honorarium. Deadline: May 10, 2017.

Bennington ReviewGenre: Prose and poetry. Payment: $100-$200 for prose, $20 per poem. Deadline: May 15, 2017.

Cast of Wonders Podcast: Text Against Tyranny. Genre: YA podcast. "In times of seismic change, the stories that matter are the ones that enrich, inspire and support us… or simply give us the strength to carry on.  We’re looking for stories of survival in difficult times, when being true to yourself can be the most dangerous choice you make.  Stories of protest – subtle or overt. We want stories that have the courage and will to change the lives and worlds of their characters… and our own.  Send us unheard voices in unexpected places — tales that transform, and truths that define." Payment: 6 cents/word. Deadline: May 15, 2017.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Step Outside Your Comfort ZoneGenre: True stories and poems.
"We all have a tendency to get in a rut. We start to say no to new things, and that can only lead to a narrower and narrower life. When we try new things, we end up feeling energized and pleased with ourselves. There is tremendous power in saying “yes” to new things, new places, and new experiences. It makes you feel more dynamic, younger, and more of a participant in the world. You’re not distancing yourself from change any more. Start now!" Payment: $200. Deadline: May 15, 2017.

Alaska Quarterly ReviewGenre: Fiction, short plays, poetry, photo essays, and literary non-fiction in traditional and experimental styles. Payment: $50-$200 for prose; $10-$50 for poetry. Deadline: May 15, 2017.

Natural Wonders: Time in Nature Can Change Your Life Anthology. Genre: Nature essay between 1,200 and 2,000 words. Payment: $50. Deadline: May 15, 2017.

The Fantasist. Genre: Space opera/fantasy. Length: Stories must be at least 15,000 words and at most 50,000. Payment: $100. Deadline: May 15, 2017.

LamplightGenre: Dark fiction. Length: Up to 7,000 words. Payment: 3 cents per word. Deadline: May 16, 2017. Reprints accepted at 1 cent per word.

The Stinging Fly. Genre: Fiction and poetry. Payment: Token. Deadline: May 19, 2017.

Griffith Review 58: Storied Lives, Making a Difference – The Novella Project VGenre: Novella that focuses on people who have effected a change in the world. Insights from the lives of others – real and imagined, personal, political, scientific, cultural – are the key to empathy and understanding. Payment: Negotiated, depending on length. Deadline: May 22, 2017.

GrantaGenre: Nonfiction. Payment: Semi-pro to Pro. Deadline: May 25, 2017.

Pedestal MagazineGenre: Poems on the theme of "War." Payment: $40 for each poem accepted. Deadline: May 25, 2017.

Cloaked Press. Genre: Fantasy stories. Payment: $10 and 3% of sales. Deadline: May 25, 2017.

CricketGenres: YA Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction on theme of Puppets & Dolls. Payment: Fiction: up to 10¢ per word, Nonfiction: up to 25¢ per word, Poems: up to $3.00 per line; $25.00 minimum. Deadline: May 27, 2017.

Kweli Journal. "Kweli is the first online journal of its kind to celebrate community and cultural kinships. In this shared space, you will hear the lived experience of people of color. Our many stories. Our shared histories. Our creative play with language. Here our memories are wrapped inside the music of the Muscogee, the blues songs of the South, the clipped patois of the Caribbean." Genre: Self-contained novel excerpt, short story, or creative non-fiction piece, poetry. Length: No more than 7,000 words. Payment: "upon publication." Deadline: May 30, 2017.

Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale MagazineGenre: Fairy tale on theme of "Donkeyskin." Length: 700 - 3,000 words. Payment: Story $30, Poem $10. US dollars only. Deadline: May 30, 2017.

Worldweaver Press. Genre: Short stories on theme of Mrs. Claus. "We’re looking for stories that let Mrs. Claus (or is it Ms. Claus?) take centre stage." Payment: $10 and a paperback copy of the anthology. Deadline: May 30, 2017.

Gathering Storm Magazine. Genre: Fiction, poetry. Themes: Accidents Happen, If at First You Don't Succeed Try Again, Famous Last Word, If You Build It, They Will Come. Payment: $25 for fiction, $10 for poetry. Deadline: May 30, 2017.

The Well Review. Genre: Poetry. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: May 31, 2017.

New England ReviewGenre: Fiction, poetry, CNF. Payment: $20 per page. Deadline: May 31, 2017. (Charges a small fee to submit.)

