Tuesday, June 27, 2017

36 Great Writing Conferences in July 2017


Southampton Writers Conference
I've said it before, and I will say it again - conferences are not only the best way to meet agents, get tips from other writers, and learn about the publishing industry, they make you feel like a writer. We all need community, and this is how we, as writers, get the necessary incentive to keep writing.

If you miss your perfect conference this year, you may be able to catch it next year. Many conferences are annual events. Planning ahead may also lower the cost, as quite a few conferences offer scholarships and discounts for early bird registrations. (Note: I include conferences that are sold out so you can plan ahead for next year!)

For a full list of conferences organized by month, as well as links for finding local conferences, see: Writing Conferences
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Idyllwild Arts Summer Program Writers Week. July 3 - 7, 2017, Idyllwild, California. Workshops, craft talks, readings, and one-on-one consultations in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. "For decades Idyllwild Arts has been a gathering place for some of the world's finest poets and writers - among them Ray Bradbury, Norman Corwin, Lucille Clifton, Sharon Olds, Maxine Kumin, Billy Collins, Ted Kooser, Philip Levine, Luis J. Rodriguez, David St. John and Natasha Trethewey. That fine tradition continues with our second annual Writers Week, a gathering of talented writers from Idyllwild Arts and beyond."

Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators Annual Conference. July 7 - 10, 2017, Los Angeles, California. More than 100 writers, editors, illustrators, & agents. Workshops, breakout sessions, manuscript and portfolio consultations, panels, discussions.

North Carolina Writers' Network Squire Summer Writing Residency. July 13 - 16, 2017, Charlotte, North Carolina. The conference features workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as a presentation and readings. The faculty includes poet Morri Creech, fiction writer Sarah Creech, and creative nonfiction writer Cynthia Lewis. The cost of the residency is $650 ($550 for NCWN members), which includes tuition and shared lodging; the cost is $550 ($400 for NCWN members) for commuters.

The Cleveland Writing Workshop. July 8, 2017, Cleveland, OH. A full-day “How to Get Published” writers conference. "One day full of classes and advice designed to give you the best instruction concerning how to get your writing & books published. We’ll discuss your publishing opportunities today, how to write queries & pitches, how to market yourself and your books, what makes an agent/editor stop reading your manuscript, and more. No matter what you’re writing — fiction or nonfiction — the day’s classes will help point you in the right direction. Writers of all genres are welcome." Attending agents: Kimiko Nakamura (Dee Mura Literary); Moe Ferrera (BookEnds); Mallory Brown (TriadaUS); Vicki Selvaggio (Jennifer De Chiara Literary); Kaylee Davis (Dee Mura Literary); and Fred Tribuzzo (The Rudy Agency).

Antioch Writers' Workshop. July 8 - 14, 2017, Yellow Springs, Ohio. Featuring Keynoter  and Sunday Morning Craft Class Instructor, John Scalzi.  John is an American science fiction author, online writer, and former president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Morning classes and afternoon seminars in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry for all levels of writers--beginning to advanced. The workshop includes opportunities to give readings, receive professional critiques, interact with faculty, and meet with a visiting agent.

Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing Summer Seminar. July 9 - 15 and 16 - 22, 2017, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Workshops in poetry and fiction, one-on-one manuscript consultations, panel discussions, and readings.

Frost Place Conference on Poetry. July 9 - 15, 2017: Franconia, NH. Spend a week at “intensive poetry camp” with writers who are deeply committed to learning more about the craft of writing poetry. The Frost Place Poetry Conference offers daily workshops, classes, lectures, writing and revising time in a supportive and dynamic environment. Application Deadline: June 1, 2017.

Young Writers Workshop. July 9 - 29, 2017, Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Restrictions: For students completing grades 9, 10, 11. Three 90-minute workshop sessions daily, including imaginative writing activities and discussion of readings. Weekly individual meetings with workshop instructor. Focus is on using various forms of creative writing to develop language and thinking skills.

Stonecoast Writers’ Conference. July 10 - 15, 2017, Portland, ME. Workshops in poetry, short fiction, novel, and nonfiction/memoir, and a mixed-genre Creative Writing Bootcamp. The Stonecoast Writers’ Conference is open to students of all experience levels. However, admission is selective. Writing sample and deposit required.

Summer Fishtrap Gathering of Writers. July 10 - 16, 2017: Wallowa Lake, Oregon. Workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as panel discussions, readings, and open mics. "Held each July at Wallowa Lake in northeast Oregon, Summer Fishtrap gathers writers for a week of inspired writing workshops and culminates with a weekend of passionate discussion on a key issue facing the West." Faculty: Kim Stafford, Anis Mojgani, Scott Russell Sanders, Cameron Scott, Naomi Shihab Nye, Luis Alberto Urrea, and more to be announced. Cost: $795.

Tin House Summer Workshop. July 10-17, 2016, Portland, Oregon. Workshops with afternoon craft seminars and career panels. Evenings are reserved for author readings and revelry. Tin House editors and guest agents are available to meet individually with students throughout the week. Faculty: Aimee Bender, Natalie Diaz, Anthony Doerr, Danielle Evans, Joshua Ferris, Renee Gladman, Manuel Gonzales, James Hannaham, Naomi Jackson Mat Johnson, Kelly Link, Paul Lisicky, Morgan Parker Roger Reeves, Mary Ruefle, Karen Shepard, Jim Shepard, Claire Waye Watkins, and more. Cost: $1200. Application deadline: May 1, 2017.

ThrillerFest XII. July 11–15, 2017, New York City. This is the annual conference of the International Thriller Writers. The ThrillerFest conference has four main components: Master CraftFest, CraftFest, PitchFest, and ThrillerFest. Master CraftFest was designed as an educational tool for aspiring writers as well as debut and midlist authors to gain advanced training from the masters of the craft in an intimate, day-long training session. CraftFest was designed for all writers to learn from bestselling authors and subject experts who kindly offer their advice and assistance to advance attendees’ writing techniques and further their careers. PitchFest was designed to match writers with agents, editors, publishers, and producers. ThrillerFest, the final two days of the conference, is intended to offer readers a chance to meet the best authors in the industry and be introduced to debut and midlist authors. Expect innovative panels, spotlight interviews, and workshops to educate and inspire.

Oregon Coast Children's Book Writers WorkshopCanceled for 2017. Will return in 2018. July 11 - 15, 2016, Oceanside, Oregon. An intensive workshop for those who are not only passionate about children's book writing, but who dream of publishing their own children's books. Getting attendees published is the end goal. The instructors are five professional children's book authors, two children's book editors from major publishing houses, and a full-time children's book agent. Students can have at least one major manuscript consult per day, and possibly more.

Southampton Writers Conference. July 12–23, 2017, Long Island, NY. The conference features workshops in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and publishing, as well as readings, lectures, and a master class series. Creative writing workshops are the heart and soul of the summer experience, meeting four afternoons or mornings throughout the session. Enrollment is limited to 13 lucky writers who have applied with writing samples. Those accepted have the privilege of sharing their work in an intimate, rigorous and friendly setting. Workshop Applications: Rolling admission after April 1, where space available.

Green River Writers Workshops:Turning Memory into Story: Memoir Writing Workshop. July 13 - 16, 2017, Las Vegas, New Mexico. Using memory as a starting point, Green River Writers Workshops focus on the craft of storytelling through memoir, fiction, historical writing, and poetry. Both experienced and beginning writers are welcome.

Saskatchewan Festival of Words. July 13 - 16, 2017, Moose Jaw, Canada. Over the 4 days of the festival there are workshops for all ages, reading sessions, concerts, film, panel discussions, interviews, music, theatre, a slam poetry competition as well as workshops and author readings.

Write Time Black Writers Retreat. July 14 - 16, 2017, Palm Springs, California. "Designed for fiction and nonfiction writers and set amidst tranquil mountains surrounding an invigorating desert oasis, this affordable workshop will inspire and enlighten you. Head home with clearer direction and progress on your writing, energized from spending time with a community of dedicated writers, immersed in the literary life." Registration deadline: June 20.

