Thursday, February 26, 2009

Submitting Short Stories to Literary Magazines (Part 2)

Of all the articles I've written so far, the post outlining my method for submitting short fiction to journals (written October last year) seems to be the most successful in drawing new readers to my blog, via search engines.

I'm not talking droves here, but for a while I'd say about a dozen people per month found me on Google (and such) via search phrases like "submit my short story," and actually stayed on my site a while, instead taking a quick look and leaving, as the majority of search-engine visitors do... at least for this site.

Since yesterday I sent the short-story version of my epilogue out to yet another group of journals, I figured I might as well get some mileage out of this popular search topic.

I've updated my submission guide, which now includes, to the best of my knowledge, every journal that's appeared either in Best American Short Stories or the O. Henry Prize Stories at least once in the last ten years. The journals that appeared once and only once --- which are the ones I've submitted to most recently --- are at the bottom.



As before, I sort them by whether simultaneous submissions are accepted or discouraged, and include info about length limits, reading periods, response times, and whether they take electronic submissions. It's an editable spreadsheet so you can add the journal's website, mailing address, and whatever else helps keep you organized.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

i am an isolated writer based in cairo, egypt. both this and your previous post were extremely helpful. thank you. i haven't been able to access your submission list, however. very frustrating. any advise?

thanks!

Jim C. said...

Dear Cairo,

Thanks so much for this kind note. Not sure why the link to the list isn't working for you, but if you e-mail me directly I'd be happy to send it to you as an attachment.

"jamescooney20" at Yahoo. Dot com.

Anonymous said...

I was finally able to access your submission list. Thank you. It's very helpful!

Good luck with your submitting!

Cairo writer

Jim C. said...

Great! I responded to your e-mail but it looks like you didn't get it the first time, so I just tried forwarding it again.

Patty Fischer said...

For the past two years I have been submitting my short stories to various literary magazines. I submitted my last short fiction to a magazine catering to erotica. They gave me the most encouraging feedback so far. They said my story was engaging and very interesting. They were looking for longer works, more along the lines of a novel. If I had such writing to send it to them. I surmised that the descriptive language I had been writing was more on the erotic side.