How to Submit

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For whatever reason, this austere paper system works better for me than others, which says more about how my mind works than it does about Excel spreadsheets. Maybe I’m projecting, but no matter your system, if you’re a submitter, two things are essential: order and efficiency.

For Tin House, Aaron Gilbreath reflects on how he keeps track of his submissions to literary magazines—and the quiet value of the dedication required to spend your life submitting to those magazines.

(And hey, if you don’t want to juggle manila folders like Gilbreath does, there’s always Duotrope.)


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →