Submit Now! The Art of Writing and Submitting Short Stories to Literary Magazines with Elise Gallagher


Lifelong Learning LogoCourse Title: Submit Now! The Art of Writing and Submitting Short Stories to Literary Magazines

Instructor:  Elise Gallagher

Brought to you by Odyssey   

March 25, 2024 - April 29, 2024 (6 Sessions)  

Monday,  6:30 PM ET  

Virtual via Zoom 



Course Description: After browsing through your favorite literary magazine, have you ever imagined opening those pages to see your short story in print, but wondered how to actually get your work out into the world? Maybe you’ve looked at databases of literary magazines, but have felt too overwhelmed by the sheer number that are open to submissions. You might have even paused to wonder what exactly those magazine editors are looking for and what grabs their attention in a submission. In Submit Now! we will uncover the mystery behind submitting to literary magazines by learning the ins and outs of choosing literary magazines that best fit your story’s style, what exactly captures an editor’s attention, and how the submission process usually works behind scenes at a literary magazine with magazine editor guest speakers. You will also learn the art of short story writing, then apply those techniques to writing and polishing a short story through in-class writing exercises and in-class group workshops. By the end of Week 6, you will have a completed, polished short story, cover letter, and list of at least ten magazines to submit your story to.


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ABOUT Elise Gallagher

Elise Gallagher is a fiction writer, freelance editor, and Adjunct English professor. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Baltimore Creative Writing and Publishing Arts program. Her short stories have appeared in The Washington College Review, Welter, Skelter, the Raven’s Perch, STORGY, and Barnstorm. She attended the 2018 One Story Summer Writer’s Conference, is a 2023 One Story Writer’s Circle member, a Senior Fiction reader for Cherry Tree literary magazine, a previous judge for the Scholastic Arts and Writing awards, and mentor to creative writing students. Her favorite genres are literary fiction and young adult fantasy. Currently, she is working on a family saga novel. 

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 Event Date
Monday, March 25, 2024
6:30pm EDT

Monday, April 29, 2024
8:30pm EDT

1-800-JHU-JHU1 (548-5481)

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