My Best List of Submission Search Engines for Literary Magazines

I’ve just added to this list after attending Gayle Brandeis’ excellent talk on the history and practice of essay writing at the NCW Conference in Fort Collins, Colorado. Search engines are listed in terms of number of markets indexed. With the exception of Duotrope, they are free resources.

The Submission Grinder is a free searchable database and submission tracker. Close to 8000 markets.

Duotrope — the venerable journal search engine. Free trial. Paid subscription is $5 a month or $50 a year. 7000 markets.

New Pages Searchable database of places to publish from well-known literary magazine about literary magazines. 1500 markets.

Poets and Writers. From the well-known and well established magazine about writing. About 1200 markets by my reckoning.

Entropy’s Where to Submit List — a free list of submission opportunities is updated every two or three months from Entropy, an online literary magazine and “place to engage with our writers.” 200 or so current listings.

Yahoo Neo Groups has the CWWROPPS listserve from which you can receive daily emails with new submission opportunities. Recommend you opt for the daily digest. 11 new posts in the last week.

Submittable Check out their Opportunities tab for some places you can submit. To find the Submittable page of the many journals that use this service, however, you have to search on the journal’s name and “submission.” Specific journals’ submission pages are not searchable from within the site. The opportunities list can be long, but many of the most prominent upcoming opportunities are not listed; it tends to the less-well known and to the fee-charging markets.

Every Writer’s Resource has a classified ads section for calls for submissions. 17 entries at this time.

The Review Review. A short list of submissions in their classified ads section. 5 entries at this time.

Proust is the Exemplar Novelist for Learning to do Interior Explorations of the Character’s Psyche

This morning, I’ve resumed my weekend pass time of listening to Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust while knitting. This exercise is part of my 2019 resolutions, “Read literature.” Of course, I’m not actually reading, I’m listening, but I grant myself that it’s just about the same thing.

Proust gets to the heart of character’s feelings in small details. It is fascinating to watch his groups of people, who for a whole chapter may sit and do nothing except talk about each other at a dinner party, and how he hones in on the emotional moments of life — the instant when a woman loved acknowledges that she has a special relationship with the speaker, before a crowd — or the moments when the author simultaneously gives the reader the character’s inner turmoil and their outer speech or behavior.

Proust is the high priest of slow explorations. He goes deep into the psyche by exploring the most minute of the details which compose interior thought. As his character Swann creeps up on the window of the woman he loves, knowing that she’s entertaining someone else in her room, Swann doesn’t know the exact character of the interaction — but he has a healthy fear — and the reader squirms with him as he’s unable to look through the slats. Should he tap on the window, as he has been wont to do in the past, to let her know that … He knows? Or should he slink away …

The reader is totally immersed in the mind of the decision-making character. It is a technique to be considered: giving the character the time, and the permission, to explore their feelings just as a real person does. The second-by-second exposition makes Proust’s people unbelievably real, but it does more than that: it allows us to recognize ourselves in them, creating a strong reader-character identification.

And then after all that, it gives us an idea of how to write about our inner feelings, if we dare to be that naked in front of the reader, as Proust’s characters and by extension the author himself have already been. It reminds me of another famous novelist, Hemingway, suggesting that writers just open a vein and bleed.