The Gathering. July 14 - 16, 2017, La Plume, Pennsylvania. Workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as lectures and performances. "Each year The Gathering is structured around a theme that relates everyday experiences to broader issues. The purpose of The Gathering is to promote understanding and empathy to bridge cultural, social, and economic gaps. Lecturers include authors, poets, scientists, philosophers, musicians, performers, and artists who help shape contemporary thought in their field. A reading list gets us thinking ahead of time about the issues we’ll be immersed in at The Gathering. Our presenters have included Salman Rushdie, Gregory Maguire, Billy Collins, Ted Kooser, Diane Ackerman, Chris Abani, Susan Jacoby, Katherine Paterson, Peter Bohlin, Nancy Willard, Victor Navasky, Sandy Tolan, and many others. Their availability for conversation during meals and breaks and at social gatherings offers important opportunities for participants to gain new insights into the speakers’ work."

The Summer Writers Institute. July 14 - 28, 2017, St. Louis, Missouri. The Washington University Summer Writers Institute is an intensive, two-week program featuring workshops in fiction, micro fiction, modern humor, personal narrative, playwriting, and poetry, as well as reading and individual conferences with instructors. Adult writers of all levels of experience work together with published authors and exceptional teachers in a supportive, non-competitive format that allows for personalized attention and constructive feedback.

All Write Now! Writers' Conference. July 15 - 16, 2017, Cape Girardeau, Missouri. A one day writers conference with workshops, pitches, in-person critique sessions, Slush Pile, contests, bookstore, lunch and prizes. One day of master classes.

Port Townsend Writers’ Conference. July 16 - 23, 2017, Port Townsend, Washington. workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as craft lectures, readings, open mics, and time to write. "The Port Townsend Writers’ Conference has been since 1974 at the wild heart of the thriving Pacific Northwest literary scene. With a focus on community and rigorous attention to craft, the Conference offers morning workshops, afternoon workshops, residencies, guided freewrites, and a vibrant readings and lectures series presented by vital, contemporary writers."

Sewanee Writers’ Conference. July 18-30, 2017: Sewanee, TN. Faculty will give readings and provide instruction and criticism through workshops and craft lectures, as well as meet individually with participants to discuss their manuscripts. The Conference will offer five fiction workshops, four poetry workshops, and a playwriting workshop supported by two professional actors. In addition, a substantial number of literary agents will attend. Deadline: April 17, 2017.

Writing the Rockies. July 19 - 23, 2017: Gunnison, Colorado. Workshops, readings, panels, seminars and other events in poetry, genre fiction, screenwriting and publishing. One-to-one visits with faculty for critiques & pitches. Sponsored by Graduate Program in Creative Writing, Western State Colorado University.

Midwest Writers Workshop. July 20 - 22, 2017, Muncie, Indiana. Craft and business sessions, agent pitches, manuscript evaluations. MWW includes quality instruction by a faculty of authors, agents, editors, and specialists.

Fresh Water, Fresh Voices Writing Conference. July 20 - 23, 2017: Marquette, MI. Features writing workshops with talented published authors in tandem with outdoor activities including hiking, kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, and biking. Half of each day will be spent in workshops and craft talks, and the other half in guided group outings on the trails and lake. Evenings will be spent listening to readings and communing with writers over dinner and cocktails. Workshops will be led by outstanding published writers including Pam Houston, Diane Les Becquets, Frank X Walker, Mark Sundeen, Nicole Walker, Peter Geye, Kimberly Blaeser, and others.

PNWA Conference. July 20 - 23, 2017, Seattle, Washington, Sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. More than 50 seminars, editor/agent forums & appointments, practice pitching, keynote and featured speakers, reception, awards ceremony. Many agents and editors attending.

Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference. July 21 - 23, 2017, Grapevine, Texas. The Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference is a forum for journalists, writers, readers, students, educators and the general public to listen to, be inspired by and practice their craft at the highest possible level. Every year, the Mayborn Conference gathers some of the most talented storytellers in the country to share their stories, life-changing experiences and expertise with aspiring writers through three days of lectures, panels, one-on-one sessions, and student classes. In addition, the conference includes a variety of writing contests for anyone from high school students to Pulitzer prize winning professionals, who receive hand-made trophies, more than $26,000 in cash awards and have their work published in Mayborn's journal, Ten Spurs, or anthology, Best American Newspaper Narratives.

Gemini Ink Writers Conference. July 21 - 23, 2017: San Antonio, Texas. In this moment of social and historic flux, Gemini Ink’s Writers Conference will contemplate the role writing can play in reflecting and driving social, aesthetic and personal change. Participate in panels, roundtables, workshops, and readings. Engage in dynamic conversations on writing as an agent for change.

Tennessee Writers Conference. July 22, 2017, Nashville, TN. This is a full-day “How to Get Published” writing event. This event is designed to squeeze as much into one day of learning as possible. You can ask any questions you like during the classes, and get your specific concerns addressed. Attending agents: Lauren MacLeod (The Strothman Agency), Mark Gottlieb (Trident Media Group), Kimberly Brower (Brower Literary & Management), Elizabeth Copps (Maria Carvainis Agency, Inc.), Beth Phelan (The Bent Agency), Greg Daniel (Daniel Literary Group), Julie Gwinn (The Seymour Agency), Michael Caligaris (Holloway Literary Agency), Alice Speilburg (Speilburg Literary), Cate Hart (Corvisiero Literary), Laura Crockett (Triada US Literary), Lesley Sabga (The Seymour Agency), and more.

Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. July 23 - July 28, 2017, St. Helena, California. Workshops in poetry and fiction, craft lectures, panels, and evening readings with wine receptions at venues around Napa Valley. Faculty in poetry, Eavan Boland, Jane Hirshfield, Ada Limón, and Matthew Zapruder; in fiction, Lan Samantha Chang, Peter Ho Davies, Daniel Orozco, and ZZ Packer.

Green Mountain Writers Conference. July 24 - 28, 2017, Chittenden, Vermont. The program features workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as one-on-one consultations, lectures, publishing discussions, and readings. The faculty includes Yvonne Daley, Elizabeth Innes-Brown, Justen Ahren , Major Jackson, Chuck Clarino, Verandah Porche, Patty Carpenter and Elizabeth Rosner.

Romance Writers of America. July 26-29, 2017, Orlando, Florida. The RWA Conference is the place where career-focused romance writers meet, mingle, and get down to the business of being an author. RWA2017 Conference highlights include the “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing; the Keynote speech; hearing from great speakers; book signings; and the Awards Ceremony. At the conference, career-focused romance writers can anticipate: education and information, networking with fellow writers, interaction with editors, agents, publishers, booksellers, and other romance publishing industry professionals.

Bookstock Literary Festival. July 28 - July 30, 2017: Woodstock, Vermont. From Poets & Writers: "The festival features workshops, readings, discussions, and a book fair for poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Participating writers include poets Benjamin Aleshire, Laura Foley, Pamela Harrison, April Ossmann, and Elizabeth Powell; fiction writers Jean Hanff Korenlitz and Roland Merullo; and nonfiction writers Jabari Asim, Bruce Coffin, and Sarah Prager. All events and workshops are free and open to the public."

When the Political Becomes Personal. July 29, 2017: Hammonton, NJ. "Are you eager to contribute to the political conversation? Take advantage of our supportive atmosphere as a safe space to write a provocative personal essay worthy of submitting to the Op-Ed editors of major publications. Whether you lean left or right—or stand smack dab in the middle—this invigorating workshop will help you transform your fiery arguments into an eloquent and persuasive, thought-provoking piece."

Pennsylvania Writers Conference. July 30 - August 5, 2017: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. PWC includes workshops in creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and screenwriting. The conference will offer pitch sessions with agents, as well as certificate programs in publishing and arts advocacy and education.

