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The Washington Pastime An international publication located in the Washington DC Metropolitan area, The Washington Pastime was founded as an electronic and print publication committed to publishing the best in literary and genre fiction, as well as some non-fiction.

FlameFlower Experimental Writing Contest Experimental Fiction at

100 Words or Fewer Writing Contest First Prize $500, Second Prize $200, Third Prize $100. Fee for each entry is $15.00, through Paypal. Feedback available for an extra $25.00. Details:

Dog Oil Press is now accepting short works of dark/black humour (fiction, non-fiction, poetry) of 981 words or less. The fee for published pieces is $10 (payable only by PayPal) for first rights, as well as the right to archive the piece at the Web site. More details in the FAQ:

Freelance Writing Organization - Int'l. A Writer's Digest Top 101 Site. #1 Writing Resource Site - The Writer. Publishers of: Inkwell Newswatch (IN) -- Writer's Ezine and Writers Site News. Weekly Emailed Newsletter

The Tapestry of Bronze is holding a series of poetry contests dedicated to the Olympian gods. You can enter the fifth one, dedicated to Hermes (Mercury), between the dates February 1, 2010 and April 30, 2010. See website for information on how to enter.

Arbor Books, Inc. Ghost Writing Services. Offers self-publishing information and services for writers, and ghostwriters. Website:

Life for Change is a writing contest that may be of interest. Submit a short story, people vote for it, and the author of the story with the most votes wins a payout. There are no fees to submit, read or vote for stories.Currently payouts are $100.00 US. Website:

Dred is the electronic rebirth of Dread: Tales of the Uncanny and Grotesque, a print digest that ran for three years in the late 90s. Now seeking horror, strange tales, and dark fantasy up to 12,000 words. Pay $10 (US) flat rate for first electronic rights. See full guidelines at for more details.

Public House Press - currently looking for writers in the following areas - fiction, creative non-fiction, alternative travel, bizarre and experimental, prophecies, humor, spoken word CD's. Please send all submissions to our PO BOX. Do not send submissions via email. Attn: Literary Contest, Public House Press, P.O. Box 640409, San Francisco, CA 94164. Website:

Course Junction - is an online community that brings course providers and course participants together. Anyone can list their courses on Course Junction and anyone can search for a course on Course Junction for free. Try their extensive list of available Writing Courses at

DNA Publications Inc - Paying short story markets in various American magazines. Submission guidelines here.

Vintage Romance Publishing Vintage Romance Publishing, a US publisher of nostalgic romances, is proud to announce the release of its very first print novel.  Written by Dawn Carrington, a multi-published author of fantasy and paranormal romance, Thirty Days Late depicts a historical romance set in 1933 Virginia.  It is available online at ,, and and will soon be available in national book stores. 

Venus Press Venus Press, a new e-publisher, specializes in erotic fiction, be it erotic romance or pure erotica. They publish all sub-genres, including fantasy, science fiction, suspense, historical, etc. The story must be engaging, with a solid plot and fully realized characters. The publisher has exciting lines opening up, including its Sons of Zeus and Venus Rising, which asks for new twists to classic Greek myths. So if this sounds like your cup of tea, head on over to and check out the submission guidelines. Just remember, at Venus Press, they take their tea hot, hot, hot.

Pocket Books are seeking single title contemporary romances, historicals, romantic suspense, gothic and paranormal romance, and women's fiction; also historicals with Regency and Scottish settings and Native American or Cowboy heroes in Western romances; 90,000-100,000 words. Queries to the appropriate editor: Lauren McKenna, contemporary and historical romances, erotica, and women's fiction for Downtown Press, Pocket's trade paperback 'chick lit program'; Micki Nuding, chick lit, erotica and sexy romances; Amy Pierpont, women's fiction for Downtown Press, erotica, and contemporary and historical romance; Christina Boys, humorous historical and contemporary romances; Selena James, historical, contemporary, gothic and paranormal romances, as well as erotica, African American romance and women's fiction. Send a query letter, the first three chapters of your manuscript, and a sae/IRCs for response. Only hard copy submissions accepted. Pocket Books, 1203 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020, USA.

Alchemy a magazine of fantasy fiction, is looking for fantasy stories to 8,000 words; pays 5 cents per word, on publication; hard copy submissions only to: Steve Paschenick, Editor, Alchemy, PO Box, 380264, Cambridge, MA, 02238, USA.

