writing for submission


I’ve been working toward stepping up my submissions game. I’ve subscribed to a few sites that send out regular emails containing literary magazines (print and online) that are seeking submissions of various kinds—poetry, fiction, flash fiction, micro-fiction, creative non-fiction, etc. I’ve even been entertaining a few literary contests.

I’m not sure why, but I get nervous when it comes to submitting my work for possible publication in a literary journal. I become hypercritical of my writing and judge myself into inactivity—essentially, I end up submitting nothing for months at a time.

It’s not that I am worried about rejection. I actually expect there will be a fair level of rejection. So why won’t I submit more often? I spend more time posting my work to my blog than I do submitting some of it that might have a chance at being published.

I actually don’t think most of what I’ve written is “ready”. Maybe I’m making excuses. Maybe I judge myself too harshly. Whatever the reason doesn’t much matter. I’ll be submitting more of my work and let the chips fall where they may.

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  1. Do you have a support group with whom you could share your work and get reactions or suggestions from with before submitting it? I do understand the feeling. Wishing you the best of luck!

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