Tuesday, July 9, 2019

3 UK Agents Seeking Literary Fiction, Nonfiction, Kidlit, Commercial Fiction

Here are three UK agents actively seeking clients. Tim Bates s particularly interested in pop culture, narrative and serious non-fiction, food-writing, nature and the outdoors, sport and commercial non-fiction and fiction of all forms. Josephine Hayes is on the look-out for exciting new voices in commercial children’s fiction for all ages, particularly pacy and adventurous middle grade and teen fiction with lots of heart. James Wills is looking for commercial and literary fiction as well as narrative non-fiction, including history, sport, science, popular music, comedy and website/blog-based material.

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

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Mr. Tim Bates of Peters Fraser & Dunlop

Tim Bates is a Senior Agent in the Books Division. He joined PFD after being an agent with Pollinger Limited for nearly 10 years. Before becoming an agent, he worked in various positions in publishing, including at Penguin Books, where he was Commissioning Editor for Penguin Classics.

What he is seeking: Tim represents a wide range of authors and is particularly interested in pop culture, narrative and serious non-fiction, food-writing, nature and the outdoors, sport and commercial non-fiction and fiction of all forms.

How to submit: Please send the first three chapters of your novel or non-fiction project, as well as a full synopsis. In the body of the email, please write a query letter, including brief details about your writing career. tbates@pfd.co.uk




Ms. Josephine Hayes of The Blair Partnership

Josephine Hayes is an Agent. Her all-time favourite children’s book is Back Home by Michelle Magorian, the author of Goodnight Mister Tom, both books that I read countless times growing up.

What she is seeking: She is predominantly on the look-out for exciting new voices in commercial children’s fiction for all ages, particularly pacy and adventurous middle grade and teen fiction with lots of heart. She’s after strong characters and unusual heroes that you fall in love with and worry about when you’re not reading, and gripping plots that keep you totally engrossed.

How to submit: Please attach the first three chapters of your manuscript with a one page synopsis, or, in the case of non-fiction, your proposal document alongside a writing sample, to: submissions@theblairpartnership.com

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Mr. James Wills of Watson, Little Ltd

James Wills looks after a dynamic and wide-ranging list of writers. He has a BA in English and Italian and an MA in 20th Century Literature from the University of Leeds and is passionate about reading and good writing. He is hugely enthusiastic about his authors’ work and is always searching for new, exciting material. James was Secretary of the Association of Authors’ Agents from 2009-2011.

What he is seeking: "I am looking for striking, quirky, character-driven, commercial and literary fiction that is thrilling, bold and beautifully written. My interests range from the decidedly off-beat to the unashamedly popular side of popular culture but I am always looking for writers with an edge who are experts in their fields. At present, I’d particularly love to see strong, narrative non-fiction, including history, sport, science, popular music, comedy and website/blog-based material.”

How to submitSend all queries to submissions@watsonlittle.com. For fiction, send the first 10,000 words or the nearest equivalent. Please send this as a single document. For nonfiction send a proposal.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

4 New Agents Actively Seeking Nonfiction, Graphic Novels, Kidlit, Memoirs, Fantasy & more

Here are four new agents actively building their client lists. Joseph Perry is actively acquiring nonfiction and fiction, including literary fiction, historical fiction, graphic novels, legal thrillers, and picture books, as well as trade and academic nonfiction.

Stephanie Winter is actively seeking diverse and inclusive representation in Upmarket, Commercial, Historical, and Women’s Fiction, in addition to urban and magical fantasies, cozy mysteries, dramatic comedies, light romances, and genre-bending narratives. Within non-fiction, she’s interested in Humor, Pop Culture, Pop Psychology, Memoir, cultural or event-based History, select Dessert Cookbooks, LGBTQ+ narratives, and essay collections.

Dominic Yarabe is currently seeking marginalized voices throughout YA, adult fiction, and nonfiction in politics and sustainability. Charlotte Wenger is interested in working with authors and illustrators of children's books—board books through YA, but especially picture books—as well as adult nonfiction, particularly biographies and memoirs.

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

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Ms. Charlotte Wenger of Prospect Agency

"I honed my love of stories by getting a BA in English and theatre from Eastern Mennonite University. After graduating, I worked as a project manager and editor for Scribe, a Philadelphia-based publishing services company, for three years. To follow my passion for books and children, I moved to Boston to earn a master’s in Children’s Literature from Simmons College (now University). I interned at Charlesbridge (editorial) and Candlewick (sales), and after grad school, I interned with literary agent Rubin Pfeffer for a year. Prior to joining Prospect Agency, I was an associate editor for just over two years with Page Street Kids, where I acquired and edited more than twenty picture books and grew relationships with authors, illustrators, agents, and other editors."

What she is seeking: "I'm interested in working with authors and illustrators of children's books—board books through YA, but especially picture books—as well as adult nonfiction, particularly biographies and memoirs."

How to submit: Please submit a query letter, three chapters and a brief synopsis via the online form HERE. If you are submitting a picture book text, please submit the entire manuscript. Illustrators should provide a link to their URL.

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Joseph Perry of Perry Literary

Joseph Perry is a new agent at Perry Literary, Inc. Before founding Perry Literary, Joseph began his book publishing career when he attended the New York University Summer Publishing Institute in 2010. After interning at FinePrint Literary Management, Joseph enrolled at St. John’s University School of Law to learn about the legal aspects of publishing and graduated with a juris doctor in 2015.

During law school, Joseph interned in the legal departments at Hachette Book Group; Rodale, Inc.; and William Morris Endeavor, as well as the subsidiary rights department at Columbia University Press. Joseph also holds a B.A. and M.A. in English from St. Bonaventure University.

What he is seeking: Joseph is actively acquiring nonfiction and fiction.

Within nonfiction, he has a particular interest in music and sports. Specifically, he’s interested in music books about the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, as well as sports books about football, basketball, baseball, running, and golf.

He is also interested in trade and academic books about film; pop culture; biography; politics; current affairs; law; medicine; journalism; history (in particular 20th Century US history and US legal history); business books (biography, history, technology, and economics); cookbooks; food and wine; parenting; philosophy; photography; psychology; science and technology; and social sciences.

Within fiction, he is acquiring literary fiction, historical fiction, graphic novels, legal thrillers, and picture books. He does not acquire fantasy, science fiction, romance, and middle grade or YA fiction.

How to submit: Queries should be sent to jperry@perryliterary.com with the words “QUERY (the title of the manuscript)” in the subject line. Please submit a query letter and the first ten pages of your manuscript within the body of the email (not as an attachment, please). If submitting a picture book, please include the entire manuscript.

