But WHERE Do You Find These Places?

Recently, I’ve had several people ask me where I find places to submit my short stories. The world of submissions can be daunting, and not knowing where to start makes it even more so. I’ve decided to share some of my resources with you.

Keep in mind–if you are not a writer, but you love to read good short fiction, these sources are going to help you as well by pointing you in the direction of various magazines, both online and in print, that may be publishing stories you’d like to read.

First, the big gun: Duotrope. If you’re a short story writer and haven’t heard of Duotrope, then this is the place to start! It’s a database filled with magazines and anthologies listed by genre, story length, pay scale, medium (print, electronic, or both), etc. They provide links directly to each magazine or anthology’s website. Simply click on either the “fiction” or “poetry” tab and select your parameters, and poof! Instant submissions list.

Another place to look for specifically speculative fiction markets is Ralan’s Webstravaganza. Yeah, I know. But it’s well organized. It’s not as comprehensive as Duotrope, which covers far more genres, but it’s a handy little place to browse.

I also follow a blog called Anthology News and Reviews. It’s not highly active (a new post every few weeks), but I’ve found good leads on there in the past that eventually led to acceptances. (Even if all it did was link me to an anthology that provided inspiration for a story that ended up published elsewhere.)

I am involved in several online writers groups that have Yahoo loops where fellow writers will post open submissions. The main two I’ve found most helpful are The Lost Genre Guild and Christian Fic2. Remember, Yahoo groups often require you to request membership. It is worth contacting the moderator! To join The Lost Genre Guild, send an email to lost_genre_guild-owner at yahoogroups.com, specifying your reason for interest in the group. I promise it’s painless, and we’re quite a friendly bunch.

This one’s another biggie: Join forums at small presses, and/or follow their blogs and Facebook pages. Small presses are the main anthology producers, and they often post about open submissions on their blogs and FB pages. Also, if they offer an email newsletter, sign up. Nothing is easier than having calls for submissions drop right into your inbox. (Which reminds me–Duotrope has both an email newsletter and an RSS feed.)

My last hint is less specific, but one of the most important. Keep your eyes peeled. Pay attention when other writers post on FB or on their blogs about short stories they are writing–leave a comment and ask, “What is it for?” Maybe the anthology they are writing for is something you would be interested in. One of the stories I sold just recently came from me asking a fellow writer about an upcoming anthology she kept mentioning.

OK, so I’ve given you some tips and some links to check out. No excuses now–start submitting!

About Kat Heckenbach

Kat grew up in the small town of Riverview, Florida, where she spent most of her time either drawing or sitting in her "reading tree" with her nose buried in a fantasy novel...except for the hours pretending her back yard was an enchanted forest that could only be reached through the secret passage in her closet... She never could give up on the idea that maybe she really was magic, mistakenly placed in a world not her own...but as the years passed, and no elves or fairies carted her away...she realized she was just going to have to create the life of her fantasies. She shares that life with her husband and two homeschooling kids. Kat is a graduate of the University of Tampa, Magna Cum Laude, B.S. in Biology. She spent several years teaching, but never in a traditional classroom--everything from Art to Algebra II. Her writing spans the gamut from inspirational personal essays to dark and disturbing fantasy and horror, with over forty short fiction and nonfiction credits to her name.

6 comments on “But WHERE Do You Find These Places?

  1. My dearest Kat,

    I for one , thank you very much.

  2. Helpful, but not overwhelming.

  3. And don’t forget the annual Writers of the Future contest started over two decades ago by L. Ron Hubbard. Yeah, he may have started a kooky religion that got real controversial, but let’s not forget that he was a major player in the pulp fiction of that era as well as various sci-fi epics later on. He started the contest to help the best unheard of speculative fiction writers get a good “hand up” and many of the contest winners of years past are the very writers we love to read today. So be sure to check that out. The contest runs every three months with an annual publication for top prize amount. You can find out more details here at the website – http://www.writersofthefuture.com – and for artists they have a similar contest that runs on the same schedule called Illustrators of the Future and info on that can be found at the same website.

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