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Old 04-07-2009, 07:46 AM
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I was just reading a book and it had a small chapter on getting rejected, short stories, poems and that, and I was just wondering where I'd go about getting the information needed to submit a piece to an English literary magazine or something similar?

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Your best bet would be to go to the website of the magazine that you are trying to submit to. Each magazine has different things that they do for submissions, so I would check each individual place
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Do you know of any magazines in England which take this sort of thing?
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I'm a US girl, so I wouldn't be sure. Sorry!
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You could buy the Writer's and Artists' Yearbook, but personally I baulk at forking out for a new book every year.

Another option is our old friend, duotrope. You can search by genre, length, and so on to find possible markets for your work.
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There are a number of British literary publications. Duotrope, as suggested, or (if you can't afford Writers & Artists) go to the library to look them up.

Don't feel restricted to British mags, though; markets are now worldwide and personally I've always found it easier getting published in the US than the UK, if only because of a bigger selection.
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Don't feel restricted to British mags, though; markets are now worldwide and personally I've always found it easier getting published in the US than the UK, if only because of a bigger selection.
How do you handle the payment from overseas publishers? I received a payment in USD once via PayPal, but I've never been able to figure out how to access the money. Perhaps your payments are more substantial, though, so the conversion factor isn't an issue, but with fairly low rates offered (2 to 5 cents a word for short stories) it doesn't seem worth cashing the cheques since the bank charges nearly five pounds for the privilege.
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Payments (where payment was offered) ranged from $75 to $250 - the bank takes a bit, but short fiction is never about the money, is it, or we'd never write any. The first cheque I ever got for a story - for the grand sum of $5 - I didn't cash, I still have it.

Incidentally most of my clients are in the US and I take payments in sterling, US$ and Euros, mostly through paypal - as long as you have an account set up properly it's not hard to access.
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Thanks for that, Mike. As suspected, you're payments are higher. All I got for my story was a measly $25, so not really worth the bother. That £12 or whatever sits somewhere in cyberspace, though, until I can figure out PayPal. I've used it to pay for things, but the receiving leaves me baffled. Do they expect me to link the PayPal account to a real bank one? (Okay, that might sound daft, but I am very un-technical! And paranoid about internet banking . )

And I didn't cash the first cheque I ever received either. I framed it and stuck it on the wall.
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Isn't the $:£ conversation rate basically 1:1 nowadays?

Didn't even know i'd get paid for doing this, if they accepted one of course. Getting paid for doing something you love... what a living that'd be!
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Also thanks for the Duotrope's Digest thing. Quite interesting. I'm going to apply for a lot. Getting something put in - regardless of the quality of the magazine - would definitely be an achievement, considering (no sniggers from the back please)!
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That £12 or whatever sits somewhere in cyberspace, though, until I can figure out PayPal. I've used it to pay for things, but the receiving leaves me baffled. Do they expect me to link the PayPal account to a real bank one?
Yes, you habe to link your paypal account to a bank account to draw it out - but if you make paypal purchases, you can spend it.
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Isn't the $:£ conversation rate basically 1:1 nowadays?
I wish! Last time I looked it was $1.47:£1.00. It was up to 1.99 a while back which was great for visiting the US, but crap for selling to you. The less dollars to the pound, the more profitable my business.
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Can I ask what your business is?

Found a couple of links and Ezines which interest me, and I've book marked them. I live in hope...
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Yes, you habe to link your paypal account to a bank account to draw it out - but if you make paypal purchases, you can spend it.
I thought so. Well, Mrs Paranoia is not about to give anyone details of her bank account. (Like I said, I'm paranoid.) *sigh* No foreign markets for me then. On the plus side, I won't have to worry about the IRS asking me to pay taxes on my earnings.

Thanks for answering that question, though, Mike!
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Off the top of my head, you could check out

Riptide
The Delinquent
Aesthetica
Orbit
Granta
Route
Penumbra
Litro
Southword
The London Magazine
Brand

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Can I ask what your business is?

Found a couple of links and Ezines which interest me, and I've book marked them. I live in hope...
Sorry, missed this: I design websites for writers. I also have a business which licenses products into the US.
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