Formerly the ‘Market’s page; this is A list in progress of writing programmes and places to which you might submit. Some are things I’ve done or plan to do, some I’ve been rejected by and plan to try again, some I’m not right or ready for but came across in my research. Researching and submitting to things that could open up opportunities for me are a part of what I do as a working writer. By posting them here, I’m saving you some research time…and giving myself more competition (where’s an ironic smile emoji when you need one); but I want to see more Antiguans and Barbudans reaching for these opportunities because I know we have it in us. These opportunities are, of course, not limited to Antiguans and Barbudans but are there for anyone who wants to use the information.
A cautionary note: I try to do research before posting and do so in good faith; still, I can’t vouch for all these. So remember do your own due dilligence; also read the submission and/or application guidelines carefully.
Re the markets, please note these are not all paying markets, or they are not all markets that pay in cash; cash is good and necessary…but check it out, weigh the pros and cons and go with your gut. Some of the programmes, meanwhile, have application fees (some of the markets have reading fees too) note: I do have personal objection to markets that declare loudly that they don’t pay but still expect writers to pay to submit, I’m not inclined to post those as a rule but some will slip through …so, again, do your research, weigh the pros and cons, and then go with your gut.
Also, I feel the need to mention this after a recent conversation, please please please understand that your work is your copyright unless you explicitly license it to someone else [“It must be remembered that copyright has two main purposes, namely the protection of the author’s right to obtain commercial benefit from valuable work, and more recently the protection of the author’s general right to control how a work is used… In general, respecting the rights of creators to control their creations is a principle many advocate adhering to.” ]…this means, among other things that any changes to that work must be done in consultation with you; it’s always useful to listen to and weigh feedback, but in the end, you have the right to say no and walk away if you’re not comfortable. I had an experience recently where there was no consultation and changes were made (and though the editor did apologize profusely and assure me that it was not intentional, it did happen) and so re-approving the entry before it goes to press as much as possible might be something else to push for; because there’s always something, right? …Anyway, just be careful out there.
This article from WritingWorld about Processing Feedback may be useful; also this piece on Coping with Rejection – it will happen and happen again and again but don’t give up (in fact, read this); and finally here’s a primer on rights (and another, so you can cross-reference).
To generate new story ideas or just practice (no just about it), check out the workshop space right here on the blog. N.B. if the link is broken, use the search feature to the right of the site.
A Room of One’s Own – This one comes with a sizeable purse. Normally I hesitate to recommend contests with a submission fee or reading fee (because some of them are scams) but I’ve actually communicated with this foundation and they seem legit (I’m confident that they are actually but please please please do your leg work on this, don’t take my word for it). They are A Room of One’s Own, riffing on Virginia Woolf’s famous essay, a foundation for women writers and artists and the To the Lighthouse Publication Prize is one of the programmes they do that’s open to women writers internationally.
African American Literary Awards – They’re “look for participation from all book clubs, avid readers and those who appreciate the literary art form. To be eligible for nominations, books and other literary works must be published within a full calendar year.” Read more.
The American Academy of Arts and Letters offers different awards. These are mostly geared toward American artists but dig through, you never know.
Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards – The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards recognize books that have made important contributions to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of the rich diversity of human cultures. Check their Frequently Asked Questions to see if your book qualifies.
Birmingham University John Gardner Fiction Award – US$1000 prize. More here.
BOCAS Prize – the largest prize of its type specific to the Caribbean. Each year there is a short list broken down by genre then a top three from each of those genres – fiction, poetry, non fiction. Details here.
The Bristol Short Story Prize – open to any one any where (who can pay the entry fee and write a kick-ass story), any genre.
Excited to report that I’m a finalist for the inaugural Burt Award for Caribbean Literature. And happy to report that you have a shot at it too. The next cycle of submissions opens June 1st and runs to October 2014. No reason you can’t start writing now though.The Burt Award for Caribbean Literature is given to three English-language literary works for young adults (aged 12 through 18) written by Caribbean authors. Established by CODE – a Canadian charitable organization that has been supporting literacy and learning for over 50 years – in collaboration with William (Bill) Burt and the Literary Prizes Foundation and the Bocas Lit Fest. The Award aims to provide engaging and culturally-relevant books for young people across the Caribbean. Go here for details.
Christopher Fielden’s listing of short story contests.
Commonwealth Short Story contest for the best piece of unpublished fiction. The submission period is usually mid-September to mid-November, and the announcement of winners is normally around May/June of the following year.
Congress of Caribbean Writers offer a grand prize coinciding with their conference, which, I believe is every other year, for a book published in the preceding year. The winner is “an author who clearly demonstrates an open Caribbeaness” [sic] and “a work in which differences are transcended and the logics, languages and imaginative worlds of a common Caribbean identity are explored.” Applications can be sent by the author and their publishers. More here.
Dayton Literary Peace Prize comes with a US$10,000 purse; the winning book should focus on a central message of peace, broadly defined as increasing understanding between and among people.
Drue Heinz Literature Prize is an annual prize with a submission period that runs from May to the end of June. It’s administered by the University of Pittsburgh Press and comes with a purse of US$15,000 and publication by the UofPittsburgh Press under its standard contract. You don’t have to be a US citizen or resident to participate and there’s no entry fee. The award is open to writers who have published a novel, a book-length collection of fiction, or a minimum of three short stories or novellas in commercial magazines or literary journals of national distribution. On-line publication and self-publication do not count toward this requirement. Eligible submissions include an unpublished manuscript of short stories; two or more novellas (a novella may comprise a maximum of 130 double-spaced typed pages); or a combination of one or more novellas and short stories. Novellas are only accepted as part of a larger collection. Manuscripts may be no fewer than 150 and no more than 300 typed pages. Prior publication of your manuscript as a whole in any format (including electronic) makes it ineligible.. Entries are accepted by mail only. Read more.
The International Dylan Thomas Prize – the world’s largest literary prize for young writers. More here.
Four Way Books Intro Prize in Poetry – open to any writer writing in English who has not published a book length collection of poetry – that’s what you win by the way, publication of your manuscript…some extra cash and a sponsored reading in New York.
Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award – a UK prize.
The Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award – with a purse of €25,000, it is described as the world’s richest prize for a collection of short stories is open for submissions published between July of the previous year and June of the current year – though proofs and bound typescripts are acceptable for titles scheduled to be published after the closing date. It is a condition of entry that the winning author attend the Cork International Story Festival in September and read from the winning book. Other entry requirements here.
Gordon K. and Sybil Lewis Award – This is awarded by the Caribbean Studies Association. It carries with it a US$1,000 cash prize. In evaluating submissions (books), the judges look at the importance of their theoretical contribution to our understanding of historical and/or contemporary issues within a discipline of the broader field of Caribbean Studies. Attention is given to the thoroughness of the work and its methods including its use of primary data, use of new methodology, and development of new paradigm. For more information:Caribbean Studies Association Secretariat, c/o Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES), University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago Phone: +1 (868) 748-2602 (calls will only be received Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:00am – 3:00pm EST) Email: email@example.com
Hurston Wright – The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award™ is the first national award presented to published writers of African descent by the national community of Black writers. This award consists of prizes for the highest quality writing in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry. In addition to the Legacy Awards, President’s Choice Awards are awarded at the Legacy Award ceremony.
Iggy and Litro Young Writers Prize -This innovative, international award is open to 13 – 18 year olds and is truly life changing, with a cash prize of £2,000 for the winning entry and £200 for each of the 5 runners-up. Currently closed to submissions but bookmark for the next cycle.
