Giving Editors What They Want


For emerging writers, submitting pieces to literary magazines can be like hacking through a jungle of confusion with a guess-machete.

This piece from The Review Review, titled “What Editors Want,” will clear a path straight through for you. A teaser:

If you get a standard rejection with something addition written on it—“Sorry” or (better) “Try us again”—you should rejoice. And try there again. You were in the top 5% or 2% or 1% of the work rejected.

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 →