It was interesting to read the many responses to my post on submitting yesterday.
Something I have heard not only here but in my writers group when I ask about sending off an article or story is "I have a few things written but haven't found where to send it yet."
Again--this is my opinion only--I've found that first you find a place and a topic to submit to--then you write the article. Trying to fit a story to a place as is is a bigger challenge. On occasion, for a contest or just because I get lucky, I've been able to use something I've already written. But it usually includes a quick edit or rewrite before I submit.
Having said that--I'm offering a challenge today for those of you who need a little kick, helping hand or slight push.
I'm going to list three random places that take all of about five minutes or less to submit to if you have something already written that you can fix up. Otherwise, it might take a day or so should you have nothing but when I say a day--I mean a few hours with a day to take another look before sending.
1. Chicken Soup They have a book of miracles coming out. I picked this one first not because I like to write for them but because their submission process is soooo easy. A paying market of $200 and 10 free books.
2. Memoir Here's a contest that is so easy and free to submit to also. Everyone can write a short memoir about a significant event in their life. A suggestion--if no word count is listed then stick to about 750 words. It amazes me too how some writers write these long essays and hope they will again fit somewhere. Prizes.
3.JournEzine This is an online site that doesn't pay but they have a list of general topics to choose from for each month. BUT they have a another book coming out soon and they are still taking submissions for that too.
Finally, if you are unsure about something and want another pair of eyes, feel free to email me and I will be happy to help if I can.
So. . . step away from the blogger site and start writing!!