Finding a Home for Your Writing

A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Published in Literary Magazines

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Understand the publishing process

Feel confident submitting your work

See your writing in print

You've done the hard work already.

You've finished a piece of writing.

And now you want it to have a home—a place where you can share it with others, and feel excited to see your name in print.

But publishing can feel complicated and intimidating...

Where do you send your writing?

How long does it take to hear back?

Do you send it to multiple places? One at a time? How do you choose?

All these questions can make you feel like an outsider. And honestly, that isn't right. Publishing is just a process and if you know how it works, from start to finish, you can share your writing widely in a meaningful way.


Finding a Home for Your Writing

is a self-paced online course that guides you step by step through the process of publishing short work.

You'll learn how to prepare your writing for submission, find the right places to send your work, and see it through to publication.

Your Instructor

Kate Finlinson
Kate Finlinson

Kate Finlinson is intimately familiar with the current literary landscape through her work as a fiction writer, editor, and teacher. She earned her MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin. Over the last decade, she has published her writing in several highly regarded print and online journals. From 2010-2012, she worked as an editorial assistant for the prestigious O. Henry Prize Stories collection, where she read hundreds of contemporary literary magazines. She has participated in numerous writing workshops and conferences.

Through these experiences, Kate has learned many lessons about finding a home for your work and she is eager to share that hard-won knowledge with you. 


What do you get in this course?

Finding a Home for Your Writing guides you through the exact system that Kate has refined to make the submission process simple and straightforward. What took her 10 years to learn through trial-and-error, she'll lay out for you in 10 clear lessons.

Lessons 1 + 2: What You Need to Know About Literary Journals

Before throwing you into the publication process, Kate helps you understand the literary landscape and what publishing can actually do for you. Some of what you'll learn:

  • The two gatekeepers to getting published in a journal
  • How much you can expect to get paid
  • And the biggest question of all: How do I know where to submit?

Lesson 3: Preparing Your Writing to Submit

How do you know your piece is really ready for an editor's eyes? In this lesson you'll get:

  • Proofreading and revision strategies before submitting
  • Info on publishing wait times (plus Kate's waiting mantra)
  • Details about the cost to submit your work
  • Pre-submission Checklist to make sure your writing is ready to send

Lesson 4: How (and Why) to Track Your Submissions

Sending your work out for publication can get messy fast. This lesson helps you avoid embarrassing errors by keeping track of submissions in a streamlined way. You'll learn:

  • What you should track when sending work out
  • How to see your submissions, rejections, and acceptances at a glance
  • BONUS: Tracking Spreadsheet Template

Lesson 5: All About Cover Letters

Most every venue that publishes essays, short stories, and poems asks for a cover letter. This can feel like an intimidating block, but it doesn't have to. In this lesson you'll get:

  • The purpose and essential parts of a cover letter
  • Kate's philosophy on cover letters (after both writing and receiving them)
  • 2 cover letter templates + Cover letter checklist

Lesson 6: Using Submittable to Submit Your Writing

If you want to publish, you need to use Submittable. This lesson helps you skip the learning curve and understand Submittable's limitations. You'll learn:

  • What Submittable is and how to use it
  • What each listed status means for your submissions
  • The communication that needs to happen outside Submittable

Lesson 7: The 5 Steps to Submit Your Work Successfully

Your writing is ready. You know where you want to send it. How do you actually sit down and actually submit your piece? In this lesson you'll walk through:

  • The submission process (you'll submit a piece by the end of this lesson!)
  • A 5-step checklist to make sure you've submitted successfully

Lesson 8: How to Handle Rejection

Rejection is inevitable in publishing. But not all rejection letters are created equal. They each communicate something about how your work was received, and where you should keep submitting. In this lesson, you'll see:

  • The three kinds of rejections letters (with actual examples)
  • Important ways to think about rejecting in publishing
  • An important pep talk to keep you from giving up

Lessons 9 + 10: What to Do When Your Writing is Accepted for Publication

Scattered advice about publishing on the internet often focuses on the submission process. But there's little about how to conduct yourself once an editor says Yes. What you do when your writing has been accepted for publication sets you apart. You'll want to know:

  • What it's really like when your work is accepted for publication
  • How to communicate with editors
  • What timelines to expect
  • How to craft your bio (with examples)
  • BONUS: Publication acceptance checklist

No more wasted time.

Kate already spent 10 years researching, learning how to publish efficiently and professionally.

You don't have to wonder if your cover letter's right, or if you're making a mistake when emailing an editor.

This course will guide you, step by step.

All you have to do is write and submit.

When you register today, you get:

  • 10 self-paced lesson on the publication process
  • Pre-submission and submission checklists
  • Tracking spreadsheet template
  • 2 word-for-word cover letter templates
  • Guidance to start using Submittable
  • 5-step process for submitting successfully
  • Guide to tiers of rejection letters
  • Examples of acceptance letters
  • Sample bio templates
  • Publication checklist after your work is accepted

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this course for?
Someone who feels new to publishing, or intimidated by it. You may have been writing for years, but you haven’t yet made the leap to publishing your work. Or maybe you’ve submitted, but you've always felt a little bit like an outsider. This course will help you understand exactly how each step of the process works so you feel confident every time you send out a piece to be published.
Will this course help me publish a book?
This course is specifically made to help you publish short, creative work (essays, poems, and short stories) in literary journals. It will give you literally everything you need to know about researching journals, writing cover letters, and keep track of submissions. While the process of publishing shorter literary writing can build your body of work and publishing cred, this course will not give you guidance to publish full-length novel or memoir (the publishing process for those is different). It also will not show you how to pitch journalistic pieces to news outlets.
How and when do I attend this course?
Every part of this course is accessible online. As soon as you make your purchase, you'll have instant access to all videos and written templates. You go through the course at your own pace, any time of day.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like—across any and all devices you own.
What if I find this course is not for me?
We're confident that this is the most helpful, comprehensive guide to publishing short literary work you'll ever find. But if you start and realize it's not what you were looking for, contact us within 30 days of your purchase and we'll refund your money in full.

You feel deep down that your writing is ready to share.

You just don't know how to get it there.

Don't let it sit in a dark drawer. Get it published.

A note from Ashmae & Kathy, founders of Mine to Tell:

If you've taken a writing course from us, you know that we believe deeply that writing is important, first and foremost for yourself. Writing that you never publish or show to anyone is worthwhile.

We also know that some writing (not all) calls to be shared—especially when it's as gorgeous and thoughtful as some of the writing we've seen in the courses we teach.

Just as you make your own world better by writing for yourself, you can make other people's world better by sharing it.

Good luck. We hope you'll tell us where we can find your published work.


Ashmae Hoiland & Kathy West