Magazines and Literary Reviews that have published Pushcart Award winning FICTION 2001-2021
- 2nd Hand- Print and online journal of Prose and Short Drama
- 2River Review - Print literary review of Poetry, Art, and Theory
- 3AM Magazine - EZINE that features interviews, fiction, flash fiction, poetry, music and gig reviews, literature reviews, and articles
- 5 Slow Trains - EZINE--fiction, essays, and poetry that reflect the spirit of adventure, the exploration of the soul, the energies of imagination, and the experience of Big Fun. Music, travel, sex, humor, love, loss, art, spirituality, childhood/coming of age, baseball, and dreams -- these are a few of our favorite things -- but most of all we want to read about the things you are passionate about. Genre writing is not encouraged
- 42opus- EZINE of the literary arts
- abyssapexzine.com - EZINE of speculative fiction and poetry
- The Adirondack Review - Quarterly EZINE of fiction and poetry
- Agni- Print, paying magazine; also has Online component
- Alimentum - The Literature of Food - First-ever PRINT literary review devoted to the subject of food: original fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction
- American Letters and Commentary - Print magazine
- Anderbo.com - EZine
- An Uncommon Life View - Political/social commentary for essayists.
- Arkansas Literary Forum - Henderson State Online Lit Review
- Artful Dodge - Print literary journal of The College of Wooster
- Atlanta Review - Print
- Atlantic Monthly ONLINE - Online version of Atlantic Monthly
- The Barcelona Review - EZine
- Bewildering Stories - A weekly electronic publication featuring speculative fiction as well as non-fiction.
- Big Bridge - EZINE of poetry and everything else
Quarterly EZine of Gay Fiction and Poetry
Online literary magazine that accepts articles, fiction, and poetry.
Literary journal from Johns Hopkins University
The Magazine for the Young Intellectual Essays, poetry, fiction
Print magazine of the Eastern Shore Writers Association.
EZINE for Personal Essays
Print and Online Magazines
Print and Online Magazine
Print and Online Poetry Magazine
Print and online Magazine
Print and online, no pay
Print Literary Review of the University of Tulsa
EZINE--52 poets. 5 Poems a week. 260 poems a year
Print literary Journal of Drexel University
PRINT and ONLINE PAYING LITERARY REVIEW--of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction published 3 times a year at Emerson College.
A Norfolk, Virginia quarterly online literary Magazine. Each issue, based on a theme and a quote, contains fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and art.
EDGY CHRISTIAN journal
Online zine of six line stories. What can you say in six sentences?
PRINT--Illinois State University's Literary Review
PRINT AND ONLINE journal of poetry, prose, reviews, and cross- genre/trans-genre texts from a wide variety of writers, with an emphasis on experiments with language and form
Quarterly, PRINT Literary review. Pays well
PAYING EZINE--open to all genres except children's stories and hard science fiction; includes eight flash stories per issue
PAYING ELECTRONIC PUBLISHER--Virtual Tales publishes eBooks, eSerials, and trade paperbacks spanning a variety of fiction genres and styles
Searchable directory of writer's guidelines to both non-paying and paying writer's markets
Real time updated submission guidelines of thousands of magazines, journals, reviews, and zines--Nominal fee to use site
The first step in getting published is researching the market. Start with these lists of literary journals and magazines, grouped by journal size and age group.
Looking to start submitting your fiction to literary magazines, but unsure of where to begin? These ten journals are perfect for beginning the process. All are well-respected, but also open to work by new authors.
A review of the Novel and Short Story Writer's Market series, an indispensable tool for any fiction writer wishing to see his or her work in print.
Publishing Venues for CHILDREN ONLY
- Highlights for Kids - Every month, they publish readers’ work. If you'd like to send something to be considered for publication, they'd love to see it! They welcome drawings, poems, jokes, riddles, tongue twisters, stories, science questions, book reviews, Creatures Nobody Has Ever Seen!, recipes, craft ideas, letters to Dear Highlights, and dinosaur drawings, and questions.
- KidPub - Large collection of stories by children. You must pay 6.95 for a lifetime membership that will allow your child to publish an unlimited amount of stories
- New Moon Magazine for Girls - Publishes work by girls 8-12 and by women 13 and up. A great deal of the content is child generated.
- Skipping Stones - An International, multicultural Magazine Publishes work by Children 8 to 14 and Adults
- Stonesoup.com - Magazine made up entirely of the creative work of children--8 to 13. Young people from all over the world contribute their stories, poems, book reviews, and art work to Stone Soup.