Baltimore ReviewGenre: Fiction, poetry, CNF. Payment: $40 per piece. Deadline: May 31, 2017.

Gettysburg ReviewGenre: Poetry, fiction and essays. Payment: $15 per page (prose), $2 per line (poetry). Deadline: May 31, 2017. (Charges a small fee to submit online.)

Vestal ReviewGenre: Flash fiction. Payment: $25. Deadline: May 31, 2017. (Now charges $2 to submit.)

Renfield Press: Literary e-clectic. Genre: Fiction and Nonfiction stories on theme of Time Lost. Payment: $50. Deadline: May 31, 2017.

One StoryGenre: Literary Fiction. Length: Between 3,000 and 8,000 words. Payment: $500. Deadline: May 31, 2017.

Rice Paper Press. Genre: Horror. Payment: $100. Deadline: May 31, 2017.

Untreed Reads: The Killer Wore Cranberry. Genre: Short mystery stories. "All the stories contained within must be about murder and mayhem happening at Thanksgiving, and must feature a typical Thanksgiving dish as a vital part of the story (i.e.: turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie). Most importantly…it must be funny! This anthology is all about making people laugh while enjoying a great mystery short at the same time." Payment: Royalties. Deadline: May 31, 2017.

Manchester Speculative Fiction. Genre: Speculative fiction set in Manchester, UK. Payment: £15 Sterling. Deadline: May 31, 2017.

Contemporary Verse 2Genre: Poetry and critical writing about poetry, including interviews, articles, essays, and reviews. Length: Varies. Payment: Poetry: $30 per poem; Interviews: $50-$100, depending upon length; Articles: $50-$100, depending upon length; Essays: $40-$150, depending upon length; Reviews: $20-$75, depending upon length. Deadline: May 31, 2017. No simultaneous submissions.

Arc magazineGenre: Poetry (modern style), book reviews, and poetry-themed essays. Payment: $40/page and one copy. Deadline: May 31, 2017.

The Gettysburg ReviewGenre: Poetry, fiction, essays. Payment: $2.00 per line for poetry and $15 per printed page for prose. Published authors also receive a copy of the issue containing their work and a one-year subscription. Deadline: May 31, 2017. (Charges small fee for online submissions. No fee for snail mail.)

AgniGenre: Poetry, short stories, essays, stand-alone novel excerpts. Payment: $20 per page for prose and $40 per page for poetry, with a $300 maximum. Deadline: May 31, 2017.

Grain MagazineGenre: Poetry, short stories, literary non-fiction, Payment: $50 per page to a maximum of $250, plus 3 copies of the issue. Deadline: May 31, 2017.

Haunted Waters Press. Genres: Fiction, poetry. "We welcome both the profound and the quirky. We are open to most styles and genres of fiction including speculative, dark, experimental, and literary. We love flash fiction of any word count as long as it tells a complete story. We enjoy all forms of poetry including experimental, rhyming, free verse, and invented form. While we welcome deep, meaningful poetry, we also enjoy works that are witty, peculiar, or offbeat. As a general rule, we do not accept erotica. Horror only upon request. Profanity and violence, if used, must be integral to the story." Payment: $.01 - $.04/word. Deadline: May 31, 2017. (May is a free open reading period.)

ZYZZYVAPayment: Token to semi-pro. Deadline: May 31, 2017. Snail mail submissions only.

Chicken Soup for the Soul. Positively Happy! 101 Stories about Positive Thinking and Living a Happy Life. Genre: True stories and poems."Being happy is a state of mind. We can all find happiness in our lives and, even though we may have to look for it, we know that each day brings something to be grateful for. We want to hear your stories about finding your path to contentment. These success stories can be serious or funny and should inspire our readers to focus on hope, strength and optimism. How did you think positive and find happiness? Was it something as simple as an attitude adjustment? Did you make a major change in the handling of your daily life? How did you find purpose, passion and joy in your life and how do you stay positive? How do you use gratitude to be happier?" Payment: $200. Deadline: May 31, 2017.

Nashville Review. "Nashville Review seeks to publish the best work we can get our hands on, period. From expansive to minimalist, narrative to lyric, epiphanic to subtle—if it’s a moving work of art, we want it." Genre: Short stories and poems. Payment: $100/story, $25/poem. Deadline: May 31, 2017.

Antioch ReviewGenre: Nonfiction articles and some fiction geared to an educated audience. Payment: $20/page. Deadline: May 31, 2017. Snail mail submissions only.

