Tuesday, May 22, 2018

60 Great Writing Conferences in June 2018

June is bustin' out all over for writers. There are no fewer than 60 writing conferences this month, stretching from coast to coast, and covering every aspect of writing and publishing. Want to pitch your work to an agent? There are six conferences in New York, California and points in between that will be attended by agents eager to hear your pitch. Workshops, manuscript consultations, readings, book signings, panel discussions, and contests abound. There is something for everyone.

I've included a few conferences that are already sold out, so you can plan ahead for next year. I highly recommend you look at the Writing Conferences page on this blog for a month-by-month list of conferences throughout the year. Many conferences offer scholarships if you apply early enough. And most of the small hands-on workshops tend to have deadlines a month or more in advance.


Clarksville Writers Conference. June 1 - 2, 2018: Clarksville, TN. Two days of writing workshops and presentations, a keynote banquet with the authors, and manuscript consultations.

River Teeth Nonfiction Conference. June 1 - 3, 2018: Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio. Individual manuscript consultations, seminars, readings, open mics, and book signings. Faculty: Andre Dubus III, Angela Morales, Jill Christman, Michael Downs, Steven Harvey, Richard Hoffman, Kate Hopper, Sonya Huber, Thomas Larson, Dan Lehman, Joe Mackall, Robert Root, Ana Maria Spagna, Michael Steinberg.

Surprise Valley Writers’ Conference. June 1 - 5, 2018: Cedarville, California. Features workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as craft lectures, readings, open mics, and a Book Arts workshop.

Bread Loaf Translators' Conference. June 1 - 7, 2018: Ripton, VT. The Bread Loaf Translators’ Conference includes workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as lectures, craft classes, meetings with editors and agents, and readings by faculty and guests. Application deadline: March 15, 2018.

Indiana University Writers’ Conference. June 2 - 6, 2018, Indiana University in Bloomington. The conference features workshops in poetry and fiction, as well as craft classes, readings, and panels for poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers. The cost of the conference is $385, or $635 with a workshop. Lodging and meals are not included; lodging is available in campus dormitories and in the campus hotel. The registration fee is $30; general registration is first come, first served. To attend a workshop, submit 8 to 10 pages of poetry or 15 to 25 pages of prose; admissions are made on a rolling basis.

Yale Writers' Conference. June 2 - 12, 2018: New Haven, CT. Visiting Faculty: Amy Bloom, Michael Cunningham, Lev Grossman, Claudia Rankine, Edmund White, MG Lord, Sarah Darer Littman Resident Faculty: Kirsten Bakis, Je Banach, Sybil Baker, Marc Fitten, Trey Ellis, and more. Director: Terence Hawkins. Application deadline: March 15, 2018.

Odyssey Writing Workshop. June 4 - July 13, 2018: Manchester, NH. Since its inception in 1996, Odyssey has become one of the most highly respected workshops for writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. Top authors, editors and agents serve as guests, and 59% of graduates go on to professional publication. Application deadline: April 7, 2018.

West Chester University Poetry Conference. June 6 - 9, 2018: West Chester, PA. The conference offers poetry workshops and features a keynote speaker, critical seminars, panel discussions, faculty readings, and an opportunity for participants to have conferences with workshop leaders and resident poets.

Writers @Work Conference. June 6 - 10, 2018: Alta, Utah. The conference features workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as craft lectures, panel discussions, hikes, and time to write. Choose one of three intensive workshops, conducted by our award-winning faculty, and held at Alta Lodge, an intimate setting in the breath-taking Wasatch Mountains, where writers of all backgrounds gather to share ideas, craft, and fine writing. The cost of the conference is $730, which includes tuition and all meals. Individual consultations with an agent or editor are available for an additional $50. Lodging is available at the Alta Lodge, and ranges from a total of $115 for a shared dorm to $285 for a private room.

The Algonkian Writer Retreat and Novel Workshop, June 6 - 10, 2018: Algonkian Park, Virginia. "You can show us your manuscript, improve your skills, clear your head, have your work read by our writer mentors, whatever works for you, whatever helps you grow and discover your vision as a writer. You discuss with us ahead of time via the Algonkian Writer Retreat Application the goals you wish to accomplish, and we'll work with you to make it happen. Do you desire a review? A line edit? Do you wish to discuss the reality of the current fiction market, your novel project, plot and characters, or perhaps get feedback on the opening hook or a few sample chapters? Or would you simply like a relaxed and productive dialogue about your goals as a writer?"

The Writer's Hotel. June 6 - 12, 2018, NYC. To apply, send the first 5000 words of a prose manuscript or the first 15 poems of a poetry manuscript. We work with writers of fiction, poetry and nonfiction. We do not work on scripts. International applications are welcome. It is $30 to apply. The fee for the 2018 conference is $3,000 and includes the pre-conference TWH Team Reading and NYC in-town events. Early acceptance not only reserves a writer's spot at an intimate conference, it means writers will have ample time to revise before the NYC pitch meetings. Deadline for application: March 9, 2018.

Connecting Writers with Hollywood. June 7 - 9, 2018: Spokane, WA. CWWH is a writers conference where writers and screenwriters can pitch their material directly to film agents and producers. It is a weekend of education, panels and pitch sessions.

Annual Philadelphia Writers' Conference. June 8 - 10, 2018: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Features workshops, contests and awards, critique and feedback sessions, and agent and editor speed dates. Autobiography/Memoir, Fiction, Horror, Journalism, Marketing, Non-fiction, Playwriting, Poetry, Publishing, Romance, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Screenwriting, Young Adult.

West Virginia Writers Conference. June 8 - 10, 2018: Ripley, West Virginia. Author readings, contests and sharing your love of writing with others.

Women Writing to Change the World: Omega Institute. June 8 - 10, 2018: Rhinebeck, NY. "As women many of us have a story we want to share, write about, or tell—but how do we begin? We begin with a word. A sentence. A first line. But those first words can be daunting, especially when you realize that words have power and you can change lives with your writing. Guided by author Amy Ferris and therapists Sherry Amatenstein and Blair Glaser, you spend a weekend meditating, connecting, rabble rousing, and writing. Through small group work, sharing, and creative writing prompts, you transform your fear and shame into power on the page. You create essays, poems, petitions, manifestos—whatever you are moved to create—about topics that catalyze you and leave you forever changed, forever united" Cost: $360.

Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference. June 8 - 11, 2018: Truchas, New Mexico. The conference features evaluation and discussion of book-length and chapbook-length manuscripts with poets, editors, and publishers. The cost of the conference is $1,475, which includes lodging and meals. Using the online submission system, submit a brief bio and three to four poems.

Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference. June 8 - 12, 2018: Homer, Alaska. Daily workshops, panel presentations, readings and craft talks. Keynote speaker: Anthony Doerr (!) Costs: $375 ($325 early bird by 5/2). Includes luncheons, opening dinner; manuscript review $65. Post-conference workshop $400.

Spring Writing Intensive. June 9, 2018, Annapolis MD. "In this one-day writing intensive, participants will have the opportunity to join other writers for a day devoted to writing instruction, discovery, and inspiration. Working under the guidance of award-winning authors, attendees may select four workshops from seven choices. By choosing from a menu of craft options that will include memoir, fiction, nonfiction, and publishing advice, participants will select the subjects that address their most challenging writing issues and will leave armed with new skills, understanding, and motivation. All levels are welcome." Tuition: $175.

Get Published Conference. June 9, 2018: Bozeman, Montana. This conference is devoted to book writing, marketing and getting published. Faculty includes experienced writers who share their methods for planning, writing and finishing their books, along with practical marketing and promotional information.

