One of my new year’s resolutions was to get my first rejection letter, and of course the only way to get a rejection letter is to submit a story.
If you’re not aware, I’m 0-for-2. Yep, in the past I’ve submitted two short stories and have gotten absolutely no correspondence back.
Thanks to some encouragement from my new writing partner in crime, Brian, I brushed up my short story manuscripts and went hunting.
Using the ever-popular Duotrope’s Digest, I pulled up their search engine.
The genre? Fantasy. That’s easy.
The pay-scale? Well, that’s not so easy (I’ll come back to this later).
Duotrope lets me sort the results in many ways.
One of the coolest options is that it lets me sort by acceptance rate (Highest to lowest, Lowest to highest).
I don’t think I want to submit one of my stories to an online magazine that accepts 90% of all entries (yes, these exist) and they pay less than a cent per word (perhaps nothing). Maybe it’s better to aim my sights a little higher?
There are different schools of thought on pay-scale. Some people say it’s better to submit to a professional magazine with pro-rates right off the bat, because if you submit to a smaller publication, you might forever wonder if your story could’ve gone further.
On the other hand, if you’re like me and have never been published, it might be a good idea to start building up a resume in the ‘proving-grounds’ before going for the big-leagues.
To test this, Brian is in the process of submitting one of his short stories at the same time as I am. He is submitting to professional grade national publications. And since I don’t care how much money I get paid as much as building a resume (and seeing my work printed somewhere other than here), I decided to go the route of courting the semi-pro market.
I’ll keep you updated.