The Impac Dublin Literary Award – is a book prize but you can’t submit yourself; nominations must come from invited libraries in major cities around the world.So, I guess I would urge the librarians to check this one out and nominate a deserving author. Are Caribbean libraries nominating writers for this award ? If not, they should and could be. “The nomination process for the Award is unique as nominations are made by libraries in capital and major cities throughout the world. Participating libraries can nominate up to three novels each year for the Award. Over 400 library systems in 177 countries worldwide were invited to nominate books for the 2014 award. Libraries interested in participating should contact the organisers for details.” More here.
Kirkus Prize – Books reviewed by Kirkus Reviews that earned the Kirkus Star and that have original publication dates between Nov. 1, of the previous year and Oct. 31, of the current year (September 30 for Young Readers’ Literature), are automatically nominated for the 2015 Kirkus Prize. Books (traditional or self-published) cannot be submitted just for the Kirkus Prize; eligibility for the Prize begins with the process of having a book reviewed by Kirkus Reviews. The Prize has three categories: the Kirkus Prize for Fiction, the Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction and the Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature. In the Young Readers’ Literature category, the finalists will include two picture books, two middle-grade books and two teen books. The Kirkus Prize is one of the richest literary awards in the world, with a prize of $50,000 bestowed annually to authors of fiction, nonfiction and young readers’ literature. More.
The Mogford Prize – Food and drink has to be at the heart of the tale. The story could, for instance, be fiction or fact about a chance meeting over a drink, a life-changing conversation over dinner, or a relationship explored through food or drink. It could be crime or intrigue; in fact, any subject as long as it involves food and/or drink in some way. Applicants are invited from anywhere in the world. They can be published or unpublished authors, but the entry itself must be previously unpublished. The story should be up to 2500 words and must be written in English. Entries should be submitted by email as a Word document to the firstname.lastname@example.org by
February 25, 2015 (one submission per person and not previously published). Re the deadline, best to bookmark the site so that you can be clued in to next year’s deadline. You can also check in with the Opportunities Too page where upcoming deadlines are posted. Here’s some incentive: the winner will be presented with £7500.
The Patricia Grodd Poetry prize for Young Writers open to high school sophomores and juniors (around 16, 17, I think) from any where in the world. They won’t be accepting submissions until November; but it’s worth bookmarking, I think. It recognizes outstanding young poets and the contest winner receives a full scholarship to the Kenyon Review Young Writers workshop. In addition, the winning poem will be published in The Kenyon Review. The runners up will also see their poems published. Read More.
Phyllis Wheatley Awards – The usual deadline seems to be May 1st annually and it’s a book award with prizes for fiction, first fiction, non fiction, first non fiction, young readers, and poetry – published the previous year. All entries require an entry form, a US$75 fee, and five copies of the book. The awards are presented during the Harlem Book Fair in NYC. The Award is named for the first published African American writer and is given for literary work and literary advocacy that transcend culture, boundary, and perception as well as for best-in-genre work. For more information contact wheatleyawards@QBR.com or check http://www.harlembookfair.com
Rattle Poetry Prize – The annual Rattle Poetry Prize offers $10,000 for a single poem to be published in the winter issue of the magazine. Ten finalists will also receive $200 each and publication, and be eligible for the $2,000 Readers’ Choice Award, to be selected by subscriber and entrant vote. You also win a print subscription to Rattle even if you don’t win.
The Rex Nettleford Fellowship in Cultural Studies was established by the Rhodes Trust to mark the centenary of the Rhodes Scholarships in the Caribbean in 2004 and to honour the distinguished contribution of the Honourable Rex Nettleford O.M. to higher education and to the cultural life of the Caribbean. Applicants must be under 35.
Speculative Literature Foundation Diverse Writers and Diverse Worlds Grants – both are intended to foster the creation of speculative fiction work rich in diversity.The $500 Diverse Writers grant is intended to support new and emerging writers from underrepresented and underprivileged groups, such as writers of color, women, queer writers, disabled writers, working-class writers, etc. — those whose marginalized identities may present additional obstacles in the writing / publishing process. The $500 Diverse Worlds grant is intended for work that best presents a diverse world, regardless of the writer’s background. Writers may apply for either or both grants. The grants are designed to foster new, in-progress work (rather than recognizing already published work). Preference will be given to book-length works (novels, collections of short stories). Nonfiction, poetry, and editorial projects are not currently eligible. This grant is open to all levels of publishing experience, worldwide. The grant jury will be primarily English-reading, although works that incorporate other languages (as in Keri Hulme’s The Bone People’s use of Maori) are welcome.
Application Process Overview:
Grants will be awarded by a jury of SLF staff members on the basis of merit. Factors considered will include:
• a one-page written description of the project in question (no more than 500 words).
• a writing sample (up to 5000 words of fiction).
• a bibliography of previously-published work by the author (no more than one page); applicants need not have previous publications to apply.
• Diverse Writers grant only: a brief statement as to what aspect(s) of your background are relevant in terms of diversity: writer of color, female or trans, queer, disabled, working-class, etc.
If awarded the grant, you agree to offer a brief excerpt (500-1000 words) for our files, and for possible public dissemination.
Diversity Grant Application Procedures
1. Send the 3-4 items listed above as attached .doc files, at email@example.com. Include a brief cover letter with your name and contact info (e-mail, phone in case of emergency), and please note which grant(s) you’re applying for.
2. Diversity grant applications will be considered from May 1st to July 31, annually. Applications received outside that period will be discarded unread.
3. The grant recipient will be announced by September 15th, annually. All applicants will be notified of the status of their application by that date.
If you have questions, please direct them to Malon Edwards, Managing Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, or to Mary Anne Mohanraj, Executive Director, email@example.com.
Speculative Literature Foundation offers four grants – see if you qualify for any of them.
Sunday Times Short Story Award
UNESCO International Literacy Prizes – the oldest UNESCO prizes in education. Since 1967, UNESCO has rewarded successful and innovative literacy programmes with the aim of recognizing excellence and inspiring projects in the field of literacy throughout the world. There are two UNESCO International Literacy Prizes:
- The UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize (2 awards) established in 1989, thanks to the generosity of the Government of the Republic of Korea. It gives special consideration to the development and use of mother-tongue literacy education and training
- The UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy (3 awards) the UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy, established in 2005, thanks to the generosity of the government of the People’s Republic of China. It gives special consideration to literacy for people in rural areas and out-of-school children, particularly girls and women.
Each of the five prizewinners receives a medal, a diploma and US$20.000. Read more.
The Wadadli Youth Pen Prize – Launched in 2004, this annual Challenge helps nurture the next generation of Antiguan and Barbudan writers and visual artists (image above is from the 2014 prize giving ceremony). This is our site, so, explore.
The Wasafiri New Writing Prize is open to anyone worldwide who has not published a complete book. Creative submissions welcomed in one of three categories: Poetry, Fiction and Life Writing. To enter, simply fill in the entry form and send it with your entry and fee of UK Sterling £6 if entering one category, £10 for two and £15 for three categories. A maximum of 5 poems can be entered and the word limit for Fiction and Life Writing is 3000. Other terms and conditions apply. £300 will be awarded to the winner in each category and their work will be published in Wasafiri. More.