SDO Fantasy is a zine at the literary end of the market. All issues are themed so check out the website for the list and the guidelines at: Their definition of fantasy is far wider than hack and slash or wizards and dragons. Read some of the work on the site. This is an unusual zine in that they refuse to accept work in the body of an e-mail, you must attach your story, e-mail submissions:

Ghostly Encounters If you, or a family member, have ever had a haunting experience, pass it on. Stories (1,000-2,000 words) are needed for a collection of personal ghost tales, Ghostly Encounters: Personal Experiences With the Supernatural. Contributors will be paid $50 on publication plus a copy of the book. No more than two photos per story; no fiction. Include sae and IRCs if you want your submission returned, and also your e-mail contact in addition to mailing address Ghostly Encounters, PO 1 600745, Dallas, TX 75360-0: USA.

The Fifth Di is a quarterly zine, publishing four poem and four stories per issue. Original, creative science fiction and fantasy stories up to 7,500 words will be considered. Guidelines:; e-mail submissions:

Sun Books ( put out trade paperback, non-fiction originals and reprints, and are looking for cookery books, how-to, reference, self-help, new age, and humour. Pays five percent royalty. Query with sae and IRCs: Skip Whitson, Sun Books LLC, PO Box 5588, Santa Fe, NM 87502-5588, USA; tel: 505 471 5177; fax: 505 473 4458; e-mail:

Liquid Silver Books is a new imprint from Atlantic Bridge Publishing and is a full service e-publisher, paying 40 per cent royalties. They are looking for novellas (25,000-45,000 words) and novel length (45,000-plus words) in the following romantica genres: fantasy, paranormal, science fiction, contemporary and historical. Guidelines and contact: Liquid Silver Books, 6280 den Ave, Indianapolis, IN USA; e-mail:

Tor Books are seeking novel-length paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, horror, near-future, speculative fiction, non-standard time travel romances. All submissions must include paranormal elements. Tor are open to non-traditional romances (multi-racial, multi-ethnic, multi-spiritual, homosexual, etc), as well as traditional ones. They do not want: fluffy comedies, traditional/category romance, inspirational or traditional stories (especially ghosts and angels falling in love with humans). Submissions must include both romantic conflict and another significant conflict and both storylines must be crucial to the overall novel. Romantic elements should make up no more than half the entire story: 80,000-130,000 words. Unagented submissions accepted. Do not query. Send three chapters and a synopsis and cover letter, with sae and IRCs for return. Buys on proposal for previously published authors. Response time: four months. Anna Genoese, Tor Paranormal Romance, Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010, USA; e-mail:

Fantastical Visions - the annual short fantasy fiction contest by Fantasist Enterprises is open to stories of a fantastical nature. This is a broad description, but basically keep the nature of the stories magical and not technological. Entries must be between 4,000 and 10,000 words. 1st Prize = $125.00; 2nd Prize = $100.00; 3rd Prize = $75.00; runners up will be paid 1/2 cent a word. Winners and runners up will be published in an anthology. Email: Website:

The Bellingham Review Small American literary magazine The Bellingham Review ( pays $15 a printed page for literary fiction and non-fiction up to 9,000 words; they also publish poetry; queries not necessary; pays on publication. Submissions: to Fiction or Nonfiction Editor, Bellingham Review, Western Washington University, Mail Stop 9053, Bellingham, WA, 98225, USA.

Kinships accepts fiction (7,500 words max) non-fiction (3,000 words max) and poetry in science fiction and fantasy. Pay starts a 1c (US) per word. Submissions to: Katrina Jones, Senior editor, c/o Kinships, 1213 Plum Drive East, Ferdinanda Breach, FL 32034, USA.

Sports Illustrated for Kids wants non-fiction, sports-related articles (500-700 words) for boys and girls aged eight to fourteen. Buys exclusive rights, pays $500-$1,250; 40 percent on acceptance, remainder on publication. Query first: Sports Illustrated for Kids, Time & Life Building, 1271 Sixth Ave, New York, NY 10020, USA; e-mail for queries:

Warner Books publish one or two single-title contemporary and historical romances per month. Most quickly read projects come from agents, but they will review unagented submissions as time allows. Response time four weeks on agented material; eight to twelve weeks on unagented. They are actively acquiring historical and contemporary romances. Warner Books, 271 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020, USA; tel: 212 522 7200; fax: 212 52 7990. Acquisitions editors: Beth de Guzman, editorial director of mass market; Michele Bidelspach, editorial assistant; Larissa Rivera, editorial assistant.

