Max Talley

How and Where to Submit to Literary Magazines and Online

9:00-11:30 AM
El Cabrillo

Whether you are writing short stories, poems, non-fiction, or novels, getting short pieces published in literary magazines is an essential part of platform building for an author. It is also the way potential agents and editors will gauge your experience level.This one-day workshop covers basic rules in formatting, grammar, and submission guidelines. Learn how to avoid mistakes that will cause immediate rejection.We will read the first three pages of writers’ stories or novel chapters and discuss the best places to submit to, and ways to strengthen the crucial beginning of the story to compel weary slush-pile readers to continue reading.


Max Talley is the author of the novel, Yesterday We Forget Tomorrow, published in 2014. His short fiction has appeared in Two Cities Review, Del Sol Review, Iconoclast,The Opiate, Gold Man Review,Thoughtful Dog, Chantwood Magazine, and in the Hardboiled: Dames and Sin anthology, and is forthcoming in the Freakshow anthology from Copper Pen Press. Talley received a best fiction award for horror/sci-fi/fantasy at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference in 2007. He lives in Southern California, where he paints, teaches music, and is a contributing editor for Santa Barbara Literary Journal.