Following my own advice from a previous post: I'm entering contests. There's a cost involved, besides postage - the entry fees, which run about $15 per contest. I'll receive subscriptions to a handful of litmags- some I'm familiar with, others not so much.
The reality: odds are against winning any of these. In fact, I received one gently negative reply from a contest official just yesterday. Contests aren't necessarily won by the "best." As yesterday's turndown letter implied, they most often receive many worthy submissions - hence they can award to one that fits some sort of judicial preference.
But should I (or you) win a contest, it puts your name in Poets& Writers, maybe in other writer mags, where agents can find you.
Admittedly this is sort of like the lottery, or maybe American Idol, but that's how this new writing-to-publishing model seems to work.
Causes Bob Mustin Supports
Native American culture. Education. Creative writing.