Written by Cantara Christopher

This list is slanted toward creative writing, such as fiction and personal essays, although many of these publications also call for articles, graphics, poetry, or other material. A well-written story or essay that adheres to their guidelines is likelier to be accepted, and more quickly.

Put yourself inrepparttar place ofrepparttar 129670 editor. Forrepparttar 129671 editor,repparttar 129672 zine itself isrepparttar 129673 creation,repparttar 129674 work of art: What she or he chooses to include inrepparttar 129675 zine displays this artistry. Especially whenrepparttar 129676 guidelines are vague or unspecific (“high-quality fiction and non-fiction” for example) it is important to read some ofrepparttar 129677 workrepparttar 129678 zine has already published. When literary journals were exclusively in print,repparttar 129679 rule of thumb was three issues. Now with most online publications, you haverepparttar 129680 advantage of being able to read their entire archives.

Editors keep reminding writers to weed out bad grammar and incorrect spelling in their manuscripts, and they mean it. So watch your grammar! Correct your spelling and punctuation! Mistakes in these areas continue to be big turnoffs. It’s tempting to get lazy when all you have to do is paste your work inrepparttar 129681 body of an email. Just remember who’s onrepparttar 129682 receiving end.

Another turnoff—the major turnoff, in fact—are submissions that don’t fall within guidelines. When a publication states “no poetry” they mean it. And when they state “up to 3,000 words” don’t send them a 4,000-word story you’re sure will knock their socks off. It won’t.

How to Write a Good Article

Written by Craig Lock

We hope thatrepparttar following article (which was extracted from a lesson on our Online Creative Writing Course) may be informative and helpful to your e-zine readers, or on your web site. You have permission to publish this article (formatted to 60 characters, approx) electronically or in print. If it helps others "out there" in any way, then we're happy. "We share what we know, so that others may grow."


by Craig Lock

This article was written forrepparttar 129668 off-line "real") world some years back; however,repparttar 129669 principles apply also to cybersppace.

Firstly, carefully research and study your subject matter.

Think it all through very carefully, WHAT you are going to say and HOW you are going to say it.

I believerepparttar 129670 essence of writing a good interesting article is simplicity, but with a touch (or could it be "tinge" ofrepparttar 129671 unusual).

Always aim for clarity and simplicity in your writing.

How long should your article be?

In writing for newspapers or popular magazinesrepparttar 129672 length is probably around 500-750 words (or one to 2 pages).

I would far rather read a 1000 word article giving information that would help me, than a breezy 3000 word article of waffle that doesn't say much at all.

Always try to put yourself inrepparttar 129673 position ofrepparttar 129674 reader.

After completion, re-read your article a number of times.

Polish it up by changing words and expressions.

Ensure that your article reads quickly and easily.

Otherwise if an article is too longrepparttar 129675 reader can easily lose concentration and give up.

Examine your sentences and paragraphs carefully to ensure thatrepparttar 129676 words flow smoothly.

A paragraph should deal with one idea, developed in one or more sentences that logically advancesrepparttar 129677 points you are trying to make, add meaning or develop thestory you are telling (the plot).

Always try to make your meaning clear.

Ensure that your sentences are well structured and that your grammar iscorrect.

The first words of your article are of vital importance to grab yourreader's attention.

You are doing a "selling" job to entice them to read more - so makerepparttar 129678 reader want to read more.

Develop your theme logically. Carefully plan what you are going to say.

Make a list of your main points.

Then progress from one to another (logically), so that they lead to a conclusion.

For example

"...and that is why I thinkrepparttar 129679 resource management act is good forrepparttar 129680 local environment."


"and that is why I believe all accountants and actuaries should be set in concrete and used as traffic bollards"

Oops sorry accountants and actuaries!

Do you know what an actuary is?

An accountant who didn't haverepparttar 129681 personality! An Example Of An Article

Eg: You are writing aboutrepparttar 129682 growing popularity of home computers.

Identify 4 or 5 main points:


* cost

* who is buying them

* how they are being used


* implications forrepparttar 129683 future.

In a short article each of these points will be a paragraph.

In a longer article,repparttar 129684 points will be developed.

Arrange your points logically.

You can include sub-points under each main point.

Inrepparttar 129685 example on computers you may include:

* word processing

* computer games

* accounts


* school work.

There are three main parts of any article.

Your article should have an introduction.

This introducesrepparttar 129686 reader torepparttar 129687 subject.

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