Category Archives: Publishing

4 Years After My MFA — What Would I Have Done Differently?

Now that I’m four years past the official culmination of my MFA in creative writing program, when people ask me “what would you have done differently?” I feel like I can actually answer it with a level of objectivity to be useful. I’ve had conversations with people enough times to know a bit better how [...]

How to Submit to Literary Journals — From Top-Tier to Small Publishers

In an effort to help us all with the ongoing struggle of literary journal submissions, most of this post was composed over several nights between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m., and I apologize for typos and grammatical errors. On submitting What follows are suggestions for submitting your stories and/or excerpts to small literary journals. Build [...]

Should MFA Programs Shirk the Short Story?

In MFA programs, short stories are often given the same weight as novels, screenplays and memoir, but things are different in the marketplace. Now, I love short stories, and I spent about five years writing a short story collection, but the market for short fiction is extremely limited. Consider the types of books you buy. [...]