The last couple of weeks have been very productive and I am starting to feel more comfortable writing queries and making submissions to magazines. Not so comfortable that I don’t want my resource books near for guidance, but more comfortable none the less. I’ve been submitting personal essays and poetry. Made a couple of mistakes, but I’m learning still.
One mistake was easily remedied with a quick phone call. Not a major mistake, but accidentally left the SASE out of a submission. Luckily just wasted one stamp. Found out just needed to reprint my submission, pop it in an envelope with the SASE, and mail everything out again. The other mistake was one of those lost in electronic translation ones. A place I was submitting to needed the file in .rtf instead of .doc. I submitted it after reviewing it looked right on my end, but found out upon opening it after it was sent that the spacing in a couple of places was off.
Thought I would share a few resources with you I’ve found useful as I’m learning about personal essays and narratives. I’ve found I really enjoy this kind of writing and for me it flows so much more easily than fiction. I found an article, Profitable Personal Essays by Dawn Goldsmith at Writers Weekly ezine, which includes a list of the authors five favorite places to submit personal essays. Another useful article was Tips to Help You Publish Your Personal Essays at Writer’s Digest. The site Writing to Heal, Writing to Grow has a great list of Paying Markets for Personal Essays.
Quick Tips for Submissions :
- Visit the actual magazine website to make sure it is still in existence and accepting submissions
- It is preferable to become familiar with the magazine before attempting to submit to it; some will provide a sample issue for a fee and many have links to published works on their websites
- Check if submissions are accepted year round or there is a specific submission period
- Read and follow submission instructions closely, may accept via postal mail and/or electronic submissions
- Remember to include SASE if requested
- Check if accepts simultaneous submissions; if your work gets accepted by one magazine, then politely notify the other magazine
As I’ve been researching in books and online to find homes for some of my writing, I’ve been keeping a list of places to possibly make submissions. May be a personal opinion, but I would also say to make sure the possible future home for some of your writing is a place you feel is compatible with your values prior to submitting your work. Here’s my list of places to makes submissions to :
Do you have a favorite writing tip you’ve learned along the way?…
- Why Do Essays Feel Soooo Good? (justanotherworkingwriter.wordpress.com)
- Market, Submissions Guidelines and Contest Deadlines for March 2012 (keikihendrix.com)
- How To Write a Successful Query Letter (askepticaloptimist.com)