Writing Resources

Handouts from RIO, Jan 29 2016:

So, you want to submit some short stories or poems to be published? Here are some handy  resources to help you get there! All of these worksheets and handouts are free for you to use to your heart’s content, dear writer!

Editing 101: What to do Before you Submit Before you press ‘send’ and toss your masterpiece into cyberspace (or the mail), make sure it’s the best it can be with some of these tips.

The DOs and DONTs of Submitting Your Writing Take these tips with a grain of salt; these are from my OWN personal experience and the writing world is anything but static and predictable!

Deciding What Publications to Submit to and Organizing Your Work Here, I’ve compiled a list of some of my favourite publications in a handy chart. You can rank how badly you would like your work to appear in them, and check off if you’ve submitted/ been accepted. There is also room for you to input your own choices!

ANATOMY OF A COVER LETTER Cover letters are a polite and often necessary accompaniment to your writing, this guide breaks it down for you. Remember: Short and simple.

A Spreadsheet to Keep Track of Your Submissions This chart is my go-to. Make your own or print this one off. Trust me, it’s the best way to keep track of what you’re submitting and where.

Tips and Tricks for Surviving in the Literary World This handout is full of bits and pieces of advice concerning bios and all of the other stuff the other handouts don’t tell you!

Some helpful websites to guide you on your way to becoming a published writerWriting Resources.:

A wonderful, quirky breakdown of where to submit in Canada:
The U of C’s list of places to submit poetry:
Some magazines (and presses!) to submit to:
A paid subscription website that allows you to track submissions, find the right fit for a piece of work, and see acceptance rates and pay-grades. Applicable to all genres (~6$/mo)
A list of online writing resources:
A website dedicated to helping writers persevere through rejection, with opportunities to write articles about rejection:
Questions to ask yourself before submitting:
Some international journals:
Canadian literary journal rankings:
Some American journals based out of Universities:
How to pitch a story (article, essay) to an editor in the media:
How to write a killer magazine article pitch:
A website dedicated to helping you get your work published:
Writing deadlines and open calls for submission:

Here‘s a handy-dandy guide to writing school papers that I wrote for FLURT! Check it out!