DFW Writers Conference. June 9 - 10, 2018, Fort Worth TX. Featuring pitch sessions with literary agents, advanced classes, engaging panels, interactive workshops.

Bread Loaf Orion Environmental Writers' Conference. June 10 - 15, 2018: Ripton, VT. The Bread Loaf Orion Environmental Writers' Conference is a week-long writers’ conference designed to hone the skills of people interested in producing literary writing about the environment and the natural world. The conference is co-sponsored by the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Orion magazine, and Middlebury College’s Environmental Studies Program. Application deadline: April 20, 2018.

Tinker Mountain Writers’ Workshop. June 10 - 15, 2018: Roanoke, Virginia. The conference features workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as craft seminars, individual conferences with faculty members, and readings. The faculty includes poets Rebecca Lindenberg and Jon Pineda; fiction writers Pinckney Benedict, Fred Leebron, and Karon Luddy; multi-genre writers James McKean and Daniel Mueller; agent Jeff Kleinman (Folio Literary Management); and editor Barbara Jones (Henry Holt & Company). The cost of tuition is $795. Housing is available on campus for $225 for the week or in nearby hotels beginning at $65 per night. A campus meal plan is available for $200.

Naropa Summer Writing Program. June 10 - June 30, 2018: Boulder, CO. This is the 44th Summer Writing Program of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. "These are urgent days, and a new world is possible––and this world is yet worth struggling for. To face facts with creative and spirited resolve; to see through webs of ignorance and power; to witness and study, and bring a new enlivening energy to being writer and citizen; to work collaboratively; to break open categories of resistance, and creation; to write, and think rhizomatically; to keep your weather eye open, and sing out every time–––these are just some of the modes and tactics we imagine The New Weathers will require. As our beloved friend and co-founder of the Kerouac School, Allen Ginsberg says: “Well, while I’m here I’ll / do the work–– / and what’s the Work? / To ease the pain of living. Everything else, drunken / dumbshow.”

Kenyon Review Writers Workshops. June 10 - July 14, 2018: Gambier, Ohio. Workshops in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction led by an accomplished faculty. Genre workshops (Fiction, Literary Nonfiction, and Poetry) are held for three hours each morning. (See individual workshops for dates.)

Interlochen Writer’s Retreat. June 11 - 14, 2018: Interlochen, Michigan. The retreat features workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as craft talks, readings, time to write, one-on-one manuscript consultations, and a dinner. The retreat also offers a practicum that includes additional consultations, lectures, and panel discussions on publishing. The faculty includes poet and fiction writer Brittany Cavallaro, fiction writers Desiree Cooper and Eric Charles May, fiction and nonfiction writer Patricia Ann McNair, nonfiction writer Mardi Jo Link, and poet and nonfiction writer Anne-Marie Oomen. The cost of the conference is $520. Lodging and meals are not included; lodging on campus is available for discounted rates. Registration is first come, first served.

Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers. June 11 - 15, 2018: Sandy, Utah. Offers one-, two-, three- and five-day workshops. Morning workshops devoted to individual work; afternoon talks on market, craft, publication; chats w/ editors and agents; keynote; book signing. For those interested, specialized workshops--Boot Camp and Full-Novel classes. Single day programs as well.

Wesleyan Writers Conference. June 13 - 17, 2018: Middletown, CT. The conference offers workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as master classes, craft sessions, panel discussions, readings, lectures, and manuscript consultations with agents and editors. The program includes a choice of daily seminars focused on the novel, short story, poetry, and nonfiction (memoir, short- and long-form nonfiction, and journalism). The faculty includes poet Honor Moore; fiction writers Nicholson Baker, Amy Bloom, Salvatore Scibona, and Tiphanie Yanique; and nonfiction writers William Finnegan and Lis Harris. Tuition is $850. Lodging is available on-campus for $50 per night or $200 for four nights or off-campus at nearby hotels and inns. A meal plan is available for $275. A one-day program is also available on June 16 for $225, which includes lunch and dinner. To register for a manuscript consultation, submit 10 poems or up to 35 pages of prose by May 23.

Algonkian Writer Conference–New York City Pitch. June 14 - 17, 2018: Ripley-Grier Studios in New York City. The conference offers workshops on writing and selling fiction and creative nonfiction manuscripts, as well as agent pitch sessions. The faculty includes Ibrahim Ahmad, Corinna Barsan, Kat Brzozowski, Jackie Cantor, Tom Colgan, Bess Cozby, Brendan Deneen, Mark Gottlieb, Michaela Hamilton, Thomas Hoeler, Lauren Jablonski, Peter Joseph and more. The registration fee until June 10, 2018 is $795.00, and $895.00 after that date. This fee covers all conference pitch sessions and workshops.

Pacific University Master of Fine Arts in Writing Residency Writers Conference. June 14 - 24, 2018: Forest Grove, Oregon. Writers seeking to deepen their craft and expand their professional community are invited to attend the Residency Writers Conference together with MFA students, faculty and guest speakers. Join us for 10 full days of craft talks, workshops, panels, classes, readings and more featuring some of the best minds of the literary world. This residency is a rare opportunity to engage in sustained and meaningful conversation with others who share your passion for the art of writing.

The Alabama Writers' Conclave. June 15-17, 2018, Orange Beach, Alabama. The Conclave is today one of the oldest continuing writers' organization in the United States. Writers, aspiring writers and supporters of the writing arts may join. Sharing information, developing ideas, honing skills, and receiving practical advice are hallmarks of the annual meeting.

Gateway to Publishing Conference and Convention. June 15 - 17, 2018: St. Louis, Missouri. Faculty: Jennifer Geist, Stephanie Hansen, Eileen Dryer, Angie Fox, Cynthia Graham, Ann Leckie, and still adding literary agents, publishers, and authors. Cost: Writer’s Conference: SLWG Member $210; Students/Affiliated Organizations $230; Regular Registration $250; Gateway Con Masterclass $50 per class; Author Hall Rates: SLWG Members $125; Affiliated Organizations $145; Regular Registration $175.

Sundress Academy for the Arts Summer Fiction Writing Retreat. June 15 - 17, 2018: Knoxville, Tennessee. The three-day, two-night camping retreat will be held at SAFTA's own Firefly Farms in Knoxville, Tennessee. This year's retreat will focus on generative fiction writing and include two break-out sessions "Conflict and POV as Perspective" and "Writing the Travel Narrative," plus discussions on kicking writer's block, publishing, and more.  

Poetry at the Frost Farm. June 15 - 17, 2018:  Derry, New Hampshire. The retreat offers workshops, readings, and one-on-one consultations for formalist poets. "Join a small community of people at the historic Robert Frost Farm learning, reading and writing formal poetry with contemporary award-winning poets. Choose your focus from a series of offerings designed to provide tools for beginning poets as well as perfect the mastery of published poets."

Mountain Heritage Literary Festival. June 15 - 17, 2018, Cumberland Gap, TN. "Every year writers gather at the ancient and beloved Cumberland Gap to celebrate writing, music, and Appalachian heritage. Events include workshops, panels, readings, concerts, lectures, open mic, and more."

Iowa Summer Writing Festival. June 16 -  July 27, 2018, Iowa City. Featuring 138 workshops with 60 instructors. Registrations for weeklong and weekend workshops are accepted on a first-come first-served basis. Class size is limited to twelve. It is a good idea to register early.

The Santa Barbara Writers Conference, June 17 – 22, 2018: Santa Barbara, Calif. "Every summer, writers in many genres from around the world gather to participate in a magical week of intensive work focused on story, voice, craft, marketing, and networking with fellow writers and publishing professionals."

