I’m not talking arm bar, leg bar, triangle chokehold, or any other UFC submission tactic. Instead, I’m talking about the one thing all writers fear the most: submitting our work. When it comes to submitting work, there are more magazines available every day, and knowing which one to submit your work to makes all the difference.
There are themed magazines, genre magazines, and even magazines focused purely on prompts. The key is finding a magazine that fits your style of writing. There are two very successful websites that do just this so you don’t have to Google individual magazine types. Review Review and Poets & Writers manage to have searchable database of magazines that might fit your writing style. AWP is another wonderful free alternative much like Poets &Writers and Review Review. To save space and your time, I’m only going to cover two of the free databases. However, there is another paid website, Doutrope, that does the same, but requires an account to access the database. Doutrope is reasonably priced and includes Bluestem as one of it’s indexed journals, so if you have the money and the time, Doutrope is great site.
Review Review is an easy site to navigate.
In the upper menus, there is a tab for tips, this tap highlights a magazine genre.
I’m sure they change it weekly, so before searching the database check the tips tab first.
For more Publishing tips, there is a drop down menu, to the right that allows you to pick a category.
To proceed from the tips page there is a search box in the upper right hand corner below the menu tabs. In this search box type any keywords you want to look up:
I used the keyword: Non-fiction. This is what your search results will look like:
Feel free to search a number of keywords to accommodate any number of your writing styles. After the search is complete, look through the results and find the magazine that fits your style.
Poets & Writers is also a great resource for writers. Here’s how to navigate:
In the upper right corner, there is a search bar much like Review Review.
Type keywords and get results. Once again, I used “Non-fiction:”
After you receive your results, feel free to scroll through them and if none of them seem to be of any help, click the tab entitled, “Tools for Writers:”
This is the page in which you’ll find and the tool bar that you’ll need to use is highlighted:
The only thing left to do is explore the tabs highlighted. My favorite is the “Writing Prompts” tab.
I’ve given you the tools to search two very helpful websites when getting prepared to submit your work. I, however, cannot prepare you for the right hooks of rejection or the left jabs of revision, but I can give you one piece of advice: don’t quit.