Hunting for Markets Over the Holidays

Chances are, you'll be busy over the next several weeks. Between preparing for, celebrating, and unwinding from the holidays it may be difficult to maintain your regular writing routine. And if researching potential homes for your work is part of that routine-as it is for many of us who regularly submit stories, essays, poems, articles, and reviews for publication-you may be worried about falling behind.

But it's time to put those worries to rest. In truth, there are many ways to keep up with your market-hunting over the holidays. Here are just four possibilities:

1) When you visit friends and family, peruse the magazines they may have on their coffee tables or stacked in their recycling bins. Chances are they may subscribe to some that you don't receive. Who knows how many new markets you may discover? (Just be sure to ask for permission before you start rummaging!)

2) Be bold with your gift list. If someone close to you should ask what you might like for the holidays, go ahead and say it. Go ahead and tell that person: "I'd like you to bring me/send me all the magazines you've received for the past six months-and haven't yet thrown out." That person won't need to shop, and you will be able to spend the rest of the winter researching markets.

3) If you'll be traveling, take advantage of any complimentary publications that may come your way: inflight magazines, morning newspapers at hotels, and so on. Again, these may provide you sample issues for markets that you haven't considered before.

4) If you're visiting anyone out-of-town, stop by the local library, and check out the magazines the library keeps stocked. It's quite likely that you'll discover some-especially regional publications-that you won't be able to research as easily back home.

Can you think of other possibilities? Add them to the list! Happy holidays, and happy market-hunting.

(C) Copyright 2004 Erika Dreifus. All rights reserved. Article reprint permission is granted provided that the entire article, including the "About the Author" information--remains intact and unaltered. Please send a courtesy copy of the reprint to erikadrei (at ) yahoo (dot) com

Erika Dreifus (Ed.M., M.F.A., Ph.D.) edits the free monthly newsletter, "The Practicing Writer," and has published several resource guides, including "The Practicing Writer's Directory of Paying Short Story Markets" and "The Practicing Writer's Directory of Paying Poetry Markets." Visit her website at to learn more.

In The News:

This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at

Allowing Students to Experience the Fun of Writing
Inside Higher Ed (blog)
One of my core beliefs about teaching writing is we have to do better when it comes to providing access to the parts of writing that are actually fun. So much of what I've asked students over the years feels like I've been requiring them to demonstrate ...

SUNY-ESF Headlines

Writing, Rhetoric & Communications
SUNY-ESF Headlines
Writing, Rhetoric & Communications Program is one of only a few programs in the United States to address environmental literature and place-based professional and research writing. Our minor in Environmental Writing and Rhetoric (EWR) offers coursework ...

Lonely Planet Travel News

Writers are creating personalized stories for travelers passing through LaGuardia
Lonely Planet Travel News
In the middle of the Marine Air Terminal at New York's bustling LaGuardia Airport sits an unexpected site. Nestled in a small 110-foot kiosk with wood-panelled walls, amidst stacks of paper lit by desk lamps are two writers, busily working away on stories.


The delectable possibility and bland reality of Sweetbitter
In fiction, food writing functions a lot like sex writing, and not just because both can be titillating. The best descriptions of food and sex alike connect the reader's senses to the story, evoking (or even stirring up) hunger and desire, two of the ...

New York Times

Over 150 Picture Prompts for Creative, Personal, Argumentative and Explanatory Writing
New York Times
Every day on our site we publish a Picture Prompt — a short, accessible, image-driven post that uses a photograph or illustration from The Times to inspire student writing. These writing prompts invite students to create short stories and poems, share ...