Aspen Summer Words. June 17 - 22, 2018: Aspen, Colorado. Workshops, panels, and readings in fiction and creative nonfiction, as well as opportunities to meet with agents and editors. "Aspen Summer Words is the Rocky Mountain gateway to the literary world. Recognized as one of the country’s pre-eminent literary conferences, Summer Words welcomes visitors and locals alike to celebrate writing and writers in Aspen for a week each June. The exceptional faculty and awe-inspiring mountain scenery combine to make this a writing retreat like no other."

Colgate Writers’ Conference. June 17 - 23, 2018: Hamilton, New York. Morning craft talks & workshops. Individual consultation with workshop instructor in the afternoon. Late afternoon participant readings and talks on publishing, storytelling. Evening readings by instructors & guests. Late night social events. "Bring a story, a book in progress, some poems, or a novel, and work with us on developing narrative strategies, verse techniques, and methods of research. Members of the publishing profession will also be here to discuss marketplace tactics." Application Deadline: April 20, 2018.

Clarion West Speculative Fiction Writers Workshop. June 17 - July 27, 2018: Seattle, Washington. Every summer, Clarion West holds an intensive six-week workshop in Seattle’s University District, geared to help you prepare for a professional career as a writer of speculative fiction. Each workshop is limited to 18 students, and each week features a different instructor, a highly regarded author or editor offering their unique perspective on the field. Short fiction is the workshop’s focus, with an emphasis on science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Come prepared to write several new stories, to experiment and take artistic risks, and to give and receive constructive criticism. FULL

Fine Arts Work Center Summer Workshops (poetry, fiction, art, and creative nonfiction). June 17 - August 24, 2018, Provincetown, Massachusetts. The faculty includes Marisa Silver, Ariel Levy, Julia Glass, Henri Cole, Marie Howe, Marie Ponsot, Vijay Seshadri, Dean Albarelli, Kimiko Hahn, David Updikel, Pam Houston, Julia Glass, Alice Mattison. Tuition ranges from $600 to $725.

Manhattanville College Summer Writers' Week. June 18 - 22, 2018: Purchase, New York. Each day begins with a workshop, then afternoons feature craft panels and events. Evenings feature faculty readings and a keynote reader, and these evening readings are free and open to the public. For an immersive experience, housing is available on campus for workshop participants.

Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference. June 18 - 24, 2018: Bemidji, Minnesota. Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Publishing. Faculty: Edward Hirsch - Distinguished Visiting Writer. Joan Naviyuk Kane - Poetry. Wayne Miller - Poetry. Mat Johnson - Fiction. Alison Hawthorne Deming - Creative Nonfiction. Paisley Rekdal - Creative Nonfiction. Workshops are capped at 12 and applications are processed first-come, first-served until workshops are filled. 

Chautauqua Writers’ Festival. June 20 - 23, 2018: Chautauqua, New York. The conference features workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as readings, panel discussions, individual conferences with faculty members, open mics, and time to write.  The faculty include poets francine j. harris and Hoa Nguyen; fiction writers Jennine Capó Crucet and Eleanor Henderson; and creative nonfiction writer Mike Scalise. Fiction and creative nonfiction writer Kiese Laymon will deliver the keynote on the the of "Writing in Times of Crisis." The cost of tuition is $500 ($400 for sponsored students). The cost of tuition without workshops and one-on-one faculty sessions is $200. The discounted fee for lodging in the Athenaeum Hotel ranges from $61.29 per night for a double room to $122.57 per night for a single room. The registration deadline is April 30.

Western Writers of America Convention. June 20 - 23 2018: Cheyenne, Wyoming. Children's, Fiction, Marketing, Non-fiction, Publishing, Young Adult. History presentations at the convention include Cats in the Old West, Border Wars/Law and Order, Mark Twain Literary Contributions, and more. Other sessions will take place related to the craft of writing, book marketing, and research sources and techniques.

Fordham University Retreat. June 20 - 24, 2018, New York City. "In order to help mentor the next generation of Asian American writers, Kundiman sponsors an annual Retreat in partnership with Fordham University. During the Retreat, nationally renowned Asian American poets and writers conduct Master Classes and manuscript consultations with fellows. Readings, writing circles and informal social gatherings are also scheduled. Through this Retreat, Kundiman hopes to provide a safe and instructive environment that identifies and addresses the unique challenges faced by emerging Asian American writers." Application Deadline: January 15th, 2018.

In Your Write Mind Workshop. June 21 - 24, 2018, Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Workshops on writing, editing & pitching; guest speaker presentations. A writer's workshop for all writers and aspiring writers! Former workshops featured agents and editors from TOR Books, FinePrint Literary Management, Donald Maass Literary Agency, Poisoned Pen Press, Leap Books, Titan Books and authors including JA Konrath, Michael Bracken, Daniel Jose Older, Jeff Strand and Diana Rowland. The workshop is hosted by Seton Hill University Writing Popular Fiction Alumni.

Chuckanut Writers Conference. June 22 - 23, 2018: Bellingham, Washington. Writers conference that includes speakers, panels, breakout sessions, authors' readings, reception with authors, pitch sessions with literary agents, book signings, open mic for attendees. Autobiography/Memoir, Children's, Fiction, Nature, Non-fiction, Poetry, Publishing. 

The Greater Los Angeles Writers Conference, June 22 - 24, 2018: West Coast Writers Conferences presents a full weekend of panels, workshops and presentations by educators, noted speakers, and industry professionals focused on the craft and business of writing.

Annual Conference on Creative Writing at Pacific. June 22 –24, 2018: Stockton, California. Autobiography/Memoir, Fiction, Humor, Journalism, Marketing, Mystery, Non-fiction, Poetry, Publishing, Romance, Science Fiction/Fantasy. Agents and editors will be available for pitch sessions.

Chicago Writing Workshop. June 23, 2018: Chicago, IL. "This is a special one-day “How to Get Published” writing workshop on Saturday, May 14, 2016, at the historic Congress Plaza Hotel, just south of the downtown area. In other words, it’s one day full of classes and advice designed to give you the best instruction concerning how to get your writing & books published. We’ll discuss your publishing opportunities today, how to write queries & pitches, how to market yourself and your books, what makes an agent/editor stop reading your manuscript, and more. No matter what you’re writing — fiction or nonfiction — the day’s classes will help point you in the right direction. Writers of all genres are welcome." Features over two dozen attending agents.

Shore Thing Writing Getaway: A One Day Retreat for Poets and Writers. June 23, 2018, Atlantic City, NJ. "Join us for this boardwalk-inspired getaway, designed for writers of fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry. Trigger your imagination and compose new work that will surprise and please you. Spend the day immersed in the literary life: discussing writing, doing your own writing and sharing some of your new drafts." Faculty: Peter E. Murphy. Cost: $85.

Publish & Promote Your Book Conference. June 23, 2018: Bronxville, New York. "If you’re ready to find an agent and present your book to the marketplace, come join our community of educators, writers, agents, editors, and publishers at a one day conference designed to help you succeed in your publishing ventures. In addition to panel discussions, participants can register for Pitch Sessions and discuss their book with up to three agents/editors for 10 minutes each. If you're thinking of attending a Pitch Session, consider signing up for one of our Prep For Your Pitch sessions, which will be held on Tuesday, June 12, Wednesday, June 20, and Friday, June 22, at 7 p.m."

Community of Writers at Squaw Valley: Poetry Workshop. June 23 - June 30, 2018: Olympic Valley, California. "We work together to create an atmosphere in which everyone might feel free to try anything. In the mornings we meet in workshops to read to each other the work of the previous twenty-four hours; each participant also has an opportunity to work with each staff poet. In the late afternoons we gather for a conversation about some aspect of craft. On several afternoons staff poets hold brief individual conferences." Registration deadline: March 28, 2018.

