The Collective Blog Post of Resources For Writers

Here it is! The conglomerate list of websites that list other websites that happen to be literary magazines. (Note that I tend to put the sites I personally use more frequently first.)


Submission Tracking Resources


The Submission Grinder – The free version of Duotrope. Offers market search and submission tracking services as well as average response times, etc that can also be found on Duotrope.

Duotrope – A submission tracking service and market listing resource. Requires a subscription of $5 a month to use.

Excel/OpenOffice Calc – Although there are plenty of other tracking alternatives out there, it’s easy enough to make your own. Mine looks a little something like this:

Piece Date Subbed Date Responded Response Magazine Website Date Published

You can even add a column to calculate wait/response times. There are plenty of examples and pre-made tracking spreadsheets out there, just google ‘submission tracking spreadsheet’.


General Market Listings


Six Questions For – Weekly interviews with editors of lit mags. Great for discovering new magazines and finding out what editors want more of or see too much of.

Places for Writers – Site that updates with submission calls and contests from all over the world.

Submittable – This submission site also offers blog posts listing out relevant submission deadlines. Here’s the current one through April 21st. It’s also a site a lot of lit mags may use to process their submissions.

Poets&Writers – A listing of literary magazines that you can sort through by genre and pay.


Specific Market Resources


World Without End – A nicely compiled list of speculative fiction magazines. A lot of these are well known, but there are a few new gems in there, too. Note: some of the links are expired.

Flash Fiction Chronicles – Have a flash fiction story to submit? This is a pretty thorough listing of flash fiction markets sorted by word limits. Definitely worth checking out.

Selby’s List – Experimental poetry magazine listings by country/area. If you don’t have Duotrope and you’re having trouble finding poetry markets, this is like a gold mine.

Dark Markets – Resources for horror writers including anthologies, contests and magazine listings.

UK Literary Magazines – A list of UK based literary magazines on Neon Magazine’s website.

Canadian Literary Magazines – Listing of Canadian literary magazines and journals.

Children’s Magazine Markets – A list of children’s fiction markets that pay professional rates.


Notes: This is by no means an exhaustive list, and it will continue to be updated on a rolling basis. Feel free to mention any other resources I’ve missed. I’m trying to keep the list restricted to currently active and relevant sites and would like to avoid any that are out of date or littered with broken links.

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Pieces of Cake & theNewerYork

So aside from being too busy to keep track of everything, I’ve got a few writing related updates.

I’ve also been meaning to make a list of online writing resources for about a month now. Hopefully I get around to that before 2015…

No Duotrope?

Duotrope’s Digest is a resource for writers allowing them to track their submissions to literary magazines online and offline. They provide response times, acceptance rates and general information about a number of magazines. As of January 2013, they began charging for their services. $5 a month or $50 for a year long membership. This change has been dividing, and ultimately it’s up to the writer to decide if they want to pay for this particular resource. Being a hobbyist, emptying my pockets on something I do for fun isn’t ideal.

Anyways, here are a few free alternatives to Duotrope.

Ralan

Ralan has been around for a while. They have a focus on spec-fic, and don’t look as fancy as Duotrope, but still a good resource for a lot of markets.

Poets & Writers

This is a listing resource of magazines and literary markets for short stories and poetry. No tracking feature, but very useful for finding new mags.

Writer’s Planner

This is a tracking site along with a listing of markets.

The Submission Grinder

Pretty new resource, they’re still establishing themselves. Listing markets as well as offering a tracking feature.

This is by no means an extensive list, just a few places to take a look at if you need other options.

How to Tell if a Rejection Letter is Form or Not

I’m going to veer a bit off topic on this one; my scathing grammar commentary can wait a few days.

For any of you who are writing and attempting to get work published out there, you might be familiar with rejections. Form, personal, or even an acceptance, these are all the possibilities you have when you send your work out. Though it doesn’t matter in the end, people like to know whether they’ve received a form or personal rejection letter. You’d think it was clear, but it’s not. There’s ambiguity in how personal some markets make their form rejection letters and not everyone can tell.

Now, I only started sending work out a few months ago, but I’ve received my share of rejection letters, though not necessarily a large variety. The typical form rejection letter looks something like this:

Your Typical Form Rejection Letter

These are short and sweet, clearly form and very bare bones. This is a nicer example, less blunt than some of them can be. Basically, literary magazines send these out in tens everyday.

Dear Writer,

Thank you for the opportunity to read “Your Story”. Unfortunately*, we’ve decided it wasn’t right for Our Magazine. Best of luck in placing this elsewhere.

Sincerely,

The Editor

* – I’ve found “unfortunately” to be a recurring term in a few of my own form rejections.

Your Confusing Form Rejection Letter

These are form rejection letters, but they always contain that last bit of information as a reason, a sort of reassurance to the reader that, though meant well, can confuse us to bits. I haven’t received too many of these, but I’ll try my best to recreate an accurate example.

Dear Writer,

Thanks for letting us read “Your Story”. We receive many submissions on a daily basis and are unable to accept as many stories as we would like. We hope you’ll consider submitting more work in the future.

Yours truly,

The Editors

Your Atypical Personal Rejection Letter

I’ve received a few personal rejections, which I welcome more than a form, although in the end, it’s still a no. Personal rejections aren’t typical, there’s not one way to do it, but here’s a vague sort of example.

Dear Writer,

Thank you for submitting “Your Story” for inclusion in Our Magazine. *We’ve read it carefully*, but have decided to pass on it. We enjoyed the flying octopus and the lost banana, but found that the story was not enough for us, overall. Best of luck in placing this elsewhere.

Best regards,

The Editors

* – This is also a common phrase in form rejection letters. Remember, it’s only personal if they actually mention some detail from your work.

Your Typical “Tricked Ya!” Personal Rejection Letter

I don’t expect this to be something everyone can relate to. I felt the need to include it anyways as it’s happened to me.

Dear Writer,

Thank you for your submission. Formformform. We appreciate the chance to read it. Unfortunately, formformform. Form, best of luck, form.

That said, I did like the language here and the box of bribe chocolates you sent me. I hope to see more (chocolates) from you in the future.

Sincerely,

The Editor

I may have embellished it a little (I write stories, y’know), but this is essentially a rejection that I’ve received before. Nothing amazing, but it’s nice to get a little note inviting you to keep them in mind. It’s to say “hey, this wasn’t total rubbish” and I’ll take that if I can.

I will end this post on a positive note: In my experience, personal rejection letters have proved even more useful than acceptances. A quick “We’ll take it” doesn’t benefit your writing as much as a “We liked this, but this was not quite right.”. Keep collecting those rejections, and save them for a rainy writing day. That sounded cheesy… Anyways, they didn’t publish your work, but at least it left an impression on them. And if not, revise, revise and try again.

If you want to find out if your rejection letter was form or not or what tier, head over to the Rejection Wiki.