04 May 2014

may submit-o-rama: the battlefield (i)

May Submit-O-Rama: The Battlefield (I)
Saturdays in May will usually feature five journals currently open to submissions. Thank you all for your patience this first week; some unforeseen circumstances arose that made it impossible to get this done yesterday, and greatly delayed the process of sharing with you today, but here we are! The way these posts will work is different than in past years. Each week will “feature” one journal, with four others shared with less detail. I’d like to encourage you to take the time to read the journal descriptions for yourselves this year (rather than their descriptions and guidelines being spelled out for you here), to really get you immersed in the process of picking the perfect turf on which your writing will plant its victory flag!

Featured Journal: Bloodstone Review

To get us started, I’m selfishly sharing a new venture brought to you by myself and two wonderful writing colleagues, Lauren Patridge and Erin Wahl: Bloodstone Review. One thing that links us as editors, and one of the focal points of Bloodstone Review, is a strong sense of place. As the BR website explains, “Blood represents place in our own bodies, our own personal spaces and how we are present in them. Stone represents the landscape around us, the world in which we live and interact.” Our interests and focal points in writing are as varied and diverse as there are minerals in the earth … which I think makes us the perfect place to test the waters for your work!

Bloodstone Review reads from May 1st to August 31st. We accept simultaneous submissions, but are not looking at previously published work. (We’ll get into details of what that means and how to work with the “previously published” monster, a little later in the challenge!) You can find us online at bloodstonereview.blogspot.com, and submit your work here. One word to the wise: Please take the time to read the submission guidelines! I won’t speak for my fellow editors, but nothing is a bigger turn off in reading for me than trying to read a piece that clearly didn’t “follow the rules.” Submission time is not just the time to throw your work out there … it’s time to take your work seriously. That means familiarizing yourself with the guidelines, and catering your work to the people you’re sending it to; part of that catering process means respecting their rules … So check yo’self before you wreck yo’self, folks!

Here are four more journals looking for your work right now!

34thParallel Magazine (Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art): $6 submission fee (includes download of latest edition). Submit your work here: 34thparallel.net/submit-to-us.html

S/tick (Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry): focuses on work related to women. Submit your work here: s-tick.tumblr.com/post/23039868478/submit-t...

Anobium (Fiction, Nonfiction): They don’t want your poetry. And they don’t care about credentials. So there. Submit your work here: http://anobiumlit.com/submit/

The Rag (Art, Poetry, Short Fiction): You pay to submit online … but they also pay you if they publish you. So it’s a pretty fair trade off! Submit your work (currently seeking fiction submissions) here: https://raglitmag.submittable.com/submit


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  1. Thanks, Khara! Really great list!

  2. Khara, Is "previously published" including on our blogs? Everyone has different rules about that.


    1. Hi, Pamela! Somewhat unfortunately, your answer is in your comment: almost everyone has different rules about that. Increasingly, the answer is yes: if it's on your blog, it's "previously published." The bigger question becomes "Do editors care?" and more and more editors are saying that they don't. While it is "published" if it's on your blog, many editors agree that this doesn't take aware what they really want ... First Serial Rights. The best option, in most cases, is to read journals and editors' publication guidelines and if it's not spelled out precisely, ask! :)

      I will say this: For my part, as poetry editor for Bloodstone Review, if your poetry has appeared on your blog I'm not planning on spending my time hunting it down. I fall more into the camp of not counting blog and forum/message board comments as previously published.

  3. Yes Khara - thanks for a superb list! And ditto Pamela's question (it is Pamela correct? Or is it actually Pamlea?)...In any event, what is the general rule about "previously published" vis-a-vis blogs?

    1. Thanks, S.E. :) The best general rule I can give about "previously published" is to ask the editor. That's not a definition, I know, and not even really a rule, but the definition has become so much a matter of personal preference and publisher's choice it's hard to generalize. What I will say, though, is to pay careful attention to the editor's word choices: If they start talking about "first serial rights" or anything along those lines, CHANCES ARE they don't consider blog publication "previously published," because it doesn't take away first serial rights. First serial rights refer to a third-party publisher being the first to present a piece of media to their readership in third-party print format. What that means for previously published definitions is that unless your blog is also your own personal literary journal, it's personal publication ... not media publication, and not a first serial publication.

    2. Ha ha ha, Sharon. It is Pamela, that would be me typing too fast.


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