William H. Johnson Prize – The William H. Johnson Prize is awarded annually to an early-career African American artist. For our purposes, “early-career” is a flexible term that should be interpreted liberally to include artists who have finished their academic work within twelve years from the year that a prize is awarded. For example, a person who finished their studies in 2003 is eligible to apply in 2015, but not in 2016. Age is not determinative, and artists who have not earned BFAs or MFAs are still eligible so long as they have not been working as a professional artist for more than twelve years. The 2015 William H. Johnson Prize is $25,000. Yes, according to their FAQs, if you’re from the Caribbean you may still qualify. “The Prize is awarded to artists who descend from circumstances similar to those from which William H. Johnson descended (slavery, Jim Crow, segregation, institutionalized exclusion). Because of the widely varied histories of African Americans, these criteria must be loosely interpreted; for example, an artist with a West Indian background would have much in common with Johnson.”
A periodically updated site promoting new contests, Winning Writers.
Writers’ Digest Your Story Competition.
Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition – Okay, as noted, I usually don’t enter contests with an entry fee or submit to journals with a reading fee, even well established, reputable ones, because for a working artiste those entry fees (and the rejection or silence that could follow) add up, especially at those points when you really don’t have two pennies to knock together (been there, lived that). It’s one of the reasons I don’t have an entry fee for the Wadadli Pen Challenge; sure we have expenses but I don’t want cost to be an obstacle to someone with genuine talent entering. But not paying reading or application fees may be a rule worth breaking for some publications (with, like I said solid reputations and considerable reach). I’m not vouching for this contest, but it is Writer’s Digest. Check it out and make your own judgement call.
Akashic’s Duppy Thursday series – submissions should be 750 words or less —no payment, and are asking for first digital rights. The rights to the story revert to the author immediately upon publication —Your story should be set in a Caribbean location and incorporate some aspect of folklore, whether centrally or tangentially. More details here.
Akashic’s Mondays are murder series – for if you feel like experimenting with noir. They also have an online flash fiction series called Duppy Thursday: “Whether it be the spider Anansi, the devil woman La Diablesse, the Soucouyant, Mama Dlo, or Papa Bois, these mythical beings have injected life (and death) into the literature of the region. As with our other flash fiction series, we challenge you to tell your story in 750 words or less.” There is no payment for either series and they want first digital rights. If you can hang with that, submit to firstname.lastname@example.org pasting the story into the body of the email and also attaching it as a pdf. Include the location and the referenced folk tale or figure of the story with your byline, and include a short bio with your submission.
Anansesem is an online children’s literary journal which accepts stories, poems, art, even non fiction targetted at the children’s market. I’ve published there and the a Best of Wadadli Pen issue ran there in 2011. They especially encourage submissions from young people but accept quality submissions from people of all ages. Submit poems to email@example.com, fiction to firstname.lastname@example.org, art to email@example.com, and non fiction to firstname.lastname@example.org If between eight and 16, submit fiction and nonfiction to email@example.com Check the site www.anansesem.com, for submission guidelines and other pertinent data; for info re rights and payment check their FAQs.
Bamboo Talk Press – an independent Trinidad based press with a range that includes children’s publications and its She Sex anthology.
Beneath Ceaseless Skies – Accepts up to 11,000 words – single stories only (no excerpts from longer works) – literary adventure fantasy (i.e. secondary world setting – could have different zoology, ecology, physical laws, history, unique culture etc. than our world; some traditional or classic fantasy feel, but with a literary approach). Preferably character-driven, original stories. No urban fantasy, no fairy tales or myths, no science fiction, no poetry, no multiple submissions, no sex or violence beyond an R rating, no reprints. Buys first world serial rights, first world electronic rights, non-exclusive world audio rights, an option to buy non-exclusive world anthology rights for US$0.06 cents per word. Author returns copyright and can re-publish or re-sell after 180 days. For formatting and other submission information, go here.
Big Fiction – They welcome longer pieces, like really long. They also pay. Check them out.
BIM to opportunities and Caribbean Resources – produced twice each year and publishes creative works, essays and critical expositions that meet the needs of the literary and artistic community. It accepts submissions that focus on literary, artistic and cultural phenomena within the Caribbean and its diaspora.
BLACKBERRY: a magazine is an online literary magazine featuring black women writers and artists. Its goal is to expose readers to the diversity of the black woman’s experience and strengthen the black female voice in both the mainstream and independent markets.
Black Girl in the Ring – an online magazine started by past Wadadli Pen judge Linisa George, Black Girl in the Ring “shares the global stories of black women and girls. The website is managed by a growing group of dedicated BGRs (Black Girls in the Ring) from across the globe. Writers, artists, lawyers, mothers, philanthropists, wives, teachers and other professionals maintain the content and flow of information to the website. The magazine will also be available as a yearly print publication. Headquartered in Antigua WI, BGRmag is a sub-division of BGR Media & Communications. If you want to write or be featured, check it out then contact the editor firstname.lastname@example.org Note: at this writing, this is a non paying market but as it grows the editor hopes to change that.
Given what we do, it seemed a no brainer to share Bookbird, journal of International Children’s Literature.
Cabinet des Fees (accent over the first ‘e’ in Fees) – Scheherezade’s Bequest – yeah, I don’t know how to pronounce it either but among the things it has recommending it is that it gives to a worthy cause (Doctors without Borders), it is looking for joyful stories, issues are themed which you can use as a challenge to create, and it pays, not much but still, that’s better than a lot. More here.
Callaloo – an African American literary journal and writing programme. I’ve done their workshop – which incidentally is being held in Barbados in 2014; the deadline for applying for the workshop has passed but the journal submission cycle is still open. they do not accept submission in June, July, August and December. Details here.
Caribbean Vistas – Not a paying market (as far as I’m aware) but might be good for the exposure on a purely Caribben platform with scholarly cred.
The Caribbean Writer is another one I’ve published in a few times. They pay in contributor copies (and also offer a handful of annual prizes to pieces selected for publication) but as one of the longest running and most respected journals in the region, one, mind you, with a fairly rigorous evaluation process and international cred, it’s worth seeing your name in the annual collection at least once and being able to add it to your literary CV (it’s a currency of sorts). The new issues generally drop in the summer and the new submission cycle typically begins in the post-summer. Here’s what you need to know, submissions (which could be poems, short stories, personal essays, or one act plays; book reviews also welcomed) should reflect “a Caribbean heritage, experience, or perspective”. See submission details and information on the available literary prizes at thecaribbeanwriter.org or email them email@example.com.
Chicken Soup for the Soul – You know the franchise; well, it’s a paying market but no mention of royalties only a one time fee. They welcome inspirational and personal stories and poetry. More here.
Fairytale Review accepts fiction, drama, and poetry, in English or in translation to English, along with scholarly, hybrid, and illustrated works (comics, black-line drawings, etc.). It will consider original interview transcripts and dialogues. Submit up to 30 pages for our consideration, though in rare cases they will consider longer works; space is limited as it is an annual journal. More here. There’s also this handy list of other markets seeking fairytale type submissions.
Fiddlehead – Canada based but open to good writing in English from all over the world, looking always for freshness and surprise. Our editors are always happy to see new unsolicited works in fiction and poetry. Paying market.
Five Chapters – A five-part story will be published every week, serial-style, beginning on Monday and followed by a new installment each weekday. This sounds like it’d be a good way to push yourself if you have a work in progress and flagging will. Read more.
Fox and Raven publishes speculative fiction, novel length and short stories; and is a paying market. Details here.
