Duotrope’s Digest

Posted: September 20, 2010 in Uncategorized

It always makes me laugh, in a sad and bitter kind of way, whenever I hear Australian writers bemoan the lack of speculative fiction markets in Australia.  Coming from New Zealand, Australia is a cornucopia of specfic writing opportunities.  Do you want to know how many dedicated speculative short fiction markets there were in New Zealand when I lived there?  None.  Zip.  Nada  (Now there is one, Semaphore Magazine).  Very, very occasionally, you might come across a speculative fiction-themed anthology, or you might be able to sneakily slip a specfic story into a literary magazine (there’s not a lot of those in New Zealand, either).

No, if you’re a speculative fiction short story writer in New Zealand, and you want to get your work out there, you have to look overseas.  Most of my published works have appeared in US-based publications, and the vast majority of those I found at Duotrope’s Digest.

I LUUUUURVE Duotrope’s Digest.  If I had to pick only one online resource for writers, this would be it.  I don’t understand why every writer I mention it to doesn’t flash me a smile of recognition followed by a little “squee” dance of excitement (or maybe they are squeeing, just on the inside).  As of today’s post, it lists 3050 fiction markets for every genre and subgenre imaginable, and for everything from poetry and flash fiction to full length novels.   These listings are constantly being added to, checked and updated.  It is the most accurate, up-to-date and comprehensive fiction market  in existence.  Registered users can avail themselves of its detailed submissions tracker.  For statistics geeks, there’s all sorts of useful information contained in the listings.   And the search function…just go there and have a look, why don’t you?!?

And it’s all free.  It runs on donations, so the entire enterprise depends on the benevolence of users.  They only need $4.25 per year from each registered user to make it pay for itself.

Go on – show the love.

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