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How To Find Markets For Your Creative Writing
by Writer’s Relief
Doing research on literary magazines, agents, and editors is time-consuming, difficult work. We know—at Writer’s Relief, we’re constantly updating our database with new info, including editors’ and agents’ personal preferences based on their notes to our clients. By signing up for our services, you, too, can take advantage of our hard work!
But if you’re a do-it-yourself type, good news: Writer’s Relief can still help you! Here are a few pointers you can use to research the best editors of literary journals.
If you’re like most writers, you probably want to start by having your work published in a literary journal—sharing the pages where Robert Frost, Edgar Allen Poe, Guy de Maupassant, Sylvia Plath, Billy Collins, D. H. Lawrence, and others have been featured. The tricky part is determining which magazines are the best places to send your work. Editors of different magazines like different styles of work—some prefer strict genre writing like sci-fi, horror, or western, some like slice-of-life style stories, and some hate cats. Ultimately, the subject, style, and genre of your writing will decide your submission strategy. At Writer’s Relief, we use the following techniques to successfully find homes for our clients’ work.
Market Books: These are large, soft-covered books that include thousands of listings of publication outlets, including literary journals and magazines. Popular books like Poet’s Market, Writer’s Market, Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market, and The International Directory of Little Magazines & Small Presses contain a wealth of useful, concrete information that you can use to build a list of your favorite mags. In this format, though, you’re bound to come across some out-of-date listings, so always be sure to check the magazines’ websites to verify things like their address, submission guidelines, and reading dates. (Also, check the copyright date—usually at the bottom of the page—to make sure that information isn’t dated itself.) Plus, in most cases, you’ll be able to submit your writing online through their website via submission manager or email.
Even if a particular journal doesn’t have a website, you still have an option: Get their physical address from a market book and write directly to the magazine in order to request their submission guidelines. When you receive a response, double-check their information against what you have in your records so you’ll be prepared for the next round of submissions.
More Tips For Researching Literary Magazines
-Visit a bookstore and purchase some literary magazines. Choose a few of your favorites and subscribe to them.
-Read and learn what kind of writing is getting published and choose markets that suit your style of writing.
-Keep good records of your research information and update it as it changes. Organization is the key to this part of the process. Once you have the basics, keep submitting your work.
-Subscribe to Submit Write Now! for information about the writing process and links to literary magazines.
-Don’t give up! Remember that persistence is the key to getting published.