Stating the obvious…?

If you are new to submitting, here’s another thing I learnt the hard way: keep track of everything you submit – either in a large notebook (my method) or in a spreadsheet. Make sure you enter the name of the publication/competition. Each individual piece should also have a separate listing.

For example, if I was sending three poems, ‘Faint’, ‘Hello’ and ‘Not today’, to a magazine called ‘Submissions’, I would enter ‘Submissions’ under ‘S’ in my spreadsheet or notebook, and list the 3 poems. I would then turn to ‘F’ and enter ‘Faint’ and that I had sent it to ‘Submissions’. I would do the same for ‘Hello’ and ‘Not today’ (hmm think I might use that title!).

Don’t forget to note the date next to each entry.

If you get a rejection, it helps to note not just the rejection, but also the date of the rejection – this will be a useful guideline if you want to submit to the same publication again, and can’t remember how long they took to get back to you the previous time.

Ideas Tap

For those of you who haven’t already stumbled upon this excellent community and resource site for artists of all disciplines, check it out: http://www.ideastap.com/

It does have age limits for some of the pitches – if, like me, you’re rather older than 25, do keep an eye on the age specifications in the rules for each pitch/comp/opportunity/etc.