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Submission Process with Jobe

I’ve been asked to take a look at the submission process, so here’s a handy list:

1. Finish writing your piece. Revise it a lot. Decide that it’s ready.

2. Pick 10 lit mags. You can find lists of accepting mags online or in print. Writer’s Market is a favorite, as well as Poetry Market. Buy at the beginning of each year or check out from your local library.

3. The best way to know if your story is going to be a fit is to read the guidelines and read an issue. If you never put any time, money, or effort into being a literary citizen, you can’t expect publications to fall over themselves for you. Also, don’t send your vampire erotica to a religious mag, or your religious piece to a vampire erotica mag. Et cetera.

4. Write a cover letter! Make it look good, even if it’s “just” online.

5. Write a bio! On the off chance that they want to publish you, they’ll often want a short bio.

6. Mail or email your piece out to these 10. Make a record of who you sent it to and when. Most places will say whether or not they accept simultaneous submissions, and it usually only matters if you are accepted, which should not be mathematically expected. Some places you may never hear back from. Some places you may not hear back from soon. Just keep writing, and just keep sending (new pieces to new places).

7. Collect your rejection letters. Print them out, pin them to the wall. These are proof that you are a “real” writer! Celebrate! Treat yourself! Post about it on Facebook! You’ve taken steps that most people don’t have the guts to take. You are the real deal. Hats off to you.


When in short story mode, Murakami Haruki takes a week to write a short story, a week to revise it, then sends it out. What if you dedicated your entire summer to this process? Imagine how much better your writing would get! Imagine how much experience and confidence you’d acquire!



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Want to Get Published but Don’t Know Where to Submit? Here’s How to Get Started, With Your Intrepid Sidekick, Jobe.

Okay. Everybody wants to get published, right? It’s a no-brainer? Bragging rights. Build a name. Buff the CV. And it’s just kind of an exciting idea. Somebody thinks my writing is so good they want more people to see it? Wow! But remember, it’s a process, and writing, revision, and rejection are all part of it. Don’t feel bad or hurt or angry if and when your work is rejected. Even FAMOUS writers get rejected! There are so many different reasons, too, and most of them aren’t even about you or your writing! Space, theme, timing, and which arbitrary staff or intern reads your ‘scrip. So chin up, and collect those rejections like badges of honor. Rejection is proof that you’re participating in the process!

A quick note on paying to submit: some writers refuse to submit if there is any fee. You do want to be careful of money-making schemes, especially contests. The choice is up to you whether you think it will be worth it in any individual situation. Personally, I’ll pay $3 but not $20, if that gives you an idea. And please keep in mind that I can’t personally vouch for any of the links or mags, so use your best judgement.

Without further ado, here’s where to get started finding lit mags (literary magazines) that are actively seeking submission:

Subscribe to Authors Publish Magazine to receive emails about current places to submit.

New Pages gives you the latest. Bookmark their classifieds.

There’s also Poets & Writers, especially this.

Here’s The Review Review.

Every Writer’s Resource boasts a full list, but make sure they’re currently accepting. I think that’s these.

And these might also help too: Freelance Writing, Writer’s Relief, Literary Mama, and Alabama Writer’s Forum.

That should be plenty to get you started.

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Everything You Need to Know About Starting a CV, With Your Illustrious Captain at the Helm, Jobe!

What’s a CV, you may ask? CV stands for:

curriculum vitae (English pronunciation: /kəˈrɪkjʉləm ˈviːtaɪ/, /ˈwiːtaɪ/, or /ˈvaɪtiː/; C.V.) a written overview of a person’s experience and other qualifications

When you were younger, you were told you needed a resume, and that it could only be a page long. Depending on what job you were trying to get, you had to change what was on the resume to reflect only the most important and relevant information. But now you’re a writer in the writing world. You get to have a CV. Why is that cooler, better, and just infinitely more awesome? Because you get include all the accomplishments that make you shine. And it can be as many pages as you need it to be! This thing is detailed, and it makes you look good. (Mine is currently two pages. TAKE THAT, RESUME!)

There are lots of websites out there that give concise explanations of the differences of the CV vs the resume or explain what to include on the CV. You can always trust Perdue’s Online Writing Lab (OWL); their info is always solid. but this one was my favorite:

  1. The Curriculum Vitae is a list of all your achievements until the date you are submitting it, presented in reverse chronological order (i.e. the latest achievements first).
  2. The Curriculum Vitae is ideally two pages in length, though it can sometimes go up to three to five pages.
  3. The Curriculum Vitae would include everything that you have done and can be classified as work outside the home – whether paid or unpaid; hence, it is okay if the Curriculum Vitae contains voluntary and honorary positions and work done in such positions.
  4. The Curriculum Vitae structure is very systematic and is generally drawn in a specific order.
  5. The Curriculum Vitae is normally accompanied by a cover letter, which summarizes what it contains and points out the match of the applicant with the job
  6. A Curriculum Vitae can be written in the following three styles: functional CV, targeted CV, and performance CV.

You can check out basic visuals here, but basically just keep it consistent and don’t vary your font.

I also want to highlight some tips from this cool source:

Your CV may be different than someone else. What’s important is that you keep it up to date.
Always include:
• Education (always first on the CV)
• Honors and Awards
• Professional Experience (Employment)
• Publications and Presentations
• Extracurricular and Volunteer Experience
• Interests

Another important thing to note is that there aren’t set category distinctions. If you have a lot of something (anything) that can be grouped, do so. You might call a heading Presentations. Someone else might call it Lecturer. There’s no wrong way to highlight your features.

So, start your Word doc and structure it out, even if you just have [fill in later] for the content. Make a category for Publications. Make one for Readings. Now, every time you get published, add that publication to your CV. Every time you give a reading, add that too! I save the file name with the date, so there’s no confusion of which is the most recent.

To give an example, my CV has the following headings: Education; Lecturer; Readings; Publications; Interviews; Gallery Representation; Blog; Professional Experience; Grants, Fellowships, Awards, Honors; Technical Abilities; Travel, Foreign Languages; References.

Education always goes first, but the rest of the layout is up to you. I put mine in order of what I do most often / what I think is most important. So lecturing is what I’m really actively focused on, whereas the person reading the CV may not be interested in my technical abilities (unless I know a program they use).

Thanks for reading. I hope it helped. And to all you Inklings out there, keep fighting the good fight.

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Jobe’s List of Places to Submit


I’m deep into the first week of Nano, but I didn’t forget about you guys. Check out these cool places to submit your creative work, and reply with your favorites in the comments!


Guidelines & Submit