July 15, 2017

Submission Reminders

When you submit a story, a poem, or nonfiction to a magazine editor, you want to make a good impression.  How can you do that?

Here are a few tips.

1.  Follow the guidelines.
2.  Don't send more than one submission when multiple submissions are not       
     accepted.
3.  Refrain from re-sending a submission, even if you've found an error.        
     Chances are, it will not affect an editor's decision.
4.  Remember that poems must have rhythm and meter.
5.  Use a variety of reliable sources for articles, not just Internet sites. 
6.  Read back issues to get a feel for the kind of articles, poems, and stories that 
     are published.
7.  Choose a topic that is entertaining and interesting for kids.

I'm a very lucky editor because most of the time writers understand how to submit. But every once in a while, I'll get a submission that falls short because of one (or more) of the above.  And sadly, those submissions are rejected.  Don't make the same mistake. Keep these suggestions in mind if you want to impress an editor.   


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