You’ve written and edited a story, and it’s ready to be submitted.
Should you send it into one particular magazine? Or try submitting it to more than one magazine at the same time?
Generally speaking, submitting the same story to more than one magazine at the same time isn’t a good idea. Here’s why.
Each magazine has a style of its own
Each magazine has a style of its own. They will have set story lengths, and a readership with their own specific likes and dislikes.
So a story written for a particular magazine may not suit the style or word count of another.
Your story might already be scheduled
Submitting to more than one magazine at a time also means that if one makes an offer to buy your story, the others then have to remove your story from their reading process.
If the story has been with them for a few weeks or months, there’s a good chance it’s already under consideration.
So reading stories which then have to be removed from the reading queue isn’t the best use of our time!
Stories submitted to the “Friend” are often read with a specific issue date in mind, and we only publish new stories.
If we contact you to say your story has been successful, we then have to remove your story from the schedule if you come back to us to say it’s already been bought by another magazine.
Before you submit to another magazine
If one of your stories is returned, take another look at the magazine’s specific requirements.
Remember – the secret is to write for the readers.
For more writing advice, click here.
Do you have a story you think would be suitable for the “Friend”? Click here to see our submission guidelines.