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"Submitting Your Writing to Journals and Magazines: How Not to Lose Your Way or Your Time" with Steve Adams and Meg Pokrass

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St. Edward's University, Trustee Hall 303
3001 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704

2/21/2015 From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

At this time, this class is at capacity and registration has been closed. There will be no walk-up tickets available on the day of the class.


$49 for members (please log in for member pricing)

$109 for nonmembers

We're sorry. This class has sold out and registration is closed. There will be no walk-up tickets available on the day of the event.

You’ve written that brilliant short story or essay. It’s all shiny and ready to greet the world.

Now what? Where do you send it? How do you send it? Do you send it to one journal and wait patiently for months, or do you send it to 100 outlets? And how do you find these outlets anyway? Further, how do you handle yourself so you don’t look like a newbie to editors?

Regardless of your genre or whether you normally write long or short works, getting published is always a good idea. There are, however, rules you don’t want to break and best practices you want to employ. There are also tools on the Internet you can use to find the right home for your story. It’s never been easier to find outlets, and there are probably more outlets than ever before.

Award winning short-form authors, Steve Adams (short story, memoir, essay) and Meg Pokrass (flash and short-short forms), will show you the ins and outs of manuscript submissions and tip you to an insider’s trick or two along the way in this class designed for both new writers and more experienced ones wanting to round out their game. You’ll walk away from their 1⁄2-day workshop fully prepared to send your little darlings into the world. You’ll learn:

- Proper format

- Databases for finding outlets and how to use them

- Methods for tracking your submissions, and why you must track them

- How to deal with rejection. What to expect and what the odds are as far as publication

- Etiquette for dealing with editors

- And more!

About the instructors:

Steve Adams’s creative nonfiction was included in the 2014 Pushcart Prize XXXVIII anthology and has been published in Willow Springs, The Pinch, and elsewhere. His fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, anthologized, and published in Glimmer Train, The Missouri Review, Chicago Review, Georgetown Review, Quarterly West, and elsewhere. He’s won Glimmer Train's Short Story Award for New Writers and The Bronx Writers’ Center “Chapter One” Contest, been a guest artist at The University of Texas and a scholar at the Norman Mailer Writers’ Colony, and his plays have been produced in New York City and across the country. He was recently awarded a Jentel Artist Residency, and is a writing coach in Austin at

Meg Pokrass is the author of three collections: Bird Envy (Harvard Book Store, 2014); Damn Sure Right (Press 53, 2011); and the forthcoming My Very End of the Universe, Five Mini-Novellas-in-Flash and a Study of the Form (Rose Metal Press, 2014). Her stories have appeared in more than 200 literary magazines, including McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Green Mountains Review, The Rumpus, storySouth and numerous anthologies, including the forthcoming Flash Fiction International (W.W. Norton, 2015). Her latest collection of stories "The Dog Looks Happy Upside Down" is forthcoming from Etruscan Press (Spring, 2016). Pokrass has been showcased as “Digital Author to Watch” by Galleycat/Media Bistro, and is considered an innovator in the use of Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms. Pokrass lives in San Francisco where she speaks and consults with MFA programs and authors on creative strategies for the digital-publishing revolution. She is an associate editor for Frederick Barthelme's New World Writing, and her newest self-published collection, Bird Envy, became an April 2014 bestseller at the Harvard Book Store, the renowned indie bookstore in Cambridge, Mass.


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