Publishing … Online Writing Center Guides …
Do not fear rejection– just keep trying. If something is returned, send it right back out.
I often have students ask me, “Where can I submit my writing?” Here is a list of resources for both creative and academic writing to help you get started.
Recordkeeping: Tracking Your Submissions
As you begin submitting your writing, you want to keep track of your submissions. You can do this in various ways, such as using a spreadsheet or a submission management account like Submittable. I used to use both, but I now, I mostly rely on Submittable. You can open a free account, use their “Discovery” tab to search for publications by various genres, and it keeps a record of what is accepted, declined, or in-progress at a journal or magazine.
I usually send out my creative work as simultaneous submissions. This means that I’ll send the same set of poems or an essay to several publications at once. However, it’s really important to keep track so if you do have a piece accepted somewhere, you can withdraw your submissions from the other publications. Make sense? Also, not all journals and magazines allow simultaneous subs, so read each publication’s guidelines carefully.
Most scholarly journals do not allow simultaneous subs.
Where to Send your Work
By far, this is not a complete or exclusive list.
Creative Writing Submissions
Literary Magazines (Listed by the Lavery Library at St. John Fisher College)
New Forum, the Undergraduate Literary Journal of UC Irvine
New Pages Guide to Student Literary Magazines (Comprehensive listing searchable by state.)
Undergraduate Creative Writing Publication Opportunities (Listed by Southern Utah University)
I probably spend 90% of my time revising what I’ve written.
Joyce Carol Oates