More commonly asked as: “My work has only appeared on my blog or in my school’s literary magazine. Do you consider it ‘previously published’?”
In general, yes: we consider a work previously published if it has appeared on a public blog or website, or in a high-school or college anthology, in the published results of a writing contest, etc.
We consider works that can be easily found through an Internet search to be previously published, including stories and novels published to your own blog or to Authonomy and Wattpad.
For our ongoing submission queue, it is always safest to query the editors at firstname.lastname@example.org before submitting previously-published work. Unsolicited submissions of previously-published work will be declined without feedback.
Exceptions are made by solicitation only.
For contests, we ask that entries truly be unpublished works, meaning that they have not previously been made public in any form.
Note that works posted to workshopping sites like LitReactor and Scribophile are not considered “previously published” because they are not available to the general public. Only signed-in members of those sites can read posted works in progress.
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