The Baltimore ReviewGenre: Fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction. Payment: $40 Amazon gift certificate. Deadline: May 31, 2017.

Chiral Mad 4. Genre: Horror, speculative (dark). Collaborate writing anthology. Payment: $.06 per word. Deadline: May 31, 2017.

Central Arkansas Speculative Fiction Writers Group: When You’re Strange: An Anthology of Strangers. Genre: Speculative fiction. "We want to see stories about estrangement, oddballs, and those who simply do not follow rules. We want to see outsiders and those deemed unworthy by society. Outcasts are welcome." Payment: $15 and copy. Deadline: May 31, 2017.

Alice Unbound. Restrictions: Canadians only. Genre: Poetry and fiction. "Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was Carroll’s most famous work but there are other stories and poems (some within the greater works) where madcap creatures abound. Alice Unbound should contain an element of the speculative and may embrace fabulist, weird, myth, SF, fantasy, steampunk, horror, etc." Payment: .05/word. Deadline: May 31, 2017.

Milkweed Press. Genre: Novels, novellas, and short story collections. Payment: Royalties. (Advance?). Deadline: May 31, 2017.

New Rivers PressGenre: Novels, novellas, memoirs, and short story and poetry collections. Payment: Royalties. (Advance?) Deadline: May 31, 2017.

Fig Tree BooksGenre: Novels (including YA) and nonfiction (including memoirs) “that chronicle and enlighten the beautiful and sometimes challenging mosaic of the American Jewish Experience.”  Payment: Royalties. (Advance?) Deadline: May 31, 2017.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

36 Writing Contests in May 2017 - No Entry Fees

May hosts three dozen free contests. They cover the full range of topics, styles and genres, from essays, to poetry, to full-length works.

In addition to the prestige of winning a contest, some of the monetary prizes this month are substantial.

Be sure to check the submission requirements carefully, as some have age and geographical restrictions.

Many contests are offered annually, so if you miss a contest you may be able to catch it next year. For a full month-by-month listing of contests see: Free Contests.

Crucible: Poetry and Fiction Competition is sponsored by the Barton College Department of English. Genres: Fiction (limited to 8,000 words or less) and poetry (limited to five poems). Restrictions: All work must be original and unpublished. Prizes: $150.00 First Prize. $100.00 Second Prize. Publication in the CrucibleDeadline: May 1, 2017. 

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay ContestRestrictions: Children aged 18 and under. Entrants must reside within a Commonwealth country or territory, or the Gambia, the Maldives, and Zimbabwe. Max word count is 1500 for entrants aged 14-18, and 750 for entrants younger than 14. Prizes are not stated explicitly but “have included certificates, resources for winner’s school, visits to Cambridge University, a trip to London and a week of activities, work experience at international organisations, and having your entry featured in worldwide media.” Genre: Essay. The theme of the contest is “A Commonwealth For Peace.” Deadline: May 1, 2017.

“My Mother, My Hero.” Genre: Essay. "In the world of addiction, it is often the families who help pull a loved one out of the clutches of substance abuse. It’s through their support that many people find healing, and quite often it is a mom (or a mother figure) who is always there in a time of need. Of course, it’s also likely that a mom has been hurt most in watching her child suffer the pain of addiction, which doesn’t just affect the addict, it touches everyone in their life. In 250 words or less, tell us why your mother is your hero." Prize: $200. Deadline: May 1, 2017. 

Alpine FellowshipGenre: Pieces of any genre up to 2500 words on the theme of “landscape.” Prize: The first place winner receives £3000 and an invitation to enter the symposium in Venice (two runners-up also receive the invitation). Deadline: May 1, 2017. 

Questions Writing PrizeRestrictions: Open to authors aged 18-30. Genre: Short stories of any genre or nonfiction between 1500 and 2000 words. Prize: First place winners (or prize pool for a tie) is $2000. The work will also be published in a book. Deadline: May 1, 2017. 

Grant MacEwan Creative Writing Scholarship is sponsored by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Genres: Poetry, Short Fiction & Creative Nonfiction, Drama, or Graphic Novel. Restrictions: Authors must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate creative writing program of study or mentorship. (Max age 25) Alberta residents only. Prize: $5000 (CAN). Deadline: May 1, 2017. 

Whiting Foundation Creative Nonfiction GrantGenre: Creative nonfiction. Whiting welcomes submissions for works of history, cultural or political reportage, biography, memoir, the sciences, philosophy, criticism, food or travel writing, and personal essays, among other categories. Writers must be completing a book of creative nonfiction that is currently under contract with a publisher. Writers who signed a contract before May 1, 2015, are eligible. Prize: $40,000. Deadline: May 1, 2017. 

