Sunday, May 3, 2015

The Submission Grinder--a useful resource

Submitting short stories to magazines takes a lot of time and effort.  I’ve found a resource that’s helped.  It’s the (Submission) Grinder website, a listing of magazines, e-zines, anthologies and contests you can send your fiction to.

I like it because the magazines are searchable by length, payment, genre, whether they accept reprints, and even style of writing.  It also has a good layout for each magazine's main page, clearly showing the most important information and giving fairly reliable links to their website and specific guidelines.    

You can also sign up for an account and track your submissions, helping keep you organized and giving valuable information back to the community about rejection rates and response times.

They plan to add non-fiction and poetry listings in the future (though some of the magazines here accept non-fiction and poetry too, so it can be useful if you have a portfolio of various genres).

Head on over to the Submission Grinder and submit some of your work!  

Melinda Brasher currently teaches English as a second language in the beautiful Czech Republic.  She loves the sound of glaciers calving and the smell of old books.  Her travel articles and short fiction appear in Go NomadInternational LivingElectric SpecIntergalactic Medicine Show, and others.  For an e-book collection of some of her favorite pieces, check out Leaving Home.  Visit her online at


  1. Thanks for posting this, Melinda. I recently entered a "mini contest" and am awaiting word on it (I think winners will be announced next Sunday) and I've missed entering contests as this is how I got my start in writing. As a challenge from a friend of mine, entering a contest - taking a shared second place win (she got first place but I got third and the person who got second won the same thing that I won so I consider it a shared second place).

    I've saved the website and when I have time will go in to register so I can start using it. E :)

    Elysabeth Eldering
    FINALLY HOME, a Kelly Watson YA paranormal mystery

  2. Melinda, Thanks for sharing. It looks like a helpful freelance writing resource. I'll check it out.

  3. Elysabeth, was it by any chance the On the Premises same word, different meaning mini contest?

  4. Yes it was. Did you enter also? I'm anxiously awaiting to hear from that as it was my first submission to On The Premises. E :)

  5. I did! What a coincidence. Good luck. I had a story accepted by them for a regular contest last spring, and they were really great to work with.

    1. Good luck to you too. I didn't "tell" a whole story but evoked a full story with my sentence and 20-40 words was difficult to come up with something sensible. Do you hear before they announce or when they put the newsletter out is when you find out if you placed or what?

    2. Yeah, 40 words was hard, but I like what I wrote. I don't know if they'll inform you earlier if you win. They did with the regular contest, but I don't know about now.

  6. Thanks Melinda. This sounds like it could be useful. I will take a look as soon as I surface for air!

  7. Melinda, this is perfect for me! Thanks so much.

  8. A useful resource with great features! Thanks.
    Debra Toor,


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