Flashback: In 2014, I was finishing my undergraduate studies, feeling pretty unsure about my future. My university’s literature magazine had rejected every piece I sent. Should I bother pursuing writing further? Did I need to go to grad school to succeed? Should I get a day job and write on the side? Up until this point, my life had been decided for me: go to school, do some homework, repeat. I had no idea what to do now that I could make my own decisions.
In this air of confusion and change, I submitted to a literature magazine called Otto. And when I was at my most vulnerable — scared, self-conscious, lost — they accepted my poem. My first lit mag publication! For that reason, they’ve always held a special place in my heart.
Flash-foward to 2016: I’m pleased to announce that Otto has accepted another poem. They’re asking for a $5 donation for the 2016 issue and a $10 donation to read the past few years’ issues. The money supports creative students at Tunxis Community College in Connecticut (see the link below for more information). If you’re a writer, and you want to get published, Otto is a fantastic place to start.
You can check out this year’s edition here. 🙂