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Stephanie Winter of P.S. Literary

Stephanie Winter is an associate agent at P.S. Literary. She first joined the agency as an intern before becoming the agency’s relations assistant. Stephanie is a dedicated bookseller who holds a B.A. from the University of Toronto in English Literature and a M.A. in English: Issues in Modern Culture from University College London. Her experiences of living and travelling in and around Europe have left her eagerly devouring upmarket, fantasy, and non-fiction genres that make new worlds and perspectives come alive. Stephanie particularly appreciates strong characters who bend stereotypes, genders, and more.

What she is seeking: Stephanie is acquiring both fiction and non-fiction. Within fiction, she’s actively seeking diverse and inclusive representation in Upmarket, Commercial, Historical, and Women’s Fiction, in addition to urban and magical fantasies, cozy mysteries, dramatic comedies, light romances, and genre-bending narratives. Within non-fiction, she’s interested in Humor, Pop Culture, Pop Psychology, Memoir, cultural or event-based History, select Dessert Cookbooks, LGBTQ+ narratives, and essay collections.

How to submit: Queries should be directed to query@psliterary.com.

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Dominic Yarabe of Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency

Dominic Yarabe joined Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency in 2018. As a multiracial second-generation American citizen, she is particularly drawn to characters and stories that traverse the complexities of the immigrant experience. However, she’ll read anything that is keenly observed and transports her outside of her tiny New York apartment.

Dominic graduated Phi Beta Kappa from her honors college at University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a B.A. in English. Before joining the agency, she taught for two summers in China and interned in New York, mitigating her transition from cornfield to city.

What she is seeking: "While I am willing to look at anything keenly observed and with a cogent pitch, I am currently seeking marginalized voices throughout YA, adult fiction, and nonfiction. In the nonfiction space, I’m drawn towards politics and sustainability."

How to submit: Writers can submit through the submissions page on the website (lgrliterary.com) or directly to Yarabe: dyarabe@lgrliterary.com.

Friday, June 28, 2019

43 Calls for Submissions in July 2019 - Paying markets

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There are more than three dozen calls for submissions in July. All of these are paying markets, and none charge submission fees.

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.)

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LadybugGenre: Stories and poems for children ages 3 - 6. Theme: Short stories, retellings of folk and fairy tales, rebus stories, poems, action rhymes, nonfiction, and songs about travel. "For a young child, a walk to the park, a trip by boat or airplane, or a game of make believe might all seem like voyages. We like playful stories with childlike points of view; they need to be short, too (under 800 words). Most of our readers live in the United States, and sensitive explorations of different cultures are welcome." Payment: Stories and articles: up to 25¢ per word. Poems: up to $3.00 per line; $25.00 minimum. Deadline: July 1, 2019.

Cafe IrrealGenre: Magical realist stories. Payment: 1 cent/word. Deadline: July 1, 2019.

ExistereGenres: All genres and forms of art and literature are welcome including and not limited to: poetry, short plays, short stories, postcard/flash fiction, art and literature reviews, critical essays, interviews, sketches, photos, etc. Payment: Small honorarium. Deadline: July 1, 2019.

Dancing Bear BooksGenre: Short stories between 500 and 7,000 words. All work MUST be fairytale/fantasy/Legend/Myth themed. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: July 1, 2019.

Fiddler's GreenGenre: Short story or poem. "There is no required theme for the stories, although anything to do with the themes usually explored in Fiddler’s Green—such as magic, individualism, or iconoclastic approaches to spirituality—will be most welcome. Stories with word counts between 1500 and 3000 will be considered. Narrative or thematic poetry of any length will also be considered, but we will only be publishing a few poems at most." Payment: $100. Deadline: July 1, 2019.

Nowhereville: Weird is Other People. "We want diverse stories with modern sensibilities from many different voices that show the immense and diverging possibilities for weird fiction, fearlessly exploring the new and the strange. We are actively seeking submissions from writers from underrepresented populations. (This includes, but is not limited to, writers of any race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, class, and physical or mental abledness.)" Length: Short stories of 3,000-7,500 words. Payment: 8 cents/word. Deadline: July 1, 2019.

THEMAGenre: Short stories, flash fiction, poems, art on theme of "The Clumsy Gardener."  Payment: short story, $25; short-short piece (up to 1000 words), $10; poem, $10; artwork, $25 for cover, $10 for interior page display. Deadline: July 1, 2019. Reprints accepted.

Spider Magazine: Hey, Neighbor! Genre: Stories, nonfiction, poems, and short plays about neighbors and neighborhoods: urban or suburban, rural or fantastical for ages 6 - 9. "What unique relationships blossom between people (and animals) who live near one another? Who would be neighbors on a space station or in a magical kingdom? How can kids, real or fictional, make an impact in their neighborhoods? Inter-cultural and inter-generational relationships welcome. Humor always encouraged." Payment: Stories and articles: up to 25¢ per word, Poems: up to $3.00 per line; $25.00 minimum, Activities and recipes: $75.00 flat rate. Deadline: July 1, 2019.

Spider Magazine: Arts and MusicGenre: Stories, nonfiction, poems, short plays, and activities for the theme Arts and Music for ages 6 - 9. "We want pieces that capture the magic, creativity, frustration, and many hours of practice that come with learning an instrument or new art skill. We’re looking for all kinds of stories about kids and their creative outlets, as well as true stories about unusual instruments, strange stories about familiar instruments, odes to artistic practice, and activities to inspire young artists." Payment: Stories and articles: up to 25¢ per word, Poems: up to $3.00 per line; $25.00 minimum, Activities and recipes: $75.00 flat rate. Deadline: July 1, 2019.

Cricket (for ages 9-14) Genre: Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry on the theme of Encountering Nature. "You might write about a record-setting blizzard or the joy of the first day of spring; conquering Everest or exploring a local cave; meeting a mountain lion while hiking, a squirrel in the backyard, an itsy-bitsy spider in the shower; or about a young nature lover who helps an injured animal or strives to preserve something of wild and natural beauty." Payment: Fiction: up to 10¢ per word, Nonfiction: up to 25¢ per word, Poems: up to $3.00 per line; $25.00 minimum. Deadline: July 1, 2019.

Cricket (for ages 9-14) Genre: Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry on the theme of A New Beginning. Stories might focus on the immigrant experience; on a middle schooler facing up to responsibilities or changes in the family; the end of one friendship and the start of another; try-trying again after a setback; or taking on a new hobby, sport—even a whole new persona. Payment: Fiction: up to 10¢ per word, Nonfiction: up to 25¢ per word, Poems: up to $3.00 per line; $25.00 minimum. Deadline: July 1, 2019.

Briarpatch Magazine. Theme: Labour. Genre: Nonfiction writing and artwork on a wide range of topics, including current events, grassroots activism, electoral politics, economic justice, ecology, labour, food security, gender equity, indigenous struggles, international solidarity, and other issues of political importance. Payment: $50-$150. Deadline: July 1, 2019.

Suburban ReviewGenre: Fiction, poetry, nonfiction, graphic novel on theme of "Suburbia."   Payment: $75-$150. Deadline: July 9, 2019.

