literary nonfiction: getting published? - Mothering Forums

Thread Tools
#1 of 3 Old 06-09-2009, 11:17 PM - Thread Starter
kangamitroo's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: city girl reading on a farm in PA
Posts: 1,385
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I'm wondering, do I need to pitch a story idea? Am I better off simply submitting essays? The idea of pitching is...intimidating.

I am interested in places like The Sun, Literary Mama, and at some point moving into larger monthlies like Yoga Journal and yes, Mothering.

I have so many ideas, and can't make myself complete them. I think if I had a goal, a specific publication to submit to (and a real hope of a chance!), I would get over my laziness.

thanks for any feedback.

mama to one amazing daughter born 1/2004
kangamitroo is offline  
Sponsored Links
#2 of 3 Old 06-10-2009, 06:39 PM
AndVeeGeeMakes3's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: In the Lovely South, Y'all.
Posts: 1,817
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
For literary nonfiction, or creative nonfiction, you can send to lit journals, and Lit Mama is considered a lit journal, (find those here, but don't worry that the site focuses on fiction and poetry - the journals, mostly, take CNF as well) without any sort of pitch. As an editor, I can tell you that we're always looking for GOOD CNF. It's amazingly difficult to come by for some reason. It's also pretty "hot" right now. For most journals, you get paid with copies, sometimes token payments.

If you're wanting, rather, to write for magazines, like Mothering, you are going to need to pitch. It's pretty straightforward. You can even google it and find some good references on pitching stories.

Good luck!!!

Wendy ~ mom to VeeGee (6/05), who has PRS, Apraxia, SPD, VPI, a G-Tube, 14q duplication, and is a delightful little pistol! I'm an English professor and a writer.
AndVeeGeeMakes3 is offline  
#3 of 3 Old 06-13-2009, 01:28 AM
marsupial*mama's Avatar
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Australia
Posts: 369
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Great advice for me too AVGM3 - thank you!
marsupial*mama is offline  

User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Online Users: 8,411

13 members and 8,398 guests
amarajames21 , childlikee01 , Deborah , Gallardocelia , hermosotandres , jamesmorrow , katelove , lawmonk756 , Leelee3 , mckittre , msegsims , Siasia
Most users ever online was 449,755, 06-25-2014 at 12:21 PM.