Where to Publish Your Quarantine Story | Writer's Life
Updated: Aug 13
By Sarah J. Kings
Even though we may be subject to some pretty terrible times, many authors are feeling more compelled than ever to create literature and poetry that can attest to their experiences during this unprecedented hour. While the idea may be grim, we all know Hemingway’s feelings on the matter. “No subject is terrible if the story is true, if the prose is clean and honest, and if it affirms courage and grace under pressure.”
If you have written one such piece, and you are looking for the perfect publisher, you have come to the right place! Here are four literary journals and magazines that are currently looking to publish work centered around the ideas of quarantine, social distancing, and COVID 19.
From Whispers to Roars is an arts and literary magazine with a passion for reading everything you can send them. They are interested in supporting writers without regard to previous publishing experience.
They believe strong writing speaks, or roars, for itself. They are currently accepting fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art for their series, Quarantine Tales. With a readership of over 25,000 people, this would be an amazing place to showcase your work. Submissions are $3.00, and entries are accepted until May 7th. Just be sure that your work is under the 2,000-word limit.
Iō is a unique publication that celebrates diversity and works hard to give a voice to groups who may feel silenced, underrepresented, or marginalized. Their journal has both a print and online publication, and currently, they are accepting submissions for their eBook, Tales from Six Feet Apart. Iō is looking to hear your honest experiences, and they have requested a 2,000-word limit. There is no deadline listed, and the reading fee is $2.00.
Passenger Books is dedicated to authors who are at least 50 years of age. Currently, they are collecting 250-word entries to their Pandemic Diaries collection. They are looking for observations, impressions, feelings, conversations, and encounters. They are asking for work straight from your diary or journal. There is no fee to submit your work, which is a big plus! Just know, they are not interested in poetry for this collection.
Are you still working out the kinks of your isolation inspired work? Or is your piece a bit longer than 250 or 2,000 words? That’s okay. LITRO Magazine is accepting submissions until August 12th, and they have a 4,000-word limit. They are looking for fiction, essays, flash or micro fiction, and nonfiction that pertains to the current pandemic. It is important to note that they do not accept poetry.
Whether you are a brand-new writer, seasoned professional, or somewhere between, there is a place for your work to be published! If you have written something solid and you are trying to find a home for it, submit your work to one of these great publishers!