Navigating the World of Literary Magazine Submissions with Sarah Van Bonn

Are you ready to start publishing your creative writing? Or not *quite* ready but want to learn the ropes? Or maybe you’ve got a handful of publications under your belt but you’re looking to expand your writing world or hold yourself more accountable?

Whether you’re just starting out or are a more seasoned writer, this workshop will walk you through all you need to know to feel comfortable submitting your work and begin racking up publications—or leveling up to the next tier.

We will cover:

Finding the right spots to submit your work

Polishing your piece for submission

Writing good cover letters

Tracking submissions

Dealing with the sting of rejection

Navigating acceptance!

Climbing the ladder


If you want to have your work published in literary journals but are feeling a bit overwhelmed, insecure, or simply unsure how to go about it, this course is for you!

Suitable for writers of all levels (though best if you already have a few pieces ready to send or a few ideas of what you’d like to publish), and open to any creative genre: poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and those lovely in-betweenies.

There IS a home for your work! And this workshop will help you find it.


Sarah Van Bonn is a Berlin-based writer and editor with over 15 years of experience working in education and publishing. She is an editorial consultant for several major publishers, including Penguin Random House and Hachette, and her writing is regularly commissioned by some of the world’s top universities. Her creative work has been widely published in literary magazines, including PANK, The Common, The Southampton Review, Columbia Journal, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and many more. Her essay ‘On Bears’ was shortlisted for the 2019 Berlin Writing Prize and features alongside the other nine 2019 winners in the gorgeous Circus Anthology published by KLAK Verlag.
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