18 Days, 5 Suggestions

We only have 18 days left until submissions are finally over! For those who haven’t submitted yet, here are five of our suggestions for making it into Allasso.

1. Submit. This seems like a no-brainer, but a lot of people don’t submit because they don’t feel ready. The only way to ensure that you don’t get published is by not submitting. Even if you do get rejected, you’ll have gone through the experience of submitting and be more comfortable with it in the future.

2. Proofread. Although we have editors, written pieces should be as grammatically correct as possible (unless, of course, the structure requires you to break rules). One of the best ways to do this is to read the piece out loud. Generally, if you stumble over a sentence, readers will have the same difficulty.

3. Think deeper. Every piece of art has a deeper meaning. Sometimes, we don’t take the time necessary to explore what these meanings could be. When thinking about your piece, consider what your piece is saying beneath the surface.

4. Use scenery. Everything around the characters in all kinds of art tells what those characters feel and think. Remember all five senses. Even though we can’t taste that cake in your painting or hear the nails scratching chalkboards, our minds create those sensations just by seeing or reading.

5. Be comfortable with the unsaid. We are often afraid of quiet moments, especially in writing. However, some of the quietest moments can also be the most powerful. Pause a conversation or action by putting scenic or physical description in.

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