Am i the only one to use Literarium? I tried in vain for half an hour to log a submission to the New Yorker and could not. No matter what I changed in my short story (categories, etc.) to match the New Yorker, it would not take the submission. This may be a deal changer for some since the New Yorker is the first mag that many would try to submit to. I was so frustrated I nearly closed my account.
Somethings wrong - I couldn’t log a submission to the Gettysburg Review either. At this point I’m logging off and going to another submission database.
Hi zm_quynn, thou not be the only person using Literarium. There are at least two of us, you and me! I’m new at this writing for dollars instead of FanFic but I’m using the ‘L’ to identify a magazine to submit to. I log in directly to the magazine for submittal instructions. I’ve had no problem so far with Mysterion, Clarkesworld, or the L. Ron Hubbard Contest.
Literarium works like Duotrope and the other large submission management tools: you record the details of your submission. You can’t use it to physically submit to a market because each market has its own specialised submission guidelines.
For example, the New Yorker says:
“ Fiction submissions: Please send your submissions (as PDF attachments) to email@example.com, or by mail to Fiction Editor, The New Yorker, 1 World Trade Center, New York, NY 10007.”
Clearly that’s not something we can automate.
On the other hand, it appears they use Submittable for poetry.
Literarium is useful to keep metadata about your work and submissions, and we can use that metadata to filter to find markets based on stats and requirements (no reprints, correct genre and word length, never been submitted there before, etc). Once you have some interesting looking markets, however, you need to check the market’s original web page (link on the right of their Literarium listing) and see how they want you to format your story etc.
We’re going to make this a little clearer in the UI though because in this modern age people clearly expect markets to be much more automatable (is that a word?) when the literary industry is, in fact, still mostly living in the early 2000s tech-wise!
Hope that helps a little. The submission game can be pretty frustrating so I want to make sure we’re not contributing to that frustration