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"All Goes Onward and Outward..."
Tuesday, November 1, 2011 9:14 PM
I could no longer wait for my novel to be complete. My short fiction had suffered neglect too long. I spent one day this last weekend putting a much procrastinated final revision on a short story, just in time to get it out for the Tampa Review's Danahy Fiction Prize ($1000 and publication, plus it feels a bit like the homecoming game, really want to win... Read More...
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Check for E-Submissions
Friday, April 9, 2010 5:50 PM
So you've written a great story, revised it, edited it, spanked it on the butt and said it's ready for the world to see. After all that the last thing you want is to have problems with the submission process. To make life easy, always check a magazine's website before you submit. Chances are that information is going to be up to date. If not, question... Read More...
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You've gotta read the 'zine
Friday, March 19, 2010 10:24 AM
I've said it before, but I'd like to reiterate the importance of reading the magazines that you submit to. Every magazine will tell you in their submission guidelines that to have the best chance of getting your work accepted you need to read know what sort of material they like but as the constant skeptic I have to admit that I thought they were just... Read More...
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What a Writer Wants in Rejection
Thursday, January 14, 2010 2:49 PM
I recently got a rejection letter that made me so excited you would have thought rejection was what I was going for. I get a lot of these things and normally they aren't worth mentioning to my wife, so when I said, "Hey, honey, I got an awesome letter from a magazine I submitted to," you can imagine how confused she was when I said they didn't... Read More...
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The Piling Rejection Letters
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 9:36 AM
It seems like every time I post here I include a sentence that goes something like this, "sent out a few more pieces to mags and got a few more rejection letters back." Though always true you might be wondering what I'm doing with all of these rejection letters. Tossing them? Are they just piling up? Burning them in sacrifice to the gods of creativity... Read More...
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Porn: I May Have Stooped Too Low Too Soon
Friday, February 20, 2009 12:49 PM
Every writer makes mistakes both in their craft and in their career. I’m sure of this statement because writers are human and make a practice of exploring the dumb things that humans do on the page which I know spills over into their personal life from time to time. So, in this venue I’d like to share a mistake I may have made in regards to my writing career... Read More...
A Glimpse Into the Other Side of Submissions
Wednesday, February 18, 2009 2:09 PM
Taking one bit of advice Junot Diaz gave about how it is very important to consider who you are writing for when you are writing and also, I think, when you are submitting your work. I’ve found it particularly useful in my copy of “Writer’s Market” to read the “Tips” and editor has for what they are looking for in particular. One example would be the science... Read More...


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