Despite that, agents, publishers and editors want to know about your publishing history before they deal with you.
It’s a Catch 22- you can’t get published if you’re not published.
Below is a list of markets for newbies, there’s even one that only takes stories from children- and pays!
1. Brittle Star
Brittle Star is a UK based literary magazine looking for short stories and poetry.
They publish twice a year and accept only unpublished, original work. You can find their submission guidelines here:
Submission must be sent by post to: Brittle Star, 97 Benefield Road, Oundle, Peterborough, PE8 4EU. UK.
Stone Soup is a magazine of writing from children, no writing from adults is accepted.
They’re looking for true life stories up to 2500 words from children up to 18 years old.
They pay $40 on publication. You should send the entire manuscript, no queries. Check out their website for more details: http://www.stonesoup.com
3. Ricochet Magazine
Ricochet Magazine is an Australian based publication.
They’re looking for: fiction, nonfiction and memoir, photos, poetry, and visual art. They also accept book reviews up to 1000 words.
A maximum of two pieces of fiction of up to 3000 words can be submitted and 3-6 poems. Email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org a Word document.
Their next deadline is 1 August, 2014. For more details check their website: http://ricochetmag.wordpress.com/submissions/
4. Phoebe: Journal of Literature and Art
Phoebe is not open for submission during June to August. Submissions are only accepted online.
They’re looking for poetry, and short stories and nonfiction up to 3000 words.
For more information regarding submission check out their submissions page online: http://www.phoebejournal.com/submissions/
5. Litro Magazine
Litro is a print and online journal. They publish: short fiction, flash fiction, nonfiction, and original artwork.
Each issue has a theme. The next theme is Future Fashions (September 2014). They describe the theme as: “Turn the couture inside out or back to front and cut a new line for Litro issue: 137.
In conjunction with the BFI’s forthcoming Science Fiction season, we’ll be looking at how the fashion of the future has been imagined, in films and TV.
Will we be wearing skin tight suits in the 24th century? Or are Captain Kirk’s tight trousers set to stun (on the catwalk)? Just don’t get all ‘darling’ about it, darling.” You can submit your work online here: http://www.litro.co.uk/submit/
6. Dover Publications
They are a publisher of a wide array of books including both fiction and nonfiction and they welcome new writers.
You should submit by post only to: 31 East 2nd Street
Mineola, NY 11501, USA. There website is http://www.doverpublications.com/
7. Bateau Literary Magazine
Bateau Literary Magazine welcomes new writers but they do not accept submission from June-August.
They are looking for poetry, flash fiction, playlets, flash nonfiction, comics and graphic stories, and black and white illustrations.
Check out their website for submission guidelines: http://www.bateaupress.org/bateau-lit-mag
8. Chicago Review Press
They are book publishers who publish both fiction and nonfiction manuscripts. There website is: http://www.academychicago.com/
You should send your proposal to either email@example.com or directly to one of the acquisition editors that can be found on their website.
The details regarding what to submit are at the website but include: a brief synopsis of the book (1-2 paragraphs), the estimated word count, an author bio, and a few sample chapters.
9. Louisville Review
Louisville Review is a literary magazine looking for fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and drama.
They do not accept previously published material. Send up to five poems only. They reply within 4-6 months. Submit online, check out their website for details: http://www.louisvillereview.org/