“Regardless, it’s important to know that being rejected doesn’t mean your work is bad. (Though it probably is. If the world weren’t so devoid of meaningful art, perhaps the masses wouldn’t be so mindlessly capitulating to fascism.)”

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This McSweeneys piece is aimed towards fiction writers, but it’s still funny & between its funny lines has good advice about submitting. A paragraph:

“As you are preparing to submit your work, be willing to ask yourself: Do we need this story? Does it add something to the existing pool of artistic responses to tragedy? Is it imaginatively transporting (I mean, will it make me forget that we elected a fucking fascist sociopath for even like ten seconds)? Is it really entertaining? (For this question, consider using the litmus test WOULD READING IT ALOUD DISTRACT THE FOOTSOLDIERS COMING TO ARREST ME LONG ENOUGH TO COME UP WITH AN ESCAPE PLAN?) Remember that every editor is reading your submission thinking it might be the last one they ever get to read; they don’t want to be pulled kicking and screaming into a van thinking, ‘Not another quiet domestic story where nothing happens.’”

Read more: ADVICE FOR SUBMITTING TO LITERARY MAGAZINES IN THE COMING TOTALITARIAN DYSTOPIA – Daniel Paul – McSweeney’s Internet Tendency – 2/23/17

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