9 tips for submitting to literary magazines

Submitting to literary magazines, for the first time or the 100th time, can feel like a minefield. Where should I submit to? Should I write something new just for a specific publication? What kind of magazines will want my work? Where can I find out where I should submit to? If you find yourself asking these questions every time you finish a story you want to send out into the world, you’re not the first and you won’t be the last. Here are Silk + Smoke’s 9 tips for submitting your work to literary magazines: 1) Choose the right publication…

A note from the editor

Welcome to Silk + Smoke, a new literary magazine, based in Scotland, looking for strange and absurd stories for our first online issue. There are tons of literary magazines out there. Some with specific, niche themes, some that are open to all genres and styles (as long as its good), some that welcome submissions all year round, and some that have a short submission window where countless eager writers ping work their way. Silk + Smoke will offer a home on this small corner of the internet for the oddities, the misfits, and the downright weirdos. One of the most…

5 essential podcasts and vlogs for writers

You’ve finally got it. A story idea you’re so excited about that you throw the covers off, jump out of bed in the middle of the night, and start scribbling down the words formulating in your head before they slip away. You have a clear idea of the plot, you can envision your characters, and you have the perfect ending already mapped out. But even if the first draft of your story goes that smoothly (which it rarely does), is that enough? Regularly checking-in with helpful writing resources can open your eyes to new techniques you may not have considered…