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Originally posted by jdadams1 jdadams1 wrote:

If you are on Facebook, one of the best things for me has been joining various “submission opportunity” groups. I bet I’m on a half dozen or so. Facebook has a ‘save’ option, so if a post comes up in my feed, I can quickly save it and review it at a more convenient time (versus having to investigate it the moment I see it, which is rarely the ideal time). You can even create a collection for your saves, so you could save it right to a Submission Opps collection. 

But many of these submission opportunities are only open for a limited time, and I’ve definitely had situations (as recently as last night!) where I waited too long to review a saved submission opportunity, and the deadline had passed. :)

What do you type in to search for the submission opportunities? Is it just submission opportunities or short story submission opportunities, or something else entirely? I recently discovered groups on facebook which I've been enjoying hahaha - Excited to try out this new avenue as well. Smile
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Originally posted by ChristiLB ChristiLB wrote:

Originally posted by jdadams1 jdadams1 wrote:

If you are on Facebook, one of the best things for me has been joining various “submission opportunity” groups. I bet I’m on a half dozen or so. Facebook has a ‘save’ option, so if a post comes up in my feed, I can quickly save it and review it at a more convenient time (versus having to investigate it the moment I see it, which is rarely the ideal time). You can even create a collection for your saves, so you could save it right to a Submission Opps collection. 

But many of these submission opportunities are only open for a limited time, and I’ve definitely had situations (as recently as last night!) where I waited too long to review a saved submission opportunity, and the deadline had passed. :)

What do you type in to search for the submission opportunities? Is it just submission opportunities or short story submission opportunities, or something else entirely? I recently discovered groups on facebook which I've been enjoying hahaha - Excited to try out this new avenue as well. Smile

I find "call for submissions" "[genre] call for submissions" or "short story call for submissions" as well as "writing contest" or "anthology call for submissions" helpful in my searches! There's also a few facebook groups that you can join called "no fee writing call for submissions" or similar that you can join :) 

Submission Grinder and Duotrope have been mentioned earlier but I echo that they are both very helpful, SG is free and Duotrope has a monthly cost. There's also @writevents on twitter, the person who runs that has a calendar of upcoming deadlines that is helpful.
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Originally posted by jdadams1 jdadams1 wrote:

If you are on Facebook, one of the best things for me has been joining various “submission opportunity” groups. I bet I’m on a half dozen or so. Facebook has a ‘save’ option, so if a post comes up in my feed, I can quickly save it and review it at a more convenient time (versus having to investigate it the moment I see it, which is rarely the ideal time). You can even create a collection for your saves, so you could save it right to a Submission Opps collection. 

But many of these submission opportunities are only open for a limited time, and I’ve definitely had situations (as recently as last night!) where I waited too long to review a saved submission opportunity, and the deadline had passed. :)
 
This is helpful info!  I am not on Facebook, but might have to reconsider based on this info!  I have submitted two stories this week, thanks to everyone's helpful, practical advice! Happy Writing!
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Originally posted by velocisarah velocisarah wrote:

Originally posted by ChristiLB ChristiLB wrote:

Originally posted by jdadams1 jdadams1 wrote:

If you are on Facebook, one of the best things for me has been joining various “submission opportunity” groups. I bet I’m on a half dozen or so. Facebook has a ‘save’ option, so if a post comes up in my feed, I can quickly save it and review it at a more convenient time (versus having to investigate it the moment I see it, which is rarely the ideal time). You can even create a collection for your saves, so you could save it right to a Submission Opps collection. 

But many of these submission opportunities are only open for a limited time, and I’ve definitely had situations (as recently as last night!) where I waited too long to review a saved submission opportunity, and the deadline had passed. :)

What do you type in to search for the submission opportunities? Is it just submission opportunities or short story submission opportunities, or something else entirely? I recently discovered groups on facebook which I've been enjoying hahaha - Excited to try out this new avenue as well. Smile

I find "call for submissions" "[genre] call for submissions" or "short story call for submissions" as well as "writing contest" or "anthology call for submissions" helpful in my searches! There's also a few facebook groups that you can join called "no fee writing call for submissions" or similar that you can join :) 

Submission Grinder and Duotrope have been mentioned earlier but I echo that they are both very helpful, SG is free and Duotrope has a monthly cost. There's also @writevents on twitter, the person who runs that has a calendar of upcoming deadlines that is helpful.

I have managed to do all right without Duotrope and Submission Grinder (other than one or two entries that required Submission Grinder), but I'd probably do better *with* them :) I'm kind of so committed to my own spreadsheet now, with so many tabs and line items, that it would would be hard for me to switch!

A few of the FB groups I'm on include:
- Fiction Submissions: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FictionSubmissions/
- Open Submission Calls for Horror/Paranormal/Mystery/SciFi Writers: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OpenSubCallsHorrorParanormalMysterySciFiWriters/
- Call for Submissions: https://www.facebook.com/groups/156020074604805/
- Writers Post No Fee Calls for Submission: https://www.facebook.com/groups/58414389316/

There may be some more, but that's all that seemed to pull up when I searched FB for 'submission.' I'm honestly not sure which is best... they tend to all run together in my feed :) 
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Originally posted by KarenB KarenB wrote:

Originally posted by jdadams1 jdadams1 wrote:

If you are on Facebook, one of the best things for me has been joining various “submission opportunity” groups. I bet I’m on a half dozen or so. Facebook has a ‘save’ option, so if a post comes up in my feed, I can quickly save it and review it at a more convenient time (versus having to investigate it the moment I see it, which is rarely the ideal time). You can even create a collection for your saves, so you could save it right to a Submission Opps collection. 

But many of these submission opportunities are only open for a limited time, and I’ve definitely had situations (as recently as last night!) where I waited too long to review a saved submission opportunity, and the deadline had passed. :)
 
This is helpful info!  I am not on Facebook, but might have to reconsider based on this info!  I have submitted two stories this week, thanks to everyone's helpful, practical advice! Happy Writing!

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