Friday, October 18, 2019

26 Literary Magazines That Pay $100 or More

Writers should get paid for their work. Unfortunately, that can be an uphill battle. Most literary magazines don't pay, but there are some that offer professional rates for fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.

Here are twenty-six literary magazines that pay $100 and up for fiction and personal essays. (Poetry rates vary.) None charge submission fees. Nearly all have reading periods, so check their guidelines carefully.

For hundreds of paying markets, broken down by genre, see: Paying Markets.



"Boulevard strives to publish only the finest in fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. While we frequently publish writers with previous credits, we are very interested in less experienced or unpublished writers with exceptional promise. If you have practiced your craft and your work is the best it can be, send it to Boulevard." Submissions accepted between November 1 and May 1. $3 to submit online. No charge for postal submissions.

Payment: Prose minimum is $100, maximum is $300. Poetry minimum is $25, maximum is $250.


Capilano Review

The Capilano Review is a Canadian journal that publishes art, poetry, fiction, essays and interviews commissioned by the editor, as well as a small selection of unsolicited poetry and prose. See reading periods.

Payment: $50 per published page to a maximum of $200.


The Sun Magazine

"We publish essays, interviews, fiction, and poetry. We tend to favor personal writing, but we’re also looking for provocative pieces on political and cultural issues." They rarely run anything longer than seven thousand words; there’s no minimum length. Simultaneous submissions are discouraged.

Payment: Personal Essays $300 to $2,000; Fiction $300 to $2,000; Poetry $100 to $250.


West Branch Magazine

West Branch Magazine is a publication of Bucknell University. They publish personal essays, poetry and fiction. They pay upon publication. See submission periods.

Payment: $50 per poem, 5 cents per word for prose with a maximum payment of $100.



Accepts poetry and prose. "We look for writing that catches experience before the crusts of habit form—poetry and prose that resist ideas about what a certain kind of writing “should do.” We seek out writers who tell their truths in their own words and convince us as we read that we’ve found something no one else could have written." See submission periods.

Payment: $10 per printed (or printed-out) page for accepted prose, and $20 per page for accepted poetry, up to a maximum of $150.


Colorado Review

Accepts poetry of any style, personal essays, and fiction. Submit no more than five poems with a maximum of 15 pages. Colorado Review prefers short stories and essays that are somewhere between 15 and 25 manuscript pages. No submission fee for mailed submissions.

Payment: $10 per page ($30 minimum) for poetry and $200 for short stories and essays.



Poems, sequences, or suites of poems up to a maximum of six pages or fiction or nonfiction of no more than 3,500 words. See reading periods. 

Payment: $50 per page to a maximum of $250.


Nashville Review

Accepts fiction and poetry. "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." See reading periods. 

Payment: $100/story, $25/poem.


Highlights Magazine

Highlights is a magazine for children ages 6-12. Genre: Poems up to 10 lines, especially non-rhyming and/or humorous poetry. No poems with nature or seasonal themes or poems about dogs. Also publish short stories (see guidelines for current themes), puzzles, articles, activities, and cartoons.

Payment: $40 and up for poems, crafts, and puzzles, and $175 and up for fiction and nonfiction.


The Puritan

The Puritan is one of Canada’s premier online literary magazines. Based in Toronto, and founded in late 2006, The Puritan is committed to publishing the best in new fiction, poetry, interviews, essays, reviews, and more, from both Canada and abroad — and has published many of today’s finest literary talents.

Payment: $100 per interview, $200 per essay, $100 per review, $150 per work of fiction, and $25 per poem (or page, capped at $80 for poems running four pages or more).


The Threepenny Review

The Threepenny Review is a respected literary magazine publishing fiction and poetry. Their nonreading period is July 1 through December 31.

Payment: $200/poem, $400/story.



"VQR strives to publish the best writing we can find. While we have a long history of publishing accomplished and award-winning authors, we also seek and support emerging writers. We read unsolicited fiction, poetry, and nonfiction submissions June 15 to July 15, and October 1 to November 1 each year through our Submittable portal. We read nonfiction pitches from June 15 to December 1." Note: Genre fiction not accepted.

Payment: $200 per poem, up to 4 poems; for a suite of 5 or more poems, payment is $1,000. For short fiction, $1,000. For other prose, such as personal essays and literary criticism, $1,000 and above, at approximately 25 cents per word, depending on length. Online content is generally paid at $100-$200, depending upon genre and length.


The Georgia Review

Founded in 1947, The Georgia Review is the University of Georgia’s journal of arts and letters.  The journal has twice taken a top prize in the annual National Magazine Awards competition, winning out over the likes of the AtlanticEsquire, the New Yorker, and Vanity Fair, and has been a finalist twenty times in various categories.

Payment: $50 per printed page for prose and $4 per line for poetry. Essay-reviews and standard reviews earn $50/printed page. In addition, all contributors receive a one-year subscription to The Georgia Review. No fee to submit by regular mail. Fee to submit online, no fee by post.


Clarkesworld Magazine 

Clarkesworld Magazine is a Hugo, World Fantasy, and British Fantasy Award-winning science fiction and fantasy magazine that publishes short stories, interviews, articles and audio fiction. Issues are published monthly in ebook format, and via electronic subscription. All original fiction is also published in our trade paperback series from Wyrm Publishing. Currently open for art, non-fiction and short story submissions. No simultaneous submissions.

Payment: 10¢ per word. Length: 1000-22000 words, no exceptions.


Asimov's Science Fiction

Asimov's Science Fiction is a renowned science fiction magazine. They are happy to publish new writers. Stories should be between 1,000 and 20,000 words. 

Payment: 10 cents per word for the first 7,500 words, and 8 cents (per word) for the rest of the story.



SLICE, a New York-based literary nonprofit, was founded in 2007 by book editors Maria Gagliano and Celia Johnson. They publish fiction, poetry, and personal essays. Their reading period runs from October 1 – December 1, 2019.

Payment: $400 for long stories and essays, $150 for flash fiction, and $100 for poems.



Accepts poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. "What We Look For: Work that moves and amazes us.We are drawn to big minds, large hearts, sharp pens."  Length: Print: 15,000 words; Online: 4,000 words. See submission periods.

Payment: Print: Upon acceptance, $1,000 for fiction or nonfiction; $250 for a poem, a group of short poems, or (the rare) short short. Online: Upon acceptance, $250.


Bennington Review 

Fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, film writing, and cross-genre work. "We aim to stake out a distinctive space for innovative, intelligent, and moving fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, film writing, and cross-genre work. In the spirit of poet Dean Young’s dictum that poets should be “making birds, not birdcages,” we are particularly taken with writing that is simultaneously graceful and reckless." The next submissions period will be from November 1, 2019 to May 15, 2020.

