Saturday, Feb. 9th, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
$95 members/$110 others Berkeley
“When you truly believe a story or poem is finished—the best it can be–it’s time to introduce it to the world,” says writer and editor Jenny Pritchett. In this info-packed class, Jenny will tell you what you need to know about submitting your work to literary journals and contests, and applying for residency programs.
You’ll get the goods on what editors are looking for, and the basics of submitting: which journals publish new writers and which are a waste of your time, the truth about guidelines, why editors hate staples, and how to write a cover letter (and more importantly, how not to). You’ll discuss the merits of contests and what you get (and what you don’t), and how to identify–and budget for–contests and residency programs. Finally, you’ll talk about how to keep track of your submissions, and what you need to know about contracts (for when the inevitable happens!) and First North American Serial Rights.
Jenny Pritchett is a long-time advocate of sending out your work! She’s seen it from both sides: As the managing editor of Fourteen Hills, she published a few stories (and rejected thousands). As a writer she’s published her own stories in prominent literary journals and an anthology, and won a chapbook award, which led to the publication of her first book, “At or Near the Surface”. She has been awarded two fellowships from the Ragdale Foundation and another from the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. The first step to every success was sticking a story in an envelope and dropping it in the mail. Jenny will proudly display her pile of rejection letters from literary journals, contests, and MFA programs.