This comes from River Styx website. Now, I have my own stash of favorite (if outlandish) cover letters I collected back in my editing days. But these ones are really quite funny. Enjoy, but don’t try this at home.
I used to submit stories to literary magazines. A lot. And once upon a time I even edited a literary magazine myself. But the last few years, I was focused on writing a novel, and in that time the world of literary magazines changed a bit. For example, there are now reading fees, and they’re becoming more and more common. Are they necessary? Excessive?
In this article, Becky Tuch solicits opinions of several writers.
My own take is, I really don’t mind paying $3 if it saves me a trip to the post office. Besides once you add up postage, SASE, the cost of printing and paper and envelopes, the time and trouble it takes to put a physical submission together, not to mention the paper cuts, $3 begins to look like a total bargain.
Now a $10 or $20 reading fee is a different story entirely.
I’ve mentioned The Review Review before. Lately they’ve become a favorite of mine, a wonderful source of lit magazine news, reviews, interviews, and interesting articles. And now they are looking for an intern: “If you are a student or know someone who would like to learn more about the inner workings of lit mag machinations, please be in touch.” You can e-mail the editors at 99review<at>gmail.com
From McSweeney’s to PANK, magazine editors explain rejection letters.
Earlier this year, me and several other Syracuse MFA alums, returned to our alma mater to discuss this very subject at a panel organized by our beloved professor, Arthur Flowers. Is there life after the MFA? What is the nature of “literary success”? Not surprisingly, we weren’t the only ones puzzling over these questions. In fact, faculty and students in the MFA Creative Writing Program at Purdue have put together a website, The Writer’s Job, to address them. The site, though still new, has among other things, a section on submitting work to literary journals, a post about the benefits of subscribing to Duotrope, a series of power point slides on finding a literary agent, and a section on making a living (its categories include teaching, publishing, journalism, business writing, nonprofit, freelance, and other jobs). Regardless of where you are in your writing career, this site is definitely worth exploring.
Literary magazine Ardor is looking for guest writers to contribute articles to their blog: “Articles should be on a topic of interest to our readers. These topics may include submission advice, writing tips, stories of managing and coping with rejection, book reviews, response to and commentary on work which has been published in ARDOR, etc.” Read more.
Sometime last spring, I subscribed again to the CRWROPPS-B group/mailing list (http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/crwropps-b/info). It’s got a wealth of information for writers. To avoid dozens of e-mails in my mailbox I get a daily digest. I think in its early days, the list mainly had posts on writing contests. Now you get calls for regular submissions (to literary magazines and anthologies) and even posts about job openings. Just to give you an example, today’s digest includes an assistant professor in poetry job at SUNY Geneseo and a three-year fiction job at College of Wooster. This is one of the best and long-standing resources for writers that I know of.