The Gingerbread House lit mag is dedicated to publishing quality poetry & fiction with a magical element. What they want: fi. They lean toward the literary, but are open to anything well written. Send an email with a brief bio and your submissions in a doc or docx attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure to follow the guidelines below. Simultaneous submissions are welcome. If your work is accepted elsewhere, though, let them know immediately. They do not take multiple submissions. Do not submit again until you’ve heard back the first time; wait at least three months to query about your submission status. They do not accept previously published material. They will generally reply between 3-4 months, although sometimes it takes longer. They publish issues six times a year: at the end of June, August, October, December, February, and April. This is not a paying market – but it caught my eye because of the genre, the kind of genre I’ve found which challenges you to open up your imagination and then twist it around. Re rights, they acquire first North American serial rights; rights revert to the author on publication with the request that they be acknowledged in future reprints of the work. There’s more, but this is running long; go here.
Glimmer Train – This is a paying US market for your stories. They accept submissions year round and have some periods (September, for instance) where no reading fee is required. You have to sign in to submit online. Read more. I checked with them and if the online submission fee (US$2) is a hardship, you can submit, at only the cost of postage, to
P.O. Box 80430
Portland, OR 97280-1430
Just came across this U.S. publication for teen writers: Hanging Loose.
Harper’s – Fiction only; by snail mail only. Details here.
The Island Review – The editors of The Island Review are seeking submissions from islanders everywhere, as well as from those whose work is influenced by islands or which explores ideas of islandness. More here.
Kenyon Review – I’m hoping to polish up one of my short stories for this one as well as this is a pretty prestigious (understatement) writing programme and publication as well…and they pay! … Kenyon Review: accepting previously unpublished submissions (online only using the submittable.com submissions portal) between September and January . Acceptable submissions include short fiction up to 7,500 words (one only), poetry (up to six poems formatted as a single document), plays (up to 30 pages), excerpts (up to 30 pages) from longer works, and translations of poetry and short prose. All entries will be read; payment is upon publication; authors retain their copyright and will receive a contract spelling all of this out, on acceptance. Send queries to email@example.com or read more and submit (probably preferable to do that rather than emailing them for info that’s already online) at http://www.kenyonreview.org
Ladybug – Art and lit (fiction, poetry) for young children. Paying market. More.
Ma Comere is the first international journal to publish a creative work of mine.
Malahat Review – paying Canadian market for poetry, fiction, and creative non fiction. See details.
http://www.margutte.com/?lang=en – Margutte is open to all types of artistic expression, from literature, music and theatre to cinema, comics and videogames. They publish original works and critical essays. It was born in Mondovì, where many of the editorial staff live or were brought up, but has a much wider scope. Mondo in Italian means world. There are many worlds in Mondovì, and many worlds in the realm of Margutte.
The Missing Slate is an international journal accepts poetry, fiction, non fiction reviews (I believe).
Moko – I’m actually reading the first issue of this publication targetted at emerging and established writers from the Caribbean as I write this. There’s room for artists, too, btw. They’ve recently put out a call for submissions for the next issue. Check them out but remember it’s always a good idea to read back issues and to read submission guidelines before submitting.
Narrative magazine remains one of those dreams unfulfilled for me; I’d love to have a piece in this publication because they set the bar high. You have to pay to submit but in this case I think it’s worth it.
The New Yorker – you may know it as the place where Antiguan writer Jamaica Kincaid published her early works; it remains one of the more respected literary publications in America. It’s not easy to get in to but, if you can, it publishes fiction and poetry (submit up to six at a time).
Notre Dame Review – they pay a small gratuity, accept only snail mail submissions, and are especially interested in fiction and poetry that take on big issues.
Papirmass – this one is for both literary and visual artists AND it pays a stipend. The most interesting thing about it though might be its novel approach to packaging and distribution of your creative work. It’s a simple one page print. That’s it. But see how pretty. Full submission guidelines here.
Pedestal – poetry, flash fiction, more.
Poetry Ireland Review – Publishes poetry, reviews and articles from Ireland and around the world; and they pay. Only snail mail submissions accepted though. Details here.
Poui is a journal attached to the UWI Cave Hill, with other writing programmes attached.
Prairie Schooner, per its website, publishes “the best writing available, both from beginning and established writers”. That’s you. Submission period re-opens in September. Online and/or hard cover submission process. More here.
Room Magazine – for publication of stories, poems, creative non fiction and art. They receive as many as 1200 submissions per year and publish only 80, so submit your best. Submission details.
Rainbow Rumpus -the only online literary magazine for children with LGBT parents; it publishes interviews, comics, and fiction about and for kids and teens who otherwise may never read a story about a family like theirs in school. The online literary magazine is seeking children’s fiction (for ages 5-12) and YA fiction (for ages 13-18). This is an excellent opportunity for beginning fiction writers. The editor-in-chief, who has twenty years of experience editing children’s fiction, works one-on-one with writers when stories show promise. This is a pro publishing opportunity. Rainbow Rumpus pays $300 upon publication, for first North American online rights. The story is accompanied by a photo and bio which can link to a writer’s website or blog, and is archived permanently on the site. Read more.
Seawoman Press (run by Sandra Sealey in Barbados) is a good resource for market listings as well.
She Writes Press – I’m part of the Shewrites.com network – a great resource for writers. Well, they’ve started a press. Never used it myself but they break down the pros and cons of what sounds essentially like a hybrid between traditional and self publishing – all of the control without losing out on quality. Worth checking out? You decide.
Small Axe and specifically the SX Salon (described as a forum for innovative critical and creative explorations of Caribbean reality) . Not a paying market, unless you win in the annual literary contest, but, for Caribbean writers, a good credit to have and not an easy one to get. My poem Ghosts Lament was published in SX Salon issue 5. You can submit electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Somewhere is a Caribbean specific journal. Go here for details.
StepAway – What I find appealing about this one is this: “Our writers will lead our readership through the streets of his or her chosen city. They will do so in one thousand words or less.” Interesting challenge, yes? Information is sparse, but read what’s available here.
Storyscape – “We get excited about genre-bending stories of all genres, but also all storytelling methods, i.e., written, audio, visual, found, overheard, and anything else you can think of. If you were wondering if you should submit a photograph of the poem you scrawled in sharpie ink on top of a ripped up advertisement in the subway, the answer is probably yes. Or, you could just send us the poem you wrote. Get it?” More.
The Sun Magazine – Accepts writing (essays, fiction, poetry, interviews) and photography by snail mail only to Editorial Department, The Sun, 107 N. Roberson St., Chapel Hill, NC 27516. They say “we’re open to just about anything. Surprise us; we often don’t know what we’ll like until we read it.” It’s a paying market – $300 to $2,500 for nonfiction, from $300 to $1,500 for fiction, from $100 to $250 for poetry, and from $1,000 to $2,000 for interviews plus a complimentary one year subscription to The Sun. Read more.
Takahe – They accept fiction and poetry; pay is subscription for a year and a copy of the issue in which your work is featured (if you’re a non-New Zealander; NZ’ers receive a cash payment thanks to grants from Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa). More here.
Terraform – Seeking 2,000 words of speculative fiction honing in on tech, science, and future culture topics. They pay. Read more.
The Three Penny Review – They pay ($400 per story, $200 per poem). Got anything? Keep the reading period in mind though – January to June. Submission guidelines.
Tin House – Accepts submissions between September and May – some issues are themed, some not but all submissions are considered, regardless of theme. If you wish to be considered for a particular theme, tell them in your cover letter. The Spring 2015 theme is Rejection. More here.
