R281. CANCELLED: Craft Lessons from the Submission Queue: Writing and Editing Short Fiction

Status: Not Accepted

Room 304, Henry B. González Convention Center, Ballroom Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm


Many lit mag editors participate on both sides of the submission process: reading unsolicited stories and sending their own out for consideration. What do editors learn about writing from reading and editing submissions? How does evaluating, accepting, and declining stories change the work of drafting new short fiction? This panel dives into the editorial selection process on a craft level, with editors from One Story, Apogee, American Short Fiction, Tahoma Literary Review, and The Common.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Craft_Lessons_from_the_Submission_Queue_Outline.docx



Emily Everett is managing editor for the Common. Her short fiction appears or is forthcoming in the Kenyon Review, Tin House, Electric Lit, Mississippi Review, and the Tishman Review. She studied literature at Smith College, University College London, and Queen Mary University of London.

Adeena Reitberger is a writer, editor, and teacher. Her work is published in Black Warrior Review, Mississippi Review, Cimarron Review, Nimrod International, Third Coast, Sierra Nevada Review, and other magazines. She serves as the editor and codirector of American Short Fiction.

Yi Shun Lai's work appears in venues ranging from Bustle to The Writer. She edits prose at, and is co-owner of, Tahoma Literary Review. She teaches creative writing at the University of La Verne and in the online MFA program at Southern New Hampshire University.

Alexandra Watson is a biracial writer living in Harlem. She is executive editor of Apogee Journal, a publication dedicated to highlighting underrepresented voices. She teaches writing at Columbia University, Baruch College, and at the Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America.

Lena Valencia is the managing editor of One Story and teaches writing at the Sackett Street Writers Workshop and Catapult. She has held positions at A Public Space and BOMB. She has an MFA in fiction from The New School and is the recipient of an Elizabeth George Foundation grant.


February 7–10, 2024
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