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Writer’s Resource: Alternatives to Duotrope

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Some time ago, I posted about Duotrope, a submission tracker.  As a free alternative, I also mentioned Spacejock Software.  Spacejock is not the only free alternative to Duotrope.  The list on this site suggests an additional nine options, each with a specific focus.

May the Muse be with you,


Writer’s Resources: Query Tracker

Query Tracker

A few weeks ago, I shared a link that would help keep track of short story submissions.  This time around, it’s all about the agents.

Now that you have a well written query letter, all that is needed is a handy list of agents; as well as a way to keep track of where all those letters have gone. Voted Top 101 Websites for Writers by Writer’s Digest, Query Tracker helps do both.  Even better, it’s free.

May the Muse be with you,


Writer’s Resource: Duotrope


Duotrope is an online submission tracker.  Once upon a time, it was free, but now there is a small charge for membership.  Don’t want to pay, check out a previous post about spacejock software that offers a free submission tracker.

Why pay for the service?  Because you get to take advantage of the experience of all the other members.  The extensive list of magazines that publish stories and poetry also comes with a handy guide to how long other people waited for a response.

May the Muse be with you,



Submission Guidelines: Glimmer Train

Glimmer Train

Glimmer Train is a triannual publication that takes only short stories.

They accept simultaneous submissions as well as previously published pieces, if they fit within certain parameters.

There is no mention of multiple submissions but Glimmer Train breaks the year up into various contests.  All are paid, some have a fee to cover the award, others are free but offer less pay.

Glimmer Train prefers online submissions but will accept snail mail.

Response time is dictated by the publication and contest timeline.

Submission Guidelines: Asimov’s


The main focus is science fiction but they will take borderline fantasy, but no Sword and Sorcery.

They detail a payment scale for short stories and poetry.

They do not accept simultaneous submissions.

Average response time is five weeks.  Wait three months to query if there has been no response.  They provide a tracking number to follow the status of a submission.

Writer’s Resource: Spacejock Software

Spacejock Software

Spacejock offers free software that perform various tasks.  Relevant to this blog’s focus are:

yWriter5- a writing programs similar to Scrivener with a few less bells and whistles; and

Sonar3- a tracking system for who you have sent what stories and what was the response.  Similar to Duotrope, except your information is not available to others.  Which means you can’t learn from other people’s experiences, either.

Simon Haynes, the creator, proudly claims his software is virus free and walks you through how to ensure it is.

May the muse be with you,

Kelly Dunn