Chesapeake Writers' Conference at St. Mary's College of Maryland. June 24 - 30, 2018: St. Mary's City, Maryland. Intensive workshops in three genres for serious writers at all levels of experience, as well as a multi-genre workshop for high schoolers. Featured Writers Include: Heather Green, Angela Pelster, Patricia Henley, Matt Burgess, Matthew Henry Hall, Jerry Gabriel (director).

Science Fiction & Fantasy Novel Writers WorkshopJune 24 - July 6, 2018, University of Kansas, Kansas. "This summer, in conjunction with the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction and the SF Writing Workshop, Kij Johnson teaches a two-week intensive workshop on writing novels. The goal of this workshop is to help writers in the early stages of a novel create compelling, coherent plots and openings for their books. Due to a scheduling conflict for Kij, we've swapped the traditional Novel Workshop and "Repeat Offenders" Novel Workshop for writers who have already taken the traditional workshop, which will run from June 10-22, and this year is hosted by the ever-awesome Kevin McNeil."

Jackson Hole Writers Conference, June 28 - 30, 2018: Jackson Hole, WY. You will have ample opportunity to share your work with a distinguished faculty as well as writers from Massachusetts to Florida, from Texas to Washington.Serious writers pour into Jackson Hole each June looking for a fresh, but critical eye on their work. This event usually has at least 4 agents to pitch.

DRC Conference Faculty & Workshops 2016. June 28 - 30, 2018: Davenport, Iowa. Daily workshops, critiques, pitches, evening events, keynote. With five three-day workshops, book pitches with a publisher and an agent, author luncheon, concluding luncheon, free evening faculty reading and keynote address, there’s something for everyone! Register before June 15th to receive the early bird discount.

David R. Collins Writers' Conference. June 28 - 30, 2018: Davenport, Iowa. Develop your writing working with award-winning authors in a variety of genres, and get publishing tips, one-on-one critiques, and pitch a manuscript. "Each workshop is 4.5 hours over three days, 1.5 hours per day. We will be offering five workshops in 2017, including: poetry; nonfiction/memoir; short fiction; the novel; and finding and keeping an agent. We also have a faculty reading followed by an open mic for participants; pitch sessions for writers to present manuscripts to an agent and an independent press; one-on-one manuscript critiques; an author luncheon; and a featured speaker TBA."

The Art of Description. June 28 - July 2, 2018: Austerlitz NY. Faculty: Colleen Kinder and Owen Murray. "All authors are illustrators. They sketch vivid scenes, legible faces, contoured landscapes, and so much more in the reader’s minds-eye. How do we cultivate this ability: to animate the visual world distinctively and unforgettably in the imaginations of our readers? Co-taught by a writer and photographer/illustrator team Colleen Kinder and Owen Murray, this course will take students on a two-dimensional journey, equipping them to illustrate the visual world in radiant detail."

The Writers’ League of Texas Agents & Editors Conference. June 29 – July 1, 2018: Austin, Tex. The conference features panels, lectures, networking opportunities, and receptions. Individual manuscript consultations with agents or editors are available. Participating agents include Terra Chalberg (Chalberg & Sussman), Arielle Datz (Dunow, Carlson & Lerner), Adriana Domínguez (Full Circle Literary), Cherise Fisher (Wendy Sherman Associates), Wendi Gu (Janklow & Nesbit), Kristina Moore (The Wiley Agency), Eric Myers (Myers Literary Management), Rachel Orr (Prospect Agency), Sharon Pelletier (Dystel, Goderich & Bourret), Sarah Phair (Trident Media Group), Grace A. Ross (Regal Hoffman & Associates), Jeff Silberman (Folio Literary Management), and Jennifer Chen Tran (Bradford Literary Agency). The cost of the conference is $469 ($409 for Writers’ League members), which includes a one-on-one consultation with an agent or editor until April 2, and $509 ($449 for members) thereafter.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Mega-List of Paying Markets for Horror, Dark Fiction and Poetry

Much like other genres of speculative fiction, horror enjoys a loyal, and possibly fixated, fan base. Horror isn't all blood and gore. The subgenres include everything from the mildly unsettling (like Twilight Zone), to splatterpunk (which is exactly what you think it is). Some of the genres accepted by horror magazines include: humorous horror, holiday horror, psychological horror, science fiction horror, slasher horror, supernatural horror, gothic horror, erotic horror, teen horror and, of course, anything with zombies, werewolves, vampires, or other malevolent creatures. Many of the magazines on this list also accept dark fiction, dark fantasy, and other genre crossovers that evoke a sinister mood.

Read the submission guidelines, and make sure to follow them carefully before submitting.

Many more paying markets, organized by topic and genre, can be found here: Paying Markets. You can find markets and submission calls specifically geared to dark fiction on Dark Markets.

Publication Payment Submission Guidelines Notes
Apex $.06 per word http://www.apex-magazine.com/submission-guidelines/ No simultaneous submissions
Nightmare $.06 per word https://johnjosephadams.moksha.io/publication
Accepts horror and dark fantasy

No simultaneous submissions
Red Sun $100 for stories; $150 for stories 15-17k; and $300 for serializations. For art and comics, $35 per piece of artwork; $100 for a cover https://redsunmagazine.submittable.com
No simultaneous submissions
Liquid Imagination $8 for short stories (1001 words up to 6000 words) and poems, and $3 for flash stories (up to 1000 words). A $2 bonus will be added for authors who accept payment via Paypal http://liquidimagination.silverpen.org/submission-guidelines/ Accepts horror and dark fantasy
Albedo $.06 per word http://www.albedo1.com/submission-guidelines/ No simultaneous submissions

See reading periods

Preferred length is between 2,500 and 8,000 words
Gothic.net Payment is negotiated http://www.gothic.net/submissions/

Online form
Length between 2,000 and 10,000 words
Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine 1.25 cents/Word (AUD) with a A$20 minimum per piece http://andromedaspaceways.com/
Accepts works up to 10,000 words in length. Submissions of up to 20,000 words are permitted from subscribers and from authors resident in Australia and New Zealand

AU$20 to $60 per 1000 words https://aurealis.com.au/submissions/

Submissions from Australian and New Zealand writers: 1 February – 30 September
Submissions from anyone anywhere: 1 August – 30
Accepts short stories between 2000 and 8000 words

Kaleidotrope $0.01/word http://www.kaleidotrope.net/guidelines/ Open to submissions Jan 1 - March 31

Also accepts poetry
Three-lobed Burning Eye $100 for short fiction, $30 for flash fiction http://www.3lobedmag.com/submissions.html No simultaneous submissions
Bete Noire $10 http://www.betenoiremagazine.com/
See submission periods
Hypnos $0.01/word http://radiumtownpress.com/guidelines.html Accepts weird fiction
Crimson Streets $0.01/word http://www.crimsonstreets.com/submission-guidelines/ Pulp fiction
Body Parts Magazine $10 for flash fiction, $20 for short stories http://www.bodypartsmagazine.com
See reading periods
Black Petals Horror/Science Fiction Magazine & Yellow Mama William Clark http://www.blackpetals.net/id4.html Bizarre tales and chilling poetry
Pseudopod $.06/word for original fiction, $100 flat rate for short story reprints, and $20 flat rate for flash fiction reprints (stories below 1500 words) http://pseudopod.org/submissions/ Podcast
Weirdbook  $5 per thousand words up to a maximum of $30  http://weirdbook-magazine.com/submissions/ See reading periods
Grinning Skull Press
0.025 cent/word
http://www.grinningskullpress.com/Submissions-Guidelines.html Novels, novellas, short stories
Wicked Words Quarterly $0.01 per word up to a maximum of $150 http://www.wickedwords.co.uk/submissions/ Flash fiction, short stories, novellas
Hungur $12
$5 for reprints
http://samsdot.com/guidelines/hungur/ Vampires
Bosley Gravel's Cavalcade of Terror $5 for feature story http://dreadfullittlepress.com/cavalcade/?page_id=2 Accepts reprints
Gathering Storm $25/story (2000 words max), $10/poem, $25/comic http://www.gatheringstormmagazine.com
See reading periods
Dreams and Nightmares $12 http://dreamsandnightmaresmagazine.com
Mostly poetry
Disturbed Digest $4 for original poems, $2 for reprints

