For the month of April, all of my "A to Z" posts are directly related to my writing: the markets where I submit my work, in particular. Today, we take a look at another pro-paying market: Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. Here’s what they prefer:
“Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine welcomes submissions from both new and established writers. We publish every kind of mystery short story: the psychological suspense tale, the deductive puzzle, the private eye case—the gamut of crime and detection from the realistic (including the policeman's lot and stories of police procedure) to the more imaginative (including "locked rooms" and "impossible crimes"). We need hard-boiled stories as well as "cozies," but we are not interested in explicit sex or violence. We do not want true detective or crime stories. We look for strong writing, an original and exciting plot, and professional craftsmanship. EQMM's range in the mystery genre is extensive: Almost any story that involves crime or the threat of crime comes within our purview. However, like all magazines, EQMM has a distinctive tone and style and you can only get a sense of whether your work will suit us by reading an issue.”
Pro: a pro-paying market (5 cents per word), online submission form; response time: less than a month
Con: form letter rejections – so UNhelpful
So far, I've submitted only one of my stories to Ellery Queen, and I received the afore-mentioned form letter rejection in just over two weeks. I don’t write much in the way of mysteries/detective tales, but when I have another one to submit, I’ll be sure to send it in.
Thanks for visiting; enjoy the next "Q" stop on your A to Z tour!