THE BEGINNING WRITER’S TOOL BOX: PART 2 – ONLINE MARKET RESOURCES FOR WRITERS, POETS AND ARTISTS

“I learned from the age of two or three that any room in our house, at any time of day, was there to read in, or be read to.” Eudora Welty, One Writer’s Beginnings [recommended}



There are quite a number of online resources for finding markets for your creative work. Some, like Submittable covered yesterday, offer the ability to conveniently track your submissions.

  • All Freelance offers a market directory with an advanced search feature.  It also posts other helpful information focused on the concerns of freelancers.
  • The Burry Man Writers Center (Scotland) serves “a worldwide community of writers” and publishes freelance job links, resources for fiction and nonfiction writers, playwrights, and screen writers.
  • CBC provides A Guide to Canadian Literary Magazines and Journals open to submissions.
  • The Christian Writers Market Guide provides 1,000 listings of publishers, periodicals, specialty markets, conferences, contests and other services including writing courses.  A month-to-month subscription to the listing guide is $5.99 a month. A six-month subscription is $3.00 a month, and a twelve-month subscription is $2.99 a month.
  • Dark Markets offers lists for horror genre including publishers, contests, magazines and zines.
  • Duotrope boasts that its site publishes 7,000 listings of active publishers and agents for writers of fiction, poetry and nonfiction encompassing literary, genre and academic. It also has listings for the visual arts and provides an advanced search feature, a submission tracker, and interviews with editors. There is a free trial period after which you pay $5 a month or $50 a year.
  • JBWB (UK) publishes listings for short stories, novels, non-fiction, poetry, agents, small press, US, Australia, and New Zealand.
  • The Market List is a resource for genre fiction offering relevant listings including agents.
  • Poets & Writers Magazine publishes listings for small presses, literary agents, editors, contests, grants and awards.
  • Speculative Literature Foundation promotes speculative fiction and publishes relevant market listings.
  • Writers Write shares a list of paying markets.

This is by no means comprehensive but it’s more than enough resources to get you started on the path to finding the ones that will work best for you.

Note: Sunday Announcements: Calls for Submissions, Competitions, and Other Information and News will return to The Poet by Day on Sunday, January 13.

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Often information is just thatinformation– and not necessarily recommendation. I haven’t worked with all the publications or other organizations featured in my regular Sunday Announcements or other announcements shared on this site. Awards and contests are often (generally) a means to generate income, publicity and marketing mailing lists for the host organizations, some of which are more reputable than others. I rarely attend events anymore. Caveat Emptor: Please be sure to verify information for yourself before submitting work, buying products, paying fees or attending events et al.


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The BeZine: Waging the Peace, An Interfaith Exploration featuring Fr. Daniel Sormani, Rev. Benjamin Meyers, and the Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi among others

“What if our religion was each other. If our practice was our life. If prayer, our words. What if the temple was the Earth. If forests were our church. If holy water–the rivers, lakes, and ocean. What if meditation was our relationships. If the teacher was life. If wisdom was self-knowledge. If love was the center of our being.” Ganga White, teacher and exponent of Yoga and founder of White Lotus, a Yoga center and retreat house in Santa Barbara, CA

“Every pair of eyes facing you has probably experienced something you could not endure.” Lucille Clifton

THE BEGINNING WRITER’S TOOL BOX, PART 1 – SUBMITTABLE

“The impulse to write things down is a peculiarly compulsive one, inexplicable to those who do not share it, useful only accidentally, only secondarily, in the way that any compulsion tries to justify itself. I suppose that it begins or does not begin in the cradle. Although I have felt compelled to write things down since I was five years old, I doubt that my daughter ever will, for she is a singularly blessed and accepting child, delighted with life exactly as life presents itself to her, unafraid to go to sleep and unafraid to wake up. Keepers of private notebooks are a different breed altogether, lonely and resistant re-arrangers of things, anxious malcontents, children afflicted apparently at birth with some presentiment of loss.” Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem



Well, here we are in a new year, a fresh slate, a soupçon of promise, a river of resolutions to overcome bad habits, engage in good ones, and meet personal and professional goals.  For many the latter means the affirmation of publication and a wider audience. Toward this end, among the tools available to writers is Submittable.

