But what about
summer submission plans for your writing?
easy way to do both!
You grab your
flip-flops and go on vacation—we’ll keep your writing career moving
forward by making key submissions to the BEST literary agents and
lit mag editors for your poetry, short stories, essays, or book.
is now available on our client list.
considering submissions from writers on a first-come-first-served
So if you’d
like to get in, act fast!
while you’re relaxing, recharging, and enjoying your summer, we’ll
take care of targeting your submissions to the right agents or
• Review Board
consideration is free and confidential
• There are no
requirements to join Writer’s Relief if you’re accepted
Authors may write about any topic. Cash prizes of $500, $200, and
$100 will be awarded and the stories from the top 15 entries will
appear in a book published by Living Spring Publishers.
Swan Scythe Press Poetry Chapbook Contest
Entry Fee: $18
Housatonic Book Awards
Entry Fee: $25
Limits: Full-length books published in 2015. Fiction is open to
titles published in 2014 and 2015
Relief, we know how easy it is to put aside your writing when the
weather gets warmer and the oceans, mountains, and new cities beckon.
And why not? Everyone’s taking a break now, right?
It used to be that
the publishing industry slowed down for the summer, but that scenario
went out with the typewriter ribbon and carbon copies. With today’s
technology, literary editors and agents are reading and accepting work
all summer long, whether they’re sitting dockside or desk-side.
So don’t let these
lazy days lull you into neglecting your writing or your submission
schedule! In fact, the best time to send out submissions is right now,
while your competition is off collecting seashells.
To Stay Motivated And Build Your Writing Credits All Summer
To A Schedule
If you have plans
to spend time with friends and family in the evening, opt to write in
the morning. Or, if the morning is when you get most of your visiting
or everyday work done, it may be best to write before you sleep. To
stick to your schedule, you can even set a timer.
And if the thought
of spending your summer days researching the best literary agents and
journals makes your head spin, we can help! Our Review
Board is now open, and we’re currently accepting
clients with short stories, essays, poetry, and books.
Your odds of
getting acceptances increase when you submit to the RIGHT places in the
RIGHT way at regular intervals.
We do the research
and paperwork; you just write (or…go on summer vacation!).
Thursday, JUNE 22
Fine Print: 100%
free, confidential, with no obligations
“Be ruthless about
protecting writing days, i.e., do not cave in to endless requests to
have ‘essential’ and ‘long overdue’ meetings on those days.” — J.K.
With Other Writers
Sometimes you need
an extra push to stay motivated and meet your writing goals. Consider
joining a writing group or reaching out to a fellow writer to share
ideas and swap feedback. Plus, there are plenty of writing conferences
available during the summer—find one you can combine with a mini
“Amateurs sit and
wait for inspiration; the rest of us just get up and go to work.” —
places, tasting different foods, and trying novel activities can all
serve as inspiration for writing ideas! Don’t let these opportunities
pass; jot down a quick note to jog your memory later.
“If you want to be
a writer, you have to write every day…You don’t go to a well once, but
daily.” — Walter Mosley
Care Of Yourself
Having a healthy,
reenergized body and mind will lead to your best writing. While you may
be inclined to grab a snack on the go, be sure to eat well and drink
water! The caffeine in our coffee and tea is an essential writing
ingredient—but so is staying hydrated! And if long summer nights
inspire you to write into the wee hours, don’t make it an everyday
is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the
basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.”— John F. Kennedy
Down Your Phone
can be a handy reference tool for your poetry or prose, but it can also
be your worst enemy. Social media can suck you in for indefinite
periods of time, and puppy photos can distract you from any real
research. So put your phone on silent and out of sight when you are
writing! If you do need a phone break, limit yourself to five minutes.
“The best way to
avoid interruptions is to turn them off.” — Peter Bregman
Don’t let the
summer send your submission strategy back to square one. Instead, keep
writing and submitting your work. Then, when you look back on your
memorable summer moments—a new publication credit will have made your
summer truly unforgettable!
We’re excited to
read and consider your writing samples, so please submit to our Review Board before our Thursday, June 22