|Your job, as the writer, is to make it
as easy as possible for the editor to read (and hopefully like) your work.
Whether you write poetry, fiction or nonfiction, you will increase your
chances of getting your work published by following a few simple rules:
1. Prepare your work in standard format.
Use a common font such as Courier, Times New
Roman, or Arial
Use a font size no greater than 12 pt. and
no smaller than 10 pt.
Margins should be set at no less than 1 inch
top, bottom, and both sides.
Fiction and nonfiction should always be double
spaced, poetry may be single spaced.
If you use a typewriter, make sure the ribbon
is NEW and the keys are CLEAN. Faded ink and clogged letters make
it harder for an editor to read, and if it is too hard to read, chances
are it won't get read.
Do not hand-write anything anywhere on your
Put your name, address, phone number, e-mail
address on your cover letter, as well as the first page of your submission
(if the submission is poetry, the name, address, etc. should be on every
2. Always use 20 lb. bond WHITE
paper. Colored, onion, or vellum paper is harder to read, and
therefore, easier to reject.
3. Never submit more than the maximum
number of pages/word count specified in the publication's guidelines.
Some editors (miller's pond, included) will reject submissions
automatically if there are more submissions in the packet, or the submissions
are longer than what the guidelines specify. It is easier to reject
a large batch right away rather than to read through dozens of pages that
may have one small gem. There are hundreds of writers who are willing
to send submissions according to guideline specifications and editors respect
those who follow the guidelines.
4. Include a brief bio. The
editors (and publication's readers) are interested in your writing credentials
- not whether or not you have a mad passion for bowling (unless it is pertinent
to your submission). By including a bio, you save your editor time
in waiting for you to send one, in the event your work is accepted. Rarely,
if ever, do editors accept or reject a poem based on the poet's bio/credentials.
5. Always provide an SASE
(self-addressed stamped envelope)
- or, at the very least, an SASP (self-addressed
This will enable the editor to contact
you concerning your submission. Editors typically receive far too
many submissions to be able to pay for additional postage if the writer
needs to be contacted. Even if the editor likes your work enough
to accept it, chances are it won't be if an SASE isn't included.
6. Always include adequate postage for
return. Apply enough postage to include an acceptance letter
and possibly one or two additional pages (like a contract or bio form)
or rejection letter. If the postage is due to go up less than four
to six months from when you mailed your submission, put EXTRA postage on
the SASE or SASP.
7. Before submitting any work to an
editor for consideration, read the Guidelines thoroughly AND read a copy
of the magazine. Guidelines for miller's pond can be found
by clicking on the button below.
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