- Teen Ink - Art, stories, poems, and reviews by 13- to 19-year-olds
- The Squid - Humor, Horror, Sci-fi, Fantasy. Accepts work ONLY from Middle schoolers and High Schoolers (i.e. 12-18 year olds). Only reads submissions during the traditional school year
- Awomanswrite - Quarterly writing contest for women featuring a critique for every entrant and a cash prize for the best submission.
- Bulwer-Lytton Annual Fiction Contest - They want the worst, purple prose beginning of a story.
- Carve Magazine Short Story Contest - The Raymond Carver Short Story Award at Carve Magazine is one of the world's premier fiction awards for original, unpublished short stories. Maximum length: 10,000 words. Prize money totals $2,000. All submissions are considered for publication. International entries welcome. Entry fee: $17
- Annual Earth Vision Nature Writing Contest - The deadline for receipt of entries is October 15, (every year). First prize: $500. Second and third prizes: $100 each. Two honorable mentions. This contest is open to any writer in English producing an original short piece of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetic prose, or poetry on a theme of nature, deep ecology, spiritual ecology, or any work that has some element of nature woven into it. Submissions can be published or unpublished material, length to range between 500 and 2500 words per entry. One title per entry, you can enter as many times as you like, new entry fee to accompany each entry. Entry fee: $12 (U.S.)
- Fanstory.com Contests - Various contests with varying deadlines
- Florida Freelance Writer's Contest - The contest is open to all writers. You do not have to be a member of Florida Freelance Writers Association (FFWA) or a resident of Florida. Nonfiction, fiction, children's literature, poetry divisions.
- Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award - The Munster Literature Centre is pleased to announce it will be offering a prize of 50,000 Euros for the best original collection of Short Stories published in English, anywhere in the world.
- International Annual Fish Short Story Prize - Original, unpublished short stories, less than 5,000 words, on any theme, are sought. Deadline: November 30, each year. Entry fees: $16 for one, $11 each additional. First Prize: $2,500. The best eighteen short-listed stories will be published in an anthology, read by leading literary agents.
- Wow! Women on Writing contests - WOW! Women On Writing now hosts two quarterly contests: one for fiction writers and one for nonfiction writers. We've hosted the flash fiction contest since 2006, and over the years, writers have asked us to open an essay contest. So, we are happy to add the essay contest to our offerings.
- Short Story Writing Contests with July Deadlines - Book and short story writing contest information, along with details about awards, fellowships, and residencies with July deadlines for fiction writers interested in submitting their short stories or novels to writing contests and awards. Information on website urls, contest deadlines, and fees.
- Short Story Writing Contests with December Deadlines - Keep up with December book and short story contests, awards, fellowships, and residencies with this calendar including information on website urls, contest deadlines, and fees.
Writing Contests for CHILDREN/TEENS/COLLEGE UNDERGRADS
The contest is open to US residents under 19 years old.
Note to parents: If your child cannot write, you may type their words for
- Ages 9 and under
- Ages 10-12
- Ages 13-15
- Ages 16-18
- All ages Mystery and Gothic Fiction
One winner from each category will receive the following prizes:
- Publication on AdventureWrite.com/kids
- $50 cash
- Certificate of Achievement
Judging: Adventure Write will choose one winner from each category based on:
- Suitability for the Adventure Write Kid's website
- Entertainment and Creativity
- Spelling, grammar, and punctuation
Submit your first-person essay and the Next Step Magazine to win $100 and get published.
Helpful Essays and Writer Websites (PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING ADDITIONS AT THIS TIME.)
The Internet's largest and most current database of Literary Agents
Free Online Literature--more than 2000 Classic Texts
In-depth guide that contains video tutorials for all the needed steps
4,000 + word guide that provides all of the information needed to learn how to successfully start and grow a blog
Website that gives step by step tutorials on how to start and maintain a blog
A free step-by-step guide on how to create a blog, including setting up WordPress, publishing your first post and growing your blog
Website that gives step by step tutorials on how to start and maintain a blog
Generates short profiles with both physical details and background information. Also generates fantasy world setting, fantasy world plot, fantasy novel title
Do you need to find a name for your character?
Writing at the university level is more than simply grammar, punctuation, and getting ideas across. It is also about following the writing style (or styles) used for your type of major, presenting work in a standard and easy to read format, and clearly and accurately citing sources that you may use.
Link shared by Libby, one of Ms. Copeland's home-schooling students.