Submittable, a web-based software submission processing system that manages and organizes submissions, is a marketplace that is free to writers and artists. You can use it to search out publication opportunities. It hosts thousands of calls for submissions, grant and fellowship announcements, contests and other potential outlets for your creativity. Submittable serves publishers as well as writers and is supported by the fees publishers pay.

While comprehensive, convenient, and certainly affordable, it will still take time and effort for you to find the appropriate opportunities. We writers do need to read the publications and their guidelines. The guidelines are on Submittable but, unless the publication is free online, you will need to go to the library or buy the journals to study them.

If you didn’t know this before, I’m telling you now: don’t submit anything without making sure your material is a fit. Yes! This is a courtesy to editors and it is work, not necessarily work you welcome but work that is required. You might consider market research boring, but it can interesting, educational, and entertaining. You are after all reading some stellar material.

While the use of Submittable is free to writers, keep in mind that literary magazines tend to charge submission, reading, and entry fees. On the finance side of things, you still have that with which to contend and you might be well advised to come up with a monthly submission budget. I do. It keeps me out of trouble. When you make some sales, set aside that money – or some portion of it – to fund more submissions.

If you haven’t explored Submittable, I suggest you do so. This is one tool I use myself. I rather like it.

Note: Sunday Announcements: Calls for Submissions, Competitions, and Other Information and News will return to The Poet by Day on Sunday, January 13.

RELATED:


Often information is just thatinformation– and not necessarily recommendation. I haven’t worked with all the publications or other organizations featured in my regular Sunday Announcements or other announcements shared on this site. Awards and contests are often (generally) a means to generate income, publicity and marketing mailing lists for the host organizations, some of which are more reputable than others. I rarely attend events anymore. Caveat Emptor: Please be sure to verify information for yourself before submitting work, buying products, paying fees or attending events et al.


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Poet and writer, I was once columnist and associate editor of a regional employment publication. I currently run this site, The Poet by Day, an information hub for poets and writers. I am the managing editor of The BeZine published by The Bardo Group Beguines (originally The Bardo Group), a virtual arts collective I founded.  I am a weekly contributor to Beguine Again, a site showcasing spiritual writers. My work is featured in a variety of publications and on sites, including: Levure littéraure, Ramingo’s PorchVita Brevis Literature,Compass Rose, Connotation PressThe Bar None GroupSalamander CoveSecond LightI Am Not a Silent PoetMeta / Phor(e) /Play, and California Woman. My poetry was recently read by Northern California actor Richard Lingua for Poetry Woodshed, Belfast Community Radio. I was featured in a lengthy interview on the Creative Nexus Radio Show where I was dubbed “Poetry Champion.”


The BeZine: Waging the Peace, An Interfaith Exploration featuring Fr. Daniel Sormani, Rev. Benjamin Meyers, and the Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi among others

“What if our religion was each other. If our practice was our life. If prayer, our words. What if the temple was the Earth. If forests were our church. If holy water–the rivers, lakes, and ocean. What if meditation was our relationships. If the teacher was life. If wisdom was self-knowledge. If love was the center of our being.” Ganga White, teacher and exponent of Yoga and founder of White Lotus, a Yoga center and retreat house in Santa Barbara, CA

“Every pair of eyes facing you has probably experienced something you could not endure.” Lucille Clifton

THE ARTIST’S CREED:”YOU ARE HERE TO CO-CREATE THE WORLD”

All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness. Eckhart Tolle



A little something to keep us on our toes while I work on Sunday Announcements, which will post late this evening. If you are viewing this post from an email subscription, you’ll have to link through to the site to view the video. Worth you time.

Illustration courtesy of Public Domain Clipart.