Planet ScummGenre: Speculative fiction, art. Payment: $30 and a 3% share of the issue’s profits, plus one contributor copy. Deadline: July 10, 2019.

Griffith Review. Genre: Poetry on theme of The Light Ascending. Payment: Negotiated. Deadline: July 10, 2019.

Belt Publishing: Louisville AnthologyGenre: Essays about Louisville. "We are actively looking for stories from Louisville’s African American, Latinx, Asian American, immigrant and LGBTQ+ communities, so please circulate. Stories that have a specific perspective and point of view, in which something happens, something changes, and/or something is lost or found, will be prioritized." Payment: Honorarium. Deadline: July 15, 2019.

The House of Zolo’s Journal of Speculative Literature. Genre: Speculative fiction and poetry.  Payment: 50 – 75 dollars per story (CND, based on word count). $25 per poem (CND), Deadline: July 15, 2019.

PodCastle. Genre: Speculative fiction: podcast. Payment: $0.06/word. Deadline: July 15, 2019. Accepts reprints.

Able Muse is a small literary press. Genre: Poetry and fiction. Most of the fiction they publish is short story collections. Payment: Royalties? Deadline: July 15, 2019.

Forty-Two Books: Putrescent PoemsGenre: Horror poetry. "Send us the scary, the fearful, the hardcore, and the most disturbing horrific works of fine poetry from your crypts." Payment: Royalties. Deadline: July 15, 2019.

Sub-q. Genre: Interactive speculative fiction, poetry, art. Payment: 9 cents/word and a flat fee of $75 for reprints of any length. Deadline: July 15, 2019.

Frozen Wavelets. Genre: Speculative fiction, 750 words max. Payment: 6 cents/word. Deadline: July 15, 2019.

Pulp Literature. Genre: All genres. Payment: $0.05 – $0.07 per word for short stories (to 7000 words),  $0.03 – $0.05 per word between 7000 and 10000 words,  and $0.02 – $0.035 per word for works over 10000 words. Poetry and interior illustrations pay between $25 – $50. Sequential art (graphic novels and cartoons) and illustrations are at a rate of $25 to $75 per page. Reprints are up to 50% of first publication rates. Deadline: July 15, 2019.

NonBinary ReviewGenre: Poetry, fiction, essays, and art on theme of Homer's The Odyssey.    Payment: $50. Deadline: July 24, 2019.

Pole to Pole Publishing: Not Far From Roswell. Genre: Short, original fiction - dark stories of aliens, alien abduction, alien experimentation, cows, paranormal investigation and more - let your imagination be your guide. Payment: 2 cents/word. Deadline: July 30, 2019.

FIYAHGenre: Speculative fiction and poetry about Africa Diaspora. Theme: Chains. Length: Short fiction 2,000 – 7,000 words and novelettes up to 15,000 words. Payment: $150 per story. $50 per poem. $300 per novelette. Deadline: July 31, 2019.

Carcanet Press is a British publishing house specializing in poetry. "Now in its fifth decade, Carcanet publishes the most comprehensive and diverse list available of modern and classic poetry in English and in translation." How to submit: Carcanet considers submissions and book proposals submitted in hard copy form only. Writers should send between six and ten pages of poetry and a stamped and self-addressed return envelope. Response time within eight weeks. Open reading period in July. Read full guidelines HEREPayment: Royalties. Deadline: July 31, 2019.

Less Than Three Press: Monsters Out of Myth and LegendGenre: LGBTQIA stories about the monsters of yore. Length: Stories should be at least 15,000 words and should not exceed approx 40,000 words in length. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: July 31, 2019.

Necro Publications: Blasphemous RumoursGenre: Religious horror. Payment: 3 cents/word.  Deadline: July 31, 2019.

Room Magazine: HairGenre: Poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction on the theme of ‘Hair.’  Payment: CAD $50- $150. Deadline: July 31, 2019.

New MythsGenre: Speculative fiction, nonfiction, and poetry (no horror). Payment: 1.5 cents/word with a minimum payment of $30 for all submissions, fiction, flash fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Deadline: July 31, 2019.

Diabolical PlotsGenre: Speculative fiction. Payment: 8 cents/word. Deadline: July 31, 2019.

Airlie PressGenre: Full-length poetry manuscripts. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: July 31, 2019.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: I Can’t Stop Laughing! Genre: Nonfiction stories and poems of up to 1200 words. Must follow the theme “I Can’t Stop Laughing!” Payment: $200, publication, and 10 author copies. Deadline: July 31, 2019.

Freeze Frame FictionGenre: Flash fiction. Payment: $10. Deadline: July 31, 2019.

Virginia Quarterly ReviewGenre: Poetry, fiction, nonfiction. Payment: $200 for poetry, $1,000 for prose. Deadline: July 31, 2019.

Stonecrop ReviewGenre: Creative non-fiction, fiction, art, and photography that explores the ways in which human animals, non-human animals, and plants have created, adapted to, and thrived in cities. Theme: Roots/Routes. Payment: $20. Deadline: July 31, 2019.

Swashbuckling Cats: Nine Lives on the Seven Seas. Genre: Fiction. "We want pirate cats, and Viking cats. Submariner cats and explorer cats. This book is going to be filled with adventure-loving cats, puns and fun. We want it to be a wild, rollicking ride complete with sword fights, sea monsters, treasure hunting, discovering new worlds and lots and lots of kittens." Payment: $50 CAD. Length: Under 9,000 words. Deadline: July 31, 2019.

Left Hand Publishers: Mindscapes Unimagined and Mysteries Unimagined. GenreMindscapes Unimagined will focus on the supernatural, horror, fantasy, urban fantasy, and any speculative fiction. Mysteries Unimagined is much as it seems: spotlighting mysteries, thrillers, crime drama, and unanswered questions. All short stories submitted MUST have a twist toward the end that catches the reader off guard and surprises them with more than a touch of irony or shock. Payment: $25 per story. Deadline: July 31, 2019.

Soteira Press. Genre: Horror: “The Monsters We Forgot” anthology with the theme of “forgotten folklore.” "We’re looking for tales of urban legends, folktales, and fairy tales that nobody knows." And “Horror USA: California” is all about the terrors, horrors, creeps, and shrieks found in the Golden State. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: July 31, 2019.

Aether&IchorGenre: Fantasy. Payment: £5 (or equivalent currency) per 1,000 words, at a minimum of £5. Deadline: July 31, 2019.

Arc. Genre: Poetry. Payment: $50 per page. Deadline: July 31, 2019.

The Rumpus. Genre: Poetry, fiction. Payment: Writers split a $300 pool. Deadline: July 31, 2019.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

40 Writing Contests in July 2019 - No entry fees

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There are over three dozen contests in July for short stories, poetry, essays, scripts, and books in every genre. None charge entry fees. Prizes range from hundreds of thousands of dollars to publication. Some accept self-published work. 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!


