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Get the Inside Scoop on Submitting to Literary Magazines and Small Presses

WINSTON-SALEM—Most outlets now accept online submissions, so submitting our work is easier than ever. But there are still plenty of challenges when it comes to sending our poems or prose to literary journals—and those challenges multiply, exponentially, when we begin sending out full-length manuscripts.

The Network can’t prep your submissions for you, or send it out on your behalf, but we can offer the next best thing: the sage wisdom of an expert, industry professional who will open up to talk about the submission process for literary journals and how that process might differ for small presses and offfer invaluable advice to help our submissions stand out from the pack.

On Tuesday, February 15, 2022, at 7:00 pm EST, author and editor Kristina Marie Darling will lead the online class “Lit Mag & Small Press Publishing.”

Registration is closed.

In this 90-minute, open-format event, Kristina Marie Darling will talk about publishing in literary magazines and publishing with a small press—for writers of fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction. Following a short talk, Kristina will paricipate in a moderated Q&A driven mostly by questions from registrants. Come armed with questions: participation is strongly encouraged!

The cost for the class is $35 for NCWN members, $45 for non-members. Space is limited.

Kristina Marie Darling is the author of 36 books, which include Look to Your Left: A Feminist Poetics of Spectacle, which is forthcoming from the Akron Series in Contemporary Poetics at the University of Akron Press; Stylistic Innovation, Conscious Experience, and the Self in Modernist Women’s Poetry, forthcoming from Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group; Daylight Has Already Come: Selected Poems 2014 – 2020, which will be published by Black Lawrence Press; Silence in Contemporary Poetry, which will be published in hardcover by Clemson University Press in the United States and Liverpool University Press in the United Kingdom; Silent Refusal: Essays on Contemporary Feminist Poetry, forthcoming from Black Ocean; Angel of the North, which is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry; and X Marks the Dress: A Registry (co-written with Carol Guess), which will be launched by Persea Books in the United States. Penguin Random House Canada will also publish a Canadian edition.

An expert consultant with the U.S. Fulbright Commission, and the recipient of grants from the Elizabeth George Foundation and Harvard University’s Kittredge Fund, Dr. Darling’s work has also been recognized with three residencies at Yaddo, where she has held the Martha Walsh Pulver Residency for a Poet and the Howard Moss Residency in Poetry; a Fundación Valparaíso fellowship to live and work in Spain; a Hawthornden Castle Fellowship, funded by the Heinz Foundation; an artist-in-residence position at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris; seven residencies at the American Academy in Rome; two grants from the Whiting Foundation; a Faber Residency in the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities, which she received on two separate occasions; an artist-in-residence position with the Andorran Ministry of Culture; an artist-in-residence position at the Florence School of Fine Arts; a four-month appointment at Scuola Internazionale de Grafica in Venice; and the Dan Liberthson Prize from the Academy of American Poets, which she received on three separate occasions; among many other awards and honors.

Dr. Darling serves as Editor-in-Chief of Tupelo Press and Tupelo Quarterly. Beginning in the fall of 2022, she will also serve as Publisher-in-Residence at the American University of Rome.

“The Network offered online classes long before the COVID-19 pandemic, and we’ll continue to do so moving forward,” said NCWN communications director Charles Fiore. “While nothing can replace the energy of an in-person event, online classes can still be inspirational. More importantly, they offer a way to connect with writers across the state and beyond while staying safe.”

The online class “Lit Mag & Small Press Publishing” is available to anyone with an internet connection, or who even owns just a telephone. Instructions for accessing the online class on Tuesday, February 15, will be sent to registrants no less than 24 hours prior to the start of class. The class will be archived and made available to registrants for repeated viewings.

The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to writers at all stages of development. For additional information, visit