Ever thought about submitting your writings?
I used to think it would be easy and that there would be keen competition, but darn it all it is difficult trying to squeeze my creative pieces in someone’s eyesight!
I will be submitting my writings to various places. Like, really committing to it— like a job. I already write more than I work, but I keep flailing along with submissions.
One thing I realize, and this is something I did not understand until now, is that before submitting any piece of writing, you should take a look at the publishers’ samples and even subscribe to their publication.
Now what about that did I not understand in the past? Self explanatory, right?
Well, here is what I used to do:
- Select writings I’ve done in the past or recently.
- Go to the library to check out Writer’s Market books.
- Sit down for hours and look for publications that will take what I wrote.
Got accepted to none.
Well, one of my Christian poems made it to an online site(that no longer exists) and the University of Maryland magazine Constellation, picked up my coolest poems in 2008.
But did I receive bigger recognition and awards? Nope.
From what I researched, the Right way to submit to places is to:
- Check the web(specifically Pw.org, love that site!)
- Look at small presses, open contests, etc. Really take note of what they are looking for and take special note of the deadlines.
- Many websites/publications, now have samples you can view FREE! For example, I will be resubmitting my haiku to several publications that have samples and free downloads of past accepted work.
- Pick out the publication/contest you are interested in: science fiction writing? Poetry? Experimental?
- Now, get to work!
In this way, you have a kind of rubric of what’s expected of you and you write your piece, tailoring it to what they are looking for.
I am on both sides of the fence though because would it stifle my creativity? Not sure. Chime in and let me know what you think.
Have you thought of submitting some work? Which methods have you used? Do you have links to your work?
What is your advice?
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