SITE offering networking, advice, and support to mystery authors. Consists of authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers, and librarians bound by their affection for the mystery genre and their support of women who write mysteries
Access to various dictionaries and thesauruses
English grammar resource site
A refresher guide for those pesky grammar, punctuation, and vocabulary conundrums that often arise. Link provided by a resourceful student in Mrs. Anne Hughes' class (Monument Charter School).
Offers a publicist's guide to writing basics. Link provided by Peyton Clarkson, an avid researcher.
Linked list of educational games for children that improve language arts skills while providing a lot of fun. Thanks to Susan and Mary for providing the link!
Articles and links for writers of Juvenile Fiction
LMP is the directory of America and Canadian book publishing, featuring listings on more than 30,000 companies, books, periodicals, awards, courses, or events, to name just a few categories. Expensive but worthwhile subscription service
A literary retreat for women who love to read
A full-featured social network Literary Agent Database and Query Tracking Tool that allows users to find literary agents, track the queries, and compare their experiences with other writers. FEE-BASED
Resources for writers who are looking to improve their craft and save money on career expenses. (Thanks to Anna and her mom for this resource)
Premier organization for mystery writers, professionals allied to the crime writing field, aspiring crime writers, and those who are devoted to the genre
Serving the needs of multi-published authors of popular fiction
College Student's Guide to UNDERSTANDING & PREVENTING PLAGIARISM
Purdue Global article that provides information on how to provide proper citations and credibility in academic writing. It discusses how properly-cited paraphrasing helps students truly understand the material. The resource also includes references to citation sources and guidelines that students can follow to avoid plagiarism in their writing.
10 Sites that check for plagiarism
Generates Movie Scripts
Largest Nonprofit group offering information for writers
Marketplace for publishing professionals to find critical information and unique databases, find each other, and to do business better electronically. $25 membership fee.
Book selling news and Reviews--FEE-BASED
Finds Rhymes, Synonyms, adjectives, and more
Link shared by Ms. Britton's students in Grand Prairie, Texas!
Style guides, tips, & expert advice on essays, papers & college applications.
In-depth study guides on a variety of contemporary novels (including many newer books that aren't covered by the older study guide sites.)
Provided by Jerry B. Jenkins, 21-time New York Times bestselling author.
An article that discusses trademarks, copyrights, and other intellectual property matters.
Article filled with Thesis and Dissertation resources for writers.
List of words and the story behind them
A Richmond, VA-based writer group. FEE-BASED for classes
An Norfolk, VA-based organization for writers, new and experienced, to come together in writing workshops, writing studios, readings, and special events--FEE-BASED for classes
EXCELLENT FREE ONLINE writing community for workshopping flash, shorts, poetry, novellas, and screenplays
Famous for attracting writers and infamous for its exorbitant rents, New York City has more writers' rooms than any other American city. The Writers Room created the model when it opened in Manhattan in 1978, and similar spaces have sprung up in the city since then, offering space and community to the city's many writers.
Since the Writers Room opened in Manhattan in 1978 to provide urban writers with a place to write, a number of similar spaces have opened up around the U.S. and abroad. Though it doesn't guarantee the proverbial room of one's own, it does offer a cubicle and some community.
Creative writing programs can provide a writer with time and space in which to write, but they can also be uncomfortable places. Some careful consideration can make a big difference in your experience.
Basic information essay about writing for children
An Editorial Director at Random House Children's Books offers advice on how to present your ideas in a professional way during high-pressure writers' conferences pitch sessions.
Figurative language is imaginative, non-literal words and phrases that make prose stronger and more effective when used properly.
How much do you know about metaphors, similes, personification, and synecdoche? Test your knowledge of common figures of speech.
Alliteration is another tool used by creative writers, especially in more poetic works, although it is often employed for comic purposes as well.
An allusion is a kind of shorthand used by fiction writers to provide greater context or meaning for the fictional situation of the novel.
Examples can help you make use of a literary device in your own work. These examples of assonance and alliteration have been compiled to help you do just that.
The literary term "bildungsroman" is not as complicated or mysterious as it sounds. In fact, most writers at some point attempt to write this kind of novel.
This definition of connotation from the glossary of literary terms will help you to make better use of this fiction writing tool.
Euphemisms, used in dialogue, can be helpful tools for the creative writer. This definition will help you make better use of them.
In general, "genre fiction" refers to nonliterary works and includes the categories of mystery, science fiction, fantasy, romance, western, and horror. Genre fiction novels tend to be written and read primarily for entertainment (though it may certainly aspire to and attain other goals).
Definition of the literary term "irony" as it applies to fiction writers.
