As an editor and a writer, I am always looking for guidelines and strategies on how to decide if a written work is ready to be published.

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In an April 25, 2017 post in the Submittable blog, guest author Nathaniel Tower has some pithy advice on how and when to submit a piece of writing to journals or literary magazines. Here are some elements of a short list to consider when asking yourself whether or not a piece is ready to be published:

"So how do you know if a story is ready? Here are some signs you shouldn’t submit:
  • You haven’t read it over at least five times
  • You wrote it less than a week ago
  • You aren’t proud of it
  • You are contemplating sending it to an inferior lit mag because you are pretty sure they’ll publish anything . . . "
The post has more great ideas for making sure you submit your work to the right magazine at the right time. Read it here:


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