The L Ron Hubbard Writers of The Future Contest, an ongoing competition designed to discover new writers of sci-fi and fantasy, is open to those who have not had a novel or short novel professionally published. All entries must be original prose works up to 17,000 words. Excessive violence or sex will result in disqualification. Entries must be typewritten or a computer printout in black ink on white paper, double spaced, with numbered pages, each with a cover page bearing the title, author's name, address and telephone number, and an approximate word count. Every page must carry the title and a page number, but not the author's name to facilitate fair judging. There are three cash prizes in each quarter: $1,000, $750, and $500, or in the recipient's local currency, In addition, at the end of the year the four first place winners will have their entries rejudged, and a grand prize winner will receive an additional $4,000. All winners will also receive trophies or certificates. The contest's four quarters begin on 1 October, 1 January, 1 April and 1 July. To be eligible for judging in its quarter, an entry must be postmarked no later than midnight on the last day of the quarter. Each entrant may submit only one manuscript per quarter. Submissions: L Ron Hubbard's Writers Of The Future Contest, PO Box 1630, Los Angeles, CA 90078, USA

Hawk Publishing Group ( is so sure readers will enjoy its books that it offers a money-back guarantee on all titles. Hawk publishes a wide variety of trade paper and hardcover titles, including young adult fiction, women's fiction, horror, sci-fi, alternative history, literary fiction, and non-fiction. Send a short synopsis, bio and first three chapters to: Lauren Williams, submissions editor. Be sure to mention any previous publishing credits. No need to include sae or IRCs. Hawk only respond to submissions if they are interested. If you have not heard from them in three months, assume the project is not right for them. Information: click on About Hawk at to link to their submission guidelines. Or contact Hawk Publishing, 7107 S. Yale #345 Tulsa, OK 74136, USA; tel: 918-492-3677.

Black Gate Magazine is looking for submissions of adventure-oriented fantasy fiction suitable for all ages, including urban fantasy, sword and sorcery, dark fantasy/horror, romantic fantasy. Pays six cents a word for up to 7,000 words, $420 for 7,000-14,000 words, and three cents a word for longer works; buys First North American serial and electronic publication rights. Guidelines: or the website ( Editor: John O'Neill with New Epoch Press, Attn: Submissions Dept, 815 Oak Street, St Charles, IL 60174, USA.

HandHeldCrime Editor-in-chief Victoria Esposito-Shea pays $15 dollars per story for first world electronic rights, including archiving on its site and the right to use the author's name and story title in publicity. No maximum word count but minimum word count is 1,200 words. These stories are sold in a format to be read on PDAs and hand-held computers. Circulation is 15,000. Submissions accepted as .rtf or .txt attachments or in the body of an e-mail. No reprints. Response time: eight weeks. Guidelines:; Victoria Esposito-Shea, editor, e-mail:

The Funny Times has been tickling the ribs of Americans for seventeen years with cartoons and funny stories which are poignant but not mean spirited, sexist or boring. Stories should be 500-700 words long and further editorial hints for success say: 'You should pick five to ten of your favourites just to get us interested and we'll contact you if we want more. In your cover letter tell us where you have been published because it lets us know who else thinks you're funny (this will not necessarily be held against you).' Payment for stories is $50 for one time reproduction rights and submissions should be posted with an envelope and IRC to: The Funny Times, PO Box 18530, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118, USA. Faxed or e-mailed submissions are not accepted. Further information and story examples can be found at:

Futures Mysterious Anthology is a new, quarterly, 'mystery mostly' fiction magazine of about 120 pages. They want mystery stories and cartoons. Contact Babs Lakey, e-mail:; website: for information and guidelines.

Mature Years Magazine is a Christian quarterly aimed at those of retirement age and beyond, featuring inspirational articles about the challenges of ageing, with an emphasis firmly on the pursuit of an active lifestyle. This is a 'get out and smell the coffee' publication, not a 'sit back and wait for death' one. Its departments focus on health, fitness, travel, lifestyle and finance, plus poetry and fiction. Features (up to 2,000 words) are paid at five cents per word. Query in the first instance. Guidelines available by e-mail - - or write (enclose a sae and IRC) to: Marvin W Cropsey, Editor, Mature Years, The United Methodist Publishing House, 201 Eighth Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee 37202, USA.

Seventeen ( is a prestigious market for writers: a glossy, full-colour monthly aimed at young female readers, aged thirteen-22. The editors demand an empathy with teenagers and their world view. Features range across education, relationships, health, beauty, and lifestyle. Non-fiction articles run from 1,200-2,500 words (pays up to $1 per word). There is also an annual fiction contest. Query deputy editor Tamara Glenny by post in the first instance for non-fiction; details of the fiction competition from senior editor Darcy Jacobs; enclose sae and IRCs for reply. Seventeen, 850 Third Ave, New York, NY 10022, USA.