Marlboro Summer Writing Intensive. July 30 - August 5, 2017: Marlboro, VT. Over the course of seven days, you will join a group of writers—professional writers, professors and other students interested in honing their craft. You will participate in workshops during the day, and in the evenings you will write, talk and connect with other writers. You will live in a dorm on Marlboro’s beautiful southern Vermont campus in the company of other program participants. Meals are included and served in the dormitory.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

13 Outdoor and Environmental Magazines that Pay Writers

If you love the great outdoors and are passionate about conservation, you can get paid for writing about it! Hiking and climbing enthusiasts are welcome to share their adventures, as are those who are dedicated to preserving wild habitats and the creatures that live in them.

Magazines focusing on the environment have a dedicated readership, and some pay quite well for a thoroughly researched feature. But even if your only interest is writing about your hiking adventures, there is plenty of opportunity to get published.

NOTE: For more paying markets, including markets for humor, poetry, speculative fiction, personal essays, parenting, and more see: Paying Markets.
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Alpinist Magazine is committed to "celebrating world alpinism and adventure climbing in the simplest, most beautiful manner possible. The heart of Alpinist lies in first-person accounts of long routes from around the world, investigative reports of subjects compelling to climbing aficionados, and documentary pieces that capture the spirit of ascent in any of its myriad forms. We welcome queries on article ideas from our readers, and encourage contact prior to the submission of articles." Payment is $.25 per word for feature articles.

Alternative Journal is Canada's environmental voice. They invite proposals for investigative features, shorter reports and notes, interviews and profiles, resource guides, research findings, cultural commentary and compelling photography, illustration and graphics. Payment 10 cents/word.

AMC Outdoors is the publication of the Appalachian Mountain Club. "In each issue of AMC Outdoors, two compelling features tell stories about people and places that stimulate readers' curiosity and engage their passion for the outdoors. Features typically are assigned to professional writers six months to a year in advance and are due four months before publication date. We are always on the lookout for stories that showcase an outdoor activity in a new and exciting way, offer a tangible sense of place and meaning, or profile individuals with unique approaches to conservation in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. We are interested in stories that lend themselves to stunning imagery and that feature people of diverse backgrounds and ages sharing their connections to the outdoors and recreation. Departments are designed to be short, in-depth articles that provide readers with news and advice on a variety of outdoor recreation and conservation topics." Features range from 2,000 to 2,500 words. Payment: "We generally pay $750 for features and $150 to $350 for departments."

Anthropocene is looking for stories that "investigate novel and innovative solutions to longstanding environmental and sustainability problems. Solutions journalism is a craft unto itself—it requires more than adding a “wait, there’s hope” paragraph at the end of a story." Payment is negotiated.

Backcountry Magazine wants "researched, original ideas with a strong backcountry hook, from current events to prolific characters to unique destinations. We are always looking for Feature ideas, as well as Destination stories for our Route Finding Department. Pitch us Profiles and Newsworthy items, Mountain Skills pieces, and Accounts of avalanches and other mountain mishaps as well." Payment is 35 cents/word.

BirdWatching magazine is all about, um, watching birds. It’s a good idea to send a query or story proposal before you go to the trouble of finishing a manuscript. Payment is not specified.

Mother Earth Living is a magazine that strives to be "entertaining and informative for readers interested in living a healthy, environmentally conscious lifestyle." Various sections of the magazine have different requirements. Articles in the four departments—Home, Health, Food and Garden—should be succinct and shorter than features. Features are longer and frequently require vendor resources—information on where you can buy certain products. Payment is negotiated.

Earth Island Journal is always looking for compelling and distinctive stories that anticipate environmental concerns before they become pressing problems, stories that scan the horizon for the next big issue. "We want stories that will surprise, provoke, and entertain our readers and that explore new territory overlooked by other publications. We cover the entire spectrum of environmental issues, including, wildlife and lands conservation; innovations in science and technology; public policy and the politics of environmental protection; climate and energy; animal rights; public health; environmental justice and cultural survival; and environmentally related film, music, and books." Payment is 25 cents/word for print stories. You can expect to earn about $750-$1000 for an in-depth feature story (about 4,000 words). For online reports, the fee ranges from $50 to $100. "Online reports are a great way to get into the Journal, especially if you are new to reporting and writing. We publish online five days a week and are always looking for fresh ideas."

Outside is a monthly national magazine "dedicated to covering the people, sports and activities, politics, art, literature, and hardware of the outdoors." They are looking for articles on outdoor events, regions, and activities; informative seasonal service pieces; sports and adventure travel pieces; profiles of engaging outdoor characters; and investigative stories on environmental issues. Payment is not specified.

Sierra is the storytelling arm of the Sierra Club, the United States’ oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental group. "We are a national print and digital magazine publishing award-winning journalism and cutting-edge photography, art, and video dedicated to protecting the natural world. Combining features on green living and outdoor adventure with reporting about threats to the environment, Sierra brings together leading journalists, photographers, and filmmakers to convey the ideals at the heart of the Sierra Club’s mission." Payment is not specified.

Northern Woodlands’ audience consists of conservation-minded people with an interest in all aspects of the forests of the Northeast. "Our articles and columns range in scope, and may include subjects such as woodlot management, wildlife species, scat, chainsaw maintenance, woodworking, and reflections on natural landscapes. We like to surprise our readers with stories they won't find anywhere else. We are not a trade magazine for the forest products industry or an advocacy magazine for preservationists." Payment varies.

Fiction and nonfiction

Bear Deluxe. The Bear Deluxe Magazine is the flagship project of Orlo and is published semi-annually from our headquarters in Portland, Oregon. "The magazine aims to enrich the cultural dialogue about the environment through creative nonfiction, interviews, reportage, essays, reviews, poetry, fiction and visual art published in the soy-based inky, recycled pages of the magazine and online." Payment is negotiated.

The Future Fire publishes "beautiful and useful fiction and poetry that focuses on the social-political elements of imaginary, futuristic, fantastic, horrifying, surreal or otherwise speculative universes. We are particularly interested in feminist, queer, postcolonial and ecological themes, writing by under-represented voices, and stories from outside the Anglophone world." Payment: $20.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

10 Mystery and Thriller Publishers Accepting Unagented Manuscripts

Mysteries and thrillers have enjoyed widespread popularity ever since the advent of Sherlock Holmes. Perhaps it is a holdover from our days as hunter-gatherers, but the hunt - something that lies at the heart of every mystery story - has an appeal that is deeply ingrained in us.

If you write mysteries, crime novels, or thrillers, there are a number of respected publishing houses that are willing to accept manuscripts without an agent. All of the publishers on this list offer royalties and do not charge authors anything for editing, cover design, or distribution.

Be sure to read their submission guidelines carefully, and follow them to the letter. Don't give anyone an excuse to throw out your submission.

NOTE: For more than 150 publishers accepting unagented books in all genres go HERE.

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Alibi

Alibi is Random House's digital mystery and thriller imprint. Alibi books are edited by a Random House editor, and have a marketer and publicist assigned to them. (But Random House assumes the author will contribute to social media marketing.) They are interested in full-length works (40,000 words or more), and will accept previously published books as long as the author has full rights. Read submission guidelines here.

Brash Books

Brash Books was founded by Lee Goldberg and Joel Goldman, both Edgar-Award nominated, bestselling authors. Lee is the writer/producer of many successful TV series (including Diagnosis Murder and Monk) and is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 40 books. Joel traded his career as a practicing trial attorney to write the hugely successful and award-winning Lou Mason, Jack Davis, and Alex Stone thriller series. Brash Books publishes crime novels, psychological thrillers, murder mysteries, international espionage, and police procedurals from established authors as well as premiere books from new voices. If your book has been previously published, but is now out of print, they are willing to consider it. Read submission guidelines here.

Endeavour Press

Endeavour Press is a UK publisher looking for works of at least 25,000 words in length, as well as full length books, in the following genres: Crime Fiction and Thrillers, History and Historical Fiction, Romance and popular Women's Fiction. Read submission guidelines here.