Tongues of the Ocean – currently publishes Caribbean creative works (multi media) once a year via its online platform. And in fact I’ve been tapped to produce a special Antigua and Barbuda edition for 2014, if you have anything you’d like to submit. Email me via the Wadadli Pen mailbox email@example.com using Tongues of the Ocean in the subject line.
U. S. Kids is in the market for high-quality stories, articles, and activities with a broad health and fitness focus. Caution: they’ll want all rights. But see for yourself.
VQR – “VQR strives to publish the best writing we can find. While we have a long history of publishing accomplished and award-winning authors, we also seek and support emerging writers.” Paying market. Read more.
Who Pays Writers – This is a listing …not unlike this one…with one notable exception: it exclusively lists sites that pay writers, tells you how much and for how many words and what level of reporting or type of writing. Check it out.
Wildness – Wildness is published quarterly. There is no minimum length for poetry and prose, but you’re advised to keep stories under 2,500 words and each poem under 80 lines. Send a short bio (written in third person) with your name and a little bit about you. Send your submission(s) in a single .doc(x) or .pdf file. Read more.
Womanspeak is a Bahamian journal featuring Caribbean female writers.
Women’s Institute for Freedom of the Press publishes this extensive list of feminist presses, i.e. presses particularly interested in publishing books by and about women.
Came across this one at Antiguanice.com…a call for writers on yachting…how ’bout it?
The Wrong Quarterly – accepts fiction of under 6,000 words, fully edited, and previously unpublished; alsonon-fiction, life-writing, and essays of under 5,000 words. All submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org Here’s what they’re looking for.
This section is not to be confused with the categories of things, above and below, for which you can put yourself forward. This is about giving someone else an opportunity. I was updating my ‘awards’ page (such as it is) over at my other blog and was reminded that there are things we could all be nominating deserving people for (as maybe someone will do us some day); maybe we just don’t know about them. So, now we do and now that we do, let’s pay it forward.
The African American Literary Awards gives book lovers the opportunity to give their favourite books and authors the star treatment. The 2014 nomination process is closed but read all about the nomination process here for future reference.
The ALBA prize in Literature and the ALBA Prize in Arts for the work of a lifetime from the Bolivarian Alliance for our Americas – I don’t have a huge amount on this – but I know that nominations can come from writers and artist associations, universities and other academic institutions, regional and cultural identities, and others identified with the spirit of the prizes. Not sure how current this is (my information dates back to 2011) but you should be able to get more information by emailing email@example.com or by checking www.albacultural.org
The Anthony N. Sabga Caribbean Awards for Excellence is an annual awards programme out of Trinidad and Tobago. What I like about it is the purse is significant enough to empower the recipient to continue to do the kind of work that would have got them the nomination in the first place. The award is not envisioned as a lifetime achievement – a thank you for your service – but as an encouragement to mid-career artists and professionals across the categories of arts and letters, science and technology, and public and civic contributions who still have work to do and who can serve as a model to others while so doing. You can apply yourself but I want to believe there’s some weight behind being recognized and nominated by others as, as they say, self-praise is no praise at all. Here’s more on the nomination process. Nominationform
The opportunity to nominate fellows for the Breadloaf Conference 2014 has come and gone as Breadloaf is held during the summer but bookmark the space and start thinking of names for next year.
The window may have closed for submitting 2014 nominations for the Department of Youth Affairs’ National Youth Awards but download this form and do like I do, make note of potential candidates, year round so that you have them at the ready when the call goes out next year.
I am going to add the JCI Ten Young Outstanding Programme because I was lucky enough in 2011 to be selected as a local nominee and even have a framed certificate from the JCI WI that I treasure (because it’s probably my last young-anything award; real talk). I’m not sure how you nominate people but here’s a link about the programme and I’m sure there are Jaycees around that you can give you any more information you need.
The Jhohadli Summer Youth Writing Project – this is a writing camp I initially ran in 2013. I am seeking pledges to push toward a 2015 return. All dependent on response. See funding and other details here.
Also keep in mind opportunities to serve by volunteering with or contributing to programme like (in Antigua and Barbuda)
Going to university in the US? You might want to check out some of these grant programmes.
Amsterdam Writers’ Residency – for up to three months in the European city working on your writing. Details here.
Amtrak Writers’ Residency – that’s right, a funded writer’s residency…on a train. Check it out.
I’ve done Breadloaf in Vermont (thanks to the Michael and Marilee Fairbanks International Fellowship) and something about repeating and no doubt enhancing that experience in beautiful Italy appeals. Not to mention the opportunity to put everything else down and just write. So if any body wants to sponsor a writer to Breadloaf in Sicily…*tosses my coin in the wishing well* …it’s on my list and should be yours too… if not this year then another…it’s an annual thing…an intensive seven day writers conference held in Erice, an ancient hilltop town on the west coast of Italy between September 21 and 27…the 2014 spots are reportedly filling up quickly… faculty includes poets Linda Bierds and Michael Collier (I remember Michael from my time in Vermont), Stacey D’Erasmo (I believe she came through the year I was there too) and Jay Parini in fiction, and non fiction writer Jane Brox…you need your ticket there and conference expenses of US$2,790… if you want details or to apply email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website. While you’re there, check out Breadloaf in Vermont (usually held in August) and other opportunities.
Cove Park is the only dedicated residency centre in the UK working across all art forms.
Edith Wharton Home – open for 2 – 3 week residencies for women writers – each resident will receive a work space at the Mount, a US$1000 food and travel stipend, and lodging for the duration of their residency. Residents must provide their own transportation. The principal responsibility of each resident would be to spend time further developing her creative work. In addition, residents are required to produce a short piece of public writing (essay, article, blog post etc.) about the time at the Mount and offer a public reading of their work. Read more
Edward R. Murrow Press Fellowship – The Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow spends nine months full-time in residence at CFR’s headquarters in New York. The program enables the fellow to engage in sustained analysis and writing, expand his or her intellectual and professional horizons, and extensively participate in CFR’s active program of meetings and events. The fellow will be part of the David Rockefeller Studies Program, CFR’s think tank, alongside the program’s full-time, adjunct, and visiting fellows, whose expertise extends across the broad range of significant foreign policy issues facing the United States and the international community. March 1 submission deadline. More.
The Emerging Voices literary fellowship offered by the PEN Center includes a professional mentorship, hosted Q & A evenings with prominent local authors, a series of master classes focused on genre, a voice class, a volunteer project, and several public readings. The fellowship includes a $1,000 stipend. For more go here.
Hedgebrook – Writers in Residence Programme – Six writers are in residence at a time, each housed in a handcrafted cottage. They spend their days in solitude – writing, reading, taking walks in the woods on the property or on nearby Double Bluff beach. In the evenings, they gather in the farmhouse kitchen to share a home-cooked gourmet meal, their work, their process and their stories. The Writers in Residence Program is Hedgebrook’s core program, supporting the fully-funded residencies of approximately 40 writers at the retreat each year. See Opportunities Too for application deadline.
Hurston Wright – This just came to my inbox – the Hurston/Wright Weekend workshops are open to black writers in the genres of fiction, poetry, non fiction and memoir. Application deadline is April 18th 2014. If you’re near there, check it out or check for more info re fees, location etc at their website http://www.hurstonwright.org or by emailing email@example.com
International Writer’s Program (IWP) at the University of Iowa – the Public Affairs Section at the US Embassy at Bridgetown encourages citizens of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St.Vincent and the Grenadines to apply for the prestigious 10 week residency. It is for both established and emerging writers. Applicants must have published at least one book or have had their work appear in significant publications over the past two years. For more on this opportunity email BridgetownExchanges@state.gov
Jhohadli Writing Project – an initiative right here in Antigua and Barbuda by (me, Joanne) to help build literary arts skills at all age levels.
