Monday, March 17, 2014

Conferences? Journals?? Publications???

This is how submitting my writing makes me feel.
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As an English major and an aspiring writer, conferences, journals, and chances at publication are all things I yearn for and am simultaneously terrified of. They seem unbelievably hard to attain, even now. I'm going to be honest and say that I'm having a difficult time finding appropriate venues and opportunities to submit this paper for publication or conference proposals.

I did find a good website called New Directions in the Humanities that seems to be a good resource for conference publications. Their next conference is in Madrid which makes attending out of the question for me, but they offer options in virtual presenting/attending, which is super cool.

The same website also offers opportunities for journal publications, which is also neat. They require you to review other articles to keep the community circulating through each other's work, and they require you to submit a conference proposal and have it accepted, which is a lot of work, but I can understand where they're coming from.

I also investigated the possibility of submitting to the PCA/ACA conference, which I attended two years ago in Boston. I was bursting with ideas for papers and conference presentations when I left that conference, so I've always wanted to try something like it. Their conference is in just a couple of weeks, so going this year wouldn't be possible, but they might open up submissions for next year's conference shortly after this conference ends, so that could be a possibility.

As far as guest blogging goes, I investigated a few of the ones listed on the Moby Digital post we read for class, and the best one I found was Interesting Literature, which looks like its general call for guest authors is still open.

Digital Humanities Now also looks like a plausible option for a guest blogging sort of submission.

This past week I've been getting really good feedback on the blog from some peers, but my experiment on the Facebook group didn't go as well as I hoped. I asked for help, received many enthusiastic pledges to give help, and then got very little back after that. Like we talked about in class today, sometimes you get fast, healthy responses that quickly wither after a while. This is a step up from last week, when I got hardly any feedback at all, so I'm learning!

1 comment:

  1. I totally understand how you feel about publishing. It feels like such a hard thing to do, but incredibly enticing at the same time.
    Love your accompanying picture, it describes that emotion perfectly.