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How I would try to get a story published in the New Yorker (if my dream was to be published in the New Yorker)

Being published in the New Yorker is pretty awesome. You get a few million potential readers (assuming each copy has more than one reader) and they also pay pretty well. But there are a lot of things in life that are pretty awesome: book deals; Stegner Fellowships; cloudless summer days; etc…and, for whatever reason, being published in […]

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Why you shouldn’t necessarily take advice from people who are very good at what they do.

On a writing forum that I browse, an up-and-coming science fiction writer with a number of good sales to his name wrote that a majority of the stories he completes never go out for submission because they don’t meet his personal standards of quality and that, furthermore, there are only about 5 or 6 short […]

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Waiting for the hurricane; Wired magazine; David Lodge; and more submissions stuff

So, the hurricane is bearing down on me. I’m at my parent’s home in DC. Since my Baltimore apartment is below street level, it’s not impossible that it’s filling with water even as we speak (though hopefully that’s not true…) I fully expect that at some point we’ll lose power here in DC, since we’ve […]

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Professor Kanakia’s Guide to Submitting Your Fiction (and some other stuff too)

Editors across the country should be very afraid. We’re coming to the close of the fiction unit in my class, and I’d built an empty overflow day into the syllabus. However, when the day came upon us, I found that I didn’t have anything to say. However, since I knew that some people in the […]

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I think this might be a record

I have thirty stories out for submission right now. Now, I can vaguely recall, right after writing, having a very high number of stories out. And I’ve not infrequently been in the twenties, but thirty is the highest I’ve ever had, I’m pretty sure. I attribute this to two things. First, I’ve been aggressively trunking […]

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