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>Writers Market Links To Markets


Markets for Writers

Guest Author – Danielle Hollister

  1. A Writing Place
    Extensive compilation of all sorts of publications’ submissions guidelines.
  2. AcqWeb
    AcqWeb offers an international directory of e-mail addresses of publishers, vendors and related professional resources for writers.
  3. Alphabetical List of Paying Markets
    Get links to more than 600 paying markets…
  4. American Magazines
    Current list of American general, business and trade magazines from Peter’s Place of Freelance Journalism.
  5. Arts Deadlines List
    Good list of announcements – like calls for submissions and contests – some for writers.
  6. Arts Publications
    Search for magazines, ezines, journals, catalogues, and newsletters alphabetically or by sub genre.
  7. Australian Electronic Journals
    Listing of more than 1,000 Australian electronic journals and magazines.
  8. Bloodletters
    Good listing of details and links to “Goblin Markets.”
  9. BMI Online Magazines
    List of smaller magazines (many are non-paying markets).
  10. Brint Magazine List
    Comprehensive list of business journals, print and electronic publications, international newspapers, and more.
  11. Canadian Magazine Links
    Good list from Peter’s Place of Freelance Journalism.
  12. CALLIHOO Newsletter
    Features list of Science Fiction and Fantasy market guidelines from May 2002 to present (which appears to be October 2002).
  13. Calls for Papers
    Lists postings from academic anthologies and journals looking for works.
  14. Children’s Writers Marketplace
    Site offers a magazine market list from one published author’s own writing card file.
  15. Christian Writer’s Market Guide
    The 2003 Edition lists more than 660 periodical markets, about 380 book markets, 120 greeting card/specialty markets and almost 250 poetry markets.
  16. Christian Poet’s Markets
    Provides links to 52 publications of interest to Christian poets who wish to market their poetry.
  17. Christian Writer’s Guidelines and Markets at Snowfaux
    Provides almost 300 periodicals with working links to on-line Christian writer’s guidelines.
  18. Consumer Magazines and E-Zines
    Find links to various magazine and ezine sites that hire freelance writers from absolutewrite.
  19. Core List of Journals for Women’s Studies
    The Association of College & Research Libraries, Women’s Studies Section compiles this list.
  20. DarkMarkets
    This is “The Online Market Guide for Horror Writers.”
  21. Duotrope’s Digest
    Features a database of over 1375 current markets for short fiction and poetry.
  22. Electronic Publications
    List of mystery ezine markets from the Mysterious Home Page.
  23. Engen’s Science Fiction & Fantasy Market Search Engine
    Searchable database of markets for Sci-Fi and Fantasy writers.
  24. English-language Media in Spain
    This site from Freelance Spain has links to media publications and outlets in Spain.
  25. Exclusive “Quick Cash Writing” Course:
    Read as best-selling author Nick Daws exposes the little-known writing markets that will pay big bucks for just five minutes work.
    Click HERE to learn more.
  26. Fiction Factor
    Site provides good listing of paying fiction and nonfiction markets.
  27. Firstwriter
    Free directory, contest listings and much more for writers online.
  28. ForWriters
    List of markets accepting submissions.
  29. Gebbie Press
    Only lists links directly to magazine publishers online (not actual submission guidelines).
  30. Guide to on-line guidelines
    See who is accepting submissions for what types of writing and where they’re located on the Web.
  31. Guidelines
    Growing list of submission guidelines from the organizedwriter.
  32. Guidelines from Writer’s Digest
    Collection of top 100 places to get published.
  33. IIAV – Online periodicals
    The International Information Centre and Archives of the Women’s Movement (IIAV) in Amsterdam is building a digital archive including a database of online periodicals.
  34. Index of Online Fiction
    Index listing e-zines that pay their authors at least about $0.01/word, are currently in business, and are known to be writer-friendly…
  35. Jacqui Bennett Writers Bureau
    Offers large collection of UK markets for fiction and nonfiction.
  36. Journals
    Oyster Boy Review of Fiction & Poetry lists Academic, Independent and “Big Guns.”
  37. Journals
    A comprehensive list of literary journals with an online presence.
  38.’s magazine writers information center
    Frequently updated list of links to Children’s magazine guidelines.
  39. Life Writers Market Watch
    Brief list of calls for submissions with detailed information.
  40. Literary Journals
    Great listing of links to literary journals with detailed information.
  41. Literary Magazines
    Long list of links to literary magazine websites from the Nebraska Center for Writers.
  42. LitMag
    Good guide to literary magazines.
  43. LitRefs: Submission Guidelines
    This site has hundreds of links to both online and paper magazines with a focus on poetry publications. The majority of the publications are located in the UK.
  44. Magazines & Small Venues
    Lists paying and non-paying markets for writers of Science Fiction Romance.
  45. Magazines Page
    Long list of magazines from the Ultimate Science Fiction Web Guide (not updated since September 2001).
  46. Magazine Markets
    List of more than 40 children’s magazine markets.
  47. Magazine Guidelines Database provides extensive resource for writing guidelines.
  48. Magazines & Newsletters
    Links to mystery magazine markets from the Mysterious Home Page.
  49. Market Information
    Good list of contests and market information for songwriters from The Muse’s Muse.
  50. Market List
    Brief list from – where writers and readers meet.
  51. Market Table
    List of short fiction markets (except anthologies) that pay 1 cent per word or more for science fiction, fantasy and/or horror stories. (Last updated April 2000.)
  52. Markets
    Lengthy list of websites featuring markets from – The portal for writers and authors.
  53. Markets
    List of markets from chopeclark – publisher of “Fundsforwriters.”
  54. Markets for Writers
    Brief listing of writing markets.
  55. Markets for Writers
    List of primarily Canadian markets, with some U.S. magazines also.
  56. Markets for Science Fiction and Fantasy
    Good list of markets and links to related resources from Julia West, Fantasy and Science Fiction author.
  57. Markets from Writelink