Payment: $100 for prose of six pages and under, $200 for prose of over six pages, and $20 per poem, in addition to two copies of the issue the piece is published in.



"We go for stories that are dark, literary; we are looking for the creepy, the weird and the unsettling. We do not accept stories with the following: vampires, zombies, werewolves, serial killers, hitmen, excessive gore or sex, excessive abuse against women, revenge fantasies, cannibals, high fantasy."

Payment: $0.03/word, up to $150. Accepts reprints.



"What we love and want: cultural criticism; thoughtful, clever and beautiful personal essays; short fiction; original artwork and photography. We do *not* want even the best hot take you can imagine, and we will not publish news. We do not want you to cannibalize yourself. We are interested in provocative work but we are not interested in senseless provocation." See themes.

Payment: $1 a word for work up to 3,500 words in length.


Chicken Soup for the Soul

"A Chicken Soup for the Soul story is an inspirational, true story about ordinary people having extraordinary experiences. It is a story that opens the heart and rekindles the spirit. It is a simple piece that touches our readers and helps them discover basic principles they can use in their own lives. These stories are personal and often filled with emotion and drama. They are filled with vivid images created by using the five senses. In some stories, the readers feel that they are actually in the scene with the people." 

Payment: $200.


Contemporary Verse 2

"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." See reading periods.

Payment: $30 - $150.


One Story

"One Story is seeking literary fiction. Because of our format, we can only accept stories between 3,000 and 8,000 words. They can be any style and on any subject as long as they are good. We are looking for stories that leave readers feeling satisfied and are strong enough to stand alone." See submission periods.

Payment: $500.


The Gettysburg Review

"The Gettysburg Review, published by Gettysburg College, is recognized as one of the country’s premier literary journals. Since its debut in 1988, work by such luminaries as E. L. Doctorow, Rita Dove, James Tate, Joyce Carol Oates, Richard Wilbur, and Donald Hall." Accepts poetry, art, fiction, and nonfiction.

Payment: Payment is upon publication: $2.50 per line for poetry, with a maximum of $250.00 for an individual poem, and $25.00 per printed page for prose. Published authors also receive a copy of the issue containing their work and a one-year subscription. Charges small fee for online submissions. No fee for snail mail.


Antioch Review

Publishes nonfiction articles, fiction and poetry geared to an educated audience. "The Antioch Review, a small independent literary magazine founded in 1941 in a small town in the cornfields of Ohio, is one of the oldest, continuously publishing literary magazines in America. Publishing essays, fiction, and poetry from promising and prominent authors, the Antioch Review has an international readership and reputation of publishing the “best words in the best order” for over 75 years." See submission periods. 

Payment: $20/page (about 425 words) plus 2 copies of the issue. Snail mail submissions only.


Escape Pod

Science fiction - audio and text. "We are fairly flexible on what counts as science (we’ll delve into superheroes or steampunk on occasion) and are interested in exploring the range of the genre. We want stories that center on science, technology, future projections, and/or alternate history, and how any or all of these things intersect with people." Length: 1500-6000 words.

Payment: $0.06 per word for original fiction; $100.00 flat rate for reprints of any length.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

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

Seven years ago, one of my spawnlings told me I needed to write a blog. I forget which one ... I often get them confused, but it was probably the same spawnling who said I needed to have a Twitter account (whatever that was) and a Facebook page.

I have since regretted both of those decisions, because prior to joining the world of social media I was pleasantly removed from humanity, lost in a haze of thinking that all was right with the world. (It wasn't.)

But I digress.

The blog experience is somewhat like the publishing experience: If you don't promote your writing, it may as well not exist. Whatever you write, whether it's a book or a blog, the only way people will know it exists is to advertise. Granted, you may not want anyone to know what you've written, but if that was the case, you wouldn't be reading this. So, read on.

Promotion, promotion, promotion

In the real world of writing, promotion is everything. Writers would like to think that polished prose and fascinating ideas move a story into the public eye. Sadly, that is not the case. More often than not a brilliant writer's work remains unknown while some piece of utter trash makes it onto the best-seller list. Is this fair? Not a bit. But it is reality. The same holds true for your blog. You may put a lot of effort into getting your ideas into written form, but you are only talking to yourself unless someone reads them.

Having spent the better part of my life talking to myself, I can tell you no good will come of it. You will either be diagnosed and thrown into a psych ward or end up teaching in a junior Ivy League college. (Trust me, you don't want to end up teaching in a junior Ivy League school. It's hell.)

But, once again, I digress.

So, how do you get your blog into the jaded public eye? First, you have to write it. People mainly read blogs for two reasons: 1) They are fun to read, and/or 2) They are informative. People like to be entertained, which, being a writer, you can easily pull off. They also like information that will help them reach their goals. You can pull that off, because there is lots of information about how to do everything on the net, and because there must be something you can do other than write The Great American Novel. Write about cat sitting if you have to. Someone will want to know how to sit on a cat.

What was I saying? Oh, yes. Promotion.

Once you have produced a blog with a theme, your next step is to tell the world about it. Do these things:

1) Tweet. I hate to say it, but Spawnling number 2 (or was it number 1?) was right. Build a Twitter following. Normally I would throw cold water all over the idea of building a social media following, but in this case it will be useful. Tweet about anything you like, follow cool people like mad, and get people to follow you. The reason you need Twitter followers is not because Twitter is a good promotional tool for your book (it really isn't), but because of Medium.

2) Post on Medium. Medium is a great platform for writers of any ilk. But unlike most other platforms, you don't have to start from scratch. Your Twitter followers can be imported. (There is nothing like an instant base of followers to warm the cockles of your writer's heart.) Your next step is to find a publication within Medium that caters to whatever you are blogging about. Ask to be accepted, and then submit your blog posts. Conveniently, these can be imported directly onto Medium.

3) Post on Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg is a little capitalist twat, but now that Google+ has bitten the proverbial dust, Facebook is the best place to promote your blogs. Join groups! You can easily find them by typing a word or two into a Facebook search. Then post links to your blog posts.

4) Hunt around for any other platform you can find. There are too many to list here, and many of them are topic specific, so the platforms you choose will depend on what you are writing. If your blog host includes analytics, check to see where your traffic is coming from. Sometimes these can lead to new venues.

It was by doing all of the above that my humble blog ended up with five million page views.

