They are out there.
Anthologies, journals, blogs, websites (for web content), magazines, publishers and e-zines are waiting for the rich and varied offerings of our global and Caribbean writers – whether established, widely celebrated or up-and-coming.
Spoken-word artists and oral storytellers and authors with their audio offerings are finding more markets too, including podcasts, streaming radio and of course, video sites.
More and more outlets are flourishing right in our under-represented region too.
Very often established international publications and competitions, on and off the web, do include publishing opportunities for writers situated in the Caribbean and the wider Diaspora.
There are several legitimate international writing competitions without entry fees shared here as well as many excellent paying markets relevant to Caribbean and international writers.
Photographers and visual artists are not be left out since several journals accept images too – a really good way to build a portfolio.
Thankfully these days (and now out of necessity for safety with #COVID19), most submissions tend to be electronic.
The downside is, after signing up for the newsletter – perusing (and perusing and perusing some more) all of the articles and ads, getting excited about the possibility of gaining a big prize – you read further and find you (= Caribbean writer) are NOT eligible!
Even worse, according to Editors and Competition Co-ordinators, writers find their submissions dropped because they did not read the guideline requirements carefully enough. (Word to the wise: re-read and double check those guidelines!)
So, literary artists and editors, including freelance writers: After years of combing numerous e-newsletters, webrings, writing craft magazines and guides, websites, e-zines and post-it notes with scribbles (and trauma from hard drives crashing), I decided to put all my “two cents” in one place. Right here! Others seem to think the effort is worthwhile too.
BONUS: 1) Stopped killing you with my emails. 2) You can AVOID the crazy scams (Isn’t that a relief? For more, CLICK HERE to read my post about avoiding writing scams)
For direct connections to hundreds of Caribbean writers, join us on Facebook at the Caribbean Writers group or go to the left widget for all of the other social media links.
I am blessed by your support and the great response, so if you see:
- a niche I’m not filling
- broken links
- defunct publications/ competitions
- a publication that you know personally that ignores writers’ rights
PLEASE let me know.
Sandra Sealy – Founder, Seawoman’s Caribbean Writing & Caribbean Writers on Facebook
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