Thursday, May 24, 2012

my first submissions!

Since I don't have any photos related to writing, I leave you with this picture of a fox that my sister took back in January. Isn't he cute? He lives in the woods by our house.

Any other aspiring writers out there?

I want to be a novelist someday and I think (with a lot of hard work), I'll do it (someday). But for now, while I keep working on my manuscript, I thought it would be a good idea to try and get published anyway. Not with a novel, but with a short story. After all, any sort of publication is a great accomplishment and something I can add to my resume when I do (eventually) go searching for an agent.

So about a week ago I took a short story I wrote a couple years ago, one that had already been through one round of editing, and polished it up to the best of my ability. Then, with my Short Story & Novel Market book in hand, I made a huge list of literary magazines that fit my genre/style, reduced that by at least half (because so many of them don't read submissions in the summer), and started applying. 

I ended up submitting to 7 different magazines and plan to submit to about 5 more in the course of the summer (three that require hard copies and two that won't accept until June or July).

It was a little scary getting started and sending out that first submission, but I feel really great now. Like I'm more of a writer. I'll be a true "writer," I think, when I get my first rejection :) Not that I'm excited to get a rejection, but . . . Okay, I kind of am. And with 7 submissions already out there, I think I've got a pretty good chance of one rejection ;)

I only wish I didn't have to wait for so long (because who knows how long it'll take them to reply? Some say they could take 6 months or more!). And mostly, I wish I hadn't waited so long to start trying.  I could have done this years ago, but I never felt qualified for some reason.

Anyone else a writer out there? Have you submitted many things for publications? Did it go well? Did it take long? Did you frame your first rejection letter? Can you tell I'm a little excited? :)


  1. I've submitted many, many things for publications and entered quite a few contests. I've gotten lots of rejections and a few things published. My main advice is to start small. Lots of online journals or journals in general, have websites that they accept things through and the turn-around time tends to be a lot faster. I have my first rejection letter somewhere, it was actually for a manuscript and the editor ended up ripping me apart. Obviously, he didn't have much to do :) They usually send form rejections. Though I have gotten one I was proud of, "Not right for us, but excellent query".

  2. Thanks for the advice! And congrats on that excellent rejection :)

  3. I've been writing since a very young age myself and I've always wanted to have my works published. I sent my manuscript to a publisher when I was 11 but was cruelly rejected. Not that I'm bothered- I was only 11. I still have a lot to learn. Right now, like you, I send my works to non-profit literary magazines and take part in contests. I've been rejected by two local literary magazine but I don't think they read my work at all because they've already filled their slots, I guess. One of my poems won first prize at a poetry contest recently though! :-) And I've been lucky enough to have been featured as a writer by a creative website, too.

    All the best for all your submissions.

    1. Good for you! I can't imagine having the guts to do that at 11 :) But I'm glad that that first cruel rejection didn't hold you back. Congrats on your recent accomplishments and good luck with all your future writing!


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