Last year I had written about my story published in On the Premises. I’d been submitting to this literary journal for a few years before that. Like most markets, I discovered this one too on Duotrope.
There’s quite a few things I like about this lit mag. To begin with, it offers payment to winning writers while maintaining free submissions. Every issue is run as a themed contest, with the top three stories and one honourable mention earning handsome prizes. They also offer a critique for stories that make the final round of judging.
When I came across the journal, I read through a number of back issues in sequence, and I must say I liked whatever I read. The stories were well-written, but also had plot and character.
In 2015, a story I sent in made it to the final round of judging. I received a detailed and really helpful critique. I used the feedback to rewrite the story.
Last year the theme for the first contest of the year was ‘It’s On You’, i.e. clothes. I had been working on a story along those lines but something was missing in it. When I realized I could tie it to the ‘clothes’ theme, I set about rewriting it. I finished drafting and revising and finally sent it out literally minutes before the deadline.
Within a week I got the good news that my story had made it to the final round of judging. I yearned to place but had decided by then I would content myself with another free critique if I didn’t.
Another week later I got the great news – I had placed second.
As the editors promised, the stories went through a round of minor edits and within the month I was both published as well as paid.
Overall it was a great experience and I would recommend everyone to send in their best stories here.
Their next contest ends on 30th August, and this time the theme is ‘Tradition’.
If you have a story or can whip up a good one in that much time, please send it across! And let me know if you win!
That sounds awesome! I’ll have to keep this market in mind for the future. Thanks, and congratulations!
You should definitely send something in. Sci-fi variations on the theme have won quite often in the past!
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Good to know! Yeah, I’ll definitely have to send something. This sounds like a really neat market.