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: Sat., May 18
Ends: Sun., May 19


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!

Day 1

Submitting Your Work – A Brief Discussion on What & How

My Story – Instructor’s Submission History & Process

Lesson - Rules for Submitting (The Dos and Don’ts)

Instructor Chat

Lesson – How to Write a Cover Letter

Writing Exercise – Write Your Cover Letter

Lesson - Is Your Work Ready to Submit?

Homework – Create a List of 5 Journals to Which You Might Submit Your Work

Day 2

Discussion & Comments – Your List of Literary Journals

Instructor Chat

Discussion – Rejection & How to Handle It

Lesson – How to Write a Bio

Writing Exercise – Write Your Bio

Lesson – How to Track Your Submissions

Exercise – Let’s Submit! An Hour for You to Try Submitting

Instructor – Online Availability for Questions

Lesson – An Acceptance? Congratulations & Now What?

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.


"Kudos on your how-to-submit workshop. Even though I'm not really a newbie, I learned a LOT. This is the perfect class for those who need to know the basics of submitting their work (fiction or non) and need real, applicable, take-away tools to pursue."

Diana Rosen, Student, Los Angeles, California

“C. Gregory Thompson's short stories are sharp and original slices cut from slightly warped, off-kilter worlds where the fantastical and magical often collides with the hard-bitten truth of daily life. It tastes fresh and fearless.”

Mark Haskell Smith, Author of Naked at Lunch

“C. Gregory Thompson illuminates the complex lives of a wide range of characters with great empathy, wit, and eloquence. He knows how to weave a compelling tale and present our secret dreams with grace and power.

Mary Otis, Author of Yes, Yes Cherries

“‘Runner, Runner’ is a fantastic piece. It's the kind of profile of character and place we relish.”

Adam Van Winkle, Editor, Cowboy Jamboree