Just Write – an annual writers’ retreat in Antigua and Barbuda by Brenda Lee Browne.
Kenyon Review fellowships – an opportunity to focus on the writing, and nothing but the writing, for a couple of years. Details here.
Kogawa House residency – Administered by volunteers involved with the Historic Joy Kogawa House Society and the Land Conservancy of British Columbia, this residency is available to writers in the early stage of a book project. Applicants must have published two books and have previous teaching and public speaking experience. Writers are expected to devote 40 percent of their time to public engagement. Residents receive a $2,500 per month stipend and typically stay at the house for three months. The residency is open between September and March. Read more.
Nieman Fellowship – for journalists – a Nieman Fellowship is an extraordinary, transformative learning opportunity open to journalists working in all media in every country around the world. Those selected for the program spend two full semesters at Harvard auditing classes with some of the university’s greatest thinkers, participating in Nieman events and collaborating with peers. Read more.
Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program – Scholars, scientists, and artists work on individual projects, or in clusters, to generate new research, publications, art, and more. Applications in all academic disciplines, professions, and creative arts are encouraged. Stipends are funded up to $75,000 for one year with additional funds for project expenses. Some support for relocation expenses is provided where relevant. Fellows receive office or studio space and access to libraries and other resources of Harvard University during the fellowship year, which extends from early September through May. Fellows are expected to be free of their regular commitments so they may devote themselves full time to the work outlined in their proposal. Since this is a residential fellowship, fellows are expected to reside in the Boston area during that period and to have their primary office at the Institute so that they can participate fully in the life of the community. Other details.
Sewanee Writers Conference – applications open mid-January – fellowships and scholarships are available. Details.
Stegner Fellowship – Stanford University. Details here.
The Steinbeck Fellow Program – The emphasis of the program is on helping writers who have had some success, but not published extensively, and whose promising work would be aided by the financial support and sponsorship of the Center and the University’s creative writing program. The program offers the opportunity to interact with other writers, faculty and graduate students, and to share their work in progress by giving a public reading once each semester during the fellowship. The fellowships afford a stipend of $10,000. Residency in the San José area is required during the academic year (approximately 1 September – 20 May). Read more.
The Thicket Residency – this is a paid residency in the thick of Georgia. Details here.
US State Department – Opportunities via the US State Department for writers and journalists internationally. Read more. Caribbean folks, you’ll want to check the US Embassy website in Barbados for more on programmes applicable to Creatives in the region. Here’s a link.
Vermont Studio Center – I actually wrote to them for more information on their International Fellowship and they responded. There are three yearly fellowship application deadlines, always 2/15, 6/15, 10/1. A fellowship is a competitive award, won based on “the merit of the work” as determined by a jury’s review of all applicants submitted work. If won, it covers the full cost of a 4-week residency at VSC ($3950), it does not cover the cost of travel or materials. Applicants can also request partial financial assistance for the event they don’t win a fellowship using the same online application. They offer up to 50 fellowships at each deadline. At VSC, they offer simple housing, all meals in their communal dining room, a private studio space in which to work, and participation in the Visiting Artists/Writers program and the international creative community of 50 visual artists and writers per each monthly session. Focus is on working in the studio. Their website is http://www.vermontstudiocenter.org You can write them at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want more information.
Vona Voices – writing workhops for writers of colour – in the US.
Writer’s Pro Workshops – digital workshops offered by ReShonda Tate Billingsley and Victoria Christopher Murray. Read more.
Writing Between the Vines – offers writers a space to work, a place to create– surrounded by the beauty and majesty of vineyards in locations around the world. Funded through application fees and in partnership with wineries, Writing Between the Vines provides writers the time to focus on works in progress or cultivate new ideas in residencies of up to one week in length at no charge. Well, there is an application fee, and you will be responsible for your own transportation, meals, and personal expenses. Apply here.
Yaddo – Yaddo offers residencies to professional creative artists from all nations and backgrounds working in one or more of the following media: choreography, film, literature, musical composition, painting, performance art, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and video. Artists may apply individually or as members of collaborative teams of two or three persons. They are selected by panels of other professional artists without regard to financial means. Residencies last from two weeks to two months and include room, board, and studio.
It goes without saying that I’m almost always on the lookout for funding for Wadadli Pen (and for that matter always seeking opportunities to advance my own writing); no reason not to share what’s out there…so may the best wo/man win.
ACP Cultures – One of the priorities of the ACPCultures programme is to professionalize ACP cultural actors and to support intra-ACP exchanges and linkages between artists and cultural professionals. Read more.
Government of Antigua and Barbuda – (2015) “The Government of Antigua and Barbuda through the Antigua and Barbuda Festival Commission is providing a revolving fund mechanism to assist all Artists in their production process for the furtherance of the economic development of creative sector”. This is to be funded reportedly by the Citizenship by Investment Fund. Full disclosure, there has been some pushback/concerns from artistes: for example in the Daily Observer, “What happens when you take $25,000 this year to do an album and you can’t pay it back because the industry does not allow you to generate the revenue?” – Gavin Christopher, musician-producer & “Here it is that you’re asking Carnival artists to go and get a loan when the truth of the thing is you owe us” – Alister Thomas, mas designer-builder. As we say with everything, read, investigate, consider, and decide if it’s a good fit for you – bearing in mind that it’s not a grant fund or arts subsidy (which I’d venture we still need given the nature of what we do). As Gavin noted it’s not “free money” (if such a thing exists), it is still a loan (albeit not your typical commercial loan) and loans have to be repaid. Loan details.
International Fund for Cultural Diversity – The IFCD provides support to projects that aim to foster the emergence of a dynamic cultural sector, primarily through activities facilitating the introduction and/or elaboration of policies and strategies that have a direct effect on the creation, production, distribution of and access to the diversity of cultural expressions as well as the reinforcement of institutional infrastructures supporting viable local and regional cultural industries. READ MORE.
International Fund for the Promotion of Culture – The call intends to support projects, which are in compliance with the criteria set out in the Operational Guidelines of the International Fund for the Promotion of Culture (IFPC). READ MORE…and apply, if inclined, before the May 30th 2014 deadline.
MacArthur Fellowship – This actually sounds kind of perfect: $625,000, paid in quarterly installments over five years; w/emphasis on nominees for whom our support would relieve limitations that inhibit them from pursuing their most innovative ideas. Perfect , right? Well, you do have to be nominated and you do need to be resident in or citizen of the US. More.
