Publishing Mini-Workshop: How to Submit to Literary Journals


Publishing Mini-Workshop: How to Submit to Literary Journals


Level: All

Location: Online
Duration: 2 Days
Begins: March 24, 2018
Ends: March 25, 2018


This is a two-day online workshop.

Do you have a finished short story or essay sitting in your computer waiting to be published? Are you unsure what to do next? Do you find the submission process beyond overwhelming?

Pen & Paper Fiction Instructor, C. Gregory Thompson is here to help.

Submitting your creative work to literary journals, contests and festivals can feel equally daunting and confusing. How to start? Is my work ready to go out into the world? What journal should I submit to first? Can I handle rejection? In this two-day workshop, those questions and more will be answered. Mr. Thompson will explain his writing process (how he writes a short story or essay, and how he decides if and when it’s ready for publication). He’ll discuss first readers, paying a copy editor, the intricacies of what literary journals and magazines expect in a submission, and what their editors look for in a story or essay.

He’ll also cover getting work ready for submission, how and where to submit, how to write a cover letter and an author biography, how to track your submissions, submissions do’s and don’ts, rejection and how to deal with it, and finally, what happens once you receive that glorious acceptance. You will complete the workshop with a finished biography, a template for a cover letter, and a usable sample submissions tracker. By the end of the workshop, you will have the tools and information you need to take that leap and submit!

Instructor Bio

A Pushcart Prize nominee, C. Gregory Thompson writes short stories, plays, screenplays, novels and memoir. His work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Storgy Magazine, Writers Resist, Five:2:One, Cowboy Jamboree, Full Grown People, The Offbeat, Printers Row Journal and Reunion: The Dallas Review, among others. Four of his short stories were included in the 2017 New Short Fiction Series. He was named a finalist in the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival’s 2015 Fiction Contest.

His short play Cherry won two playwriting awards. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts at the University of California, Riverside/Palm Desert. He also has a BFA in Film & Television from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Here he wrote and directed the awarding-winning student film “Elysian Fields.” He recently left a longtime career in the film business as an awards consultant to Hollywood studios and now devotes full time to writing and teaching. He lives in greater Los Angeles, California with his partner.