The thing that seems to be the most daunting to aspiring writers is how to go about getting their work published; where to submit it, how to submit it, what to expect. The first thing to ask yourself is this – what do you consider being published means? For some people being published means simply posting your work on your own blog, website, or on author sharing sites such as Wattpad. For others publishing means a contract and royalties. For me, publishing means having my work reach an audience, whether that is through print and online magazines, anthologies, pamphlets or books – and for me, money isn’t the main objective – exposure is. Over the past few years I have felt connected to a readership and haven’t felt so cut-off… after all, writing can leave a writer feeling isolated at times.

Once you have worked out what you intend to achieve through your writing (is it a hobby, or are you serious about it as a profession) you can set out to publish your work. In the UK, you as the author hold the copyright. When you send your work to magazines, they usually ask for first publication rights. If you republish the work at a later stage in a book collection, you’ll need to acknowledge the magazine where it first appeared. But before you do this, how to you find the magazines to send to?

One handy way that I tend to find new magazines to submit to is by reading the bios of fellow authors in magazines where my work appears. If you haven’t yet been published, a good starting point to find any magazines in the first place is through the publication links on my page here, or my writer hubby’s page here. Once you start submitting, you’ll soon find out about other magazines listed through those magazines and so on, and that way you’ll also find markets that publish whatever type of work you write. Keep writing, keep editing, keep submitting and keep positive – and you’ll soon reach your publishing goals. Good luck!


About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her writing centres around protagonists who are on a journey of self-discovery and who explore their identity by overcoming adversity. She began writing for publication while working as an English teacher in Japan, a career pathway that has influenced themes in her writing. Her former career as an Archaeologist has also inspired her writing and she has incorporated elements of archaeology and mythology into both her fiction and poetry. In addition to promoting her own work, Leilanie runs Bindweed Magazine, a creative writing ezine, with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from literary pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary tot, a voracious reader of construction vehicle books. CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

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