Websites that make the life of this short story writer a lot easier

Hello 2017!

Since this is a writer’s website, I figured it was about time I posted something on writing.

I’m no expert, but I write every day and submit often.  These are the sites I find helpful.  Some I visit daily.  Others, not so much.  But they all make the submission process simpler.

To the best of my ability, I avoid websites and magazines that charge fees.  I understand that many magazines use the money to stay afloat, but hey, I’m not rich.

I research widely, trying to match story to magazine.  It’s a tedious process, but worth it when an editor and story click.

In no particular order…

The (Submission) Grinder

From the website:

“The Grinder is a submission tracker and market database for writers of fiction (non-fiction and poetry coming soon!).”

 It is free and updated regularly.  I would be lost without it.

New Pages

From the website:

“ is news, information, and guides to literary magazines, independent publishers, creative writing programs, alternative periodicals, indie bookstores, writing contests, and more.”

Lots of great information on this site.  I use it mainly for submission calls, reviews, and the magazine stand.

Every Writer’s Resource

Another website with lots of information for writers, including book publishers, literary magazines, self-publishing, and more.  They also list what they believe are the fifty top literary magazines.

Clifford Garstang’s Magazine Ranking

Every year, Clifford Garstang ranks literary magazines according to which magazines feature work in the Pushcart Prize Anthology (fiction, poetry, and nonfiction), and how many times each magazines appear.

 The Review Review

From the website:

“Here, writers can get a deeper sense of the journals by reading reviews of the latest issues.  This is not intended as a substitute for the actual journals, but merely a way to guide writers toward the journals that most interest them.  Plus, this site offers a way for writers to keep in contact with editors.  A story might not be right for a magazine, for instance, but a thoughtful and heartfelt review will be sure to make editors aware of your writing skills.”

 Places for Writers

 From the website:

“[places for writers] helps writers find homes for their work.  Our goal is to help you write more and get your writing published.  We feature submission calls and contests for publications in Canada and around the world—from independent presses to large well-established journals, from blogs and web journals to print magazines with wide distribution.”

They have a complete list of Canadian literary magazines.

 Aerogramme Writer’s Studio

From the website:

“Aerogramme Writers’ Studio publishes news and resources for emerging and established writers.”

I check their submission calls regularly.  They also have some great writing tips from well-known authors.

 RejectionWiki – Literary Journals and Rejections

If you have ever wondered whether your story made it past the slush pile, check out this site.  It lists rejection letters for many literary magazines according to standard or higher tiered responses.

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