Nicole J Simms/ March 1, 2016/ Blog/ 0 comments

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How I find homes for my stories

Finding somewhere to submit your story to can be tricky, first you have to find a magazine, submission call, or website and then you have to figure out whether it is the right place for your story. But lucky for us, there are many websites out there that make things a lot easier for the stressed writer. And that’s what I will be sharing with you today.

The Horror Tree

I have to start with The Horror Tree. This website is ideal for horror writers. And not only do they list submission calls they also have interesting writing-related articles to read. There’s one called Setting Self Doubt on Fire, which is a great read for those writers who often feel crippled by Mr. Self Doubt. Of course, I’m not biased at all. 😉

This website doesn’t solely list horror story submission calls they also list science fiction and fantasy. And now they also list novel and novella submission calls.

Dark Markets

Dark Markets is similar to The Horror Tree; I found them both at the same time. They focus mostly on places for horror writers to submit their work too. You can look through a list of anthologies, book publishers, contests, magazines, and online zines.


Ralan lists magazines, webzines, book publishers, anthologies, and competitions for the speculative and humour genre. The categories make it easy to find where you want to submit your story to. For example, if you want a semi-pro paying magazine or website then you will be able to find them under the Semipro link.


ShortStops is a great place to find a home for your short stories. They mostly list literary magazines. Thanks to this website, I found the Firewords Quarterly Magazine submission call which resulted in my story ‘The Snowflakes of Time’ being published.

Patsy Collins

Patsy Collins is a writer who regularly adds competitions that she finds onto her website. I’ve found some really interesting flash fiction competitions on here.

Writing Magazine

The Writing Magazine is something I would suggest all writers to buy. It is packed with useful information and advice for writers. They also list lots of competitions, short story and novel submission calls, and magazines. However, if you don’t want to buy the magazine, you can visit their website where they also list the competitions, etc.


This was one of the first websites that I found when I started to submit my stories. At first, the website was free to use but it now has a yearly fee.

You can easily find magazines and websites for your genre via this website. It’s clear and easy to use. There is also a submission tracker feature, so you can keep up-to-date on where your stories are.

The Submission Grinder

This works in the same way as Duotrope, but it’s free. Yay! Using the search feature, you can easily find anthologies, magazines, and websites to submit your stories to.

Almond Press

This website lists writing competitions for the year, some free to enter and some not. Thanks to this website I found two competitions to enter, both free.

So there you have it, a list of places that will help you find a home for your story. So, what are you waiting for? Go and submit those stories.

Keep writing, folks!

My latest, Writing Times Magazine, article can be found at the link below.

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