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Publication Sensation

posted Apr 25, 2017, 2:01 PM by William Whitlock


With Quiddity’s reading period over and publications made, we look forward to the future; and, as the future holds for most creative writers, the idea of potential future publications is surely being tossed around by some readers.

Personally, one of my favorite resources for finding potential publication opportunities is
www.newpages.com. This site comes with a wide variety of different literary magazines nationally, all with information on what it is that they are looking for, as well as options to search for independent writing competitions, writing workshops and conferences that are looking for participants, as well as smaller publishers and university publishers that are likely to be seeking new and undiscovered writers.

With the different search refining options available to you, you are able to look specifically for fiction, non-fiction, poetry, art, photography, cross-genre pieces, drama, screenplay, comic books, reviews, translations, audio, video, and interviews.

Within your search results, you are given the title of the magazines, a paragraph describing what it is that they are looking for, the date that the call for submission was posted, as well as the submission deadlines.

My suggestion is to search through the specific results, looking for anything that seems like it might fit your style. Write down submission opportunities that you think might be fitting for you. Read through the magazines a bit before you submit to them. Find magazines that some of your favorite contemporary writers have been published in/figure out what magazines you really want to be published in someday.

Once you have some ideas of where you want to submit, read through the submission guidelines carefully before submitting. Make sure that you adhere to all of their requests. Keep track of your works that are out for publication and your works that have already been published, as first publication rights are an important thing to keep in mind.

Submit to multiple places at once. Getting published comes with a lot of rejection. You have to accept that and be ready for it. If you get one acceptance for every twenty submissions sent out, you’re typically pretty lucky.

If there are magazines or competitions that have the same reading/entry periods every year, put a reminder in your phone calendar or on your computer that repeats every year when the magazine opens for submissions again.
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