Finding good places to submit your poems, short stories, and essays can sometimes seem like more work than writing them in the first place. Fortunately, a few sites aggregate links to publications and other writing opportunities. Good places to begin include:
- Poets & Writers magazine hosts a submissions calendar as well as searchable listings for literary magazines, small presses, and contests, grants, and awards.
- NewPages.com features a searchable database of more than 1,400 literary outlets that's regularly updated. The site offers many other writerly resources, including classified listings of recent calls for manuscripts and writing contests.
- Become a member of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, and you'll have access to calls for submissions in The AWP Chronicle and on the website.
- Duotrope costs $5 per month for an individual subscription, but it includes lists of publishers and agents, a submission tracking system, data on the publishing world, and much more. (This is information, not an endorsement.)
- Renowned literary agent Jane Friedman has several free resources for writers, including a helpful weekly newsletter and an archive of writing advice. She seems nice.
- QueryTracker offers free and premium services for writers looking for agents and publishers. (Information not endorsement etc.)
- Saundra Mitchell offers advice on writing bad query letters and making them good. If you're ready to start marketing your book, she has thoughts on that, too.
- Nathan Bransford used to be a literary agent, and now that he's an author, he really, really wants to help you become one, too. He has advice on writing and editing, self-publishing, finding agents, writing query letters and synopses, and much more. He also seems nice, and he has good hair.