S205. CANCELLED: Behind the Curtain: The Editors Speak!

Room 217D, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Saturday, March 7, 2020
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


The submission process can be daunting and mysterious. Most of us use an online submission system and them patiently wait—sometimes for more than a year—before receiving a canned rejection. So what can the average writer do to be a better submitter of their work, to catch an editor's eye, to get past the slush pile? This diverse panel assembles some of the top literary magazine editors in the country to answer your questions about the submissions process and what goes on behind the scenes.



Christian Kiefer is the author of the novels Phantoms, The Infinite Tides, and The Animals and the novella One Day Soon Time Will Have No Place Left to Hide. He is recipient of a Pushcart Prize and directs the low-res MFA program at Ashland University.

Emily Nemens became editor of The Paris Review in summer 2018, after five years coediting The Southern Review. Her fiction has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, n+1, The Iowa Review, and Esquire. Her debut novel, The Cactus League, is forthcoming in 2020.

Allison Wright is the executive editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review and former editor of Tiny Hardcore Press. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, VQR, Popular Mechanics, Lit Hub, and elsewhere. She holds a PhD from the University of Texas and teaches journalism at the University of Virginia.

Adam Ross, editor of The Sewanee Review, is the author of the novel Mr. Peanut and the story collection Ladies and Gentlemen.

Adeena Reitberger


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center