SCIFI.COM is looking for literate, strongly plotted sci-fi and fantasy stories between 2,000 and 17,500 words on a variety of subjects and themes. Payment is 20 cents a word for original material only. Editor Ellen Datlow says: 'We want to intrigue our readers with mind-broadening, thought-provoking stories. Characterisation is crucial and stories must be written in clear, understandable prose. 'It is impossible for us to judge a story's quality without seeing the complete manuscript. If you have a story you think fits our requirements, submit it for consideration. But please do not send more than one story at a time; wait for a response on one before submitting another. We do not publish sword-and-sorcery or space opera. And we do not accept unsolicited poetry or simultaneous submissions. We will consider a self-contained story that is part of a novel, or may later be developed into one. No electronic submissions.' Submissions: by post to SCIFI.COM Fiction, Ellen Datlow, Fiction Editor, SCIFI.COM, PMB 391,511 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10011-8436, USA; e-mail (info only):; website:

Highlights for Children ( aimed at children aged three - twelve, offers fiction (400 words for younger children, 900 for older); rebus puzzles; non-fiction articles on arts, history, science, sport, and world cultures (800 words max); How-to advice to enthuse children about crafts; and party planning advice for parents. Send manuscripts to: Editorial Department, 803 Church Street, Honesdale, PA 18431, USA.

Good Use Magazine a new, all-freelance bulletin of youth and culture, is accepting submissions: essays, non-fiction, fiction, poetry, humour, sex, reviews (concerts, music, books, movies, photos, art and photos of original art). All submissions are read; pays $100-$200, feature; $50-$100, review; $25, photo. Good Use Magazine, 207 Sullivan St, New York City, NY 10012 USA.

HarperCollins USA HarperCollins new line of Young Adult historical romances under the imprint Avon True Romance. These 60,000 to 65,000 word books feature young women aged fifteen-nineteen experiencing the thrill of first love with a hero aged 18-25. The books have no on-stage sex, but there should be lots of sexual tension and a fast-paced romantic plot. The line will feature a variety of historical settings such as the old West, Regency England, or Medieval Scotland. Send the first three chapters and a synopsis of between ten and twenty pages to: Associate Editor Abigail McAden, Harper Collins Children's Books, 1350 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019, USA.

Tin House ( is a quarterly literary magazine that publishes fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. It accepts submissions from around the world. Non-fiction articles include interviews with literary figures and essays on writing and literature. Pays from $200 for short stories and $50 for poetry. Contact: Tin House, PO Box 10500, Portland, Oregon OR 97296-0500, USA for further information (enclose sae and IRC), or visit the website for fuller guidelines.

New England Review ( is published four times a year. The reading period is 1 September - 31 May (postmark dates) only. They consider short fiction, including shorts, novellas and self-contained extracts from novels, and a variety of general and literary non-fiction; long and short poems; speculative, interpretive and personal essays; book reviews; screenplays; translations; critical reassessments; statements by artists working in various media; interviews; testimonies; and letters from abroad. NER is committed to exploration of all forms of contemporary cultural expression in the US and abroad. With few exceptions, they only accept previously unpublished work. Maximum prose length is 30 pages (except novellas), double-spaced with one-inch margins; please submit only one piece at a time; send no more than six poems at a time. All manuscripts should be in standard manuscript format with a very brief cover letter. No email submissions. NER will consider multiple submissions but ask that you indicate this in your cover letter and expect you to withdraw your submission immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. Send submissions to prose, fiction or poetry editors. Enclose a large sae and enough IRCs for return postage. If you do not require your manuscript to be returned, enclose a letter-sized sae and IRC. Be sure to send sae with any query. Response time is twelve weeks. A contract is sent upon acceptance, and payment is $10/page, $20 minimum, plus two contributor's copies. Authors proof the galleys. Copyright reverts to the author upon publication. NER retains the right under copyright law to reprint your work only as part of a whole volume in a New England Review anthology or re-issue, for example, or in publicity materials. New England Review, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT. 05753 USA

Wee Ones E-magazine (, an online children's magazine publishing stories, articles, poems, and more for children, pays up to three cents per word. Editor Jennifer Reed is looking for articles for boys, with sporting themes - 500 words maximum - and is in the market for quality material on any subject of interest. Combining the written word with good illustrations is a positive. Visit website for further information. E-mail:

Bird Watcher's Digest ( is a bimonthly print magazine with a readership ranging from casual observers to expert ornithologists, covering the whole of North America. Any enthusiast visiting the continent could consider this market while watching local wildlife. Editor William H Thompson 111 ( wants articles of 600-3,500 words, particularly accounts of 'closely observed bird behaviour and bird watching experiences and expeditions'. He cautions that this is a non-technical magazine. Query: The Editor, Bird Watcher's Digest, Pardson Corp, PO Box 110, Marietta, OH 45750, USA.

