Open the Door and Write: Monday Markets & More #amwriting

Giant Red DoorI’m in mind of doors. That is, forays, entrances, portals, and openings, rather than egresses or exits.

Monday gives rise to that vein, though, doesn’t it? We can sweep away the old (“last”) week and begin anew, or we can take on a previous project in a new way and add to it through accretion.

Hence, I wanted to bring you (all) some more writing markets (#amwriting) as links, reminders, and a little bit more; these are not endorsements by me per se, but more like nudges toward what seem to me to be worthwhile causes, markets, and publishers. I strongly encourage you to read their publications, buy a subscription if you’re able, and support and engage with them before submitting. I know several of you readers ply the trade, so to speak, as I do, and I want to make this blog feature a more regular endeavor for myself than in the previous years.

I hope you will drop me a line when you’ve found a market you like, a stellar editor, and/or other publishing successes.


  1. February 15, 2016 (6 p.m. GMT): Win accommodations in Provence, one of the jewels on the tiara that is France. Need I say more? Oh, then, if I must . . . Finish or embellish on a cat-themed extract provided by “indie” author Curtis Bausse, from his first in a series of Magali Rousseau detective-fiction books, One Green Bottle. Two thousand words maximum; prompt is at the first link. No entry fee (a rarity these days). Check out his blog for more contest details and just for the sheer joy and education of it all; do spread the good word to all your writerly friends!
  2. March 8, 2016: As part of the Robert J. Carr Visiting Authors Series, Richard Hoffman, poet and fiction writer, will be speaking at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana this spring. Hoffman is author of Half the House: a Memoir and several poetry collections, including Without Paradise. He also has a new memoir out. Visit the U of I’s creative writing department site for more information on this event, which is free and open to the public.
  3. March 15-April 15: Mascara Literary Review, a New South Wales (Australia)-based publication, both seeks and offers a diversity of authors, particularly from the Oceania region (broadly defined), with a distinct interest in the political, from eco-poetry to “diaspora dialogues” to “aboriginal” and bilingual writing to essays by refugees. They might not be able to pay at this time, which is a shame, but perhaps with some donations and subscriptions . . . ? Their 19th (special) issue is about Animals (poetry), but do read some back issues to familiarize yourself with their criteria, needs, and so on.
  4. Ongoing: This is more a “save this information” note than a deadline. Shade Mountain Press is a feminist press I recently discovered for myself when I happened upon the intriguing title The Female Complaint: Tales of Unruly Women. As such, SMP depends on donations to subsist, but they thrive in publishing the unseen, unheard, and under-represented, that is, “literature by women, especially women of color, women with disabilities, women from working-class backgrounds, and lesbian/bisexual/queer women.” Give them a read sometime!
  5. Continuous/Rolling: The Indiana Voice Journal, a currently nonpaying market (but no reading fees and free subscriptions) that drops monthly, is accepting work now for its March 2016 publication, themed for music, including visual art, some fiction forms (no erotica or science fiction), essays/creative nonfiction (CNF), and poetry. They look for “work that breathes and moves and is alive. We believe that ‘good art’ comes forth from the spirit to reveal, to comfort, to heal, to bring joy, to surprise!” Janine Pickett is the founding editor. If this looks like it’s up your literary alley, check them out, subscribe, and best wishes from me to you!
  6. Evergreen. Fiction writer Dave Farmer was good enough to post an interview with speculative fiction author Sarah Potter on his blog today. Sarah just released, in December 2015, her novel Desiccation and, although I’m biased (I was a beta-reader of the novel), I do think it’s something special, and well worth picking up for your e-reader and/or paperback. Do check out the post and consider Dave’s work (like The Range) as well, especially if you’re into zombies (figuratively into, I mean!), the supernatural, or speculative fiction.
  7. Evergreen. The International Association of Professional Writers and Editors offers memberships (there is a fee) that offer a gateway to writing resources, a job board, and more. In their own words, they are “dedicated to bringing the most updated, legitimate and vetted writing and editing job opportunities to its members.”


You know the aphorism ‘sometimes you have to spend money to make money’; well, it’s no less true with writers or the writing profession, so consider sliding a few dollars, bitcoins, Euros, yen, etc. to help your favorite literary magazine or publisher thrive in the “everything for free” era.

And then get out there (or in there, pants to chair, as the case may be) to some good writing–your own or another person’s. Open that door as only you can!



15 thoughts on “Open the Door and Write: Monday Markets & More #amwriting

  1. Don’t know if this comment will appear correctly, but some of my blog is dropping the letter “f” off words at random (the letter after “e” in English; who knew it was so vital?) at random spots; I have been unable to correct this, but if you do see it, I’m aware of it [if you know how to correct . . .]. Anyway, thanks! (And pffft to my computer!)

    • I’m glad you mentioned MsLexia, Hilary. I discovered them last year, though I’m not a UK-based writer, but in fact I’ve submitted a story to them in one of their past calls. (Fingers and toes crossed.) Their writing advice articles are pearls.
      I’d love to see one of your stories in their women’s short story 2016 competition, Hilary.
      Again, yes, MsLexia is a great resource–I highly recommend that anyone reading this comment and interested in feminism and/or writing subscribe to it, if at all economically feasible!

      • Best of luck with yours. They accepted the first story I submitted (short and comic) back in 2003 – but nothing since then. I haven’t submitted for years and very rarely write short stories now.

  2. These are great, Leigh! I’ll definitely drop you a line should anything happen beyond my little universe I call Flaccoville! 🙂 BTW, love your phrase, “Open that door as only you can!” Simply perfect!

    • Flaccoville has a wonderful ring to it, Jack. I’m seeing it in my mind’s eye now like the Hollywood sign, maybe because of the repeating letters (as in Hollywood)! Good luck: I’m trying to post a diversity of interesting markets and publications and author interviews and such that I run across in my readings. I’m tickled pink when it helps someone out! Have a great week, J!

  3. Hey, Leigh, I only just noticed your complimentary words about my book and your mention of the interview over at Dave Farmer’s blog. By the way, I loved The Range. It’s in a league of its own, way ahead of other zombie apocalypse novels — memorable characters, rich scene painting, ever-so frightening as it’s plausible, and … well, totally original.
    You’re amazing the way you discover all these literary markets. And, thanks for sharing them.

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