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Literary journals based at universities begin reading submissions in the fall, so best to have your submission postmarked the earliest day possible, so there is plenty of space in the journal and editors are not burned out on submissions. Be familiar with the journal: both the styles and length of works published are important to you!
Submit a cover letter with your poems. This is one genre you don’t need to “pitch.” Again, be familiar with what the publication publishes. Don’t send poetry that exceeds the lines requested and don’t send the wrong type of poem(s) to the editor. Publication is about your poetry, not your biography. Keep a spreadsheet to track where you’ve submitted what and to whom.
RECOMMENDED RESOURCES: Check out Amazon and B&N
Crafting Novels and Short Stories from the editors of Writers Digest. Includes advise and instructions from authors and experts including Nancy Kress, Donald Maass, Heather Sellers and Elizabeth Sims. http://www.writersdigestshop.com
The First 50 Pages by Jeff Gerke. These days, a writer has 1-2 pages to catch the attention of an editor, agent or reader. Don’t leave your opening scene to chance. Learn how to craft a strong beginning from the start. http://www.writersdigestshop.com.
Writing Books for Fun, Fame & Fortune! By Rik Feeney. Learn to write a book within 40 days with simple effective tips and strategies. Meant primarily for non-fiction work, fiction writers and academics will find plenty of value in these pages, too. Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites.
Until next week – keep writing!