July 2013 is the first announced reading period for this magazine.
Hello hello hello, my brother and sister readers and writers from all over the world! This is the Old Soldier on a muggy, summer morning in Pittsburgh, giving you some insights on how to get your flash fiction published in The New Gazette.
The reason I had to shut down year-round open submissions is because I was getting too many publishable stories. This is a paying market and I have to run this magazine like a business; which it is. I have to make it profitable for me and my writers. So, I can’t publish ever publishable story. The bottom line won’t allow it.
Actually, this will be the last month that I publish more than one story. Although, I’m thinking of having a flash fiction special issue once a year.
Anyway, if you are serious about being published in this magazine, there are several things you need to do to give your submission the best chance for publication. And these tips will give you a much better chance of being accepted for publication because most writers WILL NOT DO these common sense suggestions.
- Read and follow the submission guidelines. Guidelines do change. Make sure you are up to date on any changes.
- Get involved with the magazine. Leave comments. Follow or take out a free subscription. Send in a letter to the editor. Editors are human beings. If I have a relationship with you and you send in a publishable story and a stranger sends in a publishable story and I can publish only one story that month, whose story do you think I’m going to publish?
- If you don’t follow or take out a free subscription of the magazine, how are you going to figure out the kinds of stories that I publish or who my target audience is? How will you know when the next reading period is? How will you keep up to date? Follow on Twitter or Facebook or something; or use RSS to follow. Just keep up to date.
- And if you do become involved with the magazine, I’ll work with you to get your work in the magazine even if your first efforts are not publishable. Because the more writers that I can depend on for quality content the more readers the magazine will attract. That’s better for me and better for you.
Do these things make sense? And once you are accepted for publication, you don’t have to worry about reading periods anymore. You’ve proven yourself. You just send in another story after the one before it has been published.
Now the Old Soldier is going for a nice walk to Armand’s in Little Italy. Joe should be behind the bar. The Pittsburgh Pirates have the best record in professional baseball. Joe is a real baseball fan. I’m a casual baseball fan. I want to hear what Joe has to say about the season so far.
Keep reading and keep writing that flash fiction.
New Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette is an online magazine about creative writing, culture and sex.