Why We Need Litmags: Everything About Publishing That They Never Tell You

“Why We Need Litmags” provides students with the tools for entering the indie publishing industry. It includes sessions on how to read a literary magazine and find the ones that “click” with your work, strategies for preparing a strong submission, exercises on writing cover letters and bios, and more. The skills developed in this workshop will help writers who want to approach editors of small book presses with their manuscripts.



  • To read literary magazines, and identify potential candidates for submission;
  • To prepare a strong submission, and create effective materials to streamline the process (e.g., cover letters, bios)
  • To engage in the literary community through reading, submitting, and conversing with editors and writers;
  • To respond to feedback in a way that creates even stronger submissions in the future!