Writing Resources

Duotrope — statistics on markets (each market’s recent response times and acceptance rate, how much they pay, interviews with editors, listings of markets based on response times and selectivity, etc.); free trial for a week, $5/mo thereafter

The (Submission) Grinder — free search engine with recent publishing market stats, giving you the same type of information that you get from Duotrope for pay (recent response times for rejection/acceptance, acceptance rate, etc.). Plus awesome graphs! It is particularly good for speculative fiction markets; for literary zines, there is sometimes less user-reported data so poorer statistics.

Poets & Writers — information about various publishing markets

Literary Devices

How to classify your story by genre (from Suzanne Vincent, the editor of Flash Fiction Online)

Managing story length (same author as above)

How to write a short story (elucidates the “moving parts” of a successful story)

Standard formatting for a short story (many markets link to this template for desired formatting)

A list of tired speculative-fiction tropes as per Strange Horizons magazine. The list is so long and exhaustive that it will likely make you wonder, “Why bother? They’ve obviously seen everything.”

Common tropes to avoid in fiction (from Alisa Golden, editor of *82 Review)

Tropes to avoid in humor (from editors of Defenestration Magazine)

Top Ten Plotting Problems (by Alicia Rasley)

Why Stories Get Rejected, Even Good Ones (from the editors of On Spec)

From the Slush Pile (by Marie Vibbert)

Six Questions For…  Blog by Jim Harrington, where editors and publishers discuss writing flash fiction, short stories, poetry, and novels.

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Publication markets that might be suitable for the type of fiction I write

This is mostly a list for myself, to record the markets I have found as potentially suitable for the stories I have ready or under review. Some of the markets below focus on science fiction, some on literary fiction, and some welcome all genres.

The list is in no particular order, other than by maximum length and/or somewhat by genre (lit/spec; humor has its own list as there are few dedicated markets). I am definitely drawn to markets that are fast and likely to give personal feedback. (If you want a finer search by length, DL Shirley has a great list.)

 

MICROFICTION (generally up to 101 words):

50-Word Stories (exactly 50 words, weekly best story gets a small prize)

Blink-Ink (50-word stories, themed issues)

101 Words (exactly 101 words)

Microfiction Monday Magazine (M3) (no more than 100 words)

The Drabble (no more than 100 words)

Drabblez Magazine

100 Word Story

Martian Magazine (100 words exactly, science fiction)

A Story in 100 Words

101 Fiction (speculative fiction only, themed issues; 100 words plus a one-word title)

Speculative 66 (speculative fiction only; 66 words sans title)

Nanoism (no more than 140 characters)

 

FLASH FICTION (generally up to 1000 words, but some require shorter):

Flash Fiction Online

Flash Fiction Magazine 

Jellyfish Review (very fast response and very personable)

Ellipsis Zine

Every Day Fiction  (great variety, but not very fast; 4-6 months for response)

Smokelong Quarterly

Freeze Frame Fiction

Daily Science Fiction (speculative)

Factor Four Magazine (speculative; up to 1,500 words, prefer under 1,000)

Arsenika (speculative)

The Arcanist  (speculative)

The Grievous Angel (speculative; up to 750 words; newly SFWA )

Brilliant Flash Fiction (check out prompt-based contests)

Zeroflash (up to 300 words, monthly prompts; generally speculative)

 

SHORT STORIES (woefully incomplete; consult The Submission Grinder or Duotrope for more listings):

Asymmetry

Alien Dimensions (“Set it in space, in the future, and include some friendly non-humanoid aliens”)

Strange Horizons

Andromeda Spaceways

Occulum

Sick Lit Magazine (no length limit; magazine emphasizes author-editor interaction)

Jersey Devil Press (<4,200 words; they like wacky, humorous, beautiful fiction)

Literally stories (should be fast, 500–3,000 words; by writers, for writers)

*82 Review (very short fiction and art)

Metaphorosis (SFF with focus on quality of language, atmosphere; very fast, gives personal feedback)

Liminal Stories (challenging)

Liquid Imagination

The Nottingham Review (quite fast)   (“…looking for diverse characters, voices and settings in stories that focus on the ordinary, mundane aspects of contemporary life…”)

Gone Lawn (very fast response)

Riggwelter (fast response)

The Fiction Pool

Storyland

After the Pause

Necessary Fiction

Hobart

Atticus Review

The Forge Literary Magazine

Fabula Argentea

3Elements Review (quarterly issues, story must include three specified words)

Altered Reality

Exoplanet Magazine

 

HUMOR (many other zines will take humorous stories on a case-by-case basis):

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency

Robot Butt

Defenestration

The Dirty Pool

The Community Heckler

The Big Jewel

Funny in 500

Jokes Review

Space Squid (SF and humor, slow to respond right now)

The Higgs Weldon

Drunk Monkeys

Fabula Argentea

Jersey Devil Press

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Here are OTHER PEOPLE’S LISTS that I found very useful (some skew literary, some SF):

http://letswriteashortstory.com/literary-magazines/

https://thewritelife.com/where-to-submit-short-stories/

https://thejohnfox.com/flash-fiction-submissions/

https://michaelalexanderchaney.com/2013/09/13/top-ten-literary-magazines-to-send-your-best-flash-fiction-and-maybe-get-accepted-pt-2/

https://michaelalexanderchaney.com/2013/09/06/top-ten-literary-magazines-to-send-very-very-short-flashes/ (microfiction venues)

https://thewritelife.com/publish-a-short-story/   (emphasizes some up-and-coming markets that are, as Doutrope would say, approachable)

http://www.thereviewreview.net/publishing-tips/extremely-helpful-incredibly-comprehensive-g/        (as promised, they are incredibly comprehensive)

http://www.sfwa.org/about/join-us/sfwa-membership-requirements/ (click to see the markets that qualify for the membership in the Science Fiction Writers of America)

http://semiprozine.org/semiprozine-directory/ (directory of semipro zines)

https://michaelalexanderchaney.com/2013/12/18/your-first-flash-publication-8-amazing-writers-respond-with-advice-for-your-first/

https://dlshirey.com/the-short-list/