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Writing Markets May 2013

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Again, my apologies for the premature launch of this month’s markets. I add to my monthly list as I work and this time instead of hitting “save draft” I hit “publish” (followed by hitting my forehead with my palm). Without further ado, here is the for-real, fully-cooked, version of the markets for May.

It’s time for the monthly market update. Here are some places to submit your stories and pitches. As always, a gentle reminder: I’m sharing these markets I’ve found, not endorsing them. Please read the complete guidelines and always do your homework before submitting your work to any market.

Clarkesworld Magazine  is a Hugo-winning magazine of science fiction and fantasy.  They publish stories between 1,000 and 8,000 words. The pay rate varies based on the length of the work. They also accept submissions of artwork (guidelines here) and nonfiction.

If you like writing for themed publications, Barrelhouse publishes fiction, essays, and poetry related to their current theme. As of May 1st, they were soliciting submissions on the theme “Beach Reads.” They only pay for work accepted for print editions, but they do accept simultaneous subs.

Payment varies for items published in Boston Review. While they publish essays, poetry, and fiction, they prefer to work with writers who’ve taken the time to read their magazine and know what types of material they publish. The website has extensive examples, as well as the current print issue’s table of contents. They also sponsor fiction and poetry contests.

Writers are typically a generous bunch. We often share helpful information with newer writers, because, let’s face it, we’ve all been there at one time or another. If you have tips on breaking into markets, winning contests, writing grants, or successful ways to make money with your words, your work could find a home in Funds for Writers weekly newsletter.

Ploughshares publishes a mixture of poetry and prose three times per year. They prefer prose pieces of 5,000 words or less, though they sometimes accept longer works. They also  have begun producing a digital-only series called Ploughshares Solos. These stand-alone e-pubs feature a single short-story, novella, or long essay between 6,000 and 25,000 words. They do have an established reading period from June 1st-January 15th. Works submitted outside that period will be returned unread. That means you’ll need to wait another couple of weeks before submitting for this one.

On the book front: I’m always looking for book publishers and imprints who are willing to look at unagented work. Daw Books is a biggie. It’s an imprint of Penguin.  They publish science fiction and fantasy novels and request that authors send disposable manuscripts via snail-mail, along with a SASE for their response. It should be noted, however, that they are not always open for submissions. Be sure to check the site before sending your manuscript.

Also accepting unagented books: E-publisher Noble Young Adult publishes all genres of fiction for readers between 18-24 years of age. The offer a $1,000 advance against royalties, and invite authors to review a sample contract via email BEFORE submitting work. They also have a talent program which authors may be invited to participate in (which sets my Spidey-sense tingling, though it may be a false alarm. Keep your wits about you as you explore this market and remember the mantra — “The money moves TOWARD the author’s pocket, not away from it.”). They also appear to be fairly new. Some of their website’s pages don’t have content yet.

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