    Good list of markets – updated monthly.
  58. Market Information
    List of links to markets that publish Science-Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror.
  59. Markets Online
    Extensive list of links to freelance writing markets.
  60. Mary Wolf’s Guide to Electronic Publishers 
    Helpful list of book length publishers, short story, online and ezine publishers as well.
  61. MovieBytes
    Lists links to screenwriting contests & markets for writers online.
  62. News, Markets of Interest to Writers
    Great list of Free postings and offers more postings if you pay to become a member.
  63. Online Journals
    An extensive list of online literary journals with content only to be found on the web. Hypertext, radical prose, experimental poetry, and good old narrative.
  64. Papers Invited
    Comprehensive listing of calls for papers from professional bodies, universities, journal editors and conference organizers.
  65. Paying Ezine Markets
    Good list of details and links to paying ezine markets for speculative fiction, science fiction, fantasy, horror, slipstream, and mystery fiction writers online from Bonnie Mercure.
  66. Paying Markets
    Good list of paying Science Fiction markets from scifieditor.
  67. Paying Markets
    Good list of detailed submission information and links to paying markets for writers.
  68. Paying Markets list of markets – not a lot of current postings.
  69. Paying Markets for Writers of Fiction
    Lists some online databases featuring writers guidelines, as well as numerous links to publications seeking fiction submissions.
  70. Paying Markets from Writer´s Weekly
    Submit your writing to publications that pay.
  71. Paying Print Markets
    Extensive list of details and links to paying print markets for speculative fiction, science fiction, fantasy, horror, slipstream, and mystery fiction from Bonnie Mercure.
  72. places for writers
    Resources for Canadian (and international) writers, updated daily with contests, calls for submission, and other writerly tidbits.
  73. Poetry Links
    Extensive list of links to poetry pages with submission guidelines – emphasis is on print journals and University publications.
  74. PoetryMachine
    Extensive listings of Canadian and US markets for poetry.
  75. Poetry Markets
    Site lists recent calls for manuscripts.
  76. Poetry Publishers Who Accept Email Submissions
    Site lists the email addresses for editors of journals which publish poetry and are willing to accept submissions by email.
  77. Publishers Directory
    List of close to 200 children’s book and magazine publishers.
  78. Publist
    Site offers a searchable database of more than 150,000 magazines, journals, newsletters, and other periodicals.
  79. Pubslist
    Brief list of literary publications.
  80. Ralan’s Webstravaganza
    Extensive list of markets for novel, science fiction, humor writers and more.
  81. Random House
    Comprehensive list of magazines and journals that publish short stories.
  82. Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine Markets
    Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America provides links to various paying publications.
  83. Science Fiction and Fantasy – Paying Markets
    Good list of paying markets for writers of science fiction, fantasy, speculative fiction, and horror.
  84. Science Fiction and Fantasy Resource Network
    More than 100 links to webzines related to Fantasy and Science Fiction.
  85. SFF Net: Ezines and Rags
    Paying and nonpaying electronic markets.
  86. Specficworld’s Market Resources
    Good list of markets mainly for speculative fiction writers.
  87. Spicy Green Iguana
    More than 200 links to SF, fantasy, and horror magazine publications.
  88. The Colossal Directory of Children’s Publishers Online
    Comprehensive, alphabetical listings of children’s magazines and book publishers, with links to sites, submission guidelines and more.
  89. The Market List
    Searchable database of ezines, publishers and others seeking submissions in categories like science fiction, fantasy, horror and related poetry.
  90. The Original Write Market
    Good list of markets – categorized by Christian, Children’s, Romance, Mystery and Sci-Fi.
  91. The Rose & Thorn Writer’s Market Info
    Paying and non-paying market listings; links to other sites offering market listings.
  92. The Writer’s Directory
    Excellent list of paying, non-paying and international short fiction and poetry publications.
  93. Trade Magazines By Industry
    Great list from Kendall Hanson.
  94. Travel Writer’s Marketplace
    World’s leading online place of business for travel writers, editors, photographers, broadcasters and PR professionals.
  95. UK Fiction Markets
    Sell Your Stories to UK Magazines!
  96. UK Magazines
    Lists various markets for writers.
  97. West End Writers Club – Markets
    Short list of markets for writers with details and links.
  98. Women-Focused Magazines And Newsletters On The Web
    This site from the University of Wisconsin-Madison has dozens of links.
  99. Write Markets
    Updated list of paying and non paying market listings for writers.
  100. Writer’s Guidelines Directory
    Database of various markets searchable by categories.
  101. Writer’s Guidelines
    Good list of links to publications with guidelines online from
  102. Writers’ Journal Announcements
    Bulletin Board lists announcements of events, contests, or opportunities of interest to writers.
  103. Writers Market Info
    Good list of Christian markets from Revwriter – For Writers – On Writing & Publishing.
  104. Writers Market
    Paying freelance writing assignments by Michelle Dragalin.
  105. Writers Markets
    A list of marketplaces for science fiction, fantasy and horror writers to get their work published.
  106. Writer’ Markets
    Extensive list of paying markets for writers of various genres from mystery and Sci-fi publications to Animals and Kids magazines with links to websites.
  107. Writer’s/Photographer’s Guidelines
    An American and Canadian listing of guideline links for writers and photographers.
  108. Writers Wanted: Paying Markets
    Online free forum lists posts of writers’ guidelines from paying publications.
  109. Writing Markets
    Find more than 200 paying markets for writers – in categories like Christian publications, travel writing, computer, women’s interests and more…
  110. Writing Markets from SellWritingOnline
    Database listing markets and contests for writers online.
  111. Writing To Heal, Writing To Grow
    Provides extensive list of markets for personal essay writing.

