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Literary Magazine Submissions for Beginners

  • Flatiron Writers Room 5 Covington Street Asheville, NC, 28806 United States (map)

Literary Magazine Submissions for Beginners

You've been writing stories, essays, poems and plays for a while. You've been practicing your craft...and now you're ready to submit your work to magazines for possible publication. But where do you start? And how do you keep it organized? With hundreds of literary and mainstream publications out there, the process can feel daunting.

This workshop is designed to help save you time, energy and stress by thinking through and taking your next step as a writer: your submissions strategy.

In this workshop, we will cover…

  • Resources and ways to research literary magazines
  • Managing simultaneous submissions
  • Editorial etiquette
  • When to submit work for digital publication or print
  • The case for getting paid for your work
  • Matchmaking your work with the right places
  • Paid submissions versus free submissions
  • If contests are a right fit for your goals
  • The arguments for mainstream audiences over literary and vice versa

And you will create…

  1. Your “ideal magazine” description
  2. Your submission tracking system
  3. Your Submittable account (if you don’t have one already)
  4. Your professional third person bio
  5. A realistic budget for printing, mailing, submission fees, contests, and subscriptions
  6. A suggested submissions schedule

Part 4 of the Business of Writing 4-Part Series

$35 // this workshop only


$125 // package rate for all four workshops (10 hours of writing career advice)

Everything You Need To Know

This 2 1/2 hour workshop takes place at the comfortable and crafty bungalow, Flatiron Writers Room, in West Asheville. Workshop materials and handouts are supplied.

Limited off-street parking is available. You can also park on Covington Street or across the street in the gravel parking lot. Please do not park at UpCountry's Brewing parking lot next door!

Wheelchair accessibility is available. Please email me if you need other accessibility needs met prior to the class. 

Entrance is the front door. Please feel free to arrive between 6:15-6:30pm, relax and get settled. We will have water, hot tea, coffee, and some light snacks available. We will take a stretch break during the workshop, and you'll have the option to stand up and move around whenever you like. 

Please bring: a pad of paper, a pencil or pen, a light shawl or jacket to make sure you're comfortable. Cell phones must be turned to "silent" mode. Laptops or tablets are optional.

Bring your questions! This is an interactive, dynamic workshop, so don't be shy to ask questions.