March/April 2014 Writer's Digest Digital Download
FEATURES: Write Short to Break Out!
What Literary Journals Really Look For: An Editors’ Roundtable
Acquiring minds behind top markets for short fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry discuss how much they love finding new voices, what makes for eye-catching submissions, and why a byline in their pages could just be the beginning of a beautiful career.
by James Duncan
34 Markets for Genre Short Stories
Think literary journals are only for literary fiction? Think again. These markets welcome short stories of suspense, science fiction, children’s, inspirational and other popular genres.
compiled by Tiffany Luckey
Cracking Major Markets with Personal Essays
Follow these 9 simple steps for writing what you already know, and you could get your big break—and a paycheck to match—faster than you might think.
by Susan Shapiro
The Secret to Stronger Feature Articles
Find the narrative tension hidden in your story, and you can turn a run-of-the-mill assignment into the kind of feature that leaves editors—and readers—clamoring for more. Here’s how to do it.
by Scott Atkinson
The WD Interview: Wally Lamb
Wally Lamb’s legions of readers might never know what he’s going to write next, or when. But they’ve learned, just as the author has, that good things come to those who wait.
by Suzy Spencer
Every Chance of Success
The author of Zero Chance of Passage has had a lifelong commitment to getting other to share her vision for the future. So when it came time to put that vision into print, she decided to take control—and earned the grand prize in WD’s Self-Published Book Awards for her efforts.
PLUS: The complete winners list.
by Cris Freese
WRITER’S WORKBOOK: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Balancing Exposition in Speculative Fiction
by Orson Scott Card
Weaving Theme Into Speculative Fiction
by Steven Harper
Exploring the World of Steampunk
by Jay Lake
Warm Up to Cozy Mysteries
Tales spun with lots of suspense—but no sex or violence—are finding a wide audience of armchair detectives.
by Zac Bissonnette
- 5-Minute Memoir: The Last Page
- Poetic Asides
- Questions & Quandries: What Writers Should Ask Potential Agents
- A Step-by-Step Guide to Agent Response Times (Humor)
MEET THE AGENT: Elizabeth Winick Rubinstein, McIntosh & Otis
by Kara Gebhart Uhl
BREAKING IN: Debut Author Spotlight
by Chuck Sambuchino
FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK: Exclusive Queries; Agent Efforts; Genre Hopping
by Barbara Poelle
YOUR STORY: “Sausage, Peppers and Ice Cream”
by Jane Bash
STANDOUT MARKETS: Narrative, Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Ms.
by Tiffany Luckey
CONFERENCE SCENE: utopYA Con 2014; Kentucky Writers Conference; Indiana University
by Linda Formichelli
REJECT A HIT: Goodnight Moon
spoof-rejected by Marcia Fowler