Lessons Learned

I am going to repeat myself: If you want people to read what you have written, you have to promote your work every day. Whether it's your blog, your short story, your poetry, or anything you've put into words - you have to let people know it's there. In the age of the Internet, online writing has a short lifespan. You can't count on it being seen for more than a day or two at most.

I will now quote myself. "The most important lesson, and this applies to writing a blog, a book, a short story, poetry, or a personal essay - is write for yourself. The fact that you have an audience can be a little daunting, and it can tempt you to write for them. But the minute you lose track of what's in your heart, what you are compelled to say, your writing will become hollow."

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

Thursday, October 3, 2019

7 Agents Seeking Children's Books: Picture Books, Middle Grade and Young Adult

Here are seven literary agents actively building their client lists. All work with reputable literary agencies with solid track records. These agents are seeking children's literature, including picture books, middle grade, and young adult in all genres.

Always check the agency website and agent bio before submitting. Agents can switch agencies or close their lists.

You can find a full list of agents actively seeking new clients here: Agents Seeking Clients


Ms. Christy Ewers of The CAT Agency Inc.

Christy Ewers is the new owner and lead representative of the CAT agency. Christy has been working in the children's literature industry since her mother started the agency in 1994, and joined as an agent in 2013. Although Christy is not an artist herself, art has been a huge part of her life and career, even before joining the agency. With a degree in English/Journalism and over a decade of experience in various creative fields, Christy offers a different perspective to the agency, while maintaining the enthusiasm and love that her mother brings to the industry. She works closely with the entire “family” of artists, spearheading the promotion and deals for CAT Agency illustrators, as well as working alongside the authors in the group to help craft their stories and hone their writing for young readers.  

What she is seeking: Author illustrators, and children's book authors.

How to submit: Illustrators: please submit your artwork via email to by sending 4-6 jpegs of samples, a live link to your website and a short letter of introduction. Please send work that shows character development (animal and human), style, color and narrative story-telling. Author/Illustrators: please email a brief synopsis of your manuscript, along with several accompanying illustrations or samples of your artwork.


Ms. Kelsey Klosterman of Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency

Kelsey holds a certificate in publishing from the Columbia Publishing Course, and graduated from Emory University with high honors in English and creative writing.

What she is seeking: I’m an editorial-style agent looking primarily for young adult (YA) fiction, middle grade (MG) fiction, and graphic novels in the YA and MG spaces, though I'll take on a picture book if it's really something special! I’m also on the hunt for some good new adult (NA) fiction. My preferred areas for all the above age groups are fantasy of all types, contemporary fiction, magical realism, speculative fiction, and genre-benders. I’m open to suspense, thrillers, and mild horror in YA and MG spaces. In addition to authors, I’m also looking for illustrators

How to submit: Please send your submission to with “query” and the title of your book in the subject line. Include your query letter and the first one or two chapters pasted in the email—no attachments unless it’s an illustration sample, please! Include the word count, genre, target audience, your writing / publishing creds if applicable, whether you’ve had agent representation before, and whether the book is meant to be a standalone or part of a series.


Nicole Tugeau of Tugeau2, Inc.

Nicole Tugeau is the agent/owner behind the T2 Team. She is ecstatic about the ever-growing agency and committed to working happily for the network of illustrators surrounding her. What she enjoys most about being an Agent is the partnership-making, the relationships and of course the success stories.  Nicole's husband, Jeremy, is a long-time children’s illustrator. He continues to work as an artist and public school art teacher while maintaining some involvement with Tugeau 2, Inc. as a creative resource and promotional guru.

What she is seeking: Author illustrators, and children's book authors.

How to submit: Please send an email introducing yourself, along with five samples of your work and/or a link to your personal website.


Ms. Sharon Chudnow of InkWell Management

Sharon Chudnow moved from California to New York with her heart set on working in publishing and seeing a proper snowfall. After studying English and fine arts & design at Hofstra University, she spent time as an intern at New Leaf Literary and an assistant at Janklow & Nesbit Associates before joining InkWell Management. 

What she is seeking: She is drawn to the full gamut of children’s literature from picture books to YA, with special interest in SFF, contemporary fiction and the occasional creative nonfiction.

How to submit: Queries should be emailed to: submissions [at] inkwellmanagement [dot] com
In the body of your email, please include a query letter and a short writing sample (1-2 chapters). Emails with large attachments will be discarded.


Kortney Price of Corvisiero Literary Agency

After graduating with a B.A. in English from Greenville University in 2014, Kortney started out with her first agency internship. Since then she has interned with Andrea Hurst & Associates, Amphorae Publishing Group, and Inklings Literary Agency. She was an associate agent at Holloway Literary before finding her home with Corvisiero. 

What she is seeking: Kortney specializes in books for children. This includes picture books, early readers, chapter books, middle grade and young adult works. In middle grade Kortney is desperately looking for adventure and survival stories, mysteries, science fiction, historical, fantasy and contemporary novels. Graphic novels are one of her favorite mediums. 

How to Submit: Use the agency's online form HERE. Note: Only submit to one agent at Corvisiero. If you submit to Kortney, do not submit to Megan.


Ms. Megan Manzano of Corvisiero Literary Agency

Megan received a BA in English with a minor in philosophy. She considers herself to be a YA advocate, insisting these stories have a lot to offer and teen readers should be supported as much as possible. She has and continues to wear many hats in the publishing world: freelance editor, writer, assistant editor in New York, Pitchwars 2018 mentor, and now a Literary Agent Apprentice at Corvisiero Lit.

What she is seeking: Megan is on the hunt for the following in Upper Middle Grade and Young Adult:
  • Science Fiction: Literally everything. "Give me your end of the world disasters, your post-apocalyptic societies, your stories of survival, your stories set in space, time travel, your gripping futuristic worlds filled with robots. Give me virtual reality, AIs, and overall chaos."
  • Fantasy: "Give me a spin on classic fairytales, light fantasy, magical realism, your everyday societies with a spark of magic, and your gritty urban underground worlds. Got Fae? Hell yes. Got someone overthrowing a magical overlord? Even better."
  • Contemporary: "While I'm open to romance in contemporaries, I generally look for stories where romance isn't the main component. But do give me some darker contemporary with complex family dynamics or odd jobs or shadows lurking in a forest. I am also massively requesting quiet young adult stories – ie stories with more personal and character driven stakes."
How to submit: Use the agency's online submission form HERE. Note: Only submit to one agent at Corvisiero. If you submit to Megan, do not submit to Kortney.


