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How to Get an Article Published in The Blue Nib Magazine by Dave Kavanagh

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Many writers begin their publishing journey wanting the big deal, a book contract, a speaking tour, fame, fortune and notoriety.

But that’s not the only route to a career in writing. Often starting smaller will take you to where you want to go and when you are just beginning small steps are safer and allow you to learn your craft.

Writing for The Blue Bib magazine.

I’ve written for a number of different magazines and websites, some of which paid and some that didn’t. But each article was an added credit and built my portfolio of published work and so I remain grateful to every editor who thought I had something worthwhile to say.

Writing for a magazine is a great way to learn about how publishing works, what it’s like to work with an editor and how to perfect your writing skills.

There is no sure fire formula for getting published, but reading what other writers have previously submitted will help you to understand what the magazine calls for.

When authors and editors talk about the the ins and outs of writing for a magazine, pitching work and dealing with rejection they are likely to say some of the following things.

Every writer meets with rejection and has projects which are never published.”

“In fact, I have files of material which has circulated and never been published.”

“Rejection and unpublished articles are a part of the writer’s life and the road to consistent publication.”

A helpful article worth researching is Gary Bell’s “Eight Tips for Getting Published in Magazines” in which he speaks about the importance of building relationships with magazines.

A quick perusal of back issue of The Blue Nib will demonstrate not only what we look for in articles and reviews but it will also demonstrate our loyalty to exceptional contributors.

Once a writer proves themselves and builds a relationship with an editor, it’s much easier for them to come back the second and third time to get their work published.

So what to do and what to write.

Writing a magazine article isn’t always easy. That said, here is how you can get your work published in The Blue Nib magazine, if you’re willing to do the work:

Choose a topic:

The Nib focuses on literary work, our readers are in the main poets and readers of poetry. The work we publish falls under a number of headings.

  • Reviews. Are you reading a book of poetry at the moment? if so review it for us. If you are unsure how to write a review then look at previous reviews in back issues here
  • Articles. We will publish general and opinion pieces that are of interest to poets and lovers of poetry. Such pieces can be on any subject relevant to the literary genre. Dissertations on a favourite poet, poetic form, slam poetry or any other subject near and dear to you. You will write best when you write about a subject you know and are passionate about.
  • Events and Issues. We are happy to look at articles about either upcoming events or reviews of events a writer has attended. We are also keen to see articles about issues that face modern writers.
  • You. The subject you know best, articles on your own process, failures, success and experiences in dealing with the world as a poet or aspiring poet. These pieces can be humorous, tragic or a mix of both.

When you set out to write an article or a feature then it behoves you as a writer to do the very best you can. To achieve this we are making a few suggestions on how to prepare, compose and submit.

  • Research: Check The Blue Nib and other magazine archives for articles similar or related to the one you intend to write. Use the experience of those published writers to aid you in structuring your own article.
  • Write your article: When writing your article, take your time,  focus on structure and theme.
  • Sit down and write. If the article is not about an upcoming event or a topical subject, then leave it for a few days and then reread and edit if required.
  • Submit: The Blue Nib accepts online submissions of articles and features here. Or you can submit by email to [email protected]
  • Wait: The hardest part of being a writer. Editors at The Blue Nib respond to all submissions and if your article is accepted for publication then you will be informed in advance of publication date.

If you have any questions or any tips about getting published in The Blue Nib or other magazines then use the comments section below and an editor will respond to you, or email us at [email protected]

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