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She Writes Press and SparkPress Toward Equality in Publishing (STEP)Restrictions: Open to woman of color (people whose heritage is African, Indigenous to the Americas, Latinx, Asian/Pacific Islander, Arab, or people of mixed racial heritage with one or two parents who fit into the above groups). Trans/non-binary or genderqueer women welcome! Genre: Full-length fiction and nonfiction. Prize: The STEP winners will receive a publishing deal to publish on either She Writes Press or SparkPress, which will be determined by the publisher based on genre and writing style. Both include the full services of the She Writes Press and SparkPress Publishing Package (each valued at $7500). Deadline: July 1, 2019.

The Purorrelato Flash Fiction CompetitionGenre: Short stories of 200-1400 words by any author. Theme is open but stories should have a link to Africa. Prize: 600 euros. Deadline: July 1, 2019.

The Cozy Cat Poetry ContestGenre: Mystery-themed poems of up to 2 pages by any poet. Prize: Publication and (for top winners) $25-$100, illustration of your poem, and a print copy of the book. Deadline: July 1, 2019.

Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Sponsored by Claremont Graduate University. Restrictions: Poets must be citizens or legal resident aliens of the United States. Genre: Poetry. The work submitted must be a first book of poetry published between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. Manuscripts, CDs, and chapbooks are not accepted. Prize: $100,000. Deadline: July 1, 2019.

Winter Tangerine Award. Genre: Unpublished poetry and prose from writers who have not yet published a collection of poems, a collection of short stories or a novel. Prize: $250 award to the winners and $50 to each of the finalists. Deadline: July 1, 2019.

Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Sponsored by Claremont Graduate University. Restrictions: Poets must be citizens or legal resident aliens of the United States. Genre: Poetry. Book must be author's first full-length book of poetry, published between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. Self-published books are accepted. Prize: $10,000. Deadline: July 1, 2019.

Richard J. Margolis AwardGenre: Journalism. Prize is awarded annually to a promising new journalist or essayist whose work combines warmth, humor, wisdom and concern with social justice. Prize: $5,000 and one month of residency at Blue Mountain Center. Deadline: July 1, 2019.

Cheshire Prize for LiteratureRestrictions: The writer must have been born, live or have lived, study or have studied, work or have worked, in Cheshire, UK. Genre: Original and previously unpublished playscript. Prize: £2,000. Deadline: July 1, 2019.

Emmy Awards - Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting AwardRestrictions: Non-US citizens under the age of 30 only. Prize: $2,500, a trip to New York City, and an invitation to the International Emmy® Awards Gala in November. DeadlineJuly 3, 2019.

Scottish Book Trust New Writers AwardsRestrictions: Scottish writers over 18 years of age. Genres: The awards are divided into three different categories.: Fiction and Narrative Non-fiction in English and Scots, Poetry in English and Scots, Children’s and Young Adult Fiction in English and Scots. Prize: £2,000 and personal development opportunities, which can include mentoring from writers and industry professionals. Training in PR, performance and presentation training, and the opportunity to showcase work to publishers and agents. Deadline: July 3, 2019 (midday).

1455’s First Teen Poetry ContestRestrictions: Writer aged 13-19. Genre: Poetry. Prize: $500. Deadline: July 5, 2019.

John Glassco Translation Prize. Sponsored by Literary Translators' Association of Canada.  Restrictions: Open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents only. Genre: The work submitted must be the translator's first published book-length translation into English or French. The book must have been published between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. Prize: $1000. Deadline: July 5, 2019.

The Margaret and Reg Turnill CompetitionRestrictions: Writers must be 21 or under on July 8. (Those over 21 can enter for a fee.) Genre: Short story on theme of "Time." Length: 1,500 to 5,000 words. Prize: £1,000 and publication in the annual HG Wells Short Story Competition Anthology.  Deadline: July 8, 2019.

#PassOrPages Query Contest. Participating agents give brief feedback on a handful of entries, explaining why they're passing ... or requesting pages! The queries and accompanying feedback are posted on our blog anonymously, which helps querying authors get a peek into agents' minds as they go through their slush piles. Genre: Deadline: July 8 - 12, 2019.

Stone CanoeRestrictions: Open to people who live or have lived in Upstate New York (not New York City). Genres: Drama, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art. Prize: $500 and publication. Deadline: July 8, 2019  (poetry), July 22, 20189 (fiction), July 28, 2019 (non-fiction).

Vincent Buckley Poetry PrizeRestrictions: Open to Irish poets. Genre: Poetry. Prize: $12,000 for an Irish poet to travel to Australia in 2020. Deadline: July 8, 2019.

Green Stories Writing CompetitionGenre: Radio Play Drama/Comedy series about building a sustainable society. Prize: £750: 1st prize £500, 2nd prize £100, third prize £50 plus £50 for best student submission (18-25 years) and £50 for best < 18 year submission. Deadline: July 12, 2019.

Undiscovered VoicesRestrictions: Current members of SCBWI who live in the UK or one of the current countries of the EU or the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries. Genre: Opening of an already completed novel for children, aimed at any age from 5 years through to Young Adult. You may submit up to 4,000 words – choosing a suitable place to stop your extract. Prize: Publication. Deadline: July 15, 2019.

Langdon Review Writer-in-Residence Program. This is a two-week residency at Texas-based Tarleton State University, providing an opportunity to present at the Langdon Review Weekend festival, and publication in the school's Langdon Review journal. Prize: $500. Deadline: July 15, 2019.

The Woodrow Hall Top Shelf Awards 2018Genre: Poetry book published in 2018. Prize: $100.  Deadline: July 15, 2019.

Singapore Poetry ContestGenre: Poetry containing the word "Singapore" by anyone who is NOT a Singaporean citizen or permanent resident in Singapore. Prize: $100.  Deadline: July 15, 2019.

Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for NonfictionRestrictions: Books must be English-language, first-edition trade books published by a Canadian press, written by Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. Titles must be published between May 22, 2019 and September 30, 2019.  Genre: Literary nonfiction including, among other forms, works of personal or journalistic essays, memoirs, commentary, criticism both social and political, history, and biography.   Prize: Winner: $60,000; Finalists: $5,000. DeadlineJuly 17, 2019.

Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction PrizeGenre: Fiction. Restrictions: Titles must be published in Canada and written by Canadians. No self-published works. Prize: $25,000 will be awarded to a novel or short-story collection published between May 22, 2018 and September 30, 2019. Prizes of $2,500 will be awarded to each of the finalists. Deadline: July 17, 2019.

Peter K. Hixson Memorial Award. Genre: Poetry, short stories. Prize: Each winner will receive $1,800 in Writer’s Relief submission services free of charge. Deadline: July 23, 2019.

