Saturday, August 8, 2009

Superb Submission Missives

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Some submission guidelines are better than others.

These are a few of my favorite freelance submission guidelines from magazines and journals. Some are witty. Others are refreshingly honest. And how often do you see a magazine giving you a list of articles on which to model yours?

We will do our best to answer all queries, but if you don't hear back from us within 6 weeks, assume the worst.

The Believer
The Believer invites correspondence from one and all, give or take.

The Sun Magazine
Please, no journalistic features, academic works, or opinion pieces. Other than that, we're open to just about anything. Surprise us; we often don't know what we'll like until we read it.

Narrative Magazine
We want writers to have every possible opportunity for success, so we're willing to risk losing a story we want when someone at another magazine may have done their reading before we have, and in that case we'll be sorry to lose the piece but happy for the writer.

Sierra Magazine
Examples of feature articles that display the special qualities we look for include Daniel Duane's "Savoring Wild Salmon" (May/June 2008); Paul Rauber's "Life in Abundance" and Matthew Taylor's "Burned Out on Burning Man" (July/August 2008); and Tomas Alex Tizon's "Rotten Fish Tales" and Debra Jones's "Six-Dog-Power Engine" (November/December 2008).

The Pedestal Magazine
We are currently accepting submissions of slam, spoken word, poetry with music, and performance poetry. For this category, we are not interested in "straight" or "traditional" readings of poems.

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