The Art of Submission: From the "Slush" Pile to the "Rush" Pile

02/23/2021 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM ET


Charlotte Lit's Zoom Room 1

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Technology makes submitting for publication easier than ever. At the same time, as more and more writers offer their work, competition for space has never been fiercer. But take heart. In this class, we’ll cover the art behind successful submissions and how to move from the “slush” pile to the pile editors rush to accept. We’ll discuss how to find the best fit for your writing, tips on putting your best foot forward, and a little secret to boost the number of marketable pieces in your portfolio. We’ll also discuss the nuts and bolts of submission: cover letters, biographies, tracking and more, such as how to stay motivated as you cast those precious pearls out into the world.

About the Instructor: Ashley Memory’s poetry, short stories, and essays have appeared in more than 75 magazines, websites, and anthologies, most recently in The Sun, O. Henry, The Rumpus, and Solstice Literary Magazine, which named her essay ‘’Of Needles and Kindness” a finalist for the Summer 2020 Michael Steinberg Nonfiction Prize. Since April 2020, she writes a monthly column on submission for the award-winning global website, Women on Writing, and she is also a critique editor and judge for their quarterly nonfiction contest. Learn more at