Rise of the Monday Markets: Where to Submit Your Writing

Papa writing

Papa advises: Just go write!

Because I really enjoy connecting people with information, which perhaps stems from my background in journalism, I have long been wanting to continue or resurrect market listings. These listings have appeared from time to time on the blog: (as) Monday Markets and Submission Sundays, if I recall correctly.

I read multiple magazines, newsletters, blogs, and university Web sites, as well as subscribe to Duotrope for $5 basic membership a month, to receive and cull these markets for your use. If you have enjoyed or benefited in any way from these posts, please consider following me here, on Facebook, and/or Twitter. [Oh, and I’d love to hear of your writing or art-related successes in literature!]

I hope you will enjoy today’s eclectic collection. #amwriting

  • January 15: Bring out your dead! World Weaver Press is seeking tales of the uncanny, under 10,000 words. They may be reprints or new stories. Payment: $10 + paperback copy of the anthology. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but you may only send one story per anthology. #specfic #supernatural #fiction
  • January 15: If you’re a runner who writes or a writer who runs, you’re set for this theme. Tree-Lion Press awaits your speculative fiction inspired by long-distance running, 500 to 10,000 words. N.B.: “We tend toward (soft) Science Fiction and Fantasy,” but well-written horror without gore and meeting the other guidelines is okay. Follow their guidelines exactly! This is for the “Keeping Pace with Eternity” anthology. #running
  • January 20 (absolute latest): Put on your honorary fedora and chart your most winding adventures for benefit of Popshot magazine, a UK publication. Poems on adventure are accepted (up to 25 lines). Short fiction addressing the theme must be 2,500 words or fewer. You may obtain a copy for £6 plus postage or a yearly subscription starting at only £10. #fiction #poetry
  • February 1: Has Nature ever been your tutor? If you can craft a creative nonfiction story about your education at the pedestal of the wild, using “research and reportage . . . at least to some degree,” then you might like to consider Creative Nonfiction magazine’s themed call/contest “Learning from Nature.” Submit online ($3/story) or by regular mail. #essays #writingcontest
  • February 19: Use words wisely! Daisy-chain your best 91 bons mots into a memoir and win a free class with Gotham Writers. #memoir
  • October 1 to May 1: It’s not an easy road, considering a (short)list of publishees in the last 3 years—Joyce Carol Oates, Albert Goldbarth, “Charles” Simić, Alice Hoffman, and Anis Shivani—but should you decide to take the road-to-publication not taken, you might like to consider the literary magazine Boulevard. Published by St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), Boulevard seeks your fiction, poetry, and essays through May 1, 2016. No e-mail submissions are accepted; however, you can submit online via Submittable ($3 fee) and via regular mail (no fee, but mailing cost). Familiarize yourself with the magazine by buying a copy or subscription (or perusing it at your local library). They do post a few excerpts, such as this stunning Billy Collins (poetry) gem from Spring 2015 (at the bottom of the page): “Poem to the First Generation of People to Exist After the Death of the English Language.”

Good luck, and keep writing, reading, and learning!



21 thoughts on “Rise of the Monday Markets: Where to Submit Your Writing

    • You’re so welcome, Jamie! I hope to read on the blog about your upcoming publication(s)! Like we say in running, at least half the battle is the first step of getting started with (running, writing, submitting, etc.). Dark Markets is an amazing site and publication; I’m always happy to point people who enjoy ‘dark fiction’ to them.

      • That would be nice wouldn’t it.. It’s my first ever submission though, so I won’t hold my breath just yet haha. Funny you should mention running too – I’ve just signed up to a 10k so have that to train for too!

      • Yeah, you just never know. That’s why, I think anyway, that even ‘established’ authors use pseudonyms from time to time (a la Richard Bachman and whatever J.K. Rowling’s pseudo is) .. to kind of get away from how people have pigeon-holed them into certain expectations, genres, or styles. Good luck on writing and the 10K (I’ve only ever run the 10K distance in a race once. It was a super-fun race with water cannons, screaming people, and other summer stuff. I hope yours is the same!) Running can be a great time to write in your head; I know you’re supposed to ‘associate’ not dissociate from the pain of running (at least if your goals are oriented a certain way), but I do both at different times.

  1. This is awesome! I so wish I was in a writing/rejection (I mean, submission, haha) place right now. Maybe by midyear I’ll find some solid ground. Hey, a girl can hope 🙂

    • Thanks, Janna. I’m glad to see you getting more (re-)involved with blogging. I hope way before mid-year you’ll feel back in sync with your creativity. Blogging regularly is a great ‘sign.’ Welcome back, once again, and here’s to a wonderful 2016! 🙂

  2. I enjoyed reading your entire collection, Leigh. I find Creative Nonfiction magazine’s themed call/contest “Learning from Nature.” the most interesting part. I might actually consider to contribute, thanks to you!

  3. World Weaver Press is seeking tales of the uncanny, under 10,000 words. They may be reprints or new stories. Payment: $10 + paperback copy of the anthology.

    I bet you’re going to say “no” when I ask “Is that a typo? Shouldn’t there be at least another ‘0’ — maybe more? — after that dollar sign?”

    A 5000 word short story takes me about a week to write. I won’t get out of bed for a lousy five quid and a free book!
    Yes, I realise the reality is the catch-22 of you have to get published before you can get published…

    Here’s wishing you a safe and peaceful 2016.

    • Yeah, alas, it’s not $100. I leave these various markets & contests here for writers to make their own judgments about use of time and the payscale. If I were doing these, I’d probably look into sending something at the lower end of the 10K scale, as far as the word count, or maybe even something that I’ve already written (ie, not creating something anew), hoping maybe that some feedback [if received] could be more valuable than any $10 winning. In any case, thanks for the visit and good wishes. Same to you, pendantry!

    • I’m looking forward to seeing more of your artistic shots. Unlike you, I don’t usually work hard on editing my photos. I love what you’ve done with the mirror-y railway station shot. Very cool effect!

      • Thank you – it’s rather rare that I edit this much. It is really on my phone I experiment with this. but it is great fun, and I’m glad you like it!

      • You take great phone photos. I’m still learning mine, and I’m not very good at it. A majority turn out unfocused for me. Perhaps I ought to use a tripod type set-up more. Do you use anything to stabilize your phone/hand; I usually try to find a fence, etc. to use, but it’s not always available, and quickly.

      • I have not scrutinized your shots, but some advice I can think of is here.
        I never use a tripod. I know I should, but my hand is rather steady, I even use a smaller camera (my dog walking camera) with only one hand. I find it too difficult to carry around a tripod…When in low light and evening/night I do like you suggest: Use a fence or even leaning against a tree or rail to stabilize. Do you squeeze slowly when shooting or do you press hard? Try to squeeze – press half way and then full. Have you tried to shorten the shutter speed? – If not – try. Let me know how it works! I’m only an amateur, still learning too. Someone said “the first ten thousand shots are the worst…”

      • Some great tips, thank you. No, I haven’t tried anything technical with either my phone or the simple, older digital. I have yet to learn the complex, newer digital, but I’ll keep the short shutter speed in mind. Here I am thinking lighting, and I just end up bleaching things out with the flash. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge with me, Ann-Christine! (A German ‘Vielen Dank’ is the closest I can manage to Swedish. Wish I knew more!)

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