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6 Simple Steps To Getting Published In A Literary Magazine

If you’ve haven’t tried getting published in a literary journal yet, you could be missing out on a career-building publishing opportunity. Short story writers, poets, and essayists can publish their work in lit mags to build their reputations, readership, and publishing credits. Book authors can publish an excerpt in a lit mag in order to… Continue Reading

5 Elements That Will Muck Up The Chances Of Publishing Your Short Story

Updated 6/1/19 Editors at literary journals spend countless (and often thankless!) hours reading through hundreds of short story submissions from writers who hope to get published. But at Writer’s Relief, we know that many of these stories get tossed into the “thanks, but no thanks” pile relatively quickly. Why? Certain short story deal-breakers pop up… Continue Reading

Trendy Short Story Topics That Editors Are Loving | Writer’s Relief

Updated 6/18/19 Great writing is necessary if you want to get acceptance letters from literary magazines. But there’s another element that will give your submissions a competitive edge: trendiness. The idea of “trendiness” often has a bad reputation because of passing fads, but being trendy is actually about being plugged in, aware of, and engaged… Continue Reading

5 Online Submission Mistakes That Could Lead To Rejection From A Literary Journal

Gone are the days of printed letterhead and SASEs! Though a few editors of literary journals still prefer to receive queries by snail mail, the overwhelming majority prefer online submissions. And that’s a good thing—making online submissions can be quick and easy! But it also means you must be prepared to make flawless electronic submissions,… Continue Reading

6 Signs Your Writing Has A Good Shot At Winning A Writing Contest

  You’ve finished your work in progress. Hooray! You’ve printed it out and proofread it (and proofread it again!). It’s perfectly polished—and honestly, it may be one of your best works yet. So what’s your next move? Should you send this carefully crafted piece to your usual batch of literary journal editors? Or should you… Continue Reading



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