10 May 2014

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

May Submit-O-Rama: The Battlefield (II)
I haven’t been harping on rejection this week for no reason. This week’s featured journals are among the most selective markets out there, with acceptance rates from 0.18% to barely 3%. Why would I do this to you? Because sometimes you just have to go with it. Sometimes you have to risk what might seem inevitable. Because love is a battlefield … and so is this Submit-O-Rama.

Featured Journal: Glimmer Train

According to The Write Practice, Glimmer Train is “harder to get into than Harvard.” When I was in undergrad some friends and I applied to Harvard as a joke, just to see if we could get in. We then had a a pity party (ice cream. tissues. music. tears.) when all four of us got turned down. Glimmer Train is harder to get into than that.  I submitted to them once. They are now on my list. My “someday” list. When I reach the Zen Epoch of Writing Ability, the Shangri La of the Written World, then I will submit to them again … and I’ll probably get rejected.

According to Duotrope, Glimmer Train rejects 95.21% of what’s submitted to them. The journal receives over 40,000 submissions a year, and accepts and publishes only about 40 of them. It’s a little hard to figure out “what this means” for writers. It could be that the editors—who personally read every one of those 40,0000+ submissions—are really picky about what they publish (as they should be). It could be that the submissions aren’t that good (heck, mine wasn’t). it’s probably a combination of both. But here’s one thing I can tell you it means for you: know your market, and submit your best if you’re going to submit to Glimmer Train

Glimmer Train is currently open to submissions in two categories: their Standard Category and the Short Story Award for New Writers. (Sorry, poets, but Glimmer Train is a journal of fiction.) Their submission guidelines are ridiculously detailed … and I don’t mean that they’re overly picky, but that they lay things out so clearly you’d be ridiculous not to read them and adhere to them. (You’ve already only got a 1 in 1,000 chance to be published here … don’t push it by being sloppy.) Put on your armor, and when you’re ready make your submissions HERE.

Here’s four more juggernaut journals open to submissions right now!

The Dark Magazine (Fiction): A journal of Fantasy/Horror/Science Fiction with a frightening 0.36% acceptance rate!  Submit your work here: http://thedarkmagazine.com/about-us/guidelines/

Black Warrior Review (Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry): Their name calls to mind the famous Bugs Bunny quip (“Of course you realize … this means war”), and with a 0.25% acceptance rate, I think they mean it. Submit your work here: https://bwr.submittable.com/submit

Mid-American Review (Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry): They share BWR’s 0.25% acceptance rate, but what’s a little startling is the 17.56% author withdrawal rate … Keep in mind this journal takes upwards of 230 days to accept a piece, and almost 200 days to reject, so you may need to put on a patience cap. Submit your work here: http://marsubmissions.bgsu.edu/

The Summerset Review (Essay, Fiction, Poetry): The most generous of our journals this week has a kind 2.78% acceptance rate! (Their rejection letter is even nice, acknowledging that they “recognize the work that has gone into [your submission]” … aww!) Submit your work here: http://www.summersetreview.org/guidelines.htm

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