Tuesday, August 13, 2019

12 Literary Journals That Publish Multiple Genres - Paying markets

You’re all jealous of my Jetpack — Graphic Novel by Tom Gauld
If you write genre fiction, here are a dozen literary magazines that will pay for your work. Some also accept poetry and nonfiction. There are no submission fees.

Genre fiction is popular fiction that falls into a well-defined category, such as fantasy, romance, science fiction, horror, thrillers, westerns, mysteries, and so on. (Fiction that doesn't fall into a neat category is "literary" fiction.) Frequently, literary magazines that accept genre fiction won't accept literary fiction, and vice versa. (Agents also follow this rubric.) This does not imply that genre fiction is any less worthy as literature. Good writing isn't limited to what is considered "literary."

For many more paying markets that accept fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, see Paying Markets.

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Serial Magazine specializes in genre fiction: action-adventure, science fiction, mystery, fantasy, horror, thriller,  romance, and westerns. "We love unexpected endings, romances that dip into melodrama, or even romances that completely switch genres midway through. The content must be suitable for young adult audiences. No explicit sex scenes or known racial or LGBTQIA+ slurs.  Related comics are also accepted. Payment: Before the magazine sale date, you will receive a payment of at least $0.004 / word. Every 15th of the month, you will receive a royalties payment if applicable. Read guidelines HERE.

Bethlehem Writers Roundtable publishes all genres, except for horror and erotica. Length must be 2,000 words or fewer. They are looking for G, PG, or PG-13 rated material according to the MPAA. Poetry, fiction, and memoirs are accepted. "We are an “old fashioned” editorial crew: we love stories. We admire great writing; we swoon at beautifully worded sentences and lovely descriptions, and chuckle at clever metaphors--but we always choose a great story over all of that. We constantly receive great character sketches, serious mood pieces, wonderfully written scenes that in the end are just wonderful scenes or elegant reminiscences.… And we judge all of this by one simple standard--where is the story?" Payment: $20 for featured author stories; $10 for stories published on their &More page; $5 for poems. Read guidelines HERE.

The Forge publishes one prose piece per week, fiction or nonfiction. They are open to all genres and voices. Length: Stories under 3,000 words. They love flash and micro prose. Unpublished pieces only. They are open to fee-free submissions on the first of each month and close when they reach their Submittable limit. Payment: $50. Read guidelines HERE

Buckshot Magazine is looking for fresh, engaging and previously-unpublished stories of up to 2000 words in every genre and style (plus the occasional bit of poetry). Payment: 20 USD (25 CAD) per accepted piece. Read guidelines HERE.

Selene publishes speculative romance, mystery, and alternate history. Translations are welcome. Payment: POETRY: Any length paid $50USD per poem; FICTION: 100-7500 words paid $0.06USD per word. REPRINTS: Any length of poetry paid $15USD and 100-7500 words of fiction paid $0.01USD per word. Reading period: May 1 - 15. Read guidelines HERE.

Every Day Fiction publishes flash fiction (up to 1,000 words) in all genres, and also stories that do not fit neatly into any genre. "There’s no such thing as too short — if you can do the job in 50 words, have at it! — but our readers prefer pieces that tell or at least hint at a complete story." Payment: $3. Read guidelines HERE.

Pulp Literature  publishes any genre or between-genre work of literature, or visual art (black and white for interiors, color for covers) up to 50 pages in length. "Short stories, novellas, poetry, comics, illustrations — bring it on.  We do not publish non-fiction, memoir, or children’s stories. Aside from that we want anything entertaining and well written." 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. See submission periods. Read guidelines HERE.

Crimson Streets is looking for fiction with a focus on action and atmosphere over characterization. Stores can fall into the adventure, aviation, detective/mystery, fantasy, hard-boiled, gangster, horror/occult, masked-vigilante, noir, railroad, war, and western/cowboy genres. "We publish everything that could fall under the banner of pulp with the exception of Science Fiction. We are looking for stories from 800 to 6,000 words.  We are not interested in poetry, fan-fiction, or stories that fall outside of the broad umbrella of pulp. A work of fiction should be a quick read." Payment: 1 cent per word of final, edited length. Read guidelines HERE.

Pulp Modern is a biannual fiction journal that publishes crime, fantasy, science fiction, horror, and westerns. Absolutely NO SUBJECT is taboo. (3,500-5,000 words). Payment: $10. Read guidelines HERE.

