Wednesday, December 3, 2008

"In for Another Dollar" Update, Or, Maybe I AM a Dunce

Recent posts have complained very bitterly about the difficult process of finding submission guidelines for various premiere publications. While I still think this information is harder to locate than it should be—most journals seem to have a dedicated link called “guidelines” or “submissions”—as it turns out, apparently these publications are actually NOT in cahoots to keep me from sending along my work to them.

Eli from McSweeney’s kindly sent along the link to that journal’s submission info and told me how I could navigate to it on the web site: “That info is indeed on our site, down towards the bottom where most of the links live. If you go to and do a search for Submission Guidelines, I think you'll find it, but if not, here's the direct link:”

And my former workshop member Mark Prebilic sent me a link to the Atlantic info, though I still couldn’t find it off the main site when I rechecked to see if I was a dunce:

Also, I have a report from someone that the New Yorker actually did respond to her story submission after about three months:

"We regret that we are unable to use the enclosed material. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to consider it. The Editors"

So, there you go—now that we’ve got the code, get cracking. Happy submitting to all—and needless to say, after all my whining, I’ll surely never see my name in any of these pages, but consider it my sacrifice for the greater writer good, and think kindly of me when YOUR story is published….


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