Ms. Andrea Walker of Olswanger Literary

Andrea is a literary associate at Olswanger Literary. She first fell in love with books as a child, searching the dusty shelves of a flea market bookstore and has been on the hunt for her next great read ever since. Andrea has a Bachelor Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Creative Writing, Finance, and Education and is currently pursuing her Masters. She got her start in publishing in 2016, interning for a literary agent and then a publisher before joining Olswanger Literary as a contracts intern. She has worked closely with literary agents and editors as an editorial intern reading queries, submissions, and providing editorial and contractual feedback.

What she is seeking: Picture books, MG and YA.

How to submit: Please send your Query with a brief synopsis of your work, bio, and first 10 pages to:

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

3 New Agents Seeking Narrative Nonfiction, Memoir, Speculative Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Romance and more

Here are three new agents actively expanding their client lists. Susan Canavan is seeking narrative nonfiction that explores the limitlessness of human potential or that change the way we think about the world around us. Kelly Thomas is interested in non-fiction (memoirs, autobiographies, biographies, and true crime) and fiction (psychological thrillers, mysteries, suspense, adventure stories, young adult, fantasy, and comedies). Tara Gilbert wants speculative fiction, romance, graphic novels, children's literature, YA, horror, LGBTQIA+ books, and Tarot cards.

Always check the agency website and agent bio before submitting. Agents can switch agencies or close their lists.

You can find a full list of agents actively seeking new clients here: Agents Seeking Clients


Ms. Susan Canavan of Waxman Literary Agency

Susan Canavan joined the Waxman Literary Agency in 2019. She was formerly a senior executive editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt where she acquired and edited dozens of New York Times bestsellers in the categories of narrative nonfiction, history, adventure, sports, memoir, journalism, health, science, pop culture, parenting, nature and literary and historical fiction. She is interested in books that explore the limitlessness of human potential or that change the way we think about the world around us. A graduate of Boston College with an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College, she is passionate about exceptional storytelling, narrative arc and discovering original voices.

What she is seeking: Narrative nonfiction.

How to submit: Please email your query letter and the first ten pages of your project in the body of an email. Please submit narrative nonfiction and memoir to Susan Canavan at


Ms. Tara Gilbert of Corvisiero Literary Agency

Before coming to Corvisiero, Tara interned for Entangled Publishing reading Romance, YA Fantasy, and YA Contemporary novels. She then joined the Corvisiero team in the summer of 2018 to expand her wings and become an agent.

What she is seeking:
  • Adult, NA, YA, and Upper-MG.
  • All the LGBTQIA+ books.
  • Romance in all genres (except thriller/crime/suspense).
  • Contemporaries with strong relationship themes. Especially friendships!
  • Graphic novels in YA and MG.
  • Fantasies: Paranormal, Contemporary, Urban, everything but high fantasy.
  • Magical Realism.
  • Sci-Fi (not based in space, unless it's a really unique idea).
  • Horror, Occult Fiction, all Gothic Fiction, etc.
  • Tarot card proposals.
How to submit: Use the agency's online submission form HERE.


Kelly Thomas of Serendipity Literary Agency

Kelly Thomas has over 15 years of experience in sales, having served as a Head Hunter specializing in matching candidates with dream positions. Now she brings her extensive sales and business expertise to the literary world as a champion for writers to secure publishing deals for their projects. Kelly has a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Pace University where she concentrated on Literature and Communications. Prior to joining Serendipity she provided manuscript analysis for the president of D4EO literary agency. Kelly is a published poet with publications in ‘Tales for the Disenchanted’ (2008) and ‘Penumbra Art & Literature’ (2015). Kelly is eager to build her client roster and is actively seeking the next bestselling author!

What she is seeking: Kelly is most interested in non-fiction (memoirs, autobiographies, biographies, and true crime) and fiction (psychological thrillers, mysteries, suspense, adventure stories, young adult, fantasy, and comedies.)  She is always on the look for manuscripts with twists, turns, and jaw dropping moments. She has an affinity for manuscripts about serial killers and mental illnesses.

How to submit: Please use the agency's online forms.

Friday, September 27, 2019

33 Calls for Submissions in October 2019 - Paying markets

There are 33 calls for submissions in October. All of these are paying markets, and none charge submission fees. Some accept reprints.

As always, every genre, style, and form is wanted, from speculative fiction to poetry to personal essays.

NOTE: I post upcoming calls for submissions at the end of every month. But as I am collecting them, I post them on my page, Calls for Submissions. You can get a jump on upcoming calls for submissions by checking that page periodically. (I only post paying markets.)


Power Play AnthologyGenre: Stories about hockey combined with the drama and emotion of romance. Payment: $20. Deadline: October 1, 2019.

Cherry TreeGenre: Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and literary shade. Payment: $20. Deadline: October 1, 2019.

The Blue RouteRestrictions: Only the work of current undergraduate writers will be considered.  Genres: Fiction, or creative nonfiction totaling no more than 3000 words. Payment: $25. Deadline: October 1, 2019.

Gordon Square ReviewGenre: Poetry, short stories, personal essays, and hybrid prose works. Payment: $25 for prose, $10 for poetry. Deadline: October 1, 2019.

Boyfriend Village. Genre: Fiction, poetry, nonfiction, hybrid, visual and multimedia art, sound collage, video, games, databases. "We want work that bores discursive holes through the internet, or is manufactured from the dialog beneath the discourse. It should shout in pianissimo and whisper in double forte." Payment: Not specified. Deadline: October 10, 2019.

Return to San Cicaro. Genre: Dark urban fantasy, the weird, the macabre and the hopeful. "Tell us of unassuming teenagers stumbling upon witch meetups, who weave spells for good or ill. Of hell-born creatures leaving scenes of carnage that confound the police. Of trolls trying to fit into the society of the homeless. We want them all."  Payment: $135. Deadline: October 11, 2019.

Jalada 08: BodiesGenre: Short fiction, essays, creative nonfiction, poetry, and more that play with the very concept of the body and bodies. Payment: Between 100 and 150 USD. Deadline: October 11, 2019.

Rattle: Young Poets AnthologyGenre: Poetry. The author of the poem must have been age 15 or younger when the poem was written, and 18 or younger when submitted. Payment: $100. Deadline: October 15, 2019.

The Puritan: Creativity and D&D. Genre: Personal essays, critiques, and creative explorations about Dungeons & Dragons. Payment: $25 CAD. Deadline: October 15, 2019.

Gumbo Media. Genre: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, photography. "Black and Brown communities are filled with talent. But opportunities can be hard to come by, especially when steady media narratives are driven by monoliths or entertainment and celebrity. Much in our communities remains unseen, and we’re calling on all emerging artists to help us bring it to light. In the spirit of shining a spotlight, we open our call for submissions to any and all Black creatives—of all identities, expressions, backgrounds, abilities, personalities, and communities (including global)—to submit." Payment: Not specified. Deadline: October 15, 2019.

