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Keeping it Free for Writers

If you’re a writer, you’ve no doubt noticed how many journals have started charging fees for submissions. And if you’ve ever entered a contest, you know that most charge entry fees of $15 to $25 or more.

That’s why I was so pleased to come across Erika Dreifus’s “Practicing Writing” web blog recently. Dreifus is a New York City-based writer, and every few days her blog provides links to opportunities for writers—open submissions, contests, jobs and more. But the difference on this site is that all opportunities are free for writers. As in no submission or entry fees. None. Nada.

For writers who haven’t yet made their passion profitable (and that’s most of us), this resource is invaluable. Those fees add up quickly, and when you add them to the necessary writing organization memberships, subscriptions and conference costs, the total can be prohibitive for some. It’s great to see someone who believes that writing is still about promoting opportunities for all writers, not just those with expense budgets.

Thank you, Erika!

And while we’re on the subject of free submissions, The Los Angeles Review, where I am one of the editors, opens its submission period Monday, August 1. We welcome your fiction, poetry and nonfiction. It’s all online and there is no fee to submit. None. Nada. Never.


About Joe Ponepinto

Co-publisher, with Kelly Davio, of Tahoma Literary Review. Author of "Curtain Calls," a featured Kirkus Review. Married to Dona. Dad to Henry, the coffee-drinkin' dog.


2 thoughts on “Keeping it Free for Writers

  1. I went to Queens University of Charlotte with Erika – she’s doing a wonderful service to literature, along with her own fine writing.

    Posted by Val Nieman | August 1, 2011, 2:16 PM
  2. Small world! I hear Queens is one of the best creative writing MFA programs out there. No wonder you’re both doing so well.

    Posted by jpon | August 1, 2011, 2:23 PM

Tahoma Literary Review Now Open for Submissions

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