Researching Your Marketplace

The first thing every writer should do, even before they begin writing, is create a list of publishers, magazines, journals, and prizes.

If you don’t know the marketplace, then you won’t be in a good position to get your writing published.

I like to keep a detailed portfolio for each publication on my list. I record the following key items in each of the portfolios:

  • Name of publication
  • Name of editor/s
  • Genre
  • What the publication publishes (e.g. form of writing, style of publication, etc.)
  • Submission guidelines – pay very close attention to this (see The Importance of Reading Submission Guidelines)
  • Important dates
  • Website and contact details
  • Competition details (if applicable)

Once I’ve written a piece I then go through these portfolios and create a list of publications that I want to submit the work to. I write them in order of preference and if the work is rejected I submit it to the next publication on my list.

Finding your marketplace can be a difficult and daunting task. There are lots of publications out there and it can be hard to find ones that are right for you, which is why I’m here to help.

Here are some publications to add to your list:

  • Driftwood Press – publishes fiction, poetry, essays, interviews, and art.
  • Cracked the Spine – publishes fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and art.
  • Hypertrophic Literary – publishes prose, poetry, and art. Think writing that delves into the psyche.
  • Thistle Magazine – publishes prose, poetry, and art. (Note: I’ve recently discovered this magazine and I highly recommend it. The publication is beautifully presented and the content is thought-provoking.)

So, start that list and get writing!

Yours always,

A Member of Organised Writing

P.S. You can find more publications here and here.

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