Zombie Pirate PublishingGenre: Short stories for CLOCKWORK DRAGONS: A Fantasy Punk Anthology, 1,500-8,000 words long. Stories should be set in a world where magic or fantasy elements have become the prevailing means by which mainstream technology is powered or run. Payment: $10. Deadline: October 15, 2019.

The Worlds of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Volume VGenre: Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror. Payment: $75AUD. Deadline: October 15, 2019.

HavokGenre: Mystery, scifi, comedy, thriller, and fantasy on theme of Open Mic Night. Length: 300 to 1,000 words. Payment: $10. Deadline: October 18, 2019.

Inklings Press: Pirates. Genre: Short stories about pirates. Payment: $50. Deadline: October 18, 2019.

Wizards in SpaceGenre: Short stories, poetry and art. "For Wizards in Space’s golden fifth orbit, we’re reflecting on what it means to come full circle: the journeys that propel us toward growth, the endings that loop into beginnings, the reliable chaos of moving from winter to spring to summer to fall." Payment: $40. Deadline: October 18, 2019.

WordWorks. Genre: Fiction, poetry, nonfiction, art. Payment: Twenty-five cents a word for articles ($50 for reprints) and $50 for creative prose pieces or poems. Deadline: October 21, 2019.

Story Seed Vault. Genre: Microfiction tweets based on science. Payment: Short Fiction (<150CH) $3AUD per story; Long Fiction (>150CH/<200CH) $2AUD per story. Deadline: October 23, 2019.

Suburban Review. Genre: Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art. Payment: $75 - $150 for prose and poetry; Art $100 - $200. Deadline: October 24, 2019.

Every Day FictionGenre: Flash fiction (1000 words max) Payment: $3. Deadline: October 27, 2019.

Corners of the World Volume 1: Judaism. Genre: Jewish stories of horror. "We want stories from Jews of every ethnic background focusing on the culture and world of Judaism." Payment: $5.  Deadline: October 30, 2019.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: "Laughter Is the Best Medicine." Genre: True stories. "We are looking for stories about something that happened to you in your life - in your relationship with a partner or spouse, a parent or child, a family member or friend, at work or at home – that made you and the people around you laugh out loud. Did you mean for it to be funny? Did the other person mean to make you laugh? Did a situation just get out of control? Did a misunderstanding turn into a comedy of errors? We can’t wait to hear your true stories. We want them to be silly, outrageous and hilarious, and they absolutely must make us laugh!" Payment: $200. Deadline: October 31, 2019. Dark Divinations. Genre: Horror fiction on divination. Stories must be horror, set in the Victorian era (1837-1901), and can be set anywhere – England, American West, Colonial India, or Africa. Payment: $10. Deadline: October 31, 2019.

New Writing ScotlandRestrictions: Open to writers resident in Scotland or Scots by birth, upbringing or inclination. Genre: All forms of writing. Payment: £20 per published page. Deadline: October 31, 2019.

The OvercastGenre: Speculative fiction podcast. Payment: $20 minimum. Deadline: October 31, 2019. Accepts reprints.

Songs of EretzGenre: Poetry, cover art on theme of Christmas/Chanukah/Yule. Payment: $5.   Deadline: October 31, 2019.

The RumpusGenre: Essays. Payment: $300 divided among all contributors (?). Deadline: October 31, 2019.

Room MagazineGenre: Feminist fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, art, interviews, and book reviews. Payment: $50 CAD for one page, $60 for two pages, $90 for three pages, $120 for four pages, $150 for five or more pages. Deadline: October 31, 2019.

Capilano ReviewGenre: Art, poetry, fiction, essays and interviews commissioned by the editor, as well as a small selection of unsolicited poetry and prose. Payment: $50 per published page to a maximum of $200. Deadline: October 31, 2019.

Eleventh Transmission: 45 Poems of Protest. Genre: Poems of protest. Payment: Royalties.  Deadline: October 31, 2019.

Banshee Press. Genre: Fiction, poetry, essays. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: October 31, 2019.

Jersey Pines Ink: WHO DUNIT ANTHOLOGY: Genre: Mystery stories. "Stories MUST have a beginning, middle and end with a solution. The mystery story will be solved with the influence, inspiration, or assistance of a pet--Any pet." Payment: $5. Deadline: October 31, 2019.

Monsters, Movies, & Mayhem. Genre: "Original short stories that feature a monster in a movie setting, to include a mix of science fiction, fantasy, horror, alien, magical, witchcraft, AI, and romance elements. Must be appropriate for a “PG-13” audience. Please, no copyrighted characters and no real movies." (6,000 words max) Payment: 6¢/word on acceptance. Deadline: October 31, 2019.

Pulp Horror Phobias Volume 2. Genre: Pulp/noir short stories about phobias. Length: 4,000-6,000 words. Payment: 4¢/word. Deadline: October 31, 2019.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

35 Writing Contests in October 2019 - No entry fees

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There are nearly three dozen writing contests in October for short stories, poetry, essays, scripts, and books in every genre. None charge entry fees. Prizes range from $100 to $54,000. As always, read the restrictions to make sure you qualify.

If you want to get a jump on next month's contests go to Free Contests. Most of these contests are offered annually, so even if the deadline has passed, you can prepare for next year.

Good luck!


The Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry, sponsored by the African Poetry Book Fund and in partnership with the literary journal, Prairie Schooner, is the only one of its kind in the world and was established to promote African poetry written in English or in translation and to recognize a significant book published each year by an African poet. A standard edition is 48 pages or more in length. Genre: Open to any book of original poetry, in English, published during 2015 in a standard edition by a full-length collection of poetry. Restrictions: African nationals, African residents, or poet of African parentage with roots from any country, living anywhere in the world. Prize: USD $5,000. Deadline: October 1, 2019.

Young Poets Prize. Restrictions: Open to all poets ages eighteen and under. Genre: Poetry. Prize: First, second & third place prizes will be awarded to three poems in the amount of $300, $200 and $100, respectively. Deadline: October 1, 2019.

Stories Out of SchoolGenre: Flash fiction. Prize: First-prize winners receive $1000; second-prize winners, $500. Both will be published online by Electric Literature in The Commuter. Deadline: October 1, 2019.

Perito PrizeGenre: Fiction about accessibility. Prize: £250 and the story will be uploaded to the Perito Prize section of the Perito Ltd website. Deadline: October 1, 2019.

