There are many aspiring and emerging writers all around the world. Many write in English, while others write in their mother tongues. Some others do translations. But generally though, not every writer gets a “Big Break” because as in any creative industry, you have to get noticed by the right people.
Many writers send their works to random online platforms thinking it is enough to be recognized there, not realizing that anybody can set up a website and not every website is the right platform for their work. While there are multiple online magazines and journals that are great, many publish creative works that still need to be worked on. They sometimes put up random poems, stories, essays or articles that sometimes aren’t even grammatically sound. Now, I am not dismissing any particular website but I feel that a truly serious writer shouldn’t submit to a platform that isn’t going to propel his or her art to a new level. Aspiring writers should read good and reputed literary journals and magazine, and submit to those kind of platforms! If you can’t get your hands on any journal, go through it’s online archives. You will pleasantly surprised at how well some people write. Reading, appreciating and learning from art is never a bad thing. So read good stuff and get inspired.
Recently, I decided to do a bit of online research, reading through archives and going through multiple websites so that I would have a list of places an emerging writer should submit to. If you’re a writer like me who’s just beginning to wet your feet, here are ten websites you could go through and maybe consider submitting your creative work to. One thing to remember though, is that many of these very well established magazines and journals will not accept any work that has already appeared online at any time.
- POETRY Magazine – http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/submissions
- Accepts poetry submissions only
“What kind of work is Poetry looking for?
We examine all work received and accept that which seems best. We consider original works written in the English language as well as translations of poetry into English. We regret that the volume of submissions received and the small size of our staff do not permit us to give individual criticism.”
2. Glimmer Train – http://www.glimmertrain.com/pages/respect.php
- Accepts short stories only
“We’re happy to consider stories that have appeared on a blog, an online magazine, or in Kindle (or other self-published) form as long as fewer than 75 copies have been sold.”
3. Witness – http://witness.blackmountaininstitute.org/submit/
“Witness seeks original fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and photography that is innovative in its approach, broad-ranging in its concerns, and that dazzles us with its unique perspective. We often enjoy material that ventures into international terrain.”
4. The Sun Magazine – http://thesunmagazine.org/about/submission_guidelines/writing
“We publish essays, interviews, fiction, and poetry. We tend to favor personal writing, but we’re also looking for provocative pieces on political and cultural issues. And we’re open to just about anything. Surprise us; we often don’t know what we’ll like until we read it.”
5. Neon Magazine – http://neonmagazine.co.uk/?page_id=116
“There is no set word limit, but please send enough work to cover approximately three pages of the magazine. This could be one story, a couple of flash fictions, or several poems. I prefer darker pieces, especially those with an element of the surreal or speculative. I am open to reading anything, however, and am often surprised by pieces that don’t fall into these categories.
Images, comics and graphic poems are also welcome, as are self-contained extracts. If you have any doubts about whether something is suitable, please send it anyway and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.”
6. fields – http://www.fieldsmagazine.com/submissions/
“We accept fiction, poetry, and visual arts submissions on a rolling basis. There are no style, length, or genre restrictions, and you may submit more than one piece for consideration.”
7. Ricochet – https://ricochetmag.wordpress.com/about-us/
- Reputed online magazine
“Ricochet Magazine showcases the work of new and established writers and artists from all over the world. When submissions are open, we accept innovative, daring and spectacular short fiction, non-fiction, memoir, poetry, book reviews, photography and visual art.”
8. TriQuarterly – http://www.triquarterly.org/submissions
“TQ welcomes submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, short drama, video essays, and hybrid work from established as well as emerging writers. We also welcome short-short prose pieces. We ask that poets submit no more than six poems between per cycle, and that prose authors limit their total submission to fewer than 5,000 words. We are especially interested in work that embraces the world and continues, however subtly, the ongoing global conversation about culture and society that TriQuarterly pursued from its beginning in 1964.”
9. Litro – http://www.litro.co.uk/submit/
“We began as a free print pamphlet featuring just one short story, then a pocket-sized monthly magazine—still free—with a handful of short stories and the occasional spot of nonfiction and poetry, published according to theme, for the reading pleasure of London commuters.
We’ve been publishing literary features online since 2008, but since May this year we have been developing further as a full-fledged online platform fornon-themed fiction and literary nonfiction, as well a place for readers, writers and the broader creative community to discuss various aspects of literature, arts and culture through features, reviews, columns and interviews.”
“VQR strives to publish the best writing we can find. While we have a long history of publishing accomplished and award-winning authors, we also seek and support emerging writers. A look at one of our latest issues will show you the diversity of voices we publish.
- Poetry: All types and length.
- Short Fiction: Length is from 2,000–8,000 words. We are generally not interested in genre fiction (such as romance, science fiction, or fantasy).
- Nonfiction: Length is 3,500–9,000 words. We publish literary, art, and cultural criticism; reportage; historical and political analysis; and travel essays. We publish few author interviews or memoirs. In general, we are looking for nonfiction that looks out on the world, rather than within the self.
- Nonfiction pitches: We also accept pitches through our submission portal. Submit the pitch in a document, as you would for a finished piece, and include an estimate of any expenses involved to produce your story.”
Hope you liked the links I’ve put up. Make sure to go through the journals’ archives and guidelines before you submit. Happy writing!