With over ten years experience writing and submitting my work, it’s become clear to me that online resources are super important to writing. Whether you want to track your submissions, find new markets to submit to, or just figure out what agents are looking for, these website are key to your writing career.
Here are some of my favorite websites for writers:
The Submission Grinder — http://thegrinder.diabolicalplots.com/
A free submissions tracking website with powerful charts and submissions tracking tools, including searching by genre, word count, and more. Allows you to track how long your submission has been out and how long a venue usually takes to get back to you. Gives average rejection times. Offers a monthly submission email newsletter. A great tool for writers, but only tracks fiction, not poetry.
Duotrope — https://duotrope.com/
A powerful tool for tracking submissions. Costs $5 a month. Provides much of the same abilities as the Submission Grinder, except you can track poetry. Also has lists of “fastest turnaround” journals and a Calendar feature that tells you upcoming theme deadlines for journals and anthologies. Worth the cost if you’re a poet!
Query Tracker — https://querytracker.net/
Query Tracker is like Duotrope but for finding an agent.
Shunn’s Manuscript Format — http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html
The standard manuscript format for submissions in most genre magazines. Also useful for any journal that asks for a header and author information on the first page of the submission.
Submittable — https://www.submittable.com/
A submissions online portal used by the majority of magazines. Free to sign up, connects to Paypal for submission fees or via credit card.