Journal of the Month

In my last update post, I mentioned that I am researching literary magazines in preparation for submitting my first short story.

I am beginning to think that finding the right lit mags to submit to (along with determining each of their guidelines and requirements) might turn out to be more time consuming and painstaking than the writing and revising process.

Admittedly, this daunting task is what has deterred me from submitting my work in the past. Just thinking about it overwhelms me. There are hundreds of literary journals out there, each with their own niches, their own styles and caliber of contributors. First, what literary journals accept work from new, previously unpublished writers? How is a writer to know which journals are reputable in the literary world?

I have a short story that I have written, rewritten, had critiqued, edited and revised, had critiqued again and revised some more. I think I am finally ready to begin submitting it.

So begins the process of determining which magazines to submit my work to. Every published writer I have asked about this subject says the best way to determine where to send your work is by reading literary journals and finding one that fits for your story.

But where to start? To subscribe to a journal for a whole year feels like such a commitment – what, if after reading the first issue, I realize it is not the right fit for my work? To subscribe to multiple literary journals can add up to be a rather hefty investment, particularly for a “starving artist.”

That’s why I was so excited (and relieved) to find Journal of the Month, a subscription to receive a different lit journal every month.

Lit journals

I’ve received two journals so far – aren’t they beautiful?! I was pleasantly surprised that both were between 150 and 200 pages which I was not expecting. To make this deal even better, my friend and I split the cost and are sharing the journals as they arrive.

What a great way to get exposed to a variety of journals! How did I not know about this?!There are 32 participating journals, including The Georgia Review, Ploughshares, Salamander, Indiana Review and The Pinch.

I know you’re wondering, where do I sign up?! Here is the website for Journal of the Month Simply select your subscription length(from 4 journals to 24 journals) and your preferred frequency of delivery: monthly, every other month, or quarterly.

Subscribe, share with a friend, or send to a loved one  and insist that they get this for you for your next birthday, anniversary, or… just because!

I love hearing from you! What do you think of Journal of the Month?

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6 thoughts on “Journal of the Month

  1. Great idea, and thanks for the link. You’re so right that it’s a full time job just to do our due diligence regarding where to submit, not to mention an expensive proposition. This looks worthwhile on a number of different levels so I’ll check it out. Thanks!

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