Running a literary magazine is a lot of work. It’s also a great learning experience. Here are eight important things I learned during my eight years as founding editor of Bartleby Snopes. 1. Most Writers are Good People. Sure, there are a few jerks who respond to rejections with a tirade of profanity, but the … Continue reading 8 Things I Learned From Running a Literary Magazine for 8 Years
When I started Bartleby Snopes Literary Magazine back in 2008, I didn’t have a long-term vision. I wasn’t trying to create the next great lit mag. I launched the magazine because I was a frustrated writer. I was simply tired of waiting six or more months for a form rejection, and I wanted to do … Continue reading Saying Goodbye to Bartleby Snopes
If you want to piss off a writer, charge a submission fee. It seems like nothing bothers writers more than being told they have to pay for something. How dare a magazine charge us just to read our work! It’s an outrage! They should make their money by selling subscriptions and ad space! More ads, … Continue reading 5 Reasons Why Submission Fees Really Aren’t the Scourge of the Publishing World
You've heard it a thousand times: don't submit your writing to a literary magazine without reading what they publish first. It's a great piece of advice. By reading the lit mag, you not only support what they do, but you also get a sense of what they publish. This allows you to send something that … Continue reading What You Should Be Looking for When You Read a Lit Mag
Every so often, someone will start a conversation about wanting to start a lit mag. It usually begins something like this: I think I really want to start my own lit mag, but I have no idea how to do it. The conversation will then morph into Is it really worth it to start my own … Continue reading Do You Want to Build a Lit Mag? Get Tips from the Experts
There is a plethora of advice out there on how writers must follow the rules of the game if they want to get published in lit mags. Last week, I posted 10 things writers do that piss off editors. This week, I'm turning the tables and looking at all the things the editors do that … Continue reading 10 Things Editors Do That Piss Off Writers
Writers are the second hardest working people in the lit mag industry. The hardest working? You guessed it: the editors. And guess what? They get a lot less "reward" out of it than the writers do. Yes, writers spend hours and hours writing, editing, researching, and submitting. Add in the countless hours of bitching and … Continue reading 10 Things You Are Doing As a Writer That Piss Off Editors (And Could Get You Blacklisted)
This is a great list of some of the best literary magazines. I am honored to have Bartleby Snopes appear in such great company.
The flash markets on this list include the best around. They’re not impossible to break into. Not as much as say, Willow Springs, whose editor informed us recently here on this blog that only one out of a thousand pieces gets picked for publication from the slush pile. One out of a thousand! That’s roughly the same odds as Bono being the next pope, of sneezing with your eyes open, or [ gulp ] of asteroid 1999 RQ36 smashing into Earth.
While these magazines are not so apocalyptically stingy with their acceptance, they’re still selective (and I’ve got an asteroid belt of rejections from them in my in-box to prove it).
You might think of this list as as continuation of an earlier post on the very best, since these magazines are more challenging to break into than those on the other two lists I’ve compiled: Top 10…
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Bartleby Snopes has been shortlisted for Best Fiction Anthology! This past summer, my literary magazine Bartleby Snopes ventured into uncharted territory when we launched the world's first issue of Post-Experimental fiction. We were absolutely thrilled by the results. The final issue was better and more innovative than we ever could have imagined. Now, the hard … Continue reading Bartleby Snopes shortlisted for Best Fiction Anthology!