Definition of the literary term, symbol, as used by writers, and in literature and art.
We don't have to look very far to find examples of metaphor. From expressions like "raining cats and dogs" to "table leg" and "old flame," everyday speech is full of them. But why are they useful? And exactly how do they work? Discover the logic behind everyday metaphors.
Examples of metaphor are easy to find, both in great literature (and not-so-great literature) and in everyday speech. These examples of both will help you make the most of this writing tool.
Believe it or not, there are times when really bad metaphors -- mixed metaphors or clichés -- come in handy, as in this example from George Saunders.
When used correctly, metaphors are effective fiction writing tools, but like most literary devices, metaphors bomb when used incorrectly. Learn about the two most common traps to avoid when using metaphors in your fiction writing.
For examples of metaphor in contemporary literature, it's hard to do better than Raymond Chandler, the hard-boiled detective novelist. Here we look at some examples from “The Long Goodbye”.
How to publish your short stories published in journals and magazines, for fiction writers interested in publishing their work for the first time. Everything from how to format your work to tracking submissions to dealing with rejection.
For many creative writers, the idea of trying to publish their short stories is a daunting one. From how to format your work to tracking submissions, this straightforward guide will show you how to get published through manageable steps.
Before beginning the process of trying to get your fiction published, it's important to know whether or not you're ready. These five questions will help you evaluate whether or not you're ready to embark on that stage of your writing life.
One of the best sources of information on publishing is obviously editors -- the people who decide what gets published and what doesn't. Here, three editors and former editors, from HarperCollins, Random House, and St. Martin's Press, offer their insights into how those decisions get made.
Finding a literary agent can be one of the hardest steps in getting your book published. This how-to breaks the process of finding an agent into manageable tasks.
To be successful, the short story must employ most of the same elements that a novel uses, but in substantially fewer pages. These guidelines will help you pull it off.
The definition of story, as a literary term, is the full sequence of events as we imagine them to have taken place, in their natural order and duration.
Provides some simple rules and obvious pitfalls to consider in writing dialogue that advances the action of the story and builds the characters.
For many writers, writing natural-sounding dialogue is one of the hardest parts. This little exercise helps you develop an ear for the way that people really talk.
Provides the absolute essentials for punctuating dialogue: the details that most clearly mark a beginner from a professional
Definition of the word character as used by writers of novels, short stories, and other fictional works.
An antagonist is one of the central characters in a piece of fiction, key in providing a source of conflict upon which the plot may turn.
Definition of the term, "round character," as used in speaking of short stories and novels. Round characters, as opposed to flat characters, are major characters in a work of fiction who encounter conflict and are changed by it.
A definition of the literary term, "flat character," as it applies to short story writers and novelists. Flat characters are minor characters who do not tend to undergo emotional change or growth.
Creating a complex, well-rounded character takes time -- time spent thinking about how your character looks, where they're from, and what motivates them, for instance. The questions on this page provide structure to this all-important thought process.
If, like many people, you labor under the illusion that for "real" writers, plots come effortlessly, please dismiss that illusion now. While some writers have absorbed or were born with a sense of how to tell a story effectively, more of them do study the elements of plot and pay serious attention to how other writers successfully construct a narrative.
A definition of the literary term, "plot," as used by fiction writers. Plot differs from story to story in that the plot is concerned with how events are related or structured, and the kinds of changes they work upon the characters.
A definition of the literary term, "point of view," as defined for fiction writers. Point of view is the perspective from which a story is told.
Deciding which point of view to use is a strategic decision. As a writer, you must choose which person will allow you to most effectively develop your characters and tell your story, but how do you make that crucial decision?
A definition of the literary term first person point of view as used by fiction writers.
A definition of the literary term second person point of view as defined for fiction writers.
A definition of the literary term third person point of view as it applies to the craft of fiction writing. Third person point of view may be limited or
A definition of the literary term third person omniscient point of view as defined for fiction writers.
A definition of the literary term third person limited point of view for writers of short stories and novels. In third person limited, the narrator reveals the thoughts of only a single character.
In a rut with the first person? It's common for beginning writers to avoid writing in the third person initially, but some stories benefit from the freedom it allows you. This exercise will help you rewrite a story in the third person.
Does your fiction tend to get bogged down in back story? Are you unsure of how to stay in the present with a piece? This exercise will help you learn to create forward-moving fiction.
Definition of the word "style" in terms of both creative writing and editing.
To a certain extent, your writing style will evolve naturally over time through your reading and writing, but there are things you can keep in mind with regard to writing style. These tips are outlined here.
