I’m signed up for the school’s literary magazine.
It’s my first real work with putting some sort of magazine together and I’m looking forward to the learning experience and connection benefits this will provide me. I’m not hoping for fun or dreading the labor. I am just excited to participate in something that, according to the professor in charge of it, has national recognition!
I was told that this is something to share when reaching out to publishers in letters too. I already know the professor from previous classes and have a good standing with her (well, besides having health issues thatv’e put the class on hold–randomly blacking out puts their breathing before finishing a lecture). It could increase my number of connections. It could spread my name further, even if it’s just for helping put it together.
I may not have started yet or even gotten my work in this very magazine, but there is some knowledge to share: when you aspire to submit to a literary magazine, research the magazine itself and the people putting it together.
In this case, someone who is submitting for it will have a better chance to know how they decide whose piece goes in and whose doesn’t. Understanding the range of ages and sex/gender ratio, even degree preferences can help too. This group of people is your target audience and, believe it or not, the people reading the magazine itself are the ones who happen by it. The people in charge are the ones you have to please, not the audience of the magazine itself. It’s determined based on who gets everyone’s approval. ninety-nine yays and one neigh leaves it open until it’s added in or left out.
Take my collage’s magazine for example: reading the poetry and short stories that won demonstrate that the ones in charge of choosing the final authors are likely older than myself, love Colorado, and can relate to multiple themes regarding education. Whether this will change or not this year, I cannot say.
However, my sense of judgement will be based on my own criteria mixed in with the overall judgement standards.
For someone to accomplish this, research the magazines you wish to submit to. Find out who will be in charge of judging and, if you can, find a brief description of the person. Knowing even as much as their age or sex can help. Know that you likely have to get the approval of every single judge to get in.
Don’t let this discourage you from trying.
Pleasing every judge is possible.
The means of judging is not as black and white as a multiple-choice exam. The means of judging is discussing amongst the rest of the judges and editors. Those who are for a piece getting in will justify their approval to persuade the others to follow. Many who are involved with these decisions have credible experience to justify their opinions.
Have you ever had a discussion or argument with a friend to explain why a certain detail in their favorite book was faulty? Ever had to explain how a certain element was lacking and thus weakened something? Ever had to do the opposite and explain how something else made the weaker points acceptable? Have you ever converted someone into the fandom you belong to?
These are the types of discussions that happen.
There’s hope. there’s even more hope when you research the judges.