Literary magazines are a vital part of the world of publishing, but—let’s face it—the submission process can be confusing, time-consuming, and demoralizing. This bootcamp aims to clear up some of that confusion by giving participants an inside look at what happens after they press that submit button. In addition to reviewing the dos and don’ts of the submission process, we will talk about ways to organize your submissions, resources for discovering new magazines, and writing strong cover letters. Participants will leave confident and ready to get their work out into the world!
Lena Valencia is the managing editor of One Story. She has held positions at A Public Space and BOMB Magazine, and hosted the HiFi Reading Series in Manhattan. Her writing has appeared in Storychord, BOMB, The Masters Review, and elsewhere. She received her MFA in Fiction from The New School. You can find her on Twitter at @lenavee.
"Lena was a wonderful instructor, always a great blend of thoughtful and thorough when reading, as well as insightful during critiques. Our class featured a very diverse blend of voices, styles, and genres, and Lena was able to add value to every submission. She reads and comments with a true editorial eye, and her feedback truly helped improve my work."
"Writing fiction is like leaping into darkness, reaching for a bar you can’t see. For the first few attempts at a story, you’re pretty much guaranteed to fall, even if you’re an experienced writer. On day one of our workshop, Lena set up a strong, elastic net of trust and support. We all felt inspired to try challenging feats, knowing that when we fell, we’d bounce back up and catch the bar with the momentum to swing to the opposite platform."