Writing can often be a solitary and lonely endeavor. You find your time, sit down, write some lines, and then reward yourself by browsing the Internet for 2 hours. Or pouring yourself a drink. We’ve all been there. But no matter how long or hard you work on a story or essay, eventually you’ll want to send it out to literary journals for publication.
In this one-night class, editor-in-chief of Arcturus magazine Sara Cutaia will show you how to find the right journals and magazines to submit your work to. There are thousands of online and print journals to choose from, and they all have their own unique style and requirements. Mastering this terrain is one less thing to worry about; you can get back to polishing up your pieces while editors read your submissions.
Sara will guide you through questions like:
Which journal is right for my work?
Should I make a Submittable account?
Where do I find a list of publications accepting submissions?
Should I be submitting to contests?
How do I stand out of the slush pile?
How do literary journal editors work, anyway?
What should I say in my cover letter?
I keep getting rejected – now what?
Understanding the process is the first step in succeeding. Knowing where to submit and how to present your best work will take you miles.
Students should bring a piece they’d like to try to submit and a draft of a cover letter. At the end of class, if time permits, students will send out one piece to a literary journal of their choosing.
Sara Cutaia is a born and raised Texan who currently lives and works in Chicago. She earned her MFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago where she also taught writing classes to undergrads. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Arcturus literary magazine, and works at the writing studio StoryStudio Chicago. She is an Editor-at-Large for the Chicago Review of Books.