A few years ago, I told my friend Jonathan that I did not simultaneously submit my stories. Like a good girl, I submitted one story to one journal each time and waited and waited and waited.
“That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard,” he said. “When you’re out looking for a job, do you send one resume out at a time?”
It can take up to one year to hear back from one literary journal, so if you are serious about ever being published, you should be submitting to more than one place at a time.
One Story’s policy is that we allow simultaneous submissions, but you MUST let us know as soon as your piece is accepted somewhere else.
There’s a great website called www.duotrope.com which provides a searchable database of more than a thousand magazines. You can filter out the magazines that will accept simultaneous submissions. This site is also great because it can also filter out temporarily closed markets (for instance, we stop accepting submissions June 1 – but will begin again on September 1).
If you go through the list you’ll find a lot of great journals that accept simultaneous submissions, magazines that have won many awards. But if you REALLY want to send your story to that no-simultaneous-submissions magazine, I suggest you follow their guidelines. That’s my opinion, but I’m sure there are others–
Do you follow the submission guidelines, or do you consider the guidelines largely ridiculous?