Houston Poetry Fest 2018 Youth Poet Competition and the Mary Villarreal Memorial AwardRestrictions: Poets aged 16 or younger by October 12, 2018. Genre: Poetry. Prize: $100. Deadline: October 1, 2019.

Royal Institute of Philosophy Essay PrizeTopic: Philosophy and International Relations. Prize:  £2,500 top prize. Deadline: October 1, 2019.

The Word Poetry CompetitionGenre: Poetry inspired by the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing on the theme “light in our darkness.” Prize: £100, £50 and £25. Deadline: October 3, 2019.

Man Booker International Prize. The Man Booker International Prize for fiction translated into English is awarded annually by the Booker Prize Foundation to the author of the best (in the opinion of the judges) eligible novel or collection of short stories. Prize: £50,000 divided equally between the author and the translator. There will be a prize of £2,000 each of the shortlisted titles divided equally between the author and the translator. Deadline: October 4, 2019.

American Antiquarian Society Fellowships for Creative Writers is calling for applications for visiting fellowships for historical research by creative and performing artists, writers, film makers, journalists, and other persons whose goals are to produce imaginative, non-formulaic works dealing with pre-twentieth-century American history. Successful applicants are those whose work is for the general public rather than for academic or educational audiences. The Society's goal in sponsoring this program is to multiply and improve the ways in which an understanding of history is communicated to the American people. Prize: A stipend of $1,150 to $1,350 and on-campus housing is provided; fellows residing off-campus receive $1,850. Deadline: October 5, 2019.

RBC Taylor Prize for Literary NonfictionRestrictions: Open to published Canadian authors. Genre: Nonfiction book. Prize: CAN$25,000.00. Deadline: October 7, 2019 for books published between August 24 and September 30, 2019.

2020 Embracing Our Differences International Art Exhibit Celebrating DiversityGenre: Quotes, 20 words max. "These quotations provide the writers a chance to voice their thoughts, feelings and ideas reflecting our theme of “enriching lives through diversity and inclusion.” Prize: $1000. Deadline: October 8, 2019.

Fairytalez: Best New Phenomenon Fairy TaleGenre: Original fairy tale or folktale that explains a how and why behind a natural phenomena – from the stars to the appearance of animals. Prize: $200 gift certificate to Deadline: October 9, 2019.

NUHA Blogging PrizeGenre: Article on specific topic. (See website) Prize: $150 - $2400.    Deadline: October 12, 2019.

Bath Flash Fiction AwardGenre: Flash fiction (300 words max). Prize: £1000 prize for the winner, £300 second and £100 third. Two commendations £30 each. Deadline: October 13, 2019.

Kathy Fish Fellowship for Emerging WritersRestrictions: All writers previously unpublished in SmokeLong Quarterly and who do not have a published chapbook or book-length work in any genre (or are not under contract for such) are eligible to apply. Genre: Flash fiction (1000 words max). Prize: $500. Deadline: October 15, 2019. (The application fee is $8. For writers who cannot afford an application fee, there is a free submission option in Submittable.)

A Public Space Emerging Writer FellowshipsRestrictions: Open to writers who have not yet contracted to publish a book. Prize: $1000 and six months of editorial support from A Public Space editors to prepare a piece of prose for publication in the magazine. Deadline: October 15, 2019.

Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling ScholarshipRestrictions: Poet must be born in the United States. Genre: Poetry. The sample must not exceed either (1) 40 typed pages or (2) one printed volume plus no more than 20 typed pages of your most recent work. There is no minimum page requirement. Prize: $54,000 for a year of travel and study abroad. Deadline: October 15, 2019.

Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short FictionRestrictions: Open to residents of UK. Genre: Short stories between 2000-6000 words on the theme "Artificial Intelligence." Prize: £500 and 10 shortlisted authors will be published in an ebook anthology. Deadline: October 25, 2019.

50 Word Horror Story Halloween ContestGenre: Horror: 50 words max. Prize: $500. Deadline: October 25, 2019.

The Marfield Prize, also known as the National Award for Arts Writing, is given annually by the Arts Club of Washington to nonfiction books about the arts written for a broad audience. Genre: Non-fiction book. Self-published books not accepted. Prize: $10,000. Deadline: October 29, 2019.

Frontier New Voices FellowshipRestrictions: Open to poets who are undocumented and residing in America. Prize: $500 grant meant to be used toward covering industry submission costs, multiple publications (original poetry and prose) in Frontier, participation in our editorial community, and introductions to agents and presses. Deadline: October 31, 2019.

The Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest is sponsored by Hollins University. Restrictions: Open to young women who are sophomores or juniors in high school or preparatory school. Genre: Poetry. Prize: Up to $5,000 renewable annual Creative Talent Scholarship in creative writing if winner enrolls at Hollins. Free tuition and housing for the university’s Hollins summer creative writing program. $200 cash prize. Publication in Cargoes, Hollins’ award-winning student literary magazine. Ten copies of CargoesDeadline: October 31, 2019.

PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction is the most prestigious literary award in the US. Restrictions: Authors must be living American citizens. Self-published works not accepted. Genres: Novels, novellas, and collections of short stories. Prize: $15,000. Deadline: October 31, 2019.

The Benjamin Franklin House Literary PrizeRestrictions: Entrants must be aged 18-25 years and living in the UK. Genre: Fiction and nonfiction. Each year a question or quote exploring Franklin’s relevance in our time is open for interpretation in 1000-1500 words. Prize: First prize of £750, second prize of £500. Winning entries will be posted on the website and also published online by The TelegraphDeadline: October 31, 2019.

The Eric Gregory AwardsRestrictions: Applicants must be under 30 and a British subject by birth and must ordinarily be resident in the United Kingdom or Northern Ireland. Genre: Poetry collection. Previously published work accepted. Prize: £4,000.00. Deadline: October 31, 2019.

The Young Walter Scott PrizeRestrictions: Open to UK authors aged 11-19. Genre: Historical fiction between 800 and 2000 words. Prizes: £500 travel and research grant to further explore historical places in the UK, and an invitation to the Borders Book Festival in Melrose, Scotland. Two runners-up in each category receive a £100 book token, and all four winning stories are published in a special YWSP anthology book. Deadline: October 31, 2019.

McKitterick PrizeRestrictions: Open to authors over age 40 on December 31, 2019. Genre: First novel. The work must have been first published in the UK in the year in which the deadline falls (and not first published abroad), or be unpublished. Prize: £4,000.00. Deadline: October 31, 2019.

