Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Latest Addiction
Duotrope's Digest: search for short fiction & poetry markets

I've mentioned this site before, but briefly. If you're a writer, or even just curious about what sort of literary markets are out there - magazines for specific genre's (Christian/spiritual, horror, sci-fi, romance, etc) - this site is a must.

For the reader, you can find links to just about any type of magazine you're interested in reading.

For the aspiring writer - you can find everything from submission guidelines, to details on how quickly other writers get responses from the various publications (in the fields of poetry, novels and short-stories.) You can search for magazines that are looking for exactly what it is that you're hoping to sell - and you can search very specifically: for example: Sci-Fi Magazine, looking for a short-short story, pays token to semi-pro, publishes online and in print, and allows simultaneous submissions.

It also lists when market's are temporarily closed to submissions, when specific themes are open, contests - all sorts of good stuff, for both procrastinating, and for actually utilizing. And it's all free.

In the control panel (as a member) you can organize your favorite markets, and track your submissions. It keeps track of how you submitted (via postal mail or online), which story/poem/project you submitted, how many days it has been out, how many days you can expect for it to be out before hearing from them - etc.

I've been doing a lot of playing around on this site over the past week or so - and I've found a plethora of new places to consider submitting my work to (as pieces become polished and ready for submission.)

It's a lot neater than the creative writing list that I mentioned last month, though I think both are useful - Duotrope gives you a lot more control, and it's open 24/7, as opposed to waiting for a daily email message.



Blogger zhoen said...

I signed up a while ago, and keep being intimidated by the nuts and bolts of actually submitting, finidng out the formatting requirements.

I feel such a chicken because of this.

Blogger Mella said...

Ah, but once you actually do start submitting, it's hard to stop - there are so many markets out there...

It's just a matter of taking that leap off the diving board - the rest is gravy. Hmmm, that's an odd analogy. Like we're diving into pools of gravy. I must need coffee.

Blogger zhoen said...

And gravy. I may do a community ed course for would be writers, get some of the technical skills from an actual person. After the move. I've already promised Moira I would, so I will.

Thanks for the encouragement.

Blogger Mella said...

Technical skills are good - and I'm all for getting into a workshop/classroom setting with your work. Just don't let the technical stuff hold you back. Be as clean and polished as you can - but there are editor's out there for much of the details.

Quality, insightful work will shine. And you have that down.

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