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>My Review of Stephen King and Donald Maass


Can Learning How Novels Work Help You Write A Great Hub?

Photos of Tabitha and Stephen King above and Author Literary Agent Donald Maass
I’m going to review one book – Writing The Breakout Novel by Donald Maass – and mention Stephen King and his marvelous book On Writing.
Much of the material I’ll review, while oriented toward fiction, also applies to writers of Hubs.
I took some writing courses in college. You don’t have to go to college to learn to write, just read and write a lot, that’s all.
Funny though, the only English professor I remember vividly was David Crabtree. Why did I remember his face and name when most others are lost in a deep memory sea that goes way back? Because he looked like a crab tree. His voice was old and grumpy but carried a sense of love for his students and his craft. His face looked worn, bumpy, and lined – like a crab tree – and his teaching skills were the best.
Neither King’s or Maass’ book is better than the other – they are merely different.
Both riveted my attention and made me a better writer. Without you being familiar with these two authors, it will be difficult for me to transfer their skills and passion to you, but I’ll try.
King drew me into him, as he wrote On Writing as a memoir with personal anecdotes and memories. Maass gave me what I needed, a structured course on how to write a breakout novel.
Maass is author of seventeen novels and has twenty years as a literary agent. He travels the country, speaking at writers conferences, and has served as president of his guild. He lives in New York.
Stephen King? What can I say? The man’s a legend, a literary genius, an icon. He authored more than thirty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. He lives in Bangor, Maine with his wife Tabitha King, also a writer

