The Dos and Don’ts of Submitting to Lit Mags & Competitions

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Thinking of sending your writing out into the literary ether? Hooray! Welcome to the wonderful world of submissions – simultaneously the most rewarding and frustrating part of being a writer. Hahaaa… <sob>

There are some truly brilliant writing competitions and lit mags out there, but it can be all too easy to commit the cardinal sins of submission, cock up your chances at getting published, and become defeated by rejection.

BUT WAIT.

We’ve put together a handy list of fundamental dos and don’ts for submitting your precious storybabies to writing competitions, literary magazines and the like. For example:

  • How to properly prepare your submissions and give yourself a decent chance at getting published
  • How not to piss off hard-working lit mag editors and competition judges
  • How to keep going in the face of rejection
  • How not to succumb to imposter syndrome and fear of failure
  • How to kick literary arse with your subs

So take note, take heed, and get fucking published.

Learn what to do (and what NOT to do) in the wild, wild west of Submissionsland.

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ALL THE AWESOME-SAUCEOME STUFF YOU GET

  • An 8-part rant on submissions etiquette full of tips and tricks on submitting to lit mags and competitions.
  • Pep talks on overcoming the fear of rejection, dealing with actual rejection, and managing your subs.
  • Access to our private Forum full of super cool people to help and support you along the way, including Team WHQ, our specially-picked and hand-baked gang of badass writers.

CURRICULUM CURRICULAR CURRICULEEEEE

AKA what we’ll be covering in this course

Part 1: Read the fucking guidelines

Part 2: Do your research

Part 3: Proofread and edit your work

Part 4: Make sure your story has a point

Day 5: Be patient (AKA get used to waiting)

Part 6: Keep track of your subs

Part 7: Don’t put yourself down or sell yourself short

Part 8: Keep. On. Truckin’.

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  • Milk no sugar

    Drink plenty of tea, stock up on biscuits, gin for later. Enjoy it. It’s supposed to be fun. Love you. Mwa.

DOS AND DON’TS OF SUBMITTING TO LIT MAGS & COMPETITIONS

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