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A local SCBWI chapter has asked me to do a talk about writing for magazine at one of their monthly meetings.  :yay

I have the nonfiction side down (since that’s what I do), but are there any differences in terms of submitting fiction to magazines? If there’s anything you think I should share on the fiction side, I’d love to hear about it!

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#1 - January 08, 2018, 04:44 PM

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Non fiction is often proposed first and then written. Fiction (and poetry) are subbed cold, though they may be on a theme. Take a look at fiction guidelines for some of the mags to get a better sense.
#2 - January 08, 2018, 06:42 PM
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Poetry can, of course, be either fiction or non-fiction.

You're probably already planning this, but non-fiction can also include puzzles, recipes, crafts, games, quizzes, and activities, and they're usually subbed cold, not proposed like non-fiction articles.

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Debbie and Ev have covered it nicely so all I can say is good luck!!! I find magazine writing a great place to test new ideas, both F and NF.
#4 - January 09, 2018, 05:43 AM
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Thanks! And yes, already planning on talking about crafts etc and  queries/pitches vs. cold full subs.

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