What I know of King

King has a nasty habit of exercising – walking outdoors in his neighborhood – while reading. One day he became so absorbed that he stepped in front of a car and that cripled him for life. He spent months recuperating and still can’t walk without help. Even so, he feeds his passion, traveling down to Fenway Park to enjoy one of his joys, the Boston Red Sox.
One advantage I probably have over many of you is my love for baseball. I watch MLB on TV and am not the same if I miss important games. I live in Florida and also watch spring training games. Many celebs sit in box seats behind the dugouts and I’m constantly seeing King.
TV jockeys always scan those seats and point out who’s there. Since I’m mostly a Yankee fan, I see people like Spike Lee and Rudy Giuliani a lot. But there are more. Movie stars, politicians, foreign diplomats, racecar drivers, boxers, and stars of opera and Broadway when in New York will attend a Yankee game. Now, you may think I’m too old to enjoy seeing these star studs and phillies, but I’m not.

What Else Drives Me

Additionally, I like live events, like going out to the parks here in Florida. On Friday the thirteenth (lucky day), my son Marcus and I are going to a PGA event at Disney, Children’s Miracle Network Classic where there is a $4.7 million purse. We’ll see such golf luminaries as reigning champion Davis Love III and Phil Mickelson, (and, I hope, Tiger Woods, who used to live in Windermere a few miles from our house).
I enjoy the excitement. I’ve seen some of the greatest players in history – people like Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Billy Casper, Johnny Miller, Ted Williams, Willie Mays, Michael Jordan, Julius Erving, Carl Malone, John Stockton and many others. These kinds of events build wonderful memories and create passion for life, keeping us young. And as you know, we Hubbers must write with passion or forget it.
My son Marcus was a member of a Minnesota high school tennis team, Wayzata. That year he and I drove to New York and took in the USTA tournament for four days. Wow! What a great time we had. He’s so good in tennis that at age 12 he wiped me. Patrick and Michael were better baseball and basketball players than me. Our daughter, Jennifer is a college professor. She’s the greatest dancer I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen a lot of her choreography and dancing from the West to the East of America.

Why is the above important to you?

It isn’t. Except it teaches one great lesson of life. If you want to be a successful writer – or happy in any field – you must be passionate about it. Baseball fans are nothing if they’re not passionate, especially Yankee and Phillie fans the past while. Life is great, be grateful, happy, and passionate. Give thanks to God constantly. He owns it all.
As I review Maass, see if many of the points he makes fit your needs as a Hub Page writer.
If your writing isn’t inspired, or doesn’t show that you really care about the subject matter, forget it! All you’re doing is mass-producing someone else’s content.

