Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Out of Submission Hell

Submitting stories for publication is not my idea of fun...though getting them published is another story. Sadly, it seems one will not happen with the other, so every couple months or so I gather up my stories that need a home and launch a well-planned attack on literary journals I read and admire, hoping to make the elusive match. Doing the research--who's reading at the moment, length limits (the bane of my existence as a long short story writer), new editor's name, address, etc. etc. etc. into mindless aggravation--has been significantly easier since I discovered the online site Duotrope. It's a database of more than 1650 journals, updated daily, with submission guidelines and websites all neatly and efficiently organized. Make life a tiny bit easier on yourself and check them out.


DC-area author Leslie Pietrzyk explores the creative process and all things literary.