The Intersection of Art and Revenue: Writing for Literary and Mainstream Outlets

Signature Room, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 5
Saturday, March 11, 2023
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


Many writers work with both literary and mainstream publications but these outlets differ in the types of work they look for, submission etiquette, pay, rights, and voice. The panelists will discuss their experiences with and advice for working with both types of publications. By the end of the panel, attendees will have an understanding of how to choose what type of outlet an idea might be right for and how to successfully write for and submit to these different markets.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_2023_Event_Outline_Vick.pdf



Sharon Van Epps is a writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Week, The Sun, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and many more publications. She earned her MA in creative writing at the University of New Hampshire.

Julie Vick has written for New Yorker Daily Shouts, Real Simple, the Washington Post, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, The Rumpus, and Brevity magazine's blog. She is the author of Babies Don't Make Small Talk (So Why Should I?) and is an English instructor at the University of Colorado Denver.

Rachel Mans McKenny is the AD of the writing center at Iowa State University, and writes fiction and nonfiction. She has been recently published in the New York Times, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, and outlets. Her debut novel, The Butterfly Effect, was released in 2020 (Alcove Press/dist PRH).

Windy Lynn Harris is the author of Writing & Selling Short Stories & Personal Essays: The Essential Guide to Getting Your Work Published (Penguin Random House). Her work has appeared in Hobart, The Sunlight Press, Brevity, Cleaver, JMWW, Literary Mama, and several other magazines.

Rudri Bhatt Patel is a writer, editor, educator, and attorney. She is the cofounder of the literary journal, The Sunlight Press, and is on staff at Literary Mama. Her bylines appear in the Washington Post, Business Insider, Saveur, Civil Eats, and elsewhere. She is a two-time Small Fictions nominee.


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