“The purpose of The First Line is to jump start the imagination-to help writers break through the block that is the blank page. Each issue contains short stories that stem from a common first line; it also provides a forum for discussing favorite first lines in literature. The First Line is an exercise in creativity for writers and a chance for readers to see how many different directions we can take when we start from the same place.” 95% freelance. Welcomes new writers. Circ. . Quarterly. Pays on publication. Publishes ms approx. 1 month after acceptance. Buys all rights for 2 years only. No reprints. Responds to queries in 1 week. Sample online at
http://www.thefirstline.com/subscribe.htm. Subscription [$15]; $15 Canada/Mexico; $25 other, E-sub $5.
“Every week two authors will receive the same writing prompt from the arena. One author, a challenger, will come from you, the audience. The other author will be a member of the arena. Those authors will then have ten days to write a story that meets the parameters as outlined by the writing prompt. Ten days after the prompt is published, the stories will be published for all to enjoy. Over the next few days the stories will also be judged. Two judges have already been chosen and will each pick one story, awarding it one point. The third judge is you, the audience. In the comments section we encourage you to engage in discussion about the stories and to state which one you chose as your favorite. We’ll tally up those votes and weight them with the decision of the judges and declare a winner.“ 100% freelance. Welcomes new writers. Publishers two stories every week for four weeks, then one week off. Pays after publication. Publish ms after about a week after acceptance. Buys all rights. No reprints. Responds within 3-9 months. Sample copy available online at http://thewritersarena.com.
Write Naked is a space that breaks down the misconceptions many people have about freelance life.” Welcomes new writers. Circ. 3.1K – 3.6K. Publishes 3 plus new posts monthly, including 1 guest contributor. Pays on publication. Pays $50 flat fee. “Potentially $200 if a post really impresses me.” Posts average 450-650 words. Publishes ms 6-9 months after acceptance. Buys exclusive rights. No reprints. Responds 1-90 days. Sample copy available at www.writenaked.net. Subscription is free. Guidelines online at https://writenaked.net/guest-blog-writers/.
“JIE publishes columns, articles and reviews that deal with the production, dissemination, storage and retrieval of information in an ethical context.” 75% freelance. Welcomes new writers. Biannual. Pays on publication. Publishes ms within two years. Responds within one week. Buys one-time rights. No reprints. Sample copy available by email. Subscription $40, $55 foreign.
“River Styx, now in its 39th year, is a tri-annual, non-profit, multicultural literary and arts
magazine based in St. Louis. We publish thoughtful yet accessible, unpredictable yet moving literature and art.” Welcomes new writers. 100% freelance. Circ. 2K. Tri-annual. Pays on publication. Publishes ms within six months of acceptance. Buys first North American rights. No reprints. Responds within six months. Sample not available. Subscription $20. Pays at least $25/poem and $75/prose piece.
“Savage Kick primarily deals with viewpoints outside the mainstream: honest emotions told in a raw, simplistic way. It is recommended that you are very familiar with the SK style before submitting. We have only accepted 8 new writers in 4 years of the magazine. Ensure you have a distinctive voice and story to tell.” Welcomes new writers. 20% freelance. Circ. 500. Annual. Pays on acceptance. Publishes ms 1-11 months after acceptance. Buys all print/electronic rights for two years. No reprints. Responds within 2-4 weeks. Sample can be purchased online. Pays 20-35GBP for 1000-6000 words
“Mystery Weekly Magazine presents crime and mystery short stories by some of the world’s best established and emerging mystery writers. The original stories we select for each issue run the gamut from cozy to hardboiled fiction. Available on the App store and Google Play via Magzter.” 100% freelance. Welcomes new writers. Monthly. Pays on acceptance. Publishes ms 1-2 months after acceptance. Buys world periodical, archival and web exclusive rights for 12 months. No reprints. Responds 1-3 weeks. Sample copy available by email to email@example.com. Subscription $17.99. Pays $0.05/word for 2000-10000 words.
“Our charter publication Writer’s Digest literally “wrote the book” on writing and getting published. For more than 90 years, the experts at Writer’s Digest have been publishing books, magazines, competitions, conferences and distance education materials for writers who want to polish their skills and hone their craft. “ Welcomes new writers. 70-80% freelance. Circ. 77K. 8 issues/year. Period between acceptance and publication varies. Buys first rights. Occasionally accepts reprints. Response time varies. Subscription $19.96. Guidelines online at http://www.writersdigest.com/submission-guidelines.
Pays $0.50/word. Articles fun 300-4,000 words.”
“Each issue of THEMA is based on a different unusual theme. The journal is designed to provide a stimulating forum for established and emerging literary artists, to serve as source material and inspiration for teachers of creative writing, and to provide readers with a unique collection of stories, poetry, photography and artwork.” Welcomes new writers. 100% freelance. Circ. 200. Publishes issues March/June/September. Pays on acceptance. Publishes ms 9-12 months after acceptance. Buys one-time rights. Accepts reprints. Responds within one week. Sample copy available for $15 ($25 foreign) by mail with SASE. Subscription $30, $40 Outside US. Stories: $25 Flash fiction (under 1000 words): $10 Poetry: $10 Photograph: $10 Artwork: $10 Cover art/photography: $25
“New Letters is an international quarterly magazine featuring fiction, essays, poetry, reviews, and interviews with writers and original art, published by the University of Missouri at Kansas City.” Welcomes new writers. 90% freelance. Quarterly. Pays on publication. Publishes ms 3-9 months after acceptance. Buys First NA rights. No reprints. Responds 3-6 months. Sample copy available online at http://www.newletters.org/magazine/back-issues. Subscription $22, $34 foreign. Guidelines online at http://www.newletters.org/writers-wanted/submission