As editor of the Maine Review, I’m often asked what I look for in submissions. As a writer who has been submitting to literary magazines for years, I know the process is fraught with anxiety, hope, and an occasional bit of dread. It’s sad that there’s no easier way for editors to discover excellent writing than through an impersonal submission process, and I hope that by sharing my thoughts, I can help make the experience a little easier for you.

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Ah, the process of submitting to literary magazines — that dreaded, suspenseful, and occasionally joyful experience of sending your work away to be loved, scorned, or ignored by editors.

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Publication is a numbers game. With that in mind, we have a seven-step guide to help you stay organized and focused when submitting work for publication.

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