Tom-Gallon Trust AwardRestrictions: Open to citizens of the United Kingdom, Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland with at least one short story published or accepted for publication. Genre: Short story, maximum 5,000 words. May be unpublished. Prize: £1,000.00. Deadline: October 31, 2019.

Lex:lead Essay CompetitionRestrictions: Candidates must show citizenship in an eligible country and be enrolled in studies with at least one law class in an eligible country at the time of the award. Genre: Essay: How can access to justice reduce poverty and support economic development? Prize: $500 scholarship. Deadline: October 31, 2019.

Kraemer Intergenerational Story ContestGenre: Short story, video, art, audio clip featuring more than one generation. Length: 500 words max. Prize: $500. Deadline: October 31, 2019.

The Orwell Prize for Political FictionRestrictions: The Orwell Prize for Political Fiction is open to novels and short story collections first published in the UK or Ireland in the calendar year 2019. Genre: Fiction that explores ideas and issues, political themes, dilemmas and injustices through imagined narratives. Prize: £3,000.00. Deadline: October 31, 2019. 

Frontier New Voices FellowshipRestrictions: Open to emerging writers traditionally under represented by mainstream magazines and presses, in order to make that “breaking in” a little easier. Prize: $500 grant meant to be used toward covering industry submission costs, multiple publications (original poetry and prose) in Frontier, participation in their editorial community, and introductions to agents and presses. Deadline: October 31, 2019.

Deborah Rogers Foundation AwardRestrictions: Applicants may not be under contract to any publisher for any work or title. Applications are only open to writers who have not previously published or self-published a full length book of their own prose writing (with the exception of a collection of poetry). Entrants must write in the English language and reside within the British Commonwealth and Eire. Genre: Excerpt: 20-30,000 words of a work in progress, fiction or non-fiction, which is not under option or contract. Prize: £10,000. Deadline: October 31, 2019.

The End of Our World 2.0Genre: Stories about climate change. Prize: Up to $1000. Deadline: October 31, 2019.

Monday, September 23, 2019

27 Writing Conferences in October 2019

This October there are 27 conferences, intensive workshops, retreats and book fairs from coast to coast. You will also have a chance to pitch your work to agents, meet editors, and get to know your fellow writers. Conferences provide great opportunities to network, so make the most of your experience!

I strongly recommend that you plan ahead for next year if you miss your perfect conference or workshop. Many of these conferences offer scholarships, but you have to apply early.

For a month-by-month list of conferences throughout the year see: Writing Conferences. (You will also find links to resources that can help you find conferences in your area on that page.)


Bookgardan: A Year's Sustenance for Writers. October 1, 2019 - October 1, 2020: Keene, NY. "Devote a year to writing your book in community with an intimate group of dedicated writers, nurtured from start to finish by acclaimed author, seasoned editor, and literary mentor Kate Moses. The program opens and closes with week-long fall residency intensives at Craigardan, a secluded artists' retreat set at a circa-1800s farm nestled in the Adirondack mountains of upstate New York. From the first residency onward Kate will provide writers the structure, tools, and guidance required to cultivate and nourish their manuscripts, with the goal of bringing projects to fruition (a full first draft, a revised draft, or meeting an individual goal) by program's end. Throughout the year, writers will receive ongoing individual and group mentorship, one-on-one monthly conferences in response to their manuscript submissions, and take part in online craft tutorials, group seminars, interviews with published writers and publishing professionals, and other opportunities for connection with like-minded artists sharing in an often solitary endeavor. Bookgardan culminates twelve months later—once again syncing with the autumn harvest—with a second Craigardan residency focused on the business of writing and publishing, the sustenance of lasting fellowship, and a deserved celebration. Limited to a maximum of 6 participants each year."

Georgia Romance Writers: Moonlight and MagnoliasOctober 3 – October 3, 2019: Atlanta, Georgia. Includes keynote speakers, workshops, editor/agent appointments, autographing & bookfair, awards banquet.

New York Comicon. October 3 - 6, 2019: New York, New York. New York Comic Con is the East Coast's biggest popular culture convention: Show Floor plays host to the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies and television; Panels and Autograph Sessions give Fans a chance to interact with their favorite Creators; Screening rooms feature sneak peeks at films and television shows months before they hit big and small screens.

2019 Creative Retreat for writers, photographers. October 4 - 6, 2019: Mountain View, Missouri. Relax & refuel your creativity along a scenic river, while picking up tips from professionals in writing & photography. There will be time to learn & time to create. Participants stay in rustic cabins & enjoy family-style meals in dining hall.

State Writing Conference & Convention, sponsored by The Kansas Authors Club, Oct 4 - 6, 2019, Wichita, Kansas. Writing workshops, panels, and presentations by Kevin Rabas, Jeff Broome and more.

Write on the Sound Writers' Conference and Pre-Conference. Oct 4 - 6, 2019: Edmonds, WA. WOTS offers the opportunity to explore various writing craft techniques with nationally recognized industry professionals in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

WriteAngles. October 5, 2019: South Hadley, Massachusetts. Panels and workshops, with two keynoters, a limited number of agent meetings. Continental breakfast, and buffet lunch included. Agents: TBA

Picture Book Summit. Oct 5, 2019, Online. An online, one day live event for picture book writers including author keynotes, interviews, workshops and agent & editor panels. Recordings provided for attendees for four months post-conference.

Ozark Creative Writers Conference. Oct 10 - 12, 2019: Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Workshops by published authors, editors and agents; Publishers Row, independent publishers available to hear about your next project; Writing contests available to all participants.

Historical Writers of America Conference 2019Oct 10 - 12, 2019: The Woodlands, Colonial Williamsburg, VA. The conference programming will focus on supporting quality historical writing – fiction and nonfiction, research, the submission process, the road to publication, and the life of a historical writer. There will be a mix of sessions on the craft of writing and genre and era specific knowledge (food, clothing, language) as well as the business side of publishing including self/indie publishing, marketing and publicity and social media techniques. While many of the sessions are geared specifically to historical writing, this year the focus is on the craft of writing - in all genres.

Imaginarium. Oct 11 - 13, 2019: Louisville KY. A three day annual event held in Louisville, Kentucky centered entirely around creative writing, including the worlds of books, movies, gaming, music, and comics/graphic novels. Imaginarium Convention features extensive programming content, with panels and workshops presented by over 150 professional guests covering everything from the craft of writing to various genres, industry-specific topics, publishing, and social media/publicity. The convention features a film festival with a full array of awards, a masquerade/costume contest, live music, gaming, an expo open to the general public, an awards banquet, a series of literary awards called the Imadjinns, and many more activities, creating a welcoming, inclusive atmosphere that is content-rich and ideal for networking, promotion and personal development.

