How to Submit Work to Literary Magazines

Are you ready to share your stories, poems, essays, or memoir writing with the world? Does submitting to literary magazines feel like throwing your most prized possessions into a black hole?

In this six-week workshop, you’ll learn the important do’s and don’ts for how to submit your fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction to literary journals for publication.

We’ll cover important topics such as...

How to tell when your work is ready to submit

How to find and research literary journals

How to write an effective cover letter and bio

How to properly format your submissions

How literary journals evaluate your work

Common mistakes that drive editors crazy

How to keep track of your submissions

How to deal with rejection — and acceptance

This information will be covered during a weekly 1-hour video chat on Google Meet led by the instructor to share best practices, answer questions, and celebrate publishing successes. Please ensure you are available to attend these video chats, as they will not be recorded or transcribed. If you miss the video chat, you miss that week’s material.

In addition, students will be given weekly assignments, providing them with several opportunities to try out the new techniques they’ve learned. Each week, students will submit their assignments online. The instructor will then review their assignments and post her feedback and suggestions.

This workshop is taught by Janelle Drumwright, the production editor at Carve Magazine, who also serves on the contest reading committee, and is a former reader at The Masters Review. Her work has appeared in Necessary Fiction, Mulberry Fork Review, and Naugatuck River Review, and has been performed live as part of So Say We All’s VAMP Showcase. This class is open to all writers who wish to begin submitting their work for publication.

Instructor

Writers Studio Teacher

Janelle Drumwright

Janelle Drumwright is the former Assistant Director of The Writers Studio Tucson where she taught workshops for six years before moving to San Diego in 2018. Her flash fiction and prose poetry have appeared in Necessary Fiction, Mulberry Fork Review, and Naugatuck River Review. In 2016, her work received an Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers, and in 2015, she won Carve Magazine’s First Annual Blog Contest. Janelle is now Carve‘s Production Editor. She is also a Pushcart Prize nominee and a former reader at The Masters Review. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Arizona and recently earned her certificate in narrative medicine from Columbia University.