This event took place on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022

The first step in your life as a publishing writer is submitting your stories, poems, and essays to literary magazines and journals. This presentation will show you how to approach the submission process and the pitfalls to avoid.

Takeaway Resources

Speakers: Cathy Day

Link to PDF of presentation slides 

Literary Magazines at Ball State

Ball State is the home of a national literary magazine, The Broken Plate 

Ball State subscribes to many literary magazines.  

  • You can check out the physical copies in “Current Periodicals” in 1 East 
  • You can log into your library account and view them online.  

Map of Bracken Library's First Floor

Why are literary magazines important?

Read this take on the value, and the unfortunate value of literary magazines.

How do I research where to send my work? 

Check out anthologies based on   

  • literary genre (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, screenplay, drama) 
  • form (short story, flash fiction, essay, sonnet, etc.) 
  • commercial sub-genre (YA, fantasy, sci-fi, etc.)  
  • aspects of identity, subject matter, or geographical region 

Best American Short Stories 

Best Small Fictions 

Best American Mystery and Suspense 

Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy  

The Year’s Top Robot and AI Stories 

The Best Horror of the Year 

30 Incredible Young Adult Anthologies You Need to Read 

Best American Nonrequired Reading 

Best American Comics 

Best American Essays 

Best American Food Writing 

Best American Science and Nature Writing 

Best American Travel Writing 

Best American Sports Writing 

Best American Poetry 

The Penguin Book of Oulipo 

Not Like the Rest of Us: An Anthology of Contemporary Indiana Writers 

City Anthologies by Belt Publishing


Or check out various lists 

Matt Bell’s list of literary magazines 

Undergrad Literary Magazines 

New Pages 

BISAC Codes (Book Industry Standards and Communications) 


How do I submit? 

How to use Submittable to send your work to magazines, journals, contests, and other opportunities.  

Lincoln Michel, Lit Mag Submissions 101: How, When, and Where to Send Your Work 

Michelle Richmond, How to Write a Cover Letter for a Literary Journal Submission 


How do I keep track of where my work has been submitted? 

Writing Cooperative, Spreadsheets for Beginners  

Writing Cooperative, Online Submission Managers 


Can I publish the same piece of work in multiple magazines?

No. Here’s how first North American serial rights work