If you’re primarily interested in publishing short fiction, poetry, essays, and/or book reviews, you’ll find the following websites/databases especially helpful.
- Joanne Merriam’s Markets List(an interesting presentation/analysis)
- placesforwriters.com (Canada-focused)
- Poets & Writers Literary Magazine Database
- Translators: If you’re not already familiar with the American Literary Translators Association’s “Where to Publish” page, you should be!
If you’re interested in freelancing more broadly (and keeping in mind that “creative” works often find homes in publications beyond those that are typically labeled “literary”), you’ll want to check out the following market databases:
You may also consider subscribing to the following free newsletters:
If you aren’t going the agent route, and you plan to pitch your book (or proposal) on your own, here are some links to help you identify some appropriate potential publishers.
- Association of American University Presses Membership List
- Association of Canadian Publishers Note for U.S. writers: In my research, I’ve found that many Canadian publishers who will consider unagented work will also consider work only from Canadian writers.
- NewPages.com Independent Publishers and University Presses Online Guide
If you are going the agent route, or if you simply want to learn more about the process, you’ll find lots of useful information and resources via these sites.