Where to Submit Short Fiction?

About a year ago, I sat down in the chair and got back to writing short fiction.

It is hard work.

People who think writing is about sitting and waiting for a muse or for some inspiration aren’t really thinking about writing. They’re thinking about some idealized notion of something.

Like anything else, inspiration comes from hard work.

Yes, the creative process can be unwieldy. Creative flow is a thing, and you find yourself in the middle of it at inopportune times. You have to work to get it back. Again, that word work. Creativity may be mystical, but it needn’t be mystifying.

Because this is hard work, breaks must be taken. And that’s when I tend to start submitting finished pieces around. Or write a blog post. Or, in this case, both.

When I’m as sure as I can be that something is ready go out and find a home, I submit to the biggest journals first. You know the ones. They’re the ones everyone knows. They get tens, maybe hundreds, of thousands of submissions a year. The process is long and your chances are slim. I hit them first, and I wait. A few weeks later, I might start submitting the same work to the next tier. This is all very subjective, of course. On and on it goes until a piece is accepted or until I have run out of journals that I’d like to see myself in. Between rounds, I keep reading and writing.

As for the lesser-known journals, there are many very good ones. Because it’s impossible to read them all on anything approaching a regular basis, everyone has some innate process for screening which ones might be good fits. Sometimes the name of a journal stands out, or sometimes a journal has the kind of aesthetic that probably means they put hard work into the entire process. Again, it comes back to hard work.

Good luck placing your pieces!

One thought on “Where to Submit Short Fiction?

  1. I am having difficulties with Crossroads classes papers. Any ideas on how to prove smuggling Bibles out of Russia in Kruschev’s era is relevant in Russia today? I have a lot of notes as well as a personal connection (‘Berg group that did this deed 50 plus years ago). The paper is one page each on pro and con justifications of smuggling etc., double spaced, single sided and due 6 p.m. November 11.. We were told that we could ask pastors and such-like (yes, my instructor, Dr. Jill Peters knows who you are). We were all informed that we are able to use the writing center resource. I have done this for my Biblical Call paper five weeks ago, but it is difficult to schedule.  I would be happy to pay you to go over my ideas and how to put them together. I know that time is of the essence for both of us.I am completing the final draft and could email that to you, if it would help.Thanks, Chris, for considering this. I hope that things are going well for you and your family. I think of you often.Jane   Jane Ellen Knotek Director of Music Ministry Zion Reformed U.C.C. Church “The Liberty Bell Church” 620 W. Hamilton St. Allentown Pa 18101 610-435-2412 ext. 13  610-390-2345 (Cell) Knotejan@aol.comKnotejan@ptd.net    

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