Get Published in Literary Journals

It’s not a matter of chance or luck—it’s a process you can learn.


Andrea Firth


Live on Dec. 29, 2021, or watch recording


Emerging short story writers, poets, and essayists


Closed captions by Otter; transcript provided with recording

You have a polished essay, short story, or poem, and you are ready to share it with the world. But where? And how?

Getting published in a literary journal isn’t like entering a lottery. It’s not a matter of chance or luck. It’s not a secret. Getting published is a process. Whether you are an experienced writer who wants to publish more, new to submitting and getting ready to send out your first piece, or looking for new outlets for writing that is stalled, it’s the same process.

In this 90-minute live webinar, taught by Andrea A. Firth, you will learn the steps to follow and the tools and resources to help you submit work and get it accepted in literary journals. Plus, you will gain the motivation and encouragement to start, get unstuck, and publish more often. We will create a clear and manageable plan to follow and introduce you to a range of potential, new literary outlets for your writing.

In this Dec. 29 class, you will learn how to:

  • Submit your work and set realistic goals
  • Determine if your writing is ready and learn how to get it there
  • Identify the right journals for your work
  • Research and read submission guidelines
  • Write strong cover letters and author bios
  • Create a routine submission process and track it all
  • Deal with what happens after you hit “Submit”
  • Handle the inevitable rejection (It’s OK. We’ll learn from it and review next steps.)
  • Understand publication rights
  • Work with an editor
  • Study comp authors, contests, and trends

Who should take this class

  • Writers of short literary work (short stories, poems, personal essays, and similar) who want to see their work published by literary journals
  • Writers who are new to submitting to literary journals
  • Writers who have submitted to a few journals and want to gain a clearer understanding of the process and how to be successful
  • Experienced writers who have limited experience or exposure to literary journals and want to explore more opportunities for their work to be published

How do I know if this class is worth the cost?

This is an important question, and it’s a tough one to answer—especially since so much online education is available free of charge. Furthermore, every student is different, and a valuable webinar for one person can end up being a disappointment to another. For this reason, we offer full refunds if you register, attend or watch at least one class, and fail to get the information you were looking for.

Do I have to attend the live classes?

No. Everyone who registers will get access to the recording. However, if you’d like to attend live, keep reading.

How do I attend the live class?

This class uses Zoom webinar technology. You will join through your Internet-connected computer or mobile device. When you register, you will receive information via email on how to join the class. If you don’t receive it within 1 hour of registering, please contact us.

  • When: Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021
  • Time: 1:00–2:30 p.m. EST / 10:00 a.m. Pacific
  • Fee: $25

The webinar is broadcasted via the internet with live audio delivered through your computer or mobile device speakers. The visual presentation is displayed directly from the presenter’s computer to your computer screen. The Q&A is managed through a chat-style submission system with questions read and answered by the presenter for the entire class to hear.

Closed captions are provided during the live class. We use Zoom’s automated closed caption service (powered by Otter), which is about 80%+ accurate. We also use Otter AI to generate an unedited transcript, provided with the recording.

About the instructor

Andrea Firth has been a freelance writer and journalist for over twenty-five years and has taught writing in both the college and community settings. ​She is the cofounder of Diablo Writers’ Workshop where she teaches creative writing. Andrea has an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Saint Mary’s College of California where she is also adjunct faculty and teaches a course on design thinking and life design. She was a finalist for the Missouri Review’s 2021 Perkoff Prize in nonfiction. She loves to read, write, hike, and swim in the open waters of the San Francisco Bay with anyone willing to jump in with her.

I absolutely loved Andrea’s session on getting published in literary journals. There was lots of pragmatic advice about the different kinds of journals out there, and how they are run. She provided invaluable guidance to help me understand the publishing side, to better prepare me to submit. Additionally, Andrea gave a ton of recommendations of journals to check out, several of which I have now subscribed to. Overall, the session is packed with valuable insights, and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about journals and publishing — both as a writer and a reader.

Salman Ansari


Andrea Firth has put together a step-by-step approach to publishing that has given me both information and inspiration to put my work out. You won’t be disappointed.

Barbara Sapienza


Andrea provided practical and valuable new information that was well-organized, clear, and pertinent. Afterward she provided notes on the class, resource lists and a link to the recorded video of the class. I have gained a wealth of new and useful material.

Dorian Chong


All students receive the following

  • Access to the live class. After roughly 75 minutes, Andrea will take questions during class using in-class chat/text. The class will end after roughly 90 minutes.
  • A recording of the class—audio and video. This is especially helpful if you have a conflict with the class time or something comes up and you can’t make the session. Each registration comes with access to the archived version of the program and the materials for 30 days. You do not have to attend the live event to access the recordings.
  • Supplementary materials. After the class ends, you will receive a digital handout with links to the resources and journals mentioned.
  • Presentation slides. All participants receive a copy of the slide presentation in PDF form.
  • Rough transcript. We use Otter to create an automated transcript of the entire webinar, which we’ll share with you in addition to the audio and video recording.

Event Attendance & Anti-Harassment Policy

We strive to provide an environment where all present—whether attendee, presenter, or staff—can feel supported. In order to ensure a welcoming event, here is what we expect from all who participate.

  • That the presenter and the presenter’s work be treated with respect by attendees and that all attendees treat each other with respect and a generosity of spirit.
  • That attendees will refrain from harassment of any sort including (but not limited to) comments or questions of a racist, homophobic, sexist/sexual, or threatening nature. This includes actions that disrupt or interfere with anyone’s ability to participate. Offenders will be disconnected from the live event.

System Requirements to Join the Webinar

We will be using Zoom webinar technology.

You’ll need:

  • An internet connection: broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)
  • Speakers: built-in, USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth

Recommended bandwidth:

  • 600kbps (down) for high-quality video and 1.2 Mbps (down) for HD video
  • If you connect through audio only: 60-80kbps (down)

Supported operating systems:

Supported tablet and mobile devices:

  • Surface PRO 2 running Win 8.1
  • iOS and Android devices
  • Blackberry devices

Supported browsers:

  • Windows: IE 11+,  Edge 12+, Firefox 27+,  Chrome 30+
  • Mac: Safari 7+, Firefox 27+,  Chrome 30+
  • Linux: Firefox 27+,  Chrome 30+

For a detailed listing of system requirements, check Zoom’s site.