When submitting to a literary publication, it’s very easy for even the most creative and accomplished pieces to be thrown into the “slush pile.” Literary magazines range from niche webzines to university-funded print journals to renowned publications like Paris Review. The amount of slush published varies accordingly, but one thing is certain: acceptance is no sure thing as submissions far exceed quotas.
Unpublished writers who are looking for their first publications are often concerned about whether literary magazines or anthologies ever publish unpublished writers for good reason: all publications receive far more work that they can publish and far more work than the editors can read.
Every writer starts out unpublished, so we have to start somewhere. This workshop is intended for those who are starting out in their writing careers who need a strategy or a spark to getting their early craft accepted. Two editors offer their experiences and guidance on the inner workings of the often exclusive and opaque world of publishing.
JF Garrard, deputy editor of Ricepaper Magazine and editor of Trump: Utopia or Dystopia anthology, Immersion anthology
Jen Frankel, editor of Trump: Utopia or Dystopia anthology, author of Undead Redhead, Blood & Magic series
Allan Cho, executive editor, Ricepaper Magazine and editor of Alliterasian anthology, Immersion anthology