Submissions 101

This section is designed to demystify the process of submitting your writing to publishers and entering literary contests. Whether you’re new to sending your work out “on sub” or your writing’s been doing the rounds without any luck, I hope this helps you start building up your portfolio of publication credits.

— Nicole Melanson

How to know when your work is ready for submission

How to prepare your writing for submission

How to submit your writing

How to use Submittable

Submission fees

Simultaneous submissions

Making changes to submitted work

When to follow up on a submission



Where to find submission opportunities

The literary journal tier system explained

Keeping track of your submissions

How to pitch an article

How to write a query letter

How to write a cover letter

How to write a synopsis

Writing your author bio