[In Progress] 4-Part Course: Demystifying the Submission Process, A Crash Course on Literary Journal Submitting & Publishing with Gabrielle Bates

This four-session course will focus on the submitting and publishing process as it applies to literary journals. Whether you’re a longtime submitter looking for a bit more strategy and confidence, a poet who’s just recently begun submitting work, or someone who’s never submitted before but wants to start, these sessions are for you! While we can’t, of course, guarantee that every poem you submit after this course will get accepted for publication, we can promise you’ll leave with knowledge, strategies, and resources to help ensure your poems are getting the best possible shake.

From the instructor:

The world of literary journals is vast and ever changing; as such, it can be overwhelming to dive in without a little guidance. I’m here to share everything I know about what’s going on behind the curtain, so that you can submit without the added anxiety.

Together, we’ll walk through the typical submission process from start to finish, gaining familiarity with the Submittable interface, Duotrope, and reading periods. We’ll discuss best practices, common errors, and strategies for staying organized, as well as which journals and presses might be a good fit for particular aesthetics.

The course will culminate in a submission party, where—side by side—we’ll put what we’ve learned to good use.

Class schedule:

— Tuesday, October 2nd, 6:30–8:30 pm

— Tuesday, October 9th, 6:30–8:30 pm

— Tuesday, October 23rd, 6:30–8:30 pm

— Tuesday, October 30, 6:30–8:30 pm (Submission Party!)

Preregistration rate: $100, or $145 with consultation*

*Consultations include an hour-long, one-on-one meeting with the instructor, during which participants may request personalized feedback and guidance about submissions. These are scheduled individually and will take place outside of class.

Class size: Capped at 15

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Gabrielle Bates is the managing editor of the Seattle Review, an editorial assistant and contributing editor for Poetry Northwest, the official voice of Broadsided Press on twitter, and a contributing editor for Bull City Press. Her poems and poetry comics have appeared in the New Yorker, Poetry, New England Review, Gulf Coast, and the Missouri Review, among other journals, and she is the recipient of support from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Hugo House, Artist Trust, and the Mineral School Artist Residency. She is the social media manager of Open Books: A Poem Emporium and holds an MFA from the University of Washington. Personal website: www.gabriellebat.es / Twitter: @GabrielleBates