EconoClash Review (Quality Cheap Thrills) is a biannual print journal of Genre Fiction. "We accept only the best contemporary pulp submissions. Which includes quality Crime, Noir, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi, Weird, Humor and Other Words for Uplifting Gormandizers. We like stories about Weirdos, Criminals and Pregnant Prom Queens going to great lengths to destroy or keep the status quo. HOWEVER, we don't want erotica, or pornography, or torture-porn-erotica between characters of any age, race, species both real or fictional." Payment: $10. Read guidelines HERE.

The Literary Hatchet This is a journal devoted to provocative fiction, poetry and prose. "We are interested in well-written but digestible works in any genre (except erotica). We will consider previously published material but prefer original works. We accept short fiction, flash fiction, first-person narratives, speculative fiction, short stories, poetry, photography, art, cartoons, and illustrations. We’re interested in new angles on old ideas, or topics that don’t get covered frequently. We like to showcase articles that don’t just sum up some issue but make us think and make us want to read further." Payment: FICTION, SHORT STORIES: 500-6,000 words — $10. INTERVIEWS and REVIEWS: compensation is paid to the person conducting the interview — $5. POETRY: we prefer poetry under 100 lines — $5. ART/ILLUSTRATIONS: in JPG or GIF format only — $5.

The Offing The Offing is an online literary magazine publishing creative writing in all genres and art in all media. "The Offing publishes work that challenges, experiments, provokes — work that pushes literary and artistic forms and conventions. The Offing is a place for new and emerging writers to test their voices, and for established writers to test their limits." Payment: Upon publication, contributors will be paid a $20–$60 fee, depending on department and number/length of works published ($20 for a Micro or a poem; $60 for all other departments).

Thursday, August 8, 2019

3 UK Agents Seeking Kidlit, Literary Fiction, Memoir, Nonfiction and more

Here are three UK agents building their client lists. Tessa David is looking for adult fiction, children's fiction and nonfiction. Rory Scarfe represents a range of clients across commercial fiction and non-fiction as well as screenwriters. Donald Winchester is building his list and is interested in literary fiction and well-written commercial fiction, particularly debut authors, as well as memoir. In non-fiction, he is keen to see writing on history, popular science, nature, music, sport, film and technology.

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. Tessa David of Peters Fraser & Dunlop

Tessa David is an Agent in the Books Division. She joined PFD in 2014 as a graduate in English Literature from Edinburgh University.

What she is seeking: Adult fiction: Literary, historical,  high concept psychological thrillers and literary/ commercial crossover fiction. "I have a particular weak spot for books set in wild and remote locations – think tiny islands or windswept moors; add in a murder or love story (or both) and I’m hooked."

Children’s fiction: Fast paced and adventurous middle grade with series potential.

Non-fiction: History, philosophy, nature writing, popular science, cookery, and any and all types of narrative non-fiction. "Three of my favourite books are When Breath Becomes Air, The Outrun and The Shepherd’s Life."

How to submit: Please send us 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 covering letter, including brief details about your writing career. tdavid@pfd.co.uk

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Mr. Rory Scarfe of The Blair Partnership

Rory Scarfe is Agency Director. Rory began his career as a publisher, first at Simon & Schuster before heading up the Sport list at HarperCollins. Transferring to the agency side of the business, he spent four years at Furniss Lawton/ James Grant before joining The Blair Partnership.

What he is seeking: He represents a range of clients across commercial fiction and non-fiction as well as screenwriters and brands. Rory is on the look-out for storytellers of all stripes, who have the passion and ambition to see their work reach the greatest audience.

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. Donald Winchester of Watson, Little Ltd

After splitting his childhood between Edinburgh, Ohio and Watford, Donald gained a BA in English and History at Queen Mary, University of London and a MA in English Literature from University College London. He is the son of a professional footballer and has a beginner’s knowledge of Russian. He began his publishing career at Penguin Press – working on a variety of non-fiction titles – before moving to A P Watt, then the world’s oldest literary agency. There he worked for five years with a number of acclaimed and prize-winning authors and began building a list of fiction and non-fiction for adults. He joined Watson, Little as an agent in 2013. He was the Secretary of the Association of Authors’ Agents (AAA) from 2017-19.

What he is seeking: Donald is building his list and is interested in literary fiction and well-written commercial fiction, particularly debut authors, as well as memoir. In non-fiction, he is keen to see writing on history, popular science, nature, music, sport, film and technology.

