We’ve wanted to write a course on how to submit to literary magazines for almost two years now, and we’ve finally done it. Starting today we’re now offering a free 10-day email course on the basics of submitting your work. You’ll learn how to write a proper cover letter, how to gauge whether a magazine is appropriate for your work, you’ll learn about publishing rights and simultaneous submissions, and hopefully you’ll come away feeling like an expert.
The course is broken up into bite-sized chunks of a few hundred words, and lessons are emailed to you every day at 7AM (ET) sharp. We’re hoping that you’ll roll out of bed and read a lesson while you drink your morning coffee.
The course is instructed by the illustrious Eliza Robertson. Eliza studied creative writing at the University of Victoria and the University of East Anglia, where she received the Man Booker Scholarship and Curtis Brown Prize. In 2013, she won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and was shortlisted for the Journey Prize and CBC Short Story Prize. Her debut collection, Wallflowers, was shortlisted for the East Anglia Book Award, Danuta Gleed Short Story Prize and selected as a New York Times editor’s choice. Her first novel, Demi-Gods, comes out with Penguin Canada and Bloomsbury this fall. She’s a perfect guru.
Here’s what a few people have to say about it:
“I thought it was so well-written and relatable and each email was the perfect length.“ — Rev. Chelsea MacMillan. “I loved it. Looked forward to it. And am referring to it right now.“ — Susan Hahn, “Eliza’s course gave me a lot more clarity. I feel like she is especially helpful for people who, though they love to read and write, are not necessarily connected to the literary world as an industry. The tone was perfect - that of a real person who wants to help.“ — Grace Eyre, “I enjoyed the course - particularly the short daily email format. It kept the material from feeling overwhelming, or like there was too much to read at that particular moment in time. I thought it was very accessible and helpful for submitters of all experience levels, and I learned some great tips.“ — Constance Renfrow, “Smart, informed, funny and full of resources to take the next step. Really appreciated.“ — Christine Sang. “The course was perfect for new writers not familiar with the process and a good reminder to those who are.. Thanks.“ — Connie Kallback, “I appreciated your course on submitting work. I looked forward to what you would deliver every morning. It was always to the point and meant I didn’t have to clear away a lot of fat to get to the meat. I’d open your email right away instead of waiting until I thought I had time, and then ending up never getting back to that particular email and eventually deleting it.“ — Rita Pomade, “I thought overall it was wonderful, great insight that covered all the basis, loved the tone and charm of the language. Keep up the great work!“ — A.P. Figueora Jr.
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If you have any questions, feel free to shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also tweet at us: @literistic.
Who is this course for?
Writers of literary fiction, non fiction and poetry. If you’re already a Literistic subscriber, chances are this is for you. Might not be the best for writers of genre fiction, journalists or playwrights.
Does the course cost anything?
Nope! It’s free for good.
How can I provide feedback?
Just reply to one of our emails. It’ll go straight to us.
Who are you?
We’re a small team of writers who manage Literistic, an online service that curates a list of literary publications, contests and fellowships every month. You can subscribe to Literistic here, and you can read more about us here.
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