$20 for original stories, $10 for reprints
http://albanlake.com/guidelines-disturbed/ Dark fantasy and horror short stories, poems, art, articles, reviews, and interviews
Electric Spec $20 http://www.electricspec.com/Submissions.html Macabre

See reading periods
Year's Best Hardcore Horror 1 cent/word http://www.redroompress.com/submission-guidelines/years-best-hardcore-horror/ See reading periods

Reprints only
Blood Bath Litzine £10 per 1,000 words for prose, and £10 per poem https://bloodbathlitzine.com/ See reading periods

Accepts poetry
Wolfpack Press $15 https://wolfpackpress.org/submission-guidelines/ See reading periods

"We crave the wild, weird, wonderful, and witty."

Accepts poetry
Transmundane Press Anthologies $10-20, depending on length, and author copies https://www.transmundanepress.com/
See submission periods

Themed issues
Thuggish Itch AU$5.00 for stories under 2000 words / AU$10.00 for anything above 2000 words http://www.gypsumsoundtales.com
See submission periods

Themed issues
Mad Scientist Journal 2 cents/word http://madscientistjournal.org/submissions/ See submission periods

Themed issues

Length: 500-8,000 words
Unnerving Magazine 1¢/word https://unnervingmagazine.submittable.com/submit Horror, dark science fiction (light), dark fantasy, crime, thriller, suspense, and dark literary
Martian Migraine Press 3 cents/word (CAD) http://martianmigrainepress.com/monstrous
See submission periods

Themed issues
Some submissions are paid, some not https://horroraddicts.wordpress.com/current-submission-calls/ HorrorAddicts.net is a podcast, blog, and publisher run by horror addicts, for horror addicts.
Don't Flinch Podcast $100 https://dontflinchpodcast.com/script-submissions/ Scripts 20 - 30 minutes in length
Underbelly Zine $10 https://underbellyzine.blogspot.com/p/what-we-want-extreme-horror.html Extreme Horror
Twelfth Planet Press Advance of US$300 and royalties of 40% of all monies received by the publisher http://www.twelfthplanetpress.com/news/advance-notice-novella-series Novellas between 17,000 and 40,000 words
Feed Your Monster £3.50 for original flash fiction and £6 for original short stories over 1000 words. For all reprints, £2.50 https://www.darkmarkets.com/search?updated-max=2017-12-20T10:00:00-08:00&max-results=5&start=40&by-date=false Monsters
Apparition Lit $0.01 per word ($10 minimum) https://www.apparitionlit.com/submission-guidelines/ Accepts poetry

See reading periods
Unfading Daydream $5 - $10 https://unfadingdaydream.wordpress.com
1,000 - 7,000 words

See reading periods
Solarcide $50 https://solarcide.com/solarcide/guidelines-update/ 1,000 - 3,000 words

See reading periods
Black Dandy $0.03 (NZD)/word https://blackdandy.co/submissions/ 2,500 - 5,000 words

See reading periods
Gallows Hill Fiction: up to $50; Poems: up to $15; Artwork: negotiable https://gallowshillmagazine.com/guidelines/ Fiction up to 9,000 words

Accepts poetry

Horror Bites 1/4 cent per word http://www.horrorbitesmagazine.com/submit.html See reading periods
Hinnom Magazine $30 for stories under 3,000 words

$55 for stories over 3,000 words
Up to 5,000 words

Horror, dark fantasy, dark scifi

See reading periods
The Wyrd $10 http://www.wyrdmagazine.com/submission-guidelines/ 1000 - 5000 words

Weird and Slipstream
Broadswords and Blasters $15 https://broadswordsandblasters.com/submissions/ Pulp fiction: westerns (Weird or otherwise); horror (Cosmic, Southern Gothic, visceral, and psychological)

Pulp Modern$10 https://pulp-modern.blogspot.com/ 2,000 - 3,500 words

See reading periods

"No subject is taboo"
The WiFiles $3 http://thewifiles.com/?page_id=8 1,000 - 5,000 words
Arsenika $60 USD for fiction and $30 USD for poetry http://arsenika.ink/submissions/ Poetry and fiction up to 1,000 words

See reading periods

"Not bound by genre"
Anathema $50 (CAD) for fiction and non-fiction http://www.anathemamag.com/submissions/ Any genre with speculative content

You must be a queer person of colour/Indigenous
/Aboriginal to submit to Anathema
Mithila $50 for short fiction, $10 for original poetry/essays
http://mithilareview.com/submission-guidelines/ 4,000 - 8,000 words

Flash, under 2,500

Accepts poetry
Robbed of Sleep $10 for short stories, $5 for flash fiction http://www.robbedofsleep.xyz/p/submissions.html 100-1,000 words, flash

Under 4,000 short stories

See reading periods
Helios 0.06/word micro fiction; 0.03/word for flash fiction, short stories, & serial stories; 0.25/line poetry + digital contributor copy http://heliosquarterly.com/index.php/submissions/ Gothic Horror, Punk, Weird Westerns

See reading periods

The Dark 6 cents/word for original fiction up to 6,000 words on publication for first world rights; and 1 cent/word for reprint fiction up to 6,000 words http://thedarkmagazine.com/submission
Horror and Dark Fantasy

2,000 – 6,000 words
Ink Stains Anthologies Flat fee of $5 for stories 4,999 words and under, $10 for stories 5,000-9,999 words and $15 for stories 10,000-15,000 http://www.darkalleypress.com/
3,000-20,0000 words

Dark fiction (including lit fic), Gothic fiction, Supernatural/
paranormal fiction, Horror, Steampunk, Black comedy, Dark fantasy
Gallery of Curiosities originals, 3 cents/word

reprints 1 cent/word
https://gallerycurious.com/fiction/ "Anachropunkish retro-vintage elements"

Magazine and podcast

length up to 7500 words

See reading periods

Aliterate 6 cents/word https://www.aliterate.org/submit/ See reading periods
Turn to Ash 1 cent/word Table Cell 3,000 to 5,000 words

See reading periods
Liminal Stories 6 cents/word http://liminalstoriesmag.com/submissions/ Up to 10,000 words

See reading periods
Allegory $15 http://www.allegoryezine.com/submissions See reading periods
Diabolical Plots 8 cents/word http://www.diabolicalplots.com/guidelines/
No simultaneous submissions

See reading periods
The Arcanist $50 https://thearcanist.io/a-call-for-submissions-244f646d25a4

All forms of speculative fiction, 1000 words max
Medium-based publication, weekly
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Thursday, May 10, 2018

53 Paying Markets for Flash Fiction

Flash fiction is shorter than the normal range of short stories, which are generally 3,000 words or more. The precise length remains somewhat elusive. Some literary journals ask for 2,000 words or less, others set maximum word counts in the hundreds. Each publication has its own style, its own format, and its own needs, so whether your 1,953-word short story qualifies as "flash" is entirely up to the editors.