Lumberloft Short Fiction ContestRestrictions: US residents aged 18+. Genre: Unpublished short story, 5,000 words maximum. theme is "Death from Above". Prize: $1000. Deadline: July 30, 2019.

Lune Spark Young Writers' Short Story ContestRestrictions: Open to writers 10-13 years old, and 13-16 years old. (Two categories.) Genre: Short story. Prize: $500 for first place; $250, 2nd place; $100, 3rd place. Deadline: July 31, 2019.

Broken River Prize. Sponsored by Platypus Press. Genre: Poetry chapbook.  Prize: $250/£200.    Deadline: July 31, 2019.

Baltimore Science Fiction Society Amateur Writing ContestRestrictions: Open to Maryland residents or students at a MD 2- or 4-year college, and not a member of the Science Fiction Writers of America or published in a professional science fiction/fantasy magazine Genre: Science fiction short stories. Prize1st place is $250; 2nd place is $100; 3rd place is $50. Deadline: July 31, 2019.

Green Stories Writing CompetitionGenre: Novel about building a sustainable society. Prize: £750: 1st prize £500, 2nd prize £100, third prize £50 plus £50 for best student submission (18-25 years) and £50 for best < 18 year submission. Deadline: July 31, 2019.

Betjeman Poetry PrizeRestrictions: Open to UK residents aged 10-13. Genre: Poem.  Prize: £500.00. Deadline: July 31, 2019.

Foyle Young Poets of the Year AwardRestrictions: Open to young poets age 11 - 17. Genre: Poetry. Prize: Publication. Deadline: July 31, 2019.

Landfall Essay CompetitionRestrictions: Open to New Zealand writers. Genre: Essay about New Zealand. Prize: The winner will receive $3000 and a year’s subscription to Landfall. Deadline: July 31, 2019.

Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay ContestRestrictions: Open to students who are FULL TIME, undergraduate students in an AMERICAN COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY during the Spring 2015 semester. Genre: Essay: Abraham Lincoln: Our Greatest President? Prize: 1st Prize $1500 | 2nd Prize $750 | 3rd Prize $500. Deadline: July 31, 2019.

SLF Diverse Writers and Diverse Worlds GrantsRestrictions: Open to writers from underrepresented and underprivileged groups, such as writers of color, women, queer writers, disabled writers, working-class writers, etc. -- those whose marginalized identities may present additional obstacles in the writing / publishing process. Genres: Book-length works (novels, collections of short stories) of speculative fiction. Prize: $500. Deadline: July 31, 2019.

Polar Expressions Publications Short Story and Poetry CompetitionRestrictions: Open to Canadians only. Genre: Short story, poetry. Prize: $500. Deadline: July 31, 2019.

Jan Garton Prairie Heritage Book AwardGenre: Book published in 2016 that illuminates the heritage of North America's mid-continental prairies, whether of the tall-grass, mid-grass, or short-grass regions. Authors' first books receive extra consideration. Books may be in any genre, and topics may include but are not limited to social or natural history; prairie culture of the past or in-the-making; and interactions between society and ecology. Prize: $1,000. Deadline: July 31, 2019.

The 2019 Spooky Samhain Stories ContestGenre: Horror. Entries must match one of the following themes: ‘True Tales of Terror,’  or ‘Fantastic Frights.' Prize: $100. Deadline: July 31, 2019.

Peaceful Dumpling Environmental Writing PrizeGenre: Poetry, fiction, or essays about environmental issues such as climate change, environment, conservation, and animal rights. Prize: $500 and publication. Deadline: July 31, 2019.

Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political WritingGenre: Book of literary nonfiction that captures a political subject of relevance to Canadian readers and has the potential to shape or influence thinking on contemporary Canadian political life. Book must be published in Canada. Prize: CAN $25,000.00. Deadline: July 31, 2019.

Submerging Writer FellowshipRestrictions: Writers who have never published a book or won any major writing awards, and who are not currently studying in an MFA or PhD program and "you battle daily the barriers of luck, society, fate, a curse, the cosmos, some major setback, or all of the above." Genre: Everything? Prize: $1,000 ($500 prize and up to $500 to be used toward expenses associated with attending a conference, workshop, class, or retreat). Deadline: July 31, 2019.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

35 Fabulous Writing Conferences in July 2019

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Summer is in full swing, and so are writing conferences. This July there are 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.)


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Fine Arts Work Center Summer Workshops (poetry, fiction, art, and creative nonfiction). June 16 - August 23, 2019, Provincetown, Massachusetts. The faculty includes David Baker, Samiya Bashir, Jill Bialosky, Sophie Cabot Black, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Martha Collins, Kate Daniels, Nick Flynn, Vievee Francis, Gabriel Fried, Jorie Graham, Marie Howe, Major Jackson, Fred Marchant, Gail Mazur, Jane Mead, John Murillo, Eileen Myles, Matthew Olzmann, Gregory Pardlo, Carl Phillips, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Victoria Redel, Martha Rhodes, Brenda Shaughnessy, Nicole Sealey, Alan Shapiro, Carmen Giménez Smith, Craig Morgan Teicher and many more. Tuition ranges from $600 to $725. (See individual workshops for dates.)

Idyllwild Arts Summer Program Writers Week. July 1 - 5, 2019, Idyllwild, California. Workshops, craft talks, readings, and one-on-one consultations in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The faculty includes poets Samiya Bashir, Victoria Chang, Katie Ford, and Ed Skoog; fiction writer Vu Tran; and nonfiction writers Wendy C. Ortiz and David Ulin. Participants include poets Brendan Constantine, Katie Marie Darling, and Javier Zamora; fiction writers Janet Fitch, Ben Loory, and Marie Mutsuki Mockett; and editor Halimah Marcus (Electric Literature). Tuition is $775, which includes daily lunches. Full meal plans are available for an additional $100. Campus dormitory housing for the week, which includes all meals, is $545 for a double room or $760 for a single room. Six scholarships covering tuition, lodging, and meals are available; submit up to 10 pages of poetry or prose with a $25 entry fee by April 16. General registration is first come, first served.

New York State Summer Writers Institute at Skidmore College. July 2 - 27, 2019: Saratoga Springs, NY. Workshops on Mon, Wed, Fri. Q & As with visiting writers on Tues and Thurs. Readings & presentations by visiting and staff writers. Symposia and student readings on weekends. Extra Manuscript Tutorials in fiction novels, and book-length non-fiction and poetry. The faculty includes poets Peg Boyers, Henri Cole, Campbell McGrath, Carol Muske-Dukes, Vijay Seshadri, and Rosanna Warren; fiction writers Elizabeth Benedict, Adam Braver, Jonathan Dee, Farth Greenwell, Adam Haslett, Amy Hempel, Claire Messud, Rick Moody, Howard Norman, Victoria Redel, Joanna Scott, and Danzy Senna; and creative nonfiction writers Phillip Lopate and James Miller. Tuition is $3,260 for four weeks, and $1,630 for two weeks. Lodging and meals are included. Submit two to three poems or 5 to 20 pages of prose with a $60 application fee. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Wake Up and Write Writer's Retreat Workshop. July 1 - 10, 2019: Boise, Idaho. Workshops, marketing sessions, and one-on-one with agent Lisa Abellera. This is a craft-oriented workshop with the focus squarely on your work-in-progress. The workshop will be limited to 25 students in order to provide each student an opportunity for several one-on-one consultations with our staff. In addition, there are classes for all students, optional informal sessions on a variety of topics, and diagnostic sessions in small groups, plus plenty of writing time.

