As part of my MA (that’s right, it’s been so long since I updated this blog, I’ve passed my degree and am now studying for my Masters!), we had to write a piece of fiction specifically tailored to a publisher/magazine/whatever of our choice. Then, we had to actually submit the thing!
Now, I’ve always been very hesitant about submitting my stuff because, well, I’m not a big fan of rejection and I can always manage to convince myself that whatever I submit is going to get rejected.
So, I don’t submit anything. See how that dragon eats its own tail?
Anyway, I had to submit something this time, otherwise I would have failed the module, or at the very least would have been marked down for it. So, as reluctant as I was to do it, I started looking around for somewhere to post to. That’s how I came across Bandit Fiction.
Bandit Fiction are a new company, specialising in digital publishing. What I like about them, and what drew me to them as a target for my submission, was their emphasis on giving opportunities to writers who are currently studying or have recently graduated from Creative Writing courses.
For the most part, the lecturers and the course content of most Creative Writing degrees show you how to break into the industry and often provide definite ways to do so. It’s not always easy though when you emerge, blinking at the sun, from your safe university eggshell. Newborn baby writers often have no idea where to go once their degree is finished and wander around staring in wonder (and sometimes horror) at the possibilities that lie before them.
That’s why it’s a breath of fresh air to see publishers like Bandit Fiction who want to provide a bridge between education and application. I should point out that they aren’t exclusively for Creative Writing students. Their website makes it very clear that they don’t care about your age, race, gender, disability. All they care about is whether your story is good and suited to them.
That’s pretty refreshing to see too, right?
The long and the short of this blog post then is simply to say that I submitted something to Bandit Fiction!! Hooray for me!
Now I just have to wait for the rejection email…
Be kind to each other, yeah?