>>7698322 Either google "literary magazines" and try to find lists of them, or get a duotrope account. Duotrope lists most literary magazines/websites, has a calender that keeps track of upcoming deadlines, and some other features you might find useful. The only thing is you have to pay for it so if that's a deal-breaker to you, stick with google. Google "duotrope alternative" or "free duotrope alternative" and I'm sure something will come up.
>>7698368 Calm down mate, you don't even know me. Now, let's have a think, could it be possible that the experience of a user might provide a different type of insight into a service to that which could be gleaned from reading the copy designed to sell said service: yes, the answer is yes.
Is it likely that I am able to construct basic sentences but, as you posit, mentally retarded to such an extent that I am in fact illiterate: no, the answer is no.
>>7698422 I'm not Opie but I've been "published" on some random wordpress-based site that takes things from "emerging" writers, and a few "publications" on Medium. It really doesn't feel like it counts at all.
>>7698561 It'll only make you complacent if you let it. You could set limits for yourself, like "I'll only publish in 3 shitty no-name publications and then not publish anything unless it gets into a real one". You're right that publishing isn't meritocratic, but it --is-- a circlejerk where hobnobbing and posturing matter. Being able to say you've been published anywhere by someone other than yourself grants your submission an air of legitimacy that it wouldn't have had otherwise. First impressions aren't everything but they're at least 30% of everything, and that 30% can be the difference between acceptance and rejection.
>>7698613 Getting published isn't that hard as long as you don't expect to be in The New Yorker with your first submission or some shit.
My advice for getting published ASAP is to just write some shitty poems and send them to really small websites/journals/magazines. There's practically no real measure of quality for poetry these days so the very first crappy poem you crank out can easily be considered "publishable". It worked for me and it's a time honored tactic of worming your way into publishing.
>>7698816 Out of curiousity, what were you writing? Just short stories/flash fiction or were there poems as well? Because honestly five years would be a ridiculously long time if you tried using poems as a foot in the door.
>>7698870 I've been down that rabbit hole myself, trying to find an agent before having anything published. Though my biggest problem was that my first novel was this avant-garde anti-realistic thing that had no chance in hell of being represented, much less as a debut novel.
I've gotten small things published since then and I'm working on a novel that actually tells a coherent story now.
>>7698988 I was young and naive, brother. Anyway, are there any good one (not shit-tier throwaways just to get published) for an unpublished writer? I don't care to bother with meaningless publications, tb(heche)
>>7698996 You can try but not really. You'll most likely not get published in any halfway legit place until after you have some writer street-cred from being published anywhere first. Or spend years upon years just trying to get a couple of stories published like that other guy.
>>7698996 From what I've managed to pick up, there are three tiers of publishing when it comes to short stories:
>God-tier: The New Yorker, Tin House, etc. They only really publish very established writers with connections and are basically the Holy Grail for writers. Don't even bother trying to get your first publication in one of these, basically.
>Normal-tier: Most publications fall into this category, with varying degrees of esteem, quality, and nepotism involved. For the most part, though, Normal-tier publications still carry with them a guarantee of quality regarding the stuff they publish, and some (like the one I got published in) even do blind submissions, so they wind up publishing anyone from seasoned veterans of the industry who've published multiple novels to high-schoolers with no publications at all, as long as they like the writing. I'm a 19-year-old college dropout loser with no other publications before this one, so this allowed me to get a bit of a foothold in the industry. That's the trickiest part, because it works just like the job cycle does--you need publications in order to get published, and you can't get publications because you can't get published, and so on. That being said, I still think my story is objectively trash.
>Garbage-tier: These "publications" carry with them no guarantee of quality whatsoever and basically publish anything they receive. "Pay-for" sites fall into this category, as well as tumblr blogs, amateur wordpress sites, self-publishing, and so on. It might be good for your ego to get published in one of these, but it's not much good for anything else, and no one will really take you seriously if you bring it up.
>>7701151 Very briefly describe yourself in 1-2 short sentences. Just very vague details like where you live and what you do for a living (if anything) or what you've studied. Don't explicitly say that you've never published anything, it'll be clear from the fact that you haven't mentioned being published anywhere.
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