Saturday, February 19, 2011

Some picks worth perusing

Nothing too fancy this time (or any other time for that matter) -- just some journals that seem like they're well worth looking into for the un- and underpublished writer (which of course is just about all of us except Nora Roberts and James Patterson ... using the term "writer" pretty loosely here). These are by and large newer markets that sound especially open to new and emerging writers.

Fiction writers will want to take a look at Flywheel Magazine, whose editors "crave stories ... [even] the story the other magazine didn't want." See their submissions page for an exuberant narrative regarding what they're looking for (and not looking for); and for specific guidelines see their Submishmash page.

Here's an unusual journal, The Post Script, whose debut issue is due out soon. According to its homepage, it's "dedicated to preserving the art of the post card." Because of the journal's unique mission, its submission guidelines are nontraditional. They do both themed and general interest issues.

Genre writers, or writers whose work incorporates genre elements, will want to take a look at Pulp Carnivale, "an alternative short fiction site that follows in the tradition of the pulp magazines ... a space for authors to gain exposure and for audiences to discover quality new fiction without a lot of noise to sift through," according to their "about us" page.

Here's another fledgling journal to consider, for both prose writers and poets: StepAway Magazine -- "publishing the best urban flash fiction and poetry by writers from across the globe," says their submissions page. They are "hungry for literature that evokes the sensory experience of walking in specific neighborhoods, districts or zones within a city." The editors cite the Frank O'Hara poem "A Step away from Them" as the inspiration for their title.

I'll end with a more traditional suggestion: Artifice Magazine, which is "devoted to fiction and poetry aware of its own artifice," according to its "about the magazine" page. See Artifice Magazine's submissions page for further details.

Incidentally, I didn't have to go far for these suggestions as they're all included in my weekly email from Duotrope's Digest, one of my favorite sources for finding outlets.

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