Be a Better Freelancer  October 11 - 13, 2019: St Louis, MO. Annual conference for freelance writers, editors, proofreaders, indexers, graphic artists, website managers and developers, etc., with presenters offering guidance and tips on marketing, promotions, new skills and other business aspects of freelancing. Focus: Nonfiction.

Letters & Lines Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Conference. October 12 - 13, 2019: Golden, CO. Conference focus: children's and young adult books. Faculty: Molly O’Neill, Sylvie Frank, Tiffany Liao, Meredith Mundy, and many more.

James River Writers Conference. October 12 - 13, 2019: Richmond, Virginia. The conference features pitch sessions with agents and editors and panel discussions for poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. The conference will also offer preconference master classes on October 11. Participants include poets Jon Pineda and Pavana Reddy, fiction writers Nafissa Thompson-Spires and Padma Venkatraman, nonfiction writers Marita Golden and Roben Farzad, and literary agents Brenna English-Loeb (Transatlantic Agency), Anna Knutson Geller (Write View), Marie Lamba (Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency), Beth Marshea (Ladderbird), Christina Morgan (Serendipity), and Eric Smith (P.S. Literary). The cost of the conference, which includes some meals and a one-on-one meeting with an agent, is $355, or $195 for a single day. The cost of a master class is an additional $65.

Writing By Writers Workshop @ Tomales Bay. October 16 - 20, 2019: Tomales Bay, California. Manuscript and poetry workshops are limited to 12 participants and generative workshops are limited to 15 to ensure an intimate setting.

Annual Florida Writers Conference, October 17 - 20, 2019: Altamonte Springs, Florida. Four workshops and panels dedicated to help you learn how to pitch your story, and more than fifty acclaimed authors, poets, and publishing industry experts for three days of networking opportunities.

Nimrod Conference for Readers and Writers. October 18 - 19, 2019: University of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The conference features workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as readings, master classes, panel discussions, and individual manuscript consultations with faculty. Participants include poets Kim Addonizio and Jeanetta Calhoun Mish; fiction writers Rachel Hall, Margot Livesey, and Anna-Marie McLemore; nonfiction writer Rhys Martin; agent Jennifer Udden (Barry Goldblatt Literary); Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry editorial board members Diane Burton, Crystal Carey, Cynthia Gustavson, and Christopher Murphy; and recent winners of the Nimrod Literary Awards. The cost of the conference is $60, which includes lunch. Scholarships are available. The deadline to register for a one-on-one manuscript consultation with an editor is October 12; general registration is first come, first served.

Northern Woodlands Writers & Readers Conference. Oct 18 - 20, 2019: Fairlee, Vermont. Sponsored by The Trust for Public Land, the conference explores how writers, artists and educators express the rich forest heritage of the Northeast: both the natural history of our region, and the interactions of people and place. The event will include writing workshops, readings, a nature illustration class, special workshops for educators, woods walks, fun talks on forest topics, and plenty of time for informal conversations over meals and around the campfire. Register by Oct 1.

Emerald City Writers' Conference. Oct 18 - 20, 2019, Bellevue, WA. Local Romance Writers of America conference, featuring film and television scouts, who will be taking pitches along with editors and agents, keynote speakers, workshops, and a master class. 

Annual Rochester Writers’ Conference, October 19, 2019: Rochester, Michigan. Lectures, Workshops and Panel Discussions in fiction, non-fiction and business of writing presentations. Open to new, working and published writers of all genres. Attendees select four presentations from a dozen to tailor fit their needs.

Viable Paradise Science Fiction Writers' Workshop. Oct 20 - 25, 2019: Martha’s Vineyard, MA. Viable Paradise is a unique one-week residential workshop in writing and selling commercial science fiction and fantasy. The workshop is intimate, intense, and features extensive time spent with best-selling and award-winning authors and professional editors currently working in the field. VP concentrates on the art of writing fiction people want to read, and this concentration is reflected in post-workshop professional sales by our alumni. Applications close June 1.

Other Words Literary Conference. Oct 24 -26, 2019: University of Tampa, Florida. Workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as panels and readings. Their goal is "to bring together writers, editors, agents, publishers, book sellers, grant administrators, directors of writers' colonies and retreats, and other interested folk in one place. We'll be talking about the how to of the literary arts: how to write it, make it, sell it, fund it, and nurture it."

Writer's Digest Novel Writing Conference, October 24 - 27, 2019: Pasadena, CA. Experienced authors, editors, agents and publishing experts will be on hand, ready to help you develop your own craft and position yourself for success.

Gotham Writers ConferenceOct 25  - 26, 2019: NY, NY. A writing conference built by agents, for writers, with a faculty of some of the top agents in New York City. Receive focused attention within your genre from some of the best in the business.

Atlanta Writers Conference. October 25 - 26, 2019: Atlanta, Georgia. The conference features publishing panels, pitch sessions, manuscript and query letter critiques, and a workshop on creating or improving author websites. Participating publishing professionals included editors Sarah Blumenstock (Berkley), Matthew Daddona (Dey Street Books), Rachel Diebel (Wednesday Books/St. Martin’s Press), Tom Hoeler (Del Rey Books), Tiara Kittrell (Balzer + Bray), Loan Le (Atria Books), Megha Majumdar (Catapult), and Christopher Werner (Amazon Publishing), and agents Amelia Appel (Triada US), Lucy Cleland (Kneerim & Williams), Arielle Datz (Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency), Melissa Edwards (Stonesong), Wendi Gu (Janklow & Nesbit Associates), Saritza Hern├índez (Corvisiero Literary Agency), Tamara Kawar (ICM Partners), and Kelli Martin (Wendy Sherman Associates). The cost of a single session ranges from $50 to $170; the cost of the “All-Activities Package,” which includes two manuscript critiques, one query letter critique, two pitch sessions, a craft workshop, access to two Q&A panels, and an optional pre-conference manuscript edit, is $620. Writers who are not members of the Atlanta Writers Club must purchase a yearlong membership for an additional $50 in order to register. The deadline to register for a manuscript critique is September 24.

Magna cum Murder XXIV. Oct 25  - 27, 2019: Indianapolis, IN. 45+ authors of crime writing fiction.

Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference. October 25 - 28, 2019: Truchas, New Mexico. The conference features evaluation and discussion of book-length and chapbook-length manuscripts with poets, editors, and publishers. The cost of the conference is $1,400, which includes lodging and meals. Using the online submission system, submit a brief bio and three to four poems.

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