Laura Cogan—Cracking the Nut of Literary Magazines: Breaking Into Them, Writing for Them

Literary magazines might seem like impenetrable bastions of taste and excellence, but hundreds if not thousands of aspiring writers have gotten their first breaks - and indeed launched their careers - by first submitting and being accepted. Is there a right and wrong way to submit? Should your work be polished to a shine, or should you submit in rough form, assuming the editors will have their way with it? Are submission guidelines hard and firm, or should you go ahead and submit your 10,000 word tome when it asks for half that much? What should your cover letter say and what are best practices for working with editors after a piece is accepted? Laura Cogan, editor of the venerable 30-year-old publication Zyzzyva, will give you the low-down.

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