This weekend, my scifi writing group held a group event called “Submit something somewhere”. The premise of this event was for everyone in attendance to submit at least one piece to at least one publishing venue. We all know that the easiest way not to get published is to not submit for publication. I know I don’t try as often as I should, and almost every writer I’ve met doesn’t either. So we got together and did some research together about venues and submitted together. It was a good activity; since we pooled our findings, I think it could be good for any group of writers.
Mostly we looked at the SFWA (scifi writers of america) professional markets (aim high =) ). This is a great website for sff market info, if you ignore the 90s-ness of it. However I also found a list of all-genre short fiction markets by length that I thought was pretty awesome.
I submitted two pieces. Hopefully they will go better than my last submissions, but I know they won’t do worse. Each time I try I get better, and I’ll eventually get there.
So go submit something somewhere! It’s better to try and fail than not to try at all!
Speaking of trying and failing… I just submitted something somewhere (and then found two typos after I submitted it). I must have read that thing 100 times. Le sigh. Nice article, and thanks for the links! :)
The worst is when something’s accidentally obscene or means the opposite of what you meant. I graded a report where twice they used the word “shit” instead of “shift”– oops. Gave me a laugh though.
That’s pretty awesome! I’ll bet the writer felt so bad…