Hello again, flock! Here's Part Two of our four-part series on submitting to literary magazines. In Part One, we covered how to find places to submit, the nuts and bolts of writing a cover letter, and what editors see when they look at your cover letter and bio. This week, we discuss how to know when your work is ready to submit and what to do (and not do) when a journal declines your work.
Our goal for the end of the month is to combine these posts into a free resource guide that's available to as broad an audience as possible; if there's something we can do to make it more accessible for you, feel free to tweet us @lammergeier or email us at lammergeiermag [at] gmail [dot] com with the phrase "SUBMISSION GUIDE" in your subject line, and we'll see what we can do.
As noted last time, while the three of us have years of editorial experience at a range of lit magazines, we're still only a small part of the literary community. If you have a question for a specific journal, don't be afraid to reach out to them—or us!
Here we go!
The Wildebeest & The Watchmaker: How to Know When it's Time to Submit—figuring out what "ready" looks like to you.
Everybody Hurts (But Mostly Me When You Reject My Submission): A Rejection Survival Guide—what to do when your work is declined and why it happens.