Welcome to my substack!
What is it?
The Lit Mag News Roundup is a bi-weekly newsletter intended to provide writers and editors with all the latest goings-on in the world of lit mags. Subscribers will learn about exciting new magazines, calls for submissions, job and fellowship opportunities, interviews with editors, grant opportunities, trends in lit mag publishing, as well as controversies, scams, and the occasional smidge of lit mag gossip.
On occasional Fridays, readers also receive more detailed information about specific lit mags, to help with the submitting process (“Friday Findings”).
I also run an interview series, where I interview journal editors live on zoom. These events are open for all to attend and ask questions. Sign up for the newsletter so you know when these will take place.
Who writes this thing?
Me! Hi! It’s me! Becky Tuch. I’m a fiction and nonfiction writer, instructor, editor and mom, based in Pittsburgh, PA. In 2008 I launched The Review Review, a website dedicated to reviews of lit mags, interviews with journal editors, publishing advice for writers and a database of over 1k literary magazines. The Review Review was listed for seven consecutive years in Writer’s Digest’s list of 101 Best Websites for Writers. In 2019, I sold the site to Gonzaga University, which carries on the site’s mission as a teaching tool for students.
Why a lit mag newsletter?
Lit mags play a vital role in our creative ecosystem. They push boundaries, publish work that won’t appear in mainstream culture, and often celebrate voices that are marginalized yet necessary. They create a needed platform for new writers.
Also? They can be a bit intimidating.
As a writer continually sending work out for publication, I’ve had many successes (yay!), and also many disappointments (wah!). I’m quite familiar with the process of submitting, waiting, submitting, waiting. I also understand how completely overwhelming the world of lit mags is to writers, many of whom do not know where to even begin. I hope my newsletter provides writers with all the information you need so that the process is transparent, manageable, playful and fun.
What’s the deal with paid subscriptions?
As a paying subscriber, you will have access to all the articles and past newsletters in the archive. You will also be eligible for extra goodies, like discounts on classes with partnering organizations and occasional calls for submissions just for you.
You will also be invited to attend my live sessions where I discuss the ins and outs of the submission process, and answer any questions you might have.
Is this newsletter real?
Yes. Very. And you, dear hard-working writer, deserve it.