Peripatetic Writing Workshop and Retreat. July 5 - 15, 2019: Deal, Kent, England. The first week of the conference features daily workshops, discussions, readings, and time to write. The second week of the conference features writing time, discussions, readings, and individual manuscript tutorials. The workshop will be led by NYU teachers and authors Maureen Brady and Martha Hughes.

Frost Place Conference on Poetry. July 6 - 12, 2019: 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.

Tin House Summer Workshop. July 7 - 14, 2019, 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.  Participating writers include poets Kaveh Akbar, Natalie Diaz, Maureen N. McLane, D. A. Powell, and Patricia Smith; fiction writers Jamel Brinkley, Lan Samantha Chang, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Danielle Evans, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Garth Greenwell, Kelly Link, Rebecca Makkai, Jim Shepard, Karen Shepard, Justin Torres, and Laura van den Berg; creative nonfiction writers Mitchell S. Jackson, Terese Marie Mailhot, and Michelle Tea; and graphic narrative writer Kristen Radtke. Tuition is $1,600; the fee for lodging and meals is $300. Workshops may be audited for $400. Scholarships are available; the deadline for scholarship applications is March 10. Submit a writing sample of up to four poems, 5,000 words of prose, or up to 15 pages of graphic narrative with a $30 application fee by April 7.

Young Writers Workshop. July 7 - 27, 2019, 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.

Summer Fishtrap Gathering of Writers. July 8 - 14, 2019: 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."

ThrillerFest XIII. July 9–13, 2019, 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.

Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing Summer Seminar. June 9 - 15 and 16 - 22, 2019, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Workshops in poetry and fiction, one-on-one manuscript consultations, panel discussions, and readings. Offers fellowships.

Southampton Writers Conference. July 10–21, 2019, 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.

Green River Writers Workshops:Turning Memory into Story: Memoir Writing Workshop. July 11 - 14, 2018, 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.

IWWG Summer Writers Conference. July 12 - 19, 2019: Allentown, PA. The International Women's Writing Guild sponsors this residential writing program for women. Features: Over two dozen workshops ranging from three to six days in length and spanning fiction, poetry, memoir, creative nonfiction, screenwriting, playwriting, writing as performance, social justice, multi-genre, and mixed media; Critique sessions in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and playwriting; A multimedia open studio and Two book fairs.

The Summer Writers Institute. July 12 - 26, 2019, 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.

The Gathering. July 12 - 14, 2019, 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."

Port Townsend Writers’ Conference. July 14 - 21, 2019, 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 16- 28, 2019: 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.

North Carolina Writers' Network Squire Summer Writing Residency. July 18 - 19, 2019: Greenville, North Carolina. An intensive course in a chosen genre (fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry), with ten hour-and-a-half sessions over the four days of the program. Registrants work in-depth on their own manuscript samples, as well as their colleagues’, while also studying the principles of the genre with their instructor. Other features include faculty readings, panel discussions, and open mic sessions for residents. The cost of the residency ranges from $425 - $675, depending on membership and housing preferences.

Saskatchewan Festival of Words. July 18 - 21, 2019, Moose Jaw, Canada. Workshops for all ages, reading sessions, concerts, film, panel discussions, interviews, music, theatre, a slam poetry competition as well as workshops and author readings.

Cascade Three-day Writing Workshop. July 19 –21, 2019: Bremerton, WA. "Current speakers for the 2019 workshop include editor Diana M. Pho,agent Jennie Goloboy (of the Donald Maass Agency), editor Carl Engle-Laird, author Cat Rambo, author Wendy Wagner, author David Levine, author Curtis Chen, editor and author Jaym Gates, author John Pitts, and author Randy Henderson!"

Gemini Ink Writers Conference. July 19 - 21, 2019: San Antonio, Texas."For we all know that the idea of ‘place’ and the conversations that surround it continue to evolve and present new challenges as we search for our location. It can mean the chair we sit in to do our writing, the various settings that our words seek to evoke, or the way we engage with our perception of this beautiful, turbulent world. As we explore the internal and external landscapes that shape our stories on the page, we sometimes need a guide to help us find our way."

Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference. July 19 - 21, 2019, 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.

The Cleveland Writing Workshop. July 20, 2019, 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."

Where to Begin: A Memoir Workshop. July 21 -26: Cape Cod, MA. "One of the hardest aspects of writing memoir is knowing where your story begins. Some memoirs begin with the meeting of the writers’ parents. Others start at the end of the story. And others begin with a central question posed by a traumatic event. Of course, with a first draft, it’s more important to actually get started than to find the perfect beginning. With that in mind, this workshop will focus on helping students locate the different doorways into their stories and how where they begin is an opportunity to define that story’s voice, setting, characters and scope. We’ll read and discuss the beginnings of various published works and experiment with different approaches through daily writing exercises. This class is suitable for generating new material, or for revising the beginning of an existing work. Class discussions will assume a fundamental understanding of craft including scene, summary, detail and description, but no prior workshop experience is necessary." Waitlisted

Juniper Institute for Young Writers. July 21 - 28, 2019: Amherst, MA. For high school students. Daily workshops in poetry, fiction, & nonfiction; interactive craft sessions that include discussions & writing exercises; evening readings by faculty & writers-in-residence. Workshops and craft sessions are led by MFA candidates from the renowned University of Massachusetts MFA Program for Poets and Writers who design curricula especially for the Institute setting.

Romance Writers of America. July 24 - 27, 2019, NY, NY. The RWA Conference is the place where career-focused romance writers meet, mingle, and get down to the business of being an author. 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.

Midwest Writers Workshop. July 25 - 27, 2019, Muncie, Indiana. Craft and business sessions, agent pitches, manuscript evaluations. MWW includes quality instruction by a faculty of authors, agents, editors, and specialists.

Mississippi Writers Guild 2019 Conference. July 26 - 27, 2019: Meridian, Mississippi. Speakers: Fred Cannon, Rose Drake, Michael Farris Smith, Tricia Walker, Michael Hicks Thompson, Diane Williams.