Felony & Mayhem

Felony and Mayhem was launched in 2005, and now has more than 100 titles in print. Their focus is on literary mystery fiction. "We love wit, we love elegance, we love distinctive narrative voices. And while we may sound a little snotty, the truth is that we would love nothing more than to find your witty, elegant, distinctive manuscript in our inbox."  The minimum length is roughly 75,000 words. Read submission guidelines here.

Hard Case Crime

Hard Case Crime publishes old-fashioned, hard-boiled crime novels with "bare-knuckled" prose. They are unabashedly dedicated to "reviving the vigor and excitement, the suspense and thrills—the sheer entertainment—of the golden age of paperback crime novels, both by bringing back into print the best work of the pulp era and by introducing readers to new work by some of today's most powerful writers and artists. Determined detectives and dangerous women...fortune hunters and vengeance seekers...ingenious criminals and men on the run..." Read submission guidelines here.

Henery Press

Henery Press publishes mysteries with a splash of chick lit. They focus on the cozier side of life: cozies with a hook, cozies with an edge, cozies with humor, cozies with adventure. Several of their books have hit the USA TODAY bestseller list, and many have won industry awards and garnered nominations for the Agatha, Macavity, Daphne, Anthony, and Golden Heart. All books are available in ebooks, trade paperbacks, and hardcovers. They pay royalties and offer editorial guidance, cover artwork, and a structured social media strategy. Read submission guidelines here.

Joffe Books

Joffe Books is one of the UK’s leading independent publishers of crime and mystery novels. Many of their authors have topped the best-seller lists. They accept submissions from published authors and new writers, as well as authors who wish to relaunch their back-list titles. They are seeking mysteries, crime fiction, psychological thrillers, detective, thrillers, and suspense. Read submission guidelines here.

Lyrical Press

Lyrical Press, an imprint of Kensington, publishes suspense fiction, thrillers, and cozy mysteries. They have a penchant for romance. Submit to one editor only. (The list of editors includes the genres they are receiving.) Response time is three months. Read submission guidelines here.

Level Best Books

Level Best, a publisher of anthologies, has recently opened its doors to full-length manuscript submissions. They are seeking crime fiction novels in the following categories: mystery, thriller, suspense, historical, traditional, and contemporary. No works of erotica or science fiction at this time. Read submission guidelines here. If you write crime short stories set in New England, you will want to check out their anthology guidelines here.

Seventh Street Books

Seventh Street Books—where fiction is a crime—is devoted to publishing quality mystery, thriller, and crime fiction. It is an imprint of Prometheus Books, an independent publisher of progressive nonfiction. A number of their debut titles have won prestigious awards, including the Edgar Award, the Mary Higgins Clark Award, and the Anthony Award. Read submission guidelines here.

Friday, June 16, 2017

36 Parenting and Family Magazines That Pay Writers

Writers who have taken the leap into parenthood have access to great material. (Yup. Your kids are material.) You can write about your successes, the mistakes you made, the mistakes they made, the joy, the laughter, the tears, the heartbreak, the interventions.

Magazines that are geared to families tend to have significant circulations. Many are local, which means they are eager for stories about regional family events and places to go that are family-friendly. Some publish fiction and poetry, and nearly all accept personal essays.

For more magazines that pay writers for fiction, personal essays, poetry, tech articles, and more go HERE.

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Mother Always Write. "We publish literary essays and poetry that are intended to honor parenting as one of life’s greatest callings. MAW reads the way motherhood is, not as someone is telling you it should be. Our pieces fall into three categories: (1) Early Years: mothering the younger years (from birth to age 12), (2) Middle Years: mothering the middle school and teenage years, and (3) Adult Children: mothers facing the empty nest." Payment: $25 for essays published in our once per month big issue released on the third Monday of the month. Blog pieces (pieces published on days other than our monthly issue release date), columns, and poems are not paid. Themed issues.

ADDitude Magazine is happy to receive first-person articles by parents, employers, teachers, etc. with personal experience with ADHD or LD and insights that might be helpful to ADDitude‘s readers. Payment: Not specified. Pays kill fees.

BabyFit articles generally fall into the broad categories of Nutrition, Fitness, Pregnancy or Post-partum (parenting). "BabyFit articles are written by experts or well-researched writers. They should appeal to our average member, who is seeking healthy living, family-oriented information. The voice of BabyFit is helpful, encouraging, entertaining, easy to follow and/or relatable. Generally, articles are between 500 and 1200 words in length. " Payment: $25 to $90 per piece, based on experience, credentials, and writing ability.

Adoptive Families is a resource for parents before, during, and after adoption, providing independent, authoritative adoption parenting advice and real families’ stories. Every aspect of adoption is considered, from deciding to adopt, to tips and guidelines, to personal stories. Payment: Varies.

PTO Today magazine is a resource for leaders of parent groups (often called parent-teacher organizations) at the 80,000 elementary and middle schools across the United States. "Articles focus on helping the volunteer leaders of these groups run their organizations more efficiently and support their schools more effectively. Features run roughly 1,200 to 2,200 words, and the average assignment is 1,500 words. Department pieces run 600 to 1,200 words." Payment: "We pay by the assignment, not by the word; our pay scale ranges from $200 to $700 for features and $150 to $400 for departments. We occasionally pay more for high-impact stories and highly experienced writers. We buy all rights, and we pay on acceptance (within 30 days of invoice)."

FreelanceMom is "a community for moms who believe that women can still be who they are after becoming a mom. We believe the landscape has completely changed and that there is no better time for parents to be a freelancer or solopreneur." Payment: $75 to $100 via PayPal.

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. We believe our writers are the lifeblood of our publication and strive to publicize and promote their work through our website, Facebook (240,000+ fans), Twitter, and Pinterest platforms." Payment: "We pay all of our writers for published online and print pieces."

Parents Magazine is interested in stories that appeal to a wide variety of parents. "Developmental service ideas for specific age groups are always welcome. In addition, we're always looking for compelling human-interest stories, so you may want to check your local newspaper for ideas. Keep in mind that we can't pursue stories that have appeared in competing national publications." Payment: Not specified.

FamilyFun is a long-standing national magazine for families with children ages 3 to 12. "On every page, we give parents the information and inspiration they need to create unforgettable family moments. We’re the trusted experts on family cooking, vacations, parties, holidays, crafts, and learning—all the essentials that enrich the precious time families share. To our two million subscribers, FamilyFun is where they can find a community of parents and discover ways to build strong, healthy families." Length: 850 to 3,000 words. Payment: $1.25 per word upon acceptance.

JustParents provides information for parents and pregnant couples, many of whom are first time parents. "Typically our articles will either be informational pieces on a certain topic of pregnancy or parenting, or a light-hearted opinion piece on an aspect of parenthood." Payment: £40 ($50 for US contributors) per article published on JustParents.co.uk. Payment is made via PayPal.

Working Mother publishes articles related to the working mother's work, family, and lifestyle. "Our readers and followers include full-time, part-time and sidelined moms who work at public and private companies of all types and sizes; who are entrepreneurs; and who are self-employed." Payment is negotiated.

The Green Parent. "Our main objective is to provide information that empowers readers and supports them in being their own experts. We like to publish articles that have a strong point of view and are written from the heart." Payment: £75 per 1000 words.

Local and Regional Publications

Alaska Parent magazine is looking for freelance writers who demonstrate a fresh, engaging writing style and a keen sense of the topics that matter to local parents. "As Alaska’s exclusive, all-in-one parenting resource, our readers include parents with children ages newborn through teens, as well as expectant moms. We publish several stories in each issue, from hard-hitting articles on serious topics to pieces designed for fun and entertainment. Our writing tone is easy-to-read and conversational, yet packed with plenty of punch. Through our pages, we want our readers to feel understood, supported and empowered to make healthy parenting and life choices." Payment: "For original articles, we generally pay $40-$200. For reprints, we generally pay $25-$40; however, authors willing to localize their reprints with interviews with local parents and experts can expect more. If your submission is accepted, you should submit an invoice (within an email is fine) that includes name, address, phone number, name of story and payment amount. Payment shall be due within 30 days after the print date of the publication."

