Finding the right market for your work can be hard, especially when there are so many and you have no idea where to start. Luckily, we live in a digital epoch that makes it extraordinarily easy to find just the right market. Websites like Duotrope contain a large database of available markets for just about any field you could possibly imagine. Unfortunately, Duotrope costs money, and may be unfeasible for some. Luckily, some free alternatives exist for finding markets.
- The Grinder– A huge database of markets for fiction writers (Sorry, non-fiction and poetry!) as well as a submission tracker to help you keep track of what went where. This database is very simple to use! You can search by genre, subject, submission type, style, length, pay scale, and more. Searching for paying, lgbtq fantasy gave me 5 results; which is pretty impressive to me!
- firstwriter.com– Although it’s sort of an eyesore, this website contains useful databases for finding publishers, magazines, and contests to send your work to. This one includes plenty of markets for fiction, non-fiction, and poetry writers.
- Ralan’s SpecFic & Humor Webstravaganza– Eyesore and use of the term “Webstravaganza” aside, this frequently updated database is filled with markets for writers of speculative fiction and humor. It also contains hundreds of resources and links for writers of any kind.
I think writers of fiction will definitely find the right market using these sources, but I feel like writers of non-fiction will find them a bit lacking. If anyone can find any more searchable databases for non-fiction, feel free to comment below.