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.