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Why you should submit to literary magazines: 5 insightful articles — via Better View of the Moon

Big thanks to Karen Craigo for publishing my article “Why you should submit to literary magazines: 5 insightful articles” on her blog earlier this week. Make sure to watch for Karen Craigo’s guest blog post here on my blog in the future!

My article includes my own short list of reasons on why you should submit, plus links to 5 insightful articles on the same topic with my favorite reason from each. There is no shortage of reasons to submit!

Click here to read the complete article:

Why you should submit to literary magazines: 5 insightful articles

Here’s an excerpt from the beginning of the article:

It’s easy to get discouraged, to question the purpose or why it’s meaningful at all to send your poems and other writing out for what often results in rejection. We all do it. There’s not one poet or writer (alive or dead) who hasn’t questioned the quality of their work, questioned their reasons for writing, asked themselves if any of it is worth it.  I’m here to tell you IT. IS. WORTH. IT. And so are the authors of the five articles listed below.

Here’s my own short list of reasons:

#1 – Helps you to become a good literary citizen—support the art of literature. Read literary magazines online. Subscribe to a few. Request books of independent publishers and lesser known authors you love at your local library. And of course, submit your own work. In doing so, you become part of a community.

#2 – For the thrill—yes, it’s a bit of a rollercoaster ride to submit to literary magazines, but I actually think a better metaphor is golf. Very few people ever really get good at the game, it’s rare to get a hole in one, or even make par on most holes—but when you do? There’s simply nothing like it.

#3 – You will want to keep writing—sure, there are days when all those questions come pouring in. But ultimately, if you’ve ever had a piece accepted and published, you’ll want to continue playing the game, pushing yourself, improve and refine your art. This is where my tagline “selfish poet” comes in. When I write poetry, the process of creating, the act itself—that is for no one else but me.

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Karen Craigo

Karen Craigo teaches writing in Springfield, Missouri. She is the author of the poetry collection No More Milk (Sundress Publications, 2016). Her poetry and essays appear in numerous journals, and she is the author of three chapbooks, Escaped Housewife Tries Hard to Blend In (Hermeneutic Chaos, 2016), Someone Could Build Something Here (Winged City, 2013), and Stone for an Eye (Kent State/Wick, 2004).

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