The submission process can be daunting and mysterious. Most of us use an online submission system and then patiently wait—sometimes for more than a year—before receiving a canned rejection. So what can the average writer do to be a better submitter of their work, to catch an editor's eye, to get past the slush pile? This diverse panel assembles some of the top literary magazine editors in the country to answer your questions about the submissions process and what goes on behind the scenes. Panelists: Christian Kiefer, Oscar Villalon, Allison Wright, Emily Nemens, Karissa Chen.
Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Friday Black), Karen Bender (The New Order), and Chaya Bhuvaneswar (White Dancing Elephants) discuss their powerful collections of short stories, ranging from the lyrical and meditative to the bizarre and darkly dystopian. Allison will moderate. This panel is always a fan favorite at the Festival of the Book.
Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Friday Black), John Lingan (Homeplace), and Mathangi Subramanian (A People’s History of Heaven) give short readings of their work during this annual “late-night” Festival program. Jesse Jarnow (Wasn’t That a Time) and Tim Mohr (Burning Down the Haus) will deejay.
Just steps away from the Omni Hotel Charlottesville, enjoy the work of acclaimed emerging writers in an informal setting, with music, drinks, and mingling.
Please note: Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Book sales of readers’ work will also take place throughout the evening.
Hosted by Charlottesville Reading Series and Virginia Quarterly Review
Talley English (Horse), Michael Knight (At Briarwood School for Girls), and Kristyn Kusek Lewis (Half of What You Hear) discuss their writing and intricately imagined characters, and the setting of the American South as an influence on their work. Moderated by Allison Wright.
What makes a story/poem/essay stand out in the slush pile? What do editors love? What are their secret pet peeves? This panel of literary magazine and small press editors is here to pull back the curtain and let you know what happens behind the scenes of the submission and rejection and acceptance process and answer your questions about publishing and the writing life.
Publishing, cross-genre. Panelists: Nate Brown (American Short Fiction), Paula Whyman (Scoundrel Time), Marcos Martinez (Stillhouse Press), Allison Wright (Virginia Quarterly Review), Mark Drew (Gettysburg Review). Moderated by Joe Killiany (Barrelhouse).
Allison will also participate in Speed Dating with Editors at noon.
Reprising her role as moderator of the Festival's debut author panel, Allison will appear with authors Kelly Barnhill (Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories), Carmen Maria Machado (Her Body and Other Parties), and Eric Puchner (Last Day on Earth), whose works blend domesticity, dystopia, and fantasy with questions of gender and sexuality.
Allison will moderate a conversation between Thomas Mira Y Lopez (The Book of Resting Places) and Jessie van Eerden (The Long Weeping), whose essays draw on personal experience, history, mythology, religious tradition, and the landscapes of love and loss.
Mastering our Craft, Finding our Confidence, Killing our Fear & Shame: A Writing Retreat at Ghost Ranch
As a benefit for ROAR, writers Erika Wurth and Anna March are partnering to teach a special, intimate writing workshop March 18-23, 2018, at Georgia O'Keeeffe's Ghost Ranch in NM.
Allison Wright, esteemed executive editor of VQR, graciously joins us as guest faculty on this trip. Allison will lead a robust session about authenticity and truth in writing and talk about the writing that as an editor makes her seek more—that ineffable quality. She will also lead a talk about working with editors and publications and navigating the literary landscape.
STRICTLY LIMITED to 10 participants, all levels welcome. $1400 single room, $900 shared room. (Option to extend your time at Ghost Ranch is available.) Email firstname.lastname@example.org with "ghost ranch" in the subject line.
Writing concerned with feminism is receiving unprecedented readership. This inclusive panel will discuss the role of political feminist writing/writers and the forms this writing takes, especially the political/personal essay, novel, and memoir. Discussion topics: the inherency of revolution in women writing the body/sexuality, the call to create change, and the writers’ recent works confronting topics such as being transgender, presidential politics, and parenting. There will be craft and publishing handouts.
