On One Hand

February 28, 2006


Filed under: Uncategorized — ononehand @ 9:10 pm

OK now that I have detailed, clean, polished pieces I can actually submit for publication (which is a first), I’d like to know where the fuck I can actually do that. I am avoiding exclusively gay-themed magazines because that forms such a limiting resume (plus my writing is not exclusively gay-themed at all), but queer-friendly groups are always good (of course, what literary magazine isn’t?) I’ve got a piece that is about 4,000 words (nonfiction, memoir-type article, about 1/3 humor and 2/3 serious) and a few fiction pieces that I am not as interested in getting published.

I’m working on developing some old journal entries into good writing as well. That comes next, after I submit this first one.

I’m interested in magazines that pay, not because I want the money (it would be nice) but rather, because that means it’s legit. I don’t want to submit a great piece to some shitty magazine, have it get accepted, and thus be unavailable for future publication. (Most magazines will not take pre-published stuff.)

Any suggestions?


  1. I recommend you go to the bookstore, pick up the Writer’s Market, find a few lit mags that sound promising, buy sample issues and then submit to the one you feel most comfortable with.

    Comment by mroctober — March 1, 2006 @ 1:57 pm | Reply

    • Do they come out with a new version of that book every year?

      I might have other means of getting this piece published but it seems like Writer’s Market would be good for future submissions.

      Would you reccamend starting with a more difficult/high quality publication and working my way down as I get rejected, or should I start with magazines that are more likely to publish, and work my way up?

      Comment by ononehand — March 1, 2006 @ 4:49 pm | Reply

      • Yeah, the Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market comes out annually.

        I guess it all depends on what you feel you need. Do you want to work up with a solid foundation of sales? Or be daring and go for the best first and know you might get several rejections before it finds a home? Are you up for rejection?

        Comment by mroctober — March 1, 2006 @ 8:52 pm

  2. email your stuff to me as word docs & i can pass it on to my friend kevin sampsell … he works at powell’s books in portland and knows exactly who would be interested. randomcha@earthlink.net

    Comment by randomcha — March 1, 2006 @ 2:31 pm | Reply

    • That sounds promising… though I’m always a little antsy to send out copies of uncopywrighted work if it’s gonna end up with people I don’t even know. Although I trust that your friend is legit, lol, and in any case I wrote my first version of the story and turned it in for a class years ago so I know I’d be able to defend myself using the “working drafts” route.

      Allright, you’ve seen the raw version because it was posted in my journal (as friends’ only), let me get you the polished version by the end of the day.

      Comment by ononehand — March 1, 2006 @ 4:47 pm | Reply

      • ha, yes, don’t worry about your writing falling into bad hands … i’m not running an indie writing piracy scam on the side 🙂 besides, kevin has helped me get my own writing out there … you can check out his site at http://futuretensebooks.com/

        (shorter pieces have a better chance of getting published, fyi).

        Comment by randomcha — March 1, 2006 @ 4:57 pm

      • Allright, I sent it. Let me know if it comes through.

        Comment by ononehand — March 1, 2006 @ 6:40 pm

      • Kevin has done some nifty books (I have heard of a lot of these!). Kickass.

        Comment by Anonymous — March 1, 2006 @ 8:55 pm

  3. Ok Matt,

    I’m going to give you my writing links. You’ll have to search them a bit, but I’m sure you’ll find some place to submit.

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/index.php (This is a forum you can just look through or join, they have a section for paying and non paying markets.

    http://www.freelancewriting.com/ (Serchable for markets)
    http://www.placesforwriters.com/archives/calls/index.html (Listing)
    http://www.winningwriters.com/index.php (has a contest listing)
    http://www.writergazette.com/calls.shtml (Found this one the other day, has calls for submission)
    http://bellaonline.com/articles/art2022.asp (Another magazine submission listing site)
    http://www.ralan.com/ (This site is mostly Sci-fi and humor, but they do have a very extensive list of paying markets that accept fiction and non-fiction, you just have to search)

    Good luck! Let me know how you do okay?

    Comment by jennafern — March 1, 2006 @ 4:01 pm | Reply

  4. goodluck! unrelated: thanks for granting your email address; it truly is much appreciated; but, well, i’ve entirely forgotten the question i wanted to ask you privately.

    best to you, your words, your boyfriend.

    love, math+

    Comment by theyare45 — March 1, 2006 @ 8:07 pm | Reply

    • Are you the one with the Native American sounding name who let me use her Writers Market account?

      Comment by ononehand — March 3, 2006 @ 11:13 pm | Reply

  5. OK Quick question for you: when formatting my story as a manuscript, should I go with the traditional paragraph-indent form (as is reccamended) to space the paragraphs, OR should I use the centered “#” sign indicating a blank line, which would be my preferred format for the story?

    Comment by ononehand — March 1, 2006 @ 9:31 pm | Reply

    • Go with traditional. Check out the Writer’s Market is only for their guidelines for formatting. Most places will not even take a second glance at a submission that is not formatted properly.

      Comment by mroctober — March 1, 2006 @ 9:35 pm | Reply

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