If I had to describe myself, it would be in a word that has many meanings with a complexity which falls off the tongue.
A word made up of many elements, is deceptive in appearance, and creates an illusion from the imagination.
My word would be Phantasmagoric. ~Summer Ross

Monday, January 31, 2011

Want to submit a story somewhere?

Hey everyone- Its the end of January already! Wow what a month. I'm going to take this moment to show you some challenging markets.

 Before I do- here is what I have to say about submitting a story to a magazine- I have very specific preferences to those I choose to submit to, and those I tell other people about. Lets put it this way- If I'm not willing to submit a piece for them- I wouldn't dare suggest someone else should.

 There are bad places to submit your work- here is what I look for

A credible magazine- Like writers digest. They are well known, not on the preditors list, and they try to help new writers.

 I also look for markets that don't request you send them a payment, usually anyway. There are things I submit to- to help others like submitting to a charity cause- obviously this is okay if you have to pay for a book your work is accepted in- as long as you research and make sure they are not just taking you on a run around.

 I do not require a magazine has to pay me- because exposure is payment- but I don't count out the ones who do pay(Bonus)

With that said- you know I do alot of research on this kind of thing, so with out further ramblings of my corks, I give you open submissions-

 The first line literary Journal  
This one is a challenge because they provide you with a first line for each of their publications. You can't change the line- it has to be used in order to submit and they have very specific reading times for submissions.
This also pays you if your work is accepted. (Bonus!)

 Reading writers
The deadline here is May 15th. 
 This also pays you if your work is accepted (Bonus!)

 L. Ron Hubbard
Science fiction, unpublished authors wanted!
This also pays you if your work is accepted. (Bonus!)

The Pedestal magazine
Now is the time to submit: Poetry and fiction
This also pays you if your work is accepted. (Bonus!)

 Alright there you have what I know, now go check out guidelines, check out the magazines, and start writing!
Don't be afraid- If you want something- go for it. Just please please please be sure to follow their rules.



Andrea Franco-Cook said...

Interesting post. I'll check out the magazines now. Thanks for sharing.

Angela Felsted said...

Thanks for the list.

Damyanti said...

Thanks for this..just tweeted your post :)

Justine Dell said...

You know, I've never actually considered doing anything like this. I should look into it! Thanks for the links. ;-)


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hey, thanks for the list!

gideon 86 said...

Thanks, Summer,

Those are great suggestions.


Janet Johnson said...

Thanks for the tips! :)

C. N. Nevets said...

There are also, of course, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine for writers of mysteries, thrillers, or crime drama. Both pay, and both are open to new writers, though EQMM has in recent years developed a special section for new writers.

They are published by the same group, and you can access each from this page:


Angie said...

Finding the right market can be so tricky! Thanks for the links.

Caroline said...

This is perfect. I was just thinking about submitting a story this morning, and this gives me a great place to start. I have Duotrope's Digest bookmarked, but it's an overwhelming list.

Thank you!

The Golden Eagle said...

Thank you for the advice! :)

Summer Ross said...

C.N. Oh thanks for that link- I'll look into it, sounds promising!

N. R. Williams said...

Very cool, thanks for the links.
N. R. Williams, fantasy author

Old Kitty said...

Awww thank you so much for these really helpful and handy links and very wise words!!!! Take care

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Great list, Summer. I'm not big on writing and reading short stories, but it's a great way to try out a new genre for size. ;)

Jules said...

I book marked a couple of these. Still working. It is so nice to have friends do some of the leg work, Thanks!
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Tabitha Bird said...

Thanks for posting those links. I am always on the look out for places to submit to.

Melissa said...

Interesting. I never thought of submitting to magazines....

Frances Garrood said...

I keep coming across you on Nevets's blog - I had to say I just love your name!

Re magazines, in the UK the rule of thumb is to read, read, and read again the magazines you're aiming at. Only then will you get it right (I sold magazine stories for many years, and a lot of the work is research). Probably the same in the US?

Summer Ross said...

Frances- Thats a really good point to make, reading the magazine will help tremendously- an online magazine like everyday fiction, the idea is to get short stories out to the public and they take what is good and goes by their standards of writing. The main thing is to do the research and know what the publisher wants from your writing.

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