How to Get Published in Literary Magazines

Burlesque Press contributor Eva Langston spoke at last year’s Hands On Festival and Masquerade Ball about the best ways to get publish din lit mags. Here she’s provided a handy blog post on her own blog, In the Garden of Eva, to help demystify the process.

In the Garden of Eva

Recently serenitysearcherii asked me “how do you know which review or journal to send your work to?”

It’s a good question, and one I feel relatively qualified to answer since I taught a workshop called “Getting Published in Literary Magazines” at the San Miguel Writers’ Conference and participated in a similarly-themed panel at the Burlesque Press Hands-On Writers’ Conference.

So, the first thing you need to ask yourself is this: WHY DO YOU WANT TO GET PUBLISHED IN LITERARY JOURNALS? 

1. To see your name and words in print (and/or impress friends and family).
2. To feel encouraged or validated. (This is no small thing. Writing is a hard, lonely slog, and sometimes getting a story or poem published in a journal can be just the pick-me-up you need to keep working at it.)
3. To possibly catch the eye of an agent. (This does happen — I had an…

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