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

Write a thing. Submit a thing. Get published. Yes.

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Straightforward and informative. Fully involved with the important aspects of submissions. For beginners and pros alike. A good aide memoir for now and the years to come.
- Gerald Ezard

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COURSE HOME

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 freakin’ published.

CURRICULUM

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’.

HOW IT WORKS

1. Enrol
Once you’ve joined you’ll get an email confirming your place and explaining how you access the course. Spoiler: you click a link. Super simple.

2. Read, watch, do
This is a super mini masterclass made up of a mix of text, images and stupid gifs. To get the most out of the course, try to give yourself at least an hour a day to read or watch the material and do the exercises. We’ve made them as bite-size as possible but also if you wanna do the thing you gotta do the work.

3. No rush
This course is in eight parts but if you miss a part or something comes up, don’t panic! Go at your own pace. We’ll be waiting for you in the community forums when you’re ready to catch up.

4. No money? No problem
Periodically we run this course as a freebie so please make sure you’re on our newsletter list to get notifications of that. Alternatively, if you can’t wait and have no cash, have a look at our bursary scheme.

5. 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.

WHAT YOU GET
  • This course is exclusive for members, so when you join you get access to all our amaaazing creative writing courses, including this one, which is an 8-part turbo course on submissions etiquette full of tips and tricks on submitting to lit mags and competition
  • 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-pickled and hand-baked gang of badass writers.

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

Get prepped and pepped to send your writing out into the big wide world…

Join our lovely little online community to support you through starting, middling, finishing and beyond.

LOVE FOR WRITERS’ HQ

…well, the best thing ever editing-wise. My novel’s been stuck in the doldrums for ages and I was losing heart, knowing it wasn’t right, but not knowing how to identify what was wrong, far less having a clue as to how to go about fixing it. But now I do, and that’s really exciting and invigorating. The course is clearly laid out in small, bite-sized chunks. It’s all really well signposted, so you know what you need to do every week, why you need to do it, and how to do it. It’s laid out in a logical order. It takes things one step at a time. It’s completely bargainous. Jo and Sarah are friendly and down-to-earth and they explain things in the way you would talk to your friends down the pub and not as if you’re in a university lecture. I really can’t fault the course, nor can I recommend it enough.

Annie Kirby

Plotstormers II: The Editing Strikes Back

The scales have truly fallen ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I had an idea. I wrote it out for 60k words. Someone said it was more like a short story. I was stuck. Then I discovered Writers HQ… I’ve found my people. This course has literally transformed my work. I now have something that actually reads like the outline for a novel. The teaching methods, materials and support (both from Sarah and Jo, and my fellow plot-a-trons) has been superb. Sensible, practical, intense, with a good splosh of anarchy. I now feel more confident about the actual writing and am also happy that the original idea holds up. Thank you so much and I’m looking forward to the next course (9 month…). It’ll be AWESOME!

Liz

Plotstormers

Wow! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Being on draft 9 for the book I wanted to edit AGAIN, I wasn’t sure how this course was going to make me see things differently. But wow, it really did. Breaking a novel down into its mathematical building blocks (and let’s face it, i do have geek tendencies, so if there is a formula, I’m happy) was a unique way to go about editing. Pulling apart first rather than building. Once all those little itty bitty blocks became their own entities, it was so much easier to see where the gape were in my novel and what needed fixing. I will definitely be using this method for all of my other novels and going back over them with this same approach. Sharing with other writers at the same stage, both offering and receiving support gives companionship in a lonely career/hobby etc. So glad that I have now met more writers and hope we can continue to engage. A great way to learn. Also – the humour of Jo (and Sarah) really make the learning curves a little less painful and I can’t count the number of times I’ve have quite literally laughed out loud. Am contemplating coming back for more as wondering what the initial plotting course is all about. Husband….?

Marisa

Plotstormers II: The Editing Strikes Back

I had done some writing courses before, heard numerous writers say that the real work begins with rewriting and editing but I had no idea how to approach my novel in order to deconstruct and rebuild it (and I know some writers who have done an MA in writing fiction and haven’t got more of a clue!). This course was invaluable, full of practical ways to look at your story differently and very get-down-to-it exercises. Besides I also met some lovely friends along the way (other course students) and the input we gave each other was another fantastic aspect of the course. Highly recommended!

Anne

Plotstormers II: The Editing Strikes Back

TUTORS

Sarah Lewis
Half of Writers’ HQ
Procrastinator Level: Set up WHQ and had a baby to avoid writing her novel

Jo Gatford
Half of Writers’ HQ
Procrastinator Level: Set up WHQ and did an MA to avoid writing her novel

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