Listing Criteria

These are our general criteria for listings. However, we reserve the right to refuse a listing for any reason without notice.

To qualify for a listing, a market must meet these minimum criteria:

Publication
They must provide publication in print, electronic, audio, or video format. Duotrope is a resource for publication opportunities. We do not list contests or fellowships that do not offer publication.
Published authors and artists must be acknowledged as being the creator of their work, such as with a byline.
Language
They must accept submissions in English and provide submission guidelines in English. (It's fine if they publish material in a different language.)
Material and Submission Methods
They must accept unsolicited submissions* of fiction, poetry, or nonfiction, or visual art submissions. These submissions must be from the creator of the work. (*Unsolicited manuscripts are not a requirement, as long as they accept unsolicited queries for already-existing work.)
Exception: Markets that only publish translations, picture books for children, plays, greeting cards, novelties, derivative works (unauthorized fan fiction), and/or graphic narrative do not qualify.
Exception: Markets that only accept agented submissions, submissions by invitation, or that use a nomination process do not qualify.
Exception: Publications that seek writers/artists for positions — such as columnists, bloggers, reviewers, or illustrators — or freelance/"by assignment" writers or artists, instead of accepting direct, unsolicited submissions do not qualify.
Official Website
They must have an official, regularly updated, and up-to-date website. (An official site is one under the control of and maintained by the editorial staff. Sites maintained by third parties are not "official" websites.)
Exception: "Pages" on social networks, such as Facebook, Twitter, etc., do not qualify as official websites; however, websites hosted on blogging platforms, such as Wordpress, do qualify.
Submissions Guidelines
Their complete, up-to-date guidelines must be posted on the official website in written format. At a minimum, this should include the type of material they wish to see (fiction, poetry, nonfiction, visual art), whether they are currently open or closed to submissions, and instructions on how to submit if they are currently accepting submissions.
These guidelines must be easily found from the home page and must be accessible without a login.
A note about third-party submission managers: While we prefer guidelines posted directly on the official website, we will also accept guidelines posted on Submittable, Green Submissions, or Moksha. No other third-party submission managers are approved.
A note about contests: For a contest to maintain a listing with us, its current open/closed status must be accessible year-round on the official website.
A note about anthologies: For anthologies with a publisher, we require that the guidelines be posted on the publisher's official website. We will not accept guidelines posted on the editor's personal blog.
All the guidelines for a single publication should be in the same place. We will not create separate listings for individual sections of large publications.
Editors should read our recommendations and always inform us when their guidelines page changes locations.
No Fees for Publication
If the publisher is a vanity press, subsidy publisher, or publishing cooperative, or if they sell any publishing services, they do not qualify.
If they charge fees for any aspect of publication (including but not limited to editing services, cover art, ISBNs), they do not qualify.
If they require the creator to purchase a minimum number of copies (even just one), they do not qualify.
A note about reading fees and entry fees: As long as they don't charge for publication, it's fine if they charge submission fees.
Full Disclosure
The publication must offer full disclosure regarding any fees (or required purchases), rights assumed, and any other significant information.
Editing and Handling Submissions
The publication must be actively edited. An editor (or editors) must read and curate submissions.
If they accept/publish all or most of the submissions they receive, they do not qualify.
If they primarily publish their own work, the publication does not qualify.
If all submissions are made available to the public, they don't qualify, since this adversely affects the creator's First Rights.
Broad Submissions Pool
The publication must accept submissions from a broad audience, not just students at a single college or residents of a small town, for example. We look for a base demographic of at least one million people.
Published Regularly
To maintain a listing with us, they must publish regularly. For those that list their publication frequency (i.e., quarterly, monthly, etc.) we expect them to maintain that schedule within reason. For book publishers and publications with an unknown frequency, we expect publication at least once a year. Projects that fail to meet these guidelines will be disqualified or "believed defunct."
For stand-alone anthologies, we require publication within two years of posting the call for submissions. Projects that don't reach fruition within two years will be disqualified.
Established Publication History
They must have published their first issue or book at least six months ago.
A note about new publications: We do list many new projects. Please see the information below for "fledgling" listings.

Guidelines for new projects (a.k.a. "fledgling" listings)

New projects must meet all the criteria above, minus the "established publication history" requirement. Here are the general guidelines we use to determine whether we will create a "fledgling" listing or wait until the publication is more established:

  • If they have not yet published their first issue/book and their website is hosted through a free service, we reserve the right to refuse a listing until they have published their first issue/book. It is too easy to start the idea for a publication using one of these free services but never follow through. 75-90% of these vanish without a word within three months. Tracking these will-o'-the-wisp markets takes our time away from tracking legitimate markets, and regretfully we have had to institute this policy.
  • If they have not yet published their first issue/book but they own their own domain and pay for web service, we may provide a "fledgling" listing.
  • If their first issue/book was published less than six months ago, we may provide a "fledgling" listing.
About "fledgling" status: "Fledgling" status applies for six months. Listings marked "fledgling" receive most of the benefits of regular listings but are not eligible for inclusion in some of our statistical reports. However, the data used in calculating the statistics will still be maintained and will take effect immediately when the listing graduates from "fledgling" status. Also, "fledgling" listings are ineligible for our interview feature.

How to Request a Listing

ATTN Editors: Please read our Policies for Editors before submitting your publication! The information there will help you understand what we do and how we work, and how you can help the process go as smoothly as possible during the lifetime of our listing for your publication. You may also want to check out our Advice for Editors, which discusses some of the common pitfalls to avoid.

If you believe the publication meets all the criteria listed above, go to our Request a New Listing Form. Please read all the instructions. We will add all qualifying listings as soon as we are able.

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