Hosted by Rachel Thompson, author and literary magazine editor, this podcast will help you write publish and shine the light of your writing into the world. Episodes delve into how to polish and prepare your writing for publication and the journey from emerging writer to published author.
#49 Augur co-Editor-in-Chief Terese Pierre—Nothing Has to Happen
“Nothing has to happen in the story. There doesn't need to be explosions or big shocking twists. It's just enough to have well-developed characters and a beautiful world.” —Terese Mason Pierre, Augur Magazine
Host Rachel Thompson speaks with Terese Mason Pierre of Augur magazine about the “whole” characters and “human” stories that they publish and about letting things get messier in her writing during this pandemic year. Listen to their conversation on writing, and her reading, plus her vision for the future of literary circles...
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#48 CRAFT Editor-in-Chief Katelyn Keating—Leave Us Heartbroken, Amazed, or Excited
“We’re excited if the forms that come in are not an arc. We’re not just looking for one direction of the piece, it doesn’t have to use linear time or linear form.” —Katelyn Keating, CRAFT.
Host Rachel Thompson speaks with Katelyn Keating of CRAFT. Listen to their conversation on the mechanics of story openings and the emotions in their endings, reckonings still to be had in the literary discussion of the canon and what qualifies as short stories, and for behind-the-scenes details on how CRAFT editors read, accept, and work with writing submissions.
#08 Entropy Executive Editor Janice Lee on Writing When Language Fails You
“I’m interested in asking different questions and in the vulnerability of language that allows for an honest attempt at expression and a way to investigate complex questions.” —Janice Lee, Entropy Magazine
Host Rachel Thompson speaks with Janice Lee, Executive Editor of ENTROPY, in this interview from 2017. Listen for conversation about writing when language fails you and the community-first approach to ENTROPY magazine.
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#47 Black Warrior Review Editor Josh Brandon on Taking Necessary Breaks
“You’re kinda playing with fire when you delve into trauma writing. It’s possible to push yourself past your own limits and touch on things that are more tender than you thought.” —Josh Brandon of Black Warrior Review
Host Rachel Thompson speaks with Josh Brandon, Editor of Black Warrior Review, about taking a break when writing is difficult and about submitting and publishing your writing with their journal.
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#46 Food Writing with Qwerty Editors Christine Wu and McKenna James Boeckner
Host Rachel Thompson speaks with editors from Qwerty magazine, based at the University of New Brunswick, about sumptuous food writing and, of course, everything you need to know if you want to submit and publish your writing with Qwerty.
#45 Weird Writing with Okay Donkey Editors Téa Franco, Genevieve Kersten, and Elizabeth Upshur
Host Rachel Thompson speaks with three editors from the online journal Okay Donkey about weird poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.
Téa Franco, Genevieve Kersten, and Elizabeth Upshur discuss weird writing's significance and purpose in these weird times, how social media has helped us find our weird community and created all the extra weirdness available, and, of course, everything you need to know if you want to submit and publish your writing with Okay Donkey.
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I was first exposed to these podcasts when I took the LitMag Love course (this course is extremely valuable by the way for anyone seeking to publish their work). We had an opportunity to listen to Rachel interview a few editors and to ask our own questions. Since then I’ve listened to a number of the podcasts. They give you insight into the litmag world and what the particular magazine is seeking. Very useful.
These podcasts are so inspiring and offer such useful insight into behind the scenes of Lit mag editing. All the info is revealed in fascinating interviews that feel like intimate conversations in a cozy cafe. I love it. It takes the fear out of submitting and gives much perspective on rejection.
Just what I needed!
This podcast is perfect for anyone contemplating submitting to a literary magazine, but is too intimidated to know where to start! Rachel manages to ask just the right questions and has introduced the listeners to a wide array of magazines, many of which I had never heard of. Love this podcast and looking forward to the next season!