I Love Cats ( A print magazine published six times a year and supplemented by e-mail newsletter. Editor Lisa Allmendinger looks for general interest essays about cats, how-to articles, profiles of breeds and people prominent in the cat-loving world, new product reviews, and personal experiences. She also publishes short stories: mystery, fantasy, humorous, or historical. Guidelines available at the website, by e-mail (, or write (enclose sae and IRCs) to The Editor, I Love Cats, 16 Meadow Hill Lane, Armonk, NY 10504, USA.

Flashquake ( describes itself as A Journal of Flash Literature published quarterly. Publisher Debi Orton ( defines flash fiction as anything under 1,000 words in length; but the flash needs to have flesh; she wants 'complete stories with well-drawn characters, interesting situations, compelling conflicts and fresh ideas for their resolution'. She also accepts non-fiction. E-mail submissions (paste into a Plain Text message and send to or surface mail ones are welcomed. Visit the website for full guidelines or write to Flashquake, River Road Studios, PO Box 2154, Albany, NY 12220-0154, USA.

Fiction Inferno is a new Internet magazine published by Max E Keele and devoted to speculative fiction of literary quality, including, but not strictly limited to, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and experimental. 'Fiction Inferno is devoted to publishing speculative and imaginative fiction that doesn't fit elsewhere. Dangerous fiction. Experimental fiction. Subversive fiction. Outrageous fiction. We pay for exclusive Internet display rights, for a period not less than four months. Payment for accepted fiction is set at $25 (US) and paid on publication. FI is actively seeking submissions that fit our general requirements in any length up to 50,000 words. Shorter pieces will have a better chance, but a brilliant short novel will find its way to our pages. Submissions can be accepted as text e-mail, or Word files: However, submissions must not be currently available elsewhere on the Internet. For full submission details send an e-mail to: or visit

Daw Books ( is looking for dark fantasy and horror novels - 80,000 words minimum length. Already an established publisher of sci-fi and fantasy, Daw is expanding its range of speculative fiction. Will accept first novels and unagented submissions. Send a cover letter, synopsis, and manuscript to: Daw Books, 375 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014-3658, USA.

Eggplant Literary Productions ( is looking for speculative fiction novellas of 20,000 to 40,000 words. Editor Raechel Henderson Moon formerly produced Jackhammer E-zine. Anyone familiar with the stories it ran will appreciate what she is looking for now - literate, intelligent storytelling in any of the speculative genres. Visit the website for details, or e-mail: for guidelines.

Baby Talk ( is published ten times a year, aimed mainly at women (and men) who are considering pregnancy, are expecting, or who have a child of up to eighteen months of age. The magazine delivers how-to information on parenthood and childcare - it is described as a 'training manual for parents'. Articles should be informative, authoritative, and written in a crisp but personal style. Lengths are 1,000-2,000 words. Query in the first instance. Baby Talk, The Parenting Group, 530 Fifth Ave, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10036, USA.

Berkley/Jove wants paranormal romances for a new line they plan for Spring 2003, which will include all types of paranormal elements. Stories should be emotional, darker in nature, with no 'fluff; 100,000 words; must be romances. Submit manuscript or synopsis and three chapter proposal to Berkley Senior Editor Gail Fortune or Editor Cindy Hwang at 375 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014, USA.

The Saint Ann's Review ( is a literary magazine published twice yearly. Editor Beth Bosworth looks for powerful, well crafted work and will consider short fiction and essays (up to 7,500 words), poetry (up to ten pages), plays (up to 35 pages); pays up to $50 per published page. The Saint Ann's Review, Saint Ann's School, 129 Pierre-pont St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA.

Strand Magazine (USA) Short stories with a mystery theme (preferably with a twist in the end; no sex or bad language) are wanted, as well as essays and articles with a mystery theme (2,000-6,000 words). Rates $100-$250 for First North American Serial Rights. Submission to: Andrew Gulli, Editor, Strand Magazine, PO Box 1418, Birmingham, Michigan 48012-1418, USA.

