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Lit Mag Submissions 101: How, When, and Where to Send Your Work

by Lincoln Michel

We all know that writing is a solitary pursuit. You go into a room with your computer or notepad, lock the door, and then spend four hours pulling at your hair and slacking off online. Then you go get a drink. Still, no matter how much time you spend alone chugging coffee, smacking your head against the keyboard, and throwing crumpled drafts of chapters into the trash, eventually you’ll need to send your work out into the world. For most beginning writers, this means stories, essays, or poems that will be sent to literary magazines.

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How to Submit to a Literary Magazine


Before getting into what you, the writer, should do when submitting, it is important to understand the basics of how literary magazines work and how they read submissions.

Why Writing Submissions Are Rejected

It is hard to know what makes an editor accept something, but it is easier to understand what makes an editor reject.

Preparing Your Manuscript for Submission

How to choose your best work to submit and tips on formatting and writing an attention-worthy cover letter.

Finding the Right Magazines for your Work


How to find the magazines that are both respected in the literary world and that might like your work.

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