Writing The Breakout Novel

  • Premise
  • Stakes
  • Time and Place
  • Characters
  • Plot
  • Contemporary Plot Techniques
  • Multiple Viewpoints, Subplots, Pace, Voice, Endings
  • Theme
“Book publishing is full of surprises, not the least of which is an unexpected leap in an author’s sales. When novelists whose previous work merely has been admired suddenly have books vault onto the best-seller lists or even achieve a large jump in sales, publishing people say they have ‘broken out.’ The book in question is a ‘breakout novel.” Donald Maass
Maass’ Review of Writing
  • Premise: Whatever it is it must grip the imagination of readers. For example, “I wanted to win the race. Problem: I was in a wheel chair.” That’s premise with an imagination and a problem, necessary elements to keep readers turning pages.
Favorite books sweep us away, have unforgettable characters and involve dramatic and meaningful events. The premise must be plausible, with inherent conflict, originality and gut appeal.
Plausibility means the story could happen to any of us. Originality can be new angles on old stories, the opposite of what we expect, or story elements in unexpected combinations.
Gut emotional appeal involves emotional situations that grab us in our life. Even an unlikely starting point can be built into a breakout premise.
  • Stakes: Stakes say what could be lost. High stakes yield high success. To test stakes, ask “So what?” High stakes start with high human worth and with fiction you must start with at lest a grain of truth. Combining public stakes with private stakes makes for interesting writing.
  • Time and Place: Every story has context, whether it is emphasized or not. Creating breakout time and place involves more than just describing setting.
Using psychology of place means capturing how a place makes a point-of-view-character feel. For example, if you start the story by having the protagonist looking up into the sky on a dark winter night at the Milky Way, your readers see millions of stars and other heavenly bodies, allowing them to feel that our place here on earth is small compared to the infinite numbers of stars and planets seen so far away.
Here is how one writer conveyed a sense of time in describing New York and portrayed historical forces and social trends through characters:
“Hester was fascinated. It was unlike any city she had previously seen: new, teeming with life, a multitude of tongues spoken, laughter, shouting, and already the hand of war shadowing over it, a brittleness in the air. There were recruitment posters on the walls and soldiers in a wide array of uniforms in the streets.
“Business seemed poor and the snatches of talk she overheard were of prize fights, food prices, local gossip and scandal, politics, and secession. She was startled to hear that even New York might secede from the Union, or New Jersey.”
Detail is the secret ingredient of breakout settings, and unexpected tragedy or grace adds a sense of destiny at work.
  • Characters: All stories are character driven. Readers’ sympathy for characters comes from character strengths. Engrossing characters are out of the ordinary. Larger-than-life characters say what we cannot say, do what we cannot do, and change in ways that we cannot change. They have conflicting sides and are conscious of self.
Dark protagonists appeal only when they have sympathetic sides, e.g., they struggle to change or have hidden sensitivity. Build a cast for contrast, realizing the highest character qualities are self-sacrifice and forgiveness.
Build complex character relationships by combining roles. For example, the life-long friend who is also your doctor; the ex-spouse who is also your tennis partner. Combining roles will bring a measure of richness and complexity of real relationships, and at the same time strengthen and deepen its hold on the reader.

Allow Characters To Measure Each Other

Let them voice to themselves or to others their opinions of the other characters in

The story. Not every character will see the protagonist in the same way. But this allows readers to view characters from a different angle and builds richness.

Building Conflict

Allow characters to step into problems and situations you would never go near in real life. Think, “What is the worst thing that can happen?” And allow that to happen to your characters. As authors we like our protagonists. We tend to protect them from trouble. The temptation must be resisted. It is better to drive full speed into danger, laughing as you do it.
Maass says “The breakout novelist is somewhat maniacal, possibly even sadistic (where her characters are concerned, I mean). She will discover what is the worst that can happen, then make matters worse still.”
From chapter one to the book’s end, the author should be bridging the conflict, making it as deep and as bad as it possibly can be. She will employ high moments, plot turns, and death to change characters or to set them free. Breakout novels need high stakes, complex characters and layered conflicts.
Simple plot structures produce tight stories; expansive stories come more easily from open-ended or complex plot structures, such as a hero’s journey.
I invite you to get the book and discover what you can about contemporary plot structures, multiple viewpoints, subplots, pace, voice, and the endings.


Maass asks if anyone has ever been disappointed by the end? Then he admits that he, too, has. Endings that disappoint are sometimes written in haste, fail to tie up all the sub plots, don’t make sense, don’t answer the main questions and are not very satisfying.
Climaxes are both inner and outer – both plot-specific and emotionally charged. “The payoff needs to plumb the depths in both ways if it is to satisfy,” says Maass.
“Milking the ending with an endless series of confrontations, plot turnabouts, emotional peaks and so on is not a good idea, either.”
When narrative momentum is at its height,
that is not the time to slam on the brakes. Do you remember the James Bond movies taken from Ian Flemming’s great novels? He prevails in the end, but the show is not over. He must win over the girl and be seen sailing away on a boat somewhere with her in the Ocean on an extended love-filled trip, punctuated with plenty of witty and humorous comments which make the audience, as well as the pretty girl, say: “Oh, James…”
Maass actually finds fault with such genre novels, category stories and romances, where the outcome is not seriously in doubt. “A great story teller leaves us in suspense right up to the final moments,” he says. Success should never be sure. In fact, failure seems the more likely outcome. You must allow your protagonist the possibility of failure. “Why should fiction be any safer than reality ?” he asks.
The resolution needs to tie up loose ends, then allow the reader to relax and come to the end in as little space as possible.