Atlanta Parent Magazine is a locally-owned print and online magazine. They accept personal essays, practical articles, and features. "Practical articles (400 to 600 words) address a compelling issue in parenting. Practical articles can also be activity-based; writers for these types of articles keep the information short and to the point. Larger feature articles cover a wide range of important issues including childcare, education, adolescence, motherhood, family travel, kids’ products and navigating the joys and challenges of parenting. These articles often include quotes from experts in the field, while also bringing in the voices of local families." Payment: "Short articles are 300-600 words in length, and payment is $25-$50, depending on the reporting. The average feature story is 800 to 1,200 words in length. Payment varies depending on the writer’s experience and the relationship with Atlanta Parent, but begins at $100 for a one-page story. We pay upon publication. The editors have unrestricted editing rights."

Carolina Parent is a monthly parenting magazine with a Triangle-wide print circulation of 35,000 in Wake, Durham and Orange counties in North Carolina. "Issues typically reflect a theme, and include regular features and columns. Our audience consists of parents, teachers, child care providers and other advocates for newborns through teenagers." Payment: "Fees vary depending on the length and depth of the story. Original, feature-length manuscripts written on assignment generally pay $75-$300 depending on the word count and publication the content is being written for. Reprint rates vary."

Charlotte Parent is a monthly publication with a circulation of 40,000 that provides useful advice and local resources for parents raising children in the Charlotte area. "As Charlotte's leading parenting resource, our readers include parents, teachers, child-care providers and other advocates for children ages newborn through teens." Payment: Fees vary depending on the length, depth and use of story. Assigned articles generally pay $50-$150, and reprints pay $30-$45. Writers are paid upon publication.

Chesapeake Family Life is a monthly parenting magazine covering Anne Arundel and Calvert counties, Howard County, Bowie and Upper Marlboro areas of Prince George’s County, and the Kent Island area in Queen Anne’s County in Maryland. Payment: "For assigned articles, our pay range is $75-200, with articles that require more research at the higher rate. We pay around $35 for reprints but note that we try not to overlap coverage with other parenting publications in the region and don't often use reprints."

Chicago Parent is a parenting news magazine. "We offer a lively editorial mix with a distinctly local focus and a "we're all in this together" spirit. We seek to include new voices, but we use only local writers. Articles submitted by writers who have not previously written for Chicago Parent are on speculation." Payment: Short articles are 300-400 words in length, payment is $25-$50, depending on the reporting. Reader essays pay $50-$100 depending on published length. The average feature story is 800 to 1,500 words in length. Payment varies depending on the writer's experience and the relationship with Chicago Parent, but begins at $100 for a one-page story.

Cincinnati Parent. "Our magazine is dedicated to being a local resource for our community, so we are interested in what Cincinnati area experts and parents have to say. On occasion we will use material that is meant for a national audience, but our primary goal is to provide our readers with a local angle that is pertinent to them." Payment: Writers are paid based on the assigned word count for articles.

Georgia Family regularly accepts freelance articles. They have a variety of regular departments: GO: Calendar of Events, Travel, Family Mouse, Children’s Health Bulletin, Women’s Health, Ages and Stages (0–15) and more. "Features require careful research, independent reporting, and well-developed story lines. We prefer articles which can be localized to parenting in Central Georgia. However, we do consider general articles which relate to the family. We rarely print articles over 700 words." Payment: $20-$80 for first publication rights to feature stories. "We will ask you to sign a contract warranting that the work submitted is your original work and agreeing that you will not submit work to any other publication within Central Georgia. There is a different fee schedule for reprints of articles that will be or have been published elsewhere."

Gulf Coast Parents & Kids publishes stories with a local slant (quote local experts, local kids, local parents). Issues are themed. Payment: $25 per article and up.

Hudson Valley Parent. "Our mission is to serve parents by providing reliable LOCAL information of interest to our readers. The magazines are free and available at more than 950 sites in Orange, Dutchess, Ulster, and Sullivan counties...the mid-Hudson Valley of New York. We publish 25,000 magazines each month with a readership of more than 55,000 people. Our readers are primarily middle- and-upper-income mothers whose children range in age from infants to 14 years. We categorize our articles based on the age of the children: newborns and kids under 5; grade school kids up to the age of 9 years old; tweens up to age of 14 years old. Topic areas include camps, schools, health, family life, enrichment program and places to go." Payment: $80 for locally-slanted, assigned one-page story of 700-800 words, $90-$120 for 1,200 word or more features. Fees for reprints are between $25-$35 depending on the word count.

Indy's Child. (Indiana) "Our magazine is dedicated to being a local resource for our community, so we are interested in what Indy area experts and parents have to say. On occasion we will use material that is meant for a national audience, but our primary goal is to provide our readers with a local angle that is pertinent to them." Payment: Writers are paid based on the assigned word count for articles.

MetroParent serves southeast Michigan. They are looking for short pieces on trends, local people, products, etc. of interest to parents/kids, child development/behavior topics for little ones, big kids, and tweens and teens, travel articles on family fun destination, and features. Payment: Features 1,000-2,500 words: $150-$350, depending on complexity of topic and number of sources required to do the story justice. Department columns: $50-75. Parent Pipeline pieces: $35-50. Reprints: $3.

Minnesota Parent is looking for lively, on-trend stories packed with relevant information for passionate, involved parents. "We cover maternity, childbirth, kid health and development, child care, education, toys and technology. But we’re also seeking fresh places-to-go, things-to-do stories to inspire parents to get out and have fun with their kids — ideally for free — in the great state of Minnesota. We’re talking travel and outdoor activities, near and far. And don’t forget summer camps: We’re a top source for planning a kid-friendly summer, including day camps and overnight camps, too." Authors must reside in Minnesota. Payment: Fixed rate per story (not per word), negotiated with the editor when the assignment is made.

Nashville Parent articles are geared towards parents and families with children ages 0 – 14. Payment: Negotiated.

New Jersey Family is always looking for experienced freelance writers and bloggers to contribute to the magazine, ancillary publications, and website. "Our mission is to help New Jersey parents (of babies through teens) be the best parents they can be; we strive for a good mix of fun and substantive stories." Payment: Features 600–1,000 words: variable, but approx. 10 cents per word. Reprints: $25–$50 depending on length. Web-only articles/blogs: $5 to $15 per post.

North State Parent serves families in Butte, Glenn, Shasta, Tehama & Siskiyou Counties in northern CA. "Our goal is to provide positive editorial of interest to parents, grandparents, educators and others who work with children. We have an opportunity to nurture the bonds of “family” and community, and are especially interested in editorial that promotes healthy and developmentally appropriate environments for children." Payment: Not specified.

Orlando Family Magazine is a free, monthly publication designed to inform, serve and enrich families throughout the Central Florida area with parenting ideas, fun family activities and a wide variety of invaluable resource guides. The magazine is mailed directly to 24,000 families with children living in the home in the Central Florida market (including, but not limited to, the Southwest, Central and Metro Orlando areas). Payment: Fees vary depending on length and depth of the story. Original manuscripts for feature articles generally pay $50-$75.

Portland Family Magazine is a bi-monthly regional publication which focuses on the positive accomplishments of those involved in the arts, politics, environment, healthcare, technology, religion and ethics, housing, and culture. Payment: Variable scale depending on length/complexity of the article based on a contract between the editor and the writer.

Raising Arizona Kids magazine is a place for sharing ideas and local resources that support the experience of raising children in Arizona. "Its emphasis is on providing many viewpoints and ideas and encouraging parents to pick methods that work best for them." They accept articles from Arizona-based writers only. Payment: $250 and up for feature submissions that are accepted for publication. $50 and up for departmental submissions that are accepted for publication. $50 and up for web-exclusive posts.

Sacramento Parent publishes timely, entertaining, and compelling articles of interest to parents in the Sacramento area. Payment: $25 to $45 for reprints to around $50 to $200 for original articles.

