I recently submitted a short story to Prole Magazine. Obviously, I looked at the submissions guide first – even I’m not that foolhardy. One stricture stuck in my mind:
I have never been in a coffee lounge in any university, let alone an ‘older’ university. I haven’t got a clue how to write something that would appeal to one. This is a shame: Prole didn’t want my story – their loss – so I’m looking for a new market. Here’s the thing, having been rejected, I can’t help wondering if it was because it does appeal to an old-university coffee lounge. How would I find out? More importantly, how do I bring my story to the attention of one? It would seem churlish not to give it a go.