Virginia Quarterly Review: Market Spotlight

For this week's market spotlight, we look at Virginia Quarterly Review, a literary journal looking for top-notch fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Submission period open through July 31, 2020.
Author:
Publish date:

Virginia Quarterly Review (or VQR) is a literary journal looking for top-notch fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.

(The Sun Magazine: Market Spotlight.)

The editors say, "From its inception in prohibition, through depression and war, in prosperity and peace, the Virginia Quarterly Review has been a haven—and home—for the best essayists, fiction writers, and poets, seeking contributors from every section of the United States and abroad. It has not limited itself to any special field. No topic has been alien: literary, public affairs, the arts, history, the economy. If it could be approached through essay or discussion, poetry or prose, VQR has covered it."

VQR pays $200 per poem, up to four poems; collections of five or more usually earns $1,000. For prose (fiction and nonfiction), they pay 25¢ per word. Book reviews are $500, and online content generally earns $100-200 per piece. 

virginia_quarterly_review_market_spotlight

What They're Looking For

VQR publishes poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, literary criticism, book reviews, and more.

The editors say, "VQR strives to publish the best writing we can find. While we have a long history of publishing accomplished and award-winning authors, we also seek and support emerging writers."

The editors consider all forms of poetry. For fiction, they shy away from genre fiction like romance and science fiction and fantasy, and they look for stories of 3,500 to 8,000 words.

For nonfiction, they publish literary criticism, reportage, historical and political analysis, and travel essays. As the editors say, "In general, we are looking for nonfiction that looks out on the world, rather than within the self."

How to Submit

Potential writers should submit via their Submittable page by July 31, 2020.

For poetry, poets can submit up to four poems (fewer than 15 pages). For fiction and nonfiction, writers should submit one story or piece for each reading period.

Click here to learn more and submit.

*****

Freelance Writing

No other market is as open to the freelance writer as the magazine market. From trade and association publications, to special interest magazines, to regional and national consumer publications, editors are looking for writers who can deliver well-researched, reader-targeted articles on deadline. To make it in this market, you want to learn how to identify a magazine's editorial needs and—most important—how to fill them.

Click to continue.

4 Myths About Writing Animal Characters

4 Myths About Writing Animal Characters

Author Codi Schneider debunks four myths about writing animal characters, including that audiences won't connect with animal characters and that they're only for children's books.

Voyager

Voyager

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, your character is a modern day voyager.

Stephanie Marie Thornton: One How an Entire Rewrite Added Suspense

Stephanie Marie Thornton: On How an Entire Rewrite Added Suspense

USA Today bestselling author discusses how rewriting a portion of her new historical fiction novel, A Most Clever Girl, added suspense.

Creativity Is Making Small Choices

Creativity Is Making Small Choices

When struggling to work through a creative dilemma, it's best to think of your work in small pieces that create a larger whole. Author Perttu Pölönen explains how creativity is a collection of small choices from an abundance of options.

Zibby Books Market Spotlight

Zibby Books: Market Spotlight

For this market spotlight, we look at Zibby Books, a brand new book publisher (just announced earlier today) that wants to introduce a new model with book champions and ambassadors to the publishing and promotion process.

Emigrate vs. Immigrate (Grammar Rules)

Emigrate vs. Immigrate (Grammar Rules)

Let's look at the differences between emigrate and immigrate with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

A Conversation With Cai Emmons About Her Novel, Sinking Islands

A Conversation With Cai Emmons About Her Novel, Sinking Islands

Authors Aimee Liu and Cai Emmons sit down for an intimate and wide-ranging conversation, from writing her new novel Sinking Islands, to finding inspiration during the pandemic and life in the throes of an incurable disease.

From Our Readers

How Do You Define Success, and How Has It Changed Since You Started Writing?: From Our Readers (Comment for a Chance at Publication)

This post announces our latest From Our Readers question: How do you define success, and how has it changed since you started writing? Comment for a chance at publication in a future issue of Writer's Digest.

Choosing Characters for Historical Fiction

Lest We Forget These Brave Women: On Choosing Characters for Historical Fiction

Bestselling author Natasha Lester (The Paris Orphan and The Riviera House) shares stories about a few of the women she's written about in her historical fiction to help writers appreciate these women and choose interesting characters for their own historical fiction.