Simply Family Magazine is a popular, monthly family lifestyle magazine designed to be a free resource for parents and families in Billings, Montana and the surrounding areas. "We are interested in well-researched, non-fiction articles covering all stages of parenting. We look for pieces covering local interests, health, finance, education, travel, hands-on activities, recipes, seasonal interests, parental involvement, family fun, informational articles, humorous articles as well as “how-to” articles that will make family life easier." Payment: Payment is made upon publication. Fees vary upon length, depth of piece and whether it’s an original manuscript, submitted, assigned, or if it is a reprint.

San Diego Family is a free, monthly parenting publication with circulation of 100,000 print issues throughout San Diego County and a free online digital magazine. "We are the local authority on kid-friendly activities and family life in San Diego. Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for San Diego County families by providing information and resources that support the importance and pleasure of parenting. Our readers are parents and caregivers of children ages 0–18." Payment: Not specified.

WestCoast Families Magazine is a free, full-colour, full-gloss family and parenting magazine, published eight times per year in British Columbia, Canada. "Our publication promotes the unique, vibrant West Coast lifestyle popular among today’s parents. Our readers are generally well-educated, affluent families with children ranging in age from birth to early teens. They are free thinkers, socially conscious, environmentally aware and eager for the best in everything, be it the latest non-plastic baby bottles and toys, organic products and foods, high quality children’s wear, or outdoor activities that take advantage of BC’s natural beauty." Payment is negotiated.

Western New York Family Magazine addresses current parenting issues with a Western New York tie-in whenever possible. Strong emphasis is placed on how and where to find family-oriented events, as well as goods and services for children, in Western New York (the Buffalo metro area). Payment: $40-$150 depending on type of article, length of article, and whether it is a reprint or an original, or assigned piece. (For example, narrative and humor articles rate less on the pay scale than pieces, which necessitate factual research and quotes from experts.) Pays $40 for up to 950 word articles or humorous pieces. Pays $40-$60 for up to 1500 word non-fiction, informational or creative idea pieces. Pays up to $100-150 for in-depth, non-fiction main theme articles of approximately 2,500 words.


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

2 New Agents Seeking Adult Fiction, Kidlit, Nonfiction

Here are two new agents seeking writers. Connor Eck (Lucinda Literary) is actively looking for middle grade, young adult, and adult fiction, as well as nonfiction. Carolyn Savarese (Kneerim & Williams) is interested in health, food, arts, culture, lifestyle and design.

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 frequently change, and agents may close their lists or switch agencies.
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Connor Eck of Lucinda Literary

About Connor: Prior to finding a home at Lucinda Literary in 2016, Connor began his career at The Weinstein Company and then as a production assistant for CBS Television Studios. He majored in English at Union College, where he was quarterback and captain of the football team and wrote a screenplay for his thesis that became a finalist selection at the Woods Hole Film Festival. Westchester, NY, born and bred, Connor makes the most of his daily commute, reading queries and editing manuscripts on the train, though he doesn’t quite fit in amongst the throng of bankers. When he is not reading or writing, he most enjoys playing with his dog, Cash, an Aussiedoodle with one blue eye. In addition to working at Lucinda Literary, Connor is a freelance writer for golf.com, where you can catch him moderating live major championship blogs.

What he is seeking: Connor is actively looking for middle grade, young adult, and adult fiction, as well as nonfiction. His interests are diverse, though he is particularly drawn to stories with emotional resonance and vivid characters. More than anything he is looking for authors with whom he can build lasting relationships.

How to submit: Please send your brief query letter—ideally less than 300 words—and the first 50 pages of your manuscript to connor@lucindaliterary.com, with the word QUERY in the subject line. For book proposals, feel free to attach the entire proposal.

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Carolyn Savarese of Kneerim & Williams

Carolyn Savarese joined Kneerim & Williams as an Affiliated Agent in June 2017 after 18 years at The Perseus Book Group, where she was Group Vice President for Global Licensing, International Sales and Marketing, Contracts and Legal Affairs. After beginning her career at Mondadori, she worked for the international literary scout Maria Campbell, then sold foriegn and domestic rights at HarperCollins, Basic Books, Pearson, and PublicAffairs. She has earned a reputation as a skilled negotiator on behalf of authors including Elizabeth Warren, George Soros, Samantha Power, Niall Ferguson, Sherry Turkle, Steven Pinker, Henry Louis Gates, Christopher Hitchens, Richard Feynman, Zbigniew and Mika Brzezinski, and Rick Steves. With deep knowledge of the publishing process, both domestic and international, electronic and print, and with contacts throughout the industry, Carolyn is a fierce and strategic advocate for clients.

What she is seeking: She's looking for writers who can tell a great story on subjects that matter, whether personal or political, historical or scientific, cultural or culinary. She is also keen to develop branded content in health, food, arts, culture, lifestyle and design.

How to submit: Please send a query and include a synopsis, a brief bio, and no more than twenty pages of initial sample materials to carolyn@kwlit.com

Thursday, June 8, 2017

18 Paying Markets for Tech Articles

The whole world is looking for techies, which means if your area of expertise is web development, website design, and/or all those things with confusing initials, you can write about it and make money!

Here is a list of publications that are hungry for your knowledge, and quite willing to offer you a decent amount of money for your articles, blog posts, and tutorials.

For more paying markets go HERE.
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A List Apart explores the design, development, and meaning of web content, with a special focus on web standards and best practices. Length: 1,500 - 2,000 words. Payment: $200 per article. Read their submission guidelines.

SitePoint publishes articles about HTML, CSS, and Sass. Payment: $150 for articles and $200 for tutorials. A tutorial is generally any in-depth article that has either a demo or code download link or that is very code-heavy in general, even if it doesn’t have an actual demo. Payment: $300 or more for articles and tutorials that are lengthier. Read their submission guidelines.

Word Candy provides content on a variety of topics relating to WordPress, online marketing and entrepreneurship. Payment: 6 cents/word. Read their submission guidelines.

The Layout features how-to articles on WordPress geared to business. They are looking for article from experts in the field, whether you're a designer, developer, or just a knowledgeable writer. Length: 700 - 1,200 words. Payment: Up to $150. Read their submission guidelines.

Tutorials Point publishes all kinds of tech-related tutorials. They are specifically looking for people having sufficient domain knowledge in the following areas: Information Technology, Software Quality management, Java technologies, Mainframe technologies, Web development technologies, Project Management, Accounting and Finance, Telecommunication, Big Data, Microsoft Technologies, Business Intelligence, SAP Modules, Open Sources, Soft Skills, Academic Subjects from Engineering and Management Syllabus. Payment: $250 - $500. Read their submission guidelines.

WPHUB - "all things WordPress." WPHUB focuses on the WordPress development community, specifically toward theme developers, plugin authors and customization specialists. They are looking for writers with some development background. Payment: $100 - $200 per article. Read their  submission guidelines.

PhotoshopTutorials.ws publishes articles and tutorials on Photoshop. Payment: $25 - $50 for articles, $50 for quick tips, and $150 - $300 for full tutorials. Read their submission guidelines.

Vector Diary publishes tutorials about Illustrator. "If you have anything interesting and new to share about illustrator, you are welcomed to write for Vectordiary. It can be a technique you have for your projects or it can be a step by step to draw an illustration. Anything readers are keen to know can be submitted." Payment: $150. Read their submission guidelines.

Linode includes a community of authors who contribute to Linode Guides and Tutorials. "We are always looking for guides on popular, trending topics, and updates to existing guides." Payment: $250. Read their submission guidelines.

The Write Stuff publishes articles about database development and management. Payment: $200 in cash and $200 in Compose database credits. Read their submission guidelines.

Indeni publishes articles about IT operations. "If you’re really good with firewalls, load balancers, routers, switches or severs, we’d like to work with you." Payment: $200. Read their submission guidelines.

The Graphic Design School Blog is looking for writers skilled enough with software to write a beginner tutorial in either Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, or open source design or utility software for designers. Payment: $100 - $200. Read their submission guidelines.

AppStorm caters to software users. Payment: Around $60, but the rate varies depending upon the type of article you choose to write. Read their Writer’s Guide before you submit your pitch.