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Poet and writer, I was once columnist and associate editor of a regional employment publication. I currently run this site, The Poet by Day, an information hub for poets and writers. I am the managing editor of The BeZine published by The Bardo Group Beguines (originally The Bardo Group), a virtual arts collective I founded.  I am a weekly contributor to Beguine Again, a site showcasing spiritual writers. My work is featured in a variety of publications and on sites, including: Levure littéraure, Ramingo’s PorchVita Brevis Literature,Compass Rose, Connotation PressThe Bar None GroupSalamander CoveSecond LightI Am Not a Silent PoetMeta / Phor(e) /Play, and California Woman. My poetry was recently read by Northern California actor Richard Lingua for Poetry Woodshed, Belfast Community Radio. I was featured in a lengthy interview on the Creative Nexus Radio Show where I was dubbed “Poetry Champion.”



 The BeZine: Waging the Peace, An Interfaith Exploration featuring Fr. Daniel Sormani, Rev. Benjamin Meyers, and the Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi among others

“What if our religion was each other. If our practice was our life. If prayer, our words. What if the temple was the Earth. If forests were our church. If holy water–the rivers, lakes, and ocean. What if meditation was our relationships. If the teacher was life. If wisdom was self-knowledge. If love was the center of our being.” Ganga White, teacher and exponent of Yoga and founder of White Lotus, a Yoga center and retreat house in Santa Barbara, CA

“Every pair of eyes facing you has probably experienced something you could not endure.” Lucille Clifton

CAUGHT BETWEEN Scylla and Charybdis … OR DON’T TELL YOUR DYSLEXIC CHILD S/HE CAN’T BE A WRITER

Dyslexia, also known as reading disorder, is characterized by trouble with reading despite normal intelligence.Different people are affected to varying degrees.Problems may include difficulties in spelling words, reading quickly, writing words, “sounding out” words in the head, pronouncing words when reading aloud and understanding what one reads.Often these difficulties are first noticed at school. When someone who previously could read loses their ability, it is known as alexia. The difficulties are involuntary and people with this disorder have a normal desire to learn. MORE [Wikipedia]



I republish this post every couple of years. The reason: I once overheard a mom telling her son he couldn’t be a writer because he was dyslexic. Not true. I’ll admit that even in a relatively mild case like mine it does take considerable focus (exhausting sometimes) to get things right or as near to right as possible. Also one does have to deal with people who are scornful, but so what.  If your child is doing what s/he wants to do s/he’ll deal with it. 

Some days I get caught between my inability to spell a word and the artistic desire to use just the right one. There’s a temptation to take the lazy way out, to substitute the easy word for the perfect one. My spelling is so bad that I got Ds and Fs on tests in elementary school. I was always the first one to get booted out of the spelling bee.

Later in life, when my son got home from school, I would hand him a manuscript and pay him a quarter for every misspelling he found. Now I just text him. Generally I can’t come close enough to the right spelling … if I could the spell-check might work for me  … so I just make like a crossword puzzle:

“Son, Homer between a rock and hard place … ?”

“Mom, Scylla and Charybdis.”

“Son, it begins with an ‘a’ and is foolish.”

“Mom, absurd…!!!!”

Even though I’m a slow reader and a poor speller, it never occurred to me that I couldn’t write for a living, probably because I wasn’t diagnosed with dyslexia until I was almost fortyish. (Story for another day.) I had no name to give this puzzling situation. In retrospect, that might be a good thing.

For years I thought my problem was my Brooklynese, my pronunciation. On and off over time I read books and listened to tapes on elocution, which did seem to help a bit. Then Laurel D. sent us this Funny or Die video, The Bensonhurst Spelling Bee. It’s a chuckle-and-a-half and has nothing to do with dyslexia, but in an odd way it sort-of validates my hypothesis. Pronunciation may not be the root of the challenge, but it probably does help to complicate things.


If you’re reading in email, you’ll likely have to click through to this site to view the video. (If you’re also from Brooklyn, it’s a must see.)

Humor aside, dyslexia shouldn’t stop anyone from being a writer. It’s not a reason to give up on writing or to encourage your children to do so. HERE is a list of twenty-five well-known writers who are or were dyslexic. The late Stephen Cannell was famously dyslexic. He was open about it in an effort to help and encourage others. The Learning Center section of his website provides some background and tips.

  • It is estimated that 15-17% of the population is dyslexic.

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© Jamie Dedes; Illustration is in the public domain.