I get approached, from time to time, by hopeful writers thinking I can help them get published. Truth is, apart from trying to get my own work published, I don’t work in publishing though I do provide writing, coaching and editing services in a freelance capacity, to publishing houses and writers. And, as you know, through Wadadli Pen I try to help writers grow, and I share what information I can about writing and the publishing process on this and my other site – from the reading room to right here, opportunities. Beyond that I’m not in a position to publish anyone but I hope the information and services I provide help to open that door to publishing to others. In light of the questions about publishing, I thought I’d begin posting about Caribbean and Caribbean friendly publishing houses, and expanding. My main advice though is do your research – see what types of books they publish, visit their website and follow their submission guidelines and if they have none posted contact them with a query letter. From recent experience I should add the reminder that they may or may not reply, and its unlikely that they’ll respond quickly; be patient and cast your net wide, be prepared for the possible rejection (unless you’re seriously blessed, there’s just no way around it). If you can, get an agent to help you with the process, especially since some – like Simon & Schuster which published my book Oh Gad! via its Strebor imprint, do not review unsolicited materials – that’s not unusual especially with the bigger US publishers and likely in other markets as well. If you believe in your writing, don’t give up. See information about different types of publishers here . The listing below is primarily traditional publishers not self-publishing or DIY options – though some like Bamboo do provide such services for a fee and some like She Writes are hybrids. Disclaimer: Some of these publishing houses I’ve worked with, some I haven’t, some I’ve had good experiences with, some not as good, some I’ve moved on from, some I still publish with, some I may publish with in future. Point, these are not endorsements – just information (blurbs mostly lifted from their ‘about’ page with a link where possible to their submissions page) – do your RESEARCH and make up your own mind.
UPDATE! See this link for other publishing related Resources
Akashic – is a Brooklyn-based independent company dedicated to publishing urban literary fiction and political nonfiction by authors who are either ignored by the mainstream, or who have no interest in working within the ever-consolidating ranks of the major corporate publishers. Books published by Akashic include Pepperpot: Best New Stories from the Caribbean (in partnership with Peepal Tree under the new Peekas imprint) in which you’ll find my short story ‘Amelia at Devil’s Bridge’. More.
Annick – Canada based, it’s “one of the most innovative and cutting-edge publishers of fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults”, according to its about page. It’s one of the specialty imprints listed on the page of publishing partners put together by Hands across the Sea a US based non profit operating in the Caribbean and former Wadadli Pen partner. N.B. under specialty imprints they also mention California based and focused Heyday and Human Kinetics which it says “has a great lineup of how-to sports books, including cricket—a Caribbean favorite”.
Bamboo – Publishing Caribbean writers (Trinidad based). The She Sex publication of which I was a part is one of theirs. More.
Blue Moon – is a self-described “small publishing ‘hut’ located in Kingston, Jamaica” with a mission to “produce diverse, intriguing stories about Caribbean children for children around the world. Under the imprint Blouse and Skirt, they also produce poetry and prose fiction for adults. Blouse and Skirt’s All Over Again by A-dZigo Bendele was winner of the inaugural Burt Award in 2014. More.
Book Smugglers – Starting in 2017, they are looking to publish four speculative fiction novellas a year. The 2016 submission deadline has passed but submissions after the deadline roll over to the next submission period. They are looking for diversity, subversion, genre crossovers for middle school (to use the American vernacular) up to adult, with a word count between 17, 500 and 40,000. Go here for the rest.
Registered in the Eastern Caribbean, this is a small publishing company dedicated to serving talented Caribbean authors. Its stated aim ” is to make publishing more accessible to potential Caribbean authors and to increase the number of high-quality books about and for the Caribbean.” Read more.
Carlong – This Jamaica-based publishing house promises “educational and cultural publications”. Here’s their link.
Cavendish Square – offers by its own description “a robust and diverse list of library-bound circulating reference, nonfiction series, and early readers that range in grade level from kindergarten to college”. US-based, it’s listed here as one of the publishing partners of Hands across the Sea, a non profit operating in the Caribbean and former Wadadli Pen patron.
Chakra – based in Trinidad and Tobago provides a forum for presenting a range of perspectives on the (East) Indian presence in the Caribbean, and the wider Indian Diaspora. It also provides a forum for presenting voice and visibility to writers who (would) have been marginalized by the mainstream press. Chakra fulfills the need of those who want to read about race relations and ethnicity by writers who focus on a minority group in the Caribbean. The product is a series of culturally relevant texts, reasonably priced, innovatively marketed, and well distributed – among these, a collection of Caribbean Indian Folktales. More.
Collins – UK based, Collins has been publishing educational and informative books for almost 200 years. Of note is its Big Cat series, described as “real books for real reading, with a huge variety of genres, authors, illustrators and formats.” Here’s their site link.
Cormorant Books – accepting fiction, non fiction, and poetry manuscripts. Details here.
DK – Former Wadadli Pen patron Hands Across the Sea praises DK Publishing “line of beautifully illustrated non-fiction Eye Wonder (primary school) and Eyewitness (secondary school) series (as) a graphic triumph—never has so much information been presented in such an appealing and accessible way.” That’s primarily why I’m adding them here. I’m not sure if they have a track record with publishing Caribbean material though certainly through Hands what they produce is finding its way to the Caribbean marketplace. I’d say, check out their website and if you think what you have is a good fit, give it a shot. Like most publishers in the bigger markets like the US, they’re clear to point out though that they don’t favour cold submissions: “The preferred and standard method for having manuscripts considered for publication by a major publisher is to submit them through an established literary agent. We cannot recommend an agent for your work; however, we can suggest such guides as Literary Market Place for agent listings and their contact information. There are also online resources for writers interested in learning more about the process of submitting manuscripts to agents and publishers. A good place to start is the Authors Guild.” Here’s their link.
Editorial Campana – “Campanita Books and Little Bell Caribbean are the children’s books imprints of Editorial Campana, an independent publishing company in New York. We are committed to the creation of quality children’s books that teach, inspire and entertain. Campanita Books produces mostly bilingual titles (English-Spanish) that reflect the world’s ethnic and cultural diversity. Little Bell Caribbean focuses on our desire to publish books by writers and illustrators from the Caribbean region that speak to the children in voices and images that they recognize and can identify with…Our new endeavor, The Caribbean Children’s Book Project, will expand on an initiative started in 2008 by the Office of the Governor of the United States Virgin Islands which places thousands of books written and illustrated by local writers and artists in the hands of children at no charge to them. The success of the program has encouraged us to propose it to other Caribbean nations.” You might be familiar with their popular A Caribbean Journey from A to Y (read and discovered what happened to the Z) by writer and publisher Mario Picayo. It is listed as a publishing partner of the Hands across the Sea project, a non profit that supplies books to Caribbean children and a former Wadadli Pen partner. Read more directly from their website.
Eldritch Press – this is not Caribbean but I know some of you reading this write speculative fiction and this new press seems to be in the market for it, specifically (at this posting) the submission call was out for gothic novels. Check it out.
Hansib – Hansib Publications was founded in London in 1970 and began life publishing The West Indian Digest (1971), a magazine for Britain’s fledgling West Indian communities. In the two decades that followed, Hansib engaged and communicated further with the Caribbean, African and Asian communities. It is listed as a publishing partner of the Hands across the Sea project, a non profit that supplies books to Caribbean children and a former Wadadli Pen partner. Hansib published the second edition of my book, The Boy from Willow Bend. More. They welcome biographies, poetry, family history, theses, novels, essays collection, African-Asian-and-Caribbean history. For details email manuscripts@hansibpublications or call 01920 830 283 in the UK.
Harlequin – Call for writers from a brand well known for romance. More information here.
Harper Collins – This is not Caribbean-related but according to this link the publisher is, according to this Wednesday post, actively seeking manuscripts. Check it out. Related to this, romance writers will be interested in these developments re Harlequin, which according to this post has been acquired by Harper Collins.
House of Nehesi Publishers – a multimedia publishing and communication consultant and development company. The book publishing division was founded in 1982 in New York, USA. The foundation was established in 1986 in Philipsburg, St. Martin, Caribbean, as a non-profit/non-governmental organization (NGO). They’re also the organizers, with various partners, of the St. Martin Book Fair in St. Martin. More.
