So You Want to Edit an Anthology? Editors on Pitch, Process, and Publication

Terrace Suite I, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 4
Friday, March 10, 2023
10:35 am to 11:50 am


Congratulations, you have a great idea for an anthology! What’s next? Will you solicit work or post a call? Do you need a coeditor or an agent? When should you pitch to a press? How do you acquire permissions? These anthology editors and publishers have experience with eight anthologies, including poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. At every stage of the process they took different approaches from one another, and they are ready to share strategies with you. Come with questions!

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: So_You_Want_to_Edit_an_Anthology__Event_Outline.pdf
Supplemental Document 1: Sample_contract_letter.pdf
Supplemental Document 2: Copy_of_proposal_cover_letter_-_Generic.pdf



Emily Pérez is the author of the poetry collections What Flies Want, winner of the 2021 Iowa Prize, and House of Sugar, House of Stone. She coedited the anthology The Long Devotion: Poets Writing Motherhood. A CantoMundo Fellow and Ledbury Critic, she teaches high school in Denver.

Ruben Quesada is editor of Latinx Poetics: Essays on the Art of Poetry, author of Revelations, Next Extinct Mammal, and translator of Luis Cernuda. Quesada is a board member for the National Book Critics Circle. He is a freelance writer.

Stephanie G'Schwind is the editor of Colorado Review and director of the Center for Literary Publishing at Colorado State University, where she directs a publishing internship. She is editor of the anthologies Man in the Moon: Essays on Fathers and Fatherhood and Beautiful Flesh: A Body of Essays.

Sun Yung Shin is the author of four poetry collections including The Wet Hex; editor of three anthologies: What We Hunger For: Refugee & Immigrant Stories about Food & Family; A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota; and Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption, and author of two picture books.

Richard Z. Santos' debut novel, Trust Me, was published in March 2020. He is a board member of The National Book Critics Circle. Recent work can be found in Texas Monthly, Awst Press, Kirkus Reviews, Crime Reads, and more.


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