I’ve been sending stories into magazines and contests again (after not even trying for about 4 years because I wasn’t doing anything with my writing during those years) and mostly it’s been a lot of waiting with the occasional rejection letter.
Basic rules when submitting (obviously every publisher has their own rules so check their website, but these are generally what you’re looking at).
1. Has to be the right type of story – meaning, if it’s a mystery magazine, submit mysteries; fantasy, submit fantasies. It gets more complicated because they could say they take all types of fantasy, but really want more medieval, swords and horses stuff than urban fantasy. Read through their whole website and the actual magazine to figure out what they are looking for besides just the general genre.
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