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Top 7 Mistakes Writers Make When Submitting To Literary Journals | Writer’s Relief

Most literary magazine editors try to keep an open mind when reading submissions of poems, short stories, and essays. But writers who make common submission strategy mistakes might just find their manuscripts are quickly dismissed with a “thanks but no thanks” rejection letter. If you are making submissions to literary journals, Writer’s Relief lets you in on the crucial faux pas to avoid.

The Most Common Mistakes Writers Make When Trying To Get Published In Literary Journals

Blowing off the cover letter. If a literary journal editor says that he or she wants to read a cover letter, don’t miss this opportunity to make a personal connection.

Skipping the author bio. Some writers believe there’s something principled about declining the opportunity to share their publishing history—to make the point that it is only the writing that matters. Other authors are afraid to include a bio out of fear that editors will judge their writing based on a lack of publishing credits. Whatever your feelings about your author bio, know this: If a literary magazine editor is asking for a bio, then he or she genuinely wants to read it. Skip it at your own risk.

Clicking “send” too soon. Editors of literary magazines are grammar geeks. When you proffer a submission that’s full of typos, editors may react to your manuscript the same way they might cringe at fingernails on a blackboard. Don’t hit the “send” button until you’re sure your submission is thoroughly proofread. You may even want to consider working with a professional proofreader.

Narrowing the market. Many writers get caught up in the idea that “big name” literary magazines are the only worthwhile publication credits. But many other literary journals present amazing opportunities to both new writers and veterans. If you ever wished to score a Pushcart nomination or catch the eye of a literary agent, here’s what you need to know about the value of making submissions to lesser-known literary journals.

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Submitting indiscriminately. Instead of carefully researching and submitting to journals that best suit their writing style, some writers haphazardly send to any and every magazine under the sun. The result? Everyone’s time is wasted. Plus, many literary magazine editors know one another. If you get a reputation for serial submission spam, you could find yourself blacklisted. Here’s how to decide if a literary journal is a good fit for your creative writing.

Ignoring submission guidelines. While most editors are willing to accept small oversights or solid explanations for noncompliance, few will tolerate flagrant disregard for a publisher’s policies. If you must break with submission guidelines, it may help if you explain your choice in your cover letter.                                                                     

And the number one most common mistake writers make when submitting to literary journals…

Not submitting enough.

That’s right. The biggest reason writers fail to get published in literary magazines is simply that they give up before exhausting all of the submission possibilities.

Finding time to write is hard. Finding time to make strong, consistently scheduled submissions can be almost impossible. On top of time constraints, writers also wrestle with research frustrations, query/cover letter etiquette, and countless insecurities. It’s a wonder some writers get any submissions out the door at all!

That’s why so many authors turn to Writer’s Relief’s submission assistance program, established in 1994. We manage the submission process and give our clients more time to write.

If you feel like your submission strategy is losing steam and that you are not submitting as frequently as you should, check this out: Writer First Aid: 6 Remedies To Fix Your Broken Submission Strategy.

 

Question: How do you motivate yourself to make submissions?

22 Literary Journals That Pay To Publish Poems–And Why Others Don’t | Writer’s Relief

French author Jules Renard famously said: Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money. While this may be true, it’s certainly nice when you do make a little money from your poetry! Writer’s Relief knows that most literary journals are run by underpaid (or not-paid-at-all) editors who… Continue Reading

How To Submit Short Stories And Poems To Literary Journals | Writer’s Relief

You’ve written, rewritten, proofed, and polished your short story or poetry. Now comes the part that leaves many writers quaking in their boots—getting your work published. It’s time to submit your writing to literary journals! Initially, literary magazines favored the print format; so did writers. But these days, Writer’s Relief knows that savvy writers appreciate… Continue Reading

8 Writing Submission Tips To Learn From Mailing Out Holiday Cards | Writer’s Relief

A good writer is someone who loves to read—and learn. So…what can an aspiring author learn from the ritual of mailing holiday cards this season? Writer’s Relief explains how the same skills used for efficiently sending out holiday cards can make you more effective when submitting short stories, poems, and essays to literary magazines and… Continue Reading

The Fastest Way To Find Literary Magazines For Your Writing | Writer’s Relief

Finding the best literary magazines for your creative writing submissions can take up a lot of your time—thousands of literary journals are actively publishing! And thousands more appear to be active online but are actually on hiatus or are no longer publishing. Writer’s Relief knows that researching literary magazines for your submissions isn’t just about… Continue Reading



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