Confluence-SFF. July 26 - 28, 2019: Pittsburgh, PA. Located at the birthplace of the Ohio River, Confluence is Pittsburgh’s longest-running literary conference with a strong focus on science fiction, fantasy and horror. Award-winning authors, editors, artists and song-writers gather for three full days.

Bookstock Literary Festival. July 26 - July 28, 2019: 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 have included 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."

The 2019 Colorado Writing Workshop. July 27, 2019: Denver Colorado. A full-day “How to Get Published” event. "This writing event is a wonderful opportunity to get intense instruction over the course of one day, pitch a literary agent or editor (optional), get your questions answered, and more."

Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. July 28 - August 2, 2019, St. Helena, California. The faculty includes poets Eavan Boland, Forrest Gander, Jane Hirshfield, and Major Jackson; fiction writers Lan Samantha Chang, Ryan Harty, Mitchell S. Jackson, and Julie Orringer; and translator Howard Norman. The cost of the conference is $1,025, which includes tuition, daily breakfast and lunch, two dinners, and wine tastings. Lodging is available at nearby hotels for discounted rates. Limited financial aid is available. Submit five poems, 10 to 15 pages of fiction, or a translation of up to three poems or 1,500 words of prose; a brief personal statement; and a $25 application fee by April 15.

Green Mountain Writers Conference. July 29 - August 2, 2019: 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 poets Justen Ahren, Dede Cummings, Gary Margolis, Elle Aviv Newton, and Verandah Porche; fiction writers Jensen Beach, Ann Braden, and Elizabeth Inness-Brown; and creative nonfiction writers Chuck Clarino and Yvonne Daley. Tuition is $600 before May 1, $650 until June 1, and $700 thereafter. The registration deadline is July 15. Lodging is available at the Mountain Top Inn for $800, which includes breakfast, lunch, and a discounted dinner rate.

Revision Retreat. July 31 – August 4, 2019: Honesdale, Pennsylvania. Sponsored by Highlights Foundation. In this working retreat, Harold Underdown and editor Eileen Robinson will teach proven techniques for self-editing and revising and help writers try them out on their manuscripts. Mornings will be dedicated to revision techniques and afternoons to model critique groups, individual meetings, and writing time.

Friday, June 14, 2019

10 Speculative Magazines Accepting Submissions NOW - Paying markets

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Here are ten literary magazines currently open to submissions of speculative fiction and poetry. They are seeking a wide variety of subgenres: Quantum Fiction, Cyberpunk, Alternative Histories, Steampunk, Dark Fantasy, Horror, Fantasy, Magical Realism, Myth, Folklore, Surrealism, Slipstream and Weird Fiction.

All of these are paying markets. Some accept reprints. None charge a submission fee.

For an extensive list of paying markets organized by genre see: Paying Markets.

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Unfit Magazine: Stories that bend the rules of science fiction

Unfit publishes Quantum Fiction, Cyberpunk, Alternative Histories and Steampunk.

Length: 500-3,000 words

Payment: $0.03/word for fiction; $0.01/word for nonfiction. Reprints are paid at $.01/word. Payments are only made to your PayPal account. They only pay for what appears in print, not for online publication.

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Unreal Magazine

Unreal publishes Fantasy, Magical Realism, Experimental Fiction

Length: 500 to 5,000 words

Payment: $.03/word for fiction. For nonfiction, $.01/word. Reprints are paid at $.01/word. Payments are only made to your PayPal account. They only pay for what appears in print, not for online publication.

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Alban Lake Publishing: Midnight in the Witch’s Kitchen

"Everyone depends on Granny Barnes. The side door to her old house is the direct entry to her kitchen. During the day, she’s a grandmother whose family and friends flock to her house daily for meals or her sage advice. Everyone seeks both her wisdom and her recipes. However, Granny’s kitchen becomes something else after midnight. Those who knock on her kitchen door then have come for another reason altogether. Granny is witch . . . and those who come to her for help after dark should never enter her kitchen without serious pause as to the cost or the consequences. What the editor will be looking for from all other writers is that their short stories must have a paranormal, horror or fantasy/dark fantasy aspect and must involve a witch."

Length: 4,000-10,000 words

Payment: $20

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Through the Gate: Fantastical poetry

"We are looking for fantastical poetry of literary and emotional depth from a diversity of voices and perspectives. Our definition of fantastical is quite fluid, encompassing fantasy, magic realism, myth, folklore, surrealism and slipstream. We desire poetry that is atypically beautiful, unconventionally imaginative, and boundary-crossing. We are not interested in work that is strictly science fiction or mainstream, but poetry that blurs the lines between such genres and the fantastical is welcome."

Length: Up to three poems

Payment: $20 per poem

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New Myths

"NewMyths.com publishes speculative fiction of every stripe except graphic horror. We like each issue to have an eclectic variety of stories:  funny, frightening, hard and soft sci-fi, adventure, thoughtful, etc. Every issue includes at least one nonfiction piece dealing with some aspect of science, myth, folklore, or literature as it relates to speculative fiction, usually of the well-researched essay variety rather than opinion or editorial. Speculative poetry is welcome. We tend to receive a lot of free verse and not enough "form" poetry. We also buy one piece of artwork per issue, and occasionally commission one. We publish book reviews of recent releases about every two weeks. If you have written a review, or have a book coming out soon, please contact us."

Length: Up to 10,000 words.

Payment: 1.5 cents/word with a minimum payment of $30 for all submissions, fiction, flash fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

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Three-lobed Burning Eye

"Original speculative fiction: horror, fantasy, and science fiction. We're looking for short stories from across the big classifications and those shadowy places between: magical realism, fantastique, slipstream, interstitial, and the Weird. We will consider suspense or western, though we prefer it contain some speculative element. We like voices that are full of feeling, from literary to pulpy, with styles unique and flowing, but not too experimental. All labels aside, we want tales that expand genre, that value imagination in character, narrative, and plot. We want to see something new and different."

Length: Short fiction 1000–7000 words, Flash fiction 500–1000 words, (2000–5000 preferred)

Payment: $100 for short fiction, $30 for flash fiction; + 1 print annual

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"We prefer science fiction, fantasy, and the macabre, but we're willing to push the limits of traditional forms of these genres. We do not consider poetry, stories with over-the-top sex or violence, serials, novels, fan fiction, or non-fiction. We don't accept multiple submissions; in other words, only submit one story at a time and wait for a response before submitting another. We accept simultaneous submissions as long as you let us know up front and tell us as soon as it's accepted elsewhere. We do not publish reprints, including anything that has appeared on a website."

Length: 250 to 7000 words

Payment: $20

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The Dark publishes dark fantasy and horror. "Don’t be afraid to experiment or to deviate from the ordinary; be different—try us with fiction that may fall out of “regular” categories. However, it is also important to understand that despite the name, The Dark is not a market for graphic, violent horror."

Length: 2,000 – 6,000 words.

