Many members ask, “What is the first step in getting published?”
Agents do look to see if you have been previously published or won any literary contests when they consider whether or not they can be an advocate for your work.
Our Submit It! section under Resources for Writers on our website (within the Literary Calendar) lists contests in specific genres, but also lists calls for anthologies; literary magazines looking for stories, essays, and poems; festivals or bookstores looking for authors; and other unique opportunities for writers.
Only members can view this section, so one first needs to login with their User ID (email address, all lower-case) and password (county of residence, first letter capitalized) before one can see Submit It!