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michael.overa from Seattle is reading Why We Read Fiction by Lisa Zunshine, Ishmael by Daniel Quinn, and There are Two Errors in The The Title of This Book. May 12, 2015 - 7:45pm

Hello All! I'm relatively new here, so forgive me if someone has already beat this topic to death. I was wondering if anyone has any idea of new/interesting places to submit literary fiction.  Any thoughts and ideas are welcome!

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Jonathan Riley from Memphis, Tennessee is reading Flashover by Gordon Highland May 12, 2015 - 7:53pm

Not sure if you are familiar with duotrope but it is a great tool for finding markets. It cost 5 dollars a month or 50 bucks a year. Also, I refer to this alot. Richard Thomas wrote a great column on where to submit and all the markets. It might be a little dated. Not sure when he last updated it. But there may be some here you haven't heard of. https://litreactor.com/columns/storyville-where-to-send-your-stories

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L.W. Flouisa from Tennessee is reading More Murakami May 12, 2015 - 8:35pm

If it isn't trouble, if I may, perhaps a sub-question. Do any in that list accept auto-biographical science-fiction? I don't mean like explicitely science-fiction, but more partial autobiographies closer to general fiction with enough science fiction to flavor it.

Regards.

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Strange Photon from Fort Wayne, IN is reading Laurie Anderson lyrics May 13, 2015 - 8:15am

I want to second Riley's comment. Duotrope is WELL WORTH IT!!! I think that, alone, covers any needs one might have in regard to submitting short fiction. I was hesitant at first, but it's the price of a coffee these days, so even if it doesn't meet one's needs, it won't be a huge loss.

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Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading Stories of YOUR Life May 13, 2015 - 9:53am

Duotrope is the shizz.

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Jack Campbell Jr. from Lawrence, KS is reading American Rust by Phillipp Meyer May 13, 2015 - 10:12am

L.W., you can go to their websites and check their guidelines. No matter what Duotrope or any other source says, always confirm the guidelines with the publication itself.

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Strange Photon from Fort Wayne, IN is reading Laurie Anderson lyrics May 13, 2015 - 10:20am

^ Excellent point. I often do that out of reflex, but it does bear being stated. Of course, some sites are awful at explaining their guidelines, like The New Yorker - talk about vague. I guess they can afford to be.

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michael.overa from Seattle is reading Why We Read Fiction by Lisa Zunshine, Ishmael by Daniel Quinn, and There are Two Errors in The The Title of This Book. May 13, 2015 - 6:59pm

Awesome. Thanks, all. I've been trying to cobble together resources from Poets and Writers, but will check out Duotrope!

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JeffreyGrantBarr from Oregon is reading https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/10268733-jeff-barr?shelf=currently-reading May 16, 2015 - 11:36pm

A comparable resource to Duotrope is The Submission Grinder. The Submission Grinder is free and having used both it and Duotrope, I can say they are fairly close in their listings. Good luck!

http://thegrinder.diabolicalplots.com/

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L.W. Flouisa from Tennessee is reading More Murakami May 17, 2015 - 10:12am

To add in support, I tried The Grinder myself. Other than in finding markets specifically for darkly realistic children's fiction (which I'm chalking to largely being a niche audience), this is probably the best free place that I've tried. I don't think I'd invest myself.

I'm a little put off my some litmags being contests though. (Anyone that knows me, probably knows I'm not very competitive.)