Write and polish to a professional standard a piece of writing in one of the forms taught on this module (fiction, poetry or life writing). Indicate clearly whether a prose piece is fiction or life writing. The piece should be aimed at a suitable print or internet magazine that you research and identify as part of your preparatory work. You may choose to edit and submit work which you started during any exercise on the module, but you may not re-use work which has been submitted for any other TMA, or which you plan to submit for your EMA.
Choose one of the following:
a single piece of prose of 2,000 words
Write a 500-word report on the research you have done into your chosen publication, outlining the magazines generic and submission requirements and explaining what makes your work suitable for it.
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Please read below guidance notes, this is very important task.
Make sure you have enough engagement with course book and application of them to the chosen single piece of prose , that is what they want.
TMA 05 Assignment Guidance
This assignment will be marked according not only to the qualities of the work
itself, but also to its suitability for your chosen publication, and to the quality and
applicability of your research. Make sure you look at a wide range of possible
outlets (three or four magazines that specialise in short fiction of the kind you
want to write, for example). Pay attention to the following in particular:
?1. Polish to a professional standard means following the advice on editing that
you received in Part 3 and/or Part 5 of the Workbook, and double-checking
your work for clarity and impact as well as grammar and spelling. For the
purposes of this assignment, it is not necessary to lay out the TMA with a
title page as specified on p.398 of the Workbook (After the title page, the
first page of your manuscript should begin halfway down. It too should bear
the title of your piece and have your name and contact details in the top right
hand corner.), although you will not be penalised if you do.
2.? You might want to repeat some of the activities in Part 3 and/or Part 5, all of
which provide useful ways of self-editing. Make sure you refer to this editing
process in your report, commenting in particular on the changes you made
with your chosen magazine in mind.
3.? Research your magazine thoroughly, checking wherever possible that you
have presented the work in a form that adheres to the magazines submission
guidelines. You might want to refer back to or even repeat Activities
27.127.3, bearing in mind that on this occasion and for this assignment you
are looking specifically for magazine publishers. If your magazine does not
provide downloadable or printer-friendly guidelines, research this aspect by
studying a few back issues, taking careful note of its usual content and
format. In this case you are not, of course, expected to submit work that looks
like the finished magazine, but you should adhere as far as possible to any
generic preferences such as length, subject matter and style, and explain in
your report how you have done so.
4.? Ensure that the magazine you choose is one in which the editors select what
will and will not be published. Some online outlets automatically publish all
submissions received without any selection process. These will not be
appropriate destinations for the work you submit for TMA05.
5. You should try to choose a magazine whose requirements roughly match the
stipulated word/line count for this TMA. There are plenty of suitable options
in this regard. If you have a good reason for choosing a magazine whose
word/line counts differ by more than the permissible margin (perhaps
because you have produced a very specific type of writing for which the
range of publishers is limited), you should still comply with the TMA
requirements as to length, but mention the discrepancy in your commentary.
In these circumstances, you will not be penalised for submitting work which
does not meet the publishers length specifications.
6.? If you are submitting short poems rather than one or two longer ones, make
sure that your submissions are equivalent in total to the 40-line TMA
7.? If your chosen magazine requires a synopsis and query letter first, you should
say so in your report. But this does not mean that you should write and
submit for assessment the synopsis and query letter instead of the creative
writing. The aim here is to get you to finish and polish your work to an
acceptable submission standard, as well as to demonstrate that you
understand a potential market for it.
Choosing your magazine or other publication outlet
A word of warning: choose carefully. Magazines or e-zines that require
salacious or offensive material are not acceptable choices for this assignment.
Neither are magazines dedicated to factual articles of journalism. If in doubt,
consult your tutor about your choice in good time, leaving room for a change of
plan if necessary. Writing competitions in which winning entries are published
qualify as suitable outlets, so long as the potential publishing date has not passed
at the time of the TMA deadline.
To get you started with your search, please find below the website addresses for a
range of useful free websites, with brief information about their strengths and
weaknesses. Its a good idea to search critically in this way and compile a list like
this yourself; many writers sites have good resources but list them unhelpfully,
or attempt to get you to join a society, or to buy one of their publications.
Try to remain focused during your search, with a list in front of you of exactly
what you are looking for, based on your knowledge of your own work (length,
genre, subject matter, any special qualities that make it stand out, etc.). The
following are suggested first steps only and should not be taken as sufficient in
themselves, or as a wholesale endorsement of the entire contents of a particular
website. It should be remembered also that internet sites are subject to frequent
changes. We have also included a list of printed publications which you may find
useful. The following information was correct at the time of going to press.
Jacqui Bennett Writers Bureau (http://www.jbwb.co.uk/)
Provides useful listings for competitions and UK markets for poetry, short stories
and non-fiction. Some gentle persuasion to join the Bureau is in evidence, but its
relatively easy with this website to find what you want without signing up for
This is an excellent, regularly updated guide to literary magazines (online and
print), independent publishers and new publishing outlets. Be aware, though, that
this website only lists the magazines that sponsor it, most of them North American, so it would be a good idea to use its listings in conjunction with others.
The Poetry Library (http://www.poetrylibrary.org.uk/magazines/)
A useful list of both hard copy and e-zine outlets plus advice on submissions,
maintained by the Poetry Library at the South Bank Centre, London. A main
strength of this website apart from its stability is its emphasis on listing only
established magazines with high standards and clear editorial policies.
You can find more possibilities by typing Poetry magazines or Fiction
magazines into your search engine. These search terms should bring up both
print and internet publishing opportunities.
Hard copy publications
All of the following hard-copy resources are published annually:
Novel and Short Story Writers Market, New York: Writers Digest Books.
Poets Market, New York: Writers Digest Books.
The Writers Handbook, Basingstoke, Palgrave MacMillan
The Writers and Artists Yearbook, London, A & C Black
Writers Market, New York: Writers Digest Books
A themed poetry sequence
A themed sequence is a series of related poems, in which the relationship
between the poems is as important as the individual poems; the poems should be
seen not as separate, but as part of a whole. A sequence will