Payment: 6 cents/word for original fiction up to 6,000 words on publication for first world rights; and 1 cent/word for reprint fiction up to 6,000 words on publication for nonexclusive reprint rights.

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"We want diverse stories with modern sensibilities from many different voices that show the immense and diverging possibilities for weird fiction, fearlessly exploring the new and the strange. We are actively seeking submissions from writers from underrepresented populations. (This includes, but is not limited to, writers of any race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, class, and physical or mental abledness.)"

Length: Short stories of 3,000-7,500 words

Payment: 8 cents/word

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Daily Science Fiction

"Daily Science Fiction (DSF) is a market accepting speculative fiction stories. By this we mean science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, etc. We will consider flash series--three or more flash tales built around a common theme."

Length:100 to 1,500 words

Payment: 8 cents/word

Thursday, June 6, 2019

4 UK Literary Agents Seeking Literary Fiction, Nonfiction, YA, thrillers and Children’s Books

Here are four UK agents actively building their client lists. Annabel Merullo represents literary and commercial writers of fiction and non-fiction. Holly Faulks is seeking literary fiction and biography. Amy Fitzgerald is particularly interested in crime thrillers, reading group fiction, accessible literary fiction, YA, memoir and smart narrative non-fiction with a commercial edge. Hannah Weatherill handles the full spectrum of children’s books.

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

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Ms. Annabel Merullo of Peters Fraser & Dunlop

Annabel Merullo is a Senior Agent at PFD. Before joining Peters Fraser and Dunlop, Annabel ran her own literary agency, having also worked as a publisher and television documentary producer. She has also compiled and co-edited several books including The Explorer’s Eye, The Eye of War, The Russian Century, The Chinese Century and The British Century.

What she is seeking: She represents literary and commercial writers of fiction and non-fiction. Annabel represents a list of non-fiction writers and has a growing fiction list.

How to submit: Please send the first three chapters of your novel or non-fiction project, as well as a full synopsis to amerullo@pfd.co.uk. In the body of the email, please write a query letter, including brief details about your writing career.



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Holly Faulks of Greene & Heaton Ltd

Holly studied French and Italian at Bristol and joined Greene & Heaton shortly after graduating in 2015. She works alongside all the agents, supporting their clients on both the literary and media sides of the agency and she is building her own list.

What she is seeking: "In fiction I read across a variety of genres, though my taste tends towards the literary. My favourite books are those that are intimate in their conception, yet far-reaching in thematic scope. In non-fiction I am looking for stories of unusual lives told in an original way.  In all genres I’m keen to hear from under-represented voices and to champion stories that may have been overlooked."

How to submit: Submissions should be sent by email to submissions@greeneheaton.co.uk. Please attach a synopsis and the first three chapters (or about fifty pages) and mention the name of your preferred agent in the subject line of your email.

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Amy Fitzgerald of The Blair Partnership

Before joining The Blair Partnership, Amy worked in the literary department at WME supporting a wide range of bestselling and debut authors. Prior to this she spent three years as a Development and Production Editor at Nelson Thornes, an educational publisher which is now part of Oxford University Press.

 What she is seeking: Amy is building her list in both fiction and non-fiction. She is on the lookout for compelling voices and engaging storytelling that grips her from the first page. She is particularly interested in crime thrillers, reading group fiction, accessible literary fiction, YA, memoir and smart narrative non-fiction with a commercial edge.

How to submit: Please send the first three chapters of your manuscript with a one page synopsis, or, in the case of non-fiction, your proposal document alongside a writing sample, to: submissions@theblairpartnership.com

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Hannah Weatherill of Northbank Talent Management

Hannah has extensive experience of the book market both in the UK and internationally, having previously worked as a literary scout for the UK market on behalf of production companies and foreign language publishers and as both an editor and translator.

What she is seeking: Hannah is responsible for Northbank’s fiction and children’s books representation, spanning all genres of adult, young adult and middle grade commercial fiction and children’s non-fiction.

How to submit: Please send a cover letter, synopsis and the first three chapters of your submission as Word or Open Document attachments to childrens@northbanktalent.com.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

3 Agents Seeking Nonfiction, Kidlit, Speculative Fiction, Memoir & more

Here are three agents actively seeking clients. Nicole Geiger is focusing on both fiction and nonfiction in board books, picture books, young chapter books, and middle grade. Chris Rogers is seeking exclusively nonfiction, including promising, eloquent, scholarly authors with general readership cross-over potential in all fields of history. Jade Wong-Baxter wants literary/upmarket fiction, speculative fiction, and narrative nonfiction, especially in the areas of memoir, cultural criticism, history, and pop culture.

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Nicole Geiger of Full Circle Literary, LLC

Nicole Geiger has 30 years of experience in publishing and has worked in just about every capacity in the industry. For 18 years, first as VP and Publisher of Ten Speed Press/Tricycle Press then VP and Publisher of Random House/Tricycle Press, Nicole was the primary acquirer and directed the production and marketing of up to 30 children’s titles yearly.

What she is seeking: She is focusing on both fiction and nonfiction in board books, picture books, young chapter books, and middle grade: Engaging and idiosyncratic nonfiction, both prescriptive and descriptive; Books about the power and excitement of the natural world; Slices of life: Small moments, well-drawn characters, humor galore in any of my requested formats; Magic embedded in the “real” world; Graphic novels with emotion and heart; Illustrators.

How to submit: Use the online form HERE.

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Jade Wong-Baxter of Massie & McQuilkin Literary Agents

Jade got her start in publishing at Writers House, W. W. Norton, and Folio Literary Management. A graduate of Vassar College, she joined MMQ in 2017.

What she is seeking: Jade seeks literary/upmarket fiction, speculative fiction, and narrative nonfiction, especially in the areas of memoir, cultural criticism, history, and pop culture.

How to submit: Please send queries (with the first 5-10 pages) to jade@mmqlit.com. Please note that she only responds to queries in which she is interested. If you haven’t heard from her in 4-6 weeks, your project is not a good fit for her.

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Chris Rogers of Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency

Chris Rogers began his publishing life as a college sales rep in 1978 with Random House after completing his doctorate in English Literature. His editorial career started in 1984 as the college history editor at Alfred A. Knopf/Random House where he was fortunate enough to work as a rookie with history greats John Hope Franklin, R.R. Palmer, Frank Freidel, Aland Brinkley, James McPherson, James West Davidson,  and many other talents. In 2016, Chris retired, after a forty year career in the editorial vineyards, from Yale University Press where he was the Editorial Director and Executive History Editor.

What he is seeking: Chris is seeking exclusively nonfiction, including promising, eloquent, scholarly authors with general readership cross-over potential in all fields of history: American, European, Indigenous, Asian, African, etc. as well as psychology, the environment, and biography.

How to submit: Query letters preferred via email (mail@dclagency.com). Below your query letter, please paste the first ten pages of your manuscript. Please do not send attachments.

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