Everything George RR Martin is doing instead of writing the Game of Thrones books
This blog has created an uneasy relationship between Martin and his fans, as they often harass him to stop writing these daily thoughts and finish his books. In 2010, Martin answered those criticisms by revealing that writing other prose and compiling ...
George RR Martin's 'The Ice Dragon' to Get the Animated Movie TreatmentHollywood Reporter
'Game Of Thrones' Maestro George RR Martin Gets In Business With Warner Bros. Animation: Studio To Adapt Author's ...Deadline

all 78 news articles »

Wall Street Journal

'On War and Writing' Review: The Rifle and the Pen
Wall Street Journal
War writing occupies a curious space in contemporary literature. It's important, of course, imbued with an urgency and significance that writing about other topics may struggle for. One would be hard-pressed to find a book of war literature that didn't ...

From The Archives: Philip Roth Discusses His Writing Process
Email. May 23, 20184:31 PM ET. Heard on All Things Considered. Philip Roth talked with former All Things Considered host Robert Siegel many times over the years. Here Roth discusses some of his thoughts on his writing process. Roth died Tuesday at 85.

Rutland Herald

Writing on the Hall: The Mystery of the Theater Roof
Rutland Herald
The mystery of the week has been why Paramount Theatre officials are being so tight-lipped about what happened to their roof. Last week ended with a vague press release about “marks” in the balcony indicating there might be some roof damage, and a ...

Former Fredericksburg resident slowly, surely writing her way into Hollywood
Specifically, co-writing the screenplay of a movie that aired last week on Lifetime, a thriller called “Deadly Matrimony,” known as one point as "Vows of Deceit." It's a sign that the former Fredericksburg and current L.A. resident is making progress ...

Google News

Italics Part 2 - Using Italics to Show Thoughts

Way back in your early school years, you were probably... Read More

Do You Know What A Plot Is?

Creative Writing Tips ?What a plot is and what a... Read More

10 Ways to Shatter Writers Block

1. Use Logic: Check for External PressuresAre you under physical... Read More

A Beginners Guide to Writing a Novel

No one is born a novel writer. But do you... Read More

Writing For the Joy of It

As a child, I loved to write. I can't remember... Read More

Writing Personal Statements - Top Tips


The Spectre Hound

And a dreadful thing from the cliff did spring, and... Read More

Every Result is an Asset

Not long ago, I went to an Internet Marketing Seminar.... Read More

Top 10 Common English Goofs by Web Authors

In reviewing and browsing web sites over the years, I... Read More

Linguaphone Language Learning Solutions

Language Training - A key to Global CommunicationLanguage Training is... Read More

How to Outline your Book and Chapters with Mindmapping

Mindmapping is better than linear outlining because authors can use... Read More

That Cute Lil Ol Apostrophe

Have you ever had a student write to tell you... Read More

How To Write Your Book Within A Week

Everyone has a book inside them, or so the saying... Read More

Publish It Now! No Matter What It Is

Do you want to publish something? An article, a non-fiction... Read More

Write For Yourself First

It would be very selfless or noble of me to... Read More

Dialogue Tags - A Study in Common Errors

Verb and SubjectIncorrect:"I bet you two had a fine time,"... Read More

Does The Title Reflect The Story?

Short Story Writing Tips ?We all have different tastes in... Read More

Screenwriting, Screenplays, Screenwriters - Writing a Screenplay Using Structure

Effective screenwriting relies on the good understanding and use of... Read More

Time-Saving Skills to Get More from Your Writing

As you set out to create your first niche non-fiction... Read More

Screenwriting and Screenwriters ? beyond Syd Field

Without denigrating the work and contribution of Syd Field to... Read More

Publication Road

The journey to having my first novel for children published... Read More

To Transcribe or Not To Transcribe Interviews?

11 Secrets from an Experienced InterviewerOne of the unwritten rules... Read More

What Does It Take To Make Your Memories Into Publishable Memoirs?

Why should you consider creating a memoir of your personal... Read More

Overcoming Writers Block

Do you suffer from writer's block? Is there a pending... Read More

Turbo-Charging Your Writing Career - 6 High-Yield Strategies

Hands up all those who'd like to have a successful... Read More