How to make online submissions to literary journals and magazines (see also http://www.writersrelief.com/how-and-...) by Writers Relief. Learn how to submit using online submission managers when submitting your poetry, short stories, and essays to editors. Also, learn how to track your submissions. A great resource that will help you get published in reputable literary journals.
In this tutorial, well walk you through the simple steps of using an online form, also known as a submission manager.
To get started, youll need to have electronic files of the master copy of your work and a prepared cover letter.
Keep in mind where you have saved these files on your computer.
Many people choose to store files in their My Documents folder.
In an Internet browser, type in the Web address of the literary journal that you are submitting to.
From the homepage of the journal, find the Submission Guidelines tab, usually located in the navigation bar along the top of the screen.
Scan the journals submission guidelines for formatting or word count requirements.
Sometimes editors will ask for all poems in a single file. If you need help formatting your poetry for online submissions, check out our other tutorials.
Most journals will want short prose double-spaced, with twelve-point font, one-inch margins, and contact information on the first page. Make sure to follow each journals requirements.
Another common request is for files to be in a .doc or RTF format.
The link to the submission manager will almost always be included in the submission guidelines.
Click the link to access the online form.
You will find the journal submission form in the middle of the page.
The submission process will be faster and easier if you enable auto-complete in your browser settings.
In most browsers, this setting can be found under the contents tab.
This form is generally similar for all journals that use submission managers. You will only have to enter contact information one time for this journal.
If you are submitting poetry, type out the names of all poems in the submission title field, separating each title by a comma.
In the file field, click the browse button and find the master copy of your work on your computer.
Youre almost done. Just one more field!
The comments box is where you paste your cover letter or short biography. Copy the body of the letter from where you saved it on your computer.
Make sure to check that the titles are entered correctly.
If youve previously used your cover letter for print submissions, remember to take out any references to self-addressed, stamped envelopes and enclosures.
Unless otherwise noted in the submission guidelines, it also helps to personalize the letter by adding the name of the editor next to Dear.
However, some journals prefer Dear Poetry/Fiction/Nonfiction Editor if they have a rotating staff.
Using first and last name is the preferred etiquette; avoid gender-specific titles, such as Mr. and Mrs.
Once all of the required fields are completed, double-check your information. Then press the submit button at the bottom.
For most journals, youll have the chance to preview the information before finalizing your submission. Very important! Take one last look to review all of the information to make sure that everything is correct.
If there are any errors, you can fix the information in the form below.
The very last step is to click the Continue button.
Remember: This is a very important step. Your work will not make it to the editors desk unless you click continue!
After you click the continue button, you should see a confirmation notice that your work has been received.
If the window does not change or you receive an error message, make sure to complete the form again.
You should also receive a confirmation e-mail in your inbox.
Our clients appreciate how quickly they can check on the status of their online submissions.
To confirm that your submission has been received, go back to the submission manager and log into the form on the top left of the browser.
The title of your work, the date it was received, and its current status should appear.
Thats it! Congratulations! You have successfully made an online submission!