Hello. Since this is my first post, before I get into the heart of this topic, I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Alfonso Colasuonno. I am the founder of The Literary Game, a blog/website that also provides publishing consultancy and professional editing for authors. This blog is a service designed to help writers improve their knowledge in various capacities (craft, publishing tips, etc.).
First off, you should congratulate yourself if you’ve written a strong short story or poem. Never forget that is an accomplishment in and of itself. However, what of the next steps? If writing is your passion, and you want to get your work out there, it’s imperative that you familiarize yourself with various literary journals.
The first key to finding a good literary journal for your fiction or poetry is to read the journals that you may come across and ask yourself if your work deviates markedly from the style, subject, and format of that particular literary magazine. If it does, regardless of how high quality your work may be, you will likely receive a form rejection.
The heart of finding a good literary journal for your work is to find an appropriate match. If the content on the journal is similar enough to your own work, your odds of getting published markedly increase. It may be a good reference to compare getting your work accepted in a literary journal to getting an interview for a job. If you do not research the company, if you do not update your resume to reflect the needs of the job, it is highly unlikely that you will be considered for the job. Such is the case in the literary world.
The heart of this lesson: Make sure that your writing is a good fit for what the journal has already published.