How to submit: Send all queries to submissions@watsonlittle.com. For fiction, send approximately 10,000 words or the nearest equivalent. Please send this as a single document, taken from the beginning of the book. For non-fiction send a proposal.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

4 Agents Seeking Horror, Kidlit, Commercial Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Memoir & more

Here are four established agents seeking clients. Patrice Caldwell is seeking commercial fiction, everything from chapter books through adult, as well as nonfiction. as well as adult science fiction and fantasy with a literary twist  and narrative nonfiction. In general, Patrice loves horror, and is open to any fresh take on vampires. Ronald Gerber is actively building his list in many fiction and nonfiction genres, including speculative fiction, memoir, short stories and thrillers. Erin Casey is open to children's books and graphic novels. Hannah Brattesani is interested in literary fiction, poetry, and non-fiction lifestyle 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. Patrice Caldwell of Howard Morhaim Literary Agency

Patrice Caldwell got her start in book publishing as an editor working with bestselling and critically-acclaimed children's/YA authors & illustrators. She graduated from Wellesley College, where she studied Political Science and English, and is the founder of People of Color in Publishing--a grassroots organization dedicated to supporting, empowering, and uplifting racially and ethnically marginalized members of the book publishing industry. In 2018, she was named a Publishers Weekly Star Watch honoree and featured on Bustle’s inaugural “Lit List” as one of ten women changing the book world.

What she is seeking: Patrice is seeking commercial fiction, everything from chapter books through adult, as well as nonfiction. In children's/YA, she is especially looking for illustrated chapter books and graphic novels, middle grade and young adult memoirs, diverse middle grade science fiction & fantasy, and character-driven stories that steal her heart and make her laugh and cry. For adults, she would love to find romance and women's fiction authors a la Jasmine Guillory or Roselle Lim, as well as adult science fiction and fantasy with a literary twist  and narrative nonfiction. In general, Patrice loves horror, and is open to any fresh take on vampires.

How to submit: Please email your query letter and the first three chapters of your novel or your full non-fiction book proposal to patrice@morhaimliterary.com. Email attachments are acceptable.

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Ronald Gerber of Lowenstein Associates

Ronald Gerber is a literary agent and manages foreign rights, permissions, and contracts at Lowenstein Associates. Before joining the Lowenstein team in April 2019, he spent several years in literary scouting at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates and Maximum Films & Management and supported two agents at Writers House. Ronald is a proud graduate of Bard College at Simon’s Rock and received his B.A., summa cum laude with high honors, from Clark University.

Ronald is actively building his list in the following fiction and nonfiction genres:

  • Thriller/mystery/detective                                                             
  • Short stories
  • Historical fiction                                                                               
  • Memoir/biography
  • Romance                                                                                             
  • Middle grade
  • Grounded sci-fi                                                                                 
  • Narrative nonfiction
  • Literary fiction                                                                                   
  • Historical nonfiction

To query Ronald, please send your query letter in an email to assistant@bookhaven.com, with the word “Query” in the subject line and the first chapter attached as a Word document. Paper queries will be discarded.

If you do not receive a response within 6 weeks, please consider it a pass from the agency.

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Ms. Erin Casey of Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency

Erin graduated from Hamilton College with a B.A. in Creative Writing and an ever-growing list of books to read.

What she is seeking: Erin is open to Picture Books, MG, and YA fiction and nonfiction, all genres; and graphic novels. She is particularly drawn to work that shows the author’s world- and character-building ability. She wants to believe wholeheartedly in the world of the book, whether the setting is familiar or fantastic. She wants to see authentic, thoughtful representations of all people so that every kid can find a book that speaks to them.

How to submit: On the subject line, please write your last name and the title of your manuscript (if you illustrate but don’t write, write your last name and the word ILLUSTRATOR). If you are a writer, include the first 2000 words (or less, for full picture book texts) pasted in the body of the e-mail (no attachments). If you are an illustrator, author/illustrator, or graphic novelist, please include a link to your website or online portfolio. If you have a dummy or sample illustration pages available and they cannot be accessed online, you are welcome to attach that as one PDF. Otherwise, again, do not include attachments. Send your query to: QueryErin@galltzacker.com

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Ms. Hannah Brattesani of Emma Sweeney Agency

Hannah Brattesani is the ESA rights coordinator. Hannah received her MA (Hons) in English Literature from the University of St Andrews and graduated with the Douglas Dunn Award for Creative Writing.

What she is seeking: As an agent, she is interested in literary fiction, poetry, and non-fiction lifestyle books.

How to submit: Queries should be sent to queries@emmasweeneyagency.com. Please begin your query with a succinct (and hopefully catchy) description of your plot or proposal. Include a brief cover letter telling us how you heard about ESA, your previous writing credits, and a few lines about yourself. Paste the first ten (10) pages of your proposal or novel into the text of your e-mail. No attachments.
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