Monday Markets: The Taxing Spring Edition

April—what some say is the cruellest month—might also be one of the busiest.

See what you think, poets and fictionists and essayists (oh my). . .

  1. April 15: WordPress poet Bob Okaji and friends will be reading their works in Austin, Texas, at Malvern Books. Here’s the full scoop on how you can make Tax Day (better than) great again by injecting it with some lively  lines.

    Lawn Needs Trimming

    Fortunately, I love purple. As for mowing grass, not so much.

  2. April 15: Earth’s Daughters, which might be the longest-extant feminist literary arts journal in the United States, is seeking poetry and prose on the theme of Ebb, which itself includes themes of “cycles, rhythm, continuation, or cascades.” Up to 3 poems and/or one 500-word fiction piece; they harvest first rights only, but it might take upwards of 2 months for them to read all submissions. Make sure you peruse their complete guidelines—or, better yet, subscribe to them if you like what you see on their site, including poets Denise Levertov and Marge Piercy and those whose names you don’t know (yet)!
  3. April 15: This is a popular date for submission deadlines, and I’m not even including several Hungry birdother good ones. Whortleberry Press, who thrive on speculative fiction, are looking for sci-fi, fantasy, and light horror works for their “Strange Mysteries #7” anthology. Short stories must be 4,000 words or fewer. You’ll also want to read their brief stylebook with your full attention.
  4. April 22 deadline: If you’ve got something to say about Mother’s Day, then you might like to contribute to the 200 CCs story site stewarded by writer Paul A. Hamilton. So, you need a story of +/- 200 words, that’s “punchy, memorable, and complete if possible rather than vignettes.” This is a paying market, but it does request some rights from authors, so familiarize yourself with that, as well as what he has already published. Then, good luck!
  5. Starting April 30 (multiple deadlines): The people who do the Chicken Soup books are looking for a bevy of stories, from tales about dogs and cats to blended families to teachers and teaching. Wouldn’t it be fun to make it into one of these well-known branded books?
  6. May 12: If you’ve got a completed dark manuscript lurking about, with strands of ambitious saliva dripping from its fangs, then the #PitDark Twitter contest/party could be right up your menacing alley. Writers of dark literature, including fantasy, horror, YA, and murder mystery, this note’s for you. Check out writer Jason Huebinger’s site for the specifics on how you can pitch agents and publishers in the genre and—one lives in hope—receive a request for a partial or full manuscript afterward.

AND NOW: I see you, but do you see me?


Humans are such meddling, nosy creatures.


16 thoughts on “Monday Markets: The Taxing Spring Edition

  1. How very positive my friend! Most of those days I have never heard of like, but still, very positive and encouraging. Keep smiling

  2. How I’d love to have the ability to cast transmogrification spells like Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter books, then I could do two things at once and double the time available, which would mean being able to follow up all those wonderful writing opportunities you post about, as well as work on novel writing. …I wish!

    By the way, if you’re old, Leigh, that makes me an ancient monument.

    • Nah . . . sometimes one feels old (and lets oneself wallow in it). But yes, definitely, if I could split myself into parts (as long as I don’t have to turn into what’s their names–Crabb and Goyle?!), that might come in very handy. You know what I do, Sarah; I have a ‘pool,’ for lack of a better word, about 10 or so good/decent manuscripts that I work from, in general. Unless I am really inflamed with a new prompt idea and/or it’s short, I usually work with those when I do submissions (if that makes sense). That way, I’m not building Rome again every single time. But that’s my methodical madness!

      • I do have a small pool of short stories and my son is always urging me to produce my own anthology one day. Meanwhile, I’ll keep a lookout with your Monday Market posts to see if any of my short stories from my small pool match what editors are looking for. Methodical madness is good and I know what it feels like to suffer from it!

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