Freelancers living in North America have a great central resource for finding markets that accept submissions from freelance writers. The Writer’s Market has been the bible for finding publishers and magazine editors located in Canada and the United States. But for a writer who wants to expand her career and write for overseas markets, finding those markets can be difficult.
The bad news is that there isn’t a single one-stop resource for finding publications printed in English outside of North America. The good news is that once you do some digging you can find some clearing house sites that can get your started.
The most useful ones that I’ve found in the past are The Big Project and World Newspapers. Both of these sites specialize in newspapers, which means that unless you’re a features writer you’ll need to know a lot about news local to the country where the paper is printed.
World Magazines Online has a promising list of publications, but it’s hard to find ones that print exclusively in English. Don’t count out a good old fashioned Wikipedia search– the site might not qualify as a source for your writing, but it is a good starting place to find publications for your writing. Multi-lingual books has a good search function and direct links to the magazines by country, but until you get to each publication’s site you won’t know if it prints in English or not. Although Online Newspapers focuses on newspapers, they do divide the markets into those printed in English.
Recently I found a WordPress.org blog that lists international magazines, but since it’s not self- hosted, I’m a little worried that it may not be around for the long haul. The site gives information on what political leanings a magazine has, which can be good to know before querying.
Some countries, such as Denmark, actively monitor and collect publications printed within the country. It can be a long shot, but sometimes looking at a country’s national library will give you some leads.
Good luck looking across the globe for markets to sell your writing. I’m always on the look for a better central source, and right now these are the most comprehensive. If you know of a great source, let me know in the comments.
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