The new reading period for submissions is not far off.
Hello, everyone. This is the Old Soldier reporting on a lovely autumn afternoon in Pittsburgh. I just had a bowl of hot Ramen Noodles with a couple of slices of green pepper in it and a chuck of mackerel on top, everything washed down by a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer. I have several cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon left and with a full belly I’m ready to put up a blog post about submissions.
Are you a writer of flash fiction? Do you write poetry? This blog is a paying market. I like to work with the same writers over and over again. So it’s tough to break into the New Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette; but once you do I’m always eager to read your new work and you don’t have to worry about reading periods.
But I need reading periods, because I can’t publish everything even when it’s good. The next reading period is December 2013. Here are some things that will get your submissions rejected.
- Poor spelling
- Poor grammar
- Lackluster writing
- Inappropriate material (like rape)
- Not following submissions guidelines
Here are some things that will get your submissions accepted for publication.
- Good writing
Keep reading and keep writing. I’m rooting for you. Good luck!
Submissions About Sex
You do not have to write about sex to be published on this blog; but flash fiction stories and poetry about sex are always popular. But the sex is not what makes the stories and the poetry about sex popular. What makes them popular is the writing, the characterization, the description and the narrative movement.
In other words, it’s the story.
So, if you’re going to send in flash fiction or poetry about sex, don’t send in a sex act. Send in a story.