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    Does online publication count?

    I know everyone has a different standard of what it means to be a bona fide 'published writer.' Some only count works done in print, where the contest is open. Some only count being a published writer as having upwards of three works published by a legit company, agent and all. Some don't count self-published pieces.

    I was wondering if being published online counts as being a published writer? Like by a lit mag, not a blog or anything.

    What's your standard for being considered a published writer?
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    Online should count. I dont know why it wouldn't.
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    Is it weird that I don't personally count it as a publication?
    A literary magazine just accepted a poem of mine for online publication, when I submitted it for the print version of the magazine. I don't mean to be a diva, but I'm thinking of emailing them and explaining the situation, and requesting the poem be reconsidered for the print version of the magazine. Is that a good or a bad idea?
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    Does online publication count?
    Legally? Yes.
    Culturally? Yes.
    Aesthetically? Jury's not in, but trending to Yes.
    Personally? Only you can answer that.
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    I'm thinking of emailing them and explaining the situation, and requesting the poem be reconsidered for the print version of the magazine. Is that a good or a bad idea?
    Why should an editor or editors change what they publish and where they publish it due to your ideas on what constitutes "actual" publication. Not a good idea to approach them with your thoughts. This doesn't mean you shouldn't withdraw your piece from consideration.

    But why cut off your nose to spite your face? Simply list the name of the establishment on your writing CV. Would Zadie Smith list on her CV: Miss Adele Amongst the Corsets, The Paris Review (print version), Spring 2014?

    Of course she wouldn't, and neither do you need list that your piece is published only online. I'd say there's a decent chance, via assorted social media and the instant nature of all things web-based, that more people might read (or dip in and out of) an online literary magazine than actually subscribe to or buy their print versions.
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    I don't care where it's printed/displayed/posted. All I want to know is: were you paid for your efforts ? If so, you were published. If not, not.

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    Getting published anywhere is good for a Query letter. At the bottom where you make yourself look good, throw in that you have been published and where.
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    I don't care where it's printed/displayed/posted. All I want to know is: were you paid for your efforts ? If so, you were published. If not, not.
    Pay is not a criteria for being published. It's the primary criteria for being considered a professional writer, but has nothing to do with being a published writer.
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    I wouldn't automatically write off online journals as lesser in any way. Some of them have large audiences and are very selective, regardless of whether or not they pay.

    I would absolutely not write back and ask to be in the print publication. That's probably something they already considered anyway.

    Congratulations on your publication, Grizzly.

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