I blame my children. Nine years ago, they said, “Mom, you need to start a blog.” And I listened to them. Those innocent eyes, those sweet little faces … no, wait. They weren’t kids anymore. They were adults, and they knew exactly what they were doing.

Now, nearly a decade later, I’ve caught a tiger by its tail. And if I let go, it will eat me.

My goals were humble when I began Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity. I simply wished to share some of my insights about the publishing process with the world or, more specifically…

Here are five new literary agents actively seeking clients. Bethany Fulk wants MG, YA and adult fantasy Historical Fiction/Fantasy, Retellings (myth, folklore, legends, fairytales), Mysteries/Speculative/Suspense.

Susan Velazquez is looking for upmarket/book club fiction and women’s fiction, thrillers and horror, romance, science fiction, fantasy, YA, and narrative non-fiction that explores little-known time periods, historical events, or historical figures. Annie Romano is seeking adult fiction and narrative nonfiction. Juliana McBride loves commercial and literary fiction, young adult novels, and fantasy.

Helena Sandlyng Jacobsen has a special interest in translated literature. She is particularly loves narratives involving complicated heroines, characters caught between two…

Here are five literary agents actively building their client lists. The Feldstein Agency (UK) is seeking adult fiction (excluding romance, historical fiction, and science fiction and fantasy) and adult non-fiction. D. Ann Williams represents Middle Grade and Young Adult novels and selected PB.

Susan Finesman works with a broad range of genres, including fiction, cookbooks, and lifestyle. Laurie Robertson (UK) is looking for literary and upmarket commercial fiction as well as memoirs and social commentaries. …

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This September there are nearly seven dozen calls for submissions. All of these are paying markets, and none charge submission fees. As always, every genre, style, and form is wanted, from short stories to poetry to essays.

I post calls for submissions on the first day of every month. But as I am collecting them, I post them on my page, Calls for Submissions. You can get a jump on next month’s calls for submissions by checking that page periodically throughout the month. (I only post paying markets.)

Also see Paying Markets for hundreds of paying markets arranged by form…

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This September there are three dozen writing contests calling for every genre and form, from poetry, to creative nonfiction, to completed novels. Prizes range from $70,000 to publication. None charge entry fees.

Some of these contests have age and geographical restrictions, so read the instructions carefully.

If you want to get a jump on next month’s contests go to Free Contests. Most of these contests are offered annually, so even if the deadline is past, you can prepare for next year.

Good luck!


American-Scandinavian Foundation Translation Prizes. Genre: English translations of poetry, fiction, drama, or literary prose originally written…

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Print literary magazines are not quite a thing of the past, even if many, if not most, have been supplanted by electronic formats. So, in this age of the Internet, why publish in print?

It is immensely satisfying to actually hold a volume that contains your work, for one thing. And for another, it is easier to get your work reprinted in an online format if it has first appeared in print. (That being said, some of the following journals employ both.)

All of these literary magazines pay, and none charge submission fees. …

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Speculative fiction has been my passion since I was just a tadpole, so I am always on the lookout for speculative fiction magazines open to submissions. All of these are paying markets, and none charge submission fees.

For over a hundred paying speculative fiction magazines accepting submissions see: Mega-List of Speculative Fiction Magazines Accepting Submissions

Happy submitting!


And the Dead Shall Sleep No More. Genre: Short fiction, flash fiction, poetry about vampires. “Anything that’s dark, creepy, weird and just a little off-kilter. We’re open to genre fiction, particularly anything related to horror, science-fiction, speculative fiction or weird fiction. But…

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This September there are two dozen fabulous writing conferences. You can attend workshops, presentations, readings, discussions, lectures, and critiques via Zoom. Some are also offering workshops in person.

Conferences are not only the best way to meet agents, get tips from other writers, and learn about the publishing industry, they make you feel like a writer.Plan ahead! Conferences often offer scholarships, but these have deadlines. If one of these conferences interests you, put the scholarship deadline date on your calendar for next year, or for whenever the conference rolls around again.

For a full list of conferences, organized by month…


In keeping with my new year’s resolution, I am reading as a writer, dissecting as I go. I confess that my resolution is difficult to keep. It is nearly impossible to analyze what I am reading while I am enthralled in a novel.

But what are resolutions for, if not to be broken almost immediately?

Still, in an effort to be true to my word, I have turned my writerly eye on Susanna Clarke. Clarke gained fame for her masterful Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, a work which took her ten years to write. It was later made into an…

Here are seven agents actively seeking writers. Michael Mungiello’s interests include intellectual histories, counterintuitive social science, literary criticism, and jazz. Chris Combemale is looking for a broad range of literary fiction and commercial fiction with an unexpected hook, from psychological suspense to speculative and fantasy. In non-fiction he is interested in memoir, essay, and expert-driven projects across subject areas with special attention to technology, food, pop-science, economics, and any book that asks big questions about forces of change. Janna Morishima specializes in graphic novels and visual storytelling.

Kate Rizzo (UK) is keen to find aspiring writers, and is interested in…

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