Maybe you’re not quite ready to post your best creative writing on the Web for everyone’s feedback, as described in last week’s post. In your opinion, the tightly sealed manila envelope works just fine, thank you very much, and you’ve got plenty of postage stamps. Email submissions, you say, are just a little unnerving, though you’d love to help save the rainforest—and you will join us in the 21st century—eventually. It’s a promise.
In the meantime, here’s a gift for you from John Darling, also known to his readers as Jay Dee. The Ivory Tower is an online directory of links to the submission guidelines for almost 1,000 literary periodicals. What could be nicer?
My Delicious list of literary journals now extends to 700 publications. Darling’s is longer.
You’re probably already familiar with the old standbys, LiteraryMarketPlace.com and WritersMarket.com, subscription-based online databases that include the information you need to contact book publishers, small presses, magazines, journals, and literary agencies. In print format, these two massive directories are available at your local public library. (In the interest of full disclosure, let me note that I write for F+W Media, which owns WritersMarket.com and Writer’s Digest Books.)
Do you have any tips for creative writers who want to accumulate writing credits? How important to you is the prestige of the publications to which you submit your work?