It’s always a bit unnerving when you submit your work.
I worry if I missed something in the editing, if my characters read the way they were intended, if my story is good enough. I always start panicking when I go to hit the submit button. I close my eyes and I just do it. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. There’s nothing more I can do.
That’s the way I have to submit my work otherwise I would never submit it.
Sure, I’ve had plenty of rejections, but I’ve had acceptances too. As horrible as it is to get a rejection I keep submitting my work because the feeling of receiving an acceptance far outweighs the disappointment of a rejection.
I’ve put together a (very) small list of magazines/anthologies currently accepting submissions. They are all small publications that you might not have heard of. As a general rule, it is easier to get your work published in smaller, newer magazines than it is the larger ones. All of the publications in this list are not able to pay contributors; however, offer other forms of compensation.
If you have a piece of writing that you think is ready, then I encourage you to submit. Don’t talk yourself out of it for fear of rejection, just close you eyes and press the submit button.
- Into The Well – publishes short speculative fiction. Current theme is forbidden roads.
- Cauldron Anthology – publishes short fiction, poetry, essays, and art. Current theme is sirens.
- One Throne Magazine – publishes all genres and forms.
- Thin Air Magazine – publishes fiction, non-fiction, poetry, flash fiction, plays, and art.