Make Tech Easier is a tech tutorial site that teaches people the easier way to handle complicated tech. "We cover tutorials for various operating systems such as Windows, Mac and Linux, Mobile OS (iOS and Android), popular web app like Browsers (Firefox/Chrome), WordPress, and gadgets reviews. We are always looking for more writers to help us turn this site into something bigger and better." Payment: Amount not specified. Read their submission guidelines.

WorldStart is looking tips for their e-mail newsletter, WorldStart’s Computer Tips. This is published daily to 300,000 readers and focuses on tips and tricks the average computer user can utilize. "We are also seeking feature articles for our website covering any and all aspects of computing." Payment: $15 - $35. Read their submission guidelines.

Labmice is a site for serious techies. They are looking for Field Notes, Best Practices, lessons learned, white papers, written material, guidelines, how-to's, technical explanations, etc. about almost any It topic including Windows 2000 Administration, Computer Security, Technical Project Management, etc. "Obviously we want "real world" documents, and not things that are easily found in any textbooks. You must be the original author/creator of the document and most declare that all of the content of the submitted work is original, unless referenced with permission from the original author." Length: 1,000 to 1,500 words. Payment: Negotiated. Read their submission guidelines.

Tutorial Board is looking for tutorials in graphics by writers who are skilled with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effect, Autodesk Maya or any other industry standard CG software.  Payment: Up to $150 p/tutorial. Read their submission guidelines.

Smashing Magazine publishes articles about Web development and design. "We aim for exciting, creative articles that also cover recent developments within the industry. Writing does take time, but substance is more important than length." Payment: Not Specified. Read their submission guidelines.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

3 New Agents Actively Seeking YA Fiction, Scifi, Fantasy, Nonfiction and more

Here are three new agents actively seeking clients. Greta Moran (The Beth Vesel Literary Agency) is looking for literary fiction and narrative nonfiction. Samantha Wekstein (Writers House) is interested in YA fiction, as well as historical, romance, women’s fiction, fantasy, and sci-fi. Lauren Bieker (Fineprint) is looking for commercial and upmarket women’s 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 frequently change, and agents may close their lists or switch agencies.
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Greta Moran of Beth Vesel Literary Agency

Prior to joining the Beth Vesel Literary Agency, Greta Moran worked as an assistant at The Irene Goodman Agency and an editorial intern at Farrar, Straus and Giroux and W.W. Norton. She earned her smarts at Reed College where she studied English Literature and Creative Writing. Greta also writes and has been published in The Atlantic, Mcsweeney's Internet Tendency, Lumina, and elsewhere.

What she is seeking: "I'm excited about advocating for new, diverse voices, especially nonfiction and literary fiction writers."

How to submit: Email queries to queries@bvlit.com. For fiction submissions, please submit a cover letter, an informative synopsis, and the first 15 pages of your manuscript. For nonfiction submissions, please submit a cover letter detailing your idea, a complete outline, and the first 5 pages of your manuscript.
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Samantha Wekstein of Writers House

I graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.A. in English. I began my career at Writers House in 2013 with an internship. Before becoming an Agent, I was the assistant to CEO, Amy Berkower and then to founder, Al Zuckerman. I also briefly worked as an assistant at The Agency Group. I've been lucky enough to work with a variety of best-selling and award winning authors across all genres. I am now in the process of actively building my client list.

What she is seeking: My passion is YA fiction. I love creative and epic fantasies in the vein of Sarah J. Maas or Leigh Bardugo. But I am also drawn to contemporary YA with multi-dimensional female characters like those of Rainbow Rowell, Julie Murphy and Melina Marchetta.

I also love middle grade of any kind, but especially books that deal with themes of friendship, adventure, or encountering tragedy for the first time. My favorites are Sharon Creech and Gail Carson Levine.

In adult fiction, I am looking for historical, romance, women’s fiction, fantasy, and sci-fi.

How to submit: Please send a query letter in the body of your email and the first chapter as an attachment to swekstein@writershouse.com.
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Lauren Bieker of Fineprint

After a brief career in the fashion industry, Lauren made her move to publishing as an intern for agent Paige Wheeler. She moved to FinePrint to assist with day-to-day administrative tasks, but is now developing her client list and is open to queries.

What she is seeking: Lauren is looking for commercial and upmarket women’s fiction and some well-crafted and differentiated YA novels. She is also open to select dystopian science fiction, as well as high concept and literary fiction works. She appreciates great storytelling and is a “sucker” for outstanding writing and convincing characters. While primarily interested in fiction, she will consider non-fiction proposals related to the world of fashion.

Please note: Lauren is NOT looking for religious fiction, horror, fantasy, or political/military fiction.

How to submit: Send a query letter with a synopsis of your book, your bio, and the first two chapters (no more than 30 pages) embedded in the body of your email — DO NOT SEND AN ATTACHMENT WITHOUT A REQUEST TO DO SO otherwise your submission attachment will simply be discarded. If interested, your manuscript will be requested. email to: lauren@fineprintlit.com.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

36 Calls for Submissions in June 2017 - Paying Markets

There are three dozen calls for submissions in June.

Every genre and every form is welcome! 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.
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The Head & The HandGenre: Short stories, creative nonfiction, poetry. "Our new Shockwire Chapbook Series recognizes the need to raise the storytelling stakes in response to intimidation, fear, and isolation. We are interested in works of literary and speculative short fiction and creative nonfiction up to 7,500 words in length and collections of between 5 and 10 poems." Payment: Not specified. Deadline: June 1, 2017.

ContraryGenre: Original commentary, fiction, and poetry. Payment: $20. Deadline: June 1, 2017.

Onyx Neon ShortsGenre: Poetry on the theme of American Upheaval. "The world is reacting to a drastic shift in administration—and those reactions are raw, loud, and critical. We want poems that add to the political conversation." Payment: A percentage of the final product based on how many poems are in the collection. Deadline: June 1, 2017.

Eternal Haunted SummerGenre: Original poetry and short fiction about the Gods and Goddesses and heroes of the world’s many Pagan traditions. Also reviews, interviews, and essays. Payment: $5. Deadline: June 1, 2017.

SliceGenres: Short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Theme is "Borders." Payment: $250 for stories and essays and $75 for poems. Deadline: June 1, 2017.

Goblin Fruit. Genre: Poetry that treats mythic, surreal, fantasy and folkloric themes, or approaches other themes in a fantastical way. Payment: $15.00. Deadline: June 1, 2017.

Helen: A Literary JournalGenre: Flash fiction, essays, CNF, poetry focusing on Southern Nevada. Payment:Token to semi-professional. Deadline: June 1, 2017.

Corporate Cthulhu is a Lovecraftian horror anthology about the intersection of the Cthulhu Mythos and corporations or other large bureaucracies. Genre: Horror. Payment: 3 cents per word for original, previously unpublished fiction. Deadline: June 1, 2017.

Splickety: Spark Anthology. Theme: Out of my League. "There is nothing better than winning the heart of the one you love. Sometimes it’s a tough call and sometimes it’s an out-of-the-park homerun. This issue we want stories that take us out to the ballgame, keep us on the edge of our seat, and delight us with an unexpected winning play." Genre: Any. Short stories. Payment: 2 cents/word. Deadline: June 2, 2017.

Fantasia Divinity. Goddesses of the Sea Anthology: Mermaids and Sea Maidens Anthology. Genre: Sci-fi/fantasy. "The sea is a dark and mysterious place. What lurks within the deepest caverns, unseen by those above? A haunting melody drifts across the waves, a beautiful figure floats in the shallows. Do you follow? Do you answer the sea's hypnotic call? An anthology for mermaids, sea goddesses, sirens, and other mysterious creatures of the deep." Word Count: 500-15,000. Payment: One half-cent per word, with a minimum payment of $5.00 and a maximum of $15.00. Deadline: June 5, 2017. Reprints accepted.

Salomé is an online and in-print literary magazine for emerging female writers. Genres: Poetry and fiction. Theme: The Body. Payment: £50. Deadline: June 9, 2017.

