Submit, Submit, Submit

I’m heading into the heat of summer, but not because the mercury is rising.

With two young kids at home, my days quickly fill up with outside activities and play dates. Writing takes the back burner more often than not. So far, I’ve managed to get a little writing done here and there, but pulling all those bits and pieces together into a substantial story takes more time and energy than I have during daylight hours.

So, for a little motivation, I took some time this morning to research a few writing contests, as well as other places that accept either summer or year round submissions. If you, too, face crunched writing times and need one more reason to tighten up that story and practice the art of following guidelines and writing the cover letter, check out these magazines and sites.

If you’re feeling daring…Narrative Magazine is sponsoring their  Spring 2010 Story Contest. The submission fee is $20, the deadline July 31st, and submission guidelines are online (sim subs are okay). Narrative Magazine is a long shot for me, as they tend to publish works from established authors. But, then again, nothing is gained if I never try. I may be crying about that rejection notice later, but today I’m all about optimism.

Another great lit journal is American Short Fiction. American Short Fiction publishes established and lesser-known writers. They are open for submissions now, but they do offer a short story contest in the fall – rewrite and refine that winning story this summer and save it for September. Their fee for regular submissions is only $2, and they do accept simultaneous subs.

The Adirondack Review is hosting their Fulton Prize for Short Fiction. Their fee is $10, deadline July 31st, and sim subs are okay. The Adirondack Review is a quarterly online magazine and publish works from emerging writers.

Rosebud Magazine is a lit magazine edited by Roderick Clark, of Wisconsin. They only accept hard copy manuscripts for essays or fiction, but poetry can be submitted via email. Also, their reading fee is a mere $1. Rosebud was the first place I submitted any of my work, and I received one of the nicest rejection letters ever. Rosebud is not exclusive to publishing only established writers, in fact – to quote Mr. Clark’s Letter from the Editor:

Even in the most humble submissions, I see a hunger for expression in language, the desire to push words out and pull them in. In this new American voice which I find in every envelope I open is a hunger for a literary culture which is neither exclusive nor simplistic…[a] voice which has a genuine chance to evolve and improve itself on the basis of hearing and being heard. It is Rosebud’s purpose to respond to this need.

If you’re new to the art of submissions, Rosebud is a great place to start.

And, if these few literary journals and magazines don’t fit your tastes or your story, check out and Duotrope’s Digest. These two sites provide a long list of literary journals and magazines, complete with submission information. Duotrope’s Digest will even tell you – right in your search – if you’ll get paid for publication.

So, no more excuses (for you or me)! Get to writing, and submit those stories out into the world! To write is to take risks.


8 responses to “Submit, Submit, Submit

  1. Very inspirational! Thanks for that, and the pointers, too.

  2. good luck, christi, and what a good plan!

    thanks for the new sources, too 🙂

  3. Write, Edit, Submit, Repeat:) Good Luck! Duotrope is great because it tells you which places allow multiple subs, because the more you get it out there, the better. My fiction hasn’t sold yet, Narrative and Glimmer Train are the ones I would love to see myself in!
    My newsletter includes a monthly listing of writing contests and markets–go to if you are interested.

  4. Thanks for your comments, all. And, Tina, thanks for that link!

  5. What an info-packed post! Thanks so much, Christi. Last year I used a contest deadlines as a way to make myself finish a project, and it worked beautifully. I also needed to leave the ms. alone during the contest evaluation period, so, when the results came in (and I didn’t win), I was fresh and ready to do another revision. It’s not as though I feel I submitted an unfinished story–just that I got some good perspective by some time apart.

    • Lisa,

      Thanks for your comment.

      As writers, I think we’re always editing or rewriting, even after a story is published. So, I completely agree with your thoughts on contests being a great way to gain new perspective on a story. I think that’s one reason why I like submitting to either contests or general calls – I can’t touch the story for a while. I have to move on to another project.

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