Chatting to writers during the recent #JanuaryWriteOff 30 Day Challenge, it became clear many people find the process of submitting to poetry journals and competitions quite daunting. From formatting to bios to fees, there can be a lot of hoops to jump through and I thought it might be useful to walk you through the process.
What Goes into a Submission?
When you’re preparing work to send out into the world, you will need to put together a package of information comprising some, or all, of the following:
- Your work, presented in accordance with the competition or journal’s Submission Guidelines;
- A short writer’s bio;
- A cover letter and/or a completed application form;
- An author’s photo;
- Competition or Submission fees (if applicable).
Let’s take a look at each of these in more detail. Continue reading