If you’re primarily interested in publishing short fiction, poetry, essays, and/or book reviews, you’ll find the following resources especially helpful.
- Where to Publish Flash Nonfiction/Micro-Essays
- Calls for Submissions (Facebook group)
- Cathy’s Comps and Calls (especially good on UK opportunities)
- Creative Writers Opportunities List (Yahoo! group)
- Entropy’s “Where to Submit” updates
- placesforwriters.com (Canada-focused)
- Poets & Writers Literary Magazine Database
- Trish Hopkinson’s “Where to Submit” resources (for poetry)
- Jessica Piazza’s “Journals That Pay for Poems” resource
- (I recommend the popular Duotrope site with a caveat: It’s no longer a free resource. I do not currently subscribe to it, but I do follow @Duotrope on Twitter, which allows me a sort of limited access.)
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-focused sites and 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.
- Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) Directory
- NewPages.com Independent Publishers and University Presses Online Guide
- Poets & Writers Database of Small Presses
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.