Where To Submit!
Written by
Anna Leahy
June 2011
Written by
Anna Leahy
June 2011

On June 3, 2011, THE SUBMISSION MISSION (click HERE to join the She Writes group) had its second live chat. Out of that discussion and other posts since, we’ve developed some specific ideas about where to submit our writing. Here are some links! (The urls are live links, but I've posted the links as urls just in case you want that info.)

LET'S GET OUR WORK OUT THERE before the next live chat on July 1!

http://www.pw.org/literary_magazines / Poets & Writers has a great database, which you can narrow by genre and which lists reading periods. Each entry includes a link to the journal’s website.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/crwropps-b/ / Poet Allison Joseph keeps a running list of all kinds of writing, including contests (and even job openings). She usually adds items daily, and you can subscribe to the list.

http://www.erikadreifus.com/newsletter/ / Fiction writer Erika Dreifus offers The Practical Writer, a monthly e-newsletter that includes calls for submissions.

http://www.newpages.com/literary-magazines/ / NewPages is another good database of journals, and each entry has a link to the individual journal’s website.

http://dirtcakes.org/ dirtcakes editor Catherine Keefe joined the June live chat and encouraged She Writers to submit to this innovative, relatively new literary journal. Each issue is dedicated to a United Nations Millennium Goal.

http://www.missourireview.com/ / An editor from The Missouri Review responded to a recent VIDA report on the gender disparity in the Best American series by noting that publication rates by gender match submissions rates gender, TMR welcomes more submissions from women writers.

http://www.tinhouse.com/home / Tin House had a similar response to an earlier VIDA count: “The bottom line at Tin House is that we are aware of the gender disparity, we are concerned about these numbers, and we are committed to redoubling our efforts to solicit women writers. […]Agents of female writers, publishers of female writers, and especially female writers, please send us your work.”

http://www.lsu.edu/thesouthernreview/ / The Southern Review also looked at their submission rates and discovered a gender disparity in the slush pile. I mention this because my essay “Strange Attraction: John Wayne and Me” appears in the most recent issue and because The Southern Review was the only place I submitted that piece.

http://brevity.wordpress.com/visit-brevity-magazine/ / Brevity did the gender count and discovered, if anything, they favor writing by women. Okay, then.

Remember, The Submission Mission is not about quotas. Sure, the project was instigated as a response to the VIDA counts and other like stories, so it is premised, in part, on the desire to give editors, agents, and readers more access to more writing by women. We should take submission rates out of the gender disparity discussion. Really, though, The Submission Mission is about our work as women writers, our writing lives, and encouraging each other to set and reach reasonable goals that demonstrate the value of what we are doing as writers.


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  • Anna Leahy

    Thanks, Erica! That first line CFP looks interesting!

  • Erika Dreifus

    The weekly "Monday Markets/Jobs/Opportunities for Writers" post has some great info this week (if I do say so myself!), including a couple of new calls for essays. http://www.erikadreifus.com/2011/12/monday-marketsjobsopportunities-for-writers-3/

  • Erika Dreifus

    Got it! Thanks!

  • R.L. Maizes

    I should have said I was starting from the link Anna posted http://www.pw.org/literary_magazines.

  • R.L. Maizes

    Erika, If you click on "More Filter Options" the option "Payment" comes up and you can select "cash" from the menu.

  • Erika Dreifus

    Rachel, I'm not seeing the option to filter by journals that pay. Did you use a specific keyword? I tried "pays" and that didn't seem to do the trick. Suggestion? Thanks!

  • R.L. Maizes

    Anna, Thanks for compiling this great list. I wasn't sure where to submit essays and the P&W site allows you to filter by creative nonfiction and journals that pay cash. Nice!

  • Erika Dreifus

    Thanks for including The Practicing Writer, Anna! Between newsletters (published monthly), writers can also visit my Practicing Writing blog, for Monday round-up posts featuring paying calls for submissions & venues, no-fee competitions and contests, and jobs (teaching and nonteaching). Here's this week's installment.