F118. Emerging from the Slush: How to Get Your Short Story Published

Liberty Salon M, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Four
Friday, February 10, 2017
9:00 am to 10:15 am


No Agent? No MFA? No problem! If we got published, so can you! Emerging from the Slush presents four authors who, in the last year alone, have published dozens of stories in top literary journals, won major contests, and had their story collections published. We'll share our methodology in achieving these results and provide specific solutions to assist those in attendance to do the same. In short, we'll share our secrets. Just don't tell anyone else.



Robert Kerbeck has had fourteen stories accepted in the last year by magazines such as Gargoyle, Cream City Review, Word Riot, and Cortland Review. Based on his stories, he was selected for mentorship by the managing editor of Tin House. Kerbeck is the winner of the 2016 VCFA Upstreet scholarship.

Sujata Shekar’s stories have appeared in Chicago Tribune (Printers Row), EPOCH, StoryQuarterly, the Common, and Prairie Schooner, among others. She has won a 2016 Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award, and placed as finalist in contests by Glimmer Train, Center for Fiction, and Lee & Low Books.

Zach Powers's story collection is Gravity Changes. He is the founder of the reading series Seersucker Live, and leads the workshop at the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home. His writing for television won an Emmy. Get to know him at ZachPowers.com.

Michal Lemberger is the author of After Abel and Other Stories, finalist for the National Jewish Book Award and honorable mention for the ALA's Sophie Brody Medal. She holds a PhD in English from UCLA and teaches literature and creative writing at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles.


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