Horticulture - The Magazine of American Gardening is the oldest gardening magazine in the USA, a full-colour glossy published ten times a year. Executive editor Thomas Fischer wants articles (1,000-3,500 words) that instruct and inspire gardeners, offering them ideas they can translate to their own gardens. The object is to enable his readers to become better, more confident, more creative gardeners. The USA contains a vast range of climates, so make your anecdotes, opinions, and advice fit. A one-page query letter is preferred; explain your background, why your article will appeal, and offer a brief outline. This is a prestigious market, paying up to $1,000 per article. Details: Horticulture, 98 North Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02114, USA (enclose sae and IRC), or e-mail Thomas Fischer (horteditorial@primed for further information.

Science Full-colour, popular magazine Science ( is a glossy monthly that aims to deliver the latest ideas in science in an accessible, readable form to a wide audience in the USA. It covers science in the broadest sense, everything from space to the workings of the atom, from computers to transport, medicine to engineering. The key is the free-lance's ability to produce an accurate, engaging analysis in a form that can be read and understand by the interested layperson. Visit the website for guidelines and a fuller idea of the sorts of material required - from short fillers to major articles. Popular Science, 2 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016, USA

Clean Sheets (, a professional online magazine, features intelligent erotic fiction, poetry and art. New material is published every Wednesday and stories have often been picked up by major print anthologies in the US. They are looking for sensual and original storylines and fiction is generally 1,500-3,500 words. They want intriguing characters, compelling plots, fresh, intelligent perspectives and love steamy, lyrical writing. Submit one story at a time in ASCII format in the body of the e-mail (no attachments) to: Put FICT SUB: title in the subject line; pseudonyms may be used but you must supply your real name and address; pays $50 for previously unpublished work, $25 for reprints and responds in one month. Shorter fiction from 300-2,000 words can be submitted to Exotica includes short scenes, personal essays, creative non-fiction, anything that does not quite fit in the other sections. Clean Sheets buys poetry on a broad range of erotic themes: provocative poems about all types of lifestyles and cultural perspectives; insights on the nature of eroticism. Poems, 100 lines or shorter; do not submit more than five poems per month; poems can be published under a pseudonym, but contributors must supply name and address for payment; pays $10 per poem; poems run for four weeks on the front page, and will be included in the archives if you agree. Single space the poems and double space between stanzas. Send three to five poems in the body of your e-mail to: in plain text, ASCII, no attachments, and all poems in one e-mail. The subject line should read: POETRY SUB: Your poem title. Response time varies. They try to respond within a month. If you have not heard after six weeks, send an e-mail inquiry.

ImaJinn books, a successful US small press, specialises in paranormal romance, sci-fi/fantasy and children's and young adult fantasy. Currently, ImaJinn is seeking vampire, werewolf and shape-shifter romances and young adult and children's manuscripts. Details:

TOR/Forge Books Forge are trying to build their list of women's fiction and romance crossovers books that are 50 percent romance/50 percent 'other'. They are not interested in traditional romances. TOR/Forge prefers proposals (three chapters and a synopsis) to queries. Guidelines:

The Institute of Children's Literature wants articles (850 to 1,200 words) on the craft of writing. Payment is $50 for one-time use on the site, whether it is original or a reprint. Articles are online for twelve weeks, then removed. There are no archives. They are in particular need of articles on conflict, plotting and dialogue. Submit in the body of the e-mail (include your publishing credits) to Kristi Holl, See also:

SPS Studios Inc needs unrhymed poetry for greetings cards. They pay $200 per poem for exclusive worldwide rights for greetings cards and $25 one time rights if used in one of their gift books. Send submissions of one poem per page to: Editorial Department, SPS Studios, PO Box 1007, Boulder, CO 80306. Website:

Tyndale House Publishing is looking for 25,000-word romance novellas for HeartQuest Anthologies. HeartQuest features historical and contemporary romances with a strong Evangelical Christian element to the romance and plot. They publish anthologies (three novellas with a common theme or subject) and three-book series of continuing stories. (Please query for a theme list.) From previously unpublished authors, HeartQuest accepts proposals for novellas only. Full-length book proposals (75,000-100,000) are accepted from published authors. Write for guidelines before submitting. Tyndale House/HeartQuest Books Manuscript Review Committee, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc, 351 Executive Drive, Carol Stream, IL. 60188 Acquisitions Editor: Anne Goldsmith.

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