Ask the Editors: The Path to Publishing Short Fiction (with Joy Baglio & Emily Everett) - ONLINE SESSION
This informational session with former West Branch associate editor and PVWW Director Joy Baglio and The Common managing editor Emily Everettwill cover topics related to getting your short stories and flash fiction out in the world. We'll talk about the submissions process (including the different kinds of literary magazines out there), cover letters, what editors care most about, getting your work to stand out in the slush pile, dealing with rejection, and what happens after an acceptance. We'll also discuss our goals, as well as the different paths open to short fiction writers. Come with any and all questions related to these topics. We'll have lots of time for Q&A! Open to all short fiction writers interested in learning how to get their work out there, including those already published. Informational, lecture-based, with ample Q&A time. Limit: 20 spots.
JOY BAGLIO founded Pioneer Valley Writers' Workshop in 2016. Her fiction has appeared widely, in such literary magazines as Tin House, The Iowa Review, American Short Fiction, and others. She holds an MFA from The New School and has received fellowships and grants from Yaddo, Vermont Studio Center, The Elizabeth George Foundation, The Speculative Literature Foundation, and MVICW. Her short fiction has been recognized by numerous contests and awards, including Wigleaf's Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions and Ploughshare's Emerging Writer's Contest. She's a former associate fiction editor at West Branch.
EMILY EVERETT is managing editor of The Common, a print and online literary magazine publishing stories, essays, poems, and images with a modern sense of place. Her short story “Solitária” appears in the Jan/Feb 2020 issue of The Kenyon Review, where it was selected as a runner-up for the 2019 Short Fiction Contest. Other short fiction appears in Electric Literature, Tin House, Mississippi Review, and The Tishman Review. She is currently working on a novel set on a family farm in Iowa during World War II, when German POWs were brought in to work alongside farmers to mitigate wartime labor shortages.
WHEN: Saturday, April 11 (3 - 5pm EST)
WHERE: Online via Zoom video conference
ONLINE SESSIONS happen remotely, via video Zoom video conference. All you need is a laptop, computer, or phone with functioning audio and a webcam. Those who RSVP receive directions and a link to "join" the session via email. All online instructors will log on to the video conference 20 minutes before the start of the session, to help anyone with technical issues, so please plan to log on early if you'd like assistance! We'll do everything in our power to help you get comfortable with this new format, though when the session begins, we will not be able to assist with technical difficulties.