Hello, all you beautiful people!
I'm in the final stages of a short story I've been working on for quite some time now. I've poured my heart and soul and a little bit of ketchup into this one, and my aim is for this to be my first ever submission for publication in a literary magazine.
At the moment I'm toggling between two options: entering it in a short story contest, or submitting it as a general submission.
On the one hand the contest avenue would give a heftier pay-out, both monetarily and credentially-speaking (and yes, I'm aware credentially is not a word. I used it anyway, because I'm a rebel like that). Who wouldn't love to have a "Winner of the So-And-So Short Story Contest" listing on their resume?
However, I also would be happy just being published. And there's less of a challenge (in my opinion) with a general submission--in which multiple submissions from different authors may be accepted--as opposed to a contest in which there can only be one winner.
I'm not worried about rejection, I'm okay with it. I'm actually looking forward to my first "Dear Writer, thanks, but you suck! Get lost!" form letter. I'll staple it to my wall and throw live gerbels at it.
But I do want to make sure my first submission saunters off on a promising route. I'd hate to make some sort of amateur mistake by throwing my first publishing rights in the wrong direction.
If anyone has any advice, suggestions, or funny knock-knock jokes, I'd appreciate it.