Hey there, flock! Welcome to Part One of our four-part series on submitting to literary magazines. Over the course of the next few weeks, we'll be compiling different resources and experiences on different aspects of the submission process and trying to tackle some of the unwritten rules that get passed down through word of mouth in academic institutions. Our ultimate goal is to compile everything into a free resource guide at the end of the month in as many accessible formats as possible, so if there's something we can do in order to make that happen, please feel free to tweet us @LammergeierMag or shoot us an email at lammergeiermag [at] gmail [dot] com with the phrase "SUBMISSION GUIDE" in your subject line, and we'll see what we can do.
Before we get started, we want to make sure we mention: while the three of us have several years of editorial experience under our belts, we're still only a small representation of the lit mag world with our own preferences and blind spots. If you have a question for a specific journal, it never hurts to ask!
To kick off week one, we're going to tackle some of the first big questions that people have when they're new to the submitting game. Jacqueline will discuss how to answer the looming question of "where do I submit my work?" Ashely will take us through the process of demystifying the cover letter, and Ethan will come in with a few submission etiquette pointers that will help keep your work from standing out in a bad way.
Ready? Let's rock and roll.
Deciding Where to Submit: a Step-by-Step Guide: take the guesswork out of deciding where to submit and set yourself up for success.
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Literary Journal Cover Letter: a straightforward overview of cover letters with an example from the editor's own collection.
An Editor's Guide to the Do's and Don'ts of Literary Journal Cover Letters: an inside look at what makes for a good cover letter and why.