Polari First Book PrizeGenres: The prize is for a first book which explores the LGBT experience and is open to any work of poetry, prose, fiction or non-fiction published in English. Self-published works in both print and digital formats are eligible for submission. Restrictions: Writer must be born in UK or resident in the UK. Prize: £1,000.00. Deadline: May 1, 2017. 

West Virginia Fiction CompetitionRestrictions: Open to West Virginia residents or students. Genre: Short fiction, 5,000 words max. Prize: $500. Deadline: May 1, 2017. 

Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers ProgramRestrictions: Debuting authors and writers with fewer than three previously published books who have yet to receive a major literary award are eligible for consideration. Exceptions are sometimes made for authors who have published more titles, but have yet to break out to a larger audience. Submissions must be original publications, penned by one author. Self-published works not allowed. Genres: Published or scheduled to be published fiction and literary nonfiction. Prize: $10,000 in each genre and in-store marketing/merchandising from Barnes & Noble. 2nd Place $5,000 in each genre, 3rd Place $2,500 in each genre. Deadline: May 4, 2017.

Maine Arts Commission Individual Artist FellowshipsRestrictions: Open to writers who have lived in the state of Maine for at least one year. Genre: Fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction. Prize: $5,000. Deadline: May 4, 2017.

Daily Mail/Penguin Random House New Crime Novelist CompetitionRestrictions: Open to residents of the UK or Republic of Ireland. Unpublished authors only. Genre: Crime book. Prize: £20,000.00 advance on a publishing contract. Deadline: May 5, 2017.

Creative Comedy ProjectGenre: Comedy. ‘We want you to write a piece of comedy that’s no longer than 500 words. It could be experimental, satire, spoof, wit or wordplay. The choice our friends is up to you! We’re looking for all formats of written comedy. It could be the opening to a sitcom, a scene of a play or just a silly story. All that we ask is that it deals with one or more of the themes from Anita and Me, including family, coming-of-age, migration, racism, love and friendship, cultural and social change. Prize: The winning piece will be crowned Comedy Gold and awarded a prize of £300. Runner-up positions include Silver and Bronze and will receive prizes of £150 and £50 respectively. Deadline: May 7, 2017.

The James Laughlin Award is sponsored by the Academy of American Poets. Genre: A second book of poetry forthcoming in the next calendar year. Must be under contract with US publisher. Restrictions: Open to US citizens and residents only. Prize: $5,000, an all-expenses-paid week long residency in Florida, and the Academy will purchase approximately 1,000 copies of the book for distribution to its members. Deadline: May 15, 2017.

Artist Trust. Restrictions: Open to poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers who are residents of Washington State. Students enrolled in a degree-granting program are ineligible. Submit a writing sample of up to 12 pages with a project description, synopsis, budget, and résumé. Grant: $1,500. Deadline: May 15, 2017. 

St. Francis College Literary PrizeGenre: Novel. Third, fourth, or fifth published book of fiction. Self-published books and English translations are eligible. Prize: $50,000 is given biennially. Deadline: May 15, 2017.

Leeway Foundation: Transformation AwardRestrictions: Women and transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, or otherwise gender-nonconforming poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers in the Philadelphia area who have been creating art for social change for five or more years. Writers who have lived for at least two years in Bucks, Camden, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or Philadelphia counties, who are at least 18 years of age, and who are not full-time students in a degree-granting arts program are eligible. Award: $15,000. Deadline: May 15, 2017.

Expatriate and Work Abroad Writing ContestGenre: Essay. "Professionals, freelancers, and aspiring writers are encouraged to write articles that describe their experience living, moving, and working abroad. Often your experience living abroad may be extended by working or studying in the host country, so living/working/studying/and traveling abroad are often inextricable—and we are interested in exploring these interconnections." Prize: The first-place winner’s entry will receive $500, the second-place winning entry $150, and the third-place winner $100. Deadline: May 15, 2017.

Kindle Storyteller Award (UK)Restrictions: The prize is open to all authors who publish their book through Kindle Direct Publishing on between 20th February and 19th May 2017. Genre: Book. Prize: £20,000. Deadline: May 15, 2017.

Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction PrizeGenre: Fiction. Restrictions: Titles must be published in Canada and written by Canadians. No self-published works. Prize: $25,000 will be awarded to a novel or short-story collection published between March 22, 2016 and May 23, 2017. Prizes of $2,500 will be awarded to each of the finalists. Deadline: May 24, 2017.

Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Non-FictionGenre: Literary non-fiction. Restrictions: Titles must be published in Canada and written by Canadians. Prize: $60,000 will be awarded to a literary nonfiction book published between March 23, 2016 and May 24, 2016. Deadline: May 24, 2016.  Read guidelines HERE.

Stony Brook Short Fiction PrizeRestrictions: Only undergraduates enrolled full time in United States and Canadian universities and colleges for the academic year 2016-17 are eligible. Genre: Fiction of no more than 7,500 words. Prize: $1,000. Deadline: May 25, 2017. 

Sapiens PlurumGenre: Stories that personalize the consequences of climate change so readers feel as well as know them. But stories must offer hope, at least a possibility, for without hope people rarely act. Your job, as author, is to inspire scientists and states-persons around the world to live up to the promise of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. Prize: 1ST PRIZE: $1000; 2ND PRIZE: $500; 3RD PRIZE: $300. Deadline: May 27, 2017. Submission details available after registration.

Be a Hero ContestGenre: Flash fiction up to 50 words about a hero. Title is not included in the word count, and the hero can be from your life, from history, or fictional. Stories will be sent to all senators and members of the House of Representatives, urging them to be heroes in these times of United States political strife. "At this precarious time in the United States, we need people to be heroes. This isn’t a battle between Republicans and Democrats. This is a battle between right and wrong. And we need heroes who are willing to fight for what is right—across this country and around the world." Prize: The winner will receive a Gotham Writer’s Workshop class of their choosing. Limit one entry per person. Deadline: May 29, 2017.

Claudia Ann Seaman Awards For Young Writers. Restrictions: High school students. Genre: Stories and poems. Prize: $200.00. Deadline: May 30, 2016.

Nick Darke Writers' Award. Genre: Stage play. Prize: £6,000. Deadline: May 30, 2017.

Eden Mills Teen Poetry Contest. Restrictions: Open to Canadian teens. Genre: Poetry. This year’s theme: Time and all its gifts. Prize: Two $50 prizes, 2 $25 prizes. Deadline: May 30, 2016.

Bacopa Literary Review. Genres: Fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry. Prizes: First ($200) and Runner-Up ($160) prizes in each genre. All published will receive $20 and a copy of the print journal. After publication, Bacopa 2017 will be promoted online. Deadline: May 31, 2017.

bpNichol Poetry Chapbook AwardGenre: Published poetry chapbook. Restrictions: Canadian publishers only. Prize: The author receives $4,000 and the publisher receives $500. Deadline: May 31, 2017.

The Wolfe Pack Black Orchid AwardGenre: Mystery novellas in the style of Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe novellas. Manuscript length: 15K-20K words. Prize: $1,000, plus recognition and publication in a forthcoming issue of AAMM. Deadline: May 31, 2017.

Cromwell Article PrizeGenre: Articles published in 2015 in the field of American legal history. Restrictions: Open to early career scholars. Prize: $2,500. Deadline: May 31, 2017.

Jerry Jazz Musician Fiction ContestGenre: Unpublished fiction approximately 1,000 - 5,000 words. Story should pertain to music, social history, literature, politics, art, film and theater, particularly that of the counter-culture of mid-twentieth century America. Prize: $100 and publication in Jerry Jazz MusicianDeadline: May 31, 2017.

Save the Earth Poetry PrizeGenre: Poem (1). Poems submitted should, in any way possible, evoke humankind’s awareness of the natural world and nature as such. Restrictions: Open to High school students, grades 11 & 12. Prize: $200 awarded to seven winners. Deadline: May 31, 2017.

ABA Journal/Ross Writing Contest for Legal Short Fiction. Sponsored by the American Bar Association. Restrictions: Entrants must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents.  Genre: Original works of short fiction that illuminate the role of the law and/or lawyers in modern society. 5000 words max. Prize: $3,000 and publication in ABA Journal. Deadline: May 31, 2017.

James Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing AwardsRestrictions: Open to aboriginal youth, 18 years or younger, residing in Ontario, Canada. Prize: $2,500. Deadline: May 31, 2017.

I Must Be Off! Travel Writing ContestGenre: Travel articles, travel anecdotes and travel reflectionsPrize: $200. Deadline: May 31, 2017.
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