Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about contests and writing fees, in one handy article. Writing contests abound. There are 695 contests on Duotrope’s listing of prizes and contests for poetry alone. There are writing contests run by big magazines and writing contests by little academic journals. Some contests pay a great deal, upwards of thousands of dollars, while others may pay a smaller amount. Some contests come with publication, others are a cash payout only. In some ways, this pay-to-pay model mirrors the way artists submit their work, often asked to pay a fee to be a part of an exhibition or gallery.
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I have a new article up at Medium today on the economics of short fiction, how commercialism is changing what writers write, & a bit of advice from Shirley Jackson.
“The very nicest thing about being a writer is that you can afford to indulge yourself endlessly with oddness, and nobody can really do anything about it, as long as you keep writing and kind of using it up, as it were.” — Shirley Jackson (“Memory and Delusion,” Published in Let Me Tell You.)
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Today on Medium I'm continuing my series of writing articles, this one all about the different terms we use when we talk about submissions. If you've ever wanted to submit your writing, but don't know where to start with all the lingo (What's a slush pile anyway?), this article is for you.
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Today at Medium, I write about crafting a "mission statement" for your writing career and how it can help you meet your goals. Thinking about your writing as a brand helps to combat self-rejection and imposter syndrome. It puts a bit of distance between you and your work — and that can be a lifesaver in the future when you’re looking at hard decisions about where to publish and why.
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I have a new post up at Medium that's a comprehensive guide to submitting literary short stories! Find out how to tier your submissions, keep track of them, what multiple and simultaneous submissions are, and more!
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I have a new article up on Medium today for writers of short fiction who want to submit their work to Science Fiction, Fantasy, and other Genre publications! This is meant to be an exhaustive, detailed, step-by-step guide for new writers.
By the way, I've published this for members on Medium, but if you're not a member and you'd like a copy, please let me know and I'll send you one. I'm also teaching an online workshop in May with Writespace about this very topic! Registration is open now at $190 until April 27.
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Submitting your writing is hard and a little bit terrifying. But you don't need to go it alone! Over at Trish Hopkinson's blog, I wrote a guest post on the different resources you can use to submit your work, including submission trackers, query trackers, manuscript wish lists, submission stats, and places to find calls for submissions.
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Hello fellow writers of the weird! I have an announcement!
I've decided to start a newsletter for other writers of weird things! Starting October 1st 2016, I'll be sending out a monthly circular full of all kinds of things weird writers like, including but not limited to: Places to submit your bizarre-ass writings, delineated by paid/unpaid markets and with helpful tips for submitting, weird images and inspirations, outlandish writing-related news from the web, kooky prompts, revising tips, and updates from your host, moi.
Most of you know me, but if you don't, I write weird things. I'm interested in intersectional works and crossovers, so I'll cover speculative markets but also literary fiction and poetry too. I'm fascinated by weird images and news, so that might make it in the circular. Who knows, maybe I'll throw in one of my own poems too?
I know you can barely stand the anticipation, so scroll down to sign up!
And oh yes, I promise not to give away your email or use it for strange things like self-flagellation. Come on, I'm weird, but I'm not that weird. You're agreeing to receive one email a month and that's it! No freebies! (Ha. It's totally free.)
Holly Lyn Walrath is a freelance editor and author of poetry, flash fiction, and short fiction. Find her on Twitter @HollyLynWalrath
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Our Space: Shorts & Poetry from the Houston Community
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