TIPS ON SUBMITTING TO A LITERARY JOURNAL
- •Don't overdo it with the cover letterDon't be cute, don't try to be funny, don't be pretentious. Just say hello and list any interesting publications. I don't even care about publications that much actually. Don't say anything besides 'hi, here, thanks, unless otherwise requested
- •Make your submission interesting right awayI've got 100 other subs to review after yours, if your first page doesn't hook me I might not read the second one, sorry to say
- •Don't send something insanely longGoes along with the above. You can get away with something long if you're someone I've heard of or if I've solicited the story but otherwise chill out. No 40 pagers please
- •If someone solicits work from you, don't send them a story that's already been rejected by other placesThis happens all the time and always ends up being really awkward. One of my co-editors solicited a story from a very famous author right before she hit and she sent us something terrible. We ended up rejecting it and she was really, really upset and rude.
- •Proofread before sendingAnd no fucked up formatting or tricky fonts
- •If your writing is awesome these rules go out the windowSo be awesome
- •And if you're awesome, submit to failbetter.com