Riddled with Arrows. Genre: "Meta- and writing-related-writing in keeping with our editorial focus. However, we are especially interested in work with a seasonal bent; give us heatstroke words, flavor words, words that stick to the skin like sand and salt. Give us skinny dipping words, tequila and lime words. Give us meta-sex and blooms and literary joie-de-vivre." Payment: 3¢/word, minimum $5, maximum $25 for previously unpublished poetry or prose and a $5 flat payment for reprints. Deadline: June 10, 2017. Reprints accepted.

A Murder of Storytellers. Genre: Short stories. Theme: "The Misbehaving Dead is an anthology about rebels--the dead that won't stay down. Maybe their business isn't finished, or maybe Hell spat them back out, but no matter how strong the grave, they just refuse to stay in it. These are the misfits of biology, abominations that aren't alive but don't care. They'll get shit done anyway. They'll get what they want." Payment: $15 and contributor’s copy. Deadline: June 13, 2017. Reprints accepted.

Eye to the Telescope: GarbageGenre: Poetry that addresses all aspects of garbage in the speculative realm. Payment: US 3¢/word. Deadline: June 15, 2017.

Alternating Current. Genre: Poetry. "Submit up to 10 pages (or one long poem if over 10 pages) of POETRY to Alternating Current Press to consider for The Luminaire Award for Best Poetry and open-reading publication on our daily literary journal, The Coil." Payment: Not specified. Deadline: June 15, 2017.

Liminal. Genre: Short stories. "We like stories that are strange and unsettling, sharp-edged and evocative.  Although we will consider any genre, we have a soft spot for weird fiction, magical realism, soft science fiction, and those uncategorizable stories that straddle the line between genres." Payment: US 6¢/word. Deadline: June 15, 2017.

Freeze Frame Fiction. Genre: Flash fiction, all genres, no content restrictions. "We want your science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery, drama, literary works, satire, or anything else you can come up with or mix together. The only rule? 1000 words or less. The more original, the better.” Payment: $10 per accepted piece. Deadline: June 15, 2017.

UnderstoreyRestrictions: Open to writers in Canada who identify as women or non-binary. Genre: Fiction, poetry or creative nonfiction on theme of "Service." Payment: Honorarium. Deadline: June 15, 2017.

ArsenikaGenres: Flash fiction (up to 1,000 words), poetry. Payment: $60 USD for fiction and $30 USD for poetry. Deadline: June 15, 2017.

The Chromatic Court: Tales of the Lovecraftian Arts. Genre: Horror. "Fresh takes on the Cthulhu Mythos, Chambers’ mythology (the Yellow Mythos), and Cosmic Horror. This isn’t the place for Lovecraftian clichés. The more it feels like a “lost” Lovecraft story, or relies on the clichés of the genre, the less interested we are. Creativity is the watchword." Payment: 5% of the gross profit will be paid for each accepted story. These payments will be issued to you at quarterly intervals. Stories under 1,500 words will only receive 4% of the gross profit. Deadline: June 15, 2017.

Black RabbitGenre: Short story, 1,000-1,500 words (that word limit being pretty flexible) "with a literary tone and weird tendencies," poetry. Payment: $25. Deadline: June 21, 2017.

The PuritanGenres; Essays, Interviews, Fiction, Poetry. Payment: $100 Per Interview, $100 Per Essay, $100 Per Review, $50 Per Work Of Fiction, And $15 Per Poem (OR Page, Capped At $60 For Poems Running Four Pages Or More). Deadline: June 25, 2017.

Chicken Soup for the SoulGenre: True stories and poems on theme of My Crazy Family! "We do love our families but they can also drive us crazy! It’s fun to read about all those wacky relatives and compare them to our own. These true stories, either serious or hilarious, will touch your heart or make you laugh… or both. They will make you see that other families are not that different from your own, and that when push comes to shove, we all need our crazy families. Please submit using your real name. We will let you use a pen name if necessary when it comes time to publish your story." Payment: $200. Deadline: June 30, 2017.

Alban Lake: The Mad Visions of al-HazredGenre: Horror. "About 730 AD, an Arab named Abdul Al-Hazred wrote the Al-Azif, a grimoire and memorial to the Old Ones. For this crime, he was driven insane and eventually devoured by a vengeful god in full view of horrified onlookers. What drove him to write this loathsome tome? What terrible visions haunted him so badly he felt he had to risk his soul to put them down on paper?" Payment: $25. Deadline: June 30, 2017.

The Threepenny Review.  Genres: Fiction, poetry. Payment: $200/poem, $400/story. Deadline: June 30, 2017.

The Binge Watching Cure 2Genre: Horror: Payment: $200 for stories under 5,000 words and $500 for stories 5,000 words and longer. Deadline: June 30, 2017. Accepts reprints.

LadybugGenre: Stories and poems for children ages 3 - 6. Theme: Animal Kingdom - "retellings of folktales, creative nonfiction, poems, action rhymes, and proposals for short comics about our scaly, feathered, and furry friends. Send us your lively writing about wild creatures, pets, and animals seen only in your imagination. Our readers like simple yet strong plots, memorable characters, and humor. We prefer short work for young children (stories may be up to 800 words, poetry up to 20 lines)." Payment: Stories and articles: up to 25¢ per word. Poems: up to $3.00 per line; $25.00 minimum. Deadline: June 30, 2017.

Inklings Perception Anthology: BulliesGenres: Short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for children. This series is focused on helping educators and parents discuss tough topics with children. The theme for this volume is the difficult yet important topic of Bullies. Payment: $20 per story, $3 per poem. Deadline: June 30, 2017.

Downstate StoryGenre: Short stories. Payment: $50. Deadline: June 30, 2017. (Snail mail only.)

EVENTGenres: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry. Payment: $25/page. Deadline: June 30, 2017. (May not be open to submissions by then. Check site for details.)

The Wyrd. Genre: Speculative fiction. "We’re looking for works that cross, combine or redefine traditional genre boundaries. We enjoy stories that come with a heavy dose of the uncanny, the strange, and blend literary, science-fiction, fantasy, mystery and horror tropes." Length: 1000-5000 words. Payment: $10. Deadline: June 30, 2017. Reprints accepted.

Broken Eye BooksGenre: Speculative fiction. "We want weird fiction set in a modern-day Miskatonic University. Stories should be set within or be inspired by the Cthulhu Mythos. We want to see the Mythos continue to grow and evolve, to expand as a shared literary world and not be tied to outdated and limiting sensibilities. We are not interested in stories with bigoted views on race and gender." Payment: 8 cents/word. Deadline: June 30, 2017.

Subprimal Poetry Art "looks for poetry and flash fiction that is crafted, urgent, lyrical, compelling, mythical, concerned with spiritual revelation, uses rhythmic sensual, vivid imagery and deals with fundamental truths. We're looking for work that enables the reader / listener to experience something that they might not otherwise in their regular life and causes them to think. We like pieces that use language in new ways. We have a special fondness for prose poems. Voices outside of the status quo keep us awake at night." Genres: Short prose, poetry. Payment: $20. Deadline: June 30, 2017. Accepts reprints.

The Well Review. Genres: Poetry. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: June 30, 2017.

AlyssGenres: Poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and art, by female identifying writers/artists. Payment: $5. Deadline: June 30, 2017.

Sisters Anthology. Genre: Essays, poetry. "We’re looking for essays and poems for In Celebration of Sisters, an anthology of reflections celebrating the wonderful world of sisterhood. Do you have any tales to tell of special sisters? Humorous stories of your female siblings? We’re looking for a range of emotions – from serious, loving, tributes to humorous tales that have us laughing in agreement with you. Sentimental or comical, it’s your call, although overall theme of the book is positive and uplifting." ESSAYS: Essays should be in the range of 1,000 – 1500 words. Original works only. No reprints. POETRY; Minimum, twelve lines. No maximum. Up to two submissions accepted per person. Payment: ESSAYS: $50, plus two printed copies. POETRY: $25, plus two printed copies. Deadline: June 30, 2017.
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