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The Writing Forge

Welcome to The Writing Forge, where we discuss tips and tricks for honing your writing craft. Each episode, a guest will join hosts Miranda and Bonnie to hammer out the skills a writer needs to succeed in the writing world. We cover a variety of topics—from the idea phase through publication and beyond—to help you no matter where you are on your writing journey. We believe every writer has something to share to help us all learn and grow!


18: Copyright Misconceptions
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17: Subgenres vs. Tropes
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16: Spooky, Scary Serials
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15: National Novel Writing Month
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14: Envision the Future: How Sci-Fi Can Inspire
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13: “I’m Not a Writer:” Battling Imposter Syndrome
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12: A Talk with Shawn Amos
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11: Just… Don’t Take It Too Far
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10: Does Writer’s Block Exist?
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09: Atlas’s Pen: Writing Under Stress
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08: Writing Trauma in Fiction
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07: The Importance of Reading Widely
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06: So You Want to Write a Graphic Novel?
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05: #Bookstagram
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04: Plotting
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03: Research and Novels
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02: Submissions
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On today’s episode of The Writing Forge, Bonnie and Miranda discuss the submission process, particularly for anthologies and literary magazines, with guest Cristina Trapani-Scott. 

Tips and Tricks:

  • To find places to submit your work there are a number of resources to research:
  • The Writers Market
  • Writing Organization Newsletters
  • Facebook groups ex: Call for Submissions
  • Google (or search engine of your choice) search for genre specific magazines or anthologies
  • There are two approaches to submissions: writing the piece first then finding a place to submit, or finding a place to submit and writing to their specifications.
  • Pay close attention to style and submission requirements. Many places will automatically reject pieces that did not follow instructions.
  • It helps to read pieces from the place you are submitting to in order to get a feel for what they’re looking for.
  • Don’t be afraid to tweak or adapt a story 
  • Track where you submit. (Spreadsheets are a good way to do this.) You don’t want to submit a rejected piece to the same place twice. Also, simultaneous submission clauses can affect the timing of a piece or if/when you can submit a piece somewhere else, so keeping track of dates is important
  • Having a submission buddy can help with accountability and support during your submission process.

This week’s question: What is your best way to deal with rejection? Let us know on our social platforms.

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Links mentioned:

Chiaroscuro: An Anthology of Virtue and Vice

Elixir: Stories of Hope and Healing 

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Published Apr 12, 2022 at 11:00am
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