Flash fiction is very popular. There are dozens of sites where you can read flash fiction on a daily basis. This is perfect for people who are commuting on a train, waiting to see a doctor, or have other brief, potentially interrupted periods of time to fill.

Below is a list of paying markets for flash fiction. I have included links to submission guidelines, payment information, and word counts where available. Make sure you follow their guidelines carefully. (Editors don't consider submissions that fail to follow guidelines.) None of these magazines charge submission fees.

For my excellent list of paying markets, nicely organized by genre and form, see Paying Markets.

Journal Submission Guidelines Payment Notes
Confrontation http://confrontationmagazine.org
more for commissioned work.
Reading period for all submissions: August 16 – April 15

500 words max
Contrary http://contrarymagazine.com
$20 Asks for rights "in perpetuity"
Fabula Argentea http://www.fabulaargentea.com/
$3 Accepts all genres
Flash Fiction Online http://flashfictiononline.com/main
$60; reprints $.02 (two cents)
per word
500 to 1000 words
Splickety http://splickety.com/submission-guidelines/ $0.02 per word Under 1,000 words
Every Day Fiction https://everydayfiction.com
$3 Up to1,000 words
Opossum  http://opossumlit.com/submissions/ $100 (?) Must be related to music
Page and Spine http://www.pagespineficshowcase.com
$0.01/word with a $20 minimum, microflash (up to 150 words) = $5, flash (up to 500 words) = $10, all submissions capped at $30 No simultaneous submissions, 6-month turnaround
The Quilliad https://thequilliad.wordpress.com
$13 Canadians only
Manawaker Studios http://www.manawaker.com/ffp-submissions/ $3 Flash fiction podcast

he ideal length is around 800 words, but stories as short as 250 or as long as 1500 may be considered
Craft https://www.craftliterary.com/submit/$100 Reprints accepted (no pay)
Baltimore Review http://baltimorereview.org/index.php
$40  You can submit up to 3 pieces of flash fiction

See submission periods
The Cafe Irreal http://cafeirreal.alicewhittenburg.com/ 1 cent/word Magical realism

2000 words max
Cicada https://cricketmag.submittable.com/
Up to 10 cents/word For teens
The Cincinnati Review https://www.cincinnatireview.com
$25/page 500 words maximum

Submit up to 3 pieces
Electric Lit https://electricliterature.com/submit-ebdd3b73083a $100 Electric Lit has short, infrequent submission periods
Odyssa https://odyssamagazine.com/submit/ $30 Travel themes

700-1500 words
Timeless Tales $20 Fairy tale re-tellings

Under 1,500 words preferred
Bayou Magazine https://bayoumagazine.org/submissions/ $25  Submission period September 1- May 1
Copper Nickel http://copper-nickel.org/submit/ $30/printed page Submission periods September 1 to December 15, January 15 to March 1
Winter Tangerine http://www.wintertangerine.com
$50 At least 200 words
Books 'N Pieces http://www.altpublish.com/writer-guidelines/ 5 cents/word 2,000 words max
Devilfish Review https://devilfishreview.com/submission-guidelines/ $10 Speculative fiction
Funny Times https://funnytimes.com/about/
$60 Humor

500-700 words
Futures http://blogs.nature.com/futureconditional/
$130 Science fiction

850 - 950 words
The Flash Reads https://www.flashfictionwriting.com/apply-to-write $50 if exclusive to the site No word counts
Pinball http://www.thisispinball.com/submit/ $15 Free submissions every other month
Perpetual Motion Machine http://perpetualpublishing.com
1 cent/word Dark fiction
Bards and Sages Quarterly https://www.bardsandsages.com/contact_us/
$10 Up to 500 words

Speculative fiction
PseudoPod http://pseudopod.org/submissions/ $20 Horror

THEMA http://themaliterarysociety.com
$10 Accepts reprints

Each issue has a theme
Banshee http://bansheelit.tumblr.com/
"Small" Up to 1000 words

See submission periods

Daily Science Fiction http://dailysciencefiction.com/submit 8 cents/word Speculative fiction only

100 - 1000 words
Bloodbond http://albanlake.com/bloodbond/ $8 1200 words max
The Puritan http://puritan-magazine.com/submissions/ $75 See submission periods

Submissions are free on a limited basis
Nanoism http://nanoism.net/submit/ $1.50 for stories and a flat $5 for serials Tweets

140 character limit
Disturbed Digest http://albanlake.com/guidelines-disturbed/ $8 Dark fantasy and horror

1,200 words max
Gathering Storm https://www.gatheringstormmagazine.com
$25 Themed issues, see submission periods

Speculative fiction

2,000 words max
Grievous Angel http://www.grievousangel.org/ 6 US cents per word Science Fiction, Fantasy, and related speculative fiction sub-genres, including Urban Fantasy, Supernatural Horror, Mythos, Steampunk, Cyberpunk, and Magical Realism, as well Humour/Satire riffs on these genres
750 words max
LampLight http://lamplightmagazine.com/submissions/
Unpublished Fiction: 3¢ per word, $150.00 max
Reprints: 1¢ per word
Dark fiction
New Myths https://sites.google.com/a/newmyths.com
1.5 cents/word with a minimum payment of $30 Speculative fiction (no horror)

Reading periods June 1-July 31 and from January 1-February 28
Body Parts http://www.bodypartsmagazine.com
$5 Horror

Themed issues, see reading periods

1,000 words or fewer
Perpetual Motion Machine http://perpetualpublishing.com/2014
$25 Horror, science fiction, crime, and noir

1,000 words max
Mad Scientist Journal http://madscientistjournal.org/submissions/ $10.00 original, $5.00 reprint Speculative fiction

Themed issues, see reading periods

500-2,000 words: 
Three-lobed Burning Eye http://www.3lobedmag.com/
$30 for flash fiction Horror and dark fantasy, magical realism, slipstream, cross genre, or weird fiction
Feed Your Monster https://www.feedyourmonster.eu
£3.50 for original flash fiction. For all reprints, £2.50 Horror
Hinnom Magazine https://gehennaandhinnom.wordpress.com
$30 for stories under 3,000 words Horror, dark fantasy, dark scifi

See reading periods
Arsenika http://arsenika.ink/submissions/ $60 USD for fiction and $30 USD for poetry Not bound by genre

See reading periods

Up to 1,000 words
Mithila http://mithilareview.com/submission-guidelines/ $10 Under 2,500 words

Speculative fiction
Robbed of Sleep http://www.robbedofsleep.xyz/p/submissions
$5 Horror

100-1,000 words
Helios http://heliosquarterly.com/index.php
0.06/word micro fiction; 0.03/word for flash fiction Micro fiction 100 words

Flash fiction 500-1000 words

Dieselpunk, Solarpunk, Arcanepunk, Weird Westerns, Cyberpunk, Magic Realism, Gothic Horror, Retrofuturism, Afrofuturism, and other lesser known sub-genres

See reading periods
The Arcanist https://thearcanist.io/a-call-for-submissions-244f646d25a4 $50 Medium-based publication, weekly

1000 words max

Speculative fiction
Smokelong https://smokelong.submittable.com/submit
$25 1000 words max
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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

3 New Literary Agents Actively Seeking Memoir, Kidlit, Adult Fiction & more

Here are three agents seeking to expand their client lists. Leslie Zampetti is interested in middle grade and young adult novels, especially mystery and contemporary. For adult fiction, Leslie is interested in literary mysteries, upmarket romance and women’s fiction, and historical fiction from lesser-known eras and places. For nonfiction, Leslie finds narrative nonfiction that straddles the boundaries between crime, memoir, and literature especially appealing. Dara Kaye represents nonfiction only. Léonicka Valcius is seeking under-represented voices in picture books, MG and YA, nonfiction, and adult fiction.

