Posted by: Kathy Temean | October 19, 2015

Call for Submissions – Writers and Poets

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Call for Submissions: Writer’s Market 2017   

is accepting pitches until 11:59 p.m. (Atlanta, Georgia time) on October 31, 2015, for possible articles in the Writer’s Market 2017. In November, he’ll start making assignments. If you’re interested in pitching an article idea or three, read on.

What Robert Likes

So, what do I prefer? The best way to figure that out is to read a recent edition or two of Writer’s Market. (Learn more about the Writer’s Market 2016 here.) Anyone familiar with the book will know that I’m looking for articles that will help freelancers find more success from a business perspective.

Previous articles have tackled queries, book proposals, taxes, record keeping, business management, and more. If you’re an experienced source and can interview other sources, that is ideal. However, I’m unlikely to assign featured interviews with writers (as I tend to tackle those myself).

He is also not interested in articles on the craft of writing. While I think those pieces are extremely valuable, they’re just not a good fit for Writer’s Market. If you’re in doubt, go ahead and pitch it.


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How to Submit

Now that you know what Robert likes, here are some guidelines on submitting:

  • Submit your pitch via e-mail in the body of the e-mail. He doesn’t like attachments.
  • Send your pitch to with the subject line: 2017 Writer’s Market Pitch
  • Begin with your pitch (or pitches) before introducing yourself through your bio. While your experience will be important, I’m more interested in your article idea(s).
  • If you have more than one pitch, include them all in the same e-mail. Please avoid sending me several e-mail messages.
  • Deadline: 11:59 p.m. (Atlanta, Georgia time) October 31, 2015.

Some Other FAQs

There are a few other questions potential writers ask each year. For instance, we do pay competitive rates for freelance articles. However, Robert doesn’t discuss those rates until the piece is assigned.

Freelancers for the book do receive a contributor copy, and they pay reprint fees for articles that are included in other editions of the book. Plus, Writer’s Digest buys first rights–so it’s a writer-friendly deal.

Poet's Market 2016It’s that time of year again. The new 2016 Poet’s Market is hitting bookshelves, which means Robert is also looking for article for the Poet’s Market 2017

How to Submit Articles

Here are some guidelines on submitting articles:

  • Submit your pitch via e-mail in the body of the e-mail. No attqchments.
  • Send your pitch to with the subject line: 2017 Poet’s Market Pitch
  • Begin with your pitch (or pitches) before introducing yourself through your bio. While you may have an impressive bio, I’m most interested in your article idea(s).
  • If you have more than one pitch, include them all in one e-mail. My inbox is crowded; please avoid sending me several e-mail messages.
  • Deadline: October 31, 2015–11:59 p.m. (Atlanta, GA time).

What Robert Likes

For the Poet’s Market book, he is interested in instructional articles for the following three categories:

  • Craft of Poetry. Articles on creation, revision, meter, etc.
  • Business of Poetry. Articles on submitting poems, reading poems, etc.
  • Promotion of Poetry. Articles on finding and connecting with readers.

If you have something outside these areas, feel free to pitch that too.

One note: He is not interested in folks pitching interviews with poets (unless you’re pitching an interview with a super high profile poet). The reason for this is that I often interview poets myself.

Now, get to work thinking about what to pitch Robert.

robert_lee_brewer_croppedRobert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community. He edits the Writer’s Market and Poet’s Market books and writes a poetry column for Writer’s Digest magazine. He’s also the author of the poetry collection, Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.

Talk tomorrow,



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