[Completed] Demystifying the Submission Process: A Crash Course on Literary Journal Submitting & Publishing


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 you ensure your poems are getting the best possible shake.

From the instructor, Gabrielle Bates:

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, February 6th, 6:30–8:30 pm

— Tuesday, February 13th, 6:30–8:30 pm

— Tuesday, February 20th, 6:30–8:30 pm

— Tuesday, February 27th, 6:30–8:30 pm

Preregistration rate: $100, or $135 with consultation*

*Optional feature: An hour-long, one-on-one consultation with the instructor. During these meetings, which will be scheduled individually and take place outside of class, participants may request personalized feedback and guidance about submissions.

Class size: Capped at 15

Gabrielle BatesGabrielle Bates serves on the editorial boards of three literary journals and one small press. She is the managing editor of the Seattle Review, a reader and contributing editor for Poetry Northwest, the official voice of Broadsided Press on twitter, and a contributing editor for Bull City Press. Her own poetry and poetry comics have been published by Poetry, New England Review, jubilat, Alaska Quarterly Review, the Missouri Review, Black Warrior Review, Southern Humanities Review, and the Best of the Net anthology, among other journals. She is the recipient of support from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Hugo House, Artist Trust, the Mineral School Artist Residency, and the University of Washington, where she completed her MFA. Currently, Gabrielle is the Social Media Manager of Open Books.