Be sure to check the agency website before submitting. Agents can switch agencies or close their lists, and submissions requirements may change.

If these agents don't suit your needs, you can find a comprehensive list of new and established agents expanding their lists here: Agents Seeking Clients.


Leslie Zampetti of Dunham Literary, Inc.

Leslie graduated from Wake Forest University with a degree in English and has a Master’s of Library and Information Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. A former librarian with over 20 years’ experience in special, public, and school libraries, Leslie has cataloged rocket launch videos and Lego rocket ship models, presented SEC documents and story times, and negotiated with organizations from Lexis-Nexis to the PTA. Her experience as a librarian has given her a distinct perspective on publishing and readers. A writer herself, Leslie is very familiar with querying from both sides of the desk.

What she is seeking: For children’s books, Leslie seeks middle grade and young adult novels, especially mystery and contemporary. Historical fiction set in the recent past, novels in verse, and off-the-beaten path romances are on her wish list. For picture books, Leslie wants unusual true tales, biographies of unsung heroes and heroines, or stories that show everyday diversity to mirror under-represented readers and open windows to others. She is drawn to books about Florida, baseball, and kids with book smarts and big hearts.
For adult fiction, Leslie is interested in literary mysteries, upmarket romance and women’s fiction, and historical fiction from lesser-known eras and places. For nonfiction, Leslie finds narrative nonfiction that straddles the boundaries between crime, memoir, and literature especially appealing. An armchair adventurer, Leslie enjoys experiencing wild places and extreme challenges from the comfort of her chair.

How to submit: Paste the query letter and the first five pages in the body of your email and send to query(at)dunhamlit(dot)com. No attachments. This agency shares, so only send to one agent.


Dara Kaye of Ross Yoon Literary Agency

Before joining Ross Yoon, Dara spent two years in South Korea on a Fulbright fellowship, where she taught English, researched the history of Shakespeare in Korea, and mastered the art of making baked goods in a rice cooker. Dara holds a BA in English Language & Literature from Smith College and an MA in Renaissance literature from University College London. She lives in Foggy Bottom and also on Twitter at @darakaye

What she is seeking: Adult nonfiction, from memoir and history to biography, humor, and popular science.

How to submit: Send one of the following: query letter briefly explaining your idea, media platform, and qualifications for writing on this topic or a complete book proposal featuring an overview of your idea, author bio, media and marketing strategy, chapter outline, and 1-3 sample chapters. Please send these as attachments in .doc or .docx format to submissions@rossyoon.com.


Léonicka Valcius of Transatlantic Agency (Canada)

"I am eager to work with people of color, including (but not limited to) trans people, disabled people, religious minorities, and queer folks.

In Adult and Young Adult fiction, I like fun commercial fiction, romance that ranges from sweet to steamy, otherworldly fantasy, and sweeping historical fiction. I do not represent mysteries or thrillers.

In Adult non-fiction, I like narrative non-fiction that explains complex issues through the lens of a personal story. I am also seeking books that straddle the self-help/lifestyle line and the self-help/business line.

For Middle Grade and younger, I love humour, adventure, and make believe. I also enjoy stories about children navigating their changing relationships with family and friends. I strongly prefer books with at least 1 human character."

How to submit: Please send your query by email only to leonicka@transatlanticagency.com. Include a query letter, bio, synopsis, and a 20 page excerpt. If you are comfortable, please include your social and cultural identities in your bio, especially if you self-identify as a person of color and/or part of another underrepresented group.

If you are are submitting a non-fiction proposal, please include information about your expertise and platform, as well as a detailed table of contents. If you are submitting a picture book, please send the complete manuscript. 

Thursday, May 3, 2018

11 Paying Markets for Pet-Loving Writers

If you are a writer who owns a pet, you can write about the experience. Most pet magazines are looking for nonfiction articles. But even if you are a fiction writer, there is room for creative writing. Many magazines explore the history of domestic pets, as well as other topical aspects of pet ownership.

What they are looking for:

Pet care: All pet magazines welcome articles on how to care for animals. Keeping pets healthy and happy is one of the primary concerns of pet owners.

Products: Which types of products do you use for your pet? Which are better avoided? Equipment articles are especially relevant to horse owners.

Activities: Taking your dog for a walk is rather mundane, but what if your pet's activity involves providing comfort to people who are bereaved? Even a simple aquarium can provide a feeling of peace and tranquility. Activities that promote a positive view of pets are strongly encouraged by magazine editors.

Profiles: Owners of  animals that have pedigrees are particularly interested in breed profiles. But any article that relates to specific sub-types is sought after: Dogs that don't shed (for people with allergies), fish that like small spaces (for dorm rooms, and children), cats that can be herded (that's a joke).

As with all freelance articles, make sure you perfect your pitch. Most magazine editors don't accept freelance articles on spec, but even those who do like a good, solid pitch.

Related articles: 13 Outdoor and Environmental Magazines that Pay Writers

Freelancing: Getting Paid to Write Nonfiction Articles


Your Pet Space posts cover a variety of needs—such as which books and products are especially helpful, profiles of pet breeds and organizations. They also love espousing causes for companion animals.Your Pet Space needs content from many writers to be able to give a wide range of perspectives on a variety of pets and pet subjects. They also encourage submissions from nonprofit organizations and pet vendors about their work and products. Payment: They pay $20 per article, upon publication, for each article that meets all of their submission guidelines. 

Nashville Paw magazine is Middle Tennessee's community pet magazine. It reaches an audience of 50,000+ pet lovers each issue in print and online. Print circulation is 16,000+ per issue. "While we look for intelligent, thoughtful articles that are well-researched and well-constructed, we also appreciate the humor and sarcasm that often comes through in the voice of many of our writers." Send a brief query letter outlining your topic, as well as possible interview contacts, any available hi-res images (300dpi saved as jpg files), sidebar ideas and any other relevant information. Payment is negotiated.

Dogs - Woof!

The Bark, a magazine about life with dogs, has a circulation of 250,000 readers. The magazine publishes essays and fiction, as well as a few short poems. They also publish book reviews. Reprints are accepted. Payment: Payment is upon publication; compensation varies according to complexity and length of article and is individually negotiated. Who Pays Writers lists a payment of 67 cents/word.

BlogPaws is "an inclusive, global community of pet enthusiasts who write about and support pets via social media. We connect brands with pet parents and pet parents with each other." Send a brief, compelling pitch rather than a complete post. Payment: $75 per accepted post.

Dogster publishes opinion, editorials, columns and essays about dogs. Please send your query, background and link to writing samples via their online form. They will contact you only if they are interested in discussing your query. Payment: Who Pays Writers lists a payment of 3 cents/word.

Cats - Meow!

Catster publishes opinion, editorials, columns and essays about cats. Please send your query, background and link to writing samples via their online form. They will contact you only if they are interested in discussing your query. Payment: Who Pays Writers lists flat fees of $50 - $75 for news and opinion articles.

Horses - Neigh!

The Chronicle of the Horse is a national weekly magazine with approximately 16,000 subscribers. The magazine focuses primarily on dressage, hunters and jumpers, events, foxhunting and steeplechase racing. In addition to reporting sport horse news, we feature articles on horse care and profiles of prominent horse people. They occasionally accept humor, human interest and historical articles. No poetry, please. Send query first. Payment: $150 - $400.

Horse Network covers all facets—big and small—of the horse community, from news, to opinion, to satire. 500-750 words is a sweet spot for posts. Payment: They pay for original, published content on Horse Network. In addition to regular article fees, contributing authors have the chance to earn social share bonuses for their stories.