Ian Randle – Ian Randle Publishers Ltd., based in Kingston, Jamaica, was the first commercial publishing company in the English speaking Caribbean to produce scholarly and academic books and today remains the leader in the field with bestselling books in History, Gender Studies, Politics, Sociology as well as books covering a wide range of issues on the contemporary Caribbean. More recently the list has become more diversified and now features leading titles in Art, Music, Cookery, Biography, Poetry and Literature. More.
Toronto-based Insomniac was founded in 1992, and since that time, it has evolved from a small press that publishes poetry chapbooks, to a medium-size independent press that publishes eye-catching non-fiction titles as well as the great fiction and poetry for which it has become known. Antiguan and Barbudan-Canadian Althea Prince is one of the best known and most prolific Insomniac writers. More.
Jackmandora – Jackmandora is the publisher of a line of children’s books and media. Its stories “explore the richness of the Caribbean: our history and geography, flora and fauna, our food, our music, our sports or heroes. While the stories are set in the Caribbean, each features universal themes that all children of any country or ethnicity can relate to.” The little Lion series is a Jackmandora product. More.
Just Us Books – US publisher of children’s books. Read about how they started publishing after being told “there’s no market for Black children’s books”.
Lantana Publishing – UK-based Lantana mainly publishes picturebooks for 4 to 8 year olds but will consider longer narratives written for older children (9 to 13 year olds) and young adults (14 to 18) if the stories really resonate with the themes and ideas they love. What are those? Well, they love new writing that interweaves mythic, folkloric and spiritual elements into fun, contemporary stories full of colour and excitement. They love quirky retellings of folktales or fairy tales that blend modern values with traditional storytelling. They particularly love stories that pack a punch – with strong role models, positive relationships between communities and the environment, and evocative storylines that can provide a glimpse into the belief systems of other cultures. Authors and illustrators with a unique view on the world but with a story that everybody can enjoy, they want to hear from you. Please read through their submission guidelines (call_for_submission) carefully before sending your work to email@example.com.
Lee and Low Books – a US publisher specializing in multicultural books. See their submission guidelines.
LMH Publishing – LMH Publishing is the leading general book publisher in the Caribbean region. Located in Kingston, Jamaica. More.
Macmillan Caribbean – UK-based Macmillan Caribbean is one of the world’s leading publishers of educational and general interest books for and about the Caribbean. Hands across the Sea, a non profit and former Wadadli Pen patron, lists them among the publishers from which it buys and distributes reading material for young readers. They published the original editions of my books The Boy from Willow Bend and Dancing Nude in the Moonlight. More.
Nightjar Press – Nightjar Press is an independent UK publisher specialising in limited edition single short-story chapbooks by individual authors. It is brought to you by the people behind early 1990s British Fantasy Award-winning publisher Egerton Press, responsible for Darklands, Darklands 2 and Joel Lane’s short-story collection The Earth Wire. The publisher and editor is Nicholas Royle, the designer John Oakey. More.
Papillote Press – from the collected works of Phyllis Shand Allfrey to the Burt award short listed Abraham’s Treasure by Joanne Skerrett to the Snake King of the Kalinago singled out by spotlighted by Ann Morgan during her Year of Reading the World project, this independent Dominica-based press has been doing its thing. It is listed as a publishing partner of the Hands across the Sea project, a non profit that supplies books to Caribbean children and a former Wadadli Pen partner. Check it out.
Paria – Founded in 1982 in Trinidad and Tobago, Paria was initially concerned with working with authors who were engaged in writing the history Trinidad and Tobago. Over time, other categories of books have been published by the company, such as textbooks, business books, children’s books, and art books, as well as collections of historical prints, herbal and folklore calendars, and historical maps of both Trinidad and Tobago. Read more.
Pearson – Since launching in the Caribbean market half a century ago, UK-based Pearson have developed and evolved to become one of the most influential & market leading companies. They published my children’s picture book, Fish Outta Water. More.
Peepal Tree – UK-based Peepal Tree is a wholly independent company, founded in 1985, and now publishing around 30-40 books a year. Books published by Peepal Tree include Pepperpot: Best New Stories from the Caribbean (in partnership with Akashic under the new Peekas imprint) in which you’ll find my short story ‘Amelia at Devil’s Bridge’ More.
Penguin – I don’t see submission guidelines on their site and would assume that like most international publishers they favour agented submissions. I’m adding them because they publish across different genres and because they, like some others named here are also on the list compiled by non profit and former Wadadli Pen patron Hands across the Sea, as producers of books popular with young Caribbean readers. Maybe that’s your in. Here’s their link.
Rosen – “Rosen Publishing, Inc. is an independent educational publishing house, established in 1950 to serve the needs of students in grades Pre-K -12 with high interest, curriculum-correlated materials. Rosen publishes more than seven hundred new books each year and has a backlist of more than seven thousand.” This is from their website and they’re listed here as one of the publishing partners mentioned by Hands across the Sea, a former Wadadli Pen patron and a non profit out of the US serving the Caribbean.
Scholastic – “The publisher has a highly-evolved line of child-friendly reference books, cutting-edge e-books, and a well of supporting material.” – Hands Across the Sea, read what else this non-profit and former Wadadli Pen patron says about this publisher and follow their link to the publisher site.
She Press – This is a US based sort of hybrid publisher. Read about what they do and how they do it here.
Soho – consists of the Soho Teen, Soho Crime, and Soho Press imprints (the latter dealing with literary fiction). See their submission guidelines here.
Tamarind – Tamarind Books was founded by Verna Wilkins in 1987 with the mission of redressing the balance of diversity in children’s publishing. Over twenty years later, the world has changed but the problem is still very relevant today. And so, Tamarind still exists to put diversity ‘in the picture’. Tamarind is now integrated into Random House Children’s Publishers UK, which is part of The Random House Group which is a Penguin Random House Company. Tamarind is looking to expand its fiction list over the next five years and remains true to the Tamarind ethos of publishing compelling stories, stories that give a positive profile to children of all backgrounds, stories that allow all children to see themselves in the stories they read. More.
Toute Bagai – Toute Bagai Publishing is primarily known for its magazines but its catalogue also includes children’s picture book Brown Sugar and Spice by Betty Peter. The company is based in Trinidad. Read more on the company here.
Tu Books – This one I decided to add after reading this interview, posted to the Reading Room Xll page as it referenced this imprint and what they were looking for, and because I know a few writers, like me, interested in or already exploring speculative fiction. In an introduction entitled ‘Where Fantasy and Real Life Collide’, you’ll find this explanation of what they’re looking for: “Tu Books was created for a specific reason. The present and the future belong to everyone and to limit this reality is a fantasy. Adventure, excitement, and who gets the girl (or boy) are not limited to one race or species. The role of hero is up for grabs, and we mean to take our shot.” Read More.
Velvet Morning Press, an indie publishing house, is seeking chick lit (novel-length) manuscripts. The publishing house is looking for polished work from new and established authors. Send a short synopsis and first five pages to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FYI, here’s a link I found re agents seeking picture books – agents get your books to publishers and for a percentage of whatever you make in advance and royalties, advise you and negotiate the publishing deal on your behalf.
And since we’re on the point of book publishing, not to be a buzz kill, but it happens; so, here’s a very useful post on what to do if/when your book goes out of print.
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