a busy mom’s guide to submitting your writing to publishers

Do you have poems and short stories and essays piling up on your laptop and in your notebooks with no one to lay eyes on them?

Do you ever wonder, What if someone read these?

When you think about your name, in print, with your writing, out in the world, for anyone to see, do you get a little thrill of excitement and hope?

Maybe you should think about submitting your work to literary magazines and publishers!

I thought it may be fun to do a little series where I share what knowledge I have about submitting work.

A little background qualification:

  • my first publication was a poem in Tar River Poetry magazine, 15 years ago!
  • I’ve published a whole bunch of poems
  • I’ve published a handful of nonfiction essays and short stories
  • I’ve published 2 poetry books and have another forthcoming
  • I have my first middle grade novel forthcoming next year

A lot of what I know was learned in trial and error and just sending out a lot of work for a long time.

CAVEAT: I have never published with The New Yorker or won a big fancy prize. I’m only a mediocre poet, but I’ll give you what advice I can give.

I’m going to cover

  1. How to get started
  2. How to know where to send your work
  3. Keeping a submission schedule
  4. What it is like to read the slush pile behind the scenes
  5. How to keep organized with submissions
  6. How to handle rejection

If you have any specific questions about submissions, please leave them in the comments!


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