A definition of the literary term, "voice," as defined for writers of novels and short stories. In many cases, voice is one of the most important elements of a story.
An idea box is one way to ensure that you always have a stock of ideas for your creative writing.
Though some people say that writer’s block doesn’t actually exist, the fact remains that most writers have trouble with writer's block at some point in their careers. Almost anything, it seems, can cause writer's block. Fortunately, there are just as many ways to overcome writer's block as things that cause it.
Freewriting is one of the best tools for generating short story ideas. It is a simple writing exercise that can be done anywhere and requires a minimum of time. The only thing free writing does require, in fact, is a pen and paper. Even the willingness to let go is provided by the exercise.
Are you foggy on exactly what freewriting should look like? Here's one example of how the process might play out.
For most of us, making time to write will always be something of a struggle. With friends and family, financial obligations, and emotional issues all vying for our attention, it takes determination to make a writing schedule and stick to it. I've come to the conclusion that there is no easy answer, but there are concrete things we can do to make time to write.
Sometimes the hardest part about writing is getting started. These exercises and prompts will provide a jumping-off point when you're feeling stuck or uninspired.
If you're going to commit years of your life to a project, you obviously want to be sure that it's worth it. So how do you know if your idea is novel worthy? A few questions will help you decide.
How do you know if a short story is really a novel? These six signs will help you evaluate whether or not to expand your short story into a novel.
What do you do when you don't have adequate writing space? Ideally, we'd all have that room of our own, but sometimes that's just not an option. But space should never keep you from writing. Read here for suggestions on how to overcome space issues.
Kris Saknussemm, author of Zanesville: A Novel, offers his advice on making it as a novelist. Features both advice on writing and publishing for the writer attempting his or her own first novel. Saknussemm cautions writers against filling notebooks with useless information, and encourages them to read their work aloud and to be unreasonable.
With so many books for writers out there -- particularly for the beginning writer -- it can be hard to know where to start. These reviews of some classic and recent books for writers will help you decide which ones are right for you.
Natalie Goldberg's classic 1986 text on writing, Writing Down the Bones, has inspired millions of writers over the years.
A review of Kate Turabian's classic style book, A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations.
Helpful style guide.
What creative writing books should every writer have on his or her shelf? From getting inspired to getting published, these books on creative writing will help show you the way.
WRITING PROMPTS AND EXERCISES
Need a starting point for your creative writing session? These creative writing prompts will get you or your class or your writing started.
A teacher of mine once used this creative writing prompt with good results. In it, you use a common phrase to jumpstart a freewriting session -- and hopefully a story or poem.
Many writers swear that setting is the most important element of any fictional work -- that story and character grow out of setting. Through this exercise, you will devote some time reflecting on your story's sitting.
While modifiers -- adjectives and adverbs -- can add to a story, too many, or the wrong ones, can bog down your prose and lead to weaker nouns and verbs. This writing exercise, by forcing you to hold off on modifiers altogether, will challenge you to choose your nouns and verbs more carefully.
For this creative writing prompt, you may want a little music playing in the background for added inspiration. In a structured writing session, move from brainstorming to freewriting to writing.
Spending just a little time on metaphors and similes can spur you to make better use of them in your writing. This exercise designed for poets works for fiction writers as well.
If you think you don't have time to write, think again. See what you can produce with a simple set of writing prompts and ten minutes of your time with this creative writing exercise.
No matter what stage you're at with your writing, it's always beneficial to work on craft and technique. These exercises target common problems and weaknesses.
The dictionary is a wealth of story ideas and writing prompts. This exercise will guide you through the process of unlocking this tool.
This imaginative exercise inspired by one in Julia Cameron's The Right to Write, encourages writers to listen for story ideas.
These creative writing prompts encourage you to delve into two of the most fertile topics for writing. Spend some time writing today -- it only takes a few minutes to get started.
In this creative writing exercise from Alan Ziegler's The Writing Workshop Note Book, a Sioux Indian practice of record keeping called "Winter Counts" becomes a creative writing exercise.
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BLOGS BY LITERARY AGENTS
- Miss Snark, the literary agent
- Wylie-Merrick Literary agency
- Nadia Cornier
- Rachelle Gardner
- Deidre Knight, The Knight Agency, Inc.
- Kristin Nelson, Nelson Literary Agency
- Lori Perkins, L. Perkins Agency
- Janet Reid, AKA The Query Shark - Send a query letter to the Shark. It might get posted and critiqued. It might not. You'll know either way. You can send a revised query letter after the critique. It will be posted and critiqued as well.