Tis the Season to Submit

Image Copyright jannoon028, 2013. Used under license from Shutterstock.com.

Image Copyright jannoon028, 2013. Used under license from Shutterstock.com.

If you’d like to have your work considered for publication in literary journals, now is a good time to send your work out. Fall is an active season to submit—the time you’ll find many calls for submission, contests, and other publication opportunities.


NewPages.com is one of the first places I go to find new markets. It is perhaps the most comprehensive free literary reference site on the web. Founded in 1999, New Pages provides

Here you can also buy single copies of literary magazines, which is a great way to get acquainted with different journals and find some to subscribe to.

NewPages.com includes info on book publishers, creative writing programs, and writing conferences. It’s also a great resource if you’re looking to promote your book. The site links to dozens of review sources and hundreds of independent booksellers. You can even rent bookstore and library mailing lists here.

Utne magazine calls NewPages.com “the best overall Internet portal to the alternative press.” I find it well-written, well-organized, packed with great information, and easy to use. Check it out!


This website reviews literary journals to help you get a sense of what they publish. The site also includes interviews, publication tips, calls for submission, and interviews. Founded by Becky Tuch in 2008, it’s a relative newcomer, with great info. Check out this excellent article, “What Editors Want: A Must Read for Writers Submitting to Literary Magazines” by Lynne Barrett.


Poets & Writers offers searchable databases of literary magazines, grants and awards, and conferences and residencies.


The AWP Writer’s Calendar lists upcoming events for writers; deadlines for grants, awards, and calls for submission; and deadlines for AWP contests and programs. Some calendar listings are available to everyone, but you’ve got to be a member to get access to the juiciest listings. Membership brings many other benefits, including a discount on registration to AWP’s Annual Conference. There’s still time to register for the next conference, which runs February 26 to March 1, 2014 in Seattle. It’s an awesome event!

See more writing resources here.


  1. Marlene Samuels says:

    Barbara – what excellent and helpful advice. I greatly appreciate this post! For those of us who’ve spent most of our energies writing, editing, looking for that elusive muse, and then doing it all over again, it feels as though the process (i.e.time and effort) it takes to get to the next daunting step – getting our brilliant work published, is overwhelming. Your insight does diminish some of that feeling. Again, thank you. These are great places to start.

  2. Mona AlvaradoFrazier says:

    Your generosity is huge. Thank you for posting these resources and venues for writers and poets. Many places to choose from and also a wide berth of topics. I commit to submit to at least three journals before the year moves to 2014.

    • Mona, thank you for your comment on “Tis the Season to Submit.” I salute your commitment to submitting to at least three journals before the end of the year. Let me know how it goes!