Our annual Independent Publishing Issue includes information about fifty magazines and five small presses accepting submissions with no reading fees; a profile of poet Kevin Young, author of a new nonfiction book, Bunk, and the new poetry editor of the New Yorker; our second annual 5 Over 50 roundup of debut authors; William Giraldi on James Baldwin; a look at how book advances work; self-publishing advice; writing prompts; and more.
The Poet At Work
With a new book of nonfiction, Bunk, a new job as director of a leading research center on black culture, and a new role as poetry editor of the New Yorker, Kevin Young is fully engaged in a personal program of moving multitudes.
5 Over 50
Five writers over the age of fifty whose debut books were released this year: Jimin Han, Laura Hulthen Thomas, Karen E. Osborne, Tina Carlson, and Peg Alford Pursell. Excerpts of their books are available in 5 Over 50 Reads 2017.
Free to Submit
A practical guide to magazine submissions.
50 magazines and 5 small presses accepting submissions with no reading fees.
News and Trends
Small Press Points highlights the innovation and can-do spirit of independent presses. This issue features the Shropshire, England–based Platypus Press.
Published this month by Little, Brown, David Sedaris Diaries: A Visual Compendium features images and artwork from the best-selling author’s 153 diaries, which he composed over the past forty years.
Jamia Wilson, the new executive director and publisher of the Feminist Press, shares her plans to advance the press’s mission of championing marginalized voices.
Brooklyn, New York–based literary magazine A Public Space has launched a book division called A Public Space Books, with its first title set for publication next year.
A new book subscription service sends members a novel every two months, along with food, recipes, and related ephemera, to help readers engage with other cultures.
Poet Kiki Petrosino highlights five journals that first published poems appearing in her third collection, Witch Wife, out from Sarabande Books in December.
Page One offers the first lines of a dozen new and noteworthy books, including Louise Erdrich’s novel Future Home of the Living God and Victoria Chang’s poetry collection Barbie Chang.
Based at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and led by Kwame Dawes, the African Poetry Book Fund supports and celebrates pan-African poetry.
The Practical Writer
Getting Paid: How Book Advances Work
A behind-the-scenes look at the inexact science—and mathematics—of book advances, from small presses to the Big Five.
Your Rights Revert: What to Do If Your Publisher Goes Under
A small-press editor offers four possible paths to take if the Oh No! moment arrives and your publisher closes its doors.
The Savvy Self-Publisher: Vinnie Kinsella
Vinnie Kinsella shares the process of self-publishing an essay anthology, Fashionably Late: Gay, Bi, and Trans Men Who Came Out Later in Life. An editor and a publicist weigh in.
The Literary Life
The Art of Reading James Baldwin: The Truth of Our Pain
A close look at how the Notes of a Native Son author’s religious contentions permeate through the wisdom and imagination of his prose.
The Time Is Now: Writing Prompts and Exercises
Use found language to compose a poem, incorporate video games into a story, or write an essay on selflessness—three prompts to bring your writing to life this winter.