Getting published used to seem like a weird, opaque process to me. Luckily, I had friends and teachers demystify it for me at UNH. Here is what I’ve learned from them and from my own experience.
If you are trying to get your first novel or short story published, this episode is for you. I share some resources for finding literary magazines to send your work, a basic overview of how to send in your work (including what to put in your cover letter), and then give you a rundown of the publications I’ve submitted to.
**This is also relevant if you are a writer of lyric or personal essays–the same rules apply! A lot of these journals accept fiction and nonfiction, and some are even nonfiction only.
- I enjoyed Isabel Wolff‘s A Vintage Affair.
- Episode 12: Paths to getting published
- Meetups are a great place to meet writers
- AWP is a big annual writers conference and unfortunately the book fair is not free.
- Yet another shout out to Meredith Hall for telling me where to send some work.
- Here is a link to download the spreadsheet I use to track submissions.
- Here is where my short story was published. It won an Editors’ Choice Award, part of the Eric Hoffer Awards.
- Brevity – short essays
- Women only: Calyx and AROHO
- Prairie Schooner
- Nonfiction only: River Teeth and Narrative
- The New Yorker
- The Paris Review
- Tin House
- One Story
- Glimmer Train
- Missouri Review
- Pleiades – another women-only pub
- The Southeast Review
- Cincinnati Review
- Alaska Quarterly Review
- Lowestoft Chronicle
- The Sun
What publications have you submitted to? What questions do you have about sending out short stories and/or personal/lyric essays? Please share in the comments!