Panelists: Allison Wright, Anna March, Elizabeth Isadora Gold, Mischa Haider, Kaitlyn Greenidge
Jack Jones Literary Arts is hosting its first annual writing retreat at SMU-in-Taos in Taos, New Mexico, for two weeks, Oct. 12-26, 2017. The retreat is open exclusively to women of color. Allison will lead a digital workshop during the retreat and will discuss her work at VQR.
Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, founded in 1926 and boasting a rich literary and intellectual tradition, gathers together emerging writers to work closely with a diverse and talented faculty. For 10 days in August, conference attendees experience the intensity—and challenge—of working under the guidance of notable writers, including MacArthur Fellows, U.S. poets laureate, and recipients of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. The conference’s rural and scenic setting amid the Green Mountains on the Middlebury College Bread Loaf campus provides an ideal environment for discussing manuscripts, sharing insights, getting to know agents and editors, and becoming acquainted with the next generation of significant writers.
Join us for an evening with award-winning writer Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, in conversation with Virginia Quarterly Review executive editor Allison Wright. Alexandria will discuss her new book, The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir, followed by a signing. RSVP on Facebook or email email@example.com. RSVPs are appreciated, but not required. This event is free and open to the public.
At the tenth annual Barrelhouse Conversations & Connections: Practical Advice on Writing conference at George Mason University, Allison will represent VQR on the Editors' Panel, titled "From the Slushpile to the TOC," and she will participate in Speed Dating with the Editors, where conference participants bring material and have nine-minute meetings with editors who give them on-the-spot feedback.
Mike Curtis (fiction editor for The Atlantic), Dallas Hudgens (novelist and founder of publishing houses Relegation Books and Stillhouse Press), and Erica Wright (poetry editor for Guernica) discuss literary publishing. Allison Wright (executive editor for Virginia Quarterly Review) moderates.
Editors and publishers share the details of their work in the contemporary publishing world of literary magazines and small presses, including the type of work they see and the work they seek.
Allison will moderate a conversation between authors Viet Dinh (After Disasters), Emily Fridlund (History of Wolves), and Jung Yun (Shelter) on the topic of their acclaimed debut novels, taking readers from the woods of northern Minnesota to post-earthquake India and behind closed doors in family homes everywhere.
Photographer Jeanine Michna-Bales (Through Darkness to Light) discusses her work with Allison Wright, executive editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review. Attendees will be invited to view the exhibition and enjoy a free reception before and after the discussion.
During the 2017 AWP conference in DC, Allison will join fiction writers Jabari Asim, Garth Greenwell, Naomi Jackson, and Anna March to explore the topic of socially conscious fiction and its ability to lift us in today's sociopolitical climate. The panel will consider race, gender, sexuality, religion, class, ethnicity, and disability. Examples from relevant work will be offered and. Handouts: craft and bibliography.
As part of the 75th anniversary symposium of the American Studies graduate program at the University of Texas at Austin, Allison will join fellow graduates Carly Kocurek (Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities and Media Studies, Illinois Institute of Technology), Rebecca Onion (Staff Writer, Slate), Donn Rogosin (Independent Filmmaker and Producer), Siva Vaidhyanathan (Robertson Professor of Media Studies, University of Virginia), and David Wharton (Director of Documentary Studies, University of Mississippi) on this panel moderated by Eddie Whitewolf.
Over the past ten years, several titans of the magazine industry have floundered or folded. Meanwhile, a host of small magazines and journals have emerged as enclaves of cultural criticism and creativity. N+1, Los Angeles Review of Books, Jacobin, The Point, VQR and Public Books all join a tradition of magazines and journals with small but committed readerships that continue to flourish, such as The Baffler, The Boston Review, and The Hedgehog Review. What role do little magazines play in American public and cultural life? And what might the future hold? Panelists: Mark Greif, Lorin Stein, Laura Marsh, Jay Tolson, Chris Lehmann, Medaya Ocher, Allison Wright, Robert Wilson. Part of the HUMAN/TIES events in honor of the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The AWP Conference & Bookfair is an essential annual destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers. It is now the largest literary conference in North America, bringing more than 12,000 participants to a different city each year to network and exhaust themselves on the topic of contemporary literature. This year: Los Angeles!!!