Horse Illustrated is looking for informative, in-depth, upbeat articles (limited to 2,000 words) that will help readers better care for and enjoy their horses. They may be about such topics as training (for both horse and rider), management or horse-related activities. Payment: Articles are paid upon publication. Rates of payment are based on quality, not length. Articles accompanied by high-quality photographs earn the highest rates.

Reptiles - Hiss!

Reptiles is a bimonthly magazine that caters to reptile and amphibian hobbyists at all levels of experience, from beginner to veteran. Publishes nonfiction only. Query via email before submitting. Article queries for new, original articles should be emailed to reptiles@pet360.com. No reprints. Payment: $300 is the usual payment for a 2,000 to 2,500-word article with photos. Payment is made in U.S. dollars no later than 90 days upon publication.

Fish - Glug!

Tropical Fish Magazine

Tropical Fish Magazine is all about the fascinating world of aquariums. It covers freshwater and  saltwater as well as aquatic plants, and any matter pertaining to fishkeeping. Their guidelines are very specific so follow them carefully. Nonfiction articles only. Photos required for most articles. Payment: Not specified. They do not pay by the word.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

6 New Agents Seeking Fiction, YA, Romance, Biography, SciFi/Fantasy and more

Here are six new agents seeking to expand their client lists. Cara Bellucci is looking to acquire women’s fiction, with a particular interest in novels with good food and women who save themselves. She is also interested in literary fiction about the African diaspora and immigrant experiences, domestic thrillers, and historical fiction, especially twentieth century stories that are not about the world wars.

David Laurell is looking for adult fiction and nonfiction.

Ann Rose is looking for MG and YA in all genres, romance, and light scifi-fantasy.

Madison Smartt Bell is seeking literary fiction, noir, criminal procedurals, and work from the Caribbean basin and other diasporas.

Jaidree Braddix is interested in both serious non-fiction and buzz-worthy topics that can make a big media splash. She is particularly interested in food, health, personal development, current events, and big ideas with the potential to influence the national conversation.

Alyssa Taylor is seeking stories from a diverse range of settings and characters. For non-fiction, she is interested in the subjects of psychology, sociology, the natural world, health, and fitness.

Before you send your query, make sure to check the agency's website. Agents may switch agencies or close their lists, and submission requirements can change.

If these agents don't suit your needs, you can find a comprehensive list of agents expanding their client lists here: Agents Seeking Clients.


Jaidree Braddix of Sterling Literistic

Born and raised on Maui, Hawaii, Jaidree holds an MS in Publishing from Pace University and a BA in Journalism from the University of Northern Colorado. She now lives in Brooklyn. She is committed to helping authors turn their assets—be they exciting ideas, popular blogs, academic studies, or Instagram followings—into compelling proposals and noteworthy books.

What she is seeking: Jaidree is interested in both serious non-fiction and buzz-worthy topics that can make a big media splash. Formerly a publicist at an independent press, Jaidree is always on the lookout for projects with a “newsy” hook. She works closely with Celeste Fine and is particularly interested in food, health, personal development, current events, and big ideas with the potential to influence the national conversation. 

How to submit: Please submit using the agency's online form HERE.


David Laurell of Jennifer DeChiara Agency

David Laurell, who first negotiated the sale of a photograph and story to a Brooklyn, N.Y. newspaper when he was just 10 years old, came to The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency following an extensive career as a television writer/producer, newspaper and magazine journalist, and ghostwriter. He also served as a contributing editor, managing editor, and editor-in-chief for Sports Market Report, Pop Culture Memories and Memorabilia, Autograph, and Life After 50 magazines, where he saw the publishing hopes and dreams of hundreds of writers realized. David joyously embraces the writers he works with as partners. More than just a literary agent, he is a mentor, sounding board, advocate, cheerleader, and fiduciary.

What he is looking for: Adult Nonfiction: "I'm most interested in celebrity biographies and autobiographies and all genres of popular culture, entertainment, broadcasting, professional sports, and politics from any era. I am also open to fresh takes on unique collectors and collections, and compelling stories of motivation, inspiration, faith, positive aging, and self-improvement."

Adult Fiction: "I am always on the lookout for unique and well-plotted stories about nontraditional, unconventional, and extraordinary families or individuals that are infused with passion, irony, sarcasm, intelligence, insight, kindness, hope, inspiration, and humor. I love richly presented quirky characters that brim with unforgettable personalities. Think Being There, The World According to Garp, Postcards from the Edge, Running with Scissors, Forrest Gump, and the play/film August: Osage County."

How to submit:  Please email a one-page query letter that includes a brief synopsis of your book, your bio or resume, contact information, and the first two chapters or 20 pages of your manuscript. Email to dclaurell@gmail.com with "Query" and your submission’s title in the subject line.

Cara Bellucci of Don Congdon Literary Agency

Cara got her start in publishing as an intern at the Jane Rotrosen Agency and joined Don Congdon Associates as an assistant in 2014. 

What she is seeking: Cara is now looking to acquire women’s fiction, with a particular interest in novels with good food and women who save themselves. She is also interested in literary fiction about the African diaspora and immigrant experiences, domestic thrillers, and historical fiction, especially twentieth century stories that are not about the world wars. Regardless of genre, any stories that have a hint of magic, families that are big, happy, and complicated, or female characters with jobs we see on the page always find a way to the top of her reading pile.

How to submit: Send query and first chapter to dca@doncongdon.com. Include the word “Query” and the agent’s full name in your subject heading. No attachments.


Ann Rose of  Prospect Agency

"I'm a California native who now resides in Texas after a stint in Florida. Each place has its pros and cons, but I can say that I left my heart in San Diego and dream of going back one day (although that will probably never happen). My degree is in Communication from San Diego State University, and my resume holds a gamut of jobs from Life Guard to Business Systems Analyst/Portfolio Manager, but books have always been my passion. I'm excited to finally merge my love of literature with my past professional experiences as a literary agent with Prospect. It is my honor to help authors build successful, sustainable careers."

What she is looking for: YA of all genres; MG of all genres, especially ones that push the boundaries of middle grade; Swoony romances; Light sci-fi or fantasy; Commercial fiction; Heartwarming (or heart wrenching) contemporaries. "I'm always looking for unique voices, diverse perspectives, vivid settings, and stories that explore tough topics. Give me your dark and edgy stories with unlikeable characters."

How to submit: Send a query letter, three chapters and a brief synopsis using the submission form here.


Madison Smartt Bell of Ayesha Pande

Madison Smartt Bell is the author of twelve novels. Bell has also published three collections of short stories. Born and raised in Tennessee, he has lived in New York, Paris and London. A graduate of Princeton University and the Hollins College graduate creative writing program, he has taught in many other writing programs, including Goucher College, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars. 

What he is seeking: He is interested in literary fiction, noir, criminal procedurals, work from the Caribbean basin and other diasporas, and anything genuinely original and fresh.

How to submit: Please query using the form on the website HERE.


Alyssa Taylor of Fletcher and Co.

Alyssa grew up in California and Massachusetts and graduated from Middlebury College with a BA in English and a minor in French. Before joining Fletcher & Company she worked at The New England Review and United Talent Agency.

What she is looking for: In fiction, stories from a diverse range of settings and characters. For non-fiction, she is interested in the subjects of psychology, sociology, the natural world, health, and fitness. She is not interested in crime thrillers, horror, travel, business, and political non-fiction.

How to submit: To query, please send a letter, brief synopsis. and the first 5-10 pages of the manuscript/proposal pasted into the body of the email to info@fletcherandco.com. Please do not include email attachments with your initial query, as they will be deleted.

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