For Writers: Picking where you submit

So, in the last year, I have a new hobby. I do it almost as much as I write. Maybe because it is easier, maybe because it is fun.

I am a serial submitter.

As I complete essays, or short stories, or poems, and as quickly as I can revise, I hit Duotrope or a journal’s website and I start submitting. It is kind of like sending off for that prize in the cereal box – you hope you won’t be disappointed with what comes back.

My first submission was part of a graduate class assignment. And it was accepted. Easy enough, right? Well, let’s just say the rejections since then could wallpaper a bathroom. Rejections alone could be a separate thing to write about.

But last week, I sat in on a panel discussion at Queens University of Charlotte about getting published in journals. While there was some credence given to getting some credits under your belt, the concentration was to be selective, study the journals you want to be published in, and concentrate on sending polished, refined work to those journals. Editors of The Gettysburg Review, The Paris Review and Tin House were present.

This sounds great, but also, like more work. I was thinking about all this, and then I ran across an interesting article by the editor of Bartleby Snopes. You can read it here (just come back to my site when you’re done).

Anyway, good food for thought in 2013 … raise the bar. And maybe a glass, in the end.