Lit Submit Kit will be a TWO-PART series of workshops that will guide writers through the often times murky process of submitting their work to literary magazines and contests.
In the FIRST WORKSHOP, writers will learn how to do a deep, soul-searching edit and evaluation of their own work. Participants will gain a thorough, fundamental understanding of the nature of their own writing. Without this understanding, it’s easy to fall into the trap of submitting to the most prestigious journal or the most lucrative contest, without as much regard for finding the best fit for each individual piece.
Participants will also be guided through the creation of a personal submissions strategy and will work towards building a usable list of places to submit their work. Emphasis will be placed on close reading of each publication’s particular focus and guidelines (Do they accept your genre? Do they accept simultaneous submissions?).
In the SECOND WORKSHOP, participants will be exploring the topic of submitting. Writers will learn the ins and outs of common submissions platforms (Submittable, Moksha, et al), and then will be guided through crafting a winning cover letter and professional literary bio. The final homework for this workshop? Submit somewhere on your list!
Finally, in the last part of this workshop, participants will help each other get more comfortable with the deep, destabilizing uncertainty that comes with “the waiting game”. Writers will learn how to get closer to rolling with rejection, as well as savouring success when it comes. Most importantly, workshop attendees will be encouraged to keep moving, keep growing, and keep writing - for these are the most stable and nourishing things about the whole process of publishing.
This TWO PART webinar will take place:
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26th from 2:00 - 4:00pm via Zoom.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3rd from 2:00 - 4:00pm via Zoom.
The cost to participate in this TWO PART workshop series is as follows:
$20 (students & seniors)
$25 (PEIWG members)
$30 (non members)
About Sadie McCarney
Facilitator Sadie McCarney identifies as a queer and neurodivergent writer-performer who is based in Charlottetown. Her first book, Live Ones, was a finalist for the 2020 PEI Book Award in Poetry. She is also the author of the found poetry memoir/performance text Head War (Frog Hollow Press, 2021), which won the Oscar Wilde Award for work celebrating nonconformity during the 2021 Island Fringe Festival.
Sadie has taught a successful workshop in found text writing, “Finders Keepers”, for the 2021 incarnation of the Wild Threads Literary Festival. Her writing has appeared in Best Canadian Poetry (2015, 2017’s “Best of the Best”, and 2020), The Walrus, Literary Review of Canada, the Gay & Lesbian Review, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Grain, The Puritan, The Malahat Review, EVENT, CV2, The Antigonish Review, Plenitude, Prairie Fire, and Room, among other places. Additionally, she is a Contributing Editor for Arc Poetry Magazine.