How do you know when the time is "right" to submit your work for publication? Tough question, huh? I see a lot of good writers in this site who seem to struggle with self doubt. They question their work and seek "reviews" that invariably result in beneficial observations. But...when is enough, enough? How do you know you've finally developed to the point where you might consider submitting your work for publication? Try the contests! These are fun and judged by your peers. If you win, you can take some small satisfaction that your writing is improved to the point that others like what you've done. (BTW...if a bunch of critical writers like your work, you can rest assured general readers will too!) If you don't win, it is NOT a failure...quite the contrary...submission of a manuscript to potential publishers or agents is a daunting proposition. You can actually learn to deal with rejection by "surviving" these little contests. The big difference is, publishers and agents really don't give a damn about your feelings, but most of our peers in here respect you for trying. Contests are a great way to measure your progress as a writer. Try one soon!