Remember to polish before you publish

Editing_morgue file N10_20130809_230442Sometimes we’re so excited to have written something new that we send it out before it’s ready. Let it “cool” for awhile and work on something else. Then when that something else is finished, let it sit for awhile and revise the first piece.

There are many styles and approaches to revision. Here’s a simple three-step approach, from the helpful folks at The Write Life blog.


Chicken Soup for the Soul seeks your inspiring stories

If you’re an ordinary person who’s had an extraordinary experience, write it up and consider submitting it to Chicken Soup for the Soul. It’s a paying market, and if your story is selected you also receive ten free copies of the book in which your story or poem appears.

From the guidelines:

Stories are written in the first person and have a beginning, middle, and end–and create emotion rather than simply talking about it. …A good story causes tears, laughter, goose bumps, or any combination of these.

Here are some potential book topics for which the publisher is seeking stories:

  • Dreams and synchronicities (DL March 31, 2016)
  • The joy of Christmas (DL April 30, 2016)
  • Blended families (DL June 30, 2016)

There are more on the site–check it out. And of course, read the complete guidelines before submitting.

For women only

Skirt!Magazine publishes (and pays for) two personal essays a month. Themes and guidelines for 2016 listed here.

You can read sample issues of the magazine online–just click on the “current issue” link. Reading sample issues gives you a feel for whether something you write might be a “match.” That–and persistence–are really important if you want to get published.

New market, deadline April 1

word fountain mag.phpThe Osterhout Free Library (Willkes-Barre, Pa.) is relaunching its formerly shuttered publication, Word Fountain:

After a long hiatus, a new editing staff is working toward a spring relaunch of Word Fountain, the literary magazine of the Osterhout Free Library in Wilkes-Barre, and they’re seeking emerging and established writers to send in fresh stories, poems, flash fiction, essays, brief memoirs, and other short pieces.

The first new issue will be in print by the end of May, so the submission deadline is April 1; the sooner the work is sent in, the better.

Get all the details here.