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Creative Writing

Resources for Fiction and Poetry students. This guide supports students in English 20, 20W, 136, 137, and 138.


The best way to find a journal to submit to is to see where your favorite writers have been published. Check the copyright or acknowledgments pages of short story and poetry collections to see where the work was first published. These listings will help you, too.

Cover Letters and Manuscript Tips

These resources will help you make the best possible first impression on editors.

Simultaneous and Multiple Submissions

You'll often see notes like "no simultaneous submissions" or "no multiple submissions" in journals' submission guidelines. What do these terms mean?

Simultaneous submissions means that you're sending the same story or set of poems to multiple journals at the same time. Many journals technically forbid this practice, but in reality, no one takes it seriously (except in the Fantasy/Sci Fi markets). After all, journals can take months to respond to you, so it's not fair for them to have exclusive access to your work for all that time.

Multiple submissions means that you submit more than one story or set of poems to the same journal at the same time. This is a no-no. Wait for them to respond before you submit again.