This week’s featured market is an amazing opportunity all the way from Berlin. Don’t worry – you needn’t write in German. This is strictly for English-language stories of 1500-3500 words. The theme is “A Summer Night” and you have until midnight (CET) on May 31st. Best of all, it’s completely free to enter and there are some amazing prizes: first place wins publication in the summer print edition of EXBERLINER, €100, and a goodie bag. Two runners up will each receive publication on the EXBERLINER website, €50, and a goodie bag. And ten finalists will have their stories featured on The Reader Berlin showcase, and have the opportunity to perform their work live at a Reader Sunday Salon event in autumn. Please see here for full rules and submission details. Good luck!
This week’s featured market is Wasafiri.
Wasafiri is Britain’s premier magazine for international contemporary writing. Published quarterly, it has established a distinctive reputation for promoting work by new and established voices across the globe.
Here’s an intro to their submission guidelines.
- Fiction submissions should be no longer than 6000 words in length and previously unpublished.
- Work should be submitted as a Word document or equivalent (no pdfs please, and do not paste your short story into the body of an email).
- Your name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript. Instead, your name and contact details should be listed in a covering letter/email.
Full guidelines can be seen here.
Wasifiri is an established magazine with a great reputation. Placing a story with them would be a brilliant achievement, and will give your work an international audience – so get to it!
This week our featured market is Neon – an independent UK-based literary magazine which publishes a selection of fiction and poetry three times each year. Each edition combines magical realism with horror, slipstream and literary writings. Neon have a particular taste for the surreal and strange.
The digital edition of the magazine is available for free online, and the print issue can be shipped to anywhere in the world.
Neon have very free submission guidelines. Here’s what they ask for:
There is no set word limit, but please send enough work to cover approximately three pages of the magazine. This could be one story, a couple of flash fictions, or several poems. I prefer darker pieces, especially those with an element of the surreal or speculative. I am open to reading anything, however, and am often surprised by pieces that don’t fall into these categories.
You can see their full guidelines on how to submit here.
This week’s featured market is Bombay Gin.
Started in 1974, Bombay Gin is the literary journal of The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics—co-founded by Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman—at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Edited by department faculty, students and staff, Bombay Gin publishes innovative poetry, prose and hybrid texts as well as art, translations and interviews. Emerging from the “Outrider” or left-hand lineage, which operates outside the cultural mainstream, Bombay Gin honours a heritage of powerful scholarship and counter-poetics through the publication of work that challenges the boundaries of language, form, and genre.
Bombay Gin have published the likes of Charles Bukowski and William Burroughs in their 46 years of publishing. But that’s no reason to be deterred – they also publish new and emerging writers. If anything, the prospect of getting published alongside the names of such writers should serve as encouragement to get your writing into the magazine!
This week’s featured market is Berlin based English-language journal Leopardskin & Limes.
Leopardskin & Limes want to bring out the very best stories and poetry that they can get their grubby little mittens on. (Their words, not mine!)
Writing that crosses borders (metaphorically and literally) effortlessly. That makes them feel things that they didn’t know they could feel, or simply just entertain the pants off of them.
Based in Berlin, amidst an ever-changing city that is wonderfully queer and diverse, they hope to find like-minded writers the world over and make one big, happy, global community of really amazing writers!
They’ll be publishing a new poetry piece on Mondays, a new short story every Wednesday, and every month they will have a guest writer.
Submissions are always open, and they note that they accept stories anywhere between 0-3000 words. ‘A few words more than that and we can be flexible about it if we love it. If you can write an amazing story in less than zero words, well, that would really impress us’.
You can see their full guidelines here.
Get your writing into them for a fantastic opportunity to get your work recognised on a brilliant international platform. Stop reading this now . Go on, get on with it!