Author Matthew Stepanic Shares 7 Lit Mags that Want to Consider Your Work Right Now
On February 12, 2018, kick off the year by kick-starting your writing career. Spend two-hours with Third Verb and author and editor Matthew Stepanic, learning how to best pair your writing with the magazines that want it, along with tips and tricks to keep your work from being buried at the bottom of the slush pile.  (Register here!) We’ve turned over the rest of this post to Matthew!

The most important step in getting your work published is an easy one: submit. And often. It helps to send your work to special calls, as magazines often curate writing for a themed issue or want to hear from a particular group of writers. A smaller pool means less competition!

Another tip before you submit: read through the submission guidelines carefully for every lit mag—some editors have strong feelings about which font they want to read your work in. You’ll have a happy (and less critical) editor reading your story if you’ve followed their instructions and set your margins just right.

I’ll go through some of the finer points on what editors and first readers look for when they’re reviewing work during my Third Verb workshop, but for now, the best way to begin is to add your work to that slush pile. Below you’ll find some lit mags with specific wants you may be able to satisfy. Happy submitting!

Prairie Fire & CV2

What They Want: Prose, creative nonfiction, poetry & experimental work from Indigenous writers for a special joint issue, “ndncountry”

Deadline: December 15, 2017

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Glass Buffalo

What They Want: Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from current students at the University of Alberta

Deadline: December 15, 2017

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carte blanche

What They Want: Narrative in all its forms, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry & photo essays

Deadline: December 31, 2017

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Poetry Is Dead

What They Want: Poetry from magic makers—such as words that conjure new worlds or heal this one—for their themed issue, “Coven”

Deadline: January 15, 2018

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Room Magazine

What They Want: Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and art from women and genderqueer folks who identify as part of the LGBTTQIA+ spectrum for their themed queer issue

Deadline: January 31, 2018
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The Maynard

What They Want: Poetry from emerging and seasoned writers

Deadline: January 31, 2018

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What They Want: Poetry and prose from women and genderqueer writers for their fifth issue
Deadline: February 1, 2018

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Register for Matthew Stepanic’s February workshop here.

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