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Yeah, if you’re writing literary short stories, you really do need to put up with submission fees

People often forget that the ethical standards in their field are just consensus guidelines. What matters, oftentimes, is not the specific standard, but whether or not a given actor is willing to abide by those standards. An unwillingness to abide by them in one field often signals a certain shadiness and lack of regard in […]

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Trunked twenty stories today

I’ve submitted to science fiction and fantasy magazines year ten years now, but I only recently started submitting to literary journals as well. Anyway, the main difference between literary journals and SF magazines is that the former accept simultaneous submissions: you can send one piece to as many journals as you want. This meant that […]

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Submitting to literary journals (OR I got 41 rejections in the month of January)

I’ve always submitted to literary journals on occasion, but for the past six months, I’ve been doing it pretty intensively. And let me tell you: it is very weird to start at the bottom all over again. I have never gotten an acceptance from a literary journal and have certainly gotten fewer than 10 personalized […]

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My novel is a finalist for Tu Books’ New Visions Award

If it wins, it will (probably) be published by Tu Books: a small press that specializes in publishing YA speculative fiction by people of color (they also put out the anthology, Diverse Energies, in which I had a story). I am obviously pretty happy about this. Including me, there are five finalists. Those odds aren’t […]

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Submitting to literary journals

I sent out sixteen submissions yesterday. I know, right? That’s a lot! Did I find an old suitcase full of stories or something? Well, in a way. I finally decided to get serious about submitting to literary journals. As my you might know, I have, in my career, received an absurdly high number of rejections […]

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I’ve just freed myself from the tyranny of duotrope

I’m sure that every aspiring writer in my audience is well familiar with Duotrope. It’s a great search engine and tracker for short story submissions. You just enter your requirements (mine are usually: accepts science fiction / pays above 5 cents per word) and you get a neat little list of every publication that meets […]

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The Submissions Flush

Right now I have twenty-five stories out, in slush piles, somewhere. While this is not the greatest number of stories I’ve ever had out at one time (I’ve gone above 30), this is the first time in several years that I’ve had every submissions-ready story out. Of course, I accomplished this by deleting five stories, […]

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